Don’t let the past assault your now
“We lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”—Jack Kerouac
Kum Back, a bootleg album packaged in a plain white jacket, rubber-stamped in red or blue ink and released in January 1970, demonstrates everything you need to know about why I go through the lessons in the Course workbook every year.
The album, sourced from a multitrack tape recording of the Beatles at Twickenham Film Studios, is an early version of Let It Be. Recorded by Glyn Johns, the band’s engineer, this unauthorized bootleg features Paul McCartney singing out of tune, John Lennon botching lyrics and more than one poorly-conceived guitar lick.
The point is the Beatles, the bestselling band in history, were far from perfect. They had to practice. In fact, by the time Beatlemania swept across the globe, the music-bending group had honed their skills at tiny clubs in Hamburg for three entire years.
They practiced over and over and over again.
Someone commented to my musician friend, Cindy Novelo, “You’re such a genius. I wish I had your talent.”
Cindy quickly responded, “Well go home, practice an hour today and every day for 20 years and you’ll have my talent.”
Letting go of my old story takes practice. My brain has been running the bootleg album–the inferior album of limitation—most of my life.
But it’s not real.
And I’m ready to let go of those ill-conceived guitar licks.
That’s why I get up every morning and flex my ACIM muscles. That’s why I get up every morning and devote my day to peace, to joy, to seeing love in everything.
ACIM Lesson 127 encourages me to free my mind. It encourages me to let go of all laws I think I must obey, to surrender all limitations in which I’ve placed my faith.
None of it is true.
The only thing that’s true is love. Love has no opposite. Love can’t change. Everyone’s included.
Today, I escape from every limitation, every cultural paradigm as I practice letting go of the past.
And before I close, thought I’d make a couple quick announcements:
1. The Hay House World Summit is underway. That’s where 100 speakers, folks like Mike Dooley, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, bestow really cool inspiration. The best part is it’s totally free. You can access it here. My interview on being on the Joy and Gratitude Frequency is available now.
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Have an extraordinarily epic day, my friends.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.