Merlin’s lesson for Arthur on this day. 

Taken from The Way of the Wizard by Deepak Chopra

“Of Course,” replied Merlin. “you mortals are in the habit if believing that the past creates the present and the present the future.  This is just an arbitrary point of view.  Imagine for a moment your own version of a perfect future.  See yourself in that future with everything you could wish for at this very moment fulfilled.  Can you see yourself there?” Arthur nodded, because he had a vision of Camelot in all its glory.

“Very Good. Now take the memory of that future and bring it here into the present.  Let it influence how you will behave from this moment on.  If you imagined peace and contentment in them total absence of fear, live that now.  Whenever competing impulses of anger or fear of lack come up from the past, discard those memories and act instead on your future memories.  Shed the burden of the past, and let your vision of a realized future guide you.  Do you see what has happened?”

“I’m not sure,’ replied Author.

“Your living backward in time, just as a wizard does.  Living tomorrow’s dream today is always open to you.  Who says you must live only the past?  By living forward in time, mortals are always weighted down by the burden of memory: they allow the past to create the present.  The wizard chooses to let the future create the present—that is what living backward in time really means.”

“And you haves changed the past, then, by no longer letting it influence your actions in the present,” said Arthur.

“Exactly” Merlin agrees.

Compiled by Linda Burden-Williams for your story pleasure

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