Time is a concept. It is not real, as it is neither universal nor experiential. We cannot experience time like a sensation of heat or cold, or a feeling of joy or sorrow.
Time is just a name given to the phenomenon of movement, cycle, change, continuity, decay, and impermanence. These phenomena are real because we can experience them and they are universal. They are the same for everything that exists in nature. Time is a conceptual means to measure and quantify these phenomena.
Time is an illusion in the same way that the idea of “separate self” is an illusion. Time, even as an illusion (clock time), is not the same for all—meaning, it is not universal. Time is different depending upon people’s locations within different time zones.
Time also is not the experience of the past and the future. The past and future exist only in our memories, conceptions, thoughts, and imaginations. We can only remember the past. We can only think about the future. Our thoughts about past and future always occur in the present. Only the present moment is real and can be experienced. Past and future are mere conventions.
SOUL RESEARCH INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER, DECEMBER 31, 09
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Aim to live in the real moment, which is the present. It is a more empowered approach to life to rule your memories than to allow them to rule you. Plan, arrange, prepare, and be proactive, but do not become attached to the deadlines or results that you may or may not see in the future.
Aim to be punctual, but do not go time crazy. Meet your commitments while working without being pressurized by deadlines. By this I mean work on Monday in the same manner that you work on Friday. Did you know that besides human beings no other living creatures see any difference between Monday and Friday?