Monday, January 27, 2014

A Conscious Musical Awakening Emerges to Lead a New Renaissance



By: Stewart Brennan - World United Music
http://worldunitedmusic.blogspot.com/

The Underground Music Industry Offers Hope to Music Starved People Around the World as a conscious awakening emerges and builds towards a new renaissance.

If you were around to experience the era of vinyl records and the underground FM radio airwaves of the late 60’s and early 70’s then it’s a good bet you’ve asked the question “What happened to all the good music we used to hear on the radio!?” It’s like one day it was here and the next day it was gone…

Well, I don’t know about you but I need NEW MUSIC to feed my spirit so that I know I’m moving forward in life and not staying stagnant and isolated when listening to the same tunes from long ago. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the music from the past but I need something new that will inspire and create new memories…and it has to be good!

One day I went looking for the answers to the question "what happened to the music". What I found was a conspiracy rooted in corporate control, collusion, and censorship that to this day, continues its strangle-hold on who or what is promoted on the radio airwaves. However, I also found the music they were not promoting, and so I decided to focus on the music that was not being played on the airwaves.

An Underground Music Industry

Like so many others out there, I suffered through a music famine that nearly extinguished my hope of ever hearing good music again…thank goodness I found today’s emerging underground music, or I surely would have gone insane. I feel very much at home within this underground music community. Oh, and just to clarify, I use the word "underground" because for the most part, the music I found is not heard on the mainstream radio airwaves...but I feel it should be. 

The real music industry of today is found on the Internet where it has evolved with other art forms, political opinions, philosophies, and new ideas from alternative foundations in thinking. That to me is revolutionary and perfectly reasonable considering that music expression has been held back by the mainstream for so long...add to that the state repression going on all over the world, and you get political activism through music that gives rise to the underground ...and that's not an exaggeration. Music is the peoples voice and will always reflect the times...unless of course music is controlled, in which case it will become completely disconnected from reality and society as we see with the mainstream music Industry today.

The underground music I've found comes in many genres, but most notably is the retro 60’s Psychedelia genre that has emerged globally. It’s vibrant, soul quenching and positively exploding in creativity, colour, youthful ideas and filled with consciousness...and it's sitting anxiously on the fringes of public knowledge, just waiting for the right moment to take the main stage.

Within the overall emerging alternative music scene, one finds many other genres discarded by the mainstream industry as well such as Folk, Progressive Rock, and a whole variety of other genres that are filled with the protest voice, consciousness, evolution, and the words of free thinkers. The underground music scene is filled with poetry, paintings, video collages, and expressions of mind that only creative art offers…and it's growing worldwide. To me it has that nostalgic feel of the 60’s love generation, protest movement and pop art culture that still resonates in most of us that were around to experience it. Only this time it's emerging on a global scale simultaneously and building to the point of overtaking the mainstream and washing it away in a tsunami of youthful thought and energy. (Poetic license?) 

I find the underground music scene very refreshing, and a much needed breath of fresh air with its vibrant energy, its creativity, truth and honesty. It has something to offer everyone. Whereas I find today's mainstream radio to be stagnant, out of touch, and void of any real substance. There is a renaissance brewing around the world and its waiting for you.

Here (Below) are some of the songs I found, all neatly packaged into video playlists for convenience. You be the judge. 8-) The rest of what I found can be heard at the following link on the World United Music Website. Just scroll down past the artist post once you get there – http://worldunitedmusic.blogspot.com/

You can also access the alternative time line of music I put together which includes music playlists from the 50’s right through to today at the following link.
http://worldunitedmusic.blogspot.ca/p/classic-60s-70s-80s.html

The Alternative Music Industry

Rock & Alternative - (2010 to 2019)



Psychedelic Rock, Alt & New Wave - (2000 to 2015)



Progressive Rock - (2000 to 2015)



Folk & Acoustic - (2010 to 2019)



I’m building World United Music as a showcase for good music and for my own peace of mind. I hope you join me by sharing the exceptional music, creativity, and talent of others…Catch the Wave and share the energy! A New Renaissance is emerging and you're part of it...Music is “The Peoples Voice” and that means you.

Stewart Brennan

Monday, January 20, 2014

Taking Back the World




Source: Max Egan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5l7Po8nwoQ

Max Igan - Surviving the Matrix - Episode 6 - The Peoples Voice TV - American Voice Radio - Jan 17th, 2014
Universal Law trumps all others.

1. No man or woman, in or out of government shall initiate force, threat of force or fraud against my life and property and, any and all contracts I am a party to, not giving full disclosure to me, whether signed by me or not, are void at my discretion.

2. I may use force in self-defense against anyone that violates Law 1.

3. There shall be no exceptions to Law 1 and 2.

"When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader" - Plato


Links:
 
Max Egan – The Crow House
http://thecrowhouse.com

The Peoples Voice TV
http://thepeoplesvoice.tv


 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Civilization is older than we were taught

 
 
NB The artist's impression of Gunung Padang as it would have looked in antiquity is attached herewith by and courtesy of architect Pon S Purajatnika

By: Graham Hancock
http://www.grahamhancock.com/forum/HancockG9-Mystery-Lost-Civilization.php

FROM INDONESIA TO TURKEY NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES UNCOVER THE MYSTERIES OF A LOST CIVILISATION

New original feature article by GRAHAM HANCOCK, 10 January 2014

“Everything we’ve been taught about the origins of civilization may be wrong,” says Danny Natawidjaja, PhD, senior geologist with the Research Centre for Geotechnology at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. “Old stories about Atlantis and other a great lost civilizations of prehistory, long dismissed as myths by archaeologists, look set to be proved true.”

I’m climbing with Dr Natawidjaja up the steep slope of a 300-ft high step-pyramid set amidst a magical landscape of volcanoes, mountains and jungles interspersed with paddy fields and tea plantations a hundred miles from the city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia.

The pyramid has been known to archaeology since 1914 when megalithic structures formed from blocks of columnar basalt were found scattered amongst the dense trees and undergrowth that then covered its summit. Local people held the site to be sacred and called it Gunung Padang, the name it still goes by today, which means “Mountain of Light”, or “Mountain of Enlightenment”, in the local Sundanese language. The summit, where the megaliths were found arranged across five terraces had been used as a place of meditation and retreat since time immemorial, archaeologists were told, and again this remains true today.

However neither the archaeologists, nor apparently the locals realized the pyramid was a pyramid. It was believed to be a natural hill, somewhat modified by human activity, until Natawidjaja and his team began a geological survey here in 2011. By then the summit had long since been cleared and the megalithic terraces recognized to be ancient and man-made, but no radiocarbon dating was ever done and the previously accepted age of the site – about 1,500 to 2,500 BC -- was based on guesswork rather than on excavations.

The first scientific radiocarbon dating was done by Natawidjaja himself on soils underlying the megaliths at or near the surface. The dates produced – around 500 to 1,500 BC – were very close to the archaeological guesswork and caused no controversy. However a surprise was in store as Natawidjaja and his team extended their investigation using tubular drills that brought up cores of earth and stone from much deeper levels.

First the drill cores contained evidence – fragments of columnar basalt – that man-made megalithic structures lay far beneath the surface. Secondly the organic materials brought up in the drill cores began to yield older and older dates – 3,000 BC to 5,000 BC, then 9,600 BC as the drills bit deeper, then around 11,000 BC, then, 15,000 BC and finally at depths of 90 feet and more an astonishing sequence of dates of 20,000 BC to 22,000 BC and earlier.

“This was not at all what my colleagues in the world of archaeology expected or wanted to hear” says Natawidjaja, who earned his PhD at Cal Tech in the United States and who, it becomes apparent, regards archaeology as a thoroughly unscientific discipline.

The problem is that those dates from 9,600 BC and earlier belong to the period that archaeologists call the “Upper Palaeolithic” and take us back deep into the last Ice Age when Indonesia was not a series of islands as it is today but was part of a vast southeast Asian continent dubbed “Sundaland” by geologists.

Sea level was 400 feet lower then because huge ice caps two miles deep covered most of Europe and North America. But as the ice caps began to melt all the water stored in them returned to the oceans and sea-level rose, submerging many parts of the world where humans had previously lived. Thus Britain was joined to Europe during the Ice Age (there was no English Channel or North Sea). Likewise there was no Red Sea, no Persian Gulf, Sri Lanka was joined to southern India, Siberia was joined to Alaska, Australia was joined to New Guinea – and so on and so forth. It was during this epoch of sea-level rise, sometimes slow and continuous, sometimes rapid and cataclysmic, that the Ice Age continent of Sundaland was submerged with only the Malaysian Peninsula and the Indonesian islands as we know them today high enough to remain above water.

The established archaeological view of the state of human civilization until the end of the last Ice Age about 9,600 BC was that our ancestors were primitive hunter gatherers incapable of any form of civilization or architectural feats. In the following millennia settled agriculture was very gradually developed and perfected. Around 4,000 BC the increasing sophistication of economic and social structures, and growing organizational abilities, made possible the creation of the earliest megalithic sites (such as Gigantija on the Maltese island of Gozo for example) while the first true cities emerged around 3500 BC in Mesopotamia and soon afterwards in Egypt. In the British Isles Callanish in the Outer Hebrides and Avebury in southwest England, both dated to around 3,000 BC, are the oldest examples of true megalithic sites. The megalithic phase of Stonehenge is thought to have begun around 2,400 BC and to have continued to around 1,800 BC.

Within this well worked out and long-established chronology there is no place for any prehistoric civilization such as Atlantis. But interestingly the Greek philosopher Plato, whose dialogue of Timias and Critias contains the earliest surviving mention of the fabled sunken kingdom, dates the catastrophic destruction and submergence of Atlantis by floods and earthquakes to “9,000 years before the time of Solon” – i.e. to 9,600 BC, the end of the last Ice Age. Since the Greeks had no access to modern scientific knowledge about the Ice Age and its rapidly rising sea levels (often accompanied by cataclysmic earthquakes as the weight of the melting ice caps was removed from the continental landmasses) the date Plato gives is, to say the least, an uncanny coincidence.

In Danny Natawidjaja’s view, however, it is no coincidence at all. His research at Gunung Padang has convinced him that Plato was right about the existence of a high civilization in the depths of the last Ice Age – a civilization that was indeed brought to a cataclysmic end involving floods and earthquakes in an epoch of great global instability between 10,900 BC and 9,600 BC.

This epoch, which geologists call the “Younger Dryas” has long been recognized as mysterious and tumultuous. In 10,900 BC, when it began, the earth had been emerging from the Ice Age for roughly 10,000 years, global temperatures were rising steadily and the ice caps were melting. Then there was a sudden dramatic return to colder conditions – even colder than at the peak of the Ice Age 21,000 years ago. This short, sharp deep freeze lasted for 1,300 years until 9,600 BC when the warming trend resumed, global temperatures shot up again and the remaining ice caps melted very suddenly dumping all the water they contained into the oceans.

“It is difficult,” Natawidjaja says, “for us to imagine what life on earth must have been like during the Younger Dryas. It was a truly cataclysmic period of immense climate instability and terrible, indeed terrifying, global conditions. It’s not surprising that many large animal species, such as the mammoths, went extinct during this precise time and of course it had huge effects on our ancestors, not just those ‘primitive’ hunter gatherers the archaeologists speak of but also, I believe, a high civilization that was wiped from the historical record by the upheavals of the Younger Dryas.”

What has brought Natawidjaja to this radical view is the evidence he and his team have uncovered at Gunung Padang. When their drill cores began to yield very ancient carbon dates from clays filling the gaps between worked stones they expanded their investigation using geophysical equipment – ground penetrating radar, seismic tomography and electrical resistivity – to get a picture of what lay under the ground. The results were stunning, showing layers of massive construction using the same megalithic elements of columnar basalt that are found on the surface but with courses of huge basaltic rocks beneath them extending down to 100 feet and more beneath the surface. At those depths the carbon dates indicate that the megaliths were put in place more than 10,000 years ago and in some cases as far back as 24,000 years ago.

Columnar basalt does form naturally – the famous Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is an example – but at Gunung Padang it has been used as a building material and is laid out in a form never found in nature.

“The geophysical evidence is unambiguous,” Natawidjaja says. “Gunung Padang is not a natural hill but a man-made pyramid and the origins of construction here go back long before the end of the last Ice Age. Since the work is massive even at the deepest levels, and bears witness to the kinds of sophisticated construction skills that were deployed to build the pyramids of Egypt or the largest megalithic sites of Europe, I can only conclude that we’re looking at the work of a lost civilization and a fairly advanced one.”

“The archaeologists won’t like that,” I point out.

“They don’t!” Natawidjaja agrees with a rueful smile. “I’ve already got myself into a lot of hot water with this. My case is a solid one, based on good scientific evidence, but it’s not an easy one. I’m up against deeply entrenched beliefs.”

The next step will be a full-scale archaeological excavation. “We have to excavate in order to interrogate our remote sensing data and our carbon dating sequences and either to confirm or deny what we believe we’ve found here,” says Natawidjaja, “but unfortunately there’s a lot of obstacles in our way.”

When I ask what he means by obstacles he replies that some senior Indonesian archaeologists are lobbying the government in Jakarta to prevent him from doing any further work at Gunung Padang on the grounds that they “know” the site is less than 5,000 years old and see no justification for disturbing it.

“I don’t deny that the megaliths at the surface are less than 5,000 years old,” Natawidjaja hastens to add, “but I suggest they were put here because Gunung Padang has been recognized as a sacred place since time immemorial. It’s the deepest layers of the structure at between 12,000 and more than 20,000 years old that are the most important. They have potentially revolutionary implications for our understanding of history and I think it’s vital that we be allowed to investigate them properly.”

Gunung Padang is not the only ancient site that raises huge question marks over the story archaeologists tell us about our past. On the other side of the world, in southeastern Turkey, another man-made hill has been excavated during the past decade, this time by Professor Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute. The site, called Gobekli Tepe (which means “Potbellied Hill” in the local Kurdish language) consists of a series of immense megalithic stone circles on the scale of Stonehenge and was deliberately buried (creating the appearance of a hill) around 8,000 BC by the mysterious ancient people who made it. The circles themselves date back to 9,600 BC, however, with the oldest work being the best. At least twenty further circles on a similar scale, identified by ground penetrating radar, are still deeply buried. Some of these, Klaus Schmidt told me when I visited Gobekli Tepe in September 2013, are likely to be much older than those already excavated.

 
Photo by Santha Faiia: Gobekli Tepe, looking over 'Enclosure B'

At 7,000 or more years older than Stonehenge the megaliths of Gobekli Tepe, like the deeply buried megaliths of Gunung Padang mean that the timeline of history taught in our schools and universities for the best part of the last hundred years can no longer stand. It is beginning to look as though civilization, as I argued in my controversial 1995 bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods, is indeed much older and much more mysterious than we thought.

In essence what I proposed in that book was that an advanced civilization had been wiped out and lost to history in a global cataclysm at the end of the last Ice Age. I suggested there were survivors who settled at various locations around the world and attempted to pass on their superior knowledge, including knowledge of agriculture, to hunter-gatherer peoples who had also survived the cataclysm. Indeed even today we have populations of hunter gatherers, in the Kalahari Desert, for instance, and in the Amazon jungle, who co-exist with our advanced technological culture – so we should not be surprised that equally disparate levels of civilization might have co-existed in the past.

What I could not do when I wrote Fingerprints, because the evidence was not then available, was identify the exact nature of the cataclysm that had wiped out my hypothetical lost civilization, and this absence of a specific “smoking gun” was one of the many aspects of my argument that was heavily criticized by archaeologists. Since 2007, however, masses of scientific evidence have come to light that have identified the smoking gun for me in the form of a comet that broke into multiple fragments now known to have hit the earth 12,980 years ago. The impacts (some on the North American ice cap, some elsewhere) caused floods and tidal waves and threw a vast cloud of dust into the upper atmosphere that enshrouded the entire earth for more than a thousand years, preventing the sun’s rays from reaching the surface, and setting off the Younger Dryas deep freeze.

I believe it is possible that Gobekli Tepe may prove to be the work of the survivors of a great civilization lost during the Younger Dryas (interestingly the so-called “origins of agriculture” have been traced back by archaeologists to the vicinity of Gobekli Tepe and to the exact period in which Gobekli Tepe was created). But it is to Gunung Padang that I now look for a possibly even more stunning confirmation of my theory. Danny Natawidjaja’s geological survey has revealed not only deeply buried massive constructions and very ancient carbon dates at Gunung Padang but also the presence of three hidden chambers, so rectilinear in form that they are most unlikely to be natural. The largest of these lies at a depth of between 70 and 90 feet beneath the summit of the pyramid and measures approximately 18 feet high, 45 feet long and 30 feet wide.

Could it be the fabled “Hall of Records” of Atlantis? If Dr Natawidjaja’s geological excavation is allowed to proceed, despite strenuous attempts by local archaeologists to prevent it, then we should know the answer to that question, one way or another, by the end of 2014.

 
Photo by Santha Faiia. Looking down from the second terrace to the first terrace at Gunung Padang
 

Note: GRAHAM HANCOCK is working on a sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods, provisionally titled Magicians of the Gods, to be published in October 2015 by Coronet in the UK, by Saint Martin's Press in the US, by Kadokokawa Shoten in Japan and by Corbaccio in Italy. Graham Hancock’s website is http://www.grahamhancock.com

Photography: Contact: santhafaiia@gmail.com

 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Prescience and a Glimpse of Life’s Imprint



By: Stewart Brennan
http://sfbrennanart.blogspot.ca/

Recently I had the privilege of listening to a 1991 recording of Terence McKenna addressing the Jung Society in Clairmont California. (See embedded player below) As I listened to Terence McKenna speak on an array of topics involving the human mind and the history of spiritualism and psychedelics it was like a door to my past had been thrown open to release my own personal experiences, perceptions, spirituality and psychedelic experience by his illuminating words. But there was one particular experience I had with Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms) around 1979 that came rushing back in all its familiarity and mind boggling prescience. I was compelled to write it down to make more sense of it and now share it here on this blog post.

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The year was 1979 and the place was my basement bedroom, which was my personal sanctuary. Being curious and a bit adventurous I decided to try magic mushrooms to see what the experience was all about. During this experience I had a moment that can only be described as being in a state of higher awakened consciousness…it seemed like I transported to an alternate world.

The transit to this state of consciousness happened so fast…looking back, it was as though an entity of light watching over me, revealed himself and showed me the impression or imprint of my entire life.

Life's Imprint

At the beginning of this experience I felt as though I was in an empty space of darkness with the illumination of light around me...kind of like street lights lighting up the darkness the way a single candle would a room. In this light I was urged forward by a comforting presence. In front of me and in silence was a tall building…like a skyscraper…the presence was then behind me and emitted feelings of reassurance that I understood as words…we were on what I perceived to be a platform elevator on the ground outside the building when the elevator began to lift.

Slowly the platform lifted as I looked directly at the building in front of me. Up we went without a word. There was an empathic understanding that everything was ok and natural… looking at the building in front of me, I noticed that the lights seemed to be off on the first few floors of the building but as the unseen platform rose light started to appear and grew in illumination the higher we went. As the experience unfolded I began to recognize emotional familiarity of past experiences in my early life which materialized through scenes behind the windows…they were strange but comforting feelings as We began moving up the outside of the building…and as I continued to peer into the windows I realized that I was seeing moments of my life and that on each floor were the compacted moments of a full year in my life. The higher we went, the faster the years went by and the brighter it was all around me and inside the building…soon I began to sense and glimpse some of the future experiences I was to have but without knowing the details. It was all understood by emotional recognition. At one point I was amazed that I was to live longer than I had envisioned…which wasn’t very old, I sensed my late 40’s but couldn't see details…however I felt that I was going to get very sick, but then soon recover. As I sensed my recovery, the light around me and on each floor after became brighter and brighter and I felt greater confidence As the elevator moved further up the building and years of my life. The velocity upwards increased, blurring the clarity of the vision and blocking details but impressed upon me that years were quickly passing and always I recognized the familiarity of my emotional self there. I was astonished at how high the number of years were increasing until I couldn’t look anymore, as I did not want to see my death. I closed my eyes tight as I looked away and it felt like I had launched into space away from the building and into the candle lit darkness.

The presence or the being that accompanied my assent outside the building was no longer with me as I then found myself drifting and descending towards a room below me. An image began to appear that looked like a rounded tower from a castle with an arched opening where long shadows and light emerged from its doorway into the darkness…I felt a presence was in there as I entered with a sense of guarded uncertainty, not knowing who or what I might find.

But just as quickly, assurance and calm flooded over me as I found the presence that had accompanied me on my experience. He spoke in thoughts to let me know that I could remain a bit longer but that once I began looking for details in the experience the moment would be over and I would awake from this subconscious state. I wanted to stay in that moment to ask questions but then found myself waking into the present, back in the basement room where I woke to a sense of astonishment and then exuberant feelings of joy...and also with an unexplained experience that would tuck itself away into my memory, to be recalled later on in my life and serve as confirmation to unfolding events.

Today 2013

Even now at 53 years of age, I do not know the details that were revealed to me that evening but I certainly recognize some of those passing moments I saw through the windows of that building as they unfold in my life now. I did indeed get very sick in my 40’s and emerged from it with an awakening of consciousness, spirit and knowledge…and I now understand more of what my purpose in life is as I grow in confidence and vision everyday. I have begun to see things clearly, sometimes I see things before they happen…I feel connected with something greater than myself and I sense it all around me. I know others are feeling it as well. It’s best described as an Awakening as I feel we are in times where events are happening faster and faster than anytime before in human history. Terence McKenna explained it through his work and opened the doors for us to see our own experiences, our understanding of them, and our interconnectedness to something greater. I'm beginning to understand his insights more everyday. He was truly a great mind, sage and teacher, and because of Terence McKenna that moment in 1979 when I was 19 years old, now makes more sense to me than it ever did.

Looking back, I strongly believe that my entire life’s imprint was revealed to me in a brief awakened moment, and today, I feel in phase with a growing awareness that is rising within all of us.
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Terence McKenna – Global Perspectives and Psychedelic Poetics



Address To The Jung Society - Terence McKenna



Interesting Links:

Art & Expressions of SFBrennan
http://sfbrennanart.blogspot.ca/
Terence McKenna Archive
http://www.youtube.com/user/TerenceMcKennaTube
McKenna CountrCulture
http://www.youtube.com/user/MckennaCountrCulture
Erowid Psilocybin
http://www.erowid.org/plants/mushrooms/mushrooms.shtml
The Entheogen Portal
http://entheogenportal.blogspot.ca/
Psilocybin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psilocybin


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