Time to rise, time to act, time to get going, Bud time, bad time, best time ever, time to leave, time to move, Miller time, time to decide; time to realize this thing we call time is not real. Can you touch it? Does it have structure? Oh, yes, our world operates from a time clock, minutes, seconds, hours, work time, rest time, time for dinner, time to make love, time to fight, time to apologize, time to plant, time to harvest, time, time and more time, yet not enough time.
So why are we so caught up in time? Does it exist? Or are we simply operating from a point of contextual organization and structure, a construct that gives meaning and texture to living as a human being. Did the ancients understand this concept differently, whereby the human condition was in sync and cooperative with nature and the greater universe? And how have we devolved so harshly to live our lives caught in the paradox of time and its limitations.
Perhaps the grandest paradox in contemplating the impact of time is to witness the collective psychosis of continually wanting more as consumers, yet operating in a world limited by twenty-four hours in a day, 7-days a week and 365 days in a year. We purchase hundreds of channels from our cable provider only to have enough time to view a handful, yet we feel compelled to have more. People go on a week’s vacation to visit four European countries, six cities, multiple side tours and end up needing another vacation just to recover from the overwhelming travel. How much can we cram into an hour, a day or a week? Our incessant need to keep up with the newest Apple product creates an individual and collective malaise of never being satisfied, never feeling calm and always needing something else.
We order our reality based on limitations attached to the clock. 6:00am, the alarm buzzes to start your engines. Ready, set and go– off to the races once again. Teachers teach according to the bell. Workers work forty-hours a week, Monday through Friday. Trains, planes, rush hour traffic, buses all run according to schedules. Tuesdays are spaghetti nights, while Fridays are for pizza. We even have to schedule time for lovemaking. Weekends are for sports viewing, beer drinking and Sunday hangovers. And then– it’s right back into the circle of life, the tick-tock of our ordered chaos with its perpetual disharmony of never having or being enough.
Certainly, order is necessary to survive. But are we now living in a world that demands something more relevant than the limitations of time? If so, what would this new reality be? Here are some suggestions for expanding our perception of limited time:
Stop, Look, Listen and Feel
We are missing the splendid variety of the show. By cramming the most we can into our limited time-driven construct, we miss the beauty of a whole world in front of us. Imagine for a moment what aliens from another planet might see if they were to visit any town, USA. Would they witness human beings operating on autopilot, heads magnetically attached to smart phones, texting, talking and doing everything but paying attention to the world in front of them.
The Small Things Matter
How often do we spend the seconds of our precious life to smell the aroma of a beautiful rose, or fresh coffee beans being ground or the natural smell of a spring rain? Do you give yourself the gift of being aware, noticing the infinite bounty and hidden elegance of what is directly in front of you? The sunrise, the sunset, the shimmer of leaves blowing in the wind, the unconditional love of your dog as you enter from a long day’s work, or even those loving acts of kindness shown by people asking nothing in return; all these and so much more are available at any moment in your life.
Being ‘Present’ Elongates Time
The limitations of time are an illusion. Quantum physics theory tells us the nature of time is not confined to the present, but is simultaneous to allow for us to be in multiple locations across the past, present and future. The power of conscious awareness provides us with an opportunity of a much broader realty, one of realizing we are not separate and apart but rather coexisting in the universe. Jean Houston, in the Quantum Powers coursework, states, “Consciousness is the basic reality of the universal mind.” We are not separate from the infinite universe, but rather, an integral part of this reality. Being present means being aware. When you are aware of being aware, you have stepped into consciousness.
Now is the time to stop the train of unconsciousness by turning off the autopilot and being present for there is ample time for everything we need and want.
Michael Bianco-Splann is the author of Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles that WILL Change Your Business and Change Your Life, a wake-up call for leaders and organizations ready to gain consciousness. Michael has frontline executive leadership experience from across several industries, with the past sixteen years working within the Financial Services industry. Michael’s ability to accurately assess an organization’s strength of leadership and performance, coupled with his dynamic talent to deliver high-impact leader development training tailored to the needs of the organization provides unique and differentiated value. For more information visit www.illuminateambitions.com. Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com
Growing up a Roman Catholic in the 60s, I recall priests and nuns cajoling in my aunt’s living room, sipping whiskey sours and extolling the negative virtues of non-compliant churchgoers. Like so many Catholics, I went through the motions and somewhere in my late adolescence convinced my mother to skip Sunday mass. Little did I know that the spiritual path ahead of me was to be filled with discovery, wonder and greater understanding.
Fast forward where there was a complete abandon of my religious training and connection to Christ or any other enlightened prophet. Yet, through very challenging times, one prevalent theme echoed within: ‘the living body of Christ.’ Sure, I had grown up with the ‘body of Christ’ transfigured into the communion wafer offered during the mass, but what did it all mean?
It was not until facing my own alcoholism and addiction that clarity was found. The message resonates boldly today. The ‘living body of Christ’ is all of us, individually and collectively. Furthermore, when a person acts out of unconditional love, charity and compassion, whether claiming to be a Christian or not, walks as Christ. Christianity calls us to our own divinity. Yes, living in the essence of Christ’s actual example opens the door to our own divinity. We are the light that the world needs to see. Only light can cast a shadow in the darkness.
The Christ of my understanding was not only prophetic, but also a man of action. This same quality of action empowers us today, whether Christian or not. We are born into this life, innocent and imbued with divine sacredness and love. The seed of divinity resides within each of us, waiting to be manifest.
5 acts of empowerment exemplified in the Christ path:
Christ was a social justice advocate. Are you? Our Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” When we see injustice, do we stand against it? Are we living true to the Christ path in demanding justice for those of color, of poverty, of challenging circumstances and even our enemies? Do we simply watch Ferguson, Charleston, Staten Island, Baltimore, and so many other areas of our world, and choose to do nothing. What would Christ do in these examples of injustice, hatred and prejudice?
Christ honored women as equals. Do you? Implicit in the teachings of Christ is the balance between masculine and feminine divine energies. Subjugation of women, with a documented history predating Christ by several millennia, continues unabated in our country and around the globe. Men, are you living true to your divinity and the Christ path in supporting, advocating and living true to the essential balance of divine energies? Women, are you accepting this path and living true to your own potential?
Christ died to forgive the collective sins of the past. Do you forgive? It’s easy to harbor ill feelings, but where does this toxic internal energy go? It turns into disease, anxiety, addiction and mental illness, all darkening the soul. Do you have someone to forgive? Perhaps, the most important person to forgive is YOU. The Christ path already forgave us.
Christ path is a gateway to our divinity. Are you searching for something? Our world has become intensely complex. So many of us have a knot in the center of our being, gnawing at us to find the right path, the right door, the right job, the right partner. Christ is a way-shower for us to embody more of our innate divinity as we co-create a more just and compassionate world. The secret is: It’s an inside job.
Christ path is not killing. Do you use words to kill others? Despite a history replete with killings in the name of God, not just perpetrated by Christians, the essence of Christ is love, not killing. And brutality is not just measured by physically killing another but includes slander, verbal abuse, violent language, hatred, self-righteousness and arrogance. What words do you choose? Are your thoughts, choices and actions aligned to love, compassion and understanding?
The Christ path is an empowerment of our own divinity and a reminder to WAKE-UP!