Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
~ Albert Einstein
I was reflecting on my goals, and how to get from point A (here, now) to point B (where I want to be).
Then it occurred to me: The truth is, point B is also here, now.
How can that be?
Actually: Time does not actually exist; the past, present and future all happening simultaneously, now.
Every moment is actually a step into the “future” (that’s why the present holds the key to having everything you want). Right?
However, since the future is continually evolving into the present, I have only to make the distinction in my head, between what I accept and what I discard as true for my “present” reality.
Therefore, I must come to terms with the past, and be willing to let go of sh*tty, uncomfortable or traumatic “bad experiences” — rather, be willing to see them for what they are: wonderful gifts for personal transformation…
and with that clarity, I can form a clear picture of where I am going in the present.
As always — clarity is the secret weapon here.
Clarity provides us the ability to see things for what they really are — to see ourselves, and to see what is really going on. In order to see ourselves so clearly, we must have clarity in our minds and vision.
Proof that time does not exist.
Every moment is infinitesimal and impossible to measure. As soon as the present moment is identified, it’s already passed.
Try this test:
Say to yourself, “The present is now.” As soon as you say it, it’s no longer true, its already passed, and resides in the past.
Now try: “The future is coming” – as soon as you say it, the future has come and gone.
Therefore, in terms of “time” can you actually say that the present exists.
If the present cannot exist in terms of time, than time, in fact, cannot exist, for the truth and essence of the present is immutable; it resides within you (and this would be difficult to argue).
(Try simply resting in yourself, and following your breath and sinking into the essence of your being. Can one who is able to witness the essence rightfully argue that there is no presence?)
So, what is the value of understanding that time does not exist?
With the true understand that time does not exist, there comes the possibility of controlling time, and manifesting the future in the present.
Why are we thinking always: I will have this; I will accomplish that; I will get there when the time comes?
If you understand the principle of timelessness, than you can stop time, you can manifest the future in the present, you can dissolve the pain of the past in one (or maybe two) moment(s).
We believe that things “take time”; they may take effort, and continuous effort exerted “over time” tends to yield results directly proportional to the intelligent application of the effort.
Why do some people slave endlessly and accomplish very little, though, while others have the world at their feet in no time?
The key difference is intelligent application of effort. But here, the distinction of “intelligence” is quite specific. It doesn’t necessarily mean “smart” — it means clearly in alignment with the “future present ”
You have the clarity of embarking on a goal. Therefore, you look at what will make that goal possible, what will get you to that goal, then you take action in accordance with what you have found. If you have successfully identified what will get you there, you have chosen a path that will lead you to the goal. The only requirement then is to take the action steps in the present, and live the goal now.
This is also known as “reverse engineering” for your life. That is to say, you’ve found the goal, and deconstructed the steps necessary to get there. Then you’re actively engaged in living and enacting the steps you have deconstructed. With applied intelligence, you will quickly arrive at your goal, for you are actively engaged in it as you live and breathe. The future present becomes the reality of the now.
Why do you keep thinking in terms of the future?
The future does not, in fact, exist.
That is why, if you feel you’re spinning your wheels and not going anywhere, it’s often because you’re thinking of something that may or may not happen in the future. That’s why effective action is so important.
Taking effective action does not mean you’re moving closer to the future, unless your goal is to be somewhere in a specific period of time.
Why measure your progress in terms of time? Progress should be measured in terms of progress. That is to say, whatever it is you determine or define as progress.
Therefore, live in the present, but don’t forget where you’re going — you may already be there. You can be there already, in an instant, if you can only learn to master time, and take effective timeless action.
I now realize why it took me so long to get where i was going. Man, that feeling sucks! I’m so over it… :)
Join me in the essence of space beyond time, where all things are able to manifest in an immeasurable instant…
The idea of time is only in your mind. It is not in the Self. There is no time for the Self. Time arises as an idea after the ego arises. But you are the Self beyond time and space. You exist in the absence of time and space.
- Ramana Maharshi, Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 31.