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I have often said there are levels beyond mind.
It seems we live in an open-ended Universe that is continually expanding
into new dimensions or densities,
and what we call the unmanifested void is beyond the realms of mind.
Obviously, there is no way we can perceive what is beyond mind --
we have a hard enough time trying to perceive what mind has created
since we tend to blame outer circumstances instead of inner beliefs
for what we experience in the world.
The so-called higher dimensions exist outside the
realms of time and space and are not subject to mind. Therefore,
we could say they are created in a different way than the lower four
dimensions. When we awaken from the illusion of perception, we
experience that which is eternal (not bound by time and space). When
we are in the higher realms, the idea of creating our own reality becomes
irrelevant, except as a game the Creator enjoys playing in the lower
realms. It's a bit like looking into one of those crystal balls that
contain a landscape with "snow" that falls when you shake the ball.
From outside 4D, you can rearrange the ball anyway you like, but from
within, you are at the effect of your mind (and perhaps the minds of
other souls if you allow that). From outside 4D, you can observe the
individual and collective creations of the souls who reside in the crystal
ball, but you are not bound by those creations.
J. Krishnamurti, the great philosopher and teacher,
had perhaps the most lucid explanation of what lies beyond mind.
The main activity of mind is, of course, thought, and thought is
normally a product of time. Both thought and time are the cornerstones
of the world created by mind. This can be likened to the computer-generated
world in the "Matrix" movies. In the gap between thoughts is the
eternal silence, the sacred space that Krishnamurti talked about at
length. Universal Mind is a combination of the collective thoughts of
all life forms plus the thoughts of the Creator (the Tao, the Void, etc.).
This implies there is an aspect of the Creator/Creation that exists
in the silence, and that is the beauty of the mystery. In my entire 50
years of embodiment on Earth (this lifetime/sequence), I have spent
perhaps 30 minutes in the silence, usually a few seconds at a time. Some
of those non-moments contained mostly emptiness, and some of them contained
something else that there are no words for. After all, words and descriptions
are products of thought, and all "normal" communication mediums (including
telepathy) are constructed with thought. The phrase that most closely
describes the space beyond thought is "eternal newness." Always, what
ends the silence is the ego, which reconstructs itself and comes back
to battle the issues of the day. As we ascend in awareness and realize
the petty nature of the ego, we don't allow it to control our minds quite
as severely, and perhaps our moments of silence will grow.
As with any subjective experience, it's hard to
provide concrete evidence of what's beyond mind. Also, the meaning
of the word "mind" has been taken several ways, from “the active agent
of consciousness” to “everything that is.” If use the former definition,
there is a lot that exists beyond mind. As for who controls the realms
beyond the fourth dimension, I would say pure Spirit. My personal experiences
are that a river of light/love containing Infinite Intelligence (or
God) controls mind. Mind is a product of the Infinite or is created
by the Infinite.
I am reminded of J. Krishnamurti's treatise on
this subject, paraphrased from many of his writings: “It seems we
go from the ignorant bliss of infancy to the burdens of knowledge
to the emptying of that knowledge into pure insight and intelligence.
Intelligence uses the knowledge of the mind as it sees fit, but it is
free of that knowledge--it is not burdened down by a thousand yesterdays--a
flower becomes a thing of wonder because the label is absent, the thought
is gone. There is no observer observing a flower, because the observer
has become the observed. There is only the flower, there is no 'me' to
filter it through perception and knowledge...”
Every moment is eternally new, and yet all wisdom
is contained in that moment.
We all have a facet of the truth, which we call
perception. Perception is always distorted because it is never whole,
never complete. It may shine with purity or it may be distorted, but
as long as we view life through this lens, we will only see part of
it. It is when we dissolve the barrier between the perceiver and that
which is perceived that we realize that we are everywhere, and nowhere,
at the same time. Our awareness is not limited to the body and its senses.
It is not limited to the mind and its thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow.
Our awareness is free to be anywhere and everywhere at once—something
impossible for the mind to grasp.
The Great Mystery seems to be that there's always
a state of consciousness beyond the farthest reaches of our imagination.
A Zen Monk once decided that no matter how incredible his consciousness
states were, he would respond with "Not this."
There's a fun little exercise I developed years
ago. It goes like this. Go into meditation (in whatever way you usually
do--breathing, body relaxation, clearing the mind, etc.), then imagine
that everything you think you are you are not, and everything you
think you are not you are. In other words, contemplate the "not I".
If you do this deeply, you will experience (or “something” will experience)
the "not I". The "not I" will be everywhere, with full awareness of
itself. It is difficult to put these concepts into language, since
we are speaking of a state where language cannot go. J. Krishnamurti
said "truth is a pathless land." Anything we do to try and grasp it
is a movement away from it. It must simply dawn on the still mind without
invitation, without expectation. One cannot achieve enlightenment; one
can only remove the barriers to its presence.
Once the mind sees the futility of striving for
enlightenment, that is when it falls silent and the soul discovers
that enlightenment was there all along.
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