What Is Chronokinesis
Chronokinesis is the ability to mentally alter and manipulate time as it relates to one’s perception. When we talk about time, we typically refer to the past, the present, and the future. The past is gone and nothing but memories, the future is intentions and actions yet to occur. The present, the here and now, is where we can apply the concept of chronokinesis. The term chronokinesis comes from the Ancient Greek words “khronos,” meaning “time,” and “kinesis,” meaning “motion.”
What if someone told you that the concept of time was created purely by humankind’s own dogmatic mind? What if by altering your perception of time, you could disregard its traditional existence completely and bend it at will? It may sound too fantastic — like some superpower straight out of a blockbuster sci-fi movie — but it is an entirely real possibility. In this article, we’ll explore the topic of chronokinesis: how it works, and how you can perform it.
Have you ever experienced a moment, such as a car crash or something similar, where time seemed to slow almost to the point of stopping? What about a day that flew by so quickly you found yourself asking, “Where did the time go?” These are examples of the theory of chronokinesis. These types of occurrences are typically isolated incidents and are experienced through no intentional act by the person experiencing them. However, it is possible to train your body and mind to perform chronokinesis at will.
All you’ll need for the techniques outlined in this article are
- A quiet space where you wont be disturbed.
- The ability to visualize.
- The sound of a ticking clock.
Sidenote* Old-fashioned analog clocks work best for chronokinesis exercises. If you don’t have one, you can pick up a small alarm clock for a few dollars at your local store. There are also ticking clock apps you can download to your smart phone. Regardless of what type of clock you choose, the louder the tick, the better.
Meditation: The foundation of chronokinesis
Before we delve into the chronokinesis training of slowing down and speeding up the perception of time, each of the upcoming techniques in this tutorial will require you to first enter a state of mindfulness – a state in which you’re completely focused on the present. It’s easier said than done, but with a little practice, you’ll soon get the hang of it.
Step One: Find a quiet, comfortable spot on the floor and sit down in a cross-legged position. If you’re unable to sit on the floor, a chair will do nicely. Rest your hands on your legs or place them in your lap. Make sure your back is supported either by sitting against a wall or leaning against the back of a chair. Comfort is key as you’ll be in this position for a while.
Step Two: Set a timer. You can increase your meditation time as you get better at it, but 10 minutes is a good place to start if you’re new to the practice. The timer should be set on a different device from the one you’ll be using to count ticks and tocks in later exercises.
Step Three: Take a few deep, calming breaths. It’s important to relax and make sure that you’re not holding tension anywhere in your body; it will only serve as a distraction and interrupt your meditation.
Step Four: At first, you may find that it’s easier to relax with your eyes closed. However, if your mind starts to wander, or you start to fall asleep, open your eyes and focus on a spot on the floor a few inches away from where you’re seated.
Step Five: Attempt to clear your mind completely and focus only on the present moment as it’s happening. Thoughts will inevitably cross your mind – what happened at work that day, what you’re making for dinner, etc….but the key is to let these thoughts come and go without focusing on them. Eventually, your mind will still. Attempt to remain in this state until your timer goes off.
If you practice this technique every day, it will soon become second nature for you to enter a state of mindfulness. If you gradually increase your daily meditation time, you’ll be meditating for up to 30 minutes a day before you know it. It’s crucial to your success to learn how to quiet your mind before attempting chronokinesis. It will also aid you in the practice of visualization, which you’ll be using in the advanced technique mentioned later.
Step One: Sit in a quiet room with the sound of a ticking clock and enter a state of mindfulness.
Step Two: Focus on the sound of the ticks and tocks for a couple of minutes in order to get a real sense of how long it takes for a second to pass.
Step Three: Begin taking deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose for a count of four ticks, and breathe out through your mouth for a count of four ticks.
Step Four: As you breathe in, start to imagine the ticks of the clock getting faster. As you breathe out, imagine them getting slower. Continue doing this and you’ll eventually begin to feel time speeding up and slowing down.
If you’re using an analog clock, check it against a digital clock before and after the exercise. You may find that more or less time has passed on the analog clock than on the digital one. If so, congratulations! You’ve just successfully performed chronokinesis.
Mind The Gap
Instead of focusing on the ticks and tocks, this technique focuses on the quiet space in between them.
Step One: As in the beginner’s method, sit in a quiet room with the sound of a ticking clock and enter a state of mindfulness.
Step Two: There’s no need to count breaths this time, just listen to the ticking of the clock. Start to focus on the quiet spaces in between the ticks and tocks.
Step Three: As you focus on the silence, imagine your energy, your very being, becoming one with the silence.
Step Four: Imagine the measure of the silent spaces stretching out longer and longer. If you need a visual aid, you can picture the energy of the silence as a rubber band or a piece of elastic being stretched. Practice this for several minutes. If the ticks of the clock start to get further apart, you’ve done it!
Practicing this technique regularly will eventually allow you to become so adept at chronokinesis that you’ll no longer need a ticking clock to perform it.
The Blue Grid (A.K.A The Matrix)
When attempting this technique, you should already be skilled at both entering a state of mindfulness and visualizing things vividly in your mind, it is very important so do not underestimate these skills, it is the basis of every technique.
Step One: Get comfortable in your quiet space and enter a state of mindfulness.
Step Two: Close your eyes and begin to visualize a grid made up of small, blue particles. Imagine that grid constantly moving, passing through everything in waves or pulses.
Step Three: Feel the grid as it moves through you. Imagine a breeze or a puff of air ruffling your hair as it passes. Become conscious of the grid being everywhere, moving through you and surrounding you.
Step Four: Open your eyes and continue to visualize the grid superimposed on everything in front of you.
Step Five: Depending on how you want to alter the perception of time, imagine the grid’s waves or pulses either slowing down or speeding up. For example, as the grid slows, so should the speed of activity or movement of anything going on around you. The process is exactly the same if you want to speed up time, just visualize the grid moving faster.
Because this is an advanced technique, don’t be surprised if you don’t see results on your first, third, or even 20th attempt. The important thing with all of these techniques is that you keep trying. Don’t give up. As with any new skill, it’s going to take some time to achieve the results you seek. As you embark upon the journey of chronokinesis, keep in mind what Albert Einstein once said: “Time is an illusion.”