Time travel is entirely possible. Stay with me here, this is good. First thing this morning, I was planning to come in here and type the words, “Jogging, THEN blogging. Check back later.” I was feeling as if I was already running behind, rushing around, trying to get everything done. I have a book to finish today, and a workout to fit in, because I skipped yesterday. I ought to do two! And it’s nearly ten, and then I realized I had a blog post to write for today. And I started to feel panicky. I started to think, “There’s not enough time left in this day to do all the things on my to-do list!” And I believe it.
When I start to feel that way, I feel it in my body. My heart starts to skip a little. My blood pressure creeps up. My mood turns cranky and urgent. It’s not a good feeling at all. But there are other symptoms that turn up as a direct result of this thought in my head. I start finding more and more things to do, and less and less time to get them done. Each time I look at the clock, more time than is humanly possible, has somehow sped by. Time is literally moving faster for me. And each time I see that fact represented by the clock’s hands, I believe more firmly that there is not enough time for me today. And then time moves still faster, and more things come up to take it up. Phone calls, urgent tasks that were forgotten, and suddenly need doing now.
It snowballs. Why? You know why. Because what you think about, what you believe, what you expect, is what you create. And also because (and you might not know this quite as well) time is mutable. It’s flexible. You can stretch and bend it. There are reasons for sayings like “Time flies when you’re having fun” and “A watched pot never boils.” You can bend time.
On days when I find something I want to do, that I would really enjoy, I do them first. Take this past Sunday for example, when I should have gone up to my office to work on the book, but I wanted to take an extra hour to watch Meet the Press first. I said to myself, “I have plenty of time. I have all day to write. I can take the time to do this, and still get all my work done.” And I sat down and watched the show. I got all my pages done that day, got a 5 mile run in, and a shower, and had some quality goof off time before dinner and a relaxing evening. (*Note, I don’t usually work weekends. I’m finishing a book this week so it’s an exception.)
I had, on that day, the same amount of work, the same number of hours in the day, the same pressing desire to fit in a workout and some fun time, and I got it all done. What’s the difference between that day, and this one? Only my thoughts. Only my beliefs.
So when I found myself rushing the dogs through their walk this morning, my heart beating too fast as I clapped my hands at them and said, “Let’s go, let’s go, I’ve got stuff to do!” I just suddenly stopped. I stood still, closed my eyes. “I’ve got all day,” I told myself. “It’ll get done when it gets done, and I’ve got all day. All weekend too. I’ve got plenty of time. It’s all good.” And I took my time for the rest of the walk, enjoyed the sunshine, debated whether I’d do a jog (it was getting a little warm) or a big DVD workout in my office with the AC running (probably the option I’ll take.) And then I came back inside and instead of putting up a “too busy right now, be back later” note in this space, decided to write about my methods for stretching time.
2. Be in the moment. Be completely focused on the task you are doing right now. Do not allow thoughts about what comes next to enter your mind. (They will anyway. Just gently release them and focus on the present moment.)
3. For big tasks, close your eyes and imagine them already completed. See the result in your mind, see the finished product, the cleaned room, the stack of manuscript pages going into the envelope or the file attaching itself to an email addressed to the editor. See it, and say it. “It’s already done. It’s already done. It’s already done.”
4. Take the time to do things you want to do, in the order you want to do them, and while you’re taking that time, take extreme pleasure in it, don’t rush through it. Taking time to do what you want most, is LIVING the belief that you have plenty of time. LIVING the belief that there’s no need to rush, is how you create that reality in your life. Don’t rush and there will honest to goodness BE no need to rush. (Rushing, on the other hand, is living the opposite belief, and making it true.) Relish every moment. You’ll be surprised at how much better your next task will go. (And do the same with it!)
Now this ability is going to grow and grow in you if you practice it all the time. I amazed myself recently with an even bigger example of this. On a flight home from a conference we hit some terrible weather. The plane was small and being hurled around in a very alarming way, and I found myself getting very afraid. I closed my eyes, and imagined myself getting off the plane at the destination airport, still three hours away. I saw the sun, shining down on the tarmac. I saw myself walking up the gangway into the airport. I swear to you I did not fall asleep. I said, in my mind, “I’m already there. It’s already done. I’m already there.” And when I opened my eyes, I was calmer. I might have opened my e-reader or sipped my beverage to distract myself from the storm. I don’t know, but what I do know is that within a few short minutes of that brief mental exercise, I felt the plane angling downward and realized we had begun our descent into the destination airport. Outside, the skies were clear and sunny. My watch told me nearly three hours had passed, but I experienced only a few minutes.
This is a true story. It’s got to do with quantum physics and the theory that there are as many different versions of reality as their are choices you can make, that time isn’t really linear, but that all time exists now, and that we create everything in our experience like projecting thoughts onto a movie screen. I simply chose the reality I wanted, and by my focus, stepped into it.
So why don’t you try your hand at using my methods (and experiment with your own) for stretching and bending time to fit around you, instead of bending yourself all out of shape to fit into it. See what happens!
Make it a great day and relish every minute of it.
Now just a commercial moment here. We are down to something like 43 days before The Portal Series launches with a free ebook prequel on September 1st, followed by book 1, Mark of the Witch, on the 18th in print, and October 1st in E. We’re giving away an ARC a week at my Facebook Page, and on August 1st we’ll be announcing a huge new contest on The Portal Books page. I hope you’ll follow along and participate in both!