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What time would it be if we eliminated all the clocks?

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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What time would it be if we eliminated all the clocks?

This is a well-known koan from the Zen tradition. Koans have no answer to the questions that they pose, but rather are designed to stop your mind.

This koan also delivers an easy answer and that answer is experiential and existential, which is what a koan is designed to do—to take you out of your mind, out of concept and into experience. So what time would it be if we eliminated all the clocks? It would be NOW, always and eternally now, the now of our existence.

The only experience of existence (of life) we ever have is now. If we are truthful, which means that we are wakeful and we are aware, then we are existing and experiencing life now. The wakeful experience of life is being conscious of existence, which is consciousness. We are experiencing consciousness here and now, and consciousness is a joyous energy.

So if we are experiencing conscious existence in the now of its happening, we are experiencing joyful life as blissful consciousness. When I invite you to be wakeful, to focus your awareness, it is an invitation to truthful experience—the truthful experience of reality as conscious existence, as consciousness, as blissful consciousness in the now of its happening.

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.