Unknown Reality, Session 739
Aside: Therapeutic Effect of Open Fires and Trees
An open fire elicits certain responses from the cells that, for instance, a furnace does not. The effect of the light plus the warmth on the skin is extremely healing. People sit by a fireplace in wintertime because it is unconsciously recognized that recuperative and therapeutic results occur. Simply put, the cells respond to firelight in somewhat the same manner that flowers do to sunlight. The stimulation is much more than skin deep, however, and on open fire is cleansing. It even helps clear the blood.
Cavemen recognized this. I am not suggesting that you use your fireplace instead of the furnace. I am saying that in wintertime there are definite health-value effects to be felt when you sit in front of an open fire. Two evenings a week would be quite effective.
The proximity of so many trees also has considerable health value, and to those doing psychic or other creative work the effects are particularly conducive to a peaceful state of mind. Trees are great users and yet conservators of energy, and they automatically provide much vitality to areas in which they are plentiful. This is physically obvious in scientific terms. Besides that, however, the consciousnesses of trees are remarkably kind and enduring.
Now you think of dogs as friends of man, and you personify gods in human terms. You think of them sometimes as guardians. In those terms, now, trees are also guardians. They are attached to the people they know. You cannot put a leash on them and walk them around the block, yet trees form a protective barrier about, say, a home or a neighborhood. They are actively concerned. They have personalities – certainly to the same extent that dogs do, yet of an entirely different nature. They respond to you.
(Jane’s vision: “the idea, mentally, of something shaped like a television screen” off to her right. “And now it’s coming closer. I don’t know what it is, or what it has to do with the session, if anything. It came up fairly close to me. I walked through it and down a long chute. There were coils in there. They did things with me – healing things – then dropped me back in my chair.
(“I had a feeling that Seth was in this chute or tunnel, in miniature, and that he looked like he does in your portrait of him, only in full length. Oh – he comes forward, then retreats, oscillating real fast. But in some way the Seth thing in this is in the background. Now he’s turning around, this miniature Seth. He’s walking away, out of the chute and into this great big Seth who’s like a statue.
(“Then in the eyes of this Seth there are two little Seths looking out. Both of these images are like your portrait. Now they climb out of the eyes; with their bodies they make a garland around the big Seth’s head; they sit on it back-to-back like a pair of bookends. Wow – a whole bunch of these little Seths climb up on top of the giant head – but in perfect poses. They’re very stylized, but all real. And Seth will explain it. The little images face in all directions around the head of the big Seth. I know it’s not right, not a good analogy, but they’re like gargoyles on a steeple …
(“It’s all very distant now. I never saw the entire giant-sized figure of Seth. The head and the arms were clearest. The whole thing was an immeasurable distance from me.
(“Okay, I think we can have a session now. But until Seth said so, I didn’t know he’d explain any of this.”)
Ruburt saw the images in a particular fashion so that he could understand certain information about the nature of the psyche.
The giant image of myself, never clearly glimpsed by Ruburt, represents my own greater reality. In a particular fashion, that identity cannot be fully expressed within the confines of any one form, any more than yours can. Ruburt saw many miniature versions of me. In his inner vision these appeared as identical, simply so that he could identify them as portions of myself. They are actually quite different, one from the others.
Each one is involved in its own context of reality, each one pursuing its own directions for its own purposes. One of those “Seths” was born in your space and time. That Seth then seeded himself, so to speak, in the space-time environment you recognize – appearing through the centuries, sending out offshoots of “himself”, exploring earthly experience and developing as well as he could those potentials of his own greater identity that could best be brought to fruition within a creature context.
That one Seth was endowed with his own inner blueprint. The blueprint gave him an idea of his potentials, and how they could be best fulfilled in earthly terms.
The self, as I have said many times before, is not limited. It can therefore split off from itself without being less. This Seth might be “born” two or three times in one century – or more – and then in your terms not appear for five or ten centuries. Each Seth would be completely independent, however, and each appearance would signify the creation of a new personality – not simply a version of an old one.
Each would be inherently aware of its own potentials and “background”, but each would tune in to a particular point of that so-called background.
What I am saying here applies to the greater identity of each reader. Because you are usually so worried about preserving what you think of as your identity, we use terms like reincarnational selves or counterparts. If you truly understood the nature of your individuality, however, you would clearly see that there is no contradiction if I say that you are uniquely yourself, that your individuality has an indestructible validity that is never assailed, and when I also say that you are at the same time connected with other identities, each as sacredly inviolate as your own.
You are used to thinking of exterior organizational patterns. You might live in a city and a state and a country at one time, yet you do not think that your presence in one of these categories contradicts either of the other two. So you live amid psychic organizations, each having its own characteristics. You may consider yourself Indian though you live in America, or American though you live in Africa, or Chinese though you live in France, and you are quite able to retain your sense of individuality.
So the psychic families, or the families of consciousness, can be thought of as natives of inner countries of the mind, sharing heritages, purposes, and intents that may have little to do with the physical countries in which you live your surface lives. People are born in any month of any year in every country. All those born in Norway are not born in January or August. In the same way, all the members of any given psychic family are spread across the earth, following inner patterns that may or may not relate to other issues as they are currently understood.
Certain families have a liking for certain months of birth, but no specific rules apply. There is indeed an inner kind of order that unites all of these issues; yet that inner order is not the result of laws, but of spontaneous creation, which flows into its own kinds of patterns. You see the patterns at any given time and try to make laws of them.
I am trying to stretch your imaginations, and to help you throw aside rigid concepts that literally blind you to the dimensions of your own reality. Again – you are biologically equipped to perceive far more of that realty than you do.
You are not a miniature self, an adjunct to some super being, never to share fully in its reality. In those terms you are that super self – looking out of only one eye, or using just one finger.
Much of this is very difficult to verbalize. You are not subordinate to some giant consciousness. While you think in such terms, however, I must speak of reincarnational selves and counterparts, because you are afraid that if you climb out of what you think your identity is, then you will lose it.
We will see if we can express some concepts about the self in a new way. In his own Psychic Politics Ruburt has presented from his (psychic) library some information concerning official and unofficial numbers.
Between each official number in a given series he envisions literally infinite space. The infinitesimal becomes infinite.
In the same way the most infinitesimal self is infinite, and the most finite self, carried to the extremes of itself, is infinite. Each of you is part of an infinite self. That infinite self appears as a series of finite selves in your reality.
Beneath that perceived reality, however, each finite self, carried to its degree, is itself infinite. Now here is one for the books: but there are different kinds of infinities. There are different varieties of psychological infinities that do not meet – that is, that go off in their own infinite directions.
As long as you believe that as individuals you belong in any given series, you appear to yourselves as finite.
You think in terms of linear time, and the best you can do to imagine your deeper reality is to consider reincarnation in time. It is a matter of focus. You usually identify with the outside of yourself, and with the outside world. You do not, for example, usually identify with the inside of your body, with its organs, much less its cells or atoms – yet in that direction lies a certain kind of infinity.
If you would identify with your own psychological reality, following the inward structure of thoughts and feelings, you would discover an inward psychological infinity. These “infinities” would reach of course into both an infinite past and future. Yet true infinity reaches far beyond past and future, and into all probabilities – not simply straightforward into time, or backward.
There is literally an infinity in each moment you recognize, as numerically there is an “infinity” behind or within any prime number that you recognize.
There are infinite versions of yourself, but no one negates the others, and each is connected with the others, and aids and supports them. There are other quite legitimate numerical systems that you do not follow. There are other kinds of psychological organizations also. In those terms Ruburt has learned, or rather Ruburt is learning, to alternate a series – to bring information from one [neurological series] to another, so to speak.
However, none of this is apart from normal living. Whether or not they want to mention it here in “Unknown” Reality, both Ruburt and Joseph have learned to correlate data so that some of the implications involved in a simple move from one house to another become apparent. They are not mathematicians. They will not statistically analyze the results. Yet I tell you that the moves that you make in daily life have indeed infinite effects – and I am not using the word loosely.
Imagine a string of different-colored Christmas tree lights, all glowing on a given tree. In this series of lights, any one light can go out while the others continue to shine. You are familiar with that arrangement.
However, in our imaginary assortment there are many such strings, and when a light goes out on one string “it” almost automatically appears on another string. Now generally speaking the lights are all lit at once on any given string, except for those that now and then go out.
Pretend that you are very tiny, and moving slowly about the tree so that you see only one light at a time. It appears that one light exists before the other, then, and each one is so brilliant to your focus that it blots out the lights before and after it. You may have a dim memory of the light you “saw” before, however, and so you think: “Aha, the bulb I see is my life, but I’m sure that long ago I had a different life – and perhaps another one lies ahead of me”. But unless you step far back from the tree you will not realize that the entire string of lights exists at once. Nor will you understand that when one light goes out in a strand it appears somewhere else on the tree in another strand.
If you were still tinier, then any given bulb itself might seem to emit not a steady light at all, but a series of waves, and you might identify your life with any given wave, so that great distance might be perceived between one wave and the next.
Experiencing that kind of series could lead to entirely different kinds of perception, in which infinities existed within a scale of its own. (The series would have its own kind of infinities.)
A tree could be wired with lights, with each one having its own particular series of waves. The people who put up the tree might experience one Christmas Eve, while other consciousnesses, tuned in to the different series, could experience endless generations – and their perceptions would be quite as legitimate as those of the light-watchers who had erected the tree.
This is not necessarily the best analogy, but I wanted to make the point that various scales of awareness contain their own infinities, no matter how finite they may appear to be.
The soul, so-called, is not related to size or duration in space and time, except insofar as it is wedded to experience within those contexts.
Note 3: Blueprints for Reality
Seth discussed his “blueprints for reality” a number of times in Volume 1 of “Unknown” Reality. See the 696th session, for instance: “Each probability system has its own set of ‘blueprints’, clearly defining its freedoms and boundaries … These are not ‘inner images of perfection’, and to some extent the blueprints themselves change … As an individual you carry within you such a blueprint, then; it contains all the information you require to bring about the most favorable version of yourself in the probable system you know … In the same fashion the species en masse holds within its vast inner mind such working plans or blueprints.”
Note 5: Cellular Consciousness
In the 685th session for Volume 1, Seth stated that the consciousness of our cells are eternal, and that biologically we’re equipped to explore many more probable realities than we know. In the 686th session he discussed our cells’ comprehension of the past, present, and future, as well as our cellular responses to a variety of neurological pulses besides that certain range we’re egotistically focused upon.
Note 8: Infinities Between Numbers
From Chapter 19 of Politics: “If you imagine the official numbers 1 to 10 in a row, then there would be an infinite number of unofficial 1’s hidden in the 1 you saw, and an infinite number of spaces between the official 1 and 2. The position of the 1 on the paper would represent our sense-data world, while the invisible 1’s behind the official 1 would represent the official 1’s hidden values and infinite probabilities.”
And: “It’s significant that we apply numbers to time, but as there are recognized spaces between numbers, there are unrecognized spaces (psychologically invisible) between or within moments, and some of the events of our bodies are ‘too small’ for us to follow, focused as we are in our prime series. These body events actually are ‘infinitesimal but infinite’, following their own patterns that merge with ours.”
There are, of course, close relationships concerning this delivery of Seth’s for the 740th session, the material in this note, and the musical analogies Seth presented in the 735th session, when he discoursed upon the inaudible variations inherent in the compositions played by the young classical guitarist who’d visited us. For instance: “An infinite number of other ‘alternate’ compositions were also latent within the [first] note, however … They were quite as legitimate as the compositions that were played … and … added silent structure and pacing to the physically actualized music.”
For the same session Seth also offered evocative analogies involving heard and unheard musical compositions on the one hand, and counterpart, probable, and reincarnational selves on the other.