Every once in a while you run across someone who makes you feel trippy.

It’s like space and time have welled up in what amounts to a tsunami to you, but to the universe is a ripple. Macro or micro doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you’ve suddenly recognized that everything is in motion.

There are three distinct ways this can happen.

Sometimes you feel as though you knew this person from somewhere before. They feel the same way. But then you both talk about where it could have been and nothing matches, not school or work or prior homes. You both start to consider your prior existence. That train of thought only makes you perceive eternity…and then the ripple effect takes hold of you again. Raising you up with it, bringing you down too fast so your insides feel all queasy and uneasy.

The second way is when someone tells you a fact which you knew to be true, but that you forgot somehow, or it had been troubling your inner mind until you heard it in the way only that person could say. You rise up of a sudden, you’re on top of the ripple, and you get it. Senses reel with the feeling of universal movement. Truth lends the dynamic feeling eternal continuity. You ride the wave of that new perception of truth, and though it’s outside of you, it feels like it’s persistent inside your head. Your brain sways like a drunken sailor on a sailboat in a high wind.

The third style of trip is when the person you meet has a repellent aura around them. You don’t see it as it is. Not at first. Your first impression is probably more simple: “I hate this person.” You sense the irrational nature of hating a person when you’ve just met them. That knowledge doesn’t permeate the hate, or diminish it. If you get to the trip too quickly it can take over your reasoning. If you get past it though, then you have a chance. You might comprehend that the hate isn’t something about them, it’s something around them. It isn’t a rational hate, it’s a manufactured hate. Some thing in the spaces between you two is ready, willing, and able to promote a hateful relationship between you.

If you can arrive there quickly, you can also divert quickly. Find some interesting favorite you both have in common before the outer influence convinces you there are no commonalities. Realizing you’ve avoided an immediate impression of hate and the potential mistakes of misjudgment, will give you a sense of power beyond the ripple. That sense of the pond we call space-time might still feel trippy, but you’ll be closer to mastering it.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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