Their End is imbedded in their beginning
and their beginning in their end
Like a flame in a burning coal
For the Master is Singular,
He has no Second,
And before One, what do you count?
1:7 Sefer Yetzirah, Gra Version
I started the work on time travel during my stay at Edward Kelley's Tower in the Donkey and Cradle House in Prague and many of the posts on the Hermetic Lessons made during that time were taken down which is why 2014 seems like a particularly weak year for the blog. Those posts relate to the 231 Gates project which I was undertaking with the use of the so-called Time Phone, which is itself an interpretation and application of the Sefer Yetzirah passages that relate to those self-same gates and to the golem, galgal and Gilgul. During those experiments various phenomena involving time (time freezing; rejuventation or time rewinding; communications from entities in the ''future'') were experienced on top of the background haunting of the tower itself. These experiences and the experiments themselves were mind bendingly complicated and riddled with paradoxes. Subsequent work, both theoretical and practical, followed with the assistance of Raziel in the years that lead to ''Now''.
Twenty-two Foundation Letters:
He placed them in a cirlce
like a wall with 231 Gates.
The Circle oscillates back and forth.
A sign for this is:
There is nothing in good higher than Delight,
There is nothing in evil lower than Plague.
2:4, Sefer Yetzirah, Gra Version
The roots of time travel work are not hard to see in the Sefer Yetzirah. Ch 2 in the Gra Version is all about the way in which language (the 231 gates being formed from the connections of all 22 letters arranged around a circle and then paired off) is the very substance of time (in the form of astrology), how Deity spoke the Creation. I have spoken before about the association between this process and what is happening in the nuclei of your cells, the way in which that information is transcribed into proteins, or ''words'' and how this is tied to light entrained circadian rhythms. Of course if you read this section in the imperative, which is entirely possible, then it becomes an instruction manual for how to do this yourself, the He becomes I - you place the letters in the circle.
The language in The Arrival is rendered in a very similar way to the 231 Gates - we see linguists drawing lines between and linking up different sections of the Heptapods circles of ink to comprehend the meaning, the symbolic nature of various roots are discovered until we finally understand that this language will change our perception of time to non-linear. The film deviates from the scifi about half way through to examine the emotional impact such a way of viewing time (the future as prexisting) would have on a person - would they then truly value the moments that they do have more, savouring each one, etc? Yes, but for those who do, that attitude will already have been predetermined surely. To me the more interesting scifi was in the creatures themselves - Lovecraftian yes but Yetziratic too. What are they? Are they like 4-5d hands and fingers writing on reality, are we stories and characters of theirs or do we evolve into them? Why do they need us? The retrocausal questions were very similar to Interstellar and it seemed that both films were in essence about the same thing.
Back to the 231 Gates Project and where 2017 will lead. The larger goals of the Great Work to Know Thyself and to find the Philosopher's Stone are unaffected in order to answer both of those questions we have to wrestle with Cronus. What have we learned so far? Well ''If time travel is possible then it will happen therefore it already has'' so questions emerge a) where are all the time travellers? b) what is to stop someone going back in time to change time in such a way that time travel is not possible? The alternative to this is that time travel is not possible so the whole exercise is, has been and will be futile.
According to Raziel the time travel paradox of going back in time and altering time in order to stop the invention of time travel is not possible because the period of time leading up to the invention of time travel is protected - like a museum and therefore everything is predetermined - and also that it is the invention of time travel that kind of ''ties the universe together'' and so that protection or tying up of time is a necessary factor of existence itself. There are parallell unvierses but a lot less than we expect, this is because most potential timelines do not ''end'' or ''start'' in time travel and therefore do not exist. But there a few, according to Raziel (and I suppose the Sefer Yetzirah?) we have around fourteen each. This is the extent of free will in the museum, selecting which of the fourteen exhibits (of ''yourself'') you see and for how long you see them but they are fixed and finite. After death you would go back through the reversiverse.
In order for the museum to be truly closed (and finite) the ''invention'' must happen in the past as well as the future - these moments are called the pinchpoints. The past and future past the pinchpoints are absolutely free, or untied, but they would not be realisable without that knot. At the moment of the invention of time travel, hordes of timetravellers will spontaneously appear and time will merge (?) with space. These timetravellers will appear incredibly alien - whether humans have morphed beyond all reckoning by then, or that these alien appearances are in fact necessary components of the time travelling suits such entities would wear, I don't know. What I have been told is that they will be coming back along those lines from the future to their ''Year 0'', i.e. the pinchpoint, which acts as a kind of Mecca from a Time Traveller's perspective. Something somehow similar must happen in the past as well - more mindbending problems for 2017!
He permuted them, weighed them, and transformed them,
Alef with them all and all of them with Alef
Bet with them all and all of them with Bet.
They repeat in a cycle and exist in 231 Gates.
It comes out that all is formed
And all that is spoken
Emanates from one name.
2:5 Sefer Yetzirah, Gra Version
What is the ''invention'' of time travel, does it really need high energy particle accelerators to achieve or does it already exist as consciousness - are the birth and death of language themselves the source/invention of time travel - if so is the pinchpoint we are approaching the death of language - what does that look like? Is that what happens when the timetraveller swarms emerge? Are we literally lost for words? Is that realisable? Earlier work on the Metabolism of Time shows how our character generates an attitude to time, or vice versa. Our minds time travel constantly and inaccurately through memories and imagination - to what extent can these faculties be polished like a diamond - truly reflecting the future and the past? Is our mind the source of anti-time and are we therefore time travellers already - just with greater and lesser degrees of understanding? Can I then see the deep future or is the death of language the death of realisation itself, does my language really determine what I can see?
In the past I have always enjoyed spirits that can reduce me to an inarticulate wow.