Saturday, April 21, 2018

THE SCIENCE OF PLANETARY SIGNATURES IN MEDICINE – RESTORING THE COSMIC FOUNDATIONS OF HEALING


The Science of Planetary Signatures in Medicine – Restoring the Cosmic Foundations of Healing, Jennifer T. Gehl, MHS and arc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT, 2017, 252pp, $19.95.
The Science of Planetary Signatures in Medicine: Restoring the Cosmic Foundations of Healing

 “As above, so below.” We look at the sky and what do we see? Stars, planets, galaxies. There is order there, but do we realize there is order here, on Earth, as well? The late Carl Sagan said, “We are made of star-stuff”, and through her extensive research, Jennifer Gehl shows how ancient medicines are connected to the entire universe: galaxies, stars, planets. There is order in the motion of planets; order in mathematics; order in music. Can we bring that order to healing and wellness? Can we use ancient medicines and healing practices with our modern clinical treatments in order to treat the whole person and not just symptoms? 
        Consider the “Music of the Spheres”, the use of vibration in healing. 
        There is great knowledge contained within the covers of The Science of Planetary Signatures in Medicine. We need to open our eyes, our minds, and see that the universe constantly sends messages and signals. Once we recognize those messages and signals, we can use that energy and those vibrations to heal. 
        Some think there is nothing new under the sun, yet Ms. Gehl’s book shows us that there are always new and exciting ways of looking at the universe and learning how to find balance and healing within ourselves; by combining old knowledge with new to bring about wellness for the “whole person”. 
        The Science of Planetary Signatures in Medicine is well written and a wonderfully informative resource. I urge you to add it to your library.
-          Theo Singer



THE EAGLE’S VIEW – FIVE STEPS TO MODERN MYSTICISM


The Eagle’s View – Five Steps to Modern Mysticism, Paddy Fievet, Ph.D., Cloverhurst Publications, High Point, NC, 2017, 272pp, $14.95
The Eagle's View: Five Steps to Modern Mysticism (The Modern Mystic Series )

This is book three of The Modern Mystic Series. If you’ve read the two previous books, you are aware of Dr. Fievet’s method of teaching. It’s less like a “lesson” and more like an interaction between you (the reader) and Dr. Fievet. 
        The inspiration for The Eagle’s View came when Dr. Fievet sat at an outdoor theatre in Belgium, watching golden eagles soar. “I intuited their mystical potential, understanding completely why Native Americans consider the eagle to be a messenger from the Great Spirit.” But her elation at watching the eagles was short-lived as she realized “Instead of embracing their innate story…they had been conditioned to move only short distances … The eagles had been conditioned to forget their innate, mystical potential for living a joyful, spiritual life.” She goes on to say, “With an eagle’s view, I wanted to learn how to rise above the chaos in my life and in society all around me.” And in this book she shares what she learned.
        The five steps are:
1)       Awareness – Where am I? 
        What are our beliefs, our attitudes, thoughts and feelings? If our self-perceptions create our reality and our beliefs foster our experiences, how do we divest ourselves of these illusions? 
2)       Identity – Who am I?
        Can we find the divinity within ourselves? Can we release who we think we are? 
3)       Expression – What is my purpose?
        What is our soul purpose? What are our talents, desires and experiences, and how can expressing them manifest our Soul Purpose?
4)       Spiritual Artistry – How will that happen?
        What is our version of God? How can we utilize Intuition, Manifesting and Oneness to find our divine connection and find guidance? 
5)       Love – What is love?
        The goal of our spiritual path is Love. 
        It all sounds so easy, doesn’t it? For some, it is. For others, we have to really work at it, and with Dr. Fievet’s inspiration and explanations, we can do that.
        There are exercises for each step, and if we are prepared and willing to do them, we can achieve our goal to become Modern Mystics.
        Dr. Fievet doesn’t sit and talk; she takes us on a wonderful journey as we learn. We journey to Ireland, Egypt’s Great Pyramid, Auschwitz and Malta, but that’s not where the answers lie. They lie within each one of us. 
        The Eagle’s View is a dynamic book, and if you are ready to find your Soul Purpose, delve into its chapters, take the steps, follow the path. Be willing to experience. Be willing to trust.
- Tod Merklin

UNIDENTIFIABLE FLYING OBJECTS – THE DWIN-DLING PROBABILITY OF SOLVING THE UFO ENIGMA


Unidentifiable Flying Objects – The Dwindling Probability of Solving the UFO Enigma, Jordan Hofer and David Barker, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, PA, 2017, 160pp, $16.99.
Unidentifiable Flying Objects: The Dwindling Probability of Solving the UFO Enigma

Now that we’re in the twenty-first century, it’s getting more difficult to determine what might be a UFO. In years past, sightings were discounted as the planet Venus, a bright star, an airplane or blimp. Twenty-first century UFOlogists are now encountering new challenges.
        Drones are for sale starting around $20, and they’re popular with many segments of our society. Realtors use them, for example, to film estate properties. How is the average person to know if that light in the sky is a UFO or a drone?
        For that reason, Hofer and Barker note, “…here is where ufology is really screwed: Some of these drones are enhanced by hobbyists and designed to appear exactly like UFOs.” Is a photo a UFO or a neighbor’s drone?
        Another challenge for UFOlogists is computer imaging. Is the photo online a true aerial anomaly or has someone manipulated the image for whatever reason? [Below image from pixabay.com]
        Hofer and Barker enlisted Shreya Joshi, the leading ufologist with the Indian Paranormal Team to help with their research. 
        Hofer says, “I present our IM dialogues unedited so [Shreya’s] character is revealed to you.” Although Shreya comes across as charming, I personally would rather have seen the edited, shortened, IMs because a lot of the conversations are overlong and shed little light on the subject. 
        Shreya had interesting insights into UFOs through her work with IPT. For example, in one exchange: “Some people think the Grays don’t breathe at all, that they are more like robots than a living species. Others think that the Grays are wearing spacesuits. My personal take is that they ‘breathe’ through the skin and nostrils.” She also had interesting insights into bacteria and breathing.
        Shreya was studying the case of a 5-year-old boy who had reportedly gone to an alien planet with cybernetic aliens beginning at 1-year-old. The information makes for a good read.
        Barker shares the adventures of a man named Earl Heriot, who was featured in their book Little Gray Bastards: The Incessant Alien Presence, as he relates recovered memories of abductions and other experiences.
        Where other books skip the images reported in the Rendlesham Incident (1980), Hofer and Barker devote an entire chapter to the Rendlesham Code. Witness Staff Sergeant Jim Penniston, USAF (retired), filled 16 pages of a notebook with the binary code he had seen on the craft. The code was given to “Professional Binary Code Expert” Joe Luciano, who interpreted it. The message is strange and may require further interpretation.
        In continuing Earl Heriot’s experiences, Hofer and Barker consider the possibility that alien abductions run in families, as Earl’s family members have had “a number of UFO sightings, a few alien encounters, and diverse ‘non-alien’ paranormal incidents.” I have never read of other researchers examining family connections in Ufology.
        On that same note, Hofer and Barker look into the possibility that some “humans” are actually hybrids carrying “implanted alien nucleic acid sequences.” In this chapter they refer to Nick Redfern’s books Women in Black and Bloodline of the Gods and Dr. David M. Jacobs’ book, Walking Among Us: The Alien Plan to Control Humanity. 
        Unidentifiable Flying Objects is a well-researched book with probably more information than the average UFOlogist is expecting. It was written by two men who wanted to dig into the subject because their answer to any questions on UFOs and aliens was “I don’t know.” Their quest was to find answers. Did they succeed? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
-          Jeff O’Brien



UFOS OVER COLORADO – A TRUE HISTORY OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL ENCOUNTERS IN THE CENTENNIAL STATE


UFOs Over Colorado – A True History of Extraterrestrial Encounters in the Centennial State, Preston Dennett, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, Atglen, PA, 2017, 224pp, $19.99.
UFOs Over Colorado: A True History of Extraterrestrial Encounters in the Centennial State
A “UFO Hotspot” is a place with an extraordinary number of UFO sightings and encounters. UFOs Over Colorado “is the first book to present a comprehensive history of extraterrestrial encounters in the Centennial State … Colorado UFO cases have had a profound effect on UFO research.” It’s a fascinating read for any UFO aficionado, and a book you’re likely to keep on your shelf to read again. 
        The book is set up both topically and chronologically. It starts with sightings, followed by “more extensive encounters, such as face-to-face encounters with humanoids, UFO landings, onboard UFO experiences, UFO crashes...” It’s easy to follow the chronology and intensity of the visitations.
        Although you may remember the “first” big case involving the mutilation of “Snippy” the horse (actually “Lady” misidentified) in 1967, sightings and interactions began long before that. Native Americans have legends of “ant people”, “sky people”, “flying baskets” and “flying seed pods”. An early encounter was recorded in the Salina Record in 1917 when witnesses reported seeing “vehicles of the air”. There is a clear and unnerving photo of a 1929 sighting. In the early 1960s there were cases of “UFOs being chased by military aircraft, objects hovering over sensitive installations, objects stopping traffic, disabling vehicles, or chasing people down the highway.” 
        I’ll skip Project Blue Book, which many already know about, and will point out that the U.S. Air Force asked the University of Colorado to study UFOs in the early 1960s. Nuclear physicist Edward Condon was chosen to head The Condon Committee. The project spent over $500,000 ($3.7 million in modern currency) on the study, and it’s interesting that – before the study was completed – Condon said, “My attitude right now is that there’s nothing to it…but I’m not supposed to reach that conclusion for another year.” Over 500,000 taxpayer dollars spent on this “unbiased” investigation.
        One thing I found interesting about the reports was how calm many witnesses were. Was that because of the ETs? Could they, like biblical angels, calm witnesses with a “fear not” command (or even chemical) that somehow soothes a witness? It’s also interesting that a state with an incredible number of UFO sightings is also the site of many U.S. military bases. Could there be a connection? If so, what is it? Are the UFOs being studied, is the military experimenting with reverse engineered UFO technology, or is there another explanation? 
         UFOs Over Colorado is an extensive compilation of UFO sightings, encounters, abductions, missing time, animal mutilations, Big Foot (or other creature) sightings, mysterious healing, possible ET/human hybrids, and more. Are UFOs and/or ETs stepping through dimensional barriers? That could explain a 2008 near collision between a UFO and a plane taking off from Denver International Airport. The book also includes an extensive bibliography and several color photos. 
        One hotspot you can visit is The UFO Watchtower, an observation platform with 360-degree views of the San Luis Valley. It was built in 2000 after many, many visitors flocked to the area. If you’re interested, The Watchtower will be the site of The Cosmic Highway Conference this July. For more information, check the list of events in this issue, or visit  http://www.ufowatchtowerevents.com/. I don’t consider this an advertisement; I look at it as pointing UFO buffs to a location that may offer potential sightings. 
        I was asked if I recommend UFOs Over Colorado, and my response is a resounding, “Yes!”
- Curtis Quint

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO UFO SIGHTINGS SINCE 1945


The Essential Guide to UFO Sightings Since 1945, Frank Schwede, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, Atglen, PA, 2017, 112pp, $9.99.
The Essential Guide to UFO Sightings Since 1945

The author states that the purpose of this book is “to suggest that perhaps we should put our firmly established world view into question and at least not exclude the possibility that there is more between heaven and Earth than we believe we know today.” I was disappointed in the lack of information on the Aztec UFO crash, which occurred less than a year after Roswell. Otherwise, Schwede does an exemplary job of providing information on sightings of possible UFOs from 1945 to the present. These sightings come from all around the world, and as he states in the Preface, Schwede is attempting “to get on the track of the truth…” 
        There is a lot of information packed into the 112 pages, and that could be because the print is very small, which may be a challenge for some readers. There are photos and drawings to illustrate the appearance of various UFOs. Very nice reference! In writing about UFO dimensions and speed, Schwede uses both Western measurements (feet, miles, miles per hour) as well as metric (meters, kilometers, kilometers per hour), so readers familiar with either will be able to follow along. 
        There may be “natural” explanations for sightings (cloud formations, stars or planets, weather, etc.) and Schwede includes explanations by skeptics in many instances. In the Preface, he presents three hypotheses of where our “visitors” come from: 1) Extraterrestrial, 2) Visitors from the Future, 3) Visitors from Parallel Universes. Read each explanation and determine which (if any) you believe. Also in the Preface he offers one example of a sighting with explanations of how a “UFO” might be as seen from various points of view. 
        Many people believe world governments and militaries are hiding the truth. This may be. Schwede does point out that skeptics are usually believed over actual witnesses, and many investigations are quickly shut down before questions are answered. After a meeting where a sighting could not be satisfactorily explained, one CIA agent allegedly said, “This meeting never took place. We were never here, you are all sworn to secrecy, and we are confiscating all this data.” Using “national security” as a reason for secrecy has been used for decades. Yet this past week it was reported that the Pentagon has been funding UFO investigations from 2007. 
        Schwede notes that pilots don’t report UFO sightings because “they fear for their families.” Is it because UFOs cannot be adequately explained away and pose a potential threat, or is it because at least some UFOs are secret or experimental craft made here on Earth?
        Perhaps we are now beginning to look at UFOs in a different way. Maybe we’re no longer so quick to dismiss them as “natural” phenomena. It does take time, however. After all, it wasn’t until 1992 that the Vatican “rehabilitated” Galileo, who had asserted (500 years earlier) that the Sun, not Earth, was the center of our universe. 
         The Essential Guide to UFO Sightings Since 1945 is an informative book that makes the reader think. What do you believe? Is there enough evidence to assert that UFOs are visitors from somewhere outside Earth’s atmosphere? It’s an enjoyable read, and any UFO aficionado (or anyone curious about sightings) will surely enjoy it.
-          Kyle Boone



GHOST TOWNS OF NEW JERSEY – A TOUR OF OUR FORGOTTEN PLACES


Ghost Towns of New Jersey – A Tour of Our Forgotten Places, Timothy Regan, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, PA, 2017, 112pp, $24.99.
Ghost Towns of New Jersey: A Tour of Our Forgotten Places
As soon as I saw this nicely constructed book, I knew it was created by someone who truly loved New Jersey history, and since this book has a thick, hard cover with durable pages, the book can be used as a reference book with no chance of the pages being ripped.
        From the title, I expected stories about towns with ghosts, but instead there was listed towns that were abandoned, except for a small story on the Jersey Devil.
        Everyone in New Jersey knows about The Jersey Devil, but few know the story of the strange creature that haunts the southern half of the state. In 1735, a mother had already given birth to 12 children, and when told she was having another child, said she wasn’t having any of it so she said let the devil have it. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy that shortly transformed into a cloven-hoofed beast with the head of a collie, the snout of a horse and tail of a dragon.  After that were different stories: the beast left through the chimney, or the beast ate everyone in the room before leaving through a hole in the roof.  It’s also called the Leeds Devil and has been menacing the citizens of Burlington, Salem, Camden, and Cape May counties, appearing to over 2000 people over the years. It's attacked chickens, dogs, and cats. The Devil made an appearance in X Files when the two stars traced the beast with a state ranger through the Pine Barrens. Continued efforts to capture, corral or photograph the Devil has been unsuccessful, although footprints have been discovered and shrieks have been heard.
        I have been interested in the history of New Jersey for close to 65 years and I thought I knew everything about this state’s history, but I was mistaken. I only knew 5 of the 18 towns that were covered in the book. It is obvious the author did much investigation of the sites, since many of towns are not very well known. If you like history and want to know about the lesser known New Jersey towns of long ago, then you’ll want to read this book. The colorful vignettes of the towns are most endearing, and each town is treated with a very brief history of its beginning and the events that led to its being abandoned. Sometimes there are old pictures with current pictures for comparison.
        Good reasons for the location of a town would depend on the industry needed for the people in the area, i.e. iron works, sawmills, forges, ice cutting, or transportation. Other towns were created as a crossroads for delivering valuable raw materials during the Revolutionary and Civil War.
        Towns that didn’t succeed may have been destroyed by natural causes like fires or destroyed by the British during the Revolution or during the Civil War. Some populations elected to move from the town because the industry or craft was no longer needed due to the development of new technologies. For example, instead of relying on iron bogs to get iron, industries found iron ore in Pennsylvania, which required a different process and transportation method. Other towns were in the way of land improvements and had to be removed. When a dam was built in response to constant flooding in the Delaware Gap area, many homes were bulldozed and people were relocated, but unfortunately the dam was never built. 
        Although some towns were deserted because of new technologies, others benefited. The Morris Canal began in 1831 to bring goods and coal from Pennsylvania to Newark and the path of the canal went right through Waterloo, which gave an obscure town like Waterloo Village a resurgence and it continued to be popular until the canal peaked during the Civil War when the railroads started to take over.
        It has been a nice trip through New Jersey’s lost history of ghost towns. It’s amazing how history, economy, industry, wars, and even recreational towns play a part a town’s ability to survive. I plan to go to some of the locations in the book and will now see these towns in a different way. I am so glad the author has made it easy for me to find these places when he included the visitor information and GPS coordinates conveniently at the end of each chapter.
        Sometimes, when a town is abandoned, there are sure to be a few ghosts hanging around. If you visit and find any, please tell Psychic-Magic about it.
- Mary Moskello

FLOW

Flow, Flow, LMB Music, 2017, $10.99.
                                                            "Flow" by
Flow is the name of the CD as well as the “super group” that wrote and performed the selections. The group features musicians famous in their own right: Fiona Joy on piano, Will Ackerman on guitar, Lawrence Blatt on guitar and ukulele, and Jeff Oster on trumpet and Flugelhorn. Bit of trivia here: the group’s names came from the first letters of each member’s first or last name: Fiona, Lawrence, Oster and Will. Also included are guest artists Marc Schulman on guitar, Tony Levin and Sam Bevan on bass, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Eugene Friesen on cello and Tom Eaton on guitar and bass. Flow is billed as “The Essence of Today’s New Age Music”.
        I thought I’d do what I’ve previously done when asked to review a CD: Host a “Review Party” where several friends sit and listen to the CD and then offer comments.
        Here are a few quotes from Review Party guests:
        Flow—the entire CD—had a contemporary feel, not something I’d call ‘New Agey’. Less than elevator music, though. It was pleasant and many selections—most notably Free Ascent—had a haunting quality that drew me in.”
        Whisper Me This featured some lovely nature sounds, which enhanced the tranquil feel of the music. I can see myself listening to it while driving through traffic. It would help me stay calm even in a traffic jam. Very nice.”
        “I was looking for something to listen to while meditating, but I didn’t find it here. Although Flow is relaxing, it’s not suited for meditation because it’s too up-beat in many places. Maybe if you’re doing moving meditation.”
        “I was hoping for something to do my Tai Chi to, but none of the selections were appropriate for that. To me, it sounded like one long track rather than eleven separate ones, and the tempo changed in a way that I wouldn’t use it for my Tai Chi. I did enjoy it because the combination of the instruments created a synthesis of calmness with enough of an up-beat feel to lift the spirit.”
         “The third track, Flow, had a Latin feel that I really enjoyed. Of all the tracks, I like this one the best. I wanted to get up and move.”
        Waters Gather is an appropriate title because I closed my eyes as I listened and the word that came to me was ‘rill’, which is a free-flowing brook or stream. Waters Gather was a musical description of a rill. I loved the violin on this track.”
        “There’s what we call night driving music. It’s what you listen to when yours is the only car on the road at night and you’re enjoying the solitude and peace. Free Ascent is a very good example of night driving music. It’s haunting, yet comforting. I’ll have to listen to it on the drive home tonight.”
        “I wondered about the title And the Sky Was. The sky was what? It’s probably one of those sentences you’re meant to complete yourself. For me, the sentence would be ‘And the sky was beautiful on a hot, lazy, tropical day.’ Not a get-up-and-dance Gato Barbieri day, but a sit-and-watch-the-waves-shush-on-the-sand tropical day.”
        And the Sky Was reminded me of a 1940s film noir soundtrack. Probably because of the muted trumpet. It was languid and soulful. I felt there was something underneath the music—a story that I wanted to know the end of. Like I said, a film noir. It drew me in more than any other track on the CD.”
        The consensus was that Flow lives up to its promise. Each artist contributed to a whole that exceeded the sum of its parts. You can go to Amazon.com and sample any of the tracks. We encourage you to try them all.
-          Chris Palmer