Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Magic of Water

There is magic on Planet Earth -- it's called water.

Water is a basic component of all living things on the planet. Two-thirds of the surface of earth is covered by water and the human body is made up of over 70 percent water. It's the essence of our being.

The human race cannot survive more than a few days without fresh water, which is slowly disappearing and will soon become the most precious commodity on earth.

Approximately 97 percent of the earth’s water is salt water, unsuitable for human consumption. Another two percent is frozen in glaciers and ice caps, primarily in Antarctica. The remaining one percent is all that’s available for residential, agricultural, industrial, and community usage, including keeping our cars washed, our public water fountains bubbling and our golf courses green.

Japanese researcher, Dr. Masaru Emoto, has done extensive experiments with water and concluded it has a consciousness. According to Dr. Emoto, water has the capacity to perceive and remember. It also has the capacity to communicate with its environment just like any other living organism.

In 1994, Dr. Emoto began research to measure the properties of water by using Magnetic Resonance Analysis (MRA), a technology used in alternative medicine to measure the ability of the human body to resonate (vibrate) at certain frequencies thereby becoming a natural healing agent.

He collected water samples from many parts of Japan, as well as from other places in the world. Each sample of water was placed in 100 Petri dishes and frozen. Utilizing a photographic microscope (magnifications of 200 to 500 times), photographs were taken a split moment before the frozen ice flakes began to liquefy.

After more than four years of observations and some 10,000 photographs, Dr. Emoto has concluded that "healthy water will show a complete hexagonal crystal structure while the chipping away and/or collapsing of crystal structures are not good signs."

He added that each water crystal seemed to be "trying to purify itself."

Not surprising to most country bumpkins, some of the water samples from urban areas show deformed crystal structures, whereas water from remote rural areas generally appears to have fine crystal structures.

In another experiment, Dr. Emoto placed distilled water between two speakers and played different sounds. Bach and Mozart created good crystal structures while heavy metal music had the opposite effect. In addition, the prayer chanting of monks resulted in superior crystal structures.

Dr. Emoto opined, "Musical vibrations contain positive and negative energies, depending on the information inscribed into them. Water reflects what it perceives."

He is convinced that water is influenced by its surroundings. For example, he placed a glass of water in front of a running computer for four hours and no crystals were produced. When he placed water near a television playing a movie with a positive storyline, good crystals were formed.

"Positive information results in beautiful hexagonal crystals, while negative information shows otherwise," Dr. Emoto observed.

If Dr. Emoto's findings are correct, positive thoughts can affect the quality of water in our own bodies, whereas stress (a cause of many illnesses) may be the result of the negativity (bad energy) we propagate in our body's water.

A positive attitude leads to good bodily vibrations -- a negative attitude wears you down.

“It is chronic water shortage in the body that causes most diseases of the human body." Dr. Emoto

In many places around the world water has become highly polluted. Dr. Emoto hopes to create an awareness of this problem and believes we can improve the quality of water simply by becoming more grateful of it.

This may sound like New Age nonsense but there was a time when it was believed that the world was flat. Then an astronomer named Galileo discovered that the world was round and revolved around the sun. In 1633, he was brought before the Catholic Inquisition, tortured, forced to renounce his heretical views, and imprisoned.

The proliferation of knowledge is a slow process on a planet where greed is good, more is always better and wars are memorialized.

But in actuality, everything in the universe and beyond is a single entity -- it's all connected.

I decided to test some of Dr. Emoto's theories on my own water. I hired a group of chanting monks and had them perform some heavy metal music. As expected, my water crystals became very schizophrenic – they were both delighted (by the chanting monks) and irritated (by the heavy metal music) at the same time.

Then again, I'm often delighted and irritated at the same time too. But I don't think I'm schizophrenic though, and neither does the other guy who lives inside my body. I deal with the outside world while he hides in the lower left quadrant of my cerebral cortex, snickering at me. Although he usually keeps a low profile, he tends to howl during full moons and Madame Blavatsky's birthday. Perhaps this could explain why I live alone in the middle of nowhere and talk mostly to trees.

Life is simple -- happiness is a choice, suffering is optional.

Quote for the Day – "Purify your thoughts and everything will be well." Mahatma Gandhi

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where fresh water oozes from the ground, called "springs."

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Message to Mankind

The small town of Elberton in northeast Georgia is known as the granite capital of the world.

In June of 1979, a well-dressed, articulate man who identified himself as R.C. Christian walked into the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and ordered a monument to "transmit a message to mankind." He claimed to represent a small group from outside Georgia and wished to remain anonymous.

Today that monument, known as the Georgia Guidestones, sits atop the highest point in Elbert County, Georgia.

An engraved plaque placed in the ground near the monument reads, "Guides to an Age of Reason."

The granite slab structure has a total weight of 119 tons, with an overall height of 19.3 feet. It consists of a center stone resting on a support stone, four upright monoliths each resting on a support stone, and a cap stone.

The large four upright monoliths are oriented to the limits of the annual migratory cycle of the moon. There's an oblique hole drilled through the center stone providing continual, eye-level visibility of the North Star. And the sun shines through a slot in the center stone marking the summer and winter solstices.

Inscribed on the monument, in eight different languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian) are the following ten guides:

1) Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

2) Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.

3) Unite humanity with a living new language.

4) Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.

5) Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.

6) Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.

7) Avoid petty laws and useless officials.

8) Balance personal rights with social duties.

9) Prize truth – beauty – live – seeking harmony with the infinite.

10) Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.

In 1986, a book titled COMMON SENSE RENEWED was published. Its author, Robert Christian, dedicated the book to Thomas Paine (1737-1809), an early American revolutionary scholar and author of COMMON SENSE.

Among other things, Christian claimed to be the man behind the Georgia Guidestones. He wrote about his concern for the political and economic decline of America, and reiterated his desire to remain anonymous.

The ten guides (suggestions) seem harmless enough. The world is clearly overpopulated and mismanaged.

There are roughly 6.5 billion people on this planet. Guide #1 suggests a half billion would be ideal. However, reducing the global population by more than 90 percent and maintaining the results is beyond human practicality.

Guide #3 suggests everyone speak the same language. This would certainly make life easier, but extremely difficult to implement. No language is perfect, requiring the agreed-upon invention and acceptance of a new one.

Ruling with tempered reason, balancing personal rights with social duties, prizing truth, seeking harmony, resolving internal disputes internally, resolving external disputes externally, and so forth all make sense too.

While this all seems quite innocuous, for some people the Georgia Guidestones are the work of the devil.

A website called The Resistance Manifesto proclaims, "We are waging an incessant campaign to have the Guidestones removed and destroyed. The Guidestones are empirical evidence of Satanism in the world."

One man's guides to common sense are another man's evidence of evil personified. The mere existence of these differences is the precise reason that peaceful coexistence will never be realized on Earth in the first place.

I have my own guide to reason – mind your own business, don't tread on me, and I'll do the same.

Quote for the Day – “That government is best which governs least.” Thomas Paine

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where common sense isn't necessarily common.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Lost Island

In December of 1980, a number of U.S. military personnel, including airmen Jim Penniston and John Burroughs, were stationed at the Woodbridge Royal Air Force base in Britain. At the time, the installation was being used by the U.S. Air Force.

On December 26, military personnel spotted strange lights in the Rendlesham Forest, just outside the base's boundary. Some 40 military personnel and area residents witnessed the lights. It was initially assumed that an airplane had crashed in the forest. Penniston, Burroughs and others were sent into the forest to investigate the lights.

Penniston and Burroughs spotted a 9-by-6 foot triangular craft with swirling yellow and blue lights, hovering a couple of feet off the ground. Their radios malfunctioned and they could feel static electricity emanating from the craft.

They approached the object and took detailed notes of symbols etched on the surface of the craft, which appeared to resemble Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Penniston also touched the craft, causing him to receive subliminal coded messages.

After about 45 minutes, the craft "brightened" and began to rise above the trees, then took off at an "impossible" speed and disappeared.

When they returned to the base, both of their watches were off by 45 minutes.

Later, Burroughs attached sketches of the craft, and Penniston attached sketches of the strange markings displayed on the craft, to their official U.S. Air Force witness statements.

The following night, the mysterious light returned to the forest area whereupon a female base security officer and her partner entered the area to investigate. The craft shot a beam of light at their vehicle, disabling it, then flew off.

The strange lights returned for a third night in a row.

The Deputy Base Commander, Lt Col Charles Halt, was informed and together with a small group of men went out into the forest to investigate. As they entered the area, radio communications were subjected to interference and mobile generators that the group had brought to illuminate the forest began to black out. Halt and his team then encountered the UFO craft, which at one point fired beams of light down at his party and at the Woodbridge facility.

Lt. Col. Halt had initially assumed he would be able to debunk the reports of a UFO craft, but wound up in a situation he was unable to explain.

Follow-up investigations revealed three small soil imprints in a triangular pattern beneath where the craft had hovered and possibly landed. Plus, radiation levels in the area were high.

Three weeks after the incident, Penniston and Burroughs became seriously ill from what appeared to be radiation exposure.

During this period, Penniston felt compelled to write out the coded message he had received, which consisted of an extensive series of ones and zeros, in a notebook. Once he had recorded the entire string of ones and zeros he was somehow mysteriously able to recall, he was then finally able to sleep well. The notes made no sense to him but he kept them anyway.

Some 30 years later, as the History Channel was making a documentary of the UFO incident in Rendlesham Forest, Penniston's notebook of ones and zeros were discovered to be a message in binary code (commonly used by computers) and was deciphered by submitting the sequence to a binary code interpreter through Internet programmer Nick Ciske.

With very few minor flaws, part of the message reads:

52^ 09' 42.532" N
13^ 13' 12.69" W

It was soon determined that the two lines of "numbers" in the message were global map coordinates.

Ironically, this is the map coordinate of the "lost" island of Hy Brasil, an island west of Ireland that seems to mysteriously exist and disappear over time.

The accounts of Hy-Brasil are similar to those of Atlantis but whereas Atlantis was reported by one or two ancient historians, Hy-Brasil has been documented in many first-person accounts. Thought to be the home of a highly advanced civilization led by an enclave of high priests, accounts of Hy-Brasil tell tales of advanced technologies, giant cattle, and city towers. Led by priests who proclaimed to have a universal knowledge, the citizens of Hy-Brasil were reported to be highly intelligent and wealthy beyond imagination.

That the island was difficult to find is not hard to envision. Legends of Hy-Brasil tell of an island that was shrouded in fog for much of the time.

The book, IRELAND -- A JOURNEY INTO LOST TIME, by P.A. O'Siochan, refers to knowledge of a lost island inherent throughout Celtic history and literature, off the west coast of Ireland, called Hy Brasil -- Hy meaning "island" and Brasil meaning "mighty" in Gaelic.

Hy Brasil has appeared on maps as early as 1325 when Italian mapmaker Angelino Dulcert included the island of Hy Brasil some 200 miles west of Ireland, southwest of Galway Bay.

The island was circular, with a river (or strait) running east-west across the diameter.

Hy Brasil had also appeared on maps in the 15th century.

The island has been documented by many first-person accounts over the course of time.

In 1480, men from Bristol, England, searched for the island.

In 1497, explorer John Cabot found the island and reported that the island had been discovered in the past by men from Bristol.

In the 1500s, famed navigator Pedro Alvarez Cabral claimed to have reached the island during one of his voyages.

In 1674, Captain John Nisbet claimed to have seen the island on a voyage from France to Ireland.  His ship was in familiar waters when a fog rolled in.
As the fog lifted, the ship appeared to be dangerously close to some rocks, so they anchored in three fathoms of water to get their bearings, whereupon four crew members rowed ashore to visit Hy Brasil.

They spent the day on the island and returned to the ship with gold and silver, claiming an old man who lived on the island had given it to them as a gift.

Upon return to Ireland, Nisbet reported that the island was inhabited by large black rabbits and a magician who lived alone in a stone castle whereupon a second ship, under the command of Alexander Johnson, sailed to Hy Brasil and returned to port stating they had also found the island, confirming the reports from the Nesbit experience.

In 1872, author T.J. Westropp and several friends claimed to have seen the island appear, then disappear.

According to local legend, Hy Brasil is shrouded in fog and the mist lifts for only one day every seven years. It is believed to be occupied by a highly advanced civilization of priests and monks.

In February of 2012, a private pilot named Niger Gosseur filed a report that there was a huge blanket of fog over the ocean off the western side of Ireland. As he flew over the area, his flight instruments became erratic for a period of three minutes. When he looked below, he observed a green land mass, where there should not be a land mass. The fog then engulfed the land mass as he continued toward Ireland. He believes he saw the island of Hy Brasil.

There were a total of seven global map coordinates deciphered within the binary coded message that Penniston had recorded -- the other six coordinates pinpoint the following locations:

  • a location in South America
  • a location in China
  • an island in Greece
  • an ancient city in Central America
  • Giza in Egypt
  • Sedona, Arizona

All six of these additional locations are considered by many to be global grid energy vortexes.

Perhaps, Hy Brasil is also a global grid energy vortex. Perhaps, it may be a key to the lost island of Atlantis. Perhaps, it's some sort of base for extraterrestrial activity. Or perhaps, it's simply a mysterious island that appears one day every seven years.

Or perhaps, all of the above.

Very mysterious, indeed.

Quote for the Day – “Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form itself on the edge of consciousness.” Raymond Chandler (THE BIG SLEEP)

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and once owned property in Sedona, Arizona, a very special place

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Autistic Savant

Daniel Tammet was born in January of 1979 in London, England -- the oldest of nine children, he is an autistic savant

When he was a baby, Daniel would constantly bang his head against the wall. His mother was deeply concerned and breastfed him for two years.

One afternoon, Daniel was playing with his brother in the living room and went into an epileptic fit. His father's father had epilepsy and had died because of it. Soon thereafter, Daniel was put on medication to control the seizures.

Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by restricted behavior, weakened communication skills (speech impediments) and impaired social skills. It is usually an inherited issue, often noticeable before age three. It affects about one or two per 1,000 people globally and occurs four to five times more often with boys than girls.

A savant is a person with extraordinary mental ability. Scans of the brains of autistic savants suggest that damage to the left side of the brain may be causing the right side of over-compensate for the damage. They struggle with comprehension (left brain hemisphere) but often have amazing skills in memory and mathematics (right brain hemisphere), which also accounts for a lack of empathy.

For example, a blind autistic savant, Leslie Lemke, was able to play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 after hearing it for the first time, even though he had never had so much as a piano lesson.

Daniel Tammet is fluent in German, French, Spanish, Icelandic, Lithuanian and Esperanto. He has also invented his own language, called "Manti." He is able to figure out cube roots faster than a calculator. He does not see "numbers" -- he sees them as shapes, colors and textures.

The mathematical constant "pi" is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter -- its value, to the first 11 decimal digits, equals 3.14159265359. In 2004, Daniel broke the European record for recalling the value of "pi" to the furthest decimal. He had memorized this number to 22,514 decimal digits and can also recite it backwards.

"I do love numbers. It isn't only an intellectual or aloof thing that I do," Daniel contends. "I really feel that there is an emotional attachment, a caring for numbers. I think this is a human thing -- in the same way that a poet humanizes a river or a tree through metaphor, my world gives me a sense of numbers as personal. It sounds silly, but numbers are my friends."

The 1988 movie, Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman as an autistic savant, won four Oscars at the Academy Awards in 1989:

  • Best Picture -- Rain Man
  • Best Original Screenplay -- Barry Morrow & Ronald Bass
  • Best Director -- Barry Levinson
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Dustin Hoffman

Barry Morrow created the character of the autistic savant based on a real-life savant he had met, named Kim Peek, who is able to read two pages of a book simultaneously and recall in exact detail the 7,600 books he has read. When at home in Utah, Peek spends his afternoons at the Salt Lake City Public Library, memorizing phone books.

Daniel Tammet is also an avid reader. His favorite book is a good dictionary and the works of G.K. Chesterton, because he likes Chesterton's humorous aphorisms.

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
G.K. Chesterton

During his early school years, Daniel was a shy loner, unable to make eye contact. He would hurry outside during the recess time, but not to play with the other kids. "The place was surrounded with trees," he pointed out. "While the other children were playing football, I would just stand and count the leaves."

After his schooling, Daniel wanted to be a teacher. Initially, he worked as a volunteer in Lithuania. Later, he returned home to London to live with his parents and found work as a tutor of mathematics.

Eventually, Daniel had set up his own business. He works at home, creating e-mail courses in numeracy, learning languages and literacy for private clients. Working from home via e-mail has allowed him to minimize human interface and also gives him time to work on his own language of Manti.

Daniel Tammet is an odd and wonderful specimen of the human species -- but then again, incredibly intelligent people always seem odd to those who aren't.

Quote for the Day – "Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom." Soren Kierkegaard

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a couple of dogs and an imaginary girlfriend named Tequila Mockingbird.