In The Big Leap, Hendricks brings up a concept that is mind blowing. I honestly would have felt it was a bunch of woo-woo if I hadn't experienced first hand many years ago. This one shift took me from feelings of overwhelm, dread and exhaustion and pivoted me into a world of expansive ease. I began to surprise myself and others with how much I was getting done with ease.
Hendricks calls this Einstein Time. He points out that in Newtonian time we view time as finite and limited. This is a very logical conclusion, after all if you look at a clock ticking you can see each second, minute and hour ticking away. You can count there are 24 of these things we call hours in a day and 60 of these things we call seconds in a minute. Etc. etc.
So then what is Einstein's time?
Here is where it gets fun!
Einstein saw a relationship between space and time. Hendricks connected the dots and posits that we do indeed impact how spacious or limited time becomes based on how we relate to time. Sounds kinda crazy right!? Yet, we have all experienced this to one degree or another.
For example, if you are in a hurry to get somewhere and operating under Newtonian thinking "I'm going to be late, there is no way to get there." this creates stress. The focus on stress actually condenses time around us making it like molasses to move through.
Oh it get's better...
On this inverse, when we feel we have plenty of time, and really feel that spaciousness, we magically find that the time we need is there. Coaches experience this all the time in session.
After reading this idea I had a realization. Like any good coach, years ago, I decided to do three things with my time. Remember I was overwhelmed and dreading my to-do lists (yes, I had about 4 of those). I decided to take action. I agreed to:
1) Begin with the end in mind. Plan my week. 2) Prioritize my day.
I noticed that doing #1 and #2 helped immensely. I became very efficient and aligned with my values. Yet, it didn't take care of the stress of meeting and surpassing deadlines. I was still experiencing dread, overwhelm and exhaustion. So, I decided to believe there was plenty of time. I added:
3) Believe I had more than enough time, even when it didn't appear that way logically. Exhale with relief.
When the dread crept up, I had a mantra I adopted, "All in a days work, this shall be done." I would exhale and expand into the realm of all the time I needed. I was absolutely amazed how much I could magically accomplish when I sank into the spaciousness of time.
It was almost like stress was the gravity pulling time in closer to me, condensing it into almost nothing, and that my expansive mindset allowed space and time to just exist.
I completely understand that everything I'm saying defies conventional logic and time management advice! Yet, looking back, this was the moment that shifted my life into greater ease.
It was the moment I let go of linear stressful thinking and allowed ease to sink in that my experience of life shifted. It appeared to me as if all this extra time was quietly waiting, here all along to be tapped into as soon as I became ready to embrace it. There is plenty of time, in this moment... there is plenty. And so it is.
The Course in Miracles says it is not our task to seek for love, but simply to remove the barriers to love, because it already exists, waiting for us. So it is with our own success...
Enjoy your week experimenting with Einstein Time!
In Service to your Life Purpose,
Laurel Elders, PCC Founder / Senior Faculty Institute of Integrative Coach Training
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