Three layers to the experience of time

 

Visiting Norway, I notice especially well how my experience of time has three layers…

First, as timeless. Whatever happens, happens as this timeless awakeness. It is the always changing world of form, unfolding within, to and as awakeness, which itself is always and already free from time and space.

Then looking back on any length of experience, as a lifetime worth of experience. The richness of any stretch of experience makes it full and rich.

Also looking back, as having happened in the blink of an eye. Any experience is ephemeral, only reflected in a memory, and seems to have happened in the blink of an eye.

My life in the US has this quality. Having happened within and as this timeless awakeness. Full and rich, as a lifetime worth of experience. And ephemeral and quick, as having happened in the blink of an eye.

And the same is the case for my life here in Norway. My visit here this time, past visits, and my time here before moving abroad.

Initial draft…

I notice how my experience of time in most cases has three aspects or layers…

First, as timeless. Whatever happens, happens within, to and as this timeless/spaceless awakeness.

Then, as a lifetime, an infinity. There is a richness to any experience and any stretch of experience that makes it seem full and long. Any period of time, including a day or an hour can seem like a full lifetime.

And finally, as very brief, a blink of an eye. Experience is ephemeral and gone as soon as it happens, so a day, a week, a month, a year, a decade, all seem to have happened in the blink of an eye.

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