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A little while ago I wrote a piece on parallel lives and asked what effect the existence of parallel selves would have on consciousness.


Consider what would happen if consciousness could move between these parallel lives, making choices which might affect the course of the life of the self within individual parallel existences.


If we take the simple case, a binary decision point, then there are two choices, two outcomes. In many cases these decision points would not have a great effect upon the general run of things, they might simply reflect the slight differences between parallel worlds.


However, there will be decision points where the outcome is of extreme importance, for example the choice of stepping into the road or staying on the pavement. In one world the self chooses to step into the road and is hit by a vehicle and is killed, in another, the self decides to stay on the pavement and avoids the collision. In this world the self lives.


A consciousness faced with this choice is hardly likely to select the fatal outcome as a branching point continuation as, we can assume, that this could well lead to the termination of that consciousness. It is reasonable to assume that the consciousness would choose the self that survives. This being the case, the way is open for the conscious self to choose the more favourable outcome whenever there is a binary choice; so allowing the possibility for the consciousness to choose the better life.


In fact, when the choice is between life and death, the consciousness is bound to choose life. This could happen ad infinitum; whenever death is a potential outcome, life is chosen. Of course, other beings, if they exist, would navigate an individually beneficial path through this maze of choices, each oblivious to the choices made by other consciousnesses. We see others die while their consciousness follows a parallel path and continues to live, perhaps seeing us die.



Just sitting

Have you ever had a moment when your mind is empty of thought and plans and schemes and judgements and opinions? A time when you just are?

A time when you don’t allow your thoughts, plans, schemes, judgements, opinions, to influence the way you perceive the moment. A temporary and necessarily partial suspension of cause and effect withing your conscious stream, your flow of being?
It can come upon you unannounced when you are sitting in a field of grass feeling the breeze in your hair, the sun on your face, or on a hillside looking down on the glittering meandering of a river in the valley, or when watching the sea, with the warm “shush” of breaking waves, hearing the low hum of the summer sun.
That pure and open state where everything becomes clearer, more colourful, multidimensional, real.
When the mind disengages from the concerns of everyday living – and just is.

Parallel lives?

Billions of years ago,our universe appeared as a consequence of the ‘Big Bang’. From a microscopic beginning, it has expanded to the universe we see today.However, there is a problem. In order to make the Big Bang fit with current observations, there would have to be a period of rapid inflation soon after the Big Bang itself.

This period of rapid inflation, driven by a negative vacuum, has consequences, and one of these consequences is that other ‘bubbles’ would have formed and developed into universes of their own. In fact, potentially, an infinite number of separate universes may have been born at that time and since. Many of these universes would be very strange, some probably empty, but some would be much like our universe.

Further,we don’t know how big our universe actually is. The farthest galaxy yet observed is about 13,000,000,000 light years away. Does our local universe extend beyond that distance? If so, how much farther does it extend? If our universe carries on significantly beyond this distance, there is an interesting consequence.

The matter in the universe can be arranged in finite number of ways. If the size of the universe approaches infinity, the pattern of arrangement of matter will start repeating; there will be regions of this extended universe which are exactly like ours. And the number of regions exactly like our own should also approach infinity.

If there is, then, an infinite number of universes or an infinite universe, given that these universes or regions each contain particles that can be arranged in only a finite number ways, then some will be exactly like ours – exactly in that there is no difference.

A universe that is minutely exact in its likeness to our universe, a universe that is no different from ours, could be identified as our universe. It is the same universe. Would the beings living in that universe be the same beings? Would the other universe’s you actually be you?

Imagine an infinite number of beings that could be identified as you, each living exactly the same life – up to a point. There should be minor differences in most of these parallel lives, and in many there will be major differences. But they are all you. They think similarly, have similar histories, and will have similar futures.

But which one of these versions is associated with your conscious being? Are they all? Or might each conscious life be experienced separately, in parallel or sequentially? When one parallel being comes to the end of their life,might the conscious entity move to another of these beings, to start life again, leading a similar life, but with the possibility of making different choices?

If this is possible, then sequential and parallel become one, with interesting potential effects upon consciousness – and consequences for the soul.