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Smorgasbord 5
Friday, December 12, 1997
© Copyright 1997 by NewHeavenNewEarth

smorgasbord (smor-gos-bord) n.
A buffet meal featuring a varied number of dishes.

Another NHNE publication --
albeit more loosely knit than most

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"If there is no God,
who pops up the next Kleenex?"

---Art Hoppe

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CONTENTS:

LETTERS:
There Is, Indeed, A Need

NEWS WATCH:
A&E Special on Edgar Cayce
Barbara Marx Hubbard's New Book
Tomb of King Tut's Nurse Found
Scientists Create Jurassic "Bark"
Aboriginals May Have Caused Australian's Arid Interior
Climate Scientists Doubt Global Warming Caused by Humans
Gasses Could Stimulate "Global Cooling"
Asian Industrial Smog Blowing Into U.S.
Smog Clouds May Have Silver Linings
Below-Average Hurricane Season for 1998
A Big Year for NASA
No Life Forms on Mars Meteorite?
Largest UFO Conference Ever
Santa Claus Hopes to Fly to Baghdad
FEMA: Give the Gift of Disaster Safety

LIGHT BULBS:
Houses of Invention
Edison's Catnap Technique

IN SEARCH OF THE PROMISED LAND:
My Favorite Christmas Story
The Innkeeper's Daughter

THE LIGHTER SIDE:
Divert Your Course!

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LETTERS:

THERE IS, INDEED, A NEED

"I applaud your idea of consumer protection for spiritual seekers. There is, indeed, a need for a balanced view of spiritual organizations and thought systems. It seems to me, there are two major consumer groups that are of concern: the debunkers who have an agenda to disprove anything beyond the material world, and those who uncritically embrace almost any New Age thought system. It is a challenge to provide a balanced view of any religion or thought system. I hope it can be done with an open, yet skeptical mind. Your excellent analysis of earth change prophesies shows that you may be able to pull it off. "

---Kim Berggen

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NEWS WATCH:

A&E SPECIAL ON EDGAR CAYCE

This coming Monday, December 15, 1997, A&E will be airing a biographical special on famed Virginia Beach psychic, Edgar Cayce. Check your local cable listings for times.

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BARBARA MARX HUBBARD'S NEW BOOK

A new book by Barbara Marx Hubbard, founder of THE FOUNDATION FOR CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION and one of the most important futurists of our time, is due to be released February, 1998. Called, "Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential," Barbara's new book is being offered at a 20% discount on pre-published orders through January 31, 1998. To receive an order form, you can email your request to THE FOUNDATION FOR CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION at "fce@peaceroom.org".

http://www.cocreation.org

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TOMB OF KING TUT'S NURSE FOUND
(Source: CNN ONLINE, AP, 12/7/97)

French archaeologists announced Sunday they have found the tomb of "Maya," the wet nurse of Tutankhamen, the boy pharaoh whose golden coffins and burial treasures have fascinated generations. The 1330 B.C. memorial to the servant who suckled the boy king is an "extremely rare" instance of ancient Egyptians devoting an entire tomb to a woman, said archaeological team leader Alain Zivie. Zivie found the tomb in Saqqara, an ancient necropolis 13 miles south of Cairo. The city was the burial site for the courtiers and high-ranking officials of ancient Egypt's New Kingdom, which prevailed from about 1400 B.C. to 1100 B.C. Most of the pharaohs, Tutankhamen included, were buried in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, about 300 miles south of Cairo. Searchers have yet to find any gold or funerary objects, nor have they found Maya's coffin. The archaeologists also are looking for more clues about Maya, whose existence was previously unknown. Among key questions that Zivie hopes the tomb will answer: Who were the parents of Tutankhamen, who ruled and died while he was still a boy?

http://www.cnn.com/TECH/9712/07/egypt.tuts.nurse.ap/index.html

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SCIENTISTS CREATE JURASSIC "BARK"
(Source: BBC NEWS, 12/5/97)

Using a sophisticated computer construction of the skull of a dinosaur, American scientists have produced a digital simulation of what the call of a three-ton Parasaurolophus may have sounded like. Researchers form the SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES and the NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE say the sound is the first to be simulated using measurements taken from the actual fossilized skull of a dinosaur. Dr Tom Williamson of the NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE speculates that the unique sound, like a large dog growling into a tuba, could have helped the creatures to recognize each other. The work illustrates new applications of computing into real-world engineering.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_37000/37315.stm

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ABORIGINALS MAY HAVE CAUSED AUSTRALIAN'S ARID INTERIOR
(Source: EUREKALERT, 12/10/97)

A UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO researcher has proposed that the systematic burning of vegetation by Aboriginals beginning roughly 50,000 years ago may have changed the climate down under and triggered the desertification of Australia's interior. Gifford Miller, a fellow at the INSTITUTE OF ARCTIC AND ALPINE RESEARCH who is also chair of CU-BOULDER's geological sciences department, said the only mechanism that appears to wield enough force to alter the Australian monsoon is vegetation, which has strong links with the atmosphere -- and archaeological evidence shows the first humans arrived in Australia from the southeast Asian region about 50,000 years ago. "Consistent burning by these people during dry periods may have altered the basic ecosystem, preventing the normal recovery of vegetation during the subsequent wet phase," he said.

http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/burnveg-aridaust.html

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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS DOUBT GLOBAL WARMING CAUSED BY HUMANS
(Source: Timothy Lamer, MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER, Thanks to Patrick Bailey)

The theory that the Earth is catastrophically heating up because of industrial pollution has become one of the leading environmental topics on network television news. Most "climate scientists" are, however, not convinced that human actions are warming the planet, or that such warming would even be harmful. And their views are not making it into the news. A case in point: Nearly 100 climate scientists signed the 1996 Leipzig Declaration, expressing doubts about the validity of computer-driven global warming forecasts, and their declaration went unreported.

Who are the scientists that are making it into the news? S. Fred Singer, professor of environmental sciences at the UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, wrote in the July 25 WALL STREET JOURNAL: "If one were to add up all of the contributors and reviewers listed in the three [INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE] reports published in 1996, one would count about 2,100. The great majority of these are not conversant with the intricacies of atmospheric physics, although some may know a lot about forestry, fisheries or agriculture. Most are social scientists -- or just policy experts and government functionaries. Every country seems to be represented -- from Albania to Zimbabwe -- though many are not exactly at the forefront of research. The list even includes known skeptics of global warming -- much to their personal and professional chagrin."

http://mrc.org/mrc/freemarket/frozen.html

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GASSES COULD STIMULATE "GLOBAL COOLING"
(Source: EUREKALERT, 12/12/97)

Contrary to the conventional wisdom, new computer modeling from the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN suggests that global warming might not be a product of human activity. Ironically, argues Joyce Penner, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, carbon and sulfur emissions can have the reverse effect, serving to cool down the planet. Penner, an expert in computer simulations of climate change, recently found that, whereas greenhouse gases have led to a warming of 2.5 Watts per meter squared, aerosols like soot particles and sulfuric acid reflect nearly twice as much energy under certain conditions. "If further research serves to uphold these initial findings, the warming we've seen over the last 100 years may simply be due to natural variability," Penner said. Penner is presenting her work today (December 12) at the fall meeting of the AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION in San Francisco.

http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/um-mscgsgc.html

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ASIAN INDUSTRIAL SMOG BLOWING INTO U.S.
(Source: EUREKALERT, 12/10/97)

It seems that Americans are not entirely to blame for the chemical smog that hangs over cities along the U.S. West Coast. A new study indicates that about 10 percent of the ozone and other pollutants are arriving from the industrialized nations of East Asia. After measuring pollutants from a remote Olympic Peninsula research station, a researcher concludes that Asian pollution is affecting much of the U.S.West Coast, with Washington and Oregon affected slightly more because of wind patterns. Dan Jaffe, associate professor of science, technology and the environment at the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, had proved that wind-borne Asian pollutants can reach as far as Hawaii. His first data from a West Coast site, acquired last May, measured atmospheric levels of pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and hydrocarbons. His collaborator, Terje Berntsen of the UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, Norway, used these data in a computer model that employs meteorological observations to predict and calculate where and how pollutants move through the atmosphere on any particular day. All the data analyzed in the computer model indicates an increasing flow of pollutants from industrialized Asia. According to Jaffe, "Despite the recent economic problems, Asia is booming, and the spread of its pollutants is rapidly increasing."

http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/asian-smoguw.html

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SMOG CLOUDS MAY HAVE SILVER LININGS
(Source: David F. Salisbury, STANFORD NEWS SERVICE, 12/12/97)

In Los Angeles, the city with the worst air pollution problem in the country, even the brown smog clouds may have silver linings. Not only does the city's smog cover appear to reduce dramatically the intensity of ultraviolet radiation that reaches the palm trees and pavement in the City of Angels, but the UV attenuation also appears to cut down the concentration of ozone below what would otherwise exist. These results are beneficial because ultraviolet light is known to cause skin cancer, and ozone exposure contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. Mark Z. Jacobson, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford who specializes in creating computer models of the atmosphere, has identified the key chemical compounds in L.A. smog that appear to act as specialized UV filters. He has determined that the resulting reduction in UV levels has a significant side effect, that of lowering ozone levels on the ground by 5 to 8 percent. He is presenting these findings in a poster paper on December 11 at the annual meeting of THE AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION in San Francisco.

http://www-leland.stanford.edu/dept/news/relaged/971211uvaerosol.html

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BELOW-AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON FOR 1998
(Source: EUREKALERT, 12/5/97)

This year's record El Nino is expected to dissipate before the most active part of the 1998 hurricane season but other global climate factors could produce slightly below-average hurricane activity, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY'S noted hurricane researcher William Gray announced December 5th. In the first forecast issued for the 1998 hurricane season, Gray and his colleagues predict nine tropical storms will form in the Atlantic Basin between June 1 and Nov. 30. From those storms, five hurricanes will evolve and two will go on to become intense hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. On average, 9.3 tropical storms, 5.8 hurricanes and 2.1 intense hurricanes form annually. The team's 1998 forecast comes on the heels of a hurricane season in which activity was flattened by the strongest El Nino event on record -- but the Atlantic Basin still managed to produce seven tropical storms, three hurricanes and one intense hurricane.

http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/98beloavg-hrcnseasn.html

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A BIG YEAR FOR NASA
(Source: NASA PRESS RELEASE, 12/9/97, Thanks to Chris Czech)

From the surface of Mars to a possible newly discovered ocean beneath the ices of Europa, NASA activities were in the news in 1997. Background information and still images are available to illustrate the top 10 NASA stories of the year:

1. Mars Pathfinder:
http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/default.html

2. & 3. Hubble Servicing Mission:
http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/PR.html
http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/sm97/

4. Shuttle-Mir Goes Forward:
http://shuttle-mir.nasa.gov/mir24/status/week7/goldin.html

5. NASA Satellites Provide Best View Yet of El Nino:
http://nsipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/enso/

6. Cassini Launches to Saturn:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini/

7. X-33 and X-34 Flight Technology:
http://stp.msfc.nasa.gov/

8. Galileo Discovers Icebergs on Europa:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/

9. Uplifting Year for Aeronautics:
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/aero/

10. SOHO Sheds New Light on Active Sun:
http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/

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NO LIFE FORMS ON MARS METEORITE?
(Source: EUREKALERT, 12/4/97)

The famous Martian meteorite, ALH84001, contains no biological life forms, according to a CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY researcher and colleagues. The team issues this report in the December 4 issue of NATURE, duplicating the methods of a team of scientists from the JOHNSON SPACE CENTER and STANFORD UNIVERSITY. The latest study took place over the past six months as the researchers re-examined the meteorite using the new techniques. This time they found yet another population of worm-like forms that are actually mineral lamellae formed by non-biological, geological processes. The lamellae look like worms or nanofossils, but when the specimen is tilted and viewed from another angle, it clearly shows that the lamellae are attached and part of the mineral surfaces. Does this put an end to the life on Mars debate? According to Ralph Harvey, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Geological Sciences, "We haven't driven the final nail in the coffin yet about organisms in this Martian rock, but our latest article offers a lot of insight that shows these fractures zones in the rock are incredibly complex -- and that it is very dangerous to try to draw any hypothesis from a few pictures from here or there."

http://www.cwru.edu/pubaff/univcomm/mars.htm

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LARGEST UFO CONFERENCE EVER
(Source: BBS NEWS, 12/6/97)

International scientists have gathered in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, for a week-long conference which aims to take a serious look at unidentified flying objects. The conference has been billed as the largest gathering of its kind, with more than 50 top UFO researchers from across the world expected to take part. The theory that intelligent beings have visited or are visiting Planet Earth has attracted its share of eccentrics. But ufologists, as they call themselves, want the United Nations to recognize their science as a legitimate subject for study.

The list of international speakers invited: Antonio Las Heras (Argentina), Barry Chamish (Israel), Bob Brown (USA), Bud Hopkins (USA), Colin Andrews ( England), Cynthia Hind (Zimbabwe), Darush Bagheri (Iran), Derrel Sims (USA), Donald Ware (USA), Edgar Mitchel (USA), G. C. Schellhorn (USA), Gbor Tarcali (Hungary), Glennys Mackay (Australia), Graham Birdsall (England), Jaime Maussan ( Mexico), Jaime Rodriguez (Ecuador), James Hurtak (USA), Javier Cabrera Darquea (Peru), Javier Sierra (Spain), Jerome Clark (USA), Jesse Marcel Junior (USA), Joaquim Fernandes (Portugal), John Carpenter (USA), John Mack (USA), Johsen Takano (Japan), Jorge Alfonso Ramirez (Paraguay), Jorge Martin (Port Rico), Leo Sprinkle (USA), Leonard Nimoy (USA), Linda Howe (USA), Mario Dussuel (Chile), Mark Carlotto (USA), Mauricio Baiata (Italy) , Michael Hesemann (Germany), Per Andersen (Denmark), Richard Hoagland (USA), Robert Bauval (England), Robert Dean (USA), Roberto Banchs (Argentina), Roberto Pinotti (Italy), Rodrigo Fuenzalida (Chile), Ryszard Fiejtek (Poland), S. O. Svensson (Sweden), Stanton Friedman (Canada), Sun-Shi Li (China), Timo Koskeniemmi (Finland), Tony Dodd (England), Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos (Spain), Walter Andrus (USA), Wendelle Stevens (USA), Yuri Guerassimov (Russia), Yves Bosson (France), Yvonne Smith (USA)  

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_37000/37622.stm

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SANTA CLAUS HOPES TO FLY TO BAGHDAD
(Source: REUTERS, 12/4/97)

An Icelandic charity hopes to fly Santa Claus to Baghdad on Christmas Day bearing gifts and medical aid for thousands of Iraqi children suffering from punishing U.N. trade sanctions. The Reykjavik-based PEACE 2000 INTERNATIONAL must await a go-ahead from U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan before dispatching what it calls its "Santa Peaceflight." "We have written to him about Baghdad and we're waiting for a reply," Thor Magnusson, founder of PEACE 2000, told REUTERS on Thursday. Response from the Iraqi embassy in London had been very positive, Magnusson said. The charity says Santa Claus in his traditionally red-and-white coat and white beard has no allegiance to any region and can spread a message of peace and goodwill as agreeable to Muslims as Christians. Santa Peaceflights visited children suffering from the Chernobyl fallout in Belarus in 1994 and war-ravaged Sarajevo in 1995. Last year 100,000 gifts were distributed in Bosnia. Magnusson hopes to raise $300,000 for the Baghdad trip.

http://www.yahoo.com/headlines/971204/odd/stories/santa_1.html

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FEMA: GIVE THE GIFT OF DISASTER SAFETY
(Source: FEMA PRESS RELEASE, 12/1/97)

The holidays are coming and it's time to draw up gift lists for loved ones. What do you give the person who has everything? How about safety? Even the person with everything probably doesn't have a family preparedness kit and important supplies necessary in case a disaster strikes in 1998. While not your traditional gifts, these items can make a huge difference in the year ahead -- while also showing how much you care.

Officials at the FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) remind holiday shoppers that every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are forced to deal with natural disasters that wreck havoc with lives, families and communities. Thinking ahead and being prepared can do much to reduce or prevent the tremendous heartache and financial hardship of these disasters. "The holidays are a great time to give an important, inexpensive gift that helps people prepare for disasters and to reduce their risk," said FEMA Director James Lee Witt. "These suggested gifts are a wonderful way of making 1998 a safer year for everyone."

Suggested disaster-ready gifts include:

-- A smoke detector with extra batteries

-- Household fire extinguishers for kitchen and all bedrooms (5 pound, A-B-C type)

-- A foldable ladder for evacuation of a second story in a fire

-- A heavy duty flashlight with extra batteries and a battery-powered lamp

-- A first aid kit

-- A battery powered radio with extra batteries

-- A NOAA Weather Radio with a battery backup and tone-alert feature to receive weather alerts

-- A sturdy plastic tub filled with bottled water and non-perishable, high energy food and canned goods

-- A camp stove or canned heat stove, with extra fuel

-- A year-long policy for National Flood Insurance, available from your insurance agent

-- Hurricane shutters or cut-to-order marine plywood and heavy nails

-- A winter car kit that includes emergency flares, shovel, windshield scraper, battery-powered radio, flashlight, water, snacks, tow chain or rope, tire chains and fluorescent distress flag

-- If you live in a wildfire area, give the gift of a gardener to cut back combustible plants and vegetation from around the house.

Main Website: http://www.fema.gov
Storm97: http://www.storm97.com
Fax-On-Demand (in the U.S.A.): (202) 646-FEMA (646-3362)
Digital audio for broadcasters & print, contact: eipa@fema.gov

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LIGHT BULBS:

HOUSES OF INVENTION
(Source: NEWSWEEK'S: 2000, A NEW MILLENNIUM: "The Power of Invention", Winter, 97-98, "The Houses of Invention" by Sharon Begley with B.j. Sigesmund)

If great inventions of the past were usually the work of an individual, then those of the 20th century are increasingly the brainchildren of entire labs.

At 3M, three cents of every dollar in sales ($900 million recently) is plowed into research and development, supporting 6,500 researchers. At PFIZER, research and development swallows 14 percent of sales -- $1.7 billion in 1996. At 3M, its scientists and engineers can spend up to 5 percent of company time on their own projects, without even telling managers what they're up to. 3M calls it bootlegging. Both policies send a clear signal that risktaking is a core value. 3M's risktaking spawned Thinsulate insulation, Scotchfite reflective sheeting for traffic signals and hundreds more inventions. DU PONT researchers may pursue their blue-sky ideas one day a week. The idea is to be open to serendipity: every scientist makes mistakes, but only in a culture that encourages the exploration of the unknown do you get Teflon (when a Du Pont scientist working on Freon accidentally polymerized several gases into a white powder). XEROX'S PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER instituted mandatory weekly meetings. Everyone would grab a beanbag chair and take turns describing their ideas. "A universal characteristic of innovative companies is an open culture," says Rosabeth Moss Kanter of HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL.

In a corporate lab, the walls between chemists and physicists, metallurgists and mechanics are often lower than in academe. It was by throwing together physicists with metallurgists and chemists that BELL LABS wove together the diverse talents that invented the transistor. And unlike universities, the culture of a corporate lab encourages collaboration. Says William Brinkman, vice president for physical sciences research at BELL LABS, "We call it 'spontaneous teaming' -- you see an interesting problem that another group is working on and you want to be part of it." It works: BELL LABS also invented the laser, the UNIX operating system for computers, high-definition digital television, digital cellular phones, the international communications satellite, photovoltaic cells and information theory.

A great corporate lab needs a leader who will keep the Suits (or "toner heads," as some XEROX PARC scientists called management) from stiffing creativity. PARC's former chief did it so well that his techies invented the first user-friendly computer, the mouse, graphical interface, the laser printer and the local computer network. Unfortunately, XEROX is more famous for fumbling these inventions -- Steve Jobs turned XEROX PARC's ideas into the Macintosh. Which just goes to show that having a bright idea is only the first step in inventing.

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EDISON'S CATNAP TECHNIQUE
(Source: "Reunions," Raymond Moody, Thanks to James Gregory)

The hypnagogic state -- that twilight realm that exists between normal waking consciousness and sleep -- has often been used by some creative geniuses to solve problems. One who used this technique was Thomas Edison, who would frequently catnap in his office when searching for solutions. One problem that he faced is that it is very easy to drift into full sleep from the hypnagogic state and forget the images experienced. To overcome this, Edison placed metal pans on either side of his chair, and when he dozed he would hold a steel ball in each hand. At the moment he started to slip into unconsciousness, the balls would fall from his hands, clatter against the pans and he would then awaken with the memory of his hypnagogic experience still intact.

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IN SEARCH OF THE PROMISED LAND:

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS STORY

In the last issue of Smorgasbord, I said I would be including a list "of the most important things I have learned in my two and a half decades of seeking" in this issue of Smorgasbord. I actually completed the list, but after reading it over a few times, I felt that a list of insights couldn't really express the full-flavor of what I wanted to share. So, for the moment, I am abandoning the list idea and, instead, will be seeking to share these discoveries with you in stories that give them flesh, blood and, hopefully, deeper meaning. And what better time than Christmas to stick in one of my all-time favorite stories, "The Innkeeper's Daughter," which is from a psychic reading given by Edgar Cayce.

The reading was given to a woman that the Cayce source said was the daughter of the Innkeeper. While I don't know how accurate Cayce's rendering of the Christmas story is, this particular reading is one of the most remarkable readings Cayce ever did. Not only is it unusually clear, but it is profoundly poignant as well. Unlike most Christmas stories that focus exclusively on the miraculous nature of Christ's birth, the Innkeeper's daughter version weds the miraculous with the mundane: it gives us a provocative look at what an average, run-of-the-mill human being might have thought, felt and experienced if they had been present at the world's most celebrated birth.

But this particular reading does more than simply make us think more deeply about how we might have responded to Christ's birth (and life) two thousand years ago. I think it accurately reflects what happens to many of us when the divine touches our lives now.

With Love & Best Wishes,
David Sunfellow

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THE INNKEEPER'S DAUGHTER
From Edgar Cayce Reading #1152

Sara was in the Earth when great changes and opportunities were coming to man by the fulfilling of time and the prayers of many. At the time, there was much turmoil and strife and the people were pulled between that which was being presented by the Romans, and the truths or lessons given by the people of the land...

Sara was the daughter of the Innkeeper, and she stood by and was the second of those who took the Babe into her arms. What should this mean in thy experience? Is it any wonder that you have looked long into the faces of those who were newly born, and wondered what their purpose, hardships, joys, and sorrows would be in the Earth?

In that time, she not only beheld the experiences of the shepherds, but also heard the words of the sages of the East who came bringing gifts to Him whom it had been proclaimed of old should come again. And He will come again and again in the hearts, minds, and experiences of those who love His coming. But those who, when they think of Him, and know what His presence would mean, and become fearful, He passes by...

In that sojourn, Sara was just a year younger than the little mother who came to the Inn where the entity helped her parents. And she knew of the event through the meetings which were half forbidden by those in Jewish law, and questioned by the authorities for the penal law. She was filled with wonder and desire to know about the occurrence, and she felt that some great thing in the experience of the world was about to come to pass.

The entity... requested that she might aid in the preparation of the quarters for the mother-to-be and father, who were revered by all. For the leaders had arranged with the Innkeeper for the care which must be provided for them when they came to register for their contribution to the Romans. Yet, as the entity waited, expectant, there was the general rabble, and there were the discussions of those who journeyed to Jerusalem for the meetings, as well as to the centers for their tax registration...

Then, Sara helped so that all was in readiness. And the late afternoon sun shone in all its glory on the Palestine hills, as if the voice of nature were proclaiming the heralding of a new hope, a new birth to the Earth, and the glorifying of man's hope in God. The spectre of His star in the evening sky brought awe and wonder to all who saw it. And Sara, being anxious, gazed with wondering awe at that unusual experience. And she wept with joy in expectancy of a glory surpassing what had been told of all the glories of her people in the days of old. There, she felt similar to the experience at present, that a new light, a new vision, and a new experience were being born in every atom of her being.

When she knew that the den, the cave, the stable had been occupied, she felt consumed with desire to rush off to see what was happening. And as soon as her work was finished about the home, she started for the stable. But as she walked into the open, the brightness of His star came nearer and nearer. And she heard, even as the shepherds, "Peace on Earth, good will to men." Again, she felt awe, and the feeling of a new creation and a new experience as she, with the closer attendant of the mother, hastened. And all the rabble and all the jeers of a world were stopped.

She hastened to the quarters where the mother lay, in all awe of a new experience, and as the light as from His star filled the place, she first beheld the Babe. That was the crowning experience until the plea that she, too, might hold the glorious Child in her arms. And as this became a reality, she had the feeling, "Oh that the world might know the beauty, joy, and glory of His life in their own hearts, minds, and beings."

There she saw the shepherds gather. And on the next day, she saw the Wise Men, with their ladened camels; and she heard their praise for those who had kept the faith in preserving, keeping, and helping those who were in need and alone, yet having God with them. She heard the strange tongues spoken by the Wise Men, and knew and felt the reverence and awe which were experienced by all.

Sara sought to keep in touch with the mother and Child; and when the edict was declared, her heart was filled with fear. For her experience was something to be cherished; yet she feared the law, and the hatred which would naturally arise in the hearts of those who were persecuted. For often was her father questioned as to which way the Wise Men went, and as to the activities of these men who defied the authorities of Rome, as well as of Herod the king. For days, weeks, and months, she wondered. And the necessity for menial labor at the Inn brought her mental and material distress. Yet often in the stillness of the evening, she reviewed the events, and wondered what had become of His star, His light.

After the receding of the star, she learned of the flight into Egypt through the devious ways in which news came by word of mouth, and yet was kept secret. All of these experiences have become an innate part of her, so that when she sits alone in the twilight, she can almost again feel the music of the spheres, and the singing of the morning stars, as the Earth is quieted. And there enters again that peace, which is only troubled by the cares of a workaday world.

In the years that followed, she became closer to those in Bethany and upon Mount Olive; for she took up her abode upon the edge of Olivet, on the road that led to the great city. And there, word was sought again of what had become of the participants in that marvelous event which had become a burning memory in her heart. Yet when persecutions came from the Romans, and from the Sadducees who persecuted especially the groups to which she had belonged and from which she had received so much help, doubts and fears arose within her.

From what she heard, the child had apparently become only another child among the people. And not until the days when He went again with His parents and a great company to again register did she learn the truth of what had happened. This was when it was commanded that the Passover feast should be kept by all the children of Israel, and she sought again that glorious Child who questioned the doctors. And she kept close that she might hear...

From time to time, she sought word of His progress, following His life almost like a story. And she held to the memories of that evening when she saw the light, and the Child in the mother's arms. Also, she relived many times the glorious moment when the Child had been placed in her own arms, and she had pressed her lip to the brow of the Babe.

When the ministry of Jesus began, she learned every word which could be gathered from those who heard Him often. And when His visits brought Him near, and yet her duties kept her close to home near the highways over which throngs often passed, she became fearful because of the things that were said. The rejection of His own people when He first began His ministry, brought tears of scalding shame to her for the ones who seemed to doubt when they should know.

At last came the triumphal entry from Bethany to the Temple in Jerusalem, and Sara was among the great throng which cried, "Hosanna to the Highest; the King cometh." Again, she was disappointed when that glorious man among men was not proclaimed king. And He seemed to exert so little of His power to help those who were sick, or in doubt, or fear. For the entity knew many who had been healed. And she was especially close to Bartaemus who had often rested on the road close to her home.

After the crucifixion, she was with the holy women and others who sustained the household which was beginning to feel that possibly the mother, Mary, had misjudged. Yet Sara knew from her own experience; for she had not forgotten that choir before the celestial throne which sang: "Glory, glory in the highest. Peace, peace on Earth to all men of good will."

She held to those experiences, and they are innate in the present. She was among the first to suffer martyrdom because of the roughness of the Romans as they attempted to disperse the crowds. As a result of her injuries, broken in body, she suffered in the flesh. But then, as now, she looked ever to Him who is life, light, and immortality to those who put their trust wholly in Him. For those who have tasted, felt and known within themselves that He is the way, the truth, and the light--no other name is given under heaven whereby man may be made whole, or whereby may know his true relationship to God.

Hold fast to that, O Daughter of the Innkeeper, O the Beholder of His Glory. O the joyous, gracious feelings that fill thy soul and being with the richness of the Earth poured out at His feet. You were with the lowly shepherds who came to see that glorious sight; and they, too, were not hindered from beholding the face of their Savior.

And ye, too, O Daughter, may know His face; but turn within. For there ye may meet Him, as so often ye did in those days, weeks, months, and years, as ye recounted in your self the glorious events of that day when the Babe, the Child Jesus, lay in your arms. For He is very near unto all who call on His Holy Name. He has promised, and His promises are sure to you, and in you, may you know..."

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THE LIGHTER SIDE:

DIVERT YOUR COURSE!

This is the transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10/10/95:

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AMERICANS: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.

CANADIANS: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.

AMERICANS: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

CANADIANS: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

AMERICANS: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS MISSOURI, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!

CANADIANS: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

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The mission of NewHeavenNewEarth (NHNE) is to answer humankind's oldest, most perplexing questions: Who are we? Where are we from? What is the origin and purpose of life? Instead of relying on ancient or contemporary wisdom, or the knowledge of isolated experts, we are building a global network of seekers from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, lay people and professionals alike, that can pool talents, experience, and resources to unravel life's great mysteries.

We also believe that our planet is passing through a time of profound change and are seeking to create a global community of like-minded people that can safely pass through whatever changes may come our way and help give birth to a new way of life on our planet.

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