Seth Early Sessions, Vol 7, Session 284
Now. The physical universe is far more complicated than you know, and you understand little about its origins or even about its nature.
Individually, you move in a very limited area of this vast universe, and yet inner reality is more massive in size, if you speak in terms of size. It is far more extensive even in physical terms, and its reality exists in dimensions which do not exist within the physical system. You take for granted the existence of this largely unknown physical world. You gloss over what you do not understand.
The nonphysical systems are frightening to the ego-centered personality; but the bulk of the individual’s reality does not lie within the physical universe, but in those unknown areas. As you know the ego is the topmost portion, so to speak. Were it not for the dreaming self the ego would not exist. Were it not for past existences the personality as you know it would not exist.
Remember that reincarnation does not contradict the theory of the spacious present, for such lives within the spacious present are simultaneous. In dreams you journey through inner realities as actually as you walk physically through the matter of the physical world. It is true that the experiences you encounter may not be encountered by another in precisely the same way, but physical experience is never the same for any two given individuals either.
Root Agreements Different In Inner Reality
You agree to accept certain data in the physical universe. You agree to form this into certain patterns, and you agree to ignore other data completely. These, now, root agreements, form the main basis for the apparent permanence and coherence of your physical system.
In your journeys into inner reality you cannot proceed with the same root agreements, you see. Reality, per se, changes completely according to the basic root agreements from which you proceed. One of the root agreements upon which physical existence is based is that physical objects have a reality that is entirely independent of any subjective cause; and that these objects, within definitely specified limitations, are permanent.
Now these root agreements will only confuse you in your inner explorations. Objects may appear and disappear in these other systems. Using the root agreements just mentioned as a basis for reality, an observer would insist that the objects are not real, for they do not behave as he knows objects must behave.
Because dream objects appear and disappear, this does not mean they do not exist. In this particular instance the root agreement or assumption simply leads you astray.
Now. There is a cohesiveness to the inner universe, and to the systems that are not basically physical. But this cohesiveness is based upon an entirely different set of root assumptions or agreements, and these are the keys that alone will enable you to manipulate within, or understand, other systems.
Major Root Assumptions Of Inner Reality
There are several major root assumptions and many minor ones.
Now. One: Energy and action are basically the same, although neither must necessarily apply to physical motion.
Two: All objects have their origin basically in mental action. Mental action is directed psychic energy.
Three: Permanence is not a matter of time. Existence has value in terms of intensities.
Four: Objects are blocks of energy perceived in a highly specialized manner.
Five: Stability in time-sequence is not a prerequisite requirement for an object, except as a root assumption within the physical universe.
Six: Space as a barrier does not exist.
Seven: The only barriers within inner reality are mental barriers, or psychic barriers.
Now. Only if these basic assumptions are taken for granted will your projection experiences make sense to you.
Different rules simply apply. There are other basic root assumptions that I will give you. Your subjective experience here is highly important. That is, the vividness of any given experience in terms of intensity will be far more important than anything else.
Elements from past, present and future may be indiscriminately available to you. There is the tendency to judge such inner experience in terms of reliable physical assumptions, this being an error. You may conclude that a given experience is the result merely of subconscious fabrications, simply because the time elements are obviously intermixed, or physical coherence or sequence is not maintained.
In a given dream projection for example you may experience an episode that is obviously in the physical past, yet within it there may be elements that do not fit. In an old-fashioned room of the 1700’s, you may look out a window to see an automobile pass by. Obviously, you think, there is a subconscious distortion here.
Yet you may be straddling time in such an instance, perceiving, say, the room as it existed in the 1700’s, and the street as it exists in your present. These elements may appear side by side. The car may disappear before your eyes, to be replaced by an animal, or the whole street may suddenly turn into a field. This is how dreams work, you may think. This cannot be a legitimate projection anywhere. Yet you may be suddenly perceiving the street, and the field that existed before it, and the images may be transposed one upon the other.
If you are trying to judge such an experience in terms of physical root assumptions, then it will be meaningless. You may, as I mentioned earlier, perceive the form of a building that never did exist physically, and never will in your universe. This does not mean that the form is an illusion. You are simply in a position where you can pick up and translate the energy pattern before you.
Now. If another individual under the same circumstances comes across the same potential object, he can also perceive it as you did. He may however, because of his own makeup, perceive and translate another portion of allied pattern. He may see the form of the man who originated the thought of the building. To a large extent your habit of perceiving time as a sequence forms the type of experience, and also limits the experience that you will have in physical reality.
It also unites experience. The unifying and the limiting aspects of consecutive moments are absent in inner reality. Time cannot be counted upon to unify action. The series you see does not exist basically. The unifying elements will be those of your own understanding, your own abilities. You are not forced to perceive action as a series of moments within inner reality, therefore.
Episodes will therefore be related one to another by entirely different methods, and the methods will be intuitional and highly selective and psychological. You will find your own way through complicated mazes of reality according to your own intuitional nature. You will find what you expect to find. You will seek out what you want from the available reality data.
In physical experience you are dealing with an environment with which you are familiar.
You have completely forgotten the chaos and unpredictable nature it presented to you before learning processes were channeled into specific directions. You learned to perceive reality in a highly specialized fashion.
When you are dealing with inner, or basically nonphysical environments, you must again become unspecialized, and then learn a new set of principles. You will soon learn for example to trust your perceptions, whether or not the experience seems to make logical sense.
You must learn to differentiate between many forms that may appear in many ways similar enough, to seem to be of identical nature. In physical life however you do this now automatically.
In a projection the problems will be of a different sort. The form of a man for example may be a thought form, or fragment sent quite unconsciously by another individual whom it resembles. It may be another projectionist like yourself. It may be a potential form like any potential object – a played-over-and-over-again record of a form.
It may be another version of yourself. We will discuss ways of distinguishing between these. A man may suddenly disappear, and to be replaced by a small girl, a nonsensical development to the logical mind. Yet the girl could be the form of the man’s previous or future reincarnated self.
The unity, you see, is different. Basically perception of the spacious present is naturally available. It is your nervous and physical mechanism which acts as a limiting device, and also as a focusing device. By limiting many otherwise available perceptions it forces you to focus upon what you can perceive with greater intensity.
Your mental processes are formed and develop as a result of this conditioning. The intuitive portions of the personality are not so formed, and these will operate to your advantage in any inner exploration.
You are basically capable of seeing this particular location as it existed a thousand years in your past, or as it will exist a thousand years in your future. The senses serve to blot out many more aspects of reality than they allow you to perceive. They are actually rather rigid limiting devices, yet in many inner explorations you will automatically translate experience into terms that the senses can use.
This facility, the translation of data to the ego, who would otherwise distrust it, any such translation is nevertheless a secondhanded version of original reality; and that is an important point.