Krishnamurti spoke a lot about time. He felt that humanity was conditioned to “time” in a way that handicapped us. I understand this, the tricky part being that our concepts are built on the notion of time and I have had to learn to step out of conceptual references to really know it, to know it is to experience timelessness in this way. More of what I am coming to know in life is about experience and less about handed down knowing. In that direct experience there is opening and an intensity in the depth and quality to insights more than I had ever come to know in my dualistic conventional thinking. Past claims to belief and knowing all seem so relative and limited and always becoming out dated and in the process of continually being replaced and changing. They have their application in life but they never did really allow for a penetration into deeper realization; in fact they served more to impede that.
In my daily meditation I enter into silence. Its not the literal notion of silence but a metaphoric silence. In this, I settle into a non conceptual, experiential, timeless place where the separation perpetuated in an orientation to “time” is lifted and I am more free to be intimate with myself, others and life. Its become easier these days to enter this place, to the point where it is now seems to be a default way. I enter into and out of this place all day long. From awareness of this timeless dimension other aspects of functioning considered to be ” normal” in a dualistic consciousness are transformed or fall away.
I have heard from individuals on occasion that they don’t have time to meditate, that there is no contribution to life or productive use of time or work in meditation. My experience has been that entering into silence allows us to step out and to question for ourselves all that others have insisted on passing on to us about existence, our use of time. what we have come to believe in and what we value. To discover for ourselves in this way is not a passive endeavour but a very active one, allowing for a more comprehensive and authentic embracing of life than I have known.
In his book “Silence ; the mystery of wholeness”, Robert Sardello writes “letting “silence” pervade all we do does work because it never separates itself from the world. Thus we do not make the practice of Silence exclusively into a soul work and go inward, nor exclusively a spiritual work to attain some goal on a spiritual path. The work is to be with Silence itself, and in so doing we are one with soul, spirit, body, and world. When practiced over time, we find it becomes possible to be with Silence in all that we do, and in our doing, our presence in the world works as a healing force.