Are Physical Dimensions Training Grounds or Experiments in Creativity?
The question people most frequently ask me is, Why are we here? What’s the point of physical reality? Even the most intelligent leaders of the mind-body-spirit community will often offer a pat answer—we are here as a training ground for higher spiritual development, as though the Earth plane were a kind of boot camp. Physical reality has gotten a very bad rap from Buddhism, Hinduism, Platonism, and Christianity. My reply to this issue is for now only preliminary. It will be presented in depth in my next book on reincarnation and the oversoul.
The idea of physical life being lower than non-physical life is a vestige of all the above archaic philosophies. We are not here because we are too dumb to know better, too unevolved to get off the arduous wheel of reincarnation. As I argue forcefully in The Last Frontier, the notion of spiritual evolution is nonsensical in the greater reality of non-spacetime from which we spring. We are a part of that greater self, the oversoul or entity, and we willingly choose to be here, fully aware that we will have to deal with a slew of limitations. I must add here that the current interpretation of everything in life, in-between lives, or in the afterlife as learning processes is repulsive to me. We are not in a perpetual schoolroom. We are gods. And we create universes while seeking to fulfill ourselves.
Obviously, non-physical dimensions—which the greatest part of us is in now—are far more thought-responsive than the physical ones. In the life of in the body, bringing forth matter, that is materialization, is a very specific kind of creativity, and although also thought responsive, it is far less immediate than that of non-material dimensions. It takes enormous energy and focus, and several steps are needed to achieve a desired goal. In order to maintain this kind of creativity and focus, we must put aside much of our native transcendent awareness.
If we really grasped how we are creating reality, how we, for instance, create each other or the chair you might be sitting in right now, we would be astonished by the task we have cut out for ourselves. We would be proud of the part we play and the sacrifices we make that are necessary to the development of a highly experimental realm, a realm that is exceedingly rare in comparison to the near infinite number of non-physical realms. We are here not because we are dumb or too unevolved. We are here because of our innate drive to create and experience in wholly new ways. We are pioneers, we are curious, restless, we are tough and like to take on big challenges, and most of all, we are courageous.
We have not just invented matter, we have invented time and space. And we use these inventions to good purpose, to further our creativity and exploration and to add contour and texture to an entirely different universe. We also invented the ego to enhance our ability to focus. The sheer creativity of it, nanosecond-to-nanosecond, is breathtaking.
What we are doing here is literally plucking form and substance out of a subatomic stew, a stew that composes our physical bodies as well. And we do this by concentrated intention, which nevertheless seems effortless to us. On consensus, we create a chair, for example, out of this stew, or we create our own bodies. Four people in a room will create four individual chairs, with chair five being the original intent of the chair maker. Each chair is unique as is the perception of it. If you go to sit down in a chair but miss it, perhaps falling to the floor, it is because you reconstructed the chair in a slightly different place, without realizing it. The existence of an object or a living being flashes in and out of our reality. In every Plank unit (the smallest unit of time) a new chair, or, for that matter, a new physical you is formed. Growth and decay are illusions we also create.
All of this is achieved through mass agreement. Perceptions from different cultures will not allow certain objects or ideas to form while promoting others unknown—No, unthinkable— in some societies. I remember reading about a film made in the West and shown to people in the Congo. What the Congolese saw was chickens in the forefront. Not one of them noticed the machinery in the film. Why? Because they did not recreate the machinery. Machinery was unthinkable. They instead altered the film by eliminating the machinery. It simply was not there.
Most of us have seen evidence of how material creations alter when the consensus or mass agreement changes, although we may not have realized it. Not so long ago, I returned to the house I lived in as a child. The owner allowed me to come in and look around. Nothing was the same. The house seemed smaller, for one thing, and looked as though it were set at an angle. Even the rooms looked slightly slanted and certainly narrower. It was clear to me that this was not the house I lived in. This phenomenon, experienced by so many of us, is usually attributed to the difference between a small child’s perception and an adult’s. The truth is, however, the house itself has altered according to the repeated changes in consensus. Consensus is built on the expectations of its inhabitants. Now that’s a big topic, but for later.
So when people ask me what we are doing here, I immediately think of a toddler exploring a table leg with its tongue. The sharpness of it, the coolness, the taste, the smoothness, the edges all have such deep but inexplicable meaning. The illusion of solidity that we constantly create has an unmatchable brilliance, but it comes at a price. What we do in this experimental and still-developing universe adds considerably to the range of experience in all realms. We should revel in it, as artists revel in their painting and composers in their music making.
This post was promised in a former post, William Buhlman on Out-of-Body Trips into the Afterlife.
January 27, 2014 @ 12:36 am
Thanks Julia. I kept a journal during my retreat up in Scotland and I am glad I did. I chronicled every meditation, including my dreams and one significant out of body experience. I also gained a very panoramic view of the future, first a few decades from where we are now, the a few millennia, although I am very critical about this. The main issue was a couple of very profound experiences towards the end. Rather than experiencing it with my eyes closed as during meditation, i had my eyes wide open, a repeat of my experience recorded in my book in 1972, but much more.
I put the journals out into book form. I thought it might be of interest to people studying consciousness: http://www.thetenminutemoment.com
January 27, 2014 @ 5:01 am
Lovely thoughts Jurgen. I too have on occasion experienced similar, but in all honesty much briefer states to the extended experience that you describe. It must have been a most wonderful week and beyond.
I remember parking my car near a huge tree in a park last year and relaxing/meditating for 30 minutes or so. As I emerged from the meditative state and opened my eyes I observed that the interaction of the wind and the swaying high branches of the tree had seemingly changed. The very atmosphere itself had also changed and somehow felt more alive and conscious. What I usually would consider to be the random cause and effect interaction between the wind and the branches had somehow altered in perception. It now appeared more like a perfect, exquisitely choreographed dance. The tree and the wind were interacting is if they were the one thing. Flowing and swaying together in perfect harmony. In my case I didn’t perceive it as a repeating pattern as such, but then again my time of observation on this occasion was exceedingly brief by comparison to Jurgen’s.
There was no sense of learning or lesson in this experience. Only the realisation that all is interconnected and flows in perfect integration, happening as it is intended to do so.
I had for a short period entered an experience that I believe already exists concurrently, just beyond my normal “going about life” level of perception. Sadly, the experience was brief and I soon slipped back into my usual state of consciousness.
So why then is it (seemingly) so elusive to experience life in this enhanced euphoric way on a more regular or even ongoing basis?
I believe Jürgen’s point about “gobbling up beliefs and considering them to be truths” cut’s right to the heart of it.
It has much to do with the fact that for the most part we cannot perceive and therefore cannot experience what we are not currently a vibrational match to. The beliefs and definitions we come to hold as true on earth about who we really are, and how reality is constructed, are energetic vibrational patterns that manifest and reflect back experiences of equivalent vibrational value (our personal reality). They are experiences that at some level, according to our beliefs and definitions, we have chosen to believe are within the appropriate range of options available for us to experience in our current lives.
Ideas entertained or taught that ultimately crystalize into beliefs such as, I am personally inferior (or for that matter superior), less than perfect, separate from, unworthy to, fearful of, isolated from, lacking in, rejected by, rightly judged by or rightly Judgemental of etc., etc., vibrate at very different and slower frequencies than higher vibrational beliefs like, I am unconditionally loving of myself and others, I am trusting that life will unfold exactly as it should, I am not judgmental or making the choices and opinions of others invalid, I am always free to fearlessly follow my heart, I am not needing to change others to accept my own beliefs as their truth, I encourage them to seek after their own etc., etc.
The former set of beliefs are restrictive , imprisoning, controlling, demeaning and isolating and do not resonate with who we truly are at all. None the less we are free to choose them as experiences.
The latter set are expansive, freeing, joyous, unconditionally loving and integrative. As such they more closely reflect the truth of who we truly are and are also available to be chosen as experiences.
Our beliefs and our definitions of how reality is supposed to manifest in our lives vibrate out from us continually and the experiences mirrored back to us confirm those beliefs. However the experiences we do not prefer or enjoy can’t be changed by trying to manipulate the reality being reflected back. It can’t be done in a sustainable way.
For example, If we remove ourselves from experiencing a certain type of person who presses our buttons, another one only shows up to replace them until we look into and change the belief or definition that we hold that is sustaining the sequence of unwanted experience. (hope I’m not playing that role for you Julia, LOL). The experience only changes positively when the limiting belief or definition that creates it changes to one of a higher (more enlightened, more loving) frequency.
True enough, the desired change often doesn’t manifest as instantly as we would like in the density of physical reality, but if we have truly made the internal change we will quickly notice ourselves responding differently and feeling better. At exactly the right time the undesired, person or event will either leave our experience or change profoundly.
I believe evolution is not the task we have set ourselves here . Rather it is, if we so choose, to remember the complete perfection that we truly are and have more of that reflected back to us in our current lives as experience. Some choose this option and others do not. Some are more willing to detach from the drama of their current human ‘story’ than others. None the less, all choices in this regard are equally valid and equally valued by All that is. Their is no pass or fail here. No right or wrong, no greater or lesser choices made. All that is embraces and includes all experiences chosen with equal love and as being of equal value. Even those choices that you or I could not conceive of choosing as an experience.
To bring these thoughts together I would say that all other infinite, parallel dimensional experiences connected to our current personal reality remain ever present. As we adjust our beliefs and definitions our ability to access the beauty of the higher dimensions opens up before us.
When we come to think, believe, feel and operate at a higher vibrational frequency that which was previously invisible to us comes into our awareness as a range of options to be explored. if we so choose.
January 27, 2014 @ 6:38 am
Every time I read your posts or book, I feel as though the train has left the station. I have my ticket to ride, I just got there too late. Now I am running desperately trying to catch up. Along with your mediumship abilities, you are shedding light on a reality which many of us forget at birth. Thank you for your quest and your honesty. You have enriched the lives of many. Certainly mine.
January 27, 2014 @ 9:58 am
Ellsworth, as always, you make me smile!