Monday, August 1, 2011

A Course In Miracles, Commentary #9, Time is The Present

"The miracle minimizes the need for time. 2 In the longitudinal or horizontal plane the recognition of the equality of the members of the Sonship appears to involve almost endless time. 3 However, the miracle entails a sudden shift from horizontal to vertical perception. 4 This introduces an interval from which the giver and receiver both emerge farther along in time than they would otherwise have been. 5 The miracle thus has the unique property of abolishing time to the extent that it renders the interval of time it spans unnecessary. 6 There is no relationship between the time a miracle takes and the time it covers. 7 The miracle substitutes for learning that might have taken thousands of years. 8 It does so by the underlying recognition of perfect equality of giver and receiver on which the miracle rests. 9 The miracle shortens time by collapsing it, thus eliminating certain intervals within it. 10 It does this, however, within the larger temporal sequence." T-1.II.1-10

Time is an interesting social construction. We take it for granted as "reality" but it is something which our egos have made up and which our egos use to enslave us.

When a miracles occurs, there is a shift in perception and time stands still. We are in the now. The course calls this the holy instant and our awareness shifts outside of time. When we come back to our ego constructed time based reality we ask quizzically, "Where did the time go?" "The time just flew by, oh my god." This often happens when we are engrossed in something, enthralled as they say, or what the psychologists call the "flow state".

When we recognize this "flow state" outside of time, we become aware that time is vertical not horizontal as the course says in verse 3. This accounts for the occasionally "deja vu" experiences which we all have had.

The seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism is the "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." There is a recognition in Unitarian Universalism that we are not separate bodies but joined in spirit and that time can be perceived vertically not just horizontally.

Today I will try to be aware of those occasions when I am in a flow state and "time stands still". I will acknowledge that there is part of me that is not bound by the time line which the ego has created for me to enslave me to its will. I will attempt to "rise above it", time, and "go with the flow". "Easy does it" as they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, one day at a time. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet arrived, that's why today we should enjoy the gift of the spirit which we call, The Present, and what a present it is.

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