One of the many ways in which early religious training leaves a lasting imprint on our human consciousness concerns the idea of eternity. Many people still think of eternity as a spiritual dimension we will step into after we die.
But by its very definition, eternity has no beginning and no end. The Presence and Power we call God is eternal and, as Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4), “God is Spirit.” Since we are created in the image and likeness of God, we are also Spirit, and we are also eternal.
The simple truth – simple but somehow challenging to grasp – is that we are in eternity at this moment. At every moment. We are eternal beings right now. In fact, as we read in the spiritual guide A Course in Miracles, ‘now’ is the only moment of time that is real, because it’s the only moment that is eternal. It is only at this ‘now’ moment that the sense-world illusion of linear time intersects with eternal Truth. In this moment, we cannot help but know ourselves as eternal expressions of God’s love – now and always. Eternally.
This, of course, is why our ego-centered mind much prefers to live either in the past or in the future. The past is the center of anger and resentment. The future is the realm of fear, doubt and anxiety. Both past and future help to block our appreciation – in each and every ‘now’ moment – of our true and eternal spiritual identity.
It is healing and empowering to remember that we are in eternity right now. This life experience is not a dress rehearsal, not a qualifying round. Our spiritual nature is not something we hope to achieve after death; it is who we are now.
Today let us remember all day that by releasing the past and the future, we can experience this very day as a beautiful expression of eternity. Thank you, God!