“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The white queen to alice

 from: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, in which the White Queen says to Alice: "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards".
'The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday--but never jam to-day.'
'It MUST come sometimes to "jam to-day,"' Alice objected.
'No, it can't,' said the Queen. 'It's jam every OTHER day: to-day isn't any OTHER day, you know.'
'I don't understand you,' said Alice. 'It's dreadfully confusing!'
'That's the effect of living backwards,' the Queen said kindly: 'it always makes one a little giddy at first--'
'Living backwards!' Alice repeated in great astonishment. 'I never heard of such a thing!'
'--but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways.'
'I'm sure MINE only works one way,' Alice remarked. 'I can't remember things before they happen.'
'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' the Queen remarked.

This is really brilliant, because this is the way in which we use self hypnosis, expectation and rules (or facts) to create our world. We do in fact have memories of the future - that is what brings it, but we call them probable outcomes, expectations, we say: of course that is what will happen. But we don't need to, we can choose other scenarios. Because what is in the mind is what really is, and what's in the mind is up to us.
Oh No! that is a lot of responsibility? yes and no, there can be no blame, no criticism, no regret, those only deform and restrict creativity...it is a gradual path to a simpler being and greater capacity.

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