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THE TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL

§ September 9th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 15: The Truth About Alcohol § No Comments

   

Whether half empty or half full, some truths are just harder to swallow.

Whether half empty or half full, some truths are just harder to swallow.

           The next day, Sunday, in the afternoon, I felt oddly compelled to lie down, which is not really like me. I rarely nap during the day. And there on the couch, I quickly fell into a light meditative state and found myself again with See Do.

            I asked about alcohol and why we can’t just control it.

           His answer was stunning. He said that we do control it. It is exactly what we want and it does to us exactly what we want. Generally, he said, we use it to punish and deaden ourselves.

           We use alcohol to help us resist our power, the truth, and our responsibility to ourselves. To resist and deny our responsibility to our mind and to our true potential.

           This is part of forgiving ourselves, as sometimes we have pain we want to feel, want to embrace. Sometimes we find pain, and its corollary, numbness, attractive. As payment for something we can’t forgive in ourselves.

           Sometimes we are frightened of our power, of the power of our mind, of the power and scope of our emotions, or of our very creativity, of our passions, and the responsibilities that come with them. And we find that the numbness, the plausible deniability, of alcohol’s effects is easier to accept. That it’s easier to put ourselves in a state of numbness that we can ride out for the evening.

           We control alcohol, and in fact, create the effects. It is our deepest wishes playing out in our world made whole.

           He went even further and said it is like self-mutilation of the mind. Or of the soul. And that it is like the angry child, who will destroy something dear to him to spite those around him, and himself. And the potential to escalate out of control comes along in similar fashion. The damage done can create the shame that can drive more damage.

            See Do sees it clearly. And I know I have much yet to learn.

            In the same session I also asked him about his past. And in the process learned again just how much I hadn’t learned. He said simply “I exist outside of Time.”

            Of course. I knew that. It felt like he was saying “Haven’t you been paying attention?” Given everything so far, he is right. It was sort of a dumb question.

            Time is an illusion. There is no Time. He has no past.

            — continued

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CALLING IT ALL IN

§ September 7th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 14: Calling It All In § No Comments

The spider obviously creates its world. Are our webs so different?

The spider obviously creates its world. Are our webs so different?

            Now See Do revealed something simple, yet so ultimate as to be unbelievable. Going back to the first ideas and building up, he spoke to the true power within. The power that creates our world.

            He referenced a concept mentioned by my reflexologist some time ago that she called “calling it in.” That when the time is right, you can essentially call in the things you want to happen and they will come to you. I had felt this for years and actually went through a powerful period when I felt I could “wish” for certain things and they would in fact happen. This was a time when I was deeply in love and feeling very good about myself. I felt the glow and put it to some use. I can think of many events and circumstances that I “called in” and they soon came into being.

            See Do took this whole idea a bit farther. His revelation was that the truth, that he will ultimately help me see, is that we call everything in. Everything. That the world is truly what we make.

            Tie it all up. There is only one. Only one soul. Really only one anything, One particle. And smaller. And it generates this illusion of space by mediating interactions with what we perceive as Time. So Time is an illusion, but Time is all we really detect.

            Against this, or within this, we reach out and drive the world. Or it drives from our being. This one being, undifferentiated. When we can achieve this true understanding and hold and drive this Love from inside, we can feel our power to move the world. And many have felt this in small, fleeting ways. But he is saying that it is all. The world is ours. Not that we can move it, but that we are moving it. That there is no other way of the world. Our choice becomes to move it randomly and fitfully or to take control of ourselves and follow the simplest instruction.

            Please remember that when See Do speaks, he speaks in very simple language. He uses the word “you,” which can be interpreted as meaning the individual, as in me; or the collective, as in all human beings. This can sometimes be confusing, especially if one loses sight of the idea that there is only one.

            Then that Saturday, I sat with my friend, Susan, and told her of this entire experience. She is very interested in this kind of spiritual adventure and open to all of it.

            After she got off work, we sat over wine at the bar where she bartends on Saturday afternoons and talked. And talked. We got into everything and covered every topic with enthusiasm. The bar was crowded and noisy, but we barely aware of what was happening outside our conversation. We talked there for four hours.

            It was good for me to express these ideas and new truths and to hear someone react to them. We talked of the light around us. Consciousness. Our power. And the truth about Love.

            At one point she said I should ask See Do about alcohol, as we clinked our wine glasses together. She wondered if we have all this control and this power, why can’t we control the effects of something like alcohol. I said that’s a good question, and I’ll ask.

            Susan also wondered about See Do’s past. Where had he come from? What had he done? I thought that was good too and said I’d try and find out.

            — continued

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THE ENERGY AROUND US

§ September 4th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 13: The Energy Around Us § Tagged , , § No Comments

          

The Carina Nebula. Outside on a clear night, you are awash in it.   Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith and The Hubble Heritage Team

The Carina Nebula. Outside on a clear night, you may be awash in its light. Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith and The Hubble Heritage Team

            See Do also used this deconstruction of consciousness to point out how limited we are in sensing what is around us. In this, he pointed to light as a key tool to seeing. To seeing what we can’t see.

            As we see, visually we are aware of light coming off of surfaces around us. This is how, or what we see. This scattered, reflected, refracted light. This energy moves through space and enters through a small hole, our pupil, to be focused on a tiny swarm of cone cells, the fovea, at the back of each of our eyes. We see a consistent light in the space around us.

            Look at any object in your immediate view. Everything you are seeing is just the tiny beam that enters through your pupils. And the surface of that object is spraying out that light in every direction. At any moment, you are only detecting the tiniest fraction of that whole. In fact, notice how if you close one eye, the object does not get half as bright. That’s an instant re-calculation by your mind.

            Keep looking. Now close one eye and then the other. Back and forth. These are two completely different streams of energy. Continuous, consistent streams. But there is no way you can detect the light energy that goes past you. But the vast, vast majority of light around you does. As you read this page, all the visual information of everything you can see in the space around you is passing by, in real time, between your eyes and the page. Look around, it’s an utterly enormous amount of data. And there is no clue it is there. And no way to detect it all. You may believe there is nothing but thin air between you and the page. But all that light information, all that data, is obviously and undeniably there.

            This is everywhere. All around you. Step outside on a clear night and look up into the sky. Think of one of the great shots taken through a large observatory telescope. That visual data is flowing past you. And has been flowing past the Earth for perhaps millions of years. Perhaps billions.

            Or think of the images you have seen taken through the mightiest microscopes. Images of patterns of atoms. That information is here too. All around you. If you had the power to resolve it. Detailed information for every single atom. Our eyes are blunt instruments. The energy your mind does make use of is a tiny fraction of what is going on. Welcome to reality.

            So think about what is clearly and obviously happening around you. The energy that flows by, undetected. This is utterly the tip of the iceberg, if even that. This is just our narrow visual spectrum of electromagnetic energy. There are other energies. Powerful energies. The energies that hold all matter together. And gravity. Spectrums untold.

            He tried to open my mind to these thoughts.

            And to let them wash over and overwhelm me. Saying that there will be more answers after that. That I needn’t try and understand everything he is saying right now. He is patient. It will come. And that he will be there.

            — continued

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DECONSTRUCTING CONCIOUSNESS

§ September 2nd, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 12: Deconstructing Consciousness § Tagged , , § No Comments

Flowers own the "right now," don't they? But your conscious experience of it can only be a memory.

Flowers seem to own the "right now," don't they? But your conscious experience of it can only be a memory.

            That Saturday morning See Do and I connected again and moved into questions and discussion of human consciousness.

            His explanation is that only our memories align to form a cohesive reality. That, in fact, these memories are all we have. From split second to split second, all we are able to be aware of is the nearest memory of the last instant. Even our perception of “right now” is assembled about a half-second after we receive the sensory input. We tie these moments in with what we believe are a long history of memories inside our head, leaving us with our belief in a continuous reality.

            Our moment-to-moment grappling with this sense of what we call “reality” is what we call “consciousness.” And holding it as a whole and cohesive matter is consuming.

            Our minds build a cohesive universe based on the briefest, sparsest of data: the sensory inputs funneling into our brains. And in what we believe is real-time, but actually isn’t real anything, we build a whole and functional worldview.

            Science has long demonstrated that the world is not as we perceive it. For example, there is no “color.” It is our mind’s way of decoding a rudimentary sense of energy frequencies built up from just three sensors, tuned for what we think of as red, green and blue. You see, in the actual world outside our heads, there is no color as we think, or rather believe, we see it. Just various frequencies of electromagnetic radiation bouncing around.

             And a lot of energy is moving around us. In every direction. Our minds have to assemble something for us to deal with. They take in sensory information. Information that comes in through a very limited set of senses. Senses that have been tuned to efficiently deal with and build a cohesive reality while expending a minimum of energy and brain power. Remember, we need to do other things too, like think, dream, learn, love, decide, act, etc.

            These “constructs” are then given over to be memory. That’s all there is. And we believe in it, as we must. Though memory can bend to keep the world feeling cohesive, as it must. And we are completely unawares. That is consciousness – the holding of reality – the constant reconstructing to maintain a continuous cohesive whole that we move through. Between people, we assume each of us is on the same page, experiencing this consciousness of the same instant, in the same instant. As our brains yield up the evidence to this seamless sense of “consciousness”, there is simply no way to validate, or invalidate, that idea.

            Our minds will create a cohesive universe on the slightest grounds. And tie it up to agree when new input threatens. And rework memory to fit. We’ll move together and believe we are moving together, and at the same instant. If not, there is just no way our minds would let us see.

            Science has proven that most of our sensory input comes to our consciousness about a half-second after it is initially sensed. And that when events force disagreement, our mind can move our sense of consciousness back in time to make inputs align into simultaneity.

            — continued

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WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS?

§ September 1st, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 11: Why Are You Telling Me This? § Tagged , , § No Comments

A bone dry leaf on a fragment of what was once a huge sea shell. The odds of their meeting were beyond remote.

A small bone-dry leaf on a fragment of what was once a huge sea shell. The odds of their meeting were infinitesimal.

           A day later I ran into a friend on the street and we talked of these things. This friend, H, thinks what is happening is important and really was someone who pushed me, gently, to write it down.

            Our running into each other was odd enough. I was walking down the street, heading home from shopping, when for no particular reason she appeared in my mind, the thought reminding me that I should call her. Not fifty feet later she emerged from a shop doorway and we nearly collided. She said she had just had a similar experience.

            We talked there on the street a while about this spiritual journey and I joked about the notion of her giving me some questions I could ask See Do that night. I then said I really should ask him “Why is he telling me this stuff?”

            That night See Do gave me the answer. He said “Because you asked.” Flatly and distinctly. He does have a sense of humor. Though he is right. I’ve been given this path to a higher being and I ask him questions. And he answers.

            — continued

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FORGIVE YOURSELF COMPLETELY

§ August 30th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 10: Forgive Yourself Completely § Tagged , , § No Comments

Forgive yourself within. Only then can you be free.

Forgive yourself within. Only then can you be free.

            To look into yourself and see a being you most truly admire, you must be able to forgive yourself all past transgressions against your highest ideals.

            Some of us may carry these self-admonitions deeply, to the point of letting them take on a piece of our identity. To be in Love within, you must learn to forgive yourself within. You must learn to forgive yourself completely. This is the true starting point and ending point. As we experience Love, there can be no unforgiven crimes or misdemeanors. Everything must be available and openly forgiven within our selves in order to move forward. In order to move into Love.

            Doing this can take introspection and courage. Seeing and forgiving will bring a sense on freedom and release. Taking this power and applying it is the beginning of attainment. This is the power to act for your own better good. Once given to yourself, there is no one who can take it away from you, except yourself.

            Once again we are given to see, then do. To see everything within ourselves. To forgive that which we can not change and to see ourselves as worthy of our highest admiration, our highest sense of self-honor, an honest sense of self-Love.

            This is how we gain power over ourselves. A power we will use to move toward our brightest ideals.

            — continued

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LOVE: OUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY TO OURSELVES

§ August 28th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 09: Love: Our First Responsibility to Ourselves § Tagged , , , , § 1 Comment

Be the one who you can most truly admire and honor. And let it shine all around.

Be the one who you can most truly admire and honor. And let it shine all around.

            Shortly after entering into these dialogues with See Do, one evening I had a long phone conversation with a friend, L, who, at the time, lived in New York. The call centered around L’s recent decision to end a relationship she had been in. It had been on-again-off-again and now she decided to end it for good.

            In our talk, L got to wondering about Love, its meaning and purpose. She wondered how it was supposed to work, what good it was, and how unreliable it seemed.

            I was trying to help, but admitted not to have many answers, my own love life having lately been less than stellar.

            That night, a Saturday night, See Do let me in on the truth about Love. This session, I did not need to ask any questions. It was clear that See Do had been listening to our conversation and decided I needed this information.

            He explained, in true form to many of his answers, that Love is not at all the way we think it is. I say we, but the word “I” would probably be more appropriate.

            He explained that Love is not to be given out, like some special currency. Love is to be felt within, for ourselves, first. We must open ourselves to loving ourselves, just as we might currently think we are supposed to feel love for another. Or might want to feel love for another. This is our first responsibility to ourselves: to love ourselves and to be that person whom we can love so completely.

            We must see, that word again, ourselves as that being who we can most truly admire. And honor. And we can only be completely honest here, with ourselves, in our deepest evaluation. There are no denials, deceptions or tricks of light. This is the real deal, and there is only truth.

            Then we must act, to be that being we admire, honor, Love. We must act in every situation at the highest level to earn our own highest respect and admiration. This is our number one responsibility to our selves. This is very important. This is where Love takes its power.

            Doing this, feeling this, we move through the world in a halo of this feeling. It glows and shines out and others will feel it. We must continually attend to this and shine it out from inside ourselves. It must be a priority.

            When we can achieve this pure, open, true and valued sense of self, the world will react and move before our eyes. People will be open to you. You will invite honesty, trust, kindness, esteem. There is a feeling of breathing life, of being larger than your physical form. That is because it will be true. As you expand your Love within, it will expand without. It will expand out into the world and you will begin to break down dualities all around. You will see the oneness as though it were actually visible to you. You will feel the world as an extension of the good within you. Because it will be true.

            When two people feel the power of each others glow, and that their own sense of self is in fact enhanced in each other’s presence, they may be “in” Love. This enhanced sense of self, the growing radiance they feel from within; this is romantic Love. It is to be honored. But will only prevail to the extent that each party tends to their own inner Love, the true source of all Love.

            Tending to your self, and being able to feel a true and honest love within is not always as simple as it may seem in these simple words. And See Do went on to explain the heart of the matter.

            — continued

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THE SIMPLEST INSTRUCTION

§ August 27th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 08: The Simplest Instruction § Tagged , , , , § No Comments

The view from Mather Point, "at the edge where there is no I or not-I."

The view from Mather Point, "at the edge where there is no I or not-I."

            In one of our 4:00 a.m. sessions, See Do let me understand the significance of his name. The explanation was that it is the simplest instruction: to see, and then to act.

            By seeing, what is meant is to really see. To understand. To be able to see what is before you, clearly, without distorting layers of judgement or prejudice. And by in front of you, what is meant is more than what is positioned physically in front of you. It also means that which you can see that lies ahead. What you can see that is coming to you next.

            This seems so simple, but it is the greatest gift.

            In my home hangs a large photograph I took over fifteen years ago at the edge of Grand Canyon, at Mather Point. I have always loved this photo because of the unusual quality of light recorded that day and because it captures the scene from the immediate foreground just a few yards from my feet, down and then out into the canyon, out to the horizon, out to The Palisades of the Desert at the far east end of the canyon rim over seventeen miles away. Near the top of the frame is the top rim of the canyon, at what is eye level to where I was standing.

            The unusual quality of light comes from the fact the photo was snapped in winter, in February, as I recall. And the shadow areas in the scene have a light covering of snow. The sky was carrying a thin haze, allowing the sun to fill the scene with a slightly softened light, not the usual high-contrast cut of mid-day sun in the high desert. This softening has a subtle effect on the scale and distance of the view. It’s not postcard-like, but more painterly, with the pale yellow-ochres of the capstone layers of sandstone dominating the immediate scene, then russet red and rust across the local side canyon walls below Yucca Point, three miles distant, out to the blue and violet tinted stone monuments and crags at the horizon.

            The sunlit areas are bright, as the shot was taken in early afternoon, but the shadow areas are white, with their clean layer of snow. The effect is to enhance the dimensional relief, as the brain has to look into the scene and assimilate all its clues. The result is engaging, sculptural and captivating. I can look at it endlessly.

            The view is down an insignificant side canyon into a larger side canyon just east of Mather Point. Down below, framed by near vertical stone walls is a natural red stone obelisk rising near the far wall over three thousand feet below. Its blunt form rises over two hundred feet straight up.

            Throughout the scene are also scrub juniper and pine trees of various sizes adding green. And life.

 Below the photograph in the frame I have mounted a poem by Czeslaw Milosz titled THIS ONLY. It reads:

            A valley and above it forests in autumn colors  

            A voyager arrives, a map led him here.

            Or perhaps memory. Once, long ago, in the sun,

            When the first snow fell, riding this way

            He felt joy, strong, without reason,

            Joy of the eyes. Everything was the rhythm

            Of shifting trees, of a bird in flight,

            Of a train on the viaduct, a feast of motion.

            He returns years later, has no demands.

            He wants only one, most precious thing:

            To see, purely and simply, without name,

            Without expectations, fears or hopes,

            At the edge where there is no I or not-I.

            Since I had this framed and then hung it in my home, not six months before these events, I have almost thought of this photograph as my personal altar of sorts. I regularly read the poem and look into the photo. And I have been drawn to return to this spot. I have always felt there is something there for me to receive.

            I wanted to return to Arizona, Sedona, Grand Canyon and be the traveler in the poem. To stand at the edge and be able to see.

            In that July, a little more than a month before meeting See Do, I did return with my daughters. And was able to feel it. The “joy of the eyes.” It is a magical place for me.

            So to “see,” this “one, most precious thing” is a true gift. But it is what we must strive to achieve in ourselves all the time. It is the first instruction.

            The second instruction is “do,” as in act, based on what we see. We must see what is in front of us, and then act accordingly. We must take the action prescribed, in what we see, to help us get what it is that we want. We must own it.

            This is his name, See Do. And it truly is the simplest instruction. The best we can create of life unfolds from our ability to carry out these two seemingly simple acts.

            Now when I think of the name, I am reminded of what to do. To work to see clearly. And to act upon what I perceive.

            — continued

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THE TROUBLE WITH BIG NUMBERS

§ August 26th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 07: The Trouble with Big Numbers § Tagged , , , § No Comments

Can you grasp living in a world of infinite events? Credit: NASA Goddard Flight Center Image

Can you grasp living in a world of infinite events? Credit: NASA Goddard Flight Center Image

            Earlier, before leaving the gym, I found that See Do had a bit more on his mind. For the rest of my cardio workout he talked openly and casually, and expressed some frustration with the limits of the human mind, particularly with large numbers. He said that most people can only really conceive of numbers up to about ten. And some of us, much less than that. After ten, we need to use crude abstractions or work with the abstract symbolism of mathematics. We work with and believe in these abstractions because they work unfailingly, but we are limited in being able to actually conceive of and think in real, large numbers.

            He explained how this makes it difficult for us to get a real and true understanding of how the world works. Every time we try to think in any complex way we are forced to simplify the concepts down to a smaller number of ideas. These simplified concepts can’t completely capture or convey what is really happening. And we run into problems when the concepts we’re trying to explain are things that keep moving and changing and can never adequately be contained in any single solid concept.

            He explained how we simplify vast things and think that this new, simplified abstraction is the thing we are observing. But that the complexity and the vast interactive and changing nature of the universe gets so often overlooked. All around us the world is continually changing faster than our abstractions can keep up. We seek the snapshot, the distillation, the formula, but the Universe is none of those things. And as a result we so often miss the point, stepping right by many great and available truths. We avoid the vast, seeking something tiny that our minds can digest. Ultimately, it is the human handicap.

            He explained how the Universe is vastly more complex than our minds can apparently handle. How in any second there are so many important things happening that we are content to ignore. We can be told by science that they are happening. And we can express awe that they are happening. But we can not quite grasp the impact of living as part of this world of infinite events.

            He said “If you can’t truly understand a number larger than ten, how will you understand infinity?”

            We know that in a fraction of a second the DNA inside our cells can be unzipped by an RNA molecule. The billions of molecules that make up our genetic code are cut in half and the other half is replicated with near perfect accuracy from the molecular soup inside the cell.

            This all happens in a heartbeat. Literally. And constantly.

            And it happens in billions of cells inside our bodies. How can we actually conceive of this? In particular, how can we conceive of this in a world where everything is connected to everything else. And where the notion that there is any gap at all, either of time or of space, is a complete illusion?

            Our minds can’t begin to keep up.

            And this is just the beginning. Inside every atom are countless wheels within wheels. Our science has only scratched the surface. It is a long way down. An infinitely long way.

            And it is an infinitely long way up. We stand and look out into the night. And see what? Or rather what can we comprehend of what we see?

            But it’s all there. Important, critical events are happening right this moment, at every scale. And we hang between these infinities, barely aware.

            And keep in mind that much, much, is in fact invisible to us. Radio, air, heat, for starters. Our human senses are crude, blunt instruments. Consider that passing light is completely undetectable by you, yet you swim in an infinite criss-cross sea of this energy. The amount of raw, moving energy that is between your eyes and these words would be dazzling if you could understand it. Science sees some of it, catalogs it, but doesn’t come near any unified understanding.

            He then explained that “Often, faith is man’s way of dealing with truly large numbers.” When our capacity to comprehend is overwhelmed, we see these big “random” events as “acts of God.”

            This is a difficult statement. And somehow I understood when he said it that he meant it as no global criticism of man’s need to have faith in a higher power, but rather that he was referring to aspects of a our understanding of certain events, particularly events that are outside the average person’s scope of knowledge or conception.

            I struggled with this.

            He went on to explain that if we could conceive of everything connected, instantly and purely, without any simplifications or abstractions, we would see how the world moves.

            Sometimes he says things that I don’t understand. I try, but I can’t yet get everything. He says he will be patient and that I don’t need to worry. More will come.

            — continued

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TWO EARTHQUAKES AT TEJON PASS

§ August 25th, 2009 § Filed under Chapter 06: Two Earthquakes at Tejon Pass § Tagged , , , § No Comments

A fairly typical USGS earthquake map of California-Nevada

A fairly typical USGS earthquake map of California-Nevada

           After a short time, I came to see another way that I could communicate with See Do. This was when I was doing my cardio exercise at the gym. Apparently, when I was fully engaged in the exercise on the orbital cardio machine I was reaching a semi-meditative state, and from this state I found that I could contact him. It was in one of these sessions that See Do made an unusual effort to explain the dimensions of his, or our, power.

            These sessions were much more casual, and our discourse was more conversational than anything like formal teaching. He was explaining that I could do anything, or make anything I want happen. I expressed some skepticism and he offered a demonstration.

            As background I need to explain that at this time I was interested in the science of geology and earthquakes. So over a couple of weeks I had been keeping tabs on an online earthquake map of California. As part of my usual morning online news and email ritual I’d click a button on a news site that showed a map of recent California-Nevada earthquakes. Out of habit, I was checking the map daily. The map shows quakes that have happened over the last week, the last day, and the last hour. And that morning, I had checked the map just minutes before going down to the gym.

            See Do knew this obviously, and calmly asked if I wanted to make an earthquake happen. He was in an oddly light, if not quite flip, tone. I was surprised and initially said with a chuckle “No, I don’t think so,” as this seemed just a little extreme. Then I reconsidered and thought, “Wait, okay, how about this, how about a small earthquake, maybe a two magnitude or even less.” That meant it would be enough to show up on the map but to do no damage. “And I’ll tell you where.” I remembered specifically that when I checked the map that morning there had been no recent quakes at the junction of the San Andreas and the Garlock faults near a place known as Tejon Pass at the southern end of the San Jacquin Valley.

            If you look at a fault map of California, this junction of faults stands out as unusual. Most of the fault lines snake along running roughly parallel to each other. Sometimes they cross or split, but even a casual observer will notice that the intersection at Tejon Pass is unusual. Here the faults cross at nearly 60 degrees. And I knew there hadn’t been any activity at all around there in at least a week.

            I said “Okay, let’s make a small earthquake right there.”

            And See Do simply said “Okay.”

            After a bit more conversation, which I’ll cover later, I ended my cardio session and went back up the elevator to my apartment on the forty-fifth floor. It had been an hour since I was there and I went right to the computer and pulled up the most recent USGS California earthquake map.

            There, at Tejon Pass, at the junction of the San Andreas and Garlock faults were indicated two small magnitude-one quakes. They were each marked by a small red square. The red meaning that they had occurred within the last hour. Each being one-magnitude, if you were there that morning, in those foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you very well might not have even noticed them.

            Had we, I, he, done this? I can’t dare to answer that for you. To say that what I was looking at gave me chills is an understatement. What are the odds? That over the course of maybe a week that within a random hour one might pick right? I found it pretty remarkable.

            — continued

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