The inner clock fairy tale

Despite a myriad of experiments, medical science has yet to discover a clock in the human body. Still, people frequently talk about their inner clock as if it were an organ, like the liver.

Human beings do have a biorhythm, which has not been mechanically “clocked”, but which can adapt to varying circumstances in a natural way. It is called BREATH. Even the universe itself is breathing.

So, when did we people start talking about having an inner clock? When sand trickled through the first hourglass? I am guessing that it began with the industrial revolution – when human beings became “mechanized” to cope with the requirements of production and efficiency. At that time, the capability of machines was compared with that of man. And man lost sorely. The all-encompassing faith in technology pushed man aside and out of focus.

We would be wise to take head of our vocabulary. “Vocabulary” stems from the Latin word “vocare”, which means “to call”. Hence our thoughts and our language create reality, by calling the things into action that our words suggest. Your words, your will be done.

What makes us tick to ask what makes us tick?

The Indian philosopher Krishnamurti makes a discrepancy between chronological time and psychological time. The latter is what he focuses on: “It is the interval between idea and action.” Krishnamurti tries to make clear that OUR THOUGHTS about time bear a conflict in themselves.

“Our thinking which is captured in this process poses the question: “What is time? And exactly this fathoming question stems from the mechanism of time. That’s why our research is useless because the question itself is time. The ‘Yesterday’ has brought thinking into life, and so the thought divides space into yesterday, today and tomorrow. Or it says: ‘There is only NOW’, forgetting that the present is the result of yesterday.”

Stop ticking and start breathing.

In other words: Man has invented the concept of time, forgotten about doing so (or gotten a case of amnesia) and now asks himself what TIME is, as if someone else (God, an alien, Micky Mouse) invented it.

And in order to be able to invent time, man had to invent thinking first – which he also used to invent the lack of time, by the way.

So if we reclaim the responsibility for our own creations and stop regarding them as a phenomenon separate from ourselves, they won’t be able to overwhelm us anymore.

Time is just space, thoughts are just thoughts and nothing more.



Benedikt SchreyerAbout me:
My name is Benedikt Schreyer – writer, coach and singer. I love to research life, gain and share knowledge and live up to my full potential. I believe the world is sound. That’s why to love is to laugh – Big loud belly laughter!
I am also a good friend of Pat and Shailia. I will be posting articles here from time to time. I aim to inspire and provide impulses. I hope you enjoyed my first post, “The  inner clock fairy tale”.

One response to “The inner clock fairy tale

  1. Derville Brennan

    Hi Ben,

    It’s great to see you sharing your thoughts on a wider platform and as always I love your use of words and your ability to expres yourself so eloquently. There is nothing in your piece that I disagree with but as always I wonder about the practical application of people’s thinkings. What shape does it take in the scheme of life. Am I correct in interpreting what you are saying is to dispense with the man made concepts of time and just be, as Ekhart Tolle extorts, in the now. And by virtue of that BEING in the now, you become less a creature of the tyranny of self imposed time or is there another level one must get to first, to re-imagine how to be, or to make radical changes to how one lives on a daily basis. To put in bluntly can you attain what you are alluding to in the “getting up, going to work or play ordinariness of life” as`we live it . Is it purely a shift in mind/attitude that allows you transcend and escape the bounds of the binds of time??

    Keep up your writing and the sharing of it.


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