Q - How is it possible to get information from the future if the
future hasn't happened yet?
A - It's really very easy. We do it automatically without even
thinking about it. When you decide to change your route home from
work because you know it's rush hour, you are using information from
the virtual future help you make a decision. The virtual future
consists of a wide spectrum of possible futures.
Exactly which one will manifest is uncertain, but we can narrow down
the range to a considerable degree, depending on the questions we ask
ourselves. If you ask yourself, "What's the most scenic route?" you
get one sort of information. If you ask, "What would be the most
direct route?" you get another sort of information. Because your mind
can access the virtual future as easily as the past, you can learn to
use the future as a source of information and power.
Q - How can the future be a source of power?
A - It depends on what you ask yourself. For example, suppose
you have a job interview coming up, and you ask yourself. "What sort
of personality type will this person be looking for? And… How can I
impress him/her with the idea that I am the perfect fit for the job?"
These questions put you in the interviewer's shoes. They allow you to
see yourself through his/her eyes. The information you get from
asking these questions will give you insight into how to conduct
yourself that you would not otherwise get. This is real power... the
power to adjust your behavior depending on the future you imagine you
Q - You write that you can change the past. How can this be
possible? Isn't the past fixed once and for all?
A - Of course not. A little contemplation reveals that the
past is constantly changing anyway, all by itself. The trick is to
change it with control so so-called "negative" events
work for you. The past is really nothing more than a very complex
thought form -- complete with a meaning you
unconsciously given to it. When you change your point of view, you
change the meaning of the past event as well as the implications of
it. And this is all that the past is ... an idea with meaning and
implications. If you change these elements you alter the past. But
there's more to it than that, because when you change the meaning of
a past event, the character of your present also shifts. Not only
that, but your feelings and self-image undergo an instant shift too.
Q - Doesn't the past have more 'reality' than the future? After
all, it has happened... the future hasn't.
A - The difference you refer to is an illusion, based on your
personal concept of how the mind works. But this concept is
only a thought, which you can change. What you call
memory, and give such special status to, is really a function
of the questions you ask yourself about the past. Change the question
and you change the information. You can get continually new
information from the past simply by asking yourself a series of "What
if?" questions. If you ask similar questions about the future, you'll
start to see that the future is just as real as the past.
Q - If my mind has all this power, why have I never noticed it
Simply because you have not been looking for it! Because you have
been thinking of your mind as a recorder of information
rather than a creator of information you have missed
its creative aspect.
Think of it this way... Suppose you have a friend with a television
set she uses only to view previously recorded video tapes. It works
perfectly well for this purpose, and your friend is happy to be using
her television set this way. When you tell her that she can receive a
virtually unlimited amount of new information if she
hooks up the television to the cable outlet instead of the video
player, she finds it almost too much to believe! She's never thought
of this before.
At first your friend doesn't believe this is possible. She thinks
it’s a trick, because she has always thought of the television set as
a viewer, not as a receiver. If she
changes her understanding of how the set functions, her belief of
what's possible changes too.
The same thing happens to us when we change our belief of how the
mind operates. Thinking of the mind as a viewer of the past,
limits us. Thinking of it as a receiver of information,
opens up the possibility of receiving information from a virtually
infinite number of new sources.
My book explains that the mind is not simply a player of
previously recorded information. It is a receiver of brand new
information. And… it receives this information from the future as
well as the past. We have never noticed this before simply because no
one has explained that we can use the mind in this way.