A guided way to the realization that time does not exist

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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.

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Never came across such a complete and concrete demonstration of the fact that "time" is an artificial measure that does not exist beyond the conceptual level. We are told so by many teachers but telling per se cannot change much.

samsara | Thu, 11/10/2011 - 05:59
mariposa's picture

Don't try to grasp the "now" as a part of "time"

Brilliant. I can see now with clarity the non existence of time and the underlying mistake in the past when I tried to see this.

There is another giant conclusion from this article: when teachers like Eckhart Tolle tell us to be in the now, focus in the now and so on - what all of us try to do is to isolate the now from the span of time, we try to look for this point in time between past and future, a point which is defined based on time. This is of course a catastrophic mistake and hence no wonder that none of Tolle's readers manage to follow him into the now and experience that incredible dimension.

mariposa | Fri, 11/11/2011 - 19:43
Quantum's picture

Underlying Mistake?

By "underlying mistake" you meant viewing the "now" as a part of "time?"


On the freeway, running late, with heavy traffic, I would often place and fix my attention on my abdomen, two inches or so below the navel. (I'm aware of traffic, of course.) This exercise removes my attention away from my chattering thoughts about being late. I try really hard to do this. The effect is that time seems to stop, or slow down, while I, in my car, keep moving. And I always make it to my destination on time. Strange. But it always works. The key is to drop our of the mind, away from thoughts, and fixate attention on something "in the now." And time time stops.

Quantum | Sat, 05/25/2013 - 17:32
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Jatinder | Sat, 03/17/2012 - 16:44
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mrkotians | Tue, 06/05/2012 - 16:54
Sudhakar Majety's picture


Very good approach. So good that it is difficult to miss. Thanks for sharing!

Sudhakar Majety | Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:24