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Forget the Past to Remember Eternal Love

The past is over. It can touch me not.

Unless the past is over in my mind, the real world must escape my sight. For I am really looking nowhere; seeing but what is not there. How can I then perceive the world forgiveness offers? This [real world] the past was made to hide, for this [is] the world that can be looked on only now. It has no past. For what can be forgiven but the past, and if it is forgiven it is gone.

Father, let me not look upon a past that is not there. For You have offered me Your Own replacement, in a present world the past has left untouched and free of sin. Here is the end of guilt. And here am I made ready for Your final step. Shall I demand that You wait longer for Your Son to find the loveliness You planned to be the end of all his dreams and all his pain? (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 289, W-pII.289. See also ACIM Lesson 289 Insights.)

The ego teaches that the lessons of the past are essential for our “survival” in the present. Thus all our interpretations are projections of our past learning. These projections hide the presence of Love’s oneness in the eternal now.

As we learn to forgive, to let go of the past, the Light of Love is revealed now. The sense of potential threat that memories of the past engender fades away, making way for the experience of God’s perfect peace and joy.

All our attempts to project the past on the present have no effect on the presence of Love. They only hide it from our awareness. As we accept our unity in this Love, we know we are perfectly safe. We are loved and join in Love’s extension. Fear of death is replaced by the joy of living in Love.

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