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Section One, Entry 4: The Spacious Present; & Camouflage in the Spacious Present

By Lynda Madden Dahl:

Seth says, “The matter of time is highly important if you have any hopes of understanding the self.” Why is that? Why would understanding time help us understand ourselves better? Because the concept of the spacious present – which Seth says is the only sort of time that has any real meaning – blows to hell and gone the boundaries imposed by linear time thinking.

In one fell swoop we break out of that official line of consciousness Seth talks about in Seth Talk entry #1, and move our minds to a whole new way of organizing our thoughts, and therefore our realities.

Normally we see ourselves living a timeline from birth to death, residing on terra firma and watching as the moments pass into days, then months, then years. Our past seems firm and tidy, a true and unchanging picture of where we’ve been, and our future awaits us, replete with discrete events that will happen to us. Here we reside, human beings physically separated from everything and everybody by space and time.

That picture tightly defines us and our boundaries. Before we even take into additional consideration the psychological and physical aspects of ourselves, we’ve acceded to that basic definition of self. And as long as we agree with that definition, we cannot live a safe universe, because along with that definition, honed by a belief in space and time, comes cause and effect. And along with a belief in cause and effect comes haphazard and unenlightened constructions created out of fear and worry and doubt and guilt (among other things).

But, thankfully, there’s hope for us yet, and it comes with understanding the spacious present.

Seth says, “The cause and effect theory being the result of continuity holds no water. When the spacious present is understood, with its attributes of spontaneity, then the cause and effect theory will fall.”

In the last two Seth Talk entries, we’ve started redefining the self, or more accurately stated, we’ve started showing the self for what it truly is. Which is action – or the breath of inner vitality (All That Is). Bottom line: we are action. And now we’ll add to that definition by wrapping in the spacious present.

The spacious present is where all action takes place, and action is how All That Is creates. And since we are action, we create in the spacious present. There is no sub-set of action that can happen somewhere else; ergo, no creation can happen unless it takes place in the spacious present.

All identities and objects and probabilities continually reside here, in past, present and future form. Seth nails that idea down with this: “In the spacious present…all things that have existed still exist, and all things that shall exist in your tomorrow already do exist.”

Seth says that no matter where consciousness thinks it resides (for instance, in linear time), it actually resides in the spacious present.

He says, “You are in the spacious present now. You were in the spacious present in your yesterday and you will not have traveled through it in your tomorrow, or eons of tomorrows.” Any other time scheme used by consciousness is camouflage constructed within the spacious present. And that’s because, as Seth reminds us, in actuality there is only a spacious present.

Did you know that when hurtling down the highway at 70 miles an hour, you’re not going anywhere? That when flying 30,000 feet above the ground, you’re not going anywhere?

In fact, Seth says, “There is no place to go. It is also true to say there are as many places to go as you wish to find.”

So let’s take a look at how our individual camouflage realities are created in the spacious present and we’ll learn many things, like the fact that anything that we can see, touch, hear, smell or taste is not actually real.

First, though, we need to clear up what a reality is and where it exists. Seth says that, “Identity, like action, is a dimension of existence.” And, “The reality of an identity exists within the action.” So, realities exist within the identity/action’s dimension of existence. In other words, realities do not exist alone, shuffled off somewhere outside the identity, and the personality, being a portion of it, plopped down outside of itself and and told to go create. Realities are a part of identity/action. Which, when dropped to the bottom line, says I have my reality and you have yours, but we do not share realities per se, because I’m within my identity (as we learned in the three dilemmas) and you are within yours.

What we do share is the ability, in the spacious present, to telepathically agree to define our individual realities so that they look similar. At present, those of us who are reading this page agree we live in the year 2010 in a world that generally is known to us to have certain characteristics. And because of that agreement, I form my reality to coincide pretty much with what you see. But the objects I see cannot be seen by you, because you are not in my reality. You see them in your own reality, though.

Seth explains it like this: "Physical objects cannot exist unless they exist in a definite perspective and space continuum. But each individual creates his own space continuum . . .  Each individual actually creates an entirely different object, which his own physical senses then perceive.” And he clarifies this while talking to Jane and Rob and a guest: “Each of the three of you creates your own glass, in your own personal perspective. Therefore you have three different physical glasses here, but each one exists in an entirely different space continuum."

To drive this point home to its ultimate conclusion: We can never be anywhere but in our own unique reality, and that reality - as and because of action - can only exist in the spacious present.

So there I exist, in the spacious present within my identity, creating a camouflage reality for my own needs and purposes. (“I” defined, as always, as the whole of inner and outer selves; to be discussed further in future Seth Talks.) In order to experience the sensation of linear time I “first” construct a space/time continuum framework, because space and time are the defining ingredients of linear time. But the space/time continuum is camouflage, of course, even though camouflage with great purpose.

So, I now pretend to “live” in my reality with everything contingent on a belief in linear time (ergo, the need for the space/time continuum), but I’m really in the spacious present, which is presided over by action, i.e., continuous terminations of the previous action. How then, do I hold it all together, this illusion of continuity in time and space, when there is no continuity, ever, because one action terminates the previous one?

According to Seth, a complete reality is continually refreshed and re-created because each action terminates the previous one. So everything we can see and touch is replaced with a new version of everything we can see and touch, including our bodies...continually. And, an important point, each new action is different than the previously terminated one, because no action can be identical to another one. Remember, action is creation, and each creation by All That Is is unique. And that is how change happens.

So, here we are in our own camouflage reality in the spacious present, using a space/time continuum to create the illusion of space and time. Let’s look at some of the underlying truths to that situation, then, and we’ll better come to understand, of all things, the self.

Since there is no time, and since each action terminates the previous action, it means there is no duration to anything we see. As Seth says, “Matter of itself is no more continuous, no more given to growth or age than is, say, the color yellow.”

To hone that idea further, Seth says, “Matter is continually created, but no particular object is in itself continuous. There is not…one physical object that deteriorates with age. There are instead continuous creations of psychic energy into a physical pattern that appears to hold a more or less rigid appearance.” And with each creation the object changes, because action is change. And in a camouflage reality based on the root assumption of time, that very gradual change looks like aging and wear, in order to reinforce the camouflage idea of time.

So a muscleman doesn’t grow muscles by working out through time, because his muscles are not around long enough to age or grow – they have no duration. What then determines the state of his muscles? Ah, that is the subject (or the beginning of the subject) in the next installment of Seth Talk! For now, just lock on to the idea that since there is no time, nothing is around long enough to grow or age.

The next point is that there is no space. As Seth said earlier when discussing the spacious present, “There is no place to go.” And that’s because space is camouflage within a space/time continuum of camouflage itself. Seth elaborates on this point with this: “Since both space and time are camouflages, to speak of traveling through them is basically meaningless.”

One of the main issues underlying this idea, then, is that there is no motion. How does one walk across the room or drive to the grocery store without time or motion? That, like the question of what directs the growth (or change) of the man’s muscles, is a subject for future entries of Seth Talk.

One more important point here, though. If there is no time and no space, leading to no duration of matter and no motion, how do we create the illusion of being in a continuous reality one day at a time, and surrounded by objects? It’s the brain that does it. Its neuronal structure creates that illusion of time and space for us, and its perceptive mechanisms of sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing point the inner portion of I to do the actual conversion of action into objects.

Which means this: If we cannot see, touch, smell, taste or hear something, it does not exist in our camouflage reality. It always exists in the spacious present, of course, but within our reality it will not exist.

So when you walk from one room to another, does the room you just left exist in physical reality? No. Does the city partk next door to your home exist in your reality if you cannot see it? No. Only once you lay eyes on it will it exist, and then only that portion that you can see. Or touch, or smell, or taste or hear. So the portion of the city park that’s created when your sight is out of commission (eyes closed or blinded) is only what the other senses pick up. Your feet touch the soil, so the feel of your feet and the soil is created, but not whatever is right next to that bit of space upon which you stand. Not the swing set, not even the trees. Etc., etc.

You see, we each are our own dimension of existence, and our personal reality is created within it. And since we reside in the spacious present, that’s the only place our camouflage reality can play out. And the spacious present has no time and no space, ergo no growth, no age, no motion. So methods of recognizing camouflage are built into the camouflage itself, through the camouflage brain.

I think Seth rounds out nicely the ideas we’ve been examining here with these quotes: “As I have said that the walls of your house do not actually exist as such, so the time divisions that you have placed within the spacious present do not exist.” And, “Beneath all camouflage exists that which has no need of camouflage, but simply is.”

To end this entry of Seth Talk, then, let’s close with what we must all attempt to do, if we truly want to redefine our self to the point where we can live a safe universe. And, of course, the answer comes from Seth: “Leap over the tradition of time’s framework and sense with the united intellect and intuitions your own individual part in the spacious present.”

Please don’t forget, though, that all of the listed Seth Talk subjects as a whole work together to help redefine the self. So while action and identity and the spacious present are crucial to understand because of the stage they set, there’s much more to take into consideration.

Okay,  now on to the great Seth quotes on this subject of the spacious present, and some on camouflage reality…

Seth on  the Spacious Present; & Camouflage in the Spacious Present

    • The matter of time is highly important if you have any hopes of understanding the self.
    • The only sort of time that has any real meaning is that of the spacious present.
    • There is only a spacious present.
    • Action takes place in the spacious present.
    • In actuality there is only a spacious present, so spacious that it cannot be explored all at once in your terms, hence your arbitrary division of it into larger rooms of past, present and future.
    • In the spacious present…all things that have existed still exist, and all things that shall exist in your tomorrow already do exist
    • You are in the spacious present now. You were in the spacious present in your yesterday and you still will not have traveled through it in your tomorrow, or in eons of tomorrows
    • There is no place to go. It is also true that there are as many places to go as you wish to find.
    • Leap over the tradition of time’s framework and sense with the united intellect and intuitions your own individual part in the spacious present.
    • Your ideas of time are detrimental. Time works with you and not against you. (Seth said to Rob, “Underline that four times.”)
    • As I have said that the walls of your house do not actually exist as such, so the time divisions that you have placed within the spacious present (that represent past and future) do not exist.
    • Your past, present and future are all compressed in any given moment point of your experience. Any such moment is therefore a gateway into all of your existence.
    • To look backward into the past entails looking forward into the future, and there is no firm ground, no firm ground that is the present from which to view the future or the past. For they are all one, and you are a part of the spacious present.
    • Continuity usually implies one thing happening before or after another. The spacious present contains instead spontaneity, and within it all happenings are simultaneous.
    • To speak of backward and forward is meaningless. There are only various elec­tric pulsations of varying intensities. When the pulsation is weak, you call it past. When it is strongest, you name it the present, and one that seems to you not yet as strong as pre­sent, you name fu­ture.
    • Here we have two of your most basic idea camouflage structures: your conception of time as a suc­cession of moments, and your idea of cause and effect.

Seth on Camouflage in the Spacious Present:

    • Matter of itself is no more continuous, no more given to growth or age than is, say, the color yellow.
    • Matter is continually created, but no particular object is in itself continuous. There is not…one physical object that deteriorates with age. There are instead continuous creations of psychic energy into a physical pattern that appears to hold a more or less rigid appearance.
    • The actual material that seems to make up the object has completely disappeared many times, and the pattern has been completely filled again with new matter…
    • You are not now what you were ten minutes earlier. You are not the same being physically, psychologically, spiritually, or psychically, and ten minutes later you will be different again.
    • You know that you hallucinate the room.
    • Your entire physical environment comes as naturally out of your inner mind as words come out of your mouth.
    • The environment expresses your personality. This is a literal and not symbolic truth.
    • So environment is not a separate thing in itself, but the result of perceptive patterns, and these are determined by psychological structure.
    • As I have said that the walls of your house do not actually exist as such, so the time divisions that you have placed within the spacious present (that represent past and future) do not exist.
    • Beneath all camouflage exists that which has no need of camouflage, but simply is.
    • Since both space and time are camouflages, to speak of traveling through them is basically meaningless.
    • It is ridiculous to develop camouflage vehicles to deal with camouflage space, when all that is necessary is that you realize that camouflage is camouflage.
    • There is no cause and effect in the terms in which you understand the words. Nor is there a succession of moments that follow one after the other, and without a succession of moments following one after the other you can see that the idea of cause and effect becomes meaningless. An action in the present cannot be based on or caused by an action in the past, and neither action can be the cause of a future action in a basic reality where neither past nor future exist.
    • The cause and effect theory being the result of continuity holds no water. When the spacious present is understood, with its attributes of spontaneity, then the cause and effect theory will fall.
    • As you come to understand time, you will eventually be able to merge your inner comprehension with your physical self, and form your world on a conscious basis.
    • Such manuscripts as mine are meant to help you do precisely that.

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