The Astonishing Numerology of the Labour Party

6, positively, is the number of togetherness, love, connection, family and responsibility. Negatively it is the number of the parent who cannot cut the apron strings, emotions run wild and irresponsibility.

The Labour Party went through a number of incarnations before its final formation on 15th February 1906 (15=6 and the whole date sums to 6).
The word ‘LABOUR’ if A=1, B=2 etc sums to 6.
The consonants of ‘NEW LABOUR’ sum to 6.
The vowels of ‘NEW LABOUR’ sum to 6.
Keir Hardie, its first leader, was born on 15th (6).
The 1923 General Election, which led to the first Labour Prime Minister took place on 6th December 1923, which gives us 6 and sums to 6. 1923 itself also sums to 6.
Clement Attlee who led the party to the 1945 landslide was born on 3rd January 1883, which sums to 6.
Harold Wilson’s election in 1964 occured on 15th October (6) and his landslide two years later in 1966. Although defeated in 1970 he was re-elected on 28 February 1974, which sums to 6. The name ‘HAROLD WILSON’ also sums to 6.
The two most famous Labour firebrands of modern times were Nye Bevan, born on 15th November 1897 (6, and sums to 6) and Tony Benn, born on 3 April 1925, which sums to 6.
Tony Blair was elected leader of the party on 21 July 1994, which sums to 6. He himself was born on the 6th (May 1953). It is also interesting to note that Ed Miliband was born on 24th (December 1969) and David Miliband was born on 15th (July 1965).

It is not so strange to conclude that organisations and parties have their own life force and energy, and that the Labour Party is intimately connected to the number 6.
There are many more instances of 6 in the history of the party, as well as other patterns which point to when they win and when they lose. All this plus the data will appear in ‘Grand Britain, the Future of the British and Their Isles’ later this year.

General Election 2015 & The Poison of Identity Politics

This election sees the manipulators and propagandists out like never before, all intent on getting us to support ‘someone like you’ and hating on those ‘not like you’. They are all at it in their own way but today its the Labour Party’s turn in the barrel. (Others will get their go). Labour are the masters of Identity Politics, playing to death the constant ‘Evil Tory’ narrative. No wonder the fabric of society is shot when the party that aspires to government insists on demonising those who think in any way differently to it. Whether we support them or not isn’t the issue. Their tactics are, and have been for years, fundamentally dishonest. The fact that others are too is no excuse.

Identity Politics is based on three lies:

Lie #1 – People who look like you also think like you. The fact that your MP or favoured candidate has two kids (just like you), eats at Greggs (just like you), wears ’cause wristbands’ (just like you), goes on the tv and radio and says ‘something must be done’ (just like you), and you saw them once drinking a pint/latte (just like you) does not mean for one minute that what actually goes on in their heads, or hearts, bares any resemblance to yours. We are not all the same.

Lie #2 – Values do not determine actions. This one should really have been A Problem of the New Age because the enormous, unanswered point about values is that they are almost always someone else’s values, adopted second hand and that they often tell us nothing about the underlying character and nature of the person. Hitler loved animals and was a vegetarian. Admirable values I’m sure you will agree.

Lie #3 – There is no such thing as an individual. So far as the party machines are concerned you are categorisable and therefore controllable. If they can get onside the key people in your tribe then you will almost certainly follow. The Labour Party have successfully played this card for 20 years through the repetitive mantra of ‘hard working families’.

Don’t worry, I wont leave the other parties out of this analysis, Call Me Dave will get it too. But for now, if you remain in any doubt at all as to the futility of voting for people ‘who seem in tune with you’ then watch this little trip down memory lane, right the way through to the reveal, if you can stand it.

General Election 2015 and the Break Up of Britain – with the help of Numerology & Tarot

break up of britainWhoever takes office after 7 May is going to have to govern a fractured and divided country. The supporters of the losing sides will not accept the results, they will demand re-counts and election courts and there will be lawsuits and much disgruntlement. The media will love it but the people will hate it. If the Tories hang on there will be disbelief in many quarters, and probable civil unrest, while if Miliband takes over there will be a financial crisis or some kind of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ situation. In either case the supporters of the winning side will be just as unhappy as they realise that they aren’t going to get what they want either. Cries of fraud and stitch up will abound and when the Greens and/or UKIP get an enormous vote but a miserable number of seats there will be howls of derision and cries of unfair. This is not to mention the fully one third of people who think the whole thing is a charade anyway.

My reading confirms the opinion polls with the Tories and Labour locked together but with the SNP as the third largest party on 8 May, and therefore kingmakers. The issue then at this election is not the economy or the NHS; it is the looming Break up of Britain. You can interpret this on many levels – from UKIP’s desire to wrench us out of the EU, fracking and social disintegration, both Tory and Labour turning into regional parties and the SNP shooting for the very earliest opportunity to put their question again. There seems to be not much that is any longer united about the United Kingdom.

Mario Reading’s interpretation of the Prophecies of Nostradamus chimes with this and talks about the coming of a separate England, going its own way from Scotland and the rest of Europe. Where Wales and Ireland figure in this I do not yet know. This may all seem very unlikely and might take years to fully manifest, but in the meantime we should get used to weak leaders and confused policies in the governance of the nation.  What is particularly interesting is that this does not seem to be a product of UKIP success as much as the increased influence of SNP and Plaid Cymru.

Although many people cannot conceive of a Prime Minister Ed Miliband the cards are less resistant, clearly highlighting great weakness in the Tory party of which he must be the prime beneficiary. The man’s numerology however is very clear – whether good and kind or not, Ed Miliband is fundamentally unsuited to any kind of leadership role, in any area of life. He is overly dominated by ‘7’ energy and is therefore a thinker and a theorist, not a doer or a leader. His election to Prime Minister would be a personal karmic disaster for him and an even bigger one for the nation.

The British thirst for an Arthurian-type saviour is strong, but it remains to be seen whether someone like Boris can spring out of this election and command the Spirit of the Nation. He is dominated by ‘9’ energy and it seems certain that he is going to try. The end result for May 2015 is still too close to call though, but I am beginning to think that the election is a pre-cursor to events, not the event itself. I do not see Labour doing enough to secure a majority, and it seems inconceivable that the Tories will have got more popular since 2010. What happens in the messy aftermath of the May 2015 election now seems extremely significant for the future of the nation.

Numerology of the UK General Election 2015


number 10

This is as stacking up as the most significant election in 100 years, potentially setting the trend for the rest of our lives. Numerologically the 100 Year Centennial Cycle is very good at mapping events, showing us that history repeats but never exactly. Look to the past:

1900 – 1918: 4/5 party politics, Liberals. Tories, Labour, Irish
1910 : Hung parliament/coalition
1900 – : Emergence of a new party – Labour
1900 – : Clamour for Irish Independence, Irish Nationalist party is the third largest.
1910 – 1918: Collapse of the Liberal Party as the main opposition.

Now, in 2015 have 4/5/6 party politics, we have a coalition and the emergence of UKIP. We have a clamour for Scottish independence and the SNP may be the third largest party in May. What happened 100 years ago between Tories and Liberal is now repeating between Tories and Labour, and we may be witnessing the slow death of either of those parties.

Therefore the most likely outcome in May is an inconclusive result with the potential for a second election later in the year/early next. Whoever takes office is almost immediately going to be struck down by events. All options are on the table.

Looking further ahead it only takes a couple of moves on the chess board for any of the following scenarios to come to pass in the next decade. These are speculations but not impossible:

National ‘Unity’ Government: 2 or 3 parties coming together to govern through a crisis. The possible suspension or delay of a future election due to a crisis.
Tory/Green Coalition with Boris as Prime Minister
Collapse of the Labour Party.
Nick Clegg Prime Minister (he could lose half his support and still be kingmaker)
2nd Scottish Referendum plus general agitation produces a Scottish exit.
If UKIP have any sense (?) they will play the long game, as Sinn Fein and Co did one hundred years ago. But that depends on their stamina.

Against this background the most important thing is the character of the key players. No-one is going to get to implement their plans in full, no-one is going to be able to set a new course, all of them will govern reactively. So who has the necessary character/destiny to be able to cope? That is the issue, not party politics. More another day…

Resist the Mind Controllers


Human beings are utterly controlled by those who wield the four elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Fire is used to great effect by the mind controllers by packing large numbers of people into small spaces. This exerts great pressure and heat, subsuming the individual conscience totally. Air is used as a weapon to control what is thought and spoken, but the deeper use of sound can be very effective – anthems, chants and Heils! exert a very real influence on the human. Water is always used to control people by making the appeal not rational, but emotional – love of the Fatherland, avenging the prophet etc. Finally Earth is harnessed by the controllers through specific stances and body poses during ritual, so at this level there is little difference between a prayer and a salute. If the mind controllers can proscribe the food supply then all the better, and if they can get everyone to look physically identical, well its a win for them.
These techniques are as old as the hills, used innocently (?) at football matches, for example, but also sometimes harnessed by the Dark Side.

I have observed and tracked the effects of these techniques for years. For example, they were used to enormous effect in Nazi Germany. We can all look back now and proclaim the evil of the parades and marches, yet no one was coerced to attend them. Germany was a highly developed country – how could thinking people willingly sign up to the Nazi horror? Answer – in the ways just described, techniques used upon them to make them less than they might be. No one held the ordinary German accountable for what happened under that regime, yet at the time few ordinary Germans resisted it for their minds were chained.

Although this analysis may seem insane it is highly relevant because it is happening again now, today – has been for some time – and I feel profoundly ashamed that I have not had the courage to say so before.
There is a war on. There is no point pretending otherwise and the sooner we admit to what is happening the sooner it will be over. There is no point repeating the mantra that Islam is the religion is peace. If it is taken intellectually only (Air) then yes it is. But in vast areas it is NOT taken mentally, it is ingested whole into the worshipper in the four ways described above, destroying their conscience, compassion and ability to decide things for themselves. The Dark Magicians wielding these four elements are the preachers of hate in the mosques, but barbarians never take a city by force, they always have the gates held open for them by the well meaning yet misguided.

It is definitely the case that individual Muslims, just like individual 1930’s Germans, will help you if you are in trouble. Yes, this happens, probably more than is obvious. But Islam when swallowed whole, like Nazism and other doctrines, is deeply invested in the abolition of the individual. There is no point turning to the holy book to refute what we see with our own eyes, nor any point identifying the great achievements of the religion. After all Hitler loved animals and Albert Speer’s plan for a rebuilt Berlin would have been nothing short of breathtaking. What use is any of these things if the freedom to be human is taken away? The everlasting word of death is ‘conformity’ and it has taken up residence in the heart of Islam.

The Death of the Seeker, guest post from Garrett Daun


The year was 2004.

Blindfolded, knees knocking, heart beating fast, maddening images of terror flashing through my imagination, I sat in the cold lobby, waiting for the initiation to start.

It was the first of many I’d undergo.

Maybe it was the sense of adventure, or the unfathomable curiosity about the unknown that drove my quest.

I wanted to become a wizard, a sorcerer, a magus filled with power coursing through my fingertips to morph and change reality to suit my will and whims.

It was the battle cry of a weak and defenseless ego trying to simultaneously shield itself and sing it’s barbaric yawps over the rooftops, however crackled and shrill it sounded. 

My guess was that my initiators would unveil a vicious magical dagger, wave it through the air, and slice open reality—revealing to me exactly how everything in reality was held together. 

Then, I thought, they’d give me my own piece of that power. 


Flash forward to 2006. Five initiations later and I found myself laying in an extremely cold bedroom in rural Wyoming, giving myself a “Radical Undoing” session from a weird old book I’d found—one among thousands that weak ego of mine had collected and turned into a shield against reality.

At the conclusion of that inexplicable session, I found my body trembling more than it ever had in years of 30-degrees-below-zero-Fahrenheit winter nights in my Minnesota childhood.

Pen gripped in my tetany’d fists, I scrawled these words into a tiny Moleskine journal:

“I never knew what it felt like to be alive!”

Even now, writing these words, I still tremble with the power of that first experience. That was the day I discovered I had a body.

I’ll spare you the details of the polite dinner conversation I had with my friend’s family shortly after that session. What I will tell you is that it’s not always the best idea to try to convince your friend’s family to try a body meditation experience from a book called Secrets of Western Tantra… 


The discovery of my body welcomed a perfect storm that cascaded, washed, and crashed through every aspect of my former life.

The most important part of that storm was the fatal lightning strike that left all those books in flames—along with the fundamental assumption I’d never questioned that had driven every single action of my life up to that point.

The assumption that something’s wrong with me, and with the world and the corollary belief that I’ve got to fix it! were the fuel that finally filled my self-imposed prison of words with exhaust fumes until I finally broke free, screaming and crying and laughing hysterically.


The seeker in me had found what it was looking for through all those books and initiations and experiences.

That’s not entirely true.

What really happened was that the seeker died when I realized the quest was over before it got started. The purpose behind the quest dissolved into deep bodily awareness. There was nothing and no one to find. I was it, all along.

The thing doing the seeking was the thing it was looking for all along, but the eye can’t see itself.

It’s time to ask yourself what all that spiritual knowledge, all those high emotional experiences, all the books and websites and videos have really taught you.

What good does learning another new vocabulary to describe more words to describe basic, simple experience really do?

All those “spiritual” words and meanings and purposes obscure your clear view of the majesty and adventure that is already your life, if you’d only seize it and live it!


Let’s flashback to caveman times for a moment. You lived in a band or tribe, and everyone relied on everyone else for survival. If the group rejected you for not fitting in, you were 99% certain to die a brutal death rather quickly.

Flash forward to present time.

You share most of the same genetic code as that caveman you once were, but live in very different circumstances. Now, rejection of the group doesn’t mean anything but a little sadness or embarrassment. However, that rejection also comes with an unconscious survival threat that feels very real—even though it’s not.

It’s that fear of rejection that pushes us to fit in at all costs—even the most expensive cost of losing your own individuality in trade for acceptance and validation from one group or another.

When your identity and personality become dependent on the now very popular seeker lifestyle, actually finding what you set out to discover generates that very same survival threat.

Briefly, your very survival depends on you fitting in, conforming, and remaining a part of the seeker groupings you’re a part of. You trade away your own individuality and give up any chance of ever finding yourself because of a primitive survival threat that exists nowhere but in your head.

The seeker lifestyle of the yogis, occultists, mystics, religious groups, political associations, and others keeps you locked up tight in a prison of words, ideas, and expectations that you’ve got to constantly manipulate and lie to yourself to live up to.

Instead of living your own organic, flowing, mysterious life, you get caught up in a predictable template of behaviors, ideas, and responses to life that keep you from ever seeing, feeling, or hearing anything but the echo of your desperate thoughts inside your cell.


This all seems rather tragic, and by now you’ve already begun your defense of your flavor of the seeker lifestyle—but even that defense is just a programmed template reaction, and the organic, flowing part of you knows it, right here, right now.

There’s a deeper voice inside you crying out to be heard, if only you could get past the noise and the fear of finally letting your own perception and experience take it’s rightful throne as the sole sovereign in your life.

You are the most important person in your life. Period.

That prison of seeking that’s kept you away from your true nature this whole time seems impenetrable, intractable, and sometimes even desirable when compared to the unknown wilds outside of it.

What’s fascinating about it is that it never really existed in the first place. It’s all made up.

There’s nothing that can prevent you from being the individual you already are. It’s only thoughts and ideas that keep you from seeing, feeling, and experiencing that truth for yourself.

You only think you need external acceptance and authority. But who is it that chooses to accept that authority in the first place?

You’re the final arbiter on everything in your life, and that’s a scary and awesome fact to realize.

As Vernon Howard once said, “Thank God the show is over!”

The only real step in front of you is now—and has always been—the leap of faith into 100% self acceptance.

It looks something like this:

At Command Z we call that 100% Juice.

Once you’ve taken that step, the world—even the Universe—becomes yours to explore and enjoy.

All those goals and aspirations you once had to fix things and make yourself OK will just fall away.

What remains is the constant, endless, and beautiful adventure that’s your birthright.

Everything you do from that point forward will be for the sheer joy of experience, and nothing more.

If you’re ready to take that step, we’re putting on one final workshop to help launch you from a victim of your circumstances to a true adventurer on the frontiers of your own perception.

Click here to dive in. 

Garrett Daun is a consciousness pioneer and former seeker who finally found himself through Radical Undoing, luck, adventure, hitchhiking, and finally getting rid of his book collection. 

He studied and practiced everything under the sun and moon—including mixed martial arts, rock climbing, extensive travel, Ashtanga Yoga, massage, Zen meditation, religion, mysticism, occult practices, tantra, tarot, Qabalah, Shin Buddhism, Radical Undoing, Bioenergetics, hypnotherapy—and he’s taken the gems from all of them to create an organic approach to your life that champions YOU, the individual! 

He runs Command Z and The Art of Not Giving a Fuck, and he’s looking forward to helping you stop seeking, start finding, and finally not giving a fuck about your perceived limitations so you can flow with the life you really want.

Problems with The New Age: The Power of Now.

Living in the moment is one of the sacred cows of the New Age, but is everywhere misunderstood and poorly practiced. It isn’t even a new idea, and certainly did not originate from Eckhart Tolle. My late teacher Arthur was talking about it 25 years ago, and there is a great deal of ‘New Thought’ literature from the Edwardian times which says the same.

Of course, at its heart it is true – the past is done, the future not yet set, the only effect you can really have is upon the present. But that doesn’t mean you can deny the effects of the past, for yesterday has defined today, and the choices made previously set the parameters for what is available. There is no way around this and neither should there be – life, and the past, is all to learn from.

The real problem with the Power of Now is when it translates in practice to an inability, or refusal, to think more than one move ahead. It is understandable I suppose, a giant global coping mechanism for the uncertainties of our times. But it’s the path to misery for the dominant energy in the NOW is always EMOTIONS.

Emotions are to be gloried in, for sure. They remind us that we are ALIVE! But emotions change, often very quickly, and a life governed by emotions is a life that is going nowhere except down and up and then down again. Emotions must be controlled – not suppressed – but used an input and balanced against the reasoning power of the mind. A life governed solely by emotions will only ever be a reactive one.

This where things like NLP and self hypnosis can be very useful (though when taken to extremes they create similar but opposite problems). The emotional response can, and should, be taken hold of.

The New Age – with practices like The Power of Now – is in many ways quite infantile, partly an opening up of human life, but equally a regression of society that has turned vast numbers of people into cry babies, lacking any sort of resilience in the face of the smallest of challenges. Maybe this can be dismantled if two assumptions can be tackled.

First, although emotions are connected to intuition they are not – repeat not – directly connected to the higher psychic, spiritual functions. The emotional person will be intuitive, but without training, study, discipline and hard work they will have zero control of their abilities, which will then cease to be of any use to them at all.

The second assumption to be challenged is the belief that life should be a party. It never was, and it never will be. Life is a mountain climb, a quest, a search. To harp on about the need for ‘joy, joy, endless joy’ is disrespectful to the gift that you have been given, for if life was a party then we would have stayed in the caves.

The Greatest Illusion of Our Time: We Are One.



We Are One.

Three words that negate every unusual little contribution that someone, somewhere might make. Three words that destroy any chance of a flash of inspiration turning into lasting change. Three words that kill stone dead any form of rebellion or non-conformance. As a status update or inspirational tweet it sounds warm and comforting, but in practice it is always a disaster. Both communism and fascism are based upon it, the Rotherham child abuse scandal is a result of it and corporations that turn their employees into drones feed on it.  It is the doctrine of same-ness, and its colour is beige.

They are evil words because regardless of the intention behind them the idea is always corrupted in practice, by the misuse of power. Wherever humans collect together as US, there will always be people who refuse to cooperate, and they will be marked as THEM. Think on this, watch it happen in your community. The energy of one always splits into the energy of two. It is in its nature to do so and it can be no other way.

It is also deeply arrogant to presume that anybody else sees, hears or thinks the same as you do. They do not, they cannot. and this is all to the good. Wherever ‘We Are One’ is dominant you see the end of  progress. In a world of ‘We Are One’ there will be no more Mozarts, no more Einsteins and no more Picassos.

The challenge of life is not to hide in the mush of ‘We Are One’ but to develop tolerance for the fact that everyone is profoundly different and recognition that other people have things to offer that you could never come up with yourself. Then, although we may not agree we will recognise that we are interconnected and therefore MUST love each other. If everyone said that we would be in a much better place.

How To Make Decisions


Decision making is hard. So hard, for some, that the very thought of it is the beginning of a crisis. If this happens to you then it is proof that you are a sensitive.

A sensitive is naturally aware of differing possibilities (that is why they are sensitive!) But be reassured by glancing to the spirit of the ultimate sensitive of our age, Barack Obama. In any of his speeches you will hear him say, effectively, ‘…on one hand it is this, and on the other hand it is that’. He sees what others do not, and he is torn by it. Look at his face for the evidence!

First off, sensitivity – and thus indecision – is perfectly normal. It is not a weakness, and is actually a strength, so long as you can get it to work for you.

To do this we have to move beyond the waste of energy known as prevarication and procrastination. Trying to find ways to convince yourself that things are just fine, when clearly they are not, is not necessary. There is a better way.

To understand further, look at Life is an operation of ‘AND’ not ‘OR’. When faced with a choice between seemingly opposing things, often, both are true, both options possible, both outcomes likely. It is only a matter of which one serves you best, right now. Do not intellectualise this or pull it apart, for no truth will be found down that hole. Consider that Life moves in two directions at the same time. The outward flow of Life moves toward increase, expansion, learning and growth. Under the rulership of this force the day gets more interesting, our options increase and our spirit lightens. The contrary force is ever present though. The inward flow of Life is the place of ‘cannot’, populated by closed minded, fearful types who obsess about the minutiae and deal exclusively in the language of protection and safety. Under this inward flow the day grows ever more restrictive, smaller, less interesting and our options narrow. Under the outward flow of Life we have the chance to be happy by doing more, seeing more and being more. Under the inward flow of Life ‘less and lack’ become the dominant forces. There are always contradictory and confusing signs that obscure this from view, until you step back and look at what is obvious. The answer then emerges – if you place yourself in the outward flow, even when is challenging, then life gets better.

Now that you understand how it works, begin with one, small but significant decision, an easy one to make, that no-one will know anything about. Decide when to open or close your aura. This is as simple as it sounds, and it is only our Ego which prevents it from being so. Wherever you are, do this right now. Decide to open your aura, and look around. Give it a minute, then decide to close your aura. Actually feel this happening, and if you don’t feel it, then imagine it. Notice the difference between open and closed. Repeat it in different settings, at different times. Obviously, this practice will not stop your annoying colleague talking, or the phone ringing. But it will alter how much these things disturb you. The practice, as always, needs to be practiced, and discernment will be required in its usage. For example, it is sometimes very important to be open to new ideas and possibilities, even if we don’t want to be, and equally it is sometimes important to be closed even though you may feel pressure to be open. Practice and judgement will reveal the benefit, but essentially the aura should be closed when we want to rest or reduce our energy usage, wherever it is safe to also reduce our external awareness, like when it’s time for a hot bath, or sleep. Do not, for example, close your aura when driving.

The spiritual lesson of all this is that you can choose. You can choose whether and when to receive input from others and the wider world, or not. You may then, with practice, find that wider forms of decision making become easier, when you choose to be free of distractions. But whatever decisions you make – if you are to be successful and ride the outward flow of Life – they must be rooted in your Higher Individuality – that which makes you different, that which makes you a freak, that which you can do in a way that others cannot. The Great Lie that ‘we are all the same’ is coming to an end, and it was never true anyway. The future will only support those who are willing to discover and develop what makes them unique. As soon as you decide to do this Life will conspire to show you the way.

Change The World. Today.


past present future

People are always talking about the importance of not allowing the past to exert a hold over you, but the reality is that the present is a product of the past. It can be no other way. Whether we believe in linear time, or not, makes no difference to the fact that if we are sitting reading this on the bus, right now, then we are doing so because you we got on the bus in the (recent) past. As it is with the body, so it is with the heart, mind and soul. To construct a pretence where we behave as if the past plays no part in our life is to indulge in the heights (or depths) of delusion. This delusion may be so strong that we start to believe our own hype, but turning toward our experiences and saying ‘I deny you’ does make it so. The past denied will be the past relived.

We are where we are, today, because of the choices we made yesterday. There is little chance of positive learning and growth if this cannot be grasped. To be defined utterly by our past? No. But to be affected and influenced by it? Maybe greatly so? Yes.

The midpoint between yesterday and tomorrow is the present, the mould into which tomorrow will be poured. Choose wisely, for what we select today will define our tomorrow. Move in the natural direction of the Universe – outwardly, toward increase and growth and tomorrow is set up to be better than today. Seize today, for it is a lifetime in miniature. Embrace it this morning and let it go this evening.

Then we have the future. Can the future be foretold? Yes, most certainly, but it depends on how much the subject is bound by and unaware of their past. The past sets patterns, grooves into which we unknowingly default. Most futures are entirely predictable for this reason. Humans do however possess the capacity to surprise, to create futures unforeseen, by learning the lessons of their past and acting with those in mind in the present. The future exerts a pull for it is already part formed – through the grooves of the past, via numerological patterns, through unlearned and unconscious behaviours. But still it does not have to be that way.

All these – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE – are to some extent alive, right here, right now. The past and the future seem to be connected in some way, as if the past wants to replicate itself in the future, ‘same, same but different’. But it is only in the present that we may overcome the past and defeat the future.

Alongside the past, present and future live their respective evil twins – REGRET, DISTRACTION and EXPECTATION. Anytime we connect with ‘coulda, woudla, shoulda’ we are lost in a world of regrets. The past, in practical terms now, exists only for one reason, to learn from. Crying over spilt milk is no use. We must understand why and how it was spilt and resolve to do things differently next time.

Distraction is at work in the present, insidious, behind the scenes always pulling us away from ourselves, toward the shiny and bright ‘out there’. ‘You can do it later on, or tomorrow’ says The Lord of Distraction. But who is to say there will be a tomorrow, or that its conditions will be any better?

Expectation is connected to the future and our desired outcomes – fixed ideas of what could be, should be, must or must not be. So many of us want to know where the bus is going, before we decide whether we get on it or not. This is sensible in a public transport setting, but pointless and impossible in our wider life journey. By building up our expectations we are actually creating our very own hell, right here and now, torturing ourselves with possibilities that we cannot actually ever manifest.

We should be more present. That is not a revolutionary idea. But this is. Our life, today, is probably the way it is because we like it that way. And our life tomorrow will probably be very similar. We can complain all we like about this but it must be true on some level, because if we did n’t like it, we would change it. Would n’t we?