The Speed of Life
Published in the East Hampton Star, November, 2006
Most people would question the importance of knowing at what speed their life occurs. Many people would even be quite surprised to know that life on planet Earth happens at a particular rate in the first place, or that their “future” comes from a particular direction. But it does, and being aware of the relative speed and direction by which our human life experience is occurring around us can be the touchstone to important understandings that can lead to increased personal success in creating a world of ones liking and choosing.
The Earth travels- unnoticed by most - about 1.6 million miles each day on its annual 584 million mile trip around the sun. That works out to be approximately 18.5 miles per second. Although there are multiple methods of keeping Time now in use in civilization such as Atomic Time, UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), and others, they all have pretty much evolved and been incorporated into our man made subjective world as ways of increasing the accuracy of the initial solar based system of monitoring the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. Without a system of time and evolved human consciousness that relates to it, there would be no “past” or “future” for one to consider -only a continuous “now.” Consequently, one would also have to agree that a life that is measured with a system of “years”(trips around the sun) would be evolving at the relative speed of the Earth orbiting around the Sun. That’s how fast the “future” is occurring.
This fact can be very useful if one is endeavoring to create a successful subjective reality for oneself. If one realizes that each second is one 18.5 mile long moment, and understand life as a succession and compilation of these moments, like atoms building matter, or pixels building an electronic image, one can better and more accurately build a personal life experience.
Prior to the existence of consciousness or time, we were born into a world of only dark and light, a continuous inseparable oscillation of two opposing conditions, to which our bodies responded cellularly. Through “circadian” switches, our genes responded to the absence or presence of light, or electrical energy radiating from our sun. We existed solely in the state of “continuous now” with neither means nor need to go beyond its inherent blissful ignorance.
Now we are born into a world with a past and a future that is assembled individually and collectively as a result of individual choices made in the context of each moment, or second. In the world of subjective man, existing realities are a result of prior choices and decisions made in the sequence of prior moments. It is best represented mathematically as Un = Un-1 + Un-2; Un representing the continuous now or current moment, and Un-1 and Un-2 being the two moments prior to the current moment. This is known as the Fibonacci Recurrence Series of Whole Numbers, and represents the method and proportion by which all things -including life forms, corporations, relationships and wars - evolve in this universe.
Seeing each second as an individual particle that collectively creates a whole human life experience is key to seeing the truth of many aspects of life. That fact, together with the understanding that choice of response to the ever-evolving possibility that each new moment possesses creates the texture, flavor and potential of subsequent moments, allows one to see the schematic by which all realities are created in this universe. In the case of modern man, our life experiences are a result of choices that were made before we were born, and choices that continue on and become our individual responsibility when we choose to or are obliged to create a life of our own.
Many people do not realize that their choices are leading their way, just as many people do not realize that the Earth is revolving and orbiting around the Sun and instead see the Sun as rising and setting each day. Realizing the consistency, directness and measure by which subsequent moments always occur can give one relief, to a large degree, from the fear of the unknown. Knowing that the universe provides for moments to be seen and utilized in this manner and at this consistent rate for individual choices to be made and changes affected can be very beneficial to achieving ones goals in life.
Of course, knowing how to make proper choices in those moments is a whole other matter.