In the dream I was at the helm of a two-masted bark in antiquity. We were running with the wind, hoping our course would be confirmed by the rising point of the moon as we were seeking an island for fresh water and fruit having seen nothing but ocean for weeks.
The men were speaking a strange language, but I could understand them and it was then that I realized my spirit had invaded a man in antiquity! We were sailing on the South Pacific using a navigation system employed before longitude was invented. It was based on rising and setting points of the sun, moon and the most prominent stars. The wave swells hissed as their tops broke every 30 seconds. Finally, the moon appeared on point! We were on course! The island we sought was dead ahead! The men cheered.
This was the first of a series of visions, dreams, thinking or navigations in time that I first experienced in 1975 when working a book about navigation in antiquity. After several more visions I found the right place and time to see ancient Phoenicians timing solar-lunar intervals with pendula using the periods between them to compute longitude. My concept was confirmed by Dr. Charles H. Hapgood, leading authority on the subject, after much heated correspondence with his mathematician, Charles von Strachan, a rigorous and annoying numbers nerd who deeply regretted missing the Gestapo.
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Dr. Hapgood noted my work in his seventh edition of “Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings.” As a result an editor of The Smithsonian Magazine asked if I could apply my method to Captain Cooke’s 18th century secret method of determining island positions so accurately they have only been improved by satellite.
I only managed to see Cook’s men setting up a pendulum clock and frames for a solar-lunar interval observatory, but it validated my concept, and to confirm it worked I found four Cook-located islands in the South Pacific that would have been misplaced by the method due to the known variations in the gravity constant. My corrections were tested by the Smithsonian team and they then credited me with solving the 200 year-old mystery. However, the British Admiralty would not confirm my findings as Cook’s method is still a state secret!
I do not know if I navigated time in my mind or if this is simply the way our minds work. I have applied the method to the Clinton/Trump election in several attempts and gotten very strange results. In these meditations, dreams or fantasies, Hillary wins by a very narrow margin and Mr. Trump challenges. The country is thrown into turmoil with some violence and National Guard soldiers called out in several locations and talk of national martial law being declared by White House Executive Order!
Meanwhile, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has impaneled a Grand Jury for the Clinton email investigation announcing “…the Grand Jury has produced an indictment.” President Obama seizes the moment and announces he will continue in office, to fill out the term and where the Democrats won enough seats to control the Senate there will be no resistance, but the Trump forces are not satisfied and violence expands with pitched battles in many cities. At that point the vision fades and I have not be able to move it forward to date, but I am working on it.