We can learn to control time

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readOct 3, 2020

Question from the Internet:

“Is there a way to slow down or speed up your perception of time?”

Perception of time - as our whole perception - is subjective, egocentric, dependant on our own states, moods.

For example when we enjoy ourselves time flies, while we would like to prolong it, holding onto the pleasant state. When we suffer, when we have to do, participate in something we don’t want to, time stands still, while we would like to hasten it, to get over it as soon as possible.

In absolute sense - beyond our subjective, egocentric cocoons - time simply means the succession of states we have to go through in our predetermined, evolutionary development. Their speed - and the way we experience those states - depends on our preparation, how much we anticipate, already adapt ourselves to the states we have to inevitably go through.

Our choice is not in the flow of states, in the states themselves - since they are predetermined by evolution - but how we accept them and pass through them.

If we already anticipate the states, know their evolutionary purpose, we can go through then fast and in a pleasant, conscious way, learning everything that we need to learn from them.

Thus with the right preparation we start controlling time and experience everything in a completely different way. In this we have free choice which makes “a whole world of a difference”.

https://youtu.be/XpsMn2Ty4wU

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.