The study of chronesthesia is probably unknown to most people other than those who spend hours of their time reading on brain science. And even those who have careers in studies of the brain still don’t quite know how to place a full definition on what chronesthesia is. In basic form, it’s the understanding of how the brain perceives time when thinking about a particular memory or of the future. It’s also designated as a form of “consciousness time travel” since those with the condition are able to perceive time in a vivid way, whether it’s of the past or visions of the future.
The mystery behind it is that neuroscientists don’t know why certain people experience this and how the brain works to make it happen in the first place. For those interested in a career studying brain science theory, it’s an area worth delving into since any advancements toward it could help us understand our perception of time more than we ever have.
There’s also the aspect of the “time travel” itself and the mystery of whether we really can time travel through our consciousness as we’ve seen in movies, including recent “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
Can We Time Travel into the Past or Future Through Consciousness?
Plenty of speculation has been out there for years about those who swear they can successfully do consciousness time travel through the process of meditation. Those experiences are allegedly real if also giving thought it could be just lucid dreaming giving us vivid visions of our past or a possible future. While I’ve never tried it, going back to your past through consciousness time travel would obviously be the most popular if it were proven to be a real process. Even if some have claimed they’ve seen visions of the future using the same method, most people may find things there they don’t want to see, no matter if the brain could be fabricating it all.
With the mysteries of chronesthesia still out there for discovery, would there be a determination of whether we’re really time traveling when having a vivid experience with the past or future? Those of us with hyperthymesia (the ability to remember everything) are most apt to remember the past in more vivid detail to a point where it already seems like time travel when meditating. It’s not much different than Marcel Proust’s involuntary memory procedures he taught everyone in his “Remembrance of Things Past.”
If that theoretical time travel people experience through the mind is real, how will we ever know for sure? Someone who ultimately finds a way to scan our brains when we’re theoretically time traveling might be able to tell how our brain perceives time and whether it’s much different from how we think of it consciously.
The Theory of Time as One Consciousness
You’ve likely heard the scientific theories of time being cohesive rather than the past, present, and future being three separate places. Those who believe in consciousness time travel think time is one consciousness that we all share and can instantly navigate through in thought rather than physically. When you think about it, time travel in the mind would seem more feasible considering physical time travel always sounds much more taxing when you read about how our bodies could react.
Once we someday see scans of our minds during the time travel process, will it prove those who claim to time travel actually go to the time they say? That may always stay a mystery since the answer is probably a riddle buried deep within the confines of our subconscious. It’s also partial territory where the movie “Inception” went where our past memories seem to construct a world of our own will. If the past we’re experiencing is actually lucid dreaming, are we constructing a more ideal view of our own past?
If we are, perhaps we can create our own little sanctuary to tap into when we want to. And if we can do the same for the future, the media painting a bleak view of the future may finally go away.