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During the years that I was writing The Dancing Wu Li Masters and after, I was
drawn again and again to the writings of William James, Carl Jung,Benjamin Lee
Whorf, Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein. I returned to them repeatedly. I found in
them something special, although it was not until later that I was able to understand
that special ness: these fellow humans reached for something greater than they were
able to express directly through their work. They saw more than they could express
in the language of psychology or linguistics or physics, and they sought to share what they saw. It is what they sought to share through the medium of their work that drew me to them.
They were mystics. That is my word. They would not use such language, but they
knew it. They feared that their careers might become contaminated by association
with those who did not work within the scientific model, but in the depths of their
own thoughts they each saw much too much to be limited by the five senses, and
they were not. Their works contribute not only to the evolution of psychology,
linguistics and physics, but also to the evolution of those who read them. They have
the capability to change those who touch them in ways that also cannot be expressed
directly in the terms of psychology, or linguistics, or physics.
As I came to understand, in retrospect, the magnetic quality that these works held for me, I came to understandthat what motivated these men was not Earthly prizes or the respect of colleagues, but that they put their souls and minds on something and reached the extraordinary place where the mind could no longer produce data of the type that they wanted, and they were in the territory of inspiration where their
intuitions accelerated and they knew that there was something more than the realm of time and space and matter, something more than physical life. They knew it. They
could not necessarily articulate this clearly because they were not equipped to talk
about such things, but they felt it and their writings reflected it.
In other words, I came to understand that what motivated these men, and many
others, was in fact something of great vision that comes from beyond the personality.
Each of us is now being drawn, in one way or another, to that same great vision. It is
more than a vision. It is an emerging force. It is the next step in our evolutionary
journey. Humanity, the human species, is longing now to touch that force, to shed
that which interferes with clear contact. Much of the difficulty in doing this lies in
the fact that the vocabulary with which to address this new force, which is indeed the
eternal force, is not yet born.
In this moment and in this hour of human evolution this proper vocabulary and
means of addressing that which longs to transcend religiosity and spirituality and
assume the position of authentic power is longing to be born. We need to give that
which we as a species are now touching consciously for the first time a vocabulary
that is not clouded so that it can be identified clearly in the acts and judgments of the human race, so that it can be seen clearly, and not through veils of mystery or
mysticism, but simply as the authentic power that moves the force fields of this Earth of ours. I hope that this book will assist.
As a way of talking about what we are and what we are becoming, I have used the
terms five-sensory and multisensory. Multisensory is not better than five-sensory. It
is simply more appropriate now. As one system of human experience winds down
and another, more advanced system emerges the older system may appear by
comparison to be lacking, but from the perspective of the Universe, the language of
comparison is not the language of lesser and better, but of limitation and opportunity.
The experiences of the multisensory human are less limited provide more
opportunities for growth and development and more opportunities to avoid
unnecessary difficulties. I have contrasted the experiences of the five-sensory human with the experiences of the multisensory human in each instance to make their differences as clear as possible, but this does not mean that the five-sensory phase of our evolution, the phase from which we are emerging, isnegative in comparison to the phase of our evolution that we are entering, the multisensory phase. It is simply that it is now no longer appropriate just as there came a time when the use of candles became inappropriate because of electricity, but the advent of electricity did not make candle power negative.
Who among us is an expert on the human experience? We have only the gift of
sharing perceptions that hopefully can help those on their journey. There is no such
thing as an expert on the human experience. The human experience is an experience
in movement and thought and form, and, in some cases, an experiment in movement
and thought and form. The most that we can do is comment on the movement, the
thought and the form, but those comments are of great value if they can help people
to learn to move gracefully, to think clearly, to form like artists the matter of their
We are in a time of deep change. We will move through this change more
easily if we are able to see the road upon which we are traveling, our destination, and
what it is that is in motion. I offer what is in this book as a window through which I
have come to see life. I offer this window to you, but I do not say that it is necessary
that you accept it. There are so many ways to wisdom and to the heart. This is our
greatest richness, and the one that gives me the most joy. We have much to do
together. Let us do it in wisdom and love and joy. Let us make this the human
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