change it, add to it or re-organise it. It creates a new context. Possibilities that didn't exist now come into being. The future is built on possibility. The future is constant.
If we carry our past with us into the future, we are limiting the amount of space we have in our future because it is taken up with the past we bring into it. If what we have in our future is our past, our future is going to be consistent with what we had in our past.
If we can take the past OUT of our future, we create an empty space which we can fill with all manner of possibilities and opportunities that are not governed or linked to any past activity. If you do not empty out your past from your future right now then all you are doing is changing your past.
Childhood experiences that have been traumatic. It can be one experience that was big enough to be traumatic, or a series of experiences.
An example would be: If you have been bullied at school, it's probably not the one time but more likely a period of bullying over time. That begins to shape who you are, and who you need to be, to become, to survive. You can't do much at the time about that but you have to do something to defend yourself. And that leads you into continuing to be that person who has built up defence mechanisms to deal with bullying but at some point you have to find a way to take that past OUT of your future and put it back IN the past.
We all have excess baggage. We carry it around in our heads. It's there even when we don't see it.
We are concerned about excess baggage when we go on vacation. We don't want it then, so we weigh our bags to make sure we are below the requirement. Trouble is, we carry it around at all other times.
At any given moment of any given day, we reference the excess baggage for information. Even worse than that, we carry it into our future. We expect to be able to function and plan and build strategies for a brighter future when we carry our past around with us.
I am not talking about forgetting your past, or where you come from, or your history, or the people in it...
I am talking about today being the day when you stop paying for your bags of excess baggage, and go forward with your hands open to grasp the opportunities that will come your way.
You CANNOT grab opportunity if your hands are full!!
We human beings don't leave the past in the past. We carry the past into the future. When you do that it appears as if the past gives you who you are, and who you are in the present.
Lets imagine the past and the future as two filing cabinets.
If you take the past out of the filing cabinet marked FUTURE, and put it in the filing cabinet marked PAST, what have you got in the FUTURE? NOTHING! Which is wonderful. Fantastic!!!!
Because if, WHO I AM in the present, is determined by the future into which I am living, I can CREATE a future for myself that gives me, in the present, a life of being, joy, happiness, accomplishment...a life worth living.
We need a lot of space that we can fill with future plans and experiences...