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Web of Time
Exploring beyond Time
Time is a map of consciousness. How we understand time shows where we are as a culture. I believe that the modern understanding of time shows us that we are entangled in a world (of our own creation) that is not only dissonant with Nature but also incompatible with the Spiritual Otherworld.
Is this what we want?
Time in the highest spiritual world is said to not exist - see Death & Time.
Time as understood on Earth can be cyclic [old] or linear [modern].
"The quintessential modernist construct is that of time - metanarrative and sequential organizing epitomised. The ability to have popularly accepted the idea of present work for future gain, and the compartmentalization of the day into defined work/non-work sections was essential to the triumph of the industrial revolution and, in particular, the factory system... This can be contrasted with the cyclical and less differentiated agrarian community that preceded the industrial/modern." (Neil Small)
As a map of consciousness that so heavily influences earthly life, we really need to look closely at how we understand time. It is so strong in creating our culture.
So, time used to be understood as cyclic. Communities based life on the seasons and the movements of the sun and the stars.
This resulted in an understanding that human life too has its cycles. This was translated into wisdom teachings that mapped this change - such as astrology, the I-Ching or the Tarot. The celestial was reflected in the earthly.
As shaman Ceridwen taught me, time is more of a web.
Time as a line is an invention of the Industrial Revolution, patriarchy and capitalism.
"In fact, there is no such thing as "the correct time". Like the value of money, it's a convention that derives its usefulness from widespread acceptance by others."
(Tim Harford, BBC, posted and accessed 3 April 2017)
Do you want to 'save time', or live in harmony with your body clock - which is attuned to natural light? Daylight Saving Time (DST) seems to all be about 'saving time', whereas getting in synch with your body clock seems far more natural, harmonious - more about being. (See BBC - especially the first animated video - dated 2015, accessed 29 March 2015)
The former seems to be about efficiency and the Industrial Revolution and capitalism, whilst the latter seems to be far more about being and attunement to Life. And yet with the widespread existence of artificial lighting and computers and so many other modern disruptors of the body clock, it is a mighty challenge!
I would argue that in earthly life, we do indeed need to be more attuned to the rhythms of Nature and the Cosmos - to cyclic life. By following the Celtic Wheel of Life. Or:
"I want to live simply. I want to sit by the window when it rains and read books I’ll never be tested on. I want to paint because I want to, not because I’ve got something to prove. I want to listen to my body, fall asleep when the moon is high and wake up slowly, with no place to rush off to. I want not to be governed by money or clocks or any of the artificial restraints that humanity imposes on itself. I just want to be, boundless and infinite." (Unknown)
So, from that cyclic base, we can more harmoniously explore both the non-existence of time and the linearity of time.
We are currently well acquainted with a linear, mechanised, hi-tech world.
So maybe it is time to travel to where time loses its substance or even does not exist?
Rather than being entrapped in the matrix of mechanised culture, we are free to roam the spiritual web like a dextrous spider?
Explore our real essence, our 'I Am'?
Take me with you on this journey
Where the boundaries of time are now tossed
(Loreena McKennitt, lyrics from ‘Night Ride Across the Caucasus’ from her album Book of Secrets)
I am a crumbling concept of time
(Ruth Blake, lyrics from ‘I Am’ from her album Creation)
Life is only for love; Time is only that we may find God. (St Bernard of Clairvaux)
Death & Time
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