We are the stuff that dreams are made of.
We are fleeting thoughts inside the Mind of GOD, images that appear within His mind and then disappear. Those images do not stay for ever. They come and go, just as we live and die.
We are imagined to have our own individuality, lives and stories when in reality we translate His-Story. We don't exist except within the framework or script that is written within His consciousness; but He did grant us unlimited access to His mind. How much are we taking advantage of this grant is a whole different story.
God's mind is forever self-reflecting through images; and our collective presence, status and experience in space and time is forever a dynamic translation of this reflection. We think we have our own past and future but we only ever could translate what's going on in God's mind now and in every now.
But mind you! Time is relative; and a moment in His world feels like a lifetime in ours.
We think we fear death because it signals our physical end, when in truth we fear death because we fear losing consciousness, self-awareness, our historical memory - the totality of who we think we are.
We strive for longevity, because deep inside we assimilate with God's eternal nature and yearn to stay in the front of His mind and vision, even whilst we deny His presence.
Since His mind is infinite, fleeting thoughts will continue to pass through the consciousness of God, because infinity is just that; so yes, we are in a sense eternal. The cycles never end, they can't, the 'total' finite part of the mind of God can never sleep.
Because if the 1 in total ever became null O, then how would it get back? It's the old nothing from nothing conundrum!
Being conscious requires a continuous feed back loop of thought in order to be self aware. You see a given soul can sleep/die sure, because it is just a fragment of the whole, so it goes into standby mode and the 'system' wakes it back into another life equation.
But if the whole finite aspect stopped thinking and in that slept (lost consciousness), it couldn't reboot as there is no action in the O. All would be O.
What 'is' always is.
Therefore the constant O is driving the 1 to continually move, and this is why it repeats over and over, as it is indeed finite so it has to repeat in order to keep up with potential infinity.
So, it goes that the 'finite' mind/world, falls nearly asleep as it tries to see the whole, this is because it loses it's feedback loop into nothingness, it explodes/implodes like a beating heart due to the paradox. But then the finite is all that is and so as it falls apart it is already rebuilding as there is no where other than it to fall apart to...
Complicated I know.
Think of this as an hour glass continually flipping over as the sand shifts from top to bottom chambers/poles in order to keep the sand flowing, with the sand in this analogy representing thought to keep the mind conscious, which can never stop.