Time isn’t a line. It’s more like a plane, an infinite-ring circus, an eternal NOW moment, in which everything that has ever happened and ever will happen, in all lifetimes and realities, is happening all at once. But each individual thought form involved thinks that it is a real, separated being with individual self-existence and a personal history and future. Each of the infinite thought forms which make up “us” – all of the things we have ever experienced or ever will experience; all of the monads of every instant of awareness in all our probable realities from this life and all our past and future lives – thinks that it is the real “us”, centered in a universe in which things make sense. Each individual thought form (since they are indeed discrete) thinks it’s the top dog (most important). And from any given thought form we can move to an infinite number of possible futures or remember an infinite number of possible pasts. And once that decision is made – the decision to move from the standpoint of any given thought form now moment to any other given thought form future moment or remembered past moment – mind will stamp upon that decision the notation: MAKES SENSE! (is “real”). That’s the only reason why things make sense (seem real) to us: because we are constantly telling ourselves the lie that things make sense. We tell ourselves the same lie when we are dreaming (that what we are experiencing makes sense, is “real”).
Admittedly, some probable futures or pasts are more likely than others; it’s more likely that your next thought form will be moving a bit further along reading this sentence rather than suddenly appearing on a Caribbean beach sipping a piňa colada. That’s the sort of thing that happens in dream consciousness – the jump from thought form to thought form tends to be a lot more haphazard than in waking consciousness. But it’s nonetheless a random process, shaped by tendencies from human and individual memory, whose only claim to fame is that it makes sense – there’s no doubt about it!
Mind is what makes sense out of this selection. This is easier to see in dream consciousness where even the most bizarre and improbable (from the point of view of wakefulness) thought forms can pop up and yet make perfect sense at the time we are dreaming them. Similarly, our waking consciousness (experience of everyday life) also only makes sense because we have decided to let it make sense. That assumption is what traps us in our furrows.
To lose our sense of linear time implies living moment-to-moment with all of our memories – at least the feeling of them if not the actual thought forms. Only by recapitulating all of our memories are we in possession of all the memories (feelings) of all our past and probable lives, as well as this one. At that point we’re not really centered in any given one of them anymore. The waking state is controllable only as long as it seems familiar and important – i.e., centered in a past and future. The trick, then, is to be quite comfortable with everything out of control, as it were. When things are out of control then we are dreaming. The more out of control we let our daily lives be, the more we are actually dreaming rather than being awake, and the closer we are to our intent – to being able to act on our true feelings rather than our social conditioning. This is what the practice of magic is all about.
(adapted from Thought Forms, Copyright © 2000 by Bob Makransky. All rights reserved).
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