I was puzzled and intrigued by a passage I read some ten years ago in a novel, so much so that I copied it out and saved it.
Priestly dropped the following exchange into the middle of his novel 'Let the People Sing', a story about the adventures of an out of work entertainer.
There's a lot of synchronicity in the plot incidentally. In fact the whole story is, you could say, based on chance and coincidence.
In the middle pages of my borrowed copy of the book (p108) I found a passage that was unrelated to anything that had gone before or anything that was to come afterwards, it was completely out of context. It seemed to be there in error. There were several strange characters in conversation and they were identified only by their initials.
Here is the relevant text:
"My friend you dream too much," said P, "What did you dream last night?"
"There were thousands of small brown men with hairy caps," C said, "and there was a city in the desert with towers and domes . . . "
"I think," said P, "that what he saw . . . was the sack of Bagdad by the Mongols under Hulagu, brother of Kublai Khan.
"What would he know about that?" said T, "He's just barmy."
"My theory is," said P, ". . . the unconscious dreaming mind of this man reflects the universal mind or world memory. Thus he witnesses great events separated by thousands of miles, and what is more strange, thousands of years from his waking self . . ."
"He frightens me . . . ," said H
"That I can understand," said P, "For then you are not really seeing a man but all men, or a kind of reflection in one man, or something greater than humanity, that is, a consciousness."