Time and Timelessness

The Big Bang Theory about the beginning of the universe was developed within my, our lifetime. Space, energy, matter… everything… originated instantly, in one location, some fifteen billion years ago, and has been expanding ever since.

It is easy to overlook that something else was created in that same event: time. Time and space co-exist: the four main dimensions of our material universe. Time is related to the velocity of objects, and depends on movement in space, such as the time taken for planet Earth to rotate once on its axis (a single day) or make a single orbit of the sun (a year). This is measurable linear time, clock time. We can call it Chronos, after one of the ancient Greek gods of time.

But we should note that there was another time god, called Kairos. To speak of clock time ‘before’ the Big Bang is meaningless, but we can imagine a kind of timeless void in which the conditions for the Big Bang came into being.

For the Greeks, Kairos symbolized chance, fortune and every example of meaningful coincidence. The word we use for that is ‘synchronicity’. When Kairos visited, you had to be prepared to go with the opportunities he offered. He always knocked and came calling at the right time, the perfect moment when all was ripe and ready. Kairos can, therefore, be thought of as spiritual time, eternity… ‘God’s time’.

Kairos has a different quality altogether from Chronos, being more rhythmical, circular and seasonal than linear in nature. It often feels as if clock time has frozen, slowed right down or stopped completely. Paradoxically, it sometimes also feels as if time has speeded up, so that minutes, hours, days, even weeks and months can go by as if in a flash. Some athlete’s experience it, for example, when they get ‘in the zone’ during a burst of peak performance.

Kairos is in play when things happen unpredictably, but at just the right moment. Time and timelessness seem to intersect for human benefit and instruction. Such epiphany experiences occur when something eternal appears to break through into everyday life. Heaven and earth seem both briefly and enduringly to coincide. With this, ‘Something happens!’ Something new and profound, something inspiring and potentially life-changing, is revealed in an instant.

Wisdom, newly acquired in this way, feels right because it by-passes the everyday ego and resonates powerfully with something already present, deep inside: the true, spiritual self. It feels like a reminder and confirmation of something already known but forgotten.

Such revelations often herald a kind of spiritual awakening, a key moment of transition on life’s journey towards spiritual maturity. As the fallen leaf never rises to rejoin the tree, so is this a point of no return; and the significance of these experiences is often re-enforced by additional ‘synchronicities’, unexpected but meaningful coincidences; such as when two people meet for the first time, who are later to become life partners.
The Big Bang was not a destructive explosion. It was not like a bomb going off. It was unimaginably powerful, but it is better thought of as creative, a flowering. Because of the material – the atoms and molecules – that we humans are made of, eventually resulted from that primary eruption, we are each still, everlastingly connected to it, to each other and to everything in the universe. It is a holistic connection; each part is integral to the whole.

Clock time dictates to the material dimensions of our experience. Kairos affects the spiritual dimension. We, humans, are subject to both.

Spiritual Warrior’s Wisdom – Episode 10

Spiritual Warrior's Wisdom – Episode 10 Vince Vin-Zen Wishart and Neil Thrussell

Posted by Shin Dao Institute on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

Tina – video message – Dial 811 for Medical Assistance in Alberta

Alberta Health Link offers 24 hour medical advice for non-emergency situations. Dial 811 for assistance…but make sure you offer them ALL background information.

I phoned in the middle of the night because a really severe muscle twitch in my leg woke me and wouldn’t go away. It wasn’t a muscle cramp – I’ve experienced those before and taking magnesium at bedtime helps to alleviate that. No, this was an actual twitch that looked like an alien jumping around under the flesh of my thigh.

The nice nurse at Alberta Health Link had nothing to offer me other than assurances that there are no red flags on my symptoms… I should just be prepared for a sleepless night.

However, the next day, after talking to another nurse – who happened to know my recent background – I was given a simple solution. I had forgotten to tell the Health Link nurse that I had recently had a bladder infection and was consequently drinking copious amounts of water…

Turns out the problem of the twitching muscle (not to be confused with leg cramps) was a sodium imbalance.  Solution provided by a nurse armed with the info about my increased water intake was to reduce water intake for a couple of days and increase Himalayan Salt intake to re-balance sodium levels.

Worked like a charm! 

Tina’s Comedy Debut

Posted by Tina Thrussell on Monday, May 8, 2017

Tina’s debut as a comedian!