The Illusion of Time

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Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live. ~ Albert Einstein

A couple months ago, I took a trip to northern Montana. When I travel, I keep track of the exact mileage. From my house in Wyoming to my destination, Shelby, Montana, it was 532 miles north.

The next day I traveled another 34 miles north to a town called Sweet Grass.

The total distance from Wyoming to Sweet Grass, then, was 566 miles or 1,132 miles round trip.

I returned to Wyoming that same day. I kept track of the travel time both ways.

It took me 9.5 hours to travel the 532 miles from Wyoming to Shelby the first day.

On the return trip the next day, it took almost exactly 8 hours to travel the 566 miles from Sweet Grass back to Wyoming.

I traveled at the same speed and the same route both ways. Road conditions, traffic, and weather were the same both days.

That’s a huge time difference — 9.5 hours to travel 532 miles, and 8 hours to travel 566 miles.

I had no explanation for it. So I asked one of my spirit guides. His answer was interesting.

He reminded me that on the trip from Wyoming to Montana, I was constantly checking the miles I’d traveled. Time seemed to drag.

He advised that I not keep checking the miles traveled on the return trip. I didn’t, and time seemed to fly.

Whether time literally dragged or flew, I don’t know. But I do know, according to the clock, it took 8 hours to travel 566 miles one day, and 9.5 hours to travel 532 miles the day before.

Spirit has talked about time, time travel, and similar subjects in the past. Here are a few of their thoughts.


  • Linear time is a convenient invention you’ve created to help you make sense of your physical experiences in a physical body.
  • Among all sentient beings, only humans live in linear time. Animals do not, unless you’ve “domesticated” them.
  • As we see it, what you call time—past, present, and future—are simultaneous. Your experience, of course, does not reflect that.
  • You often move beyond your “normal” waking state, even without being aware of it. That is exactly what happened when Johnny was on that two-way journey to Montana and back.
  • When you are in a state of awareness different from your “normal” waking state, two things can happen.
  • Either linear time gets distorted. Or it simply ceases to exist.
  • You all live beyond time. You must because you are spirit temporarily occupying physical bodies. To your spirit, time doesn’t exist.
  • You are pure consciousness, completely free of time and space.


In this 21/2-minute video, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses time from a scientist’s perspective.

Copyright © 2019 by John Cali
Edited by Berna Copray

Many of us experience “time flying” or “time dragging.” What do you think is really happening? Do we live in time? Or is it just an illusion we’ve created?

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12 Responses

  1. ron

    Time was created for this game in order to permit free will and change.
    The reason for this was to provide material for expansion and eternity.
    The player or players of this game are happy with how it is working out.

  2. Tracy

    John, I’ve had the same experience as you and Ian while driving. All of us were driving. I’ve always wondered why I’m unable to remember what happens in that in-between. In one of these instances, my ex saw me driving and said I looked at him like I didn’t know him. I don’t recall that, of course.
    I feel there’s a message in this for me, but it hasn’t quite hit me yet. I’m dealing with a looming deadline, but I’ve never tried to purposely alter time. Hmmm This will be very interesting!

    • John Cali

      Thank you, Tracy. It is interesting that we don’t always remember, as you said, “what happens in that inbetween.” Of the several such experiences I’ve had, I remember only that last recent one in Montana.

      I’m sure you will handle your deadline well. Afterwards, if you feel it would be appropriate, please share how it went. As you said, it will be very interesting!

  3. Ian Leigh

    I agree that time can become distorted, how many colleagues at work will say “I don’t know where the time has gone today”. But I want to open another avenue of thought. A while ago I was entering a motorway (in england where I live) and momentarily became distracted. As the slip road closed onto the motorway I suddenly became aware of heavy lorries bearing down on me at speed. I drive a very fast car (3ltr) and has a good punch but on this occasion I suddenly become aware in the next breath I was a good five miles down the road from where I was joining. It was if I have been teleported from danger to a safe spot where I could let the speed bleed off.

    Over to you.

  4. Tracy

    Time is definitely a prison, but we’ve made it that way. Lately, I’ve been feeling a change with time. Like I’m on the verge of releasing the illusion of it. I feel it is an illusion because when we meditate, daydream, sleep, time doesn’t exist for us. Only when we put our focus on it, does it reappear. I felt a weird change recently, almost like I was in space, and I had plenty of ‘time’ to do something that had a deadline. Time slowed down for me, so I could get it done. Is that what a time warp is? Your experience is very cool, John!

    • John Cali

      I completely agree, Tracy — what a prison we’ve made of time!

      I know that feeling you describe — I too have been feeling a deep shift in my perception of time. My experience is nearly identical to yours — when I let go of time (I’ve never worn a watch), I can accomplish so much more than I used to in the same amount of “time.”

      I think that kind of experience could certainly be defined as a “time warp.”

      Thanks again, Tracy!

  5. anny

    This is the second part of my comment because I know from experience that the totality will not be accepted by your blog as being too long.

    When neither time nor place exists in reality but they are only frequencies of consciousness, then people who ‘resonate’ with each other, like you and I often do, are in the same ‘place’, even though we live thousands of miles away from each other according to our geographical concepts. So maybe I live just around the corner from you in Reality. Isn’t that nice?

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Anny. I agree — it’s great that we feel the closeness of those we love, across the illusions of time and space.

  6. Anny

    Hi John,

    Not only are past, present and future simultaneous, and does time therefore not exist, but also place/space, here and there, does not exist, and neither does matter. All this is just a game, Leela, as I believe the Hindus call it, or an illusion according to the Buddhists. In the Bible it is called a dream or a deep sleep, tardema. In Genesis 3 God puts the androgynous Adam/Eve to sleep in order to separate them into a male and a female side, which then can act independently and interact with each other. In Bible translations the word side is translated as rib which somehow makes Eve a being of secondary importance but she is not. They are different but equal. All this within the metaphor of the story of course. Nowhere it is said that they wake up after this operation. They did not and we are mostly still asleep, having totally forgotten that this new world we entered into afterwards is not Real at all.

    • John Cali

      Thanks, again, Anny.

      The great human challenge is certainly to realize this world is not real. As A Course in Miracles, says, “Perception is a mirror, not a fact.”

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