Reflections on Time Part 1

“When the limitation of chronological time is removed,

there is no past, present or future”

Dr. Siobhan Chandler

I am certainly not the first or likely the last to reflect on the mysteries of time and whether time is solely a function of our experience as philosophers from St Augustine to Emmanuelle Kant have postulated? We live in chronological time where things appear to have a sequential order; yet time also seems to be relative. I suspect everyone of us have asked the question, “Just where did that day go?” after a busy day when time just flew by. Then there are those occasions in the dentist’s chair for a root canal where time seems to move at glacial speed. Alternatively I remember a time in my life in Thailand where for three weeks, my partner and I did the same blissful things every single day; there were no fixed point for reference; it felt timeless as though time was standing  still. While in Mexico recently I lived three days in a different time zone to those around me. I had no idea the clocks had shifted back an hour more that spring and with no reference points the difference became invisible. I never realized I checked of my hotel an hour late nor that I kept someone waiting for an hour who was just to polite to mention it.

Recently I watched an episode of one of my favourite BBC TV programs, Dr. Who the story of a Time Lord with a time machine, who frequently defies the laws of time and space. He referred to time like this, “ people assume that time is strictly a progression from cause to effect but actually from a non-linear, non subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey stuff.”  I like that idea. Increasingly I have begun to believe that from the perspective of intuition and the unconscious, time is not linear. We can have hunches before an event occurs, I have even started to have dreams of guidance that actually apply to events that will not happen for a number of weeks. I had one such dream recently:

“I am standing on a ocean beach. I feel I am too close to the waves and move back to a safer distance however a huge wave swamps me right up to the centre of my chest then recedes leaving me no worse for wear. My sister Chris and her daughter Amy are there. The scene segues to a sparse forest with lots of space between the trees. Suddenly I put my hands in my pocket and find my keys missing; I begin to panic as it is getting dark; my sister and I retrace our steps; she finds my keys hanging in a tree.”

Working with my dream partner I realized that this dream was about not being fearful of getting swept up by emotions. That was as far as I got and as my life was relatively placid at the time, it did not seem particularly relevant. Then a couple of weeks later, I went on vacation in Mexico and got swept up in an emotional turmoil that I knew would not hurt me. Only then did I realize the meaning of the second part of the dream. My sister represents the feeling aspect, the forest was straight out of Dante, “Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself in dark woods, the right road lost.” It reminded me that when I was feeling lost that the answer (key) would be found through my feeling nature. (my sister)

Although it seems remarkable that I can have a dream preparing me for an event yet to take place, perhaps it is really quite normal and that all of us can learn to be prescient and as Siobham Chandler remove the limitations of chronological time.

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