Ethan Hawkes, who quit a couple weeks prior, is at the Checkstand at the End of Time. His total is $9.46 and the time is 4:46 pm. The date is December 2, 2011. Charlie turns the monitor to show him.
‘Wow, that’s cool,’ says Ethan. Charlie tells him about his collection of synchronicities and the book he is working on, (or should we say the book which is working on him?)
Charlie was sitting in his car on Tuesday night. He and his Chevy were parked outside of Saver’s in Danvers. There was a Chuck E Cheese in this strip mall. Also, there was a Market Basket. Charlie was just killing some time before he went to see Hugo 3D for the second time. Earlier Charlie and his Martin Acoustic recorded ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’ for Steve Yannetty’s 2011 Christmas Album.
Still in his car, Charlie looked toward Saver’s and through the front glass. He read the following on the back wall of the store: ‘omen.’ The angle at which he faced the store caused the W in Women to be blocked out.
‘Do you think it’s an omen?’ the Female Customer asks Charlie at Unique Grocery Store #506, Checkstand 3. It is the beginning of the end and the end of the beginning. She wears a circular Granny Smith pendant around her neck. Charlie just told her of the connection between her Total and the Time: $18.77 @ 4:18 pm, two 18’s.
‘I do think there are signs and messages coming to us from Spirit, the Greater Reality, if we are open to seeing and hearing them,’ says Charlie.
‘Yes,’ she says to Charlie. ‘I’m always seeing interesting convergences like that everywhere.’
189. 12-23-11: $18.77 @ 4:18 pm
Charlie got out of his car and walked into Saver’s. He tried on some pants. Found some excellent brown Levi’s Corduroys that fit perfectly. They cost just $4.99.
Carrying the pants that soon he would purchase, he walked over to the book section of the store. ‘Books is so hard,’ said one of the Saver’s crew members. They were organizing everything, getting ready to close shop for the day.
This was the day Charlie was reacquainted with ‘The Gnostic Gospels’ by Elaine Pagels. There it was, sitting there for just 99 cents in Saver’s. Mint condition. It’s a different paperback edition than the one Charlie had ten years ago. His dad, Big Charlie, gave him his first copy in 1997, along with several Carl Jung paperbacks, which he took to San Diego. This book, ‘The Gnostic Gospels’, has impacted Charlie as much as any book he has read.
He was waiting in line to pay for his book and his pants. ‘Cheyenne to your register, Cheyenne to your register,’ called the short-haired, middle-aged female cashier over the intercom.
PKD’s Exegesis (cont.)
“48. Two realms there are, upper and lower. The upper, derived from hyperuniverse I or Yang, Form I of Parmenides, is sentient and volitional. The lower realm, or Yin, Form II of Parmenides, is mechanical, driven by blind, efficient cause, deterministic and without intelligence, since it emanates from a dead source. In ancient times it was termed ‘astral determinism.’ We are trapped, by and large, in the lower realm, but are through the sacraments, by means of the plasmate, extricated. Until astral determinism is broken, we are not even aware of it, so occluded are we. ‘The Empire never ended.'”