May 31, 2021

Memorial Day

 

Today is our Memorial Day holiday here in the states.  This is a day to honor our military dead.  Quite a few people have the day off, as all government operations are shut down in addition to a lot of businesses, so there are a lot of people out on the roads and gathering for parties.  Because of that, I decided not to go hiking today, as I knew that the trails would be crowded, too.

So what is an alternative outing for Memorial Day?  A trip to the local cemetery, of course!  I had wanted to visit it since I moved here to Cedar City, but the appropriate opportunity never came up.  We have just one cemetery in town, so the earliest graves would be from the arrival of the first settlers to this area.  It is very historical. 

A lot of people like to honor their deceased relatives on this day, in addition to the military dead.  I saw that this was the case when I got to the cemetery, as there were quite a few people walking around, most carrying flowers, and many of the graves had already been decorated.  It was quite the scene!  There must have been some sort of ceremony that morning, as I ran into “Miss Iron County” leaving just as I got there.

I wandered among the headstones, taking note of some of the familiar family names.  I saw the sections for my dentist, my attorney, and my computer repair guy.  All descended from early settlers of the area.  I think this must be common for the early Mormon families in the whole state.  They tend to stay in the same areas generation after generation. 

The first settlers arrived in Salt Lake City in 1847.  Then they came down to Parowan, our county seat, early in 1851.  Later in 1851, a group settled in Cedar City to work the iron ore that was found here, hence Iron County.  St George, south of here, was settled in 1854.  These early pioneers were wasting no time in populating Utah!

The area of the cemetery that interested me most was the oldest.  A lot of the headstones were so crumbled that all of the words had worn off.  These were made of sandstone.  The earliest legible death that I saw was recorded on a headstone was in 1854.  I am sure that there were some that were earlier, too. 

I was not surprised to see the large number of deaths among children younger than 5 years old, as this was quite common in the pioneer days. The preponderance of childhood deaths was within 2 years of birth.  What I found interesting was the notation on quite a few headstones of the deceased being born in England, Wales or Scotland in the early 1800’s.  Imagine back then converting to the Mormon faith in those countries, sailing across the Atlantic, and being chased out of numerous towns because of religious persecution, before making the final wagon train trip across the U.S. to end up in Utah.  And then south to Parowan and on to Cedar City within 4 years of your arrival in Salt Lake City!  These were tough people for sure. 

Another common practice was to list all of the children of the married couple on the back of their main headstone.  I saw lists from 2 children to more than a dozen. 

Below are photos of a particularly intriguing set of headstones.   

Here we have Joseph Walker, an iron worker, born in England, and settled in Cedar City in 1851 to work the iron deposits that were found here.

 
Here is the back of his headstone listing 2 wives and a total of 20 children. 
Each wife’s low and flat headstone is next to his. 

At first I thought I was looking at the second marriage after the first wife had died, but that was not the case here, as both wives died a year apart, about 16 years after Joseph died.  The other possibilities were divorce, or perhaps a plural marriage.  There is no way to know for sure, as the church allowed both during that time period. Imagine having 12 children with wife #1, Betty, and divorcing her for a much younger wife #2, Emma, and having 8 more!  Also note the same middle name for both wives.  Smith was a very common name back then.  Perhaps they were related. 

It was starting to get hot outside, so I went home.  I definitely plan to wander the cemetery again at some point.  BTW—no ghosts there, as ghosts like to be where there are a lot of people to feed off of.  Hospitals, bars, big parties! 

May 30, 2021

May Launch

 

Earlier today, our on line group met for our monthly launching.  There were 4 of us in attendance.  This was once again not our whole group, but it all worked out perfectly anyway. 

Sometimes, there is a common theme that is revealed after everyone gets to share their experiences, and gets feedback from the other launchers.  Today, the theme was that we are all much bigger than we appear to be in this temporary life in physicality on planet earth.  This is true for everyone on the planet, but the trick is realizing that fact, embodying it, and living life from that framework.  The message that I got for one of the launchers while I was tracking her was “You are not who you think you are!” Interesting!

I highly recommend that each launcher have an intent for their launch, but that is not a necessity.  Today, my intent was a more general one.  I simply asked to be shown something that I needed to see.  Immediately upon starting my journey, I briefly found myself inside a space ship surrounded by tall translucent beings that were constantly morphing and changing shape.  I got out of there fairly rapidly.

As I proceeded upward and onward, I was surrounded by very large fluffy beings that were of a pale golden color.  I was interacting with their energy fields as they swirled around me.  I asked who they were, and the response was the “Keepers of the Path”.  Upon further interaction with them, I got the sense that these beings were of service to anyone who was transitioning out of this universe altogether.  That person would be returning along a path that was used to get down to the 4D/3D world originally.  That was so very long ago, and the road home had been pretty much forgotten, so guides were needed. 

There was much to explore on this pathway home, and I could feel them gently directing me to wherever I wanted to go.  So I asked to be taken to a few places that I had never been to before.  The first was a world with blood red skies, and towering waves.  The liquid on this world was like a dark blue mercury.  Very thick and heavy.  The second location was a place that was made up of a vast honeycomb.  In each partition of the honeycomb was a pearl.  I was told that these were pearls of wisdom that I could access at any time.  I opened a number of partitions all at once, and the pearls cascaded down onto me. 

Back to my original path with the golden beings, and onward and upward.  At a certain point, they left me to go on my way.  After asking “Why?”, I was told that once the traveler was near the end of the journey out of the universe, there was no longer a need to be guided. 

Upon asking how I could contact these beings again, they said that they were within me, as I was the whole universe!  I felt myself being extremely large and expanded at this point.

After the launch, I wrote part of this blog, met a friend for lunch, mowed my lawn, and being totally exhausted and somewhat chilled, promptly laid down for a nap before getting up and finishing this post.  I am just now feeling back to myself.  I think that I was out of my body for most of the last 6 hours or so.  The whole afternoon was a blur. Very strange!   

May 23, 2021

APP 2021

These past 4 days I have spent participating in the APP 2021 webinar/workshop on line.  It was fun, fruitful, but somewhat exhausting.  I am not used to being in front of my computer from 9 AM to 6 PM for this length of time. 

APP stands for Applied Precognition Project, run by Marty Rosenblatt, and uses Associative Remote Viewing to predict future outcomes.  For this project, they work with the stock market and sporting events. 

The basic premise for this type of remote viewing, which can also be called Binary Remote Viewing, is that the viewer is being presented with two possible future event outcomes to choose from.  These outcomes are represented by 2 definitely different photos.  One is randomly assigned the “yes” outcome, and the other is assigned the “no” outcome.  In the case of an investment, the 2 photos are randomly assigned an “up” or “down” outcome.  The task for the viewer is to accurately view and describe the photo that represents the correct answer for the future event, to be revealed at a specified time in the future. So this is where the precognition comes in! 

Precognition is a psychic talent, and a lot of what Marty teaches is related to enhancing one’s psychic ability, and thus one’s accuracy in predicting outcomes using ARV.  One of his common themes is encouraging one's ability to link into what he calls the UCC, or Universe of Collective Consciousness, where all information is located.  You could also call this the Akashic Records, Source, or the Matrix.  This is also where the correct photo of the future outcome is located.  

Here is where we start to get into what I would call spiritual development.  To connect to the UCC, one needs to quiet the mind, expand, and tune in.  This is also what one needs to do to make their inner connection to guidance.  Relax, expand and go within.  So we are talking here about basic spirituality. 

During the webinar, we had a really inspiring lecture from Stephen Wright entitled “Spirituality, What is It?”  Steve Braude gave a fascinating lecture on his research into mediumship. 

We also had lectures by Russell Targ, Dean Radin, Nick Cook, and several by Tom McNear, one of Ingo Swann’s best remote viewing students.  The highlight on Sunday was a group prediction of a specific horse race.  The task was "Will the morning line favorite win the race?"  

In previous years, this biannual workshop was held live in Las Vegas, and I am hoping that this will happen again.  That way, I will be able to meet in person all of the folks that I have been interacting with on the small screen.  In the mean time, I am participating in a 3 month research project involving the success and effectiveness of remote viewing the outcomes of horse races.  Fun!!

May 18, 2021

E-mail Subscription Update

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May 13, 2021

Lion's Mouth Cave

 

Earlier today, I accompanied my friend Matt on a botany field trip.  Matt is a professor of botany at Southern Utah University here in Cedar City.  We had been talking about doing this trip for a number of weeks now, and had our first chance today.   

On the way west out of town to one of his favorite spots for camping and looking at wildflowers, we stopped at an archaeological site called Lion's Mouth Cave.  I had heard of this place many times, but never had a chance to visit.  We turned off of the major road and onto a dirt road to get to the parking lot and trailhead.  After a short hike, we arrived at the cave.  It is located in a tall and lumpy outcropping of rock made of volcanic tuff from an ancient volcanic eruption.  This stone is pinkish and fairly rough and crumbly. You can see the cave in the photo above under the overhanging rock if you look carefully.

The cave faces due west, and I suspect that it catches the sunsets at both equinoxes, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice.  That would make it a ceremonial site. 


Inside the cave, the walls are adorned with a wide variety of pictographs in red, white and yellow.  I am not familiar with this style, but assume that this rock art was made by the Fremont Indians of 1000 years ago.  From what I could decipher and energetically track, this gathering place may have been associated with fertility, crops and harvesting.  There are many images here that are reminiscent of corn plants, and the cave looks out on what could have been fields for planting. 

In general, when I have come across rock art panels in SW Utah, these have been gathering places.  Below are some photos of this really interesting rock art. 








There were also many plants of interest along this trail, and in the area of the other trail we hiked further up the road.  I was mainly making a mental note of what we saw, but the highlight was the Owens Valley penstemon, which was numerous and in full bloom. Here is this lovely plant.



May 12, 2021

Change in E-Mail Subscriptions

 

I am in the process of switching over to Mail Chimp from Feedburner for the automatic e-mails that are generated after I have written a post.  Feedburner is discontinuing this service as of July 1st.  Until I know that the switch has been successful, you will be receiving 2 e-mails, one from each service, unless I manually disconnect from Feedburner by July.  Hope this is not too problematic for all of you! 

May 10, 2021

Cedar Breaks National Monument

I have written about Cedar Breaks many times.  The road to get to the monument closes around mid-October because of the heavy snow that falls in the area.  It is located a bit above 10,000 feet!  However, people can get there with cross country skis and snowmobiles to admire the fabulous views.  

About a week ago, the access road was plowed and visitors were welcomed once again, even though the official park buildings will still remain closed for a few weeks.  My friends Elz and Peter and I drove up there yesterday, since Elz will be leaving Cedar City to go back to Oregon in a few days, and Peter is a new arrival.  Neither of them had been up to Cedar Breaks.  It was chilly and windy, but the views were fabulous.  Here are some photos.










May 7, 2021

The Latest Utah Adventure

 

For the past few weeks, my friend Elz has been staying with our friend Peter here in Cedar City.  We have had some marvelous adventures, and a few days ago, Elz and I did a road trip north of here into west central Utah.  Our destination was the Fremont Indian State Park, which is located in the Clear Creek Canyon along Interstate 70 near Sevier.  The Fremont Indians were contemporaries of the Ancestral Puebloans of the Four Corners area, and perhaps inhabited this area a bit later. 

The park and museum opened in 1987 around the time that interstate 70 was built.  It features camping, hiking and lots of trails.  The highlight is the absolute abundance of rock art that is all over the place, consisting of petroglyphs and pictographs. 

Now, I am used to seeing rock art mainly on sandstone in the southwest, but this rock art was different.  Many millions of years ago, local volcanoes erupted, covering this whole area with tens of feet of volcanic material in the form of tuff.  Tuff is fairly soft as far as rocks go, and it is easy to carve into.  Unfortunately, because of this, it erodes very easily, too.  So some of the petroglyphs were easy to see, and many others were pretty rough because of the erosion. 

Elz and I stopped in at the park museum at the end of our first day to get the lay of the land, before checking into our hotel in Richfield, east on the highway.  With an early start the next day, we methodically drove from site to site and covered as much of the rock art sites as we could.  Most of them were along Clear Creek Road and involved short hikes and scrambles up steep slopes.  The effort was certainly worth it!  Below is some of the rock art that we saw. 







On down the road was the Sheep Shelter Site.  Archaeologists excavated down to the bottom of this alcove and found a hearth dating back to 3700 B.C.  Wow!  The rock art below consists of bighorn sheep and a scorpion.  It was not visible from the front of the shelter.  To photograph it, I had to stick my arm and camera through the bars of the fence and shoot angled upwards and back towards me.  You can see a bit of the top of the fence in the photo.

Across the road and way up the slope was the pictograph called "Indian Blanket".

The next site was called the "Arch of Art".  Below is a video of the very extensive rock formation that is just covered with art!
Here is some of the rock art that we spied on the flat surfaces, nooks and crannies.




We then crossed over Clear Creek and under the interstate to the "Cave of 100 Hands".

We had been driving along the road towards the museum from the east, looking at all of the sites, and decided to stop there for some shopping and a snack.  There are numerous hiking trails leading up slope from the back of the building, and we decided to take a trail up to what was labeled as a meditation spiral.  I have to say that this was one of the highlights of the whole trip!  After hiking quite a ways above the road below, here it was.  Elz and I both did a walking meditation in the spiral, and I definitely felt the spirits of the ancestors of the land while I did so.  I do not know how old this spiral was, but it definitely needed to be fed energetically by people walking it in a sacred manner.  It felt a bit depleted.  We were very happy to energize it once again!

After saying goodby to the delightful ladies at the museum, our final stop was at Newspaper Rock. BTW, there is also a Newspaper Rock at Canyonlands south of Moab, Utah.  The hallmark of these 2 sites is the dense amount of rock art packed into a relatively small space.  To see this here, we had to look across the road and very far up the slope.  I have a 30X zoom on my camera, and I needed every bit of that to see the petroglyph panel. I've cropped and enhanced the photo on the bottom so that you can see the density of the rock art.


On our way back to Cedar City, we stopped at the Crazy Cow in Beaver for some lunch.  Needless to say, I was pretty tired after 2 days of adventure, and skipped my Zoom Zumba class that evening!