Infinite And Finite
is for the purpose of ending a journey at home with gains of the journey —
souvenirs, photographs, films, memories — that one can show or tell
about to others at home.
Infinite travel is for the purpose of continuing to journey
with inner growth from inner gains of traveling. An infinite traveler cannot
arrive back at home because his journeys are changing him. He cannot share his infinite
gains with those at home either, for they could receive such gains
only through themselves undertaking infinite
Finite travel is comprehensible because it
achieves known destinations and anticipated experiences or
travel is incomprehensible because it encounters unknown
destinations and unanticipated experiences or inner gains. In finite travel, one knows
what one will get from the journey and has planned accordingly. In infinite travel, one is
uncertain what one will inwardly get from any particular journey, so
one travels with room for changes of plan. Thus a finite traveler is nervous about unforeseen
contingencies; an infinite traveler is fascinated by unforeseen
finite traveler, inconveniences are unpleasant and threatening. For an infinite traveler,
inconveniences are educational and adventurous — they bestow
information and training for further, more extensive journeys within
Finite travel crosses over known borders
into expected scenes and activities for a definite or limited
time. Infinite travel
crosses over unknown borders into unexpected scenes and activities
for an indefinite or unlimited time.
Finite travel is undertaken with others of
one’s language and culture so as to bring one’s home and
conditioning along to prevent inner change of oneself. Infinite travel visits other
languages and cultures so as to modify one’s home and conditioning
through inner change of oneself and thus become a deeper, more
Finite travel has limited sensitivity to
new surroundings and minimal scope for fresh thinking. Infinite travel has
unlimited sensitivity to new surroundings and maximum scope for
finite traveler does not undertake any given journey to restructure
his worldview, but only to add to it. An infinite traveler
undertakes any given journey as a learning experience to help
restructure his worldview.
The travels of an infinite traveler do not accumulate in his
brain so much as they distill or blend into his living, growing
Essence of Being.
finite traveler travels temporarily as a physical organism having
sensations of superficial newness. An infinite traveler travels
continuously as a psychic being having
inner experiences of deeper unfolding of new impressions within new
meanings of life.
finite traveler is a body whose final
destination is death. An infinite traveler is a Spirit whose destination
is never final even in apparent death.