There is no fantasy that does not contain the dream of retribution for the past.A Course in Miracles

Retribution for the Past

by Anthony Gold

There’s a very insightful, thought-provoking line in A Course in Miracles that reads, “There is no fantasy that does not contain the dream of retribution for the past.”

If we’re willing to honestly look at every desire, fantasy, or goal that we have, then behind them we’ll find some form of trying to overcome or improve on the past.

I am the victim. My life isn’t how I’d like it to be. And if I can make this fantasy come true, then things will be much better.

That kind of thinking binds us to the past and the belief that the world is the source of our joys and pains. But it’s not. We are.

Our thoughts determine our happiness. Not what’s going on in the world. And our thoughts come from our choice in the mind for either the ego – which always leads to thoughts of victim/victimizer, or the mind of love – which always leads to thoughts of peace, joy, and unity with everyone.

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