Redeeming the Past

I was asked recently what, if anything, can be done about difficulties from our past that seem to haunt us. This is something I’ve thought a lot about since I surely have had my share of them!

I’ve found a statement attributed to the revolutionary spiritual thinker, Mary Baker Eddy, really helpful: “All we have of the past is our present consciousness of it.”

When I first read that, it stopped me in my tracks. If that’s indeed true—and through personal experience I have come to see that it is—it means that right here, right now, we have the ability to change the past. Painful, perhaps even damaging experiences, hurts, resentments, fears, misunderstandings —all of it—can be redeemed in the present moment by shifting how we think about it now. Let me be clear, I’m not suggesting that this involves some mental gymnastics based in the human mind. Or that it would necessarily be an easy road. But I have seen that those very experiences can become ones of deep transformation, spiritual connection, and peace as we cultivate a spiritual sense of life based in the one divine Mind that is ever-present Love. Want to know more? Check out Mary Baker Eddy’s best selling book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. You‘ll be glad you did.