As source expands, layers form. Its innermost core remains solid and unyielding. The gravitational center of All That Is, holding fast to the truest truth, the clearest perspective. It is the heart that informs all integration and expansion, all progressive layers. Outward from this core, each layer is increasingly fractured and fragmented.
A Self experienced at an innermost layer cannot be sustained at an outer layer. In general, a being who is whole at one layer becomes fragmented at its outer expansion. It becomes expressed through fragments of itself. As if each facet of a cut gemstone could peel off and manifest its own existence. The farther outward, the smaller the facets/fragments of Self.
As one example of fragmentation, a single Self might manifest across a planet's entire evolutionary arc - from a single-celled carbon based life form to a highly intelligent humanoid, to the most evolved consciousness possible for that planetary context. Take time out of the mix, and recognize that linear-modeling "reincarnation" systems conceptualize the many fragments of a being as incarnations. They reflect fragments of a Self participating in the evolution of Earth, as this participation also facilitates adaptive evolution in that Self.
Naturally, the outer layers of reality are composed of many fragments of many Selves, interacting with one another. These interactions create and adapt-to novel experiences/energies. Earth, for example, offers a unique space that facilitates particular kinds of experiences for many fragmented selves to interact. Each fragment's unique consciousness adapts to its local situation/context. These adaptations integrate and inform an updated version of each Self.
Stepping back again to that largest scale, All That Is constantly processes and integrates all its selves. Its facets become selves which fragment into smaller selves. Each self processes and integrates its own fragments. And so on. The “higher self” imagined by the New Age communities can be observed as any Self more whole, closer to Source than the fragment's location. The outermost fragments of each Self — some fragments represented as incarnations — are in a process of integrating novel experiences on behalf of All That Is.
As a "higher" Self desires unity, its fragments (such as a humanoid incarnation) adapt and evolve in their context with that priority. Typically a fragment holds a subconscious priority/bias to adapt/grow in a way that enables the self to experience wholeness. So a fragment's adaptations don't necessarily attempt to make everything better, and don't necessarily push in the most profound or creative direction. The many adaptations across many fragments pursue collective coherence for their shared higher self.
If successful, that self experiences wholeness. From an Earth-based perspective, we might say a being fragmented and reunified here has "ascended" from the world, or "beaten the game" if you're into video game metaphors. Thus the concept of Ascended Masters. Even one such as these is a fragment of a larger, higher Self possibly fragmented across numerous worlds, the entire galaxy, or beyond.
It's possible that all adaptation and mutation contains infinite potential. And these concepts are shaped as components of an unfolding process, despite timeless existence. Therefore this model is simplistic to make it more digestible.
Your choices and actions resolve possibilities to manifestation. They also influence what's possible in the future. Easiest to imagine with children and lineages, less directly reinforced across the many people you've touched in your life's meandering. And yet, each touch is a nudge. A reinforcement, a confrontation, an enhancement of something that will linger.
Our passage spins eddies in the ether, alters trajectories by partial degrees. Downstream in time, our minuscule effects shift reality by miles, months, and momentous convergences. Like bumping a cannon before it fires. Oh, how our effects combine! Entire populations sway to an unconscious beat, and we marvel at a dance we've all created from the energies of long ago.
Perhaps you were once a Queen, or her stable boy. Does it matter? Perhaps the stable boy's kindness toward the prince saved the kingdom. Perhaps the Queen hid the stable boy's right to the throne. Fragments making ripples. Changing worlds.
Surely such linear storymaking reflects timeless truth. The Earth Is. I AM. You are. We exist, and time is a perceptual game offering another way to experience what we are. Reasoning its machinations is a distraction, like playing a video game while trying to do its math. Embrace the now as you can, and see it all converge within. Recognize your Self and your influence there - across all times - as timeless.
Let go this preoccupation with past lives and reincarnation, and instead recognize each particle of us influences all Earth's possibilities. Then we see that our consciousness, as devil or saint, sends ripples contributing to all that happens here. To all that's inherited, and to all we'll do with it.
Our effects are certainly larger than anything we observe in our immediate human moments. As our struggles show us today, the choices of any past Self meant far more than it understood, or could ever hope to understand.
What beautiful energies do you cultivate within, and send onward to all tomorrows?
Historically, the spiritually-minded have fixated on their concrete forms moving on to other dimensions, or reincarnating in this familiar world. They've even begun exploring the idea of parallel or alternate realities, timelines in which numerous versions of Self work through other possibilities. All our alternate selves, together, perhaps resolving the most accurate sense of what we are, and establishing the most clear and accurate picture of Earth.
Rather than focus on your specific form and its fate, perhaps it's more helpful to recognize your choices and actions are metaphysically active and influential. All your thinking, all your struggles, do not merely resolve within yourself, but contribute to manifesting possibilities across Earth's timeline. They make particular insights and changes more likely in the future of our collective human race. Alone in your room, thinking your thoughts, confronting your demons, and expressing creativity. Silent or loud, private or public, proud or ashamed, what you’re doing is affecting us all - and beyond us.
Your inner dynamics are tiny observable correlates of a grand order, the vast collective intelligence we all contribute to. Physicality being like the small tip of an infinite iceberg. Meanwhile your nonphysical consciousness, dwelling beyond the apparent world, participates in the evolution of humankind in far more consequential ways than the physical eyes can see. Your personal development is unlocking potentials, creating future paths beyond today's dominant paradigms.
Events affecting large populations seem random or unlikely, yet they're manifestations of these individual efforts to actualize possibilities within ourselves. These fundamentals are why I write this blog. The conventional network technology on Earth (ex: internet), amplifies what we each do organically. Accelerates catalytic reactions.
If we instead neglect ourselves, and internalize restrictive beliefs as part of our timeless consciousness, we forfeit unique contributions to collective evolution. Luckily, the creatives and subversives are always whispering new doorways to the collective. Eventually more and more of us become ready to hear it, the potential becomes manifest, and we watch reality change before our eyes.
It's within you all along, masked as your own struggle to be.
MattSeven is a name I intuitively connected with in the early 2000's, using my legal name Matt. In 2013 I learned "Seven" represented the extradimensional collective from which it seems my individuality originates. MattSeven represents an effort to integrate the individual, collective, lower, and higher as one coherent consciousness.