Joseph - 2 February 2009 - Dee Why, Sydney - We spent the day at the beach and finished it off with an ice-cream and a smile.
I have often thought that we have much to learn from children. They have not yet adapted to the concept of linear time with a past, present and future. They relate only to the immediate present, to right now.
It is my hunch that they do not see the world as fragmented. They feel that they are joined to everything in the world as part of a whole. To me, they represent true innocence, LOVE, wisdom and forgiveness.
As we become older, we tend to accept the adult values which emphasise projecting past learning into the present and anticipated future. It is difficult for most of us to have even the slightest question about the validity of our past-present-future concepts.
We believe that the past will continue to repeat itself in the present and future without the possibility of change. Consequently, we believe we are living in a fearful world where, sooner or later, there will be suffering, frustrations, conflict, depression and illness.
When we hold on to, invest in and become attached to our guilty experiences and grievances from the past, we are tempted to predict a similar future. The future and the past then become one.
We feel vulnerable when we believe that the fearful past is real and forget that our only reality is LOVE, and that LOVE exists this instant.
One way of letting go of our "archaeological garbage" is to recognise that holding on to it does not bring us what we want. When we see no value in recycling it, we remove the blocks to our being free to forgive and LOVE completely now. Only in this way can we be truly happy.
This instant is the only time there is. The future can become an extension of a peaceful present that never ceases. Peace cannot be found in the past or future, but only in this instant.
We teach what we want to learn, and I want to learn to experience inner peace.