We can enter portals of experience beyond the fields of time and space

Portals of Experience Beyond The Fields of Time and Space

“Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason provides us with a basis for understanding the ineffable nature of the divine.  As Kant observes, our experience comes to us within the fields of time and space.”  — Joseph Campbell

Let’s examine this quote of Mr. Campbell to see if this is statement is accurate and complete.  The obvious question is, can we experience things outside the realm of the three dimensions of height, width, and length?  Is our awareness of life stuck in the arena of space and time?

Many think Kant is incorrect.  Our nature is capable of experience outside of these parameters.   We can indeed experience things beyond the fields of time and space.  The most straightforward proof is our dreams, but there are many others.

Other Portals of Experience?

“We are separate from each other because there is space in which to be separate.” — Joseph Campbell

Life is an opportunity for our consciousness to explore as a single vantage point.  Within this sphere of awareness, we embark on a mission searching for an experience of our true nature of divinity.

Remember, everything we experience takes place in the mind.  The physical senses provide input.  But they are not the only means of experience.  Experience is, therefore, something outside of space and time.

This quest is challenging because we have different skills and abilities.  Many people don’t realize they are on this quest until it is too late.  Some only get the big picture when they are on their t of use don’t know we are on this quest until we are on our deathbed.  The path for our mission of discovery has several obstacles.

Not the Only Two Portals of Experience!

“Time and space are the prime conditioning factors of our human lives.”
— Joseph Campbell

Don’t run past this last sentence too quickly, as it contains an essential element of wisdom.  Notice that both space and time are prime “conditioning factors.” It means something or someone is purposely conditioning these limitations on our experience.

It suggests other factors or other portals of experience.  Most people ignore the proofs of non-ordinary reality.  Yet, they do not discount the fact that they have dreams.

The dream state is our experiential proof of non-ordinary reality.  The culture conditions us to ignore this proof, and this isn’t the only scientifically verifiable partition of experience outside of space and time.  The fourth state of consciousness is a separate state of awareness.  It has distinct physiological attributes different from waking, dreaming, or sleeping.  In this partition, it is common to experience pure awareness of a state without the awareness of space or time.

We call reality a construct of just two factors, but they are “not the only portals of experience.”  So, space and time are factors of ordinary existence, but they do not apply to our perception of non-ordinary states.

Non-ordinary states exist; our dreams of proof of this ability.  But there are many other possibilities people call higher states of consciousness.

“If we do not or cannot experience anything outside of the fields of time and space.  Kant calls this “the aesthetic forms of sensibility.”  In India, they call it Maya.  Maya is that which transforms that which is transcendent of the manifestation into a broken-up world.

When you think about what you have experienced in the apprehension of forms in space and time, you employ the grammar of thought, the ultimate categories of which are: being and non-being.”  — Joseph Campbell

Notice that Mr. Campbell says, if we do not, or cannot, experience things outside of the dimensions of space and time.  So, this means there is a choice.  It’s an aesthetic sensibility to remain within the boundaries, but it is still a choice.

The Skewed Grammar of Everyday Reality

It’s a skewed construct that keeps you from moving beyond the fields of time and space.  But, it discourages this type of venture because it’s something it can’t control.  If it can’t control your experience, it can’t control you.

Life in a controlled cultural unit is a kind of cultural grammar.  It provides a shared context for “ordinary” experience while affording those who program the culture a high degree of control.

However, this cultural grammar is highly skewed.  It endorses a specific madness we call religion.  It is not benign or harmless by any means.  The fact is, religion is protecting itself violently, like a wild animal.  We see the effects plainly, but we give it special treatment instead of eradicating this cultural disease.

For example, if an average individual expresses violent intent, we call the police, and he is arrested for making a threat.  However, if the same individual joins a religion and expresses violent intent, we allow them protection to voice their opinion.

We allow them to picket in front of medical facilities and shame those who seek family planning counseling.  If you tried to warn people about the dangers of being subjected to groupthink manipulation by entering a Church, Synagogue, or Mosque, you would be prosecuted for violating their rights to practice their religion.

“To benefit by others’ killing and to delude oneself into the belief that one is being very religions and nonviolent is sheer self-deception.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Senseless violence is, almost by definition, hard to understand.  Not that I can understand terrorists who kill from hate, but at least we can identify a reason – a terrifying one, to be sure, grounded in a violent belief system — for what they do.  Two gangs go to war.  Extremists kill in the name of belief.” — Susan Estrich

“A delusion that encourages belief where there is no evidence is asking for trouble.  Disagreements between incompatible beliefs cannot be settled by reasoned argument because a reasoned argument is drummed out of those trained in religion from the cradle.  Instead, disagreements are settled by other means, which, in extreme cases, inevitably become violent.  Scientists disagree among themselves, but they never fight over their disagreements.  They argue about evidence or go out and seek new evidence.  Much the same is true of philosophers, historians, and literary critics.” — Richard Dawkins

What is God?

“Is there a God?  If the word God means anything, it must mean nothing.  God is not a fact.  A fact is an object within the fields of time and space.  God is no fact  — God is a word referring to us past anything that can be conceived of or named.  Yet people think of their God as having sentiments like we do, liking these people better than those, and having certain rules for their lives.  Moses received a great deal of information from what we might call this non-fact.  As understood, particularly in the Judeo-Christian tradition, God is a final term.” — Joseph Campbell

The term God is a catch-all answer when the answer is beyond our knowledge or understanding.  It is no more or less accurate than any imaginary friend.  It is part of the conditioning of the cultural narrative.  It keeps us from realizing space and time are not the only two portals of experience.

Moving Beyond the Fields of Time and Space

By this point, we hope you see why religions what to keep you pinned into the dimensions that they can control.  It starts with the selling idea of the belief in Hell.   You don’t want to end up there, so you need to believe in an imaginary friend.  Once they’ve sold you on these concepts, it is easy to make you a paying customer.

But religion can’t compete with experiences that they can’t control.  They can control the mythologies and superstitions they create.  But everything outside of their preview becomes evil.  They can’t afford to have you exploring consciousness because they can’t control what you’ll find.

Meditation and the Shamanic Journey are just two of the methods that take you beyond the fields of time and space.

So, we recognize that there are other possibilities besides everyday reality.  The question is, what other opportunities exist?   Space and time are just limitations we accept to fit in.  They are human-made constraints that our culture uses to control us.  We must remember that they can’t control non-ordinary reality.

Our Western culture uses names like Nomad, Sojourner, Wayfarer, Traveler, Wanderer, Gypsy, or Drifter to describe them.  Does this resonate with you?  If one of these titles feels like a “fit,” this is a clue in determining you may be on the Hero’s Journey.

Why the Focus on Space and Time?

If space and time are not the only two portals of experience, why emphasize them?  It is simple.  If you confine your experience of ordinary reality,  you are easier to program, easier to control.  If you experience non-ordinary reality, you will not fall for organized religion’s false arguments.

In Conclusion

The fields of space and time do not need to be boundaries.  They are only a point of reference for starting our spiritual journey.  It is a choice to remain the sensible, skewed cultural construct.  But, if we choose, we can move beyond the fields of time and space.

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