May 30, 2020

Stephan Schwartz 2060 Remote Viewing Project

This past week, I became aware of a research project being conducted by scientist, futurist, historian and writer Stephan Schwartz.  He has asked for volunteers to remote view the year 2060.  Since remote viewing is a passion of mine, I contacted him to sign up.  The task involved completing a series of questions using remote viewing or any other psychic skill that the participant may have. 

Right off the bat, I encountered a problem.  Technically, when remote viewing a target, that target is blind to the viewer.  In other words, the viewer must not know anything about what is being viewed.  There may also be cases where the viewer is given some information about the target, and that is called front loading.  The targets I viewed for Lori Williams were always front loaded to some extent, but those for Paul Smith are never front loaded.  He sticks strictly to the Ingo Swann/Army remote viewing protocol. 

The survey I was presented with for the 2060 Remote Viewing project was heavily front loaded, and consisted of a series of questions.  There was no way that I could do a proper remote viewing with that.  I am actually surprised that it is called a remote viewing project!  Fortunately, other modalities were allowed, so I chose a combination of clairvoyance, shamanic journeying and pendulum as my modality.    

Questions asked in the project involved the future of health care, technology, housing, finances, climate, communication, and the overall satisfaction and happiness of the people in 2060. I could choose any location and either physically place myself there or project my consciousness to that spot.  I chose the latter, since I would be over 100 years old and probably no longer in a body at that time.  My location was the American Southwest, where I live now. 

So here are some of my impressions.  The weather appeared to be dry, windy and dusty.  People were living in one story roundish buildings, much like the shape of an igloo.  The houses had thick walls, and were well insulated.  Power sources were solar, geothermal, and also some sort of energy source that was beamed in from above.  Big cities were pretty much abandoned.  The reason for this was that elevators were no longer working, and there were difficulties bringing food and utilities to the upper floors of tall buildings.  People were living in small towns instead.

The population was much smaller.  The cause for this was decreased fertility, the general desire to have fewer children, disease and pandemics, and inadequate health care.  People over a certain age were not given the health care they needed, and were treated as if they were expendable.  Going into a health care facility, I saw very few providers there.  Everything was mechanized and the main treatment modality was medication via injections. 

There were questions about communication, and it looked like there were implants put into people’s brains, so that they communicated telepathically via technology.  Too much technology in the future, especially regarding people’s health and communications.  We have a one world government at that time, and there was very little civil unrest because everything was so uniform and mechanized. 

The most disturbing aspect that I detected of life in 2060 was the general dullness of consciousness in the people.  It felt as if their souls had been taken away, and they were very robotic.  I do not know the reason for this, and I am sure it was a gradual process.  We can see that starting to happen now, with the reliance on technology and the diminishing of critical thinking skills. 

Because of this numbing of humanity, crime and civil unrest were minimal, but so was joy and contentment.  What a boring life!  Let’s hope I am wrong about most of this.  I do not know how and when the results of this project will be released.  It may be via a book, live presentation by Schwartz, or a scientific paper.  If I am privy to the end result because I took part, I will certainly reflect back on my findings and let you know if anyone else got the same information that I got. 

May 23, 2020

Hiking in the Desert

This past Wednesday, we had a cold front come through with high winds, rain and hail.  I had a fake boulder in front of my house that wasn’t anchored down, and it blew half way down the street!  The next day, I got some tent stakes and made sure that it was firmly anchored.

I hadn’t been down to the St George area to hike for several months, and because I knew that it would be cooler down there because of the cold front, that is where I went after the weather calmed down.  Normally for this time of year, temps would be hitting the 100° mark already, but on Thursday, the highs would only be in the mid 60’s.  Perfect!   

My usual goal for a hike is to find out which wildflowers are blooming and to photograph them.  The spring flowers here were long gone, and even the cactus had finished blooming for the season.  I did encounter a shrub called the paper bag bush.  I had never seen anything like this before!  The flowers, which were mainly past bloom time, were purple and white.
The main attraction was the seed pods, which looked like tiny white and pale pink balloons.  Very unusual. 

There were some cute tiny flowers in clusters in one spot, and the sacred datura was in full bloom.

The highlight of my hike was an encounter with a desert tortoise.  Wow!  What a surprise.  This is an endangered species, and there is a multi acre tortoise reserve near where I was hiking, but I never expected to actually see one out and about.  The shell on this one was about 9 inches from front to back, which would make it approximately 16 years old.  They can live to be from 50 to 80 years old.  These tortoises make burrows in the sand, and they survive the summer’s heat by staying in their burrows during the day.  This one was out at about 11 AM. 

Because of my shamanic training, I know that a living thing that is unusual for me to encounter, or presents itself in an unusual way, is carrying a message.  That is why it is important to pay attention to the natural world around us, as it is a reflection for our inner state and can bring guidance and information.  In this case, the first thing that came to mind was “slow and steady wins the race.”   Good advice for me, as I tend to be inpatient at times, and I like to go fast!  When I got home, I consulted my Animal Speak book.  The write up on tortoise also indicated the need to slow down, heighten my sensibilities, and let the natural flow of life direct me.  Tortoise is also the symbol for Mother Earth, and the reminder that she provides everything that we need for our life here. It was just delightful to encounter this little being that had already lived to a good age in this harsh environment. 

Before heading back north to Cedar City, I stopped in at the Red Hills Desert Garden.  I had just found out about it from one of the people in my meditation group.  The majority of the cactus had finished blooming, but there were plenty of other flowers in bloom in addition to a water feature that ran the length of the garden.  The whole thing reminded me of a mini version of the Phoenix Botanical Garden.   I took a lot of photos of the water feature, which looked like something Monet would love to paint.  Enjoy.


May 9, 2020

Road Trip Part 2

The morning after spending the night in a really nice hotel in Kanab, I set out early to hike at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park on the way home.  This park had been closed to out of county residents for a few weeks, and had just reopened for anyone.  It was going to be a hot day, and of course, there is no shade on the dunes, and it turned out to be fairly windy as well. 

What is it about sand dunes that fascinate me?  Sand is composed of silicon dioxide, which is quartz.  Quartz is naturally very energized.  In this location, the sand is coral pink because of the iron in the surrounding sandstone. 

This was my third trip to the dunes over the years.  I normally hike up the tallest dune at the beginning, but because of the razor sharp edge and the wind, I only made it part of the way up.  I was being sand blasted and thought I was going to fall right over!  Above and below are photos of the big dune, where you can see the sand blowing over the top of it. 

Here is a ponderosa pine that started growing in 1812, according to the sign in front of it.
Beautiful flowers blooming on the dunes.
My final shot before heading home after a nice trip out of town.

May 8, 2020

Road Trip Part 1

Utah has recently moved to corona virus orange status, and I expect that the local national parks will be reopening soon.  The Lake Powell boating marinas are already starting to reopen.  Because of the extremely low number of cases and deaths for the 5 southwest counties here, officials have asked for our area to be given yellow status, allowing more businesses to open, but so far, the governor’s office has refused.  Another example of big city politics ruling the state without regard for their lower populated and rural areas. 

Anyway, this past Monday I drove over to Kanab, Utah for a little overnight road trip.  The route east and south over the mountains to Kanab took me past the area where I had been snowshoeing in the winter.  There was still plenty of snow on the ground.  Kanab is in a semi-desert environment, so it is more like the areas south of Cedar City where I did my winter and spring hiking.  All in all, it was a very pleasant and varied 1.5 hour drive over there, and nice to get out of town. 

I booked my hotel ahead of time, and found out that that night, I would have one of only 5 rooms that would be occupied.  That was a bit weird!  A few restaurants were doing carry out only, but the grocery stores were all open, in addition to a really nice clothing store in town that was running a sale of 30% off of everything in the store.  Of course, I took advantage of that.  Normally, Kanab would be very busy this time of year, since it is centrally located for several national parks, Lake Powell, and all kinds of hiking opportunities. 

I chose a trail ahead of time, Tom's Canyon Trail, and drove right there.  I encountered several people coming back to the trail head, and they obviously got an earlier start than I did to beat the heat of the day.  As I started hiking, I was greeted by the heady and aromatic scent of cliff rose in bloom. 
Here are several photos of the trail.

 The wild flowers were fabulous.

I hiked all the way to the end of the trail where I ended up on a creek bed in an area that was full of grazing cows.  It took a bit of shooshing to get them out of the way, but clearly they were used to people coming by. 

It was a hot and sweaty hike, but so nice to get away from home for a few days.  I'll describe the next day's hike in the next post.