Now. Sooner or later we are going to have to discuss the ways in which what would appear to be sensual perception is made available to an individual when the physical body, with its senses, perceives an event at which it cannot be said to be present.
Unfortunately this will be somewhat complicated. More so than is at first apparent.
I have told you that each individual creates physical matter, including objects, that he constructs his own physical image. Coherence, the illusion of permanency, placement in space, color and mass, all these are arrived at and agreed upon, in ways that I have clearly explained.
(In Volume 2, see the 60th to 73rd sessions, given during the summer of 1964, plus many others.)
Telepathic communication is one of the methods by which such agreement is reached. Long ago, primary and secondary constructions were explained. I emphasized that each individual only perceives his own physical constructions.
Basically there is no difference between precognition and telepathy. The apparent difference is the result of an inadequate understanding of the nature of time. The important fact is, in both cases, that information is received by an individual that does not come through recognized sense systems.
This main issue is frequently overlooked, while emphasis is placed instead upon whether or not the information seems to be perceived from the present or future. When an individual “clairvoyantly sees” an event, this is what happens.
First of all, he forgets the concept of continual moments, which usually hampers his perception. His perception changes focus so that he is aware of an event that would otherwise be future for him. He constructs subconsciously, as always, material objects in line with the data that is available to him. It goes without saying then that he helps to construct the clairvoyantly perceived physical event, just as he helps to construct any physical event in the present.
The agreement as to physical dimensions and so forth is reached precisely in the same manner that it usually is. The only unusual issue, to you, should not be that the event has not yet occurred, but that John Jones for example, from his chair, has been sensually aware of a situation that is obviously beyond the reaches of his physical senses.
The self does not remain as permanently attached to the physical body as you imagine, during physical existence.
The ego is much more dependent upon the physical self than are other portions of the personality. The physical body is more like a home station, from which frequent excursions are made. The ego is like a guardian who is left at home, as watchdog.
Sense data is not basically dependent upon the physical body. The individual can receive sensual data in other ways. The senses are indeed often used by the inner self as a constant method of acquainting it with circumstances pertinent to the survival and interests of the physical body, but the inner self is not entirely dependent on them for its entire data by any means. The mind can bypass the senses, and receive its data in a more direct manner, translating what it perceives as automatically as it translates sensual data.
Now. Under so-called usual circumstances, data is received through the physical senses, and is then interpreted by the brain.
When a clairvoyant event is perceived the data is received by the mind and given to the brain, which then interprets it as it does usual data. The physical body becomes aware of it in other words, but the senses have been bypassed.
The interpretation is made however in the same way as it is usually made. Otherwise the data would make no sense to the physical organism, and would not register. Actually much data perceived directly by the mind bypasses the physical organism completely.
The physical organism is not aware of it. The subconscious does receive the information however, in some of these cases. In other cases the experience is simply not recorded in any way within the physical organism, but it is recorded to deeper layers of the self that are divorced to a large degree from any physical manipulations.
This physically unrecorded material is available to the subconscious however, if the need for it arises. Before it can be used by the physical organism it must then be taken from the deeper layers of the self to the brain for interpretation, as if it were new sensual data received through the methods with which you are more familiar.
In the dream state you smell odors that are not in your room. The memory of the odors is imprinted and registered by the physical body as faithfully and realistically as any “real” odor is in the waking state.
The odor experience becomes a part of memory and can be recalled through hypnosis. Sometimes it will arise spontaneously, as any memory may. The odor is as legitimate to the physical organism as any odor smelled in the waking condition. This is fairly important.
It makes no difference basically, whether or not the sense data is real in your terms or not. If it is recorded and registered by the physical organism it becomes a part of, and an equal part of, memory. In the case of the odor smelled in a dream, the mind experiences, and then the experience is interpreted precisely as if the senses had been used to perceive it. It is then incorporated with other experience by the physical organism.