and think about the fact that our life is organized
in cycles. The moon has a lunar cycle which is reflected
in things as disparate as the tides of the ocean, patterns
of "lunacy," and a woman's monthly period.
The earth revolves every twenty-four hours making the
sun appear to cycle; the planets have their own circular
schedules around the sun; we exhale carbon dioxide which
vegetation recycles to us as fresh oxygen; water falls
as rain, evaporates, condenses and falls again; human
bodies are made of the minerals of the earth which return
to the earth at death; the generations cycle through
the stages from birth to adolescence to maturity, at
which point the process begins again; we measure our
time by the cycles of hours, days, months and years.
We could go on, but you understand the pattern.
know that in the spirit world there is no time. There
is only the eternal "Now." So what we call
time on earth is merely an elaborate illusion. We normally
think of time as a linear phenomenon, stretching in
a straight line from Sunday through Monday to Tuesday
and so on until at the end of Saturday on the line of
our life a new Sunday appears.
what if time were in fact a spiral, a coil, something
like a spring. We could then visualize ourselves moving
in a circular fashion through a series of cycles. Each
circuit would bring us back to the same approximate
place, and yet each time around we would find ourselves
on a slightly higher level. Perhaps all the Sundays
would be stacked one atop the other, so that every time
we encountered a new Sunday, we would always be on the
north side of the spiral, but one revolution higher.
opens a fascinating possibility. If we are convinced
that time is linear, we will adopt the habit of looking
straight ahead. But seeing time as a spiral suddenly
adds three dimensions to our experience of time. Instead
of only looking ahead, we now have the ability to look
upward at the circuits overhead, which amounts to gazing
into the future. And by looking downward, we can see
the loops through which we have already passed. So perhaps
seers are not so different from ourselves. Maybe they
have simply learned to look at time from a different
course, speaking of life in terms of cycles leads us
to consider reincarnation, the cycles through which
our spirit goes as it progresses from one lifetime to
the next. How can we think, when the universe is organized
in cycles, that our conscious existence is not also
part of some grand cycle? Perhaps the coil that represents
our current lifetime is merely one Sunday on a much
larger spiral, and that each lifetime represents an
additional day on the upward spiral of our spiritual
evolution. It would be no wonder that, from time to
time, we could look downward and see glimpses of the
lives we have already lived.
when you complain that you seem to be just "going
around in circles," you might be more accurate
than you think.
John W. Sloat 2004