(Q) Well, then? So far it has all been prologue, and hasn't touched the point I reached as I was about to go back to sleep. And, I'm losing that insight.
(A) Nothing is ever lost, not really.
Life is but a dream. True enough. Life is real. True enough. You create (or, really, choose) your own reality. To be sure, you do. You are one factor among millions in how reality is chosen. True too. Life has its own inertia, its own momntum, vastly larger than individuals, groups, societies, civilizations. True. Life is manipulated behind the scenes. Always, and from more than merely 3D or even "3D plus non-3D but at this level of eality".
All these mutually contradictory ways of seeing things are true. Not "somewhat" true, as you're tempted to put it, but - true.
(Q) How can so many mutually contradictory things be true?
(A) Well, think about it, and you tell me.
(Q) The only thing I can come up with - or am being fed, maybe - is that we as individuals choose which set of rules we're going to live under, sort of what Thoreau said in that Walden quote.
(A) Not exactly, but that is on the right track. Not that you choose which rules will be true, but which rules will affect you in which proportions.
In all this work, remember not to throw out your day to day experience of life! It's silly to theorize while forgetting your own first-hand knowledge. What you have experienced may need to be interpreted differently than you did immediately, but still it happened, and it happened to you, so it must have weight. Ideally (but impossibly) anyone trying to make sense of life would take into account all theology, all science, all history and biography, all of everyone's personal unique unshared experience.
Well, you can't. All you can do is whatever you can do. But you can- if you choose to, and if you can remember to - remember your limitations. You can remember that you can't know enough for a final judgment. Youin 3D can't. Wein non-3D can't. Maybe after we graduate to the next level - whatever follows this one - we will; I don't know.
(Q) You're going to seriously disappoint a lot of people hoping for a final answer and, for that matter, the prospect of rest after this life.
(A) The short answer to them is, lighten up. It's all all right. Those seeking rest will find it - but not eternal rest, only until they're ready to go back to work (or play). In the meantime, life goes on. It always does.
(Q) Have we wandered from the point?
(A) Not really. You wanted to know how life "really" is. That's the same question you always ask; it is what you started life with and you never quit wondering. But you can't answer a perplexity sincerely entertained from the same level it is posed at, just as Einstein said in a somewhat different context.
(Q) And we can't get beyond this level, so can't get a good answer.
(A) That isn't true at all. What have I been giving you, but good answers? But you can't get a final, comprehensive, once-and-for-all, one size-fits-all answer, because at our level it doesn't exist. Presumably it exists at a higher level, but that is only an assumption.
(Q) And here you take issue with a hell of a lot of different "channeled" material, to say nothing of theology and science.
(A) That is just not so. Or, not entirely so, not absolutely so. Other sources of material are limited too; so are their 3D expounders. Didn't you hear me remind you that life is limitation? Nothing is ultimate at this level. Nothing. That doesn't mean you can't use it to learn more about A so you can better understand B so you can re-interpret what you just got about A so that, etc.
(Q) It has been good to reconnect, but I don't feel like I even got my tentative insight expressed, let alone explored.
(A) I merely saved you from a long exploration of a logical conundrum that can't bring you anywhere but what I did say, which is that it is a matter of viewpoint. So, I answer your desire beyond your question, your continued wish to better understand the sea in which you swim.
(Q) Or drown.
(A) That's melodramatic, given that drowning is only one more doorway to the next thing on your journey. Those who drown, overwhelmed by life, do not live the less thereafter. It's just another form of the universal doorway. It's a distorting shame, by the way, that biographies are constrained to end at death, as if that were what it appears. It is true that, relative to the external manifestations of the life, death puts period. But internally, it's another story, and which do you think individuals hope for (and, often despite themselves, know is true), limitation or eternal living? This, by the way, is why biographies such as Adomnan's of [Saint] Columbia so little resemble modern biography - they are tracing different things, and therefore concentrate on what is essential to their purpose, which things are not the same as those investigated from the assumption that a given soul is born, lives and then dies, the end.
And this is enough for now.