Friday, April 2, 2010

Time Under Review

“For those of us who believe in physics,” Einstein once wrote to a friend, “this separation between past, present and future is only an illusion.”

That an interesting statement from Einstein, one I have never read before; one that echoes closely with shamanic indiginous beliefs, rantings of deep psychadellic explorers, and Vedic Cosmologoists.  

Indeed, the term Maya, meaning ILLUSION, fits in quite well.  When the most notable physicists say the same remarkably baffling things that ancient indigenous timekeepers of the great 2012 prophecy purport to offer, I get a sensation of the Cosmic Tickle.  Perhaps Shiva can sweep through our realm in the destruction of a cosmic world phase transition to enlighten us as to what actually is real - not an illusion.

Shamans make claims to know future events before they happen.  They can predict rainfall, game movement, and even look into the past to see who stole the chicken while the chief's wife was flirting around.  Scientists say time travel is possible - provided we have the means to harness God-like levels of energy and ability to construct and spin huge cylinders (with the diameter of our solar system) near the speed of light.  This synchro-conceptual realization (much like parallel evolution in biology, or more simply, two vastly different peoples saying similar things) suggests to me that the domain of time is hardly what we generally consider it to be.  If so, then what Cosmological consequences might this entail metaphysically and practically for a future embarking upon 2012 and beyond..?

Terence Mckenna, RIP, often spoke about his Timewave Zero Theory that synchronistically prophesized the "End of History" upon the same date as the end of the Mayan Calendar. Dec 21 2012.  

"Plato said time is the moving image of eternity. My notion of shamanism is, it is that state of mind which accrues to those who have seen the end. By cultivating this notion of closure with hyper-space, imaged as the archaic return to the world of the pre-cultural ambiance, we can have an anticipation of the transcendental object. It is still in Eden. It is we who have undergone the fall and the recurso. And now the laden prodigal son returns to beat at the doors of the manorial home, the birthright. And within lies the beginnings of true civilization. 
 We are the forerunners of a truly moral and ethical human society. The deepest aspirations, however badly mangled and mishandled by our traditions, nevertheless still have the potential for archetypal fruition within them. The torch that has been passed from generation to generation, ad infinitum back into the distant past, is alive. And by some strange quirk of the metaphysical machinery it's our great privilege to live through this symmetry break, this revelation of the next level of the open-ended mystery. I think that the real thrill lies in relating to our world with an open mind, a sense of caring, a sense of wonder, and a sense of real, grounded, intellectually firm hope."
- Terence Mckenna from "Understanding and Imagination in the Light of Nature" (Contact if audio content desired)

And a trippy video to help it all sink in:


Henry David Thoreau: As if you could kill time without injuring eternity!

One cannot step twice in the same river. - Heraclitus      ** [NOR ONCE, for those paying attention]

We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.   William Shakespeare 

For tribal man space was the uncontrollable mystery. For technological man it is time that occupies the same role. Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980) Canadian communications theorist and educator.

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