We live in evolutionary times… but what about you — are you ready for evolution? Perhaps now might be the perfect moment for you.
Where time was long been thought by many, at least in the materialist traditions of the ‘west’, to be mechanical & metronome, today some are beginning to understand time as elastic, liquid and pulsing. More like music, and less like a machine.
The notion of a clockwork universe needs gears and cogs and spindles. As one turns, so others are effected. Inside this metaphor, everything connects; this pushes, that pulls, and these press. Yet when this notion is tested by observation, the ‘mechanism’ of gravity seems to lack not only any point of contact, but even any substance by which it operates. Yet still the planets, moons and galaxies whorl merrily along, untroubled or even slowed down by the absence of any physical mechanism. How can this be so? Perhaps it is the mindset of our models that has lead us astray from a clearer understanding of time.
Where ‘now’ was long held to be fleeting and infinitesimal, some are beginning to see it enduring infinitely. How long does ‘now’ last?
And then there is the shape of time — what is it? Some say linear, that it has a beginning and an end, that it continues forever, in a straight ‘time line’. Others insist time is circular, ‘what goes around, comes around, and ‘tomorrow is another day.’ What do you think? How does time feel to you?
Perhaps as the image above illustrates, the shape of time might be some kind of corkscrew combination of linear and circular. Perhaps we might begin to think of time in terms of vortices.
Where time, space and calender were separated into isolated ‘islands’ and distinct ‘zones’, perhaps as we move more fully into the shared present of a globally networked now, perhaps it is time to remove the barriers constructed between us. As our world seems to be growing smaller, perhaps our sense of ‘Now’ has grown to include the whole of our world. What do you think? Sure, Jules Verne and Umberto Ecco contrived to make the IDL wonderful plot devices, but is that honestly a good enough reason to continue the temporal charade into our third millennium? Does an Imaginary Date Line actually meander through the Pacific ocean, dividing tomorrow from today?
Perhaps time was never zoned, or segmented, but is continuous and indivisible. Perhaps time does not exist in discrete pieces like seconds minutes or hours. Perhaps time is more like a wave length than a particle. Perhaps time exists in myriad frequencies. What if time is decimal?
If it were true we are surrounded in an ocean of Now, what might occur if we were to Dive in. Discover. Connect.
If you were right now — i kēia manawa — not just carpe diem, but Carpe Instantum; seize this instant, this duration of chiros; the open window of potential? what might you discover in the power of now?