In the middle of December, 2005, the vivid dynamic picture of an unusual dual-time clock (simultaneously displaying both "conventional time" and "local natural time") came to me suddenly one afternoon.
First, because I was not thinking about a clock or even time. And, even more so, because I tend to not visualize concepts or even things.
I spent a few days thinking about how this unusual kind of clock would work, e.g., how syncing its changing circle to its conventional hands would look if both the movement of its circle and hands were linked to one's latitude and longitude. But soon after this idea of a "natural time in real-time" clock popped into my head, it slipped from my mind as I saw no great value for it, and because I thought I had better things to do in my life.
Then about five weeks later, I was lying in a windowless Intensive Care Unit after a week before having had a heart attack and that morning having had a quadruple bypass operation.
In the ICU, due in part to me not having direct access to the passage of day and night, I began suffering a delirium that I learned later is called "ICU psychosis". And as I began slipping away from life instead of recovering, I suddenly remembered my "natural time" clock and I began wishing that it were on the wall so that I could look at it, and by doing so I would be more wholly at one with the passage of actual day and night. Note: I have since discovered that ICU psychosis is a much too typical and serious problem in Intensive Care Units: http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/120898sci-icu-psychosis.html.
Somehow that remembrance restored me. And upon surviving that terrible and terrifying I.C.U. ordeal, I made a promise to bring this natural time clock into reality.
Six years later, after Jackie and I discovered how much separation from awareness of natural day and night can negatively affect us -- and especially women, in all sorts of ways, our Better Tyme Project and Better Tymes for Women one are making enhanced versions of this dual-time clock available to every person who would like an easy way to be "at one" with the natural passage of day and night.
It does not take much to change the world or even just your own world. A tiny blood clot can kill you. And a recent statistical research study in Sweden showed that in the week after moving the clock ahead in the Spring to usher in Daylight Saving Time, the number of heart attacks goes through the roof. (The same thing happens the first day after clocks are moved back one hour in the Fall.) The invention of a simple way of standardizing units of time ("the verge and foliet") changed the way that all sorts of human organizations, from families to companies to armies, can be managed for all time. At least for as long as we have the time.
Please join with Jackie and me in making much better times happen. One biological clock at a time, starting with yours. And at least for your self-exploration purposes. Can't hurt. And might help. Perhaps a lot.