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Timelessness

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People, animals, and plants all exist in (and “as”) time. Thought/thinking is fundamentally sequential and is of time. It (i.e., thought) takes time in cause and effect (causal) sequences. Few seriously question about whether or not humans can exist beyond time’s framework. Fewer still ever exist in communion with the timeless.

Timelessness is, itself, a symbolic word and, like all words, has real limitations; the word is definitely not the thing. People tend to live with (and “as”) words and mental images, all of which are sequential symbols that basically are not the things that they represent or stand for. The word “energy” is not the energy; the word “sacred” is not the sacred. Yet we accept words and cling to words and mental images — habitually — and go on in that superficial way until we die.

If people could somehow be visited by the timeless, they surely would perceive it as being sacred, beyond the ordinary, beyond the mundane. That sacredness is never part of the field of time. It is not composed of patterns that you can see; it is not composed of patterns that you can hear; it is not composed of things that you can feel. The timeless and time never fully meet at any point. For it to visit one — and “visit” is a very crude and limited way of putting it, as all words are — one cannot merely be composed of sequential images, thoughts, patterns, fears, prayers, wishes, and desires. Most people are incapable of that — with all of their innumerable habits — and so they remain as they have for generations upon generations.

You cannot invite timelessness. It can never come if you are craving for it. It (i.e., timelessness) is not responsible for what takes place in the field of time, for neither did it create the field of time nor does it get involved with changing things (i.e., manipulating things) in the field of time.

So one who is wise can go beyond merely habitually existing as superficial symbols and other sequential mental patterns; then being beyond mere habitual routine, the timeless may or may not occur. But there is more to being wise than meets the eye.

From E. E. Cummings:

there’s time for laughing and there’s time for crying— for hoping for despair for peace for longing —a time for growing and a time for dying: a night for silence and a day for singing but more than all(as all your more than eyes tell me)there is a time for timelessness

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The photo is of some diminutive wild plants that grow amongst our lawn-grass. There are two or three insects in the photo. Do you see them?

Growing amongst the grass… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2020

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Insights or Non- (Part 9)

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Imperishable insight is life that perceives its true reality (far beyond the limited, dead norm). 

If you try to anchor the ship of your mind in the supposedly safe harbor of orthodox security (i.e., traditional beliefs)… you’ll stay shallow and never go deep.

The wise mind goes beyond constant symbolic thinking; it does not necessarily always need to be recognizing things as it was taught.

The watery pool of the astute, reflective mind must be still to mirror the absolute truth.  A mere agitated mind, merely full of turbulence and turmoil, reflects nothing.

To a truly wise mind, many supposedly tantalizing sensations are rather trivial and somewhat meaningless… because a truly wise mind is content in itself, not needing extraneous stimuli to (eventually) make it happy.

Movements can claim to be solid entities.  Mere reactions can claim to have freedom.  Few truly evolve.

 

 

Nature’s Bounty … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

 

 

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To habitually take refuge in old fashioned beliefs may be like…

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To habitually take refuge in old fashioned beliefs may be like finding protection in a violent rainstorm by depending on an old metal umbrella.

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[This is a moth and is a Bilobed Looper Moth.  They feed on alfalfa, clover, and an assortment of other plants.  It hibernates as a pupa in a thin cocoon.]

Just another vegetarian!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Just another vegetarian! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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The gravity of living with awareness and kindheartedness far outweighs the minuscule misery of mindlessness.

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The gravity of living with awareness and kindheartedness far outweighs the minuscule misery of mindlessness.

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[This butterfly is a Red-spotted Purple.  The mature caterpillar of this butterfly resembles a bird dropping; it is cream-colored with dark mottling and a saddlelike patch on the back.  It’s a very defensive and effective way of avoiding predators; look like a pile of crap and your enemies will not even notice you!  Tomorrow morning, I don’t think I’ll comb my hair!  😉 ]

Pride of the river bank!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Pride of the river bank! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Fly Caught by Spider in 55 Million Year Old Baltic Amber…

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.     The following is a photo I took of an action shot that has (literally) existed for 55 million years.  The photo is of a piece of Baltic Amber that contains a fly as it is being attacked by a spider.  The resins from certain trees would trap insects on occasion… just as they do in the plum trees in our back yard.  When buried by soil and eventually rock substrate, and due to pressure over millions of years, the resin transforms into jewel-like amber, permanently encasing/preserving the (now extinct) species of insects that unfortunately had fallen into the resin.  

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.(Left click photo to enlarge; hit left return arrow to return back.)

The Spider & the Fly in Baltic Amber... by Thomas Peace 2013

The Spider & the Fly in Baltic Amber… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Petrified Dinosaur Bone…

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.    Do not merely be frozen in time like what is petrified in mediocrity.

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.     A few of samples of dinosaur bone from the Jurassic Period, from southern Utah.  The bones, in natural formations, get permeated, under intense heat and pressure,  by various  minerals… and, depending on the minerals, various colors can occur… some more rare than others.  The bones are cut and polished… a time consuming process.  Each bone is unique in its own way.  Dinosaur bone easily becomes permeated because it is full of air pockets and blood vessel chambers to lighten its mass and (unlike in mammals) as an aid to respiration and air storage.   (Their respiratory system was, back then,  way more advanced than ours is today!  Birds, which evolved from dinosaurs, have such an advanced respiratory system.)

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Polished Dinosaur Bone (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Polished Dinosaur Bone (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Polished Dinosaur Bone (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Polished Dinosaur Bone (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Polished Dinosaur Bone (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Polished Dinosaur Bone (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Polished Dinosaur Bone (4) by Thomas Peace 2013

Polished Dinosaur Bone (4) by Thomas Peace 2013