Yesterday, on my way to Seattle, I was merging on the freeway (the Boeing freeway that connects with I-5) and a young guy in a big black SUV zooms up on the outside and cuts in front of me. I was really irritated for a moment. Then a funny thing happened. I had a brief flash where I was in his car at the point when he cut in front of me. He couldn’t get over because the car behind was too close so he had to zoom ahead to get safely on the freeway. I realize he is just an average joe trying to get along just like the rest of us.
Now here’s the dilemma, did I imagine that or did it happen?
Dear friend Cheryl,
As Dumbledore says to Harry Potter in one scene in one of the last movies. Of course it’s true what does it matter if it’s in your head. It’s still true no matter what. So there is no dilemma as I see it.
Hopeful One ❤️
I do remember that scene. You are so right. In my mind, it happened.
I’d say it was not your imagination. How fascinating.
I remember being angry at being cut off like that and then the sudden KNOWING and actual experience of being with him in that moment when he had to make a decision about getting onto the freeway safely in what was then, and still is now, a difficult merge. If only we could all experience life from another’s perspective from time to time…
Your story reminds me an experience published by Maud Kristen, a renowned French clairvoyant. She was visiting a zoo when her gaze was fixed on a leopard she found beautiful. The animal reacted aggressively and roared while looking intensely at her. Instantly she found herself in the leopard’s head, looking at herself from the animal’s perspective and feeling the agression felt by it when it perceived her gaze. She didn’t know that animals (and humans in some cultures) never look directly the eyes of congeners because it’s interpreted as an agressive behavior.
As you write, you could have imagined it to explain the driver’s behavior. But it could also mean that our brain doesn’t secrete consciousness but syntonies to it, like a TV set is fixed on a particular program. If true, our brain could harbor a filter to let only what pertains to our individuality cross. It becomes possible to widen a little the filter to let another’s perspective show up for a fleeting moment.
Thank you for sharing this. Knowing that another has had a similar experience is somehow very settling.