On the physical we exist within time and space. We experience ourselves moving from past to future. From this perspective, we think about past lives (and ones yet to come). I used to do past life readings, and I'd look at them as grades in school, as if we progressed from one to the next. At some point I realized that, as Spirit, there is no time or space. So as Spirit, it's all happening at once. The Pope is simultaneously experiencing this lifetime as Pope, and perhaps a past life as a prostitute, and a future life as a dictator!
This morning, I came across this quote:
"Neither do I believe anymore that we live out all our lives sequentially in linear time, which is the framework that many people have for their ideas about karma. It’s what I was brought up to think as well.
In the NDE state, however, I realized that every moment in all our lives—past, present, future, known, unknown, and unknowable—exist simultaneously, as though outside of what we know as time. I became aware that I already was everything I was trying to attain, and I believe that’s true for everyone. All things that we perceive as positive, negative, good, or bad are simply parts of the perfect, balanced Whole." ~ Anita Moorjani
This blew my mind. I'd still been thinking linearly about our individual lives. That in this life, we still experience it from start to finish, and as Spirit we're experiencing all our lives (past, present and future) at once, but I still thought of them all going from beginning to end.
(Interesting aside, my book Tapestry of Time has characters who live outside of linear time. They weave in and out of time as we know it, so we may encounter them as an old person when we are young, and as a young person when we are old. But they're still having a linear, toddler-to-geriatric experience).
After reading Moorjani's quote, I spent several hours feeling very disoriented. Pieces of other times seemed to come into my Consciousness. Or maybe I just became more attuned to my Consciousness in other times.
I read her quote to my husband, who said, 'what about Free Will'? Does this mean everything is pre-destined? Not exactly. Because all POSSIBILITIES exist at once. Each possibility is a different Universe, a different thread in the tapestry. Our free will is that we can choose which thread we're experiencing, at any moment. We can shift from one to another.
As Spirit, we already know everything. There isn't any great lesson we're here to learn. Our bodies gain in knowledge and maturity (hopefully). But at our Essence, we are the Source of all information.
A simple and playful way to experience this is to step to one side, and back again. You've stepped over to one Universe, and back to your current one. You can play a game of hopscotch with Universe. If there's something you want to be, you can jump into it (or onto the square it represents).
I did this once years ago to change my state of being. I was checking out of a hotel after a weekend intensive. I wanted a charge taken off my hotel bill, but in my exhausted state I was barely coherent. As I stood in line waiting to speak to the desk clerk, I started stepping from side to side, testing the feeling of each Universe, until I stepped into one where I already had the outcome I deserved. At that moment a second person came out from the back, and called me over. They turned out to be the front desk manager, and was able to make the change with no problem at all.
So, this week, play with this technique. Imagine changing lanes on your freeway. Or make up your own technique! And see what happens!