Most people walk through the world, living their lives from birth to death without ever questioning the ticking clock, the rising and setting of the sun, the pulse of the atom. Time, both friend and enemy, seems by all accounts and measures the truest of all gods, enslaving all others, with Death as its right-hand man. And yet, physicists discovered over a century ago that time is relative, that it is not as consistent and inevitable as we happen to perceive it—and in fact, if we honestly believe that time is consistent, we are deluding ourselves, because time passes at a different rate for every observer on earth, and at a different rate every day of each observers life. But that relativistic perspective is still in the domain of classical physics—in the quantum age, we discovered the veracity of ancient eastern wisdom, that everything we perceive is illusion, even the relativity of time. The one and only thing we can count on as observers is that we are conscious—if we can perceive the world, and perceive ourselves perceiving the world and ourselves, there is no question that we exist, somehow and somewhere. Everything else is a matter of opinion, and opinion is always subjective and biased, and therefore almost always wrong.
Time is a matter of perception, but consciousness exists with or without Perception. Consciousness also exists with our without Will. Consciousness is so fundamental that it can exist entirely without Ego—and it is this fundamentality of Consciousness that underlies the Rosicrucian teachings of “The Mind of the All”, or Cosmic Consciousness as the one true god.