How The Future Happens®
announced on 'Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory' in February
2005, we are making the FREE 25 Page Report "How
The Future Happens®" available to 'Coast To Coast AM' listeners
and to regular users of The MERLIN Project website. This remarkable report was
first offered to private clients in the 1980's in the form of a 90 minute
narration for as much as $35, in conjunction with arranging a personal
appointment with futurist Paul Guercio. Paul insisted that new clients
familiarize themselves with the concepts contained in this report before any
consultation work was performed.
"How The Future Happens®" is based on
research originally conducted in conjunction with Paul's primary mentor, a
grandfatherly, old 'wizard' named Lionel Day. Mr. Day never had an opportunity
to publish his research before his death in the early 1980's. This report
stands as a testament to the value and timelessness of his ideas and
discoveries. Without the friendship and insight of Lionel Day, Paul is
convinced that the breakthrough concepts that led to the creation of MERLIN
would never have occurred.
"How The Future Happens®" brings together
equal elements of hard science and Jungian metaphysics that can provide the
foundation for profound and lasting life changes. Some of the concepts
presented are not easily found anywhere else and long time clients regularly
report the astonishing results of implementing techniques offered in this
remarkable report. If you want to end unproductive behaviors, unfulfilling
careers or unsatisfactory relationships
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something very clear, right away. MERLIN tells time! It doesn’t tell you
what’s going to happen. Nothing can tell you what’s going to happen, unless of
course what’s going to happen already exists. In that case we’re all just
reading from cue cards or teleprompter and this existence becomes pretty
academic. The truth is no one can predict exact events except by accident
because events in the future appear to be the result of a composite phenomenon
involving multiple forces and effects, some of which we even, probably control.
To paraphrase the late actor, Cary Grant, everyone would like to be Nostradamus;
hell, even Nostradamus would like to have been Nostradamus and wasn’t! Exact
predictions by other humans only happen by luck or accident.
A majority of us
grew up embracing the notion that either the future is all planned and
preordained and we’re just a bunch of actors playing-out roles, or more
typically that the future is just one big crapshoot and you can’t predict
anything because it hasn’t happened yet. Research suggests the likelihood that
neither of those positions is true. Events really seem to be the convergence
point or gathering place for multiple factors, rather than the result of simple
cause and effect. If true, one of those factors may be Time. Not the more
random clock-time you’re used to thinking about, the wall clocks and calendars
that decorate our lives, but something more infrequent and at the same time,
more organized. Something that’s akin to ocean tides or the seasons; sunrise and
sunset, the phases of the Moon.
predict exact events but it does something almost as interesting and maybe even
more useful. It finds the times of your life when the big events will happen and
indicates how dramatic they’re likely to be and how long they’re liable to last.
In a word, well, three words -- onset, intensity, duration. The when of
things, the how big and the how long! You could think of it as chapter
headings or even some of the sub-chapter headings of a lifetime. (And) if the
future turns out to be this composite phenomenon we think it is, knowing when to
make changes could dramatically alter, for the better, what happens in the
future. Your future!
Did you ever
notice how in all the thought-provoking science fiction stories about going back
in time, they always warn you not to change anything in the past or the future
might change accordingly? Suppose I told you that our research over the past
fifteen years suggests that if you were to plan the timetable of your choices
or change the starting moment of your endeavors, you’d change the outcome.
It’s true. That’s what makes MERLIN so fascinating. It provides you with a
time-sensitive framework for initiating change and a roadmap of the route that
change will follow – in advance! MERLIN can forecast a likely timetable for the
big events in your life, but it can more importantly tell you when to
commence changes to produce the effect you want to achieve. And that’s something
worth knowing about.
report we repeatedly use a surfing metaphor. That’s no accident. Catching a wave
produces a rather different ride or outcome than missing one does. If time does
come in waves, knowing which one to catch and when to catch it can be
life-changing and could represent the difference between something that
succeeds and all the other somethings that didn’t. It’s the difference between
having the future happen on purpose instead of by accident. (And) wouldn’t that
be something to savor.
How The Future Happens
Sit back for
moment and think about the Future. Your future! Whether you're 18 or 80 or
somewhere in between, it's something we all think about. Usually alone. Often
with great hopes and dreams and fears. How much of the future is already “in
place” and how much do we affect or control? What tools and techniques do we
have at our disposal right now and precisely how would we begin the process?
Where does it come from, this thing we call the future? Most importantly of all,
can we make our future better than our past?
The best way to derive some real value from this report, is first to put what
we're going to do into a little perspective. The future, like everything else it
seems in our little corner of the universe, has rules of order.
To begin with, the problem many of us have with what cynics like to call "soft
science" (that is to say, subjective reality or intuitive information,) is that
we act as though it had no tangible dimensions. Nothing reproducible; no
carefully defined boundaries. It’s not the more common form of objective reality
and hard data which we can quantify. You know the kind; four times four is
sixteen, because if you put four rows of four things out and you count them,
you'll have sixteen things. That’s all very quantifiable.
Subjective information includes hunches and intuition, psychic impressions,
precognitive dreams, deja vu and other equally peculiar and fragmentary
phenomena. We tend to dismiss that as though it were somehow not quite as good.
It's all just spontaneous and coincidental and probably isn't true anyway. So
when we reach for the phone to call a friend who turns out to be on the line
already (they had this irresistible urge to call us at that very same moment) or
we wake up with a flash of insight or the solution to a nagging problem in the
middle of the night, we just shrug it off. Or when we're shopping and we stop in
front of the shoelace display and then after looking at it for a while wondering
why we're standing there looking at it at all, (since we don't have any shoes
with laces,) we then arrive home only to discover that someone there who does
have shoes with laces has just broken one and says, "Damn, I don't have any
spare shoelaces!" And we say "hmmm" and dismiss it as coincidence because we
don't know what else to call it.
And there's the problem. Making practical use of any of the many forms of
subjective reality involves recognizing that it operates by its own set of
rules. It's just not the set of rules we're familiar with. But it's no less
valid. It's just different. The very same problem exists with the concept most
of us have of the future. We try not to think about it at all for the most part.
All we're readily willing to admit is that it's where we're going to live and
it's rushing toward us with tomorrow rapidly becoming yesterday, sometimes a lot
more rapidly than many of us would care to admit. But when it comes to trying to
define what the future "is," or even more specifically, how it happens, we are
for the most part up the proverbial creek without a paddle because, again, we
don't understand that there are rules at work. We've either been taught that the
future is all planned and fixed and we're just actors playing out roles or that
it's just spontaneous and coincidental and there's no way you can know what's
going to happen because it hasn't happened yet.
Suppose, however, that the future is neither of those things. Not only is it not
unknown and not mysterious, it's not unpredictable. In part, the fault lies in
our education on the subject. No one ever taught us to notice the obvious
patterns in our lives. We are all much too busy being caught up in the
relentless residual buzz from real or perceived events to recognize that there
are structural, repetitive and decisive factors at work from which those
circumstances are formed. Events don't just happen at any old time for no
particular reason. They happen at very specific times for very particular
reasons. Each of us to a surprising extent appears to have set up the
The future actually seems to be made up of factors; about three or four
categories of things that make it happen. Three that we're sure of and a fourth
one, which is sort of speculative. Let's start with that fourth one first.
It's into that category of things that make the future happen that you could
place all of those things you can't prove. Things like past lives and future
lives, reincarnation, Karma, along with Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and all of those
other alleged places. It's not that you shouldn't have personal feelings about
those things, because we all do. During the past quarter century there have been
more and more indications from personal accounts of near death experiences and
such that strongly suggest these dimensions of reality truly exists. But we’re
still in the early stages of getting a firm grasp on those dimensions and
although fascinating and evocative, the jury is still out.
Until a verdict is in, we’re forced to leave them as an intriguing unknown.
Besides, you certainly don't want to enforce your subjective rules on someone
else. (Evangelicals, please take note!) We wouldn't expect most of you to be
particularly receptive to a channeler or shaman telling you that the reason this
lifetime is so miserable is because you ‘did in’ two of your husbands or wives
in a past life.
That leaves us
with three working categories of things that make the future happen; factors
that we can quantify to some extent. The first one of those let’s call Fixed
Fixed Boundaries include all those things that you can't change. Things like the
fact that we all came here as male and female, which some people have tried to
change, including a few of our clients (with mixed results, one might add.) We
have certain fixed quantities of genetics and heredity, which may become less
fixed as genetic engineering advances. And then there are all of those fixed
circumstances of childhood and environment, which some of us would have like to
have changed but can't. Finally, in the category of Fixed Boundaries, there are
all of those rules of the road, the physics of living here. Things like the
number of days you can go without food and water and the number of feet you can
fall off a building without squashing on the sidewalk, which seem to get less
and less as we get older and older.
Some people have learned how to bend those rules a little. Most notably the ones
who pop up in places like The Guinness Book of Records. Some yogis have
learned how to breathe once a minute or less so you can seal one of them in a
cabinet for a surprisingly long period of time and have him survive. But if you
seal him in that cabinet for one minute too long you'll find that he'll be just
as dead a yogi as the rest of us would have been a lot sooner. So whether these
rules can be suspended entirely is very debatable. They can be bent a little
here and there, but we're inclined to think they're relatively fixed things.
level of the more obvious sorts of boundaries, however, there's a second set
which is a good deal less visible, but whose impact is even more dramatic and
often more troublesome. That's the category of things that make the future
happen which we call Personal Laws.
Personal Laws might be thought of as all of those things that you "really
believe," after you've finished with what you're willing to admit to, which
seems to vary for most of us. We affirm a certain set of approved goals in this
society. We all want to be happy and healthy and successful. We want to have
enough love and money and sex and food and creature comforts. And we all keep
going around saying these things to ourselves and to each other. But it’s a fair
bet that if merely saying them had anything much to do with making them happen,
we'd all be a lot more successful and fulfilled than most of us are. And while
it's hard to think of anyone who actively seeks second best, there are lots of
people we all know who get second best with some degree of regularity, whether
they asked for it directly or not. So, saying these things alone can't be the
factor that makes them happen, however loudly or often we repeat them.
But, something does affect the quality of our lives. And that something seems to
be a level or portion of the consciousness or subconscious mind in which exists
what we might think of as a kind of Master File. A storehouse of all sorts of
unrelated pieces of information that describe our past interaction with the
universe around us and our relative position within that universe.. An
internalized picture of who we think we are as a result of the feedback
we've gotten from other people. And that inner picture, or at least a lot of it,
got to be there long before we had any "critic" in place to say things like,
"Well, that's a stupid piece of information. Who the hell cares if she thinks
I'm a jerk. I know I'm a nice person."
If we were belittled or victimized prior to say, age seven, or sometimes even
later than that, and it was done by someone who had power over us in any
significant way, we're going to dutifully file it away because it's likely to be
our first experience with that piece of information. If we have nothing else to
compare it to, it gets to occupy that file unchallenged. By the time we reach
age twenty-five or thirty, there's quite a file down there of all kinds of
questionable stuff that probably never was true. But in the long run, it doesn't
make any difference if none of it's true, because, if we believe it and we use
it to define our reality, it's going to affect what happens to us.
What you'll find to be true is that what someone believes about themselves has
more of an impact on what happens to them than virtually any other single
factor. Because what they believe, rather than what's really true, ends up
affecting very basic things. Such as how much they like the person who looks
back at them in the mirror. What kind of relationships they get involved in.
What kinds of people they hang out with. And most importantly of all, what they
ask back from the universe in return for what they think they're worth. Those
issues have very little to do with actual talent or ability or potential, but
rather with their own beliefs and expectations.
What seems to be true about events is that it's almost as though new
circumstances, in order to become part of your personal LifeScene®, have to pass
a kind of reviewing stand or perhaps a gauntlet of all of those previous
experiences. And the ones that are allowed to become part of the fabric of your
reality are essentially those that most closely duplicate what's already there.
In order for them to be drastically different, they are going to have to force
out the concepts that are there.
One of the things you begin to notice at about age twenty-five or thirty, and
this can be a very painful realization, is that a lot of what's happening in
your life starts to look remarkably familiar and consistent. Now, if the future
really was this spontaneous, coincidental phenomenon that we've all been led to
believe, we'd all have a random sample of things happening. We'd all have a few
terrific, wonderful things happen. We'd all win at least one lottery. We'd all
have a bunch of terrible, awful things happen. We'd all break at least one arm
or leg or have some scandal or something occur. And then we'd have a generous
helping of average everyday things occurring.
But that's not what happens. People who have terrific, wonderful things happen,
have lots of them. And people who have terrible awful things happen, have lots
of them. And people who have average, everyday things happen have lots of them.
It's all very orderly. And consistent. There's nothing coincidental about it.
All you have to do is take careful inventory of your own life to date and you'll
begin to notice that most of the important events and even a lot of the trivial
ones come in similar sized "packages" (with minor variations depending on
whatever your basic ‘thing’ is). And they keep doing just that. We must have
some direct control over those circumstances, apply some filtering mechanism,
which selects from the field of possible things that could happen, the ones that
actually do so that this level of consistency is maintained.
That's the province of Personal Laws. And they affect not only your sense
of self, but also your occupation, health, level of success and failure. Each of
these things seems to be an extension not of what the universe is doing to you,
or education, or childhood circumstances or genetics, but rather on how much you
expect or believe you're entitled to. In essence, the events in our lives are
perhaps nothing more than a feedback system for our own Personal Laws. What we
believe to be possible affecting what is possible, because it affects what we
reach for and thereby what we ultimately attract.
So now we have two factors that make the future happen: Fixed Boundaries,
the laws of the physical universe that we live in and Personal Laws, the
way in which our beliefs color that universe and the quality of the events in
something else that seems to have an impact on the future. Like the others, it's
an area that goes by unnoticed for most of us. The last category of things that
make the future happen and the one that MERLIN addresses; a factor that we might
just call Time.
Nature has this neat little habit of never quite making any two things the same
in this existence. We even have sciences that have been built up around that
phenomenon. No two people carry the same fingerprints or patterns in the colored
iris of the eye. We know the same thing is true of snowflakes and tree rings.
Even popped corn kernels come out of Nature's hopper one uniquely different
specimen at a time.
Most of us who have grown up and been educated in this society have this quaint
idea that time is all the same. That any sixty minutes is pretty much equivalent
to any other sixty minutes. It doesn't make any difference precisely when you do
anything, because time is all the same. As a matter of fact, the only
differentiations that we make for time (for the most part,) are those of
leisure. We break time down into increments of when we don't have to work. So on
that basis, all Fridays are better that all Mondays. All five PM's better that
all nine AM's, and so on. But that's about the best we ever do. We don't think
of time as being unique or meaningful. Instead, it's just this ritualized
abstraction which we refer to constantly. We wear it on our wrists, we carry it
around in our pockets and look at it endlessly on walls and buildings.
But there's one little problem. That isn't Time. That's what you could call
"local bookkeeping" or "Earth-time." And you can bet Earth-time isn't time in
the Solar System or anywhere else in our Universe..
There are no hours or minutes or seconds (or weeks, months, and years.) We
invented them! We invented the months and the number system. And twenty what?
Counting from where exactly? It's all very approximate. In fact, when you dig a
little, you find that it's like warm jello down there. Not really very solid
stuff that we've been telling ourselves.
So, while we're busy watching 25th anniversaries and Ground Hog’s Day and trying
to remember if it’s Daylight Savings Time, we're missing something. We're
missing the fact that time really does occur in memorable increments that are
going by unnoticed, for the most part. Because they're just not the increments
we've been taught to watch. They're increments that come in groupings of many
Earth years taken at once. And we don't find those increments in science
textbooks. We find them in the great writings of antiquity and in the sacred
writings of civilizations as diverse as the ancient Chinese and the Native
American. We find them in the Bible, we find them in Shakespeare, in Dickens and
even crusty old Mark Twain.
In the Bible, for instance, they talk about "the seven lean years and the seven
fat years." We have that filtering down to us in things like the statute of
limitations, which is seven years. And if you're missing for seven years, you're
considered to be legally dead. Or bankruptcy, which you can declare only once
every seven years. Each of those was borrowed, in effect, from English Common
Law, which comes from Roman Law and in part from Hebrew Law; the observed
phenomena of the ages.
The ancients who noticed those meaningful intervals weren't base ten obsessed
like we are in this society. Why would they choose a number like seven? The
Earth doesn't do anything special every seven years. It doesn't wobble a little
on its axis or swing out a little further in its orbit than it's supposed to. So
that if that increment of years is meaningful in some way, it doesn't have
anything to do with "Earth-time." Instead, it suggests some external pulse; a
repeating cadence or tide that operates in our little corner of the universe,
which is why it's become so noticeable.
If you look in Genesis, in the Bible and read the section after Adam and Eve
(Chapter 29, Verse 20 - for those of you who are taking notes) you'll discover
that Jacob worked for seven years and he got a piece of land. Then he worked for
another seven years and he got his choice of wives, etc. Those increments of
Earth years were not assigned arbitrarily. The biblical writers simply made note
of a phenomenon that over the centuries had become common knowledge. Every so
many Earth years and the increment seems to be seven, there occurs a sort of
catharsis, a turn over, a re-evaluation of things. Every seven years.
There was an advertising campaign a while back that the American Cancer Society
was running, in which they were making note of the fact that breast cancer is
typically growing for seven years before is becomes detectable. Why seven? Why
not eight? Or ten? Or twelve? In Dicken's "A Christmas Carol," Scrooge had his
three visitations on Christmas Eve, seven years after Marley died. And then
there's the "seven year itch" and the seven years of bad luck you precipitate
when you break a mirror. But, for the most part, we dismiss those foolish
superstitions, because of course, time is all the same, isn't it? Well, maybe it
Time actually seems to come in shadings, in gradations, in qualities of more
active and less active. Not good and bad. There's no such thing as far as we can
tell. No good and bad in Nature or anywhere else in the universe. Even around
us. Good and bad is an entirely subjective phenomenon. What actually seems to
occur is that the universe delivers up activity and rest. We then label the
activity good or bad, depending on whether it was favorable to us or not in the
short term. Often we label experiences “bad,” only to go back and look at those
events, say ten years later, and realize that if that terrible, awful thing had
not happened ten years ago, these three or four terrific things wouldn't have
happened later. So what was the original event? Good or bad? It probably was
neither, but just simply activity, the tide coming in. We can't even agree that
death is bad, because if it weren't for death, where would morticians and
florists be? Events in life are neither good nor bad. They are merely the
convergence point for the tides of change. They simply occur, but in an orderly,
Besides delivering up periods of activity and rest, time also seems to come in
different sized packages. Let's take the full Moon for an example. Many of those
old wives' tales about the Full Moon, it seems, really are true. Births, deaths,
suicides, the mortality rate from operations, turns in the stock market, along
with all manner of bizarre behavior really do peak around the time of the Full
Moon. But then, we're all rather good at noticing cycles that are hard not to
notice. Things like heartbeat and respiration, high tide and low tide, sunrise
and sunset. Why is it not also likely that there are other tidal effects that
are so subtle and so infrequent that they're only noticeable every seven or
twenty-one or eighty-four years. We're all so caught up in watching hours,
minutes and seconds that there's no way we're even going to notice these more
long term and subtle effects.
That's essentially what MERLIN does. It gets us away from wrist watches and wall
calendars and starts us looking at time in a whole different set of references,
something we might call Celestial or Planetary time. Now, that's significantly
different from the idea that planets are making people do things. What happens
essentially is this. Let's presume that your birth moment was a unique instant
of time and wasn't quite the same as any other birth moment in any other year.
How would you go about capturing that exact instant and isolating it, so that
you can make absolutely sure it's not the day after or the day before?
The fact is, you can't. We have had no technique or device for doing that until
now. We certainly couldn't do it with wall calendars or wrist watches because
they repeat too often. They don't give us any solid reference for a particular
moment of time, so that we're not going to confuse it with some other. But, if
we treat that instant of Earth-time as a note or chord occurring in a kind of
ongoing celestial symphony, we can then use the planets as "time-markers" for
that moment. All at once we have a very useful frame of reference. Because,
conveniently, the planets in our Solar System don't repeat positions every
twelve hours or even every twelve months. In fact, they only repeat positions
about once every 26,000 years so there's no way that we are going to confuse
your moment of birth with any other. Each one is going to be completely
different, a celestial pattern that changes in an orderly fashion and one which
is thoroughly unique from moment to moment.
Now the skeptic says "Okay, so what. So what that's where the planets were. Big
deal." Well, we're beginning to notice something. Just like at conception when
there is joining of chromosomes causing a unique pattern to form with
predispositions which may not develop until age forty, or even later, it's
entirely possible that each moment of time has a kind of genetics to it. A set
of dimensions that is unique to that moment. The planetary configuration which
shares that moment also seems to act as a pretty fair measuring stick for its
potentials. And planetary time can often tell a remarkable story.
What kind of story? Suppose you take a photograph of something. In fact, you
take several photographs of that same something over many years. What do you
have? Well, for one thing, you have a record of what time did to that thing. You
can put those pictures in chronological order and absolutely define what
happened in those years. And not only that, you can also speculate on what
occurred in between the photos, causing one image to become the next.
Now, that doesn't surprise us because that's what time-lapse photography does.
But what we don't seem to realize is that orderly change is a function of time,
it's built in. Otherwise, time-lapse photography would cease to function. We
wouldn't be able to perform that little exercise at all if time didn't produce
transitions. One thing that makes time-lapse photography and the use of
planetary equations to describe the evolution of Time a little different
however, is that with photographs you're stuck with only the actual sequence of
pictures you took. You could speculate on what might have happened before you
took the first one and what might happen after the last one, but you are
essentially limited to only the pictures you have in front of you.
With the planets as "time-markers," we are not restricted to a known sequence or
limited arrangement. The planetary patterns are very mathematical. They are like
tide tables. We not only know where they are, but we know where they were and
where they are going to be at any moment along the way that we are interested in
computing. If we weren't able to do that, all the unmanned NASA probes of the
planets that are sending back all those fascinating pictures of Jupiter and so
on would get out there and Jupiter would be somewhere else. It would all be very
chaotic and it isn't. Why? Because we live in an orderly universe.
Gravity keeps those planets in precise orbit and dictates the exact cadences
with which they operate. No mystical revelation there. But there is a
symbolic connection between the motion of Saturn and Jupiter and Mars and so on,
and the course of our lives. If you watch carefully over years, decades and
centuries you can see the predicted motion of these planetary equations unfold
in time and move in concert with the ebb and flow of human history. Not because
the planets are making that happen but because at some deeper level a symbolic
connection is being made. The linkage between the pulse of your lifetime and the
movement of the planets reflects the incredibly interconnected network of the
living universe speaking in its native language, synchronicities. The
complicated pattern of activity is like a polyrhythmic cosmic drummer at play.
There's nothing mysterious about the fact that you can watch the planetary
equation change and at the same time begin to predict life patterns. Not because
the planets are making that happen but because whatever is making the planets
move is also affecting you. So that both you and the movement of the planets are
the fall out from yet some larger effect. A kind of the heartbeat of the
The planets are a good measuring stick for that celestial pulse, simply because,
unlike us, they are traveling in a vacuum and they aren't affected by childhood
traumas and lifestyle, or not getting enough sleep last night. When the plants
and the animals sense the cadence of Nature, they fly south and drop their
leaves and do all sorts of other very orderly things. We don't, always. But that
doesn't mean that we are not being affected by those same tides. It just means
that we have the ability to deny a lot of what we're sensing, but that doesn't
make them go away. What happens instead is that when we sense these tides and
attempt to maintain the status quo, we come down with migraine headaches or
shingles or whatever we're genetically vulnerable to. Then we head off to the
doctor, who pokes and probes and prescribes. Unless your physician takes a
holistic approach to you as a patient, he or she won’t be able to figure out why
all this is happening. They’ll act as though it were all coincidental. Well, it
isn't coincidental. When we actively deny rhythms of the universe (even ones we
can't see) or attempt to push our systems beyond their ability to function, we
end up having medical or psychological traumas or worse.
And, here's where the key factors that make the future happen begin to come
together and form these convergence points that we call events. They're a
mixture of certain increments of Non-Uniform Celestial Time which are
meaningful and predictable, Personal Laws which affect the way in which
we react to those periods of activity and rest and finally, Fixed Boundaries
the dimensions of our physical existence, the things none of us can change. The
more consistent your beliefs and expectations are, the more likely you will be
affected by these tidal changes in some fairly predictable fashion. So that the
person who is very consistent in their ways of dealing with things also becomes
very predictable. Certain seasonal birthdays are generally more consistent in
their ways of dealing with periods of activity than are others and consequently
their behavior and choices are more predictable, too.
As you begin to recognize that the future is a composite of each of these
factors, you also begin to realize that it's within your ability to alter what
occurs. For instance, if you know when to expect a certain higher level of
activity and you acknowledge that the frame of mind you're in is going to color
that period of time, you can learn to manipulate certain of those variables and
literally alter the outcome.
Just think about that for a minute. Imagine if you really could make the future
come out differently, better than the past. Well, the fact is that you
When was the
last time that you stopped to consider whether it was an appropriate
moment to initiate a significant activity that you were about to engage in. Not
whether it was a good idea mind you, but whether it was an appropriate moment.
It’s likely that that's something you never considered. Never gave a moment’s
thought to. Why should you? The fact is, it just may have been the single most
important factor affecting your decision and its outcome. For the remainder of
this report we are going to explore one of the critical factors that make your
future happen, the boundary of time.
A number of years ago when MERLIN Co-Founder Paul Guercio was first encountering
some of these concepts, he had a teacher (a grandfatherly, old ‘wizard’ named
Lionel Day,) who proposed what Paul at first thought to be a rather preposterous
idea. He indicated that there were periods of time each year that were allegedly
"beneficial" and periods that were "adverse." During the beneficial periods, he
said, "nothing much happens." Things are easy and lazy and comfortable and for
the most part, we do a lot of lying around and relaxing. Conversely, during the
"adverse periods," we're likely to be frustrated, we find fault with our
environment and make changes in it. We're also more likely to have accidents,
get sick and possibly even die during one of these adverse periods.
Paul can remember thinking at the time that if that were really true, we would
have all heard about it by now. They'd teach it in third grade and it would be
common knowledge. He's since discovered that there are a lot of things that they
should teach in third grade and don't.
Paul was about to dismiss it all as just a "likely story" when a thought
occurred to him. He had been told that during these "adverse" periods, you're
more likely to get sick and die and that can be checked statistically. So Paul
proceeded to go about doing just that. He went through birth and death records,
accident reports and emergency room admissions. He even wandered around a number
of old cemeteries, although usually in broad daylight.
After researching the phenomenon for a year or so, he came to the conclusion
that his mentor was absolutely right. That we don't just arrive and depart from
here in some random fashion. Nature appears to issue "passports" and "exit
visas" at orderly intervals, not just coincidentally. He decided that, perhaps,
some of the other things he had been told about those periods of time were worth
looking into. And over the years, here's what he found.
Around your birthday, give or take a week or two and then reoccurring at
intervals of ninety days, about every three months, a most peculiar thing begins
to happen. The easiest way to explain it is simply that you begin sensing your
mortality a little more then. You start to feel a little bit more vulnerable, a
little more defensive. The universe around you looks a lot less supportive and
you begin to notice the things in your environment that irritate you. Not
because they are worse than usual, but because you're less willing or able to
deal with them.
Now that's an interesting proposition, because it suggests that for each of us,
certain critical levels of self-hatred and perhaps, self-love, follow a
predictable, orderly pattern. We might all experience periods of time each year
during which we love ourselves or hate ourselves more than usual. So much so,
that it affects our outlook and choices. At ninety day intervals for instance,
we seem to look around at our environment with a higher degree of
dissatisfaction. As a result, we attempt to place blame for the sensation we're
experiencing because that's what we've learned to do. We’ve been educated to
believe that if things aren't going well, you should do something about them.
So we do. We decide it's our car or the place we live, disappointing
relationships in our life, the job we work at, our finances, or our lifestyle in
general. So, we march right out and change things, (we trade “it” in for a new
model,) only to discover maybe six months or a year later that the new thing we
got to replace the old one isn't any better than the old thing was. Just
different. It's like an instant replay. Which is a mite scary when you consider
the fact that we keep doing the same thing again and again.
If this phenomenon occurs every ninety days, something has to be causing it. It
can't just be coincidental. It's too orderly. Dying on schedule is very real; so
are car accidents or the flu and divorces. All very real. And all very orderly.
Every ninety days. And something's got to be causing that to happen.
In hunting around and trying to find out what it was, the only thing Paul
noticed was that it happened at the same cadence that Nature changes seasons.
But he couldn't figure out what the parallel was. And then, it finally dawned on
him. Why does Nature change seasons? We don't think about that much. It's just
Nature doing its thing. But what's really happening is that Nature is
“remembering” the beginning of it all. Nature is remembering Creation, or the
"Big Bang" (whichever you prefer). .
What if we do the same thing? That what happens every ninety days is that we are
simply reliving our beginning, birth itself. Now, thankfully, most of us don't
remember that experience, at least not consciously. As a research colleague
likes to say, one of the reasons babies cry so much is that they still remember
what it's like to be born. He's not sure that's really true, but then again,
he's not sure it isn't. Anyway, since most of us don't remember our birth
experience, try visualizing this reenactment.
Here you were, in a fairly comfortable place; you had been there for several
months. It was sort of 24 hour room service with refuse removal. Low lights,
soft music, neat little gurgling sounds (you could write graffiti on the walls.)
You may have been upside down, but what did you know. And then, all of a sudden,
for no apparent reason and with no warning, you found yourself slowly getting
evicted, over the course of 8 or 10 or 12 or 20 or sometimes 30 hours of what
has been aptly termed "labor." And then, you were expelled, literally, into an
environment which isn't exactly supportive. Where nothing is there when you need
it; where you have to scream and yell for everything. And that's if it was
normal, that birth experience.
What if it wasn't so normal? What if you were a blue baby or an RH baby or a
premature or breech or you had the cord wrapped around your throat? What then?
Well, for one thing, it would write a definitive message on that spanking new
blackboard of the subconscious. First set of Personal Laws would read anything
like “Change is uncomfortable,” all the way down to “Change can be fatal!” And
since we live in an orderly universe, there's a nasty little groove left on the
psyche, to be tripped over again and again on some orderly timetable. What would
be the cadence or interval that would be most likely? Perhaps the one that
Nature follows, every ninety days.
Those of you who qualify as refugees from the 60's drug culture, know that one
of the most commonly reported and often painful phenomenon was reliving the
birth trauma. In fact, the term, "hung up," comes from that period. People who
started to relive this profound experience and who were afraid to go through it
during a psychoactively induced state, got caught in it. Permanently.
Beginnings, it seems, are very powerful magic. Remember that! And birth may just
be the Pandora's box of the subconscious.
Since we live in a cyclical universe, it makes sense that every so often, and
the interval appears to be ninety days, we would relive that birth experience.
But unlike our "hung up" comrades, we don't relive it on the outside. We don't
grunt incessantly or assume a fetal pose over coffee breaks or in traffic jams.
Instead, we find ourselves re-experiencing that sense of anxiety or impending
doom. And as those birth memories wash over us unconsciously, what do you
suppose might happen? Chances are, the universe around us would look a lot more
ominous and unsympathetic and we would find ourselves irritable and out of
sorts, frustrated and much more in need of support and assistance than usual.
While at the same time, less likely to get it. How come? Because you seem to
attract, in terms of events, those which are most similar to what you're in
essence "broadcasting" to the universe around you. The more irritable and out of
sorts and frustrated you are the more likely you are to attract or even generate
that phenomenon in your environment.
Now, let's think about that for a minute. Suppose we relive our birth experience
at intervals of every three months, just like Nature's seasons. As a result, we
exhibit an increased sense of our own mortality and find fault with our social
environment. But more than that, we also choose to make changes in what could be
termed our LifeScene®, at those same intervals, often on the strength of social
or peer pressure. And at a time when our ability to choose is impaired.
What's the bottom line? We often recreate our past, right on into our future,
because we pick the least opportune times to choose new things. Imagine that. We
might really be our own worst enemy. An active, although unwitting participant
in our own discomfort, simply because of the moment we picked to initiate
A client we know
who functions as a corporate "headhunter" made an interesting discovery. She
noticed that when she called one of her previous placements, who was happily
employed at the time and sent them out on a new round of interviews, they
invariably were offered the job. Interestingly enough, the screening interview
often developed into an impassioned discussion of last week's NFL card or the
future of national health care. Salary and skills were hardly mentioned at all,
except in passing, while yardage and "turnovers" were discussed at length.
And yet, if that same applicant, facing a layoff or management freeze was sent
out prospecting, even six months later, the pickings were often slim in
comparison. For some odd reason, companies were less favorably impressed with
the very same individual, at a time when that person was also feeling less good
about themselves. What else had changed? Certainly not their credentials or
expertise. No, the single factor that made the difference was what we call their
"level of desperation".
What each of us does for work is just an extension of our personal creativity.
And our sense of fulfillment is affected to a large extent, by the degree of
approval we command from our co-workers and our boss. The fear of a layoff is a
translated as rejection by most of us and our self-image is dealt a serious
blow. One that can manifest itself in a round of unsuccessful job interviews.
But just imagine for a minute that the same "level of desperation" is also
influenced by the Celestial tides or rhythms of the universe, more evident at
certain moments of time and less evident at others. The events or choices
occurring in that period would naturally reflect this tidal shift, an effect
which seems to occur every ninety days.
Now, let's apply
some of these tidal effects to your personal LifeScene®. At the end of this
report you'll find a set of blank calendar worksheets for the coming year with
the Full and New Moon phases marked-in. If this is missing you, you can mark-up
a calendar of your choice. In addition, you'll need a pair of colored marking
pens, one red and the other green, to indicate active periods in your personal
LifeScene® each year. If they are not immediately available, be sure to reread
this portion of the report after you have purchased a set. And incidentally, if
you tend to panic when following instructions, it would be a good idea to read
this section of the report several times before you begin marking your calendar.
First, find your birthday and put a big red X across that date on the calendar.
This is a period of maximum activity, where your level of desperation and sense
of mortality is most evident. Life choices often seem necessary at this time
each year and decisions usually produce unsatisfactory results. It's a period of
time that lasts from 2 to 4 weeks, so it's a good idea to mark that entire four
week period with red X's beginning two weeks before your birthday and ending two
Next, locate the date that falls directly opposite your birthday, exactly six
months later on the calendar. January is opposite July, August is opposite
February, March is opposite September, October is opposite April, May is
opposite November and December is opposite June. Locate the date that falls
exactly opposite your birthday.
This 2 to 4 week effect is similar to your birthday; an active and often
troublesome period. Starting with the day and month that falls exactly opposite
your birthday, mark the entire four week period with red X's. Begin two weeks
before this date and end two weeks after.
Finally, locate the dates that fall three months before and three months after
your birthday on the calendar. If you're born in January, these periods will
fall in October and April. In February, they fall in November and May. For March
birthdays, they fall in December and June. If you're born in April, they fall in
January and July. In May, they fall in February and August. For June birthdays,
they fall in March and September. If you're born in July, they fall in April and
October. In August, they fall in May and November. For September birthdays, they
fall in June and December. If you're born in October, they fall in July and
January. In November, they fall in August and February and for December
birthdays, they fall in September and March. Locate the dates that fall 90 days
before and 90 days after your birthday.
These two to three week time windows are similar to your birthday period and
again are best avoided when planning important decisions and initiating
activity. Starting with the day and month that falls 90 days before your
birthday, mark the entire three week period with red X's beginning ten days
before this date and ending ten days after. Finally, locate the day and month
that falls 90 days after your birthday and again mark the entire three week
period with red X's beginning ten days before this date and ending ten days
As outlined earlier, these "red date" periods mark the points during each year
where you re-experience the effects of having been born. You sense your
mortality more then and become more acutely aware of those elements in your
environment that appear to warrant an overhaul. Remember that your perceptions,
rather than your situation, are more likely to be the real culprit and that
decisions made at these times often produce unsatisfactory results.
There was an interesting item in a back issue of the Journal of the American
Medical Association, which suggested that patients are more likely to be
hospitalized on or near their birthday and certain other times. Naturally, the
physicians had an explanation. "Perhaps people get more depressed because
they're a year older."
There’s a real danger that if you're hospitalized on or near your birthday or
any of these other "red date" periods that you're less likely to get out of
there with everything intact. Surgery is more likely at those times because
you're more aware of what ails you. The aches and pains are more prominent, or
at least they seem to be. So we head off to the doctor -- who in turn, puts us
in the hospital to run tests (up to whatever our insurance will cover). Surgery
often looms on the horizon.
If you find yourself in this situation, remember that most surgery is elective
not emergency. Get a second or even a third opinion. If possible, schedule that
surgery away from these "red date" periods and at least two days before or after
the Full Moon (more about that later). Don't assume that your doctor will
consider timing factors when scheduling your operation. He won't (except as it
interferes with his trip to Aruba or golf game.) Statistical studies show that a
grossly disproportionate number of caesarian section deliveries occur on
Fridays, for example, which strongly suggests that operating room scheduling has
much more to do with surgeon convenience than patient need. Be sure to assert
your rights as a patient and participate in choosing the date, keeping these
four annual stress periods in mind.
We've explained these personal cycles perhaps as many as several thousand times
over the years, during individual consultations as well as on countless radio
and TV shows and we've noticed which of our clients pay the most attention to
them. Surprisingly, nearly all of them are living in the upper income bracket.
It seemed unlikely that wealthy people were simply more superstitious than the
rest of us. We eventually started asking questions and the answers we got back
were intriguing and informative.
Why Lucky People are.. Lucky
One of the
things about living in the upper income bracket is that it's pleasant enough
that you'd want to perpetuate it as long as possible. To do that, you have to
consider factors that the average hourly worker never even notices. Things like
the price of gold and the interest on T-Bills, strategic metals and whether
you're in hog bellies or grain futures. One of the things you become acutely
aware of is the importance of timing. Because with most of these speculative
investments, the critical decision is not what you bought but when
you bought it. The timing of the purchase was the key factor rather than the
particular purchase itself. When you have to contend with that issue of timing
often enough, you can't help but wonder if everything isn't like that. That,
perhaps, the most important factor in the success or outcome of literally
anything in your life, is the timing of the activity and not the quality of the
supporting evidence. We may well make our own luck. There's a little incentive
to go and mark your calendar.
already occurred to you that if there are periods of time each year that are
essentially "adverse," there might also be comparable periods that we might
think of as "beneficial." Periods of time when we like ourselves more than
usual, when the universe around us seems more supportive and friendly and when
we're more likely to feel successful and optimistic. If the theory holds true,
these would be ideal times to initiate important changes in our life, make major
purchases, move our place of residence or hunt-up a new job. But then, what
kind of crazy person would make changes in their life when things are going
along so well. We even have phrases in our vocabulary to keep us from doing just
that. Little gems like "...leave well enough alone" and "…don't rock the boat,"
or "…don't change horses in midstream" and so on. There are literally hundreds
of them. How come? Probably because down deep somewhere in that dusty file
closet of the subconscious, we have this Personal Law which says, that if
something really good is happening to us, it undoubtedly is a mistake and
belongs to someone else instead. And that if we raise a lot of dust THEY are
going to notice and take it all away. Which is of course nonsense, but many of
us believe it.
You know what
kind of crazy person makes changes in their life when things are going along
well? I'll tell you what kind. We have a name for them. We call them LUCKY!
ago, a number of studies were conducted in an attempt to find out what makes
lucky people lucky. Now, of course we all know that there's no such thing as
luck. It's all just coincidence, right? Just fate. Nothing more than a
wrinkle on the staid and immutable laws of probability. Not so. The researchers
discovered that lucky people had something in common; a factor so simple and so
obvious that it's almost laughable. Lucky people, it seems, make changes in
their life when there's absolutely no reason to. And they do it consistently!
When there's no
pressure, no stress, no deadlines. When they're not fed up with what's going
on. That's when they choose new things. They change jobs right after they got a
promotion or a raise, not when they're about to be laid-off. They buy a new car
when the old one is running fine and they buy a new house when their old one was
a steal. And then, six months or a year later when their old firm goes bankrupt
and their old car falls apart on it's new owner, there they are, happily
ensconced in their new situation, often with no idea why they're so fortunate.
So what's the
basic difference between lucky people and the rest of us? Well, for one thing,
the rest of us need reasons, convenient little chains of logic we employ to
explain what we did to other people so they'll agree with us. That's what
reasons are. They're not things we need for our own benefit so much. We need
them to justify our actions so that we can avoid the thing most of us fear above
all other things, and that's to be looked at funny.
We don't want to
be looked at funny. We've avoided that ever since we were little kids. That was
always the ultimate social faux pas, to have people turn around and look at you
and go “...hmmm.” So, we don't take the chance. We play it safe. And in the
process of attempting to keep that disapproval from happening, we go to great
lengths. We collect a long litany of reasons to justify our actions and
choices. So that no matter whom we tell them to, they'll say "…Boy, were you
right. You really ought to do that." And then, when our decision turns into a
disaster a few months down the road, our biased and dubious cheering section
can't seem to understand why it happened. Because of course, they do the same
thing. Which is probably why, for most of us, the future never gets better,
just a little different.
Does that mean
that "reasons" are bad things? No, but most reasons, if you think about it,
express one form of dissatisfaction or another. And the more dissatisfied you
are, the more likely your choices will reflect that dissatisfaction. Lucky
people simply make choices at times when there are few, if any, reasons present
and consequently minimum dissatisfaction. And it shows! But then, all lucky
people must also be fairly eccentric, because what other kind of person would
consistently make major lifestyle changes, when there's no discernable reason.
Eccentricity apparently has its selling points!
Calendar “Personal Luck
Now, let's take
another look at your calendar. We mentioned that there are periods of time each
year when your self-esteem and sense of what's possible, seems to take an upward
turn. Like the "red dates" you already marked-in, these "beneficial" or "lucky"
periods follow an orderly sequence, too. They occur at intervals of every two
months, beginning 60 days after your birthday. The only exception is the date
that falls exactly opposite your birthday, which as I've already explained, is
generally an active and often stressful period. You might think of this as a
kind of "personal luck cycle."
Using the green marking pen, find the dates that fall every two months from your
birthday. If you're born in January, these dates will fall in March, May,
September and November. In February, they fall in April, June, October and
December. For March birthdays, they fall in May, July, November and January. If
you're born in April, these dates fall in June, August, December and February.
In May, they fall in July, September, January and March. For June birthdays,
they fall in August, October, February and April. If you're born in July, these
dates fall in September, November, March and May. In August, they fall in
October, December, April and June. For September birthdays, they fall in
November, January, May and July. If you're born in October, these dates will
fall in December, February, June and August. In November, they fall in January,
March, July and September. And for December birthdays, they fall in February,
April, August and October. Find the dates that fall every two months from you
birthday, beginning 60 days after your birthday.
These beneficial or lucky periods are in effect for 3-4 weeks around each date
for a total of four "green date" periods each year. Rather than being highly
active and complex periods, these green dates are noticeable mostly for their
lack of stress and reduced sense of dissatisfaction. And you'll discover that
you're less motivated then, too. Remember that these are excellent periods of
time to initiate important changes in your life. In fact, the outcome of
decisions made during these "beneficial" periods are often much more successful
than whatever is normal for you. Think about that for a minute. Imagine if you
could actually improve your "batting average" with decisions. You'd be twice as
successful as you are right now, simply by timing your activities to take
advantage of this personal tide. One that's been operating in your life ever
since you arrived here.
Take the time, right now, to mark your "personal activity index" on the
calendar. With the green marking pen, find each 60 day interval and mark that
period of time with green X's. Begin as much as two weeks before each date and
go on until one to two weeks after. Repeat this procedure four times at each 60
day interval around the year.
While you're looking over your calendar, here's an easy way to make sure that
you've marked in the right dates. On a blank sheet of paper write the numbers
one through twelve in a single column. Following the number one, write your
month and day of birth. On line two, write the same day but a month later and on
line three, the same day the following month. Continue like that until you have
filled-in all of the lines.
Using a September 25 birth date as an example, the listing would look like this:
1. September 25
2. October 25
3. November 25
4. December 25
5. January 25
6. February 25
7. March 25
8. April 25
9. May 25
10. June 25
11. July 25
12. August 25
Now, here's an easy method to check your "personal activity index" for accuracy.
Line numbers 1, 4, 7, and 10 should be "red date" periods lasting two to four
weeks around each date. Line numbers 3, 5, 9, and 11 should be "green date"
periods lasting two to four weeks around each date.
And here's a New Year's resolution to remember. Make a habit each December, to
buy a new calendar, for the sole purpose of marking these dates for the coming
year. It's a New Year's resolution that will pay handsome and very tangible
dividends. You might also consider plotting this annual tidal effect for your
mate, your children, members of the family, even your boss and co-workers. It
will help to explain why they're irritable and out of sorts at certain times,
plus, the best times to approach them with a problem or request.
Now, of course, there are at least some decisions that must be made during "red
date" periods and which for one reason or another (there's that word again,)
can't be delayed until the next beneficial period. When this happens, try and
plan the activity to coincide with the nearest New Moon. New Moons each month
(what's known as the dark of the Moon or "waxing" Moon) are similar to the
"green date" periods in their effect. Activities that you begin on or right
after the New Moon, tend to be more successful than those that you begin at
other times of the month. Especially avoid the Full Moon period if at all
possible. The Full Moons each month are similar to your annual "red dates" in
their effect, although much shorter in duration. The Full and New Moon phases
are indicated on the enclosed calendar worksheets or can be easily found
Incidentally, it stands to reason that if New Moons are appropriately more
"beneficial" and Full Moons "adverse," that the New Moons that fall within your
"green date" periods would be particularly lucky for implementing decisions and
initiating important activity. In reverse fashion, Full Moons, especially Full
Moons that fall within your "red date" periods are noticeably more troublesome.
These are days when you should plan as little important activity as possible.
Now, to some people, all this "tidal stuff" smacks of predestination and
superstition or challenges free will. But not so. We plan certain of our
activities around time tables every day. Things like buses and train schedules
for example. And while there's nothing to stop us from going to the airport,
hoping there's a plane going our way, we'd make much more effective use of our
time if we called the airline first to find out when the next one leaves.
In this report we've been exploring two of the basic tides or rhythms that help
to make your future happen. Like all cycles of Nature, they occur at regular
intervals, in an orderly pattern, whether you believe in them or not. If we all
assembled on the East Coast tomorrow and ordered the tides not to come in, they
would pay us little heed. Nature has her own rhythms and keeps her own counsel.
Yet, these amazing tidal intervals can play a remarkable role in determining the
outcome of virtually everything you attempt. And these are just two of the
cycles at work in your life. A personal ‘encounter’ with MERLIN will introduce
you to some of the others.
These personal tide tables can save you from an endless round of flawed
decisions and inappropriate activity, if you choose to monitor them regularly.
If you don't, they probably won't treat you any worse than they already have.
But why take chances, living your life like a game of Russian Roulette, when you
can increase your margin for success with one simple concept -- TIMING!
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