While working on The Props Master for release in September, I came upon a forerunner of the book in which a character-only referred to in The Props Master as "gone"-describes the shape of the universe in five hundred short statements. It is written in fountain pen in a tattered but bound book and dated 1981-1985. Based on the dates, there is some question regarding what reality Wesley was in when it was written.
I thought about posting it on SOL as a story, but it needs to be posted in short segments in order to be absorbed, and there's no rational reason for scoring it. So I think that I will post ten of his statements each week in the blog for your entertainment and edification. Beleive me, J. Wesley Allen is an unusual philosopher. Enjoy the first X (ten).
The Book of Wesley
Being an Inconcise Compendium
of Irrational Thought
in the Fields of Science, Language,
Philosophy, Music, and Theology
Borders on Truth-
Most of the Time.
by J. Wesley Allen
Introduction to the 1st C
When studying The Book of Wesley, it is helpful to remember that, metaphorically, it was created before the invention of the wheel. Therefore, something had to be invented every time transportation was needed. Some of Wesley's thoughts are necessarily the forerunners of philosophies that have evolved since. Others have merely been passed over as too preposterous for an enlightened age. Still others yet await an age of sufficient enlightenment for their future development.
It is the task of the reader to decide which are which. It is not likely that Wesley ever did.
Devon Layne, Editor
July 31, 1981
1. The entirety of that which exists, has being only because it has been remembered from the collective consciousness of humanity. As long as someone remembers something, it exists in what we call reality. It may exist in a different time frame or at a different dimension than we imagined, but it does exist.
2. Imagine all the things in this world that do not exist and have never been, simply because no one has remembered them. Yet.
3. You can positively affect your environment. It is entirely possible for you to control your body temperature, for example, so that you do not feel cold or heat in excess of what makes you comfortable. You may find yourself completely at ease lying naked in a snowdrift. If you are controlling your environment, it cannot affect you.
4. Paradoxically, it is quite a different thing to control other people's perception of your environment. They are limited by their own illusions of reality. Thus, even if you are completely at ease lying naked in your snowdrift, do not be surprised if someone else perceives you as freezing to death and rushes you to a hospital. They, after all, must act according to their own perceptions.
5. Someone once said, "If you can dream it, you can achieve it; if you can imagine it, you can become it."
6. This shows the power of the imagination. It is a cosmic law that anything you imagine in your mind and visualize until it is real to you, must come to you. It may not be what you expected when you first saw it in your mind, but its presence will strike you with the force of sudden realization. "Aha!" you will say. "I see it now!"
7. The laws of physics are man-made. They exist by our permission. There is another way-a mythical way-of explaining every physical phenomenon. When it is discovered, its discoverer is liberated from the law that bound him or her until then.
8. It is said that no two things can occupy the same space at the same time. When a person realizes that all things occupy the same space at the same time, the door to the universe is opened and black holes in space lose their terror.
9. Ritual is one of the foundations of humanity's search for the infinite. Through ritual, we are released from the activities and pressures of normal life into communion with the universal consciousness of humanity. We call this "Ritual Reality."
10. Our greatest danger to spiritual discovery is to allow "ritual" (adj.) to become "routine" (n.).