The idea of an object being transported from one universe into a parallel one is fairly easy to imagine, but the idea that it has actually happened is very hard to believe.

It has been suggested that Be Still, My Throbbing Tattoo, a book which purports to tell the world “the truth about Queen Elizabeth II now that she is dead” can be made sense of if it is thought of as such an object. This is obviously quite a claim, and I would expect anyone’s initial reaction to it to be one of scepticism, but I would like to offer my reasons for not completely dismissing it. Also, since the book’s author, I.P. Snooks, is now sadly no longer with us, I would like to share what I know about the techniques he used to bring the text into existence as I had the good fortune to spend some time with him when he began working on it…

I.P. Snooks and I came into contact in England while we were doing work for the same scientific research project, and he immediately made his unconventionality clear to me by introducing himself as an “associative professor.” I asked him if he meant “associate professor,” but he answered in the negative and told me the term referred to the new set of techniques for “non-local travel” he was developing at that time.

There was pretty much unanimous agreement among the research team that Snooks was a talented individual with a great deal of experience and a wealth of new ideas to offer, but a decision was made to release him from the project after concern was expressed about the “dangerousness” of the direction he was pursuing. I was not privy to the discussions preceding this decision and do not know all the circumstances surrounding it, but I am nonetheless firm in my belief that it was a misguided choice and one borne out of fear of the consequences if the established order were to be overturned too suddenly. In my opinion, the decision to “excommunicate” Snooks was an implicit acknowledgement of how groundbreaking his ideas were (and still are).

Unfortunately the terms of my employment forbid me from mentioning most of the details of the research project itself, but since Snooks was fired from it and forced to work on his ideas independently, there are no such restrictions on me revealing what I know about his original research. In fact, I see it was my duty to share what I learned about his ideas, not just because of their possible importance for the future, but also in case there are currently forces trying to stop them ever being made public (speaking as a scientist and thus from an objective point of view, the “suppression theory”, which I have heard put forth by others, cannot be completely ruled out until the unanswered questions surrounding the death of I.P. Snooks (which, it should be pointed out, there are also certain restrictions on mentioning) have been properly dealt with).

The term “associative professor” was a reference to Snooks’ main technique, which he called “world association,” although I think it is probably more accurate to call it “place association.” It is a way of exploring the territory of non-local correlations by mentally forcing your consciousness through it, as if pumping blood to a phantom limb.

Snooks explained to me that the universal preference for neatness and evenness when counting and breathing during meditation is merely an aesthetic preference, and that oddness is just as useful. Furthermore, if odd and even can be utilised simultaneously, then their usefulness is multiplied and their apparent contradiction is transcended. For instance, if we imagine the instinctive on/off/on/off rhythm of life as an endlessly repeating “backing track” or “songline” along which we lay an uneven pattern of steps (Snooks was adamant it should be seven: left/right/left/right/left/right/left), then, on alternate repetitions of the seven-step cycle, each step will have two values that we would normally consider mutually exclusive (i.e. odd and even). This is because the place in the songline for the eighth step is a designation of evenness (the completion of four pairs), but the step itself is odd due to the fact that it is at the beginning of the first repetition of the uneven pattern of seven steps (six pairs and one half-pair).

Snooks said it was important to try to align as many mental and bodily processes as possible with either the even “backing track” or the uneven “melody” so that they can be played simultaneously during meditation as a way of uniting mind and body. The easiest starting point for this would be to have your breathing play the even repetition of the in/out backing track while your mind lays down the uneven repetition of the seven-step melody on top of it. It is, however, important to visualise both tracks simultaneously, so that with practice, they are united into a single paradoxical song. Once this is achieved, you will have the experience of being propelled along by a motorik beat while part of you (whatever is aligned with the uneven pattern) flips back and forth every seven beats, as if moving in a fourth spatial dimension.

This momentum can be made to take you in a new (non-local) direction if you introduce “world association” into the process as a kind of tangential steering device. It is very much like the visual-geographic equivalent of word association because it simply consists of visualising a physical place with your eyes closed and, on the count of seven, blinking your mind’s eye to make a new place appear in your imagination without making a conscious choice about which place it should be. If you begin by imagining somewhere familiar, such as a room in your home, and then will another location to take its place after counting seven mental steps, you will no doubt find yourself in another familiar place linked to the previous one by some sort of personal association; however, if you can keep the process going long enough, you will eventually run out of familiar places and find yourself somewhere that exists in your head but is totally unfamiliar to you. This is a major breakthrough.

It is almost impossible to remain in that place for an extended period of time when you first break through, so when you finally reach it, you should be prepared to simply “drop an anchor” into the scene before you disappear from it. This means that, as a final piece of association, you should spontaneously conjure up an object in your imagination by letting it burst out of your body or appear in your hands so it can be thrown into the new place. In the experience of the few people who have got that far – which includes me – this object is either totally mundane and therefore linked to all sorts of things in the “real” world due to its everyday use, or it is extremely personal and therefore highly charged with unique associations for the person bringing it forth. Either way, the object you create in that moment will be a solid link between two worlds, and it is something that should be kept in your mind for as long as possible afterwards as a symbol of the “undiscovered country.”

After I made this breakthrough, I allowed myself to imagine that the place I had briefly visited was a parallel universe and the object that I brought forth from myself and threw into it was experienced by the beings inhabiting that universe as an object that mysteriously materialised in it, just as Be Still, My Throbbing Tattoo apparently did in this universe. I am still undecided about the true nature of this reality, which means that the most outlandish interpretations of it are equally difficult to accept or reject. This is chiefly because my experience of the alternate reality seemed to include perceptions of totally new things that I was unable to bring back into the everyday world, or at least to find the words to describe.

Unfortunately I did not get as far with process as Snooks did, and I did not get to learn the even more advanced techniques that he said he would explain to me, but I did get far enough to know that he was onto something significant. Anyone who makes the breakthrough will recognise that they have done so immediately, because there is the feeling that one has stopped jumping around different points on the map and has blasted off the map altogether, to become part of something that seems to be both “yours” and totally alien. It is very much like experiencing a lucid dream in that something hidden suddenly comes into focus and a new world of opportunities is made available to you.

The next part of the process is to try to revisit the same otherworldly place as much as possible using the same techniques. Each time you return, you should be able to remain there a few seconds longer and take the opportunity to step forward and explore the scene as much as possible before being transported back to your familiar surroundings. I’m afraid to say I have never got much further than this stage of brief returns with a few seconds of exploration, but it is possible to go much further and remain there for extended periods of time, according to Snooks.

As he spent more time in the “undiscovered country,” Snooks told me a little about what he found there. He seemed to be offering the information, along with some provisional theories, in the hope that it would lead to a serious discussion about what was being experienced – and that is also why I am offering the information now. He was keen to keep the discussion limited to a small number of people, at least to begin with; but now that he is dead, I think the time has come to open the discussion up to a wider group of people, as the alternative risks losing the information forever.

He used a few different terms to describe the new place he was exploring, including “the undiscovered country,” “parallel universe,” “non-local locality” and “the lost continent of Me.” He also said he had made contact with someone there, whom he described as “the Fourth Person.” Although he didn’t use the term, the way he described this figure reminded me of the “Higher Self” that some believe can be connected with via various occult practices. The most important thing Snooks told me about this person he conversed with was that they were able to provide him with access to a number of secret documents related to a fundamental deception being carried out by the authorities in the “undiscovered country.” Snooks said these documents he was acquiring were “written in the Fourth Person” and that their importance stretched beyond the new world he was exploring, with implications for the reality we exist in. The documents are surely those that make up Be Still, My Throbbing Tattoo, a book which, from the perspective of a parallel universe, attempts to expose an interdimensional deception perpetrated by a Queen Elizabeth II with the ability to travel between what would normally be considered “mutually exclusive” realities.

When I asked him about the being he had met in the “undiscovered country,” Snooks said he believed he had made contact with a “parallel” or “wider” self, and had been able to experience a hidden reality – hidden by the Queen and others, he claimed – through that person’s senses. When he said the documents about the cover-up were “written in the Fourth Person”, I believe he meant this quite literally, in the sense that he was able to inhabit the head of an alternate self and document as many of the disturbing truths in a suppressed realm of existence before he had to leave it.

The fact that Be Still, My Throbbing Tattoo claims that Queen Elizabeth II is now deceased is hard to reconcile with the timeline we are experiencing. The only other interpretation would be to consider it as a book from the future, but that is no less implausible than a book from a parallel universe and Snooks certainly never mentioned anything along those lines to me (speaking as a scientist who has actually investigated the possibility of parallel timelines via several different methods, I believe there is an inevitability to their existence, and they in fact provide a resolution to certain time travel paradoxes).

I also believe that the editor’s note at the beginning of the manuscript could be considered as part of the documentation from the alternate reality because it mentions I.P. Snooks being alive (and persecuted) during “the King’s coronation,” which is obviously not something that happened to the I.P. Snooks I knew. This is why I think the book as a whole could be thought of as an object from another universe rather than just the information within it. This is, of course, a rather eccentric interpretation and I am not trying to claim that I know it is true – I am simply attempting to offer all I can to help make sense of an intriguing but confusing issue.

With that in mind, there are a few more pieces of information I would like to offer anyone attempting to understand Be Still, My Throbbing Tattoo or to repeat I.P. Snook’s experiments…

Snooks also spoke about something called a “mirrorbolt,” which he said could be used to aid the kind of travel he engaged in, and that its energy could be channelled during instances of everyday travel. For instance, when one is on a train and another train on parallel tracks can be seen travelling in the same direction but much faster, it can result in the optical illusion that one is travelling in the opposite direction. Snooks said that if we embrace the illusion as much as possible, it will increase the “clash” between realities when the other train eventually pulls away and shatters the illusion, creating a spark or “mirrorbolt” that strikes us at the intersection of these mutually exclusive perceptions. He said it is like a bolt of lightning which “charges” the fuel used to power non-local travel.

This fuel was, in his opinion, a real substance of some sort rather than just a metaphor, and it was pumped by a “dark heart” (dark in the sense of being invisible, like dark matter) which belongs to every human being. He also described it as “intellectual lifeblood” pumped by a “muscle of opposition” which needs to be strengthened by repeated flexing.

Snooks claimed that the authorities have placed “roadblocks” along the “songlines of non-local travel” so that ordinary people’s access to other parts of reality (and other parts of themselves) is blocked. I believe this is what he is referring to when he says in Be Still, My Throbbing Tattoo that “you are a murder victim.” If consciousness is seen as a fundamental level of reality like spacetime, then different thoughts and ideas are its coordinates, which means that simply stopping people having certain ideas bars them from travelling to certain areas of reality. Media manipulation is not only a weapon in the war on consciousness, it is also an obstacle placed on a road that belongs to you. It stops you from meeting yourself.

I have not had as much success with Snooks’ techniques as I hoped, but I have had enough to know there is certainly something in them, and I hope others may be able to benefit from (or expand upon) what he taught me. Above all, I am eternally grateful to him for the sacrifice he made in order to smuggle something out of the “undiscovered country,” and I hope it will serve as a signpost for future explorers.

Bon voyage!

Be Still, My Throbbing Tattoo is published by gnOme books.