The Thread of Time is a Single Thread, Weaving a Single Moment Through the Fabric of All Space
Living in "normal" worldly consciousness, one perceives and then prefers the perceived to be a particular way — either somewhat different, or a great deal different. This produces the tension of preference — time arises from this tension and agitation. The past is created from a memory of preference in the breath that we are currently breathing . . . hope arises to create a preference of change . . . this defines a time called future. The thread of time is actually a single thread; it weaves as a single moment through the fabric of all space. All time is of this same moment and all the imaginable space is of this single thread. But because it is never more than one, it has no ability to be perceived . . . perception requires separation. This thread of time is never broken, but perception requires it to break.
Consciousness knows where every point is on the thread, but identity requires a mystery to measure against. So, from the perspective of our physical life, the five senses separate the past from the present, and the present from the future. This same illusion separates you from me and both of us from everything else. We are now living the fantasy of Maya; it happens to us all at about 18 months of age. With the task of breaking this pattern and reconnecting with the cosmos, we set about living our lives to the end. This fantasy has no access to fulfillment, so we seek it through objects. This fantasy has no access to happiness, so we seek it through pleasure. This fantasy has no access to contentment, so we consume. Life is then measured by the caliber of our consumption . . . success is now measured by the 'power-quality' of our 'accumulations'. "Observation establishes the observed" (said Einstein) — "all positions and opinions are controlled by your observation" (said The Buddha).
Because your observation is asking for this world to change and become your preference — you do no longer perceive what is; you now perceive the tension created by the absence of your preferences. You have broken the thread of higher consciousness and disconnected from the continuum of your experience. This firmly establishes your identity as a marker . . . your preferences define your place in the world. This is all very painful, but will ultimately becomes a gauge . . . a measuring device demonstrating precisely how far you have progressed and how far you have yet to go in the evolution of your consciousness. This illusion must be unraveled and re-woven by the progression of your consciousness. It is not separate . . . it is but one thread . . . and when your perception becomes without preference, you will begin to resolve the observation of separation. This is the purpose of your life, with all of its illusionary displays, and all its circumstances and its dilemmas.
The goal is to reweave this single thread back into the full fabric of life, to regain the innocence seen in the newborn baby's eyes. The innocence that is constantly saying, "We are one . . . we are one." This innocence causes you to care unconditionally for the newborn. This innocence is the greatest power of all. Innocence — means: "in the sense of zero" (no separation — no preference) . . . in-Ø-sense. Zero — the unbroken thread of time-space — without beginning — without end — woven throughout the cosmic cloth. Our purpose is this innØcence — reconnecting with it all. Such is the awareness of perception without preference — the goal of our highest consciousness. This might seem beyond your comprehension from a preferential perspective, but nevertheless, it is a perfect goal.