original idea goes like this: consider the time of your life to be
like a filing cabinet with three drawers. The first drawer is for
filing all the information from the past. This drawer is full as
there's lots of information from the past. The second
drawer is for filing all the information from the present. This
drawer has very little in it as the exact moment of the present ie
the now, is very brief. The third drawer is for filing all
the information for
This drawer is
and open as
You can file anything you like in
drawer. In other
and open for you to
you like, into it.
filing cabinet is designed like that. It's minimalistically
brilliantly simple. The past is filed in the past drawer which is
full. The present is filed in the present drawer which has very
little in it. And
drawer stays completely
and open to
into. But ... here's the trouble with us human beings:
we erroneously file what belongs in the past drawer in
drawer. We're thrown to do this (how we got thrown
to do this is another
for another occasion). This fills
drawer (which is designed to be
and open to
into) with all the information from the past, making it almost
newly into it.
No, it's worse than that actually. It's much worse.
It's pretty soon
its drawer erroneously filled with all the information from the
past we mis-file in it, starts becoming uncannily like a slo-mo
action replay of the past.
Common wisdom ie common lore would tell us that the
quality of life we have in the present is given by the past ie that
the quality of life we have in the present is determined (that is
to say is pre-determined) by the past. But what if that
proposition is inaccurate? What if the quality of life we have in
the present is given by
not by the past ie that the quality of life we have in the present
is determined (that is to say is post-determined) by
ie by the
the future we live into?
If this is the case, then if we mis-file the past into
drawer, it would certainly look like the quality of
life we have in the present is predetermined by the past. And if I
stop mis-filing the past into
drawer and instead file the past into the past drawer, then
and open, allowing me to
giving a present not predetermined by the past.
All it takes is for this idea to take hold, and my entire vista for
shifts. What's vividly
for me now is the power of
the power of
the power of
to shape our experience, indeed the power of
to shape Life itself. Wasn't it
"Words mean things, like
they're numbers: if you add numbers together you get answers, if
you add words together you get answers, if you add the wrong words
together you get the wrong answers."?
Yes it was he. If I didn't totally get it before, I get it now.
The hallmark of a great
is it leaves you with questions, not answers - and I have lots of
new questions. I'll live
and see what opens up. For example, what's the place for
drawer? That's right: what's the place for
drawer? I don't mean
like a possibility.
like a possibility, like a space, like a
is certainly filed in the
drawer. That's my entire
and me, and what and
we could be in
No, the question I'm asking refers to my
and our roles
of the past. What about my past
What's their place in
drawer? Is it even in the realm of what I file in
drawer? Can it be? Should it be?