47 – Postulates


0. The coming of the prophet 1. Love 2. Marriage 3. Children 4. Giving 5. Eating and Drinking 6. Work 7. Joy and Sorrow 8. Houses 9. Pets 10. Clothes 11. Buying and Selling 12. Crime and Punishment 13. Laws 14. Freedom 15. Reason and Passion 16. Pain 17. Self-Knowledge 18. Teaching 19. Friendship 20. Talking 21. Time and Space 22. Good and Evil 23. Prayer 24. Pleasure 25. Beauty 26. Religion 27. Death 28. Forms Of Existence 29. Real vs Virtual 30. The Farewell


CHAPTER 47

POSTULATES

The being’s senior ability is to have things exist simply by postulating that they exist, or to have things happen simply by postulating that they are happening.

This is almost like wishing things into existence. But it is external rather than internal. It is not hoping for something or desiring it very very strongly. It is the actual and active projection of thought so that it becomes manifest.

To work it must be done without considerations or counter intentions and it requires responsibility for the indirect ramifications.

It is very easy to make your postulates work with your own mockups.

Visualize a door. The door is there in your “imagination”. This is a postulate.

Visualize the door opening. Because it is your door in your own mocked up space, it does open without problem. This is a postulate. Note that if you just sit there wishing that this door should open, you simply sit there wishing about the door, which remains closed. Instead, you wish to have the door open and then you have it open. It is the actual “having it open” which is the postulate.

When you try to make a postulate stick in the “real” world, there is a bit more difficulty. There are other people, and all of us are holding reality synchronized together. There are many people postulating or holding things various ways even if they are no longer conscious of doing so. There are various ramifications and consequences and counter intentions.

At this late stage, with the being so deeply enmeshed in material reality and with so many considerations and counter intentions buried out of sight, the being will rarely make a postulate stick in the real world. And yet when he does, it is unbelievably easy.

A postulate is not done with force. When it happens, it happens effortlessly. These things are done in a total bypass of physical laws.

The biggest thing that affects a being’s postulates are his own considerations.

So let’s see if we can do some processing on this.

47.1

a) what postulate were you glad to make stick

b) what postulate did you regret making stick

47.2

a) what postulate worked completely

b) what postulate only worked partially

c) what postulate didn’t seem to work

47.3

a) mockup a way to keep your postulates from sticking

b) mockup a way for you to keep another’s postulates from sticking

c) mockup a way for another to keep other’s postulates from sticking

d) mockup a way for another to keep their own postulates from sticking

47.3.1 Stopping Postulates (added 28 Aug 98)

For this one you can just mockup another person making a postulate, but it seems a bit more effective if you go to a crowded place and pick out actual people and imagine them making the postulate.

These 4 commands are done in rotation, one after the other.

a. Put out a postulate, something you would like to have or to have happen.

b. Reach out mentally and stop the postulate.

c. Spot (or mockup) another person and imagine them putting out that same postulate for themselves.

d. Reach out mentally and stop their postulate.

Various old jealousies and such will probably come into view and blow off. End at a point where you are willing to allow others to make postulates that stick.

47.4

Here is a set of processes that you can run on a specific postulate that you would like to make stick

Pick some light and interesting and pleasant thing that is not too far out of the realm of possibility and which is not harmful to others.

Try this with a few things just to see what considerations you can dig up and to see what happens. Do it as an experiment and don’t be too disappointed if one doesn’t stick.

a) get the idea of (postulate)

b) get the idea of (reverse of postulate)

a) from where could you mockup (postulate)

b) from where could you mockup (reverse of postulate)

a) who would be willing to mockup (postulate)

b) who would be unwilling to mockup (postulate)

a) spot a reason for making (postulate)

b) spot a reason for not making (postulate

a) spot a desirable consequence of (postulate)

b) spot an undesirable consequence of (postulate)

a) mockup an acceptable history leading to (postulate)

b) mockup an unacceptable history leading to (postulate)

a) get the idea of making (postulate) stick

b) get the idea of keeping (postulate) from sticking

a) who would you have to be to make (postulate) stick

b) who don’t you have to be to make (postulate) stick

a) what would you have to have to make (postulate) stick

b) what don’t you have to have to make (postulate) stick

a) what would have to happen to make (postulate) stick

b) what doesn’t have to happen to make (postulate) stick

a) what would you have to do to make (postulate) stick

b) what wouldn’t you have to do to make (postulate) stick

a) spot people who could agree with (postulate)

a) spot a time when you didn’t want another to make (postulate) stick

b) spot a time when you were willing to have another make (postulate) stick

a) what agreement would prevent ___ from sticking

b) how could that be adjusted

47.5 More Information

You can go around with a lighthearted attitude, just making postulates and seeing what happens.

It doesn’t work to struggle with or force these things. Either they stick or they don’t. It usually messes them up to keep fooling with them after you have made them and it rarely helps to do so, so you just project the intentions and let it be.

If something is important, you postulate it occasionally from different angles, never letting yourself become concerned about the ones which didn’t stick.

You can also spot what considerations you have in an area. And you can spot counter intentions which prevent the postulate from sticking.

But this entire book could to some degree be thought of as the study of the considerations and counter intentions that are in one’s way.

And so the factor of accessibility comes into play. You probably can’t reach the deepest considerations which prevent you from casually and consistently violating physical universe laws. And yet you might occasionally let a postulate slip through anyway.

The easiest postulates to make stick are those which are made for the sake of others rather than yourself. Even the most selfish and cynical person will have deep (and possibly unreachable) considerations which block him from highly selfish postulates.

For your own greatest benefit, postulate things for others which also bring you what you need as a deserved side effect.

The way out is to some degree by holding hands rather than by each of us flailing about alone in the dark.

47.6 An Advanced Process

This one might be better left until the second time through the book.

You stop many of your own postulates by automatically mocking up a counter postulate.

So let’s try mocking up opposing postulates and then relaxing them.

Pick some simple postulate such as reaching over and moving a pen or a pencil. First do this a few times, postulating moving the pen and moving it.

Now postulate moving it and immediately change your mind and postulate not moving it, leaving it where it is.

Now postulate both simultaneously, moving it and not moving it. Hold them for a moment and relax. As you hold the two postulates concurrently, you might feel a bit of mass or solidity which goes away when you relax the two thoughts.

Practice this until you feel really good about being able to relax two postulates that you are holding in opposition.

Then you might see if you can find some postulates that are currently (and perpetually) in suspension like this, spot what they are, and relax them.


0. The coming of the prophet 1. Love 2. Marriage 3. Children 4. Giving 5. Eating and Drinking 6. Work 7. Joy and Sorrow 8. Houses 9. Pets 10. Clothes 11. Buying and Selling 12. Crime and Punishment 13. Laws 14. Freedom 15. Reason and Passion 16. Pain 17. Self-Knowledge 18. Teaching 19. Friendship 20. Talking 21. Time and Space 22. Good and Evil 23. Prayer 24. Pleasure 25. Beauty 26. Religion 27. Death 28. Forms Of Existence 29. Real vs Virtual 30. The Farewell


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