Sun Dial Reality Shift
This story about the appearance of a sundial sculpture on April 26, 1997
still amazes me every time I recollect it. On this eventful day, I met
with two friends for brunch at a restaurant near the Berkeley Marina.
After brunch, we continued our conversation with a leisurely stroll around
the marina. I told my friends about some reality shifts I've seen, and how
much I wished they could see one, too... when one occurred right there on
We were walking together towards the pier, when one
friend asked us, "Do either of you recall ever seeing that statue here
before?" as he pointed at a giant sculpture of a sun dial. My other friend
replied, "No.... I don't", and I felt tremendously excited, because I'd
seen that sculpture there, but never before when I was there with these two
friends! The sun dial seemed to rise up proudly towards the sun to greet
us as we walked in awed silence to get a better look at it.
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We walked around the ten foot tall concrete sculpture as children sat and
climbed on it. This sculpture was clearly placed in a central location for
people to notice it, right in the middle of a square at the foot of the
Berkeley pier. Amazingly, the sun dial sculpture's absence had previously
allowed us to clearly see another giant sculpture situated up on a hill
above the sun dial when we were on the pier and walking back towards the
shore... but now that the sun dial WAS there, we noticed we couldn't see
sculpture as well because it was partially obscured by the sun dial. The
other sculpture is a larger-than-life size oriental archer on horseback
with fully drawn bow, aiming his arrow out over the bay -- shooting over
the sun dial sculpture's spot.
I told my friends that the sun dial
sculpture had always been here when I had come here without them, but never
when we were here together... until now. The sun dial is chipped and worn,
made out of concrete, and bears the following inscription: "The peoples of
the bountiful Pacific Ocean are brought together by the sweep of time.
This sundial honors the citizens of Sakai Japan, the sister city of
Berkeley. United in warm friendship and goodwill, the peoples of Sakai and
Berkeley strengthen mutual understanding and respect through the exchange
of visitors and cultural programs. This sundial is dedicated to the
continuing friendship and growing association between Sakai and Berkeley.
I am deeply impressed that something as large and majestic as
this sun dial had vanished and reappeared, and I begin to realize the
magnitude of what must be possible if such large things can so easily be
transformed or transported in time and space. The sun dial itself is a
symbol that reminds me how love transcends space and time to unite all of
us across the oceans that seem to separate us from one another. I feel
great reverance for this universe that it allows us to witness just a
little bit of how it materializes around us.
My friends and I
marveled in respect and awe at this simultaneously new and relatively old
addition to our shared experience of the marina... and I was inspired by
the way the three of us were able to share a reality shift experience as we
were in the midst of discussing reality shifts.
followed up with Berkeley Marina Harbor Master Brad Gross on June 8, 1999,
to ask him whether anything has been done to renovate or relocate the sun
dial sculpture during the time he has been harbor master. Brad replied,
"I've been here for three years, and it hasn't changed since I've been
here. I'm about to celebrate my third year anniversary on the 16th of this
month, and we haven't done anything to it for three years! The sun dial
does not need adjustment!"
On June 9, 1999 I spoke to Cliff Marchetti, the Berkeley Waterfront
Manager. Regarding the sun dial sculpture at the Berkeley Marina, Cliff
commented, "It's been here an awful long time, and we haven't done any
renovation on it. I kind of remember seeing a plaque on it, stating when
it was placed there. I have been here for four years, and it's been there
the whole time, with no changes."