Isn’t the passing of time really something?Julius Caesar adopted our 12-month Gregorian calendar in 46 B.C., and this is how we have measured the passing of the days since. Many indigenous cultures and some farmers still use a 13-month, 28-day calendar, which shows the cycles of the moon. (For more information on the 13-month calendar, see: Fixed Calendar; 13 Months Plus Gregorian Dates; a 13-moon calendar within the planetary peace movement; a Gardening by the Moon calendar; and a waxing and waning cycles-of-the-moon calendar.)
Where are all the days gone by? Are they only in our memories, or do all of our memories actually exist somewhere—metaphysicians say our experiences are stored in a place called the Akashic Records, and how does that work? Can we really access a record of all of our lives? When I researched the Mayan calendars, I learned their shamans could travel within a Great Wheel of Time, where the past and future are one, to change the past for a better outcome, or into the future to foretell events.
My therapist took me back to memories of moments in my past using hypnotism so that I could see them more clearly, and to sense what I and others were feeling. Some people believe we can go back and rewrite our experiences, creating new, more positive memories. Some Eastern religions, however, teach that the only moment that exists is this moment, right NOW, and that to dwell on the past is a waste of life energy, because it no longer exists. Same with the future; worrying is also a waste of life energy, because the future doesn’t exist yet, and none of us knows for certain what will happen.
Some believe, though, that a future for each of us already exists. How can it, when we have free will to make choices? According to tarot card readers, we each have a destiny of some kind. There are 22 ‘destiny’ cards in a standard tarot deck and when these show up, the readers say it’s best to pay attention, for they have a life-significance. The remaining 56 cards are divided into four everyday suits, Enterprise, Emotions, Conflict, and the Material, and are regarded as free will cards, which are used to help guide us through specific situations. Do our individual destinies ever unite in a way that overrides our personal futures, creating a grand scenario?
There does seem to be a rhythm to life, and I believe we do choose the situations and the times we are born into. This choosing allows us, from a soul-perspective, to balance our actions in past lives with those of the present life (our destinies). The true purpose of being born as souls into bodies, overshadowing all else, is to choose to be closer to God. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to realize that our bodies are temporary expressions of souls, and that there is much more to life than this incarnation. It is best in times such as ours to grow beyond the past as much as possible and into God’s arms, so that we need not fear the future, whatever it may bring.