Always on your side — Four beneficial theories on time

Always on your side — Four beneficial theories on time - by Jill E Greinke - Nature's Pathways Magazine January 2014

“It’s about time, it’s about space, and it’s a story about the human race.”—The television entry jingle to ‘Lost in Space’ television series, 1965-1968

Happy New Year, everyone! We just entered the year 2014 on the Gregorian calendar. Like me, I’m sure that many of you have repeatedly commented on how fast time has gone by these past few days, months and even years. Most adults over age 25 experience time passing by so fast that it’s hard to keep up. And here we are, once again, beginning another year.

It seemed like just yesterday that it was the end of 2011, when we were embarking on the speculative year 2012, with its many prophecies and ideologies predicting what would become of the human race on Earth. Back then, I remember reading an article in which a New Age author argued that time was passing by at supersonic speed for a reason. Though I cannot remember the author’s name, I do recall her explaining a physics theory called the Schumann resonances. Physicist Winfried Otto Schumann predicted it mathematically in 1952.

The theory involved measuring the electromagnetic pulse of our planet. Although it had been measured at 7.83 cycles per second during the first few years of observation, it has slowly increased since 1980. In 2007, scientists measured the pulse at over 12 cycles per second. To some, that meant that now there was an equivalent of less than 16 hours per day instead of 24. Others conjecture that time has actually been speeding up or collapsing.

“People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between the past, the present and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” —Albert Einstein

In “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment,” Eckhart Tolle states that, “The present is all we have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” Although his words resonate with such simple truth, it can often be a major challenge for most of us to accomplish. Too often, we either feel as though we don’t have enough time (we feel rushed), or that we have too much time (we feel bored). Those anxious feelings about time are called the “illusion” by practicing metaphysicists.

Yet when we focus on the NOW, we actually feel contented and relaxed. Mindfully focusing on what we are doing RIGHT NOW stops us from thinking about all of the things we have to do, and how little time we have to do them.

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity goes hand in hand with the adage, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” When we like what we are doing and we feel joy, time can feel as though it’s disappearing because we actually become part of it. But, if we are occupied by something we don’t like or when we feel something negative, the passing of time seems to slow down because we are actually trying to avoid it. This can block our experiences, which can cause us to feel as though we are being separated from time.

“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.” —Ecclesiastes 3:1

In the book “The Big Leap,” Gay Hendricks talks about “Einstein Time.” This theory on time takes Einstein’s findings a bit further and argues that we ourselves are time, and therefore, we make our own time by the very quality of our being. In other words, we create the illusion of time based on how we think and feel about it. We are actually responsible for how we experience time and must take absolute ownership of it. Hendricks feels that Einstein’s theory of relativity implies, “We are both the source of time as well as any pressure of not having enough of it.”

“Zero-point” time is said to be where movement is equivalent to “now space.” This theory is based on the concept that time is a collapsing perception; we can consciously take ourselves outside of the belief of time so we can relax into the perfect, frozen moment. In this space, we don’t have to think, we can just be.

C. S. Lewis recognized that perfect, frozen moment as “Kairos” time. He called it “God’s time or God unbounded now,” which gave it a divine nature. Quoting C.S. Lewis, Reverend Jacqueline Lewis reveled that, “When God comes, it is always the right time.” The idea of Kairos time is the opposite of “Chronos” time. Chronos time is the measurable, quantifiable time that most of us fall victim to and are alluded by every day.

But in the “now” of 2014, we are continuously presented with the opportunity to realize that paradoxically, time can help us to experience timelessness. We simply need to allow ourselves to dance to our own rhythm and get lost in each precious moment of our lives. This power to create our own relationship with time guarantees us that …

“Time is on [our] side, yes it is!” —The Rolling Stones


Jill E. Greinke, MSW, LCSW, SAC, is a holistic psychotherapist and transformational consultant specializing in transformational counseling and coaching, group coaching, workshops, teleconferences, presentations, speaking engagements and consultations. To get her free report, “Five Steps to Miraculous Living,” visit her at http://jillegreinke.com

This article originally posted January 2014 Natures Pathways Magazine

 

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