Friday, June 15, 2018
3 a.m. Yesterday you suggested that we begin today with a description of how life in 3D looks from an All-D perspective. So unless you have other ideas this morning, let’s do that.
In a way, you might say that this is what we have been doing all along.
I see that. A double translation – 3D into All-D perspective and then back to us.
Except that you are in both “places,” always. If we could once get across how this is, most of the translation errors would go away automatically.
But let us then change focus, and look at 3D life not as a thing in itself, but as a thing only partially seen, partially understood, because strictly speaking there is no such thing as a 3D world, only a subset of the All-D world. The 3D world you experience could never exist by itself; again, the analogy is, neither could you exist as bodies that had width and height but no depth. It isn’t that it wouldn’t be likely, or even hard to imagine: It is that it would not be possible. To think that, would be an error in translation, one might say, or an error certainly in perception.
The part of the world that you experience as the 3D world is part of the world. It is a special set of conditions supported by the framework of the rest of the All-D. That framework is invisible perhaps, or unnoticed, or imperfectly understood, but it does not cease to exist, for all that.
Clearly nothing can be understood in isolation if the boundaries of that isolation are drawn wrong. Or, a better way to say that, anything understood in isolation is going to be understood differently, depending upon where the boundaries are drawn. This should not be a difficult thought. Everything is understood in isolation, and everything is understood in relation to the boundaries drawn around it.
So that any subject is defined in advance by how we choose to think of it. “This belongs to this subject of examination, this does not,” etc. We define a subject into existence and then perhaps think that the limits we put on it, in advance, are the natural and inevitable limits.
Of course. When Galileo decided to study only the observable properties of objects, only the essentials, he defined away, in advance, certain attributes that he decided could not be of interest because they could not be measured. This decision in advance made possible a science, eventually, of celestial mechanics – but it also shaped, rather than revealed, that science. If celestial mechanics had been required to include properties such as color, it would have come to very different results. We are not saying this could have been (or even should have been) done, only that definitions affect what is to be examined in powerful and often unnoticed ways.
I’ve seen it in teaching people the little I know about communication. When I show them how we have defined ourselves into a problem, the realization alone opens the doors, and almost immediately, in some cases, they begin to realize that they have been in communication right along, but have been defining it out of their experience without knowing it.
That same process has resulted in the powerful but one-sided civilization that is in its terminal flourishing state in the world.
Shall I expand upon that, indicating the connection you just illuminated, or let it go by as a distraction?
You almost have to mention it at least, or distract your readers.
Okay. Simply, the Western worldview that began with the Renaissance and the Protestant Revolution resulted in creating a global civilization, first by empire, then, when empires receded, by trade and technology. The non-Western world is currently enchanted with the possibilities trade and technology have opened up for them, and so it looks like that world-view is not only triumphant, but still gaining strength.
As it may be.
Yes, but it is gaining strength in the way the Roman Empire expanded, not as an outgrowth of strength but of an unhealthy hypertrophy of certain traits at the expense of more human possibilities which will reassert themselves, even if it requires the overthrow of the empire and the institution of an age of feudalism. This is all analogy, but not a far-fetched one.
Correct, only remember that these processes require time. Rome wasn’t built in a day; neither did it fall in a day. Meanwhile, your whole lives are to be lived – or should you wait until after the Romans are defeated? So let us continue with our larger, but scarcely irrelevant, field of inquiry. The All-D, the non-3D, were not unaffected by the rise of the fall of Rome, but they hardly centered on it!
You mean – lest someone misunderstand – they were affected by its effect on the millions of humans who lived in those times and were affected by them, but it isn’t as if those times were central to All-D life.
They weren’t even central in 3D life, except for those living then. Only, let’s look at that, for this gives us an entry point.
You incarnate into the 3D world at the time of the Roman Empire. In 200 AD, say, when it is flourishing, or in 500 AD when it is all but dead in the West, or in 1400 AD when it is on its last legs in the East. And, of course, that 1500 year span offers you plenty of time to reincarnate more than once, but for the purposes of simplicity let’s say you incarnate at some time during the empire’s existence, and of course in a geographic region where it is in existence. For our purposes, we are going to ignore irrelevant particulars – just like Galileo, you see – such as sex, class, relationships; all the things that make a human life but are not easily examined. Regardless of the sex you choose to be, or the class you are born into, or how old you get to be, or what you do during your long or short life, you live at some time during the empire. You live – which means, you make choices day by day as to how you wish to be, what you wish to be. Even if you have no choices externally, you always have a choice of attitude to take toward what comes, a la [Viktor] Frankl.
Then, you die, you return to the All-D matrix from which you sprang. Or, another way to put it, you reunite your 3D-limited consciousness with the unlimited consciousness of your Sam. You have thus added a new bit of awareness to your Sam’s total.
Then you enter another life, perhaps as one strand of many. Regardless how prominent or non-prominent a part you play in this new intelligence, this new soul in formation, you play some part. Therefore by definition your experiences in the Roman Empire play a part in that new soul’s entire library, or let us say in its repertoire.
Then that soul returns to your Sam, and is perhaps used as a thread in another existence, and so on. You see our point? What was experienced in those Roman Empire years continues. It doesn’t necessarily dominate, or even emerge now and then (although, it may), but it is always there, always flavoring the soup.
So, did the events of those Roman years affect the All-D? Of course they did. Did they do so directly? Well, that isn’t so easy to say. It depends upon how you bound the subject of inquiry.
When Richard Nixon lost the presidential election to John F. Kennedy in 1960, massive consequences followed. All the hundreds of millions of people who were affected by the New Frontier idea, and were affected by the assassination of the president and the long consequences of that action, would have been affected quite differently if the 1960 election had gone the other way. Can the alteration of so many hundreds of million souls be of no consequence to the library of souls (call it) that is your Sam? And all the other affected Sams? Yet it can hardly be said that the external events in and of themselves matter, except in so far as they affect people.
Now, look closely at that sentence. Depending upon how you think if it (depending, in short, upon where you set your boundaries for this investigation), it will seem tautological, or nonsensical, or arguable.
Surely, an external event (let alone an entire historical epoch) must matter in and of itself, if only because it is the bridge between the external circumstances that were and those that are to be. But that doesn’t mean it matters because what happens externally matters in and of itself. Instead it – all external reality – matters because of the changes it produces in the souls living in that event.
In a sense, external events are the weather you live in; in a different sense, they are affected by the weather you live in; in another sense, they are produced by your reactions to the weather that preceded them.
And, pause. You may want to take a day off, or not, only don’t forget to do so every so often.
Okay. Our theme for next time?
The same. But as to just how we will pick it up again – time will tell.
Okay. Thanks as always.