Yesterday belongs to the deadPosted: April 18, 2010
We are all living in one eternal moment. It isn’t even really correct to call it a moment because “a moment” denotes a given point in a linear time length. I mean what we are living or experiencing is infinite, not in regards to time only but in regards to the process. How would one know this? How would one know that it was finite? For it to be finite one would have to know of something outside of the box that is not included. The known is the realm we are in, not the unknown. For when it becomes known it ceases to be the unknown. Time and space is the most common form of experiencing for humans, physically. Our daily lives. What we know to be ‘real’. Many people however experience a multitude of ‘other’ types of experiences, some more common than others which include out of body experiences, meditative trances, psychosis, comas, dreams (lucid and non), de ja vue, psychedelic drug trips,etc. While in these states most experiences claim that time and space tend to lose their meaning. Their experience of being becomes qualitatively different. Time-dilation, lost time, experiencing time backwards, being able to tell the future second by second or experiencing ‘forever’ all in one instant are just some examples.
Most who have not had these experiences of altered states of consciousness either reject the idea altogether or do not fully understand what it means because they have no reference of comparison in order to comprehend it. For whatever reason, fear, ignorance, chance, unavailability or lack of access, they have only seen one side of the coin. Because the number of people who have these experiences (though recently growing) is so low, the general consensus of the population is that they are either ‘not real’ or that people ‘are just seeing things’. Also, many psychedelic drugs which are safe and have even been proven to help patients with a variety of psychological problems have been lumped into the ‘drug’ category and outlawed, because “drugs are bad”.
The fact is that nobody really knows what anything is. We can nit-pick at every little atom, every little quark, do a trillion experiments in the lab, shoot atoms along a track at each other to recreate the conditions shortly after the big bang forever and that will never make us understand what shit is, but what is it really? What is the big picture? Not what is one pixel of it. Once you get to see the big picture you are still looking at a picture. So life is not a game to be won. There isn’t some kind of experiment that will yield a result to satisfactorily explain all of existence in one neat little formula. The more answers we find the more questions open up. That’s just a fact.
Here is an example of how much we actually don’t know. Big bang theory which is the current scientific model of the universe posits that time began at a certain point. The big bang, a rapid expansion of an infinitely hot and infinitely dense point (the gravitational singularity) and it is still expanding to this day. The way we found this out was by using Einstein’s general relativity and extrapolating events backwards in time by observing and making calculations about expansion of the universe. We concluded that since the universe is expanding in a certain way, it must have all been together once. However, at the point of the singularity, general relativity breaks down, meaning at that small of a scale its formulas don’t work. So the science that we used to get there doesn’t work once we’re there. So what is a gravitational singularity, what is gravitation for that matter? We know what these things are but their full nature is still debated to this day. We also don’t know where shit goes when it goes through a black hole, or what dark matter or dark energy is and they apparently make up 95% of the universe. We don’t even know if they exist we just had to make them up to account for missing areas in our calculations about gravity and the workings of the universe. My point is that no matter how much we try to understand intellectually, things are still happening. Gravity is gravitating and the singularity is singu…lating. There’s still always shit to observe and figure out. There is something to be looked at there. Things are happening, how beautiful. Not just understanding them verbally and knowing what happened a long time ago or what will happen in the future. What about now? What is now? It just is!!!
Something interesting… the speed of light is always 299 792 458 meters a second in a vacuum. Information/energy/matter can not travel faster than light. If it could then it would be possible for a signal to be received before it was sent. There is a theoretical particle called a Tachyon which has the properties of only being able to travel faster than light. If Tachyons were found to be real able to be used to send information, then it would be possible to violate causality in Einstein’s special relativity.
“If one of the two events represents the sending of a signal from one location and the second event represents the reception of the same signal at another location, then as long as the signal is moving at the speed of light or slower, the mathematics of simultaneity ensures that all reference frames agree that the transmission-event happened before the reception-event.However, in the case of a hypothetical signal moving faster than light, there would always be some frames in which the signal was received before it was sent, so that the signal could be said to have moved backwards in time. And since one of the two fundamental postulates of special relativity says that the laws of physics should work the same way in every inertial frame, then if it is possible for signals to move backwards in time in any one frame, it must be possible in all frames. This means that if observer A sends a signal to observer B which moves FTL (faster-than-light) in A’s frame but backwards in time in B’s frame, and then B sends a reply which moves FTL in B’s frame but backwards in time in A’s frame, it could work out that A receives the reply before sending the original signal, a clear violation of causality in every frame.”
It would be like receiving a text message, and then replying, but in reality the text you are sending as a reply is the causal factor in the text that was sent which you are replying to. That’s almost like there is no free will involved at all there. Is this type of relation similar to the one of consciousness and matter? Which one came first? When?
The experience of time passing is psychological. Our brains process information at something below 100 HZ. Your computer runs at about 3 GHZ, unless you are a noob in which case your computer may run anywhere from 1GHZ to 2GHZ. If a computer was self-aware or could perceive time a second to us would be like 30 or more to it because of the amount of information it is processing, would it not? Time is an experienced duration of being, memories of past, hopes of future. All imagined. We arrange events in a linear fashion within the brain and we say this was before and this will come to be after. The reality is that what is happening is happening now and only now. Tomorrow never comes because it is always today. We are present. We are here. We never go there or anywhere because once we get there it is here.
Now is a pivotal moment where all events are possible. If one was to fully recognize that then there would be no fear and all dreams would be immediately fulfilled. We spend our daily ‘time’ considering what we want to become or worrying about not making the same mistakes we have in the past. One big problem is being concerned with death but real death is not being in the moment, it’s missing out on every ‘now’ that ever happened in your life because you were worried about losing your ‘self’ or leaving your ‘things’ behind, or uncertainty of what might be ‘after’. To say death is a moment in time at the end of your life is like saying the moment of birth is your life. There is a thing that frees the mind of that and it is called action. Acting is the assembling of perfection, doing what needs to be done. All at once it is moving into the future and putting the past in place like setting a table or cleaning a room. Living is dying, literally. Not just that we live and we die, or we live to die. But we do both simultaneously, they are the same thing. The process is one of duality. It is showing opposites. Life comes with death. Light comes with dark. Yin and yang. It is meant to be experienced and embraced. Or else it wouldn’t be there. There’s no point in worrying about the past because it is finished and there is no point in worrying about the future because the future is now, and that’s what we have to grasp- fully with everything we have, not just in words.
The more one tries to understand in words the less one understands because words have a definition which is defined in terms of words also. We can never escape words unless we jump above and beyond to a higher level of intuitive understanding. This understanding can truly only come with acceptance of the fact that there is other shit that you haven’t experienced. For all you know what you are experiencing is less than 1% of total reality, and there may be a reason for that. Human life with all it’s time and space bullshit might just be that small percentage of a bigger cycle of existence. A type of existence that maybe isn’t even subjective at all, and where time and space, matter and energy have no meaning whatsoever. Psychedelic or higher dimensional experiences are just one example of an uncommon form of reality experienced by many, and what occurs in these states is just as real as any other state. It is something experienced and perceived, and perspective is reality. So we must observe this fact and be as aware as possible of what is going on. Then we can reach a higher level of understanding of what is. Or what is is.