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II.  SECTION 10.  What is the Last Judgment?

Lesson 314 I seek a future different from the past.

  1. From new perception of the world, there comes a future very different from the past.  The future now is recognized as but extension of the present.  Past mistakes can cast no shadows on it so that fear has lost its idols and its images and being formless, it has no effects.  Death will not claim the future now, for life is now its goal, and all the needed means are happily provided.  Who can grieve or suffer when the present has been freed, extending its security and peace into a quiet future filled with joy?
  2. Father, we were mistaken in the past, and choose to use the present to be free.  Now, do we leave the future in Your Hands, leaving behind our past mistakes, and sure that You will keep Your present promises, and guide the future in their holy light. [1]
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Today when I read our lesson, Holy Spirit brought to mind the complete metamorphosis of the butterfly.  The transformation from an egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to beautiful, winged creature seems a miraculous process that fills me with an awesome sense of wonder and appreciation.  The butterfly experiences transformation from an egg to what it really is in a matter of four months to a year with no real effort on its own part.  It is a natural development, much like most of our body’s processes, and it does nothing to hurry along or to delay itself along the way.

What would happen, Holy Spirit asked me, if the butterfly would begin to identify with one of its earlier stages of development?  Immediately I realized how utterly silly and senseless such a choice that would be.  Naturally, the foolish insect would experience depression, misalignment, and despair.  The butterfly, judging itself on its past, would find no particular meaning in life and wonder why it had ever been born. 

Unlike many of us, the butterfly in its egg stage does not judge itself and its brother eggs on how lazy, dumb, and useless they are.  When the eggs hatch and the tiny caterpillars emerge and devour the leaves which formerly gave them rest, they more than likely do not begrudge their appetite for the exorbitant calories required to get to the next stage.  During the time they are in the chrysalis stage, there is no worry about being called lazy, unproductive, or judged slow and challenged because they have not reached their full development yet.  When they emerge from the cocoons that encased them, they are liberated to fly and go wherever nature calls to them.  It would be a rare butterfly that would live in the past or hold its stages of development against itself, wondering what they could have done differently to arrive at the same sense of liberation and freedom in a briefer amount of time.  It would not behoove them to think of their days, hours, and months in their previous stages as anything but steps in their development.

So it is with us with our new perception of time.  Our future, freed from the past, is the blissful, present moment carried forward.  We do not bemoan our separate histories; it does not cause us fear or condemnation, and having no substance it can have no effect upon us.  Through our trials and errors, our mistakes and unloving behaviors, we learned what we needed to learn.  While in the ignorance of separation, we judged ourselves and our fellows from our outward appearances and conduct, our Father knew who and what we really were within.  When He gives us His perception of ourselves, we can let our stubby caterpillar selves behind; we can shed the sticky cocoons that limited our mobility and freedom and spread our wings of liberation and joy.

We are free.  Our future is here in the present moment as we extend the joy and peace of liberation now.  We have let our past teach us everything we need to know of fear and separation.  As helpful as it was, we now have no use for it.  We can rely on our Father to keep His promise to guard and guide our future in the holy light of His Love and blessing. 

Today we seek a future different from our past!

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 314. I seek a future…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 457