A guided way to the realization that time does not exist
The following is a solid yet simple demonstration that shows that time does not really exist, that time is nothing but a conceptual mirage.
We do not use here the common tricks and hidden shortcuts often used in spiritual circles to "prove something scientifically" which in reality rely on spiritual assumptions, belief systems, spiritual scriptures, and hearsay. The only thing we rely on in this demonstration is direct personal experience and daily common sense that guide us in any other investigation of reality that we do.
Having said that, if you think you notice a flaw in our deduction process, please, by all means, bring it to our attention and we will look into it.
The following is simple as long as you don't insist on complicating it:
The now is clearly moving along the axis of time. It was in a moment ago and soon will be in the following moment.
But when you are watching the now carefully, when you are really zooming in on the now, you see that it doesn't move at all. Actually, you find out that the now is maybe the most stationary thing.
The conclusion , therefore, must be that either it is time that moves through the now or that one (or both) of these entities, time and the now, is unreal.
The now is clearly real. It is maybe the only real thing. Your conscious presence gives it its authenticity as real.
Therefore, if it is that time is moving through the now, it means, more precisely, that the future moves through the now and then becomes the past. In such a case, the future constantly streams through the now and becomes past.
But, a future per se is yet unknown; by the very fact that it is the future, it is, by definition, an hypothesis, a prediction, something that doesn't exist yet, otherwise it wouldn't be called "future".
And so, how can something that doesn't exist, move?
Therefore, we are left with the only one conclusion that time is unreal, it's a phantom of the conceptualizing mind, it's just an artificial layer, very useful one but still artificial.
And when something that doesn't exist serves as a reference, as a relative background for so many things, no wonder there is such a confusion and havoc in our projected reality.