ISPECTRUM
Issue 01/May-June 2013

MAGAZINE

ORIGIN OF
CENTRIPETAL
FORCES
REINCARNATION

LIFE
AFTER DEATH

THE KACHINAS
CONTENTS
FEATURES
03
ORIGIN OF CENTRIPETAL
FORCES
GRAVITY,COLOR,LIFE,CONSCIO
USNESS AND PERCEPTION
08 Golden Ratio

18 3

...
editorial
Dear all,

Mado Martinez

You are our first readers because today
is the birth of Ispectrum Magazine, a bimonthl...
BY
DAN WINTER
WEBSITE
WWW.FRACTALFIELD.COM/CENTRIPETALFORCES/

ORIGIN OF CENTRIPETAL
FORCES: GRAVITY, COLOR, LIFE,
CONSCIO...
Because that fluidly moving hydrodynamic substance
called ‘charge’ stores
INERTIA- it then has
the quality - of creating
M...
This rule- the origin of
‘quantum mechanics’
- is the reason there
is geometry in the universe. This is because
fitting wa...
waves which did not fit
the agreed standard of
fitting together - would
immediately die (experience destructive wave
inter...
The reason physics has not figured out why an object falls
to the ground till now, is because of TWO fundamental

1.
2.

s...
Gravity is only one of the centripetal forces. Others are color, life
force, perception, and consciousness itself.
All of ...
Understanding the
mechanism which allows
Golden Ratio fractality to
BE the cause of gravity
is essential to this:
The top ...
The Golden Ratio is the
obvious only solution to
this geometry problem
which all waves encounter
because this is the ratio...
Assuming that your mindset is one that is open to all possibilities,
how would you feel if you could look into a crystal b...
REINCARNATION
OR JUST A DIMENSIONAL THING?

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Q

uantum mechanics and particle
physics are showing us s...
tinuum, in a dimension which allows it to
carry on after we have
finished with our physical bodies. Did
you notice how I
d...
Perhaps we have
unfinished business in
this life and the only
way to reconcile and
fix it is to come back
after learning a...
A MULTIDIMENSIONAL MODEL OF
EXISTENCE
Serious scientific research is
actively involved in investigating the reality of dim...
THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL MIND OF
MAN
Just as the cutting edge of science
in Quantum Mechanics and Particle
Physics is revealin...
Dazu Wheel of Reincarnation,CHINA

A SCIENTIFIC MODEL
OF REINCARNATION?
If our brain and our
genes are tuning into
and sto...
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR
LIFE AFTER DEATH
BY
MADO MARTINEZ AND ELAINE VIEIRA
WEBSITE

WWW.MADOMARTINEZ.COM

S

ince time im...
MEDIUMSHIP IN THE LABORATORY
Mediums claim that they can
somehow feel the spirits of
deceased people.
According to spiriti...
In 1991, Chico Xavier’s
mediumship was investigated by Dr Paulo Rossi.
His study confirmed
that 93.3 per cent of
the peopl...
human nature.
The researchers concluded that the
majority of the mediums developed their
mediumship during
childhood and t...
At The Windbridge Institute in
Tucson, Arizona, USA,
from 2008, Dr Julie Beischel has
been conducting fascinating
research...
We use the scientific method and
cedure we use to screen
strict controls to
prospective WCRMs and the subseinvestigate
que...
In her study of mediumship, Dr.
Beischel is very strict
and accurate, applying a quintuple-blind scientific
method, i.e., ...
the gland would be like a mobile
phone that
captures the electromagnetic
waves coming from the
spirit world. Once the wave...
after death and also
at the moment of
death. He concentrates on visions from
people who were lying
in bed and spoke with
d...
versities around the
world) compiled hundreds of stunning testimonies and wrote
some of the most powerful books concerning...
2.

Realistic Out-of-Body
Experiences

Out-of-body
experiences (OBEs) are one of the
most common elements of NDEs.
What “N...
5.

Perfect Playbacks

Life reviews in near-death
experiences include real events
that previously took place in the
lives ...
PAST-LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY
The research on past-life regression consists of practices and evidence based approaches. The...
Dutch Association of
Reincarnation
Therapists and another
with patients with
Tourette syndrome. The
studies showed that
th...
published several books where he
describes his investigations of past
lives.
In Many Lives, Many Masters
(1988), Dr Weiss ...
It was Jim Tucker, MD, who took
over Dr Stevenson’s
research. At the University of
Virginia, Dr Tucker is currently
Medica...
Professor Lisa Randall

The pioneering research of Dr
Raymond Moody and
Dr Elisabeth KüblerRoss has contributed to
the dev...
after death, maybe we
need more accurate
studies which consider
consciousness itself.
In the meantime,
some scientists are...
BY
PHILIP COPPENS
WEBSITE
WWW.PHILIPCOPPENS.COM

THE
KACHINAS:
AN ALIEN INTELLIGENCE, BUT NOT
AS WE KNOW IT

I

For centur...
goes back hundreds if
not thousands of years.
The beings in questions are known as
“kachinas”; they are
not extra-terrestr...
failed to do so. 
Though the kachina
dolls are often identified with the Hopi deities, this is highly inaccurate: one shou...
for the Powamuya ceremony, or
honour of the deities. Early in the
Bean Dance. The Hopi do indeed
year they are held in und...
Each December, a runner climbs
to a shrine in the San Francisco
Peaks, where he scatters a meal
and plants plumes that are...
There is a clear relationship between the
deities and the kachina
dolls, the latter representing aspects of the
former. Ho...
Indeed, in 1960, the
so-called “Vernon man”
was discovered. Nine
inches high, carved
from sandstone and
painted with vertc...
 Though all deities are equal,
some are more popular than others, the most famous for outside
is Kokopelli, a fertility de...
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow
is a mystery, but today is a gift.
That is why it is called the ‘present’.”

We live in th...
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  1. 1. ISPECTRUM Issue 01/May-June 2013 MAGAZINE ORIGIN OF CENTRIPETAL FORCES REINCARNATION LIFE AFTER DEATH THE KACHINAS
  2. 2. CONTENTS FEATURES 03 ORIGIN OF CENTRIPETAL FORCES GRAVITY,COLOR,LIFE,CONSCIO USNESS AND PERCEPTION 08 Golden Ratio 18 3 12 REINCARNATION OR JUST A DIMENSIONAL THING? UNFINISHED BUSINESS 14 How did I do? 15 A multidimensional model of existence 16 The multidimensional model of man 17 A scientific model of reincarnation? 18 SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH 19 Mediumship in the laboratory 24 The Pineal gland and mediumship 25 Research into near-death experience 30 Past-life regression therapy 36 31 Evidence of reincarnation 33 The science of afterlife 36 THE KACHINAS AN ALIEN INTELLIGENCE, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT 37 The kachina dolls 39 Hopi ceremonies 43 Kokopelli-fertility deity 37 12 1
  3. 3. editorial Dear all, Mado Martinez You are our first readers because today is the birth of Ispectrum Magazine, a bimonthly publication that will be delivered directly to your favourite device(laptop, ipad, kindle, etc...). We are free and independent, so as you can guess, you don’t have to pay anything and we can write with freedom of expression about a wide spectrum of matters. In this first issue, we offer you four featured articles that may interest you (a lot!). Dan Winter, Mike O’Hare, Elaine Vieira and Philip Coppens, are the names of our contributor writers. One of them, Philip Coppens, died before he could see how this publishing adventure became true, so we entirely dedicate this brand new magazine to his loving memory. We will always remember you. Thank you for all the support you gave to us, for wanting to be part of this project and for allowing us to publish your articles. Rayna Petrova and I, the founders of this dream that you actually have in your hands, believe that we can share with all of you a wonderful experience. We never forget that behind the mask of an avatar, a digital publication, a comment in a post, a like in facebook, etc., there is always a person. Through our website and our online/offline magazine we want to contribute beyond the virtual… There is something in the outer limits of truth… Ispectrum magazine Editorial Director Editorial Director Mado Martinez, madomartinez@ispectrummagazine.com Art Director Rayna Petrova raynapetrova@ispectrummagazine.com Contributing Writer Philip Coppens Contributing Writer Mike O’Hare Contributing Writer Dan Winter Contributing Writer Elaine Vieira Contributing Writer Mado Martinez Images public domain images,stockvault. net,morguefile.com,commons. wikimedia,sxc.hu,NASA image library,flickr commons,US goverment photos www.ispectrummagazine.com admin@ispectrummagazine.com +44 7517864 167 / +44 7938707 164 (UK) Enjoy your reading. Follow Us 2
  4. 4. BY DAN WINTER WEBSITE WWW.FRACTALFIELD.COM/CENTRIPETALFORCES/ ORIGIN OF CENTRIPETAL FORCES: GRAVITY, COLOR, LIFE, CONSCIOUSNESS AND PERCEPTION We are clear the universe is made of waves. Those waves move in a universal compressible background substance (“ether”) T hose waves then store compression versus rarefaction (packing versus unpacking - sometimes called yin/ yang)- in that substance called (electric) CHARGE. So in physics ‘charge’ is in effect the unified field. 3
  5. 5. Because that fluidly moving hydrodynamic substance called ‘charge’ stores INERTIA- it then has the quality - of creating MASS. This is because inertia stored (by waves of charge rotating) is the only definition of mass. It is as simple as realizing that when a wave is able to go in a circle instead of a line, it begins to STORE more of its inertia - just like a gyroscope. So - as we have often said‘God’ or the creative principle in essence is the skill to teach waves to start going in a circle (creating mass) instead of line. The tricky part of keeping a wave going in a circle - instead of in a straight line - is that when the wave finishes making it’s circle - it has to meet itself - (‘phase 4 lock’) - by agreeing on where the crest and the trough will fit. Otherwise - it creates destructive wave interference ... and kills itself. This need for waves to agree on where to meet- forces them to always obey a simple rule. The number one rule for waves is: The wave length must divide evenly into the circumference of the circle they are making.
  6. 6. This rule- the origin of ‘quantum mechanics’ - is the reason there is geometry in the universe. This is because fitting wavelengths into circles - in 2D and 3Dcauses those wave to make the pretty pictures - tetrahedron, octa, cube, dodeca, icosa etc. These become group theory.. And the fact that electron shells are basically platonic solids- the same way nuclear particles- (protons/neutrons) nest in the platonic solids. The illusion that there is such a thing as a particle arose because of the way these waves of charge store their inertia in discrete or ‘quantized’ little ‘envelopes’. These bubbles or wave packets of charge storing inertia - came to be named particles. They are absolutely not ‘silver bullets’ (which is to say they are NOT solid - but only wave bubbles). The reason the amount of inertia (or mass) stored in each little bubble of waves is so regular or discrete (electrons and protons each store the same amount) - is fascinating. As waves ran around 5 the universe- for eons- they discovered there were some basic agreements required in order for the survival of those waves. An extremely elegant single universal standard for all waves- call PLANCK - (length, time, and energy) evolved because - right from the beginning
  7. 7. waves which did not fit the agreed standard of fitting together - would immediately die (experience destructive wave interference). In effect - since this one unit of length and time and energy - fit ALL of the waves of the universe- these so called PLANK dimensions define the so called ‘sacred’ (gold standard of agreement that fits all of physics) - for waves. The other tricky part about keeping a wave going in a circle ( and thereby creating mass) - is that the inertia the wave stores - tends to immediately get thrown OUT of that circle by centrifugal force. (For the same reason your laundry gets pressed on the outside of the drum during the spin cycle). So - the only way those waves get to KEEP going in a circle and remain part of the exclusive club of ‘mass creators’ is when there is some mysterious centripetal force- which keeps them attracted to the center of the circle (gravity). implosive forces fractalfield.com/ centripetalforces We all know that Einstein did not figure out why any object falls to the ground. He got one thing rightthat infinite constructive wave compression was the solution to his unified field. 6
  8. 8. The reason physics has not figured out why an object falls to the ground till now, is because of TWO fundamental 1. 2. stupidities: Not knowing how fractality - was a wave / electrical solution to perfect or infinite compression. (Although mathematics has long known fractals are infinitely compressible - physics was slow to figure out what a fractal electric field looked like). Not knowing that Golden Ratio was the ultimate solution to all constructive wave interference - and therefore especially the solution to Einstein’s pesky problem: infinite compression. And therefore Golden Ratio is the ultimate solution to fractality. The essential issue of unified field thinking is to know what electric field shape or symmetry causes gravity to happen. This problem is resolved once we understand for example - that the fractal ‘self similarity’ (perfected in Golden Ratio) of the nuclear shapes (symmetry) 7 to the electron shells- is the reason atoms have and make gravity. My new equation/ proof that Golden Ratio exponents times planck length very accurately predict multiple hydrogen radii- is an excellent starting point for new evidence.
  9. 9. Gravity is only one of the centripetal forces. Others are color, life force, perception, and consciousness itself. All of these - by appearance- self organizing forces are caused by Golden Ratio - fractality among waves of charge. 3. Golden Ratio is the universal container of Nassim Harramein - universal of global scaling - of - Length vs. Frequency of - Big Bang, Atom, Galaxy and Universe The evidence the Golden Ratio fractality ( constructive charge collapse perfected) is the cause and mechanism of gravity: 4. 1. Golden Ratio times Plank length produces exactly the radius of hydrogen. ( My equations: goldenmean.info/goldenproof So- Golden RATIO constructive charge collapse- is evidentially what is holding hydrogen - and most likely the entire atomic table together. 2. Golden Ratio is the quintessential element of E8 - Unified Field model. 8 The infinite stellated dodecahedron ( dodeca / icosa/ dodeca...) main characteristic is each node has x,y,z values which are simples multiples of Golden Ratio. This produces perfect constructive wave compression and collapse. For this reason - this is the exact geometry of: a) The universe b) DNA and every living protein c) the outer electrical shape of gold, palladium, platinum (pgm’s), fusion, black holes, the noble gasses, and their corresponding electron valences and nuclear symmetries. d) the Earth grid.
  10. 10. Understanding the mechanism which allows Golden Ratio fractality to BE the cause of gravity is essential to this: The top down view of the Golden Ratio - pent dodeca- which is the shape of every wave in the above list (DNA, Every Living Protein, Gold/PGM’s, Earth Grid, Universe etc) - is essentially 10 spirals of the Golden Mean The reason this shape essentially accounts for all the universe’s centripetal and self organizing forces (gravity, color, consciousness, life force, perception etc)- is as follows: When waves meet in rotation - at each wave node cross- a portion of the inertia of the wave node (or cross point) must radiate out in all directions. The wave interference produced in 3D quickly makes DESTRUCTIVE wave interference (especially if it is cubic) - unless it finds the ONE geometry which allows the wave to continue radiating in ALL directions constructively. That solution is GOLDEN RATIO - and the 3D - what that looks like is the stellated dodeca (pent stars within stars). As the waves keep crossing- at each 9 point along the Golden Spiral they create,the keep doing what all waves must do in wave interference (called ‘heterodyning’). They keep adding AND multiplying (recursive addition) their wave lengths and their wave (or phase) VELOCITIES.
  11. 11. The Golden Ratio is the obvious only solution to this geometry problem which all waves encounter because this is the ratio that allows BOTH adding and multiplying to continue- in such a way that all the produces (children of the waves) continue to FIT the nest. 10
  12. 12. Assuming that your mindset is one that is open to all possibilities, how would you feel if you could look into a crystal ball and see beyond the life that you are now living? Share with me and join in a travel extravaganza which takes us beyond the physical world. To begin with, let me emphasize that this is not an invitation to talk about a belief system that is held steadfast within your religious ideals. No, this is meant to help stimulate your mind and take you beyond your present mode of thought. 11
  13. 13. REINCARNATION OR JUST A DIMENSIONAL THING? UNFINISHED BUSINESS Q uantum mechanics and particle physics are showing us something that we could never have dreamed only ten or fifteen years ago. Do you have any idea how detached, physically, you are from your mind and can you possibly imagine how your whole body functions as your brain receives its programming from another dimension? It’s true! There are other dimensions. BY Actually they are sitting exactly where we are now – right under our noses. Apparently, everything happens simultaneously and in one spot. The physical world is only an illusion to give the impression, through polarities, that there is time and distance between two points. We are as near to each other as we can possibly be with less than the thickness of a molecule between us. This could very well mean that our minds operate out of the time and space con12 MIKE O’HARE WEBSITE WWW.MIKE-OHARE.COM If present-day discoveries through free-thinking science are anything to go on, then we are in for a treat
  14. 14. tinuum, in a dimension which allows it to carry on after we have finished with our physical bodies. Did you notice how I didn’t point out the obvious and use the ‘D’ word? It’s all down to vibration and frequencies. When the TV is turned on, who ever questions about how the pictures and sound reaches us? We should, and the answers we would get are that they are frequencies that do not operate in a physical world. me, I’m only the messenger bringing proof of what is already documented. On this that makes us totally interactive. If we do live on, there is every possibility that The same principle applies to your thoughts. It has been scientifically proved that a thought is a tangible, living thing that has its own electrical charge and is transmitted via other dimensions that surround us. Twilight Zone stuff huh? Well don’t ask basis, there is every possibility that we really do live on beyond the physical world and it was this impression that was the inspiration behind my co-writing The Meadow. It’s a marvellous, wonderful world out there and we should familiarise ourselves with it in a way we also come back again to live another life. Okay, so I’m now well into that nonearthly zone, talking about the possibility of reincarnation, but I have every confidence that there is more to life than we could ever imagine. 13
  15. 15. Perhaps we have unfinished business in this life and the only way to reconcile and fix it is to come back after learning all there is to know in getting it right next time. I have a theory, a personal one albeit and it is this: I believe that I will come back again because I have such an attachment to the material world. I get a buzz out of so many activities which are totally physical. This indicates to me that matters are not yet out of my system and I have to remove all this extra weight before I can move on. Conversely, I’m hoping that reincarnation is down to choice rather than destiny. Regardless, I got a buzz out of writing this piece. Maybe it’s because of all the invisible energy which is surrounding me and willing me to share this with you. I hope you feel the same way. HOW DID I DO? Did I manage to arouse your curiosity? Are you in a position to look beyond what you consider to be a normal physical life? Could reincarnation fit into your belief system? If you would like to learn more about this from the scientific perspective then no one can do this better than my molecular biologist friend, William Brown. At first sight it would appear that life after death or even the topic of reincarnation would be beyond the scope of a scientific discussion, and in classical scientific models of understanding that is indeed the case. However, as alluded to by Mike in the above discussion, the cutting edge of science is entering this ethereal realm 14 once restricted to philosophical or mystical perspectives, and many of these philosophical ruminations and metaphysical perspectives are getting re-described with mathematical and scientific terminology.
  16. 16. A MULTIDIMENSIONAL MODEL OF EXISTENCE Serious scientific research is actively involved in investigating the reality of dimensions beyond the 4 described by General Relativity, of multiple universes created from a quantum foam, 15 and even information stored in the very fabric of space-time itself. Numerous empirical observations are driving this research as scientists find that 98% of the Universe is not directly detectable, what is referred to as “dark energy” – an unseen plenum that seems to permeate even the smallest space but orchestrates whole galaxies into a quantum coherent system where billions of stars move together in a galactic symphony of harmony. Could it be that there is much more to the Universe than what we directly perceive with our physical senses? Could the Universe be layered in multiple dimensions?
  17. 17. THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL MIND OF MAN Just as the cutting edge of science in Quantum Mechanics and Particle Physics is revealing other levels of reality that are orchestrating much of the activity in physical reality, so too is biology discovering higher levels of order that direct and shape biological processes. The mathematics seems to indicate this is so. When the potential energy of a space the size of a proton is calculated it has a mass that is equivalent to the whole Universe – imagine the depth of reality that exists in the room you occupy now! But it is not just the ultra-small and the ultra-large where these anomalies are observed that are pointing us in the direction of an unseen world that seems to be “pulling the strings” here in physical reality. There is an intermediate level between the macroscopic and the microscopic that is rich with similar types of scientific “anomalies”, and that is the level that you occupy – the human being. 16 What kinds of biological processes? Take your thoughts as an example. The phenomenon of consciousness has been a very mysterious aspect of the human being – because scientists within the classical model have been attempting to understand it from a purely physical point of view. Yet new models are emerging that describe how the physical activity of the brain can “tune” into non local fields of information from which our thoughts are formed and derived – a Morphic field that exists at another level of reality and yet drives the information capabilities of not only the brain, but our genes as well.
  18. 18. Dazu Wheel of Reincarnation,CHINA A SCIENTIFIC MODEL OF REINCARNATION? If our brain and our genes are tuning into and storing information within the fabric of spacetime itself, where that information exists beyond the seemingly relentless change of the physical world, then there is an aspect of our consciousness that exists outside of the body, and it can re-enter through genes that are passed down through an unbroken lineage of progeny. These are the same genes that once shaped your 17 ancestors brain – do you think they may have shaped yours similarly? Perhaps that ancestor possessed the same consciousness that you do through the Morphic Field – and you have come back to fulfil some unfinished business.
  19. 19. SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH BY MADO MARTINEZ AND ELAINE VIEIRA WEBSITE WWW.MADOMARTINEZ.COM S ince time immemorial, human beings have wondered if there is something beyond life. Many cultures, religions and systems of knowledge have been based on the belief that the dead are raised up into another world, going to paradise or reincarnating. But what if science could show evidence that there is life after death? In the last few decades, many scientists and medical researchers from universities and institutions around the world have been revolutionising the paradigm, providing evidence that consciousness indeed survives physical death. New scientific methods and technologies are being used to research the age-old question of whether life exists after death. Rigorous studies of mediumship,neardeath experiences and past-life memories suggest that consciousness indeed survives 18
  20. 20. MEDIUMSHIP IN THE LABORATORY Mediums claim that they can somehow feel the spirits of deceased people. According to spiritist terminology, these spirits are called “discarnate”. The famous Brazilian medium Allan Kardec 19 Chico Xavier, who died in 2002, wrote more than 400 books by 600 spiritual authors but never took credit for being the author of any of them. Heavily influenced by the works of 19th-century French spiritist Allan Kardec, Xavier professed that his hand was guided by spirits who dictated to him. An estimated 50 million copies of his books have been sold, and all the profits from these sales have been channelled into charity work. In 1981 and 1982, Xavier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Furthermore, he attended to, free of charge, around 60 people per day in his modest home in the city of Uberaba. Apart from books, Xavier wrote letters from deceased people whose family members were visiting him.
  21. 21. In 1991, Chico Xavier’s mediumship was investigated by Dr Paulo Rossi. His study confirmed that 93.3 per cent of the people who visited Xavier had not known him beforehand. Information from the letters received through Xavier contained so many details about the deceased and their families as to make fraud impossible. Around 62.2 per cent of the messages showed more than six relevant facts each, and 71.1 per cent had detailed information about the deceased people which was subsequently confirmed by their families. Dr Rossi concluded that the information revealed by Chico Xavier actually came from the spirits of dead people and was not the result of any kind of fraud. In 2004, Alexander Moreira de Almeida gained his PhD degree Chico Xavier from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, with his research focus on mediumship experiences. He studied 115 spiritist mediums with the aim of building their sociodemographic profiles and checking their mental health. His study was based solely on spiritist mediums who follow the doctrine founded by Allan 20 Kardec, because they only use their mediumship free of charge to help the spirits. It is important to mention that Moreira de Almeida and his team chose these mediums because the spiritism founded by Allan Kardec is well known worldwide for its seriousness in studying the relationship between the spirit world and
  22. 22. human nature. The researchers concluded that the majority of the mediums developed their mediumship during childhood and that they also showed a high socio-educational level. In addition, they found only a very low level of psychiatric disorders among the mediums. Thus, the mediums who have so often been labelled as “crazy” turn out to be people with few psychological problems and a high level of education. During 2001–2008, Professor Gary Schwartz and colleagues from the University of Arizona conducted detailed research into the authenticity of mediumship. They investigated the well-known mediums George Anderson 21 and John Edward, and other mediums such as Suzane Northrop, Laurie Campbell and Anne Gehman. Their studies confirmed that all of the mediums were very precise, and their degree of success was very high compared to probability. Factors such as fraud, error and coincidence were considered and eliminated.
  23. 23. At The Windbridge Institute in Tucson, Arizona, USA, from 2008, Dr Julie Beischel has been conducting fascinating research with mediums to demonstrate that there is life after death. Basically, she uses three methods to study the phenomenon of mediumship: proof-focused research, involving tests to verify whether the mediums are giving accurate information; process-focused research, which studies the experience of the mediums during their spiritual communications; and applied research, which examines how the information can benefit society in general. The mediums studied by Dr Beischel have given accurate information about deceased people which was subsequently verified. Dr Beischel’s results confirm the hypothesis that the spirit survives death. We emailed Dr Julie Beischel in August 2011 to ask more about the scientific method which she applies in these investigations. She said that she uses strict controls to investigate the phenomenon of mediumship through a scientific program that contains a great amount of data: “At The Windbridge Institute, we are primarily interested in mediumship, ITC [instrumental transcommunication] and haunting-related occurrences. 22
  24. 24. We use the scientific method and cedure we use to screen strict controls to prospective WCRMs and the subseinvestigate quent studies in which they these phenomena, and the …the mediums have higher mediumship research brain activity and increased program blood flow in the region of involves the pineal gland compared the largest to the control group. amount of robust data. Through our unique quintupleblinded readings with Windbridge certified research mediums (WCRMs) ,we can demonstrate a phenomenon called ‘anomalous information reception’ (AIR), which involves mediums reporting accurate and specific information about the deceased loved ones (termed ‘discarnates’) of living people (termed ‘sitters’) without any prior knowledge about the discarnates or sitters, in the absence of any feedback and without using deceptive means. Based on the intensive testing pro23 participate, we can confidently state that certain mediums are capable of AIR.” In addition, Dr Beischel said: “This research paradigm is ideal in that the phenomenon is easily replicable and occurs on demand. We do not need to try to catch spontaneous events or experiences as they occur; we can bring the mediumship phenomenon into the laboratory and study it under controlled conditions and on a schedule that is convenient for all of the participants.”
  25. 25. In her study of mediumship, Dr. Beischel is very strict and accurate, applying a quintuple-blind scientific method, i.e., involving five elements. Compare this with the double-blind study, a very well known scientific method that is used in experiments with the aim of avoiding bias in the results induced by two elements: the placebo effect and the researcher. It is called “double blind” because the subjects in the study do not know to which experimental group they belong. THE PINEAL GLAND AND MEDIUMSHIP Neuroscientist Dr. Sérgio Felipe de Oliveira from São Paulo University, Brazil, investigates the relationship between the pineal gland and mediumship. In performing his research, he uses techniques such as X-ray diffraction, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Comparing the “brain sand” (calcified structures in the brain) of mediums and non mediums,he showed that mediIn a tripleblind study, a third ele- ums have a higher ment is included with the aim of amount of brain sand in the avoiding even more bias. For pineal gland than do non mediinstance, the third element ums. could be a statistician who inter- In addition, he demonstrated prets the data without that, during knowing the type of experiment spirit communication, the medithat was performed, or a ums have higher brain scientist who works on the pro- activity and increased blood ject but does not know flow in the region of the the experimental group. pineal gland compared to the Dr Beischel’s research demon- control group. strates that the Dr. Felipe de Oliveira hypothanomalous information recep- esises that the pineal tion phenomenon is gland is the sensorial organ indeed authentic. of mediumship. For instance, 24
  26. 26. the gland would be like a mobile phone that captures the electromagnetic waves coming from the spirit world. Once the waves reach the pineal gland, they bounce off the brain sand, sequestering the electromagnetic field and transmitting the information to the cerebral cortex for the interpretation of the message. In October 2010 in Valencia, Spain, I (Martínez) conducted an interview with Dr. Sérgio Felipe de Oliveira, who showed images from his magnetic resonance experiments and pointed out these differences in the level of brain sand in the pineal gland that are related to extrasensory abilities. RESEARCH INTO NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE At King’s College London there is a revolution going on in the world of thanatology, the scientific study of death. The researcher, Peter Fenwick, MD, is performing detailed experiments on the phenomenon that takes place between the 24 and 48 hours before and Dr Sérgio Felipe de Oliveira 25
  27. 27. after death and also at the moment of death. He concentrates on visions from people who were lying in bed and spoke with deceased family members who came to receive them. He also investigates coincidences involving deceased people who contacted someone just to tell them that he/she has died. In addition, he studies family members who saw shadows around the bed of the ceased and observed that the room became a lot of brighter at the time of the per- son’s death. These occurrences happen in a very high percentage of cases, he concludes. Dr. Fenwick also insists that the soul is different from the brain. The term near-death experience (NDE) refers to a broad range of experiences associated with impending death. These can encompass multiple possible sensations including: detachment from the body; feelings of levitation, extreme fear, total serenity, security, warmth or absolute dissolution; and Dr Peter Fenwick 26 the presence of light. These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead and then comes back to life. These experiences suggest the existence of life after death. Since psychologist Raymond Moody, Jr., MD, wrote his book Life After Life (1975) and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD (the now-deceased eminent researcher who received a score of honorary doctorates from uni-
  28. 28. versities around the world) compiled hundreds of stunning testimonies and wrote some of the most powerful books concerning NDEs, scientists have become very attracted to this phenomenon. Dr Kenneth Ring, then based at the University of Connecticut, and Sharon Cooper, then a PhD candidate from the University of New York, performed a two-year study of near-death experiences in the blind, with amazing results. These were published in their book Mindsight (1999), which provided strong evidence from 31 blind people who describe the experience of seeing for the first time in their lives, giving details of medical procedures on the operating table, for instance. Jeffrey Long, MD, an oncologist, directs the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (http://www.nderf.org), which has collected more than 2,500 case studies worldwide of people who have had neardeath experiences. Because Dr. Long applies the scientific method in his research, we decided to contact him to find out more about his work. In our e-mail interview with him in August 2011, he stated: “My area of expertise is in neardeath experiences. NDEs provide, in my opinion, the strongest scientific evidence of life after death.” In his book Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences (2010), Dr. Long gives a summary of the nine lines of evidence that point to the reality of NDEs and their consistent message of an afterlife: 27 1. Crystal Clear Consciousness The level of consciousness andalertness during near-death experiences is usually evengreater than that experienced in everyday life, even though NDEs generally occur when a person is unconscious or clinically dead. This high level of consciousness while physically unconscious is medically inexplicable. Additionally, the elements in NDEs generally follow the same consistent and logical order in all age groups and around the world, which refutes the possibility that NDEs have any relation to dreams or hallucinations.
  29. 29. 2. Realistic Out-of-Body Experiences Out-of-body experiences (OBEs) are one of the most common elements of NDEs. What “NDErs” see and hear of earthly events in the out-of-body state is almost always realistic. When the NDEr or others later seek to verify what was observed or heard during the NDE, the OBE observations are almost always confirmed as completely accurate. Even if the OBE observations during the NDE included events far from the physical body and far from any possible sensory awareness of the NDEr, the OBE observations are still almost always confirmed as completely accurate. This fact alone rules out the possibility that neardeath experiences are related to any known brain functioning or sensory awareness. This also refutes the possibility that NDEs are unrealistic fragments of memory from the brain. 3. Heightened Senses Not only are heightened senses reported by most who have experienced NDEs, 28 but normal or supernormal vision has occurred in those with significantly impaired vision and even legal blindness. Several people who have been totally blind since birth have reported highly visual near-death experiences. This is medically inexplicable. 4. Consciousness During Anaesthesia Many NDEs occur while under general anaesthesia—at a time when any conscious experience should be impossible. While some sceptics claim that these NDEs may be the result of too little anaesthesia, this ignores the fact that some NDEs result from anaesthesia overdose. Additionally, the description of an NDE differs greatly from that of one who experiences “anaesthetic awareness”. The content of NDEs that occur under general anaesthesia is essentially indistinguishable from NDEs that did not occur under general anaesthesia. This is further strong evidence that NDEs are occurring completely independently from the functioning of the physical brain.
  30. 30. 5. Perfect Playbacks Life reviews in near-death experiences include real events that previously took place in the lives of those having the experience, even if the events were forgotten or happened before they were old enough to remember. 6. Family Reunions During an NDE, the people encountered are virtually always deceased and are usually relatives of the person having the experience; sometimes they are even relatives who died before the NDEr was born. Were the NDE only a product of memory fragments, it would almost certainly include far more living people, including those with whom the NDEr had interacted more recently. 7. Children’s Experiences The near-death experiences of children, including very young children who are too young to have developed concepts of death, reli29 gion or near-death experiences, are essentially identical to those of older children and adults. This refutes the possibility that the content of NDEs is produced by preexisting beliefs or cultural conditioning. 8. Worldwide Consistency Near-death experiences appear remarkably consistent around the world and across many different religions and cultures. NDEs from non-western countries are incredibly similar to those that occur in people in western countries. 9. Aftereffects It is common for people to experience major life changes after having near-death experiences. These aftereffects are often powerful, lasting and lifeenhancing, and the changes generally follow a consistent pattern. As the NDErs themselves almost always believe, near-death experiences are, in a word, real.
  31. 31. PAST-LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY The research on past-life regression consists of practices and evidence based approaches. The results come from questionnaires completed before and after the therapy with a large number of individuals with a specific type of problem, including a control group to demonstrate their effectiveness (the double-blind scientific method). Between 1985 and 1992, Dr. Hazel Denning (now deceased), founder of the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies (http://www.iarrt.org), studied the results of eight regression therapists with about 1,000 patients. The results were measured immediately after the therapy, with follow-ups six months, one year, two years and five years afterwards. From the 450 patients who could be traced after five years, 24 per cent reported that their symptoms had completely disappeared, 23 per cent reported a significant improvement, 17 per cent reported an improvement, and 36 per cent reported no improvement. Overall, this makes a positive balance of 64 per cent. In 2006, Ron van der Maesen obtained his PhD in the research area of past-life therapy from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His doctoral thesis was based on different studies with people who underwent treatment with past-life therapy. The studies included one in Suriname, one with the 30
  32. 32. Dutch Association of Reincarnation Therapists and another with patients with Tourette syndrome. The studies showed that the pastlife treatments had statistically significant beneficial results in patients compared with the controls (with no health problems). The level of satisfaction among the patients who had improvements with past-life therapy was very high. Psychologist Dr. Helen Wambach, who carried out past-life research from the mid-1960s until her death in 1985, conducted a 10-year survey of past-life recollection and reincarnation. She performed her main study with 26 regression therapists who had worked with a total of 17,350 patients. Among those, 63 per cent reported an improvement in physical symptoms whereas 40 per cent reported an improvement in their interpersonal relationships. Dr. Wambach had very specific questions about the time periods in which people lived other lives, the types of clothes and shoes they wore, the kinds of utensils and money they used, the style of house they lived in, and so on. She concluded that the results were very accurate, and that fantasy and genetic memory could not account for the patterns that emerged from the results. With the exception of reports from 11 subjects, all descriptions of clothing, footwear, utensils, housing and so on were consistent with historical records. EVIDENCE OF REINCARNATION Psychotherapist Brian Weiss, MD, is Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. One day he found that one of his patients started to recall pastlife traumas in recurring nightmares and began to give astonishing details about Weiss’s family and his dead son. Although at the beginning he was very sceptical, he decided to do some in-depth research. He has since Attorney Victor Zammit has gathered evidence for the existence of life after death that he thinks is strong enough to be accepted in any court of law. 31
  33. 33. published several books where he describes his investigations of past lives. In Many Lives, Many Masters (1988), Dr Weiss explains the reality of reincarnation and the spirit world from the psychiatric perspective. Ian Stevenson, MD, who died in 2007, was one of the most well known researchers to have provided strong evidence for the reality of reincarnation. From 1957, at the University of Virginia, he headed the Department of Psychiatry and later the Division of Perceptual Studies until his 2002 retirement. He did not use the method of hypnosis to verify whether a person had a recollection of a previous life; instead, he studied thousands of cases in children in the USA, England, Thailand, Burma, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada, India and other countries who had spontaneous memories about their previous lives. First, he verified all the information from a child about their previous life. Next, he identified the deceased person whom that child claimed to be in their previous life. Later, he verified the facts of the past life of the deceased person that coincided with the memories of the child. He also compared and verified body marks and birth defects with wounds and scars of thedeceased, all of them confirmed by medical records. A good example of a birthmark case involved Ravi Shankar. This child remembered being decapitated in his previous childhood by a family member who was hoping for a patrimony from the child’s father. Ravi Shankar had a birthmark around his neck. When Dr Stevenson investigated this case, he was able to confirm that the child whom Shankar told him about from his past life had in fact been decapitated. Dr Ian Stevenson 32
  34. 34. It was Jim Tucker, MD, who took over Dr Stevenson’s research. At the University of Virginia, Dr Tucker is currently Medical Director of the Child and Family Psychiatry Clinic as well as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. His book Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives (2005) summarises the 40 years of investigation of reincarnation which Dr Stevenson performed during his career. In August 2011, we conducted an email interview with Dr Tucker about the scientific evidence for life after death. He responded: “As to your questions, the most important evidence for life after death, other than neardeath experiences, includes controlled mediumship studies, carefully studied reports of apparitions, and verified claims by children of past-life memories. The most important evidence of reincarnation is this last phenomenon: children’s reports of past-life memories. Ian Stevenson spent 40 years studying such cases, documenting them as carefully as he could. Most of his cases came from cultures with a belief in reincarnation. I’ve been focusing on western cases, and I’m finding that the phenomenon is essentially the same here as it is in Asia. At this point, we certainly don’t have as many really strong cases here as Ian found in Asia, but we do have some interesting ones.” THE SCIENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE Australian lawyer turned full-time researcher/writer Victor Zammit has investigated the afterlife from the judicial point of view. He thinks that the evidence he has gathered for the existence of life after death is strong enough to be accepted in any court of law (http://www.victorzammit.com). In his book A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife (2006, 4th ed.), Zammit showed 23 different areas that demonstrate the existence of life after death. He has put out a challenge to scientists to provide evidence that there is no life after death, promising to pay $1,000,000 if they do. 33
  35. 35. Professor Lisa Randall The pioneering research of Dr Raymond Moody and Dr Elisabeth KüblerRoss has contributed to the development of this discipline. Now there are numerous studies being conducted in the area of spirituality and life after death, utilising the latest technologies and scientific methods. Over the years, significant research has been carried out by such luminaries as Dr Erlendur Haraldsson of Iceland University, past-life therapist Dr Morris Netherton, psychologist Dr Peter Ramster, psychotherapist Andy Tomlinson, cardiologist Pim van Lommel, MD, and many others. Is the quest progressing towards a final answer? Probably never: the more answers unveiled, the more questions revealed. Professor Lisa Randall is a theoretical physicist at Harvard University, a leading expert on particle physics and cosmology, and a member of the scientific staff at CERN. She theorises that our universe exists within a universe of many higher and unseen dimensions, and that the laws of nature may be 34 very different in different regions of this socalled multverse. Then, if this is so, the larger hidden dimensions in which our universe exists may influence our own three-dimensional space-time world and its laws of nature. But what is consciousness, one of the most vibrant areas of study in science today? According to Professor Randall (Discover, 29 July 2006): “Neuroscience is exciting. Understanding how thoughts work, how connections are made, how the memory works, how we process information, how information is stored—it’s all fascinating. Experimentally, though, we’re still rather limited in what we can do. I don’t even know what consciousness is. I’d like someone to define consciousness.” Right. So if we want to know more about the possibility of the survival of consciousness
  36. 36. after death, maybe we need more accurate studies which consider consciousness itself. In the meantime, some scientists are finding impressive evidence to suggest that there is life after death, or at least survival of consciousness, although they don’t sciousness.” Yes, sometimes science works like that; for example, astronomers and astrophysicists can identify a relationship between the activity cycles of the Sun and the weather on Earth, so they assume that this relationship exists In the meantime, some scientists are finding impressive evidence to suggest that there is life after death, or at least survival of consciousness… know yet how it works. This is the reason why the key is in the brilliant confession of Professor Lisa Randall, one of the most influential scientists in the world: “I don’t even know what consciousness is. I’d like someone to define con- although they don’t know how it works. Yet, as Professor Sami Solanki, of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany, has stated (http://tinyurl. com/77taz9c) :“The correlation between solar cycles and terres35 trial weather has not been demonstrated.” Then why do they study this “correlation” if it has not been demonstrated that it really exists? The answer is simple: it is because they have observed evidence which suggests that it may be that way… Well, it seems that we are in a very similar situation with studies about the afterlife. Scientists have observed evidence which suggests that there may be life after death, but they don’t know what the process is or what consciousness is, and they can’t say that life after death can be real in case it really is real!
  37. 37. BY PHILIP COPPENS WEBSITE WWW.PHILIPCOPPENS.COM THE KACHINAS: AN ALIEN INTELLIGENCE, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT I For centuries, the Hopi of Arizona have been intimately liaising with beings from the Otherworld. The kachinas still visit the Hopi Mesas on an annual basis and their presence continues to set out the agenda of Hopi society. n July 1947, an alien craft allegedly crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico. If it occurred, it was not the first of its kind: the region of New Mexico and Arizona has a history of “alien contacts” that 36
  38. 38. goes back hundreds if not thousands of years. The beings in questions are known as “kachinas”; they are not extra-terrestrial as such, but definitely otherworldly.  An extensive collection of 400 kachina dolls can be seen in the Heard Museum in Phoenix; they were donated by the controversial Republican politician Barry Goldwater. Each doll looks different and has specific characteristics; each represents a different element or entity that has entered the Hopi world at some point in their history. And when you look at the Eototo kachina doll in the Museum of Northern Arizona, you find the creature has much in common with LEGO figures. Then again, just like LEGO, kachina dolls were there for children be educated in the Kachina dancers of the Hopi pueblo of Shongopavi, Arizona, USA ways of the Otherworld and how it interacted with ours. Amongst the Native Americans, the Hopi have a special place. Thousands of people would like to visit their religious ceremonies, and thousands of tourists return home from Arizona with a kachina doll.  The kachina dolls are made from kaolin clay, meant to be hung from beams or walls in the home. They are white 37 in colour and the basic shape is painted to show a head, arms, folded over a kilt, which is representing rain. Tradition argues that carving the “tihu” should be done by men, but today, women are involved in their manufacture, if only for selling them to tourists. Indeed, in what is likely to be a rush for finance, rather than heritage, tribal councils even tried to copyright the word kachina, but
  39. 39. failed to do so.  Though the kachina dolls are often identified with the Hopi deities, this is highly inaccurate: one should not confuse the dolls with the kachina themselves. The dolls are merely props and many have fallen for the mistake, to take the prop for the god.  One might argue that their closest parallel is the voodoo doll or the Egyptian ushabti – though one needs to de-cinematise these artefacts in order to appreciate their true role and function. Indeed, one of the reasons that many of the ceremonies of the Hopi are now closed to outsiders is because a Marvel comic had characterised the kachina as violent avengers. The kachina themselves – rather than the dolls – are largely described as “spirit messengers”, whereas some believe they might represent the spirit of the dead – if there were a difference. The Hopi state that at one time in the past, the kachina deities visited the Mesas 38 in person, but that they now do so in the form of masked dancers.  Whereas kachina dolls are sold and hung from beams or walls, the real deities are surrounded with far greater respect. The Hopi deities live on the San Francisco Mountains, though are present amongst the Hopi for part of the year. As such, the religious year is divided into two parts.  The deities arrive at the Hopi Mesas in the form of rain-bearing clouds and normally arrive in early February
  40. 40. for the Powamuya ceremony, or honour of the deities. Early in the Bean Dance. The Hopi do indeed year they are held in underground believe that in the past, the deities ceremonial chambers called kivas, literally walked amongst them, but but as spring arrives, the dances that today, their presence resides move out onto the plazas, where in those selected to wear a mask; they last from morning until dusk.  it is the mask that transforms the The fraternities in charge of the Hopi individual into a “possessed” summer dances meet in mid-winentity, very much like Jim Carrey ter for ceremonial smoking and in the movie “The Mask” – though the planting of prayer plumes. In it is clear that, just like with the late November, w chief kachina, voodoo dolls, the evil and negative Soyalkatsina, begins the kachina connotations that have been introduced …it is the mask that transforms in these the Hopi individual into a movies are “possessed” entity,very much for enterlike Jim Carrey in the movie tainment value only. “The Mask” Three main ceremonies are performed by and for the gods – katsinam – during their stay in the villages: Soyalangwu, a winter solstice ceremony held in December; the already mentioned Powamuya in February, when the katsinam are asked to appear; and Niman, the home-going ceremony, after the summer solstice. Between Powamuya and Niman, the Hopi perform several more dances in 39 season by walking along the trail into the village like a weary old man or someone who has had too much sleep, singing sacred songs in a low voice. He then opens the main kiva, signalling that it is time for the katsinam to come out. Their emergence re-enacts the arrival of the Hopi into the present, Fourth World.
  41. 41. Each December, a runner climbs to a shrine in the San Francisco Peaks, where he scatters a meal and plants plumes that are to be brought back in July, by another runner, for the final festival, Niman, linked with the harvest. At the harvest festival, the deities return to the underworld, through the San Francisco Peaks. Interestingly, it is claimed that the seasons in the Underworld are one season behind. get them from their husbands. The dolls are created as a teaching tool given to these children and is presented to them by one of the masked dancers. Boys and girls are normally properly initiated into society between the age of six to ten, when they are allowed to participate in the performances and discover that the masked dancers are their own relatives – very much like finding out who Santa Claus really is – though I, of course, never said that.  As mentioned, the actual return of the deities to the Hopi Mesas is celebrated at Powamu, the BeanPlanting Ceremony in February. Each matriarch receives a bundle of fresh bean sprouts to plant for the coming year. The festival lasts eight days and concludes with dancing, which takes place in the nine kivas of the mesa. Everyone wears fresh mud from the sacred spring and each job of plastering has been signed with the print of the slim hand of the girl who did it.  All Hopi babies receive a tihu – a kachina doll – at their first Niman ceremony, while the girls receive further dolls at each Powamuya and Niman ceremony, up until or near marriageable age, although married women sometimes still Hopi Powamu Ceremony,1893 40
  42. 42. There is a clear relationship between the deities and the kachina dolls, the latter representing aspects of the former. Hopi katsinam can be male or female, and represent plants, animals, insects, human qualities, the creative force of the sun, and even death. Some are demons who frighten children into behaving properly; most are clan ancestors and beneficent beings. They are messengers who accept Hopi gifts and prayers for health, fertility, and rain and carry them back to the gods. Their role as rainmakers is particularly important to the Hopi. The deities are present, either in the statues, or the sacred masks. Unlike the dolls, the masks are sacred objects and the Hopi have successfully petitioned to remove them from museum displays. The katsinam is and can therefore be a spirit of any kind – very much on par with the ever growing list of Catholic saints that can be implored. The masks could be compared to the Christian holy relics. But just like Roman Catholic statues, no sacred power is invested in the kachina doll. 41 Unlike Roman Catholic statues, the kachina dolls are not used in ceremonies, nor are they preserved in the kiva. They are simply… dolls, so that children play with them and learn how to interact with the various spirits and otherworldly entities that are part of the tribe’s daily life.  There are nevertheless sacred statues preserved in the kiva, known as wu’ya or tiponi. The wu’ya is a clan deity, and a tiponi is a fetish of stone or wood, representing the deity. Unlike the kachina dolls, these are seldom brought out in to the open, their use normally reserved for ritual use inside the kiva. 
  43. 43. Indeed, in 1960, the so-called “Vernon man” was discovered. Nine inches high, carved from sandstone and painted with vertcal stripes, this statue was found in a crypt within a kiva. Though popularly also labelled a kachina, the Hopi identify it as a wu’ya or tiponi, a clan deity. The kachina doll cult is known to have definitely existed by 1300 AD. Some argue it came from the Zuni Pueblo to the West of the Hopi Mesas, others argue that it came from the Rio Grande, others that it came from the Mimbres cult of the south, and/or that it developed in Mexico. In short: no-one knows. Details of the paintings on Awatovi murals, an ancestral Hopi site, show costumed and masked figures as separated elements or interacting in scenes. But the role and iconography of the dolls does strongly echo certain Aztec deities such as Tlaloc, the god of rain, and Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, who was also the bringer of rain and corn. Seeing the kachina are specifically linked with the rain…  Recent discoveries in Chaco Canyon have also suggested that the kachina cult was introduced by cannibalistic warrior refugees from the south. It is clear that this archaeological discovery – or at least the conclusion drawn from it – has created controversy within the Native American community. Wherever it came from, representations of masked beings that have the characteristics of the kachina appear on murals in kivas that date to as early as 1350. Situated at Hopi and Homol’ovi on the Hopi Mesas themselves, it underlines the length of time in which the cult has been present amongst the Hopi people. …representations of masked beings that have the characteristics of the kachina appear on murals in kivas that date to as early as 1350 AD 42
  44. 44.  Though all deities are equal, some are more popular than others, the most famous for outside is Kokopelli, a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with a huge phallus and feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head). Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture, but he is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.  Interestingly, Kokopelli is one of the most easily recognized figures found in the petroglyphs and pictographs of the Southwest, the earliest known petroglyph depicting him dating to about 1000 AD. It underlines that there is – at least in the case of some deities – a tradition that has spanned a millennium. Just how old the cult truly is, no-one knows. In the dances, the Kokopilua kachina dancer sings a song in a language so ancient that not a word of it is understood by the modern Hopi themselves, who know only that their deities have accompanied them throughout their migrations… and continue to visit them annually at the Mesas.  Outsiders want to experience the Hopi ceremonies, but are unlikely to truly capture the essence of the activities. Kokopelli A Hopi Indian has been raised, from birth, in a tradition, surrounded by dolls that represented otherworldly creatures that are nevertheless part of their world and daily life. These entities did not crash-land just one day somewhere; these entities have been with them for thousands of years, and continue to interact with the Hopi in a manner that only a Hopi can truly understand. In Memory of Philip Coppens (1971 – 2012) He was the most clear and broad-minded writer on ancient mysteries 43
  45. 45. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the ‘present’.” We live in the twenty-first century, but we do not fully understand what it means. Most people are involved in their everyday activity and they do not feel the wind of changes. Every day we hear the news of natural catastrophes all over the world: earthquake in Japan and New Zealand, floods in USA and Australia, avalanche of gale-force blizzards over USA East Coast and unusually hot summers in Russia, the hottest in 1,000 years of history. At least 100,000 people died from earthquakes, floods and heat phenomenon. In Pakistan, record monsoon rains destroyed infrastructure, left thousands dead and millions homeless. Wildfires erupted across the countries, heavily damaging wheat crops and forcing Moscow to impose an export ban that raised global wheat prices. WWW.ISPEC TRUMMAGAZINE.COM 44

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