I’m in the middle of reading this new book and series by one of my favorite authors, Stephen R. Lawhead. The book The Bone House is the second in a series called Bright Empires. The reason I am even discussing this book is because the characters have found a method to travel between dimensions and time(s) through the use of ley-lines.
I’m not going to discuss the whole idea of ley-lines in this post, but to give you a brief overview Ley-lines are alleged alignments of a number of places of geographical and historical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords. Their existence was suggested in 1921 by the amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins in his books Early British Trackways and The Old Straight Track.
Anyway, back to the idea of time travel, I awoke too early this morning and was thinking about this book I am reading and about moving through time. As I continued to wrestle between the state of wakefulness and reality I thought for some reason that it was no longer April 2012, but for some reason I was now half my age and it was April 1986. So I began trying to remember where I would have been in April of 1986…
I was twenty-three and in the middle of Army Combat Engineer Basic Training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Talk about waking up to a bad dream. Then I remembered reading an article about Marilu Henner and her special ability to remember every day of her life with striking clarity.
Henner said that having superior autobiographical memory is like having the ability to time travel to whenever she wants. I wonder if that is what time travel is about? I have always thought of listening to music as time traveling because I can place myself to a specific time and event with most popular music that I have grown up listening to, from hearing the Beatles in Gym class in elementary school to school dances in the 70’s and beyond.
So what truly is time traveling? Is it physical where you actually transport to another time or is it a memory…possibly both, at least in science fiction novels and movies. I have thought it would be interesting to relive certain aspects of my life without the mistakes and with my current knowledge and understanding. Thinking back to my dream.. well, I did not really want to remember all the wonderful events of basic training, but I do wish I was in that type of physical shape again and able to have the energy I had to get up and run five miles at 5 a.m. Instead I woke up and wrote a blog about time traveling at 5 a.m. in 2012 while listening to Celtic music.