Many years ago, I saw an old movie that was set in Italy. The other day, I thought about the scene where the Italian hero pulls off the rear-view mirror from the car and throws it away–never look back. In the same way, we need to stay focused on “now” instead of looking back.
How much time do you spend looking back and thinking about what happened?
First thing to get clear is that there is a place for reviewing some things from the past. This is when you are looking to evaluate results and are using it to upgrade your current behaviors.
However, looking back to rehash something over and over or to punish yourself with a mistake is a waste of your time and energy. Using your energy to look back keeps you from having the resources to stay focused now and create a different future.
Another reason to look back is to use what’s been called the “pruning shears of revision” which comes from Neville Goddard in 1954.
At the end of my day, I review the day; I don’t judge it, I simply review it. I look over the entire day, all the episodes, all the events, all the conversations, all the meetings, and then as I see it clearly in my mind’s eye, I rewrite it. I rewrite it and make it conform to the ideal day I wish I had experienced. I take scene after scene and rewrite it, revise it, and having revised my day, then in my imagination I relive that day, the revised day, and I do it over and over in my imagination until this seeming imagined state begins to take on to me the tones of reality. It seems that it’s real, that I actually did experience it and I have found from experience that these revised days, if really lived, will change my tomorrows. When I meet people tomorrow that today disappointed me, they will not tomorrow, for in me I have changed the very nature of that being, and having changed him, he bears witness tomorrow of the change that took place within me. It is my duty to take this garden and really make it a garden by daily using the pruning shears of revision.
So, yes if you look back and see something that you’d like to have be different the next time around, apply the pruning shears until you have removed it. Then, follow the above visualization exercise until you have “grown” the new experience.
Instead of looking in your rear-view mirror, instead look at yourself in the mirror right now and know that in every moment, with every thought, you create your now.
Take a look at how often you are immersed in the past. Are you using your rear-view mirror to help you focus on shifting your “now” and the future you’re creating “now”? Take some time at the end of your days this week to apply the pruning shears to your day.
To help stay in the “now”, “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle can help. Click here to find it in my Amazon Store.