Our theme this year, “It’s 2023 I’m Free Free Free!” feels good when we say it aloud or silently to our self because it resonates with the Truth that lives in our heart and soul, the Truth that has already set us free. We were born of the Spirit in Love and Freedom before we were birthed on Earth. The Christ energy of God’s Son, the Pure Positive Energy of Creation, lives in us as our true Self. It is the Holy Energy through which Love creates. It is the Holy Way through which the Universe is extended now and forever. In the Aramaic Bible, in the Book of John we read, “If the Son therefore will set you free, you will truly be the children of liberty.” We are already the spiritual children of liberty. Whenever we choose Love over fear, happiness over being right, and peace over conflict and confusion, we are expressing the freedom of the Holy Life in us.

We remain free even while we’re here in human form. But in this human environment freedom is a choice. The happiness, joy, peace, and love that belong to us are moment to moment choices because we are so free, we can choose not to be. We can choose suffering and sacrifice, confinement and self-restriction. That’s how free we are! Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You are so free you can choose bondage. You are so free you can allow wellness or disallow wellness and end up with illness. In other words, the choice is so much yours as an individual, that only freedom could be the way of expressing it.”

As an essential part of creation, each of us has been set free on a journey to expand creation through our choices. And, even when it seems we’ve chosen poorly, even when we’ve chosen bondage over freedom and obligation over desire, Abraham-Hicks tells us that “we can’t get it wrong and we can’t get it done.” We can’t get it done because we are on a journey of spiritual design that has no end. It extends through eternity with our every step. We can’t get it wrong because choices that lead to struggle, suffering and difficulty only take us on a temporary detour from happiness.

Detours don’t lead to dead ends. We get back track, eventually, and more often than not, a little wiser for having taken one. We read in The Science of Mind, “God’s plan for man is a perfect one, and when we harmonize with it we will become free from all bondage.” Every detour, no matter how bumpy or long, will lead us, one way or another, to God’s perfect plan for us. It’s inevitable because it is our destiny. Since bondage and fear are contractions that cause us to withdraw from Life, and we are part of God’s perfect plan for the eternal expansion of Creation, nothing we do can make fear, and all that fear gives birth to, last forever.

We read in The Way of Transformation, “You remain perfectly free to choose to perceive differently. You remain free at all times to see that you are not the victim of circumstance, and not the victim of a relationship, a career, or being born into a certain nation.” We are not the victim of our parents, childhood, or education because we remain perfectly free see our Self differently now. Though we are absolutely free to focus on the physical forms of this world (including our own) as if it is all there is to them (and to us), as if there is nothing beyond what we see, we are also perfectly free to choose to perceive differently. We are free to maintain a positive view that allows us to enjoy God’s plan for Creation while we’re here in the world.

This human experience offers us opportunities that we can’t get anywhere else to use our power of mind to focus on thoughts that feel good, and to ignore thoughts that don’t. Our experience of life is up to us. No one can force us to believe what we don’t choose to believe about our self or the world around us—not our parents, teachers or churches, not our family, friends or the news media. We decide the thoughts we accept as true and which we will focus on, and it is our focus that determines how we react and respond to Life.

No matter what anyone says or does, no matter what the event or situation may be, there is nothing outside of us that can cause us to act against our own freewill. We are free to let go of yesterday’s thoughts, words and actions no matter how right they seemed at the time, or how righteous we felt at the time. We can choose to greet each day as brand new, as if it has no past to compare it to, which is true if we let it be. How free would we feel if we met each moment throughout the day with a mind open to ideas we’ve never had before, and to a deeper knowing we’ve not known before? We read in The Way of Transformation, “This is the time in which you can turn away from the past and look back upon it no longer. This is the time in which you can step into the light of the future of your own personal destiny, held in the hands of a perfectly loving Creator that already has a plan for you, or you would not have been birthed. For you are certainly not an accident!”

The definition of “destiny” is a lot or fortune (our treasure in Heaven). Destiny also means the inevitable or irresistible course of events (God’s plan for us). It’s not a paint-by-number plan in which we have no choice. It’s a blank canvas upon which we are free to choose how we will paint our unique creative expression of Creation. Our personal destiny is to expand and extend God’s Love by being that Love in the world. Our contribution matters because we are part of All-That-Is. We’re not an “accident!” We are God’s on purpose! Our perfectly loving Creator’s plan for us is that we be happy, joyous, peaceful, loving, and free as we express our self.

Why would we choose to be miserable forever, or even for one moment, when we are free to choose to perceive life in a happy way now? If we don’t notice what inspires our thoughts, i.e., which thoughts cause us to feel good and which ones don’t, we’ll postpone our experience of the moments of love, joy and peace that are part of the journey of eternally extending Creation one moment at a time.

Eternity might seem exhausting to think about if we think of It as a long, long time. We may even wonder if at some point we might get tired of creating! But eternity isn’t about time at all. It is the timelessness beyond time. It’s the space between a moment ago and the next moment; between what’s happened and what can occur. It’s a space of unlimited potential and possibilities that have yet be thought of or experienced. It is the Unchanging Space in which all change occurs Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Your entire life only happens in this moment.”

We can think about the past and wonder about the future, but when we do, we’re doing it here and now. We can regret the past and fear the future, but when we do, we’re doing it here and now. There is certainly no changing the past, it’s over and done. But there is no possibility of changing the future unless we make changes now. We are always right where we are, and we are always creating what’s next even if our thoughts are elsewhere. Eckhart Tolle continued, “The present moment is life itself. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have and make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” We are Home only in the Present Moment. Eternity is that one moment standing still forever. It’s always there and so are we.

My new iPhone offers a home screen with a picture of an illuminated Earth in a night sky. The picture is at an angle that shows the northern hemisphere and North America. And, because my iPhone knows where I am at all times, there is a green beam pulsating from Grand Blanc, MI. At the top of the picture is a clarification of the destination I’ve reached: “Home You’re already there.” That picture serves as a reminder to me that I’m always Home. It helps me to remember that I’m already there, immersed in the Love of God, still part of the Holy Plan. I don’t need to struggle to get there or anywhere. I don’t need wait for anything happen before that’s true. All that is required of me is to remember where I am and make the Now moment my focus. As I do, I’m free to create something new with no regrets about the past and no worries about the future. All I want, or would ever want, is where I am because my destiny lives in me as God’s will for me to be happy, peaceful, joyous, and free. All I’ve yet to know, even that which I don’t know I don’t know, is where I am because there is only here and now eternally.

There is a beautiful song by Prashanti Paz that I listen to often. It begins: “In this changing life, so much pain we find, trying to control the river’s flow, caught up in between fears and dreams, holding onto what’s already gone.” There is nothing permanent in this world. When we look out at the world of appearances and try to control what we see, the very thing we wish to change continues to appear to us only because we’re choosing to focus on it—whether it’s a lack of health, money, joy, peace of mind, or freedom. And, all the while we’re still on the Holy Path of God’s Plan for more and more holy experiences that will extend the good, beautiful and true.

Prashanti Paz goes on to sing of a way to see life differently: “In this Holy Life, so much love we find, You have given me the eyes to look inside,You have opened up my heart to shine Your Light, You have set me free, I can let this be. And, I’m coming home to you and I’m coming home to me.” As we realize we’re already Home in God, we realize that we are living a Holy Life, and that our only purpose is to extend the Love of God in the present moment no matter who is standing before us.

The master teacher, Mooji, wrote: “You are already the One Self. You will purchase the map, Only to find you are already Here.” We are already Here because there is no other place to be. There is nowhere else but here and now. No other Life available to us. All Life is happening now. Every moment we make NOW our primary focus, we come Home to our perfectly loving Creator and to our true Self. Ram Das said that we are just walking each other home. But we can be there in a twinkling of an eye if we choose to be because it is a timeless journey without distance.