Some of the most well-known “law of attraction” teachings haven’t kept up with new science. Even though these teachings subscribe to a nonlinear version of reality, for the most part they are still taught in a very linear way. The whole idea behind these teachings—that we can change physical reality through consciousness and manifest our goals through serendipity rather than time, steps and effort—by their very nature defy linear processing.
But the habit of linear thinking isn’t so easy to shed. New Thought literature generally presents mind-bending concepts in old thought, linear terms (as in read the book, write the affirmations, make the vision board, follow the steps… then see results). These teachings are locked into the linear construct of time, which new science is proving to be nonexistent in the linear sense.
Science writer Lynne McTaggart, who has documented some of the most incredible research on time in her book The Intention Experiment, writes, “…we believe that the consequences of our intentions can occur only in the future. What we do today cannot affect what happened yesterday. However, a sizeable body of the scientific evidence about intention violates these basic assumptions about causation.”
When we free our minds to be intentional outside of time, vast new possibilities open up. We might experience a result before we’ve practiced any steps or have even opened the book, by way of an intention or state of consciousness we will hold in the future and send back in time to ourselves.
These out-of-time experiences are harder to track than the more familiar route of doing an exercise and seeing a result, but here’s a story that illustrates this principle in a simple, obvious way. It’s a story I received from someone reading my book.
He said that he woke up with such a bad sore throat and swollen tonsils that he had to make a doctor’s appointment for that day. But in the afternoon it quickly got better and he cancelled his appointment. The next morning he awoke with a slight touch of it back and sat down for his morning meditation.
My book, Making Miracles, was nearby and he randomly opened it to the chapter on ‘Healing a condition at its start.’ He said he wasn’t surprised by the synchronicity of the chapter he opened to but he was completely caught by surprise when he read the part of the experiment where readers were directed to send a state of health back in time to 2 PM in the past—which is when he suddenly improved the day before.
Working with the fluidity of time adds a kink to traditional New Thought teachings that tell us we must (first) change our consciousness if we want to (later) change our reality. But when we’re operating outside of time, it may well be that we receive an outcome that we intentionally send to ourselves from the future. We receive it as Grace, as something we don’t necessarily feel we’ve earned or worked for in any way. Then the experience of Grace changes us and allows our beliefs about what’s possible to expand, which in turn brings us to the future point of sending a reality back in time to ourselves.
Yes, it’s a little mind-boggling, yet it’s also mind-expanding. When we let go of the linear constructs of cause and effect and linear time, new vistas open to us. I think the biggest challenge here is in simply being imaginative enough to conceive of the possibilities. When I speak on this topic of time displacement in my classes, I tend to get a lot of glazed looks and other signs of minds on tilt. We take time and linear reality so for granted that we don’t even try to imagine what anything else would look like. And when we can’t conceptualize, our minds and options remain limited to those we already know.
So, enter the movie Interstellar. This meticulously researched movie deals with such concepts as the science of black holes, space travel, and the bending of time. It’s been praised for its accurate portrayal and visual realization of scientific complexities in a way that has never been done before in a feature film. As Interstellar ventures into the far reaches of space and science in an unprecedented way, it stretches our imaginations. Not only is it great entertainment and interesting science, it might just be teaching us how to conceive of the inconceivable, bringing us a little closer to accessing yet-untapped realms of human potential.