The Confused Definition of NOW.
What really distinguishes the non-duality crowd is that they are willing to deny what is absolutely most obvious to all 8 billion of the outsiders to this group. From their detached point of view they rely on logical constructs instead of empirical constructs. Here I won't go into how that might have occurred. "No doing, no doer, no time, no process, all appearances are projected mind”) Although I am not so sure that all of this is non-duality. Whether they deny process, or just deny “my process”, and it is true that all appearances do have A COMPONENT of projected mind. That’s the interpretation fraction. Even if that fraction is very big, who can know that is all there is? But non-duality is not saying there is nothing “out there”. It is only saying that it may be unapproachable in any pure state? This part gets confused.
Let’s investigate what ground of beliefs could bring someone to declare something that flies in the face of their own perceptions of every moment of life.
First is the notion of NOW. Now is a useful term when contrasted to the abuses of my childhood (the past) and my fear of next year’s tax returns, (the future). But I am sure that NOW is not very useful when speaking of one second gone by, or the next second approaching (or even micro-second).
We establish a belief based in logic that time is like a freight train of infinitely short box cars (called moments), that are traveling from our projected imagination (the future) and passing our perception in the now for an instant, and then voyaging to our memory (into the past). What is the evidence of these staccato moments that make up (or deconstruct) our time on earth? It is a product of differential equations in mathematics, isn’t it? The abstract of calculus has been adopted as life viewpoint.
When you dispassionately look at the flow of NOW, what can be said?
- NOW never stops, so it is infinitely long in duration.
- That longness is not long (past to future), but infinitely continuous in the now.
- Moments are nonexistent in this seeing, and we might strain to understand how this continuity could replace them.
- NOW is inexorably tied to life, since without life there is no perception.
- Life is always tied to matter, as far as we know. If it isn’t, we might know when we get there.
- Matter is always tied to motion, so life is continually in motion.
- Motion is time, so time exists in life, in all perception and it's always a quality of the NOW.
Maybe this motion speaks to those who talk vibration, or who like to label life as light. But that is also a confusion of the macro with the micro. Saying I am light is like saying computer chips are silicon, so a computer can have only the qualities of the beach. (My pile of sand is an “Apple”.)
Could there conceivably be a zone of no time? It would be a zone of no motion, no perception, and no life. It wouldn’t be in the cosmos that we know, since as far as we can perceive, in every direction, distant galaxies immerse the universe in their light (motion). Nowhere can we find the absence of motion, and this is not a projection.
It is a projection to say that when mind stops, the universe stops. The mind that supposedly could have the capacity to stop is a projection also.