Something inside people resonates with the question, “How can I release the past and be happy?” It is really a feeling or an awareness that knows that there is something more than this world is showing us. There is something within us that is preparing to burst and to shine.
Once we've had a glimmer of joy, there's a sense in us of Wow, I like this glimpse. Why can't this often be what life is? Why can't life often be fun? And the answer of the Spirit is, “It is, it can!” That is the reality, but we do have to release past associations and release the familiar to be able to open our hearts up to something much higher than anything we have ever experienced on Earth.
How will you reach a situation of mind where you feel sure the past is finished; where you feel that there is nothing left from the past that could haunt you or that could bring doubt to the mind anymore? It is through guidance and trust.
The Holy Spirit may use time and the symbols in time to show you that there is no time. He is able to use the symbols of the past—like words and anything in form—to inspire and to bless, and to supply you with the experience that you will be free right now.
Once you really release the past through guidance, you are not concerned anymore with the outcomes of the world. Once you let everything be reinterpreted by the Spirit, then you can certainly recall your darkest hours or memory with a soft smile in your mind a course in miracles
You can think, Wow, it seems so different now with this higher interpretation. God, you had been with me most of the time. You had been there in every circumstance and every seeming situation beckoning me, “Show up here with me and view it with me, come see my perspective on the world. Come begin to see the gentleness, the laughter and the joy.”
This experience doesn't connect with major things only—it is every single day! We can release the past and the familiar, learn to be controlled by present moment guidance and be happy today!