From Volume One on Identity

How do the strong overcome their trials? That is not usually the question.

 

Comment from Tesla: “This in mainly because it is easier to see when something is different, i.e. broken, than something that is the general norm. When you go on a route that has become a habit, you do not see the trees you pass, nor the houses or office buildings, but if there is something new, or there is something blocking your path, you notice. Some of this is simply mental laziness: understandably learning takes a tremendous amount of energy, and the body is used to conserving energy because it has had eons of experience with the unexpected. It remains easier to pay attention to the one unusual thing, and takes much less energy, than to watch your usual route with the same intensity of learning it the first time. This gentle laziness of habituation can be a good thing, so that human beings especially can think of other things, and dream and plan, and so on.

But habituation can become so much of a trance that even the unusual is ignored, such as the odd fact that three people can be given the same conditions in life, and have three very different experiences. ‘Well, or course,’ you may say, ‘that is the nature of life: people are different,’ and surely of course they are. But if your habituated brain forgets to pay attention, you don’t see or imagine what those differences might mean. There are some tendencies: women tend to be stronger about some things than men, and vice versa, but when you pay attention to the statistical shape of things, you may not only notice the effect of the torsion field of proportion [see Volume Two] but also how there are some that break free of the expected patterns, or models, of behavior, sometimes to an astonishing degree. This obviously can illuminate some of the nature of the dimension of Identity as well. Nevertheless the main issue is: you would learn a great deal more by studying strength than weakness.”

Commentary on Volume One Continued:

From Volume One: “How do the strong overcome their trials? That is not the question that is usually asked.”

Comment from Tesla: “This in mainly because it is easier to see when something is different, i.e. broken, than something that is the general norm. When you go on a route that has become a habit, you do not see the trees you pass, nor the houses or office buildings, but if there is something new, or there is something blocking your path, you notice. Some of this is simply mental laziness: understandably learning takes a tremendous amount of energy, and the body is used to conserving energy because it has had eons of experience with the unexpected. It remains easier to pay attention to the one unusual thing, and takes much less energy, than to watch your usual route with the same intensity of learning it the first time. This gentle laziness of habituation can be a good thing, so that human beings especially can think of other things, and dream and plan, and so on.

But habituation can become so much of a trance that even the unusual is ignored, such as the odd fact that three people can be given the same conditions in life, and have three very different experiences. ‘Well, or course,’ you may say, ‘that is the nature of life: people are different,’ and surely of course they are. But if your habituated brain forgets to pay attention, you don’t see or imagine what those differences might mean. There are some tendencies: women tend to be stronger about some things than men, and vice versa, but when you pay attention to the statistical shape of things, you may not only notice the effect of the torsion field of proportion [see Volume Two] but also how there are some that break free of the expected patterns, or models, of behavior, sometimes to an astonishing degree. This obviously can illuminate some of the nature of the dimension of Identity as well. Nevertheless the main issue is: you would learn a great deal more by studying strength than weakness.”

Commentary from Volume One

“Heaven is a place of tremendous freedom, yet the Earth is where that freedom is proved, in the sense of wine being distilled.”

Comment from Tesla: “Heaven is easy to get into; hell is also easy to get into if you want, and Earth has both, and more besides: it is the point of creation, the renewed and renewing arena of the divine expressing itself. What I mean by saying that Hell is easy to get into if you want is that as you have been going, you tend to continue, if only out of sheer habit: heaven generally looks much as your daily reality has always looked, unless there are reasons for intervention. This can have grave implications (and yes, I know what I said) if you have lived a life of fear and negativity, hatred or addiction, cruelty or oppression: these all have tremendous momentum.

Oddly enough, this momentum is kept so that you can feel at home. When circumstances are really bad in your life, or when your death is sudden, your mind and soul work together to create a plausible story for yourself. If you were killed in a car wreck, you wake up in a hospital, the same if you are gunned down in war. If you have murdered someone, you may wake up behind bars; if you have killed yourself, you may first be shown a complete view of what else you might have done, and why suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, as has been said elsewhere. It is very individual, because it is your own mind that sets the parameters.

Receiving blessing at the time of death can be of tremendous help here, particularly when you feel you are destined for Hell. Many fear death because it is the unknown; others fear death because they know that they will have to face what they have done, and with sometimes excruciating detail. Some have become so afraid of this kind of personal hell that they have become atheists, though some do that because they feel the God they have been presented with by religion is far, far too much trouble to deal with. On Earth, you learn who you are; in heaven, it is reflected back to you.