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reincarnation 5.

My apologies for dwelling on this subject, but I find it so important and fascinating.

Over the last several days, I have been indulging in a couple of my research passions: historical documentaries and reincarnation. Whether reviewing accounts of natural and man-made disasters, battles and wars, crimes and accidents, and other existential threats, I have found myself asking: “If I were there, would I have survived?”

The answer is “yes,” but not necessarily in the way you might think. My mortal self may have died in such an historical event, but my eternal self would have survived. I am sure of it.

According to data released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, a quarter of Americans believe in reincarnation—so I am not alone in my conviction. Interestingly, says Pew, women are more likely to believe in reincarnation, and Democrats are more likely to believe than Republicans… but those facts are beside the point. Besides, I am none of the above.

This emerging belief in reincarnation is a steep departure from the traditional Judaeo-Christian-Muslim narrative with which most Americans are familiar. In religious terms, the contemporary narrative—birth, life, death and rebirth—has for millennia been relatively unchallenged in the West. You were born. You lived. You died. After a judgment you went to heaven or hell forever and ever. Eternity was the final word: no appeals allowed.

But nearly a billion Hindus and a half-billion Buddhists—not to mention the ancient Greeks, certain Jews and a few Christians—have for thousands of years believed something entirely different. Theirs is, as both theologians and scientists say, a cyclical view. You are born. You live. You die. And because nobody’s perfect, your soul is born again—not in another location or sphere, and not in any metaphorical sense, but right here on earth. This view makes sense to me because my own studies have led me to the conclusion that cycles order everything else in the Universe—so why not the human soul, as well?

A couple days ago, I listened to a speech delivered by Hugh Lynn Cayce, the son of mystic Edgar Cayce, on reincarnation. In that speech, Cayce asserted that time—past, present, and future—is an illusion, that everything is actually happening at once. Souls can reincarnate, he says, into the past as well as the future.

In a August 2010 New York Times article by Lisa Miller, the religion editor for Newsweek, the Cornell-trained New York City-based psychiatrist Dr. Paul DeBell is quoted as saying that a belief in reincarnation “allows you to experience history as yours. It gives you a different sense of what it means to be human.”

When I encounter people—or stories about people—who say they are disinterested in history because they do not perceive its relevance to their lives, I know I am seeing people who are extremely undeveloped in their souls’ journeys. On August 23, it was reported that ISIS had blown up the 1st-century temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra in Syria, and on August 30 they demolished the Temple of Bel with explosives. Satellite imagery of the site taken shortly after showed almost nothing remained.

These fanatics will be remembered by history—along with the Taliban who destroyed so many Buddhist sites—as some of the most primitive ideologues of all time. If reincarnation is indeed the way that human beings achieve higher states of consciousness, one can only surmise they will eventually experience the rudest of awakenings when, upon death, they are confronted with the depths of their ignorance and greed.


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In my descriptions of the runes, I have been using the term “fortnight,” without appreciating that it is an archaic word not much used in America. Sorry ’bout that.

A fortnight is a unit of time equal to 14 days (2 weeks). The word derives from the Old English fēowertyne niht, meaning “fourteen nights“.

Fortnight and fortnightly are commonly-used words elsewhere in the English-speaking world, where some wages, salaries and social security benefits are paid on a fortnightly basis—except in North America, where it is rare outside of some Canadian regions and insular traditional communities such as the Amish in the US.

In astronomy, a fortnight is half a synodic month, the mean average time between a full moon and a new moon (and vice versa). This is equal to 14.77 days.

In the Hindu calendar this period is called a Paksha and consists of 15 Tithi, or lunar days of 18 to 26 hours.


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end-of-the-world update

Delphic Sibyl by Michelangelo


According to web-based prophets of doom, we have only two or three weeks before the next anticipated collapse of everything we regard as normalcy. How many alerts have we been through before? At least four dates predicted by Harold Camping. Y2K. The “end” of the Mayan calendar in 2012. A firestorm was even predicted for 2013 by Grigori Rasputin (yes, the same guy who brought down the Romanov dynasty) in which most life on earth was to have been destroyed. Now, according to John Hagee and others, we’re supposed to be terrified by four “blood moons” in 2014-2015.

I’m not too worried. I have a full water supply and a two year-subsistence food supply… though I don’t really expect I’ll have to use it. As I have said with every prior apocalyptic prophesy: if living out here has taught me anything, it is that the sun will always rise the morning-after. The greatest danger of disaster exists between our ears and in places where there is a cacophony of mindless panic—in cities, schools, and on the Internet.

This isn’t to say that something bad won’t happen—bad stuff happens every day—but it is not a foregone conclusion that the bad stuff will defeat us. In fact, any coming adversity may just be the making of our world.

There is no education like adversity. Good things, new things, are often birthed from adversity. In fact, innovation is typically the only means of overcoming adversity. A spiritual rebirth out of adversity causes us to become new creatures. The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to imagine and make it. A better future would be impossible without adversity, otherwise we would be stuck in the past forever.

But more than likely, we will have to continue to muddle on as before. That second shoe never seems to drop.


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l told you so

Darren GoforthIn my post “The People Against the Police,” I predicted instances of the public lashing out against police officers such as occurred Friday night, when sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was shot dead in a “cold-blooded execution” by an assailant while gassing his vehicle near Houston TX.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced that Shannon J. Miles, 30, a person who had been in custody since early Saturday morning, is charged with capital murder.

Shannon J milesInvestigators say Goforth had worked an accident scene at around 8:30 pm, then went to a gas station. As he was pumping gas, detectives say Miles approached Goforth from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. The Houston Chronicle says: “Even after Goforth fell to the ground, the man continued firing shot after shot into his body before fleeing in a red or maroon Ford Ranger pickup.

Goforth was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a news conference early Saturday afternoon, a visibly angry Hickman said that “the working motive for this at this point is absolute madness.” Hickman lashed out at what he called “incendiary rhetoric” about law enforcement.

Hickman said the motive for the killing had not been determined but investigators would look at whether Miles, who is black, was motivated by anger over recent killings elsewhere of black men by police that have spawned the “Black Lives Matter” protest movement. Officials say Goforth had no previous interaction with Miles.

An angry and shaken District Attorney Devon Anderson said while there will always be “a few bad apples” that “vast majority of police officers are good,” she said. That’s true, but it sidesteps the fact that a police culture has evolved nationally which views the police officer as warrior and the average citizen as the enemy. Think of an apple crate in which rot has been steadily spreading to even the good apples.

Goforth was apparently guilty of nothing more than wearing his deputy’s uniform. His murder appears to be a purely opportunistic crime. This type of incident will likely become a more common thing until the police do something to reform their culture and redeem themselves in the eyes of the people.



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monument valley road 2.

This is the first day of the fortnight (August 29 – September 12) governed by the rune Rad or Raidho. It has a phonetic value of “R.” Its meaning is variously described as “road,” “riding” (as on horseback), “wagon,” and “wheel” (as on a wagon or chariot). In fact, the German word “Rad” does translate as “wheel.” It is referred to as the “travelers rune.” However, my preference of meaning is “road,” as I have devoted so many years to driving and understand the road as a unifying metaphor.

raidhoIn its essence, Rad signifies the channeling of your life-force along the right road leading to the right result. The “right road” traces a particular path leading to your particular destiny. Everyone’s pathways reflect the natural laws of Karma and Dharma. Your “right” path illuminates the way forward and gives you the means to get there. This dynamic is reinforced by the Rad’s position opposite Tyr (meaning “arrow”) on the Runic Compass. I think of this pairing as representing the arrow of eternal time.

The relationship of Rad and Tyr along a single axis also has special significance to me because it was within the fortnight of Rad that Holly died. Somehow the timing of her death seemed appropriate: it was an auspicious time for her to be traveling the road on her soul journey. That the rune on the other end of the axis is Tyr reminded me that her journey through time would ultimately result in spiritual triumph. It was a strange comfort to me that her death seemed to come at the appropriate time.

I have since come to understand this soul journey we take at a deep level that I know as truth. We are eternal spirits who have serial human experiences. We each come into this lifetime with a spiritual “learning assignment.” We are born into particular families and circumstances in order to experience certain lessons which can be framed within an overarching theme—and probably several stacked themes as you think into it more deeply.

One of the major themes in my present lifetime has been “Learning from Illness and Death.” From the time since I was a young boy, most of the significant people in my life have had chronic illnesses and disabilities. Many of the most important lessons in my life have resulted from my observation of, and participation in, the challenges and choices that have accompanied the mental and physical maladies of people I love. The greatest emotional landmarks in my life history have included standing in for my mother at the commitment of my father to a VA hospital when I was twelve years old and Holly using my finger as a bite-stick when a surgical tube was being removed from her abdomen without anesthetic. Now that I am older and experiencing irreversible changes in my own health, it is clear that I have been learning and preparing my whole life to live well and wisely in this present moment.

When it is my time to die, I know there will a review of my life and a summation of what it has taught me and what I have learned before I am given my next assignment and continue down the road of spiritual progress. I am blessed that I have had glimpses of my immediate past life, and through them, have gained a sense of the continuity of experience which exists from one lifetime to the next. This continuity is for me the deepest meaning of Rad and the “road” it represents.

In esoteric terms, Rad also represents the “vehicle” which must be employed in order to achieve anything, but most important, to achieve spiritual development. Rad signifies the necessity to appropriately channel our energies and attention if we wish to achieve the results we desire. The emphasis of Rad is being in the right place at the right time to perform the right act.

But the main emphasis is on personal transformation. It signifies seeking and striving, a quest and search for spiritual wisdom. Rad symbolizes our conscious attempts at controlling the facts which affect our fate and well-being. Rad also symbolizes the wheel of the year, with which we must come into harmony if we are to live a reasonably successful life. This is reinforced by observation of such natural phenomena as the daily path of the sun and the cycles of nature and humanity. Good advice and judgment according to right order are ascribed to Rad.

Materially, Rad can mean physical travel, a change of address, or forced relocation.

Magically, Rad can be used to explore the unknown. Applied to another person, it arouses restlessness and dissatisfaction, and causes changes in life which may be good or bad depending on which runes accompany it.


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everything is free

Neon Sign -Free.

The story is famously told that Nicola Tesla’s financial backers pulled the plug when they discovered what he was really working on: “All peoples everywhere should have free energy sources,” Tesla said. “Electric Power is everywhere present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world’s machinery without the need for coal, oil or gas.” If they couldn’t meter and charge for it, Tesla’s investors had no desire to invest in its development, no matter how beneficial to humanity.

This morning I have just listened to a lecture at a 2012 energy conference in Holland by Michael Tellinger, the South African scientist, explorer, and author who has become an authority on the origins of humankind and the vanished civilizations of southern Africa.

Scholars maintain that the first civilization on Earth emerged in Sumer (present-day Iraq) some 6,000 years ago. However, new archaeological and scientific discoveries made by Tellinger and a team of leading scientists show that the Sumerians and even the ancient Egyptians inherited their knowledge from an earlier civilization that lived and mined gold at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago.

african_stone_structuresSince 2007, Tellinger has been researching stone circles which can be found throughout South Africa, and which have been erroneously labelled “cattle kraals” by clueless academics who do not understand their function and grossly underestimate their age and number.

Tellinger estimates that there are well over 10-20 million interconnected ancient stone ruins scattered throughout the mountains of southern Africa. Various tools and artifacts that have been recovered from these ruins show a long and extended period of settlement that spans well over 200,000 years. Using sophisticated equipment to make measurements, Tellinger has determined that the purpose of these ruins was to somehow access the Earth’s energy and put it to work for man—much as Tesla had envisioned. How this worked, Tellinger still has not figured out. But he has determined that each site draws energy out of the Earth into a active vortex and portal that goes up into the sky. In other words, the Earth is continuing to generate a tremendous amount of free energy at these stone ruin sites, but we still don’t understand how to use it. In the meantime, he continues with his investigations.

As they so often do, one thing leads to another, and Tellinger suspects that his discoveries are placing him on a collision course with the entrenched vested interests of our extractive power structure and economy. He has begun postulating that we are born onto this planet as free persons, but we are born into jurisdictions not of our choosing, our movements restricted, our sovereignty denied, and subject to rules, laws and taxes that we did not agree to.

He points out that at a time that millions of people are starving, one-third of the world’s food supply (1.3 billion tons) is wasted because it cannot be sold for profit.

Tellinger says that money was created 6,000 years ago—not out of natural trade and barter—but as a malicious tool of control and enslavement, and what we are experiencing today is the consequence of this innovation. We have been living with the concept of money for so long, it seems like it is the most natural and basic artifact of civilization. Yet for the last four decades it has been backed by nothing at all and is sustained only by our belief in it. He says that money has been used by governments and banks to steal the land and its natural resources from the people for the benefit of corporations (which include governments and banks). Tellinger has recently been evangelizing for money’s retirement as a building-block and for the institution of a moneyless society.

Money, he says, is the primary cause of the seven deadly sins: gluttony, greed, envy, pride, lust, wrath, sloth. It prevents the flow of free energy for the benefit of mankind. It is not the love of money that creates the problem, but the presence of money. He quotes Thomas Jefferson that “the issuing power should be taken back from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

Tellinger has developed a philosophy called “Contributionism” which he believes is the new way. It is based on the premise that small-scale communities should once again become the basis of society, and that we should withdraw our children from public schools, which condition them to lives of slavery—and though he doesn’t mention it, places them at risk of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” at least in the US. Schooling would become a matter to be led by local communities, which would alone be responsible for designating the most skilled/knowledgeable among their elders as “master teachers.” Kids—and all people in the community—would cycle through a variety of tasks that create community-based productivity and abundance that is shared and traded with neighboring communities. Small scale volunteerism—3 hours per week—would generate a large-scale multiplier effect for the common good.

Not surprisingly, Tellinger has come under intense attacks. He has been libeled, his lawyer’s office has been ransacked, and legal files stolen to prevent precedent-setting rulings. It is doubtful that the banksters and politicians will allow his initial efforts to succeed. Even though his ideas may be dismissed by some as utopian, he has at least gotten us to thinking.




Groove of the Day

Listen to Gillian Welch performing “Everything is Free”


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