The Threshold Initiation
An open mind is essential for a start. That’s because your first encounter with the Threshold perspective is a kind of initiation. It involves grasping three simple basic principles which govern how the whole cosmos works, and thus how the world of humankind has come to be the way it presently is. Although not obviously dramatic, this is quietly powerful knowledge.
The three Threshold principles are the bare essentials of all spiritual and scientific disciplines. Together they account for the richness and diversity of all the different qualities we humans experience, and all the cultures, myths, legends, stories, characters and plots that have emerged in the evolving of human consciousness on Earth.
The Threshold is the interface or border between the pre-physical and the physical-material realms. A simple example of a pre-physical phenomenon would be the idea in an architect’s mind of a yet to be physically constructed building. Which tells us that consciousness is an essential element of this aspect of reality.
So, the Threshold is, in essence, a dynamic transition or crossover level/zone/phase, and as such, loosely parallels the threshold levels in the physical-material world at which gaseous vapour changes into liquid water and back, and at which liquid water transforms into solid ice and back.
We conscious, incarnated human beings exist poised at this Threshold level, pulsating in rhythm with the pulsating cosmos, our minds functioning in the ‘higher’ vibratory realm of consciousness, our bodies in the ‘lower’ vibratory realm of physical matter.
Our vitality, the essential quality of livingness is what distinguishes us from corpses, and characterises the dynamic, intermediate, pre-physical level of existence between pure consciousness and physical matter. That level has for many centuries been known as the aether, and is also known in contemporary physics as quintessence or the quantum vacuum.
Notes from the Threshold explains how the power of this knowledge enables individual and collective life choices to be made from options that previously perhaps didn’t seem available. However, becoming familiar with this new power can at first be challenging because, in the process, your sense of individual identity is significantly expanded, yet without you losing any distinctive qualities of your individual self.
To begin to realise that the cosmos is essentially coherent and functions according to three simple principles is to be close to the level of consciousness that is the Threshold. Thus the Threshold referred to here is not at a specific location in space. It is, however, accessible to all living human beings – in contrast to the esoteric notion of ‘the dweller at the threshold’ which, it is said, human beings face after their physical death.
Next, a few excerpts from Notes from the Threshold.
T h r e s h o l d
is a big idea, a big concept.
It requires space around it
for its universal relevance
to be appreciated.
It needs time
to be pondered upon
and considered with care.
It’s not an idea
to be hastily consumed
before its significance has been realised.
So anyone in a hurry
to devour this and move swiftly on
had better perhaps abandon the idea now.
Why is this Threshold an important idea?
Experiencing the Threshold view of the world
is not an abstract, intellectual exercise.
It’s an act of intuition, of inspiration and imagination.
At a more basic level, instinct will tell whether or not
someone is presently ready for it.
Although simple in itself , the Threshold is not a familiar idea.
It involves expanding, extending your sense of personal identity –
which can be a challenging process.
And that requires at least starting out with a fairly open mind.
threshold: a place of transition between two spaces, the sill of a doorway,
the entry/exit point where the thresh/thrash of feet passing over is heard,
the beginning point of a process, the limit of consciousness…
T h r e s h o l d
the border, the interface, the transition zone, the crossing, the cusp, the portal
the physical-material world of temporarily separated units of consciousness
the pre-physical realm beyond, of pure energy and unlimited consciousness.
T h r e s h o l d
each individual lives as a conscious being of both realms,
even if less aware of the ‘higher’ dimension most of the time.
Some explanation of this imbalance will be offered in these Notes.
Everybody possesses the formidable power of the Threshold perspective,
although most exercise it only in rare moments of crisis or revelation.
To be at the Threshold
is to be in the present living moment, at the front line
between what has already been experienced (the past)
and what what may potentially be experienced (the future).
T h r e s h o l d
Both dimensions can be appreciated.
And by combining overview and insight, the full picture can be comprehended.
An overview includes all points, parts and connections.
An insight includes the wholeness within any one point.
Such a fully inclusive awareness reveals the coherence of this world,
bringing a more complete, higher, deeper kind of knowing,
beyond either subjective or objective views.
However, this enhanced awareness only seems to be awakened
when more limited, partial views of the world have failed,
and when a heightened sense of presence,
of being fully in the here and now, has been gained.
Otherwise the Threshold seems a somewhat vague and remote idea,
not relevant to normal, everyday life.
The power of the all-inclusive Threshold perspective is available to all. So, the more empowered people are with timeless knowledge about themselves and this world, the more sane, fulfilling, enjoyable and less fear-driven their lives will be.
To be at the Threshold between the two states is to witness simultaneously in both directions:
(a) the view outwards into cosmic space, and (b) inwards at the particulars of life on Earth.
This enhanced perspective brings an inclusive understanding of the present troubles on Earth. It also brings the inspiration to envision more appropriate ways for humankind to inhabit it, ways more suited to how human consciousness is evolving in its ‘ascent out of matter’. This is a fundamental realisation which will be explained in this work. For the tide has turned and the realisation is dawning that nothing will be as it was…
… So, does awareness of this Threshold idea have any practical value for ordinary everyday life on Earth?
…Worldwide there’s a deep and painful feeling of people having been deceived and misled, and now staggering from crisis to crisis, such that there has developed a kind of resigned, passive ‘crisis fatigue’.There’s also a lack of any inspiring vision or sense of direction out of the current mess. The Threshold perspective, it is proposed here, can provide what’s missing.
Excerpts from The Threshold Perspective Dialogues
“…Now, what’s quite special for me about the whole Threshold business is that it’s like being part of perhaps the ultimate detective story – investigating timeless mysteries and resolving enigmas about ourselves and our world and how it all came to be the way it is. Which has involved some quite mind-bending psychology… because ultimately it’s all about consciousness and finding the coherence behind the confusion.”
“… the Threshold perspective is not in any way a religion… or a substitute religion. But since my whole life has been one ongoing scientific experiment – at least, as far as I’m concerned – we’re talking more about a science than a religion. But not science as we’ve known it, Jim… to misquote that old Star Trek line. Threshold investigating is real, all-inclusive science that starts with consciousness… and doesn’t involve the endless, sterile tail-chasing the materialists still persist with… deluding themselves that consciousness is somehow produced by physical matter, ie brain meat.”
… I’d like to hear a short account of what it’s like for you, being at this Threshold, if you would, please.
“Mmm. Easier said than done. I think of being at the Threshold as being poised between my individual and my universal dimensions… because at the universal level we’re not separate, the way we are in our physical bodies. What I can also say is that the Threshold knowledge comes from a more rarefied level of my consciousness – not the personal earthly level, like the two of us physically in this room.”
…So tell me, would I need some special mental ability or training in order to get to this Threshold?
“No, not at all. You don’t need anything special like that to appreciate the power of the Threshold perspective. You don’t have to be clever or brainy. And it’s not anything mystical or religious either. But the thing to bear in mind is that this is no ordinary knowledge. It involves thinking in a qualitatively different way from the usual modes… which may sound a bit abstract, until you try it and get to appreciate the difference for yourself.
So, it’s not a neat trick or something you can buy, or learn on a weekend training course… but it is life-changing, if you’re ready to venture into this bigger dimension of your being.
I’d suggest trying it out for a few weeks… to see if the world feels any different to you. And one other thing I’d say: expect some unexpected changes in your physical body – as your mind opens up and certain old habits, mental and physical, become redundant and fall away.”
… You saying it’s that easy makes me wonder why it’s so little known in the world?
“In essence, it is extremely simple. Three basic principles… three words even, when you reduce it right down – for understanding anything and everything. Or at least, for beginning to understand. However, untangling our knotted up lives and finding a way through the complications of this world, to reach some level of coherence and meaning, is not so easy. There’s a lot of un-learning to do on the way, in order to clear our minds of old habits before adopting new ways of thinking…
D’you know what I think the most challenging part is? It’s realising that looking out at the world just from a separated, exclusive, individual point of view is simply not enough. Only by learning to look inwards from the whole periphery of the whole situation, so to speak, can we start to appreciate the power of the Threshold perspective… and find the coherence that connects up all the details to the central core knowledge and therefore to each other. So, the Threshold perspective is not a point of view. Sounds fairly simple… but getting there is something else. Worth it, though. But I would say that, wouldn’t I?”
And you’re claiming that this explains the meaning and purpose of our lives on Earth, are you?
What I’m saying is that it’s a way to appreciate the bigger ongoing process of which we individuals are each a vital part…
Notes from the Threshold and The Threshold Perspective Dialogues are available free as PDF downloads from www.pathwayinitiatives.co.uk