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  • The Past is in Front of Us, The Future is Behind Us
    Or--It gets lonely looking the other way.

    A couple of years ago, some friends and I went to Nashville to hear a talk by Jorge Luis Delgado, a Peruvian Shaman and author of The Andean Awakening. He talked about the beliefs of his culture and one of the most unusual statements that he made was, "The past is in front of us and the future is behind us". Yet, when we examine this concept it makes perfect sense and fits into the wisdom of the Toltec teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz, in whose linage I was an apprentice for ten years.

    Peruvian shamans say that our past is in front of us, because we see it and live in it and it forms our future, and that our future is behind us because we can't see it and how it is always forming us. Changing our lives around will not change our past. When we are preoccupied with our past stories, our mis-takes, and our beliefs that no longer serve us, they are forefront in our sight, in front of us blocking the view of the gift of the present and the awareness of NOW. We live the past over and over again until we heal it and let go of carrying it as a burden or a banner. The future is behind us and unknown, so therefore we can't see it. Yet, when we let go of the past that is blocking our view in front of us, it opens up the space to see the visions and possibilities of the future.

    Don Miguel Ruiz teaches us that we can choose love or fear, and the Course in Miracles tells us that all our emotions are either love or fear. Physiologically, our body can only be in a state of love and peace or in a state of fear and fight/flight, which can manifest as anxiety, anger, nervousness, etc. Yes, we sometimes need that fight/flight to survive or to save others, but we get so caught up in the drama and the adrenaline rush that it becomes a body addiction. We think we are bored if there isn't any drama/trauma going on.
    Because we are not always aware of our beliefs, we react to life's challenges in the same way that we have reacted before, without exploring these opinions and points of view that we picked up as children from our parents and others, as well as our culture.

    When we become aware of our past, we begin exploring where our beliefs came from and how we got them, and we see that they no longer serve us. Then we can choose our beliefs, opinions, and points of view based on love instead of fear and we begin acquiring wisdom and insight. By going through the wall of the past and loving our past and all our experiences, we release the heavy energies and can then live in the awareness of the present and see the future possibilities. Jorge Luis said that we are made of love, service and wisdom. It is already in us, we have just forgotten and we remember when we live in the present.
  • The light from the stars that we see in the sky, takes a long time to reach Earth, and we are seeing the stars' past.

    There is a species of butterflies that has a false structure on its posterior that mimics a head. The predator tries to attack the other end, the real head, and the butterfly sees it and flies away.

    In Bengal, the men who look for honey in the Mangrove forests where Royal Bengal tigers roam, wear a mask on the back of their heads to confuse the tigers who can't decide which side they should attack.

    The Aymara people gesture ahead of themselves when they are talking and remembering things of the past, and gesture backwards when they are talking and remembering about the future. This is because what they know is what they see in front of them and the past is known and is thus, in front of them. The future is unknown, and is behind them where they can't see it.
  • I bought the weaving in the photo from Jorge Luis, and the design on one side is different from the design on the other side which I believe is a characteristic of the Aymara people who live in the Andes. He discusses these people in his book and that their language is pre-Incan. I found the clay piece in an antique shop and have no idea where it came from, although it looks like it is from Central or South America as the figure is wearing spool earrings. There are no markings on the bottom of it and both cream and red clay were used.
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