Time: How I Changed my Relationship with the Invisible Tyrant

I had known for many years that I had become a victim of time. I always felt that there was never enough time to meet all the deadlines that life and my profession demanded. ‘Tempus fugit’ and ‘time waits for no-one’ were haunting conceptual spectres which dominated my life and, in spite of being clever enough to work out some excellent time management strategies that were much commended by my colleagues, the truth my body revealed, indicated that I was exhausting myself with my breathless and compulsive ‘hamster on a wheel’ existence.

My body no longer resonated with the daily sleep/waking cycle and I could not sleep without medication. This was due to neither caffeine nor alcohol consumption because I disliked both. It was attributable solely to time and work pressures; pressures I responded to by pushing myself and by analysing everything with extreme levels of mental energy, always with an eye on the clock. I was living like the manic, breathless White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland as a complete victim of time.

This changed when I was introduced to the idea of living in and to a rhythm. Re-connecting with rhythm was like finding the most essential part of me that I had inexplicably completely lost until I began to make some very simple changes presented by Universal Medicine.

The first step in reclaiming my natural rhythm was to breathe a gentle breath and feel my own naturally gentle energy. This offered me a choice in stressful situations – I could choose to engage with the stress of a demanding situation or I could choose to breathe my own breath and remain in my natural rhythm. This diminished the stress of work demands enormously and my ability to remain unperturbed was commented on by many colleagues.

I no longer felt a victim of time and deadlines or indeed, a manager of them. I simply began to be unaffected by them.

I next learned that by adjusting the timing of my sleep/wake cycle, my body could re-connect with a more natural sleep pattern. Almost immediately I was able to quit the sleep medication I had been taking for over 10 years by simply having a non-stimulating wind-down routine in the evening and going to bed considerably earlier than had been my habit. I wake up much earlier also and with a gentle vitality I have never experienced previously. I found more often I could take my time to do things, and at a pace which was far more loving and supportive of myself and my body. For the first time in many years, I was able to take pleasure in living in my own body.

I was then delighted to be introduced to the menopausal rhythm which is governed by the cycles of the full moon. Just like its sister rhythm, the menstrual cycle, the full moon cycle has its rhythms of expression and discarding as well as a natural pattern of activity and rest. It is an ongoing joy to align and explore how these lymphatic rhythms feel in my body and relate to what is going on in my life on a monthly basis. Far from being a time to be consigned to the scrapheap, the menopausal rhythm reveals to me the myriad ways in which I can deepen my relationship to myself as a living, rhythmic being.

By connecting with the cycles of the full moon, I have experienced a deep confirming of how I am in a rhythmic relationship with rhythms that are very much larger than I, and oh so much more expansive than our tiny wee concepts of time.

Living as a rhythmic being allows me now to observe how I am moment by moment, daily, monthly and yearly. I now see each year as an opportunity to deepen my relationship with myself through living a naturally rhythmic life.

I still work in a very busy profession but I have learned to take moments to re-connect with my rhythms. No longer am I the victim of time and its apparent pressures. Time is now my instrument to develop these natural rhythms within my body and to feel the harmony that is there when I participate in cycles that are greater than me, and yet somehow, are mine to claim.

I have a profound sense that there are yet more rhythms to unfold and cycles with which to engage.

It all feels so lovely; I love rhythm and rhythm certainly loves me. Living as a rhythmic being has allowed me to change my relationship with time completely and to set aside my former ‘hamster on a wheel’ existence. The more I work on my rhythm, the more I master relationship with time and the more I develop my relationship with me.

I am a rhythmic being and I live in a rhythmic world.

Inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

By Coleen Hensey, BA (Hons), Teacher, Tamborine Mtn, Queensland, Australia

1,256 thoughts on “Time: How I Changed my Relationship with the Invisible Tyrant

  1. Living rhythmically is a very honouring way to live, respecting the cycles the body is a part of and also acknowledging we a part of the universe – which expands the focus from human life alone and it’s focus on time, which actually really reduces life, to the grander rhythms we are all impulsed by.

  2. ‘Living as a rhythmic being in a rhythmic world’, this reminds us we are made of energy living in a pool of energy and, even though we have convinced ourselves we are solid humans and that we live in a solid world, it is a reduction of our potential.

  3. I have been a classic hamster on the wheel for the last few days, waking up in the morning with raciness in the body, getting off on the stimulation of busyness even when there is no deadline other than the self-created ones based on the notion that there will be more so let’s get it over with. This is a great reminder for me that there’s nothing that needs to be ‘managed’ if I connect and stay with the rhythm that is within myself and I am naturally a part of.

  4. To me it is very reassuring to know that there are rhythms within rhythms of life and that they overlap with one another that there is a great cycle that is the universe which adheres to a far greater pulse than anything we can imagine. Thank the stars that there is something more than this mess we are living in and whether we like it or not we are a part of the grand cycle of the universe and we will all make the return to where we come from.

  5. ‘Time is now my instrument to develop these natural rhythms within my body and to feel the harmony that is there when I participate in cycles that are greater than me, and yet somehow, are mine to claim.’ Very inspiring to read these lines as is your whole blog, I have the feeling there is so much more depth to explore for myself in regard to connecting to my natural rhythms and equal to the rhythms of the universe.

  6. I love your depiction of time as the invisible tyrant. It can and does own most of us until we learn to live in space rather than time. Mostly we don’t even know that we are making this choice, so prevalent is being obedient to the tyrant. I am slowly undoing its ownership and control over me and I agree that developing rhythm is vitally helpful in this process.

    1. I love how reclaiming your natural rhythm by breathing a gentle breath, really supported reducing your stress of work demands, ‘I could choose to engage with the stress of a demanding situation or I could choose to breathe my own breath and remain in my natural rhythm. This diminished the stress of work demands enormously’.

  7. It’s interesting how and why we allow ourselves to become victims of time. No one makes us make this choice, but our relationship with it seems to depend on how much we value our connection with our bodies and what we can feel: how much we value being with ourselves and feeling our quality, over what we can do, achieve or accomplish within a set timeframe.

    1. Yes but also it depends on how much we connect to our multidimensionality. If we reduce ourselves to the dimensions we can see and touch, we make ourselves victims of time because we have disconnected from the rhythm and flow of the world within and around us.

  8. The more we realise that our present movement will affect and determine the quality of the next, the more we will value what we do, how we are, what we say and think in each moment knowing that the next is shaped from that.

  9. We live in a reduced way if we ignore the truth about the cycles and how they affect us in our every day life, being open to this awareness makes a huge difference to the way we understand life and ourselves.

  10. Beautiful Coleen.
    I love this saying because it is what I feel ‘absolutely true’ and equally an experience of mine : ‘The more I work on my rhythm, the more I master relationship with time and the more I develop my relationship with me.’

  11. Our bodies are not owned by time however our minds separated from our bodies are. When we live driven by the separated mind we live driven by time and in total disregard of our body and being. The truth is our bodies are governed by rhythmic cycles that are aligned to the pulse of the universe, and the more we live governed by this universal order the more we live the true potential of who we are in essence, the fullness of our Soulful light through the divine vehicle that is our body.

  12. Before my introduction to the wisdom teachings of Serge Benhayon the only part of life I consciously attributed a rhythm to was music, totally ignoring the fact that there was actually a rhythm to life and therefore it was possible to have a rhythm in my life. Nowadays, I am committed to building rhythms in my life, and by doing so life is definitely a lot more enjoyable to live as I can feel that I am held in whatever I do by a very loving and strong foundation.

    1. So true, rhythm was an alien concept to me too and I struggled to understand this simple word at first, but grasping it is very worthwhile and helps break the stranglehold that we have allowed time to have over us.

  13. ‘For the first time in many years, I was able to take pleasure in living in my own body’ – this line I find very beautiful. Once we get to feel what it’s like to connect to our body and then live from the body (which is what I am learning to do) life takes on a whole new and different meaning; the seeking for recognition, striving and struggle very gently begin to disappear and each moment becomes about the quality of my being.

  14. Very beautiful and inspiring Coleen. Thank you for the clarity on what living in a natural rhythm with self and the ripple effect and awareness living the cycles of the universe brings. My understanding is that every single one of us is living a rhythm but it is a question as to whether the rhythm is being breathed forward by our own breath or whether is it being breathed from a source that is outside of us and therefore not from whom we truly are.

  15. Allowing ourselves to connect to our body’s natural rhythm by deepening our level of care and the quality in which we hold ourselves enables us to move with spaciousness and a greater awareness to the universal flow of all things, and that living in alignment within cycles allows the body to maintain harmony and balance to support true health and a vital way of being.

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