Experience and perception in 3D life

Thursday, October 24, 2019

4:40 a.m. I’m ready if you’re ready. Not sure where we are.

The larger theme is to coordinate descriptions of  the 3D and non-3D worlds so as to make sense of your lives. Within that, the existence and function and effect of vast impersonal forces on human lives. Within that, the nature and meaning of good and evil in the human experience. More immediately, the extension of life between 3D and non-3D, rather than the confinement of life as between birth and death.

I often feel – as now – that I am fumbling around, waiting to tune into the channel, and not really getting it.

There is something of that in the process. And there is always the same remedy: Focus, wait, remain receptive.

Yes. I know that, and I forget it. Very well.

[Pause]

Nothing, this morning?

Sometimes the process works, sometimes it doesn’t. you are always free to do something else. Read, go back to sleep, whatever.

Maybe I will return to Madison and Jefferson then, and either come back to this later or not.

A hint: Sometimes, trying too hard is as ineffective as only half-trying. The sense of having to butt through a wall, or cast a line over a great distance, merely subconsciously affirms that “this can’t be done,” even while decades of experience demonstrates that it can be done, and done naturally and easily.

Oh, and I know the nature of this particular roadblock. It is me, trying to consciously determine the theme for today.

Of course. In effect, you wind up trying to direct the effort, as in common thought, and at the same time receive automatically, as in trance channeling. These are contradictory processes that cut against each other, sometimes resulting in stress. It is the very nature of ILC, as we have been practicing it with you, to be between these extremes; an active conversation only half of which you direct.

It’s amazing how we can forget the simplest things. Okay, now it is 5 a.m. and perhaps we can really begin. A sus ordenes.

Nothing lost, by the way. Teaching (by example) ILC is ultimately more important than the specific information conveyed, in that only the things known first-hand are one’s own; all else is hearsay.

As they say, give a man a fish, he eats once; teach him how to fish – and he sits in a rowboat all weekend drinking beer.

And we hear your readers groaning and wondering why you are wasting their time. But yes, that is the idea: We are teaching technique for access, not providing dogma for memorization.

So. The question might arise as to why such instruction should ever be necessary. Why is an inherent human ability not universally known and routinely practiced? And why should it re-emerge now?

I take it you aren’t interested in the history of our culture’s selective blindness, and anyway we have alluded to that history more than once.

No, not the “how” of it, as you often say, but the “why” of it. And the “why” simply put is that life in 3D time distracts; it tends to concentrate more on the moment than on the long-run, and more on the sensory than on the non-sensory, and more on the immediately nearby than on the wider circle of consequences and influences.

How’s that again?

You find it hard to hold the bigger picture because you perceive it in time-slices, and (to differing extents) divided between the input through the senses and the input that comes through the intuition, that is, directly. Even those who are closely connected intellectually and emotionally to their non-3D component may find it hard to live what they know, because they find it hard to remember what they know. It is just the human condition in 3D.

This is not good or bad; it is merely a result of living in 3D conditions of time and space. The conditions that lead you to forget are the same conditions that lead you to be able to concentrate. The reason you find it hard to absorb the big picture is the same reason you are able to concentrate on detail.

I get it.

So, this discussion is at one and the same time describing process and information, thus:

  • 3D limitation means you can’t understand everything.
  • Non-3D extension means you can (while still in 3D, we mean, of course) grasp non-sensory connections and implications.
  • Your experiences – this is important, and not nearly so obvious as you will be inclined to think it at first – your experiences are both 3D and non-3D experiences.
  • Therefore, similarly your perceptions.

Now, it will repay you to reread those final two bullet points and ponder them, not just skip over them as obvious and/or unimportant.

You are redefining life, in a way.

Well, we’re certainly trying to do so. It is in wrong distinctions that many errors inhere. That is, if you disconnect things that belong together, and connect things in ways that don’t really belong together, you are going to see differently. Now, sometimes that’s what you want. Art does that deliberately sometimes. But sometimes you’re just getting in your own way.

  • Experience is both 3D and non-3D.
  • Perception is both 3D and non-3D.
  • That doesn’t mean that either one is seen to be that.
  • Nor does it mean that perception or experience may not be truncated by mental filters (usually below the level of conscious control).
  • To see only a part of anything and think it a complete whole is to never have seen it.

But of course by your own statement, not to mention our lifelong experience, we can never avoid seeing things as if they were wholes when in fact they are parts.

Yes, but there is all the difference in the world between something seen or done consciously and the same thing seen or done unconsciously.

I think you mean, even if circumstances force us to perceive things incompletely – as they do – we’re better off remembering that they are incomplete views rather than letting ourselves think they are complete.

Think what irritates you more than any other single thing about New Age thought.

Oh, I know, and I see the point.

But spell it out.

I have always been very impatient with people getting half an inch of truth and thinking they now can explain the world.

That’s partly it, but there is more.

Well, I never knew but that the half-inch might be more universal than I knew. In other words, maybe they were right, or righter than I was.

And therefore?

Well, it is easier to be able to accept something wholesale or reject it wholesale, but to have to maybe accept it in one context while rejecting it in another, or to accept part of it while rejecting another part (knowing that the person whose idea it is would reject any such division) is not so easy. I didn’t (and don’t) want to crystallize my beliefs in such a way as to be unable to consider new thoughts, yet I got tired of continually having to reconsider everything.

And it is just such suspension between provisional belief and provisional disbelief that is a necessary helpful part of the process of continually refining one’s understanding. However, as we have said and you have experienced, there’s no harm in camping at a staging-place, either. For whatever length of time you need before resuming the climb.

Nor is everyone equipped to climb.

Nor is everyone interested in climbing, or designed for it, correct.

So there’s your hour, better spent than you may think at the moment. Remember these points:

  • Experience is both 3D and non-3D.
  • So is perception.

And, I gather you are going to add, “particularly given that they are the same thing seen differently.”

At any rate, we’ll continue at another time.

Our thanks as always.

 

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