With Creation there also came into existence space and time. Nothing in it is spaceless and timeless. Therefore in the whole of Creation there is a concept of space and time. For Creation is a work, and as such limited. To this work belongs inseparably that time in which spaces have formed.
Whereas Creation came into being only progressively, that is by stages in Creation-planes, the Divine Kingdom lying above it has always been there, because it is inseparably connected with God, the Prime Source of all life. But God is from eternity to eternity, without beginning and without end.
The concept of the Eternity of God is inconceivable to the human spirit. But the Work of God, Creation, which issued from His Radiation with the Words "Let there be Light", can be grasped by the spirit of man, and therefore also the concept of space and time pertaining to Creation.
Creation comprises the Spiritual Realms, in the lowest of which the human spirit has its origin, and the Creation formed in the image of the Spiritual Realm, Subsequent Creation. To this belong the divisions of the Ethereal World, which we call the beyond, and of the World of Gross Matter, to which our earth belongs.
A faint inner urge causes the unconscious human spirit-germs to leave the Spiritual Realm, so that in lower-lying planes or Worlds of Matter they will achieve consciousness of themselves in the struggle for existence, namely through the foreign influences assailing them.
Even though there is one concept of space and time for the whole of Creation, it nevertheless forms differently an each plane of Creation, according to the nature of the plane. At the same time the concept of space and time becomes narrower with the increasing distance from the Spiritual Realm, through the ever-increasing density of the region concerned. Linked with this is the ever-decreasing ability to absorb experiences.
This is the reason why there is no absolute, that is no independent concept of space and time in the whole of Creation. Space and time cannot exist by themselves alone, they must always stand in relation to things which are in space, as for example the stars in the universe.
This is also expressed in Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. It explains, for instance, that everything in the universe is interdependent; there is nothing absolute in it, everything has a relation, that is a connection with everything else.
From this we can further deduce that in the final analysis the whole of Creation is dependent an the Creator Himself.
The concept of time thus depends in each case on the individual planes of Creation, and man must inwardly perceive it in different ways according to the plane on which he sojourns, or with which plane he as an earthman is linked.
On earth for instance, because of the density of his brain, man needs the longest period of time to receive and live through a number of impressions. In the beyond the period of time for this is already significantly shorter because here the brain, from which thinking and intellect develop, no longer exists, and only direct experiencing in the inner perception of the spirit is still decisive.
Therefore the human spirit experiences the ethereal time-concepts of the beyond differently from the earthly gross material ones. This difference is shown also in mediumistic messages. As a result of the accentuated over-development of the day-brain (large brain) for thousands of years, it is rarely possible to apply ethereal, supra-earthly conceptions of time to the earthly in such a way that, for example, in the case of predictions the earthly time of fulfilment can be accurately specified.
We experience the difference in time also in dreams, when during sleep the connection between soul (the spirit with its finer coverings) and physical body is loosened. Then a whole lifetime can unroll before our inner eyes in seconds or minutes.
In the Spiritual Realm itself the experiencing in a single earth-day is then as great as on earth in a thousand years.
On this ratio is based also the statement of time in the Revelation of John, which was given from a high spiritual standpoint. The earthly periods of time are expressed in "spiritual" days. When it says: "three days and an half" (11, 11), this means approximately 3,500 earth-years. This is the length of time between the earth-life of Moses and the present Cosmic Turning-Point. In the German Lutheran version the same earthly time is rendered in another passage of the Revelation by the description: "a time, and two times, and half a time" (12, 14).
But man has lost the knowledge of these eternal things. In place of the inner perception, which alone is able to maintain the connection with the origin of the human spirit, he put the all-questioning intellect.
He therewith suppressed the true inner perceiving of time which he brought with him from his spiritual homeland. The real concept of time was pushed aside, because it cannot be grasped intellectually.
Through this also the many philosophical teachings, which in spite of all their sagacity are not in a position to recognise the ultimate meaning of time, because it is of a spiritual nature, have hitherto proved unavailing.
Unconsciously modern man indicates the loss of the true time-concept when he says "he has no time". By this he demonstrates not only the earthly lack of time, but also the want of a higher understanding of time.
The natural narrowing-down of the concept of time, which results from the distancing from the Spiritual Realm, must not mislead man into covering the spiritual time-concept with earthly time-concepts.
We do indeed need the concept of time bound to the earthly as an aid for the passing of events, for progress and order on earth, but over and above this transient arrangement of time into years, months, weeks and hours, we must not forget the imperishable value of "time" which can be grasped only with the inner perception of the spirit.
How small in comparison is the perceptive faculty of the intellect, which belongs to the earthly brain! It is no longer capable of grasping even the happening in the millions of years of the earth's development. This is possible for the spirit alone.
When the spirit really bestirs itself we sense very well that there is yet another concept of time than the earthly one.
We can also say that time appears to us according to how we move inwardly. In this connection the ability and strength of receiving and experiencing, which depend an the maturity of the spirit, form the measure for the passing of our time.
How often have we already experienced in our earth-life that the days were much too short and time seemed to fly past. On the other hand there is also standstill and retrogression if a wrong volition of the intellect will not allow the soul to soar upwards.
This phenomenon of different perceptions of time has been under investigation for some time. In the course of this it was established that man also has an "inner clock", a "soul clock" which often does not agree with the earthly clock.
It is known, for example, that with the young the inner perception of time is extended, whereas with older people there is the prevailing inner sensation that time is moving ever faster. Or let us think of the different experiencing of time on our holidays, when the first days pass more slowly, those in the middle normally, and the last ones much too quickly.
Speed also, the relationship between distance and time, gives rise to different inner sensations of time. According to Einstein time is not something absolute. To measure it a standpoint, a reference system, is always needed. This can be a railway train travelling at a constant speed, in which we are sitting. A train travelling alongside us gives the impression that it is standing still. But if the other train is travelling more slowly, we have the impression that our train is travelling faster. If, however, the other train travels faster, then we think we are going more slowly. Thus three different impressions during a constant speed of our train!
Not only has man an inner or rather a biological clock. It is also to be found in Nature; but there it is moved by other currents of power. It determines for example the exact beginning of the flights of migratory birds in autumn from northern to southern latitudes.
Sometimes the precision of the biological clock becomes disastrous, as in the case of a species of wild geese whose habitat is in the steppes of Western Siberia. Owing to some kind of environmental influences they have shifted their fixed quarters further south. Their inner clock, however, has not reacted to this change of place. With unfailing precision it drives the geese at the same time as always to set out for their winter quarters, which lie 3,500 kilometres away in India.
But it happens too early, because in the more southerly region the geese start their moulting season later, and are not yet in a condition to fly when the great migratory excitement seizes them and it is time for departure.
What do the geese do now? At the time appointed by the biological clock, they set out on foot in vast numbers. Thus in about ten days they travel approximately 150 km, until they reach a Lake an which they can recuperate. Meanwhile their feathers have grown so far that only now can the normal flight proceed over the remaining distance. During their march an foot they suffer great losses through exhaustion and beasts of prey. -
But let us return to the explanation of the original concept of time. Man has lost it, and this loss is particularly marked in the inversion of standpoints. Earthman regards himself as the static point, in that he lets time pass him by. He speaks of times which change, and he believes that time moves on.
However, if time has existed from the beginning of Creation, if the human spirit issues from the eternal time and can return thither again, then it is not possible for time to move past him.
Reality shows an entirely different picture, which compels us to change our thinking: Time stands still! However we, the human beings, hurry towards it, move within it. For time is unchangeable and intransient. Only the forms change, just as the spirit of man always remains the same, whereas the forms of his physical body change continually.
Just as in general the entire Subsequent Creation is subject to an unceasing "dying and coming into existence", and only the Laws that bring this about are eternally the same!
Gottfried Keller divined the reality when he said in his poem, "Time standeth still":
Time moves not, it standeth still,
We pass on through it.
This verse, which could never be properly explained, will now be better understood by us. And another verse in the same poem strikes us:
A drop of morning dew sparkles
In a ray of sunlight;
A day can be a pearl
And a century nothing.
This could be a comparison between the experiencing in higher planes in the time of one earth-day, which is like a pearl, and the experiencing on earth during a century. -
Time is closely linked with spiritual Light-Power which, coming from the highest starting-point of the Primordial Spiritual Realm, fills all the spiritual parts of Creation lying below it, and thence radiates into the World of Matter, into Subsequent Creation, as well.
Thus also outside its spiritual homeland, Paradise, the human spirit moves in this Power, which in time is eternal. He swims in it, so to speak, becomes more or less strongly conscious of it, depending an the degree of his ability to receive impressions and experiences, and draws from this Power the eternal values it holds in readiness. He is even able already on earth to find the experience of Truth in this Power, because it comes from the Truth.
True time therefore is also eternally the same in the past, present and future, because it rests in the Spiritual Power which streams to us out of Eternity, and knows no earthly limitations.
In earthly life, an the other hand, past, present and future are perceived separately in the context of time and space, and only a fraction of the wealth of spiritual happening in these three sections of time can be experienced by earthmen. This is due to their dense material covering, which brings with it narrowness of comprehension.
The spiritual power indelibly records every experience and happening in the great Book of Creation, and preserves it. Nothing of it is lost, and it is possible to make proclamations from it at any time.
We find the best examples of this in the works "From Past Millennia" and in "Past Eras Awaken", as well as in the accounts of the Forerunners (http://www.gfp.com/Book_Catalog.htm).
In all these books it is clearly and distinctly stated how the blessed spirit of the seer opens itself to the Power in order to draw from its records and collections for the past, present and future, and to reproduce from them in words that which the Light allows to be given to mankind at the time of the fulfilments. -
In conclusion, let us once more be reminded that we, the pilgrims through the deep vale of the World of Matter, are not those at rest whom time passes by like landscapes at the window of a railway train, but on the contrary those who are in motion.
The way through the World of Matter of Subsequent Creation was not granted to us so that we should cling to earthly things and make them our idols, but for the sake of recognition. On this journey we are meant to grow and mature in spirit, so that this can one day leave the dense sphere of the World of Matter in order to hasten fully conscious in the Ray of the Luminous Power towards the Spiritual Realm, where space and time eternally form a complete whole in the Living Power of the Creator.
Copyright 1985 by Herbert Vollmann, Vomperberg, Tyrol. All rights reserved.