I tend to like stories where the ending changes how we see what happened before.
It’s also what happens through inquiry, when we find more clarity through openings or awakenings, and through any insight in general.
Through more clarity and revelations, we see our own past in a very different light. We interpret and understand it differently.
Here is a simple example from my own life:
Over the last few years, many things have fallen apart and away. It’s easy to think I have been unfortunate, or someone else is to blame, or it’s just what’s part of a dark night of the soul. And there is some truth to all of it.
But what’s more true is that I haven’t been completely on my own team. I haven’t taken care of my own interests as much as I was called to. And the dark night itself happened for the same reason. I stayed in a situation that didn’t feel right at a deep level, and I did so because I wasn’t completely on my own team.
This current insight changes how I see the past. My own past, quite literally, is changed in my own experience.
Here are some general shifts that can come through inquiry and openings or awakenings.
We may go from blame to taking responsibility – for our own actions and perceptions.
We may go from seeing something as wrong to seeing the neutrality or rightness of it.
We may go from seeing it as misfortune to seeing the genuine gifts in it.
We may go from narrow causality (blaming something proximal) to seeing it has infinite causes.
We may go from seeing it in a local perspective to seeing it as an expression of life and perhaps Spirit.
We may go from seeing it as happening to a separate self to happening within and as life or Spirit.
We may go from being focused on goals to seeing life more as the play of life or Spirit.
We may go from wanting something to change to seeing it’s already perfect. (And we can still aim at change although from within this new perspective.)
As someone said (I don’t remember who) awakening is retroactive. It changes how we see our past and all of life.
And as Byron Katie says, forgiveness is what happens when we see that what we thought happened didn’t.
- the ending changes what’s happened before
- e.g. arrival, st deep space nine episode
- also inquiry / clarity
- from blame to see own responsibility
- from blame/wrong to seeing the innocence
- from narrow causality to all of existence
- from separate self to happening within/as Spirit, play of life / the divine
I tend to especially like stories where the ending changes how we see what happend before.
Arrival is one example. And Star Trek Deep Space Nine Whispers episode is another.
It’s also what happens through inquiry and when we find more clarity through openings or awakenings.
As Byron Katie says, forgiveness is what happens when we see that what we thought happened didn’t.
If I stay with the ideas of blame, bad luck, dark night and so on, I’ll keep stressing myself out. And when I see it all happened because I wasn’t completely on my own team, there is a sense of calm because something in me knows it’s more true. And this current insight changes how I see the past. My own past, quite literally, has changed in my own experience.