Time Travel: Not What Many Might Think That It Is

Try and find a real-life time-machine. There aren’t any. But, that hasn’t stopped people from – allegedly – traveling through time. In other words, yes, time travel does seem to be a reality, but it’s nothing like the Hollywood version of the phenomenon. It’s far stranger. In fact, most of the impressive cases have zero “time machines.” Rather, people report briefly going into strange fog, mysterious mist, and situations that seem dream-like, but that aren’t, at all. Let’s have a look at a few cases. A key event of the First English Civil War, the Battle of Hopton Heath (a small village in south Shropshire) was fought on Sunday, March 19, 1643 between Parliamentarian and Royalist forces. The battle ended at nightfall, with the actual victory and outcome still remaining matters of very much personal opinion. The Royalists, for example, had succeeded in capturing eight enemy-guns; while the Parliamentarians believed that their successful killing of the enemy commander, the Earl of Northampton, was of equal – if not even greater – significance.

But, without doubt of even more significance was a startling event that occurred at some point in the winter of 1974. It was late at night and then-thirty-six-year-old John ‘Davy’ Davis, a Lichfield, Staffordshire, England-based house-painter at the time, was driving near Hopton Heath when he began to feel unwell: an ominous tightness developed in his chest, he felt lightheaded, and, as he succinctly put it, “my left ear hurt and felt hot.” Quickly pulling over to the side of the road, Davis was amazed to see the night-sky suddenly transform into daylight, while the road in front of him no longer existed: instead, it had been replaced by a mass of fields, heath-land and tangled trees. And, in front of him, countless soldiers adorned in what was clearly Civil War-clothing waged harsh war upon one another. Notably, Davis said that although at one point he was “nearly bloody surrounded” by the soldiers, it was almost as if they could neither see him nor his vehicle. This afforded Davis a degree of relief, as he was practically frozen to the spot, and “couldn’t have run if I had wanted to.” As it transpired, Davis didn’t need to run anywhere: just a few seconds later, the bizarre scene suddenly vanished, and Davis found himself sat at the edge of the road, with his car squashed against a large line of hedge, and with complete and utter normality returned.

Horning is an old village in Norfolk, England situated between Wroxham and Ludham, on the River Bure. The village’s Ferry Inn is typical of the many old taverns that dominate the area, and the 13th Century church of St. Benedict can be found half-a-mile to the east of the village. On a summer’s afternoon in either 1978 or 1979, the Margolis family was enjoying a stroll around the picturesque village when, like so many before them and since, they were overcome by a feeling of distinct uneasiness and unreality – as well as total silence, and a slight dizziness. That uneasiness quickly mutated into concern, fright, and overwhelming disorientation as the landscape became “fuzzy” (“like a big heat-haze”), the houses were replaced by ancient cottages, and the road ahead of them became little more than a muddy track. As for the cars that had been in sight, they were no more. Instead, a battered and bruised cart appeared – that was being pulled by a large cart-horse. A thin man dressed in brown walked alongside the horse; yet appeared not to notice any of the family in the slightest.

Suddenly, however, the modern-day sounds of cars and voices began to echo all around them, and the strange spectacle was now utterly gone. Notably, it seems that Mrs. Margolis may very well have been exposed to the odd scene for slightly less a period of time than was her now-late husband and their 11-year-old son. “I looked at them when I came out of it,” recalled Mrs. Margolis in a 1997 interview, “and it was like they were in a trance: their mouths were hanging down, and their eyes looked funny. Then they looked like they woke up and we were all back together again.” Now, we come to one of the most controversial, and most enduring, tales of time travel. It’s a story that dates back to 1901. Author and anomalies researcher Micah Hanks says: “In 1901, two women claimed that while visiting the Palace of Versailles [France]together, a number of strange phenomena began to occur which led them to feel that space (and perhaps time) had changed in a very unconventional way. Known today as the Moberly-Jourdain incident, the story remains among the more famous cases of purported time travel that occurs without the aid of any supplemental machinery.” The pair involved were Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain. In essence, the pair believed that, for a while, they found themselves in Versailles as it was a long time earlier.

Now, we’ll address a wholly alternative way of heading into the future – a way that we have no real control over and that doesn’t require to use a time-machine to see what is to come. It’s the matter of prophetic dreams. Or, in this case, absolute nightmares. Is it possible that, while we are deep in our sleep states, we can head of into years ahead? Maybe, even decades and centuries? Based on what you are about read, the answer is a definitive “Yes!” Before we get to the story, however, let’s take a look at what prophetic dreams really are and how they can thrust us into future times. Medium.com come right to the heart of the matter: “Prophetic dreams are dreams where you have an experience that has yet to happen in our realm of existence but later happens [italics mine], where you will experience déjà vu from already having seen the result of that experience.”” In other words, prophetic dreams allow someone to see the future without the need for a time-machine.

Psychology Today states the following, something that expands the understanding of the phenomenon: “In September of 1913, Carl Jung, the great pioneer of depth psychology, was on a train in his homeland of Switzerland when he experienced a waking vision. Gazing out the window at the countryside, he saw Europe inundated by a devastating flood. The vision shocked and disturbed him. Two weeks later, on the same journey, the vision reoccurred. This time an inner voice told him: ‘Look at it well; it is wholly real and it will be so. You cannot doubt it.’” Again, we see that time travel can occur, albeit briefly, under some of the most bizarre situations.

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