Inside the Now

“THE idea that things can cease to exist and still be, is a fundamental one in Eastern psychology.

“Under this apparent contradiction in terms, there rests a fact of Nature to realize is the important thing.

“A familiar instance of a similar paradox is afforded by chemical combination. The question whether Hydrogen and Oxygen cease to exist, when they combine to form water, is still a moot one.

“Some [argue] that since they are found again when the water is decomposed, they must be there all the while—others contending that as they actually turn into something totally different, they must cease to exist as themselves for the time being.

“Neither side is able to form the faintest conception of the real condition of a thing, which has become something else, and yet has not ceased to be itself.

“Existence as water may be said to be, for Oxygen and Hydrogen, a state of Non-being which is ‘more real being’ than their existence as gases. And it may faintly symbolize the condition of the Universe when it goes to sleep, or ceases to be —

“… to awaken or reappear again, when the dawn of the new [Universe] recalls it to what we call existence.”


The above might have been written by one of today’s frontier physicists or cosmologist visionaries. Instead, they are the words of Theosophical thought leader H. P. Blavatsky, excerpted from her magnum opus The Secret Doctrine, containing the ultimate teachings of occult meta-metaphysics.

End of Time

Theoretical physicist Julian Barbour argues that we have no evidence of the past other than our memory of it, and no evidence of the future other than our belief in it. “Change merely creates an illusion of time, with each individual moment existing in its own right, complete and whole.”

Julian Barbour

Barbour calls these moments “Nows”. It is all an illusion: there is no motion and no change. He argues that the illusion of time is what we interpret through what he calls “time capsules,” which are “any fixed pattern that creates or encodes the appearance of motion, change or history.”

No Death

“It’s hard to see how consciousness could be separate from that physical hardware,” writes Carl Strang, Ph.D, wildlife ecologist , “but I have not abandoned the possibility that consciousness is spiritual, and the brain simply is a physical manifestation of that consciousness.”

Carl Strang, Ph.D

“Relativity, whether in terms of block-space-time or Barbour’s model, opens the possibility that our lives are eternal. Without independent time there is no death, just each Now moment,” Strang says:

“Simply being this life eternally thus replaces the concept of death, which does not in fact exist.”

“Death is ‘down periscope,’ the conclusion of our individual role as one of Spirit’s peepholes. The final moment of a life is a fusion with the singular moment of Eternity. It has no end.”

In the Now

Time & Mind

Over a century ahead of British theoretical physicist Julian Barbour’s model (that people cannot capture time because it does not exist,) Mme. Blavatsky had already established this in the occult teaching of “Time and Universal Mind” in (The Secret Doctrine 1:37):

“The present is only a mathematical line which divides that part of eternal duration which we call the future, from that part which we call the past.

“Time is only an illusion produced by the succession of our states of consciousness as we travel through eternal duration,” she wrote, “and it does not exist where no consciousness exists in which the illusion can be produced — but ‘lies asleep.’”

“Nothing on earth has real duration, for nothing remains without change — or the same — for the billionth part of a second,” Blavatsky says, “and the sensation we have of the actuality of the division of ‘time’ known as the present comes from the blurring of that momentary glimpse, or succession of glimpses…

“Of things that our senses give us, as those things pass from the region of ideals which we call the future, to the region of memories that we name the past.”

In one of his last letters, Einstein wrote “People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion.”

Unnecessary Thinking

Eknath Easwaran suggests that much of our thinking is not necessary. Easwaran taught that the inner bonds of rigid likes and dislikes that limit our ability to concentrate, to make positive changes, and to feel comfortable and secure with ourselves and others. Learn more about the daily practice of passage meditation, go to the Blue Mountain Center website.

Clumsy Words

Long before Einstein one of Mme. Blavatsky’s adept teachers wrote “I feel even irritated at having to use these three clumsy words — past, present and future! Miserable concepts of the objective phases of the Subjective Whole, they are about as ill adapted for the purpose as an axe for fine carving.”

The illusion of time, of non-duality and non-locality is obviously not new, and was taught by Krishna the  Bhagavad-Gita, Buddha in Dhammapada, in the Upanishads, and Lao Tze’s Tao Te Ching. Lao Tze for example begins his teaching pointing directly to this transcendental paradox:

“TAO which can be expressed in words is not the eternal Tao — the name which can be uttered is not its eternal name. Without a name, it is the Beginning of Heaven and Earth — with a name, it is the Mother of all things.

Torii Gate

“Only one who is eternally free from earthly passions can apprehend its spiritual essence — he who is ever clogged by passions can see no more than its outer form.

“These two things, the spiritual and the material, though we call them by different names, in their origin are one and the same. This sameness is a mystery — the mystery of mysteries. It is the gate of all spirituality.”

“No physiologist, not even the cleverest, will ever be able to solve the mystery of the human mind, in its highest spiritual manifestation…”

-H.  P. Blavatsky, “Psychic & Noetic Action

2 responses to “Inside the Now

  1. Thank you very much for this post. It seems clear that every aspect of our study leads us to the truth that all, in this case, time, is an illusion. The above response to it, is also wonderful. Over and over we are reminded of the unreality of our reality, and yet it is so powerful, so overwhelming, that we need constant reminders to gently shake us from the habitual belief in it, re-anchor us in the constant practice of this-is-useful, but not real. Our present-day pioneers, including TW, are wonderful catalysts for change in how we perceive our world and our life, the solid and sacred alternative to all the stressful ego-driven movement of our society toward a future which doesn’t even exist! NAMASTE.

  2. The ultimate units of matter, like the electron do not exist in a real sense. They are defined by the field, and exist as bumps in the field. You cannot define one exept as part of being a condition of the field, just ask any advanced physicist.
    You can think about it like a wrinkle on your linen. The wrinkle has no reality or can it be defined except as a condition of the linen. The existence or non-existence of the wrinkle does not contradict the reality of the linen.We are all made up of these ultimate units of matter(electrons, ect) so in some real sense we don’t exist either. The lack of physical material existence is not a contradiction of reality or is it necessary to it. The whole physical universe could be no more, and yet the ultimate reality will still persist. As unflattering as it might sound, you are just a wrinkle.
    Material reality is secondary to the field of consciousness, so we experience both downward causality(divinity) and upward causality(materiality) and there is no duality, but the material is not necessary for existence, the field will always exist.
    And just because materiality leaves the senses dripping from experience, you should not allow yourself to become addicted to it and lose your intrinsic connection to the standing field of your higher form and their connectedness.

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