What is it in me that wants to re-live painful moments from my past, and what’s it going to take for me to break through to totally present living? Is there a way to live in the present so that painful regrets over what is past will not be part of my future?
What is the best way to make up for past wrongs to others (betraying, lying, stealing, etc.)?
All of us have wronged others. Truth be known, until we wake up, we are all — in one form or another — in some kind of wrong relationship in life. That is why the key to correcting what we consider to be a faulty past is to work to be awake in the present. The wrong parts of us want to keep themselves alive by continually dragging before our mind’s eye all that we have been wrong in doing. Then we react to these images and — in one form or another — resist them. All this unconscious act accomplishes is to secretly continue the life of this mistaken perception and the wrong behavior it perpetuates. Drop all of your concerns for what is no longer, and be intent on being conscious of what is before you. This changes things.
Perhaps you have heard the expression that God never gives you more than you can handle. And perhaps you wondered whether or not it was true. I’m now going to tell you why it’s the absolute truth.
It’s the absolute truth because any time you choose, you can ask God to take back what He has given you. Any time you choose, you can say, “Dear Lord, I now see I asked for [and now you fill in the blank], and I was wrong. My request was an act of unconscious will on my part to want to be here, doing this, experiencing that [again, you fill in the blank], but now I see what I’ve really received, and it’s just too much. Please, take it back.”
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