Projections of Your Mind

Last Updated On: March 27, 2017

Mind EnergyLet’s get real. The past is nothing more than the memories you allow yourself to remember. On the other side, the future is nothing more than your imagination at play and whatever you agree for your mind to project.

Therefore both, memories and imagination (past and future) are only functions or projections of your mind. In other words, the are NOT real at all!

I know, you’re probably thinking: “What does she mean they are not real? I lived those experiences and they seemed very real to me.”

I hear you. What I mean is that they are not real right NOW. Positive or negative, these experiences are gone forever. They are just memories in your mind, they do not exist in your physical reality. Are you with me? The same applies to the future. Since it has not happened yet, it is the product of your imagination, a projection of your mind that is not real – NOT NOW.

From this premise, you realize that you have some power over the past and the future because you get to determine the projections of your mind. This fact is actually quite refreshing. Let’s talk about the past first. This power over the past is not from the standpoint that we can change what already happened; however, you can decide right now to stop reacting to the past in a negative way, thinking that you should’ve done this or should’ve said that instead of whatever happened. This way of thinking only brings anguish and pain to your present and there is nothing you can do about it in the now.

The same applies to the future. You have the power to stop worrying about what will happen as it has not even happened yet. Again, these imaginations are just projections of your mind. Realize that most people live dragging their past, striving to achieve the future, and missing totally on the beauty of the present moment. This is a total waste of time, don’t you think?

Here’s a piece of advise: To truly enjoy life regardless of what’s happened in your past or whatever you imagine your future will be, you must focus on “right now” and to achieve that, you must change your mind about the way you perceive things. Autosuggestion is one technique I recommend to help you take control of your mind. Always remember that the projections of your mind are under YOUR control.

Watch this short video where Eckhart Tolle talks about the wisdom of Epictetus, a Greek philosopher who lived from 341 BC to 270 BC, and whose philosophy revolves around the fact that we have consciousness, free will and rationality; therefore, we are free to choose the kind of life we want to lead and what values we want to hold throughout.


This does not mean that things beyond our control will not happen, but that we have the ability to discern that some choices are better than others. We also have the choice to choose how we react to events. These life-choices should be aligned with our human nature which dictates that we naturally seek pleasure and try to avoid pain. Thus, we must strive to pursue happiness in the now by seeking pleasure rationally, intelligently, and consciously, independent of events and as much as we can.

Once you get a hold of this with your memories (your past), it’s time to start working on your future. Create pictures in your mind of happy, fulfilling events that are yet to come, and then play them over and over in your mind as if they were a comedy or light drama. Add funny moments that make you chuckle, and smells, tastes, feelings and emotions. Play your favorite tune in the background, and enjoy the process. Go about your present moment enjoying what’s in front of you, and when you notice the nasty self talk or a negative thought creeping in, go back to one of your pictures and replay your autosuggestion over and over again.

Hey! You’re getting a whole Wizard of Wisdom Workshop here … and for free! Have fun training your mind 🙂

“What’s the use of dragging up sufferings that are past,
of being miserable now, because you were miserable then?”

~ Socrates

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16 Responses to Projections of Your Mind

  1. Somar1 May 10, 2015 at 7:15 PM #

    This post reminded me of my father because he always used to say that the past does not exist. It has already happened. It is gone. The future has not happened yet and, therefore, does not exist either. He used to say that the only thing that exists is the present. I hadn’t thought about these things in years. Thank you for reminding me that my father was a very wise man.

  2. pafjlh May 19, 2015 at 4:18 PM #

    This is a good post, too bad that for some letting go of the memories of the past can be easier said then done. You are right though the past only has as much power as we give it, because all that happened there is over and done we can’t change it we can only move forward. But for some of us letting go isn’t so easy, we allow the past to scar us to the point where we can’t move on. It’s like some people feel the past equals who they are now. I’ll admit there was a time when I was one of these people, but I have taken steps toward not allowing myself to be a victim of my past. What happened then is over and done. I cling to my good memories such as my parents, but I work toward letting go of the painful stuff, because there is no use in holding on to it, it’s over and has no purpose in my future.

  3. nytegeek May 20, 2015 at 1:00 AM #

    Hindsight has it’s uses but it is good to be able to focus on the here and now. I think we all let unpleasant memories chain us to a time that is gone. I like the idea of your future being your imagination and focusing on the present to make it a reality. It is very refreshing.

  4. Stephanie June 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM #

    This is so true. If you change your mind, you can change your life. It all begins in your thinking. I know to some, that sounds crazy, but it is true. Your thoughts become your actions and your actions determine your destiny.

  5. Jasmine2015 June 17, 2015 at 3:37 PM #

    I really liked reading this article. I have to remind myself not to be such a worrywart. A long time ago, I was reading a book by Eckhart Tolle called “The Power of Now” but I never got the chance to finish it.

  6. GemmaRowlands July 30, 2015 at 9:28 AM #

    I think that this is a great article and you’re quite right, the past is in the past and cannot be changed. The only reason that we should think about our past is if we are listening to what has happened then in order to make changes for the future. It is vital that we are able to grow as human beings, and using the past can help that – however there is no point at all in mulling over the past if you’re then not going to bother to make any changes about it. You have an amazing future ahead of you, if only you stop letting your past dictate what you believe you’re capable of achieving.

  7. Chris October 15, 2015 at 2:47 PM #

    This is a great post and I agree with this entire philosophy. I read and consume this information and feel I have my head on straight and ready to live a better future. However, ultimately I find myself creeping back to my old ways of thinking which is worrying about the future. How do you keep yourself constantly living in the now? Any suggestions?

  8. mandamoooo February 18, 2016 at 2:11 PM #

    I’ve heard someone say that people miss the ‘good old times’ because they remember it better than what it actually ‘was’. This post reminded me of that, and when I do start to think of the past, being good or bad, I try to remember that things were better or worse than I remembered them to be, and those emotions shouldn’t reflect how I feel about the present. Time is inevitable, and keeps moving even if we don’t want it to. There’s always a hurdle to jump, and sometimes we just need a little motivation to take us out of the past that’s behind us, and the future that’s before us.

  9. Vince Venison September 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

    I think that for some people (myself included) there is some comfort in clinging to the past, and in imagining the future how we want it to be, because we don’t like to take responsibility for the here and now. I am trying not to make excuses for myself by dwelling on painful episodes in my past, and instead try to look honestly at my present life and see what I can do today. It’s all too easy for me to blame my upbringing for the problems I have, when I should instead accept that I am an adult, responsible for my own life.

  10. Anton Hill December 7, 2016 at 2:16 AM #

    My mom always worries about the past. So I tend to be this way too since she is the most influential person in my life. But I try to focus in the now. I want to be able to forgive myself and those who have wronged me and I want to look forward to beautiful things. So I have to focus on making now, as wonderful as I can, and as much as I love my mom, I must admit she’s not comforting with all of her worries.

  11. Pepper January 7, 2017 at 2:55 AM #

    I totally agree that holding on to the past, as well as worrying over the future, can severely limit our ability to see all of the opportunities and adventures that are right in front of us in the present.

    Coming from a somewhat traumatic childhood experience, I can also agree that our past experiences aren’t always easy to detatch from. At times the memories come on so strongly that we are forced to give way to them and allow the memories to come. The trick is to not wallow in those memories. Like you said, that time is over and keeping our lives on hold by living in those times will paralyze our growth. We have to come to the realization that, no matter how irretrieveable or irreversible our past is… We survived it. Once that truth is embedded in our hearts and our past can no longer haunt or hurt us, then it becomes a beautiful tool we can use to help heal and comfort others.

    With regard to the future, we don’t want to spend so much time worrying about it and then one day look back and realize how much LIFE we neglected to actually LIVE. There is immeasurable beauty in the here and now… Don’t miss out on it! I loved this Post.

  12. Angel JMore January 27, 2017 at 3:37 PM #

    This post is indeed an uplifting reminder of our capacity to empower ourselves to take control of our thoughts and feelings. Stephen Covey stated as much when he mentioned in one of his books that it is not what people or events do to us that hurt us but it is our chosen action to those people or events that will determine how we either value or hurt ourselves. The operative word is “choice”. We can always choose to detach ourselves from our past and future and focus on our present.

    My problem is, I keep on overlooking these inspiring concepts, especially in the midst of heavy trials and boring days. Thank you for this post because it has reminded me to make my own choice, that is, from this moment I will embed in my mind to let go of my past, look forward to my future and enjoy my present to the fullest.

  13. lomcfad March 2, 2017 at 5:03 PM #

    Reading this post really helped me deal with some things from the past I have been holding to. To read that they are not in my universe now, somehow helped me separate my brain and push them to the back. I almost see them playing as another world, but the stress of it is gone. I imagine my brain separated into past, present, and future. The present is what truly matters. I can let the present leak into the future to fill it with hope, but not the past. It is so helpful to read things about the law of attraction just to remind us that we create our own universe!

  14. josue milan March 4, 2017 at 1:55 AM #

    I wish more people could be aware of this. That is the first step to becoming more present to the now. The problem is we would need some serious neuro-linguistic programming to make this happen. Research studies show that we have thousands of thoughts per day and the vast majority are negative. Sometimes they are not directly negative, but more doubtful in general. We live a life through collective knowledge of memories. Everything we understand is based on prior experiences or some kind of subconscious exposure. I believe one way to make us focus in the now is to form an inception on our past removing the negative memories.

  15. connie March 4, 2017 at 2:27 PM #

    Too many people allow the past to drag them down. Too many allow the past to dominate them now. Too many use the past as an excuse to not allow themselves a tomorrow. Too many allow the past to control their future. I have a past as bad as it comes, and I have some serious health issues as well. Those who know tell me how strong I am. I am not strong, I simply don’t allow the past to influence my future. I fight to continue to have a future, but I don’t see the need to fight to have a past, and I don’t see the need to let that past control me. It is easy to look at scars and let them influence you. It is much harder to look at those scars and say I am going to be me, free of my past and happy, despite what has happened, despite everything that has been said and done to me.

    The way I see it is that if I let those scars and that past influence me now, then the person/people who did me that harm, caused those scars and hurt me in the past have still won. They are still controlling me now, they are still hurting me now, they are still harming me now. Why let them destroy my future as well?

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