The World is After the Fact – William Samuel

This episode’s reading is an essay by William Samuel titled “The World is After the Fact” from his book The Child Within Us Lives! In it, William Samuel reaches out to the audience laying bare the depth of his understanding and felt experience of Reality. I’ve only scratched the surface of William Samuel’s teachings, so owe it to a listener’s recommendation to include “The World is After the Fact” in The Induction Series.

This is podcast # 3 in The Induction Series. The aim of this series is to focus on “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said that “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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Selected Links and Topics from this Episode:

  • Time, Space, Sequentiality
  • Inverted cosmologies
  • “The divine WHAT exists before the image we see.”
  • “We see that matter is neither real nor unreal, and it appears in and as our experience for good reasons to be understood.”
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2 thoughts on “The World is After the Fact – William Samuel”

  1. Hi Shaun,

    Found an interesting piece that I feel is pretty good. It is challenging for the mind to contemplate it. It is a while now since I have found a piece this engaging/challenging. I thought it would be suitable for your induction series, see what you think. I found a smaller part of it on the page 205, The Supreme Doctrine. Colm H found the original translation with more in depth background to it, which I feel is even better than the smaller version. It is called “Inscribed on the Believing Mind” from a guy called Chien-chih Seng-ts’an:
    Thanks again.

    1. Yes, that’s an interesting one. Bob Fergeson made a small booklet with it back in the early 2000s, and it’s in Bart Marshall’s The Perennial Way. Those and Suzuki’s are all fairly different translations. I’d forgotten I recorded Bart reading it and posted that to Youtube:

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