Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Time & Space are Psychogical Properties

“You cannot pinpoint the beginning of the universe – for that beginning is simultaneously too vast and too small to be contained in any of your specifications.  While everything seems neat and tidy within those specifications, and whole, you operate with brilliant nonchalance in the theater of time and space.  Time and space are each the result of psychological properties.  When you ask how old is the universe, or how old is the world, then you are taking it for granted that time and space are somehow or other almost absolute qualities.  You are asking for answers that can only be found by going outside of the context of usual experience – for within that experience you are always led back to beginnings and endings, consecutive moments, and a world that seems to have within it no evidences of any other source.”

(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment, Session 888)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Events are multidimensional

Seth's comments below remind me of the difficulty physicists have in explaining the "double-slit experiment" ... an experiment in which small particles (e.g. electrons and even small nuclei) exhibit completely different responses going through a diffraction grating depending on whether they are being observed!  Since mainstream physics does not see matter as conscious, they are stuck trying to explain this phenomenon as well as the appearance of consciousness in life forms such as the very physicists conducting the experiments.  Seth's explanation makes so much more sense!!!

Seth's comment also hints at the multidimensionality of reality ... both in terms of space or time-like dimensions but also in terms of dimensions of probability.  We literally take 3-D snapshots of an omniverse - snapshots that best fit our belief system ... and then we take those preselected snapshots as proof for our belief system!  That sounds pretty circular to me!

“Any event that you perceive is only a portion of the true dimensionality of that event.  The observer and the object perceived are a part of the same event, each changing the other.  This interrelationship always exists in any system of reality and at any level of activity.  In certain terms, for example, even an electron “knows” it is being observed through your instrument.  The electrons within the instrument itself have a relationship with the electron that scientists may be trying to “isolate” for examination.
“Quite apart from that, however, there is what we will call for now the collective unconscious of all the electrons that compose the entire seemingly separate event of the scientists observing the electron.  In your range of activity, you can adequately identify events, project them in time and space, only by isolating certain portions of much larger and much smaller events, and recognizing a highly specific order of events as real.”

(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment, Session 888)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Extracts from a book by Frank De Marco

Lately I've been reading a book by Frank DeMarco: Rita's World - A View from the Non-Physical.  I find it very interesting, particularly after reading the Seth books.

Here are some extracts that I put together this morning.

Continuity and Individuality

From DeMarco, Frank. Rita's World: A View from the Non-Physical (Kindle Locations 570 - 682). Rainbow Ridge Books. Kindle Edition:

(Q)  If there is a continuing Ernest Hemingway presence, say—or a Rita presence!—how does this square? How can we be both separate and not separate?

(A)  Let’s start with homely analogies. You live in a place—the house you lived in when you rented from me, say. While you are there, that is your life’s center. Your body lives there, and that is where you do your work. You think, you read and write, you communicate, and all your activities, mundane and mental both, take for granted your existence there, on Roberts Mountain Road.  You don’t think you are the house, or the community where the house is, but you take for granted that this is your context. 

You move to another house, another community. Your memories are the continuity with the consciousness on Roberts Mountain Road, but your new surroundings are your new life’s center. You are the same person as before, yet you are also not the same person. You today know things, have experienced things, have perhaps suffered and enjoyed things, have forgotten things, that the “you” living on Roberts Mountain Road had not. Yet obviously you are a continuity. 

So if you look at things as flow, you have to say you changed, time passed, that earlier version of you no longer exists, and no one can say that this is an incorrect summary of the situation. 

But if you look at things as a series of situations — snapshots instead of movies, or perhaps better, stills from a movie — it’s different. If every moment of time exists, and does not cease to exist, the snapshots, or stills, are as accurate a description as the movie. 

So — are you a continuity? Yes. Are you a definite defined being? Also yes. The confusion about reincarnation and about life in general is rooted in a misperception of time that is rooted in a misperception of reality due, as I indicated earlier, to imperfect apprehension of higher dimensions of reality, collapsing and confusing them into one’s perception of time. As one clarifies one’s perceptions, the nature of things changes. In effect, one lives in a different world. 

(Q)  All right, and this ties in to the nature of us as communities. 

(A)  Yes, because it both is and isn’t a mistake to think of continuity in terms of continuity of a given unit. The “you” who lived in my house for those few years did not continue as a unit to move to a new dwelling in another place. As I said, the “you” writing this is not precisely the same “you” as the one of a few years ago. You couldn’t be the same and still experience, for experience alters. And such sequential alteration is the purpose of 3D life, after all. The physical end of things is the hothouse, forcing plants. 

But if we leave off thinking of the individual as a unit and think instead of each person as being a community, it may be easier to conceptualize how different members of that community may be more activated or less activated by changes in circumstance. If you cease to live in the woods and move to the city, the part of your community that loved to walk in the woods may become quiescent, and the energy of the overall unit flows elsewhere, to social interactions or libraries or whatever. 

Two ways of seeing things, both true, neither the whole story.

(Q)  As I was writing that, the thought came to me, each of the pieces of that individual’s community were themselves individuals at some point.

(A)  Again, both yes and no, but that will advance the argument. Take an historical figure: Thoreau, say, or Abraham Lincoln, to take two of your favorites. 

(Q) Or Ernest Hemingway. 

(A)  Or Ernest Hemingway, but also anyone else who has ever lived, known to history or not. That bundle becomes a strand available to other communities downstream—but not upstream—in the formation of new individuals. That is, after Lincoln lives, his life as a whole provides material to be a strand in a person, as for instance he is in you. Before he lived, he was not available except by reflection. 

(Q)  You’ll need to say more about that.

(A)  Oh, I know it! But, you see, we’re getting somewhere. As I told you a few years back, sometimes, in order to understand A you have to understand B, but to understand B you have to understand A; and in such cases, all you can do is keep inching closer by continually refining your understanding of either, then reconsidering the other in the new light, and continuing the process. 

(Q)  Stepwise refinement, in metaphysics. 

(A)  Did you think your time as a computer programmer was wasted? You learned certain skills, learned certain concepts and ways of thinking. 

Time and change 

(A)  So next we need to look at the nature of time. It is true that time exists. It does not flow; consciousness flows, and in the body it is experienced as flowing one way and one way only. There is a reason for that. It is experienced in a way that echoes the reality of change. 

Consider the pyramids, to use your old example. You cannot tear them down before they were built. You cannot write on the walls of a building before it is erected. You can’t marry a person before he or she is born. There is a sequence to things, and it is not arbitrary. It has its inherent logic. 

Just because time is not what it appears does not mean it can be anything and everything someone can imagine it to be. Every moment of time exists, but it exists, as you exist, as the sum of what preceded it, and as the seed of what will follow it. The fact that the movie may be viewed out of order, and the stills considered separately and at random, does not mean that the movie itself is out of order, separate or random. 

So, to return to Lincoln, he is available as a package, as a new unit, as a new strand, for individuals downstream from his life. But prior to 1809, there was no Lincoln. (Thank you for the date, which I plucked from your memories.) Prior to 1809, the strands that went into the making of Lincoln existed, but the net result of his life—the container as it was frozen by the end of new 3D experience by death—did not. After 1865, it did.

(Q)  When you and I got this material a dozen years ago, that part was never spelled out clearly. The guys—as I thought of them (and still think of them, pending a new way of thinking about them)—talked about patterns, and they said some patterns were worth keeping and others weren’t; and at the time, that seemed to you like they were saying some were worthy and some people weren’t. 

(A)  You [as conduit of the responses] weren’t able to give us a very clear picture at that point, because the concept was too unfamiliar, and your mind couldn’t help trying to make sense of what you were getting in light of where you were, what you knew. What would have been clearer would be to say that some people’s lives create a new pattern that can be used as one strand in a new bundle, and many people’s are not sufficiently different to serve in that way. That doesn’t mean the ones that are not different enough to serve as patterns were failures, or were discarded. It means from the point of view considering flow, they can be disregarded. Remember, at the time, the guys were working on giving us a new way to see the world. Side trails would have confused the issue, so they often ignored them. Besides, side-trails lead in all directions, and anyway there’s not really a difference between the main trail and a side trail. It all depends on where you feel like going. If you want to go explore some bright object you see out of the corner of your eye, there’s nothing to prevent you from doing so. 

(Q) Thank you, Rita. This really does bring some clarity to things. 

(A)  Whose mouth was it that told me, “the better the question the better the answer?”

Continuity by intent

(Q)  Okay, Rita, how do we get memories of past lives, when we do? …

(A)  A thread may be very thick, or I would say, better, may be very solid, very much made more permanent by the living of that life, and so it may be more prominent in its expression; it may also be clearer, more accessible; and it may be a good transmission medium for the predominant lives that shaped it. 

(Q)  I hear—like the successive Dalai Lamas. 

(A)  Yes, that is a good example, for several reasons. It is transmission by intent. It is foreshadowing by clarity and intent. It is continuity through intent and prior achievement. This is a potential for anyone to begin, if one is wishing to do the work. 

(Q)  Perhaps it would be as well for you to unpack those statements you made. 

(A)  It is transmission by intent. That is, the continuation of the line of awareness and internal access is a priority during life. A Dalai Lama works at self-development continually, and that work enables the continuity in a way that would not follow if he spent time at racetracks, or stock exchanges, or mundane family life. Nothing in life is achieved without an exchange of effort and attention. 

It is foreshadowing by clarity and intent. The dying Dalai Lama hints to his followers where they will find his next incarnation. This he can do because he can look among futures and choose, and because he chooses by weighing what will be desirable. 

It is continuity through intent and prior achievement. The perpetuation of the Dalai Lama line through fourteen incarnations is a project, an intergenerational agreement to provide a people with a living symbol. This could not be done if the Dalai Lama spirit (call him) was unable to continue unbroken intent. Even when young Dalai Lamas were killed by power-hungry and treacherous assistants, the intent to preserve the embodiment of the same consciousness was maintained. You will notice that the present incarnation has his doubts as to whether the long experiment/demonstration/gift should continue, because it is not intended to exalt the bearer of the office, but to serve the people; and if that purpose seems permanently lost or altered, there would perhaps be no need to continue. 

The Dalai Lama serves as an example, because everyone knows the name, but not because he is the only example of such enterprise; far from it. He is perhaps the best known, the longest known, but other spirits are doing the same thing, silently, unknown, and not to be known. 

So there is your answer in brief. People sometimes remember past lives if they have strands sufficiently active that they are manifest, and if it is in their own interest that they be exposed to such evidence. Many experience what you call the resonance, and never suspect it. Some experience it and do suspect it, or define it in one way or another. And for some, the clarity approaches normal consciousness.

Reality as net

DeMarco, Frank. Rita's World: A View from the Non-Physical (Kindle Locations 705-764). Rainbow Ridge Books. Kindle Edition.

(Q)  … are [there] vibrational levels where one rests, reviews, heals, seeks knowledge and then the wisdom to share. These are what she calls the first Five Planes after one dies. Then she describes seven ‘higher’ planes where a ‘soul’ goes about ‘life’ after death. ...

(A)  Bear in mind that the term “vibrational levels” is a concept formed by taking a higher-dimensional reality and forcing it into sequential 3D experience. It is unavoidable, but it is necessary that you remember that it is analogy. Everything you can be told is a translation. Thus, the spatial analogy sneaks in—as you and I were told in our sessions—and makes it seem as though one would have to go through territory A, B, C, and D to get to E. As you will remember, TMI participants tended to think in the same way about Focus levels, as though Focus 21 could be reached only by traversing levels 10, 12, and 15. 

(Q)  I well remember when I thought that way myself. The numbers seemed to make it obvious. Only with experience did it become clearer that it wasn’t sequential unless you conceptualized it that way. 

(A)  Bob [Monroe] did try to undercut that assumption by introducing the one-breath technique, but perhaps he didn’t want to rearrange people’s concepts too much, given that what he had given them was so useful for practical exploration. 

In any case, Charles quotes this woman as describing these states of acceptance as if they were sequentially laid out, as if they were stops on a railroad line. A better analogy would be short hops by airplane, with the destination depending more on the intent of the pilot than upon a necessary traversing of terrain. Not everybody touches on each of these stops; not everybody touches on them in the same order. 

A continuing source of confusion in these matters is the question of who we’re talking about, for this is something as misperceived as focus levels. Are we talking about the personality-essence that was formed in that lifetime and has just emerged into what is its new life? Or are we talking about the underlying continuity from which the personality was formed? And that will take some examining. 

(Q)  I imagine so. And some definition (and yes, I will bear in mind that all definitions are provisional). 

(A)  The safest way to go about this is to recapitulate what you yourself were told long ago. It will be new to some, and it will develop into new concepts. 

Souls come into existence; or, they have existed since the beginning of time. It depends on how you look at it. 

Think about that for a moment; don’t just breeze past it. New souls exist, or all souls are equally eternal on both ends (that is, they have no beginning as well as no end). Both ways of seeing it more or less true, neither way truer than the other. How can that be? 

(Q)  This seems to me to go well with Peter Novak’s scheme in The Division of Consciousness: people are conscious and unconscious minds, inhabiting the same body, either separating at death or, more rarely, continuing, and this duality caused mankind’s two opinions of the afterlife, reincarnation or judgment followed by heaven or hell. What you see depends on what you focus on. [Rather than conscious and unconscious minds, I should have said spirit and soul, but I won’t go into that, as Peter’s book is not the focus but merely a by-product of the theme.] 

(A)  The analogy with Peter Novak’s scheme holds insofar as us discussing changing points of view. It does not hold otherwise, given that his starting point is the individual and mine is the larger community of which the individual is one part. This will become clearer as we progress. The key to this work of perception and analysis is the willingness to hold two contradictory views provisionally — not with the intent of eventually deciding between them, but with the intent of seeing a higher level at which they can be reconciled as partial views each with its own validity. And of course, “higher level” — and any other way to say it that you could think of — brings in the spatial analogy. It can’t be helped, only noticed, just as the sequential nature of writing cannot be helped, only kept in mind as an inherent distortion. 

We keep coming back to this fact: If you examine a net, it will appear to be one consistent unit when examined at one level, and a series of knots, at another, and even may appear to be a confusion of knots and spaces and strands, when seen at another level. And of course, if the net is examined folded over itself, or full of fishes — 

Existence is a net. I didn’t say physical existence, for as I said, what you call and think of as the nonphysical is a part of the one inseparable reality. That net is alive, and the strands and knots are not more or less alive than the spaces, which, after all, are only nothingness when seen from the view that sees strands and knots and cannot see what shares the overall form. 

(Q) Ether, holding together the heavens. A similar example. 

(A)  Not so much holding together as comprising, but yes, not a bad analogy. Materialist science looks between planets and sees empty space, or did until recently. The medievals envisioned the planets connected by a matrix they called aether, or the heavens. Invisible to one way of looking, obvious to another. So, similarly, the question of what the world is. Take the knots to be analogous to what you see as individuals. Examine a knot and you see that it is not actually a thing in itself, but an intersection of strands. Or, examine a strand and you will see it as nowhere an independent element, but as inextricably bound to other strands by way of knots, or it could not be part of a net. And, examine the net as a whole (assuming we could envision the whole) and you will see that it is a holder of pattern, that it holds strands and knots in a particular way so as to involve what appears to be space; it binds the three elements that are in fact one element—it all depends on what you examine, how you focus, and what your mental concepts allow you to see. 

But of course, like anything else I can say, it is only an analogy. Its use is to remind you and others that concentrating on “the nature of the afterlife”—or “the nature and meaning of life,” for that matter—produces answers geared to the focus you bring to the question. If you remain fixated on the individual—as if a net were only knots, and no strands and patterns and spacing—you are going to get a different picture than if you examine the individual knowing, holding in mind, that this is only one way of seeing a more complex reality. 

When you have a microscope and a slide being examined, what you see will depend upon how you focus the lens. What disappears in a given focus does not cease to exist; it only disappears from view. The trick is to refocus, remembering.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Evolution and Probable Earths

Today’s Seth talks about the multiple earths (and universes, etc.) and how things appear in our “reality” through the inner manipulations of collective consciousness across this infinite array of probable earths.  Because we believe in linear time, we manifest sequences of 3-D snapshots (moments of physical experience).  We then look at our manifestation and come up with a fictional explanation that we think of as evolution to support our underlying belief in linear time.  It’s funny, we even manifest fossils to support our belief system!

“Again, the world came into being in the same way that any idea does.  The physical world expands in the same way that any idea does.  I am speaking for your edification of the world you recognize, of the earth you know, but there are probable earths, of course, as real as your own.  They coexist with your own, and they are all in one way or another connected.
“Each one carries hints and clues about the others.  In the terms used by science, there was no evolution in linear terms, but vast explosions of consciousness, expansions of capacities, unfoldings on the parts of all species, and these still continue.  They are the inner manipulations with which consciousness presents itself.”

(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment, Session 887)

Friday, January 26, 2018

From Dream Bodies to Physical Bodies

This Seth quote is very consistent with material from the Transcendors.

According to the Transcendors, some of us have been banging around Earth for over 10 million years ... but not as physical bodies as we know them now, but rather as energy projections.  There was no agreed-upon human form, so entities showed up in a wide array of shapes and sizes.  At that time, if one wanted to experience what a tree experienced, the entity would literally merge with the tree ... and often would be stuck there for decades!  It wasn't until about 200,000 years ago that man started appearing in physical bodies.  It's interesting to note, that a 195,000 year-old jaw bone was recently discovered in Israel!

Don't forget that what we perceive as the past is alive and well in the spacious present surrounding this moment and is, therefore, quite accessible in altered states of consciousness.


“In the beginning, there were also species of various other kinds: combinations of man-animal and animal-man, and many other “crossbreed” species, some of fairly long duration in your terms.  This applies to all areas.  There were dream trees, with dream foliage, that gradually became aware within that dream, turning physical, focusing more and more in physical reality, until their dream seeds finally brought forth physical trees.”

(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment, Session 887)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Inner (Dream) Universe

“When I speak of the dream world, I am not referring to some imaginary realm, but to the kind of world of ideas, of thoughts, of mental actions, out of which all form as you think of it emerges.  In actuality, this is an inner universe rather than an inner world.  Your physical reality is but one materialization of that inner organization.  All possible civilizations exist first in that realm of inner mind.”

(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment, Session 887)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The beginning of the world is just a step outside the moment

“God, or All That Is, is in the deepest sense completed, and yet uncompleted.  Again, I am aware of the contradiction that seems to be presented to your minds.  In a sense, however, a creative product, say, helps complete an artist, while of course the artist can never be completed.  All That Is, or God, in a certain fashion, now – and this is qualified – learns as you learn, and makes adjustments according to your knowledge.  We must be very careful here, for delusions of divinity come sometimes too easily, but in a basic sense you all carry within yourselves the undeniable mark of All That Is – and an inbuilt capacity – capacity – to glimpse in your own terms undeniable evidence of your own greater existence.  You are as close to the beginning of [your] world as Adam and Eve were, or as the Romans, or as the Egyptians or Sumerians.  The beginning of the world is just a step outside the moment.”

(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment, Session 886)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The universe formed out of what God is

“The universe formed out of what God is.
“The universe is the natural extension of divine creativity and intent, lovingly formed from the inside out so there was consciousness before there was matter, and not the other way around.
“In certain basic and vital ways, your own consciousness is a portion of that divine gestalt.  In the terms of your earthly experience, it is a metaphysical, a scientific, and a creative error to separate matter from consciousness, for consciousness materializes itself as matter in physical life.”

(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment, Session 886)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cells and Atoms Perceive

“The physical senses are the extensions of inner senses that are, in one way or another, a part of each physical species regardless of its degree.  The inner senses provide all species with an inner method of communication.  The cells, then, possess inner senses.
“Atoms perceive their own positions, their velocities, motions, the nature of their surroundings, the material that they compose.”

(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment, Session 886)