By Frank Conerton
As we move into the New Age of expanded consciousness, we need to loosen our hold on old beliefs and thoughts. We need to change our beliefs, so we can allow this expansion of awareness. One new paradigm that is expansive rather than limiting is the idea that our universe is unfolding and symbiotic, rather than solid and separate. In a solid universe, matter is dead, inert, and life and consciousness are somehow added onto this matter. In an unfolding universe, mind and energy create matter which contains the potential for both life, consciousness and unknown more. Another aspect of this unfolding is that it requires constant change. This change requires time to separate what “was” from “what is now.” It takes time for any change. Time, in fact, is a way to measure rate of change.
Albert Einstein understood that our physical world is, in fact, a space/time continuum. Space and time are not two separate things, but irrevocably linked as one. If you drive to a destination that is 60 miles away, and travel at an average 60 m.p.h., the trip will take one hour. Even our common measure of speed is based on distance traveled in relation to elapsed time. Time is an intrinsic part of our world. Given this fact we need to understand our lives in this flow of time. We certainly accept the effects of the passage of time as measured by clocks and calendars. As we get older, we must accept the changes that we go through. But do we, as humans, have a function that can manipulate this flow of time in our lives?
It is commonly accepted the humans have free will. We can choose a course of action from several options. I would like to expand free will to also mean that our awareness is able to see different possible futures that can emerge from a moment. I would reframe our human consciousness as the ability to explore a moment for different possible outcomes. We use memory and imagination and logic to determine which possible action will lead to a different outcome, and then choose to take that action.
Borrowing ideas from Science of Mind, our thoughts direct our actions. Persistent action has consequences. These consequences create our future experiences. Our persistent actions guide our lives in the flow of time. Also, what we experience today was shaped by our past choices and actions. If we accept these ideas, does it change how we view our lives? I certainly made most of my decisions to act in order to achieve an immediate goal, or a goal in the immediate future, but I never considered that my choice of action, persistently taken, will shape my future experiences.
My persistent actions guide my future experiences. These experiences provide us with new possibilities that did not exist before.
Considering these ideas, we really are co-creators of our world of experience.