TODAY I LIVE
Pray not that sinners may perish, but that the sin itself may disappear. The Talmud
By knowledge of God (deva) all the bonds (of ignorance, unhappiness, etc.) are destroyed. Upanishad
The wisest man who ever lived told us that the knowledge of truth shall make us free. All books of spiritual wisdom have taught us that it is not the one who makes the mistake whom we should seek to destroy; it is the mistake itself which must be erased. Now, this means that evil has no existence in itself, it has no history. No matter what the negations of yesterday may have been, the affirmations of today may rise triumphant and transcendent over them. Thus all the evils of our yesterdays disappear into their native nothingness. If we behold beauty instead of ugliness, then beauty will appear. If we persist in seeing the true rather than the false, then that which is true will appear. Where is the false, the untrue and the evil when the knowledge of truth has made us free? Its days are as though they had never been; its cause is neutralized; hence it leaves no effect. Let us, then, cease weeping over the shortcomings and mistakes and evils of our yesterdays, and steadfastly beholding the face of the great and the divine Reality, let us resolve to walk in that light wherein there is no darkness.
Definitely I know that every negative condition of the past is cleared away from my consciousness. I no longer think about it, see it, or believe in it. Nor do I believe that it has any effect whatsoever in my experience. Yesterday is not, tomorrow is not, but today, bright with hope and filled with promise, is mine. Today I live.
Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker