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In the Slip of Time: Will We Live in All Times at Once?

Recently Ben and Aaron have been reporting a lot of timeslip stories–first-person accounts of that uncanny feeling of suddenly having slipped out of the present time and into the past.

Is it happening more often?  And if so, what does that mean for the future?  Past? Present?  Is the new immortality not about living longer, but living through infinite time all at once?  It sounds exhausting, like going to Disneyland, Universal Studios Tour and Paris all in one day. What was wrong with reincarnation? It was so much less stressful living one life at a time (and good to think of having another go ahead).

Of course, this could be a temporary temporal shift. If you’re into the 2012 meme, you’ll probably know that as the Mayan Long Calendar progresses to the final days, events are supposed to pile-on at an ever-more condensed and accelerated rate. Kind of like the acid-trip montage at the end of “2001, A Space Odyssey,” when the astronaut played by Keir Dullea tumbled through space and time as his life flashed before his eyes. Could it be that timeslips are becoming a more widespread phenomenon as we race to The End?

Or maybe more people are experiencing or simply reporting timeslips (and other psi phenomena) because popular culture — TVs “Lost,” Deepak Chopra on quantum aging, the documentary “What the Bleep” to name three out of infinite examples–has caught up with the scientific view spelled out at a conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held in June of 2006 specifically to discuss the physics of time and retrocausation. (referred to by  Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence forAnomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect a recent paper by Daryl J. Bem from Cornell University) :

“A central starting point for such discussions is the consensus that the fundamental laws of both classical and quantum physics are time-symmetric. In particular,they formally and equally admit time-forward and time-reversed solutions. Thus,though we began simply desiring to predict the future from the present, we find that the best models do not require in fact, do not respect this asymmetry.[Accordingly,] it seems untenable to assert that time reverse causation (retrocausation) cannot occur, even though it temporarily runs counter to the macroscopic arrow of time (Sheehan, 2006, p. vii).

That’s not to say that there’s anything new about suddenly finding oneself in the middle of history. In philosopher, paranormal researcher Colin Wilson’s “Beyond the Occult,” he traces the history of the out-of-timeline phenomenon to “The Information Universe.”

Wilson timeline ends with the work of  neuroscientist Karl Pribram and physicist David Bohm who conclude that  just as our senses interpret energy waves and sound waves as color and music, everything –past, future, present–already exist encoded as an interference pattern behind the familiar reality we can readily interpret.

Wilson does see the pattern in the practices of psychics, remote viewers, prophets who are able to access this background data by their ability to achieve the right state of mind. Famed psychic medium Eileen Garrett described in Adventures in the Supernormal A personal Memoir by Eileen Garrett:

“In the clairvoyant experience, one follows a process. Light moves in weaving ribbons and strands, and in and out of these, fragmentary curing lines emerge and fade, moving in various directions. The perception consists of a swiftly moving array of these broken, shifting lines, and in the beginning one gathers meaning out of the flow as the lines create patterns of significance which the acutely attentive clairvoyant perception senses….

I have referred to an inner condition of alertness which is the essential factor in many of these activities. It is a realization of superior vital living. I enter into a world of intensely vibrant radiation; I am extra competent, I participate fully and intimately in events that move at an increased rate of movement, and though the events that I observe are objective to me, I do more than observe them–I live them.”

So far the timeslip thing doesn’t sound like anything to worry too much about.  For most of us, timeslips happen randomly, perhaps due to finding ourselves in a setting where dramatic incidents from the past have imprinted deeply on the landscape or when our own state of consciousness is altered by unusual stress, exhaustion, or novelty, suddenly pitching us head first back in time.   It’s an interesting experience, but one that doesn’t seem to be spinning us into a time vortex.

Here is an account from Wilson’s “Beyond the Occult,”  recounting  the timeslip experience biologist Ivan Sanderson’s wrote about in his book “More Things,” about zoological oddities.

“After stating that he has never been interested in the occult, he tells how he and his wife were living in Haiti, engaged on a biological survey. One day, on a drive to lake Azuey, they made the mistake of taking a short cut that landed them up to their axles in mud and had to spend the night walking back. Sanderson and his wife were walking together, their assistant Frederick G. Allsop walking ahead, when:

‘…suddenly, on looking up from the dusty ground I perceived absolutely clearly in the now brilliant moonlight, and casting shadows appropriate to their positions, three-storied houses of various shapes and sizes lining both sides of the road. These house hung out over the road which suddenly appeared to be muddy with patches of large cobblestones.

The house were of (I would say) about the Elizabethan period of England, but for some reason I knew they were in Paris!

They had pent roofs with some dormer windows, gables, timbered porticos and small windows with tiny leaded panes. There and there were dull reddish lights burning behind them, as if from candles. There were iron-frame lanterns hanging from timbers jutting from some houses and they were all swaying together as if in a wind, but there was not the faintest movement of air about us….

I was marveling at this, and looking about me, when my wife came to a dead stop and gave a gasp. I ran smack into her. Then she went speechless for a time while I begged to know what was wrong. Finally she took my hand and, pointing, described to me exactly what I was seeing. At which point I became speechless.

Finally pulling myself together, I blurted out something like, ‘What do you think’s happened?’ but my wife’s reply startled me even more. I remember it only too well; she said, ‘How did we get to Paris five hundred years ago?”

We stood marveling at what we apparently both now saw, picking out individual items and pointing, questioning each other as to details, and so forth. Curiously, we found ourselves swaying back and forth and began to feel very weak, so I called out to Fred, whose white shirt was fast disappearing ahead.

I don’t quite remember what happened then but we tried to run towards him and, feeling dizzy, sat down on what we were convinced was a tall, rough curbstone.

Fred came running back asking what was wrong but at first we did not know what to say. He was the ‘keeper’ of the cigarettes, of which we had about half a dozen left, and he sat down beside us and gave us each one. By the time the flame from his lighter had cleared from my eyes, so had fifteenth-century Paris, and there was nothing before me but the endless and damned thorn bushes and cactus and bare earth. My wife also ‘came back’ after looking into the flame. Fred had seen nothing…”

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  • Guest

    At the end of ’08 I was coming home from work listening to the radio and they were having the year in review. Only thing was, after a few minutes – I noticed they were talking about ’09 and looking toward ’10. Very creepy. I listened to the broadcast most of the way home. It was a serious, well-known national news show and not any sort of prank. ’09 panned out just like they talked about. I was very self aware of the situation and my surroundings and very conscious of my drive home that day and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. I guess I never left ’08, I was just somehow listening to a broadcast roughly a year in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one wishing he could get something useful out of a time slip (like the next winning lotto numbers)? 🙂

  • I’m getting tired of all the “end days” talk in general. It would be interesting to cover other aspects of 2012, like the fact that we’ve had so many “end times” scares in history, and the idea that a 2012 scare might be a mind-control (through fear) tactic.

  • Anonymous

    Great comment! 🙂

  • Tigermonkey1010

    If anyone is familiar with the readings of Edgar Cayce ,he had addressed the subject of time.
    His response to the subject of time was that time exists in all periods all at the same moment, but
    we have only the perception of the present.He went on to say that it served a specific purpose but did not elaborate on what purpose it served. It would be interesting to find out what he knew about the subject.
    Time is a tool we invented to help us understand cycles of our days ,weeks and years to give us
    a reference for measurement.

  • Henry

    What is happening?! I wish I could experience one of these time slips…it’d be damn cool lol

  • Anonymous

    Count me in!

  • bartholemu

    wicked…i wonder if they had been charfing up!

  • Worldsmoved

    I have no problem accepting that all time exists concurrently. When i was 12 I was watching tv when I reached out to catch a glass of water that was just about to fall off a table beside me. i actually felt the glass in my hand, but then there was no glass there. i rememebr thinking, ‘that was weird’. the a few weeks later i was again watching tv and reached out to catch a glass of water and this time it was there. I can find no logical explanation for what happened, so maybe it was a timeslip into the future.

  • VikingPatar

    Too bad Cayce was a giant fraud.

  • Cruzmarkoz

    Quantum physics tell us this is possible so real

  • Contactpam

    I have not had a time slip experiance myself but know someone who did, a man I knew went to wales for a holiday in a caravan with friends, he went looking at the gift shops and found a shop. that had a box in the window with a nice picture of a globe on the lid he bought it and came back to the caravan, next day he was looking for the box and could not find it, his friends swore blind he never bought such a box in a gift shop!! he went back to the shop and found it had been closed for 20 years!! but he recognised the inside! which was now all dusty with old fashioned counters he remembered! to this day he sure he bought that box!

  • Cutechick25

    About 4 years ago in 2008, I saw some article on-line that mentioned the Ashcombe House is a great place to visit and spend the night as it is haunted with the ghost of Madonna. “See the ghost of Madonna while staying at the luxurious haunted Ashcombe House where Madonna once lived.” I laughed and thought it was just a joke site.. Someone is living in the Ashcombe House currently and there is no way it could be a guest home of any kind and to add to that Madonna is still alive! I wrote down the website so I could show my roomy when he returned home from shopping. As soon as he returned I mentioned the website and article to him and he said what a bunch of BS. I sat down at the computer and typed in the website. To my surprise it said “This page cannot be displayed”. I tried again and once again it said “This page cannot be displayed.” I decided to type in keywords that mentioned the Ashcombe House in Wiltshire and the only thing that came up was something about Madonna and Guy Ritchie purchasing the manor in 2001. There was nothing there about staying at the luxurious haunted Ashcombe House or anything that mentioned Madonna’s ghost. I stayed up several hours that night combing every search engine trying to find the article and to no avail! I was so frustrated that opened a bottle of wine and drank most of it. Could I have pulled up a website that exists several years in the future? Or did I imagine the whole thing?

  • xpktv2000

    so could you remember the weblink and if yes will you mention it…. because it may be see in today`s world everything is digitized right and when I am using this word I am also putting emphasis on the energy thing…well your luck that you got connected with such future weblink though for a short time span… only if you will mention the weblink can help you or us in solving this mystery…. shocking to know ” Madonna gonna haunt….”… cooll….

  • Grace Kirk

    About 15 years ago I had a time slip experience but at the time I had no idea what it was. As I came out of Central Station, Liverpool through a passageway which led to Bold Street, I stepped off the pavement to cross the road to Waterstones Book Shop. As I stepped into the road the whole environment changed in an instant and a black horse drawn hansom cab passed me and I watched it go up the street and noticed the road was cobbled. I noticed that the women wore long dresses and bonnets and the men were wearing top hats, very like the pictures on the ‘Quality Street’ chocolates. I was totally disorientated and a man and woman walked right past me within centimetres and I instinctively said “Sorry” thinking I was going to bump into them. They appeared to not even see me. Thinking I must have stumbled onto a film set I remained on the spot and searched for the cameras but couldn’t see any. The whole street, the shops, the people, everything was in the past. I’m useless at history and dates but the women wore bonnets tied with big ribbons and long dresses and there were horse drawn carriages in the street. It took only a second or two and I stepped backwards onto the pavement and immediately was back in the present day and so were all the buildings. I never told anyone about it until years later and only then did I discover that this had been documented before by others who had slipped back to various points in time, the 1950’s is one, in exactly the same place. After it happened, I of course told myself I’d imagined it, yet I knew I’d experienced it – I just couldn’t explain it to myself. But what concerned me was … what if I had been unable to get back? Would I have been stuck in a time where no-one could see me? Would I have been recorded as a ‘disappearance’ to everyone in this time? Hmmm.

  • KateGladstone

    When Madonna dies, why not start searching AGAIN for the same page?