El Morro: The Great 16th Century Fort That Saved Puerto Rico from British and Dutch Invasions

Castillo de San Felipe del Morro

Castillo de San Felipe del Morro is a fort that sits majestically on the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico in the capital city of San Juan.  In 1983, the fort was declared a world heritage site by the United Nations for its historical significance and for its astounding military engineering of “stout walls, carefully planned steps, and ramps for moving men and artillery.”    Millions of tourists converge on this site annually to learn about its historical importance in the region; but, some of these tourists also visit because they have heard about the alleged hauntings that occur at the fort. 

History of San Juan and Its Fort

When explorers arrived in the Americas from Spain, they would settle an area, claiming it for the Spanish empire.  Puerto Rico was one of the first islands discovered in the New World by Genoese captain, Christopher Columbus in 1493.   It was later settled in 1508 by Juan Ponce de Leon who enslaved the native population of Taino Indians under the repartimiento system in order to extract the gold from the area and establish a gold mining colony.  Disease and famine caused the native population to dwindle drastically and as a result, in 1513 enslaved Africans were brought to the colony to mine and extract the gold under a new less repressive system known as the encomienda system.

Reconstruction of Taino village, Puerto Rico

Within a few decades, Puerto Rico became one of the wealthiest seaports in the Americas making it a target for other European nations exploring the New World.  Not only was it a rich seaport, its strategic location in the Caribbean made it a sought-after piece of land because whoever owned this position could gain a foothold in the entire western world.  The Spanish were aware of this vulnerability and thus made Puerto Rico’s coast one of the most densely fortified in the region.

Work began on Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in the late 1530s to protect the Spanish conquistadors’ lands from attacks by seafaring enemies and the threat of pirates.  The fort was named in honor of Philip II of Spain, but it is Charles V of Spain who ordered engineers Juan de Tejada and Juan Bautista Antonelli to design the fort.  Once it was complete, the fort would prove its worth when Britain challenged its stronghold in 1595 under the leadership of Sir Francis Drake. Spanish settlers staved off his attack by shooting a cannonball into Drake’s ship causing his retreat.

Charles V in Armour by Peter Paul Rubens circa 1600

The British Crown’s desire to acquire Spanish lands did not end with Drake’s defeat.  George Clifford, the 3 rd Earl of Cumberland, invaded Puerto Rico but instead of invading through the islet of Old San Juan as Drake had unsuccessfully done, he staged a land attack in which he was successful in overtaking the city.

Earl of Cumberland’s Successful Takeover and His Ultimate Demise

It would seem that the Earl of Cumberland’s successful invasion in 1598 would spell victory for the British in the newly discovered territory.  Unfortunately, the food that they had relied on to survive was contaminated by Puerto Rico’s ravaging summer heat.  George, along with many of his soldiers fell victim to a foodborne illness which triggered dysentery, an intestinal infection that causes fever, abdominal pain, and bloody diarrhea.    This forced George and his crew to leave the island and return to Britain; however, they didn’t leave empty-handed.  Before heading back to Britain, they sacked the city and took anything of value that they could.   

View of El Morro ( Castillo de San Felipe del Morro), San Juan

The Dutch Invasion of San Juan

As if the looming threat of the British wasn’t enough, the Spanish found themselves facing a new threat from the Dutch a few decades after the Earl of Cumberland’s invasion.  Boudewijn Hendricksz decided to use George’s military action of overland invasion to achieve his aim of taking San Juan from the Spanish.  Boudewijn may have assumed that this would be an easy defeat, but to his dismay, his strategy failed.  His military forces sacked the city, but they weren’t able to capture it as he had planned. 

The United States’ Takeover

Since the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, they were able to stave off an invasion from the British and the Dutch who coveted this land for its strategic location in the Caribbean and its gold.  Although the British and the Dutch weren’t successful, the United States would become the only foreign invader to successfully take over the fort and the entire country during the Spanish-American War.   The war ended with the Treaty of Paris turning Puerto Rico and several other islands over to the United States.

Photo from 5th level of El Morro looking out into the harbor.

Ghosts Invade El Morro

The US may have been the only successful invader to take over El Morro Fort in Puerto Rico.  However, according to legend, several ghosts have made the fort their home, also.  One such ghost that seems to be famous at the fort is the ghost known as the lady in white.  This apparition is usually seen near a lighthouse known as La Garita del Diablo or the Devil’s Watchtower. Her apparition is usually seen floating along the ramparts.

View of a corner turret from one of the ramparts (La Garita del Diablo)

Another legend is the legend of the ghost soldier that vanished .  When Spanish soldiers manned the fort, they would call out the words “Alerta” or “Alert” which was their way of making sure that the soldiers were awake and watching over the fort.  When one soldier didn’t hear a response, he went into the Garita (watchtower) to check on the soldier that was supposed to be stationed there.  Upon arrival, the room was empty.  The missing ghost soldier still haunts the fort. 

Aside from a ghost sighting or two, some say that they can hear footsteps of soldiers, yellow orbs floating around, or wailing sounds.  Some have even reported feeling dizzy or queasy in certain areas near the fort.  Whether visiting for historical reasons or to explore the paranormal, Castillo de San Felipe del Morro remains one of the marvels of the Americas linking the architecture of old medieval Spain to the modern world.

Ramparts of El Morro

INTERESTING FACTS:

Lieutenant Colonel Teófilo Marxuach

Lieutenant Colonel Teófilo Marxuach, (July 28, 1877 – November 8, 1939), was the person who ordered the first shots fired in World War I (From El Morro) on behalf of the United States on an armed German supply ship trying to force its way out of the San Juan Bay  on March 21, 1915.

Complex Component Integration Debunks Darwinism

The great and the good of the “intelligentsia” assure us that all “educated” people accept Charles Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution” (bow your head in solemn reverence as you utter that phrase)  as an indisputable fact of “settled science” that is “not open for debate.” Of course, the superstitious “straw-men” bible-thumpers portrayed in the propaganda film Inherit the Wind may have a hard time accepting it; but even the slightest doubt can never be tolerated within the elite confines of the academic cool-kids club. Woodrow Wilson Warmonger of World War I fame, a former pointy-headed Princeton professor himself, put it this way:

“Of course, like every other man of intelligence and education I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised.” 

And yet, neither Darwin, nor Wilson, nor the Communist ACLU Attorney Clarence Darrow (indirectly portrayed by Spencer Tracy), nor any other “scientist” (bow your head in solemn reverence when you say that word) has ever adequately addressed the gaping holes of Darwin’s Dogma. The best rebuttal the “smart people” can muster consists of scorn, ridicule, charges of “stupidity” and even government force — but never any true scientific or philosophical substance. 

Many of these holes are blown wide-open in the book: God vs Darwin: The Logical Supremacy of Intelligent Design Creationism(by yours truly). But for this particular piece, let us focus on what is perhaps the single biggest flaw of all regarding trans-species “Evolution” – which should not be confused with minor variations / adaptations of existing characteristics already present in a gene pool (Darwin’s finches, peppered moths, stickleback fish, “super rats” etc.) We refer to this gaping hole as the “complex integration” of multiple parts that is found in all living organisms (even “simple” single-cell bacteria).

1. Woodrow Wilson. The deceitful tool who embroiled America into World War I claimed that all “men of intelligence and education” believe in Darwinian Evolution. // 2. Charles Darwin. His “Origin of the Species” is loaded with logical fallacies and rhetorical tricks — which are masterfully exposed in ‘God vs Darwin.’

Darwin and his deluded devotees maintain that tiny “imperceptible” and “innumerable” blind and random mutations, favored by environmental circumstances, added up over very long periods of time to the point that an evolved species (such as we humans) became unrecognizable from our direct lineal “ancestors” (single-cell oceanic bacteria — to fishlike creatures — to amphibians — to apelike creatures etc). Apart from the obvious fact that none of these transitions from “million and millions” of years ago (that’s the smokescreen) were observable, how do the Evolutionists explain away the “complex integration” of our body parts? One part of any given creature could not have blindly “evolved” without so many other parts coming into existence at the exact same moment in time. And each of those parts needed other parts to already be in place and so on. How can hundreds or even thousands of complex parts — functioning in sync with one another in a scientific symphony in which each component can only function if all the others are functional — have “blindly” appeared — without intelligent engineering — one piece-of-the-puzzle at a time, over “millions of years?”

To better illustrate this problem, let’s have a closer look at the integration of the digestive system. — To start the digestive process, we need an oral cavity — that is, a mouth to put the food in. The mouth needs teeth, both upper & lower sets, deeply anchored into our gums, which are attached to a jaw-bone, which is attached to a skull which is etc., etc., etc., Without all of this in place at the same time, the first step of the digestive process comes to a halt. But our gums and 32 perfectly-matching teeth alone, which come in different shapes and sizes for certain functions, won’t ensure survival. We still need saliva to begin the breaking down of the food, as well as the preservation of our teeth and the gums which hold them. And we also need mucous producing cells in the mouth to help form the saliva mix.

Remove any of those elements (oral cavity, teeth (upper & lower), gums, jaw-bone, salivary glands, mucous) and humans (and many other animals) never make it out of the box. Each of the elements is part of an integrated system in which one element cannot function, and serves no purpose, without all of the others already in place. Then of course there is the tongue – a complex multi-faceted organ in its own right, which is vital for chewing and swallowing food. In the back of the mouth, the tongue is anchored into the hyoid bone – which itself is anchored by various muscles and ligaments. Once swallowed, the pre-digested food passes through the pharynx (part of the throat) — which is lined by more essential membranes and muscles – and moves down to the esophagus (food pipe).

Let’s review the pre-digestion process: oral cavity, teeth (upper & lower), gums, jaw bone, skull, saliva, mucous, tongue, hyoid bone, muscles, ligaments, pharynx, membranes, muscles, and esophagus. That’s 15 systems in all, each of them also highly complex, and each of them integrated with the other systems. Remove just one, and there can be no digestive system and hence, no species. Therefore, the elements of this grand orchestra had to have come into play at the same time – which implies, no, proves deliberate design. But we’re just getting started.

1. Just the individual contents of the mouth alone form a complex integrated system in which each part is useless without all others in place. // 2. Complex Integration: Remove just one component, and the whole structure becomes non-viable. 3. For that reason alone (although there are many other flaws) Darwin’s ridiculous paper gets an “F.”

Moving right along, gravity and contraction (more muscles) push the mix into the stomach where digestive enzymes really begin to break down the food. To block these powerful enzymes from literally “eating” the stomach itself, membranes called gastric mucosa produce a protective coating of mucous which lines the stomach. How genius is that? On to the duodenum — the first section of the small intestine which leads to the large intestine. Along the journey there are more enzymes produced by the pancreas. Then it is down to the colon, (there is an ascending colon, a descending colon and a sigmoid colon) rectum, anal canal and out the anus — where Darwin’s stinky work-of-fiction truly belongs. Assisting the expulsion of bodily waste is the diaphragm — a sheet of internal skeletal muscle made up of no fewer than a dozen different parts. Though it is mainly part of the respiratory system, the diaphragm also generates the pressure needed for waste disposal.

Key contributions to the process are also rendered by the liver, the gall bladder, the spleen, the cecum, and many more muscles and many more glands too numerous to name. And holding those muscles in place are a complex system of more ligaments fastened to more bones which are fastened to other bones etc. etc. etc. As for the liquids that we ingest, that speaks to a whole other complex integrated system of complex integrated systems involving kidneys, renal arteries, renal veins, urinary tracts, collecting ducts, bladder, pelvis etc. Of course, all of this digestion is pointless without blood-flow to carry the food’s nutrients throughout the body – which means that even more complex systems had to have been be put in place at the same time: blood, veins, arteries, capillaries. But the nutrient-carrying blood can’t flow through the vascular system without a pump and an oxidation system already in place, right? You need a set of heart & lungs which are the basis of the cardio-pulmonary system — an incredibly complex integrated structure made up of countless essential components such as the — (well, you get the point — we can go on forever with this –)

So, let’s take it from the top, boys and girls. All of the following complex elements must come into place at the same time in order for digestion to work: oral cavity, teeth, gums, jaw-bone, skull, saliva, mucous, tongue, hyoid bone, muscles, ligaments, pharynx, membranes, more muscles, and esophagus, more muscles, stomach, digestive enzymes, gastric mucosa, duodenum, small intestine, large intestine, more enzymes, pancreas, ascending colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon, rectum, anal canal, anus, diaphragm, liver, gall bladder, spleen, cecum, more muscles, more glands, more ligaments, more bones, kidneys, renal arteries, renal veins, urinary tracts, collecting ducts, bladder, pelvis, blood, veins, arteries, many millions of capillaries (10 billion capillaries in human body), cardio-pulmonary system, a bunch of other integrated items and systems too numerous to list here and a partridge in a pear tree!

Each necessary component “blindly” evolved and integrated with all the others by itself — one at a time, without design? Ha ha ha. — “Intelligent and educated,” my foot!

This mind-boggling complexity, — which cannot be reduced by even a single element lest the entire organism ceases to exist — becomes even more integrated and more complicated when studied on a molecular level — the complex “4-digit” DNA “computer coding” behind it all. The mere suggestion of these integrated systems blindly “evolving,” one component at a time, independent of one another, in an “imperceptible” manner over millions of years is absurd on its face. As a matter of fact, St. Charles Darwin himself, in a pathetically futile effort to explain away the “problem” that integrated parts posed for his theory, admitted that his idea sounded “absurd in the highest degree.”

From his Origin of the Species:

“To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”

After objecting to his own theory (so that he can control the debate), Darwin proceeds, in the very next paragraph, to lamely explain away the “absurdity” of attributing the integrated complexity of the eye to random evolution. But his “solution” to the problem amounts to nothing but a diversionary debating trick.

“When it was first said that the sun stood still and the world turned round, the common sense of mankind declared the doctrine false; but the old saying of Vox populi, vox Dei, as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science.”

Darwin is using an old lawyer’s trick here. He states the objection, then casually explains it away by using a bizarre and totally irrelevant analogy to astronomy, before suggesting, without evidence, that perhaps the individual elements of the eye served some purpose before the others “evolved.” He also adds a theatrical touch of Latin mumbo-jumbo to impress the easily-impressed. We’re not talking about the sun and the earth and “Vox populi,” Chuckie! The subject here is your admittedly “absurd”-sounding claim that the integrated complexity of organisms and body parts came about blindly, randomly, and one element at a time without any intelligence involved. Explain it for us!

Plato warned us to be on guard against the type of empty diversionary rhetoric that Darwin used to explain away the massive holes in his goofy theory of self-creating life coming blindly from non-life, and then putting its own integrated parts together.

Darwin continues:

“Reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certainly the case; if further, the eye ever varies and the variations be inherited, as is likewise certainly the case; and if such variations should be useful to any animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered as subversive of the theory.”

More slick sophistry, silly semantics and weasel words — An “if”, followed by another “if,” then a “can be,” then an “if further,” then a “should be,” and a “could be,” then a “though,” and finally a “should not be.” If elephants could fly — If I could live forever — If dogs could speak. If, maybe, perhaps, and, though, coulda, woulda, shoulda, mighta, but, but but, if, if, if… This then is what the academic cool-kids club refers to as “science?” This non-observable and wild speculation about “numerous gradations” of the eye’s integrated components amounts to pure rhetorical manipulation — not true science. Read it again closely. Darwin totally dodges the question and explains NOTHING to solve the mystery of complex integration — a mind-boggling phenomenon that is observable in all living creatures and even “simple” single-cell organisms.

As it is with the many essential integrated systems of an automobile — each one absolutely necessary for the car as a whole to function — (engine, transmission, wheels, axle, spark plugs, gas tank, battery, hoses, belts, ignition, alternator, steering wheel, gear shift, accelerator, carburetor, braking system, drive shaft, oil, coolant / anti-freeze, transmission fluid, containers for fluid, radiator, chassis, pistons, nuts, bolts, welded parts, etc.) — only the existence of an eternal, designing force without origin, permeating and communicating through every living cell of existence, possessed of freakish intelligence and power, and far beyond our lowly human “pay grade” to ever fully comprehend, can adequately explain the complex integration of multiple systems that neither Darwin nor his sci-fi cult of diploma-decorated d*ck-heads have ever been able to, and never will be.

Can you?

1. The 20th Century discovery of DNA codes which program our physical traits makes Darwin’s problem of explaining away integrated complexity a million times even more complex. // 2. Imagine car parts blindly “evolving” one at a time and “randomly” integrating themselves during a billion-year tornado. That is essentially what “educated” evolutionists, without a shred of observable precedent, believe to have happened in the living world. // 3. You may be a whiz at mathematics and rhetoric, professor. But you’re as bloody frickin’ stupid as you are insane!

Did A Fragment Of The ‘True Cross’ Of Christ Just Sink With Russia’s Destroyed Warship?

Was the recently sunk Russian flagship, The Moskva , carrying a fragment of the ‘true cross’ of Christ?

did a fragment of the 'true cross' of christ just sink with russia’s destroyed warship?

The Moskva was Russia’s Black Sea fleet flagship. The warcraft sank last Thursday after an onboard explosion. In 2020, Russian state media reported that the ship was due to take a holy relic onboard.

Now, the question is being asked whether she sank with or without the piece of wood believed to have been a fragment from the cross of the crucified Christ.

A Lot Of Wood For One Cross

It has to be said from the top of this article that if all the fragments of the true cross were gathered together from museums, cathedrals and churches one would have enough wood to build a replica of Noah’s ark.

That said, great religious and cultural significance has been projected into the tiny piece of wood that is believed to have sunk on Thursday onboard the doomed Russian warship.

The Moskva was a Russian missile cruiser. She was heralded as the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet. Nevertheless, Russian state media reported that it sank on Thursday following an explosion onboard. The association with the holy relic comes after the Russian Orthodox Church announced back in February 2020 that the relic had been delivered to the then-commander of the Black Sea fleet, Vice Admiral Igor Osipov. The state-run Tass news agency reported at the time that the piece of ‘true cross’ was being stored at the fleet’s headquarters before the planned delivery to the ship.

Questioning The Fate Of The True Cross Fragment

The fragment of wood believed to have originated from the crucifixion cross of Jesus Christ measures only around 5 millimetres long. Tass reported that it was embedded in a 19th-century metal cross kept in a reliquary in Russia.

Across the globe many churches and cathedrals claim to possess tiny pieces of wood believed to be fragments from the True Cross, but this ranks as one of the smallest.

Roman Catholic and Orthodox followers generally never doubt the authenticity of these magical, or miraculous, pieces of wood, and regard them ‘all’ as genuine pieces of the cross of Christ.

On the other hand, Protestants most often dispute the claimed holy relics believing the whole concept is nothing more than idolatry.

one of many ‘true cross’ relics

One of many ‘true cross’ relics (Lawrence OP / CC by SA 3.0 )

All of the claimed holy fragments have their origins in the writings of Historian Socrates of Constantinople who said Empress Helena travelled to the Holy Land in 326–328 AD, where she discovered the hiding place of three crosses. While two were associated with the crucifixion of the two thieves, St. Dismas and Gestas, the third bore the name of Jesus.

According to Fox 5 News the Moskva had the capacity to carry 16 long-range cruise missiles which could have had devastating effects on Ukrainian cities. Reports say the warship’s sinking ‘reduces Russia’s firepower in the Black Sea.’ It is not yet determined whether or not Ukrainian forces sank the Moskva , but if they did it represents the largest warship to be sunk in combat since the Falklands War, according to Fox. So why then was a sacred relic transferred onto a Russian warship?

The Moskva battleship had a small chapel onboard, said Sergiy Khalyuta, archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Sevastopol District. He told Tass that the holy relic was transferred at the request of its owner, who is an anonymous collector. Business Insider investigated the transference of the cross but they were unable to determine if it was onboard the Moskva at the time the vessel sank.

Time To Pay Attention: 5 Points Proving America’s Inflation Crisis Is Gonna Get MUCH Worse

By Michael Snyder

If you are less than 40 years old, you have never seen inflation like this in the United States. Despite all the warnings, our politicians in Washington just kept borrowing and spending trillions upon trillions of dollars that we did not have. And despite all the warnings, the Federal Reserve just kept pumping trillions of fresh dollars into the financial system.

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Now we have a giant mess on our hands, and anyone that believes that this is going to be easily fixed is simply being delusional.

Of course most Americans weren’t going to start paying attention to all of this until it started to affect them personally. Now it is affecting all of us personally, and there are millions of people out there that are becoming increasingly frustrated about the current state of affairs.

Unfortunately, this crisis appears to be just in the early stages. The following are 5 numbers that indicate that the inflation crisis in the United States continues to get even worse:

#1 The producer price index has risen at a rate of 9.7 percent over the previous 12 months.  According to CNBC, that is close to a brand new record:

“The producer price index, which measures final demand goods and services, increased 1% for the month, against the Dow Jones estimate for 0.5%. Over the past 12 months the gauge rose an unadjusted 9.7%, close to a record in data going back to 2010.”

Last week we learned that the consumer price index has risen by 7.5 percent over the previous 12 months.  Of course if the consumer price index was still calculated the way that it was back in 1980, the real number would actually be more than double the official number that we were just given.

#2 Truck trailer prices in January 2022 were 29.6 percent higher than they were in January 2021:

“A shortage of parts and labor has sent the prices of truck trailers through the roof. Truck trailer prices jumped 3.1 percent in January, data from the Department of Labor showed Tuesday. That followed a 3.8 percent increase in December. Compared with 12-months ago, trailer prices are up 29.6 percent, by far the biggest one-year jump in records going back to 1980.”

#3 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is telling us that the price of used vehicles rose by an astounding 40.5 percent from January 2021 to January 2022:

“According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday, the consumer price index for used cars and trucks jumped up by 40.5% from January 2021 to January 2022. That means within a year, the average price of used cars and trucks for urban consumers has gone up by 40.5%.”

#4 You may have noticed that you are paying a lot more at the pump these days.  If you can believe it, the price of gasoline has actually shot up 40.8 percent since Joe Biden first entered the White House:

“Between January 2021 and January 2022–President Joe Biden’s first year in office–the price of unleaded gasoline increased 40.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

#5 The price of lumber has really been surging once again.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, this most recent surge has “added more than $18,600 to the price of a newly built home”:

“That is adding to the cost of both building a new home and remodeling an older one. The National Association of Home Builders estimated the recent price jump added more than $18,600 to the price of a newly built home. It also added nearly $7,300 to the cost of the average new multifamily home, which translates into households paying $67 a month more to rent a new apartment.”

Ouch.

I sure wouldn’t want to be trying to build a new home in this environment.

Pressure has been building on the Federal Reserve to take action, and it is being anticipated that the “geniuses” at the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates by 50 basis points next month…

“The hot inflation readings led financial markets to price in a better-than-even chance of a 50 basis points interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve next month. Inflation is running well above the U.S. central bank’s 2 percent target. Economists are expecting as many as seven rate hikes this year.”

Just recently, a reader sent me an email which pointed out that we shouldn’t have a system where an unelected group of bureaucrats gets together and determines what our interest rates are going to be.

And he is exactly right.

In a free market system, interest rates would be determined by the free market.

But we don’t have a free market system anymore.

In fact, we haven’t had one for a long time.

Of course when it comes to the economy, the guy in the White House is going to get more of the credit or more of the blame for what is going on than anyone else.

And a brand new poll that was just released has Joe Biden’s approval rating sitting at just 34 percent:

“The president’s approval rating nationally sits around 40 percent, according to several tracking averages, but a new CIVIQS poll showed it sitting at 34 percent from the 165,786 respondents surveyed.”

That is a shockingly bad number, and what should alarm Democrats even more is how bad Biden’s numbers are in the most important swing states:

“Swing states of Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin all voted narrowly blue in the 2020 election, but the new poll shows their approval of Biden sits in the low 30 percentages.

Arizona has the biggest split with 32 percent approval to 61 percent disapproval. Georgia sits in second with 31 percent approval to 59 percent disapproval; Pennsylvania’s split is 36 percent to 57 percent; Michigan is 33 percent to 59 percent; and Wisconsin has 36 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval of Biden.”

Unfortunately, Biden isn’t going to resign no matter how low his numbers go.

That means that we are going to have at least three more years of either Joe Biden or Kamala Harris running the country.

So we shouldn’t expect any dramatic policy shifts from Washington.

And the “geniuses” at the Fed are undoubtedly going to find even more ways to really mess things up. They are the ones that are more responsible than anyone else for getting us into this mess, and now many Americans are desperately hoping that they can get us out of it.

If you are waiting for them to fix the economy, you are going to be waiting a really, really long time.

have been warning for years that the decisions that were being made would have severe consequences, and now those consequences have started to arrive.

We are on a road to national ruin, and those that are running things are even more blind than those that they are supposed to be leading.

Who’s Behind the Canada Truckers Revolt?

FEBRUARY 15, 2022


NY Times:

 Trudeau Declares Rare Public Emergency to Quell Protests


“We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue,” Canada’s prime minister said in a speech to the nation.

The odious Globalist weasel who lords over conquered Canada was never exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. Nonetheless, when it comes to cunning and politicking, Prime Minister Justine Trudeau (Castro Jr), much like Bill Clinton of America, of such “skills” has no lack. Though a Soros-Schwab leftist through and through, Trudeau, like Clinton, instinctively knows how to “moderate” back to the “center” the moment the concerned public starts to push back against the Marxist advance.

It therefore comes as quite a shock to observe Trudeau antagonizing his own countrymen to the extent that he is — going so far as to label the trucker-protesters and their growing legions of supporters as “racists and misogynists.”  And now, this — from the article:

“Trudeau took the rare step of declaring a national public order emergency in a push to end protests that have paralyzed the center of the Canadian capital for more than two weeks and reverberated across the country. Mr. Trudeau and several of his cabinet ministers said the move would allow the government to take a variety of steps, including freezing bank accounts of protesters.”

Trudeau’s hard line is so hard that even the high & mighty Editorial Board of The New York Times (fearful of a Canadian backlash)felt compelled to distance itself from Trudeau’s heavy-handedness. What’s this shaggy-haired clown doing to Canada? Does he not see that this tyrannical decree has the potential for backfiring? — Or does he?

Check this out:

There has never been, and there will never be, a successful “spontaneous” uprising of “the people”  which came to fruition solely as a result of the initiative and actions of “the people.”

Memorize that!

“The people” — for the most part — will ever be an inert mass of normies waiting to be activated by some higher hand. All revolts — whether “good” or “bad” — must therefore be engineered and executed or, at the very least, be critically aided, abetted and financed by a second tier faction of the ruling class that has turned against the dominant faction.

The American Revolution was the secretive work of some of the richest and most talented men in the colonies; the Jacobin clubs of revolutionary France had the Illuminati behind them; the Bolsheviks were guided and funded by the limitless pockets of the Schiff-Warburg-Rothschild crime syndicate which simultaneously waged war on the Russian Monarchy from the outside; the various “Color Revolutions” and “Arab Spring” uprisings of the 2000’s were the handiwork of Soros and the CIA; and even Hitler’s ground-up revolution still required the money of the industrial class and the tacit blessing of both retired and active military leaders in order to succeed in the end.

This is not “conspiracy theory.” It’s just basic social dynamics — which leads to the question: Who is the power behind Canada’s “Trucker Revolution?”

We waited awhile before calling this one. But now that the trucker revolt shows no signs of abating any time soon — (actually, it is going global) — Trump and the international White Hat coalition have to be the only suspects behind this “spontaneous” anti-vax-mandate movement. The Globalists are getting a taste of their own medicine. In due time, we expect, hopefully, that the Trudeau regime (as well as others like it in Europe) will be toppled via cascading “Color Revolutions” similar to Eastern Europe’s Soros “Velvet Revolutions” of 1989.

As for Trudeau’s astonishingly antagonistic “blundering” here — a series of fuel-to-the-fire missteps so “foolish” that it seems as though he’s actually working for Trump — well, we believe that he is! Only that he, meaning Trudeau, is actually “Trudeau” — meaning, a Deep Fake imposter. (incoming hate mail in 3… 2… 1).

Like so many others (Biden, Maricon sorry “Macron”, Bojo, Hillary, Obongo, Pelosi, numerous celebrities et al) “Trudeau” doesn’t look the same, nor sound the same (accent sounds American, not Canadian)And then there was that eyebrow of his which literally started falling off, on camera, at the most recent G-7 conference!(image below)

Keep your eye on Canada, and expect these “spontaneous” trucker revolts to keep gaining and expanding internationally.

International Group Of Attorneys Proceed With Covid-19 Crimes Against Humanity Grand Jury

A group of attorneys from around the world have convened a model grand jury in Germany in order to provide testimony from various expert witnesses attesting to the crimes against humanity committed amidst government responses to covid-19.

• The various witnesses, consisting of professors, doctors, journalists, military, and government officials will testify regarding a number of topics including Project Dark Winter, psychological operations, economics, eugenics, and more.

international group of attorneys proceed with covid 19 crimes against humanity grand jury

A collective of lawyers and attorneys, and one judge, from around the globe representing an independent organization known as the Peoples’ Court of Public Opinion on behalf of the German based Corona Investigative Committee, have come together to begin criminal investigation proceedings to present what they allege to be evidence of crimes against humanity committed by policy makers in response of the covid-19 pandemic.

The Grand Jury is a model proceeding, meaning that at the present moment it holds no legitimate legal standing.

However, the aim of this undertaking is to provide to a grand jury, in this case the general public, throughout the proceedings, legal statements and evidentiary materials — including testimony, affirming that willful criminal activity took place on behalf of the accused.

In hopes that the exposure of this evidence may provoke actual criminal charges and indictments in the future.

The committee consists of Attorney at Law Virginie de Araujo Recchia, (France); Judge Rui Fonseca E Castro, (Portugal); Attorney at Law Claire Deeks, (New Zealand); Attorney at Law Viviane Fischer, (Germany);.Attorney at Law Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, (Germany); Attorney at Law N. Ana Garner, (USA); Attorney at Law Dr. Renate Holzeisen, (Italy); Attorney at Law Tony Nikolic, (Australia); Attorney at Law Dipali Ojha, (India); Attorney at Law Dexter L-J. Ryneveldt (Adv.), (South Africa); Attorney at Law Deana Sacks, (USA); and Attorney at Law Michael Swinwood, (Canada).

Within a six page press release, they assert the charges against world leaders and policy makers, stating:

“This Grand Jury Investigation serves as a model legal proceeding to present to a jury (consisting of the citizens of the world) all available evidence of COVID-19 Crimes Against Humanity to date against “leaders, organizers, instigators and accomplices” who aided, abetted or actively participated in the formulation and execution of a common plan for a pandemic. Crimes to be investigated include all acts performed or omitted by a person in pursuance of a common design to commit Crimes Against Humanity, and all such criminal acts condemned in the various communities of jurors around the world.”

Continuing to proclaim,

“The allegation is that the world’s governments have come under the controlling influence of corrupt and criminal power structures. They colluded to stage a pandemic that they had been planning for years. To this end they deliberately created mass panic through false statements of fact and a socially engineered psychological
operation whose messages they conveyed through the corporate media.”

On Saturday, February 5th, the committee convened to issue opening statements beginning with Dr. Reiner Fuellmich:

During the course of the proceedings Dr. Fuellmich asserted the following:

“This case, involving the most heinous crimes against humanity committed under the guise of a corona pandemic, looks complicated only at first glance.”

Elaborating further,

“But when you put together all those pieces of the puzzle as we will do for you with the help of renowned experts, you will see four sets of facts: One, there is no corona pandemic, but only a PCR test ‘plandemic’ fueled by an elaborate psychological operation designed to create a constant state of panic among the world’s population,” explained Fuellmich. “This agenda has been long-planned.”

“Its ultimately unsuccessful precursor was the swine flu some 12 years ago, and it was cooked up by a group of super rich psychopathic and sociopathic people who hate and fear people at the same time, have no empathy, and are driven by the desire to gain full control over all of us, the people of the world,” he continued, adding that they’re using “governments and the mainstream media” to spread “panic propaganda 24/7.”

Fuellmich went on to mention the coordinated deliberate suppression of effective covid-19 treatments such as vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, Ivermectin, and hydroxychloroquine. Done so by an establishment determined to prioritize “ineffective and lethal experimental injections”.

Then going on to acknowledge what we here at The Rundown Live have referred to ad nauseam — The capture of governmental institutions the world over by globalist bodies such as the World Economic Forum.

Absolute must-watch: Klaus Schwab Brags About Controlling Western Governments.

“Our governments are not our governments anymore, rather they have been taken over by the other side through their main platform, the World Economic Forum, which had started to create their own global leaders through their ‘Young Global Leaders’ program as early as 1992,” Fuellmich said, adduncing figures such as former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bill Gates as being among its first graduates.

Later mentioning the tie-in of the eugenics agenda;

“This involves population control which, in their view, requires both a massive reduction of the population and manipulating the DNA of the remaining population with the help – for example – of mRNA experimental injections.”

And the replacement of national sovereignty with a more centralized globalist power structure;

“But it also requires the deliberate destruction of democracy, of the rule of law, and of our constitutions through chaos so that ultimately, we will agree to losing our national and cultural identities and instead will accept a One World Government under the UN – which is now under the full control of them and their World Economic Forum – a digital passport through which each and every move is monitored and controlled, and one digital currency which we will only be able to receive from one World bank — theirs, of course,”

Finally concluding with the recommendation of indictment of six key figures:

  • German virologist Christian Drosten
  • U.S. NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci
  • World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • billionaire Bill Gates
  • investment corporation BlackRock
  • pharmaceutical giant Pfizer

Continuing, Fuellmich elaborates upon the panel of experts, to be presented in the coming weeks. Including former military insider James Bush, investigative journalist Whitney Webb, former employees of the World Health Organization, British intelligence officials, and others to explain the historical and geopolitical significance of the ongoing crisis. Beginning with Operation Dark Winter, and continuing into the Rockefeller Lockstep Scenario, and Event201 into the current day.

Further adding to the testimony, the next group of witnesses will consist of an assortment of lung experts, professors, a pharmaceutical executive, and biologists; who Fuellmich stated in part will:

“explain to us what is behind the legend of the Wuhan wet market outbreak. They will show that the virus is no more dangerous than the common flu. The PCR test cannot tell us anything about infections, but is the only basis for all anti-Corona measures, including the ultimate measure, the so-called vaccines and the so-called vaccines are not only ineffective, but extremely dangerous.”

The next group of experts comprised of doctors from around the world including Switzerland, Texas, South Africa, England, and Germany. All who will attest to the misguided policies of government bodies intentionally suppressing effective treatments capable of mitigating the spread and severity of the virus.

Continuing on, they will then call the next group of experts including Dr. Mike Eaton, professor Sucharit Bhakdi, and Dr. Robert Malone, among others from France and Germany.

“They will show us, that while the virus did not cause any excess mortality, it has a survival rate of 99.97%, the shots are now killing people and have been causing excess mortality of up to 40% since September, as a result of a poisoning with a spike protein and of shutting off our immune system.”

The committee will further proceed by calling numerous experts from the US, France, Belgium, and Germany; including renowned psychology professor Dr. Mattias Desmet.

Who will elucidate the facts upon how various authoritarian measures were introduced into society, and maintained through induced apathy via a massive psychological fear campaign.

Finally concluding with the last two groups of experts, various professors and economists from the United States and Germany to elaborate as to the controlled implosion of the world’s economy through the imposition of economically destructive measures. Moving towards a technocratic end goal of digital currency and global digital passport programs.

Lastly, the committee will hear an assortment of testimonies including those from an investigative journalist, a Holocaust survivor, and a technocracy expert among them. Specifically detailing the role of eugenics and depopulation.

Though this committee has been nearly two years in the making, its opening statements are timely. Coming only days after the release of a bombshell report from John Hopkins University, coincidentally echoing much of the same sentiment, concluding once and for all that lockdowns were ineffective at preventing the spread of the virus. Adding to the continually mounting evidence asserting the same now causing a shift in public dialogue.

As reported previously, primary among any other coronavirus policy, lockdowns have arguably had the most devastating impact on civilization. Not only in facilitating the largest wealth transfer in history to the rich and powerful, coinciding with an unprecedented economic catastrophe pushing an excess of 130 million plus humans into poverty.

But also having disastrous consequences on public health. Causing massive spikes in several mental health disorders, self harm, suicide, drug addiction and overdose, child abuse, domestic assault, starvation, and a slew of preventable deaths from untreated illnesses. Ultimately killing more people than they saved.

Fuellmich concluded his opening statements saying:

“After you have heard all the evidence, we have no doubt that you will recommend indictments against all our putative defendants for crimes against humanity. Thank you.”

Global Freezing and Global Warming

Following the supposedly unusual “record” high and low temps of 2021, the first real snow and cold wave has descended upon the eastern United States. But if any of “you guys” think this presents a good “teachable moment” to tweak the loons of Libtardia with a “Say, what happened to Global Warming?” barb —  well, that won’t get you too far because “science” now tells us that nasty cold spells (just like killer heat waves) are also caused by “heat-trapping” CO2 as well. Hence the back & forth marketing shift from “Global Warming” to the catch-all “Climate Change.

A bit of “1984”-ish Orwellian double-think, from the article:

Temperatures in the United States last year set more heat and cold records than any other year since 1994.” (emphasis added)

You see how the Marxist manipulators of the public mind work?

Too hot — blame it on made-made CO2 and call for taxing “emissions.”
Too cold — blame it on man-made CO2 and call for taxing “emissions.” 
Just right — say we must not mistake weather for climate and call for taxing “emissions .”

Still not buying this now 43-year-old doomsday bullshit? Well then, you evidently just don’t understand “science,” boys and girls.

Fake Science aside, from a philosophical perspective, what really fascinates your baby-boomer historian here — who, having lived through all 43 years of this hoax and watched it grow from a few sporadic hypotheses into a Global cult of “settled science”  — is how short people’s memories are. We may forgive the 35 & under population demographic for not appreciating how long and how wrong the “20-years-from-now” doomsday computer model forecasts have been. But how can anyone who has been blasted with this Bolshevik bullshit for a full 20 years or more not have realized by now that new doomsday target dates are perpetually pushed forward as the old doomsday dates come and go? Heck, I specifically recall being taught, circa 1981-82, that lower Manhattan would be under water “by the year 2000!”

Even if a man did not possess a basic understanding of the Globalist Conspiracy nor of basic science; one would think that by actually living through the passing of relatively recent history and so many wrong predictions (including the ice-age scare of the 1970’s) that the middle-aged Normie would have grown suspicious about all the past and present hype by now, and started to ask some probing questions. Evidently not, and Orwell nailed this one too:

Eric Arthur Blair

The Climate Con  — referred to in the beginning as “The Greenhouse Effect” — was preceded by the announcement of “Earth Day” in 1970. With great fanfare ginned up by the Jurisprudence, the very first such observance kicked-off with CBS’s Walter Cronkite (CFR) (aka, “the most trusted man in America) hosting a nationally televised TV special (at a time when there were only 3 networks). The theme of “saving the planet” was thus introduced to the gullible young hippie crowd who have since grown up to take over America — at the behest of their invisible New World Order handlers.

During the period between 1979-1982, at a time when world population and man-made CO2 “emissions” were far lower than today, concerns about an ice-age were suddenly replaced with tales of a warming “Greenhouse Effect” that was expected to melt the Antarctic ice-cap and catastrophically flood the world’s coastlines by the Year 2000. Four decades later, none of the dire flooding and crop failure predictions have come to pass as “doomsday” is again and again pushed up to yet another far off date in “our children’s future” as forgetful fools over forty fail to notice anything suspicious about the “science” behind the never-materializing and never-ending scare that is the Climate Con. What the heck is the matter with people?

As The Great One(that’s Hitler for you newbies & normies) once observed in one of his criticisms of the predatory political class which he was seeking to replace: “What good fortune for rulers that men do not think.”

1 & 2. Cronkite (who years later openly admitted to supporting world government) and the media’s heavy promotion of “Earth Day 1970” was a sure indication of a Globalist push for some sinister agenda. /// 3. 1978: “In Search Of” TV Show — People aged 45 and under cannot remember that we once had an ice-age scare which some scientists were actually blaming on “pollution.”

As The West Normalizes Moral Depravity, Russia Moves Against Pedophiles

While the Western media hyperventilates over its own phony news of ‘Russian aggression’ and imminent invasions, the Kremlin has quietly turned its sights on an altogether different target: pedophilia.

as the west normalizes moral depravity, russia moves against pedophiles

Imagine for a moment if Hollywood, the mainstream media and the three-letter federal agencies spent as much time and cash in the war against pedophiles as they do in their perennial propaganda war against Russia.

At the very least, the West would be fighting a real enemy and not one that has been concocted at some cluttered cubicle inside of the Ministry of Truth. Thus, it’s up to Russia, the global spiritual superpower of last resort, to fight this worthy battle mostly alone.

Last week, when many Western governments were trampling on the civil rights of their subjects due to a viral strain with a better than 99 percent survival rate, Russian lawmakers adopted – and without excessive fanfare and fainting spells – Law #1248305-7 that imposes life imprisonment for “crimes against the sexual integrity of minors.”

The document extends the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for pedophiles. Currently in Russia, repeat child molesters who have previously been convicted of violating a child under the age of 14 faces a life sentence.

According to the updated legislation, which heads to the Kremlin next month for President Putin’s signature, a repeat offender found guilty of assaulting a minor above the age of 14 could receive a life sentence.

The Duma’s efforts to broaden the fight against pedophilia comes at a time when the world is struggling against a Western invasion of ‘progressive’ thought that is totally at odds with what defines a healthy and sane state.

That is not to suggest that homegrown sexual deviants do not exist in Russia, or that Russia drafted these laws specifically with questionable Western values in mind.

Nevertheless, Russia is fully aware of the radical progressive tendencies that have begun devouring Western capitals. And as most people can appreciate, ideas have no respect – especially in the age of the internet – for national borders, nor do they require passports.

Must-read: Putin’s Comments About Satanism & Pedophilia Within Western Politics Are Turning Out To Be True.

In the not-so-distant past, most people – at least among the mentally stable – would agree that pedophilia is a crime of the highest magnitude against society’s most vulnerable members. Nowadays, such a statement of ‘certainty’ finds no shortage of cynical detractors.

Although the Western world has not come out and pledged its allegiance to child molesters, or added a ‘P’ to the LGBTQ+ parade, there are some unmistakable signs that such a day is just over the horizon. Already we’ve crossed several Rubicons that were previously unimaginable.

As things stand, public libraries are proudly hosting (taxpayer funded) Drag Queen Story Hours; a 13-year-old transgender boy named ‘Desmond is Amazing’ is touted in the media as the ideal role model for children; and medical practitioners are strongly discouraged from challenging those children who say they want to ‘transition’ to the opposite sex, a decision involving hormones and surgical procedures that many people go on to regret later in life.

Whether intentional or not, the Western establishment is slowly conditioning people to accept the notion that very young children can make critical life decisions for themselves – up to and including what sex they may identify as (an incredibly complicated and unproven concept that is oftentimes planted in young and impressionable minds courtesy of social media).

That’s not a very far leap from arguing that children should also reserve the right to decide at what age it is appropriate for them to enter into sexual relations, and with whomever they want. In other words, there is no longer any need for parental guidance, it is believed, in this bizarre new world order. The mainstream media, Hollywood, public schools and social media have taken over the shop.

This slow-drip indoctrination process has been gathering momentum for a long time in various publications. In 2017, for example, BBC ran with an article entitled, ‘Paedophiles need help, not condemnation – I should know.’ Here the reader is introduced to an anonymous 60-something male who opens his confessional by proclaiming: “It’s a long time since I’ve described myself as a paedophile. Paedophilia is a disorder, a deeply distressing sexual orientation. For me, it’s triggered by traumatic experiences in childhood.”

Did you catch it? The author has said that pedophilia, as opposed to being a mental affliction, is yet another harmless “sexual orientation.” Just so we’re all on the same page, the World Health Organization (still) lists pedophilia under the category of ‘Disorders of Sexual Preference.’ Yet that has not stopped people who should know better from turning the tide against common sense.

Just this month, USA Today published an article entitled, ‘What the public keeps getting wrong about pedophilia’ where the boneheaded argument was made that a “pedophile is an adult who is sexually attracted to children, but not all pedophiles abuse kids, and some people who sexually abuse kids are not pedophiles.”

Thankfully, the author did not attempt to explain exactly who or what child molesters are thought to be, but it’s probably safe to guess, considering the state of the modern liberal mindset, they’d fall somewhere on the spectrum between ‘victim’ and ‘martyr’.

In any case, it is clear where this game of linguistic gymnastics of turning predators into victims is heading. The world must stand firm with Russia at this great turning point in history and demonstrate its intolerance to the ongoing effort to normalize the most egregious crime of them allChildren deserve nothing less than society’s pledge of full protection.

Reference: Strategic-culture.org

Phony War Between Ukraine & Russia?

Fanatical Putin-hater and 2-time “Pulitzer Prize winning journalist” David Sanger, launches his usual loony libel against Russia. From the article:

Russian troops are encircling Ukraine from three sides. In Washington and Brussels, there are warnings of crushing sanctions if Vladimir V. Putin orders an invasion. Embassy families — both American and Russian — are being evacuated from Kyiv.”

How exactly can Russian troops be “circling” Ukraine if they are still within the confines of their own borders? That’s like accusing your neighbor of “circling my property” because his kids and two dogs often wander near their side of the fence. “Hey buddy! What are your kids doing there so close to the fence?” Ever since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the Russian “sister-nation” of Ukraine has been a hotbed of NATO, Soros, CIA, etc, intrigue and “color revolutions”. Where the heck else should Russian troops be stationed? Near the border with the Arctic Sea? Based upon what evidence does Sanger allege that Putin is plotting to “order an invasion?” The “fear of a Russian invasion” sure sounds “baseless”. It even smacks of the type of “conspiracy theory” and false charges.

by the way, its not “The Ukraine”, its just “Ukraine”…

Russia doesn’t really gives a shit about Ukraine, they already have what they wanted (Crimea). Russia its just pissed because in 1990 when the wall came down to re-unite Germany, the deal was for NATO to not keep moving east of Europe and tried to get Ukraine to join them.

Remember, no Russian threat, no NATO. The good news is, vassal-state Ukraine will not be triggering World War III for the Globalists. That was certainly the long-term plan when the western Deep State engineered the “spontaneous” Maidan Square coup in 2014; and would probably have happened by now had Hillary Clinton not been stopped by Donald Trump and the “White Hats” in 2016. But because “Patriots are in Control” (behind the scenes, hopefully) neither NATO, nor “Joe Biden” nor the Ukrainian puppet state will be “pulling a Poland” this time around. Oh they’ll huff and they’ll puff — and there may even be some military posturing and scary saber-rattling — but in the end, an openly Russia-friendly regime will suddenly emerge in Ukraine as a de-balled NATO looks on helplessly. That’s my prediction. Wait and see.

Once the NATO / EU Axis’s dream of permanently divorcing the geographically large and resource-rich nation of Ukraine from its Russian sister-nation is ended, it will mark the end of a stunning reversal in the power dynamic of Eastern Europe — not unlike the shift in the Middle East away from US-Israeli dominance to a new reality in which Russia and Iran have been crowned the protectors of the region. Both the “Greater Europe” of Soros and the “Greater Israel” of Netanyahu ain’t happening — and we have two men to thank for quietly and cunningly “colluding”  to deactivate these two WW3 tripwires — Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

Meditation Can Take You To Alternate Realities

If you think that meditation is just a tool for relaxation, think again. Here’s how to use this ancient modality to traverse alternate realities.

We’ve heard it said before: There are many paths but only one destination. And of course there are numerous adaptations of this phrase.

But what if there are indeed multiple destinations or more aptly realities, and what if we could use meditation as a gateway to explore the uncharted terrain of multidimensionality?

As a practitioner of meditation, I have on occasion asked myself this very question. Indeed my journeys within have yielded a sense at times that I am piercing the veil of the third dimensional realm and entering a far more fluid “space” not familiar to my work-a-day senses.

I’ve witnessed what seemed to be floating thought forms, black and white holes and unfamiliar moving images viewed from a myriad of perspectives through my alternate eyes. Without question, these are occasions by which I would deem meditation far more than just a relaxation tool!

I’ve called these excursions; something way out of the realm of expectation and as a result, I have sought to understand via other’s anecdotal accounts if their experiences might in some small way hint of my own, and moreover bring realization about the multidimensional reality for which we may just be inextricably linked.

Here is a story I found to be intriguing and revealing as to the plasticity of reality and our ability to transcend the third dimensional world via meditation:

“This happened about three years ago. I was studying Reiki and advanced energy medicine at the time. My instructor had told me to meditate on my upper chakras, so I was meditating on the eighth. My eyes were shut, I was in a comfortable position holding my 8th chakra, and I was well-grounded – or so I thought.

“Suddenly, everything got very quiet and then a rushing sound filled my ears. My eyes were closed but I could actually see my skin pinging off into air like popcorn popping around without the lid on. It was as if my eyes were wide open because everything was absolutely crystal clear. Then my sight started to darken. I was able to ask my husband if I was still sitting on the couch, and he said that I was.

“After my skin stopped flying about in mid-air, I re-materialized in a room where a large group of men were seated in a circle. It reminded me of the Roman Senate, for they were all dressed in togas and had close-cropped beards. I was standing in the middle of this circle, staring down at a large beautiful crystal (my 8th chakra). I remember one man kept asking, ‘What does the crystal say?

“Look at the crystal and tell us what it says!’ The crystal was the last thing I wanted to look at. Then I found myself back in my own living room on the couch, still holding my 8th chakra. My body was intact, and my husband was still playing chess.

“I told him what happened and he said, ‘You’re crazy.’ Nothing like this has happened since. I’m not sure if I crossed through a portal, entered an alternate reality, or experienced a past life.” (source: www.kajama.com)

In this startling account, we find the meditator seemingly catapulted from a state of conscious 3D awareness into what appeared to her as another place and possibly another time. There are many accounts where others have reported being transported – literally dropped into another reality; a place where not only is the individual simply witnessing the scene playing out before them, but they are participating in it!

These sorts of stories have often been told within the context of teleportation and time travel, and yet in this case, the individual found just by merely falling into a meditative state, whilst focusing on her upper chakras, in this case her 8th, her consciousness apparently swept through the veil and into another reality!

Consciousness and Non-Locality

The notion that consciousness is non-local; the ability to transcend space and time outside of the physical sensory system is an idea that has been supported by metaphysicians and mystics and examined closely within the quantum theoretical framework.

When in a meditative state, depending on the level of depth the meditator is able to achieve, one’s focus can instantaneously shift from an object grounded within the physical spectrum to one that is on another level or frequency and thus the individual will “transport” their consciousness to finer and finer vibratory realms.

In a talk given by meditation expert and author, Andrew Cohen he states:

“A meditative posture releases you from the world stream. It releases you from being trapped in the Universe; of being trapped in time.”

The practice of meditation, in some cases will give one a glimpse of the illusory nature of time and space, thereby making acceptance of alternate realities easier and thus the direct experience of these realms far more likely.

Meditation as Gateway to the Out of Body Experience (OBE)

For many practitioners of meditation, the feeling that one’s consciousness is leaving the physical form, described as an out of the body experience or OBE is well known in spiritual literature.

Alternate states of consciousness have been reported while out of body, ranging from a subtle sense of detachment, merely inches away from where the physical body rests to excursions many miles (even light years) away where again, the experiencer will witness and even participate in a scenario on another plane of existence.

It is interesting to note that meditation can most certainly serve as impetus to activating an OBE. There are of course common denominators in the out of body experience and meditative practice itself; the key element being relaxation and extrication from awareness of one’s physical surroundings.

It seems that by simply and unconditionally shifting focus from one state to the next can launch ones consciousness outside of the physical spectrum and into a broader and less dense state of reality.

In his book Psychic Breakthroughs Today, the late parapsychology researcher, D. Scott Rogo discusses the inherent limitations one has in his ability to experience the broader spectrum of reality while focused in the 3D realm:

“We can only ‘see’ part of the visible spectrum between infra-red and ultraviolet and our sense of hearing is rather primitive. It is certainly much weaker than the auditory perception of many animals.

“Not only are our sense perceptions limited, but what we see and hear may not actually be very objective at all, but colored by our own thoughts and expectations… (but) would it be possible to transcend our reliance on our sense perceptions and actually disregard the body completely? Some people have had that exact experience.”

Rogo goes on to describe a variety of scenarios by which this can occur via the out of body state and the range of conditions that might induce such a state, not the least of which is meditation.

I think it would be fair to say that OBE’s via meditative practice is indeed a form of alternate reality, whereby the individual has shifted from what Rogo calls “limited sense perception” into a less dense and broader spectrum of awareness.

There are indeed many paths, it seems to experience alternate realities (the destination) and meditation is but one of them.