While helping my Dad chop wood, we broke the ax handle. As I was hammering on a new handle the hammer suddenly slipped and slammed into my hand, causing immediate pain and swelling. Remembering a technique from Serge King, I quickly reviewed the events leading up to the moment to clear any emotional causes in my thinking. Next, I re-ran the sequence of events in my mind, only with a different outcome. I acted it out, raising the hammer and almost hitting my hand, this time feeling the relief of just missing it. It took about 60 times of reenactment before the pain, swelling and black-blue disappeared completely. No more pain – as if it hadn’t happened, all to the amusement of my Dad!
Time is tricky. Five minutes in pain can seem like hours; time flies when you’re having fun. But what if you could actually use time to transform your life? Instead of being measured in absolute minutes and hours and once gone never to be again, suppose time, instead of being something concrete, set in stone, were as malleable as a child’s modeling clay?
When you wake up in the morning, how do you know to be “you”? You have an entire history of memories – of emotional experiences, schooling, learnings, beliefs, family history, your body size, body experiences, etc. All those memories make up who you think you are. Let’s look at how the past determines who you are. The unconscious mind takes everything as if it is now. If you are remembering something in the past, your unconscious is literally recreating the neurotransmitters, hormones and peptides that were activated in your body then – now. If you go back and actively re-imagine a past event with full emotional investment, you change the way your body stores that memory, and you literally change who you are.
A woman with Multiple Personalities (MPD) had full-blown adult diabetes with one personality, as tested by her blood sample. She then changed personalities and instantly shifted to not having diabetes, as evidenced by an immediate blood test. Another was allergic to orange juice with one personality and not allergic with a second. In both cases the different memories, life experiences and beliefs that one personality had versus the other resulted in different physical conditions.
The same is true for the future. If you actively imagine something in the future turning out just as you’d like it, feeling all the emotional pleasures of it, as if it is happening now, you are installing a program in your unconscious to give you that very thing. The unconscious knows it has already happened like that in the future, so it gears everything to that reality.
Active imagination plus emotional investment equals a different reality, whether past or future.
Turning to science for corollaries, we find that the observer not only influences the observed but can determine what is observed by their expectations. If you expect to see a photon act as a wave of energy, it does. If you measure it as if it is a particle of matter, it is.
By our interaction we can also affect the past. Imagine an experiment where a machine sends 100 balls out which will go 50% of the time to the right and 50% to the left. The 50% chance of going one way is as predictable as flipping a coin for heads or tails. Experimenters that were good at thought projection “willed” the ball to go to the right and were able to influence the ball to go that way to a statistically-significant degree. Now imagine the machine has sent its 100 balls out but no one has looked at the results yet. Meditators were also able to influence the results even after the balls had been sent – as long as the results had not been seen yet! It seemed that they could meditate on the past, and influence the already-determined outcome.
Perhaps you don’t like the way you handled a situation. You may feel guilty, a little sad, maybe even resentful. You can go back in your mind to that situation, with all the insights, increased wisdom and perspective from now, and replay it, handling it in a better way. Noticing how good you feel about how it turns out this time, bring that feeling to now. It’s as if you now have two “histories” of that event, which gives you more behavioral choices in any future situations. With a little practice, perhaps this technique can be applied to global situations as well as to ourselves. All we’ve got is our mind. If the past and future are truly malleable, then we have a responsibility to make up our mind as we want it, or someone will make it up for us.