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. Many would say this has already been accomplished, based on the results of ITC (Instrumental Transcommunication) and EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), both pursued by growing numbers thanks to the Internet. Even so, output is somewhat limited -- nothing akin to, say, the channelled Seth material, in which trance dictation yielded a number of published books -- has been recorded. Is there some particular difficulty associated with creating voices? Might some other procedure yield superior results? 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.Ken Olsen (1926-2011), Engineer and Co-Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, was asked in September, 2012, whether he thought communication between the living and the dead might be facilitated by electronic means. A medium (unfamiliar with either Olsen or DEC) translated Olsen's thoughts into spoken words. Olsen replied in the affirmative, but added: "...you may have to involve venture capitalists, as considerable resources may be required."
Time Travel -- the State of the Art:
Arnold J. Toynbee -- Time Traveler
Mind Loosed from its Tether -- The Channelled H.G. Wells
Bringing the Body Along -- Physical Time Travel
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 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. See also The Great Coordination Point Expedition, an informal organization sponsored by RealityTest.
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