Control and surrender; tides and connection

Thursday, July 22, 2021

1 a.m. One more time, control and surrender, in life?

As we said, learn the rhythm, dance the dance. As you interact with “the world” moment by moment, your role fluctuates.

Sometimes we’re the windshield, sometimes we’re the bug. That’s the cliché, like “You gotta know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.”

A major purpose of the magical and the mantic arts is to help people get a better sense of where the rhythms of the universe are, at a given moment – or, in the case of astrology, when they are likely to be more propitious.

So, a word on necessity and choice, on timing and response.

  • Consider the shared subjectivity in its aspect of communal mind-stuff. As individuals think and react in patterns, so does the shared subjectivity – the “mental world” you experience.
  • Given how many mentalities participate in it, it ought to be clear that you can’t reasonably expect its operation to be straightforward or uncomplicated or quick to change.

6 a.m.

  • Surely it is obvious that this is how life is: complicated, often discordant, never as simple as people are sometimes tempted to see it.
  • You as an individual part of this vast set of continuing interactions are sometimes in phase with the predominating event, or current, or moment, and sometimes are out of phase with it. Surely this accords with your experience.
  • Folk wisdom expresses the necessary strategies. “When it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” “If you find yourself in a hole, first stop digging.” “Look before you leap” – but, “He who hesitates is lost.” That is, adapt your actions to your momentary circumstances.
  • Alternate theories say either that “history” is made by “great men,” or that people are swept before great events, and those who think they are leading are, at best, following intelligently. If you see the situation clearly, you see that both theories are about equally correct, but no more.

As so often, it seems to me that a good deal of exposition amounts to little more than common-sense explanation of things we already know.

Of course. We keep telling you, we can’t really tell you anything new, any more than we could show you something nobody had ever seen before. The point is not the “what” of it, but the “how,” and to some extent the “why” of it. Anybody living in awareness knows that life proceeds in tides, or say in waves. But it is one thing to know that life is changes, and another thing to see what produces those changes, and a third thin to intuit or deduce why things are set up as they are.

Practical, I know. You want to give us knowledge we can use. I do appreciate that.

And after we have gone to some length to show you the penumbra of connection around a given subject, you often enough see something that should have required only a few words – scarcely more than a nod and a pointing of a finger. But now you see it in a new relationship.

And just as I was concluding that this time the mountain had brought forth a mouse, I got a sense that this does tie in to your promised explanation of our life after 3D.

Yes it does.

  • You exist as individuals that are also communities of individuals.
  • You exist as communities of “lower” intelligences, what you might think of as dedicated servers, or perhaps as specialists in fields such as maintaining bodily functions.
  • You exist as communities of “higher” intelligence, providing you with equally specialized services that link you to the worlds that are “above your pay grade” as 3D beings. Us, for instance.
  • You exist as communities of connections with various aspects of the “physical world” and of the “group mind” – both of which are elements of the shared subjectivity, sometimes seen as the outside world in its 3D or its non-3D aspects.
  • All of this means, you are connections, you are always part of the whole in a very real way. You are not individuals in the sense of the lone gunman riding from town to town in the Old West.
  • If this is so while you are in 3D, why would you think it would be any different once you are beyond 3D’s constrictions? That is: The difference between “life” and “life after death” is mostly a difference in focus, and in your ability to receive and to But you are the same old you, only in different circumstances.

Ah, the great light dawns. We continue to be what we were, but we were never quite the way we saw ourselves.

What else have we been doing, these 20 years, but offering you another way to think of yourselves, so that you could learn to reinterpret your lives and the life around you (which, we remind you, is pretty much the same thing) so that you will be ready, willing, able, and in fact anticipatory when your time comes to undergo the great redefinition?

It’s starting to emerge. We don’t exactly leave 3D behind; we remain part of it. We don’t move off on our own; we continue to function as part of vastly greater organisms and relationships. We don’t go off to any of the heavens or hells or individual adventures people have painted, not because the paintings were wrong but because they were without context.

Yes. It is Columbus in 1492 thinking to describe Cleveland, Ohio, as we have said. That is, it is wild speculation and extrapolation based on initial experience. Reality is more complex, is richer, is more continually changing and continually staying the same, than any scheme of explanation can set out. At best, anyone’s explanation – our included, obviously – may set out one aspect of it, more or less accurately from a certain point of view.

We’re back to my dream of the other day, stumbling around in the woods, and anything we discover, we discover somewhat by accident.

Well, not quite as futile as that sounds! But it is true that the journey itself is the reward, for the traveler and for those who get to hear the traveler’s tales.

I can feel, maybe for the first time, how we are each interconnected with others, and this quite regardless whether we want to be. But I guess I’ve always felt that way anyway.

Empathy is a far truer guide than indifference or “tolerance” or aversion. And the wider you can cast your net of empathetic understanding, the beater for your personal web of consciousness.

I think I get that you are ending our session, a little ahead of time. Our next starting point?

Let’s perhaps carry on with the sense of continuity after death. We proceed to your life as TGU. We smile.

I believe there is a saying, “a fate worse than death.” Now I understand it. Smiling too. Till next time, then.


Frank DeMarco, author

Papa’s Trial: Hemingway in the Afterlife, a novel

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