I’m sorry there is no new “chapterette” (as one reader
called them – OK, so I’m not Tolstoy…) to post to the website this week. After the last two installments, after going a
little deeper into Townsend Brown’s work and some of its cosmological underpinnings,
I’m really not sure which direction to turn next. I’ve been working with a couple of
possibilities, but in the vacuum of a clear direction, I have — I am chastened
to admit — allowed my focus to be diffused by a wide range of distractions that
have come over my digital transom over the past week or so.
Consequently, I found myself inexplicably, frustratingly, unable to continue the main
story. It’s not just that I’m
stuck. It’s more that I’m totally
overwhelmed. I need a break and yet I
know that taking a break isn’t going to solve anything either. So instead of a “chapter” I’ve just decided
to step out of the flow altogether and share with you a little bit of what my
week has been like.
The amount of input that is now being directed to my
attention from myriad different angles is just staggering, and yes, at times I
am staggered. The experience brings to
mind something they teach you when you’re learning how to scuba dive. It’s called “breathing from a free-flowing
regulator.” Let me describe the
procedure and I think you’ll understand
the morass I’ve been dealing with….
Imagine you’re swimming around in about 60 feet
of water, pleasantly communing with the fish and other wildlife. Remember that you’re breathing
compressed air, and you can’t just suddenly swim to the surface if something
goes haywire; if you do, the air in your lungs will expand and your lungs will
explode — which would ruin your entire day if doesn’t actually kill you. So you have to surface very slowly
and methodically. From sixty feet you
have to give the ascent at least a minute, and better yet to spend about three additional
minutes suspended ten or fifteen feet below the surface to really purge all the
compressed air out of your entire system before getting back on the boat.
Now imagine that something has gone haywire with your air
regulator – that life-sustaining gizmo you put in your mouth so that you can
breathe pressurized air from the tank on your back. Instead of releasing the air only when you draw on
the mouthpiece, your regulator has just gone into “free flow” mode and the air
in your tank has just started pouring out of the mouthpiece in one continuous
flow. It’s a little like “drinking from
a fire hose” but also very different: with the fire-hose, you can
always turn your head away and stop drinking. You can always go a few minutes without a drink of water. But at 60 feet beneath the surface, you have no choice but to continue
breathing — from a device that is suddenly gushing forth with a flood of free-flowing
I’ve only experienced regulator free flow as part of the diver
certification training, so I have some idea what it’s like. You have to hold the mouthpiece just close
enough to your lips that some of the air gets into your mouth without also
causing your mouth to fill with water. The air is coming out of the mouthpiece very hard, in a staccato burst of bubbles, most of them rising the surface; the bubbling motion itself makes it very hard to keep your
lips close to the air stream. And of course you have to do all this
while slowly and calmly swimming your
way to the surface — and keeping your
fingers crossed that the rapidly draining air supply will last long enough to make a controlled ascent
to the surface.
Get the picture? Well, that’s what it has felt like here for the past week: like I’m down in 60 feet of water and my
regulator has just blown up. But I can’t toss the regulator aside and just swim to the surface. I
can’t stop taking the air from the regulator because within that gush of free-flowing air is the oxygen I need to
survive my ascent.
Here in the Parallel Universe, there are a lot of subjects that have to be taken into consideration when researching the life
of Townsend Brown. At times, the flow of
information can seem like that rush of air from a broken regulator. This past week, that’s what it has seemed
like. But just as I would need some of the air from that free-flowing
regulator, I have to be very careful
that I don’t do anything to completely shut off that flow of information,
because somewhere in that flood of information I will surely find some kernel
of very useful information that will give me a guidepost or a landmark or a
theme that I need to advance the story that I’m writing.
Just to give you some idea of the things I’ve been
contemplating over the course of the past week, here’s a “top ten” list of the
subjects that I have spend some time looking into, with links to some of the
web sites that I’ve referred to as resources:
Himmler’s Crusade – Eventually we’ll get around to looking at the advanced technologies the Germans were allegedly developing during World War II. Were any of those ideas found in ancient Sanskrit texts recovered during an expedition to Tibet in 1938/39?
The Installation – does the terrain around the mysterious "Tugungska Explosion" in Russia suggest that there is some benevolent intelligence here on earth that protects humanity from cosmic cataclysm?
Joseph Campbell – when writing a story of potentially mythic proportions, it never hurts to revisit the master of the subject, the man who defined the archetypes of such mythic works as "Star Wars" and "The Matrix" (the first one, the good one) for a reminder of what we’re dealing with here.
PROMIS/INSLAW – I really don’t know what this has got to do with anything, but it came up, and… there it is.
Radioman – After months of failed attempts, I finally made contact this week with this individual, who may have unknowingly been a part of Brown’s espionage operations during WWII.
Nikolai Kozyrev and Divine Consciousness – Kozyrev, I believe, was Brown’s Russian counterpart, and if you’ve got any interest at all in the cosmology that bubbles beneath surface of this story, you’ll want read a little about this guy.
The Secret Life Plants – I’m not at all sure how/why this one came across my desk, but I took note of the mention because I know that Brown was involved in some kind of "electro-culture" experiments while he was living in Hawaii in the late 1940s. And remember that plants, too, are filled with "quantum foam"…
Heim Theory – I have it on excellent authority that Burkhart Heim was also some kind of colleague of Brown’s, so it’s worth paying some extra attention to his theories, which seem to be in vogue recently.
Michaelson Morely anomalies – one of the basic precepts of modern cosmology is that "there is no ether." Yeah well, maybe… maybe not.
"c" is not ‘constant" – and Einstein took a diary full of doubts to his grave…
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How’s that for a smorgasbord of stuff? It’s a wonder I can keep my head on straight (?)
I hope readers will explore some of these links on their own, and share with the rest of us via the comment window below your thoughts and reactions to these diverse and authority-challenging ideas.
Science always thinks it has all the answers, but you don’t need to spend a whole lot of time rattling around in this material to see that there are just as many unanswered questions as there are answers. And for whatever reason, this Townsend Brown story seems to "touch ’em all."
Just a typical week in the Parallel Universe… hopefully, next week, back to the story.