Understanding how we percieve time is a key enabler for goal setting and memory.
We all percieve time differently, specifically the way we conceptualise it in our mind. Understanding how we percieve time and then sort it in our mind is key to being able to change the effect ideas have on us.
Pre frame the time stream, people generally do have a spatial awareness of time, and everyone conceives it differently.
Now if I we’re to ask you which direction the past seems like it is for you, I have the sense that you would point in some direction in relation to your body… Why don’t you just go ahead and point, so that you know you know where your past is. It may seem like you’re guessing, but just go ahead and point.
Good. Now you have a past, and I know you have a future, so why don’t you just go ahead and point, so that you know, where the future is?
Good. Now notice that having the past in one direction and the future in another sort of implies a stream, or COULD imply a stream…?
“Can you remember something that happened one week ago?
Good, as you do, can you notice where it comes from?”
Repeat the process for 1 & 2 for 1 month ago, 1 year ago, 5 years ago, and 10 years ago.
Repeat for the future
“Do you notice that this arrangement implies a line, or some linear arrangement of your memories?”
Testing the timeline
“Now, would you bring to mind the direction that you pointed to (or memories of the past and future that you notice). Do you notice that they imply a line?”
If No: “Well, could you notice that?”
If still no: “Is your past arranged by location, for example, where you lived?”
If yes: “How would it look if, for the purposes of this process, it were stretched out in a line?”
“Good, now when I say line, I don’t mean to imply only visual, because in a moment I’m going to ask you to float up about that line, and by float, I also mean as sounds floating on the wind, or floating in the bathtub, or visually. However you float up above your time stream is perfect. So, can you just float up above your time stream. (associated)
Now, remaining above your time stream just float back into the past (pause). Are you there? (Go back to the beginning of your time line. Notice at the beginning there is white light and it feels good.)”
“Good, float back towards now, and stop there (pause). Are you there? Good. Now, facing towards the future, float up higher and father back into the past.
And now, go right out to the future and there is white light and it is safe and fun at the end and look back to now. Are you there?”
“Now, float up higher. Float so high that your time stream seem like once inch long.” (Pause)
“Good, float back to now, and float down into now and come back in the room.” (Pause) “How was that?”