Warning: Bear with me. Although this post may not seem to have much to do with the Law of Attraction and Future Pull, it is essential to the concept of Future Pull. My father kept asking for a copy of my book but I warned him that he wouldn’t like the subject matter. So as a peace offering, I sent him this chapter on the nature of time. He hated it.
Not only did I quote mere men (rather than the Bible), all I did was ask questions and I didn’t answer any of them. He even counted them…50 in all. But that, I suggested, was my point. We only have questions and not many answers when it comes to the nature of time. This is one of those times when I believe we need a Perspective of Unlimited Possibility. Until we find out, if we ever find out, the mystery of how time works, Future Pull as I am going to describe it, is just as plausible as any other theory. So here goes…a first entry of two about the nature of time.
As I write this, it’s a beautiful Monday evening and the sun is going down. I live quite far north so even with Daylight Saving Time, our mornings start early and our evenings go late. Yesterday was Canada Day, our nation’s 145th birthday. It was a very full day, culminating with fireworks after sunset.
That brief paragraph has at least five references to time. I mention a day of the week. Ever wonder why we have seven days in a week? Why not five? Or ten? Was it always that way? What is always? I tell you that it’s evening. Who decided when morning becomes afternoon and afternoon becomes evening? The establishment of world time zones and Daylight Saving Time means we no longer determine that it is noon when the sun is highest in the sky. Instead, a clock tells us that it is noon.
I mentioned that yesterday was Canada Day and that Canada has been a nation for 145 years. That’s a long time. How long is long? How do we measure how long and who decided that? And does everyone agree? Is that just my interpretation of time passing? What do I mean by time passing? How does it move and where is it going?
Have I blown your mind yet? This is as good a time (there I go again, referring to time) as any to ponder the imponderables. It’s almost as if you can hardly form a thought without time being woven into it somehow. It appears that time is an integral part of our awareness of being human and being alive.
Perhaps you haven’t given the topic of time a great deal of deep thought. After all, we begin to accept the concept of time at a very young age, about the same time that we develop memory and language, and we buy into whatever is the prevailing belief; which, by the way, is not as universal and as long-standing as you might think.
It wasn’t until 1884 that nations agreed to standardize time. It wasn’t until 1967 that a precise definition for a second was determined. Before that it was considered to be 1/86,400th of a solar day. Problem is, the length of a day varies in length, so by extension the length of a second varies as well. Now, a second is defined as ‘the duration of 9,192,631,770 vibrations’ of a particular isotope of cesium. And if that isn’t enough precision for you, did you know that the earth is slowing down and that as a result, ‘leap seconds’ need to be inserted to keep the earth’s rotation in sync with atomic time. Without this adjustment, in a few thousand years, noon will arrive in the middle of the night. The ‘leap second’ system isn’t perfect but the international organization responsible for deciding how we count time has delayed the decision. They said, “More time is required to build consensus.”
I will take a more philosophical approach to this discussion of the nature of time. Jeff Goldsmith, a well-known spiritual teacher, called life “A Parenthesis in Eternity”. This imagery is similar to that in this quote by philosopher Philip Novak, “One plunges into time’s terrible surf, only to emerge riding its wake, awakened.” They both suggest that time is only a function of being here, being alive, and that before and after our human experience we are part of the eternal and timeless. Hold on a second. Who says there is anything that is eternal and timeless? Science is still arguing that. Did time begin with the big bang? If it did, what came before?
I’d like to prepare your mind, like the soil in a garden, to consider some mind-blowing ideas related to the nature of time. A little digging up of long held beliefs, some turning over of accepted concepts, a handful of idea fertilizer and you will be ready to Adopt a Perspective of Unlimited Possibility with regard to time and how it works. I’d like you to consider, if you were given the power and the authority to reinvent time, how would you do it?
To reinvent time, you will find it necessary to consider these questions, among many others: What is time? Is it a thing? A feeling? Is it a wave? Or just an illusion of the collective unconscious? Perhaps it’s a mass hallucination. Or maybe it’s an agreement that we buy into when choosing to become human for this short (define short) visit to earth.
How does time travel? Does time travel? Is time travel possible? And if it is, can we go back and change history? Can we jump forward or just travel through a wormhole to the past?
Does time flow from past to future or from future to past and off into history? What is history? Is history gone or is it still out there somewhere in a parallel universe? Or perhaps time doesn’t move at all and we are the ones passing by as though we are riding a moving sidewalk at the airport. Or maybe time is just a series of ‘nows’, like each of the frames in an old movie reel.
Are you going to make time dependent on the movement of the earth, sun, stars? Or are you going to make it independent of the rest of the universe? Will you adjust the length of the pieces of time? The hours, weeks, months, years? Are you going to make it a little more organized so that we don’t have to throw in leap years, or leap seconds, to get things back on track every four years? Are you going to announce that all months are now thirty days, or thirty-one or twenty-five so that we don’t have to remember that silly little rhyme—thirty days hath September….?
Is the past etched in stone? Is the future just a mirage? Or is the future pre-determined? Is the past just a poorly remembered work of fiction? Do we ‘remember’ the future or imagine it?
More on the nature of time tomorrow…