We all spend a lot of time—and I think this is across the board—working on raising food. Maybe we don't have to eat as much as you do, but we do have to eat quite a bit.
The split-off must have happened when the U.S. did exist. But I don't think we have the kind of cities you do. We do have large cities, but we don't have, like, lawns. I don't know anybody who has no food growing on the land that they inhabit.
We don't have the same legal concepts, I guess you'd call them, of property ownership that you do. We say, "I'm going to be close to this particular land, and this is my body." "My land" sounds like slavery. We have a different attitude towards the land.
There are places that some people feel called to be especially close to. And they may have a house of some sort there, whether they're living in a cave or a mansion. Our mansions are different than yours - I use that word loosely. We have some large homes. Usually those are communal, with more than one family in a cluster, where they may share some of the building functions like you have with co-housing. That's very common for us. But with whatever the type of home, it's then like it's our land that we're close to. Nobody wants to push somebody off their land, because that's like taking somebody's wife or husband. I don't know how to explain it. It's such a different feel and mindset.
One of our biggest differences may be that we don't have nearly as many people as you do.
We and Canada share some political governance. We have territories in common. Alaska does not belong to the United States in my parallel. And it doesn't belong to Canada either. It's a territory, like Puerto Rico is in yours. But Alaska is a territory of both countries. And both leave it alone, because it should really be self-governing.
Because we teleport, or at least try to, the meaning of land is vastly different. If someone wants to enjoy and feels drawn to land that I love and live near or on, if they love it enough that they can pinpoint it and manage to teleport there. . . . (We're kind of new at this teleportation—we haven't been doing it for too many generations.) If someone wants to come here badly enough that they manage to get here, then who am I to say, "No, you can't come. This is mine."
And so there are places that are very popular, where you find a lot of people, just like in your society. Many people want to live near the Grand Canyon. Or the Rocky Mountains. But I think our dwellings are almost incomparably more sustainable and earth-friendly than yours. If people want to come and live somewhere, they don't destroy it by living there. They enhance it. Certain lands that want people there, just love having them there. And we live very simply compared to you. We don't even have so much of a concept of a bedroom, and certainly not one for everybody. It's different.
I guess I'm not seeing entirely clearly what you have, to know how to compare, or what differences to point out. We don't think everybody has to sleep separately, unless they're really working on something in the dream world and sleep state. Then even if they're living communally, they may choose to go out and stay in one of our communal separate dwellings, and be apart from other people.
We've worked out a lot more than you have of what you might call telepathic ettiquette, or auric ettiquette. Everybody's different, but most people feel that if they're sleeping in the same room with those they love, or at least the same dwelling, that it frees them up to then travel farther in their sleeptime into really different densities. The other people sleeping with them closeby in their family or community may all be doing different things in the sleep time. And we tend to sleep for shorter periods - maybe several four hour slots or something - depending on what's going on. We take sleeptime at least as seriously as we do waking time. But we can travel farther, we feel, if our home community base is very strong, even in the sleep time.
And if we're teleporting, which is fairly common. . . . In your view of things, certainly you'd say, don't you want to have your own space to do that in, and not be interrupted, and generate your own oomph to do that? Well, not necessarily. I mean, sometimes I would want that. But if I'm with people I'm really close to. . . . And you know, I would not choose as close community people that I wasn't really resonating with. So please consider it a compliment that I'm willing to share my home with you, Cathee. I do feel that close to you already. And if it doesn't work, we'll soon spread out. You know, I'm not worried about it.
Anyway. Unless I was really, really good at teleporting, I would probably want someone to be watching my body. Because I may not take it with me. Really, bilocation is the word. Some people can take it with them. But we kind of frown on that, actually. We feel like they may be leaving us altogether. Like what you're planning to do yourself there, is pick up and leave, however slowly, and with a whole lot of help from the Leapers afoot. We generally want to come back. (laughs) And we want someone to be watching over us.
If we decide to vacation together—travel together—I guess you'd call it a vacation. (laughs) We don't have the word vacation, because we don't need a vacation. Because we don't separate out our pleasure times from our work times. But anyway, if we decide to travel together, then we definitely want our bodies very close. It's not unheard of for a couple to be making love, and manage to have the energy to travel as a result of that activity. And then, you know, someone will come and discover their bodies intertwined like that for long stretches of time while they're gone. It's considered fine. There seems to be a safety to it, we feel, to go together like that.
I think we have very different concepts of some very basic things. And you're going to have to learn our ways. It's going to be a process for you to get used to the idea of other people being in your space a lot, and to take that as a good thing, instead of something you need to defend against. I think this is going to be a big hurdle for you and Peter.
And touch is a little different. Again, there are individuals who are different. But our family is a very touchy family. It certainly doesn't always go sexual—and not inappropriately with the kids, for instance. But we don't have the idea that children need to sleep in their own bed. We tend to see sex—intercourse—as something that's extremely special. It's not just an afterthought for couples at the end of the day as they drift off to sleep because they didn't have time for it earlier. We take time for it. We take time for it during the day. And if I'm making love to my wife somewhere, you'll respect my privacy and not go there if you know that's going on.
I guess we're simple enough that we don't have a whole lot of possessions like you do. And many of them are communal. Like pots and pans. Food drying equipment. Garden cultivation equipment. Somebody may devise something, or even buy something, but pretty soon it's communal. (laughs) Enough people borrow it that they end up designating a place for it, so that they don't have to give permission every time somebody wants to use it. We try various check-out systems, but often we just kinda know who's using what because we can see.
We tend to cluster in small communities that may seem kind of tribal to you. Only there may be several tribes living in a place where people like to live a lot, so it looks like a city. I mean, you can't tell by looking. I suppose it's like your neighborhood associations, but I think it's a lot closer than that. Sometimes it goes along family lines—like cousins will live together—but sometimes not. You may be very into dance, and so you want to live in a community where people dance a lot. And maybe your family—you know, your cousins and your parents—don't dance that much. So you may form a community around certain interests. People do tend to drift through several communities in a lifetime as they grow older and their interests change. Some people stick with their own family clan for life, but that's not common. We do see it as healthy for kids to leave home at a certain time. And sometimes they'll go live in a place where another family member is. Like you'll go stay with your aunt, or something. That's very common. There's less emphasis on nuclear family. But it's not that different than in your world.
I would guess you and I have common history in Europe several centuries back. And that may be when things really started differing, because for us the Middle Ages was not what it was for you, I think. At least your remembrance of it. The Church did not rule the Middle Ages in my history books. And the kings didn't either. I don't know what happened then, even in our parallel. Our history is actually much more oral, and much more go see for yourself. (laughs) Go look at your past lives. So we have a very individualistic view. We don't just recite who was king, and think that tells you what the history was. I think we all see ourselves as largely part of our reincarnational lineage. That's very strong. And so we're interested in history from that perspective. What can I learn personally from who I've been? And how'd I get here?
We don't talk about soul families like you do. I mean, I know your culture doesn't, but like you do personally, Cathee. Somehow it seems impolite to imply that you're a lot closer to some people than others even within your own family. So that's not something that will be in the vernacular here. But you know, if you look back far enough, you've probably had a past life with just about everybody.
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