The Spiritual Time
By Nicole Shepherd
—personal recollections of Nicole
The Egyptians had attempted to respond to the problem of 'linear' time by organizing events and moments in a more interesting way. Work, daily life and celebrations were regulated rhythmically in the annual calendar of Egypt. More than 120 days of collective parties were programmed in a year to allow the regeneration of men and women living on the earth of Egypt. It was the means to regenerate collectively, the idea being to stop the 'ordered' time and return to a more 'chaotic' time, where each person can find new means to express himself and to live to his rythme and according to his deep aspirations.
In our current life we also need to do this, to break the flow in ways that we would like, otherwise a frustration follows that wears us down quickly. We go out on a Saturday evening, have national celebrations and carnivals, enjoy the weekend with our family, and take a big vacation in the summer. This allows us the possibility to live for ourselves and to convert our time into a more personal form.
But we need to be conscious. To create our time at each instant, rather as a road that appears progressively in front of us and on which one one advances. Kryon describes this in his book "The Journey Home" where a person learned to use a map to direct his life. The map was completely blank except when he had faith enough and remembered to look at it in the present moment, when it most mattered - only then did the map came to life and indicate the direction and way that was so needed.
On Earth, we are dependent on the time that passes inexorably and sometimes it is difficult for us to accept this continuation of endless boring minutes of work, a interminable discussion on uninteresting subjects, an intolerable headache, a forced solitude... Or in other circumstances we may feel an immense joy, to like and be liked, to the point that we want to stop the time or make it infinite so that this instant lasts forever.
The time that passes jostles us and can wear us out; we can become old very fast if we don't stop the emotional circuits and mental patterns we become trapped in, prisoners of time. When we are active and interested, time passes quickly and in retrospect seems rich; when we are inactive and bored, not living our own purpose, time passes slowly and in retrospect seems empty. So we need to become conscious of the present time, to recreate our lives constantly, aligned with our true purposes.
This 'spiritual' time is a different approach from the usual for it has a connection, 'vertical' and profound, with all the dimensions that compose us. It requires us to be conscious of who we are, what our goals are and how we can best work to achieve them. The 'fractures' at the end of the week, or all other means to stop the linear time, are for us a modern means to check our own time. This new space then becomes a source of regeneration, allowing us to remain young and to approach the next day with a fresh viewpoint.