In my early college years, I often mused over the thought that “Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow.” Now while exploring implications of the principle of Better Endings for creative re-visioning, this phrase has come back into the foreground for my understanding.
It is a truism that yesterday’s future is where you stand/ think/ act today. As well though, consider: When you have a memory of a “past” event, this memory is transpiring in your mind’s eye only NOW, filtered through your reflection and projection in the present moment. As your consciousness changes, so does your view of the past, coloring a memory and recasting it in the present moment.
We rescript our life story and hence our personal reality moment by moment, day by day.
Likewise, when you conceive of or envision a “future” condition or action, this visualization is occurring in your mind’s eye right NOW, also as a projection from your immediate-present waking awareness (or in your dream awareness: when you dream of a future or a past event, the dream is still occurring NOW).
The future has no reality apart from our projections about it, for as soon as the next day or another moment arrives, it is NOW.
As well, your anticipations or expectations about “future” events are multiplex; you may envision a wide array of possible or probable outcomes of present conditions, yet these can unfold only as a future-NOW event.
The future, as a mere projection from our current outlook, exists as a potentially infinite array of possibilities limited primarily by the constraints we impose as determined by our present state of bias or beliefs.
The simple fact, then, that Tomorrow’s Yesterday is Today carries great value; this is the value, the amazing potential, of NOW.
Below is a Better Endings Seed, a visualization exercise that you may use for journaling or contemplation:
What’s Coming Up for you Tomorrow, and how may it be influenced by aspects of the thought world you inhabit Today?
If you desire to improve your Tomorrow, how might you tweak your prospective outlook today?
An easy way to apply this Better Endings visualization technique is to make a list of some of what you expect to do or aim to accomplish tomorrow. THEN: ADD ONE NEW ELEMENT that will make your tomorrow more exciting or more creatively productive. Add ONE THING that will propel you forward Tomorrow in a different, more progressive direction.
Please feel free to Comment about the results of this thought experiment!