ernity have to do with you and me? We tend to avoid this large question — too hard to understand and searching for answers seems like an exercise in futility. “Eternity” we might reason, “Offers little insight into my human problems. So why should I try to explore this questionable reality?”.
Think again because our human problems are rooted in our illusions and our disconnect with this larger question of our existence.
Try using the phrase “always was always will be” to place us in the realm of eternal existence. Allow reflection. Since you and I exist, let us consider our relationship to that which is eternal. Who are we? Imagine that somehow we have always existed, not in our present form of energy but still, somehow we have always existed. Seems like a mind twister but let us imagine.
“Always was always will be” these few simple words can give us a handle, a crude insight into the nature of existence. Even this limited perspective of the eternal can lead to some understanding and even some acceptance of death, of loss, of finality.
Stay with me and ponder a bit.
If existence always was and always will be, then in the realm of eternity the passage of time has no meaning. There is no giant clock in the universe marking off the minutes months and millennia. What then is the present moment that we experience? In common time, the present moment is fleeting and then gone. But is it? In the domain of Eternal Reality the present moment has always existed, it always was and always will be. Kind of a mind twister, but think about it.
All that <em>Is </em> always manifests emerging forms of itself. All that Is — One Presence in endless changing forms — appears and re-appears in the eternal moment. I cannot quote scientific proof that all forms emerge from one source of energy, but through the ages, the Knowledge of one Presence, all emanations of the one Source, has come to people as intuition and insight and mystical experience. These individuals report that what<em> Is</em> is only One in presence, and for the perceiver, one finds no distinction between subjective identity and all that exists. All is One, always was always will be.
So from the mystical experience of Reality, I am everything that Is. This is my divine, eternal presence. I live today and I always was – I die tomorrow and I always will be. My form and yours are really only one. We are physical, mental emotional bodies of the one Divine presence that has always been around.
We are not separate beings but it is our temporal experience of separateness and our belief in separateness — the great illusion that we all buy into – that defines human suffering. The human ego is a mental, emotional construct of logic and interpretation that believes in its separate identity, its own self-image. It is a vigilant system of defense that evolved from instinct replacing automatic reflexive actions, and it looks upon “other” as threatening. And yet it depends upon others. The ego must protect itself and its illusions, it fears others, needs others and it dreads loss. It has created the human condition of suffering. <em>It is the ego that suffers not our divine eternal presence.</em>
So for example, when a loved one dies, our divine presence does not experience the pain of loss because <em>nothing has changed.</em> But the ego construct has built its reality on the fear of loss and separation. It suffers, it mourns and grieves. This is our human condition. We will attach ourselves to our own self-concept and to certain individuals that we will love and need and desire and identify with and this is what human beings typically do. We fear the loss of such relationships and seeing the temporal and not the eternal, we dread the eventuality of our own death.
Having evolved spiritually we have a capacity to deepen the meaning of our existence. Those who have experienced the Reality of Oneness and the Eternal Now will feel the loss of loved ones but their human suffering is different. Their personal loss, belonging to the temporal world of the ego rests in the larger context of their inner Knowledge. Yes, this deeper view into the reality of existence, into eternity, adds dimension to the meaning of our existence and within the suffering of the human condition we have the psychological and spiritual possibility of finding real happiness.