Today I was thinking about something called the illusion of time. Hearing that, many people might think I have lost it. But seriously, I have been giving this topic some thought. In reflecting on how my days go, I often find myself caught up in rush mode. Rush to work, rush while I am at work, and rush home, only to rush to cook dinner, do housework, bath the kids, and then, if I am lucky, to spend 30 minutes of “relaxation” by myself or with my husband just prior to going to dropping into bed. Even worse, this often comes late at night when I have to get up early the next morning. What is this doing to my health? What type of quality of life do I really have? These are just a couple of the questions that I ask myself on a regular basis.
Despite my feelings, I still have difficulty breaking this cycle. Why is it so hard? Part of it lies in my perception of time and how much I have of it in a day. But what if I could get rid of the whole concept of time and finally live life on my terms? Get up when I want to? Go to bed when I want to? Work and play when I want to? How luscious life would be on those terms!
But also, what if time is not all that it seems to be? Maybe the clock has been made to serve man’s purposes but somehow in the midst of the madness man began serving the clock, literally becoming a slave to time. Just for a moment, picture this scenario: Imagine standing on the north pole of the earth, with time below you and you above it. Imagine that time is the equator. From your vantage point, you are able to look down on time, seeing “past”, “present” and “future”. Maybe there would not be a past, present, or future from this vantage point, as you could look to your left to see the “past” and look to the right to see what is coming ahead of you.In this instance, there would not be a past or future, everything would be the here and now, because everything would be within view. You could probably let go of some judgements regarding the past and not be so anxious about the future as you could see how the universe is lining up all events perfectly.
Could it be that because many of us view time from the equator perspective, or otherwise standing in the middle of it, that we cannot see how closely the “past” and so-called “future” are connected. We perceive them to be separate when they really are one. Maybe what we perceive as time passing is nothing more than waiting for circumstances to align as we journey through life.
When I think of looking down from the top and seeing past and future as one I feel refreshed and empowered. I then know that everything that I want is waiting at my fingertips for all things to line up perfectly. It is just a matter of me being patient and waiting for that to happen. I can also then relax and understand that even the little things are unfolding and as long as I get out of the way it will happen just as it should.
Today I choose to view time as one integrated whole and as a result I relax and life unfolds just as it should.
Making this relevant to my daily experience.