Monday, 20 June 2011

Anyone Can Feel Energies..............

By Robert Searle

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Back in circa 1994, or thereabouts Gurinder Singh, the head of Radhsoami Satsang Beas made a suprise visit to the London Satsang. At the end of his talk he asked whether anyone had any questions. I stood up, and claimed that during my spiritual search I had experienced "energies" from some gurus, or words to that effect. Gurinder rightly said that "Anyone can feel energies". There is nothing in the way of real spiritual advancement about it.

Anyway, in April 2011 I was at a famous yearly Sikh Festival in which a number of temporary free food stalls were set up on certain streets in Slough. These marked the procession of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs, and their actual living Guru. Just before the open canopied float in which it was placed along with the priests appeared, I was wistfully thinking about the energies of higher conciousness experienced at Haynes Park where I was at a Radhasoami meeting. I did not feel anything like that at the Slough Sikh Festival. However, much to my amazement as I came close to the actual float, and indeed, the Guru Granth Sahib itself I experienced the intensity of higher energies, and as such bowed to it with a respectful Namaste...However,no visual data was registered as the energies could have come from one of the priests rather than from the Granth itself in the open canopied float.

As mentioned in an early post in Esoteric Miscellany, I was struck by a ray from the Guru Granth Sahib itself as I paid my obeissance to it....! Whether this was a trick of the imagination, or not is impossible to say. Anyway, drawn by this energy I joined the procession of mainly sweaty, and at times smelly (!!) ladies who followed the float. Much to my suprise I saw in the crowd Fiona McTaggert, the MP for Slough who recognized me. She had an scarf over her head, and was dressed like an Indian Sikh lady if I recalled correctly. Thankfully, she did not give her usual Cheshire cat-like smile!

Apart from the above,I was once sitting at a public computer terminal doing my usual tapping on the keys when someone next to me passed me a note. On it was the word psychic....but without the question mark. It transpired that the person next to me claimed he could feel my "energies" and was wondering whether I was psychic, or not. I said that I was possibly. He also revealed he could pick different energies from different people but like me usually received no visual data. He rightly pointed out that this was a natural phenomena...........

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Project Mind...

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Project Mind is a Jewish society concerned with the betterment of the world. I had email contact with the late David Devor who was its founder. I include some extracts from their website. (unfortunately the link is not working. Just put Project Mind in google. It is well worth a visit).

Science is the most creative of human endeavors.

Through technology, science transforms inert matter into new liberating possibilities.
Project Mind is establishing a unique project with a special strategy to join science with creativity to increase efficiency in science and dramatically accelerate the production of advanced breakthroughs in medicine, science and technology.

The Eureka sparks of vision that now drive the vast mechanical enterprise of science will become enduring connections of scientific creativity resulting in science that is more encompassing and integrated, and less fragmented, destructive and polluting in its technological spin-offs. We call this form of creativity, "Accelerated Thought" (AT).

We seek the cooperation of those who share this vision.

We seek the candidates for Accelerated Thought

Most of our troubles can be traced to our lack of knowledge of the world around us. Basically, scientists, using knowledge, intuition and sparks of creativity frame hypotheses which are then verified by experiment and observation. Presently, emphasis is placed on the mechanisims for validating hypotheses (ie. instrumentation and methodology), rather than on the scientific creative vision of the scientist.

Through a more intense form of creativity which we call "Accelerated Thought", the complex nature of matter can be discovered to produce encompassing and integrated holistic scientific and technological breakthrough solutions. This requires a more intense concentration between the researcher and the natural phenomena he is contemplating than what is currently practiced. This creative effort is shown in the literature describing the stunningly innovative and comprehensive scientific visions of Tesla, McClintock and others.

Who Are the Candidates for Accelerated Thought?

Project Mind is to be the pilot project and model for a creativity-oriented science aimed at producing scientific and technological breakthroughs. We seek candidates having the will, courage and desire to discover scientific breakthroughs and inventions through the creative effort that culminates in Accelerated Thought. Provisions will be made for the care and lodging of participants and for remuneration to help compensate for family and other responsibilities. Isolation is a necessary condition to prevent outside influence on the candidate's efforts to generate the concentration needed to induce Accelerated Thought.

Accelerated Thought is a high-energy mental process whereby realizations (consisting of problems and solutions) arrive, second by second, in rapid-fire sequence rather than once in a lifetime as is typical with Eureka experiences. Project Mind will arrange conditions favoring the occurrence of Eureka experiences as precursors to Accelerated Thought. This induction process and Accelerated thought itself can be maintained, contained, modulated and harnessed to the benefit of mankind. This higher, creativity has long been the dream of many professionals in the creativity field.

Although the Eureka experience is not exactly Accelerated Thought, it is very closely related, and its habitual exercise is the trademark of creative genius. The right moment can produce a Eureka experience, and a series of Eureka experiences can, under the correct conditions, induce a chain reaction which can develop into Accelerated Thought.

The intensity of this experience is accompanied by a spectacular increase in vitality and a feeling of elation. There is an accumulation of awareness that lifts the mind and the individual as a whole to a more integrated level of functioning than before.

Just as brief Eureka experiences provide moments of brilliant insight - the sparks of genius and inspiration that have fueled the sudden advances in scientific progress until now - Accelerated Thought will provide a more intense and sustained form of creativity rendering science holistic and comprehensive.

EffortThe act of creativity is an effort of attention to bring more and better quality energy to the point of observation in order to sustain attention and thus experience more of reality. The duration and quality of attention necessary to perceive the different attributes inherent in a substance or phenomenon and integrate that data in our mind to completely perceive it requires a sustained level of effort.

The limiting factor is the effort of observation and the motivation needed to fuel it. There must be a link of attention between ourselves and the phenomenon studied. The quality of that link depends on its strength and derives from the strength of the intention that sustains it. Thus it is quality of effort that determines how deeply we are able to penetrate into the phenomenon.
ExtrapolationIf the mind grasps, in sufficient detail and with sufficient accuracy, the revealed aspects of a phenomenon, it can hypothesize and project estimations concerning aspects that are as yet undiscovered. Some qualities of a phenomenon will suggest possibilities and constraints in one direction while others will suggest possibilities and constraints in others.

We must be able to see the unique set of circumstances that constitute the being of the phenomenon under consideration and how it connects to other phenomena that are the adjacent components of it.

In the absence of this ultimate effort of creative observation we see only tiny parts of the whole, painstakingly piecing together clues - the isolated parts of the "reality puzzle" that we stumble upon. Extrapolative vision (Accelerated Thought) can be far more penetrating and revealing.
Candidates We seek candidates already predisposed towards Accelerated Thought - those who during their lifetimes have had fairly frequent Eureka experiences and, in some rare cases, even short bouts of Accelerated Thought. These individuals who show a proclivity towards intensely original thought - will be the first to make use of the uniquely supportive environment that Project Mind will offer.


1. Competence

Early candidates for Project Mind will, of necessity, have gained considerable mastery over their chosen field of endeavor or at least in areas pertinent to those of nature's secrets they wish to penetrate with Accelerated Thought. As already indicated, these candidates will, also, be exceptionally disposed towards creative thought.

2. Motivation

The process of Accelerated Thought is initiated by applying sustained "pressure" to conventional reflective thought. This means intensely concentrating on a problem to which we are committed to solving. This will increase our awareness of the terrain we have chosen. Thus the principle criterion for participation in Project Mind is a desire to enter a state of Accelerated Thought.

3. Independence of Spirit and Strength of Character

The desire to innovate must be linked with one's desire to pursue one's destiny.

4. Scientific Aspiration

The candidate's attitudes and aspirations towards their field of science will be of utmost importance in screening for participation.

David Harrington, and his book Inclinations...........

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David Harrington, the author of Inclinations contacted me on the web.I thought I would give him a little help in promoting his work as he has been busy going around bookshops, and appearing on radio in the States. The following is a brief intro to Inclinations.....

....Replete with angels and mythical creatures, Inclinations is a strange and allegorical mixture of poetry and prose. Based on a series of mystical and esoteric visions, this collection of short stories and poems covers a wide variety of themes including faith, judgment, mysticism and spiritual warfare. With a bit of prophecy clouded in the metaphor of sacred language, one must decide where to interpret the text literally and where to interpret it figuratively.

Ref Worlds Apart Books.

The following is an extract called the Two Rams.

Come: Look and see the wonderful sights through theeyes of the visionary.I was driven by the Spirit to a high plateau near a river of rushing waters. And overlooking the sea wall where the waters cascade into the sea, stood two, like rams, clothed in long flowing robes all decked in gold.And in their hands I saw them juggling open books as would a pair of charlatans. And out of the mouth of one I saw fabulous tongues of fire stretch forth over the congregation. And in the eyes of the other welled up great pools of water that whenever he opened his mouth to speak, an endless flood of tears would pour down upon the congregation: In order to extinguish the flames that the first ram had spit forth from out of his mouth.Above the crashing of the waves I could hear the rams speaking great things concerning the Living God before the assembly, who had come to witness the powers of their healing word. But when they spoke their words clashed and went against one another, not too far between.Nevertheless, the rams stood fearlessly in the midst of the congregation, facing each other in bitter opposition,kicking and snorting as they prepared to do battle. And bowing their heads in prayer, they charged at full throttle.And when the rams locked horns, I heard a loud crack of thunder. And all about the arena the mountain rattled. And it was high tide and the waves were battering ferociously against the sea wall. And the boulders were loosened from their places, and the great slabs of marble, granite and slate of their temples broke loose from their foundation and washed out to sea.And their faith faltered and gave out from under them by way of their pride and shame. And their ministries fell hard against the rocks and broke apart. And their lavish kingdoms were thrown down hard with mighty vengeanceagainst the sea wall and crumbled to pieces.And the congregation disputed one with the other over the great things which the rams had spoken in their midst: For one spoke vehemently and with great authority, and the other mildly. And the assembly was torn in two and divided by way of the great things which the rams had spoken. And departing from the midst, went their separate ways.And as I stood wondering what these things might mean, I heard the angel answer and say,“Marvel not: For I shall show you the cause of the rams’great downfall, with whom they have committed adultery.”And as the angel was yet speaking, behold, up from out of the midst of the congregation arose a she-goat despoiled with the filth of the earth. And she ascended to the crest of the mountain and opened her mouth to speak great things against the rams.And the she-goat had a small following that went up after her with hammers and chisels that they might carve in stone every glorious word that proceeded out of her mouth.And she lashed out fearlessly against the rams, accusing them of debauchery and treachery. And the congregation was appalled at the rams and cast them into prison because of the glorious words which the she-goat had spoken. over a year ago

David Harrington gives some explanation.... For all practical purposes, the Two Rams should be interpreted as televangelists on a crusade to lead people to God, but in reality they are false prophets and religious quacks out to rob the people of their money by pretending to be ministers of God. The rams' long flowing robes symbolize their mock holiness and phony priesthood and serve as a cover to conceal their immorality, while their flashy gold jewelry represents their immense wealth that they've emassed by embezzling their way through life, but more importantly, it stands for their imaginary bond with God. How's this for a start? Ref Facebook site

...........What follows is a brief on the hoof questioning of David Harringtons inner experiences. However, alot more could have been garnered if a more structured, and more comprehensive approach had been initiated...

RS.I assume you had experience with inner Sounds

DH.Oh yes Voices, Visions, etc

RS.Do you normally hear a specific Sound like Bells, or thunder or drums? Does the colour blue often feature in your experiences?

DH.Lots of thunder and voices, water

RS.Very interesting

DH.Blue? A little but not overly so.

RS.Interesting...what about the colour red?

DH.About the same....Lots of rainbows in my visions.

RS.Do you see things during normal waking conciousness rather than via trance, and astral travel Or is the former a rare phenomenon

DH.Normal waking conciousness..usually with very little warning.

RS.I see. It happens suddenly

DH.I have been transported to spiritual realms you might say.

RS.And do the phenomena suddenly go as well rather than fade away..have you come across Surat Shabd Yoga?

DH.Yes suddenly, usually my ears will plug up and I am compelled by a strong urge to seclude myself somewhere quiet where I can receive the vision(s) without interruptions.

RS.Very interesting... And Shabd Yoga...heard of it? It teaches advanced soul travel, and uses the Sound as a means of mystic transport

DH.I've heard of it but not familiar with it though. Sounds very interesting indeed.

RS.But do you use Sound to transport upwards, or do you have a whirlwind type off experience Do you merge into the Sound, and does it pull you up or not? In other words, spiritual levitation. has a couple of times I would say.

RS. Interesting... And you have met beings, and have had a telepathic rapport with them

DH.I have ascended to higher realms and then back down to earth again several times in my visions.

RS.Do the beings change forms at all...maybe I should read the book!!

DH.Yes you should read the book for sure. Yes there are creatures that change forms to adapt to their surroundings.

RS.Do any appear alien like as understood in UFO "mythology".

DH.No mostly animal forms or humans who take on animal forms..........................

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

2011.....The Anniversary of The Tempest by William Shakespeare........

by Robert Searle

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Yes, 2011 does indeed mark the anniversay of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. It is said to be his last work, and is highly esoteric........especially the film adaption of it by the film genius of Peter Greenaway. Here, I refer to the masterpiece known as Prosperos Books (1991). This is my best film of all time. As indicated, it is based on The Tempest...

..Some three years ago I refer to it on my music site...

".........This interpretation is full of a sense of the theatrical, and the supernatural per se. It has a rich set of sets so to say which are like rich living renaissance paintings. There is a depth to this film which is difficult to describe, and appreciate. It is cinema at its best brimming with a sense of power, and meaning beyond its celluloid reality....far removed from the usual diet of trash so common of modern day popular film-making. "

The following review comes from Radio Times Guide to Films, 2010.

"Historically important both as a record of John Gielguds celebrated stage rendition of Prospero, and as the first film to be shot entirely in High Definition Video, this visually stunning fantasy is more than just a straightforward adaption of The Tempest. Focusing on the exiled Duke of Milans beloved 24-volume library, Peter Greenaway overlays multiple images and textual information in a meditation of the processes of thought and artistic creation, with Gielguds voicing of all Shakespeares chracters. Viewers may find Greenaways experiments with non-linear narrative challenging, but patience is rewarded."

Another review says the following....

"Prospero's Books really exists outside criticism. All I can do is describe it. Most of the reviews of this film have missed the point; this is not a narrative, it need not make sense, and it is not 'too difficult' because it could not have been any less so. It is simply a work of original art, which Greenaway asks us to accept or reject on his own terms."

Roger Ebert

Here are some other links..

The problem with Prosperos Books is that it really is something which you cannot describe. It has a timeless quality...Every scene for me at least has strange psychological depth which is rich, and often inpenetrable.I will end this blog article with a link to You Tube which displays some clips from Prosperos Books.However, the film itself really needs to be experienced from start, to finish................