The mythology of our modern, high-tech culture teaches us that
the last frontier for humanity is outer space. Somehow, according
to this emerging mythos, the fragile human body is supposed
to be able to survive the rigors of travel in outer space
over vast distances. The writers of science fiction and Star
Trek-style television shows would have us believe that human
beings can somehow endure through every kind of radiation
and danger to successfully colonize other planets and solar
But this notion is probably never going to happen. As this
age ends and the next age begins humanity will lose its interest
in conquering space. The last 6000 years have been spent conquering
the space around us.
The last frontier of humanity is not the conquering of outer
space, of other planets and solar systems. As we approach the
end of this era we will realize that the last frontier is time.
Space is defined by the three dimensional reality that surrounds
us. It is height, width and depth. We humans possess the most
spectacular array of physical and mental abilities ever devised
in creation to navigate these three dimensions. These abilities
have enabled us to conquer our three-dimensional world.
Now at this critical juncture in history we discover that we
have completely conquered the planet’s biosphere. People
are living in the coldest environments imaginable and in the
hottest tropical jungles. There are few mysteries left concerning
the outer physical reality of our planet. Due to oil and cheap
energy, we have been able to travel to any place on Earth.
As this age of oil ends there will be only one mystery left
for us to ponder.
This final mystery is the mystery of time.
Let’s take a look at our perception of time. Much of
the way we experience the present moment depends on our experience
of time past. The events of the past are distilled and repainted
in our memories until their very reality loses its solidity.
If we let them cook long enough, images of past events take
on a dream like quality. Through this process, our remembrances
frequently slide into a fantasy disconnected from anything
tangible. How often have we encountered someone who remembers
an incident in a completely opposite manner from the way we
remember it? Our minds appear to be constantly rewriting history
to make it more agreeable to our present day wishes. Incidents
in the past that are disturbing or frightening are frequently
glossed over in our memory until they disappear only to be
replaced by a memory that is more easily digested by consciousness.
Our view of the future works in a similar but opposite texture.
Whereas the past begins to become a dream within our memories,
the future is the dream that has not yet arrived. When someone
is successful in the material world we like to say that they
have “lived their dreams”. This cliché reveals
an intrinsic understanding that present and future reality
is created from the dream state of the past.
This idea dovetails with the central belief of the Aborigines
of Australia. The essential teaching from that tradition is
that everything in our world begins in the Dreamtime. From
their ancient perspective, every thought, every action emerges
from a larger metaphysical landscape that surrounds and pervades
our material world. They call this larger reality the Dreamtime.
According to this tradition, each living thing first begins
in the Dreamtime. After it has become fully developed in the
Dreamtime it then concretizes and becomes a part of our three
This process is recursive in that our future dreams are frequently
constructed from the archetypes of ancient dreams. So the past
and the future, the material world and the dream world work
together to create not only everything that we see, feel and
hear but all that we have manifested as human beings. If one
looks beyond the veil of linear time, one can easily see that
there is a certain control mechanism over this peculiar process.
Because reality is so dependent on the dream world, it is possible
to shift reality by simply shifting the dream.
Motivational speakers, politicians, television script writers,
preachers and many others understand this fundamental concept
and use it to re-script reality in their favor. The last thing
that they want you to discover is that you have the innate
ability to take control of your dreams. They much prefer that
you dream their dream, live in their past and help build their
Just think about the nature of the media these days. Over the
past century, finding new and ever more invasive means of manipulating
thoughts, desires and actions have been at the forefront of
the research conducted by “psychic engineers”;
the advertising agencies, spin doctors, pollsters, pharmaceutical
companies, and secret government agencies of our world.
Through the constant barrage of images projected by the media,
through the manipulation of food, and the polluting of the
atmosphere, much of humanity has become lulled into a hypnotic
state and their Dreamtime is occupied with nightmares. This
has led us to today, to the present moment, in which our planet
and our species is in a state of crisis. To transmute this
crisis, this very critical situation in time, we must learn
to step outside of linear time and enter the Dreamtime, that
subtle realm in which everything becomes possible.
As the word Dreamtime aptly describes, there is little difference
between the dream and the time. This very moment will become
a dream soon in your memory.
Also you are creating the future that is racing towards you - right now.
The dream world, time and four-dimensional space are all the same thing. The
fourth dimensional world, often referred to as ‘time’ by physicists,
surrounds and permeates our three dimensional reality. Everything that we are
is shaped and formed within this topological manifold that flows into and out
of our existence. As the stream of time passes we have the ability to alter it’s
course. Each moment of our lives offers us the chance to change the course of
our dreams and the dreams of those we love.
Understanding this landscape, the ragged mountains and mossy valleys of the wilderness
of time, is the frontier that awaits us. When we finally colonize this land and
understand its many intricacies and nuances, we will realize that any future
is possible. We will no longer need to be slaves to systems that require us to
live in someone else’s dream. The powers of the dark sorcerers that rule
our world will be overthrown and a new Dreamtime will be created. When we discover
how to navigate the river of time, when the topological map of time is finally
understood by us, all of the certain dangers that await us will vanish in the
blink of an eye during REM sleep.
We are at the crossroads now. There is a choice. One road leads to a mechanistic,
toxic, polluted, fascist nightmare from which we may never recover. The other
road leads to a revitalized world where we live our dreams in freedom, prosperity
One of the main aims of many ancient spiritual traditions is to provide us with
the means to create a conscious break with the almost dictatorial dreams of our
past. This is the essence of the teachings of the Buddah for instance. We are
slaves to the dreams that we were born into, slaves to a past of which we had
nothing to do. Many of these ancient spiritual traditions teach us how to break
with the mental slavery that has burdened us for so long.
Humans frequently hurt themselves and others around them defending the imprinted
dreams of their past and creating belief systems that make it all right to hurt
and destroy people who come from a different past, a different dreamtime.
The way to stop this recurring cycle is to find our way towards a detachment
from the heated beliefs and ego-inspired histories and cultures that we were
born into. This is not to say that we should reject our traditions. Only that
true liberation of ourselves can only begin when we detach ourselves from ingrained
spiritual and cultural habits.
Right now we are trapped by time. And this means that we are trapped in a Dreamtime
from which escape is nearly impossible. But as long as there is a chance, as
long as the odds are not one hundred percent against us – and they are
not – we should attempt to make this leap.
If we change the dream we can change the world and ourselves.
The spiritual emergence that is happening right now across the world is the realization
that there is only one kind of time. There is no past and there is no future.
There is only NOW.
And we can change the NOW at any time that we like.