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Time, Distance, and Depth of Mind…


Time involves distance. Without distance, there is no time. Many people try to convince others — and themselves — that they have perceptions involving great depth and great wisdom. What does it mean to see deeply? Many people see deeply. They perceive with (and “as”) depth that involves distance… such as between a perceiver and that which is perceived. However, even animals perceive in such a way. Such depth involves (and is constituted of) conflict and separation. However, there is, in a few, a holistic depth of mind that does not involve conflict and separative distance. It is not of the mundane, so-called “normal” depth. A different holistic perception involves unity… and not mere separation between a perceiver and that which is perceived. In such perception, compassion exists, unity exists, and care and empathic action exist.

Getting to the timeless (i.e., the unlimited) through time — through effort and distance — is foolish.

A Little Innocence … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2023

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. You realize that in physics they are conceding to the fact that space time is doomed—it is not a fundamental principle that exists without the perceiver—without consciousness.
    So you are right here, and it is good to see some excellent scientists today willing to marry the metaphysical with the observed reality, which is purely metaphysical anyway when you see the big picture.


      • It takes a while to even teach children the concept of time. They don’t get it at all until we work on them for a while. It’s very interesting when you analyze the material world at a certain point space and time are irrelevant and it’s not that far to the 10th power. 10 to the -43 seconds or 10 to the -33 cm space time disappears. The physicists are saying we’ve gone about as far as we can go with the current theory

    • Yes, Jim, however, we must be careful with this. The collapse of the wave function, and such, can be taken too far. My aquarium fish do not perceive their glass aquarium (to any extent) but the aquarium keeps them in water regardless of what they do or don’t perceive. Rats! I quit looking at Trump but he’s still there! 😉

      I like how the Australian aborigines see time differently.


      • I think perhaps you’ve not taken it far enough. For a hundred years they were convinced that reductionism was the key to discovering consciousness. If we could just find the right combination of tiny particles, then poof! lights on. But that never garnered an iota of evidence. The current best option is it arises out of the observer. Sound familiar? Unlocking that potential would be a boon for climate science, travel, communication, energy surplus, and countless other things. Science could actually be the tool to wake up the world, vs the old school way so few are inclined to.

      • Yes, Jim, i agree that science has been using fragmentary means to understand the whole… which, fundamentally, does not work. A perceiver apart from the perceived is still a segmented, fragmentary arrangement. Professor David Bohm was way ahead of his time (which is a pun too, really). His stuff is too underappreciated.

  2. I read about spiritual growth, depth and wisdom frequently. Sometimes the ‘holier than thou people’ espousing such are anything but compassionate and empathic. They seem very hypocritical. I have no time for it and find it dreadfully sad.


  3. I like your posts, you know that. They encourage me to think!!!!Time does indeed require a linear perception. For me, stillness, listening, attention sometimes allow me to shift out of our cultural perception of time, which of course is also real in the sense that we are born live and die…its a ‘both and’ thing don’t you think? Entering the Timeless feels like Grace.


  4. “A little innocence” is just what the doctor ordered Tom. I don’t know what is worse, the raging storm out there right now, or listening to the news. Both produce angst. I perceive that an infusion of a spindly legged fawn, who still has its spots, is the perfect antidote to all the nonsense that is afoot.


  5. Yes, Linda, that fawn is precious.😊
    Oh my, that storm coming through here was terrible. I took the garbage out to the big bin a few doors down, and on my way home there suddenly was a bright lightning bolt and a clashing sound of thunder shortly afterward. Sad about those people hit by tornados in Arkansas. And some people still deny the effects of global warming!


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