Last week a colleague at the day job asked ‘what day does a week start on, a Sunday or a Monday?’ I’m not sure of his reason, but we all had a different view and reason as to why we would say a particular day. For instance calendars in the UK generally are laid out to start a week on a Sunday. However, some of us consider a week to start on a Monday as this is when we go back to the day job after a weekend off. You might be wondering what this has to do with spirituality and my blog. Well science, ancient cultures and karma all tell us (in my view) that cycles are more important than linear time.
In science there are many cycles; for instance the cycle of
life and death and the associated recycling of material to the earth when
something dies. In a forest this can mean a tree falling and as it rots it
provides food for insects, fungi and soil bacteria via the Nitrogen Cycle. This
in turn provides the minerals required for other plants to grow. The cycle of
the planets around the sun, and moons around a planet are born out of physics
and are generally regular. On earth these cycles provide day and night, the
seasons and the movement of the tides, thus affecting how life and culture
evolved to a large degree. There is also the potential for longer time scale cycles
regarding the ‘birth’ and ‘death’ of stars and potentially the universe itself,
all providing new matter and energy to be used elsewhere.
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The cycles of earth and the wider universe are also
discussed in the Mayan calendar and associated beliefs. The Mayan calendar was
used by a number of cultures around at the time and it still in use in some
cases today. It consists of three
separate corresponding calendars, the Long Count, the Tzolkin (divine
calendar) and the Haab (civil calendar). In all three cases time is represented and
measured cyclically. The Long Count is their astronomical calendar which
was used to track longer periods of time - universal cycles. Each represented
2,880,000 days (about 7885 solar years). The Mayans believed that the universe
is destroyed and then recreated at the start of each cycle.
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The concept of Karma and past lives affecting your current one, and your evolution to higher spiritual plane, are linked to cycles as well as linear evolution. Your spiritual body (etheric body or soul) will cycle through different lifetimes atoning for past sins, gathering knowledge and experience, and potentially taking many physical forms until it is ready to ascend to another plane of existence.
So cycles underlie a lot of what happens and can be seen in natural and in human constructs of time. Therefore, does a week start on a Monday or a Sunday? Well in reality it doesn’t really matter. What is more important is you make the most of your time in this life cycle and live each day full of wonder!