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The bomb of Gilead (tomorrow is yesterday)

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The USS Enterprise chugging through the skies over Nebraska - circa 1967.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Surprise, surprise. Another “nuclear-level” nightmare entered my dreamscape and was interesting in that it had to do with a nuclear “test” of some sort being far more damaging than expected and it was codenamed “GILEAD.”

Very much like the March 1, 1954 "Castle Bravo" test on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, which was far-more destructive than scientists wanted to admit - and it rained a perfect hell on those in its ash path. 

It was in an open area, like a big plain. Perhaps I was thinking of the steppes of Kazakhstan where the Soviets tested nuclear weapons in the so-called “Polygon.” I recently reviewed a film about that area and the horrific legacy of contamination it has left for the people in that region.

Or maybe it had something to do with Nebraska? I certainly hope not, but the Cornhusker State has been coming up in my sync world of late.

Most recently was the day before, when I had watched a 1967 episode of Star Trek called “Tomorrow is Yesterday,” where the crew of the Enterprise accidentally ends up in late-1960’s America and is spotted in the skies over Nebraska and is chased by an Air Force jet. How did the Enterprise get there? It was due to the high gravity of a "black star," which threw the Enterprise through a portal in time. The "black star" is likely a "spiral-like "black hole."

Back to the past - something that would be addressed in the environmental-minded 1986 film Star Trek: The Voyage Home, a film that inspired me to write a science-fiction story in 1987 titled The Equinox.

The Enterprise uses a tractor beam to “grab” the jet, which proves too much for the fragile craft. So, they beam the pilot aboard and the jet – possibly loaded with nuclear weapons – breaks apart and – according to Mr. Spock – falls onto an area in southern Nebraska.

According to the Wikipedia entry for this episode, the Omaha Air Force Station (deactivated in 1968, a little over a year after the episode aired) the contents of the Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual were “accidentally downloaded into the main computer of a United States Air Force facility located in Nebraska during the accidental time trip the Enterprise took in "Tomorrow is Yesterday" — specifically the Omaha Air Force Station, which was closed in 1968.”

But back to Gilead. Why Gilead? Was it because I had recently read a review of the TV version of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, where a fanatical, theocratic, military dictatorship called “The Republic of Gilead” has taken over? Perhaps. Oddly, with the Emmys, The Handmaid's Tale is getting a lot of attention, and a Variety article, out yesterday, begins: "America is not Gilead — not by a long shot. But that doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t be vigilant about protecting human rights at a time of political turmoil." 

This, just hours after my dream.

The true “Gilead,” is a mountainous area, east of the Jordan River in the Kingdom of Jordan. It appears rather frequently in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.

The Mountains of Gilead in the Kingdom of Jordan. (Sonia Halliday)

BALM OR BOMB?

But after thinking about my dream and what it might mean and what the significance of Gilead might be, I mentioned it to my companion who said, “Oh, you mean ‘There is a balm in Gilead,’? The song?”

What? When I first heard the word “balm” I thought I was told “bomb.” I was struck by that, now that I was told it was an African-American spiritual with the line: “There is a balm in Gilead, To make the wounded whole / There’s power enough in heaven / To cure a sin-sick soul.”

The balm of Gilead has been sought for centuries by people in the Middle East. A “universal cure” in the form of a medicinal perfume, believed to have come crom the Terebinth tree.

It is curious that this dream focused on an area of the world that has been riven with strife for long before anyone can remember. And while I haven’t paid it much heed, some biblical prophecy conspiracy theorists claim that the world will end on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 – just days from now. We don't give it much credence, but it is being picked up by media sources around the world.

PORTALS

The portal opens in Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Twin Peaks director David Lynch is interviewed about the third season. He does address the apocalyptic and mind-shattering Part 8 episode, "Gotta light," as noted below:

• On the subject of "Part 8," the nuclear-level episode that stands out as the single most surreal episode of Twin Peaks ever: "It's a strange story. In my first feature film, Eraserhead, Henry has that same atomic bomb photo on his wall. So the atomic bomb's in our lives, hopefully not going off, just sitting nicely in a closet. But, you know, things come along. One thing or another can open up portals." (Emphasis ours).

Lynch, an avid proponent of Transcendental Meditation is quite interested in the idea of "portals." The subject is coming up with increasing frequency. The image above, used in Twin Peaks: The Return, reminds me of the so-called "2009 Norwegian spiral anomaly." 

And then there is the whole David Bowie angle. Note the "black star" reference in the 50-year old Star Trek episode. And recall David Bowie's role in Twin Peaks as Agent Phillip Jeffries, now a steampunk teapot in a room over a "convenience store" in some hellish alternate reality. 

We have been saying that there is more to this Trump presidency than meets the eye. 

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