Thursday, April 21, 2016
What is the Apocalypse?
We are treated to stories of an inevitable ending of the world at some stage. If one takes into account that our Sun must one day burn out then we know the planet will end in terms of providing life support for us, but we have no way of knowing if we will even be here then. There is also the possibility of the world ending due to nuclear holocaust or a meteor strike or something, but we simply do not know.
An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning "uncovering"), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities".
When one speaks to people who were involved in major tragedy or life changing event they often say that it felt like the world was ending. I am talking about people who were in major hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, etc. The tale of the great flood with Noah also refers to the world being flooded, but archaeological evidence would suggest the whole world was never under water during that period. Our idea of the world comes down to the situation we are in. All our "end times" seem to be more compartmentalised within communities or personal like New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina or the people who committed mass suicide at Jonestown. Their apocalypses arrived - if an apocalypse suggests the ending of life.
An Apocalypse is rather a spiritual awakening or a life changing moment, that "lifts the veil" on something in our lives or about the universe in general. One often finds people who changed their lives after having such tragedies striking them.
There is no Death
The concept of death also does not exist within our universe as the law of the conservation of energy would point out. People who have had Near Death Experiences (NDE's) all tend to come back and tell us that there is not nothing after we die. If one takes into account that about 5% of the population on this planet have had an NDE then approximately 350 million people have had an NDE. 350 Million people have had a near death experience. 350 Million people can attest to the fact that life does not end after "death". Therefore death is not really an Apocalypse in the traditional negative understanding of the word.
An Apocalypse is simply the ending of one thing and the start of another - and is probably a spiritual awakening of sorts.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
I have great respect for Science. It has given us so many ways to improve our lives.
The problem I have is that if one wants to be purely scientific then the question also has to be asked if the reality we know is real. All scientific method is based on measurements made by "scientists" or technicians based on what they perceive to be real, but we must remember that in as far as relativity goes we are simply assuming that those who measure and the measuring devices they are using are accurate, based on an assumption that this reality is real and indeed the only reality out there. This is further complicated by the understanding that Quantum Mechanics is incredibly difficult to comprehend in a logical manner. How does one understand superposition and the collapse of the wave function?
Furthermore, simply the existence of the word "Paradox" should be an indication that the world and universe is not only understandeable in logical terms. There is another way to see things here and it is not logical and I suspect that it should not be logical.
The problem with figuring it all out is that the human ego and fear will enter into it and degrade it all to egotistical money-making exercises. Remember that just like in religion science also has its high priests who do things for the wrong reasons. When you assume scientists only want what is best for the world you are partly mistaken because they are human beings who make mistakes and they want money and the adoration of their peers just like most human beings.
It may sound like I am attacking science here, but I am not. Without science we would not have lights, MRI Machines, surgical breakthroughs, etc. We would also not have nuclear weapons, though. The point I am actually trying to make is that we should remember that with scientific method politics and money enters into it. Do not mistake pseudo science for real science and do not just rate science on the egos of great scientists because they may be wrong.
Do not assume science knows it all because it does not and probably never will and that is probably good for the human race. If we knew it all we would also stop searching and what would be the reason for living then?
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Why is Heroin Illegal? Obviously we all know the answer. It's bad for you - very bad. But then why is Morphine and Oxycontin not illegal? All of these are highly addictive, yet only Heroin is banned, which does not solve the problem anyway since Heroin is available for anybody who wants to use - at a much higher cost than if it were legal.
Look at the pie chart above and you will see where our problem lies. It lies with prescription drugs. The World Health Organisation estimates that in the US approximately 100 000 people die of prescription drugs every year and about two million are permanently negatively affected or by using these drugs, while only about 15 000 die of illegal drugs every year. Why are illegal drugs illegal then?
What makes this even more astonishing is that illegal drugs with potential to heal people of major psychological problems or give them necessary spiritual insights are also banned. Why are these banned?
LSD - Ability to help people drop addictions like alcoholism and can help with treating anxiety.
MDMA (Ecstasy) - Can help people get rid of PTSD and treat anxiety.
Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms) - OCD, PTSD and anxiety.
Marijuana - Helps relieve pain and nausea, especially with cancer patients. Helps with epilepsy and a host of other disorders.
Ibogaine - Cures people of Heroin and drug Addiction.
Ayahuasca - Many healing properties such as helping to cure addiction and helping people connect with the spiritual side of the universe.
One may say that these drugs could be harmful, but so are prescription drugs, but we still use them. Strangely enough a medicine like Ayahuasca, which is terrible tasting and makes one purge is also illegal. Why would anybody want to abuse it? People use drugs illegally to have a good time, but with Ayahuasca very often one does not have such a great time - with exceptions.
The idea is created that there is another motive here. We take a lot of our direction from the US FDA. When the US FDA approves a drug it is accepted as safe, but the FDA loves money. When people love money they invariably have a very high chance of doing things for the wrong reason and for political reasons. The Pharmaceutical Companies make billions of dollars each year from pushing drugs. If they cannot make money off it they will not ask the FDA to research it and to research the new drug by means of clinical trials costs a lot of money.
Therefore we are probably stuck in this position because of our love of money. It is not about the health of people, it's about making money. The question you must ask yourself is, is this the world I want to live in?
Saturday, April 02, 2016
Recently my interest in working alternatives outside of the realm of profit-orientated pharmaceuticals was re-ignited. Ibogaine, derived from the roots of the Iboga plant has consistently proven very effective in treatment of people deep in the throws of mainly Heroine Addiction. Within the first hour after ingesting the substance people are rid of their withdrawal symptoms. What follows is a period where the patient goes on a hallucinogenic journey. By the end of the treatment, which can last days the addict is an addict no more.
The only down side to all this is that if the person does not change his/her surroundings and friends he/she may go back to using again. Ibogaine is not a cure on its own, but gets people ready for treatment. Therefore Ibogaine is the most important step in getting people ready for healing by means of group therapy, etc.
Professor Deborah Mash, PhD, is an American professor of neurology and molecular and cellular pharmacology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and director of the university's Brain Endowment Bank. She is one of the world's foremost scientific experts on Ibogaine. She is or had been conducting trials with the substance in the Caribbean because in the USA Ibogaine is illegal.
In South Africa a pharmacist Charles Rossouw treats people from his base in the Pretoria area.
Details about this are kind of sketchy, but it seems like, based on various sources that the man pictured above brought in an air strike right on his position when ISIL Murderers were about to overrun him. Denis Tukhmanov was in position to bring in an air strike on ISIL positions when he was spotted and attacked. As they were about to overrun him he asked higher Command to bring in the air strike on his position killing him and many ISIL Murderers.
Let's salute a hero because that is what he is.