Time-Sculpting 101, Second Step

Time-Sculpting 101, Second Step

This past week, watching yourself experience time, you’ve experienced it going faster or slower.  This is way better than my telling you it does: now you know how fast-time feels.  You know how slow-time feels.

You probably thought the next thing I was going to ask you to was to change something: make fast-time go slower, or speed up slow-time.

Nope. We raise clarity first because you often don’t need to do anything else.

So I just wanted you to get clear on time: it’s already moving at different speeds in your experience.

What begins to make you a time-sculptor or a shaman with time as I described in the Introduction to this series of posts is your clarity about how time feels.  And for that, you needed the focus I asked you to bring to your experience of time.

Now I want you to play with time. Your clarity that time moves differently for you at different points means your first step is done.

Your second step is to become playful with time.  At first, make this easy: just speed it up when it’s already fast.  Slow it down when it’s already slow.  For now.  If you want a more advanced version of this, notice the texture of time–for you–when it’s fast and when it’s slow.  How would you describe that texture? Or let me ask you what fast-time feels like? and what slow-time feels like?  Use any sense-words you like.  My examples are below. 

For me, slow time usually feels like swimming in liquid fudge, delicious–my whole being tasting that delicious taste.  Or it may feel quiet, like sitting safely in a still pool ona lotus. Once in a while, if I’m bored and want time to go faster, it feels crusty, dull and well past its expiration date!

Fast time to me feels fiery, red–and sometimes scary.  The mistakes I make, the things that come out of my mouth in fast-time are sometimes things I regret.  And sometimes they are flashes of intuitive brilliance!

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  • Marissa
    Posted at 05:19h, 05 April Reply

    This might be just me… but the descriptions of “fast” and “slow” time are blowing my mind. For you, is “fast” time time where the hours are just flying by and you didn’t get a lot done because you’re wasting time? Or is “fast” time time where you are getting TONS of stuff done and you are the one moving really quickly through time? And, is “slow” time time where you are getting tons of stuff done in-between the minutes, and it seems like each minute is stretching out allowing you to accomplish lots? Or, is “slow” time time where life is sort of timeless, like perhaps when you are enjoying being out in nature, and taking your time to really be present?

    • Beth
      Posted at 13:35h, 05 April Reply

      Marissa, great questions! I had to reread. I started with the initial post, but I don’t define fast and slow there, do I? So I read through to the end of this one, and saw my explanation at the end. The difference is in how they feel. To me, slow time feels as you described in the last line of your comment, being really present. In fast time, it’s like I’m present to some other world happening in parallel with this one. It’s entirely in my head, and it’s very sped up. I sometimes think of it as the mental level contrasted with the physical level, or spiritual level, or emotional level. It’s a level I associate with being on the Internet. It can feel like I’m getting a lot done but it’s quite different from being in a flow state, where one also can get a lot done but one is also very present. I feel like I was trained and rewarded for getting into fast time, and staying in it as much of the time as I could–but I am learning it was a way of avoiding a whole lot inside me. And I am not often happy with how I feel when I come out of it. There are the mistakes I mentioned in the post and there is a feeling of coming down off of a drug that is not all that pleasant or that healthy. (Just realized it could be an extended state of adrenalin, which is a “drug” our bodies manufacture. When I was in my 20s, at one point, I lost my adrenal function through overwork, undersleep, and a lot of coffee-drinking. I got it back quickly thanks to youth, and Chinese medicine. It was simply a good lesson in carrying capacity. But I can see this may have been an extended “high” that led to my crash. I am grateful to have had the experience; it helps me modulate now.)

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