The Living Force
T.C. said:One of Jordan Peterson's most used examples is if you're in a relationship with someone and you find out that they were unfaithful to you. All of a sudden, they're not who you thought they were (I thought they were a good person who loved me and that our relationship meant the same to them as it meant to me); you're not who you thought you were (I'm a complete fool. How could I have been so wrong); and the past isn't what you thought it was (All this time, the relationship was real to me, but now I see that it was totally different to what I believed it was).
So that's one way to view the idea of an event in the present changing our past. Those of us who've read the narcissistic family material will have gone through this kind of past-changing process when we realised our parents aren't who we thought they were and neither was our childhood.
I listened to that about a week ago. It was the Slaying the Dragon lecture. It's like you change your memory of the past. And memory is a record of perception, so you are changing your perception. You're rewriting your internal narrative and re-configuring your brain with your new understanding. So it's really the past you perceive in your mind that changes, and conforms more so to objective reality. But if it's just your perception of reality, does memory really change concrete reality? Well, I suppose the book would say so, because consciousness can change matter. But it's hard to accept from a linear mind that re-configuring your mind and perception can actually change matter. :P
I thought the book was one of the best and most inspiring books I've read. Maybe because I've connected so many dots thus far? And I worry I may have "gobbled up" some of the New-Age concepts and that's why I liked it so much. But maybe I had a filter and could also see the gems that were between those things.
On a related note, I notice that sometimes when someone is blatantly wrong, I bend the interpretation of their message so that it is more suited to what I know of the Cass material. So it comes out something like, "Yeah that is so in this sort of way." I guess that's why it helps to ask someone when they are vague instead of just filling in their claims with your own understanding.