The man who demanded $50,000 for each Honduran returning home plans a liberation movement from the migrant shelter-12/14 San Diego Union Tribune, by Gustavo Solis and Wendy Fry-- Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa, the unofficial spokesperson of a group of Honduran migrants who caused an uproar by suggesting the U.S. pay $50,000 to each person who returns home, hasn’t set foot in Honduras in more than three decades. He left his birthplace in 1987, after being accused of planting a bomb in a Chinese restaurant that injured six U.S. soldiers in Honduras. Guerrero claimed the charges were false and, despite protests from the U.S. government, Mexico offered him political asylum. ...

Comey, Careless and Corrupt-12/11

Cohen’s pleas concocted by prosecutors to snare Trump-12/11

Mueller’s Got Nothing-12/11


CLINTON NIGHTMARE! Chief Financial Officer of Clinton Foundation Turns Government Informant on Crime Family-12/10

Comey Lied-12/10

Schiff: Trump may face ‘real prospect of jail time’-12/10


CBS' Leslie Moonves sex scandal: Portrait emerges of a culture of fear, entitlement — and little accountability-12/7

World Markets "In World Of Pain" As Nothing Can Stop Relentless Stock Selling-12/10

Hard Times: Left-Wing New Media Look to Mergers, Paywalls, Selling Companies-12/6

158 million migrants want to move to the U.S. despite Trump introducing stricter immigration policies-12/11

Incredible story of how Titanic was REALLY found: Oceanographer says US Navy funded his search for 'unsinkable' liner because it provided perfect Cold War cover for his other task - to find two missing US nuclear subs before the Russians-12/11

Delta BANS all emotional support animals on long-haul flights and young pets from shorter journeys after reports they defecated on board and bit staff - and one person was attacked by a 70-POUND dog-12/11

Now here's a soul with remembering and praising:

Palden Gyatso displays torture tools, many of which have been used on him during his 33 years incarceration in Chinese jails in occupied Tibet. Photo- David Hoffman

Tibetan freedom fighter Palden Gyatso passes away-12/7

Remembering The Indomitable Palden Gyatso (1933-2018): By Bhuchung D Sonam-12/7

Remembering Palden Gyatso-12/7

China deploys “hunter-killer” drones in high altitude border regions of Tibet, Xinjiang-12/7

Macron faces Black Tuesday protests by students as Yellow Vests slam his 'drop in the ocean' offer after he caved in to their demands with £9billion of tax cuts and wage hikes in a bid to end the violence-12/11

France protests and the 'yellow vests’ deep anger reveal the hypocrisy at the heart of the green agenda-12/10

Les Miserables? France Overtakes Denmark As World's Most Taxed Nation-12/7

Rebellion Spreads: Yellow Jackets Plan Action Across Netherlands-12/6

Explaining France's Grassroots "Yellow Vest" Movement - And Why It's Spreading Across Europe-12/3

Jet-setting Bernie Sanders a climate fraud-12/7

Hypnotising footage from NASA's InSight rover: Martian soil is revealed in incredible detail as robotic explorer flexes its arm before starting work-12/11

Revealed: Why red meat paves the way to heart disease (but cutting it out could lower your risk within a month)-12/11

Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids-12/10

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El Morya:

Aum 331. In anger and irritation man considers himself strong—this is according to earthly considerations. But regarded from the Subtle World, the irritated man is especially powerless. He attracts to himself a great number of small entities which feed on the emanations of anger. Besides, he lets down his own bars and allows even the lower beings to read his thoughts.


Therefore, the state of irritation is inadmissible not only as a producer of imperil but also as a gateway for lower entities.


Certainly each irritated person readily agrees with this explanation, but he immediately succumbs to still greater irritation—such is the nature of the ordinary human being. It is amazing how easily they agree, only the more easily to yield again. For this they will invent extraordinary justifications. It may be that the Higher World itself seems guilty in the disordered consciousness of the superficial earth-dweller!


It is astonishing to observe people placing the blame for all their own offenses on the Higher World! Thus one can see that the simplest truths are in need of constant repetition.


Supermundane 44. Urusvati embodies fieriness. Of what, then, does this precious quality consist? Some fieriness exists in everyone, but there are particularly fiery natures that can communicate easily with the far-off worlds. People usually understand fieriness as anger, irritability, and bursts of hot temper, but these are merely earthly qualities, and we should not look for true fieriness in them.


True fieriness is demonstrated in communion with the Invisible World and in participation in Our Missions.


Supermundane 278 It was also necessary to oppose blasphemy and obscenity. The Teacher knows that these vices pollute space and cause irreparable harm. People nourish those harmful entities known as devourers of psychic energy. It is almost impossible to convince the ordinary person that by blaspheming he is destroying psychic energy, and that, whether obscenities are uttered through ignorance or during fits of anger and irritability, the resulting harm is the same.


Supermundane 598, They say, “What can there be in common between events that bring suffering to us, and those causes that You point out, which have no evident link to the events?” Thus speak those who have not developed their imagination and therefore did not broaden their consciousness or perceptivity. Such people can maliciously interpret true causes and, in their anger, engender only evil.


One should avoid all attitudes that can increase evil. Even without this effort, much evil can grow in every home.

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S. RAMASWAMIER, DISCIPLE OF MASTER MORYA-11/6 Esoteric Guide Blogspot, S. Ramaswamier was an early worker in the Theosophical Society. He was a Brahman of high caste. His ordinary name was Ramaswami, “Iyer” being the Brahminical caste ending.He lived in Tinnevelly (a city in the South India), where he worked for the Government as District Registrar of Assurances.
1881. First contact with the Theosophical Society Ramaswamier joined the Theosophical Society in September 1881. It is said that he was a probationary chela (disciple) of the Masters, and the Ramaswamier’s acceptance as a disciple of Master Morya was confirmed by a letter that he received probably on September 28, 1881, when he was in the Theosophical Society’s Headquarters, at Crow's Nest, in Bombay. This letter was materialized in a phenomenal way by Master Morya and it says: " Greetings to my faithful chela [disciple]. He is accepted even from now, so that he may consider him self as an accepted chela of mine. Upasika [Blavatsky] has all the instructions. Let my chela Rama B. Yogi 2 follow the instructions he will receive from her. I bless you, son. M.·" ...

The Latest Book on Bacon/Shakespeare-7/30, sir, Christina Waldman's book, Francis Bacon's Hidden Hand in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice: A Study in Law, Rhetoric and Authorship is being published in July 2018 by Algora Publishing with a foreword by Simon Miles. The book explores the function and identity of Bellario, the old Italian jurist whose hand guides Portia's courtroom performance, although he never actually "appears" in the play. Is Bellario's identity linked to Francis Bacon, as Mark Edwin Andrews proposed in Law v. Equity in The Merchant of Venice: a Legalization of Act IV, Scene I (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1965)?
Appendix IV of the book includes Maureen Ward-Gandy's 1992 forensic handwriting comparison of the handwriting in a fragment of manuscript, found in binder's waste, which is clearly a scene variation of The Play of Henry IV, Part One, with the handwriting of Francis Bacon and other contemporaries. In her report, Ms. Ward-Gandy concluded that the handwriting in that drafted scene matched that of Francis Bacon. Hidden Hand is available from the publisher,, Amazon, and other sources. Ms. Waldman would also like to draw your attention to Mather Walker's essay, "The Symbolic AA, Secrets of the Shakespeare First Folio." Under the heading "The Secret of Old Eleusis: Plucking Out the Heart of His Mystery," and under the picture from the Rosicrucian Digest 2000 (about 7/8 down on the scroll bar), there is an acrostic in the opening lines of the poem, "The Rape of Lucrece," written in 1594. The first letters spell FBLAWAO, with the word "law" spelled in the middle. She had not seen this most likely explanation of the name "Bellario" until the book was already published, but has no doubt that the timing is exactly as it should be. ...

"We all wish we could be there when a prophet, avatar or guru first appears. One did over 56 years ago and Tom Miller was there."

"My Life and Times with the Prophets" by Tom Miller.
From Amazon: "... As a young man, his dedication to fullfiling the will of God for himself drew him to the messengers, Mark and Elizabeth Prophet, founders of The Summit Lighthouse movement and set the sail for the remainder of his life's journey.
In this tome, you will read stories highlighting his experiences attempting to draw down the highest art forms and music under the sponsor ship of the ascended masters as well as lessons learned from day-to-day staff life as a disciple of his gurus, Mark and "Mother." Tom's combination of wit, humor, and occasional profundity, as he reflects on those 18 years, will afford the reader a first-hand glimpse into life in a modern day mystery school. The themes of his heart and soul: beauty, spirituality, the masters, ancient archaeology, and alternative energy continue to interest him today and keep him a mentally spry octogenarian."
Editor: A great read, fantastic stories (my favorite is the fiery salamander story) lots of color photos of the early days, and the forward is written by yours truly.

This grieving girl witnessed her father travel from purgatory to heaven-11/24 Aleteia, Philip Kosloski -- All because she had three Masses said for the repose of his soul. -- During the 17th century, a grieving young girl approached Benedictine Abbot Millán de Mirando at the monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat. She begged the abbot to say three Masses for her deceased father. The young girl was totally convinced that these Masses would speed her father on his way to heaven, releasing him from the pains of purgatory. Moved by the girl’s child-like faith, the abbot said the first Mass the next day. During the Mass the young girl was kneeling and as she looked up she saw her father near the altar where the priest was saying the Mass. She described her father as “kneeling, surrounded by frightening flames” and located at the bottom step of the altar. The priest was alerted to this miraculous phenomenon and he instructed the girl to place a piece of tissue where her father was kneeling. The tissue immediately started on fire for all to see, though the priest could not see the child’s father. This represented her father being purified by the flames of purgatory. A second Mass was said for the repose of her father’s soul and again the little girl saw her father. This time he was up a step standing next to the deacon and was “dressed in a vibrantly colored suit.” At this stage her father was still in purgatory, but no longer touched by its flames. At the third Mass she saw her father for the last time. During the Eucharistic celebration he was “dressed in a snow-white suit,” but then something extraordinary happened at the conclusion of Mass. The little girl exclaimed, “There is my father going away and rising into the sky!” She no longer had to worry about the soul of her father as she knew with confidence that he had reached the gates of heaven.

A Sobering Near-Death Life Review-11/24 Spirit Daily, What if — just if — when we die, and we look at our lives through the Eyes of God, there are going to be a number of surprises: that matters we thought to be of much gravity, worldly ones, are not of so much gravity, it turns out, while other things we neglected or never thought of as “sin” are. An example comes to us from the putative near-death experience of a man named John Calvert. In 1993 he was painting houses in Auburn, Pennsylvania, during a severe heat wave (heat index, up on that ladder, he says, of more than a hundred) when he collapsed and slipped over to the other side. Suddenly John was in a place that was “lightning bright” — the Presence of God. “I could see myself as He sees me, I had His perspective,” testifies Calvert — rather convincingly (though we must always discern). “He could see through me like I was glass, and it was awful because I could see all the guilt that I carried, the fear, the intimidation, the vanity, the pride, the isolation, the loneliness, the desperate anger, the selfishness, the nothingness that my life had become.” What Calvert learned — and quickly — was that there had never been any need for the anger, for the fear. He also saw what he had done to others — how he had made them think and feel. Now, he felt it, experiencing the “fear intimidation, neglect, sarcasm, harsh criticism, coarse jokes, ridicule. I saw their faces and I felt what I had put them through, at that point. I was made to feel everything and it came all at once.” Consider how many these days harshly criticize and ridicule others. “I heard a Voice say, ‘You have not fulfilled your purpose here,’ and I said, ‘What was my purpose?’ I truly had no clue. This Voice said, ‘The same as every man. You were put on the earth to take care of the earth.’ I came to find out that Adam did tend the Garden and keep it before he was fallen. [The Voice] said, ‘You are not to strip-mine the earth, you are not to pollute the earth. You’re not to destroy your home.’ But I was being invited, because I was one who had littered, who didn’t care about nature and environment at all, and this is a beautiful home that God had created for me. ‘Secondly, you are here for the animals. They look up to you. You’re the one with the spirit, with reason, with intelligence, with the strength to change things and the ability to protect them.’” There were many other things. The key: how he had helped or hurt other humans. “I had no compassion for animals or men.” ...

Did a mysterious extinction event precede Adam and Eve?-11/24 Fox News, By Michael Guillen, Ph.D. | In one of the most provocative and misunderstood studies of the year, scientists in the U.S. and Switzerland have made an astonishing discovery: All humans alive today are the offspring of a common father and mother – an Adam and Eve – who walked the planet 100,000 to 200,000 years ago, which by evolutionary standards is like yesterday. Moreover, the same is true of nine out of every 10 animal species, meaning that nearly all of Earth’s creatures living today sprang into being recently from some seminal, Big Bang-like event. Mark Stoeckle at Rockefeller University and David Thaler at the University of Basel reached this striking conclusion after analyzing the DNA “bar codes” of five million animals from 100,000 different species. The bar codes are snippets of DNA that reside outside the nuclei of living cells – so-called mitochondrial DNA, which mothers pass down from generation to generation. With each reproduction, errors creep into the bar code, as they do when you repeatedly photocopy a document. By measuring the accumulated errors – the blurriness or “diversity” among the bar codes – scientists are able to infer the passage of time.
That’s how Stoeckle and Thaler concluded that ninety percent of all animal species alive today come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time, less than a quarter-million years ago. “This conclusion is very surprising,” Thaler avers, “and I fought against it as hard as I could.” What caused animal life on Earth to be almost completely renewed such a short time ago? For now, it remains a mystery. It’s possible something far more powerful than H-bombs decimated life and only a single set of parents for each species survived to live and procreate another day. But the last major extinction event we know about – the one that snuffed out the mighty dinosaurs – happened a full 65 million years ago. It’s also possible there is something in nature that limits the size of an animal population. Perhaps it’s some built-in evolutionary process that when a population gets too big, it crashes and must restart itself from scratch.
In their report, published in Human Evolution, Stoeckle and Thaler offer other possible explanations, including, Thaler explains, “ice ages and other forms of environmental change, infections, predation, competition from other species and for limited resources, and interactions among these forces.” Whatever the explanation, he adds, the takeaway is this: “all of animal life experiences pulses of growth and stasis or near extinction on similar time scales.” That is, humans, elephants, birds, you name it – Earth’s creatures tend to stand and fall in unison, like the rising and falling of the tides. And even though we don’t know what Svengali is directing the show, we now have scientific evidence that it wipes the slate clean far more frequently than we ever imagined. Many religious commentators misunderstand this study to mean that species abruptly came into being only recently. To be clear: according to evolutionary biologists, species developed gradually over many millions of years. Stoeckle and Thaler’s discovery is that something happened roughly 100,000 years ago that created entirely new populations from long-existing species.
That said, Stoeckle and Thaler’s study does line up with the Bible in at least two notable ways. First, it affirms that we and our fellow creatures on Earth arose from a recent and profound creation event, orchestrated by some unknown mechanism. And second, the DNA bar codes reveal that species are quantized. Instead of there being a continuum of animal varieties, as one might expect from millions of years of gradual evolution, creatures fall into very distinct, widely separated populations – what the Bible describes as “kinds,” from the Hebrew word min. “Darwin struggled to understand the absence of intermediates and his questions remain fruitful [to this day],” says Thaler. What the new study discovered, he explains, is that “If individuals are stars, then species are galaxies. They are compact clusters in the vastness of empty sequence space.” Above all, Stoeckle and Thaler’s intriguing study serves up hard evidence for the astonishing fragility of life and a humbling lesson for the high-and-mighty among us. It proves we are at the mercy of forces we do not see nor understand; forces that made our existence possible a few hundred thousand years ago and that just as quickly – in the twinkling of an eye – can and will one day take us out.
Editor: This pretty much corresponds to the esoteric history of earth. Atlanits sank about 12,000 years ago but before that was Lemuria. It was huge and strechted from west of the San Andreas fault to way across the Pacific. The karma of mankind caused gas belts to explode around 250,000 years ago. Given the study above maybe it was closer to 200,000 years ago. Articles on Reverse Spins on past civilazations:

Educating the Reincarnated Child: The Implications of a Belief of Reincarnation on Education Paperback-5/31 by Celeste A Miller Ph. D – May 26, 2018; Amazon description: "Educating the Reincarnated Child" is a discussion for those who want to explore the implications of soul development in the education of children. It challenges modern educational methods by sharing a comprehensive vision for educational methodology that honors the soul, a portion of which was first articulated by the historical educators: Comenius, Pestalozzi, Froebel and Montessori. She brings their legacy forward and combines this with some implications of modern research – the brain/mind controversy, the mindfulness movement, right brain education, and vibration education –as well as other newer theories that challenge us to create curricula that broaden the landscape of learning. These multiple considerations have opened up a need for a renewed discussion regarding the influence of the soul in child development. The chapter headings are: A Time of Life Called Childhood; Comenius (16thC); Pestalozzi (17thC); Froebel (18thC); Montessori (19thC); Educating the Soul/Spirit; Educating the Mind/Brain; Educating the Heart; Educating the Body; and My Dreams for the Future of Education; Goals of Education as well as an appendix with suggested curricula guidelines and nine pages of endnotes. Her thoughtful discussions about a revitalized purpose and direction of education for present and future generations (sans educational jargon) offer some exciting possible advancements and certainly warrant discussion.




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The statue of the Black Madonna in Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain The Black Madonna in Montserrat. Photo: Feel the Planet/Monserrat, Catalonia, Spain

Our Lady of Montserrat-4/28
... The statue in the basilica at Montserrat is known as "Little Dark Lady of Montserrat" or "La Jerosolimitana" (Native of Jerusalem). It is located in an alcove high above the altar where pilgrims are granted access to it by a narrow stairway, allowing each individual to get close to the statue. At this majestic setting, Brown shared that the time he spent within the "incredible gold-gilded basilica" was one in which he received tangible graces from a statue that is only three feet tall. Describing the statue as Romanesque in style, with a dark Byzantine look of Mary's face, Brown wrote that being in its presence leaves pilgrims in "reverential awe." The exact origin of the statue is not known, but what is known is that as far back as 718, the statue was hidden in a cave from Arab invaders, where it remained undiscovered for two centuries. In 890, local boys spotted a strange light coming from the eastern part of the mountain, where upon their investigation they heard the sound of music and canticles. The boys informed a local priest in the village of Monistrol, who did not believe them at first, but upon visiting the location, he too experienced the same light and inexplicable music. The priest informed the local bishop in Manresa who headed for the site together with a procession of villagers. Upon arrival at the entrance of the cave, and after having experienced the canticles, lights, and fragrant aroma, the bishop ordered the entry into the cave where the image was discovered. That discovery prompted the bishop to have it placed in the cathedral in Manresa, but when those carrying the statue could no longer move where the basilica and monastery currently exist, it was understood to be a sign for the sanctuary to be built on that very spot. Among some of the pilgrims who have gone to Montserrat have been: Jaime 1 (El Conquistador), St. Vincent Ferrer, King Louis IV, and St. Ignatius Loyola, who after his time at the sanctuary divested his cloths, gave them to a poor man, and proceeded to spend time alone in a cave near Manresa where he wrote his well known spiritual exercises. Accompanying Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World was one of Montserrat's hermits, and after having reached his destination, Columbus dedicated one of the first churches to the Virgin of Montserrat, where today in the Carribean there is an island that bears the same name. ...

The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality-3/24 NPR, by Adam Becker-- There's a hole at the heart of quantum physics. It's a deep hole. Yet it's not a hole that prevents the theory from working. Quantum physics is, by any measure, astonishingly successful. It's the theory that underpins nearly all of modern technology, from the silicon chips buried in your phone to the LEDs in its screen, from the nuclear hearts of the most distant space probes to the lasers in the supermarket checkout scanner. It explains why the sun shines and how your eyes can see. Quantum physics works. Yet the hole remains: Despite the wild success of the theory, we don't really understand what it says about the world around us. The mathematics of the theory makes incredibly accurate predictions about the outcomes of experiments and natural phenomena. In order to do that so well, the theory must have captured some essential and profound truth about the nature of the world around us. Yet there's a great deal of disagreement over what the theory says about reality — or even whether it says anything at all about it. Even the simplest possible things become difficult to decipher in quantum physics. Say you want to describe the position of a single tiny object — the location of just one electron, the simplest subatomic particle we know of. There are three dimensions, so you might expect that you need three numbers to describe the electron's location. This is certainly true in everyday life: If you want to know where I am, you need to know my latitude, my longitude, and how high above the ground I am. But in quantum physics, it turns out three numbers isn't enough. Instead, you need an infinity of numbers, scattered across all of space, just to describe the position of a single electron. This infinite collection of numbers is called a "wave function," because these numbers scattered across space usually change smoothly, undulating like a wave. There's a beautiful equation that describes how wave functions wave about through space, called the Schrödinger equation (after Erwin Schrödinger, the Austrian physicist who first discovered it in 1925). Wave functions mostly obey the Schrödinger equation the same way a falling rock obeys Newton's laws of motion: It's something like a law of nature. And as laws of nature go, it's a pretty simple one, though it can look mathematically forbidding at first. Yet despite the simplicity and beauty of the Schrödinger equation, wave functions are pretty weird. ...

Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies: 500 AD to the Present Hardcover-4/5 by Simon Young and Ceri Houlbrook--
From Amazon description: What do we know about fairies? A treasure trove of newly digitised information accessed here shows that the Disney image of Tinkerbell is but a weak shorthand for the plethora of different kinds and types inhabiting the British and Irish Isles. Fairy sightings are deeply tied to local areas; even the names can be different. In, for example, Cornwall they are `piskeys'; in parts of Southern and Midland England they are 'pharises'; in Ireland they are sidhe ('si'). But as the new information from digitised local historical sources shows in exciting ways, their local character varies: in Sussex they are puckish but kind, but in the Scottish Highlands or Ireland you might end up dead after an encounter. Are fairies still with us? Yes they are. Included with the book are new sightings of fairies up to the present. In fact, it turns out that there are even travelling Fairies who reached Canada and New England.

The dream after the masked ball, by John Anster Fitzgerald
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Confessions of a fairy hunter-4/5 Times Higher Education,  By Simon Young-- The mere mention of fairies in academic circles can bring derision. Yet the field is a rich one that has much to offer open-minded, multidisciplinary scholars, writes Simon Young
I first came to fairies after a brush with mortality in my mid-thirties. I’d been trained as a medievalist, but under the strain of my treatment, the Monumenta Ger­maniae Historica lost their charms: the memory of their leather covers, their weight in my hand, their smell, still make me nauseous almost a decade later. I’d like to say that the fairies flew in through the window, but they actually came out of the pages of books read in convalescence. The obsession grew slowly. It started with pencil scratches in margins. It turned into a blog. Then it became articles: I mapped boggart place names while my children were falling asleep; I transcribed forgotten fragments of 19th-century fairylore as students took exams. By 2013, it had got serious and expensive. I was dumpster-diving, trying to rescue the lost manuscript of a recently deceased fairy expert (I succeeded eventually). A year later, I was setting up an online survey of supernatural attitudes and experiences, the Fairy Census. Last summer, I had an Oxford graduate surreptitiously photograph a couple of thousand pages of Edwardian fairy archives in the Bodleian Library. More recently, our postwoman delivered to me a volume that I co-edited with Ceri Houlbrook, an early career researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, on British and Irish fairies. Reading the chapters again does not, as I had hoped, dim the obsession. It only makes it burn a little brighter, underlining all the new mysteries to plumb, the new sources to chase.
Obsessions are supposed to bring at least some benefits. Trainspotting gets its adherents out of the house on Sundays; Dungeons and Dragons teaches rudimentary social skills; Tetris hones spatial intelligence. But what are the benefits of an obsession with fairies? Well, by far the most important is that you come into contact with many curious and, frequently, wonderful people. In recent years, I’ve had messages from scores of men and women who have fairy issues in their lives: one requested advice on the right hill on which to enjoy a midnight shamanic fairy meeting; another told of a kitchen haunted by goblins. And I’m often asked whether I can see a fairy in this particular CCTV footage or in that photograph. My replies to such correspondents tend to be polite but necessarily brief. I also, however, find myself in contact with those who are, in much the same way as I am, fascinated by the idea of an invisible commonwealth coterminous with our own world. This is the most enjoyable consequence of writing and speaking about fairies, for there are a surprisingly large number of fairy lovers (and professional fairy sceptics) out there. All too predictably, they are often artists, folklorists, mystics or writers. But there are also servicemen, scientists and engineers, members of thinktanks and even Gulf millionaires. Most keep their interest very quiet because fairyism is a love that dare not speak its name. There is a distaste towards fairies among the chattering classes, and that distaste is particularly strong among academics. Study witches, ghosts or vampires, and you will pass through any Oxbridge dinner successfully. However, fairies are about as welcome as Heineken at high table. I teach Italian history in Siena and have long experienced a milder version of this. My colleagues treat my interest in fairylore and the supernatural as a forgivable but not a lovable eccentricity. For someone interested in the subject, this stance is frustrating because fairies have so much to offer the researcher and teacher. They demand a multidisciplinary approach, combining the likes of anthropology, art history, comparative mythology, folklore, history, literature, theatre, philology and onomastics (the study of proper names). Fairies can be found (with different labels) in most places and periods, inviting comparative work. And while they may vex professors, they are objects of fascination in the lecture hall: say the word “fairy” and students look up from their iPhones. ...

The Weaving: A Novel of Twin Flames Through Time Paperback-5/31 by Cheryl Lafferty Eckl – May 15, 2018 - Amazon Description: Sometimes to move forward you have to go back...You hold in your hand an orb of clearest crystal, beckoning you to look within. As you gaze, worlds of mystery & wonder swim before you. Images of past & present, or perhaps of future scenes with you & your twin flame. Are you & your soul's other half together or apart? Only time will tell. Enter Sarah & Kevin--twin flames who must reconcile past & present to escape the future neither of them wants. Will they dare step into the crystal & learn the secret of reunion? Find out in The Weaving. Treasure awaits you in the orb. Editor: The author is a good friend of mine. It just came out so I haven't had a chance to read it. I plan to and when I do I'll move it to this page: The Best in Esoteric and Metaphysical Literature which strangely enough is my most popular page for searches according to Google analytics.

Real Magic, Prominent researcher and synesthete says real magic is frontier science-4/7 Psychology Today, by Maureen Seaberg-- Dean Radin, Ph.D., has pursued the most mind-boggling fringes of science — ESP, telepathy, and other wonders — earnestly and with excellence for decades. He is the chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (link is external) (IONS) in Petaluma, CA, a next-level research and educational organization founded by the late astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell. Dr. Radin also worked on the United States government's top-secret psychic espionage program, known as Stargate. His new book, Real Magic (link is external) (Harmony, April 10), is a triumph of an open mind over limitations. As his publisher points out, what was magic 2,000 years ago is scientific fact today. No less than Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge, calls it, "A thought-provoking book. The author makes a convincing case for the reality and significance of magic.” His publisher states: "Radin has spent the last 40 years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others' emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives. " The book begins with a history of magic, continues on to a review of the scientific evidence for it, and concludes that magic will play a key role in the frontiers of science. And he is a synesthete. This is our Q & A:
Please tell me about your new book.
: The unique aspect of Real Magic, which may end up in the occult, metaphysical, or religious section of most bookstores, is that it's really about science, and in particular what happens when science looks at the full nature of reality, including unusual subjective experience and consciousness. Because I want to promote it as a science book, I sought endorsements from my scientific colleagues, so I'm very grateful that it has been endorsed by two Nobel Laureates, a president of the American Statistical Association, a program director from the National Science Foundation, and etc. I could have asked historians, notables in the human potential arena, and ceremonial magicians for endorsements. But there are plenty of books available from those angles. This one is different. ...

The Consciousness Deniers-3/24 New York Review of Books, by Galen Strawson -- What is the silliest claim ever made? The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the existence of consciousness: conscious experience, the subjective character of experience, the “what-it-is-like” of experience. Next to this denial—I’ll call it “the Denial”—every known religious belief is only a little less sensible than the belief that grass is green. The Denial began in the twentieth century and continues today in a few pockets of philosophy and psychology and, now, information technology. It had two main causes: the rise of the behaviorist approach in psychology, and the naturalistic approach in philosophy. These were good things in their way, but they spiraled out of control and gave birth to the Great Silliness. I want to consider these main causes first, and then say something rather gloomy about a third, deeper, darker cause. But before that, I need to comment on what is being denied—consciousness, conscious experience, experience for short. What is it? Anyone who has ever seen or heard or smelled anything knows what it is; anyone who has ever been in pain, or felt hungry or hot or cold or remorseful, dismayed, uncertain, or sleepy, or has suddenly remembered a missed appointment. All these things involve what are sometimes called “qualia”—that is to say, different types or qualities of conscious experience. What I am calling the Denial is the denial that anyone has ever really had any of these experiences. Perhaps it’s not surprising that most Deniers deny that they’re Deniers. “Of course, we agree that consciousness or experience exists,” they say—but when they say this they mean something that specifically excludes qualia. Who are the Deniers? I have in mind—at least—those who fully subscribe to something called “philosophical behaviorism” as well as those who fully subscribe to something called “functionalism” in the philosophy of mind. Few have been fully explicit in their denial, but among those who have been, we find Brian Farrell, Paul Feyerabend, Richard Rorty, and the generally admirable Daniel Dennett. Ned Block once remarked that Dennett’s attempt to fit consciousness or “qualia” into his theory of reality “has the relation to qualia that the US Air Force had to so many Vietnamese villages: he destroys qualia in order to save them.” One of the strangest things the Deniers say is that although it seems that there is conscious experience, there isn’t really any conscious experience: the seeming is, in fact, an illusion. The trouble with this is that any such illusion is already and necessarily an actual instance of the thing said to be an illusion. Suppose you’re hypnotized to feel intense pain. Someone may say that you’re not really in pain, that the pain is illusory, because you haven’t really suffered any bodily damage. But to seem to feel pain is to be in pain. It’s not possible here to open up a gap between appearance and reality, between what is and what seems. ...

Henry Corbin, Suhrawardi, and the Lost Knowledge of the Imagination-3/20 Reality Sandwich, by Gary Lachman-- ... The need for a change of being in order to receive certain kinds of knowledge is at the heart of the ‘angelized Platonism’ that the French philosopher and scholar of Persian mysticism Henry Corbin found in the tenth century gnostic master Suhrawardi. Suhrawardi was born in 1155 near the present-day towns of Zanjan and Bijar Garrus in northwest Iran; he is named after his birthplace, Suhraward. After studying Aristotle and Avicenna in Maragheh and then logic in Isfahan, Suhrawardi embarked on a ‘knowledge quest’ or ‘initiatory journey’, a not unfamiliar activity for esoteric scholars. This took him through Anatolia, where he came into contact with Sufi schools and masters, including Fakhr al-Din al-Mardini. Like Suhrawardi himself, Fakhr al-Din al-Mardini combined mysticism with rigorous logic, a union that Suhrawardi looked for in other seekers of truth. Suhrawardi adopted the Sufic way of life, embracing an ascetic practice, wearing the rough suf wool, from which the Sufis get their name and surrendering himself to the ecstasies of sama, the Sufi music. But he also maintained a strict philosophical discipline, subjecting his ecstasies to severe criticism and analysis. His work was ‘addressed precisely to those who aspire at once to both mystical experience and philosophical knowledge’ and should, he said, be transmitted only to ‘him who is worthy, chosen from among those who have given evidence of a solid knowledge of the peripaticians’ philosophy [Aristotle] while their hearts are nevertheless captured by love for the divine Light.’ It was clear to Suhrawardi, as it was to other ‘imaginative knowers’, that what was needed in order to arrive at real ‘truth’, was thought and feeling working together in a creative polarity, not in opposition. Suhrawardi reached Aleppo in 1183 and he soon became friends with the city’s governor, al-Malik al-Zahir, the son of the great Salah ad-Din Yusuf Ibn Ayyub, known to the west as Saladin. Suhrawardi became al-Mailk’s tutor, a position envied by the local scholars, who already scorned Suhrawardi because of his heretical beliefs and skill in dialectics, which he displayed to their regret in their debates with him. He was obviously influenced by the words of the ‘philosophers’, which for devout Muslims was a term of abuse. Soon the scholars’ enmity toward Suhrawardi would prove fatal. The philosophers who influenced Suhrawardi came from pre-Islamic Persia, ancient Greece, and Egypt. Together their ideas formed a potent blend of Zoroastrianism, Plato, and the wisdom traditions of Alexandria, what Suhrawardi called a ‘philosophy of Light’, a tradition of esoteric metaphysics that was handed down from sage to sage, Suhrawardi believed, through the ages. ...

Glastonbury: archaeology is revealing new truths about the origins of British Christianity-3/24 The Conversation, by Roberta Gilchrist-- New archaeological research on Glastonbury Abbey pushes back the date for the earliest settlement of the site by 200 years – and reopens debate on Glastonbury’s origin myths. Many Christians believe that Glastonbury is the site of the earliest church in Britain, allegedly founded in the first or second century by Joseph of Arimathea. According to the Gospels, Joseph was the man who donated his own tomb for the body of Christ following the crucifixion. By the 14th century, it was popularly believed that Glastonbury Abbey had been founded by the biblical figure of Joseph. The legend emerged that Joseph had travelled to Britain with the Grail, the vessel used to collect Christ’s blood. For 800 years, Glastonbury has been associated with the romance of King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimathea. Later stories connected Glastonbury directly to the life of Christ. ...

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