Source: Timelessness

The True Nature of Time

We’re all pretty sure that we know how time works . It ticks along, moving from left to right. Once a moment is past, it’s gone forever, except in our memories, and all we can do is look ahead to the coming moments and try to make them as pleasant as possible for everyone involved, at least until we all die.

The problem with this idea is that it’s just an idea. It has absolutely nothing to do with the way time actually works. It’s called Linear Time, and it’s a fairly recent invention in the human story. It’s also a completely optional method of doing things. And the funny thing about linear time is that it is probably the best tool you can possibly use if you want to completely mess up your life.

You see, linear time is one of the foundation-blocks of our current world view. If we truly examine the true nature of time, our current world view will have no choice but to collapse, and what we’ll be left with is pure enlightenment.

The Problems of Linear Time

Just like a yolk goes with an egg and brightness goes with the sun, linear time has a whole host of ideas which go with it. If you decide to adopt a belief in linear time, you automatically adopt the idea of a Self, the idea of Death, ideas of Cause/Effect, and the idea of Meaning. In fact, linear time creates all the great questions of humanity, such as “Why are we here?”, “What is the meaning of it all?”.

Linear time also creates all the ‘negative feelings’ we associate with human nature. Boredom, anxiety, stress, frustration, fear of death, loneliness, hostility, and insecurity are all brought to life by linear time.

The startling truth is that we are all voluntarily engaged in a belief in linear time, and this belief is probably the most destructive and conflict-generating belief we can have!

It operates simply. Linear time imposes a duration on all things, and thus we feel things slipping away from us. Under this illusion, we find ourselves adopting a grasping, clinging approach to life, where we try to haul in as much good stuff and repel as much bad stuff as we possibly can. To do this, we step all over other people, battle with our own morals and ideas about life, and generally muck up a perfectly good thing. And then, in the end, we die.

Most of the time we try not to think of this. It’s pretty depressing to realize that no matter what we do, we just die in the end. Even if we help others, they’re just going to die too. The result is that many of us adopt beliefs which seem to put a happy ending to the story, such as the belief in an eternal heaven awaiting us after death, or a belief in reincarnation. But when we examine these beliefs, they also suffer from linear time’s effects. No matter how cool heaven is, it’s probably going to get boring after 17 ½ billion years. And reincarnation begs the question of an ‘end-point’, where we finally discover nirvana or unity with the All.

What we’re craving isn’t some special prize at the end of linear time. What we’re craving is the end of linear time itself. Timelessness. Timelessness is the simple truth of time that we’ve all forgotten. We’ve forgotten it because we became fervent believers in linear time.

The Illusion of Time

The simple fact is that there is no such thing as future or past. There is only the present. ‘Past’ is a present idea in your head. We call it a ‘memory’, and imagine that it references a real event in the ‘past’. But the truth is that it’s just a present thought in your head.

The same for future. We call our present thoughts of the future ‘dreams’ or ‘plans’, and feel sure that there is a real, live future drawing ever closer. But our dreams and plans are nothing more than present thoughts about present thoughts.

Indeed, you will never, ever, no-matter-what, experience anything outside of the present. Even if you step into a time machine and travel twenty years into the ‘future’, when will that future ‘be’ for you? It will be your present.

We can’t escape from the present. We’re there all the time, and no matter what we do or think, we’re stuck. If we’d stop a moment and take a look at the situation, it would actually be pretty awesome. But instead, we spend all our present time believing in future and past, and that makes our present into a crazy mess.


If we re-discover timelessness, everything changes. We don’t lose anything – we retain our motivation, our ability to make plans, our ability to dream and remember and accomplish things. What changes is our ability to believe that past and future are real, and thus it’s impossible for us to experience anxiety, stress, or frustration – feelings which are generated only by our belief in linear time.

We all had this sense of timelessness when we were very young, but lost it as we adopted our belief in linear time. Many people have re-discovered timelessness, and found that life is just as amazing as it was when the world was still magical and marvelous. They’ve discovered that all of the problems of adulthood – all the issues that we spend our entire lives trying to resolve – aren’t real, solid problems. They are problems we are constantly creating out of our basic beliefs regarding how the world works. In short, when we re-discover timelessness, we find the meaning of life. And the meaning of life exists in the timeless ‘now’ that most of us are so busy ignoring.

3 Responses

  1. Thank you for giving me yet another gem of wisdom.

  2. Carol…Conventional time is learned in the thin layer of our cortex but during the aging process and the decline of the cortex, the subconscious brain replaces our sense of time toward a more timelessness orientation….Sid

  3. This brings up the thought about “elderly” people being asked the date as a reality check for Alzheimer’s symptoms. It seems unfair, almost gestapo.

    When leaving a comment on my friend’s medical information page about this – I was attacked by another reader. She sent me a nasty email, all up in arms. My comment was simply that I didn’t think it fair to require older, retired people to know the date.

    p.s. Love the image!

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