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One Soul Searching for the 'Other'

from the February 2005 Star Beacon

by Ann Carol Ulrich

     The following is the first chapter from the editor’s newly published novel, The Light Being. Eons ago, after the split, one of the once-joined souls decided to go off and experience many lifetimes, while the other (“L.B.”) remained incarnate. What is it in us that stirs so deeply our desire to find the “Other”?


Chapter One
The Summons

by Ann Carol Ulrich

     He traveled alone. No planet was his home. The vast reaches of space held no limits, for he was free. Completely free of any encumbrances, free to go where he pleased, to do what pleased him most. Nothing bound him nor restrained him in any way. He had chosen freedom after the Separation, after knowing unification but nothing more.
     The Other had chosen challenge. She desired to expose Her beingness to the diverse array of experiences the universe had to offer. She was an explorer. Her desire had been to know what it was to be separated, to be a fragment, to undergo unlimited physical lifetimes in order to understand the purpose of it all.
     And in so doing, he had granted Her that desire, and had experienced separation in his own way. Yet he always knew that one day She would return to him. When She grew weary of the game, perhaps, or when the great cosmic clock had come full circle, the waves of time would pull the two drifting soul-halves together.
     He didn’t know what it was. Perhaps it was his own thought to beckon Her back, for he had waited an eternity. A nagging urgency prompted him to find Her. It was as though something deep within him knew when She was ready to join him again.
     A stimulus from an unknown source began to prick at the inner core of his being. ”Go home,” it prompted.
     "Where is home?" he asked. “I have no home. I travel the universes.”
     "Look within,” said the voice.
     "Who are you?” he demanded. ”And why should I listen to you? I am free.’’
     "Yes, you are free,’’ it said, ”but what have you gained?’’
He thought for a moment. ”Nothing,’’ he admitted. ”I have gained nothing. But I am free!‘’
     "Then if it has fulfilled you, go on as you were,’’ the voice told him. “You are free. It is your choice.’’
     “What are you talking about?’’ he cried. But the voice had left him. Now he was disturbed. Before, he had been free of any such feelings, but the voice had spoken to him and left him with unanswered questions.
     What had it meant when it talked of fulfillment? What was there to gain except a whole lot of complications and trouble? He had observed. He had watched many lives living on many planets in many galaxies. He had seen a whole lot of trouble and had wanted nothing to do with any of it.
     He tried over and over to forget the intruding voice. But now there was a growing ache from within. As it grew stronger and his thoughts began to stray, he realized it was Her. He missed Her. He began to remember what it had been like when they had been one, and his thoughts could focus on only one thing: It was time to find Her and go home.

     The Light Being is the third novel in Ann Carol Ulrich’s Space Trilogy. To order the book, send $17.95 (postpaid) to Earth Star Publications, P.O. Box 117, Paonia, CO 81428, or you may use your credit card with PayPal on line at

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