Perchance To Dream

My sleep was restless this night, so I am up at this ungodly hour and writing. Dad is probably near the end of his life–seems unlikely that he will improve or that he will linger too long in this condition. It is the way of life here, so I understand that. Still, it can be emotional. Last night, before bed, I spent a few hours composing letters to Senators and a Congresswoman (his district) asking for help with the VA. It is a classic Catch-22. They keep approving him for more hours of help each week, but they have no one to send out to actually help. So, my sleep was not sound. I am up.

But all is not lost. As I walked to the bathroom, I had this flash of insight. What would reincarnation look like if we could draw a diagram of the different lifetimes? The simplistic answer is to talk about one lifetime in a straight line, followed by a blank space, followed by the next straight line followed by a blank, and so on. But what if the diagram really looked much more like a bush or tree with hundreds or thousands of little branches growing out of a central trunk?

Mathematically, this makes way more sense. The first line of attack for the skeptic is to point to population studies that show an ever increasing earth population. We can put someone in hypnosis, and take them into parallel lives–whatever the hell they are! So, say, the little limb that I grew out of might have 10 other twigs growing out of it? Makes some sense, doesn’t it.

Or does it? Maybe I am just trying to fit a square peg in a round worm hole? What if the idea of “sequence” exists outside the idea of time? Maybe “after” I check out of this life, I decide that the right conditions for growth can best be found during the time of the Roman Empire as a soldier. So my “next” incarnation is 2000 years ago or so. Hum?  Bob Monroe suggests something like this in one of his books.

Now we can go back to the “straight line” model for our lifetimes (or timelines in NLP terminology). It is just that we are no longer lining up the straight lines on what we call “time.”

Or, maybe it is the shrub model, but sequence exists outside time? Now, what does that look like?

What difference does it make?