I have replied to her that it isn’t and that it is only appearing to her. The workshop lasted exactly as it lasted and it just seems to us it passed fast or slow. The reason for this is our subjective perception of “time flow” which is not only relatively, but also completely fictitious.
What is really happening is that the workshop had not even lasted. The workshop and all our life are happening at the present moment, while the past, the future and the “time flow” are nothing but pure illusion designed in order for us to have certain experiences including experience of time flow.
The question of time is one of the greatest mysteries in the history of philosophy and science so that Aurelius Augustine, one of the most influential Christian teacher to the question “What is the time” replied: “If no one asks me, I know, but if I would like to clarify this issue, I do not know “. He thought that the time depends on the internal psychological experience of time, ie. that time is something subjective.
Blaise Pascal, the famous French philosopher, mathematician and physicist gave a similar answer: “Who could define the time? And why take such a thing since all people understand what it means when someone is talking about the time? “
Immanuel Kant, German philosopher who is considered a central figure of modern philosophy held that the time is also subjective and that it is “a pure form of perception.”
Hegel, another influential German philosopher tried to explain the time as “pure forms of senses and perception.”
I’m sure we all have similar experience of time and we know that time is subjective. Beautiful moments just “flew by”, and those less beautiful “last and last”.
How to understand Tolstoy’s statement: “What has passed is no longer here. What will be is not yet here. So what does exist? Only point at which past and future meet. At this point is our whole life“.
I would like this clarifying began with the British physicist Julian Barbour, who believes that time doesn’t exist and that we do not have any proof that the past exists apart from our memory of past events and that we do not have any evidence that there is future other than our belief in it.
In order to make sure that past and future do not exist, but are only concepts – Illusions in our minds, try to catch them!
If you catch the past or the future, I would ask you to bring it to me and teach me how to do that!
We are left with only PRESENT MOMENT which comprises the whole of our life.
What is evident in the study of time is that in a certain period of time there is a series of moments – points – changes.
So if we observe a particular time course from point A to point B, then we can say that it consists of a series of moments.
Each event in our reality can therefore be reduced to a set of moments.
To understand this more clearly and visually, we can take for example a flip book. This is the name of the book consisting of a series of images that gradually turns from one picture to the other, so that the quick change creates a simulation of movement or other changes.
As in the flip book the illusion of movement occurs with rapid change of pictures so our reality occurs with rapid change of present moments.
We can say that the “pictures of reality” are changing so fast that our mind can not perceive how this illusion is created.
A similar principle can be seen with a film projector.
So, life is nothing but a change of NOW moments that our mind perceives as reality.