by Robert Wilkinson
Whenever it's time to say goodbye to an old chapter of life, old echoes of memories of perceptions arise to preoccupy our focus. These voices from the past can distract us from the work of concentrating on the signs and signals of the future appearing before our eyes. The seeds of our future are always here, but often we don't notice them in our preoccupation with what's fading from our view.
Time does in fact keep on slipping into the future, but because of perceptual traps we do sometimes find ourselves distracted by thoughts about things that are no longer a part of our present. Any time we are distracted it saps our power to get and stay clear about the future we are striving to create.
This is an advantage of staying focused on the Eternal NOW, so that we are not distracted by inner or outer voices from a past that is already fading. Many difficult life experiences challenge us to turn away from negative or unproductive feelings and perceptions so we can take the power to focus on what is best for us any time we need to.
When we turn from thoughts that are unproductive, or which distract us into an imagining that is already fading, we gain the power to turn our intention to that which is in our higher interests. This self-determined intentionality generates a power to overcome reactions to discontent arising from our interactions with the world. The moment we turn from that which distracts us, for whatever reason, we reclaim the power to choose a new way of doing our Being.
Here it is useful to remember that whatever is over is over. We cannot serve our higher interests by overly concentrating on what is past, except the part we played in our own victories or sorrow. Even then, the point is to distill wisdom from the experience, and use it wisely in our present to preserve what friends and initiatives we’ve launched, and keep furthering the future we are making step by step.
To consciously create a future, we need to keep our attention focused on what we want to see made manifest, and be patient as the waves of time fulfill our thought forms with specificity. The ideal is to create a more appropriate future for our highest growth and fulfillment, rather than recreating a form of whatever past we are leaving behind.
As Pluto has now begun a long term stay in Capricorn, this is the time to use the power of Divine Economy of Energy in a focused way, and not let distractions past or present deflect our focus on the seeds of the future that have been revealed the past year. When we do not let the echoes and memories of the past distract us from what we want our future to look like, we gain all the projected power we gave away to that which used to seem real, but which now is a mere distraction.
So whether the things that are fading are "good" or "bad," likable or unlikeable, this is part of a larger cosmic moment to turn away from old unproductive thoughts and feelings. We have just entered a long term phase where we can consciously turn our Being toward that which could produce a better life, a greater power, and a more fulfilling reality than whatever is already fading into the rearview mirror of our life.
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson
(Some elements of this article were originally published September 2006)