What is this Threshold?

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.

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Next, a few excerpts from Notes from the Threshold.

The

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.                                                                           

Definition

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…

This

T h r e s h o l d

is

the border, the interface, the transition zone, the crossing, the cusp, the portal

between

the physical-material world of temporarily separated units of consciousness

and

the pre-physical realm beyond, of pure energy and unlimited consciousness.

At the

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).

From the

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.

Threshold power

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

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How, in the 21st century, do young men become dedicated killers and torturers?

PART ONE

What kinds of societies turn out young men capable of horrendous cruelty and violence, perpetrated in the name of traditional, religious, ethnic or nationalistic beliefs?

Each new generation of vigorous young men, fizzing with the hormones of their natural sex drive, finds itself confronted with a confusing and inhibiting social environment. This includes various cultural obstructions to the natural expression of their sexuality. So, most will at first have little idea of how best to deal with that formidable power, which can become pathologically dangerous when bottled up unreleased and unexpressed dangerous, that is, to the whole society as well as to the individual’s own health and wellbeing.

For some young men, no amount of work, sporting or creative activity, gang life, masturbation or even casual sex can satisfactorily release the pent-up power of their unfulfilled yearnings and urges. ‘Casual sex’ is taken here to mean sexual activity that’s not a natural expression of a loving and mutually respecting relationship, since human consciousness shows that we are much more than animals.

Also, with the onset of adolescence, some will have become highly charged with idealistic notions that can range from fantasy heroics to ambitious political, spiritual or creative aspirations. Which is where institutions such as military and religious orders have traditionally stepped in to try and channel this potent mixture into serving their specialised purposes.

Channelling the fiery male passion

In the Western world, the military and the Church have mostly followed separate paths and established their own distinct traditions and institutions. However, in Islamic cultures, military, political and even commercial activities seem mainly not divorced from the spiritual dimension of people’s lives. Consequently, a young Muslim seeking to join a military organisation to fight a ‘holy war’ will probably already be charged with an exceptionally powerful ‘do or die’, ‘triumph or martyrdom’ kind of intensity.

In such contexts, inspiring, enticing and recruiting fired-up young men into military service as an exciting alternative to the disillusioning mediocrity and hypocrisy of ‘civil’ society has long been a fruitful pursuit for charismatic leaders and recruiting officers. They know that, to a vigorous young man, being trained to feel fit and strong, to be part of a well coordinated and disciplined team, and being empowered to kill-to-order other human beings as ‘our enemies’ can seem an attractive proposition.

The complex psycho-physical effects of sexual abstinence on clerics in any religion is thus also a key factor. As is any military training that involves soldiers’ bodies being programmed into adopting stiff, machine-like, desensitising movement patterns – which tend to result in an unfeeling callousness and a tendency toward violence when angered.

Killing is killing

However, whether it’s killing another human being in a close-up, physical situation or in an emotionally detached way by means of high-tech remote-controlled weaponry, it’s still killing – although images of direct personal encounters make for more dramatic and evocative propaganda and news coverage than just another explosion somewhere.

So, such cultures tend to breed sexually confused, inhibited, frustrated and generally discontented individuals, full of bottled-up anger. In such a state they are capable of callous, vicious cruelty, including torturing and slaughtering other human beings, with a tendency also to behave in extremely reckless, irrational and irresponsible ways.

This can spill over from war into domestic situations too, especially against women and children. Thus the common occurrence of domestic violence, rape, assault, oppression and female genital mutilation etc, along with the lifelong consequences that follow on from such experiences.

The warped characteristics and tendencies that such repressed societies also breed in girls and women are not addressed in this piece, except to say that most males and females are, to varying degrees, emotionally wounded and mentally distorted early on in their lives by the social set-ups into which they’re born. The broad pattern is emotional vulnerability, over-compensated for by an adopted attitude of bravado and/or guile, as part of a desperate attempt to control each situation one way or another.

This perspective also reveals how such over-compensating for vunerability and fear results in the gun culture of the USA and elsewhere – at the expense of addressing the deeper factors behind the common fear of such divided and ruled populations. So, what especially shapes and characterises such societies?

Papa State

The so-called sovereign nation state is currently the most common type of large scale social organisation. But behind all the superficial pomp and the complex hierarchies of privilege, it’s essentially an elaborate protection racket in which taxes are demanded as the ruling elite’s protection money, and just enough welfare is provided so as to offset any potential revolutionary discontent. In this work, the typical state set-up will sometimes be referred to symbolically as Papa State.

Normally there’ll be an ‘us v. them’ ethos pervading its culture. That’s because each nation state requires hostile enemies, external and internal, and fierce competition among its citizens in order to justify the continuing authority and privileged position of its ‘protecting’ ruling elite. This is the old ‘dominance plus divide-and-rule’ method in action – whether it’s the Zionist Jewish State of Israel, the so-called Islamic State or any others, old or new.

From the Threshold perspective, that pattern is a clear expression of a now departing era during which humanity’s masculine side has been dominant. Thus the name, Papa State. Also, a crucial part of most state set-ups has been a confused, ambivalent attitude towards sex, sexuality and gender. The result has been an artificially contrived official attitude of superiority and strict moralising in the form of disapproval, denial, prohibition, criminalising and punishing – but with a very different and darker side hidden behind that frontage.

The darker side behind the false image of holy righteousness is a shadowy, complex underworld of sexual indulgence of all kinds, including prostitution, various forms of abuse, pornography, domestic violence and all sorts of other perverse pursuits, such as people trafficking and blackmail. Much of which can seem fascinating and perhaps enticing to the curiosity of a confused and sexually fired-up young man.

Then there are the effects – especially on young males – of the many, fast-evolving, hyper-violent, computer war games and other digital fantasy worlds featuring extreme violence. In these, terrible deeds are callously committed with no-one actually suffering physically

PART TWO

The rise and rise of Mama SCAB

As the transition from the descent era into the ascent era proceeds*, the steadily increasing influence of the universal feminine principle is changing this world in many ways. So far, the most harmful effects seem to have been caused by a particular strand of humanity’s feminine side that has flourished during the now departing dark era of descent into matter.

In this work, that set-up has been labelled Mama SCAB, a symbolic acronym for the global Syndicate of Central and Arch-Banks (the arch-banks being the IMF, World Bank and BIS). This privately owned moneylending business has long been using its deviously gained monopoly position to manipulate the world’s money supply to its own advantage, thereby causing all manner of financial, economic and other suffering worldwide.

It started out in the late 18th century as a small German Jewish family business in moneylending, founded by Amschel Rothschild. Building on his success, he set up his sons as heads of banks in various European capitals and so began the Rothschild dynasty, which supposedly became and still is the wealthiest family in the world.

In pursuing a highly successful global policy of subversive divide and rule, SCAB has been using its financial power to provoke wars and other disputes, including Arab-against-Arab conflicts. One major result of the shift has been that almost all nation states are now irretrievably deep in debt to SCAB. And this is having a profound effect on the wider masculine/feminine dynamic worldwide.

Since the 1980s, SCABs moneylending and its consequences have rapidly evolved to such an extreme degree of complexity and unaccountability that the current world money system – in essence now a global gambling casino – is out of control. Which can be seen, psychologically, as humanity’s descent era feminine side pursuing its greed-driven craving for control to an insane and unmanageable level.

So, given the ongoing rivalry for superiority between humanity’s descent era masculine and descent era femininesides’ – reminiscent of the mutual dependency in a loveless marriage of convenience – it’s meaningless to address the problems of one side without including the other.

The backlash: Papa‘s desperate but doomed fightback

The counterbalancing response of humanity’s masculine side has been an increasingly desperate attempt to re-enforce old-style male superiority all over the world. This has taken the form of hostile, aggressive confrontations and conflicts, often accompanied by extreme and disproportionate violence, individual and collective.

All of which suits the purposes of control-craving Mama SCAB and her associates, who continue to profit from financing expensive wars and their expensive aftermaths, ie supplying loans for the weaponry and other resources desperately sought by the combatants. Then, within each state, there’s the burgeoning prison industry which also needs financing.

So, as humankind struggles to evolve beyond its troubled collective adolescence, at least one clear lesson can be drawn from this unsustainable situation: both the sovereign nation state and SCABs central banking empire are no longer viable entities. Only fear and mental inertia, resulting from generations of inbred programming into thinking in descent era ways, are sustaining these persistent symptoms of humanity’s present dysfunctional condition.

The stakes have been raised

Meanwhile, the stakes have been raised significantly by a seemingly endless wave of volunteer Muslim suicide bombers and murderous armies seeking martyrdom. These are mostly young males whose idealism and aggression has been fired up, and who’ve been promised both glory and plenty of delayed sexual gratification in the afterlife.

Such volatile, emotional extremism – whether aggressive or withdrawn – is a normal characteristic of adolescence, both in an individual and as a sign of humanity’s collective adolescence. However, at the heart of any typically ferocious adolescent anger – for example, towards hypocrisy there is usually an unwelcome kernel of truth.

One other factor, for those who are open to more esoteric thinking, is the principle of reincarnation. Under this, the present attraction of a military career could well be a carry-over from a previous incarnation in which the life of a warrior of some kind ended unfulfilled for one reason or another.

Is there a more sane way ahead?

This is all proving increasingly challenging to the long held assumptions and attitudes of Western, Christian, Jewish and secular cultures. As a consequence, they are now being forced to start thinking beyond the limits of their familiar comfort zone mindboxes. For they’ve previously assumed themselves to be inherently superior members of the human race, and as such, have acted as though they fully deserve all the privileges and excesses in which they’ve been indulging, while the inferiorothers’ struggle along, divided and ruled, in servile deficiency.

So, as humanity’s adolescent descent era feminine side, epitomised by Mama SCAB, finds itself in a futile ongoing conflict with its adolescent masculine side, in the form of Papa State, it becomes obvious that both Mama and Papa are symptoms of a greater sickness. A more sane way, instead of humankind’s two complementary opposite ‘sides’ clashing and damaging the wellbeing of the species as a whole, would be to maintain a dynamic, balanced equilibrium between our masculine and feminine ‘sides’.

As a consequence, in a more mature adult world those individuals most attuned and sympathetic to the real needs of humankind will have to be encouraged to take on positions of authority, responsibility and leadership – not in pursuit of personal worldly gain or glory, but in order to steer humanity as a whole into a new phase of our evolution on Earth. This will be an era in which meeting real human needs, wherever they’re found, takes precedence over any immature and irresponsible claims to a right to live in self-indulgent excess of such real needs, regardless of any previous worldly status of ‘superiority’ that may be used to try and justify living a life of selfish greed and vanity.

At present this may seem a highly unlikely scenario, but every new development has to start somewhere, and the seeds of this one are already scattered worldwide. A radically new and explicit code of morality and ethics, based on a fuller understanding of the whole human condition, is now required – that is, in order to create a whole new ethos amongst humans on Earth. Such an all-inclusive understanding is broadly outlined in Notes from the Threshold, along with a practical vision for the next phase, in the chapter entitled One Humanity (OH).

The alternative – allowing the current status quo to continue because of fear, greed, selfish personal ambition or apathy – would mean allowing the present pattern of degeneration into escalating extremism and a neo-feudal, medieval kind of fascism to continue unopposed until it passes a point of no easy return.  Thus, as suggested at the start of this piece, the current extremes of aggressive violence being perpetrated, along with all the financial deception and fraud, highlight a dawning realisation that there is now a real choice – that is, for all human beings who are awake to these matters – about which way we intend this world to proceed and evolve.

However, this will require some significant overview and insight, such as that revealed from the Threshold perspective, combined with courage and perseverance, in order to progress beyond the present unwholesome status quo.

Here is an edited excerpt from Notes from the Threshold, the source work for this piece.

So, how has humanity come to feel so powerless about its own destiny? Individually and collectively, most people feel they have little influence on world events, whether it’s a question of ‘Who’s in charge?’, ‘Who gets what?’, ‘What to believe in?’… or trying to cope with the ever-deteriorating state of this earthly environment-

Keeping humanity preoccupied with these concerns, and in endless rivalry and competition, has so far been an effective diversionary tactic, a divide-and-rule distraction, used by powerlusting minorities. They are the ruling elites worldwide, who have thus been able to maintain their privileged positions, however bad things are for the majority.

These few always appear to have smarter ways of operating than the rest. They know how to keep ‘winning’ and stay on top, however detrimental the overall effect to the rest of humankind. And so they’ve kept the deprived, divided and disempowered ‘many’ in ignorance and fear, deeply discontented, insecure and greedily craving various forms of self-indulgence as a compensation.

As a result, all on Earth continue increasingly to suffer the consequences. And one of the main consequences is the increasingly extreme and callous violence among certain young males. That is, until a sufficient number of individual human beings realise their collective identity as the one humanity they actually are, instead of allowing themselves to be divided and ruled by a perversely motivated minority amongst them.

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The source work for this piece is Notes from the Threshold, available free as a PDF download from http://www.pathwayinitiatives.co.uk

Identity: Who I really am

Here’s a short excerpt from Notes from the Threshold*, in which the idea of identity is probed beyond merely a sense of one’s physical body, gender, name, title, family, tribe, nationality, religion etc…

Individual I

am one focal point of the universal consciousness, one single unit of self-conscious life,

and therefore connected to every other individual being.

(‘In-dividual’ means ‘not divisible’.)

So each individual being is one unique yet integral part of the one universal I.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Universal I

is a name which individual I use to identify with the all-inclusive universal consciousness.

At the universal level of existence, there are no separate, isolated beings,

in the way that there appear to be on the physical level.

Universal I take form as the many individual lives embodied in physical matter on Earth.

These are shaped by the primal energy flow

resulting from the continuous interaction of levity* and gravity,

just as mountains and riverbeds are sculpted by wind and water.

The focal point of each individual being is at the heart,

the centre where the upper and lower circuits of energy and blood-flow cross over.

And through generations, body-forms adapt to changing cosmic and earthly conditions.

Individual I am thus much more than a complex lump of physical matter

or cosmic stardust which, according to modern Western science,

is somehow supposed to generate the mysterious something known as consciousness.

I am consciousness which, at its lower level of vibration, manifests as physical matter.

Realising this bi-polarity of human identity resolves the conundrum of ‘mixed motives’,

in the dynamic between individual and universal will,

or selfish and altruistic behaviour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spirit, soul and ego

Spirit is the essential ‘fire’ of universal consciousness, and its vital ‘spark’ in each individual.

Soul is one individual strand of consciousness carrying its own archive of experiences

on its own ‘homeward’ journey towards eventual redemption

into universal consciousness.

Ego is the Latin word for ‘I’, for referring to one’s own individual identity.

However, since Sigmund Freud used the term in the early 20th century,

the ‘ego‘ has become an unflattering label implying personal self-centredness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No going back

Once it’s realised that each individual human being has a universal dimension,

there’s no going back to separated, fragmented ways of thinking about identity.

Individual I am an inward ‘tentacle’ of the cosmos, and so an integral part of Universal I.

Awareness of this ‘two in one-ness’ could potentially cause a schizoid mental splitting,

but that’s prevented by knowing that polarity always occurs within a greater unity.

The ancient Sanskrit affirmation of identity, ‘I am that I am’, affirms this knowing,

while not knowing results in the religious worshipping of various detached divinities

and in physicists vainly seeking a ‘God particle’.

Knowing clarifies the relationship between individuality and universality,

harmonises the fascination with both uniqueness and pattern

and helps to balance thinking which flips between the two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Individual I and humankind

Individual I can think of myself physically as one cell among trillions of other such cells,

growing increasingly aware of the diseased condition of the organism these cells comprise.

How best to serve the self-healing of this complex being, humankind,

starts with gaining some understanding of its nature,

it’s origins and the troubles afflicting it.

Key to this is gaining a clear awareness of how mind and body interact,

especially in what’s known as the emotional realm, the fluid, volatile world of feelings.

Here polar opposite tendencies complete a circuit charged with potential force,

creating a range of levels which constitute a hierarchy of ‘up/down’ emotional states.

Where the universal and individual dimensions of our being interface

is the level at which the pre-physical and physical-material realms interface.

And that critical level is called in this work the Threshold.

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It follows on from that description that individual I am continuously seeking to resonate as much as possible with the cosmos. That’s because the cosmos is a pulsating, resonating manifestation of universal I or universal consciousness, with which Individual I identify, as an integral living part. And the more resonance with the cosmos individual I experience, the more fulfilled my life feels.                                                       However, at the same time, my real self is temporarily isolated, embodied within this physical-material bodily form, experiencing emotional feelings of pleasure and displeasure, while mentally perceiving and thinking about this or that.

                                                                                                                                                                       I D E N T I T Y

(excerpt from Threshold Psychology)

Threshold Psychology addresses some of the most basic questions asked by incarnate human beings on Earth, including: Who am I? What am I doing here? However, questions like these have become something of a standard joke in the world of Western comedy, often uttered by a dazed and bewildered or disoriented character.

Other joke questions include, How did we come to be here and the way we are? Where are we heading? What does it all mean? But they are also very basic questions for any deeply enquiring person. They’ve become a joke precisely because the descent into matter of human consciousness and the resulting materialistic thinking have rendered us almost incapable of answering them, or even having a sense of what they might mean.

But not quite. Hints and glimpses are to be found all around: in the arts which are full of imaginative exploratory expression, in quantum physics which is gradually heading ever closer to recognising consciousness as the fundamental reality, and in spiritual thinking that acknowledges other realms or realities beyond the physical-material. Also, it’s obvious that while I occupy this physical body and am known by this name, I am also the thinker of these thoughts which are not physical but are of another dimension of reality.

From the Threshold perspective, it’s clear that the cosmos is a manifestation of universal consciousness. Individual I am one focal point of universal consciousness (or universal I).

So, individual I am a kind of inwardextension’ of the cosmos, with my physical body located on the surface of this living planet.

Thus, my identity is at once both individual and universal. As both a single part and the all-inclusive whole, I’m fully aware of my ‘two-ness within oneness’. But while this intuitive knowing, this gnosis, brings significant psychological power, it’s also a potential cause of mental breakdown and danger for others if that power is allowed to create delusions of grandeur or infallibility.

Identity: expanded awareness

Realising that I’m able to expand my individual consciousness beyond the skin of this physical, gravity-bound body, I find I’m no longer limited to a separate, point-centred outlook on the world from this one sub-centre, this singular point of view. My consciousness, as my ‘sphere of influence’, can expand indefinitely.

Consequently, I’m able, with practice, to view earthly life and the cosmos beyond from that level at which density becomes rarity, where the inward contractive force of gravity is in balance with its polar opposite, the universal expansive force, levity. And this critical zone is the Threshold, a key concept of this whole project.

Two dimensions of I/Ego: universal and individual.

‘I am’ can be thought of as one of the most fundamental human thoughts or ideas. It’s ‘the word’ in Genesis (in the Old Testament), the vibrant cosmic sound which resonated, manifested energy and matter, and solidified into this physical-material universe.

Consequently, within our greater unity we are each a double ‘I am’: an individual I and universal I, a lesser and greater ego/Ego (ego is the Latin word for I) or self/Self. This distinction can help clear some of the confusion resulting from different meaanings of the word ego, as it’s currently used in various contexts.

Here are Parts One and Two of a very concise stand alone piece, written from the Threshold perspective, which presents a ‘subjective’ account of our human identity, as individual beings conscious of existing as parts of a greater, living, conscious entity.

T H E   I D E N T I T Y   C O N T I N U U M

Please read these notes first.

The Identity Continuum is a very condensed package of information. It’s based on three simple but fundamental universal principles which govern how the cosmos, in all its complexity, originated and continues to function.

These three principles are the basis of the Threshold perspective and are explained in Notes from the Threshold, available free as a download from www.pathwayinitiatives.co.uk

They are just the bare essentials for such an understanding, yet they account for the richness and diversity of all the qualities experienced, and all the cultures, myths, legends, stories, characters and plots that have emerged in the evolving of human consciousness on Earth.

Therefore, in order to grasp its meaning and relevance for our lives on Earth, each line needs to be carefully unpacked and digested. The tone of the piece is necessarily impersonal because it deals with who we are on a level beyond our normal earthly personality concerns, and uses certain unfamiliar terms to highlight this distinction.

The Identity Continuum serves as a bridge, a link, across the chasm of unknowing between our ‘lower’ and ‘higher’ consciousness. And the gist of it is that individual I am one focal point of the all-inclusive universal consciousness which is thus also universal I.

So, at any moment, I have a choice between the two polar opposite perspectives:

(a) the limited, separated individual perspective looking outwards from my centre point, OR                                                                                                                                                                           (b) the unlimited, all-inclusive, universal perspective looking inwards.

Key unfamiliar terms used

Pre-physical: the vital, conscious level of life/reality where ideas, thoughts, intentions, plans etc exist in potential, prior to manifesting into physical form, eg where an architect imagines and plans a future building. Also known as the aether, akasha, quintessence and more…

Threshold: in this work it’s the border/interface between the pre-physical and physical-material realms, from which one can see both ways: inwards towards the centre into the density of physical matter, and outwards away from the centre into the rarity of open space.

Levity: the primal, pre-physical, expansive, outward, radiating cosmic force, the polar opposite of contracting, inward, focusing gravity.

Vortexing: the dynamic spiralling tendency between the periphery and centre of a spherical ‘field’ of pulsating space, resulting from the rhythmic interaction of levity and gravity.

Flowform: the term was originally coined to describe patterns formed in flowing water, and thus means a fluid, flexible, adapting form, whether pre-physical or physical-material.

Suggestions for using The Identity Continuum

1. Simply contemplate to appreciate the continuity between individuality and universality.

2. Use it as a meditation – which would require learning the whole sequence, perhaps one line per week. When practiced regularly, reaching the line “I release…” may trigger a therapeutic releasing of physical tensions with surprising power. This is OK, so long as you take some quiet time to let yourself settle before resuming your everyday life.

T H E   I D E N T I T Y   C O N T I N U U M

PART ONE

Individual I

am first this focal point of universal consciousness,

generating

the power behind the primal force,

radiating

primal sound and light,

polarised

by the complementary cosmic forces of expanding levity and contracting gravity,

creating

this pulsating sub-sphere of primal potential energy,

incorporating

this pre-physical spectrum of tonal qualities,

vibrating and resonating

while held in suspension at the Threshold,

poised

between the pre-physical and the physical-material realms,

extended and compressed

by levity and gravity,

producing

this pre-physical vortexing torus flowform,

shaping

within itself at its core this dense physical body,

centred

within this heart at its crossover point,

identifiable

as one focal point of universal consciousness/universal I…

PART TWO

… from which point,

I release, release, release… (allow time for releasing)

enabling

healing, healing, healing… (allow time for healing)

into optimum functioning and form,

realising

the unlimited power of my true identity

and fulfilling

this lifetime’s purpose,

protected

within this sphere of pre-physical light,

grateful

for everything experienced and to everyone encountered,

appreciating

being free from severe suffering,

serving

the redemption back into pure consciousness,

providing

a channel for love and light and power,

healing, guiding and inspiring,

always learning.

___________________

*The source work is Notes from the Threshold: a free PDF download from http://www.pathwayinitiatives.co.uk

Threshold Psychology – Introduction

Threshold Psychology presently stands as a collection of starts, hints and clues – topics intended to be developed further – plus a few extracts from other Threshold publications. The psychological perspective of this work is common to all the Threshold disciplines, including Threshold Wellness/Illness, Threshold Science and Threshold Mathematics. So, inevitably, there will be some overlapping.

Threshold Psychology stands distinct from the various denominations of Western psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy. This is primarily because they lack the cosmic overview and insight gained from the Threshold perspective, as will be explained. Because their thinking is limited to the out-look from the point of view or view-point of separate units of consciousness, looking out from within a physical body, they lack an all-encompassing, inward perspective.

From the Threshold perspective there exists a primal universal consciousness of which each individual being is essentially a focal point, clothed in physical matter. But within the other related Western disciplines, consciousness is normally assumed to refer only to individual or group consciousness, without any reference to its universal dimension. That’s because in Western materialistic science there has as yet been no acknowledgement of the pre-physical dimension of our world. Yet a clear example of this is the image in an architect’s mind of a building that doesn’t yet physically exist.

This difference of perspective on consciousness is crucial. For all psychology is essentially about consciousness, the non-physical dimension of our lives. Yet orthodox psychology is still heavily influenced by the materialistic physical sciences which are not equipped or competent to handle the non-physical phenomena of our lives, and are thus inadequate and inappropriate for applying to this dimension.

For example, there can be no realistic quantifying or mathematical formulae applicable to such experiential realities as love, joy or longing – other than by way of over-simplistic, unreliable estimating of transient feelings, followed by statistical analysis of this dubious data. Thus the obsessive fixation of many Western experimentalists on the physical brain and the endless ways its functioning can be measured and statistically related to psychological phenomena.

The basic assumption

The first basic assumption of Threshold Psychology is the primacy of consciousness, an awareness that consciousness is the universal, primal essence of all that we humans can know and experience – ie as thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences of energy and matter. Grasping this premise brings coherence to the fragmented confusion that’s evidently prevailing worldwide at present.

Discovering this underlying and overriding coherence brings an enhanced understanding and the realisation that our lives on Earth do have meaning and purpose. And purpose, as used here, does not carry any religious implications. Nor does it mean childish fantasy ambitions to be a ‘winner’, regarding wealth, status, fame or superficial authority and worldly power. A sense of meaning and purpose also brings a heightened sense of responsibility.

By contrast, handing over to others one’s individual responsibility as a human being, while seeking the comfort and reassurance of belonging to this or that group – religious, ethnic, national, professional or whatever – is psychologically limiting, and especially so if that group demands loyalty at the expense of personal integrity.

The tone of this work is necessarily impersonal because its perspective is from a level beyond individual personality concerns, and some unfamiliar terms are used to clarify this distinction.

Also, the three basic Threshold principles are just the bare essentials for this fuller understanding of our lives and our world. Yet they account for the richness and diversity of all the qualities we experience, and all the cultures, myths, legends, stories, characters and plots that have emerged in the evolving of human consciousness on Earth.

One way to check the validity of the Threshold perspective is to ‘test-drive’ it for yourself, ie to temporarily adopt its assumptions for perhaps a few months and apply it to all aspects of your life. This requires an open-minded, unprejudiced attitude, without which it’s not worth trying.

A chess analogy

To illustrate the value of the Threshold perspective, in enabling one to think ‘outside the box’, ie beyond the limiting parameters of any particular discipline or closed system, here’s a simple analogy. A chess champion’s failure to overcome an apparently insignificant challenge could not be explained by the chess experts after lengthy obsessive expert analysis of all the moves made on the ‘square of squares’ chessboard. But when attention was paid to the state of mind, attitude and body of the champion at the time, in contrast to that of the challenger, the reasons for the unexpected outcome became clear… (continued)

The full document can be found as a free download at http://www.pathwayinitiatives.co.uk