Between Eternities

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He woke up in the light. Even though he blinked hard under the warmth of the white glow, the light didn’t blind him, so much as it bathed him.
He gulped for air, then for words.
Shadows flitted through the light and the man became aware of presences. He felt them before he heard them. It was a soft mumble at first, but, then the man could make out words.
“Am I dead?”
As consciousness surfaced, he remembered tales of people who experienced clinical death and returned -- the all-embracing light, the warmth, the dreamlike fog. Maybe he was dead.
“No, Kurt, you are not dead. Far from it. Maybe the farthest from it ever.”
Kurt Johnson heard his name and pieces of his identity swirled through his mind the way autumn leaves dance in a breeze. New York City. The vacation home on the Maine coast. The University of Washington.
The net swirled and each nodule seemed to settle in a single hub -- his wife, Miriam. He remembered the first time he saw her sitting alone in the business logistics classroom during the fall semester of his junior year. He saw her sitting on the deck, sipping pensively at her morning tea.
But he heard the crash -- the metal retching, glass shattering crash.
“Where is Miriam,” he struggled to say to the closest shadows.
“I’m not sure what you mean,” the calm, serene voice said. Kurt began to see the outline of a man’s face, then the features formed.
“This may take some time to get used to, but things have changed -- quite dramatically -- since you’re accident,” the man said.
At that instant, Kurt remembered the crash.
“Did she die?”
“We only know that you were in a coma for some time and, eventually, technology progressed to a point that we could resuscitate you and restore your cognitive functions,” the man paused. “I am Dr. Shoenstein, your health reprogrammer.”
“You mean doctor?” Ken asked hesitantly.
“Well, we have discovered that health is really a quantum computational thing. Small adjustments on the molecular level and quantum level are really all that is required to maintain perfect health.”
Dr. Shoenstein continued to tell Kurt of his recovery and describe new technologies that evolved during the two decades that Kurt remained comatose. He had no real words of consolation for Kurt, who agonized over the loss of his wife.
“We have incredible virtual reality immersion techniques, Kurt, including brain computer interfaces that connect to quantum artificial intelligence that can amplify your memories and imagination to create a reality indiscernible from the one you are experiencing,” said Shoenstein. “Some people, however, like something more physical and use the simul-cube, a simulator that generates actual matter into absolutely accurate settings and people, only limited by your imagination.”
Kurt stared blankly at the wall, swirling with blue, green and red flashing lights.
“I’m sorry, doctor, but that sounds like empty shadows to me,” Kurt said. The doctor patted Kurt’s leg lightly.
“Give yourself some time,” Dr. Shoenstein said and left the room.
In the months that followed, Kurt tried each of the simulators. Often, he felt absorbed into these dreamspaces, but would, at the last moment of full-absorption, despair that the simulation wasn’t real.
A worker monitoring the simulation facilities noticed Kurt’s despondency.
“You know, there’s an old guy who claims he’s found a travel through -- you know, travel through time and space. Most people think he’s a nut -- he’s a rej.”
Kurt was intrigued, “What’s a rej?”
“Just people who reject society,” the worker said. “Loners.”
The man gave directions to where the man -- supposedly -- lived, a forest of rolling hills outside of the city  that served as a reservation of sorts for people who preferred to live simply.
Kurt trekked through the forest -- the worker had described the woods as almost impenetrable, but for Kurt, who spent his childhood in the dense hardwoods of Minnesota, it was an easy hike. He walked for about an hour when he spied a cabin in a clearing, matching the worker’s description.
Kurt knocked cautiously.
The wooden door opened a crack and kind eyes peered out.
“Can I help you traveler?” The man said. The voice to match the eyes.
“I have been told that you can travel through. I’ve come to learn how.”
“Come in,” the man said as he opened the door, revealing a sparse, but comfortable cabin. “But I am afraid you have been misled. I have not learned any secret.”
Kurt told the rej about the accident and his wife. When Kurt was done, he cleared his throat and said, “You see, I told you I have no secret because there is no secret to traveling through time and space because there is no time or space.”
“I don’t understand.”
The man smiled, “You don’t have to understand. In fact, understanding is what holds you in the here and now. We have been taught that there are an infinite number of universes and realities that surround you, in scientific terms, many worlds. But this is incorrect. There are not many worlds, there are thoughts of many worlds. It is all just information and what travels through those universes of time and space is the thought of thoughts and those thoughts choose whatever vehicle -- a human body, an atom, the feather of a falcon, for example -- to experience reality on whatever level it chooses.”
Kurt followed, but barely.
“Find the source of those thoughts and you find the roots of your experience. You may find that not only has your wife never departed from you, but is, in fact, inseparable from you, as are all beings and all life.”
Kurt glided from the cabin, in nearly a daze. He sat calmly on a stone in the woods and stared into the sunlight filtering through the trees. The light was momentarily blocked and a familiar hand slipped into his own.


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