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Who's Chasing Whom

This morning on, let's see, it must be Weekend Edition Saturday? they had a segment on how we talk about time. In lots of languages, we talk about the future as being ahead of us and the past as being behind us, but apparently it's not that way for the Aymara Indians of Peru and Bolivia. They speak of the past as being ahead of them and the future being behind them.

At this point, I had to do something that took me out of earshot of the radio, but fortunately the healing angel was listening--and interested--so he told me how it worked:

Instead of us walking through time, always approaching what hasn't happened and leaving behind what has, we are--in the Aymara conception--standing still with time flowing past us: what has happened has already flowed by, so we can see it; we know what it's all about, whereas the future is still behind us because it hasn't reached us yet, so we can't see it and don't know what it's like.

Then the healing angel said, "It changes who's doing the chasing. Instead of people chasing time, time is chasing people."

A special **Thank You!** to heyes and jmeadows, and belated online thanks to amberdine! They know why :-)



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Aug. 12th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
that's a thought-provoking, new, and beautiful perspective of time....thank you!

I like to think of time as a kind of tapestry hung on a wall, and reincarnation would mean that you could be born at the right-hand side of the tapestry once, and on the left-hand side another time....if you understand what I mean.
Aug. 12th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
I love the tapestry image, and I **love** the idea of being born into different parts of it! Beautiful image.

In the story I quoted the other day, The Rope Trick, someone talks about slipping through the weave of the tapestry. A character explains it like this:

"He had this notion about the world being like cloth on a big loom. Sooner or later, all threads cross. 'So you see,' he told me, 'there are no coincidences. There are only consequences. Touch one part of a spiderweb, the whole thing trembles ... But the cloth isn't woven as tight as you might suppose,' he said. 'If you know how, you can go through the threads, so to speak. Once you do that, everything is possible.'"

I am very undetermined in my religious practice, but I was wondering--when you think of reincarnation, do you--you personally, not speaking in terms of "what is generally thought" or anything like that--imagine it continuing eternally, or ending at some point? I ask because I know Buddhism was about (among other things) breaking the cycle of rebirth... and yet, for a while at least, for some fragment of forever, I don't know that I would mind just flowing along with the cycle. ....Of course, whatever is, is, regardless of what I like or dislike or mind or don't mind!

Aug. 14th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
actually,my thoughts on reincarnation have extended to the point where I am posting on it...see my LJ!
Aug. 14th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
that is so cool. Healing angel describes it so well. I wonder if it was this way for Merlin.
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