“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” – Mark Twain
How often do we replay something in our minds? Often as we go back over an experience, it morphs into something much greater. Before we know it an event that everyone else has long since moved beyond and forgotten is getting much bigger in our own minds. We suffer.
I read a while back it is possible to change the past – we do it all the time. Now, wait a minute? How can that be? It’s true. Our memories of the past are almost always clouded by or colored by our own lens.
Sometimes we color the past with our rose colored lenses – we remember something as all goodness and light.
At other times, our lenses tend to be more gray – darker. In this view we are often the victim. Or, we disappointed or hurt someone and we are having a lot difficulty forgiving ourselves. It’s this view of the past Mark Twain is describing in the above quote.
So, what’s the way out? Forgiveness is a pretty good place to start. Forgiving ourselves and the other acknowledges our joint humanity. We are all beautiful, divine beings doing the best we can in this earth school. It helps to remember we are in school here. If we had already learned all these lessons, we would have graduated. Some teachings say when we graduate we continue to learn – just in a different dimension? Who knows?
For now, here we are. Students. Not experts. Each of us doing our best given our level of consciousness. Once that really sinks in, Oneness can’t be too far away.