NEW MODELS TO PONDER
39 - Visitors from Beyond
Our Civilization Is a Legacy from Space Travelers, Says Zecharia
Sitchin, and His New Book Offers to Unveil New Secrets of Divine
J. Douglas Kenyon
From a Human Potentials conference in Washington, D.C., to a Whole
Life Exposition in Seattle, from
campus bull sessions in Berkeley to cocktail party discussions in
Boston, no talk of the hot alternative explorations into the
mysterious wellsprings of civilization gets very far these days
without at least a passing reference to
the work of Zecharia Sitchin.
And there are no signs that interest in the author of the five
volumes of The Earth Chronicles and Divine Encounters: A Guide to
Visions, Angels and Other Emissaries is cooling.
In fact, "Sitchinites," as his true believers unabashedly call
themselves, have managed to proclaim, in nearly every available
forum from talk shows to the Internet, their gospel according to
Sitchin - namely, that mankind owes most of its ancient legacy
to visiting extraterrestrials. Moreover, Sitchinist "evangelism" has
- with some help from the movie Stargate - achieved a not
insignificant foothold in the public imagination.
And while many may
quarrel with Sitchin's conclusions, very few will dispute that the
Russian-born Israeli resident and ancient language expert has indeed
come up with some very intriguing, if not compelling, data.
Indeed, few can match Sitchin's scholarly credentials. One of a
handful of linguists who can read Sumerian cuneiform text, he is
also a recognized authority on ancient Hebrew as well as Egyptian
hieroglyphics. Not a little controversy, though, surrounds his
unusual method of interpreting the ancient texts. Whether biblical,
Sumerian, Egyptian, or otherwise, Sitchin insists they should be
read not as myths but rather quite literally, essentially as
Forget about Jungian archetypes and metaphysical/spiritual analysis.
"If somebody says a group of fifty people splashed down in the
Persian Gulf," he argues, "under the leadership of Enki and waded
ashore and established a settlement, why should I say that this
never happened, and this is a metaphor, and this is a myth, and this
is imagination, and somebody just made it all up, and not say
[instead] this tells us what happened."
The 12th Planet, Sitchin has expanded his unique
explanation of the ancient texts into a vast and detailed history of
what he believes were the actual events surrounding mankind's
Presented is extensive six-thousand-year-old evidence that
there is one more planet in the solar system from which "astronauts"
- the biblical "giants," or
Anunnaki - came to Earth in antiquity.
Subsequent titles in The Earth Chronicles series are The Stairway to
Heaven, The Wars of Gods and Men, The Lost Realms, and When Time
Began. (A companion book to the series, Genesis Revisited, was also
Sitchin describes in detail the evolving love-hate
relationship between men and the "gods" and his belief that this
relationship shaped the early days of man on Earth.
Whatever the Anunnaki may have thought of their new creation, the
literary critics have found Sitchin's work impressive.
performance," raved Kirkus Reviews. The Library Journal found it
relates many stories from biblical, Sumerian, and
From the Garden of Eden to Gilgamesh, Sitchin
believes all references to deity, or deities, are actually
indicating the Anunnaki, but he does distinguish between the current
so-called UFO abduction experience as studied by the Harvard
John Mack and the ancient encounters.
Stressing that he
personally has never been abducted, he points out that whereas the
current experience is usually viewed as a negative phenomenon with
needles and other forms of unwelcome intrusion,
"in ancient times,
to join the deities was a great and unique privilege. Only a few
were entitled to such an encounter."
Many of the encounters were sexual.
The Bible clearly states, he
"that they [the Anunnaki] 'chose as wives the daughters
of men and had children by them, men of renown,' et cetera, the
so-called demi-gods regarding which there are more explicit tales
both in Mesopotamian literature and Egyptian so-called mythology,
and Greek to some extent - Alexander the Great believed that these
sons of the gods were mated with his mother."
The Epic of Gilgamesh tells how one goddess tried to entice the hero
into her bed and how he suspected that if she succeeded, he would
end up dead.
Other encounters involved "virtual reality" and
experiences "akin to the Twilight Zone."
Also up for analysis are
the experiences of the prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Isaiah.
Finally, Sitchin claims to have unraveled the secret identity of
named YHWH, and to have come to a,
"conclusion that is mind-boggling
even for me."
Nothing further could be elicited on the
In the nearly twenty years since The 12th Planet first appeared,
Sitchin has seen a considerable change in attitudes toward his work.
Still, unlike von Dannikin's and others', Sitchin's study has not
been lambasted by other scientists, a fact that he attributes to the
soundness of his research.
"The only difference between me and the
scientific community - I'm talking about Asyriologists,
Sumeriaologists, et cetera - is that they refer to all these texts
which I read [literally] as mythology."
Today, he says many
researchers have come to follow his line of reasoning. By his latest
reckoning, there are nearly thirty books by other writers that have
"been spawned," he says, by his writings.
While Sitchin's "facts" may be beyond challenge, many of his
conclusions are another matter, even among today's most avant-garde
thinkers. The Mars researcher Richard Hoagland complains that
Sitchin is trying to "treat the Sumerian cuneiform text like some
kind of ancient New York Times, " while others, like the symbolist
scholar John Anthony West, believe subtleties in the high wisdom of
the ancients have eluded Sitchin.
For those, his views are essentially simplistic and materialistic.
He is a mechanistic reductionist and a throwback to
nineteenth-century positivism. Still others are reminded of the
efforts of fundamentalist preachers to pin the mystical visions of
Saint John the Revelator on specific historical personages (e.g.,
Napoleon, or Hitler, or Saddam Hussein as the anti-Christ).
Sitchin, though, remains unrepentant, with little use for what he
calls "the established view," which he says is that "the texts deal
with mythology and that it all is imagination, and - whether
metaphor or not - that these things never happened. Someone
just imagined them."
In contrast, he has "no doubt that these things
The argument that the Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations got their
impetus from extraterrestrials, nevertheless, does not rule out the
notion that there could have been earlier and perhaps even
more-advanced civilizations on Earth.
"There's no denial of that,"
he says, citing Sumerian and Assyrian writings.
instance, said he could read writing from before the flood, and
describes cities and civilizations that existed before the deluge,
but which were wiped out by it.
So, on any question of whether there
could have been an earlier civilization before the Sumerians or even
before the flood - which Sitchin places at seven thousand to
eight thousand years prior,
"the answer is absolutely yes."
matter how far back he goes, though, Sitchin sees behind human
achievement only the hand of Anunnaki.
Plato should be taken literally too. though Sitchin says he has some
difficulty placing the location of Atlantis,
"whether it was in the
middle of the Atlantic Ocean. whether it was in the Pacific in what
was known later as Mu. or whether it was in Antarctica. I don't know
what actually [Plato] was talking about. but the notion that once
upon a time there was a civilization that was destroyed or came to
an end through a major catastrophe. a great flood or something
similar. I have absolutely no problem with that."
Sitchin is among those who believe that the Great Pyramid is much
older than is maintained by orthodox Egyptology.
In his second book,
The Stairway to Heaven, he took considerable pains to establish that
the famous cartouche cited as evidence that the structure was built
by Khufu was. in fact. a forgery. Sitchin meticulously makes the
case that Colonel Howard-Vyse actually faked the marks in the spaces
above the King's Chamber where he claimed to have discovered them.
Since publication. additional corroboration has come from the
great-grandson of the master mason who assisted Howard-Vyse.
seems that Colonel Howard-Vyse was seen entering the pyramid on the
night in question with brush and paint pot in hand and was heard to
say that he intended to reinforce some of the marks he had found.
ostensibly to render them more legible. Upon failing to dissuade
Howard-Vyse from his plan. the mason quit.
The story. however. was
kept alive and handed down through the family until it eventually
came to Sitchin. further reinforcing his unshakable conviction of
the true antiquity of the Great Pyramid.
the "Face on Mars," Sitchin is ambivalent.
Whether or not
the "face" is real or a product of light and sand. he is more
impressed by other photographed structures.
Citing his own training
Jerusalem's Hebrew University in the 1940s, he argues,
"One of the
rules you learn [in archeology] is if you see a straight line, it
means an artificial structure, because there are no straight lines
in nature. Yet there are quite a number of such structures recorded
by the cameras."
According to Sitchin, it all corroborates the Sumerian statement to
be found in his first book.
"Mars served as a way station," he says,
citing a five-thousand-year-old Sumerian depiction and other texts.
"They say that the turn was made at Mars."
He believes an ancient
Mars base may have been recently reactivated, which could account
the disappearance of the Russian Phobos Mars Mission as well as
the U.S. Mars Observer two years ago. He also speculates that such a
site may prove to be where many UFOs are now originating.
When the reporter inquired as to just what Sitchin might think of
Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge
and Its Transmission through Myth, the work of Giorgio de Santillana
and Hertha von Dechend, Sitchin offered to kiss him on both cheeks.
It seems that the two M.I.T. professors, in their great
investigation of the origins of human knowledge and its transmission
through myth, had raised the question:
"But now, is Nibiru as
important as all that?" and had gone on to answer it, "We think so.
Or, to say it the other way around: once this astronomical term and
two or three more are reliably settled, one can begin in earnest to
get wise to and to translate Mesopotamian code."
Sitchin does not hesitate to stake his claim:
"I think that I
For him it is clear,
Nibiru is and remains the twelfth
40 - Artifacts in Space
For Author Richard Hoagland, the Trail of Ancient ETs Is Getting
J. Douglas Kenyon
Since its discovery in 1981, a gigantic and enigmatic face gazing
upward from the Cydonia region of
Mars has held out the tantalizing promise of scientific proof that
intelligent life in the universe is not unique to Earth.
photographed from a satellite five years earlier, the face had gone
officially unnoticed, so the space expert
Richard Hoagland (author
of The Monuments of Mars) and his associates, including many top
scientists and engineers who felt anything but optimistic about the
chances for an effective official follow-up, proceeded to launch
their own investigation.
The photos of the "Face on Mars" and an apparent complex of ruins
nearby were subjected to years of exhaustive research.
most advanced tools of scientific analysis, The Mars Mission, as the
group terms itself, has produced more than enough evidence to argue
plausibly that the objects of Cydonia are the remains not only of an
ancient civilization, but also of one possessed of a science and
technology well beyond our own.
The startling possibility that such artifacts exist has created
considerable public pressure to return to the Red Planet and was
cause for more than a little consternation in the summer of 1993,
when NASA lost contact with its Mars Observer probe just as it was
about to begin a detailed photographic survey that could have proved
the issue, one way or the other.
How long must we now wait until the argument can be tested? Well,
perhaps not too long after all. As it turns out, the cherished,
concrete evidence that man is not alone in the universe may well
exist in our own backyard - relatively speaking, as the Hoagland
group claims to have discovered, in numerous NASA photographs,
evidence of an ancient civilization on our closest neighbor,
And in this case, if NASA isn't up to the verification job,
Hoagland insists that he and his backers are. The result could be
the first privately funded mission to the Moon.
If anybody can pull it off, Hoagland may be the man. For more than
twenty-five years a recognized authority on astronomy and space
exploration, Hoagland has served as a consultant for all of the
broadcast networks. Among his many valued contributions to history
and science, the best remembered is probably his conception, along
with Eric Burgess, of Mankind's First Interstellar Message in 1971:
an engraved plaque carried beyond the solar system by the first
man-made object to escape from the Sun's influence, Pioneer 10.
Hoagland and Burgess originally took the idea to Carl Sagan, who
successfully executed it aboard the spacecraft, and subsequently
acknowledged their creation in the prestigious journal Science. It
was Hoagland who proposed the Apollo 15 experiment in which
astronaut David Scott, before a worldwide TV audience,
simultaneously dropped a hammer and a falcon feather to see if it
was true - as Galileo had predicted - that both would land at the
Once again, Galileo was vindicated. Since the 1981
discovery of the Face on Mars, Hoagland had devoted most of his time
to the pursuit of scientific evidence for extraterrestrial
Atlantis Rising spoke with Hoagland the day after Hollywood's latest
space epic, Stargate, opened nationwide to enormous audiences.
Because the film deals with the idea of extraterrestrial
intervention in Earth's history, we wanted to know what portents, if
any, he saw.
"The problem with the movie," Hoagland said, "is that
the vehicle for anything interesting isn't there after the first
half hour. It disintegrated into a kind of shoot-'em-up with an
awful lot of ends totally unfulfilled."
But the film's quality - or
lack of it - notwithstanding, Hoagland is encouraged by the public
"The fact that people are rushing to see this indicates
to me there is almost an archetypal compulsion to know more, and if
we put together the right vehicle, which we are attempting to do, we
may have a ready audience."
Hoagland was alluding to a couple of film projects, now in the
talking stages, based on the Mars and Moon work.
hopefully, will be both a scientific documentary and a fictionalized
treatment presenting some of the more speculative aspects of the
research. Such matters, though, are not his primary concern.
Uppermost in Hoagland's mind and in those of his associates are
recent discoveries on the Moon. In clear NASA photos, some nearly
thirty years old - from both manned and unmanned missions, from
orbiters and landers - can be seen giant structures unexplainable by
any known geology - what Hoagland calls "architectural stuff."
"In sharp contrast to the Mars data, where we have been constrained
to look at two or three pictures of the Cydonia region with
increasingly better technology - 3D tools, color, polarametric, and
geometric measurements - with the Moon we are data-rich. We have
literally thousands, if not millions, of photographs."
Yet with pictures taken from many directions and many different
lighting conditions, angles, and circumstances, Hoagland's team has
produced "stunning corroboration" that all the photos are of the
"same highly geometric, highly structural, architectural stuff."
fact, he says,
"in many cases, the architects on our team now are
able to recognize the standard Buckminster Fuller tetrahedal truss,
a hexagonal [six-sided] design, with cross bars for bracing. I
mean, we're looking at standard engineering, though obviously
not created by human beings."
The structure appears to be very ancient,
"battered to hell by
meteors... it looks like it had gone through termite school. It's
been moth-eaten and shattered and smashed by countless
bombardments," he says. "The edges are soft and fuzzy because of
micro-meteorite abrasions like sand blasting."
Hoagland explains that on an airless world, there's nothing to
impede a meteor from reaching the surface or reaching a structure on
Nevertheless, he says,
"we're seeing a prodigious amount
of structural material."
Spread over a wide area, the material is
turning up at several locations.
"It looks as if we're seeing
fragments of vast, contained enclosures - domes - although they are
not inverted salad bowls. They are much more geometric, more like
the step pyramids of the Biosphere II in Arizona. We're looking at
something that is extraordinarily ancient, left by someone not of
this Earth, not of this solar system, but from someplace else."
One of the most interesting structures appears to be an enormous
"a crystalline glasslike, partially preserved
structure - a kind of a megacube - standing on the remnants of a
supporting structure roughly seven miles over the southwest corner
of a central part of the Moon called the Sinus Medii region."
If all of this exists, one of the most important questions may be:
Why didn't NASA notice?
If Hoagland is right, he says,
funny has been going on."
Recently Hoagland presented the lunar material at Ohio State
University. In the months since, discussions have raged on the
Internet, Prodigy, CompuServe, and other online computer services.
Many questions now being put to him are coming from scientists and
engineers within NASA, many of whom have had direct experience with
the lunar program, yet have been kept in the dark regarding any ET
Hoagland has passed on the present state of the research
and asked for input, and he's left with the inescapable impression
that, as he puts it,
"something incredible has been missed."
As Hoagland sees it. there are only two possible explanations:
"Either we're dealing with incredible dumbness. in which case we
spent twenty billion dollars for nothing because we went there. took
photographs. came home and didn't realize what we were seeing. or
we're dealing with the careful manipulation of the many by the few."
The latter may not be as implausible as it might at first sound.
you're in a system that is cornerstoned on honesty. integrity.
openness. full disclosure," he explains, "and there are folks in
there who are operating contrary to those precepts. they won't get
caught because no one is suspicious."
Actually, Hoagland has moved beyond suspicion to belief. and he says
he can prove his point.
The "smoking gun" is a report by the
Brookings Institution. commissioned by NASA at its inception in
1959. Entitled "Proposed Studies on the Implications of Peaceful
Space Activities for Human Affairs." the study "examines the impact
of NASA discoveries on American society ten. twenty. thirty years
down the road."
"On page 215 it discusses the impact
of the discovery of evidence of either extraterrestrial intelligence
- i.e.. radio signals - or artifacts left by that intelligence. on
some other body in the solar system.
"The report names three places that NASA might expect to find such
artifacts - the Moon. Mars. and Venus. It then goes on to discuss
the anthropology. the sociology. and the geopolitics of such a
discovery. And it makes the astounding recommendation that. for fear
of social dislocation and the disintegration of society.
wish to consider not telling the American people. It's right there
in black and white. It recommends censorship. Now that's what
they've been doing," Hoagland says.
Hoagland believes that the anthropologist
Margaret Mead, one of the
authors of the report. was responsible for the recommendation. which
he believes came out of her experience in American Samoa.
1940s. Mead witnessed the devastation of primitive societies exposed
for the first time to sophisticated Western civilization.
experience so moved her." says Hoagland. "so changed her
perspectives that when she examined the whole ET possibility. she
projected and mapped on that experience. She basically felt that if
we even learned of the existence of extraterrestrials. it could
destroy us; therefore people can't be told."
Believing as he does that NASA. and perhaps even higher levels of
government. has been committed to keeping people in the dark
regarding the realities of extraterrestrial intelligence.
is not very sanguine about the chances of success for such
high-profile programs as SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial
"They are a complete. absolute farce. They are a
false-front Western town." he says. "They do not mean what they
purport to mean. They are a red herring. They are a bone to the Star
In fact, Hoagland has become so dubious of government intentions on
such matters that he suspects the entire alien abduction phenomenon
is a misinformation campaign calculated to scare people off the
"If there has been a policy to obfuscate and confuse people
on behalf of the objective data," he reasons, "what would that
policy do and how far would it extend to the idea of ET contact? If
you had a few real contacts with someone who was trying to give us
messages and trying to lead us to new insights and the fear on the
part of government structure had been that this will destroy
civilization itself. would not that government also put in place a
program to misinform. to confuse. to politically spin in the wrong
direction those few real contacts. by submerging them in a sea of
misinformation about contacts?"
Hoagland sees in the crop circle phenomenon part of the evidence for
benign extraterrestrial contact.
"The thing that makes them
different from the monuments of Mars or the ancient cities on the
Moon," he reasons, "is that they are occurring in the crop field
here on Earth and they are occurring in the present time."
little doubt that the circles are not of this world.
"We simply do
not have the technology, let alone the knowledge base, to construct
the multileveled communication symbols that the crop circles
represent. So that once you eliminated the hoaxers..." he
chuckles. "If Doug and Dave hoaxed the circles, they deserve a Nobel
Hoagland resumes his thought:
"The level of sophistication of the
information encoded in these symbols is so vast and so congruent
with the lunar and Mars work that you're forced to conclude that
whoever the artists are, they know a bit more than contemporary
science, and/or the media, or, for that matter, the government."
At any rate, Hoagland's group is now planning an end run around the
government's monopoly on ET-related space exploration information.
The time has come, he believes, for a privately funded mission to
the Moon. Already investors have expressed interest.
a few tens of millions of dollars," he says, "not really the price
for the special effects in one major motion picture. We could go to
the Moon and get stunning live CCD-quality color television images
of the things we're seeing in these thirty-year-old NASA still
pictures - still frames."
Such a mission, if funded, could be launched within fifteen months.
Using new technology and a solid-fueled rocket, a five hundred- to
six hundred-pound payload could be delivered into lunar orbit, where
it could provide,
"stunning camera and telescopic live transmission
capabilities," he says.
The mission could even do more science. One
group has expressed interest in sending a gamma ray spectrometer
designed to survey the Moon for water, which, in Hoagland's
scenario, there now has to be.
The mere possibility of such a mission may already be forcing NASA
to be more open. Hoagland and other members of his group have
recently received a front-door invitation to view extensive
previously unreleased film archives.
The bureaucracy, he feels, is
already moving to cover itself and forestall the eventual
embarrassment of being proved out of touch, to say the least.
41 - The Pulsar Mystery
Could the Enigmatic Phenomenon Be the Work of an Ancient ET
Civilization? A New Scientific Study Makes the Astonishing Case
Logic would dictate that there must be some type of connection among
all the worlds in our galaxy, the
so-called Milky Way.
Viewed from afar, it appears to be a single,
spiral-shaped unit with a luminous center. What forces operate to
cause so many "billions and billions" of stars to cohere to this
unit? They must be vast and incredibly powerful. Now, as we enter
the twenty-first century, discovery of these forces is clearly the
next frontier in physics and astronomy.
It is the next step in the
logical progression that began only five hundred years ago with
Columbus's discovery of the spherical shape of the planet.
This logical progression continued with Galileo's "heresy" that the
earth revolves around the Sun, Kepler's discovery of elliptical
orbits around the Sun, and then, triumphantly completing the
"Copernican Revolution," Newton's deduction, in 1687, of the Second
Law of Mechanics and the Law of Universal Gravitation, which
elegantly proved Kepler's three laws of planetary motion.
wasn't until Sir William Herschel developed a powerful telescope in
1781 that we began to peer out into the cosmos and to comprehend its
complexity and immensity and to understand that what we thought were
clouds of cosmic dust were actually countless other stars like our
Herschel, his son John, and his daughter Caroline eventually
cataloged over 4,200 star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, thus
setting the stage for the modern era of astronomy.
Then, with the
orbital placement of the Hubble Telescope in 1990, we finally began
to understand our stellar neighborhood. What has become known as the
"local group" is dominated by our Milky Way and the giant spiral
galaxy Andromeda, but also includes some minor galaxies. But even
now, with all that we do know, we still know almost nothing about
the implications of "membership" in our galaxy.
Has our solar system
simply been fortuitously "captured" by the immense centrifugal force
of the galactic hub, or does the entire galaxy somehow act as an
Thanks to the author
Paul LaViolette, Ph.D., we can begin to
appreciate that certain galactic "events" have a very profound
physical effect on our little Sun and planet way out here in the
outer reaches of a spiral arm.
LaViolette, a physicist with a
doctorate in systems theory, has postulated the existence of
something called a "galactic superwave."
In his book Earth Under
Fire: Humanity's Survival of the Apocalypse, he claims that
astronomical and geological evidence suggests that a "protracted
global climatic disaster" occurred on this planet about 15,000 years
One piece of this evidence derives from a new technique developed by
scientists in the late 1970s measuring the concentration of the
element beryllium-10 in ice-core samples
drilled at Vostok, East
Minute quantities of this rare isotope are produced when
high-energy cosmic rays collide with nitrogen and oxygen atoms in
Since a time frame can be associated with each layer of the ice-core
sample by measuring the Be-10 concentrations at various levels, the
fluctuations of cosmic bombardments of Earth can be precisely
The Vostok samples clearly showed a peak of cosmic
radiation between 17,500 and 14,150 years ago, associated with a
sharp increase in the ambient air temperature from -10 C to about 0
C. This, claims LaViolette, caused the end of the ice age and
ushered in the era of moderate temperatures that made modern
This concept of the galactic superwave, apparently caused by massive
"explosions" at the galactic core, is not entirely new to
astronomers. However, they view them as relatively rare events,
occurring perhaps every ten million to one hundred million years and
having no particular effect on our solar system because they believe
that the galactic magnetic lines of force prevent cosmic radiation
from propagating very far from the core.
But LaViolette has amassed an impressive profusion of evidence, from
many different sources, that these events are much more frequent and
that they are really massive bombardments of cosmic ray particles
(electrons, positrons, and protons) with the power of five to ten
million "highly-charged" supernova explosions that reach, in full
strength, to the farthest limits of the galaxy!
The theories of Paul LaViolette are highly controversial in
astronomy circles even though he makes his case with careful and
thorough research. Perhaps it is because he is not afraid to boldly
go where other scientists fear to tread - into the realm of myth and
legend to find supporting evidence for his theories.
The Talk of the Galaxy: An ET Message for Us? puts forth
another daring proposition. He argues that pulsars are high-tech
galactic "beacons" very likely created by highly developed
extraterrestrial civilizations, and are being used to signal the
advent of galactic events, especially the superwaves.
taken together, sketch out a fantastic scenario that radically
changes the status quo of the astronomical, anthropological, and
archeological landscapes, and opens up a new universe of potential
research and investigation.
LaViolette may well be just the pivotal researcher to lift science
out of stale, inbred stagnation into
invigorating. human-oriented realms and new directions for the
twenty-first century. In view of the importance of his theories. we
set up an interview for the purposes of this article.
When we spoke
with him. we were surprised at how deftly he was able to shift back
and forth from science to mythology to support his ideas.
CONTINUOUS CREATION VS. BIG BANG
Perhaps one of LaViolette's most heretical theories relates to the
purpose of these galactic core explosions. His explanation
resurrects that bete noire of modern science, the concept of the
LaViolette is convinced that these tremendous energy
discharges are nothing less than an ongoing process of the creation
of matter itself from the etheric flux. which invisibly pervades the
This idea of "continuous creation" is in direct opposition to the
now generally accepted "Big Bang theory." which most esotericists
have never really been comfortable with. but which does seem to
satisfy those religious groups who believe that "creation" was
literally a single primordial act by God.
A complete discussion of
this subject can be found in LaViolette's book. Genesis of the
Cosmos: The Ancient Science of Continuous Creation. and also in his
follow-up book. Subquantum Kinetics: The Alchemy of Creation.
The concept of the all-pervasive etheric substratum from which
matter is created was really originally derived from ancient Hindu
metaphysics. but had gained considerable scientific credence up
until the late nineteenth century. when it was supposedly "put to
bed" by the famous Michelson-Morley experiment in 1887. However.
this experiment was seriously flawed because it assumed the ether to
be another physical dimension rather than a precursor to energy
Today. although orthodox science may not have granted
respectability to etheric theory. it certainly doesn't mind using it
every day to explain the propagation of radio and television waves.
FIRE AND FLOOD
According to LaViolette. these galactic explosive phases occur about
every 10.000 to 20.000 years and last anywhere from several hundred
to several thousand years.
Evidence of this frequency began emerging
in 1977. but scientists considered it an aberration. The electrons
and positrons travel radially outward from the core at near light
speed. but the protons travel much more slowly because they are
about two thousand times heavier.
They disperse and are then captured by the magnetic fields in the
The superwave itself would not normally have much
of an effect on the Sun or Earth. since the energy would be about
one-thousandth of that radiated by the Sun. But the solar system is
surrounded by a cloud of dust and frozen cometary debris that
remains on the periphery because of the solar wind. which has an
expelling action and cleanses the entire solar system.
However. the superwave. when it arrives. would push back this dust
cloud into the interplanetary medium and would block out the light
of the Sun. Moon. and stars. and the Sun would appear to go dark.
Also. the superwave and dust particles would energize the Sun and
increase flaring activity so much that dry grasslands and forests
would spontaneously catch fire. This heat would also melt the
glaciers. releasing tremendous quantities of water. causing
extensive flooding all over the planet.
A whole panoply of cascading catastrophes would then ensue,
including earthquakes and increased seismic activity, high winds,
failed crops, and destroyed vegetation, along with high, ultraviolet
radiation, causing skin cancers and increased mutation rates. In
short, it would be a time of cataclysmic destruction that would
probably snuff out much of the human and animal life on the planet.
LaViolette, in Earth Under Fire, cites all the legends and myths
relating to cataclysmic events, all of which appear to have occurred
during the time of the last galactic superwave - that is, about
15,000 years ago.
The Greek myth of Phaeton, for example, the
semi-mortal son of Helios, the sun god, who was given the reins of
the sun chariot and caused it to crash into the earth thereby
setting off a tremendous worldwide conflagration, is claimed to be a
metaphor for that era when the superwave caused an extraordinary
increase in infrared and ultraviolet emissions from the Sun, along
with ultra-high flaring activity.
This could easily have caused a "scorched-earth" phenomenon,
according to LaViolette. The Greek writer Ovid says of this event,
"Great cities perish, together with their fortifications, and the
flames turn whole nations into ashes."
Then, as the glaciers melted
and the ocean levels rose all over the world, large landmasses would
have become submerged.
This might easily account for the flood legends in just about every
ancient civilization. LaViolette compiled a list of about eighty
societies with some sort of flood myth. He has no doubt that the
deluge that sank Atlantis was caused by glacial meltwater.
"The... 'sinking' of Atlantis simply refers to the melting and
ultimate wasting of the continental ice sheets," which "spawned a
foray of destructive glacier wave floods."
Phaeton myth concludes with massive flooding sent by Zeus to quell
According to Plato's Timaeus, this would have occurred
about 11,550 years ago, right around the time of the last stage of
LITTLE GREEN MEN
In The Talk of the Galaxy, LaViolette turns his attention to those
puzzling anomalies of astronomy, the pulsars.
Having established, in
his earlier books, a very convincing case for galactic events that
affect all the worlds therein, it was natural to question whether or
not pulsars have any connection with these events. The fact that
they emitted such consistently regular pulsations suggested to him
that they were of intelligent origin.
This was not a new theory. Several scientists involved in the SETI
project have speculated on this subject. LaViolette tells us that
Professor Alan Barrett, a radio astronomer, theorized in a New York
Post article in the early 1970s that pulsar signals "might be part
of a vast interstellar communications network which we have stumbled
It was, in fact, the first thought that occurred to the two
astronomers who discovered the first pulsar signal, in July 1967 at
Cambridge University in England. Graduate student Jocelyn Bell and
her astronomy professor, Anthony Hewish, named the source of the
signal LGM 1, an acronym for Little Green Men.
By the time they
published their astonishing discovery in Nature magazine in February
1968, having discovered a second pulsar, they were afraid to suggest
an ETI (extraterrestrial intelligence) thesis because they feared
ridicule from colleagues, and were afraid that the discovery would
not be taken seriously by scientists.
But nevertheless, they
continued with this naming convention up to LGM 4!
Of the many theories advanced to explain pulsars, the one that had
prevailed by 1968, and is still accepted today by default, is known
as the Neutron Star Lighthouse Model.
Proposed by Thomas Gold, it
postulates that the signal comes from a rapidly rotating burned-out
star that has gone through a supernova explosion that transformed it
into a bunch of tightly packed neutrons.
This would have made it
incredibly dense and much smaller, reduced from about three times
the size of the Sun to no more than thirty kilometers. Gold
theorized that as it rotates, it emits a synchotron beam, much like
a lighthouse beacon, which is picked up on Earth as a brief radio
To match the pulsar frequencies, these stars would have to
spin at rates up to hundreds of times per second.
LaViolette has compiled a very impressive and convincing set of
reasons why the pulsars are very likely of intelligent rather than
natural origin and why they cannot possibly fit the Neutron Star
They all relate to the fact that the signal is totally unlike
any other ever encountered in terms of both precision and
complexity. Of major importance is the fact that the pulses are
timed not precisely from pulse to pulse, but only when time-averaged
over two thousand pulses.
Then the time-averaged pulse is exceedingly accurate and regular.
Furthermore, in some pulsars the pulse drifts at a constant rate,
adding another layer of complexity to the signal. Another factor has
to do with amplitude modulation.
Some of the pulses increase in
amplitude in varied yet regular patterns. Then many of the pulses
exhibit something called "mode switching," wherein the pulse
suddenly exhibits an entirely new set of characteristics that
persist for a time, and then it reverts to its original mode.
In some cases, this switch is frequency dependent and in others the
switching conforms to regular patterns. LaViolette argues that an ET
civilization would expect us to understand that such a complex
signal must necessarily be intelligently designed. Perhaps they
assume that we have the computer power necessary to comprehend the
logic behind all the variability. The Neutron Star model has to be
continually "stretched" to encompass these characteristics as they
are discovered. At this point. it has been contorted beyond
recognition in order to explain this complexity. but astronomers are
reluctant to abandon "the sizable mental investment involved."
In terms of precision. some stars do show periodic. regular
variations in color and luminosity. Several binary X-ray stars pulse
with periods accurate to six or seven significant digits. Pulsars.
on the other hand. are from a million to one hundred billion times
LaViolette speculates that if Bell and Hewish,
known then what we know now. perhaps they would not have rejected
the ETI communication scenario as readily as they did."
Perhaps the most striking of all pulsar characteristics is their
placement in the galaxy.
When their positions are plotted within the
galactic "globe." which is a projection of the galaxy similar to the
Mercator for Earth. they all seem to congregate in certain key
locations. The densest concentration is found on or near the
galactic equator. not the galactic center as one would have expected
if they were created out of supernova explosions as theorized.
Then they seem to clump around two points along the equator. These
two points are precisely at the one-radian marks measured from the
earth. A radian is a universally understood geometric measurement of
an angle that marks off an arc around the circumference equal in
length to the circle's radius. and is always 57.296 degrees.
the earth as the center of the circle and placing the galactic
center on the equator. perhaps the most significant pulsar in the
galaxy falls precisely at a one-radian mark!
The so-called Millisecond Pulsar is the fastest out of all 1.100
discovered to date. It "beats" at 642 pulses per second. It is also
the most precise in timing. being accurate to seventeen significant
digits. which surpasses the best atomic clocks on Earth. and it
emits optically visible. high-intensity pulses.
that the Millisecond Pulsar was deliberately placed there by ETs to
function as a marker beacon expressly for our solar system. as they
knew we would understand the significance of the one-radian point.
LaViolette's main thesis is that all of the pulsars "visible" to
Earth were put in place in order to convey a message to us relative
to the galactic super-wave. This. he says. explains why two unique
(too complex to explain here) pulsars that LaViolette calls the
"King and Queen of Pulsars" were positioned in the Crab and Vela
nebulae. both of which were the sites of supernova explosions.
He estimates that after reaching the Earth about 14.130 years ago.
the last superwave would have reached the Vela complex about one
hundred years later and detonated a supernova there by heating up
the unstable stars to the explosion point. Then. about 6.300 years
later it would have reached the Crab nebula and triggered a
These very large supernovas would have become
visible on Earth at 11.250 B.C.E. and C.E. 1.054. respectively. By
placing marker beacons at these points. LaViolette believes the ETs
were giving us information about that superwave that we could use to
predict future waves. along with their associated cataclysmic
LaViolette believes that we already have the technology to build our
own Force Field Beaming Technology. Therefore. the day may not be
far off when Earthlings can join the galactic community and
help to inform some other unfortunate planet of the approach of a
fearsome galactic superwave.
42 - The Physicist as Mystic
A child staring at the clear night sky beholds the wonder of the
universe and its mystery.
How, after all,
to such a simple mind, to any mind, can the starry expanse go on and
on, never ending? For if it were to end, we imagine, there would
always be something beyond. And then what about the beginning, and
before that, and so on?
The two apparent extremes describe what the
French philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal called les deux
infinis, the two infinities.
As science probes this mystery, subatomically and cosmically, it
searches within the domain of finite understanding for its answer.
Since Darwin, Western scientists have told us that matter gave birth
to reality, to life, that reality is concrete, which is to say
finite, the wonder of infinity as observed on a starry night
But in its attempt to define reality, to put it
into an intellectual box, materialistic science finds itself in the
land of mystics, the realm it sought to avoid all along.
Delving deeply, relentlessly, into any subatomic particle in the
universe, cutting-edge physicists find that nothing is as it appears
to be. Indeed, they find that the physical universe is but a ripple
in an ocean of infinite energy, even as hangers-on, such as Paul
Kurtz and his Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of
the Paranormal and so many others in the material sciences, assert
that nothing exists beyond matter.
They assert, in fact, that matter
is ultimate reality. Unfortunately for the absolute materialists,
though, the tide turned some time ago.
Early in the twentieth century, Albert Einstein amazed the world
with his discoveries in the world of astrophysics. With his general
theory of relativity, he opened the doors of science to the M-word -
He told us that space and time are intertwined, relative
coordinates in reality that make up the space-time continuum. He
also suggested that matter is inseparable from an ever-present
quantum energy field, that it is a condensation of that field, and
that this ineffable field is the sole reality underlying all
The implications brought into question the Western world's most
basic assumptions about the universe, about matter, and about our
perceptions as human beings. Einstein, though, only opened the door
to the mystical realm. Much more followed.
Quantum theory evolved beyond Einstein's landmark discoveries.
Physicists, in their quest to define matter's essential properties,
found that the most minute particles in the universe, protons,
electrons, photons, and so on - the very fabric of the material
universe - transcend three-dimensional reality. Electrons, they
discovered, are not matter in any standard sense.
The diameter of an
electron, for instance, cannot be measured: An electron can be shown
to be two things at once, both a wave and a particle, each with
differing characteristics that should exclude the other's existence
from a purely material viewpoint.
As particles, they behave like a larger visible object, a baseball,
or a rock. As waves, though, electrons mysteriously shape-shift into
vast energy clouds.
They display magical properties, stretching
across space with the apparent ability to bilocate. Physicists have
discovered, moreover, that these magical abilities characterize the
entire subatomic universe, adding a mind-boggling dimension, and a
mystical one, to the nature of the universe itself.
Even more astounding revelations waited in the world of physics. The
observer. modern physicists found. actually determines the nature of
a subatomic particle. When physicists observe particles as
particles. they find them. understandably. to be particles.
observing the same particles as waves, they find them to be waves.
the implication being that matter is defined by conscious
perspective rather than being fixed or finite.
A MORE PROFOUND UNDERSTANDING
David Bohm. one of Einstein's
protégés, delved more
deeply into this mystery; he took the implications of the new
physics even further.
He discerned that if the nature of subatomic
particles depends on an observer's perspective. then it is futile to
search for a particle's actual properties. as was science's goal. or
to think that subatomic particles. the essence of matter. even exist
before someone observes them. In his plasma experiments at the
Berkeley Radiation Laboratory.
Bohm found that individual electrons
act as part of an interconnected whole.
In plasma. a gas composed of electrons and positive ions in high
concentration. electrons more or less assume the nature of a
self-regulating organism. as if they were inherently intelligent.
Bohm found. to his amazement. that the subatomic sea he created was
conscious. By extension. the vast subatomic reality that is material
creation may also be said to be conscious.
To those who foresaw the implications. Bohm shattered the useful but
limiting premise that led science to its many achievements in modern
times. crossing a new barrier beyond which lurked the unknown. a
scientific twilight zone. Intellectual observation. it turned out.
the fulcrum of the scientific method since Francis Bacon. could take
an observer only so far.
As with any dogma. what was once a useful
guideline became a stifling limitation. Negating the ability of the
human intellect alone to fathom ultimate reality. Bohm. then.
challenged the scientific world to adopt a more profound
Reality. Bohm's work suggests. has a more subtle nature than that
which can be defined by linear. human thinking. the province of
modern science and the intellect. Within the fabric of reality. Bohm
found not just the wave/particle duality phenomenon as described
above. but also an interconnectedness. a Non-Space or Non-Local
reality where only the appearance of waves also being particles
He saw. perhaps intuitively. that it is ultimately
meaningless to see the universe as composed of parts. or
disconnected. as everything is joined. space and time being composed
of the same essence as matter.
A subatomic particle. then. does not suddenly change into a wave (at
velocities that would have to be beyond the speed of light. as
Bohm's mentor Einstein suggested); it already is a wave sharing the
same Non-Space as the particle. Reality. then. is not material in
any common sense of the word. It is something far more ineffable.
Physicists call this "Non-Locality." Mystics call it "oneness."
In spite of those who disagreed. Bohm evolved a yet more profound
understanding. that of an interconnected whole with a conscious
essence. where all matter and events interact with one another.
because time. space. and distance are an illusion relative to
He developed. in fact. a holographic model of the
universe. in which the whole can be found in the most minute part -
in a blade of grass or an atom - and where matter. circumstance. and
dimension result from holographic projections of subtle but powerful
Actual location and, by extension, the shape-shifting of particles
both manifest reality; in fact, they exist only in the context of
relative appearances. Bohm discovered that everything is connected
to everything else, past, present, and future, as well as time,
space, and distance, because it all occupies the same Non-Space and
David Bohm brought to physics and the scientific world the
understanding that has propelled mystics and sages since the dawn of
Rejecting the idea that particles do not exist until they are
observed, he, like the Nobel laureate and renowned physicist Brian
Josephson, understood that physics must see the nature of subatomic
reality in a new way.
It is not simply that conscious perspective
affects the nature of the subatomic quanta, Bohm revealed, but that
the subatomic quanta is conscious, which means that everything is
conscious, even inanimate objects and seemingly empty space, the
very definition, if one were possible, of mystical or spiritual
Most physicists agree that a mere cubic centimeter of space brims
with more energy than the sum of all the energy held in the entire
One school of physics finds this calculation so
incredible that it assumes it must be a mistake. But to those such
as Bohm, the principle makes perfect sense. Matter, according to the
avant-garde of subatomic physics, cannot ultimately be separated
from what appears as empty space.
It is, rather, a part of space,
and part of a deeper, invisible order from which reality's unseen,
conscious essence precipitates, as material form, and then returns
to the invisible again. Space, then, is not empty, but instead
filled with highly concentrated conscious energy, the source of
everything in existence.
The Holographic Universe, an elaboration upon the implication of Bohm's genius,
Michael Talbott describes all of material creation as
"ripple... a pattern of excitation in the midst of an
unimaginably vast ocean."
Talbott goes on to say, paraphrasing Bohm,
"despite its apparent materiality and enormous size, the
universe does not exist in and of itself, but is the stepchild of
something far vaster and more ineffable."
Talbott tells Bohm's story, capsulizing the implications of his
revelations and of modern science's implicit nihilism.
Talbott says, "believes that our almost universal tendency to
fragment the world and ignore the dynamic interconnectedness of all
things is responsible for many of our problems... we believe we
can extract the valuable parts of the earth without affecting the
whole... treat parts of our body and not be concerned with the
whole... deal with... crime, poverty, and drug addiction
without addressing... society as a whole."
Bohm, Talbott says,
believes that such a fragmented approach may even bring about our
The problem, then, in reconciling modern science, even modern
physics, with the wonder a child feels while staring at a clear
night sky, les deux infinis, remains the dogma of absolute
materialism, of non-interconnectedness. Although the tide has turned
in certain circles within the scientific community, matter, we are
still told, is the source of all life.
Nothing truly mysterious
exists, they say, contrary to Einstein's belief that appreciation of
the mysterious lies at the center of all true science.
In letters to a friend, Darwin himself argued strenuously in favor
of gradualism, the theory that all life evolved slowly and
inexorably from primitive matter without sudden changes, in order to
avoid supporting any possible supernatural or biblical creation
theories. That bias, we now find, remains fixed
to such a degree that absolute materialism has become the
established dogma of the scientific and academic worlds.
Allan Bloom, a professor at the University of Chicago,
the suggestion of the existence of an Absolute, even of the
philosophical variety, is looked on with derision in academic
circles. He reveals in Closing of the American Mind that
"Absolutism" of any sort has become taboo in university classrooms.
No underlying order or intelligence can exist in the universe, the
The avant-garde of theoretical physics, however,
arrive with a new take on a very ancient philosophical and
ANCIENT WISDOM AND MODERN SCIENCE
Genesis of the Cosmos, Paul LaViolette's book about ancient myth and
the "science of continuous creation," reveals an extraordinarily
persistent message encoded throughout the ancient mythologies of the
world, a message now echoed by quantum cosmologists such as
Stanford's Andre Linde and even Cambridge's Steven Hawking.
Passed down to modern times from the mists of prehistory, these
ancient myths repeatedly describe principles now pointed to in the
newest of the new physics, that of a universal potential latent
within all reality.
"In all cases," LaViolette says, "the concept
[the myths] convey effectively portrays how an initially uniform and
featureless ether self-divides to produce a bi-polar... wave pattern."
LaViolette elaborates, telling us that an "ancient creation science"
comes down to us through myth, which,
"conceives all physical form,
animate or inanimate, to be sustained by an undercurrent of process,
a flux of vital energy that is present in all regions of space...
Thus the ancient creation science... infers the presence of
lifelike consciences or spirits in all things, even in inanimate
objects such as rocks and rivers or the Earth itself."
supporting his premise with the principles of quantum physics, LaViolette speaks to the materialists who inhabit the world of
"This view of a vast, living beyond contrasts
sharply with the sanitized mechanistic paradigm... which has
denied the existence of an unseen supernatural realm and forged a
wedge between science and religion."
High priests of physics such as the Nobel laureate
and other notable physicists clearly leave the door open to LaViolette's Continuous Creation, syncretizing - according to the
physicist Michio Kaku, of the City University of New York -
Judeo-Christian, Buddhist, and scientific cosmologies.
priests also express the likelihood of parallel universes, or
a Multiverse, in which our reality is one of many that exist in
Non-Time/Non-Space, a principle that sounds like the scientific
version of transcendental existence.
Addressing the Big Bang theory's inability to account for what
happened before the Big Bang, Kaku, in an article in the London
Daily Telegraph, quotes Weinberg as saying,
implication is that there wasn't a beginning... the [multiverse]
has been here all along."
Grappling with how extremely unlikely it
is that our reality, let alone another, ever presented conditions
that would support biological life, Princeton's Freeman Dyson says,
ominously for the materialists,
"It's as if the universe knew we
BEYOND THE VEIL
The principles that science now begins to embrace, those of an
inherently intelligent universe, have, of course, been espoused for
thousands of years.
Ancient Sanskrit texts describe the nature of Purusha, Supreme Consciousness, and Chittam, or mind-stuff, as
fundamental to the nature of reality. The mineral, vegetable, and
animal kingdoms exist as grades of Supreme Consciousness, and man,
being highly conscious, participates in this vast flow of subtle
Here, the mind is a miniature universe, and the universe is the
expansion of mind. And while the debate still rages in Western
science, throughout history practitioners of the yogic science
report, as actual conscious experience, what the high priests of
physics relegate to abstract theory. In an exalted state of
consciousness, for example, the great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda,
who spent much of his life in the United States, experienced his own
awareness merged with cosmic consciousness, having devoted himself
to that goal for many years.
In his famous autobiography, Yogananda describes his experience:
sense of identity was no longer confined to a body," he says, "but
embraced the circumambient atoms... My ordinary frontal vision
was now changed to a vast spherical sight, simultaneously
all-perceptive... all melted into a luminescent sea. The unifying
light alternated with materializations of form."
After describing a state of ecstatic joy, the renowned yogi goes on
"A swelling glory within me began to envelop towns,
continents, the earth, solar and stellar systems, tenuous nebulae,
and floating universes . . .The entire cosmos... glittered within
the infinitude of my being."
In the jargon of modern physics, this
experience might be described as
Non-Locality in the electron sea.
In the jargon of Yoga, it is called Oneness with Supreme
Consciousness, Ultimate Being, or God.
Like sages before him for thousands of years, Yogananda describes
the universe beyond matter as being composed of indescribably subtle
Light. He describes the material universe as being composed of the
same essence but in a grosser form, a principle echoed throughout
the world's mystical traditions and now in modern physics.
the source of this Light, Yogananda says,
"The divine dispersion of
rays poured from an eternal source, blazing into galaxies
transfigured with ineffable auras. Again and again I saw the
creative beams condense into constellations, then resolve into
sheets of transparent flame. By rhythmic reversion, sextillion
worlds passed into diaphanous luster, then fire became firmament."
Perhaps more significant, the sage tells us that his experience of
the center of all light and creation poured from a point of
intuitive perception in his heart, not from his intellect, a point
that emphasizes the limits of the Western scientific method.
while Western science may balk at such a subjective account,
claiming it lacks scientific verification, those mystics who have
devoted themselves to absolute perception throughout history report
The yogic science, practiced within the
laboratory of human consciousness, is, in fact, the science of
consciousness, which physicists such as Bohm theorize as being
inseparable from, and responsible for, all reality.
In his own way, our wonder-struck child beneath the stars probably
draws the same conclusion.
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