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Eternity is More than Negation of Time

“Eternity may be regarded as a negation as far as human finitude is concerned, but inasmuch as this finitude is always changing, becoming, that is, negating itself, what is really negative is the world itself and not the eternal. The eternal must be an absolute affirmation which our limited human understanding defines in negative terms. We must see the world in this affirmation, which is God’s way of seeing the world, seeing everything as part of the whole. ‘Living in the light of eternity’ cannot be anthing else.

“B. Jowett, translator of Plato, writed in his introduction to Timaeus: ‘Not only Buddhism, but Greek as well as Christian philosophy, shows that it is quite possible that the human mind should retain an enthusiasm for mere negations. … Eternity or the eternal is not merely the unlimited in time but the truest of all being, the most real of all realities, the moat certain of all knowledge, which we nevertheless only see through a glass darkly.’ The enthusiasm Jowett here refers to is not ‘for mere negations’. … What appears to be a mere negation from the logical point of view is really the is-ness of things.” ~D. T. Suzuki

Eternity as Negation

Why does Suzuki say that Eternity is a negation? That is because people who are used to think in terms of time see eternity as an infinite or unlimited amount of time. So in that sense, it is a negation of the limits of time. But that is only how it appears to those of us trapped in the illusion of time and space. In truth, eternity is not really a negation of time, but the status of a place where time does not and never has existed. That may sound like a negation of time, but it really is saying that eternity is reality, whereas the limits of time are the illusion, therefore it is time which is truly negative, not eternity. Continue reading “Eternity is More than Negation of Time”

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Needs of the Hour for Success Tomorrow

“If any degree of mind or intelligence so worries and takes on itself burdens beyond the needs of the day, it will cut itself off from the power of attracting to itself what it does really need for the growth, the health, the strength, and the prosperity of today. I mean here just what I say, and that is no metaphorical, allegorical,of figurative sense. I mean that as the lily’s limited intelligence1, or mind force if you please, when not burdened or taxed about something that concerns tomorrow, draws to itself the elements that it needs for today, exactly so would human minds unburdened with woe or anxiety attract to themselves all that was needed for the hour. The needs of the hour are the only real needs. You need your breakfast in the morning; you do not need tomorrow morning’s breakfast. Yet nine out of ten among you are directly or indirectly worrying in some way about tomorrow morning’s breakfast, and so subtracting from ourselves more or less of the strength necessary to enjoy, digest, and assimilate this morning’s breakfast.

“Exactly as the unburdened, unfretted, unworried lily attracts power to grow and cloth itself with beauty from the elements about it, exactly so does the unfretted human mind attract to itself a thousand times more.” ~Prentice Mulford

Needs of the Hour

There is nothing wrong with making plans for the future. In our complex world of today, it is probably essential. But when we are all wrapped up in plans and worries for tomorrow, next week, and next year, we forget to live today. This is a big mistake because the only time we can actually live in is today. As Mulford notes, when you spend too much of your time worrying about tomorrow, you can’t take care of your immediate needs.

Bitterness of Worry

Even when you are taking care of your immediate needs to some degree, you are not doing it in the best way possible if at the same time you are worried about the future. Sticking with Mulford’s breakfast example, if you are eating a reasonably healthy breakfast, it may still soul in your stomach and not digest well if while you are eating it, you are worried about the future.

Let’s look at something completely different as an example. Suppose there is an Olympic weight lifter who deadlifts four hundred pounds. Now let him try it again with fifty pounds strapped to each arm, one hundred pounds sitting on his shoulders, and chains around his ankles. He won’t be able to do the lift under those conditions. That is what it is like for you to try to accomplish something now while you are constantly worrying about the future.

Prosperity of Today

Just as the lily in Mulford’s example is successful in caring for itself by taking care only of its immediate needs, we can be successful in our endeavors if we work on what we need now, and only now. And don’t limit the idea of prosperity to money, it can be other kinds of success. The real point is that if you want to be successful tomorrow and the next day, the only way to make that happen is to take care of the needs of the hour, then repeat and repeat each hour. You can’t solve tomorrow’s problems today, so you should not worry about it. You can plan for it, but without worry. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything.

Even the Lily Plans

While Mulford thinks that the Lily, which he uses simply as an example of all plants and animals in nature, lives only for the hour, that isn’t entirely true. In it’s primitive, limited consciousness, the lily does plan. Deep down some part of it knows that a dry season or a frozen winter is coming. It prepares for that by using any excess nourishment it takes in to grow its bulb bigger and stronger. But it doesn’t plan to grow its bulb at some indefinite time in the future, it does it now. That is how we need to plan.

When we tell ourselves that we need to do something in the future to plan for certain inevitable events, we accomplish nothing except to create worry. The proper way to plan for the future is to take action now. That doesn’t mean we starve ourselves today so we will have enough to eat tomorrow. It does mean we don’t waste what extra we have, but instead save it for tomorrow. It means we prevent the natural disasters of tomorrow by doing our best to care for the environment today.

Spiritual Needs of the Hour

Taking care of the needs of the hour rather than worrying about tomorrow is just as much a spiritual need as it is a physical and mental one. Yes, we do plan for the future, but we don’t worry about it. We rest assured that the spiritual forces and beings, with the help of awakened men and women, will save the world in a spiritual sense. But we do work on our own spiritual development today. We meet our spiritual needs of the hour. We know that we can’t wait until we are on our deathbed to try to awaken and develop our spirit and soul. That is like deciding it is time to take swimming lessons when on a boat that is sinking. Many of us are aware these days of the need for spiritual development. We can’t wait to do it some other day. We may die before that day. The world may transform before that day and leave us behind. Like those physical activities, our spiritual growth must be done in the here and now. The needs of tomorrow are met by meeting the needs of the hour, every hour from now on.


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Forever Day of God and the Soul

“There are more days than one. A day, whether six or seven ago, or more than six thousand years ago, is just as near to the present as yesterday. Why? Because all time is contained in the present Now-moment. Time comes of the revolution of the heavens and day began with the first revolution.

“The soul’s day falls within this time and consists of the natural light in which things are seen. God’s day, however, is the complete day, comprising both day and night. It is the real Now-moment, which for the soul is eternity’s day, on which the Father begets his only begotten Son and the soul is reborn in God. God the Father and the Son have nothing to do with time. Generation is not in time, but at the end and limit of time. In the past and future movements of things, your heart flits about; it is in vain that you attempt to know eternal things; in divine things, you should be occupied intellectually . . . .

“The soul’s day and God’s day are different. In her natural day the soul knows all things above time and place; nothing is far or near. And that is why I say, this day all things are of equal rank. To talk about the world as being made by God to-morrow, yesterday, would be talking nonsense. God makes the world and all things in this present now. …

“Again, God loves for his own sake, acts for his own sake: that means that he loves for the sake of love and acts for the sake of action. … The past and future are both far from God and alien to his way.” ~Meister Eckhart

Forever Day

What is a day? On planet Earth, it is a bit over twenty-four hours. It represents one spin of the planet on its axis. But what if you’re not on Earth? A Martian day or a day on Saturn is different. Each planet has a different length of a day. So even though most dictionaries define a day as a period of twenty-four hours, that is only true on earth. On a different planet, around a different sun, in another galaxy, it can be quite different. But this is all based on our standard concept of time. Eckhart says that time is very different to the soul and to God.

In spiritual worlds, time doesn’t exist. That means there is no past and mo future in those places. Everything is an eternal now, a forever day. So to say that God created the world in seven days is symbolic. God creates now. To Him, there is nothing but an eternal Now. Likewise, there is no specific place because spiritual realms also exist without the boundaries of space. So God didn’t create some things in the distant past, other things last Tuesday, and still others next week. At least not from His point of view. Creation is always happening now, and everywhere, in the eternal forever day.

Soul’s Day and God’s Day

The sentence in the quote: “The soul’s day and God’s day are different,” can be confusing. It sounds like Eckhart is saying that what is a day to the soul is different from God’s day. Therefore, a soul day is not a forever day, an eternal day. But then he adds that the soul knows all things “above time and place.” So it sounds like a day to the soul is the same as a day to God. There is an exception of sorts, which may be what Eckhart is alluding to.

When we are born in a physical body, we have a soul. But that soul is dormant. It is in a condition similar to a coma. So while it is in that state, it is not aware of much of anything. Once the souls is awakened—what being born again really means—it lives in that spiritual realm of the forever day. So then it knows all that happened while it was dormant because it has no connection with time and space. Which is why the concept of an old soul is complete nonsense. All souls are exactly the same age.

God’s day is that forever day and God is and always will be fully conscious. So there is no beginning, no end, and no pause in the God Day. The forever day is forever.

Days of Good and Evil

A common question you hear from new spiritual students is, “Why did God create evil?” the answer, of course, is that He didn’t. Evil can exist only in the realm of matter and time, therefore it has to be created by the being (or beings) ho created that realm: the Demiurge.

The second question they ask is, “Why doesn’t God get rid of death, disease, starvation, and other evil things?”. The answer is that God exists in that eternal now, the forever day. Since all evil is temporary, it doesn’t exist there. The forever day is a day of eternal good. So the way to get rid of evil is not to suck the evil out of the material universe, but to get rid of the universe of matter entirely. Not by destroying it, but by transforming it back into spirit.

In a realm where there is no time, there can be no hunger, no death, no disease, no want. All of those things rely on time to exist. But God won’t transform the physical universe until most of us want Him to. We have a certain amount of free will granted by God. Because of that, we can choose to stay stuck in the realm of matter. Most of us do just that. Usually not consciously, but on a subconscious level.

God Knows Time

Although God dwells in the forever day He does know what time is. He knows that to those of us in the physical world where things change and therefore time exists, time is a real thing. Time is an illusion only in the sense that the physical universe is an illusion. To physical beings, it is real.

So because God understands time, while living outside of it, he has given us a limited amount of time to redeem ourselves. I know many think otherwise. They are wrong. God is not going to wait forever for us to change. He has sent his Sun of Righteousness to awaken us and help us develop our spiritual side. But He isn’t going to wait much longer for us to do it.

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Spacetime Illusions and Spiritual Reality

“My soul spoke to me and said, ‘Do not measure time by saying, “There was yesterday, and there shall be tomorrow.”’
And ere my soul spoke to me, I imagined the Past as an epoch that never returned, and the Future as one that could never be reached.
Now I realize that the present moment contains all time and within it is all that can be hoped for, done and realized.
My soul preached to me exhorting me not to limit space by saying, ‘Here, there, and yonder.’
“Ere my soul preached to me, I felt that wherever I walked was far from any other space.
Now I realize that wherever I am contains all places; and the distance I walk embraces all distances.

“My soul instructed me and advised me to stay awake while others slept. And to surrender to slumber when others are stir.
Ere my soul preached to me, I saw not their dreams in my sleep, neither did I observe my vision.
Now I never sail the vessel of my dreams unless they watch me, and they never soar into the sky of their vision unless I rejoice in their freedom.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Spacetime

In science, the fusing of space and time in one model is called Spacetime. Considering them together is a sensible thing to do because they are related. Time is the most difficult part of it, but we recognize time primarily in two ways. We recognize it in change such as aging, growing, rotting, rusting, etc. We also recognize it in movements around the material universe. Physically, we can’t move from one location to another instantly. The duration of the movement is the second way we recognize time.

Time cannot exist without space. Space probably cannot exist without time. So we should thing of them as aspects of the same thing, the spacetime universe of matter.

Spiritual Universe

In the realms of spirit, neither space nor time exist. Spacetime is a thing of matter. Spirits do not age, decay, or die. Time has no meaning there in the sense of change. And spirits being beyond spacetime, they can be in any place instantly. They can be everywhere at once, or nowhere. Continue reading “Spacetime Illusions and Spiritual Reality”

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