Victims of Our Own Thinking

How often do we stop to examine the ideas that motivate, or drive, us to see where they’re taking us as we create our reality from moment to moment? Judging from our concern about human overcrowding, disease, increased global warming from human activity, increasing interpersonal and international conflict, and general planetary degradation, it is safe to assume we don’t examine our motives, where they come from and where they are taking us, as well and as often as we should.

Man in Chains

VICTIMS OF OUR OWN THINKING

(During the course of everyday events we often forget the role of thoughts in the forging of our material reality. We get lost in the visible symbols, the material byproducts of our imaginations, forgetting the invisible blueprints from which they, and we, emerge. Paragraph one from: We Create Our Own Reality)

How often do we stop to examine the ideas that motivate or drive us, to see where they’re taking us as we create our reality from moment to moment? Judging from our concern about human overpopulation, disease, increased global warming from human activity, increasing interpersonal and international conflict, and general planetary degradation, it’s safe to assume we don’t examine our motives, where they come from and where they’re taking us, as well and as often as we should.

Take two core beliefs like we’re all separate and there’s not enough to go around. Can you see how beliefs like these lead to associated ideas like survival of the fittest, dog-eat-dog, and devil take the hindmost? And as we act out ideas like these is it hard to understand how we might conclude we’re basically bad and can’t trust ourselves? Core beliefs act like genes in a fertilized egg but instead of transforming the basic building blocks of matter into a full blown human being, animal or plant, they take the basic building blocks of thought (the most basic awareness and action patterns) and transform them into a mature belief system, a system that seems just as determined to survive intact as the human body, its physical counterpart.

 

Seat of Power

(Pure energy, like money, its material equivalent, is shaped into matter and experience by thought. It can be used to lift up or smash down, to build character or destroy character, to express love or express hate, to beautify or make ugly. Paragraph two from: We Create Our Own Reality)

Just as we (the essential self, basic identity, soul) have the power to shape our bodies through intent and action expressed as changes in attitude, eating habits, and exercise, we have the ability to shape our thought or belief systems. In fact, our belief systems are easier to reshape than our bodies!

Take the following example from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: To be, or not to be? In asking himself this question, Hamlet is considering whether, given his life’s circumstances, it’s better for him to live or die. It is a question we all consider from time to time in our lives, depending on our circumstances. Take these two opposing thoughts and stretch them apart to form a continuum.

Not To be |———————————-| To be

(Negative, or pessimistic view of life) vs. (Positive, or optimistic view of life)

Where would you place yourself on this continuum at this moment in your life? Would you place yourself near the left, the right, or the middle? Why did you place yourself there? What are the causative factors or reasons? Where would you like to be on this continuum? Read a newspaper, watch the television news, or listen to a radio talk show for a while and see how your concern about living or dying changes. Where would you place the United States, Europe, Asia, or the Middle East on this continuum? Where would you place humanity as a whole? Can you see how momentary thoughts and current events change our position on this continuum?

Our thoughts and accompanying moods are in a constant flux as a result of what we think, feel and experience in the moment. What we often forget is how much power we have to determine what we think, feel and experience in the moment by taking responsibility for choosing our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations. How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which, in turn, forms our reality. We  have the power to choose our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations just like we have the power to choose what we buy in the grocery store or grow in a our garden. If we fail to take responsibility for creating our reality, which includes how we define and react to it, we become the victims of it.

Too often our lives are spent reacting to events that have already happened instead of shaping future events by making changes in our currently held beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, our belief system. By the time we witness or experience and event, it’s too late to change it, although we can shape how events will unfold in the next moment by changing what we think, feel and do in the present. Knowing this is root of hope! Intuitively, and from past experience, we know we have the power to change or shape the future, which is why we commit to thought and action in the first place. Apathy is the result of limiting and conflicting beliefs, beliefs that tell us we’re not worthy, we’re too young, too old, too fat, too skinny, too poor, too stupid, too weak, negative beliefs that put us in a box, a psychological prison of invisible bars that seem just as real to us as steel bars.

Here’s another example to demonstrate how powerful, dynamic and flexible parts of our belief systems are. Take the opposing values: live to eat or eat to live. This is another health and quality of life issue we have to deal with daily because we need to eat to survive and eating is such a great source of pleasure for many of us. Unless we have clear and strong beliefs, emotional stability, and a routine in place to balance the pleasure of eating with our need to eat, eating patterns can get out of control and create both physical and emotional challenges for us.

Separating opposing values in this way gives us knowledge about many things. First, we get to see how all-encompassing our thoughts are. Each of us has access to the sum total of all thoughts, but whether it’s from loyalty, habit, tradition or laziness, we choose to actualize only a small range of associated ideas in the form of beliefs, attitudes, values, and expectations. These ideas, whatever they may be or wherever they come form, represent our knowledge base or working belief system. They provide us with an invisible blueprint or built-in recipe book for living. Therefore, it’s important we examine our belief systems periodically to remove beliefs and behavior patterns that produce results we don’t want and replace them with beliefs and behavior patterns we do want. When our intent is self-improvement, it’s like upgrading our computers and the software programs that run them. Each upgrade results in the creation of a better version of who we are.

Also, by separating opposing values like live to eat and eat to live, we get to see how dynamic and changeable our belief systems are. We get to see how the needs of our body, random thoughts and feelings, a site, a sound, a smell, another person’s suggestion or an advertisement influences our thoughts and feelings, our behavior in the moment and in the future. Each new thought and feeling, like a rock thrown in a pond sends out ripples that affect every other thought and feeling, not only in ourselves but others as well. With each new thought our position on the continuum shifts in one direction or the other toward one end of the continuum or the other. When we add all aspects of life into the mix we can see how creative, dynamic, and challenging life is for all of us.

Live to eat |—————————-| Eat to live

Not only can we use Bi-Polar Continuums of Belief to define our behavior, analyze the source of it, or predict future behavior, we can use them to consciously change our behavior.

The following Bi-Polar Continuum of Beliefs is made up of thoughts that reflect the most basic (core) beliefs we hold regarding life on this planet. While it is possible that the sum total of all human beings would appear evenly distributed along this continuum and form a flat line, it is more likely that a majority of us hold similar enough beliefs, due to broad cultural influences, to form a peak somewhere along the axis between the two extreme points of view. Smaller numbers of us would place ourselves closer to one end of the spectrum or the other, forming somewhat of a bell shaped curve. As personal and cultural core beliefs change over time, the peak shifts toward one end of the spectrum or the other, which results in changes to our personal and cultural experience.

 

(Separation & Scarcity vs. Oneness and Separation; enough, if we share.)

 

Through Your Eyes

If we strongly believe we’re all separate (every man is an island) and there aren’t enough resources in the world to go around, what other associated ideas will we attract to us and what kind of reality will we create? With a “survival of the fittest” belief system is it not natural to kill others so the chosen few can live, to make others poor so the the chosen few can be rich, to enslave others so the chosen few can be served? If, on the other hand, we strongly believe we’re both one and separate (cut from the same cloth), and there are enough resources in the world to go around, if we share them and balance our demands (population and material ambitions) against the earth’s ability to provide for us, what other associated ideas will we attract to us and what kind of reality will we create?

THE VALUE JUDGMENT WORLD VERSUS THE VALUE FULFILLMENT WORLD

How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality.

Currently, our world view and therefore our life experience, is dominated by two basic core beliefs. They are: we’re separate and there’s not enough to go around. When we step back and look at these two self-defining core beliefs we can see how limiting and divisive they are, and how they attract associated ideas like survival of the fittest, dog-eat-dog, and devil take the hindmost, predatory concepts we see dramatized in life, work, and art every day. In an environment of ideas like this, it is not hard to see why so many of us define success by the amount of money, power, and prestige we acquire. When we insist on believing we’re separate and there’s not enough of what we need or want to go around, we create a foundation for the fear, competition, violence and suffering we see in the world. It’s no wonder two additional core beliefs, or negative self-concepts are part of the mix: we’re basically bad and we can’t trust ourselves. (See: What I Learned in Catholic School)

In a world dominated by belief in separation and scarcity – fear, distrust, and competition force us to create central forms of religious and/or secular authority to formally determine, command and control our behavior. Cultural ideals, expressed as religious doctrine and/or secular laws, supercede individual rights and are imposed upon us with the threat of force, which includes a formal means of establishing guilt or innocence with the ability to administer punishment, if necessary, to ensure public safety and peace.

 

Fault Finders R Us

On a less formal level, but just as persuasive, Social Norms (external values) that characterize different aspects of being and performance as right or wrong, good or bad, control us through the power of self-judgment and public opinion. From birth we learn to compare ourselves and one another to outside standards of being and performance in every role we play. In the process of policing ourselves and one another to ensure we conform to pre-approved patterns of being and behavior, we become Fault Finders. Ever vigilant, we look for discrepancies between cultural ideals and personal behavior. We criticize and attack ourselves and one another for the things we do and don’t do, who we are, or not, and for differences in our size, shape, weight, race, religion, age, sex, beauty, and intelligence. When we compare ourselves and one another to external cultural standards of being and performance, we make judgments about our goodness or badness, our rightness or wrongness, our worth or worthlessness, hence the name, Value Judgment World.

In a world view dominated by belief in separation and scarcity, the amount of money, power, and prestige we acquire becomes the “official” measure of success or survivability. We want to feel like we’re “someone” in this world of “winners and losers” as we “struggle to survive”. Some of us are so fearful and desperate to “succeed” we’ll lie, cheat, steal and by so doing, sell our soul in the process. As long as we’re clever and don’t get caught, our behavior is tolerated and even considered logical or proper. In this fearful, ambitious, competitive, and material world, there is one question that plagues us though and that is, “when is enough, enough?” How much money, power, and prestige does it take to make us feel safe in this “hostile” world? Obviously, some of us think enough is never enough, which can create an imbalance or breakdown in the system. If imbalances go uncorrected and become great enough, they can push us to the edge of extinction, if not over it.

In a Value Judgment World, most of our energy is absorbed by activities involving the need for defense. We go to school and choose work more to develop a lifestyle that helps us avoid suffering, guilt, punishment and the wrath of public opinion than to express who we love to be and what we love to do. We invest so much of our creative energy in being who others want us to be and doing what others think we should do, we lose touch with who we are and what we’re capable of. Only during infancy and in quiet moments away from the demands and expectations of a fearful, manipulating, and controlling world do we get in touch with our true selves and highest ideals. In these quiet moments of creative freedom and spontaneity, when we’re being who we love to be and doing what we love to do, do we realize that pleasure, in the form of love, truth, and joy (happiness), is life’s highest reward. Sadly, this natural impulse gets lost when we believe too strongly in separation, scarcity, competition, and fear.

If we stop to think about our own experience for a minute, we’ll see that consciousness and energy, awareness and action, are at the heart of everything we do whether it’s deciding to drink a glass of water, smile, frown, or write a book. Energetic Awareness (or Awareized Energy ) is behind all being and creation. It is the Great Oneness from which All That Is springs! It is what we are and use to create our individuality and personality. It is behind the creation of matter and its manipulation in time and space. It is what we use to manipulate and express ourselves in life, imagination, and dreams. It is the Great Oneness we are a part of and apart from at the same time. To understand this is to see the sacredness, the magic and the wonder of All That Is. It is the key to evolving beyond Childhood’s End. It is time for us, God’s children, to grow up! (See: The Ball of Light, A Dream About the Nature of Consciousness and Being)

Master of Appreciation

THE VALUE FULFILLMENT WORLD

We create our reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves and the world around us. We all know we’re both one and separate and there are enough resources in the world to go around, if we share them and take responsibility for ourselves in not demanding more from the earth than it can provide. In other words, we need to pay attention to ourselves, one another and the earth to maintain healthy relationships. Maintaining healthy relationships needs to be our top priority, not armoring ourselves against hostility in the world because we don’t know how to maintain healthy relationships.

LIVE BY VALUE FULFILLMENT AND PRACTICE IDEALISM

In other words, determine the qualities of life and being you value most, your ideals, and actualize them to the best of your ability!

(The purpose, or challenge, of life is to learn how to use thought in its various forms to shape energy into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of a job well done. And, like learning to walk or talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a great balancing act where one must accept falling down in the course of learning how to stand up. Paragraph three from: We Create Our Own Reality)

Changing ourselves and the World

The question is, what is “better”, more competition, money, power and privilege or more partnership, love, truth and joy? Everything we do, we do for a reason. In some cases our”reasons” work for us while in others, they work against us. To be in control of creating our reality we need to examine our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations periodically. We need to challenge the role of ideas we have come to accept as belief when they create results we don’t want in our lives. It doesn’t matter whether they’re “official” beliefs held by our church, school, parents, friends or society. The ideas we choose to accept as belief is our responsibility and our responsibility alone.

But, as long as we continue to see the world through our physical senses and intellects, exclusively, we will tend to see only separation and scarcity.

Intellectual Abilities and the Outer Senses Verses Intuitive Abilities and the Inner Senses

It is important to understand the differences between our intellectual abilities and intuitive abilities and our outer senses and inner senses because how we use them strongly influences the development of our world view. Our intellectual abilities, in partnership with our physical senses, enable us to see the differences between things, to categorize and label them, and to manipulate data and information. They allow us to objectify our experience or see it from the outside in. Our intuitive abilities and inner senses, on the other hand, allow us to subjectify our experience or see it from the inside out. One system allows us to observe and experience the differences between ideas and things (separating qualities) while the other system provides us with the ability to observe and experience the oneness of all things (integrating qualities). To give the idea of “oneness” more meaning, examine the following description of the Inner Senses:

The Inner Senses

If they’re working properly, our five outer senses enable us to see, hear, taste, touch and smell, but what do our Inner Senses enable us to do? In the The Seth Material, a book written by Jane Roberts and first published by Prentice-Hall, Inc. in September 1970, Seth, the entity Jane channels, describes the Inner Senses and how they work. In my copy of The Seth Material, a paperback book edition published by Bantam Books in February 1976, the names and definitions of the Inner Senses appear on pages 278-286. The copyright holder, Robert F. Butts, Jane Robert’s husband when she died September 5, 1984, has graciously given me permission to reprint them. Like our outer senses, the only way to validate our Inner Senses is to use them and observe the results.

Inner Vibrational Touch – Think of the Inner Senses as paths leading to an inner reality. The first sense involves perception of a direct nature–instant cognition through what I can only describe as inner vibrational touch. Imagine a man standing on a typical street of houses and grass and trees. This sense would permit him to feel the basic sensations felt by each of the trees about him. His consciousness would expand to contain the experience of what it is to be a tree–any or all of the trees. He would feel the experience of being anything he chose within his field of notice: people, insects, (and) blades of grass. He would not lose consciousness of who he was, but would perceive these sensations somewhat in the same way that you now feel heat and cold. (See: Inside Ivy)

Psychological Time – Psychological Time is a natural pathway that was meant to give an easy route of access from the inner world to the outer, and back again, though you do not use it as such. Psychological Time originally enabled man to live in the inner and outer worlds with relative ease…. As you develop in your use of it, you will be able to rest within its framework while you are consciously awake. It adds duration to your normal time. From its framework you will see that physical time is as dreamlike as you once thought inner time was. You will discover your whole selves, peeping inward and outward simultaneously, and know that all divisions are illusions. (See: The “Suckface” Incident)

Perception of Past, Present, and Future – If you will remember your imaginary man as he stands upon a street, you will recall that I spoke of his feeling all the unitary essences of each living thing within his range, using the first Inner Sense. Using this third sense, this experience would be expanded. If he so chose, he would also feel the past and future essence of each living thing within his range.

The Conceptual Sense – The fourth Inner Sense involves direct cognition of a concept in much more than intellectual terms; it involves experiencing a concept completely. Concepts have what we will call electrical and chemical composition. The molecules and ions of … consciousness change into the concept, which is then directly experienced. You cannot truly understand or appreciate any living thing unless you can become that thing. You can best achieve some approximation of an idea by using Psychological Time. Sit in a quiet room. When an idea comes to you, do not play with it intellectually, but reach out to it intuitively. Do not be afraid of unfamiliar physical sensations. With practice and to a limited degree, you will find that you can become the idea. You will be inside it, looking out–not looking in. Concepts such as I am referring to reach beyond your ideas of time and space. If you become proficient in the use of the third Inner Sense when cognition is more or less spontaneous, then you can utilize the conceptual sense with more freedom. Any true concept has its origins outside of your camouflage system and continues beyond it. Unless you use the Inner Senses in this manner, you will only receive a glimmering of a concept, regardless of its simplicity.

(Although I haven’t taken the time to write a full report of my experience, the first time I took LSD, I experienced a state of all-knowingness. Anything I thought of, I could see from every possible angle. I could also see that all ideas are connected. Theoretically, if you start with one idea, you can follow it as it transforms into another idea, ad infinitum, until you see the totality of All That Is. Unlike our physical senses, which see everything as separate, our inner senses see both the oneness and separation of All That Is. – Pete)

Cognition of Knowledgeable Essence– Remember that these Inner Senses operate as a whole, working together smoothly, and that to some degree the divisions between them are arbitrary. This fifth sense differs from the fourth [conceptual sense] in that it does not involve cognition of a concept. It is similar to the fourth sense in that it is free from past, present, and future, and involves an intimate becoming, or transformation of self into something else. All entities are in one way or another enclosed within themselves, yet also connected to others. Using this sense, you penetrate through the capsule that encloses the self. This Inner Sense, like all others, is being used constantly by the inner self, but very little of the data received is sifted through to the subconscious or ego. Without the use of this sense, however, no man would come close to understanding another.

Innate Knowledge of Basic Reality – This is an extremely rudimentary sense. It is concerned with the entity’s innate working knowledge of the basic vitality of the universe, without which no manipulations of vitality would be possible–as, for example, you could not stand up straight without first having an innate sense of balance. Without this sixth sense and its constant use by the inner self, you could not construct the physical camouflage universe. You can compare this sense with instinct, as you think of it, although it is concerned with the innate knowledge of the entire universe. Particular data about specific areas of reality are given to a living organism to make manipulation within that area possible. The inner self has at its command complete knowledge, but only portions are used by an organism. A spider, spinning its web, is using this sense in almost its purest form. The spider has no intellect or ego, and its activities are pure spontaneous uses of the Inner Senses, unhampered and uncamouflaged to a great extent. But inherent in the spider, as in man, is complete comprehension of the universe as a whole.

Where does telepathy fit into this scheme? My experience, Encounter with the Energy of Unconditional Love, started out as an experiment in telepathy. Another experience, Turning Hate into Love, contained a strong element of telepathy as well. When I drove a bus I used to love to ask people questions like: where does each moment come from and where does it go? What are thoughts; where do they come from and where do they go? Where is the “you” that existed two minutes ago and where is the “you” that will appear two minutes from now? In what form do you exist out of phase with what we think of as the Present? With all the possible choices we can make, with all the possible unknown variables that can affect change in the next moment, how do we create each new moment of our experience with such exquisite grace and confidence? What do we know inwardly that we don’t know outwardly?

Other topics of discussion on the bus involved differences in the way we use the concepts of time and space in dreams compared to how we use them in waking reality. In waking reality time is linear only. It is one consecutive moment after the next as we move from birth to death. In dreams, time can move both backward and forward. If you include switching bodies and lives, you can even say it goes sideways too! I remember one particular dream where I was standing at bat in a softball game. When I hit the ball high in the air, instead of running to first base like we do in our “official” waking reality, I followed the ball into the air and came down in another reality.

I landed on the sidewalk of a busy little town where people were talking and shopping, totally oblivious of my sudden appearance. I seemed to fit in like a native of the town. Another difference between our experience in waking reality and inner reality is in how we communicate. In waking reality large groups of people speak different languages, which can make communication difficult if not impossible. Communication between species in waking reality is even more difficult. In inner reality, however, communication is direct and universal. At this level of Beingness we experience another beings thoughts and feelings directly as if they were our own. In my experience Inside Ivy, I was able to communicate directly with the consciousness of a rootlet in the plant. In still other dreams, I’ve had the experience of shifting from one person’s point of view to another as several people stood around sharing their thoughts. I was present as a Personality Energy Essence but not an individual member of the group. As each person spoke, I would be that person looking at the world through their eyes and speaking in their words. When I grew bored with the experience, I left.

In outer, or waking reality, we organize our experiences in linear terms relative to time and space based on logic, demand, and necessity with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. In inner reality, experience results from our need to express emotional energy, desire, curiosity, and whim.  As in waking reality, sometimes we direct our own experience and sometimes other forces direct our experience. Sometimes we lead and sometimes we follow. Whether we lead or follow depends on how clear we are on what we want, and how determined we are to experience it. Another factor that plays a role in this eternal dance of consciousness is the strength and determination of others in our immediate field of influence. In The Ball of Light…, for example, there seemed to be an underlying agenda that was controlled by another entity. My job, so to speak, was to follow that agenda as it sought to teach me about the nature of consciousness and being.

In Encounter with the Energy of Unconditional Love, many entities were involved and could see what was to come as though we had all agreed to this experience ahead of time. I also may have played a role in setting this experience up when two years earlier, I threw my arms up at the universe and asked, What do I want more than anything else in All That Is? A deep male voice, about six inches in front of my forehead said, “Love!” The instant I heard it I knew it was true. More than anything else in All That Is, I wanted love and be loved unconditionally. Since every thought is a suggestion, did the power of the realization that I wanted to love and be loved more than anything else in All That Is serve as the organizing force behind this amazing experience? I think so!

I also think asking questions like who are we, what’s reality, and what’s the purpose of life, and refusing to accept half truths, has led to most of my most extraordinary experiences.

Expansion or Contraction of the Tissue Capsule – This sense operates in two ways. It can be an extension or enlargement of the self, a widening of its boundaries and of conscious comprehension. It can also be a pulling together of the self into an ever-smaller capsule that enables the self to enter other systems of reality. The tissue capsule surrounds each consciousness and is actually an energy field boundary, keeping the inner self’s energy from seeping away. No consciousness exists in any system without this capsule enclosing it. These capsules have also been called astral bodies. The seventh Inner Sense allows for an expansion or contraction of this tissue capsule.

(When I first started experimenting with the nature of my own consciousness, I used Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. I would imagine myself growing larger and larger and moving faster and faster away from the earth and into the universe. As I moved faster and became larger and less tangible, solar systems and then galaxies would pass through my body until I reached the speed of light. When I exceeded the speed of light, I would drop into another reality and another life. To reverse direction, I would simply shrink my size and slow my vibration rate down until I would come to a complete stop relative to this universe. At that point, I would fall into another reality. – Pete)

Disentanglement from Camouflage – Complete disentanglement from camouflage comes rarely within your system, although it is possible to achieve it, particularly in connection with Psychological Time. When Psychological Time is utilized to its fullest extent, then camouflage is lessened to an astounding degree. With disentanglement, the inner self disengages itself from one particular camouflage before it either adopts another set smoothly or dispenses with camouflage entirely. This is accomplished through what you might call a changing of frequencies or vibrations: a transformation of vitality from one particular pattern or aspect to another. In some ways, your dream world gives you closer experience with basic inner reality than does your waking world, where the Inner Senses are so shielded from your awareness.

(In Inside Ivy, I disentangled myself from my human body and flowed into a rootlet of the ivy plant. I automatically reduced my size “Tissue Body” so I could fit inside the rootlet. – Pete)

Diffusion by the Energy Personality – An energy personality who wishes to become a part of your system does so using this sense. The energy personality first diffuses itself into many parts. Since entry into your plane or system, as a member of it, cannot be made in any other manner, it must be made in the simplest terms, and later built up–sperm, of course, being an entry in this respect. The energy of the personality must then be recombined.

(In The Ball of Light, a lucid dream about the nature of consciousness and being, I began to appear in the school lobby piece by piece, as if I had been disassembled and was being reassembled by a device like the Transporter on the starship, Enterprise. Normally, in altered states of consciousness, the process of dematerialization and re-materialization occurs quickly, almost unconsciously. In this instance, however, it happened slowly enough for me to observe.

As I describe the above experience, I’m reminded of another when time slowed down and allowed me to see things I couldn’t see otherwise. It resulted from an exercise tape Seth made to discuss the nature of time. As he discussed “time” his words slowed down until I could no longer recognize them as words but only individual vocal sounds, each separated by an increasing amount of time. The amount of “time” between each sound became greater and greater until, eventually, there was no sound at all. Finally, after what seemed like a very long time, the individual sounds began again and increased in frequency until Seth, using Jane’s voice, was speaking at a normal pace again. Experiencing concepts like the nature of time subjectively, or from the inside out, can only be done by using our intuitive abilities and inner senses. Our intellects and outer senses only allow us to see reality from the outside in, or as objectified matter and events.

Seth’s analogy of a sperm as one type of entry point for a soul, or entity, is interesting. I suppose a female egg would be another and, birth, still another. – Pete)

In Inside Ivy, I used most of my Inner Senses. I definitely used Disentanglement from Camouflage and Diffusion of the Energy Personality when I formed what seemed like a liquid or gaseous solution and flowed down into the ivy plant. In adjusting to the smaller size of the rootlet, I used the ability to contract my Tissue Capsule although unconsciously. In my direct knowing of the plant, I used a combination of Inner Vibrational Touch, the Cognition of Knowledgeable Essence, and the Perception of Past, Present, and Future. According to Seth, we use the Innate Sense of Basic Reality in all of our experiences. In my Ivy experience, using my Inner Senses was as effortless and natural as using my outer senses. 

LIVE BY VALUE FULFILLMENT AND PRACTICE IDEALISM

In other words, determine qualities of life and being you value most, your ideals, and actualize them to the best of your ability! We cannot blindly accept beliefs, attitudes, values, and expectations from those in authority around us without question. Ideas acted out have consequences.

When we give both our oneness and individuality equal value, when we remember that to love another is to love ourselves, to give to another is to give to ourselves, we automatically take into account what will work best for all of us because we know it will work best for us in the long term when we operate in partnership. The earth is alive and there are enough resources to go around if we share them, and balance our needs and demands with the living earth’s ability to provide for us.

When we can see the magic and wonder, the consciousness and energy behind the creation of All That Is, when we understand both our Oneness and individuality are sacred; there is little need for external forms of government. We become capable of governing ourselves from within for we all have access to higher levels of consciousness and the ability to challenge ideas until we consider them worthy of becoming personal beliefs. “Truth has a beauty of its own that sparkles like diamonds.” (Robert Butts) When we take responsibility for the kind of energy we send out into the world as we co-create our shared reality, we sparkle like diamonds!

It’s amazing to think that changing the world for the better can be as simple as changing one or two basic beliefs, isn’t it? Actually, it isn’t that simple. Even though we know we’re cut from the same cloth intuitively, we find it hard to believe intellectually when our outer senses seem to tell us so clearly we’re separate. To see our Oneness, we need to develop and use our Inner Senses and Intuitive Abilities. This is why sharing our Inner Experiences, as well as our outer ones is so important. To make the jump from the violence of the Value Judgment World to the peace of the Value Fulfillment World we need to “see” that we are both One and separate at the same time. That’s what a belief is; it’s something we believe because we have proof or evidence of its reality. Understanding the difference between these two worlds will make our choice easier and smooth the journey from one to the other.

If we are constantly depressed, we weigh more than is good for us, or we live in a world of fear and violence, what can we do? First, we need to acknowledge the truth of our experience. Next, we need to understand what it is we believe, and why, because everything we do, we do for a reason, good or bad. Society and its institutions play a big role here. We often absorb and reflect the beliefs of our surroundings. To consciously create our reality, we need to do more than this. We need to observe and explore the nature of our own experience, including what we imagine and dream. And we need to question the authority of our personal and cultural beliefs. Next, we need to build a bridge from where we are to where we want to be. We need to remove all limiting and conflicting beliefs that keep us from being who we want to be and doing what we want to do while keeping within the parameters of: what’s going to work best for all of us?

For example, if we want to be rich, we need to wrestle (not lie to ourselves) with beliefs like “money is the root of all evil, making money is hard, it’s at the expense of other people,” or, “to make lots of money, I have to sell my soul to the company store.” If we want to be slim and fit, we need to deal with the impulses and ideas that say, it should be otherwise. If our days revolve around eating big, delicious meals every day and watching TV at night, we’re not going to be able to actualize our dream of being trim and fit. If we want peace in the world, we cannot create it by refusing to share ourselves and our resources with others, by not respecting others, and by trying to resolve disputes with guns.

While building a bridge “from here to there” sounds simple, ask any construction engineer how easy it is to build a bridge. Like any building project, it requires patience, understanding, discipline, and hard work. Maybe this is why so many of us are stuck in our way of life; we have unrealistic expectations of what it takes to create change! This is why I felt compelled to create the following T-shirt design using the famous Gandhi quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” I changed the “you” to “we” and wrote it from the bottom up, not only to reflect the effort involved in change, but to show the result, as we rise from darkness into the light.

We get what we concentrate on so it’s important to understand what it is we normally think about so we can replace it with what it is we really want. Sometimes change triggered by a revelation like one I had while turning my bus into a parking lot turnaround. As I began to make the turn, I was struck by the thought: “How come I never think about how good I am, how much I do, and how well I do it? Instead, I think about what I do wrong or don’t do.” My usual negative thought pattern was suddenly exposed and allowed me to work on it. It also highlighted the role of society and its institutions in supporting fear, self-criticism, and negativity in the people.

The question is what do we want to create? Are we created by an external source, do we create ourselves and our reality, or are we the result of both processes working at once? Who are we, what’s reality, and what’s the purpose of life? Until we explore questions like these and find fully satisfying answers, we will remain victims of our own thinking.

Do you see oneness and separation in the world, or just separation? Do you see abundance or scarcity? Do you see life as a matter of competing against others or competing against yourself? Do you see life as a creative process to be enjoyed, or a gauntlet of fear and suffering to be endured? Is survival better served by fear and competition or love and partnership? Do you feel life is a gift, or a burden? How do you treat yourself? How do you treat others? Do you love yourself or do you hate yourself? If you love yourself, how are you going to treat yourself and others? If you hate yourself, how are you going to treat yourself and others? Do you see yourself as good, or bad? If you believe you’re good, how are you going to treat yourself and others? If you believe you’re bad, how are you going to treat yourself and others? Do you believe in yourself and your abilities, or do you doubt yourself and your abilities? What’s going to work best for you and everyone? What role does your family, society, and its institutions play in how you feel about yourself? What role do you and your own beliefs play in how you feel about yourself? Who are we? What’s reality? What’s the purpose of life?

Asking ourselves the right questions can be our salvation because they give us pause to examine our belief systems and how they create our reality. Otherwise, too often we take life for granted and operate on automatic pilot. Actively questioning old beliefs gives us a chance to readjust our strategies for living, to write a new script, draw a new picture, one that’s more pleasing to us than the one we’ve been creating.

Remember: Thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and you an artist. With thoughts in the forms of belief, attitude, value, and expectation you paint the landscape of your life. (from: We Create Our Own Reality)

Copyright 2007, Roger A. “Pete” Peterson

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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