Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Not Exactly "Back to the Future"

Time travel has long captured imaginations. One of the reasons is that people have regrets, make mistakes, feel guilt, and experience loss. People think: "If I could only go back in time and change one little thing...things would be so much better today", but we all know with certainty that you cannot change the past. Or can you?

How can you change the past? By choosing how to remember it. At the subconscious level, you do it all of the time. Here is a simplified example. The same event happens to two people, yet they may vividly recall very different versions of what happened. Does this mean they are both lying? Does it mean they are both telling the truth? The answer is yes and no to both questions. How so? They both remember it differently due to subconscious memory selection (SMS).

By definition, you cannot control your subconscious, nor can you control your SMS. You can however, aid your SMS by consciously choosing what you would like to remember. Think of when you were a child and you scraped your knee. Do you remember how long you cried? What caused the scrape? Which knee it was? What you were wearing? Or, do you remember how your mother comforted you? Hugged and held you? How she kissed your knee and made it feel better?

I am not saying bad stuff doesn't happen. In fact some bad memories can be helpful. Right now you can go back and find a memory that has held you back, and change it. From now on, you can choose how you will frame your memories. There are infinite opportunities to change the past. In effect, you can say "I can go back in time and change one little thing...things will be so much better today and tomorrow".

3 Comments:

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Stephen Ward said...

This is the kind of pep talk Uncle Rico needed before he bought that crystal-operated time machine. Or he just wouldn't have needed either if the coach had only put him in during that fourth quarter. He would have taken state!

Okay, I'm a weirdo. :)

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger A1 Success Force said...

Figures. :)

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous grace said...

I feel exactly the same way, but unfortunately, can't write as well as you do. Great blog! I enjoyed reading it. Mind if I linked u?

 

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