A Tolle lecture on the 'transcendental NOW' in which he points out that careful observation will reveal that audio-visual quality of memory --- whether it is from 10 minutes back or 10 years back or 20 years back - it's the same.
The 5 minute old memory is as fragmented, as disjointed as the 5 year old memory. Or the 10 year old memory. Or the 20 year old memory.
Your transcendental self has been, and is, peacefully watching all moments of your life manifesting simultaneously. These moments contain archetypes, i.e., models of you, not the real you.
The future does not exist, except as a thought, a moment on the above mentioned transcendental fabric. It is also unfolding in the NOW, along with the past.
And here is Carl Jung, talking about the relationship between the past and the present moment.
It appears that Jung is in perfect tune with Tolle.
If indeed the 'transcendental NOW' is all there is, one just might prefer to say -- memory or "movement of archetypes" from 10 minutes below, or 10 years "below", or 20 years "below". -- to use Jung's representation.
One dynamic moment, evolving 'vertically'. Outside of time, which can be looked upon as flowing horizontally.
"One dynamic moment evolving vertically" is also a sensibility that physicist Fritjof Capra ponders in 'The Tao of Physics', when he comments on the experiences reported by eastern mystics who claimed to have transcended, and the odd behaviour of phenomena seen at the sub atomic level, phenomena that do not flow chronologically, and appear to move in complex ways that can be summed up as "distortion of time."
An interesting statement pointed out by Eckhart Tolle that points to temporal distortion in human life:
"Before Abraham was, I am."
Some more examples of temporal distortion:
- You are reading this for the first time, all over again.
- You have been watching this statement forever.
- You are visiting this blog for the first time, but you think you have been here before.