How to Remember the Future
play with ‘reality’
by Linda Markley (First published with Telling
the Difference in ReSource
Magazine April 2005)
Have you ever had an idea, dropped or forgotten it, and
then seen it working for someone else? That may have been an idea whose time had
come. Though the idea, which may have been a memory of the future, occurred to
many people, only a few focused their energy clearly enough on it to actually
participate in that particular future.
Remembering the future, a mostly latent natural ability
Studies show that most precognitions are of tragedies. The
likely reason for this is that we are so thoroughly conditioned to believe that
perceiving the future is not possible that our natural precognitive abilities
have gone dormant. Like the superhuman strengths individuals display during life
threatening emergencies, they only spill over into our conscious minds during
times of crisis.1
Further evidence of this is found in studies that show most
precognitions occur during sleep and that hypnotized subjects score
significantly higher on precognitive tests than non-hypnotized subjects.1
Yet numerous experiments have now proved that, awake or
asleep, we all have pre-cognitive abilities available to us.
Passive observers or ‘players’?
Other experiments have shown that we can affect the random
movement of machines simply by an act of will. When experiments also engaged the
unconscious, the results were more significant.
It’s evident, then, that we can, to some extent, use mind
and will power to influence future events. They are useful tools, widely touted
as a panacea for all ills. They have their limitations, however. Used alone,
they can be a thin veneer of positivity, clarity and focus over a mass of
Bringing more of ourselves into the game
We know from physics that everything, including physical
matter, is made up of energy. Energy is the only base building block there is.
What makes things different is their energetic signature or
wave form, the amplitude, frequency, phase, intensity etc. of their energetic
vibration. In a room full of tuning forks, calibrated to various pitches, if one
is dinged, all the ones calibrated to the same pitch will ding too.2
In the same way, we resonate with things, people and
futures that are, literally, on our wavelength. Like attracts like, to him who
has will more be given.
Our thoughts are energy and that’s why they are
important. But we often have inner conflicts to our thoughts that are also
energy. Until these inner conflicts are cleared, we won’t resonate with and
attract what we want.
Another thing that happens when we use thought and will
power alone, is that we can climb the ladder of success only to find that it’s
leaning against the wrong wall. Or that there is an escalator round the corner.
Or that the wall will be toppled. Or that it takes continual effort to stay on
top. Or that an emptiness or change in another area of our lives limits our
There are many possibilities. We’ve largely lost access
to our knowing and, to compensate for this, we try to figure out what’s best
for us. But our thinking minds simply didn’t have access to all the
information we need to make effective decisions.
Ear to the ground
If we are all influencing the future, then,
depending on what happens in the present, the possibilities and probabilities
for the future must evolve. This is one reason why people sometimes feel their
intuition has let them down. Their initial intuition may have been right at that
time. As things changed, there may have been updating clues that they missed.
As certain futures become more and more
probable, they may be less open to change. So, ideally, we would remember the
possible futures that are relevant to us early on and get updates as they
How to remember more of the future
Early previews and updates can be subtle
and fleeting, and come in many ways, including words, images, feelings, hunches
and physical sensations.
Our bodies are useful barometers. They can indicate when we
are on or off course. Unlike our minds, they never lie. They simply respond to
stimuli, including, those in the future.
This was shown in an experiment in which volunteers were
wired up to physiological monitors that recorded changes in skin conductance,
heart rate and blood pressure. Then the computer randomly displayed photos of
tranquil, arousing or shocking scenes. Volunteer’s bodies responded as
expected after seeing the different images but also registered similar
physiological responses before seeing the photo. Their bodies were
anticipating what they were about to see.3
To make use of such clues, we need to be
aware of them. To do that, we need to be fully present. The only time we have to
remember the future is now. If, in the now, we are distracted, we will miss the
Who or what is the ‘I’ that creates our own reality?
When we are fully present, the experiencing self is not
separate from the experience. When we are integrated in this way with our
experience, we are what we think, for thinking is inseparable from being, not
something used to manipulate our lives. From this space of Wholeness or Oneness
with all that is, the “I” that is the totality, truly creates our reality.4
When we try to shape reality without first being fully
present to what is, we are rejecting our experience and, though we may
manipulate our lives to some extent, we are further divorcing ourselves from our
When we are fully present we have access to apparently
limitless knowledge, inspiration and vision, far more than our intellects could
ever figure out. And, the distinction between thinking and knowing is crystal
clear. Through that universal intelligence, we can know precisely what we need
to know, when we need to know it. This includes memories of possible futures and
knowing what to focus on.
What keep us from being fully present?
One reason we’re not present is that we habitually resist
feeling our feelings fully. When we were very small, we were easily overwhelmed
by our emotions. It felt like they were going to destroy us. In order to
survive, we learnt to shut down, to avoid feeling too much.
Baby elephants are tethered with stakes they can’t pull
out. By the time they are strong enough to pull out the stake, they believe they
can’t, so they’ve stopped trying.
We are like that with feelings. We have no memory of
shutting down. It happened before we had language. And everyone around us is
resisting feeling things fully too.
My work now includes clearing this ‘shut down’ and
teaching people a simple and effective way to feel fully. This, even for those
like myself who have been feeling our feelings as fully as we can for some
years, enables us to utilize more of our feeling capacity. We are able to stay
present even to intense feelings, as in confrontation, intimacy and joy, and to
come out of the grip of any emotion easily.
Energy pulling us every which way
Another thing that keeps us from being fully present is the
mass of contradictions, mostly unconscious, we’ve acquired through years of
human conditioning. These include unresolved emotions from the past, fears,
habits, beliefs, interpretations, associations and the modelling of others.
These are also the things that keep us from participating
in the futures we’d like. They frequently keep us from being clear and
consistent about what we want. Without that focus, clarity and commitment, we
won’t resonate with and hence remember the futures that would enrich and
Even when we remember something we’d like to participate
in, our inner conflicts deplete or distort our energy, keeping us from naturally
flowing into that future.
Bugs in our inner human software
We are like computers with bugs in our inner human
software. We can strive and struggle, but, until we remove those bugs, we
won’t have the ease and consistent results we want.
When we know how to eliminate these bugs, the process of
remembering the future provides an excellent structure in which to do that. Once
we clarify and focus on what we want, any inner conflicts to that can be brought
up and cleared.
Once most of our bugs are resolved and released, life
becomes amazing, we live continuously from Wholeness and truly create our
Stepping out in trust
Remembering more of the future is a work in progress for
me. Even though specific memories come ‘out of the blue’, the more I honour
them, the more I remember.
I often only know the next step. For example, when looking
for a home, I happened upon a house being auctioned. Buying and letting that
enabled me to have my dream home.
Another time, I found that an old decision to give up
writing fiction because it had entailed struggle, was blocking me. I cleared the
energy of that. The very next day, I felt inspired to write a novel to share
this way of evolving. I am now on the third draft and there has been no
Accompanying sidebar table - Telling the difference
Talbot. (1991) The Holographic Universe. HarperCollins.
Grabhorn. (2000) Excuse me, your life is waiting. Hampton Roads Publishing
McTaggart. (2001) The Field. Element.
Moss M.D. (1985) How Shall I Live? Celestial Arts.