A cosmology of distortion

What is distortion?

Distortion is movement from unity. 1987 A distortion is a twisting of the truth.

Distortion is caused by the limitation of a singular viewpoint. 99.5 The perspective that allows us to perceive and experience in the first place becomes the origin of distortion, since from an individual point of view, we cannot see the entire picture.

All of our judgments are blind, since we never have 360° knowledge. With false authority, we condemn the innocent, thus creating a false devil.

The truth is that our perspective is limited — by divine design. When we know this, we know that life is an experiment, an experience in which we create our own reality based on our beliefs. We seek to recognize our distorted ideas so that our thoughts increasingly align with the All-mind.

The first distortions

Distortions begin at the top. Because the All or Creator desires to learn from itself, 82.17 27.8 we experience the illusion of being a separate, free-willed ‘I’ in the world. This experience takes form through the Creator’s paradoxical idea to seek truth (experience and knowledge of self) through illusion. 82.10–12

The united One can neither perceive nor experience, since either would require a separation of subject from object. Thus, the One experiences the One Self through the illusion of many selves.This is the first distortion, the seed thought. 13.12 27.8 The first distortion involves both free will and confusion, because a separate, individual perspective is an illusion which is possible only through forgetting or veiling. 21.9

Each of us is both the Creator and a microcosm of the Creator. 007 We seek that which is within that which is not. We forget our Oneness, veil the cosmic all-mind, 74.4 and perceive ourselves as individuals experiencing the Creation from a unique perspective (more precisely, each is a unique perspective). Guided by spirit, we gradually remember who we really are.

This is the great cosmic beingness. 74.4 The distortion, the paradox, 13.12 the cosmic-level of illusion is that unity is experienced through apparent separation, the One is experienced as the many.

The second distortion is the focusing of the Creator 15.21 on the range of potential experiences in which It can know Itself, 08 according to Hidden Hand. The third distortion is the visible manifestation of this focusing. 78.9 From these three distortions come many, many hierarchies of distortions, Ra states, each having its own paradoxes to be synthesized. 15.21

Hierarchies of distortion

Hierarchies of distortion 15.21 08 are formed when a logos branches out or steps down into individualized portions, each of which is granted the free will of the Creator 78.19 and each thus creating the so-called natural laws of any particular universe. 13.13–16 Each branch that reaches from the trunk of a metaphorical cosmic tree might be seen as a level of distortion. Ra refers to these branches of distortions as refinements to the great cosmic beingness. 74.4

In Hidden Hand’s description, using the Law of Free Will, each Universal Logos (Central Sun) designs and creates Its own version or perspective of physical reality in which to experience Itself as Creator. 08 Our experience of Self as Creator is the critical aspect of God’s purpose of knowing Himself through each of us, as Conversations with God explains. You cannot experience your Self as creator unless and until you create. P.27

Each creation is a branch or step-down from the mind from which it expressed. We might think of these branches or levels or step-downs as nested levels or focuses of mind. 41.4 Each step-down limits the mind from which it individualized. 19.12 91.3 Much like the branches of a tree narrow each time they split, the focus of the mind narrows as it extends further from the Creator or All-mind. 82.10 Though Ra primarily speaks of the Solar level, the planetary level, and the personal level, the nesting 08 031 creations are infinite, just as the creation is infinite, 82.5 for the entire creation is alive. 29.8

Each creation or being is a unique expression, 76.10 08 as vivid and articulated as the fanned peacock’s tail, 90.16 Ra says, adding that experiencing the mind of a non-native logos staggers the intellectual and intuitive capabilities. 90.17

Archetypical mind & tarot

The Universal Mind speaks in archetypal imagery, 42 says Hidden Hand; the stepped-down minds twist those seed concepts into archetypical distortions. Thus Ra refers to nested minds as archetypical. 76.10

For Earth’s third density, the distortions most primary or foundational to our experience 76.10 are those of the planetary mind from which we individuated or with which we melded. This archetypical mind is known as Yahweh. 74.4 10–12 17–19 063 132 178 The same concept can be referred to as the planetary consciousness, planetary logos, group soul, group mind, or unconscious mind. 2018

Regardless of what we call it, this shared mind is a potent influence. When asked about identifying one’s heritage according to race, Ra replies that the entity’s distortions are far more revealing than skin color: We suggest that in looking at planetary origins one observes not the pigmentation of the integument but the biases concerning interactions with other-selves and definitions regarding the nature of the self. 91.12 For specific examples from Ra and Q’uo, see Dawn of Third: Consequences.

Stressing the usefulness and necessity 76.8 of studying these foundational distortions, Ra describes the archetypical mind as one of the richest sources of information for the seeker of the One Infinite Creator. 88.17 Ra recommends that the seeker then investigate the archetypical mind using, basically, one of these three disciplines: 76.9

You may choose astrology, the twelve signs, as you call these portions of your planet’s energy web, and what has been called the ten planets. You may choose the tarot with its twenty-two so-called Major Arcana. You may choose the study of the so-called Tree of Life with its ten Sephiroth and the twenty-two relationships between the stations. 76.9

In the tarot’s Major Arcana, each card represents an archetype of the archetypical mind. The most primary of Yahweh’s (and humanity’s) false beliefs are represented on the Matrix cards: the Mountebank (False Authority), the Blind Judge, and the Devil.

Personal distortions

Each of us is also a logos. We are both the Creator and microcosms of the Creator, 007 to repeat Eracidni Murev Te. Each of us has the will of the Creator, and our belief system is the rules (the logos) for our creation.

We create our own reality. We see and experience what we believe. Only that which is within our belief system is possible in our reality. Since our experience is limited by our false beliefs, we can evolve beyond third density only when we stop believing third density’s distortions.

These beliefs reside in the subconscious mind. They can be brought to the surface through intent and awareness, where their invalidity can clearly be seen. By seeing through the illusions, we bring our mind into greater alignment with the All.