Our connections and what they can accomplish
Outside time-space, neither separation nor delayed consequences apply. Since we exist part in and part out of separation, it is helpful to realize that a vital part of our nature exists on the other side. It will save you from the superstition of thinking you are an orphan of the universe, marooned without connections on a pointless and mysterious ride from nowhere to nowhere. It will also make clear to you the nature of guidance as it may be experienced.
Everybody touches on everybody. Changing your state of being changes who you hang out with.
Start with the concept of the individual as a ring holding threads that pass through it and connect to other rings. Any individual is a connector of an innumerable number of threads, a huge number of strings made by weaving threads together (an analogy, bear in mind), cords made of string, ropes made of cords, cables made of ropes. You could look at it that way.
Well, we as individuals are both freed and constrained by our circumstances in 3D Theater. Freed, because we can associate with unlike others, and because we experience the advantages in perspective of delayed consequences. Constrained, in that we can be only in one place at one time and are less able to see and feel connections as strongly as we feel separations.
If someone – call him Hank – is bitter and resentful and dies that way, the bitterness and resentfulness carries over; it is a part of completed-Hank. How is he to change it from there? It is 3D Theater that gives us our best chance to shape ourselves, mold ourselves – not surprisingly, as that is what it is for! Association with unlike others, and delayed consequences (or what might be called persistence of form) allow and encourage and almost but not quite require that we spend our lives choosing (if only by default) what we will be. What we begin from is not under our 3D control, but all else is. Laugh at anyone who denies free will – s/he is using free will in choosing to be persuaded that free will does not exist.
The other side, though, have neither constraints of one-time-one-place in the same way we do nor delayed consequences. Because the fields upon which we and they live are so different, we offer each other complementary advantages. They can give us broader perspectives, and can facilitate communication regardless of space and time. We can put them into spaces they cannot go themselves, or can go only very laboriously and indirectly, and then not often or long.
If you, in a body, interact with someone no longer in a body, as you easily can by the thoughts and emotions you feel for them, and the prayers or curses you send them – you can affect who they are; which affects what kinds of others they now gravitate toward or feel comfortable with. (The language dictates concepts like “change” and “movement.” Just remember that nearly everything that can be said is analogy.)
If you forgive someone, or if you so act as to elicit forgiveness from someone, the connections between the sides are to that extent altered. If there has been a chain of hatred, say, we feel it as though it were “merely” psychological. The other side experiences it as an external constraint. By altering those bonds we allow them to move, in a much more real and nearly tangible way than you commonly suspect. What are prayers for the dead, but the offering of energy to them that will allow them to “move” higher – they themselves being relatively helpless to change what they are, once they leave a body.
The nature of the other side
I have asked, more than once, what is life like on the other side. The guys have said that if it could really be told, it would be told, but the explanation gets overwhelmed by translation errors between time-space and non-time-space. As a way of helping us intuit our way toward a better understanding, they suggested a thought experiment:
“If your life and motivations and surroundings were exactly the same except that you knew and experienced at all times that all is connected, and if consequences were not delayed, and if you could range where you wanted to in time and space – but could not be fixed in one time-space and could not experience delayed consequences – what would your life be?
“And if at the same time you were in this condition of freedom-of-time-and-place and immediate consequences and total connection, one part of you was connected to just those opposing conditions –what would your life be?
“That is our situation; and given that you are part of us, it is your situation as well. You identify with one end of the continuum, we with the other – for the moment. That is the biggest difference.”
Reincarnation? Or resonance?
I once asked the guys which view of our connections is true. Were we experiencing “past lives,” the results of personal reincarnation, or were we merely feeling resonance with others, which did not necessarily imply physical continuity? At different times, they appeared to express first one view, then the other. “Resist the pull of premature clarity,” they said in response. “Neither view is quite true, both may be seen as true. With time, you see that nuance is all.”
Brief transcript of that session:
Hard to see how it can be just a matter of choice, so to speak. Surely it is more one than the other?
Well, let’s look at it. Perhaps the easiest approach is via definitions. Your question assumes definitions that are contradicted implicitly in the same definition.
For instance, individuals.
We have said that what look to you like individuals may look to us like rings holding threads – knots, as Buckminster Fuller said. Thus, a container of threads is not the same thing as an unchanging “something” that had taken the threads and made them into a welded object. That is, your bodies look solid to you, even though you know intellectually that they are in continuous flux. Similarly, your psyches.
Well, you may treat those bodies and psyches as individuals, as units, and you will not be wrong. You may treat them as collections of components, shifting over time, and you will not be wrong. Either view emphasizes certain qualities and in so doing automatically de-emphasizes other, contradictory, qualities.
Remember as you can, we advise you always to shift points of view, or overlap them so as not to stick yourself in a place of false precision. It is perfectly fine to consider that people reincarnate and go from task to task, from purpose to purpose – so long as you remember that this is one way of seeing things. Someone looking from a microbe’s scale, or a cell’s, or an organ’s, or — TGU’s! — would see flow where you see stability, would see continuity where you see distinction, would see separations that do not exist for you.
Well, I do see that I have been getting caught up in one way of seeing.
Good. Now leave it but don’t leave it behind. Embrace the many and leave the one. Rather than Emerson’s “make your option which of two” we would say, don’t, or, if you do, revisit frequently. You aren’t after an award for consistency.