Friday, December 23, 2005

Reading Encounters of the arresting Kind & SEASON BEST WISHES























This time of year usually brings out a reviewing spirit. I have included a montage of some of the reading material that particularly preoccupied me during 2005, some of which will no doubt continue to preoccupy me.

This selection consists of:

1. DK Eyewitness travel Guide CHINA - these DK guides for any country are rich sources of information and great reads in their own right, but I found this one a fantastic reference point during my trip to China in September 2005.

2. The Journal of UFO Research from China made accessibles without a grasp of Mandarin via good translators. I found an excellent one in Beijing who is now a regular contact.

3. My own book Hair of the Alien of course occupied a lot of my time! Fortunately it has been well received despite its controversial content.

4. Hunt for the Skinwalker - Science confronts the unexplained at a remote ranch in Utah by Colm Kelleher, Ph.D., & George Knapp gets into a area of particular interest for me - highly localised UFO flap areas and their potential for scientific investigation.
See also "UFO Flaps - a context for scientific study" at www.theozfiles.com/editorial_comments.html

5. Abducted - How people come to believe they were kidnapped by Aliens by Susan Clancy. This slim title perhaps should be better subtitled How to convince people of Clancy's own preconceived opinions without real confirmation from solid research. The "research" Clancy recklessly extrapolates from is anchored in questionable protocols, poor assumptions, dubious sample groups, dubious criteria and a whole lot of "froth & bubble" from Clancy of "The Overflow" (see my post of August 14, 2005: Clancy, of "The Overflow" - Harvard exorcising it's UFO demons?).

6. Merit and the Millennium - Routine and Crisis in the Ritual lives of the Lahu people - the result of a 35 year study by social anthropologist Dr. Anthony Walker, which in conjunction with other works such as his Mvuh Hpa Mi Hpa: Creating Heaven and Earth - An Epic Myth of the Lahu People in Yunnan, provides a fascinating insight into a remarkable people.

7. Mad about the Mekong - Exploration and Empire in South-East Asia by John Keay, a striking evocation of the mid 1860s expedition along the wild Mekong and 'Heart of Darkness' image the area inspired.

8. Keeping the Wanjinas fresh by Valda Blundell & Donny Woolagoodja. See my post of May 29, 2005: Wanjinas, Visitors & UFOs.

9, 10 & 11. Parallel Worlds - A journey through creation, higher dimensions, and the future of the cosmos by Michio Kaku, Hiding in the Mirror - the mysterious allure of Extra-Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond by Lawrence Krauss, and Warped Passages - Unravelling the mysteries of the Universe's hidden dimensions by Lisa Randall - each in their own way and somewhat synergistically enlighten the controversy of the dimensional realms of reality - a controversy that might have some bearing on topics that get discussed here and in my research a lot.

12. Unearthing the Dragon - the great feathered dinosaur discovery by Mark Norell - a wonderful journey through a striking enigma, an intriguing controversy, and the world of modern China, focused in Liaoning province, which was also the locality of the Chinese UFO conference I attended in September.

13. Supernatural - Meetings with the Ancient teachers of mankind by Graham Hancock - spirits (via shamanism), fairies (in part via "The Secret Commonwealth" & Vallee's "Passport to Magonia") and aliens (via a visionary take on alien abductions) collide in an exposition on the contact experience and what made us human. See my post John Fowles, "A Maggot", Graham Hancock's "Supernatural" and alien contact, November 8, 2005.

Some of this material may be of interest to you as well. I hope to post further details on each as time permits.

In the meantime I wish all my friends, fellow researchers and associates, and readers of this web log the very best wishes for a great Christmas and happy new year.

Bill Chalker

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I am sure you have heard the song "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club but have you ever given much thought to its meaning? While on Earth, you are living in a world of reincarnation which is governed by the law of karma. Karma begins to propel you as Soul on a personal journey through the universe. Karma ends when you have reached enlightenment and fully realise that this physical reality and the Universe itself is just an illusion. When you reach a state of knowingness that there is but One all pervading essence and that essence or consciousness is You!
So what is Karma and how does it work? While in the illusion you have a soul. This soul lives past, present, and future lives. To grow in love, joy, and awareness, you reincarnate into a series of physical bodies to experience different existences. This road leads to the experiences of being both sexes, all races, religions, and ethnic types throughout many lifetimes.
Karma in its simplicist terms can be described by the biblical statement "as you sow, so also shall you reap". Karma is the principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, total cosmic justice and personal responsibility. It brings 'good' experiences as well as 'bad' - a debt must be repaid and a blessing rewarded.

A more indepth esoteric look at karma gives us the following distinctions: Sanchita Karma: the accumulated result of all your actions from all your past lifetimes. This is your total cosmic debt. Every moment of every day either you are adding to it or you are reducing this cosmic debt. Prarabdha Karma: the portion of your "sanchita" karma being worked on in the present life. If you work down your agreed upon debt in this lifetime, then more past debts surface to be worked on. Agami Karma: the portion of actions in the present life that add to your "sanchita" karma. If you fail to work off your debt, then more debts are added to "sanchita" karma and are sent to future lives. Kriyamana Karma: daily, instant karma created in this life that is worked off immediately. These are debts that are created and worked off - ie. you do wrong, you get caught and you spend time in jail.
As a soul, you experience a constant cycle of births and deaths with a series of bodies for the purpose of experiencing this illusionary world gaining spiritual insights into your own true nature until the totality of all experiences show you Who you really are - the I AM! Until you have learned, you will find that pretending that the rules of karma do not exist or trying to escape the consequences of your actions is futile.
Although it may often "feel" like punishment, the purpose of karma is to teach not to punish. Often the way we learn is to endure the same type of suffering that we have inflicted on others and also rexperience circumstances until we learn to change our thinking and attitudes.

We are all here to learn lessons as spiritual beings in human form. These lessons are designed to help us grow into greater levels of love, joy, and awareness. They teach us our true nature of love. Where we do not choose love, show forgiveness, teach tolerance, or display compassion, karma intervenes to put us back on the path of these lessons. Quite simply, the only way to achieve a state of karmic balance is to be love.
Before you incarnated into your present personality, you agreed to put yourself in the path of all that is you need to learn. Once you got here, you agreed to forget this. Karma is impersonal and has the same effect for everyone. It is completely fair in its workings and it is predictable - "do onto others as you would have them do unto you" is a way to ensure peace and tranquillity in your own life as well as the lives of those you come into contact with. The law of karma is predictable - "as you sow, so shall you reap" what is done to you is the net result of what you have done to others!
Karma gives you the opportunity at every moment to become a better person than you are and to open up to the realization that you are the master of your own fate.

The goal of karma is to give you all the experiences that you need to evolve into greater levels of love, joy, awareness, and responsibility. Karma teaches that you are totally responsible for the circumstances of your life. They keep you on the straight and narrow until you have mastered your vehicle and can ride freely on your own. Once you understand that you are the master of your own circumstances and that everything you experience is a direct result of your past actions due to your thinking and emotional responses you can overcome its seeming negative effects by creating only 'good' karma.
Karma forces us to look beyond ourselves (oneness) so that we can see ourselves as we truly are Whole, Complete, at One with everything. Once we truly understand ourselves, we can see our divinity and our unity with all life.
Karma drives us to service. Love means service. Once you accept total responsibility for your life, you see yourself as a soul in service to God. Once you do, you become a fully realized being, allowing God to experience the illusion through you.
Belief in karma and an understanding of its workings will lead you to a life of bliss. Only your own deeds can hinder you. Until the time comes when we release ourselves from our own self-imposed shackles of limitation and fully understand who and what we are we will live under the mantle of karma. So until that day why not create some wonderful experiences for ourselves by "doing onto others, as we would have them do unto us". personal development

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