Arrival: The Movie Explained

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Last night I had the chance to watch the film Arrival, which a lot of people had been urging me to watch. I now realize that the reason they wanted me to see it, was because of it’s perspective on what time is.

In the movie, the aliens which arrived were discovered to have a different sense of time than human beings have–in fact, they had no sense of time.  They lived entirely in the Now.  That’s why when Abbot dies at the end, Costello the other alien says, “Abbot is death process”.   The aliens can make only “is ” statements.

The writers and producers who came up with this are on the right track in my opinion. Unlocking the secrets of the universe will occur when discover for ourselves that time as we experience it is not the way time is.  I know this from my many spiritual experiences and out of body travel.  Time always acts in weird ways when I am having those “transcendent” experiences.    The word “transcendent” literally means “to rise above”.    Rise above what?   To rise above time, which is to no longer be subject to time as we know it.

To me, our reality exists as a collection of Now-existing moments, which are unique.  As such, scientists have proven that literally anything can happen at any moment (and sometimes does).  This is because each Now moment contains infinite possible outcomes.  Then we move to the next Now moment, and the next.  We think of them as sequential, but they are not.  At any one point in time, there is literally only this Now moment.

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Someone Who Lives Completely In the Now

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Traveling as much as I have been recently, I meet a lot of interesting people. Recently I met and spent time with someone I’ll call “Emily”. The amazing thing to me about Emily, is that due to a life threatening accident and head trauma, she lives her life almost completely In the Now.

Emily is a lovely person, full of life and gratitude. But what struck me about her when we first met, is that she seemed to lack passion–about anything. When I asked her about where she lives or her work, the answers were all perfectly fine–but they were also without emotion. It was like she could take or leave anything without really caring one way or another.

For me, this represents a state of being In the Now. When I am able to achieve that state, I know that whatever experience I am having is perfect for that moment. And if I feel fear or dislike, it’s because my awareness has left the Now and traveled to some projection I’ve made up in my mind. I have noted over many decades of studying myself that when I allow my brain to wander into stories and projections of the future, it is almost without exception Not Good, not pleasant, it’s a bad picture of what the future can bring.

And I’ve also thought a lot about why my brain–and from what I am told by people I ask–everyone’ brain tends to paint negative pictures of the future when left to wander. The answer is, so that we can prepare ourselves to avoid danger and not feel pain.

But to Emily, this idea is a foreign one. Her brain doesn’t wander into the dark future and make up stories about future pain which needs to be avoided. She just goes from experience to experience, taking in what comes. We have talked about this at length, and she confirmed (as best she could given she just doesn’t feel fear) that my theory was correct.

But there was a downside to her In the Now way of being in the world. I also noticed she doesn’t dream. She doesn’t have dreams of a different life or of things she wants to accomplish. And so being completely In the Now, while keeping us from living a fearful existence, also might keep us from having dreams. And to me, the dreams of conscious beings are the creative force behind why the Universe is expanding. So no dreams, no expansion. Here’s to helping Emily dream again!

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On the Nancy Gaines Show!

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I’m thrilled to have spent some time with Nancy Gaines on her weekly podcast.   We talked about strategies for success using principles of being In the Now, and how to over come obstacles.  Nancy is an expert interviewer, and I can’t wait to hear the resulting podcast.   Stay tuned and I’ll post the link just as soon as it becomes available.  Until then, here’s the link to Nancy’s show:

The Nancy Gaines Show

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