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Time Traveler; How The Human Mind Transcends Time by Samadrita Ghosh

I’ll begin with a quote which was stated by the extraordinary Carl Sagan- “What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is a proof that humans are capable of working magic.” [Cosmos,part 11, The persistence of memory]…quite something, isn’t is? Yet its the simplest form of observation possible. True…only a few pages to connect humans dead and alive. Thoughts, ideas, creativity and passion…all delivered through those thin sheets which were brought into shape from distant trees in far away lands.
By snowyowls [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http-::creativecommons.org:licenses:by-sa:2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.jpg
By snowyowls [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http-::creativecommons.org:licenses:by-sa:2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.jpg

Also, something I derived from such great words is the fact that most things present in the human world, strive to bring the lost messages of the ancients back to us. These “things” that I talk of are random everyday stuff…only yesterday, I happened to stumble upon a speech by Swami Vivekananda delivered in the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago. I listened intently to every word and every sound…not because of the great words themselves, not even because I was hearing a legend speak.

I listened intently because I was gradually realizing, how an ordinary combination of waves, was sending me miles and centuries away from my present location in time and space. One simple voice clip…and I was suddenly in September 11th, 1893. I heard the host welcome the Swami, and then there was the thunderous sound of claps and finally came the clear and booming voice of the Swami himself. The exact sequence of all the sounds that occurred that day was occurring again…centuries after that! I was in the hall of the parliament and in my room at the same instant of time!…and this definitely wasn’t anything short of magic.

Swami Vivekananda at Parliament of Religions
Swami Vivekananda at Parliament of Religions
Indeed, “humans are capable of working magic”…and its so common now, that we simply don’t observe it. When I was a kid, unlike all other kids, I never believed in Santa. In fact I secretly laughed at those who had faith in this “fairy tail-ish” stuff!…and now, unlike all other grown ups, I believe in Santa’s existence. Definitely not the one who jumps from one chimney to the other delivering gifts…but that Santa who jumps from one mind to the other delivering the gift of idea and faith- “Yes, there is magic. You live in a magical world.”. I wish the kids never stopped believing…
By Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) (Own work (Own Picture)) [GFDL 1.2 (http-::www.gnu.org:licenses:old-licenses:fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons.jpg
By Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) (Own work (Own Picture)) [GFDL 1.2 (http-::www.gnu.org:licenses:old-licenses:fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons.jpg

Coming back, other than voice clips, images and books, our very own mind is one of the major factors which helps us warp time. Now you’d of course say, “I was never able to turn time with my mind!!”…but that’s what we always do- we go back. Remember those moments when you felt nostalgic?…or had memories which made you feel exactly the way you did while living those images? If you cannot remember, then think of some strong experiences now…did you feel those similar vibes? (They can be much weaker or stronger of course.) Well, also, if you didn’t feel a thing, I’d have to say that your brain is not that great in firing up sequences!

 Caspar David Friedrich [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.jpg

Caspar David Friedrich [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.jpg
Our brain is the most efficient time machine that we’ve got…our own personal time machine! When we live a certain moment, our mind registers it (physically and chemically) and stores it in a proper sequence. When we select one file from the deep vault of memories and bring it up for observation, the same sequences in the brain get fired up. The memory (or smell, or house, or…you get it, right?) is sort of like the start button perhaps! Thus, as the same sequences function in the mind, the brain commands the body to act accordingly and in response the body releases the same set of hormones or triggers certain physical feelings (pain, etc.) in non-injured parts of the body…and voila! you’re back to were you were years ago! Well, all of it is a mixture of fact and theory but still our mind remains the most innovative part of our being. Just like the voice clips or books or even films, our mind make us live the moments which are years and miles apart from the present. I do not really know if time is an illusion, but sequences definitely create the illusion of warping time.

Its time to believe now , and with rational thinking, humans CAN travel time, and humans HAVE traveled time. Believe in the magic that’s around you…and inside you.

Authored by: Samadrita Ghosh
Website: divergentoutlook.blogspot.com
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CHANGE COMES FROM WITHIN by Eric Ease

Looking back on the last couple of years I am grateful for my recovery process. I have made some major changes in the way that I live and I have grown as a result. In order for you to understand where I am today, I have to give you some background on where I have come from.

I started on my road to addiction back in 1978 I was 12 years old and I was already an alcoholic. I had my first drink somewhere around the age of 9 or 10 but it was in full swing by the time I reached 12. No matter how hard my mother tried I could not and would not stop drinking, I had to drink and all I wanted to do was drink. Needless to say drinking led to many problems and my drug use excalated to a variety of other illegal drugs. I used everything and anything and when it was gone I still wanted more. My life revolved around using and getting and using more. I had lost all hope and believed that I would die an addict. You can check out my blog From Struggle To Strength to follow my journey at www.fromstruggletostrength.com.

I was suffering from obsession and compulsion long before my addiction to drinking but I didn’t know anything about obsession and compulsion back then. I only learned about it recently in recovery and it helped to explain a lot of things.

Obsession – the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea,image, desire, etc. Compulsion – a strong, usually irresistible impulse to perform an act,especially one that is irrational or contrary to one’s will.

I was at a point where I just couldn’t take it anymore. I tried unsuccessfully many times to quit using and was ready to try anything. I came into recovery back in 2011 after using and abusing drugs for over 37 years. Although I knew that I needed help with my addiction I still chose to hang around people, places and things and as a result of that I continued to use. It took a few more whippings for me to finally understand that I could not use and win. That using was not the answer to anything and that If I continued to use, I would die.

I went in and out of recovery for a couple of years and then finally surrendered. I remembered thinking that surrender was for suckers. That I would never give up or be a quitter. That attitude almost killed me. Today I know different. I know that in order for me to win, I had to quit. I had to change in order to survive.

Change was new, different and scary. But it was oh so necessary. I did the same things over and over for the majority of my life. I suffered the consequences of that vicious cycle for years. The fear of trying something new kept me stuck in that cycle but something deep down inside me knew that I was at the end of my rope and if I didn’t do something different I would definetly die as a result of my drug use. I made myself a deal, I would try one last time and if it didn’t work then I would go away to a treatment facility so I could get a jump start on gathering some clean time. This time around it was different, I was different. I had a urgency to stay clean. I had the desire and the willingness to do whatever it took to stay away from drugs. I wanted what others in recovery had and so I had to do what others in recovery were doing.

I began by paying attention and participating in the meetings that I was attending. I took the suggestions of members who had substantial clean time and were working the program sucessfully. I began to notice before long that I was accumulating some clean time. I was finally able to string together more than 3 days. My attitude and behavior began to change and I was open to new things. I began to feel, act, talk and behave differently and as a result I began to think different. I began to feel comfortable around other people and no longer felt like a lonely outsider. I was a part of something and it felt great.

All my life I felt like I didn’t belong and now I finally found somewhere that I did belong. People welcomed me and actually wanted me to be around, They wanted to know how I was doing and really listened when I spoke. I kept coming back and I am still a part of it. I changed the people, places and things and my life began to change. I am growing every day from the inside out. I am beginning to learn who the real me is, what I like, what I do not like. I am learning that no matter what happens in my daily life, there is no reason for me to use drugs. My life has done a complete 360 as a direct result of making some changes. I am still growing and learning and I will for the rest of my days. I am forever grateful for this amazing life saving process called recovery.

Peace and Blessings
Eric Ease

From Struggle To Strength
www.fromstruggletostrength.com