I told you to take a moment while you were within a particular dream, and to use it to try to discover what had been happening within the dream before you experienced it.
It is true that you create your own dreams, but it is also true that you only focus upon certain portions of your dream creations. Even in the dream state, any present expands into its own version of past and future; so in those terms the dream possess its own background, its own kind of historic past, the moment you construct it.
You need not experience those past dream events, although if you just turn your attention in that direction then the dream’s past will become apparent. Mental impressions of any kind therefore are not simply imprinted, or written, as it were, in a medium of space and time. They have greater dimensionality. The past and future ripple outward from any event, making it “thicker” than it appears to be.
In greater terms, the past is definitely created from the present. In your system of reality this does not seem to be the case at all, since your senses project a forward kind of motion outward upon events. “Subatomic particles”, however, appear in your present, rippling into your system’s dimensions, creating their own “tracks”, which scientists then try to observe. In some cases, unknowingly, your scientists are close to observing the birth of time effects within your system. Since your brains are composed of cells with their atoms and molecules, and since these are themselves made of certain invisible particles, then your memories are already structured by the biological mechanisms that make them possible in your terms. (After death, for example, you still possess a memory, though it does not operate through the physical organism as you understand it.)
Psychologically, then, while you are living your memories follow a pattern of past into present. It seems, therefore, quite inconceivable that in certain terms any present event can bring about a memory of a similar event that occurred before, while instead each actually occurs at once.
In the dream state, the freedom of events from time as you understand it can be more apparent. If you are alert and curious while dreaming (and you can learn to be), then you can catch yourself in the act of creating a dream’s past and future at once.
Physicists know that waves can appear as particles upon certain conditions, and that particles can behave like waves. So moments as you understand them are like waves experienced as “particles” – as small bubbles, for example, each one breaking and another forming. Subatomic particles also behave like waves sometimes; in fact, it is usually only when they act like particles that they are perceived at all.
Physicists think of atoms as particles. Their wavelet characteristics are not observed. At other levels of reality, atoms behave in a wavelike manner. Subjectively, you will think of your own thoughts as waves rather than as particles. Yet in the dream level of reality those waves “break” into particles, so to speak. They form pseudo-objects from your viewpoint. While dreaming you accept that reality is real. Only upon awakening do the dream objects seem not-real, or imaginary. The nervous system itself is biologically equipped to perceive various gradations of physical matter, and there are “in-between” impulse passageways that are utilized while dreaming. From your point of view these are alternate passageways, but in the dream state they allow you to perceive as physical matter objects that in the waking state would not be observable.
Again, from the waking standpoint these other neurological recognitions could be thought of as ghost or trace methods of perception. Waking, you do not usually use them. They are utilized to some extent in daydreaming, however, and in certain alterations of consciousness while you perceive as real, or nearly real, events that are not immediately happening within your space-time structure.
The dream world is as organized as your own, but from the waking state you do not focus upon that inner organization. Your dream images exist. They are quite as real as a table or a chair. They are built up from particles, invisible only from the waking situation.
Physicists are beginning to study the characteristics of “invisible” particles. They seem to defy space and time principles. This is precisely why they form the basis for dream reality; why objects in a dream can appear and disappear.
In your physical universe such particles are invisible components, deduced but never directly encountered. To a certain extent they are latent. In some other realities, however, their characteristics rule rather than the attributes of the visible particles that you see. Dream images, therefore, exist at a different range of matter.
Many of these invisible particles (CU’s) can be in more than one place at a time – a fact that quite confounds the physically tuned brain perceiving a world in which objects stay where they are supposed to be.
Basically, however, each “appearance” of such a particle is a self-version, for it is altered to some extent by its “location”. So can the human self appear in several places at once, each such appearance subtly altering the “human” particle, so that each appearance is a version of an “original” self that as itself never appears in those terms. When you look at an electron – figuratively speaking – you are observing a trace or a track of something else entirely, and that appearance is termed an electron. So the self that you know is a physical trace or intrusion into space and time of an “original” self that never appears. In a way, then, you are as ghostly as an electron.
The unknown self, the “original self”, straddles realities, dipping in and out of them in creative versions of itself, taking on the properties of the system in which it appears, and the characteristics native to that environment. Waves and particles are versions of other kinds of behavior taken by energy. Using that analogy, you flow in wavelike fashion into the physical particleized versions that you call corporal existences.
I am putting this as simply as possible; but when your “original self” enters [part of] itself into three-dimensional life from an inner reality, the energy waves carrying it break – not simply into one particle, following our analogy, but into a number of conscious particles. In certain terms these are built up using the medium at hand – the biological properties of the earth. They spread out from the “point of contact”, forming individual lives. In your conception of the centuries, then, there are other counterparts of yourself living at the same time and in different places – all creative versions of the “original self”. There is a great intimate cooperation that exists biologically and spiritually between all of the beings on your planed “at any given time”. You are all connected psychically in terms of inner and outer structures. A certain identity and cohesiveness is also maintained because of these inner connections.
Your dream adventures, however exciting, remain “invisible” from your waking standpoint. Within dreams space and time expand, again, as I have mentioned, but in a way that you cannot physically pinpoint. Your own exterior space exists in precisely the same manner from the standpoint of any other reality. For that matter, you yourself are so richly creative that your own thoughts give birth to other quite legitimate systems of which you have no knowledge.
You are each members of a particular race, and you do not feel any the less individualistic because of that affiliation.
You consider yourselves, further, members of a species. The races are alive together at any given time on your earth in varying proportions, so there are physical organizations, biologically speaking, that you recognize. You do not feel threatened because you do not have your particular race to yourself. So there are inner psychic “races” to which you belong, or psychic stocks, so to speak, each providing physical variations.
In those terms each living person has other counterparts of himself or herself alive, generally speaking, at the same time, sharing the physical face of the earth. There are psychic pools of identity, therefore; and generally speaking those alive in any given century are as much a part of that inner pool as they are a part of the particular race to which they may belong. Each member of the species is an individual, and each member of a psychic pool of identity is an individual.
Again, your idea of personhood limits you when you think of concepts. You imagine personhood to be a kind of mental particle that must have definite boundaries, or it will lose its identity. The identity of even the smallest consciousness is always maintained – but not limited. If you can think of your present idea of identity as if it were but one shape or one motion of a moving particle, a shape or a motion that never loses its imprint or meaning, then you could also see how you could follow it forward or backward to the shape or motion taken “before or afterward”.
You could retain the identity of yourself as you know yourself, and yet flow into a greater field or wave of reality that allowed you to perceive your own other motions or shapes or versions. You could become aware of a larger structure in which you also have your own validity, and therefore add to your own knowledge and to the dimensions of your experience.
You can do this the easiest way, perhaps, by observing yourself in the dream state, for there you create versions of yourself constantly. In the morning you are enriched, not diminished.
You are the living version of yourself in space and time, around which your world revolves. The great potentiality that exists in the unknown self, however, also actualized other such focuses, and in the same space-time framework. They are not you, any more than you are the black man, or the white woman, or the Indian woman, or the Chinese man.
As certain races possess their own characteristics and shared biological background, and come from the same biological pool, however, so these counterparts come from the same psychic pool, and physically seed the members of the races at any given “time”. In such a way mental abilities and propensities are given a greater range, and distributed about the earth.