The Fool


Before we get into the relationship between time and energy we need to first understand space and emptiness and what space and emptiness actually is.

This is because in actual reality, the reality of the universe, the reality of Nature, and the reality of the mystical transaction (you have read the first insight 'Self and other' haven't you?) time does not exist. There is no past or future. There is only the present. There is no relationship whatsoever between consciousness and time.

But if you remember from the Gestalt images in the previous insight, consciousness and space are one and the same thing. Consciousness is the fundamental basis for all existence. Consciousness is existence, because it is information. The clue is in the word 'IN-formation', i.e. capable of creating physical form through energy. This is what defines consciousness as the fundamental basis of existence.

Now please keep in mind that you are only as consciously aware as you are able to perceive existence and express yourself, or your consciousness through energy and physical form. If you cannot think it, feel it, say it, or do it, then it's not consciousness. It's space.

Therefore from your individual conscious perspective space is non-existence. Space is emptiness. Space is all the consciousness which lies beyond your ability to perceive. This is what defines space as reality. Actual reality is the context for everything you are able to perceive and be consciously aware of, because it's the space which defines existence from your individual perspective.

It is for this reason that actual reality - the reality of the universe, of Nature and the mystical transaction, cannot ever be fully understood, known, defined or explained. Space is all that what you cannot perceive and are ignorant of - in other words mysticism. It doesn't matter how much knowledge you acquire, how much you learn about existence, how consciously aware you become, there will always be space, there will always be ignorance, there will always be mysticism.

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It's also important to remember that babies and small children also have no understanding of time. Your average infant, two year old, three year old, does not understand time. A small child has no concept of past or future. A small child lives completely within a natural state of mindfulness, completely in the present moment, consciously aware of everything what's going on in their environment, and usually totally focussed on what they are doing in the here and now.

This is what makes looking after small children so incredibly tiring and exhausting. Human adults don't see the world the same as small children. Adults are socially conditioned, their perception is slowed by thinking, knowing what's important and what isn't, constantly making choices, decisions, thinking stuff through. Small children never stop and think about anything, at least not until they're a few years old. They're totally spontaneous and reactive, often unpredictable, and life for them is full of mysteries, the unknown, things to explore, discover, find out, and bigger human beings who from the perspective of a small child are complete weirdos. Please keep this in mind if you're a parent or grandparent. Not only do you need to have eyes in the back of your head when looking after children. You are also the freak in the eyes of your child.

My point here is that time is a human concept. Time is something that you teach your child.

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But what small children generally aren't taught, and what I feel is just as equally important as being able to tell the time using a clock, is the mystical principle of dependent arising or yin and yang.

I went into this a lot more in my previous insight 'Self and other' but suffice to say all physical existence is based on energy. This means that all physical existence is a matter of vibrations, resonances, energy cycles and energy waves. Energy is constant, cannot be created or destroyed, but merely changes in relationship to consciousness and space. We cannot understand either consciousness (defined as existence) or space (defined as reality) so all we have to work with is energy and physical form.

This is a massive subject, and I'm not for a single moment suggesting that you teach small children to be physicists. But the fundamental principle of energy is that it connects to everything. You cannot have the crest of a wave without a trough. You cannot have sound or noise without silence. You cannot have light without darkness. Just as everything is connected with everything else in existence, physical existence - and the kind of existence we human beings are able to perceive is 98% physical and based on energy - is based not only on vibrations and energy waves and cycles, it's also based on pulsation - now you see it, now you don't, hide and seek, peek-a-boo.

My point here is - if you're a parent or have contact with small children - please do what you can to preserve that small child's sense of wonder and curiosity about their environment. Try to answer their questions. Tell those stories. Have those long conversations. That sense of wonder and curiosity is fundamental to mindfulness and being able to seek out and create truth.

But anyway, back to the relationship between time and energy.

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The concept of time

We're all born into a life with a physical body and a finite amount of time and energy. When time and energy runs out that's it. We die. But one of the greatest misconceptions in life is that time is constant, fixed, and linear. It's something that flows from the past into the future and is relative to the calendar and the clock.

What I wish to point out here is that time is a concept, it's how we humans measure space against individual conscious experience and physical activity. The clock and the calendar are just social constructs and our relationship with time is as unique and individual as our energy and our experience of life.

You might have noticed this yourself. You might have noticed that when you're bored, or miserable, or stressed, or anxious, or nervous, time seems to expand and slow down. You might have experienced that time when you're excited about some event, maybe someone is coming to see you, you're going on a date, or you're going on holiday. Something pleasant. You notice that the time immediately before the event seems to drag on and on and on. Yet when you're having fun, enjoying yourself, feeling happy, time seems to just fly by.

Fundamentally time is always relative to your individual perspective and perception of life experience. Your concept of time is how you measure the value of your life experience, your physical activity, your actions and how you make use of your energy. What you are doing in each case is measuring your life experience and what you do against a clock and a calendar. Throughout your life you make judgments as to what is worth your time, and what is - also from your perspective - a waste of time and energy.

The flow of life

As I've stated above time is a concept, but see not only time is a concept. Space is also a concept. The basis of all existence is consciousness and as I explained in my previous insight consciousness and space are pretty much the same thing. Trying to understand either is an exercise in futility and it's enough to just accept that this is so and that while both exist, we cannot understand either.

So moving on to what we can understand - time and energy - let's understand how time and energy relate to one another. This is where we come to the flow of life. You see the way you perceive time is directly relative to the energy of your life cycle. This is one of the ways you're directly connected to and relative to the universe.

In order to bind oxygen to your red blood cells and for your heart to beat you need to have Heme B. in your haemoglobin. Heme B comes from iron, and iron is produced by the collision of galaxies in outer space. This is the science behind your perception of time, because your heartbeat is what regulates your Circadian Rhythm or body clock. Your perception of time is based on your Circadian Rhythm and internal body clock.

Time has an inverse relationship to energy. This means that the more energy you're using and burning through, the slower time will seem to pass from your perspective. Therefore time will slow down when you're depressed, or anxious, or stressed, or worried. But when you're mindful, happy, experiencing fun or pleasure time will speed up.

However when time slows down it means that you're burning through lots of energy and speeding up your life cycle. This means you will end up with less life experience relative to your life cycle. This also means that when time speeds up you're burning through less energy, becoming more energy efficient, and all things being relative, you end up with more life experience relative to your life cycle. This means that the faster time passes from your individual perspective, the greater the flow of your life.