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This is one of three featured long term research studies into the relationship between human consciousness, time perception and the spatial value we assign to our experiences, thoughts, feelings and emotions.

The Premise

The fundamental premise here is that human time perception is predominantly mystical in nature and has got nothing much to do with a clock or a calendar. Human time perception is biological in nature and is regulated by the rhythm of the heartbeat. However the human heartbeat is regulated by Heme B and Heme C molecules which are produced out of iron and form the essential ingredient in haemoglobin not just to regulate the heartbeat but also bind oxygen to blood cells. Iron is produced out in space from the collision of galaxies. You can find out more about this by clicking on the link below to read the blog post 'The illusion of time' in our Core Blog section (please don't worry, links there will bring you back here).

The illusion of time

What we're trying to get at here is just how subjective is time perception and just how closely related is how we perceive time to our unique and individual perspective on life. We understand that time perception varies relative to your perception of your individual experience of life, your memories and how you perceive the future, but what we are trying to find out is by how much and whether there are any aspects of time perception we share in common with other people. That is, other than just the clock and the calendar.

About this study

The point of this study is to figure out whether there is any way of mitigating or softening the traumatic experience of bereavement and the death of a loved one through developing the remaining, surviving conscious aspects of the connection through the development of narratives and accounts of memories of experiences shared with the loved one who has passed on. Of course this cannot ever mitigate the loss of physical contact or physical intimacy you shared with your loved one, but can the consciousness shared, which is unaffected by death and bereavement, help in some way to mitigate the profound experience of trauma created by someone's passing?

This is what this research study, one of five, is all about. We invite you to participate in this study through joining our community and sharing your experiences on the Message Board in the Research Study section.