We're getting into a world where because of all the multinational-international - your car is made by lots of different countries - we're having to relate to a number of different countries whether we speak their language or not. We're really needing a way of communicating from person to person without concern for the barrier of language. The notion that we're separated as peoples because of our differences in language has a mythical origin. The Tower of Babel where the people had gotten together and were taking a wrong path and to keep them apart they were scattered by languages so that they couldn't communicate as well. You start thinking about it, there is a mythological equivalent to the story I've been telling you about the changing in thinking. Many cultures; most cultures have in their myths stories about their origins, where they came from, how the people got here. In most of these myths there is a time of paradise. A time when everything was fine and wonderful. People got along, knew how to communicate with the animals, people didn't have jobs - they could just sort of live off of the fruit of the land. No neuroses. People just sort of spontaneously worked out fine. We have our equivalent of it in the Garden of Eden. Everything is really fine there. In these stories something happens, people make a discovery. Something is introduced and as it is, it causes a problem. It wrecks up the works. Nothing is as good as it was there before. In the story of Eden, they eat this apple, they have a kind of "Eureka!" and what is their eureka? They become aware of their existence. "Hey, I exist!" And what's their first step? "Oh, my goodness!" As soon as they become aware of their existence as a separate being then they also feel a little bit ashamed. They don the fig leaf and hide in the bushes from God. A sense of separation creeps in. Then, everything is downhill from there. We have in that scene two things simultaneously going on. One is there is a change in consciousness. A change from a sense of underlying oneness and unity where we can very instinctively and intuitively commune without language to a sense of separation and now we need language or we need walkie-talkies or telephone or some sensory means. We're now communicating from our outer shells and we need instruments to do it. That's one change in the shift in consciousness. At the same time there is an attitudinal shift in terms of how we feel about ourselves. From feeling perfect, okay just the way we are, to feeling all of a sudden uptight. Self-conscious. Ashamed, guilty. And that also tends to what separated from a part of ourselves the parts we don't want to look at. Parts we want to shut out and we live only a portion of our selves. Also, now we have a need for secrets. We want a certain amount of privacy because there are things about us we wouldn't want other people to know. So we're really glad there is no telepathy.
Think about a world in which you are brought in front of a jury and the jury just looks at you and sees right into your heart and they know. Would you be willing for people to see right into your heart and see what you're really like? Most of us feel a little queasy about that. Because of certain feelings we have about some aspect of ourselves. So it's not just a technological shift; a shift in consciousness in which you've lost contact with the intuitive channel of communication and have to rely on the sensory channel. There's also been an attitudinal shift from total acceptance and this ingeniuseness [sp?] to one in which we have lots of judgementalness, shame, pride, etc. We're going to be working with both of those dimensions. You have to work with them together because they were created and will be healed, you might say, together.
We have to have a moral injunction today and that has become stronger and stronger and more adamant in this world of war and strife. Love one another as yourself. Love one another as kin, as brothers and sisters. We have to say, "you should do it, you should do it." Why would they have to make such an injunction to do that? Why do we as a society have to say "please, please, please" because somehow it doesn't come natural? In the world of the individual separate self that feels this sort of competitive world in which you feel there is some aspects of yourself that you couldn't accept and other people aren't totally to be trusted either. Then in loving one another we have to have more alive to create it. That is, if we were able to reclaim this intuitive mode of perception enabling to relate to one another and experience one another psychically, then an interesting thing starts to happen. We can actually perceive, feel the connections between us. It's no longer a moral imperative or an injunction. There's just an obvious natural thing.
One of the things that we will be exploring is that there is a link between intuition and intimacy. Both of these have in common that we approach it, access it, from inside. Intuition means to know from within. Psychic information we get is not out there. It's from within us. When we have a psychic connection it's from the inside that we make the connection. Intimacy means to feel a closeness that we feel and experience a connection between us. It's also an inside job. It's something that's created from within us. It's kind of like each of us looks inside and says, "Oh! There we are!" With our senses we look out here and we say, "Oh, there's you and you and here we are in this room." But in a psychic way we look inside our chests and say, "Oh, here we are! I feel us! The body is humanity, the psychic body of humanity is in here.!" That's then the moral imperative to love one another. It can be dropped because we experience ourselves and others as one. Which is one of the basic commandments and one of the mystical principles that we're all one. It's often said that psychic development and mystical development don't work so well together. You should drop the psychic development or forget about it and focus on the oneness and let whatever psychic development happen as it will. Perhaps if we don't look at psychic development from the point of view of the separate (or ego) self that wants to grow this horn out here so they can pry into other people's lives, get a lead on the stock market, get ahead of others, etc., but we look at psychic development as a way of perceiving directly our inner relationships with one another; our interconnections with one another, then perhaps psychic development can be a road to that mystical union that has been always set before us as one of the ultimate criteria of roles of our spiritual development. Psychic development can be used in the service of spiritual development.
In laboratory ESP experiments there were a number of examples that said that what the person is looking at often is not very interesting but sometimes the juicy stuff we go for and then they don't want to say because they are embarrassed. Here again, it's another form of secrecy. [In fact] they were suppressing some of the evidence for ESP. It's what I call the "fig leaf effect." There is a psychic connection but people don't want to admit to it because of the embarrassment that's involved. Often our curiosity - our psychic curiosity often wants to know what is underneath that fig leaf. It's like what do the guys were beneath the kilts? It's the same kind of thing.
But psychic connection and perceiving psychically we perceive through the vehicle of ourself. We go inside of ourselves and actually what we work with is this psychic connection. That is, stuff inside of you that I can connect with that's stuff that's going on with you. Where you and I are one. Where you and I have some affinity, some similarity. That is going to be the means, the vehicle by which I make the connecting with you. It's like when we get acquainted often. You start finding out what we have in common as we share more things in common. We start a rapport. We start to develop. This principle that when we perceive psychically that we're doing it through intuition through inside of ourselves - a medium of our own stuff - is going to be something we're going to be working with today.
The stereotype is that the psychic impression you can tell it as being different. It's not part of your normal thought processes; not part of, but separate and different from your other experiences. The psychic connection is a very intimate kind of thing. Daydreaming. I work with a psychic named Carol Ann Liaros. We do a lot of training together. She said the big revelation for her - she was exposed to this when she was invited to come into a laboratory...[end of side 1]...hold this person's hair, biological samples, and then say things about the person. What's this person like? What's going on, etc. She said she'd grab a test tube full of yellow liquid and hold it. Then she was supposed to get this psychic impression. She doesn't get any psychic impression so she just starts making stuff up. She starts having this fantasy about the person. Then it turns out she's right! She said that was really shock. She thought she would have these visions, but she didn't. "I was just making stuff up!" Then she started thinking, "maybe when you see people in the mall - you ever watch those people? And you start having daydreams about them that maybe the daydreams you have about people actually have a lot more validity than you might think. We're going to be working with just that kind of a process here in just a little bit.
Louisa Rhine, the wife of J.B. Rhine - he was the fellow that started the parapsychology laboratory at Duke University. Louisa Rhine was collecting stories from people. While he tries statistics, she would collect letters, people would write in and tell about their psychic experiences. She concluded on the basis of the experiences that people wrote that psychic impressions do not come labeled as being psychic when the person's having them. They typically confuse them as being their own thought, memory, feelings, imaginations, etc. One kind of sad example is a woman who wrote to her and said she was washing dishes in the kitchen while her husband and boy were out over the hill in the woods. She starts having this daydream about her boy drowning. She sees in her imagination the father carrying the boy out of the lake. She says, "Oh, gosh, what a morbid imagination I have." She finishes up the dishes, walks out on the back porch, looks over the hill and sees her husband coming up over the hill carrying what looks like a log in his arms. Then he gets a little bit closer and she sees it's their boy. He got out in the lake and drowned and before dad could get to him. Her imagination was not morbid, it was psychic. But she didn't recognize it as a psychic vision. She thought it was "just imagination."
In the Ganzfeld experiment here was obviously a psychic connection. But the person didn't experience it as that. The person thought their mind was wandering. It was their own feelings, their own thoughts, their own daydreams. And they didn't recognize it as being psychic. You see, it's closer than perception. It comes from within you. The psychic information, the psychic influences - like insight, invisible - it's influencing our thoughts without our even being aware of it. I think about having some kind of a spirit inside and you don't even know it's there. You don't even detect it because it's right there with your own thoughts and feelings. That's the way it works.
We can learn a lot from this particular demonstration. Let me just mention a few things we'll be working with today in terms of the training. First of all, if the person was really trying hard; they were trying for something that they thought they should be having - some experience they thought they should be having. Where, you see, the truth was just themselves being themselves was the psychic vehicle. This person thinking about their vacation, the songs that went through their mind - all of that - they were just being themselves. That was the psychic vehicle. Whereas what was their expectation was that somehow they were striving to have some kind of special experience.
It is hard to believe but just your ordinary experiences - just yourself being natural - your own spontaneous flow of experiences is the psychic vehicle. To not try - I think this is also something that's very hard for us because in most of things we've learned in school making an effort - trying - that's a given. We have to try. I think one of the ways to demonstrate for you the not trying - the let it be kind of approach, I think a great teacher for the state of consciousness there's a modality which is very natural but may seem a little bit different for you at first -
Lastly to mention is the imagination. We've shown you that the imagination can be a vehicle. But lots of times we feel like we're "just imagining something." That it couldn't possibly be real. We've been caught again - a major distinction between inner and outer, subjective/objective. This new thought is starting to knit those things together: Objective is subjective and so on. One of the things in fact that I hope that you'll come away with at the end of day is not simply confidence that you do have this ability to connect psychically. But your self-esteem is going to be enhanced because you're going to see your own subjective impression. Your own subjectivity has more objective validity than you would have suspected. There's a general enhancement of self-esteem that comes from this work. Because we tend to put down a little bit our inner sense of things in favor of what the outer world says. Self-esteem is based on a valuing of the inside perspective; the inside feelings.
In this process of tuning in, you see, to tune in we often have to step into a situation. We talk about walking in somebody's shoes - which is the name of the first exercise that we're going to do. It's very much like actors doing training called Method Acting. Where you start pretending if I was this person, how would I be? How would I sit? How would I feel?
Empathy, which is the psychic connection - is an extension of empathy. Empathy means literally "feeling into". How do we respond to the beauty of a painting or the beauty of nature. How does the aesthetic response happen? Here you have a piece of beauty out there - yet inside a person has this rapture of aesthetic response. How does the beauty out there get in here. Is it just coming into the eyes and they realize a person sort of feels their way into the scene. Feels their way into the painting. Feeling into. When you're bowling and the ball goes down the alley - you're leaning this way and that way as if you sense this connection. Or when you're watching the sports your doing it with the person. You've made an unconscious identity - you and that person. It's the same with the imagination. As you use your imagination to start feeling your way into a person and then as you're doing that imagination unbeknownst to you there's kind of a field effect - a quantum leap and your imagination is no longer just imagination. But actually is the carrier of the psychic connection. We have to be aware of the "but," the "but" is the big eraser. When you are imagining something, you say, "Oh, but it's just my imagination. Realize that that "but" erases the connection. Just like when we say, "Oh, it's just a coincidence." It's a way of denying the connection! Just like two people who are really close and you see them going to the house together at night. You see them coming out of the house in the morning. Someone says, "Oh, are you two lovers?" "Oh no, we're just friends." It's a way of denying the connection. So the buts and the coincidences are a way of denying that there is this sense of - because for some people to realize that you and I are one and the feelings I am having inside that I want to be my feelings - oh this is just me - this is just my imagination - to think or ponder the fact that your energy, your vibes, your thoughts are actually inside of me - a part of my thoughts, imagination, etc., sometimes that's a little too close for comfort. So we've got to drop the fig leaf, and have some way of keeping some distance. So we are working with our feelings about intimacy much more than we're working on any kind of technological feat of growing some horn over our third eye.
The individual, bounded self may try to dig in its heals as the dissolving of boundaries happen, like a condemned person in the gas chamber holding his breath so as not to accept any of the poisons into his lungs. If he could hold his breath forever he would. He would then die, but at his own hands. At last he collapses and gasps for air, taking it all in.
The situation is similar to a story told about a drop of rain. It was born over the mountains and knew a wonderful life in the stream, flowing through the beautiful lands. As it came down into the valley it passed into a desert. There it’s life as it knew it became threatened. It became caught on the horns of a dilemma. The sands threatened to soak up the droplet. The sun threatened to evaporate it. What should it do? Finally, it surrendered to the sun. As it rose up into the sky as vapor, it caught a passing breeze. As it joined other vaporized raindrops into a cloud formation heading for the mountain, the drop had a deja vu experience. It was no longer afraid and embraced its journey joyfully.
As our boundaries dissolve, we too will be tempted to dig in our heals to hold on to what we’ve got. In this first part of this book, I’ll take you on a journey of exploration to see if we really do have what we think we have or if ESP has already been making significant inroads into our boundaries. In the second part we’ll see what kind of battering our boundaries take when we come face to face with ESP but are not prepared. Finally, in the third part, I’ll share with you my research, and the work of others, showing how to prepare, how to develop a natural comfortableness with being psychic. Then we’ll see how we can use that "sixth sense" to make the "psychic connection" with others. We'll see it's a way of actually expanding ourselves. Enhancing our own sense of self that we can imagine things the way other people experience them. That we can know how other people feel. That we can actually expend the range of our consciousness to include the lives and experiences of other people. It can be a self-enhancement effect rather than some kind of a threat to our boundaries