“If the critical point is instantaneous, there would be no beginning, there could be no end. Therein rests an eternity greater than man can otherwise conceive of, for as there is neither beginning nor end, time and space are annihilated. The line that separates the soul that is in the body from the soul that is out of the body is outside of all things. It is a between, neither a part of the nether side nor of the upper side; it is outside the here and the hereafter. …
“Time is not as men conceive it. Man cannot grasp an idea of eternity and retain their sun bred, mourning and evening, conception of time. … Each snap of the life-thread throws an eternity, its own eternity, into eternity’s seas, and each eternity is made up of the entities thus cast from the critical point.” ~John Uri Lloyd
The Paradox of Time
In spiritual writings you will almost always see claims that time doesn’t exist, that both space ans time are illusions, and all that truly exists is eternal spirit. This philosophy creates a paradox, namely: if there is no time and space, how could the Great Fall have happened?
The Great Fall when some of the angels turned away from God and started there own universe of matter could not be eternal, and most spiritual teachers and writers agree that it isn’t. So how could it come into existence from an eternal world of spirit?
It does stretch man’s thinking process to say that a realm of time and a realm without time could co-exist, yet they do. Time does not exist in the spiritual realms before the Fall, not does it exist in those realms after the Fall. This is why spirit has no beginning and no end because those terms are time-based. “But,” you might argue, “If the material realm was created from the spiritual, didn’t that change the spiritual, and doesn’t change equate to time?” The answer to the second question is yes, change does equate to time. It is, in fact, simply a method of recognizing change. But here is another paradox: the spiritual world was not diminished in any way by the Great Fall because it has no space or time, no substance, so it did not change. To a matter oriented mind, this seems contradictory, but it isn’t. It seems like we are saying that after pouring some water from a pitcher into a glass, the pitcher remains full. But that is expecting spirit to behave like matter, which it doesn’t. So even though the worlds of matter were created from spirit, the dimensions of spirit were not changed in any way.
The Soul Inside and Outside
Mr Lloyd makes a valid point when he says that if time is meaningless in the spiritual realms, than the soul cannot leave the physical body and return to the spiritual, it must always be there. It is true as far as it goes, but it oversimplifies something complex.
The Divine Soul within us is connected in some ways to the psychic body and physical body as well as the spiritual one. Therefore, the soul can leave the physical body and the psychic one. On the other hand, since spirit is eternal and unchanged, that soul remains always in the spiritual realms, even while in the body.
In short, the soul is not inside or outside, in the material world, or in the spiritual, it is temporarily in the physical world, but permanently in the spiritual because time and space do not exist there.