Gutfeld: Should the media treat mass shootings as routine?-10/3

Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary-10/3

Obama has turned Putin into the world’s most powerful leader-9/29

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ISIS plotting 'nuclear tsunami'-9/29

Governments Turn to the UN to Avoid Paying Their Debts-9/29

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The Real Estate Crisis in the Bakken-9/29

Pope's World and the Real World-9/29 Patrick J. Buchanan

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Climate Alarmist Caught in ‘Largest Science Scandal in U.S. History’-10/3 Breitbart, The plan by climate alarmists to have other scientists imprisoned for their ‘global warming’ skepticism is backfiring horribly, and the chief alarmist is now facing a House investigation into what has been called “the largest science scandal in US history.” ...

The Theory of Relativity, Then and Now-9/29 Smithsonian, by Brian Greene - Albert Einstein's breakthrough from a century ago was out of this world. Now it seems surprisingly down-to-earth ...

Marilyn Monroe explains relativity to Albert Einstein-9/29 from Nicolas Roeg's 1985 "Insignificance."

Welcome to quantum reality-9/10 New Scientist, It’s official: the universe is weird. Our everyday experience tells us that distant objects cannot influence each other, and don’t disappear just because no one is looking at them. Even Albert Einstein was dead against such ideas because they clashed so badly with our views of the real world. But it turns out we’re wrong – the quantum nature of reality means, on some level, these things can and do actually happen. A groundbreaking experiment puts the final nail in the coffin of our ordinary “local realism” view of the universe, settling an argument that has raged through physics for nearly a century. Teams of physicists around the world have been racing to complete this experiment for decades. Now, a group led by Ronald Hanson at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has finally cracked it. ...

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Trailer for “The Precious Guru” : The film-9/11

Tibetan Prophecy: One Decade Left

-8/2, From: Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar,
The singular work entitled The Light That Makes Things Clear: A Prophecy of Things to Come, was revealed by the late 'Jam-byangs mKhyen-brtse Chos-kyi bLo-gros (1896-1959), widely known and celebrated as the "Master of Masters." It was first translated into English in 1988, by Karma gSungrab rGya-mtsho, with the admonition that it be freely reproduced. We have elected to publish this work as received, with only slight editorial revision, as the translator prepared his version with the assistance of the late Khyentse Rinpoche's learned students, and other qualified commentators. Our revisions cover matters of English expression; not content, which is unchanged, and basic meaning is left intact. This work takes the form of a dialogue involving Shakyamuni Buddha, Ananda, Avalokitesvara, and Maitreya concerning events commencing 2026, and lasting through 2032.
" Homage to the Three Jewels. The Victorious One (Shakyamuni Buddha) once related this teaching applicable to a time when the evil period would arise. It is like a path because all sentient beings are connected to it. When the Victorious One was sitting under the bodhi tree and thinking of all sentient beings of the world, he saw that at the end of five - hundred years, an evil age would begin. As to the deeds and thoughts of all these beings, those with great merit would come into contact with this teaching while those with little merit would not. The pain from conflicting emotions would be great indeed. Because it seemed that humans living on the surface of the earth would be as if cut to pieces with swords due to this, the venerable Ananda pleaded with the Victorious One: "Victorious One, because you consider things with great compassion, spare humankind this torment." And the Victorious One replied to the venerable Ananda: "I have this to say about it. While I was residing in the great expanse of space, I was thinking of and gazing on the beings of the world. So, listen! There is a teaching useful during the time when the - dark age arises. If one writes of it, propagates it, and practices the "Great Responsiveness Meditation" and recitation, impurities and obscurations will be quickly purified. If one sincerely makes offerings to this spiritual text with flowers and incense, all sentient beings will benefit. By propagating this text and writing about it, one will obtain a good existence throughout all of one's lives." Then, near the base of a tree, there was a great lake. On its shores sat the Greatly Responsive One (Avalokitesvara) (in the form) he appears with and for others. While considering all beings in his responsiveness and compassion, he began to shed copious tears. Then the Victorious One said: "Listen carefully, oh Greatly Responsive One! It is not necessary to shed tears, so heed my words well. During the month of the Tiger in the new year, I intend to go to many places. At that time during the evil age all sentient beings will be freed from the ocean of existence's miseries. All evil conduct will be abandoned and I will lead sentient beings away from evil states (they have fallen into).
At that time, this spiritual text will be well known. Because of this text and by making it known, all sickness will end. If written about by one person, it will benefit one city. If proclaimed by one city, it will benefit all states. The merit of humankind will be increased and secondary evil influences averted. One will be free of hellish torments, and it will be of benefit for both this life and the next one. This path is desirable for all sentient beings of the six classes. For example, it is like taking a boat across a river or the ocean. This is truly a most beneficial text until Maitreya arrives in the world of humans. By writing of this teaching and spreading it to other areas, in one lifetime, in one embodiment, one's merit will increase limitlessly. The bloody ocean of life as a (vicious) circle will dry up. First, because of the ten impure practices, sentient beings will come under the power of conflicting emotions.
Oh, pity on these sentient beings! After this, an area (valley) in the human realm will be (as if) filled with blood. Three, when it comes to reaping your own merits you will be powerless to do so. Four, human suffering will become very great. Five, people won't be able to perceive the "path." Six, cities will become filled with carnivorous animals. Seven, the residences of politicians will become deserted. Eight, individuals will be unable to cope with one another. Nine, hungry ghosts will be seen wandering about the cities.
Things will be like this as a result of ten impure practices. One will not compliment or praise another person; there will only be praise of oneself and putting down others. There will basically be four social groups: the politicians, the rich, common people, and the well-educated. If all of these peoples have confidence in this text and devotion toward it, a good time period will result.
"But," the Victorious One said, "If people have an irrational trust in it, they will follow one another and fall straight into the most intolerable of hells. The earth and heavens will be filled with the cries of those who have not heard this teaching. A time of epidemics will result. But as soon as one hears this spiritual message and then writes it down and distributes it, these epidemics will be brought under control. All famine that might exist will be pacified and people will achieve a good existence.
Furthermore, there are seven miseries that humans might suffer. First there is the misery like that of a denizen in hell. Second, the misery of hunger and thirst for a hungry ghost. Third, the misery of disputes and warfare as an anti-god might experience. Fourth, the frustration resulting from having no leisure, and constant hunger and want. Fifth, the misery of having erroneous views. Sixth, the misery of having a long life like a god, and seventh, the misery in potential existence when in the after-death state. This text is of benefit for these (situations), for if one trusts in it, one will achieve success in all that one may strive for. All diseases will be destroyed, and there will be a return to good times. If one is to ask how these will come about [it is like this]:
Out of deep space, in the Fire-Male-Horse year (2026), a large meteor will strike down on the shores of a large body of water. This spiritual text will appear when the meteor cracks open. Having appeared, it is very important, when teaching this document, that there are no secret or hidden meanings. There is but one, no secondary meaning. It has been put together for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all the torments of existence end!
After 500 years will be a time when the teachings of the Spiritually Awakened One will be on the decline and monks' ethics and general conduct will become corrupted. When evil thoughts will occupy the mind, and food supplies will be contaminated. A time when the ten unwholesome deeds will be practiced and practitioners of advanced spiritual techniques will recite only evil mantras, and the five poisons will overwhelm one's perceptions. It will be a time when body and speech acts will be perverted; teaching of spiritual values will deteriorate. A time when feathers will grow on mountains (sic!), and a person will travel about in wooden and metal vehicles. All of one's actions will merely contribute to evil happenings, a time of fearfulness when evil will manifest most definitely. This text will reverse the contributory evil causes of this time. By so much as seeing it, writing of it, proclaiming it, there is no doubt that these evil times will end. It is sufficient to see what is true and what is not true. And to say what one knows to be the truth. In those people who say it is untrue, from the tops of their heads to the bottom of their feet, signs that they will be seized by sickness will appear."
After the Victorious One had spoken these words, Avalokitesvara, Maitreya, Ananda, gods, anti-gods, humans, and spirits who live on odors, all rejoiced and offered great praise of his words. The Victorious One touched his right hand, marked with certain signs and characteristics, to the earth, and (by this act) conquered the dark forces of spiritual death, along with their retinue. I experienced an unbelievable happiness and joy and decided to (always) engage myself with this discriminative appreciation that goes beyond itself, that tames (beings) by pacifying all sickness and evil. Then the Spiritually Awakened One, the Victorious One, after remaining in meditative enstasis, uttered this summary of his discourses, as part of the teachings (as a whole). Again, Ananda asked of theVictorious One:
"Victorious One, since you have delivered this teaching, turn around the obstacles and evil conditions within existence. In the Earth-Male-Monkey year (2028) an epidemic will occur and its impact will be very profound. If all sentient beings do not think that this is true and have no confidence in this letter and are not able to propagate it, then the dark evil forces of spiritual death will be satisfied. If there is confidence and they do publish this, then great well-being will arise. Great benefit will come from this spiritual text. That's it! Great! That's for sure! May you always teach it! May most excellent good and wholesomeness arise! May capabilities and merits always increase! This has been taught by all of the Spiritually Awakened Ones. You yourself are energetic to this truth, of benefit to beings. At the end of a future time, the qualities of this will be beyond imagination. For the person who is confident in this, all desires will be fulfilled. Evil conditions and obstacles will be diverted. The person who is confident in the teachings of a spiritually awakened person should make offerings of flowers and incense." ... More >>>

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Infinity II, 429. Again one has to remind the scientists that the theories of Einstein do not upset the laws of Euclid but encompass them. Just as the third dimension does not nullify the laws of the plane, but is infinitely larger than the latter, so also the laws of spiritual knowledge encompass all your laws, being infinitely broader. Therefore, lay antagonism aside as an impediment to evolution. Morya 1930

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New website by Celeste Miller: The Reincarnated Child
Editor: Here is a welcome addition to the field of education. If only the world and especially America understood the principles of karma and reincarnation then we would all be better off. Imagine if an educator could understand signs in a child of past attainment and encourage those, or see those behaviors that are a detriment and understand where they might come from. Celeste Miller has been on the path of the complete education of the soul for most of her life. If only more educators were like her.

Celeste and Tom Miller

But let me let her website tell you about her qualifications:
"Celeste is a mother of six, grandmother of nine, and a teacher educator with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She is excited to share with you the gleanings of her lifelong study of children, parenting practices and educational methodologies that are significant ones for soul development. ... Celeste Miller earned a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Education in 1994. She taught early childhood and elementary education courses at five U.S. universities as well as two universities in Taiwan over the span of her career in higher education. She actively contributed to her field with research, publications, public speaking, international exchanges, department administration and membership in NAEYC, Phi Delta Kappa, IRA, and MnAEYC. She was a reading consultant to public school districts in MN and WI. Prior to college teaching career, she evaluated day care settings for the PA Department of Public Welfare and supervised student teachers. Her classroom teaching experience includes Montessori, Right Brain, and Vibration Education."

There are three more books in the series. Here is the next one: "The Reincarnated Child’s Family Book 2 in the series. A healthy family circle is optimal for happiness and fulfillment in this life. The “family” is the most important spiritual anchor our souls have to this world. Techniques and strategies to maximize the couple relationship and the inter-dynamics of family members are discussed. 84 pages $6.99"
As it says on the site's masthead: "A child’s potential is not just about DNA and environmental influences. Soul connections count too! If you believe in reincarnation, where do you go to read about raising and educating children? Right here!!! Explore tips to successfully parent and educate the heart, mind and soul of your child. ... "
Imagine if people in this country understood the principles of karma and reincarnation. Talents could be developed. Strange behaviors could be understood more easily. Even the phenomena of a particular way of thinking gripping a large segment of the population or even a nation can be explained by reincarnation. I'm thinking of why the media acts the way they do or how a new pseudo-religion appears based on cherry-picking science that enables government officials to regulate and spend trillions affecting every single individual now and for years to come. The lost ties to the great mystical truths are at the core of most of our problems. One of these is the knowledge of karma and reincarnation.

Is a comet about to destroy Earth? Best-selling author GRAHAM HANCOCK argues that a cosmic explosion will soon strike Earth – triggering epic floods-9/11 Daily Mail,
• Within 20 years a comet big enough to end life as we know it will hit Earth
• That is view of author Graham Hancock who says it will trigger epic floods
• Says 200 ancient myths tell of a human civilisation brought to end by fire
• He argues scientific evidence now indicates these are based on hard fact ...
Editor: Graham, buddy, I love Donovan's song about Atlantis too, but "magicians?" this term does a great disservice to adepts and the great master teachers of all ages, especially those on Atlantis like Enoch and the Rai's. I'm not busting just Hancocks' chops here, there are many like him who have bought into the Gaia movement combined with a limited understanding of the Mighty Presence of God that stands ready to assist those who wake up and walk the Path. It's all about karma and coming up higher.
Saint Germain on God-Control:
"Some scientists have claimed and taught that planets collide in space. No such thing is possible. To do so would be to throw the entire Plan of Creation into chaos. It really is fortunate indeed that the `Mighty Laws of God' are not limited to the opinions of some of the children of earth. It does not matter what any scientist—mundane or otherwise thinks, God-Creation is ever moving forward and expressing more and more Perfection."

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The Royal Secret-10/3 by John Bentley, (This is a new book which I have not read nor do I own a copy, but it looks good. Editor) The Royal Secret is a story for all those who have at times questioned their life and faced choices between good and evil. It is an epic saga of humanity from beginning to end, and of an unknown future whose clues may lie in the distant past. The tale is told through the eyes of an American woman and her quest for her own Holy Grail. In it she uncovers the true identity of one of the world’s greatest men. The would-be King of America. An Elizabethan known to the world as a great writer and poet but in a name disguised for centuries in a tissue of lies and obfuscation to conceal his immortal destiny.
About the author, John Bentley: The Author of The Royal Secret John Bentley is a well known creative entrepreneur, traveller, and now first-time novelist. Having travelled half the globe through dangerous lands by the age of twenty, he headed up a global media empire by the age of thirty. It included the UK’s largest movie company, producing the cult movie The Wicker Man. At thirty-two, described by the Press as a corporate buccaneer, and discarding a political career, he retired to study philosophy and metaphysics, in homes from the Scottish Highlands to New York, Paris, St. Tropez and Ibiza. Returning in 1980, his new video retail business became the largest in Europe. By the mid 80’s, branded by the Press as a playboy, he left public life to sail half way round the world. From 1990 he immersed himself in the new digital world to be the first to market with Internet Smart TV in 1995. Now living on Portugal’s Algarve coast he has with The Royal Secret combined his love of history and mystery. With his own take on a world where freedom is under attack, his story told through the eyes of a woman in love, warns that only revolution in thought and deed will save mankind from its self destruction. John Bentley‘s first book is The Royal Secret, an audacious thought-provoking mystery thriller of length and depth based on historical and political reality. The book spans a range of genres but fans of Dan Brown, Bernard Cornwell, CJ Sansom, and of the Holy Grail, The Tudors and the Templars, as well as of the occult and paranormal, will enjoy this scintillating blend of intrigue and conspiracy. The book is a first in providing the reader with instant pictorial and background data from The Royal Secret online sites on Pearltree and Pinterest.
Kirkus Review: “Mysteries, conspiracies, hidden identities, and secret codes abound in this debut thriller, which shuttles readers between the modern day and Tudor England. As Mrs G’s quest for answers takes her to England, and then to France, Germany and Hungary, she finds herself drawn to Ethan, a mysterious handsome priest. Little does she know that Ethan is more than he seems. Mrs. G proves herself an engaging heroine. Meanwhile, her story is intertwined with that of the life of Bacon as the novel alternates between past and present, spinning the tale of Bacon’s conception, birth, youth, career, and death. A dense, theory-packed book that will appeal to lovers of historical conspiracies.” – Kirkus Reviews, July 31st, 2015

Editor, from Sir This public presentation to the Francis Bacon Society by Simon Miles in March of this year reveals new Baconian discoveries coded into the Merchant of Venice and can now be viewed as a video. Watch :

Don Quixote? Was it Cervantes or Bacon who crafted the famous tale?-8/2 A Barnes Review by John Tiffany on Don Quixote; PDF

Francisco Hernandez: The Coolest Explorer You've Never Heard Of-9/11 Atlas Obscura, by Cara Giaimo, In the era right after Columbus, most people who traveled from Europe to the Americas had very specific agendas. They wanted money, or power, or land. And those are the names we know—Cortes, Pizarro, Cordoba; the ones who killed and stole and enslaved in order to bring their home countries a slice of that New World pie. By contrast, Francisco Hernandez's name may not ring any bells—but his contributions were just as important, and a lot less bloody. Hernandez was the first European scientist to visit the Americas. With the help of the Aztecs, Hernandez traveled through Mexico in the 1570s, describing and illustrating thousands of species previously unknown to Europe. Some credit him with introducing the continent to everything from corn to cocoa. He is, indisputably, one of the fathers of natural history. But Hernandez's extensive work was nearly lost to time. In a new exhibition, called "Galileo's World," the University of Oklahoma details how a bunch of intrepid scientists, including Galileo himself, rescued the seminal work from obscurity. Francisco Hernandez was a doctor and botanist who worked in Spain in the middle of the 16th century. Ambitious by nature, he spent the early years of his career moving from city to city trying to make a name for himself. Eventually, his Spanish translation of Pliny’s classic Natural History gained him some renown, and he became the personal physician to King Philip II. Philip II, also known as Philip the Prudent, ushered Spain into its Golden Age and was always trying to expand the country’s knowledge and power. In 1570, less than a century after Columbus first set foot in the Bahamas, Philip commissioned his trusted doctor to head over to the New World and put together a complete record of plants and animals. This was to be the first time any European embarked on a scientific mission there, and Philip expected to find things that would awe his continent. He was heavily invested in the expedition—the level-headed king spent 60,000 ducats on the mission, enough, at the time, to send a thousand soldiers on a year-long campaign. Hernandez and his son Juan left Spain in August of 1571, and touched down in Veracruz the next February. The exploration team of translators, botanists, and geographers hiked through Mexico for three years, collecting specimens, interviewing Spanish colonists and native Nahua residents, and undertaking medical studies. They hired three indigenous painters, named Antón, Baltazar Elías and Pedro Vázquez, who turned the team's collective findings into colorful illustrations that Fernandez could later use for reference. The trip was a smashing success. Over three years of constant travel, and three more years working in a Mexican hospital, Hernandez found and recorded thousands of plants and animals previously unknown to European science. He discovered staples from peyote to pineapples, and shed new light on those that had been introduced but remained mysterious, like cocoa and corn. When he sailed back home to Spain in 1577, his ship was loaded with seeds, specimens, and a multivolume set of carefully illustrated notes. ...

The seven ways to have a near-death experience-3/22 BBC, by Rachel Nuwer -- Seeing a light and a tunnel may be the popular perception of death, but as Rachel Nuwer discovers, reports are emerging of many other strange experiences. ...

Proof Of Reincarnation? This Boy Can Remember Specific Details About His Previous Life As A Woman, Named Pam-2/28

Reincarnation – The Ghost Inside My Child-10/19

The Story of Kullervo Hardcover – International Edition, October 13, 2015-9/10 aMAZON, by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author), Verlyn Flieger (Editor) -- Amazon Review:: The world first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the powerful story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father. Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny. Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates. Tolkien wrote that The Story of Kullervo was ‘the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own’, and was ‘a major matter in the legends of the First Age’; his Kullervo was the ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. In addition to being a powerful story in its own right, The Story of Kullervo – published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, The Kalevala, is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.

Is New Thought Turning Gray?-9/10, By Mitch Horowitz -- Science of Mind magazine columnist and ministerial student Masando Hiraoka recently lamented on this blog the paucity of “Millennials” within Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) churches and communities. The fact is, many metaphysical congregations and organizations on the alternative spiritual scene are experiencing an aging membership base. I recently delivered the keynote address at the conference of a major New Age organization and, according to registration records, the 300-plus attendees were about 70 percent female (no surprise there – the same demographics hold at most traditional churches), and a large majority was over the age of 50, with many well into retirement age. Our friends in the Christian Science movement face a similar situation. As I recounted in my book One Simple Idea, visits to Christian Science services in New York City showed, at least when I dropped in, aging and sparse congregations. A church official confided to me – with admirable candor – that the healing church was either going to do better demographically or disappear. A part of me feels that this “graying effect” is really no problem at all. As I’ve told silver-haired audiences at Theosophy conferences and similar gatherings, isn’t it perfectly legitimate for an organization to exist for itself? Why must we chase after some kind of mythically relevant outsider? Simply declare what you stand for and welcome whomever thinks similarly. But at some point a member-based organization – be it CSL or the Edgar Cayce centers – must contend with demographic realities – or risk turning into a Shaker village. ...
Editor: A conundrum to be sure and I've thought about it for quite sometime. I suspect that God sent larger groups of souls from after WWII to say the 80's or 90's to uplift the planet with their spiritual awareness and also it was their karma to do so. If they don't fufill their individual dharma and/or if the organization that they joined does not allow them to add their particular brand of genius, then those group efforts will probably fail. There are of course different paths, some quicker than others. God sends advanced souls to rejuvenate the major religions. I'll just take Hinduism as an example: Ramakrishna and Yogananda did wonders. (The antithesis of these two would be that Hot Yoga knucklehead) Then there is path the Great White Brotherhood has laid out since 1875. This has stalled for the reasons I mentioned above.
One of the major problems is that there are different evolutions on this planet. Fallen Angels, Watchers and mechanization man pose as prophets, messengers leaders and followers to throw off those aligned with God and to perpetuate their existence. This makes for a cynical generation making a mockery of spiritual organizations. Thus there are few joiners. I might add more later, out of time for now.

Hidden secrets of Yale’s 1491 world map revealed via multispectral imaging-9/9 Yale News, By Mike Cummings -- Henricus Martellus, a German cartographer working in Florence in the late 15th century, produced a highly detailed map of the known world. According to experts, there is strong evidence that Christopher Columbus studied this map and that it influenced his thinking before his fateful voyage. Martellus’ map arrived at Yale in 1962, the gift of an anonymous donor. Scholars at the time hailed the map’s importance and argued that it could provide a missing link to the cartographic record at the dawn of the Age of Discovery. However, five centuries of fading and scuffing had rendered much of the map’s text and other details illegible or invisible, limiting its research value. A team of researchers and imaging specialists is recovering the lost information through a multispectral-imaging project. Their work is yielding discoveries about how the world was viewed over 500 years ago. Last August the five-member team visited the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where for years the Martellus map hung from a wall outside the reading room. (It was recently moved to the Yale University Art Gallery for storage while the library is under renovation.) The team, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, photographed the map in 12 reflective colors, including several frequencies beyond the range of visible light. Those images were processed and analyzed with high-tech software. “We’ve recovered more information than we dared to hope for,” says Chet Van Duzer, a map historian who is leading the project. The map, which dates to about 1491 and depicts the Earth’s surface from the Atlantic in the west to Japan in the east, is dotted with descriptions in Latin of various regions and peoples. A text box visible over northern Asia describes the people of “Balor” who live without wine or wheat and subsist on deer meat. Van Duzer says the new images reveal many such descriptions. For instance, text uncovered in southern Asia describe the “Panotii” people as having ears so large that they could use them as sleeping bags. Newly revealed text in eastern Asian is borrowed from “The Travels of Marco Polo.” From the discrepancies in wording, Van Duzer has determined that Martellus used a manuscript version of the travelogue, not the sole printed edition in Latin that existed at the time. Perhaps the most interesting revelations, say the researchers, concern southern Africa. By studying visible river systems and legible place names, Van Duzer had previously determined that Martellus based his depiction of the region on the Egyptus N[MC1] ovelo [BL2] map, which survives in three manuscripts of Ptolemy’s “Geography.” The Egyptus Novelo used geographical data from native Africans, not European explorations. It is thought that the map was based on information shared by three Ethiopian delegates to the Council of Florence in 1441. ...
Waldseemüller was not alone in contemplating Martellus’ work. Van Duzer says it is nearly certain that Columbus examined the Martellus map, or a map very similar to it. Writings by Columbus’s son Ferdinand indicate that the explorer had expected to find Japan where Martellus depicted it, and with the same orientation, far off the Asian coast, and with its main axis running north and south. No other surviving maps from the period show Japan with that configuration, says Van Duzer. In addition, the journal of one of Columbus’s crewmembers, who believed the expedition was sailing along island chains in southern Asia, describes the region much as it is depicted in the Martellus map. Revealing the map’s faded details provides a more complete picture of Columbus’s perception of geography, notes the historian. “It’s always interesting to learn how people conceived the world at that period in history,” says Van Duzer. “The late 15th century was a time when people’s image of the world was changing so rapidly. Even within Martellus’s own career, what he was showing of the world expanded dramatically.” ...

Editor: In June I took two consecutive workshops with Robert Peng on Qiqong. He's the real deal. His teachings come from a Master in China. There are several movements but much of Qiqong involves visualization, intense visualization.

The Science of Near-Death Experiences-3/22 The Atlantic, By Gideon Lichfield -- Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife -- Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie Heaven Is for Real, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United States. The book it was based on, published in 2010, has sold some 10 million copies and spent 206 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Two recent books by doctors—Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander, who writes about a near-death experience he had while in a week-long coma brought on by meningitis, and To Heaven and Back, by Mary C. Neal, who had her NDE while submerged in a river after a kayaking accident—have spent 94 and 36 weeks, respectively, on the list. (The subject of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, published in 2010, recently admitted that he made it all up.) Their stories are similar to those told in dozens if not hundreds of books and in thousands of interviews with “NDErs,” or “experiencers,” as they call themselves, in the past few decades. Though details and descriptions vary across cultures, the overall tenor of the experience is remarkably similar. ...

Jim Anderson: Heaven Can Wait-3/29 CBN, ... "As I prayed it got darker ‘til the point it went black," Jim said. "The next thing I knew, off in the distance, I saw a white light. It was beautiful. It just wasn’t blinding, but pure and perfect. As I started to go towards the light, ...

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Meet the 10-year-old son of Baptist parents who has baffled experts with his vivid and accurate accounts of a past life dancing on Broadway and acting opposite Mae West-3/21 Daily Mail,

Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged-10/22