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Running Scenarios

You can predict the future! And the future is now! Let me explain…

The idea or concept of “running scenarios” is something that I became really familiar with when I was doing financial analysis for real estate development projects.

Let’s say you are going to renovate an old apartment building with 5 units. The building is 80 years old and hasn’t had much of anything updated in a very long time. This means you have 5 kitchens and 5 bathrooms, etc. If you are looking at the financial aspect of this project, you would have all kinds of possibilities to look at – whether to use high end or inexpensive materials, whether to move any walls, what kind of upgrades you would want to make to the building systems, heaters, plumbing, etc. Every single little detail would have a cost associated with it. And that’s just the materials – you would also have to make assumptions about the cost of labor and the interest cost associated with any financing, how much cash you would need to contribute, and any fees that would have to be paid. And that’s just the costs. You would also have to make assumptions about the amount of time it would take to implement your plan, which contractors to use, and what you would do to relocate the existing tenants.

So, you would set up a spreadsheet and have a place where you would list all of your assumptions. You would set it up so that it automatically sums up totals for you, and you could also set it up to calculate measures of return, to get a sense of whether this project would be a good investment of your time and money.

The spreadsheet would allow you to change each assumption, so that you could run various scenarios and see what the results are.

If you were really curious about how much it costs, and how it works to renovate small apartment buildings, you might gather information on a bunch of actual projects to see what is typical. But remember, with old buildings, each one is unique and you always run into surprises.

A person who has been doing this kind of renovation project for a long time would have developed this body of knowledge. They would be an expert. And if you have ever encountered someone with this kind of experience you know that they can almost sense how much a project will cost and whether it will be worth it.

So what if this same concept applies to life here on earth? What if we are all “running scenarios” with our lives, in order to learn and become, collectively, experts? Can you imagine the endless possibilities? My life setup is a scenario in itself, and then each hour of each day, I encounter choices I must make, which changes the assumptions, which changes the outcome. Life is very dynamic, which is why we can learn so much from it. And when we become an expert at life, what we really become is wise.

Which makes me think of the “wisdom factor.” That person who has spent a lifetime renovating small apartment buildings has a level of experience that shows as wisdom, almost a sixth sense about what will work best and what might go wrong.

An “old soul” who has experienced all kinds of scenarios (life set-ups) will develop wisdom. What if, embedded in each life, the wisdom factor is one of the assumptions? Think of every single life, not in a linear sense (one after the other), but in a completely interactive sense. What if, as you gain wisdom in one life, the wisdom factor in all your other lives increases, and allows you to make wiser decisions and gain more insight?

A book that illustrates this concept is Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The book follows a girl’s life and the choices she makes, then restarts her life over and over. As she gains wisdom, she makes subtle changes in how she interacts with others and lives her life, and you can see how she matures.

I am in a physical life in form, and so I am living one scenario, as it unfolds. But there are all kinds of other potentials that could happen. It might be as simple as my own change of perception of a situation – for example, I could see it as a problem or I could see it as an opportunity to learn.  Or I could make a choice that changes the course of my life.  Any change would have ripple effects on the lives of others, and ultimately on the entire system.

It boggles the mind to think of the possibilities.

But this is exactly the process that is described in several places.

My favorite description comes from The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Annie Kagan. Billy describes his experience of a hologram that allows him to look at his life without judgment. He is able to see any scene from his life. He can feel what others were feeling at the time. He can also try out any possibility – he can run “what if” scenarios to see how things would have played out. Can you imagine what you would learn if you were able to do this?

The “life review” described by people who have had near-death experiences (NDE) is what people are talking about when they say “my life flashed before my eyes”. I just recently read the book Life After Life by Raymond A. Moody Jr., M.D. from 1975 and was struck by how similar the life review is to Billy’s hologram.

In Lee Carroll/Kryon’s book The Journey Home, the main character, Michael, has a similar experience, which he describes as if he is watching a movie of his life.

Kryon often explains “how it all works” from Spirit’s point of view  (here is an example):

First, there is no linear time – everything happens in the Now. That’s hard to get your head around. But think if you could put every single scenario on it’s own sheet in a huge Excel workbook. Think about each one being linked to all the others, in an elaborate matrix of formulas and assumptions, one of which would be the wisdom factor. Then go focus on one of the scenarios and let it play out. Change an assumption, gain more wisdom, and see how, instantaneously, the entire workbook would reflect the changes.

It’s not hard to me, to think that God could work something like that.

Second, Kryon also likes to talk about potentials. It’s not that hard for Spirit, which is all-knowing, to have a sense of who every single person on the planet is and what they are likely to do. Of course, humans have free will and nothing is certain, but it’s not that hard to predict how humans will behave. So Spirit can make certain assumptions, and using the giant Excel spreadsheet, come up with likely outcomes.

To a certain extent, humans can use this same skill of evaluating scenarios. We might not consciously know all the details, but we can use what we know to make pretty good predictions.

My personal view is that we all, as souls, have the ability to see life this way. But we have to set aside lots of human conditioning that precludes us from doing so.

We have to set aside judgment. There is no judgment in this kind of thinking–only learning and growth and understanding.

We have to be open to the idea that there is more than just this physical life on earth, and we have to be open to the idea that it is way more complicated than we can fathom with our brains. We have to go beyond the limits of our minds, and open our hearts to “feel” and “know” what is possible.

 We have to abandon fear. Become Fearless.

There are people who are “psychic” who can “predict the future.” Do you find this scary? What if the future (the scenario with the highest potential) isn’t going the way you want it to go? Would you rather not know? I’m personally not sure why some people are “connected” to Spirit in a way that they have access to past or future scenarios. We talk about “past lives” and “the future,” even though it is more like a soup of assumptions and potentials.

D L Zeta presents a discussion of interacting with our past and future here, that fits in with this way of thinking.

It’s really important to note, that having access to the “other side of the veil” or to Spirit, can be really overwhelming. This access can happen to people who are unprepared and have no idea what to make of it. On top of that, since most people in our culture are uncomfortable or unaware, there can be all kinds of negative reactions. Others might want to diagnose the person with an illness, rather than explore the possibility of a spiritual connection.  It’s bewildering to not know what’s going on.

It makes sense that some of the people who tap into this information are kind and nonjudgmental, while others have their own belief systems that influence how they interpret the information they get. A person is like a filter, and if that filter is gunked up with unresolved issues, it will be more difficult for the pure message to get through. Lee Carroll and Kryon have written a lot about the process of becoming a clear channel. Paul Selig’s books incorporate discussions of the times that Paul has to “step aside,” when he is having trouble with a teaching.

A psychic reader that is addicted to drama in their own life, would probably interpret or present information in a dramatic way. One who is having issues in their own life, might be more cynical when those issues come up in information for another person.

Just like I come up with an analogy having to do with real estate finance, because that’s what I am very familiar with. So, the lesson is, understand the person so you can understand what kind of filter they are likely to be.  Then set those things aside and try to see the underlying concept.

So, here’s how I think about it. The Creator we call God, would be the Master at running scenarios. If we are all part of the One, if we are all creations of God with His spark in us, well maybe we are here acting out an endless, amazing variety of scenarios, with the purpose of collectively becoming wise.  This makes the whole idea of not judging make all kinds of sense, right?  Because how can you become wise without experiencing EVERYTHING, the “good” AND the “bad”?

This is how the idea of reincarnation makes sense to me. Instead of a “one after the other” progression of lives, I see it as more dynamic and beautiful than that. Our concept of linear time makes it very hard to wrap our minds around ideas like being able to change the past. But if we are all connected to each other and all the possibilities, at any moment, we are a snapshot of experience.

Without judgment, it’s all good.

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