Timeline Jumping Mediations Allow You To Visualize a Future Version of Yourself—Here’s How To Practice It

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Have you ever envisioned a future version of yourself who is more empathetic, or kinder to themselves, or even just a better cook? After identifying parts of ourselves that we'd like to work on and improve, the next step is laying the foundation to actually make such changes. One mindfulness technique for accomplishing this asks you to visualize yourself as already having those improvements: timeline jumping meditation.

Timeline jumping meditation is “a process that allows you to meet a version of yourself that is experiencing the reality you desire,” according to Pea the Feary, an artist and spiritualist who started practicing this in 2019 themselves before “releasing it to the world” in 2021. “It's a short meditation that lets you feel and actually be the version of yourself who's experiencing what you want,” they say.

Timeline jumping meditation is “a process that allows you to meet a version of yourself that is experiencing the reality you desire.” —Pea the Feary, spiritualist

This practice stems from a belief that we live in infinite timelines, with infinite versions of ourselves available, and that reality reflects those versions back to us. Pea, who also practices the personality classification system of Human Design, says timeline jumping asks you to “jump” to another dimension of yourself, with the initial meditation being the access point. You get to choose which self you embody. “What you're doing is tapping into any one of these infinite experiences that are possible—tapping into the ones that you are choosing,” they say.

The result is a mix of internal discovery and imagination. That is, you need to be able to imagine this other self, but Pea says you should also be open to learning about who this self is. “Part of [the practice's focus is about] clearing out space," they say. Then it's about "receiving this version of yourself rather than trying to think them up.” This other version already exists, but you’re making yourself available to be found.

It embodies the idea that Michelangelo, the Renaissance sculptor who created David, is said to have expressed: that there is a statue inside every block of marble, and it’s up to the sculptor to uncover it. The same idea applies here, that by doing this, you get a clearer idea of the self you want to inhabit. “The beautiful masterpiece already exists, and what you’re doing every time you timeline jump is carving away at anything that’s not that,” Pea says.

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According to Pea, anyone could benefit from timeline jumping meditation. The only prerequisite is understanding that we each create our own reality and are secure in that before starting the practice. “Your being is the thread that connects everything in your reality to itself, so it’s vital that you’re paying attention to that,” they say. Furthermore, you shouldn’t try in an effort to avoid or escape something happening in your current timeline, or when you’re in a dangerous or desperate situation that requires “3-D support,” like a therapist or law enforcement, which is what you should seek instead.

Beyond that baseline understanding, Pea says anyone interested in trying timeline jumping meditation should try it.

How to practice a timeline jumping meditation

So what does this actually look like in practice? According to Pea, a session can range from 20 minutes to just under an hour. Some people like to do one session at a time, while others like to do several—it all depends on your preferences. When you set out to do this, these are the basic steps:

1. Choose your character

This step is about deciding where you want to jump. You don't have to have an exact destination in mind, but it can be helpful to think of attributes you're trying to emulate.

2. Calibration

This step is about reflecting on the ways you already are your ideal self within your current self, and it prepares you to meet the new self.

3. Enter the void

As the beginning of the desired timeline, this step is the in-between.

4. Embrace you chosen self

As the last step of the session, this is the new timeline you enter.

When you do enter that timeline, though, Pea warns not to jump in too far to a version of yourself that you can’t “hold,” or actually embody. “It’s going to feel too difficult to hold if it’s too far of a stretch," Pea says. "We want to be able to hold this person with as much ease as possible." For example, someone who is deeply unhappy with themselves might steer clear of attempting to jump immediately to a version that fills them with self-love. Instead, they might aim to embody a version of themselves about which they feel neutral. With practice, they have progress and eventually get to that place of full-on self-love.

Pea has a free PDF guide available on their website with detailed instructions and prompts for practicing a timeline jumping meditation, plus guided audio available for purchase. They also trained others to serve as guides who can help facilitate one-on-one sessions.

When to do it

Essentially, the best time to try a timeline jumping meditation is anytime someone feels the urge to do so. It could be a helpful tool for when you “need to release and identify with a new version of yourself,” Pea says. Someone who is feeling stuck or unsure of themselves may try it, or even someone who's just looking for a little excitement. Pea says they’ve found it helpful to practice personally when they’ve felt overwhelmed.

You might also turn to the universe as your guide. Astrologer Stephanie Campos, aligns her timeline jumping meditation practices with the phases of the moon. During the last quarter moon phase, a week after the full moon, is Campos’s favorite time to do this meditation because it’s a cosmically aligned time to release old behaviors and habits. “I like to listen to a guided meditation timeline jump while I'm taking a bath," she says. "Once I get out of the tub, I visualize myself stepping through a portal and into the reality I'm calling in and choose to act as if my desires are already manifest Earth-side.”

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