On my way home yesterday, just as I was about to walk down this particular road, I noticed some guys sitting outside a house. Although I've said hello to them in the past, I wasn't in the mood to speak to them at that moment. I decided to walk down the next side street and then use another route home. At the end of the road I noticed the barrier that's usually at the end of that road was missing. What's going on? It was then I realised that I had entered one road and ended up at the next road down that doesn't have a barrier at the end of it, which speeded up my journey; but I didn't have a clue how I had got there. In other words, I had gone from A and came out at E without going through B, C and D. The strange thing is it didn't feel at all unusual, it actually felt quite natural, like I do it all the time, or that it's something that I'm meant to experience at all times.
I'm reminded of Carlos Castaneda's spiritual journeys in his book, The Active Side of Infinity. Carlos shares how he first experienced going from one town to another to meet his spiritual teacher, Don Juan, without using any form of transportation. Although Don Juan had taught him that such a journey was possible through the "Dark Sea of Awareness", Castaneda still had a problem accepting how that journey was possible:
"But it's unbelievable that I actually went to that town, don Juan, in body and soul," I [Carlos] said.When Don Juan and Carlos make another journey by travelling in no time to another village, Carlos tries to understand the mechanics behind it. This is what Don Juan says to him:
"It is unbelievable, but it's not unlivable," he [don Juan] said. "The universe has no limits, and the possibilities at play in the universe at large are indeed incommensurable. So don't fall prey to the axiom, 'I believe only what I see,' because it is the dumbest stand one can possibly take."
"You're wasting your time," don Juan said, laughing. "I guarantee you that you will never know how we got from the house to the Yaqui town, and from the Yaqui town to the railroad station, and from the railroad station to the house. There was a break in the continuity of time. That is what inner silence does."In another example, when Carlos faints in front of his college campus, when he comes round he finds himself at his apartment. He realises that Infinity had taken him home without the need for conventional transportation.
I believe just like Carlos had to be prepared before he could make those "break in the continuity of time" journeys, Spirit has been preparing me to make those journeys. For many years now I've been practising letting Spirit/Infinity literally walk and move me. That's why I can walk for miles and not get tired as I have inexhaustible energy. I also feel Spirit as a tangible Force that guides me. There have been times when I've had an idea to do something and yet my feet have refused to move or have moved in the opposite direction and I've discovered that my feet were right all along. I've since learned that if I'm ever lost all I need to do is relax and let my feet take me where I want to go and they always do.
I have noticed another dimension to my walks where my journeys have been speeding up even when I'm walking at the same speed. For instance, last week when I was about 2 miles from home, I noticed this bus that goes to my neighbourhood. Even though I know that around that area of London buses usually only travel about 30-40 mph, which is a lot faster than my 4-5 mph walking speed, I wondered if it was possible to catch up with the bus. So I noted its registration number, just in case. When I arrived at our neighbourhood, I saw a bus parked at the stop and noted it was the same bus. I asked the driver how long he'd been there and he said just over 5 minutes. I told him where I had seen him earlier and that I had walked. He was amazed I had got there so quickly, as was I.
Later, after my "break in the continuity of time" journey home, I went out with the same friend I mentioned earlier. After I shared my experience with him, he said: "Beam me up, Scotty!"
"You could say that!" I smiled.
After a moment, he said, "So that means you can jump from A to E without following the linear steps of B, C and D."
"Exactly!" I said.
"You're going to have to learn how to control how it works then," he said.
"I don't think it's something I can control. I just trust in it to take me where I want to go."
I look forward to lots of non-linear journeys. They're bound to be full of wonderful adventures!
Related articles: On Being a Literalist; Where There is No Mind; Freedom Speaks - Revisited; Going on Strike; Personal Shopper; The Gallivanter; On Impatience and Why Pigeons Can Still Fly; Why I Need My Walkies; Why am I?; Beam Me Up, Scotty!