Sunday, June 10, 2018
4:20 a.m. At the end of yesterday’s short session, you said this time we will talk about my starting point for the book I should be writing. When I transcribe this, I’ll also transcribe yesterday’s page and a half.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Very well, my friends, to continue –. As so often, I look back through these pages and cannot see the continuation.
Well, it isn’t up to you. it’s better if we leave you with a starting-point, but after all, we always get moving again.
My friend Charles is quite sure that I should write a precis of what you all have taught me, these past couple of decades. He tried and couldn’t, even though he knows the material and is so well versed in other traditions.
Yes, but maybe it isn’t his work to do. Maybe it is yours.
Maybe so. I guess I am wondering if such a book would do any better than the previous ones have done.
You know the answer to that.
Yes. A, it isn’t up to me, and B, shorter is punchier, and C, pre-digested goes down easier than raw.
So why do you need us to encourage you?
So, our theme for today?
You don’t need to do this today.
Waste the day, instead?
Is that what it amounts to, when you don’t hold a conversation? Is that what life ought to amount to? You have the proposal to work [this referred to a proposal to The Monroe Institute that Bob Holbrook and I conduct a five-day program expanding our weekend AIG program,], and you might begin work on the precis [that is, the book under discussion].
My starting point being?
We will talk about that, next session.
An outline comprising one chapter for each book’s contents would preserve the progression without including the digressions and the process of gradual illumination, as we have said. However, the most important thing is, what is your slant? What is your thesis, what do you intend to convey? If you begin with this firmly in mind, writing will be much easier.
Muddy Tracks centered on my own personal history, the process of gradually coming to consciousness. It concentrated on the journey itself, and on the conclusions I had come to – my “interim report” – as a result of the things that had happened during the journey.
And you, knowing what you wanted to convey, found writing the book not so hard, though not without a false start. So, similarly today, you need to ask yourself, what is your book to convey? Or rather – How do you want to convey it?
Seems like we go over this again and again, and I get what seems like the way to write it, but then it does not get written, which tells me that what seemed like the way, wasn’t.
You resist setting out a logical thesis.
Yet – and we have been over this ground repeatedly, we and you – your two most concise, most planned and executed works – The Cosmic Internet and Imagine Yourself Well – were written around a thesis; they were nevertheless stories of your journey, in a way.
Well, I illustrated my point, in Imagine Yourself Well, by what I had experienced. The Cosmic Internet was more like presenting what I had been told in logical sequence.
You do realize, your befuddlement is going to be inexplicable to others and, after a while, to a later you as well.
I wish that later me would pass the text to me so I could write it down. It would save a lot of trouble.
You think that is impossible?
It would be a sort of trance channeling.
Not really. It is merely a matter of attunement.
Sounds like pulling myself up by my own bootstraps, to me.
And your befuddlement seems to us like deliberate blindfolding.
So if I can do it in the future, I can do it now, and save trouble. So, future self, you lucky dog, give me a sense of the approach that finally worked.
And, before we proceed, an aside to the onlookers: This is for your benefit too, as usual. This is a technique you can use. Align your intent, your feelings, your intellectual and emotional attention, on the future self that knows the successful resolution of your difficulty, whatever that may be, and then be receptive to what follows, not expecting to take dictation, but fully expecting to receive what you need, in the manner easiest for you.
I can see that this will be valuable to others as well as to me, assuming we make it work. Very well. It’s a form of pulling oneself into a desired future, or aligning with it, however you want to think of it. So, future self, how did we write the book in a way that finally succeeded?
I guess I’ll assume that the content will arrive as I hold the usual call-and-response format. I am finding it sort of inhibiting, though, as though I expect to be hearing my future self in the way I hear from TGU.
Don’t let definitions get in the way. Just be open to the information – to the knowing, in your case. Other people might get visuals, or words, or auditory words (that is, they might hear the words as if someone had spoken them) or feelings or kinesthetic sensations. Whatever one’s preferred mode of reception, that is how the information probably (but not definitely) will arrive. Your part is not to dictate how it arrives, nor from whom it arrives. Your part is to intend to receive the information. Thinking that it is coming from your own future self is merely a way of conceptualizing the process. If it is a helpful way, fine. If not, there are other ways to think of it. We think this particular process at this particular time will serve you and will serve to suggest a way forward to at least some who read this. But of course it is in the attempting, not in the reading about the attempting, that one learns whether or not a given approach will be productive.
Really, this is just an extension of the process and attitude I have been using all this time: Without attempting to define who I am talking to, I remain open to constructive input. Only now I am doing it while holding an idea of who I wish to contact.
After all, that is what you did with Smallwood and Hemingway and a few others, only it was a shade closer to “expected to hear from” rather than “set out to contact.” A nuance, but worth noting, and of course once your expectation became firm enough through the experience of talking to the one you expected to continue to hear from, it was as if you were directing the process, when in fact it is more complicated than that. Your future self is always involved in anything you do, as a few moments’ thought will demonstrate.
I had never looked at it that way.
What is continuity but cooperation across time?
So, if you will look at it that way, this will seem less a new departure than a logical rearrangement of how you think about a very well accustomed process. Perhaps that will make it easier to begin what otherwise might seem a major departure.
Hmm. Okay, so, how did I finally write the book? Let’s put it that way.
You began by getting firmly in mind why the reader should care. What’s in it for him, or her? Why is your information necessary, how it is helpful, how can it be practically applied?
That’s how I approached Imagine Yourself Well.
Imagine. And you didn’t do it by drowning yourself in notes. Keeping in mind your reader’s benefit is what guarantees that what you say is relevant. It keeps you from saying “x and such” merely because x and such are associated in your mind by how you learned something, or how you think of it. In other words, you pared off the irrelevant associations while leaving the relevant ones. The result was very appealing, and was concise. Then it is merely a matter of setting forth whatever will help, and only that, in any given context.
In other words, the material may be organized into more than one book.
What is it that your theme song has been, all these years?
We are not alone; we are all connected; we are far more than people usually think we are.
So where is the problem?
I see. The problem is my thinking I have to include every interesting thing anybody ever told me.
Your books of conversations do that. This book was the bait that led people to them.
I like the idea of thinking of it as already existing. It helps, for some reason.
For some reason? For the very specific reason that it aligns you with what is to come (from your point in time).
Got it. Seems like this is a good time to stop, then transcribe, and then maybe do some actual work. Thanks for all this.