New Book Reviews
By Brent Raynes
Your Guide to seeing and interacting with UFOs,
Mystery Lights and Plasma Intelligences
By Andrew Collins
Introduction by Gregory L. Little
Eagle Wing Books, Inc.
P.O. Box 9972
Memphis, TN 38109
2012, 415 pages, $19.95 (US)
ISBN 13: 978-0-940829-49-7
ISBN 10: 0940829495
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
This is my kind of UFO book! It offers up very thought-provoking alternative explanations to the mainstream extraterrestrial belief system that has for far too long held such a dominant strangle hold upon the evolution of an objective and progressive ufology. Besides that, it’s dedicated to the memory of “The First Great Light Quester,” the one and only John A. Keel, my favorite UFO author, whose middle name should have been “Alternative” and who pioneered inroads into original investigative and research directions and thinking that gave rise to future illuminating and literary explorations as presented in this book.
Sadly, there just aren’t enough books like this out there, and, unfortunately, for too many ET conditioned mindsets many of the contents of this book may seem “out there.” One main area that this book delves into that may incur a conditioned and negative, if not a downright wrathful response from a goodly number of its readers are those for whom the Roswell story has become like a religious article of faith. But if one can keep an open mind and examine the information presented in this book in a fair, impartial, and objective manner, I can give you my own personal assurance that a goldmine of fascinating new information and insights await you!
This book is an in-depth exploration of the UFO mystery from a unique and challenging perspective that compiles compelling evidence that, for a very long time, mankind has been interacting with a complex plasma intelligence that is largely earth-based. The author takes a comprehensive historical and global examination of this controversial phenomenon, showing how quantum entanglement and multi-dimensional realities may best explain some of the most perplexing aspects of this enigmatic field of inquiry.
Join the author as he takes you on a literary reconstruction of some of his most important and revealing investigations, from Marfa, Texas to Warminster, England, and many exciting points and places here and there and inbetween. You’ll read of some recommended UFO “hotspots” you may want to visit on your next vacation, things to look for perhaps in your own area, and suggestions for doing a creative visualization for “light questers” everywhere to interact with these light intelligences themselves.
The Spiritual Gift of Madness:
The Failure of Psychiatry and the Rise of the Mad Pride Movement
By Seth Farber, Ph.D.
Foreword by Kate Millett
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
2012, 436 pages, $21.95 (US)
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
According to the author, himself a psychologist, diagnosing people as mad has more to do with social control than therapy itself. He interviews six former mental patients who today lead highly successful and inspirational lives to make his point. He is said to be building upon the revolutionary theories of the late psychiatrist R. D. Laing, whose 1967 campus bestseller The Politics of Experience, followed a similar path.
Farber explains that many who are described as schizophrenic, bipolar and given other labels of “madness” are often experiencing a kind of spiritual awakening, seeing and feeling things that are wrong with society and that need to be changed. “To do this I present the stories of several persons – considered ‘seriously mentally ill’ by Psychiatry – who proved the system wrong: they overcame their problems and now live extraordinary lives, far exceeding their problems and now live extraordinary lives, far exceeding the low expectations about what they could achieve conveyed to them by psychiatrists.”
One of these former mental patients was one David Oaks, who as a Harvard student began having “ecstatic mystical experiences.” In the beginning, a Jesuit priest and then again fellow students turned him into a mental hospital where eventually he was given a combination of Thorazine and Stelazine. Over time, David began to become comfortable with his experiences and realized that in earth-based religious cultures, such as with Native Americans or his own Lithuanian ancestry, that such experiences can help one to become “a more whole person.”
“David gave a Jungian explanation for this: it was as if his unconscious mind was attempting to round out his psyche, to help him grow spiritually and to expand his potential as a person,” Farber wrote. “Jung called this the individuation process. David had a tendency – he believed in hindsight – to be too analytical, controlling, hierarchical, distancing, overcompetitive, and linear. Now his psyche was pushing him away from a ‘left-brained’ mode of experiencing the world because it limited his potential as a human being.”
Conspiracies and Secret Societies:
The Complete Dossier
By Brad Steiger and Sherry Steiger
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Road #414
Canton, MI 48187-2075
2013, 578 pages, $24.95 (US); $27.95 (CAN)
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
Here’s another compelling and comprehensive volume, down right encyclopedic in quality and content, compiled by that tireless and acclaimed writing duo of Brad and Sherry Steiger! Indeed a dossier as complete as anyone could have created, the Steiger’s present in this massive book a truly wide and fascinating range of material dealing with an endless array of startling scenarios of conspiracy and secret societies.
There’s virtually everything here that a fellow researcher or any person curious about such matters might wish to delve into. Readers will also be drawn into and fascinated by a multitude of subjects that pop up unexpectedly from page to page. From Gnosticism, the John and Robert Kennedy assassinations, Noah’s Ark, Jesuits (the Vatican’s chief assassins?), Jack the Ripper, ELF mind control, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Cathars, the CIA, the Bohemian Grove, Ark of the Covenant, alien abductions….just to mention a few of the numerous areas explored at considerable length in this thought-provoking volume!