[Excerpt from TT: 2009-09-13]
[Question] Michael has said that some parallels were VERY different than others and won’t re-merge back into the total until well into the Causal. Can you give me several examples where history went off on completely different tracks, besides the nuclear war that occurred in one parallel back in our mid-1980s? I was told that I have several parallels that will never merge into this trunk or branch until we’ve all cycled off. I realize that each parallel considers itself to be the “true trunk.”
[Michael Entity] Not all parallels consider themselves to be the “true trunk.” It is natural to live as if it is, of course, which is exactly how it is designed to be experienced. The older the soul, and the more exploration of this concept, the more likely the sense of such solidity begins to dissipate, which can make for some very interesting lifetimes for a Personality. When conscious awareness and observation of the literal shifts and changes in parallels are explored by a Personality, it can be terrifying and exhilarating. Much of what is experienced as discrepancies among parallels is ignored, briefly noted and then dismissed, or simply experienced as a private confusion.
[Michael Entity] In a very few cases, Schizophrenia might result, but that condition is more a result of an internal breakdown of communication among various sub-personalities assigned to different emotional components of the Personality.
In response to your broader question: there are a multitude of parallels that have spun off at various points in your history to become fairly incomprehensible to the Personalities experiencing “this” parallel.
Some of those examples would be:
1) Your world as a result of the North of America losing its Civil War, wherein slavery is still common, though with compassionate acts passed to protect the well-being of the slaves. The business of buying, selling, breeding, and exporting people has escalated to a scale fairly difficult to imagine or convey.
2) Another branch has emphasized a move away from all physical contact among people and focused on methods for sustaining that lack of contact, particularly through electronics, personal pods, and egg-shaped, stacked housing that holds only one person. “Families” are clustered together, but even babies are encapsulated upon birth and fed through a means that is built in to the pods. Procreation is done through laboratories and children are assigned.
3) Another branch has emphasized a taboo on “celebrity,” which has become illegal. Those who gain notoriety beyond a certain population count face various forms of punishment, including death.
4) Another branch has never put to use anything beyond the use of natural elements as they occur naturally, or as close to “naturally,” as possible, meaning that living is found in natural creations, such as caves, tree canopies, and some simple structures. There is no electricity and communication is only within shouting distance.
The examples can continue, but we can safely suggest that if you can imagine it, it exists in some form.
An aside: all parallels have access to each other through that single bridge: Imagination. Imagination is far more a tool than a novelty.
The examples we cited today are examples of parallels generated from various points for specific, pivotal reasons:
The first example is rather obvious and recent. The second from a point in time you might see as a time of the “Black Plague.” The third originated from a Nexus around 2000 years ago as Christianity gained its footing and the taboo of self-serving positions in society were outlawed below the levels of the church, but another Nexus generated from a massive wave of suicides and stalker/murders in the 80s, merging into each other. The fourth from the impact of weather patterns not moving to any extreme to encourage nomadic behavior.
The examples could extend into off-planet contact and integration of alien populations, to a parallel where only 4 bodies remain of your species.