Everything ever created was once imaginary.
Everything ever created was once imaginary.
I live in the Midwestern United States. Clearly the Northern Hemisphere. It is definitely autumn here, and lilacs only ever bloom in May. And yet.
Here is what I find.
A while back I wrote a story about Persephone, the Underworld and reversed seasons. But I did not think it would actually happen 🙂
I’ll take it, gladly!
Give them some crystal energy…
We can always use a bit of spring in November 🙂
We all remember the Berenstein Bears, right? That wacky family of talking bears that got into all sorts of mischief? They even had their own cartoon show. The Bears were outlandish, witty and fun. I remember their name distinctly. It was Berenstein. Such clever alliteration. As I got older, I even pictured the Berenstein Bears as Jewish comedians, right up there with Seinfeld or Larry David. I am certain — positive — I mean, lie detector test SURE — that the name was Berenstein! Stein with an ‘e’. However, it seems I am wrong.
There currently exists not one book, not one cartoon, dvd or vhs of the Bears in which their names are spelled Berenstein. Look ‘em up on Wiki. Their name, it seems, is Berenstain (like a grass stain or a stain in your blouse.) It has, apparently, always BEEN Berenstain.
Huh? This actually freaked me out. How do you remember the name?
I had some of the books, like this one:
I first became aware of this of few days ago while perusing youtube for parallel universe vids. The one I happened to find stated several ‘matrix glitch’ incidents which could be explained as parallel universes. But the spelling of the Berenstain Bears really hit home for me, because I DEFINITELY remember them as ‘Berenstein’. And so do a lot of other people.
I am a believer in parallel universes. Even before this Bear phenomenon, I have been certain they exist. As I have stated in other blogs, recent findings of quantum physicians suggests that there may be as many as eleven different dimensions existing on unseen microscopic planes. If these multi-dimensional planes exist, why not parallels of space and time? Past, present and future could all actually be happening at once, cutting through distance in a super-imposed matrix of reality.
Some psychics and paranormal observers have suggested that humankind actually move through several different parallels on any given day. The problem is, the parallels are so similar that we do not notice the slight differences. Like the spelling of a bear’s name, for example 🙂
This matrix glitch has become a bit of a pop cultural phenomenon. There are TONS of other videos out there exploiting the theme and declaring that all sorts of commonplace items have ‘mysteriously’ changed names. Take Jif peanut butter. Was it always Jif? Some claim it was Jiffy.
For the record, and as a bona-fide peanut butter connoisseur, I contend it was always ‘Jif’! There was, however, ‘Jiffy Pop’ popcorn. There is also Jiffy Lube and Jiffy Cakes. Memory is selective. Memory is peculiar.
Here are some more examples of the so-called matrix glitches: Is the product Fabreze or Fabreeze? Coca-Cola or Coke-Cola? Sex in the City or Sex and the City? Captain Crunch or Cap’n Crunch? Fruit Loops or Froot Loops? What was Forest Gump’s famous line — either ‘Life IS like as box of chocolates’ of ‘Life WAS like a box of chocolates’?
Yeah I admit it sounds a bit contrived.
I contend it was always Fabreze. It was always Cap’n Crunch. It was always Froot Loops. This being because advertisers, like rock bands, know the value of bad spelling. It draws attention to the product. That is why we had The Beatles, not The Beetles. (Interestingly I notice as I type, my spell check does not even pick up Beatles as a misspelled word! Way to go Lennon 🙂 )
I contend it was always Sex AND the City – this being because the city of New York was considered a character in the show as much as Carrie, Samantha, et al.
Coca-Cola? You know the story and it is true. In the 1920’s when cocaine was still legal in America, this soft drink did indeed contain strains of the substance itself. It was always Coca. (At least I think so…)
The doomsday theorists have taken this whole parallel thing one step further. They are claiming the King James Bible itself has been tampered with. Pop quiz for Bible enthusiasts: Does the Lord’s Prayer ask ‘Forgive us our trespasses’ or ‘Forgive us our debts’? Do the ‘Lion and the Lamb’ sit together in the peaceable kingdom, or is it the ‘Wolf and the Lamb’? Well now. The poor old Bible has been interpreted and translated from Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew and Latin so many times, it would actually be strange if we did NOT have some ever changing words in it.
Here is where Dana Carvey pops in, purses his lips and asks: “Could it be… SATAN??”
Although there are a plethora of youtube clips exploring this phenomenon, I will include the following because it makes an interesting comparison to Star Trek. (Incidentally, I remember ‘Interview With THE Vampire’, not ‘A Vampire’, which is apparently correct in this current matrix… but I am a huge Anne Rice fan 🙂 )
At any rate, I also contend that no matter how you remember any these words, parallel universes DO exist and they always have existed. It is only now that they are actually coming to the surface in tangible, pop culture type ways. Finally! (Thanks, Berenstein Bears!)
What starts out as tiny, seemingly insignificant words can grow to greater awareness, paradigm shifts and life changing phenomena.
Would you like to live in another parallel where, for example, the current system of banking is changed? Would you like to live in a parallel where water is abundant? (Yes, California, I mean you.) Would you like a parallel where food, clothing and shelter are adequately provided for all regardless of economics and demographics?
But where would all this stuff come from? you ask. Well now. Where did electricity come from? Where did this very internet upon which you are reading, actually come from? Either the grand Magi pulled it out of her hat, or there are several hidden parallels which are constantly adding to the development of humankind. Which is kind of the same thing, really…
To take it one step further, would you like to live in a parallel where wars are eradicated, where hatred and power-mongering have been replaced with love and world peace? Well then. Follow your matrix. It is the human mind that leads to discoveries, inventions and the archeology of new dimensions. We will get what we think about. Whether we want it or not. We will achieve as little, or as much, as we believe to be possible in human capacity.
When I was in 8th grade I had a science teacher. I’ll call him ‘Mr. P.’ As a teacher, and a progressive thinker, Mr. P. was very open minded. Kudos to him in my all-Catholic, somewhat restrictive grammar school where we also had religion classes. I think we were supposed to believe that a Supreme Being created the cosmos in seven days, a woman ate a bad apple which caused the downfall of mankind, and said Supreme Being got mad at everyone and then flooded the earth. Or something like that. Anyway, one day while studying astronomy we (snotty 8th grade brats that we were) asked Mr. P. if he believed in life on other planets. He said something I will never forget. I paraphrase, but it went like this:
“In a vast universe where the earth is akin to one grain of sand on an endless beach, to assume that we humans here on planet earth are the ONLY intelligent life form would be very arrogant indeed.”
One grain of sand on an endless beach? Really??
That is how small and insignificant humankind really are. Well, I took Mr. P’s words to heart and I will never forget them. Hence I have always believed that life on Mars (or some place similar) does indeed exist.
I do not often watch the News, but yesterday I happened to flip it on. Expecting the usual roster of doom and gloom, which they definitely included, I was nonetheless delighted to discover (drum roll please… Tah tah DAH!!!) that, as of yesterday, NASA scientists have verified the existence of 1,284 new exoplanets that were discovered by the Kepler telescope.
What is an ‘exoplanet’, you ask? (I did not know either.) Apparently it is a planet that orbits around its own sun and stars outside of our solar system. NASA, using the Kepler telescope, has now discovered 1, 284 of them!
This research began in around 2009 and since then Kepler has identified some 4000 potential planets. The problem, however, was that scientists always needed to do more research to discover whether or not these were actually planets. Until now, those potential planets had been verified by ground-based measurements (which were slow and less effective) in order to ensure that what the telescope saw was actually a planet and not an ‘impostor.’ An ‘impostor’ could be another object, such as a small star, or it could be two stars in orbit around each other in what’s called a binary star pair. So the research was tricky.
The problem was that manually verifying these planets took a really long time. Now, however, a new method has been created by one Dr. Timothy Morton, a Princeton research scholar.
Morton’s method is based on previous techniques that identify existing knowledge of how common binary stars are, to rule them out among other data gathered from Kepler. But unlike earlier techniques, Morton’s computation method is fully automated — therefore the team only spends a few minutes on each planetary candidate. According to Dr. Morton’s research, the probability of the 1,284 planets being ‘real’ is greater than 99 percent.
Imagine it! Twelve hundred new planets out there, all in a completely different solar system! But the news gets even better.
In this group of validated planets, NASA reports that nearly 550 could be rocky planets like Earth. Of those 550 planets, 9 of them orbit in the habitable zone of their own sun. This is so exciting, because NASA is saying the distance between those planets and their suns would allow each planet a surface temperature to host liquid water. Water is, as we know, the main source of life!
Ironic, isn’t it? Just when we lose David Bowie, NASA makes a startling discovery that would have pleased Ziggy Stardust and his Spiders from Mars very much.
But seriously, nine planets, people!
It gets better. NASA further states that astronomers also now know of 21 additional exoplanets that are less than twice the size of Earth, and also may have some of the conditions for life, the same as Earth!
Remember, you heard it here first. 🙂
Ahh, Mr. P. You were never very far off 🙂
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He taught the self actualization of Asking, Seeking and Knocking. He encouraged people to open their own doors of opportunity. Even at age twelve he was too smart for his own good, possessing psychic abilities and esoteric knowledge that reportedly astounded the High Priests of the temple.
His immense popularity led to accusations of sedition, rabble rousing and blasphemy. He was charged with the art of necromancy, Lazarus the dead man being his most famous case. He was also accused of healing — cripples, lepers, the psychologically troubled, the depressed, the insane, the diseased.
He manipulated the elements, created and calmed storms, changed water into wine and according to Scripture, fed thousands of people with only a few loaves of bread and two tiny fishes.
He was arrested and taken before the Sanhedrin where he was accused of sorcery and witchcraft. These were very serious charges. The Book of Leviticus clearly states, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (Ironically, those that claimed to be his ‘followers’ would, in centuries to come, use those very same words as an excuse to put thousands of women to death.)
He was a clever chameleon, wisely admitting to nothing. He made the Sanhedrin, Pilate and Herod stumble over their own words as he famously asked: “Who do YOU say I am?”
Who indeed? 🙂
She was the thirteenth disciple. A devotee of Yeshua who followed him along the shores of Galilee, had heated debates with Peter, did a lot of anointing and brought a unique feminine energy to his ministry. She even wrote her own gospel, which can be found in the Nag Hammadi Gnostic texts. Mary of Magdalene was with Jesus till the bitter end, witnessing the beatings, the nails, the crown of thorns and all the atrocities mankind had laid upon him. Reportedly she remained even when some of the men had fled in horror. She wept at the foot of his cross. According to scripture, it was Magdalene who went first to Jesus’ grave, found the open tomb and witnessed the risen Christ.
Some say she was actually the wife of Yeshua. This is a perfectly plausible theory. Long before The Da Vinci Code was flying off bookshelves, many historians had already proposed this premise.
France was ahead of the game, having devoted many shrines and chapels to Magdalene centuries before anyone thought to delve into the secret/ not so secret societies of Knights Templar et al. Some people claim that Magdalene and Yeshua had five children together. And yes, you and I could potentially be descendants 🙂
During the Middle Ages, in a decision made by Pope Gregory the Great, the Catholic Church condemned Magdalene as a prostitute. This was supposedly due to some flimsy biblical evidence about loose women, but mostly it was due to fear – fear of having to acknowledge Magdalene as a powerful woman who was fully capable of conducting a ministry
Ever since the repression of the ancient mother goddess, organized religions have had difficulty in recognizing the divine feminine. Apparently the church felt the need to create a dichotomy, reducing women to a role of either Madonna or whore. Mary of Nazareth, Yeshua’s mother, was clearly filling the Madonna role, so Mary of Magdalene had to become the slut. Logical.
Pope Gregory’s decision, made in the year 591, stuck for a long time. In fact, it stuck all the way up until 1969 when Magdalene was officially welcomed into the realm of Saints. (Yes, 1969!) The freeing of Magdalene was possibly influenced by civil rights movements and the 20th century version of women’s liberation. However, the stigma remains till this day. Magdalene is often still portrayed as a temptress, seductress and femme fatale.
By shutting off and reducing feminine power, the church has put itself in jeopardy. By not recognizing the sacred embrace of Magdalene and Yeshua, the church has cut itself off from sexual expression. This has often resulted in perversity and darkness, not to mention child abuse, scandal and several legal battles. (See academy award winning movie Spotlight.)
This Sunday, Christians all over the world will be commemorating the risen Christ. We can also recognize and celebrate the divine feminine of Magdalene and principles of life everlasting.
We are all one, as infinite as the stars. There is no death, only a transference of molecules into another dimension. Have a Blessed Easter.
Watch Magdalene’s song from Jesus Christ Superstar here:
“Bringing the world closer through peace, harmony and understanding of the wise-craft.”
The very name sounds romantic, doesn’t it? It slips across the lips, clenches the teeth, makes a guttural R in the throat. It conjures visions of stars and wistful moonlit nights. Oh. Star. Oh, star, ahhhh. Indeed, spring is a good season for star gazing as the nights get warmer and the constellations clearer.
Ostara is the official Pagan name for the vernal equinox. It marks a 24 hour period when the earth’s angle is tilted to receive equal parts of sunlight and darkness, usually around March 20-23rd. Ostara was first celebrated among ancient Germanic Pagans. It is a feast that honors the goddess Eostre who rules growth and fertility.
The names Ostara and Eostre might sound suspiciously like the Christian holiday Easter, also celebrated at this time of year. No coincidence there. In Christian faith, Easter signifies the day in which Jesus rose from the dead, leaving his tomb rolled open — and empty — to the astonished Mary Magdalene, who was, btw, the only one brave enough to visit her rabbi’s grave. Easter therefore is a celebration of life everlasting.
The name ‘Easter’ is attributed to Saint Bede the Venerable, a 6th century Christian monk. Bede was a great scholar who wrote many spiritual treatises. He was also an expert in chronology and developed a method of dating events relative to Christ’s birth (A.D. and B.C.) Saint Bede the Venerable is thought to have anglicized the name ‘Easter’ from its original Eostre or Ostara.
Easter Sunday is always celebrated in the spring, but the date changes. Ever wonder how this is determined? There is a pattern to it. If you check the calendar you will see that Easter always falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. In this year of 2016, for example, the vernal equinox will occur on March 20th, the moon will be full on March 23rd, and Easter Sunday will occur on March 27th. See how that works? It’s the same every year, and has been since the Middle Ages.
Legend has it that Jesus pondered his fate of crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane under a full moon, on a Thursday night (Holy Thursday) after the vernal equinox. He was crucified the next day (Good Friday) and rose from the dead on that Sunday.
Moving on to chocolate! Ever wonder where we got those traditions of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps?
No, not just to give the candy industry extra business, although it is a great marketing tool. They are actually symbols traditionally associated with the goddess Eostre; eggs, chicks and rabbits (yes, for fertility.) Eostre is also associated with early blooming flowers such as daffodils, jonquils, lilies and tulips.
In modern times, it is essential, necessary and fun to celebrate Ostara! Growth and fertility are the building blocks of human life. There are several things we can do to honor this special time:
Have a Blessed Ostara.
“Bringing the world closer through peace, harmony and understanding of the wise-craft.”