What is time?
Did you know that time is not yet scientifically proven to exist? Some believe it’s just an illusion. The general consensus is that we should always focus on the present. It seems to be the only thing we’ll ever experience. And it’s true, the past is simply a matter of perspective and the future a matter of simulation and imagination.
But what if I’d tell you that you can travel back in time? Of course not in the sense of building a time machine and using it to literally go back in time (like in the movies). That is a thing of science fiction. The implications of it are mind boggling, and researching that is just a though experiment. How would one even go about building such a machine, if we don’t even know if time is real and what are the mechanics of it?
Here’s what I propose, though. Traveling back in time (revisiting your own timeline) is actually possible, if we agree upon the idea that the past is just a matter of recorded memory. So, as you have access to all of your memories you can actually edit them. Again, this is not literally going back in time and changing events, but reviewing the memories of the past and editing them. You have the ability of changing the perspective of virtually anything that happened to you, and also deleting some memories altogether.
This may be the most accessible form of time travel we’ll ever know. And it’s actually very effective and easy to do. You just need to internalize this idea and use your Observer to revisit past events and change your perspective on them. This means overwriting the memories with a new interpretation. Our reality is a subject of interpretation and subjective perception, and so is the past.
But what would be the most common scenario of wanting to travel back in time?
I think it’s a need of understanding the source of present suffering. People most often would want to go back in time in order to change events that impacted their life in a very negative way.
This is how I take advantage this form of time traveling. I used this technique to understand the source of present suffering, many times. What I’ve discovered is that events in early childhood were the hidden source of suffering, often times.
Many times the source of suffering cannot be understood, because we’re looking in the wrong place. Having a bad relationship with a friend may appear to be because of present events (because of different opinions of present situations). What I discovered though, is that the present relationship is based on patterns that started long ago and never got updated.
So, you see, if someone does not respect or love you now, no present action from your part may change that. It’s because what triggers this attitude is actually inertia of an internalized attitude that started long ago. The more you do in order to change this fact, the more you attack the deeply rooted structure and the more you’ll enforce the rejection attitude.
Time is a wild card, you see. It’s hard to grasp, and without us even being aware, it’s the source of much suffering.
We perceive ourselves as beings that are subject to the passing of time. It’s like we’re a lake that’s losing water, and will soon dry out.
We submit to the concept of chronologic age, we get depressed because we’re getting old, we put ourselves down because we think we procrastinate. But, the reality is that this may be just an illusion as well. The average life span of humans varied greatly throughout history, and we’re heading to immortality – so age is irrelevant, even more so that it’s not the main cause of dying. Constantly thinking about getting old is a big trap that sets one on a path of depression, because of feeling helpless. Procrastination is just a word that our inner critic and ego use to put us down.
What I propose instead, is shifting perspective. Let’s forget about time and only submit to evolution.
As human, being a subject of evolution and expansion brings a lot of benefits. It’s simply a healthier way of perceiving life. We’ll only ever know present, a dimension that is ever unfolding. Present is exactly what expansion is. It’s ever unfolding and constant movement. Life itself is constant movement, energy that is moving and expanding.
So, here’s my choice:
- No time – but evolution
- Not linear – but exponential
- Not an arrow of time – but a staircase of expansion
- Not one-dimensional – but multidimensional
Let’s take a look at what each of the above imply. And while you read them, ask yourself these questions: “What do I prefer? What seems more reasonable? Should I update my perspective? How do I shift to the new patterns?”
No time – but evolution
Time implies the finite – an ending and a fixed destination. Evolution implies the infinite – never ending possibility and unlimited growth.
I prefer to subject my existence to evolution. I think that it’s a far healthier structure because it sets me upon a clear path of continuous growth. I focus on bettering myself in every aspect and on surfacing new talents and skills. I do not report these to time, as it’s irrelevant. I don’t care that much about how many calendar weeks it took to achieve a particular update or install a new structure, I focus instead on the evolution of it and constantly improving.
Of course, time as we know it has very practical uses. It’s very practical to set a meeting at a certain point in time, as it’s very practical to have a calendar and to know what day of the year the solstice happens.
I’m not saying we should remove the term from our vocabulary and stop making use of it. All I’m saying is that we should not report our existence to it, nor take it for granted.
We often get trapped in the mindset of getting old. This is paralyzing and forces us into inaction and latency. If we instead shift our perspective to evolution, our focus shifts on growth, and then getting old (or other such paralyzing patterns) stop applying. We instead simply focus on our expansion, and the skills we need to improve in order to better our life.
Lingering on the passing of time is a trap. The past is just a recorded memory. There is no going back in time, so stop thinking: “If this and that didn’t happen” or “I wish I could change this and that”. You can only edit your memories and that’s good enough.
Putting your life on pause, waiting for future events is a trap. Do not think: “I’ll travel when I retire”. Do not use the future as a pretext for present inaction and latency.
There are many such traps that reporting your existence to time brings. This is the reason for which I choose to report to time only for practical reasons.
No one of us knows exactly how much time we have left in this form. I do not spend my life on a treadmill of doing stuff, just because of thinking time is running out. I instead do everything I do, because of fascination. I learn a new language, I travel to a new place and I experience new tastes because of my never ending curiosity and fascination to life itself and broadening my understanding of it.
I get up in the morning feeling full of energy and curiosity for how the day will unfold, and I do not set tasks because time’s running out. I use time as a tool and do not let it make me its obeying slave.
Not linear – but exponential
Linear implies slow-moving, slow-adapting structures and a fixed mindset. Exponential implies adaptability, explosive structures and a growth-oriented mindset.
I do not get trapped in thinking “I started life on a path and should continue on it” (learning math in school doesn’t mean I can’t become a painter). I realize that, as any other human, we have infinite potential, we can learn any skill and there’s opportunity presented at every step.
I do not find value in limiting myself to developing only one skill or talent throughout my life. I focus on adaptability and improving my ability to learn as much as I can, in all fields. I understand that exponential potential is within grasp, and I focus on using my Observer to uncover strategies to empower it.
The more I invest in developing a broader set of skills and building a more complex foundation, the more the ROI increases. Proof of this fact is found in the biographies of the most famous/important people in our history. All had multiple interests, and in a wide variety of fields.
But how do I shift to an exponential mindset?
- Read and lean as much as possible
- Get actively involved in researching and understanding technology and innovation
- Never get stuck on a project, always consider the alternatives and opportunities. Develop as many skills and talents as possible. Don’t be afraid of starting from scratch, even if it seem daunting at first.
- Hit the “Save button” often. In a video game, you save your progress to a point, and if something bad happens then you do not lose all of your progress, but have the ability to replay from that point forward. For a real life example, do not keep all your money in one back account, invest a large part in stable assets. If the bank goes bankrupt then you don’t lose everything and need to start from scratch. So, identify what are the “Saves” you can do, and remember to do them often. When negative events take place, you’ll be protected and can focus on further development, instead of doing damage control.
- Make many simulations on how your skills and connections may be put together to grow bigger projects
- Invest your resources in many assets
- Disrupt outside dogma and structures, and only focus on your perception of this reality
- Internalize that you have absolute control over your evolution and infinite potential
- Observe context and always focus on reaching and understanding deeper levels of complexity
- Master time by dismissing the idea of being its subject, and instead transform it into a simple, efficient and practical tool.
Not an arrow of time – but a staircase of expansion
An arrow of time implies one-dimensional universe. A staircase of expansion implies multidimensional universe.
We are not heading in one direction as the arrow of time would make as think. I prefer shifting my perspective to a staircase. While the arrow of time sets one in one direction, a staircase of expansion will empower a person to move “back in time”, and edit his perspective of previous events.
On a staircase of expansion you can go up and down, changing your perspective on virtually anything, empowering you as the absolute editor. You are the creator, and you have the power of designing any event and how it impacts you. This is like time travel because time is a subject of memory and you have editing permissions on any of your memories. This is very empowering and turns the victim into the hero of his/her own story.
Not one-dimensional – but multidimensional
One-dimensional implies lacking complexity. Multidimensional implies unlimited complexity.
We’ve already seen that complexity comes in layers.
But how many layers are there?
Use this paradigm shift to your benefit. Dismiss being subjected to inertia and being forced in one direction. Instead, gain the freedom of moving up and down on the staircase of your evolution, by actively controlling and editing all of your structures.
Understanding the illusion of time brings clarity. Focusing on evolution, instead, will empower you to control a multidimensional reality and will submit you to exponential growth.