The Illusion of Time and Space
One of the perennial ideas of metaphysical and spiritual philosophies throughout the ages is the assertion that in the non-physical realms, where our higher selves exist, time as we know it does not exist — that our experience of linear time here in our physical reality is an ILLUSION. Unfortunately, the ancients never quite explained how this was possible. Thankfully, in recent times, quite a few channeled higher dimensional beings have shared information about how this works, and in this article, I present a synthesis of their explanations.
The Perceptual Illusion of Time
Our experience of linear time is a perceptual illusion created by consciousness. In fact, so is 'space.' Closely related to the idea of time is the notion of 'linear causality' — the idea that A, causes B, which then causes C. The apparent causal relationship between events is also just a purely perceptual illusion — albeit a very convincing one.
The reality that we are experiencing is by no means an 'objective reality' as most people presume. It is more like what we would conceive of as a virtual reality, but one with some very interesting rules.
Let's briefly review the basics about what you and the universe really are and then we'll dive into how and why time and space are illusions.
The very fabric of the Universe is conscious, and your higher consciousness is a thread of this universal consciousness with its own focal point of awareness. We are apertures that the universe is perceiving and experiencing through.
Mainstream science believes that consciousness and our mind arises SOLELY from the operation of the brain. And indeed the PHYSICAL mind does arise from the operation of the brain, but this mind only provides limited capabilities as compared to our higher mind. Science has not yet understood that there is more to our mind and it exists in the universal field of consciousness, and our brain functions as a receiver.
All is consciousness — everything seen and unseen, large and small, are just thought forms inside of the cosmic mind. We exist within something akin to a mind-scape or conceptual space and the experiences we are having that we call 'reality' are produced by selectively and sequentially navigating and perceiving the information within the cosmic mind. Our reality is a construct. ALL realities are constructs.
The Infinite Information Matrix
The information that represents every aspect of every moment of the past, present, and future all exists simultaneously, eternally, and NOW. Not just all the information for the timeline that we are experiencing, but all possible timelines — literally an infinite matrix containing everything possible, everything imaginable. Of course, this is not apparent from within the space-time construct because we are only seeing and experiencing the part that is needed to create the experience of our reality. You can think of a timeline as the path that our consciousness takes through the information, and hence experiences.
In an unbounded (unconstrained) state of consciousness, the state that our higher-self is in, we can move our point of awareness anywhere in the infinite matrix of information that represents all that is, navigating through it by either the 'temporal' dimension or the 'spatial' dimension. More about this later in the article when we look at remote viewing and past life regression.
Note that these dimensions are simply ways of navigating the information — the information is structured in such a way to represent 3D geometric space as well as progressive states (time) — much like how our computer games and virtual realities work.
Our physical reality is a construct that our souls are using as a learning experience. In a certain sense, our whole reality is an illusion, but the experiences it provides are very much real and leaves an indelible mark on the consciousness that is our souls. It serves as a highly formative game that drives the evolution and growth of the consciousness of our souls.
The Cosmic Film Projector
From the context of the eternal NOW and the infinite information matrix, a linear experience is created by sequentially stepping your consciousness's focal point of perception/awareness through the information matrix. This process creates the experience of time and space, motion, evolution, and causality.
It's like a movie produced by a film projector.
In a film projector, the illusion of motion and time is created when the projector displays the still frames of the film, one frame at a time, in a rapid steady sequence. Yet, ALL the frames exist simultaneously. In fact, the projectionist can take out the film, spread it out on the floor, and view all the frames at the same time.
In a similar manner, our consciousness 'projects' (aka perceives) individual 'still frames of reality' in a steady and extremely rapid sequence, BILLIONS of times per second, creating the ILLUSION of the flow of TIME. Each 'frame of reality' contains absolutely NO MOTION whatsoever — it is a perfectly STILL image. Yet, by rapidly sequencing these still frames, we create the illusion of motion and time.
Sets of information in the infinite matrix function much like the still frames of the filmstrip. Our earthly consciousness functions much like the film projector, viewing still frames in a rapid, steady sequence. Our higher self exists in the timeless realm and functions like the film projectionist, who can take out the film and view ALL the frames simultaneously.
It is you who are moving, not time. Time has no movement. There is only One Moment. — Bashar
Actually, it is unclear as to whether we are simply selecting each successive 'reality frame' from an infinite number of pre-created frames or whether we are composing the contents of those frames dynamically, somehow on the fly. I stuck with the simpler explanation here just for clarity's sake. I explore this further in the article The Mechanics of Reality Creation.
The Illusion of Continuity
Normally, the 'reality-frames' that we view in rapid sequence are related and similar, creating the ILLUSION of continuity. Continuity is required to make the game of life a convincing experience. If we experienced obvious discontinuities, we would realize we were players in a game, and that would diminish the effectiveness and purpose of the game of life.
One of the reasons why continuity is experienced is because we are selecting the 'reality frames' we see in each successive moment via resonance with our thoughts and since we don't BELIEVE jumping around timelines is possible (EG; we believe in linear continuity), then discontinuities don't normally happen. We EXPECT continuity, so that's what we get. We are creating all of our reality with our thoughts and beliefs — this is how the universe works, this is what it is, we are part of a great cosmic mind.
But continuity is not an absolute requirement. It is possible to 'jump' to a completely different frame in the infinite matrix. Jumping around the timelines would normally be considered 'Time Travel', and this has traditionally been considered impossible. One argument that is often put forward why time travel isn't possible is the classic 'grandfather paradox' that states:
If you time-travel to the time of your grandfather and kill him before he has any children, then your father would not have been born, and then you would not have been born. And if you were never born, you could not go back to kill your grandfather.
Of course, the paradox dissolves when you realize that there are an infinite number of timelines — all simultaneously co-existing (parallel but distinct paths through the infinite matrix, or 'flows' of events). When you 'Time Travel' you are jumping to a DIFFERENT timeline. There is no change whatsoever in your originating timeline. The timeline you switched to may appear to be almost identical to the one you were on, but it is a totally DIFFERENT timeline.
Of course discontinuities can and do occur — and when they do they are commonly labeled by witnesses as 'miracles' and 'magic'. Very few of us have witnessed these types of events, and far fewer have had the power of mind and mastery of their creatorship to actually produce them.
Paranormal Phenomena and the Illusion of Time and Space
The paranormal/psychic phenomena of remote viewing and past life regression shed light onto the underlying nature of our reality and are consistent with the illusory nature of time and space that I am presenting here.
Remote viewing is the term that the military intelligence community coined as an alternative to other metaphysical terms such as Astral Travel/Projection. Remote viewing is the ability to view any location, no matter how distant, in one's mind simply by conscious intent. According to the book Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing anyone can develop this ability with training.
The ability for the mind to 'see' any location in space strongly suggests that consciousness exists outside the brain in the fabric of the universe, as many ancient schools of thought believed, and that many leading-edge contemporary scientists are starting to understand and prove (check out the book The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness beyond the Brain to dive deeper into this subject).
Our conscious awareness is indeed a part of something akin to a universal mind and in its unbounded (unconstrained) state, we can move our point of awareness anywhere in the infinite matrix of information that represents all that is, navigating through it by 'spatial' or 'temporal' dimensions. In the case of remote viewing, we are accessing our unbounded (universal) mind and moving our focal point of awareness through the 'spatial' dimension, the universal information matrix, to a specific 'spatial' location.
Past life regression is another paranormal phenomena that illuminates the true nature of time and space. This technique uses hypnosis to put a subject into a state of consciousness that allows them to access the unbounded consciousness of their higher-self to explore, what we traditionally think of as, past and future lives. Our higher-self creates many souls that are aspects of itself and projects them into the lower frequency planes of existence.
During past life regression, we are able to access some of our unbounded consciousness and move our point of awareness through the 'temporal' dimension of the infinite information matrix along paths and to locations that correspond to segments and points on timelines that other aspects of our higher-self (other souls) are stepping through (experiencing).
Our higher-self creates many souls and puts them in many life forms, on many worlds, in many different situations, to accelerate the evolution of its consciousness (spiritual evolution). It is experiencing everything that all its souls are experiencing and growing because of it. It is having a massively parallel experience through all of its souls! If you want to learn more about reincarnation and past life regression, I recommend the books Journey of Souls and Past Life Regression: Discover Your Hidden Past Life Memories.
Reality is a Construct and We Are Its Creator
The experience we are having that we call 'our life and the world,' and that most of us firmly believe is an objective external reality, is nothing more than a very sophisticated perceptual illusion. It is an illusion that is much like a virtual reality experience produced on our computers, except in this one, the rules are much more interesting, and we ultimately control every detail of what shows up in the game. Deeply understanding and mastering these rules will make you a master player at the game of life — one who can tailor make your personal reality to whatever you desire.
More power to you,