J .H. Reyner

The author of this book was a well-known scientist and writer who has sought for many years to develop a practical understanding of the phenomenon of time. He suggests that this can only be achieved by relating theoretical ideas to individual experience, and the first part of the book is concerned with an examination of the mechanism from which the awareness of time is derived.

This is itself an absorbing study, for it becomes clear that our awareness of the Universe is the result of interpretations by a very limited range of senses of a much larger, but unmanifest, domain. The author shows how the brain acts as the interpreter of the impressions which it receives in accordance pre-established codes laid down by experience. These become entirely automatic, but the possibility exists of providing fresh codes which can produce much more meaningful translations. The true meaning of illusion and consciousness are discussed, followed by an examination of the nature of vibrations, which are shown to be the basic means of communication but, being variations in time, do not exist as such in the real world. In the second part of the book, these ideas are correlated to develop a pattern of the Universe as a real but unmanifest entity, which the author suggests is the Eternal and unchanging Deity, manifest at different levels by the transit of cosmic consciousnesses. It is shown how, at the level of the phenomenal world––i.e. the world evident to the senses––time is an essential constituent, but that at higher levels of consciousness, for which man is equipped, entirely different relationships exist in which time becomes the servant and not the master.