Saturday, December 31, 2016

Session 935

Dreams, Evolution, Fulfillment: Session 935

Dreams occur at so many levels of reality that it is quite impossible to describe their true scope.  For one thing, that scope includes levels that are consciously unknown to you.  Dreams serve as backup systems also, for example, in the important communications between various peoples or nations – and, particularly when physical communication is cut off between such groups, dreams provide the continuation of information’s flow from one part of the species to another.

There are dreams of different import, some triggered genetically, that serve as sparks for particular kinds of behavior – dreams, in other words, that literally span the centuries in that regard, coiled latently in the very chromosomes; and no level of consciousness is without some kind of participation in dream states.  In that regard, even electrons, for example, dream.  Dreaming touches upon both microscopic and macroscopic events, or realities, and is not simply a human characteristic, appropriately appearing within your own range or within your own species.  It is instead one area of subjective experience that is everywhere prevailing within the universe.

As I have mentioned many times, animals then dream, as do plants, insects, and all forms of life.  All molecular constructions exhibit that certain kind of introspective activity, as if the inner working of some giant computer was intimately in touch not only with its own programming and the probabilities connected with it, but with a deep psychological awareness of the activities of the electrons and various visible and invisible particles that form its own physical construction.

You are bound to have, then, many larger dream formations that can only be called group dreams – subjective events in which your own dreams happen, and in which your own dreams take part.  You expect all of the elements of the physical world, however diverse, to fit together and form a certain kind of permanency and order.  It should be no surprise, then, that this kind of “fitting together” includes subjective life also – or that, say, your private dreams are also fragments in a vaster dream reality.  They are as important to the operation of that reality as electrons are to your physical one, providing inner pathways for the accumulation of wisdom and pleasure.

There are certain kinds of dreams in which the various species then communicate, and in which the energies of the environment and its inhabitants merge.  These include a kind of horizontal psychological extension, the translation of one kind of dream into another kind – the transference of information from one system to another, in which the symbols themselves come alive.

I can only hope to evoke some feeling within you that is reminiscent of your own actual behavior at those hidden levels of dreaming activity, but they have remained highly pertinent in the development of all species with their environments, keeping the intents and purposes of one alive in the other.  I have told you that in actuality, now, no genetic knowledge is gone from the earth.  It does not vanish.  It is retained in latent form within a kind of backup system, so that in terms of probabilities each species carries within its own genetic patterns the blueprints and specializations of each other’s genetic sequence.

Those sequences follow the pursuits of value fulfillment so smoothly that they can be reactivated whenever the conditions are fortunate – for even the animals are not concerned with simple survival alone, nor the plants, but with what I can only call emotional qualities: qualities that seek a full appreciation and creative extension of those conditions of consciousness that stamp each species as itself and yet join it with all others.

In a fashion, your own dreams operate or appear as electrons in other realities.  That is, they change their form, their subjective force or direction, and become part of the working mechanics of the universe.  The same applies to your own thoughts.  They are not “wasted” after you have thought them, or simply discarded.  They do not become extinct either, but go on to serve other functions in the universe than those with which you are presently aware.

This all involves a lush multitudinous creativity.  The pleasure principle can probably be likened most to the latent appreciation of beauty that is everywhere apparent if you look for it: the ecstasy of each form of life for the wonders of its own existence, in which love’s values go beyond themselves, and yet a condition in which each species or life form “realizes” that its own fulfillment adds immeasurably to the existence of all other forms.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Session 934

Dreams, Evolution, Fulfillment: Session 934

Man explored the physical world in the dreaming state long before he explored it physically.  Such dreams gave him the assurance that other lands existed outside of his own, and spurred him onward into those physical expeditions in which the species has always taken a particular delight.

A man or woman might [be] while dreaming suddenly in strange territory, looking at the sky from a different viewpoint, with, say, a familiar river nowhere in sight, and with a mountain where ordinarily a plain might be.  This was in a way as startling an experience as it would be to you to find yourselves on some distant planet.  (You do, for that matter, explore space in the same fashion, and on at least some occasions your own “visitors from outer space” are dream travelers from other dimensions of reality.)

In such a fashion, man learned the location of the oceans upon the earth – or at least was given the assurance that such large bodies of water existed, along with clues as to their locations, and the placement of the stars overhead.

Also in the same manner dreams were an aid in navigation, so that they served to let sailors know when land was near before it could be physically perceived – and there is no human activity to which dreams and group dreams have not contributed.

They were of great aid, of course, in human politics, so that through dreams the intents of tribal leaders, say, were known to the others.  Some people within the tribe specialized in such dreams, and again, dream content was and is directed by the individual intents, purposes and interests of the dreamer.  In a certain manner dreaming, then helped sharpen such individual tendencies while still directing them toward the public value fulfillment.  The person interested most in herbs and plant life would also find that nightly dreams mirrored that daytime preoccupation, so that nightly dream excursions might find the dreamer examining strange herbs in another location than the native one.  Or he might be given knowledge as to how the herbs could best be used for healing purposes.  People are natural mimics, as are some animals and birds, so when tribal members related their dreams, they did not just tell them but acted them out with great mobility, carefully mimicking whatever animals or people or elements of land they may have encountered.

The origins of drama began in just that fashion.  Tribal leaders were usually chosen only after long “dream investigations”, in which the new leader’s name cropped up, say, time and time again in the people’s dreams.  They expected to receive counsel from their dreams.  Such information was then aired and shared, studied and examined along with all physical considerations that applied before important decisions were made.

You do still continue such activity, again, [although] you have turned your conscious minds away from those directions.  Most of it does not become conscious because you do not want it to.  In some areas, however, with the acceleration of physical travel, certain kinds of dreams have become more highly pertinent.  Families in your society are often broken up, parent and children living quite apart in other portions of the country or in different countries entirely, so dreams that connect you with such relatives have risen to the fore, so to speak.  People often keep track of changes in hometowns that they may not have visited for twenty years except in the dream state, when they familiarize themselves with the alterations that have happened, visit beloved streets and houses, or view old classmates.

Very few people make any attempt to check out such information in physical terms.  There is an entire global dream network, in other words, that goes quite unrecognized – one of spectacular organization in which exchanges of information occur that give you the basis for the formation of recognized physical events.

If small families keep track of their own family dreams, for example, they could discover unsuspected correlations and sense the interplay of subjective and objective drama with which they are always psychologically involved.  Notice what kind of information you seek out from the newspapers, for example.  Do you read the front page and ignore sports, or vice versa?  Do you read the gossip column?  The obituary?  Do you seek out stories of lurid crime, or look for further incidents of political chicanery?  The answers will show you the kind of material you look for most often.  You will to some extent specialize in the same kind of information when you dream.  You will organize the contents of your mind and the information available to you according to your own intents and purposes.

One person’s dreams, therefore, while his or her own, will still fit into an important notch in the dreams of a given family.  One person might, because of his or her own interests, seek largely from dreams warnings of difficulty or trouble, and therefore be the family’s dream watchguard – the one who has, say, the nightmares for everyone else.  That person will also serve a somewhat similar role in the waking state, as a member of a family.  The question in such instances is the reason for such a person’s overconcern and alarm in the first place – why the intense interest in such possible catastrophes, or in crime or whatever? – and the answer lies in an examination of the person’s feelings and beliefs about the nature of existence itself.

As far as group dreaming is concerned, however, there are still some people who have always served as watchdogs in that regard, while others even in the dream state operate as healers or teachers or explorers or whatever.  There is no craft that was not first conceived of by an individual dreamer, who later transferred it to the social world of activity.

In the dreaming state, then, the needs and desires of families, communities and countries are well known.  The dream state serves as a rich source of the world’s knowledge, and is also therefore responsible for the outgrowth of its technology.  This is a highly important point, for “the technological world out there” was at one time the world of dreams.  The discoveries and inventions that made the industrial world possible were always latent in man’s mind, and represented an inner glittering landscape of probability that he brought into actualization through the use of dreams – the intuitive and the conscious manipulation of material that was at one time latent.

Value fulfillment will always provide inner directions that remind man constantly of the best ways in which such technology can be used.  The need to possess such knowledge is uppermost in man’s mind now, and so it also becomes a vital dream topic or subject.  In the dream state, then, to one extent or another man seeks solutions to the problems of his age.

Note 1: Effortlessness

The entire idea of the magical approach is of itself sustaining.

It should remind you of the true effortlessness that is in a fashion responsible for your very existence.  When you become overly concerned or worried in any area, remember that you are thinking those thoughts while the process of thinking is utterly effortless.  That realization alone can further remind you that the conscious mind does not have to have all the information required.  It only needs to have the faith that means are available – even if those means are beyond its own scope of activity.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Session 933 plus three interesting notes

Chapter 10: The Pleasure Principle. Group Dreams and Value Fulfillment.

Session 933

As I have frequently mentioned, you have a hand in forming all events to one extent or another, and at certain levels you are therefore involved in the construction of those global events that affect the world, whether they be of so-called natural or cultural nature.

Earlier, I also spoke about the importance of dreams in man’s early background, and their importance to you as a species.  Here, I want to stress the social aspects of dreams, and to point out the fact that dreams also show you some of the processes that are involved in the actual formation of physical events: You actually come into an event, therefore, long before the event physically happens, at other levels of consciousness, and a good deal of this prior activity takes place in the state of dreaming.

Yet (remembering what I said about seeming contradictions), your dreams are also social events of a kind, and the state of dreaming can almost be thought of as an inner public forum in which each man and woman has his or her say, and in which each opinion, however unpopular, is taken into consideration.  If you want to call any one dream event a private event, then I would have to tell you that that private event actually was your personal contribution to a larger multisided dream event, many-layered, so that one level might deal with the interests of a group to which you belong – say your family, or your political or religious organization – reaching “outward” to the realm of national government and world affairs.  As your private conscious life is lived in a community setting of one kind or another as a rule, so do your dreams take place in the same context, so that as you dream for yourself, to some extent you also dream for your own family, for your community, and for the world.

Group dreaming was at one time taken for granted as a natural human characteristic – in a tribe, for example, when new locations were being sought, perhaps in time of drought.  The various tribal members would have dreams in which the problem was considered, each dreamer tackling whatever aspect of the problem that best suited his or her abilities and personal intents.  The dreamers would travel out-of-body in various directions to see the extent of drought conditions, and to ascertain the best direction for the tribe to take in any needed migration.

Their dreams would then be shared by the tribe in the morning, or at special meetings, when each dreamer would give a rendition of the dream or dreams that seemed to be involved.  In the same way, other dreamers would simply check with the dreamers of other villages or tribes – perhaps a hundred or even more miles distant.  Some such dreams were extremely direct, others were clothed in symbolism according to the style of the dreamer, but in any case the dream was understood to have a public significance as well as a private one.

The same still applies, though often dreams themselves are forgotten.  Instead, for example, for news or for advice you watch your morning television news, which provides you with a kind of manufactured dream that to some extent technologically serves the same purpose.  Instead of sending cameramen and newspaper people to the farthest corners of the earth, early man sent out aspects of himself to gather the news and to form it into dream dramas.  Oftentimes much of the material did not need to become conscious: It was “unconsciously” acted upon, turned directly into action.  Now such dreams simply act as backup systems, rising to the fore whenever they are needed.  Their purpose was and is to increase the value fulfillment of the species and of the individual.

Psychologists often speak of the needs of man.  Here I would like to speak instead of the pleasures of man, for one of the distinguishing characteristics of value fulfillment is its pleasurable effect.  It is not so much that man or nature seeks to satisfy needs, but to exuberantly, rambunctiously seek pleasure – and through following its pleasure each organism finds and satisfies its needs as well.  Far more is involved in the experience of life, however, than the satisfaction of bare needs, for life is everywhere possessed with a desire toward quality – a quality that acknowledges the affirming characteristics of pleasure itself.

In your terms, there is a great pleasure to be found in both work and play, in excitement and calm, in exertion and rest, yet the word “pleasure” itself has often fallen into disrepute, and is frowned at by the virtuous.

One of the main purposes of dreaming, therefore, is to increase man’s pleasure, which means to increase the quality of living itself.  Dreams ae mental work and play combined, psychic and emotional rich creative dramas.  They also involve you in the most productive of enterprises as you begin to play with versions of events that are being considered for physical actualization, as on a personal level you “view” the probable events which your family, tribe, organization, community and country will actualize.

From Note 1:  The Divine Creativity of All That Is (from Session 747)

All That Is creates its reality as it goes along.  Each world has its own impetus, yet all are ultimately connected.  The true dimensions of a divine creativity would be unendurable for any one consciousness of whatever import, and so that splendor is infinitely dimensionalized, worlds spiraling outward with each ‘moment’ of a cosmic breath; with the separation of worlds a necessity; and with individual and mass comprehension always growing at such a rate that All That Is multiplies itself at microseconds, building both pasts and futures and other time scales you do not recognize.  Each is a reality in itself, with its own potentials, and with no individual consciousness, however minute, ever lost.

From Note 2: Violence (from a Class Session 3 November 1970)

Violence will always be used creatively.  You cannot be destructive even when you try.  Beyond that, however, in the meantime the violence that you do, you do to yourself.  You are a part of All That Is – of all the nature that you know and experience, of the world that you know, and even a part of the world that you know that you do not like.  If you rip off the wing of a fly, you are yourself less.  If you purposefully, now, or with malice, step upon an ant, then to the extent of your malice you step upon yourself all unknowing.  Violence will always be used creatively, but if you do not understand this – and at your present rate of development you do not – then any violence is violence against yourself.  This applies to each of you, for when you think in terms of violence you think in terms of malice or aggression.  Despite all man does, he cannot really work any destruction – but while he believes in destruction, then to that extent he minimizes what he is, and must work harder to use creativity.

From Note 2: Ever-Occurring Creation by Consciousnesses of All Forms (from a Session in 1974)

All action is creative and ever-occurring – the only way I can get these ideas across to you.  All energy is personified.  When you look at atoms and stars you are looking at simultaneous action.  You are looking into the past and into the future at the same time, as you think of it.  From the landscape of the brain you are trying to look at the landscape of the mind.

You do not perceive the consciousness within the self.  You do not perceive the consciousness within a star, either – yet the star is the physical materialization in your reality of another kind of consciousness, and all you perceive of it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Session 932 - remote sensing

Dreams, Evolution, Fulfillment: Session 932

Again, master events are those that most significantly affect your system of reality, even though the original action was not physical but took place in the inner dimension.  Most events appear both in time and out of it, their action distributed between an inner and outer field of expression.  Usually you are aware only of event’s exterior cores.  The inner processes escape you.

Those inner processes, however, also give many clues as to some native abilities that you have used “in the past” as a species.  Those inner processes do sometimes emerge, then.  Here is an example.

One morning last weekend Ruburt found himself suddenly and vividly thinking about some married friends.  They lived out of town, separated in time by a drive of approximately half an hour.  Ruburt found himself wishing that the friends lived closer, and he was suddenly filled with a desire to see them.  He imagined the couple at the house, and surprised himself by thinking that he might indeed call them later in the day and invite them down for the evening, even though he and Joseph had both decided against guests that weekend.

Furthermore, Ruburt did not like the idea of making an invitation on such short notice.  Then he became aware that those particular thoughts were intrusive, completely out of context with his immediately previous ones, for only a moment or so earlier he had been congratulating himself precisely because he had made no plans for the day or evening at all that would involve guests or other such activities.  Very shortly he forgot the entire affair.  Then, however, about fifteen minutes later he found the same ideas returning, this time more insistently.

They lasted perhaps five minutes.  Ruburt then noticed them and forgot them once again.  This time, however, he decided not to call his friends, and he went about his business.  In about a half hour the same mental activity returned, and finding himself struck by this, Ruburt mentioned the episode to Joseph and again cast it from his mind.

By this time, it was somewhat later in the day.  Ruburt and Joseph ate lunch, and the mail arrived.  There was a letter written the morning before by the same friends that had been so much on Ruburt’s mind.  They mentioned going on a trip and specifically asked if they could visit that same afternoon.  From the way the letter was written, it seemed as if the friends – call them Peter and Polly – had already started on their journey that morning, and would stop in Elmira on their return much later toward evening.  There was no time to answer the letter, of course.

Peter and Polly would be on the road, it seemed, unreachable by phone, though they had included the number of their answering service, and had also written that they would call before leaving – yet no such call had been received.

It would be simple enough, of course, to ascribe Ruburt’s thoughts and feelings to mere coincidence.  He remembered the vividness of his feelings at the time, however.  It looked as if Peter and Polly were indeed going to arrive almost as if Ruburt had in fact called and invited them.  That evening the visit did take place.  Actually, some work had prevented the couple from leaving when they intended.  Instead, they called later from their home to say that they were just beginning the trip, and would stop on their way.

Ruburt was well prepared for the call by then, and for the visit.  Now the visit and Ruburt’s earlier feelings and thoughts were part of the same event, except that his subjective experience gave him clues as to the inner processes by which all events take place.  More is involved than the simple question: Did he perceive the visit precognitively?  More is involved than the question: Did he perceive his information directly from the minds of his friends, or from the letter itself, which had already been mailed, of course, and was on its way to Ruburt at the time?

What you have is a kind of inner backbone of perception – a backup program, so to speak, an inner perceptive mechanism with its own precise psychological tuner that in one way or another operates within the field of your intent.  This is somewhat like remote sensing, or like an interior radar equipment that operates in a psychological field of attention, so that you are somewhat aware of the existence of certain events that concern you as they come into the closer range of probabilities with which you are connected.

In a certain fashion, you “step into the event” at that level.  You accept or reject it as a probability.  You make certain adjustments, perhaps altering particular details, but you step into and become part of the inner processes – affecting, say, the shape or size or nature of the event before it becomes a definite physical actuality.

For centuries that is the main way in which man dealt with the events of his life or tribe or village.  Your modern methods of communication are in fact modeled after your inner ones.  Ruburt’s thoughts almost blended in enough to go relatively unnoticed.  They were almost innocuous enough to be later accepted as coincidence.  They did have, however, an extra intentness and vitality and peculiar insistence – qualities that he has learned are indicative of unusual psychological activity.  The point is that in most such cases the subjective recognition of an approaching event flows so easily and transparently into your attention, and fits in so smoothly with the events of the day, as to go unnoticed.  You help mold the nature and shape of events without realizing it, overlooking those occasions when the processes might show themselves.

When they do, you might question: Could it be possible that you really were perceiving an action ahead of time?  Later, some people more stubborn than others might try to “prove” that some events are definitely precognitively perceived – but the point is that all events are precognitively perceived, and that you actually step into an event, become part of it, reject it, accept the certain version you have “picked up”, or exert yourself to make certain changes that affect the nature of the event itself.

Even the conscious mind contains much more information about the structure of events than you realize you possess.  The physical perceiving apparatuses of all organizations carry their own kinds of inner systems of communication, allowing events to be manipulated on a worldwide basis before they take on what appears to be their final definitive physical occurrences in time and space.

Individually and globewide, value fulfillment is in a fashion the purpose of all events.  Value fulfillment, again, is the impetus that drives the wheels of nature, so to speak.  As the origin of your world did indeed emerge from the “world of dreams”, so the true root of all events lie in such subjective activities, and the answers to individual challenges and problems are always within your grasp, ready to appear in physical actuality.

In the next chapter I hope to show you the importance of value fulfillment in your own life, and give you clues that will allow you to take better advantage of your own subjective and objective opportunities for such development.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Session 931

Dreams, evolution, value fulfillment: Session 931

Time overlays are versions of master events, in that they occur in such a fashion that one “face” of an overall event may appear in one time, one in another, and so forth.

Time overlays are the time versions of certain events, then.  These time overlays always exist.  They may become activated, however, by certain associations made in your present, and therefore draw into your present time some glimpses either from the future or the past.  So-called present time is thickened, then, by a psychological realization on deep levels of the psyche that all events are interrelated, and that the reincarnational experiences of any given individual provide a rich source of experience from which each person at least unconsciously draws.

Such usually unconscious knowledge is of great benefit to the species itself, so that at certain levels, at least, the knowledge of the species is not imprisoned within any given generation at once, but flows or circulates within the overall larger reincarnational picture.  Probabilities are very much involved here, of course, and it is easier for particular events to fall within one time sequence than another.

I do not want you to feel that you are fated to experience certain events, however, for that is not the case.  There will be “offshoots” of the events of your own lives, however, that may appear as overlays in your other reincarnational existences.  There are certain points where such events are closer to you than others, in which mental associations at any given time may put you in correspondence with other events of a similar nature in some future or past incarnation, however.  It is truer to say that those similar events are instead time versions of one larger event.  As a rule, you experience only one time version of any given action.  Certainly, it is easy to see how a birthday or anniversary, or particular symbol or object, might serve as an associative connection, rousing within you memories of issues or actions that might have happened under similar circumstances in other times.

Actually, that kind of psychological behavior represents the backbone of social organization as far as the species is concerned, and it is the usually hidden but definite past and future memories of reincarnational relationships that cement social organizations, from small tribes to large governments.

To a certain extent, of course, you have been or will be each related to the other.  In that light, all of the events of time rub elbows together.  You brush against the elbow of a future or past event every moment of your lives.

In the culture that you know, such information remains hidden from you.  Your main belief systems lead you to feel that your present life is singular, unsupported by any knowledge of prior experience with existence, and fated to be cut off or dead-ended without a future.  Instead, you always carry the inner knowledge of innumerable available futures.  Your emotional life at certain levels is enriched by the unconscious realization that those who love you from past or future are connected to you by special ties that add to your emotional heritage and support.

As many have supposed, particularly in fiction, love relationships do indeed survive time, and they put you in a special correspondence.  Even if you were aware of reincarnational existences, your present psychological behavior would not be threatened but retain its prominence – for only within certain space and time intersections can physical actions occur.  The more or less general acceptance of the theory of reincarnation, however, would automatically alter your social systems, add to the richness of experience, and in particular insert a fresh feeling for the future, so that you did not feel your lives dead-ended.

Earlier I mentioned several times that we must reach a point at which you are able to see around the corner of seemingly contradictory material, and this is one of those occasions.  Time overlays present you with a picture in which you have free will – yet each event that you choose will have its own time version.  Now those time versions may be entirely different one from the others, and while you certainly initiate your own time version, in terms of usual understanding there is no true place or time in which that version can be said to actually originate.

Such a time version suggests an occurrence in time, of course, and yet the event may leave only a ghostly track, so to speak, being hardly manifest, while in another life that time version may be of considerable prominence – while in your own experience it represents a fairly trivial incident of an ordinary afternoon.

The inner core of events, however, is held together by just that kind of activity.  You are at every hand provided an unending source of probable events from past and future, from which to compose the events of your lives and society.  Again, let me remind you that all time exists simultaneously.

In an experience last evening in the dream state, Ruburt received fresh evidence by viewing for himself portions of two other lives – merely snatches of environment, but so dearly filled with precious belongings and loved ones, so alive with immediacy – that he was shocked to realize that the full dimensions of existence could continue so completely in such detail and depth at the same time as his present life.

It seemed that he could step from any one such existence to the other as you might walk from one room to the other, and he knew that at other levels of the psyche this was indeed possible – and, of course, at other levels of the psyche those psychological doors are open.

Ruburt has had particular difficulty, however, with “the theory of reincarnation”, because as it is usually described, it seemed that people used it to blame as the source of current misfortune, or as an excuse for personal behavior whose nature they did not otherwise understand, and it has been so maligned.  Its reality, however, serves to generate activity throughout time’s framework as you understand it, to unite the species, to reinforce structures of knowledge, to transmit information, and perhaps most of all to reinforce relationships involving love, brotherhood, and cooperation between generations of men and women that would otherwise be quite separate and apart from each other.

Through such relationships, for example, say, the cavemen and the people of the 22nd century rub elbows, where in strict terms of time the species would seem to be quite disconnected from its “earlier” or “later” counterparts.

Through such behavior, the overall value fulfillment purposes and intents of the species are kept in focus, and those necessary requirements then planted in whatever space or time [is] required. Again, free will still operates in all such ventures.

Now, while it seems that your world contains more and more information all the time, your particular brand of science is a relatively narrow one, in that it accepts as valid only certain specific areas of speculation.  The areas outside of its boundaries become taboo, so that the realm of the unknown is no longer the material universe or the mysteries of space, but the interior universe and the mysteries of the mind as these are experienced or suspected to exist outside of those official areas.  To that degree, the unknown is more feared by science than it ever was by religion.

Religion was hampered – and is – by its own interpretation of good and evil, but it did not deny the existence of other versions of consciousness, or differing kinds of psychological activity and life.  Reincarnation suggests, of course, the extension of personal existence beyond one time period, independently of one bodily form, the translation or transmission of intelligence through nonphysical frameworks, and implies psychological behavior, memory and desire as purposeful action without the substance of any physical mechanism – propositions that science at its present stage of development simply could not buy, and for which it could find no evidence, for its methods would automatically preclude the type of experience that such evidence would require.

People can become quite frightened, then, of any kind of experiences of a personal nature that imply reincarnational life, for they are then faced with the taboos of science, or perhaps by the distorted explanations of some religions or cults.  You therefore protect yourselves from many quite natural upthrusts that would on their own give you experience with your own reincarnational existences, and you are often denied psychological comfort in times of stress that you might otherwise receive.

I do not necessarily mean that full-blown pictures of other existences would necessarily come into your mind, but that in one way or another you would receive a support or change of mood as those loved by you in other lives [in] one way or another sensed your need and responded.

The entire nature of events, then, exists in a different way than you have supposed, only small portions slicing into the reality that you recognize – yet all underneath connected to a vast psychological activity.  You might compare events to psychological consonants that underlay or underlie the more unusual features of physical psychological environment.

Note 13: Private Session April 15, 1981

… I have said that in almost every case of severe dissatisfaction or illness, the underlying reasons will not so much be found in the discovery or expression of buried hate or aggression – though these may be present – but in the search for expression of value fulfillment that is for one reason or another being denied.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Session 928

Dreams, evolution, fulfillment: Session 928

Now, master events, then, involve “work” or action whose main thrust exists outside of time, yet whose effects are felt within time.

Such effects may appear suddenly within time’s context, rather than slowly emerge, say, into that framework.  It is, of course, that kind of outside-of-time activity that in your terms explains the origin of the universe.  There are dimensions of activity, then, that do not appear within time’s structure, and developments that happen quite naturally, following different laws of development than those you recognize.  It is not just that highly accelerated versions of time can occur at other levels of actuality, but that there are dimensions in which those [versions] are no impediments to the natural “flow” of events into expression.

Your closest approximation will be, again, your experience with time in the dream state – or instances in which complicated problems are suddenly solved for you in dreams or in other states of consciousness, so that the answers appear full-blown before you.

There are “durations”, then, that have nothing to do with time as you understand it: psychological motions that manipulate time but are apart from it.  Any sudden emergence of a completed universe would then imply an unimaginable and a spectacular development of organization – that it did not just appear from nowhere, but as the “completed physical version” of an inner highly concentrated endeavor, the physical manifestation of an inspiration that then suddenly emerges into physical actuality.

That kind of activity, that kind of “work”, exists behind all of the structures and organizations and experiences with which you are familiar.

The world of ideas everywhere permeates physical reality, but ideas, even when they are unexpressed, possess their own organizations and correspondences, their own spheres of motion and development.  Master events emerge from that reality of idea, now, from which all ideas originate, uniting these through the use of natural correspondences.  Every physical manifestation that you know has its nonphysical counterpart, in which it is always couched, from which it came, and to which it will return.

Your historical time is, say, but one species of time that dwells upon the earth.  There are many others.  Time itself emerges from idea, which is itself timeless, so in those terms there was no point where time began, though such a reference becomes necessary from your own viewpoint.

It is probably almost impossible for man to see that he forms the idea of historical context through his own associations and focuses.  The heavy, specialized use of so-called rational thought has often caused him to narrow even his neurological recognition of other kinds of experience that might enlarge his view.  In dreams, there is greater leeway in that regard.  Consciousness becomes more familiar with its own inner motion, and even with the kinds of work and actions it performs outside of its usual waking prejudices.  The story of Creation, as Biblically stated, is the symbolic representation of a master event – a legend that became its own event, of course, forming about it whole arts and cultures, religions and disciplines.  The same applies to Christianity itself, for all of the seemingly historical events connected with the official Christ did not happen in physical reality.  They happened at another level of actuality, and were inserted into your time framework – touching a character here, a definitely known historical event there, mixing and merging with the events of the time, until the two lines of activity were so entwined that you could not unravel one without unraveling the other.

History happened in certain definite forms because of a belief in events that did not, in your world of facts, occur.  The main, brilliant thrust of those inner events, therefore, splashed out upon the human landscape, propelling peoples and civilizations.

The Christ story in the beginning was not nearly as singular and neat as it might now seem, for the finally established official Christ figure was one settled upon from endless versions of a god-man, with which man’s psyche has long been involved: He was the psychic composite, the official Christ, carrying within his psychological personages echoes of old and new gods alike – a figure barely begun, to be filled out in time, although originating outside of it.

Such master events cause physical events, but they do not originally from them.

Paul (Saul of Tarsus) had his vision.  Now the vision (in which Paul not only saw the light of Christ, but heard his voice) happened in the world of fact.  It occurred – but Paul did not see, or communicate with, a person of divine heritage, sent by his father to earth, who lived the life of the official Christ, and who was crucified.  Paul had a vision in response to the needs, desires, and dictates of his own psyche as it was connected to the world of his time, following the patterns of stories about Christ that he had heard that had begun to release within him a great yearning that was, in that vision, then, expressed.

Christianity for many centuries served as an amazingly creative organizational framework, that expressed the vast complexity of the soul’s reality.  It also in its way managed to even focus some of man’s less handsome attributes towards ends that were less reprehensible than in the past.  Master events of that particular nature bring about a completely new interpretation of historic events.  Their intensity, power, and seemingly impelling nature exist precisely because their origins are not physical, but are drawn from the psyche’s deepest resources.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Session 922

Dreams, Evolution, Fulfillment: Session 922

Aside: Protection and Thought Forms

(To Jane and Rob:) You are protected.  Your work is protected.

Some years ago, Ruburt had an experience in which he glimpsed in the center of the living room a strange form.  He sensed that the form was composed of energy that was definitely predisposed to come to his assistance, or to do his bidding.

He also realized that at least to some extent this energy had accumulated as a result of his own good intentions, and his desire to help others.  He called this “Helper”, and he never saw the form clearly again.  The form represented the personified, accumulated positive energies that were working to his advantage at that time, that provided him protection, but that also automatically worked to the benefit of his life and projects.

The very idea of protection, however, as you know, implies a threat – so if you believe in threats you had better have protection.  It was not necessary for Ruburt to see the form again -merely to sense the reality of that powerful energy, and realize that it worked on his behalf.  In a fashion the form also represented the innocent and powerful inner self, or spontaneous self, or naturally magical self – the terms are synonymous.

Ruburt knew that Helper could be sent out to others, to their advantage, and in that regard the form stood for the great power of natural, positive desire and thought patterns. (To Rob:) You have the same kind of “form”.  These represent the greater source-selves out of which your present persons spring.  I told you that you possessed far more knowledge about your own lives, and the lives of others, than you were intellectually aware of.  You act on that knowledge, for one thing, when you are born physically, when you grow.  The squirrel acts on that kind of knowledge when it buries nuts – as you saw, again, on a recent TV program – and the squirrel’s greater knowledge includes the knowledge of its species as well.

Helper represents the part that possesses such knowledge.  In practical terms, it is very important to understand that such knowledge and protection do exist, that all of your problems need not be solved through conscious reasoning alone – and, indeed, few problems can be solved exclusively in that fashion.

Your work is protected, not only because it is one of your projects, but also because in a fashion it becomes its own kind of entity – a well-intended one that exists in a rather concentrated form, distilled from our own best aspirations.  Hence it is also filled with energy, and also becomes a collector of it.

I do not want to become involved in a confusion of terms.  The mind’s powers are far greater than those generally assigned to rational thought alone, as per our last (private) sessions.  Rational reasoning, overdone, can for example actually limit practical use of the intellect’s faculties, and therefore serve to dim some of the mind’s scope.  In a fashion, again, Helper represents the true capacity of the mind’s functioning, the kind of instant comprehension that is behind both the intuitions and the intellect’s activities.  You are dealing, then, with the spacious intellect, the knower.

The knower is instantly aware of all of your needs, and is the portion of the universe that is personally disposed in your direction, because its energies form your own person.  That protection always couches your existence.  It means that you live “in a state of grace”.  You can be unaware of that state.  You can deny it or refuse it, but you are within it regardless.  It forms the very fabric of your individual beings.  Value fulfillment means that each individual, each entity, of whatever nature, spontaneously, automatically seeks those conditions that are suited to its own fulfillment, and to the fulfillment of others.

In the most basic of terms, no one’s fulfillment can be achieved at the expense of another’s.  Fulfillment does not happen that way.  Your very lives seek the best directions for fulfillment.  Our work seeks its own best directions for fulfillment.

When you realize this, then you can accept seeming setbacks, or seeming contradictions, with a calm detached air, realizing that such factors appear as they do only in the light of your present intellectual knowledge – a knowledge that must be limited to current events – and that in the larger picture known to you at other levels, such seeming contradictions, or seemingly unfortunate situations, or whatever, will be seen to be to your advantage.  You do not have all the facts, you see, at that intellectual level, so if you base all of your judgments – all of your judgments – at that level alone, then you can be quite shortsighted.

We are dealing with the psychology of experience, however, so you yourselves alter the situation according to your own reactions.  If you feel threatened by certain situations, and lacking protection, then you will take certain steps that might not be taken otherwise, so your actions are vastly different according to whether or not you realize that you are indeed being protected.

If you build up feelings of threat, then at your level you also react to those.  The protection exists, but in such cases, you do not allow yourselves to take full advantage of it.

Resume: Dreams and Knowing

The ideas for inventions, tools, or products exist mentally, to be brought into activation whenever they are required, say, by circumstances, or by the environment.

Various tribes in different parts of the earth would suddenly begin using new tools, say, not because there might be any physical communication among them, or cultural exchanges, but because separate conditions in their own environments triggered mental processes that activated the particular images of the tools required for a given job at hand.  The information, which was nonphysical, was then transformed into practical knowledge either from inner visual imagery by itself, or through the state of dreaming.

Dreams have always served as such a connective.  You know more about your life than you think you do – and far more about your life and society than you are intellectually aware of.  Early man was in that same position, and his inventions – his tools, his artistry, and so forth – came into being from the inner, ever-present realm of the mind, triggered by his unconscious but quite real estimation of his position within the universe at large, and in regard to his own environment.

In a fashion – and forgive me for using one of my favorite qualifications again – but in a fashion, cultures do not evolve in the kind of straightforward manner that is usually supposed.  Of course, cultures change, but man instantly began to fashion cultures, as for example beavers instantly began to form dams.  They did not learn how to form dams through trial and error.  They did not for untold centuries build faulty dams, for example.  They were born, or created, dam makers.

Man automatically began to form culture.  He did not start with the rudiments of culture, as is thought.  He did not learn through trial and error to think clear thoughts.  He thought quite clearly from the beginning.  He did learn through trial and error various ways of best translating those thoughts into physical action.  The first cultures were as rich as your own.  In your terms, reading and writing are great advantages, but it is also true that in the past the mind was also used to record information, and transmit it with an artistry that you do not now use.

Memory was so perfected that men at one time were indeed living histories, and carried within their minds their genealogies and backgrounds and the knowledge of their peoples, which were then passed on to their children.  It is true that reading and writing have certain advantages over such procedures, but it is also true that knowledge possessed in that old fashion became a part of a man, and a society, in a much more personal, meaningful manner.  It was, of course, a different kind of knowing.  At its best, it did not lead to rote renditions of remembered material, but to dramatic renderings of through music, poetry, dancing.  In other words, its rendition was accompanied by creative physical expression.  It is true that, practically speaking, a man’s mind, or a woman’s, could not hold all of the information available now in your world – but much of that information does not deal with basic knowledge about the universe or man’s place within it.  It is a kind of secondary information – interesting, but not life-giving.

Man did not have to learn by trial and error what plants were beneficial to eat, and what herbs were good for healing.  The knower in him knew that, and he acted on the information spontaneously.  The knower is of course always present, but the part of your culture that is built upon the notion that no such inner knowledge exists, and those foolish ideas of rational thought as the only provider of answers, therefore often limit your own use of inner abilities.

You will end up with, if all goes well, a kind of “new” illuminated consciousness, an intellect who realizes that the source of its own light is not itself, but comes from the spontaneous power that provides the fuel for its thoughts.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Session 921

Dreams, Evolution, Fulfillment Session 921

For our psychology lesson, continued from before.

Communications between various scattered portions of the self often appear, again, in such situations as automatic writing, speaking, the hearing of voices, or through what the person believes to be telepathic messages from others.

The supposedly telepathic messages can be attributed to contemporaries – enemies, gods, devils, or what have you.  Spacemen are a recent addition.  In most cases, what you have here are expressions of strong portions of the self that are more or less purposefully kept in isolation.  They may appear or disappear, psychologically speaking.  They present a kind of chain of command – one that is not usually permanent for any long period, however.

Particularly when the voices or communications give orders to be obeyed, they represent powerful, otherwise repressed, images and desires, strong enough to form about themselves their own personifications.  Some may seem relatively genuine in terms of presenting a fairly well-rounded representation of a normal personality.  That is a fairly rare occurrence, however.  Usually you are presented with, say, semi-personalities, or even with lesser versions – fragmentary expressions of impulses and desires that are dramatically presented only in snatches, heard by the person as a voice, or perceived as a presence.

In many situations, the main personifications are instead of a ritual nature, taking advantage of psychological patterns already present in the culture’s art or religion or science.  You end up with Christs, spacemen, various saints or spirits, or other personality fabrications whose characteristics and abilities are already known.

You have schizophrenic models, in other words, and the particular model chosen in any case, at any given time – for the models change – gives indications quite clearly of the person’s basic problems and dilemmas.  Such cultural models are present in society to begin with, because in one way or another they express in an exaggerated form certain portions of man’s psychological reality that he does not as yet understand.  This applies to the “good” schizophrenic models and to the “bad” ones – that is, to the gods as well as to the demons.

Such “communications” with the gods or demons, St. Pauls or Hitlers, represent in such instances dramatized, exaggerated personifications of the portion of the personality that is at the head of the chain of command at the moment.

In the first place, reality is primarily a mental phenomenon, in which the perceptions of the senses are organized and put together in ways that perfectly “mimic” in physical terms a primary nonphysical experience.  This is tricky to express, because the application of a psychological awareness through the auspices of the flesh automatically makes certain transformations of data necessary.

Devils and demons have no objective existence.  They have always represented, again, portions of mankind’s own psychological reality that to some extent he had not assimilated – but in a schizophrenic kind of expression, projected instead outward from himself.  Therefore, it does not seem he must be held accountable for acts that he considers debasing, or cruel.  He isolates himself from that responsibility by imagining the existence of other forces – the devils or demons of the nether world.

On an individual basis, the schizophrenic carries through those cultural patterns.  The contrasts between say, the superior self or the idealized self, and the debased self, may vary.  They may be brilliantly apparent or somewhat blurred.  In many such instances, there will also be at least a short spurt of intense but scrambled, perhaps garbled, creative activity, in which the individual tries to recognize these various elements, as mankind himself has attempted many times in the creative, sometimes garbled creation of his own religions.

Here you can have anything from banal rubbish to the most excellent creative product, but in the schizophrenic framework it will be of brief duration, experienced outside of the framework of usual day-to-day living, concentrated.

The Christ image is often used because it so perfectly represents the combination of the grandiose self, as per the all-knowing son of God, and the martyred victim who is crucified precisely because of his lofty position.

The Christ figure represents the exaggerated, idealized version of the inner self that the individual feels incapable of living up to.  He feels he is being crucified by his own abilities.  He may – or of course she may – on other occasions receive messages from the devil, or demons, which on their part represent the person’s feelings about the physical self that seems to be so evil and contradictory in contrast to the idealized image.  Again, there is great variety of behavior here.

Such people, however, in their fashion refuse to accept standardized versions of reality.  Even though they are so uncertain of themselves that their psychological patterns do follow those of culture, religion, science, or whatever, they try to use those patterns in their own individual ways.  They are actually in the process of putting their own personalities together long after most people have settled upon one official version or another – and so their behavior gives glimpses of the ever-changing give-and-take among the various elements of human personality.

Most of the declared instances of telepathy or clairvoyance that happen in schizophrenic situations are instead the individual’s attempts to prove to himself or herself that the idealized qualities of omnipotence or power are indeed within grasp – this, of course, to compensate for the basic feeling of powerlessness in more ordinary endeavors.  In some situations, however, there are definite, quite valid instances of telepathy or clairvoyance, vivid out-of-body experiences, and other excursions beyond the officially accepted realm of reality.

These are often complicated, however, since the individuals’ belief patterns are of such an exaggerated blend to begin with, so that such episodes are usually accompanied by phantom figures from religion or mythology.  The individuals may feel forced to have such experiences, simply because, again, they do not want to face responsibility for action, for the reasons given earlier.

In your terms of time, man has always projected unassimilated psychological elements of his own personality outward, but in much earlier times he did this using a multitudinous variety of images, personifications, gods, goddesses, demons and devils, good spirits and bad.  Before the Roman gods were fully formalized, there was a spectacular range of good and bad deities, with all gradations [among them], that more or less “democratically” represented the unknown but sensed, splendid and tumultuous characteristics of the human soul, and have stood for those sensed but unknown glimpses of his own reality that man was in one way or another determined to explore.

It was understood that all of these “forces” had their parts to play in human events.  Some stood for forces of nature that could very well be at times advantageous, and at times disadvantageous – as, for example, the god of storms might be very welcome at one time, in periods of drought, while his powers might be quite dreaded if he overly satisfied his people.  There was no chasm of polarity between the “good gods and the bad ones”.

Jehovah and the Christian version of God brought about a direct conflict between the so-called forces of good and the so-called forces of evil by largely cutting out all of the intermediary gods, and therefore destroying the subtle psychological give-and-take that occurred between them – among them – and polarizing man’s own view of his inner psychological reality.

There were no schizophrenics in the time of the pagans, for the belief systems did not support that kind of interpretation.  This does not mean that certain behavior did not occur that you would now call schizophrenic.  It means that generally speaking such behavior fit within the psychological picture of reality.  It [did so] because many of the behavior patterns associated, now, with schizophrenia, are “distorted and debased” remnants of behavior patterns that are part and parcel of man’s heritage, and that harken back to activities and abilities that at one time had precise social meaning, and served definite purposes.

These include man’s ability to identify with the forces of nature, to project portions of his own psychological reality outward from himself, and then to perceive those portions in a revitalized transformation – a transformation that then indeed can alter physical reality.

The next natural step would be to reassimilate those portions of the self, to acknowledge their ancient origins and abilities, to return them so that they form a new coating, as it were, or a new version of selfhood.  It is as if man could not understand his own potentials unless he projected them outward into a godhead, where he could see them in a kind of isolated pure form, recognize them for what they are, and then accept them – the potentials – as part of his own psychological reality.  As a species, however, you have not taken the last step.  Your idea of the devil represents the same kind of process, except that it stands for your idea of evil or darkness, or abilities that you are afraid of.  They also stand for elements of your own potential.  I am not speaking of evil possibilities, but that man must realize that he is responsible for his acts, whether they are called good or evil.

You make your own reality, Man’s “evil” exists because of his misunderstanding of his own ideals, because of the gap that seems to exist between the ideal and its actualization.  Evil actions, in other words, are the result of ignorance and misunderstanding.  Evil is not a force in itself.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Session 920

Dreams, Evolution, Fulfillment: Session 920

I will use your yesterday’s visitor as the point around which to build a discussion.

First of all, the term “schizophrenia” is of basically little value.  Many people tabbed with that label should not be.  There are so-called classic cases of schizophrenia – and borderline ones, so-called – but in any case, the label is highly misleading and negatively suggestive.

What you are dealing with in many instances are exhibitions of various, sometimes, quite diverse personality patterns of behavior – patterns that are, however, not as assimilated, or as smoothly operative as they are in the person you call normal.  The patterns are seen in an exaggerated fashion, so that in some such cases, at least, you can gain glimpses of mental, emotional, and psychic processes that usually remain psychologically invisible beneath the more polished or “finished” social personality of the usual individual.

The person labeled schizophrenic, momentarily or for varying periods of time, lacks a certain kind of psychological veneer.  This is not so much a basic lack of psychological finish as it is the adoption of a certain kind of psychological camouflage.

Such people – in a fashion, now – play a game of quite serious hide-and-seek with themselves and with the world.  They believe in the dictum: “Divide and conquer”.  It is as if, for reasons I hope to discuss, they refuse to put themselves together properly, refuse to form one fairly united self.  The idea behind this is: “If you cannot find me, then I cannot be held accountable for my actions – actions which are bound in one way or another to betray me.”

The self becomes operationally scattered or divided, so that if one portion of it is attacked, the other portions can rise up in defense.  Such persons use the various elements of the personality as spies or soldiers, scattering their forces, and forced under those conditions to set up elaborate communication systems to keep those portions of the self in contact with each other.  In times of stress, they set up an even greater isolation of one part of the self from another, which puts stress upon the system of communication, of course, so that it must be used constantly.

The communications themselves are often a kind of psychological or symbolic code, such as might indeed be used in military intelligence.  If the messages were to be clearly deciphered and understood, then of course the game would be over, for the one to understand the message would be the united self who [had] felt the need of such camouflaged self-troops to begin with.

Such a person does feel under siege.  Often such people are highly creative, with good reserves of energy, but caught between highly contrasting beliefs, either of good and evil, or power and weakness.  They are usually extremely idealistic, but for various reasons they do not feel that the abilities of the idealized self can be actualized.

I am making generalizations here, but each individual case should be looked at in its own light.  Such people, as a rule, however, have an exaggerated version of the self, so idealized that its very existence intimidates practical action.  They are afraid of making mistakes, terrified of betraying this sensed inner psychological superior.  Usually, such an idealized inner self comes from the acceptance of highly distorted beliefs – again, concerning good and evil.  You end up with what can amount to two main inner antagonists: a superior self and a debased self.  The qualities considered good are attracted to the superior self as if it were a magnet.  The qualities that seem bad are in the same fashion attracted to the debased self.  Both of them, relatively isolated psychological polarities, hold about equal sway.  All other psychological evidences that are ambiguous, or not clearly understood by either side, group together under their own psychological banners.  This is a kind of circular rather than linear arrangement, however, psychologically speaking.

Such people are afraid of their own energy.  It becomes assigned on the one hand as a possession of the superior self – in which case it must be used for great adventures, heroic deeds.  On the other hand, the person feels unable to use energy in a normal fashion, since in the ordinary world no venture could live up to the superior self’s exaggerated ideals.  The person then becomes frightened of pitting himself against the world, or committing himself to ordinary actions, since he feels that in the light of such comparisons he can only debase himself.

He requires undue amounts of praise and attention from others, since he obviously will get little from himself.  In a fashion, to an extent he will refuse to be accountable for his actions – therefore taking them out of the frame of judgment within which other people must operate.  He then can avoid putting his “talents and superior abilities” to the test, where he feels he would certainly fail.  He half realizes that the superior self and the debased self are both of psychological manufacture.  His abilities are not really that grand.  His failures are not nearly that disastrous.  The belief in these highly contrasting elements of personality keep him in a state of turmoil, however, so that he feels powerless to act in any concerted fashion.

The term “schizophrenia”, however, covers multitudinous experiences – some such people are quite satisfied with their condition, find their own niches, are able to support themselves, or have means of support.  Others live in an atmosphere of constant fear of their own condition, while at the same time they are excited, as soldiers might be in combat.  Some can be quite functional in society, and the condition in any case is highly variable, covering people who are simply social misfits to those who are in deep psychological trouble.

With most people, there is a kind of psychological paved road upon which impulses travel before they meet an intersection with the conscious mind, which then determines whether or not the impulse will be followed or acted upon.  In the kind of cases we are discussing, however, instead of a paved road you have a dangerous, rocky field that might be filled with mines ready to explode at any time.

Remember, we are dealing with a scattered force, various elements of the personality sent out to do different tasks – and in a fashion, they are caught between the superior self and the debased self.  There is, then, no clear line for action to follow.  It must also be camouflaged.  Instead of clear impulses toward action that intersect directly with consciousness, you have bursts of impulses that emerge as orders to act, coming from another source, or from other sources.  These may appear as voices telling an individual to do this or that, as “automatic” commands through writing, or as perceptions that would be called hallucinatory.  In this way, the individual need not take responsibility for such actions.  They do not seem to be coming from himself or from herself.  The terrible possibility of failure is there to that extent, in that situation, momentarily relieved.

There is always an overall order to the personality, even though it is in the background, so that in any given case all of the separate “selves”, or other sources with whom the individual feels in contact, would together point toward the totality, or unity, that lies beneath.  The outstanding mental phenomena, therefore, show in isolated fashions those elements of the personality that are not to be assimilated in the usual smooth fashion.

There are countless instances where “schizophrenic episodes” occur in otherwise normal personalities, where for learning purposes and periods of growth the personality sorts its parts out, and helps them enlarge their frameworks.

The personality can indeed put itself together in multitudinous fashions.  There is great leeway in the use of inner and outer perceptions, and the manners in which these are mixed and matched to form an acceptable picture of reality at any given time.

Physical perception gives you a necessary kind of feedback, but it is also based upon learning processes, so that from a young age you learn to put the pieces of the world together in acceptable fashions.  In a way, under certain conditions, some schizophrenic situations can give you brighter glimpses of inner psychological mobility, a mobility that was focused and directed as you grew through childhood.  Schizophrenia represents a kind of learning disability in that respect.

(In response to a question about a “schizophrenic” individual at times speaking an undecipherable language:)  The language is an excellent example of the coded messages I mentioned earlier.  It is supposed to remain secret, you see, while making the knowledge impossible to act upon.  To translate the information would mean a more serious commitment to physical communication than that young man was willing to make.

I will have more to say about such communications, and the ways in which they can point out the greater psychological mobility that is a more or less natural element in children.  When you are a child, you are not held accountable for your actions in the same way that adults are, and schizophrenia often begins around puberty, or young adulthood, when people feel that their youthful promise is expected to bear fruit.  If they have been considerably gifted, for example, they are no supposed to show the results of schooling through adult accomplishments.  If they are nearly convinced, however, that the self is also dangerous or evil, then they become afraid of using their abilities, and indeed become more frightened of the self – which, again, they then try to conquer by dividing.  They feel cut off from value fulfillment.  In a fashion, they begin to act opaquely in the world, showing a divided face.

I will continue the subject, tying it more securely to value fulfillment, and stressing the importance of positive action in the physical world, so that ideals can be expressed rather than feared, and so that doors between impulses and their activations can be left open with some confidence.