08 Aug Seth and Impacting a Past Event
Because events do not exist in the concrete, done-and-finished versions about which you have been taught, then memory must also be a different story. You must remember the creativity and the open-ended nature of events, for even in one life a given memory is seldom a ‘true version’ of a past event. … The memory of an event, then, is shaped as much by the present as it is by the past.
—Seth, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events,Session 806
One time I was a guest on a television show that seemed to have gone all wrong. From the host’s first question I felt she and I were at cross purposes, that her choice of direction wasn’t what we’d agreed upon. Because of the need to move quickly through discussion, I felt we weren’t developing the ideas I wanted to express fully enough for the audience to grasp their significance. I assumed the host agreed with my assessment because her body language seemed to support my on-the-fly analysis. When I left the studio I was drained and distracted.
Stan, who had been in the audience, thought it had gone smoothly, but on the other hand he pointed out hitches that I also had noticed. After dinner that night with friends, one of them pulled me aside to discuss the show, which he had watched from his home. He enumerated the exact “problems” I’d seen with it.
That night in our hotel room, I awoke from an uneasy sleep with the event on my mind. But the source of my unease wasn’t the show per se; it was because I knew that the show’s supposed outcome was being reinforced by me with each negative thought I put behind it. Since an event is never technically over in this universe of ours because we select our past, present and future moment-by-moment in the now, I started wondering what it would take to alter the TV show as I remembered experiencing it. I didn’t just want to accept that I’d do better next time, I wanted to make that event literally become better than its first iteration.
The most obvious issues that needed to be addressed were my feelings about the outcome and the beliefs about myself that led me into the situation in the first place. I thought a lot about what the Committee (Stan’s and my inner selves) say on the Ouija board about it being easy to change beliefs by changing our emotions; that simply by saying—and meaning—“whatever happened is no longer an option” can work wonders, and that there’s nothing to stop us from switching from one belief/emotion to another in the blink of an eye. So I settled my restless body and gave the process a try.
I started clearing my mind by releasing my concerns and drawing myself into the present moment. Then I smiled and told myself that, hey, I did just fine. I let that roll around my thoughts for awhile, and then I started thinking about the next day and the day after that. I saw myself telling others how great the TV show had gone, and I relaxed with the idea that I could make my choice right now as to what I wanted to experience, not only in the future, but in my past. I said to myself, “The point of power is right now. Choose your thoughts and feelings wisely.” Then, after maybe ten minutes of unabashed smiles and little chuckles, I turned onto my side and went back to sleep.
A day later, Stan and I viewed a video of the show for the first time. I felt a twinge of concern just before it started, but then I smiled to myself and said, “What the heck. Relax and enjoy.” It took no more than a couple minutes of air time to know it was all okay. None of my original concerns were justified by what I saw on-screen. I heard a pleasant repartee between me and the host and reasonable answers to most of her questions. We seemed at ease with each other, and she was knowledgeable on my subject, which was the Seth material.
I can’t tell you how elated I felt as the show ended. I absolutely knew I’d impacted the outcome of that event, that I’d re-selected probabilities by changing my thoughts and beliefs through conscious choice. Not that the show was a stunning success, but it was good. I felt free and excited, ready to try consciously altering an event again—well, maybe not immediately.
An interesting thing happened the next night. I received a fax from my friend who had seen the same original problems with the show as I had. He still saw them. His fax listed several issues he felt could have been handled differently, and the overall tone of his missive was one of disappointment in the outcome. As I read it I thought, I can’t relate to what he’s saying; surely we viewed two different events. Later I asked the Committee why, if I’d changed the past, did my friend still hold a reaction to the original version. They said he was reflecting a residue of my previous beliefs back into my reality.
So, what happened throughout this ongoing event—and what happens to all of us all the time—was that my mind, the organizer that it is, went to work immediately during and after the TV show to help me justify my ill ease. My friend volunteered to play the role of critic in order to validate my beliefs that the show had been awkward. When I altered my beliefs, the video validated my new ones that the show had gone well and I had done okay. Then my friend popped back into the picture to validate lingering, but weakened, beliefs about the whole thing.
The important issue to grasp is that the mind will do whatever it takes to create the picture of reality as we believe it to be. Therefore, all beliefs will be justified in terms of physical data, meaning they will take on shape and form in our lives, whether they are to our detriment or support. A person who feels she is poor could lose, misuse or badly invest any amount of money, whether she works hard for it or is given it. A person who has hypnotized herself into a state of loneliness will be lonely, whether surrounded by friends or holed up at home. We tend to seek out those situations and feelings that conform to our beliefs, and avoid those that don’t.
Excerpted from Ten Thousand Whispers: A Guide to Conscious Creation, by Lynda Madden Dahl. Lynda is the award-winning author of seven Seth/Jane Roberts-based books. She is co-founder of Seth Network International, the global meeting place for Seth readers; published a quarterly magazine, Reality Change: The Global Seth Journal, for seven years; has produced numerous Seth conferences and been a speaker at many others. You are invited to become her friend on Facebook and on Twitter, and follow her at Lynda’s Seth Talk Blog.