Chapter 4: The Future Can Change the Present

     Does time play tricks on you? Sometimes it feels like there isn't enough of it. Other times, it feels like it's not passing fast enough. Does time speed up when you're awake in the middle of the night? Does it disappear when you're having a good time?

     It's true. Time is playing with you. It knows just when to sneak up on you, take you by surprise and when to run away. You are involved in an intimate relationship with time. It can dominate, frustrate, tease, dare, humiliate and control you. Time can run your life. It can ruin your life. But there's hope. It doesn't have to.

     Your relationship with time depends on how you perceive it. The way you relate to time influences how it interacts with you. Like so many things in life, it gets easier to handle when you change your understanding of it. Perhaps the following ideas will help.

     Time is an illusion. Time only exists in this reality because we experience it as linear and sequential. Events seem to occur one at a time, and one after the other. If you can step out of your current reality—as I do in consultations—you would experience all time (or no time) as coexisting.

     Princeton physicist John Wheeler coined the term "black hole" to refer to collapsing stars that crunch not only matter but also the space around it, bringing time there to an end. "Time cannot be an ultimate category in the description of nature," he declares. "'Before' and 'after' don't rule everywhere."

     I experience this phenomenon when I meet with clients. I'm able to go beyond time and view the past, present and probable future where all time is still—and already—occurring. Over the phone, I can "tune in" to clients anywhere in the world. I simply access a frequency that connects us and retrieve information from where their energy exists beyond time and the limitations of physical proximity.

     In 1905 Albert Einstein presented his special theory of relativity, which holds that the measurement of time intervals is affected by the motion of the observer. Two years later a mathematician, Hermann Minkowski, proposed a new geometry that adds time to the three dimensions of space (height, width, and depth). This four-coordinate system—space-time—caught on as an efficient way to simplify Einstein's formulas.

     An example of the idea of relativity is when you're seated in a train and notice that the train next to yours begins to move. It's quite disorienting. Is it moving or are you? You don't know until you see a third reference point, like the platform. That's relative motion.

     In a similar way, time is relative. But there is no ultimate platform. We don't notice the differences because they are infinitesimally small. Time seems nonexistent when you're awake in the middle of the night because you lack a reference to where you are in it. There's no backdrop—people coming and going, variations in the sunlight outside—against which to gauge it.

     I often refer to John Boslough's recollection of graffiti that he observed on a cafe wall in Texas: "Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once." In his article "The Enigma of Time" (National Geographic, March 1990), he reminds us that children before the age of two have little sense of the passage of time and that it may have been the same for our early ancestors. Some scholars believe that people once lived in a state of "timeless present" with little or no sense of past or future.

     He mentions an old Hopi Indian woman in northern Arizona, who talks of a close friend, dead for several years, as if he just stepped out the door. Hopi verbs make no distinction between past and present. All time runs together, something like an ever-continuing present. Clocks and calendars support the illusion that we live in a world of mathematically measured segments of time. But physical time is relative. It depends on things that happen—how we perceive them to be happening—in our outer world. Time is not happening to us.

     It's one thing for me to do what I do and quite another for me to understand how I do it. For this reason I began to explore the concept of time. I needed to understand how it is that I am able to move into expanded consciousness and view clients' past childhoods, their past lives and their potential, positive future moments. I also needed to understand how I am able to access both the consciousness of souls preparing to reenter and the consciousness of souls simply presenting themselves from the Other Side, apparently existing and perceiving beyond time. Once I "tune in" to any of these "frequencies," I can move events forward and backward in time.

     I started to understand that sequential, linear time, as we know it in this physical, third-dimensional reality is, like death, an illusion. Where Einstein's theory of relativity explains that "time is relative to where the observer is standing," I realized that I must be going to a frequency within myself that takes me to expanded consciousness, outside of this linear time framework.

     When I experience "no time"—past, present and most probable, positive future—all exist in the now. I've trained myself to receive information only under these conditions. I do occasionally, however, get "bleedthroughs"—that is, when I encounter someone with whom, or find myself in a location where, I have a past-life (another time/space) connection. Then it feels as though I'm straddling two time periods simultaneously. (Sometimes people suspect or they fear or they hope that I'm "tuning in" all the time. I ask them, "Why would I want to do that?")

     The future does not come after the past and present, and the past does not come before the present and future. It's all the same to me, the way these scenes appear. First, I relax myself and invite the client to join me in taking a deep breath. This gets us "in sync" with each other. Then I recite my invocation.

     Then I take inventory of the scenes that start to appear to me. Next, I funnel the information down into a linear timeline: I place information about the present directly in front of me. The past—childhood and past lives—go to my left. Up to my right, I see souls who are preparing to reenter. Farther to my right is where I sort out the future scenes. Farthest in that direction is where I view souls—all of whom have gone to the Light—who come forward from the nonphysical dimension, from the "Other Side."

     Even though I know that linear time is an illusion—and that it is all occurring at the same time—no concept is useful unless it proves to be relevant to my clients' lives.