Healing Through Time
If Time is the great healer, as they say, then how can we cooperate with it in its great work? Is it possible to take a more proactive approach—rather than sitting around waiting for Time to make a housecall? I am going to refer to this proactive approach as ‘fourth dimensional healing’ or ‘healing through time’.
One year I knew that I was going to have a tough time emotionally at Christmas: I had some stressful work projects on, and most poignant, it was the second year of not being with my kids. So, a month before, I sat down and wrote myself a Christmas card. When I opened it on the day and read what I had written, I wept in appreciation. I had made my own day! So I began to think about how the principle might be applied in other ways. Here are some ideas to help shake up the ‘present-centric’ – those who are living only in the here and now.
Send little ‘time capsules’ forward …
Before making a significant decision that will affect the rest of your life, you might consider writing down the reasons for the decision and the hopes you have for the future. For example, it might be some comfort to you as a seventy-year old, with no superannuation, to know exactly why you, as a thirty-year old, thought that putting all your money into emu farming was such a good investment!
Or, if you are into reincarnation, you might want to leave a few notes around, perhaps some map directions, along with your favourite bowl or crystal, to help your reincarnated self pick up the thread.
And back …
If you have an emotional wound from childhood (and who doesn’t?) you could write to yourself with the exact words of wisdom and compassion that were missing at the time. (Dear Bruce: That drawing of a fish is excellent! Very creative! … In fact, I bet those three legs will come in handy.)
How much time do we spend sorting through all the unhealed issues dangling from the family tree, trying to find our roots and striving for our independence? Imagine being able to put on a video of your great grandparents and hear them talk about their lives, loves, ideas and dreams. Whether we know it or not, we all pass on a legacy far more substantial than just the material dimension, so why not do it consciously?
“Dear great grandson: In order to make a success of the family accountancy practise, I had to suppress my desire to become a poet so strongly that it might well take two generations or more to surface. So if you feel a sudden sonnet rising for no obvious good reason, stop a moment to capture it.”
We may want to consider writing to anyone, on any subject we’d like healed, at any time or place. Some very helpful planetary healing might occur if we all sat down and wrote notes beginning with things like:
“To the generation cleaning up nuclear waste: … ”
“Dear Adolf Hitler: …”
“An open letter to extinct species _________ [fill in blank with creature of choice]: …”
“Dear ‘family’: On, Why I thought introducing a fish gene into the family tree was a good idea … “
Well, you get the idea. I don’t think it is ‘Time’ that heals. I think the healer has been, and always will be, Love. Its just that learning how to love, takes time.
To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence
I who am dead a thousand years,
And wrote this sweet archaic song,
Send you my words for messengers
The way I shall not pass along.
I care not if you bridge the seas,
Or ride secure the cruel sky,
Or build consummate palaces
Of metal or of masonry.
But have you wine and music still,
And statues and a bright-eyed love,
And foolish thoughts of good and ill,
And prayers to them who sit above?
O friend unseen, unborn, unknown,
Student of our sweet English tongue,
Read out my words at night, alone:
I was a poet, I was young.
Since I can never see your face,
And never shake you by the hand,
I send my soul though time and space