Traveling through time might still sound like the stuff of science-fiction, but is it possible that we are already capable of time travel without even realizing it?
Every night when we go to sleep we enter into a mysterious state of consciousness that is extremely different than the reality we experience in our waking lives. In our dreams, anything is possible…including time travel.
Ever get the feeling that you have visited a place before or you are re-living a moment?
Sleeping, Dreaming, and Consciousness
Dreaming has been considered an important part of the human experience since the beginning of time. In many ways, our dream state is still a mystery. We don’t know exactly why we dream. Some will claim dreams are meaningless, while others suggest our dreams give the subconscious a way to express itself for instance.
Buddhism, on the other hand, considers our dream state even more important than our waking state because we are not bound by physical reality while we are dreaming, yet we are still conscious on some level. Buddhists have been teaching students how to become more aware while dreaming for centuries and claim that the dreamer can eventually begin to travel through space and time.
The field of quantum physics is now gaining evidence for what the Buddhists have been teaching for thousands of years: our consciousness operates at a level that exceeds the physical speed of light and is able to travel anywhere it wants instantaneously.
Physicists recently discovered that when particles become entangled they will remain correlated with each other even at great distances. Albert Einstein called this “spooky action at a distance”.
After entanglement, photons will remain intimately connected and will continue to respond to each other, even when separated. Even more amazing, these interactions take place at 10,000 times the speed of light according to a team of physicists led by Juan Yin at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai. Although, these findings could also suggest that distance doesn’t even exist at all. Either way, it changes how we perceive reality, consciousness, and the time-space continuum.
These faster-than-light quantum processes could possibly explain how consciousness arises. Some scientists believe that consciousness is created by the process of quantum entanglement which would mean we are able to think faster than the speed of light.
Dreaming at Warp Speed
Even though our thoughts might be operating at 10,000 times the speed of light, our waking reality prevents us from realizing it. When we sleep however, our connection to the physical realm goes offline and we enter an immaterial state where anything is possible.
If the quantum theory of consciousness is correct, we can use this altered state of awareness to teach ourselves how to travel back and forth through time at will since quantum interactions are instantaneous. In other words, our consciousness can instantly go anywhere in the universe because it doesn’t actually exist within the physical realm and is therefore not restricted by time or space.
Since our consciousness is not bound by the physical body during our dream state, we no longer have to worry about the physical laws of the Universe that shape our reality on a day-to-day basis. But most people are simply not aware enough while sleeping to experience the true nature of their dreams.
Everyone is capable of being completely aware and in control of their dreams. Some people are natural lucid dreamers, while others have to spend months just to experience one lucid moment while dreaming. But with enough practice, anyone can begin to practice awareness while dreaming and can use this subtle state of consciousness to manipulate and travel through time.
Rather than thinking of consciousness as something that is created and produced by the brain, many scientists are beginning to wonder if the brain is merely a filter for consciousness to come through. Consciousness is a non-material state that exists in the quantum domain but is able to interact with physical reality as well. In fact, many physicists believe that consciousness is actually responsible for creating all physical matter and without awareness nothing else could or would exist.
If our consciousness is really a product of quantum processes then it is already traveling faster than the speed of light, and it is only our brain that prevents us from noticing it. Since the brain slows and relaxes when we sleep, we are able to experience a less rigid reality where everything becomes malleable and immediate.
The truth is, we might already be time traveling every time we go to sleep because our consciousness is no longer restricted by the busy interactions inside the brain and is allowed to exist in its natural state. Even though consciousness is still the greatest mystery in the Universe, recent scientific discoveries are making us question what the true nature of reality really looks like. And if our thoughts are produced at the quantum level, as many suggest, we are already capable of time travel without even knowing it.