A: You use time to define past from present from future. It is a convenience that helps in the learning process on the physical plane. The astral being so closely aligned with the physical also uses time, but not in the same way. Those there see time as different ranges of vibrational frequencies within the overall spectrum of the physical plane. This allows those there, then, to monitor, choose, and participate in different aspects of the physical world.
If a fragment were to choose the reality in which Nazi Germany won the war, then they would find the vibrational range that comprises that reality—that time line—and attune themselves to it, and join the physical world in that vibrational range. Those desiring to join in your time line, would attune themselves to the vibrational range of it. But all of these pasts, presents, and futures are now—they are the moment in which you dwell, in which we dwell, in which any fragment or essence dwells. And all of these nows, all of these moments are occurring simultaneously in the same space, but by vibrating at different frequencies and using different magnetic waves, they are not perceived by those who cannot, or will not, attune themselves to them.
Since it is the agreement of those on the physical plane to accept only the reality and the timeline in which they currently live, they will not acknowledge the existence of the other realities, the other nows.
In the astral plane can you view all of these realities and all of these nows while they happen, so for you there, your time of minutes, hours, days, does not exist—as it does not exist for us. But those on the astral are more able to attune themselves to it (time) and link into it since the astral is not that far removed from the physical plane—in terms of the overall frequency spectrums of the two planes.
Even those just visiting the astral plane notice that time becomes distorted while there. That although they may have the feeling of minutes having elapsed, when they come back to their body and the physical world, they find that hours have actually gone by. We have a more difficult time with the concept as we do not interact as often or as much with the physical or astral worlds. So we must make a “special” effort to acknowledge and accept your concept and your perception, so as not to cause too much undue inconvenience while teaching.
Again, time is one of those concepts, like gravity, that is agreed upon when entering the physical world, but when not in the physical realm it is not needed and it is not a perception that is used. We are always in the moment, in the “now” and all that it entails and includes. For us to explain it to you would come closest if we said that our moment, our now, includes all that ever was, all that is, and all that ever will be. That is where we dwell in “time”.