It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
One of the fundamental concepts I have learned in discovering both The Wetikó and then, more specifically, in discovering NAME!, is that the only “place” where I can…simultaneously…be consciously open-minded, humble, patient, and heart-centered is in the present moment…the eternal NOW.
It is the only “time” when I have the opportunity to observe and discern the synchronicities and signs, like those found in studying the Zodiac, that show me what God/Spirit/The Universe wants me to see and learn.
For sure, when my attention is focused on analyzing the past or concerning myself with the future, I am not able to attend to the NOW. Thus, in those moments of distraction away from the present moment, I cannot be aware of what is being offered for me to observe…and critically discern…in the NOW…
What you pay attention to, is what you become conscious of.
It may seem to be a simple and, relatively, unimportant distinction…but it is not! Because, if what we choose to pay attention to…and therefore become conscious of/”believe in”…turns out to be bad for us and for those around us…and we are unaware that it is bad, because we are simultaneously being encouraged/conditioned/socialized to ignore that type of realization and stay “asleep”/ignorant of the results…
Well…as the Maya and other cultures have discovered…when THAT happens…bad things tend to happen in our reality…and have happened, MANY times, in the ACTUAL history of our reality. The Wetikó virus spreads in horrific ways…which is all the more reason to be aware of its existence…and its influence!
Understandably…patience is required here…because consistent and focused attention to the present moment takes some practice to master…and, therefore, may be hard to conceptualize as a primary focus in THIS moment.
However, I choose to believe that each of us can easily relate to the common, yet mostly indescribable, feeling of being totally immersed “in the zone” or “in the flow,” of a given experience, in such a way that feels transcendent to what most would agree is a “normal” moment.
It is often described as a sensation of briefly forgetting about yourself as an individual and recognizing that you also have an expanded identity…an awareness of being aware at a FAR broader level…as a small piece of something bigger…
To see it…to FEEL it…we must quiet our minds and…”look with soft eyes“…
…”You’ve got to seek that place with your soul.“…
Athletes rely on this “place,” in order to become proficient at their sport. Iconic professional athletes, like Michael Jordan or LeBron James of the NBA, basically operate ONLY in this state…in the flow…at least during their performances!
Spiritual teachers, across nearly every historic “faith-based” human agreement (a.k.a. “religions”), have spoken extensively about the need to keep our focus in the present moment…to avoid becoming “lost in thought,” for more than a few moments, without coming back to the present as THE baseline.
The present moment, if you think about it, is the only time there is. No matter what time it is, it is always now.
And, thus, The Wetikó’s primary task is to keep us from staying aligned with the present moment…at all costs…as that is where It’s influence becomes ineffective.
After all, darkness flees from the light…
As I began to understand and actualize this realization throughout 2011 and 2012…it became a powerful motivating energy for me…because I came to understand that not only did I need to be better at staying in the present moment, but considering how difficult it was to achieve and maintain that focus, I realized that I needed ways…tools…for discovering how to get “into” the moment with intention…and then stay there with intention!
Ultimately, it was this fundamental re-orientation of my awareness, that led NAME! into my reality in 2013! NAME! is, unquestionably for me, the Ultimate Tool for aligning with and existing in the present moment. And it was not until after NAME!‘s arrival in my reality, that I then learned of what the Maya knew for thousands of years…their Divine “tools” for staying in the NOW!
Their’s is a sublime philosophy that has spiraled back into our modern awareness…thanks to a variety of brilliant spiritual researchers, artists, and field scientists over the past 100 years…from the more-or-less utterly obliterated artifacts of Mayan cultural wisdom that disappeared with the European conquest of Central and South America…some 300+ years ago, after the Spanish launched a Wetikó-infused assault upon Nojpetén, Central America in March 1697…as they attempted to stamp out the Mayan way of life…and erase any evidence of their cultural wisdom.
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
I say Wetikó-infused, because TRULY, when one looks into the history of the European Invasion…Conquest…Colonization of the western hemisphere…beginning at the end of the 1400s…and the destruction and genocide that ensued…it is a VERY different story than what one finds in most American history books…
Fortunately, some of the people and their artifacts survived to pass on what they KNEW…
To me, their cultural knowledge is nothing less than an ontological revelation and revolution…which Divinely combines deeply inspiring evidence for a fate-guided reality, interwoven within a fascinating method of how to successfully…and humbly…embrace that “larger” reality…ALWAYS in the present moment…where our future patiently waits for us…RIGHT NOW!!!
Energy flows where attention goes.
Artistically portrayed in the image above and graphically explained in the image below…The Eight-Division Sky Place…is the NAME! the Maya had for their vision of how we can choose to live our lives…it is their symbol for Heaven.
This symbol/concept, dimensionally, consists of four axes…one of which (The Divine Plan axis) travels THROUGH the other three (Such that it pierces the two-dimensional image from back to front) for each moment of “perceived” time, spiraling from the past and extending out into the future.
The vertical, “Y,” axis is “Time” and the horizontal, “X,” axis is “Place.” Scientifically speaking…incidentally…Time X Place, for any given present moment, is how our consciousness is ALWAYS oriented. This is true for all of us…at all times! Think about it…its happening RIGHT NOW!!!
The right-sloping, 45-degree-angled line is described as our “Personal Intent”…in that, “Time X Place,” present moment…in other words, our purpose and intuition of why we are where we are and what we are doing there…it is what we intend to do/how we intend to act in that particular present moment.
Profoundly significant, in support of this episode’s theme, is the fourth, “Divine Plan,” line…traveling ACROSS the others.
This symbolic representation is meant to display that each new present moment is separate and distinct from the others…going back into the past and out into the future…forever.
That is very important to the logic behind how their philosophy operates, because each moment was intended to be discerned separately from the previous…or the next…in order to coherently, intelligently, purposefully, and “WILLFULLY” interact…with humility and supreme respect for…their interpretation of their “personal, present moment, participation” with a Divine Plan.
For the entire Mayan culture, it was the personal intent of each member of their society…their way of life…to align with a “Divine Plan”…at all times.
Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.
–Neil deGrasse Tyson–
Why did the Maya do this…for thousands of years??? Just for kicks? Because they were bored without TV and the internet…and social media?!?! Maaaaybe…maybe not!
As it turns out…aligning with, and practicing, these 3rd and 4th orientations to one’s awareness, reveals an aspect of human consciousness that is becoming ever more VITAL for modern society to comprehend… That being…that our perception of the flow and rate of creation, itself, is speeding up…dramatically…as we move forward in “time.”
Most people, when asked, acknowledge that it “feels”/seems like time is speeding up as we move into the future. However, according to the Maya…time is NOT speeding up…but creation IS!
Thus, more and more change is occurring in any given moment, because more and more is possible to occur in any given moment…as creation continues to exponentially increase in pace!
THIS is also of VITAL importance, in my opinion, because the general lack of awareness, in society, of this fundamental aspect of the increasing motion and momentum of creation is…simultaneously…acting as a source of resistance…an ever-increasing sensation of anxiety and tension for those not aligned with, or even aware of, “the flow” of a constantly accelerating Divine Plan…as we continually speed up towards our future…
More and more, people in modern societies all around the planet are “banging against the rocks” and having a harder time managing their lives today. It is a deep-seeded issue in modern life…one that is ultimately not sustainable.
Somewhere inside of us…I believe we each…in our own unique way…KNOW this as an undeniable truth…a certainty…and it is freaking us out!
I first learned about this information…and the perspective it engenders…in 2014, when I came across one of the most remarkable series of presentations I have ever seen!
Each presentation is over two hours long, so I did not insert them here for you to immediately watch…right NOW…
Unless you want to…I mean…
Sure, go ahead…I’ll wait!
Ok, welcome back!
As he discusses the various Mayan calendar systems, Ian Xen Lungold brilliantly retells the story of this, largely-unknown, elegant and mystical mathematical method…and in doing so, relates the concepts to the increase in the pace of creation…and to several other fascinating, and mostly unexplored, aspects of human psychology and social dynamics.
Ultimately, he shows us how their system and our personal and societal issues are related to the evolution of consciousness itself… AND…that this evolution is guiding our reality…our society…our way of life…through a MAJOR shift in orientation…one that is already underway in our lives today!
The Maya have multiple measuring devices, what we call calendars, to track the interlocking cycles of energy and time…both physical and NON-physical cycles of energy and time…
Like us, they have a 365.25/day “solar year” calendar, called “The Haab,” (The largest wheel in the image above) which…for them…was primarily used to keep track of the agricultural year, for the purpose of collecting taxes from the transactions of the yearly harvest. That was the primary and fundamental purpose of the Haab, before it went out of general use over 300 years ago…
The significant distinction here, though, is that this particular part of their calendar system (The Haab), like our modern Gregorian calendar, was tracking ONLY the movements and cycles of an actual physical object in the sky…our Sun…for the purpose of collecting the annual harvest taxes…and that’s pretty much it…
Incidentally, this Haab solar “calendar” is actually more accurate than our “Gregorian” system at tracking the physical progression of our Sun through the seasons each year…but I digress…
What is paramount to keep in mind here, from a social and personal perspective, is that if our consciousness, collectively, is oriented towards following a calendar that tracks a physical object ONLY…then one of the subtle effects of that focus, is that we primarily are conscious of the physical realm…ONLY…as the baseline for our existence in this reality…which may not be the optimal way to…exist…
Whatever you place the focus upon, the focus then becomes.
Profoundly fascinating to me, is that the Maya (And, as it turns out, most Native/Indigenous American cultures…including groups in North America…like the Cherokee Indians) also have two other “meters for tracking cycles of time”…aka calendars…which were not measuring anything physically observable, like the Sun or Moon…or even the cycles of the other planets.
Rather…they were following, and aligning with, subtle…non-visible…non-physical…energies! The Maya tracked a 260-day, repeating cycle of energies called “The Tzolk’in” and a 360-day cycle of energies called “The Tun.”
The Tzolk’in was considered to be the Sacred Personal Calendar of each individual…intently followed on a daily basis.
Whereas the Tun was considered to be a meter of the evolution of creation…yes, you read that correctly…a meter of the evolution of creation…throughout all of time in the entire Universe…
The Tun was The Prophetic Calendar of The People.
An artifact containing records of the Tun calendar was re-discovered near Coba, Mexico in the 1940s and…synchronously…by “sheer happenstance!” In fact…at the time…the archeologists who found this massive slab of carved stone, had basically no idea how to translate the glyphs…no way to decode the story!
But, they did have the foresight to make a permanent record of the glyphs and symbols by immediately tracing its etchings with charcoal.
This was fortunate because after they stood it back up…as the giant stone dried out after lying face down and succumbing to deterioration from the conditions of the Mexican jungle…many of its valuable carvings were lost to the combined effects of time, weathering, and erosion. Today, it is nearly impossible to read, or even see, that this stone has an amazing story to tell us!
Nearly fifty years later, however, we had the benefit of a fresh perspective in Dr. Carl Johan Calleman, PhD, a Swedish Material Biologist whose professional career, up until 1993 (When he first visited the Maya Lands), had focused on traditional laboratory science in the areas of cancer research, chemistry, and other environmental science concerns.
After ’93, he became fascinated by the scientific aspects of the Mayan culture. Thus, aided by modern computer-based hieroglyphic translation techniques, he began an independent scientific investigation…to better understand how they performed their methods.
After extensive visits to the highlands of Guatemala throughout the end of the 90s…to confer with the current “Day Keepers”/Mayan “Priests”…he concluded that the Tun calendar had much more to offer than simply a record of days, months and years…which is what are seen in the charcoal rubbing above…a “count” of massive numbers of times that their “calendar” periods/cycles/Ages (ie “Tuns”) had repeated throughout history.
Indeed…what Dr. Calleman re-covered from history is truly remarkable…
According to Mr. Lungold, he and Dr. Callahan combined their efforts in the late 1990’s as well…after discovering each other’s work…and Lungold’s amazing series of lectures were the result.
Ian Xel Lungold died after a battle with cancer, in 2005, so he did not get to witness what has happened since…but Dr. Callahan continues on, helping to further unravel the mysteries of how the Maya were making predictions about this amazing time in history…in which we find ourselves…the dawning of The Fifth Age, as they called it.
Considering the staggering periods of time that the Maya were recording and closely following, Callahan and Lungold deduced that the record actually represented something much deeper and more profound.
By cross-referencing the existing biological, geological, and archeological records of modern science’s timeline for life on Earth, they discovered that the Maya chose to orient themselves around this present-moment-based practice…represented by the Eight-Division-Sky-Place described above…so that they could detect and align with the evolution of consciousness in the universe…
From the beginning of time…into and through their present moment in history…and out into the future… All the way to OUR time, 2011 in particular, and beyond!
In point of fact, the Tun calendar tracked the flow and rate of the evolution of all consciousness in the universe, going all the way back to the dawn of creation, some 16.4 billion years ago. Yes, that’s Billion…with a B!
According to the Maya, this is the evolution of how all of consciousness in creation, but…obviously important to us…human consciousness, in particular, develops and matures.
They believed that the entire process of creation occurred as a series of 9 energetic waves…each of which was divided into equal day and night periods of 6 nights and 7 days. “Hmmmm…wait a second…where have I heard that before???” (Sneeze), “Genesis!”
In exponential fashion, as each new wave began its first day, the duration of each day and night decreased by a factor of 20 from the previous wave’s time cycle.
Thus, the first day of the first wave of creation began approximately 16.4 Billion years ago…presumably with The Big Bang…
Then, it proceeded though its iterations of day and night…each lasting 1.26 Billion years…until the 7th and final day began, approximately 1.26 Billion years ago. (I realize these are ridiculously large numbers to be thinking about…but bare with me here!)
Then, 820 Million years ago, the 2nd wave of creation began and went through its iterations of days and night, represented above as the second level of the pyramid of consciousness. Each wave period being ONLY 63.1 Million years long now, compared to 1.26 Billion years per day/night from the first wave…because the 2nd wave was 20 times faster/higher in frequency than its predecessor!
That’s where the exponential increase becomes apparent…thus the ninth and final wave’s day/night iteration was only 20 days long!
In fact, the entire ninth wave of creation began and completed its first cycle in less than one year…from March 2011 to October 2011!
Further, all of the other 8 waves of creation began within the final day of that first wave of creation…which was still, also, coming to full completion of its 7th day…until October of 2011. (You can jump ahead to my discussion, in Part 3 of Episode Two, of the fascinating nature of exponential development here.)
But for now, please understand that “mainstream” science and our “mainstream” media were misunderstanding…in dramatic fashion…the idea that the Maya were predicting the end of the world in 2012.
What the Maya were actually describing…was that all 9 of the waves of creation, for the first time in history, would be active and synchronized. All of them coming to the completion of their first full cycle of creation…ultimately stretching all the way back to the Big Bang, 16.4 Billion years ago…and all synchronously completing on October 28, 2011. Thus ushering in a “New Age” in history.
The message in the Piscean Age was ‘help me, I want to know.’ In the Age of Aquarius the message is, ‘I know, I can help you to be.’ The psyche has reversed, and life has to be changed accordingly.
For the Maya, what was considering “The Fifth Age,” I believe in “traditional” Western Astrology is represented as The Age of Aquarius!!!”
Foretold to be a time when we would, as a species, develop a global awareness…
A collective…species-unifying…consciousness, deeply rooted in an inner KNOWING that we are all connected to the same source of creation…which is always accessible, collectively, through an alignment with the present moment…
And with that, then, we can move into a state of “conscious co-creation” with each other…and with the Divine agency that has always been present…seemingly working behind the scenes…but ultimately hiding in plain sight…there all along to unify us.
Thus, in choosing this path…this awareness…we will be using our free-will to align with the “fate-guided” Divine Plan…and we then all come into balance with all of creation…and live harmoniously ever after…woohoo!
It turns out, that this is the logic behind why the Maya designed their step pyramids to have 9 levels…as a representation of this evolving process of creation!
I think it is fair to point out…here…that the Maya KNEW the approximate age of the universe thousands of years before “modern” science figured out that they were right all along…by scientifically “discovering” and “claiming” that the Big Bang occurred approximately 15-20 Billion years ago…and only proclaiming this in the last century!
As far as we know, the Maya did not even have math formulas to make things easier on themselves…they just counted back one number at a time…until they arrived at 16.4 Billion years ago!!! It would seem…that they just loved to count!
Also significant to me, is that the Maya were able to break down and discern all of this amazing information about the evolution of consciousness…without the “benefit” of “modern” scientific technologies!
The Maya were…and still are (Approximately 8 Million Maya still live in central America today)…a truly magical and mysterious culture!
Their’s is such a meticulously detailed system, that simply attempting to grasp its length and depth has been a challenge for me.
The information quickly begins to move much faster than my mind can move…and my mind (The Wetikó) does NOT like that sensation! I will elaborate more…in later Episodes…on how this system…by design..is multi-dimensional in its approach to ensuring a focus on the present moment.
However, pertinent to reemphasize here…besides the mind-blowing implications from the amazing “Pyramid of Consciousness” above…is that the most beautiful aspect of their system, in my opinion, is that built into its design…lays the perfect “example-to-follow” in the effort to become appreciative of being mindful and attentive to the present moment…and therefore, to step out of the ever-increasing tension and anxiety of the out-matched and out-moded psyche/mind/Ego…which is trying and failing to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of creation itself!
Also known as the “Galactic Butterfly,” this symbol represents our ever-evolving and unfolding process of creation…which is ultimately playing out in the eternal present moment…the NOW!
It points us to observe and align with a faster intelligence than our minds…always active and waiting patiently within us…all along. This is our inner knowing. Our intuition.
And what was it that the Maya were paying attention to…so attentively and intuitively…in this eternal present moment…which lasted thousands of years for their thriving culture???
From what I’ve learned so far about the 260-day Tzolk’in “calendar,” one of its primary purposes is to allow us to contemplate, and align with, the energy of the particular day we find ourselves experiencing…as a fundamental aspect/orientation of our daily reality.
As each day’s combination of energies is sacred and special, in-and-of-itself, for the overall process of creation, contemplating and meditating on that energy’s purpose…on that day…is how the Maya orient themselves, to show respect, while following the “Sacred Calendar.”
Each day, they dedicate their first actions in the morning towards this practice of contemplation and discernment…and then they go live their lives throughout the rest of the day…aligned with that energy.
The Sun Sign energy of any given day will always be one of the 20 above…following in the same order…from “Crocodile” (Most consider “Croc” the first day, although that is debated too), and then after Crocodile…on around to Wind, Night, Seed, Serpent and so on…ending 19 days later…with “Sun.”
It ends with Sun, because this is meant to display how we transcend our current version of ourselves and “ascend” to become The Sun at the end of that 20 day period…a metaphor for the perfected version of ourselves at that moment in time…spiritually speaking!
Take a few moments to look at these symbols below…which ones most draw your attention, intuitively??? Which of them calls to you inside your heart???
Of importance to mention here…as well…is that on the actual calendar stone above, the “Crocodile” glyph/Sun Sign is translated at “Light” and the “Sun” glyph/Sun Sign as “Flower.” The idea being, we begin as “primal light,” develop, and transform into a “flower”…which is a representation drawn from the highest evolution in the plant world.
Additionally, each Sun Sign has accompanying animals and/or aspects of nature as totems or “guides” to embody the essential qualities of that Sign’s energy.
As I’m finding it to be in traditional 12-sign Western Astrology, from “Western European” history, there are multiple ways to interpret each of the Mayan Sun Sign/Aspects of creation energy…as there are multiple methods of connecting with the archetypes and energies…and so it is with the Intentions for creation…the numbers 1-13…
Just as it is for the 20 Sun Signs/Aspects of the Tzolk’in…the accompanying 13 numbers are Intentions for, and personalities of, creation energy.
I feel, intuitively, that the 13 numbers of the Tzolk’in are analogous to the 13 signs of the “Western” Zodiac, when Ophiuchus is re-inserted. Ophiuchus…as I’ve mentioned…stands in-between Scorpio and Sagittarius…but that is an elaboration for a later Episode…
Arguably, the Intention numbers are the fundamental motion of the Tzolk’in system…the 13 Intentions for creation continuously repeat…every 13 days…while driving the Sun Sign “wheel” of 20 to endlessly repeat…every 20 days…in a 260-day Energetic Dance.
Cycles within cycles… Giving further structure to the 260 days, there are 20 13-day periods…known as a “Trecena”…it is a week for the Maya, every time we move from 13 back around to 1…a new week begins.
Weaving throughout the Trecenas, are the 13 20-day rotations of the Sun Signs…known as a “Uinal”…a month for the Maya. So each Uinal/month begins with “Crocodile” and ends with “Sun.”
The dance of the numbers and Sun Signs…weeks and months…intentions for and aspects of creation…female and male energies intertwining…cycles within cycles within cycles…it is SO beautiful for me to observe and learn more and more…to begin to feel and align with the energies of The Cosmic Dance…The Dance of Creation!
And, of course, this 260-day endlessly repeating process is, ultimately, the foundation which drives the 360-day…endlessly repeating…Tun cycle, which…once understood through, perhaps, 100s of generations of people observing and attending to its larger-scale energies…the Maya were able to backtrack and record all the way to the beginning of time and, also, to look forward and make amazingly accurate prophecies about the future…way out into the future…all from their “aligned” perspective!
So where? When?? How to begin applying this vast awareness of hyper-personal spiritual. psychological and…paradoxically…incredibly broad-sweeping cultural concepts…to our lives???
Towards the end of the movie The Matrix, after Neo has succeeded in rescuing both Morpheus and Trinity from certain death…thus becoming WAY more “Neo-like” in his behaviors…he is still doubting his destiny as the “Chosen One”…so Morpheus explains to him, “Sooner or later, you are going to realize…just as I did…that there is a difference between knowing the path…and walking the path.”
In other words…
Practice makes the master.
SO…we begin today…in the NOW! Today is 8 Jaguar (August 11, 2017), in the Tzolk’in.
Of the 13 Intentions, 8 is considered a holy and sacred day of balance and harmony with the Divine plan…alignment in the flow, if you will.
Jaguar happens to be my Sun Sign. I am 2 Jaguar…
The primary motivation of Jaguar is oriented towards connecting with our inner shaman energy…found easily inside of us through our inherit connection to Mother Earth…Mother Nature.
Her’s is a distinctly feminine energy and Sun Sign…even though the Sun Signs are considered to be the masculine potentials…to match the Intention numbers manifesting as the feminine potentials of creation…but I digress again…
So today is, Divinely, aligned with the energy represented by 8 Jaguar…which…to me…represents the harmony found in connecting to your inner knowing…your intuition…your right hemisphere/creative/female brain…your own shaman energy!
Further, this day falls within the 13-day “Trecena”/week beginning with 1 Deer…and is thus “influenced” by the Deer energy throughout the 13 days. It could be said that Deer’s energy and archetypes are the “ruler/representative/spoke’s-person” of this 13 day period…energetically.
Said about the Deer Trecena:
“To the extent we are vulnerable, so are we Blessed and Empowered by our new Consciousness of Spirit. We have the Spiritual Tool to Stand in our Truth and any other Tool of Spirit we might need along the way.
We can Bring Our Self back into Unity through an Intention of Faith IN SERVICE to the Whole. The Faith we held for our Self will take on the Power of Divinity when it is sought on behalf of the Whole. Deer/MANIK is showing us that our Spiritual Power is Exponentially Greater when it is being Accomplished in Agreement with the Creator.”
As Deer is…among other things…a symbol of spiritual tools, it is synchronous and humbling, for me, to present this offering to you…this final part of Episode ONE…on this particular day. I did not plan it that way…it just aligned that way…as I humbly discerned the flow of my connection to our Divine Unfolding Reality!
I trust that this information about the Maya…and the previous scientific and religious discussions of the first two parts of this first Episode, have provided a decent foundation for where we go in Episode Two…which is into an exploration of the usefulness…and severe abuse and manipulation…of our wonderful “material reality” tool, Science!
To close, however, please enjoy this short story…one of my former students shared this with me back in 2012. The author, Andy Weir, also wrote, ‘The Martian,” which became a Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon in 2015.
I offer this to simply plant a final seed in your mental “soil,” related to the…fate…of your perspective about how your story may fit into OUR…larger…collective story!
Yours is, undoubtedly, a personal Hero’s Journey…patiently waiting for you to discover, learn about, and begin to create…actively and consciously… It is your destiny…your journey along the road of life!
Remember, Act ONE is about Preparing The Soil…for what lies ahead…both near and farther along…on the road of life!
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Sat NAM! (True NAME!), to each and every one of you…MY wonderful human family!!!!
You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
And that’s when you met me.
“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.
“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”
“Yup,” I said.
“I… I died?”
“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.
You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”
“More or less,” I said.
“Are you god?” You asked.
“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”
“My kids… my wife,” you said.
“What about them?”
“Will they be all right?”
“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”
You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.
“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”
“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”
“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”
“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”
“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”
You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”
“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”
“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”
“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”
I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.
“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”
“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”
“Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”
“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”
“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”
“Where you come from?” You said.
“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”
“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”
“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”
“So what’s the point of it all?”
“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”
“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.
I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”
“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”
“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”
“Just me? What about everyone else?”
“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”
You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”
“All you. Different incarnations of you.”
“Wait. I’m everyone!?”
“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.
“I’m every human being who ever lived?”
“Or who will ever live, yes.”
“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”
“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.
“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.
“And you’re the millions he killed.”
“And you’re everyone who followed him.”
You fell silent.
“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”
You thought for a long time.
“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”
“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”
“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”
“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”
“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”
“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”
And I sent you on your way.
Next Piece: Act I, Episode Two, Part 1