Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – Author Tina Frisco – Time is an Illusion.


I am delighted that my lovely friend and talented author Tina Frisco leapt into action when I invited writers to blog sit whilst I am away with my two sisters. Tina is hugely supportive of all her blogging friends and in this post she explores our perception of time.

61drzdpa47l-_ux250_About Tina Frisco.

Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and student of shamanism. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a young child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and songwriting. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews, essays, articles in the field of medicine, her début novel – PLATEAU, her children’s book – GABBY AND THE QUADS, and her latest novel – VAMPYRIE. She enjoys writing, reading, music, dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and frequently getting lost in working crossword puzzles.

Please enjoy Tina’s post

Time Is an Illusion

“The dividing line between past, present, and future is an illusion.”
–Albert Einstein

Terri Webster Schrandt

Image courtesy of Terri Webster-Schrandt

What? Had Einstein lost his mind? We all know time flows in an orderly fashion, is quantifiable, and has duration. Therefore, since time can be measured, it must be real, right?

We measure time in a linear fashion: seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades, centuries, millennia. We give it dimension, quantity, direction, magnitude. Without measuring the passage of time, we would not know how old we are, when to arrive for and how long to stay at work, when to go to bed and wake up in the morning, how to bookmark events, when to catch the train . . . In our fast-paced technological society, without time, we would be lost. Time gives structure and order to our lives yet is no more real than Batman or Catwoman. Or is it?

Some physicists state that time is relative. Others argue that time flows and is ongoing. But both seem to agree that the space-time we inhabit is a construct of the human mind rather than a fundamental of nature. Thus, if time is not a primitive – not fundamental – then it follows that time is not needed to construct reality.

In his article Time, Space and Consciousness, Kevin Ryerson states that how we experience an event is what creates our reality, rather than the event itself.

If there is no clock in the cosmos, then there is no clock on planet Earth. We do not exist apart from the universe, because we are part of the universe. As above, so below.

Because our spirits inhabit material vehicles, we’re under the impression that all things material are in relative position to each other. But if we remove the material from this equation, we’re left with the spiritual. And although quantum physics is approaching understanding, the spirit realm is something science has yet to explain.

So if time is an illusion, then where are we relative to past, present, future? If we exist in no-time, then it would likely follow that the only true reality is the now. And if all that exists is now, then past/present/future must be occurring simultaneously.

The TV series Quantum Leap touched on the theory of time being an illusion. And in his book, The Isaiah Effect, Gregg Braden discusses the mystery of time.


In one example, he tells of a tour bus traveling from Mt. Sinai to Cairo in four hours, when the trip should have taken seven or more hours. In Another example, he tells of a woman healed of bladder cancer in only two minutes and forty seconds. This was observed on ultrasound while three practitioners stood behind her and repeated only one word in their native tongue, a word loosely translated into English that meant ‘already gone’ or ‘already accomplished.’

We know a bus trip down a mountain, then under the Suez Canal, and then across a desert could not be condensed from seven hours to four. And yet it was. We know a cancerous tumor cannot be shrunken and made to disappear within two minutes and forty seconds. And yet it was. Some might attribute these events to the entity referred to as God and call them miracles. Yet if present and future coexist, and we observe events from the perspective of no-time, then the future becomes the present as concentric circles of absolute reality overlap and superimpose, one upon the other. This theory implies that all possible outcomes to any situation already exist within the now.

In an article adapted from Integrative Health & Healing, Fall 2003, the author discusses the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, i.e., there’s an interplay between how our reality manifests and how we observe it.

Shamanic Healing: Why it Works

It’s not easy to wrap one’s head around the concept of space-time being an illusion, because most of us can’t imagine life without yesterday, today, and tomorrow. But if we view life as circles within a circle rather than a sequence of events, the concept of no-time begins to make sense.

In the video below, Michael Harner explains three experiences of ‘time outside of time’ achieved by shamanic journeying via sonic driving using the drum and vibrational instruments:

Type 1: Simple Experiences
(a) The compression of time;
(b) Going backward in time;
(c) Going forward in time.

Type 2: Simultaneous Experiences
(a) The dreamtime – one is simultaneously in relative time and the dreamtime (the origin of all things), and can move in and out of each at will;
(b) Merging with a beneficent helping entity in absolute time while keeping a foot in relative time.

Type 3: Ecstatic Cosmic Union.

The Transcendence of Time in Shamanic Practice,
Michael Harner, SAND 2011

What I find heartening is once Types 2 and 3 have been experienced, it becomes easier and easier to go there at will. Practice really does make perfect.

What is your concept of time? Namaste, my friends ♥

©TinaFrisco 2017


About Tina Frisco’s latest book Vampyrie

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.

Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell?

Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor?

Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

A recent review of the book

Normally, I am not a fan of vampire or other “monster” genre stories, but when I read the book’s description along with Frisco’s idea for the book, I was intrigued. Plus, I am fascinated with the Viking myths. As I read this, it reminded me loosely of an old 70s movie, “Frankenstein: The True Story,” which told the classic monster story from a psychological and scientific point of view.

Author Tina Frisco offers a compelling and realistic view of the origin of vampires. The characters in Vampyrie are believable, although their penchant for keeping secrets delivers the story slowly, like the peeling of an onion, but with good results. The inexorable development of the heroine, Phoebe, is satisfying to see as she comes to grips with her past and her true identity.

This is not your average horror-genre vampire story, complete with bloody fangs, but a scientific, what-if story that is guaranteed to draw the reader into its paranormal plot with a sci-fi twist. Frisco’s writing is on-point, snappy and consistent. This is a page turner that will hold a reader’s interest for hours! What the “Twilight” series did for paranormal romance in the world of vampires, Vampyrie does with a realistic, medical explanation for the origin of the vampire.

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Thank you so much to Tina for such an incredible post and please help send it through time and across as many networks as you can.

Don’t forget to tell Tina what your concept of time is.

69 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – Author Tina Frisco – Time is an Illusion.

  1. Great article, Tina! I remember having major surgery in 2005 and telling my friends who were in the waiting room that I would know I was alive, once waking up, if I saw a clock. They got it, because we were all Spiritually grounded. So, when I opened my eyes and saw the clock on the wall in recovery, I knew I was still here. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Annette. That’s an interesting reminiscence and one I can relate to. I’ve had several surgeries and always looked for something tangible when waking up in recovery. Usually I just grabbed onto the side rails and called out, ‘I’m still alive, right?’ If the nurses were busy, I didn’t get an immediate answer. Looking at a clock would’ve been much more expedient and a lot more comforting. I’ll keep that in mind for the ‘I-hope-there-never-is-a’ next time 🙂 💜

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  3. Tina absolutely fascinated by your erudite and provocative post. It got me thinking (no mean feat!) there is much more to heaven and earth than we dream of (to misquote the Bard). We are so dependent on our senses to interpret the universe we think that’s all there is too it. Newton thought mathematics was the very language of God because it described the universe. Yet the philosopher Bertrand Russell in his Principia Mathematica proved 1+1=2 is only right when you start from a certain accepted point. Rather than the Language of God our best tool to examine the universe seems to reflect nothing more than the architecture of our own sensory system. Which basically means anything is possible as the examples in your post prove.

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    • A very thoughtful comment, Paul, mean feat or not! Mathematics go a long way in explaining the universe ~ as seen in the Fibonacci sequence, which is frequently found in nature (branching in trees; phyllotaxis – the arrangement of leaves on a stem; the fruit sprouts of a pineapple; the flowering of an artichoke; an uncurling fern; the arrangement of a pine cone’s bracts). But when a quantum leap occurs, all bets are off. Yet I wonder . . . Perhaps quantum leaps can be accounted for within the Fibonacci sequence… 💜

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      • That is another fascinating thought, maybe the universe is curled up inside another the essentially same but writ large on wards and onwards forever unflowering. I have often wondered if string theory should be called spaghetti theory because the dimensions we perceive are look liking looking at a pack of spaghetti end on without ever realising all these little circles we see are actually long structures stretching off who knows where.

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      • This brings to mind the XY chromosomes. If memory serves, they were first identified under the electron microscope. Later, under more powerful microscopes (e.g., Rife), they were seen as strings, with the top of the Y or male chromosome hung over or limp (no slur on the male anatomy intended). But I think string theory has it backwards; it’s more like concentric circle theory. When 2 circles overlap, an X is formed in the 2 places they’re adjoined and can be seen as strings (or spaghetti!). Humans need to learn to observe with their 3rd eye, and science needs to find a way to define and describe that perception 💜

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  4. Thank you, Tina, for sharing these concepts and resources. Gregg Braden’s work has intrigued and sometimes befuddled me for years. I’m excited to delve into the materials you’ve listed her.

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  5. Holy Moly. Fascinating but I’ll need more time to get my head around this. Thank you, Tina. I wonder about children, especially those we ‘wait’ and wait for Mommy or whatever is important to them. I wonder if they experience the difference between10 minutes and 30 minutes. To me, this is where we (I) go into a holding pattern (a suspension of time in the wait) and possibly glimpse a fraction about what’s being discussed here. o_O

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    • You’re welcome, Tess. I waver between getting it and losing it. Just when I think I fully understand it, something else pops up to challenge me. Then it’s off to the races once again! I think children don’t experience time as adults do, because they’re still close to the other side. Then they get conditioned by our limiting beliefs. Perhaps when we become enlightened, it will all make perfect sense. Something to strive for … 💜

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  6. Reblogged this on TINA FRISCO and commented:
    It’s a pleasure to be part of Sally Cronin’s Blog Sitting Special while she’s off celebrating her birthday with her sisters in England. There will be many more hosts throughout the week, so do stop by and enjoy the variety of posts she has lined up for our edification in her absence 💜

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  7. “Yet if present and future coexist, and we observe events from the perspective of no-time, then the future becomes the present as concentric circles of absolute reality overlap and superimpose, one upon the other. This theory implies that all possible outcomes to any situation already exist within the now.”

    Probably the best summary I’ve ever read of a subject that is fascinating yet still hard for me to wrap my head around. I’ve been being schooled on this by a good friend who’s ton all the heavy lifting (years of research into the metaphysical) and I’m a believer! It makes sense to me, even if it is still hard to understand, especially the whole thing about our creating even the physical things in our world that we need to “navigate” around on this plane. A bit easier to understand the “no-time, circles within a circle” though. I’ve often wondered if the deja vu experiences we have are a real and tangible glimpse into one of those other circles.

    Anyway, sorry for the ramble. Thanks for a wonderful post, Tina, and those references. Time (no pun intended) always seems too short but I hope to check them out. Oh, one last thing….do you think that–since “all possible outcomes to any situation already exist within the now”–we have all survived the current political environment? (I don’t want to get “too” political by mentioning any specific names!! lol)

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    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Emily. I do think all possible solutions coexist in the now. We’re conditioned to see only one dimension, the one in which we live. But there are many dimensions and ‘realities,’ each manifesting what its indigenous entities are thinking. This is why it’s so important to keep positive thoughts, i.e., think and act from love rather than fear. Simultaneously, we need to remain aware and act on injustices, with love and compassion; both of which can be ruthless in their pursuit. It sounds like a contradiction in terms, but that’s only because our left brains obscure perception of the absolute, The Divine of which we’re all a part 💜

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  8. Going back to a comment much further up, I love the way “Ting” takes the “I’m” out of “timing”. I feel sure that was a serendipitous typo. Great post which I must return to with more spare thinking time available. Thank you Ting!

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  9. I love the idea that time can be seen in circles, my mind is comfortable with that rather than it being linear. I have often woken up and totally been in another timeline which I had already been in, so I do believe that time happens constantly and that all realities are happening at the same moment. I wonder how our ancestors way back in time, lol, developed. The going to bed at sundown, getting up at sunrise, our body clocks are still mapped for that. What do you think? xx Great article Tina, xx

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Adele. I agree that our biorhythms match that of Mother Earth. The body’s internal clock is regulated by light. Melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, regulates the body’s circadian rhythm and is what causes us to sleep. Too much artificial or natural (think Alaska) light prevents melatonin production, disrupts natural sleep patterns, and can lead to health problems. For me, the word rhythm feels circular, as in ‘circ’adian. Also, the Earth is round. If we travel linearly, we’ll always end up back where we started. We complete one journey and move on to another, forming many circles and circles within circles. Our path in life is circular, like all the orbs in the Universe ♥

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