Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Higher Time

For a while I wondered whether time in the spiritual realms is non-linear. By now, I think the short answer might be that our time frame is non-linear on those realms, but their own time frames are linear to themselves.

What got me thinking about this is an episode that happened a few months ago. A mid-wife who lives in my community related to me that she experienced non-linear time. She elaborated by sharing an episode that occurred while she was servicing a client about to give birth. The two strolled arm in arm, as the mid-wife provided the expectant mother with physical support to stand erect. Suddenly, initially unknown to the other, each woman slipped in time and spent a moment in an ancient village. Later on when they shared with each other the details of their respective experiences, they realized that they shared the exact same experience. They were both in the village at the exact same moment.  She concluded that for her this experience was a brush with non-linear or spiritual time - as she had free access to a slice of time in the human past.

There are others who also seemed to have experienced higher time. Among these are the people who had NDE's (near death experiences), prophets and psychics. I've actually heard of an NDE where the subject met the soul of someone still earthbound. Since time in the spiritual realms is different, a person may be alive from an earth based perspective and yet from a higher realm perspective could have already passed on.

Kabbalah teaches that every universe is composed of three basic elements: time, space and life. This pattern doesn't change, as it comprises the very definition of any universe; physical or spiritual. What can change is the degree of divine revelation lighting up the patterns of time, space and life. When more divine light pours into them, then that particular universe gets a boost in energy level, becoming more spiritually advanced.

Since every universe has a unique time pattern, every universe also has it's own unique version of past, present and future - linear time. So regardless of the realm's spiritual level, its time pattern is linear, but in a way that's consistent with the style of its realm.

Yet, when a being from a lower time frame has a brief encounter with a higher time frame, the higher time is experienced as non-linear. Perhaps, this is because each time unit in a higher realm has so much more compressed into it, both in quantity and quality, then a unit of time in a lower realm. So someone who for some reason, be it an NDE, prophetic moment, a psychic experience, encounters higher time perceives each time unit as being so much "busier" than a unit of time within our own framework. There's so much more packed inside each unit. It takes more units in our far more limited framework to stretch out a single unpacked unit coming from that far more advanced framework.

This difference between lower and higher time reminds me of a child learning how to read, laboriously piecing together the letters to sound out a single word; first a "p" then an "l" then an "a" then a "n" then a "t". Initially struggling to pronounce every letter in the sequence, the young reader attempts to piece them together, sounding out each letter on it's own and then finally pronouncing, "plant". While reading this word for the very first time was slow and choppy, fast forward a few years later and the same reader reads the same word with barely a glance. What was previously viewed as a laborious sequence of letters is now handled as a single unit ~ a word. The past tiny units, the letters, with growth gave way to more advanced encompassing units, words.
So while an educated reader barely notices the sequence of letters and really sees words as whole units, without concentrating on their individual letters there's still a sequence to reading; only it shifted away from letters towards bigger units, words.

A similar idea applies to the experience of time. Our time sequence is like a beginner reading the "letters". Higher time is like the educated reader comfortably recognizing whole words, almost like shapes, barely noticing the individual letters which cast their form. Yet, like whole words sequentially coming together to string together a sentence, higher time also has it's own string of linear sequence ~ just comprised of much grander units. 

On the rare occasions that people encounter higher time, huge spans of past, present and future seem rolled up into a single unit. Perhaps, the entire vast span of earthbound time units, in higher realms might amount to less than a single time unit. Therefore, when entering higher time units which are far richer and grander, the customary earthbound sequence gets lost in the largess of the greater time scheme. It barely registers as a faint letter in the grand sweeping novel of higher time.



  1. Wowwwwwwwwww! I understand "higher" time and layers upon layers, but I see things as circular--except certain things in this plane--as panic attacks, etc. (linear). My soul tells me to check into this as I don't reject what the real me knows as truth. My spirit accepts entirely the happenings the mid-wife and the expectant mother experienced because I'm familiar with similar occurrences--except the linear part.

    Choni, thanks for another printout and for keeping my mind going!

  2. Choni said ...

    To Angela: I did not mean that the sequence of past, present and future cannot close into a circle. What I simply meant was that it seems logical to me based on what I've studied that just like this realm has a consistant time sequence, so does every realm. However, the sequence works according to the level of divine revelation present in that realm.

  3. Some planes measure time according to ages--or until the end of an age. This would be linear! I'm getting it.