Health and Healing
The Brain and What the Bleep: Malleable, Capable, Vulnerable
Finding Peace in a Stress-Filled Day
Prayer, Healing And The Energy Arts
The Secret of Happiness
Stop Pharmaceutical Companies Limiting Access to Vitamins and Supplements!
Cayenne Pepper: #1 Herb for Today's Illnesses
Does God Answer Prayer?
Mass UFO Sighting in Colorado and New Mexico
The Scottish Lord with the elixir of life
I've found God, says man who cracked the genome
Power Prayer - Unlock Your Spiritual Strength
Children with Psychic Powers
Police baffled by paranormal activity in British pub
Praying Away the Bird Flu - Marianne Williamson
Scientists to check Nepal Buddha boy
We Are One!
The Global Healing Missions of The Aetherius Society
Secrets of the Energy of Love
Peace of the Worlds
Dr. George King - Western Master of Yoga
What does the tsunami in S.E. Asia mean to us?
Tibetan Monks Predict Future
Total Lunar Eclipse
Sun's Atmosphere Sings
Starlings recognize grammar pattern in songs
Dragons Over Tibet
Prayers for London
The ONE Campaign
There Is No Tomorrow
How Highly Conscious Elephants Became Supermen and Superwomen
During the Tsunami in Thailand
Unknown Energy Surges Continue To Hit Earth
Dolphins Prevent NZ Shark Attack
Parrot's Oratory Stuns Scientists
Iceland wants to become world's first hydrogen-powered economy
Lake Methane Could Power Entire Nation
'Mile-wide UFO' spotted by British airline pilot
In the sky! A bird? A plane? A ... UFO?
Alien art revealed?
Click here for the UFO Zone
Taking Nature's Cue For Cheaper Solar Power
Earth's Crust Missing in mid-Atlantic
Spray-On Solar-Power Cells Are True Breakthrough
Accidental Invention Could Reduce U.S. energy consumption for Lighting by 29%
Quantum Computers? What next!
Can This Black Box See Into the Future?
Chrissie's Red Heart Story - May 2002
Pam's Experience - January 2003
Connie's True Ghost Story - May 2003
Dream Relationship - May 2007
Thoughts on Love and Peace
Belief Divides, Love Unites by Chrissie Blaze
Enthusiasm is Caring by Chrissie Blaze
Living Love by Mark Tassi
Cyanocitta Cristata by Mark Tassi
Concentration by Swami Sivananda
Garden of Virtue by Swami Sivenanda
The Peace of Fear by Swami Sivenanda
Threat to Peace by The Dalai Lama
Be Spiritually Active by Dave Davies, Founder/Member "The Kinks," international Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Essay on Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Words on Love and Peace by Katrina Ure
Now is the Time for Love and Peace by Dave Davies
Love and Peace by Dr. Richard Lawrence, international best-selling author and Britain's leading mind-body-spirit expert.
Peace on Earth by Chrissie Blaze
The War Prayer by Mark Twain
Taking Nature's Cue For Cheaper Solar Power
Dr Wayne Campbell and researchers in the centre have developed a range of coloured dyes for use in dye-sensitised solar cells.
The synthetic dyes are made from simple organic compounds closely related to those found in nature. The green dye Dr Campbell (pictured) is synthetic chlorophyll derived from the light-harvesting pigment plants use for photosynthesis.
Other dyes being tested in the cells are based on haemoglobin, the compound that give blood its colour.
Dr Campbell says that unlike the silicon-based solar cells currently on the market, the 10x10cm green demonstration cells generate enough electricity to run a small fan in low-light conditions - making them ideal for cloudy climates. The dyes can also be incorporated into tinted windows that trap to generate electricity.
He says the green solar cells are more environmentally friendly than silicon-based cells as they are made from titanium dioxide - a plentiful, renewable and non-toxic white mineral obtained from New Zealand's black sand. Titanium dioxide is already used in consumer products such as toothpaste, white paints and cosmetics.
"The refining of pure silicon, although a very abundant mineral, is energy-hungry and very expensive. And whereas silicon cells need direct sunlight to operate efficiently, these cells will work efficiently in low diffuse light conditions," Dr Campbell says.
"The expected cost is one 10th of the price of a silicon-based solar panel, making them more attractive and accessible to home-owners."
The Centre's new director, Professor Ashton Partridge, says they now have the most efficient porphyrin dye in the world and aim to optimise and improve the cell construction and performance before developing the cells commercially.
"The next step is to take these dyes and incorporate them into roofing materials or wall panels. We have had many expressions of interest from New Zealand companies," Professor Partridge says.
He says the ultimate aim of using nanotechnology to develop a better solar cell is to convert as much sunlight to electricity as possible.
"The energy that reaches earth from sunlight in one hour is more than that used by all human activities in one year."
The solar cells are the product of more than 10 years research funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.
Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by Massey University.
For information about another type of Nature's energy used in New Zealand -
Spiritual energy - visit http://www.innerpotential.co.nz
Earth's Crust Missing in mid-Atlantic
Scientists have discovered a large area thousands of square kilometres in extent in the middle of the Atlantic where the Earth&Mac226;s crust appears to be missing. Instead, the mantle - the deep interior of the Earth, normally covered by crust many kilometres thick - is exposed on the seafloor, 3000m below the surface.
Marine geologist Dr Chris MacLeod, School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences said: "This discovery is like an open wound on the surface of the Earth. Was the crust never there? Was it once there but then torn away on huge geological faults? If so, then how and why?"
To answer some of these questions Dr MacLeod with a team of scientists, led by marine geophysicist Professor Roger Searle, Durham University, will travel to the area which lies mid-way between the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean.
The expedition will be the inaugural research cruise of a new UK research ship RRS James Cook. The team intends to use sonars to image the seafloor and then take rock cores using a robotic seabed drill. The samples will provide a rare opportunity to gain insights into the workings of the mantle deep below the surface of the Earth.
Progress of the cruise can be monitored via a live web link to the ship:
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - AUGUST 28
On Aug. 28, skywatchers across much of North America can watch as the Moon crosses into the Earth's shadow and will undergo its second total eclipse in 2007.
West Coast viewers will get the best show. The entire eclipse will be visible from start to finish in the early morning hours of that Tuesday.
In eastern Asia and Australia, the event will occur on the same date but in the evening, since for this part of the world it will coincide with moonrise.
What will happen
The Moon will track across the southern portion of the Earth's shadow, and will be completely immersed for one-hour and 30 minutes, making this a much-longer than normal totality.
Because some of the sunlight that strikes our Earth is diffused and scattered by our atmosphere, its shadow is not completely dark; enough of this light reaches the Moon to give it an eerie coppery glow even when it's totally eclipsed. It is anticipated that during the upcoming total eclipse the Moon will glow brightest across its lower portion, while its upper part (closest to the center of the shadow) will appear a deep shade of brown or gray.
For easterners, the eclipse will begin around dawn and will still be in progress when the Sun rises and the Moon sets, two events that happen almost simultaneously on a lunar eclipse night.
'Mile-wide UFO' spotted by British airline pilot
The Daily Mail, 28 June 2007
One of the largest UFOs ever seen has been observed by the crew and passengers of an airliner over the Channel Islands.
An official air-miss report on the incident several weeks ago appears in Pilot magazine.
Aurigny Airlines captain Ray Bowyer, 50, flying close to Alderney first spotted the object, described as "a cigar-shaped brilliant white light".
Aurigny Airlines captain Ray Bowyer, 50, described what he thought to be a UFO as 'a cigar-shaped brilliant white light'.
As the plane got closer the captain viewed it through binoculars and said: "It was a very sharp, thin yellow object with a green area.
"It was 2,000ft up and stationary. I thought it was about 10 miles away, although I later realised it was approximately 40 miles from us. At first, I thought it was the size of a [Boeing] 737.
"But it must have been much bigger because of how far away it was. It could have been as much as a mile wide."
Continuing his approach to Guernsey, Bowyer then spied a "second identical object further to the west".
He said: "It was exactly the same but looked smaller because it was further away. It was closer to Guernsey. I can't explain it. This was clearly visual for about nine minutes.
"I'm certainly not saying that it was something of another world. All I'm saying is that I have never seen anything like it before in all my years of flying."
The sightings were confirmed by passengers Kate and John Russell. John, 74, said: "I saw an orange light. It was like an elongated oval."
The sightings were also confirmed by an unnamed pilot with the Blue Islands airline.
The Civil Aviation Authority safety notice states that a Tri-Lander aircraft flying close to Alderney spotted the object.
For more information about UFOs and their reasons for visiting Earth, please visit http://www.aetherius.org.
The Brain and What the Bleep: Malleable, Capable, Vulnerable
By ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.
In bookstores, the science aisle generally lies well away from the self-help section, with hard reality on one set of shelves and wishful thinking on the other. But Norman Doidge's fascinating synopsis of the current revolution in neuroscience straddles this gap: the age-old distinction between the brain and the mind is crumbling fast as the power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility.
The credo of this revolution is neuroplasticity - the discovery that the human brain is as malleable as a lump of wet clay not only in infancy, as scientists have long known, but well into hoary old age. In classical neuroscience, the adult brain was considered an immutable machine, as wonderfully precise as a clock in a locked case. Every part had a specific purpose, none could be replaced or repaired, and the machine was destined to tick in unchanging rhythm until its gears corroded with age.
Now sophisticated experimental techniques suggest the brain is more like a Disney-esque animated sea creature. Constantly oozing in various directions, it is apparently able to respond to injury with striking functional reorganization, and can at times actually think itself into a new anatomic configuration, in a kind of word-made-flesh outcome far more characteristic of Lourdes than the National Institutes of Health.
So it is forgivable that Dr. Doidge, a Canadian psychiatrist and award-winning science writer, recounts the accomplishments of the "neuroplasticians," as he calls the neuroscientists involved in these new studies, with breathless reverence. Their work is indeed mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff, with implications, as Dr. Doidge notes, not only for individual patients with neurologic disease but for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.
And all this from the fact that the electronic circuits in a small lump of grayish tissue are perfectly accessible, it turns out, to any passing handyman with the right tools.
For patients with brain injury, the revolution brings only good news, as Dr. Doidge describes in numerous examples. A woman with damage to the inner ear's vestibular system, where the sense of balance resides, feels as if she is in constant free fall, tumbling through space like an ocean bather pulled under by the surf. Sitting in a neuroscience lab, she puts a set of electrodes on the surface of her tongue, a wired-up hard hat on her head, and the feel of falling stops. The apparatus connects to a computer to create an external vestibular system, replacing her damaged one by sending the proper signals to her brain via her tongue.
But that's not all. After a year of sessions with the device, she no longer needs it: her brain has rewired itself to bypass the damaged vestibular system with a new circuit.
A surgeon in his 50s suffers an incapacitating stroke. He is one of the first patients to enroll in a rehabilitation clinic guided by principles of neuroplasticity: his good arm and hand are immobilized, and he is set cleaning tables. At first the task is impossible, then slowly the bad arm remembers its skills. He learns to write again, he plays tennis again: the functions of the brain areas killed in the stroke have transferred themselves to healthy regions.
An amputee has a bizarre itch in his missing hand: unscratchable, it torments him. A neuroscientist finds that the brain cells that once received input from the hand are now devoted to the man's face; a good scratch on the cheek relieves the itch. Another amputee has 10 years of excruciating "phantom" pain in his missing elbow. When he puts his good arm into a box lined with mirrors he seems to recognize his missing arm, and he can finally stretch the cramped elbow out. Within a month his brain reorganizes its damaged circuits, and the illusion of the arm and its pain vanish.
Research into the malleability of the normal brain has been no less amazing. Subjects who learn to play a sequence of notes on the piano develop characteristic changes in the brain's electric activity; when other subjects sit in front of a piano and just think about playing the same notes, the same changes occur. It is the virtual made real, a solid quantification of the power of thought. From this still relatively primitive experimental data, theories can be constructed for the entirety of human experience: creativity and love, addiction and obsession, anger and grief - all, presumably, are the products of distinct electrical associations that may be manipulated by the brain itself, and by the brains of others, for better or worse.
For neuroplasticity may prove a curse as well. The brain can think itself into ruts, with electrical habits as difficult to eradicate as if it were, in fact, the immutable machine of yore.
Sometimes "roadblocks" can be created to help steer its activity back in the desired direction (like bandaging the stroke patient's good arm). Sometimes rewiring the circuits requires hard cerebral work instead; Dr. Doidge cites the successful Freudian analysis of one of his patients. And, of course, the implications for external re-engineering of the human brain are ominous, for if the brain is malleable it is also endlessly vulnerable, not only to its own mistakes but also to the ambitions and excesses of others, whether they are misguided parents, well-meaning cultural trendsetters or despotic national leaders.
The new science of the brain may still be in its infancy, but already, as Dr. Doidge makes quite clear, the scientific minds are leaping ahead.
Does God Answer Prayer?
Feb. 23, 2007- Arizona State University
David R. Hodge, an assistant professor of social work in the College of Human Services at Arizona State University's West campus, has conducted an exhaustive meta-analysis on the effects of intercessory prayer among people with psychological or medical problems.
In other words, does God - or some other type of transcendent entity - answer prayer for healing?
According to Hodge's study, 'A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature on Intercessory Prayer,' the answer is 'Yes.'
'There have been a number of studies on intercessory prayer, or prayer offered for the benefit of another person,' said Hodge, a leading expert on spirituality and religion. 'Some have found positive results for prayer. Others have found no effect. Conducting a meta-analysis takes into account the entire body of empirical research on intercessory prayer. Using this procedure, we find that prayer offered on behalf of another yields positive results.'
Hodge's work will be featured in the March, 2007, issue of Research on Social Work Practice, a disciplinary journal devoted to the publication of empirical research on practice outcomes. It is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious journals in the field of social work.
Hodge noted that his study is important because it is a compilation of available studies and is not a single work with a single conclusion. His 'Systematic Review' takes into account the findings of 17 studies that used intercessory prayer as a treatment in practice settings.
'Some people feel Benson and associates' study from last year, which is the most recent and showed no positive effects for intercessory prayer, is the final word,' said Hodge, referring to a 2006 article by Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School that measured the therapeutic effect of intercessory prayer in cardiac bypass patients. 'But, this research suggests otherwise. This study enables us to look at the big picture. When the effects of prayer are averaged across all 17 studies, controlling for differences in sample sizes, a net positive effect for the prayer group is produced.
'This is the most thorough and all-inclusive study of its kind on this controversial subject that I am aware of,' said Hodge. 'It suggests that more research on the topic may be warranted, and that praying for people with psychological or medical problems may help them recover.'
The use of prayer as a therapeutic intervention is controversial. Yet, Hodge notes that survey research indicates that many people use intercessory prayer as an intervention to aid healing, which raises questions about its effectiveness as an intervention strategy.
'Overall, the meta-analysis indicates that prayer is effective. Is it effective enough to meet the standards of the American Psychological Association's Division 12 for empirically validated interventions? No. Thus, we should not be treating clients suffering with depression, for example, only with prayer. To treat depression, standard treatments, such as cognitive therapy, should be used as the primary method of treatment.'
For more studies on prayer, see Chrissie and Gary Blaze's book "Power Prayer".
Sun's Atmosphere Sings
By Jeanna Bryne, Space.com
23 April, 2007
Astronomers have recorded heavenly music bellowed out by the Sun's atmosphere.
Snagging orchestra seats for this solar symphony would be fruitless, however, as the frequency of the sound waves is below the human hearing threshold. While humans can make out sounds between 20 and 20,000 hertz, the solar sound waves are on the order of milli-hertz - a thousandth of a hertz.
The study, presented this week at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in Lancashire, England, reveals that the looping magnetic fields along the Sun's outer regions, called the corona, carry magnetic sound waves in a similar manner to musical instruments such as guitars or pipe organs.
Robertus von Fay-Siebenburgen and Youra Taroyan, both of the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Center at the University of Sheffield, and their colleagues combined information gleaned from sun-orbiting satellites with theoretical models of solar processes, such as coronal mass ejections.
They found that explosive events at the Sun's surface appear to trigger acoustic waves that bounce back and forth between both ends of the loops, a phenomenon known as a standing wave.
"These magnetic loops are analogous to a simple guitar string," von Fay-Siebenburgen explained. "If you pluck a guitar string, you will hear the music."
In the cosmic equivalent of a guitar pick, so-called microflares at the base of loops could be plucking the magnetic loops and setting the sound waves in motion, the researchers speculate. While solar flares are the largest explosions in the solar system, microflares are a million times smaller but much more frequent; both phenomena are now thought to funnel heat into the Sun's outer atmosphere.
The acoustic waves can be extremely energetic, reaching heights of tens of miles, and can travel at rapid speeds of 45,000 to 90,000 miles per hour. "These [explosions] release energy equivalent to millions of hydrogen bombs," von Fay-Siebenburgen said.
"These energies are plucking these magnetic strings or standing pipes, which set up standing waves - exactly the same waves you see on a guitar string," von Fay-Siebenburgen told SPACE.com. The "sound booms" decay to silence in less than an hour, dissipating in the hot solar corona.
The musical finding could help explain why the Sun's corona is so hot.
While the Sun's surface is a steamy 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,538 degrees Celsius), plasma gas in the corona soars to more than 100 times hotter.
"How can the atmosphere above the surface of the Sun be hotter if nuclear fusion happens inside the Sun?" von Fay-Siebenburgen said. If astronomers can get a clearer picture of what's going on inside these magnetic loops in the Sun's atmosphere, they have a better chance of finding the answer.
Another recent study using images from Hinode's telescope revealed twisted magnetic fields along the Sun's surface, which store huge amounts of energy. The magnetic fields can snap like a rubber band; when they do, they might release energy that could heat up the corona or power solar eruptions and coronal mass ejections, the researchers say.
In the sky! A bird? A plane? A ... UFO?
Published January 1, 2007
The Chicago Tribune
It sounds like a tired joke--but a group of airline employees insist they are in earnest, and they are upset that neither their bosses nor the government will take them seriously.
A flying saucerlike object hovered low over O'Hare International Airport for several minutes before bolting through thick clouds with such intense energy that it left an eerie hole in overcast skies, said some United Airlines employees who observed the phenomenon.
Was it an alien spaceship? A weather balloon lost in the airspace over the world's second-busiest airport? A top-secret military craft? Or simply a reflection from lights that played a trick on the eyes?
Officials at United professed no knowledge of the Nov. 7 event--which was reported to the airline by as many as a dozen of its own workers--when the Tribune started asking questions recently. But the Federal Aviation Administration said its air traffic control tower at O'Hare did receive a call from a United supervisor asking if controllers had spotted a mysterious elliptical-shaped craft sitting motionless over Concourse C of the United terminal.
No controllers saw the object, and a preliminary check of radar found nothing out of the ordinary, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said.
The FAA is not conducting a further investigation, Cory said. The theory is the sighting was caused by a "weather phenomenon," she said.
The UFO report has sparked some chuckles among controllers in O'Hare tower.
"To fly 7 million light years to O'Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable," said O'Hare controller and union official Craig Burzych.
Some of the witnesses, interviewed by the Tribune, said they are upset that neither the government nor the airline is probing the incident.
Whatever the object was, it could have interfered with O'Hare's radar and other equipment, and even created a collision risk, they said.
The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (the term that extraterrestrial-watchers nowadays prefer over Unidentified Flying Object) was first seen by a United ramp worker who was directing back a United plane at Gate C17, according to an account the worker provided to the National UFO Reporting Center.
The sighting occurred during daylight, about 4:30 p.m., just before sunset.
All the witnesses said the object was dark gray and well defined in the overcast skies. They said the craft, estimated by different accounts to be 6 feet to 24 feet in diameter, did not display any lights.
Some said it looked like a rotating Frisbee, while others said it did not appear to be spinning. All agreed the object made no noise and it was at a fixed position in the sky, just below the 1,900-foot cloud deck, until shooting off into the clouds.
Witnesses shaken by sighting
"I tend to be scientific by nature, and I don't understand why aliens would hover over a busy airport," said a United mechanic who was in the cockpit of a Boeing 777 that he was taxiing to a maintenance hangar when he observed the metallic-looking object above Gate C17.
"But I know that what I saw and what a lot of other people saw stood out very clearly, and it definitely was not an [Earth] aircraft," the mechanic said.
One United employee appeared emotionally shaken by the sighting and "experienced some religious issues" over it, one co-worker said.
A United manager said he ran outside his office in Concourse B after hearing the report about the sighting on an internal airline radio frequency.
"I stood outside in the gate area not knowing what to think, just trying to figure out what it was," he said. "I knew no one would make a false call like that. But if somebody was bouncing a weather balloon or something else over O'Hare, we had to stop it because it was in very close proximity to our flight operations." Some joke, others research
The databases of various UFO-watching groups are full of accounts filed by pilots about sightings of unknown aircraft and anomalies that affected navigational equipment onboard planes.
Whether any of the UFO incidents are real or merely the result of individual perceptions, some experts say the events pose a potential safety risk to pilots and their passengers.
"There have been documented cases where safety appears to have been implicated, and more and more we are coming to the point of view that we are dealing with an intelligent phenomenon," said Richard Haines, science director at the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, a private agency.
"We must be proactive before an aircraft goes down," said Haines, a former chief of the Space Human Factors Office at NASA's Ames Research Center.
Haines is investigating the O'Hare incident. He said he has determined that no weather balloons were launched in the vicinity of O'Hare on Nov. 7.
"It's absurd that the military would be conducting aerial test flights" near the airport, Haines said.
All the witnesses to the O'Hare event, who included at least several pilots, said they are certain based on the disc's appearance and flight characteristics that it was not an airplane, helicopter, weather balloon or any other craft known to man.
United denies UFO report
They're not sure what was hanging out for several minutes in the restricted airspace, but they are upset that no one in power has taken the matter seriously.
A United spokeswoman said there is no record of the UFO report. She said United officials do not recall discussion of any such incident.
"There's nothing in the duty manager log, which is used to report unusual incidents," said United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy. "I checked around. There's no record of anything."
The pilots of the United plane being directed back from Gate C17 also were notified by United personnel of the sighting, and one of the pilots reportedly opened a windscreen in the cockpit to get a better view of the object estimated to be hovering 1,500 feet above the ground.
The object was seen to suddenly accelerate straight up through the solid overcast skies, which the FAA reported had 1,900-foot cloud ceilings at the time.
"It was like somebody punched a hole in the sky," said one United employee.
Witnesses said they had a hard time visually tracking the object as it streaked through the dense clouds.
It left behind an open hole of clear air in the cloud layer, the witnesses said, adding that the hole disappeared within a few minutes.
The United employees interviewed by the Tribune spoke on condition of anonymity.
Some said they were interviewed by United officials and instructed to write reports and draw pictures of what they observed, and that they were advised by United officials to refrain from speaking about what they saw.
Federal agency backtracks
Like United, the FAA originally told the Tribune that it had no information on the alleged UFO sighting. But the federal agency quickly reversed its position after the newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
An internal FAA review of air-traffic communications tapes, a step toward complying with the Tribune request, turned up the call by the United supervisor to an FAA manager in the airport tower, Cory said.
Cory said the weather might have factored into what the witnesses thought they saw.
"Our theory on this is that it was a weather phenomenon," she said. "That night was a perfect atmospheric condition in terms of low [cloud] ceiling and a lot of airport lights. When the lights shine up into the clouds, sometimes you can see funny things. That's our take on it."
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The Scottish Lord with the elixir of life
The Scotsman, November, 2006, Ian Lundy.
Sir Simon Loccard of the Lee had an impressive family history even before he distinguished himself as one of Robert the Bruce's most loyal followers. His grandfather, Stephen Loccard, had the town of Stevenson in Ayrshire named after him and his father, also Simon, gave his name to the village of Symington.
But Loccard's prolific involvement in a crusade against the Saracens in 1329 not only boosted the reputation of his family, it also provided them with a new name. In addition he returned from the fields of southern Spain with an amulet which contained mysterious healing qualities. It became known as the Lee Penny and has been an object of superstition and fascination for more than six centuries.
The band of Scots who embarked on the crusade was led by Sir James Douglas. He carried the heart of Robert the Bruce in a casket, of which Loccard held the key. When Douglas was killed at the Battle of Teba in Spain, and the party returned to Scotland, Loccard's family name was changed to Lockheart, shortened to Lockhart. The family motto includes the words Corda Serrata Pando - I open locked hearts.
It was, however, Loccard's capture of a Moorish emir - one of the Saracens of Granada - that yielded what was to become the Lee Penny. The prince's mother offered the Scottish knight a large sum of money in return for his freedom. She dropped what looked like a pebble, but Loccard could tell by her haste in picking it up that it was a valuable gem and demanded it as part of the ransom.
The woman not only agreed but proceeded to tell Loccard the story of its healing powers and how they should be administered. It could, she said, cure all diseases known to man and beast. The stone had to be dipped into water, with no words of incantation uttered, while the affected or diseased part was washed. No money was to be taken from those afflicted and seeking cure.
On Loccard's return to his home at Lee, near Lanark, the stone attracted huge interest from the superstitious country folk. They flocked to Lee for its curative powers and watched transfixed as the stone was held by a chain and dipped twice into pure spring water then given one swirl, a practice that became known as "twa dips and a swirl".
The Lee Penny appeared to be an especially worthwhile remedy in cases of hydrophobia or rabies. When the plague visited Newcastle in the early 17th century the city borrowed the amulet, putting down a deposit of £6,000 for its safe return.
A member of the Edinburgh gentry, Lady Baird of Sauchtonhall, was bitten by a mad dog and began to show signs of rabies. Her husband was loaned the penny and the woman, after drinking and bathing in the medicated water, recovered her health. The Bairds considered it a "miracle" and entertained the Laird of Lee in a "sumptuous manner" for years afterwards.
In 1638 an attempt was made by strict Presbyterians to charge Sir James Lockhart with sorcery but it was thrown out by the Synod of the Church of Scotland on the grounds that no magical words were used while the process was carried out.
Gradually, however, the belief in the powers of the Lee Penny waned and there has been no instance of it being used since the middle of the 19th century. Sir Walter Scott based his book The Talisman on the story of the penny and it remains in the Lockhart family to this day, kept in a gold and enamel snuffbox given to Sir James Lockhart by Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria, in 1789.
Despite its name it is not a penny at all, but a dark red, semi-transparent, triangular gemstone set in a groat - or fourpenny coin - dating from the reign of Edward I of England. It remains a precious family heirloom and the most famous and mysterious amulet of its kind in Scottish history.
Mass UFO Sighting in Colorado and New Mexico - October 1, 2006
A very strange event occurred on the night of October 1st 2006 an event that caused nearly one hundred people to report strange events to the National UFO Reporting Centre. In my view this Mass Sighting is a huge event that needs a lot of research and investigation. Unfortunately the attention of the media has not been grabbed instead it has been dismissed as simply a meteor without any scientific analysis or investigation involved. The first report of any unusual activity began at 21:35 in Colorado. The events were spread across mostly New Mexico and Colorado state to begin with I will focus on the Colorado events. Tin Cup Colorado was the location of the first event when a local resident noticed what he explained as "four tightly packed objects glowing green". As the strange lights passed over at an approx speed of 140MPH the lights spread out slightly and became equal spaced out from one another. The man and his wife were inside at the time and the lights were seen from inside the house for around 10 seconds.
This first report was then quickly followed by another two the first in Cuchara. The resident living in Cuchara reported seeing "six bright objects" he recalled the direction of movement as being west to east he also remembered the objects were travelling horizontally in a completely straight line, the end object seemed to have a trail of some sort.
This was reported by a wave of five other UFO events around the entire state of Colorado these events took place at 23:15 however the witnesses are most probably wrong by maybe a few minutes or even seconds. This is very possible because most of the UFO's seen the night of October 1st 2006 were reported as going at a speed of 140MPH and even above. One of the most exciting and credible reports of this time frame and also the entire date came from an Aircraft captain who was in flight above Denver, Colorado at the time. The NUFORC reports that this man has a total of 17,000 flying hours over a 40 year period. He is the captain of a major airline and is a retired USAFR Lt. Colonel Fighter.
Yet another report then surfaced from Hartsel, Colorado when a witness reported a total of 8 or 10 objects of multiple colour (yellow, red, orange) flying in roughly a straight line and single file formation. He reported the objects moving south to north with a glow affect. He recalled that a few objects diverted away from the group at one stage as the objects went out of view he noticed that the lead object began to flash blue and then white over and over again he explained he was like a small child on the 4th of July waiting in awe for more.
Perhaps one of the most interesting and most credible reports of that night came from a well experienced pilot. He explained what he saw as "Unlike anything I have ever seen" here is his full eyewitness account of events - "While flying westbound at FL380 (38,000') my First Officer and I saw a very bright, white light at our 9 o'clock high position. The object was just east of Denver at what seemed to be 40 to 50 thousand feet and was moving north to northeast. 4 to 5 smaller lights appeared behind the main object at even spacing, and maintained the same altitude and speed as the lead object. I asked Denver Centre (Air Traffic Control) if they had traffic at my 9 o'clock high. They replied negative. I said "maybe it's space junk burning up" but another airliner on frequency said no, it was moving too horizontal and did not have a trail of burning debris. I agreed. The lights went out as they moved off to the north and east. I've seen many meteors while flying and this was not a meteor. It was not a conventional aircraft as it had no position, strobe, or anti-collision lights."
Amazingly during this time there were other reports of white lights it is more than possible that these white lights were the exact same as those witnessed by the Captain. One of these white light incidents took place extremely close to Denver in Boulder, Colorado were four or five lights (unsure on number) were spotted. The witness stated the following - I was watching TV. The lights were out the window shades were open. I noticed a white movement out the window. I jumped out of bed saying "What it that?" "What isss that?" My husband stirred. It looked like 4-5 very large thin oval shapes, directly in a line, low in the sky heading east, I was looking south. The movement was just slightly south/east. There were long thing clouds in the sky, it was clear. It seemed bright- mostly from the not full moon but also from the light. There was no sound. I said, "look, oh wait you missed it" (the items had just disappeared behind the silhouette of a tree. "Wait, look to the left of the tree you will see it come out"...nothing did. I couldn't believe it. I described this to my husband. The next few days I could not let it go. I went to a UFO sightings website (something I had never done before)and looked for sightings. Several people described seeing something similar at about the same time and day. I did not report my sighting. But then, Saturday, I read the Friday Colorado Daily newspaper, where there was an article about a man who is a meteor hunter. It stated he searched for marble-size rocks in a 50-mile strip of Colorado. There was a picture of him holding a piece of the meteorite that occurred on Oct. 1, 2006. One of the brightest meteors reported in recent years slow-danced across Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Apparently landing south of Colorado Springs. And he was holding a piece of it that looked about the size of a coconut.
Before or after this event there was yet another sighting this time in McCoy, Colorado were again four white lights were witnessed flying over a home. The details were quite consistent with those of the witness in Boulder. Here is the eyewitness statement - Four lights came over the horizon. My husband saw them through our window while we were watching TV. He jumped up to look and called for me to look. I saw them as well. We ran outside to see them, but they were gone. They flew faster than a jet but slower than a meteor. There were jet planes in the sky much higher that we could hear, but there was no sound from the four lights which were much lower. They did not move in a straight line, which ruled out meteors in our mind. In 1997 I was outside and witnessed the same thing about the same time of night in this same place but only one light.
At the same time as all these sightings (23:15) a strange incident occurred involving a number of orange lights in the skies above Fairplay, Colorado. The six orange objects were observed by three people and kept a both a constant speed and also altitude. The witness stated the following - B's report At about 11:15 PM on Sunday, October 1st, 2006, my wife saw unusual lights crossing the night sky outside our home. She called me to quickly come out on the deck to see them. I did so. (Our home sits on a hill facing to the southeast, overlooking the South Park region of the central Colorado Rockies.) There were six yellowish orange (light orange) lights visible at roughly equal intervals, positioned fairly closely together in a 'follow-the-leader' fashion, moving from South to North, at an estimated distance of roughly one mile away from our observation point, low in the sky- (likely less than half a mile above the ground) They were moving at a constant speed and altitude, and no sound was able to be heard. The single light on each object appeared to be emitted form the front of each, relative to the direction of their travel; as they passed and were moving away, the lights began to be blocked progressively by the bulk of each object, so that they were obstructed progressively until they were no longer visible when they were past us by 45 to 50 degrees. The lights were visible for less than 30 seconds. The witness also added that the very next day his brother saw the same light formation pass over.
Amazingly only two minutes after this sighting (23:17) a total of eight orange lights were seen over Cascade, Colorado. The objects reportedly flew from North to South the witness said that he saw the lights enter a cloud but saw only two of the eight lights come out the other side they proceeded off to the distance until they were no longer visible.
After the first wave of sightings yet another wave of amazing encounters would spread across Colorado. A total of four UFO's were reported between 23:20 and 23:25. One incident occurred at Grand Junction, Colorado and involved a total of six lights again these lights were white in color.
Either after or before this event six white lights were also seen over Silverthorne, Colorado the witness recalled the white lights came toward the house in a completely straight line. The witness was with her husband and they both watched the lights float over a mountain range to the east of their home. They both reported that the end lights suddenly turned red and disappeared right before their eyes.
As well as white lights a report came in from Sedalia, Colorado of a group of 5 extremely bright yellow lights. Two people on a walk witnessed this strange event and reported it to the NUFORC as follows - "A friend and I were walking in a mostly southerly direction along a trail which follows Trout Creek, approximately 4 miles South of Deckers, CO. I was looking towards the moon, which was mostly covered by clouds at the time, when I saw a bright yellowish light which disappeared almost immediately upon my sighting it, my first instinct was that it was a meteor or very large "falling star" and remember saying WOW and then when it disappeared (into a cloud probably?), was starting to ask "did you see that?" when it reappeared followed by 4 additional, equally spaced, equally sized lights moving extremely fast from the Northwest towards the Southeast. My friend also saw the lights after they reappeared and we watched until they disappeared over the Rampart Range. We did disagree about 2 things when we compared remembered details. I thought the lights were in a sort of chevron pattern with 4 lights making up one leg and 1 light down from the point making up the other, he thought it was a straight line. I remember joking at the time that maybe "our" geese had headlights cause I didn't know what we really did see. The other detail we differed on was that I thought the lights were yellowish to white and steady, while he thought they were more yellowish red also steady. We commented on the total silence during the entire event, and both noticed there were no other planes visible until approximately 10 minutes after the lights were out of our view. We were in a valley where any type of jet or plane can be heard long before it is visible. We also agreed that there was no visible craft, we merely saw lights, far below the normal jet space and moving far too rapidly to be small planes or helicopters-that we know of. I'm fairly sure it's an unrelated coincidence, but approximately 40 seconds after we lost sight of the lights, we heard 2 rather muffled rumbles, maybe 2 seconds apart. It was probably thunder, but if so it was the only thunder we heard. That, too, is not terribly unusual in that area."
Another different color sighting occurred in Boulder, Colorado as around the same time, seconds before or possibly seconds after because of how quick the UFO's are reported as flying it is very hard to put these sightings into chronological order. The event in Boulder involved four lights one of them was green and the others a sort of red or orange colour. The witness stated that the lights were going at a high speed in linear series beginning from near the ground (the mountains) moving almost in a straight upward.
But after all these events more were still to hit the state the first came with the white lights still out in force a total of four white lights were sighted over Monument Colorado. And were explained as being "star like" in appearance. The witness also recalled the lights being at a high altitude and going at a very high rate of speed travelling in a straight line one behind the other. The witness also stated that at first there were only three lights but seconds after the initial sighting the fourth trailed on behind the first three.
This is the last known event to have taken place in the state of Colorado on the night of October 1st 2006 unless another witness comes forward and reports an event. There were many strange events in Colorado maybe one of the most exciting details of all is the fact that there were seven reports of a collection of white lights it is very possible that the collections of white lights were the same on every report. It is interesting to note that as time went on it seems that the number of white lights seen decreased.
Meanwhile the state of New Mexico was also alive with UFO Activity. The events began with a total of two UFO Sightings between 23:00 and 23:15. One of them took place in Glorieta, New Mexico a resident there witnessed one single large "meteor type" white light. The eyewitness said the following - "I saw a round object through my west-facing living room window at approx 11:00 Sunday evening (Oct 1). My immediate, knee-jerk response was that it was a shooting star, but the object was good-sized (round, white though not overly bright, shaped something like a small but distant moon) and didn't disintegrate, but kept moving intact across the window. I was sitting on the sofa with a friend, saw the object at first out of the corner of my eye, and ran immediately to the deck on the west side to try to see more of it. I live in the mountains in the Santa Fe Nat'l Forest and so what I saw on the deck was through several trees. The object was moving north, into the forest, and by the time I reached my deck it was no longer a pale round object but was something bright, elongated (rectangular like a train with segmented/lighted windows), and it seemed quite close. My friend also saw this (though she did not see the round object through the window because she was sitting with her back to it). I want to add that I am one of the most rational people on the planet, have never given much credence to UFO stories or sightings (though I contingently acknowledge that given the size of the universe, there cannot but be intelligent life somewhere other than here--that's if you take the current situation on this planet as created by "intelligent" life--so I tried to explain the light I saw from my deck: a plane (flying that close and headed directly into a forest? not likely)? a helicopter (there was absolutely no sound)? So I was and am left totally mystified by what this was. I was so curious, in fact, that I convinced my friend to come with me and drive out into the forest in the direction it was headed. We drove for probably ten miles or so on the forest road but saw nothing at all. The next morning I saw on the morning news that other people had reported seeing something which the Los Alamos Lab said was probably a meteor, though it had not registered on their radar (the person interviewed! said this at this might be due to the fact that there was not enough light radiating for the radar to pick up the object--this couldn't possibly be the cause since this object was quite large for a meteor). No one reported seeing anything elongated, such as the object I saw from my deck. I've been watching for more reports about this but have seen nothing else. I'm very curious about any other sightings on that night. Just a note, re. the Colorado sightings on Oct 1--I did not see numerous coloured lights."
The second event occurred in Silver City, New Mexico with the sighting of a glowing blue and white craft the witness stated that the craft was definitely not a meteor or aircraft that he had ever seen before. He reported that the craft was at a very low altitude, made no sound and thought he did not see this event he believes that once out of view the object actually landed somewhere nearby. The witness added the following information to his report - "The next morning, KOAT TV reported that there were sightings of lights in Albuquerque and last night, Art Bell said that he was receiving reports of some kind of lights seen in Washington state." So the events were reported on TV but it seems they did not go very far after that.
After the first two initial reports a total of six reports were triggered between 23:15 and 23:30 the most noted detail of this set of sightings should be the formations of yellow lights that were seen. Both of these reports came from Raton, New Mexico and detail how a large "Golden Star" broke into three and then into seven UFO's here is the report from a resident in Raton - "I have been a resident of New Mexico for almost 11 years and have seen a few unusual things in our skies, but nothing like what I saw tonight...nothing I've wanted to report. My daughter and I were outside having a smoke break when she said, "Look!" I turned around and noticed a bright light in the west, moving NE. My first thought was "meteor," although I've never seen a meteor that size. As I watched, the light that appeared as a huge, gold star split into 3, then into 7 smaller "stars." They moved quickly and without sound, travelling in a straight line. We watched them until we could no longer see them."
After this encounter yet another vigilant resident of Raton, New Mexico encountered these yellow lights the witness reported seeing seven yellow lights it is more than likely that these seven yellow lights were the same lights seen by the witness above. The second witness in Raton reported the following to the NUFORC - "At 11:20, I had stepped outside on my deck and caught something out of the corner of my eye. I turned and saw 7 bright lights gliding silently in a northeast direction. There was no blinking lights, no tails like meteors. Just bright yellow lights that were bigger than stars and closer to earth. I watched them for about 30 seconds and they faded away into the clouds. They were travelling in a straight line. I have seen some strange objects over the years, but none as spectular as this. I felt that this was something I should report."
If you recall earlier on in this article we mentioned that there was also a report of a formation of yellow lights over Colorado. Meanwhile in Cripple Creek, New Mexico a witness sitting out on the decking at the front of his/her house saw a fireball that seemed to drop small pieces - "On the night of 1 Oct. 2006, at approximately 11:20 pm, I was outside on my deck looking in a West/South-westerly direction when I observed a large "fireball" type of object travelling from (approximately) west to east. As I live in the mountains, away from city lights, I am able to see meteorites very regularly. This object was considerably larger, and slower, than any meteorite that I have seen. It appeared to be burning, as something would entering the atmosphere, with a whitish, and briefly green "light" as it progressed through its trajectory. Roughly 5 to 10 seconds after it appeared, it seemed to be break up and shed burning pieces of itself," dropping" them along its flight path. I was able to observe this object's trajectory until it disappeared from view behind the upper story of my house. I ran to the other end of the deck, but it was no longer visible. At no time did I hear any sound. The object seemed to be at a relatively low altitude ( though it is difficult for me to guess it's altitude with any real accuracy, I would guess it was less than 20,000 feet, and perhaps much lower ) had a very flat trajectory, and did not appear to be descending . My object size estimate relative to the moon, given each objects respective distance to me, would be that the object was 1/15th to 1/20th of the moon size."
Before these amazing encounters a sighting of a white object was reported in Sante Fe, New Mexico at around 23:15 the witness noticed a white object out of the bathroom window the object then suddenly turned blue and moved away from the window.
Reports were flying in from all around New Mexico but that was not the end of the UFO events of October 1st 2006 more was still to come. Two more reports occurred in the state the first concerning a green UFO took place in Farmington, New Mexico the witness recalled seeing one green lights with green trail going at a high rate of speed suddenly there was an explosion and the green object split into separate objects of the same size and same distance away from on another. Then the light continued on and broke into 4 separate objects of the same size and the same distance away from each other. In the report the witness along with one other who was with the witness at the time said they would like a proper explanation for the events.
The final events of the night took place in San Antonio, New Mexico a man and his wife were traveling in their car when the man suddenly noticed a large white object out the drivers side of the car. The light then proceeded to shoot along to the passenger side in the space of only 4 seconds this move dazzled the man and he noticed a "burner effect" like on a fighter yet he quickly woke his wife who also noticed the "burner effect" The man then brought the car to a complete stop and they both witnessed a huge blast of fire come from the object and shoot out 5 individual orbs of white light that he described as "like a string of pears" he recalled that the sky was lit up for around 5 seconds. The man and his wife say it is an encounter they will never forget. email@example.com
Source and References - Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Centre
Sam Willey - www.alienationsam.com
I've found God, says man who cracked the genome
by Steven Swinford
The Sunday Times June 11, 2006
THE scientist who led the team that cracked the human genome is to publish a book explaining why he now believes in the existence of God and is convinced that miracles are real.
Francis Collins, the director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute, claims there is a rational basis for a creator and that scientific discoveries bring man "closer to God".
His book, The Language of God, to be published in September, will reopen the age-old debate about the relationship between science and faith. "One of the great tragedies of our time is this impression that has been created that science and religion have to be at war," said Collins, 56.
"I don't see that as necessary at all and I think it is deeply disappointing that the shrill voices that occupy the extremes of this spectrum have dominated the stage for the past 20 years."
For Collins, unravelling the human genome did not create a conflict in his mind. Instead, it allowed him to "glimpse at the workings of God".
"When you make a breakthrough it is a moment of scientific exhilaration because you have been on this search and seem to have found it," he said. "But it is also a moment where I at least feel closeness to the creator in the sense of having now perceived something that no human knew before but God knew all along.
"When you have for the first time in front of you this 3.1 billion-letter instruction book that conveys all kinds of information and all kinds of mystery about humankind, you can't survey that going through page after page without a sense of awe. I can't help but look at those pages and have a vague sense that this is giving me a glimpse of God's mind."
Collins joins a line of scientists whose research deepened their belief in God. Isaac Newton, whose discovery of the laws of gravity reshaped our understanding of the universe, said: "This most beautiful system could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful being."
Although Einstein revolutionised our thinking about time, gravity and the conversion of matter to energy, he believed the universe had a creator. "I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details," he said. However Galileo was famously questioned by the inquisition and put on trial in 1633 for the "heresy" of claiming that the earth moved around the sun.
Among Collins's most controversial beliefs is that of "theistic evolution", which claims natural selection is the tool that God chose to create man. In his version of the theory, he argues that man will not evolve further.
"I see God's hand at work through the mechanism of evolution. If God chose to create human beings in his image and decided that the mechanism of evolution was an elegant way to accomplish that goal, who are we to say that is not the way," he says.
"Scientifically, the forces of evolution by natural selection have been profoundly affected for humankind by the changes in culture and environment and the expansion of the human species to 6 billion members. So what you see is pretty much what you get."
Collins was an atheist until the age of 27, when as a young doctor he was impressed by the strength that faith gave to some of his most critical patients.
"They had terrible diseases from which they were probably not going to escape, and yet instead of railing at God they seemed to lean on their faith as a source of great comfort and reassurance," he said. "That was interesting, puzzling and unsettling."
He decided to visit a Methodist minister and was given a copy of C S Lewis's Mere Christianity, which argues that God is a rational possibility. The book transformed his life. "It was an argument I was not prepared to hear," he said. "I was very happy with the idea that God didn't exist, and had no interest in me. And yet at the same time, I could not turn away."
His epiphany came when he went hiking through the Cascade Mountains in Washington state. He said: "It was a beautiful afternoon and suddenly the remarkable beauty of creation around me was so overwhelming, I felt, I cannot resist this another moment."
Collins believes that science cannot be used to refute the existence of God because it is confined to the "natural" world. In this light he believes miracles are a real possibility. "If one is willing to accept the existence of God or some supernatural force outside nature then it is not a logical problem to admit that, occasionally, a supernatural force might stage an invasion," he says.
Unlock Your Spiritual Strength
My husband, Gary, and I returned from speaking at two Conferences in London, England in 2003, organized by international bestselling author of The Field: the Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart. We were invited by Lynne to speak about the power of prayer and directed intention to over 2,000 people, alongside frontier scientists including Gary Schwartz, Larry Dossey, M.D., Fritz Albert-Popp, Roger Nelson, Rupert Sheldrake, Steven Shwartz, Dr. Mario Varvoglis, and others.
One thing we learned through the theories of "Zero Point Field" (known as "The Field") was that these leading scientists were now proving what mystics have been saying for decades: that we all have control over our world, a capacity to heal ourselves and our loved ones and, indeed the world. Also, that the existence of The Field provides a plausible explanation for many unexplained phenomena, such as past lives or life after death, for many of the world-famous speakers presented evidence that consciousness is not encased in the brain and never dies.
Potentially, the power of prayer or human intention can affect every technology on the planet. This is what Gary and I have been teaching for years through our lectures and workshops and through our latest book Power Prayer. These groundbreaking conferences, where scientists and mystics shared a common forum, were truly a foundation stone for New Age consciousness. Here we worked with scientists to teach man's formidable powers for global good through understanding The Field, and mixing it with our caring and our love for the planet, so that it forms an immense power for transformation.
Love is the secret elixir of life. This is not a new thought. This truth is engraved on the Sphinx, it is in the caves of the Anchorites near Mount Sinai, and on the great rock near Deir, Petraea, we are told: "The Torch of life is fed by the oil of Love."
Just as love is the oil, intentional prayer is the tool that can draw upon the field - the universal supply of energy - and join this with the elixir of love, so that it becomes an alchemical force, to inspire ourselves and others. We can draw upon this vast universal field, mix it with the magical elixir, and use the results to transform our personal and global world.
We heard from one scientist at the Field Conference that there was enough energy in the room to boil all the oceans of the world. It is difficult to envision this type of immense transformative power. While we don't want to boil all the oceans, we have found that, when we learn to "plug in" to this universal supply, other so-called miracles can occur. As Marianne Williamson said in her brilliant Foreword to Power Prayer 1 : "While we are used to looking to all manner of external powers to "fix" us - from medicine to technology to money, etc. - there is today a resurgence of inner knowing that the powers of the spirit surpass the powers of the world."
Power Prayer includes exercises, techniques, prayers and meditations designed to plug us in quickly to this vast energy field. Then we can achieve miracles of healing of ourselves and others, as well as psychic, psychological, and spiritual breakthroughs. These can take the form of inspiration, intuition, closer contact with the other realms, the nature spirits and devic kingdom, changes of weather patterns and even helping in global disasters.
The following is a suggested prayer you may wish to use to begin this prayerful journey. For greatest effect, say the prayer out loud with all your heartfelt feeling, keep your hands raised up, palms facing outwards, and visualize energy flowing through you as a brilliant, white stream of light. This is energy from the field, conditioned by your love and by the intention of your prayer. By raising your hands in this way, you are allowing spiritual energy to flow freely through your heart center (also known as chakra) situated in your aura just in front of the breastbone, and through the psychic centers in the palms of each hand.
Oh mighty God
I offer my heartfelt prayer in thankfulness to you,
And ask that I may be a channel for your peace and love
So that this may flow through me now to all life.
To humanity, in all its diversity of race and creed
People, plants, animals and even the rocks beneath our feet
So that we may know we are One planetary family
Dwelling within Thy Great Heart.
On wondrous Parabrahma
May your divine and infinite power flow now -
At this very moment - in an everlasting stream of light
To bring peace and freedom to our world.
Oh, Eternal Creator, Provider and Sustainer of All Life.
Great Peace, Great Peace, Great Peace
May Thy will be done.
© Chrissie Blaze 2006
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Alien art revealed?
THE universal language of, well, the universe, is art, and to say hello, aliens have apparently already sent us their artwork. The work will be exhibited at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California, from 30 July.
"Aliens have already sent us their artwork, and it is to be exhibited in a museum." Thank artist Jonathon Keats for this. He was the first to consider that aliens will not send us Pythagoras's theorem or mathematical symbols. "If I were [ET] trying to communicate with beings elsewhere in the universe...I'd try to express something about myself in the most universal language I could imagine: I'd send art," he writes.
And aliens, it seems, have done just that. Keats says he "decoded" the artwork from a radio signal that came from somewhere between the constellations Aries and Pisces. The signal, detected by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, was previously dismissed as meaningless (New Scientist, 4 September 2004, p 6).
Keats says the display rights a historic wrong: "Our culture has ignored extraterrestrial artistic expression. This is the ultimate outsider art."
From issue 2562 of New Scientist magazine, 29 July 2006, page 5
Children with Psychic Powers
July 24, 2006 - Sandie Bershad says she's always felt different than other kids and generally prefers the company of adults.
At age 12, Sandie, now 17, says she went into a deep, two-year depression because she felt that no one understood her.
She was treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder with medication, but as she grew up, she said, she realized that she had special gifts and abilities, including the ability to see angels and hear voices.
"I see dead people. I see my grandmother. She visits me all the time," Sandie said. "I have always been visited by spirits. For the past two years, I have been on a spiritual path, and I have come to help a lot of people with my psychic abilities."
Sandie is one of the so-called "indigo children" -- named for the blue aura some say they see surrounding them.
Indigo children are described as highly accomplished, deeply spiritual, and gifted with psychic abilities.
As with most paranormal experiences, this is more about faith than science. For parents Tammy and Aaren Glover, their children are the proof.
"All three of the older children remember vividly previous lifetimes that they have had," Tammy Glover said. "And Maielaya, for example, lives in lucid, vivid memory of being my mother."
They often talk about speaking with God, angels, or people who have died. Believers say indigo children are often rebellious to authority, nonconformist, extremely emotional, and sometimes physically sensitive or fragile.
"No rigorous scientific tests have proven the existence of these so-called paranormal gifts," said psychology professor David Stein.
However, Marjie Bershad, Sandie's mother, says she knew her daughter was different "in utero."
"There was always something different about her -- more adult, more focused," Marjie Bershad said.
"She was a force to be reckoned with," said Sandie's father, Tom Bershad.
"She never acted like a child. She was sophisticated and in charge. It's the same with other indigo kids."
When Sandie was 2, she told her mother that she had chosen her and her father to be her parents.
About 10 years later, Sandie told her mother that before she was born, her maternal grandfather, who had died when Marjie was 1, had helped her choose her parents.
Sandie said her most memorable experience was when her friend's recently deceased father appeared to her.
"I called my friend and she was crying -- had no idea this could have happened to her and her father. I described what he looked like and she's like, 'Oh, my God. That's my dad,' Sandie said. "He contacted me so I could give messages to her family and her friends."
Sandie said that the father had revealed some private things to her that no one could know about his marriage. "I had to keep that back for a while because I didn't want to say anything when he first died," she said.
Sandie says she can do an accurate reading of a person and tell what is troubling them and often advise them on how to fix it.
"I feel totally surrounded by their feelings, embodied by them," she said. "It's kind of like a trance. I zero in on only the person and myself. Sometimes it's very intense because the person will develop an attachment to me because they feel like I'm the only person who truly understands them. They ask me for advice, so I'll offer options and choices rather than just tell them what to do."
She has even helped her father with problems he has had at work.
"I talked to Sandie about it, and she was able to give me real insight into the situation," he said. "She also told me about an employee doing something not quite right, and I was able to handle the problem."
Some say as many as 90 percent of all children have indigo traits. Sandie believes that all people share her ability and can unlock it if they are open to being mentored by an indigo.
She is happy that she has discovered her gift, after being misunderstood for so long.
"A new world opened up to me," she said. "I felt someone finally understood me and helped open other spiritual realms for me and develop my gifts. I started channeling other people. I felt really in tune."
Police baffled by paranormal activity in British pub
Tue Apr 25, 02:10 PM EST
LONDON (AP) - British police responding to a call about a possible break-in at a pub in northern England Monday found themselves in the middle of a ghoulish riddle.
Officers arrived at the Low Valley Arms pub near Barnsley in South Yorkshire, 400 kilometres north of London, after being told the alarm had been set off, but instead of finding any signs of a robbery, they were faced with a shaken landlord convinced he had encountered a ghost with half a face missing in the ladies washroom.
Although they saw no ghoul-described as a woman in flowing white gown-officers were shocked to find toilets flushing themselves, said Insp. John Bowler of South Yorkshire Police.
Pub landlord Roger Froggat, 55, and his wife Kathryn, 49, moved in a year ago and said they had seen nothing before, despite rumours of a resident spectre.
"I heard the alarm go off for a second time, went into the pub and all the television screens had turned on," the pub owner said.
"I went to check the rest of the pub and standing in the women's lavatories was a woman with half her face missing. I was petrified."
Officers found no signs of forced entry and were left quite scared, Bowler added.
Since the ghost story became public, the pub has become the talk of the town, attracting everyone from mediums to a national television film crew determined to catch a glimpse of the mystery woman should she appear again.
Despite their shock, the Froggats said they have no plans to leave their village pub.
Starlings recognize grammar pattern in songs
Apr 26, 2006 - LONDON - European starlings are not just exceptional songbirds and mimics they also recognize a grammar in their songs in a way that was thought to be unique to humans.
Scientists in the United States have discovered that the birds can be taught to identify different patterns of organizing sounds used to communicate.
"We show that European starlings accurately recognize acoustic patterns defined by a recursive, self-embedding, context-free grammar," said Timothy Gentner of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), in the journal Nature.
Recursive grammar, in which words and clauses are inserted into sentences to create new meaning, is found in all human languages. It was considered a type of linguistic boundary that separated humans from other creatures.
"Now we find that we have been joined on this side of the boundary by the starling. It should no longer be considered an insult to be called a bird-brain," said Daniel Margoliash of the University of Chicago, a co-author of the study.
While humans change a sentence from "the bird sang" to "the bird the cat chased sang" by inserting words, starlings combine chirps, warbles, trills, whistles and rattling sounds.
The scientists discovered their ability by recording eight different starling sounds and combining them to make 16 artificial songs, some more complex than others, which had different grammars or patterning rules.
After teaching the birds to recognize the different sets of songs, nine out of 11 birds could distinguish the patterns and grammatical rules.
"These birds are a lot smarter than you might think," said Margoliash. "They have innate abilities. They solve interesting problems and learn difficult tasks."
Scientists to check Nepal Buddha boy
By Navin Singh Khadka
BBC News, Kathmandu
A meditating teenage boy in south-central Nepal is drawing the attention of scientists after attracting huge crowds in the past six months and earning himself the name Buddha-reincarnate. They are mulling over how to examine him without disturbing his meditation.
Ram Bahadur Bamjan's friends, relatives and managers say he has been meditating without drinking water for six months now and that he will carry on for another six years until he gains enlightenment - as did the Buddha some 250km (160 miles) away in Lumbini in western Nepal. Siddartha Gautam, who later attained Mahanirvana and became the Buddha, was born in 560 BC.
Word spread quickly about the teenager and people around Ratanapuri village in Bara district began to visit Bamjan, 15, who has been sitting cross-legged in a traditional Buddha posture under a peepal tree. Bamjan's eyes are closed and his body firm, encased in a whitish shawl.
His hair has grown long and has almost covered his eyes. Villagers say he has grown weak.
His picture has been appearing regularly in newspapers and people now look for updates on him. Many around Bara worship him as the reincarnation of the Buddha. The tree is festooned and the air has the smell of incense sticks. The dramatically increased movement of people has generated economic opportunities. Makeshift shops have sprung up and offerings in cash and kind are on the rise.
"Almost 500,000 rupees ($7,000) have been deposited in the bank by devotees," says Prajapati Koirala, a senior government administrator in the area. That is apart from the donations visitors make on the spot. Local people have formed a committee to make sure Bamjan gets the right environment to meditate and to manage the influx of visitors and the
offerings they make.
The most frequently asked questions: Does he remain seated like that and meditate even at night? Does he not eat or drink at all? Some say he has eaten nothing since he began his meditation, others that he used to take a milk-like liquid from the roots of the peepal tree at the beginning.
Most people can live without food for several weeks, with the body drawing on its fat and protein stores. But the average human can survive for only three to four days without water.
Followers of holy men and ascetics have often ascribed extraordinary powers to them, but such powers are seldom subject to scientific inspection. But the number of people seeking real evidence here is increasing. Under pressure, locals have asked the administration to find out the truth. "We have agreed to conduct a scientific examination on him," said the local
administrator, Mr Koirala. The challenge is to do so without touching him.
Mr Koirala said scientists from the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology were due to arrive to conduct the examination. It remains unclear how they will do it. "At least the scientists will be able to see whether he meditates the whole night or not," said Deekpal Chaudhary, who sells incense sticks to visitors. Monastery tour Bamjan's family members say they have no idea what is going on. His mother fainted when she found out her son had undertaken an indefinite meditation.
Many worship Ram Bahadur Bamjan as the reincarnation of Buddha "I sometimes go to see him but he does not talk to me," said Maya Devi Tamang. "I don't know what will happen to him but I know that god will help him." The name of Buddha's mother was also Maya Devi, a point Bamjan's devotees have stressed. The family said Bamjan was different from his four brothers. They said he did not speak much and stayed aloof.
"He never touched alcohol," said his primary education teacher, Salden Lama. Relatives and neighbours said Bamjan undertook meditation when he returned from a tour of Lumbini, where Buddha was born, and monasteries in Pokhara in Nepal and Dehradun in India. Friend and cousin Prem Lama remembers Bamjan saying that he did not want people to call him Buddha as he had only reached primary enlightenment.
Bamjan has spoken only a few times since he began the meditation, according
to Prem Lama. He said the first time Bamjan spoke was when a snake bit him around a month ago. Bamjan took the incident as his second test, which he must overcome, Prem Lama said. In the first test he was also bitten by a snake - three months after he began the meditation. The second snake-bite episode led to increased curiosity. After being bitten, Bamjan was said to have asked his aides to put a curtain around him. "In less than a week he asked us to take the curtain away," Prem Lama said. Now another curtain is to be drawn around Bamjan - for the scientific examination.
Spray-On Solar-Power Cells Are True Breakthrough
by Stefan Lovgren
Scientists have invented a plastic solar cell that can turn the sun's power into electrical energy, even on a cloudy day.
The plastic material uses nanotechnology and contains the first solar cells able to harness the sun's invisible, infrared rays. The breakthrough has led theorists to predict that plastic solar cells could one day become five times more efficient than current solar cell technology.
Like paint, the composite can be sprayed onto other materials and used as portable electricity. A sweater coated in the material could power a cell phone or other wireless devices. A hydrogen-
powered car painted with the film could potentially convert enough energy into electricity to continually recharge the car's battery.
The researchers envision that one day "solar farms" consisting of the plastic material could be rolled across deserts to generate enough clean energy to supply the entire planet's power needs.
"The sun that reaches the Earth's surface delivers 10,000 times more energy than we consume," said Ted Sargent, an electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of Toronto.
Sargent is one of the inventors of the new plastic material.
"If we could cover 0.1 percent of the Earth's surface with [very efficient] large-area solar cells," he said, "we could in principle replace all of our energy habits with a source of power which is clean and renewable."
Plastic solar cells are not new. But existing materials are only able to harness the sun's visible light. While half of the sun's power lies in the visible spectrum, the other half lies in the infrared spectrum.
The new material is the first plastic composite that is able to harness the infrared portion.
"Everything that's warm gives off some heat. Even people and animals give off heat," Sargent said. "So there actually is some power remaining in the infrared [spectrum], even when it appears to us to be dark outside."
The researchers combined specially designed nano particles called quantum dots with a polymer to make the plastic that can detect energy in the infrared.
With further advances, the new plastic "could allow up to 30 percent of the sun's radiant energy to be harnessed, compared to 6 percent in today's best plastic solar cells," said Peter Peumans, a Stanford University electrical engineering professor, who studied the work.
The new material could make technology truly wireless.
"We have this expectation that we don't have to plug into a phone jack anymore to talk on the phone, but we're resigned to the fact that we have to plug into an electrical outlet to recharge the batteries," Sargent said. "That's only communications wireless, not power wireless."
He said the plastic coating could be woven into a shirt or sweater and used to charge an item like a cell phone.
"A sweater is already absorbing all sorts of light both in the infrared and the visible," said Sargent. "Instead of just turning that into heat, as it currently does, imagine if it were to turn
that into electricity."
Other possibilities include energy-saving plastic sheeting that could be unfurled onto a rooftop to supply heating needs, or solar cell window coating that could let in enough infrared light to power home appliances.
Ultimately, a large amount of the sun's energy could be harnessed through "solar farms" and used to power all our energy needs, the researchers predict.
"This could potentially displace other sources of electrical production that produce greenhouse gases, such as coal," Sargent said.
In Japan, the world's largest solar-power market, the government expects that 50 percent of residential power supply will come from solar power by 2030, up from a fraction of a percent today.
The biggest hurdle facing solar power is cost-effectiveness.
At a current cost of 25 to 50 cents per kilowatt-hour, solar power is significantly more expensive than conventional electrical power for residences. Average U.S. residential power prices are less than ten cents per kilowatt-hour, according to experts.
But that could change with the new material.
"Flexible, roller-processed solar cells have the potential to turn the sun's power into a clean, green, convenient source of energy," said John Wolfe, a nanotechnology venture capital investor at Lux Capital in New York City.
National Geographic News, January 2005
Accidental Invention Could Reduce U.S. energy consumption for Lighting by 29%
By Bjorn Carey
LiveScience Staff Writer
21 October 2005
The main light source of the future will almost surely not be a bulb. It might be a table, a wall, or even a fork.
An accidental discovery announced this week has taken LED lighting to a new level, suggesting it could soon offer a cheaper, longer-lasting alternative to the traditional light bulb. The miniature breakthrough adds to a growing trend that is likely to eventually make Thomas Edison's bright invention obsolete.
LEDs are already used in traffic lights, flashlights, and architectural lighting. They are flexible and operate less expensively than traditional lighting.
Michael Bowers, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, was just trying to make really small quantum dots, which are crystals generally only a few nanometers big. That's less than 1/1000th the width of a human hair.
Quantum dots contain anywhere from 100 to 1,000 electrons. They're easily excited bundles of energy, and the smaller they are, the more excited they get. Each dot in Bower's particular batch was exceptionally small, containing only 33 or 34 pairs of atoms.
When you shine a light on quantum dots or apply electricity to them, they react by producing their own light, normally a bright, vibrant color. But when Bowers shined a laser on his batch of dots, something unexpected happened.
"I was surprised when a white glow covered the table," Bowers said. "The quantum dots were supposed to emit blue light, but instead they were giving off a beautiful white glow."
Then Bowers and another student got the idea to stir the dots into polyurethane and coat a blue LED light bulb with the mix. The lumpy bulb wasn't pretty, but it produced white light similar to a regular light bulb.
White light from Bowers' lumpy new bulb.
Credit: Vanderbilt University
The new device gives off a warm, yellowish-white light that shines twice as bright and lasts 50 times longer than the standard 60 watt light bulb.
This work is published online in the Oct. 18 edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Better than bulbs
Until the last decade, LEDs could only produce green, red, and yellow light, which limited their use. Then came blue LEDs, which have since been altered to emit white light with a light-blue hue.
LEDs produce twice as much light as a regular 60 watt bulb and burn for over 50,000 hours. The Department of Energy estimates LED lighting could reduce U.S. energy consumption for lighting by 29 percent by 2025. LEDs don't emit heat, so they're also more energy efficient. And they're much harder to break.
Other scientists have said they expect LEDs to eventually replace standard incandescent bulbs as well as fluorescent and sodium vapor lights.
If the new process can be developed into commercial production, light won't come just from newfangled bulbs. Quantum dot mixtures could be painted on just about anything and electrically excited to produce a rainbow of colors, including white.
One big question remains: When a brilliant idea pops into your mind in the future, what will appear over your head?
Quantum Computers? What next!
United Press International 2005
Physicists in Australia have slowed a speeding laser pulse and captured it in a crystal, a feat that could be instrumental in creating quantum computers.
The scientists slowed the laser light pulse from 300,000 kilometers per second to just several hundred meters per second, allowing them to capture the pulse for about a second.
The accomplishment marks a new world record, but the scientists are more thrilled that they were able to store and recall light, an important step toward quantum computing.
"What we've done here is create a quantum memory," said Dr. Matthew Sellars of the Laser Physics Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
Slowing down light allows scientists to map information onto it. The information is then transferred from the light to the crystal, Sellars said. Then when the scientists release the light, the information is transferred back onto the beam.
"Digital information can be expressed with pulses of light," Sellars said. "If we can store the light pulses for a very long time, we have a memory that operates on a quantum scale."
To slow down the light, the researchers used a silicate crystal doped with a rare-earth element called praseodymium. Laser light pulses fired at the crystal are normally absorbed and don't pass through, Sellars said. But when a secondary laser was directed at the crystal, it became transparent, allowing light from the first laser to move through.
To store the light, the secondary laser was switched off, so the original light pulse was trapped. The secondary laser was directed onto the crystal once again to release the pulse.
Scientists can map information onto light beams using photons, which, like all elementary particles, have "spin." Spin gives them a natural orientation, similar to a compass needle. The spin can be oriented up or down, representing a one or zero. Flipping from up to down has the same effect as switching a tiny transistor on or off.
In the spooky world of quantum mechanics, particles like photons behave in mind-bending fashion, and can actually be oriented up and down simultaneously, until they are observed or measured. This arrangement is known as quantum superposition, and results in a unit of information known as a qubit (quantum bit), instead of the traditional bit.
The processing power of a quantum system -- and it is formidable -- is a direct result of the superposition state. Since the qubit can represent several values at once, a quantum system is exponentially more efficient than its classical counterparts. Just 40 qubits would equal the power of today's supercomputers.
"We're at the borderline from going from a few qubits to many more," said Raymond LaFlamme, director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. "But from a conceptual point of view, we're learning a new force of nature."
Quantum computers will exploit quantum mechanics to perform complex mathematical operations -- like cracking the most complex codes cryptography can dream up -- at blistering speed.
"The process of decryption and modifying information security will be a large application," said LaFlamme. "Entities such as the National Security Agency are very interested in building a quantum machine."
While acknowledging that quantum technology is still in its infancy, LaFlamme described the success of ANU's quantum memory experiment as "a milestone," and envisions steady progress in the future.
"The 19th century was the Industrial Age," he said. "The 20th century was hailed as the Information Age. I believe the 21st century will be the Quantum Age."
March 14, 2006
Praying Away the Bird Flu - Marianne Williamson
If and when (God forbid) the bird flu explodes into full-scale catastrophe, there will be no lack of prayers, prayer vigils or religious healing services. All of a sudden we will turn our attention in droves to prayers for God to heal us. I would be praying as much as anyone were that to happen, but I'll be darned if I'm going to wait until then. I'm praying right now that He will send this thing away.
That is what I find perplexing about so much of of organized religion today. For all its emphasis on doctrine and dogma, where is its emphasis on the power of prayer when we are confronted with our collective problems? If prayer works at all, then it works on everything. God can address group concerns as well as individual entreaties: He didn't part the Red Sea so
only one or two could walk through. Religious leaders should be exhorting everyone, right now, to pray for God to turn away what could conceivably become one of the most horrific experiences of our lifetime. Either you believe in the power of prayer or you don't -- and if you do, this is not the time to refrain.
There is Biblical reference to the "prayers of the righteous," suggesting God bends His ear just a little bit more to the truly pure of heart. And perhaps that's where we would be stymied in any spiritual effort to pre-empt the bird flu. For a pandemic means a disease that strikes everywhere, all over the world, and a prayer for healing is a prayer for love. How many people are ready to pray for everyone?
We can realize the oneness of humanity -- or we can continue to withhold our capacity for universal compassion, stay stuck in the same self-centered spot and passively accept whatever fate seems to have in store for us. But at this point, on the issue of the bird flu denial is pointless. According to the most reliable scientific predictors, what it has in store for us if it happens -- is nothing short of terrifying. While scientific efforts progress at full tilt, any additional work we can do to ward off the disease or at least ameliorate its effects is of the utmost importance And yet, we are stymied by our own resistance to pulling out all the stops when it comes to praying for the entire world. It confronts us with our own narrowness and spiritual selectivity to be told that we should include everyone in our compassion. Yet a young mother struggling for her own life, tending to her baby who is struggling for his or hers, would not really be so different were she in Africa or in Boston. It would appear that anything we might do to ward off this potential scourge would be a very good idea indeed.
In Alcoholics Anonymous it's said that every problem comes bearing its own solution. What the bird flu bears is the challenge to become a deeply, universally loving species. And why is that? From a spiritual perspective, it is so that our prayers will carry power to break the code on one of the most pernicious viruses to ever strike humanity. If enough of us pray, if enough of us forgive, if enough of us meditate, if enough of our hearts melt, if enough walls come down, if enough of us turn away from that which is not love and embrace that which is, then it will change the structure of the universe. And then the virus will have no need to come here. It will have made its point, and we will have gotten it.
In A Course in Miracles it is written that some people would rather die than change their minds. Some people would rather die than accept that the purpose of our lives is to learn to love everyone, whoever they are and wherever they are. Not to like them necessarily, as Martin Luther King, Jr. used to point out -- but to still love that spark of divinity which God has placed in every heart. And when we do, we see nothing the same way that we saw it before. Our minds open, our hearts open, and our prayers take flight. We become natural healers, of ourselves and others. And then a flu, however pernicious, becomes just one more opportunity for us to wield the power of God's love to heal all things.
This flu is going to change us -- it will either change us now or it will change us later. It will either transform us through wisdom or it will transform us through suffering. The choice is ours -- whether the bird flu will bring us to our knees now, as we pray for God to turn it away; or later, when we're left simply praying for the strength to endure the pain.
We don't have to simply wait for the thing to get here. We can remember who we are, why we were born and what our power is. We can pray away this flu, that through the grace of God, it will go back to the nothingness from whence it came. But the spectre of its coming will have left us a valuable gift -- the remembrance of what we're truly made of, and that we're made of it together. Our fear of the bird flu will decrease in direct proportion to our willingness to embrace our oneness as a human race. Such is the mercy and the greatness of God, that such fear shall have been dissolved in the presence of so much love.
reprinted by kind permission of Marianne Williamson
DRAGONS OVER TIBET - September 2005
The Epoch Times
A photo of two peculiar dragon-shaped objects taken from a plane flying over Tibet's Himalayas piqued many users' interest when displayed on a Chinese website. The photographer is an amateur.
On June 22, 2004, the photographer went to Tibet's Amdo region to attend the Qinghai-to-Xizang Railroad laying ceremony, and then took a plane from Lhasa to fly back inland. When flying over the Himalayas, he accidentally caught these two "dragons" in a picture that he took. He called these two objects "the Tibet dragons."
Looking at the photo, these two objects appear to have the characteristics of crawling creatures: The bodies seem to be covered by scales, the backs have spine-like protuberances, and also they have gradually thinning rear ends. Although the photo caught only a portion of the entire scene, it was sufficient to create the appearance of two gigantic dragons flying in the clouds.
This photo, shown on some websites such as post.baidu.com and other forums, aroused the website visitors' curiosity. One person commented, "No wonder that China is the homeland of the dragon! Nature is truly mysterious and powerful, it can always produce spectacular sights beyond people's
"Is it really true? Is it possible there is an ancient civilization that we don't know about preserved in places that are sparsely populated?"
"It really looks like the dragons in fables, and I really hope it is."
Photo of dragons taken from an airplane above the Himalayas. (www.dajiyuan.com) In Chinese fairy tales, the dragon is a kind of rare heavenly creature. Fables say that it can conceal or reveal itself. It ascends to heaven in the spring breeze and dives and hides in deep water in the autumn wind. It can promote clouds and bring about rain. It also became the symbol of imperial authority later on; all emperors of previous dynasties self-designated as dragons, utensils were also decorated with dragons.
Culturally, the dragon is the Chinese ancestors' totem. Nearly all races in China had fables and stories with dragons as the main subject, such as dragon boat races, the dragon lantern dance to celebrate holidays, sacrificial offerings to the dragons to implore timely wind and rain for good crops.
Whether this kind of creature really exists is still an unsolved riddle. In the previous dynasties in China, there had been many documents recording eyewitness accounts of magical dragons. The most amazing events are the various "falling dragons," dragons that suddenly fell to the ground under peculiar circumstances, and were witnessed by many. A relatively recent tale occurred in the puppet Manchuria regime in August, 1944. A black dragon fell to the ground at the Chen Family's Weizi Village, about 9.4 miles northwest of Zhaoyuan County, on the south shore of the Mudan River (the old name of a section of Songhua River) in Heilongjiang province. The black dragon was on the verge of death. The eyewitness said that this creature had a horn on its head, scales covering its body, and had a strong fishy smell that attracted numerous flies.
The records from previous dynasties also mentioned the connection between the emergence of these kinds of mysterious creatures, "dragons" and the transition of dynasties on earth. The appearance of Tibet's magical dragon invites our curiosity and imagination.
Click here to see the "Tibet Dragons" photo.
We Are One!
During the Apollo Mission in 1969, the astronaut Rusty Schweikert was let out of the capsule on an "umbilical cord". Usually NASA keeps the astronauts so busy that it is impossible for them to find the time to have any kind of mystical experience! However, just as he emerged something went wrong and both Mission Control in Houston and the remaining astronauts were forced to focus on the problem, leaving Schweikert all alone floating around Mother Earth. It was there, gazing at this "shining gem against a totally black backdrop" that he had two profound experiences. He realized everything he cherished was on that gem - his family, land, music, history and more. Schweikert was so overcome that he wanted "to hug and kiss that gem like a mother does her firstborn child", and he felt streams of love flow through him.
The second experience was equally as moving. Schweikert was a true red, white and blue patriotic American but when he saw the rivers that flowed between Russia and Europe, and the ocean current that served communist socialist and capitalist alike he changed his perspective. He saw that the clouds did not stop at borders and that there are really no nations. He had that deep realization of all mystics - the realization of Oneness.
Schweikert was certainly not the only astronaut who had such experiences. Gary and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Apollo 14 astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell while speaking at a Conference in London. He spoke of his experience of a sense of the interconnectedness of the universe surrounding his spacecraft. He could feel the Oneness of all life and as he looked down at the beautiful Mother Earth from Space, he realized deeply that "cooperation and connection is the only viable option that killing each other off is not."
These experiences, while profound and moving are nothing new. Most of us will not have the opportunity to venture into outer space, but all of us can venture into inner space. This is the journey that we are here to take, and the one that sooner or later all of us will take. This all-important inner journey costs nothing, save time, effort and realization on our part. For many thousands of years mystics have looked at the inner world and had similar realizations as the ones that some of the astronauts had, indicating the connection between the macrocosm and the microcosm. The same patterns are reproduced in all levels of reality.
The remarkable woman, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a "first" in many fields, and she was an example of the power and inspiration obtained from taking the inner journey. At a time when few women wrote, Hildegard, known as "Sybil of the Rhine", produced major works of theology and visionary writings. When few women were accorded respect, she was consulted by and advised bishops, popes, and kings.
Hildegard, like the astronauts, spoke of Oneness. In her words, spoken almost one thousand years ago: "Everything that is in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness."
One of the great English mystics, Juliana of Norwich (1342-1416) who wrote, Revelations of Divine Love, put it even simpler: "Between God and the soul there is no between."
So, one thousand years later, what is it that makes us still espouse division in the form of religious differences, racism, patriotism, competition and more? We have seen that it doesn't work. The result of division is complication and complication is deviation In the brilliant words of the advanced Master, The Master Aetherius, given through Dr. George King while in Samadhic trance :
"God is the Eternal Simple. Complications mean deviation from Oneness. Deviation from Oneness is acceptance of duality. Duality is changeable like time. That which is changeable is not reality, therefore belief in Oneness is the essence of the acceptance of reality. Now, as reality is God and God is eternal, therefore God is the only eternal Simple in the whole Macrocosmic System."
We live in a world of division. It is now up to us, as the modern day mystics, to take the inner journey and then come outwards and proclaim loud and clear the message of unity and Oneness; and then, more importantly, to live and act in the light of this truth. If we do not, our fragile civilization cannot endure. Like the ecosystems of Nature, the slightest physical pollutant affects the delicate balance detrimentally, affecting the whole. We must not allow the mental and emotional pollutants that abound to affect our delicate interconnectedness one with another. It is time for us to fully realize - through our thoughts, words and actions - that we function at our highest in cooperation and with love for one another.
We see this so clearly during times of mass devastation and tragedy. Must it take a 9/11 or a devastating hurricane for people to band together thinking more of the welfare of others than their own property? The answer is that it is up to each and every one of us. Talk of Oneness is cheap but without practical application it means nothing.
One simple way we can re-program our lives away from the constant conditioning we receive on a daily basis is to begin our day in a prayerful way. The mystics knew that the more we stoke up our spiritual, inner fires, the more we align ourselves with our Higher Self, which knows only Oneness.
Just as it has taken us hundreds of years and millions of acts to forge the fetters that bind us, soul to body, so it takes repeated prayer and constant effort to loose these fetters. With each good act, prayer, mantra or affirmation we are freeing more and more of our being to reside in the state of oneness. The Greek orthodox monks reported extraordinary mystical experiences that stemmed from the repetition of a single prayer. They believed that prayer facilitates divine union by attracting the mind to the heart, the seat of divinity.
The repetition of prayers helps us to rise above materialistic life and also helps to bring the karmic pattern of humanity into a more positive phase. For indeed, as humanity is one, so we share in a karmic pattern - made up of our pain, our joy, our failures and our triumphs. While we each have individual karmic patterns that change from moment to moment, from thought to action, as part of humanity we also share a collective karmic pattern. Whether we like it or not, and probably we don't! - it is the truth. And it is this truth that is known by all the great sages, mystics and masters ancient and modern.
Let us play our part in raising the consciousness of all humanity, by joining together in this beautiful prayer. Realization of Oneness is our only hope!
The Mantram of Unification
The sons of men are one and I am one with them.
I seek to love, not hate; I seek to serve and not exact due service.
I seek to heal, not hurt.
Let pain bring due reward of light and love.
Let the soul control the outer form and life and all events,
And bring to light the love which underlies the happenings of the time.
Let vision come and insight; Let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.
Let love prevail. Let all men love.
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy by Alice A. Bailey, p. 142.
(A. A. Bailey's Unfinished Autobiography, p. 290)
Chrissie Blaze, author, astrologer and senior minister of The Aetherius Society.
Finding Peace in a Stress-Filled Day
My husband, Gary and I teach workshops, classes and seminars on many aspects of psychic and spiritual development. One of the challenges many people have is to focus their attention clearly on what they are doing. This is one of the secrets of success and inner peace. The more "in the now" we are - whether it's when we're praying or preparing our taxes - the more profound the results.
Unfortunately, the society in which we live is geared towards distraction. Our cell phone rings constantly with no respect for our activity at the time. Interruptions are the norm of our hectic lives. We inhale them, and then wonder at our increasing stress levels. Even when we watch our favorite show on television, we are constantly distracted by advertisements every twenty minutes. When we surf the internet we are bombarded by flashing neon ads, and even now as I sit at my desk in a high-rise building I look out over Los Angeles to see a plane trailing an advertising banner.
So what can we do to find peace? Is there no escape from this continual bombardment of our senses? It is difficult to go within while we're agitated. It can be impossible to find an hour to meditate when the kids or cats are waiting for their dinner.
While we know of the vast importance and power of our mind, most of us have little time to plumb its phenomenal depths.
Swami Sivenanda, who was a Master of Yoga and one of the greatest spiritual saints of the 20th Century (1887-1963), taught the practice of Attention. Buddhists call this practicing Mindfulness. It is the same thing and an excellent practice for us all. If we consciously decide to use this practice, we can then use the frequent distractions as aids to even better concentration. When the cell phone rings mid-conversation, ignore it and continue your focus. In other words, remain conscious of the fact that the interruptions are external and that in reality we are in control. We have the freedom to choose whether or not we will react to the distractions, or we will act from a place of mindfulness.
Let's try. Whatever you are doing, whether it is washing the dishes, reading a book, or listening to someone speak make sure you are only doing that one thing. Put the whole of your concentrated mind, the essence of your being, into what you are doing. Although it often appears to us that we can do many things at once, we actually only do one thing at a time, but we switch backwards and forwards between the two or more things we are doing. By concentrating fully on one thing, you are throwing the whole of your mental powers behind that. This is one of the best techniques to develop the deep concentration necessary for successful visualization and success in all aspects of your life.
The more focused we are in the present moment, and the better our concentration, the more effective will be our work, our prayers, our intention, every single thing we do.
The following exercise is another powerful tool we can use to focus our mind. At the same time we will be sending ourselves healing, and also sending out our love into the world through the intent and spiritual energy released through the prayer. It is a win-win. When life is hectic, take two minutes out of your day and try it. It will make a difference to you - and to the whole world!
Prayer for Self Healing
Oh Divine Creator of the Infinite Field
May the Essence of Your Infinite Love
Flow through me like a River of Light
Bringing healing to my body, mind and spirit.
May it flow NOW, at this very moment
Giving me the strength that I need to
Overcome my weakness
The Love that I need to fill, nurture and heal me
Now and forevermore.
Oh Wondrous God
I humbly ask that, if it be Your Will
I may be healed at this time
I pray that Your Healing light
May serve as a beacon of strength
Showing me ever more fully
Thy Infinite Power
And allowing this to manifest
More surely within my Heart
- Make sure your breathing is deep and even.
- Remember, the deeper you breathe, the deeper are your thoughts and the steadier is your concentration and focus. Keep your attention focused on the breath for a few minutes.
- Now raise your hands in front of you with the palms facing outwards (the prayer mudra).
- Say the following prayer focusing all your mind on the meaning of what you are saying, with the exclusion of all else.
- Afterwards, see if you can feel energy flowing through you. Many people feel this as a tingling sensation in the palms of the hands, or as a feeling of heat.
- You will find that the better your concentration, the more powerful your prayers will become, and the more you practice this the better the results.
© 2005 Chrissie Blaze
The U.S. uses almost three times the amount of energy as Japan to produce $1 in economic output, according to a recent article in the Times. Our own poor performance isn't much of a surprise -- we already knew we were energy hogs. More interesting is how the Japanese manage to do so well.
It starts at the top. The Japanese government has made energy conservation a priority. Its Energy Conservation Law, which is periodically revised, sets conservation standards for a broad range of consumer products, from refrigerators to cars. In addition, energy use in commercial and residential construction and factory operations are regulated under the law.
The Japanese government has said that improved energy efficiency is vital for the country's economy. It regularly calls on corporations and citizens to do their part, equating energy conservation with patriotism.
A recent initiative aims at persuading people to trade in old appliances for new, more efficient ones and to replace current cars with hybrid models. Another seeks to persuade traditional salarymen to shed their customary suit jackets in summer to reduce air conditioner use. (The latter would be laughable in the U.S., but makes some sense in a society that is both more hierarchical and convention-bound than ours.)
At the same time as Japan is pushing ever greater energy efficiency, it is also pursuing greater energy security (important for a country that supplies next to none of the energy it consumes), as well as reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. (Japan takes its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol very seriously.) In pursuit of these goals, Japan seems to be exploring every option, including both environmentally undesirable ones (such as increased use of nuclear power and coal) and good ones (more reliance on renewables).
Despite some stagnation during the 90s, the Japanese economy does not seem to have been harmed overall by its energy conservation measures and is still the second largest in the world. Moreover, Japan has become a leader in cleaner technologies (e.g., solar panels and hybrid vehicles) and so, stands to gain as the global economy shifts inevitably in that direction.
I wonder how the U.S. economy will fare then.
Secrets of the Energy of Love
Our prayers and healing work are nothing without love; without that burning desire to be of help to another person, animal or even plant. We can have the best techniques in the world but; unless we really want to send healing and prayer, unless we want to improve our lives and those of others, we will not do it.
Love is not just something that happens to us; it is something that can be learned and practiced. Love is not something we just fall into it and fall out of; it is one of the great energies of the Cosmos; the preserver of life and the healer of disease. The emotional, binding type of love referred to in every song, poem and TV program, is a more basic manifestation of this great transmuting power.
How do we begin to manifest the higher octaves of love in our lives? We may believe we will never be a Mother Theresa, who expressed deep compassion throughout her life, as does every true saint and spiritual teacher. However, we can all start on our "journey to sainthood" right now! We can do this through our heartfelt prayers, through our healing work, through a simple, genuine desire to be of service.
Mystics believe that it has taken us thousands of years and millions of thoughts and acts to forge the fetters that bind us, soul to body. They also believe that every heartfelt prayer or act done in love; the constant effort to reveal our deeper nature, unlooses those fetters by increments.
Every act of love facilitates divine union by attracting the mind to the heart, the seat of divinity within.
We don't need to adhere to any one religion to wield the power of love, although this is the essential teaching of all the major religions. Without love at their center, they would not sustain. The things that bind us to our lower nature and create resistance to this great transmuting force in our inner circuitry are fear and ignorance.
Another secret of love is that all life, everything living, responds to love, whether that is your spouse, your pet, a plant, or even your automobile or computer. Some people are very good with machinery, and it is often the case that these same people have a great love for machinery. We should try to love all things, as well as other humans. We should try to love even the bricks that our house is made of and if we do this we will find that a wonderful atmosphere is created in our home. Even so-called inanimate things are alive in one sense, and react to this great, all-pervasive love vibration, as all manifested creation is a part and expression of the one Divine Creative Source. As love is an integral aspect of the Divine and therefore a part of all things, so all things, whether they be bricks, bottles, boats, animals, plants or people, react to this divine energy.
If you put sufficient love and intensity of purpose into your prayers for strength and enlightenment, and your prayers for the world, everything you need will come to you; all your shortages will be filled. Notice the word is "need" not "want"! Some people may say this is the power of God at work in our lives. This is true, but as prayer practitioners are channels for this power. We have seen over many years that, the more effort we make and the more love we put into our prayers, the faster and more definite the results.
Love not only helps us to overcome fear, and to fill our lives and our homes with joy, it is also a great healer. By bringing more love into our lives we will become of more service to all around us. Service and love go hand in hand. In the past the mystics, yoga practitioners, and religious teachers would find enlightenment in their caves, or in the solace of their monastery cell. Today, the greatest religion is that of service to others; our little sacred space within our home can become our meditation cave or retreat in the wilderness.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it may be difficult to feel and express love. Modern civilization doesn't appear to support the modern-day mystic. However, like anything else, love can be learned. Schedule a daily spiritual retreat at home or in Nature in order to regenerate and fill yourself with the power of love. If you don't feel it, generate it. Remember, love is an energy and, as an energy, it can be generated within you through the powers of your mind and heart.
Exercise to Generate Love
Close your eyes and remember a time in the past when you truly felt loved, whether by a parent, spouse, child or friend. Remember how alive you felt and how wonderful life felt and appeared to you at the time. Recreate this memory in your mind and feel it in your Heart Chakra (situated in front of the breastbone, not over the physical heart). See and feel your Heart Chakra filled with brilliant, scintillating white light. Feel it glowing with the love of God Itself. Now, using your mind, draw this brilliant, white light of the energy of Love down through your arms and into your hands. Place your palms opposite one another and feel the energy flowing through your palms. You are building up a ball of chi and imbuing it with love. You may feel this as a pressure between your palms. You may feel it as a resistance, rather like holding a balloon. Others feel it as a heat, a tingling sensation or even a cold sensation. If you feel anything at all, you are feeling this energy of love. Realize that love is something you can actually create and once created, you can then send it out, through your prayers and healing work to our needy world.
© Chrissie Blaze 2005
The ONE Campaign
What is the goal of The ONE Campaign?
The ONE Campaign seeks to give Americans a voice, to ring church bells and cell phones, on campuses and in coffee shops, for an historic pact to fight the global AIDS emergency and end extreme poverty. We believe that allocating an additional ONE percent of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food, would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation of the poorest countries.
Who founded The ONE Campaign?
The ONE Campaign was founded by Bread for the World, CARE, DATA, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan USA, Save the Children US, World Concern, and World Vision, and works closely with the National Basketball Association, Rock the Vote, and the Millennium Campaign.
How does ONE link to international agreements to fight poverty?
ONE links directly to the international effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. 1% more of the US federal budget would help save millions of lives and be a major commitment towards achieving the internationally agreed upon United Nations Millennium Development Goals. If it is delivered, we would achieve 0.35% of national wealth going to Official Development Assistance - half way to the international commitment to achieve 0.7%. Longer term, so long as we can prove the money is working, the goal is for the US to continue to increase effective assistance until it meets the international commitment to give 0.7% of the national wealth. This is an appropriate goals for ten years time, or 2015, the deadline for achieving the Millennium Goals.
The Peace of the Worlds
While Tom Cruise battles aliens in a remake of the classic Hollywood movie, War of the Worlds, millions of others on this planet are realizing that war is not the answer, whether it is between individuals, nations - or even planets.
Let's look up to the stars and planets and gain the humility of our status: insignificance in the vastness of the Cosmos. Then, let's combine it with a realization of our potential - divine, all-existent, all-knowing, all-powerful and all-loving.
But above all, let's gain perspective. The perspective is that our stellar system is a tiny part of incomparably larger stellar system - a cluster of Milky Ways containing some twenty galaxies. The estimated number of stars in our Milky Way alone is 100 billion.
Scientists have reduced this figure down and down leaving about 600 million planets capable of supporting life. Further assume that only one planet in a hundred might actually do so and that still leaves six million with life. Further assume that out of every hundred of these, there may be intelligent life - which conservatively leave about 60,000 inhabited planets in our Milky Way alone.
Some scientists and astronomers will argue with that, and many do. My point is that if only one planet other than ours is capable of sustaining life, the point is proven. That we are not alone in the universe!
Astrologers believe that all planets are living breathing intelligences and must be because they influence us.
At times of increasing global doom and gloom, it is imperative we think - and act - outside the box. The time has come for us to admit our insignificance -- as well as our greatness. Our modern civilization appears bent on increasing our insignificance with a daily dose of the petty and trivial on our television screens, while magazines like PhenomeNews strive to nurture the divinity within us; to make us aware of our great potential realizing that is the place where peace begins.
In our realization of our God potential we see no divisions or boundaries on this world, or beyond. Oneness is a universal concept; a concept of the Creator itself whose myriad planets, stars and galaxies create a vast ocean of matter; a huge body within which we are a tiny, infinitesimable part.
So what has this to do with peace? Quantum physicists tell us that our thoughts affect matter; that our intentions go to the far ends of the galaxies. They have proven that time and space are dimensions and we are creators of our own reality. We, as a race, are now only one step away, one tiny step, from realizing the world of the improbable is more real than any of us ever realized.
So, like Alice in Wonderland, let us enter the world of the improbable with an open mind and bursting with curiosity and take another longer glance at that perennially fascinating subject - the world of UFOs.
I have been involved with the promotion of the truth about UFOs for over twenty years, particularly in England. There was one time, in 1989, during the time of Glasnost when an amazing incident was reported briefly in the British press. If you recall Glasnost you will remember it as a time when President Gorbachev declassified information in a spirit of "openness and honesty." Unfortunately, as is often the case with good intentions, it eventually turned against him, but whole periods of USSR history were changed by Glasnost. It allowed facts to be presented for the first time, and some of these were about UFOs.
When I read this incident in the press, I was working with friend and colleague, Dr. Richard Lawrence, one of Britain's leading UFO experts on a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of UFOs. I called the news agency, TASS to verify this incident and obtain the full story and they sent me a transcript of the incident which was that a UFO had landed at a bus stop in Voronez, a busy town 800 miles from Moscow. Aliens had stepped out of this craft, witnessed by crowds of people, and pointed what looked like a gun at a boy, who disappeared then re-appeared again, thus demonstrating their ability to control matter and their peaceful intent. They left behind a rock which, according to verbal and written reports from TASS - were not of this world.
Where was that in the news? - nowhere, except a tiny mention and a dose of ridicule.
Whether or not you are one of the 50% of Americans who don't believe in UFOs, or one of the 50% of Americans who do, isn't the point here. The truth is there are sightings on a weekly basis and the governments of the world know this. Only recently, In May 2004, the Mexican Government openly admitted the existence of UFOs, and in May, 2005, the Brazilian Government followed suit.
February 24, Peter Jennings reports on "UFOs - Seeing is Believing" on ABC from 8-10 p.m. ET. Jennings has conducted 150 interviews with scientists, investigators and witnesses of UFOs.
As one of the world's leading theoretical physicists says in the program, "You simply cannot dismiss the possibility that some of these UFO sightings are actually sightings from some object created by
a civilization perhaps millions of years ahead of us in technology." A similar sentiment has also been expressed by and several astronauts, including Major Gordon Cooper.
While we appear to be on a perilous fast track towards global catastrophe, some are now seeking alternative solutions -- such as conquering and populating space. This is very typical trait of humanity when desperation is uppermost and resources are seen as finite ones, such as oil and gas, not infinite ones such as love and spiritual energy.
The warlike trait is to reach out and conquer. It has been demonstrated by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and others and the result is mass suffering and eventual collapse.
Perhaps now before we consider "conquering Space" we must realize that first we must seek to conquer the inner space between our ears!
It is then, and only then, I believe, that we will be ready for peace. It will begin in our hearts; it will spread throughout our nations and reach out into the infinity of Space. Let us always remember that one intention, especially one borne from a heart of love that can transform the world.
© Chrissie Blaze July 2005
There Is No Tomorrow
By Bill Moyers
The Star Tribune
Sunday 30 January 2005
One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington.
Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a worldview despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts.
Remember James Watt, President Ronald Reagan's first secretary of the interior? My favorite online environmental journal, the ever-engaging Grist, reminded us recently of how James Watt told the U.S. Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ. In public testimony he said, "after the last tree is felled, Christ will come back."
Beltway elites snickered. The press corps didn't know what he was talking about. But James Watt was serious. So were his compatriots out across the country. They are the people who believe the Bible is literally true -one-third of the American electorate, if a recent Gallup poll is accurate. In this past election several million good and decent citizens went to the polls believing in the rapture index.
That's right - the rapture index. Google it and you will find that the best-selling books in America today are the 12 volumes of the "Left Behind" series written by the Christian fundamentalist and religious-right warrior Timothy LaHaye. These true believers subscribe to a fantastical theology concocted in the 19th century by a couple of immigrant preachers who took disparate passages from the Bible and wove them into a narrative that has captivated the imagination of millions of Americans.
Its outline is rather simple, if bizarre (the British writer George Monbiot recently did a brilliant dissection of it and I am indebted to him for adding to my own understanding): Once Israel has occupied the rest of its "biblical lands," legions of the antichrist will attack it, triggering a final showdown in the valley of Armageddon.
As the Jews who have not been converted are burned, the messiah will return for the rapture. True believers will be lifted out of heir clothes and transported to Heaven, where, seated next to the right hand of God, they will watch their political and religious opponents suffer plagues of boils, sores, locusts and frogs during the several years of tribulation that follow.
I'm not making this up. Like Monbiot, I've read the literature. I've reported on these people, following some of them from Texas to the West Bank. They are sincere, serious and polite as they tell you they feel called to help bring the rapture on as fulfillment of biblical prophecy. That's why they have declared solidarity with Israel and the Jewish settlements and backed up their support with money and volunteers. It's why the invasion of Iraq for them was a warm-up act, predicted in the Book of Revelations where four angels "which are bound in the great river Euphrates will be released to slay the third part of man." A war with Islam in the Middle East is not something to be feared but welcomed - an essential conflagration on the road to redemption. The last time I Googled it, the rapture index stood at 144 >just one point below the critical threshold when the whole thing will blow, the son of God will return, the righteous will enter Heaven and sinners will be condemned to eternal hellfire.
So what does this mean for public policy and the environment? Go to Grist to read a remarkable work of reporting by the journalist Glenn Scherer -"The Road to Environmental Apocalypse." Read it and you will see how millions of Christian fundamentalists may believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed - even hastened - as a sign of the coming apocalypse.
As Grist makes clear, we're not talking about a handful of fringe lawmakers who hold or are beholden to these beliefs. Nearly half the U.S. Congress before the recent election - 231 legislators in total and more since the election - are backed by the religious right.
Forty-five senators and 186 members of the 108th Congress earned 80 to 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian right advocacy groups. They include Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Assistant Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Conference Chair Rick Santorumof Pennsylvania, Policy Chair Jon Kyl of Arizona, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Whip Roy Blunt. The only Democrat to score 100 ercent with the Christian coalition was Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia, who recently quoted from the biblical book of Amos on the Senate floor: "The days
will come, sayeth the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land." He seemed to be
relishing the thought.
And why not? There's a constituency for it. A 2002 Time-CNN poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe that the prophecies found in the book of Revelations are going to come true. Nearly one-quarter think the Bible predicted the 9/11 attacks. Drive across the country with your radio tuned to the more than 1,600 Christian radio stations, or in the motel turn on some of the 250 Christian TV stations, and you can hear some of this end-time gospel. And you will come to understand why people under the spell of such potent prophecies cannot be expected, as Grist puts it,"to worry about the environment. Why care about the earth, when the droughts, floods, famine and pestilence brought by ecological collapse are signs of the apocalypse foretold in the Bible? Why care about global climate change when you and yours will be rescued in the rapture? And why care
about converting from oil to solar when the same God who performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes can whip up a few billion barrels of light crude with a word?"
Because these people believe that until Christ does return, the Lord will provide. One of their texts is a high school history book, "America's Providential History." You'll find there these words: "The secular or socialist has a limited-resource mentality and views the world s a pie ...that needs to be cut up so everyone can get a piece." However,"[t]he Christian knows that the potential in God is unlimited and that there is no shortage of resources in God's earth ... while many secularists view the world as overpopulated, Christians know that God has made the earth sufficiently large with plenty of resources to accommodate all of the people."
No wonder Karl Rove goes around the White House whistling that militant hymn, "Onward Christian Soldiers." He turned out millions of the foot soldiers on Nov. 2, including many who have made the apocalypse a powerful driving force in modern American politics.
It is hard for the journalist to report a story like this with any credibility. So let me put it on a personal level. I myself don't know how to be in this world without expecting a confident future and getting up every morning to do what I can to bring it about. So I have always been an optimist. Now, however, I think of my friend on Wall Street whom I once asked: "What do you think of the market? "I'm optimistic," he answered. "Then why do you look so worried?" And he answered: "Because I am not sure my optimism is justified."
I'm not, either. Once upon a time I agreed with Eric Chivian and the Center for Health and the Global Environment that people will protect the natural environment when they realize its importance to their health and to the health and lives of their children. Now I am not so sure. It's not that I don't want to believe that - it's just that I read the news and connect the dots.
I read that the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared the election a mandate for President Bush on the environment. This for an administration:
* That wants to rewrite the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act protecting rare plant and animal species and their habitats, as well as the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires the government to judge beforehand whether actions might damage natural resources.
* That wants to relax pollution limits for ozone; eliminate vehicle tailpipe inspections, and ease pollution standards for cars, sport-utility vehicles and diesel-powered big trucks and heavy equipment.
*That wants a new international audit law to allow corporations to keep certain information about environmental problems secret from the public.
* That wants to drop all its new-source review suits against polluting, coal-fired power plants and weaken consent decrees reached earlier with coal companies.
*That wants to open the Arctic [National] Wildlife Refuge to drilling and increase drilling in Padre Island National Seashore, the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world and the last great coastal wild land in America.
I read the news just this week and learned how the Environmental Protection Agency had planned to spend $9 million - $2 million of it from the administration's friends at the American Chemistry Council to pay poor families to continue to use pesticides in their homes. These pesticides have been linked to neurological damage in children, but instead of ordering an end to their use, the government and the industry were going to offer the families $970 each, as well as a camcorder and children's clothing, to serve as guinea pigs for the study.
I read all this in the news.
I read the news just last night and learned that the administration's friends at the International Policy Network, which is supported by Exxon, Mobil and others of like mind, have issued a new report that climate change is "a myth, sea levels are not rising" [and] scientists who believe catastrophe is possible are "an embarrassment."
I not only read the news but the fine print of the recent appropriations bill passed by Congress, with the obscure (and obscene) riders attached to it: a clause removing all endangered species protections from pesticides; language prohibiting judicial review for a forest in Oregon; a waiver of environmental review for grazing permits on public lands; a rider pressed by developers to weaken protection for crucial habitats in California.
I read all this and look up at the pictures on my desk, next to the computer - pictures of my grandchildren. I see the future looking back at me from those photographs and I say, "Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do." And then I am stopped short by the thought: "That's not right. We do know what we are doing. We are stealing their future. Betraying their trust. Despoiling their world."
And I ask myself: Why? Is it because we don't care? Because we are greedy? Because we have lost our capacity for outrage, our ability to sustain indignation at injustice?
What has happened to our moral imagination?
On the heath Lear asks Gloucester: "How do you see the world?" And Gloucester, who is blind, answers: "I see it feelingly.'"
I see it feelingly.
The news is not good these days. I can tell you, though, that as a journalist I know the news is never the end of the story. The news can be the truth that sets us free - not only to feel but to fight for the future we want. And the will to fight is the antidote to despair, the cure for cynicism, and the answer to those faces looking back at me from those photographs on my desk. What we need is what the ancient Israelites called hochma - the science of the heart ... the capacity to see, to feel and then to act as if the future depended on you.
Believe me, it does.
Bill Moyers was host until recently of the weekly public affairs series "NOW with Bill Moyers" on PBS. This article is adapted from AlterNet, where it first appeared. The text is taken from Moyers' remarks upon receiving the Global Environmental Citizen Award from the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.
How Highly Conscious Elephants Became Supermen and Superwomen
During the Tsunami in Thailand
From the unbelievable chaos of the Tsunami disaster comes an incredible tale
from Jim France of the Pavilion Hotel Group in Bangkok.
At a resort on Phuket, one of the most popular attractions is (was) elephant rides. As many as eight people on one elephant, first into the surrounding forest, then down to the beach, to lunch at a fresh water lagoon, then back to the hotel. The elephants (nine) were kept chained to in-ground posts, not because they needed to be, but because it made the mothers feel better because their children seemed safe from a tromping when feeding the beasts.
About twenty minutes before the first wave hit, the elephants became extremely agitated and unruly. Four had just returned from a trip and their handler's had not yet chained them. They helped the other five tear free from their chains. They all then climbed a hill and started bellowing. Many people followed them up the hill. Then the waves hit. After the waves subsided, the elephants charged down from the hill, and started picking up children with their trunks and running them back up the hill; when all the children were taken care of, they started helping the adults.
They rescued forty-two people. Then, they returned to the beach and carried up four dead bodies, one of a child. Not until the task was done would they allow their handler's to mount them. Then with handlers atop, they began moving wreckage.
Many Super-Human and Super-Sentient capacities were being exhibited through these Wonderful Elephant Beings including Divine Love for one another and their fellow humans through the transitions they were going through.
For me, this is another sign that we will eventually awaken to recognizing the animals as our companions and conscious co-creators of life on earth, instead of beasts of burden, food and clothing.
Unknown Energy Surges Continue To Hit Earth
It is possible that the earthquake/tsunami in Sumatra could have been triggered by the same cosmic ray force described in the following article. This cosmic ray force has been discovered to be emanating from an unknown source in the southern galactic region of our Milky Way.
The bombardment of the earth's nickel iron core by these massive pulses of radiation could have agitated the core, inciting upwellings of magma and lava. At the same time, these rays would tend to heat and increase the viscosity of the material making it more fluid with a greater propensity to slip and quake.
Interesting that through the teachings of The Aetherius Society we know that the ionosphere was put up around Earth to protect man, but prevented the Earth from receiving the Cosmic ray bombardment which is beneficial to Her in every way.
Perhaps now is the Cosmic time for Her to no longer sacrifice in this way, causing a fuller bombardment of Cosmic Rays. The weather changes were predicted in the teachings given through The Aetherius Society by advanced Cosmic Intelligences. Chrissie Blaze
Dec 27, 04 - 8:24 AM
Unknown Energy Surges Continue To Hit Earth...Global Weather Systems In Chaos !
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to the Russian Academy of Sciences
An increasingly panicked global effort is now underway by the world's top scientists to understand an unprecedented series of blasts, energy surges, which the planet has been taking from as an yet unknown source which has been bombarding Antarctica with cosmic rays and disrupting Northern Hemisphere weather systems on a global scale.
The first of these cosmic ray blasts occurred nearly 5 years ago and have been increasing in their frequency and intensity since the end of November. The once normally darkened skies of the Northern Hemispheres Arctic regions are now in twilight due to these blasts. Wayne Davidson, from the Canadian Government's weather station at Resolute Bay, located in the Arctic Circle, says about this mysterious lighting, "The entire horizon is raised like magic, like the hand of God is bringing it up."
On December 1, 2004 the largest recorded blast sent not only shockwaves through the world's scientific community but also through the Northern Hemisphere resulting in one of the largest weather events in recorded human history when 86,800 square miles of China was shrouded in fog, bringing transportation systems (especially air travel) to a virtual standstill throughout the country.
As reported by the BBC in this article from October, 2002, German scientists have found a significant piece of evidence linking cosmic rays to climate change. They have detected charged particle clusters in the lower atmosphere that were probably caused by the space radiation. They say the clusters can lead to the condensed nuclei which form into dense clouds.
These German scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg go on to say that their measurements "have for the first time detected in the upper troposphere large positive ions with mass numbers up to 2500", and "Our observations provide strong evidence for the ion-mediated formation and growth of aerosol particles in the upper troposphere."
What they hadnt expected to happen though has been the large scale occurrences of this over the past few weeks, to include China on December 2nd and 14th and then India on the 21st, which is due to both China's and India's reliance on fossil fuels and the continuing degradation of their air quality.
The effects of these blasts have also been felt throughout the rest of the Northern Hemisphere resulting in such freak occurrences as, hurricane force winds in Paris , Germany, Canada, Russia, England and the United States on an almost simultaneous basis. Accompanying these hurricane force winter winds have been the massive cold fronts following them dropping normal winter lows to record lows throughout the entire Northern Hemisphere.
Though not yet at a point to acknowledge this publicly, some of the world's top scientists are beginning to see an astrophysical correlation between these cosmic ray blasts to our planet and an ever increasing number of global events relating to atmospheric explosions of inbound meteors, such as those in Indonesia, where a meteorite was picked up by their Air Forces radar, China, where a meteorite explosion turned night into day and Washington D.C. where one police official stated, "It looked like a ball of fire falling out of the sky."
The worlds top scientists have begun coordinating with Dr. Eun-Suk Seo from the United States University of Maryland, and her team, in Osearch for answers to the origin of these cosmic ray blasts directed from an unknown origin in space towards the South Pole and disrupting our global weather systems.
Under Dr. Eun-Suk Seo her and her international team's direction NASA launched a stratospheric balloon on December 20th from Antarctica's McMurdo base and have stated, "The balloon, following circulation of winds high, will sail around the ice continent for about three weeks. During this time, data of great scientific interest will be gathered. These data concern flows of charged particles of highest energy (cosmic rays) coming from Space." But as one Russian scientist said to us, and who wished to remain anonymous, "Why this game? We all know what's happening." an apparent reference to the fact though these events are well known to both world governments and the scientific establishments they are beyond the understanding of the general public at large.
Whatever the end results these experiments reveal for these scientists, it remains an undisputed fact that this world of ours is facing a type of global cataclysmic event buried in our common geological past, and maybe, as some social scientists report, in our common ancestral memory also.
Raider's News 27 December, 2004
What does the tsunami in S.E. Asia mean to us?
The tsunamis and devastation that just happened at the end of 2004 has left over 150,000 dead, millions homeless and the world reeling.
It has left all caring people in a state of shock. Its very hard to comprehend the horror of not only losing your home and everything you own, but of having your family torn away from you. Perhaps your last memory was seeing your beloved child or parent floating out to sea, never to be seen alive again. Its difficult to imagine the pain of associated with having to shove the lifeless bodies of your loved ones in a mass grave.
Its almost too much to bear to hear of the abuse of defenseless children who have lost everything their homes, their families, their protection.
A disaster of this proportion is so difficult on so many levels.
Like many of the response agencies such as Oxfam, Medicins sans Frontieres or The Red Cross, we in The Aetherius Society go into action at times like this.
While we do not send people there to help those suffering, we respond through sending our prayers, our healing and through activating our Spiritual Energy Radiators. Wave upon wave of great Spiritual light is sent to the affected areas, to act as a powerful balm on the body of a sick person, bringing strength, love, hope and healing.
That is what we are here for. The Founder/President, Dr. George King, set up The Aetherius Society to respond in spiritual ways at times of global emergency.
Even though our name does not appear on the list of those organizations helping the victims, The Aetherius Society does help. Members and Staff have been working around the clock in prayer and healing for up to twelve hours a day during these past few weeks.
This really is a difficult time for all of us, but together we can share the load, together we can help to make a difference.
Although The Aetherius Society is an active metaphysical organization geared to help in times of world crisis, we are also an educational organization.
We are here to help, but we are also here to educate from a metaphysical perspective.
And from a higher perspective, there are a number of points we should address. One is the Mother Earth herself this great Goddess who gives us life and sustains us. She is central in this particular disaster, caused by one of the most powerful earthquakes in history of 8.9 magnitude underwater off the coast of Sumatra. This is turn triggered a tsunami that swept across thousands of miles of shoreline in Southern Asia.
The fact that this disaster was a natural one is perhaps part of the collective problem. As a race, we are so used to blaming. With 9/11 we could blame the terroriststo help alleviate our pain. During war, it is clear whom we blame (always the other side!)
In this case, we suffer, but there is nobody or nothing to blame. Although some ignorant people are blaming the Earth and asking how anyone could revere a planet that could create such utter devastation. Nothing said of the millions of years in which this great Goddess has nurtured, protected, fed and cared for us. Has shared with us her beauty and her bounty, for the most part receiving only abuse and scorn in return.
But as a race we do, for the most part, need someone, or something to blame. Perhaps it is time for us to look in the mirror.
In the teachings of The Twelve Blessings, channeled through Dr. George King by the Master Jesus in 1958 one of the core teachings of The Aetherius Society - the reason for such natural disasters is stated very plainly:
"Ordinary Earth man by his wrong thought and action has for countless centuries sent streams of Power to the Devas, Power discoloured by his uncontrolled emotion. The Devas, having no other tools but those of man, have had to make flood and drought. Man is responsible for all these and all these will be reckoned in his Karma."
In other words, we are responsible.
There is no doubt that, through the centuries the wrong thoughts and actions of man created flood and drought. Countless centuries of hate, greed, jealousy and wanton destruction by man has sent streams of discolored power to the Devas, the forces which control nature.
It is not only our selfish and hate-filled thoughts but also our warlike behavior. Not only have we killed and maimed millions and millions of people, but we have detonated thousands of nuclear devices. We have plundered and pillaged the beautiful Earths natural resources.
Because of all the massive amounts of radioactivity and other waste, and the harmful vibrations of our warmongering, we have caused etheric belts surrounding the Earth to become ossified, blocking subtle energies that would normally enter the Earths atmosphere. The Earth, as a living and breathing highly evolved Entity, needs those subtle energies which normally freely flow through Her magnetic atmosphere.
However, She has made a great sacrifice on our behalf. She has held up Her own evolution so that we might be sustained, and not made those changes that would be better for Her.
From our teachings, we know that the Earth is capable of Self healing and if She has to move certain tectonic plates within Her majestic body to make a demand for certain energy, She can do so.
Whether this was the cause of this particular earthquake, we do not know. This is only speculation. However, this so-called natural catastrophe is, either directly or indirectly the result of the collective karma of man.
Yes, indeed, we are in the position we are in because of our wrong thought and action over centuries. And because a massive disasters such as this, is the result of our Karma, we should then endeavor to do what we can to help shoulder this burden.
While it is the result of the karmic pattern of humanity, this result is not inevitable.
Thanks to Dr. George King we now have a very dynamic understanding of the Law of Karma. It used to be taught that "well, its your karma, so theres nothing anyone can do to help. You have created this condition through your wrong thoughts and actions, so now you will just have to suffer the results of your karma."
Dr. King introduced a new, compassionate concept of karma into the mind belt of Earth that "yes, it is your karma, and we will do all we can to help you overcome your karmic burden, to help to alleviate your suffering." This teaching can be applied to an individual who is sick, as well as to a global disaster such as this tsunami.
So, yes, it is tragic beyond comprehension. When we see the news we are deeply shocked.
When I first joined The Aetherius Society over thirty years ago, I heard one of the lecturers at the time saying that mankind is like germs upon the body of a great and Mighty Goddess. He repeated this several times, becoming more and more impassioned as he did so!
Even now I remember that I found this oddly inspiring. It was because I recognized it as the Truth.
Despite our technology, our science, our achievements, still we are as NOTHING compared to Her, to the Sun, the Planets, the great Galaxies and Creation Itself.
Our fate, in some ways, is in Her hands and Heart, and She has done all she can to protect us from much, much worse than this for countless centuries.
So this devastation puts things into perspective. We are so used to thinking especially in the West that we are rulers of the Universe. We are the main things; the only lifeforms that matter. Yet, now we realize we are nothing compared to the Forces of Nature.
As Dr. King said: "I am Naught said a man; naught but God, answered he."
During times of world crisis such as this, it also helps us to realize our oneness. Although one country loves to fight another; one religion loves to hate another, we are one race. Sadly, it usually takes catastrophe of epic proportions for us to realize this, and to be inspired enough to set aside our differences and work for the common good.
Must it always take a disaster of this proportion? The answer is in all the major religious texts of the world and it is "no." We are our brothers keeper. Not just when he is suffering, lost and hopeless, but 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
At times like this, the sadness we feel in The Aetherius Society and in every humanitarian and caring heart worldwide is immense. The joy is that we are not helpless. We can all pray; we can all send our love and healing.
It is now known that we live in a reactive universe. I think therefore I affect. I prayer therefore I can perform miracles. Our prayers will bring miracles to those who suffer, and hope to those who have none. They will heal and they will enable those who are helping to do more.
Thanks to Dr. King and the Cosmic teachings of The Aetherius Society we have the knowledge, the Cosmic perspective, an enhanced understanding of the Mother Earth and the devic kingdom, as well as a quiver of dynamic spiritual tools which will help, heal and manipulate world karma.
Every tragedy is an opportunity for Gods light to shine, and for us to evolve. Sometimes we must be shaken from our apathy to see this path towards the Light. Once we take to this path, we must be prepared to go on, and on, never giving up, embracing change when it comes.
This global devastation is a tragedy for millions of souls. But in the aeons of evolution, it is but a hiccough caused by countless wrong thoughts and actions over countless centuries. We will have more hiccoughs along the way. Our own lives may be lost. But never, ever, ever must we lose our faith in the ultimate Plan of the Divine Creator of it all.
It is this that we should be seeking not materialistic delights, nor security of any kind but the dynamic, challenging, lasting Spiritual Path. It is this path and only this path - that will lead us inwards to find all the answers, all the Love, all the inspiration and all the power that we need on our journey through experience.
Rev. Chrissie Blaze
Extract from The Fifth Blessing, The Twelve Blessings, Dr. George King.
Operation Sunbeam: Gods Magic in Action, Dr. George King, The Aetherius Society
TIBETAN MONKS PREDICT FUTURE
Remote viewing Tibetan monks see Extra Terrestrial powers saving the World from destroying itself in 2012
N.K. Subramanium, Special Correspondent
December 26, 2004
Remote viewing is nothing new in Tibetan monasteries. For thousands of years remote viewing in the middle of other spiritual activities have dominated Tibetan culture. What some Indian tourists came to learn from a few Tibetan monasteries under the current Chinese rule is extremely alarming and fascinating.
According to these tourists remote viewers are seeing world powers in the course of self-destruction. They also see that the world will not be destroyed. Between now and 2012 the world super powers will continue to engage in regional wars. Terrorism and covert war will be the main problem. In world politics something will happen in and around 2010. At that time the world powers will threaten to destroy each other.
Between 2010 and 2012, the whole world will get polarized and prepare for the ultimate dooms day. Heavy political maneuvers and negotiations will take place with little progress.
In 2012, the world will start plunging into a total destructive nuclear war.
And at that time something remarkable will happen, says, Buddhist monk of Tibet. Supernatural divine powers will intervene. The destiny of the world is not to self-destruct at this time.
Scientific interpretation of the monks' statements makes it evident that the Extra Terrestrial powers are watching us every step of the way. They will intervene in 2012 and save the world from self-destruction.
When asked about recent UFO sightings in India and China, the monks smiled and said the divine powers are watching us all. Mankind cannot and will not be allowed to alter the future to that great extent.
Every human being though their current acts in life called "Karma" can alter the future lives to some extent, but changing the destiny in that large extent will not be allowed to that great an extent.
Monks also mentioned that beyond 2012 our current civilization would understand that the final frontier of science and technology is in area of spirituality and not material physics and chemistry. Beyond 2012, out technologies will take a different direction. People will learn the essence of spirituality, the relation between body and the soul, the reincarnation and the fact we are connected with each other are all part of "God".
In India and China UFO sightings have increased in many folds. Many say the Chinese and Indian Governments are being contacted by the Extra Terrestrials.
In recent days most UFO activities have been seen in those countries who have indigenously developed Nuke capabilities.
When asked if these extra-terrestrials will show up in reality in 2012, the answers remote viewers are giving is: they will reveal themselves in such a way that none of us scared. They will reveal themselves only if they have to. As our science and technology progresses, we are destined to see them and interact with them any way.
According to the remote viewers, our earth is blessed and is being saved continuously from all kinds of hazards all the time that we are not even aware of. As our technologies progress we will realize how external forces saved us.
PRAYER, HEALING AND THE ENERGY ARTS
by Chrissie Blaze
Most people are aware of the connection between prayer, healing and the energy arts, such as Chi Kung. All of these are about using and controlling power or chi for the most good. Even in the martial arts there is this connection if performed with the highest motive. An enlightened master of the martial arts regards this as an alchemical process whereby the practitioner slowly but surely, through the different grades or belts, becomes adept at subjecting the lower nature to the higher nature. During this process of mastery, the student learns to control the forces within him or her, and even the forces of nature
I have witnessed a skilled and advanced martial artist (5th Dan Tae kwon do black belt) light up a dark night with a "kia" (shout) so that for a few seconds it was daylight. The kia is a way of helping the martial artist to use his chi in a powerful way.
This same person was able to break ice and had the ability to kill with his bare hands. (Which I hasten to add, he never did!) In fact, he taught that the higher essence of the martial arts is that it should be used to defend not attack. My friend used his control of the internal forces to become a powerful healer.
My husband, Gary, is a longtime practitioner of Chi Kung and the Eastern Energy Arts and also a skilled and powerful healer. He has studied with many master teachers, who are among the most respected and accomplished in China. One of his teachers is able to grind a bottle to powder - not as a party trick - but to demonstrate to others the great power we have within us. He uses this power to heal.
Gary's first meeting with him was impressive. He had walked into the healing center of this teacher, who was giving healing to someone in another room off to the side. Gary took a seat and when the teacher had finished he came out and said (via his interpreter, as he is unable to speak English) that he recognized that Gary had a high skill level in Chi Kung and had practiced it for some time because he felt his strength through the wall when Gary entered the room! The teacher was excited and expressed the fact that he is getting older and he would hope to have someone like him to train in order to pass on his lineage. This illustrates the tremendous sensitivity of this highly trained Chi Kung teacher.
My own study of the martial arts was a brief, youthful flirtation with Tae kwon do and hardly worth mentioning. However, one thing I did discover was that to really advance in the martial arts requires tremendous discipline, commitment and hard work. If a person is prepared to put in the training, miraculous results can be achieved. I have found through my own study and practice of healing over the years, that this is also very similar. Although everyone can heal, the more discipline and focus one applies to healing, the more miraculous the results. In fact, I would go as far as to say that achieving miracles is directly proportionate to the amount of time, energy and commitment one expends.
I have found through teaching healing that the brand new healer can achieve miraculous results. However, usually the more committed the healer is to really perfecting their art, the better they will become.
I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to have studied and taught a powerful healing technique for over 25 years. My Master was a remarkable man, Dr. George King, who in the early 1970s devised a technique that anyone and everyone could use.
At that time it was unheard of. The English healers I knew at the time were adamant that healing was a rare gift reserved for a few. My Master was always ahead of his time and therefore always controversial. He soon proved these elite healers wrong by teaching his simple, yet remarkably effective healing technique to everyone - gifted or not! Now, thank goodness, over 30 years later, it is widely accepted that the precious gift of healing is an aspect of our divine heritage. We are all healers-in-the-making.
Gary and I have been privileged to teach thousands of good people healing in different countries and it is one of the greatest blessings to be able to give people a tool that they can always use. Although healing is hard work, it is also exciting and deeply fulfilling. Also, one doesn't have to spend 20, 30, 90 years (yes, some martial arts practitioners are over 100 years of age and still active) studying and practicing advanced forms of energy manipulation to be a good healer.
All you need is the burning desire to help others and an effective and safe technique. It has been heartwarming and inspiring at times to see people's lives turn around when they realize that they really do have the power to help and heal others. It is there, in all our hands and hearts.
copyright Chrissie Blaze November 2004
DOLPHINS PREVENT NZ SHARK ATTACK
By Phil Mercer
BBC, Sydney November 23, 2004
A group of swimmers has told how a pod of dolphins protected them from a great white shark off New Zealand's coast.
The lifeguards were training at a beach near Whangarei on the North Island when they were menaced by a 3-metre shark, before the dolphins raced in to help. The swimmers were surrounded by the dolphins for 40 minutes before they were able to make it safely back to the beach.
Lifeguard Rob Howes was in the water with two colleagues and his teenage daughter. It was an uncomfortable experience, as they were circled by a great white shark, which came within a couple of metres.
He said around half a dozen dolphins suddenly appeared and herded the swimmers together. The mammals swam in tight circles to create a defensive barrier as the great white lurked under the surface.
The swimmers said the dolphins were extremely agitated and repeatedly slapped the water with their tails, presumably to try to deter the predator as it cruised nearby.
The drama happened in New Zealand three weeks ago, but only now are the lifeguards telling their story.
It is a day they will never forget, especially for one of the swimmers, who was on her first day as a volunteer.
They have no doubt that the dolphins acted deliberately to protect them.
Researchers have said they are not surprised. A marine biologist insisted that dolphins, which are considered to be one of the most intelligent mammals, "like to help the helpless".
PARROT'S ORATORY STUNS SCIENTISTS
The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short.
The bird, a captive African grey called N'kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour.
He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope -- just as a human child would do.
N'kisi's remarkable abilities, which are said to include telepathy, feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine.
N'kisi is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world.
About 100 words are needed for half of all reading in English, so if N'kisi could read he would be able to cope with a wide range of material.
He uses words in context, with past, present and future tenses, and is often inventive.
One N'kisi-ism was "flied" for "flew", and another "pretty smell medicine" to describe the aromatherapy oils used by his owner, an artist based in New York.
When he first met Dr Jane Goodall, the renowned chimpanzee expert, after seeing her in a picture with apes, N'kisi said: "Got a chimp?"
He appears to fancy himself as a humourist. When another parrot hung upside down from its perch, he commented: "You got to put this bird on the camera."
Dr Goodall says N'kisi's verbal fireworks are an "outstanding example of interspecies communication".
In an experiment, the bird and his owner were put in separate rooms and filmed as the artist opened random envelopes containing picture cards.
Analysis showed the parrot had used appropriate keywords three times more often than would be likely by chance.
This was despite the researchers discounting responses like "What ya doing on the phone?" when N'kisi saw a card of a man with a telephone, and "Can I give you a hug?" with one of a couple embracing.
Professor Donald Broom, of the University of Cambridge's School of Veterinary Medicine, said: "The more we look at the cognitive abilities of animals, the more advanced they appear, and the biggest leap of all has been with parrots."
Alison Hales, of the World Parrot Trust, told BBC News Online: "N'kisi's amazing vocabulary and sense of humour should make everyone who has a pet parrot consider whether they are meeting its needs.
"They may not be able to ask directly, but parrots are long-lived, and a bit of research now could mean an improved quality of life for years."
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Stop Pharmaceutical Companies Limiting Your Access to Vitamins and Supplements!
--In the U.S.
Senate Bill 722 has been introduced to Congress and may be made law. If 722 passes, access to common vitamins, minerals, supplements, and alternative treatments will be severely limited, their cost will greatly increase, and some alternative protocols may be outlawed altogether.
Aspirin overdose kills thousands of Americans each year, yet a completely non-toxic nutrient like Vitamin C, which has been thoroughly researched by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, could be sold in tiny, restricted amounts. This could affect thousands of herbal remedies: I for one have found tremendous health benefits with Chinese herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals over many years, as millions of others have throughout the world.
Please fight back. Research Senate Bill 722 on the Internet, and
Call Congress at (800) 839-5276 to voice your opinion with your Senator. If you are in California, these are Barbara Boxer, who can be reached via email at:
http://www.senate.gov/ - boxer/contact/webform.cfm
and Diane Feinstein, who can be reached at the above number or at (310) 914 7300.
If you live in Europe, there is another similar backward steps taking place. Associate, Lynne McTaggart, bestselling author of The Field, has a company called What Doctors Dont Tell You, and she sends out regular newsletters. To find out more about what she is doing in England, contact http://www.wddty.co.uk
The Secret of Happiness
Buddhists may have led scientists to the secret of happiness. Research in the US suggests it lies just behind the forehead in the brain's left prefrontal lobes.
Scientists have found that in experienced, practising Buddhists, this part of the brain is consistently "lit up". Persistent activity of the left prefrontal lobes is associated with positive emotions and good moods.
The preliminary findings emerged from research led by Richard Davidson, at the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Owen Flanagan, Professor of Philosophy at Duke University in North Carolina, said: "We can now hypothesise with some confidence that those apparently happy, calm Buddhist souls one regularly comes across in places such as Dharamsala, India -- the Dalai Lama's home -- really are happy.
"Behind those calm exteriors lie persistently frisky left prefrontal lobes. If these findings are widely confirmed, they will be of great importance."
Those of us involved with prayer, meditation and healing have know that spiritual practices not only helps others, but also brings joy to the practitioner. For information on a program to develop spiritual strength and inner joy, visit Power Prayer.
Iceland wants to become world's first hydrogen-powered economy
Iceland could become the world's first economy free from the fossil fuels that add to global warming if it manages to produce enough hydrogen using renewable energy sources to run fuel cells, an official said here.
"Iceland has the goal to have become a hydrogen economy by the year 2040," said the country's ambassador to Japan, Ingimundur Sigfusson.
"However, to realise this vision Iceland is dependent upon the development of fuel cell technology and the technology for storage of hydrogen, which is still a handicap," he told AFP.
Fuel cells produce electricity through a reaction between hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2), which leaves behind water (H2O). But a large part of the hydrogen must still be produced using natural gas, which generates carbon dioxidethat adds to global warming.
A volcanic country with plentiful sources of natural hot water, as well as waterfalls which generate hydropower, Iceland uses renewable energy to generate more than 70 percent of its power -- 50 percent comes from geothermal means and 20 percent from waterfalls.
About 90 percent of Iceland's houses are heated by hot water from under the ground and a growing portion of the nation's electricity is produced using steam generated from geothermal resources.
The fact that just 17 percent of its geothermal and hydroenergy resources have been harnessed has encouraged the Atlantic Ocean island of 288,000 inhabitants to strive to become fully independent of fossil fuels.
"We are optimistic that by using these sources of power to produce hydrogen and by converting to hydrogen for transport between 90 and 95 percent of our total energy needs will be met from renewable sources," Iceland's Prime Minister David Oddsson declared last September at the Earth Summit in South Africa.
Iceland is taking part in a European environmentally friendly power project, Ecological City Transport System (ECTOS), and aims to have three DaimlerChrysler hydrogen buses driving through the streets of Reykjavik starting on August 31. The cost of the project is covered 40 percent by the European Union.
A plan to create a fishing fleet that is also powered by hydrogen is a longer-term project, however.
A number of companies are conducting research into this area, including Japanese machinery giant Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries.
Cayenne Pepper: #1 herb for today's illnesses
by Ingri Cassel published in the Idaho Observer
When I receive information in "3s" this most definitely gets my attention. This past month, a gentleman inspired me to take cayenne tea on a daily basis. This man has been drinking cayenne tea three times a day for the past several years and has been reaping the health benefits. He hasn't gotten sick since he began this regimen and feels 20 years younger.
Soon after he shared the above with me, I received calls from two different subscribers to The IO. Both people were suffering from health problems that could easily be resolved through the daily use of cayenne. Both of these people were taking pharmaceutical drugs to alleviate their problems -- one is on high blood pressure medication and the other was on a medication to minimize the symptoms of internal bleeding ulcers.
We need to remember that pharmaceutical drugs never cure the condition, but instead create a dependence on their product for manageability of symptoms.
Cayenne, or capsicum anum, has been used for over 7,000 years as a food, a condiment, and a medicine. The plant originated in the Americas where it was used by natives south of the Mexican border and South America. Cayenne was introduced into Europe, India and Asia via the early trade merchants who dealt in spices during the 15th and 16th centuries. The use of cayenne as a medicine was first recorded by Columbus's physician, Dr. Chanca. From there its medicinal value was brought to light in some of the early European herbal books. By the 19th century, cayenne was well-known in many apothecaries in the United States and abroad.
During the early part of the 19th century, Dr. Samuel Thomson taught a group of physicians how to use cayenne successfully in their practices. These early naturopaths were known as Thomsonians and they employed cayenne for all cases of poor circulation, debility, indigestion, constipation, rheumatism, paralysis and general swelling in the joints.
Over sixty years ago Dr. John R. Christopher, the father of American herbology, was taught the value of cayenne by his teacher at Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia, Dr. H. Nowell. He relates the following story in a newsletter he wrote on cayenne:
I sat in class and Dr. Nowell said, "We will now study today cayenne, which is actually called capsicum." I raised my hand and said, "Dr. Nowell, why are we studying cayenne? It will burn the lining out of your stomach."
Everyone in class laughed except Dr. Nowell. He said, "By the way, where did you get your information?"
I said my mother told me and then everybody laughed except Dr. Nowell. He said, "Just what was her herbal degree?"
Well, I guess she had none at all. "Well, that's interesting," he said. "Could I see you after class?" After class in his car he drove me around Vancouver, British Columbia, and introduced me to at least a dozen people whose lives had been saved with cayenne -- some with heart attacks, some with asthmatic conditions and various other things. He didn't have to do this, but he was a great teacher, and he took the time to show me how great cayenne could be, used properly on the human body. Well, I never forgot this, and as I started in the practice myself, I prescribed cayenne very extensively.
Dr. Christopher then shared in his newsletter his own powerful testimony:
I had hardening of the arteries, during my 20 and 30 year span, to a point that it was very severe. No insurance company at this time, would even take me for a $1,000 policy. So you can tell how bad a condition I was in. I was quite concerned about it, and started using cayenne.
I worked up to a teaspoon three times a day, and I continued on from the time I was 35 and am still using it. It was amazing! By the time I was 45 years of age, ten years after I started using cayenne, a group wanted me to have a $100,000 policy to insure them on a business deal we were working out. I went for the examination.
Being this large a policy, the insurance company required two medical doctors, each to give two physical exams at various times (being four times to have physicals with these two doctors). I took the examination and one medical doctor when he got through, said, "Well, this is astounding. I see your age is forty-five years, but you have the venous structure of a teenage boy." He said, "This is excellent," and gave me a clean bill of health.
I went to the other doctor and on his second examination he did the blood pressure test on my arm. He pumped his equipment up five different times and my arm was getting irritated by it, and I was getting a little perturbed, and I said, "What's the matter, doesn't your equipment work?" "Oh yes, it always has up until now, but I keep looking at your chart and it says you are 45 years of age and yet your systolic over your diastolic is absolutely perfect. I cannot comprehend it."
I said, "That's correct. It is perfect." And he also gave me a clean bill of health. So I passed at 45 years of age for a $100,000 policy with a good blood pressure showing, thanks to cayenne.
I have been told by medical doctors that because of my arthritis, hardening of the arteries, stomach ulcers and some auto accidents that banged me up pretty badly, that I couldn't live past my 40th year. Yet, at 45 years I was pronounced in good condition.
This, to me, was one of my biggest sales points on cayenne. If it could help me, it could help anybody. I have seen it used so many times over the years with such success, that I feel that it is one of our great herbs. In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever I go -- if they are still breathing -- I pour down them one cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within minutes they are up and around). This is one of the fastest acting aids we could ever give the heart, because it feeds the heart muscle immediately.
Next month this column will continue on the value of using cayenne DAILY. In fact, I just may cover this topic for the next two months, it is that IMPORTANT. And if you are worried about SARS, then cayenne is for YOU! Also, please see the Sept and Oct. 1999 Idaho Observer regarding the multiple uses of cayenne with awesome testimonies.
Lake methane could power entire nation
The New Scientist by Nicola Jones
(I included this because I thought it was good to hear some potentially good news about Rwanda, whose people have suffered so much.)
A giant pipe tapping gas from a huge lake could provide electric power for much of Rwanda, help revive its devastated forests and quell the danger of a bizarre natural disaster.The deep waters of Lake Kivu, on Rwanda's north-western border, are brimming with vast quantities of three dissolved gases: carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and methane. Engineers are now planning to suck out the methane and burn it to produce electricity.The gas reserve should be enough to supply the country's electricity needs for 400 years. Using it will mean far less logging since Rwanda currently gets 90 per cent of its energy from wood burning. And tapping the gas will reduce the risk of a massive gas explosion killing people who live near the lake.In his scheme, a small pump starts sucking gas-filled water up from the bottom of the lake. The higher the water goes up the pipe, the lower its pressure gets, forcing the three gases to bubble out of solution. These bubbles rise, pulling up water behind them in a process called entrainment. You can then stop the pump as no further energy is needed to keep drawing water up the pipe. So the scheme is cheap and self-sustaining. The Rwandan government has applied to the European Community for cash to fund this scheme and expects to install the first system by the end of 2003. Rwanda's forests should benefit enormously. The country's annual deforestation rate is four per cent. "It's a very big problem. I hope this will solve it," says Emmanuel Nsanzumuganwa, coordinator of the project at the Ministry of Infrastructure.
Thanks to The Cydonian Imperative and Mac Tonnies
Filer's Files #6. February 5, 2001. URL: www.filersfiles.com [3 April 2001]
Can This Black Box See Into the Future?
The Daily Mail, London, February 21, 2005
DEEP in the basement of a dusty university library in Edinburgh lies a small black box, roughly the size of two cigarette packets side by side, that churns out random numbers in an endless stream.
At first glance it is an unremarkable piece of equipment. Encased in metal, it contains at its heart a microchip no more complex than the ones found in modern pocket calculators.
But, according to a growing band of top scientists, this box has quite extraordinary powers. It is, they claim, the 'eye' of a machine that appears capable of peering into the future and predicting major world events.
The machine apparently sensed the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre four hours before they happened - but in the fevered mood of conspiracy theories of the time, the claims were swiftly knocked back by sceptics. But last December, it also appeared to forewarn of the Asian tsunami just before the deep sea earthquake that precipitated the epic tragedy.
Now, even the doubters are acknowledging that here is a small box with apparently inexplicable powers.
'It's Earth-shattering stuff,' says Dr Roger Nelson, emeritus researcher at Princeton University in the United States, who is heading the research project behind the 'black box' phenomenon.
'We're very early on in the process of trying to figure out what's going on here. At the moment we're stabbing in the dark.' Dr Nelson's investigations, called the Global Consciousness Project, were originally hosted by Princeton University and are centred on one of the most extraordinary experiments of all time. Its aim is to detect whether all of humanity shares a single subconscious mind that we can all tap into without realising.
And machines like the Edinburgh black box have thrown up a tantalising possibility: that scientists may have unwittingly discovered a way of predicting the future.
Although many would consider the project's aims to be little more than fools' gold, it has still attracted a roster of 75 respected scientists from 41 different nations. Researchers from Princeton - where Einstein spent much of his career - work alongside scientists from universities in Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. The project is also the most rigorous and longest-running investigation ever into the potential powers of the paranormal.
'Very often paranormal phenomena evaporate if you study them for long enough,' says physicist Dick Bierman of the University of Amsterdam. 'But this is not happening with the Global Consciousness Project. The effect is real. The only dispute is about what it means.' The project has its roots in the extraordinary work of Professor Robert Jahn of Princeton University during the late 1970s. He was one of the first modern scientists to take paranormal phenomena seriously. Intrigued by such things as telepathy, telekinesis - the supposed psychic power to move objects without the use of physical force - and extrasensory perception, he was determined to study the phenomena using the most up-to-date technology available.
One of these new technologies was a humble-looking black box known was a Random Event Generator (REG). This used computer technology to generate two numbers - a one and a zero - in a totally random sequence, rather like an electronic coin-flipper.
The pattern of ones and noughts - 'heads' and 'tails' as it were - could then be printed out as a graph. The laws of chance dictate that the generators should churn out equal numbers of ones and zeros - which would be represented by a nearly flat line on the graph. Any deviation from this equal number shows up as a gently rising curve.
During the late 1970s, Prof Jahn decided to investigate whether the power of human thought alone could interfere in some way with the machine's usual readings. He hauled strangers off the street and asked them to concentrate their minds on his number generator. In effect, he was asking them to try to make it flip more heads than tails.
It was a preposterous idea at the time. The results, however, were stunning and have never been satisfactorily explained.
Again and again, entirely ordinary people proved that their minds could influence the machine and produce significant fluctuations on the graph, 'forcing it' to produce unequal numbers of 'heads' or 'tails'.
According to all of the known laws of science, this should not have happened - but it did. And it kept on happening.
Dr Nelson, also working at Princeton University, then extended Prof Jahn's work by taking random number machines to group meditations, which were very popular in America at the time. Again, the results were eyepopping. The groups were collectively able to cause dramatic shifts in the patterns of numbers.
From then on, Dr Nelson was hooked.
Using the internet, he connected up 40 random event generators from all over the world to his laboratory computer in Princeton. These ran constantly, day in day out, generating millions of different pieces of data. Most of the time, the resulting graph on his computer looked more or less like a flat line.
But then on September 6, 1997, something quite extraordinary happened: the graph shot upwards, recording a sudden and massive shift in the number sequence as his machines around the world started reporting huge deviations from the norm. The day was of historic importance for another reason, too.
For it was the same day that an estimated one billion people around the world watched the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales at Westminster Abbey.
Dr Nelson was convinced that the two events must be related in some way.
Could he have detected a totally new phenomena? Could the concentrated emotional outpouring of millions of people be able to influence the output of his REGs. If so, how?
Dr Nelson was at a loss to explain it.
So, in 1998, he gathered together scientists from all over the world to analyse his findings. They, too, were stumped and resolved to extend and deepen the work of Prof Jahn and Dr Nelson. The Global Consciousness Project was born.
Since then, the project has expanded massively. A total of 65 Eggs (as the generators have been named) in 41 countries have now been recruited to act as the 'eyes' of the project.
And the results have been startling and inexplicable in equal measure.
For during the course of the experiment, the Eggs have 'sensed' a whole series of major world events as they were happening, from the Nato bombing of Yugoslavia to the Kursk submarine tragedy to America's hung election of 2000.
The Eggs also regularly detect huge global celebrations, such as New Year's Eve.
But the project threw up its greatest enigma on September 11, 2001.
As the world stood still and watched the horror of the terrorist attacks unfold across New York, something strange was happening to the Eggs.
Not only had they registered the attacks as they actually happened, but the characteristic shift in the pattern of numbers had begun four hours before the two planes even hit the Twin Towers.
They had, it appeared, detected that an event of historic importance was about to take place before the terrorists had even boarded their fateful flights. The implications, not least for the West's security services who constantly monitor electronic 'chatter', are clearly enormous.
'I knew then that we had a great deal of work ahead of us,' says Dr Nelson.
What could be happening? Was it a freak occurrence, perhaps?
Apparently not. For in the closing weeks of December last year, the machines went wild once more.
Twenty-four hours later, an earthquake deep beneath the Indian Ocean triggered the tsunami which devastated South-East Asia, and claimed the lives of an estimated quarter of a million people.
So could the Global Consciousness Project really be forecasting the future?
Cynics will quite rightly point out that there is always some global event that could be used to 'explain' the times when the Egg machines behaved erratically. After all, our world is full of wars, disasters and terrorist outrages, as well as the occasional global celebration. Are the scientists simply trying too hard to detect patterns in their raw data?
The team behind the project insist not. They claim that by using rigorous scientific techniques and powerful mathematics it is possible to exclude any such random connections.
'We're perfectly willing to discover that we've made mistakes,' says Dr Nelson. 'But we haven't been able to find any, and neither has anyone else.
Our data shows clearly that the chances of getting these results by fluke are one million to one against.
That's hugely significant.' But many remain sceptical.
Professor Chris French, a psychologist and noted sceptic at Goldsmiths College in London, says: 'The Global Consciousness Project has generated some very intriguing results that cannot be readily dismissed. I'm involved in similar work to see if we get the same results. We haven't managed to do so yet but it's only an early experiment. The jury's still out.' Strange as it may seem, though, there's nothing in the laws of physics that precludes the possibility of foreseeing the future.
It is possible - in theory - that time may not just move forwards but backwards, too. And if time ebbs and flows like the tides in the sea, it might just be possible to foretell major world events. We would, in effect, be 'remembering' things that had taken place in our future.
'There's plenty of evidence that time may run backwards,' says Prof Bierman at the University of Amsterdam.
'And if it's possible for it to happen in physics, then it can happen in our minds, too.' In other words, Prof Bierman believes that we are all capable of looking into the future, if only we could tap into the hidden power of our minds. And there is a tantalising body of evidence to support this theory.
Dr John Hartwell, working at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, was the first to uncover evidence that people could sense the future. In the mid-1970s he hooked people up to hospital scanning machines so that he could study their brainwave patterns.
He began by showing them a sequence of provocative cartoon drawings.
When the pictures were shown, the machines registered the subject's brainwaves as they reacted strongly to the images before them. This was to be expected.
Far less easy to explain was the fact that in many cases, these dramatic patterns began to register a few seconds before each of the pictures were even flashed up.
It was as though Dr Hartwell's case studies were somehow seeing into the future, and detecting when the next shocking image would be shown next.
It was extraordinary - and seemingly inexplicable.
But it was to be another 15 years before anyone else took Dr Hartwell's work further when Dean Radin, a researcher working in America, connected people up to a machine that measured their skin's resistance to electricity. This is known to fluctuate in tandem with our moods - indeed, it's this principle that underlies many lie detectors.
Radin repeated Dr Hartwell's 'image response' experiments while measuring skin resistance. Again, people began reacting a few seconds before they were shown the provocative pictures. This was clearly impossible, or so he thought, so he kept on repeating the experiments. And he kept getting the same results.
'I didn't believe it either,' says Prof Bierman. 'So I also repeated the experiment myself and got the same results. I was shocked. After this I started to think more deeply about the nature of time.' To make matters even more intriguing, Prof Bierman says that other mainstream labs have now produced similar results but are yet to go public.
'They don't want to be ridiculed so they won't release their findings,' he says. 'So I'm trying to persuade all of them to release their results at the same time. That would at least spread the ridicule a little more thinly!' If Prof Bierman is right, though, then the experiments are no laughing matter.
They might help provide a solid scientific grounding for such strange phenomena as 'deja vu', intuition and a host of other curiosities that we have all experienced from time to time.
They may also open up a far more interesting possibility - that one day we might be able to enhance psychic powers using machines that can 'tune in' to our subconscious mind, machines like the little black box in Edinburgh.
Just as we have built mechanical engines to replace muscle power, could we one day build a device to enhance and interpret our hidden psychic abilities?
Dr Nelson is optimistic - but not for the short term. 'We may be able to predict that a major world event is going to happen. But we won't know exactly what will happen or where it's going to happen,' he says.
'Put it this way - we haven't yet got a machine we could sell to the CIA.'
But for Dr Nelson, talk of such psychic machines - with the potential to detect global catastrophes or terrorist outrages - is of far less importance than the implications of his work in terms of the human race.
For what his experiments appear to demonstrate is that while we may all operate as individuals, we also appear to share something far, far greater - a global consciousness. Some might call it the mind of God.
'We're taught to be individualistic monsters,' he says. 'We're driven by society to separate ourselves from each other. That's not right.
We may be connected together far more intimately than we realise.'