Experiencing the Larger Reality -- Introduction
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A Little Historical Perspective -- and a Caution
For many thousands of years, mystics, shamans, wizards, spiritualists and other "inner explorers" have searched for -- and sometimes found -- ways to access "Other Worlds" unknown to most other humans. The reactions of their fellow humans to the stories that these explorers told varied from belief to outright hostility.
For example, hostile disbelief, or outrage at their "sacrilege", was experienced by the unfortunate "witches" of North America and Europe during the period of approximately 1480 to 1750 AD. During this time, an estimated 40,000 to 100,000 "witches" were executed, mostly by burning at the stake. Even today, there is still some of this "witch-hunting" activity going on in parts of the world. [Other References 1]
Hopefully, we are more civilized and broader in understanding in modern times, but sometimes you wonder. Nonetheless, though, it is this writer's opinion that if you engage in NPMR exploration and learning activities, then it is wise to be selective of those whom you might choose to discuss those activities with -- and to ease into such a discussion slowly, gauging the receptiveness of your listener.
People have their own belief systems, just as you do, and some of those belief systems are very strong and firmly entrenched. A person's belief systems are the anchor that keeps their world stable, secure, and understandable to them. Disturbing that stability too much and too quickly can be unwise and you can anger people.
All that this writer is saying is... just go slowly and carefully when trying to share this knowledge and perhaps a bit of the fantastic experiences you have had with others. You can do more harm than good if you push too much strange information too fast on someone -- perhaps even alienating them from investigating these new ideas for themselves. That would be a real shame.
If you do find someone whom you think might be receptive to discussing this most interesting topic, then begin slowly and gradually to introduce these new concepts. For a scientific/technical type, it is often productive to begin by easing into a discussion of the principles of quantum physics and how they show us that our physical world is not at all the way most people think it is.
So, What's It Like Over There?
That depends. On you. And, on what you take with you.
Thomas Campbell clearly states in his writings and many videos that your personal experience in NPMR, or "the Afterlife" if you prefer, is highly subjective and depends on who you are -- and your own personal state of evolution.
Generally, you will be "given" experiences in NPMR that are tailored for you and intended to aid your personal growth and evolution. The greatest growth opportunities of your existence often do not come about through objective "PMR-style" logical decisions. Real "in-depth" changes to you at the Being level usually come about due to your subjective and intuitive attempts to understand and make decisions with insufficient data -- rather than using orderly, rational PMR processes such as A + B = C. [MBT Trilogy 1]
I think most of us instinctively know the above is true. A well-known quote is, "Life seems to be a process of making incredibly important decisions with woefully inadequate data". Is that not true in your own life experience? Subjective decisions grow you. The better you are at making subjective decisions, the better your life will be -- and the more evolved you are. Personal growth and evolvement make your "incredibly important decisions with woefully inadequate data" much better as you continue to evolve.
Since experiencing the larger reality is such a highly personal and subjective experience, only general information can be responsibly given here. If the opinions of others, or of this writer, are given, then they will be so identified.
In the following video, Thomas Campbell explains why he prefers not to detail his own experiences in NPMR to others, but rather allow them to have their own unique experiences and interpretations. Tom believes that preconceived expectations can actually retard your learning in NPMR.
What's it like? Many people have reported a huge area of NPMR that is very "Earth-like". Robert Monroe labeled this area "Focus 27". It is speculated that the purpose of this area is to provide familiar surroundings to recently transitioned (deceased) individuals to make them feel more comfortable. Recent arrivals to NPMR are often disoriented and confused for a while. The Earth-like surroundings of Focus 27 help them recover their equilibrium faster.
Robert Monroe created the descriptive labels called "Focus Levels" to help categorize the various areas of NPMR, based on the type of beings and the conditions he found there. Bruce Moen and other explorers of NPMR have also referred to Robert Monroe's labeling to describe the areas they found themselves in. Basically, Focus Levels 1 - 22 are areas inhabited by PMR humans, while Focus Levels above this are inhabited by NPMR beings.
Some of these early "pioneering" explorers of NPMR, how they contributed to our knowledge of exploring beyond PMR, and their specific personal recommendations about how to do so yourself, are discussed on the following Wiki pages. These special pages are not biographical, but specifically address only what these explorers stated about this specific category of "Experiencing the Larger Reality":
What's Required to Explore NPMR?
Thomas Campbell states, in general, that a certain level of personal evolutionary progress and growth is required before anyone will be "allowed" to have an experience in NPMR. Other writers in this area of knowledge have also stated or implied that a certain level of "spiritual progress" is required to unlock this door.[MBT Trilogy 2]
If you are having trouble making progress in exploring NPMR, then Tom suggests that you work on your own growth and evolution in PMR first -- which also has the benefit of allowing you to make faster progress in NPMR. You can refer to information on personal growth and evolution in this Wiki and in other sources for ideas. A quick one-sentence summary would be:
Get rid of fear and ego -- act with Love in all things.
But, you are probably going to want a little more detail than that. Seek and ye shall find. Here is a link to start you off. You will find many additional links/references in the category below.
A quick summary of the basic structure and properties of Reality as discovered by Thomas Campbell may be helpful. Please refer to My Big TOE as noted.[MBT Trilogy 3]
Being successful at exploring NPMR is not so much a matter of whether you know all the techniques and strategies -- all the tips and tricks, so to speak. These things may be of limited assistance by helping you focus your thoughts and Intent, but your real successes at exploring NPMR mostly depend on "who you are" at the Being level.
Thomas Campbell recommends meditation as the most useful tool in assisting you to learn how to shift your focus from PMR to NPMR. Again, meditation cannot be fully effective without the assistance of your own steady spiritual growth and evolution. Please refer to Tom's meditation recommendations, advice and instructions in My Big TOE. This writer recommends reading Chapter 23 in its entirety, but the meat of the meditation instructions are in pages 174 -- 177.[MBT Trilogy 4]
What Happens When You Get To NPMR?
Once you get to NPMR, the experiences you will be given are designed to teach you and to evolve you -- as are the experiences you are given in PMR and in dreams. They will be tailored to best advance your own spiritual growth and evolution -- towards Love. Therefore, your experiences are unlikely to be exactly like those of other people -- though they may be similar in a general way in some cases.
This is the reason that Thomas Campbell prefers not to report his own experiences in NPMR in any detail -- though this man probably has spent more hours in NPMR than anyone else in modern times. Tom does not wish your own experiences in NPMR to be influenced by memories of his experiences that you may have read about. So he chooses not to detail the experiences he has had, or the things he has seen in NPMR.
Still, if you feel you simply must know -- at least to some extent -- what others have seen, then you can find books out there by authors who do detail their experiences in NPMR. Just remember that you should not necessarily expect to see the same things that they have seen, nor should you be concerned if you see things that are entirely different. Again, the experience is subjective and tailored to you specifically -- you are given the experiences that do you the most good at your present level of evolution. Take what is given you and examine it in detail for the lessons it is attempting to teach you.
Many "visitors" to NPMR describe it, as mentioned earlier, as quite "Earth-like" and, in certain areas (such as the area that Bob Monroe labeled "Focus 27"), it is indeed "Earth-like". Except that you will find the "Rule Set" relaxed quite a bit from the Rule Set of PMR Earth. For example, you can fly and push through walls with a little focused Intent.
Do not take the following two paragraphs as fact, but as my personal experience: This writer has experienced incredibly beautiful surroundings in some locations in Focus 27 -- stupendous mountains, canyons, forests, lakes, beautiful tropical islands and oceans and such. It can be easy to burn too much of your time over there simply playing and having fun -- especially when you meet friends over there that will play with you. But, sometimes there can be lessons there, too. And, sometimes I have the definite impression that I am being both relaxed and rewarded with such playing in beautiful spots because of sometimes doing well with lessons I was given. But, that's just my impression.
At the same time, there are alien areas and other areas that are quite strange and nothing like our PMR Earth. These areas can be confusing and scary to a newcomer. Generally it is best to consult with your "Helper" (you will have one that you can call on) when you first decide to explore beyond the human area -- He will keep you out of trouble.
The Proper Attitude
Probably the best advice this writer has been given is to approach situations in NPMR with "Love". I have seen tough situations dissolve into "no problem" merely by flowing strong love energy at the beings involved.
Tom Campbell gives us this excellent advice for our journey on Earth in one sentence -- and it's good advice for everywhere:
"Walk through this world with the fearlessness of a warrior and the love of a saint".
Many of the "monsters" reported by some people in NPMR are created out of their own fear -- thus, evolving towards conquering your irrational fears will minimize this sort of trouble. And, in NPMR as well as here, "Love doth tame the savage beast".
Thomas Campbell advises taking your experiences in NPMR seriously and considering your responses to situations you are presented with carefully. You are being watched... and judged... and evaluated.
Don't shrug your experiences in NPMR off as some sort of game for your amusement. Take them seriously and try to understand what it is that the experience is meant to teach you. Then respond accordingly. If you approach your explorations with a strong desire to learn and grow from your NPMR experiences, you will gain a lot from them. And, once the Beings in NPMR see that you are committed and serious, they will take more time with you and more time in teaching you -- just as you, yourself, would do if you were teaching a sincere and committed student, rather than a "goof-off".
MBT Trilogy References
- Chapter 70, Page 620, of the 3-book trilogy, first edition
- Chapter 48, Page 471, of the 3-book trilogy, first edition
- Chapter 76, Page 653, of the 3-book trilogy, first edition
- Chapter 23, Page 163, of the 3-book trilogy, first edition