June 30, 2003 - NASA, the US Space Agency, has invited Hira Ratan Manek, an engineer from Kerala, India, to the US to study how he has managed to survive on a diet of sunlight and liquids for several years.
Last June, scientists from the US space agency verified that Manek spent 130 days surviving only on water, the report said. They even named this subsistence on water and solar energy after him: The HRM (Hira Ratan Manek) Phenomenon. Mr Manek is now in the US to show NASA's scientists how he survives without food. The US space agency hopes to use the technique to solve food storage and preservation problems on its expeditions.
Mr Manek said he "eats through his eyes" in the evening, when the sun's ultraviolet rays are least harmful.
"… what started as a local phenomenon in the environs of Stonehenge and Silbury Hill has since become a major British export: to date, some 8000 crop circles have been reported worldwide.
If they had their way, certain television documentaries would have you believing that all crop circles have been nothing more than the work of two simple, elderly men armed with a plank of wood and a baseball cap fitted with a ludicrous wire attachment which, they claim, helped make mathematically-correct circles and ruler-straight lines in total darkness.
But in these programs the meat on the bone of research is systematically stripped before reaching the table and what the public is left with is an opportunity to be turned off in the face of a human agency being presented which seemingly explains the whole phenomenon. This is why there is so much disbelief, even hostility, towards crop circles in the public's eye.
Yet despite consistent attempts, researchers, scientists and hoaxers have failed to replicate all kinds of phenomena associated with genuine crop circles: plants bent, not broken or damaged, radically-altered chromosomes, massive depletion of the watershed, soil element alterations, major discrepancies in background radiation and electromagnetic fields, dowsable and long-lasting energy patterns, and so on.
Most disturbing for hoaxer advocates has been the discovery by Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, Gerald Hawkins, of Euclidean geometry and diatonic ratios present in crop circles, features requiring a familiarity beyond basic math and yet to be found in both controlled man-made designs or uncontrolled hoaxes.
..."Dr. Yoshio Yamasaki, Science and Engineering Laboratory of Waseda University, succeeded in his experiment to create a quiet soundless space in a room filled with music. This is a new silencing method using cancelling sound that counteracts noise.
Be it music or human voice, each has an intrinsic wave. The basic principle of this new silencing method is to examine the wave shape of peak and valleys of a sound to be silenced and produce a sound that has the opposite wave shape of peaks and valleys.
The experiment was conducted in a room of seven tatami mats (126 square feet). They analysed the wave shape of music from one speaker and created the opposite wave shape to the original sound through the other speakers to study the silencing effects.
The result was that the sound disappeared completely at the targeted spot. At the site a couple of inches away from the targeted spot, the major components of male voices and music sounds, which are lower than several hundred Hertz, were also cut. By increasing the number of silencing speakers, it is expected to be able to expand the soundless area.
Extract from "The True Power of Water" by Masaru Emoto.
Dr. Emoto demonstrates his research with photographs of water crystals that have been exposed to the effects of HADO, the intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level that is in all matter, known as the smallest unit of energy, and believed to have the energy of human consciousness as its basis. HADO is synonymous with "Chi," a spiritual healing concept well known in Oriental medicine.
The constitution of the human body at maturity is 70 percent water. This "microcosm" of water within the human being corresponds with the Earth's larger body, which is also 70 percent water on its surface.
19:00 11 June 2003 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition Lionel Milgrom
Claims do not come much more controversial than the idea that water might retain a memory of substances once dissolved in it. The notion is central to homeopathy, which treats patients with samples so dilute they are unlikely to contain a single molecule of the active compound, but it is generally ridiculed by scientists.
Holding such a heretical view famously cost one of France's top allergy researchers, Jacques Benveniste, his funding, labs and reputation after his findings were discredited in 1988.
Yet a paper is about to be published in the reputable journal Physica A claiming to show that even though they should be identical, the structure of hydrogen bonds in pure water is very different from that in homeopathic dilutions of salt solutions. Could it be time to take the "memory" of water seriously?
The Universe as a Hologram: Does Objective Reality Exist, or is the Universe a Phantasm?
In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. You did not hear about it on the evening news. In fact, unless you are in the habit of reading scientific journals you probably have never even heard Aspect's name, though there are some who believe his discovery may change the face of science. Is the Universe a Hologram? Does Objective Reality Exist, or is the Universe a Phantasm?
Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. It doesn't matter whether they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart.
Somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. The problem with this feat is that it violates Einstein's long-held tenet that no communication can travel faster than the speed of light. Since traveling faster than the speed of light is tantamount to breaking the time barrier, this daunting prospect has caused some physicists to try to come up with elaborate ways to explain away Aspect's findings. But it has inspired others to offer even more radical explanations.
University of London physicist David Bohm, for example, believes Aspect's findings imply that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram.
To understand why Bohm makes this startling assertion, one must first understand a little about holograms. A hologram is a three- dimensional photograph made with the aid of a laser. To make a hologram, the object to be photographed is first bathed in the light of a laser beam. Then a second laser beam is bounced off the reflected light of the first and the resulting interference pattern (the area where the two laser beams commingle) is captured on film. When the film is developed, it looks like a meaningless swirl of light and dark lines. But as soon as the developed film is illuminated by another laser beam, a three-dimensional image of the original object appears. The three-dimensionality of such images is not the only remarkable characteristic of holograms. If a hologram of a rose is cut in half and then illuminated by a laser, each half will still be found to contain the entire image of the rose. Indeed, even if the halves are divided again, each snippet of film will always be found to contain a smaller but intact version of the original image. Unlike normal photographs, every part of a hologram contains all the information possessed by the whole. The "whole in every part" nature of a hologram provides us with an entirely new way of understanding organization and order. For most of its history, Western science has labored under the bias that the best way to understand a physical phenomenon, whether a frog or an atom, is to dissect it and study its respective parts.
A hologram teaches us that some things in the universe may not lend themselves to this approach. If we try to take apart something constructed holographically, we will not get the pieces of which it is made, we will only get smaller wholes. This insight suggested to Bohm another way of understanding Aspect's discovery. Bohm believes the reason subatomic particles are able to remain in contact with one another regardless of the distance separating them is not because they are sending some sort of mysterious signal back and forth, but because their separateness is an illusion. He argues that at some deeper level of reality such particles are not individual entities, but are actually extensions of the same fundamental something.
To enable people to better visualize what he means, Bohm offers the following illustration: Imagine an aquarium containing a fish. Imagine also that you are unable to see the aquarium directly and your knowledge about it and what it contains comes from two television cameras, one directed at the aquarium's front and the other directed at its side. As you stare at the two television monitors, you might assume that the fish on each of the screens are separate entities. After all, because the cameras are set at different angles, each of the images will be slightly different. But as you continue to watch the two fish, you will eventually become aware that there is a certain relationship between them. When one turns, the other also makes a slightly different but corresponding turn; when one faces the front, the other always faces toward the side. If you remain unaware of the full scope of the situation, you might even conclude that the fish must be instantaneously communicating with one another, but this is clearly not the case.
This, says Bohm, is precisely what is going on between the subatomic particles in Aspect's experiment. According to Bohm, the apparent faster-than-light connection between subatomic particles is really telling us that there is a deeper level of reality we are not privy to, a more complex dimension beyond our own that is analogous to the aquarium. And, he adds, we view objects such as subatomic particles as separate from one another because we are seeing only a portion of their reality.
Such particles are not separate "parts", but facets of a deeper and more underlying unity that is ultimately as holographic and indivisible as the previously mentioned rose. And since everything in physical reality is comprised of these "eidolons", the universe is itself a projection, a hologram.
In addition to its phantomlike nature, such a universe would possess other rather startling features. If the apparent separateness of subatomic particles is illusory, it means that at a deeper level of reality all things in the universe are infinitely interconnected. The electrons in a carbon atom in the human brain are connected to the subatomic particles that comprise every salmon that swims, every heart that beats, and every star that shimmers in the sky. Everything interpenetrates everything, and although human nature may seek to categorize and pigeonhole and subdivide, the various phenomena of the universe, all apportionments are of necessity artificial and all of nature is ultimately a seamless web.
In a holographic universe, even time and space could no longer be viewed as fundamentals. Because concepts such as location break down in a universe in which nothing is truly separate from anything else, time and three-dimensional space, like the images of the fish on the TV monitors, would also have to be viewed as projections of this deeper order. At its deeper level reality is a sort of superhologram in which the past, present, and future all exist simultaneously. This suggests that given the proper tools it might even be possible to someday reach into the superholographic level of reality and pluck out scenes from the long-forgotten past. What else the superhologram contains is an open-ended question. Allowing, for the sake of argument, that the superhologram is the matrix that has given birth to everything in our universe, at the very least it contains every subatomic particle that has been or will be -- every configuration of matter and energy that is possible, from snowflakes to quasars, from blue whales to gamma rays. It must be seen as a sort of cosmic storehouse of "All That Is."
Although Bohm concedes that we have no way of knowing what else might lie hidden in the superhologram, he does venture to say that we have no reason to assume it does not contain more. Or as he puts it, perhaps the superholographic level of reality is a "mere stage" beyond which lies "an infinity of further development". Bohm is not the only researcher who has found evidence that the universe is a hologram. Working independently in the field of brain research, Standford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram has also become persuaded of the holographic nature of reality.
Pribram was drawn to the holographic model by the puzzle of how and where memories are stored in the brain. For decades numerous studies have shown that rather than being confined to a specific location, memories are dispersed throughout the brain.
Then in the 1960s Pribram encountered the concept of holography and realized he had found the explanation brain scientists had been looking for. Pribram believes memories are encoded not in neurons, or small groupings of neurons, but in patterns of nerve impulses that crisscross the entire brain in the same way that patterns of laser light interference crisscross the entire area of a piece of film containing a holographic image. In other words, Pribram believes the brain is itself a hologram. Pribram's theory also explains how the human brain can store so many memories in so little space. It has been estimated that the human brain has the capacity to memorize something on the order of 10 billion bits of information during the average human lifetime (or roughly the same amount of information contained in five sets of the Encyclopaedia Britannica).
Similarly, it has been discovered that in addition to their other capabilities, holograms possess an astounding capacity for information storage--simply by changing the angle at which the two lasers strike a piece of photographic film, it is possible to record many different images on the same surface. It has been demonstrated that one cubic centimeter of film can hold as many as 10 billion bits of information. Our uncanny ability to quickly retrieve whatever information we need from the enormous store of our memories becomes more understandable if the brain functions according to holographic principles. If a friend asks you to tell him what comes to mind when he says the word "zebra", you do not have to clumsily sort back through some gigantic and cerebral alphabetic file to arrive at an answer. Instead, associations like "striped", "horselike", and "animal native to Africa" all pop into your head instantly. Indeed, one of the most amazing things about the human thinking process is that every piece of information seems instantly cross- correlated with every other piece of information--another feature intrinsic to the hologram. Because every portion of a hologram is infinitely interconnected with every other portion, it is perhaps nature's supreme example of a cross-correlated system.
The storage of memory is not the only neurophysiological puzzle that becomes more tractable in light of Pribram's holographic model of the brain. Another is how the brain is able to translate the avalanche of frequencies it receives via the senses (light frequencies, sound frequencies, and so on) into the concrete world of our perceptions. Encoding and decoding frequencies is precisely what a hologram does best. Just as a hologram functions as a sort of lens, a translating device able to convert an apparently meaningless blur of frequencies into a coherent image, Pribram believes the brain also comprises a lens and uses holographic principles to mathematically convert the frequencies it receives through the senses into the inner world of our perceptions. An impressive body of evidence suggests that the brain uses holographic principles to perform its operations. Pribram's theory, in fact, has gained increasing support among neurophysiologists.
Argentinian-Italian researcher Hugo Zucarelli recently extended the holographic model into the world of acoustic phenomena. Puzzled by the fact that humans can locate the source of sounds without moving their heads, even if they only possess hearing in one ear, Zucarelli discovered that holographic principles can explain this ability. Zucarelli has also developed the technology of holophonic sound, a recording technique able to reproduce acoustic situations with an almost uncanny realism.
Pribram's belief that our brains mathematically construct "hard" reality by relying on input from a frequency domain has also received a good deal of experimental support. It has been found that each of our senses is sensitive to a much broader range of frequencies than was previously suspected. Researchers have discovered, for instance, that our visual systems are sensitive to sound frequencies, that our sense of smell is in part dependent on what are now called "osmic frequencies", and that even the cells in our bodies are sensitive to a broad range of frequencies. Such findings suggest that it is only in the holographic domain of consciousness that such frequencies are sorted out and divided up into conventional perceptions. But the most mind-boggling aspect of Pribram's holographic model of the brain is what happens when it is put together with Bohm's theory. For if the concreteness of the world is but a secondary reality and what is "there" is actually a holographic blur of frequencies, and if the brain is also a hologram and only selects some of the frequencies out of this blur and mathematically transforms them into sensory perceptions, what becomes of objective reality?
Put quite simply, it ceases to exist. As the religions of the East have long upheld, the material world is Maya, an illusion, and although we may think we are physical beings moving through a physical world, this too is an illusion.
We are really "receivers" floating through a kaleidoscopic sea of frequency, and what we extract from this sea and transmogrify into physical reality is but one channel from many extracted out of the superhologram. This striking new picture of reality, the synthesis of Bohm and Pribram's views, has come to be called the holographic paradigm, and although many scientists have greeted it with skepticism, it has galvanized others. A small but growing group of researchers believe it may be the most accurate model of reality science has arrived at thus far. More than that, some believe it may solve some mysteries that have never before been explainable by science and even establish the paranormal as a part of nature.
Numerous researchers, including Bohm and Pribram, have noted that many para-psychological phenomena become much more understandable in terms of the holographic paradigm. In a universe in which individual brains are actually indivisible portions of the greater hologram and everything is infinitely interconnected, telepathy may merely be the accessing of the holographic level. It is obviously much easier to understand how information can travel from the mind of individual 'A' to that of individual 'B' at a far distance point and helps to understand a number of unsolved puzzles in psychology. In particular, Grof feels the holographic paradigm offers a model for understanding many of the baffling phenomena experienced by individuals during altered states of consciousness.
In the 1950s, while conducting research into the beliefs of LSD as a psychotherapeutic tool, Grof had one female patient who suddenly became convinced she had assumed the identity of a female of a species of prehistoric reptile. During the course of her hallucination, she not only gave a richly detailed description of what it felt like to be encapsuled in such a form, but noted that the portion of the male of the species's anatomy was a patch of colored scales on the side of its head. What was startling to Grof was that although the woman had no prior knowledge about such things, a conversation with a zoologist later confirmed that in certain species of reptiles colored areas on the head do indeed play an important role as triggers of sexual arousal. The woman's experience was not unique. During the course of his research, Grof encountered examples of patients regressing and identifying with virtually every species on the evolutionary tree (research findings which helped influence the man-into-ape scene in the movie Altered States). Moreover, he found that such experiences frequently contained obscure zoological details which turned out to be accurate Regressions into the animal kingdom were not the only puzzling psychological phenomena Grof encountered. He also had patients who appeared to tap into some sort of collective or racial unconscious. Individuals with little or no education suddenly gave detailed descriptions of Zoroastrian funerary practices and scenes from Hindu mythology. In other categories of experience, individuals gave persuasive accounts of out-of-body journeys, of precognitive glimpses of the future, of regressions into apparent past-life incarnations.
In later research, Grof found the same range of phenomena manifested in therapy sessions which did not involve the use of drugs. Because the common element in such experiences appeared to be the transcending of an individual's consciousness beyond the usual boundaries of ego and/or limitations of space and time, Grof called such manifestations "transpersonal experiences", and in the late '60s he helped found a branch of psychology called "transpersonal psychology" devoted entirely to their study. Although Grof's newly founded Association of Transpersonal Psychology garnered a rapidly growing group of like-minded professionals and has become a respected branch of psychology, for years neither Grof or any of his colleagues were able to offer a mechanism for explaining the bizarre psychological phenomena they were witnessing. But that has changed with the advent of the holographic paradigm. As Grof recently noted, if the mind is actually part of a continuum, a labyrinth that is connected not only to every other mind that exists or has existed, but to every atom, organism, and region in the vastness of space and time itself, the fact that it is able to occasionally make forays into the labyrinth and have transpersonal experiences no longer seems so strange.
The holographic prardigm also has implications for so-called hard sciences like biology. Keith Floyd, a psychologist at Virginia Intermont College, has pointed out that if the concreteness of reality is but a holographic illusion, it would no longer be true to say the brain produces consciousness. Rather, it is consciousness that creates the appearance of the brain -- as well as the body and everything else around us we interpret as physical. Such a turnabout in the way we view biological structures has caused researchers to point out that medicine and our understanding of the healing process could also be transformed by the holographic paradigm. If the apparent physical structure of the body is but a holographic projection of consciousness, it becomes clear that each of us is much more responsible for our health than current medical wisdom allows. What we now view as miraculous remissions of disease may actually be due to changes in consciousness which in turn effect changes in the hologram of the body.
Similarly, controversial new healing techniques such as visualization may work so well because in the holographic domain of thought images are ultimately as real as "reality". Even visions and experiences involving "non-ordinary" reality become explainable under the holographic paradigm. In his book "Gifts of Unknown Things," biologist Lyall Watson discribes his encounter with an Indonesian shaman woman who, by performing a ritual dance, was able to make an entire grove of trees instantly vanish into thin air. Watson relates that as he and another astonished onlooker continued to watch the woman, she caused the trees to reappear, then "click" off again and on again several times in succession. Although current scientific understanding is incapable of explaining such events, experiences like this become more tenable if "hard" reality is only a holographic projection Perhaps we agree on what is "there" or "not there" because what we call consensus reality is formulated and ratified at the level of the human unconscious at which all minds are infinitely interconnected.
If this is true, it is the most profound implication of the holographic paradigm of all, for it means that experiences such as Watson's are not commonplace only because we have not programmed our minds with the beliefs that would make them so. In a holographic universe there are no limits to the extent to which we can alter the fabric of reality. What we perceive as reality is only a canvas waiting for us to draw upon it any picture we want. Anything is possible, from bending spoons with the power of the mind to the phantasmagoric events experienced by Castaneda during his encounters with the Yaqui brujo don Juan, for magic is our birthright, no more or less miraculous than our ability to compute the reality we want when we are in our dreams. Indeed, even our most fundamental notions about reality become suspect, for in a holographic universe, as Pribram has pointed out, even random events would have to be seen as based on holographic principles and therefore determined. Synchronicities or meaningful coincidences suddenly makes sense, and everything in reality would have to be seen as a metaphor, for even the most haphazard events would express some underlying symmetry. Whether Bohm and Pribram's holographic paradigm becomes accepted in science or dies an ignoble death remains to be seen, but it is safe to say that it has already had an influence on the thinking of many scientists. And even if it is found that the holographic model does not provide the best explanation for the instantaneous communications that seem to be passing back and forth between subatomic particles, at the very least, as noted by Basil Hiley, a physicist at Birbeck College in London, Aspect's findings "indicate that we must be prepared to consider radically new views of reality". The author of this publication is unknown.
In my experience I think all the above is absolutely true!! I first came across the idea in Richard Gerber's book with the uninspiring title of "Vibrational Medicine". It turned out to be one of my favourite books.
This theory(?) certainly explains most if not all the odd things that happen to us all at one time or the other.
If any readers are interested in David Bohm and his Implicate Order/Explicate Order or things see below.
I have experienced Zucarellies holophonic sound - it is absolutely AMAZING. You can hear a sax player walking around the room and at one point someone 'actually' whispers in your ear. No matter how many times I hear it I always jump. Gives me the shivers just thinking about it.
Another thought that crossed my my mind was how many times have we read that time and space do not exist outside of life as we know it.
CoraB - the author's name is Michael Talbot - Spirituality and Science: The Holographic Universe.
Another thought that crossed my my mind was how many times have we read that time and space do not exist outside of life as we know it.
I'll go one step further - I don't believe in time. It's an artificial construct created by men to create order in life - but outside the world of man it doesn't exist.
Seconds, minutes, hours - all derived from geometry, spatial awareness. An artificial border between now and then that helps us map linear progress - but who says progress is linear? I'm rather inclined to believe in the cyclical model of events, where cross-over between points in 'time' is entirely possible if not commonplace.
As stated elsewhere on the forum - the Pyramid was covered with white limestone and the missing 'top' was supposedly a huge crystal. And Stewart has previously posted that Porphyry, Limestone and Crystal together produce a piezo-electric force.
What is piezo-electricity and is there evidence to suggest that the Great Pyramid was capped with a crystal.
DISCOVERY AND INSIGHTS 1880 - 1882
The first experimental demonstration of a connection between macroscopic piezoelectric phenomena and crystallographic structure was published in 1880 by Pierre and Jacques Curie. Their experiment consisted of a conclusive measurement of surface charges appearing on specially prepared crystals (tourmaline, quartz, topaz, cane sugar and Rochelle salt among them) which were subjected to mechanical stress. These results were a credit to the Curies' imagination and perseverance, considering that they were obtained with nothing more than tinfoil, glue, wire, magnets and a jeweler's saw.
In the scientific circles of the day, this effect was considered quite a "discovery," and was quickly dubbed as "piezoelectricity" in order to distinguish it from other areas of scientific phenomenological experience such as "contact electricity" (friction generated static electricity) and "pyroelectricity" (electricity generated from crystals by heating).
The Curie brothers asserted, however, that there was a one-to-one correspondence between the electrical effects of temperature change and mechanical stress in a given crystal, and that they had used this correspondence not only to pick the crystals for the experiment, but also to determine the cuts of those crystals. To them, their demonstration was a confirmation of predictions which followed naturally from their understanding of the microscopic crystallographic origins of pyroelectricity (i.e., from certain crystal asymmetries).
The Curie brothers did not, however, predict that crystals exhibiting the direct piezoelectric effect (electricity from applied stress) would also exhibit the converse piezoelectric effect (stress in response to applied electric field). This property was mathematically deduced from fundamental thermodynamic principles by Lippmann in 1881. The Curies immediately confirmed the existence of the "converse effect," and continued on to obtain quantitative proof of the complete reversibility of electro-elasto-mechanical deformations in piezoelectric crystals.
The complete article can be read on the following link
Rupert Sheldrake is one of the world's most innovative biologists, has revolutionised scientific thinking with his vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. He first worked in developmental biology and is best known for his theory of Morphic Fields and Morphic Resonance. His latest book, "The Sense of Being Stared at" develops his concept of the extended mind.
In the link below Rupert Sheldrake is interviewed by Matthew Cromer of the AMNAP blog Rupert discusses his current thoughts on ways of opening skeptical minds to the possiblity of perinormal phenomena.
This is not the post I had in mind when I wrote the above - I just came across it ... the title caught my eye.. This may tie some loose threads created by the different language of scientists and mystics - when talking about the same thing. And those who refer to 'Energy in the Temple' and those that 'Build Thought Forms' for achieving 'The Work'.
THE FATHER, THE SUN AND THE HOLY POST
Coogee Beach - Sacred Landscape Temple
A Brief Report of Observations of 'Our Lady of the Fence Posts' site over two years, by Alanna Moore and Billy Arnold.
Miracles are a bit thin on the ground these days. However recent investigations at Coogee, Sydney's own 'miracle' centre, have revealed an amazing development of the spiritual qualities of landscape there, in the three years since sightings of 'Our Lady' began.
'Our Lady of Coogee' From the media stories of late January 2003, many people (in Sydney at least) have heard about the 'sightings' of 'Mother Mary', first reported in December 2002, on the northern headland of Coogee Beach.
Along a whitewashed fence line at a certain time in the afternoon on sunny days - a white, veiled figure would appear. The play of fence angles and shadows is said to have produced the image, which had never been noticed before.
People began flocking to the site to witness the 'apparition' and to pray there. Other types of visions also occurred, spirit voices were heard, and spiritual epiphanies and healing miracles ensued for some of the pilgrims. It continues to this day.
In February 2005 newspapers reported that some people were demanding a shrine be built at the fence post site, which now boasted statues, flowerpots, holy water bowls, Mary pictures and laminated press clippings all over it.
While believing it's all just an optical illusion, Coogee parish priest Fr Desmond Holm has seen it's therapeutic value.
"People have said that it is a special place, that being there gives them a general sense of peace and that is something good....If good comes out of it, then that's good," he says. 1.
But is it just a simple case of mass delusion? Looking at the site with my own geomantic perspective (with fresh eyes on an old childhood haunt) has revealed that what we have here is a special 'landscape temple' complex, a network of power centres, both on land and out to sea. Truly a modern sacred site.
Chain of Events
To really appreciate the site and the 'miracles' you need to look at the site's history and be able to dowse or sense the energies there.
Just weeks before the apparitions began, on 12th October 2002, Kuta Beach in Bali saw the horrific bombing with hundreds killed, including 22 from the Coogee area.
At some point in the following months it was proposed to create a memorial to the dead on the northern headland of the beach.
Saturday, April 12th 2003, saw the dedication of Coogee's memorial to Australians killed in the blast, at a ceremony where thousands of mourners vented their grief. In the form of an elegant metal sculpture, it became a sacred memorial to the dead, where annual rememberance ceremonies are held.
So it was not surprising that healing energies have been roused up there. At least three academic papers have been written which delve into the phenomena. In two the link is made between the outpouring of grief over the bombing and growing national insecurities, the looming war in Iraq, etc.
Dr Carole Cusack, senior lecturer in religious studies at the University of Sydney, has pointed out in the press that "Pilgrims to Coogee are joining in an age-old religious practice, older than Christianity, that functions to alleviate stress experienced by the community." 2.
Looking for energies It was on Monday, October 27th 2003, that I was first told about 'Our Lady of the Fenceposts'. Being a geomancer meant that I would expect to find some interesting energies there, so I immediately went over for a brief investigation with my pendulum. It was a windy day for dowsing and I gained no sense of special energies there. But I did see the white figure at the fence, and it did make old sceptic me gasp! and I was able to film it. More became apparent when I returned on Monday, March 15th 2004.
I saw a man there, who was praying intently with his rosary. He told me how, on Saturday Feb 1st 2003, he had seen a small Mary figure, like a doll, with outstretched hands, appear to him. Nuns were around him praying at the time, and Mary even spoke to him. (Several other people report seeing Mary in different spots around the fence post site, such as in cliff caves below the fence.)
Bit if there had been special energies there, they were still not apparent to me on my short visits ¬ so far. But as I was leaving I had the vision, looking out to the Bay beyond the fence shrine, of a portal, shimmering in the air there. "Ah!" I thought, "that must be where Mary makes her entrance." (Portals being inter-dimensional doorways.) "That's why she doesn't manifest up at the memorial, she visits via the nearest suitable energy vortex point."
Devic Discoveries When I next visited, I was with Billy Arnold, who can see the spirits of nature, the devas when he tunes in to them. It was Saturday the 16th October 2004 ¬ just four days after the second anniversary of the Kuta bombing, and many wreaths lay fading in the sunlight, beneath the plaque on the remains of the old Bath House entrance, not far from the fencepost shrine.
This time we both looked for devic activity and were most happy to discover a huge green and blue deva that dominated the headland. The giant energy field of devic consciousness was peacefully stationed there, full of compassion and healing qualities, and hosting a range of other spirits in it's wings ¬ an old Earth spirit and several ancestral Aboriginal spirits. There were also two big sea spirits, as well as resident Banksia and other tree spirits in the vicinity that Billy was able to see. "This spherical blue-green devic being is at peace working for the benefit of living humans and the dead" Billy reported.
"The being likes to be looked at and responds by directing energy to us and to other people nearby. It is difficult to perceive the whole spirit when in a meditative state at the fence post because you are actually standing in it"
Coogee Beach Nature Temple Our next visit together was a year later, on Friday 22 October 2005, and were blown away, even more so, by the increased energy of the site. Again, it was not long after an annual commemoration ceremony had occurred and floral wreaths in the Bath House marked the occasion.
The whole place had a vibrancy we had never felt before. Plants and trees were flourishing, glistening even, and a couple of small flocks of cockatoos and ravens hopped around happily, the ravens hanging around the fencepost shrine like shiny black guardians caaaawing.
Billy saw the same huge spherical being, and it was much larger than the year before. "It's covering all of Coogee Bay and the northern headland. It's very, very impressive and definitely evolving into a much more sophisticated and multi-dimensional being, because of the natural development in the groups of human spirits and nature spirits involved, I imagine" he said.
We visited again on the Monday afterwards, on 25 October. It was a damp, misty day, with sparse visitors. Moist, mysterious and peaceful. Sitting in the car facing the site I undertook an intense dowsing session, a question and answer interview with the great deva there, trying to discover some more about this amazing place.
From this dowsing, assuming my questions were not too flawed, I learnt that the big (female) deva is basically a sea spirit, a bit like a mermaid, whose 'tail' connects down via the fence shrine and into the waters of Coogee Bay.
I distantly dowsed that the deva's 'tail' connects into an Earth energy centre out to sea. Billy's later discovery, on geological maps, was consequently not surprising at all. Back around 250 million years ago, in the Jurassic Age, it turns out, Coogee Bay was the scene of high energy volcanic activity.
I asked the deva, on a hunch, if she had once been stationed at Wedding Cake Island, not far off shore. Yes, indeed she had. She prefers the atmosphere of the headland now and has taken on healing work under the tutelage of the Great Mother Mary, who visits occasionally, due to popular demand. (Some people consider Mary to be the greatest of all the water spirits.) Before the Bali bombing the great deva of the Bay was always interested in the welfare of swimmers and surfers at Coogee Beach, I discovered, and now her healing abilities are really coming to the fore. (And people who have been drinking from the holy water container at the fence post have reported a host of cures, as noted in press clippings there.)
After my dowsing session, Billy took a yogic inner meditative look at the site and was amazed to perceive the spherical spirit so much more powerful than on the Friday before, with brighter colours and energy radiating in every direction.
"Not only were its blue and green colours brighter, it now had flashes of gold and white, like lightning bolts, inside it's field" he said.
"I thought the spirit must be evolving rapidly from the sentiment and emotion of people attending the site on the weekend before, perhaps." Or maybe it had been stimulated by our interview, I wonder?
We walked on up through the old Banksia trees atop the headland and over to the Bali memorial. The powerful devic field there was quite palpable and exhilarating to experience.
Who would have expected such a thing, in a land where the white man has long been hell bent on destroying sacred sites, in the name of the god of progress? Here, in the midst of suburbia - a blessed place. An evolving sacred site complex. A timeless Landscape Temple.
References: 1. The fathers, the sun and the holy post By Kelly Burke, Religious Affairs Writer, Sydney Morning Herald January 31 2003. Source: www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/30/1043804464591.html 2. No rest in the quest for Coogee's holy rail By Linda Morris, Sydney Morning Herald, February 5, 2005 Source:: www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/02/04/1107476802796.html Note: Alanna Moore will be talking about the Coogee Beach Landscape Temple, as part of her presentation to the NSW Dowsers Society meeting at Hunters Hill on Sunday Feb 19th at 2pm. Then on Thursday March 8th it is tentatively planned that she will lead a field trip / workshop at the site, from 10 ¬ 12am. Bookings ¬ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On a personal note - I was fortunate to have Alanna dowse for negative energies in my own home last year. Negative energy lines under beds are particularly bad. She only dowsed one such line which literally cut off a very small corner of the house - and it was a place where nobody sits or spends time - so it was not an issue. What I found interesting was that when she pointed it out ... I could actually feel it with the palms of my hand whenever I crossed the line of its flow.
We have a similar series of events in our landscape temple. There are vertical meridians from the solar system into the earth mother and some beings come down the lines to anchor in the earth and to redistribute energies through the body of the solar system (temple in the heavens not made with hands).
One of the horizontal meridians goes straight through the cottage I rent - same width as the building and about 10 degrees from right angles to the cottage.
And about a year ago a portal was formed from a right angled triangle across 3 volcanic plugs.
Does it affect your day to day life? I know you have some pretty amazing meditation results - would that be partly as a result of the energy lines? As a gardener - does your ground enhance growth more so than the neighbours (near and further away)?
The owners thought that the property looked better than when they last saw it. But that was probably because of a deal I did with a nature spirit in the boundary creek
I had a problem with the 33KV power line just over the back boundary. The energy was coming into the bedroom - according to my dowsing and by the pressure on my head. I asked the being of the local power system to pull its aura in and the field retreated from house so that if you dowse the edge of the field, the field dips back towards the power line just as you get to the house.
A miniature portal has formed in the lounge and a friend and I have been through it a couple of times into some world that we have not yet identified. Occasionally I see inwardly some being looking through it. But I suspect that I have not made proper use of it yet. Certainly I have not seen any sign of physical bodies moving through it
Most of the people I have stood in the meridian can easily tell that it is there and which way it flows (from pressure on the head or body)
Perhaps such comments should be in the Esoteric section