Know thyself has often been said. Know thyself now, not what you once were. You do not have to count from 1 to 200 before you can count from 200. Start counting from 200.
The past does not have to linger. You don't have to have it. The past is made up of past perception, beloveds. You are not the past. You may think you are a product of the past, yet it is your own perception that you are a product of. It is well to get out of the past so that you can know who you are now.
Know thyself does not mean to know who you once seemed to be. If you are now a thief, what matters it that once you were a seller of wares? If you are a philanthropist now, what matters it that once you were a thief? What does it matter what you once were, thought you were, saw yourself as, what role you once practiced? It matters your life now. It matters what song you sing now.
Make now the loveliest of all. Wring every morsel of joy from it. Be glad you are here. You do not need the accolades from the past nor do you need the troubles.
You are a new Being today who eternally springs from My heart. What else do you need to know? You are the power of My love on Earth. That's it. That's your place in the scheme of things. That's your script. You are in this new play now. What your lines were in the last play have nothing to do with this play. Yes, you came from there, but so what? Once you were the scullery maid, and now you are Cinderella. Once you played a bit part, and now you are the star. And if once you were the star and now you play a bit part, play it well. The bit player has as much love to give as the matinee idol. No one has more love to give than you.
To give your love, you have to let bygones be bygones. There are no two ways about it. Step out of the past. It is only a pit you have fallen into. Everyone knows that if you fall into a pit, you climb out of it. Would you stay there by choice? Would you only wait until someone would come to pull you out? Scale the heights, beloved, and you are out of the pit you fell into. Surely, you haven't decided to do an analysis about how you fell and what you have to do to get out? Start climbing. That's what you have to do.
Whatever your past, climb out of it. You are at the starting line now. Wherever you are now, this is your starting line. Off with the old, and on with the new. Know thyself now.
You have exceeded the past. Why stay in it? Not for the sake of nostalgia, and not for the sake of pain. Where you used to be is only where you used to think you were. You were never where you thought. You were never in that pit you thought you fell into. It was a moment's thought, that's all it was. And now your thoughts are somewhere else. And now your thoughts can be wherever you want them to be. You are the star of your life, and you are a stellar Being on Earth. You are a Being of My heart, and that's what you really are and have always been if you had the eyes to see and the ears to hear. You are the beloved fruit of My vine. What else can you be except in illusion?