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Time

or: The simultaneity of existence

or: Time, anti-time, timelessness, and the eternal now

What is time?

Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them. It is considered as a fourth dimension, in addition to the dimensions of space.

Time has long been a major subject of study in religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a manner applicable to all fields without circularity has consistently eluded scholars. Nevertheless, diverse fields such as business, industry, sports, the sciences, and the performing arts all incorporate some notion of time into their respective measuring systems. Some simple, relatively uncontroversial definitions of time include "time is what clocks measure" and "time is what keeps everything from happening at once".

Two contrasting viewpoints on time divide many prominent philosophers. One view is that time is part of the fundamental structure of the universe—a dimension independent of events, in which events occur in sequence. Sir Isaac Newton subscribed to this realist view, and hence it is sometimes referred to as Newtonian time. The opposing view is that time does not refer to any kind of "container" that events and objects "move through", nor to any entity that "flows", but that it is instead part of a fundamental intellectual structure (together with space and number) within which humans sequence and compare events. This second view, in the tradition of Gottfried Leibniz and Immanuel Kant, holds that time is neither an event nor a thing, and thus is not itself measurable nor can it be travelled.

Time is one of the seven fundamental physical quantities in both the International System of Units and International System of Quantities. Time is used to define other quantities—such as velocity—so defining time in terms of such quantities would result in circularity of definition. An operational definition of time, wherein one says that observing a certain number of repetitions of one or another standard cyclical event (such as the passage of a free-swinging pendulum) constitutes one standard unit such as the second, is highly useful in the conduct of both advanced experiments and everyday affairs of life. The operational definition leaves aside the question whether there is something called time, apart from the counting activity just mentioned, that flows and that can be measured. Investigations of a single continuum called spacetime bring questions about space into questions about time, questions that have their roots in the works of early students of natural philosophy.

Science has nothing at all to say about time itself, yet it is fundamental to the idea of measurement and observation, upon which science is based. As Wikipedia states, "the operational definition leaves aside the question whether there is something called time, apart from the counting activity just mentioned, that flows and that can be measured."

The intagibility and unrealness of time

Physics and mathematics say nothing about time, in terms of intrinsic properties. There is nothing in physics that would suggest that time is a fundamental quality of the universe. Yet, so fundamental does it appear within the objective reality delusion, that the various string theories that were developed were combined into one idea, with time added as the 11th dimension, thus taking time outside of the 4th dimension — a mathematical delusion stemming from the incomprehensibility of infinity outside of the abstract realm of mathematics.

When seen from the objective reality metaparadigm and then through a physicalist lens, infinity is inconceivable. Likewise when seen from the subjective reality metaparadigm and then through a 4th-dimensional (3rd density) lens, rather than a multi-dimensional lens. In terms of information, the belief in the fundamentality of time implies a beginning and an end to All That Is, an end to the now moment, an end to spacetime. The concepts of dimensions and densities provide an alternative to the assumption of virtual reality when modeling reality from the subjective reality metaparadigm.

Time as a direction in the 4th dimension

Time can be thought of as a way for the 3rd dimension (space) to change state. Every "moment" (or planck time) is a particular state of the 3rd dimension, which can be represented as a point in a 4-dimensional timeline. Since we do not observe any dimension beyond the 4th from our 3rd dimensional (Physical Mind) perspective, reductionist notions such as a deterministic 4-dimensional universe appear reasonable, if fooling oneself into believing that free will is only an illusion. By adding the idea of the 5th dimension (the plane of timelines), free will is accounted for. Thus, what we experience as time may not be a 4th-dimensional experience but instead a higher-dimensional experience.

Time is a Direction [Rob Bryanton]

To read along with this blog go to http://imaginingthetenthdimension.blogspot.com/2008/04/time-is-direction.html

For us, time is a direction in the fourth spatial dimension. That's one of the ideas that is central to the way of visualizing reality that I have advanced in my book and its well-known animation.

So the idea of anti-time is theoretically just as valid and "real" as the idea of (forwards-)time, just as up and down (the directions of the 3rd dimension) are equally real and co-dependent.

Time in the objective reality metaparadigm

We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future.

Laplace

The following documentary describes the scientific understanding of time under the objective reality delusion:

The Illusion of Time [Full Documentary]

If time cannot be measured accurately, it can hardly be said to be a constant — which means that all "empirical" endeavors, all "empirical" data collected by observation and experiment, is built on shaky foundations.

Quantum-mechanical time

"New biology" pioneer Bruce Lipton summarizes the understanding of time that should have been arrived at (by the mainstream physics community) with the discovery of quantum mechanics:

The Illusion of Time with Dr. Bruce H. Lipton

The right brain senses time in the present moment and uses creativity, the left brain perceives time in terms of past and future and uses logic, and we are caught in the middle. As far as consciousness is concerned, we use our creative thinking 5% of the time, whilst our subconscious mind operates 95% of the time. Time a system, and perhaps the reason why time feels like it is speeding up is because our perception of time is evolving.

The pernicious nature of our false understanding of time

Alan Watts breaks down the nature of time:

Alan Watts - Mystery of Time

Alan Watts - Time, The Social Institution

Time in the subjective reality metaparadigm

In the subjective reality metaparadigm, the experience of time is real, but it is not 4th-dimensionally causal, but rather (higher-)dimensionally causal. The experience we call "the passage of time" is the same now just from a different point of view.

The eternal now

Bashar explains what (the experience of) time really is — shifting from one already-existing parallel reality to the next billions of times per second:

Bashar on being IN each and every moment

Sharing the idea of shifting moment to moment and this for me explains why and how I feel everything in every moment.

When one is not living in the now (i.e. completely focused in the present moment), one is not in aligment with one's true self (i.e. the Dao or Divine Purpose or teleological Attractor or "transcendental object at the end of time"), by definition. "Past" and "future" exist now. Memories of (and thoughts about) previous experiences ("the past"), and projections of possibilities ("the future"), always happen in the now. As Bashar put it: "What you call your future is simply the invisible now."

Dimensional non-linearity

From the next dimensional realm up of Creation (6th density, the non-physical soul realm or spirit world), the human life experiences happen in different orders, in different time periods. Ultimately, however, they, and the soul's experience, and everything in Creation, is happening simultaneously, concurrently, in parallel — as Bashar explains:

Bashar - Question About Time And Frequency

Bashar discusses how frequency is related to time.

Big picture thinking constrained to the 4th dimension

In the objective reality metaparadigm, the 4-dimensional model of time — the assumption of linearity — leads to a kind of "big picture thinking" that is rather far off the mark:

I believe that life can go on forever. It takes a million years to evolve a new species, ten million for a new genus, one hundred million for a class, a billion for a phylum — and that's usually as far as your imagination goes. In a billion years, it seems, intelligent life might be as different from humans as humans are from insects. But what would happen in another ten billion years? It's utterly impossible to conceive of ourselves changing as drastically as that, over and over again. All you can say is, on that kind of time scale the material form that life would take is completely open. To change from a human being to a cloud may seem a big order, but it's the kind of change you'd expect over billions of years.

Freeman Dyson, physicist (b. 1923)

That seems like a rather irrelevant timeframe for one who believes he is mortal. Due to the belief in dogmatic ideas such as "authority" and scientism/physicalism (due to the great ontological misunderstanding that spawned the scientific industry), highly intelligent scientists have completely misunderstood what time is, assuming it is linear (rather than a side-effect of higher-dimensional shifting), and thus think about what might happen thousands, millions, and billions of years from now, when in fact the concrescence of novelty of "history" — the increasing of the negentropy, or increase in vibrational frequency, of Human consciousness — is acceleratingly approaching the singularity of thematic timelines polarization, according to Bashar.

Clocks in the subjective reality metaparadigm

The standardization of the experience of time by means of clocks would thus seem to be a major element of, and primordial factor in the idea of, limitation of experience in 3rd density.

Also, as Alan Watts points out, the seconds marker on pre-digital clocks are the thinnest possible for the eye to see, giving the unconscious impression that the present moment is the least relevant.

Spacetime travel

It isn't as hard as physicalist scientists have assumed. As quantum mechanics showed (but dogmatic/conservative/mainstream scientists ignored in favor of, or intellectually replaced with, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle), location is a property of the object, not the other way around. Change the locational variable of the vibrational signature equation of the object and it will instantaneously cease to exist in location A and begin to exist in location B.

Bashar - Time Travel

From Bashar - The Time Machine

Other channeled beings on time

The idea of channeling doesn't make much sense from a linear time perspective... It seems to follow that, if the channelings really are what they purport to be, then the messages must be coming through a medium that is non-linear, or higher-dimensional (i.e. of higher frequency).

In parallel to Bashar, other channeled entities speak the same message but using different words (and perhaps a bit less eloquently), purportedly coming from different star systems:

Adronis

Adronis, a non-physical star being that purports to represent the vibrations of Sirius (the brightest star in our night sky), speaks about oneness, isness, and the eternal now:

Adronis - The Isness Understandings: Now IS Forever & All IS One

[Published on Apr 5, 2015] Adronis, channeled by Brad Johnson, speaks on the Isness Understandings that transcend the idea of "laws" or "rules." Through these natural understandings, one is able to further explore the depths of all creation here and now in this moment to discover interconnectedness as one.

Adronis also explains the so-called "Mandela effect", a bizarre "false memory" type of experience that many people have been noticing over the last few years:

Adronis - The Mandela Effect

[Published on Oct 19, 2015] Adronis, channeled by Brad Johnson, speaks on the nature of what has been called the Mendala effect: the feeling that memories from other realities have become intertwined with our current reality to feel that things have turned out in different ways. In this case, many of them have. This is what Adronis has termed in actuality as the "Amalgamation effect."

The Pleiadians explain time

Our intragalactic neighbors in the Pleiades star system (purportedly) elucidate the nature of time for us through channel Wendy Kennedy in the context of ascension:

The Pleiadian Collective - Time

From the lecture: "The illusion of time".

Abraham-Hicks

Abraham-Hicks, the original source of the idea of the Law of Attraction, describes the experience of time:

Abraham Hicks ~ Let time serve You

San Francisco February 24th 2007

Time as perceived by ancient civilizations

Less linear thinking generally means more synchronous experiences. Two examples are:

Chronos vs. kairos

The ancient Greeks had two distinct terms for what we today call "time":

Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens. What is happening when referring to kairos depends on who is using the word. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature. Kairos also means season in ancient and weather in modern Greek. The plural, καιροί (kairoi (Ancient Gk. and Mod. Gk.)) means the times.

Indian Time

The more-original inhabitants of North America, the Native Americans, apparently didn't keep "track" of time in any linear sense (but didn't fail to notice natural cycles) and were thus living in natural synchronicity like all other lifeforms on the Earth. In an essay titled Re-examining American Indian Time Conciousness (2012), Anderson Rouse writes:

Time and time consciousness can be a particularly perplexing sub-field of history. Time is complex. The Western tendency to reify time tends to oversimplify time, to turn it into the tick of a clock or the turn of a calendar’s page. Time is more than the mechanical workings of time keeping devices. Time consciousness is a way of thinking, a mentalité. The way a culture views time is related to the way that culture relates to the world around it. Because time consciousness is more than calendars and clocks, it has become a sort of “intellectual omnibus“ among some indigenous groups to discuss broader questions of cultural and spiritual identity. Time consciousness is turned into a totem, a symbol of indigenous people’s religious and cultural distinctiveness. Attempting to define indigenous time consciousness can become a potential mine-field.

Understanding Native American time consciousness brings with it the difficulty of studying any indigenous group’s concept of time.
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Archeological evidence and anthropological studies offer insight into American Indian concepts of time, especially when approached without preconceptions about the way Native Americans view time.

Traditionally, Indian time consciousness has been seen as “primitive“ or somehow undeveloped. From the earliest days of colonization, Europeans have seen Native Americans as living in a “timeless stasis.“ This view of indigenous time consciousness has alternately been tied to stereotypes of Indians as lazy or child-like and the theory of the “noble savage“ championed by Rousseau and other Enlightenment thinkers. To Europeans, the lack of traditional time-keeping devices and traditional Western time consciousness represented indolence and an enviable independence from the tyranny of time constraints. Academia and textbooks encouraged this view of Native American time consciousness well into the second half of the twentieth-century. In recent years, a new understanding of indigenous time consciousness has emerged, championed by Native American scholars like Donald Fixico and Vine Deloria, Jr., that Indians essentially viewed time as being cyclical. Fixico in his work The American Indian Mind in a Linear World argues that “’Indian Thinking’ is ‘seeing’ things from a perspective emphasizing that circles and cycles are central to world and that all things are related within the Universe.“ He then goes on to suggest that “the concept of time for Indian people has been such a continuum that time becomes less relevant and the rotation of life or seasons of the year are stressed as important.“ To Fixico, Native Americans almost seem to lack time consciousness, in favor of an awareness of natural cycles.

Vine Deloria, Jr., in God is Red advances a more radical view of Indian time consciousness. He creates a dichotomy between cyclical and linear time conceptions, asserting that “time has an unusual limitation. It must begin and end at some real points, or it must be conceived as cyclical in nature, endlessly allowing the repletion of patterns of possibilities.“ Deloria associates cyclical time with American Indian time consciousness and linear time with Western thinking. He links Western linear time with violence, noting that “the peoples of the New World were virtually destroyed by the European invaders at the same time that Europe was being ravaged by witch-hunts, the Inquisition, and religious wars.“ European time consciousness is part of a Western worldview that is exclusionary and intolerant in favor of progress, or, as Joseph Baukemper notes in “Narrating Nationhood: Indian Time and Ideologies of Progress,“ “linear history is revealed to be an inherently exclusionist enterprise in that it is capable of accounting only for a singular mono- dimensional narrative.“ In contrast to the violence of European progress-centric linear time, Indians lived in a world where time faded into unimportance, where there were no chronologies, and no temporal specificity. Vine Deloria, Jr., turns time into a clash between cultures. Linear time is a symbol of colonialism and its abuses, while cyclical time represents a life in sync with natural rhythms and free from the unrelenting drum-beat of progress.

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Pre-contact American Indian time consciousness, while certainly pre-industrial, lacking specificity, and dependent on natural signals, was not significantly different than that of pre-industrial Europe. American Indian time consciousness would have seemed very familiar to early modern Europeans, who lacked highly technological time-keeping devices and were depended on natural and religious cycles to regulate their lives. When Native American time consciousness can be viewed realistically, instead of being romantically associated with a pre-modern, natural, spiritual existence, students of Native American history can begin to see American Indians realistically. While the stereotype of a spiritualistic, shamanistic Native American may be less insulting than the crude “Injun“ of early Western films, both conceptualizations of American Indians are caricatures, and ignore the complexity of indigenous peoples’ understanding of the world around them.

Quotes

People forget years and remember moments.

Ann Beattie, novelist (b. 1947)

Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Get rid of the habit of thought whereby you define yourself as the result of what has gone before, and instead get into the more reasonable and more plausible habit of thought, in terms of which you don't define yourself in terms of what you've done before, but in terms of what you're doing now.

Alan Watts

In classical physics, the past is assumed to exist as a definite series of events, but according to quantum physics, the past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities. Even the universe as a whole has no single past or history.

Hawking & Mlodinow, Scientific American, October 2010

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.

John Archibald Wheeler

Waiting is a state of mind. Basically, it means that you want the future; you don’t want the present. You don’t want what you’ve got, and you want what you haven’t got. With every kind of waiting, you unconsciously create inner conflict between your here and now, where you don’t want to be, and the projected future, where you want to be. This greatly reduces the quality of your life by making you lose the present.

Eckhart Tolle

Understand that from the point of view of what you term to be non-physical dimensionality, which is where, in a sense, in your vernacular, the universe was created from, it seemed, in a sense, to be an instant; since there is no time, in that way. In terms of creation of time itself, then that manifestation, as it was created, then must follow, in a sense, its own course, and enact out itself through the idea of a time frame, a time scale, in that sense, as you would say, it took time. You follow me?

In a sense, understand that the creation was instantaneous. But as it was manifested into physical reality, one of the ideas defining the parameters of physical reality itself being the concept you call time, then it seemed to unfold in a time sense.

Bashar, 1985