December 19, 2011 in Seth Material
List of Inner Senses
1. Inner Vibrational Touch
2. Psychological Time
3. Perception of Past, Present and Future
4. The Conceptual Sense
5. Cognition of Knowledgeable Essense
6. Innate Knowledge of Basic Reality
7. Expansion or Contraction of the Tissue Capsule
8. Disentanglement from Camouflage
9. Diffusion by the Energy Personality
10+. Other Inner Senses
Inner Vibrational Touch
Think of the Inner Senses as paths leading to an inner reality. The first sense involves perception of a direct nature-instant cognition through what I can only describe as inner vibrational touch. Imagine a man standing on a typical street of houses and grass and trees. This sense would permit him to feel the basic sensations felt by each of the trees about him. His consciousness would expand to contain the experience of what it is to be a tree — any or all of the trees. He would feel the experience of being anything he chooses within his field of notice: people, insects, blades of grass. He would not lose consciousness of who he was, but would perceive these sensations somewhat in the same way that you now feel heat and cold.
This sense is much like empathy, but far more vital. (Seth says that we can’t experience these Inner Senses in their full intensity now, because our nervous systems can’t handle that much stimuli.)
Psychological Time is a natural pathway that was meant to give an easy route of access from the inner world to the outer, and back again, though you do not use it as such. Psycgological Time originally enabled man to live in the inner and outer worlds with relative ease…As you develop in your use of it, you will be able to rest within it’s framework while you are consciously awake. It adds duration to your normal time. From its framework you will see that physical time is as dreamlike as you once thought inner time was. You will discover your whole selves, peeping inward and outward simultaneously, and know that all divisions are illusion.
Sit or lie quietly alone and close your eyes. Pretend that there is a world within as vivid and real as the physical one. Turn off your physical senses. If you want, imagine that they have dials and you flip them off, one by one. Then imagine that the Inner Senses have another set of dials. Imaginatively, turn them on. This is one method of begining.
You may, instead, just lie quietly and concentrate on a dark screen until images or lights appear on it. Do not concentrate on the worries or daily trivia that may arise as soon as you block out physical distractions. If such thoughts do come to the foreground of attention, then you are not ready to proceed. First you must get rid of them.
At a certain point you will feel alert and conscious but very light. Within your mind you may see bright lights. You may hear sounds or voices. Some may be telepathic or clairvoyant messages. Some may simply be subconscious pictures. As you practice, you will learn to tell one from the other.
Gradually as you progress, you will feel apart from time as we know it during this exercise. You may have various kinds of subjective experiences, from extrasensory episodes to simple periods of inspiration and direction. I (meaning Jane Roberts) sometimes have out-of-body travels, for instance, during Psy-Time. This sense leads to refreshment, relaxation, and peace. It can be used in many ways, for different purposes.
Perception of Past, Present, and Future
If you will remember our imaginary man as he stands upon a street, you will recall that I spoke of his feeling of all the unitary essences of each living thing within his range, using the first Inner Sense. Using this third sense, this experience would also feel the past and future essense of each living thing within his range.
Remember, according to Seth these Inner Senses are used by the whole self constantly. Since past , present, and future have no basic reality, this sense allows us to see through the apparent time barriers. We are seeing things as they really are. Any precognitive experience would entail the use of this Inner Sense. It is often used spontaneously when Psy-Time is practiced.
The Conceptual Sense
The fourth Inner Sense involves direct cognition of a concept in much more than intelectual terms. It involves experiencing a concept completely. Concepts have what we will call electrical and chemical composition [as thoughts do]. The molecules and ions of the consciousness change into [those of] the concept, which is then directly experienced. You cannot truly understand or appreciate any living thing unless you can become that thing.
You can best achieve some kind of aproximation of an idea by using Psychological Time [as a preliminary]. Sit in a quite room. When an idea comes to you, do not play with it intelectually, but reach out to it intuitively. Do not be afraid of unfamiliar phycological sensations. With practice and to a limited degree, you will find that you can ‘become’ the idea. You will be inside it, looking out-not looking in.
Concepts such as I am referring to reach beyond your ideas of time and space. If you become proficient in the use of the third Inner Sense [perception of past, present and future] when cognition is more or less spontaneous, then you can utilize the conceptual sense with more freedom. Any true concept has it’s origins outside of your camouflage system and continues beyond it. Unless you use the Inner Senses in this manner, you will only recieve a glimmering of a concept, regardless of its simplicity.
Cognition of Knowledge Essense
Remember that these Inner Sense operate on the whole, working together smoothly, and that to some degree the divisions between them are arbitrary on my part. This fifth sense differs from the fourth [conceptual sense] in that is does not involve cognition of a concept. It is similar to the fourth sense in that it is free from past, present, and future, and involves an intimate becomming, or transformation of self into something else.
This is difficult to explain. You attempt to understand a friend by using your physical senses. Use of this fifth sense would enable you to enter into your friend. In its fullest sense, it is not available to you within your system. It does not imply that one entity can control another. It involves direct instantaneous cognition of the essence of living ’tissue’. I use the word ’tissue’ with caution and ask you not to think of it necessarily in terms of flesh.
All entities are in one way or another enclosed within themselves, yet also connected to others. Using this sense, you penetrate through the capsule that encloses the self. This Inner Sense, like all others, is being used constantly by the inner self, but very little of the data recieved is sifted through the subconscious or ego. Without the use of this sense, however, no man would ever come close to undrestanding mother. This sense is a strong version of the inner vibrational touch.
Inner Knowledge of Basic Reality
This is an extremely rudimentary sense. It is concerned with the entity’s innate working knowledge of the basic vitality of the universe, without which no manipulation of vitalitty would be possible-as, for example, you could not stand up straight without first having an innate sense of balance.
Without this sixth sense and its constant use by the inner self, you could not construct the physical camouflage universe. You can compare this sense with instincts, as you think of it, although it is concerned with innate knowledge of the entire universe. Particular data about specific areas of reality are given to a living organism to make manipulations within that area possible. The inner self has at its command complete knowledge, but only portions are used by an organism. A spider, spinning its web, is using this sense in almost its purest form. The spider has no intellect or ego, and its activities are pure spontaneous uses of the Inner Senses, unhampered and uncamouflaged to a great extent. But inherent in the spider, as in man, is the complete comprehension of the universe as a whole.
Seth always maintains that the answers to our questions about reality lie within us. They reveal themselves to us when we turn our attention away from physical data and look inward; this is when the sixth Inner Sense comes into play. It also shows itself in inspirations, and episodes of spontaneous “knowing”. This sense gives rise to most experiences of a revelationary character.
The trouble is that we must somehow translate the data into terms that we can understand, explaining it verbally or with images-and distortions are bound to result. Some such experiences can’t be expressed physically, yet the individual concerned is convinced of their validity.
Expansion of Contraction of the Tissue Capsule
This sense operates in two ways. It can be an extension or enlargement of the self, a widening of its boundaries and of concsious comprehension. It can also be a pulling together of the self into an ever-smaller capsule that enables the self to enter other systems of reality. The tissue capsule surrounds each consciousness and is actually an energy field boundary, keeping the inner self’s energy from seeping away.
No consciousness exists in any system wihtout this capsule enclosing it. These capsules have aslo been called astral bodies. The seventh Inner Sense allows for an expansion or contraction of this tissue capsule.
Disentanglement From Camouflage
Complete disentanglement from cmouflage comes rarely within your system, although it is possible to achieve it, particularly in connection with Psychological Time. When Psychological Time is utilized to its fullest extents, then camouflage is lessened to an astounding degree. With disentanglement, the inner self disentangles itself from one particular camouflage before it either adopts another set smoothly or dispenses with camouflage entirely. This is accomplished through what you might call a changing of frequencies or vibrations: a transformation of vitality from one particular pattern or aspect to another. In some ways, your dream world gives you a closer experience with basic inner reality than does your waking world, where the Inner Senses are so shielded from your awareness.
Diffusion By The Energy Personality
An energy personality who wishes to become a part of your system does so using this sense. The energy personality first diffuses himself into many parts. Since entry into your plane or system, as a member of it, cannot be made in any other manner, it must be made in the simplest terms, and later built up-sperm, or course, being an entry in this respect. The energy of the personality must then be recombined.
What Seth is saying here is that the inner self uses this sense to initiate the birth of one of its personalities in physical life. It may also have a part to play in some mediumistic activities on the part of the surviving personality who wishes to communicate, and it may be used in out-of-body experiences that involve other than physical reality.