I received an fascinating query via email recently from a woman wondering if she had seen her future self. To experience such a thing sounded shocking, to say the least, and I found her question especially intriguing because it reminded me of how I once met my future self, many years ago. She wrote:
I found your page today and I am sure you get many first hand stories; this is mine.
One day I was waiting for a friend to arrive at our place. She was coming on a ferry and riding the 7 KM from the ferry to our place. About twenty minutes before she was due, it started to rain very heavily, so I decided on a whim to go pick her up.
I took my husband’s car, since he has a bike rack on the back. His car is relatively distinctive–it was at the time a brand new Green Subaru with a high end bike rack on the back that is not too common where we live in Robert’s Creek, British Columbia. I hurried out of the house and pulled on a bright red fleece hoodie, that is very distinctive as it is a kids-sized hoodie; due to my size, I am able to fit into it.
As I drove down the quiet country road (Lower Road, Robert’s Creek, BC) I saw another Subaru coming toward me, and noted it was the same colour as my husband’s. As I got nearer, I noticed a woman wearing a bright red top, and when I passed I looked directly into my own eyes. I was even wearing the exact same bright red hoodie! Unbelievably, it seemed that I was driving the car that passed me on the opposite of the road, going in the opposite direction. I got a good look to see that she (me?) was looking directly at me. She had the same hair, same clothes. Her expression was intent, but showed no surprise. As soon as I passed the car, I looked into my rear view mirror in shock to see the same bike rack on the back–but it was empty–my friend’s bike was not on it. I pulled over immediately, feeling very shaken up, and rationalized that it could not have been me as there would have been a bike on the bike rack.
I drove on, and a few minutes later met up with my friend. By the time I reached her, the rain had stopped, and she refused the ride saying she would dry out faster if she continued to ride. I drove home, with NO bike on the rack! About eight minutes later, I went past the exact spot I believe I may have previously seen my self? This may seem nuts, but I looked for myself, actually believing I might see myself, but no, that did not happen. I have seen many visions, and seen shadow “others” lots. Most of that kind of extraordinary seeing feels like looking into another dimension, but this experience of seeing myself looked and seemed real.
My question, is this possible?
Joan, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
My response to Joanie began:
Thanks so much for writing to me about your reality shift experience! My short answer to whether it’s possible that you could have seen your future self is, “Yes, absolutely.” I say this partly because it’s theoretically possible, but mostly because this is something I’ve experienced myself, although in different circumstances.
I’ve sometimes seen images, or visions, if you will, that seemed every bit as real as what my eyes perceive… yet in places (such as the sky) where I know I couldn’t possibly have seen a tree, for example. As it turned out, seeing a tree in the sky in a particular location was exactly the clue I needed at that time to know which way to go through the woods to find that exact spot, so the vision appeared in such a way that it shared information with me. It occurs to me that your experience may have been a vision that shared information with you.
I had one astonishing experience that I write about in my book, Reality Shifts: When Consciousness Changes the Physical World, that is available now in a brand new paperback edition. I write about a vivid dream I had when I was a teenager, that was so unusual and startling that remember it clearly to this very day. At the time I was dreaming, I felt the experience to be real, and I spoke out loud, expressing the surprise I felt at having a visitor to my room that evening who took something from my room that to this day, I’ve never yet seen again. Of all the people I might have encountered in a dream, I never would have guessed at the one who actually arrived … never in a million years!
When I met my future self many decades ago as a teenager back in 1978, I was stunned to see her come into my bedroom, floating through my mirrored closet doors, glide across the room to my desk, reach down into the lower left drawer, retrieve something… soothingly communicating telepathically with me the entire time… then return the way she’d come. I spoke aloud to her, which brought my father to my room to see what was going on… but I didn’t know how to explain what I’d just seen. Some letters were missing from my desk the next morning, and it was hard for me to believe my future self could have taken them like that… but apparently, that is what took place. I have not yet received these old letters, but I wonder if some day I’ll be the one floating through those mirrored closet doors in my childhood bedroom, soothing my younger self as I collect letters I haven’t seen since 1978!
This kind of reality shift experience can leave a person wondering if they’ve imagined something… because there is nothing quite as shocking as meeting another yourself! It’s interesting to note that in both of these examples of seeing another oneself, only one of the two has been consciously aware of the meeting-future-self, and in both cases it’s been the earlier self, rather than the future self doing the observing.
I hope you’ll enjoy watching and sharing my YouTube video summary of Meeting My Future Self — and please feel free to leave comments either on this blog or on my YouTube video page!
Realizing that time loops and meeting our future self could be possible can be a powerful wake-up call, as well as a fabulous way to recognize the possibility that right now, at this very moment, we are being guided by our best possible future self. And all of this helps expand what we imagine possible when we contemplate my favorite meditative question, “How good can it get?!”