The Illusion of Time

The Illusion of Time

Time doesn’t exist. Existing is timeless. Experiencing the timeless is also timeless. When you experience experiencing, you are timeless.

But your judging habit looks for ways to judge and the current moment is very small, too small to contain much judgment. So, your mind strings together moments and creates the illusion of time. Past and future are endless canvases for judgment.

Time is a concept your mind generates to keep everything you experience organized. It doesn’t exist, other than in your head. No other species on earth concatenates individual moments of existence into the passage of time. Everything else that exists just exists.

That said, whatever you experience is real. So, time is real for you. Some of the most defining characteristics of the physical realm can be attributed to time. You get to experience beginnings and endings, ascension and descent, departure and return, inception and completion, transition and transformation. And of course, life and death. The physical realm is a truly unique and compelling experience. To be able to experience time is a real treat.

But your relationship with time can be complicated, even terrifying. Past and future are an infinite canvas for your judging habit to project fears and insecurities onto. The past is great for regrets, and the future holds your expectations. Since this is all happening in your head, there are no limits to how far and how big your judgments can be. You can spend your whole life living in the stories in your head.

The more you judge, the more frantic your experience of life becomes. It feels disjointed, you feel rushed. Time moves to the forefront of your everyday experience. There never seems to be enough of it. The more you connect with reality in front of you, however, the more time subsides into the background. And all your anxieties with it. Only the practical aspects of time remain, while the neurotic elements fade away. The current of life becomes your primary anchor. It’s like turning down the static noise with a single volume knob. Everything else becomes secondary.

Whenever you feel stressed, it’s a sign you’re getting lost in stories. Restore your connection to what is. In that space, you see yourself reflected in life’s natural, timeless state.

How timeless are you?

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