ILLUSION OF TIME

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“The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” ~Albert Einstein

Time, as we know it, is largely an illusion of the left brain. We usually think of time as having three parts – Past, Present, Future. But what is the Past – only a collection of memories. We can’t experience the Past, we can only remember it. And we can only remember it in the Present (furthermore, our memories are noticeably unreliable). There is no objective thing that we call the Past; it can’t be measured in any way; our only contact with it is in the Present.

And what is the Future – only a mental construct in the Present. We can’t experience the Future until it “becomes” the Present. Until then it only a hope and dream. We can project what the Future may be like, but we are considerably less accurate than when we remember the Past. There is no objective thing that we call the Future; it can’t be measured in any way; our only contact with it is in the Present.

That leaves us with only the Present – the ever changing Present. Time is an illusion we created to try and measure the rate of change of the Present. It’s always NOW. But it’s an ever changing NOW. In a effort to cope with the change, we have invented time. It’s a handy mental device that helps us deal with the continuous rate of change.

This illusion of time keeps us disconnected from our awareness of the present but instead stuck thinking about regrets, misgivings, or wistful longing. It is an illusion where true happiness and fulfillment always seems to be in the future or the past.

“The present moment is the thing. Its like a portal to infinity. It already contains the past and the future.” ~Ekhart Tolle

Related Pages:
Living in the Present
What is Reality?
Social Illusions
Our Delusional Self
Illusion of Reality

2 Responses

  1. Poch,

    An additional illusion is that we own and are responsible for our life’s history.

    Sid

  2. Time is not only always an illusion- it is the greatest enigma. We are only playthings to Father Time.

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