MEANING OF TIME


“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness; and knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.”~ Kahlil Gibran

Our illusion of being a “separate self”also needs an illusion of time….this is found in the illusion of linear time (past and future)…these illusions are adaptive mechanisms which are used as ways to function within a social environment…unfortunately we assume that linear time is our only reality with no other choice as to how we want to use our time and find our identity.

Linear time primarily means we have a history and so spend most of our time creating a story about our self which hopefully will be approved by our social community…we can become trapped in this lifestyle without being able to see any other alternative…but there is another way of viewing and experiencing time and that is through our roots in Universal Time or the “now”.

We have all experienced the “now” when becoming totally involved in an activity in which we lose our self and the sense of time…it is an extremely pleasurable and meaningful experience…if we are fortunate and find many such activities our personality is described as autotelic…this way of life perhaps can best be understood in Joseph Campbell’s “Follow Your Bliss”….the “now” can also be experienced in a state of passivity when we feel “we have all the time in the world” simply because there is nothing else we have to do.

We all have fond memories of being in the “now” during childhood particularly when enjoying play or following our curiosity about the fascinating experience of being in a magical world…unfortunately this awareness is eventually undermined by the need to be socially conditioned in order to become a productive member of society…however our “inner child” can never be eliminated from the subconscious mind and patiently waits to be rediscovered as an essential part of being an adult.

Indigenous cultures such as the Native American Indians believed time was cyclical or circular since most everything in Nature was considered circular…they believed that time has no destination but was only in a continuous repetitive cycle…since linear time requires a destination,the Native Americans were disinterested in a separate self but instead focused on the environment as their spiritual identity…being in harmony with the environment was essential to their well being…they provide a wonderful source of study for our ecologists.

The two ways of experiencing time look quite different but actually are opposite sides of the same coin…our separate self is really a creation of Natural Intelligence to provide us with a unique tool to survive and adapt to life on a higher level….and the “now” offers us a a chance to put aside the superficial preoccupation with our separate self and experience a deeper awareness of being at one with the Universe…can you imagine telling a child entering kindergarten they are at one with the grass and trees on the lawn, the clouds in the sky,and the stars in the heavens, forever and ever, and no one can take that away from them.

Some years ago a study compared the self-imagery of Native American children of elementary age with that of children of European descent. Children of each group were asked, “Please draw a picture of yourself.”

The “American” kids drew pictures of themselves with round face and features, body, arms, legs and a name written nearby.

The Native American children began by drawing in the sun, the moon, and stars. Then the mountains and hills, the river, the grasslands and trees,the village and its people, the extended family and parents, and then their own figure. Then they gestured to the whole thing: “This is me.”

2 Responses

  1. The self or self image is a product of our imagination without any basis in realty…but instead it is an illusion in which we mistakenly judge our self…we are continuously preoccupied with it as the most important part of our life.

    Our innate and universal intelligence underlying our fabricated self could be called our soul but generally ignored as insignificant secondary to the artificial self.

  2. What is the self or inner self? Are you talking about the subconscious mind? Or maybe the soul?

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