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They parted ways, each one taking home one of Aspen’s delicious salads and heading to a cooler place. Aspen hadn’t told John her secret yet: that she had known where Petunia was buried from the moment that she stepped foot in that garden. That ever since her near-death experience and rescue by the Minimalists, she had developed a type of premonition, almost like a sixth sense. She could connect to all living things around her: able to sense their presence, their fear and suffering, and sometimes even their death. At certain times she would feel a very similar type of connection but this time with entire places and events happening far away in countries that she had never visited in her life. It almost felt like she was “wired” into the entirety of Earth. Was this the Earthnet of Things?
Brain injuries and near-death experiences have been known to affect peoples’ senses. As they stare death in the eye, some people emerge from their near-death experience with an incredible level of compassion for all living things – and for life itself – that feels almost like a sixth sense. No one’s life is ever the same once they’ve seen the other side: once they’ve had an out-of-body experience where they get to see for the very first time in their life what it feels like to not have an ego: to be neither here or there, but everywhere and everything.
Having a brush with death is not only a humbling experience. It opens up a new dimension by activating our most primal survival reflexes. Many people report thousands of images running through their minds at the time when they’re having their near death experience. It is nothing but their own mind running through its database. It is trying to discover the meaning of life by looking through its records, before everything shuts down. And as it does, it connects to the mainline: the EoT. Some of the Minimalists achieved this state of mind with Black Sky. Others simply realized that the EoT had always been inside of them. Like a rusty gadget, they had simply never turned it on. They never knew what it was for, until now.
Aspen increasingly felt that she was not only Aspen. She was the plants, the animals. She was the ocean, the wind. She was everything.
from the upcoming novel A New Earth
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