Excerpt About Time

Giving the Constructed Self a Sense of Stability and Security

In our day-to-day lives, we have parceled out space, measured time, and constructed a self within that. The construction of that self within fixed ideas about time and space gives us a sense of stability and security. We feel that is how things are. “Now I am stable, and the world is stable.” And we need to have that stability. When what we have held fixed is challenged, our equilibrium is thrown off and we might begin to feel disoriented and discombobulated. As long as anything throws off our equilibrium, that means reality is not completely free. Something in us still needs a frozen view, some kind of fixity to give us stability. We are afraid that if there isn’t stability, there will be chaos. That is true in some sense, but the feeling of being disoriented marks a transition. As fixities break down and dissolve, a feeling of disintegration or chaos can arise. This is how reality unfolds to reveal a new order. At the beginning, opening time and space means freedom from the usual egoistic view, the usual familiar frozenness. Then, as that view expands, we realize that we can start freezing things anew from an enlightened perspective. We can have frozen enlightenment. This reveals that we still need a fixation to give us stability. We cannot hold any single condition as the final one or the real one, because we recognize that its full realization opens it up to further realization.

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