An apple can be red round, weigh so much, be good to eat, sit in a basket, but be natural on a tree. It can be tart or sweet. We can find one on the ground, or on the table, or in a pie. None of these things are contradictory to the nature of an apple. We do not ask: “How can an apple have color and be round at the same time?”
We can look at an apple and hold it in our hands, so it is obvious that its shape does not contradict its color. We see that an apple can be red or green or both. If I said: “Apples sit quietly on a table,” we would have to agree that such is sometimes the case. If I said: “Apples roll down grassy inclines,” we would again be forced to concede the point. It would be clear to us that none of these statements contradicted each other, for in different circumstances apples behave differently.
So far, we not hold our consciousness in our hand, however. When I speak of the behavior of our psyche, then, we may wonder: “How can my psyche exist in more than one time at once?” It can do this just as an apples can be found on a table or on the ground or on the tree.
The inside dimensions of consciousness cannot be so easily described, however. If we ask: How can I have reincarnational and probable selves at once?” , we are asking a question comparable to: “How can an apple have color and be round at the same time?”
Following this analogy, in the same way each psyche contains within it infinite notes, and each note is capable of its own endless creative variations. We follow one melody or oneself, and for some reason we seem to think that the true, full orchestra of oneself will some how drown us out.
When speaking in terms of counterparts, then, or reincarnational selves and probable selves, in the true symphony of our being we are violins, oboes, cymbals, harps–in other words, we are living instrument through, which we play oneself. We are not an instrument upon which we are played. We are the composer and the symphony. We play ballads, classical pieces, lyrics, operas. One creative performance does not contradict the others.