The following conversation occurred by email with a reader of these blog posts, Steven Ings. I asked for Steven’s permission to publish these conversations, as they include many questions and illuminations of the principles I’ve been discussing in my recent series on the Genotypes and Phenotypes. In order to create an actual conversation-like flow, I’ve cut and paste the sequences to be more natural to the conversation we would have had in person, if we weren’t going back and forth on different points in our email sequence. I’ve retained Steven’s text in a plain font, and put all of my responses in italics, in order to differentiate who is the speaker at any given point. Due to the total length, I’ve broken the conversation up into four pieces to be published on four subsequent days. This is part 4:
April 15, 1999: in the wee hours of the morning the physical heart stopped. The physical body “died,” yet “I” continued. Without going into the details of the “Near Life” sequences, “I” was free from timespace spacetime. BEing. ISness. KnowingBeing BeingKnowing.
Resuscitated at 1:59 AM PDT, I now relate to Carl Jung’s words, “Now I must return to the ‘box system’ again. For it seems to me as if behind the horizon of the cosmos a three-dimensional world has been artificially built up, in which each person sits by himself in a little box. And now I should have to convince myself all over again that this was important! Life and the whole world struck me as a prison, and it bothered me beyond measure that I should again be finding all that quite in order. I had been so glad to shed it all, and now it had come about that I – along with everyone else – would again be hung up in a box by a thread.” Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
On this side, i.e., in the “box” of timespace spacetime, there is plenty of busy-ness and very little knowing-being. There are lots of ideas and bookshelves filled knowledge; however, knowledge is different from knowingbeing beingknowing.
I especially like Robert Heinlein’s word “grok” in Stranger in a Strange Land: “Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes the observed” … “to understand [something] so thoroughly that you merge with it and it merges with you.” Stranger in a Strange Land, p. 213
Did someone “merge with” Pulsatilla? Did Hering “merge with” Lachesis?
There are different degrees of “knowing”, and different degrees of engagement with provings and other modes of knowing remedies.
Dr. Edward Bach seems to have accomplished “merging with.” “A great nature lover, Edward Bach was also extremely sensitive. In his quest for new remedies he would go into the countryside, pick the petal of a single flower, and lay it on his tongue. With the help of his immense sensitivity he was able to feel the effect of a plant on the human body and psyche.”
New Bach Flower Therapies: Healing the Emotional and Spiritual Causes of Illness, Dietmar Krämer, p.1
Everyone has a specific pathway to their own inner knowing, or genius, and the trick is to activate it, so that we can each bring the special form of knowledge that we hold the key to – this initial act of genius by each individual takes a special kind of work, but then subsequently, that piece of knowledge can be appropriated by the full scientific mind (intellectual AND emotional mind), and it can become a common form of knowledge.
Thank you for taking the time to initiate a conversation about my blogs, Steven – it is a pleasure to engage with someone who is educated about these topics, and is able to get into a higher-level discussion.