When asleep in TIME... by James Lewis Hamilton

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I hope no one is getting bored with all my time oriented tee designs. It’s just that right ‘now’ this portal is how I’m entering the eternal and finding peace and joy.
Well, I suppose that could sound a bit woo-woo, but here is how this works for me. ‘Time’ as I was brought up was an essential element of the reality of the world I was led to believe in. ‘Time is money’, date of birth, how old I was at any point, and the importance of accomplishing certain things by a certain time or age… all this and more was stressed as VERY relevant. The thought of questioning the reality of time was considered as insane as questioning ones identity as a human being.
Yet, I’ve been one to question, be curious, not that this trait is so unusual, but there are somethings I really want to know… and accepting the so called ‘norm’ was never very important to me. One of those ‘wanting to know’ things was about happiness… what makes me ‘really’ happy. I experimented with a lot of approaches, most seemed to work some of the time and most worked very little of the time. Being basically an upbeat happy character I thought about this predicament a lot.
I began to realize that most, if not all, of my unhappy times were when I was either regretting something in my past or worrying about something in the future. Yet, in the very instant I was thinking about this there was really no regret or worry… and in those moments I realized I was happy. The more I thought about all this the more I was open to receiving help.
Help often came in the form of inspirational books, but not books about specific beliefs, more about concepts or ideas that I could try out in an experiential way. I’ll mention here Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of NOW” and its very clear examples of how regret of the past and worry of the future are great sources for unhappiness. The quotation on this tee came from Michael Brown’s book “The Presence Process” (copyright 2005) and he also, in his style, covers the same ground.
The long and short of this description/story is that over the recent years I’ve learned to easily access and stay for extended periods in the now present moment. I’ve discovered it’s impossible for me to be unhappy and be aware of the now.
If unhappiness rears its head, and it does, then I know I’ve allowed my attention to wander from the now moment… to dwell on some past event or interpretation or think about some future issue.
I still make longer range plans, that’s using the convenience of a calendar. I’m still on time or early to most dates and appointments, that’s merely using the convenience of ‘clock time’.
What’s most bizarre and wonderful for me though, is that I no longer believe in the absolute reality of time. As Einstein pointed out, it is relative. Further, as this childhood training about reality is nullified, I begin to question deeper all the other premises about who, what and where I am. As long as I hold my space in the now, void of regret and worry, I’m happy and peaceful. The other seeming absolutes about humanity, this planet and the universe begin to crumble with the removal of time (linear time in particular) from their foundations.
The bottom line is that my peace and joy are in place… where? In my heart! This tee is another form of reminder to awaken from illusory dreams and live with a new vision that appears in the present moment. ;-)))
IF you are one of the dear folks who has read all the way through this… Then take another moment and leave a comment, ask a question, state your opinion… either in the space allowed under the picture… or even B-mail me! ;-)))

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  • James Lewis Hamilton
    James Lewis Ha...over 4 years ago

    This one will really need to be VIEWED LARGER to get its vision. ;-)))

  • Santamaria
    Santamariaabout 4 years ago

    Dear James…thanks so much for this wonderful spiritual’s definetely this present moment’s lesson for me!

  • NOW is always a good time… of course this is fortunate… since it is the only time!
    U tink this might be another tee???

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussabout 4 years ago

    Hello James,Good read,and a good reminder not to let human nature take charge of the spirit, Peace jeff

  • The nature of humanity resides too often in the past or future…
    which has no spirit or reality…
    unless right now it’s the object of my love.
    Thanks, Jeff! ;-)))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760about 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at T – ME!

  • Appreciation for this Feature is spread all over my face right now… I’ll wipe it off on my tee-shirt soon! Thanks!!!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Ann Morgan
    Ann Morganabout 4 years ago

    This is a great t-shirt but more to the point a valuable concept, one that has been work for me and still is.

  • Ann Morgan
    Ann Morganabout 4 years ago


  • Ann, thanks for the feature… another RB member who appreciates my tees asked why I did them… I do them to remind myself… and your confirmation that this one works for you proves my approach works! ;-)))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Sarah Curtiss
    Sarah Curtissabout 4 years ago

    You are a very talented artist, James Lewis. I love your T’s, this one in particular. I, too, have spent many a happy hour pondering time and space!

  • Thank you Sarah, the ‘very talented artist’ comment helps me settle that into my bones!… AND yes, it was an incredible ‘Epiphany’ when I ‘felt’ and experienced the delusional nature of time… and in the unwinding of my absolute belief in it the feeling of freedom… and a deeper than ever inner peace. If you have an interest in sharing our experiences back and forth Bmail me! ;-)))))))))))))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • annieannie
    annieanniealmost 4 years ago

    good one james
    of course i read allthe way through
    i am a suckerfor your talented designs and drawings
    hope to do a little more work on my abc T’S
    this one of yours is fab but i think you go the long way round to reach peace … the source is right alongside you…
    xx annie

  • thanks… and it may seem to be a long way to ‘peace’ for someone residing ‘in the stillness’… but so many seem so frenetic in their lack of it ;~))))))))))))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Susan van Zyl
  • thanks… as I see your message in mid Sept. ;-)))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Beth Cornell
    Beth Cornellover 3 years ago

    affirming, thank you :-)

  • Beth, thank you for leaving this comment… and reminding ME of this message!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

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