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Seth begins this chapter by assuring us that we have more than one form. That we have other forms that we do not perceive because we are so focused on our physical body and simply cannot imagine ourselves without it. Form is a result of concentrated energy - the pattern for it is caused by vividly directed emotional or psychic idea images. The intensity of this focus is the important part. In fact we can, without realizing it, project pseudophysical forms to other places - and they are identical to our physical forms. An intense desire to be somewhere else actually sends an imprint of our personality and image even though we do not realize we are doing it. It is usually not seen by others, yet future scientific instruments may be able to perceive it. These latent forms, or shadow images, would be considered very real if we could see them. But we are only able to see things in physical matter when they reach a certain "pitch" and they seem to coalesce into matter.
He goes on to say that our bodies are the result of intense emotional focus - that it only appears to be one continuous thing that is permanent while it lasts. It is actually in a constant state of pulsation and because of the nature of energy and its construction it is actually blinking off and on. Ours is not a system of reality formed by the most intense concentration of energy, it is simply the one we are turned into. Other portions of the self inhabit what we could call a supersystem of reality in which consciousness learns to handle and perceive much stronger concentrations of energy. Our idea of space is distorted because we see it as empty when it is actually teeming with phenomena.
When we talk about a stream of consciousness we are unaware that we are a part of a much larger stream of consciousness that we are able to tap into. It is our focus of attention that closes us off from this much larger stream of information, usually keeping us limited to the self we know, yet the self we know is far from our entire identity. Any creative work involves us in a cooperative process in which we learn to dip into these other streams of consciousness, making creativity multidimensional. It is in moments of solitude that we can become aware of these other streams, and we may actually hear words, or see images, that appear out of context with our own thoughts.
It is often in the dream state that we are much more aware of these other existences. In the very deep reaches of sleep we are in communication with other portions of our own identities and the realities in which they exist. In this state we are highly active and are involved with the real nitty-gritty of existence. Our consciousness often leaves our body in these sleep states, visiting with people on other levels of reality that we have known, gathering information, dwelling in entirely different realities.
Our ego often blocks these perceptions, but only because we have been taught that the purpose of the ego is restrictive, rather than expanding. Thinking that our egos are weaker, that we must defend other portions of the self from it, have trained it to wear blinders, making it go against its natural inclinations. When in fact, the ego wants us to survive within physical existence but it also wants us to not hamper its perception and native flexibility. It cannot relate to a reality that we will not allow it to perceive.
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