Stephen Rousseau pays particular attention to instinct, intellect, intutiion and intention, urging readers to move past the trilogy of body, mind, and soul to consider another dimensiontime.
His lively collection of thoughts and ideas concerning various aspects of the nature of reality, being human, and spirituality, will appeal to anyone with a philisophical or spiritual bent.
He shares that the more he learns, the more he realizes he doesn't knowand he reveals lessons from his lifes greatest teachers, including movies, books, lectures, concerts, and more.
The author also examines topics such as nutrition, immigration, the brain, soul and spirit, truth and facts, and more.The narrative is comprised of short sections grouped by topic, and the blend of serious philosophy and lighthearted writing is entertaining and thought-provoking.
Inspect the whole you, rotate the view, and look at every angle with the insights in this book.
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Inception — Four Words
Allow me to speak of the inception of this book while attempting to help the reader understand a little about who I am. I believe if you know the source, you will have a better understanding of the material.
When younger, I was a bit obsessed with the Holy Trinity and how it represented me, one made in the image of God. I often sketched triangles and other iconic representations of the Trinity while contemplating. I eventually started repeatedly sketching an Escheresque triangle, which I felt captured the mystery instilled in the Trinity. One day, my worldview was challenged while I was thinking about time and it being the fourth dimension.
I had also been challenged with a Bible verse that implied (or from which I inferred) another level. To me, it spoke of more than three somethings — breadth, length, depth, and height or, as I surmised from this musing, body, mind, soul, and spirit.
Therefore, this book is about four words:
instinct intellect intuition intention
As I live, breathe, read, and experience, I find that the more I know, the more I know I don't know. It is said many of the greatest advancements and discoveries were made by people who were standing on the shoulders of giants. I would like to share the view from atop the giants I have climbed.
The giants I climb take many forms — movies, books, television series, lectures, overheard conversations, seminars, concerts, theater performances, and so on. I am not bound to any genre or theme. I truly enjoy everything, and when I find something I don't like, I try to find out why. I have a rigid facade I wear, but if you get to know me, you will find I have a soft, chewy center.
While listening and discussing, I often skew non sequitur quotes and lyrics.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
— The Great and Powerful Oz
You may find some hints of that in this book.
This book is a result of many years' contemplation. After a decade or more, and after I had written most of the book, a friend interjected how similar it was to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's talk on the four quadrants. She had come to the same conclusion — that everyone is made up of four different aspects: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. I was not aware she had said anything about this. It is comforting to know there is another giant I didn't even know to climb.
Through this book, I intend to share concepts and ideas I have gleaned from my life so far. My sharing should be munched on like salty chips, making you thirsty for more. Keep in mind these are my perceptions and may be skewed by my life choices and experiences.
This book is not intended to be a textbook, and any resemblance to one is unintentional. Don't look for detailed references in what I am sharing. Please view this book as a conversation between me and you. I am simply sharing what I have discovered and learned along the road of life so far.
My advice to you, the reader, is to be serious but don't take it too seriously. Allow the ideas and stories I tell to give you a different perspective. I have learned much and have much more to learn. I always encourage people to question everything. There are good people who do bad things and bad people who do good things. It is not as black and white as you'd like. Test all things and hold fast to that which is good. Before we move on to the book, let me tell you a story so you may begin to get to know me.
My View of Authority — Inception
My first lesson in authority occurred during kindergarten at Arlington Elementary in Toledo. (I guess everything I needed to know I really did learn in kindergarten.) Because my birthday is mid-January, I started school a little older than most kids in class. I already knew how to write my name, my address, my phone number, and so on. I was not scared of school — I was excited to be with others and learn. At the time, I went to bed at seven every night and slept well until morning, so the morning naptime in class was alien to me. It was a novelty for the first few days — and of course, I never slept. I had to learn how to look around the room without looking like I was looking. The two teachers were very strict about naptime.
Here is a good spot to insert the fact that my twin sister was in the same classroom, and she suffered the same nap insomnia. As her elder (I was born ten minutes before her), I was held responsible. So I was occasionally punished for not sleeping during naptime — or, more specifically, not allowing others to sleep during naptime (read, my sister). Punishment in this class was separation from the other kids — solitary confinement in the cloakroom.
The cloakroom stretched across the entire back of the room, with a doorway on each end to enter. For a closet, it was a big walk-in one. The heat came in through the cloakroom first and then through a vent into the classroom. (I surmise this was to dry the coats and boots during the school day.) It was nice and warm — and quiet, with the acoustics from the coats hanging on all the walls. It was a nice place to be. My buddies had all been banished to the cloakroom from time to time, and one of them discovered you could climb into the vent duct and look out into the classroom through the grate. Occasionally, we would hide behind a long coat to make it hard for the person sent in to fetch us.
One day, near the end of the school year, the whole class was scheduled to visit a first-grade classroom to see how different it would be — a preorientation of sorts. Because of this anticipated field trip, I was extra antsy during naptime. No surprise, I was sent to the cloakroom. It was a busy time, you know, to indoctrinate the children with rules of walking down the hall into the other class, staying in line, being silent, and so on.
Well, the time had finally come, and one teacher led the children out of the door. The other stayed behind, sweeping the floor, cleaning up clutter, and so on. I was a bit miffed because I was missing out on the field trip. Occasionally, I would peek out the vent to see the teacher sitting quietly in the room. It seemed like forever I was in there. Then, I heard the teacher get up from her chair. Looking out the vent, I watched as she walked to the door, looked around the room one last time before turning off the light and then, she left, slamming the door shut behind her. I waited for a few minutes and then realized they had forgotten about me. I creeped out of the cloakroom, moved across the room, and peeked out the door into an empty hallway. All the classroom doors were closed, and it was very quiet. I wandered down the hallway to the front door of the building and looked out. Nobody was around. So, I walked home.
When I arrived at the house, my mother and her mother (Gran was visiting from England) were sitting on the front porch chatting. Gran saw me first and asked my mother what time it was. My mother looked at me and asked what I was doing home — in a voice that told me I was in trouble. I tried to explain that school was over to no avail. She listened as I told her exactly what happened. She marched me inside and called the school. Then she drove me back to school.
We arrived in the classroom, and I sat in my regular place. The kids were all back and were excitedly telling me how long they had looked for me, assuming I had hidden very well behind one of the coats. One of my buddies even thought to crawl into the vent duct to see if I had climbed up there to hide. Suffice it to say, I received a lecture from both teachers and the principal in the short time remaining that day. I then received lectures from my mother and Gran. Then, I had to wait until "your father gets home" for my last lecture. He told me he understood what had happened. To prove it, his belt stayed on that day.
This was the day that built the foundation of my understanding of authority. Authority makes mistakes but rarely, if ever, admits them.
Life, the Universe, et Cetera
Yes, Douglas Adams already told us the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything is forty-two, but I would like to be a little more explicit. Something is explicit when it is directly stated and leaves no room for uncertainty. It would be wonderful to leave no room for doubt because everything is clearly and directly communicated. Sadly, I won't be doing that here, as there is not enough space in one book to do so. (In fact, there is likely not enough space in all books.) I am afraid the best I can do is be implicit. Something is implicit when it is implied but not directly stated. This leaves a lot of room for interpretation. As you will soon recognize, lately, I have been partial to words that begin with the letter I, so implicit is a better choice anyway.
The Law of One
In my own self-discovery, I have been thinking a lot about the law of one lately. This idea is presented in a series of books channeled through Carla Rueckert, known as The RA Material. The basic tenet is everything and everybody is an expression of the One. John Lennon said, "I am he as you are he and you are me and we are all together." This view — of what we in the West call God — is intriguing to say the least. Because of this, you will see many concepts in this book some would label "New Age." I ask you to wade through these concepts despite preconceived ideas. I implore you to think about it and always question everything (including your preconceived ideas.)
By the same token, if you are embittered by your past in organized religion, I ask you to take a fresh look at possibilities you may not be aware of. I ask only for an open mind and heart and patience to get to the end of the book. It is only intended to encourage introspection. You always have free will to choose what you believe.
Okay, ready? Let's go!CHAPTER 2
The I's Have It!
Since this book is about four words (instinct, intellect, intuition, and intention) that begin with the letter I, I have decided it will contain a lot of words that begin with the same letter. Let's start with the shortest word that begins with i.
The word I is the ultimate personal pronoun, referring to oneself (as opposed to one's mother, brother, husband, child, and so on). This English word dates all the way back to before the year 900. Self-identity was and always will be important. The word I also refers to your ego.
Could there be a reason those who chose the word chose the ninth letter of the alphabet? In numerology, the number 9 is the symbol of wisdom and initiation. It is the last number before the next harmony. Numerology number 9 has the qualities of all the numbers 1 through 8. Seems to be a wonderful word to begin with.
That said, let's begin with an introduction to the overall premise of this book. (We will use premise as a verb, meaning to base an argument, theory, or undertaking on.) This book is a snapshot of my belief system at this point in my life, being what it is.
When you count, you begin with one, two, three. When you read, you begin with A-B-C ...
— Mary Poppins
So, let's start at the very beginning too.
Let There Be Light!
A photon has a dual nature of energy and mass. Now, you may say, a photon does not have mass! My physics professor told me so! A photon is considered massless because it makes the math easier. There are experiments that prove a photon is a particle. There are other experiments that prove a photon is a wave of energy.
Wave and/or particle, the photon is the initial yin/yang, the foundation of all that is. The photon in space-time is the basic building block of what we call reality. The photon phases in and out of existence, the in being light and the out being dark. The One perceives dark as separate from light. The One is all, so dark perceives the One and light. Light perceives the One and dark. The One perceives light and dark. This is the second dimension — the plane.
To perceive the One, light, and dark, the One begets another point — the begotten. The begotten perceives the plane of the One, light, and dark. This is the third dimension — the object.
In the beginning was the Word (the One). The Word became flesh (photon) and dwelt among us (perception). Light is the medium of visible life, and time is the expression of life. Moving through time allows the full expression of life.
Take a Look at Yourself
Four Views of I is an introspection into the individual, using words starting with the letter I. We move past the trilogy of body, mind, and soul, adding another dimension: time — the movement of Spirit.
Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit
The tetrahedron is the first platonic solid, a shape with four sides. This shape represents the basic building block of our dimension. As energy becomes mass, it takes shape. The simplest form of mass in three dimensions is the tetrahedron. Therefore, in the third dimension, a photon is expressed as a tetrahedron. This is the most basic building block of our perception of our universe. The photon is in this shape. Let there be light!
Everything that is visible is so because of light. Yet visible light is a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Wavicles of existence are included in vibrations far above and below the visible spectrum. X-rays are above; radio and sound waves are below. The holographic existence includes the entire electromagnetic spectrum. All is vibration.
Harmonics are frequencies that are in harmony with each other. For example, an octave above is in harmony with an octave below.
Harmony and me are pretty good company!
— Elton John
The smallest unit of 1-D space is a series of points. The point has no mass and no size; it is only location. This is the first manifestation of the One.
The smallest representation of 2-D space is a triangle. The triangle is three points joined by three edges. This is the second manifestation of the One.
The tetrahedron is the smallest unit of three-dimensional (3-D) space. It is four triangles joined at four corners and contains six edges. This is the third manifestation of the One.
Imagine that there is only one photon, and it is the manifestation of the One. Infinite perceptions of this one photon zipping around is what creates the hologram of all that is. This may sound completely whacky, but consider this story told in a Nobel lecture:
I received a telephone call one day at the graduate college at Princeton from Professor Wheeler, in which he said, "Feynman, I know why all electrons have the same charge and the same mass." "Why?" "Because, they are all the same electron!"
I am thinking of a cathode ray tube (CRT) and how the entire screen is drawn by a scanning electronic beam one dot at a time. It is done so quickly, it appears to be a complete image. What if this were the same with the entire universe? One electron zipping around so fast it "draws" everything! But I digress.
It's about Time
Now to throw a curve at this. Imagine a curve is infinite points joined together, constantly changing direction. This curve is the fourth dimension we know as time. This curve is combined with the other dimensions to become space-time. Everything perceivable is perceived through space-time. Time is a curious dimension. Some would say it is not a dimension at all but something outside of space.
A curious observation about a tetrahedron and perception in space-time is that one cannot view the entire object with our simple stereoscopic vision. At most, we can see three sides, and even then, these sides are distorted. Time is required to view the complete tetrahedron because to see all sides, it must be rotated. A series of perceptions are strung together to build a complete perception. Time is required for complete perception.
The Architecture of HuMan — Throne of God
The throne of God is described as surrounded on four sides by cherubim (angels). One has the face of a lion. One has the face of an eagle. One has the face of an ox. And the last has the face of a man. Does the God of everything really need to be protected? This seems unlikely. I have heard this arrangement is protection — but not God's. This set of guards is to protect all of creation from the full power and knowledge of God (Revelation 4:6–7).(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Inception — Four Words, 1,
Investigate — Physics, 28,
Instigate — Metaphysics, 60,
Integrate — Mind the Gap, 77,
Individuate — Intrastate or Interstate, 111,
Individuating Integration — Action Plan, 117,
I-Word Index, 129,
About the Author, 131,