Originally Posted by Balbrae
There is an internal logic to Seth's proposition that one can change their past, if you accept certain premises:
(1) Time is Simultaneous;
(2) Everything is Occurring at the Same Time;
(3) There is no "past", "present," or "future," but only the illusion of such; and
(4) With every decision a person makes, he or she "sends off" an alternate
self into a different dimension, where that alternate self actualizes the other
choices that once confronted you, i.e., it pursued the paths "you" didn't
take. So, for example, you choose to go to Harvard, not MIT, when both
were offered to you. Your alternate self then goes to MIT, in a different
dimension. In this regard, Seth's view is in harmony with the "Many Worlds
Theory" of quantum physics;
(5) All of one's alternative selves exist at the same "time," separated only by
One thing that Seth said, which has always stuck with me is this: when you dream, your alternate selves give you feedback about your alternate lives in these alternate dimensions. This gives you information about your paths "not taken" in this dimension, and can give you certain feelings and intuitions about what you might do to change your choices in this dimension. An example that likely applies to me is this: for many years I was a drifting soul, and I came close to going to law school in the late 1980s. Now, I suppose many alternate selves of mine took the paths not taken by me, and went to study law. Six years later, I was so fed up with my poverty that I became infused with very strong emotion and confidence I had never felt before. I became aware of my abundant choices to alleviate that deprivation. So I changed course and joined my counterparts, pursuing the practice of law. That poverty has ended, and one might consider that my alternate selves helped me out by saying to me, "c'mon, you idiot, open your refrigerator and see some food in there for a change! We did this here on our side of the universe. We're you! You can do this! What are you suffering for? What are you waiting for?"
In a way related to the issue of erasing memories, we can consider the notion of manifesting past realities. Because I can remember the story line here, I should be assured that I did not "become" an alternate self before it peeled off from "me" in the "past." Because I can remember my story of waiting to go to lawschool, I couldn't have possibly merged with the "me" that went six years earlier. Accordingly, I was simply informed by the choices of my alternate lives and chose to model this life after them. I did not become that past, alternate self.
However, here is the tricky part: I might have merged with "this" life of mine from the "future," and be none the wiser (because I have no memory of it). That is to say, rather than modeling myself after an alternate self, my "future" self just merged with an alternate self in the "past"--the part that is me here and now. So, a "part" of my life that I experience was once an alternate life, and my alternate self from the future self liked "my" version of life better, such that he accessed his "past" to reach "me" (as an alternate, past self) and co-opted or merged with "me," and neither of us knows of this occurrence, from our normal perspective.
Seth was convinced that we could change our past. So if, instead of modeling our behavior on the example set by our alternate selves (based on the feedback we received in the dream state), we chose to simply become that alternate self, how would we know we did that? We would have no memory of it. Seth used to say over and over again: you form your own reality. He once said, when you walk out that door in the morning, every morning, it is literally a new world out there, and you are none the wiser!
I have created a diagram and post it below, to illustrate how this might play out. The diagram compares two alternate selves of me and "me" in a time line.