The Flow of Variations: the Guiding Signs
But how do you distinguish approaching shoals or a waterfall from a normal turn in the flow? We can orient ourselves in the sur- rounding world with the help of quite tan- gible signs. The world is constantly giving us these signs.
The most well-known and widely-distributed form of signs is omens. There are good omens and there are bad omens. If you’ve seen a rainbow – it’s a good omen. If you see a black cat – misfortune awaits. These are examples of established superstitions. Generally accepted omens have been formed as a result of many observations and comparisons. If a high enough percentage of the omens predict what they should, a certain pattern is determined, which then becomes a part of the public opinion, because people are always talking with one another about strange phenomena. However, omens don’t always come true, far from it. Why?
What happens when a man forgets something and he has to go back and get it? He is thinking: returning is a bad omen( see note below). He doesn’t necessarily have to believe in omens, but the stable, social stereotype nonetheless throws a shadow onto his subconscious. In his thoughts, he is expecting some kind of unpleasant event. Or never mind it, the man is thinking, I won’t go back. But that won’t be of any help either, because the even flow has already been disturbed and the man has already been thrown off balance to some degree. Expecting misfortune brings certain changes into the parameters of thought radiation, and the man is put onto a life track that corresponds to these parameters. He gets exactly what he is afraid of. He himself allowed this possibility in his script. This ex- plains why the percentage of “working” omens grows higher.
As you see, generally accepted omens cannot by themselves serve as laws or even as rules. Why is it that a black cat in particular is a standard bad sign to everybody? Or, put it this way, how in the world could a black cat have any kind of influence on our lives? The influence is not the cat, but your attitude to the particular omen. If you believe in omens, they will help shape the events of your life. If you don’t believe in omens, but have doubts, the influence of omens is weakened, but it is there nonetheless. If you don’t believe in them and don’t pay any attention to them, they will not have any influence whatsoever on your life. It’s all very simple: you get what you allow into your script. A man who views omens to be superstitions doesn’t have any indication of their validity in the layer of his world. Omens work in the layers of other people’s worlds because those people find proof for their belief in omens, but our skeptic does not.
If omens themselves don’t have any influ- ence on the events in our lives, then what guiding signs are we talking about? The black cat cannot have any influence, no, but it can serve as a sign, warning you of an event that will take place further on your way in the flow of variations. The question is then only: what signs could be considered guiding signs? After all, if you have made up your mind to monitor everything around you, then you could see signs everywhere. But how do we interpret them? We won’t con- cern ourselves with interpretations. This is a rather unrewarding task, as it is too unreliable and incomprehensible. The only thing you can do is to take the sign into ac- count, increase the Overseer’s level of awareness and be more careful.
The guiding signs are signs that indicate a possible turn in the flow of variations. In other words, a guiding sign serves as a herald of an event that will bring rather substantial changes into the flow of life. If you expect some sort of turn, even a very insignificant one, then a sign could appear that would sig- nal its coming. If an unexpected turn is com- ing up in the near future, some kind of a characteristic sign could appear as well. What do I mean by “characteristic”?
The point is that when the flow of variations takes a turn, you move over to a different life track. It will be recalled that a life track ap- pears to be more or less homogeneous, as far as the quality of life is concerned. A stream in the flow of variations can intersect various life tracks. These differ in their parameters. Changes that have taken place can be insignificant, but you would nonetheless feel that something is different. And it is this qualitative difference that you’ll notice, either consciously or subconsciously: as if something is
not quite the same as it was a minute ago.
Thus, guiding signs appear only in those cases when a transfer onto another life track is initiated. You could ignore a separate phe- nomenon. For example, a crow croaked but that didn’t put you on alert, you didn’t feel any qualitative difference - that means you are on the same life track as before. But if you did pay attention to the phenomenon, having felt something unusual, something odd about the whole episode - it could be a sign.
A sign is different from an ordinary phe- nomenon in that a sign always signals that the ongoing transition to a substantially different life track is going on. The phenomena that usually put us on alert are those that happen right after a completed transfer onto a different life track. This is because life tracks are qualitatively different from each other. These differences can be of various kinds and it is often hard to explain or put a finger on the actual difference: you just have a feeling that something is not quite right. When the transfer has been completed, we feel it intuitively and sometimes even notice obvious changes in how the signs look. As if from the corner of our eye we see, or suspect, that something new has appeared in the flow. Signs act as pointers, they say to us: something has changed, something has happened.
Usually, a phenomenon that takes place on the current life track doesn’t put us on alert. It has the same quality as other phenomena on the given track. However, if a man is ig- noring everything that happens around him, he won’t be able to notice the obvious signs as well. The transfer to a substantially different track normally happens gradually, through intermediate tracks. Signs on these tracks could appear as warnings having various degrees of severity. Sometimes a man ignores the first warning. The transfer continues, then the second warning appears, then the third and if after this he doesn’t stop, then what was meant to happen on the final track happens.
As we have already discussed, it’s very difficult to interpret signs unambiguously. You cannot even be sure whether a phenomenon that attracted your attention is a sign or not. We can only take into consideration that the world is trying to tell us something. We are mostly interested in the approaching shoals and rapids. Sometimes it would be nice to at least get a hint of what is waiting ahead. In most cases, you could phrase the question so that there would be two possible answers: yes or no. For example, will it work out or not, will I be successful or not, will I be able to do it or not, will it be good or will it be bad, will it be dangerous or not and so on. Any interpretation of a sign should be brought down to one question, the answer to which is either “positive” or “negative”. It’s not worth counting on a greater degree of accuracy.
The sign carries in itself a hint to the quality of the up-coming turn. If you associate the sign with unpleasant sensations and it fills you with misgivings, distrust, unpleasant surprise, worry, discomfort, then it means that the sign is signaling a negative turn of events. If the sensation is ambiguous, then there’s no point in trying to interpret the sign – the evaluation would be unreliable. In any case, you shouldn’t be worrying too much about this sign or attributing too much signi- ficance to it. However, if you have already paid attention to the sign, then you shouldn’t disregard it either. Maybe the sign brings a warning - that you need to be more careful or that you ought to change your behaviour or stop doing something in time, or choose another direction for your actions.
Signs can take on the most varied forms. You only need to distinguish what meaning they carry – positive or negative. For example, I am in a hurry, but an old little lady with a crutch is blocking my way. There is no way I can go around her. What does this mean? More than likely, I will be late. Or there goes my bus, which ordinarily doesn’t go very fast, but today for some reason it is speeding like crazy. Apparently, I’ve gone too far in some situation and I should be more careful. Another example could be that I am trying to do something that is not really going too well, no matter what I do. There is always something or other in the way and the whole thing is simply not running as smoothly as it should. Maybe it’s a dead-end and I don’t need to go down that way at all?
The main good thing about signs is that they are able to wake you up from a waking sleep in time. In addition, they make you realize that you are possibly acting in the interests of a destructive pendulum and to your own disadvantage. Humankind often makes fatal mistakes when under the pendulum’s zombi- fying spell, and only later remembers that they weren’t at all aware of their actions, not on their guard. In such cases, it would be useful to interpret even the harmless signs as warnings. It’s never wrong maintaining a sense of caution, being aware of what is go- ing on and having an overall sensible view of things. It is important to keep cautiousness from turning into anxiety and suspicion. You have to care about things without worrying about them. Give yourself out to rent, and be impeccable in everything you do.
Strange as it may seem, the clearest and most precise guiding signs are phrases spontaneously uttered by other people, something that was mentioned in passing, without put- ting much thought into it. If somebody is clearly and intentionally trying to impose their opinion on you – don’t pay much attention to it. But if someone spontaneously mentions something to you about what you could in a specific situation – take it very
Spontaneous phrases are those which people say without really thinking about it. You can probably easily recall a similar situation, where you answered something immediately, almost automatically and without thinking. It seems as if the answer is already there somewhere deep down inside your con- sciousness, and it falls from your lips, sur- passing the analytical mechanism of your mind. In a similar fashion, thoughtless phrases are mentioned when your mind is slumbering or when it is busy with something else. When the mind slumbers, the soul speaks and the soul, after all, is directly connected to the information field.
For example, someone says to you in passing, “Take a scarf with you, you’ll catch a cold otherwise.” If you don’t take the advice, you’ll regret it later for sure. Or say, you’re concerned with some kind of problem and someone incidentally recommends something that is of little importance to you. Don’t be in a hurry to wave it away. Consider their opinion instead. Or, in another case, you’re convinced you’re right, when someone by accident shows you that it is not the case and you are wrong. Don’t be stubborn. Take a look – maybe you are beating water with your hands?
Inner discomfort is also a very clear sign, only we don’t pay much attention to it in most cases. If you have to make a decision, no one knows better than your own soul how to make it. It’s often very difficult to under- stand what exactly the soul wants to tell us. But, as was shown above, we can quite un- ambiguously determine whether the soul likes the mind’s decision or not. Say, you have to make some kind of decision. Stop and listen to the rustling of the morning stars. But if your mind has already made a decision and you remembered about the rustling a little too late, try to recall what you were feeling when you made the decision. These feelings can be described as “I feel good” or “I don’t feel good.” If you made the decision reluctantly, if it didn’t really feel right, then you clearly “don’t feel good” about it. In that case, if the decision can be altered, go ahead and do it.
To determine the level of your inner discomfort is not too difficult. It’s only difficult to remember in time to listen to one’s feelings, since the mind believes to have authority in its reasoning and thus, it doesn’t want to listen to anyone but itself. The loud roar of common sense does not only drown out the whisper of the soul. Your mind is always trying to substantiate and prove its case in every way. Here you stand before a choice: “yes” or “no.” The soul tries to timidly object: “no”. The mind realizes that the soul is saying “no,” but pretends that it didn’t hear the soul’s whisper. So, the mind puts forward persuading arguments to support its “yes”, based on “sensible reasoning”. Having read these lines, put them away in a separate file in your memory and the next time when you are making a decision, remember them. You’ll see that everything takes place exactly as described above. I suggest you keep in mind this simple and reliable formula for determining when you soul is saying “no”: if you have to convince yourself and talk yourself into saying “yes”, then that means your soul is saying “no.”
Remember, when your soul is saying “yes”, you don’t have to talk yourself into anything. We’ll return to this formula later on.
You have to always pay attention to what signs your world is showing you. Having said that, you shouldn’t look for signs in everything. “Look, the birds are flying high in the sky. What could this mean?” Well, they’re not afraid of heights so that is why they are flying so high. You need only to take signs into consideration and keep in mind that they might be guiding signs. As soon as you forget about this, the pendulums will take you by the hand and you could become a victim of circumstances.
Special attention should be paid to those de- sires and actions that are able to change your life dramatically. If your desire makes you feel some discomfort and there is the possib- ility of refusing that desire - then do exactly that. In this case, the desire is not coming from the soul, but from the mind. The mind’s desires are always imposed by pendulums. The very same is true of actions. If you ignore the inner discomfort you are feeling, in the majority of cases nothing awful will hap- pen, but sometimes you’ll be very sorry. Therefore, if possible, it is better to refuse desires and actions that evoke discomfort, doubts, apprehension or feelings of guilt. This will greatly simplify your life and free you from a lot of problems.
However, there is one “but.” If a series of incorrect actions have tied an intricate knot then the method of simply refusing desires and actions won’t always be appropriate. In some cases, you will have to do “uncomfortable” things, like not telling the truth or go- ing to your much hated work. However, once these knots are untied, you can go right ahead and apply the method of refusing desires and actions.
That’s about all that can be said about guid- ing signs within the framework of the Transurfing model. Only you can notice and interpret your own signs. And you don’t have to take a course on how to do it. You will understand everything on your own, if you’ll pay attention to yourself and the world around you. Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t give too much importance and significance to ambiguous signs, as in doing so you could activate negative interpretations in the script of your life. In order to not run aground and to not drift into the rapids in the flow of variations, you only have to refrain from creating excess potential. Then you could get by without any signs. After all, it is beyond us to clearly understand their true meaning. The only sign which you should pay particular attention to is you state of inner comfort, every time you are about to make a decision. It’s really worth listening to the rustling of the morning stars.
--This is a popular Russian superstition.
--This is a popular Russian superstition.