THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
In one of my favorite novels, The Way Of The Wizard by Deepak Chopra, the most famous wizard of all, Merlin, lived “backwards in time.” In other words, he never relied on his past to guide him into the future. He simply created his future minute-by-minute, moment-by-moment, BEFORE he lived it—therefore living life out of a vision of the future, rather than living life from the history of the past. A perfect example of this is when I was the publisher of Music Connection and Songwriter magazines. My team and I would create a theme for an upcoming issue; it could be an exclusive interview with a rock star, a unique directory of industry services or an informative “how to” story or feature article. We would dream up ideas, sketch out graphics, make up headlines and create a grid, a layout of the next issue. That became the vision. Then all we had to do was work backward from that vision and fill in the details; assign writers & photographers, create graphics, solicit the advertising, all in support of a vision called “the next issue.” Same as making a record, writing a book, starting a company or launching a website. First comes the vision, then work backwards and fill in the details. This is what Merlin meant by “living backwards in time,” only in the book he lived his whole life that way. Merlin never paid much attention to that which was rooted in the past, calling it “a waste of good memory.” Rather, he would create his life, moment-by-moment, from a vision of the future and live backwards from there.
|Posted By Rich|
| Cybernetics/The Secret |
All time has validity! The past is good if we learned something and benefited from it! Maxwell Maltz 'Cybernetics' was the pre-cursor to 'The Secret'..... Visualize something....anything, and it will be forthcoming! 'The Power Of Positive Thinking'
|Posted By randy|
| The sculptor |
This reminds me of the time I read about a sculptor and how he regarded his project. He actually could see and feel the completed product already deep within the slab of stone. He just needed to chisel away all the unnecessary, extraneous parts to uncover it. This could apply to any of the many forms which our creations take. I know it's not entirely the same as the theme of this post, but it is somewhat similar in the fact that once we have a clear vision in our mind, our project is actually already done. We then just need to work backwards -- remove the unneeded parts and fine tune what remains. And that is the process which allows us to reveal our creation for the world to experience.
|Posted By Vamplified|
| TALK ABOUT TIMING |
I had a black cat named Merlin. He was the coolest cat! Gorgeous long hair that would do this little rabbit hop dance all the way to his bowl at feeding time and was always there to greet me when I got home. Talk about timing! I was just thinking about him before I read this :) ha!
|Posted By Elisabeth Howard|
| Living backward |
I love this. I have always been "goal oriented" as we used to say. In fact when the Russians had a five year plan back in the 50's when I was in high school I said what a good idea and took it upon myself as a teen ager to have five year plans. Worked out really well. Thanks for the reaffirmation Michael. you are always spot on.
|Posted By Suzahn Fiering|
| Merlin... Already on list, please don't re-ad my email. |
The original novel is, "The Once And Future King", by D.S. White and one of the most Inspirational and influential books I've ever read. I highly recommend it!
|Posted By Linda LaFianza|
| Forward from the past |
Deepak moved forward from the past for his Merlin - this was first E.B. White's concept in his novel "The Once and Future King," which the musical "Camelot" is based on. As I recall, Merlin was really old, too, and had been born just a little before me so he had a loooong perspective on court doings. I read it in high school English when the last century was 71 percent over. I've gone through life with a backwards orientation myself as I was encouraged in first grade to become right-handed. White's backwards made perfect sense to me. And I've always loved the concept of beginning with the end and working backwards to now. It helps define the point of everything.
|Posted By FreddieBrown|
| Relevancy not timing |
And another thing...I finally realize today, that it is not the timing of J Michael Dolan's writing that hugely resonates with a lot of us so often, it is the RELEVANCY of his topic that is what resonates and smacks us in the head. Either way, it is a good thing. Relevancy is always a good thing. Hey Phil
|Posted By FreddieBrown|
| cart before the horse ? |
It is true that while living life from the history of the past is not productive, there is a lot we can learn from our past as it propels us into the future. Our past should NEVER define our future if our future is to be a bright one - it should only gently guide us - perhaps NEVER to make the same mistakes again. This much I know. For some of us, it is not a skywalk to craft a life before us much less a minute by minute future. For me, I will craft a life firmly rooted in the PRESENT while keeping an eye (glued to a telescope perhaps?) into the future. Yes, the past has 20/20 vision, the future has rose colored ones. I don't know what color the current vision is but I will find out. And this, is no BS.
|Posted By J.G. Boccella|
| Nice! |
"Work backward from the vision." !!! Love it!
|Posted By Kingvegas|
| Living in the future... |
The present is where the past and the future meet. The past got us where we are but the future can take us where we want to go. It doesn't hurt to be cognizant of how we got here but it doesn't have to define where we go.
|Posted By Rachel|
| Tick.....tock....where's the clock... |
Hi Michael! Vision is something one cannot ignore...like a little inner clock...it moves us, won't let us settle...fuels us like a fire...crazy seeming sometimes...like a salmon who swims up stream..??? That's different...? Time is earthly, not universal...Time organizes us for our visions....:-) Have an awesome day today!! Rachel
|Posted By Teri|
| Backwards in time... |
Time isn't real anyways so might as well "work backwards" with it. RIght? Makes more sense. Visioning, creating the Now moment, is really all we CAN do. Great way to explain it. Thanks for the insight!
|Posted By ol goob|
| merlin |
you must see before you can be you must be before you can do and you must do before you can have
|Posted By timeholder|
| awesome |
I loved this Michael. And right on time. I'm working on a book. And this affirms the need to set the vision first. Lots of elements involved. Stories, photographer, lay-out designer, etc. Setting meetings today. Thanks, brutha!!!
|Posted By Cowboy Surfer|
| Getting past the future moment by moment |
Merlin and Deepak were right. The past and the future collide in our present state of being constantly forming the elements of the next moments of our life where we combine our vision with our history to form a constantly evolving consciousness that guides us on our path in life. If we have faith in our fate, then we become the beneficiaries of our decisions and evolution. Allow yourself to be cowboy wild and surfer free. - Cowboy Surfer
|Posted By Ty Thomas|
| Merlin |
I read that book and loved it. Living backwards in time was one of the highlights for me too. However I get stuck on wanting to do what has always worked for me in the past and keep doing it over again. Like when I go in the studio to do a new record I always want to use the same audio tricks that have worked for me in the past and I'm reluctant to try anything new because I'm trying to stick to my own unique style. I guess that's living in the past but if it works...