When we know that the universe and all galaxies are moving away from the centre of the ‘big bang part’ of the universe expanding at speeds of more than 250,000 kms per hour, that our own solar system is rotating around our galaxy every 250,000 years, then how can we think we’re standing still and not changing? With every breath that we take we are moving with the solar system, with the galaxy, moving through space and emptiness at incredible velocities. Our atoms are being replaced, displaced, and shared with all Humanity now, have been in the past, and will be in the future.
Every few minutes our entire blood volume is being circulated through our bodies. Every seven years we have reconstructed every cell in our bodies. We are not the individuals or beings now which we were seven minutes or seven years ago. Our spirits are the only part of ourselves which is eternal, the rest of us is perishable, and constantly being recycled. So when someone asks you who you are think twice before you answer with a ‘name’, ‘occupation’ or other ‘label’ which your mind thinks is the actual ‘you’.
Time is just a measure of dividing our existence into segments of memorable events, thoughts, and emotions. Our Spirit is a timeless entity, witnessing our movement through the universe, within this incarnation, moving and changing and evolving as does all sentient beings. What we perceive as inorganic entities, like mountains, also transform just at speeds and rates that we cannot discern with our senses.
Our inter-connectedness and our impermanence re-affirms our emptiness and that perceptions are only delusions of the mind which is like a camera able to only take pictures in slices of time attempting to assemble them into a coherent and understandable unity imbued with meaning and truth.
Our waking states are slightly less deluded than our dream states, impermanent voyages in time and space with outcomes we cannot predict or dictate. In our waking state we have some control over our mindfulness, intent, and choices which we don’t have in our dreams states. In our dreams we have some freedom but not really: we are unable to choose where our dreams will go to next, we only have the choice to wake up, we never have control over whether we can make the dream continue or not. We can’t find our way back to a dream state or space which we’ve left once we awaken. Reality or delusion: you decide how powerful is your will to transform your waking or dream states?