Wait… isn’t it the other way around? Isn’t it: past, then present, then future? Doesn’t the present come from the past? Isn’t the future what comes from the present? Isn’t this backwards?
Here’s my take:
From a linear point of view, it’s stupid clear: the past came first. You have the memory of reading that last sentence. It happened recently, and, indeed, it already happened. That’s the past. It happened first.
Then comes the present, the now, the actual moment during which you are reading this very word and which dissolves into, yes, the past, as soon as your attention passes every fragment of every letter. What was “now” a moment ago is (now) gone, cataloged under what we call memory, and not “here” or “now” anymore. And, pardoning the redundancy, this happens after what came first – the past. So, the present comes after the past.
Then comes the third main concept we use to chop up time, the future. It hasn’t happened yet, so therefore it must happen after both the past and present.
It makes sense.
But there’s a catch. Time is only linear from a certain, if rudimentary, perception of it. It tends to be more cyclical in the way we’ve gotten used to living it, like the wheel of a hamster that can spend its whole life running and not go anywhere. The mind is notorious for recreating what is familiar to it. You made a decision at some point in time that you’re too short, mommy doesn’t love you, and work is hard to find. You also came to believe that spaghetti tastes great, your city is the coolest place on earth, and your favorite color is orange. When your mind is presented with a situation that has to do with any of these programmed bits, it will choose and find evidence according to what it’s used to, further reaffirming what you already find familiar and “true”.
So, in a way, your present actually came from a time that has passed: your future – which you declared in your mind and projected forward in time in the past. And all the while the mind got busy making it possible in the material world, which of course takes time. Hence, your present is the gift you collect from the future you’ve pre-programmed in the past.
Doesn’t seem so linear from here.
So does this mean that the future is actually the past, and vice-versa?
My philosophical view says: Perhaps, and from a certain standpoint.
My functional view says: Who cares?
Here’s the practical issue to apply:
Knowing that thought precedes matter – that you create your reality from your thoughts – the trick is to look at what you’re looking at. In other words, to observe what it is you’re thinking about – what you’re giving your energy and attention to – as this is what immediately gives the mind an order to fetch more of it for you, from the future and into your present.
“My job sucks.”
“My boss is an ass.”
“I could never (be, do, have…)”
Although these statements may sound like mere descriptions or opinions, they are actually taken by the mind as a command to create more of them as the present rolls on. Why do you think a poor man tends to stay poor and a rich man tends to grow richer? It’s neither luck nor the economy. It’s what they spend their time thinking about – what “truths” they take for granted for themselves – and what their resulting actions are from those thoughts.
When you continue to think about your past in the present, you’re creating your future as a copy of your past, just like a sculpture that comes out of a mold – which has already been made, in the past. In fact, a cast sculpture cannot be made unless there is a mold made before it – otherwise it cannot take that predetermined shape! Remember, your mind will, by default, choose and create according to what it’s used to. In this way your future cannot be anything other than your past! You’re just repeating the same situations that you’ve already created, only with other people, in other places, wearing different shoes. All over again.
Same shit, different toilet.
Unless, and here’s the trick, you bring conscious choice to (the) matter. So the real concern is to clearly define the mold exactly the way that you actually want the “finished piece” to be. As you energize this vision by repeatedly bringing it to your consciousness (and subsequently your subconsciousness – and there are several ways to do this) you’re actually sending that idea to your future as a seed in the timeless realm of energy. How much emotion you pour into it will set the pace for its fruition. Every effort you put forth to make this idea more real in your mind will better guide your actions to materialize it. And it begins to take shape, anew.
Nonetheless, whether it’s been created by default or consciously, whether it’s what you wanted or not, it’s still what you’ve got. It’s your present – a gift. A gift from you – to you. So use it. Make the best of it. Decide what’s the best you could possibly do with what you have, and you’ll be simultaneously planting that seed in your future.
You still could, of course, let your thoughts go back to their familiar ways.
And you’ll continue to get what you’ve already got.
So watch your mouth. And more importantly, your thoughts.
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Carli Bauzá Feliciano
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I read your article and I was happily surprised due fresh ideas come flowing all over and yet it has always been said so. Nice surprise for the day.
Bien bajado el balon!
Mil gracias por leer y por comentar, Fabi! Me alegra que te haya gustado.
Spectacular reading! keep feedin’ me!
I found amazingly curious your line of thought, and so reasonable truthful. By saying I hate my job! immediately becomes your present therefore your future.
Promise I will keep close attention to this way of expressing ideas and feelings.
big phat hug!!
Gracias, Esteban! Glad it gave your mind a twist!
Aplícalo, que funciona muy bien, y no solo en el trabajo – en todas partes.
Glad to have you here, bro.
Te mando un abrazo.
You’ve explained the premise to “Groundhog’s Day” movie to me without intending to do so. For years, I thought I understood what was going on in that movie, but now I truly do.
I admit that I’m guilty of some of those negative thoughts, which I constantly struggle to shake. I started working with a Spiritual Advisor last year to help me find my spiritual world and it’s helped me immensely. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the next step and what/who I need in my life to help me get to the next level. I will continue to read your posts and share them as well.
BTW, how’d you know that orange is my favorite color?
Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
Hey, Alex. Thanks for you comment! I haven’t thought about Groundhog Day in years, but I guess it does have a lot to do with this.
We all have these chains of thoughts that leave a lot to be desired. It’s how we’ve come to know life. As the post says, the important thing is to watch what we’re saying to ourselves and evaluate whether that’s what we want.
Regarding orange, I sometimes prefer it myself as well for certain stuff, so there 😉
Thanks for sharing the blog. It’s great to know that you found it helpful.
Great read Carli … goes along the line of positive mental attitude … thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Dan! Glad to know you liked it 🙂
Nice piece of literature. I love you have framed the above ideas and thoughts. I like how you angled the ideas differently. You got me thinking just a little bit different about my future. Sometimes you need to hear and read it from different perspectives for an idea to catch on and hit home. Thanks Jason
Jason, glad it helped. Thanks for your comment!