Saturday, July 18, 2015

From The Archives: Whence wetness?

[First Posted 1/22/06]

"The activity of Ultimate Reality, the Supreme Power, resembles most closely the human experience which we call imagining. When God imagines, He creates. Nothing can exist outside the Divine Imagining . . . Reasoning is a useful creation of human imagining, but on the Divine level it is inconceivable and would be a defect. It is in any case 'about' reality: it can only attend to abstracted aspects and concepts. But the higher Imagining is essentially concrete."*
—Raynor C. Johnson, in Nurslings of Immortality 1

The first sentence of the above quote was also used in The Risen to introduce the main thread, the imaginal, or the sum of who we are—all our activity, individual and collective, including desire, intention and will—which originates and emanates from the I AM. Individually and collectively, we are the I AM.

I AM is the feeling of the realization of who we are, and this is, quite, quite literally, imagination. It is then easily observed— also, quite, quite literally— that to imagine is to live. To be aware of this feeling of life and of living is the beginning of realizing the fact of one's immortality. Quietly sitting with the feeling of I AM —nameless, wordless, timeless — and fearless — allows the ego mind and its many personality disguises to fall away, back into the nothingness from which they came. What remains?

"Pooh!" (or pshaw, or even tcha!) — "You're imagining things!" one may retort.

"Excellent! Exactly!" say we, and "By jove, you've got it!"

As much as I like to assume that the above should be sufficient for anyone to not only grasp but to resonate with fully and immediately, my Risen friends are quietly shaking their heads back and forth, which, in Risen parlance means, "slow down, pardner."

In order for that which is "higher" to be able to reside in that which is "lower," (higher and lower being conceptual states) the lower must be sufficiently prepared to receive it. This takes time—at least, time as experienced within the manifested material world. There is an experience of delay. Some view this process, within the mix of time and space, as "evolution"—which it is in a certain sense—but only within the greater context of the Design. Evolution is a certain type of stitch designed and used to help weave the Great Weaving of our particular universe, as designed by certain Designers.

You are being teased, now, and jarred slightly from the subject. This is not about Intelligent Design—not yet, perhaps—but rather about imagination. Few readers will have in their possession, as do I, the rare copies of R.C. Johnson's works, and even fewer, those of writer-philosopher E. Douglas Fawcett.2 The Risen have utilized both authors as reference sources that best come near an earthly elucidation of the grasp of their collective experience. This is because the Risen had been the inspiration for their work. There are others who received this kind of inspiration and wrote about it as well, to which I hope they will refer at some point. My Risen team members were able to achieve resonance with me through these works (by jove, he's got it!) and they feel that here, we could share some more of mainly Johnson's work to also catalyze beginning resonance. I also hope that Johnson and Fawcett might feel inspired to communicate with us here at some point.

To achieve this resonance is to stimulate a higher—that is, faster, finer, and more sensitive—vibration of focused light—this focus of light is an individual—in order to give way to an expansion that is a receptive quality that will allow more light to be received. This expansion is one's immortality. As one might already intuit here, this is not evolution, but recalibration, transmutation, metamorphosis—which fits much more neatly into a quantum mechanic idea of the nature of how it all works—although quantum mechanics is really what's being pieced into the picture by Divine Imagination.

At one moment, one is here. In the next moment—which is the same moment—one is also there. And now (literally, now) there contains here. When one is consciously aware of this sense of beingness, the result is expansion. New qualities arise—or novelty—and rather than being renewed, one is now anewed. Although there is no such word as the past tense of anew, we are making it here for our purposes. "Anew" itself has two definitions, which both mesh together perfectly to deliver the intent of the meaning of "anewed":

1. Once more; again.
2. In a new and different way, form, or manner.

Put them together and we have "anewed" or novelty.

Transmutation, or anewed, is what happens when one element within the lower field of earthly manifestation is brought into the presence of another such element or elements. Note that anewed is not equal to renewed.

Consider salt. Hmmm. Salty. Or is it really?

By combining two completely separate elements, an atom of sodium and an atom of chloride, (chlorine) the novelty molecule, sodium chloride (NaCl) manifests. Individually, each substance is toxic to the human body. Neither sodium nor choloride are "salty" when on their own. Neither are they salty when together. They still remain intact, to separated by various means. But when together, something new and miraculous occurs. Suddenly there is a new quality that did not exist before. There is now the quality, the experience of "saltiness." Further, the new substance is no longer toxic to the human body, but an actual source of nourishment.

What accounts for "saltiness"? Where does it come from? Is it there if nobody is also there to experience it? Science not only doesn't know this answer, it doesn't ask this kind of question. It's satisfied enough with the "discovery" of NaCl and how this is useful to them. Quantity, not quality.

Consider water— H2O. Neither hydrogen nor oxygen exhibit "wetness" when apart. When brought together, at once there is "wetness." Whence wetness?

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them."3 This verse is often used to indicate to contemporary Christians that when two or more believers get together, Jesus is somehow more present in that situation than he is when a Christian is alone.

Perhaps so. However, there are many layers in the Bible that are evident to those who "have eyes and ears," depending on their level of awareness of I AM.

At the metaphysical level, this verse reads something like this: "For when one experience of I AM is with at least one other experience of I AM, the two remain two and simultaneously share the additional, new, and expanded experience of the oneness of I AM."

So when two "lower" are brought together, something "higher" is able to "descend" and manifest something entirely unrelated but still connected to the two. Novelty!

It is as Alfred North Whitehead insisted:

"Nature is a dull affair, soundless, scentless, colourless; merely the hurrying of material, endlessly, meaninglessly."

Sodium and choloride have no saltiness; oxygen and hydrogen have no wetness. When brought together, unless YOU are there to do the tasting, there will never be saltiness or wetness. The imagination brings them together; not just the imagination heretofore thought of as an aspect of unreality, a person's "flight of fancy"-- but our imagination as the Creator Source, the I AM, and which is who we each and collectively are. We bring all things into manifestation. Just by being who we are.

Raynor's statement that the essence of Higher Imagining is "concrete" (at the beginning of this post) is intriguing. There are several definitions in the dictionary for "concrete," and two of them mesh together to render his meaning:

1. Existing in reality or in real experience; perceptible by the senses; real: concrete objects such as trees.
2. Formed by the coalescence of separate particles or parts into one mass; solid.

This may sound quite alien and even unreasonable to many people for the first or 99th time. Raynor suggests this is because reasoning doesn't work past a certain point. He refers to reasoning as a "defect" — were it even possible for reason to happen on the higher levels. Here, "defect" is meant as a deficiency — the lack of something necessary or desirable for completion or perfection. It's not enough.

There is no observable reason for sodium and chloride to make salt. Reason can only go so far. There is a sort of "rhyme" to this, if one understands rhyme as vibration (sound/light) placed next to another sound/light vibration, and the combined resonance gives something new to the experience and understanding. Another word for this is poetry, or music, or even painting. In essence "art." Life, then, on the level of worldly manifestation, is art.

1 R. C. Johnson, Nurslings of Immortality. London: Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd., 1957.
2 Fawcett, Douglas. The Zermatt Dialogues. London: Macmillan & Co., 1931.
Fawcett, Douglas. The Oberland Dialogues. London: Macmillan & Co., 1939.
3 Matthew, Chapter 18, verse 20. (italics mine)
* italics ours.

From The Archives: Because It Is ... Pardner.

[First posted March 2012]

Friend and reader, Dani - commented on the post "Whence Wetness?":
"This is a wonderful essay to help me sit in my I am ness. I love the thought that our imagination contributes to combining what seemingly ordinary elements into inconceivable phenomenon.
" 'Slow down, pardner' and the reminder that it takes time....."

Thank you, Dani, for the reminder of the reminder that it takes time. About time, The Risen offers the following:
In spite of this simplistic speech about past, present, and future, time is more than just a concept—it appears to be a fact for those of us living on the earth. If we want to live as a human being on this planet we have to be able to experience the appearances of time, as informed by our physical and spiritual senses. The physical senses tell us about the present as it emerges from our experience of physical being, while the spiritual senses infiltrate, enrich, and extend this sense of being even further beyond the body. Our physical senses can tell us nothing about the past or future, so what we might believe to be sensations of the past or the future are really thoughts informed by memory—and memory is only of the past.
    Our spiritual senses operate on non-visible, non-tangible levels, in non-physical circumstances. Because the appearances of time have different qualities on non-physical levels, we have senses that can experience non-physical time, which is also spiritual time. These “extra” senses are similar enough to those of the Risen that we can sometimes share sensations and experiences with them.
    Those who have left the earth via the transitional process and are now Risen also experience time as informed by their senses. Like us, they are in the present but are also exquisitely aware that they are in an eternal state of being, an existence outside of the appearance and effects of our earthly time—or timelessness. Time exists in a certain way for those on the Earth and in a different way for the Risen, who can experience time as ever present and everlasting.
    It is possible for a Risen sense of time to be experienced by those who are still on the earth. We ourselves can assist this process by finding our own sense of calm presence and then directing this heightened, expanded, and receptive sense toward the Risen. Like a child waiting for fireflies to appear in the twilight, the naturally heightened state of a Risen mind can perceive our mind reaching out—and then move forward and reach out to touch us, while stepping into our space of expanded receptivity. Depending upon our openness and persistence, we may be able to feel their thoughts and their presence. We might even connect and touch, remaining together for a few brief but unforgettable timeless moments.
    Feelings of suffering and grief begin with and are fed by thoughts, which are a function and result of something this book will refer to as the ego-mind. The thoughts may be so deep, so subtle, or even wordless that they are hidden from our conscious awareness. The combined presences of the earth-embodied and the Risen can become timeless, and thus powerful enough to dissolve thoughts and thereby release feelings of suffering, which is healing. There is much assistance awaiting us from the Risen, who have ways to help us find this place of timeless power. They can show us that consciously becoming aware of our sense of internal presence is a way out of suffering, and they can help us stop expending energy trying to flee to the past or to the future. With Risen assistance we can become enabled to discover firsthand that the idea of being alone with nobody to help us is but a slight misunderstanding.
    As we continue to progress together with our Risen loved ones, it becomes possible to discover that both worlds, and indeed, many worlds, interact together with the greatest of ongoing intimacies. These interactions have been happening all along, ever since the day we entered this particular material realm, and will continue to do so when we finally leave and move beyond it. This all may sound paradoxical, mysterious, and even mystical—because it is.