I begin each day by taking a walk and doing a process I call “Find, Feel, Permeate, Be, Create,” which enhances my consciously connecting with the world, and gives me new and more encompassing understandings. I consider it part of preparing to be the best counselor I can be for my daily clients. In doing this a few days ago, I gained new perspective relating to the ideas of connection and disconnection, including this: Every effort and intention to make anything persist contains in it unconsciousness of the fact of the eternity of every moment, which can be appreciated and savored for itself.
This ties in with Scientology’s concept and term, “As-isness,” which simply means Creation,” but is more completely defined as “Creation without persistence.” That additional bit is relevant because, in this dimension, our world as we envision and experience it, we assume that a thing will continue to exist in the subsequent moments after the moment in which a thing materializes, and generally, when we do create something, we want, or feel we need it to persist, or else it is not “real”, or “valid”, or “valuable”, and there is “loss” associated with lack, or cessation of persistence.
Scientologists generally connote “As-isness” as “the act of making something vanish”- you see, there is the assumption that things ought to persist, and, thereby, the non-persistence of something appears to be a specially created circumstance, when it is actually persistence that requires the intervention of mechanics.
As this relates to negative-gain processing (resolving unwanted mental/emotional/spiritual material), in Scientology terms, there is the useful principle of “the four conditions of existence”:
“As-isness”- Simply creation, without persistence;
“Alter-isness”- the falsifying, or altering of a creation, which brings about a persistence of the resultant apparency, holding the creation in suspension;
”Is-ness”- that apparency which thus persists;
“Not-isness”- the use of force (In terms of “case”, unconsciousness, denial, and like) efforts to make nothing of an apparent something. It only intensifies the persistence.
In negative-gain processing, we are essentially “reverse engineering” the solidified, intensified negative material that has been brought about through these successive conditions, through examining and owning that which we have been denying, ultimately recognizing and thus recovering the moment of creation, and thus returning the creation to the singular eternity of that unique moment. And that is the underlying condition, that each moment is its own eternity, and to the degree that we realize and understand that about any creation, we are freed of the need to put effort into trying to force our creations into moments other than the moment in which they exist.
In terms of connection and disconnection, the conditions other than, and after, creation are then brought about through the imposition of consecutive moments of time, wherein the moment that appears as “present time” implies that all other moments no longer exist, or do not yet exist, and so time creates a sense of disconnection from every moment of creation other than “this moment now”. And through some sort of anxiety to retain what we think is lost to us, we employ our own effort to disconnect from the truth of the creation, and the moment which is unique to it, through altering or falsifying it in some way (“alter-isness”), and then we seek to solve the dissonance that this effort creates through force (“not-isness”), which only makes for greater degrees of discomfort. And so, with negative-gain processing, we use techniques that employ those mechanics of “reverse engineering” this cycle.
And, in doing so, recognize and recover the underlying truth, that each moment is its own eternity, and to the degree that we realize and understand that about any creation, we are freed of the need to put effort into trying to force our creations into moments other than the moment in which they exist. I have, for myself, taken the step of putting this into practice, and verified that to the degree that the eternity of each or any individual moment is recognized for what it is, anxieties about loss or persistence are diminished or resolved.
Food for thought.