For one thing, the desire to change…, as per the nature of desire, …creates a division in the form of the distinction between “the thing to change from” and “the thing to change to”.
Therefore, if the desired change is ever to actually be achieved, in whatever way, the opposite of “changing back” to the “old, undesired way” will always exist. And so it is in this way that our “change” is probably more accurately represented as the motion back and forth on a section of line than uninterrupted directional motion in a continuous straight line.
Why is this?
To understand and see this, we have to understand and see the nature of desire itself.
When we desire something…, anything — it creates a projection. What does this mean? A projection is a separation, or “division”. Look at it as the following:
Our “normal” mental state can be represented by a single black dot on a white background.
When we project we actually create an additional point. And, since the addition of any more points requires space in which to exist, that means there must be a separation between the original point and the new point.
Now, what we know about physical space and distance is that it requires time to traverse, or move between any two physical points. The same phenomenon holds for inner, mental, or psychological space and distance. The creation of some “desired” goal or thing separate from “what is” different from what is actually present in the current moment, creates this additional “mental point” in the form of a thought some kind. We then psychologically seek to obtain, gain, or acquire the desired thing by moving constantly towards it.
This is how the phenomena of psychological time is created.
What facilitates this whole process is language itself, or our thought.
This construct effects our entire way of life on the entire planet.