Light my Onion Peel

I had one of those childhood friends who while seemingly normal shirked rules and made up her own universe--one which better suited a wild and unique self. Once while sitting in her upstairs bedroom amid a collection of vinyls—Joan Baez, The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Dead Milkman, etc,—she explained to me how time was an onion peel: layers of events all accessible held together in separate cells, but here, now, only void from the limits of our own mind-walls. Sitting crossed-legged on a pillow watching wisps of her hair blow across her cheek from the breeze of a nearby open window, I contemplated the theory and felt it to be reasonable, if anything could be. My own placement in reality was an uncomfortable, too-tight skin around my sensitive soul. Leaving this arena for another sounded pretty good.

Recently I heard that time-travel was accessible via daydreams and meditation, the only key being you had to believe 100%. You must transport yourself in every way to the destination, the place, or forget it you're just somebody with eyes squeezed shut, one foot in and the other contemplating dinner. I can say that this form of transport would be the easiest way to go: in meditation lines blur, reality loses itself in a thought ballet and nothing is lost. You become refined, softer, yet more alert. Stepping out of concept into place, taking the proverbial wool coat off and dancing freely, stepping into a dark theater from a hot street would be a prime method to suggestion, good or bad. Letting go of this time for another with no preconceptions, only reception, would be opening the doors to another 'time.' It fits perfectly.

Doors. The doors of perception.

Close your eyes, step out of that room and listen to this recording.

I'll meet you there.


  1. Amy, your excellent post reminds me of two things I read 10 years apart. In the '70s I read Jack Finney's novel, "Time And Again". In the '80s I read his book "About Time" and was especially intrigued by the story, "Where The Cluetts Are". Your description of temporal displacement via meditation and conditioning connects almost seamlessly. If you can find those works, I think you'll at least be entertained and encouraged. Bertrand Russell considered time and mind two ways of organizing events. I have found they are not strictly united.

    1. I love Jack Finney's writing! I will look that story up and see if it's one I've read. Will also look up Bertrand Ruse ell as well. Wishing you a beautiful day!


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