As I was learning to use the I Ching (Chinese Book of Changes used for divination-meditation) with the help of some YouTube video tutorials, I was lead to a video interview of Terrence McKenna talking about Time and I Ching, and this opened up a Pandora of topics related to Time for us to ponder.
The I Ching, Carl Jung and Synchronicity.
Can you define Time?
Can we predict the future?
Could premonitions, prophesies, precognitions simply be our ability to access our memories of the future stored in the collective unconscious or the Akashic records?
Can time exist without us? If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound?
Are you ready for (December 21) 2012 (The Final Destination for all Mankind)?
Prophesies (Mayan Calendar, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, The Kalachakra Tantra).
Fatalism, predestination, and precognition, in relation to death.
The Final Destination movie series is noteworthy amongst others in the horror genre in that the "villain" of the movies is not the stereotypical slashers, monsters, creatures, beasts, ghosts, or demons. It is the entity Death itself (very occasionally 'seen' as a fleeting shadow), which manipulates the environment in deadly ways with the intent of "recapturing" those who somehow manage (usually through warning premonitions) to escape their fates the first time.
Chaos Theory, The Butterfly Effect (the movie).
The premise of the movie The Butterfly Effect is that the main character somehow developed the ability to go back in time and change a negative event into a positive outcome and this instantly could affect the present.
This may seem out of our capabilities, but there are techniques being taught that supposedly allow us to make changes.
Watch local meditation teacher Diane Ross teach these techniques:
Touch (the TV series) operates on the mind-blowing premise that people around
the world are linked to one another and their lives intersect—with potentially major repercussions.
Emptiness (every thing doesn't exist on its own).
Einstein's theories, Quantum Mechanics, Black Holes, Big Bang, Multiverses, etc.
To everything Turn Turn Turn, there is a season Turn Turn Turn
and a time for every purpose under Heaven.
"I don't have time to sit and hear others talk about Time!" Well maybe next time.
I hope to make the time to make it to Time . . . on time.
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