Three Kinds of Time
• Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”–Romans 8:6
1. There is clock time, calendar time, season time, life cycle time, chronological time.
This is real and natural time.
2. There is psychological time.
This is unreal and unnatural time.
3. There is eternal time.
This is spiritual time.
1. Living in clock, calendar, or cycle time–
keeps you focused on current needs and survival.
2. Living in psychological time–
keeps you focused on self as ego.
3. Living in eternal time–
keeps you open and free for God.
1. Clock, calendar, cycle time can be understood and experienced as past or future but not present.
- There is no now.
- There is no present.
All that you sense, experience, and think about is past. It is a biological fact that your reality is past before you are aware of it. Sensation and perception are always behind.
Memory is all you know. All that is happening is unfolding in the future. Life is what is about to be. Death is past. Illusion is present.
The now or present is an absurd idea that cannot occur as time cannot stop for the moment to be. Time is a river that cannot be captured by the present. You must stay alert for the next unfolding.
2. Psychological time is created through identification. Identification with self as three ideas:
(a) The global or eternal self: thinker, observer, witness, recorder.
(b) The specific present self: becoming, changing, striving.
(c) The specific past/future self: ideal or damned result or ideal goal.
Becoming is the lie that covers the delusion of psychological time.
3. Eternal time subsumes and surrounds past, present, and future so that they are only a play inside eternal time.
- In eternal time, all is done already.
- In eternal time, all was done already.
- For eternal time, life is movie that has already been seen.
QUOTATIONS VARIOUS SOURCES
“Be where you are. Do what you are doing.”–Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Come what may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.”–William Shakespeare
“Each moment is a place you’ve never been.”–Mark Strand
“For ego, tomorrow can only be yesterday.”–Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”–Albert Einstein
“Let us not burden our remembrances with a heaviness that is gone.”–William Shakespeare
“One realm we have never conquered: the pure present.”–D. H. Lawrence
“Release the past, the present, and the future. Give your mind the freedom it needs to take you beyond suffering.”–Dhammapada: Desires, verse 348
“Time bears away all things.”–Virgil
“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are always getting ready to live, but never living.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Who ranks as the highest? One who does not live in the past, the present, or the future.”–Dhammapada: The Highest, verse 420
“Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.”–Eskimo proverb
“Your three best doctors are faith, time, and patience.”–Chinese saying