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Break on Through to the Other Side- Disruptions in Time

Break on Through to the Other Side- Disruptions in Time

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Break on Through to the Other Side: Disruptionsin Time
Andrew P. Johnson
We chased our pleasures here. Dug our treasures there. Can you still recall the time we cried? Break on through to the other side. Break on through to the other side.
—Jim Morrison, The Doors, 1968, © Doors Music Company ASCAP
 
In his book
Black Holes, Wormholes, and Time Machines 
, physicist Jim Al-Khalilisuggests that time, like space, is an entity that simply exists without flowing inany direction and that the passage of time is simply an illusion. Time, on theother hand as we generally think of it, is not fixed but is constantly passing. AlbertEinstein's theories of relativity propose that both speed and gravity can alter time(Hey and Walters). According to Larry Dossey, time can also be altered when thetemporal and the cosmogonic realms converge at a single point.
This Side and That: Two Concepts of Time
The alteration of time is possible because time can be conceived as either linearor field. Linear time reflects the temporary world of cause and effect and is whatmost of us conceive of as time in phenomenal reality. This time moves from pastto present and off in to the future like a row of dominos falling. Conversely, fieldtime reflects the other side, the world of the soul, where past, present, and futureare all parts of a single reality. The cadence of this other realm often leaks intoour unconscious and out into the realm of the senses. Because of this leakage,we are aware of things yet to come in the form of precognition, intuition,clairvoyance, and prophecy. St.Paul describes this spiritual gift and others in 1Corinthians 12.7 -10:Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. Toone there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another themessage of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same
 
Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers,to another prophecy.The great spiritual masters are able to access this realm and thus are notrestricted by time and space. They can describe things future and interact withthings past. In conversation with religious leaders, Jesus spoke about his abilityto transcend time:"Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it andwas glad.""You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seenAbraham?""I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was, I am."At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping awayfrom the temple grounds. [John 8.56 -59]Shamans too are able to move out of linear time. Through trance (as MirceaEliadereports) they are able to leave their body and enter dream time, which isthe place before time when communication between the spirit and temporalrealms is much easier. The ability to travel back and forth through time isavailable to all of us through the portal found in our unconscious, leading to theSelf or the soul, which exists outside of time (Zukav). From that place, one'sperception is unencumbered by the limitations of time as well as of space. In
The Other Side of Silence 
(269), MortonKelsey states:In the unconscious, the barriers of space and time do not exist, so there isnothing but our own desires and our view of things to keep us from being open topeople in biblical times or in any age of history.
Disruptions in Time
We may experience the disruption of time and space in any of three ways, all ofwhich can lead to personal growth. These three ways of experiencing disruptedtime are synchronicity, meditation, and peak experiences.
Synchronicity
Made the scene, week to week, day to day, hour to hour. The gate is strait, deep,and wide. Break on through to the other side. Break on through to the other side.Break on through, break on through . . . .
 
—Jim Morrison, The Doors, 1968, © Doors Music Company ASCAPIn the lineal time of the temporal world, one event is always directly linked toanother. For example, a person throws a rock and breaks your window. Thethrowing of the rock causes the window to break.However, when the other sidebreaks through to this side there are moments when the rules of time and spaceas we know them are suspended. For example, you have a feeling or impulse tomove away from a window, and seconds later a rock comes flying through it. Inthis case, the effect happens first, and the cause happens second. This issynchronicity or meaningful coincidence.Synchronicity is an a causal connection between psychic states and objectiveevents. It is a relationship between incidents that happen together and areconnected, not through cause and effect but through meaning. Whether thepsychic states in synchronicity are actual mystical experiences emanating fromthe noumenal realm or are simply projections by the unconscious mind onto thephenomenal field to create meaning does not matter, as the result is the same inboth instances.There are various types of synchronicity, all of which are unrelated to the causeand effect regularities of temporal time and space. You maybe thinking of aperson, and that person telephones you. Or you may have a suspicious feelingabout someone you are with, and that suspicion turns out to be correct. Or aparent may sense that his or her child is in trouble. Or you may understand thelink between multiple events that have happened or are currently taking place inyour life so that you are able to see patterns in the incidents popping up aroundyou and intuit the meaning these patterns have for you.
Meditation
You know the day destroys the night. Night divides the day. Tried to run, tried to hide. Break on through to the other side. Break on through to the other side.Break on through to the otherside.
—Jim Morrison, The Doors, 1968, © Doors MusicCompany ASCAPWe can create blips in time through meditation. Meditation is any practice inwhich the mind is stilled so that accurate images and intuitions can appear. TheBuddhist mystic Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book
Going Home 
, says a stilled mind islike the smooth surface of a pond inthat it reflects the images surrounding it.Whereas a turbulent mind creates a choppy pond surface and allows us to see

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