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A handful here seemed to be aware of the quickening phenomenon in another post so I thought to post this article on the time scrunch as it's one to appreciate! It explains a lot you can relate too! Well, some of us anyway.
TIME SCRUNCH by Paula Peterson
Life seems to be hectic these days, far fuller and richer with more significant happenings. Can you relate?
In comparing the hectic life to watching a DVD movie at home, don't you just wish sometimes that you could hit the cosmic "pause" button during a particularly annoying situation, take a break, go into the kitchen for a snack, twittle your thumbs for awhile, then come back and release the pause button when YOU are ready to resume dealing with the annoyance?
Hmmmm - since I can't hit the cosmic pause button any time soon, it brings to mind an interesting theme in regards to hectic activity, since I know I'm not the only one who feels the enormous thrust in speed by which life events seem to be unfolding.
If you've been following the current thought on the true meaning of the ancient Mayan Calendar, then you know that creation didn't stop with the Book of Genesis and neither is God resting: creation is still happening all around us all of the time.
In fact, it seems to be in a big hurry.
For example, many people are feeling as though ten or twenty years worth of life-experiences are being crammed into one or two years. In remembering your personal past - about twenty to thirty years ago or more - didn't it seem as though the pace of life was slower and easier back then?
In regards to our collective experience, this makes a lot of sense because in examining our history, vast eras of human development and advancement unfolded very slowly - often over a period of numerous generations - in comparison to the rapid clip of progress evident in modern times.
The analogy of a flat piece of paper can be used to symbolically represent life experience spread out before us within the context of time. Life seemed to lazily unfold over hundreds, thousands and millions of years, and metaphorically stretched out flat in a broad linear fashion. Interestingly, beginning just prior to the 20th century, the same metaphorical piece of paper seems to be scrunching up like an accordion ...
once looking something like this __________________________________
and now looking more like this ^^^^^^^^
And the speed and intensity by which time is scrunching seems to be increasing rapidly.
Questions that may now arise are, "Who or what is doing the scrunching?" and "Can it ever be un-scrunched?"
The answer to the first question seems obvious: WE are doing the scrunching. As humanity continues its evolution and awakening in consciousness, the result is what feels and looks like the speeding up of time. In reality, its actually the cramming of a lot more of life experience - otherwise known as creation - into shorter periods of time.
"Well ... why would WE do that?" you might ask.
To put it simply, consciousness, awareness, genetics, DNA - all intertwined with one another - are evolving, activating, transmuting, waking up ... whatever analogy best suits the description of this situation.
Increasing awareness can be initiated by many factors: evolution of human DNA, a shift in the frequency of the earth's magnetic field, intentional enlightenment, spiritual practices and disciplines - one or all of these - just to name a few.
Greater awakening - whether intentional or "accidental" - leads a person into paying more attention to everything in his or her immediate field of experience. In particular, into paying more attention to the inner, personal responses to whatever experience is currently running.
In achieving greater awakening, one becomes increasingly aware of their INNER reality - the innermost self - and the thoughts, beliefs, emotions, feelings, and interpretations of that self.
Its about being in the moment throughout all of life experience. You know ... NOW ... the latest buzzword for the spiritual community. Living in the NOW moment is not a new concept: its been around since the great masters of ancient times first taught this wisdom. It's still the same recipe spiced up with a more progressive flavor to appeal to the modern day masses.
So what happens when one lives more in the NOW and begins to focus more attention on the inner reality?
It quickens personal growth like mad! ("mad"? Well ... wasn't that an interesting "slip" that just happened through my fingers!) "Mad" is probably quite correct, nevertheless: for when one becomes more aware and awake, one often feels, at first, as if they are going "mad". One's most important beliefs get turned upside down and inside out since the beliefs - the ones that had previously given one important direction in life - are suddenly proven unreal, even dishonest.
Awakening can exacerbate one's "madness" because the events of life seem to quicken to an uncontrollable speed - which often causes the "mad" to abandon their journey toward awakening and to fall back into old habits of thinking and behaving.
OR if they are brave enough to continue on their journey toward awakening they will eventually "break through" the barrier of illusion and false interpretation and finally achieve liberation of the mind - or they will end up being institutionalized.
Careening and seemingly out-of-control awakening of consciousness has put many a gentile and gifted folk into mental institutions for "nervous breakdowns" or temporary insanity. Why? Because they can no longer rely on old interpretations as the means by which to navigate successfully through life.
All the "meanings" that had once provided a foundation by which one perceives and interprets events cease to make sense. Suddenly, such awakened individuals feel like a blank slate, and for many, that is enormously frightening.
And so, unless one can create a new, realistic and honest interpretation of their perceptions of the world and their personal experiences - they may never feel sane again while others will whisper among themselves, "He's a bit touched, ya know".
The main difference between someone who remains in a mental institution and one who improves and emerges as a productive member of society is that the one who improves has either successfully implemented the awakened state into their personal life or succeeded in developing a productive form by which others of the mundane world can relate.
One example would be the psychically sensitive person who comes to accept and to understand that the voices in her head are messages from the spirit world that can help those who are still living. And so the psychic discovers she isn't schizophrenic after all; she is actually highly sensitive to the meaningful murmurings of an invisible world. She develops her sensitivities and learns to help others with her unique abilities. Her awakened state is no longer a danger to her and is, instead, a great gift.
Another example is that of the musical genius - barely escaping institutionalization - who, through very little practice, perfectly recites with thrilling skill the compositions of the classical masters, but who struggles with the disturbing and painful inability to socialize. He eventually overcomes this debilitating obstacle to become a world renowned pianist.
And so, we attract the very obstacles in life that force us to grow. We often don't see the reason why we struggle in difficult situations until much later when we can then look back, see the disruptive event with a new perspective and interpret the experience with greater clarity and wisdom.
No one likes to go through painful experiences. And yet, many of you reading this can look back on difficult times and honestly see that you grew in good and positive ways - perhaps becoming stronger, wiser, more compassionate - as a direct result of events that seemed awful at the time.
When we choose to awaken and improve ourselves, it almost always brings about a quickening of life experience.
Have you ever had the experience of driving along on a remote desert road and then punching it up to an exhilarating 120mph or more as soon as you seem to be the only one on the road? The exhilaration is partly due to getting away with breaking the "rules" and partly due to that feeling of speeding along - almost like flying - with nothing to stop you. Your senses are dramatically heightened, you're mind is far more alert, you're totally absorbed in the moment and caught up in the rush of taking a risk. (go on ... admit that you've done something like this at least once!)
Then a car appears in the distance - perhaps its the Highway Patrol - and you suddenly drop the speed down to the limit - say 65mph - and interestingly, it feels like you're crawling along at an agonizing snails pace!
The awakening of consciousness is a lot like that. We shift into high gear, our senses are heightened, our mind becomes far more alert, we become totally absorbed in the moment, and we become caught up in both the rush and fear of taking a risk. We break the "rules" that we've been conditioned with all of our lives and we fly down the road of increasing awakening with an exhilarating sense of liberation.
If we become fearful of displeasing someone who may not approve of or feels threatened by our awakening, or if it seems like we're changing and moving forward too quickly and we reduce the momentum of our awakening in response, it will seem as though we're suddenly crawling at a snails pace. ("That's odd. It didn't seem like I was crawling before I knew that I could fly!")
And so, to the second question regarding the scrunching of time, "Can it be un-scrunched?" the answer is "No!" And for good reason. Once we're speeding freely along the road of awakening, we really don't want it to end and to go back to the crawling pace of lesser-awareness.
The scrunching of time, then, can be seen as a good sign in ones' life. Hoorah ... you've achieved a point in your journey where you're ready for even more growth and awakening! You'll get used to it, just like you got used to the earlier levels of awakening before this.
Like a skillful surfer, you'll learn to ride the bigger and faster waves coming in now. You'll "hang ten" and "shoot the curl" with ease and finesse. And you'll be cheered on by others who are right there with you, " ooooooeeeeeeeee! look at us go now!"
Fascinating article. There was a discussion about this phenomenon recently on another forum I frequent. I've asked a lot of people about this, and all of them agreed that so much has happened in their lives in the past year alone that it seemed more like 5 years. It's almost as if the substance of time itself is getting denser.
this is an excellent interpretation thanks for sharing it!
Max Headroom, "so much has happened in their lives in the past year alone that it seemed more like 5 years."
exactly. Eventually every month is going to feel like a year to those of us who have at least a couple decades under our belts, but to the new children being born right now, a year is a year. They will be more used to it, just as my generation is much more in-tuned to "the quickening" then my parents' generation. I think we are pushing the younger generation to be way more advanced than we are, and we are going to continue to see them get more and more perceptive at younger and younger ages.
We Supermonkeys still have a lot of learning to do (more learning than we've already collectively gone through), but this learning may take place very quickly.
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