The Present Shining Moment

Hello Fellow Journeyers!

A recent reading from A Course in Miracles really stood out for me. Chapter 13, Section VI says, “When you have learned to look on everyone with no reference at all to the past, you will be able to learn from what you see.”

Can you imagine what that would be like? Just play with that for a moment. Check in and notice how whenever we cross paths with someone we know, we instantaneously collect all of our past references to this person; all our judgments, accolades, recollection of friends in common, where they work or worked, maybe you quickly try to remember their kids’ names, or when the last time you saw them was. And for the parents out there, can we even catch a glimpse at the freedom we’d feel – and our kids would feel – if we did not bring the past to the present?! What would happen if we attempted to meet everyone in the present shining moment?

Another Course quote is “I am here only to be truly helpful.” This seems like a natural reflection of what meeting our brothers and sisters in the present might feel like. When we get our own interpretations out of the way, we give Spirit a chance to teach us what we would learn.

Jane Marie McGrady

Jane Marie offers spiritual counseling based on ACIM principles. She can be reached at or (207) 232-2773.

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