Time as you experience it is an illusion caused by your own physical senses. They force you to perceive action in certain terms, but this is not the nature of action.
The apparent boundaries between past, present and future are only illusions caused by the amount of action you can physically perceive, and so it seems to you that one moment exists and is gone forever, and the next moment comes and like the one before also disappears. Everything in the universe exists at one time simultaneously.
The first words ever spoken still ring through the universe, and in your terms, the last words ever spoken have already been said. The past, present and future only appear to those who exist within three-dimensional reality.
The past exists as a series of electromagnetic connections held in the physical brain and in the nonphysical mind. These electromagnetic connections can be changed.
The future consists of a series of electromagnetic connections in the mind and brain also. In other words, the past and present are real to the same extent.
You take it for granted that present action can change the future, but present actions can also change the past.
The past is no more objective or independent from the perceiver than is the present. The electromagnetic connections were largely made by the individual perceiver. The connection can be changed, and such changes are far from uncommon. These changes happen spontaneously on a subconscious basis.
The past is seldom what you remember it to be, for you have already rearranged it from the instant of any given event. The past is being constantly re-created by each individual as attitudes and associations change. This is an actual recreation, not a symbolic one. The child is indeed still within the man, but he is not the child that "was", for even the child within the man constantly changes.
Difficulties arise when such alterations do not occur automatically. Severe neurosis is often caused precisely because an individual has not changed his past.
A change of attitude, a new association, or any of innumerable other actions will automatically set up new electromagnetic connections and break others.
Every action changes every other action. Therefore, every action in your present affects actions you call past.
It is possible to react in the past to an event that has not occurred, and to be influenced by your own future.
It is also possible for an individual to react in the past to an event in the future, which in your terms, may never occur.
Because past, present and future exist simultaneously, there is no reason why you cannot react to an event whether or not it happens to fall within the small field of reality in which you usually observe and participate.
On a subconscious level, you react to many events that have not yet occurred as far as your ego's awareness is concerned.
Such reactions are carefully screened out and not admitted to consciousness. The ego finds such instances distracting and annoying, and when forced to admit their validity, will resort to the most far fetched rationalizations to explain them.
No event is predestined. Any given event can be changed not only before and during but after its occurrence.
The individual is hardly at the mercy of past events, for he changes them constantly. He is hardly at the mercy of future events, for he changes these not only before but after their happening. An individuals future actions are not dependent upon a concrete finished past, for such a past never existed.
The past is as real as the future, no more or less.
There is a part of you that is not locked within physical reality, and that part of you knows that there is only an Eternal Now. The part of you that knows is the whole self, your inner and outer ego (all that you are).
From within this framework you will see that see that physical time is as dreamlike as you once thought inner time was. You will discover your whole self, peeping inward and outward at the same "time", and find that all time is one time, and all divisions, illusions.
Time is not necessarily is an illusion but rather a product of gravity. Time is observed to slow down to nearly the stopping point at the event horizons of the black holes. Time is bent and affected by immense gravity fields. The Earth's gravity is bending the fabric of spacetime around it, thus creating the time we know. The fastness of the time differs from ours around the neutron stars, black holes, worm holes etc. Another thing is that our limited sensory abilities and mentality perceive the time as linear, when in fact it is circular in many aspects. Just because we perceive it linear does not necessarily mean it is, or in general has the properties that we are experiencing in the first place.
It is quite possible to alter the illusion of time as perceived by human brain by using various mind techniques.
As for the retrocausality theory mentioned above (ie. changing the past with current actions), it might be explained with the circular nature of time, however I am not entirely convinced about it. It is theoretically possible at or beyond the event horizon of a black hole, but not too sure about the spacetime fabric we are in. According to the quantum theory, many possibilities coexist at the same time but when you carry out an action (change the quantum state) all of those possibilities collapse into one single reality. Note that I am not taking parallel universes into consideration here.
Yes I agree, time only exists as an "illusion". Time is entirely dependant upon consciousness or the realization/awareness of self in the moment. While asleep there is no experiance of self and therefore no time. When we have fun time goes by faster because attention is fixed and we forget about ourselves.
So time is how the physical reality relates to consciousness.
As for everything existing at once, consider this simple anology. The physical reality can be considered a stream, the stream exists all at once, a grain of salt flows down the river and experiances each location individually while the stream exists as a whole. We the observer, are this grain of salt and the future doesn't seem to "exist" because we havn't gotten there yet. If existance doesn't depend on an observer, then all possibilities, an infinite amount, could be consider to exist.
I don't agree with most of that. **laughs**
I agree that events that never happened in the past can affect your future, or events in the future that never happened can affect your present. But that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with all time streams existing simultaneously. The subconscious mind is so amazingly complicated with countless layers of thought and instinct. Deep down, you are always aware of what could have happened (but didn't) or what could happen (but might not)...& your personality & actions are shaped by that every moment, whether you are consciously aware of it or not. Past appears to be real to us because of our memories that let us re-live what happened to us in our mind. But that does not make it real. The same is true for the future. We can imagine endless possibilities of a future that could very well never happen.
What exists is the moment, which is constantly "dying" to become the past. Essentially, the present is a single upon the page of existance. The lines of past & present that join to it is merely an illusion & do not truely exist.
what do you mean by changing the past? do you mean that because everything is a matter of perspective, then perspective can change? therefore the past changes?
how do you think this could be used for healing purposes?