Time vs. Humanity: A Battle We Can Win!

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Time vs. Humanity: A Battle We Can Win!

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Do you ever sense that there is something you should know, but that somehow seems to be just beyond your grasp? Or do you wonder how so many humans came to be so disconnected from ourselves and the world around us? Do you ever find yourself feeling like you have little or no connection with time as it passes you by?

Consider this:

The gregorian calendar method – the way we consciously experience and relate to time, and one of the few things nearly the whole world has in common – is utterly disconnected and discombobulated.

It is a system that asynchronously regulates and controls every moment of our lives, while disconnecting us from every meaningful natural rhythm and cycle. It effectively maximizes our productivity while minimizing our empowerment. It confuses our internal biological systems, and locks us into the mind-set that time is always running out. It positions us to believe that our days-weeks-months-years are constantly ending, and that we are at perpetual risk of missing something important – even if we can’t define what it is…

The entire gregorian calendar cycle takes a full 400 years to complete. This means that not a single one of us will ever experience a complete cycle. In fact, under this system, our experience of time is separated from that of our ancestors and descendants by 16 generations. Sixteen generations!

In contrast, Natural Timekeeping methods encompass cycles that complete, and often repeat, during the average, single lifetime. This means that using these methods, each of us will experience full cycles of growth, learning, development and evolution in direct relationship with our experience of time. It means that we will be able to connect with our unique and rightful place in the perpetual, cyclical rhythms of evolution. It also means that we will share this experience with multiple generations across our lifetime. Consider the implications of this sharing…

 

Jose Arguelles writes:

“Only a species whose time sensibility had been captured by instruments of artificial measure could have become so alienated as to have produced the monstrous conundrum known as the ‘fast world’, a civilization where money and technological advance prevail over human sensibility and the natural order”.

Take for example, the mathematical gymnastics that are required to make the gregorian calendar work:

“Although the month length pattern is irregular, it can be calculated with the arithmetic expression L = 30 + {

[ M + floor(M/8) ] MOD 2 } for all but February, where L is the month length in days and M is the month number 1 to 12. For February (M = 2), subtract 1 from the result during leap years, or subtract 2 from the result during common years. Gregorian years are identified by consecutive year numbers.[9] The cycles repeat completely every 146,097 days, which equals 400 years, and which also happens to be 20,871 seven-day weeks.[10][11]
Of these 400 years, 303 are regular years of 365 days and 97 are leap years of 366 days. A calendar mean year is 365+97/400 days = 365.2425 days = 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 12 seconds. The same result is obtained by summing the fractional parts implied by the rule: 365 + 1⁄4 − 1⁄100 + 1⁄400 = 365 + 0.25 − 0.01 + 0.0025 = 365.2425” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar

 

Seriously. Take a minute to FEEL that in your body. Some of the words commonly used to describe this feeling are: tense, stressed, stupid, disconnected, disengaged, bored, don’t care, checked out, angry, confused… Now, consider that you are in perpetual engagement with this energy – every single moment of every single day you are alive on this planet.

In contrast to the false-time effect of the gregorian calendar – Natural Timekeeping connects us to, and helps us mark our time in accordance with natural rhythms and cycles. It maximizes our empowerment, inspiring greater productivity and integrity. It aligns us with meaning, purpose and connectivity. It evokes the mind-set that time is perpetual and never ending. It helps us remember that our days-weeks-months-years are constantly cycling. It focuses our attention on the fact that we are growing, learning, developing and evolving – physically, psychologically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, in accordance with the natural order/chaos of the universe. It reminds us that we are an integral part of something immensely important – even if we can’t define what it is…

 

Consider Natural Calendar Math:

1 year = 13 Moon Cycles of 28 days each: 13 x 28 = 364, plus a sacred Day Out of Time = 365 days.
The sacred Day Out of Time is celebrated around the world on gregorian July 25th. This is a day of peace that holds as its central focus – the unity of art, science and spirituality.

1 Moon Cycle = 4 “week” cycles of 7 days each: 4 x 7 = 28.
Each of the 7 days reflects the energy of one of the 7 Chakras, in a perpetual circling spiral.

1 “week” cycle = 7 days: 4 x 7 = 28.
Each of the 7 day “weeks” reflects energy of one of the 4 sacred directions: East, North, West, South.

1 Day Cycle = 4 quarters: ¼ x 4 = 1.
Each day, as well as each quarter reflects the energy of specific sacred symbols and meanings. Each of these symbols is aligned with natural rhythms and cycles of growth, learning, development and evolution.

 

Now, take a moment to feel THAT in your body. The most common description of this feeling is that it is like a huge sigh of relief… as though the entire system just let go of something that was weighing it down. Even when people are encountering this system for the first time – there is an intuitive sense of its “rightness”. Specific words often used are: relaxed, relieved, peaceful, knowing, intuitive, belonging, part of something bigger than myself, connected, curious, engaged, inspired, happy, at ease… Now, consider the possibility of being in perpetual engagement with THIS energy – every single moment of every single day you are alive on this planet!

 

Many systems exist for the purpose of Natural Timekeeping. I have been using one called “Dreamspell” for many years. Dreamspell is inspired by the Maya calendar and is focused on the 260 day sacred calendar called the Tzolkin. It incorporates mythologies that are deeply connected to natural cycles of evolution – human, plant, animal, planetary and universal. The experience of connecting with the wisdom and power of natural, rhythmic, cyclical timekeeping, has had a profound effect on my relationship to myself, others and the world around me. It has completely transformed my life. Using it daily reminds me that I am both autonomous and connected. It helps me maintain an awareness of my evolution and growth. It helps me be a more compassionate, aware, insightful human being.

 

Within Dreamspell, many interwoven cycles are governed by sacred symbols and meanings used for insight, guidance and contemplation. For example:

The “year” or 13 Moon cycle we are in as I write this started on Red Solar Moon. This tells us that this 365 day cycle is governed by the energies of Purification, Flow, Greater Cycles, Universal Wisdom, Great Teachers, Awareness, Transmissions and Consciousness. These concepts and energies are the ones we should be mindful of in ourselves, and in the world around us, for the entire year.

At the time of this writing, we are passing through the 6th Moon in this 365 day cycle. This is the Rhythmic Moon, bringing in the energies of Organization, Balance and Equality. This Moon asks the question: “How can I extend my equality to others?”. These are things we contemplate throughout this Moon’s cycle.

As I write, we are on day 25 of 28 in the Rhythmic Moon cycle, and day 4 of 7 in the Chakra cycle. In Dreamspell, the Chakra energies run in an infinite spiral pattern rather than a linear hierarchy. Today embodies the energy of the Sacral Chakra which governs pleasure, relationships & sexuality. This Chakra can be blocked by guilt & blame, and healed by forgiveness. It is aligned with the mantra “I Feel”. We can use this insight to bring awareness to both the light and shadow aspects of our development in these areas.

Today is also governed by a specific glyph, colour, direction, and tone. Today’s Glyph is Ben; colour Red; direction South; and tone 4 – Can. This tells us to be aware of the energies of Order, Definition, Natural Cycles, Alignment, Time, Messages, Courage, New Directions, and Ripening. And… if/when we run into challenges in the day – we can return our awareness to the energies that are present, so that we can better understand whether we are walking in their shadow or their light.

Within this system, there are multiple, interwoven layers of energy, wisdom and meaning.  I like to think of them as the layers of an onion. Each layer is both nestled within, and expanding out to the layers that surround it. Each layer has its own unique significance, and each layer is an integral part of the whole – supported by, and supporting of one another. Each layer stands alone, yet each layer is infinitely connected.

It’s a beautiful metaphor for humanity, don’t you think?

By | 2017-06-21T22:59:19+00:00 January 6th, 2015|Meditation, Mindfulness, Ritual & Sacred Ceremony|Comments Off on Time vs. Humanity: A Battle We Can Win!

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Teron Wolf is a gifted Counselor, Healer & Spiritual Advisor offering Integrated Healing for Mind, Body & Spirit. He facilitates Private Sessions (Skype available), Immersion Retreats, Workshops, Classes, and Crystal Singing Bowl & Gong Meditations from his home studio in beautiful British Columbia. Teron learned at a very young age, that every challenge in his life was an opportunity to learn something about himself and the world around him. He is passionate about empowering people of all ages. He writes because hopes something you read will move you, and because the urge simply won’t leave him alone!