February 2008

George Filer gets a well deserved awardAtlantic City’s Trump Plaza was the site of the Atlantic Coast UFO Conference over the weekend of February 15th, 16th, and 17th. I had the great pleasure of attending. On Friday night there was a cocktail party which most of the presenters attended. During that event George Filer of Filer’s Files was honored with a lifetime achievement award. You can access Filer’s Files at http://www.ufoinfo.com/filer/index.shtml. The award was presented by Peter Robbins and Jackie Perkins.
Kathleen Marden And FahrushaIn an earlier post I wrote about a wonderful book, Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience written by Kathleen Marden, the niece of Betty Hill, and Stanton Friedman. I was fortunate enough to chat with Kathy Marden at the cocktail party.
All Saturday and Sunday were filled with very interesting lectures by experts in the field. Don Ledger spoke of a UFO sighting in Nova Scotia. He wrote Dark Object with Chris Styles and Whitley Strieber. Paola Harris, author of Connecting the Dots talked about Exopolitics and focused on her experiences with Colonel Corso.
Kathleen Marden discussed interesting newly revealed aspects of Betty and Barney Hill’s UFO experience. Dr. Lynne Kitei showed her award winning Phoenix Lights documentary and spoke at length about her personal experiences in the paranormal. She also favored the audience with a beautiful song at the end of her presentation.
Peter Davenport is an extremely well spoken representative and director (since 1994) of NUFORC, the National UFO Reporting Center. He spoke about some very interesting sightings he investigated in the Northeast. Sam Maranto is a regional director of the Mutual UFO Network. He showed many slides of sightings that he investigated in the Ohio region. They are both clearly very thorough researchers. Steve Bassett is a UFO investigator and political activist. He is the executive director of the Paradigm Research Group dedicated to looking into the relationship of UFOs and extraterrestrials to the government and trying to get the truth about them from the government. I’d say he’s really got his work cut out for him.
Tom Carey co-wrote Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-Year Cover-Up and he presented compelling evidence about the crash in 1947. He emphasized the fact that the original witnesses are dying off at a prodigious pace and a number of them have made deathbed confessions as to what happened there. Peter Robbins also co-wrote a book, Left at East Gate, with a former military man who was a witness to the Rendlesham Forest UFO encounter. I had heard about this incident before but never in such breathtaking detail. Farah Yurdozu is from Turkey but now resides in the US. She spoke about possible connections between extraterrestrials and the deities of ancient mythologies, particularly Turkish mythology.
Richard Dolan really impressed me with the intense research he has done and is doing on the history of UFOs and how this subject pertains to national security. This is the first time I have truly understood why and how the government would cover-up evidence of UFO sightings. He lays this out plainly in his first volume, UFOs and the National Security State, An Unclassified History, Volume One: 1941-1973. I can’t wait for Volume Two! While most of the presenters impressed me with their acumen and credibility, Mr. Dolan really blew me away.
Finally I must thank Jackie Perkins, without whose tireless efforts this conference would never have come to be. I enjoyed myself immensely while receiving some great insights. I am so glad I attended.

It’s not over yet in Stephensville, Texas. Sightings continue. The following is a quote from an eye witness: “Also this one was more stationary and not bouncing around like the night of Jan. 8. Now, you cannot see it with the naked eye but it was spinning. And the guy that called said he could see it spinning through the telescope. But, he said he could see something attached to the top and the bottom, something like a capsule or some kind of object. He also told me it was bouncing around in his telescope view but didn’t bounce around when viewing with the naked eye.” Constable Lee Roy Gaitan

The complete article with photograph & video: http://www.stephenvillelights.com/

This brings me to speculate further that these visitors could be from the future due to the spinning motion of the craft. Or perhaps the Air Force is working on a time machine and that is why they are intent on shutting up the vocal witnesses.

Here is a link to a you-tube video explaining spinning and time travel:

YouTube – Discovery – First Time Machine 

I believe time would stop totally if the Universe stopped spinning and moving. My argument with physical “in the biological body” time travel has always been that we are not anywhere nearly in the same place in the Universe that we were, say, 100 years ago. The Earth is spinning and also circumnavigating its orbit around the Sun. The Sun is orbiting the Milky Way Galaxy and the galaxy is also traveling through the Universe. But if you view Earth as static and everything else moving relative to it, does that change anything? I don’t know.

I’ve just finished reading this intriguing book of historical fiction by Noëlle Sickels called The Medium. I highly recommend it for a variety of reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, it is a good read and an easy read. It is the very human story of a young German-American girl, Helen Schneider, living with her family in Bergen County, New Jersey during the prelude to World War II and throughout the war to its conclusion. There are home vignettes and love stories embedded within the novel that are poignant.

But more than that it is the story of the experience of mediumship within a family. The girl’s grandmother is a medium by trade and holds seances in the neighborhood to augment the family’s income. Helen begins having premonitions and when she attends a seance at her grandmother’s urging she discovers her ability to converse with spirits while in a trance state. This realization both intrigues and frightens Helen who must come to terms with her burgeoning psychic and mediumistic abilities.

The story is very believable in most aspects, especially in the geographic references and the rich cultural milieu of the German-American family. Some readers may balk at the concept of emanations, that is physical manifestations emerging from the body during a trance. There is a nineteenth century quality about emanations. But the reference to remote viewing near the end of the book is an anachronism which is more disturbing since it comes thirty years too early. I have no doubt that the military intelligence of the day would be interested in the correct perceptions of a gifted psychic, but to refer to the remote viewing program, a phrase that was not coined until the 1970’s, tarnishes the very careful research done on many aspects of the American scene presented here. I felt very educated by the book concerning detention centers for German and Italian Americans that I was unaware had existed. The training for blind soldiers returning from the war was detailed and well woven into the thread of the story.

You will enjoy reading this book.

The biggest and best hadron atom smasher is scheduled to be tested at Cern outside Geneva in Switzerland very soon. It is called the Large Hadron Collider and it will be the most powerful particle accelerator to date. Some Russian scientists, Irina Aref’eva and Igor Volovich posit the idea that a wormhole could be created by this test which would enable time travel (the initial wormhole would theoretically be the size of a subatomic particle). The study of physics has yielded no reason why time cannot be traversed in both directions and many scientists think that time travel will be possible in the future.

A big question here is: if time travel is likely in the future why haven’t time travelers come back to visit us in the present or past? Or have they? Are some or all UFOs time travel vehicles? Is that why persons who claim to have had abduction experiences often tell of future ecological issues of which the visitors warn them. It is a possibility to ponder.

Here is the story of the hadron collider from New Scientist magazine:


Photo of hadron collider by Peter McCready click here.

The venerable Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has passed away. During the political primary frenzy on the major US media, I found this important article on the BBC News online. It is one of many important stories that has been thus far virtually ignored in the United States.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was much beloved and he is largely responsible for introducing transcendental meditation to the English speaking world during the late 1960’s and 1970’s. He will be greatly missed.


Obituary: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The Maharishi in the 1960s

The Maharishi became well-known in the 1960s

The most flamboyant of the self-styled Indian gurus to emerge from the Woodstock era, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a man of charisma, energy and untold riches, credited with setting the Beatles and other stars on the path to spiritual enlightenment. The roots of the Maharishi’s life remain shrouded in mystery. He said himself that “monks are not expected to speak about themselves; the message is important, not the person.” It seems likely he was born sometime between 1911 and 1918.

The son of a government revenue inspector, Mahesh trained as a physicist and worked in a factory, before devoting his life to the study of the Vedic science of consciousness.

His spiritual mentor Jagadguru Shankaracharya, bequeathed to Mahesh the task of keeping the tradition of Transcendental Meditation alive, and the young Maharishi retreated to prepare.

During two years of Himalayan silence, the precocious sage honed his thoughts on TM, what he called “a spontaneous, effortless march to one’s own unbound essence.”

By 1959, his “technique” – that of unfolding the potential of Natural Law to improve all areas of life – was complete, and he set off on his first international mission of peace.

The Maharishi’s commercial mantras drew criticism from stricter Hindus, but his promises of better health, stress relief and spiritual enlightenment drew devotees from all over the world.

Celebrity neophytes included the Rolling Stones, Shirley MacLaine and Mia Farrow.

With the Beatles in 1967

With the Beatles in 1967

The Beatles were spending a weekend with Mahesh Yogi in Bangor, Wales, when their manager, Brian Epstein, committed suicide in August, 1967. Their enlightened teacher told them to “forget it, be happy”.

The mesmerised band planned a three month retreat to the Maharishi’s Rishikesh ashram, but the trip descended into farce. Ringo Starr went home after 10 days “for egg and chips”, and the others soon followed.

John Lennon admitted to “an error of judgement”, writing the scathing “Sexy Sadie” about him. George Harrison defected to the Hare Krishna movement, though he continued supporting the Maharishi’s Natural Law party in Britain which stood in general elections between 1992 and 2001.

Despite these setbacks, by 1972, the glamorous guru had attracted 100,000 members to his Academy, set up Institutes of Meditation across the world and made the cover of Time magazine.

Business empire

This self-accredited international peace keeper claimed credit for keeping peace in the Lebanon and Mozambique, and for reducing crime on the streets of Washington, through his power over the collective consciousness.

Western students funded his Academy of Spiritual Enlightenment with a tithe of one week’s wages, and the Maharishi’s business empire spread from the poverty-stricken streets of Delhi, to his American business branch in Iowa.

From his corporate headquarters in the Netherlands, viewers could receive his mantras on a 24-hour television cable channel.

People yogic flying

Yogic flying is practised by the Maharishi’s devotees

The Rasputinesque figure, usually associated with flower children and bouncing mantras, tried to influence the global economy with his own brand of positive thinking, including one particularly physical levitation session at the World Bank.

At his Universities of Management, advanced students were offered courses in levitation, but the majority of study was aimed at “improving managerial consciousness.”

The man who brought the powers of eastern meditation to the west, took a Wall Street methodology back with him to the banks of the Ganges.

In 1997, he founded India’s new Institute of Technology, a 500-acre educational kingdom, and two years later, courted controversy with plans for urban improvement in San Paulo, Brazil.

The Maharishi’s principles of Natural Law allowed him to ally such profit-making schemes with his undaunted spirituality. He said himself, “Managers are the most creative people in the world.”

His own managerial consciousness permitted him to inhabit a 200-room mansion, with a fleet of cars, helicopters and a hundred security guards, described as a cross between “Blackpool and Lourdes”.

In January 2008, he announced his retirement and retreat into silence at his home in Vlodrop, saying his work was done and that he wanted to dedicate his remaining days to studying ancient Indian texts.

He died peacefully in his sleep the following month, reportedly of natural causes.

With his strong personality, beatific smile and high-pitched giggle, Mahesh Yogi was no holy hermit. He managed the contradictions of his lifestyle with the simple command to “Just be yourself”.

The greatest exponent of his own technique, the Maharishi accredited all his successes, spiritual and secular, to the singular “power of om”.