: I've had my own personal experiences with time slips/alternative realities/parallel timelines (however one would describe it) and my
younger brother has personal experience of being a "crazy" person (delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, etc.). In one of our conversations regarding
his perspective of what happens when he is in one of his episodes, he is not able to tell the difference between the reality the rest of us are
experiencing and the multiple realities he is encountering (more or less).
: In the thread Had a confirmed "Time Slip"
, I was recounting one
of my time slip experiences. Essentially, I temporarily experienced an alternative life that would have occurred for me (and did indeed seem to
happen for another version of me) if I had made the choice to not marry my 1st husband. What scared the living daylights out of me, is that I also
remembered my "real" life (this one) and my son. Except in this "new" life, he never existed. In the new/alternative life I was married and had a
daughter (which neither of these people exist in my current life).
While it was happening, I had no idea that I would ever get to leave. So I was immediately faced with mourning a son that never existed there. And
who would believe me? Who on earth do you confide in about this? And how many other people in the world had this happened to? I really did feel my
sanity slipping when I thought I was stuck there for good.
Now, regarding my brother. He has spent some time in psych wards at hospitals. In the discussion in the above linked thread, a couple of responses
got me thinking about some of the things my brother would say that sounded crazy at the time. But maybe not so crazy if there are other realities
that we potentially have access to. One time he called me from the hospital and asked me if I remembered the year 1715 and how fun it was. Sometimes
he would start his sentences with, "Back when I was fighting in the Civil War...". Another time, my mom called me and told me I needed to go visit my
brother as soon as I could. When I asked why, she said because he thinks you're dead. I asked why he would think I was dead, and she said that he
thinks I committed suicide because of him. But he also thought a lot of people walking around him in the hospital were dead and they didn't realize
He's done amazingly well and almost never has these severe episodes anymore and has pretty much a normal life (and is quickly approaching 30). When
he's tried to explain to me what he is experiencing when it happens, he has difficulty because he's trying to explain something abstract to another
person who has little reference for what he's experienced. Kind of like a person who is completely color blind (which he is). They don't necessarily
know how what we see is different from what they see (and vice versa). But the best understanding I have so far of what he experiences, is that he is
aware of more than *just* our agreed upon reality. That's probably a poor interpretation on my part, as well as over-simplified.
Despite my personal experiences and my brother's, I don't have a firm conclusion of the nature of our reality (not by a long shot!!!). I know my
experiences are real, but it doesn't mean my interpretation is correct. In fact, there's no way that I have the whole picture, so I can't come to a
conclusion. But the questions that come to mind when thinking about what this might suggest is just too interesting for me to ignore. I don't think
it explains all craziness or even all of the experiences of an individual, but does it influence any of it?
PS - My 1st thread at ATS. I apologize in advance if I did a no no and will gladly correct.
edit on 11-5-2011 by onthelookout because: Fix