From: http://lynnemctaggart.com/blog/130-fixing-yesterday-with-tomorrow by Lynne Mctaggart
Jun 24, 2011
The brain stubbornly refuses to operate according to our current notions of reality. Not only does it have difficulty working out the difference between a thought and an action, it also appears to be an organ without an understanding of time as a forward progression.
Extraordinary new evidence shows that the brain cannot distinguish between the recall of our own past (called ‘episodic memory’) and imagination of our future events. Indeed, the same areas of the brain are activated for both activities.
Imagine there’s no future
Researchers have teased out this structural aspect of the brain by studying people with a variety of cognitive problems. The first clue came when researchers at University College London discovered that people with memory problems also have difficulties in conjuring up a detailed spec of their future.
In this particular study, published in the American Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, patients suffering from amnesia who could not recall specific information from their own life history were able to conjure up only a fragmentary design of their future. Other studies of people suffering from depression who routinely have lapses in memory have also found these individuals to have difficulty imagining their future.
Indeed, one reason that depression may persist is that the sufferer has a problem with imagining that life will ever get better for them.
These assumptions, based on scientific findings, were actually put to the test when researchers at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, studied patients using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In this study, people were asked to both recall and imagine common events, such as a birthday party or the experience of getting lost. To the surprise of the researchers, identical areas of the brain were activated whether the participants were recalling or imagining.
As Jessica Marshall wrote in the March 24, 2007 issue of New Scientist, not only is our personal past and future tightly ‘linked’ in the brain, but both are handled by a ‘universal module for mental time travel.’ Even more fascinating, when the brain is not focused on anything in particular, researchers have discovered that the very same mental time-travel ‘network’ is still operating.
Although scientists, as yet, don’t truly understand the ramifications of these findings, they pose many interesting questions regarding time and our relationship with it.
Back to the future
If the brain is simply an antenna and transducer of quantum information, it doesn’t distinguish between past and future. This may also mean that imagination and recall can be interchanged and used, in a sense, to ‘fix’ those past events that are still unsettling you. As couples in relationships, you may also use your joint memories and imaginations to settle an old disagreement.
Your imagination may possibly be able to ‘hardwire’ your memory to change what actually occurred in the past.
Certainly, this research offers more evidence that our present is constantly being affected by our future. To the brain, there’s no difference between past and future; both are a nebulous ‘not now’.
If identical portions of the brain are activated when you recall your own past or imagine your future, our imagination may be a constructive means to ‘time travel’ with our loved ones to sort out past areas of conflict.
If you and a parent, say, have unresolved conflicts from your childhood, go back to a really difficult moment. Imagine the same event in the future, with you and the parent as you are now, but ending up harmoniously. See if this alters your current relationship.
Comment by Daniel: The point I want to make is that memory is important in the functioning of the spiritual abilities of an individual. To do "soul archeology", to be good at meditation, to have a NDE experience, to induce an OBE, memory is crucial.
People who have active dream experiences, people who remember NDEs, people who can use their imagination to communicate with other realms, crystal children etc, all have very good memories from my own observations.
Here is a quote from NDE research: " And as stated before, in our study1 patients with loss of memory induced by lengthy CPR reported significantly fewer NDE. Good short-term memory seems to be essential for remembering NDE." from :
About the Continuity of Our Consciousness
Pim van Lommel,
Cardiologist, Division of Cardiology, Hospital Rijnstate, PO Box 9555, 6800 TA Arnhem, The Netherlands.
I will continue and say that those who have outstanding memories have a very different life experience than those who do not. As in other ways, we are all having our own life experience. One cannot judge another based on one's own experience. We are all ONE on a spirit level, but as humans we are all different. To me, it is all in the Mind of Source. There is no out there, out there. That includes our body. We are experiencing what WE as Source have created. Source obviously has an outstanding memory, LOL. But Source can imagine not having one. We are living that imagination.
Thank you Daniel. I love Lynn Mc Taggarts work. Thank you for expressing in the last paragraph so much truth. When we mature and bring up memories from the past..all there in our nervous system...we can view them now with the eyes of a spiritual adult. We can see things differently from the standpoint of the adult as we have much more understanding. people teach what they know. We were taught by those who were taught etc., etc. When we realize this -- it is easy to forgive.
Leaving the past behind and its pain is an attitude change that not only changes the brain but the entire body as stuffed down unremembered trauma is considered the source of all disease by Holistic practitioners as well as some MD's.
Releasing this heals the entire nervous system as I once had pretty severe trauma there -- it took years of work but it is gone. I was asked to remember during my last NDE and this definition has meant many things. When we heal the past our future changes. Healing the past is changing the beliefs that we once had that created our separation from Source. AHH HAA!!
Thank you Rudy for your reply.
Do you think that the circumstances of your NDEs affected your memory ability? Was your memory function different / better before? Just curious. There are always exceptions to the rule, or in this case the theory.
Thank you for being you.
Hi Dan - Because of personal experience I do not agree with some of this article. As you know I have been studying the brain for over 20 years as a result of an accident I had that brought me from the 90th percentile to the 6th grade level of intelligence. Despite the fact that I was in post traumatic amnesia for over 15 days and written off (anything over 5 days is considered a very serious injury) I achieved a remarkable recovery. During the time of amnesia I awoke every day to ask the same question, why am I here what happened? My short term memory was shot for 15 days. . On day 15 I requested and was fed some fried garlic cloves - it awoke more than my taste buds - like the aperture of a camera lens that opens slowly to capture the scene - I awoke to my surroundings. On the 16th day I knew where I was.
In rehab I was told I had a window of 6 months to improve..at that time I could not understand the meaning of two words strung together when I was reading them so I was relegated to a hospital for life and had difficulty with short term memory. However, after three years post I was able to earn another degree with honors and my thesis won my University's highest honor the Award for Excellence. I was in rehab still while earning this degree!
My brother later a told me different events that happened during those missing 15 days including cardiac arrest where I had CPR and when I was revived he said I told him of seeing my husband who had died 6 months earlier and details of what I found out six months later was a full NDE - including this life and past life review. This came back in little islands of memory ...not all at once. Because I work at it I am remembering each year more of NDE.
Even before I could read and understand the meaning of a ten word sentence my guidance directed me to type...my brother got out an old IBM electric and every day after rehab - I would type - the words from memory not reading a page. Each day I had more command at being able to understand sentences then paragraphs then pages!! I have never had a book out of my hand since then.You've been to my home you know how many books I have here.
But of course the same place lights up in the brain for memory and imagination....memory is magnetic and is feminine energy...it is feeling and emotion...imagination is the key. After my injury and for about 5 years I could not see a future...I was so in the now and had so many synchronisities and miracles. Meditation without a shadow of a doubt was a significant help in restoring my brain and badly damaged body (as fMRI studies confirm) -- as was and still is listening to my inner guidance.
With love, Evergreen