June 07, 2005

time capsule

little sparklers, Canon Digital Rebel

The summer is approaching and I am reminded of a great exercise I read in a Rob Brezsny horoscope several years ago. He told the reader to write an essay from the future entitled, "What I did during the summer of 2005 that made me a better, smarter, happier person."

{Well maybe it didn't say 2005, but we will} Then he asked you to mail it to him with a self-addressed stamped envelope and he promised mail the essay back to you at the end of the summer. It was like your very own transmission-to-the-future time capsule thingy.

It was so powerful for me to do this. When I received the letter back I was shocked that every single item on my list had come true. This shit is like magic people!

So let's take it on. Mail me your essays with an SASE and I will mail them back to you in September. Go big! Go outrageous! This is your letter to the future!

Be sure to list the thing you think you cannot have. That's where the juice is.

Andrea Scher
Attn: Time Capsule
P.O. Box 401174
SF, CA 94140-1174

Posted on June 7, 2005 08:15 AM

coolio-allison (andthatisthat.com) told me about this!

Posted by: Sherrie at June 23, 2005 04:56 PM

Me too. This is a nice thing you are doing for others. Thanks for your creativity and your generous spirit. Peace and love and sunny days--

Posted by: Julie at June 20, 2005 02:18 PM

Me too. This is a nice thing you are doing for others. Thanks for your creativity and your generous spirit. Peace and love and sunny days--

Posted by: Julie at June 20, 2005 02:18 PM

Me too. This is a nice thing you are doing for others. Thanks for your creativity and your generous spirit. Peace and love and sunny days--

Posted by: Julie at June 20, 2005 02:18 PM

I'm totally doing this.

Posted by: shannon at June 14, 2005 11:16 AM

at first I thought I'd participate, this really is a valuabe experience & exercise. but then...on another thought...the only wish I really have for september is so very important to me, I could never take to receive back my letter and find things are broken into pieces really.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at June 14, 2005 07:00 AM

I'm writing so expect it soon.

Posted by: Melissa at June 11, 2005 08:55 PM

This is great- I'm sending mine as soon as I can find some U.S stamps for the SAE...And I will be doing the winter version as I am in Australia...anything to keep away those blues...

Posted by: yasmin at June 10, 2005 03:16 AM

cool! i'm SO doing this. you're so awesome. thanks!

Posted by: jack at June 8, 2005 10:09 PM

I'd love to do this! I'm in Australia though so I don't think the SASE thing would quite work (plus it's not summer, but that's a minor detail!). Maybe I'll do it in my morning pages and try to remember to check back later!

Posted by: Kristen at June 8, 2005 05:55 PM

This is a great idea. I do it with my students every September. They love it. They love it.

Posted by: Marjorie at June 8, 2005 01:53 PM

Thank you for asking for us to realize our dreams and bring them into our lives. I will get my essay out to you! I am already sitting and sifting throught the list of what I have believed I could not have... I am grateful for this opportunity to realize more of who I am in the world.


Posted by: mikaelah at June 8, 2005 12:28 PM

I LOVE Rob Brezny's Free Will astrology. It's the first thing I turn to every Thursday when a new Austin Chronicle is out on the stands. It is always DEAD-ON.

I am taking this challenge. You'll get your essay soon :)

Posted by: Kate at June 8, 2005 10:04 AM

oh cool. I totally want to do this :) Will be thinking about it on my errands today. Thank you!

Posted by: Tracy at June 8, 2005 09:06 AM

you are so wonderful. thank you! sending mine soon.

Posted by: jolene at June 8, 2005 08:56 AM

I am more of a list maker than an essay writer, but I sent a letter out anyway. What a wonderful idea! I already feel inspired.

Posted by: Steph at June 8, 2005 08:31 AM

letter is waiting to go out in today's mail :)

Posted by: Anu at June 8, 2005 06:45 AM

Aren't you brave...tackling your own snail mail version of futureme.org. :) This post brought to mind a few moments of Wayne Dyer I caught on PBS the other day speaking abour his "Power of Intention" book. He gave a list of 12 things to summarize his talk (all of which I'd missed)...#1 was, "Wish more for others than you do for yourself." I sense you're doing this with that intention...and that's why I hope that come September, YOUR biggest dreams will have come true, too...

Posted by: Marilyn at June 8, 2005 05:40 AM

We did a similar thing my senior year of high school in my English class, but our teacher was going to send our letters back after 4 years (when we were set to graduate college). It's a good thing I didn't do it then because after 4 years, I had dropped out of college and was kind of floundering - I think getting that letter would have only made me feel worse. Since I didn't do it then, I'm TOTALLY doing it now :) Awesome project.

Posted by: Alison at June 8, 2005 05:06 AM

Love this, love the idea, I'M IN! :-)

I have finals all this week, but I'll be sure to work on this next week.

Posted by: Pamela at June 7, 2005 08:50 PM

this is SO cool! I love FreeWillAstrology... and I LOVE the face you're doing this too!

Posted by: susan@visual-voice.net at June 7, 2005 08:05 PM

That's the most inspiration "direct mail offer" I've ever heard. And your photo made me smile.

So far, finding your site has made me a happier person this summer!

Posted by: Neil at June 7, 2005 07:33 PM

I have not done something like this in 20 years. I will be sending you a letter.

thank you for inspiring...

Posted by: Lisa at June 7, 2005 06:47 PM

Interesting idea...now the hard part is figuring out what I want this summer :)

Beautiful photo, BTW!!

Posted by: Kelley at June 7, 2005 04:01 PM

Check out futureme.org. Similar idea, only it's an email.

Posted by: Carolyn at June 7, 2005 03:53 PM

Great idea! Looks like I have some writing to do.

Posted by: Veronica at June 7, 2005 03:34 PM

I'm in!

Bring on the magic shit!

Or, uh...something like that.


Posted by: Donavan at June 7, 2005 03:21 PM

wow. what a fabulous lifesaving idea. you rock.

Posted by: Jane at June 7, 2005 02:24 PM

Wow-- if only I had this game earlier. I would have already had two seemingly impossible things to put on the list.

Posted by: Beastmomma at June 7, 2005 02:12 PM

"This shit is like magic people." My new favorite quote :). Cool idea Andrea!

Posted by: Ali at June 7, 2005 02:05 PM

You can have this experience every New Year's.
The Unity church does a "burning bowl" service - first you are invited to write down disappointments - things you'd like to let go - and you get to burn it up - (and say good-bye.)
Then, you write that letter - it arrives back in your world half way through the following year.
Love to You!

Posted by: Georgy at June 7, 2005 02:01 PM

My 8th grade Language Arts teacher asked her students to write a similar letter - only she mailed it back to us four years later as we graduated high school. Pretty amazing.

Posted by: meb at June 7, 2005 11:49 AM

WOW! I don't even know what to say. This is such a great idea.... I can't wait to send you my essay.

Posted by: jenn at June 7, 2005 11:42 AM

cool idea!!!

Posted by: joy madison at June 7, 2005 11:42 AM

Awesome idea!

Posted by: Carrie at June 7, 2005 10:05 AM

I'm really in a place of a lot of emotional transition right now. This is just what I need. I'll be sending you my essay soon!!!

Posted by: Michelle at June 7, 2005 09:52 AM

LOVE this idea, exactly the thing I have needed as I prepare to get out of school for the summer... stay tuned for my essay :)


Posted by: Jill at June 7, 2005 09:48 AM