Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc. – Time? A Mystical Perspective
A person remembers the past and wonders about the future. An older person thinks how quickly time has passed, and that it seemed just yesterday—perhaps even a moment ago—that they were as young as the youth they see around them.
Yes, as the expression goes, time seems to “fly by”—but does it? On the other hand, people describing some great moment of inspiration have said or written that it was as if “time stood still.”
On this physical earth plane and dimension of existence, in order to have existence as a person perceives it with his or her outer senses, it is a world of opposites—and that includes what seems to appear as past and present.
With mystical awareness, there is the reality that past and present on this earth plane are opposites, but when one is in Universal Consciousness, God, Oneness, or Absolute Reality, there are no opposites. There is simply the Eternal Moment of Beingness—a singular moment of God’s Eternal Contemplation, “I AM.”
When the Christ Mind that was in Jesus spoke the words, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,” it expressed a great Truth of Beingness—that the beginning and end are one.
Stepping back and pausing in one’s mind long enough to escape the illusion of opposites brings the realization that if the beginning and ending are one, then there is no room for anything in between, or past or future—or time, as it is humanly perceived.
Hinduism expresses the world of earth plane existence as Maya—the great illusion. If time exists in this illusion, then time itself is an illusion.
With the advancement of technology, will the fascinating concept of time travel come to pass—or at least seem to? What would this really mean?
One could visit either the past(?) or speed ahead to the future(?). A person from the future(?) could visit today’s earth or the past(?). A person from today’s earth could visit the past(?) or the future(?). With mystical awareness there is the knowingness that the past and the future exist simultaneously as one Eternal Moment, and that in Reality, all stand still in the “peace that passeth all understanding”—that is, Universal Consciousness or God.
To discern the Truth of life despite the illusion is to become more and more aware of the Universal Consciousness or God within oneself, inspired by the only Reality that is—God’s Eternal Presence in the Eternal Moment of Now.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ Book, “Mystical Insights: Knowing the Unknown,” Pgs. 127–128.
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Intro and ending music © “Night Radiance” by Maxim Kornyshev