When I imagine June 8th, it feels like just another day in the parallel reality without a coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world. And yet I know COVID-19 outbreaks will most likely still be occurring. The universe I sense and wish to surf to has the following characteristics:
I don’t think about or talk to anyone about coronaviruses or pandemics;
Everyone I know who wants a job, has a job;
The local newspaper only has an occasionally story about a new local coronavirus case and there are no sustained outbreaks nearby;
Daily whitehouse.gov press briefings are no longer happening;
Doctors have a standard treatment procedure for COVID-19 that brings the CFR down to the same level as seasonal flu;
The stock market has recovered somewhat and volatility is rare;
Unfortunately, the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases and deaths will have far surpassed the number of confirmed number of Influenza cases and deaths; and
Grocery stores are fully stocked and N95 masks are available at normal prices.
I spent today with my brother. We met at my RV and took it to get smog tested. It failed, partially due to rats living in the engine and chewing up things they should’t. After repairs, it did pass and is now good for another two years on CA roads. Now, it just needs to be updated to be livable so it can be an emergency quarantine area for one or more people. The goal today was to demolish the bathroom – goal accomplished!
Unfortunately, since N95 masks are now needed across the world to reduce the spread of COVID-19, neither of us wore masks during the demo work. I’m now congested from all the dust, and probably some rat poop as well. A small price to pay to help the people working in ICU have fresh masks.
I just listed to the whitehouse briefing and thought it went well. The US senate passed 96-0 a $2 Trillion bill to assist individuals and companies affected by COVID-19. It feels good to be in a universe where the two main US political parties work together to write bills.
The Esalen catalog just came in the mail. I think it would be difficult to host Esalen courses online. People would need to zoom from their bathtub. Opening the catalog to a random page found Charles Eisenstein, who’s workshop I have attended. His idea of interbeing, in which an entity is created between the interactions of multiple beings, can be used to describe the pandemic we are experiencing today.
Today, the DOW had a gain of 11.37%, the best one day gain since Mar 15, 1933, which happened to be the best one day gain ever at 15.34%. Today’s gain narrowly beat out the gain of 11.36% on Sept. 21, 1932. Just last week, the DOW had the second largest one-day percentage drop ever of 12.93%. This was only a few days after the then 4th largest one-day drop of 9.99% (and don’t you wonder who kept it from being 10%). And this was only a few days after the then 11th largest one-day drop of 7.79%.
For the last four days, I’ve been sensing a change in my universe surfing. I am no longer interested in this universe where a pandemic sweeps the globe. In this universe, I consume more twitter than I have in a lifetime prior. My intention to create instead of consume has been challenged by my weak free will in the face of the universe. I have a choice now. I can continue to be pummeled by the huge waves of the universe sending me into this pandemic. Or I can strengthen my free will and surf to a new set of universes in which COVID-19 is not dominating the daily thoughts of myself or the world.
From what I know about universe surfing, I can’t do this alone. So, if you find yourself reading this, please join me in surfing to a universe in which SARS_CoV_2 and COVID-19 are not dominating the world’s psyche and are only a distance memory. Oh, and your retirement savings will also be higher in the universe I’m surfing to. I’m putting myself on an 80-day surfing plan from 4 days ago. Target date of June 8, 2020, the 160th day of this year.
Santa Cruz, CA: Today I drove south on the 1 and made it to Salinas River State Beach. It was quite windy and also empty, except for a lone fisherman. The trail next to the beach had a few hikers – and also some horse riders.
While COVID-19 is continuing to spread as the math predicts, I’m feeling more optimistic that it’s possible fo me to surf to a universe where COVID-19 is not seen as anything more than a really bad flu virus. The universe I sense is one where the 80+% of people who experiences mild or no symptoms from being infected with SARS_CoV_2 slowly build up a herd immunity across the globe.
Santa Cruz, CA: This morning I went to watch the sunrise. Although Santa Cruz County is under a Shelter in Place order, it’s difficult to tell that by walking along the beach. Surfers are still surfing. People are still running and walking along the beach. The coffee shop near the lighthouse is still open with a restriction of only one person in the shop at a time.
I drove up the 1 towards San Francisco and the highways were still filled with cars traveling to the beaches along the 1. At Swanton Berry Farm, there was a sign requesting everyone to wash their hands before coming inside. The jelly samplers were gone, along with the tables where people used to eat. To go orders were still ok.
Updates on the coronavirus today are:
New York cases of COVID-19 rise above 15,000. US cases rise above 30,000. Italy has over 60,000 cases. Worldwide cases rise above 330,000.
US Senator Rand Paul because the first US senator to test positive for COVID-19.
Locally, Santa Cruz County in CA has only reported 15 cases and Travis County in TX has reported 79 cases.
The national guard is being mobilized for states that have the worst outbreaks.
The housemates in the house where I’m staying are all talking about coronavirus much of the day. Visitors are not allowed inside the house per the house rules.
Something surfing related I just realized is that the areas of the US most heavily hit by coronavirus outbreaks are the areas which are more liberal than conservative. Liberals have also been the ones who have been sounding the alarm about the pandemic while Trump previously had been calling the media alarm a “hoax” and comparing COVID-19 to the flu. Could the liberals be resonating with the energy of universes where COVID-19 is much worse than the flu while the conservatives are resonating with energy of the flu being worse? Possibly, but then how would republican senator Rand Paul being the first COVID-19 case be explained.
In financial news, as much as I want to call a market bottom, I think the next week is going to be rough. The best bet for a market uplift is if the US congress can agree on a relief package for individuals and businesses.
I ran for the first time in a while. I’m trying to get back to one of the universes where I can run a few miles and do over 50 pushups. One of the things different about the set of universes I’m in is that I don’t own an Apple watch. Because of that, I don’t seem to run either. Today, I took my phone and listed to a doctor on the front-lines. I ran less than a mile but got some sun. As I was walking back and checking my twitter, I read a tweet about getting off social media and getting some sun. I then looked up and saw this heart shining through the trees. The Universe is amazing and amusing.
I believe that the current attention the world is putting onto the smallest, oldest, and most alien life forces on the planet has the potential to result in the whole of world society surfing to a different reality. As if we were going to get on a spaceship to Earth2, it’s time for everyone to start thinking about what we want to take to this new reality and what we want to leave behind. Imagine we are starting over on a new planet. Imagine that society can be created in any way we wish. Imagine that our higher selves will guide us and that together we will be successful in creating whatever it is we determine is best to create. Imagine that we embrace the changes and we have the skills to optimize as we move toward a common and achievable reality.
It is now a time for magic to be used in addition to science. Science is sometimes compared with magic (Clarke’s Third Law), so I’m not suggesting that now is not a time for science. What I believe is that we needed a more “sufficiently advanced technology” than we have now, and since from our technological standpoint that will look like “magic”, then we need “magic” now – not when science catches up and calls it science.
So for all those practicers of magic, the world needs your magic to enable us to move to another set of universes where we live in harmony with the Earth and are not fearful of pandemics.
Humans are plentiful on the Earth because of exponential growth. Coronaviruses are also plentiful on the Earth because of exponential growth. In many universes, SARS_CoV_2 is the fifth and most deadly coronavirus that is endemic in the world population. It took almost 4 billion years for SARS_CoV_2 to infect a single human. Since then, we have had the following exponential growth of confirmed cases of COVID-19:
14 days to go from 1 to 10 cases by Dec 26, 2019
14 days to go from 10 to 100 cases by Jan 9, 2020
14 days to go from 100 to 1000 cases by Jan 23, 2020
7 days to go from 1000 to 10000 cases by Jan 30, 2020
35 days to go from 10000 to 100000 cases by Mar 5, 2020, as the coronavirus epidemic subsided in China and moved to the rest of the world
14 days to go from 100k to 250k cases by Mar 19, 2020
In 2-3 more weeks, the math of exponential growth shows that there will be over 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 if it continues at the same growth as the last few weeks. And if we continue at this 10x/month rate for another month or two, the number of cases go to 10M after 1 month and 100M after 2 months. This is not to be alarmist – it is just math.
Math is a foundation science that exists whether we exist or not. Math exists whether the universe exists or not. Physics requires a Universe with universal constants like the one we have. Math requires nothing. Math is true any any and all universes. It may be possible to surf to a universe with different physics, but it’s beyond my insight to understand how one would surf to a universe with different math.
Thankfully, we can use math to help us with the COVID-19 pandemic. The social distancing going on now will reduce the spread from person to person and increase the case doubling time. If we can reduce the number of cases sufficiently, we can begin contact tracing again. If we can increase the ability to test for COVID-19, we can use this surveillance ability to keep the disease in check.
Santa Cruz, CA: The entire state of California is now on lockdown by order of the Governor Newsom. California is the most populous US state with over 40 million residents. At the time of the lockdown order, there were 19 confirmed deaths out of 910 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California. This compares with at least 5300 confirmed cases in New York and almost 1400 confirmed cases in Washington.
Santa Cruz County and other counties around the Bay Area have been under similar “Shelter in Place” orders for the last two days. The “lockdown” orders appear to be the same. All non-essential businesses are shutdown and social distancing is required when people are out in public.
How did we get here? It seems like a good time for a review and also a good time to start thinking about how we are going to get back to a universe without all of this social distancing and scary coronaviruses.
I awoke this morning in a new universe – a new reality – a different dimension of reality – a parallel world. As I type this, I feel myself moving through these different dimensions – I feel the influence of the different dimensions in my body, in my mind, and in my soul.
I described my experiences of being in this new universe and what it felt like in my body, mind, and spirit. I ended my blog post with:
It’s 1005 and I now feel complete with this share of my experience now having arrived in what feels like a “far away” reality. I’m curious if I have developed my universe surfing skills sufficiently to stay here for a while and explore or if this has been only a short trip.
My curiosity was around if I would just write one blog post and then go back to my previous set of universes where I wasn’t blogging. I was also curious to explore what was true in this new set of universes I felt myself in.
In 2020 Day 3: In the Wormhole of Consumption and Creation I talked about how I wanted to move from universes where I was spending my time consuming content and move to universe where I was spending my time creating content. I also started talking about stocks because I wanted to eliminate my habit of checking the stock market multiple times a day. It’s interesting to see the stocks I picked to diversify:
For 2019, I was blessed to have AAPL and AMD as my top two investments. I hedged these growth stocks with some value stocks (IBM, WETF, DS, SFM, and NOK) which also provided a bit of diversification. I sold some AAPL and AMD to rebalance my portfolio for 2020 and plan to now only check my portfolio monthly.
Well, the selling of AAPL and AMD turned out to be a good move, but the diversification of buying the other stocks did not protect me from the recent market crash. Of the pick, Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) is the only one that held up. I should probably think of DS as “dumbshit” and WETF as “WTF was I thinking”. Note to self – always liquidate stock holdings before surfing to a new set of universes!
2020 Day 7: 88% Charge was just another example of how different sets of universes interfere with one another. It seems that my working battery from the prior set of universes was affecting my bad battery of my new set of universes.
As I try to restrict my attention to world and financial news, these both start shouting louder for attention.
Wow, how this insight turned out to be an understatement. On the ninth day of me surfing into this new set of universes, I felt my first synchronicity involving the Chinese city of Wuhan. In 2020 Day 9: New Strain of Coronavirus found in Wuhan, China, I blogged about the “novel coronavirus” as it was called then. Almost a year earlier, I had traveled through Wuhan as a random stop-over on the way to Thailand. I was able to walk around outside and take photos such as this one:
and this one:
I remember noticing how cold it was in January and how cloudy the sky was. In my blog post, I wrote:
Today it is being reported that the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak “mystery illness” that has infected 60 people in the last 2 weeks is caused by a new coronavirus.
Had I not been to Wuhan a year earlier, I doubt this story would have caught my eye. I used my universe surfing skills to notice it and blog about it. It was already an unexpected event for me to travel through Wuhan, and then seeing a “mystery illness” unexpectedly show up in Wuhan was very synchronistic for me. It was a marker that I was in a connected flow of universes. As I reread my post, I’m noticing how much I focused on researching coronaviruses at the time. I’m also remembering that I was sick:
I’ve been sick with a respiratory infection for about two weeks.
I didn’t have a fever. It seemed like just a long, mild symptoms cold. But with my partner later getting sick with (supposedly, according to the second test) FluA, maybe I had the flu. Or, maybe the universe surfing was stressful on my body. Or, maybe my parallel self was traveling to Wuhan this month instead of a year ago, and I was feeling symptoms of him(/her, parallel selves can be any or no gender). My best feeling now, is I was infected with one of the 4 coronaviruses endemic in our population which I also wrote about:
Four identified coronaviruses (HCoV-229E, HCoV-NL63, HCoV-OC43, and HCoV-HKU1) are endemic in humans and cause up to 30% of respiratory tract infections worldwide each year.
The next day I found myself in a universe where I was a runner. I hadn’t run in quite a while and never longer than 3-4 miles. I periodically wrote posts about my running progress – basically every time I ran. I’m no longer in a universe where I’m running, but feel I will return one day.
At this point, I noticed that I was having more difficulty blogging each day. To continue my habit, I would blog something – anything – whatever popped into my mind. Numbers and spirituality/mythology/religion seemed to guide me as I blogged:
In another universe in which I didn’t run on the 16th day, I blogged about hexadecimal numbers. Then, the novel coronavirus returned to my notice as Thailand and Japan reported confirmed infections: 2020 Day 17: Wuhan Coronavirus infections in Thailand and Japan. It’s interesting to see what I focused on in this post:
This is interesting because China lobbied who.int to not refer to the novel coronavirus as “Wuhan Coronavirus” and today Trump is only using the name “Chinese coronavirus” to describe officially named SARS_CoV_2, which causes COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).
I also wrote about diagnostic testing by WHO, which is the test rejected by the US.
Testing has become a big issue as South Korea has used widespread testing to “flatten the curve” and control the spread of COVID-19 while the US has struggled to get a working test deployed.
I also showed a graph of the phylogenetic tree of SARS_COV_2. It is still unproven from where SARS_COV_2 arose.
The last paragraph of this blog post reads a bit prophetic to me now:
This story is still not widely reported, but has made it to The Economist. I hope to surf to a universe where this is not a big story, but the synchronicities that found me posting this make me worry that the odds are against me.
Day 18 still feels like a random post – not sure what future this is connected to: 2020 Day 18: Ned Snead. In another universe, I blogged about hanging out with a friend and his family.
I’m now beginning to wonder if these two blog posts will be understood more clearly through a universe surfing viewpoint that does not require time to move in only one direction, and instead allows for anyone to quantum feel possible futures.
20200202 Day 33: First Palindrome Date since 11/11/1111 notes a date for millennials to celebrate. That it’s the 33rd date of the year and this is also a palindrome strikes me as such a rare numerical event. An “exercise for the reader” is to determine if the palindromic qualities of this 33rd day of Gregorian calendar will ever be seen again.
I then pivoted from palindromes to Coronaviruses and discussed palindromic RNA sequences. This lead me somehow to looking at finding a phylogenetic tree of SARS_COV_2 which included a Bat SARS-like coronavirus WIV1 (ID: KF367457.1) that I had happened to find through my own BLAST searching. I documented this unexpected event to see if it had any links to the future:
I made some more posts about politics and the democratic political race:
Assuming no outbreaks in other countries, using the official numbers reported to date by China, and hoping for the best, the number of worldwide reported cases peak at 145,000 and number of deaths peak at 2,000.
20200209u Day 40: Conspiracy Theories in Multiple Realities is about how universe surfing and quantum sensing can lead one to sound like a conspiracy nut. If you sound like a nut, you’re doing it right. Just know that you sound like a nut and you’ll be ok. The final quote I made in this post deserves to be repeated because it is linked to the future:
At this point, the origin of 2019-nCoV is still in a superposition of states (wild and man-made), at least for most of the people on the planet.
Then cruise ships made the news for all the wrong reasons and China changes the way it counts COVID-19 cases for a few days.
20200317T Days 61-77: Definitely in a New Universe Now! is continuing to feel into the changes in the universe. I am now using twitter and consuming news much more instead of creating. I fell down a wormhole of COVID-19 pandemic and into a set of universes that feel very foreign to me.
20200318W Day 78: It’s a New Universe! is me feeling a desire to leave this set of universes I have found myself in and travel back to one in which there is no pandemic and everyone isn’t worried about the loss in value of their 401k or how they are going to pay their rent.