looking back into the future of now… you may (again) say, I’m a dreamer…
Today I would like to take you on a journey to next year.
How will life be, how will the world develop and look like then?
Let’s dream, let’s imagine, let’s travel to Utopia – just for the sake of fun –
Imagine yourself eight months from now.
It’s May 2021.
The trees are in full bloom outside and I sit on my terrace, the mountain-air here is still a bit chilly and I hold a cup of comforting warm coffee in my hands.
It’s quiet, the kids are in school, just our little one is playing peacefully at my side while I am pondering about the past months and the last year.
Exactly a year ago, I sat at the same spot, the same quietness, confined.
It was May 2020,
lockdown-time and normal life took a huge break then.
Do you remember?
We all were locked up at home, each one, without exception.
The world was in sort of a paralysis, ridden by a feeling of powerlessness and uncertainty, influenced by the horror news of a so-called dangerous virus threatening humans. Horrible numbers and pictures were spamming the world-wide-web. Opposing expressions were not allowed.
Everything was on hold and more than five months, from March to August 2020, everything, the everyday-normal, economies, tourism, moving, social- and business-life, yes, even war seemed like on a huge break. Everything felt so unpredictable.
When school started again in September’20, there were so many new rules, obligations, restrictions to be followed and so many questions while facing this new “normal” with a face-mask in front of our mouths.
“the solutions of tomorrow are in today’s utopias” (Pierre Rabhi)
But, alhamdulillah, everything turned out better since then, better than ever expected. Subhanallah.
If I look back on the last six months, I see the huge gift in everything and the beauty of the development that happened since then, and I see the positive impact of this incredible worldwide shaking, when everyone was forced to pause and think:
The people of the whole world became more and more aware about laws, about the abuse of power, about the influence of media and about the danger of blind following crowd-behavior.
The human species became conscious about their right to free-will, about the individual duty to form one’s personal opinion, to stand up and to take things into their own hands.
More and more people from different countries and backgrounds made themselves heard.
Country by country, people peacefully demanded and gained back their power.
They began to express diverse opinions, accepted different points-of-view, became less tolerant towards the threatening of their individual freedom, but much more accepting of diversity and other ways of life.
Through courageous, positively focused questions and a strong request for proven facts, reason and deeper information, the personal self-determination was established again, maybe now more than ever before.
Humanity evolved to a never-before-known level of mindfulness, growing a great sense of connectedness, despite differences.
The former social distancing and suspicious looking-at-the-other-as-a-possible-enemy turned into a deeper understanding of the importance of dialogue, communication and togetherness, even across borders and social classes.
There was no possibility for hasty action and running around to save the world. Connectedness happens now much more through benevolent thoughts and open hearts. Compassion, empathy, donating, sharing and prayer became more important than the urge of being actively involved everywhere.
The discussion about a forced vaccination calmed down, and already in November’20 it was clear that there was no considerable danger of Covid-19 left, no “second wave” to be expected, the overall death-rate was surprisingly low and a vaccination was no longer needed.
The restrictions and severe hygiene-and-health-obligations offered several benefits to society and schools here in Morocco, but the obligation to wear a face mask was soon removed worldwide – free breathing was and is possible again!
The educational-system developed tremendously and worn-out curricula and content was repealed since autumn. The ministry of education recognized the huge potential of the newly-gained homeschooling-experiences, with all its good and bad.
New forms of teaching and different creative learning-methods are allowed since last autumn and a huge freedom of choice is given now to schools and even to each student, on how, when and on what they will teach and learn.
It seems like some long-needed changes have come much quicker than expected. A healthy balance between theoretical and concrete-practical learning, adapted to each student’s individual character and needs, is possible now – with the aim to grow responsible, self-determined and mature world-citizens.
The stopped travelling proved to be a gift not only to planet earth, but even to people.
Nature recovered in many places and even though tourism-industry first really went down, the national travel-market and homeland-tourism highly raised and opened new opportunities for all concerned.
Today, travelling is again possible worldwide, but people move much more conscious and environmentally-friendly.
Economy went never as down as predicted and the people in businesses and enterprises that really had a hard time or went bankrupt, soon found new, even improved and sometimes different ways to re-establish or positively change their former work.
Home office and flexible working-hours became norm.
Garden-centers, do-it-yourself-, hardware- and furniture-stores experienced a boom, because values like “family”, “home” and “creativity” gained new importance.
Urban-, community- and roof-garden-projects started everywhere, cities are really green now and even the poorest areas bloom now.
People began seeing “self, family, nature and home” as the most treasured things in their lives. Family-communication-skills developed for the better, relationships improved and the birth rate in Februray’21 already significantly rose. Domestic love visibly increased, drug-addiction considerably decreased and “Stay home and love your family” is the slogan since.
Contrary to the many negative prophecies for all areas of life, a deep longing for awareness and a feeling of inner peace and “happy frugality” grew in many peoples’ minds. The social trend of a conscious return to the essential things, towards a healthy and whole being, towards self-determination and self-sufficiency, back to the land and to real bonds with fellow-humans and nature, is noticeable since then.
So, I sit here on my terrace, sipping my coffee and being enormously thankful for all that developed over the last year. Many, many things changed, we went through ups and downs and a lot of uncertainty. But optimism and faith proved right: all is well in the world. Alhamdulillah!
This process is called “regnosis” – a backwards forecast, which is – not like a prognosis looking and prescribing the eventual (often negative anticipated) future – more like a travel into future and looking back on how the way was from now until then. It is a powerful tool you can use in any form and adapt to any personal dreams and situation. Just by focusing on possibilities, solutions and a positive future outcome, rather than staying stuck in actual problems. This method helps the brain to imagine a desired evolution of something and to see its achievement as possible.
I was inspired by Matthias Horx, who wrote a beautiful regnosis in March’20 (in English and German), and I really recommend doing your own regnosis if you want to achieve a better-felling place of attraction for your personal or for the world’s future – because I believe that only through good feeling thoughts, we can attract a better world beyond the actual:
“If we can dream it, we can achieve it!” Inchaallah.
Happy September, dear readers! Salam aleikoum.