Time is an interesting concept. I say concept because Time is not a thing - it is an idea - in the egoic Mind wholly. The Rosicrucians, AMORC have a phrase in their philosophy that says "mind assigns dimension". In other words Mind (consciousness/experience) is the measure or metrology of that observed/experienced. In the case of Time we observe a sunrise and the Sun's path through our sky - which is to say - earth's orbit or journey around its primary (year) as also its rotation upon its axis (day). This phenomenon is divided into discrete sections dividing an open circle (spiral) into more or less equal parts. This method gives us a "Time Ruler" by or against which the progression or passage of events may be tabulated or marked.
More concisely the earth's movement around the Sun is an event. This event is divided into sections, segments or spaces; i.e., so much space covered in so much elapsed "Time". See Kepler. It has been said:
This is an agreeable definition for the reasons presented. This definition may be extended to include the variability of the event so described. This being earth's orbit which is not circular but is elliptical where the earth, in its travels around the Sun, is constantly changing velocity resulting in days of variable lengths. Time does not compress or expand! But the Time Ruler length presents the appearance of compressing and expanding. We can say with accuracy the Time Ruler's length varies according to the reoccurence between similar events; i.e., sunrises or sun sets or some similar cyclical event. Or astronomically as the distance from the Sun of the earth changes so too does the Time Ruler's length. This of course is a relativity issue; relative to the earth and Sun. A Time Ruler on other planets would have other lengths because that planet's spin and orbit would be different. However there could be established a solar system "Railroad Time" where a clock could be set and all solar system Time Rulers would be expressed in that clock's time. Ordinarily astronomical years are expressed in so many earth years.
Russell goes into this varying attribute of local orbits quite well and ties or locks these variations with other effective attributes such as alternating potential, rotation (spin) speed, radius (distance from primary) and orbital velocity, among other similarly related attributes. In Russell's manner of presentation of these forces as "locked" together we may see how all forces are indeed active as a single force having many attributes or variables. All forces, i.e., events, are One compound and complex event, inextricably locked together. To consider a single facet or attribute of force as an isolated event or measurement is to miss the true nature of the One Force creating One compound and complex event. Such a separatist and isolationist viewpoint is misleading at best and dismisses the wider more complete picture.
Given the many regularly varying attributes of earth's orbit it could be well said Time varies in a regularly, periodically or rhymically varying manner. Time compresses (days/hours become shorter) during the slower portion of its orbital velocity and Time dilates (expands) (days/hours become longer) during its faster velocity of travel. A Time increment (day, hour, minute, second) is less long during the earth's slow orbit and faster rotation while further from the Sun. A Time Ruler year increment is longer during the earth's fast orbit and (day, hour, minute, second) slower rotation nearer to the Sun.
Another repetitive event occuring in the Mind of Man is music. A cycle in practiced music is the bar and this bar is divided discretely into a measure of Time. The bar serves as Time Ruler for the playing and experiencing of the music progression from beginning to end.
Time is an Illusion?
"Existence gives you only one moment at a time. Either you can waste it in remembering the past or you can waste it in fantasizing about the future or you can live it now. My most emphatic thing is that now is the only reality there is.” http://www.OSHO.com/iOsho
Music - Time Signature
"(1) The division of musical phrases into certain regulated portions measured with regard to the value of the notes with respect to the semibreve, which, in modern music, is held to be the standard of time. There are two sorts of time, duple with two, four, or eight beats in a bar, and triple with three beats in a bar. There is also compound time, or time formed of the union of triple with duple, and triple with triple, each having a distinctive time signature. (2) The pace at which a movement is performed is called its time." [Stainer, John; Barrett, W.A.; A Dictionary of Musical Terms; Novello, Ewer and Co., London, pre-1900]
"An elongated uniform body, e.g., a dressed lath of pine, has three primary centers - the center of gravity, the center of oscillation, and the center of velocity. The center of gravity is the center of the body; the center of oscillation is two-thirds from the end as the point of suspension; the center of velocity is at two-thirds of one-third from the end; i.e., at two-ninths from the end as the point of suspension. [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 92]
This elongated body suspended at the end, or at one-third from the end, the oscillations are the same. The one-third above the point of suspension so balances the two-thirds below that the oscillations are performed in the same time for both suspensions. When it is [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 92]
It would be folly to separate Time from the events to which it is locked and of which it is the measure. Time is not a thing unto itself but an attribute of cyclical periodicity (change or delta). It could be described in a more or less scientific manner as the "degree of change" or "rate of change" (delta) or "rate of progression" of a rhymically occuring event. It is as Harvey Spencer Lewis points out the measure of the progression of the event. In this regard it is correct to state Time cannot be solely a "measure of space" although it can play a role in defining space quantitatively.
According to Russell (The Universal One) there are interlocking attributes (what he calls dimensions) affecting planets based on their relative radius from their primary which impacts on its mass by virtue of the primary's potential. Two of these dimensions are rotation upon its axis and revolution or orbit around its primary. In short the closer a planet is to its primary the greater the potential in which it exists. This close proximity increases its mass, increases its speed of orbit (revolution) and decreases its spin (rotation) upon its axis. The further a planet is from its primary the less its potential. This distanced proximity decreases its mass, decreases its speed of orbit and increases its spin upon its axis. So at a close distance days are longer and years are shorter. A further distance (long radius) days are shorter and years are longer. It is apparent from this scenario a primary has zones of potential beginning near its surface as high potential and decreasing in potential in direct proportion to radius. Cayce said this gravity effect behaves as octaves of force.
Meaning gravity doubles per decrease of radius unit and increase of density / potential unit. It is assumed this potential increase is the same as the Inverse Square Law which reflects the octave concept of doubling. The energy twice as far from the source is spread over four times the area, hence one-fourth the intensity. Gravity, Electricity, sound, light and radiation obey the Inverse Square Law. We can assume this is correct because during falling velocity and potential force increases. Gravity then may be this potential coupled with the principle that low potential seeks higher potential in periodic proportion. Time therefore is an effect of revolution (year) and rotation (day). Each Time unit is an arithmetical relationship to/with each other. Time is not a thing or a constant but an effect and varies according to its localized system and perceiver of same. (My sympathies to the sci-fi writers.) An interval of Time may be further divided. Notice these are not discrete quantities but are PORTIONS/Divisions of a WHOLE just as in Russell's Scale of Locked Potentials and Keely's Thirds, Sixths and Ninths. [See 369]
"...there is not time, there is no space, there is no way for us to be apart because the Mind of God is whole and within that wholeness lies the Mind of His Son and neither are separate from each other or from any infinite aspect of Itself as It is expressed." Dialogue on Awakening, page 143.
"To work on becoming Awakened now to avoid having to continue to return, gives validity to the concept of time and acknowledges its control over you which keeps it in your awareness and consequently in your experience. For you to remain consistently in the current instant, the concept of time takes on a different meaning until at last, it goes away. You are infinite. Time is but a figment of your imagination. It is at your disposal. Literally." Dialogue on Awakening, page 157.
"In our view, time is spatial EM energy compacted by the factor c2. Time thus has the same energy density as mass, but in the time domain rather than in the 3-space domain. Also, time is not observable a priori; mass is observable. Time persists since it is persistence itself. No observable persisits a priori, since observation is a Î´/Î´t operator imposed upon LLLT spacetime, yielding a frozen LLL snapshot which does not even exist the very next instant. When we say "mass exists in time" (or any observable continuously persists), we are unwittingly invoking a very rapid iterative Î´/Î´t operator repeatedly, and recalling these iterative sequential "frozen snapshots" or observations from memory. One may produce and utilize EM energy flow in the time domain, as in 3-space. Time, being energy and energetic, has tempic potential (energy density), tempic potential gradients, and therefore has "tempic force". The photon is composed of both spatial energy and time-energy as its two canonical constituents. The lower the frequency, the higher the energy of the photon when the time-energy is considered, since the magnitude of the time-component of the photon increases as the spatial energy component decreases, and the energy of the photon in that case increases as c2 times the increase in time magnitude, while decreasing linearly proportional to the decrease of the spatial energy magnitude. When transduction of time into spatial energy occurs, or vice versa, the energy conservation law is modified to specify the sum of the spatial energy, time-energy, and mass energy." [Bearden, Energy from the Vacuum. See 4-space]
Time, a comment on Bearden's use of the term.
"Where, therefore, is dimension, or time? If that event is happening within your room NOW as an unfolding from an electronic seed, and that dimensionless seed is unfolding in 50,000,000 rooms, how can you say that it is ten thousand miles, and weeks of time away from you? If you place a yardstick upon a mighty oak and measure its many dimensions, and then the oak withdraws those dimensions into its concept, as recorded in its seed, or in your eye, how can you say that the dimensions you measure with a yardstick and weighing scales, have any reality in a universe in which the reality you believe in disappears before your very eyes." [Atomic Suicide, page 153]
"Even time has its backward flow to make time stand still on its zero mark." [Atomic Suicide, page 287]
The entire mechanical principal of Nature, by means of which its light illusions of motion are produced, is the consequent effect of such radial extensions. Because of it, the seeming multiplication and division of the universal equilibrium into the opposed electrical pressures of gravitation and radiation, which form the foundation of this universe of change, are made possible. (Fig. 3) God's imaginings extend from rest to rest in His three-dimensional radial universe of length, breadth and thickness - to become the stage of space for His imagined radial universe of matter, time, change and motion. (Fig. 4) Points of rest, further extended to other points of rest, form three reflecting planes of still magnetic Light which are at right angles to each other. (Fig. 4) From the center of these three mirror planes of zero curvature, God's givings are radially projected to six opposed mirror planes for reprojection as regivings, to unfold
and refold the forms of God's imaginings in the curved electric universe of His desiring. (Fig. 5)" [The Secret of Light, PART III: Omnipresence The Universe of Being Postulates and Diagrams, page 219-220]
"As vibrating motions of whatever kind, and however rapid, are made in time, so they all partake of its continuity. Where the one vibration ends the other begins, at an indivisible instant when the string is crossing the right line. An indivisible point is the common limit of the two vibrations; thus they are under the law of continuity.
The contraction and expansion of the air in one vibration is effected in successive times; but the compression of the air of one vibration and the expansion of the air of the preceding one are simultaneous, so they" [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 23]
"The perfect character of a musical sound is the result of the harmonious workings of the vibrations of the "perfectly elastic" air with the perfectly elastic string. The forces which act on the air and string being proportional to the distances passed through, makes the times of the vibrations equal,1 and the pitch of the sound the same throughout. These varied forces and distances, with the equal times of the vibrations, and with the simultaneous compressions and expansions of the air and string, are all according to the universal laws of Continuity and Duality. [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 24]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"This was the only form of consciousness awareness within the chaos for a very long time - since time is of no consequence within the realm of matter itself. Time only becomes of importance when there occurs an impinging of conscious awareness between electrical charges resulting in bonding or repulsion, a progression of adjacencies and events taking place and purposes to be fulfilled. Otherwise, time is meaningless." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 5, page 22]
Eighteen Attributes or Dimensions
Exchanging Time for Power at Center or North
Figure 9.12 - Scale of Locked Potentials over Time
Figure 9.13 - Wave Flow as function of Periodic Attraction and Dispersion
9.32 - Time
9.33 - Time Intervals
12.23 - Time orbit period
12.24 - Time spin period
12.37 - Axial rotation
12.38 - Orbital revolution