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Perception of Time
All appearances must enter the five gates to be known. When the sixth gate arises, the world is born. That which we call existence is inherently simplistic. Only when the differentiating mind is born, it becomes complicated. To know clearly, is to have known, from that non differentiating space where mind is no longer. That is the realm prior to perception or experiencing.
Time is the perception of change. Everything ages. Everything decays. All things erode from moment to moment. Our bodies are renewed every second. We define these changes as 'Moments in Time'. Within non differentiating awareness, there is no perception of change. Therefore there is no perception of time. Things simply are as they are. Appearances continue to change, to shift, relatively speaking, from moment to moment. However the mind is no longer. So there is no recognition of any change occurring. There is no differentiation at all. This is inherently simplistic. And it is accepted without question or curiosity. What is there to question when awareness is like this? Only when the 'thinking mind' is reborn does this world of curiosities reappear.
I have heard during my journey, that time is an illusion. I would say that it's more accurately described as a delusion. Time cannot be an illusion because our perception of time is based on changing moments. And all phenomenon change, relatively speaking. We call these changes 'moments in time' Time is Not the cause of change. Change creates the perception of time'. In other words the concept of time is how we define our observation of a changing universe. If the universe and every aspect within it, did not change, we would not perceive time.
All things would remain exactly as they are for all of eternity. Nothing would age; nothing would decay and there would be no movement. Movement would not be possible because all things would be permanently fixed. Movement is contrary to permanency. If it is permanent, it is eternally fixed. Think about this. We define the observation of changing events, circumstances and phenomenon as a progression of 'time'. If there is no change then there cannot be movement. If there is no movement, there is no perception of time. This can be seen very clearly from that non differentiating unstructured awareness prior to mind. Because it does not perceive change nor does it perceive movement (in the relative sense) therefore there is no perception of time.
I would also like to say that I write these articles, so that we may engage in sharing, learning and comparing our personal experiences if any wish to do so. So please when possible, if at all possible, minimize the quoting of scripture. I can easily search the net myself for scriptures. I want to hear what you know. In your own words. From your experiences. It's not necessary to be a virtuoso with words. Just do the best you can. Thank you
In an attempt to reduce the possible misinterpretation of certain terms, in the context in which I've used them here. I have provided explanations below along with links to some of their sources.
Delusion is the misinterpretation of physical reality and mental formations as it applies to spirituality.
Illusion (in this discussion) refers to a figment of the imagination; a mental construct which has no existence. Its only physical form is as energy in the brain (thoughtform).
"Perception (from the Latin perceptio, percipio) is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment."
Note: From within unstructured non differentiating awareness there is no organizing, identifying or interpreting of appearances. Even to say, an appearance, is differentiation. Nothing can be said or known. We use the word 'to know' for communication however in order to know there must be a subject there to know and objects which are known by a subject. Which in this case, there is no identification or recognition of a subject or objects from within this unstructured awareness
"Experiencing is the observing, encountering, or undergoing of things generally as they occur in the course of time:"
Note: In Unstructured awareness there is no observing in the relative sense. Because to observe is to observe 'some thing'. And there is 'no thing' there to be observed. No thing to encounter; no 'individual' there to undergo or observe some occurrence (there is also no occurrence; an occurrence requires subject, object and time); and no referencing of time during those moments of unstructured awareness. The perception of Time is based on a subject object relation. Which is absent here