Between the dreams, the nightmare and the bridge, I have made peace with the fact that there are many things in our world of physical matter that don't comprehend an "invisible" layer. - Mikki Morrissette
by Mikki Morrissette
I believe in ghosts. Sort of.
Several years ago, as I drove under a bridge along Mississippi River Road in Minneapolis, my brain was flooded with the thought, 'Wouldn't it be terrible if a bridge fell?'
Four days later, that very bridge I was driving under that supports 35W collapsed.
Something similar had happened before.
For 18 years, I lived in New York City, and even with noisy neighbors, street sounds, and eventually an infant daughter, I was prone to an occasional vivid dream that seemed to "tell me" things. For example, a conversation with a grandfather who died in 1945 (I've since written the draft of a novel based on that 'talk').
At 6 a.m. on September 11, 2001, I woke from a nightmare 20 blocks north of the World Trade Centers with a gurgling scream.
In the nightmare I was attempting to warn people that a group of thin, dark-skinned young men were walking through an alleyway with the intent to kill. I realized later that I awakened at the same time the terrorists were getting on planes in Boston.
Between the dreams, the nightmare and the bridge, I have made peace with the fact that there are many things in our world of physical matter that don't comprehend an "invisible" layer.
The bridge finally convinced me to believe that time and space are not linear, but perhaps entangled. A non-scientific description came from Einstein: "spooky action at a distance." Others refer to a morphic field, "zero point energy field," "implicate order," "akashic field," or part of a "holographic universe."
It's not exactly ghosts I believe in, but remnants of time and space that roil around in a multi-dimensional way, occasionally spitting out a vibrational sensation that penetrates. A vibrational "field" may be how animals sense natural disasters, or explain the kind of "zone" that gives extra power to fighter pilots and certain detectives and creative intuitives.
Since the bridge, I've made my own bridge to a new community of people beyond my usual circle. Each month I co-host a "consciousness circle" at Lake Harriet Spiritual Center (LHSC), where we discuss topics we don't understand.
I have connected with Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the moon and had a transcendent experience on his return that led to the formation of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). I have talked with a Harvard Alzheimer's researcher who made a breakthrough using lucid dreaming, a liver pathologist who reminds us that at the cellular level there is no such thing as separateness, and a molecular biologist who is trying to understand why so many PTSD veterans are successfully treated using horse therapy.
I recently gave a talk in San Jose about the evolution of thought in science and storytelling, and will do so again at LHSC in November. I believe that after we recognize our interconnectedness in a universal field, the ways we divide ourselves politically, socially and economically in our material world will seem much less relevant.