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Inner Peace: Take a moment to think about time

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We all experience it even though we may perceive it differently, and in the nonphysical world it may not exist at all

By Jim Hatton

Everyone knows what time is. Or do we?

People say that time can be “on our side” or that time can “work against us.” Often people say they don’t have enough time. Or that time goes by quickly when we get older. Some say time is relative. Regardless of our differing perceptions of time, we, as physical human beings, all experience time and accept time as a common understanding.

The mystics tell us that, in the nonphysical world, time does not exist. Mediums, sensitives, channelers and prophets back up this idea and would contend that there is only “the now.” Many even say that in the physical world there is only “the now.”

Physicists and other scientists all agree that our concept of time is related to the motion of physical objects. Time is relative to the motion of objects and the intervals of the movements between those objects. This theory about time is based on a commonly accepted interval, and all movement is then relative to that common unit or time interval. In our physical world, the commonly accepted time interval, also known as the base unit, is the second. The second is the common denominator in all of our measurements of time, be those hours, days, weeks, milliseconds or nanoseconds.

So why is it that the mystics and modern-day spiritual teachers say that there really is no time? It appears this is true in the Nonphysical. The Nonphysical is just that: nothing physical. There are no relative movements between objects or between events. There is only “the now.”

We all live in a physical world, so we have to deal with the physicality of that world. Time is a given. It can be difficult to imagine something other than the physical and especially a realm of no time.

So, if the Nonphysical exists and there is no time and there is only “the now,” what does that have to do with our physical life here in this three-dimensional world? Great question!

Again, we turn to the mystics and modern-day spiritual teachings. Their basic premise is that all things physical have come out of, and are created from, the Nonphysical. Another term for the Nonphysical is the Void. One of my favorite phrases is “the Void is no things materially, all things potentially.”

The concept of the physical universe being created out of the nonphysical universe can be a challenging concept. Physicists have referred to the concept of the Big Bang as the creation of the physical universe by one great explosion of energy. But I have to ask what was there before the Big Bang? If a material universe was created only after the Big Bang, then it makes sense that before the Big Bang there was no physical universe. It all had to be potentiality. Following this line of thought, then, the concept of the physical world being created from the nonphysical world is a little easier to understand.

Now, it is a common understanding that we live in a physical world. But do we also, at the same time, live in a nonphysical world? Is the creation of the physical world just a one-time event or is it an ongoing continuous creation and expression of energy? If the latter is the case, then we live in both the nonphysical world and the physical world simultaneously. This concept may help to explain why things in the physical world constantly change. They change because the continuous and ongoing creation from the potentiality in the nonphysical world continues to reveal itself in new and different physical forms. It only stands to reason that the nonphysical world of our individual and collective consciousness contains ever-changing thoughts, ideas, concepts, and awareness, and all of that is reflected in our ever-changing physical experience.

It is often said that nothing changes unless there is an idea of that change. Well, the idea happens in a nonphysical format. As our awareness grows, so does our experience of life in the physical world. Indeed, the mystics have always proclaimed that our thoughts and consciousness create our experience.

Maybe as we become more aware of our expanded, non-time-bound existence in the nonphysical world, our experience in the physical world can change for the better? Wow, what a journey!

Richest blessings on the journey.

The World is not broken, Be in Peace …

Jim Hatton is an author, spiritual teacher and speaker. He makes his home in the Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon. Contact him at jim@jimhatton.com.

Want to contribute? Send 600- to 700-word articles on all aspects of inner peace to Richard Carey (rcarey009@gmail.com).

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