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February 8, 2020

We Are Not Our Past!

by Zaida Velgara

Recently, while in a conversation, I heard a phrase that penetrated to the essence of who I am and who I want to be.  “Well,” the person said, “We need to have a past because it is who we are.”  As these words sunk in to my mind, I felt a need to scream out “WFT are you saying!!!”  I held back, due to my surroundings and politely disagreed.  As I was on my way home I keep hearing those words, “We need to have a past because it is who we are.”  If you have read any of my previous articles, ( “You can’t see the end of the movie id you keep hitting replay” ( https://becomingiam.org/2020/01/24/you-cant-see-the-end-of-the-movie-if-you-keep-hitting-replay/) and “Stop taking a hit of your emotional crack”,  (https://becomingiam.org/2020/01/18/stop-taking-a-hit-of-your-emotional-crack/)) this thought process was the yang to my ying.  I absolutely do not believe that we are who we were; we are constantly learning and evolving.  As a human being, we are cast differently from all the others creatures in this world because of our ability to take experiences and learn from them.  If we are constantly repeating the same actions to the same stimuli, what makes us different from any other animal, insect or plant in this planet? 

WHY I KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT OUR PAST

So, like the crazy scientist that I am, I started to wonder why my essence rejects this mindset.  I started to think of all the SAVIORS the different religions and dogmas worship.  Two that I am comfortably versed in are Jesus and Buddha.  I started to think about how they started their journey and how they ended it.  Both started their lives like you and me, nothing special, making the same mistakes, living a life of survival.  Both had a shift in their lives that caused them to realize that they wanted to make a change.  They embarked in a cleansing and enlightenment processes that opened the way for them to be divinely guided and influenced.  Both chose to teach and spread their knowledge, in order to improve the world and bring about change.  Proving to me how we have the potential for greatness. 

Next, I started to look through history for other individuals that sought to do the same as those that came before them; change the world by promoting love and unity.

1.            Nelson Mandela:  He started out his life promoting violence by causing anarchy against South African politics.   After his arrest and later pardon, he starting a campaign of peace and love, which promoted lots of positive changed in South Africa and the world.

2.            John Lennon:  Music star of the Beatles.  Started out like most famous musicians, living a life of self-love and overindulgence.  Around the time of the Vietnam War, he started to take an interest in world politics and advocated for love and acceptance.

3.            Peace Pilgrim:  A normal American female, living a married life of privilege and materialism.  She got divorced and had her life turn upside down.  Later, she experienced a spiritual awakening that caused her to walk all over the USA spreading the message of peace and love. 

4.            Malala Yousafzai:  A non-conformist, which wanted to live a different life than the one she was destined to live.  She got shot in the head and survived which started her in a journey for woman’s rights and equality.    

5.            Cesar Chavez:  A regular imperfect Joe, which was tired of being exploited and moved people to strive for change.  He is considered to be one of the key people of the Mexican-American civil rights act.  

All normal imperfect people tired of living the same lives.  These are all people who changed and continued to reform their lives, in the hopes of improving themselves and make the world a better place.  Normal, imperfect people!

WE CAN CHANGE

I know that we have the potential for change and improvement.  I know that we can be greater that our surrounding, limitations and imperfections.  I know that we are the catalyst for the change we want to see in our lives. 

The most important thing to remember is that WE ARE the catalyst of the change we want to see in our lives.  The thing that holds us back from living the lives that we desire, is the lack of drive and need.  Comfort holds us back, complacency holds us back, fear of the unknown holds us back, and we hold ourselves back. 

Who do you want to be?  What would you like to change? How uncomfortable are you willing to be? These questions are the ones that can determine if you are your past or you are your future.  As long as you don’t make the decisions, you are what others and your surroundings make you.  As long as you don’t have an idea as to what directions you want to go, you don’t know what changes you have to make to get there.  As long as you strive to be comfortable and safe, you will have to much fear of the “what if’s” to allow miracles to manifest in your life.

I believe that we are not our past, it does not define us. We are the person we are willing to strive to become, with no excuses and no fears.

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