The existence of what are called altered states led me to write both TotIs and Gita. States like satori, nirvana, and enlightenment as well as those psychotropically induced by plants, drugs and illness caught my attention. Being a scientist at heart, the world that modern Physics was describing grounded my understanding that what we experience as conscious beings is very different than what actually is, in reality, real.
Space-time, Quantum mechanics, wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle all describe the reality of our world quite differently than our experience of it does. Einstein’s famous quote has always intrigued me and acted as a focus for my investigations; “reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” What could be the mechanism whereby such an illusion could be maintained so persistently. An insight in 2012 led me to write TotIs, and later, Gita.