To be free of the past is to breathe deeply of the heavenly fragrance of the now.

Have you ever stopped to think about how much of what you think and believe is based on conditioning derived from the ideas of your family, your teachers, your church, the media? It’s all based on experience, on memory, on the past. It is based on time. But it can be said that where time is not, God is. So, all that we believe may be a great lie. If you want to realize, if you want to be, your God nature, you may have to let go of a lot. You may have to let go of everything. How would that feel? Have you the courage to step into that place of ‘not knowing’?

How would it feel to not have a past? I don’t mean you need to forget what happened yesterday. I don’t mean you need to discard the memories of your childhood. But do memories need to influence who you are and the decisions you make today? Imagine waking up at dawn and not being surprised if the sun rose in the west. Imagine taking a bite from an orange for breakfast and tasting its exquisite sweetness as if for the first time, as if you’d never had an orange before. How would that be?

This awareness of stepping into a timeless realm, of stepping into a world without memory, while still functioning in the world of time is possible. In fact, it is an inevitable part of the journey of every human soul. To release the past is to collapse into the present; a present swollen with the richness of infinite possibility. A present released of the perceived burden of responsibility. After all, responsibility is almost always derived from the beliefs, ideas and experiences of the past. Could it be that your only true responsibility is to be happy? Can you imagine that? Can you imagine how much better you would serve those around you and the planet if the only responsibility you had was to be happy? Would you still be doing what you are doing today?

To be free of the past is to breathe deeply of the heavenly fragrance of the now. To be free of the past is to greet each moment with joyful anticipation. To be free of the past is to free of the mind. To be free of the past is to be happy. 

Affirmation:

I Am free of the past. I Am the living Creativeness of the Present.

 

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

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After a sojourn in the wilderness, Peace Pilgrim walked again in the streets of a city that had been her home for awhile. It was 1:00 p.m. She saw hundreds of neatly-dressed people with pale or painted faces hurrying in rather orderly lines to and from their places of employment. She walked amongst them in her faded shirt and well-worn slacks. The rubber soles of her soft canvas shoes moved noiselessly beside the clatter of trim, tight shoes with high heels. In the poorer sections of town she was tolerated. In the wealthier sections some glances seemed a bit startled, others disdainful.

On both sides of the walkers were displayed the things which could be bought if people were willing to stay in the orderly lines, day after day, year after year. Some of these things were more or less useful, others not – some had a claim to beauty, others were garishly ugly. Thousands of things were displayed – and yet the most valuable things were missing. Freedom was not displayed, nor health, nor happiness, nor peace of mind.

Peace Pilgrim was, of her choice, a penniless wanderer for 28 years. Her pilgrimage was her retirement project and she walked on the endless energy of inner peace. Earlier in life she realized making money was easy, but not necessarily satisfying.

In the nearly 30 years since she died the forms of the things we can buy if we decide to stay in the orderly lines year after year have changed. Still, some are more or less useful and others are not.

Is it time leave the orderly lines and risk being looked upon disdainfully? Is it time to march to a different drummer? Is it time to acknowledge that the most important things in life are free – health, peace and happiness – and readily available should we choose for them.

What will your choice be? I wish you freedom, peace, health and happiness.

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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We are indivisible from Nature. You breathe in the same breath exhaled by the ancients, by Confucius, Buddha and Jesus. The stuff that makes up these bodies, these vehicles, is the same stuff that makes up every form of existence. Look at compost. The decomposed bodies of plants are the building blocks of the fruits and vegetables we eat. And we are what we eat.

 

Truly knowing our interconnectedness with all life, all matter, makes us responsible, respectful guardians of this beautiful planet. How can we then pollute the soil, water and air of our home? We are inseparable from these elements. They are in us and we don’t want to pollute our bodies.

 

We are by nature creative beings. To be God-like is to be creative and alive. Why has the Creator brought us into existence? Our journey out into this world is co-coincident with a longing to return to the formless essence from which we come. But to be here in this world is to be a creator.

 

We are here to openly and freely communicate and share with each other. In order to bring completeness to our communications we must release any holding on to experiences of the past which bind us. When I was six I was sent to the office to get the strap for saying hello to my younger sister as we passed in the hallway of our school. When I was twelve I was told by a teacher to, “Speak softly John, your voice carries,” while walking through the hallway of another school. For many years I spoke softly in social settings. I had a subconscious fear of being reprimanded. Only through years of sound work and yoga have the emotional memories of these experiences surfaced where I’ve been able to release them. Today I am a confident public speaker and singer freed from the clutches of past fears and experiences. You can be too.

 

In order to get something you’ve never had you’ll have to do something you’ve never done. You’ll have to walk beyond the gateway of the known into a land of trust. To grow is to take chances. Only those who risk are free.

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The following words are from a song I wrote quite a number of years ago. A dream dreamt alone remains a dream. A dream shared becomes reality. Share this dream with me.

I Have a Dream

 

I have a dream where all brothers and all sisters unite.

I have a dream where the future of all nations is bright.

 

I have a dream where all races: black, red, yellow, brown or white…

I have a dream where all humans never discourage from the sight of

 

Freedom, freedom, no place left to hide.

Freedom, freedom, runnin’ with the tide of

Freedom, freedom, touches every side of

Freedom, freedom, crosses the divide.

 

I have a dream where all people treat this earth with dignity.

I have a dream where all ages live as one in community.

 

I have a dream that through our efforts is a world made whole.

I have a dream that in this healing each and every soul finds

 

Freedom, freedom, no place left to hide.

Freedom, freedom, runnin’ with the tide of

Freedom, freedom, touches every side of

Freedom, freedom, crosses the divide.

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