By Cathy Eck
Time — Hijacked by the Illusion
I’ve known people who stopped wearing watches because they hated time but then drove everyone crazy by constantly asking for the time. Their behavior created the appearance of freedom; but it’s actually harder to ask someone for the time than to just look at our watch. Some rebel against time by showing up when they want. Those of us who aren’t rebelling against the clock, waste our time waiting for them. People like to make time the bad guy when it’s really our beliefs about time that are the problem.
Many teachers talk about transcending time. They’re usually the same ones that like to float above their reality. I once got an email from someone wanting to know if I could help him time travel so he could be with his lost lover again. People try to outsmart or manipulate time because they view it as a prison. Time is a constraint; but it doesn’t have to limit our freedom if we keep it in the realm of first-cause creation.
Nature shows us first-cause time. Day and night and the seasons are natural, but equal, constraints. If we’re in tune with the earth, we’ll know when to plant or harvest. We’ll find our rhythm in the earth’s cycle. If we synchronize with Mother Earth’s clock, we won’t be near the ocean when the tsunami arrives. You see this with animals. No one needs to give a beluga whale, a grey squirrel, or a red robin a calendar or a warning signal. But humans have something that animals don’t…false minds. Our false minds destroy our natural connection to the planet. In fact, our false mind tells us that it will keep us safe when it actually put us in danger.
A long time ago, we fell; and our prize was a brand spanking new false self/mind. Our seeming fall could have been a graceful trip down the river to a more creative material world. We simply gained a cool conscious outer perspective. We could now divide our thoughts into opposites, musical notes, and colors. We could hold memories and ideas in mind and manifest them in the material world. This was the coolest thing ever invented. We each had a mind of our own. We were all capable of first-cause creation — created mentally in the image and likeness of the Creator. Time and space were just part of our tool box. They made life interesting.
Time and space created different points of view depending on our location. Stories were extracted out of the night sky; and different people saw different animals, superheroes, Gods, and Goddesses. This became astrology, which is a function of the location and time that we’re born.
Second-cause creation made story more interesting with drama and judgment. Some personality qualities were good and some were bad. Some actions were good and some bad. Some people had good astrological charts and some had charts that sucked. We also added the elements of authority, roles, and evil. Controlling space and time was now used to gain power over others.
Second-cause creation utilized history (his story) where time and events became very specific and intricately linked. We were told to memorialize dates from the past. We couldn’t just naturally let go of the past anymore. We were told when to work and when to play. And since we held on to the past, the past kept repeating. Our future was now driven by what we held in mind — our memories and rigid beliefs.
We were seduced into giving up our independent notion of time because we were given planned gatherings, festivals, holy days, and holidays. Those were our rewards. Such fun times were used for the same purpose that a rapist grooms his future victim. The victim loves the candy and attention, but doesn’t realize that the excitement they feel means that something bad is coming. The non-holidays came to feel like punishment because that’s when we had to do the hard work.
Ancient astrologers/astronomers were called Wise Men. They worked for the royals; they could read the stars. They decided who would rise to power and who would be a slave. They wrote the stories of the illusion. They said that the stars determined our fate, not our thoughts. We were no longer the creator of our life. We now had a role in a grand story that we were told God wrote, when it was really written by the Wise Men.
Religions created calendars to synchronize people. Controlling time helped to control people.
Returning to First Cause
Rebelling and throwing out calendars and clocks isn’t the answer. We simply have to get back to first-cause thinking about the calendar — use it for convenience and coordination. It’s a tool, not a God to worship. We have to recognize that our mind creates our life, not our star signs or “the man.” A calendar can give us a useful construct, but the date on the calendar should not tell us what to do, what to say, or how to be. We are free when we do what we’re inspired to do everyday.
Breaking free of the traditions, rituals, and organized events of the illusion can be quite a challenge. We can look like a real party pooper if we don’t do the inner work first. In my experience, as my mind returned to first-cause regarding the calendar, people just worked in harmony with me. I didn’t have to make a grand statement that time was evil. Coordinating became pretty natural. I didn’t have to fight the calendar to the death. I just started living as if every day was a holiday.
We only need to remove our beliefs about time from our mind. Then time serves us instead of us serving time. Prisoners are said to serve time; and when we live in the illusion, that’s exactly what we’re doing.