I usually only ever wear a watch on my physical body when I am working. It is a required duty item for employee use in a time sensitive take off and landing airline industry. Related to my job responsibilities while on the plane, the FAA even go so far as to require us to wear a time piece that can easily track time down to the seconds as they pass.
This type of second tracking watch is specifically insisted upon for use in monitoring medical situations while in flight. It is for use when doing CPR and then generally for tracking time’s passage in emergency situations (an example being if the captain calls and says we are emergency landing and one has exactly 6 minutes to prepare the cabin). Tracking seconds doing chest compressions and monitoring the passing of emergency landing minutes while cut off from help on the ground in charge of a cabin full of people in the sky, now become a matter of life and death sitting on one’s wrist.
So, when wearing a watch as a human being, time gives us a sense of frame work and control within which to contain our doings. As such the passing of this time is trackable and always consistent…a minute is always a minute and traveling a mile is always a mile when focused on our experience of time moving in space in this way.
Or is it?
((Thank you Sparkonit for this reminding synchronicity found waiting in my reader)
It is the light that we are aware of that is the constant, traveling in a changing time and space relative to perspective.
During my past almost 14 years of flying, it is interesting to note in emergency and high stress life and death situations, so often it is the sense of the passing of time and movement in space that is reported to be perceived as altered in perception by human beings. (I do understand that this is not quite what the video explanation was pointing to, but it is an interesting thought leap to try out).
After stressful events, time is often described in experience as being greatly slowed down, bringing with it an acute hyper awareness in detailed perception of activity occurring in space as “time keeps on slipping into the future space”. Time is so often reported to be moving with a slow motion sensation through space which causes the environment around one to be sensed as thicker and perceived in a layered and more detailed way. I think there are some VERY interesting clues left for us in truth related to time and space and light in human experiences like this.
For me, it is very interesting to watch what happens in the flow of life and to my perceptions when I am required to be time and space conscious in the normal, watch wearing socially accepted ways. I find that encouraging of the wearing of watches and living of life flow engaged in activities that require them, grounds and tethers human beings in ways that can very easily be used to control and then emotionally manipulate human behavior. Just think about what happens when you are in motion in space within the idea that you are running late. What happens to your sense of balance, ability to focus and your physical presence linked to your emotional state when there is the thought of late?
Is it ever really actually possible to be running late anywhere but in your mind? !
In contrast to my work, when I am in my home environment I never wear a watch. In fact I have placed several clocks around my home space specifically as reminding decorations. However, these clocks do not tell the time or they are set to tell the incorrect time 🙂 . I do this on purpose to remind myself of the illusion of the passing of time being a fixed experience. I do this to remind me of time being relative to my perspective in space.
I like being reminded of different potentials for experiencing the passing of time. I also use clocks in this way in my home to remind me of the idea of “no time” or what some would say is the freedom from time by living life from the ever present perspective of NOW. Doing little things like this helps create an environment in space where the experience of time can be played with and molded in novel ways.
In my life at home away from “time” 🙂 spent while formally working, I have crafted a living flow where other than the odd appointment, it is rare for me during the day to ever very often need to know exactly what time it is. For many years now I have lived focused on creating interactions where knowing the general time of day provided by observation of the sky and movement of the sun is enough (although I will admit that tracking time this way has it’s own interesting dynamics since moving to a coastline where it is often grey and cloudy all day).
I ADORE tracking time using nature like this…the sky, the tide and the time of day alarm clock provided by changing sounds from the animals (who never seem to need a Timex or day planner to get it spot on 🙂 ). Have you ever gotten up in the dark of the morning just expressly to enjoy the concert the birds put on as they sing the sun up?. Tracking time using nature this way puts one back in touch with the rhythms of the whole planet and changes the feeling of interaction and connection in our shared Earth space. Living like this also can begin to help crack the door open to space and time becoming experientially relative again.
If you are someone who often wears a watch, or is required to wear a watch for your work, might I suggest taking if off for an extended “time” 🙂 when next you can and try letting the sky and nature keep time with you in the space you find yourself. Give yourself a detoxing mechanical time fast. See what little magic making light of awareness is set loose in the rhythm of your world. I think we very readily can use nature’s time awareness in this way to spring ourselves from the traps in the illusion of separation and limitations we humans impose on ourselves with time and in space.