[+] I’d like to elaborate on a point I introduced in my first post, when I explained that “the human mind separates the united continuum of reality out of which it emerged into distinct “objects” by drawing imaginary mental lines over it and defining each unit by comparing it to all the others.”
A symbol is a form (“thing”), whether visual, auditory, tactile, or otherwise, which represents, or “stands for” another form. Meditating on the concept of a symbol, one may realize that really, every thing is a symbol. No thing has a definition of its own which can be understood without also understanding the definitions of many other things. Say, for instance, you didn’t know what a cat was, and you asked me, “What is a cat?”
I could tell you, “A cat is a small, furry animal, often kept as a housepet.” But this definition would do you no good whatsoever if you did not already know what “fur” was, what an “animal” was, what it means to be “small,” or what a “housepet” is.
If this were the case, you might ask me, “What is a housepet?”
And I would tell you, “A housepet is an animal trained by human beings to live inside a house.”
But this would be just as useless if you didn’t know about the concepts of animal training, human beings, or houses. Anyone who has ever tried to explain something new to a child is likely to understand this principle. The curious child will go on and on forever asking further and further questions about the answers given to his questions, because each answer requires further information to be fully understood.
Every form carries both an aesthetic and a symbolic component. The aesthetic component is the raw, subjective quality of the experience of the form. The “way” it looks, sounds, feels, smells, tastes. But without the symbolic component, the form is empty, abstract, meaningless; The faces of your lovers, friends, family minus their symbolic meanings, are only strange collections of shapes and colors. Every form is fixed in its aesthetic content, as the subjective, abstract quality of the form, what it looks (sounds, etc) like to you is what defines it most fundamentally. The symbolic content of a form could potentially be anything at all. The mind is the instrument which assigns symbolic meaning to otherwise abstract forms by creating logical connections between the form in sight and other forms in mind, which themselves are symbols, further connected to even more forms, deeper in the mind.
Reality itself is in fact an infinite matrix of symbols which each derive their definition and meaning from all of the others. There are infinite ways to draw a logical line from any given symbol to any other, through the network of symbols to which they all belong. These symbols are patched together in one way before your eyes (where each form contains symbolic information not only about its “meaning” and “purpose,” but also about its location in space and time relative to all other forms), and another way inside of your mind (where space and time are meaningless, and forms may be linked in any way desired). The stream of mental-astral symbolic associations interacts in a subtle dance with your physical experience as you (and your thought-images) influence the world and the world influences you. By using your mind, both to patch together quickly fading associations of symbols “inside itself” (on the astral planes) and physically patch together fully-manifested symbols into new realities, you create your experience constantly.
Before I continue, allow me to define the different states in which thought-forms may manifest by analogy to the various states of matter on the physical plane.
Solid: Universe of Matter, The Real World, Physical Reality
Liquid: Dreams, Astral World, Vivid Hallucination, Lucid Imagination
Gas: Thoughts, Thought-Images, Mental Hallucination, Distracted Imagination
Plasma: Godhead Contact
There is a higher intelligence in the universe, and because you fundamentally are the universe, you can connect with it. You are clearly not one of the highest intelligences in the universe (sorry), but, being a part of the entity (the universe) that they are also a part of, you can connect with higher intelligences. There are two ways of connecting with any thought-form: externally, through sensory physical contact with a solidified physical thought-form, or internally, through “imaginary” astral contact with a liquid or gaseous astral thought-form. The former means is experienced as a part of an ongoing linear-time-set 3-dimensional narrative which appears, from the present perspective, to “follow the same rules it always has,” while the latter means is experienced outside of the 3rd dimension, in eternity, where are located events removed from the experiencer’s physical body in time and space, suspended in a constant state of potential nowness, “just-out-of-view” of the normal waking 3D consciousness. Using these two means of connection with other thought-forms to the best of your ability, you can explore as much as you wish any reality experiencible through the perspective of the thought-form which you are currently choosing to experience (this choice made from a deeper part of your mind). In this way, you can find all the information in the infinite, eternal, liquid/gaseous astral that you need in order to create any experience you wish to have out of the present physical solid manifestation, until you learn everything you’re meant to learn, and return to the plasma state. Have fun. [+]