CHAPTER 20 - Causality in Every Dimension can Potentially Transform - A Mystic into a Scientist from Inner Space

Author: Tom Campbell. Link to original: (English).
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Part of "My Big TOE" book by Tom Campbell. We're translating it with author's permission. In this chapter Tom Campbell tells his story of working with Robert Monroe.

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into Russian: Глава 20. Причинность в каждой реальности потенциально может превратить мистика в ученого из внутреннего пространства. 76% translated in draft. Almost done, let's finish it!
Submitted for translation by pollynevergirl 29.05.2012


Scientists often believe that everything must have an objective cause. This, as it turns out, is not a fair or reasonable expectation. It stretches the concept of our PMR causality beyond the bounded intellectual or logical region to which it applies. A more limited statement is: Everything that is considered objective within PMR must have a cause that is derivable from knowledge gained within PMR. We can clearly agree with that more precise statement, fully understanding the limitations implied by “derivable from knowledge gained within PMR” which is based upon measurements and understandings exclusively limited to PMR experience. From this viewpoint, it is only those things that we can assess from our limited PMR perspective that logically must have accessible causes. What is beyond PMR may seem mystical to us and can, while remaining within the causality of its own dimension, logically violate our 3D objective causality resulting in measurable PMR effects that we often label as paranormal. Paranormal essentially means acausal from the limited traditional PMR scientific perspective – no apparent physical cause equates to no cause at all within a physical science that simply defines the paranormal to be imaginary and thus of no interest to science. Some marginally respectable scientists out on the fringe are doggedly (without much success) still looking for physical causes – yet even they (at least publically and professionally), believe that considering causes other than physical is ridiculous and non-scientific.

Once the limitations of PMR science are surmounted, what was once defined as paranormal becomes a normal part of a larger scientific understanding that answers to a higher (more general) level of causality.

• Does the concept of “beyond PMR” seem strange, unscientific, and reek of non-provable goofiness? If it does, you are probably in the majority. The assumption that nothing exists beyond PMR is a normal, self-fulfilling, self-perpetuating, illogical belief. I intend to examine this belief thoroughly over the next four sections of My Big TOE and provide a rational alternative that more fully, accurately, and consistently explains the available measured data. The unfolding of something as unusual and complex as this TOE must necessarily be slow and methodical – for this reason it may be a while yet before you can begin to see the Big Picture come into focus. If you can maintain an attitude of open-minded skepticism until the end of Section 6, you will be in an excellent position to apply your own personal data and specific knowledge to verify the value of this model and develop accurate conclusions. Unfortunately, the paradigm busting and rebuilding process must necessarily introduce concepts that seem dubious and are initially incredibly difficult to fathom – it can appear no other way. •

Normal events and interactions within NPMR must take place within the constraints of a uniform causality. There is well-defined action and reaction and similar processes must consistently produce similar results for all experimenters. The major difference between the causality that is local to (and defines science in) NPMR and the causality that is local to (and defines science in) PMR is that within NPMR the range of possible causes is far less restricted.

PMR and its causality is a subset of NPMR and its causality. The rules that govern NPMR physics and the interactions between NPMR beings are of a higher order (more general, less restrictive).

Thus, NPMR can interact with PMR in ways that violate PMR’s causality (such an interaction may produce paranormal activity from the viewpoint of PMR), yet maintain NPMR’s own causality.

Stepping up a level, beyond-NPMR also possesses its own unique causality, and interactions that take place there must conform to a yet higher order of less restrictive rules. Similarly, beyond-NPMR can interact with NPMR in ways that violate NPMR’s causality, but maintain beyond-NPMR’s causality. And so on and so forth as each larger dimension of existence supports, and is a super-set of, the next one down.

• Eventually we will come to understand that whether a reality appears to be physical or nonphysical is relative to the observer. The property of being physical or nonphysical is simply the result of one’s perspective and has no real significance of its own. For the time being, the concepts of PMR and NPMR provide a useful conceptualization of the larger reality from the perspective of a PMR resident who has experienced no other reality save the physical one in which he or she is now reading this book. •

From our viewpoint, PMR appears to be the final downhill stop for this inter-causal reality train (unless one counts the fictional Flatland as the next dimensional stop below us). The book Flatland, by E. A. Abbott, provides a wonderful understanding of the scientific, philosophic, and social difficulties involved in perceiving higher dimensions. Anyone can easily understand the limitations of the dimensions that exist below their normal perspective; at the same time, looking upstream reveals nothing but mystical confusion. Though Flatland deals only with geometric or spatial dimensions, the difficulties encountered in perceiving and understanding a dimensionality that is different from one’s native perceptual construct are much the same.

• The second revised edition of the book Flatland was published in 1884 by E. A. Abbott and is currently available from Princeton University Press. The book describes, in a lighthearted and humorous manner, the fundamental technical, epistemological, social, and political difficulty in expanding your awareness of reality beyond the dimensionality of your physical perceptions. If you have not yet read this book, I strongly urge you to do so. It will help you understand how the apparent logic of your reality and the analytic quality of your thinking process is limited by the dimensionality you believe you live in – and, it is a hoot. Flatland, in its entirety, can be accessed on line at: •

Perhaps beyond-NPMR is the outermost layer, or perhaps beyond-beyond-NPMR is outermost. I will describe and discuss both in great detail later, as well as explain what dimensionality actually is and how it is generated. Hold on to these thoughts. We will pick this discussion back up and continue to peel the reality onion after we have more thoroughly developed the conceptual foundation required to support the construction of a Big TOE.

Though I have not yet explained the origins and nature of dimensionality, it is not too early to discuss a few of its properties relative to causal hierarchies or reality subsystems. We see that beginnings belong to, and are governed by, the rules of causality of the next higher dimension.

Each dimension of existence births and nurtures the child dimensions it spawns. A child can (but is not required to) become a parent. One parent can birth many children. Each child exists within its own dimension. Dimensionality is like your family tree, it has the property of breadth as well as depth. However, in this discussion we are only looking at depth – the creational hierarchy. From the perspective of the child, its birth (beginning) must appear mystical. To the parent, the process and circumstances of the child’s birth are well understood and not the slightest bit mystical.

From the viewpoint of the child’s own local objective causal system, the child’s reality logically requires a mystical beginning. In other words, any system of objective causality is insulated from other causal systems by the local logic through which it defines itself. Reality subsystems, each with their own local causality, can be likened to the software components and subroutines of a large complex simulation – all run interdependently within the same computer as long as they have self-consistent rule-sets to define their internal and external interactions. There may be relationships and interactions between causal systems, but comprehension and understanding normally flows in only one direction – from the superset to the subset. The subset does not have what it takes to understand the superset. To understand the superset, one must first become a member of it.

If you have read Flatland, it will be clear that the ordinary residents of a given reality can only observe and understand interactions within their own reality and the interactions of residence of realities that are more highly constrained than their own. Residents of a more constrained reality cannot comprehend a less constrained reality because it lies beyond the limits of their normal perception.

Each dimension of reality has its own rules that define its objective science. Additionally, each dimension of reality experiences the next higher (less limited) dimension as subjective and mystical. Consequently, your mysticism may be another’s science: It depends on how big a picture you live and work in, and the degree to which constraints limit your perception. The perspective from the next higher dimension provides a bigger picture with a more complete understanding. This more comprehensive, complete, and less restrictive knowledge is only accessible to lower dimensional beings (those with a more constrained awareness) through the experience of their individual locally-subjective mind. Consequently, a mystic could be a scientist from a higher dimension, or a delusional fool hopelessly caught in a distorted web of belief. How do you know which is which? A good question! We will go through the differentiating process in great detail in Section 3 (especially Chapter 14, Book 2). First, read Flatland to help you appreciate the problem of understanding higher dimensions. Second, carefully and scientifically gather your experience as you progress, step by step, along your path toward increasing the quality and capability of your mind, consciousness, or being. Then simply taste the pudding to separate the wise from the foolish. If you can’t tell a high quality consciousness that is wise and loving from one that is not (you have uneducated taste buds and cannot correctly interpret your experience), repeat step two as often as necessary. To some extent, it takes one to know one, and you may need to develop (evolve) your consciousness before you get good at discrimination.

The notion of local realities within separate dimensions and of a hierarchy of dimensional existences is probably a difficult concept to grasp. Have patience – the seed has been planted and later we will learn where these dimensions come from, what they mean, how they are created, and what love, wisdom, and physics could possibly have to do with any of it.