Monday, December 08, 2014

The Legend and Myth of Shamballa - the Etheric City of White

[Lori Toye] The opening of the Golden Gates of Shamballa kicks off a spiritual celebration—a time when the Great White Brotherhood creates a plan for the Earth and her Kingdoms. The Great White Brotherhood originally honored Shamballa at the end of November, but according to the I AM America Spiritual Teachings the Masters rejoice for one month, beginning December 17 and closing January 17. Seventeen represents the Star of the Magi and the opening of the Christ Consciousness within.

The opening of the etheric city coincides with an annual Celebration of Shamballa. During this time many chelas and Ascended Master students are contacted through dreams and visions by Spiritual Teachers. Also, this important tradition is claimed to be the time when all members of the Great White Brotherhood meet, plan, and coordinate their activities for the upcoming year. This meeting and celebration spans an entire four weeks, plus an opening day and the final day for ceremonial closure; some Spiritual Teachers refer to this holiday as Shamballa. Others refer to the four weeks as the Celebration of the Four Elements.  

Over four weeks (twenty-eight days), esoteric followers, including Ascended Masters, honor the Celebration of the Four Elements during the Shamballa festivities. It begins December 17—accompanied by lighting of the Eternal Flame Candle, or the Fireless Light—on the altar of the main heavenly temple. This etheric celebration is divided into the following four parts:

1. Week One: December 18 to December 24. Element: Earth. The celebration and thanksgiving offered to Mother Earth. Ceremonies and rituals for Earth Healing are held at Shamballa during this time. Bowls of salt, which represent earth united with spirit, are placed on all the altars in the Temples of Shamballa.

2. Week Two: December 25 to December 31. Element: Air. Celebrations of gratitude and thanksgiving to the World Teachers and the messengers of the Great White Brotherhood who have selflessly served humanity are held this week. Krishna, Jesus Christ, Buddha, and other well-known avatars and saviors are also lauded. Doves of Peace are symbolically released this week.

3. Week Three: January 1 to January 7: Element: Water. A thanksgiving for our Soul Families is held during this week. This phase of Shamballa Celebration is about revering love and friendship, and performing Cup Ceremonies. A Cup Ceremony is a water ceremony that celebrates the union of Mother Earth and Soul Families. A cup of water is passed and infused with the prayers of the devoted. The prayer-charged water is then poured on the earth.

4. Week Four: January 8 to January 14: Element: Fire. This week is a celebration of Spiritual Fire. This time is set aside for personal purification, intentions, reflection, and meditation for the upcoming year. This is an important period for the Brotherhoods and Sisterhoods of Light to review plans for the following 365 days. Candles for each of the Seven Rays, representing the seven Hermetic Laws, are lit this week.

6. The Sealing of Divinity: January 15 and 16: Celebrations of Unity—Unana—and the One.

7. The Closing of Shamballa: January 17: the light of the Eternal Flame returns to Venus.

Shamballa's Meaning and Legend
Shamballa, which means to make sacred, is the Earth's first Golden City. The notion of Shamballa represents peace, happiness, and tranquility. It's a place of spiritual cleanliness and divine dominion; it's the ethereal home and sanctuary of Sanat Kumara. The sacred city of Shamballa is said to be both a location and a state of consciousness.

To understand Shamballa's metaphysical antiquity is to grasp its complex timeline. According to modern occult literature, this mystic metropolis existed more than 60,000 years ago. Other sources suggest that Sanat Kumara's legion of volunteers descended to Earth millions of years ago to build and inhabit the first incarnation of Shamballa. Over its long and calamitous history, the White City experienced a series of cataclysmic Earth Changes that destroyed it three times during sensitive alignments with the Galactic Light of the Great Central Sun. This cosmic susceptibility occurs when the progression of Yugas (periods of Vedic timekeeping) move from one age of light to another. Sanat Kumara's followers rebuilt Shamballa twice; the third time the White City ascended beyond the physical realm where it now exists in etheric perpetuity. This is the thirty-sixth Golden City Vortex of Gobi, known today as the City of Balance. It is located in China over the Qilian Shan Mountains next to the Gobi Desert. Read More

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Fingerprint of Global Cataclysm 12,800 Years Ago – Graham Hancock – Magicians of the Gods Preview

Repost from Graham Hancock’s facebook feed: THE FINGERPRINT OF A GLOBAL CATACLYSM 12,800 YEARS AGO
The graphic shows the vast swathe of our planet that geologists call the Younger Dryas Boundary Field. Across this huge "fingerprint" spanning North America, Central America, parts of South America and most of Europe, the tell-tale traces of multiple impacts by the fragments of a giant comet have been found. Some of these fragments, were TWO KILOMETRES or more in diameter and they hit the earth like a blast from a cosmic scatter-gun around 12,800 years ago. This was near the end of the last Ice Age, from which our world had been emerging into a pleasant warming phase, but the impacts set in train a kind of "nuclear winter" and plunged the planet back into a period of deep cold and darkness that lasted until around 11,500 years ago. It is this period of extreme cold that is referred to as the Younger Dryas (after a characteristic Alpine tundra wildflower, Dryas octopetala) but it is only now, with conclusive evidence of the comet impact, that we can be sure what caused it. For the past seven years academics have been involved in such an intense dispute about whether or not a comet impact actually occurred 12,800 years ago that the implications of what it might have meant for the story of civilisation have not yet been considered at all. But every attempt to refute the impact evidence has in turn been refuted and the case for the Younger Dryas comet is now so compelling that it is time to widen the debate. It is clear now that some of the largest fragments of the comet hit the North American ice cap, which was still a mile deep 12,800 years ago, and caused cataclysmic flooding (I had the opportunity to explore some of the extraordinary effects of this on the ground in September 2014 when I drove from Portland, Oregon, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, with catastrophist researcher Randall Carlson). Simultaneously other large fragments hit the northern European ice cap with the same cataclysmic effects. The result was a global disaster that lasted for 1,300 years. It is, I believe, the "smoking gun" that made us a species with amnesia and wiped out almost all traces of a former high civilisation of prehistoric antiquity. But there were survivors, who preserved at least some of the knowledge of the civilisation that had been destroyed with the intention of transmitting it to future generations, so it is not an accident that the first traces of the re-emergence of civilisation, in the form of the earliest known megalithic architecture and the re-promulgation of agricultural skills, occur at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey 11,500 years ago -- a date that coincides exactly with the end of the Younger Dryas and the return to a more congenial global environment. Everything we have been taught about the origins of civilisation occurs AFTER 11,500 years ago -- in other words AFTER the radical punctuation mark of the Younger Dryas. It is what happened before that we desperately need to recover. These are amongst the mysteries that I am exploring in "Magicians of the Gods", the book that I have been researching for the past three years and am now in the midst of writing.
Graphic from Kinzie, Firestone, Kennett et al. "Nanodiamond-Rich Layer across Three Continents Consistent with Major Cosmic Impact at 12,800 Cal BP", The Journal of Geology, 2014, volume 122, p. 475–506.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Earth's changes from 1992: 0.6 degrees hotter, 30 pct wilder weather, 5 trillion tons ice lost

[Fox BusinessIn the more than two decades since world leaders first got together to try to solve global warming, life on Earth has changed, not just the climate. It's gotten hotter, more polluted with heat-trapping gases, more crowded and just downright wilder.
The numbers are stark. Carbon dioxide emissions: up 60 percent. Global temperature: up six-tenths of a degree. Population: up 1.7 billion people. Sea level: up 3 inches. U.S. extreme weather: up 30 percent. Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica: down 4.9 trillion tons of ice.
"Simply put, we are rapidly remaking the planet and beginning to suffer the consequences," says Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University.
Diplomats from more than 190 nations opened talks Monday at a United Nations global warming conference in Lima, Peru, to pave the way for an international treaty they hope to forge next year.
To see how much the globe has changed since the first such international conference — the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 — The Associated Press scoured databases from around the world. The analysis, which looked at data since 1983, concentrated on 10-year intervals ending in 1992 and 2013. This is because scientists say single years can be misleading and longer trends are more telling.
Our changing world by the numbers:
WILD WEATHER
Since 1992, there have been more than 6,600 major climate, weather and water disasters worldwide, causing more than $1.6 trillion in damage and killing more than 600,000 people, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Belgium, which tracks the world's catastrophes.
While climate-related, not all can be blamed on man-made warming or climate change. Still, extreme weather has noticeably increased over the years, says Debby Sapir, who runs the center and its database. From 1983 to 1992 the world averaged 147 climate, water and weather disasters each year. Over the past 10 years, that number has jumped to an average 306 a year.
In the United States, an index of climate extremes — hot and cold, wet and dry — kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has jumped 30 percent from 1992 to 2013, not counting hurricanes, based on 10-year averages.
NOAA also keeps track of U.S. weather disasters that cost more than $1 billion, when adjusted for inflation. Since 1992, there have been 136 such billion-dollar events. Read More

“Things are disappearing”: On Earth’s looming mass extinction and what to do about it

[Salon] Earth has already witnessed five mass extinctions — devastating events that wipe out the majority of life on the planet. The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event (known as the K/T extinction, for short), was likely caused by an asteroid colliding with Earth, and caused the dinosaurs to disappear. A more recent extinction event, “The Great Dying,” was likely caused by a volcanic event.
Now, we are likely at the brink of a sixth mass extinction. By 2070, the majority of coral reefs on Earth could vanish, killing 25 percent of all fish species in the process. Earth’s wildlife population has decreased by 50 percent in the last 40 years alone. With a drastically changing climate already taking its toll on our environment, we can expect to see many more changes like these in the near future.
Salon spoke with evolutionary biologist and host of the documentary “Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink,” Sean B. Carroll to learn more about our (possibly) impending doom.
This interview has been lightly edited.
What exactly is a mass extinction?
Well, there are some definitions out there, but let’s just say that when the majority of species on the planet disappear in a relatively short period of time. Here comes the parentheses part … Some define it as 75 percent but it’s very hard to know what 75 percent of life on Earth is at a given time. You know, just because of the sparsity of the fossil record and things like that. You can ask me more technically. But so let’s just say it’s the majority and they stand out against sort of the background pattern of extinction. So, if you just plot the known diversity of life on the planet at any given time there are these pretty dramatic drops and they’ve been known for a long time in the rock record, because it turns out they coincide with pretty dramatic changes in the rocks themselves. So, you can sort of see from the rock record that something’s happened on the planet and it turns out that those tend to be boundaries where there’s a pretty dramatic change between life before and life after that phase in time. Geologists have been naming rocks for a long time. This goes back a couple of centuries and it just turns out that the boundaries between the big phases of time often are boundaries between eras of life marked by the extinction of the previous era and in the appearance of new kinds of things. Read More

Monday, November 17, 2014

Seed knowledge of a new way of thinking

[By Hunt Henion] Lori Toye's new book, The Ever Present Now, summarizes and edifies over 20 years of the channeled material that has made her famous. Many who don't even know of her work are aware of her Future Earth maps and predictions. However, under all those shocking revelations that grab your attention is a wisdom that has been slowly unfolding for a world very much in need of it.
The masters have imbued the theme of unity in her work from the beginning. Even as they warn of coming earth changes, they've been constantly reminding us that I Am America; you are America; we're connected to the very earth beneath our feet, and we all have an important role to play during these transitional times.
Even as the worries of the impermanent world demand our attention, The Ever Present Now reminds us of the bigger picture and our place in it. Lori's new book gathers together a sampling of all of her most important material, including spiritual techniques for self development, meditation, insight into the seven rays, and how you may possibly relate to life using that 7-ray system the way some use astrology. She covers healing, ascension, and the spiritual and physical structure of the Golden Cities -- and how where you live might be an aid to your consciousness and work. All of these topics are placed more firmly in the scope or humanity's evolution in this book that is now possible after its author has had decades for the message behind all of her channeled messages to sink in.
In short, this new book gives us answers and insight regarding the ongoing global changes, and the reassurance that we all need in order to have faith in the work we know we each need to do. Lori is careful to point out that, “Prophecy’s true purpose is to transform and heal in order to avert catastrophe or calamity.” She addresses that idea thoroughly in a chapter titled, “Prophecy is Not Prediction.”
Still, it's so easy to get distracted by the message of hopelessness around us. Then, as we look for hope, it's easy to get distracted by the metaphysical and esoteric explanations of things. It's all flashy and fun, and we feel enlightened just to be aware of such things. Still, the wars rage and the earth boils because... I Am America and so are you, and our efforts could be a lot more synchronous and harmonious.
The Ever Present Now reminds us of the unchanging truth we all share through simple stories and common sense reasoning, as well as through research and esoteric revelations. For those who are ready, the entire book unveils the reassuring theme that, “A change of heart can change the world.”
The world is a scary place, and knowing what is probably coming our way if things don't change can be terrifying. People want to hear it, but then they go to a place of fear where their brains grind to a stop. The Ever Present Now is the seed of a new way of thinking and reacting based on our own core power and connection to the cause of all things. As Lori puts it, “Our awakening consciousness extends onward to engender a new interaction with our sensitive environments – social, physical, and throughout our precious Earth.”
This book is for anyone who needs to feel that connection better. It is also an excellent overview of the I AM America Teachings and a great way to start for those who have never experienced them. Read More

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11/10/2014 -- Polar Vortex Returns -- "Bomb Cyclone" Arctic Low heading ...

Collect call from E.T. Do you accept the charges?

[EarthSky] How many times have you watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind, or Independence Day and wondered if what happened in those films could ever really occur?
Well, that day may be getting closer as things start to get interesting in the search for extraterrestrial life.
A recent discovery proves that as much as 50 percent of the water on our planet predates the sun. Not only does this indicate water is more prevalent than we thought, it also means that many more worlds throughout our galaxy probably have habitats conducive to life. In our own solar system, even worlds like Jupiter’s moon Europa, and Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan, may host some form of life. This means the so called habitable zones – the specific orbits around stars, for example, at Earth’s distance from our sun – are no longer the only places where life can get started. These small moons don’t get all their energy from the sun. They also get energy from the gravitational push and pull of their host planets. Conceivably, there could be as many as a billion worlds in our galaxy with living things on them.
When speaking of technically advanced civilizations though, those numbers change dramatically. To evolve beyond one-celled organisms takes an extraordinary set of circumstances and an equal dose of luck. The number of starts and stops for life on a distant world probably outnumber all the grains of sand on a large California beach. If however, just a tiny fraction of those worlds with life develop into societies able to communicate, there could be at least 2,000 in our galaxy alone.
So, why in the 54 years since SETI began searching for extraterrestrial radio signals, haven’t we heard a thing?
First, the majority of stars in our galaxy are much older than ours and very far away. A signal from a distant civilization might arrive tomorrow or 100 years from now. When you compare the 4.5 billion years our planet has been around to the almost 15 billion years the universe has been in existence, our 54 years of searching for intelligent civilizations beyond Earth doesn’t amount to much. In fact, it equals about a hundredth of a second on a 24-hour clock.
Also, advanced extraterrestrial societies have probably evolved far beyond radio communications by now. Recognizing signals from them might be comparable to a primitive tribe deep in the jungle listening for evidence of a larger world unable to pick up vast amounts of information from the Internet flying all around them. Even a radio signal from a civilization only slightly more advanced than us would be difficult to pick up. You’d have to be at the right frequency at the right time and be very lucky. Read More

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Earth’s magnetic field ‘could flip in the space of 100 years’, scientists warn

[Metro] Scientists predict that the Earth’s magnetic field can flip far faster than previously thought – unleashing a force which Mayan apocalypse believers thought might destroy our planet in 2012.
Berkeley scientists say that the Earth’s magnetic field can weaken and dip within just 100 years, before flipping so that compasses point south – an event they admit could wreck the entire world’s power grid and expose the world to deadly cosmic rays.
Earth’s magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than normal at present, leading geophysicists to predict a flip within a few thousand years – but Discovery news says that could understimate the speed of the change.
Authors such as Robert Felix claim that previous reversals have been associated with mass disruptions such as the extinction of Neanderthal man, and with supervolcano eruptions and other apocalyptic events.
The ‘flip’ occurs regularly, but there has not been a documented instance for 800,000 years.
The Berkeley researchers say that apocalyptic events such as supervolcano eruptions are not likely – but that the flip could leave Earth exposed to cosmic rays which our magnetic field normally shields us from, leading to mutations and cancer in human beings.
Study co-author Paul Renne said, ‘We should be thinking more about what the biologic effects would be.’ Read More

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Next Green Revolution

". . . breakdown of food systems is the biggest threat of Climate Change."

[National Geographic] Something is killing Ramadhani Juma’s cassava crop. “Maybe it’s too much water,” he says, fingering clusters of withered yellow leaves on a six-foot-high plant. “Or too much sun.” Juma works a small plot, barely more than an acre, near the town of Bagamoyo, on the Indian Ocean about 40 miles north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On a rainy March morning, trailed by two of his four young sons, he’s talking with a technician from the big city, 28-year-old Deogratius Mark of the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute. Mark tells Juma his problem is neither sun nor rain. The real cassava killers, far too small to see, are viruses.
Mark breaks off some wet leaves; a few whiteflies dart away. The pinhead-size flies, he explains, transmit two viruses. One ravages cassava leaves, and a second, called brown streak virus, destroys the starchy, edible root—a catastrophe that usually isn’t discovered until harvest time. Juma is typical of the farmers Mark meets—most have never heard of the viral diseases. “Can you imagine how he’ll feel if I tell him he has to uproot all these plants?” Mark says quietly.
Juma is wearing torn blue shorts and a faded green T-shirt with “Would you like to buy a vowel?” printed on the front. He listens carefully to Mark’s diagnosis. Then he unshoulders his heavy hoe and starts digging. His oldest son, who is ten, nibbles a cassava leaf. Uncovering a cassava root, Juma splits it open with one swing of his hoe. He sighs—the creamy white flesh is streaked with brown, rotting starch.
To save enough of the crop to sell and to feed his family, Juma will have to harvest a month early. I ask how important cassava is to him.
“Mihogo ni kila kitu,” he replies in Swahili. “Cassava is everything.”
Most Tanzanians are subsistence farmers. In Africa small family farms grow more than 90 percent of all crops, and cassava is a staple for more than 250 million people. It grows even in marginal soils, and it tolerates heat waves and droughts. It would be the perfect crop for 21st-century Africa—were it not for the whitefly, whose range is expanding as the climate warms. The same viruses that have invaded Juma’s field have already spread throughout East Africa.
Before leaving Bagamoyo, we meet one of Juma’s neighbors, Shija Kagembe. His cassava fields have fared no better. He listens silently as Mark tells him what the viruses have done. “How can you help us?” he asks.

Answering that question will be one of the greatest challenges of this century. Climate change and population growth will make life increasingly precarious for Juma, Kagembe, and other small farmers in the developing world—and for the people they feed. For most of the 20th century humanity managed to stay ahead in the Malthusian race between population growth and food supply. Will we be able to maintain that lead in the 21st century, or will a global catastrophe beset us?
The United Nations forecasts that by 2050 the world’s population will grow by more than two billion people. Half will be born in sub-Saharan Africa, and another 30 percent in South and Southeast Asia. Those regions are also where the effects of climate change—drought, heat waves, extreme weather generally—are expected to hit hardest. Last March the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that the world’s food supply is already jeopardized. “In the last 20 years, particularly for rice, wheat, and corn, there has been a slowdown in the growth rate of crop yields,” says Michael Oppenheimer, a climate scientist at Princeton and one of the authors of the IPCC report. “In some areas yields have stopped growing entirely. My personal view is that the breakdown of food systems is the biggest threat of climate change.” Read More

Is California's drought worse than the Dust Bowl?

The atmospheric conditions that led to the so-called Dirty Thirties eight decades ago are present today, say researchers.

[CS Monitor] The catastrophic 1934 drought is one of the worst North America droughts on record, and was caused, in part, by an atmospheric condition that may have led to the current drought in California, a new study finds.
The 1934 drought affected about seven times more land area than other large droughts that hit North America between the years 1000 and 2005, and was almost 30 percent worse than the 1580 drought, the second most severe drought to hit the continent in the past 1,005 years.
"We noticed that 1934 really stuck out as not only the worst drought, but far outside the normal range of what we see in the record," lead researcher Ben Cook said in a statement. Cook is a climate scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and holds a joint appointment at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
The same atmospheric phenomenon that emerged during the winter of 1933 to 1934 is also present today. This high-pressure ridge over the West Coast deflects storms holding much-needed rain, and may be causing the current drought crippling California, the researchers said.
"When you have a high-pressure system there, it steers storms much farther north than they would normally be," Cook told Live Science. "With this high pressure sitting there in the winter of 1933 to 1934, it blocked a lot of the rainfall and storms that you would expect to come into California."
It's unclear what causes the atmospheric ridge, however. "There's some evidence that maybe it could be forced by changes in ocean temperatures in parts of the Pacific, but by all accounts, it appears to be just a natural mode of variability in the atmosphere," Cook said.
This ridging pattern has been in place during some of the worst droughts to hit the West Coast, including the 1976 California drought, one of the worst dry spells in the state's history. California's current three-year drought is projected to cost the state $2.2 billion in 2014, and is predicted to continue in 2015, according to a July report from the University of California, Davis. Read More

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Half of Earth's wildlife disappeared in past 40 years: WWF warns biodiversity loss is alarming

[Tech Times] More than half of the world's wildlife has disappeared over the past 40 years and humans are largely attributed to this loss, a report by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) revealed on Tuesday.
The Living Planet Report, which is published biannually by the WWF and is based on the Living Planet Index of the Zoological Society of London that monitors over 10,000 vertebrate species, revealed that the decline in the population of the world's animals is worse than previously believed. Two years ago, the WWF's report put the figure of wildlife loss at only 28 percent for the period between 1970 and 2008.
The report revealed that the population of amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles dropped by an average of 52 percent between 1970 and 2010 but the worse impact was seen in freshwater species, which saw a decline of 76 percent over the same period, or almost double than the biodiversity loss experienced by land and other marine species. It also showed that the biggest declines occurred in tropical regions particularly in Latin America, which lost 83 percent of animals in four decades.
The drop in wildlife population is mostly blamed on man-made activities such as excessive emission of carbon dioxide, cutting of trees, pumping of groundwater, hunting and overfishing albeit invasive species and diseases also posed threats to wildlife population. Read More

Sunday, October 05, 2014

"We need a Center for Fear Control"

"If we’re busy making each other afraid, how do we develop the calm, the resilience, the awareness, even the sanity to deal with something as monumental as climate change?"

[by David Spangler] The Center for Disease Control or CDC has been much in the news of late, primarily due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. This is an organization whose task is to monitor infectious diseases and prevent them from developing into epidemics or worse, pandemics.
            The work of this organization is vitally important, especially as our world becomes more tightly knit together through the ease of air travel, allowing a disease to spread with unprecedented rapidity. Microbes do not respect political boundaries, and why should they? In many ways, this is their planet, making up by far the bulk of the biomass of all species; we just rent space from them!
            The need for an organization such as the CDC arises because of the interconnectedness of society and of life itself. But we are equally if not more interconnected these days through the Internet, our minds and emotions in touch with other minds and emotions in distant places of the world. We can witness events occurring anywhere on the globe and feel their impact as if they were happening locally. Furthermore, if I’m mystically inclined, then I realize that as souls we have always been interconnected, part of a universal oneness. What happens to the least of us happens to all of us through the cosmic web of life.
            With this interconnectedness in mind, it seems we are as fully in need of a “Center for Fear Control,” a CFC, as we are of a CDC. Maybe more so, for given our mental and emotional interconnections these days through media, fear can spread more widely more quickly than any disease, and it can create just as much if not more havoc. Under the right conditions, fear can be an ally informing us about danger and helping us to escape it. But it can also be a contagion, spreading from one person to another, sometimes directly but often indirectly along the invisible psychic web that connects us all.
            We live in a fear-saturated society. Oh, much of this fear isn’t in the form of abject terror or unreasoning panic; the bulk of it is probably felt as a low-level but constant sense of anxiety and stress, often for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. All may be going well in my life and yet I can still be aware of feeling anxious.
            This isn’t surprising. Just as there are sources generating physical pollution on a daily basis, so there are sources deliberately pumping fear pollution into our collective psychic environment. The most obvious are those like ISIL or Al-Qaeda, organizations who use terror as military and political weapons. Then there are governments who generate fear because a fearful populace is easier to manipulate and control. More subtly are modern economies that depend on fear to keep the wheels of commerce turning. Corporations may not use out and out terror to advertise their products but they play upon and even stimulate our anxieties to be accepted, to do the right thing, to look, smell, dress, and eat right. And then there are the religions that for millennia have used fear of God, fear of eternal punishment, fear of damnation, fear of the world to keep believers in line.
            All of this stems from the very human idea that fear can be a tool to accomplish other ends and from a willingness to use this tool.   It’s an ancient idea, one that any one of us may employ from time to time whether as parents, as bosses, or just in the struggle to get our way and to feel safe ourselves. Of course, as long as this tool of fear is an accepted and even applauded mode of human behavior, none of us can ever feel wholly safe for long.
           The impact of the use of fear as a tool on human wellbeing is every bit as disastrous as any pandemic. It is a disease of consciousness, and its toll is greater than any disease of the body. And it makes us more vulnerable to those fears that arise from non-human sources, from viruses like Ebola or from the effect of earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, and other natural disasters. If we’re busy making each other afraid, how do we develop the calm, the resilience, the awareness, even the sanity to deal with something as monumental as climate change?
            As I said, we live in a fear-saturated world. We need a Center for Fear Control every bit as urgently as a Center for Disease Control. We need to stem the spread of fear and develop ways of spreading courage and peace instead. Read More

Friday, October 03, 2014

Greater Chance of Earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park

(This is the fractured cross that is explained in the prophecies of the I AM America 6-Map Scenario. - Lori)

[ABC] The U.S. Geological Survey says there's a greater chance of damaging earthquakes in Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
Millions of visitors come to Yellowstone every year to witness the power of the world's largest active volcano. The magma pool lies beneath the huge caldera that makes up most of the park's surface, including Lake Yellowstone. In July, super-volcano expert Dr. Bob Smith revealed what his studies discovered about the magma body.
"…that it's two and a half times bigger," said Smith
Now a new U.S. geological survey report reveals the Yellowstone Grand Teton area is more likely to have hazardous earthquakes than previously thought. "Yellowstone is always shaking," said Smith.
Smith's labs at the University of Utah constantly watch the park's earthquakes with seismic and satellite surveillance.
"We record three to four thousand earthquakes a year in Yellowstone," said Smith
Most of those earthquakes are small, of course. However, the updated government maps show a slightly greater risk for hazardous earthquakes in northwest Wyoming, but engineers have been reinforcing public buildings in the area for the last decade. Read More

Meet Earth's New Moon

(This fascinating article mirrors the prophetic time of the "Two Moons" in the I AM America 6-Map Scenario! Notice that this "moon" will travel near our planet for the next 165 years. - Lori)

[DailyMail] The moon has been orbiting Earth for more than four billion years.
But our planet’s faithful companion may not be alone. A new object, dubbed 2014 OL339, has been found masquerading as Earth’s ‘second moon’.
The new ‘moon’, which is in fact a 490ft (150 metre) asteroid, takes about a year to orbit the sun and is close enough to Earth to look like its satellite.
The peculiar object was accidentally discovered on July 29 by astronomer Farid Char of the Chilean University of Antofagasta.
According to Rebecca Boyle writing in New Scientist, 2014 OL339 has been travelling near to our planet for about 775 years and it will continue to do so for another 165 years. It has an elliptical orbit and takes around 364.92 days to circle the sun once, meaning the asteroid and Earth are in ‘resonant orbits’.
This happens when two orbiting bodies exert a gravitational influence on each other due to their orbits being closely related.
For instance, Pluto and Neptune are in an orbital resonance of 2:3. This means for every two times Pluto goes around the sun, Neptune makes three trips around the star. Read More


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

NASA images reveal shocking scale of Aral Sea disaster

(In the Freedom Star World Map this lake is prophesied to be under ocean waters. - Lori)

[FOX] A series of NASA satellite images has revealed the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea, a massive environmental disaster dubbed “the quiet Chernobyl.”
NASA’s Terra satellite began capturing the images in 2000, when the vast central Asian lake known as the Aral Sea was already a fraction of its 1960 size (as shown by the black line in the images).
“It shows the power of long-term satellite observation from space,” a NASA spokesman told FoxNews.com, noting that the Terra satellite will have been in space for 15 years in December.
The victim of a Soviet era water diversion project in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world, but now holds less than 10% of its original water volume.
By 2000 the body of water had already separated into Northern and Southern Aral Seas, also known the Small and Large Seas. As the satellite image taken in 2000 shows, the Southern Sea was split into tenuously-connected eastern and western ‘lobes,’ or basins.
Within 12 months, however, the southern part of the connection had been lost, and the shallower eastern basin began to quickly retreat over the subsequent years. Dry conditions in 2014 caused the basin to completely dry up for the first time in modern times, according to NASA.
“As the lake dried up, fisheries and the communities that depended on them collapsed,” said NASA, in a statement accompanying the satellite images, adding that the increasingly salty water became polluted with fertilizer and pesticides. Read More

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Signs of ‘Connected Consciousness’ Detected on Global Scale

[California News Wire] Our individual minds, though distinct and uniquely ours, may also join with others in a kind of mental symphony that now and then becomes audible against a prevailing background of static. That’s a research conclusion appearing today on the World Future Society’s website. Reported by futurist Richard Samson, Director of EraNova Institute, the conclusion is based on 16 years of analysis by the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), based in Princeton, New Jersey.
The research project, led by cognitive psychologist Roger Nelson, began at Princeton University in 1998 and continues as an international consortium with logistical support from the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.
After monitoring more than 480 world events, the article reports, GCP researchers have accumulated strong evidence of some kind of transpersonal mentality that seems to emerge when many people share a common concern or experience. At such times, a global network of devices employing quantum tunneling has found weak but definite signs of coherence arising out of background “noise” or randomness.
Although the evidence has been known by specialists for years, it has grown so strong it now warrants public attention, Samson asserts. “And it comes at a time when the materialistic assumptions of traditional science, particularly physics, are being challenged.”
The measured effect, though faint and fickle, is statistically significant to an extremely high degree, according to Nelson and his fellow researchers. It shows up during times of crisis or celebration, such as an earthquake or New Year’s Eve, when millions of people focus on the same thing at the same time. Read More

Go to: Princeton's Global Consciousness Project
Read the Report: Richard Samon's Blog

Sunday, September 28, 2014

U.S. Southwest Storms Knock Over Trees, Drench Phoenix

[ABC] Intense storms swept through the Southwest on Saturday, snapping trees and shrouding metropolitan Phoenix in cascading showers while also bringing flooding to parts of Nevada.
The skies above downtown Phoenix were completely gray in the afternoon as strong winds, thunder and rain hit the region. The outside visibility of buildings was almost entirely obscured by rain and clouds.
The storm forced authorities to close a section of Interstate 17 for more than hour due to flooding. Flight departures and landings resumed about 3:30 p.m. after they were halted for an hour at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. But airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez said delays are expected into the evening. More than 40 flights scheduled to land in Phoenix were diverted to other airports, she said.
"The wind caused some damage to the roof of Terminal 2 in the baggage claim area and in some of the gate areas. However, all three terminals at Sky Harbor are operational," Rodriguez said in a statement.
Branches and debris littered streets around the city and at least one traffic light was knocked over. Some trees were toppled by the ensuing wind. The Salt River Project utility said that about 31,000 customers were without power as of Saturday afternoon. Read More

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

[Huffington Post] NEW YORK -- More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.
Early reports from event organizers are hailing the turnout as the largest climate march in history, far bigger than the Forward on Climate rally held in Washington, D.C., last year. High-profile environmentalists including Bill McKibben, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva marched alongside policymakers such as Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore were also there, and more than 550 buses carried in people from around the country.
Follow along for live updates below.
The rally comes at an opportune time as 120 world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are expected to convene Tuesday at the United Nations in New York to discuss ways to tackle the growing threat of carbon pollution.
The White House has pledged to "show the world that the U.S. is leading on climate change, and to call on other leaders to step up to the plate," John Podesta, who serves as a counselor to the president, told reporters on Thursday. However, a recent study found that the world spewed more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere last year than ever before, primarily driven by China, India and the United States. And the top leaders of China and India announced earlier this month that they won't be attending Tuesday's summit. Read More

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Sahara Is Millions of Years Older Than Thought


[Smithsonian MagazineThe movement of tectonic plates that created the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps also sparked the drying of the Sahara some 7 million years ago, according to the latest computer simulations of Earth’s ancient climate.
Though North Africa is currently covered by the world’s largest non-polar desert, climate conditions in the region have not been constant there for the last several million years. Subtle changes in Earth’s tilt toward the sun periodically increase the amount of solar energy received by the Northern Hemisphere in summer, altering atmospheric currents and driving monsoon rains. North Africa also sees more precipitation when less of the planet’s water is locked up in ice. Such increases in moisture limit how far the Sahara can spread and can even spark times of a “green Sahara”, when the sparse desert is replaced by abundant lakes, plants and animals.
Before the great desert was born, North Africa had a moister, semiarid climate. A few lines of evidence, including ancient dune deposits found in Chad, had hinted that the arid Sahara may have existed at least 7 million years ago. But without a mechanism to explain how it emerged, few scientists thought that the desert we see today could really be that old. Instead, most scientists argue that the Sahara took shape just 2 to 3 million years ago. Terrestrial and marine evidence suggest that North Africa underwent a period of drying at that time, when the Northern Hemisphere started its most recent cycle of glaciation. Read More
 

Religions for the Earth: Redefining the Climate Crisis

[Time] This coming week in New York City has the potential to be for climate change what the 1963 March on Washington was for civil rights. The world’s political leaders will gather at the UN for an urgent Climate Summit called by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the city for the People’s Climate March.
At Union Theological Seminary, a remarkably diverse group of more than 200 religious and spiritual leaders will gather for the Religions for the Earth conference. Representing Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, the Pacific nations and the Arctic, these leaders will bring a much-needed moral perspective to the climate crisis. They represent billions of people of faith.
Through the work at this conference, we hope to help redefine the climate crisis. It is not just a scientific and political challenge, it is an urgent moral imperative. The Religions for the Earth initiative at Union seeks to create a place where visionary religious and spiritual leaders from around the world will convene to find common ground and offer new strategies to deal with a crisis that politicians have been unable to solve.
In meeting after meeting, from Rio to Kyoto to Copenhagen to Durban, politicians and technocrats have been thwarted, because at its core, climate change is not just about science, or zero-sum financial negotiations between emitters: it’s about values. It relates profoundly to the meaning of life rather than just its mechanics—to the essence of how we experience our being, share our resources, and regard one another across space and time. It has implications for the existence of the world itself, and humanity’s place within it.
It will take a values-driven conversation to change the materialistic and consumer-oriented culture that assigns worth only to financially quantifiable things. The unchecked profit-driven model of maximum production devours what we care most about: clean air, clean water, and the wellbeing of the most vulnerable families. We need a new moral equation. Read More

People's Climate March in New York City kicks off

[Politico.com] NEW YORK — Activists, scientists, students, celebrities and elected officials took to New York City’s streets Sunday for a massive march meant to sound the alarm about climate change.
Organizers were hoping to attract more than 100,000 people, a crowd that would make the march through midtown Manhattan the largest climate-related event in history, dwarfing a February 2013 protest on the National Mall that drew 35,000 people. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people had come out Sunday.
Participants waved flags, pounded on drums and carried signs that said “No More Climate Change” and “Climate Action Now,” while police blocked traffic along Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street.
Participants said they were trying to send a message to elected officials that tackling climate change, an issue that has often taken a back seat in Washington, should be a top priority. Politicians taking part in Sunday’s protest included Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) as well as former Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, while former Vice President Al Gore, scientist Jane Goodall, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also joined the marchers.
“It shows we have power,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “It’s a diverse coalition. It’s broad and it’s growing in strength and it’s growing in diversity. And it’s increasingly impatient at the rate of progress.”
But it wasn’t making an immediate splash on national TV — “Meet the Press” didn’t mention the march, while CNN and MSNBC were focusing on issues like the NFL, the fight against ISIL and the November elections. Read More

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Reshaping the Earth


Fascinating article about sea level increases and the vulnerability of the Sea Floor. This information mirrors the prophecies of the Freedom Star World Map - especially Iceland. - Lori

[by Carolyn Kormann for the New Yorker]
In the tenth century, a Norseman named Bárður Bjarnason settled in northern Iceland with his nine sons. Conditions were rough, and Bjarnason decided to follow his sons south in search of more fertile land. His route, the story goes, stretched across Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull, and passed by several volcanoes, including one that he decided to name after himself. Blanketed in white, it probably looked much like it does today—a massive, radiant hump. Bjarnason, or one of his descendants, called the volcano Bárðarbunga. The name means “Bárður’s bulge.”
Over the weekend, Bárður’s bulge started to erupt. A glowing wall of molten rock is now leaping and streaming from a fissure north of the volcano’s ice cap. It’s a “nicely behaved” eruption, as one scientist put it—a “nice fire curtain with lava squirting out”—following a few nerve-wracking weeks of “seismic crisis,” marked by thousands of subglacial earthquakes and a threatening intrusion of magma. An eruption could still explode through the volcano’s glacier. Major floods of ice melt would follow, as well as a giant ash cloud, perhaps similar to the one in 2010 from Eyjafjallajökull, which shut down European air space for a week and left millions of travellers stranded around the world. Earthquakes continue to rattle Bárðarbunga’s caldera. Lava is flowing north of the glacier at about a hundred cubic metres per second, and a dramatic white plume of steam and gas rises to four and a half kilometers above the sea.

Meanwhile, the attention on Bárður’s bulge has prompted a discussion of the relationship between volcanoes, melting glaciers, and climate change. As a glacier recedes, its enormous mass is removed from the land. Relieved of that load, the land rebounds slightly and the pressure underground is reduced, enabling more magma to accumulate; eventually, some of that magma will rise and erupt through the Earth’s surface. In other words, global warming could alter the shape of the planet. “If you deglaciate Iceland, volcanism in Iceland should increase,” Jerry Mitrovica, a professor of geophysics at Harvard, said. “We’re moving the hand from the door and allowing the door to swing open.”
No one is suggesting that climate change is causing Bárðarbunga, in particular, to erupt; the ways in which atmospheric changes might affect geophysical events of this kind are hard to isolate on anything close to a human time frame. “It can be very difficult to decide if changes in the rate of earthquakes or volcanoes have actually happened,” Duncan Agnew, a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, wrote in an e-mail. “It’s a statistical question, so one event isn’t enough—you need to have a long prior history to compare it with.”
Iceland’s geological record offers some insights. The nation’s volcanoes sit directly over a hot spot on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and have been depositing new layers of rock for millions of years. Scientists who have analyzed these layers have found that, beginning about ten thousand years ago, after the last ice age’s glaciers began to melt, Iceland’s volcanoes started erupting as much as fifty times more frequently. Lava flowed freely and ash fell abundantly for the next two thousand years. Read More

Monday, August 18, 2014

California Drought Spurs Groundwater Drilling Boom in Central Valley

(National Geographic) FRESNO, California—When Floyd Arthur moved to California's Central Valley as a child in the mid-20th century, his migrant worker parents found water by digging just a few feet into the ground.
But now, the drilling company Arthur and his son own has to bore holes 1,000 or even 2,000 feet (300 to 600 meters) deep for water.
"If we don't get a bigger snowpack soon, we're going to be in trouble. I don't know what we're going to do," Arthur said about the most serious drought in California's recorded history. (See "New Technology Measures Snowpack Amid California Drought.")
The Arthurs run just one company that is working around the clock to fulfill the booming demand for new wells in California's Central Valley. As the state feels the pressure of a drought with no end in sight, farmers and landowners who no longer have access to surface water are spending millions of dollars to dig increasingly deep wells.
But experts warn that the new rush for water is unsustainable and that it carries serious consequences for the environment and the future. Read More

West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis (Washington Post)
When the winter rains failed to arrive in this Sacramento Valley town for the third straight year, farmers tightened their belts and looked to the reservoirs in the nearby hills to keep them in water through the growing season.
When those faltered, some switched on their well pumps, drawing up thousands of gallons from underground aquifers to prevent their walnut trees and alfalfa crops from drying up. Until the wells, too, began to fail.
Now, across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm. Streams and lakes have long since shriveled up in many parts of the state, and now the aquifers — always a backup source during the region’s periodic droughts — are being pumped away at rates that scientists say are both historic and unsustainable. Read More

Saturday, August 16, 2014

16 US states at high earthquake risk

[Here is the latest update from the US geological survey. The 16 states are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Suggests some similarity to the I AM America Map! - Lori]

(Lloyds.com)
Updates to the recent US geological survey show that certain areas face a higher threat of earthquakes than previously thought. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake which hit China’s Yunnan province on 3 August 2014 is a reminder of why some governments are keen to better understand earthquake hazard in order to mitigate the risk.

This is the objective of the US Geological Survey (USGS), which released its latest hazard maps for the US in July 2014.

“USGS earthquake science is vital because you can’t plan for earthquakes if you don’t know what you are planning for,” said Mark Petersen, chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, in a statement. “Our nation’s population and exposure to large earthquakes has grown tremendously in recent years. The cost of inaction in planning for future earthquakes and other natural disasters can be very high, as demonstrated by several recent damaging events across the globe.”

Earthquake science is constantly evolving as new research improves understanding. In recent years there have been significant earthquake events around the world. Such devastating catastrophes offer scientists the ability to better understand how earthquakes behave.

Geoscientists have recently studied the phenomenon of earthquake “clustering” (where one earthquake triggers another further down a fault line) and the impact of secondary perils, such as tsunami and liquefaction. Much of this insight has informed the latest incarnation of USGS hazard maps.

Earthquakes in Alaska, Mexico and New Zealand have offered insight into more complex ruptures and how faults can link together. This insight was applied to California by USGS.

The magnitude Tohoku earthquake and a M8.2 earthquake off the coast of Chile in 2014 ruptured along subduction zones similar to the Pacific Northwest zone. Read More