The famous psychic, Edgar Cayce, gave many readings (ECRs) for people asking about the nature of life. In 1942, a woman was offered a curious statement by Cayce. Here’s the exact quote:
“Each entity is a part of the universal whole. All knowledge, all understanding that has been a part of the entity's consciousness, then, is a part of the entity's experience. Thus the unfoldment in the present is merely becoming aware of that experience through which the entity, either in body or in mind--has passed in a consciousness.” (reading # 2823-1)
It is no surprise that each experience we have becomes a part of who we are. However, it is difficult to understand this concept if Cayce is correct in saying that there truly is no time and space except as “we live and move and have our very being” within the consciousness of God.
If everything is happening at the same instant, then why do we seem to be experiencing just one moment at a time? I believe living all our “life experiences” is analogous to every TV and cable channel playing a different movie from which we can choose. All those “stories” are playing simultaneously, but we pick which one we will focus upon at a given instant. Where we find ourselves now in this moment is what the ECRs referred to as our present experience that is unfolding. When we are living in this moment, it’s like all the other channels are put on pause waiting their turn to “unfold” in what we experience.
Nothing really gets put on pause, but our 3-dimensional minds need to think of it this way because we can’t imagine life without the separation of time. Perhaps it helps to imagine a large labyrinth or maze where every possible path/choice we can make is represented. All those paths exist at the same instant, but which part of the infinite maze do we choose to experience now? The maze is made up of all the paths/choices we can make, both loving and selfish, that result in our being greater or less happy with each new decision. Our “mission” is to choose which paths we focus upon, and the choice is always ours.
Have you ever replayed in your mind a particularly awful event in which you wish you had made a different choice? When we learn to make better, more loving choices, we leave behind the maze’s paths that lead to suffering and stay on the paths that result in our greater joy. It is not that the paths (free will options) for suffering cease to exist, but if we never choose to go down them, then we do not suffer as the “present” unfolds in our lives. Eventually we all learn to stay on the paths of love/joy and avoid the paths that lead to suffering. As long as we don’t choose or revisit the selfish paths/experiences (AKA bad memories and selfish new choices), it’s as if they are banished from God’s Book of Remembrance…as the Bible promises in Malachi 3:16.
Once we choose not to focus upon (remember) any selfish paths/choices, then all selfish thoughts become possibilities rather than our current reality. In this way, we too can freely choose to “Be ye therefore perfect.”