TIME IS THE MOVEMENT OF A SNAIL ALONG THE BRANCH OF THE TREE OF LIFE
Unlike Schrödinger’s Cat, no animals were harmed in this philosophical experiment.
In this material I’m going to explain the possibility of all events occurring simultaneously and to describe a concept of living past, present and future lives all at once.
It was my long practice of working with dreams that lead me to writing this article. Every night I record my dreams using a voice recorder. Next morning, I listen to these recordings and make short summary of each dream, trying to interpret it from the metaphoric language of the subconscious mind. If I’m unable to decode a dream straight away, I usually come back to my notes after some time and try to interpret it again.
After clearing away most of the old mental baggage accumulated during this life, I noticed that many of my dreams started to point to the events of the next day(s). My first reaction to this prophetic ability of astral experience was excitement and astonishment, of course. When these emotions were subdued, I was finally able to accept the predictive nature of time-space reality as the norm, seeing it as a plane of existence where all events are already in their place, and I just need to reach each of them subsequently during the course of the day.
There was another interesting peculiarity in the predictive nature of dreams that made me perplexed for some time. How to explain when a dream predicts an occurrence that happens at the very moment of interpretation? When it started to manifest itself in quite a showy way, I wasn’t able to leave it without trying to explain.
Here is an example of what was going on. Let’s say that at night I had a dream about a certain event and I recorded it upon awakening from this dream. As an example for this event I’ll take a situation when cat is entering the room and breaking the vase, assuming that this event didn’t happen in my real life yet.
What’s most astounding is the next day while I was listening to the recording of this particular dream, this event happened exactly as I was hearing about it in my dream recording: the cat entered my room and broke the vase. Moreover, the actual time of listening this recording can be absolutely outside of my usual daily schedule and sometimes it would be several days after having this predictive dream. It still works the same way: particular event happens during the time of hearing the prophecy about it.
At first I was trying to consider such situations as coincidences, but they were happening too often for being marked as random unconnected events. At the same time the messages of such dreams were suspiciously unimportant – I made an example with breaking the vase too dramatic: normally such events would be absolutely neutral and wouldn’t need any preventative measures. It prompted me to ask a question: what’s the purpose of recalling a dream that possesses no valuable information? (During the years of intensive dream work I came to an agreement with my subconscious self that I’m going to recall as many dreams as I’m physically able to process, and their information will be useful in one way or another.)
It brought me to an idea that potential value of such dreams is not in their message, but in their timing, and that I need to get serious and try to explain it.
The first explanation that comes to mind is that all events are predetermined, and therefore free choice doesn’t exist because all my decisions are already made, certain events have happened and been shown to me in the dreams before I even experienced them. Then what is the meaning of the concept of ‘free will’, which is one of the main governing principles of this reality… Something doesn’t match here, there is a conflict between two concepts, and therefore we need to analyze this.
Let’s start with well-known idea about our brain’s ability to see individual events only when they are placed on a timeline. In this setting the brain is able to perceive them one after another, and in doing so, it is applying the concept of linear time. This explains why we may feel that time is running too fast sometimes and moving too slow in other times. This difference is not related to the speed of time, but it depends on the number of events that brain has to process.
For our visualization let’s take several differently colored pieces of clay. Every piece will represent certain event. We are going to arrange these events on a timeline to demonstrate the mechanism of our brain perceiving them:
Let us assume that blue piece on the picture above represents me seeing a dream at night, green piece is listening the recording of this dream and purple piece is the real-life event described in the dream (in our example it’s real situation with cat breaking the vase).
Looking at this arrangement of events on a timeline, dream seems to have an extraordinary predictive ability: blue piece of clay (“dream”) describes the purple one (“event”), and it’s capable of referring to the exact point where the purple piece touches the green one (“listening recording”), even though it’s separated from both of them by other events.
Now let’s try to abandon the habit of arranging events on a line.
We are going to imagine a place or an object where all events exist simultaneously together as a whole, touching and penetrating each other in many different areas, and therefore influencing each other by this direct neighborhood. The picture below represents this idea using our example of multicolored clay:
How to demonstrate events influencing each other using this example? The hands on the picture above are shifting and mixing the colors in unique combinations. Clay pieces of certain colors (i.e. certain events) can touch each other in many different areas that are mostly invisible for our view from the outside. When mixed, these pieces can alter their own colors and add a tint to their neighbors. Individual shape, size and relative position of colored clay pieces also determines their mutual influence. There is a dynamic process of multidimensional interaction between all colored pieces (or events) inside the whole combined object.
This picture clearly shows how three different clay pieces (events) – blue, green and purple (“seeing prophetic dream”, “listening its recording” and “experiencing the prophecy”) – are connecting, mixing, influencing each other and forming one whole event that includes an incident and the prophecy about it.
For human eyes it’s quite easy to see three colors of clay as one piece, but when allegory with clay is translated into seeing several life events as one phenomenon our brain doesn’t have essential ability for that. It has to place each individual event on a line applying a principle of precise order based on the value of time attributed to each event. By doing that, it divides interconnected events and places them so far apart from each other that they seem to be unrelated, independent from each other and sometimes even incompatible.
Here comes the question about ‘the choice as a function of free will’: how does it work in the allegory of colored clay? When we visualize our life in the linear way that our brain uses for processing events, we see that changing the shape of one piece of clay (i.e. making a certain choice) doesn’t affect other pieces except for the one(s) that follow it in time. In other words, if a cat decided to stay away from the vase (therefore reshaping the purple piece), it would have no influence on the events that happened before that: I would still have the same dream about broken vase and it wouldn’t be prophetic or have any meaning for me.
But timeline is an artificial construct of our brain: when cat, using its free will altered the purple piece of clay, it also modified all other neighboring layers inside of the big meld of multicolored clay, possibly influencing the shape of the whole composite object.
Using the picture above as a visual example, the blue and green pieces of clay were also transformed in accordance with new shape of the purple clay. Therefore the dream I had “prior” to the event (blue piece of clay) would become different when cat exercised his free will by making a choice of avoiding the vase.
Here I should make a note about certain type of dreams that are prophetic in nature; their aim is to warn the dreamer about possible event as a result of their future poor choice. They serve as a guidance to alter certain event (“purple piece”) without being affected by corresponding change of this event. These possible events also exist simultaneously on the plane of all possibilities, but I leave this category outside of this article for the sake of simplicity of explanation.
Coming back to the picture of our multicolored conglomerate of clay, we see that the ‘choice’ is the process of molding. The hands on this picture are your hands – the hands of the creator of your own destiny. When you are making decision about certain matter, you are shaping the corresponding piece of clay, it effects not only its neighboring layers (other events), but it influences the whole combined object by changing the intersection and interaction of its components. Therefore you are changing much more than one small event of your life when you make a choice: in some cases you are changing your whole life, regularly reshaping your destiny: future and past.
Now we are going to widen the scope of our visualization. Instead of each color being attributed to one event of the day, we’ll assume that one clay piece of certain color represents one entire incarnation.
Since we already discussed and understood the idea of simultaneous events, it’s not so difficult to extrapolate it further: what we perceive as a sequence of individual incarnations –
– actually exists as a whole entirety, forming all the facets of your ‘higher being’. For the “clay being” it may look like that:
But I believe that the portrait of a Human Being in its wholeness is much more beautiful and harmonious:
At this point it’s necessary to apply an idea of fractals. “A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop.” (http://fractalfoundation.org/resources/what-are-fractals/)
It’s not only physical visible life that is shaped by the fractalization method; consciousness itself is structured using the same principle. What’s good about using this concept is that our brain is capable of perceiving the nature of fractals because they imply an algorithm of self-extending in space/time. This is exactly what our brain needs: sequential array of data that can be processed on a step by step basis.
One of the most acknowledged fractals in nature is tree. The image of a tree is also widely used for representing the concept of ‘tree of life’. My article about the Tree of Life has quite a detailed description of this concept, but it was applied to only one incarnation with branches of the tree representing different probable timelines of that life.
In this article I’m going to look at the Tree of Life in a wider scope: as a fractal representing the whole human being branching out into several different incarnations. It means that each branch of the tree is depicting one individual incarnation. We can call it ‘tree of lives’, based on this assumption.
In order to connect the concept of ‘tree of lives’ with our example of colored clay, let’s imaging that we pull each piece of particular color out of the totality of the melded clay, creating a separate line for each incarnation to form a branch.
Thus we created visual picture of all incarnations of a human being, which is possible for our brain to perceive: in the form of a tree with branches of different colors representing individual incarnations.
Now let’s look at the concept of linear time using this image. In order to understand it, I’m going to use one more analogy, comparing ability of the human brain to perceive multiple events with the vision of snail.
Such comparison is a bit derogative, but it leads to the useful question: if you (human being) are able to see the whole tree, then how would you help a snail to see it?
Snail’s vision faculty is not sufficiently developed for being able to see such big image as a whole tree. Snail’s sight is comparable to tactile ability: its visual elements are situated on the tentacles that are able to recognize light in very close proximity and therefore guide the animal. The only way for a snail to “see” the tree is to crawl along each branch from its beginning to the end.
Doesn’t it remind us of our own ability to apprehend the whole life only when we experience it from birth to death?
Focused in the human body, our consciousness has very limited visual capacity, having to perceive the world through the brain hardware and software. Using this (brain) device in its typical configuration, we are able to “see” only one life, perceiving it as consequence of events: past, present and future. In other words, we have to “crawl” like a snail along the branch of one particular life from its beginning to the end in order to see it.
The distance we covered during this journey is called the “past”. The distance remaining ahead of us is called the “future”, and our ability to see it is very limited: we are as short-sighted in this direction as a snail.
Looking at the tree of multiple incarnations (our Tree of Lives), the majority of people can’t perceive it using their standard instruments of perception. All they can do is to get to know every branch of their tree by crawling along it, while forgetting about the rest of the branches.
If we manage to penetrate the veil of inborn amnesia and to recall our other lives, we still use the attributes of time when thinking about them. If branches are identified by the time value that’s smaller than our perceived current position on the timeline (i.e. “earlier times”), they are considered to be completed and we call them “our past lives”. The same logic is applied for identifying “future lives” and they are viewed as not existing yet.
Let’s go back to the snail: if it had normal human sight, what would it be able to see? It would see that the tree exists with all of its branches at the same time in the dynamic process of constant development. The same analogy can be used for people: if we had our third eye open or any other ability of perceiving the wholeness, we would be able to see all the branches of our incarnations existing simultaneously in eternal ever changing ‘now’. This concept of eternal present, the only moment that truly exists, is the key of many philosophical teachings that is not always easy to comprehend, unless it’s visualized in the form of allegory similar to the one I used in this article.
There is one more important point regarding the ‘Tree of Lives’ that I’d like to mention here. It is vital knowledge that any living tree is not a static object: it’s always in the process of dynamic change.
If one or more of the branches get seriously ill or attacked by a parasite, this disease will have an impact on the whole tree and all other branches. There is continuous process of information and energy exchange between all the parts of the whole – the same way it was happening in our previous example of colored meld of clay, when changing the shape of one internal piece would influences all other layers of the whole object.
On the positive side, healthy and nourishing energy that enters a tree through a certain branch(es), penetrates and sustains other branches as well. Hence each branch is responsible for the growth of healthy tree.
With all of that being said, now it becomes easier to understand how every moment of our life makes an impact on all our other incarnations and at the same time it’s influenced by them. This is valuable knowledge because it empowers us to heal ourselves in multiple incarnations by healing our mind, body and spirit during this incarnation – the one that we perceive as our current lifetime. Bringing healthy life energy and wisdom into this life allows our other lives/branches to receive it as well. As a result, our ‘Tree of Lives’ is growing strong, healthy and balanced… and finally it gets the opportunity to blossom when we open our heart and invite spirituality inside.