Three questions

Saturday, December 5, 2020

3:30 a.m. In considering emotion and our lives, two inputs, one from Bill Ebeltoft, one from Dirk. How about it, guys? Compare and contrast? Or at least comment?

 

[From Bill Ebeltoft

[Question from Dave: Since emotions come from this interface layer, how do we change them?

[My perception is we don’t change them; we each interpret them through or own set of filters. We then react to them. How we react is our choice, we choose to react in a specific manner. By choosing, we can change the filter through which we perceive them, thus how we may react subsequently.

[My question to my guy’s was: Is this a reasonable or possible correct interpretation?

[Their answer: Yes, within the space you are working in, this is a reasonable interpretation. Of course, it is always a bit more complex than that. But a good place to start.]

 

[TGU:] It is an interesting starting-point, the question whether in your 3D lives you change the emotions your experience, or interpret and react and, in your reaction, you change you. That is, you change your end of the interface.

May I rephrase? I think you mean, “or do we, by reacting, change what we are, which changes the equation.”

Same thing. Let’s rephrase the whole situation. Emotions are the boundary between small 3D-you and either the “external” world or your larger 3D and non-3D you, whichever way you choose to see it. So emotion per se is beyond your control in the way the weather is beyond your control. You can carve out a greater amount of control over how you react, but that isn’t the same thing. In other words, the emotion you interface with may be regarded as a constant (in that you cannot affect what comes or how strong) but your reaction to it, hence your degree of freedom, is a variable that is potentially under your control, in that you by your second-tier reactions can change the equation. The same input may express differently depending upon what it interfaces with.

George Washington controlling his temper by a lifetime’s rigid self-discipline.

Yes. To look at it merely externally for the moment, would an undisciplined Washington have experienced the soul-searing experience of the winter at Valley Forge in the same way that in fact he did? And would such a version of Washington have been able to command the respect and allegiance of his officers and men? Life in 3D is not primarily about externals (though it looks like it is), but here is one external that should illustrate the point.

So in response to Bill’s interpretation we would say (minor correction) it isn’t exactly the filter of perception that you change. Rather, it is the mechanism of reaction that changes.

Not so much that we perceive differently but that we choose to react differently.

Yes. By choosing how you will react to something, you choose what you will see subsequently. You change the world coming at you, hence you change the emotional layer interpreting and intervening in your life.

Not sure I really understand that.

The laminar level – the smooth or turbulent connection between inner and outer world (for this is how it appears to you) – changes automatically if one or the other end of the equation changes, or if both do. That’s what it is, a boundary and a bridge, but an energetic, dynamic, barrier and bridge, not something solid or static.

So, moving on to Dirk’s analogy to physical systems —

 

[From Dirk

[So might we then, in thinking about the difficulty of the boundary interface and laminar flow as a model for emotions, also consider that one way to change that is to change the nature of the (our) interface.

[E.g. in engineering, laminar and turbulent flows are commonly encountered. At times it is desirable to change these conditions. There are many ways to do this. One way is to change the boundary. I.e. make it rougher or smoother, add specific surface shapes to it, make it porous and either allow some leakage, or inject something across the boundary, change the surface character by making it harder, softer, more or less resilient, or chemically more or less similar to the fluid, or adding various things through the surface that change the nature of the flow – such as oils, soaps, alcohols, …  Then there are other ways beyond the boundary. We can even do things like adding or removing vibrations at one or many frequencies, introduce patterns in the surface, ….

[Might we consider that energetically we have a near infinite multitude of ways to metaphorically make similar changes the (our) emotional interface?]

 

One way to apply it would be to consider the habitual reactions you can build, the second-tier reactions we discussed. What is that but redesigning aspects of yourself so that the same input from the emotional layer will meet a different you, hence express differently.

[Pause]

That’s it?

You need more?

I don’t know, somehow I expected it would require a more in-depth discussion.

We don’t see the need, but if questions arise, you know where to find us, as we said earlier.

Anent that, since we have some time, part two of Bob Washburne’s email of Nov. 16:

[Also, I purchased the full Gateway Experience CDs several years ago (the newer ones which included Focus 15 and Focus 21) although I have never been to the campus.  I have used them may times, but I don’t seem to be getting anywhere.  That is, I can readily attain the different levels at will without the CDs, but I don’t seem to be able to do anything with them. For one thing, I never see anything but black.  No images, no sounds other than the ringing in my ears, no voices, no emotion downloads. Just black. Second, my awareness seems to be nailed right behind my eyeballs and nothing can shake it loose. So is there a self-help group for slow psychics?]

And as you know, many people experience excruciating difficulties in connecting.

Yes, they do, and being individual they respond in different ways. Some take it personally, some assume they are at fault, some travel hopefully, some despair.

And many of us move from point to point along that scale, until we succeed or we concede failure. I just went through a month of being unable even to summon the energy to try to connect. That’s what it felt like, anyway. And I well remember the two or three years  before I did Gateway, using the tapes, trying, intending, hoping and not succeeding.

Your second-tier reaction to that long preparation served you well. You did not get angry, nor did you despair.

I sort of hoped against hope.

Righteous persistence did bring reward. But remember, what you learned at Gateway was that you had been asking the wrong question, or let’s say, had been expecting things to appear in the wrong guise. Your unconscious expectations added to your difficulties.

Very true, and after nearly 30 years of experience, I have learned to advise people of some of the usual pitfalls. But a listing of obstacles, and a listing of suggested ways to overcome them, does not amount to a magic formula.,

There isn’t a magic formula, unless it be “Persist, live in faith, live your life knowing that although it may not be what you wish it were, it is right for you.” Not so easy a magic formula to follow, yet not an impossible one, either.

You can understand that to us in 3D it sounds a little like “It isn’t under your control, so ride with it.”

Yes, it does, doesn’t it. And is that erroneous? Your life is not under your 3D control, and it is well that it isn’t, or your life would be a maze with no exit. What is under your control, we remind you, is how you react to what happens to you. Seen in a certain light, that is no different from George Washington continually molding his character.

So what of someone trying sincerely and seeming to get nowhere?

The operative word – as you knew when you wrote it – is “seeming.” But life can require quite a lot of patience and faith, because often what you are really working on is not at all what you think you are working on.

Yes, I’ve seen that often enough in my life.

It’s an inevitable effect of your 3D consciousness being less than your larger consciousness that has a better perspective. So you may strive earnestly and diligently and seem to get nowhere. But the striving itself is “getting somewhere,” if you can realize it.

So our life is not so much Sisyphus, everlastingly pushing a rock uphill, only to see it fall to the bottom, making him continue an endless fruitless labor. It is more George Washington, a life presenting endless possibilities to work on character?

Don’t carry it too far, but yes. Success in what you want is not necessarily the same as (or worth as much as) success in what your intent and actions make yourselves.

And there’s your hour.

And pretty efficiently employed, too. Our thanks as always.

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