You have superpowers. You share this with some people, and not with a lot of others. You can see or sense things that many others don’t seem to see or sense. The question is not whether this happens at all, or whether it only happens to a few people, everyone has some form of these. It is natural. The question becomes, what is natural, what is nature, what is the ecology of nature we live in, and that we each seem to have the ability to access in different ways?
Here are two ways of entering into an understanding of this nature; what you already know about what is already here. Let’s start with nature. The word nature comes from the Latin nasci “to be born.” So this is an ecology–the relationships of organisms with their surroundings and each other–of what is born. A system of what is real. A system of dimensions of reality that are always present, in everything. What do you know about what is already born?
One way to look at this is through your experience. You experience creative thoughts, insights. They seem to come from somewhere. Some people are better at knowing how and where to access them, on a sporadic or more continuous basis. Possibilities are there for us to access. There are specific ways that groups of us see how to manifest possibilities. It seems that each group of people develops its own way of making meaning out of experience and of finding particular pathways to manifest those possibilities. We often call this a culture. You experience the difference in these cultures when you move from one group to another, whether meeting people in another town, another discipline, another country. Some people are better at seeing the nuances in culture, and others at moving across cultures. You experience outcomes, nouns, things that seem to be “already completed.” These are forms that we see, which we can use for other purposes. A piece of paper, an apple, a profit. Something that, for an instant, is here now, a noun. These forms that we can see and engage with also change over time. Technical and social innovations constantly produce new and obsolete forms. Some people, such as designers and artists, are able to see forms in possibilities and how to shape them. A smart phone, the internet, speed dates, slaves, feudalism. New forms come, old forms go.
You experience extension over space and time. A fabric in which we live. Some of us perceive these dimensions in very subtle ways, some perceive over great spans of spacetime, and some of us experience the expanse of spacetime more unconsciously. You experience movement through space and time. Some of us are more subtle in our awareness of this movement and some more expansive. You experience the ability to witness, to experience that something is happening. You experience this as learning, as change, as evolution. You are not the same person as ten years ago, or as one year ago, or even as one hour ago. Things have changed. Some people are very attuned to this evolutionary process, the cyclic spiral of coming back to the same experience from a new place in spacetime, seeing it anew.
You experience things in their reflections. We perceive things in their reflection off of something else. We do not see light: we see the reflection of light off of something else. Psychologists suggest that we also learn about ourselves by seeing ourselves reflected off of others. Some people are very aware of these reflections, experiencing very subtle dimensions of what is happening in the reflections off surfaces, off of faces, in body gestures. You experience form and direction. Something pulls you in life, to other people, to your avocation. It is an attraction, a calling, a purpose. Most people feel the attraction, the pull, and respond to it, consciously and unconsciously, all of the time. Some people are highly attuned to this attractive force, to recognizing it, naming it, and inviting others into engaging with it. You experience energy. Whether it is the energy of life that sustains us, the energy in a relationship or an activity, the electricity in life, or the lack of energy in many groups, we sense it. Some people are finely adjusted to different forms of energy, able to synch with it or be highly affected by its presence or the lack of it. You experience love. Whether it is the love of another person, what you do, a place, an animal, an activity, nature or spirit, you experience it. Some people are deeply moved by this love, orienting their lives to its expression.
Ten properties or dimensions of nature that are present in everything always, some of which you access more consciously, more readily, than others. They are all there, all of the time, properties if you will of what is already born, of nature, of your reality. Whether you access them frequently or infrequently is more a question of your awareness and your practice. They are there, so they are available, always.
Another way to look at what is already born, what is real, is through physics (from Greek for the knowledge of nature), which has developed supersymmetric string theory. Through the math of physics, attempting to develop a theory that explains the phenomenon we experience, physicists have come up with 10+ dimensions of reality. The first three dimensions are length, height, and depth. The fourth dimension is time. These first four constitute the spacetime fabric we experience. The fifth dimension is a different expression of the same 4-dimensional spacetime, where other outcomes, cultures, and possibilities come into being.
The sixth dimension starts with the same initial conditions as our reality, allowing for a plane of different expressions of 4-dimensional space. The seventh dimension starts with the same universal constants, allowing for different initial conditions. The mirrors or reflections are constant, and the witnessing forms of evolution vary. The eighth dimension starts with different universal constants. Energy still reflects, but is witnessed in different ways.
The ninth dimension is a plane of all the different laws of physics possible, with different universal constants and different initial conditions. Pure energy. The tenth dimension starts with all possible reasons for existence of all possible forms, with different expressions of energy or not energy, other purposes, other pulls, the ultimate reason for existence. After that, there is the before existence, the primordial (from the Latin primordium for the first beginning), the creative force. Existence comes after or from this force.
Each of these dimensions described by physics seems to relate to the dimensions of reality we experience, as described above. Adding these dimensions up, I experience that I exist. I have form that extends over space. I evolve over time. I witness my experience. I co-create my experience. I form the pull to love. I am love and energy. Subtracting these dimensions, I also feel the pull of intention, I see the calling, I experience a call, I experience change, and I am here now.
So, as beings of nature, we all experience all of these dimensions of reality, of nature, all of the time. This means that they are part of us, part of everything in and around us, always. The trick is to know how to work with these dimensions. Each of us seems to be wired, whether through evolution, mutation, or curiosity, to be able to work directly with some of these dimensions more so than others. And, there they are. Available to all of us all of the time, if we want. Part of what is already here, already born, and we already knew that.