Internal and external
From DeMarco, Frank. Rita's World Vol 2: A View from the Non-Physical (Kindle Location 3066). Rainbow Ridge Books. Kindle Edition".
(Q) Well, Rita, we still have some unfinished business - questions I should ask on other's behalf. Or do you have your own preference?
(A) Let's talk briefly about the one you have in mind, unasked. You were told that perhaps this practice harms your health, or acts as a drain on it, as it did on Edgar Cayce.
(Q) I wasn't told, at least not firsthand. Provi on the TMI list was told.
(A) A distinction without a difference. She got it from "the other side" and you are wondering.
(Q) Of course. I don't experience it as a drain but as a continuing enhancement of my life. Certainly a great gift. But something within me resonated to what she said.
(A) So, what more do you need? Oh, an explanation?
(Q) I don't need one, but I'm sure we would all be interested, particularly if such practice is to become part of ordinary life.
(A) Ah, but you see, the more it is part of ordinary life, the less of a strain it is.
(Q) No, I don't see.
(A) Just cast your gaze back through history. Your process takes far less out of you than trance channeling took from Jane Roberts, or before her Edgar Cayce, and that kind of communication took less from either of them than it had from all but a few of their predecessors in Western society. And before them - in the line of the West, now, but humans as a whole - the oracles of the Romans and Greeks had a much harder time of it.
(Q) You're saying trance channeling became easier with time, and ILC is intrinsically easier than trance channeling?
(A) That is oneconclusion! I think it may be worth going into this a bit, even though it makes you nervous because you know you don't know anything about it.
(Q) So what else is new? Proceed. I can always repeat to the cops, "It was her done it, officer, I was just standing here minding my own business.
(A) True enough, at that. Very well.
A large part of the strain in such communication comes from the need to fight one half of one's nature with the other half. The engineer must overcome "scientific" training no less than the conventionally educated psychologist. This becomes muted but it never ceases to be in play. So, with you, though you were trained to neither discipline. A part of you says, "I don't want to be fooling myself or especially others" while another part of you rushes eagerly on, saying, "Oh come on, there's treasure here!" This is a tension, not necessarily a cause of strain. Can you see the difference and the cause of difference?
(Q) I suppose it depends on emotional attitude.
(A) Exactly. One may have a difference of opinion within one's "internal community", call it, but no tension around it, or that difference of opinion may be polarized and bitterly contested, something like external politics. The different attitude, or let's say the different level of emotion between the two states, will translate into greater or lesser stress within you.
(Q) That makes sense to me. You can have conflicted opinions about anything and it not really make any practical difference to you unless and until something makes it an emotional conflict, and then watch out.
(A) There isn't really any such thing as a strictly internal conflict, you know. All conflicts vibrate to the same external strings.
(Q) Let me work on that one. I know what you want to say but I think I can find a way to make it clearer. I wish I could paint it, or sketch it, because it's easier grasped non-sequentially than by means of words. But let me try to wrap words around it. If I can find the right words, it will come out quite simply, I think, and if I can't it will come out cumbersome and vague.
(A) That's your forte, words. Go to it.
(Q) Let's try this. The key is that there isn't any inside/outside, not really. So, there isn't really any "strictly internal, strictly private" experience, even though we usually think in such terms. Our "innermost" thoughts are not the way language leads us (tempts us) to see them. It isn't that our "innermost" thoughts take place in a closed-up closet inside a locked room in an otherwise empty house, the way we tend to think. In fact, we are all performing out in the open, because there are no divisions. It's just that the other 3D extensions - other people - can't see it. But in non-3D all is known because all is shared. What's most to the point, what Raymon Grace calls "mass consciousness", is a factor in one's emotional conflicts precisely because the strings of the conflict are not separable into "out there" and "in here" the way we customarily think, but are the same though experienced differently.
I'm not terribly happy with this expression, Rita, but it's the best I can do at the moment.
(A) That isn't so bad, and of course you, and Charles, and Nancy, and others can always work at/play at rephrasing for greater clarity, greater explanation and exploration of nuance. But the point should be clear. One's psychic being is not a matter of being "inside" and hidden, with one's exterior being what is seen. That works as an approximation in the 3D world, but the reality is that internally it is the opposite, which means that one's non-3D self knows the reality that one's 3D self may have been fooled into not seeing. You know what happens then; how the difference in perception manifests depends upon how much one trusts one's own knowingin the teeth of sensory appearance.
So, we have moved from one subject to another along a smooth connection. You can see that the connecting thread is the issue of trust and of internal strain and of the fact that "internal" is only an approximation and not an absolute.
(Q) So, the more one trusts, the less the strain of ILC and the fewer the deleterious effects.
(A) Yes, but that isn't the whole story. (Less stress is helpful in general to one's health, until one gets to the lower end of the activity scale, where stress becomes a necessary spur to action or even perception.) But stress resulting from conflict of beliefsis not usually a great problem. People live their lives in [mental] compartments if need be. What is not very avoidable is the result of conflict of values. Conflict of beliefs causes irritation. Conflict of values leads to wars. This is a slight overstatement for the sake of clarity, but only slight.