Tuesday, August 15, 2017
6:25 a.m. Nice quiet rainy morning. All right, Rita, here is something that asks questions about your own life in particular, and I imagine that everybody will be interested in what you have to say.
[Ellen Malkin: Thank you Frank and Rita for this wide open exchange! Frank, I think you and I are at the same stage of life and I often feel as you described. Perhaps you could ask Rita about her reflections on life in the body:
[1. Does Rita miss being in a body? If so – what does she miss?
[2. Does Rita have any regrets about the way she utilized her last 3D life? With her new perspective, Is she satisfied with the way she spent her time or would she have done things differently?
[3. As she has told us, she no longer experiences the tyranny of time. What are the possible options for Rita now? What kinds of experiences are open to her (acknowledging that she is now part of a larger being). Moment to moment, does she have different experiences?
[Speaking for myself – I am trying to understand B (non 3D) so I can better understand and appreciate A (3D) – the ultimate catch 22.]
[Rita:] Do I miss being in a body? Well, perhaps the best way to understand my feelings about it is to reflect upon your own present 3D life. Do you miss being a teenager? A young married? Etc. If you were to try to answer the question, the answer would expand, the slower you came to it.
It would be like a fractal, with more and more intricacy revealing itself at every level.
That’s a good way to put it. Any aspect of life you can examine is of really unlimited interest, depending entirely upon how much attention you care to put to it. The closer you look at it, the more there is to see, and the more interesting all of it is. (You might think about this, particularly, Frank.) it is in speeding through life that the interest of it is lost, because, you might say, speed is abstraction. Slowness is detail. And it is in detail that interest arises.
Now, you may think I am not addressing the question, but I am, because you could look at things this way: I don’t miss being in the body because I still am in the body, more so than ever.
People are going to be tempted to take that as metaphor.
People are generally tempted to take any new way of seeing things as metaphor, and of course often enough metaphor is the only way to get them to change viewpoints. But in this case, I mean it literally, and you are beginning to see why we couldn’t toss off a quick reply at the end of a session.
I’m starting to get the idea.
We have to fold in several factors. First, remember, here we are in all-time, in effect, in the way that you are in all-space in effect. That is, we are not pinned to one spot, but can move. This is one of the main differences between our expanded life and the constricted life led only within 3D limits.
But consider this, that perhaps we have never emphasized before: That means any moment of time we have lived, and not just during our “past life review” but forever. In other words, freedom to experience our entire life, from more than one viewpoint, is an on-going feature of our more expanded environment. That’s one.
A second factor is that, as noted, we can identify with any one version of that life or any other version, or any combination or the totality of combinations of versions. So in effect it isn’t even as if we are confined to examining any one life, the different permutations being so numerous and so intricate. That’s two.
A third factor is that it is the same life we are leading, still, viewed internally.
I have a sort of sense of where you are going with that, but only a vague one, and I’m not very sure about my ability to bring it forth clearly. (This is just caveat lector.)
One of the wrong ideas people bring to “the afterlife” is that there is more of a difference, more of a distinction, between 3D life and what we lead now. In the first place, “past” doesn’t mean to us what it did when we were pinned to one confined ever-moving present moment. In the second place, even though language all but forces you to think so, this life I lead now and “that” life I led “then” are not different. It is the same on-going life, and if people ever once got the sense of that, everything would change for them. Or perhaps I should say that when any one individual does get it, life does change – for that individual. Nothing has changed, everything has changed, in that the only real change there is, is change in viewpoint. Exchanging one for another is worthwhile. Exchanging one for many, is better.
And perhaps you can see that we are in a familiar situation, with this very productive question. You could rightly say, “But you aren’t answering her question,” and I could rightly say, “I’m answering it in the only true way I can answer it, by answering a slightly different question, otherwise I would be silently reinforcing a wrong assumption.”
I well remember the guys telling us the same thing, back when you and I were questioning them.
You will find the dilemmas of communication familiar and different, once your awareness moves beyond the stricter 3D limits.
I already do.
Yes you do, and, in passing perhaps we should say that that additional perspective is not the least of the things to be derived from just this sort of – shall we call it “assisted introspection”? And that expanded viewpoint in itself helps you climb partway out of 3D.
So – looking back – movement in time, continual re-experiencing from any desired viewpoint, continuity of life.
Which, as I say, adds up to our still being in the body after we have dropped it, in a sense, and the only reason you have trouble grasping that is that you forget that life cannot be understood if you assume that what looks like three-dimensions plus time is in fact what exists. You must make the effort to remember that life is, and always was, therefore always is, lived in all the dimensions there are. (Yes, dimensions are themselves only a somewhat artificial metaphor, but we can’t explain everything at once, so let us remain within it.) You live your 3D life (and even there, you see, the analogy of dimensions distorts the reality) as if you were living only in the 3D. That is how it seems to you, until you reach a more expanded reality (that is, until your understanding changes, and your viewpoint changes to meet it, and the world consequently shifts around you, or appears to.)
But all the time, you are really living in all the dimensions there are, because –how could you not? So what changes upon death of the physical body is little more than a shedding of the constrictions on awareness. It seems like much more, and of course in a way it is – that’s what you and I just wrote a whole book about – but in a way it isn’t.
So, if “this” life is less a transition than it appears while your awareness is caught in 3D, perhaps you can see that there is far more continuity and continued living than you may have allowed for. That is, as I said, it isn’t all that different from your reliving your own past years while you are still largely confined to 3D restrictions – except that without the limitations of the body being dragged along the living-present-moment, your recall is clear and your attention undivided.
To answer the first part of this question more closely, what you will miss will be the choices not taken – but since all versions exist and all choices are taken somewhere, that isn’t a very poignant regret! If there is anything to regret, it is the intensity of consciousness, and this kind of contact provides at least an echo of that. But intensity is a trade-off for freedom and extension, so it isn’t a very active yearning. That is, you might look at it as a concentrated intense moment versus an extended somewhat less intense range. You could look at it as X amount of psychic energy either concentrated in one moment of time or distributed over a far greater range of continuing moments.
Now, this is a good place to pause, and perhaps we can resume with the second and third parts of this excellent question.
Okay, and that will let us find out if your response has been understood and absorbed. Than you, Rita, that was very interesting, and it provides a new way to think about things, connecting things I haven’t thought to connect before.
You will find that this session can be of immense importance to those who first understand it, then think about it, then feel it. Some could find the key to their liberation in these few hundred words, not in the words themselves, obviously, but in where the words might lead them.
I can see that. Again, our continued thanks. Once a teacher, always a teacher, I suppose.
You should know.
See you next time.