9. ~SOUNDINGS~: PART 2 – The Effects | 9th Essay – Time
by Frank L. Jordan III
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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,
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