If they’re working properly, our five outer senses enable us to see, hear, taste, touch and smell whatever exists in that narrow band of awareness and action we define as material reality. Our brains enable us to process the information our senses perceive. Working together they help us define/know the difference between ourselves and every other person and thing. They help us determine who to be and what to do by providing us with the ability to determine the difference between what we like and what we don’t like, what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t. They help us focus attention on actual, possible and probable events related to material reality. What do our “Inner” Senses enable us to do?
In the The Seth Material, a book written by Jane Roberts and first published by Prentice-Hall, Inc. in September 1970, Seth, the entity Jane channels, describes the Inner Senses and how they work. In my copy of The Seth Material, a paperback book edition published by Bantam Books in February 1976, the names and definitions of the Inner Senses appear on pages 278-286. The copyright holder, Robert F. Butts, Jane Robert’s husband when she died September 5, 1984, has graciously given me permission to reprint them. Like our outer senses, the only way to validate our Inner Senses is to use them and observe the results.
Inner Vibrational Touch – Think of the Inner Senses as paths leading to an inner reality. The first sense involves perception of a direct nature–instant cognition through what I can only describe as inner vibrational touch. Imagine a man standing on a typical street of houses and grass and trees. This sense would permit him to feel the basic sensations felt by each of the trees about him. His consciousness would expand to contain the experience of what it is to be a tree–any or all of the trees. He would feel the experience of being anything he chose within his field of notice: people, insects, and blades of grass. He would not lose consciousness of who he was, but would perceive these sensations somewhat in the same way that you now feel heat and cold. (For an example of Inner Vibrational Touch, read Inside Ivy. It helps to illustrate the nature of oneness and separation.)
Psychological Time – Psychological Time is a natural pathway that was meant to give an easy route of access from the inner world to the outer, and back again, though you do not use it as such. Psychological Time originally enabled man to live in the inner and outer worlds with relative ease…. As you develop in your use of it, you will be able to rest within its framework while you are consciously awake. It adds duration to your normal time. From its framework you will see that physical time is as dreamlike as you once thought inner time was. You will discover your whole selves, peeping inward and outward simultaneously, and know that all divisions are illusions. (To see the relationship between Inner and Outer reality and the Inner and Outer senses, read: The “Suck Face” Incident)
Perception of Past, Present, and Future – If you will remember your imaginary man as he stands upon a street, you will recall that I spoke of his feeling all the unitary essences of each living thing within his range, using the first Inner Sense. Using this third sense, this experience would be expanded. If he so chose, he would also feel the past and future essence of each living thing within his range.
The Conceptual Sense – The fourth Inner Sense involves direct cognition of a concept in much more than intellectual terms; it involves experiencing a concept completely. Concepts have what we will call electrical and chemical composition. The molecules and ions of consciousness change into the concept, which is then directly experienced. You cannot truly understand or appreciate any living thing unless you can become that thing. You can best achieve some approximation of an idea by using Psychological Time. Sit in a quiet room. When an idea comes to you, do not play with it intellectually, but reach out to it intuitively. Do not be afraid of unfamiliar physical sensations. With practice and to a limited degree, you will find that you can become the idea. You will be inside it, looking out–not looking in. Concepts such as I am referring to reach beyond your ideas of time and space. If you become proficient in the use of the third Inner Sense when cognition is more or less spontaneous, then you can utilize the conceptual sense with more freedom. Any true concept has its origins outside of your camouflage system and continues beyond it. Unless you use the Inner Senses in this manner, you will only receive a glimmering of a concept, regardless of its simplicity.
(Although I haven’t taken the time to write a full report of my experience, the first time I took LSD, I experienced a state of all-knowingness. Anything I thought of, I could see from every possible angle. I could also see that all ideas are connected. Theoretically, if you start with one idea, you can follow it as it transforms into another idea, ad infinitum, until you see the totality of All That Is. Unlike our physical senses, which see everything as separate, our inner senses see both the oneness and separation of All That Is. Later, I did create time to write about this experience and called it: Insight and Laughter on LSD.)
Cognition of Knowledgeable Essence– Remember that these Inner Senses operate as a whole, working together smoothly, and that to some degree the divisions between them are arbitrary. This fifth sense differs from the fourth [conceptual sense] in that it does not involve cognition of a concept. It is similar to the fourth sense in that it is free from past, present, and future, and involves an intimate becoming, or transformation of self into something else. All entities are in one way or another enclosed within themselves, yet also connected to others. Using this sense, you penetrate through the capsule that encloses the self. This Inner Sense, like all others, is being used constantly by the inner self, but very little of the data received is sifted through to the subconscious or ego. Without the use of this sense, however, no man would come close to understanding another.
Innate Knowledge of Basic Reality – This is an extremely rudimentary sense. It is concerned with the entity’s innate working knowledge of the basic vitality of the universe, without which no manipulations of vitality would be possible–as, for example, you could not stand up straight without first having an innate sense of balance. Without this sixth sense and its constant use by the inner self, you could not construct the physical camouflage universe. You can compare this sense with instinct, as you think of it, although it is concerned with the innate knowledge of the entire universe. Particular data about specific areas of reality are given to a living organism to make manipulation within that area possible. The inner self has at its command complete knowledge, but only portions are used by an organism. A spider, spinning its web, is using this sense in almost its purest form. The spider has no intellect or ego, and its activities are pure spontaneous uses of the Inner Senses, unhampered and uncamouflaged to a great extent. But inherent in the spider, as in man, is complete comprehension of the universe as a whole.
(Where does telepathy fit into this scheme? My experience, Encounter with Unconditional Love, started out as an experiment in telepathy. Another experience, Turning Hate into Love, contained a strong element of telepathy as well. When I drove a bus I used to love to ask people questions like: where does each moment come from and where does it go? What are thoughts; where do they come from and where do they go? Where is the “you” that existed two minutes ago and where is the “you” that will appear two minutes from now? In what form do you exist outside the Present? With all the possible choices we can make, with all the possible unknown variables that can affect change in the next moment, how do we create each new moment of our experience with such exquisite grace and confidence? What do we know inwardly that we don’t know outwardly?
Other topics of discussion on the bus involved differences in the way we use the concepts of time and space in dreams compared to how we use them in waking reality. In waking reality time is linear only. It is one consecutive moment after the next as we move from birth to death. In dreams, time can move both forward and backward. If you include switching bodies and lives, you can even say it goes sideways too! I remember one particular dream where I was standing at bat in a softball game. When I hit the ball high in the air, instead of running to first base like we do in our “official” waking reality, my Consciousness followed the ball into the air and came down in another reality.
I landed on the sidewalk of a busy little town where people were talking and shopping, totally oblivious of my sudden appearance. I seemed to fit in like a native of the town. Another difference between our experiences in waking reality and inner reality is in how we communicate. In waking reality large groups of people speak different languages, which can make communication difficult if not impossible. Communication between different species in waking reality is even more difficult. In inner reality, however, communication is direct and universal. At this level of beingness we experience another Being’s thoughts and feelings directly as if they were our own. In my experience Inside Ivy (link above), I was able to communicate directly with the consciousness of a rootlet in the plant. In still other dreams, I’ve had the experience of shifting from one person’s point of view to another as several people stood around sharing their thoughts. I was present as an individual, however, as each member of the group spoke, I would be inside that person looking at the world through their eyes and speaking in their words. When I grew tired with the experience, I left and went elsewhere.
In outer, or waking reality, we organize our experiences in linear terms relative to time and space based on logic, demand, and necessity with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. In inner reality, experience results from our need to express emotional energy, desire, curiosity, and whim. As in waking reality, sometimes we direct our own experience and sometimes other forces direct our experience. Sometimes we lead and sometimes we follow. Whether we lead or follow depends on how clear we are on what we want, and how determined we are to experience it. Another factor that plays a role in this eternal dance of consciousness is the strength and determination of others in our immediate field of influence. In The Ball of Light, A Lucid Dream About the Nature of Consciousness and Being, for example, there seemed to be a larger aspect of me controlling my experience. There was an agenda and I was meant to follow it. If I began to stray, I would be gently reminded of what was most important. It was made clear that my job was to follow the agenda as it was laid out if I wanted to learn more about the nature of consciousness and being.
In my Encounter with Unconditional Love (link above), many entities were involved. It was as if we all agreed to create this experience ahead of time. Without realizing it, I may have set this experience up two years before it happened. Sitting at home alone one day, before going to work, I was reviewing my past inability to make enough money to pursue my dream of changing the world for the better. In total frustration, I threw my arms up at the universe and asked, what do I want more than anything else in All That Is?
A deep male voice, about six inches in front of my forehead said, “Love!” The instant I heard it I knew it was true. More than anything else in All That Is, I wanted to love and be loved unconditionally. Since every thought is a suggestion, did the power of that realization set into motion my encounter with unconditional love? I think it did!
I also think asking questions like, who and what are we, what’s reality, and what’s the purpose of life, and refusing to accept half truths, has led to many of my most extraordinary experiences.)
Expansion or Contraction of the Tissue Capsule – This sense operates in two ways. It can be an extension or enlargement of the self, a widening of its boundaries and of conscious comprehension. It can also be a pulling together of the self into an ever-smaller capsule that enables the self to enter other systems of reality. The tissue capsule surrounds each consciousness and is actually an energy field boundary, keeping the inner self’s energy from seeping away. No consciousness exists in any system without this capsule enclosing it. These capsules have also been called astral bodies. The seventh Inner Sense allows for an expansion or contraction of this tissue capsule.
(When I first started experimenting with the nature of my own consciousness, I played with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. I would imagine myself growing larger and larger and moving faster and faster away from the earth and into the universe. As I moved faster and became larger and less tangible, solar systems and then galaxies would pass through my body until I reached the speed of light. When I exceeded the speed of light, I would drop into another reality and another life. To reverse direction, I would simply shrink my size (“tissue capsule”?) and slow my vibration rate down until I would come to a complete stop relative to this universe. At that point, I would fall into another reality.)
Disentanglement from Camouflage – Complete disentanglement from camouflage comes rarely within your system, although it is possible to achieve it, particularly in connection with Psychological Time. When Psychological Time is utilized to its fullest extent, then camouflage is lessened to an astounding degree. With disentanglement, the inner self disengages itself from one particular camouflage before it either adopts another set smoothly or dispenses with camouflage entirely. This is accomplished through what you might call a changing of frequencies or vibrations: a transformation of vitality from one particular pattern or aspect to another. In some ways, your dream world gives you closer experience with basic inner reality than does your waking world, where the Inner Senses are so shielded from your awareness.
(In Inside Ivy, I disentangled myself from my human body and flowed into a rootlet of the ivy plant. I automatically reduced my “Tissue Body” size to fit inside the rootlet. It was like another part of me was doing what it was meant to do like any organ in our body.)
Diffusion by the Energy Personality – An energy personality who wishes to become a part of your system does so using this sense. The energy personality first diffuses itself into many parts. Since entry into your plane or system, as a member of it, cannot be made in any other manner, it must be made in the simplest terms, and later built up–sperm, of course, being an entry in this respect. The energy of the personality must then be recombined.
(In The Ball of Light…, a lucid dream about the nature of consciousness and being, I began to appear in the school lobby piece by piece, as if I had been disassembled and was being reassembled by a device like the Transporter on the starship, Enterprise. Normally, in altered states of consciousness, the process of dematerialization and re-materialization occurs quickly, almost unconsciously. In this instance, it happened slowly enough for me to observe. (For more who we are and what reality is, read: A New Story of Origin.)
When Time Stopped
After describing my dream experience above, I remembered another experience when time slowed down and came to a complete stop. It happened when I was listening to a Seth tape describing the nature of time. As Seth discussed “time” his words slowed down until I could no longer recognize them as words but only individual vocal sounds, each separated by an ever increasing amount of time. The amount of “time” between each sound slowed until, eventually, there was no sound at all. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the individual sounds began again, and increased in frequency until Seth, using Jane’s voice, was speaking in a normal voice again. Experiencing concepts like the nature of time subjectively, or from the inside, can only be done by using our inner senses. Our intellects and outer senses only allow us to see “reality” from the outside, once “possible” and “probable” events solidify into matter and experience.
Seth’s analogy of a sperm as one type of entry point for a soul, or entity, is interesting. Would a female egg and birth be other points of entry? For more on this idea, see: How Our Unborn Babies Named Themselves.
According to Robert F. Butts, “Truth has a beauty of its own that sparkles like diamonds”. When we take greater responsibility for the kind of energy we send out into the world, will we sparkle like diamonds?
Roger “Pete” Peterson – http://realtalkworld.com
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Instead of money, power and privilege, would love, truth and joy be a better measure of success? One isolates us in the material world of separation, scarcity and competition while the other not only acknowledges our oneness AND separation, it acknowledges our role in creation itself. Using love, truth and joy as a measure of success provides us with a moral compass. It encourages us to live for the love of Being and Creation, instead of running from the fear of suffering and death. It inspires us to find and express what’s best in all that we are.
“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth
In other words, we create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us.
If we don’t consciously choose our own beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.
If beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
What do we want most for our children, ourselves and the world?
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!
Affirm what you believe!