Galactic Alignments & More

Why Is Conventional Wisdom Taking It On the Chin These Days?

This publication has been accused of making “conventional thought” a kind of whipping boy. The implication would be that this “conventional thought” is itself innocent in the matter and is getting a bad rap from the likes of us. We, on the other hand, convinced that the Conventionals are not exactly giving us the straight story, wonder why. Could it be that they are affected by intergalactic forces? In light of our first review this time, the latter seems a possibility worth considering. The other two reviews below add even more weight to the notion that mainstream thinking may, to say the least, need some updating.

2012—THE ODYSSEY: Armageddon Is Not What It Used To Be

Produced by Jay Weidner and Sharron Rose, creators of the Sacred Mysteries series

It’s fast approaching—December 21, 2012, the date at which the astonishingly accurate Mayan calendar termi­nates. The big question is: Will it be global catastrophe or a spiritual transformation? This new DVD invites you to discover the secrets of the Mayans, the Incans, the Alchemists, the Christians, the Masons and others of our ancient ancestors concerning the end of time and the promise of our destiny as human beings. Bringing together science, mysticism, and the occult, this film covers a lot of ground, or space, if you will. Discussed, in an intelligent way here are: the galactic core, a new solar maximum, magnetic field reversals, eclipses and alignments, and more! Producer Sharron Rose takes us across the U.S.A. speaking with and posing questions to the most respected researchers on the so-called 2012 “end date.” Included are the celebrated John Major Jenkins, Jose Arguelles, Geoff Stray and others.

As an independent researcher, Jenkins has authored five books and many articles on the Maya. He has been recog­nized as the first independent researcher to show that the Maya were interested in the conjunction of the sun and the Galactic Center, the true basis for the Maya galactic cosmology which leads us all to the “Fifth World Age” something previously brought to our attention in the 1960s by writers like Frank Waters.

As for what we can expect between now and the 2012 date, Jenkins has argued in one of his own presentations (Izapa and the Galactic Alignment in 2012) that we’ll see the beginning of a New World Age, a re-birth into an entire­ly new participation in the greater whole. This momentous end-cycle moment will create, he believes, a never-before-experienced spiritual and metaphysical phenomenon, a bridge to the Galactic Center, that will offer all humanity the opportunity to assimilate the complete understanding of returning to Galactic Center. This, he says, is the underlying reason for the unprecedented transformation we already see sweeping the globe.

Perhaps best known for his role in initiating the world-famous Harmonic Convergence Global Peace Meditation of 1987, Jose Arguelles is also known as one of the originators of the Earth Day concept and is recognized as the “father of the Whole Earth Festival.” He began living the Mayan calendar, he says, in 1976. Basically, his argument is along the lines that our world is chaotically dysfunctional. According to what he calls the Law of Time, modern humanity is in trouble because it is immersed in an erroneous and artificial perception of time which causes it to deviate at an ac­celerated rate from the natural order of the universe.

Geoff Stray has been studying the meaning of the year 2012 since 1982. His book Beyond 2012 : A Complete Guide to End-of-Time Predictions is believed by many to be one of the most comprehensive guides available on the theories behind what many believe could be the most pivotal time in modern history.

Rose also interviewed Moira Timms, Rick Levine, Alberto Villoldo and of course her husband, Jay Weidner, who discussed alchemy and Fulcanelli and The Great Cross of Hendaye. Weidner has stated that Fulcanelli is one of the most penetrating intellects of the twentieth century and that this intellect appears to have been driven by an urgent need to communicate the outlines of a great mystery. Fulcanelli decided to reveal the secret of the end of time. Weid­ner’s short definition for alchemy is that it is a science that watches and observes nature. On his DVD Secrets of Al­chemy: The Great Cross and the End of Time he spoke of the base of the Hendaye Cross depicting the 26,000-year­long precession of the equinoxes and correlates it to the Great Cross in the sky which appears every 13,000 years; the return of the cross, it has been suggested, may mean the return of Jesus Christ.

As stated in the preface to his book The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye: Alchemy and the End of Time— “History appears to be a long initiation into the mysteries of the universe. Attention to ethical standards, clear com­munication, and right action, it is said, are the necessary ingredients for the initiation to take place; and when it is over, we shall know who we are and why we are here.”  The great return of the alchemical tradition, Weidner believes, is the road back to a science based on timeless spiritual principles. Alchemy is the science of human development…the art of turning glass into light and lead into gold. But as any adept could tell you, these are merely meta­phors for deep and secret mysteries of the spirit.

Weidner, by the way, narrates this very thought-provoking DVD over some very beautiful, time-lapsed photogra­phy of nature at its best.

99 min. DVD

$19.95

1-800-228-8381

VALSEQUILLO: An Archaeological Enigma

Marshall Payn

In the ’60s highly sophisticated stone tools rivaling the best work of Cro-Magnon man in Europe were unearthed by Juan Armenta Camacho and Cynthia Irwin-Williams at Hueyatlaco, near Valsequillo, Mexico, 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which some believed to be older than 250,000 years. At the time of the dig, this extreme, and seemingly anomalous, dating caused quite a sensation. The consequent fear of controversy in the years since has frightened off much further research.

About ten years ago, Payn, a professional engineer and student of anomalous archaeology, was asked to resurrect the project and did so in 2001. His goal was to persuade the academic archaeology establishment to renew its interest in the site—that much, at least, has been accomplished. In 2004 a team of Mexican experts, along with scientists from Texas A&M University and some of the original team dug again. Ironically, the project produced many new questions and cast a new light on some of the earlier issues. Rather than simplify the enigma, the new evidence has made the mystery even more complex. Yet another dig is planned in the near future with the objective of reaching a definite conclusion to this tantalizing archaeological enigma. This DVD is the accounting of events to date. Here you can witness the workings of a real-life investigation and the scientific method at work.

In the original expedition, a team of geologists working under a grant from the National Science Foundation es­tablished dates of 250,000 years B.P. The investigative team consisted of Harold Malde and Virginia Steen-McIntyre, both of the U.S. Geological Survey, and the late Roald Fryxell of Washington State University. The researchers cited four different dating methods independently yielded an anomalously great age for the artifacts found near Valsequillo. As might be imagined, the date of 250,000 years raised more than a few eyebrows. If accepted, it would have revolu­tionized not only New World anthropology but the whole picture of human origins, and it is clear that such the pros­pect of such a finding led to the virtual crucifixion of the scientists who were rocking the conventional boat with such disturbing new evidence.

While it’s possible to dispute the dates reported by the U.S. Geological Survey team, more than a legitimate scien­tific disagreement over dating techniques appears to have been involved in the treatment of Hueyatlaco, as evidenced by the testimony of Virginia Steen-McIntyre, which is mentioned in Forbidden Archeology (Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson): “Virginia Steen-McIntyre has sent us some of her correspondence, which documents the diffi­culties she had in publishing her findings on Hueyatlaco…. Among the social processes that discourage acceptance and reporting of anomalous evidence are ridicule and gossip, including attacks on character and accusations of in­competence. Furthermore, discoveries have almost no impact in the world of science unless they are published in standard journals. The editorial process, especially the practice of anonymous peer review, often presents an insur­mountable obstacle. Some submissions are met with a wall of silence. Others are shunted around for months, from editor to editor. Sometimes manuscripts are mysteriously lost in the shuffle. And while positive reports of anomalous evidence are subjected to protracted review and/or rejection, negative critiques are sometimes rushed into print. Oc­casionally, a maverick report eventually does appear in a journal, but only after it has gone through such extensive modification that the original message has become totally obscured—by editorial deletions and, in some cases, re­writing of data….

“Virginia Steen-McIntyre experienced many of the above-mentioned social pressures and obstacles. In a note to a colleague (July 10, 1976), she stated: ‘I had found out through backfence gossip that Hal [Malde], Roald [Fryxell], and I are considered opportunists and publicity seekers in some circles, because of Hueyatlaco, and I am still smarting from the blow….I’m considered by various members of the profession to be 1) incompetent; 2) a news monger; 3) an opportunist; 4) dishonest; 5) a fool. Obviously, none of these opinions is helping my professional reputation! My only hope to clear my name is to get the Hueyatlaco article into print so that folks can judge the evidence for them­selves. (Geologists have no trouble with it.) The longer the delay, the more archaeologists will be convinced that the whole thing is just a crass attempt of another egomaniac for publicity.’

“As demonstrated in this book, the stone tools of Hueyatlaco are not an isolated example of ‘impossible’ evidence that challenges the recent origin of Homo sapiens by a Darwinian evolutionary process…the suppression of such evi­dence did not end with the nineteenth century—it has continued to the present day.

“The case of Virginia Steen-McIntyre opens a rare window into the actual social processes of data suppression in paleoanthropology, processes that involve a great deal of hurt and conflict. In general, however, this goes on behind the scenes, and the public sees only the end result—the carefully edited journals and books that have passed the cen­sors.

“A final note—we ourselves once tried to secure permission to reproduce photographs of the Hueyatlaco artifacts in a publication. We were informed that permission would be granted only if we gave a date of no more than 30,000 years for the artifacts. But permission would be denied if we intended to cite a ‘lunatic fringe date’ of 250,000 years.”

The author of The First American, Christopher Hardaker, is also featured in the DVD. He earned an MA in anthro­pology from the University of Arizona and has worked as a field archaeologist for 30 years, doing research on the na­ture of stone tools as well as other disciplines. His book details the events of the discovery and its subsequent dismis­sal and the further attempts to find the truth. His book shows photos of the original artifacts and includes excerpts from reports, letters, and memos from the site participants themselves. Archaeologists will once again be forced to ask the same question their mentors asked: Are we so in love with our own theories that we will ignore the evidence yet again?

What Virginia Steen-McIntyre has called “The Valsequillo Saga” should be of great interest to any “modern”—and hopefully open-minded—man! Presented in three sections, this production is clean and most intriguing.

99 min.

$19.95

1-800-228-8381

PRIVILEGED PLANET

Illustra Media

Here’s another major challenge for conventional thought! Remember the DVD reviewed in Issue #55, Unlocking the Mystery of Life? Also produced by Illustra Media, it was a documentary that provided excellent research on Intel­ligent Design theory. And while it was given some flack because one of the foundations that funded the documentary often supported evangelical causes, that clearly wasn’t enough to invalidate the impressive research.

Now here is another exploration—still searching for evidence of design and purpose within the universe featuring Guillermo Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Iowa State University, and Jay W. Richards, Vice President and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle. Discover Institute is the largest and most respected organiza­tion devoted to developing intelligent design theory.

There is an opinion, common among scientists and intellectuals, that our earthly existence is not only rather ordi­nary, but is, in fact, insignificant and purposeless. But perhaps this melancholy assumption, despite its heroic pre­tense, is mistaken. Perhaps the unprecedented scientific knowledge acquired in the last century, enabled by equally unprecedented technological achievements, should, when properly interpreted, contribute to a deeper appreciation of our place in the cosmos.

This DVD explores a striking feature of the natural world—a feature as widely grounded in the evidence of nature as it is wide-ranging in its implications: the conditions that allow for intelligent life on earth also make it strangely well suited for viewing and analyzing the universe. The fact that our atmosphere is clear, that our moon is just the right size and distance from earth, and that its gravity stabilizes the earth’s rotation, that our position in our galaxy is just so, that our sun is its precise mass and composition—all of these factors (and many more) are not only necessary for earth’s habitability; they also have been surprisingly crucial for scientists to measure and make discoveries about the universe.

Mankind is unusually well positioned to decipher the cosmos. To put it more technically, “measurability” seems to correlate with habitability. But is this correlation between the existence of complex life and our ability to make scien­tific discoveries simply a coincidence or the result of blind chance? Or does it point to a deeper explanation? These questions are deeply examined.

Utilizing stunning computer animation and the visual archives of NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope Institute, the European Space Agency, and leading observatories throughout the world, this DVD presents a spectacular view of our planet, galaxy, and the entire cosmos. Astronomers and physicists including Paul Davies, Robert Jastrow, and Donald Brownlee share their insights and opinions.

A theoretical physicist and cosmologist by profession, Paul Davies, is currently working in astrobiology, a new field of research that seeks to understand the origin and evolution of life, and to search for life beyond earth. He is the author of Superstrings: Theory of Everything; and Cosmic Blueprint.

Robert Jastrow is an American astronomer and physicist. A founding director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, he is the director of the Mount Wilson Institute and Hale Solar Laboratory.

A professor of astronomy at the University of Washington Dr. Don Brownlee’s research interests include investiga­tions conducted at U. of W., the Lunar Science Institute, and the California Institute of Technology, of interplanetary dust, comets, meteorites, and the origin of the solar system. Brownlee’s work on Project Stardust was featured in At­lantis Rising #57.

This documentary features first-class video production and is narrated by actor John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark).

60 min. DVD

$19.95

1-800-228-8381

BY MARSHA OAKS

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