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How To Slow Down Time (And Why It’s The Key To Being Happy)


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You are an artist painting on the canvas of space-time. The more conscious of this process you become, the more you can make it work for you in your everyday life.

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Things are moving pretty quickly these days.

Have you noticed?

Knowledgeable folks like Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, and Jose Arguelles would say that time is actually speeding up.

There is great value in this idea, because it helps us come to terms with the radical and fundamental shift that our planet and species is currently experiencing.

But even if you’re not quite ready to entertain the notion that time is objectively moving faster than it was twenty or fifty years ago, it’s undeniable that it feels like it is. And I think we can all agree that subjective feeling has a powerful influence on personal experience.

From time to time (no pun intended), you probably think it would be great if you could slow things down just a bit. You’d likely get more accomplished…feel less overwhelmed by daily responsibilities…and experience more balance and happiness.

Luckily, time manipulation is a feat of which every one of us is capable. In fact, whether you know it or not, you’re doing it all the time. Yep, you’re basically a magician.

You are an artist painting on the canvas of space-time. The more conscious of this process you become, the more you can make it work for you in your everyday life.

In order to grasp how this whole magical time-craft thing works, we’ll first need to understand exactly why things feel like they’ve reached such a rapid clip.

Proof that the outer reflects the inner

One thing’s for sure: industrial civilization has taken to fast-moving time like a fish in water.

It’s tempting, therefore, to blame society, culture, and technology for the frenzied pace of our lives. If this crazy onslaught of innovation, competition, and development would just slow down already, then maybe we could all relax! Right?

But this point of view ignores an important underlying question: why did industrial civilization decide to move so quickly in the first place?

The fact of the matter is that the Industrial Revolution was an outgrowth of the human desire for greater speed, growth, and productivity. Our racing society, then, is an emergent expression of our collective inner need for speed.

We’ve built our society to match the internal landscape of our thoughts, feelings, and inclinations.

So here’s the real question: why are we feeling compelled by an inner desire to move more and more quickly?

There’s a (divine) method to the madness

The destructive and unsustainable trends of modern civilization are clear to anyone with eyes to see. But what if all the horrors of industrial culture are meant to be? What if humanity and its eco-stupidities are not just a deviation from Gaia’s normal equilibrium, not just a cancer in an otherwise healthy organism?

This is not to say that the current state of our planet is to be celebrated. Indeed, we have a lot of work to do before we actualize our true identities as planetary stewards and self-aware components of a divine Planetary Organism.

But here’s the point: our misguided need for speed may be seen as a symptom of our evolution as a species.

Yes, we are moving more quickly. But we are moving more quickly towards understanding that everything that could possibly happen has already happened and is happening right now. Each moment feels chocked full because our perception is integrating a deeper and deeper understanding of the Eternal Now.

It feels like everything is happening all at once because it is. And it’s always been this way…our sensory system is just finally beginning to catch up with Reality.

The incremental awakening of our sensory nervous system to higher states of consciousness is one important detail in an unfolding Plan of incomprehensible magnitude and scope. Take comfort in the knowledge that the universe makes no mistakes.

Hold on for the ride…

This is one of the most glorious shifts in consciousness we could hope to undergo. But it’s also an incredibly difficult one.

There’s a reason why Yogi Bhajan warned that this historical time period (many call it the Age of Aquarius) would be characterized by an increase in mental instability and insanity.

Anchoring our widening perception of Time into everyday reality takes focus, discipline, and practice. It can be quite like trying to fall asleep with our finger in an electrical socket. There’s a ridiculous array of new energies flooding our bodies and minds.

Remember this, though: just like electricity, these energies can be harnessed and leveraged for beneficial means.

So here’s how it works

Meditate on this fact: you have control over the flow of time. Because the passage of time is only a three-dimensional illusion, your experience of it (and the relationship our culture has with it) is entirely determined by the way you choose to perceive it.

Our quickening perception of Time has produced a quickening culture. Therefore, if we wish to slow the pace of our experience, all we need to do is choose for it to be so.

Because cultures and societies are meta-phenomena (meaning that they’re created by many individual forces working together, often sub-consciously), the process of recalibrating the pace of our entire civilization will be a very slow one until a critical mass of individuals reach a point of mental and emotional coherence.

But for now, we can influence the pace of our own individual lives very easily. Here’s some suggestions for how to perfect your time magic:

Always believe that time moves as fast or as slow as you want it to. This point is worth repeating once more: the pace with which time moves in the external world is a direct expression of your own internal beliefs about it. If you can convince yourself of this truth, and believe it unconditionally, you will be the master of your destiny.

Don’t try to outrun yourself. Because time is an expression of our own internally regulated experience, “racing against time” is like trying to outrun your shadow. Don’t try to move more quickly when you have a lot of tasks to accomplish. Doing so will only create anxiety and a belief in time scarcity. Instead, will that the world around you conform itself to exactly what you need to accomplish. This way, there will always be exactly enough time. If it makes you happy to move quickly, by all means, do so! The point is that you should not feel compelled by the external world to move at a pace that is uncomfortable to you.

Exert your will. Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed or pressed for time, just stop whatever you’re doing. Close your eyes, take a long, deep breath, and remember that you are the one in control. Inhale for a count of three, and exhale for a count of six. Affirm that you have all the time you need. Invoke great joy and gratitude for the opportunity to experience each passing moment. Infuse whatever task you’re performing with this elation, and dwell in the bliss of this neutral flow-state.

Mold this practice of affirmation and willpower into a daily ritual. Let it nurture and support your entire emotional landscape.

Before long, there will scarcely be a moment when you feel that time has gotten ahead of you. You’ll be more productive, more balanced, and more in touch with your higher senses.

And if enough of us can gain this kind of clarity, we just might be able to turn the world into a kinder, saner, more perfect place.

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Ryan Greendyk

Ryan Greendyk is a conscious internet entrepreneur, writer, kundalini yoga teacher, psychonaut, and sacred space creator. He's pretty fond of tea ceremonies, entheogens, bass-beat wizardry and techno-shamanism, superfoods, gifting, fire spinning, alternative healing modalities, spontaneous outbursts of love, and spending quality time with God and friends. In a nutshell, he's dedicated to delivering others to their highest selves through the creation and promotion of communities, cultures, products, and programs built upon creativity, intentional play, and spiritual self-mastery. He is the Founder of Lightlab and the Producer of Lightlab Events.

  • James Boswell

    Brilliant article! Such a crucial lesson in empowering ourselves. We hear much talk of attracting mass, but gravity is inextricably linked with time. The same 5D conception/reception of reality that roots “the law of attraction” in science applies to attracting space-times to our gravity, but is often forgotten. Thank you for beautifully and succinctly leading us through that remembrance #hereandnow

    • http://www.lightlabcreations.com/ Ryan Greendyk

      Thanks, James! I’m really interested in what you’re suggesting. Could you flesh out your idea for me a bit? Are you thinking of gravity as a sort of conceptual framework for our subjective experience?

      • James Boswell

        Thank you Ryan, I am blessed to discuss such fun things with you <3 I am drafting an article coming soon in relation to Fukushima that outlines the basics of this, but here's the core of it: I am thinking of gravity as the 4D re-presentation of 5D information. We know that as we approach infinity in a given dimension, we must add a dimension to the framework in order to contain more information within the model. In the case of 4D (the conception of time being our most human evolutionary trait) most of us experience one momentous reality. When we push into 5D (via imaginative experience of various sorts – dreams and daydreams being the most common) we are then perceiving 5D information. That is to say, information which is existing within a framework of infinite 4D potentials (imagine a crystal monkey who surfs on a golden longboard). Gravity is the information-channel, if you Will ;-) which transmits this resonance from 5D to 4D. Through that resonance, like a tuning fork, we attract a given 4D artifact/experience. As you pointed out, there is no reason that time cannot be included in the parameters of that experience, we are just prone to expect linear time more than linear matter patterns. The more we practice instantaneous manifestation (in my personal life, catching things out of the air faster and faster) the more we learn that there is very far we can go when pushing the boundaries of our flux-capacity. Up to the speed of light. Then we get into the 6th dimension, but more on that another day…

        • http://www.lightlabcreations.com/ Ryan Greendyk

          Really compelling ideas.

          In the future, I’ll be putting out some articles on “higher-dimensional grammar and syntax,” with an eye toward showing how the human nervous system can be trained to perceive multidimensionally (adding one dimension at a time, just like in your example).

          I think our materials will dovetail nicely :)

  • Guest

    f we use the standard X, Y graph, with X(time) moving from left to
    right, what would most people place on the Y axis? There must be
    “something” or X only moves to the right indefinitely while remaining at the same level——-> Y could be anything: knowledge,
    power, children…anything that a person might want. Y is Gain.. Over
    time, we “must” Gain “something” ,even if only a few sips of water, so
    the X axis may continue to the right, we live a little longer, and we
    are even present to see time continue.

    Self preservation,
    like a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter, is necessary (to a point)
    to even continue on living, On a sustainable X, Y graph there would be X
    (moving along to the right) and Y (remaining slightly above X) and also
    moving along to the right with no sharp spikes up or down, and
    maintaining its level thru Reciprocation, Give and Take, The Balance Of
    Nature.

    The problem is: humans have become too greedy. Not
    just greedy for Gain (Y), but greedy for Time(X) itself. ” Not enough
    time in the day” “time is money” ” Keeping up with the Jones’” “like a
    hamster on a wheel”. This skews the entire X, Y relationship in ways
    that make the graph un-useable, (but not really noticeable, to most, at
    first) so people begin attempts at maintaining the X,Y thru more and
    more desperate means, Eventually, it becomes obvious to all that the X,Y
    relationship has been manipulated in ways that are not really possible, but were believable for some time, and the graph is reset,
    with a new line starting at the point where the X and Y axis meet.

    The Big Reset, could be called The End Of An Era, The New Age, Mass
    Ascension, etc. I don’t know exactly how or when it will happen, I don’t
    think anyone knows exactly how or when it will happen, but I think it
    will happen in our lifetime. Whatever it is, I expect it to be awesome
    and not something to be feared….but I’m in no hurry to get there!

  • Erik Nmre Overn

    If we use the standard X, Y graph, with X(time) moving from left to
    right, what would most people place on the Y axis? There must be
    “something” or X only moves to the right indefinitely while remaining at the same level——-> Y could be anything: knowledge,
    power, children…anything that a person might want. Y is Gain.. Over
    time, we “must” Gain “something” ,even if only a few sips of water, so
    the X axis may continue to the right, we live a little longer, and we
    are even present to see time continue.

    Self preservation,
    like a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter, is necessary (to a point)
    to even continue on living, On a sustainable X, Y graph there would be X
    (moving along to the right) and Y (remaining slightly above X) and also
    moving along to the right with no sharp spikes up or down, and
    maintaining its level thru Reciprocation, Give and Take, The Balance Of
    Nature.

    The problem is: humans have become too greedy. Not
    just greedy for Gain (Y), but greedy for Time(X) itself. ” Not enough
    time in the day” “time is money” ” Keeping up with the Jones’” “like a
    hamster on a wheel”. This skews the entire X, Y relationship in ways
    that make the graph unuseable, (but not very noticeable, to most, at
    first) so people begin attempts at maintaining the X,Y thru more and
    more desperate means, Eventually, it becomes obvious to all that the X,Y
    relationship has been manipulated in ways that are not really
    sustainable, but were believable for some time, and the graph is reset,
    with a new line starting at the point where the X and Y axis meet.

    The Big Reset, could be called The End Of An Era, The New Age, Mass
    Ascension, etc. I don’t know exactly how or when it will happen, I don’t
    think anyone knows exactly how or when it will happen, but I think it
    will happen in our lifetime. Whatever it is, I expect it to be awesome
    and not something to be feared….but I’m in no hurry to get there!

    • http://www.lightlabcreations.com/ Ryan Greendyk

      Thanks for the comment, Erik…very interesting mapping of the issue. I agree that the Big Reset will indeed be something to celebrate!

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