Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Blind Man and the Elephant

In my experience, successful, respectful and fluid communication between the 3rd dimension and the 5th is one of the most difficult things to achieve. The language we use is still rooted and firmly anchored in the 3rd dimension. That dimension thus has a bit of weight on things, it has dibs so to speak.

It is in my opinion the job of those anchored freshly in the 5th dimension to go the distance, to walk the extra mile in order to ensure good communication. In most cases, where there is no discussion or heated comparison of "right and wrong", things work out just fine. Those who reside newly in the 5th dimension will still remember the workings of the 3rd and I believe it is imperative that they do not forget what point of perception they held just a few (days, weeks) years ago.

An extraordinary amount of love and compassion is forthcoming in the 5th dimension. In part, so I am guessing, to bridge these difficulties in communication. Most frequently, I have experienced that in failed communication attempts, there is a sensation of "who do you think you are, talking to me like this" on the 3D end, whereas at the same time, the person in the 5th dimension is trying to show a glimpse of the new paradigm, the new point of perception, which feels so good to them, so loving and unifying. In the 5th dimension, all ideas of "I am right and you are wrong" are gone. They simply do not play a part any longer.

Sharing comes from the heart and is meant as a loving extension, a dance perhaps. There is no attachment, whether the shared information is "accepted as truth", or "the reality". There is only a wee yearning that some glimpses of eternal truth be seen organically, naturally and that I believe is very much in line with the state of oneness of all beings.

Never will a communication from the 5th dimension be based on the motivation of: "I'll show you!" - or as I said: "I am right and you are wrong"! I say this with full conviction, for in the 3rd dimensional paradigm, we have all experienced this ego based point of view. The thing is, in the 5th dimension, this ego-based point of view is no longer the focus. The focus has shifted to a heart based point of view of the higher self and thus these ego-based concepts aren't in focus.

I find that the experiences in the 5th dimension are best described in the 5-dimensional languages of art - music, dance, paintings, etc. The art of storytelling is also able to describe a landscape that speaks from the heart.
I am no great story teller, therefore I would like to share a story written by someone else:

The Blind Men and the Elephant

A number of disciples went to the Buddha and said, "Sir, there are living here in Savatthi many wandering hermits and scholars who indulge in constant dispute, some saying that the world is infinite and eternal and others that it is finite and not eternal, some saying that the soul dies with the body and others that it lives on forever, and so forth. What, Sir, would you say concerning them?"
The Buddha answered, "Once upon a time there was a certain raja who called to his servant and said, 'Come, good fellow, go and gather together in one place all the men of Savatthi who were born blind... and show them an elephant.' 'Very good, sire,' replied the servant, and he did as he was told. He said to the blind men assembled there, 'Here is an elephant,' and to one man he presented the head of the elephant, to another its ears, to another a tusk, to another the trunk, the foot, back, tail, and tuft of the tail, saying to each one that that was the elephant.
"When the blind men had felt the elephant, the raja went to each of them and said to each, 'Well, blind man, have you seen the elephant? Tell me, what sort of thing is an elephant?'
"Thereupon the men who were presented with the head answered, 'Sire, an elephant is like a pot.' And the men who had observed the ear replied, 'An elephant is like a winnowing basket.' Those who had been presented with a tusk said it was a ploughshare. Those who knew only the trunk said it was a plough; others said the body was a grainery; the foot, a pillar; the back, a mortar; the tail, a pestle, the tuft of the tail, a brush.
"Then they began to quarrel, shouting, 'Yes it is!' 'No, it is not!' 'An elephant is not that!' 'Yes, it's like that!' and so on, till they came to blows over the matter.
"Brethren, the raja was delighted with the scene.
"Just so are these preachers and scholars holding various views blind and unseeing.... In their ignorance they are by nature quarrelsome, wrangling, and disputatious, each maintaining reality is thus and thus."
Then the Exalted One rendered this meaning by uttering this verse of uplift,
    O how they cling and wrangle, some who claim
    For preacher and monk the honored name!
    For, quarreling, each to his view they cling.
    Such folk see only one side of a thing.
Jainism and Buddhism. Udana 68-69:
Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant


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