Friday, December 14, 2018
4:35 a.m. More on success and societies? On the challenge of our times? On overlapping societies?
Yes. As we said, we have barely begun. Different societies allow and encourage and almost require different abilities to emerge in the individuals comprising them. But this is far from a simple statement, given that the individuals involved are themselves communities learning to function as a new unprecedented individual. That is, learning to synthesize background experiences, abilities, tendencies into something necessarily unique. Now, something new is not necessarily something unprecedented – hence our earlier discussion about mind crystallizing or not. But, sometimes they are. That’s the goal, you might say, not only of an individual’s existence but of a society’s existence, of humanity’s (or other species’) existence.
It isn’t “all about you” in any 3D sense.
Yes, that is the insight my characters come to in Dark Fire: It isn’t the 3D but the non-3D that is central to existence.
But let’s remain on firm ground, so to speak. Your lives. That’s what concerns you – and rightly so – when you are in the body. Only, once you make the Copernican Shift and put your full self in the center of your life, rather than only the part of you known or knowable to 3D senses and 3D logic, you are in a different mental world, a truer picture. Similarly, once you put your society (your civilization) into the center, rather than you as individuals, you see the limits of what is called individualism, the distorting effect that always follows putting an unreality in the center.
That isn’t quite clear to me.
You can easily see that societies built upon false premises cannot help be distorted in their beliefs, practices, perceptions, priorities. But recognize, that goes for yours too. you can’t judge the truth of information by whether it does or doesn’t conform to what seems reasonable within the confines of your society’s assumptions.
Sure, we know that.
You do not know that. You know it sometimes; you know it sporadically; you know it – so to speak – in one corner of your mind, while other corners believe other things. Nobody is always a sheepdog or even always a wolf. In some circumstances, anyone will be a sheep.
By which I take it you mean, we accept unthinkingly more than we realize we do.
Yes. It’s necessary, you can’t doubt everything. But it is worth remembering that you do so.
This was alluded to in Dark Fire, too.
There are many ways to slip disturbing truths into entertaining stories – or, willing trances, call them.
Now, when we use the word “society,” we are folding several meanings into the one word, with confusing results:
- Your civilization
- Your part of that civilization (that is, your nation or state)
- Your ethnic and linguistic subset of that part
- Your particular family background
- Your community of being (strands).
Is it any wonder that so tangled a mass of cross-references, continually sliding in your mind, results in confusion of thought? So, it is not surprising – shouldn’t be surprising, anyway – that each of you distorts your society’s false premises in your own fashion. However, it is also true that each of you brings in your own sliver of truth in your own fashion. Such is the value and the disadvantage of individual lives lived in a given time and place and forwarded (so to speak) into the non-3D as a new unique vantage point.
I’m struggling to see the connecting thread here.
Live your life from a new point of view, receive an entirely different understanding of what is going on.
As you were giving that to me – or as I was writing it, pick one – I heard, “Not me, but Christ in me.” St. Paul, I think. And the connection is?
He was experiencing life beyond the 3D, coursing through him as he continued to live, transforming his life.
I doubt he saw it that way.
In point of fact, you have no idea (in 3D terms, anyway; in your 3D mind) what he experienced. But this you know: He was transformed.
Yes, that’s obvious. I have thought, no matter what else we know or think we know about Jesus, we know that he or something about him entirely transformed ordinary men and women.
That’s what happens when your 3D life opens to the non-3D to which you are intimately connected.
Powerful statement. What can we do to be similarly transformed?
You can’t expect a 21st-century phenomenon to be identical to one experienced centuries – millennia – earlier. The connecting point is not phenomena, but essence. Every external society is different, as is every internal society.
Stop here. The message will be more easily received by not being connected to more.
Okay. Thanks as always.