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“I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past.” – Thomas Jefferson

“To hold fast to history is to be swept aside.” – John F. Kennedy

I’m not psychic, but I’m pretty sure that 100 years from now (hopefully sooner), future generations are going to look back at our belief in separation and limits and wonder, “What were they thinking? How could they be so misinformed?”

They’ll scratch their heads at our refusal to use our innate power, our natural energy in much the same way we look back at the Roman Circuses. “Are you kidding me?” we think, “How could thousands of people sit around drinking wine and being entertained by lions ripping gladiators apart?”

It will be a curiosity that we treated ourselves this way, that we chose to suffer when right on the other side of the veil is everything we could possibly want.

And it’s all so easy and natural. It’s just that our beliefs that we have no power blocks Truth.

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My lesson in A Course in Miracles as I write this is “Let me recognize my problems have been solved.” In a nutshell, it encourages me (and everyone else who is following along the Course this year) to free ourselves of problems that do not exist.

We literally weaken ourselves when we put all our energy into trying to figure everything out. By focusing on the process (the learning, the studying, the mindless activity) instead of putting our attention on what we REALLY WANT, we strip ourselves of our power.

In other words, we bring to the table the part of us that came up with the error in the first place. We actually buy that the “imposter,” the voice I call my “Inner Salieri” is where we’ll find answers.

The side effect of this ridiculous notion of limitation and separation is we live at half throttle. By not exercising and delighting in our inherent abilities, we fail to use our innate power. We actually live out the outdated Roman Circus-like notion that we are weak and incapable of creating our lives.

Future generations will also consider it freakishly odd that we felt so guilty and didn’t have the fun and joy we are entitled to. They just won’t understand why we didn’t relish in our creative powers. They’ll puzzle,”They had this amazing gift and they left it sitting in the corner, unwrapped.”

For what it’s worth, future generations, I’m doing my part now (even as we speak) to get up every day, pronounce that something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today and to spend my day in unadulterated wonderment at all the world’s blessings and miracles.

Photo credit: Max Elman

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Pam Grout is a hopeless romantic who still believes the world is a beautiful place, that people are noble and that anything is possible.

For a living (and she always wonders why people think that's such an important question), she writes books and articles for such magazines as People, Huffington Post and Travel.CNN. She also enjoy writing stories for her grandkids, but that's more about making a life than a living. She's keenly aware there's a huge difference.

In making a life, she has traveled to all the world's continents, learned 59 ways to make a fort out of sofa cushions, perfected a mean tennis forehand and volunteered at a women's prison and a free health clinic.

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