by Tom Butler
Updated October 2014
As a field of study, Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC), which in the audio form is more commonly known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), provides an important perspective of consciousness, survival of consciousness and what it means to be a citizen of the greater reality.
The relationship amongst the various aspects of reality is described as a cosmology based on the Trans-survival Hypothesis. The objective is to provide a context in which to understand the various concepts associated with the hypothesis such as what is intended by personality, what does perceptual agreement mean, what is mediumship (or the broader concept of transcommunication) and what are etheric fields.
The cosmology is approached as a series of articles addressing basic concepts which are then ordered with the cosmology provided here. They are listed below.
Believe what you wish but know what you believe.
You can live your entire life without once thinking about why. It is pretty clear that we are here to live our life. However, with each life experience comes a small modification of how we think of our world, and how we think of our world has a lot to do with our next life experience.
The body we are associated with, our avatar, is human and human instincts will serve you just fine so long as you are living by yourself. But of course, you are living in a society of people which is governed by laws. You have been taught to override your body's instinct. You have been taught social norms.
Slavery was once a social norm, as were smoking and male dominated societies. Society today has evolved away from such commonly accepted practices as more has been learned about their consequences. Society today has evolved over the years and continues to evolve as more and more people take time to examine the consequences of their actions.
The evolution of society is possible because citizens respond to an innate urge to understand the relationship between action and consequence. Allowing understanding to modify action tends to make the consequences more enjoyable. Happiness is promoted by harmony in society and harmony is promoted by actions that are in agreement with the governing principles of nature.
You need not agree that there are governing principles of nature; however, living as if they exist will improve your life. In practical application, you will eventually come to live that way, whether or not you think of them as universal principals of nature. That is the direction of society's evolution; from unpleasant to harmony.
Some principles, such as balance is better than extremes, are obvious. Others are more obscure. For instance, realizing you create your own reality is not easily understood, nor are the implications of the creative process. Understanding that you are responsible for your actions turns out to be very liberating, and while it would seem to diminish the need for social norms, it actually brings new meaning to the idea of citizenship and the greater good. We all gain from a harmonious society.
It is easy to live in a way that contradicts the ordering principles. After all, with personal responsibility comes free will. The thing is, though, as a general rule not living in accordance with the principles degrades quality of life for the individual and the general good of society. Again, you have self-determination and you are the arbiter of your life.
You need not accept the Trans-survival Hypothesis. You may disagree with some of the details or with the whole idea of continued life and the greater reality. The point is not so much that you need to agree. The whole idea is for you to be aware of the concepts--survival, an etheric you, instinct to understand; if you are just aware of the fact that what you believe to be true determines just about everything in your life, that you are the creator and you create based on what you have been taught, then you will have the tools you need to take control of your life.
The lesson of the Trans-survival Hypothesis is that you existed before this lifetime and will continue to exist hereafter. What you do now matters now, but perhaps more important is that it matters a lot in your future. If you are fearful, that fear will tend to be more easily realized after your transition, as thought more easily become things. We are told that prejudices take a while to be set right after our transition. While there is no need for fear, we are told that it takes a while to overcome that fear and doing so can color our future opportunities to learn. Physically dying offers no escape from our prejudices.
You need not believe any of this, but if you pay attention and do the work to understand the concepts, then what you will find here can help you live a good life ... here and hereafter.
How to study this cosmology
This suite of articles is designed to help you understand the concept of survival and governing principles. They have been written from the perspective of an engineer who is well versed in metaphysics and the many forms of transcommunication. Engineers are a different lot. They are problem solvers and respond to a powerful urge to understand the inner workings of systems and then apply that understanding to daily living. A good engineer seeks to produce actionable results, meaning you should be able to put them to work in your life.
You are not asked to believe anything, buy anything or commit to anything. As you can see at the bottom of this page, the I use the Creative Commons license. As long as you credit the source and do not use the material for profit, you are welcome to use the material on the website unless otherwise noted. All of the cosmology series is under this license.
In the spirit of full disclosure, this material is expected to be incorporate into the Theory section of a book which will be available for purchase ... someday. Authors should contact me for limited commercial use.
Doing the work
One point you do need to understand. As a piece of technical writing, the cosmology series is pretty well written. The subject is not technically difficult to understand; it is only a little complex. You should notice that a few concepts are talked about over and over in different contexts, so once you get the idea about the concepts, the articles should begin to be intuitively obvious. The problem is, you must do the work by taking the time to read the material and understand the concepts. Ample links have been provided to additional references, and taking time to follow them and read the material will help.
Not trying to understand this material because it is too complicated is unacceptable. An old Zen Buddhist saying: “Before enlightenment chop wood - carry water, after enlightenment chop wood - carry water." One must do the work to understand. One must do the work to continue learning. Study the material and do not expect to understand all of it with one reading. Contemplate your worldview.
Writing these articles has been an interesting challenge. Doing so in the hyperlink world of the Internet has been very helpful, and the results will translate will into an eBook. By the time the last essay was written, the terminology had evolved so that virtually every word had to be reviewed for consistency. That process will be repeated as the material is folded into a book, and will likely result in many small changes to the Internet articles. Forgive me for the potential confusion, but this is something of a frontier with few guideposts.
The really exciting part of this work is that another séance or question from a website visitor may at any time lead to yet another "aha moment" resulting in fundamental modifications of these essays. Thus, is the nature of spiritual growth.
All of the concepts are intended to be consistent within the cosmology series. For instance, "understanding" is a reasonable concept when linked with progression and spiritual maturity. It may not be reasonable outside of the series. You are only being asked to tentatively accept the meaning of these concepts within the cosmology, because doing so, allows you to learn the concepts. If and how you describe them outside of the cosmology is up to you.
Begin your study by reading the rest of this page, as it includes the basic cosmology. Then, read the Trans-survival Hypothesis. That article is complete in itself, but will make more sense if you know where I think a theory about survival of consciousness should go. (The hypothesis is named as such to avoid confusion with the usual version of a survival hypothesis considered in parapsychology.) Then read the supporting essays. The only essay that needs to be read first is the Creative Process. After that, it is probably best if you read them in the order they are listed here.
After reading the first set of essays, read the the Principles and then read Mindfulness. If you are familiar with Natural Law as it is usually taught, then the principles will look rather different. They are written in the context of this cosmology. Again, I need to stress that everything here is a system. Things should make sense within the system and it is up to you to translate them into your terms outside of the system.
The principles tell you how to get along with nature but I have avoided moralizing. The Living Well article is a little different. In that article, I did resist moralizing, but I think it would be irresponsible of me not to attempt at least a rudimentary article conveying the "so what" of the cosmology. Read that article last. Yes, it does sound a lot like "Thou Shalt," but how does one talk about implications of the cosmology for right living without sounding a little righteous?
Finally, the Glossary of Terms is something of a text book in itself. Reading it might be useful, but at the very least, be sure to look up terms in the glossary if you need a reminder.
All else follows
This is the "front page" for the suite of articles representing the Trans-survival Hypothesis.
The main elements of this cosmology are explained in detail in the article listed above. Links have been provided to help explain them, should you not already know the concept. Otherwise, this section has been deliberately abbreviated to facilitate understanding.
An important consideration while reading this material is that it is written more from the perspective of etheric personality, rather than from that of a person looking out at the world through the eyes of his or her body. Take your time to find that perspective, as it is an important one to have for a person who is really native of the greater reality and only visiting this local for a few lessons.
These "givens" are based on the Trans-survival Hypothesis.
This is the introduction to the Implicit Cosmology and index of supporting articles.
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