You are standing in Eternity, you don’t perceive it because your mind has been conditioned to see otherwise. Tomorrow and yesterday are just thoughts, they are not real because they are never experienced. Now is all there is and Now is made of Presence.
Time exists relatively from an objective point of view. Sunrise and sunset are real and define morning and evening. There is 24 hours in one day, 60 minutes in an hour and so on. But even from that point of view, it is all relative, it is based on a specific environment, planet size, solar system, and other physical parameters. Even then, all it takes for you to have a glimpse of eternity is to imagine that you are standing in the center of Sun, time suddenly stops (still relatively) but your mind realizes that time is flexible.
The substance is bound to the law of cycles and therefore to the relativity of time. Presence is objectless and beyond cycles hence it is synonymous with Now.
Time is a relative concept bound to the law of cycles and the subsequent alteration of the state of the substance. A cycle can be seen as a circle but it is more correct, from the evolution of consciousness point of view, to look at it as an ascending spiral. As consciousness expands and the mind dissolves, cycles morph into a point, the diversity is seen as one reality, the illusion of time fades and the reality of the Now is revealed.
You are dreaming that you are chased by a werewolf in a dark forest, you feel fear, you try to find a shelter or a weapon, it is all very real for you, but is it? What are the components of that experience? We have the chased, the chaser, the forest, all the emotions and thoughts that arise and…the dreamer, the witness.
If we dig a little bit in the nature of the dream experience we realise that the substance of the dream is not to be found in its drama and content but in the essence of the witness. Many movies can be projected on a screen but the screen always stays the screen, it is not affected by the movie. The chaser, the chased, the emotions and thoughts present in the situation and the forest are one in essence, they all arise in and from the consciousness of the witness.
If, while dreaming, you realise that you are essentially the witness experiencing a dream then you are having what is called lucid dreaming. You realise that you created the chased, the chaser and the dark forest. You were identified for a time with the chased but now you might, if you want, become the chaser or the bat in the tree or you might even…try another dream 🙂
The analogy of the dream can be used to approach the nature of our daily experience as a defined individual, a mind, in a body, in a world. Are we dreaming? Who is the witness? Could awakening be a form of lucid dreaming ?
The analogy of the dream can be used as a seed of meditation to approach the reality of Presence which is essentially witness and witnessed, the One reality behind appearances.