The Observer

Yesterday, I was driving home from work in Boston to my parents house in New Hampshire. As I was pulling out of a side street, onto a major road, I looked to my right and saw no cars. I looked to my left and saw no cars. However to the left I was unable to see more than 50 feet down the road because the road went up and over a hill. So I looked quickly to my right once again to make sure it was clear and took my foot off the break petal. As the car started to roll forward and my foot moved from the break petal to the gas petal, some uncontrollable force jerked my foot back over to the break petal, for no apparent reason at all. As my head moved to look to the left, a car flew right in front of me, missing me by inches.

As I exited the side road, pictures of what could have just happen flashed through my head. I saw my car being smashed in the front, spinning around and hitting another oncoming car, and causing a pileup. All of this in a very dangerous location just over a hill, where cars normally travel 50mph. The pictures in my head were so realistic that it was as if all the physics needed to make a realistic recreation of what could have happen, had already been calculated. Is it possible that in an alternate reality my foot continued to press on the gas petal and I slammed into the oncoming car? Is it possible that the repercussions and effects of such a disaster were so strong and profound, that signals from the event were felt even in an alternate reality (mine), which somehow helped prevent me from making that alternate reality my own?

Ironically, when I arrived at my parents house a few minutes later, my dad put on a 2 hour science show about the quantum world, interestingly called "What The Bleep Do We Know?". It touched on so many controversial ideas and asked so many of the same questions that I have always asked myself for as long as I can remember, that I'm going to buy the DVD just to hear to them again. I've always felt a sort of disconnection from reality, an unreal, dream like feeling. Many argue that such a feeling isn't good because it prevents me from taking responsibility for my own actions or being receptive to the feelings of others. However, I believe that since I have felt this way my entire life I have been able to make the clear distinction between "this world" as everyone perceives it, and "the other world" that I feel I exist in. I can still live my life and respond to others as anyone else would, however I'm always aware that something else exists.

Masaru Emoto, a Japanese photographer, has shown with his photos that thought and emotion can affect the properties and shape of water molecules. If that's not proof enough that thought and emotion can directly have an impact on the world around us, then I don't know what is. There have been many unexplainable cases of patients miraculously being cured by their strong will to survive. Positive thoughts do more for us than strengthen our self-esteem. They strengthen our physical bodies and make our world a better place. I always observe myself whenever I'm in a difficult or stressful situation. Just observing yourself through a separate identity that isn't effected or touched by worldly problems, makes dealing with situations much easier. It puts problems into perspective, just like the photographer behind his camera always sees more than his camera ever could.

In the movie there is a story told about the Indians who were the first to see Columbus when he arrived in the New World. The Indians could not see Columbus's ships, even though they were anchored near land, because they had never before seen such a ship. The medicine men noticed ripples in the water around where the ships were anchored, so they knew something odd was happening. Only when the Indians put their trust and belief in what the medicine men were telling them, and when they genuinely believed, did they actually see that the ships existed. Whether this story is true or not, it does make you wonder: Is it possible for us to see something that our mind cannot imagine? We can imagine a rock floating in mid-air, so I suppose if someone had the power to make a rock float, we'd see it. We might not want to believe it, but our brain could certainly imagine it. Now suppose there's an alien spaceship, a spaceship like we've never seen before. It doesn't look like any spaceships we've seen in the movies or in a cartoon and it has no likeness to anything we've ever seen before. How could we see it? If we can't even imagine it, how could we possibly see it when it's right in front of us? Maybe that's why all the photographs of UFO's or eye-witness encounters have been so vague. We want to believe, so we see something, but we just don't know what to see. So thats what we see, something.