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The Mystery of Time

Imagine one thousand years from now what life will be like.

How will time be managed? Will the experience of time be different? What will be the relationship between consciousness and time? Where will our consciousness and spirit be at that time? 

Time is both a mystery and a known fact. 

 Time is one of those precious gifts and also something that we cannot change. Those seconds and minutes keep going, and we choose how we use the time or let the time fly by. It's a collective experience to waste time, or optimize the time, or save time, or experience the effects of time in different ways with aging and memories.

How time shows up in our life can be a mystery.

I have consistently seen the number 333 at various times in my life for many years. In particular, sometimes I still wake up in the middle of the night and check the time, and I am not surprised anymore when it is exactly 3:33am! Seeing this number has also happened many times in the day. People have also shared with me how they see certain numbers all of the time such as 11:11, 444, 111, and other combinations.

 Time is fascinating as it applies to astronomy and even astrology.

The ancient Mayans had a calendar system that was 1/13000th accuracy of the Gregorian calendar without using scientific instruments. Imagine that. Calculating thousands of years of astronomical events with exact timing. Astrology is based on the exact timing of astronomical positions of planets and the Sun. The potential for human behavior being influenced under various short and longer-term planetary cycles is all related to time. 

 Timing is everything. We hope to always be "in the right place at the right time"….then, we might have a reality check, which turns out to be the challenge that we needed or created in that time and place.

 Then there is concept and theories of space-time. How can time be warped or changed in relationship to mass and the speed of light? Einstein is known for his theory of space-time, where space and time are interwoven into a single continuum. Depending on the speed of the observer, events that occur at the same time for one observer could occur at different times for another.

 Einstein's theory was that space has three dimensions, and that time was the fourth dimension. Other methods describe the possibilities of other dimensions.

 Then there is that which is beyond all time and dimensions.

What is infinite, beyond space and time and yet also within it? Most would acknowledge the Mystery of the Divine Spirit within all creation and as the source of all creation. The nature of one hundred billion galaxies in the known universe. The trillions of stars. The awe-inspiring DNA and molecular life. And most inspiring of all, the ability of humans to experience the presence of this Divine Spirit. Time is a mystery within our own personal experience as a part of the billions of light-years of space within the known universe.

 This experience of an eternal moment can happen at any time or place. In meditation, in particular, when those "monkey mind" thoughts stop, and a more profound presence is felt, time seems to take on a different dimension.

  The concept of "Be Here Now" (thank you, Ram Dass) is to experience and celebrate that eternal moment within all moments. That Mystery of creation connecting us to the Earth as well as the universe in space-time. 

"In fact, we are servants of the Mystery. We were put here on Earth to act as agents of the Infinite, to bring into existence that which is not yet, but which will be, through us." - Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Wherever our consciousness is now and one thousand years from now, may we continue to "act as agents of the Infinite", and be "servants of the Mystery" of time.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful David. I am reading "Flight" by Olga Tokarczuk, who won the Nobel Prize. It is a wondrous, quirky exploration of travel. She says time is just movement (I think -- she is hard to nail down at times) and there are only two states -- motion and stasis. As I get older, I start to see time -- and movement -- as more valuable, each day an adventure in something, maybe modest but bred of mindfulness. I have learned some of this from you. Happy Thanksgiving, however you will be enjoying it!


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