Look at this as semi-free form stuff, as I went off on a lot of tangents, with sudden returns to the overall concept. Its pretty fucking disjointed. Food for thought/imagination gone wild.
To quote myself
Time is the same throughout, but to life that has the ability to combine differentiation into things, symbols, it differs by age. As Time expands, the preceding universe recedes into itself, it ages. The smaller a consistent type of form is, such as an atom, the older it is, the more it has receded from the present, where we things of consciousness dwell.
Incidentally, my theory makes the idea of one-mind more feasible than others. Not that I'm at all convinced by its reality. Still I'll use it to draw parallels.
In retaining an attachment to things and concepts, one really has an attachment to the past, rather than being free in the present.
An enlightened person however should be living more in the Now, reacting logically to phenomena. Perhaps there is even a state where correct action/non-action comes seemingly automatically, without having to reason - a state which of course could only be achieved by causing the subconscious mind also to value positively, and thus utilise, reason above emotion.
More on the Now later, but first what is the approximate process required to teach the subconscious to value reason above emotion?
That would take a reorganisation of the ego program, best achieved by starting from a "clean" state, a stare that should be both obtained by and exist within logical parameters that result from an open minded and determined desire and effort to analyse reality.
Nearly everyone, including myself, are incapable of deconstructing the core of the ego program, the self. Which harks back to this quote:
While Huángbò was an uncompromising and somewhat fearsome Chan teacher, he understood the nature of fear in students when they heard the doctrine of emptiness and the Void: “Those who hasten towards it [the Void] dare not enter, fearing to hurtle down through the void with nothing to cling to or to stay their fall. So they look to the brink and retreat.”  He taught that ‘no activity’ was the gateway of his Dharma but that “all who reach this gate fear to enter.”  To overcome this fear, one “must enter it with the suddenness of a knife-thrust”
In order to reconstruct the ego program to the extent identified in the quote above would require a ripping out of the centre of the ego program. Everything in the ego program is built around the self - it is its base, the motherlode. To rip out the self would mean the rest of the program would, more often than not, collapse like the old house of cards. The subroutines would still be there though, and the degree of collapse and rebuilding process would be dependent on how sound those subroutines were. It does make sense that one reasons ones way to enlightenment, rather than via other methods that attempt shortcuts that end up with, at best, temporary results.
The process of revaluating each subroutine of one's existing ego program, would require ongoing reflection of how current experiences interact with memories, under the new paradigm of analysing the underlying cause and effect reality of those memories.
The emotions that interweave with determination are deeply intertwined with those of the self. The desire to obtain knowledge and to very highly value reason is an egocentric action in itself.
With philosophical development there is kind of stretching of the ego. One's ego is kinder, gentler, calm in some ways, but when matters of the truth are involved it tightens up and becomes determined. It goes from soft to hard. It would, at last for those seekers of real enlightenment, seem that this stretching is necessary for the ego and the first thing that must break to progress is that.
That is how it seems to me. When someone is too earnest about truth, then I feel that string, that tie to the self, has to go.
End of Psycho-Neural-philosophical interlude
Sci-fi segment (my theory, tainted with the stain of having to include "one-mind")
Under my theory, we see things across many time planes at once, time differentiation creates all the properties of things. The Now however is different, it rests above those other time planes both in our consciousness and universally. The now surrounds and is pushing at everything that has ever existed. That makes it directly interconnected, without having any change of form or action -unlike the interconnectedness of things, it is an undivided whole - of a sort that is.
An undivided whole would be instantaneous, however that instantaneousness is prevented by nature of time being a continuum, it never becomes static, so never can be a whole, there can never be "A Now", just the continuing now. My point is that the Now (which to us is current consciousness - information transmission takes time - so we are always not really ever in the now) is a singular plane that is utterly universal, but for a conscious entity, it is always moving away, always pushing the entity away into the past.
What that should mean is that the more one is able to get closer to allowing mind to think in the now, to meditate selflessly, completely detached, the greater the opportunity to connect with every life form presently able to do the same thing. A now would mean almost instant "awareness-communication" to any one, anywhere, making it a One-Mind (though not a one-brain).
We wouldn't merge in any meaningful communicative sense with individuals or aliens for that matter. Such as experience would be like cosmic background noise, except that one could only send or receive communications that could be related to by our brain and memory, and as we are in a near non-conceptual state, the static would be not be analysed, not perceived as static.
The experience would take normal self-consciousness away, as in order to "get close to the now" conceptions would need to go away, replacing it with the holistic awareness available in the now, leaving the brain to communicate directly with the one-mind, almost timelessly. Time would slow for you to your present levels of conceptualisation. Without conceptualisation, without the ego program being active, it would be non-emotional state, but still a state of subtle feeling, the feeling of extended awareness.
Were there any communication then ones most recent conceptual thoughts would be at the forefront, and may be altered in some fashion. Symbolic communication takes real time in your physical brain. Only a few scraps would be written to memory, triggers that would initiate correct thought. Really though, I doubt this is a reality. However, even reporting such as shaman having non-experienced knowledge does produce uncertainty.
As this one-mind experience seems to be a pleasurable one, it is so cherished by those who reckon they've had it in some way or other, one could assume then that those others from all times who achieved the same contact are a jolly bunch.
umm, stuff. Lost interest in categorising - its freeform.
The now-awareness is always there, always available for us to attain. In fact we probably experience it every time we think, though not in any consistent, identifiable way. When we mull over something, just what is it that we instruct our brain to do? Where are the instructions from the frontal lobes to memory - they are not in consciousness, they are just realily accessible by consciousness. We are only aware of something we wish to know, and we concentrate, an act in which we attempt to still the mind and then let things come to us, which means that consciousness itself is actually free from the construct we are seeking, which provides the emptiness in the frontal lobes for the subconscious to fill with the what it considers answers.
When we are emotionalised, the above is not the case. At all times the emotion is within our consciousness, taking up frontal lobe space and preventing a completely free thought stream to enter into it. In these circumstances, the frontal lobes have dirty fuel - its not pure mental petrol, it's full of all these other physical based thought packages that interfere with the pure thought stream.
A retarded mental development (autism for instance) or a burn-out of the ego program due to mental torment may cause non-enlightened people to become closer to the now in strange temporary ways. Idiots savants, born agains, the mad, the drugged (particularly the god drugs like Amanita Muscaria or Ayahuasca) may feel a timelessness and a form of heightened holistic awareness, but it is an conceptualised event, full of images coming from memory.
Something like a coma, or some forms or memory loss, severe autism, near death experiences, would be a case of the ego program having been knocked aside. All of a sudden it is not functioning and is unable to control one's thought processes. Without the ego program there is nothing to drive the body to move. It would be awake dream state, where much self awareness is gone. In sense these people would be living in the now, but it would be totally random, no coherency that would enable proper thoughts to develop, so nothing that would give the ego program an ability to reconnect to the frontal lobes. For some where the program is sound, but disconnected, constant attention can re-link the program, eventually.
On the other side of the scale, we have the problem of infinity. Infinity almost provides an assurance that evolved forms of godliness should exist and exist now. To call an entity a god would mean that they were "timelords", as opposed to the ultra-irrational "creators from nothing" (which is admittedly, I also propose re Time).
Under my theory, where the past is things, as in conglomerates of time of different ages, time travel of a kind would maybe be possible.
Time differentiation creates fundamental units of Information (as in Information Theory, I suppose). Combinations of information are patterns and these combinations themselves become new sets of information that form parts of other larger scale patterns. Patterns provide thingness - an ability to divide phenomena into more things, more information.
If an entity could find a way to splice a copy of the necessary segments of their "thinking brain" via a bio-machinery web, and then via secondary sensory gathering machinery into multiple instances of streams of basic units of information in an order that would enable it to recreate itself elsewhere, then they would be able to observe, at least to some extent, anywhere, any time, within the event horizon in which they themselves are constrained by, by being within a particular "Holistic Information set", aka Universe.
The nature of time ensures that there are an infinity of sub-universes, which become "event horizons".
Time is a continuum, which means it is an unstoppable non-quantified force. I say that time is everything, and is non-quantified, yet at the same time we exist as observers that can only experience quantified phenomena. This can only mean that times rate of expansion is not instantaneous. It is timeless in "being", not in affect. Causality has a reason to exist.
So what is causality?
Being + Differentiation + Time
Memory + Observed Now + Change Conceptualised
Past + Present + Future
Lesser + Existing + Greater
One to Many - Many to One - One to Many
If times expansionary rate was instantaneous, then it would be impossible for any imperfection, and no thing could exist. It wouldn't even be a continuum.
Without that expansionary infinity, then by the very nature of expansion it will expand as in an ever increasing circle of "something", wherein the circumference is the now, and everything within is the past. At this point, an important thing you need to understand is that the past has its own expanding now. The difference is that that now occurs at a lesser point along the continuum of times enlargement, of times continuum of Let There Be More Now. This older-time verus recent-time differential creates dualistic inward - outward growth pressure. It's all internal, the only "outside" is the action of times continuum (not the effect), so to expand something else must be squashed.
So now we have both pressure as in physical forces wanting to expand or contract something else, and we have a speed limit (expansion is not instantaneous). That is a bubble, and what do bubbles do, they explode, and then their previous form and what the form of what they interact with changes, thus changing the whole universe, eventually.
Of course, that is describing it as if it were a first cause, and the universe has grown from there.
It is a first cause, but only in the sense of the universe bubble we are within. It is a description of the process of creation of information, not the question of just why would Time be capable of expansion in the first place, where did it come from?
That would be an impossible question that no entity even in the context of an infinity of possible entities could answer. It is just that, and I mean really come on, the way we look at time in the non-conceptual sense - cast aside the measurement - and you should see that we view it experience-wise as if it were time that controls the universe.
Time is a more fundamental concept than any other, too deeply ingrained into how our mind works for us to understand. All our senses determine differences by the use of time intervals. All our thoughts and memories are stored in fashion where flows of X per millisecond, index and prioritise information. For example, the affect of adrenalin is towards one end of the scale, but what about the other pole, which I don’t know, maybe REM sleep might be.
Time is a greater universal singular conceptual connector than any other. Space, as is spatiality, may be more observable, certainly more pronounced in our consciousness, but it relies on thingness for context. It is conceptual event, whereas time is a subconscious event, except where it becomes a thought, and thus a measurement.