Future Life Progression




Future Life Progression, or FLP for this post is a practice where you can take a peek at your future self, learn the steps it took you to get there and perhaps recognise any pitfalls.

If your wondering if FLP is actually possible it is, and you do it all the time in small ways without even knowing. We look into the future constantly, how often have you seen a parking spot in your minds eye before reaching it, or seen yourself doing something before you actually do it.

It’s morning here in the UK and many of us are thinking about what we’ll be serving up for dinner tonight. I’m thinking of a bowl of pasta, I see it first in my minds eye, shining maybe, with a coating of sauce, sprinkled with basil or parmesan, a welcome sight. Now that pasta is probably still in the packet on the supermarket shelf, the cheese on the deli counter and basil on the plant. But because I’ve seen it on the plate, I understand the steps I need to take to create it.

Now create your own dinner, close your eyes and imagine, visualise it on the plate, on the table, your lap, or a tray, wherever it is you usually eat your dinner. Thinks about the steps you took to make it, the magic ingredient maybe. Take a look around you, is there anybody with you, or are you alone, do you have a drink with your dinner? It’s easy to create isn’t it, and now you’ve created it, you have the blueprint, you can easily do it again this evening, you know exactly where to get the ingredients and you know already how it turns out.

As a practitioner, I can help my clients go further forward, five or ten years or maybe much further. I’m a clinical hypnotherapist, FLP and PLR practitioner and help people find their most positive future self. When you see yourself in the future, you know the steps you took to get there, you know for example it was the job or relationship holding you back, you know who is important and still around, what you’ve had to do to get there and what changes, if any it required.

FLP as a therapeutic tool is probably not for everyone, but it is certainly helpful at time where we feel blocked, confused or unsure in life. Creative visualisation on the other hand is useful for all of us, we do it naturally when we day dream but when we do it purposefully it can make our lives better in the simplest of ways. Think of the garden you will create this summer, how the colours blend, where the shade is, how the wildlife will enjoy it, nobody plants a garden without seeing it first in their mind eye.

Thought creates, when we see something in our minds eye, it becomes, it exists and is therefore possible. All great things start with a single thought that grows. Nothing in life, just is, it was all created, whether we recognise it or not. Thought creates pathways in the brain, just like the pathway I made in order to eat that pasta later today.

Everything in the external world has it’s roots in our thoughts and beliefs, we create what we believe, wether we know it or not. Our subconscious mind creates our futures by turning thoughts into mental images, which create our reality. When we use our conscious imaginations to create through the use of creative visualisation, we begin to create our external reality.



Life Stories

Our own life stories can open us up and heal us, they open the gateways to our souls and ultimately help us discover the real self within.  Have you ever tried telling the story of your life to yourself, imagine you have no recollection of events or any previous knowledge.  How would you explain the more difficult bits, those muddled bits, so that you can fully understand yourself.

We talk to ourselves all the time, what should we have for dinner, where shall we take the dog and all sorts of useless nonsense but very rarely do we ask ourselves who we are and where we have come from.  Our own stories are the recipes for what makes us whole, the ingredients that go into pot that make us who we are.   It’s not all sugar, we know there’s a little bitterness in there too, we have to uncover it all to understand.

My story is long, there are many episodes, it cannot be played out in one session.  I might start at any part, it does not have to run in sequence, just as long as I learn from it when I’ve played it through.  I want to be able to understand my own story because that is what makes me who I am, what is the point in our lives if we don’t gain something from them.  Some of my issues, for want of a better word, have changed as I’ve been able to see events for what they actually were and therefore change my response.  I’ve always been the abandoned child, from looking back over my life I can now see why I went onto marry a man just like my father, that he also abandoned me isn’t any great surprise and when I look at it now, the kindest thing he could have done for me.  Some things I have have come to  realise have been false memories, a lot in fact as when we can’t make sense of something we create it, going back over these memories I have been able to watch from a different perspective.

Have you ever read something you just have to keep on reading again, a poem or the chapter in a book, well I think in a way, that’s what our life should be like, we need to be able to go back and ensure we have fully understood the manuscript, make sure we got the right message.  Do we really understand our own life stories as well as we understand our favourite piece of literature or film, it’s a shame but most of us don’t because other  peoples stories are sometimes easier than our own to digest.

I like to find a space, when I say space I mean somewhere safe and quiet and sit with my memories, meditate maybe and walk through the story.  Sometimes I imagine myself as an actor, studying a scene, I might give myself marks out of ten.  I come back with a better understanding of myself now, I think it’s good to review our own behaviour, how else will we change if it is necessary.

What if I told you it was possible to go forward too, watch your future self, see your best possible self, learn from them and bring ideas back to this moment.  Would you give it a go?