No matter where I look, and what I’m studying, that same question keeps surfacing at the moment. It’s as if it’s waiting for an answer. So I suppose I’d better stop and give it one.
The latest attempt to get me to look it squarely in the eyes came early this morning, somewhere between sleeping and waking. It was one of those little video things some part of the consciousness lobs at us when it wants us to hang on to something important we discovered in the dream state, and are in danger of forgetting when life gets in the way.
So here’s what happened in my ‘video’:
Deep blue background with luminous spheres of light whizzing this way and that – rather like one of those speeded-up films of commuters moving through a railway station. A voice says, “What if there’s no time?”
The spheres stop and just hang there, then, suspended in the blueness, going nowhere.
“What if there’s no space?” she asks next.
Thunk. All of them sink and congeal together in a globby white mass with no discernible end or beginning.
“Is there any room for cause and effect?” she asks, finally.
It repeats a few times, until I’m properly awake.
Albert Einstein allegedly said, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” He also called time a “stubbornly persistent illusion“.
Just about every channelled source that really makes sense to me insists that time is a construct of our 3D universe. It allows us to experience life one bit at a time, but doesn’t exist at higher dimensions, or once we have passed over to our wider spirit state. It’s not even there in dreams, when you think about it.
And what about space? Maybe that’s here so that everything doesn’t happen in the same place?? Given all the material I’ve read on ‘non-local’ events in the realms of quantum physics, and the way in which spirit (and even my own thoughts and imagination) can be everywhere and anywhere, I’m happy to dispense with space once I move beyond this Earthly game we’re currently participating in.
I’m not saying that time and space don’t exist. I’m just saying that they exist only within the parameters of the life experience we’re creating for ourselves – the HERE and NOW. And since to my way of thinking life itself is a ‘stubbornly persistent illusion’ which a portion of our consciousness chooses to inhabit in order to gain experience and thus expand, I also have to accept that cause and effect – those twin sacred cows – are merely a by-product of our perception of the way life works.
Could we imagine a system in which there was no cause-and-effect? Yes, easily. If, like the blob of spaceless matter in my semi-dreamed movie, all is One, then everything is both the cause and the effect. As I watch the movement of water on the surface of a stream, I don’t feel that one swirl of movement causes another. They exist as parts of the whole water-skin, sharing a great single movement in fractals.
I’ve a feeling that my semi-dream interrogator was getting at something rather more pragmatic than this, though. I think she was asking me whether I could dispense with cause and effect in everyday life – in relationships, for example. That would mean no guilt or blame, no tit-for-tat ‘karma’, no ‘what goes around comes around’… just a constant swirl of movement between the many parts of All That Is, allowing each of us to experience all we choose to experience.
Having someone or something to blame has always been a very comforting prop; so has believing that the majority of life is completely beyond my control. Letting go of all that and believing that I’m solely responsible for what shows up in my life takes courage – huge amounts of courage.
Perhaps the real question is this: Am I brave enough NOT to believe in cause and effect?