Is there something in your life that is taking too long? Perhaps some form of “salvation?” Is there anything which is coming too quickly? Bill collectors, foreclosure notice, death?
There is an old lesson that tells us, “Time flies when we’re having fun.” This is an observation of life—a truism—but it’s also a lesson or strong hint.
If ever there is anything we need right away, it seems to take too long to arrive. The more important the thing, the more painful the waiting. This truism is another strong hint.
Consider for a moment the story of a spiritual master and his student.
The student says, “Master, how long will it take for me to reach Enlightenment or Everlasting Life?”
The master replies, “Instantly, if you see Truth. But if you’re in a big hurry, two or three hundred lifetimes.”
Time:—The Burden of ‘Importance’
Importance seems to make time flow more slowly. This is a personal judgment of “importance.” Every thing or situation has no such intrinsic importance. The trait of significance is something we add to a thing or situation.
If we look at this “importance” more closely, we see within it a wide gulf separating us from the object of our desire. Creation, miracles and prayers deal only with literal pictures. So, if we picture a wide gulf separating us from our destination, then we end up getting a wide gulf. The frustration we feel is really a result of our own disconnect from reality. We’re creating the reality and feel uncomfortable with what we’ve created. When we step back from this and remove all judgments of importance, this is actually quite funny—like some slapstick comedy routine. The audience gets it, but the players are frustrated because they can’t see what is really going on.
This wide gulf isn’t a conscious picture. It’s more of a subconscious feeling. If we have a habit of feeling such negative things, we will remain chronically in a state of frustration. Such tension only persists because of the apparent “lie” of unawareness. The first step in handling this problem is to become more aware—more aware of our own feelings, our environment and the situation in which we find ourselves.
Another solution to this problem of too much or too little time is to remain grateful for what we have.
If we have only half a second before death arrives, be grateful for having had a life. If we live each moment grateful for what we have, then frustrations regarding time will tend to evaporate before they start. Be ready for what God has lined up for us next.
Another thing that happens when we are grateful for everything—including the uncomfortable aspects of life—is that we become free of attachments which can hold us back.
But behind all of these suggestions is the root effect of losing all forms of self-concern. Without self-concern, we suddenly have no limitations. Think about that for a moment. Zero limitations means infinite potential.
If we’re no longer concerned about our body or how we will protect it in an oncoming collision with a massive truck, we will find solutions that previously we might have thought impossible. This is the nature of spirit being set free to act without the burden of mortal limitations.
Some of these hypothetical situations may seem emotionally overwhelming to some readers. That’s because of “importance” and a lack of “gratitude.”
Whenever we are waiting for something to happen—like waiting for the end of a work shift—time can fly when we create what we’re working on. If we’re stuck at work unable to do anything, because we’re waiting for a resource from someone else, we can still take charge of the situation by creating each moment. Become all of the people walking around, pushing their bodies onto the next step in their individual work. Become the second hand of the clock, pushing forward toward the next full minute. Don’t push as if in a hurry, merely move the object forward, feeling time flow past us like a brisk breeze. This type of taking responsibility for time will leave us feeling refreshed, instead of drained.
On the other hand, if we’re facing a shortage of time, we might feel a sense of danger—losing our job or losing our life. To neutralize the potent sense of importance and danger, picture the result of that danger, magnified ten times. For instance, if we have a project that must be done by the end of the day or we lose our job, picture being stripped of all possessions and ending up homeless. Picture the shame multiplied so that every job interviewer knows of your failure and doesn’t want to hire you because of it. Now, own the feeling and the outcome. If that only overwhelms us, we should multiply the effect. Picture the entire city exploding because you didn’t finish the job on time. Or picture the entire planet being vaporized. The objective, here, is to take charge of our feelings. If circumstance is pushing our feelings toward terror and overwhelm, then push the feelings even further in that direction—ten times, a hundred times, or even a trillion times over. Make our self the master of our overwhelm. If we get this right, we find a sudden release—a point where we’re no longer overwhelmed. We find peace.
With practice, this can become a form of empowerment that we can call up whenever a situation requires it. Suddenly, the solution is simple. We find everything falling into place. If we’re typing up a critical report, our fingers find our typing speed multiplying to unbelievable levels. On one hand, time seems to slow down, but now we’re creating at the level of fun. This is what star athletes sometimes call “the zone.” Impossibly, someone brings we a needed resource just as we require it. Thoughts align and we can see the path ahead with crystal clarity. The details of the report fall into place as we finish typing it. As the document is spinning through the printer, we take care of other details in preparation of the finished delivery, watching with a smile as the last few seconds approach with the breathtaking finale.
Yes, I’ve experienced something just like this—a rush project for a big client—cranking out the work in record time. There was no panic, no sense of frustration or effort. I merely felt the challenge and pictured the desired end result as if it were already done. Then, I merely flowed with that torrent of energy toward the desired accomplishment.
By applying these techniques, you, too, can become a master of time, eliminating the feelings of overwhelm or frustration. I discuss other techniques in my book, The Science of Miracles, available in both ebook and paperback.