"If you're looking to find the key to the universe,
I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is: There is no key to the universe. The good news is: It has been left unlocked."
"In nature's infinite book of secrecy, little I can read."
... from Antony and Cleopatra, by Wm. Shakespeare
Infinity is a word with which we are all familiar. There is even an automobile
with this name. It's a common term, but we all seem to have a difficult time work-
ing with the ideas of limitless time, limitless space, or an un-ending number of
At the end of Thomas Sugrue's wonderful biography of the seer Edgar Cayce,
called "There is a River", there is a chapter entitled Philosophy. It begins with the
sentence, "man demands a beginning and a boundary". It's true. That is the
problem. We do insist on having limits to everything so we can measure it and
somehow understand it better. The difficulties we create for ourselves by this
insistence are, if you'll pardon the expression, endless.
If we have any hope at all of grasping the meaning and purpose of our
existence, we are going to have to work through this problem and shake ourselves
free from the restrictions caused by our own ideas of limitations. Let's get this out
of the way right now. The human personality has NO limitations, except those which
it accepts. Whatever we can imagine, we can bring about. Period. There are no
restrictions other than those we agree on. We are capable of creating a heaven
right here on earth, and we are also capable of causing the destruction of the planet.
However, because of the vast amount of "time" programmed into the earth's life
cycle, none of us are apt to see either of these conditions in our "present" form.
Did you catch that? I used the word "time", and we both know that there is
no such thing. So how are we going to talk about such things as time, space,
infinity, and numberless souls at all? It will be difficult, perhaps, but we'll have to
try. We are here to discover what our responsibilities are as human beings, and we
can't very well do that unless we are pretty clear about what a human being really is.
Here's an idea of what I am talking about. I'll bet many of you have never
thought of this. Where are you now? I'll tell you. No matter where you think you
are, you are in the exact center of the entire universe. The whole thing is revolving
around you at every moment. Of course, that's true about me, too -- and your
neighbor, and your friends, and even your enemies if you have any.
How is this possible? It's simple. The universe is infinite. There are no edges
or boundaries anywhere, so that means that everyplace in the universe can be the
center, and always is. That's a hard concept if we insist on thinking about the uni-
verse in only physical terms, but remember Rule No. 3 - Everything is energy. That
which we insist on believing is matter is really just an endless field of potential energy,
and you and I are right in the center of it, helping to create it with every little thought
that pops into heads. Does that make you feel responsible? It certainly should, but
don't get too excited. So is everyone else, aren't they?
While we are discussing endless space and time, there is one other little matter
I would like to clear up before we go any farther. Our empirical scientists, relying on
their five wonderful senses, have for centuries been studying our world, our solar
system, and now "outer" space to get some grasp of what it's all about. What they
have learned and accomplished is very fascinating to be sure, but only the wisest of
them have really caught on to what they were seeing.
The only way to really understand this creation is to go beyond the five senses
entirely and begin to see it with our minds and our imagination. We cannot measure
infinite space with finite technical equipment, and it is a waste of time to try, but we
can imagine it, and thus begin to work with the concept. We hear a lot of speculation,
for instance, about whether there is or has been, "life" on other planets, either in our
solar system or another. How silly is that?
Look, the creation does not have an end, so it cannot be counted or measured
in any way. If we insist on finding planets that have "life" on them, we are going to
find billions of them, and we will still be looking. There might just be a more pro-
ductive way to spend our time, like improving life on this planet. Unfortunately, a
lot of the effort we spend to improve our own lives is focused on extending the years
of our visit here, and not on finding or fulfilling its purpose.
Enough about time and space and solar systems, etc. Time is really just a way
of measuring space, and space is a means of measuring time. They go together, like
all the other apparent dualities in this creation, and they only apply to the energy
level we refer to as physical, anyway. Let's talk about souls. How many are there?
Right, you're getting ahead of me now, aren't you? An infinite number. Why don't
we stop trying to count them and start trying to get a better understanding of what
they are? Wait a minute, that's what we are, isn't it? So all we have to do is
understand ourselves, and then we will understand all the other souls, won't we?
Wow, what a concept! Where have I heard that before? Well, we can quote Plato,
for one. In book VIII of "The Republic", he says "You cannot conceive the many
without the one".
Why would this be so? Because the many and the one are the same thing.
You and I are self-contained holographic models of the Creative force, whatever we
choose to call it. We cannot help creating, because it is our nature. We can postpone
creative activity forever if we want to, because it is our choice, but in the end, the
overwhelming pressure of creation will force us to grow whether we want to or not.
The creation is like a great river with a mighty current. We can only swim upstream
for so long without getting very tired, and then we realize that it is much simpler to
go with the current.
Deep inside all of us, well below the level of our conscious minds, is the eternal
I AM that is the essence of all things. If we are not aware of it, it is only because we
have forgotten it in our passion to be separate from all others like us. It's all right,
because in the symphony that is life, the flute is not supposed to sound like the
cello, but the illusion of separateness is the cause of most of our pain and frustration.
In the interest of simplicity, we will try to create a model for the human
individual. Bear with us here. These are concepts that might stretch credibility to
the limit. Our poor little linear conscious minds are not very well adapted to limit-
less thinking, but let's imagine for a few minutes, anyway.
We'll start with a creative force that we'll call "All That Is", a generic term for
which you can substitute any name you prefer. This creative force becomes Yin and
Yang, positive and negative, creator and creation, or however else you want to
divide it. This is no doubt an over-simplification, but the concept is the same -
a creation, and the means of experiencing it.
We will call this means "souls", or better yet "entities'. Each soul-entity has the
full potential of the creative force, but the ability to assume a limited viewpoint from
which to see the endless project. There are, of course, and infinite number of entities,
or viewpoints. Because of their potential, these entities also have the ability to sub-
divide into multiple viewpoints, as well as the power to develop their own agenda
for creation. We call that part 'free will".
Since we at present are not intimately concerned with those entities who do
not inhabit our corner of the universe, we will simplify this model even further by
focusing on the relatively small number of us who have become involved with the
planet Earth. This involvement, incidentally, includes all the other planets in our
solar system as well, but not in "physical" form, so it is difficult for us to understand.
We, as individual soul-entities, have chosen to experience this system with
part of our multi-dimensional reality, and in order to do so, we have accepted some
of the limitations that go with it. Experiencing physical reality is very much like the
situation you have when you dive into a lake or a pool and become completely
submerged in the water. To begin with, you can only stay there for a short time
without drowning, which is similar to a life-span on earth as a human. In addition,
you can now no longer see what is going on above the water's surface, and you can
only hear a little, and understand even less. You are forced to find a new way of
getting about (we call it swimming), and you are in an entirely different environment
than before you took the plunge. The only way you can resume your life outside the
water is to climb back out of the lake or the pool back onto "dry land". We call that
As you might expect, it is much more complex than that in actual practice. To
begin with, the soul-entity, with its ability to sub-divide its consciousness, does not
invest all of its energy in one life form at a time. Your human ego (the combined
personality and primate consciousness that you have adopted) is only a portion of
your soul's total energy. There may or may not be other personalities, here or else-
where in space and time, that are part of the same entity, as well as the part of you
that is not focused on the physical level at all.
This process can vary tremendously, so we cannot make a lot of assumptions
about ourselves or anyone else, but it can be stated that there is always a lot of
internal communication going on with our parent-soul and any or all other parts of it.
This can take the form of dreams, intuition, hunches, memories, fears, tendencies, or
other thoughts and feelings when filtered down to our conscious minds. Our
conscious thoughts have a directive effect, however, which communicates in the
other direction, so we are back to the idea of responsibility.
Many people these days are re-acquainting themselves with the idea that they
call re-incarnation. This is definitely not a new concept, having been understood
much more fully by other generations for thousands of earth-years. It is simply a
time-represented example of the soul's ability to exist in more than one place (or
time). At any rate, all time is simultaneous anyway, so therefore all "lifetimes" exist
at once as well. They only appear to be sequential because of our conscious focus.
The best analogy we ever heard about this situation is the picture of a multi-
level chess game being played on a stack of boards, where every move on every
board has an effect on the game being played on every other level. The idea of
"karma" where one's "present" lifetime is influenced by past action is very mis-
leading. All our soul-entity's activities effect all one's other thoughts and actions,
whether considered to be in the past, the present, or the future. A more accurate
view of re-incarnation would have to include all "future" lives, at any rate.
Consciously it does little good to worry about other lifetimes on earth, because
we have all deliberately come here at this point in space and time to work on
specific areas of our development which require our attention to be focused on the
HERE AND NOW. Like a tree which must have its roots in the ground as well as its
branches that reach for the sky, we need to expand our awareness in both directions
simultaneously. Pay too much attention to the ground, and the leaves will wither and
die. Ignore our roots, and the whole plant will perish.
Having come here, we need to care about the earth and its life. It is part of the
grand scheme, and equally as important as any other part. We are not, however,
supposed to become trapped here by refusing to see that it is only one place to "be",
and clinging desperately and blindly to physical life. The earth will be here long after
we have left time and space for good, so let us try to remember who we are. In
remembering, we will find the bliss we think we have lost.
In the same way that it is not very helpful to try to measure infinite time or
space, it is also not very productive to count "people", who are only fragments of
souls, when the number of souls is endless. With our narrow view of the world,
we have a tendency to worry about Earth's population and what we perceive of as
threatening population growth. We must understand that the number of person-
alities here at any given earth-time is infinitesimal in comparison to the total number
(infinity) available, no matter how crowded it seems.
Earth's population ebbs and flows over ages and ages of Earth's years, and
the one we are seeing now is only the most recent gathering. It is true that we can
do temporary damage to the planet by our collective ecological choices, but it is far
more likely that we will drastically reduce our own numbers for a while if we insist on
being destructive. In either case, the planet will survive, and continue on its own
evolutionary course, with or without us.
Earth, along with the rest of our Sun-system, has its own energy, its own
purpose, and its own life span. We are merely visitors who have been here for a
relatively short time in earth years (even a million years is short) and of course,
should conduct ourselves as well-mannered guests are supposed to. This alone
would make more of us happy while we are here, and the earth would flourish
with abundance. We have merely scratched the surface of the planet's limitless
potential. It is capable of supporting far more of us if we just behave ourselves.
Again, because of our insistence on thinking with only the linear conscious
portion of our minds, even though we instinctively know that there are other worlds
or realms "out there" somewhere, we expect them to be like this one in some way.
No doubt there are many other solar systems that are similar to ours, but the whole
objective of this creation is endless growth and diversity, so why should we care?
We simply need to immerse ourselves in the wonders that are immediately apparent
to us, and watch them unfold into even greater miraculous discoveries.
We cannot see infinity with our conscious mind. It is not designed for the job,
We can only imagine it, and imagination is the doorway into greater awareness. A
conscious mind is a specific tool for a specific job. Its function is to assimilate the
input from the body's five senses, make sense of it, and relay it to our mind's inner
levels. We are also supposed to make use of the vast data available on these levels
by paying attention to it, which will add amazing richness to our physical life. The
objective, as we have said, is infinite experience and growth for the soul, and thus
for all creation.
If we can begin to look at this world and others from our soul's perspective,
then the infinite nature of our real home will become more and more apparent to us.
Our temporary blindness is our own choice. We can cure it. We ultimately will
cure it. How long that takes is up to us.