A BRIDGE TO THE BODY OF TIME
Imagine past, present, and future as three spheres or atoms, nesting within one another. In one sense, each
has its own nucleus; in another sense, they share a common nucleus but maintain their own independent qualities. In either case, there is no fixed order to the nesting: As past, present, and future interact in nuclear time, they exchange places with one another, expressing the dynamic rhythm of interactions that remain non-dimensionalized.
The spheres are not static, nor are their borders circumscribed. We could imagine their movement as an ongoing rippling outward in waves. This movement is itself nuclear, going nowhere, defining no direction. Yet it also expresses the transmission through space of the emerging energy of an 'originating' point.
In the shifting interaction of the spheres, each affects and reflects the others, contributing to the originating energy they all manifest. This energy in turn reflects their inner connection, unfolding as a nuclear force. As this nuclear force radiates outward, the trinity transmits forward, becoming a dynamic unity. In the truth of this transmission through time and space, one point is all points, one time all times.
Conventional experience invites us to look past the beauty of this interweaving intimacy. To accept this invitation is something like focusing on a particular pattern established by the waves as they ripple outward. A specifying knowledge takes hold: The mind forms impressions, gives meanings, marks out points, designates dimensions. Mind to mind we pass on what has been seen, and in time the seen claims to be the real. But this is only one possible conducting. We could also see it differently.
Magic of Manifestation
Although conventional consciousness excludes the inner dynamic of nuclear time, knowledge of impermanence invites it back again. Our usual understanding of impermanence is rough and undeveloped, but a deeper understanding emerges when we focus more closely. If we are sensitive to the instantly disappearing compound nature of time past, time present, and time future - ' gone again' from moment to moment - the strong awareness comes that experience is its own compounded transition. Without undermining what appears, reality exhibits its insubstantiality. In one sense the rational structures of time collapse into incoherence; in another sense they are unaffected. We can let go of our attachment to the rational together with the wish to reject or
transcend the rational; let go of old forms together with the impulse to reject old forms.
Once we let go of the substantial, we are left with the magic of manifestation. Marvelously we interpret and experience; mysteriously time exhibits and projects. Engaged with this dynamic mystery, this inexhaustible openness, we are close to nuclear time.
Time reveals mystery whenever it presents appearance. This is the truly special magic of time: The mystery can be fully revealed and still remain mystery. Nothing must remain in hiding; nothing insists on obscuration. Knowledge is honored in its appearing without being reduced to something less than the unknown. Presence requires no deeper absence as its source. Time's 'going on' also 'goes beyond': It is simply so.
We can let this present mystery of time pervade experience; let it color each moment and call into question every claim. We can invite a knowledge that condenses and enriches the mystery that is living reality. We can extend mystery into the mystical.
Imbued with mystery, knowledge can know the energy body: the being of appearance toward the future. Here 'forward' and 'back' are the same: What was will be and is. In this unity, energy ripples, space vibrates, and sky reveals. As in art or dance, music or drama, an emerging dynamic accumulates and disperses, going different ways, pursuing no goal. Heading nowhere, rivers return to the ocean. The drama is acted out, an expression of knowledge and time manifesting through space.
Only ordinary understanding is mystified by this 'ongoing' mystery play that enacts and informs our being here; only the structures of consciousness insist on covering over the mystery with the familiarity of the previously recorded. Inward knowledge cuts through the mists of mystification. It rekindles the light of the phenomenal within phenomena. It offers the mystical as wholly available, rejecting incomprehensibility and ineffability for the sake of knowledgeability. Alive in time, inward knowledge allows experience to project forward as an instant of intimate images, wholly communicable without having to be communicated: the direct experience of time itself. In this ongoing going on, mystery itself is rededicated as the truth of experience.
Knowing Interacting Mechanisms
Inward knowledge of time is also the 'inward knowing outward' of eknosis: knowledge not bound by the field communique. Eknosis departs from the surface and its rhythms of friction. Instead of moving within the structures of linear time, it joins freely in the conducting of those structures.
With the availability of eknosis, we can trace the substance and certainty of conventional experience - for example, the world as given through sense perception to the operation of certain temporal mechanisms, such as cause and effect or the interaction between the mental and the physical. Instead of taking these mechanisms and the temporal structures they presuppose at face value, eknosis turns their presentation 'inward'. As the
present presents itself, eknosis 'goes' in the direction of its 'presentness'. Ultimately, there is no going at all. We discover that time's transmission is not movement in this conventional sense.
Eknosis de-dimensionalizes time, collapsing linear. ity into the unity of the nuclear. The temporal mechanisms that give order to appearance appear 'alongside' the things or events they purport to order. We can still speak of the usual mechanisms, but our statement will no longer 'carry weight' or establish the actuality of the mechanism designated. It is something like analyzing the spatial relationships portrayed in a painting: The analysis can be fruitful and illuminating, but the 'space' being analyzed has no existence.
The Appearance of Time
As an example of such analysis, let us look to the 'underlying' mechanism of recording through which the past projects forward the 'happeneding' of the present. We soon discover an array of particular mechanisms in operation, accounting for specific kinds of knowledge. The retina records and transmits light; the mind records and transmits thoughts; chemical reactions in the body record and transmit the interaction of various molecules; the subject records interactions with independent objects. As these recordings play into one another, fixed forms of cognition and specific events arise, giving us the world that we know.
Knowing through eknosis, we do not engage these forward-projecting recordings. We see that whatever we
point to as the source of a specific recording is more accurately understood as the prerecorded content of other recordings. Instead of recording 'something', recordings point only to one another.
This pointing back and forth is itself a mechanism, appearing 'alongside' everything else. As we look from within nuclear time, we discover layer upon layer of such mutual pointings. Investigating this layering in turn, we discover still more mechanisms, each active 'alongside' the events they claim to account for. Eventually our inquiry leads us to the mechanism of linear time itself.
Seen as a mechanism, linear time does not present experience at all. Appearance arises through the intricate interplay of interacting mechanisms, but this interplay is itself another mechanism. There is no causal structure that accounts for appearance. Events do not appear in any order: They 'pop up' almost accidentally, together with the rules that claim to govern their arising. Not only cause and effect, but also persistence 'over' time, transitions 'in' time, and changes 'through' time cannot be isolated out as pre-existing. Instead, they are a part of appearance. There is no time of creation, no presenting, no enduring, and no decay. Even 'appearing' appears alongside of what appears.
From this perspective, we could say that appearance, together with the underlying 'order' that sustains appearance, could be different in the next moment. But even the claim that there will be a next moment is the outcome of a particular interpretation. In its alongsideness, time has no opportunity to situate and measure out. As the temporal order develops and appearance plays out variations, nothing is established. Existence cannot come into being; time cannot 'make its point'.
The Infinite Unique
If there is nothing to engage with, no product of a process, how is linear time itself established as a governing principle of experience? One possible answer is that time is not established at all. There is simply the random alongsideness of all that appears - including the mechanism that presents this appearance as changing from moment to moment.
We could also offer a different description. With no established appearance, there is the infinity of the universal unique: a wholeness without a beginning, an appearance without a source. Within that whole, various rhythms express and move, giving both possible and impossible and the distinction between them: presenting without limitation.
We could name this unlimited 'rhythm expression' the Body of Time. Alive with different qualities, the Body of Time transitions the appearance of what appears. Without confirming division, it allows for the conceptual separation into past and present and future. It enacts the experience that confirms these distinctions, quantifying and measuring.
Measuring itself is an expression of this rhythm energy. Experienced inwardly and known outwardly, the
Body of Time 'remains' pointless, yet presents all points. There is the locating of subject and object, the activity of observation and prediction, and the availability of knowledge as data for specific purposes. Past and present and future give form to the whole, allowing it to emerge in accord with specified mechanisms.
As 'compartments' of time, past, present, and future cannot be engaged separately, even though we imagine that this is what we do. Their rhythms form a unity that echoes the universal unique - a rhythm infinitely divisible through the operation of concepts and experience, yet never departing from unity into manifestation.
If we think of the unity of time as being like a sphere, the temporality we establish is like slicing through the sphere. The first layer that the slice reveals will invariably be the past, but the slicing will always be threefold, giving the present and future as well.
In this 'dimensioning out' of what is unitary, time shifts its shape. It stretches into a linearity that can communicate the recorded forward, and it presents the past as a storehouse for the patterns from which we will construct the whole. But this reshaping of time is an artifact of the act of dimensioning. The unity of time suggests something quite different.
Emerging into time's wholeness, we discover a world infinite in its measured-out manifestations - far richer in its possibility than we have ever imagined. But the infinite unique cannot be measured. It is the activating medium of measurement: the heart of time. Since this is so, time itself can also not be measured. When we measure out time and specify time's manifestations, this is not the Body of Time.
For each apparent mechanism that unfolds 'in' time, there is a fitting knowledge. Then what is the knowledge suitable to the Body of Time? Since nothing is established, knowledge cannot inquire into lineage. Since nothing develops, it cannot trace the processes that have brought us to this present moment, or the future that is yet to unfold. It cannot link to concepts, properties, and distinctions, all of which are products of the 'lower-level' mechanisms in operation.
Perhaps the question is wrongly framed, for it presupposes established distinctions. The Body of Time does not establish, but rather invites. Whatever we imagine the possibilities for knowledge to be, the Body of Time envisions and expands a fuller understanding.
There are questions that can activate this expansion: active agents of the Body of Time. What is beyond the cosmos? What does light reveal when there are no objects to reflect it? Where can we go if 'from' is fused with 'to'? What properties do we discover when nothing appears? What meaning does our life assume when there are no more stories to tell?
When the structures of linearity collapse into nuclear time, we inhabit the inwardness of time. Its dynamic and aliveness, its capacity to measure out and to allow for measuring are all equally accessible - as though we
could see on every level at once. In the universal unique, this active dwelling in availability is specified as the Body of Time.
'Pointless', without limitation, the rhythms of the Body of Time pulse with a dynamic that does not need to be shaped or structured. The world can be revisioned as a rhythmic interacting of past, present, and future, no longer rigidly divided by linear temporal sequencing. In this new vision, distinctions come from wholeness and remain within wholeness. A magically divisible manifesting is freely open to the constructs of concept and experience, to the relations we infer, the positions we adopt, the ways we organize and distinguish. Past and present and future are reconfigured - varying sensitivities or modes of responsiveness to the rhythms of the Body of Time.
Experience within linear time can become an opening to the freedom of this revisioned reality, for the Body of Time remains undisturbed by our propensities toward structure. Since its rhythms pronounce no truths, it rejects no claims. Time itself, even structured in accord with linear rigidities, remains pointless. When we learn to look through time, the countless manifestations that shape and express 'experience simply exemplify time's unitary power.
The less we insist, the closer we draw to the invisible energy of the Body of Time: the creative impulse through which appearance itself manifests. Allied with this creative force, we approach each challenge with new resources. Nothing is strictly impossible, for nothing is firmly established. There are new interactions, new connections: an unrestrained play of emerging arisings.
A Vision of Projection
As a vision of time's active engagement, we could imagine a nameless arising: waves of energy propagating through a field. Nothing is specified - not energy, not field, not arising. Even the naming we use to point out is provisional.
Through their magnitude and amplitude, the spreading waves project the structures of the known universe. Waves and microwaves embody space and involve time, communicate sensory capacities, and sense the data that is made available. The power of their projection encompasses the one who feels and senses, the acts of touching and thinking, and the content of the physical.
Through this field communique, a continuum of presentation forms, feeding on itself. Appropriate mechanisms arise to bar all gaps or discontinuities; to assure that nothing is lost or left out. The field affirms its own modality, shaping form and content in recording it. A multiplistic language is generated, comprehensive in its application, universal in its comprehension.
The record of this propagation founds the genealogy of what appears. At the root and the outset, in the' genes' that give form to each specification, there is microscopic projection: the microwaves of the multiply recorded.
Generating and regenerating, the active projection of recording is itself recorded in appearance. As genealogy
is established with perfect certainty, recorded time goes forward - the medium through which projection can propagate. What is recorded gives a way that works: provisional at first, but then authenticated beyond recalling. Each topic, each specified object, is the segregated subject of a seamless instigation.
In this multiple creation, linear time has already unfolded, its momentum unalterable, its capacity to measure awaiting application. The time of perception traces in accord with the recorded genealogy, establishing the realm of what has been recorded, founding. a certain knowledge. There is no longer time available for transformation or for a deeper knowing.
Yet in the forming of the mechanism, the propagation of the wave, another time is active: the inner time of recording, never itself recorded. To discover this time is to access the genes of regeneration and empower the refounding of the Body of Time.
Within appearance, the time of recording does not readily emerge, but the record of its genealogy is readily available. Tracing this genealogy, alert to each arising, we sense that all of recorded time - from beginningless beginning to endless end - has unfolded without ever touching the heart of time.
In this emerging insight, time is activated. Our own heart opens, and our mind moves toward clarity. Now we can trace the genealogy of what appears into unexpected realms. We can even alter the genetics of its patterning. The power and potential are present to restore the source without arrangement. In this sourceless arising, this inward conducting, there is projecting before projection. In this persistence of the possible, the boundlessly creative presents.
Inwardly conducted, time allows for encountering reality before specification. Light reveals, making available infinite riches to be recorded here and now. Projecting projects in a magical multiplication, wholly inexhaustible and indeterminate, not requiring any other force or attribution.
Infinitely extendable, wholly unlimited, boundless time immeasurable arises and arises, with no turning back and no possibility for reduction. Creating as it extends, in its uniqueness it cannot be other than complete. It is at once a source of founding what appears and a resource for a knowledge deeper than founding.
Light Bridge into Time
The strong and rigid structures of linear time are the bridge for crossing over to such a possibility. To make this 'move', discipline is required. But it cannot be our discipline, nor can we be the ones who arrive. For 'my experience' is bound to time's linear momentum, and 'my doing' is bound to all that presents itself in time.
A new experiencer is called for - not the self, not mind or consciousness or any other agent of the self - an experiencer attuned directly to the energy of the present. A way presents itself: The experiencer can be transformed directly into light.
We hear this claim as mysterious and mystical, for we exclude it as a possibility for ourselves. But there is no mysticism in sunlight, and the light we are naming now is more accessible than the brightest shining of the most perfect day. It is light at its simplest and most direct, 'present' wherever there is not simply darkness.
Each perception can be a 'light bridge' crossing over to the Body of Time. Light can loosen and transform the essential character of perception, freeing perception and the senses from the static and rigid structures so comprehensively reflected in our consciousness.
Through light we can reach the other side of time. In the present presence of light, the bridge to 'presentness' opens. As the voices of our naming fall still, a silent light leads toward silent time.
Silent light penetrates the surface of time. Going inward, going 'beyond' inward, it arrives at the Body of Time. Having crossed over the light bridge, having arrived, we find that we have also returned. Our journey yields knowledge. We can experiment in the present and plan for the future with changed awareness.
Silent light transmits silent time as the operator of different attributes of knowledge. Time in turn transmits the knowledge of inner silence. A silent feedback values newly; takes us to the root. We need no longer play out the same patterns. Our old patterns, our old ways of being, are placed in question. If we wish - if that is our intention - we can change them freely.
Dynamics of Time and Space