Romy Shiller

AGAIN – Chapter 14: Time

In book on March 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

I was reminded of this chapter  [http://www.amazon.comI wrote before watching the very wonderful television series ‘Being Erica.’


The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust

Here we go. Take a deep breath. We are going to take a big leap together.  Imagine a world that is not linear, that does not go from point A to point B. Imagine a Universe, imagine our Earth, that is slices and you can insert yourself wherever and whenever. Imagine Time moving forward and backwards. I believe we live in a very wonky reality.

“… (the Soul), may maintain a state of existence, (may continue propagation as a process), under certain conditions, after the animate form has expired.”[1] We are only aware of being, of existing a certain way. We are constrained by, among other things, physical laws. However, other dimensions and Universes are being written about[2] and explored. You might wonder about what effect this will have on your life. Knowing this stuff is about, at a minimum, satisfying curiosity. We can live with blinders on, veils, nets and it is my belief it is better to see clearly. Knowledge is good.

Like I say in the introduction I believe we would live brand new lives in the past. It is necessary to reorganize how we think about Time if this is so. We live in a Universe where time flows in a certain direction. NOVA online asks: “Is time real? Does it flow in one direction only? Does it have a beginning or an end? What is eternity? None of these questions can be answered to scientists’ satisfaction. Yet the mere asking of these questions stretches our minds, and the continual search for answers provides useful insights along the way.”[3] We would have to be open to the possibility that other modalities exist. I enjoy reading Quantum Physics because, in addition to much else, time as we know it is suspect. In many different ways the distortion of reality found in Quantum Physics fits my own philosophy. What might appear weird to others is not weird to me. I can absorb and accept new and different possibilities. It does not faze me to consider other options. That which is altered is fascinating.

“Time is of your own making;
its clock ticks in your head.
The moment you stop thought
time too stops dead.”

Angelus Silesius (a sixth-century philosopher and poet)

“Most cultures have a grammar with past and future tenses, and also demarcations like seconds and minutes, and yesterday and tomorrow. Yet we cannot say exactly what time is. Although the study of time became scientific during the time of Galileo and Newton, a comprehensive explanation was given only in this century by Einstein, who declared, in effect, time is simply what a clock reads. The clock can be the rotation of a planet, sand falling in an hourglass, a heartbeat, or vibrations of a cesium atom. A typical grandfather clock follows the simple Newtonian law that states that the velocity of a body not subject to external forces remains constant. This means that clock hands travel equal distances in equal times. While this kind of clock is useful for everyday life, modern science finds that time can be warped in various ways, like clay in the hands of a cosmic sculptor.”[4]

There are many facets of Quantum Physics that I extrapolate from and align with reincarnation such as the double slit experiment or “wave–particle duality is the concept that all matter exhibits both wave-like and particle-like properties. A central concept of quantum mechanics, duality addresses the inadequacy of classical concepts like “particle” and “wave” in fully describing the behaviour of objects;”[5] the cat in a box that is both dead and alive “The thought experiment serves to illustrate the strangeness of quantum mechanics;”[6] the ideas of awareness and matter[7], and more, speak to me in a fashion about identity and being, the ideas held in this book: ”So it seems that quantum physics is not weird and incomprehensible because it describes something completely different from everyday reality. It is weird and incomprehensible precisely because it describes the world we see around us – past, present, and future.”[8]

The ideas in String Theory are simply amazing. It presupposes extra dimensions and hidden universes. We are all living on something called a brane and matter cannot escape from it. People have extrapolated from this, claiming that maybe gods live beyond what we can perceive.[9] The fishbowl, eh? The thoughts here are so provocative and extraordinary. It is extremely necessary to think beyond three dimensions; it proposes that there are at least eleven dimensions. Multiple universes are a given; the usual analogy is that there is a loaf of bread sliced up and each slice contains a distinct universe. I am happy to simplify it now but it is very complex, involves loads of mathematical principles and has big names like Newton and Einstein tied to it. Stephen Hawking is attempting to formulate a “theory of everything” in large part from it.

“We are a moment in astronomic time, a transient guest of the Earth. Our wet, wrinkled brains do not allow us to comprehend many mysteries of time and space. Our brains evolved to make us run from saber-toothed cats on the American savanna, to hunt deer, and to efficiently scavenge from the kills of large carnivores. Despite our mental limitations, we have come remarkably far. We have managed to pull back the cosmic curtains a crack to let in the light. Questions raised by physicists, from Newton to Kurt Gödel to Einstein to Stephen Hawking, are among the most profound we can ask.”[10]

So what happens to history? Many people believe in multiple universes and that would presuppose varied histories. At the same time there would be no obstacle to reincarnating into a time period one has not visited before. We cannot meet ourselves in other incarnations. That does not mean we were not a well-known person before. If there is such a thing as living again then that could be a distinct possibility.

History and time travel might collide. “Today, we know that time travel need not be confined to myths, science fiction, Hollywood movies, or even speculation by theoretical physicists. Time travel is possible. For example, an object traveling at high speeds ages more slowly than a stationary object. This means that if you were to travel into outer space and return, moving close to light speed, you could travel thousands of years into the Earth’s future.”[11] Concept, eh? I do not know about you but to me the possibilities for time travel are so fascinating. “Some theories are predicated on the fact that we move forward in time, and both forward and backward in space. Since time and space have been shown to be intrinsically linked, traveling forwards and backwards through time is not a theoretical impossibility.”[12] No wonder I like this stuff. For someone who questions conventional notions of time I find the research validating.

“A conveniently-located wormhole would…provide a convenient and rapid way to travel very large distances, or even to travel to another Universe. Maybe the exit to the wormhole would lie in the past, so that you could travel back in time by going through. All in all, they sound pretty cool.”[13] I must locate a wormhole!

I do not believe in fate so is the future pre-determined? Does the future already exist? I think about how an observer could change things and I think not. Even if no one is visited by a time traveler there is free will and one can choose a different thought, change one’s mind. I think there are many, many possible versions of the future. It has been said that even if a grain of sand is removed from a beach there is an effect, a consequence. The possibilities for the future are like grains of sand.


[2]  See Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall “published in 2005, about particle physics in general and additional dimensions of space (cf. Kaluza-Klein theory) in particular. The book has made it to top 50 at amazon.com, making it the world’s first successful book on theoretical physics by a female author.” <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warped_Passages&gt;

[9]  There are many PBS documentaries on this.

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