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Undiscovered Country

For those who, despite all efforts of mainstream science to discourage them, continue to believe in life beyond the grave, as well as anomalous ancient civilizations—both on Earth and beyond—these three DVDs are for you. Such hardy souls, of course, are not uncommon among the readers of this magazine.



Eben Alexander, M.D. & Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

This is being termed “a scientist’s case for the afterlife,” and rightly so, as Dr. Eben Alexander has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, he knew that NDEs feel real but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.

Then, Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.

Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, he journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine Source of the universe itself. His story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.

This story would be remarkable no matter to whom it happened. That it happened to Alexander makes it revolutionary. He had inexplicably contracted a case of E. coli bacterial meningitis, a disease that his stumped doctors said was virtually impossible for him to have, and it was a case without precedent. He was in a coma for seven days with that bacteria attacking his brain, and everything was being recorded. I refer you to his book for the rest of the story.

This DVD is the passionate recounting of Alexander’s experience being brain dead for a week—a near-death experience unlike any other ever detailed. Moody has stated that, “Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. [He] is living proof of an afterlife.”

Is there life beyond this life? If we all knew that our life on planet Earth is just one in a series of many lives, what would we do differently? Join filmmaker David Hinshaw as he documents the exploration of these questions and more in a dialogue between Eben Alexander and Raymond Moody.

Set against the backdrop of Alexander’s Virginia home and contextualized by his own passionately recounted near-death experience unlike any other ever detailed, this film invites you to become a part of the conversation as Alexander and Moody discuss: Soul School—what it is and why we are here. Consciousness—is it dependent on the brain or a richer, freer state that exists beyond the physical mind? Time—how it flows, how we perceive it linearly, and how all things are actually happening at once. Science and Spirituality—the possibility of merging the two as partners rather than adversaries and the consideration of science in the question of the soul.

Included is a bonus interview with Holley Alexander, his wife, who was at his side the entire time he was brain dead.

For those who have read the bestseller Proof of Heaven, this will be an engaging follow-up! And if you haven’t read the book, after viewing this DVD, you’ll probably want to.

DVD – 121 Min. • $19.95 • 1-800-228-8381




Frank Jacob


Klaus Dona is a researcher and an exhibit curator and director. His main focus has been on seeking out mysterious Out-of-Place artifacts (OOPARTS) to be carefully examined, authenticated, dated, and documented, after which selected items are presented to the public in a series of exhibitions and lectures. He held the world’s first “Unsolved Mysteries” exhibit in Vienna, Austria, in 2001. The over 400 original artifacts on display revealed a forbidden archaeology and pointed to lost civilizations whose acceptance would rewrite history—crystal skulls, ancient world maps, mysterious continents, Atlantean relics, golden space craft, tools that defy modern technology, magnetic pyramids that glow under ultraviolet light, and evidence of giants 25 feet tall.

Dona digs for answers in the Andes in South America, as well as all over the globe—not only in the earth itself, but also in the storeroom shelves of private collectors who have invited him to see, and photograph, the remarkable items in their collections. Featured in this documentary is the collection of the late Professor Cabrera at the Ica Stones Museum in Ica, Peru.

While that fictional adventurer, Indiana Jones, may come to mind here, Dona is quick to tell you that he is not an archaeologist, “just” a researcher; and AR has reviewed documentaries from that other Indiana Jones type—David Hatcher Childress, who has written for this magazine, as well, on many of the same items and topics as covered here by Dona. But maybe we should welcome any adept researcher who proceeds with an open mind, truly seeking the truth, since they seem to be rather sparse in the academic world!

And he certainly was an adventurer! To paraphrase Laurel Steinhice’s biography on Klaus Dona—He was born in the Austrian Tyrol in 1949 and had a happy childhood even though coming into the mix of hopes and fears of the upcoming “Cold War” era. When he learned to read, he took an interest in the cultures and history of Earth. Monuments, myths, and mysteries, especially the pyramids, fascinated him. As he grew to manhood, he maintained his interest in the pyramids, which still plays a role in his life today. On the catalog for his “Unsolved Mysteries” Exhibit, he stated: “Pyramids are a symbol form for wisdom and knowledge.”

(One of his OOPARTS featured in this documentary is the Pyramid of the Shining Eye—“divine eye.” It is the most important artifact among the strange relics found in Ecuador in the 1980s. Small enough to be held in the hand, it has 13 steps and a capstone featuring an eye; and it looks a lot like the image on the U.S. $1.00 bill. When shown in black light, it reveals a powerful radiance. Inlaid in gold, on its base is a depiction of the Orion constellation, along with some incised notations in an unknown writing. Found in the same cache with the pyramid were stones, one incised with the precise illustration of how the pyramid is to be hand-held, and another stone showing a helmeted figure holding the pyramid, as wavy lines (suggesting energy-rays) flow from it toward two lesser figures. The helmet on the illustration shows what appears to be an antenna protruding from its crown. No antenna has been found, as yet, but a bowl-shaped helmet was found beside the other items, and it bears a hole in its center into which an antenna might have been attached.)

When he first started out in life, he had no idea that he would someday be an explorer and researcher, but his decision to become a “hotelier,” then to serve in the Army and to work on cruise ships and cargo vessels—to the point he ceased to care that there was a whole world of seas to sail and ports of call to visit—all brought him to his quest for an answer to:  Was there, in fact, a global civilization in ultra-ancient times? From his own journeys and research, he believes that there is evidence to that effect; for, clearly, the numerous OOPARTS that he seeks out and displays today indicate cross-cultural contact between widely separated ancient civilizations. Most of those interactions would necessarily have involved sea voyages, presumably by those who created and maintained a series of international trade routes in prehistoric times; and there’s enough evidence to consider that there may have been air travel, as well—and possibly space travel.

This is a quiet, yet informative, presentation of Dona’s personal collection of OOPARTS. As Ms. Steinhice states: “Klaus Dona is a dedicated treasure hunter who comes not to plunder or to pirate, but to rescue and recover, to restore, to study and understand. He and his like-minded companions are a new breed, whose desire for fame and fortune (if, indeed, there is to be any) takes a distant back seat to the quest for history and truth. They aren’t all dashing adventurers like Indiana Jones, and neither are they necessarily modern-day, spiritually-motivated Sir Galahads on a high-minded quest for the Holy Grail. For some, the quest for history is enough, in and of, itself.” And Dona himself says he just wants to bring the evidence into the light of discovery and exhibition—”where everyone can have a look…decide, each one for himself and herself, what to think of it.”

And Dona has put out the call for those who have something to share with him, inviting them to contact him—a lot of people seem to want to join him (at least in spirit!) as he digs for more answers, which so often means finding more questions.

Dona’s style is simple and direct during his slide presentation, as he expresses his enthusiasm for his OOPARTs.  HIs quest for artifacts continues….

DVD – 94 Min. • $27.95 • 1-800-228-8381




William R. Saunders & George J. Haas

Much of this new documentary, produced and directed by William R. Saunders and George J. Hass of the Cydonia Institute, is based on their books: The Cydonia Codex (2004) and The Mars Codex (2009).

George J. Haas is founder and premier investigator of The Cydonia Institute, established in 1991. He is a member of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Pre-Columbian Society of the University of Pennsylvania.

William R. Saunders graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geomorphology. He was introduced to the Face on Mars in 1991 by Richard Hoagland’s book, The Monuments of Mars. He began looking at the Mars Global Surveyor images on NASA’s website with their first release in April of 1998, and he met George Haas on a website discussion group shortly thereafter.

This DVD features a fast-paced program highlighting many of their discoveries on the red planet over the past 22 years a well as presenting some new information—released here for the first time—revealing the true identity of these Martian builders.  Narrated by Erich Boehm, the documentary begins with a re-examination of the famous Face on Mars by presenting a set of companion masks discovered on a small pyramid located in Cerros, Belize.

Following the design code imbedded within the Face, the authors explore a series of recurring motifs of half and bifurcated geoglyphs—“hidden in plain sight” across the surface of Mars—and compare them to terrestrial counterparts found within the art and sculpture of Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, and ancient Egypt. The results of their extensive research substantiate a commonality shared between two opposing worlds that appear to be communicating within a singular vision, linked to the lost craft of the Master Builders—aka, The Freemasons.

Since Saunders and Haas invited Richard Hoagland to write the forward to their book, The Cydonia Codex, it seems fitting to include an excerpt here, as his insight on their research is interesting:

“The Enterprise Mission has consistently maintained since we began our own investigations that if the Face on Mars was artificially created, it should be consistent with the whole of Cydonia—which displays many additional examples of this underlying ‘dual asymmetry,’ as well as an amazing geometric pattern. From a scientific point of view, it is this designed pattern that now overwhelmingly confirms the artificial nature of this complex, revealed in the highly repetitive, tetrahedral mathematics incorporated in Cydonia’s various structures. It was this extraordinary geometric legacy that, early on, led us to expect that, if ‘the Builders’ were indeed trying to say something profound with their mile-long, 1,500-foot-high Face, it would be through this surrounding context—the pivotal, geometric ‘Message of Cydonia.’ It is just such a communicative geometry that ultimately formed the insight for my own Hyperdimensional Physics Model, extensively documented in The Monuments of Mars.

“But, surprisingly, there now seem to be potential cultural answers to the enigma of Cydonia, as well, beginning with the haunting duality of the Face itself—answers that may now hearken back to the most ancient of our cultures here on Earth—a link that I termed in Monuments, ‘the Terrestrial Connection.’

“For if the Face on Mars is an authentic work of art, if the Cydonia complex is reality, if this ancient Martian civilization once did, in fact, exist, one would ultimately have to get into the minds of its creators to truly understand their presence.  You’d have to get to the root of what they intended to say by their mysterious creation of a gigantic, mile-long monument that looks like us—and something more.

“The authors of The Cydonia Codex may have provided us with just such an important, long-awaited insight into some of the, till now, hidden reasoning behind ‘The Monuments of Mars.’ Their findings neatly confirm via a totally independent terrestrial model the controversial, bifurcated aspects of the Face on Mars I first proposed in 1992.

“The Haas-Saunders research provides clear evidence that the Maya (among others) created the same symbolic duality in their sculpture, mythology, and writing system as we have now discovered in the remarkable hominid/feline symbolism of this ancient extraterrestrial ‘monument,’ lying where it has no business being—in a northern Martian region called, ‘Cydonia.’

“A crucial future task for all researchers will be to attempt to discover if the terrestrial mythologies associated with these remarkable dual images of Mesoamerica can be traced back to the point of human origins….  For, in the end, the answers may eventually lead us to a profound redefinition of literally who and what we are. The implications that are set forth in this research—and in the Face itself—are staggering. We may all soon realize that it is truly us who are the Martians after all.”

Well, maybe some will buy that, though many will not. Either way, at least take a look—it is intriguing!

DVD –  47 Min. • $24.95  • 1-800-228-8381

March/April 2014 – #104

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