Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Did She, or Didn’t She, Die?

Did She, or Didn’t She, Die?
By Madis Senner

You would think determining whether someone has died is pretty straightforward. However many people that have been certified as being dead have miraculously come back to life 10, 20, or even 30 minutes after their vital signs had flat lined.

These individuals had what is referred to as an Near Death Experience (NDE) where you die and go to heaven. The International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS) has been studying NDE’s for 40 years and notes that,
An NDE may begin with an out-of-body experience—a very clear perception of being somehow separate from one’s physical body, possibly even hovering nearby and watching events going on around the body. An NDE typically includes a sense of moving, often at great speed and usually through a dark space, into a fantastic landscape and encountering beings that may be perceived as sacred figures, deceased family members or friends, or unknown entities. A pinpoint of indescribable light may grow to surround the person in brilliant but not painful radiance; unlike physical light, it is not merely visual but is sensed as being an all-loving presence that many people define as the Supreme Being of their religious faith.

IANDS is an educational platform that publishes a journal, maintains an informational website, holds conferences and more. There are several IANDS support groups around the world one of which is in the Finger Lakes/Syracuse)   (Upstate NY Chapter) that meets regularly, is open to the public and has had some interesting and noteworthy speakers.

The local Upstate NY IANDS support group provides a venue for people that have had NDE’s, or spiritually transformative experiences to share their experiences with others. Have you ever had a deja vu, sensed a presence, thought of someone and your phone rings and its them, had a vision, had a premonition, felt a strong unity with all of creations, or had a mystical experience of any sorts? Such experiences can be traumatic and confusing. The Upstate Support Group is a safe place you can go to talk about those experiences and learn from others. 

I attended the November meeting with guest speaker Richard Hughson who told of an out of body experience (OBE) he had at 18 when he departed his physical body moments before the car he was driving was about to crash. Because of that experience he picked up several spiritual gifts such as the ability to feel others emotions when they were close to him; and how for a while he could drive his car through Elmira without having to stop for a traffic light. However, he regrets he lost those gifts because he abused them. Picking up spiritual gifts is common for people that have had an NDE, or a powerful mystical experience.

Richard was peppered with questions from an attentive audience as he spoke. One question dealt with his acknowledgement that everything will be all right, and not to worry about life. “How can it be all right if some of us are going to have cancer, loose loved one…..?” asked a woman in the audience. He said he was constantly reassured and comforted during his OBE and realizes that there is a God; a loving God that will make everything right. 

The Upstate NY Support Group has had several prominent figures in the NDE community that have appeared on CNN, Dr. Oz and other national programs. This past summer I heard Dr. Mary Neal  (To Heaven and Back) an orthopedic surgeon who drowned while kayaking in South America and went to heaven and met Jesus before she came back to life. She was transformed from being a lackadaisical participant in church services to saying “the truth of God's promises and the reality of eternal life became a part of my every breath.

I also had a chance to hear and spend time with PMH Atwater one of the pioneers of NDE research earlier this year. PMH had 3 NDE’s in 1978 and received several spiritual gifts. She is incredibly vibrant and sharp-witted and has written over a dozen books. I took her to see several sacred sites in the Finger Lakes. Her commentary about what she was seeing behind the veil on the other side was a treat.

I wish I would have known about IANDS 20 years ago when I transitioned from being a global money manager to a full time spiritual seeker. I think it would have helped with processing all those newfound mystical, surreal and ecstatic experiences.

Have you ever had a mystical experience?

Upstate NY IANDS website,  Meets the 2nd  Friday of the month 4/5 times a year at the North Syracuse Community Center, at 700 South Bay Rd, in North Syracuse, will change for big name speaker. Admission $5 or $10, depending upon speaker. Doors open at 6 PM meeting starts at 6:30


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Haunted House That Helped Launch Movements-Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine

The following is my latest blog post for Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine.

The Haunted House That Helped Launch Movements


Story and photos by Madis Senner

Located on Hydesville Road (1510 Hydesville Road)  in Newark, New York is the memorial to the Fox Sister’s home. It was here on the evening of March 31, 1848 that Maggie and Kate Fox heard mysterious rappings that turned out to be a dead peddler that had been murdered in their home years earlier. It was not long before they developed the ability to communicate with the spirit of the peddler, as well as other spirits. They became mediums; and along with their older sister Leah helped launch the Spiritualist Movement.

Unfortunately history is remiss because it has failed to recognize the significance that the Fox Sisters and the Spiritualist Movement has had in shaping America and the world. Instead today when we think of mediums we envision psychics with their hand out and places like Lily Dale. But back in the day things were much different.

On July 19, 1848 shortly after the Fox Sisters heard their mysterious rappings a few miles away in Seneca Falls, NY the first Women’s Right’s Convention was held and the Women’s Rights Movement was born.  The Spiritualist Movement would help propel it. As Harvard Divinity School professor Anne Braude tells the “American Women’s Rights Movement drew its first breath in an atmosphere alive with rumors of angels.”

Spiritualism exploded in popularity. It empowered people and liberated them from the control of the church that saw itself as the sole medium to the divine. It also empowered women. Mediums were primarily women and were given prominence and spoke publicly which was unheard of at the time. According to Braude Spiritualism became the  “central agent of feminism.” Noting that while many women’s advocates were Spiritualists, not all were, but all Spiritualists were women’s advocates.

Spiritualists also swelled the ranks of Abolitionism, Food Reform, Temperance and other causes.  As theologian John Buescher informs us,
“Many...who turned to Spiritualism sensed a biblical millennium, which manifested itself in plans for egalitarian utopias where humans mingle with angels or become angels themselves. Thus, Spiritualism was not just a means of contacting the spirits of the deceased or of exploring the afterlife. Rather, it meant the opening wide of a gate between a perfect Heaven and an imperfect Earth. This idea provided a link between Spiritualism and social reform.”

While the sway of Spiritualism began ceding as the 19thcentury waned its embers still glow.  What is referred to as the “New Age Movement” can trace its roots back to Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy born in NYC in 1875  and Eastern Teachers such as Swami Vivekananda  who traversed NY and America espousing Hindu concepts and teaching meditation.

According Pew Research more than a quarter of Americans see themselves as being “spiritual but not religious” and our ranks are growing fast.  

Colin Dickey in his best selling book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places believes that Spiritualism like Transcendentalism has been woven inextricably into the fabric of American consciousness. That much of what we accept as canonical in our culture today was influenced by Spiritualism, saying
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Spiritualism may have lost its influence by the end of the 1920's, but it might be more accurate to say that it went mainstream. The percentage of Americans who identify as Spiritual and not as religious has been slowly creeping up ever so slowly in recent years as people turn from organized churches and seek their own spiritual path. Meanwhile our belief in ghosts remains high...73%"

As a history a buff and someone that is fascinated by the role that upstate NY has played in shaping America and the world I encourage you to visit the memorial to the Fox Sisters in Hydesville. Place can be powerful, and this spot is a testament to that. 

Madis Senner is an author who lives in Syracuse. You can read his musings at, http://motherearthprayers.blogspot.comHis latest book is Sacred Sites in North Star Country: Places in Greater New York State (PA,OH,NJ,CT,MA,VT,ONT) That Changed the World is available at Amazon and at the Dogged Ear in Palmyra, NY 


Bibliography

Anne Braude, Radical Spirits, Spiritualism and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth Century America.

John Buescher, The Other Side of Salvation: Spiritualism and the Nineteenth-Century Religious Experience.

Colin Dickey, Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.

Madis Senner, ‘Spiritualism's Radical Roots’, The Spirit House Society Messenger, Wisdom Magazine, 


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Haunted to Health, Ghost Sightings May Help Us Identify Sacred Sites--and Heal Us

The following appears in the current Fall Issue of the American Society of Dowsers Digest. It is a twist on an article that I wrote for the Spirit House Society's Messenger (2011.)

HAUNTED TO HEALTH:
Ghost Sightings May Help Us Identify Sacred Sites
Madis Senner
We are so used to hearing about people being scared to death because they saw a ghost that we would never think that a ghost sighting could be therapeutic. As someone dedicated to learning about and educating people about Mother Earth’s subtle body—her chakras, energies, essences—I am always interested in places where people see ghosts. I have found that these are often sacred places that have an abundance of healing earth energies.
It’s All About the Energies
Spirits, ghosts, demons, nature spirits, artificial elementals, tulpas, golems, poltergeists, malevolent thought forms and more can all startle us. What most of us don’t realize is that such beings are all around us in the unseen world and that we unknowingly come in contact with them daily. To see them we just need to open our eyes.

The Castle was in decay
Most places where people see ghosts, UFOs or spirits are actually sites of strong earth energies. Researcher Dr. Michael Persinger, who has studied mystical experiences for some time, believes that they are created by anomalies in earth energies. He has visited numerous places where people have seen UFO’s and ghosts and found that they have high levels of electromagnetic energy that produce what he believes are hallucinations. The geomagnetic field encompasses the earth and nourishes our subtle body.
Persinger believes that out-of-body experiences, visions, or feelings of a sensed presence near us is the result of an increase in electromagnetic energy to the temporal lobe of our brain. To prove this, he has constructed what he calls a “God Helmet” to artificially replicate the mystical experience. The “God Helmet” is a modified snowmobile helmet with solenoids on it that are placed close to the temporal lobes. When someone dons it, magnetic waves are applied to the brain and many people have reported having mystical experiences.
         Persinger’s work has been questioned. Swedish researchers claimed that they were unable to replicate Persinger’s work. Researcher Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, an affirmed atheist like Persinger, experienced nothing when he tried on the “God Helmet."    Persinger points out he failed the test because of alcohol  and his temporal lobe insensitivity. Still many people have had all sorts of mystical visions with the “God Helmet,” such as psychologist and parapsychology researcher Susan Blackmore. Todd Murphy, an associate of Persinger has gone on to create the “Shakti Helmet” and the “Shiva Helmet” to create altered states of consciousness.
Those same places with high earth energies that produce visions can also be healing places. Researcher Dr. Valerie Hunt, author of The Infinite Mind, has found that increasing our intake of geomagnetic energy can be very therapeutic. She noted how people on a cruise to Antarctica with its high geomagnetic energy from the South Pole showed increased energy flow in their subtle bodies, and no one became ill, though many cruisers typically do. A medical doctor confirmed that people on cruises to Antarctica rarely get ill and are generally much more fit and healthy than on other cruises, even though they may be significantly older.
Mother Earth’s Healing
The difficulty that I have with Persinger’s work is that his instruments do not go far enough. The energies and essences that science is dealing with are infinitesimal when compared to what Mother Earth provides. Scientists acknowledge this when they talk about zero-point field, on how a small speck of the air has more energy than 1,000 atomic bombs—in other words the unseen world around us is infinitely more powerful than the material world and they are only talking about energy. Mother Earth provides us with a host of essences and consciousness that science has not even begun to grasp. 
To me, a ghost sighting, a place where people have seen an apparition, may actually be haunted, or it may be a sacred site. There may be many reasons why people have had a mystical experience some place. It could be that there is some special feature of Mother Earth that is a font for earth energies, such as an earth chakra. It could be that ancient native cultures prayed there and that the veil to the other side has become thin because of it, allowing us to see an alternative reality, what I call a Chimayo Fatima.
       About a decade ago, I developed the term Chimayo Fatima which combines the names of two such places: Chimayo, a spot in New Mexico where visions and cures have taken place; and Fatima, a location in Portugal where in 1917 three shepherd girls encountered Marian (Virgin Mary) apparitions.

There are many ways that Mother Earth can blanket us with additional energies, forces, consciousness and more that can lead to mystical experiences, such as seeing ghosts and spirits. Mother Earth is often behind our mystical experiences. This is to be expected, as our subtle body is dependent upon Mother Earth’s, Her energies—prana or qi—to nurture our energy body and higher essences and consciousness to nurture our higher more rarified subtle bodies.
It is not surprising that when we go someplace where there is an abundance of energies and essences that we see things. Our subtle body is getting a healthy dose of nourishment, and this is causing us to see another reality—the real one. Not only does this extra dose of Mother Earth lead to mystical experiences, but it helps heal us by providing a boost to our subtle body that can far exceed any supplement we ingest or the healing touch of a Reiki practitioner.
The Source Point stretches from my dogs to my friends, and straddles the road. One huge transformer like structure that is pouring powerful Earth Energies into the Earth. See the cemetery in the background.

A few years back I was asked to survey a castle and its grounds east of Utica, New York. I was told that several people had seen ghosts there. I found all sorts of divine features of Mother Earth, particularly what I call fields of consciousness, pieces of Mother Earth’s soul. When I went back to the cemetery where the ghosts had been seen, I found a “source point,” a place where Mother Earth’s energies, geomagnetic field and such enter the earth and are disbursed—a “hot spot”!
       Later that night, I noticed that my breathing was very slow; I was hardly breathing. When I went back to the “source point” the following spring, after only a few minutes of meditating I tested my systolic blood pressure and found it to be around 30 points lower. I felt calm, collected, yet vibrant.

Tips to Visiting a Sacred Ghost Site
I suggest you visit a sacred site. It does not have to be a place where people have seen ghosts. Bring a meditation cushion and settle into and plunk yourself down into a comfy position for the long haul. Understand that you need to work at developing your sentience of Mother Earth. You may be like Researcher Richard Dawkins who has temporal lobe insensitivity and could not feel the effects of magnetic waves. You can develop this ability.
The cemetery behind the Source Point where people saw ghosts because they were imbued with Earth Energies from the Source Point.
To develop your sensitivity of Mother Earth’s essences, show her respect: say thanks or give Her an offering. When you meditate, begin by focusing on Mother Earth. Try to feel Her. Whatever body part has a sensation, focus on that sensation and give it strength. Continue focusing, and over time you will progressively get better at sensing Mother Earth, and your health and immunity to disease will increase dramatically. The increased strength and flow of energy from Mother Earth into your subtle body will help clear your circuits, nadis and meridians, of blockages. This energy inflow will also begin to raise the vibration of your subtle body, which is enormously beneficial to your health and well being. Once you develop your connection to Mother Earth, you can tap into Her at any time
Madis Senner’s fourth book,Sacred Sites in North Star Country: Places in Greater New York State (PA,OH,NJ,CT,MA,VT,ONT) That Changed the World is available at the ASD bookstore. You can read his musings at http: //motherearthprayers.blogspot .com. Madis is currently working on his newest book, due out spring 2019, Everything Has Karma, Embracing and Working with Our Interconnectedness.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Large Manitou Stone At High Tor

Yesterday I was in High Tor NYS DEC Wildlife Management Area at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake and came across a very large Manitou Stone pictured below.



It may be a the same one my friend Zac Moore and I found in August of 2010 and posted to my Clarks Gully blog, Orbs, Megalights and Covered Earth Chakras I may have a better picture and will post it If I find it.




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Monument to Red Jacket-Life in the Finger Lakes

Canoga, Seneca County, NY


Every year I make an effort to visit the monument to Chief Red Jacket (1750–January 20, 1830) at the Canoga Cemetery along Rt. 89 (southeast of Seneca Falls). I don’t always make it some years I visit more than once.

I say a prayer, give thanks, and ask for the reconciliation of Native and non-Native people. I always get a positive sense when I am there; sometimes I am blessed with much more.

Years ago I met the caretaker and his wife during one of my annual visits. They beamed when they talked about Red Jacket and the monument.


It is believed that Red Jacket was born in a village in the general area of the cemetery. Some say he was born in Kanadaseaga also known as the Old Seneca Castle, a few miles northwest of Geneva. Still others say it was in Branchport, near the northern end of the west branch of Keuka Lake.

Red Jacket was a chief in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca nation, known for his speaking and negotiations as a peacemaker. His childhood name Otetiani was changed to Sagoyewatha (Sa-go-ye-wa-tha), Keeper Awake, because of his dazzling oratorical skills. The nickname ‘Red Jacket’ comes from the gift of a red coat from the British.

He played a prominent role in negotiating with the new republic around the time of the American Revolution. George Washington presented him with a peace medal that he proudly wore across his chest.

Red Jacket was a quick, witty and at times sarcastic negotiator who kept his cool and took advantage of his opponent’s failings.(1) He was an eloquent orator who commanded an audience’s attention and defended and advocated for his people. One of his more famous speeches was in 1805 in defense of Native American religion against the assault of Christian missionaries. In it he said, “Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion, or take it from you; we only want to enjoy our own.”(2) At the end of the speech Red Jacket walked up to the missionary and extended his hand, which the missionary refused.

Native Americans have a wonderful custom of stopping on a journey -- by the intersection of several trails, by a waterfall, or at some wonderful vista. There they would perform a ritual, say a prayer, or give thanks. It is a marvelous practice that I try to follow. The monument to Red Jacket is one such place for me. I never plan a trip to go there, but always try and find time to stop there on a journey to someplace else.

I encourage you to embrace this practice of stopping along the way as you travel around the Finger Lakes. It could be ,Red Jacket’s monument, a childhood haunt, a scenic view, the home of one of our noted social reformers, a former stop on the Underground Railroad, or… Just make sure it is a place that moves and inspires you. Pick a few places and visit them each year for a few years so that it becomes a ritual. In doing so,  a long trip will soon become an opportunity to stop and visit an old friend along the way.

There is much to find fault with this little strip of land. It is too close to the road, passing cars make too much noise and it is part of a cemetery. I could go on and on about all that is wrong about where the great orator and peacemaker Chief Red Jacket was born, but I just love this place.  

The monument site has  a parking area with picnic benches. The grassy field just south of the bench has a wonderful sense to it; spend some time there if you can.

The monument is located just north of the intersection of Cemetery Road and Route 89 in Canoga, NY. It is on the Canoga Cemetery grounds on Route 89.
Directions: Take Exit 41 off of the Thruway (I-90.)  Go south on Rt. 414. Take your first left onto Rt. 318.  Continue until it ends at Rt. 20. Take a left east onto Rt. 20 and a quick right onto Rt. 89. The cemetery and monument are a few miles down on your left. 

Please visit and say a prayer and help heal the rift between non-Native and Native people.

References and Recommended Reading
1. Densmore, Christopher; Red Jacket, Iroquois Diplomat and Orator, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY 1999. Pg 36
2. Nerburn, Kent, editor; The Wisdom of the Great Chiefs, New World Library, San Rafael, Calif. 1994. Pg 5-11.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Huston Smith--Science preaches that matter never dies, like the eternal soul

In reading Huston Smith's autobiography, Tales of Wonder,  I came across an interesting quote on how science has supplanted religion and replaced the immortality of the soul with the immortality of objects. Smith was well known for his World Religions book and was a respected theologian.
As the twentiet century began, science equaled a materialistic worldview. As the twenty-first century began, the worldview of science, at least of physics and astronomy, may have traded places with that of religion. Consider Einstein's famous equation e=mc2. Nothing in matter dies but continues on in another form, elsewhere. The church divines and theologians for two thousand years have devised arguments and "proofs' of immortality but nothing equal to this.Huston Smith, Tales of Wonder, Adventures Chasing the Divine, Page 68.




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

HIgh Tor's Stone Mounds--Please SEND A COMMENT TO THE DEC, Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine

Friends,

I will occasionally be blogging for Life in the Finger Lakes magazine. I submitted a few articles to them which they accepted; one of them is below. They said they would like to see  more.

They have an app which you can sign up for to see my and others articles at, https://www.lifeinthefingerlakes.com/high-tors-stone-mounds/

The following is about the Stone Mounds at High Tor NYS DEC Wildlife Management at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake. I ask that you please consider sending an email to the DEC asking them to put special protections on the stone mounds. It can be something simple as, "Please protect the stone mounds at High Tor,' Janice Clip, 56 Rain Str, Syracuse, NY, 13205.
Please email the DEC; R8.UMP@dec.ny.gov

To Learn More, http://www.hightor.org
My Clarks Gully Blog contains lots of pictures of the stone mounds at High Tor, http://clarksgully.blogspot.com

Thanks,
madis
http://motherearthprayers.blogspot.com


Story by Madis Senner
Photographs by Madis Senner and Peter Shell

Who built all the stone mounds at High Tor NYS Wildlife Management Area at the southeastern end of Canandaigua Lake is a question Dave Robinson asked over 30 years ago and a question that has been dogging me for over a decade. There are hundreds of stone mounds at High Tor in a variety of shapes and forms, with the dominant one being a stone mound with a dimpled or depressed area in its center. As someone who studies and has written about stone structures and sacred sites, I know of no other place in the world that has such a large collection.

Robinson was an amateur archaeologist and member of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA), which is dedicated to the study and preservation of ancient stone structures. He wrote several articles about stone structures in the Finger Lakes for NEARA and for the Crooked Lake Review.

Robinson persuaded an archeologist from the New York State Department of Archeology in Albany to look at a few of the stone piles at South Hill within High Tor. The archaeologist concluded that the piles of stones were not the result of field clearing, but that the stones had been stacked up to form small platforms. 

Robinson believed that the stone structures at High Tor were built by the Adena (1,000 BCE to 0 CE). An ancient Native American culture based in Chillicothe, Ohio, in southeast part of the state. Their culture covered an area about  150 miles around Chillicothe. The Adena, along with the Hopewell who followed them, are known as the "Mound Builders" because of their practice of burying their dead in large earthen mounds.


Given that the Seneca believe that they were born on South Hill, why would Robinson conclude that someone else built the stone mounds?




To answer that we turn to two of the Finger Lakes' famous sons. 

Arthur C. Parker (1881-1955) was a Seneca who descended from the prophet Handsome Lake and whose father was Ely Parker, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for President Ulysses S. Grant. He is widely respected for his archaeological work, and did much to educate the public about Native Americans—through his books and through the formation of the Society of American Indians. He lived in Naples, NY, close to High Tor.

Parker was the director of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences from 1924 to 1945. During his tenure, he ordered an examination of a deceased Native American who had been discovered in 1904 at the bottom of Bare Hill, inside the steep hairpin curve on the North Vine Valley Road in the town of Middlesex a few miles from High Tor. The fellow was found sitting half way up, with one hand holding a pipe. The pipe was determined to be of Adena origin and so it was concluded that he was Adena.

But was he? Or was something else at work? After all, the Adena culture was supposedly confined to the area of greater southeast Ohio.

To answer that question we turn to William Augustus Ritchie (1903- 1995), who worked for Parker at the Rochester Museum at the time.  Ritchie performed over a hundred excavations and was known as a “dirt archaeologist,” preferring to view evidence first hand and to see its relationship to features in the land. He coined the term “archaic” to describe the early development of cultures in the northeast, a term which is widely recognized today. He served as the NYS Archaeologist from 1949 to 1972. He received numerous awards for his work and was loved by many for exposing many of the mysteries hidden in New York and Eastern America.

The fellow found in the Vine Valley along the eastern shore of Canandaigua Lake led Ritchie in 1937 to develop his concept called the Middlesex Focus, Middlesex Phase, or Middlesex Complex after the town where the Adena man holding a pipe was found. Ritchie hypothesized that many of the sites found throughout Eastern America and southern Canada that exhibited Adena-like mortuary practices did so because of the interactions between various Native American cultures during the Early Woodland Period (1,000 BC to 0 AD.) In other words, because of trade, travel, and communication between culture, practices, customs, and artifacts became intermingled. 

So when a site was found exhibiting Adena-like mortuary practices or artifacts, it began to be referred to as a Middlesex Focus site, after the town of Middlesex, NY. The term is still employed today.

Ritchie expanded his Middlesex Complex hypothesis to say it was actually the migration of Adena, not interactions between cultures that was behind the Adena mortuary practices and artifacts found far from their base in southeast Ohio. Later, his partner in this hypothesis, Don Dragoo, changed his mind and recanted his belief in the migration theory.

So High Tor has a very rich history. It straddles the towns of Middlesex and Naples and is a stone’s throw from where the original half-seated Native American was found.

It is extremely likely that the stone mounds in High Tor were used for ceremonial purposes. There is a certain “je ne sais quoi” about the mounds and all of High Tor (the geographical space) -- what some may call its "vibe." Whenever I visit the area, I say a prayer or bring an offering, and often meditate to show reverence and respect. I ask that you consider doing the same when you visit. Treat them as if they were holy.


 I write about the stone mounds at this time because NYS DEC opened up a public comment period this spring regarding High Tor’s future use. While the stone mounds are not a typical issue, and they do have some protections, we can never be too safe. You might contact the NYS DEC (email R8.UMP@dec.ny.gov) and ask that added protection measures be put in place to protect the stone mounds within it. 

While it might seem that placing extra precautions to protect the stone mounds is a bit too much, I will point out two things.

In his article for the Crooked Lake Review, which talks about the stone mounds at South Hill, Robinson tells how two stone walls along Bare Hill that he assumed were associated with an old Adena Fort were taken by the town of Middlesex Highway Dept. in the 1920s and used for fill.

Similarly, Jason Jarrell, who lives in West Virginia, told me earlier this year that hundreds, if not thousands, of stone mounds that once lay on mountain tops in West Virginia were destroyed during clear-top coaling mining operations in recent years. Jarrell and his wife, Sarah Farmer, study and write about ancient cultures and are regularly featured in Ancient America, a magazine I have written for as well.

Interestingly, West Virginia has created several trails dedicated to observing stone cairns within Stone Wall Jackson Lake Park. Perhaps they provide a model for the preservation of the stone mounds at High Tor and an avenue to generate tourism and be of economic benefit to the area. 

I encourage you to visit High Tor for a walk in the woods and soak up the wonder of its many stone mounds. They are all over. Try as the Native Americans say to “act in a sacred manner” when you are there and treat everything with reverence and respect. And please email the NYS DEC (R8.UMP@dec.ny.gov) and tell them to protect the stone mounds at High Tor.

To Learn More
http:/ /clarksgully.blogspot. com, posts of pictures back to 2007

Photographs by Peter Shell and Madis Senner

Madis Senner’s book Sacred Sites in North Star Country: Places in Greater New York State (PA,OH,NJ,CT,MA,VT,ONT) That Changed the World  tells the rich history of reform in spiritually in greater New York State and where to experience that consciousness.

References and Recommended Reading
[1]Robinson, Dave, ‘Who Built the 'Old Fort' on Bare Hill?, and other Pre-Seneca Structures in Yates County, N. Y.?’, Crooked Lake Review. Spring 1997, www. crookedlakereview. com/articles/101_135/103spring1997/103robinson.html

Chelsea Seward, “Dr. Arthur Caswell Parks and His Influence Upon the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences and Native Americans”, Southern New Hampshire University, August, 2017.

Arthur Caswell Parker Papers, 1915-1953, New York State Library, www .nysl.nysed. gov/msscfa/sc13604. Htm

Herbert C. Kraft, ‘A Tribute to William A. Ritchie and Louis A. Brennan’, The Bulletin, New York Archaelogy, Number 113, 1997 





Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sacred Sites Update High Tor-Tree Still Blocking Trail

The large tree that fell back in March blocking the trail to upper Clarks Gully and the beginning of the herd path to climb South Hill has not been removed. You can either maneuver around it or climb the embankment on lower Clarks Gully. Unfortunately both of these alternatives involve climbing steep embankments.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pyramids Can Channel Electromagnetic Energy

Study reveals the Great Pyramid of Giza can focus electromagnetic energy

Physic.org 

An international research group has applied methods of theoretical physics to investigate the electromagnetic response of the Great Pyramid to radio waves. Scientists predicted that under resonance conditions, the pyramid can concentrate electromagnetic energy in its internal chambers and under the base. The research group plans to use these theoretical results to design nanoparticles capable of reproducing similar effects in the optical range. Such nanoparticles may be used, for example, to develop sensors and highly efficient solar cells. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physics.

While Egyptian pyramids are surrounded by many myths and legends, researchers have little scientifically reliable information about their physical properties. Physicists recently took an interest in how the Great Pyramid would interact with electromagnetic waves of a resonant length. Calculations showed that in the resonant state, the pyramid can concentrate electromagnetic energy in the its internal chambers as well as under its base, where the third unfinished chamber is located.

These conclusions were derived on the basis of numerical modeling and analytical methods of physics. The researchers first estimated that resonances in the pyramid can be induced by radio waves with a length ranging from 200 to 600 meters. Then they made a model of the electromagnetic response of the pyramid and calculated the extinction cross section. This value helps to estimate which part of the incident wave energy can be scattered or absorbed by the pyramid under resonant conditions. Finally, for the same conditions, the scientists obtained the electromagnetic field distribution inside the pyramid.


Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-07-reveals-great-pyramid-giza-focus.html#jCp

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Technology Kills--Alexa, Smart Voice Boxes are another assault on your humanity and freedom

Judith Shulvitz in the latest issue of the Atlantic in Alexa, Should we Trust You? details how easily we can fall for smart voice boxes and the dangers they pose. "The voice revolution has only just begun. Today, Alexa is a humble servant. Very soon, she could be much more—a teacher, a therapist, a confidant, an informant."

Some key points from the article,
--By 2021, there will be almost as many personal-assistant bots on the planet as people.
--The company that succeeds in cornering the smart-speaker market will lock appliance manufacturers, app designers, and consumers into its ecosystem of devices and services, just as Microsoft tethered the personal-computer industry to its operating system in the 1990s.
--Shulvitz believes that smart boxes will be just as dramatic as telephones and computers in shaping society.
--When we converse with our personal assistants, we bring them closer to our own level.
--Once our electronic servants become emotionally savvy, they could wield a lot of power over us.
--Wait till AI is embedded that can read our emotional state in our voices and can learn our behavior to manipulate us.

No Thanks

Monday, October 1, 2018

Survey of Sanders Preserve, Schenectady County, NY--Part I

Below are pictures of our survey of Sanders Preserve in Schenectady County, NY. Part I NEARA member Craig Wright was generous to show us several of the stone structures within the park on September 19.



It was not long before we saw our first stone mound. It has deteriorated over the years. My cushion marks a depressed area.


 Above you can see a large Manitou Stone with a stone circle built around it. Peter Wright is in the upper right.
A close up of the Manitou.


Peter Shell standing above a water dome. A water dome forms in response to positive human intentions/prayers/ceremony as water bubbles up to the surface of the earth in response. A water dome is a clear indication that this area of Sanders Preserve was used for sacred purposes.


Another stone mound with a depressed, or dimpled area. My cushion marks the indentation. I believe pilgrims sat in the depressed area.



Peter Shell spreading tobacco and leading a ceremony.

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Survey of Sanders Preserve, Schenectady County, NY--Part II

Survey of Sanders Preserve, Schenectady County, NY--Part II

Below are pictures of our survey of Sanders Preserve in Schenectady County, NY. Part II


 Another one of the dimpled stone mounds--or mounds with depressed areas, usually in the center. My backpack is in the depressed area.



Craig took us to what appeared to once be a water well. In the picture below Peter is holding the staff to show the depth of the above ground cylinder of stones.



I appears that a shallow water vein not more than a few underground ran next to the cylinder of stones. It is difficult to make out in the picture below but a large flat stone was placed underground a the bottom of the cylinder of stones.  If the water ran fast enough the bottom flat stone and column of stones above it may have provided enough support for the water to pool and be able to be scooped up. But this is purely a theory.

However, the vibe was horrific at this stone mound. My head seriously hurt. So one must seriously wonder if something sinister took place there.




A  Vortex Ring
Towards the end of the day I found a vortex ring in the woods. Most likely the remnant of once was an energy vortex. A vortex ring, a circling of energy, is the last stage before the formation of vortex.



 We said a prayer around the vortex ring. My seat cushion is over it.  Pictured above from left to right Peter Shell, Craig Wright and Janice Carr. Not seen Polly Midgley. We took turns meditating in the vortex ring. Craig said he was going to go back and meditated in it and hopefully help restore it back to being an energy vortex, or what I call a natural vortex.


Another angle showing Polly.

It was a fun day, the weather was splendid and the company even better. The finds of stone mounds and features of Mother Earth were pretty darn good as well.

Thanks for showing us Sanders Preserve Craig.

Friday, September 28, 2018

We will no longer be raising money to buy Gossamer Wood.

Friends,

As with any project differences of opinion can arise with the direction to go. Bill Dewey is the owner of Gossamer Wood and we are the prospective buyer and we are at impasse. As a consequence Jubilee Initiative will no longer pursuing the purchase of Gossamer Wood.

We have already begun returning money to donors and what money we cannot associate with a donor we will be donating to one of  the local land trusts; Genesee Land Trust, or Finger Lakes Land Trust.

Thanks,
madis

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Syracuse Sierra Club Meeting On Onondaga Lake Cleanup--Wed 9/26 7PM

Let the Restoration Begin! An update on Onondaga Lake Damage and Restoration

Anne L. Secord, Acting Deputy Field Supervisor with the New York Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide an update on restoration projects underway as a result of the $26 million Natural Resource Damage Assessment settlement at Onondaga Lake.

Bring your ideas, questions, ideas, as we all look forward to a new Onondaga Lake and the lessons it holds for us all.

Wednesday, September 26 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
University United Methodist Church
1085 E. Genesee St., Ste. 1
Syracuse, NY

Friday, September 21, 2018

From High Tor Area

A few weeks back I had a chance to survey on private property close to High Tor NYS Wildlife Management Area at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. My Clarks Gully Blog is focused on the stone and aspects of Mother Earth found at High Tor. 

Please contact the DEC during their current comment period to ask for additional protections be put in place for the stone mounds at High Tor. To learn more, http://www.hightor.org
Email the DEC, R8.UMP @dec.ny.gov

Here are some pictures


 A trio of Manitou Stones that have begun tilting over the millennia. This is the first time that I have ever seen such a conglomeration of Large Manitou Stones. I regularly find groupings of small Manitou Stones.

One of the Manitou Stones was still standing fairly well.