Many people have wondered over the years what it could be that makes this man so unique, so different, and what gives him this amazing psychic ability? Is it just an inborn, innate talent? Is it a result of his years under fire while serving our country in Vietnam and other places all over the globe? Could it be a by-product of several near-death experiences? The reader begins to realize it is all and none of these things.
Joe lets the reader in on many unsavory details of his life and experiences and lays it all out on the table, warts and all. From a childhood overshadowed by alcoholism and poverty to the many mistakes and weaknesses which led to the breakup of several marriages, he holds back very little. Frankly, I was often taken aback and surprised at the level of honesty in this book. Couragously, Joe describes events in his life exactly as he understands them, even when they cast him in a bad light. His observations on the events of his life reveal a man that is both deeply humble and fiercely proud. One of the most important elements of the book is the way the reader can see the wisdom Joe has gained from his life by the way he views the weaknesses and mistakes of others, and more importantly, those of his own.
This book also lends a lot of understanding to the details of how the government psychic spying program originated and developed. Joe makes it clear that it was a monumental effort on the parts of many talented people that brought it into being and made it possible for it to continue for almost two decades in the face of prejudice, ignorance, ego-wars, and ridicule. The reader gains some idea of the stresses the remote viewers were under as they were tasked to gather information on many events in our national history repeatedly, day after day; only to see their information ignored or not acted upon in a proper fashion. Joe makes it clear that this was a very difficult period in his life and that all the viewers were deeply effected by these frustrations.
With many fascinating details about dozens of remote viewing and other psi-related experiments, Joe explains how he slowly switched from a paranormal agnostic to what may be the best scientifically documented remote viewer to date. He describes both his successes and his failures and suggests what may have been important contributory elements in both cases. He takes pains to explain that it's important to with hold belief in any paranormal abilities until they've been fully demonstrated and replicated by science. In doing so, Joe sets a new standard for the psychic and the psi experimental subject. It's a standard that requires intelligence, honesty, and a healthy degree of sceptiscm. Joe McMoneagle has blazed many new trails in the field of paranormal functioning, the most important of which may be that it requires a whole different way of being, a coming together of the inner and the outer facets of human nature into a whole that is at home both in the consensus reality and in the deep paranormal reaches of the mind.
This book documents the life of a most remarkable man. What Joe shows us is that it takes more than just a high degree of inborn natural talent to be a great remote viewer. It takes more than a near-death experience. It takes more than many years spent in dangerous situations. It also requires an open and searching mind that understands how to walk the centerline of belief and common sense between that which has been demonstrated and that which is only supposition. It requires years of hard work and laser-like concentration. Above all, it requires a good heart and a good soul. "The Stargate Chronicles" is another testament to the fact that Joe McMoneagle has all these qualities in spades.
He begins with his childhood in "The Projects" in Miami -- a life dominated by alchoholic parents, violent streets, and the tragic loss of his twin sister, who exhibited similar native psychic abilities, to the misdiagnoses of psychiatric medicine.
Although he was accepted into a local university, McMoneagle instead joined the Army and, based on extremely high test scores, was recruited into military intelligence.
He hopscotched around the globe and eventually arrived in Southeast Asia at the height of the Vietnam war. McMoneagle's considerable psychic talents were honed further, as his intuition would alert him to impending danger. On one particularly brutal night, those inner voices kept him moving all night long, with a constant string of near-escapes. McMoneagle would not have survived otherwise, and those who fought with him learned to mimic his moves if they too wanted to remain safe.
McMoneagle repeatedly proved himself and eventually was awarded the top spot in his specialty. At the same time, his name appeared on a list of possible recruits for the psychic unit at Ft. Meade. When he was asked to volunteer for a full time place in the unit, McMoneagle walked away from his fast track, effectively ending his military career.
While the psychic unit was wildly successful, far more so than anyone anticipated, it continuously fought for funding and was mired in politics from within and without, even as every alphabet-agency in creation lined up for its services. Those who had first hand knowledge of its effectiveness have outright lied when interviewed by the press, so frightened by affiliation with such an unpopular endeavor.
Everyone will find something in this book. It's a terrific read.
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