Once upon a time, the New Age community with its multifarious news outlets lived off somewhere in the fringes in a weird world far beyond the confines of mainstream society. No one outside this community itself paid much attention to their goings-on, let alone their terminology.

In recent years the number of people engaged with alternative philosophies has grown enormously. Films like The Matrix have brought esoteric concepts into mainstream entertainment. Along with that shift comes a new lexicon. Thousands of people now identify themselves as Lightworkers. The Ascension process is being decoded and documented by highly articulate writers like Lisa Renee. They are, by necessity, inventing terms as they go.

While that lexicon is lengthy and confusing to newcomers, there are two terms that stand out both for their shortness and for the frequency with which they recur: 3D and 5D.

What are 3D and 5D?

Simply put, 3D and 5D are terms used by the alternative communities to refer to the current (3D) and emerging (5D) paradigms. 3D refers to the current global environment with its polarised worldview. Everything is good or bad, up or down, rich or poor, right or wrong. 3D is underpinned by the positive and negative currents found in electricity and magnetism. The imperative to polarise makes 3D a world of competition. 5D represents a unified worldview. There is no good or bad, up or down, rich or poor, right or wrong. There just is. 5D is underpinned by scalar or zero-point energy. The absence of polarity makes 5D a world of co-operation.

Some New Age writings, such as the well-known Ra Materials from the early 1980s, refer to dimensions beyond the 5th. Other writers refer to dimensions up to the 12th. I’ve even seen references to a 33rd dimension—33 is a ‘master number’ in numerology and it sounds pretty impressive. But who knows what it is? It’s so abstract as to be meaningless, so forget about it. 3D and 5D are enough for right now.

What about 4D?

Poor 4D! Where has it gone? Actually, it hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s 3D that doesn’t properly exist in this context. 3D refers to the dimensions of height, width and depth. But we also experience another dimension as well—time. This isn’t just a wacky New Age construct; it’s used in this sense in relativistic physics. So what we refer to as 3D is actually 4D.

The concept of a 5th dimension is used in mathematics, but that’s not what we’re dealing with here. 5D introduces the non-physical dimension of the heart, i.e. unconditional love.

How can unconditional love be a dimension? That makes no sense to the logical mind. Perhaps not, but it is what differentiates 5D and none shall pass without it.

How can unconditional love be a dimension? That makes no sense to the logical mind. Perhaps not, but it is what differentiates 5D and none shall pass without it. As Vidya Frazier writes, “dimensions are not places or locations; they’re levels of consciousness that vibrate at a certain rate.” We progress from 3D to 5D by releasing polarity (i.e. judgement). As we do, our resonance changes and with it our experience of life. We gradually shift from competition to co-operation in alignment with our own unique resonance.

Don’t get hung up on the terminology. And don’t try convincing anyone—including yourself—that you’re in a dimension other than where you are. Resonance never lies.

Image: Up in the Air by Ian Carroll on Flickr. Cropped to 16:9.