I started this past Friday to write this blog article about multiple dimensions and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the space-time continuum. However, last night I watched the Ghost Hunters Live show recorded on my DVR. Interestingly enough, and for the first time ever, I heard the mention of time slips on the show. They never elaborated much on it beyond mentioning it a few times, but this blog article however will elaborate, because the theory of “time slips” as they referred to it can only occur if multiple dimensions exists within the Time-Space Continuum. Time slips or as I like to refer to it as, colliding dimensions, cause a conflict within the time space continuum. These “collisions” in essence cause “time slips” and could allow us to see or experience things outside of the norm, in other words, into the paranormal. So allow me to start with a little background information and scientific jargon. The first thing to note is that as humans in this vast universe our perceptions are quite limited. Within the time-space continuum, we as humans are aware of and experience 4 dimensions, the fourth being the concept that space-time combines space and time within a single coordinate system, typically with three spatial dimensions: length, width, height, and one temporal dimension: time. There also are several proposed space-time theories that include additional dimensions. How many dimensions are needed to describe the universe is still an open question that no one knows the answer to yet. However, let’s briefly explore a couple of these theories now.
In string theory, elementary particles are not point-like, but instead are more like or similar to strings. In this speculative theory it is predicted that there may be 10 or 26 dimensions. There are various forms of string theory and each requires the existence of at least six extra spatial dimensions.
Brane theory is a short for "membrane" and is also sometimes referred to as the M-Theory, and would be viewed as a sheet floating in a fifth dimension. The M-theory predicts 11 dimensions: 10 spatial and 1 temporal.
One excepted theory is that these “other dimensions’ beyond what we consciously know now, are copies, but not exact replicas of our own world, our own self. I find this theory particularly interesting and plausible. However, I believe the theory that the “other dimensions” are really not different worlds or copies of our own, but spatial and that “time” as we know it is playing itself out in these other dimensions. Allow me to explain. One possibility is that time does not run linear, but may co-exists side by side as in other dimensions. In other words, our awareness of time as humans within our own space is usually not affected by these other time dimensions, but if a clash of dimensions were to occur, then we could be witness to time slips.
In our minds we pass the years one by one, one after another, moving forward; year 1999, year 2000, and so on. You might compare the passing of time like our use of linear measurements. It’s kind of like taking measurements of an object or space with a ruler. You start at the beginning and calculate 1 inch at a time and as you move up the ruler in a linear fashion in specific spatial increments… 2 inches, 3 inches, and so on. So let’s use a ruler to represent the passing of time. It will really help if you try to see an actual ruler in your head as I move forth with this explanation.
Picture a ruler in your head, and each inch on the ruler represents a year; inch number 1 /year 1. In this view, time would start at the beginning in year 1 and move forward one at a time until we reach the end of our existence at year 12 (I know only 12, but just stay with me on this). This ruler represents space-time running linear, in a straight forward sequential motion. We move forward through each inch which represents each year one at a time, remembering our experiences of what has passed as we go. We are aware that more years lie ahead of us, but we have not experienced it yet, thus there is no conscious comprehension of its space. We assume in our conscious, known world we cannot move backwards to what has passed, nor are we able to jump ahead, and that we can only move forward in specific spatial increments.
Okay, I know this may be getting confusing…please stay with me on this as it gets easier and does make sense.
What if space-time does not run in a forward linear motion only as described above, but coexists in a different way that is normally inaccessible to us? What if space-time coexists side by side…think of a horse track and race. At the starting gates all the horses are lined up next to each other, side by side. When the race begins all the gates open at the same time and the horses take off into their designated lanes which are only separated by a visually thin line. As the race continues you will notice that often the horses cross over into other lanes other than their own which were originally designated for them. When a crossing like this occurs the horses risk bumping into each other, and occasionally the horses do bump together.
The gates represent the beginning of time as we know it and exist side by side, and as the race begins all gates open simultaneously. Each lane represents a dimension, and each dimension represents a year, and each has its own lane that is only separated by a visually thin line that can easily be crossed.
This example is a rudimental analogy of time playing itself out in other (side by side) dimension to our own. It is time (other years past or future) existing in a different “realm” or dimension. And if a dimensional clash occurs, or a tear or portal exists or is accidentally created between dimensions, a time slip may occur. Meaning, we could bump into other living people, etc., and they into us, literally, or figurative and we become witness to oddities we can’t explain. The “other side” is really the same world we live in, but it is just a different year/time than currently in our own realm. …or as described above, like a crossing over into another lane other than our own and visa versa. Now mind you I’m not a scientist, but this is my understanding (in the simplest of terms) of what a time slip is.
When it is said that “time is relative”, in its simplest terms, it means time is a perspective. And that perspective usually is thought of in our mind’s perspective, in this tangibly viewed world of ours.
In the paranormal field we suspect that some of the intelligent “other worlders” or "other siders" we come across may be due to a crossing over of time dimensions or a colliding of dimensions, or as mentioned on GH, a time slip. It is possible that they are not “dead”, but very much alive and living their lives out in a normal timely fashion, just like us, but in their own time dimension. And when we come across them with startled eyes and/or ears, because we think they are ghosts, they too are startled by us, and may think we are ghosts.
It is even possible while we think of them as ghost of a time passed, and they may view us like we are aliens from the future. So as ridiculous as it sounds, as of now this all remain a possibility, and no one knows for sure, and we are just limited by current scientific understanding. However, our limited perspectives according to what we know now should not preclude other possibilities.
With all that has been said, additional dimensions to the ones we’ve come to love and know as our reality may also lend itself to other types of ghostly sightings, including residual. What if in residual sightings or the like, there is a tear or ripple in the fabric of time which is made up of energy. It may be possible that this film loop of we see and understand now as residual energy isn’t really a residual imprinted energy, but just a glimpse though a specific portal in time…into another dimension. It would be kind of like looking at something through a tiny hole or tear. It is impossible to see everything going on all around everywhere and we’d only see a bit or portion. If the tear remains open to that specific point in time, it would only be a snapshot of time, like looking a photograph or video clip of a moment in time. And although this is all that we see, the fact may be that life is moving along in a full and complete fashion on the other side of this small tear, but we just can’t see it.
So at this point in the article you are yelling, “But Mary, what about intelligent interactions with those that we know are dead? What about the belief in heaven?”
My answer to you is this: As a Christian, I believe in the existence of heaven, and since no one in this realm can definitively and with proof tell me otherwise, I believe that heaven most definitely exists. It may simply exist in another dimension, and who’s to say that God isn’t the conductor orchestrating all existence?
In conclusion, the discovery of, and definitive proof of multiple dimensions, as suspected and theorized by the scientific community may be the key to unlocking the answers to explanations we currently seek in the paranormal community and in general as humans.