Monday, May 21, 2012

Lunar Structures

On December 21, 1968, the Apollo 8 mission was the first manned lunar orbit. The mission completed 10 lunar orbits in 20 hours. The three astronauts were the first humans to view the far side of the moon. In a transmission back to Earth, Astronaut Lovell reported, "Please be informed that there is a Santa Claus." The term "Santa Claus" was the code name for an alien presence. 

Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon on July 21, 1969. Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the surface and declared, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Supposedly, he was the first man on the moon.

When the Apollo 12 crew landed on the moon, they noted they were "being observed" by a transparent pyramidal object, shimmering with all the colors of a rainbow, hovering several meters above the lunar surface. Upon returning to Earth, astronaut Edgar Mitchell declared, "My neck still aches as I had to constantly turn my head around, because we felt we were not alone there. We had no choice but to pray."

On March, 21, 1996, several NASA engineers and scientists participated in a briefing at the Washington National Press Club to announce for the first time that "man-made" objects were discovered on the moon. Photos taken by astronauts during the Apollo program were revealed at the briefing, showing portions of the lunar surface where "a presence" was apparent.

When asked why this material had not been revealed earlier, a NASA specialist explained, "It was difficult to forecast the reaction of people to information that some creatures had been or still are on the moon. In addition, there were some other reasons to it, which were beyond the control of NASA."

No kidding.

The lunar photos revealed various constructions, the ruins of cities, huge domes with basements, networks of tunnels and so forth.

Scientists remain curious about the origin of the moon and the principles of its revolving around Planet Earth.

In July of 2009, an Exopolitics Summit was held in Barcelona, Spain, which presented evidence of an extraterrestrial presence through the testimony of many intelligence and military experts. One of the participants was Robert Dean, a retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major who was an intelligence analyst for NATO, with a Cosmic Top Secret Clearance, the highest clearance at the time.

Dean had access to a document titled AN ASSESSMENT, which was a thorough investigation of the UFO phenomena within Europe for the period of 1961 to 1964. According to the document, with absolute certainty, Planet Earth has been visited by members of at least four extraterrestrial civilizations for thousands of years.

The Truth will set you free -- but first it will curl your toenails.

Quote for the Day -- "On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious." Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and the memory of former U.S. Army Air Force flight instructor Weston K. Burquest (May 21, 1919 -- Dec 8, 2011).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Military Industrial Complex

Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Army General who engineered the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II, was President of the United States in 1952 to 1960. This was during a period of tension between nations called the Cold War. The USA and the USSR were two great powers locked in a standoff of paranoia and an arms race.

In his presidential farewell address to the nation in January, 1961, Eisenhower stated, "In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."

Thus, the term "military industrial complex" became part of the American lexicon.

The "military industrial complex" refers to the U.S. armed forces and various components that support a strong military presence. In essence, it's a combination of the Pentagon (military procurers), corporate military contractors, the intelligence community, and their respective supporters in the U.S. Congress.

Eisenhower sounded a warning many decades ago that has basically been ignored -- the U.S. government now spends more on the military than all the rest of the countries of the world combined.

In fiscal 2012, the U.S. expenditure on Defense items (including Department of Defense, Veterans affairs, military pensions, homeland security, interest on debt incurred in past wars, etc.) is approximately $1.5 trillion -- which seems miniscule compared to the nearly $16 trillion (and rising) in National Debt.

Obviously, the USA is on a path of economic doom -- spending far more than it can afford, continually borrowing against the future, with no end in sight.

In order to exacerbate global conflict, thereby ensuring continued growth of the Military-Industrial Complex, the intelligence wing of the military industrial complex (CIA, NSA, etc.) has initiated plenty of action since 1960, including places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Bosnia, Somalia, Korea, Serbia, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Granada, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and so on.

There may have been valid reasons for most of these encounters, but often we have made matters worse by propping up evil dictators, such as Noriega in Panama, Pol Pot in Cambodia, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and others.

Eisenhower was right. There exists a potential for unwarranted influences and the misuse of power. The military industrial complex thrives on global conflict. It feeds itself on U.S. tax dollars and contributes mightily to politicians who support it. There's too much at stake for too many people to curb its desire for profitability.

There's a fine line between being righteous defenders of global justice and belligerent warmongers. To much of the rest of the world, the USA is viewed as a domineering self-appointed police force, creating enormous global resentment.

Our country stands for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We shed blood all over the globe to ensure freedom. But we spend well beyond a reasonable defense of our nation on a military industrial complex that has an insatiable appetite for funding and a continual need for armed confrontations in order to survive.

The world is a dangerous place. We must protect ourselves, but we also need to use some common sense.

Quote for the Day -- "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." Dwight D. Eisenhower

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where freedom is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Da Vinci Code

The 1982 book HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln, speculates that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene and they had a female child. Mary Magdalene and the child fled to southern France after the crucifixion where the descendents of Jesus eventually established the Merovingian Dynasty (447-751) in France and were protected by a secret society called the Priory of Sion. It further asserts that the Roman Catholic Church attempted to eradicate the remnants of the Merovingian Dynasty and their guardians, the Knights Templar, during the Inquisition (1184-1834).

In 1998, a book titled THE TEMPLAR REVELATION, by Lynn Pickett and Clive Prince, agrees with the above scenario and claims that the Knights Templar was a secret organization protecting the true account of Christ (married to Mary Magdalene who fled to France with Jesus' child, etc.). It also delves into the Priory of Sion and identifies its succession of Grand Masters, including Victor Hugo, Sir Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci.

According to Pickett and Prince, Leonardo Da Vinci was often contracted to do paintings for the Roman Catholic Church but, as the Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, was actually a secret foe of the church, thus he included subtle clues in his works to champion his sentiments.

For example, in Da Vinci's famous painting of The Last Supper (Jesus and the 12 disciples), the disciple to Jesus' right is clearly a woman, supposedly to signify Mary Magdalene as equal to the other disciples and close to Jesus. The lack of a wine goblet at the table is considered to be a clue that the Holy Grail is not an object at all but rather the holy bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

Using these two publications as a source of reference, author Dan Brown wrote a novel (fiction) in 2003 titled THE DA VINCI CODE, which became a bestseller, about a conspiracy by the Catholic Church to suppress the true story of Jesus Christ (the holy bloodline through Mary Magdalene) and Da Vinci's attempt to expose the truth.

The novel's hero (professor of religious history) stumbles upon the true story of Jesus after he discovers a dead body in a French museum. He, along with the granddaughter of the head of the Priory of Sion, must escape an assassin from a devout Catholic sect attempting to suppress the truth, the discovery of which would destroy the foundations of Christianity.

It's basically a suspense/thriller with a theoretically-historical religious theme.

THE DA VINCI CODE was subsequently made into a movie by Columbia Pictures, directed by Ron Howard, starring Tom Hanks. Needless to say, since it has a religious theme that questions popular beliefs, there was plenty of righteous indignation over this film.

By their very nature, religions are divisive. They separate the "true believers" from the "heretics" by demanding a blind faith and loyalty of their particular beliefs, and consider all others to be unenlightened (inferior).

Unfortunately, all too often, religions worship the messenger and ignore the message.

History is replete with violence in the name of religion. Arabs and Jews have been clashing for centuries. During the Holy Crusades and the Catholic Inquisition, many thousands were tortured and/or killed. In Ireland, it was Catholics against Protestants. In Africa, Muslims attacked Christians. In Tibet, Buddhists were slaughtered. And so on.

These days, Islamic extremists are compelled by their religion to murder non-Muslims. Even a cartoon in a Danish newspaper causes bloody riots in various Islamic nations. In certain countries ruled by Islamic law, a Muslim who converts to another religion is subject to the death penalty.

There's no end to religious bigotry.

Faith is an act of trust in the unknown -- one person's faith is another person's version of self-righteous ignorance. And when a person's faith inspires hatred and leads to bloodshed, it becomes a form of insanity.

In the end, all we can do is follow our own spiritual path, respect other points of view and protect ourselves from deranged fanatics.

If you resent the premise of THE DA VINCI CODE, you can get angry and attempt to force everyone to adopt your belief system -- or you can embrace the virtue of tolerance and forgiveness.

Who knows, it may even be correct.

Quote for the Day -- "The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days." Lao Tzu

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and the spirit of Red Sonyah.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Animals are People too

Somewhere around 500 BC, a brilliant Greek mathematician and philosopher named Pythagoras was walking along a street in Croton when he came upon a man abusing a dog. He demanded a halt to the mistreatment by proclaiming that the dog was the soul of a friend, claiming he was certain of it when he heard the dog's voice.

Pythagoras believed in metempsychosis -- the passing of the soul at death into another body, either human, animal or plant.

Scholars and philosophers such as Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer Friedrich Nietzsche, Carl Jung, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein, Jorge Luis Borges, Erwin Schrodinger and Sigmund Freud also believed in metempsychosis.

This doctrine is prevalent in Eastern religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Druzism, as well as ancient Greek philosophy, Celtic religion, ancient Druids, Wiccans, Theosophy, Spiritism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Rosicrucians and many other belief systems.

The human soul is an advanced stage of the evolutionary process. This individual spirit (human soul) has the capacity to advance beyond the present form of a 3-dimensional creature in a Third Density plane of existence. Higher levels (dimensions) can be reached by the soul through the advancement of individual purity and benevolent intention (a unity consciousness).

When an animal (such as a dog) develops a sense of self-awareness it has the potential to advance into human form in a subsequent earthly life.

Domestic animals develop a sense of self-identity when exposed to loving, caring human beings. They may overcome their natural instincts to blend in with the human experience around them. Thus, the domestic animal actually advances in a spiritual manner.

The most intelligent life-form on Planet Earth is the whale. Dolphins are next. Unlike a human being, a dolphin brain functions at 100 percent.

There are human beings on this planet who actually believe that animals have no feelings, no emotions, no intelligence. They chain their dog to a tree and ignore its existence the bulk of the time.

China hosted the 2008 Olympic Games. In an effort not to offend civilized human beings arriving in China for the event, 112 designated Olympic restaurants were ordered to remove dog meat from restaurant menus until after the civilized human beings had returned to their civilized countries. The Beijing Catering Trade Association blacklisted the restaurants that failed to cooperate, however they made an exception for dog meat "for medicinal purposes."

Dog has been eaten in China for at least 7,000 years. It is sometimes referred to as "fragrant meat" or "mutton of the earth." An estimated 300,000 dogs are killed in China annually and processed for meat. Some of it is exported to Korea.

Chinese factory farms import large, docile breeds, particularly St. Bernards, which are then cross-bred with local dogs, and raise them under horrendous conditions, grouped extremely tightly in stacked cages. Rather than simply killing the dog for processing, they slowly torture it to death over a long period of time, claiming the adrenalin rush gives the meat more flavor.

A dog is a domestic animal whose main purpose in life is to love and please their human companions. It may also be a potential human being.

My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am.

Quote for the Day -- "No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." Herman Melville

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where animals are people too.