I have been playing around with the connection between meaning and story for a while and I've mentioned it in some threads on this forum. Here I will play with meaning and the 5th dimension. This is a sketch of an idea and not the finished product so please take it as such. When people ask the question, "where does the meaning of life come from?" I think people usually skip over "story" and jump straight to the author. Answers come back as to the possible identity of the author: "God", or "the source", or "self" or "there is no god so there is no meaning." It is apparent to me that meaning comes simply from story. The question of authorship of the story is complex and debatable, but "meaning" could be viewed simply as a quality or feature of story. We often view 4D spacetime as a timeline, but couldn't we also call it a storyline? Calling it a "timeline" merely strips some of the emotion from it, but since this timeline involves conscious beings who experience the quality of meaning within it, then storyline could be an equal or more valid description. When we read a novel, we understand from the beginning that the storyline is deterministic. It has already been written. Yet while we are engrossed in the storyline, we don't yet know the path the storyline will take. This temporary indeterminacy enables us to experience emotion and meaning because from our perspective within the story, the characters do not know their future and have choices to make that affect the meaning. If 4D spacetime is a pre-determined storyline, then any deviation from this line would enter the 5th dimension. Since changes to a storyline alter its meaning, the 5th dimension could be viewed as the dimension of meaning. Instead of viewing the 4D line as completely straight it could be thought of as bobbing and weaving in the 5D topography of meaning. I searched "5th dimension" on this forum and found a link to this paper which evaluates NDEs from a 5th dimensional perspective: http://journalofcosmology.com/Consciousness152.html I also seem to recall hearing Joe McMoneagle mention that he thought the next dimension up was an emotional dimension. It seems that at the moment of bodily death, consciousness becomes unconstrained from the physical body which was the 4D vehicle or avatar though which the storyline was experienced. Consciousness is then capable of easily moving through the 5th dimension. Just as one can step back from the storyline of a novel and see the whole line at once or travel to any page at will, a disembodied consciousness has the ability to instantly move at will to any point within the 4D storyline that was one's life, and this is experienced as a life review. In the 5th dimension, the topography is meaning, so disembodied consciousness is instantly displaced to the location where meaning is being felt explored. Those who have cultivated the ability to move their consciousness through the 5th dimension while still alive such as psychics or remote viewers, seem to move through the contours of meaning. Like looking at a scene and seeing peaks and valleys, a psychic will look at a person and see peaks and valleys of meaning. Remote viewing experiments have been done where the target location was merely a lattitude and longitude on a card in an unopened envelope. The connection between the coordinate symbols and the actual location is meaning and this meaning can be traveled through to mentally arrive at the physical location. There is a restriction on the distance massive matter can travel through the 5th dimension and this restriction on the change of meaning is what what produces sameness through time or habit or law. The 5th dimension has been described as the "probability space" in which quantum events are superpositioned until they collapse into a 4D actuality. Randomness is empty 5D space. A 4D timeline running through a "flat" "boring" area of 5D space could be thought of as a random normal distribution. Exercising free will creates features or "peaks" and "valleys" in a 5D landscape that stand out from a flat or completely random landscape. Numerous experiments have been done showing the power of intention to alter normally random processes. When random (or irrational) processes suddenly become non-random (or rational), they are meaningful. When non-random output becomes expected, it becomes less meaningful, so the effect size drops. This could be why many parapsychology experiments have noticed a decrease in effect size over time. A magnet placed around iron filings reveals arcs of the electromagnetic field from one point on the magnet to another point on the magnet. Using this as a visual analogy, if a person's life were viewed from the 5D perspective as a storyline or timeline, one could draw arcs from one point on the storyline to another point on the storyline. The most meaningful moments would show up as the most prominent arcs to the rest of the timeline. These arcs can travel both forwards and backwards in time. This is how I envision the Morphogenetic field. The more meaningful the moment, the greater the field strength emanating from that section of the storyline. Okay that's already too much for an OP so I'll stop there. I welcome all thoughts and criticisms to this thought sketch.