“To be is to be perceived.”
It’s that time again, the preeminent renewal point for the cycle of time as we know it, the new year. We see Father Time, elderly and bearded, on his one-way journey across times labyrinth, scythe and hourglass in hand. Not far behind is Baby New Year signifying the birth of another year. But in truth they’re one and the same and have never left or arrived, they just are. But we give them false attributes of coming and going… the cycle of time marching on to its inevitable and expected end. Along with resolutions for the ‘new year’ made and only broken because it’s time and if time doesn’t last forever how can a resolution endure.
The title of this post, Time Out of Mind refers to ‘time’ beyond memory. Can there be time if we aren’t there to perceive it? And is our understanding of time real? Physics tells us that our perception of time is something that flows from the past to the present to the future and this is false. But what about Einstein’s theory on spacetime you might ask? The difference in spacetime is that the past, present and future exist all at the same time so there isn’t a flow of time as we imagine it.
So if this is true, we can forget about days and weeks, no seconds or minutes; let’s do away with hours, just have eternity here and now and when you leave this earthly plain, eternity continues to the next realm which isn’t really a realm for we are in eternity, which by the way defines time and shouldn’t be used but it’s all we have as a way of measurement of time which doesn’t exist.
Now we may think of the past, present, and future as different segments of time. Well, try to concentrate and think of the moment you’re in right now. Doesn’t it belong to the past as well as the future and to the present all at the same time? It’s the same moment in existence. This is why you hear of living in the moment because our mind tricks us into believing that moment’s flow, they don’t, they exist in the ‘now’. Time is the ultimate trickster.
There is no such thing as,“I don’t have enough time”, you have eternity instead of the flow of perceived segments of time. So your life’s work just continues on and on. Hinduism and Buddhism deal with this quite efficiently in the theory of reincarnation where one comes back which is a misnomer. We won’t come back and we don’t continue onward, we just are, like a ship sailing on a tranquil cosmic ocean of being.