By Roger A. “Pete” Peterson
Imagine that there is no right or wrong, good or bad, guilt or punishment – there just IS. There is what works for us and what doesn’t; what makes us happy and what doesn’t. Adopt this point of view for now and forget everything you know about being human. Push it aside and make room in your mind to consider A New Story of Origin, a new Theory of Creation. It is a new way to see ourselves within the context of the Material Universe we perceive through our Outer Senses and the Dreaming Universe we perceive through our Inner Senses. It describes the nature of inner and outer reality – the inner and outer self – and how Creation began.
What makes stories of origin so important is that we use them as touchstones for the creation of our reality. Knowing that “ideas” are the building blocks of creation, every religion includes a story of origin as a guide for its followers. They are also important because they determine how we treat ourselves and one another. For example, if we accept religious beliefs that tell us we’re created by a vengeful God and born in sin, we not only deny our natural Love of Being and Creation, we fail to acknowledge goodness, power and worth in ourselves and others.
In the beginning, there was nothing – until Nothing decided to be Something. You can call this profound event Original Thought, the Divine Spark of Creation, the Birth of Unconditional Love, the Birth of All That Is or God, or the Birth of Consciousness (awareness with the energy or power to act). In fact, it was, and is, ALL these things and more; including the moment Consciousness learned how to condense a portion of itself into “matter”. Humanity refers to this moment as the Big Bang.
Until the birth of Consciousness (awareness with the energy or power to act), there were no beginnings and no endings. There was Nothing. In truth, Nothing was, and still is, Nothing and Something at the same time, a paradox to be sure.
Look at your own life, and from a biological standpoint, see how you became Something from Nothing, how you still become Something from Nothing even now. Before your father’s sperm fertilized your mother’s egg, who or what were you, in what form did you exist, if any at all?
What are thoughts, where do they come from and where do they go? What are emotions, where do they come from and where do they go? Where does each moment come from and where does it go? Where is the biological “you” that existed two minutes ago and where is the biological “you” that will appear two minutes from now? In what form do they exist while you experience yourself in this moment? In what form does the universe exist in the past and future of your present? Who or what, creates each new moment of your experience with such exquisite clarity, detail and integrity? Who or what creates your experience in the universe of matter, time and space, and who or what creates your experience in the universe of dreams, fantasies and visions?
As We Think, We Create
Consider the challenge of building a new house in the material world. Not only are material resources often difficult to find and expensive to buy, building your dream home takes time and effort. Even finding an existing dream home in waking reality takes time and effort.
Now consider the amount of time it takes to create a new house in a dream. As soon as you think about it, there it is! Dream forms populate and change with the speed of your thoughts. In other words, the rules that govern creation in outer reality differ from those that govern creation in inner reality. Because it takes time for thoughts or ideas to manifest in physical terms, intervening thoughts and feelings can interfere with the process, turning your original ideal into something else, something less than ideal.
“Everything you do must be worthy of your ideals or they become something else, something less than ideal.” – Seth
In the “inner” realms of Consciousness, creation is spontaneous, limited only by our imagination. For examples of spontaneous creation, see Pete’s Creation Dreams.
In the beginning, since Nothing was everywhere, the impulse to be Something was everywhere, down to the smallest coherent, or possible, unit of Nothing. Let’s call this smallest unit of Nothing wanting to be Something, a Unit of Consciousness. Moreover, since Consciousness, here, is defined as awareness with the energy or power to act, we can call it, Energetic Awareness or Awareized Energy.
As individual Units of Consciousness, like people, are attracted by vibrations of similar interest, they come together spontaneously to form energy gestalts or organizations of awareness of varying density, complexity and intent. This process gives birth to identity, which, in turn, leads to growing self-awareness and the development of personality. This occurs throughout All That Is as Consciousness continues to look for new ways to know and express itself. The “material” universe we currently call home is but one creative manifestation of a larger Consciousness, which includes our collective “human” consciousness.
The moment Nothing decided to be Something – All That Is and All That Can Be sprang into existence as hidden or latent potential. Even in condensed human form, we sense that same hidden potential within us now. Each one of us knows, intuitively, if not consciously, that, as outer selves, we can be and do whatever we choose within the limits of human and personal expression. As our “inner” selves in dreams and imagination, even waking reality to some extent, we can be and do anything we choose. We can fly, we can see through walls, and we can shape-shift into any form we can imagine, to know and experience ourselves from that particular viewpoint.
See: Encounter with Unconditional Love and The “Suck Face” Incident. In both experiences, my inner and outer selves were operating in concert, which allowed me to switch back and forth between my inner and outer senses, and inner and outer reality.
When Nothing decided it wanted to be Something, it created what can best be described as the Spacious Present, a concept that describes the potential for Consciousness, human or otherwise, to express and experience itself in any way it can imagine.
In the physical universe, Consciousness disguises itself as matter, including “you” and “me”. It does so to experience itself in different forms, including human form. It explores every thought of interest or value, something you and I can well appreciate by examining the nature and content of our own thoughts and feelings, dreams and imaginings. At the root of our being, “humans” are Consciousness in both material and spiritual form. We are Nothing being Something in every way and in every moment.
The differences between “inner” and “outer” reality, and how Consciousness uses the values of “time” and “space” to experience and express itself in each realm, is stark and amazing! In outer reality, time and space predominate in defining our experience, and in inner reality, thought and feeling in the moment predominate in defining our experience. In human form, we live a limited lifetime in the same body, interact with the same people and do the same things with relatively minor changes from birth to death. In spiritual form, when we sleep, imagine or after we die in biological terms, we experience and express ourselves through changes in thought and feeling. Love, fear, anger, hate, compassion, curiosity, desire, intent; all of these thoughts and emotions spontaneously trigger our experiences in inner reality, which last as long as the strength of our thoughts, feelings, intentions and interest allow. One moment, we’re here, experiencing ourselves as one person or thing, the next, we’re there, experiencing ourselves as someone or something else in a completely different setting, time and circumstance. We are limited only by our level of skill and imagination.
In spiritual or non-physical form, “reality” spontaneously materializes in whatever density of matter exists at that level of being. In The Ball of Light, a lucid dream about the nature of consciousness and being, I moved through several layers of density as I walked across a school classroom shortly before flying through a glass window and up into the air. After zooming around in the air for a while, I decided to test my ability to control the density of my spirit body by flying into the granite-filled ground outside the school. When my curiosity was satisfied, I flew out of the ground and over the center of town, stopping in midair above two women engaged in an interesting conversation while pushing their baby strollers. (The adventure continued from there.)
In deciding to be Something, Nothing expressed a Primal Motive – the Impulse or Will to Be. Why would Nothing do that? What would make Nothing want to be Something? We know the answer because it is the same reason you and I learn to walk, talk and try new things. In its most natural form, we “exist” and “do” things out of a Love of Being and Creation. Like Nothing deciding to be Something in the beginning, we too act out of the same impulse now, a Love for Being and Creation.
Embedded within the Impulse or Will to Be, is a companion Impulse, the Will to Survive. For Nothing to be Something, it must maintain a living connection or memory of itself in all its forms and experiences. Otherwise, how can it grow and build upon its experience? It is the same for us in human form – without a living connection or memory of who we are and who we have been, what we do and what we’ve done, how can we grow and build upon our experience? How can we know who we are now if we don’t have living memories of who we have been or imaginative visions of who we can be to compare ourselves to? How can we become or do anything new without the ability to remember or imagine anything different?
Are all thoughts and actions born out of a Love for Being and Creation, tempered by the Fear of Loss and Suffering? Do these two Primal Impulses serve as the driving and controlling force behind Consciousness as it creates and becomes All That Is? Is this important to know?
The difference between our biological and non-biological expression is that, our biological expression relies more on time and space whereas our non-biological expression relies more on thought and feeling. In outer reality, experience is defined more by time and space than thought and feeling, although both play a role in our experience. In “inner” reality, our experience is defined more by thought and emotion than time and space. In outer reality, we can suffer physical pain and die while, in inner reality, we simply change form and experience whatever new thought and feeling we have, whether it originates from us or some other aspect of consciousness. Energy is indestructable.
As human beings, we tend to interpret the Impulse to Survive differently than we do in less dense realms of being. In human form, to lose a life, is to lose everything we’ve worked hard to create. Death means losing physical contact with our family, our children, our friends, our lovers and the beauty of the earth. As spiritual beings, there is no biological suffering or ”death”, only changes in thought, feeling and experience, although suffering emotionally from guilt and behavior we know to be destructive is as much a part of inner reality as outer reality. We experience love, fear, truth and joy as much in dreams as we do in waking reality.
Ultimately, there is no right or wrong, good or bad, guilt or punishment – there just IS; there’s what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t. Built into this framework of ideas is the inspiration for exploring all thoughts and feelings, tempered by an appreciation for balance and integrity. Consciousness has built within itself the tools for taking corrective action should it (we) stray too far from the truth of who we are and what we love. In conclusion, we are both one AND separate. We are not only the products of creation; we are creation itself!
After sifting through a lifetime of information and experience, my understanding of who and what I am, who we are, boils down to A New Story of Origin and a short piece I wrote in 1991, entitled, We Create Our Own Reality. I’ve known for some time that my life goal is to love others and myself unconditionally. To achieve that end, I needed to make sense of a life and world that seemed both frightening and confusing to me. In the words of author Robert Heinlein, in my early years I felt like a “Stranger in a Strange Land”.
Once, in my early 20s, walking up the driveway to my parent’s house, I was struck by the feeling that I wasn’t from this world and that the people inside the house were not my real parents. This thought morphed into a vision of two people looking down at me from the stars. In my imagination, they were my real parents and they had sent me here to grow, learn and share. Call it denial or escapist fantasy, but in that moment, I believed I was from a more advanced cosmic civilization. As this thought filled my mind, I felt lost and abandoned (poor little old me).
Now I believe we ALL come from beyond the stars – that we, including the entire universe, are but the product of an imagination so vast and powerful, it creates and becomes All That Is. Based on my own experiences, I believe we’re all part of that vast and powerful imagination that started with a simple Impulse or Will to Be, Nothing wanting to be Something.
The ideas described in A New Story of Origin approach understanding from a psychological viewpoint, what we think and feel and how thought and feeling sit at the foundation of all being. We can see how the Impulse to Be operates throughout Consciousness, from flowers that burst into bloom, from children who learn to walk and talk, from birds that learn to fly, from the transformation of ideas into material reality, and from visiting completely different realities in our dreams, visions and imaginings.
Creation is a natural part of who we are, so natural and intuitive it can become invisible to our outer self when we become too preoccupied with events in the material world.
Live for the Love of Being and Creation
Hidden in the background of our everyday thoughts and feelings, the Love of Being and Creation, tempered by the Fear of Loss and Suffering, still serve as the Primary Motives or root cause for all we think and do. We are all capable of creating something out of nothing, which we do every moment. This is why we wake up every morning to co-create a new day. Consciousness is the sum and substance of who we are and what reality is, and it cannot exist without our love for Being and Creation.
Remember how we applaud excellence when we see it in any form, whether it’s a beautiful flower, a beautiful face, a beautiful smile, a beautiful voice, music, art or a beautiful sunset. We applaud feats of strength, speed, agility, intelligence, uplifting thoughts and feelings of love. We live to experience excellence in others and ourselves. We live to meet great people, to have great sex, to eat great food, to read a great book, to see a great movie or watch a great play. We live to explore nature and science, to ride a bike or horse, to milk a cow, to drive a car or sail a boat – we live to experience love, truth and joy in our lives. We get excited over a great vision or dream, a kind word or a loving hug.
What we forget is how much we have to appreciate in life and dreams – we forget how much we’re loved and how much love we have for all Being and Creation. We forget that we are Being and Creation at the same time!
Watch the following video from andiesisle.com – it’s amazing! The song is “Creation Calls” from a CD by Brian Doerksen and the video is from “Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (2007) DVD.”: http://www.andiesisle.com/creation/magnificent.html. It fits here so well!
I developed A New Story of Origin because I wanted a story that was large enough to contain all the facts in my experience, one that could explain the origin of all of humanity’s experiences in waking reality and dreams, visions and imaginings. It is a truth we can only understand through personal experience, experimentation and observation, employing logic, common sense and intuition (spiritually “feel” the truth).
The ideas and experiences of others also help. For my understanding and corroboration, I rely much on The Seth Material, channeled through the late author, Jane Roberts, and patiently hand recorded by her late husband, Robert F. Butts. Nothing else has done more to help me make sense of life. Until I read Seth Speaks, the Eternal Validity of the Soul in late 1977, I felt lost and confused, I was at war with the world and myself.
As in all things, take what you like and leave the rest. You are a unique individualized expression of God or All That Is and there is nothing you “have” to do – there is only what you want to do.
Pete – 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
“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 reality from what we believe about ourselves, and the world around us.
If we do not consciously choose our beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.
If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.
Blessings of love and understanding be to us all!
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!