Time Worksheet for Path of the Stray

Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Kim Falconer

Time


Discuss what it is and why there are so many theories about it.


What it Time?


Is it a measuring system? A law of physics? Dependent on memory? A dimension? An element of consciousness? Illusion? According to Einstein, "The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one." If time itself is an illusion, it might explain why it’s so hard to pin down—and harder still to describe the process of time unfolding in anything but a ‘first—then—finally’ order. When we bend our perceptions of time, things get a little crazy. For example, in Link theory, time has symmetry, forward and backward. My major exploration of time is in the Quantum Enchantment book, Arrows of Time but in Path of the Stray, we are introduced to some interesting notions of time.
Janis tells Luka she doesn’t believe in time, and she means it! Page 64 -65

(Janis:) How long before I can …?’
‘Test it? One month.’
‘You said it would be days!’
‘And it is days. Thirty of them.’ He took her pulse.
‘Janis, if you want this to work you need to respect the
inherent necessity of time.’
‘I don’t believe in time, Luka. But if you think I have to,
I will wait.’

* * *

Tryn’s first experience of ‘time slipping’ with her Were-fey familiar, Quill. Page 323

‘I wouldn’t mind knowing exactly where we are, for
reference’s sake.’ (Tryn) smiled. ‘If we found fresh water
nearby, or perhaps a settlement, could we stay the night
and still get back … in time?’
(Quill) We could stay a year and still get back in time . . .

* * *


Ruby returns to Gaela to find many years have passed. Page 303 - 304

(Celia) You’re full grown — eight years on your side. Is that
about right?’
‘Nine.’
Celia nodded. ‘It’s been fifty here.’
Ruby sat down. ‘I didn’t realise there was such a time
difference.’
‘No one did.’

* * *

Tryn tries to think of ways to explain Jarrod’s disappearance. Pg 360

No good, Tryn. Quillian busied himself preening his
tail feathers.
You’re right. She tapped her lips. How about, Bree,
Jarrod had a destination — a distant horizon.
Distant?
Yes, very distant.
Like the Bistor Range?
Further.
The Gulf of Tasisia?
Further.
There’s nothing further than the Gulf of Tasisia save
the wide seas.
That’s true now. But there used to be something
further. There used to be a southern continent . . .

* * *

Celia talks about time and the corridors between the worlds. pg 378

‘You shall, one way or another. Lupins are very longlived,
and time moves at different rates between the
corridors. I will be here, or I will not. My love is
everlasting.’

* * *

Janis assures Ruby of the ability to travel to different times. pg 602

Janis patted her daughter’s back as they hugged.
‘There’s no trouble he can get up to where we’re taking
him, I promise. Gaela will be safe, and so will he.’
Ruby’s eyebrows went up. ‘Where’s he going?’
‘Not as much where as when.’
‘Mum?’
‘He claims to have one foot in time’s radial
symmetry.’
‘I don’t even know what that means?’
‘It means we’re going back.’
‘Back where?’
‘Back in time … to the southern continent.’
Ruby sucked her lower lip. ‘Does Luka know?’
‘Not yet.’

* * *

Tryn talks to Quill about where and when they are. 223

. . . ‘I might need some time to digest the notion,
is all.’
Plenty of that here.
‘Why? Where are we?’
Far away, Tryn. I was somewhat startled by the
whole experience and so overshot the mark, you might
say.
‘You overshot the mark? By how much?’
Weeks, and leagues. I’ll have to slip us back at some
point. Shall we look around first? I can’t go anywhere
until I’ve fed.
‘What do you mean, weeks and leagues?’
I can’t be sure, but I suspect we are somewhere near
the Azul Sea in a time more or less in the past.
‘More or less in the past?’
Quill clicked his beak. All right. More, to be specific.
Much more.

* * *

Jarrod explains to Janis the nature of multiple universes. Pg 95

‘Tell me again where that Tulpa is, please.’
‘As I said, the next juxta quantum arranged
dimension.’
‘Which is where, exactly?’
‘You can’t ever say exactly. It exists only as a
probability, so technically it is everywhere and
nowhere all at once, all the time.’

And Page 116

As he calculated the variables again, he knew it was
quite possible that a single moment on Earth may
equate with a much longer span on Gaela, or the other
way around. The vibrations were certainly different —
that’s what kept the universes apart. Gaela was cycling
at a slower rate — like Delta waves, as opposed to
Earth’s Alpha. ‘She could be gone longer, then. Maybe
years. Maybe centuries.’

* * *

More from Tryn on the Were-fey and ‘slipping’/ pg 130

She tried to relax and not think of bones snapping, muscles
tearing. He’d be all right in any case. Were-fey were built
for this kind of journey — slipping as they called it — and
he was the one with the wings. Were-fey could go beyond, or
through — to where, she wasn’t sure — but they would
transcend time and space, pierce it like a hot needle
through wax. She suspected they were jumping over
dimensions like children playing hopscotch. It was a
game for the Were-fey, an evolutionary trait developed
in the fierce conditions of Volitius, the home waters of
the Were-fey — a place of boiling mud and vast inland
seas. A place where they once had flourished . . .

* * *

In all the Temples of Geala, students are taught that time is something they have control over. Thoughts create ‘reality’ and that include how we

experience time. If you want to play around with this notion, here are a few things you can do.
1) Notice your primary belief about time.
What do you say to yourself? To others? What is your story? Does it go like this: ‘There is never enough time?’ or ‘Time’s running out?’ or ‘I’m always late?’ or ‘I’d like to but I don’t have time?’ Your ‘story’ might be creating more issues than you think. Not convinced?
2) See what happens when you change your story.
For the next twenty-one days, when you catch yourself telling your ‘old story’ about time, substitute instead. ‘I have all the time in the world.’ ‘There’s plenty of time for this.’ I don’t know how but I’m always on time these days . . .’ Say it to yourself. Tell others. Write it down. You can discuss your results on the threads as you ‘find the time’.

Discussion

Think about your relationship to time. Does time work with you or? Where did you get your ideas about time? Do you hear yourself repeating things your parents or family said when you were little? What were they? See what happens when you change the way you think about time. Notice anything different? Why or why not?

When we are faced with habitat and species 'running out of time,' it can feel more than overwhelming. What can we do with our relationship to time so that we stay the conservation course, and save what and whom we can without driving ourselves crazy?