The Nice Kind of Time Travel

19 Feb


Two kinds of time travel that I know of:   the nice kind and the not so nice kind.

My friend introduced me to the nice kind of time travel a couple of years ago.  Here is a link to her blog post about just a smidgen of the possibilities of experiencing ourselves and others in this nonlinear way:

Up until her pointing for me, the possibility for this sort of travel had never occurred in my awareness.  I also realized then that I had been a participant in the Not Nice Kind of Time Travel for a good deal of my life up to that point.

The not so nice kind involves imagining yourself as someone “better” in the future.   You visit upon that future self with the chores, jobs, obligations that you, yourself in the now, do not wish to do because you see that future self as someone who is together, with loads of time, and strong organization skills to pull it all together better than you.  This sort of time travel can occur when you procrastinate now –  forcing your later self to stress just in time for a deadline.  This kind of time travel can also occur at a sign up list with dates into the future.  You sign your future self up for an obligatory task for helping out in a way you, in the now, do not want to do.  Oh, you say to yourself, that later self will have plenty of time to be in charge of the class party, volunteer committee, bake a cake responsibility.  I’ll let myself in the now off the hook because that future self will have it all going on, by then, surely!

That future day used to come and then I found myself looking back at that time-traveling marga and shaking my fist at her.  You, I told her,  sign up for your own now, for what you are willing to do;  don’t sign up your future self in this way.  This is being your own worst enemy.

The nice kind of time travel my friend introduced me to is actually much more earth shaking than what I just described.  This type of trip  is a powerful tool and paradigm shifting way of viewing your life and your reach, stretching the hand of love across space and time to the worthy recipient of yourself.

Let me see if I can explain.  This travel is a back visit to your earlier self in  painful, scary, pivotal times when you truly wondered if you would survive.  And since you know that you do survive into this future self in the now, you can go back and visit yourself, bringing the love, support and knowledge you wished for in the painful moment, with the full assurity this future self can only give.

When I first experimented with this, I thought of just the times to visit, immediately, and even remembered feeling the inexplicable wash of love that had come over me sometimes in my past.

We often think of guides and spirits being with us, but how interesting it can be to realize we just may be visiting our own selves, as well.

And really, if you dwell creatively here for a moment, the realization hits, that this is just the very beginning of all sorts of traveling possibilities.

See you around the next curve:)

7 Responses to “The Nice Kind of Time Travel”

  1. Awake in 365 Days February 20, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    Wow, I absolutely love this idea. And actually I remember doing this not long ago when I was doing a meditation, I found myself back in time with my inner child going through painful memories and agreeing with her that “it sucked” and just was there with her as the adult that was missing for her in that time. But I also like the idea of going back even several months ago and assuring myself that everything will be okay with the knowledge that I have now. Loving it. 🙂 P.S. I was going to respond more to your Joy post but we ran out of reply buttons, I love that video/song Star shine,have a lovely evening, its cold out here again, I’m back to walking my imaginary beach…:)

    • marga t. February 20, 2013 at 1:58 am #

      So amazing you discovered this travel naturally on your own – very cool! Here I write this today and find myself in one of those pivotal, frightening nights – so I am opening myself up for a visit from the one who knows i/we get through to the other side. I’ll join you for a rainy, but warmish, walk on that beach. Belly soft, breathing!

  2. Leisa February 20, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Love this!!!

    • marga t. February 20, 2013 at 1:59 am #

      🙂 Whew.

      • Leisa February 20, 2013 at 2:01 am #

        🙂 Hugs

  3. seeingm February 21, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    So honored to pass juju that was gifted to me on to others. The source for me originally was a delightful friend who drips precious nectar in conversation. Quietly and without much fanfare he once said in passing to me:

    speak often to your past self so that you can learn to
    hear your future self speaking to you now

    That simple, little radical sentence profoundly changed my life. Thanks for passing the wisdom on here M! x.M

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