Does experience continue after death? RealityTest believes so but proving this is quite the challenge. Mediumship is much more art than science, in most situations requiring a translation of subjective impressions. Suppose a more objective means of communication could be developed, one that would satisfy those who insist on so called empirical evidence?
Legions of skilled engineers from the dawn of modern industry to present times are dead, including huge numbers of hardware, software, and communications engineers, with more dying every day. The possibility of some of them applying themselves to this challenge has given rise to RealityTest's Dead Techie Project, a collaboration between the living and the dead.
The project is akin to bridging a wilderness chasm by first firing an arrow across the gap, one to which a string is attached; rope is then attached to the string and drawn across. More arrows are fired and a bridge is constructed. In the Dead Techie Project, the dead provide preliminary instructions to the living "archers" through mediumship and trance writing. Can this be advanced to first primitive Morse Code, then ascii text files, before moving on to more complex communications?
This all hinges on the ability of the dead to influence matter or energy in space and time in a consistent and detectable way. If minute fluctuations in magnetic field strength are chosen as the means of communication this has something in common with living subjects demonstrating psychokinesis in rare laboratory experiments. Endless questions arise. Are both the living and the dead primarily beings of consciousness, the living temporarily embodied? If so, how are living beings interfaced with physical reality? Can an artificial and necessarily primitive interface be constructed? As for the answers, time will tell; stay tuned.
Time Travel -- the State of the Art:
Old Pages (The Change)
At a time when millions of conscious minds focus daily on technology, the business of technology, and all of its myriad applications and ramifications*, others are more intrigued with the nature of reality, devoting long moments to focusing in this most basic direction amidst their busy days**. Contrary to the great bulk of established beliefs, this focus requires first and foremost that exquisite attention be paid to subjective reality.
Such attention need not be equated with "navel gazing," as it results from a realization that there is nothing in the external or "objective" reality revealed by our physical senses which doesn't spring from subjective or inner reality. This verifiable truth has been known throughout the ages, but has generally been quite obscured during the last few centuries, with their emphasis on the truths of a rudimentary science -- a science gazing only outwards is inevitably incomplete.
Those investigating the subjective realms are not necessarily arcane philosophers deeply steeped in academic metaphysical theories, scientists plumbing the depths of quantum physics, psychologists working in the field of consciousness studies, or others focusing on the physical brain and its relationship to mind, although certainly these groups include important contributors.
Nor are these necessarily those who believe wholeheartedly in various "New Age" teachings, although surprising truths can be discovered in these areas by those willing to sift through them, much as Victorian archeologists discovered priceless and amazing treasures by carefully examining huge quantities of ancient sand in such places as Mesopotamia and Egypt.
*This was written before the dot.com era ended; since then, first "fire, blood
and iron" then the interrelated topics of climate change, oil (peak or not), and economics have gained sway.
The old era gives way grudgingly, amidst great difficulties and cries of "Doom!" as rearguard personalities emerge then
recede, taking their disastrous strategies with them. Things are changing, swiftly, even as great flaws appear in what has,
until recently, been the prevailing wisdom.
Generally speaking, those of a religious persuasion (omitting obvious and notable exceptions) are not to be numbered amongst those so engaged, either, as these people are often convinced that no further efforts are required to comprehend questions of reality and existence -- they have chosen to adopt fully formed beliefs as handed to them by any of the great number of religious authorities.
But something is happening in our time, something is beginning to erupt in a great civilization changing groundswell, and amongst those most attuned to this something are a great number of nonconformists, dissatisfied with traditional explanations of reality -- whether scientific, religious, or philosophical.
It is from this area that the hazy preliminary outlines of a new and distinctly different global civilization are just beginning to emerge.
RealityTest, shifting its gears from an initial foray into the businesses and technologies of the moving image industry -- seen as manifestations of what it calls The Change (encompassing both widespread alterations of consciousness and accelerating technological changes linked to them, changes very noticeable when observing the passage of humanity from horse and buggy days through gargantuan industrialism and into today's world of rampant information devices and networks), will focus on the explorations of these nonconformists, rebels rapidly discarding established beliefs.
RealityTest initially used the word "meltdown" to describe the impact of The Change upon long established societal institutions, then replaced it with "metamorphosis" in response to comments from readers, seeking a gentler term. Perhaps "meltdown" was appropriate, after all; nevertheless, massive and rapid change in longstanding institutions, structures, and beliefs need not be perceived fearfully. Doing so may contribute, at worst, to an apocalyptic sense, at best to an obsessive longing for an imaginary golden past in which all is well and nothing changes. The Change can be seen not just as the end of a very long era, but also as the beginning of a new and expansive moment in time, one with great opportunities for resolving the challenges of life and increasing understanding in new and highly creative ways -- there is no reason to fear it; embracing it as fully as possible and exploring its nature will be RealityTest's preferred approach.
RealityTest will begin in this new direction by looking carefully at several forms of Time Travel, assisted somewhat by the discarnate H.G. Wells, dead since 1946. Wells, one of the modern world's first futurists (see Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought published in 1901 when he was 35) and author of The Time Machine, a work of fiction published in 1895, is no less intrigued by contemporary developments, although his current perspective is naturally quite changed from that of his living self. RealityTest is pleased to offer his present day thoughts as filtered through the minds of various mediums and presented using technnologies entirely lacking during his lifetime.
[Editor's note: Is there any simple way to know, with any certainty, that we have indeed accessed Wells? No. When Wells first identified himself through these utterances, privately, he did so apologetically, as though not expecting to be believed. At that time, RealityTest hadn't thought to make them public. Wells or not, or even the greater being of Wells -- scrunching itself into the shape of its departed earth personality -- or not, it doesn't matter; the essays are interesting all by themselves and could just as well be treated as an unusual form of creative writing. There is more to this, however, underlying connections which make this all quite plausible. These will be explored here or in Explorer at some future date.]
This section will continue to grow (along with associated sections) as RealityTest develops it. RealityTest opens it by defining time travel as the transcendence of the apparent linear nature of time.
As always, RealityTest will encourage its readers to experiment with techniques offered in tandem with those areas it explores. Click here to access a mailing list loosely focused on concepts and experiential techniques discussed here. See also The Great Coordination Point Expedition, an informal organization sponsored by RealityTest.
One of these days RealityTest will finally launch Explorer, a collection of writings focused on issues and events of interest to both ardent time travel enthusiasts and devotees of the new civilization beginning to emerge around us.
Explorer will feature essays, articles, reviews, and fiction contributed by a wide variety of writers and correspondents, some long dead (including H.G. Wells and Sam Clemens), some quite alive, and some yet to be born, from our perspective. (The RealityTest Interviews affords readers a glimpse of the nature of this intended publication.) Those sceptical of or disturbed by so called "channelled" writing can relax; none of the writers in question will be even slightly offended if their offerings are treated as a particular kind of creative writing.
Guidance will be provided by C.P. Scott, editor of The Manchester Guardian for 57 years until shortly before his death in 1932. RealityTest believes Scott's assistance will prove invaluable, although Explorer will of course be a far cry from the M.G. -- it will lack both news, in the traditional sense, and views, in the political sense. It will not appear within the regular solar rhythms of a daily newspaper, either, arriving instead on a highly irregular basis in conjunction with unknown and peculiar celestial circumstances.
Scott may sometimes bristle as he views contemporary events and personalities, feeling an occasional urge to pen provocative and Liberal -- in the old sense -- leaders, but death can enable an enlarged perspective, one from which even the most outrageous activities can be seen in a different light. Scott knows, too, that today's world is very different from his in many ways; his 19th-Century Oxford education, Unitarian upbringing, and earnest Liberal-Progressive outlook are seemingly very much out of place -- or, more correctly, out of time -- in the early 21st Century.
Like Wells, Scott was not fond of the occult in his lifetime, but has since gained a new understanding of such matters. Scott can well understand Wells' extreme pessimism just before his death, too, after reviewing world events taking place from 1932 to 1946 (and beyond), but like the discarnate Wells knows that the world of The Change offers optimistic possibilities.
In his well known 1921 "Comment is free, but facts are sacred" thoughts on journalism, Scott wrote: "Neither in what it gives, nor in what it does not give, nor in the mode of presentation, must the unclouded face of Truth suffer wrong." Scott's idealism may be quite difficult to apply to Explorer, considering its subject matter; nevertheless, RealityTest expects Scott's long experience in guiding diverse collections of writers and reporters will provide a necessary backbone for this new publication.
RealityTest, as part of its continuing experiments combining mild trance conditions with Internet interactivity, offers the following missive, posted to a Comment is Free discussion thread following Madeleine Bunting's New Atheism encourages what it disavows blog found here; Comment is Free is part of the guardian.co.uk site, yet another symbol of our rapidly changing mass reality and quite distinct from The Manchester Guardian, once delivered by horse-drawn wagons.
Is this a variation of creative writing, a genuine expression of the mind of Scott, or something else? It has much in common with the examples provided of the channelled Wells, being obtained in a similar way by a different conscious personality. RealityTest will continue to experiment before rendering any firm judgement (if one can even be obtained). In the meantime, it is not offended by those who insist this can only be a form of creative writing. Whatever it is, wherever it issues from, both the process and content provide food for thought; perhaps such utterances will cease to be at all unusual as we continue to move into an era of expansive consciousness.
Comment No. 574502
May 10 15:35 USA
I was a newspaperman and neither a scientist nor an atheist; God was a given, while science seemed likely to continue to reveal the secrets of the material universe He had created.
I could call myself a "subpersonality" (one of an unknown but apparently large number), occasionally viewing a very changed world through the eyes (and beliefs) of a conscious mind; a living self part of this changed world.
The situation offers me at times the ability to express myself, although all I write is colored or filtered through this contemporary conscious mind. Our backgrounds and educations, vocabularies, and mental associations are all quite different, so that I cannot quite "sound" like myself -- writing requires cooperation and the result is a kind of blending of two minds.
Details of my own experience are limited. The chief connection is the act of writing itself. (I wrote leaders, year after year; he posted -- and posts -- to Internet sites.)
This discovery came about quite gradually; a key experience was writing with such an intense focus so as to inadvertantly enter a mild trance condition, then noticing, afterwards, that what had seemed like a few minutes had in fact been many hours. The writing itself had an odd Victorian whiff to it, creating a peculiar puzzle for the conscious personality.
For the most part, neither religion nor science offers much of anything in the way of an explanation, while philosophy has been of little help, either.
The investigative activities of, say, Arthur Conan Doyle, never interested me during my lifetime; seances in darkened rooms were never anything I took at all seriously and I simply had no need whatsoever for Spiritualism.
Yet here I am, nevertheless.
I have been forced to conclude that something very significant, very basic, is missing from all officially accepted areas of knowledge, be those scientific, religious, or philosophical, and has been for a very long time.
A great hindrance to discovering what is lost or missing is the incredible hubris attending those who promote any of the officially accepted views.
One is forced to prowl amongst the fringes of knowledge, fringes considered in the large part disreputable and treated with disdain.
Fortunately, I have found old friends in my prowlings; I am not alone. To encounter a familiar mind in such strange cirumstances, one with whom I share experiences of a bygone England and one who became quite intrigued with this odd region -- a place where psychology meets the supernatural -- long before I did, greatly lessens my initial sense of a fearful isolation.
After conferring a bit, I must conclude that we live on the edge of new awakenings, and that what we had supposed we knew, collectively, was really little better than the imaginings of children.
Some humility is called for; our science, our religion, our philosophy, the myths we live by -- these will all become obsolete faster than nearly anyone might imagine.
(The full text of C.P. Scott's 1921 "Comment is free but facts are sacred" essay, published on the occasion of the centenary of The Manchester Guardian, is found here.)
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