The sense of sight, mostly concentrated in our eyes, remains fixed in a permanent position in our physical body. Without moving away from the body, the eyes see something that may be far in the distance. In the same manner, the ears hear sounds that are distant from the body. In fact, the ears ordinarily hear sounds from outside the body more readily than sounds inside the body itself. Since the ears are connected to the body and part of it, it would be logical for an open-minded observer to suppose that the ears would be well attuned to the inner sounds to a high degree. This, we know , is not the case.
The ears can be trained to some degree into a sound-awareness pertaining to the body itself. And breathing, for example, can be magnified to an almost frightening degree when one concentrates upon listening to his or her own breath. But, as a rule, the ears neither listen to nor hear the inner sounds of the body.
The sense of smell also seems to leap forward. A man or woman can smell quite a stink, even though it is not right under his or her nose. The sense of touch does not seem to leap out in this manner. Unless the hand itself presses upon a surface, then we do not feel that we have touched it. Touch usually involves contact of a direct sort. We can, of course, feel the invisible wind against our cheek, but touch involves an immediacy different from the distant perceptions of sight and smell. I am sure you realize these points yourself.
The outer senses deal mainly with camouflage patterns. The inner senses deal with realities beneath camouflage and deliver inner information. These inner senses, therefore, are capable of seeing within the body, though the physical eyes cannot. As the senses of sight, sound and smell appear to reach outward, bringing data to the body from an outside observable camouflage pattern, so the inside senses seem to extend far inward, bringing inner reality data to the body. There is also a transforming process involved, much like the moment that we have spoken about in past blogs, about the creation of a painting.
The physical body is a camouflage pattern operating in a larger camouflages pattern. But the body and all camouflage patterns are also transformers of the vital inner stuff of the universe, enabling it to operate under new and various conditions.
The inner senses, then, deliver data from the inner world of reality to the body. The outer senses deliver data from the outside world of camouflage to the body. However, the inner senses are aware of the body’s own physical data at all times while the outer senses are concerned with the body mainly in its relationship to camouflage environment.
The inner senses have an immediate, constant knowledge of the body in a way that the outer senses do not. The material is delivered to the body from the inner world through the inner senses. This inner data is received by the mind. The mind, being uncamouflaged, then is the receiving station for the data brought to it by the inner senses. What we have here are inner nervous and communication systems, closely resembling the outer systems with which we are familiar.
I am repeating myself, but I want this to be clear. This vital data is sent to the mind by the inner senses. Any information that is important to the body’s contact with the outer camouflage is given to the brain.
The so-called subconscious is a connective between mind and brain, between the inner and outer senses. Portions of it deal with camouflage patterns, with the personal past of the present personality, with racial memory. The greater portions of it are concerned with the inner world, and as data reaches it from the inner world, so can these portions of the subconscious reach far into the inner world itself.
Time and space are both camouflage patterns. The inner senses conquer time and space, but this is hardly surprising because time and space do not exist for them. There is no time and space. Therefore, nothing is conquered. The camouflage simply is not present.
I want to give more detailed information about inner realities themselves. Actually, they do not parallel the outer senses; and this will sound appalling to you, I’m afraid, simply because there is nothing to be seen, heard or touched in the manner in which we are accustomed. I don’t want to give you the idea that existence without our camouflage patterns is bland and innocuous because this is not the case. The inner senses have a strong immediacy, a delicious intensity that our outer senses lack. There is no lapse of time in perception, since there is no time.
Camouflage patterns do, or course, also belong to the inner world, since they are formed from the stuff of the universe by mental enzymes, which have a chemical reaction of our plane. The reaction is necessarily a distortion. That is, any camouflage is a distortion in the sense that vitality is forced into a particular form. Mental enzymes are actually the property of the inner world, representing the conversion of vitality into camouflage data which is then interpreted by the physical senses.
Imagine a man or woman looking at a tree in the near distance on an ordinary street, with intervening houses and sidewalks.
Using the inner senses, it would be as if, instead of seeing the various houses, our man or woman felt them. He or she would be sensitive to them, in other words, as we feel heat or cold without necessarily touching ice of fire.
He or she would be using the first inner sense. It involves immediate perception of a direct nature, whose intensity varies according to what is being sensed. It involves instant cognition through what I can only describe as inner vibrational touch.
This sense would permit our man or woman to feel the basic sensations felt by the tree, so that instead of looking at it, his or her consciousness would expand to contain the experience of what it is to be a tree. According to his or her proficiency, he or she would feel in like manner the experience of being the grass and so forth. He or she would in no way lose consciousness of who he or she was, and he or she would perceive these experiences again, somewhat in the same manner that we perceive heat and cold.
The inner senses are capable of expansion and of focus in a way unknown to the outer ones, and the inner world, of course, is a part of all realities. It is not so much that it exists simultaneously with the outer world, as that it forms the outer world and exists in it also.
When we receive more information on the inner senses, we will begin using them to a much higher degree than we are now. Or course, the inner senses can be used to explore reality that does not yield to the physical senses.