This reminds me of a Joseph Campbell quote:
"Eternity isn't some later time. Eternity isn't a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which
thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now
is the function of life. "
Time is a construct of the mind. I believe that our thought process and our perception of time gets in the way of a lot of things. When in an
altered state, time in the traditional sense begins to lose its' meaning. I believe that there is no other state that is more altered than the
transition from life to death and it leads me to believe that eternity, as defined above by Mr. Campbell, becomes a reality. What that means exactly
is anyone's guess.
This topic is actually discussed in one of the vignettes in the film Waking Life. If you haven't
already, you should definitely check this movie out.