Context

Sunday January 22, 2006

So where were we headed?

We started by saying that when one is outside time-space, neither separation nor delayed consequences apply. Since you – we – everyone exist part in, part out of separation – every one you are likely to meet while you are still in a body, we mean! – it is helpful if you realize that a vital part of your nature exists there. It will save you from the superstition of thinking you are an orphan of the universe, marooned without connections on a pointless and mysterious ride from nowhere to nowhere. It will also make clear to you the nature of guidance as it may be experienced.

Tuesday January 24, 2006

It is a temptation, in learning something new, to see that “something” outside of the general context of life. It is said that if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Well, if what you now have is a technique like Hemi-Sync, or what you have is a subject like guidance, it is natural to consider it in isolation. There is nothing wrong with this as a method of concentration. There is everything in the world wrong with it if you never reestablish a context for it.

Now, hear us well. It isn’t that there is only one context for any given thing; it isn’t even that there is necessarily one or even a few preferred contexts. What is important – this will be so obvious it will seem not worth stating – is that it have some context, rather than existing in isolation from the rest of one’s world.

To rephrase: While you are first considering a new subject, or learning new technique, non-related matters naturally and rightly fall into the background. There is only so much that can be held together in consciousness, and this isolation makes it possible for you to deal with the new material. It is as if you are assembling a new toy with many pieces. You cannot afford too many distractions.

But after the toy is assembled, you use that toy in the context of the rest of life. How else could it be? If some new way of seeing things, some new way of doing and being, cannot be applied – practically by definition it has no real relevance. Indeed it is in the language: if it cannot be applied, it has no practical application. The redundancy in the definition is hopefully enough to drive home the point.

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