Cory was out of this world. Literally. He was standing in outer space with a white robed gray haired man. Cory saw the earth, way out in the horizon. It was covered in brilliant purple, pink, yellow, blue lights and surrounded by a fluffy white cloud cover. Cory blinked. It was still there. Cory looked at the gray haired man questioningly. The man smiled with wisdom and pointed. Cory was suddenly hurtling at terrific speed towards the earth.
How Cory had gotten to this point was a long story. Cory had learned how to travel into outer space. From his bedroom. Cory was a teen genius. Cory had much time on his hands since it was summer vacation. He was bored and he loved to build interesting machines. He had a reputation for being quite crazy and also very brilliant. What a combination. He didn’t worry. He was meant for much more than this world offered him. Or, so he thought.
Cory had been working on a new machine. One that allowed his mind to enter outer space. He had finally finished it and he set the settings appropriately. He fell asleep and that process allowed him to enter outer space in his dream state. He saw the stars, the milky way, the planets and he was moving along at a rapid pace when a white robed gray haired man appeared. Cory was shocked. He had expected to be alone in the amazing outer space territory and he wanted to explore. It seemed that the gray haired man had other plans. He pointed and Cory was headed back toward earth at an astonishing rate of speed.
Memories assaulted Cory’s brain all at once. He remembered picking out his parents, his sisters and where he would live, where he would grow up, who he would marry and he actually chosen the hardest path of all, choosing a wife that was incompatible with him but, she would lead him on a path that would bring him much enlightenment. A long, hard road. Wait a minute, Cory thought. I wanted to travel in space. Why am I headed back to earth? My space travel mind machine must have failed, he thought.
He landed, sort of, suspended over a nursery. He was looking at a bassinet that had “Welcome home Cory!” across it. The baby in the bassinet was crooning and smiling. Two adoring parents were gazing at the baby. His sisters were gathered around the bassinet giggling and asking to hold him. Immediately, Cory thought that something must have went wrong with his space travel invention and he had died. Maybe he had to come back and start all over? Oh no, he thought. But, I’m not there, I’m here, he thought. Aren’t I?
He kept watching, unable to look away. The room faded into a fog and then he saw a wedding with him and a girl that he had not met yet. They were getting married. Gosh, he looked happy. Then, the scene faded into black. He thought he had gone blind and he screamed, rubbing his eyes and trying to see. Nothing. He could not tell if his eyes were open or closed. Total blackness enveloped him. He started praying and then, he could see a few stars, gradually, an entire galaxy came in view. The contrast between dark and light was so brilliant, he was awestruck. Black space and light. Shining darkness. Together, yet, not overwhelming each other. Harmony. He had never thought about outer space that way. It is indeed a balance of dark and light, life and none. He blinked.
He was walking along in outer space and the gray haired man was beside him. He said to Cory, “Do you now understand? Space is a world of it’s own but, your destiny now is on the earth.”
There were the precious planets, the moon, the stars and all of outer space that he had wanted so badly to see. But, Cory realized that they all paled in comparison to the beautiful colorful brilliance of the earth. It was the most wonderful place he could imagine. His mind was filled with deep longing and he suddenly became his spirit and soul, all craving to go to the magical earth filled with promises, learning and life. He remembered. He remembered what he had not yet learned. How was that possible? Well, it was. He had made it possible. His genius. And something more. He was satisfied.
Cory had indeed traveled to outer space in his mind. What he saw was real and what he had experienced was far beyond space and locked deep in the earth’s mysterious existence. He never would have guessed that. The heaven beyond remains unseen but, he knew that it must be there, too. A place where he was not yet meant to go.
The alarm Cory set went off and he woke up. He was home safe. Still a teenager but, much more wiser for the journey. He smiled.