Time is an IllusionHickory Dickory Dock, you’ve been Brainwashed by the Clock, the Clock Struck One it’s the End of Fun, Hickory Dickory Dock!

Do you ever worry about not having enough time. What if I could set you free?  Would you take the time to read this article if it were possible to live beyond the constraints of time?

Time is an Illusion

From the earliest moments of our conscious perception, we are taught to honor the value of time… We are told to value our time… Make good use of our time… Not to waste time… and most importantly that the only thing which money can not buy is time.  And just to prove the point, it always seems like some old rich guy is willing to throw himself down into the netherworld just at that moment in the movie when some producer is trying to  make a point.  How altruistic of him…

However despite what people would have you believe, time does not exist, time is an illusion created by man in an attempt to gain control over his world and quite possibly over his neighbor. e.g. it is illegal in many jurisdictions to have fun, err, I meant to say “make noise” after ten o’clock in the evening or before seven o’clock in the morning.

Now I’m not saying that such laws are unreasonable, I enjoy my peace, quiet and uninterrupted sleep as much as the next person, however I object to the concept of time being imposed upon my current state of consciousness.  The crown of woodpeckers which likes to rain down upon my house at ten minutes to seven in the morning (like clock work) and proceed to relentlessly bang their heads against the aluminum gutters on the house is unlikely to be aware that they have to wait another ten minutes not to be in violation of the local noise ordinance.

No it is much more likely that they are consciously aware that I don’t own a free standing alarm clock and they are merely doing their civic duty to ensure that I am up on time… I’m positive about this fact because they coordinate their efforts with the precision of a well tuned clock and seem to time their efforts perfectly as they hammer on the gutters from opposite ends of the house just long enough for me to rise up out of bed. Mission accomplished. Time well spent.

But Einstein said that “Time is an Illusion”

Allegedly… Allegedly Einstein may have said that “time is an illusion” but we don’t know that for sure… We know for a fact however that he described time as the fabric of space… that time is actually interwoven within the fabric of the universe… because that is all part of his theory of special relativity which was published back in 1905, but the quote “Time is an Illusion” is attributed to him on pictures posted all over the internet, so it must be true. I like to say allegedly because I don’t clearly recall Albert specifically telling me that “Time is an Illusion” the last time we allegedly cracked open a beer together. Try proving that we didn’t… I say allegedly because you can’t prove that we did or didn’t either way, plus it works well in conjunction with “I hereby plead the 5th” if combined with the right timing.

For all we know, somewhere within the Matrix which is Time, another me is kicking back and enjoying a nice refreshing beverage with the likes of Albert Einstein, discussing the theory that time is an illusion and perhaps you are right there along with us… You do realize that this reality of mine is merely something which I created within the ramblings of my mind, my own personal perception, right?  But that’s a topic for another article, for  now I just want you to consider that none of this is actually real, we are all just particles of energy drifting through the fabric of the space time continuum.

So then Why Does Time Exist?

Time does not exist, haven’t you been paying attention? Time does not exist, we’ve merely been brainwashed into believing that it does.  Our parents taught us to tell time as soon as we were conscious enough to recognize patterns on a clock.  Our parents were not intentionally trying to deceive us into believing that time exists, they were merely repeating the same pattern of parenting that they were taught.  They were merely following the polite guidelines of society.

I believe that time exists to get us to work on time… so that we can be working for the man every night and day (CCR) right on schedule.  Imagine the chaos that would ensue if everybody actually showed up to work on time instead of drifting in whenever they felt like it (!) why it would be anarchy.  So time is not an illusion, time is real because we believe that it exists… and our beliefs create the framework of our reality.

The rules of polite society dictate that the general populace drag their asses out of bed promptly at 6:45 in the morning, so that they have time to get ready, eat breakfast and get to work by eight o’clock sharp. Take a fifteen minute break at 10:15 a.m. and eat lunch from 12 o’clock noon to one o’clock in the afternoon.  Hickory dickory dock, the clock struck one, it was the end of fun, hickory dickory dock.

What if the Clock had never been invented?

Would you make it to work on time if the clock had never been invented?  The answer is probably, most likely, predictably “No” and that is probably why the Egyptians invented the water clock back in 16th century B.C., because they needed the workers to get to the construction site on time.

Imagine what your life would be like if you were less concerned about time and merely focused on enjoying a conversation with your friend or lover. How much more you might enjoy working on a project if you were less concerned with getting it done on time… I’m not suggesting that you blow off your responsibilities and turn your work or homework in late, I’m merely suggesting that you imagine what it would be like to be less constrained by time.

In reality, I am suggesting that you make better use of your actual time, the time managed by your internal clock so that you are better aligned with the flow of energy throughout your body and the universe and less concerned about the ticking of clock.  And right about now a five year old is reading this article on their parents iPad and asking “Mommy, what is a clock and why does it tick?” because she learned how to tell time on a smart phone by reading the numbers on the digital display… she’s such a smart child.

I know it’s time to go to bed when my favorite mind-numbing television show is over and the news begins… Silly Rabbit everybody knows that you have to be in bed by eleven if you’re going to be up by seven, you have to get your eight hours of sleep to be all bright eyed and bushy tailed at work!

Time actually well spent

With rare exception, I wake up to the sound of birds hammering on the aluminum gutters of my house (this will end in a few weeks when I move back to California and be replaced by the sound of the gardeners mowing my neighbors lawn); I get up, walk around for a bit (use your imagination), check my phone to see what time it is (actually I’m checking Instagram) and then wander back to bed with my laptop so that I can purge the insane ramblings of my mind out into yours by writing a blog post just like this… in a few seconds I’ll click on the Publish button and spend about an hour checking my email.

I know that it takes me about an hour to check my email because the clock on my laptop tells me so, I don’t actually have a clock in my room, or in any other room of the house for that matter.  I also don’t own a wrist watch, but I am constantly reminded that an indicator of where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to be doing exists because there is a digital reminder conveniently located on my smart phone (aptly named because it can tell time) and on the dash of my car.

Time Spinning AwayI eat when I’m hungry, go for a walk right about the same time every morning when I feel like it, write when inspired, drift about aimlessly throughout my day helping my clients create innovative solutions to the challenges which they face and creating exciting new ways for them to earn passive streams of income using the knowledge and experience which they have accumulated over time.

I go to bed at night when I’m tired, sometimes I sleep through the entire night and wake up to the soft light of dusk creeping in the through the blinds, other times I wake up in the middle of the night and if I’m not tired enough to fall back asleep, then I allow myself the freedom to read or write or check Instagram or Twitter [my user name is BoldSuccess] and if after awhile the mood strikes me, I fall back asleep when I’m tired again.  It’s a pattern of self-governed activity which seems to work nicely with the internal clock of my German Shepherd who’s currently irritated with some idiot who just rang the doorbell at eight o’clock in the morning and interrupted his sleep.

I didn’t get up to answer the door because according to the calendar on my Samsung Galaxy S3, I have nothing scheduled this morning at this time.  Oh by the way, what time would you like to schedule your next coaching appointment for?  You can always catch me on Skype under the user name Bold Success if you have the time to chat.  And be sure to take a few seconds to sign up for my newsletter, it’s full of time saving tips and ideas to further your personal development and growth.  Who knows, you might even learn how to create a lifestyle which will enable you to live your life on the same schedule as mine… In which case, you might want to buy the watch which I’m inventing so that our schedules can be in-sync.


Category: Unwind the Mind

About the Author

Todd Gray is a Strategic Intervention Coach who studied Strategic Intervention at Robbins-Madanes Training under the Mastery of Anthony Robbins and world renown Psychologist Cloe Madanes. Todd is passionate about empowering people to reach for the stars and get the most out of life! Todd is motivated to empower people to overcome mental obstacles and live with passion so that they may enjoy incredible lives! Todd's primary focus is Personal Motivation • Passionate Relationships • Conquering Adversity • Peak Performance • Financial Abundance • Grief and Life After Suicide. Because of the challenges which Todd has faced in his life, he is especially driven to help people who are suffering from the loss of a child and people who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide, or other acts of violence.

10 Responses to Time is an Illusion

  1. martha nthoki says:

    I love your article and lifestyle. This is what i am trying to embrace in my life but its hard because of all the rules around us

  2. rachele says:

    I’m trying to understand, and my question is if time doesn’t exist, then is there no past and no future?

    • Todd Gray says:

      What is the past? But a memory; the question is what purpose it will serve.

      What is the future? It has not yet occurred, and might not ever occur…

      But this moment, right now, the present; this moment definitely exists, because that moment from a moment ago, it’s already gone.

      The lesson / concept that I’m trying to convey is that we should try to live in the present as much as possible; rely on memories of the past to the extent that they serve our present needs in a positive manner; and of course, prepare as best we can for whatever future we create for ourselves.

      “People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein

  3. Kelly says:

    Time & money are a fundamental part of ‘humans’ existence no denying that. But time & money don’t exist…

    Your quote of ‘this reality of mine is merely something which I created within the ramblings of my mind, my own personal perception, right?’

    I’m suffering from some sort of ‘psychosis’ & this is something i find hard to cope with not knowing the answer of. I often feel stuck, in my mind.

    Living in the land of the lost
    Waking to the sound of bells
    Like making a strenuous journey
    With your mind trapped in hell.

    This article is amazing can you link me some more of your blogs please.

    Much respect.

    • Todd Gray says:

      I certainly hope that you are feeling better at this point in time (pun intended). Many people experience what I’ll call a dissociation of sorts after experiencing trauma. This can result in a kind of time distortion, loss of time, feeling stuck in mind.

  4. Father Time says:

    Time is growth, to deny time is to kill Mother Nature and all that grows.

    • Todd Gray says:

      Time is definitely growth, and I least of all would attempt to deny Mother Nature of anything. Our perception of time is another concept all together. There are times when time seems to stand still, and other times when it seems to fly by rather quickly. And yet, time is simply time, only our perception of time changed.

  5. Thomas says:

    “Time is an illusion. Lunch time doubly so.” -HHGG

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