Rupert (www.rupertspira.com) spoke about eternity and infinity. This is the understanding I hold:
In order to sustain the continuity of the separate self, we create the idea of time with thought. We link the memory of past events–or imagined futures–together. The thoughts are like glistening pearls strung on a cord, one after another. This is the separate self’s way of interpreting eternity, the ever-present.
In order to sustain the continuity of the separate self, we create the idea of space using thought. We imagine seemingly separate objects and arrange them in this space, as though space were the container that holds them all. This is the separate self’s way of interpreting infinity, the unending, unspeakable vastness.
Thought cannot conceive of either eternity or infinity. It cannot apprehend that out of which it arises. Thought has to step it-which-is-not-an-it down, much like a transformer steps down electricity. Thoughts are objects, and cannot know that which creates them.
© Skye Blaine, 2011