A second ago, you may have been drinking coffee. Now, as you put down your coffee, that moment of you sipping that cup of coffee, which is a second ago, is already gone.
The past is “gone” — the past is your perception of what happened; you can also call it “your memory.” Most of the time, the past is the meaning your mind has assigned to events which happened.
Such events are inherently empty, be it a kiss on the cheek, a walk on the beach, having children, or more traumatic events like accident, death, and abuse. And most of us, including myself, walk around assigning meaning to our past, and projecting our past into the present and future — in relationships, in work, in life.
If you notice, most of us repeat the same patterns over and over again, in relationships, at work, even if circumstances don’t “appear” the same. In most cases, this wheel of cycle continues till we die, or even after we die.
Ignorance is the unawareness that we repeat the cycle and the past conditioning over and over again, thinking that we can’t alter our course, and/or trying to change our circumstances without understanding the root cause of our circumstances, which lies in our conscious and subconscious mind.
Change requires you to give up what you know, and dive into what you don’t know that you don’t know.
To “break through” the cycle of “karma” and change your “destiny,” you need to have the awareness and courage to dive deep into your mind and find the strength to face events in the past you did not want to face.
By doing so, you’re essentially “time traveling” and assigning different meaning to the past, and altering your “karma.”
Because “karma”, the wheel of cycle, is just “unawareness” that you are repeating the same pattern over and over again, even though the factors at play may not be the same.
And “karma” is not fixed – you are not “doomed” to your “destiny.”
We have the power to change our course, when we become aware of our past conditioning from childhood, and patterns passed down from our ancestors and past lives, and are willing to resolve the emotions we did not want to feel in the past.
Feeling and processing our repressed emotions and integrating our emotional wounds is key to rewriting our future.
By feeling such emotions, be they negative or positive, instead of repressing them, we are releasing the “trauma” and integrating our wounds, completing our past. This way, we can assign a different meaning to the past and move forward authentically.
Then, we will realise the emptiness of the “past.”
When we truly realise that the past is empty, every moment is a possibility. But to get to that realisation, we need to cultivate forgiveness for ourselves — forgiveness for ourselves in “mistakes” we have made in the past.
When we forgive ourselves, we will learn to forgive others. And forgiveness may take time. In the process, we can cultivate compassion for ourselves and accept what it is that we are trying so hard to “change”/ “alter.”
When we accept that we are “imperfect” and that we make “mistakes” too, and that the world is just a mirror hologram of our beliefs, we will learn to take responsibility for our actions, and the part we played in the past. There is tremendous freedom to that.
Acceptance, forgiveness, and presence come hand in hand.
When you cannot forgive, you won’t accept the past.
Without acceptance of the past, you cannot be present without the past haunting you and trauma projecting into the present.
And the way to be present is to resolve the emotional wounds in the past that are projected into the present moment.
This way, your present and future is a blank sheet of paper — and you can rewrite it based on your new beliefs.
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