Mental time, clock time, process, and being

happy's picture

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Once you place your being on the timescale, suffering begins.

How can there be no suffering with being in reference to time? With the ability to track changes against the past or to plan and hope for the future?

How can there be no suffering when you do it in such inevitable reality that is only capable of producing tiny islands of pride and satisfaction in a vast ocean of disappointment and frustration?

Mental time is a feeling imposed on reality. It is therefore nonexistent by itself beyond mind.

Clock time is a measurement imposed on reality. It is therefore nonexistent by itself beyond clock.

They were both invented in order to be able to easily perceive process, within and without, which is cosmic law in action, God imposed on being. But in reality process does not need time to be perceived.

Try to avoid mental time as much as possible.
Use clock time wisely.
Remember: there are no objects, only processes which are God imposed on being.

And being is being, there is nothing you can say about being.

mbnarayana's picture

How can we avoid mental

How can we avoid mental time?Man always does what he likes to do but not what he ought to do.

mbnarayana | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 06:46
happy's picture

The meaning of "mental time" vs. "clock time"

It's a good question. I think the answer to your question lies in understanding what "mental time" exactly is.

It is important to differentiate between two concepts: "mental time" and "clock time" in order not to lightly dismiss anything which is associated with time which is of course pointless and hypocritical.

"Clock time" refers to the objective practical notion of timing. I have an appointment tomorrow, I ate an egg yesterday, I was born in 19xx etc.

"Mental time" or "psychological time" as it is sometimes called is the mental buildup we create on top of the "clock time", it is best defined by Eckhart Tolle in "The Power of Now" as "identification with the past and continous compulsive projection into the future".

happy | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 09:58
Azeemi's picture

Clocks & Timings

Simple and Easy:

Clock Time came into being after the invention of the clock. Earlier, people used to follow the length of the shadow to determine the time in a day.

Mental Clock is a side effect and influence of extreme use of invented timepiece, clock.

There's another clock, the Biological clock that works inside us to regulate the bodily functions.

When we enter the spiritual zone, time doesn't matter.

But in our conscious physical world/zone, time is precious and the basis of our existence. God Almighty has created and perfected all His creation in the Universe and put them on the conveyor belt of time. Time is ticking, tick tock tick tock tick tock!


Azeemi | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 15:20
dora's picture

clock time is just a generic name

The term "clock time" is just a generic name meant to represent measurement of time devoid of mental associations and implications, the net physical phenomenon. In the same way, it can be named day-night time, biological time, etc. The problematic issue is when we incorporate on top of the simple time our psychological load.

dora | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 19:55
kulchnaui's picture

Movement is not arbitrary hence process

I like what you wrote. I would like to elborate on the issue of process.

In relative reality, there is only process, if we can call it so. There are no objects, this is not a spiritual hypothesis, this is a scientific fact. There is only movement, only change, only energy in different levels of density.

But... and this is the big but.... it is not an arbitrary movement, we see it of course very well, it is systematic, the way a "child" conceives, the way our "body" grows up and then discomposes, the universe, whatever.

This systematic non-arbitrary change is process which governs everything, this process is cosmic law or God. Otherwise what better depiction of God and cosmic law we can come with?!

kulchnaui | Fri, 10/02/2009 - 09:30