How much do we really perceive the passage of time? Are we aware that it changes depending on our state of consciousness? And how do other living things experience time?
For most of us, the passage of time is so fundamental to experience, we take it for granted. We tend to anthropomorphize or project our subjective experience of time onto others, assuming they perceive events in the same way we do. But as the following article suggests, the perception of time varies from one living thing to another, seemingly depending on consciousness.
David Wilcock shared the following article regarding how animals perceive time in a recent update, which ties in with a discussion he and Corey Goode had during an episode of Cosmic Disclosure.
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Within that episode, Goode—a secret space program insider and whistleblower—responded to an audience question in regard to how other beings perceive time, specifically, fourth density beings within the inner-Earth.
I added the following commentary to the analysis of that episode, which relates to the discoveries made by the scientists who conducted the perception of time study in animals, wherein they found the perception of time was correlated to the ability to cognize events in the environment.
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The higher one ascends up the density scale the more spread out their consciousness is in space (able to perceive events beyond the physical body, e.g. psi abilities) and in time (able to live longer life spans and perceive more events in any given moment). For example, second density is the realm where micro-organisms slowly evolve to produce more complex life forms. The area affected by the actions of these individual cells is much smaller in space and time when compared to a larger organism such as a human being. In third density life, that of human intelligence, one’s actions affect larger areas of space and time. Fourth density life extends even further via the addition of so-called ascended or psi abilities, which enables an individual to perceive and influence events beyond the physical body. The trend, as was mentioned earlier, is a progressively expanding ability to influence more of the universe in space and time, that is to say, the potency of one’s free will increases as evolution progresses. And an effect of this increased potency, made possible by an increase in consciousness concentration within a living thing or embodiment, is an altered or changing perception of time. And this effect of perceiving time differently is able to felt in Earthly life as well.
An example for this is the speeding up of time effect experienced as one gets older. When we are children, a year seems like a much longer period of time than when we are adults. Many people report feeling like their school summer vacations were longer when they were children, as compared to when they were in high school. This suggests that our perception of the passage of time is related to a juxtaposition of events and novelty. The more events we have experienced in life the more quickly time seems to pass, but also, if these events are not new, then time is perceived to pass more quickly because of dissociation due to normalization.
For example, watching a movie the first time around can feel longer than watching it the second time, even though the actual length was fixed. It feels shorter, based on the normalization theory, because we aren’t paying attention as much, or it isn’t new to us, and therefore dissociation occurs. We don’t pay attention the second time around, and as such go into a daydream or theta state of consciousness.
Differing states of consciousness, measured by brainwaves, clearly indicate that the perception of time is dependent on the orientation of consciousness. For example, during a theta state, it is difficult to perceive the continuous flow of time because we are not aware of the juxtaposition of events. Each event observed acts as a marker in time, which is integrated as a feeling or perception of flow. In a theta state time seems to slow down or change primarily because attention is no longer placed on the external world (via the senses) but on the internal world. Consider that during meditation or dreams, when most of our consciousness is focused within, time is perceived differently. Often during a deep dream state, it can feel as though whole years worth of experiences occurred even though we were only asleep for a normal eight hour period. Again this suggests that the perception of time can and does vary greatly even within the normal human experience.
The lower the state of consciousness, insofar as brain wave frequency, the faster time seems to pass. Conversely, when consciousness is highly focused on an external experience, time seems to slow down. For example, many people report getting into car accidents and feeling like time was slowed down during the event. In some cases, people report that they were able to make critical decisions during this time because of this seeming dilation effect.
Here is a simple chart illustrating consciousness states observed in human beings via an EEG.
Notice that as one ascends up the states of consciousness, more attention is focused on the material world of the senses, where the perception of time is the most dilated or slowed down. During Gamma states time is highly dilated, or we are able to perceive the flow of events strongly. During Delta states, the opposite end of the scale, the perception of time is non-existent. While sleeping we cannot perceive external events, and as such, no time is perceived to pass in relation to the external world. But from within the dream experience, time seems to stretch or expand, in that, during a normal dream cycle we experience many events which, within the dream, is perceived as a large length of time.
All of this suggests that the primary factor for determining the perception time, whether in third density or otherwise, is if one is able to cognize or be aware of the passage of events, whether internal or external. The notion of “clock time,” the idea that time flows irrespective of the passage of events is an illusion; events progress and time is perceived, not the reverse. The more events are observed the more time is felt to stretch or slow down (within the external world) or dilate (within the internal world). If this assertion is correct, it suggests that higher density beings not only experience longer life spans but that they are able to perceive more events in general. That is to say, a fourth density being, not only lives a long time but is more acutely aware of events within that span of time. In other words, just because one lives a long time does not mean the events which pass in it are perceived as a blur. A year to fourth-density being is still filled with experience, and there’s more of a capacity to absorb events as one evolves up the density scale.
The following study confirms that body size is not the only factor in determining the passage of time. Some animals, such as a fly, perceive time at a reduced or slow motion rate, which gives them an uncanny ability to move away from oncoming attacks. The study showed that it is metabolism and body size which seem to be the greatest correlators for time perception; meaning, the faster the metabolism and smaller the body, the more slowly time seems to pass in general.
Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World
by Emilie Reas on July 1, 2014
Time seems to pass more slowly for lighter animals with faster metabolisms
|TIME FLIES (BUT NOT IF YOU’RE A FLY) To a fly, an incoming swat appears to move in slow motion (as many would-be bug killers have suspected all along). That’s because flies process about four times more visual information per second than humans do—they see 250 frames per second to our 60. Credit: ISTOCKPHOTO|
One “dog year” supposedly equals seven human years. But does one year feel like seven years to a dog? Evidence suggests that distinct species do indeed experience passing time on different scales. A recent study inAnimal Behavior reveals that body mass and metabolic rate determine how animals of different species perceive time.
Time perception depends on how rapidly an animal’s nervous system processes sensory information. To test this ability, researchers show animals a rapidly flashing light. If the light flashes quickly enough, animals (and humans) perceive it as a solid, unblinking light. The animal’s behavior or its brain activity, as measured by electrodes, reveals the highest frequency at which each species perceives the light as flashing. Animals that can detect the blinking at higher frequencies are perceiving time at a finer resolution. In other words, movements and events will appear to unfold more slowly to them—think slow-motion bullet dodging in an action movie.
The scientists who ran the new study gathered data from previous experiments on the rate at which visual information is processed in 34 vertebrates, including lizards, birds, fish and mammals. The scientists hypothesized that the ability to detect incoming sights at a high rate would be advantageous for animals that must perform the equivalent of bullet dodging—responding to visual stimuli very quickly to catch elusive prey or escape predators, for instance. These animals tend to be lighter and have faster metabolisms. The data bore out the hypothesis: species that perceived time at the finest resolutions tended to be smaller and have faster metabolisms.
These findings show that differences in how a mouse and an elephant sense time are not arbitrary but rather are finely tuned by interactions with their surroundings. A link between time perception, body structure and physiology suggests that different nervous systems have developed to balance pressures from the natural environment with energy conservation. Rapid perception might be essential for a hawk but would waste a whale’s precious energy. As for Fido, a year really does seem longer to him than it does to you, but probably not by a factor of seven. Dogs can take in visual information at least 25 percent faster than humans—just enough to make a television show look like a series of flickering images.
This article was originally published with the title “Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World”
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