Friday, October 31

The Ghostly Sighting That Made Worms Crawl Up His Spine

Stowe House

A very long time ago, while at boarding school, Peter Lewis saw something ghostly. He describes how the experience made him feel; "Your hair stands on end. Your skin goes cold. Worms crawl up your spine. Your neck feels as though it is being clenched in an unseen grip."

Okay, so what happened?  It was at Stowe School and on a bight, clear night he went for a walk. The moon was full and as he walked along a grassy bank he saw two figures. They were headed for a big flight of steps which lead up to a portico of the boarding school.

There was no one about, everyone else was asleep, all was quiet. He must have been brave because he decided to try and confront these two people. He watched as they climbed the steps as if in deep conversation. Before he could catch up with them, however, they simply disappeared.

Lewis froze, for there was nowhere the figures could have gone. It was then that his hair stood on end ... and so on. Thinking about what he had seen he realised two things.

Firstly the two people were dressed in antique clothing. The woman had long skirts and the man a long-hanging jacket, They both wore unusual hats.

He also realised they had made no noise at all. Their footsteps were completely silent and, though talking to each other, no sound came from their lips.

His conclusion is:

"I had been watching a pair of ghosts from another century. After investigating costume history, I came to the conclusion that their dress was most like the Regency style, and that therefore they could have been the Duke and his Duchess, who inherited Stowe in that period. They had strolled up the steps as if they owned it."

Moving on 60 years following this ghostly sighting Lewis received an anniversary issue of the Stowe School magazine. In this there was another account of a similar sighting to his, Again the couple were walking along the ridge and mounted the steps before vanishing among the columns of the portico.

So it seems that other people have seen these ghosts: perhaps the Duke and Duchess from another time.

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Thursday, October 30

Doubts Over Eben Alexander's Flying On A Butterfly In Heaven Story

Because it's in a book doesn't mean it's necessarily true

Last week I published a post Flying On A Butterfly In Heaven which was based on a book by a Dr Eben Alexander. I included a quote from the Daily Mail in the post.

Since then I read the following letter on the Daily Mail's letter page:

"Eben Alexander's description of Heaven is puerile drivel. His first book of nonsense, Proof Of Heaven, led to an investigation of his medical background, showing he had lost his surgical privileges after an incident at one hospital and had been the subject of malpractice lawsuits including the alleged alteration of records to cover up a medical error.

Why give this 'happy clappy' moron space to expound his badly written bunkum? His Mills & Boon style descriptions of the afterlife made me laugh out loud - but what's not so funny is that the path he now treads smacks of streetwise marketing.

Heaven will always be an emotive and interesting topic, but I doubt there will ever be any proof for the living."

~ Joy Evans, Hythe, Kent.

This concerned me as I always publish in good faith. I therefore made a few enquiries on the Internet about Dr Alexander. Amazingly the Daily Mail wrote the following about this man on 24 Dec 2013 - but still went on to promote his book in October 2014 with articles over several days.
  • 'Proof of Heaven' doctor faced a $3million malpractice lawsuit when he fell into a coma
  • Dr Eben Alexander was tied for the highest number of medical malpractice suits at the time that he fell into a coma following an E. coli infection
  • He wrote a book in 2012 about his experience 'seeing the other side'
  • He touted the book as the work of a neurosurgeon, but he hadn't practised surgery- let alone neurosurgery- for four years prior to the publication
For the full December 2013 Daily Mail article see here.

Esquire magazine also did an investigation. They write:

"... a months-long investigation of Dr. Alexander's past and some of the book's claims reveals a series of factual omissions and inconsistencies that call significant parts of Dr. Alexander’s story into question. Before he was a celebrated 'man of science' who visited the afterlife, Dr. Alexander was something else: a neurosurgeon with a troubled history and a man in need of reinvention."

Unfortunately Esquire now require payment to view the full article see here.

If we look at Wikipedia they write:

"Esquire magazine reported (August 2013 issue) that prior to the publication of Proof of Heaven, Alexander had been terminated or suspended from multiple hospital positions, and had been the subject of several malpractice lawsuits, including at least two involving the alteration of medical records to cover up a medical error. The magazine also found what it claimed were discrepancies with regard to Alexander's version of events in the book. Among the discrepancies, according to an account of the Esquire article in Forbes, was that 'Alexander writes that he slipped into the coma as a result of severe bacterial meningitis and had no higher brain activity, while a doctor who cared for him says the coma was medically induced and the patient was conscious, though hallucinating.'

Alexander issued a statement after the Esquire article's publication: 'I wrote a truthful account of my experiences in Proof Of Heaven and have acknowledged in the book both my professional and personal accomplishments and my setbacks. I stand by every word in this book and have made its message the purpose of my life. Esquire's cynical article distorts the facts of my 25-year career as a neurosurgeon and is a textbook example of how unsupported assertions and cherry-picked information can be assembled at the expense of the truth."

One of the factors about Alexander's books is that it is, to quote, "A neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife." This gave the book a certain status.

It's still possible that Alexander did have that 'journey' but it does now feel a little tainted.

I wanted to clarify this so readers have the facts as I now know them.

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Wednesday, October 29

Captain Who Rescued Him In World War II Also Saved His Sister's Life

D-Day World War 2

World War II produced many unusual stories and coincidences. Louis Goldman from Hove in England has a story to add to the collection.

The scene was set in a German prisoner of war camp in May, 1945. Mr Goldman was a prisoner in the camp, one of the walking wounded. He had been injured in the D-Day invasion, and was then captured and marched from a labour camp in Poland, through Czechoslovakia to another camp near Nuernberg. Towards the end of the war an American unit moved in and took over.

Goldman was in a weak physical condition but was excited at the thought of release. He asked one of the American soldiers if, by chance, any of them were from Toledo, USA - his sister had moved there.

He was introduced to a Captain Bernard Shuer who took his name and details. .

Mr Goldman was flown home to England for a reunion with his family and for medical treatment, so he didn't think any more about Captain Shuer.

About ten years later, however, he heard from his sister, Sylvia Ziegler, in the USA, who had been seriously ill which required surgery. She told Goldman her life was saved by a fine physician - a Dr Bernard Shuer. Yes, the very same man who helped free her brother!

Mr Goldman made a visit to the USA and met Shuer, along with his sister, and they talked together of their war experiences.

Footnote: Going back to World War II Goldman was listed as being 'killed in action' during the D-Day invasion and his family even received condolences from the British government. His name was entered on his school's honour roll for men killed in action. Strangest of all though, is that he has a grave in France marked for him, where another unidentified soldier is buried.

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Tuesday, October 28

The Lessons From The Argonauts

The Heroes -The Argonauts & Theseus

I have written previously how I like to buy old books at Flea Markets and the like. Amongst my recent purchases was something called The Heroes -The Argonauts & Theseus.

Despite the title this is a book for children and it struck home to me how different popular literature for children is today. The book was first published about 1900 but the inside has a neatly written dedication "To Willie from Uncle Charlie Jan 1st 1922."

Book dedication

The difference in styles can be seen from this excerpt from the first part of this book.

"The noblest deeds which have been done on earth have not been done for gold. It was not for the sake of gold that the Lord came down and died, and the Apostles went out to preach the good news in all lands. The Spartans looked for no reward in money when they fought in Thermopylae; and Socrates the wise asked no pat from his countrymen, only caring to make men good.

Hylas and the Nymphs
Hylas and the Nymphs
And there are heroes in our days also, who do noble deeds, but not for gold. Our discoverers did not go to make themselves rich when they sailed one after another into the dreary frozen seas; nor did the ladies who went to drudge in the hospitals of the East, making themselves poor, that they might be rich in noble works.

And young men, too, did they say to themselves, "How much money shall I earn?" when they went out to the war leaving wealth and comfort, and a pleasant home, and all that money can give, to face hunger and thirst, and wounds and death that they may fight for their country? No, there is a better thing than life itself; and that is, to have done something before you die, for which good men may honour you, and God your Father smile upon your work."

Compare this to today's love for wealth, celebrity, five minutes of fame, fashion and possessions. Young children have such different influences nowadays. I'm not saying it's all bad, everything changes but - well, it's ... different. Different attitudes and so on. I won't ramble on, but this is the final paragraph from the book.

"So it is still, children, and so it will be to the end. In those old Greeks, and in us also, all strength and virtue come from Gold. But if men grow proud and self-willed and misuse God's fair gifts, He lets them go their own ways, and fall pitifully, that the glory may be His alone. God help us all, and give us wisdom, and courage to do noble deeds! but God keep pride from us when we have done them, lest we fall, and come to shame!"

Enough said.

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Monday, October 27

The Peculiar Rich, Ripe And Racy Coincidence

Young lady from 1902

Here's what was described as a 'peculiar coincidence' by the Bridgeport Sunday Herald of September 7, 1902. Well I like to keep up to date with the news!

All Derby was upset, turned upside down and twisted last week, by a female mind reader, who did mental and mysterious stunts calculated to make women tremble and strong men be afraid. She is gone but not forgotten, and she left a heap of trouble in her wake.

Her speciality was answering questions secretly prepared by the anxious or inquisitive, whose names she called out in the meeting, and whom she told just what they wanted to know in front of everybody.

That was bad enough, but she went even a step further and gave a matinee to which no one but members of the softer sex were admitted, and they do say that some of the things that she revealed to the nosey women present about their other halves created unpleasant scenes in more than one previously happy household.

It is positively known that it cost one man two dresses, one bonnet and a two weeks visit from his mother-in-law to square himself with his spouse, and the end is not in sight.

But the strangest experience was that of a well known man and his fascinating wife, who took their young son to see one of the performances, and who now wish they hadn't. It was rich, ripe and racy.

The lady in question has, from her youth up, even until now, been considered among the more straight laced as a flirt of the deepest dye, and her partiality for a bachelor to whom she had once been engaged has been the source of many whispered piece of scandal, especially as her trips to New York and other places seemed to be made just at the same time when the bachelor happened to be called out of town on important business. Her husband is by no means the least jealous of mortals, and has kept a suspicious eye on his wife, but has never been able to catch her in flagrante delicto.

When the time came to write the questions, nothing would do but little Johnnie must be allowed to ask one too, and as it seemed an innocent past-time, permission was readily granted, and the harmless conundrum was propounded: "Will my papa bring me here tomorrow?"

The time came for Johnnies answer and the unhappy couple were completely flabbergasted when the reply came: "Johnnie Soandso, your papa can’t bring you tomorrow. Your papa is sick in bed. Yes," went on the seer as if to prove her knowledge still further, "He sprained his ankle in getting out of his carriage."

The fair matron turned scarlet, while her husband grew deathly white.

"Come out of this," he whispered hoarsely, "Come home." And the trio left. And why? Simply because the devoted bachelor was laid up in bed with a sprained ankle, received in getting out of his carriage.

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Sunday, October 26

Beware Of The Devil Possessed Toaster

This one made me smile!! The video is only just over one minute long.

Have a good Sunday.

Saturday, October 25

Did She Foresee Her Own Death

Christopher Booker's sister, Serena, was murdered in horrible circumstance some thirty years ago in Thailand, but the question remains; Did she foresee her own death?

Let's look at some of the signs:

Firstly, Following her tragic death the family had to notify her friends. To quote Christopher: "As we rang round my sister's wide circle of friends, we were amazed to learn how many of them she had visited in her last days in England, almost as if she knew she might be seeing them for the last time."

Secondly. Serena had left a four page document in the desk of her London flat. This began, "If anything should happen to me when I am in Thailand ..." It went on to set out who should inherit her various belongings.

The document also stated that she did not wish to be buried. She wrote, "Just put my body on a bonfire."

Her request became a reality with the help of the British vice-consul in Bangkok. He arranged for her body to be burned by Buddhist monks in the courtyard of a Bangkok monastery, Christopher has said that this was, "exactly as she would have wished."

Thirdly. Still in England, but at the moment of her cremation, Christopher went to his local church He tells of how beforehand he, "... pulled from his shelves the poetry book T.S. Elliot. Opening at random, my eyes lighted on his poem Little Gidding"

"And all shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one."

The vice-consul had arranged for a bunch of roses to be on the funeral pyre.

This is where more synchronicity comes more into play.

Serena, in life, had admired the work of the glass engraver Laurence Whistler. The friends and family of Serena wondered if they would be able to persuade Whistler to do a memorial window for her.

Serena had met Whistler and when the family contacted him he replied: "Ever since I heard the awful news, I have been thinking of exactly that. In fact, I have already begun to sketch out what I have in mind."

Whistler's design included a red rose but more remarkably, around the window he had, quite independently, chosen to inscribe those same lines from Little Gidding, ending 'the fire and the rose are one.'

The window was completed and finally placed in Salisbury Cathedral.

Serena's ashes were scattered exactly as per her written document. Some were to be thrown in the river Danube near to Vienna where she had worked. Family and friends climbed to the summit of the Vienna Woods, looking down on the vista below. As the last of the ashes were released a roe deer gracefully leapt down the steep hill below, until it disappeared,

"It was like a last farewell."

Often it does seem as if life is mapped out in advance.

Daily Mail 16 Oct 14

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Friday, October 24

Out Of Body Experiences: Do They Prove Life After Death

Out of body experiences: many say these are proof that we live on following death, while others will completely dismiss such an idea. It is interesting though, that if you actually talk to someone who has experienced an OBE, and even question them, they will remain adamant about what they saw and felt. They 'know' that there is life after death.

Enough waffle. Here are two OBE experiences:

"In 1975, while giving birth, I had an heart attack. I remember looking down from above my body at the room and the peace I felt was amazing.

I then found myself in a very bright place. I wasn’t afraid at all, in fact I felt so much love.

I looked up and a man had come out of somewhere. He was so bright to look at and as he came closer the love I felt from him was overwhelming. I felt he knew me and I knew him. It's difficult to explain the feeling.

He came over and sat next to me. He was like my father. He started to speak to me and I to him. He didn't move his lips, but he was speaking to me. I won't go into the whole time but I remember him asking me if I wanted to come with him or go back.

I knew I still had to finish giving birth and I had little girls at home. He told me I would have great suffering.The next thing I knew was that I'm yelling and I'm back in my earth body.

I had died but my son was still inside me. I gave birth. They told me they wanted to keep my son and me in hospital because there might be brain damage to my baby.

There wasn't any damage, to him or me. Till this day, 39 years later, I can tell you that the time I spent with the beautiful man [in Heaven] and the things he spoke to me about have helped me through everything. It changed my life. Without question there is a Heaven. I know because I have been there and it is more than wonderful!"

~ Sabra Victoria

"I have actually experienced Heaven. I am eighty years old now, but when I was 19 a man knocked on my door one night and when I answered he pushed me backwards onto the floor and proceeded to strangle me.

Everybody that I had ever known flickered through my mind with a goodbye. Suddenly I was at these gates. There was overwhelming gold - everything was gold. It was beautiful but ... some neighbours came to my house and pulled this person off me and I had to come back! It was so hard coming back after what I had seen. Definitely there is life after death! source

~ Leigh

But ... scientists will argue that such experiences have a biological basis. They claim that the same parts of the brain are activated in near-death experiences as in dreams and that people who report them are also able to slip into a dream state more easily than others. Such statements, however, will not sway those who have actually experienced Heaven.

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Thursday, October 23

The Mysterious Dogon People And The Knowledge They Learned From The Fish-Like Aliens

Dogon people from Mali
Dogon people from Mali - Photo: Devriese
I have mentioned previously how the Dogon people of West Africa were familiar with the star Sirius B long before the rest of civilisation were aware that it existed.

It is strange how some races of people, often today thought of as primitive, had and have knowledge that seems far beyond their capabilities.

Lets look at the Dogon people first and their strange stories of visitors to earth and how their appearance was 'fishlike'.

The Dogon people live in Mali, with their nearest town being Timbuktu, and have religious beliefs handed down through the generations. These they say were given to them by visitors from another star system.

Sirius A and Sirius BThe star they refer to is Sirius B (small dot bottom left of photo), which was only 'discovered' by the rest of the world in 1844. The Dogon call this star Po Tolo, which means small seed (po) and star (tolo).

They call this the smallest thing there is and that it is the heaviest star and is white in colour. Sirius B cannot be seen by the naked eye - so these facts could not have been observed by the Dogon.

We now know that Sirius B is a small white dwarf star and is extremely dense and heavy. So their knowledge was pretty accurate: the smallness, the heaviness and it's colour. And also that it orbited Syrius A every 50 years.

They also say there is yet another star in the Sirius system, which they call Emme Ya but this has not been confirmed - as yet - by western astronomers.

The Dogon belief is that the Sirius B was the first star made by God and from it all souls are produced.

Their knowledge came, they say, from the Nommos who visited earth from the Sirius star system.

The Nommos also informed them of facts such as: that Saturn has rings and Jupiter has four moons.

These visitors to earth were amphibious beings and were also called the Masters of the Water. The craft in which they arrived landed 'after spinning and whirling'.

From the craft came something with four legs, more fishlike than human, that was able to drag the vessel to water, where it floated.

The Nommos became the Dogon's spiritual guardians. We then get a familiar story:

"The Nommo divided his body among men to feed them ... they gave all their life principles to human beings.

The Nommos was crucified and resurrected and in the future will visit earth again, this time in human form. Later he will assume his amphibious form and will rule the world from the waters."

There have been other amphibious visitors, this time according to Babylonian accounts of the Oannes who came to earth to assist the human race. They arrived in an egg shaped vehicle.

In the third century a Babylonian priest, Berossus, recorded a history of Mesopotamia. In this he recorded that the Oannes, "had the shape of a fish blended with that of a man ... a complicated form between fish and man."

He went on to say about the Oannes:

"The whole body of the animal was like that of a fish; and had under a fish's head, another head and also feet below, similar to those of a man, subjoined to the fish's tail.

The Being in the daytime used to converse with men, but took no food ... he gave them an insight into letters and sciences and every kind of art. He taught them to construct houses, to found temples, to compile laws and explained to them the principles of geometrical knowledge ...

When the sun set, it was custom for the being to plunge into the sea, and abide all night in the deep, for he was amphibious."

There is a further account of amphibian visitors, this time recorded by Saint Photius of Constantinople who tells of a story recounted by the historian Helladius:

"... a man named Oe who came out of the Red Sea having a fish-like body but the head, feet and arms of man, and who taught astronomy and letters. Some accounts say he came out of a great egg, whence his name, and that he was actually a man, but only seemed a fish because he was clothed in the skin of a sea creature."

So we see similarities between the Dogon, Ooanes and Oe visitors from other stars. They were all amphibious or fish like and arrived in eggs (space crafts). Their coverings could have been a form of space suits.

In each case they meant no harm to human life and imparted knowledge to help human mankind on their way - as did the likes of Jesus and other Masters.

How could the Dogon know about Sirius B? They couldn't see it, had no instruments - but they still had the knowledge.

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Wednesday, October 22

Flying On A Butterfly In Heaven

A butterfly wish
Photo: Princess Ieda - verse added
A while back I published a post, Did This Doctor Visit Heaven? It was the story of Dr Eben Alexander who claims to have visited Heaven.

In the post I wrote about Alexander's experience of Heaven:

... travelling with him was what he took to be his guardian angel: a young woman with high cheekbones, deep-blue eyes and golden brown hair. She was wearing orange, indigo and powder blue clothing.

"Her thoughts were things like, 'You are loved. You are cherished for ever. There’s nothing you can do wrong'."

Together they moved on to "the core, an inky darkness that was also full to brimming with light." Here there was "a beautiful warm awareness of the divine which was clearly what we would call God".

Dr Alexander has a book out, with a snappy title, The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife. In this he mentions the 'young woman with high cheek bones'. But, before I come to the point of this post, I have first to explain that the doctor experienced his trip to Heaven while in a coma and that he was riding with the aforementioned woman on a butterfly wing (yes, a butterfly wing).

I'll get to the point now. In the Daily Mail (dated 18th of October) there is a quote by Eben Alexander as follows:

"Above all, that image of the woman on the butterfly wing haunted me.

And then, four months after coming out of my coma, I received a picture in the mail.

As a result of my earlier investigations to make contact with my biological family, a relative had sent me a photograph of my sister Betsy - the sister I had never known.

The shock of recognition was total. This was the face of the woman on the butterfly wing.

The moment I realised this, something crystallised inside me. That photo was the confirmation that I needed. This was the proof beyond reproach, of the objective reality of my experience. From then on, I was back in the old, earthly world I'd left behind before my coma struck, but as a genuine new person.

I had been reborn"

So, there we go, the doctor realised that he met his sister while in Heaven.

I know many will scoff at such things, but who's to say. The truth is that no one, as yet, can prove there is a Heaven or conversely that there isn't a Heaven. Many believe they have answers but that's all they are: beliefs. For the record though, I believe we do live on after death.

Dr Eben Alexander's Books:
The Map of Heaven on Amazon USA.
The Map of Heaven: on Amazon UK

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Tuesday, October 21

The White Dove Was A Messenger From His Deceased Mother

White Dove

A further white dove story, this time from Greg P.

"My mother passed earlier this year from cancer. I spent the year earlier with her while I finished college. It was a great reconnection because I was always close to my mom and we did a good amount of travelling together. She stayed up many nights with me when I had pressing homework due and discussing everything. I would also take my mother to her doctor appointments and we would always go to lunch afterwards.

However I never cried I guess because I went through her chemo with her! My mother was such a care giver that even on her dying bed she was more concern about us her children than herself.

Long story short, after her passing I dreamt about her twice but on the third occasion it was a replay of her funeral. The following morning while picking up my company vehicle at the lot I started to drive off, when I noticed something white fell off the truck in my rear view.

I pulled over and realized it was a bird. I first thought it was a white pigeon but after a close inspection it wasn't. I instinctively and carefully reached for my cell in order to take a pic. I didn't want to startle it so I took the first shot through the glass. When I noticed it wouldn't fly away I lowered my window and the dove flew towards me as I took another pic then it landed on top of my cab. I jumped out the truck and stared it in the face. The dove stared back and flew away until it was out of sight! The shot I got is a one in a million ..."

~ Greg P

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Monday, October 20

Man: A Completely Different Species From Other Creatures

Adam & Eve
Adam & Eve Painting by Mabuse
I came across a Gallup Poll which showed that 73% of USA residents believe that God played a part in the creation of man.

People were asked to choose one of three options:
  1. Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.  31% chose this option
  2. Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process. 19% this option
  3. God created human beings much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so. 42% this option
I was interested to see that 42% believed that God created man in his present form - and within the last 10,000 years. In a UK poll in 2006 only 22% went for a creationism option.

The poll caught my attention because I had been reading a treatise which offered a differing view more in line with option 1 above.

A Dr. Baker wrote:

"... this does not mean to imply that man descended from animal forms, i.e. from anthropoid apes, as suggested by the Darwinian theory of evolution. According to the theory presented by ancient, authoritative sources, the form that man inhabited was animal-like and 'mindless' until that Fire was applied."

By 'Fire' in the above it was meant that an energy was applied to mankind to advance him along the evolutionary path - but man was always a completely different species.

Once that 'Fire' was applied:

"... man became responsible for his actions; animals are not responsible for their actions; their cruelty, their sexual appetites etc.

This is the symbolic meaning if the biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. By eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge offered to them by the serpent, Adam and Eve became self-conscious and are thus separated from the animals, who do not possess this awareness. Since they are no longer part of a Group Soul, they must pay the price for individualised consciousness; because they are now responsible for their acts, they are exiled from the Garden of Eden."

I've personally believed for quite a long time that we are responsible for our actions and must bare the consequences for how we act. Some would call this karma.

But it's for each of us to decide what beliefs we follow and to respect the beliefs of others. When you look at many religions they are not so far apart as first imagined - it's often just the interpretations that get a little skewed.

But before I close this post there is a thought that the serpent who was responsible for mankind's exile from the Garden of Eden can also lead them back to the Garden. In Hindu Yoga this would be called kundalini where the serpent is resting at the base of the spine - but maybe more on this another time.

P.S. Why do old paintings of Adam & Eve show them with tummy-buttons?

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Saturday, October 18

The Ghostly Happenings At Her Bedsit

A ghost story I came across on the letters page of the Daily Mail, which sort of follows on from yesterdays theme.

"I used to have a bedsit in Brixton (London) and had a frightening experience one night when I woke to see a person I took to be one of the other tenants standing by my bed looking down on me.

I froze in terror as I realised  I could see right through the apparition. It moved away, looking annoyed, and passed through a wall.

Several weeks later one bright Saturday morning I was loafing about in bed (as lazy 20-year-olds do) when through the little archway leading to my tiny kitchenette I saw my mother, who lived in the basement, walk in with a pint of milk. She glared at me and left the bottle on the table.

Later in the day I popped downstairs to see her and she was adamant that I wasn't in the bed and the covers had been rolled right back.

Two spooky events in the same spot was more than enough and I moved out of my Brixton bedsit faster than I could say, 'Cheerio mum.'"

~ Marilyn Cameron.

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Friday, October 17

A Time Slip Helped Him Glimpse The London Body Snatchers

Hanging Sword Alley Source: Museum of London
Peter Lewis worked on a newspaper in Fleet Street, London. He was returning to his office after a break from Tudor Street. He and a colleague were running late so they took a short cut along a narrow footpath called Hanging Sword Alley.

It was late at night and the passage was dimly lit. They crossed another footpath and both of them couldn't believe what they were seeing. Lewis said:

"Slowly both of us looked back the way we had come. Perched on a step to a building doorway was a large sack which we had not noticed on the way past.

From the neck of the sack protruded a large human hand,"

I think I would have carried on walking as fast as I could, but Lewis went and looked at the sack and could see that it was a real hand. He could make out the veins and texture of the skin. He looked more closely but couldn't bring himself to touch the hand.

He noted that the sack was big enough to have contained a body as well.

The couple rushed on, knowing they would have to tell the police what they had seen. Before doing so, however, Lewis returned to the path and to where they had seen the sack. It was gone.

The strange thing is that the area looked different. This was only 2 or 3 minutes following the sighting. He decided not to phone the police but scoured the news for any stories of a body or hand being found in the area. He discussed this with his companion and said of this:

"We agreed on what we had seen. Particularly the unearthly clarity of the vision and the disturbing feeling it gave us both. There were two of us sharing one experience. It could not be dismissed as imaginary. I wondered if we had time-travelled into a previous century for those few moments. Or else the sack had done so into ours."

Okay, you might write this all off as some sort of fantasy but Hanging Sword Alley was mentioned in Charles Dickens The Tale Of Two Cities. To quote from the book:

"The scene was Mr. Cruncher's private lodging in Hanging-sword-alley, Whitefriars: the time, half-past seven of the clock on a windy March morning, Anno Domini seventeen hundred and eighty. (Mr. Cruncher himself always spoke of the year of our Lord as Anna Dominoes: apparently under the impression that the Christian era dated from the invention of a popular game, by a lady who had bestowed her name upon it.)"

The sign today
Mr Cruncher (Jerry Cruncher) had a night-time job: body-snatching! He, along with his gang, went to cemeteries to dig up recently buried bodies, which they sold on to London's medical schools.

Dickens based his story on fact. Body-snatching really happened and, what's more, centred around Hanging Sword Alley. This is on record at London's Old Bailey court and is why Dickens used that particular alley in his book.

Hanging Sword Alley has unfortunately now gone due of redevelopment but a sign remains.

The question is though, what did Peter Lewis and his companion see? A ghostly scene from another age?

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Thursday, October 16

A Cat Chasing A Duck Led Me To Driver 67 Car 67

I was checking my Google+ page as I had just published a photo of a duck on a lake - not absolutely sure why, but it's a decent photo I took a while back.

But then I noticed a Google+ member with the name Cat Lake, so I had this bizarre picture in my head of a cat chasing 'my' duck across a lake. So ...

I thought I'd better go to Cat Lake's page out of curiosity. I saw she had published a video called Driver 67 - Car 67. I took a listen, quite liked it, and that's how the following video ended up on 67 Not Out.

No great coincidence or meaning with any of this but life can turn up a few surprises now and again if we follow our ... noses? ... instinct? ... intuition? ...

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Wednesday, October 15

The Coincidence Of Meeting 9000 Miles From Home

Trafalgar Square London
Trafalgar Square, London
A coincidence story from a reader, Jenny Mildren.

I have been intrigued by some of the coincidence stories on your blog. Here is my offering.

In 2012 I was visiting London, around 9000 miles from my home in Australia. I was doing the tourist sites and was in Trafalgar Square. It was a lovely sunny day so the square was packed with visitors. I then heard a voice calling my name. I turned round and it was a friend from Australia whom I hadn't seen for several months. Neither of us knew that the other was visiting England.

If my friend hadn't have called out my name I would, of course, never have noticed her. We agreed a date when to next meet up back in Australia as she was travelling on to Paris the next day.

It is a small world.

~ Jenny Mildren

Once you start looking at coincidence and synchronicty stories there are many where this sort of thing happens - two people meet up out of the blue a long way from home.

A while back Karin and I also went to London, it's about 300 miles from where we live. We were walking around Hampton Court Palace when, who should we bump into, but a neighbour we hadn't seen or spoken to for about six or seven weeks.

You have to wonder why these unexpected meetings occur. Is there a reason behind the meeting, though it may not always be obvious? Perhaps we have some sort of information or message for the person or persons we meet or vice versa. Or maybe it will alter the relationship in some way between those meeting up. It's interesting to think about when such things occur.

Life is not necessarily as straightforward as it seems.

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Tuesday, October 14

The Discovery Of The Centre Of The Universe

Centre of the universe

"Ah, but you are the centre of my universe," she whispered - or maybe it was all in my imagination.

Confusingly, I also read that the USA town of Wallace is the centre of the universe:

"On September 25, 2004, Mayor Ron Garitone proclaimed Wallace to be the centre of the Universe. Specifically, a sewer access cover was declared to be the precise location of the center of the Universe. A specially made manhole cover was made to mark the spot. It bears the words "Center of the Universe. Wallace, Idaho." This prompted British comedian and writer Danny Wallace to visit Wallace. He wrote about his visit in the book Danny Wallace and the Centre of the Universe, published in 2006. The event is celebrated on the third Saturday of September." Source: Wikipedia.

But the good news is that in reality we are all the centre of the universe, wherever we happen to live or be visiting. Though, I must admit it makes my head a bit befuddled thinking about it.

The Big Bang that supposedly created our universe - and not to be confused with any other actions of a similar name - didn't start from a single point as we would normally expect. The theory is that it had to happen everywhere at once because, before the Big Bang, space and time did not exist. Therefore there was no single point where it could have started from.

Yes, but how could anything have started from somewhere that didn't exist? And this is where a God usually comes into the equation by many people. But, there again where was God hiding at the time of the Big Bang?

With respect, leaving God to one side, the popular theory about our universe is often likened to an inflating round balloon. As it continuously inflates it creates time and space. This means there is no time and space outside of the universe.

If some spots are drawn on the balloon (let's call them galaxies), and you shrunk yourself down to a minute creature, every way you looked or travelled you would still appear to be at the centre of everything (i.e. the universe).

And weirdly the balloon (universe) continues to expand, creating more time and space, and the point from where it started is everywhere.

Okay, my explanation isn't too special, it's not really my field, so I can understand why lots of people will tell you that: 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth'. It's a darn sight easier explanation but, there again ... there are so many questions.

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Monday, October 13

A Chance Journey To San Juan In Tenerife

San Juan harbour, Tenerife

This will be the last post about my Tenerife trip (probably!). One day, and one day only, we awoke to dark skies and it looked as if it could rain to my uninitiated eye. We weren't too sure what to do so we did what we often do when in doubt - jumped on a bus.

We picked out a name amongst the stops on the time-table - San Juan - and decided that's where we would go. We had no idea what we would find, it just sounded a nice name!

San Juan turned out to be a traditional Canarian fishing community with a working harbour (above). We walked around the harbour wall and saw these fishermen putting the world right, deep in conversation.

We passed by an older man mending his red fishing nets but ...

Mending fishing nets Tenerife

... he had a long way to go before he was finished. He seemed happy in his work and gave us a big smile.

Mending fishing nets, San Juan, Tenerife

After walking around the harbour we noticed what appeared to be a beach on the opposite side so ...

Posters at San Juan Teneriffe

... we headed that way passing by a collection of posters. The beach was virtually deserted, the clouds had kept the sun worshippers away.

San Juan beach Tenerife

As we walked further there was a beach sign 'Playa San Juan'. This must have been man made as the sand was the wrong colour. The beaches along this stretch of coast normally have black volcanic sand.

In the distance we could see some sort of sculpture high on the cliffs so decided we would, hopefully, take a look.

Playa San Juan Tenerife

We passed by an old lime kiln and made out way up a stony cliff path to the top.

Kiln at San Juan Tenerife

Here we found the cliff top sculpture, which was a little disappointing - but magically the sky had cleared and everything was suddenly looking much brighter,

Sculpture San Juan

From the cliff tops we could see where we had walked along the harbour wall.

San Juan harbour

Going back down the cliff path, the now pebbled shoreline looked inviting.

Cliff scene Tenerife

We met a Scottish couple on the way and they reckoned the harbour and pebbled beach looked very similar to where they lived in north Scotland. They told us that this was why they often visited this area, I wasn't too sure in the logic of this, but each to his or her own.

Pebble beach Tenerife

As the sun was out, so was the lifeguard.

Lifeguard Tenerife

And when we were nearing the harbour again a fishing boat crew appeared to be hauling in their catch.

Fishing boat San Juan Tenerfiffe

San Juan (St John in English) - it's not as glamorous or exciting as some of the places we visited but it had a quaint character and we enjoyed our 'chance' visit, thanks to the early clouds.

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