I've just listened to a podcast by Alberto Villoldo..
I've listened to a few of his sessions.. and love them all. I was actually ready to go and do his shamanic course years ago.. but finances and time didn't mix.
I'd like to cover time for you; both from how we see it conventionally, and how he shamans and indigenous see it
Conventionally, we see time like an arrow... it is a straight line. The past is behind us, the future ahead. We have no control over what happened before .. we are the product of our past and we have yet to taste the future. We may even fear the future.
Makes us feel vulnerable yes? As if we have no control over anything? Something horrible happened to be in the past and now every time something similar happens... I get ??? or i am forever fearful of that something happening again.
Shamans see time quite differently. The past and future can be one. Like a spiral turning in on itself, like a pretzel, like the infinity sign..
All time exists at once. What I do now can influence what happened in 'my past' and I can influence something I may do in the future.
This can get pretty handy when you have some trauma in your earlier years... you can go back and rewrite how you perceive that event.
The present, past and future co exist ...
My' past lives' are happening in conjunction with my present reality.
A bit mind blowing isn't it.. I thought that too when I heard this many decades ago.
But I've also come to accept it, as I've had many sessions with various healers and modalities where I have re-written a traumatic event .... mainly in this life.. but if it works for this life I can't see why it wouldn't work for past/future lives.
Quantum physics supports this. A change to a sub atomic particle can be instantaneous for it's partner particle half way across the globe. Distance doesn't come into it.. so it quashes our idea that we have to have time as a factor of distance. Meaning to say.. in our 3D reality... if I want to get from here to there... then I have to travel a distance and that takes some time.
The reason we can go back and 're-write' our response to a traumatic event... is that the brain is pliable. In another post I wrote about how the brain doesn't know the difference between real and imagined.
In fact more studies now are now showing that we can't actually depend on our memories to be accurate when recounting an event from the past. This event in the past can actually be altered by perception, time and new events. What you might swear was someone taking your lunch in grade school .... might not bear too much resemblance to what actually happened. I'm not saying anyone is lying.. it's just that our brain can alter the event based on our traumatic response or recounting and recounting it can add 'texture' to the actual memory.
So.. this simply leaves the door open to going back in time and taking a traumatic memory and telling our mind a different version. This is not something you do on a lazy Sunday afternoon after a few beers. This does need someone helping you , guiding you... as you could get yourself into a pickle if you got stuck in the memory and re-living the trauma. And it usually needs to be done under hypnosis. But it can be done.
So if today you fear spiders... and you remember an event that happened to you when you were 5 years old that involved spiders and scared you, it is possible through different modalities .. to go back to that event that happened when you were 5 and change your perception of it.
Changing your perception of it then.. alters how you react NOW to that spider you are seeing right this very minute. I've seen it work on others and on myself. What once got your heartrate up or gave you sweaty palms ... now is just an observation.
Just a note though... for many of us we may not even remember the event when we were 5 years old. In fact the event was so traumatising, that we have blocked it from our conscious waking memory. Our subconscious mind.... on the other hand ...that captures every event in our lives does still remember it... so there's no escaping it.
For most of us... that is how we function. We react to an event in the NOW...eg .. react to a spider that's appeared on our windscreen ... that more than likely reminds us (or reminds our subconscious) of an event that happened in our earlier years. We have a reaction NOW based on how we reacted decades ago.
Anyway - I think I've digressed.
Back to time and our perception.
How is this helpful for us in everyday life.
Well, I guess if you can change your perception of time.. then while we still have to conform to our current notion of time, ie the alarm clock goes off, or a work/school deadline or a bill to pay...
What we can do is realize that we are creating a new memory every moment. One that can alter a past perception and a future outcome. So what do we want to carry into our future ... a thought of doom and gloom? or one of 'life is OK'
Do we want to constantly think that our neighbour is a bleep** or do we just let them be who they are (as long as they aren't hurting us) and move on and just allow them space. Do we want to keep telling ourselves we just aren't good enough or would we rather just be the best version we can be and accept we are still on our L plates and that's OK. Regardless of whether your 16 or 61... we are still on L plates when it comes to LIFE!.
We surely don't know everything there is to know.. the world is constantly unfolding and changing and global perceptions that were gospel 50 years ago are now being broken.
Could anyone have imagined back then that we'd be using our phones as portable computers and with instant access to databases all over the world? (internet) and with instant access to our bank accounts, food delivery, knowledge at the end of our fingertips ( thanks Google)
If you described a telephone to someone in the 1700's.. they'd think you were mad.
I think we're on the precipice of amazing advancements.
Think about Elon Musks' Starlink... global internet fast communications anywhere on the globe... even the most remote areas.
Magnetism could change how we think about Power generation... and it wouldn't cost a lot.
Have I digressed again!
All this to say... what we think is very important.
It is a window to our past and our future. Observe your thoughts ... when you catch yourself thinking thoughts that don't feel good... see if you can switch them out for something a little more uplifting or at least neutral.
Remember that potentially... you are reacting in the now .... based on something that is more a byproduct of an event that happened years and years ago ...
and that NOW you have the potential to decide if that is truly how you want to react.
We CAN rewrite how we respond and think and behave in the now with a little self observation.
Where we've been doesn't have to be where we are at now. And if we can slightly change our now, we are also impacting our future.
A little mind bending? ... well perhaps... life is a bit mind bending all of it's own sometimes!