Over at the Rag, that’s The Secessionist Rag , there was a little discussion of timeline jumps. Anyone familiar with such things will attest to the fact that there is always a “weirdness”, as Mr. Coyne describes it, upon “returning”. In other words, there is a ripple effect. A person cannot “jump” to a former or new timeline, return to the present one and not experience some sort of disturbance. There is always a ripple effect, the strength and duration of which depends on several factors: 1.) “length” of jump (distance in terms of years or cirmcumstance from present timeline); 2.) “duration” of jump (time spent in new or old timeline) and lastly, 3.) motivation for the jump(why).
Motivation is the heavy hitter here. The “why” of anything in life is tantamount to it’s success. The simple motivational choices for timeline jumps? 1.) The present timeline is unsatisfactory and the impetus is to construct a new one; 2.) The present timeline is unsatisfactory and the impetus is to return to a former timeline; 3.) The need for more. More of everything – change, challenge, choice.*
Sidestep with me a minute. Let’s talk inertia. It’s like being asleep. Sort of. It’s stasis. No movement to speak of. Simple example? For me, it takes approximately 16 ounces, divided by 2 of a hot, caffeinated beverage to “clear my own damn head” each and every day. If I don’t do this? The world is coated in a thin layer of fuzzy, film. Like really thin cheesecloth. Make that really, really thin cheesecloth. It covers the eyeballs in my face and on my brain. Words sound different (and therefore interpretation of those words is “different”). My perception can be altered by the absence of my morning go, go juice. Altered perception as a result of a change in what has always been. It’s seeing something out of the corner of your eye. A peripheral only. Viewed head on, the monster in the closet turns out to be a sweater hanging over the edge of the shelf. Or does it? Energy vs. perception = potential for timeline displacement or timeline jumps.
O.K. Back to my initial point: the ripple effects of jumping timelines. How do those ripples manifest themselves and secondarily how can they be utilized. Anybody have brain freeze yet? Good. Perhaps an example is in order.
Once upon a time I was a paralegal in a midsize law firm in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Through circumstance, choice and arbitrary events, I find myself 8 years later in an unsatisfactory timeline that is lightyears from that law firm never mind from the year 2011 or civilization in general. (a hint to geographic location look to the title of this post…..) Very recently, I received a call out of the blue from a law firm wanting to interview me. Now kids, this was the first hint that something was up with the universe. I had applied, via e-mail, to this same firm 3 months prior with not even an acknowledgement they received it yet apparently they kept my resume “on file”. Was this a “sign”? But sign of what? A reminder of how far off the beaten path, how close to the edge of sanity, I had strayed? Or was it literally a life preserver thrown to one who knows the time has come to jump(timelines) but can’t find the right cliff. So here I was with a chance to experience time travel. To “wear” the legal suit and “be” a form of who I was once before. Sure, the external props were different, the geographic location ( i.e cultural differences) was wa-a-y different but essentially the opportunity was present to “be” someone I used to be in another timeline.
But nothing in life is free. What happened when I got back? Were there repercussions? Yes and yes. Nothing an outside observer could see. Or could they? Next up: “Evidence of The ripple effect.”
*At this time I would like to remind my readers of my February 27, 2011 post “It’s called an edge-ucation dumass!”