Do you use your energy mostly for moving through space or for moving through time? Does it matter? Is there a purpose to the question? Yes and yes. It matters how the energy is used, the purpose to which you put it.
A little physics helps us see why. Einstein’s theory of special relativity showed that as more energy goes to moving through space and less to moving through time, time seems to slow down–as velocity (distance in space over a period of time) increases, perceived time slows down. At the extreme velocity, the speed of light, a photon does not experience time. Conversely, the more energy goes to moving through time and less through space, it takes more time to cover a specific distance, or less space is covered in a period of time–as velocity decreases, perceived time speeds up.
Here is the part that seems to be confusing. As time seems to slow down for the observer, more time is passing for the other, the non-observer. Time seems to be going very slow for me, and passes more quickly for others. We will get back to what this means in a minute.
Translating this insight from physics, we see that energy is always purposeful, meaning that energy has an attractive force, a gravity, as shown by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, a force that makes it cohere. This energy goes into movement through time and space. According to the founders of quantum physics, the normal understanding and use of time is obsolete. They suggest it is more useful to understand that what we call time is actually a series of instances, in which choices are made. Choices where something reflected the purpose, the state of the environment, the state of the organism, and a choice was made, something happened. Lots of these instances occur in what we normally consider to be a second of time. Energy, by definition, changes. A choice about its changes occurs every instance. Somehow, something makes this choice every instance. The series of choices we experience is what we call time. We also experience this energy as a form with extension–it extends over multiple dimensions, such as the three dimensions of length, width, and depth. This is what we tend to think of as space, extension. In summary, we experience energy over time (a series of choices for each instance) and space (in extension).
When we experience our energy, our purposeful energy, going into time, it goes into our processes of witnessing what is being reflected of our purpose and our own organism, and we choose, consciously or unconsciously, what to do. When we experience our purposeful energy going into space, it goes into form-in-extension. Our purposeful energy goes into time and space, a mix of reflector-witness-choosing and of form-in-extension.
If time seems to be slowing down, more of your purposeful energy is going into space, more into the form-in-extension, and less into reflector-witness-choosing. When time seems to be speeding up, more of your purposeful energy is going into time, more into reflector-witness-choosing, and less into the form-in-extension.
In plain English, this means that when time seems to slow down, you might be focusing your (purposeful) energy more on the outcomes in your immediate environment. When time seems to slow to a creep, when it takes forever for a second to pass, most of your purposeful energy might be going to your awareness of the immediate outcomes in your surroundings. You could take this as an opportunity to be severely bored or disengaged, like in that endless meeting, or you could take this as a signal to yourself that you are not giving enough attention to your purposeful energy, your awareness, to being aware of the alignment between your purpose and your choices.
When time seems to go by very quickly, when whole spans of time seem to have passed without you being aware, most of your purposeful energy might be going to your awareness of the alignment between your purpose and your own organism’s choices. You can take this as an opportunity to be lost in reflection–witnessing the reflection of your purpose and your organism’s choices–or you could take this as a signal to yourself that you are not being aware of what is manifesting in your immediate environment.
Maybe the reason both extremes, time goes too slow or too quick, seem to be wasteful, is that you are wasting the opportunity to choose how much of your purposeful energy goes towards being aware of your purpose, your environment, and your choices. Balancing these uses of your purposeful energy allows you to tangibilize, to see what you want (purpose), what is happening outside (environment) and inside (organism), and to choose your response (form-in-extension). When you are not balancing these, you give yourself signals, time goes by too fast or too slow.
You can transform your purposeful energy into an alignment of purpose, reflecting, witnessing, choosing, and extension-in-form, learning from what happens from what you saw, and adjusting what you witness. You can move your energy through time and space, as you choose. It matters, and it has a purpose.