• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:


    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

Travel Tips for the Many-Worlds

Being in two places at once isn’t as hard as it sounds—not since Huge Everett’s Many-Worlds Theory became widely accepted. The MWT resolves inconsistencies in physics by describing a universe branching with every choice, seeding countless parallel worlds where different events occur. Being aware of multiple ‘realities’ simultaneously isn’t a big problem either. It happens all the time, a skill enhanced in certain individuals throughout history, particularly witches and, believe it or not, web surfers.

Spiritual Pilgrim, Woodcut, anonymous German artist, circa 1530. Jung, CW 10, plate VII

In two places at once ... Spiritual Pilgrim, Woodcut, anonymous German artist, circa 1530. Jung, CW 10, plate VII

For centuries, witches (shamans) have journeyed to ‘other places’ while part of their awareness stays ‘behind’. This is a similar model to the now common practice of surfing the internet. Most scholarly investigations agree online experiences take us to another world that is filled with an array of meaning and purpose. The World Wide Web uses metaphors that support this spatial awareness—we talk in chat rooms, we visit sites and home pages, we surf the net. Cyberspace is a ‘place’ where community can develop over time and while we are ‘here’ we are also somewhere else. Test it: Are you in the Voyager community right now or sitting in front of your computer?

We can learn to hold our awareness in two places at once but handling the transitions takes practice. Here are some tips for keeping multiple ‘realities’ smooth and seamless.

Tip 1: Set Clear Intensions: In Arrows of Time, Nellion Paree experiences parallel universes. In one world she lives alone in a cottage at the edge of the woods. In another, she is High Priestess of a thriving temple. In yet another world she is hunted, her life under constant threat. She reinforces her sense of Self in each ‘reality’ by setting strong intentions—focusing daily on who she is and what she wants to achieve.

Tip 2: Awareness: This is the power of deliberate thought. We can practice by becoming conscious of how we shift through our ‘multiple-worlds’ every day. Work, home, online, off line, social or alone—different ‘worlds’ bring different aspects of the Self to light. By putting awareness on this process, we develop psychological muscles that will help with larger challenges—like parallel universes.

Tip 3: Accoutrements: Our self-image helps to ground us, be it an avatar, user name, skill or attire. It’s like putting on a different ‘hat’ for each job. In Nell’s case, she wears temple robes and is bonded to a familiar named Torgan in one world. In another, she dresses for the hunt and is linked to three ravens. In yet another, lives in shadows, hiding from the trackers. Having different attributes in multiple ‘realities’ can keep the mind clear and transitions smooth.

Tip 4: Perspective: From a great enough perspective, the many-worlds are one fundamental and seamless unity. Think of it as different ‘Nells’ belonging to a singular ‘I’. From this place of ‘I’, there is no ‘out there’, only consciousness. That greater perspective is a guide, keeping sub-personalities from fragmenting and allowing for a higher state of being.

Care to tell how you keep from becoming unglued in the ‘many-worlds’? Share your online or off line stories with us here. Comments welcome!

Kim Falconer is the author of The Spell of Rosette and Arrows of Time, both available from bookshops throughout Australia and New Zealand. Kim lives in Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast and continues to write. She also runs Falcon Astrology.

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6 Responses

  1. Lovely metaphor for understanding simultaneous multiple existence!!

    I first realised I’d been living multiple existences when I found myself with online identities that I tried to keep ‘secret’ – thinking the people who knew the version of me on Facebook wouldn’t recognise the me on Twitter and ditto LinkedIn.

    Two options – merge them all to become a crazy kinda bland, generic me; or throw caution to the winds and accept my multiple selves. I chose the latter, AND stopped keeping them secret from each other.

    Occasionally a conservative cousin will be horrified that I don’t watch TV news (‘but you’ll lose your grip on reality!’ they cry) but mostly it works. 😀

    • Hi Janette,

      You’re right–‘Crazy-bland’ can be a result of merging our different sub-personalities. I think Pisces can pull it off best, of all the signs but really, why not be our authentic, ‘different’ selves in different situations? The topography of various online and real world environments wake up these unique aspects of Self–why not let them live!

      It can get a little interesting when the worlds merge/collide though. I had this experience when on MSN to a friend. After chatting for an hour, I discovered he wasn’t who he was pretending to be! He’d jumped on my friend’s computer to book a plane flight. When I said, ‘I can’t believe how witty you are tonight,’ he laughed and told me his name.

      We actually dated for a while after that, but the first meeting was a surprise–online he’d said he was tall, athletic and good looking. The latter was true . . . but nothing else!!!

      It can be healthy and creative to give our ‘multi-verse’ within a wide expression. The tangles and trip-ups are all part of the journey!

      Thanks for dropping by.

      🙂 Kim

      PS I am fascinated by how many people equate ‘reality’ with the news!

  2. And all this time I never realized how easy two places at once is to be!!

    Thanks for the epiphany, Kim! 🙂

  3. Hi Kim,
    First, thanks for the enjoyable and interesting article.
    One of the main ways I manage the whole multiple-worlds-at-once matter is to simply think of it as being similar to opening a book, especially a novel or set of stories [but can work with any absorbing read], and begin reading: open book, get into story world then close book and back in ‘everyday world’, so: log on>>into virtual world or part of it e.g Purple Zone or my facebook page, logout and back in everyday world.

    Daydreaming during walk to/from work operates on similar analogy, and as long as I pause the daydream for long enough to safely cross roads, it’s all good.:)

    btw -I think Walt Whitman might have loved the mulitple online/offlien world scenes as a way of celebrating diversty and internal contradictions.
    cheers, Tim

    • Hi Tim,

      Glad you like!

      I love the way you liken multiple-worlds-at-once to opening a book. It’s a great analogy and it is also another way we slip into alternate ‘realities’. Immersion in art, music, story, film–where do we go, when we go there? I have a theory on this…a possible PhD thesis for the future!

      It’s true that we can slip in and out of these worlds quite quickly–as you mention with daydreaming until it’s time to cross the road! The brain is wired for it. I read a study about how our neural pathways hold multiple threads of thought–like when we are writing an essay and someone in the background says, hey, what’s Roger’s work number? and we rattle it off mid-essay sentence. Apparently these are very different types of brain function. I’ll see if I can find that study.

      Stand by!

      Thanks for dropping in. Always a pleasure to have your voice here.

      🙂 Kim

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