The Fourth Dimension – SpaceTime
- November 5, 2016
- Posted by: Reena Saxena
- Category: Group Dynamics
Sara Jacobovici, Creative Arts Therapist, has always been a friend, guide and mentor. It was her blog on Synchronicity, (Link : https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sara-jacobovici/synchronicity-or-being-in-time) that is the prelude to this discussion. She answers my questions here, with her characteristic patience. And I felt myself running short of blog space. So, over to Sara without wasting further time and words.
RS: I experience synchronicity practically every day, in small ways, such that mentioning it sounds stupid. I cannot always tell people, that I was thinking of them, when they called, as it sounds so fake. And yet, I know my truth.
SJ: As sensory beings, we receive input all the time. Each of us forms our own filtering system; how much are we open to receiving, letting in, how much are we choosing to be aware in a conscious (and conscientious) manner. I consider time as a sense. As synchronicity is related to time, the information communicated through this sense, is based on what we allow to permeate our basic five senses. The people who choose to block this information, or are not conscious of it, may respond in a negative or judgmental way to someone who is sharing the experience of synchronicity. I am encouraged, Reena, that you do not allow individual reactions to influence your experience, and what you know to be true.
RS: From your article, I interpret that synchronicity could mean that the cause and effect takes place in different zones, and there is an underlying rhizome that connects. What has always baffled me is that, why do we NOT get a response at times? I understand now, that no response is also a response. It is an indication that we should change direction.
SJ: We are still proving Einstein’s theory that time is relative and that time and space are not separate but exist as space-time, the Fourth Dimension. Giving credit where it’s due: Einstein did not quite finish the job of presenting his theory of relativity as, what is referred to, the Fourth Dimension. That space and time could be seen as components of a single four-dimensional space-time fabric came from Hermann Minkowski, who announced it in a 1908 colloquium with these words:
Henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.
In this way Reena, synchronicity takes place not only in a time zone, but an area of space or place. That is why we can actually look at changing directions; the experience is not fixed in any way.
Absolutely, “no response is also a response”. As Mozart said:
“ The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”
RS: Time is a framework that we superimpose on reality, to make it more relevant to our life.
SJ: You give us more credit than I would, Reena. You describe, in a poetic way, what I think we do in order to feel more in control, as a result of “sensing” time as something that is out of our control; we measure it, with devices we have crafted. We do the same thing when we create opposites. In both our personal and professional lives, it is more manageable to work with ideas, strategies, plans, goals, relationships, feelings and so on, if we place them in an opposite: Life/Death; Good/Evil; Right/Wrong; Pleasure/Pain; Love/Hate; Beautiful/Ugly; Rich/Poor; Success/Failure; to name just a few.
These states, however useful they are in organizing ourselves, do not exist; they have been created by us to help make sense of who we are, in relation to others, and our environment.
Opposites, as adjectives, describe, “a position on the other or further side of something; diametrically different; of a contrary kind.” This adjective can be applied as a means to clarify a part of a whole but is not accurate if it is to define a place that is separate or distinct from another.
So, instead of being in time, we create that framework to try to contain time.
RS: That brings so much of clarity, Sara. But the complexity lies in the seeming irreversibility of certain phenomena — like aging and death, and hence, time is seen as finite.
SJ: To experience time as finite is to experience time as fragmented; it starts and stops. This thinking can lead to experiencing time in a linear manner; it begins and it ends. Neither is true from the perspective of time. The phenomena you mention describe a process (aging) and a state (death). From my perspective both exist as a result of movement and transformation. In the process of transformation a state will become something else and no longer have any of the elements of the previous state, while at other times a new state occurs when elements of two or more states combine to form something new but still retaining elements of the original states. I consider myself a process oriented person. I think this is one way to prevent getting stuck in time and place.
RS: Okay, I get it. It is the body that ends or transforms, not the time span. I came across an interesting postulate by Deepak Bidap on LinkedIn, which says that the Living and Non-Living may be alternate states. An analogy has been drawn with liquid and solid states, and the conversion of one into another. Physicists say that solids are just a denser form of energy, compared to liquids and gases.
The poor communication between the present and future, also makes it incomprehensible to the average mind. It takes a seer to reach there, and then, come back and talk about it. Those who succeed in implanting a part of the future in the world, they presently inhabit, are lauded as visionaries.
SJ: Fear makes communication poor and incomprehensible. Fear is a strong factor in preventing us from seeing beyond what is right in front of our eyes. The fear of the unknown holds us back from becoming visionaries.
RS: And the fear has been labelled as the ‘beauty of suspense’. Aren’t we all in a suspended state, awaiting transformation, but unaware that we are undergoing the same, every moment?
The movement of the Sun is used as a measure of time, as it impacts life on this planet, directly and visibly. Do other planets use the Sun as a reference point, or some other relative movement influences their sense of Time?
SJ: Movement and speed are what influence our perception of time, and actually influence its relativity. Einstein’s theory of relativity says that time slows down or speeds up depending on how fast you move relative to something else (reference points). The relativity is actually measurable; approaching the speed of light, a person inside a spaceship would age much slower than his twin at home.
Because the sun’s movement is experienced as constant and predictable, we depend on it as the reference point you mention. I am not able to “shed any light” on what other planets use, but definitely movement would be the key element in influencing any measurement of time.
RS: Yes. I have come across the Twins Paradox Theory and the Doppler Effect, with a lot of mathematical calculations. There is an equal amount of criticism of the theory. But. Einstein does enlarge the canvas of thinking, to include outer space.
Is synchronicity a function of communication on a larger canvas, beyond the five known senses?
SJ: Definitely. Communication takes place constantly on every level and system; be it on a cellular level or in the newly discovered sound of a gravitational wave. Vibration (movement) is the carrier which enables the communication to take place.
I love your use of the image of communication taking place on a larger canvas; synchronicity definitely produces the brush strokes of communication on that canvas. In this way each image formed or created is a unique experience based on the elements involved at the time the synchronicity took place.
RS: Is there some form of energy that has not yet been discovered and defined by physicists, and hence, we are unable to decipher the theory completely? Like the proverbial black holes?
SJ: Much more is out there yet to be discovered compared to what we have been able to discover to date. And yes, only parts of the picture are clear at this point. We are filling in the missing pieces with our imagination. The paradox is that it is this imagination of what we have yet to discover that becomes the catalyst for discovery.
RS: Fully agree. Are some of us more attuned to these universal signals than others?
SJ: I believe so. It takes us back to that filter we form or create. A sensory filter is definitely necessary but this is the piece that makes the difference between being more attuned or not. Because the filter is a protective device, if we mistakenly interpret something as a threat (maybe because of the fear of the unknown), we risk closing ourselves off to more than is necessary.
RS: Is the occult just a connection to other parts of the universe? Maybe it is, but the quacks have made it look so ridiculous.
SJ: Science today is constantly “proving” what many professionals have already known or some were able to imagine; anything from the impact music has on our physiology to gravitational waves. Unfortunately, there are quacks in all disciplines who give the theoretical framework of that discipline a bad name; until science comes along and proves the real professionals right.
Then you have the challenges of what connotations a word has or holds; occult has a history that doesn’t make it popular to the masses. In time (pun intended) as science supplies some necessary validity to some of these challenging concepts, those connotations will change.
RS: Music is of course, your forte. Incidentally, I came across a confirmation by NASA, of the theory that human beings can survive on solar energy. It is taken in through the lower line of the eye, one hour after sunrise, or an hour before sunset, when the intensity is unlikely to damage the retina. One needs to start with just 10 seconds at a time.
On that note, Sara, I thank you for being a wonderful companion, on this path of discovery. Though the biggest human handicap is the loss of memory on death, I hope that I leave this world a little wiser, than I have been for times immemorial.