past versus future

Old, and perhaps no longer adequate, beliefs and emotions often generate a strong internal effect as desired personal changes. Our thinking, our cognitive apparatus, tends to compare experiences and events with what has come before, and to sort them accordingly. ‘This is so, because…’, ‘That was so, as recently was the case, because…’, ‘That reminds me of…’ Such assessments provide stability in the sense of inner balance. At the same time, they are uneconomical in the context of development: These evaluations are strengthened by comparisons with old situations, and this robs new spaces of experience of the power of change, of something new. To put it another way: the past consolidates its grip on reality, in contradiction to the present and the future.