And she got a flashback of a particular memory. The music to her ears felt like how it used to feel at that time in her memory. The scene flashed in front of her eyes and she could perceive minute details of it in the panorama. She got so immersed in the recollected scene at one moment that it became a continuous, unbroken flow of events in front of her eyes. What she was seeing and hearing belonged to the time of the memory: she followed consecutive slots of the memory without concentrating back on the events that were unreeling in the present, the ‘now’. Gradually, she entered the memory so fully that she began reliving it. But this time she was there as a third, silent observer, who couldn’t pause to think but only participate in the unfolding of events as they were happening there.
At one moment she became so entirely ‘there’, that she could shake off and become in control of her body as a third party there. It was not her physical body but it was damn powerful, swift and super light. It felt very playful and energetic as well. A little bit like Casper the friendly ghost. Except it was herself. Her ‘future’ self, but not really future as she would realize later. It was her self that was outside of the time frame.
As she became more familiar with this ‘new’ dream body in the memory, she found the powers that it possessed and the extent of things she could do in it. And as she grew more familiar, she also grew more comfortable and more powerful. Then it happened. She broke the thin film that separated her ghostly presence from others’ perception and she was able to make her presence known to them. She started interacting with them (with her past self and the other people present in the memories). But there was a problem at first. How can her future self interact with them without disrupting the flow and happening of events that would lead to her going back to the past in the first place, unaware of anything.
The ancient seers of Indian American tribes found something which just fills in the missing part of the puzzle. They found that there was a state of heightened awareness that most people and usually shamans enter where magical, miraculous and spectacular, irrational things happen that defy all laws, but once out of that state, nothing is remembered of it. And while in this state, you still function and go about doing everything normally as you would in a normal setting simultaneously. Once out of the state, it is only this normal routine that you will be conscious of having done.
Therefore the future self travels back and lives experiences with the past self at will and all the time, and all that is remembered is kept to that state of heightened awareness. Also in this state, the flow of events has no continuity as it is constantly being altered and time ceases to exist. Therefore, the future self is no longer future as everyone is just travellers, passengers passing by this memory, and even the real participants of the memory are in this special state.