Serialism: Has everything already happened?
“As I become activated enough to lose my sense of ego-identity, then conventional time loses its meaning and I get caught up with extra-dimensional adventures in the future.” Alan Vaughan (Clairvoyant)
Psychic dreaming was first popularised through the writings of J. W. Dunne and author of An Experiment with Time and other books. Dunne proposed that our minds roam through time during sleep and he cited many examples of his own psychic dreams.
Dunne kept detailed records of his dreams and would regularly look back over his notes to see if any dreams either reflected incidents in his own life or events which has not yet happened at the time of the dream but that did occur later. He discovered that many of his dreams predicted the future and from these examples he developed a theory of time which he called serialism.
Dunne believed that his theory of serialism explained his and others’ psychic and precognitive dreams. We all assume that time travels in a straight line but according to Dunne it is like a stretched cord; it is more like a tangled skein of wool. He proposed also that our ordinary self, which he called ‘Observer 1’, is confined to the present ‘now’ which lives in a time frame from birth to death- like a long length of wool. In sleep another aspect of ourselves (Observer 2) is active and roams at will through the skein of time. Hence dreams about the future are not precognitive to Observer 2 as for in this state everything has already taken place.
Dunne’s interesting ideas from the early 1900’s correspond with many of the latest theories of time and space being proposed by physicists today.
Has everything already happened? Is time an illusion?
Has everything already happened?
Between 1900-1902, Dunne had a series of dreams that appeared to predict world events. Most of these were about disasters. Perhaps the most striking of these dreams was the one he had, well in advance of the event, of the volcanic eruption of May 8, 1902, which destroyed St Pierre, the main trading centre of the island of Martinique. The eruption killed 40,000 people.
This is a copyrighted extract from my book Psychic Dreaming by Craig Hamilton-Parker ( ISBN 1-4027-0474-7 Sterling Publishers 2004 )
Please add a comment below. The theory of “serialism” suggests that the observer stands apart from fundamental time at another time level. While alive we are trapped in fundamental time but after death we exist in a different time level and observe it differently to people still living. Does the experience of time depend entirely on the observer and is is different in the next life? Or maybe time itself is a complete illusion? Everything has already happened…. What do you think?