Flow of Time

August 9, 2004

Flow of time is an illusion. Time is motion. It has a dura-
tion—a measurement of motion from one point to another.
Quantum mechanics do not behave this way and, therefore,
Einstein was more than a bit upset: “God does not play dice
with the universe.”

The paradox is that we are always in motion—if not phys-
ically at least in our mind. We are never really in the moment.
Our mind wanders around endlessly either recalling past
memories and experiences or projecting things for the future.
Our mind reacts for the current moment while not being able
to experience the current now time as it is. We do not see the
world as it is. Our own view of the world is adjusted and
biased, depending on our personal history, cultural back-
ground, social and behavioral standards and expectations, as
well as experience and memories of similar situations in the
past.We see what we know, and we know what we have expe-
rienced in the past. See the loop?

We crave security and predictability. We want to have sta-
bility in our lives. Unfortunately, “now” is always new—
unknown. It is a dynamic process that cannot be known
beforehand. It destroys part of the known in order to create
something new. Therefore it is called the “change.” Still, we
want to be able to be in control. We cannot stand the unpre-
dictable—at least our mind thinks so.

Have you tried to keep your mind still, not thinking about
the future or the past? Not thinking about anything while
walking in the street. Purely observing and appreciating what-
ever comes your way. What happens? By not letting your mind
label and judge things around you and squeezing your obser-
vations into a historical framework (your experience or preju-
dice),you start to see clearly and register more than ever about
the world around you. And the best part is that you can even
recall those things later on. You can visualize your entire route
to work or home, with all the details and passersby, not even
talking about their clothing or what they were saying and so
on. All this is possible because your mind is not “working,”
thinking about the past or worrying about the future. You’re
free to live in the moment—always in the timeless now time.

How could you know something beforehand and label it
because the now moment is ever changing, new all the time,
the unknown? Still our static mind wants to control some-
thing dynamic. And it always fails, but we do not see it. Our
mind has its tricks to hide its own faults. It lays blame in all
the other directions. It’s always somebody else’s fault. Our
expectations are not fulfilled. We are sad or angry, frustrated
or surprised, thanks to our mind. But who created those
expectations and thoughts in the first place? They did not
happen, as the physical world exists, objectively. They were
our own mind’s creations, which we treated as real. They
became real for us. They are our own “static” creation, which
did not align with the real world—the now time.

It’s time to stop extrapolating the past for the current
moment and take life as it comes. Without objections or
force. Just by letting go and letting it flow.

This is the original text, and an edited version can be found in the Fragments of Reality -book.

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