If foretold, was this predestination?

“I know I would meet you here this month” said the stranger (a casual clairvoyant) to me – when no human alive could possibly have foretold where I would be 6 months ahead. “You will have a book published this year” said another casual clairvoyant. That did happen. “Your marriage is over. Don’t you know?” asked a professional clairvoyant. No, I did not know. How could these people – of 3 different ethnic origins – see what had not yet eventuated?

How could I leave footprints where I have not walked? What did these people see in their mind’s eye? Indeed, the events are so trivial – unlike, say, major catastrophes affecting large numbers of people – that one can wonder why they were ‘registered’ before their occurrence. Is every action-to-be ‘registered? Why so? Think of all the trivia, the mundane events, recorded somewhere. Why bother?

I have also been told about a belief – seriously held – that God is preparing our planet for mankind, the chosen species. All the major events, including the cataclysmic, which have occurred to date are believed to be part of that process. This then should, in my view, include Zachariah Sitchin’s claim that there are 223 genes in Man which are not to be found on Earth; and the creation of ‘the Adam’ (our forebear) by giants from planet Nibiru. Why not indeed? Did anyone foresee them?

Against this concept of predestination stands the cosmology of the Hindus. This postulates cycles of birth and death of the Cosmos over 3.11 trillion years. Within this cosmology is the expectation that the creator of each such cycle dies with his creation; and that a new creator will arrive with a new Cosmos. Who or what stands behind this process? And this is predestination with significant implications.


Predestination or free will

Do plants and trees not compete with one another to obtain the maximum exposure to the sun? I have watched 2 of my planted trees, of small stature, suddenly grow tall, very tall. They are being challenged by a self-sown flowering plant which grows new shoots around itself. These lean against my trees and clearly seek to grow taller than the trees. The trees will not allow that.

It seems to me that purpose underlies this competition. If so, could one see this as an expression of what we call free will – the ability to do something autonomously, consciously? Probably not, unless one accepts that consciousness permeates all forms of life on Earth.

Comparably, it is evident that we humans do have free will – to a degree, and here and there – within the real-life constraints of genetics, epigenesis, past life-determined pathways, guidance from the spirit world, the law, the impacts of sundry human actions and cosmic forces, and so on.

Yet, there is reliable evidence that the future can sometimes be foreseen. Does this mean that our free-will actions are, in fact, necessary steps towards predestined ends? So, when sculptors work to achieve the figures they visualise in their minds, can their outcomes be definable as predestined?

But then, take this post. It is not what I had planned to write. Does this indicate that there is predestination of another kind – that this is the post I had to write?

So, when my life-path involves me moving steadily, with both style and decorum, on my stationary treadmill – which is not taking me anywhere soon – would that be predestination or an expression of my free will?

Understanding fellow-humans

There is nothing more beautiful than a baby’s smile. It is innocent and morally uplifting. There is nothing more disturbing than a sad look on a little child’s face. That look may reflect a lack of understanding of the behaviour of the parents or other adults. Why should parents explain themselves to a child? How is a child then to cope? Is there not a need to help children, as they grow up, to understand human relationships? Later, as their brains mature, they may even begin to understand what it is to be human. I have offered the following advice to a grandchild from whom I am separated, hoping that it will offer some relevant insight.

So much of human behaviour is predictable. You enter the world on your own, having been developed within the womb, enjoying its security. Then you are exposed to the insecurity of the outside world. You then find yourself protected again by your parents. Each parent sees the other parent in you, and loves you more for that. Both parents see something of themselves in you, wondering whether your personal destiny-path (your river of life, on which you will paddle to survive, suffer and succeed) will be kind to you.

While your genes are inherited, and supply your reaction-potential, your soul, that is essentially YOU, has brought into your current life a whole boatload of memories (hidden from your current personality), and related instincts (which might present you as a fighter or pacifist or even a little screwed). It is thereby said that you are born WHEN you are because of WHAT you are (horoscope-wise).

My investigation into the past-life memories of little children (see my recent posts on WordPress) helps me to ‘read’ people more than my training as a research psychologist. I also endeavour to see the child in the adult, as it helps to explain extraordinary behaviour and attitudes.

Why am I writing like this? Understanding people helps you to understand yourself, especially when you have unusual thoughts and reactions which just seem to pop up. In my case, an instinctive urge to use a scimitar when facing on-going discrimination at work (and elsewhere) hinted at (and subsequently supported by a clairvoyant) a relevant past life – a warrior! That also explains why I have worked for justice all my life, and the support I am receiving for my WordPress posts.

You can also make life more interesting by seeking to understand your fellow-humans; perhaps to see what drives them.

What the story of Phaeton means

This narrative should put an end to “Charles Lyell’s nineteenth century formulation of an alternative theory to catastrophism …” – the Principle of Uniformitarianism. “Uniformitarians have argued that disasters of such magnitude are completely contrary to the normal workings of Nature on Earth.” Yet more reliance on ‘proof’!

Catastrophists “… sought to reconcile traditional recollections of a global catastrophe with the known geological data. Catastrophists for long established the fact that numerous traditions mention one or more celestial agents as having assailed Earth and caused that calamity, and that prolific evidence is available which can be reasonably interpreted as having originated from genuine experience of such an event.”

The above extracts are from Allan & Delair’s Introduction to their book.

Most interestingly, the Phaeton catastrophe fits the time frame of Plato’s story of Atlantis! “In Plato’s dialogue, a learned Egyptian priest tells Plato’s ancestor, Solon, the legend of Atlantis. He relates that Atlantis had been destroyed in earthquakes and floods of extraordinary violence. This great catastrophe occurred 9000 years before his time. We know that Solon’s visit to Egypt took place sometime between 594 and 559 BC. This places the destruction of Atlantis some time between 9559 and 9594 BC. Allan & Delair reviewed hundreds of radiocarbon dates from around the world in an attempt to date the Phaeton catastrophe. They found that a great concentration of dates averaged 9577 BC, exactly amidst the time frame allowed by Plato’s ‘story’ of Atlantis!

This is the key period of our solar system’s trauma. Before then, the authors argue, the planets revolved undisturbed around the Sun during what we might call a time of celestial harmony, a golden age that was suddenly disturbed by an intruder from beyond our solar system.” (Flem-Ath)

Do not the folk memories of Mankind refer to a golden age in the past?

Tracking Phaeton through our planetary system

In a previous post, I wrote about the entry into our planetary system of a fragment of a supernova named Vela. This fragment was named Phaeton by the classical Greeks. A Foreward by Rand Flem-Ath to Allan & Delair’s book ‘Cataclysm: compelling evidence of a cosmic catastrophe in 9500 BC’ reported that Phaeton had pulled one of Neptune’s moons from its orbit to become the planet Pluto (recently it has lost that status).

I quote Flem-Ath further. “Phaeton continued its chaotic journey. Hurtling past Uranus, its gravitational pull dislocated the moons of Uranus. As the deadly foreign invader drew near Saturn, one of the ringed planet’s moons, Chiron, was also forced out of orbit. Chiron bounced into a path circling the sun to become the solar system’s smallest planet.

Jupiter and Mercury avoided the chaos because their orbits had carried them far from Phaeton’s destructive course. It was at this point on its reckless journey that Phaeton electromagnetically demolished a planet that existed between Jupiter and Mars.” The asteroid belt in the ‘vacant orbit’ between Jupiter and Mars (discovered in 1801) may be the remnants of the destroyed planet (what a terrifying thought!) named Tiamat by the ancient Akkadians (in the northern half of Babylonia).

“Three more planets still stood in Phaeton’s reckless path: Mars, Earth and Venus. As the stellar marauder, dragging the remnants of the shattered Tiamat and its moon, Kingu, with it, catapulted past Mars, the red planet’s rotation was slowed by their combined gravitational pull. Mars’ two rapidly spinning moons may well be fragments of Tiamat it acquired then.

After leaving its mark on Mars, Phaeton was on a collision course with Earth, charging through the emptiness between Earth and the Moon. Phaeton’s pull stretched the Moon’s orbit and the Earth’s tilt was altered, condemning Earth to a worldwide catastrophe.” (Flem-Ath) See my previous post ‘What Phaeton did to Earth.’

“Phaeton continued its unstoppable flight. Venus ‘flipped ‘ over, sending it into a rotation opposite to that of the other planets. Finally, Phaeton disappeared into the inferno of the Sun.” (Flem-Ath)

What Phaeton did to Earth

Phaeton, by “charging through the emptiness between Earth and the moon,” “stretched the moon’s orbit;” “the Earth’s tilt was altered, condemning Earth to a worldwide catastrophe.” “The swarm of planetary debris accompanying Phaeton … exploded … showering our planet with a celestial blizzard of rocks, stones and dust. … The Earth’s crust shifted and plunged it into upheaval.” (Refer Rand Flem-Ath in ‘Cataclysm’ by Allan & Delair)

Has scientific investigation now caught up with mythology and folklore? For instance, Plato’s story about the sudden destruction of the mythical island of Atlantis fits into the time frame relating to Phaeton’s visit. It would appear that the folklore and explicit memories of a very wide range of cultures – from ancient Mesopotamia, to the East, to Greece, to Scandinavia, and to the Americas especially – all refer to the raging firestorms, heavy bombardment by meteoric dust, darkness for years, heavy rains for days and days, terrible flooding, and sudden refrigeration – and few survivors! Yet, it is all unproven; but speculative conclusions are not new to modern science, either.

Catastrophes do, and will, happen. However, a catastrophe caused by a celestial intruder would be an extremely rare event. Significantly, Phaeton’s transit through the solar system would appear to have destroyed the antediluvian world’s alleged more congenial climate. The latter is claimed to have reflected the Earth’s more perpendicular rotation then, with “the seasons mainly undifferentiated climatically, especially in tropical and sub-tropical latitudes.” A golden Eden?

(The above paragraphs were extracted from my WordPress post of November 2011.)

Pluto, the space rock, not the dog

Pluto is in the news. It is being probed to see what material it is made of. It used to be a planet. Then, it was demoted – to what? Here is an interesting story.

“D. S. Allan and J.B. Delair have assembled a mountain of evidence pointing directly to a worldwide catastrophe around 9500 BC. They draw upon a wide range of sciences and disciplines to weave their story. And it is a compelling account that begins beyond our solar system, about 13,000 years ago, with the explosion of the Vela Supernova.

A large fragment of this star, christened ‘Phaeton’ by the classical Greeks, blasted across interstellar space and sped through the void. Then around 9500 BC, it careened into our solar system like a drunken driver. Phaeton, composed of pure interstellar-matter, must have been very dense and atomic, (almost sub-lunar in size) and different from a comet or asteroid to wreak the kind of havoc that ensued.

Neptune wandered across its path and Phaeton, pulled sunwards, wrenched one of Neptune’s moons from its orbit, sending it spinning through space like a celestial hubcap. This moon became the eccentric outer planet we know as Pluto.”

The extract above is from a Foreward by Rand Flem-Ath (author of ‘When the sky fell’) to the book titled ‘Cataclysm: compelling evidence of a cosmic catastrophe in 9500 BC,’ published in 1997. The authors are D.S. Allan and J.B. Delair.

So, it was another moon. Are all moons alike in origin and substance?

Which way to the Cosmos?

This is the title of Chapter 4 in ‘Hidden Footprints of Unity.’ The following is the pre-publication endorsement to this chapter.

“I find the concepts in Hidden Footprints of Unity most appealing, coming as they do from an agile mind which has managed to embrace cultures usually seen as competitive, or even enemies. This book should prove a precious contribution to mutual understanding.” —James Murray, SSC, recently retired Religious Affairs Editor, ‘The Australian’.

I accept that a religious belief would have sustained mankind through most of our time on Earth. A belief, arising from an initial fear and awe, that we are not alone and unprotected from terrifying, unpredictable, and devastating forces would have given some hope when all seemed lost. An even better belief that we were brought into being by a universal Creator, who will thereby surely look after us, gives us yet more hope – and respect for this imputed Creator. There seems to be a more recent belief that Earth was established as a home especially for the human species. Those who do not need any such beliefs are the exceptions, with faith in their non-need for protection.

Life, being one of hardship for most of us, with many experiencing no relief from birth to death, requires hope – hope that things will be better, and that God (reached through our priests) will alleviate our sufferings. ‘It is God’s Will’ (uttered by some of the priesthoods) is neither a panacea nor a pain-killer. Anyone who has suffered grievously in life will understand this.

So, one prays; one hopes. Sometimes, life is better, safer, less painful, and offers more hope. Faith, however, does not always work. In an organised society, whose responsibility is it to work towards the betterment of the quality of life of those who are suffering, those who are worst off? In a culture wherein the priesthood merely assists a petitioner to beseech God through accepted rituals, can one blame the priesthood for negative results? Of course, prayer can be in itself beneficial, in that it somehow strengthens the petitioner.

What can one say about a structured, institutionalised religion, whether or not there is a hierarchy of priests, or whether or not the religion is based on authority and an associated power? Can one ask what it is that the priesthoods of these religions have done to alleviate the material, and thus the social, plight of their followers over the centuries? Indeed, what are they doing now?

I ask the same question of those who offer their services, whether in health or education or spiritual matters, to those of us who need help.

Man should not have to live by faith alone! If faith does not mean love for one’s fellow humans, for other sentient beings, and for the environment which sustains us, of what use it? And those who advise us to have faith when we need succour, but who do not perceivably display this love, of what use are they?

Ethics is more important than religion

I have recently begun to wonder whether religion, especially institutional religion, is more of a curse for mankind than a boon. I do know that a religious belief, especially in a Universal Creator (or God), sustains millions of us through the exigencies of existence. Why then does religion cause so much harm, especially to the innocent?

Politicised religion is most definitely a curse. Is any major religion exempt from this accusation? Which are they? As well, why do the religions, even sects within a religion, compete with one another? I have read that, in historical times, Christianity challenged its mother religion, Judaism – by claiming that the Messiah had already been! Worse still, politicised Buddhism seems to have forgotten its basic tenet – compassion!

This is why the recent position taken by the Dalai Lama is so uplifting. In the July 2015 issue of the Reader’s Digest, an article by Franz Alt quotes the Dalai Lama thus:
• “Ethics is more important than religion.”
• “We do not arrive in this world as members of a particular religion. But ethics is innate.”
• “There are days when I think it would be better if there were no religions.”
• “Wars have been waged in the name of religion, ‘holy wars’ even. Religions have been and still are frequently intolerant.”
• “Far more crucial than religion is our elementary human spirituality.”
• “The aim of a secular ethic is to free us of momentary and long term suffering, and to develop the ability to support others in the pursuit of happiness. One aspect of compassion is the spontaneous willingness to act for the welfare of others.”

Is there a religious leader anywhere on this globe who would publicly deny the value of such an ethic? If not denied, would such an ethic head the pantheon of beliefs within their religion? Would that be too much to expect?

What of the role or religious leaders, in operational terms, and their value, in humanitarian terms? In the light of the current affrays all over the world, is this not a relevant question?

A few considerations arising from Native Title

“The redoubtable historian, Prof. Henry Reynolds, set the cat amongst the pigeons by noting that the Australian High Court had not dealt with the issue of sovereignty when it dealt with the associated issue of land rights. He stated that “the High Court’s decision to recognise prior rights of property but not sovereignty lines Australian law up with the international lawyers writing at the high noon of imperialism”. This decision has therefore left intact the traditional view that, when the British annexed parts of the Australian continent in 1788, 1824, 1829 and 1879, the Crown acquired sovereignty over the land; and that sovereignty is indivisible.

The professor argues instead that, under international law, sovereignty is a ‘collection of powers’, often ‘separated one from another’; that British colonial arrangements displayed a division of sovereignty, ranging from spheres of influence, to protectorates, to outright colonial possession; and that both the USA and Canada have accepted that their indigenous peoples have residual rights of sovereignty, carried over from pre-colonial days; and that such rights can be extinguished by the state, but only by a ‘clear and plain intention to do so’.

It was also British colonial policy to recognise customary or traditional law, where established by usage, and where not inconsistent with British concepts of justice.

I also note that the High Court ignored the issue of sea rights under native title.

So, is there some doubt about sovereignty in Australia? Sovereignty to the Crown by occupation on the one hand, and residual sovereignty to Aborigines by prior right on the other?”

(‘Hidden Footprints of Unity,’ from which the above extracts were drawn, was published in 2004. The legal position may have been altered since then. I conclude this post by quoting the following extracts from the book:

“Was it not St.Paul who said, ‘We wrestle … against spiritual wickedness in high places’?”

“For some inexplicable reason, I keep recalling Arnold Toynbee’s ‘No annihilation without representation,’ whenever extinguishment of Aboriginal native title is mentioned.”)