Sunday, June 3, 2018

LIFE AFTER NEAR DEATH

Life After Near Death – Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People with Newfound Powers, Debra Diamond, Career Press, Wayne, NJ, 2016, 240pp, $16.99.


What is an NDE and what happens to people who have one? 
        An NDE is a Near-Death Experience—basically “coming back from the dead”—and many people find their lives profoundly changed following an NDE. Some “experts” assert that an NDE is a byproduct of reduced oxygen to the brain “resulting in hallucinations”, but would a hallucination cause a person to experience electrical sensitivity? Or make other experiencers begin painting and drawing universal symbols in an attempt to explain what happened to them?
        Debra Diamond is a clairvoyant and clairaudient, talents which she used as she interviewed people who had experienced NDEs. Communicating with Spirit during the sessions helped Ms. Diamond better understand the experience, and allowed the interviewees to get a better handle on what had happened. Some had never talked of their NDEs with others because they felt no one would understand.
        Lest you think having an NDE will change your life for the better, pay close attention. As Ms. Diamond explains, “An NDE can bring on baffling, frightening, and even dangerous side-effects … According to research by P.M.H. Atwater it takes experiencers seven years, on average, to become accustomed to the changes brought on after an NDE.” An experiencer might have gained “supernatural” abilities, but at what cost? Loss of job, loss of spouse. Suicidal and self-destructive behavior. 
        Not only does Ms. Diamond look at what happens before and after an NDE; she looks at what happens during the experience. The question is whether you can return to your “normal” life after you’ve experienced “a higher frequency energetic range, a non-material realm we can’t define and have difficulty addressing in our spoken language”. That is the ultimate challenge.
        Don’t think there’s nothing new under the sun. I’ve read other books on NDEs, including Life After Life by Dr. Raymond Moody, and I thought I knew a fair amount about it, but there were parts of Life After Near Death that offered totally new information, most of it mind-boggling.
        I could go on and on, but I encourage you to read Life After Near Death – Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People with Newfound Powers for yourself. You won’t want to put it down. The language is easy to understand, and I think Ms. Diamond covers the subject in a way that helps answer many questions—and if you think you have a lot of questions, imagine the people who have had NDEs. They want to know how, what do I do with these new feelings/abilities, and possibly the most important: why me. 
        If you or someone you know has had an NDE, I encourage you to read Life After Near Death – Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People with Newfound Powers. I also encourage you to contact Ms. Diamond to find your own answers.
- Louise Scarola

WILD KUAN YIN ORACLE

Wild Kuan Yin Oracle, Alana Fairchild, Illustrations by Wang Yiguang, Blue Angel Publishing, Victoria, Australia, released by Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury, MN, 2015, 44 cards, 272pp book, $23.95.



In the book’s introduction, Alana Fairchild says, “When I first saw the artwork…I was mesmerized. The artist’s vision captured something in my soul.”

        I know exactly how she felt because I felt that myself as I first went through the deck. The artwork is evocative, enchanting, and superbly detailed. Kuan Yin is shown in all guises of woman: maiden, mother, crone. She flies through the air, dances across water or snow, embraces buffalo…

        The card names reflect the artwork. Grandmother of Love, Granddaughter of Life depicts Crone and young female looking at each other, and the beautiful message (in the book) tells us that Grandmother is wisdom with the ability to learn from experience. Granddaughter is potential with the seed of life growing into fullness. Both ends of the spectrum. The message tells us to stop judging ourselves for our past and become empowered to engage more with life. How meaningful.

        The book is wonderful. Alana introduces us to the genesis of the deck and how it progressed to the cards and book you now hold in your hands. For those unfamiliar, she explains who Kuan Yin is in a way that makes it so clear.

        Alana then explains how to use the deck: How to formulate a question for a single card reading; what other spreads you might want to use; information on reversed cards. What I found helpful here is the explanation of Healing Processes.

        Each card has an explanation of its meaning as well as its Healing Process. If you keep getting the same card over and over, or if you feel you need more information on a particular card, you will find simple Healing rituals and prayers. For example, part of the prayer for Grandmother of Love, Granddaughter of Life (yes, my favorite card) is to ask for help trusting your own timing; help in letting go and trusting that life loves you and wants you to grow.

        There are only two drawbacks to the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle. One is that the print in the book is very small. I know it has to be in order to fit the book and cards in the small box, but there were times I had to use a magnifier. The other isn’t so much a drawback as a question. Alana explains “…if you find a reversed card in your reading…pay special attention to it.” Because some of the cards are horizontal, how can I tell if it’s reversed or upright?

        All in all, I found this deck incredibly helpful and insightful, and the book extremely well-written. You don’t have to know Kuan Yin; you’ll learn about her (and yourself) by connecting to her energy as you do readings for yourself and others with this beautiful deck.

- Kathy Cicalese

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