You were on your way home when you died.

It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.

And that’s when you met me.

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”

“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.

“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”

“Yup,” I said.

“I… I died?”

“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.

You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”

“More or less,” I said.

“Are you god?” You asked.

“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”

“My kids… my wife,” you said.

“What about them?”

“Will they be all right?”

“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”

You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.

“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”

“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”

“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”

“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”

“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”

You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”

“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”

“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”

“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”

I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.

“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”

“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”

“Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”

“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”

“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”

“Where you come from?” You said.

“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”

“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”

“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”

“So what’s the point of it all?”

“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”

“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.

I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”

“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”

“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”

“Just me? What about everyone else?”

“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”

You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”

“All you. Different incarnations of you.”

“Wait. I’m everyone!?”

“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.

“I’m every human being who ever lived?”

“Or who will ever live, yes.”

“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”

“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.

“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.

“And you’re the millions he killed.”

“I’m Jesus?”

“And you’re everyone who followed him.”

You fell silent.

“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”

You thought for a long time.

“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”

“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”

“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”

“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”

“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”

“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”

And I sent you on your way.

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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 12:55pm

oh my gosh, trippy as shit. my mind is BLOWN

Sat, 09/18/2010 - 3:32am

im crying so hard right now,

THAT is what its all about.

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 10:59pm
Ave25 Says:

this is the most beautiful highdea I have ever read. this will be #1 of all time in no time at all =)

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 10:07am
kidofkids Says:

Very goood highDEA, I just have a few questions. So in this state of mind, you were your wife and you were you, and you were your kids, and you were your dad, and your mom, and what about animals? Where you your pet fish or dog?

Sat, 05/07/2011 - 2:14am

“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”

I'm assuming the first sentence here means its not only humans, but everything living.

Sat, 05/21/2011 - 11:06pm
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 3:39pm

"you've been in a human" Maybe that means that theres other things he was in? There wouldn't be any reason he couldn't have been

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 7:23pm
Tue, 09/27/2011 - 11:51pm
runaka Says:

no, experiencing animal life wouldnt be relevant because the entity speaking to him was a vague humanoid figure, you know this because it was someone recognizable as someone you'd be comfortable with. therefor growing to be like that would mean living out all the humanoid existances. because humans were created in "gods image",

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 12:35am

yes, but maybe the fact that the figure was humanoid was just to comply with his past life. I think the figure could be anything, its just an energy, a force, and its just in that form to avoid questions that need not be asked.

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 5:05pm
Tue, 04/10/2012 - 7:21pm

you're thinking in a very two dimensional way. The reasoning that he saw the entity as a humanoid could be because the part of him that died was a human at the time. He was strictly a consciousness when he entered this world whose persona was that of a human. The person who made this also said that if he stayed there longer he would start remembering everything from his past lives. from this we could probably infer that the reason he saw "God" as a human was because, like i already said, the persona of the part of him that died was a human. the vision he was having was just being played out in a way that he could understand. What if a dog were to die? I highly doubt persona that he had in that same void would be that of a human. He is just a consciousness.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:32am

You're just assuming that because this entity chose to appear in a certain form only that species experience is relevant. The word god was used, no other known god claim fits the information given better than the omnimax type. The story seems to suggest that reaching omniscience is the point of this universe. Why would only human experience be needed to reach ALL knowing? That's right, it wouldn't.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:26am
Thu, 04/14/2011 - 1:29am
hdizz10 Says:

im so tingly and im dying laughing. im in love!!!!!!

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 6:36pm

I just read this and noticed its similar to something I wrote once. uploaded recently.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:04pm
Sat, 09/18/2010 - 3:38am

this made me cry!
THIS is TRULY what iis ALL about!

i beleive that why taking psychadelics help open your third eye and make you realize we are all one and that hurting someone else is hurting yourself!

Karma is real, the big expresion 'do unto others as you would have others do unto you'
and plain old kindess are real!!

us stoners need to unite and show the world whats it really is all about..

~~~pay it forward

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 6:21pm
in_lakech Says:

We are all once consciousness experiencing ourselves subjectively. I am not "me", I am infinite consciousness having the experience of "me". Psychedelics have taught me this also. We are one, and together we need to turn that one to love, not hate. We all have a responsibility to ourselves and eachother (which is really ourselves)!

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 12:38am

I really do love this post because by this logic I am all of you, and I'm proud, ashamed, tired, energetic, sad, happy, enlightened, ignorant, and whatever any of you may feel. It's really wonderful to know that.

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 6:39pm

Its interesting to think where we are in each of our lives. How far along in the maturing process we are, since time does not exist outside of this consciousness. If we can see the depth to this post, we must be somewhat experienced by now. Our soul that is.

That, was a deep highdea.

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 2:09pm
O.G.DaShi Says:

i think this is really good, but if time is only valid in his universe, shouldnt he have lived through every life by now?
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. -Henry David Thoreau

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 1:37am

He has lived through every life.
He had to mature just like his son has to

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 2:59pm
rasjuttex Says:
Mon, 09/20/2010 - 6:42pm
Kkush Says:

man shut the fuck up. its so annoying that theres always that one guy that has to ruin the highdea for everyone.. youre creating a problem that doesnt need to exist. keep your thoughts to yourself. i know im not doing that now but i have to let you know somehow.. quit being a dick and enjoy the story.

i love this and im not a "poser stoner"..ive definitely smoked more than once, have you? cause you need to chill out.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 1:19am
JstnBokor Says:
Thu, 09/30/2010 - 9:23pm
austinlocc Says:
Mon, 10/04/2010 - 12:32pm

Absolutely agreed. It would change the world dramatically if none of us ever said anything negative. The negative feeds more negative.

The negative stereotype of "poser stoners" and all that- who came up with that? That shit is anti peace. If you wanna categorize people like that, you should only do it to yourSELF. And let someone else show you different. Because we didn't arrive here to be shown the negative side, or categorized into the negative side.

All I see here is a negative number 1 trying to come into something that enjoys Multiplication. The good side just keeps multiplying.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 6:39pm
highguy... Says:

if nobody said negative things nothing good would ever be done

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 11:50pm
Opiium Says:

then maybe your not thinking enough about what really matters in life...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 11:40pm

smart. yin-yang, there's no darkness without light, that stuff. you have won yourself a cookie :-)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 2:16pm

It's simple math. A negative x negative = a positive. Positive x negative = negative. Positive x positive = positive. Works with numbers or interpersonal interactions.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 2:41am

EPIC FAIL........Did you check your math before you made yourself look like an idiot???.....It's either that or you meant to use a "+" (then it would work) instead of an "x" either way, you definitely messed that one up........jus sayin

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 10:11pm
MrRager Says:
Wed, 10/19/2011 - 10:42pm
Kniphofia Says:

What If you smoke so much you never stop, therefor only smokeing for two decade long sessions?

Fri, 11/26/2010 - 1:27am
dunno234 Says:
Sun, 02/13/2011 - 1:24pm

Yo man different stoners have different opinions on shit like this. Some people just had their mind blown by this, some people just thought of how the person who wrote this is clearly not high. Everyone just keep it real, stoners are supposed to be friendly and understanding of each others opinions. Peace lol

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 5:51pm
Zook Says:

your right stoners are supposed to be friendly and understanding of each others opinions but that guy wasnt at all he was downing everyone else.. no one would care if he just said he didnt like it

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 8:17pm
psnack Says:

Whoa, so not only did I write this but I'm also having this whole discussion and arguing with myself.. Incredible

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 3:16pm
chupacabs Says:

see the haters are an earlier, less lived version of ourselves while the ones who comprehend and embrace the story are the more lived and experienced.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 4:58am
amstutsm Says:

Fo sho, i thought people we're pissed cuz it was "plagiarized", but those negative comments were pretty harsh. The highdea should have a preface before it warning people read it about the topic, but the amount of upvotes it has alone make it worth at least reading. Took like 15 minutes (stoned with the tv on, not at all claiming that's fast.)

Sat, 09/03/2011 - 2:49am
KingOfErra Says:
Tue, 03/08/2011 - 2:31am
k8t Says:

If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 5:48pm
Zook Says:

ya if this kid was a stoner than you think he would be a little more chill. if it was a waste of your time than maybe you were reading it a little slow...this was a great story and i think it should be a twilight episode.. you know the originals from the 60's

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 10:42pm

dude it should :] my friends never know what im talking about when i talk about twilight zone. they probably think of the twilight saga. -_-

Fri, 04/08/2011 - 9:07pm

i hate our generation...werewolves and vampires this and that...its not romantic. its beastiality and necrophilia which are CRIMES!!! twilight zone was amazing. it had the greatest twists in any tv show ever created.

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 2:45am

ZOMBIES.....I mean, have you ever watched the Walking Dead???...jus sayin

Sat, 04/16/2011 - 1:58am
SBskagod Says:

hahahahahah.. you just read this and clearly understand it, and you are now yelling at another version of yourself who has not understood it yet. without the knowledge you have now, you didnt understand it before either, we all didnt. no need to get angry, just remember that they (that version of us which we have and will all experience) are on a different part of the path then you and arent expected to get it yet. its not their fault just like its not your fault for them bothering you. you ARE that One Guy! you ALWAYS are! :) and "you" havent ruined the highdia at all, you still know whats up and thats all that matters. our other selves will learn, and the more understanding and helpful you are, the more it helps them, which is really helping yourself!

Sat, 04/16/2011 - 2:12am
SBskagod Says:

as corny as it is it really comes down to love and understanding, and eventually just understanding and even being able to let go of love, but constantly experiencing it in the moment in every way possible, where you literally see the love and beauty in EVERYTHING through understanding the situation perfectly. and when you truely understand someone, you understand that nothing is a personal attack on you, even when that person means it to be. because they only mean it to be personal due to every experience they have ever had which has taught them they are supposed to feel "this" way when "this" happens (if most people experienced the same EXACT experiences they would make the same EXACT decisions and have the same personality). and people assume that because you dont react the way they would in a situation, that you feel the way they would feel if they acted how you did. personally i think the best thing you can do is understand that you dont always understand, and through that you will eventually UNDERSTAND!

Fri, 06/17/2011 - 11:39pm