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AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE for 07/25/2005
Vol. 2, #169

The experience of consciousness visiting which I've tried to examine from different angles in previous columns still evades what I feel is a clear explanation. Perhaps to get clearer, I'm going to have to get muddier. I've already explained what the experience is like, how I managed on many occasions to experience portions of the lives and memories of other persons witrhout intruding on their privacy. But the ability to do this, which many writers have, still hasn't been explained to my satisfaction.

But in a recent column where I discussed the problem of non-locality as established by Alain Aspect and his team who demonstrated that there was signaling between photons at speeds greater than light-speed, seemed to suggest, along with Bell's theorem, that there was no such thing as local, or far away. In fact, everything was just about instantaneously in touch and locality had no meaning. All vicinities were in the neighbourhood, so to speak. Built upon properly, this notion, known as non-locality literally changes the shape of the universe. Everything is really right here, at hand.

Considering that, it occurred to me that Superman himself was only utilizing the fact that everything was right at hand, and so-called superspeed was simply a way of reaching out alongside himself instead of chasing across the universe. Because, the universe was all together in one place.

Having decided that, I thought I'd ask myself a simple question that would completely explain consciousness visiting.

How does consciousness visiting relate to non-locality?

There is apparently a state where every manifestation of consciousness is not a clustering but, in fact, a unit. There is one unit of consciousness that is everywhere, the wave state. (No two electrons will ever exist in the same quantum state, because there is only the one state available to the observer. Then everything else is off the table once a selection has been made. It is at this point that an electron loses its classical indefinable fuzziness, becoming as Fred Alan Wolf puts it, "a construct of human thought." *( p.47 Mind into Matter, Moment Point Press 2001)

So, in a sense, consciousness visiting has to do with a single act of attention in which a unit of focused awareness emerges from the collapse of the quantum wave. The observer, which in this case happens to be myself, has a synoptic view or sense or immersion, I can't really say in which way it happens, so that seeing and knowing becomes simultaneous, or even part of, the full awareness of others, and that simply because, in that moment of vision, there is only the knowing. And it takes a leap of self-recollection to realize that the knower is in fact myself.

Is it really as simple as that? Then how come we're not all doing it? It would seem that our minds have decided to function as if it had two parts. If I'm me, then there's something outside of me, which, because it's OUTside, extends infinite distances in all directions. We've created the Outer world, and, of course, an Inner World. No, it wasn't always like that. During what they now call the dream time, the Australian aborigines decided to step into their dreams and take up residence in this new Outside. But they know it's only an artifact.

As for us, somehow, we don't. Not yet. But we may be coming back to it. In fact, I personally suspect that Superman with all his faster than light flashing around, is really putting us all on. Because he knows it's all inside. He really has to know.

--Alvin

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