Sometimes when I am in a meditative mood, I gain new insights and perceptions. Back in 2004, I was working in San Jose on an accounting project. I perceived, or imagined, a kind of supernatural record, perhaps in the mind and memory of the Divine. This record would be of every event and human memory ever made, like a huge mystical database. I wrote down my impressions in my digital journal:
From My Journal, Friday, July 16, 2004
I am near downtown San Jose. Part of the public transportation system makes use of old fashioned trolley cars they bought from Italy 10 or 15 years ago, to restore a portion of the City’s past. The trolleys make use of iron bells that are rang as a warning to traffic that they are coming. The ringing iron sounds like something out of the 19th Century and conjures images in my mind of horses and buggies and women in hoop skirts. I sometimes feel that I could just walk downtown and cross the centuries as easily as crossing the street. I somehow sense that the past is still all there, existing in parallel with the present, that all the yesterdays stretching backward into time still exist with all the thousands of people and events laid out chronologically and accessible like some giant rolodex. Or so it seems when the trolley’s iron bell rings, or the tower bell downtown chimes out its quarter hour. Or does it still do that, like it did when I was a child? Come to think of it, I don’t remember hearing it for some years.
I wish I could traverse the centuries at will, spend an afternoon in 1898 and wear a bowler hat, spats and a celluloid collar. I often feel a need to communicate with those long-dead folks. I cannot share their world, but can only imagine what it must have been like.
Later, after writing the above journal entry, I learned that my concept of a “giant rolodex” is called the Akashic Record, and I am far from the first person to ever conceive of it. The great psychic Edgar Cayce is believed to have been able to access the record, and that accounts for much of his psychic observations.