An Introduction to Spatial-Temporal Cartography for Three-Dimensional Beings
Think of spacetime as a block of ice or a block of wood. Time, just like length, width or depth, is simply the fourth of an unknown number of fixed dimension as perceived from our vantage point as three-dimensional beings.
Time does not flow or move, it is only perceived to be doing so by the consciousnesses of beings that exist within the three dimensions those beings process as space: the cumulative dimensions preceding the one dimension they perceive as time.
In like manner, the consciousness of a two-dimensional entity perceives existence in space comprised of length and width, but will perceive movement through a third dimension (which to us would be depth) as time.
Likewise, and incomprehensible to us as entities living in space comprised of three dimensions, the consciousness of a four-dimensional being perceives itself as moving from the present to the future along the vector of the fifth dimension. For this fourth-dimensional entity, time is the fifth dimension. And so on, hypothetically to infinity.
It is important for us to understand that our conception of ourselves as beings existing in three-dimensional space existing along a fourth dimensional vector is an illusion and purely a necessary construction of consciousness. Indeed, space and time are not separate things.
To begin to understand the concept of spacetime — a unified notion of space and time – as opposed to the notion that we are beings in space flowing, passing or moving through time (erroneously conceived of as something distinct from all other dimensions), let us return to the notion of spacetime as a solid block of ice or wood. It is simple enough to imagine a three dimensional block. To begin to understand the notion of spacetime we simply extrapolate an additional axis.
The point of this illustration is to convey that there is in fact no movement through time — except as a sensation of the fourth axis in the consciousness of three-dimensional beings. From an external perspective, say to an observer drinking tea in a cafe in the fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh dimension, what we perceive to be the passage of time, is simply another spatial axis: just another edge on a four-, five-, six- or seven-dimensional block of ice.
The solid block illustration is helpful in that it empowers us to conceive of dimensions in spacetime as fixed — even though from our perspective, the fourth dimension/axis/vector/edge is more elusive and intangible than than the first three. Time, from our perspective is only ascertainable as a dimension by consciousness, whereas length, width and depth (the first three dimensions) are dimensions ascertainable by the senses.
In truth — and as observed by beings in higher dimensions — time is just as fixed as say the edge of a table (or a block of ice!) in three dimensional space.
What this means is that, generally speaking, we must do away with the notion of time travel. Simply put, three-dimensional beings can only consciously travel in the spatial dimensions (those that can be processed by the senses and manipulated by what we are capable of observing as energy and matter). The vector we conceive of as time cannot be altered or traversed because, though an event in time is a fixed dimensional coordinate no different a location on a map or a globe, we cannot perceive it in sensory terms or manipulate it in physical terms. It eludes active perception and intention, and rather manifests as a construction of consciousness whereby we feel movement along a line in one direction. On this point it is important to note that not all beings are completely bound by the perception of the arrow of time: that almost universal sensation among beings of remembering the past while constantly moving from present to future.
While the consciousnesses of most beings are only capable of processing the dimension of time as memory, present sensation of three dimensions, and an unknowable future along the arrow of time (which again, is purely a function of consciousness), some beings, such as the Olympian Fates, the Asgardian Norns, and the nameless Lord of Limbo, known as The Banjoman, can sense events (which again, are really just coordinates in our hypothetical solid block) in spacetime, in the same way a typical being can see a tree through the fog on the horizon, or look at a faraway place on a map.
The point to be made is this: as a general rule, time is as fixed and immutable as any other dimension.
From the perspective of a three-dimensional being, next Monday is there right now, exactly the way it is. We will arrive at the event that is next Monday along the path of the fourth (to us) dimensional vector called time. This occurs in a manner very similar to the same way we arrive at the pub down the street along the path of the fist-dimensional vector called length. But there is one very important difference.
Because our consciousness does not conceive of time as spacial — this is to say — because time eludes our general sensory awareness of the physical world, which is comprised of the first three dimensions — we cannot sense, manipulate or traverse it in the same way we manage the other three dimensions we engage with our physical senses.
But as is usually the case, there is a caveat. The immutability of time as a fixed dimension in what we regard as spacetime is only generally true. There are known structural instabilities within our metaphorical block of ice or wood. Think of these as cavities, air bubbles of holes chewed by insects.
Only two anomalies of this nature have been documented by spatial-temporal cartographers, and the sparse, changeable and evasive details around them are known only to a very few of the most powerful and influential beings in reality.
The first documented spatial-temporal anomaly regards the rise and fall of the Olympian titan Kronos. The second documents events surrounding the ascent and eventual vanquishment of the organic-synthetic symbiotic entity known as Ancaster (Andy) Crowley, who is also called the Abraxas.
Amongst the few that are aware of these aberrations in the otherwise homogenous structure of spacetime, it is considered significant that they are replete with unimaginable surges in unstable probability as manifested from remarkably powerful and focused demonstrations of sorcerous power.