WITNESSING TREE SPIRITS  IN ORDINARY REALITY   

Our property on the Bay of Quinte is home to several species of native trees. In one area we call the glen, we’ve been witnessing an ongoing onslaught by invasive insects. Over a period of three to four years we watched helplessly as the ash trees slowly lost their battles to the Ash Borer Beetle. It bores pencil holes into the bark, then tunnels under it, robbing the trees of vital sap. Simultaneous attacks by tent caterpillars forced the trees to leaf out twice in the same season depleting their reserves.

The first tree to come down was a 60 foot specimen that was still mostly alive when we felled it. It came down with a heavy thud that shook the little glen, and sent my son and me running for cover.  We bucked the branches and left the trunk for another day.

Three nights later I awoke around 4:30 AM for a bathroom visit, and became wide awake afterwards. Since it was a mild October night, I put on my bathrobe and slippers in the dark, and decided to walk down to the glen to make a rare, early morning meditation.

As I descended into the glen I hit something. I had forgotten about the felled tree laying in the middle of the very dark glen. Even though my eyes were dark adapted, I did not see the branches lying on the ground until I walked into them. As I peered into the darkness before me, my eyes took in a faint ribbon of light stretching away from me for many feet into the night’s darkness. I had to take a few steps back to catch my breath and regain my balance.

Puzzled, I walked back up to the rim of the glen from where I could see that there were no patches of low-lying fog forming anywhere down in the glen. The night sky above was clear and starlit, and I could not see any sky shine from other ground sources. I gave the long sliver of glowing light a wide berth so as not to disturb it, as I walked around to approach it from another angle to see if I could discover its source and extent.  This time as I got closer, I could make out a soft grey-blue  glow hovering over the full length of the carcass of the tree. As my mind took in the significance of the scene my head dropped intuitively out of respect for what I knew in my heart was a lifeforce leaving the dying tree. I said some words of regret, and my body started to shake with excitement or cold, as I sat in quiet wonder.   

The glow disappeared as the morning light entered the glen. I rushed to the house to investigate the strange light on-line.  My cursory research suggested that the grey-blue glow fit the pattern for bioluminescence from decaying organic matter. The common name is Foxfire or Will ‘o the Wisp, and it was documented long ago. The usual sources are decaying matter and fungi, and the glow is so faint that it can only be observed if your eyes have been dark adapted. Apparently, the light is produced by a pair of special enzymes present in decaying matter which react with each other to release biophotons of soft light. After discussing the tree’s eerie glow with an experienced woodsmen and chemist, I chose the simple explanation that the light I had observed that morning came from rotting sawdust created under the ash bark by destructive beetle activity.

A few days later I started to dissect the trunk for firewood, and I noticed how thick the bark was, and how little actual sawdust had been produced by the beetle invaders. The amount of sawdust under the bark was trivial, and it just didn’t seem possible that so little organic matter could produce all the light that I had observed. In addition, the bark was so thick that it would surely absorb all the light photons completely. More compelling, was the sudden realization that the rest of the ash trees that were still standing were equally infected, but they did not give off any visible light emissions on that night. As the realization sank in; that the eerie glow over the dying ash tree was most likely its life force or spirit leaving the dying carcass, it sent a chill up my spine.

I consulted some of the top forestry research and management experts in Canada, who ruled out an explosion of the Armillaria fungus, that glows in the dark forest, and can spread over large areas of forest floor and acts as a communication system for trees. It became clear that the unusual glow could not be explained satisfactorily by natural processes. I reviewed my personal impressions as I witnessed the event, keeping in mind that my human presence in the glen could have perturbed the natural electromagnetic field energies present on that morning. The physical evidence I observed that morning informed me (mentally and spiritually) that spirits live  in trees. Why is there no documentation of this anywhere? Can only autistic eyes discern spirits and things that glow in the night? Now I see trees differently. Wherever there are trees, there is abundant life. They’re like living fasteners that connect the sky with the earth. Because they live in both worlds, they act as a conduit of communication between them.  

FMRI studies reveal that consciousness is still measurably present after the brain/body has died, telling us that consciousness is not the result of biological processes. Science supports the theory that trees have intelligence, because trees have been observed to mount organized defences against a deadly threat like invading insects. Planning and strategizing require creative thought.

When the rest of the ash group is felled this spring, they will hopefully provide more opportunities to study this undocumented phenomenon, perhaps with a night vision camera.

Shamanic and other spiritual cultures around the world honour and use sacred trees as: portals or gateways to hidden worlds, sources of wisdom, and even wish fulfillment. To name just a few, the Mohawks of North America honour the cedar as the sacred tree of life. The Caribe natives honour the ceiba tree, and West African’s have spiritual relationships with the iroko tree.

The visible light emissions coming from the ash tree trunk 3 days after it was cut down, proved to me with high confidence that trees have a spiritual nature that gives them life, and it can be observed and possibly documented under the right conditions.

 

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Comment by Steve Staniek on October 11, 2020 at 10:51am

ARE TULPAS CONTROLLED HALLUCINATIONS?

While studying tulpas, and how we can create them mentally during meditation, or daydreaming, as internal companions, it became apparent that the process of creating and giving personality and life to these thoughtforms, will vary with each individual, according to his needs, and the limits of his imagination. Some of us will create cautiously and impose hard limits on our creations, while some will be rather sloppy about the process, and produce a wild and oppositional entity that becomes our nemesis.

When we create meditatively, we create consciously, formally, and within protective limits. However, when our subconscious is allowed to create, it uses a radically different perception and understanding of the world within and without, and it will create very different entities that behave unpredictably, and often push us into: confusion, fear, and rejection of self. The wild subconscious exists in another world that is not controlled by our conscious intellect or reason, and it's agenda is probably very different from our conscious agenda. 

The source of our mental disorders continues to be a great mystery, but there's evidence that our imaginations maybe at fault. They may have lost their calibration values, and they probably require recalibration, in order to keep us on path, and to prevent creating problems that can harm us for a lifetime by taking us off the true path.

Comment by Steve Staniek on October 10, 2020 at 9:44am

A HIGH TRIBUTE TO SEER AND PATHFINDER JIM MORRISON...

You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day
Tried to run
Tried to hide
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side, yeah
We chased our pleasures here
Dug our treasures there
But can you still recall
The time we cried
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Yeah
C'mon, yeah
Everybody loves my baby
Everybody loves my baby
She get high
She get high
She get high
She get high, yeah
I found an island in your arms
Country in your eyes
Arms that chain us
Eyes that lie
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through,
Thanks Jim, for opening those long hidden doors.
Comment by Steve Staniek on October 10, 2020 at 5:45am

DISCOVERING MY OCTOPUS SELF

Craig Foster's film: "My Octopus Teacher", released on Netflix, is one of the most spiritual films I have enjoyed in years.

The film documents Craig's transformation into a gentler creature, as he begins his beautifully filmed spiritual dance of discovery and merging with another species. While their physical connection appears to be through their intellect and shared curiosity, I see another level of spiritual intercourse taking place. 

The octopus is radically different from humans in many ways. It's simple, ever changing form is deceptive, and conceals a highly complex intellect that has a brain in each of its tentacles. But what makes it like us is it's abiding curiosity. This deeply reclusive creature wants to know stuff, and it is ready to come out and take risks to learn!

When I saw the octopus covered with shells to protect itself, I immediately related to this process of "hide and disguise" as a way of surviving in a hostile world. The only problem is that we forget who is under all  those shells after a while, and we begin to think we are the shells, forgetting our soft inner self hiding under the many disguises we create and take on.

                                                        [Thanks to Nature Mag]

Time to come out and shake hands with the world?

Comment by Steve Staniek on October 9, 2020 at 11:00am

EXPOSING DOMESTIC TERRORISM BY AMERICAN SUPREMACISTS 

An ethical student of modern colonialism will inevitably trace it back to ancient Rome, where Constantine perfected Christian colonialism. Every indigenous nation fell before Constantine's Cross of Conquest". Today, we define colonial terrorism as: "the use of violence to gain political control over indigenous people and their land wealth". Of course, overthrowing foreign governments, aka Washington, is TERRORISM wrote large.

During the 1800s, "Indian Killer" Andrew Jackson misused the French word "terrorist" against a self protecting Seminole nation, as he hunted and slaughtered their families in their Florida homelands. He was the first but not the last to bastardized the French word to suit American politics of the day.

During the  Regan-Bush era, when American colonial terrorism was being spread aggressively to the Middle East,[Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan],  and Central America, [Panama and Haiti], it was bastardized again to include any acts that oppose American foreign policy. The word terrorism has been misused to the point where it is now as meaningless and diluted with false meanings,as much as that other deeply confused word "Indian". Indians lived in India, not America.  

Domestic terrorism has been hiding in political darkness.

Today's news reports about a planned overthrow of the Michigan government [Whitmer], sounds like real terrorism. But the biggest shock came when Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI, revealed to CNN, that there have been dozens of similar plots to overthrow governments, mostly from the right wing militia supremacists whose egos seem to be at risk.

Comment by Steve Staniek on October 8, 2020 at 12:38pm

IS THE VAGUS NERVE THE PATH TO PHYSICAL ASCENSION?

A WORKING THEORY OF PHYSICAL ASCENSION..

Many years ago I had a medical emergency resulting from a serious inner ear infection that produced symptoms resembling stroke. I awoke with double vision, great difficulty breathing, could not stand or walk. The emergency physician misdiagnosed me with the flu because of my fever, and sent me home. It took weeks to recover, and 20 years later my balance is still a challenge. When all of my symptoms were reexamined carefully at an ENT clinic months later, it looked like I had a case of botulism poisoning because some of my facial muscles were not as active as before, and my eyelids drooped as a result. It looked like I had eaten something containing botulism toxin. I had not.

This event diminished my life. I sold my motorcycle and boat because I could not balance myself, or operate my vehicles safely. I had to retrain myself to walk not like a drunken sailor.

When I began to investigate my debilitating event, I learned that the brain and gut are connected by a long tube-like nerve called the Vagus Nerve [wandering nerve]. It connects the brain stem to several organs, and ends at our original brain called the gut.

Botulism toxins occur in the gut, but do not normally travel to any other location. Since the Vagus nerve is sheathed, along with other blood vessels, it may be possible for microbes and other foreign materials to travel up and down this pathway.

And so we have a vertical path, which allows stuff from the lower brain [gut] to ascend to the higher brain [head]. Conceptually, it functions as a highway between the putrid physical waste in my lower gut, and my highest purest thoughts of spirituality and a sacred cosmos.

There are many paths....and many ways to the top of the mountain.

                              Many thanks alamy...

Comment by Steve Staniek on October 7, 2020 at 1:01pm

IS IT A MISTAKE TO SEEK OUR HIGHER SELF WHILE TURNING OUR BACKS ON OUR LOWEST SELF?

As we move forward in our spiritual evolution, do we turn our backs, or leave behind our starting self, our lowest self, as well as the shadow self that we created along our journey, or do we pack up everything, holus bolus, all the good and all the bad, into our shiny merkabahs and step on the gas?

Does ascension have a vector? Is it up, down, north, south, linear or circular, spiral, or toroidal, the dot or the circle, everywhere and nowhere?

In this multiverse of nested realities, direction seems completely irrelevant and as pointless as spacetime when we are fully present in the now of knowing.

Each time one of us awakens to our inner knowing, our vibrations change and so does the planet's merkabah. The planet's vibration moves one step closer to: freedom, spiritual transformation, and individual sovereignty. Each moment of personal awakening transcends spacetime across the multiverse, and produces a release of spiritual energy that contributes to Earth's merkabah. 

.                                            Thanks to Maureen St.Germain

Comment by Steve Staniek on October 3, 2020 at 5:16am

DEAR DONALD, SORRY FOR YOUR LUCK.

SMART PEOPLE KNOW ENOUGH TO WEAR MASKS IN AN AIRBORNE PANDEMIC....THE PEOPLE OF WUHAN DID IT WITHOUT GOVERNMENT MANDATES AND CRUSHED COVID.

If you were really smart, instead of investing in hotels and international graft, you would have put your money where your mouth is, and invested in a $5 face mask. It would have saved you a nasty infection that could cost you your life. The virus that you declared as: "no big deal", could turn out to be the biggest deal of your life, because your monstrous ego got in the way of your health and well being.

If every American turned in their handguns for face masks, the US pandemic would be over in 6 weeks, [3 incubation periods].

Comment by Steve Staniek on October 1, 2020 at 8:22am

CONSTRUCTING A LIBERATION VORTEX WITH SPIRITUAL ENERGY

The following describes one of my spiritual practices, which I created over the last 10 years.

When we moved to this place in the country about 10 years ago, I discovered that I was an environmental empath when I began to sense and engage naturally occurring energies on the landscape.  I had retired from a life of working with nuclear energies, to study subtle energies, and I created a nature lab on my property to learn their secrets.

Our home sits on a limestone escarpment about 125 feet above the waters of the Bay of Quinte, where I began to observe unusual currents on the surface of the water. I identified them as possible Telluric Currents, or low intensity electric currents that are known to travel across the surface of salt water bodies and land. Apparently, they are most intense just before sunrise, when the solar wind moves on the land, and creates new energy patterns. The Bay of Quinte is not salt water, and I wanted to investigate the possibility of their existence in fresh water and land, and how they might affect my meditations.

I began to study shamanism, and grow relationships with the spirits of the land, water, air, and everything in between.  I conducted dowsing surveys in a small area we call the glen, and found several lines of EMF emerging from the landscape, and converging at a point near three Eastern Red Cedars. I call them the Three Sisters, and I chose a spot in the middle of a triangle formed by the trees. It was like a sweet spot where the natural energies were conducive to meditation, so I began to meditate here at different times of the day. After a few sessions I took some photos of the glen and discovered floating spheres of colour around the Three Sisters, but not the rest of the glen.

My simple meditations grew into a small ritual, where I began to invite all the nature spirits to participate. I would release my body spirit to do whatever it needed to do during this ritual, and soon it began to move in ascending spirals as my hips and pelvis opened into a soft dance.  I gathered energy with some Qigong moves, and began to move and rotate energy using my positive emotions both inside and outside my body, until I sensed an impulse to create. As I moved energy it became increasingly clear to my conscious mind that I was constructing an upspiraling vortex of energy.  It’s purpose became clear a while later, as a possible exit route through the atmospheric containment grid designed to control our departing spirits.  I called in more helping loving spirits for support, and allowed my emotions to grow as the trees helped to collimate the vortex into a vertical portal of escape. In my mind, I designed this vortex as a one way exit, and posted guard spirits whenever I operate the vortex, to ensure that nothing from the other side can come through.

Finally, I call those human and other spirits who have been trapped here and waiting to move on, to join me and contribute their spiritual energy to the vortex to power it up, and keep it open during the daylight hours only. I provide this avenue of spiritual escape periodically, to release souls from earthly bondage, and endless unjustified reincarnation.

I recently lost a good friend, and when his power animal appeared to me several days after his death, for the second time, I realized it came to me out of need. Once I performed the ritual, there were no more visits. 

Comment by Steve Staniek on September 30, 2020 at 5:55am

THE SOCIAL DELUSION OF TRUMP’S CELEBRITY STATUS COLLAPSED TODAY, AS AMERICA IS MOVED INTO THE NEW WORLD ORDER OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING. 

Today we learned that Impeached President Donald Trump, who was elected to the Oval Office, one of the highest offices in the USA [below the Majestic Office], and has been masquerading as a stable celebrity genius, is a complete and utter fraud.

Trump is a very bad actor, and I posit that no one could be as “consistently bad” as Trump, unless he’s playing the role of the Spoiler of Everything.  In this role, his villainous behavior has already triggered strong public demands for change and counter measures that will likely bring in a higher level of social engineering.

For the past six months, the US government and other western governments seeking more control over their populations, have been testing the tolerance of their populations to the NEW WORLD ORDER OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING.  

A few days ago, the CDC finally admitted publicly that COVID is an airborne aerosol, six months into the deadly pandemic. Why did the CDC lie and deceive the public , and facilitate the spread of this deadly virus?  The NIH was the only agency that told the truth about COVID being airborne but no one listened.

In the USA, the COVID pandemic was intentionally mismanaged by the CDC, which publicly denied and concealed the scientific fact that COVID microbes travel like every other respiratory virus. The COVID virus is released as an aerosol from the mouths of infected patients inside buildings, where dry air can shrink the droplets containing the microbe into smaller microdroplets that can remain airborne as a fine mist for hours, and available to infect many others. Anyone moving through that building without respiratory protection will become exposed, and likely infected. Studies show that 99.7% of infections take place inside buildings.

Why would a government agency like the CDC mislead an entire nation into deadly infection? The good people working for the CDC don’t see it that way, and because of compartmentalization, they never see the whole agenda, just the part they have to play.

China crushed COVID with face masks in weeks, while the USA is being crushed without face masks.

By “withholding face mask protection for everyone in the USA”, the CDC paved the way for mostly ineffective social engineering measures like: lockdowns, distancing, and hand washing. Our hands do not become infected by respiratory viruses, yet we have been terribly distracted with this unfounded nonsense about hand washing as a useless placebo. We saw how face masks crushed the COVID pandemic in Wuhan Province in weeks. There, a self-protecting public that had become culturally conditioned to don face masks at the first sign of airborne hazards did that immediately before the government brought in lockdowns and mandated face masks for everyone…resulted in a total case load of 85,000 infections and 5,000 fatalities versus 7,400,000 infections and 220,000 fatalities.

Yes, many western governments denied their populations the most important piece of protection, the face mask, in order to bring in social engineering that controls the population. Like all aggressive government programs, the social engineering measures implemented today, are just the beginning of a long list of social controls ahead like: more national lockdowns, greater loss of public mobility, diminishing rights and freedoms for those Americans who are not part of the power structure? 

Back to Impeached Donald who has been posing as a celebrity billionaire. This guy promised the same economic prosperity for anyone who would listen to his self indulgent theories [mostly fantasies] about how to manipulate the economy to “make it great again”. What Trump hides is the fact that America’s former economic success depended on natural resources taken from sovereign nations with violence and threats of violence, a form of modern terrorism via American military and mercenary forces. American colonialism was and continues to be, as ruthlessly malevolent [criminal ] as any of the British, Spanish, and French Christian Empires.

Today, we learned that Donald Trump is not a billionaire. His immature childishness, [he squirms like a 6 year old when he has to say anything that may be kind or generous towards others], and a dangerous lack of focus on serious national issues like a highly contagious pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans. His behaviour reveals that he’s not a “stable genius” but a narcissistic imp, with a deadly agenda that has hurt many people. Example: Trump’s bottomless ego started a hot war against Iran that killed many innocent passengers aboard a Ukranian airliner, including many Canadians.  Trump’s unpopularity among ethical Americans equals his popularity with the hate crowd that elected him.

So we finally learned the shocking truth that exposes the core of Trump as fraud. Trumps “core value” is money, and today we discovered that he has none. According to Trump’s “theory of everything” which is money, he is a worthless case.  He is the antithesis of rich, because he’s 430 million dollars in debt. He is filthy poor, and no one in America is probably as poor as Poor Donald, so he is in fact the poorest and not the richest man in America.

So when we strip away all of the social delusions that Trump has used to disguise his real self and climb to power in government, we see that he is in fact NOT a rich genius with great ideas, but a POOR idiot without a good thought in his head. His worthless ideas have taken America to new heights of social hatred, while pushing the nation down the slippery slope of social entropy into darkness and despair.

What comes next? A global lockdown?

Comment by Steve Staniek on September 27, 2020 at 10:53am

DID YAHWEH, THE ANCIENT GOD OF WEAPONS, GIVE GUNPOWDER TO CHRISTIAN COLONIALS?

It took a while to connect Yahweh with explosives, that eventually led humanity down into the absolute destruction of nuclear annihilation. After learning that gunpowder was actually discovered [invented] in Arabia and not China, this bit of important information sets the stage for Christian colonialism, a process that was unleashed against the more primitive indigenous worlds, in order to destroy the sacred and supporting relationship they maintained with nature spirits, and gain control over indigenous wealth.

When we use ethical eyes to examine the enormous success of Christian colonialism in dominating the world: physically, and spiritually, we recognize the high crimes against humanity and the environment it has produced, mostly through the use of violence facilitated by explosive gunpowder. We judge the goodness of a tree by its fruits.

Gun violence changed killing and war craft dramatically because it provided “a safe distance” from which one could kill his enemy with a much lower risk of retaliation. Is it any wonder that today, the legacy of handgun violence continues to dominate those nations constructed with colonial gun violence? In the USA for example, gun violence takes more than 30,000 lives a year according to former President Obama.

Yahweh was an ancient Sumerian entity, who may have his roots in the Elohim, the group of Annunaki entities who colonized Earth in the ancient past, to mine Earth’s gold. They left us written records of their settlements, their creations and achievements, and their cosmology. To relieve themselves of their physical toil in the mines, they manipulation the human genome [documented], to produce a race of human slaves that they could control and manage spiritually by thought control through our pineal gland transducer.  

The mythical patriarch Abraham was portrayed by bible script writers as a Sumerian who lived in the city of Ur, before being driven out by violence. Apparently, his original Sumerian name was Abram, before he changed it to a Semitic version. His father Tirhu [another Sumerian name] served as high priest to the Sumerian moon god Nannar.  Abraham fled Ur during ethnic conflicts, and moved to the Levant where he reinvented himself as the father of a new nation. To fit into the local culture, he adopted the local diety known as EL [from the Elohim], as well as circumcision, a local practice that allowed him to live unnoticed as a Semite among Semitic men. So it seems that it was not Yahweh’s desire for human flesh sacrifice that initiated the practice of penile mutilation, or sexual abuse of infants.

Sumerian texts inform us that the original Yahweh belonged to the group of elite Annunaki royals, who administered the gold mining operations on Earth, and who demanded to be worshipped as gods. They built many cities in what is now Iraq, and Abraham descended from a line of Sumerians. He adopted Yahweh as his favourite god, because Yahweh had a reputation as the storm god, and “god of the forge” where metals were made into weapons.

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From Haaretz:                                                                          

“Scholar Nissim Amzallag, of Ben-Gurion University, disagrees with the claim that Yahweh’s origins are obscure and argues that the deity was originally a god of the forge and patron of metallurgists during the Bronze Age (c. 3500–1200 BCE).  Amzallag specifically cites the ancient copper mines of the Timna Valley (in southern Israel), biblical and extra-biblical passages, and similarities of Yahweh to gods of metallurgy in other cultures for support.

The idea here is that he was venerated in a region known for its copper mines, a valuable resource in the Bronze Age, and thus he could well have been the god of the forge. Some passages of the Bible lend a certain credence to this theory.

Poetic metaphors throughout the Bible describe Yahweh as a fiery deity who makes the mountains smoke (Psalms 144:5) and melts them down (Isaiah 63:19b), just like smelters melt down ore to obtain copper and other metals, the researcher notes. In fact, in Psalm 18:18 Yahweh is depicted as anthropomorphized furnace: “smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.

To ancient people, the process of melting down rocks to extract metal would have “appeared completely preternatural and required a divine explanation,” Amzallag told Haaretz.

Yahweh’s metallurgical attributes were also on display in the pillar of fire and smoke by which he guides the Hebrews in the desert (Exodus 13:21) and the cloud that accompanies his visits to the Tent of Meeting (Exodus 33:9–10), a simpler version of the Tabernacle in which Moses speaks face to face with God.”

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We know how high officials in power have created gods and religions, because we have records dating back to Roman times, that document the creation of Christianity. They reveal how Roman Emperor Constantine elevated the humble Essene shaman Yeshua [Jesus] to a Roman god, before editing all of the false Roman gospels into the New Testament of the Christian bible to support their storyline. When combined with the fictional writings of Ezra and the rest of the power hungry Yahweh priesthood who created the backstory of: Abraham, Moses, Egypt, Jericho, etc…we come to understand that the bible is a complete work of political fiction, and no deities were ever directly involved.

Power hungry Yahweh priests like Ezra returning from Babylonian captivity, saw a split Hebrew nation upon their return. In order to reunite the two kingdoms under one religion and one deity, they created a fictional narrative that incorporated a powerful but fake champion god that ruled with absolute power. Like modern Hollywood writers, they scripted the rescue of Hebrews from Egypt by this fantastic hero god, who led them to commit the first holocaust in Jericho. Hebrew authors created a powerful destructive force in Yahweh, that would dominate the Hebrew nation and the landscape for thousands of years.

A few centuries after Rome brutally colonized and Christianized most of Europe, those nations that were once victims of this aggressive process began to recognize opportunities for economic prosperity in colonialism. Like their former oppressors, they took up colonialism to grow empires for their own power and profit.

The one war technology that facilitated western colonialism that dominated the globe for many centuries, more than any other weapon, was gunpowder, an explosive material that could kill at great distances, and destroy protective walls and buildings. The original handgun was a small hand canon from the 13th century, found in China, as described by Wikipedia. The bible narratives describe great weapons used by Yahweh in the complete destruction Jericho when he supposedly became so angry with the Hebrews failure to destroy everything. Did Yahweh use gunpowder to destroy Jericho completely?

Wikipedia provides some helpful information:   

“Archaeological samples of the gun, specifically the hand cannon (huochong), have been dated starting from the 13th century. The oldest extant gun whose dating is unequivocal is the Xanadu Gun because it contains an inscription describing its date of manufacture corresponding to 1298. It is so called because it was discovered in the ruins of Xanadu, the Mongol summer palace in Inner Mongolia. The Xanadu Gun is 34.7 cm in length and weighs 6.2 kg. The design of the gun includes axial holes in its rear which some speculate could have been used in a mounting mechanism. Like most early guns it is small, weighing just over six kilograms and thirty-five centimeters in length.[40] Although the Xanadu Gun is the most precisely dated gun from the 13th century, other extant samples with approximate dating likely predate it.”

 


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