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Westerners often assume that time proceeds in a linear,
regular fashion. This concept was beautifully expressed in the Rubaiyat
of Omar Khayyam:
"The moving finger writes; and, having writ,
moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a
line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it."
We tend to see the world according to our own inner belief
constructs -- our mental models and symbols that we use to categorize our
experiences and place our memories. In our mechanized world, we often view
experiences in terms of mechanical things, and begin to use mechanical
terms like "download" and "interfacing" to describe our human
Could it be that we are lulling ourselves into a false sense
of time's mechanical, linear progression... and that time actually is much
more alive, wild, and unpredictable than we'd ever imagined?
On one seemingly ordinary day in August 1998, my daughter
saw a friend of ours drive up in his car. She saw him pull into the
driveway, pause for a moment, then pull back out and drive down the street.
She first yelled out his name to me, yelling that he was here, which I
plainly heard. A few minutes passed, and then I heard her yelling after
"WAIT! Why are you
My daughter later told me he said something to her that she
couldn't quite hear, and then drove away. From where I was inside the
house, I could hear a car pull into the driveway, and then drive away a few
About ten minutes later, our friend returned in a completely different car,
with his two children.
Now that our friend had arrived at our house (this time with his children)
and appeared able to stay for a while, my daughter came to talk to me. I
could see that she was deeply troubled by something, so I asked her what
was wrong. She asked me
"Why did he drive away?"
I replied that I had no idea... perhaps there had been some
problem with his children, and had decided to go talk with them privately.
My daughter instantly commented
"But the kids weren't even in the car
the first time... and it was a different car."
I brought my daughter to talk to my friend about this, and
he was quite intrigued. He told us,
"I once drove here by myself in the other car.
I had been wishing to see you and wishing I could be here when you
were here... especially your daughter, and her implacable,
unbeatable, ungovernable love. She goes right to my
My daughter told our friend that he had said something to
her that she couldn't quite understand, and that he was talking directly to
her, as if he could see her, but he drove away anyway. Our friend told us
that he had sensed someone's presence as he was thinking of my daughter,
and had spoken aloud his wish to see us when we were home. My daughter
said that she didn't quite know what our friend had said, but that he was
obviously talking directly to her.
I felt extremely fortunate to have witnessed another kind of reality
shift... a time travel variety of reality shift, in which our friend had
somehow successfully held a conversation from the past into the future with
my daughter, and that they had both sensed one another's presence.
My daughter was much more clearly able to see our friend, whereas he merely
sensed my daughter's presence -- I mused that perhaps this might be because
my daughter's beginner's mind better allowed her to see what adults would
tend to assume could not be happening. Due to our friend's desire to be
here and our desire to see him, he actually arrived from the past into our
present (his future), and for a brief time they held a conversation