At a desk on one side of the room sat a person. I couldn’t tell whether it was male or female; the face and body structure could be either. The face was almost unlined, the hair light brown and down just around the ears; the age somewhere between thirty and fifty, as far as I could tell. The clothing was simple, a white shirt and dark slacks.
But it was the radiation that stunned me. It was like standing in bright sunlight that was filled with every human emotion that ever existed. It was almost overwhelming –and yet familiar. It was equally balanced. One moment it was male, then I was sure it was female. A true equal – a He/She. Heshe!
The radiation closed off. Heshe – there had to be a name – looked up. The eyes were bottomless; I could detect no expression or emission. The control was perfect, yet I could not understand the reason for the restraint.
“Yet . . . you have lived only one physical lifetime. You have not recycled, like the rest of us. But . . . how do I know these things?”
“You are reading my mind.”
“Only part of it, and with your permission, I’m sure. One continuous lifetime, for eighteen hundred years! How do you stay . . . young?”
“I keep changing jobs. That keeps anyone young. Is that a good answer?”
“A great one. What a pleasure to meet you this way! What is your job now, if it may be called that?”
“You might call me an organizer, or facilitator, whichever you like.”
“With your ability, I would think there is much you can do at this very moment.”
“I keep busy.”
“What . . . ? No, I can read it . . . You drive an ambulance, you’re a late-night bartender, a psychiatric counselor . . . and you’re on your way to teach history at the university. And there’s more.”
“I like people.”
“Where do you eat and sleep?”
“I gave those up years ago.”
“You must conduct fascinating lectures in history.”
“I try to amuse, and confuse, with contradictions.”
“Your next job . . . what kind of job will it be?”
“Organizing, naturally. Introducing a Variable, just as you do. Such as this book, or the mind-altering programs you disseminate – all add a Variable into the lives of those who encounter them. Now, instead of all the questions, why don’t you read what needs organizing and the goals to be achieved? I can give you what you call ROTE about that, about a plan that doesn’t involve communism or socialism, capitalism or dictatorship.”
“They say it can’t be done.”
“That is what makes it worth the effort. It needs a unified worldwide human endeavor. This will happen through recognized necessity, not through religions, races, or political beliefs, or force of arms.”
“Necessity is severe stuff. The world would have to be in rough shape.”
“That is the reason for waiting. The time will come.”
– Robert A. Monroe, Ultimate Journey, page 54