(Picasso seems to fit this post!)
Years ago, an editor remarked that the opening and closing paragraphs of a book told him everything he needed to know about the content between those two points. So here are those two points in a book I’m currently reading – while trying to wrestle it back from Rob, who keeps taking it into his office to read:
The opening: “I was researching my book Fingerprints of the Gods in the early 1990s when I first became aware of the so-called Mayan prophecy that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. It’s since become obvious – thanks goodness- that there is more than one way to read the “prophecy.”
The closing: “By moving through the self-hatred and fear to reach that hard-earned place of acceptance and forgiveness – of both self and others – we heal the world:
“I love you. I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”
That ending sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It’s a prayer that Masaru Emoto used during the Gulf oil crisis. We used it in a post on that crisis. Its genesis may be Hawaiian, but when you Google those words, so many links come up that it’s difficult to determine exactly where it originated. Regardless, it’s a powerful mantra and sums up what David Wilcock puts forward in his book, The Source Field Investigations: the Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations behind the 2012 Prophecies.
I didn’t buy this book based on the opening and closing paragraphs. I bought it after reading the title – and the table of contents. It’s one of those books that either speaks to you – or doesn’t. It’s likely that if you’re interested in the nature of consciousness and what reality actually is, then you’re familiar with a lot of the material in this book. But Wilcock brings such a positive and ultimately uplifting spin to the material that every paragraph becomes an adventure, every story leaves you rather breathless about the interconnected of life. All life. Here’s one story:
In 1966, a man named Cleve Backster experienced a “paradigm shift” in his own awareness about the nature of consciousness. At this point, he had been studying the nature of consciousness for 18 years, through research on hypnosis and polygraphs. His secretary had bought a rubber plant and a dracena cane plant that were in the lab where he was working on the night of February 2, 1966. After working through the night, Brackster decided to connect the new dracaena plant to the polygraph to see what happened.
“Much to his surprise, the plant did not have a smooth, flat pattern of electrical activity – it was surprisingly jagged and alive, changing moment to moment.” After a minute or so, the plant’s electrical activity on a graph resembled that of a person who was starting to tell a lie. He tried various types of threats toward the plant, just as he might do when confronting a human subject. Typically, such a confrontation with a human might be, “Did you fire that shot that killed John Doe?” With a plant, it amounted to dipping the leaf in hot coffee, tapping a leaf with his pen. No reaction.,Then he had a thought: “As the ultimate plant threat, I would get a match and burn the plant’s electroded leaf.”
And what occurred shocked him. “The very moment the imagery of burning that leaf entered my mind, the polygraph recording pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart! No words were spoken, no touch the plant, no light of matches, just my clear intention to burn the leaf. The plant recording showed dramatic excitation.”
In other words, the plant panicked, based on nothing more than an image in Brackster’s mind. Backster was so deeply affected by this that he never again conducted any experiment that involved burning or threatening plants.
Wilcock then goes on to describe an experiment he conducted in 2006, during the filming of a documentary in which he hoped to dramatize this event. What’s intriguing about his experiment is that nothing happened until everyone stopped acting. “The plant knew it wasn’t in any real danger – so as a result, its graph stayed nice and smooth. I knew I had to do something- and fast. The next time we did the scene, I sent the plant the blackest, darkest thoughts I could possibly conjure up…I absolutely hated that plant. I wanted to tear it to pieces.” In other words, he backed this image with powerful emotion.
And right then, the polygraph needle went berserk. “I saved the shoot and proved, for myself, that the Backster effect really works.” He then apologized to the plant and sent it “genuine feelings of love.”
This story struck me to the core. It resonates with much of what I have read over the years on consciousness. We can visualize and affirm until our collective faces turn blue. But apparently nothing in our lives will change unless we can back what we want with emotion. It seems that emotion is not only a barometer of where we are in our lives, but that it can alter everything, instantly. Think back on your own life. I’m sure you can remember an instance where your emotions were so strong, so all encompassing, that something in your life shifted in a big way.
I remember turning to the index and looking for an entry on synchronicity. Nope. But he mentions a couple of books with synchronicity in the title. Yet, some of the stories describe synchronicity perfectly. You’ll recognize them.
The last chapter is on disclosure and here’s an excerpt of the opening paragraph: “I do believe a formal, open disclosure of the ET/UFO phenomenon is an essential aspect of our movement into a Golden Age….No discussion of the Source Field is complete without an examination of UFOs and their influence on technology, ancient peoples, and the 2012 prophecies.”
With that, I picked up the book and walked to the register and plunked down my thirty bucks, minus the discount. I have not regretted it. Neither will you.