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Friday, May 25, 2012

The Illusion of Time

Creating Time

Have you ever thought much about the illusion of time? What is time?

Whatever it is, I never seem to have enough of it. Do you?

Time appears to move differently for everyone. I remember that as a child, time dragged on forever for me. Once, when I was five or six years old and went to visit my cousin over night, I was so homesick that I thought the time away from my mother would never end.

Endless time is difficult.

Several years ago, an older man told me that when he reached the age of fifty, time began to fly ever faster. That's because unlike a child with 10 years to relate to in time, an older person has many years. The months between Christmases go ever faster in those later years. It was like age 50 was a hump for him, and the pace of time changed thereafter.

Recently, I started reading Creating Time by Marney K. Makridakis. As an artist as well as an author, I enjoyed the art work sprinkled throughout the book. In the chapter, Your Relationship with Time, she talks about personifying the entity of time.

"Your Time Guide is an imaginary persona that you create, a benevolent figure who supports you fully and gives you exactly what you need in the area of time," Makridakis says.

She gives an "ARTsignment" of conversing through letter writing with your Time Guide. I like that idea and intend to try it.

I found her chapter on Time and Relativity fascinating. She begins by discussing Einstein's theory of relativity and notes some of his thoughts on it. Because I have a poster in my classroom with an Einstein quote, "Imagination is more important than knowledge," I was especially interested in his thoughts on the subject of time.

The Einstein time implication, "Time is relative to the position of the observer who measures it," (from Makridakis' book) explains what my friend experienced after he reached age 50.

I love the "ARTsignment" Galleries in this book. I intend to study them and create some of my own.

Please take a look at the Book Trailer for Creating Time.

Time is an illusion. We all see it in our own unique perspectives. Creating Time will inspire you to experience time in diverse and sometimes magical ways.

                                                              Copyright 2012 Mary Montague Sikes
Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're the second person to mention that book this week. I need to download it.
And I agree that time speeds up as we get older. Just evil.

Monti said...

You're right, Alex, it is evil!!!

Chuck said...

I agree whole-heartedly about the speed of time after 50...the weeks fly by. That book sounds great so I must download it. Thanks for the post Monti!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - I've made a note of the book ... time is just dashing away.

I like the idea of the art work being mentioned - as I love to learn.

Well I should be good at that - letter-writing to my Time Guide!

Cheers - the book sounds fascinating .. Hilary

Monti said...

Chuck, thanks for your comment. Weeks become a blur...!!!

Monti said...

Hilary,I wondered if the letter writing might be a bit of what some might call automatic writing. I'm going to try it.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Monti,

What a fantastic post.... I COULDN'T agree more about time ... it certainly does speed as we age.

I'll never forget my 18th birthday ... My mom asked if I had enjoyed my first 18 years...

I looked at her quizzically, raised and eyebrow, and answered, "Ah, yes. Why?"

"Well, notice how the years kind of dragged and you've been whining for this day to come?"

I nodded.

She smiled an almost evil grin. "Well, honey, this is the beginning of the rest of your life. And before you know it, you will be as old as me."

Horrified, I looked at my then, 48 year old mother and cringed. Although still beautiful, mom had gained a bit of weight and showed the beginning signs of middle age.

I laughed, and said something comparable to "Whatever" not believing a word of it.

Well, I honestly curse that day and have for many years because before I knew it, my college years FLEW... my twenties, FLEW even faster. Thirties... who remembers. I stop there. LOL. Needless to say Mom was right. Curses again. LOL.

I love the sound of this book and the art looks awesome. Since we share art/writing... I will definitely be going to Barnes and Noble to pick up my copy... I hope they have it.

I hope all is well with you Monti...

Jessica L. Foster said...

Interesting thoughts on time. It makes sense that the older we get the more time we have to compare to the time we are experiencing now. I think I would have more time if I managed it properly. Thanks for sharing.

Monti said...

Oh, Michael, how very wise our mothers were. I hear my mother's voice so often with the things she told me. I rebelled against so much of her wisdom, yet I understand it now! Thanks for your excellent comment.

Monti said...

Thanks, Jessica. Time is strange. Sometimes, we can will for just enough time to complete a project. Rather amazing, I think!

Barbara said...

I've never heard of this book before, I'm definitely going to read it, seems very interesting.
Time is an evil monster indeed, it needs to be fed well with good experiences to recall it all one day!

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