“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.” ~ Albert Einstein

Our subconscious mind is not locked into conventional or measurable linear time as our conscious awareness… but instead finds linear time under certain circumstances to be irrelevant as the subconscious mind can readily expand or shrink time according to its special needs….these changes seem only to occur when we lose or give up our self conscious control.

Time often passes slowly – or stops altogether – in moments of crisis or emergency Many people have experienced an extreme slowing down of time in car accidents. A motorcyclist describes being knocked off his motorbike by a car. The impact catapulted him into the air and as soon as he hit the ground he lost consciousness. However, those two or three seconds became massively extended; he felt like he was gliding through the air, almost floating above the scene, and remembers how beautiful the windscreen glass of the car looked spraying out into the sunlight.

A Navy test pilot who in taking off from an aircraft carrier only to find that his plane wasn’t developing power. It started rolling immediately, and then ‘everything went into slow motion.’ What he did over the next eight seconds was so complicated that it took him 45 minutes to explain it.

These kind of stories are often told by sportspeople too. This might seem a little anomalous at first, but sports is a kind of artificial re-creation of emergency situations. Whether a goal keeper makes a save in the dying minutes of a ‘crucial’ soccer match doesn’t really matter at all, of course, but all the players and the crowd treat it as a matter of life and death. A professional goalkeeper recalls how once, when playing in an ‘important’ FA cup match, somebody fired a shot from close range which seemed unstoppable. “Everything went into slow motion for me. I moved across, watching the ball drifting slowly to my left and then I dived, lifting my right hand to turn it over the bar. All was like a slow-mo replay and everything was quiet, like some mystical dream, until my right hand made contact with the ball. Then everything zipped back into conscious time.”

Basketball players, when they experience being “in the zone” report that the basket seems bigger, and feeling an almost mystical connection to it. The legendary hitter Ted Williams has said that sometimes he could see the seams on a pitched baseball. Gymnast Carol Johnson found that on some days she experienced the balance beam as wider, so “any worry of falling off disappeared.”

The subconscious can not only slow time,but can also speed up time beyond the comprehension of our conscious awareness. The best example is the “life review” which is a phenomenon widely reported as occurring during near-death experiences, In such experiences a person rapidly sees much or the totality of his or her life history in chronological sequence and in extreme detail. It is often described by people as having their life “flash before their eyes”. The perception of time is subjective and appears lasting less than a few seconds.

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, does not only apply to the Universe but is equally found in our own subconscious mind.

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