Operate at 100%

October 8, 2013 Post Comment Uncategorised


In the cosmic scheme of things, quite a profound moment for me
in my mathematics secondary education was concerned with the tangent – that straight
line that just touches the circle.

Now just what was SO profound about this particular
geometrical “given” – for me?

Well it was the way our maths master introduced and explained
it, because a classroom debate then ensued about what was straight and what was

Our teacher’s premise was that where the tangent merges with
the curve of the circle – in that very moment of conjunction – the circle
ceases to be a perfect curve and the tangent ceases to be a straight line.
As we
stand back and view the bigger picture, we see the form of both and conclude both their straightness and their uniform
curvature. The thing is, we then take that impression of form and assume that
(a) it is real and (b) it applies at all times.

Imagine that circle as our planet Earth, and the infinitely
small dot on the surface as being ourselves. We have a perception that the
Earth is flat.
Of course we KNOW it is not flat through the proof of Mankind’s
scientific discoveries – yet there was a time, not too far back in history,
when Mankind believed the world WAS flat.
There is another thing about Mankind’s
discoveries and it is this – they unfold basic knowledge to us through time;
basic knowledge that we neither saw nor knew existed until we gained some
comprehension of it all. We give cast-iron credence to firmly held beliefs
until they are questioned and until their reality is challenged and disproved

So how CAN an infinitely small part of circle be a straight
line? How can a perfectly straight line assume, by conjunction, to have the
same properties of curvature as a circle?


Memory, Now and

I have written elsewhere about time, and where the only “pure”
time is Right Now, the very present. Everything else is outside of the moment –
either in the past, as memory or in the future and yet to happen.

Another thing about memory is this – if something did not
happen then there would be no memory. So, for us to remember something then it
had to have happened – it had to be part of our experience. Our experience is our
proof that it happened.
We might never have experienced certain moments in history, but we read about
them and were told about them and we accepted the beliefs of others that they
really HAD happened. Because we never question literally everything we are told,
beliefs about things that happened, existed or just are in being, are thus
established and take their place as part of our experience; our knowledge and
our proof.

The future, on the other hand, is just pure imagination.
Some of it is projected out from models based on certain premises, just enough
sometimes to chip away at the veneer of make-believe of course. The rest is
fantasy. And when asked,
what would you like to do? What would you like to have happen?”
You then
go ‘inside’ and start making some projections of your wishes and desires.

So where does Time sit with all of this you may ask!

Well all memories and imaginations are suspended in time. And by
suspended I mean they exist in time, and we see them, notice them and
acknowledge them as being either really real memories or really real figments
of an imaginary future. If they didn’t exist in time we wouldn’t notice them. But
we do, because we have placed them in time, and they hang there, suspended.

On the other hand, with Right Now, the present, TIME is
suspended. And by suspended I mean it is motionless, it appears to not move
along a path from A to Z. The moment we notice it has motion then we have
stepped out of it, we are ‘outside time’. When we are ‘inside time’ we are totally
absorbed in the moment.



Being absorbed in time is not on/off or either/or. It is on
a sliding scale for each of us and with everything we are engaged in.

We are, in the course of a day, engaged in many activities
of partial absorption. We do, however, switch part of our conscious awareness
to the idea of time – for the purposes of keeping ourselves aware of the motion
of time – of time “passing”.

We need to be somewhere at 3pm – so we run a programmed loop
that will keep telling us as that time approaches. We perhaps need to do things
that will prepare us for whatever we are going to be doing at 3pm. Again we are
engaging our consciousness with some programmed activity. These programmes are oriented
in time; they have a time component to them; we are not therefore TOTALLY
absorbed in whatever we are doing in the moment.

And the results of NOT being TOTALLY absorbed in what we are
doing in the moment – Right Now – may often be very apparent to us. Especially
if there are errors in our thoughts, words and deeds – be they errors of
inclusion, exclusion, action, inaction, judgement or oversight.

“So, Pete, are you saying
that multi-tasking should never be attempted?”

The key to the success of ANY tasking (multi or single) is our
level of absorption and – for perfection
– doing it 100% in the moment, and every moment. Multi-tasking is quite
acceptable provided we are absorbed ‘inside time’.

Take driving, which is a prime example of multi-tasking. We
can be doing up to something like seven different things at once when going
from here to there. Watching the road ahead, using the rear view mirrors and
our peripheral vision – feeling the steering wheel and gear stick, with our feet
using the pedals – listening to the radio while talking with passengers –
noticing the quality and contours of the road – and so on.
When we are just doing it then, in varying degrees, we manage it all pretty
well. AND, because we’re only human after all, we’ve undoubtedly got an amount
of low-level thinking going
on inside our minds as well!

Now low-level thinking is manageable – BUT, the moment we
add in “I need to get there” with some time constraints (say), then
part of the absorption we previously had dedicated to the multi-tasks has now
been ascribed to Time. We have
diluted our multi-task absorption. Our attention fills up with more and more
distractions which can be categorised as Time
important. The quality of the real experience of our driving diminishes – it is
impaired. The impairment may only be slight, and we may not notice what has
gone on. However, if we become agitated at slow traffic or other frustrations,
then the impairment is more than slight. Errors – of some kind or other – ensue.
We find ourselves driving badly.



So, whether you view your life as being linear, the straight
and narrow from birth to death; or akin to, let’s say, the circle of life, where
you see yourself on the endless path unwinding; I would invite you to take a
look again at the image of the tangent and the circle in terms of how you want
to live your life Right Now.

At that moment of touch at point A when the tangent and the
circle are conjoined, the true nature of everything about you, and every single
thing you think about and do, just IS in suspended time. These are moments
that, when assembled, make up the narrative of your life.

And take it, with a microscope, right down to the Nth degree
in terms of detail as well. For only in the detail will you notice the things
you’d like to change or improve to make the overall sensation of life an even
more compelling experience of wonder and amazement.

Just let everything come to A point.