Is time merely an idea, an apparent function of relativity, only existent in our minds? Or is it something real, that we should spend…
Is time merely an idea, an apparent function of relativity, only existent in our minds? Or is it something real, that we should spend carefully?
Time is sold to us as a precious commodity, something real and tangible. We’ve been raised with this idea that we live along some invisible line from birth to death and that it holds some kind of invaluable currency that we must spend wisely.
I think it’s a dumb idea and it doesn’t fit for me. It’s like a square peg round hole kinda thing. For me it’s merely a concept, one that has been afforded far too much relevance in modern life.
Time seems more like a tool to me, one that we use to get things done in a relative world and that we should put back on the shelf when we’re done with it. It has no fundamental properties of it’s own.
We see the effects of something we have labelled “time” and state with assurance that it’s real. However, I’ve explored this at length and I’m left in no doubt about it’s unreality.
Mind you, there are times when I forget, like when I get up late and I’m firing the kids out the door to school. But when things quieten down, the reality of things becomes apparent.
If time is precious and valuable then it looks like most of us are in trouble, because we spend it like we have no regard for it whatsoever.
Let me start with this..
Quantum Theory and non-locality goes something like this (in simple terms); Take two particles, A and B (photons or electrons for example). Pair them, then separate them, and put them on either side of the planet. Stimulate particle A, and particle B will react without any perceivable time delay.
In other words both particles act at the same moment in time regardless of distance. This is remarkable right, how can this be? We need to have a physical connection, we need to observe some kind of interconnecting frequency waveform or something! We’ve got an interaction between particles happening way beyond the speed of light, right?
Well, not really.
Quantum studies are showing science, at the fundamental level, that our concept of time as thought of as a linear passage of events is totally wide of the mark, and in fact there is no mark. All points of reference are arbitrary, they are conveniences, they are non existent in fundamental reality.
Renormalisation; Another Convenience
Take any point of reference in the universe, it can be a particle of matter or whatever, it doesn’t much matter (lol). The further you zoom in on the point the fuzzier it gets, the less defined it becomes and the less it seems to make sense, at least from a physical standpoint.
Science has a big problem with this. In its inability to define things absolutely, it comes up with another convenience to explain the indefiniteness of things; Renormalisation. Renormalisation is the scientist’s way of solving mathematical problems which occur when we try to define the universe. It’s basically a rounding up and down of the figures.
This inability to define things ultimately is not only observable at a quantum level but also we can see this in everyday life too.
Let’s talk about the room you’re in, the floor, the carpet, the walls, the paint, the ceiling, the things in the room, how they look, where they came from etc.
We can talk about the room and everything in it forever, until the day we die. There is no end to the level to which we can delve into detail about a particular subject. On and on it goes.
It’s the same reason why world records are continually broken, and why ultra marathon runners can keep running further and further, and why scientists keep find smaller and smaller and bigger and bigger stuff.
The truth is there are no points existent in the universe, therefore there is no time. Time becomes a thing when we perceive there to be points of reference, which we know there are none, there only seems to be.
Time becomes especially real when we perceive these arbitrary points of reference to be life events. All life events are really psychic in nature. Physical things are merely the collapse of psychic things into physical reality.
So we’ve got this nervous system that perceives things, and in using it we become part of the scene, part of the experiment, part of the dance.
We can never truly be separated from it, and that’s because we are it, consciousness that is. Everything is consciousness either psychic or that same psychic stuff objectified.
Well, I Remember Yesterday So Explain That!
Some would like to think that time is real and they’d say “well, I remember yesterday, and that was before and here I am now, so there, that’s time that has passed”.
Let me explain what that is…
There is only now. We experience everything now, not in the past, and not in the so called future, only now. If you can really get with that then you will understand. Yesterday is a memory of a previous experience and our experiences don’t exist in a linear pattern, there is no line, no points. Remember the earlier paragraphs?
Some would say “well if there were no such thing as time then we would not die, there would be no decay, everyone would live forever”. This is another misinterpretation. There exists pulsating cycles of energy, not a single or multiple passages of linear time. The Universe is a fractal.
How it is that we perceive as we do, is because our consciousness is a single point of attention, a singularity you might say, and we are watching the movement of the energy through that single point of perception.
It is by virtue of our perception only, that things appear to be, and not to be, to live and die. In fundamental reality there is only everything existent, no movement.
Movement only becomes apparent when consciousness decides to fix itself in what we can reality. It’s really a dimension of reality called physical reality and it is our playground.
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All there is, is now. Everything exists in an ever present moment. The seeming connection that science is trying to identify is actually consciousness itself. It is that which we are, or at least it is a rudimentary form of that which we are. Time does not actually exist and the study of Quantum things proves it.
In science, a “bit” of information is said to have two possible answers. This view of things, i.e everything is either A or B, is inaccurate. Actual reality has an infinite number of answers or possibilities, it has any number of possible outcomes. The future does not exist until we create it. We are the factor, the parameter that decides the outcome whether our conscious mind realises it or not. We can not isolate ourselves from the the universe, we form part of the equation, always.
Mechanics Or Ecology?
The word “Mechanics” used in the term “Quantum Mechanics” indicates a machine like predictable, buildable, knowable thing. The Quantum Universe in which we live, whether we want to accept it or not, may seem on the surface to be mechanical and linear but it is not.
It is probably better described as an infinite multitude of possible linear actions. If we must give this still mystical process a name lets call it “Quantum Ecology” rather than “Quantum Mechanics” because it is built from within it’s self. Everything comes out of the invisible in the same way as any living organism does.
Currently there is a drive by science to create a functional Quantum Computer. A Quantum Computer is a computation device that makes direct use of quantum mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data.
Quantum computers are different from traditional digital computers. Digital computers require data to be encoded into binary digits (bits), quantum computation uses quantum properties to represent data and perform operations on these data. The reality is we already have millions of quantum computers- YOU & ME!
If the scientists took the time to meditate they could have access to the infinitely humongous quantum computer that sits waiting for them.
Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.- Niels Bohr
The Shortfall of Scientific Understanding
The current predominant world paradigm that exists says that if a thing can not be explained, detailed, analysed and documented by linear scientific thought processes then it’s mumbo jumbo. If you have a spiritual explanation for human existence then you’re crazy, you’re in dream land.
The traditional scientific mindset says everything in the universe must be capable of explanation either now or at some point in the future by scientific analytic methods alone.
Except for the most advanced scientific thinkers such as Nassim Haramein, common thinking suggests that in the absence of scientific proof it’s not worth the time discussing. If it can not be put in a box with a label then we’re not interested.
The game I play is an interesting one, it’s imagination in a tight straitjacket — Richard Feynman; Theoretical Physicist
To me, although the current system of measurement and verification is actually moving in the right direction, it has a large portion missing.
Quantum particle behavior can not be explained in terms of science alone, that is to say, it can not be explained in terms of the waking mind because the waking mind by its nature functions on the basis that our reality is physical.
Our reality consists of things that cannot be broken down into individual bits of information and explained in a linear mechanical fashion.
World & Personal Challenges
The illusion of time is akin to the old world idea that the world is flat, and we seem to be completely ruled by the concept. To expect to solve world issues by means of traditional closed minded linear thought is shortsighted and merely reproduces the same problems over and over again.
Scientific research is the accepted modern leader of thought in the world, and that’s a good thing. However, it needs to adopt a wider and deeper acceptance of the link between mind and matter if it is to influence significant change towards better in the world.
I recognise that science is incredibly valuable to us and has provided the basis for all the technological advances in the world, but is this how we are to measure success as human beings on this planet? I don’t think so.
At a micro level, at the level you and I function at, we need to stop putting off living. Stop racing around trying to get ahead, chasing our own tails.
The things we make important are really not. We spend the best years of our lives slaves to the clock and employers and banks and sacrifice our relationships in the process, then rationalise our behaviour by telling ourselves we have no choice.
This western world behaviour is ultimately self destructive and serves no one. We teach our kids to do the same thing and so on and on it goes. Someday, we’ll need to stop the clock.
Originally published at hardcorejunkie.co on November 8, 2015.
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This post was originally published on larrygmaguire.com on March 17, 2013 and has been updated and edited for Medium.