Time Travel -- the State of the Art:
Old Pages (The Change)
RealityTest's definition of time travel: The transcendence of the apparent linear nature of time.
Most people, hearing the words "time travel," picture mad scientists, peculiar vehicles and machinery (updated versions of that employed by H.G. Wells’ time traveler in The Time Machine), or the sorts of portals and rocketry procedures common to modern science fiction films. References to Einstein’s theories and more recent (and somewhat arcane) scientific ideas are often employed.
This is to be expected in a culture in which a belief in an "objective reality" -- something which is "out there," observable via the physical senses and their extensions (those wonderful devices and instruments, the fruit of industrial and scientific development over the last three centuries or so) -- is rarely carefully examined.
Despite some serious objections here and there, some even from within the scientific community itself (see RealityTest’s Resources section), the idea of time employed in these visions is still generally very narrow, entirely consistent with standard beliefs regarding the nature of objective physical reality.
This usual idea of time is of a more or less uniform medium through which everyone and everything passes at the same rate (leaving aside for the moment situations involving very high velocities). Time is seen as having one direction, and as we travel in that direction we leave "the past" behind us, like the wake of a ship, as we move into "the future." Inexorably we move along in this time, today becoming yesterday as what was tomorrow becomes today. Yesterdays become only today’s memories, and tomorrows have no existence (neither can be seen or measured, although our passage through this time does leave evidence which can be carefully examined).
RealityTest will show how flawed this idea of time is. Everyone already knows how time can seem stretched or compressed under differing circumstances, and this knowing is the first hint of the true nature of time. This elasticity, however, which points towards the influence of consciousness upon experienced time, is only the beginning -- there are ways to transcend the usual linear time, and no fantastic machinery is required to accomplish this.
We will focus first on opening the doorways which make mental time travel possible, providing a variety of exercises for this purpose after exploring documented examples. We will then show how physical time travel is theoretically possible and outline how it might be accomplished. Have unknown individuals and groups, in our time or some other, already mastered such techniques? If so, they would have good reasons for not bruiting this about.
It will be necessary to deploy certain unorthodox concepts to do this, however, as the standard view of time is part and parcel of an entire constellation of beliefs about the nature of reality, and these will have to be discarded and replaced with new and different beliefs before we can start to roam in time. RealityTest cannot ask anyone to adopt these different beliefs without offering some kind of "evidence" in favor of them, but doing this will require us to go well into the greatly undervalued and frequently overlooked area of subjective reality. The very best evidence in this area is that created by direct and immediate experience -- not cumbersome exercises in logic or laboratory analyses. RealityTest will provide exercises for this purpose in its Doorways section. [Noted: Anyone who has ever had a clear experience of precognition knows that time is not an impenetrable barrier, no matter what any theory of time might suggest; our species has yet to develop a science which encompasses such experiences, such knowing, in a satisfactory way. RealityTest suggests this is owing to inherent limitations in present day science; a future science will expand beyond these.]
Some of these necessary unorthodox concepts (more fully explored in the Seth material -- see RealityTest's Resources) include: