We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again. Those who are psychologically separated from others — and this goes far beyond merely the human species — are also, by the very intrinsic nature of things, separated in time… with the past being separate from the future for them. Additionally, for example, a mind that thinks that it is separate from the fears that it “has” is divorced from accurate relationship and is married to distortion. A mind that accepts the distortion of society, with all of its inherited, primitive fragmentation, perceives (and exists “as”) that distortion and fragmentation.
A very wise mind, interestingly enough, by truly transgressing separation and going beyond it (though this sounds rather strange), is capable of going beyond time. Time, and all of the parameters involved in it and with it, inherently depends upon various degrees of separation and friction. An immature mind exclusively depends upon time and time’s modus operandi: experience. Experience is, of course, very necessary and part of integral being. However, merely being dependent on experience — and all experience is based on separation and movement from the past to the future — is (despite what the so-called normal establishment thinks) not the only way. A mind that is not adulterated with mere knowledge, mere abstractions, mere piecemeal approaches (and all those standard ways and methods that man has clung to for millennia) may possibly be of the intelligence to go beyond the limitation of all this.
Trying to deny experience, or employing various methods and practices to go beyond it, is not prudent. Trying to go beyond mundane experience (by effort and various methods), in order to get some kind of supposed enlightenment or transcendental transformation, is likely the result of some superficial motives involving crude greed and acquisition. Instead, simply effortlessly be the experiences as they occur; perceive them deeply without mere conflict, fragmentation, desires, judgments, and ulterior motivations interfering. Then, perhaps, the mind will naturally flower without any selfish motivation, self-imposed direction, or contrived pattern; then, perhaps, it will not merely be molded by (and “as”) the belief systems of others. (In this natural flowering, experience may evolve and change into something else; but not by merely practicing something to make it happen… not by forcing things to happen via calculation and manipulation.)
Heaven, to people who have been conditioned by others, can be some learned, rather dead, and absorbed abstraction about the future. (But it is really just the old, rather dead, musty, learned past, as an image or images, projected into what the future may be.) Symbols (existing exclusively as mental images) — and all thoughts are symbolic — cannot be (or run parallel to) profound living, cannot be beyond what is caught in the net of time. (Time and conditioning go hand in hand; time is, by its very nature, conditioned.) To really come upon the timeless, the sacred, the mind cannot merely be full of contaminated, symbolic images implanted by others; to really come upon that vast order, the mind itself must be clear and not tarnished by the hand of others. Such a mind must be extremely orderly and perceptive beyond being shaped and molded (as so many countless are). Very few are passionate enough regarding this.