Alternative Lives – To Sleep, Perchance to Dream…Another Life

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What if you could revisit a decision you made that affected the course of your life?  What if you could experience the road not taken and learn whether your decision was the right one?  The Alternative Lives phenomenon awaits discovery.  It promises dream transport to other lives.

The alternative life dream is one of two unexpected occurrences.  The linkage between the two happenings is such that researchers must come upon alternative life dreams first.  There is no clue about the existence of yet another event.  More deeply hidden than the first, the second potential happening offers a startling and dangerous opportunity.  Bringing either occurrence forth requires extended sleep stasis in a chamber such as the one Harold Treadwell is designing.  The chance for discovery and investigation of these events belongs to the curious … researchers intrigued enough to pursue evidence of strange dreams.

Dr. Harold Treadwell is a PHD psychologist and a professor at Philadelphia’s Jess Hawkins University (JHU).  In spite of years of successful academic achievement, Harold has extremely low self-esteem.  Memories plague him of a years-earlier incident he cannot forget.  He immerses himself in defining the complex requirements for a sleep-study research project.

Harold’s planned study offers hope to sufferers of phantom pains that do not respond to conventional treatments and diagnoses.  The afflictions come and go and can be mental or physical.  Persons, so victimized go untreated while the illnesses ruin their lives.  Treadwell’s research is a last hope for those affected.

Treadwell devotes five-years to designing a unique sleep-stasis chamber.  Finally, with substantial trepidation, he submits a grant application to NIH, National Institutes of Health.  University associates advise JHU is not high on the list of schools that receive grant funding.  However, an unexpected benefactor, with connections in Washington, appears.  He offers to intercede to assure approval of Harold’s proposal.

NIH grants Harold’s request but the challenges Harold faces are just beginning.  He suppresses thoughts of his regrettable past.  Treadwell moves on and assembles a research team to join him in his quest for the discoveries he perceives await them.  What they find is astonishing, and perilous, with implications that extend far beyond Philadelphia, PA.

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