The illusion of time - time is not a constant flow from past into future.

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Time is not a constant flow from the past into the future and something regulated by a digital or analogue clock. This is an illusion. It's just outdated Newtonian physics useful only if you're staring out into space through a telescope. Your most accurate record of time is your own natural body clock which is regulated by your heartbeat. Your body clock and the beat of your heart is the one which is most in synchronicity with the universe.

So what is time exactly?

Time is a spatial means of measuring the value of your experience, sensations through your perception and memories of those sensations and experiences. It's a fully conscious thing. You might have noticed this from your own experiences. You might have noticed how time seems to disappear or pass rapidly when you're having fun, enjoying a pleasant conversation, but it also appears to slow down and even come to a standstill when you're in the middle of a crisis, are sick, or going through some unpleasant experience.

Have you ever noticed that when you're looking forward to a future event, you're nervous, you're excited, you're full of eager anticipation, that the time between the present moment and that experience seems to stretch and get longer? Conversely have you also noticed that when you're nervous or afraid of some future event time will seem to speed up and that future event you're dreading almost seems to be moving ever faster towards you?

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Time has got everything to do with this little molecule known as Heme B. Heme B is an essential component of haemoglobin, because it is necessary not just to bind oxygen to blood cells but it also regulates our heartbeats.

Heme B is created out of iron, an essential mineral which we all need.

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Iron is created out of galactic collisions in outer space. The image you see above is of Lanaikea, which is a massive trajectory of many different galactic collisions together. If you squint at the image you hopefully will see a tiny dot, which is roughly where our solar system is in among all this galactic confusion and production of iron.

Without getting too much into the astronomy - which we know not that much about - the iron and the Heme B which is pumping your heart right now was produced light years away and probably many thousands of years ago to reach you through space so you can breathe and perceive time right now.

This means that your time perception is regulated a lot more by your heartbeat and pulse than it is by the clock or watch on your wrist.

Time is a human concept

Time is in itself an illusion. There’s nothing out there in reality which can be called time. It’s just your perception of space, of reality, of experience, of possibility and nothing more than this. A clock or watch is just a digital or analogue device which sets a standard, like a calendar, so we can all agree on what year it is, what month it is, what day it is and what time it is. Money serves a similar purpose which we get into in a separate blog post.

It's important not to start thinking that time is real and getting things mixed up. The Sun rises at a certain time because of the rotation of our planet, and not because it is 5.28am. The Sun is not the same as a bus or a train.

Research studies

This is also why we have introduced some research studies onto our Message Board which you can take part in and share your perception and experiences. We feel that this is an interesting subject area which is worth exploring and investigating, if only to understand our own personal way of perceiving time. We present the three featured studies below.

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This is a study to try and figure out whether developing narratives about lost relatives and loved ones and sharing those narratives with others helps to mitigate the trauma of bereavement, grief and sense of emotional loss among people who have been bereaved. Please click on the image or 'Overview' for more details.

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This is a study to try and figure out the effects of various words and the impact they have on our memories throughout time, and how memories of certain words can affect our perception of time and feelings towards our experiences. Please click on the image or 'Overview' for more details.

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This is a study to work out how our perception of time affects our sleep and sleeping patterns. This includes our ability to dream and experience time and perception of time across different states of consciousness. Please click on the image or 'Overview' for more details.