Dr. Buryl Payne

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The Fifth Dimensional Consciousness

Chapter II : Formal Definition of the Fifth Dimension

A point may be called a dimension of zero. Imagine placing a succession of points side by side to create a one dimensional line. Place the lines side by side to create a two dimensional surface, called a plane. Then stack the planes one on top of the other to form a three dimensional solid. This solid is characterized by the three dimensional measuring units of length, width and height. To our macroscopic senses, three dimensional objects endure; they don’t flash in and out of existence. They have duration over time, forming a fourth dimensional, or enduring shape. Therefore, time, measured in nanoseconds, microseconds, seconds, minutes, hours or years, is the measuring unit of the fourth dimension.
Imagine a point, then a line of points, then a line, then a plane, then a 3-D solid or cube.

An ant, crawling on the ground, may not be aware that there is a barrier between
it's goal and it's current position. An ant cannot perceive objects from its limited flatland- or two dimensional- perspective. We, easily operating from a 3 dimensional perspective due to our height, can perceive a larger two dimensional field than an ant can. We can also 'see' into the fourth dimension of time and perceive that an ant about to cross a roadway is in danger of being run over by a truck. Humans, thinking about not only what is, but what will be, operate easily in a fourth dimension.
Imagine an ant about to be run over by a large truck.

A formal definition of the fourth dimension was made by a Polish mathematician, Hermann Minkowski, in the nineteenth century. Einstein used his ideas in developing the theory of special relativity. These ideas can be expanded into a definition of the fifth dimension.
The major idea consists of treating time as a dimension just as we usually treat space. Figure 8 illustrates a simple Minkowski diagram with only one space dimension drawn in for the sake of simplicity. The lines represent the path of a car. First the car sits in Boston without moving in space, while time goes on. Then it is driven to New York. While being driven, it moves both in time and in space. Then it sits in New York at one point in space while time again passes. Such a diagram is called a “world line” in Minkowski geometry. You can easily imagine the diagram extended indefinitely, with many zigs and zags representing the total world line of a car from its manufacture to its ultimate destruction in some junk yard.
Referred to as Fig. 8. Graph of space on x axis and time on y axis. Shows a car traveling from Boston to New York.

Our assumption of time could be expanded sideways to form the set of enduring three dimensional objects of all possible shapes, in other words, what could be. Think of a plant which changes in one time line, and all the possible shapes it could have morphed into. The total set of possible shapes can be called a 'fifth dimension'. Each possible shape of the plant forms what can be defined as an alternate reality for that plant. Each one can be given a probability between 0 and 1. For example, a plant probably won't change into another kind of plant, grow fruit if it isn't a fruit bearing plant, or grow poison thorns. (Probability = 0.0000001?) Therefore, the measuring unit of the fifth dimension is called probability.
Every moment, or every few moments, hours, or days, we make choices. These choices start us down one path or another and thus, step by step, we create our own reality. That is, we move gradually into a particular alternative reality, one of many choices. It could be said that each choice, tiny or large, conscious, forced, or automatic, sometimes impelled by planetary influences, guides us into another dimension, a parallel or alternate universe. Usually these alternate universes are so small we don't even notice them, such as whether we choose to eat oatmeal or eggs for breakfast, or to drive on the freeway or side streets to work. They are personal universes and don't interact much, if any, with other people’s personal universes. Sometimes the choices we make are important, such as moving to another state, taking a one job rather than another, or marrying one person instead of another. These could all be said to be alternative universes. Sometimes we simply imagine or visualize different alternative realities or parallel universes if we were to, or had made, different choices. Like the game of chess, wherein one imagines what our opponent would do if we made this or that move, etc. Chess could be called a 'fifth dimensional game', and so is life.
To attain a 'higher consciousness' is to be aware of more sensations, or information. Humans not only can see to some degree along a fourth dimension, they also imagine different outcomes of choices made at each moment. In simple terms, we can make a guess at what will happen if we choose one course of action over another. What if… is a popular pastime for humans. We all can do it pretty well. In other words, we can not only look ahead in time, we can to some degree, look at alternate times, or imagine alternate probable alternatives. The set or collection of imagined alternatives can be called a fifth dimension- a dimension based on probability. Parallel or alternate realities can be ordered on a probability scale which can be said to constitute a 'fifth dimension'.
We usually make the most probable choices but we don't have to, if we are willing to make the effort. Awareness of this helps one move through life. Ultimately, as the human race evolves, we will develop the ability to shift from one alternate universe to another, choosing, rather than being stuck in just one we didn't intend and don't like.
There is a certain base line reality defined loosely by the human race mass consciousness. It is the one we are, as individuals, stuck in, or more or less limited to. That is the general human condition, or what humans believe to be true. Humans live a about 80 years, sleep 4-10 hours, have to eat so much food, etc. These are the most common beliefs which form reality at this point in time. The photo shows my son surfing on a big wave. Few people surf on such waves now, and years ago it was thought impossible. In a few more years it will be crowded on such waves.

The set of all possible behaviors is limited by the general beliefs of humanity. To race a mile in under four minutes was once thought impossible. Now several runners have achieved this. Charles Tart, a psychologist at the University of California in Davis, has studied people who can consciously travel outside their bodies. Marishi, an Indian guru and founder of what he called ‘transcendental meditation, taught students the beginning hops of flying. If babies were taught that flying (with only the body) was possible and had models of at least some people flying, they might do it naturally. When people say to me: “that’s impossible!” I laugh and think of the quote from Alice in Wonderland: “‘why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’”. As Seth said over and over in the books by Jane Roberts, “drop all self-limiting beliefs”.
While it is possible to write of probability as a measure of likely or unlikely probabilities crudely estimated, what about probabilities of parallel universes created by a probable self in a parallel universe? For example, say my alternate self, who is a university professor in a parallel universe, imagines, or has one probable self who is a playwright, and that probable self has one of many more probable selves who may be a dope addict, a banker, a corporate employee, etc. Then each of those probable selves has their own field of probable selves. The whole set of parallel universes, expanding indefinitely, seems way beyond calculation, or even estimation of a probability. It’s hardly comprehensible.
One restriction in the Minkowski diagram, that lines must always move upward on the diagram, arises from the notion that things must go forward in time (footnote). Though the car can move from Boston to New York and back, the path of travel would be as in Figure 9, not as in Figure 10. footnote
Another restriction on the diagram is that there can be no absolutely horizontal lines. That would imply an infinite velocity, meaning a car could get from one space point to another in zero time. Actually the line would be nearly flat since light does apparently exhibit some travel time. While this was the case in 1905, there may now be evidence of a force that travels much faster than light. If validated, Minkowski diagrams may have lines that are not quite horizontal, but flatter than if the speed of light is used to measure distance. (See the book: The Spin Force- A Collection of articles and Experiments, by the author (www.buryl.com)

Referred to as Fig. 9. Graph with space on x axis and time on y axis. Shows car traveling from Boston to New York and back.

The one-wayness of time seems to distinguish it from space dimensions. No one-wayness exists in space; we can apparently move to any place and move back as often as we wish, but we cannot usually move to and fro in the time direction. Most people believe that time travel is impossible. Is it?
Why is time one-way while space is not? Is there something special about the universe that forces time to flow one-way or do we only see it that way? It is true that our memories usually give us the sense of a time-flow in one direction, but these memories and our related notion of time are relative to our culture, our language, and our training.
Referred to as Fig. 10. Graph with space on x axis and time on y axis. Shows an incorrect world line of the car’s path (the car goes backward in time).

Besides, one-wayness of time-flow need not be a property of all objects and processes in the universe. Some processes indicate a preferred or more probable direction of time: fruit ripens and decays, mountains erode and wash away slowly but surely into the sea, we are born and die, things become mixed up easily but unmixed only with difficulty, etc. Processes of aging and decay are obvious in the case of living things, and happen as well in many realms of the nonliving. The perceived one-wayness of time may only be a probability, not a 100% truth. For example it is a very low probability that molecules of milk, if spilled on the table, will gather together and fly back into the cup. Yet, probably some person has the belief and enough conscious power to make that happen.
Spilled milk on the table, empty cup tipped over next to it..

Since we don’t usually perceive ourselves and others from an extended time or world-line point of view, the notions of time developed by nuclear physicists do not seem to apply to our gross physical bodies. Although the electrons and protons which make up our bodies may be moving to and fro in time, we do not have experiences of moving backward in time or of our bodies ceasing to age. Apparently the alteration of the perception of physical time only becomes perceptible for particles moving at speeds near that of light. For a photon or light wave there is no time, but for us, clock time is always flying. These things are confusing to us because we don’t yet have a new terminology and new theories for the expanded views of time. I suggest the terms “clock time” for minutes and hours, “psychological time” for our inner sense of time, and “fifth dimensional time” or perhaps “high time” for the expanded sense of time based upon Minkowski’s geometry, Zen Buddhism, and the findings of nuclear physicists. Let’s see if I can make the notion of fifth dimensional time clearer by more analogies.
Ordinarily we see only a cross section of things as they pass from the world of the future to the world of the past. It is as if we were beings that lived on the surface of water and could perceive only what transpired right at the surface. Any irregular object gliding from the air into the water would appear to us as a two-dimensional something continuously changing its shape. We could not see the whole of the object just as we can’t ordinarily see the whole of time. We might think that some “force” acting on the object caused its mysterious changes of shape. Only when the object had passed completely through the surface could we understand the whole of it. Like Alice, our memories only work backward. We invent “forces” and “energies” to explain what we see or to substitute for our perceptual limitations of time.
Of course, we do not literally see just a cross section of time. Our consciousness does extend time to some degree- if it didn’t the world would be just a series of quick flashes. One’s nervous system sums up impressions to provide an enduring picture of the environment similar to the way one integrates the static frames of a movie projection to produce the illusion of motion. In the case of the movies we transform static two-dimensional pictures (which represent three-dimensional scenes) into four-dimensional experiences: that is, movement in space during time intervals. In the movies, time is artificially made to flow.
By extension, we can transform a series of movements to give us an experience of a world line. Obvious examples of world lines are time exposures taken of cars at night. The car lights form streaks (world lines) on the film. Man frequently constructs sections of world lines in his head as he lives his life, and takes no particular notice of this ability. We imagine the path a baseball or Frisbee will take in the air, and move to intercept or dodge it; we avoid oncoming cars or pedestrians by plotting their world lines and our own; we plan, make diagrams or lay out schedules in our heads before committing ourselves to the actual work; and a dozen other things.
We live in fifth dimensional time at least to some extent or we wouldn’t survive. Nevertheless, we see only a small portion of many world lines, compared to their potential extent. We peep out of a slit of time at the real world which is indifferent to the limitations of our ordinary consciousness. As we raise our consciousness we can begin to see more time-extended views of events. Now take a few seconds now to stretch your world view to multiple world views.

Practice Exercise 1
Look at some simple objects around you- chairs, desks, lamps, pencils, etc., but instead of just looking at them as simple objects, dwell on each for a brief second and try to perceive it as a four-dimensional object. For instance, visualize the world line of a chair. How long is that particular chair? Visualize the chair in a factory, in a store, in your home, moving from room to room. Visualize the probable future disposition of the chair and imagine its ultimate ending in a fire or on a garbage heap somewhere.
What would be the world line of a typewriter? Of the house itself? Try this with different objects you come in contact with whenever you idly walk, drive, or move about. Can you step above classical space-time to get an expanded sense of the world lines of everything around you?

Although we usually see a person the way we see a physical object, as having definite boundaries, we know that he or she is much more than that. We actually see only a time-slice of a person, like a snapshot; by putting many snapshots together we form our view of the person. After all, why should our inner perceptions be limited by the width of our time-slices? Any view of the organism-as-a-whole must be a world-line view to some extent at least, mapped out in four dimensions, not simply a cross-sectional slice.
Consider for example a world line of your physical body. There would be a birth point and a death point about eighty clock years apart; in between the line would snake back and forth from space point to space point like the most intricate Chinese script, only continually moving upward on the Minkowski plot. Straight vertical lines would represent sleep and periods of quiet, whereas slanting lines would represent motion between space points. You can easily imagine such a world line and you can scan it in a flash as your mind’s eye travels along a chain of memories. From such a vantage point you could see all of your life spread out behind you, and in fifth dimensional times you could perceive ahead as well.

Practice Exercise 2
Make a deliberate effort to perceive other persons as world lines, all at once, spread out before your mental eyes. Blur their physical image into an extended lifeline. Recall their past and imagine their future. Blend the past and future together into one line image. Now visualize yourself as a world line. How does your world line intertwine with those of others? What’s this trip like that you’re on?

Although we have been taught to believe that our organisms move through time, in a four-dimensional geometry there would be no motion in time. We just are- long, living lines stretched out between two points, one called “birth” and the other “death”. With such a notion birth and death are merely end points of a totality; from a timeless point of view the whole exists at once.
To see this clearly I must place my viewing point outside of space-time. I must transcend the simple here-now awareness of the ongoing present and try to take a bigger view, as a hiker does when he reaches a hilltop and looks back at his path or forward to his destination. The higher the degree of my consciousness, the more of the path behind and ahead come into my view.
As it is now, we have only the most feebly developed fifth dimensional consciousness, analogous to lower animals which possess only a weakly developed fourth dimensional consciousness. Occasionally, though, we do have snatches of awareness which transcend space-time and leave us breathless with awe. In Zen, this is called satori. In such brief instants one may have views of “the future” or be struck with an intense emotional awareness of one’s whole life, its meaning, purpose, and direction. Ordinarily this happens rarely; our vision is blurred and confounded by a thousand fantasies and imaginings- wishes, hopes, and desire.
Perhaps this represents the first edge of an evolutionary advance. For if consciousness acts as the driving force of evolution, as Teilhard de Chardin suggests, then consciousness of times provides a significant measure of our evolutionary growth both as a species and as individuals.
Each level of life encompasses and transcends the lower ones in its freedom to move in space and time. Plants have only the most limited knowledge of the space dimension. They can only move about by transforming their essence into seed form and relocating it elsewhere, which is by “dying” and being “reborn” in another place. Animals can move freely in space, although they have much less time consciousness than man.
Men were born to the freedom of land space, have covered sea space, and now even pushed into extraterrestrial space. The next frontier lies in the fifth dimension, measured by time. Consciousness of time arose early in man’s history- a linear time based on the suns rising and setting, the ebb and flow of the tides and the season’s changes. The development of spoken, and especially written languages have enabled man to leapfrog through time, building idea upon idea, generation after generation, in a continual progression. Moreover, his conceptualization of time and its measure have refined and sharpened; today’s standards of clock time represent a nearly ultimate degree of precision. But as we have seen, the rigidity of linear clock time does not fit our inner consciousness, or does it apply to phenomena on the frontiers of science. We have simultaneously arrived in both science and psychology at the need for developing new ways of conceptualizing and perceiving time. In our present stage of development, we are confused by living in high times, and the daily struggle to satisfy our physical needs in ordinary time. We are confused by some gurus who perceive in fifth dimensional consciousness but call it ‘spiritual awareness’, and others who stress being here and now in three and four dimensional time, struggling to satisfy our perceived bodily needs, living at a basic level.
We are like pioneers in a new land, a land with few trails and only rudimentary maps. Clearly we need guidelines for our spiritual growth. The notions I have developed from science show that solid foundations are available to help focus our experiences and make them comprehensible. Perhaps the ideas in this book will help clarify and bridge the notions of bottom line gurus and ‘spiritual’ super gurus who seek to help us along the pathways of evolution. The next chapter explores some less formal parallel universes and gives some more exercises to develop fifth dimensional consciousness.

Chapter 1



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