Lessons in Chronosthesia

Dear readers,

I wish I could tell you who I truly am, but as it has yet to occur here I do not want to jeopardize my own future.

Chronosthesia or “mental time travel” is the ability to perceive multiple pasts, presents, and futures simultaneously. This is something some people are born with, and something people can learn. I am going to guide you through a really basic thought experiment on multiplexing, or multiple awareness.

Close your eyes, and begin to slow your breathing. Breathe slowly and deeply through the nose, exhaling gently through the mouth. Take in the sensory detail of the air you’re breathing. Is it cool, crisp air? Is it warm and moist? Or is it simply clear, clean, and fulfilling? Is there an odor in the air, if so what is it? Where else do you know it from? Don’t dwell too long on past thoughts right now because presently you should be making mental notes of your present environment.

Tighten your feet, then release. Tighten your calves and quads, then release. Flex your front, and feel all of your muscles tighten. Feel the strength of your own body as you tighten and release all of your muscles gently. Feel gravity gently pull you downwards, giving weight to you.

Now open your eyes briefly and let the light hit your eyes. Take in the colors, textures, and height or the walls. Look around and take quick mental snapshots of the furniture and decorations. Are there people around you? If so what are they wearing, how is their hair parted, do they have a unibrow? Continuing to add even the most insignificant of sensory details will add to the realism.

Close your eyes again and listen with your ears. Quiet your mind of all “talking” thoughts, and see if you can hear the air circulating around you. It is so faint and unnoticeable that you will often times be unaware of it, but it is a very active part in your unconscious perception. Now hear the sounds of birds or crickets chirping, of your breath exhaling, of electricity flowing to your technology if your nearby a plug. If there are other sounds, continue to add them to this exercise.

Now here is where we begin to delve into the actual Chronosthesia Effect.

With your eyes still closed, and your breathing slowed, visualize the room as if you had your eyes open. Use the mental snapshots you took earlier to reconstruct the room around you. Now you should still be fully aware or your other sensory perceptions because you’ve only just substituted your sight for this thought experiment. But soon we will begin multiplexing and it will be harder and harder to hold on to the same level of detail the more channels you open in the beginning. Think of your current conscious awareness as a stream of information that your brain combines into one scene called reality. Now think of Chronosthesia as being aware of multiple realities simultaneously.

Return to the visualization, and open up a new channel of consciousness. It may be easier to think of it like this; visualize it as a dream that you put on a virtual reality headset and become immersed in the sensory detail of the cyber environment, while simultaneously being aware you’re in a dream. That’s adding one additional channel of thoughtspace. In each channel you have all of the sight, sound, touch, smell, sometimes taste sensations you do in the wakeful state. This is going to be the hardest thing to grasp on to, as it’s not thinking of simultaneous events happening like two tvs next to each other….it’s thinking as if you’re two different people witnessing the same event from the same frame of reference multiple times.

When you do this, your waking sensory feelings will feel amplified as you become hyper aware of your single channel of consciousness.

To keep my posts relatively manageable in size I will conclude with adding one more layer of visualization to this thought experiment.

Return to the multiplexing state, where you are aware of your environment at least two to three times simultaneously. With your eyes closed, your breathing controlled, and your body still, bring one of the visualizations to the forefront. Visualize all of the sensory details as if they were happening right now at the same time, and begin to take it farther. Without moving your body, visualize flexing your fists. Feel your muscles tighten as you flex your forearms and biceps. Be sure not to move from your meditative state, but within your multiplexing state continue to flex your entire body. Feel all of your muscles tighten, while simultaneously feeling the relaxed state your body is currently in.

When you can do this, you’re ready for step two.

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2 thoughts on “Lessons in Chronosthesia

  1. Well it’s a good idea to get do some practice with this before step 2 comes out. I’m slowly practicing this. Good thing about this is….I’ve done the visualizing bit before but only with one channel open at any point.

  2. Pingback: Lessons in Chronosthsia- Part 2 | Project eXa

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