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NASA photo from Apollo 15 mission to the moon. Astronaut James Irwin works near the GM-built Lunar Rover during EVA. It is believed that the dust at his feet consists of commercially- extractible quantities of helium 3, a critical element in a nearly radiation-free nuclear fusion reactor that might someday power the earth and sub-light speed space ships.

David Sereda: Beyond Convention

A conversation with the California filmmaker and exotic energy advocate

By Bill Moore

David Sereda has had meditation-induced ecstatic experiences, planted more than one millions trees, tried to raise $10 million for an experimental aneutronic fusion reactor, and once witnessed, along with dozens of others, a silver metallic UFO hovering over Berkeley, California.

In short, the 44 year-old Sereda is just about as unconventional as they come, but there is, to quote Shakespeare, a method to his madness: to help the world beyond its dependence on polluting, finite fossil fuels.

Sereda recently appeared on Coast to Coast AM with Robert Plarr, the driving force behind the Angel's Nest sustainable habitat project in Taos, New Mexico. They were talking with program host George Noory about energy technology from hydrogen to helium 3 to electric vehicles. I had met Plarr's partner, Victoria in Torrance, California last January where she introduced a video that Sereda had shot about their 9,000 square feet, wind-solar-hydrogen-powered home, which purifies its own water, grows its own tropical fruits in winter, and makes enough fuel to propel a stretch Hummer limo.

When Sereda mentioned that he knew and admired the efforts of Don't Crush.com co-founder Paul Scott, I decided I'd ask Sereda to talk to EV World about his experiences and his aspirations as an advocate for a more sustainable future for the planet.

But let me warn you, if you're a skeptic who thinks yoga is bunk and UFOs are myth, you'll probably want to pass up this particular interview, especially if you doubt the sanity of anyone proposing that we strip-mine the moon for Helium 3 to fuel virtually radiation-free fusion reactors here on Earth, as well as spaceships.

It turns out, however, that some very sane people not only think it can be done, but that it has to be done because helium 3, which is also found in abundance in the atmosphere of Jupiter, may be the fuel that will save mankind and take us to the outer reaches of the solar system, if not the stars. [See press coverage of lunar helium 3 mining proposals at University of Wisconsin Madison Fusion Technology Institute].

Sereda's personal journey beyond the conventional began after attended a meditation workshop taught by his father, a Berkeley university professor. It was while he was meditating on campus that he had what he calls an "explosion of ecstasy".   David Sereda is author, theorist and documentary film maker

"It started in my belly and I had to excuse myself from the meditation hall. And I went outside [where] I was just in awe of nature. A bird was walking on the grass and it tickled me because it felt as if it was walking on my body. When the wind blew through the willow trees, I started laughing because I could feel it. It was actually me, because there was this supernatural ecstasy everywhere. I could hear every blade of grass, every plant had its own sound; trees, everything. I even looked up at the sun and the sun was making this sound like this giant symphony of sound blending into this one cosmic kind of roar of ecstasy and I knew at that moment that I was one with everything.

"When it hits you on a deep level, you can actually feel the earth. I literally fell in love with the beauty of nature from that moment. You know, I always have, but this was really profound".

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