Life can really get you down and in some cases literally drive you crazy if your past was filled with challenges, trauma or was just unsettled and dysfunctional.
When we work on ourselves and our lives, we tend to focus on changing the future, by changing our current mindset and working hard to create a new, perfect life.
I’ve often written about manifesting the life you desire, whether it’s to find inner peace, buy or rent the perfect home, meet your soul mate, or achieve the highest paying job. And many of you know that Dean and I taught the process of successfully creating vision boards, prosperity wheels and similar in the past. You can read the most recent post on The Art of Manifesation for more on this topic.
I’ve also talked a lot of about changing your thought process to change your life, letting go of grief, addressing trauma, about forgiveness, and about surrender.
Many people have undertaken psychotherapy, CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), hypnotherapy, RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapy), life coaching and an endless array of other offerings to help them move on from an event, a trauma, or just a difficult situation.
But all of this work doesn’t change the past and it has a habit of resurfacing, often creating grief, fear, anxiety and that “not again” feeling, and really the question must be whether we can actually change the past?
Well I could get into talking about parallel timelines and the option of changing to another version of your life! I did actually do a meditation recently to help me cross to another more positive timeline while I slept. Things looked the same next morning, but I’m reserving my judgement on this because I do think it’s definitely possible.
Changing the Past
However, what I actually wanted to talk about in this post is revising or re-envisioning our past.
Neville Goddard, an American author born in Barbados (1900-1972) was probably ahead of his time when back in the 1940s he told people that you are your own creator. His works were all around self-help, the Bible, and mysticism and while he did talk about things from the Bible, Goddard did not believe in God.
What made me look him up was this quote that I came across in one of my meditation podcasts:
“Dwelling on past irritations or hurts perpetuates them and creates a vicious circle that serves to confirm these negative emotions. The circle can be broken by starting now to revise anything that you no longer wish to sustain in your world.” – Neville Goddard
These past, repeating destructive habits of being led down the same never ending path can literally drive you crazy and so we have tended to look to the future to change all of this, because that saying “you can’t change the past” ifeels like it’s been set in stone!
“By revising the past, you rid yourself of any effect it may have on your future. Revision is truly the key, which can be used to unlock the doors that have kept you trapped in a particular state.” – Neville Goddard
Goddard’s very simple solution was to create new scenes in your mind and then live them as the reality of your past, a bit like manifestation for what has already gone. While this may seem like you are living in a dream and it may not work for everyone, it’s definitely worth considering if you are in that state of groundhog day which I’ve written about previously, and you feel you have run out of options.
This feels a little like the prequel to a movie or a book, where we watched and lived the main series, but somehow we wanted to know what went before or maybe there were aspects that needed to be changed in the before, to make sense of the after. Star Wars comes to mind here where they rather cleverly created episodes 4, 5 and 6 first and then twenty years later went back and created episodes 1, 2 and 3. A Star Wars buff would also no doubt tell us that there are later prequels to episode 1 as well, which is probably the case!
Goddard’s advice was that you can REVISE anything, anytime, anywhere.
You don’t have to replay your whole past or “go deep” into the trauma again to make the change, as with manifestation, you just need to create it in your mind and live it in your heart.
REPLACE the past with what you would have wanted to happen.
This is about re-envisioning or revising the past, rather than purely manifesting for the future, although in a sense changing the past will change the future.
It may be that this is not necessarily a permanent fix for you, but a way of leaving the reality of your past alone for a time, while you create a new past in your mind that allows you to settle and make positive change in your future. Whether you want to call it manifesting change, crossing timelines or just veiling the past, it’s another tool for transformation on the spiritual path that may just work for you.