Walking Between The Worlds
I’ve often wondered what I would say to myself if I could go back through time and confront myself at various critical moments during my life. Philosophers and physicists have suggested many different models for time, ranging from the simplistic notion of linear time to multiple parallel universes.
In my writings I’ve used the model below to represent the three states of being and I believe it is worthwhile to consider the notion of ‘Walking between the Worlds’ as a key skill in the attainment of Self Mastery.
In the Present lies our point of power. The intersection between spirit and matter and hence the only opportunity that we have to affect the material world through action. In the Future lies possibility and as such it is a blank canvas and our opportunity to dream a new reality for ourselves.
Neuroscience tells us that the more often we use the same neural networks the more strongly the neurons wire together and hence the more likely we are to subconsciously perpetuate the same behavioural patterns. In the model above we could see this as spinning around the Past/Present loop making deeper and deeper grooves in the paper and our minds, as we do so.
The issue is that going around and around in the same loop creates a momentum which spills over into the Future so that in the Present, when we are confronted with a new situation – a new opportunity – instead of grasping it and creating change, we are much more likely to subconsciously continue with our old ways.
Neurobiology also tells us that this perpetuation of old behaviours and patterns has a chemical aspect to it (see the work of Candace Pert ‘Molecules of Emotion’). Feelings experienced in the brain trigger the release of neuro-peptides and other chemicals into our system. In other words, the outcomes produced in the form of how we feel, have a chemical signature. It is this chemical signature – or environment – that we get addicted to.
Research in Neuroscience also tells us that from 0 to 2 years of age a baby’s brain is mostly operating in the Delta brain wave range – this corresponds to deep sleep and therefore unconscious beliefs. From 2 to 6 years of age a child’s brain is predominantly in the Theta brain wave range – corresponding to subconscious beliefs. From 6 onwards a child’s brain reflects an adult mix of Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta waves.
Therefore the emotional environment that you experience from 0 to 6 years of age is critical in laying down your unconscious and subconscious beliefs about what is ‘normal’ and hence what feelings and chemical environment you will seek to subconsciously recreate in your life.
As we grow older we create behavioural loops to support the creation of what we believe to be a ‘normal’ environment. Thoughts create actions which create results which have feelings attached which create chemicals which create more feelings which create more actions and hence we go around the loop again.
So without consciously thinking about it, when confronted with a situation similar to something that has happened in the past, we subconsciously press the ‘play’ button on an old recorded behavioural pattern.
The result of all of this is that it is very hard to create real change in our lives because subconsciously we are trying to perpetuate the behaviours and feelings that we are used to – even if they are dysfunctional and not what we consciously say we want.
Yes – that’s right – if you find yourself in this situation then the enemy is within. It is you and your trained addiction to old habits, behaviours and the feelings and chemicals that result.
Which brings me to Walking between the Worlds.
If we seek to create something different for ourselves in the Future then we must first plant some seeds of possibility. Do some Visioning, in other words (try the Visioning exercise in Principle 4 of the Self Mastery Program at www.acping.net).
Once you have a Vision then try the following exercise:-
Go off to a quite place where you can meditate and get yourself into a calm centred and relaxed state. Now take yourself forwards in time to the end point in your Vision (whatever time frame you set for your Vision – e.g. 6 months, 2 years, 5 years etc).
Come into the reality of your Vision as an observer. Find yourself – your ‘FutureMe’ - in your Vision and sit and watch and observe ‘FutureMe’.
How is FutureMe being? How is FutureMe behaving? How is FutureMe feeling?
Watch and observe FutureMe for as long as you can.
When you are ready come back to the present and reground yourself.
Now ask yourself – Am I in love with FutureMe?
That is, when you reflect on what you saw as your future self – did you absolutely 100% unreservedly LOVE FutureME??
If yes, your Vision is good. If not then you need to revisit your Vision and revisit and refine FutureMe until you do get to the point where you are in LOVE with FutureMe.
Once you are at that point you then need to practice Walking between the Worlds. Taking time to go to the future and observe FutureMe and the world in which he or she lives. Charge this world with as much emotional energy as possible. Ask yourself WHY you want this will stir emotions. Visualise it with as much clarity as possible so as to begin to put some spin and momentum into the Future/Present loop that you wish to create.
Remember the aim here is to train your mind to seize the moment of opportunity that arises in between thought and action and to take action aligned to the Future you desire rather than the Past that you are addicted to. By visualising the Future with emotional intensity what we wish to do is to start to tap into our feelings about this Future and hence create the corresponding chemicals AND replace our old addictions with new ones.
The more you Walk between the Worlds the more you will build a relationship with FutureMe. The more you will create a strong link between your Present reality and the Future you want.
Once you have done this - when faced with a decision in the Present you can simply ask – What would FutureMe do in this situation?
When you have your answer don’t try to rationalise it. Don’t try to justify it in any way. Just do it and slowly but surely you will become FutureMe.
The second part of Walking between the Worlds is walking backwards and reclaiming your power.
In this exercise, you need to identify any past issues that bother you or somehow limit you from being who you want to be.
Take yourself off somewhere quiet once again and get yourself centred and grounded. When you are ready go back to the time in question. Observe your PastMe for a while until you feel you have truly connected. Now sit down with PastMe and have a talk with them.
What do you feel you need to say to your Past self? What does PastMe most need to know so that they can be truly whole and truly powerful?
Make peace with PastMe and nurture them as much as possible. Help them to release whatever fear, doubt or anxiety they may be holding onto. Lastly, bring them into a space of joy and see them happy and playing.
When you are ready come back to the Present and reground yourself in the moment.
Now you know how to Walk between the Worlds.
Next challenge is to practice it until you are fluid in the skill and able to float between the Past, Present and the Future as your needs desire.