Timelessness In the Afterlife
So how does time work if it isn’t real?
This is (mostly) not from a spiritual perspective with the exception of one thing, which is the assumption that your soul is made of light energy. The rest is pure science.
Here’s a fun notion – time is not only nonexistent in the spirit world, it’s nonexistent HERE and NOW. We only perceive it as time.
We have Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (specifically Special Relativity) to thank for this.
Einstein figured out that time is intrinsically linked to space (the distance between two objects kind of space), also known as space/time. The big deal about relativity – the reason it’s CALLED relativity – is because time is RELATIVE to the observer, a stationary point in space, i.e. YOU.
The reason it’s hard for people to grasp the idea of all things happening at once, or simultaneously, is because we assume that it’s playing like a video in a fluid motion.
All of these things are happening fluidly, but that’s not the best way to look at it. When you look at a movie reel, it’s actually a collection of STILL FRAMES that are moving quickly enough that they appear to be fluid.
That’s what is meant by everything it happening at once – all of those still frames exist simultaneously.
Think of it like single snapshots or photographs stacked together in chronological order.
Every location in space and every moment in time all exist simultaneously as these still frames. Everything is happening “right now,” always.
Time, as you experience it, is really where you happen to find yourself among those still frames.
It’s which picture you’re in at the moment. It’s a location in space.
But of course, we perceive ourselves as the center of the universe and our perspective isn’t big enough to realize that we’re revolving around the sun, instead of the sun revolving around us.
Now that you’ve got the bigger picture in your head, let’s add another layer. The closer to the speed of light you are moving, the slower your experience of “time.”
I will refer you to one of my favorite episodes of the Colbert Report for these examples:
If you were to get up and run around the room, your watch would tick off less time than it would if you were just sitting still.
If you were to travel 99.9999999 % of the speed of light, you go out into space for six months, you turn around and you come back, you will have aged only one year, but earth will have aged 223,607 YEARS. You’ll have gone a quarter of a million years into the future.
When you actually REACH the speed of light – TIME (or rather your perception of the passage of time, because it’s relative to how fast you are moving) STOPS.
So – your soul is made up of light energy. Light, of course, is moving at the speed of light… because that’s what light does. That’s why, according to spirit, they experience timelessness.
They are able to access each of those still frames from any ‘time period’ in any order they choose. When they aren’t looking at one of those still frames – it doesn’t keep “playing” – it’s still just a still frame.
Erik, from Channeling Erik has described it as watching people’s lives play out on a TV monitor. He can press “pause” and go watch someone else for a while, and then come back and hit play again and pick up right where he left off – because it’s a series of still frames.
From his perspective, when he’s not looking at you – you’re just frozen. Even though from your perspective, life keeps rolling right along.
Another example Erik has used is that each person’s life is like a book. He can pull the book off the shelf and read a couple of chapters, put the book back. Then when he’s ready to read it again, he can start right where he left off and have not missed a thing.
For additional information, check out this full length documentary, The Illusion of Time, staring my physics nerd crush, Brian Greene: