Is time the key?
Keeping it simple has been the topic over the last fortnight for Supernatural Synchronicity. In his latest article: can we simplify the unknown, Ashley has gone further with my thoughts on Ockham’s razor and applied it to how individuals interpret the paranormal.
“The point I’m trying to make here and poorly perhaps, is that the simplest route defined by Ockham’s Razor could depend on the individual. In the case of the Mediums the simplest route is that the source is that of spirit, what else could it be? However I find the simplest route to be us as the source. As many things in the paranormal, there’s not a specific answer.” Ashley Knibb
I feel that leading on from this it is an ideal time to take us back to the beginning of Supernatural Synchronicity where we spoke about the source of this phenomena. Ashley alludes that when applying Ockham’s razor, the simplest explanation could be that it is us that is causing this activity and it is something that I know we have both spoken about in our own blog articles before. Almost every day I receive a comment or an email from a reader saying that they believe that 'we are the ghosts'. It is important to point out that it isn’t us saying an individual is faking the activity, but potentially unknowingly causing it. The question we must then ask, is how are we causing this? I have speculated before that perhaps the pineal gland in a person could have a significant part to play but there is another avenue I want to discuss. In order to get there, I want to take you through a few different theories first.
Many Worlds/Alternative universes
The many worlds theory is something I have been exploring for several years. There are specific experiences that I have had which have made me question if perhaps this could be a possibility. It is something that is often explored in movies which is great to easily explain the concept. I often use the example of the movie Sliding Doors. In the movie, the main character lives out two possible realities depending on something as simple as catching a train. In one scenario she catches the train and is sent down a certain path. In the other, she misses the train and her life takes a completely different path. This concept itself explores the possibility that there are many worlds or universes that are parallel in the same space and time as the one we are living in. I am not going to go into this in too much detail because it is something that I know both Ashley and I have explored in our own blogs and touched on in this series before. I do however want to look at it from a slightly different perspective.
Is it also possible that something that someone is doing on one side of the world, could affect someone on the other? Could this also offer some sort of explanation for some of our so called paranormal experiences?
The Butterfly Effect
In the 1961 meteorologist Edward Lorenz was entering data into a computer model to perform weather predictions. Instead of entering the fill precision of 0.506127 he simply entered 0.506. The result of this was a completely different weather scenario highlighting the smallest variant can make a completely different outcome. The phrase was coined over 10 years later as Lorenz would publish papers and do presentations to his peers about the concept, not having a name for his talk one of his colleagues used the butterfly analogy to come up with the name for his talk. This sort of theory of course was discussed long before this, but Lorenz is credited with coining the phrase. While the concept refers more to atmospheric and weather conditions, over the years, people have taken this theory to mean a lot more. It is the thought that something as small as a butterfly flapping it’s wings in New Mexico, could inevitably cause a hurricane in China. If the butterfly had not flapped it’s wings in that exact spot in that point of time, the hurricane would not have occurred. Essentially it is a very small event having a big impact.
The Butterfly Effect or the Chaos theory as it is also known has a lot of connections with time travel amongst theorists. They believe that if a person can travel back in time and do something differently, it can completely alter the future. The next question of course would be, is our future pre determined by all of these different possibilities or paths presented to us? Perhaps the answer to this lies in what is called the Akashic records.
The Akashic Records are said by theologians to be the energetic records of all souls containing information about their past lives, their present lives, and all possible future lives. It is like a library of books, where each book represents each life time of a particular soul. These records are stored in what is considered to be a 5th dimension. We live in a 3 dimensional world. The 4th dimension is time which we cannot see. Some consider it to be the bridge between our physical world and the spiritual world. The 5th dimension is thought to be the first major spiritual dimension where a person reaches a higher form of consciousness. It is in this 5th dimension that a person can supposedly access these records. In order to do so, they have to pass through this 4th dimension which is made up of time. It is referred to by some as the astral plane. While thought to be a key in accessing spiritual enlightenment, is time itself the key to understanding paranormal phenomena? You have people who talk about astral travel where they feel they can essentially leave their human body and travel anywhere in the world and even watch and talk to people living in the now. Does that mean that this 4th dimension or quite simply time, could in fact be the essential piece of the puzzle?
Is Time the key?
Time seems to be one of the common denominators in a lot of different theories related to the paranromal. As out there as some theories may seem to some, many are driven by the concept and our perception of space and time.
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. Albert Einstein
The above was written in a letter from Einstein to the family of a close friend not long after he learned of his death. If there really is no linear flow of time and we were to see ‘reality’ as it really is, what does that mean for what perceive as spirits? Would we find our answers? While it may not be an extension of our consciousness or a form of telepathy, what if it could all come down to time and how we perceive it? Think about EVPs you have caught or information that you have received on an investigation that lead you to think you are communicating with someone from the past. We jump to the conclusion as that because that person lived over say 100 years ago that they must be deceased. How do we know it isn't in fact a living person? Perhaps they are astral travelling (maybe unaware?) . Perhaps there is more to time and space than what we know. What if the voices or information is coming from the future? What if Einstein is right about the past present and future being an illusion?
I will leave you to ponder on this and it’s potential as I hand it over now to Ashley for his thoughts. In fact I am quite excited to read his response on this one as I know it is right up his alley! In the mean time, I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Do you think time is major key here?
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