—Understanding Nonlinear Time

Although we’ve come to believe that time is a physical reality that moves at a fixed speed, when we practice dreaming, time doesn’t have a direction. It doesn’t move along a straight line, as when we dream of a long-gone relative and then about our children. And there is no causality: When we dream the world into being, the future doesn’t have to build upon the past, and the past doesn’t have to predetermine our present.

As we discussed in last week’s blog, in sacred (nonlinear) time, the future as well as the past is available to us, and everything is happening at once. In fact, we can only dream the world into being from this place of timelessness. As we raise our perception to that of eagle, we get closer to experiencing this sense of infinity.

Infinity is a place both prior to and after time, before the big bang and after the universe again collapses. That is, it is outside of time itself. In this place of infinity, you can influence events that occurred in the past and nudge destiny.

An Earthkeeper understands that if you want to change a situation, you have to start by accepting it as it is. You recognize that this moment is perfect―and then you can change anything you want.

Once you step outside of time into infinity, the past and future disclose themselves to you―you can see tomorrow and the day after tomorrow and even the day that you will die. However, it’s important to erase your conscious memory of this so that you can be fully present each day of your life. You want to wake up saying, “What a beautiful day this is!” instead of “This is the day I’m going to die,” or “This is exactly one year before the date I’m going to die,” or what have you. You don’t want to get stuck in time again, perceiving death as a predator and forgetting your original nature. That means that you’ll want to keep the secrets you learn in this place of infinity from your ego.

You see, 12 billion years ago, the immense force that we know as God, which existed in an unmanifested void, decided to experience itself. With a big bang, it formed all the matter in our universe, and then it continued to explore itself through myriad forms―from rock to grasshopper to moon to elephant. Yet since the immense force was omnipresent and omniscient, each of its manifestations also possessed these qualities. To know itself through its many forms, it had to keep the nature of its being a secret even from itself.

When we step out of the “arrow of time” and experience infinity, we reclaim our original nature, which is God. When we return into time, we lose that awareness so that we can experience life in our clock-ruled world, which is what we’re meant to do. We return to everyday life unaware that we’re God and are dreaming everything up.

So as we go about our daily lives, the knowledge of our original nature drives us to serve our experiences rather than expecting them to serve us. That is, instead of cooking a meal with the expectation that it will nurture us, we nurture ourselves in the preparation and serving of the food, infusing the experience with meaning. We no longer search for meaning in situations, but rather bring meaning and purpose to every encounter; we no longer search for truth or beauty, but rather bring truth and beauty to every situation.

If we keep the knowledge of our omnipresent, omniscient nature at hand, aware of it at every moment, we’ll never have to strive for transcendent experiences or enlightenment. We’ll know that everything we do is sacred, so we’ll no longer search for meaning, truth, beauty, or purpose. We call off the search and bring beauty to every action and truth to every encounter. Having been to that place of timelessness, we’ll find it easier to be present in the moment rather than thinking about what we should have done, ought to be doing, or might do later. Whether we’re kissing the one we love or sweeping the floor, we lose ourselves in the instant and its complete perfection.