Paranormal inspiration of a fiction writer

Started by Sena, December 15, 2021, 02:05:02 AM

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The academic Jeffrey Kripal has written that writers of fiction are sometimes inspired by telepathic or other paranormal phenomena. The classic example of this is Philip K. Dick, who believed that he was inspired by a supernatural entity he named VALIS. A lesser-known example is the science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. In 1953 he published "Childhood's End", which was quite successful. The story involves a "superior extraterrestrial intelligence" which Clarke names Overmind. Overmind has a profound effect on the human race, producing sudden enlightenment. In Sethian terms, Overmind could be All That Is or a powerful Entity.
Some years later, Clarke had second thoughts about Childhood's End.
Quote"When this book was written in the early fifties, I was still quite impressed by the evidence for what is generally called the paranormal," Clarke said. Today he admits to being "an almost total skeptic." Why? Because he has seen too many claims exposed as fakes. Clarke said, "It has been a long, and sometimes embarrassing, learning process."

No matter; it was a powerfully used theme in Childhood's End, and tens of thousands of readers have been emotionally jolted by its implications in the work.
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Quote from: Sena on December 15, 2021, 02:05:02 AMThe academic Jeffrey Kripal has written that writers of fiction are sometimes inspired by telepathic or other paranormal phenomena.

I can accept that and I'd add nonfiction to that as well.

There are many credible people who propose the mind is nonlocal—our mind is a part of a greater consciousness and not confined to our brains and bodies. And that telepathic communication exists. That our brain does not generate consciousness, it's the other way around.

Or that our brain is a receiver/the Filter Hypothesis.

"My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists." Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)

"Mind at large has to be funneled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet." Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

"Our sense organs and our brain operate as an intricate kind of filter which limits and directs the mind's clairvoyant powers, so that under normal conditions attention is concentrated on just those objects or situations that are of biological importance for the survival of the organism and its
species..." Cyril Burt (1883-1971)

Jane's psychic library (Seth speaking):

"He first saw this library from the inside last Wednesday. He was simultaneously himself here in this living room, watching the image of himself in a library room, and he was the self in the library. Period. Before him he saw a wall of books, and the self in the living room suddenly knew that his purpose here in this reality was to re-create some of those books. He knew that he was working at both levels. The unknown and the known realities merged, clicked in, and were seen as the opposite sides of each other."
—UR2 Section 4: Session 715 October 28, 1974

Or ask anyone who has had an OBE or NDE. ;)

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"The mind contains the brain. Material which comes from the so-called subconscious comes from that part of the mind which knows no boundaries, either of time or space, and in a deeper sense knows no boundaries of species or planes in any manner. The simple fact is that you are using this portion of the mind as a tool. Exercising the brain exercises the mind also, but the mind has abilities of which the brain is ignorant.

The brain is of your plane. You may say that the brain is the mind in camouflage. Imagination belongs to the mind. It can be used by and is used by the brain for purposes of survival, and can sometimes be probed by physical instruments. [...] But imagination is a property of mind, not brain, and no physical tool can force the imagination to conceive of an original conception or idea.

The brain deals exclusively with camouflage patterns, transforming vitality into physical environmental camouflage patterns. The mind deals with basic principles inherent on all planes. The brain is itself part of the camouflage pattern, and can be interpreted and probed by physical instruments. The mind cannot be probed by physical instruments. [...] The mind is the connective. It is here that the secrets of the universe will be discovered, and the mind itself is the tool of discovery."
—TES1 Session 19 January 27, 1964
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Quote from: Deb on December 15, 2021, 09:59:18 AMHe was simultaneously himself here in this living room, watching the image of himself in a library room, and he was the self in the library.
Deb, thanks for finding that quote about Ruburt's psychic library. Also from that Seth session, the following:

"There are civilizations of the psyche, and only by learning about these will you discover the truth about the "lost" civilizations of your planet, for each such physical culture coincided with and emerged from a corresponding portion of the psyche that you even now possess." (from "The "Unknown" Reality, Volume Two (A Seth Book)" by Jane Roberts, Robert F. Butts)
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Quote from: Sena Quoting Seth on December 15, 2021, 07:59:40 PM"There are civilizations of the psyche,

Those are the kind of things I don't quite understand. I'm just not there yet.
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Session 696:

"Each probability system has its own set of "blueprints," clearly defining its freedoms and boundaries, and setting forth the most favorable structures capable of fulfillment.

These are not "inner images of perfection," and to some extent the blueprints themselves change, for the action within any given system of probabilities automatically alters the entire picture, enlarging it. The blueprints are actually more like inner working plans that can be changed with circumstances, but to some extent they are idea-lizations, with a hyphen.

As an individual you carry within you such a blueprint, then; it contains all the information you require to bring about the most favorable version of yourself in the probable system that you know. These blueprints exist biologically and at every level — psychically, spiritually, mentally. The information is knit into the genes and chromosomes, but it exists apart, and the physical structures merely represent the carriers of information.

In the same fashion the species en masse holds within its vast inner mind such working plans or blueprints. They exist apart from the physical world and in an inner one, and from this you draw those theories, ideas, civilizations, and technologies which you then physically translate.
Platonic thought saw this inner world as perfect. As you think of it, however, perfection always suggests something done and finished, or beyond surpassing, and this of course denies the inherent characteristics of creativity, which do indeed always seek to surpass themselves. The Platonic, idealized inner world would ultimately result in a dead one, for in it the models for all exteriorizations were seen as already completed — finished and perfect.

Many have seen that inner world as the source for the physical one, but imagined that man's purpose was merely to construct physically these perfect images to the best of his abilities. (Very forcefully:) In that picture man himself did not help create that inner world, or have any hand in its beauty. He could at best try to duplicate it physically — never able, however, to match its perfection in those terms. In such a version of inner-outer reality the back-and-forth mobility, the give-and-take between inner and outer, is ignored. Man, being a part of that inner world by reason of the nature of his own psyche, automatically has a hand in the creation of those blueprints which at another level he uses as guides. (Longpause, eyes closed.)

To some extent great artists not only capture a physical picture of Inner Idea, capitalized, but they also have a hand in creating that idea or inner model to begin with.

In your terms, the inner world does represent Idea Potential as yet unrealized — but those ideas and those potentials do not exist outside of consciousness. They are ideals set in the heart of man, yet in other terms he is the one who also put them there, out of the deeper knowledge of his being that straddles physical time. Existence is wise and compassionate, so in certain terms consciousness, knowing itself as man, sent future extensions of itself out into the time scheme that man would know, and lovingly planted signposts for itself to follow "later".

According to Jane Roberts (Psychic Politics) ideas are materialized in 3d and by materialising ideas in 3d they themselves are altered and 'updated'.
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Quote from: Deb on December 18, 2021, 05:54:02 PM
Quote from: Sena Quoting Seth on December 15, 2021, 07:59:40 PM"There are civilizations of the psyche,

Those are the kind of things I don't quite understand. I'm just not there yet.

Session 88:

"Beneath this undifferentiated subconscious layer we will find, and psychologists can find through testing and hypnosis, a layer composed of memories, dealing successively with each previous existence, and separated by a layer between lives that is, again, undifferentiated. Historical knowledge and verifications of identity—identities—may be achieved through communication with those layers of the subconscious dealing with past lives. But no information may be gathered here that was unknown to the particular previous personality as a rule. Some particularly gifted may use one of these levels as a focus point, looking outward even to the present personality, but this is unusual. Communications that give valid information concerning the reality beneath the camouflage world must be attained through one of the separating layers between lives.

At the bottom so to speak, will be found a layer of the subconscious dealing with racial heritage, concerning the dim first materialization of man; and beneath this a heritage dealing with a comprehension of reality as concerned in physical matter before the physical evolution of man, following backward to that first inner self within its mental enclosure, that was adept enough to translate and transform its psychic energy to form the first, most minute physical materialization, from which all other physical constructions then flowed. These sessions come from, or are received through, what we may call, since we are using terms of succession, from the third undifferentiated level, beneath the limitations of Ruburt's personal subconsciousness."

You find these different layers in the middle of the lower diagram: