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Arthur C. Clarke is a man whose life is threaded through with the cross-connecting elements of meaningful coincidence. He has for very many years been intrigued by meaningful coincidence. He talks about it in his book The View from Serendip and gives a particularly relevant example in a closing chapter to Hammer of God. Of course, his biographer in the comprehensive study……FILL IN……(** Then in trying to fill this in, I found The Mysterious World of Arthur C. Clark) LINK……doesn’t mention it at all. He obviously thinks it is not scientific – more fiction than all the science fiction of Arthur’s huge output.

Was it destiny that took Arthur to Ceylon in 1956, an island whose original name was Serendip? Horace Walpole’s 1754 novel, The Prince of Serendip, was the first book revolving around the concept of meaningful coincidence. The three princes enjoyed fortuitous, meaningful coincidences.

Thus the term ‘serendipity’ came to be coined, a phrase synonymous with meaningful coincidence, until overtaken by Jung’s term ‘synchronicity’. Unfortunately, that is the term which is used most widely today. It is suggestive of an understanding which was present neither in Jung nor his descriptions. Jung did nothing more than draw attention to a real phenomenon and give a name to it, and not a particularly good one at that. It has even reached the stage now where New Age, Jungian devotees now call a coincidence ‘a synchronicity’. But as Jung had no time for God in his psychologist’s universe, synchronicity is a term I decline to use. Serendipity at least is a neutral term.
Jung defined Synchronicity as ‘an acausal, connecting principle’. My research over the past twenty years, and especially the last five, has shown that definition to be seriously flawed.

Acausal means ‘without cause’. But there is a cause and that cause lies beyond any of our theories of space and time. That cause is God. He chooses to use meaningful coincidence to communicate to us knowledge, which we cannot gain from other sources, concerning truth about this world and truth about the next. He tells us things in time from outside time.

In many ways, Arthur C. Clarke’s work embodies the four main elements of our research – meaningful coincidence, prophecy, destiny and inspiration. Only the two most important elements are missing – life after death and God. With regard to prophecy, Arthur has been called the Prophet of the Space Age, but my interest is more in his unwitting prophecy, as evidence of inspiration from some Higher Mind. More of his books link into our research than those of any other writer. There is the short story, The Sentinel of Eternity (1946), 2001, A Space Odyssey (1968), Rendezvous with Rama (1973), Imperial Earth (1975), The View from Serendip (….) and most recently Hammer of God (1992).

In the 1948 short story, The Sentinel of Eternity, set 50 years in the future in 1998, a mysterious structure is found on the moon, a carefully finished pyramid. It has no sign of meteorite bombardment, yet is dated as perhaps 3 million years old. It has been put there as a sign, to see what ‘other intelligent life forms’ make of it. In the case of man, the answer was “not a lot”. To get into it, they destroyed it. But that says much for the precision and wisdom of man. To me, the Sentinel stands as a clear parable for God, the real Sentinel of Eternity. In fact, Man has yet to properly understand even the pyramids of Ancient Egypt.

God puts meaningful coincidences in our paths, but only if we are worth it. He does this, in part to help us, in part to see what we will make of them. 99.9% of humanity ignores them altogether; a similar proportion behaves in their lives in general as if there is no God.

2001 - A Space Odyssey
was written between 1966 and 1968 as the detailed story for the dramatic and memorable film. The novel developed as the film progressed, but in fact, the novel diverges from the film in several important ways. As a result, the film lost much visual impact and also a deeper sub-context. But perhaps the technical problems of sticking to the novel were too great. As it was, the film ran $3.4M over its $6.9M budget. At the heart of 2001, lies the kernel of The Sentinel of Eternity. But now the artefact is a black monolith, 11 feet x 5 ft x 1¼ ft, which has been left buried for perhaps 3 million years. It was found, because of its intense magnetic field, by a team of American astronauts on the moon. When the ‘unmooned’ monolith (You can hardly unearth on the moon) is illuminated for the first time by the lunar sunrise, an event which occurs only once every 14 earth days, it emits an enormous shriek of radio-magnetic energy, a signal to its maker of its being uncovered. Once again, there is the theme of a warning, the tripping of a celestial alarm system.

The 1968 film was required viewing for the American astronauts before the Apollo 8 circling of the Moon at Christmas 1968 and the first moon landing in July 1969. During the 1972 real Moon landing of Apollo 15, the astronaut Jim Irwin became convinced of the help he got from the real Sentinel of Eternity. He felt it was as though they were being guided. He felt clearly the precision of God on the Moon. They left behind on the moon-rover a quiet symbol linking to the Sentinel of Eternity, a Bible. It indicated a rather higher level of intellectual achievement and morality, at least as far as the New Testament was concerned, than did the garish false god adorning the mudguards, the Stars and Stripes. However, any aliens finding it millions of years hence will wonder at the confused beliefs of the race of men that once inhabited the fragile blue planet.

I must admit to always having found myself rather lost in the third part of the film, 2001. The development of the story in the book is so much clearer. This final sequence in the film revolves around Jupiter, but in the book the end sequence takes place on Iapetus, one of the moons of Saturn, with the magnificence of the rings of that great planet as an incredible backdrop. (Perhaps the technical effects required for that were just too great for 1968. There were no cgi scripts.  Now there are plenty of cgi scripts and but a distinct lack of ideas to make films worth watching.)

But the whole connecting sequence of TMA-2, the Big Brother of TMA-1 on the moon, was lost in the 1968 film, together with the deeper meanings in the Codes of Destiny for mankind.  Sadly it is always the same with films vis a vis the original books.  Dan Brown's novel The da Vinci Code lost a lot when it was transposed into a film.  Angels and Demons lost something like 90%.  And there seems to be  no talk at all was filming The Lost Symbol, have a surprising given the fact that Angels and Demons did nothing like as well as The da Vinci code.   The point remains that usually the real inspiration lies with the writers of the original stories.  ( Note added 1st September, 2012)

By ‘strange coincidence’, in recent days, during mid September 2007, I have been led to look again at the novel 2001 - A Space Odyssey. This was triggered by my seeing in the Foreign News section of the NZ Herald on Friday, 14th September, the first ever close-up images of Iapetus from the probe Cassini. That left the Earth on its long journey on 15th October 1997. There were just two smallish photographs on page B2. ’Mountainous terrain reaching about 10 km into the air along a unique equatorial ridge, and dark material that splatters the walls and floors of craters in the surreal, frozen wastelands’ reads the caption. There is no mention of the really great mystery of Iapetus, its two-tone, black and white surface zones. Below the article was a half page advertisement from the latest NZ Herald supplement commemorating the anniversary of Paschendale. Quite why the NZ Herald is in such a hurry to celebrate the anniversary of Paschendale (October 12th) on September 17th is unclear. I suppose it gets it out of the way, otherwise it might clash with more important matters like the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup. In that self-promotional advert, there are two soldiers in gas masks. Suddenly I was reminded of a Dr. Who programme – London 1941 and gas masks, ‘Mummy!’ and some other higher source of intelligence. Of course, to the Ancient Egyptians, the mummy was their way of providing a home for the soul for eternity.

The front page news was all about the publicity-seeking McCanns, although it seems to have backfired on them. But heart-wrenching, human-interest stories are what sate the media, the pushy parents and the photos of the unfortunate little girl, the test tube baby. Funny she disappeared on 3rd May – 503 – Code 503 and The Diagram of Truth. And then they went for an audience with the Pope in St. Peter’s Square – odd little Fragments, indeed……|

But those photos of Iapetus rang a bell. That was the ‘target’ in the novel, the destination of the signal from TMA-1 on the Moon. And it was on Iapetus that Bowman came through the Star Gate, which was TMA-2. When I read that novel last year, I reached that part ‘through the Stargate’ at 12.01 am on 14th September 2006. The photograph of Iapetus was published in the NZ Herald of 14th September 2007. Code 914 is common to both. Today is 19th September. In The Dorset Disaster, the American unclear power station accident occurs at 9.14 am on 19th September. (The typing error has been left intentionally. After all, it is unclear which one it will be.)

Now our house power meter is showing 68887.78 at 9.16.30, Codes for fear and terror and official deception. Therefore 68887.7 was at 9.14 on ‘Dorset Disaster Day’. This was the point I had reached in writing this article. I had stopped to go and make tea and toast.

[Now editing 28/9/7 – I thought Jenny said a little while ago that it was 5.05 on the cooker clock. I came to take a photo but missed 5.07. It is now 5.08 – the disaster in space. ‘Let there be light!’ – signs from space over Texas. Columbia was the man-made comet.] (Same message over Russia 15th February 2013.  Let There Be Light  Note added 9th May 2013 Enigma Day)

Code 877 is ‘fear and terror’, a Code derived from an astronomical source in Washington D.C. Why 688 is cross-connected I do not know. It is as though the Codes are indeed complex, cryptic crosswords in numbers – like I show in part on the cover of our book The Alpha and Omega Codes. The idea came to me to use a gravestone. That 2004 idea links to Part 4 of the 2007 book, Fragments of an Outer Mind, Vol. 4. The title, Grave Expectations, just came to me.

But why and how 688 links into the Dorset Disaster is unclear. The first part of the Chicksands Lockerbie clue, which came to fulfilment on 11th September 2001, cross-connected with Princess Diana and that fateful Fayed-Windsor auction on 11th September 1997. Odd – today’s date is also 19.9.7. Wallace’s container 2268831 – but that is a later disaster….. And Diana’s death was predicted by the Code 558 in her passport – another cross-link, Death, Egypt and the Muslim World.

It is a though the Source of Intelligence puts various clues in various books and other elements out in the world in general – elements of Truth, truly Fragments of an Outer Mind for us to find and put together at a time which is right. They are all part of the Enigmas of Space and Time.

There is much more in the film 2001, links between NASA’s SETI and the Egyptian pharaoh Seti, 3300 years ago. These are discussed in our book The Diagrams of Truth. Also described are the manifold strange coincidences which were woven around the 5th anniversary of 9/11, proof of my conclusion that 9/11 was the ‘Hammer of God’ for America. And that concept came via another of Arthur C. Clark’s novels, Hammer of God. Exactly how is described in Diagrams of Truth. And Volume 4, Grave Expectations, a year on, carries the precise confirmation of that early hypothesis, with astonishing Code repeats.

But before dismissing it all as nonsense because it is not what you want to hear, certainly not what any of the world’s media dare suggest, think on the following.  In his 1973 novel, Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke sets a hypothetical future asteroid impact on 11th September 2007. Why did he pick 11th September? Well, in 2001, with 28 years having elapsed since the book appeared, Arthur couldn’t remember, as he commented in a letter to me....Continued at Clarke's Hammer of God

Written  Book 3861 19/9/07  Typed Revision 4  25/09/2007 21:07:24    Revision 5   01/10/2007 17:11:17  Revision 6  04/10/2007 10:38:55. Split 9/05/Enigma day13

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