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Monday, August 31, 2015

Illusions: Brother Do You Have The Time...

This journey we call life has led me to a winter eve. Moonlight dances across the meadow; a snow laden spruce bough sparkles under the weight of a fidgety Horned Owl. Time stands still for my feathered brother, his only task this night is to attend my final breath. Comforted by this bed of down, I count vanquished enemies, all but one. You, my brother Chronos who have hunted me, now stand by my side. Who now arrives at my bed, a final visitor, to still my restless mind.

What is time?

Is time your enemy?

Is time an illusion?

Ponder upon these three questions. If you desire to read this essay, you must give me half an hour of your time. Therefore, it should represent no imposition to spend ten minutes thinking about the aforementioned questions. No....... now is not the time to read, think some more, open your mind! Give me more time of your time! Take one more moment to ask why was it so hard to ponder upon this subject?

Let us piece together what we know of time, possibly, we may find some threads to pull.

Most people, when asked to define time, will rely upon a construct similar to the Oxford dictionary definition which reads as follows.

Time: The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. However neat and tidy the Oxfords definition may appear, time itself has proven to be a much more elusive character to succinctly pin down. By example, one need only briefly investigate the history of humanity to determine all of the greatest philosophers, theologians, and scientists have grappled with conceptualisations of time. I believe the following quote from the great St. Augustine of Hippo may have stated the corundum best.

"What then is time? If no one asks me, I know: if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not."

Having struggled with the concept over years, Augustine concluded, time is in fact a “distention” of the mind by which we simultaneously grasp the past in memory, the present by attention, and the future by expectation.

The Science and Philosophy of Time:

Further expansion of our knowledge of time can be scientifically derived from insights into relativism as suggested by Einstein who is quoted.

"People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity!"

The essential argument, wrung out over millennia, by philosophers and scientists alike, is the distinction of time as defined by one of two theoretical possibilities. Firstly; time observed as a fundamental aspect of the universe; representing its own dimension relative to space, thereby enabling events to be sequentially ordered. The proponent of this theory, Sir Isaac Newton, perceived his concept as a realistic view of universal time. Further illustrating this concept, we can look to the following Newtonian quote.

"Absolute, true, and mathematical time, in and of its own nature, without reference to anything external, flows uniformly and by another name is called duration. Relative, apparent, and common time is any sensible and external measure (precise or imprecise) of duration by means of motion; such as a measure for example; an hour, a day, a month, a year, is commonly used instead of true time."

The component of note in this argument stipulates; time exists as a separate entity which becomes relative only when observed as a function of motion through the medium of space.

The second perspective, held by Immanuel Kant in his 1781 paper, "Critique of Pure Reason" posits the following.

"Time is not an empirical concept. For neither co-existence nor succession would be perceived by us, if the representation of time did not exist as a foundation a priori. Without this presupposition we could not represent to ourselves that things exist together at the same time, or at different times, that is contemporaneously, or in succession."

Accepting the Kantian view of time, we discover; space and time do not exist in and of themselves. However, the illusion of time and space are humanities modality for representing, separating, and defining objects. Combining spatial and temporal measurements, we pinpoint time as an illustration of a quantifiable construct. Seconds, bleed into minutes, which then are characterised by calendric references. Kant believed time to represent an ally in the definitive assessment of experiential beingness. However, he did not fall into the Newtonian trap of believing an a priori understanding of time should expose it as a physical manifestation.

In my, most humble opinion, Kant had hit the nail on the proverbial head, which, by the way, was firmly attached to Newton's torso. Let me clearly state, Newton was one of many academic puppets; dirty rotten scoundrels who twisted and distorted science for the benefit of their elite paymasters. Newton's work on gravity was monumental, however, most his theories thereafter were cleverly woven constructs designed to mislead the scientific community. To prove my point, in the light of Huygen's wave theory, how could anyone believe an intelligent thinker like Newton would have remained inexplicably glued to his particle paradigm.

I digress, getting back to Kantian philosophy; astute as Kant was, he did buy into the theory of linear time. Possibly his stance was more a result of impositions by the religiosity of the day. Unable to find the quote in any of his work, I do remember Kant describes linear time as a necessity, as if he needed his ally to construct his world. Aside from his linear time theory, I believe Kant's most beautifully described time as an "experiential ally", an "a priori" construct enabling humanity opportunity to establish beingness as a succession of separate acts.

The point of eloquence found in Kant's argument hits upon esoteric knowledge, which implies, although we can quantify time (The second is the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom.) we cannot tacitly suggest time is "real", at least not in a physical sense, as believed by Newton. Einstein completely destroyed Newtonian concepts of absolute time with his "Big Bang" and "Relativity" theories. By example; just ask a child to reflect upon time spent in the pew at morning church, juxtaposed to, time spent fishing with a buddy, or playing ball hockey. Shortly after the death of his longtime friend Besso, Einstein penned a note to the family suggesting, although Besso had preceded him in death, it is of no consequence,

"...for us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one."

Einstein described time as a separate dimension which can be measured by the speed of light as it travels through space. His theory of relativity illustrated that if one were to travel in a spaceship at the speed of light, then time would stand still. Even high velocities approaching the speed of light would considerably reduce one's experience of time. Einstein went on to suggest; under such conditions, an astronaut could travel for five years in a very fast craft, later return to earth whereby he would discover he had aged one month, whilst everyone on earth had aged the full five years. Considering relativity further, we can extrapolate time to be nothing more than a direction of motion in space, quantifiable, but relative.

When considering the ontology of time, we would be remiss if we failed to introduce a philosophical component of time past, present and future to our investigation. Many philosophical giants, like Plato, believed God created time and the heavens in unison, which Newton felt added weight to his cosmology of time. Aristotle preferred to mark time as being relative to movement. By example; Aristotle cited the path of celestial bodies, like the Sun, as they move across the sky, or he suggested, one could observe the sand as it moves through an hourglass. Motion, being the key to Aristotle's sense of time, indicated to him the past and future must be considered non existent, whereas, in the absence of motion, time itself does not exist. Saint Augustine pondered the same dilemma an enigma which the following quote suggests he never resolved with his philosophy.

"A present of things past, a present of things present, and a present of things future. The present of things past is memory, the present of things present is sight, and the present of things future is expectation."

Saint Augustines ultimate conclusion suggested; time cannot exist in the absence of a reasoning mind capable of discerning past, present and future. One of my favorite philosophers, Rene Descartes, offered up an absolutely beautiful definition of time; in his book "Meditations of First Philosophy", Descartes suggested a body has a property of spatial extension; however it cannot have temporal endurance. He believed that God continually sustains the body or re-creates it instant by instant. Time, he says, is a kind of sustenance. We are taught, in the subsequent two quotes of Descartes, to understand the component of illusion, as well, to heed the arrogance of ones philosophy.

I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me. I think I have no senses. I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions. What is there then that can be taken as true? Perhaps only this one thing.... that nothing at all is certain.” “Some years ago I was struck by the large number of falsehoods that I had accepted as true in my childhood, and by the highly doubtful nature of the whole edifice that I had subsequently based on them. I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last.”

In the last hundred or so years; science has given us a plethora of microscopic and macroscopic imagery. Looking back to Newton's age where the minutest observable detail was the atom, we can now use the largest microscope in the world, the Cern Hadron Collider, to see a quantum morass more than one billion times smaller. The macroscopic view of our universe, as seen from the Plank telescope orbiting in space, affords modern scientists with an intergalactic perspective almost a million times more vast than Newton’s telescopic lens of yore.

This greater cosmic and quanta understanding has urged scientific models like the big TOE (Theory of Everything). Such cosmic models incorporate the Big Bang into broader, more expansive, universal paradigms, whereas, we envision ever expanding galaxies stretching outward, at the speed of light, toward an expression of galactic singularity. Prior to expansion; science defines the ultimate state of mass with no space as the "Alpha State". From the Alpha state of pure mass, the universe explodes into an expansion of space, thereby creating the relativity needed to establish the space/time continuum. This continuum excites a path to its antitheses known as the Omega point which is aptly defined as space without mass, or if you will, nothingness in potentiality. The ultimate Omega expression, in a few hundred billion years or so, will establish the cosmos as an experiential emptiness where time and space do not have referential points of existence. In such a paradigm; time is not a linear construct as much as it is a cyclical expansion and contraction of cosmic proportion. The apex of transitional change occurs when space becomes a morass at -459.67 degrees Fahrenheit, or absolute 0. Scientists define the point where all the mass of the universe has disappeared into a frozen 0 expression labeled as the "Omega State".

Conclusions, derived from observing space, express to us the relationship of time, space, energy, mass, gravity and temperature are irrevocably intertwined, in so much as, we can imagine the ultimate Alpha and Omega points. Moving closer to understanding the Omega state; we discover the 0 point to be the same as its mathematical equivalent, whereas, Zero is the sum total of all negatives opposing all positives. In the real world; we can state the cosmological Zero as the sum of all universal matter weighed against all universal antimatter. This final beingness of our universe therefore represents the ultimate singularity of matter; what we could easily define as the expression of quantum potentiality, or in lay terms; everything, forever, omnipresent and eternal.

Eternal, omnipresent, these are uber gross terms which most of us find difficult to contemplate and almost impossible to comprehend. Once time winds down to Zero; all that will remain is a perfectly flat space/time continuum extending infinitely in all directions. However vast; it will be indiscernible and meaningless in a dimension devoid of material experiential relativity. In this reality; the whole is everywhere and nowhere at the same time, an indivisible singularity of limitless potential, just like the atom itself, just like you. The misstep, easily awaiting careless mental minions, is to assume the lack of experiential relativity speaks to an environment of absolute nothingness. The exact opposite is the case; whereas, Zero represents the true singular totality, experientially vacuous, however, an absolute completeness none the less. Hence, the biblical expression;

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty".

Rationality of this concept is also offered by one of my favorite Nisargadatta Maharaj quotes;

" Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves."

How are we to rationalise the notion of time/space as a cycle? Are we to assemble an eternal dance from separation to singularity and back again, or do we hang on to linear perspectives as illustrated by Newtonian physics, Platonian philosophy, and the theology of creationism evilly illustrated by Abrahamic ontology. Is time real? Does time physically exist? If time is an eternal all present paradigm, what implication does this have on consciousness? How does this speak to our personal experiential being?

Real or illusion, what do you think?

Theology and Cosmology of Time:

Having never cared for religion, I am tempted to pass by "ism" anecdotes which help define time. With that said, I would be negligent if I failed to use religion, to aid in framing how our concept of time has evolved. The Jewish-Zoroastrian concept of time included "creationism" as proof the universe was established by God at a definitive moment in our history. Couple this with the fact all Abrahamic religions hailing from the roots of Islam, Judea and Christianity adopted a linear concept of time. Religious pundits like Augustine and Aquinas expressed time as the human journey from Genesis to Judgment. The Vedas, known as the earliest Hindu literature, defines time in my favorite terms, whereas, time is series of cycles. Each cycle is then broken down into "yugas" which translate into epochs of darkness and light, awareness and ignorance. The Puranic concept maintains the universe is endlessly created, destroyed and recreated. One day in the life of Brahma is as such that the universe exists for 4,320,000,000 years at which time the elements of fire or water destroy earth, a process called pralaya. From the destruction of day, night is created anew. Each Brahman night lasts a similar length to the day as the cycle continues for the life of Brahma which, Hindu lore suggests is 100 years. For those of you curious to know the total number of human years in one 100 year Brahmanian lifetime, the answer is 311 Trillion, 40 Billion years. It is believed we are currently in Brahmas 51st year. When Brahma dies, legend suggests there must be 100 Brahaman years of nothingness until the next Brahma will be born. This cycle of Brahmanian consciousness continues eternally.

Personal Observations and Conclusions:

To me; universe is a fractal representation of consciousness itself. Consciousness, expressed as separate in a limitless universe, will always evolve toward the singularity. Esoterically, our awareness of the true self evolves from the illusion of many to the truth of oneness. In this matrix of beingness all planes; esoteric, illusion, physical, even archonic evolve under the control of exactly the same functional template. As a child, my universe appeared as a compilation of many billion separate entities. Presently, I see consciousness as a singular entity disguised by illusions of multiplicity. How do we know if our spiritual philosophy is sound? Just look to the stars for an answer; the material must always perfectly mirror the esoteric.

There can be little argument against the fact time is an illusion. Past and future are non existent, which leaves us with the "NOW" moment. Reason, coupled with the application of experiential common sense, suggests we can refer to the now moment as consciousness. Escaping the bonds of believing in the material world; we easily comprehend the entire realm of our beingness is omnipresent, omnipotent and eternal. Yes, we are Brahma, we will always exist, no other conclusion is reasonable. There is comfort in knowing the greatest philosophic, scientific and spiritual masters of millennia have paved the way for us to understand consciousness as an eternal expression.

Expanding our concept of time, as well, defining the illusions of the physical time/space continuum, afford us opportunity to peel away the countless layers of fear. Fear of death is a crippling concept for any human to adhere to; we cower under the auspice of a Grim Reaper harvesting souls. Fear of carrot/stick paradigms like; heaven and hell, purgatory, karma and rebirth, life with Allah's grace or life without his love. Fear, caused by the illusion your brother or sister is separate from you and is out to compete against you or cause you harm. Fear, there will never be enough, that we must struggle for our personal survival.

Observe your world; what do you see?

We are led to believe we are finite, when we are infinite. We are led to believe we are physically separate, when we are a singularity. We are constantly running; either toward a new future, or away from a dreadful past. Our reluctance to see beyond illusion has us chasing our tail. Accepting irresponsible, irrational, concepts of linear time; we tacitly proliferate the force feeding of ignorance as defined by sociopaths hell bent on destroying our ability to experience unconditional love.

Open your eyes, tell me you can see the elephant in the room, tell me also you will not surrender to the nightmare!

When we have pushed our reason to unveil the darkness incorporated in the countless embellishments of time, we will have begun a new journey toward love.

You my dear brother Chronos, misunderstood, slandered, defiled of character, what now do you say to me on this winter eve? Take my hand dear brother, show me your truth; let your wisdom free me of fear. Lead me away from this mortal coil of illusion, embrace me with your eternal warmth in knowing I AM is the singularity of Brahma.




In Lak'ech, dear brethren, ... time to love... time to be free... time to go...

20 comments:

  1. Hi Chris. Good points you raise here. It is a mistake to believe that time has objective existence apart from an experiencer.
    The modern idea of time is deceptively incomplete. It is like a map that shows only distance, and nothing else. You know the distance between points, but not whether you're on a mountain or in the middle of the ocean. Systems like astrology, that map time's topography, have been lost to our modern world-view. I think we abandoned something of value in the bargain.
    Linear time is really a measurement of space and motion, but experiential time is something else entirely. We also experience the passage of time in dreams, where it has no relationship to space or motion. You could say that time is the ingredient that can turn a picture into a story. Without "time", there could be no stories.
    XOX

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    1. Hello Amanda, time turns a picture into a story is a good way to define time. xoxox

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  2. You reminded me of one of my very old Sanskrit lesson called 'kalo-aham'...meaning I am Time, and the quote 'Time creates the sky and the earth.Time creates the past and the future. By time, the Sun burns. Through time, all beings exist.In time, the eyes see..Time is the lord of all.'- Atharva Veda.
    Thanks for sharing this pool of wisdom again! it's very thoughtful and something i guess which all of us at some point of time have grappled with. What is time, is time an illusion? i am not sure if i have got my answers but i'm definitely left with a comforting, favourite quote of yours.. " Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves." =)

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  3. Namaste, sister Bani, Vedic wisdom can take one very far in helping create a solid foundation for philosophy. Thanks for the visit; it is always a pleasure to discover your perspectives.

    In Lak' ech, prosper in love live with joy...

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  4. In out of the body experiences I had when much younger, I realised that time and space are both illusions - as I see it now, they are part of Maya - I guess both illusions are required for us to experience this mundane world. I really like Amanda's picture and story analogy: time turns a picture into a story.

    When we know (from direct experience) that, in essence, we are eternal indestructible consiousness, then we can break the hold that Maya - the illusory world of matter, including time - has on us.

    I keep a dream diary. I have many recorded examples of dreams foretelling future events in my life. This is another indication that linear time is not the real story.

    Thanks for providing food for thought.

    namaste

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  5. Namaste brother Ian, thank you for your perspectives. Out of body experiences, transcendental meditation, shamanic journeying, tantra chanting, precognitive dreaming, remote viewing and near death experiences are some of the many activities I feel esoterically proves time is an illusion. With that said we can utilise many of the hard sciences, like physics and astronomy, to also prove our point.

    Breaking the hold and the damage created by time/space illusions is an essential part of developing ones sense of the true self. Thanks again for sharing your enlightening experiences Ian.

    In Lak'ech, prosper with love live with truth.

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  6. thanks for another great post Christopher!Ive always been enamored with the illusion of time but have a difficult time trying to explain my feelings toward time.I suppose my best interpetation of time would be that time is this one eternal moment that I now find myself in.Have a great week!

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  7. Great post Christopher!

    Time is an illusion no doubt,
    and the moment which it tries to keep track of
    just 'disappears' as we watch the clock...

    maybe that's the clocks true purpose...?

    our moments can be best recorded when we create something...

    be well my friend...!

    Brad

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  8. Namaste brother Brad, thanks for taking the time to visit. Understanding it is an illusion is only the first step in really coming to terms with the many aspects of time. There are so many hypothesis about time one can conjure up; there never seems to be an end to the questions.

    Having spent quite a good deal of time :) considering this topic, I feel I will never completely wrap my head around it's many lessons.

    In Lak' ech, prosper with knowledge... search for understanding...

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  9. Brother Chris,

    You expressed the point of the illusion very well. Great post and excellent delivery.

    I know many readers see this and may feel its something to ponder, to think about? Pondering is the thinking process that is causing the illusion of time... THOUGHT/Thinking/Intellectualism.... so I say why ponder? JUST BE.

    The theory that Reality, as we consciously experience it, is not real, goes back to ancient indigenous people who believed we exist in a dream or illusion. In our current timeline, we refer to the matrix, grids, virtual reality, simulation and hologram. Today many physicists are researching the concept of the universe as a hologram.

    The universe is a consciousness hologram. Reality is projected illusion within the hologram. It is a virtual experiment created in linear time to study emotions. Our hologram is composed of grids created by a source consciousness brought into awareness by electromagnetic energy at the physical level. The hologram is created and linked through a web, or grid matrixes based on the patterns of Sacred Geometry. The hologram had a beginning and it has an end, as consciousness evolves in the alchemy of time. As the grids collapse, everything within the hologram will end, helping to understand what is going on in the world today.

    In media we find films, television shows, books, and games, based on the concept of reality as a hologram. Among the more easily recognized are The Matrix (Illusion), The Thirteenth Floor (Simulation), Inception (Dream), the Holodeck (Grids) in the TV series Star Trek, Second Life an Internet game, and The Holographic Universe a 1991 book by Michael Talbot

    All this deceit is the result of a numbering system. This so-called, 5 sense world reality, based on these sacred geometric and religious systems are unwittingly worshiped by every human being on the planet as being the truth of what life is all about. In reality, all these systems are corruption and have no connection to awareness. Life itself, is also a complete fabrication, and an immense illusion. Lies based on previous lies, multiplied by yet more lies, does not foster truth. It creates a Universal Lie, which is exactly what the whole universe is.

    Here are a few quotes from the IlluminatiMatrix that express the same knowledge and deals with how it works.

    "There is but One Eternal Moment, in spite of what may seem to be the passing of time. As you progress, it will become abundantly clear, the foolishness of the concept of time. It will also become evident that, what has puzzled scientists and intellectuals studying the human brain, and in particular those studying MEMORY, who can find no portion of the brain that stores MEMORY. The reason being, MEMORY DOES NOT EXIST. What we look upon as MEMORY are simply the sensations of the whole life experience being played out in this One Eternal Moment. When certain words are spoken, asking you to recall a certain event, this acts as a button pusher, much like on a tall skyscraper elevator, that obediently goes to the correct floor, observes the sensation associated with that floor, and then regurgitates those sensations in response to the query. All floors are located one above the other, however, no time passes and no space is involved in separating the floors. Its all just there, within the trance state, as long as the luciferian egregore allows the layers to be accessed. The layers are there, containing the information concerning individual illusory experiences, but they’re not necessarily allowed to be accessed, for the simple reason of using this as yet another form of stress and anxiety to instill fear and disease."

    "Because of the existence of this Eternal Moment, no such thing as Memory is required or has any basis in reality. Memory implies the passage of Time, and recalling past events. However, there is no such thing as Time, and therefore, no such thing as remembering anything that occurred within the concept of Time. All of which is simply illusory." - IM

    DS888 :)

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    1. Namaste brother Ian, thank you for weighing in on this topic. Your comments were very interesting and worth pondering. I hope all is well and that you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

      In Lak'ech, prosper with truth live with love...

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  10. dear brother,

    another enlightening exposition. all of us at one point in our lives surely have asked these questions about time. unless, one stops and be silent enough to ponder on these, it will be difficult to realize time is but a function of our consciousness. that's how the mass of us is thoroughly entrapped by Maya. it will take great, continuing effort to be unshackled.

    while reading this post, i was reminded by what henry david thoreau wrote in his book, walden, -- " time is but the stream i go a-fishing in. "

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    1. Namaste brother Sito, thank you for taking the time to visit. There was so much more I wanted to write about time; from this perspective it was difficult post to construct.

      I really like your Walden quote. I have never read Walden, I am very familiar with his presence in American literature, just never got around to it. I hope you and your wife enjoyed a wonderful anniversary.

      In Lak'ech, prosper with love live with love...

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  11. Namaste Brother Sito, I just found Emmerson's Waldo free on ScribD; now I have no excuse for not reading it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention again.

    In Lak'ech, prosper with literature, live beyond fear...

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  12. It just Is.

    Take care brother Chris,
    Mike
    ps: That was a fine piece of writng.

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  13. Namaste brother Mike, what a pleasant surprise to enjoy your visit. Hope my greetings find that you are well. Thank you for your kind words.

    In Lak'ech, prosper with love live with truth...

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  16. Excellent article Chris.
    I'm sorry I didn't have the chance to read it sooner. It is a fascinating subject and one I wish I could comprehend and articulate more fully.
    Time is paradoxical by nature - did the measurement create time or did time create the measurement?! The chicken and the egg...
    Personally, I see time very much like the concept of money - a measuring mechanism that was perhaps designed to be, but ultimately used to, enslave humanity. All part and parcel of the greater illusion.
    As the old saying goes: "we are all slaves to the clock..."
    Speaks volumes really!
    All the best my friend.
    Carl (The 'Guide)

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  17. Namaste brother Carl, always a pleasure to enjoy your visit. Time certainly is a very complex subject. To merely suggest it is an illusion and leave it at that is impossible, some would even suggest irresponsible. Alas, the more earnestly we investigate the dilemma the quicker we find ourselves wrapped up in the enigma.

    With that said; isn't it a pure joy to ponder upon such oddness.

    In Lak'ech, prosper with inquisitiveness live with love....

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