Has time been getting away from you? It certainly has been running circles around me! Even though I have a really great relationship with time, I still find that the way it moves and operates can elude me at times.
One thing that I like to do is remember that time is actually infinite, not linear. Just sitting with that reality and letting the human brain try to wrap around that can make a huge difference in how one works with time. It can be truly magical. I definitely know that not having a good relationship with time can be maddening!
Here's a little guidance from the Mad Hatter, who has a great deal to say about Time.
The Mad Hatter and Alice have a mind-twisting conversation about time at the tea party. The Mad Hatter expresses his woes of being stuck at 6 o’clock eternally because of a falling out he had with Time. He points out to Alice that she must not have a clue about Time because he says “If you knew Time as well as I do . . . you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.” The fact that the Hatter is stuck at 6 o’clock indicates he, as well, understands his dear old friend, Time, very little. It seems to be a construct in his mind that is fixed (of course, that's all time really is for us mortals). If he really had as good a relationship with Time as he says, he would know that he could do with “him” what he wanted instead of being trapped forever in a tea party.
We should give the Hatter a bit of a break, though because, after all, he is, well, mad. His madness is mostly likely due to a combination of mercury poisoning (one of the hazards of the job of a hatter) and getting stuck in a rut with the constructs of time. If our dear crazy Hatter had some grounding, he’d realize that Time was just fooling him, as it can and often does. And he’d see that he is not stuck in anything but the present moment, with which he can do as he pleases. But since he doesn’t have his wits about him, he continues to play out eternal tea time.
Now, mercury, though it is a poison that can lead one a bit too deeply down the old psychological rabbit hole, is also a necessary part of an alchemical process in which gold is produced. The Mad Hatter is a symbol of someone who has not particularly mastered the alchemical mysteries and is suffering as a result. Had he his wits about him, he might be manifesting mountains of gold rather than dirty cups and saucers.
So, not only has the Hatter lost his relationship with Time, he’s also apparently lost his mind, and it doesn’t necessarily seem clear whether there is much of a difference between the two. They both play on each other until there is nothing but nonsense.
Are you guilty of killing time? If so, you've caused a great offense to him and there is no wonder you could use a bit of retuning and atoning. It’s appropriate, now, to mend any differences you have with Time so that you can move on from your maddening tea party and get to something more enjoyable.
Take a moment to do this meditation and see if it doesn’t help mend any differences you may have had with Time and transform your poisons into gold.
Meditation #1: Sit comfortably at a time when you can really relax and not worry about running off to something else. Maybe just before bedtime, when all is settling down. Notice what you have been expecting from time. How much you try to cram in to every moment. Really allow yourself to see time as something tangible and limited that you are forever packing more and more into. See it expanding and about to pop. Remember to take nice deep inhales, and as you exhale, imagine letting go of something that was once taking up valuable time. Keep doing this visualization with every exhale until you are finally asking a reasonable amount from the time you have. See it snapping back to a reasonable size and notice if your breath is any easier.
It is possible that the Mad Hatter has happened upon your tea party to make you mindful of any silly rut you might have gotten yourself into. Are you finding yourself going around and around like an old broken record? If so, take this opportunity to visualize your liberation.
Meditation #2: If you’re having a hard time moving beyond a certain experience, allow yourself some time to sit with eyes closed and to see where you are. Imagine the stuck-ness as clearly as possible. Now, visualize where you want to be. What does it look like to be free of the round and round cycle? What does it feel like? Really allow yourself to get a strong sense of what it feels like to be out of the old never ending repetitions. Now, imagine a bridge that connects the stuck place to the place of liberation. In whatever way makes sense to you, see yourself getting up onto that bridge and crossing over. Once you have left the rut you were in, take a deep inhale and drink in the feeling of freedom. Look back at the old stuck place, and as you exhale, imagine blowing it far away and watch it go like a feather in the wind. Continue to do this meditation until you are recognizing real-time pathways out of your rut.
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