“Psi is the most common thing imaginable”

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Sena

March 07, 2021, 07:19:36 AM Last Edit: March 07, 2021, 07:36:28 AM by Sena
James Carpenter, Clinical Psychologist, has developed a theory of how the mind works, which also explains paranormal phenomena (psi phenomena). His theory is called "First Sight Theory". I think it is compatible with the Seth concepts. Some extracts from Carpenter's writings:

"The name of the theory is a play on the colloquial term "second sight,"
which implies that psi experiences are extra and mysterious, vaguely
mystical events that lie outside of ordinary perception and behavior and
occasionally supplement them. To say that psi is first sight is intended to
convey the opposite—that psi is a process that is ordinary, common, and
crucially important, in fact, that it is something we use all the time in a
way that precedes our every thought and action.
It comes first.
Two Basic Premises
The first sight theory (FST) is embedded in an unusual model of the
mind. I start with two assumptions that seem to be necessary if we are to
make any sense of psi. Although perhaps not directly testable, these prem-
ises are useful inasmuch as they provide a framework within which many
testable ideas can be understood. The first premise proposes a virtually
unlimited unconscious mind. The second says that unconscious cognitive
processing stands behind and produces all experience and behavior, and
that this processing includes an extrasomatic reference to a wide world
apprehended by what we call psi.

1. Organisms are psychologically unbounded. They transact with reality in an
unconscious way beyond their physical boundaries.
a) They are unconsciously engaged psychologically with an
extended universe of meaning of indefinite extent in space and
time. This engagement is continuously ongoing and is referred
to as psi. The efferent (expressive) aspect of these engagements
is referred to as psychokinesis (PK). The afferent (receptive)
aspect of the engagements is referred to as extrasensory percep-
tion (ESP). These two aspects of psi are always intimately con-
joined in their unconscious functioning.
b) If the afferent engagement refers to some event in the future, it is
called precognition, and if it refers to another person's experience,
it is called telepathy.
Direct access to the meanings of future
events is necessarily prior to our potential access to those events
in the present, and direct engagement with extrasomatic informa-
tion necessarily precedes that information being able to reach the
senses. For these reasons, psi may be referred to as first sight—
hence the name given to the model and theory."

"Corollaries of First Sight Theory

1. Personalness corollary. Unconscious cognitive processes, including the
mind's use of psi information, is essentially a personal business
because it is always implicitly guided by an individual's personal
constellation of intentions, needs, memories, and concerns. It will
never be adequately reduced to an impersonal account in terms of
general physical processes, biochemical reactions, or neural activ-
ities. The physical level of analysis will be useful in understanding
how psi works, but it will never fully account for it. As J. B. Rhine
once said, "psi is a psychological process."

2. Ubiquity corollary. Unconscious processing of psi information is
always going on. It is implicitly present in every scrap of thought
and flicker of experience. Psi is often thought of as rare; for first sight,
it is the most common thing imaginable.
"

The attached documents are 4-page summaries of Carpenter's writings. His website is here:

http://www.drjimcarpenter.com/about/index.html

https://youtu.be/PmTv0jhooQc

jbseth

Quote from: Sena
James Carpenter, Clinical Psychologist, has developed a theory of how the mind works, which also explains paranormal phenomena (psi phenomena). His theory is called "First Sight Theory". I think it is compatible with the Seth concepts.


Hi Sena, Hi All,

I personally wouldn't say that James Carpenters concepts are "compatible" with Seth's ideas. However, I would agree that his ideas are probably some of closest that humanity has come, to some of the ideas that were expressed by Seth's

My personal issue with "compatibility" here, has to do with what both James Carpenter and Seth have to say about the "unconsciousness" and the self.


Seth talked a lot about the self. Seth tells us that we consist of an outer ego or outer self, an inner self and an entity.  Seth also tells us that this inner self is, not only conscious of itself, but that it is in constant communication with all other inner selves. Along with this, he tells us that this inner self creates the physical world that the outer self then experiences.   


From what I read and heard by James Carpenter, I wouldn't say that what he says about the "unconsciousness" and the self are compatible with what Seth had to say about these topics.

-jbseth

Sena

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My personal issue with "compatibility" here, has to do with what both James Carpenter and Seth have to say about the "unconsciousness" and the self.


Seth talked a lot about the self. Seth tells us that we consist of an outer ego or outer self, an inner self and an entity.  Seth also tells us that this inner self is, not only conscious of itself, but that it is in constant communication with all other inner selves
jbseth, thanks for your comments. Seth had some interesting things to say about the unconscious in Session 652:

"To some extent, there is a natural and spontaneous merging of what you would think of as conscious and unconscious activity. This in itself brings about a greater understanding of the give-and-take that exists between the ego and other portions of the self. The unconscious is no longer equated with darkness, or with unknown frightening elements. Its character is transformed, so that the "dark" qualities are seen as actually illuminating portions of conscious life, while also providing great sources of power and energy for normal ego-oriented experience. On the other hand, areas of ordinary behavior that may have seemed opaque before, cloudy or dark — personal characteristic behavior that was not understood, for instance — may suddenly become quite clear as a result of this transformation, in which the shadowy aspects of the unconscious are perceived as brilliant. Barriers are broken down, and with them certain beliefs that were based upon them. If the unconscious is no longer feared, then the races that symbolized it are no longer to be feared either." (from "The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know (A Seth Book)" by Jane Roberts)

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