Take a 15 minute time span and chop it up into small one-minute increments. How much can happen in one minute? Now imagine that time, while a linear quantity, allows small breaks in between – breaks in which the past and future hang in the balance, breaks in which time can bend.
That’s because what happens in the present moment will frame your perception of (NOT change!) the past, and influence the future. It is the present moment that enables us to travel through time.
Madeline L’Engle called it a wrinkle. C.S. Lewis called it Narnia. “This is the land of Narnia,’ said the Faun, ‘where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea” (C.S. Lewis. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe).
For Lewis, Narnia encapsulated this idea of a world between – a place neither heaven nor hell, but some strange combination of both – a place that is unnatural, irrational, and yet strangely welcoming and more alive than the real world. Where light meets the dark, where humans crash face-first into the seductive lure of the White Witch, or take up the sword in battle against all the forces of evil.
The present moment can change everything. It’s the time that lies in-between. Shave a few seconds here and there, and you’ve gained another minute. Another in-between.
Here’s a practical example. You need to wash, dry, and fold five loads of laundry. Normally the dryer buzzes after about 30 minutes. For each load of laundry, what would happen if you took the clothes out of the dryer only three minutes early? Doesn’t sound like much, but if you add it up over all five loads then you will have gained 15 extra minutes.
That’s a lot of time. If you’re a fan of time-travel, you know that every little second makes a difference. Even one-tenth of a second can change your life forever. So how do you spend the time in-between? What will you gain by shedding unnecessary time-wasters and using the present moment more effectively? In this sense, we’re all time travelers – time bends to the present moment. Time bends when we understand the value of a few extra minutes.