When we apply this fact to emotions, we find that emotions can carry us far away before we realize we are reliving a past association. Most emotions are related to a reoccurring theme over our lifetime. Anger may be associated with my father and the pain of what happened to me when he became angry. Now, years later, whenever anyone gets angry, fear arises from that earlier conditioning. Anger is rarely seen fresh and new, just for what it is. We may be too frightened by its emergence to even want to see it. This is an example of the past living within the present, but few of us realize this emotional conditioning is also being perpetuated by our thoughts.
As mentioned above the timeless is what remains when there is no thinking, and on a more subtle level the timeless is what holds thoughts when they do arise. Everything arises within the timeless and is always being held by the timeless. The timeless holds time. Our spiritual journey begins within the density of time and is driven by a time based perception. We always have more to do, more to accumulate, more to access. We believe strongly in experiences and feel we need certain experiences in order to reach our spiritual goals. Experiences are carried by time, the memories I have of yesterday and my hopes of tomorrow. To believe we need a certain experience is to believe we need a certain future, all driven by thought.
As our spiritual journey unfolds, we realize that neither time nor experience will transform us. We begin to understand that true spiritual transcendence is from time to the timeless. That transformation does not require anything from us but stillness, which is freedom from the _belief_ in thought. Though thoughts occur, they cannot obscure the freedom of the timeless that holds the thoughts as they arise. The counter-influence come when we realize that to shift into the timeless requires releasing thought, which has been our single most accessible and reliable tool. To move from the time that holds all we know, into the timeless that holds all things without knowing, is the journey we undertake.