9. ~SOUNDINGS~: PART 2 – The Effects | 9th Essay – Time

by Frank L. Jordan III

9. Time



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Time is another reality of life

      that has no life of its own, no mind of its own,

          but has such a profound effect

          on the lives and minds of so many.

Depending on these minds and perceptions,

     time can either be viewed as a friend or enemy,

          when in fact it is neither.

Time simply is.

And of all the realities that simply are,

     time holds a special place in God’s heart.


For time is the measurement of the interplay

     between all of the realities in the universe.

Wherever the motions of a reality or realities

     are in relation to the motions

          of another reality or other realities,

          there time can be measured.

Where there is no motion, there is no time.

And within this realm all is in motion,

     including that which is touched most

          by the love of God.


Yes, time does not exist in the universe

     for things that are not in motion,

          for things that are not in relation to one another.

This is why time does not exist in the past,

     for the past is but a memory.

It is true that much can be learned from the past,

     that past memory can enable species

          to build skills and grow.

But this truth does not affect

     the absence of time surrounding the past.

Playing back a message recorded in the past

     does not make the past reoccur.

It enables that message from the past

     to have another and sometimes new effect

          on the present.

And in this realm, it is the present moment,

     and the present moment alone,

          that is permeated with the reality of time.


That’s why it is so special to God,

     and why it should be sacred to us.

For it is now, and only now,

     that the relationship between the Spirit of God

          and the manifestation of God occurs.

All else is memory and vision—

     both wonderful things in their place,

          but both things that can obstruct our view

          of God and nature when held too high.


For there can be elements of memory and vision

     that hinder our experiences of the present moment,

          that preoccupy our hearts and minds

          with yesterday’s ghosts and tomorrow’s phantoms.

For the further a memory or vision is

     from the very heart of God,

          the more possible it is for that memory or vision

          to become an obstacle to us living out

               the fullest experience of this present moment.

The further a memory or vision is from God’s heart,

     the less real it is,

          and the less real the bearer

          of that memory or vision is.


So the key is to nourish the memories,

     experience the present happenings,

          and discover the visions closest to God’s memories,

          happenings, and visions.

And this is done now

     not in the past, for it is dead,

          and not in the future, for it has not yet happened,

          not even for God.

That’s right, not even for God.


This present moment comes ablaze with sacredness

     when it is realized that any future moment

          has not yet occurred for any particle,

          any life form within the universe.

It’s possible that God does not actually see the future,

     because it has indeed not happened yet.

When this is understood, the immense sacredness

     of the present moment—of now—becomes so much clearer,

          the power of now becomes so much more alive.


This is not to say that God cannot predict future events,

     because he does, she will!

But this occurs because God, who sees all that is—

     all the memories, happenings, and visions

          of all life forms everywhere—

          who knows the position, strength, and weakness

               of every atom in the universe,

               can predict the directions that those atoms,

                    those energies, those life forms,

                    those consciousnesses, and those societies

                         will take in future moments.


But it’s possible that God (O, heresy of heresies!),

     yes, even God is sometimes surprised.


Understanding God’s relationship to the past,

     present, and future can level mountains

          of ignorance about just what responsibility

          God has in relation to life’s events.

Understanding God’s relationship

     to his emerging manifestation,

          her unfolding collaboration,

          can level even more mountains.

But after all, that’s what this book is all about,

     and what it hopes to at least partially accomplish,

          over time.

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