Valis A Sirius Satellite Network
According to Dick, the Earth satellite used “pink laser beams” to transfer information
and project holograms on Earth and to facilitate communication
between an extraterrestrial species and humanity.
Dick claimed that VALIS used “disinhibiting stimuli” to communicate,
using symbols to trigger recollection of intrinsic knowledge
through the loss of amnesia, achieving gnosis.
Drawing directly from Platonism and Gnosticism,
Dick wrote in his Exegesis:
“We appear to be memory coils (DNA carriers capable of experience)
in a computer-like thinking system which,
although we have correctly recorded and stored thousands of years of experiential information,
and each of us possesses somewhat different deposits from all the other life forms,
there is a malfunction – a failure – of memory retrieval.”
At one point, Dick claimed to be in a state of enthousiasmos with VALIS,
where he was informed his infant son was in danger of perishing from
an unnamed malady.
Routine checkups on the child had shown no trouble or illness;
however,Dick insisted that thorough tests be run to ensure his son’s health.
The doctor eventually complied,
despite the fact that there were no apparent symptoms.
During the examination doctors discovered an inguinal hernia,
which would have killed the child if an operation was not quickly performed.
His son survived thanks to the operation, which Dick attributed to the “intervention” of VALIS.
Another event was an episode of xenoglossia. Supposedly,
Dick’s wife transcribed the sounds she heard him speak,
and discovered that he was speaking Koine Greek-the common Greek dialect
during the Hellenistic years (3rd century BC-4th century AD)
and direct “father” of today’s modern Greek language–
which he had never studied.
As Dick was to later discover,
Koine Greek was originally used to write the New Testament and the Septuagint.
However, this was not the first time Dick had experienced xenoglossia.
A decade earlier, Dick claimed he was able to think, speak, and read fluent Latin under the influence of Sandoz LSD-25.