Sin and 3D decisions
Monday, January 22, 2018
6 a.m. “Inability to forgive.” I awaken to these words as part of a sentence, the rest of which I do not retain. They are an example of something, or a symptom, or something. But whatever the context, the three words are clear. Today’s text?
It was connected with the sin of Pride. It is Pride that leads to inability to forgive, a cause and effect relationship that should be easy enough to trace for yourselves. And inability to forgive will serve as an example of sin as cause and effect, both, of separation
Yes, looking back, today’s departure point was to be seen as the separation of soul and spirit, though that isn’t expressed clearly.
That’s because not yet understood clearly, so let’s go into it. We were saying that you (i.e. 3D humans) function as interfaces between vast impersonal forces and localized constructs, that is, individual minds. To compress the discussion to manageable length, we will ignore all the careful caveats that we hope by now you know well—that individuals are really communities; replication of scale (“as above, so below”), 3D as subset of All-D, etc. None of that ceases to apply, but we can’t be repeating it carefully every time we use words colloquially. You have to read this in at least that state of alertness, if you are going to move with us.
And speaking of moving with us, remember to sink into your most reflective self, so you do not skate over things or, to use a space-age analogy, skip out of your glide path when attempting to re-enter.
As interfaces, you experience forces in a unique way. This is another example of why 3D was precipitated out of non-3D: to make it possible to shape the result of these forces interacting with preexisting structures.
Just so you know, this is not yet clear.
No, of course. Remember, as you read this, our current strategy is to begin with the lives you lead but don’t much think about in this context – the difficult, conflicted, passionate, complicated, confusing emotional lives you live – and connect to the universals from that end. In other words, now that you have been given extensive theoreticals, we are attempting to thoroughly ground them practically, so that you may truly connect the two ends and allow yourselves the level of transformation you may decide upon. Sin as commonly experienced, regardless whether commonly conceived of, may serve as spring point.
So, inability to forgive. What is it but being stuck? The person who cannot forgive is trapped, quicksanded, held in a spider’s web beyond hope of extrication. Logic won’t extricate him or her. Determination won’t do it; resolute forgetting won’t. Attempting to take revenge certainly won’t – though it will add interesting complications. So what is the way out?
Deciding to forgive? I mean, choosing to be a different way in respect to whatever it is that happened?
Yes, if you are able. But what if you want to make such a decision but just can’t? What if it is beyond your ability? That, after all, is being trapped: to know what you need to do but be unable to do it.
I get: the Alcoholics Anonymous way. Recognize that you at your level can’t do it, and put your reliance in a higher power to assist you to do what you can’t do yourself.
A higher power. Do they say – do we say – God? Do we spell out what that higher power is? Do we insist or even suggest that you must see it our way or be unable to rely upon it? No. we say, merely, you as 3D portion of a larger being that is itself part of a larger being have resources available to you that make what is impossible possible, what is difficult easy, what is seemingly an absolute barrier not only permeable but in effect almost nonexistent. As one example, communication with your non-3D component as an easy practical taken-for-granted fact of life is mostly a matter of having some way of conceptualizing it that works for you, something that smooths the way. Well, as it is for communication, so it is for all the other aspects of life, as you discover various applications.
So what interferes with that process? What more effectively than pride? It may not seem so at first glance, but there it is. Work it out for yourselves – it shouldn’t be difficult, in light of your own experiences with it – and it will be more real to you. What is behind inability to forgive, but pride? You might at first think anger, but the root will be found to be pride.
Now we will leave you to do that work of tracing the relationship, and will proceed to the generalization it may serve to illustrate. Pride as sin (rather than as legitimate enjoyment) tends to invert the proper relationship between 3D self and All-D self, by putting 3D self as if it were to
Yes. We’ll start again at a different angle. The 3D self’s purpose is to choose its reaction to seemingly external stimuli, and thereby create what it wants to be, in the sense of how it wishes to function as continuing habit-pattern. That is its legitimate function. But it is not meant to do so as if it were the only factor in its own existence – much less as if it were the only one in the universe who counts. Cells that function without regard to the organism they are a part of are cancer.
Your non-3D component is the part of you that always holds a larger perspective on your life. Willfully disregarding it amounts to choosing to be less than you are, and amounts to willfully half-blinding yourself for the purpose of having what seems like your own will. An enraged person is said to be “beside himself.” Well, anyone operating as if the 3D portion is all that is real is doing just that, operating beside himself, or herself.
In the middle of that, I got that that’s why the evilest person sometimes will unexpectedly be converted into what seems an entirely different person – they break through to connection with other parts of themselves.
Sometimes. Not always, sometimes. That’s much too sweeping a generalization, but it does have a certain illustrative value.
What is assumed but perhaps has not yet been clearly expressed is this: You in 3D have the ability and the charge to choose, but in the context of a broader orientation. It is not strictly true that your non-3D component (and still less the Sam from which you were created) do not care what you choose.
All choices are not equally good, they don’t lead in the same direction, they do not enable the same results and the same springboards for further exploration and development. That is to say, we do have a bias, and we do hope to influence you to walk on firm ground rather than quicksand, to choose health over evil (we are not talking about physical health here, so we do not say “over sickness” though evil might be described that way, accurately enough). But it must be your choice, or it is meaningless.
Action per se is meaningless, I get, in that it is part of the first-tier reality that in effect passes away. But action as it affects who we are is what action is for.
Action is dramatization, call it; it is crystallization for the moment of who and what you are. Another action may contradict or modify or reinforce it, but any action is, in itself, a decision for the moment to be a certain way. And that is the opportunity that 3D provides.
Now, if your entire self inclines a certain way, and its inclinations can be altered mostly or entirely only by 3D decisions, that’s the importance of the 3D. But that doesn’t mean your larger self does not have preferences as to what you choose to enable or disable; it means only that it can’t stop you from doing what you determine to do. At best, it can whisper, or shout, in your ear, “Stop!” or “You really can be better than this.” But it can’t and wouldn’t make you do what it wanted rather than what you wanted. What does that is sin.
I take it you mean, habit-patterns functioning as if they were autonomous within us.
That is one way to conceptualize them.
Anything unconscious to us has powers over us. [I meant, anything of which we are unconscious.]
And it may seem very foreign to you, very “other.” Let’s resume here.
Okay, thanks as always.