Time and tide wait for no man. (attributed to St. Marher, 1225 CE)
As Western Man’s New Year approaches,
the still point,
at the end of the in-breath that was the Winter Solstice,
is just beginning to exhale the new Light
of the New Day.
I have been reading an excellent, but rather heavy book by Consultant Psychiatrist and researcher in Neuroimaging, Ian McGilchrist, The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. (Yale University Press. 2009. ISDN 9 870300 148787.) He expands in great detail on the rather simplistic notions of the left-brain = rational and right-brain = intuitive.
One of the many distinctions that he draws is that the right brain sees the whole picture and sees time as flowing, where the left brain sees things in individual bits and puts time together like individual frames of a 35 mm film puts still pictures into apparent motion/representation of time. The left-brain works best when focusing on individual points. “The critical point here is that the right hemisphere has the advantage where there is fluency of motion, or flow over time, but the left hemisphere (has) an advantage when there is stasis, or focus on a (single) point in time.” (McGilchrist pp 76 & 77).
Zuiderkerk (Church), Enkhuizen, The Netherlands and close-up of the clock
The four numbers - in the corner of the clock starting in the upper right-hand corner and going clockwise are 1 - 5 - 2 - 4 - fifteen-hundred-and twenty-four - the year the clock was installed. Therefor the face of this clock represents not only now, but long ago - two points at the same time.
For a scientist, McGilchrist then almost goes cosmic, “...time itself is (what the left hemisphere would call paradoxical) in nature, and that music does not so much free time from temporality as bring out an aspect that is always present within time, its intersection with a moment which partakes of eternity. Similarly it does not so much use the physical to transcend physicality, or use particularity to transcend the particular, as (it) bring(s) out the spirituality latent in what we conceive as physical existence.” (McGilchrist p 77).
Back in the late sixties, when I first woke up spiritually, the two books that influenced me the most were Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, that opened my eyes to a deeper meaning in both the Old and New Testaments, and Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass, who said that the way to the One was to be in the Now - one moment in time - a left brain function. When one can do this, one meets the “intersection with a moment which partakes of eternity”: - a right-brain/flowing awareness. This is identical to my understanding of the dowsing process - ask the left-brain analytical question then go to your right-brain for an answer from the flow/your intuition.
One way to the One is through a portal into the right-brain that is found in the left-brain when focusing on the Now.
And now, as we approach the New Year, the Father Time, The Grim Reaper, Death moves on. The old dies, and all fall before it, but at the same moment, the sun rises on the horizon showing us the New.
Death - XIIIth card of the Major Arcana in the Tarot
This New Years’ Eve is also a Blue Moon - the second full moon within one month. This adds a powerful boost as it is a rare occurrence as in, “That happens only once in a Blue Moon!” May you use this Blue Moon’s energy to truly let the Old Die, take a deep in-breath, and allow this New Year’s portal to propel you into the Spiritual.
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