September 24, 2012
Maybe having enough time to do all we want is a matter of perspective
A ”Fond Farewell” Article
When I changed Support4Change to a new format, I needed to delete some articles that didn’t fit in the new site but were too good to completely throw away. So I have moved many of them here to the blog, where they will still be available and people can find them by using tags. Enjoy.
Does Time Stand Still?
BY LEA BRANDENBURG
Reprinted with permission
Ever notice that there are times when you feel as if time stands still? Time seems to stand still during the exquisite moments of our lives: when we see a breathtaking sunset or bask in the glow of completing a project or watching a child at play. Have you noticed that time seems more expansive when you are vacation? Can time, as we understand it, collapse?
David Bohm, a theoretical physicist, suggests that time can only be something [that] happens in the present and now, in spite of our artificial constructs of past and future, we are really beings who live in a lot of parallel concurrent nows. Time has no beginning and “the past” is actually concurrent with now.
Bohm’s central thesis is that the world and everything in it is a vast ocean of energy. What we perceive as separate parts — you, me, the chair, the dog, the trees, the air we breathe, the atmosphere surrounding the planet, and the stars in the next galaxy — are all part of a seamless whole (holomovement) that is pulsing with life and intelligence. He calls his ocean of living energy the implicate order because it cannot be seen or measured, except mathematically, only inferred.
Organizing this high-energy pool into various structures is the superimplicate order, a superinformation field that surrounds, interpenetrates, and underlies the implicate order, directing its unfolding into the relatively stable forms we perceive with our everyday senses — the stuff of the world as we know it (the explicate order). In this sea of pure energy, there are no particles, no space or time.
Space and time are properties of the three-dimensional world of the explicate order. By the rules of quantum mechanics, space and time cannot exist without someone there to measure them.
We inhabit a universe that is a seamless, coherent whole. The separation of objects is an attribute of the explicit order, as are space and time. We actually inhabit a universe where every point is interpenetrated by every other point.
This universe is made up of the implicate order, a vast ocean of living, conscious, intelligent energy underlying, surrounding, overlaying, and interpenetrating the ordinary world of our experience. And embedded in this implicate order is the superimplicate order, a vast — in fact infinite — information field, a protointelligence organizing and directing the energy of the implicate order and enfolded within it. From the implicate and superimplicate orders (of which there are an infinite number in an infinite array or spectrum) is derived the manifest world of our experience.
The world appears solid and three-dimensional, but, because it is born of the implicate and superimplicate orders, it really pulsates with intelligence that is nonlocal — everywhere at once — and that holds all of time in a co-present fashion. Since hierarchies, structures, and grids — not to mention years, days, and minutes — don’t exist at this level of subtlety, things just are, embedded within one another, with past and future events happening now. (From Your Sixth Sense: Unlocking the Power of Your Intuition by Belleruth Naparstek, pages 96-102)
I am definitely not a theoretical physicist, but I do know that there are moments in life where time does stand still, where it seems that I have more than enough time to do everything I need to do AND want to do — and more.
© 2002, Lea Brandenburg
Lea Brandenburg is president of Creating Strategies in New York, NY, and has been coaching an international group of clients and businesses since 1997. Her areas of expertise and passion are interpersonal and business communication, intuitive intelligence and creativity. She is a graduate of Coach U, the coaching industry’s premiere and oldest training program, a member of the International Coach Federation, which is an association dedicated to preserving the integrity and ethics of the coaching profession, and a Founding Member of Coachville, the first on line coaching training company and portal. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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