Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Time and Space Paradox

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



Author's Note: It's New Year's Eve. In less than 7 hours it will be 2017... At least for those of us on the East Coast of the US in Daylight Savings Time. But depending on where you live, 2017 could come a little earlier or a little later. In fact, for some of you it already is 2017... And that's true. I mean, it's time. So, yeah, it's definitely real...

Or, maybe we're just making shit up!

Whatever the case... 2017 or just simply right
now, have a blessed one. And remember that a successful New Year's Resolution is merely the external fulfillment of a prior or "co-inside-ent" internal shift. If you truly want change, don't make it—be it.



Time and Space Exist

Time exists.

Within your mind there is a past, present, and future. You recall what you’ve done, you are aware of what you’re doing now, and you make plans to do things later on.

When you go to bed at night, you set your alarm clock to wake you abruptly at 6:30 a.m. This timing allows you the temporal interval within space to get ready for work or school or the dentist appointment you’ve agreed to be at by 8:00 a.m.

In similar fashion, all runs like clockwork.

Space exists.

If you want to get from where you are to a friend on the other side of town, you must travel that distance. You must move your physical body from Point A—here—to Point B—there. For you there exists no shorter distance than as the crow flies. Naturally, this movement will take time.

And conventional physics proves this all out. We live in a space-time continuum wherein there cannot exist time without space nor space without time. Whatever is space and is in space cannot exist if there weren’t the dimension of time for it to exist in. Similarly, there would be nothing we could measure in what we call “time” if there were neither a space in which things could reside nor any space of differentiation between those things.

Time and space are certain and inseparable.

Except when they're not.

Time and Space Do Not Exist

The present moment, the now, is all that exists. The past and future of your mind do not. You don’t usually have to think, particularly about the past or future, and what happens when you do stop thinking is your awareness shifts into the eternally present now: the only place your body, emotions, process of thinking, or unfoldment of life will ever be. Even should you be able to physically travel backward or forward in time, your personal experience would still be experienced now.

And that clock that abruptly wakes you every morning at 6:30 a.m.? It’s just a device designed to repeat a sequence of numbers or swing arms over a series of numbers arranged in a circle. Which can tell you a lot about the appearance of devices designed to repeat a sequence of numbers or swing arms over a series of numbers arranged in a circle. But it says precisely nothing about any “reality” of time.

If the argument is that clocks are synced to the position of the earth in relation to the sun, what time is it if you step off the earth? What if you’re standing on the sun or floating around in space out near Aldebaran? What time is it there? What time was it long before “informed,” 21st century humans roamed the earth, when the planet was a post-supernova molten ball of ore not yet in its current orbit? What time is it if you’re traveling faster than light?

Time to get a new watch, I suppose.

You might also consider the individualized perception of time. Here are two ways of looking at it, both using dualistic poles as reference points:

The first is in regard to the phrase, “The more you do, the more you can do.” While this is true in the sense that the more you do in life the more you will grow and learn and become more capable, there is also a more subtle reference to the dimension of time.

When you don’t do much and see time as lacking/limited, you’re “hastening time”; meaning, it really does seem 100% as if you don’t have enough time to get stuff done. Contrarily, when you remain active and put little if any focus on time, although time may seem to progress quickly (at least in hindsight), you’ll find that you can and do accomplish far more than in inert-lack mode; in other words, you’re “stretching time.”

The second way is thus: On one hand, there is the person in a torture chamber (like you at the dentist’s office at 8:00 a.m., for example) whose experience of “minutes” is more like “hours.” On the other hand, there’s the person at a theme park—or maybe it’s the dentist himself!—who experiences “hours” like “minutes.”

Being that individual perception and awareness are everything, that nothing would be without them, what can be concluded is that time is solely a function of individual awareness, of one’s mental perception as related to any given experience that observer is having in any given moment within space…

A space that does not exist, either. How can it, if time does not exist?

If all is now, then all must be here, as a point; what some call “The Singularity” or “Oneness,” wherein separation and distance are merely perceptual.

Consider in example the observation made in a quantum physics experiment: When two entangled particles are measured, regardless of how far they are separated, the measurement of one simultaneously effects the behavior of the other. This has resulted in what is named “non-locality”—a scientific way of saying, “time and space are illusory.”

The Time and Space Paradox

All in all, perception and awareness are everything.

No-thing can exist if it is not contained within awareness, if it cannot be perceived. And if it can be, then it must, necessarily, in this life as we think we know it, be part of the space-time continuum. Which is striking because if time can be so malleable, as seen in the examples provided, then it must follow that time is an illusion. Which would mean, inescapably, that space is also an illusion.

Which would very much suggest that physical life itself is an illusion.

The Singularity

I hope you'll take an extra 3 minutes to watch this video titled: "The Universe Explained In Under 3 Minutes." Although short, I feel it does a great job is summing up the time and space paradox.




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