Has it ever occurred to you that our modern annual calendar has been manipulated purely for commerce? Think about it, every few months there’s some event on the calendar which involves buying something. Apart from the major holidays, some of which aren’t modern at all, there are all these “days”: Administrative Professionals’ Day, Boss’s Day, Drinking Straw Day, Barbie’s Birthday, Watermelon Day, Homemade Bread Day… you get the point.

There are worthy commemorations like Mother’s Day, and historic holidays have their place, but again with language like “Black Friday” it seems these have become focused on the exterior of life.

There’s quite some disagreement that the Gregorian calendar is even valid and authentic to natural and cosmic cycles, and plenty of other calendars are available, some still in use. But, essentially the whole world has adopted a premise of 24 hours in one day, 7 days in one week, 52 weeks in one year.

It’s stifling! And not true. Time is a human construct. It actually works pretty well for living in a physical body, driving on asphalt and going to work in steel structures. It organizes life. And it runs out. That’s why it’s called a “deadline.”

The truth about time is that is doesn’t exist. Well, it does exist in the gears of your watch and for your kid’s soccer practice and a host of other events that make a life. So we’re dealing with shades of reality conjoined. We have to operate in time, but we come from outside of time.

Actually it’s not even “outside of time,” but timelessness. We originate in and return to timelessness and in between a large part of us hangs out there. Where? Um…”there.” If time doesn’t exist, there must not be space either, you may be thinking. Bingo! There isn’t.

Well, there’s the space you’re sitting in and the cosmos out “there,” and walls will stop you painfully. So again, we’re dealing with gradations of reality.

Let’s focus on the interior of life. It’s a common misconception to think of eternity as an endless span of time, whereas in fact it is timelessness; the nonexistence of time.

…time and space are in you; you are not in time and space. — Swami Vivekananda

This is very liberating! For instance, when we look at the potential of healing through this lens we understand that symptoms are data in time. Healing takes place at a meta level. Healing isn’t a cure as a cure is in space-time, whereas healing is abiding.

Spiritual healing is to erase the ignorance of what we are as metaphysical entities. When we take form, some limitations are imposed because that’s the nature of physicality, but we arrive and are unlimited.

Once this is remembered, life is lived with an expanded perspective, an and / also not an either / or. Breath is freer, creativity flows and the mind is sprung from its trap.


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Breakout of Calendar Time

8 thoughts on “Breakout of Calendar Time

  • 03/28/2010 at 7:09 PM
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    I completely agree. Right now, for instance, as I’m experiencing strange symptoms of a yet to be diagnosed (by traditional medicine) condition, I keep reminding myself that what’s happening is something that is being experienced by only one of my aspects: the physical aspect I now find myself expressing mySelf with. Temporarily. Yes, that word says it all: temporarily. For the time being. Time which doesn’t even exist in the larger scheme of infinity and eternity. So, no worries. I’m just focusing on each moment and living life to the fullest. Tastes, sounds, sights, the touch of my little boys’ sweet face against my cheeks. Divine! What’s to fear? What’s not to like? Nothing at all. All is well. Always.

    Love and Light,

    Vivi

  • 03/29/2010 at 4:09 PM
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    Thanks for stopping by Viviana. That’s a really great attitude you have. Another way I like to think about is in terms of “parallel tracks.” Yeah, there’s this & this going on one track, but on all these other tracks beautiful things are happening and being experienced. Love to you as well…

  • 04/01/2010 at 7:05 AM
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    Quite true and thanks for the observations. Time, as the fourth dimension, is relative to the individual, nothing else. That was the breakthrough discovery of Einstein’s General Relativity.

    He wasn’t the first. The Buddha Shakyamuni, 3,000 years ago, said that all of time exists within the single moment and, in a single moment, stretches to the infinite past and the infinite future. To see it any other way is an illusion. The sage Nichiren called this the realm of the 9th Consciousness.

    Another theory of time, held to by both Einstein and Newton and discussed in length in Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, is that time has to be linear, from past to present. But in a recent article in Discover magazine, quantum physicists are now proving that future events actually change past and present events. Therefore, time is not linear, exactly what the Buddha taught us.

    Namaste,

    Ned
    .-= Ned´s last blog ..Reiki Infusion – A Guided Meditation =-.

  • 04/02/2010 at 6:04 AM
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    These are very comforting theories. Very liberating.

    So what do you think about time travel?

    Quantum physics says it’s possible. with just the right amount of energy, which due to new kinds of nuclear reactors and maybe this anti matter techno,is likely to happen. But biology says our bodies can’t do it, unless we can withstand extreme heat and cold.

    So, do you think H.G. Well’s fiction can be a reality?

    I would really appreciateyour views on this matter.

    Thanks in advance.

    With respect to both science and spirituality,
    Kay

  • 04/02/2010 at 8:51 AM
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    Hi Kay,

    Your comment came at a very interesting moment! As I was exercising this morning, I was watching this week’s episode of Fringe which was all about traveling between universes. The main scientist built this ‘window’ that looked into an alternate earth. It was just like in the Introductory chapter of the Lotus Sutra (chapter 1) where Shakyamuni illuminates an uncountable number of universes in the east for his students to see. When I lecture on this chapter, I always use the example of imagining a wall of LCD TVs, each one tuned to a different universe.

    Later in the show, the assistant quotes Robert Oppenheimer, saying something about “Destroyer of Worlds”. I haven’t done the research on that quote yet, but in Chapter 5 of the Lotus Sutra (‘The Parable of the Medicinal Herbs’), a paragraph begins “The Dharma King, destroyer of being”.

    I had just finished meditating on this phrase when I read your comment! While I am going to write this up in detail and post on my blog, let me just share with you that the phrase is basically saying that we, as Buddhas ourselves, posses at every moment both the reality of non-existence and the reality of life. We shouldn’t see them as 2 distinct realities but that both exist at all times! This realization is enlightenment itself and from this perspective we can live life to the fullest as Buddhas of Absolute Freedom.

    So, yes, I think we can travel to different times and universes because I believe that they all exist in this moment. We just have to figure out how to do what the Buddha showed us. The reason solid physics (not quantum physics) says it’s impossible is because, like you said, of the energy issue. Since e=mc2, even if you could produce the energy needed, it would make the mass of the object that the energy was applied to, so big that it would be bigger than the universe itself. Since energy is contained in the universe, how could the object then be bigger? Also, as the object’s mass increases, it needs even more energy to remain at the same speed, much less make it go faster. You simply run out of energy before reaching the required speed.

    I have always felt that if a quantum physicist were to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (the title of The Lotus Sutra), they would be able to develop time machines.

    Have a great day,

    Ned
    .-= Ned´s last blog ..How to Use Reiki to Clean Your Room =-.

  • 04/02/2010 at 1:58 PM
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    I feel that time travel is a mechanistic model based on the ego’s desires. It’s certainly fascinating, could be useful and is possible. Spiritually I don’t know what its value is, however.

    We travel all the time in inner experiences, and time isn’t a factor. There are many reports from well-respected masters such as Paramahansa Yogananda that the perceptions of our physical senses are limited. In his “Autobiography of a Yogi” he tells of a great master, Mahavatar Babaji, who has lived in a youthful body for 100s of years.

    Yogananda’s own teacher, Sri Yukteswar, visits him after his own death in a flesh body. Yukteswar recounts many deep truths, including how there’s a physical universe, but also an astral and causal one too, each one subtler.

    And we think the known universe is endless! None of this is all that important to the task at hand. We’re here to better ourselves. Wisdom is timeless. Time travel or resurrection is a power, not a plaything.

    The knowing that time is a human construct is spiritually helpful and that’s all I wanted to say in the post. This is going to be a series and the next part is coming up shortly.

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