watch [noun] : a timepiece, a chronometer (worn on the wrist or carried in a pocket)
From when we are born until we leave the planet, time is superimposed upon us and someone or other seems to be ‘watching over you’.
We are indoctrinated with the notion of time from birth. Babies have times for feeding, changing, and bathing. Timetables regulate our school lessons. School-time all too quickly morphs into the nine to five of work-time. We intersperse our days with breakfast times, break times, lunch times, tea times, and supper times. Commuters just have to catch that train, right on time, so they can ‘clock in’ and ‘clock out’ at the end of their working day.
We have a bedtime and, before we know it, it’s time to get up again. Note that between these two times, when we are sleeping and dreaming, time takes on a different and ethereal quality. If you ever end up awake in the small hours, however, time can seem to stretch to eternity.
Our language, too, is littered with temporal references:
- ‘Just a minute.’
- ‘Give me a second.’
- ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man.’
- ‘Another day, another dollar.’
- ‘That is so last season.’
- ‘Holding back the years.’
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
It seems that time is imposed upon us from birth right through to death, and that we cannot escape either its forward arrow or its grip. Yet, go back just 200 years or so, and nobody wore a watch. So this obsession with time is actually quite recent. In our so-called modern society, what is making this somewhat worse is that the world is permanently ‘switched on’. Before we had electric light, people snuffed out candles and went to sleep when it got dark.
The key to taking time back under our control lies in ‘watching’ ourselves internally. Firstly, take notice how the speed of time seems to vary depending on what we are doing and thinking. A busy weekend with friends seems to zoom by. An interminable wait in a doctor’s surgery seems to drag out forever. When we travel somewhere new, it seems to take longer than the journey back or the return trip. Secondly, reflect on days where you got lots done and on those days where you where pushing water up a temporal hill. Notice how you felt about those days before, during and after.
Synchronising with EMT
The passage of time is subjective and herein lies the clues on how we can control it, as opposed to it controlling us. The practice of mindfulness meditation is what opens the door to a new way of being that I call timefulness. Taking 10 minutes of ‘me time’ out each day is all that’s needed to slow time down and to get more done with less of it. With just a few days practice, we can enter Extended Me Time, or EMT. This is a luxurious state to be in where we become time lords, and of course time ladies.
When we sync with EMT, here’s what happens:
- We get our creative tasks done, in what seems like ‘no time at all’
- Interruptions are minimised
- External events seem to happen ‘just in time’
- Our stress levels reduce whilst our productivity increases
- People want to learn our secret
p.s. I haven’t worn a watch for years and am rarely late 🙂
If you’d like to know more about how to manage the passage of time, as opposed it it managing you, get a copy of my new book Managing Time Mindfully. It comes with free guided meditations to give you the luxury of ‘me time’.
Extended Me Time – EMT
People of the world work to all sorts of different times standards. For some of the year, the UK is on GMT, at other times it shifts by an hour to BST. I interview guests for the Zone Show podcast on AEST, EDT, PST. The five time zones of China are harmonised, for simplicity, into one with the whole territory falling under Beijing Time, or CST.
International travellers sometimes don’t know what day it is, with their body clocks jumbled by the shifting of hours!
I’d like to propose a new common and simpler time standard that all humans switch to called EMT.
EMT stands for Extended Me Time. It is the ’time zone’ we switch to when time elongates and we get more done in less time. It is a magical and creative space where we are both ’in the zone’, while also ’zoning out’.
We can enter EMT simply by beginning each and every day with 10 or 20 minutes of ’me time’ in meditation. This is far from a waste of time. I discovered in my mid-40s that the days I took this time out when so much smoother and I got so much more done. There are also many benefits to our health and wellbeing such that it is thought every minute we spend meditating gets added to our life expectancy. If true, it’s a kind of madness not to meditate.
Throughout the day, and especially while working on creative tasks, with a little practice it becomes then possible to enter the meditative state with your eyes open. We truly enter EMT when we do this as time elongates. Simply put, we begin to control the speed at which time passes by and we get more done in less time.
There is more magic to unfold when we live in EMT. We begin to tap into aha moments on demand where bright ideas that change our world arrive in less than a second. They come from ’inside time’ and ’outside space’.
The regular practice of meditation, and adoption of EMT, also makes us luckier. We begin to notice serendipities that might otherwise slip by. People and events start turn up just at the perfect time. This of course all saves bags of time.
If you’d like to enter EMT and start meditating then I get the free Insight Timer app and I have uploaded a number of free meditations to help you get into EMT.
If you’d like to know more about how to manage the passage of time, as opposed it it managing you, get a copy of my new book Managing Time Mindfully.
Quarter 1 : Five Temporal Takeaways
This is the first of four sneak previews of what’s inside my forthcoming book, Managing Time Mindfully, being published on the 11th December
Temporal Takeaway #1:
It is thought that space and time were formed from the seed of the Big Bang. It took many billions of years though before time-as-we-know-it really got going. What we now refer to days and years only started when 3rd generation stars with rocky planets formed.
Temporal Takeaway #2:
On planet Earth, at least, time-as-we-know-it only started ticking when life formed around 3 billion years ago. The clock of time only ticks with the presence of an observer.
Temporal Takeaway #3:
The first pocket watches were only created in the 1675 by Christiaan Huygens. They were accurate to about 10 minutes a day. The accuracy of an Apple Watch is around 50 milliseconds.
Temporal Takeaway #4:
The need for global harmonisation of time came about from an increase in international travel by steamship and cross-continental travel with the railways. Time zones were created at International Meridian Conference in 1884.
Temporal Takeaway #5:
Seconds, minutes, hours, weeks and months are man-made and do not exist in nature. Although they allow us to run our modern world, some of us have become enslaved by the ticking of self-imposed clocks.
p.s. this blog was posted live exactly at 6:27 GMT on the 19th November, the 1st quarter of the Moon Phase
These themes and more are explored in the first quarter of my new book, Managing Time Mindfully, which is published on the 11th December — the exact date of the next New Moon.
Order your copy today and get free access to the Your Perfect Day pack of meditations, to help you get more done in less time.
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I woke up one morning last week with an idea. I realised that my Living Timefully Self Study programme could really benefit those facing life threatening conditions.
Less than a week later, that idea has been realised. It is now available completely free of charge to anyone with a terminal illness – and people have signed up already and reported some amazing benefits.
I’ve mentioned it to a few people and perhaps quite rightly they asked some questions of me, I thought my answers back were worth collating and sharing by way of this blog.
Q1 : Why would someone who is ill want to spend any of their precious time taking a time management course?
Living Timefully is unlike most time management programmes. It explores how we perceive time and how we can alter the speed of its passage. So, some people might want the clock to go quicker and some might want to slow it down. People who take the course will learn how to do both and take time under their control.
Q2 : Does the course help with the healing process?
When I developed the course, I did not have healing in mind. Yet people who have taken it report it’s made them less stressed and even cleared up headaches. As the course contains over four hours of meditations and visualisations, this perhaps is no surprise. It is well accepted now that meditation improves well being and increases vitality. So while the programme is not designed to heal per se, it will aid and assist with any conventional or alternative treatments being taken.
Q3 : What does someone need to take the course?
The course can be taken on any device with han Internet connection, like a laptop, tablet or smartphone. The exercises are best done with earphones on and for some you will need pen and paper. It even contains a guide on how to create Bucket Lists. Each week, over a 10 week period, an email will be sent to give access to the next set of ‘Timeful Tasks’ to complete. An hour or so of time a week is all that’s needed. This gift is a gift for lifetime so all modules will be accessible when needed should events mean a week gets missed out.
Q4 : Why are you giving it away free? What’s the catch?
Because I can and there is no catch. I want to give something back for all the blessings I have had bestowed on me. People who sign up will not be upsold to or encouraged to opt in to any sales schemes or scams. I take data privacy very seriously and the names of people on the programme will not be shared with any third parties. If people do benefit from the course and want to share their experience, I would appreciate testimonials but will use them anonymously.
Q5 : How you get proof or check that people are suffering from a life-threatening illness?
When people request access to the course, they won’t get instant access. I ask them to share a little about their condition. I will only block obvious scammers and spammers. Also, I have ways to ‘tune in’ and tell if people are genuine – the clues to how I do this are in Weeks 5 & 7 of the course.
Q6 : How do people request access?
Just go to www.livingtimefully.com and fill in the Request Access form.
Q7 : What if I have a question not addressed here?
Just add your question by way of comment below …
Biologists have a pretty good handle on the purpose and function of the breath. On the in breath, we take oxygen on board and on the out breath, we expel toxic carbon dioxide. If our lungs are clogged, our airways are blocked or our air supply removed, it doesn’t bode well for us. Breathing is essential to life.
The breath though has some other more subtle, yet vital roles which are not generally recognised.
1. Powering Inspiration
Most people speak on the out breath (apart from some Icelandic people and some flautists I discovered).
Try and speak on an in breath to find out what I mean.
Our language, as always, gives somewhat obvious clues as to what is really going on. When we speak we voice our ’aspirations’. The in breath is of course the ’in-spiration’ phase of the whole re-spiration process. It is this ’in-breathing’ process that fires up our imagination and brings in ideas.
So if you find yourself stuck for inspiration, just close your eyes, breathe slowly and rhythmically for a couple of minutes. If you then pay attention to the still point between the in and out breath, the solution to your problem will just pop in ’out of nowhere’.
This works equally well if you go out for a walk (with your eyes open though).
2. Aiding creativity
Our neurons don’t store any oxygen so we need our breath just to think. As our brain uses 20-25% of our body’s energy, this is why it shuts down when we faint to protect our other vital organs.
So if you are starting a creative task, here’s a quick and simple way to give yourself an extra boost.
Close your right nostril with your right index finger and breathe in and out of your left nostril five times. You can do this at whatever speed feels right for you. This has the effect of oxygenating the right brain. Then use your left index finger to close your left nostril and oxygenate your left hemisphere by breathing through your right nostril five times. Repeat as necessary.
3. Controlling our Perception of Time
Time is not as fixed as is normally thought. It is both malleable and stretchable and affected by the speed of our consciousness.
By changing the speed of our breath, we can alter the perceived passage of time. It’s as simple as this. The faster we breathe, the faster time seems to pass. Slow your breath down and time elongates.
Watch this short video from my Slowing Down to Speed Up program to find out more …
So it is just possible by controlling the speed of our breath, we can not only live longer but get more done in the time we do have on this special planet.
Some years ago, time began to take on an unusual quality for me.
On a past life regression course I attended, I spontaneously found myself with the ability to see through time. I found I could see past and future lives in peoples’ auras. I’ve since discovered virtually everyone can do this too.
I’ve experienced time slips including jumps forwards by some minutes and jumps backwards some seconds. Time it appears not to be as fixed as is thought. Times certainly are a changin’.
I found these phenomena curious and, as an engineer, I felt urged to come up with practical applications … all of which I find myself teaching these days.
1. Channelling Your Future Self
There is a version of you in the future who knows what you are about to do and what you plan to create. If you are a writer, or any creative type, you can tap into this version of you to get the words you are about to write.
2. Time-based Therapy
If a person has an illness or any trauma in the present, when we learn to see through time, we can ’see’ a version in the past without the dis-ease and also see into the future where the damage is repaired. Especially when combined with an energetic healing modality like Reiki or with chiropractic manipulation and massage, we can use this different-ability to cure all sorts of issues like rashes, allergies and even traumatic and degenerative diseases in bones and muscle.
We can use the technique of seeing through time to ’image’ a younger version of ourselves. When we ’soften’ time in this manner, we can replace the current version of us with a younger model. Sounds a bit Doctor Who-like? Well nothing we can imagine can’t be done.
4. Ending Temporal Tugs of War
One of the symptoms of living in our space-time with memories, and the ability to perform self-talk, are mental illnesses such as bipolar and schizophrenia. When the thoughts of a person in the now are over imprinted with bad memories from the past or imagined demons from the future, they become pulled mentally from pillar to post. They are caught in a temporal tug of war. Fortunately as thoughts are things, they are can be annulled and cancelled out in the same way matter and anti-matter might interact. Note that cataclysmic explosions don’t result but anullment and escape from repetitive and destructive thought forms.
5. Getting the Lottery Results
If winning the lottery is in your future timeline, you can get the numbers. As most people don’t win the lottery, this doesn’t work for most of the time. In case you are wondering, I don’t bother trying as there are bigger, non-financial riches to be had with a spot of temporal alchemy. Note that it’s a paradox of living in the duality that everything is preordained and we also have the free will to change everything.
6. Getting More Done
When we learn to ’soften’ time, the rate that it passes by takes on an ethereal quality. What seems to happen is twofold. Firstly, time stretches so everything you need to do gets done within the time available. Secondly, all external events begin to happen at the perfect time. This saves bags of time worrying and planning. It leads to the last and greatest secret.
7. Allowing Things to Arrive
It is becoming accepted in all but the most dogmatic of scientific cirlces that our thoughts affect the material world around us. This means we can have a thought and it will manifest. The issue then is making sure we have the right thoughts so we don’t manifest the wrong things.
The way around this is to first set up what is known as a meta-strategy, i.e. The best possible thing that you could achieve while on the planet. Armed with that strategy, and make it a big one, meditate on it daily and simply watch as events around you conspire to make it happen. The result of letting go is to be lead to a life beyond your wildest dreams. Sometimes resistance really can be futile 😉
Want to awaken the temporal alchemist in you?
And if you are suffering from a dis-ease or a temporal tug of war, try a spot of Soul Part Integration sprinkled with a helping of TBT
One of the most useful aspects of living in a three dimensional world, with a forward arrow of time, is that everything doesn’t happen at once.
The gravity that sucks us to the Earth prevents us floating off into space and keeps us, for the most part, on the ground where the air is breathable and the temperature is largely tolerable.
All in all, we live in a controlled environment which is just about ideal for life-as-we-know-it but, just imagine if …
- What if we could annul the force of gravity?
- What if we could tap into the future?
- What if it was all an illusion?
- What would happen if the ‘rules’ all changed overnight?
Another good couple of questions to ask is why I might even pose the questions above and have I lost my marbles?
Well, over the last few years, I have personally experienced all of the above phenomena:
- I have fully levitated once and partially levitated on another occasion.
- I have lost count of the number of ‘future memory’ events I have experienced.
- I can demonstrate to anyone, either face to face or even over Skype, how to see through the illusion of time.
As an engineer, I have done a considerable amount of [empirical] research into these phenomena and, in some cases, worked out how we can utilise them repeatedly for real world use – all apart from the levitation ‘trick’ as yet that is.
Here’s just a few things we can do when time slackens off a little:
- Get more done in less linear time.
- Obtain words we have yet to write.
- Tune into light bulb moments on demand.
- Make huge leaps forward in scientific research and discovery.
- Go back to the point an illness or dis-ease started and heal it in the present.
- Go to a future point in time when an illness or dis-ease has resolved and heal it in the present.
What’s more these are not imaginary flights of fancy. I use all these techniques daily if not weekly and I know they are not some special gift that only a select few can tap into. The ability to do all of this and intrinsic to us all.
So why blog about this now?
Well, in my efforts to understand all of this, I have researched a fair amount of esoteric literature and connected with some people on the planet at the real cutting-edge of ‘things’. It appears we are on the cusp of a planetary shift not experienced since we “Got The Word”, or self-awareness, a million or so years ago.
It appears things will be changing and that this change won’t be initiated by governments or religions but by a collective raising of our awareness. This shift will be initiated by Us!! The signs and symptoms are all around, like:
- Collapse of financial systems.
- Increasing secularity.
- The attraction of social media.
- Increasing awareness of issues at a planetary level.
- Funding from ‘the crowd’ taking over from debt creation (i.e. lending) from the banks.
As far as I am ‘aware’, very few ‘humans’ had much to do with the last Big Shift when self-awareness became incarnate. This time however, there’s an opportunity to get involved to both experience it and have a hand in where it leads. For a few thousand years now, humans have perhaps possessed a unique ability to shape their environment and alter their own evolutionary path. Our increased longevity, in the Western World at least, is a testament to this. Our ability to reach for the stars and look back at our Pale Blue Dot of a planet has given us amazing context for who we are and our place in the Universe.
From various sources, I have come to the conclusion that we are on the brink of a Planetary Ascension. This is the next phase of evolution for Mother Earth, Lady Gaia. At the same time, higher level spiritual intelligence will incarnate in us (and other life forms). In the same way, “pre-word” our ancestors could not imagine sharing internal thoughts in the form of spoken word, this will lead to a whole new set of experiences and different-abilities for us.
A Clarion Call !!
So how do you get to play with what’s about to unfold?
For rapid preparation and immersion into the delights of the forthcoming ‘dimensional shift’, I have created a self-paced, self-study course called Living Timefully
It is delivered to your In Box over a period of 10 weeks and delivers all these benefits :
- You will learn how to make your mind go quiet.
- You will find out how to get more done in less time.
- You will know how to tap into future memories.
- You will realise how time really is an illusion, albeit a pervasive one.
- You will invite serendipity into your life.
New Magic for a New Era
I had the real honour at the end of last year of being interviewed by Lilou Mace on GaiamTV.
At the time, I had no idea what the interview would be about, what I would say and certainly how it would be entitled.
When it was first broadcast it was a bit of a wake up call for me and a reminder that I had so much to share that was hidden either in my head, buried in my heart or stuck on my hard drive.
You can watch the interview here to get an idea of what magic awaits you …
It's lead me to repackaging and relaunching my eLearning courses and workshops and to redesign them to bring magic into your world. If you are fed up pushing water uphill, these programmes will show you how to go with the flow and how to lead a charmed life.
… and in turn, this has lead me to writing a book about it all which is coming out early in 2015.