Before I jump into how this information can practically be applied to help you with your day-to-day interactions, First, I’d like to review a previous posting by Greg.
Human language is tricky. If you haven’t read Greg’s posting on Language, I suggest you take a moment now and read it….I mean it…
Basically, as Shakespeare said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And if there are 6 billon sets of eyes in the world, then there are 6 billion definitions of beauty…meaning we all speak our own language. English by Jessica is not necessarily the same English by Greg. The problem of human language is that working with the brain’s lazy/subconscious file folder routine may cause unnecessary stress and also may take away from experiences that are much more than they seem.
Here are ways to practically apply this information…
1) Stop assuming everyone is using the same file folder as you. (Apply insight and try to see things through the other person’s file folder)
When you catch yourself in an argument, take a step back. Then, take an extra step and make sure you and the person you are arguing with are actually talking about the same thing.
(For instance, some of you who read the first part of this posting might have disagreed or been confused by the fact that brown and any other color not part of the rainbow is a figment of the mind/optical illusion. This is because I was limiting the boundary conditions to the light entering your eyes. So if you found yourself disagreeing you most likely were thinking of pigments, which behave differently).
The file folder can be a good way of short cutting, but it will also leave you to jump to conclusions or preconceived ideas of what answers should be, based on your own past experiences. The limitations of human languages may lead you to be talking oranges while the other person is talking apples (in the case of color, pigments vs visible light.)
Another way Greg often depicts this situation is in the following old saw;
Does a tree make a sound if it falls in a forest and there is no one around to hear it?
Take a moment and decide, whether it does or does not make a sound…
The correct answer depends on the boundary conditions. If you define a sound as a vibration of air molecules in the human audible frequency range, then the answer is simply yes. When the tree falls it causes to the air to vibrate in some of those audible frequencies, therefore the tree makes a sound when it falls whether there is a person to hear it or not. On the other hand, if you define sound to be the process of a brain interpreting air pressure changes, then there is no sound, if there is no brain there to interpret these air pressure changes. It is the boundary conditions of the vocabulary that determines which answer is correct.
So next time you find yourself in a disagreement, take a moment to really listen (separate what the person is saying from what your brain predicts what they should/shouldn’t be saying). And, like the lesson in the old saw above, make sure you define vocabulary. Much of the stress caused by arguments can be prevented by applying this simple reality.
2) You may experience the non-3d or spiritual or divine more than you realize.
Loyalty defined by POTEGP is the ability to self-sacrifice one’s physical/3D self interest or set aside the physical facet of ego. (Loyalty also enables one to over rule ones bio-chemical/evolutionary based body). This is such a rare occurrence that when you experience a person demonstrating Loyalty we call them Heroes. A person who runs into burning buildings to save complete strangers, like a fireman or even a lay person passing by. These people can overcome their 3d/evolutionary/bio-chemical reaction for self-preservation and risk their own life for the sake of another.
Lets look at Unconditional Love. Most people will file Unconditional Love away as an emotion, ignoring just how transcendental or rare it is. I’m not talking about lust, which a biochemical (3D) reaction that may cause one to perceive they are in “love”. I am talking about Unconditional Love, by POTEGP’s definition – the ability to concurrently set aside one’s physical and emotional instincts or facets of ego. This attribute is actually part of the non-3D (anything other than the 3 physical dimensions).
If a person has a file folder that only contains 3d, he will file Unconditional Love with other emotions such as; hate, like, dislike, anger. But to apply Unconditional Love which enables someone to override 3d evolutionary reactions is something beyond emotions.
An example of Unconditional Love is illustrated in the following story that was passed down from Greg from his parents:
This story concerns one of Samuel Colt’s (the founder of Colt firearms) relatives. Samuel Pomeroy Colt had a large summer estate in Bristol, RI. One of Samuel’s decedents, whom this story concerns, had two passions; hunting and sailing. The young man formed a bond of love with his dog, a hound, through their many days of childhood adventures and later hunting companions. This bond represents a true gem of this world.
While they spent every moment they could together, one time of separation was when the young master would go sailing. Though physically separated during this time, they were never spiritually separated. The young man’s faithful companion would go to shore to see his young master and friend off and then sit and wait at the shore for his young master and friend to return. The hound would stay at the shore from the moment of departure, staring out at the sea until his friend would return.
One fateful day, there was a storm at sea. The young man was lost at sea, thus never returned. The Loyalty and Trust of the hound for his friend overcame the 3D/biochemical survival instincts for self preservation. Out of the Unconditional Love the hound had for his friend he waited refusing to leave the shore to eat or drink, until the hound himself passed.
This story was memorialized by a bronze statue of the hound and a plaque at Colt state park in Bristol, RI – that is until someone stole it. (Some animals are more spiritual than some humans).
The point is that we mislabel events and experiences all the time. Unconditional Love isn’t just another emotion and Loyalty isn’t just a physical action. These experiences are beyond the 3d. They are choices made available by dimensional facets each of us has the potential to unlock. But, if we let our brains subconsciously file events and experiences as just 3d and/or we just ignore the fact that the brain does this, than how can we truly have full awareness of these other dimensions (non-3d/spiritual facets) if we don’t even recognize the non-3d that we are actually experiencing around us.
There is a bit of a double edge sword here. Just because your brain perceives something as “real” doesn’t mean it is. And you may experience something real and not even realize or perceive its true nature because you are mislabeling the event.
So what is in a name? The label itself doesn’t really matter, but the meaning attached to that word label does (have a little Faith in me… when I say that we all carry with us our own experiences and meanings behind each and every word label).
In summary, you can eliminate stress and build awareness of experiences around you if you clear up vocabulary and stop relying of the subconscious file folder (or at least begin to realize/ stop ignoring the fact that your brain does this.)
In close I will leave you with one of Greg’s favorite questions?
What is my name?
1) Hippopotamus 2) River Horse 3) kiboko 4) Bob
Stay tuned for the answer in the next posting!