(Posted on November 1, 2014 by David McMillin)
[NOTE: While serving as mentor for an online version of “A Search For God” study group and working on the Spirit lesson, a group member shared some deep thoughts on time and space, the “eternal now,” evolution, science, and eternal bliss. Here is my reply. – David McMillin]
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the meaning of time and space in this lesson. Your reflections remind me of some of the many readings Edgar Cayce gave for Morton Blumenthal (the businessman who started Atlantic University). It was Blumenthal who studied the work of Ouspensky (mathematician, philosopher, and mystic who wrote the book “Tertium Organum” which discusses multidimensional reality (beyond 3 dimensions) as the basis for simultaneous time – everything is happening at once, but our perception of movement through space gives the illusion of time).
Cayce endorsed Ouspensky's work (to Blumenthal: 900-66, 900-88, 900-11; and to others: 256-4, 307-4). Here is an excerpt from a reading in which Blumenthal sought help in putting together a lecture series to explain these complex ideas:
(Q) The hardest task, as was said by many who preceded me (and of course are greater than I), is to put these great fundamental principles in simple terms to people who seek not a lecture along ethical lines but some scientific relationship of their own being, to religious convictions in which they are already convinced.
(A) None is convinced in that science or religious convictions are one. The first lesson for SIX MONTHS should be ONE – One – One – ONE; Oneness of God, oneness of man's relation, oneness of force, oneness of time, oneness of purpose, ONENESS in every effort – Oneness – Oneness!
(Q) That's the hardest principle for the physical layman to grasp, particularly – as Ouspensky points out – TIME. That's the stickler.
(A) Time, in every one and in each illustration that may be applied; and be sure many of these carry as much humor as they do that of the shadow, that the Oneness is shown in these illustrations. (900-429)
A little humor is always nice when attempting to communicate such deep ideas on the Oneness of time and space (as a shadow of Spirit). You have waded into some deep metaphysical waters with this lesson. Happy swimming 🙂 Blessings, Dave
P.S. – There is a video segment on “Tertium Organum” on the Free page of my website under the heading “Edgar Cayce's Cosmology.” There are also three other videos there (Relativity, Fourth Dimension, Visions in Time) that relate to this discussion (if you wish to pursue it further).