No 41:  Cutting the Braid

41. CUTTING THE BRAID

DROPPING THE PAST




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41.  CUTTING THE BRAID: DROPPING THE PAST

The Girl, dressed in royal purple, hovers above a watery maelstrom. Her long braid is being sucked down into the vortex. She holds a knife and is in the act of cutting off the braid.

In a certain sense, our hair, as it grows, is storing the past. Very long hair becomes a museum, representing past history that goes back and back in time.

Time is like a funnel, sucking one into the past. Sometimes we become trapped there . . . trapped in our memories, pleasant and unpleasant. Tagged by our emotions, past events run like a river through our consciousness. The future beckons as a safe haven in still waters.

The great teachers have said that there is no past or future; we are at all times in the present. Time . . . the past, the future . . . are mental constructs.

So we drop the past and stay in the now. It is all we can really know.

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