Folding Time and Space or Moving Beyond Time and Space

The more we understand our body, a piece of equipment, ourselves, the people we are with, the easier it is to use our body, work with a piece of equipment, be with other people or with ourselves. The better we understand consciousness and the universe the better we can tune in to our own desires and realize them, while being in tune with all that is around us.

Moving Beyond Time and Space

Usual explanations for wormholes talk about folding Time and Space to bring to points in space-time together. We can then jump from one point to the other easily-without too much effort. The effort then is in learning to Fold Time and Space.

What if instead of folding space-time we learn to move beyond it?

The Folding Time and Space model assumes that time and space is a fabric.

What if instead of a fabric (gabardine, linen, tartan, cotton polyester blend…) space-time is a set of limits within something bigger.

We could call this something bigger “Hyper Space, Ultra Space… the Realm of all That Is.”

(If there is an even bigger realm beyond, we could instead call it “the Realm of almost all that is…”)

This would be a realm that we could move into when we move beyond time and space. This realm would in comparison to time and space be “unlimited” or “infinite.”

If this realm beyond time and space contains time and space, then there is no need to move into it, we are already in it. We are in it just in a limited fashion, like being locked in a room in a house not understanding that with a key we can access the rest of the house, and its a really huge house.

Having a model of time and space and the realm that contains it, we may be able to gain the understanding necessary to move into this space at will. The idea then is so that we can define the limits that we want to play in at will-like having access to the whole house and being able to choose the room we are in, and being able to move freely between all the rooms in the house…


The Realm of the Real and the Realm of Potential

What if the realm of the infinite has two major aspects, The Realized, Real, or Realm of the Real, and the Realm of the Yet to be Made Real-Imaginary Space or the Realm of Potential.

We could also call these the inner and the outer, yin and yang, but even this is a limited view since it too is divided into “What is” and “What is Possibly Yet to Be” and so beyond that we could model yet another realm even more unlimited that the previous two, the realm of “All That Is.”

Outside of science fiction novels (which I love by the way. Favorite authors include Iain M. Banks and Peter F. Hamilton) how does this help us?


Consciousness, Time and Space

We can model consciousness as something that is limited in time and space. It can be expanded in time, in which case we are thinking, using our mind. It can also be expanded in space in which case we are using our senses.

The more it expands in one realm the less of it there is in the other, hence it is limited. We may expand so much in one direction, say into space that we leave the other completely. We become completely present in the realm of the real. Or expanding completely into time we pop into the realm of not-yet real or field of potential.

Once we leave space-time by expanding completely into one or the other, consciousness then becomes unlimited or infinite.

What that means is that we have access to all that potential or all that sensory data.

What then?

We can choose what to do.


Choosing to Unlimit Our Selves

Limited by time and space our choices are restricted. In the direction of time, until we become infinite we only have so much processing power. In the direction of space, using our senses, our senses are limited by what is happening now.

Becoming unlimited what we can sense becomes more. Our “now” becomes bigger, we can sense a little way into the future while retaining the past at the same time. Or we know what we have to do even as we are doing it and the more present we are the more we know, the more we can handle all at once because we are unlimited.

Likewise, becoming unlimited in the realm of potential, we move beyond our limited imagination and perhaps connect to the imagination of the collective, of all.

In either case we become more powerful, more free.


How Do we Limit Ourselves?

What if we are all limited by what we think, or what we think society thinks? Forgetting about time and space, we can apply this model to ourselves. How do we limit ourselves? What are the constraints that we place upon ourselves that limit our ability to use our senses or our imagination?

Limits can be handy, but imagine if instead of having limits imposed upon ourselves we have the ability to choose the limits that we work within.

We gain the ability to choose.

That can be daunting. All that choice! But here again if we access the idea of infinity, we can choose how much we limit ourselves. We can choose limits in such a way that at whatever level we are making choices, those choices are readily apparent and easy to choose from. And if we don’t like the choices our current limits impose on us then we simply choose new limits, new definitions or a new point of view.


A General Model

Time and Space is a set of limits. These limits give us a way of experiencing the world in a way that is understandable. As a result we can learn and grow. Once we’ve learned to deal with time and space we can then practice moving beyond them, unlimiting ourselves in the same way a parent does when he or she takes the training wheels of their child’s bike.

(Watch out for that tree. Oh damn.)

Beyond time and space we have the realm of the imaginary (potential) and the realm of the real. Again this is limited, but with slightly more room to play. We might go into the realm of potential to see what we’d like to do. This is like going to a super market to pick out tonight’s dinner. Or better yet a market place in some provincial french town where you can pick up produce fresh.

Remember, this space is unlimited which means we can choose the metaphor that suits.

In so doing we can then bring what we have chosen into the realm of the real.

In the realm of the real we then use our senses while “Knowing” what we are doing. The thing we know, the thing that we have chosen to make real we can call “The Idea,” the thing that we Know.


Knowing

We pick the idea that we want to make real in imaginary space and then we use our senses while we are in real space to look for the opportunities to make the idea real. The idea could be that of a car, a backpack, a motorcycle, a website, a dating agency, a dish, a restaurant, a painting, a book, someplace we’d like to visit, something we’d like to do, the perfect mate.

Knowing what we are looking for or trying to do we can look for and wait for the opportunities to allow it to happen. We thus bring something from the imaginary to the real.

As for the “perfect mate,” because what we are looking for is another conscious entity, we can choose the qualities of the person that we want to be with and then wait for the person to appear. Or we can choose a person at random that we think we like and accept them as they are… assuming that they say yes to the first question and accept us as who we are unless we are perfectly willing to change.

In any case, when we know what we want or what we are trying to do, we can become present, we can use our senses and look for the way to make it happen. The more present we are, the more we are in real space, the less limited we are and the more likely we are to see or sense the opportunities to create the reality of our dreams.


Know What you Want

Going back to the idea of limits, constraints, money is an idea that can limit us.

We need a job to make money, or we need a business or a product that we can sell to make money so that we can go after what we want. The important thing (I believe) is knowing what we want to make money for so that we don’t get lost in an endless loop of making money without a reason for using it.

Speaking for myself, the thing I often do is think about making lots of money but not knowing what I want to do with it all.

It’s kind of like having a lot of blood and no body to put it into. Knowing the idea of what we are trying to do, we can look for the way to make it happen, and we can choose the limits or sense the limits within which it is possible to make it happen.

Another instance of ideas and limitation is in relationships.

Often times, I want to be in a relationship, but I don’t really know what I want to do in that relationship (aside from having lots of sex.) I’ve talked to people who have been part of a couple who share a common goal and then when the achieve that goal or lose it, they lose themselves, they lose the reason for being together.

So the question I ask myself now, is what is it I want from a relationship. Rather than just “a relationship,” how would I like to define that relationship?

The more women I meet, the more I am able to define what it is that I want in a relationship. And that can be true of anything, the more we experience of life in general, the better we can define the ideas that we want in our life. If we are aware of what we want out of life, we can recognize it when it arrives.

When we know what we want, we can look for the way to make it real. We become present in the idea of what we are trying to do. And even though we are limited by the idea, we can expand our consciousness in space and become unlimited in the Realm of the Real and perhaps even in the Realm of All That Is.

Body Basics-Feeling your Spine and Breath

The following set of exercises are designed to help you feel you pelvis, low back, ribcage, neck, head and shoulder blades. These exercises are designed to help you experience your body by moving specific parts slowly, smoothly and repeatedly with rhythm. You can then focus on feeling the parts that you are moving.

Once you’ve learned to feel these parts individually, you could then practice feeling them in the context of some action, whether a yoga pose or a tai ji movement or rowing or weight lifting or any activity that you do. The more you experience your body, the better you can feel it and control it in any situation. The intent is not to program you and say that this is the right way or the wrong way, but to allow you to feel and control your body so that you can use it in a way that is appropriate to what you are doing at the time. Better yet, it is to give you the ability to feel the possibilities for each of these parts so that you can choose from among them.

As an example, in the twisting section there are four different exercises. One involves twisting with the ribs expanded, another while the ribs are pulled inwards. Another involves twisting with  one side expanded while the other is contracted and the other variation is the opposite.

Now even if you can only do the first two options (expanded or contracted) you can try these options and notice which one makes twisting easier, or helps you to twist further or which simply feels the most comfortable given what you are doing at the time.

These exercises are all designed so that they can be done while sitting. You can sit on a chair (while looking at your computer) or you can sit on the floor. If on the floor you may find it to sit on a block or a book so that your can move your pelvis freely relative to your legs. Ideally, you can move roll your pelvis far enough forwards that you lumbar spine can straighten or even assume a “normally curved” position.

In the context of basic principles and foundation, you can consider these exercises foundational building blocks for feeling your body and using it in different contexts.

Ribs and Spine Together-Lengthening and Relaxing

Learn to feel your ribs and spine  by bending your spine forwards and allow your ribs to sink. Hold and concentrate on feeling the “weight” of your ribs and allowing weight to sink down. Notice (and allow) spine to bend forwards. Think “Couch Potato” or simply slouch. Also allow the head to go forwards and down relative to the ribcage.

Next slowly pull ribs and head upwards. Pull up on the back of the head so that the back of the neck feels long.

Work at making the ribcage feel expansive and spacious. You can also focus on creating space between the ribs.

Relax ribs and head down and then and then Lengthen entire spine, ribs and head upwards. Gradually shorten the time in each position and move slowly and smoothly from one to the other. Notice the difference in sensations. You may notice that you naturally inhale while lengthening and that you exhale while relaxing. That is because lengthening the spine and opening the ribcage expands the lungs while doing the opposite compresses the space that they are in.

Ribs Only

For the next exercise, which can continue from the previous, keep the spine upright and long and only move the ribs.

Because you are only moving your ribs, you may notice that each breath is a lot smaller.

To maximize your breath, focus on each part of your ribcage individually. While inhaling and exhaling, focus on moving your front ribs forwards and up, and then back and down. Bottom side ribs move outwards and up and then inwards and down. The back ribs simply lift up and down.

Focus on feeling or sensing each of these actions separately first and then all together. To feel your ribs move put your awareness on them or in them.

Diaphragm

For the next exercise, keep the spine long and the ribs lifted and allow your front belly (the front of your belly) to move as you breathe. It’ll move forwards as you inhale and back as you exhale. Once you have the hang of this,  focus on the bottom half of your lower belly (the bottom quarter of your belly)-halfway down from the belly button. Hold this part of your belly inwards while inhaling. There should be a slight feeling of tension running from side to side. You can imagine pulling the front edges of your pelvis inwards slightly.

Allow your upper belly to expand while holding your lower belly in. Slowly and smoothly relax your entire belly completely while exhaling.

Now try the same action while lifting and lowering the ribs. While inhaling gently pull your lower belly back while allowing your upper belly to expand. Allow your ribs to lift and expand at the same time. You may get the sensation that you are using your upper belly to push your ribs upwards.

Smoothly relax everything while exhaling.

The diaphragm pushes downwards on the abdominal organs while inhaling in this exercise. The abdominal organs then push outwards on the abdominal wall. It also can cause the “Pushing Up” sensation on the ribcage.

Roll the Pelvis and Straighten the Lumbar Spine

Changing gears slightly, sit on a chair or on a book or block so that you can roll your pelvis freely back and forwards. Start with it rolled forwards so that you lumbar spine is bent backwards (normal curve.)

Slowly rock your pelvis back just far enough so that your lumbar spine is straight. Then rock forwards. Practice slowly smoothly rocking backwards and forwards while feeling the change in position of your pelvis and lower back.

You may find it helpful to use a mirror. Notice when your lumbar spine looks straight and notice the feeling that accompanies this straightness. You might try fine tuning this position if there is a position near straightness that feels really comfortable or nice-as if the lower back is open or full.

You can add the previous exercise to this one and allow your upper belly to expand while rolling your pelvis backwards. You can pull your lower belly in at the same time. You then straighten you lumbar spine and expand your ribcage each time you inhale. You relax them both while exhaling.

Pulling head Up, Straighten Cervical Spine and Spreading Shoulder Blades

We’ve already practiced pulling the head back and up while straightening the spine, but here we’ll isolate the movement.

Relax the ribs and allow the head to sink forwards. Now focus on pulling the back of the head back and up. The chin can pull inwards at the same time. You may notice that this action naturally causes the front of the ribs to lift. Now slowly relax your head forwards and down. Repeat and make the movements smooth and slow.

Adding the shoulder blades, focus on feeling the inner edges of your shoulder blades, the part closest to the spinal column. This is the attachment point for most of the muscles that stabilize the scapula with respect to your ribcage.

As you pull your head back and up move the inner edges of your shoulder blades away from your spine. You may notice that your back feels wider, broader, more open. Relax while exhaling. While doing this action, try to keep the muscles that sit on your shoulder blades relaxed. Keep your large chest muscle (Pectoralis Major) relaxed also. You may have to focus on slowly moving your shoulder blades in order to feel this action, and in order to feel the position where the inner edges of your shoulder blades are flat on your back.

Twisting and Turning the Ribcage

With hands in prayer in front of your sternum, keep your hands there and turn your ribs to the right. Turn your ribcage relative to your pelvis and lumbar spine. Twist your ribs relative to each other.

Keep your ribs and head lifted and move your upper belly while breathing.

Hold for a few breaths and then pull the ribs in while continuing to twist. Hold for a few breaths noticing whether pulling ribs in makes twisting easier or harder. Did you twist further?

Next contract the left side of your ribcage and open the right side. How does this help (once you get the hang of it.)

Try the opposite.

Rest and then try the same options while twisting to the left.

In any exercise where we are twisting and turning the ribs, we can expand the ribs, contract them or expand one side while contracting the other. As mentioned, one option may be more appropriate given what you are doing at the time.

Bending the Spine Backwards and Forwards

Again while sitting, bend the spine backwards. Tilt the pelvis forwards at the same time. You can tuck the chin in and focus only on bending the lumbar spine and thoracic spine (back of the ribcage) backwards. Notice as you do so how your belly lengthens and the front of your ribcage opens. To assist this action, Focus on the side of your ribcage and push the sides of your ribs forwards.

Just for the experience also try pulling the sides of your ribs back.

Notice how each movement assists or doesn’t assist the backbend. For myself (currently,) pushing side ribs forwards makes bending spine backwards feel better.

Next bend the spine forwards. Pull the side ribs back and then try pushing them forwards. Notice the results. Again, my personal observations (yours may be different) are that pulling the side ribs back make this action easier while sitting.

When holding each position, experiment with different types of breath to see which one is easiest.

I find that when bending backwards, holding my lower belly in and breathing into my upper belly and front ribs feels comfortable. While bending backwards, I can breathe just a little into my upper belly but I then I put most of my effort into breathing into the back of my ribcage.

Stretch and Relax

To stretch and relax the muscles you’ve been using you may find it useful to do an assisted or relaxed twist.

Use a knee or the side of your chair and the back of your chair or the floor for leverage, use your arms to twist your ribs while relaxing your waist and ribcage.

Make both your inhales and your exhales feel relaxed and smooth.

Wrap Up

Most of these exercises involved using the muscles of the abdomen or intercostal spaces (the spaces between the ribs) in one way or another. They also, ideally, will help you to develop your ability to both feel and control your spine, the elements that make it up (the head, cervical spine, ribs, thoracic spine, lumbar spine and pelvis,) and the relationships between these elements.

In Basic Principle terminology we can use the word “idea” instead of the word “element.”

Note on Ideas and Relationships

The ideas we can learn to feel using these exercises are: The head, neck (cervical spine), ribcage, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, pelvis, shoulder blades.

Because the neck, thoracic spine and lumbar spine are actually made up of smaller elements, we can actually learn to feel and control the relationships between these smaller elements. Thus these elements could be considered as ideas or as a system of relationships.

Other relationships that we can learn to feel and control include those between the following pairs of ideas: head and ribcage, ribs and thoracic spine, ribs and pelvis, shoulder blades relative to each other, shoulder blades relative to the spine.

Ideas, Gravity and Consciousness

If you’ve read “Understanding Consciousness-Riding the Wave of Time” you know that I use Ideas as basic units of meaning.

Ideas are anything that we can define with limits or by saying “it does this.” We can think of ourselves as ideas if we can clearly define who or what we are. At any moment in time, we can choose the idea of who we are. As of right now I am a writer but in about ten minutes time I’ll be a swimmer and then I’ll be a dad.

Ideas are the mental labels that we can use to identify both what is around ourselves and what is around ourselves. Ideas are a way of being conscious of ourselves and the world we are in.

Gravity

One of the qualities that I give to ideas is that of gravity. The gravity of an idea can draw us in towards itself. However, this is a special sort of gravity. It only attracts us to an idea when we give it our attention. The more attention we give an idea the greater its gravity and the easier it can pull us towards itself.

We can think of the process of being drawn in towards an idea as the first steps towards learning an idea, making it real, or making it a part of ourselves.

Once we connect to an idea, once we’ve learned it, we no longer need to pay as much attention to it. The gravity of the idea (and of ourselves) keeps us connected. We can then begin the process of deepening the connection.

Relationship

When we are connected to an idea (or two ideas are connected) we can say that we are in a relationship with that idea. When two ideas are related they can change each other or they can create change. Having learned a martial art we can express ourselves with that idea. We change. But we also change the martial art, one more person can now express that idea. The art changes as a result.

Expression

The point of connecting to an idea is so that we can express it. The purpose of deepening our connection to an idea is so that we can learn to express it in different ways, or so that we can express it more efficiently, more freely or in any circumstance possible.

As an example, say we are drawn to the idea of learning a martial art like Wing Chun. We might go to a martial arts hall (I won’t say “Dojo” because that is a Japanese word while Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art) and watch people practicing. It is only if we give the idea more attention by going to class that we can truly begin to connect to the idea. We learn the idea by going to classes and practicing. We might learn small techniques which we can put together in any imaginable order or we learn a routine to practice techniques in an organized fashion. Once we’ve learned the basic shape of what we are learning we can practice and develop our understanding, our connection to each small idea that we are learning.

The big idea of Wing Chun is the sum of the smaller ideas that make it up.

The idea we connect to could be the idea of dancing, or the idea of a person we might grow to love. It could be the idea of a family. The more attention we give an idea that we want in our lives, the easier it is to connect to it. The more attention we give an idea once we are connected, the better we understand the idea and the easier it is to continue to express the idea and make the idea real.

Unity

We can practice our martial art by focusing on the parts of our routine and making them more fluid. We can learn our partner to greater degrees so that we can build a truly solid relationship. With constant practice, we learn an idea well enough that we can express that idea in any situation.

Learning a martial art to that point we can use it in any fighting situation successfully. We can handle change without being torn apart. In such a case we can say that we share a center with the idea that we have learned. Instead of being connected to the surface of an idea, we are one with it. We can express the idea freely.

Another way that we could view this is that we are connected to another idea well enough that we form a stable relationship which in turn is another idea. We share a center that is outside of ourselves.

Understanding

Gravity pulls inwards. Pulling inwards towards the center of an idea we can liken gravity to consciousness. If we want to understand something we pull it in towards ourselves. Once we understand what we are looking at we can use this understanding to shape the energy we put out.

We can think of Gravity, consciousness and understanding as aspects of the same thing. They allow us to understand an idea, experience it and express it.

Basic Principles

Basic Principles can be thought of as a foundation for understanding and experiencing life. They can be used to understand ourselves, what is around ourselves and our relationship with what is around ourselves. I like to think of them as tools to help us be more conscious in anything that we do. As they are tools for being more conscious it can be helpful to have a way of modeling what consciousness is.

Elements of Consciousness

Primary tools for being conscious include ideas and relationships.

  • Ideas are basic units of meaning.
  • Relationships are basic units of change.

Principles of Consciousness

To make “being conscious” useful, we can divide it into two main functions, thinking and doing. These correspond to consciousness being able to expand across time and space. We can describe and summarize the qualities of consciousness as follows:

  • Consciousness can expand in time or across space.
  • Consciousness is limited in time and space (the more we have in one dimension the less we are in another.)
  • Thinking happens across time (imaginary space)
  • Doing is done across space (real space)
  • Use thinking for problem solving, understanding, defining, determining, reminiscing.
  • While doing, focus on using the senses.
  • Taken together, thinking and doing allow us to experience and understand.
  • Expand consciousness completely into time or completely into space to move beyond the limits of space and time. Consciousness then becomes unlimited or infinite.

Principles of Learning

Principles of learning are designed to help us understand quickly via experience. This understanding can then be used to help us create the change that we desire (or experience it.)

  • Focus on learning small and meaningful pieces of “understanding”
  • Practice using rhythm and repetition to make what we are learning a part of ourselves.
  • To make what we are learning a part of ourselves, practice doing (space) and then looking back at what we have done (time.)
  • Develop sensitivity and learn to control.
  • Take Regular Rests (Rest completely or by doing something else.)

Principles for Doing

While initially we may have to think about these principles in order to do them, we eventually move beyond thinking to understanding. These principles then become “built in.” We can focus on pure doing.

  • Stabilize Foundations
  • Control Connections, direct the senses and choose how to respond to what is sensed.
  • Center unifies, balances and gives a point or purpose to what we are doing. To be centered, focus on feeling and controlling entire self.
  • Look for, Create and Use Room to Move both for ourselves and what is around ourselves. To express ourselves (and for others to express themselves) we need room to move. We can also look for Gaps to Flow through.
  • Express… the idea of what we are trying to do. Based on what is happening now choose what do to and how to do it. Instead of thinking, do it.
  • Experience both what we are doing and what others around us are doing.
  • Understand by taking the experience inside of ourselves. Allow it to sink in so that we can move on to more experiences.

Principles of Thinking

Thinking is a part of who we are. Rather than be a victim or prisoner of the mind we can train our mind and choose the way we think. Some guidelines or principles of conscious thinking include:

  • Know that you can
  • Focus on what you want to do
  • Look for the reason to do something rather than the reason to stop
  • Look for excuses to love instead of reasons to hate
  • Imagine that you are loved

Understanding Consciousness

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