It’s strange, thinking you’re dead, but then your eyes flutter open and you see some kind of glowing ball of light hanging above you, like a tiny UFO. To realise that you feel as though you’ve been freeze-dried doesn’t help. And the bloody ball of light suddenly going from calmly hovering to speeding in your direction makes you want to run away. Far away. Unfortunately, I couldn’t (feeling as though I’d been freeze-dried and all), so I did the only thing I could and raised my hands as if to catch the thing.
In that instant, when the wisp seemed to be absorbed into my hands, I felt as though my soul had been ripped from my body, but somehow, I was more alive than I’d ever been before. I felt it. Everything. Something exploding; matter and energy coalescing to form planets, moons, stars, space, the Universe; the planet being covered in water; that first evolution; the first seed as it unfurled into roots, a stem, leaves, a tree. It was more than