It is my intent in this section of the website to mention any new additions to those chapters already published. Also, here I will post any new information or articles that are not, nor will be, included elsewhere on this website. The most recent post will appear at the top and all others will follow in their respective chronological order. A reader new to this section of the website is advised (although it is not necessary) to read from the bottom up and, starting with (Q) Part II (see menu above). In some cases the post’s contents are linked to the contents of the one previous to it.
William Stead aboard the Titanic and His Documented Premonitions about the Sinking
The Titanic sank during its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of April 15, 1912. There were over 1,500 causalities due to lack of a sufficient number of life boats. One of the victims was the revolutionary and sensationalist British journalist William Stead. His new, at the time, form of journalism shaped public opinion and government policy creating now what is considered the modern tabloid. He eventually went to the United States and met with the newspaper magnate Randoph Hearst to advise him as to how this was done.
It is ironic that Stead drown on the Titanic since he claimed to have premonitions. He had even written two stories, one in 1886 titled “How the Mail Steamer Went Down in the Mid-Atlantic by a Survivor, which reads like an account of the disaster stating that this is what might take place, and will take place if steamers are set to sea short of life boats. Then in 1893 he published a short piece titled “From the Old World to the New” featuring a ship called the Majestic owned by the White Star Line. In the story during the voyage a person on the ship with psychic powers tells the captain that they should change course for he psychically saw a group of men whose ship had sunk by hitting an iceberg. And, he used the name of the real Captain Edward Smith later given command of the Titanic, owned by the White Star Line.
Also, in his book “How I Know the Dead Return” published in 1909 begins a paragraph with, “Let us consider the Atlantic Ocean as the grave.”
Below is a link to Wikipedia’s site about the sinking of the ship and it includes a genuine video of the events surrounding the disaster.
London’s Organized Prostitution and its Sophisticated Techniques for Entrapping Girls
One of his fist successful campaigns was to expose the overcrowded and squalid conditions in the slums which led to the government forming a commission to address the problems. Yet, his most famous journalistic effort, and the one he is most famous for, was to attempt to raise the age of female sexual consent from 13 to 16 years of age to help with the plight of fallen women. He reported of the organized prostitution industry in London and its sophisticated techniques for entrapping young girls. In the video below Dr. Keith Parsons describes in detail the extraordinary tactics employed by Stead to help vulnerable young girls gain legal protection which landed him in prison. Nonetheless he had the sympathy of Queen Victoria and Prime Minister Lord Salisbury and thus his imprisonment was brief and not at all uncomfortable. He even continued to edit his newspaper from his cell. Elisa Armstrong, whom Stead purchased from a brothel, not to violate her but as part of his campaign, became Elisa Dolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s famous play “Pygmalion.” Eventually all this led to parliament raising the age of consent to 16 and was, and still is known as The Stead Act. He was also sympathetic toward women’s emancipation and suffrage movements. I’m not going to elaborate further here, but by all means watch the documentary [link below] for it’s quite fascinating.
Stead’s Impressive Career as Journalist
He began his career as an newspaper editor outside of London at twenty-two and under his imaginative leadership the paper grew to be quite successful. He told a friend that his job gave him “A glorious opportunity for attacking the Devil” guided, as he was, by faith and a moral mission. He then became assistant editor of a major London newspaper, The Pall Mall Gazette, when his boss won a seat in Parliament he took over as editor. He advised his staff that since newspapers are the only Bible people read, they should provide moral uplift. His journalistic style reflected his own opinions.
Stead then left the Pall Mall Gazette and started the Review of Reviews which had sister publications in the U.S., and Australia and was highly successful, and the first paper to hire female journalists. In 1893 he went to Chicago for a rest, but instead campaigned against brothels and drinking dens. (My great grandfather, Edwin R. Chappell, would have been in Chicago then studying to become a criminal attorney then later became District attorney). He was an advocate of the United States of Europe, extensively covered the Peace Conferences in The Hague and produced a daily publication for the 1907 Peace Conference. It was rumored he would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but the Titanic sinking eliminated that possibility.
Note: Tribute above, one of many in the U.S. and Europe, in Central Park, NY.
Stead’s Interest in Spiritualizm and Afterlife Communications
He was interested in spiritualism for years however, kept this to himself and was primarily considered a political person. In 1891 he published a book about apparitions research titled “Real Ghost Stories” then later published a quarterly spiritual magazine called “Borderland.” Then next he published “Letters from Julia” a automatic writing piece, written through him, by the spirit of Julia Eames (image on left) who was an American temperance reformer and journalist whom he met before her death in 1890. In 1897 Stead published a collection of Ames’ communications and according to her directions established “Julia’s Bureau,” an organization founded to enable those sorrowing over the loss of loved ones to get in touch with them again, and without cost. Stead was mocked and his reputation suffered for his spiritualism work. Nonetheless, to this day he has numerous memorials in his honor in London, the Hague and the U.S. for his untiring devotion to the service of his fellow man, and is, to this day, the most famous of all British journalists.
Stead’s death on the Titanic did not cease his communication (to this day perhaps?) for, many spiritualist mediums claim to have received communications from him beginning within a few days of its sinking. I say “to this day perhaps?” for reasons I’ll leave to the reader’s imagination.
Organized Crime and Corruption in Boulder, Colorado Involving Prostitution and Pornagraphy
I only recently discovered this video (as of this writing) and am moved by the information regarding Stead’s concern for organized crime involved in prostitution and their tactics for forcibly recruiting prostitutes. Anyone who has read much on this site is familiar with my reports of having been targeted in Boulder, Colorado by members of organized crime involved in prostitution and pornography and that these individuals also managed (according to their website prior to changes) 1,600 student housing units in Boulder and Denver. I have also accused law enforcement officials of corruption endeavoring to undermine my allegations. Law enforcement organization are quite familiar with the tactics utilized on me; gang stalking and for what reasons specifically I have never been officially told. And, rather than being of assistance, to me in anyway (or at least that I’m aware of), they have portrayed me in their reports as being mentally unstable and even unsuccessfully attempted to have me committed to a hospital psychiatric ward. I have not on this site reported all of nor the worst of circumstances (damage inflicted on me and others) for it’s either repetitive, too much to bear, quite personal, and some or more of this information made public could further endanger me.
Dr. Keith Parsons’ video biography of William Thomas Stead “The Sensational Stead and the Spirit World” (In the notes below the video Parsons provides links to his other fascinating videos):
Wikipedia site with original news footage covering the Titanic:
THE PARANORMAL, ORGANIZED CRIME, and “A COURSE IN MIRACLES”
Boise, Idaho – March 8, 2018
The Paranormal– “The Gold Leaf Lady” by Stephen Braude, PhD
Throughout this website I have written of accounts, research, and findings of valid paranormal and psi phenomena. Having experienced since my youth paranormal and psi events myself (albeit at a relatively minor level) has led to my delving deeper into the matter seeking the reasons for such phenomena and perhaps learning how to further develop these faculties. At the core of my intent is spirituality; to gain spiritual knowledge and to evolve spiritually. On this site are reports of many extraordinary people and events and here I’ll briefly refer to yet another: Katie, the gold leaf lady.
Katie was born in the Tennessee mountains, one of twelve children. The hardships her family faced forced her to leave school at a very young age. She was basically illiterate. Katie became known to Stephen Braude having been referred to him by the psychiatrist Dr. Berthold Schwartz who knew of Braude’s interest in persons who demonstrate paranormal abilities. Dr. Stephen Braude is an emeritus professor and former chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He is also a jazz musician. Braude researched her and her amazing abilities for about five years (once she had grown into a mature woman). One of these is the ability to unconsciously and spontaneously manifest flakes of what looked like gold, but was actually brass, on her face and elsewhere on her body. Katie was also able to channel Nostradamus through automatic writing in medieval French, a language she could not possibly have known how to write or speak. She also developed some rather useful psi abilities, such as helping police solve crimes and psychic healing. Braude, being an experienced researcher, rules out fraud in this case.
What I consider interesting in this case is her lack of academic training thus its influence on her thinking. As a child she no doubt lived an active life of fantasy and utilized intuition (not mathematics, reading, writing, scientific explanations, etc.) in order to understand and make her way through the world around her. Possessing a highly developed imagination probably led to her materializing objects, or teleportation, (as in the gold flakes) and mentally produce other observable effects (psychokensis, as in psychic healing). Her intuition, again, not having developed other resources in order to make sense out of the world around her, led her to develop telepathy and the ability to remote view (mentally seeing at a distance). Though, Braude informs us that Katie seems to have acquired these attributes as an adult.
One thing researchers often state is that prodigious psychics often, not always, demonstrate these attributes during childhood. In fact, there are many reports of children having these abilities then losing them later in life once they become adults. A man told me he suddenly became telepathic following a concussion that occurred when he fell during a high school basketball game and that the ability disappeared after a couple of years. In the 1970s when the Israeli psychic Uri Geller appeared on American television programs demonstrating his ability to mentally bend spoons the astronaut Edgar Mitchell who researched his abilities (as did physicists Russell Targ and Hal Putoff at the Stanford Research Institute) received numerous phone calls reporting of children who watched the programs and they too began mentally warping the family silverware. He investigated these cases (usually boys under ten years of age) and declared them to be real and exclaims “… innocent children who had not yet learned this could not be done.”
Having absorbed all this information and writing about psi and the paranormal in this Miracles For All website for around four years now I have concluded (as many others have) that our reality is actually more dream-like than most of us think. This seems apparent in cases of telekenesis (mental effects on matter) and teleportation (the transfer of matter from one place to another without traversing spacetime) where our concepts of spacetime are brought into question; as is also the case with precognition (seeing into the future) and remote viewing (seeing non-locally). Also, our consciousnesses are not at all confined to our brains for we have the ability to resonate with thus telepathically understand and communicate with another or others, including animals, plants, inanimate objects even. It is reasonably postulated that consciousness permeates all things everywhere including seemingly empty space.
There are many studies providing substantial evidence that suggest our thoughts affect that which we think about (an animal, plant or person) regardless of its ‘perceived’ distance from us. I’m compelled to add that empathy, feeling what another or other feels, plays an important role here. In fact, telepathy actually means feeling at a distance. And, this feeling is unavoidable whether consciously acknowledged and detected or not given that all our experiences, including all else involved in our experiences, physical and mental, is subjective (meaning part of us). Nothing is objective, separate or external from our own consciousness.
This brings in the concept of the holographic universe based on a holographic photographic plate that, should it be broken up, each piece has encoded within it the whole of the photographed image; or the Hindu story of Indra’s Web where each jewel at every intersecting point on the web reflects all the others; or every smaller and smaller branching of a fractal is a reproduction of the whole of the original design.
We have been told by the sages and mystics since antiquity that separate bodies and things and the identities we ascribe to them are illusory much in the way boundaries around states and nations are but manmade constructs, not actual. And what do they give us? Wars, impoverished and wealthy communities and nations, exploitation of others and natural resources leading to the wanton destruction of human lives and the entire planet for profit, and so on. Competition instead of cooperation, thus hell on Earth.
Organized Crime – Gang Stalking
Embedded throughout this Miracles For All website I have reported of my being terrorized for years by members of organized crime. What I have learned over the course of their menacing, several years in fact, is that the method utilized on me is referred to as gang stalking. What is surprising is how many persons will participate in this sadistic activity. And, many don’t even know the targeted individual or why they are menacing them. The intention is to psychologically destroy a person for purposes of: forcibly recruiting, revenge, extortion, driving them to suicide, and who knows what else. It can destroy the victim’s familial relationships, friendships, reputation, career, economic circumstances, and health. It is not only a process utilized by the mafia and has been for decades, but also historically by the Russian KGB, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Nazis.
One of the things that internally hounded me throughout was not knowing why I was targeted, and though my curiosity waned over the years I still wanted to know. Very recently I had a conversation with an individual whom I will simply describe as having knowledge of the mafia’s activities and intentions. He explained to me what he thought (he said he did not know) their motive was and why the police and the FBI handled the case as they did (each differently and for different reasons). When he finished I felt a bit stunned for it seemed true. Suddenly, it all made sense to me.
Ordinarily I would report on this website what I learned for it would contribute to a conclusion here (as would my lifeless body). Here’s why I have chosen otherwise. Just about this same time I feel I have come to a heightened spiritual state, or understanding. Over the course of the preceding years, being as stressed and in danger and as isolated as I was, I invested much time in intellectual and spiritual development. I’m generally inclined in that way but, more so given the circumstances for there was little else I could do and I had lost interest in painting.
One of the, if not the most, important concepts in nearly all spiritual and religious teachings is forgiveness. My spiritual guide is the book “A Course In Miracles” and I well understood intellectually its teachings on forgiveness. That being that forgiveness is not an act of charity as in, “you poor misguided soul though you’ve done this damage I forgive you.” But rather, it is a realization, a knowing, what we and all others are in truth. In Christian wording it is referred to as Son of God: eternal and wholly perfect, spiritual; not physical separate beings, but rather one with and created in the likeness of the Creator. While I intellectually understood and did not doubt the truth of the teaching I did not feel it. I am now beginning to. Seeing will soon follow.
“A Course In Miracles” states repeatedly throughout the text that the world as we perceive it is but a dream.
For accounts of the events involving members of organized crime interwoven throughout this website go to:
Chapter (A) MIRACLES and scroll down to the posts titled Divine Message – A Most Difficult time, page 22, then Downtown Art Studio, page 23, and next “Visions of Menacing Entities,” pages 24 & 25 [above]. Following having read these posts, the reader should next go to chapter (C) MIRACLES and read the first post titled A Most Difficult Time (organized crime and pornography) pages 53 & 54. Then on chapter (F) “The Varieties of Religious Experience” – Part I, pages 27 and 42 [above], and from there chapter (G) “The Varieties of Religious Experience” – Part II, pages 71 and 72 and chapter (H) “The Varieties of Religious Experience” – Part III , on pages 94, 111 & 112, and 142 & 143,more on chapter (P) “Everything is Going to be Alright …” page 6 [above] and on the 2nd chapter (P) Evil recognized, identified, its effects …” then on chapter (Q) “Part I – New Information, Miraculous Events and Book Reviews”: post dated February 9, 2017 – Gang Stalking and FBI FOIPA Report, and post dated March 8, 2018, page 3 – The Paranormal, Organized Crime and “A Course In Miracles”
“A Course In Miracles” – A Manuel For Teachers – How Will The World End?
ACIM: Can what has no beginning really end? The world will end in an illusion, as it began. Yet its ending will be an illusion of mercy. The illusion of forgiveness, complete, excluding no one, limitless in gentleness, will cover it, hiding all evil, concealing all sin and ending guilt forever. So ends the world that guilt had made, for now it has no purpose and is gone. The father, or origin, of illusions is the belief that they have a purpose; that they serve a need or gratify a want. Once perceived as purposeless, they are no longer seen. Their uselessness is then recognized, and thus they are gone. How but in this way are all illusions ended? They have been brought to truth, and truth saw them not. It merely overlooked the meaningless.
Until forgiveness is complete, the world does have a purpose. It becomes the home in which forgiveness is born, and where it grows and becomes stronger and more all-embracing, for here it is needed. A gentle Savior, born where sin was made and guilt seemed real. Here is His home, for here there is need of Him indeed. He brings the ending of the (perceived) world with Him. It is His Call God’s teachers answer, turning to Him in silence to receive His Word. The world will end when all things in it have been rightly judged by His judgment. The world will end with the blessing of holiness, oneness, upon it. When not one thought of sin remains, the world is over. It will not be destroyed nor attacked nor even touched. What seems to be will merely cease.
Certainly this seems to be a long, long while away. For, “when not one thought of sin remains” appears to be a long-range goal indeed. But time stands still (time being misunderstood) and waits on the goal of God’s teachers. Not one thought of sin will remain the instant any one of them accepts atonement (correction) for himself. It is not easier to forgive one sin than to forgive all of them. The illusion of orders of difficulty is an obstacle the teacher of God must learn to pass by and leave behind. One sin perfectly forgiven by one teacher of God can make the whole of salvation complete. Can you understand this? No; it is meaningless to anyone here. Yet it is the final lesson in which unity, oneness, is restored. It goes against all the thinking of the world, then again so does Heaven.
The world will end when its thought system has been completely reversed. Until then, bits and pieces of its thinking will still seem sensible. The final lesson, which brings the ending of the world, cannot be grasped by those not yet prepared to leave the world and go beyond its tiny reach. What, then, is the function of the teacher of God in this concluding lesson? He need merely learn how to approach it; to be willing to go in its direction. He need merely trust that, if God’s Voice tells him it is a lesson he can learn, he can learn it. He does not judge it either as hard or easy. His Teacher points to it, and he trusts that he will be shown how to learn it.
The world will end in joy, because it is a place of sorrow. When joy has come, the purpose of the world has gone. The world will end in peace, because it is a place of war. When peace has come, what is the purpose of the world? The world will end in laughter, because it is a place of tears. Where there is laughter, who can weep? And only complete forgiveness brings all this to bless the world. In blessing it departs, for it will not end as it began. To turn hell into Heaven is the function of God’s teachers, for what they teach are lessons in which Heaven is reflected. And now sit down in true humility, and realize that all God would have you do you can do. Do not be arrogant and say you cannot learn His curriculum. His Word says otherwise. His Will be done. It cannot be otherwise. And be you thankful it is so.
Note: I am unable to acknowledge the artist who created the painting above as I can find no information identifying who the artist is.
Boise, Idaho – October 2017
I am taking an indefinite hiatus from posting on this “Miracles For All” website. However, I can recommend some other excellent websites where the reader can find written works and videos that are along the same lines of inquiry as is found here in MFA.
White Crow Books
White Crow Books makes available for purchase numerous books, eBooks, and audio books on the topics of psychic phenomena, near-death experiences, spiritual awakenings, etc. Many of the works they feature on their website include chapters from these books enabling one to learn much about individuals they may never have otherwise known of and of their extraordinary abilities and experiences.
Lord Dowding [Air Chief Marshal Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding] who, in 1940 during World War II, was one of the most prominent men in the UK. What is less well known about him is, after the Battle of Britain, Dowding devoted most of his life to exploring life after death; what we now refer to as psychical research.
Here are excerpts from a chapter in Dowding’s book, “God’s Magic” on the White Crow Books website:
“On the long journey of life the soul experiences much that is disappointing and painful. It is difficult to see through the haze of deceit and horror to the still peace of the divine plan. Yet it is a truth that behind ugliness and malformation.”
“Truth leads to happiness and to joy that is not understandable until it is experienced.”
“Many men teach and believe that sorrow and pain and misery are necessary parts of the evolutionary plan. That is not true. They are necessary only so long as man wills them to be so. You will reply that men learn by suffering, that in these last years the people who suffered became more kindly with one another, more thoughtful, more considerate, while those who were removed from the scenes of horror and destruction remain self-absorbed and wrapped up in their little world. No doubt this is a truth, for humanity is young and weak. But is this the only way to teach tolerance and pity and love. Must you have destruction of life and beauty of form, and horror indescribable, to learn to love your neighbor as yourself? Surely man is not so vile that there is no better way! The way of the divine plan does not include that kind of suffering.”
Here is an excerpt about Lord Dowding from Jeffrey Mishlove’s extraordinary book “The Roots of Consciousness” [link to the essay and the book below]:
“Lord Hugh Dowding, head of the Royal Air Force during WWII, and often called “the man who won the Battle of Britain,” had experiences during the war which led him later to become a major figure in the spiritualist movement. Released secret documents of the British Army reveal that Dowding’s wife was a sensitive. Using methods now known among psi researchers as “remote viewing,” she was able to detect enemy air bases that the army had not discovered through conventional surveillance. These abilities were coupled with a spiritualistic belief which so impress Lord Dowding that he believed himself to be in contact with spirits of the British airmen who had been downed in battle.”
The book “The Roots of Consciousness”:
Link to essay from Jeffrey Mishlove’s “The Roots of Consciousness”:
The entire book “The Roots of Consciousness” online and free (I can’t recommend it enough):
Daniel Dunglas Home
Here’s a brief biography of Daniel Dunglas Home from White Crow Books: Home is regarded by many as the greatest medium of all time. The term ‘psychic’ was coined as a description for his unique gifts and in numerous tests, under laboratory conditions with eminent scientists of the era; he was never once found to be anything other than genuine. History paints Home as the star attraction of the spiritualist movement that was all the rage during the second half of the 19th century. He lived a life akin to that of a character in a Hollywood movie, coming from a [American] humble background to find himself moving between the royal courts of Europe at the behest of their figureheads and eventually marrying into the Russian royal family.
“Incidents in my Life” by Daniel Dunglas Home (1833 – 1886)
Here are some quotes from Home’s book in his Conclusion chapter:
At the institution of the present Royal Society [an independent scientific academy founded in London in 1660] there was a great outcry on the part of the religious persons of the day against the formation of such a society on the grounds that it was blasphemous and wicked to attempt to enquire into what were called God’s mysteries; and it was said that men already had their Bibles, knew enough and ought not to seek to know more.” “I hope that in the manner in which this subject [incidents of a spiritual origin] has been received will in the same way be brought forward to the same great truth that all knowledge is to be pursued, and that we need not fear that we shall ever have too much of it.” “I anticipate, therefore, that when real men of science find these facts not to be impossible they will by their aid be led to knowledge of higher laws, which at present they conceal from themselves…”
We are fortunate that his autobiography can be read in full online in pdf format:
Sacred Geometry and Frequency
No website covering spiritual, paranormal, philosophical, and psychic phenomena would be complete without including sacred geometry and sonic frequency findings. The quality of the material and the presentation in these next two videos covering the remarkable numerical (geometry and sound frequency) coincidences that appear all over the world is most impressive.
Sonic Geometry the Language of Frequency and Form
The introduction states: Throughout history, numerous synchronistic clues and hints regarding geometry and sonic frequency have been staring at us, calling to us, and waiting for us to put them into place like pieces of a giant puzzle. Here at the dawn of a new age, this sonic-geometric puzzle is finally nearing completion, revealing the building blocks of a language based on energy, frequency and form.
The ancient Sumerians are referred to frequently in the video. Here is a sample of ancient Sumerian cuneiform writing.
Sonic Geometry 2: The Language of Frequency and Form
The works in the second video grow even more complete and intriguing. It reviews some of the information from the first video which is quite helpful. I found in both videos that it was worthwhile to take notes and research further some of the facts they present.
For example: The video mentions Göbekli Tepe, an ancient temple in Turkey dating back as far as 12,000 years ago whereas Stonehenge in England is dated back to around 5,000 years ago. Göbekli Tepe has about 20 installations with monumental pillars in the center of each installation. Each T-shaped pillar varies between 40 to 60 tons leaving us to wonder as to how they got these stone blocks there and how they erected them in a time when even simple hand tools are not much found to have existed and no settlement nor society to speak of in a world of roaming hunter-gatherers. The complexity of these temples represents another enigma for archeologists as to how and when civilized human history began.
Leo Tolstoy Synchronicity
Boise, Idaho – September, 2017
Having read Leo Tolstoy’s post conversion works, in particular, “The Kingdom of God is Within You,” I felt inspired to create a website dedicated to his brilliant arguments on behalf of religion and pacifism, for I felt if many were familiar with his reasoning, especially on pacifism, it could greatly contribute to peace on Earth.
I published the website twelve months ago and was recently perusing a Facebook page from Algiers that appeared in my “People you may Know” section. As I scrolled down the page featuring Algerian street scenes and architecture I noticed an image of Leo Tolstoy along with a quote of his in Arabic. I clicked for a translation and this is what was written in English:
“I’ve loved your beauty for a long time, but I’ve just begun to love the immortal and the Leslie in you – your heart, your soul…” “But when it comes to the spirit, I have to learn first how I know it. Believe me, nothing is given to this earth without effort, even love, the most common sense of nature.”
The same material on the Leo Tolstoy website is featured on this MFA website:
Postscript: Synchronicities are always meaningful.
The Earth Prelude
Boise, Idaho – September, 2017
What the world needs now is love. A friend and I have been viewing the lovely “The Earth Prelude” video with the accompanying music by the wonderful Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi. As we watch and listed one of us begins a soothing chant in rhythmic timing with the video that goes, “peace … love … healing … oneness … all minds are joined …peace … love … and so on.” We do this on our own and once weekly together. This practice is not without its extending, healing affects. Pass it on.
Boise, Idaho – August 2017
The new chapter “(L) Astronaut Edgar Mitchell – “The Way of the Explorer” is now posted on this Miracles for All website. Here is the introduction as it also appears in chapter (L):
This is one of the most thought provoking books I have ever read. I hope persons who visit this Miracles For All website and read the soon to be posted in-depth book review go on to read Mitchell’s book. His book includes a number of scientific concepts and findings and the review on this site will make the reading of his work more easily comprehensible for the non-scientist. However, every sentence, every paragraph of “The Way of the Explorer” is packed with meaning, and learning, and inspiration, and my review is in no way intended as a substitute. “The Way of the Explorer”is based on Edgar Mitchell’s unique, and rather exceptional, observations, learning, and personal experiences which contribute to his thesis being an important and much needed contribution to our evolution, mankind’s very survival even.
Introduction and Biography
Dr. Edgar Mitchell (September 1930 – February 2006 on the eve of his 45th anniversary of his lunar landing) is an extraordinary individual; not only was he exceedingly brilliant and capable, but it is as though he experienced many lifetimes in one.
He grew up in Texas during the depression in a ranching family then later moved very near to, of all places, Roswell, New Mexico (famous for the 1947 UFO incident – a crash involving an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants). His religious upbringing was that of traditional Christianity; his mother was a Christian fundamentalist. He learned to fly at thirteen, was a high ranking Boy Scout – a Life Scout, then later became a member of a Masonic Fraternity and inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Mitchell received his Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1952 following which he joined the U.S. Navy and, while on active duty, he earned his second Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in 1961. In 1964 he received a Sc.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mitchell attended the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School for certification as a test pilot, graduating first in his class. During this period, he served as an instructor in advanced mathematics and navigation theory for astronaut candidates.
Over the course of his career with NASA he was part of the Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team which performed no less than a miracle; transforming a potential tragedy into one of the most dramatic rescues of all time. He operated an Apollo simulator learning how to fly (control the altitude of) the Lunar Module back to Earth with a damaged Apollo Command/Service Module attached to it. (It was designed to work the other way around). Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 movie features Mitchell’s part in the rescue. It is a great movie by the way.
In 1971 he then went on to serve as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 14, landing on the Moon with Alan Shepard aboard the Lunar Module “Antares” with Stuart Roosa orbiting the Moon in the command module “Kitty Hawk.” They stayed on the Moon for 33 hours, deployed and activated lunar surface scientific equipment and experiments, and collected almost 100 pounds of lunar samples to bring back to Earth.
Mitchell publicly expressed his opinion that he was “90 percent sure that many of the thousands of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, recorded since the 1940s, belong to visitors from other planets.” Dateline NBC conducted a televised interview with Mitchell during which he discussed meeting with officials from three countries who claimed to have had personal encounters with extraterrestrials. He offered his opinion that the evidence for such alien contact was very strong and classified by governments, who were covering up visitations and the existence of alien beings’ bodies in places such as Roswell, New Mexico. He further claimed that UFOs had provided “sonic engineering secrets” that were helpful to the U.S. government.
In 2015, Mitchell made what Huffington Post U.K. characterized as “the astonishing claim that it was aliens, not diplomacy, which prevented the Cold War from descending into the Third World War.” In another interview, Mitchell said “White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons—and that’s what the extraterrestrials were interested in. They wanted to know about our military capabilities. My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth …”
He was the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS – YouTube channel link below) for the purpose of consciousness research and other “related phenomena” (as in telepathy, remote viewing, telekinesis, teleportation, etc.). He felt this research was important for the advancement and evolution of humankind.
Mitchell’s description of the Apollo 14 Space mission is gripping; well worth the expense of the book alone. However, my work here begins with his samadhi experience, a profound state in which a person experiences oneness with the universe, a unity with the Divine as it is sometimes described. He claims that this experience changed his perspective and the trajectory of his life even more than the Apollo mission itself, although it was certainly a contributor.
Mitchell’s Samadhi Experience
Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell describes his samadhi experience during his return to Earth (having been the 6th man to walk on the moon) in the space capsule, Kitty Hawk, with his two comrades, Al Shepard and Stuart Roosa, as it rotated in what he described as the barbeque mode (so the Sun was not always shining on one side of the capsule):
“Perhaps it was the disorienting, or reorienting, effect of a rotation environment while the heaven and Earth tumbled alternating in and out of view in the small capsule window. Perhaps it was the air of safety and sanctuary after a two-day foray into an unforgiving environment.” “Somehow I felt turned into something much larger than the planet in the window. Something incomprehensibly big. Even today the perceptions still baffle me.”
“Looking beyond the Earth itself to the magnificence of the larger scene there was a startling recognition that the nature of the universe was not as I had been taught. My understanding of the separate distinctness and the relative independence of movement of those cosmic bodies was shattered. There was an upwelling of fresh insight coupled with a feeling of ubiquitous harmony – a sense of interconnectedness with the celestial bodies surrounding our space craft. Particular scientific facts about stellar evolution took on new significance.”
“This wasn’t a religious or other-worldly experience, though many have tried to cast similar events in that mold. Nor was it a totally new scientific understanding of which I had suddenly become aware. It was just a pointer, a signpost showing the direction toward new viewpoints and greater understanding. The human being is part of a continuously evolving process, a more grand and intelligent process than classical science and the religious traditions have been able to correctly describe. I was part of a larger natural process than I’d previously understood, one that was all around me in this command module as it sped toward Earth through 240,000 miles of empty black space.”
“Billions of years ago, the molecules of my, of Stu’s and Al’s bodies, of the spacecraft, of the world I had come from and was now returning to, were manufactured in the furnace of an ancient generation of stars like those surrounding us. This suddenly meant something different. It was now poignant, and personal, not just intellectual theorizing. Our presence here, outside the domain of the home planet, was not rooted in an accident of nature, nor the capricious political whim of a technological civilization. It was rather an extension of the same universal process that evolved our molecules.”
“And, what I felt was an extraordinary personal connectedness with it. I experienced what has been described as an ecstasy of unity. I not only saw the connectedness, I felt it and experienced it sentiently. I was overwhelmed with the sensation of physically and mentally extending out into the cosmos. The restraints and boundaries of flesh and bone fell away. I realized that this was a biological response of my brain attempting to reorganize and give meaning to this information about the wonderful and awesome processes I was privileged to view from this vantage point. Though I am now more capable of articulating what I felt then, words somehow still fall short. I am convinced that it always has been and always will be a largely ineffable experience.”
Here I am reminded of Dr. Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphic resonance where he cites a particular organism’s biological, and behavioral perhaps, mutations (an evolutionary transformation) in response to a dramatically changed, inhospitable environment ultimately enabling the species to continue to survive. The Apollo 14 crew, like Sheldrake’s example, not only experienced a dramatically different and inhospitable environment but had sudden and unexpected survival issues to grapple with on a couple of occasions during their mission following which Mitchell had his transforming, samadhi, or enlightenment, experience. And, even more importantly, as astronaut, this then put him in a unique position enabling him to share (thus extend) this transformational experience with us all.
Consider also (cited by Mitchell but here a bit more in depth) the processes of stellar atomic and molecular fusion. Or, cellular differentiation processes that, for example, from a single fertilized egg cell divide, multiply, and specialize (as in becoming a bone, or kidney, or heart cell, etc.) ultimately developing into an exceedingly complex adult organism. These, and other (not just biological, but behavioral, or activity) developmental processes extend beyond a singular organism to include the collective whole of the species enabling their survival, their increasingly complex functioning and evolution. And, beyond that even; as in the similarly unfolding evolution of the entire cosmos. Mitchell says that he felt vastly extended, as one with this universal consciousness; this unfathomable, indescribable creative intelligence at work.
He goes on to suggest, “What was clear, however, is that traditional answers to the questions; “Who are we? “How did we get here?” as derived both by science and religious cosmologies, are incomplete, archaic, and flawed.”
The Remarkable Norbu Chen and Uri Geller
Following the mission Mitchell left NASA and in late 1972 he had a series of events described by him as, “… governed by the mysterious cadence of synchronicity.”
He attended a conference in Little Rock and his mother met him there. She was in her early 60’s and had severe glaucoma. At the conference he met a man by the name of Norbu Chen, an American who studied the earliest form of Tibetan Buddhism. He was purported to be a healer. Mitchell’s mother was a Christian fundamentalist all her life and had definite ideas about how the mind was capable of influencing matter through healing – either by the hand of God or by that of Satan.
The next day Mitchell and his mother met with Norbu. She settled into a relaxed state in a chair following which Norbu placed himself in a meditative trance. His hands floated over his mother’s head pausing over the eyes and there seemed to be an unspoken acceptance on her part. Norbu then prescribed that she rest and take nourishment from grape juice and broth (as if following a surgery). At 6:00 a.m. the following morning she came rushing into Mitchell’s room exclaiming “Son, I can see, I can see!” She could read from her worn bible and drive the several hundred miles home without her glasses. He states that he knew his mother’s reaction was authentic and she hadn’t been duped. A few days later, after going about her business with nearly perfect vision, she called wanting to know if Norbu was a Christian. He knew what this meant and did not want to say that he was not. However, she did not drop it and when he told her that Norbu was not a Christian she claimed that her new sight was not the work of the Lord but by that of darker forces and that Norbu was an instrument of the devil. Her gift had soon gone away and new thick glasses were required.
Later in the book he states his mother surrendered her eyesight rather than seeing the world through what she thought were the eyes of evil. She did not realize that both healing and the ability to deny it dwelled within her all along. Though she began to suspect this was the case in later years over which her sight began to improve again.
He learned that Norbu was not particularly remarkable in general, nor especially complex; just a fellow with a peculiar capacity to heal that he, Norbu, couldn’t adequately explain.
Mitchell says he naively believed that if other scientists could witness such legitimate phenomena in controlled environments they would see that it was at least worthy of further study and would become excited by the prospects. Instead, if the scientists were not genuinely disbelievers, they were outright hostile and would deny the obvious evidence before their eyes.
He then met the 25 year old Uri Geller from Israel who was brought to his attention by an American physician who had witnessed his extraordinary abilities in telepathy, clairvoyance and psychokinesis. Years later Uri made a modest fortune dowsing for oil, gas, and mineral companies. He repeatedly demonstrated his obvious ability to bend metal by thought alone. Mitchell interviewed Uri for several days and was adequately convinced (overwhelmed, in fact) that his abilities were real. Uri agreed to come with Mitchell to the SRI [Stanford Research Institute] and participate in laboratory tests. Mitchell thought, unfortunately wrongly, that this research conducted by a team of scientists could help prompt real interest amongst the established scientific community. Uri did not disappoint, but rather the scientists did. They would claim that Uri had extraordinarily strong fingers (Uri did not touch the metal) and other explanations that were even more far-fetched than the actual event itself – seeming at times like little more than tortured rationalizations.
Norbu Chen, Uri Geller, and Russell Targ at the Stanford Research Institute – SRI
Shortly after the tests at SRI Uri made a series of television appearances. After the broadcasts Mitchell’s phone would ring informing him of frantic parents reporting that their children were bending the family silverware. Mitchell goes on to say that there were dozens of these children he investigated who had watched Uri bend spoons in this manner on TV. (There were others besides Mitchell that investigated these children as well). Typically it was a boy, less than 10 years of age, who would lightly stroke the metal spoon that Mitchell brought with him and it would slowly bend and twist 360 degrees along the handle just as Uri demonstrated on TV. “Innocent children who had not yet learned that this could not be done,” writes the author. Uri himself had these abilities as a child and assumed others did too.
Uri also demonstrated to the physicist Russel Targ and team at SRI his excellent abilities to remote view; meaning to mentally see a distant location (referred to as a target) and promptly draw, quite recognizably, what was there.
Norbu Chen, not to be outdone by Uri when Mitchell mentioned his work with him, demonstrated to Mitchell his abilities to manipulate metals. He told Mitchell to remove the heavy gold ring he was wearing and hold it loosely in his hand. Norbu then appeared to concentrate and pass his hand above Mitchell’s closed fist several times. This resulted in what had been but seconds earlier a fine piece of gold jewelry set with his birth stone was then bent, twisted, and impossible to wear; appearing as though it had been crushed in a vise. Mitchell writes, “Norbu Chen was clearly a very powerful man.”
During the six weeks they conducted formal experiments with Uri at SRI there were an incredible number of equipment failures and downright strange occurrences no one could readily explain. For example: a video equipment part Uri had no access to would disappear and suddenly turn up in an adjoining room, or jewelry would suddenly be missing only to be found locked in a safe with a combination Uri could not have known. There were dozens of such events.
Uri was also purported to be able to perform psychokinesis (the ability to move or transport objects from a distance (teleportation) by thought alone) so Mitchell asked him to recover a camera that he had jettisoned while on the moon two years prior. Somehow, this request seemed to spur a flurry of strange happenings.
As they were sitting at a table in the SRI cafeteria Uri asked for a dish of ice cream, which the waitress brought to him. After a couple of bites he cried out in pain then blood seeped from his lips. From his mouth he took a tiny metal object; a small silver object with a miniature hunting arrow and image of a longhorn sheep on it; something an archery aficionado might have. Though Mitchell had never been a hunter he had been given a tie bar with such an emblem on it at a booth at a trade show. He lost it soon after along with an entire box of tie pins and cuff links during his frequent trips to and from Cape Kennedy.
Mitchell and Uri returned to the lab (along with others with whom they were dining and had witnessed this event) and they heard the strike of metal against the tile floor. Dr. Hal Puthoff picked up a small shiny object that seemed to fall out of nowhere and land at his feet. It was the tie bar that matched the emblem that appeared in Uri’s ice cream; even where it and the emblem were broken off matched. Then, as he and Puthoff were standing at the laboratory table they both caught a glimpse of something as it dropped between them onto the floor. Mitchell picked it up and it was a pearl tie pin his brother had given him as a gift which he kept in the same lost jewelry box; three of these lost objects appeared in a span of 30 minutes. What Mitchell claims here is that items recovered thus are deeply significant to a particular individual – something quite personal.
Anita Rettig, who would eventually become Mitchell’s second wife, was ill with a kidney disease that threatened to require a lengthy series of dialysis treatments. As a last-ditch effort before admitting herself into the hospital she agreed to fly to Houston for a session with Norbu. Dr. Ed Maxey from Florida flew Anita to Houston. He along with a number of other NASA flight surgeons helped with the checking of records of this and other similar events. She was frightened, pale, and very uncomfortable when she arrived. Nevertheless she went on Norbu’s diet regimen of grape juice while the doctors assembled, checked her records, and watched Norbu initiate his treatment. He knew nothing of her disease yet soon gave the correct diagnosis. Then after about 20 minutes in his meditative trance, Norbu ordered her to sleep for the night, treat herself kindly for a few days, and drink more grape juice. Her problem appeared to clear up immediately and dialysis was never required. Almost two years later she had a check-up by an eminent internist in San Francisco who found no trace of the kidney disease.
Mitchell states that following these experiences with his mother, Norbu, and Uri, it was clear to him that not only individual belief (as in in the case of his mother’s religious belief system causing the loss of her gift of sight) but also human intention play a large, though quiet role in shaping our lives (as in Uri’s ability to manipulate metal with his thoughts alone).
What Mitchell points out here is there are many advanced cognitive faculties available to us that we could be developing and utilizing. Yet presently (and these words are mine, not Dr. Mitchell’s) they are being ignored in favor of but a few: as in rote memory, mathematical, reading and writing skills. Our species, all earthly life forms in fact, depend upon our evolution – our developing our innate connectivity with the world around us instead of pursuing outrageously expensive college degrees in engineering, computer science, banking, law, etc., then finding a spouse and having babies in an already overpopulated (now doubling every twenty-five years) world filled with hungry and neglected children, and swaddling ourselves with mortgage payments and other onerous forms of indebtedness the result of excessive consumerism that in turn demand that we overwork to pay our bills leaving us without the time or energy to evolve, to save ourselves, to say nothing of just being happy and at peace. We cannot look to political, military, corporate, or media industry leaders for salvation. It’s up to each one of us to do whatever we can, even dedicate but a couple of hours a week, twenty minutes a day, toward developing our innate, natural connectivity, to evolve, enabling us to think and act as one and this will save us all.
The other thing the author addresses that I and so many others sense, is that a paradigm shift is in the works presently; that suddenly there is renewed interest in spiritual matters, family values, and scientific explanations for the mystical experience. I would add to his list psychic and paranormal phenomena which the scientific community in general (certainly not all) has refused to acknowledge for two hundred years. He states that this shift is largely due to the want to avert what is perceived by many as the approach of a man-made apocalypse.
Again, an in-depth book review of astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s “The Way of the Explorer” is forthcoming. In the meantime you may want to purchase his book:
Institute of Noetic Sciences link:
Boise Idaho – July 27, 2017
An Experiment to Remote View God
Russell Targ’s Stanford Research Institute International Work with Remote Viewing
Russell Targ, a renowned laser physicist, cofounded the remote viewing research program at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) International. He is author and coauthor of many books including “Limitless Mind and The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities.”
In the New Thinking Allowed video [link below] titled, Early Years with Psi Research at SRI International with Russell Targ, he describes the process that led to his involvement in the field of parapsychology. When Targ was a child his father, a book publisher, was publishing books by a renowned magician and this sparked his interest in magic. He and his father would attend stage magic shows then attempt to figure out, using their analytical skills, how the magicians’ tricks were accomplished. His father gave him a magic kit with linking rings, cups and [disappearing and reappearing] balls, etc., and Targ became a rather serious child magician.
As a teenager, he became familiar with the card-guessing ESP experiments of J.B. Rhine. Then in later years, while working as a laser physicist, he began to build equipment for the purpose of testing and training both ESP and psychokinesis; simple training with feedback enabling an individual to learn what it feels like when using their psychic abilities. Eventually, in 1971, his work in this field came to the attention of NASA and he had an opportunity to demonstrate his machine to Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun, a German, later American, aerospace engineer and space architect who, by the way, also was quite a fascinating person.
As an amusing aside I am compelled to include a few of von Braun’s quotes:
“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”
“We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.”
“There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer space program – your tax dollar will go further.”
As it turned out von Braun performed excellently with Targ’s ESP training machine and he then recommended Targ and his work to the administrator at NASA. They agreed to [financially] support the work Targ wanted to start at Stanford University (investigating the potential for the development of psychic abilities). He had also been visiting the CIA and they too agreed to help fund his project. From there he approached Hal Puthoff who had already been working at SRI. They, along with the astronaut Edgar Mitchell who had just returned from space, got Charles Anderson, the head of SRI, to approve their working at the Stanford institute. By the way, Mitchell conducted an ESP experiment while on the space shuttle.
Jeffrey Mishlove, who interviews Russell Targ on his program New Thinking Allowed, [links to three NTA videos below] mentions that Anderson was taking a big chance in approving the program given that parapsychology research is quite controversial and skeptics, or scoffers really, can be very nasty.a book on quantum electronics. So, the two of them, along with Edgar Mitchell, had already proven they were experts in challenging fields and that they that could deal with difficult projects. Their psychic research facility went on to be a successful 20 million dollar, twenty year program.
Targ adds that although they had no credentials for doing ESP research he had already established himself as a noted laser physicist and Puthoff was a Stanford Ph.D. who had written a book on quantum electronics. So, the two of them, along with Edgar Mitchell, had already proven they were experts in challenging fields and that they that could deal with difficult projects. Their psychic research facility went on to be a successful 20 million dollar, twenty year program.
Note: Targ mentions that his ESP Trainer is an app available for free [link below].
Remarkable Remote Viewers Ingo Swann, Pat Price, Hella Hammid, and some CIA Agents
One of the reasons for their success was the very talented psychic individuals whom they attracted and were then able to work with. Ingo Swann, was a New York artist who had already gained recognition for his participation in, not just ESP experiments, but for his out-of- body excursions where he could not only remotely perceive the details of a distant location but actually wander around as though he were there, yet in fact was physically located elsewhere.
The researchers at SRI would ask Swann to describe to them what was hidden in a box, or an envelope, and he soon became impatient stating that he could remotely view any place anywhere on the planet, or in the universe. He said if they did not recognize and utilize his abilities he was going to go home and resume painting. Swann then suggested that they hide someone somewhere in the [San Francisco] Bay Area and he would describe where the person was. And thus they began this practice producing substantial evidence of Swann’s, and others’, remarkable remote viewing psychic abilities.
Targ states that Ingo Swann was the father of the practice of their remote viewing exercises that they went on to study for decades. One thing that came up during the interview was that Swann was involved with Scientology. However, Targ mentions that he was also aware that the artist was genetically predisposed since childhood toward psychic abilities and adds that it appears prodigious psychics generally are.
Around this time Pat Price (who also was a Scientologist) contacted them and said that he had been using these same faculties as a police commissioner explaining that he would quiet his mind and could remote view where, for example, a criminal was hiding and the police would go and pick him up. Targ states that due to his being associated with these individuals over a long period of time he became familiar with Scientology methods yet he did not think that they were at all necessary in order to develop psychic abilities.
In the videos below Targ goes into some detail describing various remote viewing experiments that produced quite impressive results. A person would go to a particular location and the remote viewer at the SRI lab, in a shielded room, a Faraday cage (not allowing even for electromagnetic radiation to penetrate), would sketch what images would arise in their mind. He tells us that Hal Putoff would hide in a particular location in the Bay Area and Price, in seven out of nine trials, could identify the location on the first try. In one case Pat Price saw and drew objects, water tanks, that when the researchers looked at his drawings they assumed he had erred for the tanks did not exist at the location. However, ten years later they discovered by chance that 100 years prior those water tanks were in fact where Price had remotely seen them. They then learned that this faculty was not limited by seeing only currently existing structures, terrain, etc.
If I may conjecture here, space (thus distance) and time are intrinsically linked; one only potentially exists because of the other which only potentially exists because of the other. Spacetime can be thought of as like two sides of the same coin. In fact, spacetime may be but a construct of the human mind and the notion of separateness Therefore, if remote viewing is not hampered by space nor would it be by time.
The CIA was concerned with Ingo Swann’s and Pat Price’s connections with Scientology and that they were both long term psychics (meaning since childhood) and asked if the researchers could find an ordinary person who could remote view. So Targ chose a friend of his, a photographer for Time Magazine, Hella Hammid. She thought it very entertaining that she could possibly be a remote viewer for the CIA and get paid for it; so she decided to give it a try. She had never previously shown psychic abilities although she was open to the possibility and was a meditator. Hella went on to do extraordinarily well; even better than Price did! The CIA having been impressed with these results sent Targ’s group some agents (one a female mechanical engineer) who also performed excellently.
Mishlove suggests during the interview that even though the SRI project has since closed down that the CIA has perhaps continued with this work. Of course they wouldn’t know if this is the case … or would they?
On one occasion Pat Price did not show up for a scheduled series of remote viewing exercises in Columbia, so Targ tried it and he too produced impressive results.
Attempts to Remote View God
Part of Targ’s job was to keep the remote viewer from analyzing their sketches as they drew them; telling them to just sketch that which came to their minds and not concern themselves with what the drawings may represent. For, this would interfere with the process, and the drawings would most likely appear rather abstruse to the remote viewer.
So I decided I would give remote viewing a try and remote view God. I sketched whatever came to mind then afterward analyzed the rather strange, left-of-center, line drawing and later added the words in an attempt to make sense of the drawing. Steven Schwartz, another remote viewing expert Dr. Mishlove has interviewed, tried something similar with a group of people attempting to remote view the future and he claims this produced significant, verifiable (over the years) results. What if others, having not seen the sketch below, gave remote viewing God a try and then the drawings were compared? I’m not sure what it would prove but it might produce interesting results nonetheless.
Here are links to three Russell Targ interviews with Jeffrey Mishlove on the “New Thinking Allowed” program and below those the link to Dr. Russell Targ’s trainer app:
Early Years with Psi Research at SRI International with Russell Targ:
Military Intelligence Interest in Remote Viewing:
Historical Highlights of Paranormal Psychology with Russell Targ:
ESP Trainer by Russell Targ app:
Boise, Idaho – July 16, 2017
Why miracles matter and are natural and available to all.
The paragraph below appears at the very beginning of this Miracles for All website, before the Introduction. It was recently suggested to me that I repeat the paragraph here for they thought it of value and not to be missed by readers.
Measurement (what science specializes in, and mathematics, the language of science, are what we all are taught to do and told matters most, particularly in contemporary western cultures) embeds human consciousness in the paradigm of spacetime; like being embedded within a maze. Measurement is an impediment to “whole knowing” (as if seeing from outside spacetime) which provides information that appears as an insight, intuition, paranormal or psychic phenomenon, but in actuality is a normal and natural function of consciousness; albeit latent in humans. Scientists refer to humans as measuring instruments. If you contemplate your everyday cognition processes you’ll discover you are, for the most part, but a measuring instrument: What time is it right now? What year was that house built? She lives 800 miles away in Colorado. He’s 50 years old as of two weeks ago. When is the final exam? How much money will this cost me? This website gets around 10,000 views per month. The president states that Americans need to work harder, produce, consume and export more goods to get our nation’s GDP figures up or else the Chinese will surpass us, and so on. We need not be limited by, confined (if not outright enslaved) in such a state. In fact, our salvation, meaning the salvation of the world, depends upon our realizing this and extending our cognition abilities (including measuring), our consciousness and its creative potential, well beyond.
Boise, Idaho – June 18, 2017
Miracles and synchronicities are natural and happen all the time.
Miracles and Synchronicities are considered acausal events, but perhaps this is not so.
Step (A) an idea or intent directly leads to → step (D) where a specifically similar objective reality (event or thing) appears.
Steps (B) as in going to the location to purchase an item and (C) makes the purchase are bypassed, leaped over. Yet, causality (A) and (D) still occurs.
For example (actual): Step (A) Leslie decided to purchase a box of Lego building blocks and step (D) that evening, on an errand to make the purchase, one appears on the ground near the car. Steps (A) Leslie contemplated choosing a number of specific cards from a deck without seeing the face of the 42 cards and steps (D) repeatedly selected the ones she sought on the first attempt. There was no perusing the face of the and looking for the face the specific cards in between. The intent seemed to miraculously manifest the outcome by bypassing steps (B) and (C).
Synchronicities are often referred to as meaningful coincidences. To Whom? I suggest they are generally collectively meaningful. And, once the interest, or meaningfulness of something reaches a significant number of parties, a critical mass, associated synchronistic coincidences begin to occur. For example, as in the Ouroboros [see post dated May 26, 2017 below], the symbol of a snake biting its own tail which repeatedly, synchronistically, appears globally and often representing the same or similar concept – death and rebirth, regeneration, again and again. For that reason the famous Swiss psychologist Carl Jung identified the Ouroboros as an archetype [a recurrent symbol]. Carl Jung, along with his collaborator on the subject, the physicist Wolfgang Pauli, is renowned for his interest in synchronicities. In fact, it was he who named the meaningful coincidences such.
An experiencer of a synchronicity may not realize, detect in any way, the participation or contribution of others (neither will the others for that matter). What is meaningful to one is culturally or biologically meaningful to others within their particular community, and beyond most likely, which also will not be apparent. Collective interest and attention are aspects of that which is determined as meaningful and thus contributes to the greater likelihood of synchronistic experiences.
A singular antecedent, such as an individual’s mental focus on an object leading to a synchronistic event correlated with the object, is highly unlikely. There are no single antecedents; any thought, any idea (thing or event as well) is preceded by countless sources, consciously realized or not. (Excluding, of course, those ideas that proceed from “The Great Ancestor”). To constantly remind oneself of such expands the mind thus also increases the probability of experiencing synchronicities.
The placebo effect is seemingly a miraculous occurrence but, in truth, it is brought about by faith, or believing:
(A) → leads to (C) → which leads to → (D)
Step (A) Sick patient needs medicine → step (C) takes inert pill (not knowing it is inert for, it’s about believing) then → step (D) patient is healed.
Step (B) = scientifically tested and proven, manufactured, and commercially distributed processes are bypassed, transcended.
Multiple Discoveries examples (which can be thought of as synchronistic):
– Calculus (mid-17th century): It is now claimed that Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz both independently formulated calculus, and around the same time.
– Theory of Evolution (1840, 1857): Charles Darwin discovered it in 1840 (did not publish until much later) as did Alfred Russel Wallace, separately, in 1857. They released a joint publication in 1859.
– Polio Vaccine (1950-63): Hilary Koprowski, Jonas Salk, and Albert Sabin all developed successful polio vaccines independent of each other.
– E=mc^2 (1900-1906): While Einstein is credited for producing the famous equation with his theory of relativity, Henri Poincaré, Olinto De Pretto, and Paul Langevin all came up with similar theories of the mass-energy relationship.
– Telephone (1876): Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell filed a patent for the discovery of the telephone on the same day.
Quotes regarding multiple discoveries:
“You do not [make a discovery] until a background knowledge is built up to a place where it’s almost impossible not to see the new thing, and it often happens that the new step is done contemporaneously in two different places in the world, independently.”
- A physicist Nobel laureate interviewed by Harriet Zuckerman: “Nobel Laureates in the United States,” 1977.
“[A] man can no more be completely original […] than a tree can grow out of air.”
– George Bernard Shaw (1905).
“When the time is ripe for certain things, these things appear in different places in the manner of violets coming to light in early spring.”
– Farkas Bolyai to his son, Janos Bolyai urging him to claim the invention of non-Euclidean geometry without delay.
The Syndetic Paradigm [from the book, “Synchronicity: Multiple Perspectives on Meaningful Coincidence” by Lance Storm] “…holds that all of life, that is to say, nature in its entirety is bound together in a highly complex whole through a process of spontaneous self-organization.” – quote by Robert Aziz.
Morphic Resonance example, hypothetical:
A mass of organisms dying off, let’s here say, algae in an increasingly polluted pond, produces some offspring that, ultimately, through a series of subsequent generations of increasingly mutated, adaptive offspring, enables the colony of algae to survive. That colony of algae, once having reached a critical mass, a certain amount of mutated survivors, affects same or similar organisms at a distance. And these organisms, in response to similar changes in their environment, bypass numbers of generations of increasingly adaptive offspring that the first colony required in order to successfully mutate thus survive. In other words, it took the original colony of algae more generations to adapt than the second colony.
The first colony, through morphic resonance, relayed the necessary genetic adaptation information to the second colony. Also, and very important to note, the genetic information (how to adapt, to mutate) from the first colony to the second colony has no apparent, no detectable, form of transmission; as in interbreeding, for example. (Thus the theory referred to as morphic resonance). An evolutionary causal leap (a spacetime leap, or transcendence) occurred in the second colony – going from step (A) → to (D) bypassing steps (B) and (C) (steps in this case being generations).
In other words, a spacetime leap, a transcendence, between the two colonies can be said of the transmission of the genetic adaptivity information as well as the skipping of numbers of mutated generations necessary for producing stable, mutated, adapted, organisms.
What is also important to note here is the aspect of a critical mass: that being a particular number of repeated and ultimately thus stablized form of survivors. And, once these stabilized mutations reach a certain amount, a critical mass, then that genetic information transcends the immediate environment affecting same or similar species at a distance. These two colonies, though separated in spacetime, act as one.
Note: See Chapter (K) Rupert Sheldrake “Morphic Resonance” [link below] for an overview and video of the scientist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake’s proposed theory of morphic resonance. It is a brilliant and important perspective on the evolution of species with even broader implications than just biological evolution.
Consider also, for example, researcher and subject not being separate in and of themselves. Rather, effective, meaningful outcomes, or results, are a process of self-organization involving a complex whole. Inclusivity and connectedness, as in researcher and subject, and lab, and community, and so on, collectively (although not consciously recognized) harmoniously, resonantly (as in morphic resonance) produce meaningful, much needed results. My point here (throughout this essay that is) is that recognizing this wholeness leads to its access and invaluable resources.
The discovery of penicillin: Consider for example, Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin. His findings were a product of a greater, an unseen, collaborative process fulfilling a global need at the time. The objective, the intent, in actuality was a collective, whole process; far, far greater than merely the contribution of one man. The process leading up to this important discovery and its helpful effects was collective; the extent of which is uncountable. The unseen efforts and information contributing to the success of discovering penicillin (like the unseen mutation information transmitted from the first algae colony to the second as mentioned above) can be thought of, for the sake of imagery, as spherical-like; as in invisible orbitals surrounding above and beyond a lower evolutionary state. And, once a critical mass of similarly intentioned, or similarly evolved, participants is reached within a particular state, a transcendent jump into a higher orbital state occurs. This is obviously analogous to the orbital leaps of electrons surrounding an atomic nucleus once having absorbed a high energy photon.
Enough individuals making these leaps will in time bring the whole of the species into this higher, now actualized (no longer invisible) state whatever that state may ultimately be. For example, idealistically: no more deaths due to a specific disease; no more disease in general; no more starvation, war, etc. In other words, evolutionary developments are not at all limited to individuals and causal events occurring like discreet points along a timeline progression. They are more like leaps in spacetime facilitated by a critical mass then greatly influencing the greater whole.
What is important to note here is, that this process of a greater collective contribution is true of all discoveries, all deeds and activities, great and small, good and bad alike.
It is not at all inconceivable that the discovery of penicillin, for example, may have simultaneously occurred amongst similar species and civilizations throughout the universe. Fleming, and others, were somehow receptive to the discovery of a much needed drug at a particular time. This universal wholeness and its processes, its evolutionary effects, are not just a metaphysics, a religious, or a philosophical oneness concept. It may be a natural, impersonal [meaning non-individualized, non-ego] process of evolution. In fact, we all have access to this universal wholeness, its processes, its perfection, its Divinity. (The objective of every meditator is it not?).
The Near Death Experience
Anita Moorjani had been given just hours to live by her doctors when she arrived at the hospital in a coma in February, 2006. Unable to move as a result of the cancer that had ravaged her body for nearly four years, Anita entered another dimension. Her remarkable NDE (near-death experience) and subsequent healing from end-stage cancer is one of the most amazing cases of a complete recovery ever recorded. She states that while comatose and very near death she could see her body from a state of consciousness outside it, yet felt no attachment to it. Anita goes on to describe that while in this state it seemed as though she had all around vision, and not just in her immediate environment, but beyond. She adds that she felt she could be everywhere all at the same time. And, that wherever specifically she focused her awareness, there she was. She describes her experiences in detail in her book, “Dying to be Me.”
Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander III had been at Harvard Medical School for 15 years. He states that he spent the first 54 years of his life committed to a materialist scientist world view. He felt he knew much about how brain, mind, and consciousness interrelated. This was turned completely upside down when in 2008 he was suddenly thrust into a coma with a severe gram-negative bacterial meningitis; the worst meningitis one could possibly have. It destroys the outer surface, the complex functioning part of the brain, the neocortex. His brain scans confirm this. Dr. Alexander mentions that neuroscience models of consciousness all postulate that the advanced calculating functioning processes of the neocortex are essential for consciousness. However, while deep within a coma with his neocortex devastated, his consciousness nonetheless expanded tremendously. And, like Anita, he survived and experienced a full recovery, seemingly miraculously.
Dr. Alexander says that technology has enabled more and more persons to survive following having died in a hospital environment (as in cardiac arrest) where they are able to provide verifiable evidence of continuing to survive, even more fully, without a functioning brain or body. And that he believes this is happening now, worldwide, for a reason [reaching a critical mass imparting important, much needed, information]. Dr. Alexander also states emphatically, what he learned was that we have nothing to fear. He also describes his experiences in his book “Proof of Heaven.”
Again, as quoted above, “When the time is ripe for certain things, these things appear in different places in the manner of violets coming to light in early spring.” – Farkas Bolyai to his son, Janos Bolyai.
The book, “A Course In Miracles” was first published in 1976 around the same time as the psychiatrist, Dr. Raymond Moody’s book, “Life After Life” where he cites interviews with 150 people who reported of near death experiences. His work did much to spark further research into the field of the near death experience and encourage many, many others to share their similar experiences. The paragraph below is from ACIM and can be viewed in the Miracles For All chapter (D) The Book “A Course In Miracles” [link below]:
ACIM – I Release the World from all I Thought it was. “ … the healing of oneself thus the healing of the world is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world of suffering, of death (for, they need not be at all nor are real in their effects) and can now accept this teaching. “Their readiness will bring it to them in some form which they can understand and recognize it. Some see it suddenly on point of death, and rise to teach it.””
From Step (A) → to Unity – A Course In Miracles Lesson 184
The Name of God
You live by symbols. You have made up names for everything you see. Each one becomes a separate entity, identified by its own name. By this you carve it out of unity. By this you designate its special attributes, and set it off from other things by emphasizing the space surrounding it. This space you lay between all things to which you give a different name; all happenings in terms of place and time; all bodies which are greeted by a name.
This space you see as setting off all things from one another is the means by which the world’s perception is made. You see something where nothing is, and see as well nothing where there is unity; a space between all things, between all things and you. Thus do you think that you have given life in separation. By this split you think you are established as an entity which functions with an independent will.
What are these names by which the world becomes a series of discrete events, of things ununified, of bodies kept apart and holding bits of mind as separate awarenesses? You gave these names to them, establishing perception as you wished to have perception be. The nameless things were given names, and thus reality was given them as well. For what is named is given the name’s meaning and will then be seen as such; a cause and effect, with an inherent consequence – inherent in and of itself.
This is the way reality is made partial and set against the truth: unity. It conceives of little, discreet things and looks upon them as such. And a lack of space [no separation] thus a sense of unity, vision, sees differently and becomes the threats which it [separation] must conflict with and deny. Yet does this other vision still remain a natural direction for the mind to channel its perception.
It is hard to teach the mind a thousand names, and thousands more. Yet you believe this is what learning is; its one essential goal by which communication is achieved, and concepts can be meaningfully shared. This is the sum of the discreet parts the teaching of the world bestows. And everyone who is taught and learns to think that it is so accepts the signs and symbols that, in turn, assert that such a world is real leaving no doubt that what is named is there. And, such is anticipated, [probabilistically] predicted. That which denies that this is true, [Unity, Oneness with All that Is, God] is considered the illusion, madness even. For, separateness (the discreet parts, their names, their causes and effects] is the ultimate reality and to accept its pretense is the proof of sanity.
Such is the teaching of the world. It is a phase of learning everyone who comes must go through. But the sooner he perceives on what it rests, how questionable are its premises, how doubtful its results, the sooner does he question its effects. Learning that stops with what the world would teach stops short of meaning [of purpose, of realizing its Source]. Yet, in its proper place, it serves but as a starting point from which another kind of learning can begin, a new perception can be gained, and all the arbitrary names the world bestows can be withdrawn as they are raised to doubt.
Think not you made the world. Illusions, yes! But what is true in Earth and Heaven is beyond your naming. When you call upon a brother, it is to his body that you make your appeal. His true Identity is hidden from you by what you believe he really is. His body then responds to what you call him, for his mind consents to take the name [thus the false identity] you give him as his own. And thus his unity is twice denied, for you perceive him separate from you, and he accepts this separate name as his.
Yet, it would indeed be strange if you were asked to go beyond all symbols of the world, forgetting them forever; yet were asked to take a teaching [and thus learning] function. You have need to use the symbols of the world a while. But, do not be deceived by them as well. They do not stand for anything at all, and in your practicing it is this thought that will release you from them. They become but means for which you can communicate in ways the world can understand, but which you recognize is not the unity where true communication can be found.
Thus what you need are intervals each day in which the learning of the world becomes a transitory phase; a prison house from which you go into the sunlight and forget the darkness. Here you understand the Word, the Name which God has given you [Christ, Son of God]; the one Identity which all things share; the one acknowledgment of what is true. And then step back to darkness, not because you think it real, but only to proclaim its unreality in terms which still have meaning in the world that darkness rules. [Reminiscent of the allegory of Plato’s Cave, is it not?]
Use all the little names and symbols which delineate the world of darkness. Yet accept them not as your reality, recalling instead creation has one Name, one meaning, and a single Source which unifies all things within Itself. Use all the names but for convenience never forgetting they share the Name of God along with you.
God has no name. And yet His Name becomes the final lesson that all things are one, and at this lesson does all learning end. All names are unified; all space is filled with truth’s reflection. Every gap is closed, and separation healed. The Word, the Name of God, represents the inheritance [Heaven, perfect unity, oneness with God] He gave to those who chose the teaching of the world to take the place of Heaven instead. In our practicing, our intent is to let our minds accept, to provide the answer in response to the pitiful inheritance you made [a world of fear, lack, death even] as fitting for the Son He loves.
No one can fail who seeks the meaning of the Name, the Word, God. Still, experience must come to supplement the Word. But first you must accept the Name for all of reality, and realize the many names you gave its aspects instead have distorted what you see, but have not interfered with truth at all. One Name we bring into our practicing. One Name we use to unify our sight – God.
And though we use a different name for each awareness of an aspect of God, we understand that they have but one Name, which He has given them. It is this Name we use in practicing. And through Its use, all foolish separations disappear which has kept us blind [thus of limited consciousness, limited awareness]. And, we are given strength to see beyond them. Now our sight is blessed with blessings we can give as we receive.
Father, our Name is Yours. In It we are united with all living things, and You Who are their one Creator. What we made and call by many different names is but a shadow we have tried to cast across Your Own reality. And we are glad and thankful we were wrong. All our mistakes we give to You, that we may be absolved from all effects our errors seemed to have. And we accept the truth You give, in place of every one of them. Your Name is our salvation and escape from what we made. Your Name unites us in the oneness which is our inheritance and peace. Amen.
“A Course In Miracles” also states that the Self needs no miracles. And, in recognizing the Son of God (the perfection, the unity of all of God’s creation) one can save themselves, bypass, thousands of lifetimes. (Kind of like the second colony of algae by passing generations). What would a thousand lifetimes of human evolution be like? No disease, perfect communication (as in telepathy), no lack, no want, nothing to fear, no death thus no need for rebirth, no snake even.
Sources: too numerous to list.
– MFA Chapter (L) Ancient Chinese Sages and Greek Philosophers:
– MFA Chapter (K) Rupert Sheldrake – “Morphic Resonance”:
Dying to be me! Anita Moorjani TEDx Bay Area:
Dr. Eben Alexander – Near Death Experience, Proof of Heaven, Universal LOVE:
Boise, Idaho – May 26, 2017
“Lady, you knew all along I was a snake.”
During this past week (as of this writing) I had a series of three synchronicities within a three day time span related to the same subject, snake bites, as well as a couple of other miraculous occurrences.
Nature’s cycles of creation, destruction, and transformation, including reincarnation
The subject of snake bites appeared in two written works: One was in a chapter about reincarnation in a book I was reading by Stafford Betty titled, “When Did You Ever Become Less by Dying.” The book was not about reincarnation specifically; only that chapter explored the possibility of such. The author mentioned an individual, a little eastern Indian girl, who had provided compelling evidence of a previous life of hers including the information that, that life ended as a result of a poisonous snake bite. And the other (coincidentally, just prior to reading the chapter about reincarnation in Betty’s book) was in an email I wrote to a friend describing to him of a hypnotically induced past life regression I tried around a year ago where I died the result of a poisonous snake bite. I cannot make the claim that the hypnotic regression revealed an actual past life. I tend to think that it was imagined by me and allegorically similar to actual events having happened in my current life.
During the regression I saw, or imagined myself to be, an aboriginal Indonesian man (brown-skinned and of small stature) who was banished from his tribe; for what offense I do not know. He, with his small sack of possessions, climbed into a primitive canoe and headed down a river eventually docking his boat along the bank of the river with the intention of turning in for the night. As he was in the water up to his thighs, pushing the boat ashore, a poisonous water snake bit him in the thigh. The man knew instantly what his fate was; that he was to die very soon thereafter. And, as he was lying on the shore of the river he thought to himself, “Here I will die just as the animals in the jungle die.” What was peculiar about this was, following this I noticed a slightly painful bump on my leg but a few inches lower than where the tribesman was bitten, and it lasted for a couple of days. It was not there before the hypnotic regression. I tried another hypnotically induced past life regression that was equally as sorrowful. Both times I ‘came to’ crying. Therefore, I haven’t been particularly interested in attempting another one since.
The next snake bite event (again, all within 3 days) involved an actual encounter I had with a snake as I rode my bike along a path near the Boise River. It was endangered and I considered rescuing it. I then recalled an old African folk tale where a lady encounters a dying snake by a river (note the three river connections) and decides to be its savior. She takes the creature home with her and nurses it back to health. As she is caressing the snake prior to releasing it back into the wild it bites her. And, as the venom is coursing through her veins and she is dying she asks it, “How, after all her loving kindness, could he do this to her?” The snake replies, “Lady, you knew all along I was a snake.” So I left the snake in its imperiled state though it appeared to be but a harmless garter snake [image below].
On this MFA website I’ve repeatedly pointed out that synchronicities are always meaningful. Here [below] one can see that the symbolism of the snake appears in religious mythology and folklore throughout the world since ancient times; in particular in reference to creation and destruction, birth, death and rebirth, renewal, and as referred to above, reincarnation.
For example: In Ancient Egypt, the tail-eating snake, or serpent, the Ouroboros, is featured in the funerary text in the tomb of Tutankhamun (14th century BC.). In an illustration featured in this text, two serpents, holding their tails in their mouths, coil around an enormous god and this, according to some interpretations, represents a unified Ra (the Sun God – the primary God of Ancient Egypt) and Osiris (the God of the afterlife, the underworld). Both serpents are an aspect of the deity Mehen, the coiled one, who protects Ra during his underworld journey. The whole of the divine Mehen figure represents the beginning and the end of time.
In Norse mythology, the serpent Jörmungandr is an enormous oceanic beast and one of the monstrous children of the god Loki; a creature so large it encircles the whole world holding its tail in its mouth. One day, according to Nordic prophecy, it will release its tail from its mouth and rise from the ocean depths to harken in the end, then rebirth, of Earth.
In Hindu iconography, the snake, Vasuki, often surrounds the god Shiva, one of the principle deities of Hinduism; the God of creation, destruction, and transformation.
In Buddhism, the naga (Sanskrit and Pali word for a deity or class of entity or being taking the form of a very great snake specifically the king cobra) which is seen sheltering the Buddha while meditating is known as Mucilanda. Mucilanda is believed to have protected the Buddha from the elements like rain and storm after he attained enlightenment. It is said that the four weeks after the Buddha began meditating under the Bodhi tree, the heavens darkened for seven days and a heavy rainfall started. The mighty king of the serpents, Mucilanda then is believed to have emerged from beneath the earth and protected the Buddha with his hood. as the Buddha is considered the source of all protection.
To many cultures the power of the serpent is in its representation of primal energy (or Shakti). This energy remains coiled within at the base of our spine in the sacrum, a triangular bone. There it sits dormant until it’s ready to move thus achieving kundalini, or awakening. Different spiritual traditions teach methods of “awakening” kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment and a range of supernormal powers.
Again, globally, a snake biting its tail repeatedly appears representing cycles; eternal return or cyclicality; the infinite cycle of nature’s creation and destruction, of life and death and renewal as in the snake shedding its skin. Because it has appeared across so many cultures for so long, the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung considered the icon one of the primordial archetypes of the human psyche. The serpent biting its tail is sometimes also seen as a symbol for infinity.
In a different context entirely, here is a testimony by the organic chemist, August Kekulé (1829 – 1896), considered the principal founder of chemical structure who, in a dream state, discovered the molecular structure of benzene: “I was sitting, writing at my text-book, but the work did not progress; my thoughts were elsewhere. I turned my chair to the fire and dozed. Again the atoms were gamboling before my eyes. This time the smaller groups kept modestly in the background. My mental eye, rendered more acute by the repeated visions of the kind, could now distinguish larger structures of manifold conformation: long rows, sometimes more closely fitted together; all twining and twisting in snake-like motion. But look! What was that? One of the snakes had seized hold of its own tail, and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes …”
Note: Benzene is a widely used industrial chemical and a major component of gasoline. It is also used to make plastics, resins, synthetic fibers, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. It is naturally produced in volcanoes and forest fires.
Gandhi’s views on reincarnation
According to Betty, Gandhi, a Hindu, seems never to have doubted reincarnation. He regarded is as a great mercy. Rather than giving us one long Earth life of hundreds, or even thousands of years God chose instead to give us many lives of far shorter duration. Gandhi suggested that we consider the mess most of us make of our lives due to foolish choices. Many have ruined their reputations, if not their very lives, and the world may view them with contempt. Others nurse hatreds, resentments, and jealousies that destroy the sweetness in them. And in other cases still, there are those who have been scarred by psychological or sexual abuse, or have been driven to insanity due to extreme pressures. Imagine how miserable most of us would be if forced to live with all this debris for a thousand or more uninterrupted years. Most of us need a fresh start, and if not us, then those whom we love. And reincarnation, according to Gandhi, is God’s way of providing such.
Now bear with me here as the text will seem to veer too far from its original subject matter, snake bites and symbolism. As I mentioned in a previous post, I had undergone a daily practice of listening to the “Miracle Healing Recording” on this site and, as well, had been doing the daily exercises in “A Course In Miracles” which, or so it seems, has produced a considerable increase in miraculous experiences – as many as four daily. For around four weeks during the course and chaos of my move from Colorado to Idaho they ceased. Yet now that I am reasonably settled and I have returned to the practice, the increase in miraculous events also seems to have returned.
Link to the “Miracle Healing Recording”:
The recording is also available on the “A Course In Miracles Website” website [as an MP3 file] at the bottom of the website’s page:
Extra Sensory Perception
The aforementioned snake bite synchronicities I experienced are not all of the surprising set of events that have occurred during this past week. I tried an ESP experiment with a deck of 45 colorful cards featuring images of fruits, flowers, a waterfall, a forest, a rainbow, etc. The results were nothing short of shocking. I would think of a card and peruse, by slowly observing the full deck (the backs of the cards) I had fanned out in my hands, then pull out the very card I thought of; many times on the first try, but if not, the second. I should add that if the first card was incorrect it was a card I had previously selected! I did this maybe fifteen times before quitting. Each time, of course, I was careful to shuffle the cards in such a way that I could neither consciously nor subconsciously have known where in the deck the sought for card was.
A similar circumstance is reported of on this website in Chapter (A) Miracles, titled “ESP and a Deck of Cards”:
The painting “White Centerpiece” foretells of a difficulty
Recall in the previous post [dated May 7, 2017] I write beneath the artwork, “I was to ceremoniously hang the first painting titled “White Centerpiece” on a wall in my new home. I placed it on the floor below where it was to be hung then removed the bubble wrap intended to protect the frame’s corners only to have the masking tape, securing the bubble wrap, tear off the silver finish exposing the wood underneath. It looks not at all presentable in its current condition. I could not avoid the feeling this was telling me something.”
This proved to be prophetic. I had a minor tooth problem that I had seen a dentist about in Boulder, Colorado just prior to my departure for Boise. The dentist seriously botched the work which, once I had arrived and settled in Boise, had resulted in the extraction of the tooth; that combined with the rest of the work necessary to remedy the situation will cost me several thousand dollars. For one week, once the tooth was removed, I felt quite self-conscious given the vacancy in my mouth where the tooth had been. Not feeling presentable, I kept a low profile; not venturing out into my new habitat much. Currently, there is a temporary tooth in its place and I feel better, less self-conscious, about my appearance (not the outlandish expense though).
Now, ready to get out and meet new people, I discovered online a local meeting of spiritually minded people. Being one myself I decided to attend, following which I did not feel inclined to become a member of this particular group. For, I was not interested in further familiarizing myself (as I already had in the past) with the various ideologies expressed by the members of the group. However, once the meeting had ended and I headed homeward, driving along a four lane road, I pulled up behind a car stopped at a red light. In the rear window of the car was a small sticker that read, “God is All.” Then, a car pulled up alongside that one and, in the very same position on its rear window, there was a small sticker that read, “Christ is the way.”
To me this was significant because of all the works (spiritual, religious, philosophical, of paranormal evidences, and scientific theories and findings) I have read, studied, and listened to lectures and interviews about, I have found “A Course In Miracles” (Jesus Christ being the source of the written works) to be the most profound and true, and actually produces results – miracles. It rarely contradicts, or is in conflict with, other religious, spiritual and philosophical concepts I have explored (many in-depth). In fact, I find ACIM to be all-inclusive.
The serpent in the Garden of Eden
Yesterday (Sunday, May 27), believing the above essay to be complete, I emailed it to my friend Chad for editing without this part for, it hadn’t happened yet. I intentionally did not include the Biblical story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden (an obvious omission) for I’ve never cared much for the story. Having finished Betty’s book a couple of days ago and with no other book lined up, I decided to again read “A Course in Miracles” from the beginning as well as continue with the ACIM daily lessons especially since miracles are again occurring in my life more and more frequently. This morning (Sunday, May 28), minutes ago in fact, I began reading Chapter 2 and at the bottom of the page it reads:
“The Garden of Eden, or the pre-separation condition, was a state of mind in which nothing was needed. When Adam listened to the “lies of the serpent,” all he heard was untruth.” “Yet the Bible says that a deep sleep fell upon Adam, and nowhere is there reference to his waking up. The world has not yet experienced any comprehensive reawakening or rebirth.”
Now the story of the snake in the Garden of Eden is included. I shall also add:
In Chapter 1, THE MEANING OF MIRACLES, (page 4, number 13) it states: “Miracles are both beginnings and endings and so they alter the temporal order. They are always affirmations of rebirth, which seem to go back but really go forward. They undo the past in the present, and thus release the future.”
Sources: “A Course In Miracles,” Wikipedia, an article by Nick Keppler titled, “Orobouros, the snake that bites its own tail,” and the book “When did you become less by dying?” by Stafford Betty.
May 7, 2017 – from my new home in Boise, Idaho
“A Course In Miracles” Daily Lesson #169: By grace I live. By grace I am released.
For several years now I have studied many brilliant philosophies and spiritual concepts, and as well have read of, or listened to, numerous testimonies of extraordinary experiences (e.g., near death experiences [NDEs], out-of-body experiences [OBEs], communications from the world of spirit, and various other valid accounts of the mystical or miraculous experience to say nothing of my own similar-type experiences. The ACIM lesson featured here well illustrates why I always return to ACIM as my primary guide. However, this is not to negate the value of the many other thoughtful philosophies and points of view (scientific included). ACIM itself states that there are many paths to the top of the mountain. Here I have written the lesson in such a way that it is easy to follow.
Note: Grace can be thought of as the miraculous, or the other than the ordinary causal experience that brings about a healing of the mind, and sometimes, as well, the body of the experiencer thus restoring his awareness of his, and all others, true nature: Son of God.
1) Grace is an aspect of Love, of God. An occurrence of grace is most like the eternal, timeless state prevailing in truth [in timelessness, in unity with God, with All that Is]. In this world, in this temporal physical state, grace is the most lofty of aspirations for, it leads one (and therefore all) beyond the world of space and time, and thus separation, entirely. Grace can only come to the mind that prepares for its acceptance by its willingness, by its forgiveness.
“Grace becomes inevitable instantly to those who have prepared a table where it can be gently received; an altar clean and holy for the gift.”
I was to ceremoniously hang the first painting on a wall in my new home titled “White Centerpiece.” I placed it on the floor below where it was to be hung then removed the bubble wrap intended to protect the frame’s corners only to have the masking tape, securing the bubble wrap, tear off the silver finish exposing the wood beneath. It looks not at all presentable in its current condition. I could not avoid the feeling this was telling me something.
2) Grace is the acceptance of the Love of God within a world teeming with hatred and fear. It is by grace alone that hate and fear are thus gone. Those whose minds are lighted by the gift of grace cannot believe the world of fear is real believing instead that it is an illusion, a dream.
It works conversely too. Considering the prospect that this world is not real allows for miracles, for grace.
3) Grace is not the goal ACIM aspires to attain. Yet, we prepare for grace with a quiet and open mind that can then hear the call to awaken. It then becomes aware that there are things it does not know and is ready to accept a state completely different from its current, familiar experience.
This state is in contrast that which the immutable materialist insists that belief in miracles are evidence of a deluded or insane mind.
4) It may appear to be a contradiction to state the revelation that the Father and Son are one is to be realized and, at the same time, state that this unity is and has always been. But, it is also stated that the mind determines when that time will be, and indeed has already determined it. ACIM urges the student to, here and now, welcome the experience of truth, of grace, and speed its advent into every mind that recognizes truth’s effects on the student.
5) Oneness is simply the idea that God is. We say “God is” then cease to speak. For, in that knowledge words are meaningless being that no part of mind is distinct from any other part; all, everyone, and everything are One. And, like its Source, it just Is.
The goal of meditation, is it not?
6) This cannot be spoken nor written nor thought of at all. Rather, it comes to every mind when it recognizes that its will is God’s will and has received grace and therefore is given grace wholly; no one left out (the part forgiveness plays). The mind returns to the endless present where past and future are not conceived. It lies beyond the need of salvation; past all thought of space and time (separation), the need of forgiveness, of miracles, and eternity remains a constant state.
7) This aforementioned eternal state is beyond the experience of grace we try to hasten. And, forgiveness supports that which the mind itself has decided to most value: the truth.
8) All learning was already in His Mind (God’s perfect Son healed and whole) accomplished and complete. He recognized all that space and time holds and gave this knowledge to all minds (for, all minds are joined) that each one might determine, from a point where space and time ended, or outside space and time, when it is to be released to revelation, to eternity. ACIM states that we but make a journey that is done.
As an aside: I recently heard a woman speak of her observing something like “Indra’s net” (a Buddhist metaphor representing non-duality) during an out-of-body experience; something she has frequently and spontaneously experienced throughout her life. To her, each point on the spherical net, where the strands in the net intersect, represented her many incarnations, past and future and, from her non-physical state, outside space and time, she knew everything about each and every one of her incarnations. To others, Indra’s net is similar to the concept that the universe and all the parts within the universe are hologram-like – that the intersecting points on the net, where the parts are, are jewel-like reflecting the whole and therefore are as the whole is.
9) Oneness must be here and now. Whatever time the mind has set for this revelation is entirely irrelevant to what is a constant state, forever extended as it has been, always will be, and is now. We merely take the part assigned and fully recognized as perfectly fulfilled by the Son of God who wrote salvation’s script in His Creator’s name and in the name of His Son.
10) There is no need to further clarify what cannot be understood in this world. When revelation of your oneness comes it will be fully known, fully understood. Yet, now we have work to do. For, to speak of things beyond space and time, and that which has not yet been, as having past already is incomprehensible. Thus the necessity of grace, of miracles.
11) Suffice it to say that you have work to do to play your part as the ending remains obscured from you until your part is done; your part being that which all the rest depends upon. And, as you take the role assigned to you, salvation comes a bit nearer to each uncertain heart that does not beat as yet in tune, as one, with God.
12) Forgiveness is the central theme that runs through salvation, holding all its parts (the parts all others play) in meaningful relationships. In the meantime we ask for grace. The experience that grace (the miracle) provides is necessary in space and time for it precedes, lights the way, toward Heaven without replacing the thought, the idea, of space and time for a little while longer.
13) This interval suffices for, it is here that miracles are laid then given by you from the holy instants you receive to all who see the light that lingers in your face. What is the face of Christ? He who went a moment into timelessness then brought back to bless the world a clear reflection of the unity he felt for an instant. How otherwise could you finally attain to it forever while a part of you (any one or more of your brothers for any reason whatsoever) remains outside, unknowing, unawakened, and in need of you as a testimonial to the truth?
14) Be grateful to return (to the earthly experience) for you were glad to come an instant and accept the gifts that grace provides then carry them back to yourself. Revelation (the eternal truth) stands not far behind. Therefore, we ask for grace and for the experiences that come from grace. We do not ask for the unattainable nor do we look beyond where and that which grace can provide. However, we can give the grace (the miracles) that has been given us; that which is from beyond the laws of space and time, separation, cause and effect, with the understanding that giving and receiving are one and the same.
15) Today’s learning goal does not exceed this prayer [above and below] for what could be of more value than what we ask this day of Him who gives the grace, the miracles, as they were given Him?
By grace I live. By grace I am released. By Grace I give. By grace I will release.
… and your wholeness is now complete, as God established it. You are His Son, completing His extension and thus your own.
Here is the link to the “A Course In Miracles” Chapter (D) on this website:
April 8, 2017
Notice: A new chapter, (M) Ancient Chinese Sages and Greek Philosophers, is now posted on this “Miracles For all” website.
More on Books and Synchronicities
The inspiration for the new chapter, (L) Ancient Chinese Sages and Greek Philosophers, was from a book published in 1948 titled “Men Who Walk with God” by Sheldon Cheney. I was not compelled to finish the book but from it (among other sources) I derived much of my work on Lao-Tse and Taoism, Pythagoras, Plato and Plotinus; the four philosophers featured in the new “Miracles For All” chapter. His book also includes essays on Gautama Buddha, Socrates, Saint Jerome, Saint Bernard, William Blake, and others.
Having completed this latest chapter (now being reviewed by an editor) I sought a new book for my reading pleasure and happened upon one titled “What is Reality” by Ervin Lazlo. I’ve only just begun reading it. However, early on in the first chapter titled Cosmos, on pages 16 and 17, the author writes of the Chinese sage Lao-Tse and the ancient Greek philosophers Pythagoras, Plato, and Plotinus and their concepts of the origin and nature of the Cosmos. I have read a significant amount of scientific analysis and approaches to philosophical/spiritual concepts (some of which are featured on this site) and I do not specifically recall mention of the aforementioned ancient philosophers. Regardless, it’s the timing that is of significance. Laszlo does mention other spiritual and philosophical thinkers.
On page 9, the author writes that, in the Old Testament it is the logos – the Word – that is, not just of God but is God: “In the beginning was the Word …” (John 1:1). As I have mentioned repeatedly throughout this website, it is an extraordinary and ongoing phenomenon with me that I experience synchronicities associated with books, or other written works (thus words) and actual physical, sensory, materializations of that which I have recently read about. Sometimes too, I observe pictorial images (in books, magazines, online, etc.) directly related to that which I have recently read about elsewhere. Half the time (perhaps, a guess) the sequence is reversed: I’ll think about something and what I had thought about will soon appear to me in writing, or pictures, or actual 3-D materializations of things or events. Of course, nearly all our thoughts, our ideas, are in the form of words (sometimes visions, as in dreams, but later reviewed in words).
March 19, 2017
Barnes and Noble Synchronicities – and, as I have stated several times before, books produce synchronicities – March 2017, Niwot, Colorado
I realize I risk boring the reader by excessively reporting of seemingly minor and insignificant (although they never are) synchronicities. However, as already stated in the posts below this one, I am experiencing far more of these and other similar type events since I began the practice of reading, and doing as instructed, the “A Course In Miracles” daily lessons, and listening to the “Miracle Healing Recording,” also on a daily basis. Therefore, I consider it of value to report these additional synchronistic occurrences thereby underscoring the results of the practice.
Angels and Demons and the Pantheon in Ancient Rome
This morning I tried but was unable to recall the name of a movie produced by Ron Howard which features a scene inside the Pantheon in ancient Rome [see image below]. A previous synchronicity, or precognitive vision actually, involving the movie is reported on in this MFA website: Chapter (B) MIRACLES – Precognition, Visions, Synchronicity, etc. (go to: page 43, “Visions – The Pantheon in Ancient Rome,” then on to page 44 “Angels and Demons” and “The Pantheon and the Rotunda of the University of Virginia”) It reports of an account of a rather sudden and striking vision (meaning that it was not at all vague nor subtle – very clear as in a photograph or movie) that appeared in my mind that was precisely the same as a scene depicted in the movie which I saw following the vision. Despite that, without looking it up on my website I could not recall the title of the movie.
An hour or so later Chad and I met for lunch downtown then went to Barnes and Noble bookstore to find a good book on meditation practices. He has mentioned repeatedly that I would benefit considerably from meditation and I cannot argue that point as my mind, it seems, is quite undisciplined and thus wanders more often from the present moment than would otherwise be beneficial.
We entered the store and went toward the back where the restrooms were located. As I waited for him my eyes wandered in the direction of the book shelves on my immediate right where I observed a book with the author’s name, Dan Brown, (whom I recognized as having also written the book that the movie was based on) prominently featured on the cover. The book was placed with the cover facing forward, not sideways as books are usually shelved in a bookcase. With that information (meaning the author’s name) Chad, on his cell phone, found the title of the movie I was trying to recall: “Angels and Demons.”
There are innumerable synchronistic events in my life associated with the Parthenon and other more contemporary structures designed to imitate the Pantheon. For example: Thomas Jefferson’s architectural design of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia [see image on left], the Jefferson County Courthouse in Aurora, Colorado, and the gazebo structure as described in my “Miracle Healing Recording” on this website. The dominant feature of these structures is the ornate dome-shaped ceiling with a circular opening in its center allowing for a beam, or column, of light from the sun (suggesting a divine, or heavenly, light from above) to shine downward into the foyer, or atrium, below.
Everything Happens for a Reason
As I have mentioned in several recent posts below a childhood friend, Robert Morse, who is now a real estate broker, recently met up with me in Boise, Idaho (he traveling from San Diego, California, and I from Boulder, Colorado) in an effort to, among other reasons, help me find a home to purchase there then move into. He and I are now in our 60’s and both of our fathers have passed on. I pointed out to Robert how our connecting again, as we have on other occasions throughout our lives, was for a reason. He agreed and added that his elderly father had told him that as one gets older they begin to realize that everything happens for a reason.
At Barnes and Noble, Chad and I next arrived at and paused before another bookcase displaying books on sale, and we both noticed the one titled “Everything Happens for a Reason.” I did not purchase that particular book nor any other in that section but soon found elsewhere in the store what we were looking for: a book on meditation practices for the beginner, “Meditation Made Simple.”
We then stood in a line behind several others at the sales checkout area waiting for an available clerk to make my purchase. As we waited Chad pointed out the book directly in front of us amongst a display of children’s books. The book’s title was “Emerald City.” Why this is meaningful is explained in the post below dated March 15.
“The David” and the Italian City, Florence
A few days prior I had been on the phone with Robert and asked him whether he had read the recent synchronistic events published on this website; specifically those involving him. As I have previously stated [below]: During our trip to Boise I spoke often of the miraculous experience and the significance of such events. I also mention that he was not particularly familiar with the subject. In such circumstances (specifically regarding matters of a spiritual and/or paranormal nature) one does need to be mindful as to how the person they are speaking to regards these topics. In response to my question he stated that he had not, as of yet, read the last piece. Therefore, I informed him of its content a bit.
During our conversation I got the impression that Robert remained unconvinced of the meaningfulness, or reality for that matter, of synchronicities or any other supernatural phenomena. However, he did confess that he was superstitious. He had been told that if he was having difficulty selling a property for one of his clients, he needed to bury in the dirt, upside down, a small statuette of “The David,” as he referred to it, somewhere on the property and this would bring good fortune and soon the house would sell. He went on to describe a particular property he could not sell for months so he thought he would give this a try. He purchased a miniature statue of The David then dug a hole in the ground in the front yard of the home and placed it in the hole, burying it upside down as instructed, and lo and behold the home sold in just three days. He said a realtor friend of his bought a whole case of these statuettes. In fact, he added that he was having difficulty selling a particular home and was planning on burying one of these little statues on that property later, on that very day.
I’m not sure but, he may have been making fun of me. What he didn’t know, and I was not at all inclined to tell him, was that I used to regularly post comments in the local online newspaper, the Boulder “Daily Camera,” specifically addressing the adverse effects on the atmosphere, magnetosphere, and humans, and other species, due to all of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from wireless technologies; from the satellites, the microwave/radio towers, and the billions and billions of wireless devises operating all over the planet. And, that my commentary pseudonym was none other than, The David.
Robert and I then went on to discuss the Italian city of Florence (we’ve both been there) where the sublimely beautiful statue of Michelangelo’s David is located.
Back at Barnes and Noble: Chad and I had moved forward in the checkout line and on the next table before us was a display of perhaps five movie DVDs, one of which was titled “Florence.” I could add other reasons why the name Florence is synchronistically significant, but this is enough as is.
Note: Just after I had finished writing the above piece I went to my social email inbox and had one email from a member of local hiking group I belong to wanting to organize a trip to Italy. The subject line of the email read, “Travelling in Italy Together.” (Note that most of the above synchronicities take place in Italy). The next morning I woke up to find the front door wide open (the wind must have blown it open during the night not having been shut properly). After having shut the door and made a cup of coffee I sat down to read the ACIM lesson for that day: Lesson #137, and in the first paragraph it reads, “Sickness… becomes a door that closes on a separate self and keeps it isolated and alone.” Next, I went to my computer to my Google Analytics page to see whom, if anyone, has visited this “Miracles For All” website and there was one visit from Florence, Italy.
Behind the Scenes
Nearly every day is like this now. What this suggests to me (suggests, meaning that I cannot say for sure) is that this day-to-day, temporal, material experience is more dream-like than we, or most of us anyway, ordinarily realize and that the origin, the source, of our daily experiences is our thoughts which are in the form of language, words (which also produce feelings and mental images). And whether or not the thought precedes, or is simultaneous with, or follows an experience, or event, is irrelevant for the actual manifestation process is outside space and time. (This is why we sometimes experience precognition, for example). And that process, to say nothing of what outside space and time would be like, is not comprehensible to us within spacetime. [Spacetime: space and time are one and the same; like two sides of the same coin. One only exists because of the other which only exists because of the other]. How this works behind the scenes is sort of like driving a car: you can operate the automobile without knowing how the machine works.
Scientists create cats and rats that glow in the dark!
Later that day, Chad expressed his concerns that I am getting too consumed by spiritual and supernatural matters and that I talk about them too much. I cannot disagree with him on this point. So, on the following day (yesterday as of this writing) I watched a science program on bioluminescent and bioflorescent species.
During the program a Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist states, “Brains give us consciousness, memory, behavior, personality – everything we do derives from it.”
The program demonstrated how scientists extracted tissue from florescent fish and from there, spliced genes [from strands of DNA] that cause the florescence. Then, using genetic engineering, they fused their genetically manipulated florescent proteins to other natural, organic proteins in other organisms. This enabled a glowing of the proteins within the organisms’ brain cells [neurons] involved in neural electrochemical processes. In other words, by inserting the florescence producing proteins into the organism’s brain they were able to observe in real time as it was thinking. This was the first observation of the electrochemical activity of individual neurons; as opposed to viewing the activity of neural regions as is currently observable with fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) technologies. (As an aside, it is estimated that there are 80 to 100 billion neurons in an adult human brain). This genetic engineering was not limited to brain research however. The program also showed images of live (presumably, they were not animated) cats and rats whose entire bodies were artificially, genetically mutated to glow in the dark!
And here scientists consider themselves rational thinkers and that claims of psychic or supernatural phenomena, and evidence of consciousness surviving bodily death, etc., are all indications of a deluded or insane mind.
Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet
Following that program I turned my attention to a fascinating online interview by Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove on “The New Thinking Allowed” program with Stephen Schwartz titled “Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet” [see link below]. Schwartz was quite successful as a script writer while still in his twenties. He tells of being at a party in New York during the 1960s at the home of the famous author, Truman Capote (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood” amongst numerous other films based on his novels). And, as he was leaving the party he looks into a gilded antique Italian mirror and upon seeing his reflection he had what he referred to as an existential crisis. Schwartz then goes on to say that this was soon followed up by a very unusual encounter with a couple where the woman asked him if he believed in reincarnation. The man, it turned out, was the production designer of the movie “The Magnificent Seven.” These events, he states, led him toward a very different path, or purpose, in life. Schwartz then mentions Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia where he had attended college. He also describes a psychic ability test he created where he buried small objects (a Barbie doll, a jar, etc.) in the ground in his yard to see if a subject could psychically reveal (from a distance) what was hidden where. Later in the interview he mentions one of Edgar Cayce’s healings where the psychic was suddenly and mysteriously able to speak fluent Italian in an effort to heal a woman in Italy.
“Thinking Allowed” interview with Stephen A. Schwartz “Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet”:
March 15, 2017
Impressive Results Thus Far: “Miracle Healing Recording” and “A Course in Miracles” Daily Lessons – Niwot, Colorado – March, 2017
I began a practice 130 days ago. I know exactly how long ago because that is the “A Course In Miracles” daily lesson I am on as of today (as of this writing), March 5, 2017: lesson #130 titled, “It is impossible to see two worlds.” Along with reading and doing the daily lessons I also listen to (again, daily) the “Miracle Healing Recording” on this website [Chapter (O) Miracle Healing Recording]. All humility aside, for I produced the recording, it is excellent; quite soothing and effective which I will elaborate on later. The script for the recording is entirely based on the teachings in “A Course in Miracles.”
The “Miracle Healing Recording”was not at all easy to produce. For example, to coincide the timing of the verbal content with the thirty minute musical piece was no easy task. I could make no mistakes during the reading of the script (which I authored) into the microphone for, the recording program had no editing function. More difficult still was to speak in a harmonious cadence along with the rhythm of the music. These requirements necessitated that I rerecorded the work over and over again, how often I could not say, until I got it right. Once satisfied with the outcome I really did not care to listen to it again for a couple of months having put so much effort into the work. However, following that time period, I began the method described above curious to know what, if any, the effects of the two-part practice, or exercise, might be. Chad [mentioned throughout this website] had been doing the same only less frequently – perhaps half as often. However, he too, over time, having noticed significant results is now listening to the recording and reading the ACIM daily lessons more frequently.
This exercise appears to be producing more than the usual amount of synchronicities and other miraculous events I am typically accustomed to. The same is true for Chad. I have also noticed that I am of a generally happier mental state; more uplifted. As well, I am less likely to become anxious about the future, or agitated with others, or circumstances, in the present whereas otherwise, prior to this process, I probably would be more so (especially now as I am in the process of selling my existing home, buying a new one, and moving out of Colorado to the state of Idaho). These latter effects [greater happiness and peace of mind], I was not at all expecting. Many readers of this personal testimony would be inclined to think that Chad and I are but two participators, and that I in particular, too biased a participant at that, which is indeed a valid criticism. Yet, to them I would respond that the practice is quite pleasant and one has nothing to lose, only to gain, from trying it themselves.
The three events mentioned here (“Mozart and Vivaldi,” “Dirty Laundry” and “Emerald City”) along with those posted [below] on March 6, 2017 titled “Here Comes the Sun“ are but a couple of examples of recent (over the past four weeks as of this writing) synchronistic events I have experienced. There have been several others, too numerous to mention, and sometimes as many as three or four over the course of a single day. Additionally, Chad has also begun to experience more synchronicities and other similar-type miraculous phenomena; several along with me and a few on his own. As I have stated elsewhere on this “Miracles For All” website, prior to meeting me he never before had these experiences nor did he consider accounts of miraculous experiences particularly valid or useful events.
Mozart and Vivaldi
Chad and I drove in our separate cars to meet at a particular location where, from there, we both got into my car to travel together to a trailhead for a hike in the foothills bordering Boulder, Colorado. We both showed up with two recorded classical music songs to share with the other; his on his iPhone and mine on a cassette to play in my car’s cassette player. Our choices, as we explained to each other, were: in Chad’s case two Vivaldi pieces to, as he explained to me, energize him (he’s rather laid-back), and in my case two Mozart selections intended to relax me (I’m a bit high-strung). We had never done this or anything like it before. Also, it had been my impression he was little interested in classical music.
I pay scant attention to the news anymore and recently upon my mentioning this fact, and why, to someone it brought to mind a song popular in the 1980’s by the singer Don Henley titled “Dirty Laundry;” a parody on the news media’s reveling in fatalistic and tragic news stories. I could not recall the song’s title nor the lyrics, only the artist’s name and the general theme of the song. For two days I would repeatedly try to recall the name of song. Then, on the third day, I went into a liquor store to purchase some wine, and as I was perusing a shelf displaying several different brands of bottles of chardonnay, the music in the store began to play this very song. It is rarely played publicly anymore that I am aware of.
For many years during my marriage (which ended in divorce in 2007) my then husband, Adam, and I traveled by car to the Colorado mountain towns of Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, etc. during the Fall and Summer months for biking and hiking. En route, following our departures from Boulder and driving along the main road through Golden, the next neighboring town, the Jefferson County Courthouse building located there is plainly visible from the road. The building is beautiful (image on left). Every time we passed it, without fail, I would state that it was the building at the entrance to Emerald City (a fiction of course). For years I used the mental image of the building as a model for a transcendent, celestial university that I often imagined as I was falling asleep at night that I would attend in my dreams. Also, while immersed in the difficulty of being assaulted by local members of organized crime and doing my best to get help from law enforcement officials, I envisioned the circumstance being resolved there. In both cases I would visualize beautiful, enlightened persons both outdoors in a college campus-type setting, and indoors in the building’s circular atrium with the glass dome overhead producing a beam of light shining downwards. In these visualizations these individuals were always glad to see me, to have me there with them. And, as I would stand in the beam of light, others would join in.
On February 27th, Robert Morse (mentioned in posts below) sent me an email stating, in reference to my plans to move to Boise, Idaho: “FYI [for your information] Boise is known as Emerald City.”
Here is the official “A Course In Miracles” website where one can read and/or listen to an audio recording of ACIM’s Daily Lessons:
Here is the link to another website of mine titled “A Course In Miracles Website” where at the bottom of the single page website, beneath the image of the flute, one can also (meaning as well as on this “Miracles For All” website) listen to the aforementioned “Miracle Healing Recording”:
On this MFA site: https://miraclesforall.com/healing-and-oneness-recording/
For an MP3 file to listen with an IPhone: http://acourseinmiracleswebsite.com/
March 6, 2017
Here Comes the Sun– Niwot, Colorado and Boise, Idaho – February, 2017
A childhood friend, Robert Morse, (the person mentioned in the post below dated December 23, 2016 titled “Full Circle”) who now works as a real estate broker, and I arranged to meet in Boise, Idaho for five days in February, 2017. The weather forecast for that time period was, not surprisingly, some sunshine but mostly overcast with rain and snowfall. We spent two days in the city of Boise looking for property for me to purchase and then, on the third day, Friday morning, we drove from there (just over two hours) to spend three days in a nearby ski resort called Tamarack. Tamarack is a charming resort development project in progress. The weather forecast for the weekend predicted snowfall.
We settled into our apartment at the lodge and the next day, on Saturday morning, Robert departed from Tamarack headed to a nearby town to catch up with his son and grandson. His young grandson was on an ice hockey team competing in final, statewide matches. After he had left I turned on the television. I never watch television; I do not own one. I was hoping to find a music station as there was no other source for music in the room.
What caught my attention as I switched from channel to channel was a scene from an old, 1958, black and white movie titled “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.” I recalled having seen it years ago when I was a child. The scene depicted thousands of people trudging up a hill during a torrential downpour. In a cottage a priest was expressing his concerns to a man and his daughter that these people whom had come to witness a miracle would become angry when none occurred for there was no shelter for them and the conditions were miserable. The child and her father insisted that the miracle, “a sign that will make them believe,” promised the child and her two young cousins by an apparition of a lady a few months prior would indeed occur. I watched for maybe ten minutes; up until the scene of the sun breaking through an opening in the clouds followed by the raptures expressed by the pilgrims. Then, from there, I continued my search for a music channel. There was none.
Note: Wikipedia provides a more detailed description of the story of “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.”
After I had turned off the television I recalled a sequence of events that happened years ago while still married and living not far from where I live now in Colorado. On that occasion there were a series of days on end that were gray and overcast. I grew quite weary of it and told my husband I was going to create an opening in the sky enabling the sun to shine through the clouds and onto our home. For the next three days, seemingly, at my (sort of) prayerful request and visualizing, this very thing happened lasting for much of each day. I would call my husband at work asking him if he could see from where he was the opening in the clouds and the light shining down on our home and surrounding neighborhood. I didn’t take the incident all that seriously although, I’ve never forgotten it and have had similar, yet less dramatic ones, since then. At the time I would joke with my husband claiming I could do this because I believed I could – whereas most people do not.
I then reflected on an incident that occurred just a couple of days before arriving in Idaho. My friend Chad and I headed out for a hike in the foothills in Boulder, Colorado. We had been experiencing for several days what is renowned as the Chinook Winds (winds up to 70 miles per hour; some of the highest peak winds of any city in the U.S.). Regardless, we decided to go. When we arrived at the trail head the wind was blowing hard. The hiker in front of us soon quit returning to his car; however, we persevered. As we hiked along I considered the possibility that I could calm the wind and thought of the Biblical story of the miracle of Christ calming the stormy Sea of Galilee. This seemed to work. When it kicked up again I focused my attention on the large rocks on either side of the path thinking that the wind had no effect on them and felt their [the rocks] calmness. This too seemed to work. Throughout the hike I intermittently used both mental concepts anytime a breeze began (which was rather pleasant as we got warmer and warmer) preventing, or so it seemed, stronger blustering gales. I mentioned what I had been doing to Chad. He’s come to the point where he now takes my claims of producing miracles rather seriously; or, at the very least, considers them plausible.
Back at the Tamarack Lodge in Idaho and following these ruminations I opened a book I was, and still am as of this writing, reading titled “Men Who Have Walked With God” by Sheldon Cheney published in 1948. I began where I had left off in the chapter titled “The Buddha.” Within a couple of paragraphs l read the words, “A great rock remains undisturbed in a storm.”
That day, Saturday, the weather was okay (overcast and light snow on occasion as predicted) and I managed to get outdoors for a relatively long walk. Sunday however, was less promising. Upon awakening I could see that there was a thick cloud cover and snow coming down. While having coffee and looking out the large window in the living room of the lodge apartment I thought I would create an opening in the sky above just as I had done years before in Boulder, Colorado, and as was depicted in the movie. As I focused on my intentions, I saw the clouds directly overhead thinning out and breaking up. And, throughout most of the day a clear blue sky, in a circular region perhaps a half to three quarters of a mile or so in diameter, appeared above. The ski resort and lodge were in sunshine whereas much of the rest of the observable sky from my vantage point was overcast, and this persisted much of the day. In fact, when it appeared that it would cloud up again, which it did now and then, I would state that I wanted the area to remain clear and sunny following which the clouds in the same circular area above would recede.
I decided not to mention this to Robert for it is my impression that he is not familiar with, nor before has he been much interested in, these type of events. During our time together in Idaho I had made several references to spiritual, religious, and metaphysics books, valid mystical, and paranormal or miraculous accounts of others, along with a few of my own. And, at one point, he had stated that this was all quite new to him and that he “needed time to process the information” thus completing our conversations over the course of our journey on these topics.
“The Reality of ESP; A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities” by Russell Targ, Ph. D.
Here’s a far less dramatic, perhaps every day, similar type incident: In an excellent book written by the physicist, Dr. Russell Targ titled “The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities”I had mentioned to Chad of a case reported in the book involving remote viewing experiments being conducted at the Stanford Research Institute [the SRI] in the 1970’s and 80’s headed by Dr. Targ and funded by the U.S. government on behalf of the U.S. military and CIA.
Remote viewing is a telepathic communication between two separated individuals (distance is irrelevant) where one individual, the sender, is to attempt to forward mental images depicting where the sender is to the second individual, the receiver, who is to attempt to telepathically receive the imagery. The receiver then draws the images that appear in their mind and the results (the comparison of the receiver’s drawing with the structures and/or landscape at the sender’s location) are then determined as to the drawing’s accuracy. The results produced some impressive, striking similarities. In fact, there were three individuals who were exceedingly adept at mentally picturing the sender’s environment: the artist Ingo Swan, a police officer, Pat Price (both renowned psychics), and a neighbor of Targ’s, a professional photographer whom he asked to give it try!
The particular, and the only, successful remote viewing account mentioned in the book that I told Chad about was where a sender was able to transfer the information (both in the form of imagery and sound) to a receiver that he was in a park at a children’s metal swing set. And, as he was swinging back and forth on one of the swings it squeaked. A week following my reporting of this account to Chad, upon my return from Boise, Chad and I decided to go for a walk in downtown Boulder, Colorado. We proceeded in the direction of a nearby park approximately a half-mile distance from where we were. Once we had arrived at the park we observed a swing set, just like the one described in Targ’s book. Chad and I both immediately headed for the swing set and, like little children, back and forth, up and down, we swung as the swings loudly squeaked.
Of Note: This account begins with my catching up with a childhood friend, Robert Morse, introduced in the post below titled “Full Circle” (as in a return to the beginning, among other things). The cloud openings in the skies referred to above were indeed circular. I again refer to childhood (“and, like little children … we swung”) in the last paragraph; a return to childhood; returning to where we began. The movie “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima” was produced in 1958 and the book “Men Who Have Walked with God” was published in 1948. Both Robert and I were born during this time frame. These sort of subtle, yet meaningful connections (and, like synchronicities, they genuinely are meaningful) appear throughout this “Miracles For All” website.
Physicist Russell Targ and the Book “A Course In Miracles”
The physicist Russell Targ is a fascinating individual. It is particularly interesting that he is nearly blind, and since birth, yet has developed a passionate interest in seeing without the body’s eyes; vision, in other words. His work with remote viewing, ESP and other similar type faculties, as well as his knowledge as scientist have led him towards a profound, spiritual philosophy of life.
In an interview with him that I watched online he mentioned that in the 1970’s he had met the publisher of “A Course In Miracles,” Judith Skutch, and she had given him a copy of one of the very first publications of the book. Targ stated that being as he was Jewish, and that Jews can be uncomfortable with the concept of Christ as Son of God and Savior, the book sat in his bookcase unopened for decades. He then went on to say that not only has he since read the book but now hosts in his living room in his home in Palo Alto, California, readings and discussions of the works with his neighbors. He also mentioned that he was particularly impressed with the “Manual for Teachers” section of the book.
February 9, 2017
“Gang Stalking” and FBI FOIPA Report – Niwot, Colorado, February 2017
I have mentioned throughout this site of my being terrorized by members of organized crime involved in pornography and prostitution and of my filing for an FBI FOIPA [freedom of information act] report in hopes of learning of the status of my case. I have received information back in response to my FOIPA request and I know nothing more. I only received back digital copies of the information I provided to them. I can do no more than that which I have already done to provide evidence to the FBI and to learn of the efficacy of my efforts to expose the criminal activity, referred to, in part, on this site. If I were confronted with the same situation, yet knowing what I know now, meaning that even though my efforts appear to have been futile and required far more of me, and was far more discouraging and difficult than I had anticipated at the onset, I would do the same (only more intelligently, hopefully) for, there was no other way, no other better option.
What is important to mention here is that the terrorizing tactics are systematic and sophisticated in their methodology and, if the individual is caught completely unaware of them they can be quite effective, or more so anyway (they would still be effective). In other words, they can thoroughly destroy a person’s life leading to enslavement, or death even, either by homicide or suicide which is the intent. These tactics are not uncommon. They are known of and referred to as “gaslighting” and “gang stalking.”
Gang stalking tactics described:
Organize crime is a malignancy in our country. A malignancy, if not exorcised from a body, will destroy the whole of the body. The same is true of organized crime. I have met, by chance, two other persons who were victimized by these mafia criminals in the manner described here below; one, a man in his forties from New York who worked on behalf of a woman abducted and held hostage by mafia thugs and repeatedly gang raped by them for 2 weeks. He advised that I not give up and told me not to accept anything from them (which I haven’t). He added that many of these thugs did go to prison and some, he said, will never get out. The other was a woman, a nuclear physicist, who lived in Boulder, Colorado, and she told me she had met yet another local woman who was also victimized in this manner and went on the suggest that gang stalking is probably far more wide spread than realized. She was exceedingly depressed. She had two grown daughters, one a mother and the other an attorney, and they thought their mother had lost her mind. She stated that she would not go to the police for help.
Our country, the whole world in fact, has a great deal of problems to contend with presently. We do not need internal terrorism orchestrated by members of organized crime, to say nothing of their illegal and tawdry business practices, on top of everything else. They are not charming, nor clever, nor interesting as the entertainment media so often depicts them. Again, they are but a malignancy.
I found most of the information [written below] in an article online about gang stalking (and there are many) that included particulars much like those of my own experiences.
Psychological warfare tactics are being used against unsuspecting citizens to destroy their jobs, their families, and their lives. The perpetrator’s objective is to utterly destroy the individual very often resulting in a person taking his or her own life (which I nearly did), or ending up in a mental hospital (which nearly happened). This has been taking place for years and nothing is ever reported about it. The article’s author states that, “For the sake of those who came before us, and those who come after us, the world needs to know what is happening.”
For many people, this [terrorizing] comes out of nowhere. They don’t know what they did in order to warrant such a brutal attack (thus adding even more confusion on top of everything else). For others, whistleblowers for example, they know full well how they garnered such attention. One might eventually deduce that they are, for reasons unknown to them, the targets of orchestrated (meaning involving many persons) attacks to destroy their lives. Yet, the assaults are either so subtle that it is difficult to tell for certain that they are intentional, or at other times so nonsensical in their nature they seem purposeless. On other occasions the attacks can be blatantly destructive and obvious leaving no doubt that an effort to completely destroy their lives is underway. (I’ve experienced all three circumstances and repeatedly for many years, up to the present  in fact).
What makes this crime so heinous is that these sophisticated techniques of psychological assault are employed against a person specifically in order to make them appear as though they are insane. Friends and family members do not believe the things that the individual claims are happening to them and conclude that the person is crazy thus increasing the fear, stress, and isolation experienced by the targeted individual.
This whole exercise is an organized crime and terrorist activity. One aspect deals with what the author refers to as “gang stalking”which targeted individuals experience to varying degrees. This involves stalking by a multitude of persons both on foot and while driving. I observed this frequently and realized I could not tell others of this particular activity for, I knew I would then be accused of being crazy – which I was accused of regardless. For example, the police attempted, yet failed, to commit me to a psychiatric ward.
It also involves vandalism to one’s house, car, and personal property to the extent where responding to and protecting oneself from these assaults is a full time job, and very expensive. The intent here is to not only to break the person psychologically but to break them financially as well. The article goes on to state that gang stalking can also be referred to as cause stalking, vengeance stalking, and multi-stalking. What is hard to believe, but actual, is how many persons in a community will willingly participate, invest their time and effort, in this coordinated, mean spirited, sadistic activity.
The article also mentions that the attacks are so well orchestrated that only the victim is aware of, or experiences, them. This is intentional, and it appears that these criminal organizations have perfected these techniques over decades. Mistakes are rarely made, the author claims. He adds, clearly the perpetrators are successful at what they do especially given that new targets are completely bewildered as to what is happening to them (I know I was) having never before heard from the media about such occurrences except in relation to mental illness. Although in my case, thankfully, the professionals in the psychiatric ward at the hospital where the police attempted to commit me knew I was of sound mind, and telling the truth, and I was released.
These tactics are based on many of the same ones as those employed in ritual abuse, and are designed to weaken the targeted individual’s mind. And, I can attest that it does; when encountering others, even new acquaintances, it is apparent that the individual is not quite right with themselves. The author claims that these perpetrators are becoming increasingly addicted to this game of predator/prey; always needing more targets to satisfy their thirst for a sadistic thrill. In other words, he believes it is becoming more common. I even wondered if they placed bets on when their victims would “off” themselves.
I would add that one experiences fear, not just for themselves, but for their friends and family as well and feels the need to protect them by keeping their distance thus furthering their isolation. Thankfully, in my case, I do not have children. Also, fortunately for me, I had no need of employment which they would have somehow managed to interfere with adding financial stress on top of everything else. Although, they tried other means of attempting to render me indigent. These criminals also utilized hypnosis and drugging which the article did not mention.
Coincidentally, I met an elderly man who told me his grown daughter had become paranoid. He described to me what she had told him she was experiencing; these very tactics which I was quite familiar with. He did not believe her. When I mentioned my circumstances, on her behalf, hoping he would consider the possibility that she was telling the truth, he determined that I was crazy too. As stated above, I met another woman, a scientist, who also was experiencing these same assaults. I felt badly for her; as I already stated she was exceedingly depressed. She would not consider going to the police or a doctor for help whereas I did seek help from a physician and am very glad I did – it kept me alive, in fact.
In conclusion: I’ve done everything I could as best I could – never backing off. I have been told, “At least I am still alive and I should be glad of that.” However, being that spiritual evolution is of primary importance to me, well above all else, bodily survival was not, nor is not at the top of my list (though I certainly desire to live as much as anyone spiritual or otherwise).
For a review of circumstances of that which I here [above] refer go to: chapter (A) MIRACLES and scroll down to the posts titled Divine Message – A Most Difficult time, page 22, then Downtown Art Studio, page 23, and next Paranormal Visions of Menacing Entities, page 23. Following having read these posts, the reader should next go to chapter (C) MIRACLES and read the first post titled A Most Difficult Time (organized crime and pornography) pages 53 & 54. Then on chapter (F) “The Varieties of Religious Experience” – Part I, page 27 and 42 [above], and from there chapter (G) “The Varieties of Religious Experience” – Part II, pages 71 and 72 and chapter (H) “The Varieties of Religious Experience” – Part III , on pages 93, 111 & 112, and 142 & 143.
Links to the chapters referred to above:
(A) MIRACLES – https://miraclesforall.com/miracle-stories-page1/
(C) MIRACLES – https://miraclesforall.com/miracle-stories-page3
January 16, 2017
The Ghost Dance
Produced in Niwot (named after Chief Niwot, Arapahoe leader 1825 – 1864), Colorado.
I don’t have a television set and reading is my preferred way of discovering what is going on in the world beyond my own experience and current understanding. One of my methods for finding a good book to read is to return from the library with five to six promising book, perhaps one or two of which I will find interesting enough to read. Sometimes I find real gems — a few of which have been reviewed on this website.
I am now reading, “The Roots of Consciousness” by Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove. He was, perhaps still is, the only person to have received a doctoral degree in parapsychology from a major university, the University of California, Berkeley. In the back there is a photograph of him. Obviously he was still a young man when he wrote this impressive work. I have linked to a number of his “Thinking Allowed” and “The New Thinking Allowed” television and online programs [interviews with various experts] on this Miracles For All website [see chapter (J) Brilliant Scientist Philosophers].
About a fifth of the way through Mishlove’s book, I put it down for the evening and reached for another, a much smaller book, titled “A Sense of Wonder;” a collection of thirty-six essays. I randomly opened it to the middle of one titled “We Have Always Been Here.” After reading a paragraph or two, captivated, I began at the beginning of the essay and then discovered who the author was and the subject of her work; an American Indian woman named Roberta Conner [Sisaawipam is her birth name] pondering the Corps of Discovery; The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804 – 1806) commissioned by Thomas Jefferson following the Louisiana Purchase.
The astute reader will already see the synchronistic links following the two previous posts (dated Dec. 23 & 16). Yet, they go beyond that. For example, in my basement I have an oil painting I started at the [repeatedly aforementioned] art studio titled “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” featuring the most noble and courageous Chief Joseph who was born in 1840 in the Wallowa Valley, in what is now Oregon, and the leader of one band of the Nez Perce people. It was my last painting (although I never finished it). However, in keeping our attention on the important subject matter below, I’ll refrain from much pointing out and reporting of additional synchronistic events.
We Have Always Been Here
Roberta Conner begins her essay with a notation by William Clark dated October 19, 1805 (his spelling and capitols):
“The great chief Yel-lep-pit [and other chiefs] presented themselves to us very early this morning. we Smoked with them, enformed them as we had all others above as well as we Could by Signs of our friendly intentions towards our red children Perticular those who opened their ears to our Councils … They said we came from the clouds …”
Conner states that, “From the animals, plants, water ways, and the cycles provided by the seasons, we learned what to eat, where to live at different times of the year, how to heal ourselves and take care of one another. Our traditional laws, still in place (never replaced nor superseded) tell us how to take care of the gifts from the Creator. In our cultures, children are sacred as are all the beings made by the Creator.” “That is the ages-old context into which Lewis and Clark arrived in 1805. By virtue of them saying so, these newcomers proclaimed we were children to their Great Father. Not so. We are children of this landscape.”
She goes on to say that their [the expedition] arrival was not a threat to their local way of life and that the thirty-three travelers were a curiosity, a trade opportunity. She mentions that it is likely that the peoples Lewis and Clark called Wallahwollah [they called themselves Waluulapam] originated from “Walla Walla”; meaning the many small flows of water that make their way into the Columbia River. And, more than likely, their two Indian, Nez Perce, escorts informed the Corps [the expedition] of the waterways. Connor notes that at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers on October 16, 1805 [now in Pasco, southeast Washington] Lewis and Clark heard at least three languages and learned not how many nor which ones they heard. However, she continues, what matters here is that the knowledge imbedded in these tribal languages accurately and efficiently tells the history of the ecosystems of the Columbia River drainage system.
President Thomas Jefferson observed during his second inaugural address on March 4, 1805:
“These persons [the Indians] inculcate a sanctimonious reverence for the customs of their ancestors; that whatsoever they did, must be done through all times; that reason is a false guide, and advance under its [reason’s] counsel, in their physical, moral, or political condition, is [to the Indians] perilous innovation; that their duty is to remain as their Creator made them, ignorance being safety, and knowledge full of danger…”
Conner states that, “Today, our people persist in resembling the observation regarding our sanctimonious reverence for the customs of our ancestors. It would be unwise to do otherwise.” “This reverence for the ancient covenant … for example, resulted in the ethic that one should never take all of anything in harvest. Always leave fish to pass up river, roots for others, berries for the other species who eat them.” She points out that this same ancient covenant led the modern Umatilla tribes to undertake extraordinary efforts to successfully restore water flows and salmon to the Umatilla and Walla Walla Rivers.
William Clark writes on October 17, 1805:
“This river is remarkable Clear and Crowded with Salmon in maney places, I observe in assending great number of Salmon dead on the shores [following spawning most likely, although he knew not why] floating on the water and in the Bottoms which can be seen at the debth of 20 feet … So it is I must have seen 3 or 400 dead and maney living …”
Conner includes notations from another member of the Corp’s party describing a game, gambling, the Indians enjoyed playing where he mentions that they appear merry and peaceable as they play. She adds that varied games and forms of gambling have been used for centuries, if not longer, to redistribute wealth along the Columbia River and that the judgement that gambling is inappropriate is not their cultural conclusion. That judgment arrives with the missionaries, she claims. Conner goes on to inform that roughly 40% of federally recognized tribes use gaming as a means to an end. Tribes use the net profits from gaming to provide fire, police, sanitation, and emergency medical services as well as education, youth care, and elder care among other services. Gaming, she says, also provides jobs and incomes on reservations where unemployment previously stagnated for decades between 40 and 80 percent.
Seven months later, on April 28, 1806, Clark wrote of the arrival of the “Chim nah poms” and their joining the “Wallah wallahs” (about 350 men, women and children) in song and dance:
“… most of them danced at the Same place they Stood and mearly jumped up to the time of the musick.” “Some of the men who were esteemed most brave entered the Space around which the main body were formed … and danced in a Circular manner [moving] Side wise, at 10 P M … they were much gratified in Seeing Some of our Party join them in their dance.”
Conner adds, we had philosophy, laws, order and religion: we were not uncivilized nor wild. We lived according to our laws in the order established in our homes and homeland. Our law emanated from our ecosystem and our philosophy is celebrated in our music. The expedition did not distinguish the kinds of songs and dances they witnessed; each song is a prayer and they [the dancers] were participating in a ceremony in which the fulfillment of the prophecy of the new people coming was proclaimed. Our people still sing the prayer songs that were likely sung that night. And, people still mark time to the songs and dance jumping in time to the music in a circular side-ways manner as was described 200 years ago.
She writes of how their homeland became a “fur desert” as otter and beaver were obliterated for a hat craze in “civilized” nations. Horses were the Indian’s stock and trade and their selective breeding practices yielded fast hearty horses. By the 1950’s she reports that farming, ranching and railroad [industries] found horses a nuisance. And, that post-depression economics, and the automobile, resulted in thousands of horses being canned for dog food and glue. Conner goes on to inform that within modern Indian tribes are persons who rodeo, race horses, rope, teach horsemanship, round up cattle, etc.
The author states that indigenous people’s diet was lean, rich and diverse and they were physical and athletic (especially compared to today’s diabetes-inducing nutrition and lifestyles). Whereas members of the expedition, according to scholarly estimates, ate 9 pounds of meat per man per day. If they found Indian customs peculiar and our diet distasteful. Imagine what we thought of them. They [the Corps] preferred horsemeat and dog to salmon. There was no alcohol in the Indian diet then; unlike the expedition who made spirits from rotting camas roots. (Author Ian Frazier [referred to below] states that alcoholism is a serious problem on the reservations and suggests that companies like Anheuser-Busch, that trumpet their community service, might open a few alcohol treatment services on the reservations). Connor continues, for regular cleansing, both physical and spiritual, Indians had sweathouses and bathed frequently in streams and rivers. According to their oral history, they found the members of the expedition smelly.
She goes on to say that native peoples were not heathens, thieves, nor savages. And, while Indians were described as such in the journals of six of the members of the expedition who could write, these were all terms, largely derogatory, given to us by others outside our culture. When our Nez Perce relatives escorted them into the mid-Columbia Plateau [covering approximately 2,264 square miles in Eastern Oregon and larger areas in Washington] they found people unafraid of new commerce opportunities, people who were multilingual, and displays of tremendous hospitality. She goes on to say that they continue to be welcoming, straightforward, and heartfelt in their endeavors. Yet sadly, racial epithets and derogatory labels persist.
Our tribes were sovereign nations, says Conner, when President Jefferson dispatched the expedition. We were nations at the Walla Walla Treaty Council in 1855 and we are nations today. Lewis and Clark carried the message of U.S. sovereignty to each of the tribal nations they met; diplomacy was part of their directive. During the face-to-face diplomatic overtures made by the expedition, no one deliberated over our ownership, our occupancy, or our authority over the lands we inhabited. Lewis and Clark had no doubt that they were visitors. But, says Conner, the “seventeen great nations” across the continent on the other coast, had set precedents that would become our destiny — their manifest destiny borne of the rights of discovery.
According to the Lewis and Clark Law School professor Robert Miller, Napoleon’s so-called “discoverer’s rights” were what was actually bought in the famous “Louisiana Purchase,” not land. And, “Discovery” was applied by European/Americans to legally infringe on the real property and sovereign rights of the American Indian nations and their people without their knowledge or consent, and it continues to adversely affect Indian tribes and people today.
The author continues, our spokesmen at the Treaty Council were not naïve, nor were they oblivious to the fact that decisions were being made for them with neither their consultation nor consent. At the Council, Cayuse leader Young Chief said, “The reason we could not understand you was that you selected this country to live in without our having any voice in the matter. You embraced all my country. Where was I to go? Was I to be a wanderer like a wolf? Without a home, without a house, I would be compelled to steal, consequently I would die … I think the land where my forefathers are buried should be mine.”
She points out the while some would become successful farmers and ranchers, most would adjust to subsisting on the fishing, hunting, gathering, trapping and grazing rights reserved for them in the Treaty of 1855, “without which our suffering would have been much worse.” She also addresses that government policies and practices in reservation life and boarding schools further disenfranchised and fractionalized native peoples yet, did not do them in. They still work to overcome the social, psychological, and economic consequences of what followed the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She states that they have been patient but, the land and animals that the Creator placed here with us need our help. Our imperative is constant; we must protect our home and all the gifts from the Creator.
The author, Roberta Conner (Sisaawipan, to use her birth name) is Cayuse, Umatilla and Nez Perce in heritage. This piece [above] is excerpted from her book “Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes” edited by the late historian Alvin Josephy Jr., of Joseph, Oregon whom is described at the end of her essay as a “great gentleman.”
Around 1952 Alvin Josephy Jr. joined “Time” magazine as photo editor. One assignment in particular sparked his interest in the history of American indigenous people, especially the Nez Perce Indians who lived primarily in Oregon and Idaho. Later, Josephy went on to serve as a senior advisor on Indian affairs to Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall during the Kennedy Administration, and following that as an advisor to President Richard Nixon on matters of government policies relating to Indian Tribes. Prior to this time, more than 100 tribes had lost federal recognition and their land holdings under Federal policies of “termination” and forced assimilation. However, based significantly on Josephy’s advice and encouragement, the Nixon Administration adopted a policy of “self-determination” for Native Americans, and furthered policies and practices to encourage their cultural survival. Josephy has authored numerous historical books on the history of Native American Indians (e.g., Chief Joseph’s People and Their War, The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest, The Indian Heritage of America, Red Power: The American Indians’ Fight for Freedom).
Alvin Josephy, of course, reminds us of the artist and writer David Humphreys Miller referred to below who, like Josephy, is a non-Indian who dedicated much of his life to preserving the historical facts and culture of Native Americans. And, it is here that one can see the synchronistic similarities, the threads if you will, from the two pieces below leading to this piece. However, it did not stop there. Following having read Connor’s essay, I looked further into “A Sense of Wonder,” to see if amongst the 36 essays there were more Indian themed stories and I found one other; a relatively short one titled, “Native: Notes on Americanness” by Ian Frazier.
Land of the Free and Home of the Brave
Frazier states that there were perhaps 60 million [indigenous] peoples living in North and South America at the time of the first European contact. And, 400 years later, at the onset of the 20th century, U.S. Census counted a quarter of a million. Edward Curtis’s (1868 – 1952) famous photographs of the last of the Native Americans were a conscious effort to record people whom it was believed would soon become extinct.
A few paragraphs later the author states that in 1874 the Lakota chief Red Cloud (whose portrait I drew while in Aspen, CO during my twenties) gave a speech in New York City, and that upon hearing it people went crazy – they lined Fifth Avenue just to watch him walk by. The speech was reprinted in newspapers and made him a star, following which people fell all over themselves trying to help the Sioux [a confederacy of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota tribes – The Great Sioux Nation). As a result of Red Cloud’s very successful speech, the federal government made a generous concession to the Sioux and a treaty was signed giving the Lakota huge parts of the American Northwest, including the Black Hills of South Dakota; a holy place for the Sioux.
Almost immediately thereafter, according to the author, gold was discovered in the Black Hills. This put the government in a difficult position; it is very hard to stop a gold rush; hundreds of thousands of people rushed into the Black Hills. For a while the government stationed soldiers around the hills to keep prospectors out, but that did not last long. By 1875, not long after Red Cloud’s speech, the hills were filled with white prospectors illegally talking gold worth millions of dollars from Sioux land. The government tried to buy the hills back (and not for a generous sum). The Sioux declined.
Violence and argument ensued. The government decided that the solution was to require all Sioux and Cheyenne people to move onto reservations by January 1876 following which the government sent U.S. Army troops to bring all of the off-reservation Indians in. There were three military operations. One of which was led by General George Custer who came upon a huge encampment of some 5,000 or more Sioux. Custer, perhaps dreaming of a huge victory that would propel him to the presidency he craved, thinking of a resounding military victory (which then was, as is still the case, great political fodder) attacked with his 276 soldiers. The Sioux killed Custer and all his men. Note that this is 1876 – 100 years following the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776; the nation’s Centennial.
Frazier writes that when the news of the Battle of Little Big Horn arrived at the Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia that summer, everyone was crushed. It had been an exciting and successful exhibition; something like a World’s Fair. The telephone had been introduced to the public. You could speak to someone all the way across the crowed and bustling fairground. It was a miraculous thing. In many ways the celebration was the beginning of the modern era in America. But, news of the battle cast an immediate pall on everyone.
The results were: A year later the Black Hills had become federal property purchased under duress from the Sioux for next to nothing. Sioux reservations were greatly reduced in acreage and the Hills were legally opened to prospectors. Nearly every Sioux man, woman and child on the plains were rounded up and forced onto reservations. The subsequent years of famine and disease were brutal. The author states that this theft, and theft it was, has resounded throughout history. To this day the Sioux refuse to negotiate for anything less than the sacred land they wanted in the first place.
The Ghost Dance
Frazier informs us that at this point, around 1980, the Indians all over the West were ripe for any kind of idea that would offer them salvation. And so rose The Ghost Dance; a sort of combined religious revival and political rebellion.
Frazier goes on to say that it is safe to say that if any tribe would take something to the limit, dancing for example, it would be the Sioux. They danced and danced and danced; falling down in traces and exhaustion, rising up and dancing some more. Some claimed that they had flown to the morning star and brought back pieces of it. Some reported that they had seen and spoken with their dead relatives. Some dancers painted the visions that they had seen while dancing on beautiful white shirts. And, it was reported that a shirt with such a vision painted on it was bulletproof.
One point Frazier makes in his article regards criticisms about his writing of others, in this case Indians, different than he (he being a white middle-aged male). He responds by asking how better can one learn beyond that which they already are quite familiar; that being, in his case, of the culture and quality of being a middle-aged white guy.
Ian Frazier is a contributing writer to the “New Yorker” magazine and the author of the book, among others, of “On the Rez,”an account of the modern-day American Indian experience, especially that of the Oglala Sioux, who now live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the state of South Dakota.
I found this additional information about the Ghost Dance online [link below text] at a site titled “Teaching American History in Maryland” from the Maryland state archives [including additional links to various PBS reports on the subject]. It is a fascinating site that includes not only more information about The Ghost Dance but audio recordings as well:
Wavoka: “When the Sun died, I went up to Heaven and saw God and all the people who had died a long time ago. God told me to come back and tell my people they must be good and love one another, and not fight, or steal or lie. He gave me this dance to give to my people.”
“The Ghost Dance religion (or movement) was an answer to the subjugation of Native Americans by the U.S. government. It was an attempt to revitalize traditional culture and to find a way to face increasing poverty, hunger, and disease, all representing the reservation life of the Native Americans in the late nineteenth century.”
“The Ghost Dance originated among the Paiute Indians around 1870. However, the tide of the movement came in 1889 with a Paiute shaman named Wovoka (Jack Wilson). Wovoka had a vision during a sun eclipse in 1889. In this vision he saw the second coming of Christ and received a warning about the evils of the white man. The messianic religion promised an apocalypse that would destroy the earth and the white man [due tosatellite (microwave radiation) technologies saturating the planet, the atmosphere, the magnetosphere, and the planet’s species (e.g., cell phone’s effects on our brains, lymph nodes in our necks, and nerve damage extending from the face downward – I know of two cases)]. The earth then would be restored to the Native Americans. Salvation of individuals was to be achieved by purging oneself of the evil ways learned from the whites. The religion required frequent ceremonial cleansing, meditation, prayer, chanting and, of course, dancing The Ghost Dance. Each ceremony lasted for five successive days. The participants danced each night, and on the last night the dance continued until morning. The ceremony was to be repeated every six weeks. Within a year, the new religion spread throughout the Native camps in the West, giving Native peoples much needed hope.”
“White settlers reacted differently to the new religion. Some traveled to the reservations to observe the dancing, others feared the possibility of an Indian uprising. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) eventually banned The Ghost Dance because the government believed it was a precursor to renewed Native American militancy and violent rebellion. The reaction of the BIA is somewhat ironic, since one of the goals of the agency was to convert the Natives to Christianity. The agency did not recognize that the Ghost Dance religion’s fundamental principles were parallel with Christianity and brought many Indians to believe in one God.”
“Misunderstanding and ignorance were part of the BIA decision. Wovoka’s message clearly promoted pacifism and warned against making any trouble with the whites or refusing to work for them. However, the spreading rumors of Indian treachery ignited fear and panic. In November 1890, President Benjamin Harrison ordered the military to take control of the Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890, 300 Lakota men, women and children were killed in an event that came to be known as the Massacre of Wounded Knee. What started as a peaceful religious movement in 1889, was brutally ended a year later by the U.S. military.”
Link to “Teaching American History” website:
December 23, 2016
I had mentioned to Chad that the concept of a four-dimensional universe, three dimensions of space (height, width and depth) and one of time, has not just defined space-time, our experience of reality, but concomitantly [along with, simultaneously] has externally produced and continuously confirms the concept experientially; mirroring this concept of a four-dimensional universe back to us. I went on to explain that, by that I was referring to the cubes on either side and sometimes overhead and below us along with the grids (roads, for example) that we live in and operate on, or with (as in inside computers; the CPU, or central processing unit). And, we are constantly looking at the time. I thought of Indians and how instead they lived in and with nature. They lived in tepees circular at their bases and set in a circle. I thought of aquatic creatures, birds, the planets, and the solar system, and so on, and that nothing in nature, other than humans and atoms in crystals, or rocks, jostle about in boxes, or cube-like structures, or move along grids.
About a week prior to the above conversation I happened to come across the names of two sisters of a boy, Robert Morse, whom I knew in grammar school in Walnut Creek, California. Robert and I have crossed paths a half dozen times over the years. On one occasion, during our twenties, he caught up with me in San Francisco and purchased a painting of mine. Recalling that he was a real estate broker in southern California I found his professional contact information online. I then got in touch with him and we have had a couple of very pleasant phone conversations since.
During our most recent conversation, he mentioned artworks he saw several decades ago, dozens of oil paintings: portraits of the Indian survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn ([General] Custer’s Last Stand) and the Massacre at Wounded Knee. Robert, who was a young man at the time, was at the home of the artist’s widow and she was showing him and another real estate broker the paintings. The Indians’ portraits were hanging on the walls of the two-car garage (used as an art studio). He couldn’t recall the name of the artist although Miller, he said, suddenly appeared in his mind.
I mentioned that this was somewhat synchronistic because following a break-up with a boyfriend in California in my 20s, I went to Aspen, Colorado, not far from where I now live, Niwot Colorado. In Aspen, I lived with and worked in a seasonal job (ski season) with other young women as maids in a hotel. It was a fun time and an excellent thing to do to get over a disappointing relationship. While in Aspen I had read a book about and titled “Wounded Knee” and, was so moved by the stories and the photographs of the Indians featured inside the book that once I had finished reading it I drew a very detailed portrait of one of the Indians – Red Cloud, a Lakota leader. I was quite intrigued with the Indian’s face. I felt I could read the lines in his face as if they were lines in a story about his life expressing both great pride and tremendous sorrow.
With what little information Robert had about the other artist, named Miller perhaps, and while still on the phone with him, he searched online and indeed found a website featuring the artist’s works, which he immediately recognized, and story. The man who painted the portraits, David Humphreys Miller (1918 – 1992), was 16 years old when, with $100 in his pocket, he drove from his home in Ohio to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and began interviewing and painting the surviving warriors of the Battle of Little Bighorn and the Massacre at Wounded Knee. He wrote books about the Indians and the battles as well as painted them. He learned to speak their languages and sign language. Miller was considered a great friend to the Indians and was adopted into a number of Indian families.
As an aside (sort of): Robert mentioned, before he found the artist’s website, that he could see the name “Miller” clearly in his mind. Around seven years ago now, as of this writing, I had an interview with a Sheriff’s deputy regarding the difficulty I had been experiencing having been targeted, terrorized by my neighbors, members of organized crime, in downtown Boulder, Colorado, attempting to forcibly recruit me. The image of her name tag stayed with me in my mind’s eye: her last name was Miller. And this seemingly unimportant image internally came up repeatedly to the extent I wondered why. At that time, during their menacing, I would play Indian music and dance like an Indian riding on horseback and shoot at my neighbors with an imaginary bow and arrows as I rode, or danced as it were. I felt they were like the white men that destroyed the Indians and their culture and that I had Indian spirits with and supporting me. I could mentally see them on their horses with their war paint and headdresses as they appeared on the horizon of my imagination letting me know they were nearby and helping and that it mattered that I prevailed as much to them as it did to me. I did this not infrequently.
The next morning (yesterday morning as of this writing) following Robert’s and my phone conversation, I went to the artist’s website and viewed the Indians’ portraits, photographs, and other information along with a video titled “Little Bighorn and Beyond,” also on the website:
The video [above] tells the story of The Battle of Little Bighorn (the Indians won the battle but lost the war) and the results: the Lakota Indians were robbed (paid for with a paltry sum) of the Black Hills (which they considered sacred) given to them in a treaty. And, they were forced to live on a reservation.
At the end of the video [at 7:17] the narrator states, “Now we come full circle” following which an Indian story teller begins, “Everything an Indian does is in a circle. Because the power of the world always comes in circles; the Sun comes forth in a circle and goes down in a circle. The moon does the same. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds; always set in a circle. But the Wasichu (the Lakota word for non-Indian) have put us in these square boxes and our power is gone. We are dying here. We are prisoners of war while we are waiting here. But, there is another world …” And here the video ends leaving the rest to our imagination.
See the first paragraph for a reminder of these impressive synchronicities.
Image source and David Humpheys Miller’s website: http://www.davidhumphreysmiller.org
Link to Miracles For All chapter:
(P) Part II (start here) – New Information, Miraculous Events and Book Reviews