We Need To Talk

The Hartzler’s peaceful midwestern farm had experienced the unimaginable.  Farm emergencies and late night work were nothing out of the ordinary, but bright lights in the sky followed by the Air Force invading and a visit from Project Blue Book officials were events a ten-year old boy (Jerry) would never forget.  Despite two days of investigations by the military and questioning by the local law enforcement, no answers were given… not then nor still to this day.  Finding any information about this sighting is virtually impossible.  Jerry has been told that declassified documents will be made available in 2017, but only time will tell if this actually occurs or not.

Don’t Say A Word…

Days One and Two were eventful to say the least, but what happened on Day Three is what has kept this sighting a mystery still to this day.  Jerry shared with me how 2 men dressed in black suits showed up in a dark sedan.  They spoke briefly with his parents only, and then left.  After their departure, his parents were clearly shaken and disturbed.  They vowed to never speak of the sighting again or entertain questions of what it might have been.  Sadly, they never shared with the family one word the men in black had said to them.  Even on her death-bed, Jerry’s mother refused to divulge the conversation.

Who were these men in black?  Were they from the government?  What did they know?  What did they want?  What had they said.  Why were Jerry’s parents so disturbed, and why did they go their graves keeping the conversation a secret?  The answer is—we don’t know.

Who are the MIB?

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10 MIB Encounters

The “Men in Black” are well known to ufologists.  Decades of MIB documentation abound from all over the world.  As can be expected, some of the MIB encounters have been proven as hoaxes, but the vast majority remain documented facts.  Who are they, and why do they often follow the departure of military investigators and law enforcement officials?  Though featured in many movies over the years, most notably the Men In Black movie series, they remain an unexplained phenomenon.  Psychiatrists may throw out phrases such as “fantasy prone personalities,” or “dissociative states,” and “constructive perception;” debunkers will do their work and describe rational causes; but no one has pinned down the MIB.

Theorists who affiliate UFOs not so much with outer space as with the paranormal suggest that the MIB are a form of demonic psychic energy similar to the poltergeist.  Some have said that the MIB were linked to a branch of the US Air Force Special Activities Centre known as the 1127th Field Activities Group.  This group was said to be comprised of underworld figures who were specialists in lock-picking and intimidation.  However, over the years there have been many US Air Force memorandums written by various high level officials, emphasizing the importance of UFO investigations, and warning military personal to be on the alert for people impersonating military officials who are “approaching local police and other citizens who had sighted a UFO.”  Others argue that the MIB were Tibetan monks who followed the Dalai Lama and the Khamba riders into exile, and placed their yogic powers at the service of the CIA.  This could help to explain why many reports of MIB describe their features as Asian.

Your Help Is Needed!

Sadly, much of what we know of UFO’s and the MIB’s is based on speculation due to two things:

  1. Superficial investigations which concentrate on obtaining descriptions of the flying objects rather than studying all the events and factors surrounding the sightings.
  2. Suppression of valuable information, namely the suppression of valuable firsthand information by discrediting eyewitnesses, intimidating them, and burying their testimonies in “classified” vaults.

If you can find any information about the Hartzler Farm UFO Sighting of October 9th, 1967, please contact me.  I’d love to help Jerry find some answers.  Thank you.

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Also, you might be interested in:  Why I Write About The Paranormal

Why I Write About The Paranormal

I read because I enjoy reading.  At any moment, I usually have seven or eight books in various states of completion on my night stand, the kitchen table, and in my shoulder bag.  My wife is always picking them up and asking me if they can be put back on one of my three bookshelves.  She’s become accustomed to my predictable answer:  “Not yet, I’m almost done with that one… and that one… and that one…”

The Thread

My interests are varied, covering the gamut, from history, religion, and physics to poetry, philosophy, and comics.  My taste in movies are just as varied from documentaries to mystery intrigue, and sci-fi.  Oh, and I happen to like Bollywood movies too!  When it comes to books, I just don’t read any book on these numerous subjects.  There’s a common thread that leads me to each one.  Or, as I often feel, this common thread prompts the books (and movies) to find me.

The Alternative Narrative

So, what is this thread, and what happens when you start pulling on it?  I call it “The Alternative Narrative.”  You see, the storyline we commonly know is only a fraction of the whole story.  For instance, threadtake the story of electricity.  Everyone knows of Edison and the light bulb.  However, the story takes on a whole new light when you consider the alternative narrative involving his assistant Nikola Tesla.  If Tesla’s brilliance had not have been subverted and he had gotten the financial backing Edison enjoyed, electricity would look a lot different than it does today.  And, if his visions and life’s dream would have been honored, it would be free too!

The same “Alternative Narrative” can be found with religion’s Desert Fathers and mystic poets, science’s maligned explorers and innovators, history’s conquered native peoples, philosophy’s marginalized thinkers, and with the numerous comic book heroes often based on real-life, counter-cultural people.

Reality & Truth

What I’ve found is there’s a difference between what is real, and what the truth is.  In other words, the reality we know is ever evolving based upon the level of truth we observe and understand.  The greater amount of the truth that is seen impacts and changes the reality we are experiencing.  Do you follow?

Think About It

You think you know who you are, and what your highest potential is.  But as you age and mature, you learn more about who you are, what your primary influences have been, how you’ve limited yourself in the past, and what fears are really irrational and unfounded.  Armed with these truths you evolve and become more than you kn2012-09-24-EyesSidewFearew you could be.  Sadly, most people live trapped in the past, a past constructed by partial storylines and haunting fears.

Reading books and watching movies that highlight the “alternative narrative” help to shake us, and jolt us out of the groove created by general misunderstandings, misrepresentations, and more.  This is why I like writing about pop culture, the paranormal, and the supernatural.  Characters and storylines that have an alternative “other-worldly” dimension allow us to rehearse deeper dimensions of what it means to be alive, as opposed to actually “being alive.”  We are also prompted to explore what our lives could be like… now, and in the approaching future.

For instance, consider the following:

Why Angels?

Angels help us explore the reality that something benevolent is out there beyond our five senses.  It is largely believed that this “secret society” of winged beings is battling unseen opposing forces, all for the sake of aiding humanity.  As far as movies go, we especially like the angel characters who fall for humans, and in a way become more human-like, yet still remain capable of helping us push back the dark forces that threaten us.

Why Zombies?

Zombies are the all-purpose metaphor for something that has gone terrifically wrong.  They help us play out consequences, and explore remedies both present and future.  What’s more, they are perfectly suited as a general satire for those who go through life always feeding, always consuming, but never finding fulfillment and never really living.  Know any zombies?

Why Ghosts?

Ghosts are the oldest paranormal characters in history.  Dating back centuries, stories abound of people working hard to appease the departed spirits so that they don’t return and torment the living.  However, ghost stories are mostly about us than they are the ghosts.  They are about the general fears humanity is haunted by.  Like Dickens’ Scrooge, hopefully we are motivated to not remain haunted, but to become the person we are supposed to be.

Why Vampires?

Vampires allow us to explore the limits of life and death, and the age-old question of what we would be willing to do in order to find peace and fulfillment.  They make us think about our appetites, desires, needs, and wants.  And often, in the case of the vampire’s lust for blood, what we think we want does not measure up to what we would have to do in order to obtain it.  Vampires suck the life out of the living in order to keep living.  Know any vampires?

Why the Paranormal?

Paranormal and supernatural stories help us understand more about ourselves in a way that we cannot do alone with limited human characters and storylines.  Yes, we need the normal, but… WE YEARN FOR THE EXTRA-NORMAL!  From this perspective, its obvious that the paranormal/supernatural will always be with us, as it always has been.  I think the ancients understood this better than we do today.  Certainly, the poet/prophet/creative types would agree with me on this point.  unnamed

The reality is, the alternative narrative is as close to us as our very own subconscious is, and it helps connect us to an ever-present reality that speaks directly to our hearts, and not just to our minds.  It’s this “other-worldly” narrative, which in general, has inspired all the great thinkers, inventors, mystics, prophets, and explorers to pull back the heavy curtains of accepted understanding TO REVEAL THE BEAUTY OF WHAT’S TRULY REAL.  And in turn, it has helped us face our fears, push the limits, and become more… SO MUCH MORE!

This is why I love writing about the paranormal and supernatural.

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UFOs are…

Recently, I invited my followers to join me on an adventure as I read Keith Thompson’s book Angels and Aliens.  I promised to share my “take aways,” and the time has come for me to make good on that promise.


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Overall, I found the book to be intelligent and well-balanced.  Thompson objectively covered famous and well-documented UFO encounters, including eye-witness accounts from ordinary people, to high level officials in the military and government.  For me, some of the most compelling accounts were the UFO sightings by mass groups of people, as well as, respected pilots who were willing to put their careers on the line.  In the book, Thompson does not try to prove or debunk UFOs.  Instead, he offers insight on the mythical power the phenomena has had on our society.

As modern people we like to think that we’ve outgrown the need for mythology, trading it in for sensible science.  But Thompson convincingly shows that the modern UFO phenomena is helping to resurrect ancient myths.  As a result, the desire to explore what lies beyond our five senses is being invigorated once again.  He concludes that the public’s fascination with these pixellated objects (UFOs) is really “a religious search to recover lost intimacy.”

For true UFO believers, Thompson’s philosophical views would probably be pure boredom despite the fact that he provides plenty of hard evidence from the first modern sightings in 1947 to Whitley Strieber’s bestselling confessions of the late 1980s.  Could UFOs turn out to be “alien” technological hardware?  Maybe… time will tell.  However, at this point in my life I’m more intrigued with the discussion by those who entertain the unexplainable phenomena as “an idea at work in the world’s soul.”


So, what do I think UFOs are?

Well, it’s complicated.  What I wish they are, hope they are, want them to be, imagine and philosophize them to be, and what they really are, are all separate items.  Here’s what I’ve concluded thus far:

  • UFO sightings are real enough to be physically witnessed.
  • Almost 20% of all sightings and encounters are labeled by the government as “unexplainable.”  However, those who believe in government conspiracies would argue that this percentage is higher, and I would agree with them.
  • Supernatural and paranormal phenomena have long been a documented experience in human history.  Just ask George Washington who had his own UFO/angel experience!
  • Such experiences are “real” enough to the point that governments have felt it necessary to investigate, and then disseminate misinformation to conceal their findings.  How unfortunate!
  • Religious leaders from the Pope to the famous evangelical Billy Graham, along with world-class scientists, philosophers, and high level government officials have postulated and worked together to investigate, and understand what’s going on.  So, in my opinion, interested individuals will find some good company to talk with.
  • As for the wild theories that surface from time to time, these shouldn’t detour us from getting to the bottom of what’s really going on.  Nor, should they cause us to angrily argue and push some away from the collective search.  Theories are all part of the discovery process.  There’s plenty of room at the table.
  • Whether explainable or not, there is a higher consciousness calling humanity to imagine, explore, discover, and create.  It appears to be no respecter of persons, manifesting to all social classes and ethnic groups.
  • Any talk of the “unexplainable” is going to be strange and unsettling for the mind, heart, and soul.  If we understood it fully, there would be no need to feel uneasy and argumentative.  Thus, there’s a need for not only scientists to engage the subject, but for religious leaders as well.

In the end, is it a bird?  Sometimes.  A plane or weather balloon?  Sometimes.  An unidentified flying object?  Sometimes.  A hoax?  Som20100826_ironsky_560x375etimes.  An angel?  Possibly.  Superman?  That would be cool!  But that would open a whole new can of worms.  After all, he was an alien you know.  Whatever the phenomena is, it remains deeply embedded in our collective consciousness.  And, because it’s manifesting itself with a greater rate of frequency and impact, perhaps the answers are just within reach.  Many suggest we will understand what’s going on within the next 20 years!

The invasion is imminent…

I want to confess that I personally feel this subject is a serious one.  My fundamentalist friends will no doubt be irritated that I even entertain this topic.  It seems they only have one explanation… demons!  Sorry, I love you, but experimental planes, crashing meteors, and strange magnetic fields are not demons.  And if there is “something” (intelligent or other) engaging humanity on a mass level, I feel it’s important for us to investigate with objectivity rather than rash, opinionated judgment.

Bottom line, our universe is multi-dimensional.  From what we can see to what we have yet to see, there is still so much to learn and understand.  I don’t know the answers, nor do I know anyone who does.  I do have a friend who’s ex-CIA, and another acquaintance who swears she’s been visited by aliens.  Both have a lot to say on the subject (privately, of course).  When they speak, I listAlien-invasionen… and I think long and hard.

In the end, I’d like to believe that the modern UFO phenomenon is a massive-collective-manifestation of humanity’s deepest desires and longings.  This theory has landed me squarely within what is known as the “Excluded Middle.”  Could these experiences be the physical manifestation of humanity’s growing desire for deeper intimacy, thirst for greater knowledge, and longing for security?  If this is the case, get ready for a massive invasion soon to come!

As for the movies, perhaps all those terrifying scenes of people running in fear from alien invaders is a depiction of our shared, subconscious, human fear—the fear of vulnerability when encountering unexplainable love.  Obviously, we’d be entertaining A LOVE SO MASSIVE that it would encompasses the entire universe.  Now there’s a thought!  Who knows; maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic.


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UFOs & The Excluded Middle

1992 was a watershed year for the UFO community–not due to any revelation from the ranks of the saucer-smitten, but for the publication of Angels And Aliens: UFOs And The Mythic Imagination.  For the first time in recent memory, an author with a fresh perspective wrestled with a modern history of the subject, and more importantly, the people who study, or, at the very least are affected by the phenomenon.  Keith Thompson chose to look at the 20th century evolution of the UFO phenomenon as a developing system of mythology, complete with heroes, villains, power struggles, battles and innocent bystanders.

Before I share my “take-aways” with you from this book, I thought you might enjoy a little insight from the author himself.  Here’s an interview he did in 1995:


QUESTION: Angels and Aliens is, to me, one of the most important books dealing with the subject of UFOs.  I’m curious about the process that inspired the book.  Was there a specific series of events or circumstances that led you to feel a book of this type was necessary?

AUTHOR’S ANSWER: I came to the UFO phenomenon, or it came to me, by a circuitous route.  One evening Walter Cronkite opened The CBS Evening News with a dramatic rendition of a UFO sighting in Michigan.  Dozens of witnesses reported a football-shaped object the size of a car performing gyrations in the sky, before maneuvering out to a nearby swamp.  J. Allen Hynek, the tragic hero of the Air Force’s ill-fated Project Blue Book, arrived on the scene only to be quoted — misquoted, actually — as saying the witnesses had seen “swamp galogo_350s.”  This in turn was taken as proof that the military had no intention of dealing sensibly or honestly with the UFO phenomenon and its ramifications.

My twelve-year-old psyche was captivated by this case, with its cast of confounded witnesses, befuddled military experts, know-it-all debunkers, and of course the media circus surrounding it all.  I grew up in rural northern Ohio, not far from where the sightings took place.  The debate immediately polarized between those who were sure UFOs “had” to be real and those who were equally certain UFOs “couldn’t” be real.  It was my first exposure to the “mythic electricity” that surrounds the UFO domain.  Soon the “Swamp Gas Case” was infamous, and the media forgot about it, and I did too.  I didn’t pay much attention to the UFO phenomenon until quite a few years later.


 QUESTION: What prompted you to return to the subject?

AUTHOR’S ANSWER: In the early 1980s I was associated with Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.  I coordinated a series of annual think tank-style conferences on subjects such as altered states of consciousness, shamanism, mysticism, quantum physics, and parapsychology.  One day I came across an Omni magazine interview with J. Allen Hynek, the dean of UFO studies, and was impressed by his perspective.  Michael Murphy, Esalen’s founder and my longtime comrade in various adventures of the spirit, suggested that we invite leading UFO researchers to Esalen for a free-wheeling discussion.

There I was, about to receive a symposium of experts on a phenomenon I knew very little about.  I spent two months reading everything I could get my hands on, including the works of Whitley Strieber, Budd Hopkins, Jacques Vallee, and the classic books of John Keel.  It seemed clear that at least some of the “whatevers” called UFOs didn’t fit Big Science’s view of reality.  I ended up spending five days with leading researchers, getting steeped in UFO evidence, a world brimming with surrealism.  This was a phenomenon I could get along with just fine — I felt sure of that much.


 QUESTION: Before the book, you were involved in a public symposium called “Angels, Aliens and Archetypes.”  What struck me about that event was that even though each of you had your own ideas about UFOs, you all seemed, for the most part, to represent a “post-modern” or “new paradigm” or “excluded middle” school of thought — something rare in prior UFO conferences.  Do you view that gathering as significant in terms of increasing dialogue about new ways of looking at this phenomenon?

AUTHOR’S ANSWER: A theme that emerged throughout the two days of that conference, among practically every speaker, was best phrased by Jacques Vallee, who emphasized three points:

  1. the UFO phenomenon is real;
  2. it has been with us throughout history;
  3. it is physical in nature yet it represents a form of consciousness that is able to manipulate dimensions beyond time and space as we know them.

Vallee’s friend and mentor Allen Hynek had arrived at a similar conclusion as early as 1976, when he began expressing his doubts that UFOs are nuts-and-bolts spacecraft from other worlds.  He found it ridiculous to suppose that super intelligence would travel enormous distances to do relatively stupid things like stop cars, collect soil cropcircle2samples, perform repetitive “medical exams” on abducted clients, and generally go around frightening people.

Hynek decided it was time to “begin looking closer to home.”  A key idea at the conference was that UFOs may operate in a multi-dimensional reality of which space-time is a subset — an idea that doesn’t require the reality of UFOs to stand or fall with the extraterrestrial hypothesis.  I like to think the San Francisco conference may have helped encourage new ways to think about the phenomenon.  For instance, Vallee’s idea that the intelligence the phenomenon represents could coexist with us on earth just as easily as it could originate on another planet, or in a parallel universe.


QUESTION: One of the themes we found most intriguing in Angels and Aliens was the idea of ufology viewed as an evolving mythology.  What inspired you to take this approach?

AUTHOR’S ANSWER:  There were a couple of departure points.  First, as I began to immerse myself in the literature and attend various UFO conferences, I was struck that many of the personalities in the field of ufology spent much of their time doing to each other what the personalities of Greek mythology are famous for:  quarreling, settling scores, jockeying for position, seeking revenge, and so forth.  I wanted to find out which of the gods and goddesses, which actors from the timeless annals of mythology might have slipped into the UFO cosmos, like thieves in the night.

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But the idea that ufology involves “mythology” doesn’t mean I dismiss the reality of UFOs, although some readers thought that was what I was saying.  All of life has a mythological dimension, and the UFO phenomenon is no exception.  Myth offers a background of images that allow life to show up with greater richness and depth.  The assumption that UFO events must be either real or symbolic — but not both — is fundamentalist thinking at its worst.  Try as we might, life refuses to be reduced to any flat singular interpretation.  Interesting, that the word “symbolism” is derived from the Greek symballein, which means “to throw together.”  The word denotes the drawing together of two worlds.  Hermes is a spanner of boundaries, a mediator between realms, an ambassador between domains which seem separate but are connected by subtle thresholds.

In Angels and Aliens I was trying to show that UFO reality is complex, multidimensional, remarkably nuanced and textured — and above all, not cooperative with the mental categories to which the Western mind has become so attached.

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The Church of the Paranormal

DESPITE OUR REPUTATION AS A SCIENCE-MINED SUPERPOWER, AMERICA HAS ALWAYS HAD A PREDILECTION FOR THE UNSEEN!

Don’t be shy. Depending on your poll of choice, anywhere from a third to nearly half of you either believe in ghosts or are pretty sure you do. And if not ghosts, then aliens, mediums, or astrology, for which belief has either held steady or risen over the last couple of decades. More than two-thirds of Americans hold at least one paranormal—unsanctioned by religion—belief, according to the Baylor Religion Survey. That’s more than voted in the 2012 presidential election.

It’s not just belief: everywhere you look in the United States today, the supernatural is more culturally important, more acceptable, and just … more than it’s ever been before. Paranormal-themed media of all types have surged, in fiction obviously, but also in non-fiction too, where the past few years have brought us everything from The Most Terrifying Places in America to Psychic Tia to The Monster Project. Then there are the Bigfoot hunts, the ghost hunting tool reviews, the UFO spotting iPhone apps—we can’t get enough of this stuff.

This should come as no surprise. Despite our reputation as a science-minded superpower, America has always had a predilection for the unseen. It has ebbed and flowed with us for as long as this nation has existed, in the form of the 18th-century pilgrim mystics, the domesticated poltergeists that knocked on command in the 19th, and even in the academically inclined parapsychologists of the 20th. Whether you believe in these ideas or not is almost immaterial: the paranormal is an inescapable ingredient in the American identity that has shaped and been shaped by our…

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Many a minister has been approached with “ghostly” stories before service, after service, during counseling, in emails and texts, on phone calls late at night, while street-side, at the coffee house, in the hospital, after funerals, everywhere and all the time. And no matter what the Sunday sermon is about, people come to church weekly, find their seats, and sit quietly with the following often on their minds:

  • Why do I keep having the same dream over and over?
  • I’m hearing strange noises at night. Doors open that were closed and locked; lights turn on and off.
  • My son swears his recently deceased wife appeared to him and encouraged him to get on with his life.
  • There’s a new coworker who is convinced she once knew me in a past life. Even though I don’t believe in that sort of thing, I can’t shake the feeling that we did know one another at one time.
  • One night, my uncle was blinded by a bright light. There was no sound; it just appeared, forced him off the road, hovered, and then disappeared in a flash.
  • My cousin is convinced there are aliens, and they’re on the planet right now! I don’t know what to say to her.
  • I’m hooked on a new vampire novel. It’s sucked me in and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Why do I like vampires so much?
  • My kids are crazy about fantasy movies and games with characters that have various magical superpowers. Actually, I like them too. Should I be concerned? Is this ok?

For centuries the Church has waged battle with these “spiritual” matters. More often than not, the terms “demonic” and “occultic” have been used to both…

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