The Dual Nature of Time

Time is the potentiality of experience, and the flow of individual time is the rate at which potentialities are realized.

– G.I. Gurdjieff

Objective Time

Time is used in two fundamentally different ways. The first sort of time is Objective Time. Which is what we think of as “time,” in our everyday lives. Time as divisions of itself based around how long it takes the Earth to move in various ways.

Objective time is the time on your watch. It is also how we make sure we’re not driving too fast. Objective time is like an unseen gravity that holds our society together.

Subjective Time

Subjective time is much closer to us. If objective time holds society together, it is Subjective time that holds our sense of being. Subjective time is invisible and surreal. Subjective time moves at different speeds and can even move out of time. Subjective time can exist in the past, present, and future simultaneously.

Subjective time is how we perceive the period in between two events. In the most simple explanation one can note the passage of time goes quickly when they are enjoying themselves. And yet time can seem to drag on when one is focused.

A camping trip for an entire weekend with friends can pass by in a blur, it may seem to have lasted only moments. Smashing a finger with a hammer, those few minutes when it really hurts can seem like an eternity.

Changing Time

The passage of time in the subjective sense is directly related to what we are identifying with and how much we are identifying with it.

Some people believe that if you can stop identifying all together you step out of time. One thing seems certain though and that’s depending on what we focus on and how we focus on it our perception of time changes.

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