The most straightforward conclusion is that both past and future are fixed. For this reason, physicists prefer to think of time as laid out in its entirety— a timescape, analogous to a landscape— with all past and future events located there together. It is a notion sometimes referred to as block time. Completely absent from this description of nature is anything that singles out a privileged, special moment as the present or any process that would systematically turn future events into present, then past, events. In short, the time of the physicist does not pass or flow. Scientific American Editors (2012-11-30). A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox I have been fascinated with time for many years. Time is really one of the great mysteries because it has so much depth of meaning. There is physical time measured by the movement of the hands of a clock. That outer expression of time allows us to keep our experiences in linear order, to measure the distance between this time, or experience and the next or past. It lets us know when to expect our seasons and cycles. . We are passengers traveling through this timescape in a vehicle that is our own energy field, containing our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physicals bodies. This vehicle is transported through this timescape by the same unseen Driver that transports all vehicles on their paths here on this planet. As we move through time distance grows between us and a painful loss, that distance, which gives us perspective, and healing. After all, we do not really observe the passage of time. What we actually observe is that later states of the world differ from earlier states that we still remember. The fact that we remember the past, rather than the future, is an observation not of the passage of time but of the asymmetry of time. Nothing other than a conscious observer registers the flow of time. A clock measures durations between events much as a measuring tape measures distances between places; it does not measure the “speed” with which one moment succeeds another. Therefore, it appears that the flow of time is subjective, not objective. Scientific American Editors (2012-11-30). A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox This is the same time that appears to move so slowly when we are children, and to increase in speed as we age. Yet at any age, it seems to move so slowly when we are waiting for something we want to happen, and to move so quickly when we are facing a deadline, or are running late. Time seems to exist relative to the context within which we view it. There is another way in which we perceive time. This perception is much more indicative of place. There is the experience of time as color. I don’t mean yellow or green, but how a period of time contains its own color – tone, energy. The Renaissance Period, the Industrial Age, the Age of Reason, The Age of Enlightenment, the information age, are examples of large periods of time containing a singular energy or color. Then we have decades, the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, each decade evokes a general energy that covers the economy, the style, and overall emotional sentiment coloring that period of time. If we envision time as the true environment through which our paths lead us, those periods of time would be like countries that all vehicles must pass through. Yet on a personal level our lives have periods that contain their own color, those would be the stations in which our individual vehicles stop, or linger. The longer our vehicle lingers at a particular station, the more of that energy we absorb and carry with us to the next. To put this in physical terms, if you were going to a place where the language and customs were different than yours for a week, you would learn a few words, pick up a few customs and probably forget it all when you leave. However, if you were to find yourself remaining in that place for a number of years, you would adopt the language and customs. You would begin to think in the new language and take on the new customs as your own. That experience would be absorbed and integrated into who you are and remain with you even after you left. However, you would still be who you were before that journey began, only enriched by that additional layer of experience. So, I am an American, if I went to live in Italy for 10 years I could live like an Italian, speak like an Italian, but I would still be an American. When we prepare for our journey in this life, we are not blank slates, we are perfect souls with a specific agenda based on the lessons that we want to learn, the growth that we want to achieve and the souls that we want or need in this life to meet these goals. The soul plans where and when these situations and other souls will be met. Most importantly, we plan where in the timescape our journey will begin. That first stop is the most important because we will enter it with amnesia. We are not born when we enter this life, our bodies are born. We are not created and molded by our parents, our bodies are created and our first experiences are provided by our parents. The timescape known as ‘childhood’ gives us our first colors, it colors our world as we perceive it, and even more importantly, that time colors how we perceive ourselves. But because we are whole, fully formed souls with amnesia, and not newly created beings, childhood does not define us. We come to this first stop fully defined. Yet, we have no memory of our own definition. So we absorb the color of that time as our own. We see ourselves and the world through that color. As we continue on our journey, and travel the path of destiny to each new stop, some of that color chips off because it doesn’t stand up to the conditions at other stops along the way. Each time of our lives that we pass through gives us some new color, or reinforces an earlier color.