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.
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? Sometimes. 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 listen… 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.