Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc. – The Illusionary Perception of Time and Space
With each discovery in astronomy, there is often an awestruck wonderment about the vastness of space. As science gives greater analysis to such cosmological findings, common knowledge about the age and immensity of the universe grows. Humanity is caught up in expanding perceptions of time and space. No longer are such perceptions confined to scientists and professors; the human mind staggers as videos demonstrate to the masses how enormous are the reaches in light years between the physical dimension of the Earth and other manifestations in the cosmos.
And yet—mystically—is there more at work here in the perception of time and space?
Mystical awareness removes the veils between what seems to be and what really is. And truth comes to the forefront when it comes to the mind’s perception of time and space.
The stunning Reality is that both time and space are illusionary perceptions as perceived in human awareness.
Human sense perception is confined to certain boundaries—held captive by a limited awareness. All frames of reference concerning time and space are, in fact, held in check by human awareness. Furthermore, all scientific discoveries can only be understood within the parameters of this awareness. There are reasons for this, which is why creation or manifestation exists.
The illusions of time and space are necessary components of manifestation and creation. Such illusions include the dualities of beginnings and endings, such as the seeming occurrences of human birth and death, the birth and death of a star, and the seeming time in between. In Mystical Awareness there is but one Life in this Universe and as this Universe—including all of its various dimensions—manifesting as everything and everyone. An illusion of separateness and variety exists in order to make the illusion seem very real. The One Life, Universal Consciousness has created a Cosmic Illusion to create diversification within Itself.
Only the One Life Presence of God exists as, and within, all—creating and maintaining thought-form images and the environmental illusion of both time and space to substantiate existence as it appears to be to our senses. Again, all present scientific discoveries—or those in the future—are still constrained by the illusion of what life seems to be.
Dualities, diversities, beginnings and endings are all part of the Cosmic Drama. They make creation work. They provide the illusion of time and space. Yet, the One Life remains a constant, without beginning or ending, and without the illusion of travel—the illusion of moving from point A to point B, and the elapsed time needed to make it appear that a journey has taken place.
Yes, it all seems very real, and each new discovery of science justifies the belief that time and space do exist. Yet, the Ultimate Reality of One Life, Universal Life, or God, is the Only Reality that exists. From the Bible are the words, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth . . . and God said ‘Let there be Light,’ and there was light.” And from Light all things came forth. Human beings, other beings, the cosmos, the perception of time—all are seeming divisions within the Light, the seeming first manifestation of God or Unmanifest Spirit.
Only Eternity—one cosmic second—actually exists, and that description is only given to fill a human need for a point of reference for describing Eternity as timelessness.
Again, why is the illusion necessary? Because without it God could not create what to human awareness appears to be a created universe, with a seeming enormity of manifesting life forms residing throughout the physical dimension, as well as other dimensions.
In a Higher State of Beingness, life or existence is more known for what it is and why it is. What the Eternal God-Presence within values replaces what human consciousness values; fragmentary perceptions of one’s life are replaced with a holistic awareness of life and the Universe. The need for personal ego existence is seen as a constricting handicap to Reality. With a greater awareness of Reality comes an enhanced appreciation of all manifested life. With the diminishing of the personal ego—which is the source of all human problems—there is an increasing awareness that one is part of the Eternal Whole rather than a mere, fragmentary, isolated self.
In such an expanded awareness of Reality and existence, there is a greater opportunity for expression, as human awareness is increasingly free of seeming limitations. Consciousness is freer to explore and express itself in creative and unique ways. The more one’s consciousness opens to the Truth of the One and Only Consciousness of God, the more Consciousness within any seeming creation is freed to be.
The soul’s purpose for this incarnation becomes increasingly evident. Plus, it is a Mystical Truth that only when the soul’s purpose is fulfilled in any incarnation can lasting fulfillment and happiness be achieved. In a state of awareness free of the illusion of time and space, we are freer to be what we really are—the One Life, Universal Presence of God expressing Itself as an individualized, unique aspect of Itself, within Itself.
We live in the Eternal Consciousness of God. We have not come from somewhere, for in Truth, we have never left. There is no place to get to that requires the illusion of time and space, for again, we have never left. All that could be already is in the One Universal Life Presence of God.
These mystically aware words from the Bible highlight this Reality: “For in God we live, and move, and have our being.” Add to this Truth the mystical message about true God Selfhood from the Mind of Christ in Jesus: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”
Life is not what we make it, but ultimately what we awaken to find it already is.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ Book, “Mystical Insights: Knowing the Unknown,” Pgs. 96–99.
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Intro and ending music © “Night Radiance” by Maxim Kornyshev