Welcome back to Freaky Friday & this week we put on possibly one of the best shows ever! Listen in as we break down audio from a Philip K. Dick press conference from 1977 that took place in Metz, France. In the speech he reveals that he has witnessed not past lives, but memories of a “different, very different, present life” in worlds very different from this one. The late sci-fi arguably additionally talks about something which we would call the Mandela effects today.
Philip K. Dick also reveals that some of his novels were not entirely works of fiction, rather they are “based on fragmentary, residual memories of such a horrid slave state world.” He claims to remember not past lives but a “different, very different, present life.”
He cites “The Man In The High Castle” & “Flow My Tears, The Police Man Said” as examples of these memories that came out through him as novels BEFORE he had a revelation in 1974 after strong medication he received during dental treatment.
This is an absolutely mind blowing presentation by Dick. He opens up by admitting that much of, if not all, of what he was about to say may or may not be real. From there launches into information that, in my opinion, gives us an insight into how reality actually works.
Dick opens up by offering the metaphor of an affluent man living in a big house, and in that house he has a staff of maids/butlers & one of their main tasks is to make sure that every day there is a brand new painting put on the wall in the dining room. He states that the picture must be changed every day and no picture is ever to be used twice. In the metaphor Dick goes on to say how this works just the way its meant to for some time, new paintings hung every day, until one day they run out of new pictures, and instead what they do is start to change the pictures that have already been used. They add a tree here, or take part of the picture away & in some way alters the painting so that technically it was new, in a way.
The man of the house looks at the new picture & he pauses because although it appears to be a brand new painting, there is also a part of his mind that feels some familiarity with what it is seeing. Its that strange feeling we sometimes have, that although things we are seeing or doing appear to be new & in the present, that horrible incline towards something being eerily similar about a memory that you cant quite put your finger on. Some call it ‘deja vous’ & it may just be that we are experiencing some residual memory of a life we are living on another timeline.
It is when Dick starts to talk about his memories of a different timeline in which he was a Christian rebel fighting against a dark, hard tyranny in the United States. With the audience looking around in disbelief he goes on to talk about how the Watergate scandal may just have saved this world from the kind of tyranny he had glimpsed in the other world.
For those that might not know, “The Man In The High Castle” which was recently a block buster TV series, is an adaptation from a book of the same name penned by Dick in 1962. The Man in the High Castle is an alternate history novel set in 1962, the novel takes place fifteen years after a different end to World War II, and depicts intrigues between the victorious Axis Powers—primarily, Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany—as they rule over the former United States, as well as daily life under totalitarian rule.
Several characters in The Man in the High Castle read the popular novel The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, by Hawthorne Abendsen, whose title is assumed or supposed to have come from the Bible:70 verse “The grasshopper shall be a burden” (Ecclesiastes 12:5). Thus, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy constitutes a novel within a novel, wherein Abendsen writes of an alternative universe, where the Axis Powers lost World War II (1939–1947). For this reason, the Germans have banned the novel in the occupied US,:91 but it is widely read in the Pacific, and its publication is legal in the neutral countries.
As you can see, its set in a totally different world from the one we are taught that we grew up in. Thankfully the Nazi’s lost WWII in our world (although, most of the scientific elite that were either full fledged Nazi’s or worked for them, we transferred to the U.S. in Operation Paperclip).
At the time of writing the book, Dick had no idea that the plot wasn’t a product of his imagination, but in fact a subconscious expression of events that were stores as latent memories of other present lives he was living/had lived/was yet to live!
Yes, i know, its mind blowing, but when you really sit and listen to what he is saying, it actually starts to make a lot of sense. How it is that I have only now come across this information from 1977 is beyond me, yet at the same time, i feel that perhaps it never even existed in one of the many worlds i have obviously, albeit subconsciously, retained memories of. Maybe its only now that im meant to see it because its only now that it makes sense to me? Who knows, but this is some of the deepest woo ever explored in over 200 Freaky Friday episodes
So sit back, buckle up, and hold on tight, this one is going to melt your mind!