DIALOGUE FOUR



DIALOGUE FOUR

1 What is Somnolence?

The threshold of sleep.

2 What significance does it have?

It is a state where consciousness does one of two

things. Either it becomes totally engulfed in the

unconscious and emerges, after finally drifting into

sleep and reawakening, strengthened in its will to

fight the GODless battles of the unconscious. Or

with beings in a very high state of awareness, it

becomes totally or almost totally DETACHED from the

unconscious - joined only by a silver thread - and

can renew the strength of its own true existence by

a temporary inclusion of GOD and awareness of GOD,

which lasts until the unconscious has amassed its

forces and dragged the consciousness back onto the

earth plane.

3 With regard to what you were saying about detaching, how do we

detach?

Accept the physical and maintain it. Demand nothing

on a spiritual level. [Some words scratched out here

by Robert’s hand]

Fulfil the needs of the physical, but do not predeter-

mine what they are.

Separate your knowledge from the ignorance of others.

Recognise that there is no such thing as failure. It

is a product of the unconscious imagination. Other

such products include acceptance, rejection, success

and responsibility. Intention, validation and purpose

are abilities of pure consciousness, as are inclusion

and awareness.

4 What spiritual horizon have we now.?

The horizon of freedom from unconsciousness.

You care desparately at the moment. That is the work-

ing of the unconscious. Compulsive care is not a

quality of pure consciousness.

When you are totally aware of your incapability and

ignorance in terms of unconciousness, you will cease to

care. You will live from moment to moment without the

need for hope or aspiration. Life, even physical life,

will be a joy of conscious awareness of the here and

now. You will provide for yourselves adequately and

without difficulty, at the same time not caring if

tomorrow should bring death. You will neither wel-

come death with pleasure, nor will you run from it in

horror. You will simply include it if it should

appear to claim your bodies.

5 Is there anything else you can tell us about detachment and

separation?

Yes. The mistake you make is to imagine that you

have a spiritual purpose WITHIN the terms of the

human and physical game.

SEPARATE, and care only about the physical and human

environment in which you are, and care about it only

in physical and human terms.

You have a great deal of caring to do still, before

you reach the freedom of not caring.

6 How can we maintain conscious relaxation?

By requiring* nothing of anyone or of self except the

maintenance of the physical environment. *8

[*This word changed from “demanding” by Robert’s hand]

7 What do we do about demands we instinctively make on ourselves

and those around us, that give us agony and frustration?

At the stage the group has reached, these can only

be spiritual demands, presumptuous demands, demands

that have no relevance to your environment whatever.

Physical demands can be made and met without pain or

frustration.

The most prominent physical demand is security.

This is best met with discipline in the form of set

formulas of living that eliminate choice in the prim-

ary areas and make it as wide and free as possible in

the secondary.

8 Which are the primary areas?

Sleeping, eating and working.

The less choice in these areas as regards time, quan-

tity, quality, etc., the better, even down to the most

precise detail.

Secondary areas are recreation, stimulation, contact,

thought, entertainment, etc. The more freedom you

feel in these areas, and that includes freedom from

demand, requirement and expectation, as well as rigid

control, the better. *9

Notice that the demands made in the primary areas

should be physical and most definitely not spiritual.

9 How do we stop making spiritual demands on ourselves and others?

The spiritual is the domain of GOD. If demands are

to be made, GOD makes them. When you feel the burden

of a spiritual demand, either on yourself or on someone

else, (that is the burden of you MAKING the demand, and

it inevitably not being met), have a look at your own

distance from a state of pure consciousness, and your

own complete or almost complete identification with the

unconscious conflict you nave created. From this you

can only deduce that the demand you are making, whether

it is on yourself or someone else, cannot possibly have

any validity in terms that are independent of that con-

flict, however high-sounding or spiritual the demand

may appear to be.

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