Our Past Belongs to God

Two Jerusalem cherry trees grew side by side in earthen pots. In the course of time, their cherries began to wither, and soon one tree had shaken itself free from them and begun to put forth new green shoots. The companion tree, however, kept its dried-up cherries, and that tree sent out no new branches.

So it is, when we cling to a material past. We are then unready for growth and development. "God requireth that which is past," saith the Scriptures (Eccl. 3:15). Indeed, God does require us to give Him the past—to relinquish a false sense of having been born into matter, of experiencing either a pleasant or an unpleasant life in matter, of living apart from God—and to recognize and rejoice in the spiritual preexistence and continual coexistence of our real selfhood with God, divine Mind.

True Ease or Rest
February 1, 1947

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