Rewriting the past
November 8, 2012
I’m not talking about pretending that something didn’t happen while still suffering the effects or consequences of it, or as a means for not dealing with it. And I’m also not talking about what sometimes happens during a regime change when the national history is rewritten to better reflect the views of the new government. I am suggesting revising our views of the past and the influence they have on the present as a means of healing them.
In her autobiography, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.” (See Ret. page 21) She recognized that if she allowed her past as an always ill, divorced, and helpless woman to determine her future, she would never rise beyond those limitations. Instead, she looked to the Bible’s God-inspired view of a holy creation untouched by human conditions (see Genesis 1:1-31 for example) as her basis for a future free from the condemnation of the past. As a result, she overcame every illness (her own and others), had a very happy and prosperous new marriage, and went on to found a church and movement, not only unthinkable to other women of her time, but beyond even what men were able to accomplish.
These remarkable effects were also found in Jesus’ ministry. Wasn’t every healing an undoing of some awful event of the past? Whether the improvement was of a sinful or diseased condition, Jesus always indicated that the individual was now free to go about his or her life in a normal and natural manner. In fact it was these works of Jesus – along with his word – that showed Mary Baker Eddy that this kind of thorough and redemptive healing was still possible today.
That’s right. Healings of mind and body, past and present, are possible today, here and now. This is Christianity made practical!
The “how to” requires persistently examining thought – not to use it as a bludgeon to condemn yourself or others – but to align it with the viewpoint God Himself has of you. The God who said “I see everything and everything is good” was looking at you when He said that.
This mental alignment may involve cleaning up some messes, but the capacity and wherewithal to do so are as much a part of your progress as correctly identifying yourself as God’s own likeness. And often, when we humbly and persistently seek God’s solution to redeeming the past, those messes simply fade away.
Okay, so this isn’t necessarily an overnight process. That’s not to say that healing can’t occur overnight! But being persistently willing to give up our attachment to our own or others harmful actions, or to stop attributing cause or effect to unhappy events and circumstances really helps us to keep thought in tune with God’s outlook.
Be patient with yourself as you take this on – but do take it on. It will lift you and all of those in your sphere of influence above the downward spiral of the past. And that makes the now much more enjoyable.