Monday, March 5, 2018
6:40 a.m. I wonder if my view of things is too rose-colored. I sometimes think my view of the world is too innocent still, despite what I know first- and, mainly, second-hand. So I was thinking about people who want to be abused. There was a film partly about women voluntarily participating in masochistic rituals – well, you can’t even call it a ritual. They wanted this guy to hurt them, and it didn’t even involve sex directly, though clearly there was a sexual pleasure in it for them, or say a satisfaction. Primarily it was them seeking pain. Seeking – it occurred to me – punishment. So first I thought, they were trying to punish themselves. Then, thinking about us as communities, I wondered, were they trying to punish other parts of their community? Were they at war? I can’t put it any more clearly than that, but I expect you can. Please do.
This subject has many branches, and may lead us far, but you won’t necessarily find it easy.
No, I get that.
There is always more to learn, and more always requires a platform to begin from. You may look at our work over these 25 years as merely the construction of the platform for these new explorations, if you wish. But of course any platform also serves as a stable place to rest. It is always your choice.
Let’s push on. If it gets to be too much, I imagine you’ll know before I would.
But we wouldn’t give you more than you could absorb. The variable would be how much you chose to absorb; how far you wanted to go.
I begin to see the importance of the individual on my end. Anyone could do it, perhaps, but not everyone would.
Correct. That is the value of the extraordinary individual, as well. Everything that goes into the making of an individual – all the parts of the community that come together in a place and time to create it – is unique, a unique mix. That individual’s abstract potential and its likely potential, let’s say (that is, what it is likely to do as opposed to what it might theoretically do), cannot be duplicated, just in the nature of things. So each of you has a responsibility to not waste the chance, the potential, you represent. Don’t be inflated, don’t be – we need a new word, call it deflated in a special sense – but stay on an even keel to the extent possible, and live your potential. That doesn’t mean, do outdoor sports or travel extensively or be involved in politics or create or be extensively involved in family or hobbies or career. In other words, “living your potential” does not mean anything necessarily external. It means being and doing you. And that’s about as much as we can say on the subject. You, Frank, have diligently pursued this one course, not suspecting that it and not the more urgent and more obvious things in your life was your true center. But the course of time demonstrated that it is. If you had not pursued it, or if you had decided at some point, “Enough, I have a view of the way things are that satisfies me, I don’t want to hear any more,” nobody could have forced you to continue, but what you might have helped us bring forth would have been lost, and any alternative route we would have found would have had its own different flavor, its own disadvantages and limitations, and advantages and possibilities. As Emerson knew, it doesn’t rest on your single arm alone; yet it is true that each of you is a unique window whose contribution could never be exactly replicated.
All right. So, that said, we move to the realization behind your realization.
Imagine, if you would, a community of spirits–. Well, this isn’t the way to go about it.
No, but I have the idea now. We as 3D individuals are communities of non-3D individuals who themselves were – are? – communities, etc. 3D life is a way of melding them through experience into a functioning unit that remains after the 3D part dies.
Yes. This is the view that we now proceed to deconstruct. It was a bridging concept; let us cross the bridge into new territory.
You have been thinking – we have been encouraging you to think – that the creation of a new individual by shared 3D experience is the point of 3D existence. Even though you know that not every 3D individual “gels,” becomes a crystal, attains permanence, your attention was on those attainments. But this is only a simplified view of what is going on. It isn’t wrong, exactly, only simplified.
A pause. Going to be difficult to explain, isn’t it? Too many past definitions needing to be torn up?
More like, where to begin? We need to go back a far way, we see.
Well, we have time. You have until I run out, presumably, because I’m willing to continue for the rest of my days. A least, I am as far as I know. Maybe tomorrow I’ll decide to take up golf.
We’ll take that risk. Yes, we have time, but will you and your friends have enough patience as we retrace the ground? Well, I guess we’ll see.
I guess we will. By the way, when you lapse into “I” instead of your more usual “we,” should we infer anything from that?
Not particularly. What good would it do to attribute a particular line of thought to an individual? Yes, you might begin to logically separate out the material, and then choose sides, so to speak, deciding that material from A is generally more reliable than that from B, but that would actually be a retrogression, because you need to be using your discernment all the time, not merely between sources. [That is, in deciding the source of any given bit of information, as well as which source is more reliable.] If “Carl Jung” said something, you’d be inclined to give it great weight whether the something was right or wrong, and whether it was really from the All-D version of the 3D Jung or not. Instead, rely on the only thing you have; listen to what resonates, and then don’t cease to use your discernment on that as well.
So, to begin. Spirit and soul. Spirit, you remember, is eternal, immutable, and comes in two flavors from the human perspective – the vast impersonal forces that flow through the (3D and non-3D) world, and the animating force within individuals. This is one force perceived as two because of human requirements, or let’s say specifically human limitations on perception and ideation. Soul is the creation in a given time and place in 3D of an individual out of a community, and may become eternal or may prove to be only a transient phenomenon.
Within that scheme of things, let’s look at spirit a little more closely, so you can eventually see how it plays out so that individuals may hate themselves, may want to punish themselves not for anything they have done or neglected to do (though that may be an excuse they give themselves) but for what they are.
My immediate assumption, most people’s, I imagine, is that the elements comprising them are unable to tolerate each other’s presence, that being forced to coexist is intolerable.
That isn’t wrong, but it would by itself fail to explain how such a situation could arise. Let us go back to first principles. We really do need to begin with the nature of those vast impersonal forces.
Next time, I take it, since (a) our hour is up, and (b) my energy level is flagging.
Next time, yes. But this wasn’t wasted. This session cleared the field.
All right. Till next time, then.