A bit of information about time
In our physical world, we measure much of what we do by clock time. Most of us live in what is often termed, a ‘linear time’ universe. However, Seth informs us that this perception of time is illusionary and in actual fact, we live in a ‘spacious present’ – where past, present, and future, form a single ‘moment point’ in individual experience. So what is time and why do we need to have an experience of linear time?
“Since both space and time are camouflages, to speak of travelling through them is basically meaningless. What is involved here is a transformation of energy.” – The Early Sessions, Book 2, Session 48
“You must simply and practically try to divest yourself of all ideas of time as you know it… Basically what you call time does not exist. I am trying to tell you what does exist instead.” – The Early Sessions, Book 9, Session 429
“To speak of backward and forward is meaningless. There are only various electric pulsations of varying intensities… Since strong intensities are natural results of weaker intensities, it would be meaningless to call one present and one past. Yet within your physical field, and with physical time, you ride the waves of these pulsations, so to speak.
“When the pulsation is weak, you call it past. When it is strongest, you name it present, and one that seems to you not yet as strong as present, you name future. For you make the divisions yourselves, and in such a manner have made the framework and all the possibilities, potentials and limitations inherent within a system set up with a divided time system.”
The Early Sessions, Book 3, Session 125
Abraham puts it this way:
“The buffer of time gives you the opportunity to get it right before it manifests, to take pleasure from the vision and from the molding it into place… Can you imagine if everything was manifesting instantly? You would manifest this, and then you would manifest it away. And then you’d manifest that, and then… It would be a difficult thing if you were instantly manifesting every whim or every misaligned thought. It’s so much better that you have this buffer of time where you can feel it into perfection before it manifests into your experience.”
Seth also says:
“To change the physical effect you must change the original belief – while being quite aware that for a time physical materialization of the old beliefs may still hold. If you completely understand what I am saying however, your new beliefs will – and quickly – begin to show themselves in your experience. But you must not be concerned for their emergence, for this brings up the fear that the new ideas will not materialize and so this negates your purpose.” – Seth
The Nature of Personal Reality: Session 621 Oct 16 1972 9.40pm Monday
Problems with Karma
Since time as we think of it does not exist, this causes a problem when it comes to beliefs many of us hold about ’cause and effect’ and the eastern tradition of Karma – the atonement and retribution [usually] of personal action towards others. Seth tells us that we have to forget these false beliefs about Karma, once we acknowledge a spacious present:
“I have told you that your conception of cause and effect is faulty and antiquated, and I have said that the cause and effect theory is logical only as a result of your theory of time and continuity. If time as you think of it does not exist, and it does not, then the cause and effect theory does not follow.
“I have told you that all consciousnesses exist in the spacious present, which is spontaneous while also durable. Then it is no contradiction to say that entities existed before the birth of your planet, though in your time it seems that new ones are being brought to consciousness. …
“There is no past, present or future in your terms within it [the spacious present], but only a now. Because of the endless possibilities within this now, durability is maintained in terms of value fulfilment, the fulfilment of literally endless values. …
“Remember your expanding universe theory, but not in terms of space or indeed in terms of time, but in terms of fulfilment of abilities and values that may be constructed upon various levels and in various guises, your present plane of existence being one.” – The Early Sessions, Book 2, Session 54
Problems understanding time – a question for Abraham concerning Seth’s view of time: