Continued from previoushttps://tsakraklides.com/2021/07/31/a-new-earth-to-all-new-arrivals/
Olivia looked at her notifications. Jonathan had just sent her a screenshot of a satellite image of the illuminated area of the ocean, and a text message: “on my way”. Over at the Minimalists’ corner, the ritual celebration had turned into an impromptu leadership meeting in light of the new development in the Atlantic. Heading it was a woman in her early 60s with a barely noticeable West African accent. She went by the unusual name Aberash (“giving off light”).
“I think we all know what this means. The rate of new mutations seems to be increasing, with yet another variant now born. Earth continues to give us signs that it is still alive – but she is clearly preparing the ground for a very different future – one that probably none of us can visualize, or even contemplate. Her creativity and imagination will always be unsurpassable.”
“None of you are here, on this beach, by accident. You all understand what is happening to our planet. You don’t need explanations or hard evidence, other than the gut feeling that you’ve had all your life. The feeling that you were always different, that you always belonged in a different circle. The crisis was the change in conditions that finally brought us all together, like salt crystals falling out of solution one by one, reflecting light into each other for the first time. We are the Minimalists. We are the empaths and introverts of this planet. Some of us were born with a natural connection to all living beings, which gives us the power of insight. Others were born with the gift of empathy and compassion, which has given them the ability to understand and influence people around them.”
“But when I look across this group, when I gaze into your eyes individually, I only see one person. In your eyes I see the same picture that is reflected from my eyes: I see Earth. And I feel the same premonition as you, the same gut feeling, the same generalized anxiety, a sense that time is speeding up, and running out.”
Some of you have also reported strange deja vu’s, as if you are re-experiencing a previous crisis – maybe from someone else’s past, maybe from the future. And for others yet, there is this constant sense that you are not alone. That you are being watched, being monitored by “something”: you’ve described this as a benevolent power, a companion or chaperone, connecting you to everything and everyone around you.”
“There is so much that we don’t know about this collection of mental sensations. So far we have been collectively referring to them as the EoT, or Earthnet of Things: what we believe to be the planet’s neural information network trying to get in touch with us. For those of us who have felt the EoT, it tends to be a comforting and reassuring experience most of the time.”
Aberash took a long pause as she looked down into the solar fairy lights that blinked in the sand. They reflected in peoples’ eyes affixed in her direction, waiting patiently for her next words. She seemed to hesitate at first:
“But lately, we’ve been receiving mixed signals. And some of us have had more than just the usual premonitions from the EoT. We’ve had members who have seen visions – perhaps of the future, we are not sure. We need to understand these signals better. And we may have a chance to connect some of the dots using science”
Aberash nodded to Aspen as she continued:
“I’d like to introduce you to a relatively recent member of our team whom you might have met already. Aspen has come here to ask you for a favor, so please listen to what she has to say.”
(from the upcoming novel A New Earth) – PRE-ORDER NOW:
2 thoughts on “A New Earth – The Circle”
I like the meaning of Aberash and how that fits throughout the whole story.
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