Re Talk: 212
What cannot be seen by ordinary consciousness is this third part, which I’ve been calling E. To use one example that would seem rather clear cut, how about the symbol of the Yin-Yang? I could say that you have got to have a circle as the third part of the symbol along with the two parts inside. But, even then, lateral consciousness is wont to say, “Alright, if one half is C and the other is D or one is Yin and one’s Yang, you don’t need a circle because they themselves, when put together, they create their own unity. There is no third part.” To which I’ll have to reply, go draw me a Yin-Yang on nothing. I’m not dwelling on the Yin-Yang symbol for some secret reason, I’m just using it to point out that whatever you can conceive of — good and evil, right and wrong, C and D — there must be a background for it to exist upon. This is what ordinary consciousness cannot perceive.
You can start by trying to perceive E as the background. Your ordinary consciousness could say, “Yes, I can see two forces. I’m not tied up in Eastern symbolism or mysticism, but yes, indeed, I can see that the world is divided up into two armed camps and there is a continual conflict. One day one camp seems to win, the next day the other, etc.” None of that can be drawn, none of that can be depicted, none of that can be written about, thought about, unless there is a background. No one would know any symbol in the world, be it the Cross, the Star of David or the Yin-Yang unless there was a background to draw it on. Unless there was something upon which to draw it, the light waves could not bounce into your little rods and cones, go into your brain and make molecules move around. There had to be a background or you would have never seen it. And this can be a deceptively simple way to attempt to visualize what I mean by E. E is the ever present background upon which perception is drawn. If you could hold that simple awareness, it would interfere with the routine of binary consciousness. If you could just hold the awareness that, “Whatever conflict I can perceive, it can’t exist without a background. None of this exists in a vacuum.” JC talk 212