Anne has been much with me in the time since she left her body behind, more than a year now. I have been careful to report on the many instances during which she made her presence known. Of course, as she herself would have been the first to counsel, accept nothing on faith. Keep the question open, because question, not belief, is the direction of inner growth.
In recent weeks, she has said three things that I find extremely valuable and enlightening, and I would like to discuss them here.
The first was “Crossing the bridge between the worlds is like synchronized swimming.” The second was “Stars are love. That’s why they make life.” The third was, “Earth is a genius. That’s why we’re so complicated.”
Let’s take them in order.
The two of us have been trying to maintain the bridge between the worlds, and between us, and even to see if we can cross it in as physical a state as possible. In the early nineties, I was witness to people who could cross it and did cross it at my cabin. There were seven of them, and they came to meditate nightly for many months. When they came, they would make loud thudding sounds on the roof above our meditation room, always at exactly the same time, eleven at night. I saw one of them only on the first and last nights we were together. On the first night, he appeared as a material body sitting on the foot of our bed. He was physical. I touched him and held his hand. He was only there for a moment, but it was enough.
As I recounted in detail in Solving the Communion Enigma, I got to know these people well. Anne met them, too, but only briefly as their presence was so extraordinary that she found it difficult to stay with them.
On the last night, after we’d lost the cabin and were leaving, I saw one of them as a beautiful, small star, the true form of a transformed human being. It was as awesome experience as I have ever known.
So, Anne and I have set out to do the same. If others can cross between the worlds, why can’t we? But we’ve had trouble. We can communicate, but there has been only one brief material event, and it was very equivocal.
When I asked her why we were having so much trouble, she said, “it’s like synchronized swimming.” To me, that means that it requires precision, great concentration, and skill. So we’re working on it. I work on it during every mediation. Maybe some day we will achieve it, I don’t know. I will continue to try, though, because I know it is possible. I have seen it and lived with it.
The next statement was “Stars are love. That’s why they make life.”
To my knowledge, that’s the first time this has ever been said, at least on this side of the veil.
As Anne left this life, a book called Physics from Fisher Information slid out of one of our bookcases and opened itself to a page on which was underlined, “the universe began with a single, primordial quest for knowledge.”
Anne, who knew a certain private story that would have encouraged her to do this, and which she also knew would make it certain that I would understand, had left behind in the instant that she was freed from her body and regained contact with all the enormous knowledge of her soul, a core piece of information. The motive for the creation of the universe is knowledge.
With “Stars are love,” she has explained how that knowledge is acquired. If you think carefully about what such a quest would require, it becomes clear that it would need to experience in order to know. Stars are concentrations of energy that radiate heat and light out into the space around them. When conditions are right on a planetary body orbiting a star, life emerges, and with it experience, and that experience is a stream of knowledge.
The deeper part of the question is also addressed by her statement. This is the why of it all. Why is there this quest for knowledge?
It has to do with love. Stars are physical manifestations of the immeasurably energetic love that sparked the quest in the first place. So, somewhere underlying the universe is love, and that love seeks to be fed and made whole with knowledge, and so has expressed itself in such a way that it creates living beings, which in turn have experiences that feed its quest.
As lovely an idea as I know. And if you think on it—meditate on it—it acquires deeper and deeper resonance, until finally you are conscious in a new way, because you are drawn much closer to that which loves us and loves the world.
I don’t use the word “god” here on purpose. It’s a destroyed word, because it does the opposite of what it intends. It places that love in a context that is outside of us, that is in this distant “god.”
The love is in us. It is us. When you look around you in the day, or up into the sky at night, and see all the richness that is there, what you are really seeing is not something that is outside of yourself and remote to you, but something that is inside you, and part of you, and is you.=
Her second statement was “Earth is a genius. That’s why we are so complicated.”
When one looks at the other planets, all of them vast, inhospitable deserts, it is immediately obvious that there is a truth here. The little blue planet is a finely balanced complexity of forces that enables the emergence and support of life.
A few thousand miles closer to the sun, and Earth would be too hot to support life. A few thousand miles farther away, too cold. It’s right in the sweet spot. At the same time, the moon is exactly the right size and distance from the earth to brake what would be a continuous and unsurvivable wind that would allow nothing to grow more complex than a lichen clinging to a stone. Not only that, Jupiter is just the right size and just far enough away to absorb most of the asteroids and comets that might threaten Earth. And if one does get through, the moon is likely to absorb it.
Do you see what I’m getting at here? Either we are a fantastic piece of luck or somebody has designed this solar system to make sure it has at least one planet that is capable of sustaining life.
So, three statements. The first explains why it is so difficult to cross the bridge between the worlds. The second shows how love is integral to the function of the universe, and is the reason that life emerges. The third reveals that Earth may well be part of a designed solar system and, by extension, a designed universe, that exists to fulfill that “primordial quest for knowledge.”
My wife was and is a teacher. In this life, she taught me by defining the visitor experience and giving me the title Communion that caused the higher meaning of my experience to emerge. She is the one who took contact to a new level for all of us by revealing that it had something to do with death and what we call the dead.
I want to thank her, and I want to commend her ideas to you. A great soul walked here for a while. Now she is present in a new form, offering genuinely new ideas through the medium of her teaching across the bridge the two of us are building between our worlds.