Time is defined as a nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future, an interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration.

Time is an abstract principle and a law of being and of doing. Time, space and eternity form the ninth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is immortality through conquering space and time.

Time is the principle of form under which we relate events. The form of an antecedence and sequence model makes possible all outer experience. The idea of time is born in the interval between happenings. Time governs the law of mental synthesis, and binds all things together. – Edna Lister.

Edna Lister on Time

Time is a principle of form, the principle under which we relate events. The form of an antecedence and sequence model makes possible all outer experience. Time governs the law of mental synthesis, and binds all things together.

You build and relate your different actions to time so you can, by contacting one "time," find your way to all others. The idea of time is born in the interval between happenings. You know by memory, by recall. In memory, events seem to succeed each another, and from this arises the experience of succession called a "sense of time."

The succession of moments and events gives us the basis for number. The objective basis of number involves the distinctness of objects. Counting involves the establishment of a unit. Units are determined by the mind itself: Work, temperature, time, space. A unit is an abstract form of the act of position, and number arises from the repetition of this act under a synthetic form of counting. – Edna Lister, Immanuel Kant: Philosophy, December 23, 1935.

The payment for stolen time is to put more fervor in everything you do. Otherwise, you fill your memory cells with guilt and regret. – Edna Lister, From students' notes, September 25, 1950.

Don't have squinched-up hopes and plans. Don't say, "I'm through; I'm old." Time cannot grow old. Live time the right way and you cannot grow old. Time is filled with the greatest of ideas. You still have time to write the great book, paint the great picture, greater works to manifest. The sun, moon and stars do not age; God does not age. – Edna Lister, Truth: Your Plan, October 21, 1956.

Forever is a measure of time in space. – Edna Lister, Revelation: The Beast With Ten Horns, June 10, 1958.

We all have the same amount of time, yet some seem to have more time than others. A typical phone conversation frequently contains such phrases as, "I didn't have time. I just didn't get anything done." Or, "Oh, I had such a good day. Everything went so smoothly. I finished everything I had planned and had time to spare."

Why is there such an apparent inequality of Time? There are degrees of health, wealth and social life, and you measure them all in time; they depend on how you use time. The River of Life is harmony. You tune into its current, face the Light and ascend. If you tune out and resist the River of Life, its current drags you under because you are not in harmony with life.

Use joy as a tuning fork to find time's harmony. When you flow with the current, you lose all rigidity of action. You can tune in the "music of the spheres," a joy vibration. The secret is to shut out worry. You can ascend even while doing mundane tasks and do more in a short time than you ever dreamed possible. Say joyfully, "Now is the high time of salvation," and time does stand still. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, November 3, 1959.

Mother Love and time eternal are one. All time is based in and on the principle of Mother Love, and all Wisdom is based in space. Time is always "now" with Mother Love. Space forever opens under Wisdom. Mother Love and Father Wisdom are ways of life. Mother Love, where selfless, is God's timing. Father Wisdom is God's spacing where selfless.

Time without space is lifeless. Time needs a space for action. If Love is bound or limited, no action can result. To take advantage of time eternal requires space. Universal Mother Love transcends time and space, being eternal and everywhere simultaneously. – Edna Lister, Time Eternal Is Now Mine, May 9, 1965.

A world was formed "in the beginning" when God used Mind to breathe; the Word exploded and Creation opened. The Word was God as Mind in action as a planned, controlled explosion, a rhythmic pulsation filling all universes, which were then "void," with no form. The Word, acting as Mind upon Substance, began to build up enough condensed Power to last a whole Day of Manifestation.

God first created a place, space, which He then filled with principle and personality. From principle and personality came the second great action, time. This was all Mind and contained the whole Plan of Creation for all universes, an unchangeable, unalterable and perfect Magna Carta, containing the Beginning and the End. – Edna Lister, Religion and the World, November 26, 1967.

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Time and Space

Edna Lister created this lecture outline for October 21, 1935.

We conceive of the universe as an infinite self-consciousness, infinitely intelligible, intelligibly infinite, expressing in material form and revealing its nature and attributes through its immanent relational constitution. This self-consciousness, though infinitely removed in degree, is essentially identical in kind with the human consciousness. This brings us in sight of the conception of the universe as the infinite life of God in time and space.

The contrast between the finite and the infinite existence as an organism is first that the finite must live by taking in, and second, by making its own that which is outside self. Death is the result of failure to do this. Physical life consists in the ability to take that which is not itself and convert it into itself. The infinite organism lives and does not die because it is continuously and eternally converting itself, as force, into itself, as form.

The infinite organism fills all space and all time, which is the basic ground for the forms of all being, finite or infinite. They are the blank forms of "possibility." The word, "exists," presupposes time, while all material form presupposes space. Finite thought must find its object, while infinite thought creates its object by becoming that object.

Therefore, the universe is the self-creating organism of the Infinite Intelligence. It is an organism because it lives and grows, whereas a machine neither lives nor grows. An organism is an organized body with connected interdependent parts sharing common life. The suffix, "zation," means an organized body or system or society.

To organize means to form into an organic whole. Organic means having organs or an organized physical structure. A machine is an apparatus for applying mechanical power having several parts each with definite function. "Machine" also describes a person who acts mechanically and without intelligence or with unfailing regularity.

This infinite self-creating organism of the immeasurable intelligence fills all space and all time. Out of this conception of the universe as organism grows the provision for the many in the One. It includes all the facts of existence or being. It is the self-revelation of the infinite in the finite, of the eternal in the temporal. The whole of anything is equal to the sum of all its parts, therefore, the nature of the whole is in some measure present in all its parts.

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Conquering Time

Edna Lister created this lecture outline for October 22, 1957.

Space is absolute. Time is relative. Space is absolute universal substance, the absolute substrate upon which relative times moves. Time is the action contained within space. The instant that time moves into action, it becomes relative to the Godhead. Space contains the All, which includes all times; this is why "timing" is so important, and why you must hold time as a sacred trust. Time really does conquer all things. You acknowledge this when you say, "Give it time to work out," and "Time heals all wounds."

As a category on the outer, you use timing in the form of antecedence and sequence to relate events, which makes integration of all outer experiences possible. Time also expresses the law of mental synthesis. You bind and relate your different actions and experiences to time so that you can, by "contacting" one "time" in your memory bank, find your way to all other related "times."

Without timing, you could not operate your brain. Timing is the action-Power, which descends from above as intuition to touch the nerve ending cells into life. Only by "time-action" could you know "which" and "what" memories and knowledge you need to open and relate. Timing changes ideas from one memory sector to another. Timing adds new to the old and rearranges what you know. Your whole life depends on your timing. Everyone operates under this great principle and category of time.

The idea of time is born in the intervals, long or short, between happenings. You know and recall experiences and knowledge by their timing record in memory. Events always seem to succeed each other in memory. From this arises the experience of "succession." You are thus able to relate events in sequence (not scattered) as they happened. For instance, someone who tells a story poorly, so that they must backtrack and add necessary details to make sense, is someone whose timing is "off"; you have heard people say, "He has poor timing." When they say, "She has perfect timing," you know that person has a good sense of time.

Lack of orientation is the result of a failure to allow time to measure space. Extreme cases even find it difficult to use a map. Time is "real" here on the outer, although relative universally, where "All time is now." We need periods, such as years, day and hours, to explain our experiences. Immanuel Kant's Antinomy of Space and Time is good reading, although heavy.

The principle of number arises from your need for spacing (sequencing) time in your life. Counting involves the establishment of a unity. Units are determined by mind itself, using such expressions as: Time involved, space occupied, work done and temperature. Your use of temperature as unit includes measuring emotions, "boiling mad," and "cold as ice."

A unit is the absolute form of an action or a position, since both space and time are involved. Number arises from the repetition of this act under a synthetic form of counting. This unfolds into a numerical series, expressed as for instance, powers, roots, logarithms, differentials, integrals, limits and rates.

Mind creates its own data, processes and problems, and tests them by its own insights. You have nerves which conduct signals of sensation to the brain. The senses have nothing to do with their production, and nothing to do with testing; only the nerves of space and action.

Someone credited George Russell Harrison, Dean of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1942), with the statement, "Science is the systematic production and analysis of experience, using time and space. Science is a systematic search for truth."

Timing is the action, the Power that descends from above as intuition, as said earlier. A scientist must be "intuitive" as well as "systematic." Harrison, as scientist, also said, "Intuition is the ability to integrate previous experience without detailed analysis, to produce new awareness." He further said that what we commonly call "intuition" involves merely a mess of confused emotions (hunches, predictions and premonitions) and prejudices, with thought. "True intuition," he said, "consists of that leap upward in the dark" (which we would call ascending into the Light), "with no solid ground underneath, in which you end up in perfect balance on your feet."

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New Testament on Time

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. – Matthew 6:34.

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Old Testament on Time

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15.

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Etymology of time: Middle English, from Old English tima; from da-, "to divide," from Greek daiesthai, "to divide."

Time is an abstract principle.

Time is a law of being.

Time is a law of doing.

Time is a Via Christa Degree.

At the end of the 18th century, Kant suggested a subtle relationship between time and mind – that our mind actually structures our perceptions so that we can know a priori that time is like a mathematical line. Time is, on this theory, a form of conscious experience, and our sense of time is a necessary condition of our experience or sensation. – Bradley Dowden, Time


Dowden, Bradley. "Time," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ISSN 2161-0002 [accessed March 4, 2017].

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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Recommended Reading

See Time, the Adjuster of Life, Edna Lister

Gendlin. Eugene T. "Time's Dependence on Space: Kant's Statements and Their Misconstrual by Heidegger," Kant and Phenomenology, Thomas M. Seebohm and Joseph J. Kockelmans, editors. The Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, Inc., University Press of America. Inc. 1984.

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