Daily Archives: February 12, 2012

Changing the Past

Do we change the past when we heal our memories?

This question seems both ridiculous and significant.

It is ridiculous if we hold to a belief in linear time where time only moves in one direction: where the past is gone, the present is here, and the future is yet to come.

It is significant if it brings healing and peace to our world.

Changing the PastOne way to look at this is to see if it is possible to influence the past by what is done in the present or in the future. Several books document this possibility. Lynne McTaggart’s The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe includes studies that provide evidence that the past is influenced by the present.

The explanation for this influence is that time functions as a dimension, like the space dimensions of height, width, and depth. Therefore, it must be able to travel in two directions. Height measures up and down. Width goes left and right. Depth is seen as near and far. Time consists of past and future.

In each spacial dimension, we can measure and experience two attributes at the same instant. Why should the time dimension be any different?

Quantum physics and string theory tell us that time separates events that are actually happening all at once. Every time I think I almost understand this, the experience of living in a time dimension pushes the understanding away from me.

Since I hadn’t been able to wrap my brain around this idea, my experience of seeing the musical score from my dream and my son’s question about how healing memories changes the past gave me new insight.

I know that my past experiences determine my present perspectives. The past influences how I think about the present. It influences how I think about the future.

I know that a painful experience from the past is similar to a painful experience in the present. When I focus on the pain of any experience, past, present, or future, I experience the pain in the present. This is true for each experience, no matter when it happened.

Therefore, if I change my perspective and experience emotional healing about that past experience, I change how I feel about it. I redefine how I see it. Within this change, as a creative being, I may even change the facts of the situation as I remember them.

In other words, I change the past.

This is not remarkable. It happens all the time. Religious, government, and world leaders understand the importance of using the past to create an agenda for the present and future. Therefore, they use our history books, religious teachings, and government statements for this purpose.

It is obvious that we change the past to suit our present perspective.

This is undeniable.

Some of us are conscious of doing this. Others are not.

The way we perceive the past serves our personal agendas. It allows us to hold grudges or to forgive. It allows us to perpetuate love or hate. We, as creative beings, use this skill to accomplish our purpose.

As I consider this, I realize the answer to my original question.

Yes, we can change the past. Besides the experiments that show it is possible, there is the act of recreating history to fulfill an agenda.

It is common practice.

With this realization, I see I can change my perspective of the past for the purpose of experiencing a peaceful present.

Will you join me?