By Len Kasten
Bear & Company
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
2010, 312 pages, US $18.00
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
This book covers a wide-range of the more sensational and fascinating claims and aspects of ufology and the so-called “ancient astronaut” theory. I personally found the areas where the author delved into quantum physics and dimensions along with remote viewing and even time travel (acknowledging the late Marc Davenport’s pioneering work in that particular area), to be areas of great interest, although personally I’ve heard enough about MJ-12 to do me for a long, long time.
I think MJ-12 has proven to be a little more than suspicious through the years. Nonetheless, this book has a good number of other positive points that I won’t hold my bias on MJ-12 against it. Another section I enjoyed was Chapter 26, entitled The Web of the Spider Woman, which delves into Hopi spirituality and their UFO-related beliefs, and the story of a Canadian abductee who received information that corresponded significantly it seems with the Hopi prophecies. She even traveled to Arizona and met a Hopi elder who confirmed various aspects of what she had learned from her experience, plus he told her that he saw her surrounded by tall blonde men, which was how the beings she had encountered on the alien craft years earlier had appeared.
Carl Jung’s concept of synchronity and the collective unconscious gets a mention, although it is used to zero in on the “timing and placement of the Roswell crash,” based on the research of an author named David E. Flynn. Flynn leaps through history going back to ancient Biblical times and Greek mythology, writes about Lucifer, Prometheus, the Nephilim, the Masons, notes some weird correlations that seemingly happen with numbers, after which Flynn concludes that the perpetrators of the Roswell crash were connected with the “sons of God” who came down at Mount Hermon, and that this is all tied in with 2012 as well!
At any rate, this book truly covers a lot of information. Pick and choose. Indexed, with a recommended reading list and a variety of photos and illustrations (some in color) it contains something of interest to anyone interested in the controversial and complex field of ufology.
By James Olson
PO Box 151117
San Rafael, CA 94915
2011, 335 pages, US $21.95
ISBN 13: 978-1-57983-055-7
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
This book explores how our hemispheric brain functions affect our cognitive processes and, ultimately enough, how those processes result in matters of cause and effect in our decision making and how we handle all of our affairs. This is especially obvious where it impacts us the most on a global scale with regard to political, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of our thinking. From achieving our personal goals to the noblest of goals, the quest for world peace, an issue shared with everyone throughout our world, this book breaks it all down to a simplified level of understanding, so that we understand how it works and what strategies we can adopt to make it work for us.
Ultimately it seems, as simplistic as this may sound, success or failure may be determined by the dominant hemispheric brain style that a given society chooses to adopt and utilize. The author points out that the dualistic (left) brain hemisphere approach is individual oriented whereas the holistic (right) brain hemisphere perspective is collective oriented. Now, for just a moment, imagine where we the citizens of the USA can be found as compared to say Native Americans of the past, some of whom even expressed planning ahead for the well-being of seven generations. Imagine one of our modern politicians expressing such a sentiment today?
This book contains a lot of useful and insightful information, plus comprehensive notes, a bibliography, and an index. If we can truly understand ourselves then we can learn to understand what causal mechanisms are influencing (and sometimes interfering with) our desired objectives and goals in this life. Once again we may re-discover truth buried in ancient wisdom. In this case, know thyself.
As told by Eot & Jak Ramanakajja
Translated & Adapted by Kung Ramanakajja Smith
Written by Lance Smith
Edited by Bob Joyce
Published by CreateSpace
2010, 112 pages, US $18.00
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
The color pictures on the front and back cover of this book grab you right off. Immediately you feel transported overseas to a distant land, to Southern Thailand actually, where a remarkable, downright frightening series of supernatural events befalls the Ramanakajja family there back in the mid 1970s. Written with the skill and finesse of the most talented novelist, the gripping tales presented within the pages of this book are absolutely spellbinding. You periodically have to remind yourself, however, that this is in fact not supposed to be a novel. These accounts are reported to be based on factual testimony!
I would not recommend late night reading of this book, if you intend to get a good night’s sleep. The stories of encounters with malevolent, evil spirits are as frightening as they can ever get in any book, but they also include accounts of truly gruesome murders and deaths too.