The most frustrating thing that you can tell a spiritual person is: "you will never get further than where you are right now". They view this as an insult, but in reality it's only stating the truth plainly. This moment is all there is; it's every moment that has ever been and will ever be.
Most people misunderstand time, and how it works. I'm not a scientist. I don't know anything about quantum physics or string theory. I don't know how to build a time machine, but I can say a few things about time and how it works. It's really very simple. Time is causality.
People think of time as if it's all broken up in little pieces. They think that the past has no relationship with the present moment, and that the present moment has no relationship with the future. Most people are probably not aware that this is how they think. It all comes down to not understanding causality. How can anything be disconnected from anything else, when there's a causal chain that connects every little thing to every other thing?
Just because something is very big (like the Universe, for example) and difficult to understand, doesn't mean that there isn't some kind of logic operating underneath it all. In fact, there has to be or else this entire Universe would've already disintegrated into chaos. Everything is based on law, or else the stone would not fall. Everyone can see this operating in their daily lives. It really isn't a mystery. I think that the basic law underneath it all is: the law of cause and effect. This is what has been referred to in the past as "karma". The way that I see it, what's really meant when people say "everything happens for a reason" is: nothing happens without a cause.
It makes sense, right?
The Law of Attraction (LoA) is just a modern and New Agey version of this simple truth (causality) that everyone can see if they would just open their eyes. However, LoA is a misrepresentation of causality. LoA states that physical action is irrelevant, and the LoA preachers are able to sell this false idea because they mix the truth with lies. In short: LoA is a half-truth.
In my opinion, the LoA preachers are all knowingly (or unknowingly) part of a psy-op, meant to hijack the true awakening of humanity. They are basically trying to sell the ultimate happy pill to people who are already off course, and who need actual contact (with reality), actual presence in the moment.
The cure for our condition is not to move further away from reality, into fantasy land. Living in the mind is what caused this sickness to begin with. In the Western world, we are heavily influenced by Christianity, no matter if we are religious, spiritual, agnostics or atheists. We are in many ways disconnected from reality. We are mentally ill, more so than we probably realize. Culture is nothing but a collective psychosis.
What I'm trying to say is that it's probably a much better idea to build one's reality on the actual experience of the present moment, instead of basing everything on belief systems. The real cure is to acknowledge the physical body and how it feels, without judgment. It's precisely because most people suffer from some kind of negative condition (in reality), that they see no other solution but to flee into their minds. Reality has become unbearable for them, because they judge it as lacking.
To be awake, the way that I see it, is to become more aware of reality, not to separate oneself from the world and live in a private reality bubble. LoA teaches people to become more narcissistic, psychopathic and mentally ill. We need to acknowledge the natural world, not ignore it. LoA is a solipsistic world view, because it teaches people to just blindly ignore everyone else, because 1) there isn't anyone else, and 2) reality is an illusion. There's no room for empathy or compassion if there isn't even the acknowledgement that other people exist.
The topic was time, right? I explained causality once again, because it's important, and to give a backstory to what I'm about to say.
This moment is just a container. It can contain many different things; sense perceptions, emotions and thoughts. We can call this container "Now", for short. The content of Now is always in flux, always in motion. But there are a few things that never change, and these are part of the container itself. The things that never change are: "here" and "now". No matter where you go, you're always here, and no matter what your clock says, the time is always Now.
The content of Now is ruled by the law of causality, and besides the properties already mentioned, causality is what everything has in common. There's no exception. This is what people need to understand. There is no divine intervention, no miracles, no good luck or bad luck, or coincidence. Everything moves according to the law of cause and effect. That's the key to understanding the Universe as a whole.
The Universe = (Mind of) God = Consciousness = Now
In a way, you are the Universe, but not in the solipsistic way where your personal mind (ego) is the only truth and everyone else are just wrong. No, what I mean is that we're all just pawns. We're all part of something much bigger than what our tiny brains can grasp. We're all just gears in the big machine. No matter if you think infinitely big or infinitely small, you eventually arrive at the same conclusion.
What we are is the soup of God, that forever shapeshifts, morphs, twists and turns throughout the passage of time. It's all one giant thing, one giant organism, one giant mind. It's all connected.
We, as human beings, are like ants from the perspective of the whole. Yes, we are like waves on the surface of the ocean. In a way, we are the ocean, but a wave can never replace the ocean itself. This is important. The real heresy, the real blasphemy, is to deny the natural world.
The world exists. Other people exist. The real illusion is not the world, but your personal mind, which makes you see yourself as separate from everything else. Your personal mind is what creates the illusion of time. Your personal mind is the veil that separates you from God.
“You don't have to get rid of yourself; you just have to see through the lie.”