March 24, 2015

Eden and the Burning Bush

In life, we are given signs to help lead us on our way through the best, and worst of times. We can always forgive for mistakes if we choose, and learning from those mistakes helps us grow into refined beings of spiritual significance. From the beginning of life, we are loaned character, identity, and principal understanding as an acquired knowledge transcending generation after generation. Part of our primal knowledge may be attained from the very energy first flowing through cells in union before division, the same process igniting our genetic code into replication overdrive.

We divide from conception into a world populated with organisms who followed the same process, who traveled along a path to light in order to take that first breath of oxygen. From there, further knowledge about the world around us is attained in droves while on a path to consciousness awakening, and conscious memory begins to influence personal controls. While growing with new understanding, life subjects everyone to a variety of situations from both difficult and stressful to pleasant and provocative. In these moments adaptation is learned, and for some, a belief beyond physical self in a quest to find answers of why we exist.

With tendency to combine realms of spirituality and scientific understanding, one theoretical question of our existence comes from the book of Genesis. In the Garden of Eden, a flaming sword turning in every which way intentionally kept Adam away from the Tree of Life. Now is he forbidden from the tree in moral principal, or is there possibly a literal identification which physically prohibited Adam from getting too close? For example, the rosette Bromeliad Vriesea splendens, also known literally as a Flaming Sword plant. This particular plant is naturally found in Venezuela and Suriname, far from the Biblical cradle of life's location today.

Bourdon Sebastien, Burning Bush

Further correlation here comes from the Book of Exodus and the burning bush. Some believe Moses must have been hallucinating to claim he witnessed both a bush on fire without being consumed, and the ghostly apparition of god inside it. There exists such a bush, which catches on fire in hot weather, known as the Dictamnus albus, and certain varieties are indeed found in the Mediterranean area. Could this be the burning bush Moses speaks of, and is it possible god presented himself through the heat distortion effect emitted from the burning bush? If Moses recorded events based truly on a real plant, then what about the Flaming Sword, and the Tree of Life for that matter?

Dictamnus can be found roughly in the same area where Moses claimed to see god, and there are at least two potential ways the Flaming Sword native to Venezuela could be placed partway around the world into the Biblical cradle. One, trading between South American cultures and Egyptians as evident by remnants of psychoactive substances along with plants and artifacts native to South America discovered in Egyptian tombs. Evidence loosely creates a link between the two distant continents though hasn't provided solid proof. The idea is not far off Columbus introducing another Bromeliad species to Spain around 500 years ago, the pineapple.

The second theory suggests something fairly startling with a rather large time factor involved. Around 237 million years ago in the Early Triassic, Venezuela and Suriname were located right on the edge of Africa as Earth's landmass clumped together as Pangea. If a similar Flaming Sword variety of Bromeliad existed at this time, and spanned into northern Africa, could it be what Genesis talked of in Eden?

March 12, 2015

Sightings of Ancient UFO's

Over the past decade researchers trying to get to the bottom of UFO sightings have reported an overall increase world-wide. There are many contributing factors supporting this information aside from the distinct correlation that plainly there are more UFOs to be sighted. Consider the growth in the field for one instant, the shear number explosion of investigators, hobbyists, and those paying a little closer attention to the skies above. With a much larger array of trained spotters, it's common sense to say the number of sightings would elevate, at least to a notable point.

Agencies such as MUFON are finally gaining recognition for their accomplishments as more visitors seek to pour over the materials found in their database. Global phenomena like unidentified flying objects have swept the world by filling coherent reports by observers who have never communicated with each other. A similar phenomena exists in case reports studied by psychologists, of alien visitations, which uniformly describe the same experience from person to person although those people have never been in contact with each other.  Of course, UFO sightings are a little different in the respect that the object can be witnessed by hundreds, if not thousands, at the same time. Lack of physical evidence and Earthly explanations often quickly dismiss claims especially when they're founded by individuals who appear discreditable or who have maintained states of panic while regurgitating their experience.  A fabled fish has limitless size potential. The major mystery and clear turning point though is when stories remain consistent in every detail even with the most obscure points, while sharing a common ground with many other reports.

Middle Ages Flying Shield UFO
Shield sighting from Annales Laurissense
Mass sightings with complete coherent reports track back hundreds of years before the time of electronics and modern mass communication. One such example cites a flying disc shaped object traveling from Scotland, over Europe and into Asia. The sighting is well documented in woodcuts and gazettes from several towns who's only lines of communication were foot travel or by horse during the Dark Ages. In fact, dates on the news reports are close enough together that either gossip by foot or by horse would not have traveled fast enough. Also, many of the countries were at war. Why would any individual risk crossing into enemy territory to tell someone there about seeing a strange object in the sky?

The question doesn't end in the Dark Ages though several sightings during the period, in a heightened time of unrest and violence, do have similar descriptive terms. Fire in the sky burning and spinning. Revolving wheel or round barrel of flame. Long fiery beam, pile of fire the size of a small boat, dark object making a sound like a wheel, shaped like a drum and came from the sea. The execution of Nichiren, for example, was aborted as the executioner panicked and ran when he witnessed an object in the sky like a full moon suddenly appear. As well, the Japanese are first credited to the term "flying saucer" after a sighting in 1180CE describing a flying earthenware vessel leaving a luminous trail. As time traces further back, descriptions tend to remain similar in style but use different terms such as a flying globe of fire and circular shield in the sky. Even so far back into written history around 1450BCE where the annals of Thutmose III talking of circles of fire coming from the sky brighter than the brightness of the sun.

Of course one could easily attribute the more ancient UFO sightings to be nothing more than meteorites crashing to Earth, which do indeed fit the some descriptions. Celestial body movements and falling stars best explain a few of the accounts, but do not provide an accurate explanation for other events like the Nuremberg sky battle in which it's reported the objects were fighting with each other, so evident the onlookers could tell who was winning and who was losing. Another example is an account from Emperor Theodosius around 390CE describing a brilliant glowing orb in the sky with a great number of other glowing orbs drawing near the larger one, almost as if they were being pulled in. Theodosius claimed the spectacle to be like a swarm of bees flying around a bee-keeper until they blended together as one, becoming as bright to the eye as a double-edged sword. In fact, there are quite a few ancient UFO sightings that dismiss the comet or meteor theory altogether due to the irregular activity of the object, moving in such ways that a meteor is not capable of.