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July-September, 2020

The Discovery of a Temporal Loop

by Rev. Myron, Jones, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Last night I was watching Discovery, a new edition of Star Trek. In this episode, the crew was stuck in a temporal loop in which they experienced the same 30 minutes over and over again. I looked up the term temporal loop and this is what Wikipedia said about it. A temporal loop in fiction is a plot device whereby characters re-experience a span of time which is repeated, sometimes more than once, with some hope of breaking out of the cycle of repetition.

In this episode, each time the time interval repeated, the end result was total annihilation of the ship. There seemed to be no way out of it. First, they had to realize that the loop was occurring and then they had to realize that if they kept doing the same thing, their future was not going to change. Finally, they had to find a way to do something different that would change the future.

I was left wondering what my choices would be if I were stuck in a temporal loop. What 30 minutes of my life would I change if I could do it over again. This morning, however, I had a different understanding. We are all in a temporal loop. Our life is a temporal loop and we have to find a way to change this or we will keep experiencing the same thing over and over and we will keep suffering as a result.

We fail to recognize the loop because within a single lifetime, the effects change form and over lifetimes, we fail to remember what has gone before. In the show I watched last night, one main character had a particular trait that made it possible for him to be outside time and so he was able to help the others remember what was going on. In our life, Jesus has escaped time and so he is helping us to remember what is actually going on. He has done this through inserting A Course in Miracles into our story.

Here is an example of how this has played out for me.

I came into this world a blank slate with no memory of what came before or how this would all end, just like all of us do. I formed many habitual thought patterns that were not helpful to me and that, if not changed, would cause me intense suffering and then ultimate death. These thoughts showed up as images that make up my life here.

For instance, I had a thought pattern of unworthiness that caused me to make a variety of choices that always ended badly. Sometimes the form would be financial choices ending in lack and loss. Sometimes the form would be unloving relationships that ended in separation from others. Sometimes the unworthiness took the form of sickness that caused suffering. For years, I kept making choices for pain and suffering based on the belief I was unworthy. It was my own personal temporal time loop; bad choices ending in disaster based on unhealed thoughts.

One day, I found A Course in Miracles and this “out of time” help led me to a better way. It showed me what was happening and gave me a way out of it. I began to see my habitual thought patterns and to understand how they were making a future that was the same as the past and would lead me to eventual destruction. I saw that if I continued to do the same thing it would always end the same way. Through the practice of A Course in Miracles, I learned that I didn’t have to keep thinking the same way, that I am not my thoughts and that these thoughts can change and with their change, my destiny changed.

I have now an awareness of the temporal loop, and though I am still in it, I am no longer blindly following the old script. I am making different choices as the opportunity arises. I have also become a helper in that I share what I have learned with others so that they can become more aware and then they will be helpers, too. In the language of the Course, I have listened to my Guide enough that my mind is healed of most of the fear thoughts that I learned here and I am now mostly a teacher of God.

This was the plan Jesus has for us all. As we are ready, our turn comes. We experience life over and over until we start to notice the Help we have in waking up to what is happening. Then we allow our perceptions to be corrected so that we can help others find their way out, too. Jesus calls this his Plan of Atonement. Life is more exciting and at the same time more peaceful without fear being the driving force. Now, redemption is the goal, forgiveness of the old ideas is the process, and the desire for God is what drives us.

Rev. Myron Jones, O.M.C., is a Pathways of Light minister living in Westlake, Louisiana. Read her inspiring Healing Journal articles on the Pathways website. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Myron’s website is:

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