Mastery of the Force can lead to many fantastical things, such as empathic and telepathic abilities, telekinesis, life extension, and the ability to predict the future to some extent (so-called "Force visions").

From a certain point of view, seeing the future is an exchange of information, from future to past. Is it possible to use the Force to send information from the present to the past — say, to one's past self, with the goal of altering events that have occurred?

Put differently:

Can one's future self consciously cause one's past self to have a Force vision?

If such a thing is possible, is there an example of it in occuring in any Star Wars material? Perhaps in the extended universe?

UPDATE: Apparently, it is possible to travel through time using the Force:

Wikia: Force Storm (wormhole)

If this is correct, then the above question could be reduced to "Can one induce a Force vision in another person?" If the answer is yes, then one could induce a Force vision in one's past self via a Force Storm wormhole, making the answer to the original question "yes" as well!

  • Speculation: Seeing the future and communicating with people who are in the future (relative to yourself) are two different things. A Jedi can see the future, but not interact with it (until it becomes the present). Note that Luke has to actually go to Bespin to save his friends. If he could just tell future-Han not to trust Lando, he could have stayed on Dagobah. So the parallel to that would be that a Jedi can see the past, but not interact with it. However, the same is true for non-Jedi too. It isn't a special power, it is just memory.
    – Wad Cheber
    Jun 22, 2015 at 3:51
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    @WadCheber : I understand the parallel you are setting up ("from a certain point of view")...although the question still stands, can it / has it been done? :-)
    – Praxis
    Jun 22, 2015 at 3:54
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    It's a great question. I'll be looking forward to seeing the answers.
    – Wad Cheber
    Jun 22, 2015 at 4:07
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    @Praxis How would you know that information had just magically appeared in your mind as opposed to a normal thought. And once it was there, you would already know it and so how would you then know to send it back at the right time? "I don't need to tell my past self that because I already knew that then."
    – Alarion
    Jun 22, 2015 at 4:23
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    @Alarion : You wouldn't necessarily need to distinguish between information sent back to you and a normal thought. All that is important is that you have the information now and can act differently because of it.
    – Praxis
    Jun 22, 2015 at 4:43

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In Legends canon, Jacen Solo used Flow Walking to observe past and future events, and to a small extent influence past events and people. He taught the technique to Tahiri, who accidently and momentarily caught the attention of Anakin Solo during an earlier mission (though he did not realize it was her). So, while I don't know if it is possible to induce full visions in people of the past, it has been shown that they can be "nudged" or otherwise affected through the Force across time.

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