Grids of Perception
Today’s Seth is a full session, since it would have been confusing to chop it up into powerpoint slides. It really is amazing to glimpse at the vastness, the harmony, the creativity of the reality “behind the scenes” from which our little 3D TV show arises.
Actually, that’s a pretty good metaphor for what we think of as physical reality with it’s own linear time sequence (movie time and real time are rarely the same!), reduced dimensionality (our “screen” is 3D and we have physical senses), and narrow field of view (limited to time slices and sensory perception).
Dreams Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Session 903
The world as you know it exists as it does because you are yourself a living portion of a vast “conscious grid” of perception.
Every cell, in those terms, is a sender and a receiver. All of the larger divisions of life – the mammals, fish, birds and so forth – are an integral part of that living gridwork. The picture of the world is not only the result of those messages transmitted and received, however, but is also caused by the relationships between those messages. In your terms, then, all of life’s large classifications were present “at the beginning of the world”. Otherwise there would have been vast holes in that grid of perception that makes possible the very sensations of physical life.
In a manner of speaking, the physical universe is “transposed” upon another reality that must be its source. The world was and is created in dimensions outside of time, and outside of space as you understand it.
Other realities quite as legitimate as your own, quite as vital, quite as “real”, coexist with your own, and in the terms of your understanding, “in the same space” – but of course in terms of your experience those spaces and realities would appear to be quite separate. No systems are closed, however, so that basically the living grid of perception that causes one world or reality is also “wired into” all other such systems. There is a give-and-take between them.
The grids of perception that compose your world give you the world picture as you experience it because your physical senses put you in a certain position within the entire grid. Animals, for example, while part of your experience, are also “tuned into” that grid at another level. The large classifications of mammals, fish, birds, men, reptiles, plants, and so forth, are [each] an integral part of that larger perceptive pattern – and that pattern in those terms had to be complete even in the beginning of your time.
In various periods that “gridwork” might “carry more traffic” along certain circuits than at other periods, so that there has been some creative leeway allowed, particularly on the parts of the species that make up your larger classifications. There were always birds, for example, but in the great interplay of “interior” and exterior communication among all portions of this vast living system, there was a creative interplay that allowed for endless variations within that classification, and each other one.
Your technological communication system is a conscious construct – a magnificent one – but one that is based upon your innate knowledge of the inner, cellular communication between all species. Saying that, I am not robbing the intellect of its right to congratulate itself upon that technology.
The large classifications of life give you the patterns into which consciousness forms itself, and because those patterns seem relatively stable it is easy to miss the fact that they are filled out, so to speak, in each moment with new energy. Man does not in his physical development pass through the stages supposedly followed by the hypothetical creature who left the water for the land to become a mammal – but each species does indeed have written within it the knowledge of “its past”. Part of this, again, is most difficult to express, and I must try to fill out old words with new meanings. The reincarnational aspects of physical life, however, serve a very important purpose, providing an inner subjective background. Such a background is needed by every species.
Reincarnation exists, then, on the part of all species. Once a consciousness, however, has chosen the larger classification of its physical existences, it stays within that framework in its “reincarnational” existences. Mammals return as mammals, for example, but the species can change within that classification. This provides great genetic strength, and consciousnesses in those classifications have chosen them because of their own propensities and purposes. The animals, for example, seem to have a limited range of physical activity in conscious terms, as you think of them. An animal cannot decide to read a newspaper. Newspapers are outside of its reality. Animals have a much wider range, practically speaking, in certain other areas. They are much more intimately aware of their environment, of themselves as separate from it, but also of themselves as a part of it. In that regard, their experience deals with relationships of another kind.
These grids of perception “do not exist forever” in your dimension of time, for your dimension of time cannot hold anything that is outside it. Once a world exists, however, it becomes imprinted or stamped upon eternity, so that it exists in time and out of it “at once”.
When you ask: “When did the world begin?” or “What really happened?” or “Was there a Garden of Eden?”, you are referring to the world as you understand it, but in those terms there were earths in the same space before the earth you recognize existed, and they began in the manner that I have given you in the early chapters of this book. The patterns for worlds – the patterns– continue in your time dimension, though in that time dimension those worlds must disappear, again, to continue “their existence outside of time”. The patterns are filled out again.
In the case of earth the grid of perception is simply used differently, certain areas becoming prominent in some eras, and less prominent in others. Using your idea of time, I can only say that when the entire gestalt of consciousnesses that formed a particular earth have formed its reality to the best of their abilities, fulfilling their individual and mass capacities as far as possible, then they lovingly turn over that grid to others, and continue to take part in existences that are not physical in your terms. And that has happened many times.
Your tale about the Garden of Eden, then, is a legend about earth’s last beginning. Each world is so cunningly constructed, again, that each consciousness, regardless of its degree, plays a vital part. And each of your actions, however inconsequential, becomes connected in one way or another – in one way or another – to each other reality and each other world.
Now in a manner of speaking – though I see that little time has passed in this living room where I speak with Ruburt’s permission – we have transcended time to some extent this evening, for in what I have said there are indeed hints and illusions – cadences – that can, if you are ready, give you a feeling for existence as it is outside of time’s context. Even to try and verbally present such material necessitates alterations involving perception, for while that gridwork appears quite stable to your senses, giving you a reliable picture of reality, this is also because you have trained yourselves to pick up certain signals only. Others at other levels are available. You can tune into cellular consciousness, for example.
Since this material must be comprehensible, Ruburt and I together form our own pathway of perceptions – he from his end and me from mine, so that we thread back and forth as if through the wiring of some vast computer – but a computer that is alive.
(“In the 837thsession, about the death of our cat, Billy – you said that there wasn’t any such thing as cat consciousness, per se. Tonight’s session reminds me of that one. I see how they fit together.”)
They do indeed. Billy can be as he chooses – reincarnated into any species within his classification – as a mammal.
(That isn’t going to run into the idea of transmigration, is it?” I was thinking that man is also a mammal.)
That is something else – that is, men being born as animals. I am including man as his own classification. Remember, however, there are also fragments, which [again] is something else.
(“Last Saturday morning I had what seemed to be two dreams that were identical and side by side, or at the same time. But they weren’t within the other, as in a double dream – “)
You know you can have more than one dream at a time. You can also experience versions of dreams of probable selves, but there will always be some point of contact – that is, there will always be a reason why you pick up such a dream. All of the dreams people have form a mass dream framework. Dreams exist at other levels, and physically of course they affect the body state. In such ways, the world’s actions are worked out in mass dream communications that are at the same time public and private.
The country works out national concerns in that fashion. You think when you are asleep as well as when you are awake. But when you are asleep your thoughts have a richer dimensional cast: They are fattened by symbols and images.