Touche, I suppose, a few simple questions I have no easy answer to.
I have only just read your post, and I am interested in many aspects, for sure, but I am trying to track down 'dimensions'.
I dont want to get into a discussion here about ego, I said my piece in chris' thread a while back, though I dont know how to link that here, not that it matters. I think I understand what you mean by ego and that is enough. I also think it is fairly easy to understand what I mean by ego, which I find easiest to explain in yogic terms. Ahem is "I-am ego", ‘I-exist’, it is a form of ego. 'I' wouldnt exist without it. Egotism is what I believe most folk mean when the say ego, the yoga term being Asmita, but asmita is also a function of ego, its the "i-want", or "i dont want", or "i -need" ego...
In my world ego=ahem + asmita.
The loss of asmita results in advaita = non -duality (I have done this). I have never lost ahem. I have always been me.
But that was just to explain 'ego' as I see it, so we dont discuss semantics. I dont want a chat about ego.. I want to know what the 'fourth dimension' or higher dimensions are, what do they mean, where are taken from?
Where do you think Ego comes from?
the monkey-mind generates asmita
i believe ahem is generated by an internal soul 'spirit', which is reincarnating between bodies. the atman in yoga terms.
Does an infant have an ego? Or as it develops does the ego also begin to form? Does a fetus have an ego? Or is it's awareness as one with the mother not differentiating between itself as a separate entity until months, perhaps even a couple of years after birth?
My first 'awareness-event' occurred when I was 5 years old, I remember it vividly. I was playing with my toys when suddenly I stopped and was confused.. Who was I? What relation was I to my parents? Who were these people? It lasted a few moments but it was quite profound and scary at the time. I have always carried the memory, but I didnt give it much thought until I was in my forties..and I also found it is an experienced shared by quite a number of folk.
I had to start school early, at age 4, and I do have memories of my life before this 'experience', but only fragments.. At that moment i became 'me' and have a pretty much good memory of my life since that event.
What happened? was it just brain synapses connecting, neurones growing?
How does one incorporate awareness into the equation? What is consciousness? What does it mean to act from the unconscious mind? Is ego involved then? Or is ego a construct of 3D reality, something that is needed to interact with others of it's own species?
you dont need asmita to interact with other folk, you do need ahem.
As to dimensions, as spiritual beings we have the ability to experience various dimensions as our spirit is not confined by the physical world (3rd dimension). Micho Kaku once explained how the dimensions are pancaked together like pages of a book. I thought that a great analogy, meaning they are in close proximity of one another and can be accessed via vibrational wormhole frequency of the individual.
i see pancakes in the same 'dimension'.. my world view is consistent with pancakes, but these are all 3D pancakes? even spirit world, its not mundane, but its real on a different frequencies. but different frequencies in the same dimension?
When learning about and studying the path of the mystics one learns that anything is possible including inter-dimensional travel.
astral travel is travelling in the astral realms, why is this 'fourth dimension'? this is astral travelling in this dimension isnt it? just in spirit?
However in the Russian study, ones DNA can create wormholes to enter into another dimension to obtain information.
This was a study with proven results. For example answers to problems can be solved by posing the question before going to sleep. Musicians also have success with this along with others who are searching for an answer to something.
this is yoga nidra, essentially,
Edison used to hold ball bearings over a metal bucket, try to reach this state, not awake, not asleep.. if he fell asleep the ball bearings woke him up when his hand relaxed and dropped them in the bucket.
This is not dimensional travel, but 'shutting down' some sensory inputs to the brain.. it is a common and easy process.
When does an ego dissolve?
when advaita is reached, asmita is absent.
Ego dissolves during an experience of singularity, which is a particular spiritual frequency described by the mystics as the dew drop dissolving in to oceanic cosmic consciousness. One experiences one's spirit as a unique droplet and also experiences oneself as the ocean. One is completely mindless, yet mindful in that the observer, one's spiritual essence, is recording and experiencing bliss.
I have no experience of this, i have always been me. This sounds more like an acid trip (Im not been disparaging, I am just trying to approximate to my own experiences)..
mindlessness in easy enough to achieve, it is meditation, but meditation can be a dangerous cul-de-sac to reaching advaita. a quiet monkey is just clever enough to make you think hes not in control.
I know when I first explored the 4th dimension it wasn't pleasant as entities that hang out there tend to be of a lower spiritual frequency and will try to use others for their own nefarious purposes.
this sounds like spirit plane.
My impression is that your 'fourth' dimension is spirit plane? And again your fourth dimension is different states of awareness.. I have not picked anything up in your words that are 'other-dimensional' ...But this was first read and a quick reply, I am away into the pit for a few more days again..