Our breath takes place in time - and when its rhythms cease- so does our participation in time.
Consciousness is outside of time. It enters into this world through the doorway of form. But form itself is NEVER eternal. It is only an illusion created by the eternal motion of time. Only consciousness is eternal. The 'I AM'.
In this space/time continuum Einstein called time the 4th dimension. He explained gravity as a warping of space.
I believe if we take Einstein at his word and accept Time dilation and Space contraction as realities, we can add a 5th dimension. That 5th dimension is the RATE of the passing of Time and is the cause of the warping of space and consequently the explanation for gravity itself. We can call the Time field a Timescape because space shrinks or expands depending on the rate of time at each different point in space.
What happens if Time slows down as Einstein pointed out. Do you think of molasses and picture everything in slow motion? Actually the opposite is true. If Jane's time is passing at a slower rate then say Joe, Jane's watch says 55 minutes have past when Joe's says an hour. Jane has 5 extra minutes to do with as she pleases. If Jane and Joe are traveling, Jane can travel farther then Joe because she has 5 extra minutes. Space actually shrinks for Jane because she can travel farther in the SAME amount of time. Does it really shrink? NO, but Jane REALLY can travel farther in the same amount of time. If Jane and Joe are not wearing watches and no one knows that time is passing at different rates for them, then when they travel the same distance it appears as though Jane's universe has SHRUNK because she travels the same distance in less time. It appears as though distance has been squeezed for her, space has more density because she has packed more distance into it.
Time is passing at each point in space. But time is passing at a particular RATE at each point in space and causes it to be a different size. Is is really a different size? NO. Do we experience it as a different size? YES, just like Jane and Joe above. Time slowing down packs more distance into the same amount of time appearing to shrink space and making it more dense.
So if we cannot see space growing and shrinking and we cannot determine that time is passing at different rates... what does it matter?
There is a beauthiful symmetry between inertia and gravity. To understand it we must investigate what "weight" is. We could say that weight is the amount of mass that an object has.... but your weight is different at different locations in space. For example on the moon it is less. On a massive body like Jupiter you weigh more. Has your mass changed? No. What has changed is the size of space at the moon's and Jupiter's locations. The more the rate of time slows down, the smaller the size of space, the more DENSE is your space and consequently the more you weigh. Time passes at a faster rate in the area of the moon (there is not as much gravity), space is not as dense, you do not weigh as much. Time passes at a slower rate in the area of Jupiter, the size of space is smaller and more dense; hence the more you weigh. To repeat, can you see the size of space changing? NO. Can you tell it is more dense? NO. You only experience it's effects- as speed or weight/inertia. Einstein explained gravity as a warping of space. The more gravity, the more "warp". But the size of space is determined by how fast Time is passing. If time is passing more quickly, your space is smaller and more dense. It is not a matter of "Warp" It is simply a matter of size and density. Gravity can be explained as a changing rate of the Timescape. A Timescape which is squeezing space and causing it to be more dense. We have been describing locations in space but SPEED also causes these same effects. When you accelerate you are slowing time at a continuous rate and thus your "space" is shrinking at a continuous rate and your "space" is becoming more dense. What happens in an accelerating space ship? A changing time field is created inside and you are pushed in the opposite direction of the acceleration. There is a G-force created and it looks JUST LIKE GRAVITY because the explanation is the SAME for both. A location in space where the Timescape is slowing down will CAUSE YOU TO ACCELERATE (gravity). If you supply energy AND ACCELERATE time slows down and GRAVITY makes its appearance.
Einstein stated that we can travel at different uniform speeds and the laws of the universe will work the same for everyone. The KEY word is UNIFORM, acceleration is a different story. Einstein stated everything is relative. If spaceship A travels past spaceship B it cannot be determined which one is moving and which one is standing still. Spaceship A could be racing past Spaceship B and see B as relatively motionless. But from Spaceship B's point of view it would be equally correct to say that Spaceship A is motionless and it is B who is racing past. As a thought experiment I can see where this might be correct but what happens when you add a third spaceship C? I think that spaceship C would be able to determine who is moving faster even if they could not determine the correct speed of each ship.
Personally, I cannot agree with this line of reasoning. If the universe is a Timescape, time passes both at individual points in space and for objects moving. It is a combination of the two which determines the density of space for an object and thus it's speed. You do not need another object to determine speed. Relativity makes no such assumption and thus a quandary is created trying to determine speed for relative objects.
We can illustrate this further by imagining a Time cone. This is purely a thought experiment so please try to picture it. If you cut directly across a cone, you get a slice which looks like a round disk. Let us call that round disk the size of our space, the distance in our universe. Each slice of the cone at a different spot will yield a different size disk. Do we know they are different sizes? No. Our ruler at each different spot as we travel up and down the time cone shrinks and grows as we enter the different sized slices. So what is different? The time it takes us to travel accross each one of those slices. Same distance, different amount of time. But remember, if you travel distance in less time and IT'S BECAUSE YOUR RATE OF TIME HAS SLOWED DOWN it appears as though space has shrunk. Think about it... this is a hard idea to grasp but VERY VERY IMPORTANT.
The Time cone affects SPEED. As you enter each different slice and do not attempt to purposely change your speed..... you will automatically speed up or slow down ANYWAY because the rate at which time passes on that particular slice is different. On the contrary, if you are traveling on a particular slice and purposely CHANGE your speed you will move up or down the Time cone because YOU have changed the rate at which Time passes.
What happens if you move through more then one slice of the time cone without attempting to change your speed, say several different slices one right after the other? You accelerate. Your motion will be faster and faster.
Thats interesting you say, but it doesn't happen in the real world. Oh yeah? What do you think a gravitational field is? As you get closer and closer to earth, time is slowing down, and you are essentially traveling down a time cone (the slices are getting smaller and smaller). Time at each point in space is essentially passing slower and slower, making distance appear to shrink, making space appear to become more dense, SPEEDNG YOU UP.
What happens when a spaceship accelerates? Can we make a similar analogy? YES! When you accelerate you are slowing down time and creating smaller and smaller slices of the time cone in your area. You are CREATING a gravitational field.
So lets get back to the Timescape. Are you beginning to see that this Timescape is actually the missing AETHER that science claims doesn't exit? Current theory says that electro-magnetic waves travel in a vaccuum and do not need a substance to travel in. I say that electro-magnetic waves are just that.... WAVES. They are waves in the Timescape and essentially all Electro-Magnetic waves including light itself are Time waves. They are a disturbance in the Timescape.
What is matter? Matter is a standing time wave. Electro-magnetic time waves temporarily change the structure of the Timescape but standing time waves permanently alter it.
The more matter there is.... the more the structure of the Timescape is changed. Around every planet in the solar system is a changing Timescape. Consider the Time Cone. As you move closer to the earth, or the moon, or any other celestial body you are moving down the time cone, time is slowing down, each point in space represents a slice in the time cone and those slices are shrinking Space appears to get more dense and you SPEED up. Can you not see that if there are several planets in an area of space that each will contribute to the structure of the Timescape? The larger a planet, the larger the contribution? Each point in space will then have its place on the Time Cone. SPEED at ANY POINT near a planet or the Sun will be determined by the rate at which time passes at that particular point. At each particular point, you are on a particular slice in the Time Cone. Now picture this. If you slice the Time Cone at an angle... you get an elipse. You are traveling through different time rates, different slices, different densities of space. What happens to the planets? They move though different time rates, different slices, and different densities of space. Is it no wonder that they move in elipses?