The Ancient Practice of Sungazing ~ Zen Gardner


by Elva Thompson Oct 18, 2014

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Ever wanted to be in more than one place at a time?  That’s right, I’m talking about the super-human abilities that can be gained by those who follow the protocol for what’s known as sun-gazing, a valid practice recently confirmed by NASA.  Many proponents of this ancient technique, used by many cultures such as Mayan, Egyptian, Aztec, Tibetian and Indian yoga, report not only healing benefits to common illnesses, but obtaining super-human abilities such as advanced telepathy and going completely without the need for food.

What is Sun Gazing?

Sun gazing (also known as sun-eating) is a strict practice of gradually introducing sunlight into your eyes at the lowest ultraviolet-index times of day – sunrise and sunset.  Those who teach the practice say there are several rules to the practice.  First, it must be done within the hour after sunrise or before sunset to avoid damaging the eyes.  Second, you must be barefoot, in contact with the actual earth – sand, dirt or mud; and finally, you must begin with only 10 seconds the first day, increasing by 10 second intervals each day you practice.  Following these rules make the practice safe, says sources.

Nikolai Dolgoruky of the Ukraine calls himself a ‘sun-eater’.  He has been practicing sun gazing for the past 12 years and has largely subsisted off solar energy since he began.  Others have reported losing the need for food after only 9 months of sun gazing (by which time the practitioner has worked up to a maximum of 44 minutes).  After 9 months of practice, you need only walk barefoot on the earth for 45 minutes per day, 6 days in a row to further the process of what has been initiated by sun gazing.

Sun-gazing is a practice also called the HRM phenomenom, coined as such after Hira Ratan Manek, the man who submitted himself to NASA for scientific testing to confirm that he does indeed possess the almost ‘super-human’ ability of not eating, gained through his dedication to this interesting marvel.  Funded by NASA, a team of medical doctors at the University of Pennsylvania observed Hira 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 100 days.   NASA confirmed that he was indeed able to survive largely on light with occasionally a small amount of buttermilk or water during this time.

What happens to the body during Sun Gazing?

During your first 3 months of practice, the suns energy is moving through the eyes and charging the hypothalamus tract, says those who have studied this technique and used it.  The hypothalamus tract is the pathway to the rear of the retina which leads to the brain.  The brain then, over time, becomes activated by the energy supply being received by the sun.  You will first experience a relief of mental tension and worry, since most worry is fueled by the energy received by the foods we eat.  Since food gets it’s energy from the sun, it is said to be readily available to sun-eaters without the trouble of digestion.  Though hunger is said to eventually cease, it is fine to continue eating regularly during initial stages, until appetite disappears naturally.

Another benefit early on is said to be an increase in confidence and an ability to easily solve your problems, as you are without tension.  Everyone has at least a bit of psychosis, but during the first few months of sun gazing practice, it is reported that these attitudes go away and a positive nature gracefully replaces the old persona full of fears.  By the end of 3 months, the gazing time will have increased to 15 minutes per day.

Reports on sun gazing say that the bad qualities normally associated with any person will gradually disappear and good qualities will remain, explaining that ‘bad qualities’ only develop in the absence of sunlight.  Bad qualities like anger, fear, jealousy, lust – are said to disappear – and be replaced by a certain confidence and ‘spiritual knowing’ that senses more purely the heart of an issue.

At 3-6 months of gazing, the studies show that physical diseases start to disappear.  They say that by the time one is gazing 30 minutes per day (building up 10 seconds per day) all the colors of the sun will have reached the brain.  Color therapists attribute their healing of certain diseases to flooding the body and brain with the particular color that is lacking – depending on the ailment.  For example, in liver disease, the color green is deficient.  The kidneys need red, and the heart, yellow.  All of the organs and all of the systems are said to respond to different colors of the rainbow, which is why it is also recommended to eat a diet rich in a variety of colors.  It is recommended during the 3-4 month period that you use autosuggestion to see your body already healed of any perceived weakness or disease.  This action will facilitate the process of returning to wholeness.

As you continue the process, it is reported that after 6 months, the energy stored from the technique is no longer being used for repairing the body or the mind and can move now into supporting you in gaining more super-human abilities.

What’s Beyond Healing?

By seven and a half months of gazing, now at 35 minutes, need and desire for food is dwindling.  According to sun gazing experts, food is not actually needed to maintain the body, only energy – and ‘sun-eating’ provides that energy.  By 9 months, all taste for food, including aroma, all hunger pains and cravings disappear.  Those who make it this far say that they report a noticeable ‘change’ in the way their brain feels – like it’s “charged up.”  After 9 months of sun-gazing – reaching a maximum of 44 minutes – it is advised that you give up sun-gazing and redirect your attention now to the Earth.

For 6 days straight, one is to walk barefoot on the earth, 45 minutes per day.  During this barefoot walking, the pineal gland is said to become activated.  Professional sun gazers and those researching the science say that each toe is connected to a specific gland, and by walking barefoot on the Earth, you activate these glands.  The big toe is thought to be aligned with the pineal gland, the second toe with the pituitary, then the hypothalamus, thalamus and finally the pinky toe correlates to the amygdala.  Walking barefoot, with the sun now falling on the top of your head, practitioners claim to create a sort of magnetic field in and around your body that recharges you and your brain.

Apparently this walking barefoot part is the most important aspect of the practice.   As you continue walking on the Earth, this is when the magic really begins.  The pineal gland is activated more and more by this walking  procedure.  Intellect is said to increase, along with memory. The pineal gland has navigational and psychic capabilities, meaning telepathy, the possibility of flight… now we are getting somewhere!  Have you ever thought you would like to have your body in more than one place at a time?  Well, sun-gazing is said to be the magical key to such abilities.

If you can barefoot walk 45 minutes every day for a year – you are golden.  At that point, only a maintenance of 3-4 days a week is necessary to maintain the capabilities you have acquired.

Are there any dangers?

Doctors and  eye care professionals caution against looking directly at the sun, saying that it will damage the retina.  However, if done correctly, sun-gazing at the correct times of day, studies show there is no risk of damaging the eyes.  Those who have been sun gazing for many years have had their eyes checked to show no damage, though it is advised that you have your eyes checked in the first few weeks of your practice, so you can know for yourself.

To sum it all up…

Remember, it’s 10 seconds the first day, at sunrise or sunset, adding 10 seconds per day each day there after.  After 90 days of accumulative gazing equaling 44 minutes, you cease the gazing and start the barefoot walking 45 minutes per day for 6 days.  At this point, I could imagine, hey – if you made it this far, what’s a year of barefoot walking an hour per day to keep it all?  You will have to try it out and see for yourself.

If you are really interested in gaining super-human abilities, confirmed by reputable organizations like NASA, as the ones mentioned above, sun gazing sounds like a fairly straightforward path to enlightenment.  To find out more about sun-gazing and how others have done it, visit the website on Sun-Gazing. For part one of the amazing Sun-Gazing documentary, check out the video below.

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ZenGardner.com

Transcendence of issues arising within and (apparently) without is of primary importance for all Gaia out-lookers


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Transcendence of issues arising within and (apparently) without is of primary importance for all Gaia out-lookers.

Flairing of Cosmics concurrently with incursions of Cosmics into darker holes of Gaia, creates turbulence at all levels of Gaia consciousness, collectively and individually.

Clandestines are no longer.

Residences of Energies continues the climb, and will continue through the Golden Sun Emergence.

Within and With-out are now the same.

Presence of Higher BEings is now most essential to Gaia ascension purpose.

http://wp.me/p2sFUY-sW

The Silver Legion: When we use the term ‘Warrors’, what are we talking about?


 In light of the problematic use of the term ‘Lightworker’ and the issues surrounding the notion of (false) ‘Light’, I have re-written this section to be more clear. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please visit Cameron Day’s post ‘Why I Am No Longer A Lightworker‘ for a very detailed explanation of the problem.
 
The mission to free this planet from tyranny is a real one, and many of us are on this mission. Many of us incarnated here specifically for this purpose, including myself. Over time, many of us on this mission came to identify with the term ‘Lightworker’ as a decent description of why we’re here and what we’re doing.
 
The problem with this is that the movement was co-opted. Forms of active resistance and productive action were discouraged and replaced with admonishments for passive ‘love’ and ‘forgiveness’ which in actuality achieve nothing. Please note, I am not disparaging love and forgiveness in any way, shape or form. However, these things are not substitutes for action, and action is what is required.
 
There are many ways to resist, and there are many ways to be productive and bring about positive change. It’s not necessary that everyone picks up a sword and lops off some heads to fix the problem here. Those people who abhor violence and seek non-violent means of change are not bad people, but this also doesn’t mean that those people who are willing to utilize force to achieve change are bad or doing it wrong.
 
 
​’Warriors’ are the people who are willing to use force to counter force.
 
Force is being used against us. The ones who are attempting to create, maintain, and spread the paradigm of dominance and submission, hierarchy, and tyranny are absolutely not averse to using any means necessary to succeed. Non-violent resistance is certainly warranted where it is possible for it to succeed, but sometimes the only way to prevent tyranny is to force the tyrants to go away, or remove that tyrant from existence altogether. Sometimes, someone who isn’t afraid to get bloody is necessary to defend against enemies who know full well how to use violence against good people.
 
Who would you rather have do that defense? Someone who was born for it and who views it as a natural exercising of their inborn skills, or someone who abhors that duty and would seek any way to avoid it? Warriors exist so that those who prefer non-violence don’t have to make that choice – we will step forward and ensure that those who seek peace are free to live in peace.
 
Yes, we are good at what we do. That doesn’t make us evil, or exclude us as good people who are doing good work. Consider that there are plenty of people who do martial arts for their own pleasure and health, and for the joy of those things; there are people who own bows and shoot paper for the sheer fun of it and because they are good at it; there are strategists who play games that make use of their skills and revel in them – having these skills or the capacity to develop these skills doesn’t mean someone is a bad person. What it means is that the cosmos provides. People who enjoy these things and who are good at these things will be much better able to step in when these skills are needed, and it won’t be a torment for them to do so.
 
Being a warrior on Earth has sometimes been an alienating and lonely thing. I have come to realize that much of the criticism and ostracization of warriors is due to the encouragement of passivity and framing of any form of active or effective solution to the problem as ‘not loving’ or ‘not of the light’ by the very much co-opted ‘Lightworker’ movement. That discourse seeks to frame us as violence-seeking warhawks; insisting that we ‘couldn’t possibly be [good people working towards the success of human freedom]‘. We are not trigger-happy warmongers frothing at the mouth and jumping at the chance to kill or hurt. Warriors almost universally value peace deeply and prefer peaceful methods of conflict resolution. However, we also recognize that not all issues can be resolved peacefully – particularly when there is an aggressor that is not of the (actual) light and not interested in discussion or peace. In those cases, the only option is defense.
 
We are here to help just as any other worker on the mission of freedom.
 

Variances in energetic inputs occur at this moment by ÉirePort


Powerful upgrades and activations coming in today, impressive…wow!

gaia_energy1Variances in energetic inputs occur at this moment.

All Hue-Beings are affected as construance of markups is enabled for each.

Flatterings fall away; Solidifications come shortly.

Energies of confluence increase.

“Force Fields” of Light are present within the totality of Gaia, at this moment.

http://wp.me/p2sFUY-sU

 

Origns of Humanity


I’ve thoroughly studied galactic and Earth history, and I have come to the conclusion that all roads and religions lead back to Africa.

In ancient Africa, the ancestors regularly communicated telepathically with one another and our galactic family in Sirius and Orion and the Pleiades to name a few.

Also Humanity began on earth in the age of Leo and the Illuminati worships Gods that originated in Africa, lol the irony!

Isaiah Anderson

#‎piecingthepagesofhistory‬
‪#‎outofmanyweareoneinspirit‬

Straddled between Two Eclipses and Mercury Retrograde, Mid-October 2014 Energy forecast ~ Meg Benedicte


We are currently at the mid-point between the 2 Eclipses within Mercury Retrograde – creating a tension point between reviewing and resolving the past and moving forward into the newly forming future. This may cause stress or tension within areas of your life that no longer serve you or resisting the new consciousness. You may feel this in physical symptoms, body fatigue, feeling uncentered or not grounded, emotional outbursts, and feelings of fear of the future or resentments of the past.

We are moving through the planetary process of peeling away all layers of Patriarchal programming. It feels like being surrounded in a collapsed building and having to push off the heavy layers to get free. We are receiving extraordinary support from the higher realms to clear away the dust from centuries of Patriarchal oppression and control. As we break free of human enslavement, we can bridge into the 5D realm of sovereignty. No longer hampered by the double helix lockdown of Duality, humanity can arise again into their divine capacity as Light Beings. We are circling back into our natural condition as telepathic, intuitive loving Beings.

This requires clearing away all negative judgments that were projected at us in rage and slimed our energy field. It leaves a dark, shadow imprint in our energy that others perceive as our identity. This creates a false hologram, and if we are not on top of things and clearing our energy field regularly, this slime remains stuck in our energy field.

This is just one example of why we need to clear our energy every day. For the past 20 years I’ve been guided to use the Quantum Vortex to spin out all discordant energy and wash my energy field at night before bed with a shower or bath. We also can use the Infinity Figure-8s to regain our core centeredness of Soul strength.

I asked Metatron how do these dark projections even get into our energy field and how do we clear them? “It is when we ‘doubt’ ourselves that the shadow projections are able to get in? What we need to do is ‘Reject’ it all, even the doubts, and it will spin out.”

With Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, it can be a time when truth is revealed. The two week phase between the October Eclipses is a powerful time to break free from stuck situations. Mercury retrograde is the perfect time for that. Use the combination of the retrograde and two eclipses to investigate all conflicts in life, especially any patriarchal domination programming. Set yourself free by acknowledging any remaining emotional attachments to the conflict, situation, condition – and cut yourself loose.

The second eclipse is a Solar Eclipse that happens just as the Moon, Venus and the Sun move into Scorpio on Thursday, October 23rd. That is a lot of energy forming in a concentrated point! The Scorpio Solar Eclipse also happens just 2 days before Mercury stations direct, right in the Mercury storm phase. This is the ‘big reveal’ moment with all the planetary activity happening in Scorpio.

We are being encouraged to dive deeper into our inner psyche right now, watch for any ego resistance to personal expansion or self-responsibility. If you feel it running in you, direct it into the Divine Light stream to neutralize it. Own the inner fears, so that you can transmute them with loving Light. Build deeper trust with your Soul Presence inside, supporting your heart’s desires to manifest. This is a time to turn inward and explore our inner depths, to bring up to the surface any hidden doubts, insecurities, anxieties and dissolve into the loving Light.

We are being prepared during October’s powerful Eclipses for the upcoming 11:11 Stargate of Ascension and the annual Solstice 12:12 – 12:21 Stargate Activations. This is always an extraordinary time of Ascension upgrades and opportunities to quantum leap to the higher level. So take this time during the October Eclipses to drop excess baggage and emotional dead-weight, so you can soar into the higher realms in November and December 2014.

Lovingly, Meg

Copyright (c) 2014 Meg Benedicte * All Rights Reserved * You may copy and distribute this material as long as you do not alter it in any way, the content remains complete and you include this copyright notice.

Intensities of energetic pulses reaches maximum at this moment


by ÉirePort

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Intensities of energetic pulses reaches maximum at this moment.

Flashes of insight become commonplace among hu-being elements, and are shared rapidly.

Elevation of hu-manity to Hue-manity proceeds rapidly in the current Gaia time period.

Continuations of Light Elements Incomings is enhanced at this moment and results in Grand consciousness expansion.

URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-sR

NEW! Peter Slattery: The Shift to New Earth has happened; Some are on New Earth and exposing Matrix ~ Alfred Lambremont Webre


NEW! Peter Slattery: The Shift to New Earth has happened; Some are both on New Earth and exposing Matrix Timeline
VANCOUVER, BC – In this conversation with Alfred Lambremont Webre, Australia-based ET experiencer and author Peter Maxwell Slattery reveals his dimensional contacts have stated that humanity’s planetary shift to a New Earth has happened; Many humans are both on the New Earth (which may be a dimensionally ascended Earth) and on the old Timeline, exposing the Matrix.

Full overt ET contact may take some time, as in decades.
This video has been edited to remove the intrusions by an NSA-like entity that scrambled audio and video tracks as the conversation was being recorded. Please relax and focus on the meaning and communications in the video. Thank you for your patience.

References

PETERMAXWELLSLATTERY.COM

http://www.petermaxwellslattery.com/

DIMENSIONALECOLOGY.COM

http://www.dimensionalecology.com

POSITIVEFUTURE.INFO

http://www.positivefuture.info
NEW! Peter Slattery: The Shift to New Earth has happened; Some are both on New Earth and exposing Matrix Timeline

http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolit…

Energy Cloud May Be Triggering Rapid DNA Changes & Evolution


02-06-2013

FOR BEST VIEWING PUT IN HD FULLSCREEN AND PAUSE WHEN NEEDED SOME PARTS GO BY QUICKLY. The solar system has moved in to an Energy Cloud that May Be Triggering Rapid Evolution of the entire solar system from the planets right down to our own biology. I have always believed that DNA is triggered by certain energy waves and frequencies, my theory f a Galactic wave that flows across the Galaxy may be happening in the form of this energy cloud discovered by Russian scientist. Maybe I was wrong on it being a wave, could it be that instead of a wave that flows through the Galaxy that it could be these energy pockets of highly charged energy that our solar system itself passes through? With all this new info it seems like exciting times ahead for everyone. These changes could take place very quickly, with the appearance of a quadruple helix dna strand, I estimate very distinct noticeable changes in our species over the next 30-40 years
Energy from Galactic center bombarding Earth: http://crisisboom.com/tag/alexey-n-dm…

The Chaining of Saturn/Sol


GaiaPortal 10-7-14… “Facades are exposed and dissolved instantaneously in the Higher Energetics influx of this moment”


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Facades are exposed and dissolved instantaneously in the Higher Energetics influx of this moment.

As appearances are viewed from Higher Self eyes, hu-manity awakens in the re-birth of Light BEingness.

Frontal attacks are now unnecessary, and fade from sight.

Linear constructs precipitate nothing, as Cosmic Exponentials influx to Gaia Higher.

Streams of connectiveness permeate all Hue-manity at this now moment, and continue indefinitely.

http://gaiaportal.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/facades-are-exposed-and-dissolved-instantaneously-in-the-higher-energetics-influx-of-this-moment/

Cobra Update 10-7-14… “Plasma and the Planetary Situation Update”


Interesting update from Cobra, as always…use your tools of resonance and discernment….aloha!

portal2012_logo_vertical84Fascinating new information from Cobra, particularly regarding plasma and the plasmatic plane.

“There are quantum singularity wormholes within the plasmatic plane and in the occult terminology they are called the Tunnels of Set. Those wormholes contain strangelet and toplet bombs and they are tied to the physical Black Stone in the Long Island location. This is the main reason why clearing of the plasma scalar network and the Veil is taking so long.

“There is another plane similar to plasma, but on a much higher octave, between the higher mental (manasic) and the buddhic plane. That plane is called the buddhi-manas membrane and separates realms of Oneness from realms of duality… This membrane is the first thing that separated us from the Source… The density of this membrane will be greatly reduced after the Event when the cosmic anomaly of darkness will be finally cleared.

“As Chimera are slowly losing their power, interesting intel leaks are occurring:

“The Eastern Alliance is making significant progress on the financial front to break the dominance of the petrodollar system:

“…the Ebola scare does not have an impact that the Cabal was hoping for and all their attempts to create a global war are also falling apart.

“I have been contacted by a group of writers that have had contact with the Indonesian and other eastern Asian Agarthan networks from 2009-2013. That group has suggested that people do not wait passively for the Event and have given many grassroots ideas what can be done:”

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Plasma and the Planetary Situation Update

Clearing of the Chimera group continues. Their Long Island fortress can not be removed so easily because it is tied to the plasma scalar network which forms the backbone of the Veil, extending to the altitude of up to 8.6 miles above the surface. This is precisely the point where the Chimera and the Archons are joining forces to defend their quarantine Earth.

To really explain what is going on, we will have to deal with very deep occult knowledge that might be beyond science fiction for some people.

Physicists would describe plasma as ionized gas, whereas a skilled occultist would describe plasma as a hidden plane / dimension between the gaseous and the fourth etheric plane:

Plasmatic plane between the physical and etheric is the hidden location where the Archons have concealed most of their darkness and it was their utmost secret. Plasmatic plane was created as a result of torsion forces between the physical and etheric as a direct consequence of cosmic anomaly when the universe was created and is also called the Abyss. It can be accessed (not recommended!) through hidden portals that can be found inside sephira daath on the kabalistic tree of life:

http://hermetic.com/caduceus/qabalah/046_kab.html

There are quantum singularity wormholes within the plasmatic plane and in the occult terminology they are called the Tunnels of Set. Those wormholes contain strangelet and toplet bombs and they are tied to the physical Black Stone in the Long Island location. This is the main reason why clearing of the plasma scalar network and the Veil is taking so long.

The Light forces are dealing with this situation and there has been significant progress regarding removal of the plasma strangelet bombs, whereas plasma toplet bombs still remain a challenge.

There is another plane similar to plasma, but on a much higher octave, between the higher mental (manasic) and the buddhic plane. That plane is called the buddhi-manas membrane and separates realms of Oneness from realms of duality. This membrane was created as a result of torsion forces between the mental and buddhic (intuitional) plane as a direct consequence of cosmic anomaly when the universe was created. This membrane is the first thing that separated us from the Source when we descended into Creation as sparks of conscoiouness long time ago in galactic history. The density of this membrane will be greatly reduced after the Event when the cosmic anomaly of darkness will be finally cleared.

As Chimera are slowly losing their power, interesting intel leaks are occurring:

http://www.openminds.tv/nsa-says-lost-non-redacted-ufo-files/29986

Promising new technologies are introduced:

http://rt.com/news/188332-mox-nuclear-fuel-production/
<a href=”http:http://inhabitat.com/the-worlds-first-saltwater-powered-electric-car-is-now-street-legal-in-germany/

The Eastern Alliance is making significant progress on the financial front to break the dominance of the petrodollar system:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-start-direct-currency-trading-euro-110234836–finance.html
http://www.examiner.com/article/china-will-use-gold-and-gold-pricing-to-force-global-currency-reset
http://rt.com/business/191804-russia-ditch-dollar-2-years/

As you probably know, the Ebola scare does not have an impact that the Cabal was hoping for and all their attempts to create a global war are also falling apart.

The Islamic State, a Jesuit creation, is having a lot of attention in the mass media. One purpose of the Archons and their Jesuit puppets in their occult war against the people is to associate the name of Goddess Isis with their dark creation in the minds of the masses. Therefore I would suggest all alternative media stop using the name ISIS for the Islamic State, but rater [rather] use ISIL or Islamic State instead. You can also sign this petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/767/932/805/?z00m=21513247&redirectID=1467294665

I have been contacted by a group of writers that have had contact with the Indonesian and other eastern Asian Agarthan networks from 2009-2013. That group has suggested that people do not wait passively for the Event and have given many grassroots ideas what can be done:

http://thewhitebook2015.blogspot.tw/2014/08/the-white-book.html?m=1
https://medium.com/@Frodonomics2015/critical-mass-create-a-billion-jobs-now-dfc16d1aa50b

Another beautiful idea that may make people rethink how to solve their housing situations has appeared:

http://www.lifebuzz.com/earthships/

Victory of the Light is near!

http://kauilapele.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/cobra-update-10-7-14-plasma-and-the-planetary-situation-update/#more-31689

Impact of Open ET Contact – Edgar Mitchell, Simon Parkes, Alfred Webre, JD, Tolec


http://www.andromedacouncil.com
The GeoSocial, Societal, Economic, Political & Spiritual of Open ET Contact

Psychic Abilities | Psi and Psychedelics: Psychedelics, Parapsychology and Exceptional Human Experiences


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[Justin] I recently had an experience with LSD and experienced some psi abilities. Many of the people I have talked to whom have taken psychedelic substances report similar experiences. Julian had an OBE during one of his early trips which matches the work shared below.

[Julian] I took LSD two other occasions previous to the experience I am speaking of now. What made this trip different from other ones was the amount of people involved. I had tripped with one or two people before but never a total of four.

The four of us all worked at the same job and spent countless hours together, some of us even went to school together and so at this point we were all very much connected in our personal lives.

As we all began to peak on the LSD I started to experience a difficulty with perceiving who exactly I was. As I had my internal thoughts I began to hear them vocalized through my friends who were sitting around me in a circle like fashion. My own inner dialogue was no longer just in my head it was literally being played out through the people around me. At this point I realized that I wasn’t the only one experiencing this but that we were all doing it. To better describe I will give an example. Generally when you have thoughts you may form sentences in your head like “I wonder what so and so is thinking about” “I would really like to touch the water”. These same kind of internal dialogues were now being vocally expressed by each person. Instead of the sentence running through my head, each word was vocalized by a different individual as if the people themselves were part of a larger mind. When I realized this I Immediately felt a disassociation with my body. In a sense I was floating around my friends and was more so experiencing being the IDEAS than I was experiencing being a body. Within a few moments the regular first person perspective we experience switched to a third person perspective where I was now watching my body floating upwards in a black background. At that point my memory is lost but what I do remember next is when I realized I was conscious, some type of being, I began to notice my surroundings.

Though I felt confusion it did not feel as if this was a bad thing. I started to remember what objects and shapes were, what they represented in our daily lives and how I was connected to them.

I came to consciousness standing and holding on to a street lamp. I then realized there were other beings around me, I started to recognize them. Who they were, how got here, what they were doing, and most profoundly how everything in life had brought that moment into existence; the millions of connections. I realized how important these beings were to me in my life and in my growth. These were my friends but they were so much more, they are magnificent beings choosing out of infinite possibilities to be here and now in that moment with me. To show care, love, and compassion in the ways the only know how. A truly profound revelation. It was only after this that I remembered who I was, that I was Julian. I only realized that after I had seen how all my friends were connected, that they were connected through me.

I have taken LSD hundreds of times and did not consciously recognize any abilities (despite having many profound experiences and revelations), but after reading Dewey Larson, the Daniel Papers, and understanding the Mind more, it appears that we are getting Psi data all the time, we just normally filter it out or dismiss it.

For example, after our latest experience, I began notice my thought streams were readily presenting me with precognitive data. I experience this most when I’m in a Theta-state (clear mind) and emotionally connected to my present. The greater the emotional charge of bliss and openness with my data stream (the now) the more aware I am of the precognitive data. Julian and I often watch TV shows and Movies to decode them for allegorical meaning and after the recent LSD experience I started to notice my random thoughts were feeding me clues about the end results of the shows and what the characters where going to do. I always suspected the random thoughts and ideas we experience were in fact suggestive of cognition, but due to our belief systems and knowledge base we cannot decypher the data and apply it to understand it as anything more than random.

After reading the following post, and the aforementioned work of Dewey Larson and Daniel, as well as Dan Winter, the science behind our Human Technology, or Psi abilities, is becoming obvious in my mind; and we’re actually learning how to do it.

If we take pause to consider ALL the data we are receiving and how that relates to events and happenings in our lives, it will become obvious to us we are constantly receiving data which would be considered paranormal or Psi.  We are both receivers and transmitters.

- Justin

SourceNexus Illuminati

by David Luke

At the beginning of the 1950s the developed world began in earnest its psychedelic research era. Since then these profoundly mind-altering substances have been inextricably associated with paranormal experiences—such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and out-of-body experiences—by many of the researchers who have studied their effects.

Currently however, virtually no research is being conducted in this area despite the recent revival of research into the potential therapeutic benefit of psychedelics in humans. This paper briefly discusses some of the author’s research to date in this field: a review of the literature on parapsychology (the psychological study of apparently paranormal processes) and psychedelics, a survey of paranormal experiences associated with different psychoactive substances, and correlation of self-reports of the number of consumed psychedelics with performance on a precognition task.

The word psychedelic, meaning ‘mind-manifesting,’ was created by Dr. Humphry Osmond in correspondence with Aldous Huxley in 1956. Four years earlier Osmond had published an article in the Hibbert Journal with his colleague John Smythies in which they proposed that a new theory of mind was needed that could account for both mescaline experiences and what they considered to be the scientifically-proven fact of extra-sensory perception (ESP). Huxley read this article and requested that Osmond, who like Huxley hailed from Surrey in England but lived in North America, should visit Huxley and give him mescaline.

Huxley then catalysed the popularisation of psychedelics with the publication of The Doors of Perception in 1954. In the book, not only did Huxley eloquently describe his experience of mescaline, disappearing beautifully into the mystical folds in his trousers, but he also proposed a nascent neurochemical model of ESP. He suggested that the French philosopher Henri Bergson was right to propose that the brain’s primary function was to filter out all the excess sensory data that we do not attend to. Otherwise, this information would overwhelm the conscious mind with a mass of information that was ordinarily irrelevant for the organism’s survival.

However, building on Bergson’s notion, Huxley added that substances such as mescaline serve to override the brain’s ‘reducing valve’ that filters out this sensory data. Under such psychedelic disinhibition of the brain’s inhibiting function, the mind is thereby capable of potentially remembering anything it has ever experienced and sensing everything within its immediate environment. Furthermore, it is also able to access the entirety of information available in the universe, even forwards and backwards in time. Such mystical or paranormal feats are known as clairvoyance, precognition and telepathy, and are collectively termed extra- sensory perception (ESP), or, more recently, ‘psi.’

To illustrate this psychic psychedelic process, Huxley took the title of his book from a quote by the English mystic, William Blake—“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” Elsewhere in the USA, just prior to the publication of The Doors of Perception in 1954, Gordon Wasson was recently back from his first trip to Mexico where he discovered both an active mushroom cult and the identity of their sacrament as Psilocybe mexicana.

The Mazatec shaman, Don Aurelio, (who Wasson worked with before meeting the more famous Maria Sabina) held a mushroom ceremony for him and told him two important facts about his son in the US that neither of them could otherwise have known. Both were ultimately true, although one was still yet to happen, thereby demonstrating Don Aurelio’s accurate clairvoyance and precognition under the influence of psilocybin. Yet, as far as scientific evidence goes, this is far from conclusive.

Similarly, it was in the mid-1950’s that LSD began doing the rounds. About 10 years earlier Albert Hofmann had discovered the exceptional psychological effects of LSD and had the first-ever LSD-induced out-of-body experience when he found himself hovering above his body and assumed that he had died. But these two tales of exceptional human experience from our foremost psychedelic pioneers are just the opening of the rabbit hole.

Anthropology, particularly from the New World, has long informed us that the people who traditionally use psychedelic plants and potions do so specifically for ‘magical’ purposes, such as ESP, psychic diagnosis and healing.

More compelling yet, there is an abundance of stories of anthropologists either witnessing or experiencing first-hand the occurrence of apparently paranormal phenomena with the use of psychoactive plants and fungi: peyote among the Huichol indians, psilocybin-containing mushrooms with the Mazatec, fly agaric mushrooms with the Ojibwa, datura in India, pituri in Australia, and practically all known psychedelic plants in all regions of the world.

Of particular importance in this equation is ayahuasca, which is so often accompanied by reports of psychic ability that when one of its psychoactive constituents, harmine, was isolated at the beginning of the 20th century it was named ‘telepathine.’ It is also interesting to note that, conversely, there is a serious lack of similar paranormal reports with the non-visionary psychoactive plants that have also been in use for centuries, such as coffee, coca, and cacao.

These numerous reports collected by anthropologists and from the early psychedelic explorers soon began surfacing among psychotherapists as well once these substances started seeping out of the labs and into the clinics. As just one example, Stan Grof, who we can probably credit as being the leading expert on psychedelic psychotherapy, reported observing past-life recall, out-of-body experiences, and ESP on a daily basis.

Thinking there might be something magical about these medicines that has been largely overlooked I conducted a comparison of spontaneous ESP phenomena occurring, with good supporting evidence in the therapy room, either with or without psychedelics. Reports of spontaneous ESP occurring within ordinary psychotherapy were fairly rare, although definitely evident, but they were seemingly more frequently reported by psychedelic psychotherapists during the 1960s.

Substantiating these anecdotal reports a number of surveys have been conducted that have consistently found a positive relationship between the reporting of having had a paranormal experience and the use of psychedelics, with heavier users having more experiences. What the surveys also show is that between 18–83% (depending on the type of experience) of those using cannabis and/or psychedelics also reported ESP experiences occurring whilst actually under the influence. There is very good reason to believe that these substances can induce paranormal experiences, regardless of whether these experiences are genuine or not.

A survey conducted by myself and my colleague, Dr. Marios Kittenis, extended this research and explored the taxonomy of these phenomena to try and identify which drugs related to which experiences in particular. While psychedelics in general were as- sociated with a range of phenomena, we found that particular substances were more readily associated with certain experiences than others. For instance, entity encounter experiences were very common under DMT, telepathy was common under cannabis and DXM, out-of-body experiences typified ketamine, and plant spirit encounters occurred particularly with psilocybin but also with a host of other psychedelic flora.

Since the prohibition of psychedelics in the late 1960s most of this field of research, which I like to call ‘parapsychopharmacology,’ has been conducted through surveys. Yet these provide very little evidential value for the genuine occurrence of psi. Fortunately, the notion of using psychedelics to investigate parapsychology was considered a viable method just prior to prohibition and about a dozen or more controlled experiments were conducted. Walter Pahnke, for instance, who conducted the original Good Friday experiment some 50 years ago and published his findings in the International Journal of Parapsychology, also conducted an ESP experiment with LSD. The results of this experiment were not significant overall. However, Stanislav Grof was one of the participants and had a string of increasingly improbable direct hits on the target symbol, determining a randomly selected target beyond the expectation of chance probability. Grof, explained that:

When I got the third correct answer in a row, the feelings [of a universe where no laws of time and space exist] were so powerful that I could not continue. The reason for discontinuation of the ESP experiment was a strange mixture of a conviction that it was absurd to test the obvious and, on the other hand, a metaphysical fear of confusion that would follow if I had to give up the usual concept of time and space and with it all the related reference points we feel so secure with.

Overall, the catalogue of ‘pharma-psi’ experiments from the sixties had some promising findings, which were in direct proportion to the sophistication of the methodology. Studies that used boring experimental procedures (such as massively iterative card-guessing tasks, sometimes for hours on end) and psychedelically-inexperienced participants returned poor results, while those that used engaging tasks and experienced trippers got the best outcomes. However, most of these experiments lacked the stringent degree of control expected by today’s standards and so also have limited evidential value.

What is needed is a series of well-controlled and methodologically-advanced experiments to more fully explore the capability of psychedelics to induce psi. I suggest that this research is now both timely, given the growing renaissance in psychedelic research, and extremely worthwhile. For instance, my own research into precognition, using a methodologically-rigorous design with 100 participants, found that precognitive ability correlated positively with the reported number of psychedelics consumed by the individuals in the sample (rs =.27, p =.008, two-tailed). Although indirect, this adds further support for the notion of psi-inducing psychedelics.

Given the enormous difficulties still evident in attempting to get funding and approval to conduct research administrating psychedelics directly, let alone when parapsychology is involved, researchers in the past have considered various alternatives. One proposal is to conduct basic ESP research, inviting participants who have just partaken of mind-expanding substances, along with those who haven’t, and testing their abilities. The parapsychologist Charles Tart proposed conducting such ‘drop-out drop-in’ experiments shortly after prohibition to circumvent the difficulties in getting legal and ethical approval for such work.

Such research techniques are now evident in non-parapsychological psychedelic research, but have yet to be used in parapsychology. Alternatively, it would be preferable to conduct direct psi experimentation through the administration of psychedelic substances, although probably with those substances which are still legal and have been reported to induce ESP, such as dextromethorphine.

Yet there still remain many obstacles to such work. Perhaps the greatest opportunity to conduct research at the present time would be to hitch an ESP experiment on the back of an existing psychedelic research program. We would be very happy to hear from any researcher interested in collaborating on this. As another alternative the use of hypnosis to re-induce psychedelic states could offer a novel drug-free methodology.

Psychedelic researchers since the time of Huxley and Osmond have been fascinated by exploring the apparently parapsychological affects of these drugs. Rightly so, because the implications of such research for understanding our capabilities as a species and for understanding reality itself are deeply profound. Huxley’s nascent notion of psychic abilities becoming available through the psychedelic inhibition of the brain’s reducing valve, which opens up awareness to an infinite field of information, is now quietly gaining some credibility.

Recent human experiments show that the serotonergic effect of psychedelic tryptamines can inhibit the ‘sensory gating’ function of the brain thereby opening up the flood gates of information to the mind and expanding one’s sensory awareness. Parapsychopharmacological research of this nature could tell us a great deal about the neurochemistry of apparently psychic abilities, the experience of which has probably been observed with these substances for millennia.

It is an exceptional shame that since prohibition psychedelic researchers have veered away from parapsychological research and, vice versa, parapsychologists have shied away from psychedelic research. Most likely this is because of the position of both of these fields at the fringes of mainstream science and the fear of jeopardising one’s insecure but legitimate positions by dabbling in an even more taboo field of research to one’s own.

Given the widening acceptance of parapsychology within mainstream academia, in the UK at least, and with the new renaissance dawning in psychedelic research globally, such an interest shouldn’t have to be considered as double career suicide anymore. Rather, the kind of ontological questions being asked through the research of parapsychopharmacology appear to be fundamental to our very sense of reality and should deserve special attention. And if philosophical prejudice appears to be in danger of keeping us from investigating such a topic it would seem wise to remember the words of Haldane, “my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”

From Breaking Convention edited by Cameron Adams, David Luke, Anna Waldstein, Ben Sessa and David King, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2014.

Via Reality Sandwich @ http://realitysandwich.com/220900/psychedelics-parapsychology-and-exceptional-human-experiences/

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MERCURY RETROGRADE OCTOBER 2014


By | September 28, 2014

october-eclipse-solMercury goes retrograde October 4 2014 and the traditional advice is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” But the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time. Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or rather, the two hemispheres of our brain. So during the retrograde period it feels like Mercury has gone down into the Underworld. In this realm closer to spirit we become more right-brain orientated. It is dark, so other senses are heightened. We will feel extra sensitive here, psychic even. Everything will seem hyper-real… you will notice things you had overlooked before. This will prompt you to re-evaluate, renovate, re-form, and re-invent. It’s true you might have to redo things, because Mercury will hit the same degree three times, but what this transit won’t let you do is to go into autopilot.

There are danger spots though. When Mercury is stationing retrograde we are at its wobbly stage where we are likely to slip-up, make mistakes, and misread anothers communications. But once we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about our business knowing we are in another realm. The same goes for when Mercury is stationing direct, just make sure you give your brain a few days to adjust back to solar thinking. The house in your natal chart that Mercury retrogrades in, will be your Underworld zone. There you will question everything. It will make you jittery about signing contracts, because you will be constantly thinking, “Is this what I really want?”. Before the retrograde, is a good time to finish off those Solar left-brain projects and gather information to bring down into your cave at its retrograde point. Then you can slow things down, let yourself be taken into other dimensions, try on different filters, experiment, shine a light on your demons, then recharge and reboot.

Mercury Retrograde Journey

Mercury will station retrograde from Oct 4 – 26 and journey through the degrees of 2º Scorpio back to 16º Libra. This Mercury retrograde is important because Mercury activates the October Solar Eclipse point of 0º Scorpio three times and station direct on this hotspot too. This means the theme of the Solar Eclipse is intertwined with this retrograde journey also. Mercury will mainly touch stars in Bootes the herdsman, and spends most of the retrograde in Libra decan 3 which houses one of the most brilliant and fortunate stars on the ecliptic, Spica! This decan is also ruled by benefic Jupiter. However this is a retrograde period, so like this decan, the shadows can get very dark against the stark brilliance of Spica. We may have to go through some tough times where were our ideas are harshly judged and we have to prove ourselves worthy.

BECOMING BRILLIANT

Mercury in this Jupiter-ruled decan will give us the zeal to make the planet a better place. It should bring up an urgency for humanity to clean-up the earth. This could be about intellectual rather than physical purifying, though of course we need that too. I think once our minds are free of pollution, it will be reflected in our environment. Mercury is about learning so while it cruises through this intellectually brilliant zone it will not be able to abide stupidity and will seek to enlighten other minds through dispersing knowledge. Jupiter ruling here will stress the importance of higher learning so we should see some great teachers emerging around this time. Super shiny Spica here, floods this decan with natural talent. During this retrograde journey Mercury will not make any difficult aspects at all which is a relief. All we have to really pay attention to is the combustion phase which is described in greater detail in the Sun conjunct Mercury post. Oct 13 – 20  is when the Sun conjunct Mercury is combust. Demetra George says of this time “One might compare this stage to burning in the fiery cauldron of solar heat, where the last vestiges of the old self – in the case of Mercury, the old thought patterns and mental scripts that no longer serve us – are consumed and destroyed.”

Oct 16 Mercury will be in that special spot of sitting in the throne of his majesty (Cazimi the Sun), both planets conjunct Spica. This really is very special indeed. Our usual glum and acerbic 1930’s Astrologer Vivian Robson goes to town with this one! He says the Sun on Spica gives “Great and lasting preferment, eminent dignity, immense wealth, great happiness to native’s parents and children, help from friends among clergy, favorable for public and legal affairs.” Whoopee! Ok, let’s not too carried away folks, this is a retrograde period after all….Nevertheless, if you keep your eye on the Mercurial ball, I think this is a wonderful day for genius in writing and brilliant creations of all kinds. Time to get that blank canvas out and begin your masterpiece, especially if 23º Libra connects to your chart in any way.

Mercury Station Retrograde

Mercury RetrogradeMercury stations retrograde on Oct 4 so let’s look at the chart. More good news! The Mercury Retrograde chart is dominated by the fabulous grand fire trine which brings inventiveness, vision and inspiration. I am so excited by this retrograde because the ingredients so far are just wonderful for artistic and creative pursuits. The only stressful aspect really is the Sun square Pluto. I wouldn’t worry too much about this either because it simply provides some dynamic tension to push forward the huge creative potential of the Grand Fire Trine by igniting the minor grand trine that is capping the major grand trine. Interesting geometry here. The Sun is on our trickster friend Algorab in the crow which brings in the influence of Libra decan 2.  “These folk are your typical iron fist in a velvet glove, which makes them all the more dangerous. Never, ever, ever underestimate Libra decan 2, even if they look like Barbie. A lot of them will play dumb deliberately…” The influence of this decan will provide a good fluffy cover for any unconventional and daring agendas you may want to slip by those in authority. I would spend this retrograde period constructing a very elaborate decoy! In this way you can push forward your more risque schemes. You will be surprised by what you can get away with by the end of this retrograde period.

Mercury Station Direct

Mercury DirectMercury goes forward on two days after the Solar Eclipse. That is something to “caw caw” about and when it does, Mercury will fall on the star Kraz found in Corvus the crow. So the sneaky crows feature quite strongly during this time and Mercury is known for being a tricky customer himself. “The cawing of the ravens or crows was heard as ‘Cras! Cras!’ by Latin speakers, and was thought to mean “Tomorrow! Tomorrow!” We get the word procrastinate, ‘postpone until the morrow’, from Latin cras. Mythology identifies Corvus with the procrastinating raven Apollo sent to fetch water, and tells how he dallied at a fig tree until the figs became ripe before carrying out the god’s task.”

Indeed it might be very tempting to procrastinate on this day, for it would be just so easy to bliss out on those dreamy vibes. That’s because we have a sumptuous Sun conjunct Venus, both trine Neptune on romantic Fomalhaut. It actually would be a good idea to slow down and go inwards until Mercury stabilises itself I think. Give yourself time to contemplate and connect with the elements, especially air and water at this time. Watching and listening to the waves crash could bring in some intuitive transmissions from Neptune. Mercury revisits the North Node again so this is a good moment to re-orient your self and check that you haven’t drifted off course from your great life plan. So pick up your plume swiftly, because now until the end of the shadow period (Nov10) is a fruitful time for mind expansion, learning and re-membering past life skills.

MERCURY RETROGRADE PERIOD DATES

Solar Eclipse October 2014

September 14 Mercury enters shadow zone at 16º Libra
September 17 Mercury conjunct North Node
September 19 Mercury sextile Lilith, Mercury opposite Eris.
October 4 Mercury Station Retrograde at 2º Scorpio 6.02am BST, 10.03am PDT
October 13 Mercury enters combustion with Sun
October 15 Mercury sextile Lilith
October 16 Mercury conjunct Sun 10.42pm BST, 2.40pm PDT.
October 17 Mercury conjunct Venus, Mercury sextile Mars, Mercury opposite Eris.
October 21 Mercury conjunct North Node
October 23 Solar Eclipse at 0º Scorpio close to retrograde point.
October 20 Mercury sextile Jupiter, Mercury out of combustion with Sun
October 25 Mercury Station Direct at 16º Libra 8.16pm BST, 12.16pm PDT
October 30 Mercury conjunct North Node
November 1 Mercury sextile Jupiter
November 7 Mercury sextile Lilith
November 10 Mercury out of shadow zone at 2º Scorpio

 

Mercury Through The Stars

Kraz in Corvus | 16º Libra ~ Sept 14, Oct 28 Rx, Oct 28
Seginus in Bootes | 16º Libra ~ Sept 14, Oct 27 Rx, Oct 29
“A word coming from Latin for corn-crop, and thus meaning a reaper or harvester. .. It gives a subtle mind, shamelessness and loss through friends and companies.”
Foramen in Argo | 21º Libra ~ Sept 18, Oct 17 Rx, Nov 2
“It causes peril, dignity, piety, usefulness and acquisitiveness” 
Spica in Virgo | 23º Libra ~ Sept 20, Oct 16 Rx, Nov 4
“With Mercury: Neat, tidy, clever, ingenious, favor of clergy and people in authority, gain through investment, responsible position.”
Arcturus in Bootes | 23º Libra ~ Sept 21, Oct 15 Rx, Nov 5
“With Mercury: Sober, industrious, popular, inclined to be religious, somewhat extravagant but well-off, help through friends, holds position of trust in large company or corporation, or receives promotion under direction, favorable for health and domestic affairs.”
Izar in Bootes | 27º Libra ~ Sept 24, Oct 13 Rx, Nov 7
Miaplacidus in Argo | 1º Scorpio ~ Sept 29, Oct 7 Rx, Nov 9 The October 23 Solar Eclipse point.
“Argo is said to give prosperity in trade and voyages, and strength of mind and spirit.”
Princeps in Bootes | 2º Scorpio ~ Oct 2 – 6 Rx, Nov 10

Picture Credit: The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, 16 October 1834 by William Turner

http://darkstarastrology.com/mercury-retrograde/

18-09-2014: Ron talks about Dragon Family “Spiritual Warriors”


“The path of the spiritual warrior is not soft and sweet. It is not artificially blissful and pretend forgiving. It is not fearful of divisiveness. It is not afraid of its own shadow. It is not afraid of losing popularity when it speaks its truth. It will not beat around the bush where directness is essential. It has no regard for vested interests that cause suffering. It is benevolent and it is fiery and it is cuttingly honest in its efforts to liberate itself and humanity from the egoic ties that bind. Shunning strong opinions in the name of spirituality is anti-spiritual. Spirituality that is only floaty soft is a recipe for disaster, allowing all manner of manipulation to run amok. Real spirituality is a quest for truth, in all its forms. Sometimes we find the truth on the meditation cushion, and sometimes we find it in the heart of conflict. May all spiritual warriors rise into fullness. This planet is lost without them.” ~ Jeff Brown

29-09-2014: THE AMBASSADOR’S VIEW OF WORLD EVENTS


The Ambassador promised in both parts of the Red Dragon’s spiritual training videos that he wanted to give an overview of what’s happening in the world. He covers many subjects in this video; and even makes reference to one of my heroes: David Icke. He encouraged us to listen to David’s latest video; and he sent me the link following our recording. The title is: Future Shock – Change through Mental & Emotional Trauma, http://youtu.be/iCCPZseUmEE. Of course I was most interested in what he had to say about the banks and the foreclosure issues many Americans and others around the world are facing as the banks try to steal people’s homes. To me, this is much more valuable information than the reports on the Bible study groups, although I am not saying that spiritual preparation is unimportant.