What is time?


Very true, although it’s a truth that takes time to fully realize.


Time is the outcome of our perception. Our perception stems from fear and resistance. I am speaking about psychological time here. When we fail to see the urgency of a problem, we kind of ignore it, pushing it somewhere in the “future”. So Time means actually postponing – that is, the interval between us and the problem we want to avoid.

In the long run time brings even more confusion to the that particular problem we avoid, it kind of enhances the gap, the resistance within. Subsequently, whatever true realization happens Now. In this insight time stops, and what is beyond time makes Itself known. True action is understanding the above.
I am aware that this may sound a little overwhelming, but I am sure that if you read this carefully, you will know…;)

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

12 Responses to What is time?

  1. devildispair says:

    Time is relative,if you think about it.

  2. “Time is the outcome of our perception.”

    Brilliance, illuminated. I dig it.

    And yes, that fares well with devildispair’s comment that time is relative. A biggest, beautiful-most truth.

    • julienmatei says:

      For Devildispair and A beautiful mess:

      Following the same train of thought “time is relative”, we could also conclude that
      everything – including existence – is “relative”. If everything is relative, I don´t need to take any responsibility.
      I ask you seriously: ARE YOU RELATIVE?…

      Yes, “relative” means doubt: “I don´t know and can´t know anything for sure, there is always place for doubt, therfore, I can´t assume anything wholly and efficiently”

      Doubt and living “relative-ly” is a subtle excuse to continue living in a vague tepid zone, refusing to admit the most immediate, irrevocable one-sided truth: our escape from unresolved problems has created time.

      When we say “time is relative” we relativize our problems, don´t we…? – meaning that we don´t see the urgency to inquire…

      I want to ask you – is hunger relative? We can say it is, but when you are hungry there is the urgency to eat, there is no doubt or relativity about that…

      The same goes for what I stated in this post: TIME STOPS IN THE MOMENT THAT WE SEE THE URGENCY OF A PROBLEM.

      Unless we are hungry for the truth, we will continue to live and create more time, more pain, more suffering…

      • Relativity and doubt hold absolutely ZERO synonymity.

        Doubt is insecurity. Is it uncertainty.

        Relativity does not imply that truth is contingent on something else; quite simply, it recognizes that the degree to which something is true changes respectively to the perspective from which the truth is perceived. For example: it is TRUE that it is 8:42am, 73 degrees, and an incredibly beautiful morning.

        Well, if you want to argue that 8:42am is ABSOLUTE truth and not RELATIVE truth, I compel you to fly to Uzbekistan and make sure you still agree.

        Not to be dismissive of your ideas whatsoever… I understand the implications you feel the theory of Relativity makes and I will not deny the scary realities that could be born of them. However, there are absolutely relative truths just as real as there are absolute truths.

        Absolute truth: time exists.

        Relative truth: it is now 8:43am.

        See the difference? Relativity is the implicit nature of all absolute reality. Everything absolute can have significantly different RELATIVE aspects.

        Observing the relative qualities of absolute truths does not — in Amy way — minimize their urgency. Quite the contrary. It illuminates the distinction between what is unarguably urgent for one person, and inconsequential to another.

      • When I say that time is relative, I am not saying that I’m not really sure if time is real. Time is real, much like gravity. But similarly, gravity is relative. Disagree? Travel outside of our atmosphere, hypothetically. The force of gravity would feel much different to you if you were randomly positioned in some empty vastness of space, not orbiting a body of mass. Does that mean gravity isn’t real? Of course not. It simply means gravity is relative.

        Anyone who argues that something relative is not certain does not actually understand the concept of relativity.

        …For what it’s worth. 😉

      • goldennuggetde says:

        Hi “a beautiful mess” and “Julien”,

        I still claim (see my explanation below) that time is only an invention of man. It’s neither absolute nor relative. It’s just for counting and computing.

        Psychological time however is something which everybody knows by himself. It’s a means to describe our needs and depressions. It’s the break we take to refuse from mental problems.


  3. goldennuggetde says:

    Hi Julien,

    “time” is a really difficult topic. I’ve been thinking a lot about it. Let me just point out some thoughts here.

    “I am speaking about psychological time here” was a central issue of Yours. I think this derives from Krishnamurti’s point of view who said literally “It is the interval between idea and action. An idea is for self-protection obviously; it is the idea of being secure. Action is always immediate; it is not of the past or of the future; to act must always be in the present, but action is so dangerous, so uncertain, that we conform to an idea which we hope will give us a certain safety.”

    The pure view of physics is different. I’d say time is an invention of man. It’s a means to have units to count and to calculate the changing of things. Not more or less. In addition, that is why time travelling is absolutely impossible. Because time doesn’t really exist physically. Just like figures. Figures are an instrument for math. But they don’t really exist.

    What I’d say what is most amazing: past and future don’t exist. The past has gone and the future hasn’t happened yet. There’s only the Now. Looking at the now in physical terms is quite difficult. What is the now? Is it a minute, a second, a tenth or a hundredth of a second? None of them. It can’t be described in terms of time ……. because time doesn’t exist physically.

    So what?????

    If it doesn’t exist and if we can’t describe it in terms of physics ….. how should we deal with it?

    Well, to live a real life means to live in the now. You can neither live in the past nor in the future – only our thoughts remain in these tenses much too often. Our depressions stem from the past and our anxieties emerge from future thoughts.


    The only way to get rid of those negative thoughts and feelings is to skip the past and the future. Teach yourself to live in the now ….. and improve it. It’s not an easy duty but it’s possible and learnable.

    • julienmatei says:


      Our problems are a difficult topic! 🙂

      Your comment is great! I will get back with an answer

    • julienmatei says:


      For sure, an idea is a means to self-protection – self-protection meaning resistance against “the unpleasant” …So action being so dangerous, so uncertain, we conform to an idea which we hope will give us a certain safety. This very idea we conform to, is the interval, and the interval – that is resisting the unpleasant – creates time – that´s exactly what I say.

      In fact, every form of inner escape, creates time. It is a terrible thing for many to live now. As “Now” means confrontation both with real pain, BUT INASMUCH WITH ABSTRACT PAIN!!! And according to what I see, abstract pain is much more unbearable to people than actual whatever affliction. To confront the fearful thoughts is an unbearable undertaking for most humans.

      This is perfectly formulated Richard:

      “To live a real life means to live in the now. You can neither live in the past nor in the future – only our thoughts remain in these tenses much too often. Our depressions stem from the past and our anxieties emerge from future thoughts.”

      I could also add that depression is constant reiteration of the past into the future. This mechanical reiteration, which is Fear, kills Now. When we give up Time, we give up our resistance, and in that readiness we can confront the real problem – fear.

      • goldennuggetde says:

        Hi Julien,

        thanks for Yours. I totally agree.

        You said “When we give up Time, we give up our resistance, and in that readiness we can confront the real problem – fear”.

        May I add something: as soon as you’ve entered the state of NOW, all fears are gone. This is a terrific mechanism.


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  5. julienmatei says:

    “…As soon as you’ve entered the state of NOW, all fears are gone. This is a terrific mechanism.”

    So it is Richard.

    I am presently “working” with the hidden aspects of fear – those aspects which are not easy to come to terms with, aspects which gave themsleves to be “me…In this process I discover “a quality of Now” – or to put it like that, though hard to find the right word to it- Now has many layers, which I never perceived before … may be when I was 5-years-old

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