6. D. I. Gravitational bands
One such principle I heard from a man who is something of a self styled physicist. We normally see gravity as located in the mass of matter, radiating towards the center pulling and holding us on it's surface. All matter according to physical laws attracts other matter to itself if close enough. In this theory gravity resembles bands of rubber bands rolled into a ball. It weaves itself in and out and throughout the universe in waves holding everything in place. In other words as we stand on this planet the gravitational pull from the earth is not all that holds us in place. Bands of gravity that curse through space pressure us down towards the earth. We are held on the grounds from above as much as from below.
Additionally, these bands of pure gravitational energy are perpetual and continual and non-ending. I'm not sure if this is an exact example, but the magnetic pulls from the North and South Poles as with any magnet can continue as long as the poles exist. These gravitational waves balance one another and are literally a self perpetuating machine as long as the earth exists.
The author believes these bands were breathed into the universe. Whether it was done once and left alone because it was a complete self contained system or it was energized continually through some gap to the next dimension I'm not clear on. He would like to tap into this energy and illustrate a perpetual motion machine and indirectly show there is another dimension in charge, possibly a God. I'm not totally convinced of the connection to God. I do find the concept intriguing although obviously hard to prove.
Life and thinking always throw you a twist and nothing is left sure, that is for sure. While Entropy changed and helped my thinking and freed me from process thinking (which I never embraced) and in a sense supported traditional religious themes, the gravitational theory has an appeal of its own. Entropy can be too cut and dry. Other veins of truth can have can have credibility. This gravitational theory is hard to prove. However it seems to strike a cord within. If it is not true, it opens the possibility for another and unique theory with similar implications to exist.
We are left, as if often the case, with not knowing for sure. Indeed, in every facet of thinking or inquiry, we come to a mystery. For me this just builds the case to reach and search to know the maker, our God. In nothing else is there surety. If you are not going to be sure of anything, might as well not be sure of the biggest, most complete concept.
6. D. II. The American Indian
Just a note to remind the reader this is not a synopsis and history of the American Indian. It consists just of some impressions and insights I've had. Years ago I read Black Elk Speaks, Rolling Thunder, and the Book of the Hopi. Black Elk Speaks made an impression upon me with how a man that plundered, killed, tortured, even raped still was filled with so much wisdom and knew there was a central deity. It shook once again my preconceptions that one has to be holy to seek God. It's not necessarily about being good or righteous, although that definitely has a place. If we do care about how we feel, it is not a far stretch to care how others feel. Often, however, whether before we know there is a God or even after, we have to survive in some sort of environment and do what has to be done within. Still, as with Black Elk, this can lead to wisdom and truth. Brutality exists today, just it's more spread out and easier to digest.
Rolling Thunder I don't recall as well. He had much wisdom and his writing flowed more easily. There was less brutality than in Black Elk Speaks. I think the term 'the great primal mover' was used or something like it indicating he knew of an overall god. He might have lived in a different location and had different influences, I'm not sure.
The Book of Hopi stood out as a description of human history and divided the future into five epoch periods. In general they were a peaceful tribe. I think I recall they referenced a flood at some point. They predicted the white man would come to the Americas. They also wrote the final epoch would end this existence as we know it.
The Indians lived close to the land and not in an agricultural sense. They were hunter gatherers in many cases, and had to read the signs of nature accurately. Some did grow some minor crops. They survived as a tribe, an experience we yearn for today where many seem alienated. Environmentally, they did not hurt their surroundings They worked around nature and its forces.
Some tribes were warlike and fought one another. They lived the life of warriors and were not always peaceful. I recall reading an anthropological report that states a skull was found from around 45,000 years ago in the USA of a person of black descent. I'm not sure how this was determined, perhaps from surrounding artifacts, but he was from a peaceful group of people. The earliest skeletons of American Indians I think were dated to about 15,000 years ago and were thought to be of Mongolian descent. Mongolian culture was warlike.
When out West for a time I expected to be impressed with the Indians I would run across. In general I wasn't. Often after insisting upon the sacredness of their reservations they would pursue the money and build casinos. Laughlin Nevada was case in point. Sometimes I would see road crews consisting of ten Indian men with only one digging. Often when fishing for salmon the Indians in one month could make a healthy years salary if they were able to prove they were of Indian descent. When driving and lost in Oregon I stopped to ask directions and was warned not to wander onto the Indian reservation by accident or I could get shot.
I ran across one Indian of about sixty in a park who just had surgery and was in a rehab center and got some insights into the culture. There was much infighting among themselves as to lineage and tribal heritage and 'royal' lineage. The man had been in a lot of fights and bar brawls and his knuckles were twisted as a result. He was a typical 'man' in the sense he boasted of his conquests, but he also had a heart in other ways. When I traveled I recall seeing the Mexican workers picking grapes and tomatoes. They seemed one with the earth and were excellent pickers. One Mexican cleared a full acre of grapes in two hours. My new Indian acquaintance was even more at one with the earth. I forget what I saw him do but he read the soil and plants as if they spoke to him.
The impressions of the contemporary Indian culture I ran into and heard about are no way reflective of their past. Today, I'm sure there are ethical Indians. As with other groups however, it seems as if the worse have the highest profiles. When in Eastern USA what I would hear is how traditions and respect for the land and nature and personal character were prevalent. My first hand experience was contrary. Many were milking the system for what they could get. In this way, they were no better than any other group. Still, this should not color those who are decent nor necessarily invalidate their belief paradigms.