Parallel universe

August 8, 2015

I had a colonoscopy on Thursday, and following irregular sleep before and after the procedure, I had the feeling of being “ungrounded” for the last 24-48 hours or so. After a long nap and meditation yesterday afternoon and into the evening, I had several “parallel universe” experiences last night where I couldn’t tell whether I was here or there, or which experience was real and which was not.

I went to be at around 11:30pm last night, and at some point during the first 90 minutes I bounced back and forth between the two universes twice. Both times I was there I thought that universe was real, as I went back to the same apartment/condo I’ve lived in there for many months now, perhaps even more than a year or two. In that alternate universe (or perhaps just a holodeck), there is a room that is shared between two apartments, and that shared room always freaks me out, as the neighbors can get into my apartment, and I can also get into theirs, if I wanted to.

There isn’t much to say about the two experiences, other than I went back and forth between that apartment and my current apartment in this universe. I should also note that my wife was in that universe as well, at least on the second trip.

I also feel the usual need to reiterate that this other universe is as real to me as this universe is to you. Everything there feels just like everything here, and I know where everything is in that apartment just like I know where everything is in this apartment. There is no difference in the quality of the two experiences. I have no way of knowing or proving that this other place is (a) another universe or (b) something made up by my mind; all I can tell you is that it’s as real to me as planet Earth is to you.


I was feeling both ungrounded and a little sick (ongoing intestinal discomfort after the colonoscopy) at 4pm on Friday, so I laid down and quickly fell asleep. I don’t remember anything about that sleep, but when I woke up I felt just like I had returned from an OBE or very long meditative stretch. My brain/mind was 99.9% quiet, so I just laid there for a long time, probably about 30 minutes, just trying to maintain that quiet state. I finally got up at 7pm, had a little bit to eat, watched a movie (The Bucket List), and read a little bit before going back to bed.

back to the Tequila/Monk front page