Its only been a few weeks since I re-discovered my love for the water. I should have understood this fact from the beginning as I’ve lived near the water at the highest points in my life. However, life often blinds us to the simple things that enrich our lives.
I have spent so much time on my friend’s boat this summer, that I can feel the gentle rocking of the river even when I am lying still on my couch. It’s an exhilarating experience when you first step onto the boat, feeling how small you are compared to the might of the James river. You can feel the boat responding subtly to your movement as you shift from port to starboard. And the smell of the water overwhelms your mind with a melange of fragrances, carried on gentle breezes in heat and in cold.
I do love the excitement of fishing, especially for catfish. It has nothing at all to do with the need to forage for food. It is much more than that. When you are pulling in the fish, you have to be the fish for that span of time between hooking and landing. For that short time, you have to be one with the fish, understanding how you would try to escape what you feel to be an inevitable end your existence. You can sense the primal fear that is coursing through its veins as you try to coax it to the surface. But, the fish is not wise enough to know who I am, or understand that I simply wish to catch it and release it back — and create an adventure for another day.
Friday, I was fishing and I landed a four pound catfish — miniscule compared the river monsters that lurk in the depths of the channel I fish. That fish found me with the vigor or any human — rolling over, thrashing, trying to wrap my line around a pier. It breached the surface three times in my twenty-minute struggle — that deep blue and white indicative of the species — teasing me with each laborious moment. And, when I finally landed it, we saw eye to eye. The fish acquiesced to the fact that I had bested it. However, what was absent in its vacant black eyes was the understanding that I merely meant for us to compete. I wasn’t interested in keeping it — though I do love the taste of catfish — I can’t bear to take life. It does not seem fair for me to decide such things — as with many aspects of my life. I cannot be the judge or executioner because I do not have all the data that explains the full breadth of my action.
Fish are a lot like people. They live, they breed, they feed and the die. It is the fundamental aspect of being an organic creature in our wonderful but strange world. What I like about the catfish is that they are extremely intelligent, and engaging them in a fight is truly satisfying, like playing chess with an unknown opponent. But make no mistake on the level if their intelligence. They will outwit you in a heart beat if you are not careful.
We often catch people in our lines. You toss out your line into the water or into the world, and you do no know what will come up. That’s the beauty of our world in all aspects. I have often found that we are constantly casting our lines out into the world — to find friends, lovers or like-minded individuals. It is all done blindly because we cannot know what our line will catch. It may be what we are looking for, but it may be something completely different. What’s more, is it may be something more amazing than what we had originally intended to catch or do battle with.
I throw my line out with no expectations of what I will or will not catch. I’ve learned that the moment I try to target something specific, it seldom yields the I wanted. Now, I’ve learned that the universe will give you what you need, when you need it. It is the learning to listen that becomes the challenge.
I spent my weekend with amazing people, living in each individual moment, trying to improve who I am. Everyone in your life — the ones that contribute something positive (not necessarily intellectually) — brings something useful and enriching to your existence. You many not immediately understand the connection, or even the purpose, but if you look at the serendipity of those you have met, you will find that you are being guided. This is not so say its someone controlling you. This is to say that your impact on the universe is recognized, and you just have to learn to listen to those prompts.
After 43 years, I am only beginning to understand the music of our universe. But, I will say that I have learned when to listen and when not to listen, because there is a fair amount of noise.
I wrote this post from a partially selfish perspective. I wanted to record this weekend, for future reference, but I also wanted to impart to you — my friends — that life can truly be magnificent. We simply need to see it for what it is — moment to moment.
I wanted to talk about something that has become a bit of an obsession. I am one of those people who, if presented with a mystery, won’t stop until I’ve figured it out. So I’ve been researching a 30-year-old mystery that I myself witnessed back when I lived in the Philadelphia area — The Toynbee Tiles.
There have been many that have come before me about this particular mystery. Everyone has their own opinions, and it is time that I share some of my thoughts on the subject. There is a wonderful documentary called “Resurrect Dead – The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles” that was done a few years back. Using that documentary and my own independent research and thought exercises I think I have a pretty good idea about what is going on here. But first let me explain the mystery:
In the early 1980’s, tiles, like the one depicted above, started popping up all over Philadelphia. The tiles are embedded into the pavement through an ingenious method of using tar paper, asphalt glue, and linoleum. The persons placing these tiles, or Tilers, cut the messages meticulously out of linoleum, then they deploy them through various means. Tiles have been found in many cities all over the country and even in Argentina and Chile. The message is always the same:
Now let us dissect this message one line at a time as if it were a Nostradamus quatrain:
Arnold Toynbee was a British Historian & Philosopher. His autobiographical work, “Experiences” delves into his beliefs on god, religion and the universe. It seems that Toynbee’s idea comes from a series of passages in his discussion on the spirit:
Human nature presents human minds with a puzzle which they have not yet solved and may never succeed in solving, for all that we can tell. The dichotomy of a human being into ‘soul’ and ‘body’ is not a datum of experience. No one has ever been, or ever met, a living human soul without a body… Someone who accepts—as I myself do, taking it on trust—the present-day scientific account of the Universe may find it impossible to believe that a living creature, once dead, can come to life again; but, if he did entertain this belief, he would be thinking more ‘scientifically’ if he thought in the Christian terms of a psychosomatic resurrection than if he thought in the shamanistic terms of a disembodied spirit.
Toynbee eludes to the fact that resurrection is possible, but did he really mean dead people or something else? This message is augmented by the story The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury, the premise also being based on another Toynbee idea that we must always rush to meet the future in order to survive, which means, we must believe in a better world and create a better world. Life, after all, is a Waking Dream, as I’ve said on many occasions.
IN KUBRICK’S 2001
In Stanley Kubrick‘s magnum opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the story ultimately revolves around the cyclical nature of life and the cosmos. This movie still has profound effects on people seeing if for the first time. Even though it was done over 40 years ago, the message, the effects and the plot could easily be mistaken for a newer movie. It has truly endured the test of time. I believe that the Tilers had all seen this movie, and began to formulate their own beliefs on how we as a civilization can be resurrected. The movie is based on a short stories by Arthur C Clarke called “The Sentinel” and “Jupiter V”.
This particular passage is not as obvious as one would think, but on the surface it is believed that the Tilers were trying to explain that all the dead on the planet could be resurrected…
ON PLANET JUPITER
This is also not as clear as it may seem. This could be seen as a direct reference to the movie 2001, which revolves around a mission to Jupiter. However, people as ingenious as the Tilers would know from the book adaptation of the movie, which came out right after the movie, has the mission going to Saturn and not to Jupiter. Kubrick’s special effects department could not model a believable Saturn with its rings, so they chose to model Jupiter instead. However, in “Jupiter V” there is another clue because the space craft in that story, The Arnold Toynbee, does go to a moon around Jupiter. Why would Clarke name the ship the Arnold Toynbee unless he, too, believed in his ideas?
THE TILERS AND THEIR MOTIVE
Each tile has a smaller side text attached and eludes to a grand conspiracy between the media, our government and the U.S.S.R. Immediately one would think that they are merely a group of conspiracy theorists, yet, that is not the main purpose of the message. The quatrain is the main message, the sub text is warning others to be wary of the media, and make more tiles. Over the years it is clear that other Tilers have joined the movement because the styles have changed, and we have exceeded the life span of the one person, I believe, was responsible for beginning the movement, but we’ll talk about that shortly.
No one person has claimed responsibility for the tiles, however there was a group called the Minority Association which had connections to the message and philosophy of the tiles. There are three suspects uncovered who would have the intellect, means and motive for trying to spread this message:
1) James Morasco – A carpenter from Philadelphia who had a beef with the local media mogul John Knight, and had a fatal disease.
2) Severino Verna – A blue-collar worker from Philadelphia whose family owns a funeral home. He was also known to be extremely intelligent and kept dead pigeons so that he might be able to bring them back to life one day.
3) Railroad Joe – A rail worker who worked lines that ran near areas where tiles were found.
But the fact of the matter is that their identity was never meant to be discovered, and most likely never will. The message is not about a person, it is about the message itself. This group of Tilers, the Minority Association, saw something that today we still do not see. And this is the core of my conclusion.
I believe that the person who began the tiling and came up with the original idea was James Morasco. He mentions in a tile that he had a fatal disease. We know that James Morasco had his voice box removed, mostly likely due to cancer. He was faced with his own mortality, yet, I believe it was more than his own mortality he was concerned with. The media do control the message, and did even more so back in the days of the Cold War. But I believe that his original hypothesis was that we are killing our civilization. This is another Toynbee idea. “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” If we are killing our planet, we are committing suicide.
Jupiter has many moons, and I believe that the Tilers believe that we need to colonize those moons to save our own world from extinction. I interpret “Resurrect Dead” as resurrecting our dying civilizations, but learning from what we did wrong. I know there are many people who want to turn a blind eye to the fact that our climate is changing. I am a data geek, and though I don’t have all the data NOAA and other organizations have, I can see for myself that the climate has changed in my short 44 years on this planet. I am addicted to the weather, and process roadway weather in my data experiments. Things are not as they should be.
This is further exacerbated by the Solar Maximum, which happens every twelve years. This is a time when our sun is most active and produces massive solar flares and coronal mass ejections. This is to say that the sun has an eruption, like a million nuclear weapons going off all at once, then it shoots the debris in the direction of the blast. This is what causes the Aurora at the poles. And in the beauty of the Auroras is hidden a destructive force — Electro Magnetic Pulses. While this is not directly harmful to humans, a large enough CME could wipe out ALL of our electronics. A single burp from the sun could send us back into the dark ages. Billions of people would die over the course of days.
I am not predicting the end of the world, because it is inevitable. in 4 billion years our planet will be consumed when the sun expands to a Red Giant. Our planet will be nothing more than a cinder floating around a dying sun. This is the cycle of our universe. But, this effect would Jupiter a perfect candidate to retreat to. There are so many moons, and there is water on some of them as recent probes have discovered, and scientists discovered in the 1970’s before the Voyager probes.
We are on a collision course with disaster if we continue to treat our planet this way. Our Tilers know this, and they know that the media controls the message. Any information that could trigger mass hysteria is suppressed. One man’s plight has turned into a message that should not be ignored, nor be taken as the ravings of a madman.
And finally, we consider the film 2001, which is about a the stages of our evolution, and ultimate redemption. It reminds us that we should not rely on technology for everything, embodied by HAL. It reminds us that violence is never the answer. It reminds us that all things in the universe is a cycle and we must forage ahead seeking new ways to ensure that we, our civilization, does not commit suicide for being short-sighted. Kubrick believed this. Clarke believed this. And Arnold Toynbee believed this. If you look at the chronological events that happened in the year 2001, you can see that this movie is semi-prophetic, but that is something you need to research.
What does it all mean? It means that if we must plan to colonize other worlds to ensure that our species survives. We must learn that the wars we have fought have been needless. We fight over dirt. We fight over religion. We fight over material things. It is all summed up in Toynbee’s title, life is all about “experiences” and learning from our history. We have learned from our history in all the wrong ways. We have learned how to be more efficient at dealing death. We have learned how to rape our planet to the point of extinction. But we have not learned that we cannot stay on this planet forever.
I have said a great deal of things. I respect Toynbee, Kubrick, Clarke and the Tilers. They are trying to tell you something, but we are not listening. My friends, the universe is a waking dream. Each of us has the ability to force the powers that be to fix the problems. Force them to see that our planet, our civilization is dying. Awaken your weirdness and change the world.
So I will leave you tonight with a message from the Tilers, hidden in the subtext. “You must make + glue the tiles! You!!!”
Mark Meier, a fellow writer, asked me to join a blog tour last week. I am very grateful to be recognized by my colleagues and be asked to join in the fun!
Before I answer the questions for the tour, I’d like to introduce another blogger/writer with amazing insight and ability, Victoria Craven. Victoria runs the blog, The Autodidact in the Attic, which focuses on the macabre, horror and a wide variety of intellectual stimulus. Here is her bio:
V.L. Craven lives with her husband and pets. She writes fiction—both short and long—and reviews of books, films & art, as well as essays, articles and interviews with all sorts of interesting people.
She’s always appreciated the darker side of life, which is the focus of her blog The Autodidact in the Attic, (see also its Facebook page). TAitA has reviews of books, films, art, apps and games (and interviews with creators of those things) that will appeal to people with an interest in the macabre or gothic.
She will be posting her answers to the blog tour questions next Monday, so do yourself a favor and check out her amazing site.
Now on to my answers:
1) What am I working on?
I am always working on a variety of projects simultaneously, that’s just how my brain works. Right now, I am doing a serial short story on this blog, writing Book II in the Waking Dream Series — The Unkindness — and I am involved in a collaborative series with two other authors (details to come later this year). My Waking Dream Series is the primary focus and I am always doing research as the it covers alternate history, philosophy, and science.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write novels and short stories. My short stories tend to be very dark. My favorite short stories are the ones I write in Lovecraftian style. I am no Lovecraft, mind you, however I have enormous respect for his creations and imagination.
The Waking Dream series is really a mixture of many genres, so it is very hard to put it in any one box — I am not a fan of being pigeonholed. The Waking Dream Series is an attempt to blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Much of the subject matter is based on years of research. I have always been fascinated with the paranormal and the supernatural — specifically the potential of the human mind. The Waking Dream is my attempt to present a plausible framework for readers to suspend their disbelief and explore their own lives. Life is a dream, if you really think about it. We always have control over how our lives go, no matter the situation. And once you believe that, you can do anything.
The Waking Dream series has elements of horror, paranormal, supernatural, romance, dystopia, apocalyptic events and fantasy. It is very dark. One of my fans put it, “It’s the Matrix meets The Stand”. The first book is my Fellowship of the Ring. It is the twilight before the sun sets on our world. The subsequent books will descend further into the darkness of reality and the human mind.
One final note, there are many things hidden within the stories and novels, tying them together as well as giving avid readers something to discover within the text. Everything in the Waking Dream Series is carefully calculated. What have you found hidden within the story?
3) Why do I write what I do?
I love to create worlds. The Waking Dream is, as I mentioned, an attempt to impart all I’ve learned about the human condition and get the reader to explore and create their own dream. The world seems to be at an impasse, and we are not moving forward as we should from a philosophical sense. While the Waking Dream is fiction, there are elements of truth in ever sentence I write — the things I believe to be true.
I write the Lovecraftian stories because I want his legacy to continue, as well as many other authors. Being able to create a story that emulates the master gives me a sense of humility. Many writers have walked in his footsteps, but his personal commitment to his craft is something to be admired, respected and remembered for all time.
4) How does my writing process work?
I don’t have a specific process for writing. When I feel like writing, I write. And because I have a wide variety of projects I am working on at any given time, I choose the project to work on that most suits my particular mood. I believe that an author needs to be prolific to be successful. Very few authors become successful with one book, or even their first book. The more work you have out, you have a better chance of being discovered by new readers. It is a snowball effect.
One thing I do tend to stick to in any project is that I usually begin with an illustration. Next to writing, illustrating is one of my favorite hobbies. I have over 50 illustrations for the Waking Dream, as well as maps. I want the Waking Dream to be similar to the Cthulhu Mythos so that other authors can contribute their own stories to the ever-growing Waking Dream Universe.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this little excursion into my writing career. Perhaps you’ll be interested in reading my work, which is listed on the right side bar. Please be sure to check out Victoria Craven’s answers next Monday on her blog.
Today I wanted to tell you about a new project I am working on. This is something that I have given a great deal of thought to, and I have been asked by my friends and fans to discuss the philosophy behind my Waking Dream series.
The philosophy behind the Waking Dream is much more than a simple dark fantasy adventure story. I truly believe that we all have the ability to change the course of our reality. Dreamers are the ones who have that ability, and anyone can become a Dreamer, you just have to learn how to do so.
So, in response to all these questions from interviews, friends and fans, I am beginning a new project to be released at about the same time as the next book in the series, The Unkindness. This book will be called The Little Book of Dreams – Libellus Somnium, and it will be a non-fiction view of a new philosophy I have formulated called Mism, the Merger of all Isms. (Taoism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Communism, you get the idea). You can read the abstract at this link, and my view on creation. This is only the beginning.
The book is targeted to those who want to lead a more peaceful and meaningful existence. This is not to say that I have perfected my implementation of Mism in my life, but that is because we are not, and cannot, be perfect. Perfection is a myth, and a fruitless pursuit. We will always be learning, experiencing and evolving. But, I can say with profound certainty that we are eternal spirits. The body you inhabit now is just a vehicle. It allows you to experience the world, and experience the universe. When it is broken, you fix it. When it completely fails, you abandon it and get a new one to continue your journey.
Many people believe that there must be some specific purpose to life. There is and there isn’t. You create your purpose based on what you want to experience. The only innate purpose to life is to live and create the universe. We are all responsible for taking care of ourselves and one another, because we share a Oneness with each other. We all affect one another, therefore we are inexorably linked. My action causes your reaction. Reading this article will invoke thought, negative or positive, and that demonstrates the connection between us.
I always start off my blog posts calling you Dreamers, because those who read my blog are Dreamers, or want to be. And the more people I draw in, the more we can share intellectual discourse on how best to reshape our world. So writing The Little Book of Dreams will simply be a compilation of all that I have learned and infused into my life, as well as the stories and novels that make up the Waking Dream Universe.
I also believe in the Weirdness. That may sound strange to you, because it is just my word for magic. Do I believe that magic exists? Not in the Tolkien way, such as fireballs, wizards and dragons. I believe that each of us possesses an inherent ability that super-cedes conventional physics and what we perceive as impossible. I have seen and experienced many of these abilities in other people. Nothing is impossible — somethings just may not be probable, as we have learned through quantum mechanics.
At the core of Mism, we must understand that to completely understand ourselves and the universe, we must merge all of our disparate ideas into a cohesive framework that allows science and religion to coexist and explain each other. We would remove the distinction between the two and label it a philosophy of life. A Philosophy of Everything, if you will.
Now, you are probably asking yourself, who is this guy to tell me anything? The answer to that is very simple, I am the sum of everything everyone living and dead has taught me. And you are the sum of the same. I did not create this by myself, all of you have contributed to this idea, in one way or another.
Finally, you are probably asking, why would I bother to write this all down. And you are free to agree or disagree with me. But I am writing this down, because it takes just one thought to make a change. Look around you, look at the state of the world. Is this the ideal world you want to live in? Do you feel that the right decisions are being made? Do you have fear for the future? Are you concerned about what we are leaving our children? Have you lost your way? Do you know what you want out of your life?
I am going to give you my perspective on what truly matters, and hopefully in the process, I will learn more about you, so that I can improve myself as a person, and in turn make the world a better place for us all.
Have a wonderful day, and I thank you for listening to me babble, as always.
Today I am happy to reveal the new cover for Immortal Memories: Volume I (Second Edition)
This book will be available later this month via Amazon on both Kindle and in Trade Paperback. Immortal Memories is a collection of stories that will give a deeper insight into some of the lives of Immortals you met in the first novel of the series, Waking Dream: Devlin. There are nine stories in all, and each of them are in different genres — romance, horror, paranormal, alternate history, and even paranormal erotica.
More information about the final release date will be forth coming! But I can tell you that I will be offering the kindle and paperback version for a low introductory price! So you’ll want to grab this little gem quickly!
I get asked on many occasions why I’ve spent so much time working on this series before I wrote the book. Part of it was procrastination, but the biggest reason was the allegory behind the Waking Dream.
When I was a kid, I was very much enamored by H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. The idea of a writer creating a framework for other writers to contribute to was fascinating to me. And since the story “The Call of Cthulhu” was released in 1926, scores of renowned authors have taken their turn to try to rouse the Ancient Ones from their slumber.
I initially came up with the idea for the Waking Dream in 1995 as a Dungeons and Dragons style role-playing game. It was first premiered on Internet Relay Chat, where I had over 100 people playing at any given time. But as I began to write these elaborate story lines for others to interact with, it occurred to me that it would be more useful to write stories and novels, rather than a bunch of rules and dice play. The Waking Dream began to evolve.
I stepped away from the online role-play world and began to do serious research on how to make the Waking Dream a framework. But along the way, it started to become something much more than that. It started to become a philosophical debate on the nature of existence – a subject that has haunted me my entire adult life. I have for a long time stopped reading fiction, and jumped headlong into physics, cosmology, religion, philosophy, mathematics and metaphysics. And along the way, I created an entire universe populated by Dreamers, Sleepers and Immortals and solved — in my mind — the answers to our universe.
It does not matter really what comprises the universe, how it came to be, or where it will go from here. What does matter is the voyage and exploration of the self and understanding that we are all connected at a fundamental level, and the universe is our playground. We have gone about our search for the answer in the wrong way. Rather than trying to understand our consciousness and our spirit, we’ve leaped into the abyss, searching for answers in the stars — but the answer is in each and every one of us.
The Waking Dream books and stories and framework are to give us a way to be children again, when we looked at everything with wonder. Magic and Monsters are everywhere, we’ve just chosen not to see them in the same way we once did. We’ve allowed what we call the “common reality” — what the majority believes to be true — to make us blind to the true nature of the universe and thus, ourselves.
For me, the Waking Dream is not about making money, it’s about throwing a new idea out on the table for everyone to see. And in turn, I expect others to take up the mantle and submit their own stories about the Waking Dream. Because, in the Waking Dream anything is possible. And if we all take a moment to realize the Dream as something wonderful, it will be wonderful. But at the moment, we are creating a nightmare.
Waking Dream: Devlin is just the first of many novels to come. If you are looking to escape for just a little while, and you believe in any of the things I have said, I believe you will enjoy walking with me in the Waking Dream.
Today, as promised, we are going to explore the concepts of the Weird and Weirdness which is borrowed from the concept Quantum Weirdness, or what Einstein called Spooky Action at a Distance. There is one such known phenomenon that I discussed in a previous post called Quantum Entanglement, which is an unexplained mystery where by two particles can be created and sent across the vast distance of our universe, and if you change the spin of one particle, the other one instantaneously changes its spin. This, my friends, is the very basis for all of my theories behind the Waking Dream, the fundamental Oneness of all things in the universe, and the argument for magic, which I simple call Weirdness.
I have taken liberty through my own studies and thought exercises to conclude that Dark Energy is the basis for this weird behavior of our universe. In my theory, Dark Energy is all information stored since the beginning of our universe, which is why it constitutes a whopping 68.3% of our universe — and it continues to grow as the expansion of the universe demonstrates.
In a paper published by my friend Erik Andrulis, “Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life.” he posits arguments which could further the idea of this interconnectedness of our universe and all of the fundamental particles. I highly recommend that you give it a read and come to your own conclusions. It is time to go back to the drawing board and look at our wonderfully amazing universe from a different perspective.
The Way of the Weird
All things are created from what I call The Weird, it is an energy source that allows matter to be created and manipulated. It exists in a place between our reality, which I have called the Spaces Between. And in the bosom of the Weird all consciousness is created. It is from this Weird that Dreamers and Immortals are able to manipulate the Waking Dream. The ability to manipulate comes from the information and experiences we encounter in our day-to-day lives, forever recorded within the Spaces Between, allowing us to do amazing things. Through this increased understanding of our universe, we are able to make things better — such as moving from mud huts, to homes, to skyscrapers. All of this is inherently magical unto itself, however we have allowed it to simply become a mundane aspect of life. The fact that you can move a glass from the table to your mouth, then back again, is in of itself Weird. And we take it for granted.
In the Waking Dream, Dreamers and Immortals are able to tap into this eternal knowledge and there by manipulate the Dream, using an ability called Weirdness. But rather than just using mundane actions to manipulate the Waking Dream, they are able to return magic to the world, both good and evil.
Weirdness is magic of the Waking Dream. It is the ability to manipulate things in a supernatural sense. This gift comes from the knowledge that the universe IS a Waking Dream, and is not available to anyone who is not a Dreamer or an Immortal. Being a Dreamer requires one to accept the fundamental principle that the universe is a Waking Dream and that everything within it is connected. It is this interconnectedness that allows the Dream to be manipulated. If you are connected to everything everywhere in the universe, then you can manipulate it through this connection.
Weirdness is like an electrical current that transmits your will to other connected objects, allowing one to act upon it. We do this every day in a physical sense, but there are very few who have recognized that they can do this at the quantum level. All particles only exist as matter when they are required to interact, this is what we have learned through the wave/particle duality phenomenon. An electron, for instance, is not always there. It has a probability to be anywhere in the universe, though the probability lessens the further due to its relative position in the current moment. It also exhibits very strange properties which we still do not understand, but I will have to explain this more with an analogy.
Every single atom in your body is made of a nucleus which consists of protons and neutrons. And orbiting this nucleus, are one or more electrons. Now, here is Weirdness number one about the atom — it is mostly empty space. If we were to compare a solar system to an atom, putting them on a similar scale, with the sun acting as the nucleus, and the planets are the electrons, the distances between the nucleus and the electrons would have just as vast distances as the planets do with the sun. Hence it is mostly empty space between in each and every one of the billions of atoms that make up just your body.
The second Weirdness about the atom, is that the electrons move in completely unexplained ways from one orbit to the next. They simply pop out of existence and appear in another orbit in the atom. It is important to understand this point, they are there one moment, then somewhere else the next, with no time in between. Taking our planet analogy, this would be like Mars and Earth instantaneously switching places in their orbits around the sun. Earth and Mars would vanish simultaneously and reappear instantaneously in their different orbits.
The Weirdness ability in the Waking Dream uses these strange mysteries forces to cause things to be changed or come into creation. This is possible because in the Weird all experience exists, and we all know this, but we have chosen to forget it. But like any street magician, one must learn to fool the observer after much trial and error, until they perfect their trick. This is why a Dreamer is born without knowledge of their inherent Weirdness, and they must find their own unique way to express it, as I explain in my previous post.
This is a great deal of information for one to process, but there are many books and theories the both support and invalidate what I have said. This cancellation, thrusts my assertions into the realm of philosophical debate. It can only be tested one way, one must believe it, and simply do it.
Over the course of my life, I have met people with very strange abilities that I would absolutely call Weirdness. I have met charlatan magicians and fortune-tellers, but I have also met people who have been able to tell things or see things that they could not possible have known or observed in 10 minutes. Magic still exists, as any child will tell you. Perhaps it is time to look at the world around you and see it as a child would, full of wonder and awe and unfettered beliefs. It is only then that you an Awaken your Weirdness and change the world to be what it has the potential to be.
Next time, we will explore the realms of the Waking Dream Universe — The Waking Dream, the Sleeping Dream, and the Spaces Between.
In my last post we discussed the concepts of Immortality in the Waking Dream Universe. Today we are going to discuss the two other types of beings in the Waking Dream Universe — Dreamers and Sleepers.
But before we begin, I wanted to clarify that a Planet-Bound Immortal was once a Dreamer, and it is through the process of Awakening and Enlightenment that a Dreamer becomes an Immortal.
There is a two tiered allegorical argument when we speak of Dreamers and Sleepers. Dreamers, and Immortals, are the Architects of the Waking Dream. They are also those who will not sit idly by and allow their lives to be affected by others. They are people from all walks of life, from white-collar to blue-collar. Sleepers on the other hand, are the engineers or worker bees. They are people who do not accept that they have control over their life and look to the Dreamers to lead them. This is not meant as a derogatory statement, it is a simple observation. In one sense, Dreamers are the observer, collectively, in a solipsistic world, where the Sleepers do not really exist other than to be actors in the Dreamer/Immortal play.
Of Sleepers and Dreamers
In the Waking Dream, Sleepers can best be thought of as automatons, or robots. They are the vessel through which Dreamers can occupy the Waking Dream. They are born, live their lives according to the design of the Dreamers and Immortals. They are a function of the grand algorithm created at the beginning of the universe, as designed by the Creator. Their main purposes are to make the world for the Dreamers to live in, and serve as bodies for the Dreamers to interact with the physical reality. As mentioned in my first post in the series, when a Dreamer dies, they return to the Spaces Between, which can be compared to the Afterlife, or what I like to call, the InBetweenLife. It is the realm of the Weird, and it is from there that all consciousness emanates.
One point that needs to be made is that any living thing is a Dreamer, so it is not limited to humans. It may be the desire of a Dreamer to inhabit an animal, or a tree, because the Waking Dream is about experiencing the universe. We created the Waking Dream to explore every aspect of the universe, because it is a gift to have consciousness, and a gift to have such an amazingly diverse reality to explore.
Dreamers, at the base level, are pure consciousness. When they are not inhabiting a Sleeper and affecting the Waking Dream, they can peer into the life of any Sleeper and determine whether they wish to inhabit them. They also, for a limited time, can enter the Waking Dream, in an incorporeal form. Both Sleepers and corporeal Dreamers, can sometimes see them in these ghostly forms, which is where ghost sightings come from. Sometimes, they do forget that they are not in a body, and will return to a place they died again and again, depending on the manner of their death. Particularly violent deaths can cause a Dreamer to temporarily get stuck in a pattern, and this is what constitutes a haunting.
When a Dreamer enters the body of a Sleeper, at any stage of the Sleeper’s life, they take on the memories and persona of that Dreamer, much like when one chooses a character in a game. They forget all their past lives and memories, and the fact that they are a Dreamer. This is when they begin the quest to Awaken and use their Weirdness to affect the Waking Dream. One can think of this as learning how to operate a new vehicle. Once the Dreamer has full control of the vehicle, and knows its limitations, both physically, mentally and socially, the Dreamer can then undergo the process of Awakening, which happens differently for everyone. It is usually brought on by trauma of some variety, like someone slapping you in the face saying “Wake up!”.
Dreamers are connected to the Spaces Between by the Somnambula, or what used to be called the Silver Cord. This is how they are able to channel the energy, or Weirdness, to affect the Waking Dream. This also accounts for why Dreamers experience deja vu, as sometimes a location, conversation or experience, triggers a memory stored in the Weird.
All Dreamers exert their will on the Waking Dream in different ways, but they are usually subtle, as it takes a great deal of energy to create more dramatic effects, such as throwing a fireball at someone, which is possible, but usually only by Immortals who have a greater command of their Weirdness. Dreamers usually exert their Weirdness through either mundane abilities such as charisma to become a leader, or extraordinary creative abilities such as musicians, artists or writers. The more famous a Dreamer is usually tied to their Weirdness.
Other Dreamers exert their will in supernatural ways, such as practicing ritualistic magic, such as alchemy, Wicca, witchcraft or illusions. Others have abilities such as empathy, telepathy, telekinesis, or second sight. But there are many more ways in which Dreamers can exert their Weirdness.
In closing, I would like to propose to you a personal experiment. While I am presenting these ideas of the Waking Dream as fiction, there are some truths woven within this view of the universe as a Waking Dream. I tend to think that the only people who read my blog are Dreamers. They are people seeking others to share their thoughts, and learn from one another. They want to believe that they have greater control of their life and environment, yet they lack the solidarity from others with the same thoughts. This can be seen with the development of religion. Each religion has common beliefs among all of its members so that their beliefs become more real to the collective.
Take a look at your life, and see if you have your own Weirdness. Is it possible that all of the universe is really not what we think it is? Is it possible we are responsible for everything that happens on our planet on every level? The universe is inherently weird in the way that it operates. We still have not come to any conclusive evidence than anything we see is actually there. There is no way to know, and that, my friends, makes life all the more mysterious, wonderful and exciting to explore. If we have limits, it is because we have imposed those limits upon ourselves.
Next time, we will discuss Weird and Weirdness in the Waking Dream.
This is part 2 in a the blog series about the Waking Dream Philosophy. Today we are going to discuss my concept of Immortality and the difference between a Celestial Immortal and Planet Bound Immortals.
Before I get into the particulars specific to Immortality in the Waking Dream, I wanted to talk about the various forms and thoughts surrounding the concept of Immortality. Many cultures throughout history have tried, and continue to try, to wrestle with their own mortality. Death is the ultimate fear, and all fear ties back to death in some form or fashion. But the pursuit of immortality is of the physical variety. And were people able to be Immortal in physical form, we would soon over-populate the planet, unsustainable growth. The planet has a capacity, and until we find means to move to other solar systems and galaxies, we cannot afford an immortal populace. With my fiction aside, my personal belief is that we are immortal spiritually. Our consciousnesses, once formed, are permanently imprinted on the universe. We become a never-ending story in the library of the universe. Now on to Immortality in the Waking Dream.
The Story of Immortality
There are two types of Immortals in the Waking Dream Universe — The Celestial Immortals and the Planet bound Immortals.
There are several Celestial Immortals of note in the Waking Dream Universe. Celestial Immortals are unique to every universe and they are different from all the other Immortals because they were “born” Immortal. As mentioned in the Story of Creation, these Immortals are, with addition to a few mysterious entities, are:
The High Priestess
The Charnel One
Each of these Immortals is responsible for a certain aspect of the Waking Dream, similar to other polytheistic religions, however they are by no means Gods. They have existed since One had the first cogent thought in the vast nothing of the Spaces Between and awoke to the truth that the universe is a Waking Dream. Celestial Immortals are free to roam the universe, within a physical construct. They are also able to travel unhindered in the realm of the Weird, The Spaces Between (to be discussed in-depth in a later post).
It is seldom that Dreamers and Planet-Bound Immortals encounter these mysterious entities, and their true goals are completely unknown, though much speculation has been made. These eight Celestials are an immutable number, and there will always be eight in every single universe in the multiverse. They command the Weird with flawless accuracy and are not to be trifled with.
In addition to the eight Celestials, there is a mysterious ninth Celestial who is rumored to be the offspring of the Magician and the High Priestess. Little is known about this Immortal, and it is believed he/she is a hybrid between the Celestials and the Planet-Bound Immortals. He is simply known as the Hidden One, and is also rumored to possess the knowledge to wield the artifact, The Black Heart, to its full potential.
There are two levels, so to speak, of Planet-Bound Immortals. There are the Prime Immortals and the Lesser Immortals. How the five Prime Immortals came to hold this stature over the other Immortals is not known, however, they are:
Gabryal of Sumeria
Shemhazai of Egypt
Grigor Falken of Crete
Olivia Morgan of The Celts
Deakin Droon of Scandinavia
These Planet-Bound Immortal, as their name suggests, are unable to incarnate themselves anywhere than on our planet. Little is understood why they are unable to leave the planet. Once any Dreamer attains Immortality on their respective planet, they are unable to leave until that planet has run its course. The only known way for a Planet-Bound Immortal to leave Earth is through destruction by super-nova. Once this has happened, they are free to choose another planet, whereby they will be bounded to their new home.
Deakin Droon was the last of the Prime Immortals to attain Immortality. After his ascension, it was a thousand years before the Lesser Immortals began to emerge. It is unknown what happened during the thousand years of spiritual darkness, however, any Dreamer attaining immortality since his ascension is considered Lesser.
Lesser Immortals tend to be between five hundred and a thousand years old. They do not possess the same level of understanding of the Weird, and they tend to align themselves, either consciously or sub-consciously with one of the Prime Immortals. It is unknown at the time of this writing how many Dreamers have attained this status.
Continuing with our exploration of the universe, and all its glory, I want to talk about Oneness. Now you may think that this is not something related to the existence of the universe, but it is its most fundamental aspect.
The universe is an isolated system. Which means all of the energy — and subsequently matter — is finite. Which means, no new energy can enter or leave the universe. It can only change forms, and it constantly does.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of Oneness, let us talk about the fundamentals. Every atom in your body was created by a star. From the carbon that forms all the molecules that make up your cells, to the iron in your blood, to the hydrogen and oxygen that make up the water, to the gold in your wedding band. Every bit of it was created by a star. This means, that we are literally made up from the cinders of burning stars.
We gain our energy from sunlight. All of the energy that drives us in one form or another is derived by the sun directly or indirectly. We consume plants and animals that are nourished by the sun. And when they die or we die, we give up that energy for new life to be reborn, and the cycle continues until this planet is no more. We cannot escape this. And to think that any one of us is any better than another is plainly and simply wrong. We all come from the same thing — no matter how much money you have, or what color your skin, or what religion you believe. We are all connected physically this way.
But now, let us move onto the spiritual or energetic relationship we share. As I mentioned in my previous post, I believe that all the knowledge and experience we create is shared amongst ourselves. We are all teachers and students. We thrive when we are learning from one another and sharing what we know. This extends far into the past, as we learn from our collective histories, and into the future as we know what is to come. It is only when we recognize that we are all connected that we can truly shed our differences and embrace each other as kin.
In my last post, I mentioned the existence of a creator, and I wanted to take a moment to discuss that, because our individual perceptions of a creator are as varied as there are people on the planet. Since I cannot prove nor disprove God, I would never make a statement that there is no God. I spent most of my life as an application programmer and architect. I know that an application does not write itself, nor can a house design itself. The variables that define the universe are so exquisitely defined that if just one of them were changed infinitesimally, the universe would not exist at all. If gravity were just a little strong or a little weaker, nothing would be as it is now. All our atoms would fly apart, or the universe would crush in on itself. So, being a programmer, I am willing to say that in the beginning there was an architect, but I cannot tell you whether he is within or without of our system.
But now that the universe exists, and it has balance. We have become the stewards. There really is no need for a God figure because we have been given everything we need to exist. And now we all are collectively God, because we are in control of our reality whether we accept the responsibility or not. Accepting this responsibility is the most difficult thing we humans struggle with. Some of us accept it openly, while others want to believe that they need guidance by a supernatural entity. That is not necessary, because we have one another to admonish ourselves when we are wrong, and praise ourselves when we do amazing things.
The glue that makes us One, is that we are connected through a complex web of inter-relations, vis-a-vis, love, compassion. When we make a friendship, we become connected to the friends of our friends, ad infinitum. Social Media can show us that we all are connected at nth degrees of separation. And though I’m not a fan of Facebook, it has shown me that you can follow a trail from one of your friends to just about anyone else on the planet. It has exposed that we are all truly connected either directly or indirectly. But I will take a leap and say that we are connected a much more fundamental levels.
Last night, a friend of mine posted this reply in response to my last post. It is one of the most poignant observations I’ve read and I wanted to share it with you all.
It’s hard for Me – that is, everyone that I am, anyone that I am – to come to terms with being God…but once I know Myself, well, then, I know I am old and young, good and evil, man and woman, sick and healthy, straight and gay, and so on – how could I not have compassion, acceptance, love, and understanding of Myself? – Dr. Erik Andrulis
I urge you to check his blog, because he is on the same path as I am. And his insights might give you further food for thought.
So today, I will end this post with another question, and I ask you to step out of yourself before answering. Look at your friendships, your relationships, your family: Do you believe that every human on this planet is connected at a spiritual level or are we just islands in the sea?