Anugyan writes about his ongoing quest that he calls the X-Dimensional Theory.
My first home this life was in Findhorn village. In a particularly powerful regression in Pune One time, I was transported back to an early memory of gulls, wind and the sea. The famous Findhorn Community did not exist then, but my father being in the Royal Air Force, and we as a family subjected to postings all over the world, we kept being sent back to the area. By the time I was a teenager the New Age community was well-established, and I ended up living there for a while, ironically almost next door to the hospital in which I had been born. I discovered Osho’s books in the ‘smoking temple’ which was actually the boiler room, and these reflected back at me my inner dissatisfaction with the meditation practices at Findhorn. The next step, in hindsight, was inevitable.
One of the first things to be thrown out of my psyche by exposure to Osho was an attachment to esoterica and all sorts of occult paraphernalia engendered by years of exposure to New Age beliefs. This was challenging but refreshing and liberating. Along with the new Zen attitude came a passion for traditional science, astrology becoming replaced by astronomy. Over time however the esoteric found its way back. This began by people bringing me their horoscopes, knowing that even though I didn’t subscribe to the practice any more, I could at least explain the symbols. By doing so, I noticed recurring patterns in lunar cycles with those approaching me, patterns I had not been taught but could see now with more objectivity. Thus, seeds of a different kind of esoterica, one wedded more strongly with observation rather than belief, were sown – and they quickly took root.
Fast forward to more recent years and my interest in Gurdjieff and Ouspensky’s extra dimensions (as written about in my novel ‘Secrets: An Oxford Tale’ and elsewhere e.g. ‘Full Circle with Shiva’ on Osho News). This interest has crystallised in what I call X-Dimensional Theory, the basic principles of which can be summarised thus:
We appear to live in a four-dimensional world – three of volume, the fourth of linear time. This is not the whole truth but is convincing because our minds and bodies are also four-dimensional.
The fifth dimension transcends linear time. It is more like an ocean whereas the fourth in which we tend to reside is like a stream.
The sixth dimension transcends limitation of form – limitless worlds and possibilities are now available.
Further dimensions exist but become more difficult to outline, and are beyond the remit of this brief summary.
A few years ago, I began sharing what I could of this work. To my surprise, I found that pretty much everyone I spoke to understood the basic principles, albeit through their own filters. Christians, Buddhists, atheists, all seemed to have an innate comprehension of x-dimensions once explained to them lucidly. This showed me that the theory is available to everyone; there is a resonance inside each one of us.
Emboldened by this, I undertook to do an introductory evening at the Mudita meditation centre in Penzance run by my friend Kay. The evening to my eyes was a disaster. There was a discordance in the room, I felt, as if only few of those present could really grasp what this was about. After everyone had left, I sat alone, dispirited and exhausted while Kay started tidying and shutting down the building for the night. She came in briefly and, seeing my state, commented that I had to give myself some credit for bringing together such a disparate group of people, people who would not normally be seen to have anything in common. She left and I remained sitting, with just a candle burning, feeling only slightly better. Then she returned finally so that we could leave and exclaimed, ‘Do you hear that?! The whole room is singing!’ She was right. It was like the walls were vibrating with an energy I had never before experienced.
This taught me that the work was ultimately energetic, and that I should not get attached to appearances. Having adapted to this realisation, all subsequent presentations have been extremely well-received. They are very different from any I have done previously on different subjects. For years I have given lectures and led workshops on subjects ranging from Feng Shui to sustainable communities, and the pattern was always the same: a big build-up to the event itself, when I gave my all, and a sense of exhaustion afterward. This is no longer the case.
For example, one Halloween I gave a talk entitled ‘New Theories in Hauntings’ to the local Cornish community, about how ghosts, ghouls and the like started to make a whole lot of sense once x-dimensional theory was applied. I explained right at the beginning how with a normal lecture a linear development is enacted: the speaker relays knowledge, and the audience hopefully learn something. With five dimensions that linearity becomes redundant: the end is as the beginning, only that which is innate in the gathering becomes more apparent. Thus, any imbalance is addressed. True to form, the audience responded with so much of what they had to share that I simply became a conductor at most, and at the end of the evening felt nourished rather than exhausted.
Furthermore, I was approached by one group of people who asked to meet me because they had been experiencing inexplicable phenomena with which they wished to come to terms. The meeting was so successful, we decided to come together for more regular ‘Spook Nights’, word got out and the group grew. It transpired that many people in the area had been experiencing otherworldly phenomena, but till then had not found an outlet to explore that safely. And as with the lectures, there was no sense of exhaustion on my part, no separation between myself and the group: I received as much as I gave, if not more. There was also a delight in Cornish pragmatism: ‘I’ve had a poltergeist in the house for three years. It’s not a problem but I would like to know more about it,’ or ‘Two Spanish sailors in sixteenth century garb walked past my window one day, and I never saw them again’, etc. A visitor I knew came to one of our meetings and said, ‘Anu, this is a meditation group without calling it meditation.’ Exactly. What we had was a collection of people asking the big questions about life and death. Each in our own way, it turns out – we are all seekers.
There is a prerequisite I should mention regarding deeper explorations into x-dimensional theory, which is that to be successful a combination of art, science and spirituality is essential. This is quite a big ask. We live in an age of specialism, where more than two of those aforementioned disciplines rarely if ever co-exist. For example, the TV show ‘Star Trek’ combined science and art so successfully that the first space shuttle was named Enterprise; yet any hint of spirituality was routinely condemned, always shown as suspect in the franchise mostly through corrupt or archaic imaginary religions. Art and spirituality are, of course, often combined e.g. Christian paintings and Zen gardens. Spirituality and science are also a regular duo, books on quantum physics such as ‘The Dancing Wu Li Masters’ immediately coming to mind. There are examples of various combinations of any two of these disciplines, but you would be hard-pressed to find all three. In fact, it was only recently when I saw an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks in the British Library that my heart soared, for here was a man using art and poetic language to depict his scientific observations, yet always with a sense of the transcendent.
Certainly, when all three disciplines function together, they each undergo a profound transformation: science becomes more fluid, open, imaginative and develops a conscience; spirituality develops new wings whilst becoming less gullible; and art leaves its tendency to pretentiousness aside, and is now more grounded whilst also serving a higher purpose.
I guess we need a new Renaissance.
As I continue in this vein – doing lectures, research and facilitating gatherings either sporadic or regular such as our ‘Spook Club’ – I am also designing a course so that participants can experience something of the beyond via these extra dimensions for themselves. There are a number of exercises available, one of which I have mentioned before and will now share in more detail:
When going on a journey, any journey, even shopping – there is a beginning, a middle and an end. For shopping for example, the beginning will probably be your house, the middle will be the shops, and the end will also be your house. There appears to be a linearity to this, but actually it is all the same journey. Like a piece of string, which has a beginning and an end, it is all the same piece of string.
So next time you embark on a journey note the essential nature of that journey right at the beginning. For example, are you held up by numerous obstacles and delays? If so, the chances are you will experience those same things throughout the journey until you return. Another example would be meeting a friend unexpectedly on the bus, then another in town, and again on the way back. As you become adept at this form of observation, any linearity of journeys becomes questionable: you are not going anywhere. The implication regarding the most obvious journey, that of birth to death, starts engendering a sense of timelessness, of eternity.
That is a very basic summary of the exercise. There are clearly more levels and depths to it, the outer form of recurrences for instance signifying something within and more quietly consistent. Even so, it is a very direct way of experiencing a five-dimensional perspective.
Paradoxically, the six-dimensional exercises tend to be simpler despite the ornate complexity of the sixth. Once one gets a sense of the various aspects of the Self that are available, the awareness of one’s current life as a performance rather than true representation, a transcendence of the Self becomes possible. As Shakespeare put it, ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.’ When truly understood, this can be profoundly liberating.
These are quiet beginnings (in a linear sense!), but as well as our regular tongue-in-cheek-named Spook Club, I have been writing and learning considerably more, conducted numerous successful evenings all over the country, and my booklet on ‘The X-Dimensional Self’ has been distributed worldwide, including being featured now on the home page of Britain’s premier UFO investigation site B.E.A.M.S. For yes, even UFOs start to make an odd sort of sense.
And it is the innate pragmatism of X-Dimensional Theory that continues to hold me, that it can provide ways of working with what are generally considered fringe experiences, forming bridges between earth and spirit.
As the great spiritual teacher Buffy the Vampire Slayer once said, ‘It’s all falling into place. Of course, that place is nowhere near this place.’
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