Nearly everyone understands that the sound of thunder follows the flash of lightning; fewer understand that the flash we see with the eyes is also delayed in time, that the flash follows the actual bolt of lightning by a fraction of a fraction of a second. If you explode a giant firecracker on top of Double Oak Mountain, you will see the flash there before I see it here two miles away, just as you will hear the explosion before I do. Light also travels at a finite speed. The flash is fast but not instantaneous.
Now, let me ask: Do you see that there is something prior to your own world-view of people, places and things? That is, the image I see across the room—or even in the mirror in front of me—has Something that precedes my view of it, delayed in time by a fraction of a fraction of a second, just like the explosion on the distant hill. As you and I sit here talking to one another, you see your own hands folded in your lap before I do. Our views of your hands seem to be simultaneous, but they are not. At least, not in the space-time world. Everyone thinks, “But we see each other at virtually the same time. What difference can a billionth of a billionth of a second make?” Ask a particle physicist how much difference that amount of time can make!
Years ago when I first discovered the subjective nature of the tangible universe and realized there was Something Else standing behind everything the world calls material—I called it Principle then—I realized that this knowledge should allow me to see evidence of that prior Principle-perfection where I had been seeing sickness, life in place of death. But such evidence or “demonstrations” did not always come to me on schedule or in the manner I expected. There was no consistency. It wasn’t until I discovered the “chink in the armor of matter” that I began having repeatable demonstrations, as the scientists would call their experiments. That chink has to do with space, time and the speed of light. The crack appeared when my logical mind could concretely understand why and how it wasn’t possible to look outside myself-as-consciousness and see something there instantaneously in time, but I could look within consciousness-as-Awareness and perceive Selfhood immediately. Then, that knowledge in hand, I could expect the image “out there” to confirm my Self-knowing, “precept upon precept”-and it did. It does. It must.
Who can explain this miracle to another? There certainly seem to be those who are given to understand the “subjective idea” and those who are not. I do not know why so few understand—especially metaphysicians—but I guess that this is the reason men like Jesus have said throughout linear history, “Let him who has ears to hear, understand.”
Now, we come to the wonder of wonders. Suppose I get up in the morning, look into the mirror and see the image in front of me looking like death itself? What am I to do? I know that the Awareness doing the looking precedes that image in world time! As Awareness, I am pure and perfect; no matter What any mirror tells me—or the doctor tells me or anyone else. Identified as Awareness Itself, I exist before time and space! I precede feelings of the body or any of its appearances. There is an instant of an instant of a second, which permits, as time and space go, the misty, ordinary light to intrude with a delineating picture of things. I do not have to accept those appearances as final nor continue to believe the humanly expected, causal, linear relationships to unfold in space and time as the world predicts.
If I hold out my hand and see evidences of the most horrible sight there—a huge cancer, say, or an angry, sullen mate—I know that there is a lag between what I am and what I see—and that same lag permits the real Light of Truth to alter the tangible seeing with a picture of goodness! If a mother looks out and sees the sight of her child falling under the wheels of a great red truck, she does not Have to see the mangled consequences of death and destruction following. The Glimpse of healing Truth comes in that instant of an instant and is perpetually Here to be seen when we look for it and confidently expect it. As the physicist or mathematician would say, the glimpse contains “infinite possibilities” within itself.
But, my friend, I had to know why I didn’t have to accept the appearance before I could expect to look back into the mirror again and see Confirmation of the immaculate nature of Awareness in time and space. Again, I don’t know why I had to know that, but I did. Perhaps you must, too-if you expect to see the marvelous confirmations in your experience that I have seen in mine. (This is not the only requirement, of course. There is still the matter of what one is to Do with the glimpse and how one is to live the equation of living.)
When the physicist or astronomer begins to take into account the prior consciousness of himself, the experimenter, and begins to examine the awareness which is an integral part of every experiment (and precedes it in time), he will be able to prove the miraculous, even as I have. Why not? The difficulty for the scientist, as for each of us, is turning from self to Self. The old nature of us has many vested interests and doesn’t want to be forsaken. I don’t believe my world “out there” is going to appear concerned about the perfect child, within that precedes tangibility in time and space until a common disaster looms for all mankind. Could that be what is turning the distant sky so dark and making all that thunder in the far places? Perhaps, but the disaster doesn’t have to happen. What can we do to avert it? Find the child and live the child’s equation.
From The Child within Us Lives! Copyright © 1986 by William Samuel. Reprinted by arrangement with The William Samuel Foundation, Ojai, California.