Liberation from the past means you don’t have to repeat the past. Imagining a possibility really does mean that it doesn’t matter how it used to be done. Yes, things can be learned from the past, but we don’t want the past to limit the future. Whether it’s things as simple as creating new holiday traditions when our children grow up and get married, or things as complex as creating a new business model for a sustainable future, it’s so easy to say it’s never been done before. This means we don’t have to put in the effort to try something new. We don’t have to feel the discomfort of moving into the unknown. We don’t have to let go of the “way it’s always been done.” But there is no liberation, creativity, or growth without change.

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past. Clara Barton

The one thing that is constantly and consistently true about a human, physical life is that it is constantly changing. We can resist this and cling to what we know. Or we can embrace change and know that we are always guaranteed of another possibility. If we want things to be different, we have to let go of the old, and embrace the changes that let in the new.

Spiritual Contemplation: Is there something in your life you are holding on to because you’re afraid that a change might be worse rather than better? Where are you allowing the past to limit your future? How do you create liberation?

Affirmation: I know that Spirit is always moving through me to express more life, more love, more wholeness, and joy. I release any fear about letting go of the past. I know I more toward a more abundant and fulfilling future!