Perhaps we can explain this a little differently, Alison. And answer a question you posed by dispelling your fear of the answer you seek? Only you can recognize the things you fear. So let us begin here. The reason why you are afraid of so many things should be apparent to you by now. To all of you. But you have all been denied. Each of you. Or you would not be seeking. You would have already found. Consciousness is about love, because it is about you. You have been told over and over again, by so many different lies in life, that your function in this world is meaningless, that your function in Creation is to dream and fail. The world teaches you that your function on earth is to conform to the willing destruction of your world. It teaches you that death and destruction, be it willing or unwilling, is your only truth and that you have no function at all beyond it. So would the world and those who rule it thus destroy you here and bury you here, leaving you no inheritance except the dust out of which they let you think you were made. As long as 'the world' is reasonably satisfied with you, as its reasoning goes, it offers you oblivion in the end. When it becomes overtly savage, it offers you hell. Have I lost you yet?
Neither oblivion nor hell are as unacceptable to any of you as the truth of what each of you truly are. Were you to really know your true identity, this world would be a paradise. Instead, you believe your definitions of hell and oblivion, and the real Heaven you think you believe in becomes the greatest threat you think you could possibly experience. Hell and oblivion are both ideas that you made up, and the world and you who live in it are hell bent on demonstrating their reality to establish yours. You will not discover your identity this way. If the reality of either of them is ever questioned, and they are, you believe that yours is, and so it is. This is not love! Alison. It is something. But it is not love. This world, and those who believe its teachings, believe that attack, and death, and its resultant hell and misery is its reality, and that destruction in all its myriad shapes and forms are the final proof that it is right. Here's a newsflash. If I'm right, I'll eat my words. Happily. This is where the going gets tough. Hang in there. I only have one question. You seem to have a thousand. So let me ask you one.
Under the circumstances, would it not be more desirable to be wrong, even apart from the fact that you are wrong? Because while it could perhaps be argued that death and destruction suggests there was life at some point in time, no one would claim that it proves there is life. Would they? Even those who believe in a past life must wonder what any death might indicate. It begs the question 'Where does consciousness begin and end? Deep question. You want to know about time. Well, here it is. Go ahead. Judge this. Because it is either right or wrong. Either it means something or it is meaningless. Decide. Choose. You might probably suspect that it could only have all been futile if it all must come down to this, and so does humanity and its many, many belief systems need this to prove that it was something... at all. You question Heaven, but you do not question this. Yet you could do so much more as a species if you did question it. And even though each of you questions what the nature of consciousness is, might the truth not be more desirable than your ideas of death? You have been as selective in your questioning as in your perception. An open mind is more honest than this.
Human beings have a strange notion of time, and it is with this notion that your questioning might well begin. Humans invest heavily in guilt, and guilt is a 'thing' of the past, and in their individual ends they mostly believe that the past is the only aspect of time that is meaningful. Remember one thing. Test it. Human emphasis on guilt enables your 'overlords' to ensure their continuity of control over you by making the future like the past, thus avoiding the present. By the human notion of paying for the past in the future, the past does indeed become the determiner of your future, making both continuous without an intervening present. Your 'masters' regard the present only as a brief transition to the future, in which it brings and ensures humanity's past slavery to it by teaching you to interpret your present in past terms. This is going to end. If you trust anything, trust this.
"Now" has no meaning to them. It has all meaning to us. The present is 'used' merely to remind you of past hurts, past grievances, and past mistakes, and the 'now' predictably reacts to the present as if it were the past. This is Law. Your species cannot tolerate release from the past, and although the past is over, humanity tries to preserve its image by responding as if it were the present. It dictates your individual reactions to any of those you meet in the present from a past reference point, obscuring both yours and their present reality. In effect, if you follow these dictates you will react to your brother as though he were someone else, and this guarantees that no matter what, you will not see him for who he really is. Yes. He will speak to you, and you will listen, and you hear him and receive messages from him out of your own past because, by making the past real in the present, you are forbidding yourself the letting go of it. And so, in that holy exchange, do you deny yourself and him the message of release, of forgiveness, and of love, that every single one of your brother offers you in the 'now.'
These shadowy figures poison the present moment, and from your past, and yours alone, it is they that are precisely what you must escape. They are not real, and have no hold over you unless you bring them with you. They each carry the spots of pain in your mind, the hurt in your hearts, the sorrow in your days, and always direct you to judge and attack in the present in retaliation for a past that is no more. Choosing this, you do not know what you do. This decision is one of future pain. Unless you learn that past pain, just like the past in which occurred, is an illusion, you are choosing a future of illusions and losing the many opportunities you could find for growth and hope in the present. The 'rulers' of your world would preserve your nightmares, and prevent you from awakening and understanding that they 'rule' what is indeed past. Would any of you even recognize a holy encounter in the present if you were merely perceiving it as a meeting with your own individual and collective pasts and the judgements you learned in them? Change this, and your world will change.
In truth, the reality is that you would be meeting no one, and the sharing of love, which makes the encounter holy, is, and always will be, excluded from your sight. Spirit teaches us that one always meets oneself, for we are all created beings drawn in Love by Love from the same holy wellspring of Love, and the encounter is always holy because each of you are. This world teaches you that you always encounter your past, and because your dreams and illusions are not holy, the future cannot be, and so you fear your present is without meaning. This is not our way. Nor is the way of the Universe. It is like 'this' only here.
It is evident to us that our perception of time is the exact opposite of yours. The reason for this is equally clear, for we each perceive the goal of time as diametrically opposed. We have learned to interpret time's purpose as only rendering the need for it unnecessary. We regard the function of time as temporary, serving only as a tool for teaching, and so too the illusion of need for a teaching function is itself temporary by definition. Case in point. This. Here. Now. Our emphasis has always been and shall always be for the only aspect of time that can extend to the infinite. The 'now' is the closest approximation of eternity that this world offers. For us, it is in the reality of "now," without a past or a future that the beginning of the appreciation of eternity lies. Your human idea of Creation is mistaken. Pretty sure about that. But it is what you have been taught. And it does not require forgiveness. You can unlearn any behavior. But you cannot unlearn who you truly are. The Universe doesn't work that way either. For us, only "now" is here, and only "now" presents us with the opportunities for the holy encounters we seek in order to act for the preservation of this planet and its many species. Does a part of you recognize how loved each of you are in this statement? In this 'now?' We all share it. But some of do not. Very few of you live in the 'now.' Do you see?
The world and the majority of your species regards the function of time as one of extending itself instead of and in place of eternity, for the goal of time is itself separate from the truth of who each of you are. Time is your 'enemy. To us, it is nothing. The continuity of past and future, under its direction, is the only purpose humanity perceives in time, and it closes over the present so throughly, and so convincingly, that no gap in its own continuity can occur. Its continuity, then, would seek to keep you imprisoned in time, while Spirit would release you from it. It is this interpretation of time your world and your species must learn to accept, if you would share our goal of helping you save your world. We have said this before, in many different ways, Alison. Love cannot enter where it is not welcome.
You will begin to interpret the function of time differently as your understanding of time grows. If you accept your function in this world, in this moment, as one of teaching and healing, you will emphasize the only aspect of time in which that teaching and healing can occur. Neither can be accomplished in the past. It must be accomplished in the present to release the future. Our interpretation, our Love, ties the future to the present, and extends the present rather than the past. This world is opposite. And each of you knows this in your deepest selves. This is your power. Time will be as you interpret it, for of itself it is nothing. Each one of you, however, are everything. This is truth.