Projections are really quite simple. There is an image or thought here, another set of images of space and time, and the first image is placed somewhere in space and time.
It’s very helpful and functional for the mind to do this. As long as it’s recognized for what it is, and held lightly, it’s stress free.
And as soon as these images are solidified and mistaken for reality, it’s stressful and painful.
For me, I see a tendency to project fears and hopes into the future.
A thought says that I feel good or am in a good situation, it’s projected into the future, solidified, and when the situation shifts it’s painful.
A thought says that what’s here or what will be is bad or undesirable, this is projected into the future and solidified, and that is painful too.
The same happens with my images of the past. A thought says that something in the past was good and is not here anymore, and when this is solidified it’s painful. A thought says something in the past was bad, that is solidified, and that is painful too.
And the same happens with my images of space. A thought says something out there is good and what’s here in me or my life is bad, it’s solidified, and it’s painful. A thought says something here is good and what’s out there is bad and impacting what’s here that’s good, it’s solidified as real, and that’s painful.
And it all hinges on the image of a me or I here in the center of it all, in the center of space and time, and a wider world outside of this me or I. When those images – of space and time, and a me and a wider world – are solidified and taken as real, it’s painful.