Mystery Monday

12/05/11 Life , Mystery Monday # ,

Mystery Monday – Transcendantal Meditation

Many of you know that I’m a big believer in meditation. I have definitely bi-polar tendencies coupled with anxiety disorder that can almost cripple me with worry about everything from social gatherings to an unexpected turn of events to everyday minutiae.

Thankfully, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned what I need to do to make sure I’m okay. Taking care of myself physically, emotionally, and mentally is a very big part of the equation. As long as I eat right, plan ahead as much as possible, eliminate negative people from my life when and where I can, take vitamins daily (including the magical B Complex – a must for anyone who tends toward depression or anxiety), have time for my writing, and practice yoga and/or meditating, I can generally keep from feeling like I want to crawl out of my own skin.

Yoga and meditation have been truly key in managing my BPD and anxiety. If I skip them for a couple of days, the stress creeps back in and I start to feel like I just want to crawl under the covers and disappear (something I can never do even when I want to because, well, I have responsibilities). Up until now, I’ve practiced mostly mindful meditation which involves being in the moment, and (for me) focusing only on my breath, in and out. It’s harder than it sounds to tune everything out! But It really does make an amazing difference. Sometimes, if I’m feeling particularly depressed/angry/resentful/bitter/hurt, I’ll use a mantra or I’ll imagine all the bad stuff leaving my body and spirit with my breath on the exhale.

Lately, I’ve become very interested in a thousands-year old form of meditation called Transcendental Meditation (TM). Favored by creative people, TM is said to allow one to access a higher plane of consciousness, the very source of thought, also called the Unified Field. This insight is said to open up one’s view of the world, one’s art, everything!

It’s different from mindful meditation in that mindful meditation keeps the mind busy by focusing on a given thing (breathing, mantra, etc) while TM focuses on a sound, given to you by a meditation teacher, that you repeat over and over. This is supposed to allow your mind to settle into a place of deeper alert, restful consciousness.

Tons of artistic people are advocates of TM including filmmaker David Lynch, Musicians Paul McCartney and Sheryl Crow, and director Clint Eastwood, among many others. David Lynch, in particular is a tremendous advocate for the method, crediting it for eliminating a persistent sense of anger he’d carried around his whole life in addition to feeding his (brilliant!) creative mind.

You can hear David Lynch speak about TM – what it is and how it changed him – below. You can also learn more about TM at http://www.tm.org/.

I’m listing this as a mystery because I find it fascinating to contemplate the possibility that reaching a higher and/or different level of consciousness can impact one’s sense of peace, artistic perspective, and general happiness.

What do you guys think?!

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11/28/11 Mystery Monday #

Mystery Monday – Parallel Universes

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of parallel universes. The possibility that another reality is existing in time with ours but just to the left or right (so to speak) has had a ring of truth for me since I was a kid, long before I’d heard any science jargon to back it up.

I mean, doesn’t it seem entirely possible that there’s something else going on – something slightly different – at this very moment just outside our view?!

Which is why physicist Brian Greene’s (author of The Elegant Universe and The Hidden Reality) theory on the possibility of parallel universes made perfect sense to me when I read it. In fact, his explanation probably makes the most sense of any I’ve read.

Basically, Brian posits that there are only so many ways matter can arrange itself inside the universe. At some point, matter would have to repeat itself, arranging itself in similar ways. Which means if the universe is infinitely large, it is also home to infinite number of possible parallel universes. If you’ve ever heard the term “multiverse”, this is what it means.

He explains it like a deck of cards; “Now, if you shuffle that deck, there’s just so many orderings that can happen,” Greene says. “If you shuffle that deck enough times, the orders will have to repeat. Similarly, with an infinite universe and only a finite number of complexions of matter, the way in which matter arranges itself has to repeat.”

Makes a strange kind of sense, yes?

Anyway, there’s a super interesting article about it on NPR, if you’re interested in learning more. What do you think? Do you buy the theory?

On another note, many of you know that I’ve been under a super-tough deadline this month, so please excuse the sporadic blogging. Things should be back to normal next month. For now, I’m imagining another me in a parallel universe, already finished with this project and drinking eggnog and eating sugar cookies while reading.

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I also want to remind you guys that you can still get a FREE signed, personalized bookplate for that special reader on your holiday list. The bookplates are designed to coordinate with the interior of the Prophecy books. All you have to do is email prophecypress@aol.com with the number of bookplates you’re requesting (up to three) and to whom you’d like them signed. If you tell me a little about the person, I’ll try to make the message as personal as possible.

Then you can stick the book plate (they have a sticker backing) right in one of the Prophecy books and it’s just like giving a signed copy. They make lovely, thoughtful gifts all for the price of a book. I can send the bookplates free to anyone in the US or Canada. If you’re an international reader, just send a signed, self-addressed stamped envelope to me at P.O. Box 136 Burlingham, NY 12722.

A NOTE; This post has been picked up by several freebie sites, and while I’m happy to spend the postage to get bookplates to book lovers and people who are buying gifts for book lovers, please don’t waste my time and money by requesting them if you’re just going to sell them on Ebay or something. I’m getting TONS of these kinds of requests right now, and it’s really not in keeping with the spirit of this gift,

I’ve received almost 100 requests so far and will continue filling requests through 12/7.

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11/21/11 Mystery Monday #

Mystery Monday – Disappearances in Nome, Alaska

Those of you who saw the movie the Fourth Kind might be familiar with the mystery surrounding a series of unsolved disappearances in Nome, Alaska from the 1960s to 2004.

During that time, 24 people (most of them Native villagers) mysteriously died or vanished, never to be heard from again. Now, 24 people may not sound like a lot, but in relation to the small population of Nome, it’s actually an inordinately large percentage.

It’s reported that the FBI has declined comment on the matter but does not deny that there have been 2000+ visits to Nome over the past 60 years. If it’s true, that means Nome has the most FBI visits than any other city in the US in relation to population density.

In 2006, the FBI concluded that “excessive alcohol consumption and a harsh winter climate” were to blame for the disappearances, though none of the missing people have ever been found.

The movie the Foutrth Kind, while fictitious, propses alien abudction as a possible theory for the disappearances.

I think it’s a very intriguing mystery.
How about you?

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11/07/11 Mystery Monday #

Mystery Monday – Was Shakespeare a Fraud?

Lest Friday we saw Roland Emmerich’s new film, ANONYMOUS. The movie provides a fictionalized version of the questions surrounding Shakespeare and whether or not he was in fact the author of the 30+ plays and sonnets said to have been penned by him.

It’s an interesting question. While the movie puts forth the hypothesis that the plays were actually penned by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, there has long been controversy surrounding the name William Shakespeare, mostly because the “real” William Shakespeare was said to be an uneducated son of a glover. Since many of Shakespeare’s themes involved extensive knowledge of politics, law, and philosophy — almost exclusively the province of the wealthy at the time in question — many scholars and lay people believe that Shakespeare could not have penned the plays and sonnets.

In reality, de Vere is only one of many candidates put forward as possible authors of Shakespeare’s works. Others include the Elizabethan philosopher Francis Bacon and even two women.

Whatever the truth, it’s an interesting mystery, non? And one certainly worthy of a Mystery Monday.

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What do you think? Was William Shakespeare a pseudonym? And if so, who is the most likely candidate as the author of Shakespeare’s legendary work?

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10/10/11 Mystery Monday #

The Philadelphia Experiment – Real or Rumor?

I got some great ideas from my shout-out on Facebok for this week’s Mystery Monday, but I’m going with the Philadelphia Experiment (suggested by reader and friend Stephanie Pellegrin) because it seems a lot of you don’t know about it.

The Philadelphia Experiment is the name for an experiment that allegedly took place in October of 1943. It’s said that the US military managed to cloak the US destroyer escort USS Eldridge and its entire crew.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the Philadelphia Experiment and whether or not it really happened. While the US Navy steadfastly denies the experiment, there are rumors that some of the crew were fused to the ship during the experiment, some suffered mental disorders (I would definitely have a mental disorder if I were fused to a ship, but I presume this refers to separate individuals!), and some went missing entirely.

Although a movie was made about the rumored experiment in 1984, no one knows if the experiment really took place and the mystery is right up there with Area 51 as one of the enduring military mysteries of our time.

All this said, I have to admit that the recent successful cloaking of desert mirages by scientists at the University of Texas Dallas makes me wonder…

I may pull from this week’s Facebook suggestions for next week’s mystery, but if you have something you’d like to suggest, please send it to prophecypress@aol.com with “Mystery Monday” as the Subject line.

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10/03/11 Mystery Monday #

Mystery Monday – The Out of Body Experience

The out of body experience is a catch phrase for any experience in which one develops an awareness of oneself outside of the physical body. Examples are lucid dreaming, near death experiences, and astral projection.

Yes, astral projection!

Many Prophecy readers don’t know that astral projection (featured in the Prophecy Trilogy) is a something that many people think is possible. In fact, some people believe anyone can travel astrally given the right circumstances, and the phenomena was well documented in many ancient civilizations like the Hindus, Amazons, and Inuit.

While some people attribute OBEs to chemical reactions in the brain, confusion with vivid dreams, and hallucinations, there are numerous reports of people who have claimed to travel astrally and were able to describe far-away places and events in great detail.

So is the out of body experience real? Who knows. But at the very least, it’s an intriguing possibility.

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09/26/11 Mystery Monday #

Mystery Monday – Are We Alone?

One of the things I’m most fascinated with is the possibility of life on other planets. I just can’t believe that we’re the only ones spinning through space. The universe is just too vast, the opportunities for other life too abundant.

Which is why I was so excited to read this article in the Guardian about a new exoplanet that had been found outside our solar system.

New planets are discovered somewhat frequently. What makes this one special is that it’s in what astronomers call “the Goldilocks Zone”, an area with a just-right temperature for liquid water, something that’s would be necessary to support Earth-like life.

The new planet is 37 light-tears from Earth. NASA has also identified over 50 other planets that could support life, but they haven’t been investigated fully yet.

Still, that’s a lot of possibility.

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