Making Time – an Amazing Discovery

by Gabriele Conrad, Goonellabah NSW Australia

I discovered something truly amazing this morning and it has to do with time, this precious and ever more precious commodity in all our lives.

I awoke, checked the clock and realised that I had woken up super early and in accordance to the time zone I had left the previous day to travel to Western Australia. No way was I going to get up at 15 minutes past midnight!

I snuggled back under my doona, rested for a while and then decided to use my two eye pillows. One across my eyes and one on my heart. It felt great and I was just about to relax very deeply when I went, “Wait a minute! I can’t remember putting the eye pillows there!”

I realised that I had gone into automatic pilot – one second the eye pillows had been on my bed, the next second they had somehow landed on my body. Oh yes, they felt great, but I hadn’t consciously been involved placing them there.

Where had that time gone?

It must have existed, surely – even if it was only a couple of split seconds.

And then I realised that during the day and in my daily activities, every time I am not present and involved in what I am doing I am actually squandering time. I negate time by acting like it does not exist whenever I am not present whilst at the same time lamenting the lack of time and how there is never enough of it.

I could feel that by being present I actually create space – and space equals time, whereas I have forever tried to make more time by rushing and squeezing more and more things into my minutes, hours and days.

And thus, lack of time is actually my self-perpetuated illusion and imprisonment, aided and abetted by not being present.

Thanks to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for the inspiration that led to the realisation. And thanks to Featherlight for their amazing eye pillows!

191 thoughts on “Making Time – an Amazing Discovery

  1. “I could feel that by being present I actually create space – and space equals time, whereas I have forever tried to make more time by rushing and squeezing more and more things into my minutes, hours and days.” I fell into the illusion of time too, squeezing lots of things into my day to feel a sense of achievement before I discovered that creating space takes the pressure off ourselves to not need to go into a drive to get everything done in one go, and the opportunity to bring a quality to everything we do from a lightness and joy in connection with our body’s natural rhythm.

    1. I am still discovering more and more incidents every day where I can fall for the old trap and rush in order to fit more in – this morning I ran an experiment at the gym and could feel how more deeply connected I was when I did not focus on the repetitions or level of difficulty. I love it how there is always more to discover and debunk.

      1. I too am learning more and more of how it is such an illusion to think that we are getting ‘more’ out of life, or that we are living ‘more’ when we try to fit ‘more’ into our day by doing ‘more’ things. For we are actually being less, less of ourselves, as we are living with far less presence, being driven our minds over-riding our bodies. I am realising that we live more of who we are when we live in connection to our Soul, for we live the realness of who we are in essence which has no need for any results, outcomes or achievements as we already are all that we need to be, with ourselves.

    2. It’s ironic that we create less space when we try to ‘save time’ or stockpile it in some way. If we accept what is and stay present we have everything we need.

  2. So much of our day is lost when we choose to go off in our heads or on automatic pilot and not be consciously aware of what we are doing in any moment. I love how you have exposed the self-imprisonment this causes and the power we have to choose differently how we are and therefore our relationship with time and space.

  3. “And thus, lack of time is actually my self-perpetuated illusion and imprisonment, aided and abetted by not being present.” I know and appreciate that this is true, however, I still find myself continually chasing time which is a ridiculous pursuit – similar to that of a cat chasing its tail.

  4. Thank you Gabriele for the simple yet profound reminder that in every moment, we can choose to live from our inner-heart with presence and as such expand our love, the light of our Soul in space, or through our lack of presence we bring to the space in which we all dwell, lovelessness, emotions and denseness from which we feel constricted, limited and not true and Divine ourselves.

  5. I am sure I have read this blog before, but wow, I am really appreciating the depth of what you are sharing here right now. By being present, we create space, but space has always been in and around us all the time, so by being present, we connect to the space. I would definitely like to put that in practice. Thank you for the inspiration, Gabriele.

    1. When we are connected to ourselves we are impulsed by our bodies for what is next or what is needed in any moment but when we are dis-connected then we are at the whim of what ever takes our fancy. For me, it feels like I have left the front door opened let a stranger walk in and then sit there wondering what on earth I have got up to and thinking where did that time go.

  6. I’m so glad I stumbled across this wonderful blog. I am in a constant battle with time and now it makes sense as to why. If we are not present we are not truly participating in whatever it is we are doing, it’s like being dead while alive.

    1. Well – and exposingly – said Leonne. If we are operating by ‘function’ only – throwing our bodies into whatever we’ve deemed needs to be done, we are not truly living.
      In being consciously present with our movements and activity – simply to the best of our ability (yes, we can ‘stray’, but we can also come back… 🙂 ) – there is an enrichment in life and whatever it is that we may do.
      For me, I never would have thought that many seemingly ‘mundane’ tasks in my day could actually be full of joy, and yet, by applying this (without any perfection whatsoever), this is today how it is…

  7. I had never looked at the fact that by not being present we are actually squandering time! Thank you Gabriele for your insight!

  8. “Lack of time is actually my self-perpetuated illusion and imprisonment, aided and abetted by not being present.” I agree Gabriele, maybe it suits us to seemingly fool ourselves into thinking there is always a lack of time so that we have an excuse to keep busy and distract ourselves from feeling our body and what we are holding onto that isn’t true and that keeps us separated from having a deeper connection with ourselves.

    1. Which in turn feeds our nervous system and keeps us in a panic which feeds the illusion of the lack of time! I have found that until I get off that rollercoaster and start to bring some order into my life I am forever feeding my addiction to being on the back foot at the mercy of whatever ‘falls’ into my day and therefore cannot really be of service to anyone I am working with or anything I am working on.

  9. It’s fascinating isn’t it… if not very exposing, to realise that in our bid to ‘do more’ and ‘pack more into time’, we frequently lose connection with ourselves, our movements and what we are actually ‘doing’, i.e. we lose or rather forgo, our ability to be truly present.
    This is a great reminder Gabriele, that presence ‘actually create[s] space – and space equals time…’
    A reminder to remain with ourselves, no matter what, and explore this deeply profound and grand truth that you are sharing here. I will be very aware of this throughout my day today, and ‘onward’, thank-you.

  10. Thank you Gabriele. You have helped me understand a recent experience I have had in making space. I have been practicing sacred movement with my partner and lately I have been feeling like there is much more time to do the movements, it’s as though the music has slowed down even though it hasn’t. I now realise that this is what it feels like to make space. Amazing.

  11. Gabriele you highlight a great point here that we can all be inspired by, by choosing to be present in everything we do we open ourselves to the magical feeling of space – this is a powerful way to live and supports us to not feel controlled by time.

  12. Gabriele, thanks for sharing your revelation. This is a super reminder about how not to waste our time. I tend to think certain tasks are less important than others; so will only make an effort to be present for some things. I am learning that every second is precious and staying present is key to not getting into overwhelm when I have lots to do.

  13. You have reminded me I have some eye pillows tucked away in a drawer that I’m not using. I’m going to put them on my bed for use later : )

  14. Gabriele, you raised a great point for me to ponder on ‘when we are present we creat space’ this made me realise just how often we check out and allow time to be our master, rather than making space for ourselves.

  15. Some great awarenesses in your blog, Gabriele, yes if we are not present it is a waste of time so to speak, ‘during the day and in my daily activities, every time I am not present and involved in what I am doing I am actually squandering time’.

  16. This is a perfect blog for keeping it simple and staying present with ourselves in the day. How much time do we squander when we are not present and, if we were present would time disappear and leave us with space? An experiment in the making but one that is throwing out some very unexpected results!

  17. Thank you Gabriele for your insight too. Makes sense to move in the moment to create space “I could feel that by being present I actually create space – and space equals time”.

  18. When I focus on what I need to do and stay on course per say, don’t get distracted or wonder off doing something else, everything easily and simply gets done. But when I check out and look at my phone or talk for no reason, then I find there are pockets in my day that I feel overwhelmed for being busy.

  19. Great to expose the imprisonment we choose to put ourselves in when we check out from being consciously present, and the illusion of thinking we need to ‘catch up’ from when we left ourselves and seemingly lost time.

  20. When we move with the perception that time is linear, we reduce ourselves to a mind orientated being, disconnected from our bodies in which we rush and try to fit in mountains, striving to reach an end point to congratulate ourselves with. Yet in truth there is so much more volume that we naturally bring to every moment when we allow our spherical way of being to be moved by the quality of our Soul. As when we are present with ourselves we discover there is an abundance of space for us to magnify and move with our Soulfulness.

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