A Lapse Of Time

Time Lapse

As each of us move though space, from this stage to that, and from that hope to this, let us ask, who is steering us through the maze of life? Who is watching? Who is seeing? Who is it that seeks and ponders upon the complexities of life? Are we separate from what we see or are we a product of it; a creator playing with ideas, or a plaything of an insensible universe? Whatever we might say, we can understand well enough that time itself is not chaotic or random: it has the discipline of eternity and cannot fail us. What would happen if we were able to step out of the stream of space and with a lapse of time, lift into an eternal place of being? Perhaps then on our return to home, we would recognize the importance of our time on Earth.

Just think: if in Heaven there were no conflict, no adversity, only a life of perfect peace and certainty, would we not stagnate? Is it even possible to contemplate a change in one’s Self while living in the eternal. After all, what would compel us to grow? Down here on Earth—this place of duality, of right and wrong, of darkness and light—here is where we may decide, rushing through tunnels of experience toward wisdom, a wisdom we must earn and then choose to demonstrate. In duality, on the byways of human life we are given grand choices, for here on Earth is the place to change the essence of who we are, not in the Light, for surely we will carry our earthly choices into Permanence, into timelessness itself.

This being so, could it be then that the Infinite has shrunk our experience into little moments, each just small enough for us to grasp and inspect the deeper reality, but at a distance, there to hold in our minds the wonder, the miracle of what we are? And since we gain wisdom from the trials of life, can we not infer that we are from beyond the bounds of time, not here to merely suffer through our obligations, to reap and suffer as we sow? Then are we not all undying, perpetual points of light, destined to search and create forever? Let us then ask, from where have we come and to where are we going in this great mystery of Light? Let us keep pushing at the edge of mystery and demand to know: Where are we? Where have we been? Where are we going? What is our place in the grand scheme of Light, and what of its energies create the road we’re on?

Wherever and whatever we are doing in our lives, surely it has always been our precious work, our own heart’s special labor to create and perfect ourselves. Is not each of us, you and I, and everyone we will ever know, unique: expressing, planning, anticipating and reacting, each in our own way? You and I are not products of a cosmic machine; we are creators who are able to build upon our ability to dream and desire. Though we travel along the difficult roads of life, we are and always will be.

15 replies

  1. This is amazing. I am writing a post on Kafka and rereading passages from The Castle for that purpose. This perspective of yours is precisely what I needed tonight. I hope it gets clearer once I have posted it.

  2. James- I have only one complaint: I get all teary in internet cafe’s. It’s embarrassing. I have to wear shades and it makes me look like a bohemian writer or something.
    Thank you for continually “pushing against the edge of mystery” and and giving the gift of your “heart’s special labor.”

  3. Written so very well James, your poems always embrace the realities of life in the most expressive ways. I love reading what comes from your mind, heart and spirit! Always so refreshing my brother. May God bless you always with his abundant love!

  4. I wish to re-blog all of your gorgeous, soulful posts, James! But then my blog would not be mine anymore. :) So I will refrain, continue posting my own tiny bits of creativity, and return here over and over to bathe in the light and sink into the wisdom you share.
    With gratitude,
    Renate

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