The Speed of Higher Parts of Centres (George Adie, 5 March 1989)

This exchange from the meeting Sunday 5 March 1989 is interesting for several reasons. Gyro said that during the morning’s work he had had two important experiences: “The first was I felt a tiredness while I was walking up some steps and I remembered that if I could just walk a little bit faster just might be a bit freer, not too fast, but just a bit faster. Well, I tried that and something, I don’t know what, just came in and I walked a bit faster. The words about being tired were still going in the background, but I was just walking a bit faster. Somehow, I felt that the tiredness didn’t matter any more.”

“Yes,” said Mr Adie, “part of your attention was observing that your speed of ascent was increased. To that extent, the thoughts were robbed. You also experienced the speed of operation of a higher part of a centre. The lower parts need no attention, but to walk a little faster when I am slow, some direction of my attention is needed: that causes the higher part of the centre to operate, and that proceeds at a faster speed. The complaining thoughts are not of that fineness, and so they are left behind. You said that they were in the background. That is right. And the higher parts have access to a little more energy. So it is a picture of something quite real and lawful. All it wants is my intention and my attention.”

“The speed of the higher parts is why I receive messages in flashes. I can’t expect a sign to land right before my nose and remain there for five minutes. I receive the flash, I acknowledge it, I say thank you.”

“That’s clear,” said Gyro. With the second observation, just before I stop, I really had what I felt was a wish to feel myself so that I could turn to my partner and be as open as possible, warts and all. When those words “warts and all” came, I identified with them, and got in the way of being open.

“This is where you’ve got to be so careful. It can pass like that, it can happen like that. If the thought slows down like that, it becomes a dead word. It’s already decomposed. The tin’s opened, and it stinks. It’s enough to get the word. You see, there is this higher language and I have to respond. It’s a question of a quick response, but I can’t respond quickly unless I’m present, or at least near.”

“I can be nearer consciousness or further away. I have a stage here, like a platform which I do not occupy. All sorts of different parts of me get pulled on to this stage by outside forces and speak as “I.” And we know when we say “I” we have I’s that are curious, I’s that are nice, and so on. They take centre stage, and only rarely does the representative, the serious Deputy Steward or a representative of Deputy Steward appear. So that is the difference. They think much more quickly. Is that clear?”

“Yes,” replied Gyro. “There was just another part to that experience which again I didn’t understand. And that was when I then turned to my partner, I felt there was something that asked: “Well what to do next?”

“There was nothing to be done.”

“Yes, but I felt as if I had to.”

“There, you rely on Being. If you wish to make contact with Being, just be present in that three-centred reality, whatever it may be. Then something expresses itself from Being. There has to be a reality. If I’m there, there’s a reality, and that reality can express itself. If I’m not there it’s subjective and it’s imaginary, not reliable. It can be more or less subjective, of course. But as long as I’m concerned with that, with this formatory head, it’s not much use. I should take my centre of gravity and trust, I trust that. The bigger the number of elements, if I can have three elements there, I can begin to trust. But if I just have an impulse, I shouldn’t trust it really until I’ve seen it until I’ve balanced it, but of course that’s a big demand.”

“That is the first sign of the Master, that he is able to refrain from doing, because he’s got to be there, all the time, more or less. Otherwise, a demand comes and it’s immediately, automatically fulfilled you see. In the case of a Master, he’s there and he chooses … So, it’s an inner work experience.”

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