Sunday, June 26, 2011

What Might Have Been

Four lives, wasted

Due to my Scorpionic nature, I think, I come across a great many criminal and legal cases that grab the public attention.

It seems, also, that I get involved in the case in one way or the other, and, a great number of coincidences seem to er, follow me. Psychologists call that the 'I was there syndrome' and that's fine, it's a form of mental illness, and you can decide if I have it, or not :)

But I have spent a lifetime studying the fine line between Psychic Sensitivity and Schizophrenia, and what interests me here is not only how we identify with the crime and the individuals involved, but how these cases establish themselves in the public consciousness.

And yes, I want to write about the lives wasted, and what might have been.

Whenever a person dies, there is a break in the fabric of consciousness, and all of humanity is affected. Most people learn to ignore it; some, more sensitive, get consumed by it, but we are all affected by it at some level.

A murder case may be just one individual; the devastation of an earthquake or tsunami may affect hundreds of thousands. As for me, I am an observer, but also in a way, a catalyst.

Look, you know my spiritual claims. Forget that for a moment. What I do is warn people about the fateful consequences of the psychic and spiritual damage done to our souls (or psyche) and environment, and if you don't listen, if you don't change, then so be it. What will be, will be. But a part of me, having seen what would happen, mourns for what might have been.

One of my patients was a girl who had Rhett's Syndrome, a severe form of Autism. She came to my clinic and the treatments really helped, yet it was the mother who also needed help. In the end, suffering from depression, she killed her child and tried to commit suicide.

A woman two streets down from us, suffering from post partum depression, killed her husband and stabbed her two children as well. My son used to play with their dog at the local park, but curiously, I never met them.

I worked on a mayoralty campaign. The candidate, a lovely soul, came second. At the farewell party I saw something dark around him. I told his partner that he needed help, and offered. It wasn't heard because they were, I think, already caught up in their karma. A year later he jumped off a bridge and killed himself.

Then, going from the personal to the 'famous' cases, and the 'coincidences' and lessons thereof.

I wrote in "Michael Jackson, the Drowning Man" about how I helped a famous musician with his Parkinson's Disease in 1994 but when I asked him to introduce me to Michael Jackson, he didn't. I was too controversial. Pity, I could have helped him before he descended into his inappropriate behavior.

OJ Simpson was the first criminal case. I lived in Santa Monica almost equidistant between him and his ex-wife Nicole Brown. I had driven around the neighborhood enough times to know the story had some inconsistencies, but I believed he was guilty. I also accepted the jury's verdict of Not Guilty, because the principle of reasonable doubt, in American law, had to be upheld.

There also was the fact I had closed my practice in Toronto and moved to Los Angeles just to help people there, arriving in 1993 in time for the Malibu Fires and Northridge Earthquake (written in "A Spiritual Journey To The United States") and once I knew my work was done left for Texas. And a few months later, the murder, the White Bronco slowly driving down the freeway, the media circus and all of LA enjoying a mass catharsis.

After I left the US in 1995 I shifted my focus to Europe, though Canada remained my home base. I still looked back to the US with fondness, and sadness for what was yet to come.

I was in England in 2005 when the Terri Schiavo case gripped the nation. She was in a lengthy coma, with most of her brain destroyed. Her parents were fighting to keep her on life support, while her husband wanted to pull the plug and let her die.

I tried to stay uninvolved, even though I knew her spirit wanted to be free. I felt this was wrong, for parents to keep holding on to their child. So one day, when Chloe called me about the latest developments, I said enough was enough, and helped her spirit pass on. She died that evening. And shortly after I left England, there was the London Tube bombing. Coincidence, or catharsis?

Madeleine McCann, a little girl from the U.K., disappeared from her holiday bedroom in Portugal just a few days before her 4th birthday, in May of 2007. Her parents were dining some distance away with their friends and inexplicably had left the children unattended and the door to their villa unlocked. The investigators never found Madeleine. The conclusion, absent a body, was that she had been kidnapped. There were many false sightings after that, as people assumed she had been kidnapped by child traders.

This was two months before I went to the UK with my family on holiday. I was asked what I thought about Madeleine. Would she be found? I replied that she had died that first night, and the parents were involved in a cover up. The person who asked me that question then consulted a psychic, who of course said what everyone wanted to hear: Madeleine was alive.

Then further reports came out, and we found that special police dogs, trained to sniff for evidence of death, had indicated she had died inside the bedroom that very night. Nothing further came to light, as political interference corrupted the whole process, and police investigators were sacked for 'unfairly blaming the parents'

Yet, here's a website that does just that; you be the judge.

This was another example of a case that would consume the public, as so many identified with the missing child, or the parents. And, as always, my presence seemed coincidental to a whole series of events. A few weeks before we arrived in Glasgow, bombers hit Glasgow airport with a van loaded to the top with propane cylinders, the rains hit the whole country for three months straight, and the biggest floods in over a century inundated large parts of Southern England. Yet wherever we went, there was sunshine...This is the dichotomy of healing, that there can be sunshine, but also, darkness.

I had already arranged to go back to the UK for a month as a consultant. I returned to Canada on October 31.

The very next day, on November 1, 2007, British student Meredith Susanna Cara Kercher, was murdered in Perugia, Italy. Her roommate, Amanda Marie Knox, was convicted of the murder, as was her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Hermann Guede, a drifter from the Cote de Ivoire in Africa.

I hadn't read much about the case and trial, but came across it on the pages of Huffington Post, the social news website. Here was a full blown narrative: Amanda Knox was innocent of the crime, she was the victim of a corrupt Italian prosecutor, and Rudy Guede was the sole perpetrator (All untrue, btw)

What piqued me was the fingerprints of an extensive PR campaign to manipulate public opinion so as to influence the outcome of a trial in another country. Appearances by Knox's family on Oprah, calls to boycott Italy, politicians trying to intervene in a judicial process, oh my.

And the comments on the numerous Amanda threads were funny, and so sad. These people were, in a word, disturbed. They were even foul mouthed about the victims parents, for daring to say they felt justice had been served. And they had no compunction about blatant lying and slander either.

I'd seen this so many times, the ease with which people could be led to believe, on the basis of something they saw or read, the most outlandish things.

Now I really do believe that trying to convince True Believers is a waste of time. (But arguing with them can be er, illuminating:) I'm interested in the process by which they come to that belief, but any good book on mob psychology can give you the basics, and of course, you must always read Orwell's 1984. The same principles of propaganda used to create support for war can also be used to support a position, no matter how wrong it might seem to the intelligent observer.

So I looked at the facts of the case. Amanda Knox had falsely accused her black boss, Patrick Lumumba of the crime, she and her boyfriend had provided alibis that were later disproved, there was a staged break in to mislead the investigation, and there was sufficient DNA, blood and foot prints to prove the complicity of the other two accused.

Two courts, led by Judges Micheli and Massei, had already looked at over 10,000 pages of evidence to conclude that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito had also been involved in the murder. And, the most compelling DNA evidence, Raffaele's DNA on the victims bra, and Amanda's DNA mixed with Meredith's on the murder knife found in Raffaele's flat.

The Supreme Court of Italy, while affirming Rudy Guede's conviction, had already established that more than one attacker had been involved, and that DNA attributed to Knox and Sollecito had already been found.

I also noted that the Wikipedia page on Meredith Kercher, once reflecting the findings of guilt against all three accused, had now been hijacked by, let's say, Amanda Knox partisans.

I have to thank the two websites, and for the fine work they have done compiling and translating the vast volume of Italian language transcripts of the trial and summaries of evidence. Without them, my technical knowledge of the case would have been quite inadequate. I can't recommend them highly enough for anyone interested in learning about the case.

But I formed my opinions way before I found their sites, and I say this out of respect: I don't want their work compromised by association with my own views.

What I write about here is first and always, spiritual in nature. I may use logic to confirm something, I will look at evidence, but ultimately I look at disturbances in the fabric to search out imbalance and untruth. And I learn to trust my instincts. It is only afterwards that I look at other factors, and if I need to adjust my views, so be it. But the patterns and the coincidences, are fascinating.

First, the Astrology. Meredith Kercher, born Dec. 28, 1985, and Rudy Guede, December 26, 1986, are both Capricorns. Raffaele Sollecito, March 26, 1984, is Aries, and Amanda Knox, July 09, 1987, a Cancer. Their signs form a T-Square, at 90 degrees to each other, which are widely seen as indicators of stress and incompatibility. The day of the murder saw widespread stressors on all their horoscopes which would lead to murder, detection, conviction and imprisonment. The Astrology even shows Raffaele's drug dependency and mental confusion on the night of the murder, the conflict between Amanda and Meredith, and the violence and rage that simmered just below the surface of Amanda Knox's psyche.

And the night of the murder, November 1, 2007, saw Saturn and Venus in the house of emotional excess, Uranus in the house of sudden death, and Jupiter/Pluto, in the sexual house, in an almost exact T-Square to each other. The close conjunction of Pluto to the Milky Way's Galactic Center shows the potency of this murder in attracting the public imagination, and also, the trigger for the murder.

But Astrology is just one of many tools in Humanistic psychology. It shows patterns, yes, but mainly it gives a picture of motivations and stages of development. And sometimes, it tells us what might happen. For me, there are many tools: Psychism to know, and other tools to understand.

So I will say this about all four:

Amanda Knox's profile is that of the self destructive individual who will fall from 'the shattered tower' due to her associations with others. Btw, her July 09 birthday is the same as OJ Simpson's and they Both Wielded Knives, hmmm :)

Raffaele Sollecito has powerful friends who won't be able to help him. He almost had it too easy, and his drug use took him into some deep dark spaces. Note he wasn't just using cannabis, but more likely a potent form called skunk weed, plus heroin and cocaine.

Rudy Guede may actually turn out to be a sympathetic individual. His is the one chart I see that leads to redemption and indescribable potential. He is, quite frankly, the most believable of the three, even though he did lie, and he was rightly found guilty.

Meredith Susanna Cara Kercher was greatly loved, had the intellectual capability to go far, and would have, if she hadn't been murdered, been a bright blazing star. RIP Meredith.

I hate to make predictions. Human beings will always have the capacity to alter the future (though truth be told, not as much as they like to think) My prophecies have to do with the future of this planet and humanity's ability to survive and regenerate itself.

But tomorrow, on June 27, Rudy Guede will face Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in their appeals trial, and for the first time, be forced to answer questions directly. I believe this will be the day he begins to redeem himself.

On June 30th, the DNA experts will present their findings. This will be one day before the solar eclipse in Cancer. I predict bombshells in court.

I am struck by the coincidences of the cases I outlined: allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, disputed forensic and DNA evidence, racism and political interference, your standard trial. But they all, held a special place in the public imagination.

But in spiritism we see that it is the unquiet spirit of the victim that calls to us, and we can only hope and pray for their peace. Justice is always done.

And one can only look back at them with sadness, for what might have been.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Isaac Newton: First Scientist, or Last Sorcerer?


Somewhere along the history of mankind there was a split between Science and Mysticism. We are all the poorer for it.

"Sir Isaac Newton FRS (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727 ) was an English physicist, mathematician, alchemist, astronomer, natural philosopher, and theologian who is considered by many scholars and members of the general public to be one of the most influential people in human history. His 1687 publication of the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (usually called the Principia) is considered to be among the most influential books in the history of Science"

"Yet many writers of the post Enlightenment Age only recognized his work in the "sciences" and it was only the rediscovery of a large trove of his alchemical papers by the economist John Maynard Keynes in the mid-twentieth century that led scholars to realize the inspiration for Newton's laws of light and theory of gravity came from his alchemical work"

"In fact, Newton -- the revered founder of modern science and the mechanistic universe -- also ranks as one of the greatest spiritual alchemists of all time. In his The Religion of Isaac Newton (Oxford 1974), F.E. Manuel concluded: "The more Newton's theological and alchemical, chronological and mythological work is examined as a whole corpus, set by the side of his science, the more apparent it becomes that in his moments of grandeur he saw himself as the last of the interpreters of God's will in actions, living on the fulfillment of times"
The Hermetic Tradition
"This view has become more accepted in recent years, as more of Newton's private papers and alchemical treatises are being reexamined. "Like all European alchemists from the Dark Ages to the beginning of the scientific era and beyond," states Michael White in Isaac Newton:The Last Sorcerer (Addison Wesley 1997), "Newton was motivated by a deep-rooted commitment to the notion that alchemical wisdom extended back to ancient times. The Hermetic tradition -- the body of alchemical knowledge -- was believed to have originated in the mists of time and to have been given to humanity through supernatural agents"

You might also enjoy this book:

The Foundations of Newton's Alchemy, B.J.T. Dobbs (Cambridge Paperback Library)

And this is where I argue with the followers of the new religion called scientism, which cannot allow the merest hint of the magical, in their exclusive purview of "Science"

Was Newton's Laws of Motion or Gravity or Thermodynamics influenced by his alchemical experiments? Yes I believe so, based on my own alchemical experience, but it isn't my job to convince anyone, just point people in that direction and let them decide for themselves.

But, to me, the fact that he understood 'an occultic concept of action across a distance would lead to discovery of the laws of gravitation', or his Hypothesis on Light is proof that he, as an alchemist, was aware of 'Hermetic ideas of attraction and repulsion between particles of energy'

This is where I try to lead people. To "search for knowledge, even to China" If the search leads to Astrology, or Homoeopathy, so be it. I did that already, at age 16. If the scientists who argue for the Electric Universe someday lead us to a Unified Theory of Matter, Energy, and Motion, I'm all for it.

From Wikipedia:

"A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, "having learned much") is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply be someone who is very knowledgeable. Most ancient scientists were polymaths by today's standards.

The common term Renaissance man is used to describe a person who is well educated or who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields. The idea developed in Renaissance Italy from the notion expressed by one of its most accomplished representatives, Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472): that "a man can do all things if he will" It embodied the basic tenets of Renaissance humanism, which considered humans empowered, limitless in their capacities for development, and led to the notion that people should embrace all knowledge and develop their capacities as fully as possible. Thus the gifted people of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments, and in the arts"

And if we somehow discover God and the meaning of the Soul, why not?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Humanity, Devolving

And very quickly too

With all due respect to the Darwinists, we're actually 'evolving' backwards.

Sure, we hominids have a large brain size, and developed the capacity for language, tool use, and social activity. Yes, we even have the Internet, possible cures for cancer, and sophisticated financial instruments.

But, are we better? No. Stronger? No. Are the weaker being weeded out and some new superman being created out of all this? No, and I'd be very leery of the Social Darwinists at this point.

All civilizations rise, decline, and fall. One of the reasons given in Machiavelli's The Prince is sloth, or laziness, if you can believe it. You spend or enjoy what you have, without looking to the future. Or the rulers are greedy and "rob people of their patrimony" and end up being hated. Or weaker civilizations in their declining years get gobbled up or assimilated by the stronger.

But that's politics. One 'civilization' of greed, sloth, and incurable decrepitude is falling apart without anyone trying to create an alternative. I'd like to look at the signs of our decline as a species, and point, hopefully, at the possible solutions.

The Physical: Rachel Carson tried to warn us in Silent Spring. Birth defects in Nature would one day lead to birth defects in humanity. The onslaught of chemical poisoning from our environment leads to decreased sperm counts in males and fertility problems in females. This is Not A Good Thing, and those who say so, even those who want population control are strict Eugenics fetishists who fail to see the major impact on the environment isn't made by the rural African with a large family, but the nuclear Western family and industrialized world. We have the capacity, still, to solve all these problems once we have enlightened leadership. Sadly, that doesn't exist. The answers lie within the articles I have written so far.

The Emotional: We think the Mind, capable of Reason, can resolve Everything. I disagree. The Mind is affected by the Ego, which so skews our perceptions we see things the way we want to, or conditioned to, than the way they, or we, are. I see the failure of Psychology, and yet, the absolute hold it has over the collective consciousness and culture as we try to understand our motivations and reactions is very sad. Don't misunderstand me. I believe that Jung, Freud and Adler were geniuses who started off right, but they galloped off into left field. But I'll explain it in the form of a question. Why is it so hard to meditate? You could spend years, and if you want the challenge, good. And if you want me to show you how to do that in a flash, I can. And I propose a new paradigm for psychology, based on Psyche, the Soul. Think of it as LSD without the drugs :)

The Spiritual: Somewhere along the way we lost the glue that holds us together, which is the spiritual. The spiritual always had to be something beyond us, but our blind ego which tries to control our surroundings turned to a Humanism formed on the belief that we were the center of the Universe, that we were the highest form of evolution. No, we're not. We're devolving and returning to the chaos we were born in, and what we don't know is pitiable. And that's what is so sad, that spirituality is reduced to some sort of self-centered feel good philosophy. Religion, for all its faults, for all its tribal unevolving set of rules, at least accepted there was a higher consciousness, and made it a goal to reach there. Instead, we worship the pursuit of the material. Sorry, the material is only the foundation of the spiritual. And meh! to those who think of morality and ethics as some sort of evolutionary group dynamic which may not be followed, if our consciousness develops a rationalization that somehow exempts us from those rules of balance and inner peace.

And yet: we were meant to evolve. The ancients handed us this amazing knowledge, which sadly, we have lost.

This, is something I wish to share with you.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ergon, Thaumaturge


I've had several 'reminders' to write about the meaning of Ergon. In classical greek (as spelled above) the word means 'work' and is repeated hundreds of times in the Bible.

"Ergon is also the ancient spiritual symbol for the right eye of the soul. It is a design possibly based off the ancient Egyptian udjat or “Eye of Ra” that alchemists adopted and altered slightly to represent a focus on the higher, more refined vibrations of the spiritual world which require increased concentration to feel. The ergon is supposed to be always looking toward the eternal more than the left eye of the soul would. It also sees into the infinite nature of our human souls and the capability of men and women to tap into the infinite universe with enough study, work, and practice"

"Ergon, in alchemy, was a term designating the right eye of the soul, which was turned toward eternity. This was opposed to the left eye of the soul, parergon, which was directed toward time. Here is seen the religious aspect of alchemy, left toward the sinister and right toward the divine"

Drury, Nevil. The Watkins Dictionary of Magic. London. Watkins Publishing. 2005. p. 93

So, the spiritual aspect of alchemy is about purifying humanity.

And then, there is its use in magic, and a word I like very much, Thaumaturgy.

"Thaumaturgy (from the Greek words θαῦμα thaûma, meaning "miracle" or "marvel" and ἔργον érgon, meaning "work") is the capability of a saint or magician to work miracles. It is sometimes translated into English as wonderworking.[1] A practitioner of thaumaturgy is a thaumaturge or miracle worker" which is the hidden work many writers and philosophers tried to discover"

The European Renaissance began when rich people and nobility like the Medicis supported writers and spiritual philosophers like Marsilius Ficinus

so there's a lot of very interesting reading for you.

I carry all these memories within me of past lives, and the work I do is based on these memories. Many of the previous thinkers believed that humanity needed religion to control their baser impulses, but higher beings only needed philosophy to understand the deeper meanings.

I think spirituality bridges the gap between religion and philosophy.

I believe that every one is capable of spirituality and understanding of the higher realms and ultimate nature of the divine.

I know that many people carry these memories within them of past lives, but, not being able to integrate these memories into the present, suffer greatly.

I also know many people who, having done great deeds before, are showing up again. What they do in this life, and the accomplishments thereof, will never be enough unless they embrace the spiritual, and let go of the ego points they use to measure the worth of others.

And why do I use the word Ergon? Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake as a heretic because among other things, he denied the Earth as the center of the Universe, and said there were many planets elsewhere.

Including a place called Ergon, where I came from originally.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

For The Sheep, Fascism

Don't they ever learn?

People who read my work often say "gee, you seem really political" (for a 'spiritual' person, that is)

To that I might say, with all due respect, it depends on what you define as spiritual. To me, any definition of spirituality which requires us to suppress our reactions to pain, ours or others; to sublimate what we see and feel in order to reach some blissful state of 'nothingness', defeats the purpose.

I also made it clear in my many writings about the spiritual warrior that it was OK to feel anger about injustice, it was important to be strong when it came to defending the weak, and, you don't have to be patient with people who seem a little er, obstructionist :)

It is important for all spiritual beings to seek knowledge of the blocks that prevent them from attaining oneness, both of our own making and that imposed on us by others.

There are emotional and karmic blocks we have brought forward from other lives, there are material structures we and others create that also block us from enlightenment.

Those structures are in organized religion, psychological means of mass control, manufactured social trends, cultural memes, and the new religion of rational humanism. And yes, politics and finance. I reject them all, and work towards a new paradigm.

Some politically aware people warn us of a return of fascism, basing their views on 1930's era definitions. Still, there is a great truth to that and I urge you to check this site: The 14 Characteristics of Fascism

Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism.

The 14 characteristics are also written in point form in the article photo; I give them to you as reference points so you can see for yourself how close we are in fitting that model.

But I also, having studied history, political science, and economics, feel that those fields are too narrow in their vision of historical trends. We have been in a cycle of increasing fascism for thousands of years now, and unfortunately, our tendency to connect political terms with economic ones: freedom democracy capitalism, and communism globalism nationalism fascism, is fit only to be discussed by academics of the perpetual motion debating societies that make up what we call civilization.

In short, those models don't work.

Fascism is an overarching means of control by those who do not respect our free will, and if in establishing it they need to alter language, meaning and our chemical and neurological brain wave activity, so be it (that's all throat/third eye chakra any way)

Canada just elected a new majority government under Stephen Harper. We like to think we could never become a fascist country, yet, when you look at the 14 points listed here, and how he's ruled so far, you wonder how the sheep could ever have elected such a government.

We also have a clear choice, now that the mushy middle has been eliminated, as to what sort of world we want. And as more and more countries turn to fascism, we once again will have to make these hard, difficult choices.

But those choices are not only going to be political, but how we see things.

There is a way to free ourselves from these bonds on the mind, and that way is, the true spirituality that goes beyond those structures and intellectual models we create to try and make sense of the world.

There is a world that is way beyond ours, and for those who are interested, I am here to show a way.