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THE EXISTENCE OF THE MOMENT

§ January 16th, 2010 § Filed under Chapter 60: The Existence of the Moment § Tagged , , , , , § No Comments

Does your world view presesnt harmony or chaos? The moment you live in flows out of your resonance and reflects your inner spirit connection. Do you see fluid beauty or a jumble? Does it sparkle? Or is it just wet? It's your world.

           Now let’s look a little more closely at this moment we are living in. Here is the “now.” Here is the world of our perceptions, shored up by a beautiful labyrinth of memories and physical evidence. And looking out into the world, there is a complete reality, full of events and people and constant ongoing interactions. But how robust is this smooth fabric of reality that we perceive?

            According to my Spirit Guide, See Do, the idea that the existence of any single moment extends, or that the time-frame extends, in some sort of gigantic and concrete “now-ness” is an illusion. To put it simply: there is no consistent existence of any perceived moment.

            As each of us, peering through our keyholes, perceives this moment, there is no solid lock-up between our disparate and individual perceptions. Each of us is perceiving time passing in accord with our own sense of awareness and level of attention. And of course, everybody’s perception is true to their individual perception of their reality.

            As we interact, our realities merge seamlessly.

            Looking out across the world, we receive information that is in perfect resonance with the world we, and the other individuals in our world perception, are projecting or creating. Some of us will be more in tune with our resonance and some of us less in tune. Some will be reaching a close sense of harmony with a world that is in alignment with their state of True Being.

          Those who are less in tune will perceive a world that appears much less connected to their spirit than those who are in tune. The world may appear random and at odds with them and their wishes. It is because they perceive a moment that merges with the projected moments of others who are more connected to their spirit energies. Or, in a worst-case scenario, they are in a merged moment of multiple souls who have scant connection, or no connection with their resonances. Without some sense of inner harmony being projected the world will present chaos, at worst violence.

           Those who are in tune with at least some of their resonance will see a world where events seem to come to them. They feel that they can “call it in.” And they will see, if they’re observant, objects and patterns paint on the world straight out of their recent positive experiences. Positive memory of the past can be used as the palette of the present. Their “now” feels in harmony with their inner feelings. The two reflect and refract. It just feels good to live in this state, if one can achieve it.

           But I digress. The point is that the intermingling of our perceived temporal reality is all we have. It is our perception of the “now.” It all comes from one thing that will pour out a completely consistent viewpoint for you. But yours and mine are not tied to some unbendable fabric of Time. We can both watch the same clock tick, but there is utterly no way to tie our two perceived moments down as one. Our full perception is uniquely our own.

           We live in our own “now.” Each present and current moment of existence is all we can interact with. And there is not one big “now” that we all inhabit. Remember, Time does not exist, but Time is all we perceive. The future is not set. But neither is the past. And your work is in the present.

           It may take some time to absorb these thoughts. It may be impossible for some. I know. It has taken me years to come to terms with much of what See Do has told me. And some, I must admit, I still can’t fully grasp.

           Do your best. Seek your state of True Being. Bring your positive resonant energy into temporal reality. We will all appreciate your efforts.

           –continued  (Next: Are we stuck in this reality?)

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REALITY IS 100% CONSISTENT

§ January 13th, 2010 § Filed under Chapter 59: Reality Is 100% Consistent § Tagged , , , , , § No Comments

Here's the heart of it, according to See Do: We perceive an infinitely complex view that is painted in-full right at the instant of our perceiving it. And that includes all memory and its apparently seamless integration. After years of pondering this idea, I have found that it doesn't get any easier to swallow.

           If you’re keeping up, you’ve now had a good taste of the substance of our temporal reality as well as the nature of our “keyhole perception.” Now on to the fun.

          Here begins my account of See Do’s description of the reality behind our temporal reality. Importantly, I am not promoting or proselytizing any belief system. And equally importantly, I have no intention of criticizing or refuting any belief system. These chapters are simply my account of what my Spirit Guide, See Do, told me.

           You may recall that in Chapter 32, See Do said that the future is not set, but then, to my surprise, he went a bit further with “and neither is the past.”  And we’ve seen how all conscious perception is, in fact, memory.

           According to See Do, all that we can actively perceive is the right now. In other words, all we can actively interact with is the immediate present. The future and the past are unavailable to us. We can remember the past and see hard evidence of it. We can even see and hear recordings of it. But the immediate present and the past are all one thing. There is only one thing. We perceive an infinitely complex view that is painted in-full right at the instant of our perceiving it. And that includes all memory and its apparently seamless integration.

           I hope you didn’t miss that. Those last two sentences are key. Try them again:

           We perceive an infinitely complex view that is painted in-full right at the instant of our perceiving it. And that includes all memory and its apparently seamless integration.

           One of the results of this is that all perception is 100% consistent. It all works perfectly as it all reflects and resonates it all. It all blooms from one source, so reflects itself perfectly.

           In the Buddhist tradition, you may be familiar with Indra’s Web. This is a similar idea or analog. It is all as an infinite hall of mirrors, or web of cut gems, reflecting itself to complete a 100% consistent image and timeline. Your consciousness, your spirit, your soul does this constantly and with minimal effort.

           You create your reality and project it out into your apparent perceived space (you’re projecting the idea of the space too). It appears to arrive instantly and whole, complete with its universe of evidence, timeline and memories. Don’t look around trying to prove or disprove this assertion, as all you can perceive in your temporal reality is the 100% consistent projected stimuli. And all you can remember is a universe that is in 100% agreement with all of it.

           In some ways, I found and still find this to be the single most difficult of See Do’s lessons. And we went over it many times.

           There is simply no evidence to be found within any perceived temporal reality experience or record that will contradict itself. It all comes from, and is, the one thing. And as such reflects or resonates itself with complete fidelity. If you understand the origin, you will understand that it is impossible for it to do otherwise.

           Remember that Time does not exist, but Time is all we perceive (chapter 56), so the “time” it takes to put all of this together is irrelevant. What you and I perceive as Time, that continuous, consistent unwinding of the now, is an illusion of our temporal-reality-based perceptual mechanisms. What is “really” happening might as well take an eon between ticks of the clock. Maybe it does. We’d never detect it anyway.

           And that would just be for you. There are a myriad of other souls, or temporal viewpoints, around you doing the same thing. These projection/perceptual realities can mingle and overlap, carrying resonance between each other’s point of view. So the complexity that had you puckering a few paragraphs ago is mightily compounded. But See Do just chuckles. He says it’s not really as crazy as it sounds. Uh-huh.

           The important point being that if you can see clearly enough into your own spirit to completely forgive yourself, to truly love yourself, and to become that being who you can completely love and honor; then, if you can see into your soul’s deep inner passion and truest desire and align it with the truth and love inside you, to move into your state of True Being, you can begin to experience a reality that you can actively create. More than the parlor tricks of calling in a song on the car radio, you can affect events.

           Look out into your world and try and see that much of what you perceive are resonances or echoes of what lies deep inside you. You may need a minute. And you may see that there is work to do.

           I know I do.

           –continued  ( Next: We explore the existence of a single moment)    

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OUR KEYHOLE PERCEPTION

§ January 9th, 2010 § Filed under Chapter 58: Our Keyhole Perception § Tagged , , , , , § 2 Comments

We are incredibly visual creatures. And it all comes through these tiny windows. Yet you perceive a wide view that is complete and up-to-the-moment current. The reality you perceive is an assembly of darting views through a keyhole.

           Before we move on to explore more of See Do reality, it will help to better understand how we perceive and relate to our temporal reality.

           You probably perceive the space around you as a complete, open, three-dimensional space filled with solid objects. Your perception builds the space as complete and cohesive. And your view of it is wide, even panoramic. You can lean back and take it all in as one wide-angle space from one edge of your peripheral vision to the other, or you can focus in, ignoring much of the context, like you do while reading. You see a consistent and continuous picture.

           But what are you actual getting by way of perceptual stimuli to build this picture? And how complete is it? We see things that don’t actually exist, like color. We don’t see things that clearly do, like radio, magnetism, radiation, heat; we don’t even see our eye’s blind spots. We hear only a narrow range of sounds (ask your dog). We are only comfortable feeling or touching a narrow range of temperatures. And our olfactory and tasting sensitivities are largely under-developed.

           Look at your eyes in a mirror. That tiny hole in the center of your colored iris is the keyhole through which all of your visual stimuli must pass. The light is then focused on a small area in the back of your retina. This small area is called the fovea. It is estimated that more than 50% of the visual information that reaches the brain comes from the fovea. It allows us to focus our sight. Without it we could not read, drive, play sports, watch movies, recognize faces, etc. The visual area it “sees” is about the size of a quarter held at arm’s length. A typical human fovea is just 1 millimeter across. Fortunately, most of us have two.

           That “vision” of your wide reality is assembled from the briefest darting shots of your environment. I say “shots” because they are more like stills than movies. When your eye darts, your visual center in your brain shuts down briefly. Your mind perceives something more like an edit in a movie than a smooth move. It does this because the movement would be blurred and clear vision would be impossible. Reading would also be impossible. But you don’t perceive any of this. Your mind assembles a “vision” and syncs it with the rest of your sensory input, which comes in about a quarter to a half second later.

           The result is that you see things nearby in perfect sync with your feeling them or hearing them. But you brain doesn’t get them that way. For example the feelings that come in from your hands or your feet are almost always a half second behind your seeing them. But your brain aligns the reality so you won’t notice.

           Hearing is similar. Everything comes in through your narrow ear canals and goes through a complex of tiny bones into a spiral tube called the cochlea. This tube is filled with liquid and lined with fine hairs. Depending on which hairs move, we “hear” sound of a certain pitch. The brain puts it all together.

          Our senses of taste and smell are the same. Very small and limited input mechanisms giving simple electrical data to the brain. Touch is a bit different, being spread over the entire surface of the body. But there are only limited areas that have the sensitivity to discern details. Those are of course our palms and fingers, our soles and toes to a much lesser degree, and of course our tongue and lips. Everywhere else, the fidelity of our sense of touch is low resolution.

          This is all we get. Five channels that are mostly low resolution, with an even narrower keyhole that is high resolution. The picture our mind “paints” on the other hand is wide and complete and hi-def.

           And that doesn’t take into account any of the vast amount of energy and data that make up our temporal reality that are completely out of the sensitivity and range of our senses. A huge amount of information flows past us, indeed through us, second by second. And we are completely unaware, but for the fact that our science and its instruments can detect it for us.

          But the reality our mind assembles, or creates, for us is the reality we believe. We touch it and feel it and smell it. We can see it with our own eyes. Through our keyhole perception.

           There is the hard reality outside and there is the mental construct inside. Try and understand that it is the mental construct which you believe is reality. As it must be, because so much of the hard reality outside is beyond the scope of your keyhole perception.

           My relationship with See Do was a two way exchange. He was glad to answer any question, but he was also eager to understand, through me, our perception of our temporal reality. And how our minds fathom new knowledge. Though he found our perception and conceptualization limited, he did enjoy the new sensory input. And I enjoyed the intellectual and spiritual challenges. There is much, much more to come.

           Please come back.                                                      

           –continued  (Next: The unbearable consistent-ness of being)

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ALL PERCEPTION IS MEMORY

§ January 6th, 2010 § Filed under Chapter 57: All Perception Is Memory § Tagged , , , , § No Comments

I remember taking this photo. The chill air at dawn. But looking at it now is also a memory. A memory of perceptions received not half a second ago, processed and integrated with 5 senses and other immediate memories. The result is our perception of now.

           My Spirit Guide, See Do, wanted me to see the differences between the nature of our temporal reality and the internal construct that we perceive. He said this understanding would become essential in my understanding of my place in actively creating events in the world.

            He pointed out how what we perceive as real, we see as existing in real time, right now, right there in front of us. We understand memories of things that happened a few minutes ago as quite different from what we are consciously perceiving as “now.” But they are not really so different. And even our science bears this out.

            We think we see what is there. We believe our eyes, in fact all of our senses, without question. And for good reason, as we have very little evidence to the contrary. But that construct of reality that we believe in as right now and real is, in fact, a memory.

           Our mind has assembled it out of available sensory input. Scientific studies have shown that in most cases our perceived right now is about a half second from the points in time that the sensory input was perceived. It takes about that long for the mind to gather the input and assemble the construct.

            Think about that for a moment. There are interesting implications. First, it is impossible for you to literally and consciously perceive anything directly. If your conscious mind could, it likely could not make sense of it. It must first be “processed” by a part of your mind somewhere below your consciousness. It gets filtered, and homogenized or integrated with the last grains of perceived reality. It all gets aligned and synchronized to appear seamless.

            Or at least we always remember it as seamless.

            Even things a little out of sync would be, well, alarming. So it is all reconciled into a cohesive, and comforting, perception. To makes things even more interesting, the same scientific studies seems to indicate that our mind is capable of projecting our consciousness, or at least our perception of our consciousness, actually slightly back in time to help match with the aligning input perceptions. Not far, maybe a little less than half a second.

            But, remember (heh-heh) that as everything is perceived as a memory, it is very easy for our mind to perfect the integration later. If we did get it a little out of sync, it’s easy to correct.

            We are all aware of the limits and failings of memory. We know that even eye witness accounts can blur and distort over time. But what we don’t know is just how short that span of time might turn out to be.

           Everything you perceive is a memory. The concept of direct perception is an illusion. We see our temporal reality as a hard and undeniable place. It is 100% consistent and clearly there to touch. But our conscious minds are also clearly and undeniably outside of that hard reality.

           Yet this is how we come to believe in an entire world. Our senses are our sole windows on our reality. And it all gets assembled out of sight and given to our conscious awareness as a remembrance of things past and in the tiniest of samplings (a mere 10-40 bits per second) to become our only evidence of a cohesive existence.

           It then goes into what we perceive as a deeper memory, to be drawn on to support all of our temporal conclusions.

           And this look at the truth is just beginning. We’re still looking at the reality in front of our eyes. There is more than meets the eye.

           See Do would like us to really see our reality, to understand how it comes to us, and to see how we interact with it. You see, he wants us to change the world. This world. And it will take a good deal of seeing. And doing.

           –continued  (Next: A deeper look at our keyhole perception)

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TIME IS ALL YOU PERCEIVE

§ January 2nd, 2010 § Filed under Chapter 56: Time Is All You Perceive § Tagged , , , , § No Comments

The photo of this orchid represents 1 megabyte of data. If your senses could focus completely on this rectangle, you could take receive it all in about 1/5th of a second. You conscious mind, on the other hand, would take over half a minute to process that much data. Try a really see the phot. Notice how your eye darts, high-contrast point to high-contrast point. Snapshot, snapshot, snapshot. And as you gaze, inside your mind the image becomes more detailed. That's how you perceive everything. What you don't bother to focus on, the mind fills in with a good guess.

The photo of this exotic orchid represents approximately 1 megabyte of data. If your senses could focus completely on this rectangle(which they can't), you could receive it all in about 1/5th of a second. Your conscious mind, on the other hand, takes over a half a minute to process that much data. Try and really see the photo. Notice how your eyes dart around, from high-contrast-point to high-contrast-point. Snapshot, snapshot, snapshot. And as you gaze, inside your mind the image becomes more detailed. That's how you perceive everything. What you don't bother to focus on, the mind fills in with a pretty good guess.

          It begins with See Do saying “Time does not exist. But Time is all there is.” Here is what the second part of this apparent contradiction means as it was explained to me by my Spirit Guide:

          There are two levels to this statement. The first is in understanding our perceptions within our temporal reality. The second is in understanding how, as one non-dualistic thing, our perceived reality comes to present itself as such an infinitely varied composite of apparently separate “things.”

          First, all our perceptions given to our mind are inputs that are Time-derived. In other words, everything we perceive comes in to our mind as a measure of contrast, either in light or dark, hot or cold, color, loudness, even textural, and more. And it is all based on a comparative measure of either Time or Space. And as we saw in the previous chapter, and as science teaches us, Time and Space are inextricably linked. You can’t perceive one without the other. In fact, it is the Time contrast that gives you what you perceive of as Space.

          And notice that I didn’t say “conscious mind,” but just “mind.” Our subconscious mind receives something like 20,000 bits of sensory information per second. For our conscious mind, this gets distilled down to between about 12 and 40 bits per second. Our conscious awareness is a pretty blunt instrument.

          (Let’s not confuse bits and bytes. The “bits” of information the brain receives are more analogous to your computer’s “bytes.” Or think of a screen’s “pixels.” Each pixel is really the result of an 8 or 12 bit processed “byte” of data. So, each of these “brain bits” is more akin to a pixel, if that makes sense. The brain/mind is not a binary processor, so it really isn’t a fair conversion, but used for comparison and scale.)

          So, each of our senses measures a very specific and rather narrow range of Time contrasted stimuli. Popular twenty years ago, isolation tanks allowed users to experience what happens when physical sensory input is stalled at neutral contrast. Combined with darkness and total quiet, the mind soon becomes isolated from physical reality. It’s quite a trip.

          Our eyes are built to not only perceive light and color contrasts, but to actually enhance them. And our eye is naturally drawn to the greatest contrast in sight. In fact, the enhancement of contrast states is how we initially perceive movement. Where the contrast gets spiked, we perceive movement and our eyes go there.

          Similar things occur with all our senses. A non-contrasting smell soon drops from conscious perception. We turn our heads at a new sound, increasing the contrast in inputs between our two ears, thus increasing the perceptual accuity. Non-contrasting tactile feelings don’t register at all. You probably don’t much feel your clothes, even though every inch of your body is covered with sensory nerves. It goes on.

          So the question is: Is Time coming to us from the world, or are we projecting Time onto the world?

          And See Do would take me back to the beginning. If you’re having trouble with the question, you might want to review the previous two chapters.

          For the second point, we come to understand how the idea of Time relates to the one thing that creates our temporal reality. In my early attempts to understand this I tried imagining all sort of analogs or models. But See Do rejected all of them, and often with a laugh. The difficulty here goes back to something See Do had said in an early chapter (Chapter 7 : The Trouble with Big Numbers). That we have trouble with numbers above about 10 without resorting to simplifying concepts.

          The one thing places or projects every particle of our perceived temporal reality out of a single point. Or out of the nothingness, or void, whichever is easier on your brain. (Particle physics is amazingly close to verifying this. I think they call their void quantum foam.) It moves between every point in temporal reality and our perceiving mind, continually creating the contrast states of every point in our reality and the perceived input stimuli data points. Now this might seem impossibly and infinitely complex. And you’d be right, except for the impossible part.

          You see, the narrowness of our perceptions helps a bit by focusing in. At any given point of conscious perception, the amount of new input is fairly limited. As we look closer, increasing our resolving power of any given area, more data or stimulus is generated to be perceived. The consistent perception of a cohesive reality beyond any given area of sensory focus comes mostly from memory and is of low resolution. As we look around or move around, the necessary Time contrasted input is there. If it isn’t there, our mind fills in any gap with a low resolution “assumption” or best guess.

          We can look in or out to any distance. Use the mightiest telescope or microscope. Peer inside an atom. It doesn’t matter; there will always be more there to see. Try and perceive anything and something will be there, and at a completely consistent fidelity. Look as hard as you like, there is no chance of running out of reality. The one thing will always be there, waiting.

          So the one thing weaves this web of Time-and-Space-contrasted points which we then perceive as a cohesive reality – our temporal reality. How we perceive that reality as moving through time on a larger, multiply-perceived, event-based scale is the subject of a coming chapter.

          –continued  (Next: It’s all really just a memory.)

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TIME DOES NOT EXIST

§ December 30th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 55: Time Does Not Exist § Tagged , , , § No Comments

     

The ticking of Time is a hard thing to give up. But you won't have to. In fact, living here in temporal reality, you can't. As long as you perceive this world, you will perceive Time. But it is an illusion, none-the-less.

The ticking of Time is a hard thing to give up. But you won't have to. In fact, living here in temporal reality, you can't. As long as you perceive this world, you will perceive Time. But it is an illusion, none-the-less.

      This is where See Do always began. And during our sessions, anytime one of my questions would reveal that I wasn’t quite getting it, this is where we would return. See Do would simply go back and we’d review it all one more time.

           He’d start: “Time does not exist. But Time is all there is.” On the surface, this is a completely absurd contradiction. But as I hope you will see, there is sense to it.

           It may seem odd to begin with the such difficult concepts, but this will form the foundation of understanding defining the difference between our temporal reality and what I call See Do reality (if you have a better name, please let me know.)

           On the one hand, the idea that Time does not exist is obvious. Time has no substance, no weight, no mass, no physical existence in our temporal reality what-so-ever. It is just an idea. It is the thing that gives us before and after, the arrow of Time that our conscious existence moves along.

           But on the other hand, this conundrum is not what See Do was talking about. What he was talking about is far more fundamental to everything that follows.

           I’ll try and explain what See Do explained to me. And please don’t shoot the messenger.

           As the one thing, the world we project is complete with its full retinue of cause and effect. We richly perceive a world in fluid motion, even though the effect of that in our consciousness comes through a careful weaving of memory into what we think of as the immediate perceptual input.

           And as spiritual sages have said for millennia, this is an illusion. But be careful, because this really only confuses the issue by trying to bridge the two points of view. Here in our temporal reality, we fully perceive this thing we call Time (more on this in the next chapter), but for understanding See Do reality one needs to see the possibility that Time is uniquely native to our temporal reality perceptual state.

           Here in our temporal reality, we see time as a solid and immutable thing. But even here, it is not. The flow can be changed depending on our perceptual state. And consciously.

           We see this often. Time sometimes “flies,” sometimes “drags.” We have been taught to dismiss these irregularities. But with careful attention to your state of True Being, you can take some conscious control of this. See Do showed me how and with practice I have come to see the perceived flow of Time as somewhat malleable. Don’t be afraid to try for yourself.

           So the important things are these: This thing we call Time is an artifact of our conscious perceptions within this temporal reality. Within our consciousness, it is the fabric that our remembered experience of reality is written upon. Everywhere we look, we see it flowing. And without it there would be no state changes to perceive. Outside of our conscious perceptions, outside of our temporal reality, it does not exist.

            In See Do reality, all things exist as one. All endings are in all beginnings. The spirit of one is the spirit of all. All the energies, all the information that we and our science perceive as flowing through our temporal reality are there in infinite supply. Right there.

           You see, without Time there is also no distance, no Space. Without the physical gap between “things” there can be no Time. And without the distinction and separateness of “things,” both Time and Space hold no currency. Energies are not “separated,” so there is no hot, no cold. No darkness, no light. Some sages and translators have called it void, nothingness, even darkness. Beyond being utterly wrong conceptually and missing the point by quite a wide mark, these ideas just add confusion.

           So now we will move forward, gingerly, to better see the difference between our temporal reality and what lies behind the curtain, in See Do reality.

           I hope you’ll stay for the ride.

           — continued  (Next: But Time is all you perceive!)

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THERE IS ONLY ONE THING

§ December 26th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 54: There Is Only One Thing § Tagged , , , , § No Comments

The world around us seems so compelled to fragment. At times is seems to even enjoy presenting itself as a myriad of separate and distinct things. But this is an illusion. It is all a singular expression. There is only one thing.

The world around us seems so compelled to fragmentation. At times it seems to even enjoy presenting itself as a myriad of separate and distinct things. But this is an illusion. It is all a singular expression. There is only one thing.

           Up to now, I have presented a chronicle of the experience of my contact with my Spirit Guide, See Do. Now I will present a more focused explanation of some of See Do’s teachings.

           I will attempt to explain what I’ll call “See Do reality,” which, as explained to me, is the greater or true reality behind what we perceive with our physical perceptions. I will present one key point per chapter, walking through 19 points.

           It is important that I explain that this is what I have been taught. In many of my sessions See Do went through all of the material multiple times. From the very beginning. And in detail.

           So I learned.

           Some of the information that See Do gave to me is conceptually very hard to hold on to. And even harder to live by. I often fail and fall back into the nuts and bolts of our day-to-day temporal reality.

           But let’s begin:

           There is only one thing.

           This is all that there is. It is everything and everyone. It has no past, present or future, as it exists outside of the illusion we call “time.” This one thing has no physical properties or presence, as the “physical” is an artifact of our perceived temporal reality. The one thing exists outside our reality but is our reality. Everything we see as real is an expression of the one thing. It is the canvas and the paint. The author and the word. The sculptor, the sculpture and the viewer. And it is all, and all at once.

           It encompasses all beginnings and all endings.

           There is no size to it. Through our lens it is simultaneously huge and small. You are zero distance from it. And in fact, the ideas of space and distance are also just artifacts of our temporal reality.

           Everything is one and completely connected. But be careful as the idea of “connected” is also an artifact. “Connected” implies two things. There is only one thing. It can not be disconnected.

           Attempting to separate from it would be the definition of folly. That is simply not a possibility. Seeking to consciously better join with it, to move with it and to see everything as one with it is one step on the path to understanding.

           The one thing is not conscious like we are, though it holds all sentience and consciousness within it. The one thing has a simple and singular need. Call it a motivation, a goal, a cause, a reason for being, though all these crude words are wrong. Our ideas of consciousness and thought are too rooted in our temporal or time-based reality to translate with any accuracy what is really going on. We see thought as a prelude to action. In our world we are motivated to act, then we act. The one thing exists outside of our ideas of time and space, so before and after don’t apply to the one thing. And I should remind you that “there” is here. There is only one thing. You express it. And it expresses you.

           The one thing does not have a name. It is that it is.

           But the one thing has, let’s call it, an “idea.” And this “idea” is the end-game. It is where we are supposed to be heading. It is perhaps the singular thing that See Do wanted me to “get.” It is the great castle. Remember? The purpose of life(Chapter 20)? See Do explained that the purpose of life is “to use a small tool to build a great castle.”

           It is “one-ness.”

           And that is where we and our perceived reality come in. You may have noticed that the reality around us, our temporal reality, has a little problem. Well, let’s not call it a problem. Let’s call it a property, as it appears to be rather ubiquitous. It is entropy. That is the inclination of all physical systems to progress toward ever greater disorder.

           The expression of entropy in life can lead us to see reality as a compilation of distinct and separate things. But there is only one thing.

           You will begin to build the castle as you begin to see and appreciate the one thing around you and expressing through you. You will begin to build as you see your reality as our own creation. And when, through your deeper understanding, you begin to actively create your reality, rather than trying to dodge and dance around what you might see as the world’s random acts of entropy.

           I know you’ve been told all this before. Many great faiths and spiritual leaders have brought forth the same message. For good reason. It is where you must begin. There is only one thing.

           We’ll come back to this keystone idea. That was lesson one. Get it?

           — continued  (Next: Time to talk about Time)

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A MEDITATION ON THE SPACE BETWEEN

§ December 23rd, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 53: A Meditation on the Space Between § Tagged , , , , , § No Comments

  

What do you see in the space inside this tiny shell. The whole shell is about 1 1/2 inches tall. Can you feel the history of events that wore it thin? Can you imagine the energies that have flowed through that gap? Or is it empty space? Is it different than the space around you? Or is it the same?

What do you see in the space inside this tiny shell. The whole shell is about 1 1/2 inches tall. Can you feel the history of events that wore it thin? Can you imagine the energies that have flowed through that gap? Or is it empty space? Is it different than the space around you? Or is it the same? There is only one thing.

           [This chapter concludes the “assignment” from my Spirit Guide, See Do, to examine the complexities of our mundane reality. The specific construct given me to examine was a hypothetical cube ¼ inch on a side, floating in the air about a foot in front of my face. This final meditation on our temporal reality will be followed by an examination of “See Do reality.”]

            And even if we insist on visualizing an entire atom with all of its constituent particles being whole and right there, they are impossibly small. One example is to see the nucleus of an atom as a pinhead in the center of a stadium. Out in the stands would be the electrons, much smaller than that pinhead.

            The rest is just empty space.              

            Empty “Space” full of “clouds of probabilities” that also have no individual history and that are not limited to any specific volume, or location, in Space or Time.

            I think I may be starting to see the value of this lesson.

            That is what I have been working on with this meditation. It has sent me down many paths of research and exposed me to many new and amazing ideas. I’ve read things about all these subjects in order to reach what is even now, the most rudimentary understanding, if I could be so bold as to label it “understanding” at all.

            And in between, I have been looking at other infinities. Infinities beyond the nearly incomprehensible complexity of “reality” inside our quarter-inch cube.

            As I’ve thought about it and walked around a bit today, I’ve come to understand that this meditation on the most basic reality is, in fact, just the beginning. This little cube of space in front of my face is a place where we might have thought not much was happening. But there is so much there. And then, to extend this line of inquiry into places where there obviously is more going on? Well, that is yet to come, I think.

            My mind goes to thoughts of living cells and molecules and the energies within those worlds. The complexity of an instant inside us. And I come back to the interconnectedness of everything.

           It’s mind expanding and tempting to start again. There is no Time. Time does not exist. But to us, this thing we call Time is all we can detect. There is only one thing. Everything is connected.

           I am told, by See Do, that the path to integrating all of this is through the complexity, through the infinities. Not through simplification. It is not a “concept” that you can hold in your hand, like a big number that you know, and can write, but have no true concept of. It is real. It is everything. And it is all, and all at once.

           This is the beginning. It is more than a simple exercise of the mind. It is a meditation that is always accessible now. Hold it all and you are closer to the truth.

           Take it with you and walk with it. Allow the complexity of the world into your heart. Into your True Being.

           With our mind we can travel beyond our senses. With our mind open we can reach greater sensitivity to all the movements around us. And through us. In True Being we can reach out.

           There is something here. And I am getting closer to it.

           And I am ready.

          — continued  (Next: Are you ready for the realities of See Do reality?)

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A MEDITATION ON THE TINY

§ December 20th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 52: A Meditation on the Tiny § Tagged , , , , , , , , , § No Comments

  

Our 1/4 inch cube would fit nicely tucked just out of sight inside this orchid. All 1,200,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of it. And all the energies and information would continue to flow without the slightest interruption to this flower's serenity.

Our 1/4 inch cube of air would fit nicely tucked just out of sight inside this orchid. All 1,200,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of it. And all the energies and information would continue to flow without the slightest interruption to this flower's serenity.

           [This chapter continues the “assignment” from my Spirit Guide, See Do, to examine the complexities of our mundane reality. The specific construct given me to examine is a hypothetical cube ¼ inch on a side, floating in the air about a foot in front of my face. These meditations on our temporal reality will be followed by an examination of “See Do reality.”]

            We’ve considered all the energy and “stuff” that’s passing through our little quarter-inch cube of air, but what about what’s actually inside the cube itself? The air? What if we could capture our cube of air inside a little cube of glass? And take an inventory? What would we have?

            As best I can figure it, if we assume that our cube of air is at “standard atmosphere” conditions, which are near sea level at about 59 degrees Fahrenheit, there are roughly 1.2 billion-billion air molecules bouncing around in there. That’s 1,200,000,000,000,000,000 molecules. I’m serious. Though I may be off by an order of magnitude or two. They are mostly N2 and O2. About 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. The rest is rarer gases and dust and all those aromatics I mentioned earlier. Plus a little H2O in vapor form. The number of individual atoms would be, of course, more than double that big number.

            And every atom has a nucleus of protons and neutrons with a cloud of electrons whizzing around it. The particles in the nucleus are held together by forces that are much, much stronger than the electromagnetic force or gravity. These particles mediate these forces, the Strong and Weak Nuclear Forces, by exchanging even more exotic particles. And the electrons are held in their orbitals by exchanging even more photons with the particles in the nucleus.

            These massive energies inside the nucleus are what are released in a nuclear reactor or in a nuclear explosion. Getting about two pounds of uranium nuclei to disintegrate all at once is what happens in a garden variety atomic explosion. What makes the uranium special is not that it has so much more energy, it’s just that it’s so unstable. So when you bring a couple pounds of it into close proximity, the naturally decaying nuclei send out enough high-energy particles to trigger the decay of more unstable nearby nuclei. A chain reaction starts and, well, if left unchecked, will release a truly vast amount of energy, as heat and light and all matter of exotic radiation.

            The actual energy would be about the same as in any two pound mass of anything, even air. It would just be damn near impossible to release it. But the point is, the energy is in there.

            And keep in mind that all of these particles are incredibly small. So small, in fact, that they nearly wink out of space altogether. In fact, some of them might. An electron for example, according to quantum mechanics, only exists as a cloud of probabilities until it interacts with something. The same thing could be true for all of these particles. Including all those photons. Each only comes into existence at the, and for the, moment of interaction. Before that, and after that, they are just “likelihoods” utterly without substantive existence.

           Consider that quantum mechanics says that atoms, and their particles, do not each have their own individual history. And that photons are not limited to a specific volume in space or time. Or time? Yeah, or time.

           This is science’s view of the cube. Or a glimpse of it. Complex. Incredibly so. Dense with information. Maybe infinitely so. And holding energies that are difficult to imagine.

           Breathe it all in. Meditate on these “facts.” Exhale.

           We’re not quite finished.

           — continued  (Next: The space between)

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A MEDITATION ON GRAVITY

§ December 17th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 51 A Meditation on Gravity § Tagged , , , § 1 Comment

Heaviness. Lightness. Gravity. The duck is bouyant because it's body is displacing more mass of water than the duck's own total mass. So the duck is pushed down into the water by gravity and the heavier water, held in place by gravity, pushes back. And the duck floats, completely unaware of the perfect and intimate communications going on around it -- between itself, the water, the Earth, the moon and beyond.

Heaviness. Lightness. Gravity. The duck is bouyant because its body is displacing more mass of water than the duck's own total mass. So the duck is pushed down into the water by gravity and the heavier water, held in place by gravity, pushes back. And the duck floats, completely unaware of the perfect and intimate communications going on around it -- between itself, the water, the Earth, the moon and beyond.

           [This chapter continues the “assignment” from my Spirit Guide, See Do, to examine the complexities of our mundane reality. The specific construct given me to examine is a hypothetical cube ¼ inch on a side, floating in the air about a foot in front of my face. These meditations on our temporal reality will be followed by an examination of “See Do reality.”]

            And there is one more force passing through our quarter inch cube of air. It is the weakest of Nature’s four big forces, well behind the Strong Nuclear Force, the Weak Nuclear Force, and Electromagnetism. In fact, I nearly left it out. It is Gravity. Something that in our world is so ubiquitous as to be almost forgotten.

            The force of Gravity moves through our cube too. And in every direction. Of course, the most obvious direction is “down,” pulling the masses of all those molecules toward the center of the Earth’s mass.

            But what is this stuff? What is Gravity? A wave, a particle, what? The truth is that right at the moment, there is no good answer. The theories haven’t quite cracked the code of this one yet.

            But there is something going on. Something is happening. You are held to the mass of the Earth by something. And somehow, you are held to the very center of that mass. Somehow every bit of the Earth and everything on it is interacting instantaneously and letting every other bit know the sum. Instantaneously. And all that information goes through the cube.

            You can easily prove it. Get a nice hefty pen and hold it vertically just above the cube. And let it go. Whatever force is pulling it down had to pass through the cube. And it did so with a force that was exactly, precisely, perfectly proportional to the difference in mass between the Earth and the pen. Consider the calculation. Imagine calculating the difference between the entire planet and the pen. But you don’t have to. It’s done automatically. And perfectly. It’s Gravity.

            But it’s not very strong. When it comes to ferrous metals, most any dime-store magnet exhibits more power. But it is incredible pervasive.

           In fact, it apparently extends its grip infinitely. Our Moon easily lifts the seas. Our planet is held fast to the Sun, over ninety-three million miles away. And our Sun is held in orbit around the galactic center over twenty-four thousand light-years away. Our Milky Way galaxy itself is being pulled toward something heavier. Everything is. And the combined effect of all mass has an effect on everything everywhere. And all that information is somehow transiting our cube. All that information. Right now.

           The exact weight of that pen when you let it go was contingent on all of it. Was the moon up? The Sun? They may have had a tiny, tiny, miniscule effect, but the information was there. And part of the calculation.

           Back inside our little cube the most obvious effect of Gravity is the air pressure. Our air molecules are under the weight of all the air above them. That’s roughly sixty miles of air pushing down. The pressure comes to nearly fifteen pounds of pressure per square inch holding our little cube together.

           Many see Gravity as one proof of instantaneous action at a distance. And frankly, if you can prove otherwise, please let me know.

           It’s all moving through our little cube. An amount of information that reaches the infinite. A simply staggering quantity of data. Meditate on that a while. I’ll be back with more to think about.

           — continued  (Next: The bigger energies inside our cube.)

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