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An Ocean of Time Surounds Us

We live in evolutionary times.

Where time was long thought by many in the west to be metronome & mechanical, we now understand time as liquid and pulsing. Where ‘now’ was long held to be fleeting and infinitesimal, we now are seeing it infinitely enduring.

Where time was felt to be linear, or circular, we are beginning to grasp the vortices.  Where time, space and calender were separated into isolated and distinct islands and zones, we now see manawa umipa (Polynesian decimal space-time) continuous and indivisible

We are surrounded in an ocean of Now.

Dive in. Discover. Connect.

We live in evolutionary times. Carpe Instantum. Seize your power of Now, and blossom into a new world.  Welcome to your evolution.

Mauna Time on Your Phone

 

REQUESTING YOUR COMMENTS BELOW, PLEASE!

What if you could have mauna kea time on your phone?  Perhaps, it might look something like this!

What do you think?  Do you you feel any sensation from it?  How does it strike you?

If something within this resonates with you, please let me know!  It seems like things are finally kinda coming together.  In this week alone, I met two people who told me they have noticed time seems to be speeding up, that some kind of fundamental change or shift is in the air.

Something global.  Something big.  Like an evolutionary shift in human consciousness.  Perhaps as a species, the way we respond to the sum total of our experiences sends out a wave that ripples around the world.  If what is happening now is like a wave that has been running for a long time through deep open ocean, it might have past nearly unseen.  Perhaps now this wave of change is reaching land, and beginning to crest up, and rise.  Can you hear the water sucking out the bay?  Can you see the swell beginning to rise?

Perhaps it is good in this moment, instead of rushing down to pick up all the free fish, to instead turn away and head for higher ground.

Some less optimistic peeps seem to think we might be entering the ʻend times.ʻ  that the world will end and that Herr Donald is more than a mere dictator tott, perhaps a signal for some dreary dismal Armageddon.  Not me.

Instead, I feel we are about to begin.  Something brand new.  A turning of the page.  Is it time to start a new chapter?  Or time to begin writing a new book?

Me, I feel we stand on the shores of a vast new ocean of time, one where perhaps we can sail in all kinds of different directions.  Something new with vast horizons.  What do things look like from where you stand?  What can you taste on the breeze?

I have an idea, and I would love it if you could help me.  It feels to me like Mauna Time is almost ready to hatch.  Me, I dont know much about building apps… but perhaps you do, or you know someone who does.  Would you be interested in helping create a new time-tool as a counter-balance to the tired and sad legacy of industrial legacy anglo-babylonian time?

I think, perhaps “itʻs time!”

Not just for you and me, but for everyone in the whole wide world to raise our frequency, and slow down.

What say you?

ahui hou,

jonathan jay

Happy MokuManaMana Day!

the densest concentration of sacred sites in all Hawaiʻi

The Hawaiian Civilization in many subtle and sublime ways is much more advanced than ‘The West’ has long understood.  Thousands of years before Europeans ventured away from their coastlines, the Polynesian ‘Wayfinders’ were navigating across thousands of miles of open ocean, to and from tiny islands.  How did they do this?



As you can see from the diagram above, axis of the Earth’s rotation  is not perpendicular to the plane of our orbit, but inclined almost 23.4 degrees. Perhaps a major impact event in our early solar system knocked us  slightly off kilter?

Whatever the cause, the result of this axial ‘obliquity’, as our whorling Earth/Moon system orbits each year, the Sun seems to travel from in more and more northerly arcs across the sky from January until the June ‘Solstice’, where it apears to ‘pause’ directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer (~23.4 degrees north), before ‘returning’ south again.

This annual solar ‘traveling’ was well known to many ancient cultures, including the Polynesians. As one of the premier instrument-free navigating cultures of the world, their careful observations of the natural world  like this enabled them to precisely locate themselves, and sail back and forth across the Pacific  They identified this northerly path of the Sun as ‘The Great Shining Black Road of Kane’

As it turns out, along this ‘Great and Shining Black Road of Kane’ is the small rocky islet of MokuManaMana. MokuManaMana is about as far NNW of Kaua’i as the Big Island of Hawai’i is to the ESE, making Kaua’i not “the top of the chain” as it is sometimes referred to today, but rather the smack dab in the middle.

MokuManaMana is a powerly sacred place.  Even though it is hundreds of miles from the main island group, the density of sacred terraces on this island is more than any other.

On June 21st at midday the Sun is directly MokuManaMana. If you were to be standing there with the Sun blazing overhead, you would see the Sun casts no shadow on the ground.  The classical precontact Hawaiians referred to this phenomenon  as “Sun heaped on the brains.”

Why would the Hawaiians come all the way out here? As  is often the case, the answer lies within the name. ‘Mana’ is a vital and profound spiritual power. When a word is double up or repeated, the quality referred to is greatly multiplied in potentcy.  It is highly likely MokuManaMana was understood to be a vital observation platform to geolocate

Happy MokuManaMana Day!

 

 

Into the Naʻau

change is evolution, and evolution takes time.

time, you see is of the essence…

it is that through which we are being.

and in the chaos that is beauty that is everywhere surrounding us,

one can take great delight as cherry blossoms into coral, as sun sinks poʻ-ward bound, into ka moana nui.

the vastly watered side of our home world, where west never does reach east.

for in between is the most expansive body of water on any planet in the entire solar system, the Pacific Ocean of Polynesia, and the Mauna Kea Line.

Itʻs so exciting when you _donʻt_ know the answers, cuz weʻre all just learning every night and day.

to discover we really are all just making things up as we go along, is so liberating

in what new form shall things emerge?

It’s My Birthday!

Hey! Wait for Me! Planets  race madly behind the Sun

In 1 Anahulu (10 days), I will ‘turn’ 51, meaning I have begun my second half-century.  Riding this whorling blue ball we call Earth with several billion others (and a handfull of billionaires) is sometimes maddening, and sometimes stupendous beyond words, but in truth, I hope fpr several centuries more.

For all the planets ‘Exo-Astronomers’ keep discovering, this is indeed, my favorite world of all.

A year is defined as the period of time it takes for our planet to make one full orbit around our central Sun, meaning I have been riding for 50 laps ‘around’ the Sun, and I am about to start my second 50.  But is this really an accurate  picture of things?

For centuries many leading European thinkers held the Earth was the center of the Universe, and the Sun, as well as all the other stars in our nightime sky, revolved around the Earth, a uniquely fixed point in space, perhaps held there in the lovng hand of God.  But, even Copernicus’ Heliocentric upgrade to our solar system still retained a certain rigidity of thinking.   If his model decentered the Earth, still his central Sun was fixed, yet still the Catholic Church was pissed.  Go figure.

Back in the 20th Century, when I was a kid (I am still a kid) it was explained to me our solar system was kinda like a phonograph (a what?), the grooves in the record and the relatively flat plane of the planets, an analogy for the myriad orbits of so many things all revolving to some kind of majestic celestial music reverberated in space.

Well, like so many things, it turns out it ain’t so.  In space, no one can hear you scream, and the way our planets careen thru space is less like a record (what are those again?), and more like a cosmic corkscrew.

Our Sun has not been motionless this whole time, it’s been bobbing and weaving thru the plane of the Milly Way, which in turn wheels around a bewildering beehive of black-holes at the center  At the speed of ao (light), photons emitted when I was born, could have just about made it there and back again, just im time for my upcoming birthday!

Of course, neither our galaxy (on a rendezvous with Andromeda) nor the dark and mysteriously massive  ‘Local Group’ of which we are all members are standing still. Nope!  All of us in this region of the Universe rush madly towards some unknown, but evidently profoundly massive ‘Great Attractor’.

Heavy!

Bearing all this in mind, as I pop a cork and make a toast to time and tide, and the miracle of life we are blessed to behold, I raise my glass to celebrate the incredible corkscrew of our solar system, careening madly at blippity-bop-thousand miles an hour, dragging the You, Me, and the whole solar system in it’s gravitational wake. like so many peeping chicks just trying to keep up in a mad dash across the universe.

Happy Birthday To Me!

🌪

 

Mauna Kea Time

Mauna a Wakea – “Mauna Kea kuahiwi kū ha‘o i ka mālie”

“Maunakea, the astonishing mountain that stands in the calm.”

One million years ago, thru a rift in the pacific plate that had already created an archipelago several thousand miles in it’s wake, a new plume of magma arose from our planet’s molten interior creating Mokuokeave, aka the Big Island of Hawai`i.  Today, at over 200 km in diameter, and 10 km from base to lofty summit, together the cluster of  volcanoes that make up the ʻBig Islandʻ of Hawai`i; Mahukona, Kohala, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Kilauea & Loihi is the tallest and most massive mountain on Earth.

Nearly  a mile taller than Everest – and still growing – this 34,000 feet pinnacle (twenty thousand feet below the sea, and fourteen above to it’s tropical-yet-perpetually-snow-clad summit) Mauna Kea (kea meaning ‘white’ in Hawaiian), soars above 40% of the Earth’s atmosphere.  Here, the air is so rarified, and still, stars don’t just sparkle, they shine.

Surrounded by the vast expanse of the largest open body of water in our solar system – the Pacific Ocean – and carressed by the light- and pollution-free smooth laminar flows of an unimpeded, desiccated, and attenuated atmosphere, as well as a tropical location that affords views of 90% of the entire sky, Western Science has finally been able to confirm from observational data over the last four decades, that the Summit of Mauna Kea is far and away the most stellar location on Earth from which to view the heavens.  But then, the Hawaiian people have known this for more than 1,000 years.

The numbers themselves are mind-boggling, but hardly tell the tale. The crown of this mountain is held by the Polynesians as the umbilicus or piko, the point of origin, place of first contact between Earth Mother Papa, and Sky Father Wakea.  The place where heaven and earth first came together to create lofe on this world. The fuller name of Mauna Kea is Mauna a Wakea; Wakea’s Mountain.

Even on our staggeringly serene blue planet, just exactly the right distance from a stable middle-aged yellow star, it would be difficult to discover a place even remotely so magical as the Hawaiian Islands, a string of tropical volcanic islands, surrounded by thousands of miles of salt water, deluged with rain, and bursting with ecological vitality.  Even after more than a century of debautched euroamerican capitalism and cultural pillaging, the incredible mana (power) and beauty of this place still takes your breath away.   Heaven on earth?  It sure can be, if we simply  Malama honua  —  take care of the earth, and for more than one thousand years, Hawaiians have been doing just that.

Infinite Love, Now Everywhere

Time is of the Essence

 

What does it mean to You to be alive? Not abstractly, or ʻat this tme in history,ʻ but right at this very moment; I kēia manawa, right now.

Time is so precious, and the world we revolve upon so staggeringly magical, it almost blows the monkey mind.  Take Trump, for example.  Blown.

 

But seriously, Trumpity-bump-in-the-road asside, there are so many hyuuuge questions about the Universe we find ourselves within. How did it all begin? Where do we come from?  What is the name of this thing or that?  How does it all come together? What is time? How can we ascribe a numeric value to this phenomina?  Do the parts equal the whole?  Are we alone in the universe?

There are so many questions that can be asked, but perhaps it all just boils down to this; Is there anybody out there, and by the way, Universe, do you love me?

The good news is you donʻt need a $1.6 Billion Mega-Telescope to find the answers you seek, for they are all contained within the question, or rather more specifically, the questioner.

Who is asking?

Ponder that for 10 minuke. The answer you arrive upon may well reveal much more about you & your worlview than it does the world, for (I am told) we don’t mostly donʻt see the world as it is, but rather, as we are.  As Within; So without.

180 degrees from where the X Files Scully and Molder pretended each week to search, lay the vast interiors of inner universe; our souls. And if you seek, you will fond, for the truth is not “out there.”. The answers are within us  all.  We are not separate from, nor  are we parts of.  We are the Universe, and the Universe is Us.

Somehow, inexplicably, We have been blessed with the ability to be episodically aware of the infinite Now.   We are aspects of the Universe able to reflect and see ourselves And what an amazing gift the present is.

Just as the void and darkness surrounds and inexplicably entwines & defines us, so too does the light in me see the light in you.

Kēia ao, mau e mau; Namastē

 

 

The World Right Now

If you were somehow on the Moon looking down on Earth — right now, at this very moment — the dynamically generated image below is roughly what you would see (minus the cloud cover, anyway):

Earth from Moon: NASA Blue Marble from Fourmilab.ch
mahalonui to John @ www.fourmilab.ch for the code behind the gif!

Present View of Earth from the Moon

If you can see your part of the world, the part of the planet where you actually are right now, then the moon is probably visible is in your local sky.  But don’t just take my word for it, go outside now, check it and see for yourself.  Yes?

What phase is the moon right now?How does it compare to the realtime image of light and shadow on the Earth?Do you notice anything curious?

I don’t know when you are reading this, so I can’t know what phase the moon is on, BUT I do know if your view of the Earth is almost all night, then our kid-sister Moon is almost full.  If the face of the Earth is almost entirely illuminated, then the Moon is near new. If the Moon is a crescent, then the Earth is gibbous.  If the Moon is waxing, then the Earth is waning,  and so on.  How can this be?

What is going on?

Because we are two bodies in space illuminated by the same Sun, but viewing each other from opposite angles, the ʻphaseʻ of the Earth is always opposite that of the Moon. Neato, yeah?

So what!

Think about it; every New Moon, the Earth is full, and every full Moon, the Earth is NEW.  Let that sink in for a minuke or two — a every month, a New Earth!

How cool is that?!!!

For those who insist that things will never change, gosh it turns out there is a silver lining. Every time you look to the sky to find the Moon bright, fat and full, now you know that so too the Earth is New!  Again!

If like me, you perhaps find this spirituality uplifting and liberating, we can all thank the heavens for that!

Viva la evolution!

What is Technology?

What is Technology?

“You’re soaking in it.”

If You, like me — and many billons of others — were marinated in millennia of western exo-centric, reductive materialist thinking, it is understandable you might have come to believe ‘technology’ can only come in material form.  Stuff and things with capacities, like computers, cars and satellites.

Since we are today worldwide we seem to be soaking in it, it would be nice to know, is what we understand ‘technology’ to be the half, or the whole of it?

Is there a bigger picture?

Must technology only reside within things?  Is technology only made manifest in matter?  Does technology need to reside within a material physical object?  To not coin a phrase,It that all there is?  Or is there perhaps, something… less?

Things. the world is filled with them, but ‘stuff’is not all there is. There is context. There are relationships, patterns, and some curious proprties or aspects, like gravity, that can can be difficult to discern, unless an apple metaphorically hits you on the head.

In this vast magical living universe we are still getting to know, it seems safe to say, therr is more than just the forest and the trees, there the environment itself.  There is the figure, and there is the ground. There are objects, and there is negative space.  And dark matter.

In fact, in the last couple of decades, Cosmologists have recently begin insisting something 97% of the whole universe is literally not made out of what we presently understand is matter.  Oh, and there are thousands of other planets, now it seems mostly dwarf planets circling dwarf stars. That makes sense.

However, if you have been paying attention, you will be aware that for more than a century,  even if God does mot play dice withe the universe, still atoms are mostly nothing. Particles are waves and matter is merely condenced energy frozen into seemingly physical form. That you can never touch – only move into electron cloud repulsion proximity.

Spoiler alert: neither the final frontier is nor the truth is out there. you will only find these things inside you.

when i first came into awareness in the mid 20th century america, man, there sure was a huge focus on stuff and things. and wow! technology!  over and over again, new things were created and embued with different kind of capacity.   some technology you might hold in your hand like a cell phone, or a gun .

But these are not the only kind of technology there is.

Yes, guns cars and computers are physical technological objects — exo-technology if you will; things with technological capacity built into them. objects outside of your self. But do  not make the mistake of thinking the half is the whole.

As there are these externalized aspects of technological manifestation, so too are there endo-technologies, our innate inner abilities and systems of understanding.  Capacities that need no machines or externalized material objects to have their reality shaping impacts on the world.

Our present tense emergent western recognition of these inner and non-material technology has been been a long time coming.  But if you consider the last 70 years of computer technological development, a pattern quickly emerges; as each decade has past, less and less stuff  somehow has developed more and more computing power.

As computers have de-materialized from gigantic machines – virtual information factories – that took up whole basements, into something we  now can lose in our laundry — now is a great time to re-explore what is ‘technology’.  Does it exist only outside of our being, and only in material things?

What of our vast interior universes? Are there slumbering interior technologies inside us all?

Technology is any system of organized knowledge, and the Materialist Western technologies are not the only kind.

What of our inner-technologies – our generationally created ineriors , our genetically  organized systems of knowledge – the actual fabric of our accrued being ?

the growing awareness of epigenetics – the awareness of systems intelligence, the recognition and awareness that we are more than mere cognition – all this is perhaps happening now in the west as consquence of of a broad cultural awakening.

Because of the exo-technologies of global communication and connection now entwine the world, more and more of us can now comprehend what the most succeessful, balanced and enduring human cultures have known for thousands of years.

we are all one.

consider meditation.  is this astonishingly refined ancient system of organizing knowledge a technology?

you bet your sweet ass it is!

and if you cant go to the mountain, well then, the mauna will come to you!

congratulations! we made it to now! of course, the now party has been going on already for billions of years, but don’t worry – you didn’t miss anything, it’s all still here — in fact,

welcome to the present!

an infinite gift we are all soaking in

now everywhere

www.benow.world

 

 

 

 

 

seeing more of the picture, largely as a result of the staggering connectivity we are experiencing in this global historical moment.

 

 

that are so sophisticated and refined, no material objects are required.

Just as we are now discovering the so much more of the universe we are living within is made of so much more than merely ‘stuff’ and ‘things’, so too are there non-material technologies

 

many of them from cultures not so materialist fixated, many of them beautiful, and highly refined, many of them inside you, as of yet, perhaps not well recognized as “technology” because it is not manifest in the form of our culturally shaped expectations.

technology is any formal system of organized knowledge

 

 

 

Mauna Time

The Ancient Greeks might have said “χ marks the moment” the Greek letter ʻchīʻ  (“kai”)  being the first letter of the their word for time  ʻchronosʻ.   In Latin we could just as easily use ʻtʻ for tempus or in English for time to describe this brief moment.

In the hawaiian language, “olelo hawaiʻi”  the term for  ʻa brief moment’ is ʻiki.

And so for Mauna Time, ʻiki  is the term to describe the subtly elastic duration of 1/100,000 of the apparent solar day. Elastic?  Apparent?  What???

the ancient hawaiians were, and remain to this day, an astonishing culture of amazing and subtle sophistication. Their notions on space and ʻtimeʻ describing motion cycles and duration into language and calendar systems, and the cultural frameworks they brought to the motions and cycles of the heavens and the living environment in which they thrived, are profoundly different from ʻWesternʻ base assumptions and mechanistic models. Indeed, they are a delightful to discover.

Unlike the Western materialist/mechanistic standardized/stabilized and fixed model of time, Mauna Time is quite different

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the ʻiki is wikiwiki – fast! Clocking in at  under 9/10ths of a second, the ʻiki is slightly faster than the (legacy Babylonian) second.  Instead of the more familiar tempo of 60 bpm of the (Babylonian) second, the Hawaiian ʻiki streams along at almost 70 bpm.

Unlike conventional models of time, Mauna Time is fluid, not fixed. Averaging 864 milliseconds each, the ʻiki is not of fixed duration, but remains subtly elastic and alive to the earth’s actual decimal angle of rotation in respect to the Sun at the center of mass of our solar system, such that 100,00 ʻiki always equals one complete day no matter the longest nor shortest of the year.

100 ʻiki make up the ʻHawaiian minuteʻ , which is almost one and one half ʻlegacy minutes long,  or about 90 seconds).

10 minuke (1,000 ʻiki) is 1 kē, a duraton equal to about 15 legacy minutes (or .24 hours; exactly 1% of the 24 hour day), so named for the sound of a bell or gong struck to indicate the passage of time.

10 kē adds up to 1 wā hawaiian for an interval of space or time, because the Hawaiians saw thes two qualities ofmour universe inextricable linked morebthan 1,000 years before Albert Einstein had his insights a mere 120 years ago  No wonder they beat us to these islands by morw than a millenium!

In the image above – a three dimensional bathymetric view of the youngest volcanic cluster islands feature the last 6 million years of erruptive  output of the Hawaiʻi deep mantle plume;

the million yr old bigisland hui of 7 volcanoes,

the 2-3 myo maui cluster of now seperate islands, of kahoʻolawe, lanaʻi and molokaʻi

the 4 myo Oʻahu

and the 5 & 6 myo Kauaʻi-Niʻihau group

Far out of frame, are the significantly older islands of “Nihoa” and MokuManaMana, roughly 150 and 250 miles further to the northwest. At roughly 8 & 10 myo, these severely diminished rocky islands are the hardest and most durable stubs of much larger islands that may have been similar to the more familiar hawaiian islands on their youth. What remains today are but the remnant lava cores, stumps hardened in the throats  of the volanos that created them. The only parts that could endure millions of years of pacific pumeling, that will eventually level everything.  The ocean always wins.

Intriguingly, even though these older northwestern islands are small, inhospitable, remote, difficult and dangerous to voyage to, there is a bewildering concentration — in fact, the highest density  of sacred religious observation platforms and artifacts in all the archipelago — all out in the middle of “nowhere”.  Clearly to the Hawaiians, their significance and importance to the Hawaiian culture is vast  What might seem like “nowhere” today, was clearly somewhere very important to them.. Why?

As luck might have it, MokuManuManu (‘Island of the Multitudinous Birds’),  the remnant basalt stub of an islet that juts 400′ from the surface of the sea 300 miles nw of Kauaʻi,  is  a j-shaped fishing-hook island located at almost the precise latitude of the tropic of cancer – the northernmost latitude on earth where in late June (of the Gregorian Calender), the sun appears to pass directly overhead.  The name they give to this latitude is poetic and deeply evocative; ‘The great shining black road of Kane’, This name suggests volumes of a kind of profound understanding it is difficult for us today to fully fathom.

As one of the premier navigating cultures in human history, able to locate themselves indelibly on the surface of this world – intrinsically and directly from observation – with no inference from nor corroboration from any ‘external’ technology – and  move about with comfidence and precision, the ancient Hawaiians were well aware of this unique geo-spatial condition. Likely, they used these islands as geolocating navigational beacons.

And so too does Mauna Time reflect and celebrate the sacredness of these and other summits — the planet over.

Somewhere, there is a mountain that is sacred to You.  It could be any of the submerged table-tops in the seamount arc north and west from the main Hawaiian cluster, that extends under the surface of the pacific ocean thousands of mies away where finally, they islands that have been majestically conveyed by the vast conveyor belt of the spreading pacific plate for the last 70 millpn years, dive deep into the subduction trench under the Siberian continental shelf to be recycled into the  molten 4.5 billion year interior of our planets inner liquid layers.

Somewhere,  right now — and it is always now, for there is no other ʻwhenʻ on this incredible spinning planet — a new Mauna now rotates into view and  illumination from our central sun.

Is this Mauna You?

 

 

Got an App for That?

cropped-mkt-site-icon-3.gifMauna Kea Time

Mauna Kea Hawai`i, Center of the Pacific.

Located just north of the equator in the center of the watery half of our world – the mighty main-bay of the world-ocean known generally as The Pacific- summit of Mauna Kea soars above 40% of our atmosphere.  At more than 10 kilometers from sea-floor to summit, Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi is the tallest mountain in the world.

It is from here — this unique planet-marking place — we make a break from the tottering Empires of Babylon Time, and begin our third world millennium.  Not from the puny vantage of some faded 19th century naval empire, but from the piko of creation, the single  point with the most reliably clarion views of the largest swath of  the heavens in our world, it is here that we define the zero meridian of the world.  From sunrise on the summit of this million year old slumbering volcano, Mauna Kea ‘White Mountain’, more fully known as Mauna a Wakea ‘Mountain of Sky Father God’, it is from here we mark each revolution of our world. Not in broken Babylonian sexigesimal units of hours, minutes, or seconds, but flowing in connected and continuous moments, iki of a higher frequency – an adagio tempo of now -manawa dekimala.

Thru recognition of our shared Global Now, we spark an evolution in our hearts and minds.  Thru re-connection to the Now that always has been, we unify our hearts and minds.  Thru our combined network power, we begin to change with the world.   This is our moment in time – we are the people weʻve been waiting for – this is the time of hour evolution.  Breath it in, deeply; itʻs been a long time coming.

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I kēʻia Manawa. Ma na wahi āpau

ʻNow.  Everywhereʻ

 

Helping develop and distribute this (r)evolutionary global realtime app is one of the most important projects i have ever been involved in.  Why?

Before he died back in 1963, Carl Jung was to have said, if humanity did not go through a fundamental wvolutionary change in counciousness, within 50 years, we would face extinction.  Not just of giraffes, democrats and blue whales, but of the entire human race.  In a psychotically accelerated pace, the aggregate behaviors of industrial societies have been barreling down a dangerous path.  In spite pf all the beauty in the world, this command and control ethos is steadfastly destructive, and seemingly oblivious to the obvious and mounting evidence of the profoundly negative consequences of this worldview.  If we are to make a break from this tragic dystopian trajectory, I submit it is time to re-examine some of the foundational philosophical components of this alienated – and alienating – worldview.

It is time to rethink time.

In a very subtle but profound way,  I feel Mauna Kea Time  can help tip the balance and fundamentally alter – not the world- but our world view.

Where legacy time is predicated on separation, MKT is deeply grounded – literally – into the largest, most massive, tallest and most geologically active volcanic complex on the planet – the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

Sometimes it feels (like right Now!) there is just no point to spending another hour, minute, or even 1 second in the temporal cul-du-sac of Babylon time.  In the currency of Now, time is not money – money is time .  

Invest wisely!

20 years ago, there were no apps, ʻsmartʻ phones or watches.  The world-wide-then was just blossoming networked desktops and a brand new thing called laptops. But with the coming of the new millennium, and Y2k time was in the air.

Now,  20 years later, a growing population of highly mobile and connected people with increasingly portable and powerful platforms are connecting in realtime around the world.  More and more folks — perhaps like You right Now — are also beginning to bump up against the contradictions of legacy time.

Ever look at a dozen clocks on the wall in an airport in the 20th century and realize all the different numbers actually strive to describe the same shared moment in time? What were they thinking!  How quaint!

16 years into our 3rd millennium, today lovers literally a world apart can connect to each other in realtime — from a bicycle backstreet in Bologna Italy to a tiny isle in the center of the Pacific — and share the same passionate living moment. Does  it still make sense to pretend time comes in zones?  That hours spring forward and fall back?  That Now is still too small to encompass our blue world?

If we were to begin anew with time from an deeper understanding of our natural world, and our shared connection — not a mechanical legacy designed to run factories & control a workforce  — but time grounded in the rhythms of the natural world.  Not a model, but an understanding.  Built on love and explicitly designed to foster global connection — time would begin to look much different.

Instead of separating, standardizing and regulating,  Mauna Kea Time connects & liberates,  pulses & breathes. Instead of following a fictitious sun, Mauna Kea Time flows as the world turns.

This is the intention behind Mauna Kea Time – to foster  living realtime connection around our world. As we begin to upgrade our understanding of the here and the now, we become the change we wish to see.  As we change and connect, so too shall we accelerate the change of connection — the fundamental (r)evolution we are already in the midst of.

Some people think we’ve got a lot of work to do to, to reconnect with each other, to our common past, to heal the world and our shared future, but the truth is, it is already happening. Mauna Kea Time is just another point of recognition on that path.

As we unify, our ‘work’ becomes networked, and so our pace is vastly quickened.   As my new friend Steve Tucker from BAMM just shared with me — why work when we can network! And when we do become globally networked in love, we  become unstoppable agents of this change.

If you are inspired to raise your frequency and accelerate the distribution of Mauna Kea Time and a more broadly shared global now, drop us a line! Then we’ll know another has joined “hour evolution”

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Welcome to Mauna Kea Time!

Now Everywhere.  Now Everyone.

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Natural Time 2.0

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    Say aloha to a whole world wide of now.

 

As we move into the third millennium, perhaps now would be a great time to turn away from machine time, and return to the actual rhythms of the real world.  Not the model, but the actual. Not the fabricated.  The real.

Hours, minutes, seconds and weeks – they are all made up. There is mothing 7, 24, or 60 about time.  Time zones, daylight savings too – all social constructs.  The sun, the moon, and  stars these are real.  They gyre and swoon, eccentric and elliptical, for the universe is not a clockwork.  It is vastly more profound.

In the natural world time is elastic; it pulses and flows.   It is fluid, not mechanical.  Continuous, not zoned. Flexible; neither standardised nor mean.  And yet legacy time systems rebel against these realities at every turn.  Why?

Industrial time is separated from reality. It literally exists apart. Rather than observe and conform to what actually is, the industrial time model asserts conceptual supremacy over the natural world it perports to desribe.  Reality is too variable, too inconsistent — too alive — to be controlled, and so the actual univere is jettisoned for a more complient and regulatable model.

And yet it remains as true today as it was in 1841 when Ralph Waldo Emerson observed “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

Some people say, time does not exist.  It is an illusion, created by the mind, founded on separation.  Which is exactly the what industrial time system is.  Alienated.

But  Mauna Kea stands calm and connected.  It is a place from which the the earth almost touches heaven.  Overhead at night  the stars shine and wheel across the sky.  The moon and the sun swoon and  dance the tides.  And beneath them all, the mauna slowly revolves, breathing in and out once a day, the end and the beginning of each global day.  Not the suberb of some 19th century  european empire, but the tallest pinnacle on the planet surrounded by the broadest ocean in the solar system.

Welcome to the Mauna.

Welcome to Time 2.0

 

Time to Upgrade!

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Mauna Kea Time — world-wise time for your smart watch.  Time to upgrade; Now everywhere — I keia manawa, ma na wahi apau

 

Begining Now,  benow.world is sending out the kahea, and asking You to answer the call.

We are Now building a team of talented co-creators inspired like You by the potential of Mauna Kea Time to foster global connection & collaboration.  From every corner of the world, we will come together and create a series of stunning global manawa dekimala MKT.apps to liberate time by bringing Mauna Kea Time to the desk-top, website, and mobile device of billions.

Would You like to get invovled?

If You are inspired to think like a mountain, love to share teach & learn, and want to unwind the world — please email your contact info, background, skillsets, insights & passion before the end of the year to:

jjkauai AT gmail DOT com

In 100 words of less, please describe how you feel Mauna Kea Time can change Your world, and how much time you can contribute next year from Jan-Jun 2017.

Our primary goals are to soft-launch a first MKT.app for the Equinox Mar 20,  and full-launch a second for Jun 21, the 2017 Northern Solstice.

Looking forward to hearing from You, because I would love to be on your team!

The Flipside of the World

Where is your flipside -- halfway around the world?
Where is your flipside — halfway around the world?

 

 

Intriguing Update: unbeknownst to me before first making this post, there is  a small Greek Island called “Kea”  — directly astride the Mauna Kea Line, exactly halfway around the world from Mauna Kea.  What are the odds of that?  Evidently, 100%!

Because the world is round, the other side of the world from where You live, is your flipside.  When you have day, there it is night.  When your sun sets, there it is rising.  Your pm is their am, and vice versa.

When the midday sun beats down upon your brow – where does the midnight full moon cast her cool silver shadows ?  Are you curious where?  Who lives there?  What they are doing — right now?

Well for starters, to you they are probably upside down!  The ancient Greeks had a name for this place they imagined into being, calling it Antipodes (Greek for ʻopposite feetʻ aka the ones who walk upside-down; their feet nearer to you, but impossibly  ʻbelowʻ their heads!).  Oh what a curious thing gravity, and magical shape our round world… and how did they know!

Where in the world is your flipside?

Intriguingly, as far around the world as you can sail from  Mauna Kea in the center of the Pacific, swell the wine dark seas of Homer and Ulyses, and Na Lehulehu Mokupuni o Helene — the many-many Aegean islands of the Greeks

Is it not absolutely delightful that opposite one of the premier  navigating civilizations of the Western world, turns out to be “Polynesia” (Greek for ʻmany islandsʻ), the premier navigating culture of the Watery  side of the world!

What are the odds Hawai`i Nei would turn out to be the Antipodes of Lehulehu Mokupuni?

Evidently, as it turns out:  100%.  This world is so delicious!

Oh, ocean planet!  Is there room & time enough for love across your Polytopia?

Infinite Now.  Everywhere!

Manawa Malama Honua

 

Time to Care for and Protect Earth
Time to Care for and Protect Earth

Last year,  I overheard one of the Mauna Kea Protectors retelling the tale of her conversation with one of the then heads of the Division of Land and Natural Resources, one of the the primary state agencies charged with the responsibility – and failing – to protect the summit of Mauna Kea from industrial development.

She calmly explained — not only was the entire summit area designated a special Conservation Zone by state environmental law to protect the rare and fragile ecosystem — tropical tundra! — from habitat destruction,  it was also a Sacred Summit, a place so holy and profound that to alter or disturb it in any way — yes, including an eighteen story sky-scraper too tall to build in downtown Hilo with dumpsters and parking lot on a five acre facility — is an unthinkable  and despicable act of cultural desecration.

In an obvious state of agitation and frustration, he responded “You say this place is sacred, so you canʻt build here.  And that place is sacred, so you canʻt build there.  The problem with you people — every place is sacred!”

Slowly, a delicious smile lit up her face, as his light-bulb flickered into understanding:  “Yes!  Now you getting it!”

Finally, we are all beginning to get it.

Manawa Malama Honua, means time to care for, nourish and protect this planet, our home world.  Mauna Kea Time reminds us that every place is indeed sacred, that we should summon our inner mountain, and rouse ourselves into action and alliance to protect that which upon all life depends.  Now.  Everywhere.

Since Honua has protected and nourished life for billions of years, fostered and shaped us into being, it seems only fair to return the favor.  Perhaps, even a profoundly wise course of action.  For without her, we literally are lost in space.

 

The Mauna Kea Line

Introducing the Mauna Kea Line:

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Perhaps you are familiar with the International Date Line.  The IDL is an imaginary line (conjured into being in the late 19th century by ambitious industrialists of the day), that meanders drunkenly across the Pacific, basically as far away as humanly possible as they could get it from themselves.  Out here — in the middle of their nowhere — their equally imaginary ʻzonesʻ of time meet up with their illogical conclusions, and ʻtodayʻ is divided from ʻtomorrowʻ… and all temporal hell breaks loose.

Hypothetically,  along the IDL you could sail back and forth in time between yesterday and today just by criss-crossing this line… a notion so delightfully preposterous Umberto Ecco wrote a book about it, The Island of the Day Before.  As a modern twist on the old saying might go, “Imaginary this, imaginary that — pretty soon youʻre talking pure BS about nothing.”  Umberto would simply say “Reductio Absurdum”.

The Mauna Kea Line is somewhat less imaginary, in that it references an actual thing — Mauna Kea, the tallest peak on the planet — rather than a nebulous 19th century international agreement.  As you may guess, the Mauna Kea Line is the meridian of longitude of Mauna Kea.

Alternatively, this meridan could equally be described as 155.5 east of London, or 204.5 west of London (if you remain perversely inclined to define the location of everything in the world in relation to London…).  However, the Mauna Kea Line as the foundation of a new geography of time, is the new zero, and “now everywhere” is defined as:

“a percentage of planetary revolution in respect to the Sun from the Mauna Kea Line.”

 

Manawa HoʻoMalu

benow-unifyIn ōlelo Hawai`i the Hawaiian language, the term for peace is malu or maluhia.

To cause a quality or state to come into into being is accomplished by adding the ʻprefixʻ ho`o- to the root concept.

According to the Pukui/Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary, the meaning of ho`o-malu is “to bring under the care and protection of, to protect; to keep quiet, still, as during kapu kahiko (ancient sacred time), or today, for peaceful mediation during ho`o-pono-pono.

Which is exactly what groups like UNIFY.org are all about.  Itʻs about time!

Pukui/Ebert defines ho`oponopono as: “to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate,arrange, rectify, tidy up,make orderly or neat, administer, superintend, supervise, manage, edit, work carefully and neatly; to make ready, as a canoe crew preparing to catch a wave.”

Today, hoʻoponopono survives as a unique Hawaiian cultural process, a highly effective and specific technique and time-tested set of protocols to bring aggrieved  parties together, resolve differences and restore harmony following conflict or disagreement.

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Mauna Kea Time has also been designed to bring people together, foster connection and facilitate the broader mission of groups like Unify.org

Mauna Kea Time is a simple time toolset that transcends the purposeful limitations of ʻourʻ inherited global industrial time systems.  “Zone” systems designed as a toolset coordinate and control, to separate us from each other, and the natural cycles of the world all life depends on for our collective survival.

Mauna Kea Time was created as an antidote to unwind us all from “clock-wize” time; to allow us to return to the reality of the present, and collaborate on a planetary-scale — to malama honua (Hawaiian “care for/nurture the world”) tikun olam (Hebrew ,  “heal the world”), reconnect to ourselves and back to the world after 500 years of disconnection.

Welcome to the flipside of time.  Now.  Everywhere.  The ʻpresentʻ  thatʻs why we cal it a gift.  What will YOU do with Mauna Kea Time?  Think like a mountain.  Earth-wize wisdom from the watery half of our world – the Pacific – world ocean of peace.

Aloha & Welcome to Now

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now everywhere ™

 

ʻAloha & Welcome  to Mauna Kea Time!

To some, Mauna Kea Time might seem a new way of looking at time, but in reality, MKT is a return to the way people have understood the cycles and rhythms of our natural world  for tens of thousands of years — realtime.

No hours, minutes, seconds.  No seven day weeks.  No daylight savings.  No leap years.  No 28 or 31 day months  .No international date line.  No simultaneous multiple global dates.  No mechanically standardized time.  No equation of time. No ʻfictitiousʻ sun.  No myriad separate time zones.  Just one single connected now everywhere.  simple.

How can this be?  In a way, MKT is a kind of archiac revival.  A return to a time-tested and true way of keeping track of the physical phenomena that is the basis for all life on our planet — the spinning of the earth, the orbit of the moon, and our tandem annual spiral about the sun.  Our dance in space.

But MKT is also a synthesis of the efforts of thousands of years of many cultures around the world into a simple system that allows you to collaborate in realtime with anyone around the world, and easily coordinate your actions — no matter where on earth either of you might be.  It is a single timezone and date system for the entire world that collapses the chaos and complexity of our legacy industrial time into a single simple date:time; now everywhere.  And, itʻs so simple, you may soon wonder why no one thought of this before.  The answer is; they have — we did — and you can too!

If you have ever wanted to march to a different rhythm, if ever you have felt the 9 to5 40-hour-work-week was not quite right for you, if you ever wished you had more free time, if ever you desired more time to focus on what was truly import to you and the ones you love, if it ever seemed absurd to spring forward, fall back or that it was Sunday in Tokyo while Saturday in DC, then prepare yourself for a whole new world of time.

Are you ready for now, because itʻs been here for you all along.  Welcome to Mauna Kea Time, and guess what; youʻre soaking in it!

Time just got an upgrade.  Welcome to your evolution.

Welcome to Mauna Kea Time.

Now.  Everywhere ™

Affirming the Global Now

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If the future is but a dream, and the past but a memory, perhaps all we ever have; is now.  One, great big long stupendous present, for all to share, and everywhere.

We all live on the same planet.  Seven billion of us (and counting!) as well as myriad other multitudes of highly evoluted species.   What an amazing time to be alive!  Now.  A tremendous gift.  An amazing planet.  Our watery blue world – and cool sister moon – slowly revolving in tandem spiral about the sun.  Spinning-ever-spinning beneath the unwinking sun in  the vast solar now; a 4.55 billion year day.

Comically, perhaps even surreally, clever-monkey-clocks – now in their third millennium! – cluck and gibber the world over.  All set to different times, all clumped in bands, all displaying different numbers, all purporting to describe the present.  WOW!  A Tottering Tower of  Babylon Time.  A Pre-Copernican, Geocentric Time.  A Ptolomy of Time Elaborately Epicycled into Ersatz Zones.  But wait there’s more!  An International Date Line!  Multiple Daze!  Just imagine; on the other side of midnight, tomorrow ever dances away at 1,000 miles an hour!  Ah, but don’t look now, for the absurdum reverberates!  AS AN EXTRA BONUS:  For two hours each day (thanks Kirimati!), there are not two dates but three.  “Good SatSunMonday!”  Even Umberto Ecco found it delightfully absurd.

 

Global Realtime

If you have ever spoken on the phone (or texted, or chatted, or facetimed, or, or, or… connected) with a friend in California, or Hilo or Dubai — while you were at home in Detroit (or Sacramento, or Timbuktu, or whatever island you call home), you pretty quickly figured out no matter what ‘time’ it was ‘there’ or ‘here’, it’s all the same now everywhere.  Blessedly, millions like you and I are beginning to confirm from direct personal experience — our global connections in realtime.  No matter where you are, there is no time like the present, for truly it is now everywhere.

Consider our glorious present — indeed it is a gift.  And everywhere on this world, so magical!  WOW!  An infinitely-faceted radiant blue gem.  Floating in space.  Spinning.  Suspended in almost nothing.

Perfectly.

Say hello to the big time:  Aloha ManawaNui!

Kekimala Manawa Nui = Decimal Space-Time

Decimal systems of time are not new, nor are they rare.

The ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Hawaiian cultures, all independently derived base-ten systems of time and calendar reckoning.

In the late 1700’s the Revolutionary French Republicans also created a decimal calendar and time systems to go with their other metric innovations of mass, distance, volume and temerature.

In the late 1800’s, English astronomer John Herschel – son of  William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus – began using the decimal fraction of the JulianDay to time-stamp his nightly observations.

In the late 1900’s, amid a flurry of Y2K interest in time by such intrepid tree-octopus hunters as Lyle Zapato, ground-breaking Dutch Digital Media Theorist Geert Lovink, even Swiss toy-watch manufacturer SWATCH briefly tested the waters, peddling a colorful array of plastic watches that displayed a decimal fraction of the day called ‘beats’.  Hurray Nicholas Negroponte!

Call it what you will — Chinese ke; French cés;  Hawaiian kaukani, ticks, beats, grands, measures, cycles, or simply a ‘kilo of time’,  have been around all along.  Quietly in the background, decimal time systems have never stopped.  In fact, they have been ticking all along.  Today J2000.0, is the decimal date & time-code used in high-eschlon satellite and mission control applications.

The 5th decimal fraction of the day —  0.00001 day  — is surprisingly close to the 60-seconds-per-minute we are more familiar with.  As there are 86,400 seconds in one day, there are 100,000 ticks of decimal time.  20 ticks = 17 seconds

 

This ‘decimal second‘ (Greek ‘chi‘,  Latin ‘tempus‘, French, Hawaiian ‘iki‘,

 

about 4/5th of which is 1/86,400 the of the day.

 

The “chi (χ) duration” — named after the first letter  of the Greek word  chronos (χρόνος)  meaning ‘time’ — is .  As there are 86,400 seconds in each mean solar Earth day (24 x 60 x 60), it follows that with 100.000 division of the day, each part is then 86.400/100.000 or more simply 0,864 seconds.

To experience this ‘chi duration‘ of time, if one is attentive, the subtle but perceptible up-tempo of chi is familiar, shifted only slightly faster (~14%) than seconds, at roughly 70 bpm.  Music is the art form most deeply concerned with time and tempo, and has a sophisticated lexicon to describe a broad range of tempi.  Adagio, is the Italian for this pace, which translates loosely as: slowly, gentle, easy.  Not quite languid, but not brisk either.

Turning back to science and a new set of definitions for decimal space-time units, chi is defined as equal to 864 milliseconds, or more precisely 7.942.433.849 +/-20 oscillations of Ce 133 atom under controlled conditions.  When chi is combined with the International System (SI or ‘metric’) prefixes of nano- milli-, kilo-, mega-, giga- etc — and then applied to the spatial distance traversed at the constant speed of light thru a vacuum, a new set of decimal space-time units are created.

 

ONE LIGHT CHI

If light travels 186.000 miles per second,  how far can light travel in one chi?  Remember, 1 χ = 864 ms.  How far can light travel in 86.4% of one second?  260.000 km!  earthmoon

 

ONE LIGHT KILOCHI

1.000 chi = 1 kilochi (kχ)  ~15 minutes.

1 light kχ,  light travels 260 million km.

If you drew a equilateral triangle in space, with each leg equal to 1 light kχ, each point would touch the orbit of the Earth/Moon system on Lagrange nodes.   Johannes Kepler would be so proud!

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The Earth to the Sun is about 150 million km.  This distance is defined as 1 ‘astronomical unit’, or 1 AU.

ONE LIGHT MEGACHI

After kilo comes Mega, meaning ‘one million’.   Mega chi — Mχ — one million decimal seconds turns out to be exactly 10 days.  Instead of the familiar Judeo/Babylonian 7-day week,  the Hawaiian, Chinese and Egyptian  were several cultures to discern the value of a ’10 day week’.   Hawaiian, this period of time is ‘Anahulu’.  To those of us steeped in ‘God Created the Earth in Seven Days”,  it may be surprising to learn that three 10-day-weeks (3 x 10 = 30) is a much better fit to Earth’s lunar month cycle 29.54d than four 7-day weeks (4 x 7 = 28).  And with a 10-day week, every weekend is a 5 day weekend!  Weeeeee!

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The “Oort Cloud” is a like a giant dust bunny in far orbit about our solar system. It would take 300 – 1.000 days for light to span. Gosh.

How far can light travel in 1LMχ?   Quite a ways!

 

ONE LIGHT GIGACHI

Giga chi — Gχ — are about equal to a ‘Saturn Return’  or  27,4 years .  In one gigachi, light travels  27,4 lights years, or more commonly used by astronomer, 8,4 parsecs.  Here is a map of our local stellar neighborhood.

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ONE LIGHT TERACHI

After Giga- comes Tera-.  1.000 Gχ = 1 Tχ.  

In a Tχ of 27.400 years, light travels 8.400 parsecs, coincedently the very distance our solar system is to the behive of blackholes buzzing in the middle of our Milkyway Galaxy

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And that is enough to think about for one La!

 

 

… Dream Like A Mountain

Dream Like A Mountain

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The

watery

half of our world

Where East Meets West

is the largest body of water of our solar system –

Ka Moana Nui o Honua, The Great Ocean of the World;

The Pacific.

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In

the center

of this Great World Ocean,

are the most remote islands on Earth.

They

rise stupendously

20,000 feet from the the bottom of the sea

to burst forth.  Some soar 14,000 more up into the heavens.

These

10 kilometer peaks

are the tallest mountains on Earth.

Tropical volcanoes, crowned with ice, a marvel to behold.

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Discovered

by the Polynesians

More than 1,000 years ago

Mauna Kea kuahiwi ku ha’o i ka mālie

Mauna Kea the astonishing mountain that stands in the calm.

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Mauna a Wakea

The mountain of Wakea

Where the Earth touches Heaven

Where Papa first kissed Wakea & birthed the world.

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MKT

Mauna Kea Time

Where East meets West.

The other side of time, where tomorrow begins

Where tomorrow is already today, fourteen hours before GMT

MKT

Mauna Kea Time

Our global connection to the present.

Where there are no time zones  Only Now.  Everywhere ™

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Dream Like a Mountain

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Global Midnight on the Mauna Kea Meridian

 

what do you see when you look within this graphic? A smiling face? A mysterious array of circles, icons and radial tick marks in geometric display?

The new face of time?

I see a blue planet, illuminated from below by a small central sun.  A thin lisp of atmosphere, a mountain so big it starts at the center of the planet.  So tall it almost scrapes the moon, stars and sun.  So little between the summit and the heavens.  And lots of zeros. Something is about to begin.

 

Over the past 300 years, Western astronomers  have now accumulated data supporting the existence of about 2,000 other planets around about 1,000 other suns, and candidates for several thousand more. Most of them are huge and hot and far away from – centuries of light years away.  Even if they were listening for our radio activity, few of them have ever heard Elvis croon, or seen the pictures from our moon.

But of all the hundreds of hot jupiters and  a handful of super-earths, only the one wee blue ball — the one we are on — with itʻs broad blue oceans, kid-sister looping moon,  and 365 revolutions per orbit, has been found to be teaming with life, some of it possibly intelligent.

You would think that this colossal pile of stupendous data, the  momentous wonder of this world we find ourselves on might be enough to say “WOW! What we have here IS pretty effin special!  Perhaps we could take better care!

Because the planet is round, at midday  in the center of the Pacific, itʻs closing in on midnight on the other side of the world.  Turns out the English had it right – if Greenwich is the center of time, Hawai`i island is the alpha and omega.

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the largest surface feature on our world, and the most expansive sea of liquid water anywhere on our solar system, massive volcanoes tower above the surface, their summits kiss the sky.  If we were to begin to discover this planet anew, in all itʻs glory and wonder, here, is where we would zero in – not in some suburb of London – on these mighty equatorial landmarks, the tallest peaks on the planet.  Here is as good as any place to mark the beginning and the end of time.

When is your “zero moment”

itʻs about time

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Now is the time when those of good faith, passion and an emergent global consciousness can set aside artificial zones of time that divide us, and begin working together in a single shared global now. Together, we can begin to turn the world in a new direction,  a counter clock wisdom.  a wise unwinding from our legacy industrial catastrophe.  Now we can join forces, unify our efforts, and begin to tell a new story.  Of how we caught ourselves in the nick of time, pulled back from the brink, rediscovered the heritage of our indigenous humanity and restored our connection to the living world.

Back before there were clocks, machines and empires, it was simple to look up into the sky and watch the sun and the moon and the stars wheel across the heavens.   when they rose, when they reached zenith, when they set.  the tides too rose and fell, the seasons cycled, and so not just because our lives depended on it, but because were actually of it, we were naturally entrained to these durations.  not machine metronomes, but the pulse and pattern of life.  though our connection to the living world we could not recognize ourselves as separate from, this time was intrinsic to our being.   we woke.  we slept.  we laughed.  we ate.  we toiled.  we sang.  we made love.  we had children.  we moved in rhythm.  not on time, but in it.  now.  always. forever.

 

 

The expanding industrialized technocratic Eurified western world made a break with the rhythms of the natural world, and began to marched to the beat of a different drummer.  With their locomotives and telegraphs, their steamships and undersea cables, their factory production schedules and quarterly profit reports, those 18th, 19th and 20th century empire builders began coordinating their extractive and commercial activities at a larger and larger scales.  As their sense and scope of ʻhereʻ grew incrementally, so too did their ʻnowʻ expand elastically to keep pace.

To rationalize, suppress, and control the infinite variety of 360 degrees of  local time of day— the fact that on a spherical world , we all view different local horizons –they defined and Taylorized standard local time ʻzones,ʻ hour-wide  segments of imposed industrial ʻnowʻ to make sure the trains ran on time, instead of crashing into each other.  But as they wove their Victorian machine dreams around the world, an unexpected thing happened when they came to the ends of the earth: they split the date in two.

The International Date Line is an imaginary line in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but even if you are Umberto Ecco, you will be sorely disappointed  if you ever go look for it, for it does not exist. It is a conceptual fiction ʻcreatedʻ from the illogical necessity of compartmentalized thinking.  A bandaid on  the broken idea that time comes in zones, that now can be stamped and clamped, divided into separate pieces.  The IDL ʻenduresʻ only as a result of cultural inertia, a lack of imagination and failure of our thinking to evolve.  The truth is there are no ʻzonesʻ of time.  Time can not be limited or controlled by state or national boundary.  There are not 24 versions of present on the planet.  There are no separate dates in effect.

Today,  in our globally networked world where millions increasingly have  access to instantaneous global communication, legacy 19th century notions of 24 separate bands of ʻnowʻ and 2 simultaneous different dates seem utterly antiquated, incoherent and nonsensical.  But old habits endure because change is difficult;  it often seems easier to kick the can down the street, than fundamentally redesign your thinking to match a new understanding of the world.   Yes our planet rotates roughly 365  times each orbit the of sun.  Yes, our moon orbits roughly every 30 days, and yes this happens 12 or 13 times each year.   But beyond these gravitational and kinetic realities, the manner in which time is further subdivided and socially regulated is quite arbitrary.

How we inherited the hodge-podge of 24 hours, 60 minutes and seconds is a long, complicated and fascinating tale.  These frameworks weave their way through many cultures and epochs before arriving into the third EuroAmerican millennium.  But there is nothing divine or inevitable about the 7 day week, neither springing forward nor falling back.  February has 28 days assigned.

If you can imagine a ʻnowʻ big enough for the entire planet, or if you just want to collaborate smoothly with others around the world to blunt the destructive drive of Transnational Neoliberal Global Capitalism, then it is time to upgrade. The future is now everywhere.

Welcome aboard.

Mauna Kea Time

the shadow of the peak of mauna kea extends into space eclipsing our moon. can you say wow?
The shadow of the peak of Mauna Kea marks the center of Earthʻs shadow in space as it extends to caress and eclipse the full face our sister Moon.

 

Some things are so magical and vast, they seem almost impossible for you wrap your your head around… and for a very simple reason; they are.  Some things – as it turns out most of the universe – one simply can not think oneʻs way through.  How to resolve this conundrum?

Stop thinking.  Can you do that?  Try.  What do I hear? What do I feel?  What am I experiencing?

Donʻt think about it, simply feel.  When thinking does not clarify, when words do not communicate, allow the quest for thinking and words to fall away.  When experiencing connection, simply being present, perhaps simply allowing, and experiencing experience in itself is enough.  Now, a gift.  Called the present.

There are so many ways of connecting with ourselves, each other and the world.  Many indigenous cultures, like the Polynesian, have long been present with these other ways of being in the world.  Navigating and charting the vast oceans of our interiors.  We could learn a lot, if we just started listening.  Of Context.  Relationship.  Connection.  And not just knowledge.  But meaning.  Wisdom.  Love.  Think about that… just kidding 🙂

In contrast, with itʻs focus on the external, the West is so technologically driven, so powerful, so overwhelming, so unaware of missing at least half of the big picture.  This monstrous strength is a weakness that leaves us deaf, dumb, and blind to ourselves, each other, and the living universe we strive to dominate rather than simply inhabit.  It gets in the way of learning, connection, obliterates possibilities, and stunts our spiritual growth.  Not really so smart.

So stop thinking.  Try just be.  Like a mountain.

Mauna Kea is the tallest peak on Earth.  Beginning  20,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean,  it then soars another 14,000 feet up into the heavens.  But this million-year-young shield volcano on the Big Island of Hawai`i is not done yet.  Itʻs merely dormant, taking a short geologic nap before the eruption cycle inexorably begins again.  Further shall it rise,  an evolving Ten-thousand Meter Temple on our living planet.

As if with enormous lungs, Mauna Kea breathes in and out once a day, in perfect sync  with the rising and falling, warming and cooling cycle of the sunʻs rays with each planetary revolution.  Once up and in towards the summit, once down and out to the sea.  If you could meditate like that for one million years, breathing in, breathing out, 365 times each year, imagine what stillness of mind you could achieve.  What could we learn from this mountain?  What can you find in your inner mountain?

Close your eyes.  Imagine yourself on the summit.    Here you float above 40% of the Earthʻs atmosphere, a tenuous veneer is all that separates you from the infinite heavens beyond.  The ʻseeingʻ here is beyond believing.  It is stupendous.  But donʻt just imagine yourself stuck viewing from the summit, imagine yourself as the summit.  What is it like to be this mountain?

How big is your now?  How deep is the bedrock of your soul?  How much love, life and connection have you embraced in your eons?  How far does your shadow extend into space?

Breathing in.  Breathing out.  Like a mountain.

Time Enough For Love

time-enough-for-love

now. we set aside our fears, for there is always time enough love.  we can begin to tell a new story.  of how we almost lost it all, but found ourselves again in time, and returned into the world.  now. we can lay the foundation for a long and lasting peace, within us and between us.  now. across the many lands.  now. across the many waters.  now — each one of us — our many colored hands, our vibrant beating hearts, our red hot blood pounding within our ears.  can you hear it?  the end is not near, we are only just beginning!

What is the point of a shared global now?

A shared global now allows us each to reach together and connect in realtime across and around the world to collaborate & co-create a peaceful sovereign world at a scale equal to the task at hand.  An unambiguous numerical expression of ‘nowness’ allows us all to ‘get on the same page’ and easily coordinate our distributed world-wide activities.  Be:now does not replace your local time.  Local time is also valuable in that it conveys where within your local day you are.  Be:now is a second time tool to add to your tool kit.  We can then harmonize and synchronize our activities with others at the global level.  Be:now allows you to think globally while you act locally.  Be:now ends the confusion of multiple timezones, staggered daylight savings resets and double global dates.   be:now collapses the confusing disarray into a single global now, tied not into any one local time, but a shared global condition of percentage planetary rotation… starting and ending each global day from 00:000, the global zero moment of midday on the Anti-Prime Meridian, 180 degrees away from GMT.  100% time. Are you ready for the bigtime? be:now

Meditations from Ka Piko o Moana Nui – How to Collaborate Across our Watery Wide World

 

Our World United Across Time Zones & Dates into a Single Global NOW

...but there is no time like the present.  now.  everywhere.
130 years ago at the International Meridian Conference in 1884, our world was divided like an orange into 24 segments or ‘zones’ of time with two simultaneous global dates created and separated by a newly contrived International Date Line.  As we were divided from natural time, so too were we divided from each other.  But time is a tool we can reclaim and refashion to serve us, rather than us having to serve it.  Be:now is such a time tool that collapses all our multiple time zones and dates into a single world-wide ‘now.’  How does be:now do this?  Where does this day begin? What is the point of a shared global now?   If you wanna change the world, you must begin with yourself.  Now is as good a time as any, and in fact, it may be all we ever have.  Fear you haven’t time enough for love?  Quiet your mind.  Sink into yourself.  Synch up with others of like heartmind and spirit.  breath in.  breath out.

be:now…