Saturday, February 20, 2016
F: 5:40 a.m. So, Miss Rita, I just glanced over yesterday’s to get a sense of where we are, more for my reassurance than for any other reason. So, you lost your ability to connect via the senses, and then –?
R: A loss is a gain elsewhere. Losing one’s tether to one thing frees one to do or go somewhere else, if at the cost perhaps of some disorientation. But that cost is a “perhaps”, and its extent depends upon many circumstances, all of which turn out to be intrinsic to the individual 3D consciousness and its connections. But at first it often seems otherwise.
F: Funny the little things that happen. I’m writing that out, just now, and in trying to write the word “perhaps” in quotes, with a comma following the word, the comma landed outside the quotes, English style, instead of within them, American style. A rapid association of ideas reminded me that I associate that placement of the comma or period outside the end-quotes with my journalistic “friend” or alter ego or “past life” David Poynter, the [British] journalist / occult investigator. And that made me realize, of course, I’m relating your – Rita’s – experience of dying to the physical orientation, but I have experienced it myself, first-hand, obviously, so who knows where the feed is coming from.
R: That’s right. How could you know, and in fact, you might say, first, what difference does it make, who, and second, who knows but that attributions are ever anything but a sort of convenient fiction, in that they are a simplification for 3D comprehension of a non-3D reality? You think of me as Rita but you already know that to the extent I am Rita I am not only Rita, or let’s say Rita was never only what you and even she experienced as the totality of her being. You connect with Hemingway, and after a while you realize you are connecting only with those aspects of him that you can resonate with (even criticism is a result of resonance) and that is only within the Hemingway part of him – there being all the unsuspected rest of the being of which Hemingway was a part.
This should give you reassurance if you think about it. By being connected to so many aspects of our one common unsuspected life – by being so much more than you consciously experience yourself to be – you are exchanging signals ocean liner to ocean liner, not some small canoe in mid-ocean trying to hail a liner, and not two tiny canoes in a vast wilderness of ocean.
F: Interesting analogy.
R: Well, don’t you sometimes feel “at sea” in these explorations?
F: True enough.
R: So another part of your consciousness – not the part that was front and center, listening and transcribing, yet not unconnected to it, obviously – put the comma outside the end-quotes, and called your attention to it, and fed you the associations and a chain of reasoning, and all you had to do was not resist it but go with it. It is the not-resisting-but-cooperating that people need to learn to do – to remember to do, really – that is the key to such access.
As we’ve said before, this [branching-off of a discussion] may appear to be a diversion, but it is in fact an anchor, a grounding. The purpose of any exposition is always as much to open the reader to an internal process as to feed information for its own sake.
Now, to resume. It is the losing consciousness (temporarily) of the 3D world that makes possible one’s re-opening to the non-3D world. But like most things it doesn’t happen in one leap and it doesn’t happen thoroughly – that is, all the way down to the ground – but by a slower or faster process of successive openings-up
Losing the conscious and unconscious identifications with the body and hence with the 3D world obviously comes first, or let us say comes before reorientation. One’s experiences in life may have included conscious out-of-body experiences, or near-death experiences, and may have had literally any belief-system including any combination of beliefs subconsciously or concurrently. So, in a sense you can’t quite say “reorientation comes first” as if that reorientation always starts from scratch. Indeed, as you should know, some people go through much of their lives knowing the 3D is not only not all there is but, in a real sense, is not as much “home territory” as something else is, even if that something else has not been consciously experienced or even coherently conceptualized. But nothing beats experience as a reorienter.
F: If your canoe is being carried over the waterfall, you tend to pay attention?
R: Let’s just say, you tend not to doubt the reality of what you are experiencing.
In any case, losing connection with the 3D world does not seem to you to be a matter of your choice, but of external necessity. You may be fine with it, you may even be eager for it, but you do not feel it is up to you. Like me in my last year, you have been waiting (or, like others, you may have been dreading, or may have had your attention fixed upon other things), and now you are being carried over the falls willy-nilly, like a mother in childbirth. Neither the waiting nor the journeying is up to you, in the terms of 3D conscious choice – it is out of your hands.
But then, as I say, you lose sight of the 3D world, and your first steps to reawakening amount to your looking around at who you are (and that means who you have been, and what you have done, and how you have experienced yourself) in the absence of what may now be felt to be the distraction of “the external world.”
F: Shrouds have no pockets, they say.
R: That’s right, but the “it” that is meant by “you can’t take it with you” is much more (or less) than physical assets. It is – everything. Identification, habit-patterns, relationships, acquired skills, painful memories, accomplishments, failures, even –. Well, that’s enough. Everything, in layers [gets stripped off], but the delamination process may be experienced – or rather may be thought of in 3D as having been experienced – either essentially all at once, or slowly and sequentially. Time isn’t really a factor in the process, and so how it is experienced will vary person by person.
F: The “past life review,” I take it you are referring to.
R: That, but not only that. The stripping away of one’s identification with 3D attributes is much more than that, and in fact may not involve that at all in the way people think. I’m talking about the fundamental reorientation of the consciousness as it realizes that it isn’t what it thought itself to “only” be, and isn’t what it thought itself to “potentially” be.
F: To avoid misunderstanding, I think I ought to say that the losses you itemize are not permanent losses. We don’t lose our mental habit-patterns, for instance, or our memories or anything.
R: No, not in the sense of them vaporizing. But they were never what they seemed to be, as we weren’t, and so it is as accurate to say they are lost as to say our understanding is transformed. And in the process of falling away from the 3D, it is a loss, just not an irretrievable one.
F: I can see that this is going to cause as much confusion as it is going to clear up. Maybe a mistake to mention it.
R: Don’t forget, people have their own inner knowing to fall back upon, once they learn to trust it. No soul has ever died before (nor will it do so more than once) but every spirit knows the drill by heart, in all its permutations.
F: Now this seems to open up a world of new connections for me, starting 20 years ago with The Division of Consciousness, or long before that with Carl Jung’s Modern Man in Search of a Soul. You tapped the microscope knob just right, just then with those few words, and suddenly I have new clarity on the process, if it holds.
R: Sketch it in a few words, as much for your – our – readers as for your own retention.
F: If you look at our 3D experience as the soul, and at the non-3D from which we were created as the spirit, it is easy to see that the better the communication between the two, the more the 3D experience is enriched. The soul going over the waterfall in a canoe may well be in a panic, if it is experiencing it in isolation. But if the soul knows it is inextricably connected with spirit – if it experiences the connection, not just believes in it – the very experience (let alone the meaning of the experience) is transformed. And not just the dying, but, previously, the living.
R: And that is a reasonable place to pause.
F: Excellent. Thanks as always, Rita. (It feels like we galloped through this one. It has been more than an hour, but I was surprised a few minutes ago to count eight pages written. Sometimes it flows, sometimes you have to grind it out.) Till next time.