DO YOU BELIEVE IN TIME?

timeIt is said that time is an illusion, that there is only the eternal Now moment. It’s either a truth or a lie, right? Well, maybe not. Maybe it is simultaneously true and untrue. Perhaps the answer isn’t meant to be known to us, as we live our physical lives.


Either way, life is precious. And for the sake of analysis, we can all agree that a human life from birth to death follows a linear pathway. Time, or a series of Now moments, pass inexorably and then the day arrives when the clock stops. And we cease to exist as physical beings in this particular here and now.

So it doesn’t really matter whether we believe in time or not, because time believes in us and inflicts itself upon our bodies until the hour arrives when our bodies can’t face the onslaught of time anymore and we stop. Just like that. And we leave the time ravaged physical shell to journey onwards.

Trying to outwit or out-imagine time is an act of arrogant futility. Instead of refusing to believe in the slow death of time, perhaps we could respect time as the system that operates in this dimension. Time’s existence can be seen everywhere. Look to nature. There is a time and a season for everything. Time manifests itself in cycles and like the moon, the tides and crops, we are subject to the rhythms and cycles of time too.

Instead of denying time, we could choose to honour time moment by moment in such a way that time reveals the deep fleeting sweetness of the physical experience. Time is not the enemy. Time brings the sacred miracle of life into keen relief.

Making the choice to disregard time is a luxury of the very young or the very foolish. Harnessing the power of time and riding it with tender appreciation, noticing how it transforms everything it touches, deepens our reverence for life. Because time not only transforms physical matter, it creates a context for us to travel deeper into the mysteries of existence.

Noticing how fleetingly life animates a flower or a butterfly and how time consumes that vital life force shouldn’t be a source of sorrow. Because what time is pointing to is a powerful truth that outlives time.

That which notices the effect of time is beyond time. The sentience that we are isn’t concerned about physical life and death, it is beyond life and death. In life it experiences itself. In death it knows itself. Mastery, as a physical being, is achieved by attaining the post-death knowing state whilst still in physicality.

When we become willing students of time, we enter into an agreement of the heart. We contract to open our hearts to the pain and joy that time invites us to experience. We don’t run from the traumas that time delivers or cling to the joys. We accept both. We love both equally because we understand that life must be balanced, and so too must we.

The school of thought that runs from the idea of time, is I believe, subconsciously running from the fear that haunts us all. And that fear is an echo from a dimension far beyond this one. It’s the fear that we are alone in the vastness of infinite space. In truth, there is only the One. Is it alone in any kind of way that we understand aloneness to be? I don’t know. But, aloneness isn’t loneliness. Maybe it’s the aloneness that prompts the One Life to manifest all the glories of creation…

8 thoughts on “DO YOU BELIEVE IN TIME?”

  1. Excellent insights Sue. I guess we should change the word time that reflects a passing of a series of moments, to a cycle. people fear the word time as it conjures up death, you are so right. How many times do we hear ‘when your time is up’! Death to most means the end, so time illicits fear on a subconscious level. Whereas a cycle indicates a rebirth, a revisiting or renewal. Yup, think from now on I will use cycle instead of time. Thank you

    1. Thank you, Maria. I love what you’ve said – cycles by their very nature are cyclical. And spirals too, that is how life/existence feels to me – a vast cosmic spiral that goes round and round and we touch into different curves as we go, picking up wisdom as we go and remembering when we tune in to different curves of the spiralling journey. Some of the spiralling dance feels so familiar as though we’ve travelled it before. Because we have! We are present at every point in the spiral of life. To pull in the energy at every point and to claim the knowing of it all is, what I feel, is happening now. xxxx

  2. Thank you, Sue, I am in complete agreement. Cycles of life sweep us forward, no use burying our heads in sand, it’s so much more wonderful when we embrace every single moment and accept the things we have no power over with Grace. Mindfulness helps us find the holiness of each moment.

  3. Humans use time as a measure because of the fear of death. Excellent response Maria, and excellent topic Sue!

    Really interesting topic! I only believe in time because we create it. We use it as a measure, the cycles of our days renew with every revolution of our planet based on its location to the sun. If our planet were a different size, that would obviously change, would it mean that we would age faster or slower? I don’t think so, and nor does it matter. It is only a silly instrument of how we measure our lives.

    I personally, believe that humans also have turned it into a distraction to complicate their lives. I quit looking at clocks for that reason. And you could not imagine how it frees your brain up for other things, and puts you in the moment to truly feel the joy of actually existing.
    That is also one of the reasons I wanted desperately to leave my home in California, I strongly felt that people around me were so preoccupied by the factor of time, that it was literally destroying their ability to really do what they came here to do. People that are experts at organizing their time are the worst! Imagine all of those distractions going on in your head. My brain was ready to explode!

    I would much rather sink my feet into the sand and physically feel the breezes of an ocean and the ebb and flow of the tide, the surrounding sounds and the warmth of the sun than to be stuck with time slots in my head trying to fit everything in.

    Of course we have to incorporate time into our lives because of our habits and daily routines, but that too is by choice. If you actually let go of time, your body has an internal clock that comes from cellular memory and if your mind and body were clear of distractions, it would remind you of things you should be doing. So in essence we really don’t need clocks.

    Since I do strongly believe that our soul imprint lives on in the universe, I would not want to worry even then that the imprint was not infinite. Since it was there to begin with, our imprints are forever a part of the universe as it has existed, no matter what. For the *time* being, we all know that we go through processes of existence in the physical form too, and with that, time, nor age, nor the closing of time, should matter, I believe we could free up our souls and be more joyful without it.

  4. Lovely read,Sue.How I see it is that there is perfect order in the universe,and everything happens as per the divine plan,or laws of the universe.
    As souls,we descended in matter,and agreed to play the 3d game,and then forgot who we are.We picked up time space and matter,along with belief systems[instituted by church and state to keep from our true power of love] and we carried on with the experiment.Space[keeping us separate] and time[keeping us linear and rigid] have been the foundations of human identity and perception.
    To precis,time was only ever a construct,but there for a reason,and now,along with our evolution is collapsing in on itself,and starting to change our basic beliefs around reality.Quite interesting really the stories we tell ourselves,and how the body receives that “belief” system.E.G. “I am running out of time” becomes “I am ageing” What would happen if we no longer held that BELIEF?
    I guess when the gnowing really hits us that there can ever only be the expanding NOW,and that time has only ever been due to our limited human 3d perspective,then it figures that as we prepare for higher dimensions[increased conscious awareness] so too will our self-limiting beliefs start to evaporate,as we take up our power as “GODS.”
    And as you say,Sue,eternity is a different state of being,yet we still managed to spatialize the eternal world.
    There really is no place to go,like there really is no time.
    So when we get to stage of present time alone,we can then become total presence?
    Fear is human construct too.meaning an absence of love.We cannot exist without love.We are love,and invoking the living presence of love is very powerful.We are starting to learn how to play a new game.And resisting madly.It is for most of us quite scary to think that all reality exists simultaneously.Probably just as well we cannot access those realities just yet.Imagine the mayhem…..However the time is approaching,ha! ha!Sorry for being a scriptomaniac!!!

    1. I’ve always known that time exists simultaneously, that all life is living itself eternally in the Now. That is the larger truth, the smaller truth is where most of us are perceptually. Fabulous insights, Jane!!! Thank you for your contribution. We are singing from the same song sheet 🙂 xxx

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