Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6 a.m. Shall we dance? I had a dream and it seems I am processing things in my non-3D time, call it. Or do I always, as is said, and am only now aware of doing it? Aware, if only temporarily?
Well, whatever you’d like to talk about –
Going through past journals looking for quotations means you skim – in fact, you scarcely glance at most of it, certainly not at long conversations with Hemingway or others that were transcribed. But it does allow us to call your attention to specific passages here and there, things you’ve forgotten or at least things you never think about. It allows you to associate states of mind separated by long stretches of elapsed sequential 3D time. That is the value, to you, of 50 years of journaling. Others with different types of memory, different patterns of daily attention, would not need to, nor be able to, function in that same way – which is why relatively few people keep a journal decade after decade, wondering why they are doing so.
I never really knew why I started; I only knew that it was important, and one day in 1966 I realized, nobody was going to give me one as a birthday gift, so I’d have to get one for myself, and did. Over the years, I have several times gotten sick of carrying it around (as I did, for decades) but not using it, or writing in it but nothing ever coming of it, and – all that time – really not knowing why I kept on.
It has been a minor revelation, this last little time, so see how my use of the journals exploded since I began to use them for conversations at length. Not sure where that starts – the end of 2005, presumably, when I left Hampton Roads – but to realize that in the past seven years I have filled more than 30 books, most of them 150-sheet books, or 300 pages – well, that’s a lot of writing, much of it transcribed.
For different immediate purposes, but for a continuing over-arching purpose over time. What we are encouraging you to do at the moment is to have the experience of non-3D time, you might say. The material is all there, but you don’t need to traipse through it sequentially. You can soar over it, alighting here and there. And by following your interest, you can easier associate like threads.
Let me. I have the sense of it now.
The guys told us years ago, to them in non-3D, the connecting threads on the back of the tapestry are as evident as the seemingly disconnected pattern they form on the front side, which is what we in 3D see. If I get you right, you are saying that my skimming the journals, pausing to read only the patches that call to me, is like the way we function in non-3D. The like passages can be followed like-to-like, rather than experienced as separate islands separated by spans of time to be traversed between them.
Your life is still sequential, of course, but to some degree that is a fair analogy. Only, it’s easier in your dreams, because you don’t continually interpose 3D assumptions, logic, conditions. The flow is better.
I can’t decide if this is really something different or not. It seems like I’ve always known what comes to me now, and yet it seems that I’m realizing it for the first time.
Any reason that it couldn’t be both?
I would have assumed it would have to be one or the other.
Not at all. That’s 3D logic – two-value logic, at that – entering into play. Life isn’t so much either-or as it is a matter of degree. Not an on-off switch but a rheostat, as you sometimes put it. Don’t you find yourself every so often making a new discovery, then realizing that you knew that, only now you understand it at a deeper level?
I’ll insert the Thomas Merton quote. I have it rattling around in my mind, and I suppose you put it there.
You put it there [originally]; we merely reminded you.
[Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas, p 204: Keeping a journal has taught me that there is not so much new in your life as you sometimes think. When you re-read your journal you find out that your latest discovery is something you already found out five years ago. Still, it is true that one penetrates deeper and deeper into the same ideas and the same experiences.]
Can you see that there is a form of non-3D processing working within 3D limitations? 3D segregates and sorts by elapsed time (and space, but that isn’t important in the matter of ideas, memories, emotions, mental-states). Non-3D segregates and sorts by emotional connections, logical connections, and other forms of association rather than, almost in the absence of, almost disregarding, separation by time.
So dreams associate things (mental things, you understand) that physically occurred or let’s say were experienced in times that were separated. Those separations are quite impermeable in 3D first-tier conditions. But they do not exist as barriers, scarcely as obstacles, in non-3D dreamtime. So, while in 3D, dreams or hallucinogenic states or, sometimes, delirium or even coma may be the only way for a 3D-oriented mind to see the larger picture. The tricky part is then sorting out the insight from the delusion, and even that may be more a matter of definition than appears.
And that’s enough for the moment.
Because that rounds off the topic? We’ve only been going half an hour.
Enough for now.