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So he put the rock into his pocket and gave it a little pat of reassurance.
“So, how long have you been a rock?” he asked… and while doing so realized how funny it sounded and this made him smile.
…laughter joined him ….
“yes, you know… a very long time”
“yeah” he said.
They kept walking through the woods, well, he walked, and the rock enjoyed the ride. This was highly unusual for the stone… It was used to not moving for eons at a time. At one point it was millions of years before it moved … A big storm had eroded the stream bank where it was embedded for (nearly) countless years….and released the stone…
“Huh?” he asked.
“red dress” came again from the stone
“Um, okay… red dress…. Purple socks! How’s that”
Then it felt like he just had a rock in his pocket.. nothing special….
He got home and put the rock on his dresser and forgot all about it ….
Some days later he was in a bookstore and just starting thinking about the stone…First he wondered if he kept the stone and recalled he put it on his dresser… yes.. he kept it… and he wondered about his ‘conversation’ with the rock…. Maybe his brain was having some fun and he did admit he enjoyed greatly the short time spent with the rock…. But he just thought it was all a bit too strange …. At that moment he looked up and noticed a woman in a red dress enter the store.
“yes that’s the dress”
“What? You’re not even here stupid rock!!” He said (not out loud!)
“You know that is the red dress”
“okay, okay, yes, I feel that… yes.. but what about it?”
The past and the future …. Many people have their minds existing in these illusionary places…. Living in the past or dreaming of the future…. In Zen, it could said that we strive to have our minds exist in the present moment..To be mindful of what is occurring now.
In practice, it may seem very hard to truly be ‘in the present’ ‘in the moment’ ..
At some point, after meditation and deep thought, a certain realization may occur… This striving to be in the moment, to stop living in the past and to stop desiring the future… is not very hard at all. In fact, we may see the opposite.. it is very hard to live in the past, and very hard dreaming of the future!
So, say, for example, we try to reverse our goal – to avoid fully living in the present and only live in the past and future – we realize something – you can’t escape the present! You simply can’t do it! lol
So, we may reach a point where we see that this is all there is.. this present moment – we may see that in this present moment, we can think of the past, we can visualize the future – but its only done right now. It can only be that way. This is all you have. It is really, really simple. This is it. Right now. It can never leave you no matter how hard you try!
All of the past and all of the future can only be contained and exist in the present. The arrow of time is not straight…. Just as the horizon on Earth makes the world seem flat.. at some point we can begin to see it’s not straight, not flat and it curves…so much it loops back onto itself. This is how the future can influence the past. Sound crazy? Perhaps! Lol. But the scientific method of seeking truth is also coming to this realization.
So what does this all mean other than giving me a headache? Lol.
For me, sometimes when I am struggling and suffering, I try to think about my ‘future Richard’ – and I know he has my back and I know he is affecting me right here, right now, sending me deep love and understanding. I love that guy.
Of course these are all just words, just models, conceptions.. but I hope they may serve as a medicine when taken as directed. 😉
All paradoxes exist because of a fundamental flaw in our logic. Our logic is based on separation, that all things are separate from all other things. In fact, the thought that there are ‘things’ automatically creates this separation. Once you define something, that definition is intended to separate it in order to explain it.
Funny thing is, is that is a paradox in itself..
…you can’t truly explain anything if you separate it out….
So what do we do?
Water freezes at 32 degrees. In that instant….water’s spirit cries so hard from its cold heart it turns to ice. Or its molecules slow down to a point where it is more energetically favorable to arrange in a crystalline structure. Or… something else…
So what do we do?
Knowledge is a double-edged sword. Be careful how you wield it.
One event transforming into another event is time. Time is the final distinguisher. We can categorize, differentiate or separate events in many, many different ways. However, without the conception of time, no distinctions can be made.
Time is not absolute. Time is an idea of our minds. It is a very powerfully useful conception. It lies as the foundation of all our categorizations. Hey, this is good news when we know to eat an apple and not a rock! Distinctions, categories, whatever you may call them are inherently neutral. They can be, and are, life-saving tools. They also can be the very things that ensure our suffering.
Again, without our ultimate distinction, time, all others fall away… What I mean is that they fall away from us being attached to some and repulsed by others. Therein lies freedom… freedom from suffering. When time falls away from our conceptual mind, the stranglehold of living in the utterly realistic illusion of our conceptualized reality is released.
Our conceptualized reality is neutral. Our brains are very clever and we get 100% convinced that this reality we believe is not illusionary. All models, all conceptions, are just that… they are never the real thing. Our brains create truly remarkable conceptualizations that trying to believe they are nothing more than this is almost impossible.
When we let go of our ultimate model-maker, the mother of conception…time… the house of cards that formed our view of reality is clearly seen.
Is any of this useful? lol. Lots of thinking here, lots of concepts, lol.
When we seek the origin of our thoughts, we realize that our thoughts are mostly born from concepts we developed since we were born. Is not our first concept that of time? How could it be otherwise? What were we before time?