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What Orwell meant when he wrote this lovely quote is that the leaders who are in control at any given time also have control over rewriting their nation’s past. This edited version of a nation’s history significantly affects its future. For more on the political background behind this quote, you’ll have to go read 1984. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about today…
This same truth holds steady when we apply it to our own personal lives. Our future is determined by the stories we tell ourselves about our past. These stories, whether accurate or heavily skewed, play out in our minds every moment of every day. They can destroy our relationships, our businesses and create a pretty stark and empty life. (I’m sorry, but I’m in a “Tell it like it is.” mood today. Blame it on the New Moon comin’….on second thought, I’m not sorry. So there.)
Stay with me here as we enter the enigma of time: By not living in the present moment, we abdicate our power to control our past and future to the past. And that is a very dangerous and reckless thing to do. Believe me, I know how deep that dark well can go.
As I work with clients, I can hear these stories of the past seeping through. I see them holding people back from doing what they are meant to do…what they dream of doing. I see these stories whisper their lies and sabotage the meaningful growth these people are seeking.
When I am performing a reading for someone who is still tightly connected to their past, these stories seem to jump off the cards at me as if they are the most active part of the person’s current reality. I’ve had to deal with the ramifications of my own “sad stories,” too, and totally understand their insidious nature.
The answer is mercifully simple.
To stay present, in this moment right now, means that you take back control not just of your future but also of your past.
In this moment right now, you are closest to the Divine.
In this moment right now, you are strong, capable, safe and able to accomplish whatever you desire.
This moment is timeless.
This moment is infinite.
It is the only reality worth living.
Once we loosen our grip on the past and cease our grasping for the future, we can only be at peace. There is nothing else in this moment right now. Only peace.
So will you join me in this magical moment, right now?