Thursday, March 5, 2009

Seth Vindicated

Back in the 1960’s, I was reading—um—Seth Speaks, I think it was. Or it might have been The Nature of Personal Reality. One of those Seth Books, anyway, I’m pretty sure.
I read about a sentient species that preceded us on the planet. Well, they didn’t exactly precede us. We were on the planet, too—at least the Homo Erectus model was.

But, this other group was here as well. They were humanoid, I think. They lived underground. They were very advanced and were getting ready, on a species-wide level, to graduate completely from the planet. So, as a species, they had reached the late Old Soul developmental phase.

This relatively small number of individuals [only a few million still existed at the time] had skills humans currently lack. For one thing, they could see auras. So, they could ascertain, without verbal communication, where other people were coming from: the motive behind another’s action. That made lying futile, I would imagine. [By the way, Michael says we’ll reach that level of evolution sometime in the next couple of hundred years, jfwiw.]
They could also see, taste and smell sounds and had entire art forms based on such skills. Likewise, they could hear colors and shapes. Etc.

These people were also capable of flight in ‘hanging baskets’. Using only their minds they could, on the occasions when they ventured to the surface, fly in conveyances designed to hold one to several dozen people at a time. And they could teleport objects—again using only their minds to do so.
At that point, I hit ‘TILT!’ on a fairly profound level, put the book down and, I think, haven’t read it since. My idea at the time was that Seth had gone into deep waters where I was unable or unwilling to follow.
It didn't shake my belief in the core system, though. After all, I've had the same experience with the books by Stephen Hawking—but I still believe in science.
Then, during the early 1990’s, I think, I saw a program on The History Channel. A scientist was studying the Sphinx. He determined that it had been carved far earlier in history than the Egyptian period—at a time when rainfall far exceeded the amount the area has seen during the historic period. In fact, according to his observations, the Sphinx had been created at about the time when Homo Erectus was developing in Africa. How could Homo Erectus have carved the Sphinx? [fwiw, the current head and surrounding temple complex were added during the Egyptian period, according to this scientist.]

I was put in mind of Seth’s humanoid species that preceded Homo Sapiens. It was just a fleeting thought, though, and I didn’t pursue it.
In fact, I put this Scientist’s ideas down to the innate bias I’d encountered before: ‘Those Africans couldn’t have created something so beautiful or intricate. So, let’s look for another explanation.’ I thought he might be going to some pretty absurd lengths to feed his prejudice.

Most scientists dismissed his ideas out-of-hand—which led me to keep an open mind about them. We've seen that pattern before—first by the Church and later by the scientific community. And we all know what can follow such refusals to even look at the evidence.
Then, tonight, I saw yet another special on the Science Channel.
It seems there are people on the planet right now who have abilities I, for one, had never heard of: the program profiled a woman who sees sound. She can listen to a rainstorm and see the color each raindrop makes as it hits the surface.
All music is accompanied by a light show. [In fact, she doesn’t attend rock concerts because the lights in the auditorium don’t match the ones she sees—which causes a cacophony in her brain.] And, each sound has a taste and a texture, as well. Some are crunchy—others are creamy—others are sand-papery—or sour, or fruity, or bitter, or sweet, etc.
As a child she, of course, thought everyone had these abilities. As she grew up she discovered that her sensations were unknown to everyone around her. She felt isolated. But, during the course of the program, she was studied by scientists who mapped her brain and, finally, were able to help her get in touch with a couple of people who had abilities similar to hers. She is no longer alone.
And, I’m going back and see if I can find those old Seth Books and read them again.
This is one of those times that I love: when science catches up with something my ‘religion’ has been saying for years and years.


Mauigirl said...

Fascinating stuff. I've heard of people who have that mixing of the senses. Many people have milder forms of it. For instance, associating colors with numbers or letters. I tend to do that myself.

two crows said...

hi mauigirl--
from what I'm reading, it seems as if that blending may be the next phase of human evolution.

maybe if I had reached that point, I wouldn't have hit the wall when I read about it back in the 1960's.

Dave Dubya said...

As any attendee of multiple Grateful Dead concerts can attest, it is not unusual for the doors of perception to open into similar sensory experiences.

I remember distinctly the experience I had long ago listening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in a dark room. Each type of instrument would stimulate a different image of colored moving lines. All the colored lines would weave into a fantastic picture of the evolving progression of the music.

I had not ingested any hallucinogens at the time.

This happened years before I ever saw the Grateful Dead.

Just curious, by the way. Have you ever read Aldous Huxley's "Doors of Perception" or "Island"?

two crows said...

hi, dave dubya--
no, I hadn't heard of either book. maybe I'll try em after I wade thru several that are awaiting my attention now.
as to the seeing of colors in connection with music. I wish I had a sense of that.

I've always been more visually rather than audially oriented. as a result, I never enjoyed music as much as dance, for instance.
maybe this inability to 'see' music is one reason why.

I have always loved Simon and Garfunkel. The lyrics painted pictures in my mind that music alone never has.
but, that's not the same as what's going on with the woman on the Science Channel program. she actually sees the colors. wish I could do that **sigh**