Journal of Alternative Realities
Volume 11, Issue 1, 2004
The Abduction of Sabrina by John Frodsham
Teleporting Mrs Guppy by Simon Harvey-Wilson
Warning! Warning! Security Breach! by Michael Jordan
Awakening to Contact Experience by Mary Rodwell
Thought-Screen Helmets by Wendy Wolfe
Scenes on the Edges of Reality by Wendy Wolfe
UFO Sighting, July 1969 by Don Phillips
The Evil Eye by Judy Bryning
Pursuing Free Energy by Graham Hubbard
Zero Point and the Paranormal by Simon Harvey-Wilson
Western Australian Sightings by Brian Richards
Inedia: Surviving Without Food or Drink by Simon Harvey-Wilson
Journey of Souls (book review) by Arthur Pope
The Abduction of Sabrina
By John Frodsham
In my earlier articles, I stated that Sabrina, then aged twenty-nine, had been a close friend of my daughter-in-law’s since primary school, thus allowing me to gain a close insight into her character from one who had known her for twenty-three years. Psychological testing (CAQ), carried out by a distinguished academic psychologist, Professor Douglas Savage, established that Sabrina was psychologically normal in every respect. Furthermore, Sabrina not only had conscious recollection of her abductions, but also had kept diaries, notes and drawings in which she had noted as much of her experiences as she could remember. These lengthy hypnotic sessions, which ran from January to June 1990, merely served to bring to light details which Sabrina had relegated to her unconscious.
Transcript of Tape 9:
My questions are in bold, Sabrina’s answers are in normal script.
Go back to the time when you and Z are in a car and you are driving along.2 You are actually there. You are in the car now. You are driving along and Z sees a light behind you. What next? What happens then?
He is looking at the light in the rear vision mirror.
Do you see the light too?
Yes. It just looks like truck lights, lights of large objects. It seems to be coming down the hill with lights on the horizon behind it.
Are you worried at all?
How are you feeling?
Quite normal. A bit curious, I suppose. I feel very alert.
What’s happening now?
Well, it’s slowly getting closer.
What colour are the lights? Can you see?
Are they very bright?
Yes, very bright.
What’s Z doing?
He’s driving and he’s starting to speed. He’s saying something.
What’s he saying? Can you hear?
I think he’s saying he doesn’t want them to catch up.
Right. And how do you feel?
I feel worried about his speeding. I am sure it’s a truck light.
I want you to go back right to that time now. You’re not seeing it in the past. You’re there. You’re actually there. You’re watching it. Where’s the light now?
It’s getting very quiet.
How do you feel about the lights?
I feel rather strange. There were two, now there’s only one, a very large one behind. And I’m sure it was just normal headlights of a truck, and that there was another set of headlights behind it, like that of a car. Now there’s just one big light.
What is that light doing now?
It’s right behind us, very close, tailing us.
And Z, is he still going fast?
Yes. He’s not saying anything, but he’s really going very fast.
Is he a bit frightened do you think?
No. He’s a very quiet sort of person, doesn’t show his emotions very much. He seems to be very much in control. To me he doesn’t seem frightened.
What’s happening now?
I’m turning to look at Z. He seems to be saying something again.
Can you hear what Z is saying?
He’s saying it’s going up, I think. I turn around and see it moving up and I’m just seeing the bottom half of it, or third of it going up.
Where is it going now? Now it’s gone up?
I don’t know. I think it’s gone. I’m not sure. I just got a flash of it going in front of us! Speeding in front of us! I never remembered exactly before or ... (She becomes very tense and agitated.)
(Calms her, then continues). Now you’re in the car with Z. What’s happening now?
Well, I’m now looking and seeing it flash a bit to the right of the car, in front of us, and disappear off to our right ... I can’t see it now, because the top of the car is in the way.
And what is Z doing now?
I don’t know. He’s sitting there.
Is he driving the car?
No, it’s gone very dark.
What’s outside? When you look outside the car, what can you see?
Darkness. Just darkness. There are no shrubs, there’s no lights.
Any lights from the car?
No lights from the car. Just dark all around.
Where are you now?
I’m still in the car.
Where’s the car?
(Startled) It’s in the sky! There are no bushes around.
What is around you?
Just keep on going. Go with the car. You’re safe in the car. What’s happening now?
It’s getting lighter, a mist is starting up and we’re passing through a large entrance. We’re going up to the entrance. It’s like an opening on the bottom of something.
Right. And where are you now? You’ve passed the entrance. The mist is there. Where are you now?
We’re on a platform, or lowered platform.
Can you describe the platform for me? What colour is it?
Gray, a very dull gray. It’s like dull metal. It’s very dull. But the area is well lit and cloudy, very misty, and it’s hard to see through the gray mist to what is actually around. The clouds are all around the car. And Z is gone. He’s not there.
Where is Z?
He seemed to slide out.
Slide out? By himself?
I can’t see anything through the mist.
Now what are you doing?
I’m floating up above the car.
Is it a nice sensation?
Yes. I can see everything down below.
What can you see when you look down below?
I can see the car in the centre and the two raised platforms on either side of the car. I can see what looks like the end of the lower platform we were on. It’s a very short distance between the sides of the edge and the end of that platform that we’re on.
When you wake up, I want you to draw this for me. You’re a good artist. Will you? 3
Yes. (Agitated again).
(Calms her). What’s going on now?
Floating up. It looks huge. It’s much bigger than I thought. But when I was in the car it seemed a short distance to the wall and it went curving back. But looking down it seems very large.
The craft is very big?
Very big. Like a football field.4
Can you see anything else around in the bay you’re in? Is there anything there? Look around. Take your time.
But where we are, where the car is and the raised platform, seems narrower than the distance between the two. Much narrower.
You’re floating out. What happens now?
I don’t know. I never ever remembered looking behind the car but now I’m sort of vaguely, I don’t know, vaguely, seeing ... I can’t see how they could be there! It’s like a circular object behind it.
There’s a circular object behind the car?
Yes. Like we’re all parked one behind the other.
Is it small? The circular object behind the car? Is it the size of the car?
No, it’s bigger than the car.
Bigger than the car? Can you describe the circular object behind the car?
It comes down and it’s circular, very low. Then there’s a thin black ridge, I don’t know, maybe they’re windows. Then there’s another. And it comes down again, and then there’s another black ridge.
What does it look like?
Like metal. It’s all dull gray, very gray. (Tenses visibly again).
Now you’re above this, you can see the car, and you can see this other object behind the car. (Deepens trance). Now where are you?
I’m in front of the car.
You’re in front of the car. But above the car, is that right?
No, down. Down level with it now.
You’ve gone down?
What’s happening now?
I’m looking along the platform, the raised platform. I always thought it extended the whole length beside the car, but now this time it has a bend in it.
There’s a bend in the platform?
Yes, a curve in the wall, the wall that is about four foot, five foot, in from the edge of the raised platform, bends with it all along the curved side. It’s darker around the corner. What I’m seeing now I haven’t seen before.
Just tell me what you see.
There’s a huge doorway.
Are you going through that doorway?
It’s opening up. I’m standing on the bend.
Is there anyone with you?
I can’t see anyone. I sense there is but I can’t see anyone.
Now what you’re telling us now must only be what actually happened. See if you can go up to the doorway.
I don’t know if this has really happened before or not, because I’ve never seen it before.
It’s been very deep inside you. Just let it come out.
There’s two people standing at the doorway.
What are they like?
I can’t tell how tall they are. They’re slim, they’re human looking.
Can you see their clothes? Can you see how they’re dressed?
They’re wearing overalls.
Pale blue, but they’re dark on my side. Like it’s brightly lit behind them. The doorway is huge. It’s so high and it’s sort of like they’re not pushing it, they’re just standing there and walking along with it. Watching us as the huge doorway recedes into the wall. (Her voice trails off).
Just approach them. What’s happening now? Can you see anything?
One has his back to me and is just pale blue.
Pale blue. Like the man in
Yes. He doesn’t have black stripes down his back. He has like a thick, black belt round his waist.
Can you look at his shoes? Do you see his shoes?
Yes. They’re just black boots.
Go closer to them and see what you can see. Go right up to the doorway.
There are huge objects. Through the gap in the doorway, looks like the nose of a plane. Looks like the nose of a very slim jet. It must be an airplane.
There’s an airplane in there?
I can see the nose of it as they’re opening the door. The nose of it at the ceiling, at the top.
Can you describe the plane?
It’s very slim and white. It has a black nose tip. It has normal cockpit windows, except the windows seem to be higher up and slimmer than normal windows.
Are there any numbers on the plane, any letters or numbers? Are there any markings on the plane, any insignia? Anything to identify it?
Where are you going now?
I’m just inside the doorway looking up at the side of the nose of the plane. It looks very slim and slender.
Where are you going after that?
I don’t know. There’s a doorway just inside the large door.
A normal sized doorway.
Do you want to go through that door?
No, I don’t think so because I think I’ve seen enough.
You can see a bit can you?
It’s shining. The white, circular light illuminates only the middle area of their arms, on the other side of the table.
What’s going on now?
Nothing. It’s just so black. Everything is so black. It’s fading.
Is anybody coming to you? Is anybody with you?
I can’t tell. I know there’s someone inside. I just don’t know. It’s so far away. It’s floating. It’s something. I’m just not sure. I think their arms are supporting me, but I’m not sure. I don’t really know. I can’t even feel my arms. I can’t really see beside me. I can see ahead of me, but not beside me.
Where are you now?
I’m in the room with Z. He’s on the couch with the torch light on him.
Is he asleep? What are you doing?
I seem to be standing at the head of the table, a bit away from it.
Who else is there in the room with you?
There’s someone on my right. I can see the shoulder and down.
Look at his face. Try hard to see his face. What can you see?
I can’t see anything.
Can you see anybody else besides Z? Anyone at all?
It’s hard to see.
Move on from that room now. What happens after that?
I think they’re saying it’s my turn and I don’t want to go on the table. I’m refusing.
Then what happens?
I’m just getting very tired.
What happens then?
I seem to be drifting or floating. I can’t really see anyone putting me on the table or placing me on the table.
You’re suddenly tired and then you’re floating. Are you on the table now?
What happens now?
I don’t really know. I’m just lying there. All I can see is my feet. Just lying there.
Is there a light?
A very dull light. It’s very dimly lit.
Is there anybody round the table with you?
It looks like they are there, but I can’t see them very clearly. There’s one at the foot of the table, and he has a small table next to him.
Who are they?
Blues. He’s wearing pale blue. They’re all wearing pale blue.
Are you lying on the table itself, or floating above it?
I’m lying on it.
Is it cold or hot?
Neither. I can’t feel.
There’s two to the right of me standing next to the table. There’s two there and one at the foot of the table.
Can you see any insignia on their uniforms?
Yes, just the normal black stripes.
Are they saying anything to you?
Can you smell anything?
Just a slight ammonia smell. Very, very slight.
Now what’s happening?
I think one’s putting his hand on my forehead. The one at the foot of the table has turned to the small table beside him and he’s doing something and placing an object at my feet. There’s space beyond the table at my feet. He’s placing something there.
Do you have your shoes on?
Are you dressed or undressed?
Except for your shoes?
What can you see now?
Just the one at the foot of the table.
What’s he doing?
He still seems to be mucking around with something at the foot of the table. He’s turning sideways to his left side to me. He seems very interested in what he is doing at the foot of the table.
What’s he got in his hand?
It looks like a panel that is lit by a torchlight.
It’s quite dark is it?
Yes. It’s going dark again. Another table on the other side of him. Another raised like a machine. It’s like a mini computer or something on the other side of the table.
Just describe what you see. Take your time. Relax. Let yourself drift.
A box, shaped with a curved top and underneath the curve there’s like a screen.
No. It’s bright. Something white, big and white. What comes to my mind is like a cricket match, like in a cricket match they’re all in white.
Big and white as on a screen?
Yes. It’s funny. (Laughs.)
Are you watching the screen?
No. I’m looking at it but I don’t think I can really see what’s on it.
He’s tapping something into the machine. Buttons - round, tiny (unintelligible) flattish buttons.
And now, what’s happening?
He’s looking at me and now back at the screen. That’s all he seems to be doing.
Go ahead a little further in time, two or three minutes perhaps in time, move forward a few minutes. What’s happening now?
My skirt is being pulled down. Just around my navel, just down slightly, and my top is being pulled up slightly, and the light is shining on that. It’s funny because I feel as if I’m floating up and looking down on the floor.
What are they doing now?
There’s a couple of them on either side, with a needle or something. (Agitated).
Just relax, relax. You’re perfectly safe, you’re in control. What’s happening now?
It’s a funny looking thing. It’s very thick. It’s like a very thick needle. It just doesn’t seem to be a needle. I can’t tell whether he is inserting anything or if he’s just resting there. It’s very narrow but then there’s a part attached to it, above it, that’s a lot thicker, on top.
When you wake up, I want you to draw this needle. Can you do that for me? Is the needle in you now?
No, they’re withdrawing it.
They’ve put the needle in already?
Where did they put it in?
In my navel.
Right into the navel?
Yes. And at an upwards angle, at that angle. (Gestures, indicating about a 45 degree angle). They’re withdrawing it now and there’s a fine needle at the end of it. It’s a bit like a gun, I suppose, with a needle at the end of it.7
What’s happening now?
Now it’s sort of the end of it is curving up. It seems that the end of it is curved.
The needle is curved?
There’s the needle, then there’s the thicker bit and another thicker bit and then it curves out.
When you wake up, I would like you to draw this for me. Can you see it very clearly?
Sort of. I can’t see how they’re holding it. It seems to be like a gun. (Tenses.)
(Calms her). Now move forward a minute or so in time. What do you see now?
They’ve moved away.
And where are you?
I’m still lying on the table.
How are you feeling?
I’m feeling O.K. I’m not really feeling anything.
Move forward a few minutes more. What’s happening now?
Someone’s saying it’s all over. It’s someone I can’t see to my right who’s saying it’s all over and I can get up now.
Do you get up?
I sit up on the table.
What happens now?
My legs are down and I’ve slid off the table.
There’s some instruments on that table next to mine, long shining gray, similar to the needle that I remember, or instrument. The table is circular, very shiny, metallic, almost like glass, it’s so shiny. On the end there’s a white cloth underneath.
A white cloth?
Yes. That’s on the right hand side which is shiny, highly polished.
You can see this very clearly.
There’s a little rail around the edge of the table, about an inch high above the surface of the table. It’s a solid table. There seem to be drawers underneath it.
Is it made of metal?
It seems to be. It’s a bit whiter.
What are you doing now?
I’m standing up and walking away. They’re leading me away. There’s two on either side of me.
(Surprised). Two on either side?
Two on either side. And as I’m walking away I’m looking at the table. The one (Blue) I saw at the foot of the table is there standing over the instrument. He seems to be looking down at them or something as I’m walking away.
Are they Blues all of them?
And where are they taking you to now.
They’re taking me towards the door. To where the car is on the other side.
And do you go back into the car?
No. I’m walking towards the doorway towards the right.
What can you see?
I can see the car’s there. I can see the top of it, part of the car. It’s very cool in the room. I feel very cool now.
Not cold, just cool?
No, just cool, there’s a breeze, like a draft.
Just keep on walking. Where are you going now?
The one next to me on my left is saying something as I’m going towards the door.
Can you hear what he’s saying?
No. He’s saying something.
Is he speaking to you?
Yes. And the other perhaps.
Is he moving his lips when he speaks or is he speaking in your head?
He seems to be moving his lips.
Is he speaking a language you know?
Yes, English. But I can’t quite hear what’s he saying. All I can see is he’s moving his mouth like he’s talking. He may be saying, ‘Remember what we said.’
Can you remember anything they said to you this whole time?
The first thing they said, when I was up on the platform before we went in the large room, was I would remember all this but it would be from a distance, from up high. And when I was in the room they were saying, well they seem to be saying, I don’t know if they actually said it, but they were saying ‘to stay away’.
To stay away from what, from somebody or something, or somewhere?
There’re dials behind me. I don’t know if I’m standing too close.
Too close to the dials?
I didn’t realise the dials were there when I went through the doorway. A yellow and red dial.
Where were they?
In the room. On the bench against the wall to the right of the doorway into the room.
In the room where the table was?
Can you see those dials now?
They’re big fat dials with serrated edges, must be some sort of machine. Just dials on a machine in the bench.
They told you to stay away from the dials before they put you on the table.
Did they say anything else to you?
They’re saying they want me on the table, that it’s my turn to go on the table.
Do they say anything to you while you’re on the table.
There’re two tables. And I go on the other one.
Z is on the other one is he?
Is he asleep or awake?
He’s asleep I think. I can’t really see him. It’s quite a distance away.
But you’re awake, aren’t you?
Just. I’m awake but sleepy. Very sleepy. I don’t remember them saying much. I just fell asleep as soon as I got on the table. I remember not wanting to, not wanting to get on the table or do anything.
Do you remember the needle going in or just the needle coming out?
Just coming out.
Was there any pain?
I can’t recall any at the moment. If there was, it was bearable.
Let’s go back to where you’re walking towards the door. There’s two on either side. You can see the car. Are you getting into the car yet?
I’m walking towards it.
Now here’s the car. Is Z in the car already? Or are you in the car first?
I don’t really know. I can see a figure in the car.
Do you think that’s Z?
I don’t know. It could be. I moved towards the car.
Now what happens?
I don’t recall steps or anything. (Agitated)
Just relax, relax. (Calms her)
Now I can see plainly. He’s not there.8
I’m in the car.
What happens now?
He’s coming in now.
Z is coming in now. Is he awake or is he asleep?
They’ve put him in the driver’s seat?
He’s getting in there, I think, on his own.
On his own? And what happens now? Describe your surroundings. What do you see?
We’re just there. What I’m seeing now is like the car’s just floating on air. I don’t remember anything like this.
The car’s floating on air.
It’s like a hatch that’s opened underneath the car and it’s just there above the opening. Everything’s dark. It’s like seeing the sky again. I’m seeing the night sky.
How do you feel?
I remember going up. I was terrified. I was so scared I felt so hot and so cold and prickly. I felt that I’d never come back again.
But now how’d you feel?
Tired. Very tired.
Are you frightened?
Are you floating down now? What happens next?
We’re on the road.
Is the car moving?
No. It’s stopped.
Do you know where you are?
I think we’re in the exact place that we were before.
And what can you see around you?
Just the bushes, lighted by a light. I can’t tell whether it’s from the beam of the car. No, it can’t be our beam. Everything is lit.
Everything is lighted up around you?
No. Not quite like daylight. But bright enough.
There’s a huge light on our right up above.
And what happens now?
It’s there, and then it goes. It’s slowly going. I can’t see it now because the roof of the car is in the way.
What’s happening now? Now the light is gone and you’re in the car with Z. What happens now?
The car starts. I think Z must have started the car. The lights are back on and we’re driving.
And what do you say to Z? And what does Z say to you?
He’s saying something but the car hasn’t started yet. I think we’re slowly moving. Then the lights come on.
And what happens now?
We’re just driving. I can’t recall any conversation. I think we both feel really, really, relieved.
You don’t want to talk about it.9
Does Z take you home?
What do you find when you get home? Anything at all unusual?
I can see my skirt and there’s a bit of blood on it.
How much blood on your skirt?
About that much. (Gestures, indicating a patch of about four inches in diameter).
In the front?
Yes. Just at the top near the waistband.
Any other sign on your body? Any bleeding on your body?
No. I don’t think so. No.
Any other symptoms?
I remember my stomach feeling sore for a while, like an aching muscle. The next day I think. Every now and then, for a couple of days I felt sore.
Did you want to report what had happened to anybody?
You didn’t want to tell anybody?
Why was this?
I don’t know.
Why did you keep your skirt without washing it?
Because I thought if someone did come, it would be proof.
Did you think anybody would come, as you hadn’t told anybody?
I thought Z might.
Did you talk to Z about it then?
Did you talk to Z about it later. Ring him up or anything to discuss it?
Yes. I think he said he hadn’t told anyone. (Agitated).
Just relax, relax completely. (Pause).
I don’t know why we didn’t tell anyone. I just don’t know. I think I was too scared to tell anyone.
Did anything else happen after that, that was unusual, out of the ordinary? Did anybody come to the house?
I want you to tell me about the time when somebody did come to the house. When the three men dressed in black came to the house.
That was much earlier.
You were quite young then were you?
Can you describe the men in black? I want you to go back in time. How old are you now?
I think I was fourteen.
1974 or 1975?
1974 I think.
You’re fourteen and these men come to the house?
It must have been 1974.
How many are there? I want you to see them, look at them. They’re there now. How many of them are there?
They’re three or four. Three at the door and one behind. (Agitated).
(Calms her). What are they wearing?
Very dark suits. All in dark colours.
How big are the men?
They’re very big. Very tall.
They have hats like old men wear. But they’re not old.
What are the suits like? Can you describe their suits? Are they black or navy blue?
Dark colours. Dark brown.10
Are they talking to somebody at the door?
They’re talking to Dad.
Do you know what they’re saying? Where are you?
I’m a bit further back from Dad, in the middle of the lounge room. I’m walking up to stand beside him.
You’re looking at the men now. Can you describe the men’s faces?
I can see one. He has almost like a pumpkin face. It’s very pale and pudgy. Very roundish sort of face. Very much like the one that came into the office at work.11 They’re all like that, I think. Maybe there’s one that looks normal, more normal like us. Older.
Do they come into the house?
No. They’re just standing at the doorway.
Look at their mouths. Do you see anything unusual about their mouths? Just look at their mouths.
One’s gone quite ugly. He’s starting to look like a pumpkin. Nothing too different. Just normal mouths. They’ve got very pale lips. Almost blue. That’s what I’m seeing, anyway. I don’t remember really noticing much about their mouths.
Is there anything else you want to tell me about these men? Are you frightened of them?
I’m going to put my hand on your forehead. And when I put my hand on your forehead you’re going to hear something the men are saying to your father. What are the men saying?
They’re talking very earnestly. It’s a very serious conversation.
What are they saying?
They’re saying not to say a thing.
Not to say a thing?
Yes. That they could make anything happen.
Is your father frightened?
He’s frightened but he’s standing his ground. That’s what he’s saying. He has every right. If he wants to, he will. If he doesn’t, he won’t.
Do you know what he’s referring to?
No. I’ve got no idea.
He’s never told you?
The men are walking away now. How do they walk?
Like they push back with their legs. Like they’re very strong legs.
A strange walk?
Not unusually strange. No. Just very strong.
Does your father comment on them at all? Does he say anything?
No. He’s not saying anything as they walk to the car.
What sort of car? Describe the car? You see it very clearly. You’re fourteen years old, you can see the car very clearly.
A very old car. It’s a black, shiny 50s car, I think.12
It’s an old-fashioned shape?
Yes. Very old-fashioned.
(End of session).
1 “ ‘You Know I Can’t Eat’: The Alien Theatre of the Absurd.”
2 Z is a pseudonym, like Sabrina. Z’s real name is preserved on the original tapes.
3 Sabrina drew the scene for me later.
4 Many of these alien craft appear to be far larger inside than outside.
5 An allusion to a later episode when
Sabrina encountered a humanoid alien in a park in
6 Was this a missing plane of ours? One thinks of Valentich’s Cessna, though of course many others have vanished without trace.
7 As in the Betty Hill case. I suspect that other gynaecological procedures may have taken place, though this hypnotic session failed to elicit them.
8 Notice her honesty in admitting her mistake.
9 Typical of such abductions.
10 Notice she does not take up my suggestion that they were wearing black or navy blue. So much for the argument that hypnotised subjects are always trying to please the hypnotist.
11 As described in the article mentioned in endnote 1 above.
12 These old-fashioned cars, in apparently new condition,
are a regular feature of Men In Black incidents. “Curiouser
and curiouser,” as
Teleporting Mrs Guppy
By Simon Harvey-WIlson
In the light of suggestions that some UFOs might have teleported to Earth from their home planets, and the numerous reports of abductees being carried by aliens through walls, ceilings, windows and the hulls of UFOs, it does not seem unreasonable to hypothesise that some alien civilizations may have already discovered how teleportation works. If several such civilizations already exist in the universe, one might suppose that mastering the physics of teleportation is the key to joining some form of intergalactic community. Even conventional astrophysicists and astronomers acknowledge that there is very little chance of humans exploring the universe using the rocket technology that we currently possess, because that technology is so expensive, cumbersome, and dangerous and can only carry a limited amount of fuel, thus severely limiting its range.
If we look
at the history of exploration on planet Earth, we can note the remarkable
difference in speed and efficiency between ships and aeroplanes. One can now travel from
An article entitled “Faster Than the Speed of Light” in the August 2002 edition of the Australasian Science magazine explains how a team of physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra have “successfully teleported a message-encoded laser beam by one metre using a process called quantum entanglement” (Catchpole, p.20). As Dr Ben Buchler, one of the team members, explains, “When you teleport an atom, you get the information from one atom, and put it in another atom, so that the second atom thinks it’s the first. But you are not actually moving something from place to place: you are just moving information” (p.20). The article claims that the “teleportation of solid objects is not yet possible … [but] the teleportation of an atom may be possible by around 2006” (p.21). If, in a couple of years, this prediction turns out to be correct, I wonder how long it will take the several teams of physicists around the world that are researching this subject to teleport a solid object from one place to another. The author of the article, Heather Catchpole, claims that teleportation has important implications for communications technology, encryption and quantum computers (p.21), but makes no mention of the extraordinary possibilities that might result from discovering how the teleportation of larger or living objects works.
As an aside, I wonder whether the leading Western nations, who are well aware of the existence and futuristic technology of UFOs, have secretly been working on teleportation technology. If so, then they may have worked out how to build a teleportation device or craft. Rumours exist that the Americans may already have teleported astronauts to the moon or even further, although there is little evidence to support such claims. One regrettable consequence of such secret research is that it might mean that the physicists at the ANU and other universities are wasting their time, creativity and research funding on effectively reinventing the wheel when they could be doing something more useful. On the other hand, if genuine teleportation technology does exist, it is vital that it does not fall into the wrong hands, because, unfortunately, it could also be used here on Earth for devastating military and terrorist purposes.
Examples. One thing that the Australasian Science
magazine article did not mention is that paranormal reports of teleportation
have existed for centuries and that by studying them we might gain clues
as to how genuine teleportation works. In his fascinating
book called Supernatural Disappearances (1995), Rodney Davies
quotes an example in which a man was apparently teleported about five thousand
miles [about eight thousand kilometres] from the Portuguese settlement of
Goa, on the west coast of India, to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon in the
year 1655. In those days, in the absence of a more
convincing explanation, the authorities, who apparently believed that the
teleportation really did occur, considered that such an act could only happen
if the person concerned had made a pact with the devil, and so the poor man
“was burnt by the inquisition” (Davies, 1995, p.26). Davies
then gives the well-known 1593 example of a Spanish soldier who claimed to
have been teleported from
example of wartime teleportation is to be found in the book True
Mystic Experiences (2001), compiled by Jennifer Spees
from the files of Fate magazine. In
the report, Dewey Schley from
Mrs Guppy. I will now
describe a dramatic example of paranormal teleportation that is reported
to have happened to an English spirit medium called Mrs Guppy on
Both theories require a large number of assumptions: for example, that a person can be dematerialised and reassembled without suffering any ill effects; that a higher-dimensional or spirit realm does exist and that one can travel through it without getting lost or stuck there. Other important questions are: where does the energy needed to facilitate teleportation come from; and what, if any, connection does teleportation have to altered states of consciousness? In my opinion, one way to begin solving the puzzle of how teleportation might work is to study as many reliable, well-witnessed cases as can be found, to see if they offer any helpful clues. So, to this end, here are the details of Mrs Guppy’s reported teleportation.
the following information about the Mrs Guppy case is to be found in Nandor Fodor’s fascinating
Encyclopedia of Psychic
Science (1933/1966) which contains a wealth of information about European
Spiritualism over the last two centuries. Fodor (1895-1964) was originally a Hungarian journalist
who worked as a psychical researcher in the
teleportation — or ‘transportation’ as Fodor
(p.392) calls it — occurred at a séance held during the morning of 3 June,
1871 in the house of the spirit medium Charles Williams, at 61 Lamb’s Conduit
Street in London. There were ten people at the séance,
two of them being the mediums Charles Williams and Frank Herne who often worked together. Mrs
Guppy was not in attendance. Although it was light
outside, the séance was held in darkness as a result of the doors and thick
curtains being closed. After the séance had been going
for a while, one of the sitters asked one of the spirit controls, called
Katie King, to apport them something. A control is
the normally invisible spirit operator or guide who is supposedly in charge
of the séance proceedings and may at times speak through or temporarily possess
the spirit medium. As Fodor
writes (p.393), in response to this request, one of the sitters jokingly
said “I wish you would bring Mrs Guppy.” One of the
other sitters then exclaimed “Good gracious, I hope not, she is one of the
biggest women in
Mrs Guppy was rather upset at having arrived in such a state of undress, but once she had recovered, the séance continued with her as an extra sitter, while servants were sent to her house to get “her boots, hat and clothes.” When the séance had finished, “Mr Harrison, editor of The Spiritualist, with three of the sitters offered to escort Mrs Guppy to her home” (Fodor, p.393) which was “a distance of over three miles” [nearly five kilometres] away in Highbury, North London. There they discovered that, before her teleportation, Mrs Guppy had been sitting in a room at home with a companion called Miss Neyland. Her husband also reported that shortly before her disappearance she had come up into the billiard room where he was playing with a friend, who supported this evidence. Miss Neyland reported that “she had been sitting with Mrs Guppy near the fire making up accounts when suddenly looking up she found that her companion had disappeared, leaving a slight haze near the ceiling.”
As Fodor comments, “the case was the occasion of much drollery in the daily press” (p.393). It was also pointed out that it would not have been possible for Mrs Guppy to have hoaxed her appearance for several reasons. She could not have sneaked unnoticed into the darkened séance room without letting in some light from the curtains or door, and furthermore, a woman of her size would have been unable to climb onto the séance table in the dark without assistance or touching one or more of the sitters around it.
Survival or super-psi? So, what are we to make of this case? If the report is true, it appears to reveal that it is possible for a living person to be teleported unharmed from one location to another, through solid walls in a short period of time. However, at this stage paranormal incidents such as this raise more questions than they answer. For example, does Mrs Guppy’s teleportation prove that a spirit or higher-dimensional realm actually exists ¾ as Spiritualists assert ¾ and that some of its inhabitants are able to teleport living people who have not yet ‘moved over’ into that realm? (Spiritualists do not like to refer to people as ‘dead’ because, as they point out, if life-after-death in a spirit realm does exist, then such people are actually in some sense still alive.) However, the American philosopher Professor Stephen Braude points out that contact with so-called spirits at séances does not conclusively prove that life-after-death exists. Braude claims that until further research is conducted, strictly speaking, séances only prove the existence of either what he calls survival (life-after-death) or super-psi abilities. In other words, accurate information gained from supposedly dead people at séances only proves that the spirit medium has gained access to this information by some paranormal means. It does not prove the existence of spirits or life-after-death, although it might appear that it does.
Spiritualists would dispute this, but Braude does have a point. So-called spirits encountered at séances might only be what one could call paranormally generated artefacts of human consciousness, and the personal information received from these spirits might actually be little more than clairvoyant, clairsentient or clairaudient information packaged in a human-like form that reflects many people’s yearning that life-after-death does exist. In other words, at a séance the spirit that acts as the mouthpiece for that paranormally obtained information may not actually be an independent entity at all. As Braude points out, at this stage of investigation we do not know the full extent of what paranormal powers exist.
The paranormal ¾ or psi as some researchers call it ¾ may easily be able to generate a seemingly independent spirit that has all the qualities of someone’s dead relative. Of course one could ask what exactly the difference is between a paranormally generated spirit that has many of the qualities and relevant information about a dead person, and the real spirit of that person? The answer to that question might one day prove to be very interesting. I do not intend to take sides in this controversy, but for more information about this ongoing debate I recommend the website of the International Survivalist Society at: www.survivalafterdeath.org and two recently published books that discuss research into the possibility of life-after-death. The first is The Afterlife Experiments (2002) by Professor Gary Schwartz, and the second is Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death (2003) by Professor Stephen Braude.
Transcending time and space. Returning to the question of whether spirits can teleport living people, we could ask what it is about dying or existing in a spirit realm that might provide spirits with such an ability. It is commonly believed that the spirit realm (assuming for the moment that one does exist) in some way transcends time and space. But what exactly does that mean? It seems strange that, given the enormous number of séances that have been held over the last few hundred years, that we have not yet been provided with a more scientific explanation for the extraordinary abilities that spirits seem to possess, such as precognition, healing and teleportation. I wonder whether a research séance, with some broad-minded physicists and parapsychologists as sitters, might be able to ask their medium or spirit-guide to request that a dead physicist provide them with some technical information or helpful research guidelines about paranormal events and the realm that he or she now inhabits. However, things do not necessarily work that way: in this world a person who uses a mobile phone, microwave oven or computer does not necessarily know how it works. Would spirits need to research how their realm works just as living scientists need to in order to discover how things work in this world? Might it be that only spiritually advanced or technically proficient spirits are able to teleport living people but are unable to explain how it works from a scientific perspective? Someone once rather facetiously pointed out that dying does not necessarily increase one’s intelligence.
Astral travel. Another way of researching how teleportation might work without being dependent on the assistance of mediums and their spirit guides is to consider what we can discover using what is called astral travel. Out-of-body experiences, astral travel, remote viewing and some aspects of near-death experiences have a lot in common. Some people might claim that these are four quite different phenomena, but reports from people who have had these experiences suggest that, once one has left one’s body, it is possible either to survey from above the landscape around one’s body, or simply by an act of willpower, one can find oneself in a distant city without actually having had the experience of flying invisibly all the way there.
One could dispute whether the realm one gains access to while out of one’s body is the same as what others call the spirit realm but, for the moment I am assuming that they do have something in common, or are at least connected to one another. So how is it possible to move so swiftly from one place to another while out of one’s body? Such short cuts could be seen as the out-of-body or astral equivalent of teleportation or, to put it another way, we could say that teleportation is just a matter of astral travelling to a distant location while carrying your physical body with you. One could also claim that if it really is possible to have an out-of-body experience, then surely that demonstrates that humans do have some sort of spirit body. However, some of those who are capable of doing remote viewing are inclined to say that, rather than visiting a remote location in an astral state, they are instead bringing information about that distant location to where their physical body is located. Another perspective is to realise that because the out-of-body or teleportation realm transcends our normal notions of time and space, it is misleading to ask what it is that is doing the moving during such events. Once one has entered this higher-dimensional realm, either with one’s physical body or just one’s consciousness, it may be possible to use it to access any part of the normal world without ‘travelling’ at all. A simple expression of this idea would be to claim that, from an otherworld or multi-dimensional perspective, all of Earth’s physical locations are in the same place.
Sometimes technical inventions that seem unrelated to the paranormal may start to provide insights into such matters. For example, when using the Internet to view live pictures of a distant location, are we visiting that location or bringing information about that location to where we are? As information technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, it may provide us with better concepts or analogies with which to understand the baffling nature of some paranormal events.
We could also ask whether it is possible to deliberately teleport oneself without the assistance of a spirit helper. Some spiritually developed people are supposedly able to do this, but what exactly is meant by ‘spiritually developed’? One possibility is that it means that one has done enough meditation or consciousness training of some sort that one can now deliberately and lucidly access the spirit realm with some part of one’s consciousness. In other words, one can temporarily be one’s own spirit guide, and, by having part of one’s awareness already in the spirit realm, one can teleport one’s body without needing to recruit a permanent inhabitant of that realm to do it for you. However, such a theory still does not explain how teleportation or consciousness actually works.
Bilocation. A closely
related paranormal phenomenon that might help us understand the dynamics
of teleportation is bilocation, which refers to
a person being seen in two places at once. Sometimes
the bilocated person may be seen as just a ghostly
entity, while in other cases the double appears to be completely real, even
when touched. An excellent example of bilocation can be found in Yogananda’s
Autobiography of a Yogi (1946/1983, p.26).
Yogananda was visiting Swami Pranabananda in
To get the
friend to visit, the swami had clairvoyantly located him by the
If it is possible for this to happen, what does it say about the solidity and uniqueness of the human body? Is it possible to create a duplicate body and still claim that it is you? And if this does happen, are one’s memories and personality also duplicated or, as in the swami’s example, is it only possible to create a solid, coherent and active double while one’s original body is in a silent, motionless trance? If it is possible to duplicate even part of one’s personality during bilocation, does this suggest that some so-called spirits-of-the-dead that speak through various spirit mediums are just informational part-duplicates of people that once lived, rather than the real thing? Are bilocation and teleportation different versions of the same thing or are they completely different phenomena? Having thought about this for a while, I am not sure whether the idea of bilocation does not make trying to understand teleportation more complicated rather than easier!
Teleporting cows. While it might be thought that the teleportation of living people is a rare and dramatic event that can only be facilitated by a powerful spirit medium or perhaps aliens, there do exist a few reports of whole herds of animals that were supposedly teleported without a séance in sight. Rodney Davies (1995, p.79) reports that in November 1977 at Ripperstone Farm near the village of St Brides, in Dyfed, Wales, a farmer called Billy Coombs discovered that his entire herd of one hundred cattle, which he had just checked were safely locked into their two sheds, had mysteriously been teleported to his neighbour’s farm. What is even more bizarre about the incident is that the neighbour claimed to have been trying to phone Billy for an hour to report that the cows were wandering about on his property, while Billy Coombs insisted that he had actually been in the sheds checking on the cows during that time. If this story is true, not only does there seem to have been some form of “dislocation of time” (p.80) involved in the teleportation of the cows, but Davies claims that there had been some previous UFO activity around the farm, and in the subsequent days the herd underwent five more baffling teleportation incidents.
In summary, it appears that the phenomenon of teleportation is more common that one might suspect and seems to have links to several other seemingly unconnected fields of scientific research, such as the future of space travel, UFO sightings and alien abductions, the nature of consciousness, the possibility of life-after-death, and of course psychokinesis or mind-over-matter. Perhaps we will only understand these topics when we have completely revised our understanding of the fundamental nature of reality.
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Warning! Warning! Security Breach!
UFO Intrusions into Base Weapons Areas
By Michael Jordan
could be more potentially dangerous than a major security breach occurring
in an area where missiles and other weapons are housed. When
some of these missiles are fitted with a plutonium warhead packing enough
yield (three megatons) to magnify the explosion at
a ninety page report titled UFOs and Defence: What We Should
Prepare For, based on a three year study of the UFO phenomenon by high-level
officials including retired generals from the French Institute for Higher
Studies for National Defence, concluded that, “numerous manifestations observed
by reliable witnesses could be the work of craft of extraterrestrial origin”.
The report went on to warn that although the “extraterrestrial hypothesis”
was not categorically proved, “strong presumption exists in its favour and,
if it is correct, it is loaded with significant consequences”. Further, the French report stated that, “there have been
visits above secret installations and missile bases” and “military aircraft
shadowed” in the
prior to this, the
false alarms were linked to the appearance of UFOs on radar. In the mid-seventies, there were more than two thousand
missile sites spanning the
At Malmstrom Air Force Base in
Following attention to all the SAT team from doctors and psychologists at the base hospital, an amazing discovery became apparent. Computer and targeting specialists discovered that target codes, on tapes in the computerised warhead that directs the missiles, had mysteriously undergone changes to their original target numbers. Military records documented other UFO visits to the same missile sites during the next twelve hours. Despite extensive investigations by military and other agencies, no anomalies were ever found in the area and no positive cause for the missile shutdown was ever identified.
These visits were certainly not the first to be recorded at Malmstrom. In May 2001, some twenty people claiming UFO encounters while performing military or government duties went public to demand open congressional hearings on this strongly classified phenomenon. Air force veteran Robert Salas told how UFOs buzzing missile silos at Malmstrom Air Force Base succeeded in disabling more than twelve Minuteman nuclear missiles in March 1967.
Sightings of unknown flying objects, including a reported landing in the vicinity of the Manzano Weapons Storage Area, at Kirtland Air Force base in 1980, are confirmed officially in several declassified Air Force documents. This was not the first time UFOs had visited Kirtland. In November 1973, air policemen reported a large, glowing object above plant No 3 in the Manzano area. The object, shaped like an oblate spheroid, 250 feet [76 m] in diameter, golden in colour and completely noiseless, hovered low over the area only to move out of sight when four F-101 aircraft from the base were scrambled to intercept the intruder.
In March 1967, NORAD radar tracked a disc-shaped UFO over the Minuteman missiles at Minot Air Force base in Dakota. Strike teams were scrambled in order to try to capture the object undamaged if it landed. At the site they reported a metallic UFO with bright flashing lights which stopped suddenly and hovered at five hundred feet altitude above the launch control facility before climbing and disappearing.
This well-documented series of incidents at military bases includes incursions by nocturnal lights, unidentified helicopters and other ‘craft’, beginning in 1948 at the Los Alamos base through the fifties (Hanford, Savannah River), sixties (Warren, Cheyenne), seventies (Malmstrom, Wurthsmith, Minot), and eighties (Bentwaters RAFB, Suffolk, England), to the October 1991 (Chernobyl plant and Arkhangel Missile base in Russia) incidents.
interesting incident is taken from the KGB files and involves a multiple-witnessed
encounter at an army missile base in the district of Kapustin Yar, Astrakhan Region. It all
began at on the night of
At this time Ensign Voloshin and Private Tishchayev climbed to the first level of an antenna tower, reporting that they could “clearly see a powerful blinking signal which resembled a camera flash in the night sky”. The hull of the UFO shone with a dim green light which looked like a phosphorous glow. While hovering over the depot, a bright beam suddenly appeared from the base of the disc, moving in a circular direction, lighting up parts of the building, before retracting and returning to the flashing signal. The guard shift and its commander reported fantastic manoeuvres performed by the craft, stopping dead in the air, wobbling, floating, and blinking off, then on, in changing coloured lights and signal patterns. At one stage it appeared to increase in size before suddenly dividing itself into three points of light then re-shaping as a triangular craft.
on the Kapustin Yar base incident are important
because not only do they include testament from seven military witnesses
of an incident that lasted for two whole hours, but they provide a great
deal of detailed information on the seemingly limitless manoeuvrability of
UFOs. Let us not forget though, that this was a Soviet
military base which the craft entered and that it examined the weapons area,
as did the craft at Malmstrom in 1975 and at the
Johnson in an article titled Do Nuclear Facilities Attract UFOs?
explains that a statistical comparison he
conducted produced three thousand and fifty-one more UFO sightings and five
hundred and sixty-eight more close encounter reports in US counties that
contain nuclear facilities than ones that do not. This
suggests that, for whatever reason, these facilities do attract the attention
of UFOs. Richard Dolan in his groundbreaking book
UFOs and the National Security State reports that the Oak
Ridge Nuclear Facility in
“This object was extremely black in colour, having an appearance of a deep black metal exterior with a fine gloss. It did not leave a vapour trail nor were there any lights or shine noticed. No sound was heard. The object flew east at a tremendous speed for what appeared to be approximately three miles [4.8 km] where it stopped. The object was then joined by two more of these same objects. A formation similar to a spread ‘V’ was formed and the objects, at a tremendous speed, flew in an eastward direction.”
reported that during the
What can the reasons be for the intense interest that UFOs have in nuclear weapons’ storage areas and nuclear sites in general? Are they interested in humanity’s progress in the usage of nuclear energy or just in the developmental stage of the weapons themselves? When they direct an energy beam from their craft into one of the storage bunkers altering the telemetry of the weapons and rendering them inoperative, is it through concern for their safety, which they might feel is compromised by the proliferation of a nuclear arsenal, or purely for our safety? Then again, maybe it’s a long range concern for the planetary environment and the fate of humanity in general.
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Awakening to Contact Experiences
Who will listen?
By Mary Rodwell
Leeds UFO Conference in 2002 was a great opportunity for a researcher-counsellor
specialising in abduction-contact experiences to explore what kind of support
was on offer in the
Any UFO conference is a vital part of the ufology scene, as it is one of the main avenues where information is presented to the public, and for many it may be just the beginning of their journey of discovery. At UFO exhibitions or conferences there are a certain percentage of visitors who come out of more than just curiosity. Some are seeking specific information and answers, embarking on a personal journey to gain some insight into life experiences that they cannot explain in rational terms. Not everyone may have seen a UFO, but some may still believe they have had some form of interaction with extraterrestrial beings. Some are just puzzled why this particular subject fascinates them so much, and they come looking for answers.
A UFO conference
provides a non-threatening venue to access information, but also provides
opportunities for those with contact experiences to find help. Organisers of big conferences, such as Laughlin in the
Specialist events in my opinion do have a responsibility not only to explore every aspect of the phenomenon scientifically but also to provide for the needs of those personally experiencing the effects of this phenomenon. Although research and exploration of the scientific evidence to validate this reality are important, the individuals who attend such a conference may not just be seeking that sort of information. As a result of their own personal experiences they may be asking themselves how they can find someone who will listen and support them.
not altogether surprise me as there is a dearth of therapeutic support worldwide,
as well as in
Awakening was written because I was aware that there are
few books specifically written to assist the experiencer
with their process of waking up to their contact. Because
I live in
The book began with the question: Are my unusual experiences a form of contact? What are the indicators, and how do I know that I am not just crazy? The book takes the reader through the process of discovery, from the questioning of their sanity, and with information on how to cope with the fear. I’ve included guidelines on how to set up a support network for yourself and how to find that special therapist or counsellor. It also explores some of the more challenging aspects of these experiences, such as implants, missing pregnancies, and the star children phenomenon. And, interestingly, I wanted to outline the paranormal abilities which manifest after contact, and other transformative outcomes of the experience, such as healing. Although no book can be fully comprehensive, it covers the main topics that most individuals are looking for from the beginning of their journey, to what this experience means to them on a much deeper level. It provides some validation of their reality so that they can actively take part in the integration of the experiences, thus allowing healing to commence.
A resource book is only part of the solution to support those isolated with this experience. We need to look seriously at the lack of psychological resources in whatever country we reside, and actively seek open-minded professionals prepared to research and work with this field. Priority is often given to scientific data in ufology, but we should not neglect the people this phenomenon affects. Often they can be in intense isolation and fear, and those having contact can often be experiencing real human suffering. Apart from the fact that this aspect of the phenomenon may ultimately offer us some of the answers we seek, I believe we limit our understanding by ignoring the very people that this phenomenon affects the most.
I am a researcher more by default than anything else. It was through my work as counsellor and hypnotherapist, and listening to personal accounts of fear and trauma of isolation that motivated me to provide support in a more active way. I was concerned and disturbed by what I heard at the conference when it became clear that despite the enormous number of UFO groups and organisations there are very few that still offer real tangible resources to support those experiencing contact. Many UFO groups are more focused on the scientific data than the emotional and psychological support, as this is a vastly different prospect for them to contend with, but just as vital nevertheless. I take the point that many UFO groups have neither the time nor expertise to handle this part of the phenomenon; most are amateur groups made up of people with full-time jobs. However, there is still a responsibility not to neglect the individuals who require tangible support. One way to do this is to provide an active program to recruit those with professional expertise because it is certain that this need for therapeutic expertise will grow as the public gets more exposure to the UFO reality, and more and more individuals wake up to this experience. We have to ask how we can best meet this obvious need and provide the professional quality of emotional support required.
proved successful and twelve individuals attended the first meeting. This number grew through word of mouth and it soon became
clear that I was tapping into a need that far exceeded my original expectations. The number was staggering and went into the hundreds,
that the Leeds Conference was a great experience and I made some wonderful
new friends. But the information that I gained about
supporting those with contact was vital, particularly when I saw for myself
the obvious need, which meant that there is much more that can be done to
help those personally affected by this intriguing and confronting phenomenon. I have been inspired to liaise with some UFO groups in
the UK who are as committed as I am to create a more supportive environment
with appropriate resources both in the UK as well as in Australia, and to
meet the growing needs of individuals who are waking up to their contact. Dr Roger Leir, author The Aliens and the Scalpel (1999), recently told me that those
that contacted him rose by 20% after the television mini-series Taken was shown in
Postscript. This article was first
published in the English UFO Magazine in April 2003. I had been asked to speak at the next Leeds UFO conference
in late September 2003, but sadly, only days before this event, Graham Birdsall suffered a brain haemorrhage and, despite
a successful operation, later suffered a fatal heart attack. It was devastating news, and one that I remember with
great sadness. I had come to know Graham as a dear
friend as well as a colleague. Personally, I found
him to be a warm, kind person with a great sense of humour. Professionally he was totally dedicated to the UFO subject
and was prepared to bring the evidence to the public arena, come what may. His wonderful contribution to ufology was inestimable
and I feel that his demise will prove a huge loss to English ufology as well
as worldwide. Since then, despite the blow to launching
Mary Rodwell, RN, counsellor, hypnotherapist, and producer of the award winning video Expressions of ET Contact: A Visual Blueprint? is principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network).
Telephone/Fax International: (618) 9454 3702.
Web sites: http://www.maryrodwell.com and http://www.acern.com.au.
Australian UFO Research Network (AUFORN) website: http://www.hypermax.net.au/~auforn
Australasian Ufologist magazine website: http://wwwhomepage.powerup.com.au/~ufologist
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Transform Your Life.
By Wendy Wolfe
Michael Menkin had heard about reports of humans suffering alien abductions and their consequent trauma. From his reading and discussions with many abductees he concluded that humans are being invaded by an alien force from another world in what he refers to as a ‘telepathic war’, and also that telepathy is used by aliens to communicate and immobilize abductees. Menkin then invented a protective helmet whose protective lining can be used inside an ordinary hat or sports cap. He wrote:
“Until now, the creatures attacking us could do so at will; they could ‘switch off’ people or render them powerless, manipulate people’s thoughts and cause them to move against their will, project mental images to us, masquerade as a friendly or sexually attractive human and scan our entire minds.”
In a report
to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in the
The thought-screen helmet has been designed to prevent aliens from performing any kind of mental control over humans. The manner in which the helmets are meant to do this is by blocking out alien thought so humans can no longer be manipulated or controlled. Regarding the origin of the thought-screen helmets, Menkin explains that the idea came to him from characters in the science fiction novels written by Edward Elmer Smith, PhD, on the ‘Gray Lensman’. This how the story goes: A sadistic race of monsters known as the Overlords of Delgon were preying on people by sheer power of mind. One of the warriors who went in to attack them was Helmuth, who had been given a thought-screen by a being from a higher-echelon planet named Ploor. This warrior was equipped with a “thought-screened, armoured head behind the billowing gun and flaring projectors”.
The first thought-screen helmets, considered to be ‘telepathic armour’ were made in 1998 using aluminium foil. Following this, metallized plastic used in static shielding bags was tried. These helmets were reported to be partly successful, but two users were still overcome by telepathic commands from aliens. By late 1999 the shielding in thought-screen helmets had been changed to 3M Velostat, and those made using eight sheets of .006″ (6 mils thick) Velostat (part number 1706) are said by Menkin to be completely successful in preventing abductions. Information about Menkin’s research into this subject can be found on the Internet at http//www.stopabductions.com.
Scenes on the Edges of Reality
By Wendy Wolfe
of alien encounter and abduction reports investigated, many have shown similar
features and from these cases what is known as a typical abduction scenario
has emerged. The fundamental
elements of the abduction phenomenon have been set out by Professor John
Mack (1999). Many other examples vary from the familiar
pattern. Whether the event is typical or not, a frequent
occurrence is that it is intrusive, intimidating and traumatic. Trauma is occurring frequently for UFO and abduction experiencers in
Noting similarities is an obvious way to compare events, but even within the typical scenario there are countless variations to be considered. They include differences in the presentation of the aliens’ physical appearance and garb, their manner of manifesting to the encountee, and the nature of their actions. All these factors, together with a paucity of physical evidence to pin down, might make us wonder how we can even begin to understand alien intentions, planning or expectations in an encounter or abduction.
As for the human encountees, their responses range from emotional shock and distress to disbelief. Encountees’ responses and possibly even the manner in which the aliens reveal themselves might also be affected by the experiencer’s cultural background. Not everyone is of the opinion that the aliens’ abilities are paranormal or more than advanced technology, and a quite different mode of support is being offered for sufferers of alien mind invasions by inventor Michael Menkin in anti-telepathy or thought-screen helmets. If we try viewing the alien visitors as actors, we see that they employ all sorts of surprising ways in which to present events and thus influence the encountee’s response to and interpretation of an event. Some factors that might affect the experiencer’s response are:
The producer of an on-stage theatrical event knows the importance of detail and how even a small action can be influential in drawing response and affecting the outcome. A small but significant detail that frequently leads to trauma for the abductee is the visual impact of aliens’ eyes. The following event is comparatively simple in terms of the number of ‘players’ involved, the variety of scenes, and the action. Only one item — the eyes — was sufficient to produce an outcome of fear.
The story was told to me by Marj, who was travelling alone and had stopped at a remote South Australian camping ground for the night. “During the night a being entered my caravan, walking through the wall at a place where there was no door. Now he stood close in front of me. He was tall and his head was covered by a cloth worn like a mantle and drawn back to reveal a very high forehead. The skin colour was silver changing to a more human-like tone at the side of the face and chin. His nose, perhaps camouflaged by the silver, was long and straight — too even and straight for a human nose. I was looking up into his eyes and could see they were not human. What I saw terrified me.”
“Immediately after the event I found it difficult to fully visualise the eyes because the corneal area had became blurred in my mind. Yet I did remember that they were big eyes, wide across, not like slits but only narrowly open. I could see white. In some way they were reptilian. I was shocked and cannot forget that moment. His robe was parted in front to reveal a collar or chain made up of white interlocking pieces, and under this he wore another dark garment. I thought he seemed to be a superior type of being. Next we were walking along a dark passage or tunnel. I was trying to hide my panic and appear calm but when we came out at the end, to my shame, I began to scream. I feel ashamed to have been so frightened just because his eyes were different from ours.”
A close-up encounter with a saurian-faced being has to be unbelievable. Who would ever expect to see a humanoid with the face of a reptile? Such visitations bring about a disruption to our normal expectations and world view. We find great difficulty in coping with a visual reality that does not fit into our normal scene or idea of what is real. Collapse of a world view can cause us to feel adrift and alienated from family and community. Abductees become profoundly disturbed at happenings that do not fit any recognizable pattern and Professor John Mack describes this trauma as “ontological shock” (1995, p.407).
As encountees’ lives are severely affected, so also are those of researchers and investigators working in the area of the abduction and contact phenomena because they are daring to challenge the prevailing borders of reality. As Mack (2000, p.247) has put it: “to depart from the ontological consensus brings to mind images of ostracism and the catastrophe of excommunication”. A single event can perhaps be shut away in memory but the encountee whose life is repeatedly invaded is likely to lead a life of emotional isolation, often unable to seek help or discuss their sufferings for fear of being thought to be unstable or mentally ill. This ongoing trauma has led many to seek some way to end the visitations and they have discovered the thought-screen helmet.
Menkin reports that a child of eight who had been diagnosed as autistic, and had recurring nightmares about monsters and had told his mother that the aliens told him to obey them, began to wear a thought-screen helmet. While wearing the helmet he has not been invaded by aliens and his doctors report that his autism has improved markedly.
Two events, one from America and one from Australia, are very similar but show how a tiny difference in timing of about one second has a major effect on the actions within the event itself. (The man woke in time to hit the alien. The woman woke just too late to put up any defence before the anaesthetic took effect.) Another difference is in the alien faces — one a typical grey and the other a non-frightening humanlike face. The first story comes from the files of Michael Menkin:
A man reported that he was awakened in the middle of the night by what he thought was an insect on his arm. He went to swat at it and hit a face. He felt soft skin and saw that it was an alien face, a grey with a large round head and large round black eyes. There was a second alien on the other side and they were bent over putting a needle into his arm. He went to strike the other face but was rendered unconscious. When he awoke in the morning he found a long scratch on his arm indicating that the instrument was jarred when he struck the alien. Following this the visitations continued and the experiencer began to use a thought-screen helmet to try to prevent them. At the time of receiving this report the encounters were said to have ceased.
story is another account from Marj. This event occurred in the same general area of
In these two events there is a factor that might indicate forward planning of the event by the aliens in having the same sex administering the anaesthetic. For the male, the aliens presented as figures who could be identified as male greys. He had time to see them and take action by hitting out. In the case of the woman the injection was being given by a female, easily seen to be a woman and of non-threatening appearance. However, the encountee was woken just too late for her to take any action such as physical struggle. There was pain involved later in the episode but it was not overall a highly traumatising event and perhaps this is to do with the manner in which it had been planned. In other words, perhaps the invaders did not intend the event to be frightening.
Encounters sometimes leave physical effects, either injurious or beneficial, which seem to make them a physical reality. Examples are detailed in the writings of Mack, Thompson, Good and others. However, it is known that states of mind can produce remarkable effects on the body and Thompson uses well-known examples of stigmata to illustrate this. Good (2000, p.246) gives an example of healing by aliens in the following story. I have retold it briefly. Note that a helmet was used to aid communication.
police officer from
that illustrates this is of a man in southern
In another account from a man of Aboriginal descent, culture again appears to play a role not only in his response to the event and but also to the action of the event itself. Spirits of the bush and sky beings are very much part of traditional Aboriginal life and these entities were accepted and not necessarily feared. The action here, which might otherwise seem to verge on the ridiculous, reflects a cultural attitude of being at ease with and amicable to a visiting entity. The event occurred nearly thirty years ago and was first recorded soon afterwards. The encountee re-told the story in 1995, this time to me, shortly before his death. Narri was employed by Main Roads and stayed in a caravan at a base camp near Mundrabilla. He tells the story:
“I woke up this morning hearing somebody talking to me. It was an ET, sitting on my bed. He said, ‘I’ve got to go now.’ I walked out of the caravan with him. I asked him to stay longer to talk, but he said: ‘No, I am leaving.’ Then I do not know how or why, he started to rise up off the ground and I grabbed him by the leg. There was a big grey cloud just above him. He said, ‘You have to let me go’ and I said, ‘Where are you going? Take me with you’. He said, ‘You have to let me go’ and I did. Next thing I find that I am about 100 yards [91 m] from the caravan in my underpants with no shoes on. There was heavy dew and not a cloud in sight. The memory of that never, never left me.”
Humans are gazing at paranormal events that appear on and beyond the edges of our reality. We may catalogue and speculate about the many different approaches made to us by non-human entities and the varying human responses to and interpretations of these visitations, but without full understanding. To begin to comprehend the phenomenon it is likely that we must learn to expand our minds, increasing our perception beyond the limitations of our present ontology.
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UFO Sighting, July 1969
By Don Phillips
goes back to, as I recall, 1969 in
It was a July morning, completely overcast with that even low sort of cloud that threatens drizzle. The atmosphere was clear and relatively warm for July, and as I recall, about 6:30am because I had just stepped out onto our front porch to collect the milk (in those days the milk was delivered to our front doorstep even though we had a high, long, steep driveway). Because of our high position we had a clear view across to the coast, we could see Alcoa’s smokestacks, but not the ocean. I noticed a light way out towards the coast and thought it must have been a plane, and it held my attention because of the low cloud and its apparent low altitude. As I watched, it seemed to be travelling towards me because the light was getting larger, and as it got closer over a time of about a minute or two (this time is very hard to define) its brightness started to pulsate on a cycle of dull and bright of about one second. At this point in the episode I realised this was something not ordinary so I called my wife to come and see. Unfortunately she thought I had found a new flower out in the garden and did not come out, preferring to remain in bed on that winter morning. I didn’t dare take my eyes off it in case it disappeared, so I didn’t go inside to get her.
It was about this time that this object started to take on a hazy outline of the classical UFO shape. I am colour-blind and see only three colours and to my perception it was a yellowy gold colour, rather an unreal sort of colour to me. Now, it was getting quite close to me, maybe less than l km, its outline was becoming more firm, less hazy, and it began to turn in an arc to the north. It had been travelling from the west due east and the whole time its altitude hadn’t changed, about 100m to 300m, a bit hard to be certain, but still well under that low cloud cover.
it seemed to travel straight north, that is, parallel to the coast probably
directly above the Armadale to
As if they had done what they had to do, they did a left turn, that is, they turned into the east towards the coast and sped off at some phenomenal speed that is beyond belief, like a bullet, at maybe thousands of kilometres per hour. It did not alter altitude and it disappeared to a pinprick of light still under the cloud cover in about two or three seconds until there was no light to see, just like the Starship Enterprise at the beginning of that old TV show. I estimate the distance from my house to where the UFO appeared and disappeared to be I guess about 15-20km. Not a sound during the whole episode, and I estimate the round disc shaped craft to be the size of a small house. It pulsated the whole time and although it was completely this yellowish colour, it did not seem to be enveloped in a glowing halo.
There was something
strange happened on this particular morning. There
is a rail crossing on what was then
ago when I lived in Collie as a boy we used to travel to
Now my wife could not see these beings, so it could have been a very lucid couple of dreams, both identical or maybe the sight of these things is a personal thing and if you are tuned to it you see it, and if not you don’t. With the UFO I would have imagined that half of Armadale would have seen it. To my knowledge there were no reports of anything and in those days if you talked about anything like that you were considered a crackpot, and no, I did not report it. Despite all the denials and spin from politicians and sceptics I know that these things are real, they are not using Earth-based technology and I don’t think they are a threat to us. Since these events I have tried to keep it at arms length and hope that more evidence might prove to the rest of the world that they are real. Nevertheless, let me say to those people, sceptics included, who have not been in the right place at the right time to experience something like I have described, believe me, they are real.
The Evil Eye
by Judy Bryning
Eye’ has been a widespread belief in many parts of the world for a couple
of thousand years, so it’s of interest to discuss and analyse reports that
persist even up to the present day. It has always
been a popular belief that some people had power in their look or gaze which could bring misfortune to the person looked at. This could take the form of drying up cows’ milk, or making
crops fail, which would have been a disaster for the old agrarian communities. It could supposedly cause not only illness but death. Those responsible for all or some of these effects were
said to be motivated by envy, called coveting in the ten commandments of
the Bible. In seventeenth century
only the intentional variety of evil eye projection (mal’occhio in
In the domain of animal behaviour, author Desmond Morris (1992) contributes information on the blatant use of eye power in the mode of predatory attack and dominance. Some insights from the post-modernist psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan could contribute to a theory of the processes involved, despite his notoriously opaque style of discourse. Among all the questions which could be asked are: Does such an ability actually exist and, if so, how does it work? Could the ability be inherited? Can any individual be trained to acquire this ability? As with other psychic abilities, it is recognised that shamanic abilities can be inherited. Those who might inherit the evil eye power could benefit themselves (not others!) by training.
In its Greek context, a curative ritual — such as making the sign of the cross and saying a prayer — against the evil eye is taught by fathers to daughters, and by mothers to sons. Girls seem interested in learning the ritual in order to become better mothers, and Greek boys trust the mother to cure them when they fall ill. Prevention was all important, because it was believed that the first glance of the evil eye was the most fatal (Elworthy, 1895/1989, p.142). Protection from the evil eye in the first instance could be achieved with objects such as amulets, hand gestures and even plants (for example, cyclamen, according to the Roman historian Pliny).
Once sickness had struck, various domestic rituals could be performed. In the most usual cases, concerning children, a Mexican ritual consists of passing an unbroken egg over the patient’s face and body. Afterwards the egg is broken in a saucer and placed under the bed. The following morning, the appearance of the egg determines whether the ritual has been successful. A more complicated variant of this is to then locate the person who inflicted the evil eye and force them to transfer three mouthfuls of water from their mouth to that of the patient. Somewhat problematic to organise and also of dubious hygiene!
Chaldean remedy still used by the Greeks in the 1980s involved a drop of
oil spreading on water (Tanagras, 1967). Obviously preventative measures against the evil eye were
an obsession throughout history, accounting for the presence of so many old
amulets in museums, notably in
Plutarch, the Roman scholar, claimed that envious looks pierced like poisoned arrows, and he also mentioned voice, odour and breath as emanations which may easily injure, but above all this was true of the eyes. He recommended that charms and antidotes be used to turn aside evil glances (in Elworthy, 1895/1989, p.13). Roman shield designs evolved from simple amulets, being combined, compounded and systematised into what Elworthy (p.179) considered to be “a quasi-science which we now call Heraldry”. Today these circular geometric patterns suggest hubcap designs to modern eyes.
etymological connection leads us back from the modern word ‘fascination’ to
the means by which the evil eye would be deflected, like arrows against the
Roman shields. The word fascina
is derived from the older Greek word ‘vaska’
which means mask or amulet. Since then, the word for
the power of fascination was described as ‘invidere’
(Latin) meaning to look too closely at, or envy. It
was explained as such by
of off-putting imagery recalls the famous myth of Medusa the Gorgon, whose
gaze turned whoever looked upon it to stone (perhaps paralysed would be a
modern psychological interpretation). In the traditional
dance drama of
The only exploration of the evil eye prophylactic process (that I know of) in terms of modern psychoanalysis is in the rather obscure writing of Jacques Lacan. In cases of combat or confrontation, Lacan makes a distinction between a being and its semblance. He gives as an example the combat display of an animal: “the being gives of himself, or receives from the other, something that is like a mask, a double, an envelope, a thrown-off skin, thrown off in order to cover the frame of a shield”(Lacan, 1979, p.117). He continues to theorise that in this manner “a being comes into play in his effects of life and death”. This appears to form a screen which protects the intended recipient of any harmful effect (p.117).
Amulets which protected against the power of the evil eye or ‘fascination’ were emblems of power. The greatest number of these to be found today in museums display phallic depictions or phallic symbols. According to Elworthy, the term for these amulets among old writers was ‘fascinum’ (p.149). Being a respected and respectable nineteenth century scholar, he refused to translate a lengthy Latin footnote on these amulets by Horace, claiming it unfit to be reproduced! Nineteenth century notions of propriety did not include any reference to erotic content.
Considering that much contemporary evidence of the evil eye has come from Greece, it seems fitting that a great deal of research in the mid-twentieth century was done by a Greek navy admiral, Dr Tanagras. Tanagras’ theory of ‘psychoboly’ was first outlined in 1929 and was described by him as a “new power influencing human life” which he claimed had hitherto been ignored by science. (Considering the many Greek origins in our language, no-one has more right to create neologisms than Tanagras. His specialised terms are not in current use, so you will not find ‘psychoboly’ in a dictionary.) This power referred to above can hardly be called new. It seems to be an umbrella term for psychic forces such as telepathy and telekinesis acting on inorganic matter, such as car accidents, derailments, shipwrecks, etc. Another form of this force acts directly on the tissues or functions of a living organism, such as the evil eye. What is new about this idea is that Tanagras, Maeterlinck (poet and writer) and other researchers of the 1930s have considered all of the above phenomena to be caused by a single force. Freud, despite his rejection of occultism, considered that any deep impression which is driven back into our unconscious and which strives for expression can produce such phenomena as those described above (in Tanagras, 1967, p.7). Tanagras states that the influence of the evil eye should not be considered so inexplicable when unseen emanations from x-rays are known to cause damage to the human body if the users of them do not wear protective lead shields. An earlier attempt to define this ‘emanation’ came from Aristotle who rejected the notion of superstition. Instead he believed in a ‘chemical power’ of the organ of vision (in Tanagras, 1967, p.58). An interesting choice of words, considering that today, optical processes giving sight are considered to be photochemical.
Tanagras considered that this force was in the form of electrons, “psychodynamic energy,” and “the entelechy which Aristotle foreshadowed so accurately and which he called Entos-Echein (to contain internally, in itself)”. Tanagras posited that this force emanates from the sympathetic nervous system. It appears that persons with that system dominant are likely agents for psychobolic emission. The bulk of Tanagras’ monograph contains one hundred and six case histories about the evil eye, many signed and witnessed by dignitaries or doctors in the local communities of the occurrence. They cover a span of approximately seventy years, from the beginning of the twentieth century. The class of people represented range from illiterate peasants to priests or educated office bearers in public life and the army.
1930s, serious interest was shown by scientists towards analysing psychic
phenomena, but since then such interest has not prevailed widely, at least
not with accredited academics. Struggles for grants
and employment, plus fear of peer disapproval have inhibited modern research. In contrast, it’s interesting that so many of the great
minds which have shaped our civilization have devoted serious thought to
evidences of the unseen force of the evil eye. Luckily
for posterity, Aristotle, Plutarch, Pliny,
In the animal
world, status battles involve staring to assert dominance.
The human version of this is ‘eyeballing’. Among
the higher mammals, Desmond Morris (1992, p.51) provides insights into the
behaviour of tigers, quoting the great cat authority, Leyhausen. This zoologist found
that if his face was hidden by a camera, the tiger would leap to attack. When he took the camera away from his face, and stared
directly at the animal, it had the effect of repelling the attack. This occurred repeatedly. Desmond
Morris has observed similar behaviour with cats stalking smaller prey. When the gaze was turned away from the predator, it would
pounce. This illustrates a commonsense tactic which
would also be employed by humans. More baffling is
the hypnotic effect described by Elworthy (1895/1989,
p.40), “Snakes especially seem to have the power of exciting fear and aversion
in nearly all other creatures while with some, especially birds, they have
at the same time a power of attraction, which can only be described as fascination”. Elworthy expands on this further,
quoting a nineteenth century report from
There is another intriguing possible correlation here with what is arguably the best known and commonest form of spirit manifestation, the poltergeist. These noisy and turbulent disturbances concerning physical objects can be of a destructive and malicious character. According to Nandor Fodor’s Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science, “the movement of the objects is usually taking place at a moment when nobody looks. They are often seen in flight but not in stirring. It has been suggested that the gaze of the human eye has a checking effect” (Fodor, 1933/1966, p.291). This corresponds identically with the checking effect of the human gaze on the tiger as described above by Leyhausen.
The power of thought and emotion are filtered, diffused and defused through speech. The raw impact of poltergeist and animal power is so violently manifested because it is undiminished by spoken communication. Animal and/or spirit (or, as some suggest, a split-off aspect of human consciousness) operate in a similar mode. Valiente (1984, p.114) reaffirms the point I made earlier in her comment, “The silent curse or the Evil Eye, which came from the soul within, was more dreaded than openly spoken maledictions. Its very silence gave it the pent-up concentration of something formulated with one’s whole being”.
Neolithic people would have had an easier, natural access to this faculty than we have nowadays and therefore a closer affinity with the animals they hunted. This faculty has become increasingly rare (except perhaps in horse whisperers!) in the century of Freud and the discovery of the unconscious mind. Before Freud’s discovery of the subconscious, no division in mind functioning was acknowledged or even known. During the Renaissance, man had become the measure of all things, and with urbanisation, became increasingly distanced from the environment over the next five hundred years. The Age of Reason title given to this continuing trend in the seventeenth century showed the value given to scientific method. So it can be seen that the incorporation of earlier beliefs and reliance upon instinct became marginalised, and then detached from mainstream thinking. The separation and distancing needed for analytical thought seem to have deflected or diffused the power of the unconscious from its expression. So this split-off aspect could have been expressed in a detached way — as some people suggest happens in poltergeist activity. As the increasing refinement of spoken language became pre-eminent, the telepathic and eye power faculties correspondingly declined; an evolutionary trade-off.
A very important
feature of Moslem life, the seclusion of women at home, or behind veils in
public, derives from a fear of the evil eye (in Elworthy,
1895/1989, p.429). This is a core belief of not only
Islamic but also Judaic communities, and has enormous implications for the
economies of contemporary Middle Eastern and also third world countries. Another researcher, Clarence Maloney, has collated the
papers presented at the 1972 symposium of the American Anthropological Association
on the evil eye. Here it is interesting to note a
typical approach of the social scientist, linking beliefs and practices which
have a bearing on the economy. Joel Teitelbaum, a field worker in
syncretism existing between Islam and indigenous animistic beliefs in Moslem
communities of south-east
Personally I do not believe that the power of eye contact and the accompanying evil eye practices which occur with humans and animals are absent in Aboriginal Australia. Europeans tend to be suspicious and mistrustful if someone doesn’t look them in the eye. Consequently, the gaze aversion (the anthropologist’s term) of Aboriginals, so disconcerting to those of European descent, has been mistakenly interpreted as evasiveness, indicating a range of negative behaviours from non-compliance to dishonesty. The Aboriginals’ explanation of gaze aversion is that they consider it to be not polite to look someone in the eye. This explanation could easily co-exist with an implicit awareness of the evil eye danger, but reluctance to share this with outsiders to their culture because the outsider in any community is suspect. In countries where the main ethnic group had brown or dark eyes, the blue-eyed foreigner was therefore suspect. For example, the classic evil eye amulet is a blue eye.
Jewish community, the evil eye fear was just as strong as in the wider community
usage shows a striking example of the way social attitudes are formed and
perpetuated. The German word for evil eye is Judenblick, the glance of a Jew (Maloney, 1974, p.8). This often alternates with Böseblick
(angry eye). These alternatives could be seen to reflect
the distinction between the two types of evil eye; Malocchio
and Jettatura — the intentional and the involuntary. Supported by language, anger and evil intent, imputed
to Jewish people as a whole, had the ongoing insidious effect of imagining
these emotions to be directed back at the wider population. The nineteenth century writer Elworthy
records the veiled Moslem women’s reluctance to show their faces as due to
this fear, as well as attributing it to male jealousy. Old
customs die hard, and the women’s situation today in
The personal experience of mine to which I referred earlier belongs, I believe, in the category of the evil eye. Many of the common features were present in my unpleasant encounter. The person in question was the owner of a bookshop specialising in New Age/occult books, and whom I later heard had advanced training in Wicca. Natural inherited ability also could have been present. While I was making a routine enquiry in the shop I noticed that the youngish man had very striking eyes, so outstandingly crystal clear that I became focussed on one eye. Suddenly I felt that I was being propelled forward into his eye ¾ seemingly a long physical distance. I was just marvelling at the quality of crystal clarity in his eyes. Just as suddenly there was a nasty sense of shock which made me flinch and screw up my face, as you do if you have a sudden close shave in a traffic accident situation. With a feeling of horror, I found that not only could I not find words, but neither could I frame thoughts in terms of words. The only similar sensation I could remember was after sun stroke when I had spent all day at the beach during a heat wave. All of this took place in a very long frozen moment. My expression reflected what was happening and the man laughed unpleasantly. Then I found that I could think and speak again. It had been too unnerving to query what had happened, and I just wanted to get out of the shop. We were both aware of what had happened, but socially this could not be referred to. The man would have denied it of course, and suggested that I had imagined it.
At this point it is relevant to expand on Jacques Lacan’s commentary on the evil eye. He examines minutely the time span of the process and he makes a distinction between the initial moment of seeing and the terminal arrest of the gesture, although these do overlap. So it would be of the utmost urgency that any object for deflecting its influence should withstand the first brunt of the impact (hence amulets). The “terminal arrest of the gaze” claims Lacan, “not only terminates the movement, it freezes it”. He goes on to say that the “the evil eye is the fascinum, it is that which has the effect of arresting movement and, literally, of killing life” (Lacan, 1979, pp.117 & 118). These terms seem very like a description of the nasty sensations I experienced on that unfortunately memorable occasion.
By a strange
coincidence, eighteen months later I met this man again in the company of
a new boyfriend who knew him. Later, I recounted the
experience to my boyfriend and he defended the man, saying that he had never
done anything funny to him. Naturally I was very careful
to look anywhere but in the man’s eyes, and he appeared not to remember anything
about the previous meeting. I can only conclude that
he sometimes practised his skill on people who involuntarily trespassed or
invaded his ‘eye space’. I heard later that he was
highly skilled in hypnosis. Many GPs go through the
“You are getting sleepy” routine to suggest that their patients give up smoking. I’m sure they would appreciate having hypnotic power of
this calibre. However, anyone with this ability would
be pretty rare and not likely to advertise it. Some
time later I met a lady who termed herself a white witch.
She explained — still unsatisfactorily — that the man had ‘thrown
in a catch’. But as to how this worked, I was still
in the dark. A personal communication from a friend
who had travelled in
So what part does superstition play in the evil eye belief? Elsworthy subtitles his book “An account of this ancient and widespread superstition”. The latter term is defined by a blind belief, regardless of reason or knowledge held about something of ominous significance. Work by Professor Jahn at Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) suggests that a small percentage of the population may have unconscious psychokinetic power such as the ability to affect machinery, or be a ‘jinx’ or a ‘jonah’. The term psychokinesis could be seen as an update of Admiral Tanagras’ term psychoboly. However, considering that such a tiny percentage of the population has this ability, it would not account for the persistence and prevalence of the evil eye belief. Hearsay and fear would probably have been responsible for this. This suggests that the large number of anecdotal reports of the evil eye are more likely to have been the result of exaggeration, bad luck, or coincidence.
this necessarily selective survey, we could ask where does further investigation
lie? I would suggest research into hypnosis, parapsychology
and biophysical energy such as chi would be a good start.
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Pursuing Free Energy
A Quest for the Ultimate Free Lunch
© Graham Hubbard, 2004
Machines that run indefinitely without an apparent energy source have been claimed for centuries. What has modern science got to say about the prospect? Free Energy in this context refers to the concept that a device can be constructed that produces energy indefinitely without ‘running down’ and without any apparent external energy input. A few decades ago it was popularly known as perpetual motion, a term evoking images of nutty professors or naïve amateurs in the back shed, chasing the rainbow while endlessly motivated by their ignorance of the laws of thermodynamics.
Today, however, there is a changing attitude. A certain tolerance, if not widespread acceptance, is apparent in mainstream science regarding the expenditure of time and resources on the search for that fugitive free lunch of over-unity, a name applied to the capability of a device to produce more energy than it consumes. Other names with the appropriate connotations have become associated with the concept, such as zero point energy (ZPE) or vacuum energy, so named because of its proposed source in ‘the vacuum’, a term describing the mysterious something that permeates all space in the universe.
Thermodynamics and Free Energy. One of the earliest and most illustrious names associated with the pursuit of perpetual motion is that of Leonardo da Vinci, who produced many designs for such devices and also made some efforts to get them to operate. After a number of fruitless attempts, he began to see the light and eventually wrote, “O speculators about perpetual motion, how many vain chimeras have you created in the quest? Go and take your places with the seekers after gold”. Despite this early warning, prior to the end of the 1700s the hunt for perpetual motion continued to be regarded as a perfectly worthy pursuit. However, with the advent of more sophisticated science during the next few decades, especially the formulation of the laws of thermodynamics in the mid-eighteen hundreds, mainstream science finally accepted the point of view that such devices were impossible and so turned their attention to other things.
The First Law of Thermodynamics tells us essentially that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but can only be changed from one form into another, a basic concept taught from high school physics upwards and one for which most people have an intuitive feel. For example, the chemical energy in petroleum can be converted into heat energy and then mechanical energy in an engine which can then be converted into electrical energy in an attached generator, and this in turn can be converted into radiant energy such as light or radio waves.
If we so wished, we could run this process in the reverse direction; a solar photovoltaic cell converts light energy into electrical energy, which could run a motor to produce mechanical energy and so on. However, although the total energy after each transformation is the same as the amount of energy at the beginning, more or less of it escapes into the environment as wasted heat, so unless we only want heat as a product, all forms of energy conversion are wasteful and inefficient. This problem is encompassed by the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which can be interpreted loosely to say that every time we convert energy from one form into another, we will lose at least some of it in the form of low grade heat which ultimately warms up the universe a little and can never be recovered in total.
Present adherents of the free energy philosophy do not usually disagree with the First Law of Thermodynamics but simply claim that the energy that they are expounding is coming from outside of the closed system of the device, from a source and via a path that is presently not generally recognised. Varying schools of thought propose different sources, but most seem to centre on some form of energy which it is proposed permeates all space, either as a previously unidentified phenomenon within our present physical frame of reference or possibly even existing in some extra dimensional location but none-the-less accessible to mere mortals by correct manipulation of the conditions.
A more recent proposal is that the energy may be associated with neutrinos, those ghostly particles that stream from space at near the speed of light and zip through us and the entire Earth like a torch beam through a pane of glass. Recent astrophysical research indicates that we can detect maybe only five percent of the theoretical mass of the universe, the remainder being composed of something dubbed ‘dark matter’. It is suggested that this may be associated with neutrinos, so there should certainly be no shortage of them if they prove useful for fuel.
String Theory and the Quantum Foam. A promising new avenue in explaining what the universe is ultimately composed of involves what is known as String Theory, which considers activity at the incredibly small size scale of 10-32 millimetres, called the Planck length. To get an idea of this size scale, consider the smallest commonly encountered sub-atomic particle, the electron, at around 100,000 times smaller than a typical atom. If we could somehow magnify a bit of space until an electron was the size of the Earth, the Planck length would still be ten billion times smaller than an unmagnified electron.
String Theory proposes that the ultimate fundamental element of everything in the universe, including matter, energy and even gravity, exists at the Planck length and is a tiny two-dimensional ‘string’ of vibrating energy. The frequency and harmonics of the vibration determine the characteristics of the string and therefore the nature of the matter or energy that they can ultimately form when combined together. This concept is reminiscent of the descriptions of various spiritual states explained in the metaphysical literature where it is submitted that the only difference between our physical world and the various states of the spiritual realm is the rate of vibration of the component material. The concept that spiritual entities are composed of common strings just like us certainly leads to an easier acceptance of their existence by left-brained ‘rational’ individuals.
String Theory allows us to appreciate better an approach to the origin of free energy that has gained serious attention since the 1960s; that it could be possible to derive energy from what has been called the ‘quantum foam’, a description of what may be taking place in all of time-space in the universe at the Planck length. In a branch of physics called Quantum Electrodynamics it is proposed that at this size scale, all space in the universe consists of a seething mass of energy and activity, which makes it a little more interesting than the relatively boring old ‘aether’ of yesteryear that the hypothesis has replaced.
One way of grasping some sort of concept of this activity is to consider that in elementary mathematics we can easily and legitimately create something out of nothing; for example if we start with zero we can split this ‘nothing’ into, say, minus one and plus one, which is definitely ‘something’. In the quantum foam it is proposed that something vaguely similar goes on in which ‘nothing’ suddenly splits into, for example, an electron (matter) and a positron (anti-matter), reminiscent of our +1 and -1 coming from zero. The big difference is that the process also needs a massive slug of energy to occur.
The positron and electron instantly recombine and revert back to the ‘nothing’ but in addition we get the big slug of energy back again and, interestingly, it appears that if the splitting and recombining take place fast enough, it is as though the universe does not have time to miss the slug of energy that went into the split before it is again returned to ‘balance the books’, so to speak. It’s a little like having a zero balance bank account but writing a cheque one evening and enjoying the proceeds overnight before depositing an equal cheque early next morning before the bank has missed the funds (or at least it was like that a few decades ago before high speed Information Technology deprived us of this little luxury!).
If this description is indeed a true picture of the state of things in small scale space, a cubic centimetre of apparently empty space would contain untold zillions of tiny elementary particles popping in and out of existence every microsecond, with just as many energy loans and repayments being transacted at the same time. The bottom line is that we may be able to embezzle some of this energy from the universe by grabbing it and simply not paying it back. There is some evidence to suggest that in such a case, our universe would pull an equivalent amount of energy from a parallel universe in a different dimension. An intriguing concept indeed, and certainly grossly oversimplified in this description, but you get the picture: limitless energy!
The Magic Magnet. Magnets feature prominently in many of the claims of successful free energy devices, and there is a lot of scholarly theory published suggesting that somehow the electron spins of the individual atomic dipoles (which provide the magnetic field of ferro-magnetic materials) can yield up their energy to a suitable physical device and then replenish that energy by extracting it from the Quantum Foam. This is a very attractive concept because even from before the time that Vikings first hung a lodestone on a thread and found that it always pointed north, there has been something mystical about magnetism. Even today, many physicists will grudgingly admit that despite knowing all about what a magnetic field does, current science cannot really explain satisfactorily exactly what it is.
Nicola Tesla. One of the
more famous proponents of the free-energy-from-the-vacuum idea was Nicola
Tesla whose famous work spread across the latter part of the eighteen hundreds
and into the early twentieth century. He was regarded as a genius, having
conceived and developed many startling inventions including the currently
used three phase alternating current power distribution system which quickly
Howard Johnson’s US Patent. A more recent demonstration of free energy, though certainly not as dramatic as Tesla’s, was reported in a 1980 edition of Science & Mechanics magazine. American Howard Johnson had recently created a precedent by convincing the United States Patents Office to issue US Patent Number 4,151,431 on his design for a free energy machine, a permanent magnet motor that was claimed to run without apparent power input. This was a breakthrough because, although an English patent is reported to have been granted as early as 1635, the US Patents Office had previously refused to accept patents for perpetual motion machines, which they understandably refused to believe were possible.
After news of this circumvention of the bureaucracy spread, a scientific reporter from the magazine visited Johnson and reported his amazement after seeing the working motor. The prototype consisted of a ring of magnets attached to a turntable made from a sheet of Perspex and a central bearing from an old roller-skate. When the reporter held a specially shaped magnet near the ring of magnets, it is reported that the “magnet assembly immediately began to turn and accelerated to a very respectable rotating speed which it maintained for as long as the focusing magnet was held in the magnetic field. When the focusing magnet was reversed, the large assembly turned in the opposite direction”. Photographs in the magazine appear to substantiate that the assembly was so simple that it would have been difficult to disguise any trickery, such as a hidden power source, especially as the reporter was quoted as being “a former research scientist” and presumably no dummy. This particular claim is further substantiated by the fact that Johnson was reported to have convinced the US Patent Office by demonstrating a working model which they played with for half an hour, and we assume that the examiners were not totally naïve either. Although Johnson registered several other patents on related inventions up until 1995, the device was mysteriously never commercialised and news about the Johnson device simply dried up.
The inventors and promoters of purported free energy devices are generally recognised as falling into one of three main categories. The first category is the largest: the straight-out charlatans and con-men, out to make a profit by accepting investment funds from a gullible public. The second group encompasses the amateur (and sometimes not-so-amateur) scientists who are truly deluded and despite professional investigations and measurements that show nothing unusual is happening, continue to truly believe that they actually do have an over-unity device. Often, of course, members of this group will commit large sums of money and years of work to these projects and, although they may eventually accept that the devices will never work, after so much effort and disappointment they slip into making consciously exaggerated claims and eventually become members of the former group.
And then there is the third group, very tiny by comparison with the first two. These are the people who have constructed and tested a device that yields reproducible results that are consistent with over-unity operation, and have furthermore allowed the device to be tested by reputable, independent third parties who in turn have not been able to demonstrate that the results are in error. Notice that we have not said that the device has been proved to be genuine over-unity, but simply that third party testing has not been able to demonstrate that it is not. This is an important distinction.
Example. An interesting indigenous example of one of these categories
first came to this writer’s attention in 2001 during a visit to the remote
Daintree Rainforest area of
Newspaper articles extolling the technology with
pictures of the inventors and their relatively large, expensive-looking prototype
appeared regularly in local newspapers and potential investors reportedly
swamped the pair with offers of money to start production. An article in
the Cairns Post of
The inventors had calculated the input power to their machine by simply measuring the static resistance of each of the machine’s three magnetic coils at 1 ohm and the current flowing through each from a battery bank supply during operation at 0.6 amps. For a simple, continuous direct current, a derivation of Ohm’s Law (V=IxR, which can be expressed as watts=I2xR) correctly indicates that power of 0.36 watts was being drawn by each of the three coils for a total draw of 1.08 watts. The problem was that the current through the coils was not a simple, continuous direct current but was continuously undergoing make-and-break conditions in this apparatus similar to that in a commutator-type DC motor, and this condition generates an inductive ‘back-EMF’ which requires MUCH more power to overcome. Bryce showed that the power consumption should have been calculated by simply multiplying the 48 volts from the batteries by the 0.6 amps of current, giving a power draw of 28.8 watts per coil or a total of 86.4 watts for the three. As the output power from the device was measured at 28.3 watts, we now have the much more believable performance of 33% efficiency, which is not even as high as a typical electric motor!
Because of the enthusiasm with which information
was provided by the inventors, Bryce states that he feels they probably genuinely
believed that their device was over-unity up to this point, although it seems
that as one of the inventors was a professional electrician, the elementary
electrical calculation mistake is hard to rationalise. Whatever the reason
for the original mistaken claims, when the mistake was pointed out, this
is where the story of the device should have ended — but it didn’t. The inventors
simply refused to accept the explanation and have since continued to promote
the prototype as a successful device. This is the point at which disillusionment
can turn many honest but misguided experimenters into frauds. We cannot say
that this is what happened in this particular case, but the fact that over
three years after it was shown not to work, the inventors’ website (http://www.lutec.com.au/updates.htm)
is still defending the design and promoting the technology does not inspire
one to be charitable in this instance. What appear to be legitimate claims
that they simply plagiarised the design from the published literature of
Evidently Respectable Sources. One of the largest, most
credible and well structured organisations that have emerged in recent years
that addresses the free energy question was founded
by a former medical practitioner, Dr Stephen Greer. It has the meaningful
title of the Disclosure Project and was set up originally to promote the
organised disclosure of suppressed information regarding mainly the
“This thing, if you can imagine as I’ve described it operating, put out energy at 60 hertz, 110 volts, correct amperage, ran whatever we wanted to plug into it and did so for as long as we left it to do so. Now this is something which, in all my experience going all over the world studying this, I have never witnessed anything like this. … But the astonishing thing is the relative simplicity of it. I know that this device had to have weighed less than twenty pounds [9 kg], that it was small, no more than a foot to a foot and a half in diameter [30-46 cm]. We could see straight through it, see all the components of it, no hidden battery or energy sources and it operated as I described it. … We hope to have that [ie. readied for public demonstration] done in the next few months and known by the public certainly this year and hopefully mid-year.”
Dr Greer further stated that the test run had been conducted after carrying the device “out onto the sidewalk” to eliminate the possibility of a fraudulent external energy supply and that several hundred watts of power were produced for as long as they wished to test it. Coming from an evidently professional person with an investigation team including several reputable PhDs, these are compelling claims. Many followers of these events would have been counting the days until the latter half of 2003 when the public unveiling of this device was assured to us, but it was not to be. A year later in December of 2003, Dr Greer was again interviewed on the same radio network, this time by Art Bell. When asked for an update on the events reported earlier, Dr Greer said: “[on] the first of March we had a private jet loaded to go and pick up this gentleman and the device and bring it back to a secure facility here, near our place here outside Washington. … A corporate lawyer and a business person that had been associated with this inventor stopped the whole transfer dead in its tracks. … The claim was that there was someone who was not being taken care of by the inventor who was supposed to be taken care of in the agreement that he had. In reality, we’re not sure what was behind it.” In the intervening few months it is disappointing that there does not appear to have been any further announcements on continuing progress with this situation. We are just left wondering.
Is There a Conspiracy of Suppression? There is certainly no shortage of claims and reports of successful free energy machines, many of these from apparently reliable sources, but ultimately we have to ask the burning question: do real, practical, thoroughly authenticated examples of free energy devices actually exist and, if so, where can we examine one; or even better, BUY one? After so many years of pursuing the concept by so many people and with so many apparently credible reports of success, it seems quite extraordinary that such devices are not freely available on the market. When we analyse a large number of cases, a frustrating pattern seems to emerge. If the inventors are not shown to be frauds or simply deluded, published reports of a particularly promising device just seem to dry up and the inventors drop from the spotlight and apparently go into oblivion. If they can be contacted, they often refuse to comment or at best appear evasive on the issue. What is happening here?
Apart from the possibility that free energy devices
simply do not exist, the reason for this may be that the proponents of the
conspiracy theories are in fact on the right track. This group suggests that
the mighty energy cartels comprised of oil, coal and electricity producers,
both private and national, have a lot to lose from the introduction of free
energy devices and have conspired to prevent them from being commercialised
by whatever means necessary. As Lord Macaulay put it over a century ago,
“If a big enough commercial interest were threatened, even
Many experimenters in the field are claimed to have mysteriously disappeared or died from drug or alcohol overdoses or unforeshadowed heart attacks which, if true, would certainly seem to suggest that something sinister might be occurring. A very recent example involves Dr Eugene Mallove, one of the most active crusaders in trying to convince the US Department of Energy (DoE) to officially recognise the existence of the cold fusion phenomenon, which is closely related to free energy. After finally succeeding in getting the DoE to agree in March 2004 to re-examine the mass of virtually incontrovertible data supporting cold fusion with a view to funding research in the area, Dr Mallove was murdered in a ‘botched robbery’ on 14 May 2004. A clear message to the head of the DoE to be careful in what it intends to say about the technology, perhaps.
If these sorts of deeds are in fact occurring, it is hard to believe that it could be happening without the knowledge of government agencies, which implies their complicity. But what incentive could the government of a large westernised country possibly have for such activities? Consider the following scenario for a clue. You’re walking along the beach one day and stumble on an interesting old bottle. You pull out the cork and WHOOSH, a genie emerges and says: “We’ll have to skip the traditional three wishes — I can only do one thing. At your command, I have the power to make available to everybody on Earth a little magic box for a few thousand dollars that will produce all the electricity, heat or vehicle power that they could ever use. No provisos, no downside. All you have to do is say the word and it’s done!” What would you do? Your first reaction might be “Yes, do it!” But think again. You would initiate massive world-wide social disruption by throwing tens of millions of people out of work for starters. With a magic energy box in every home, car and aeroplane, all the oil, gas and coal companies of the world and every fossil fuel, nuclear or even hydroelectric power station and manufacturer of internal combustion engines would begin sacking people and scrapping their massive infrastructures. There would be unprecedented international political destabilisation as countries dependent on fossil fuels for revenue were ruined overnight.
Of course, a couple of decades down the track, all the displaced workers would have been redeployed in wonderful, clean new industries created by the availability of safe, incredibly cheap energy and wars fought over energy resources would cease, but those first years after your ill-conceived ‘Yes’ response to the genie would be truly devastating. No government leader would want to preside over such a chaotic situation and in a democracy they would prefer to leave the decision to the next leader. In whatever light the available evidence for free energy appears, it behoves us to keep an open mind on the subject. When we consider some of the spooky conclusions that modern quantum mechanics theory and experiments lead to (for example, that the simple application of our consciousness somehow affects the physical state of certain sub-atomic particles and consequently the outcomes of real events in the macro physical world), then by comparison the idea of an omnipresent and inexhaustible energy source just waiting for technology to harness is not all that difficult to entertain.
An earlier version of this article first appeared
in the TODAY lift-out of The West Australian,
Zero Point and the Paranormal
By Simon Harvey-Wilson
A decade or two ago zero point energy was not associated with the paranormal or consciousness research. For example, Dr Richard Broughton’s Parapsychology: The Controversial Science (1991) or Dr Harvey Irwin’s An Introduction to Parapsychology (1994), one of the few parapsychology textbooks in existence, do not even mention zero point energy. For years parapsychologists have known that ESP, such as telepathy, clairvoyance or remote viewing, and psychokinesis (PK) can transcend time and space, but they had no physics theories to explain them. Then it was suggested that because consciousness might have something to do with the quantum realm, an explanation for psi (a collective term for ESP and PK) might be found there. But few physicists want to be associated with psi research, and few parapsychologists are experts in quantum physics. This means that for years it has been difficult to find informative books which discuss research that links consciousness, the paranormal and modern physics. This brief article will recommend a few books that I have come across that do discuss these matters. The first is Michael Talbot’s The Holographic Universe (1991). Talbot links psi, consciousness, UFOs and physics in an informative, not-too-technical manner. His main theme is the concept of ‘non-locality’ which is best illustrated by the hologram. Unlike a normal photograph or transparency, if you cut a hologram into several pieces, each bit still contains an image of the whole picture. Some people may find this hard to believe, but even a mainstream physicist will tell you that it is true. To put it simply, data about the hologram’s complete image is stored in each part of it, thus illustrating the meaning of ‘non-locality’. The suggestion is that at some level the whole universe may work in a non-local fashion because physicists have shown that ‘entangled’ sub-atomic particles can communicate with each other faster than the speed of light over any distance. If some aspect of consciousness involves the quantum realm then that might help explain the non-local nature of ESP and some forms of PK. It is as if the mind can access a universal super-Internet that transcends time and space. Talbot acknowledges that the idea that at some level the universe is non-local is not new. For thousands of years mystics, yogis and shamans have claimed that it is possible to access a spiritual state of consciousness that transcends normal reality, and it is interesting that such people often develop paranormal abilities. Without actually using the term zero point energy, Talbot (p.51) explains that every cubic centimetre of empty space is thought to contain astronomical amounts of energy.
The next recommended book is Ervin Laszlo’s The Whispering Pond (1996). Laszlo is a scientist who writes clearly and poetically. He uses the term ‘holofield’ to describe the zero point field that underlies the whole of reality and is brave enough to claim that “In the emerging vision living organisms are linked with one another, interrelated by the holographically information-conserving and -transmitting field that pervades the universe. They all communicate together, dance the cosmic dance with each other” (p.206). Laszlo does not discuss PK, but he does suggest that “Matter as well as mind have evolved — out of an entirely remarkable common womb: the zero-point energy field of the cosmic quantum vacuum” (p.207).
Without using the term zero point, the parapsychologist Dr Dean Radin, who used to be Director of the Consciousness Research Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discusses the connections between consciousness and the paranormal, including non-locality (p.158), and the traditional suggestion that “The ultimate stuff of the universe is consciousness” (p.255), in his excellent book The Conscious Universe, (1997).
Lynne McTaggart’s book The Field (2001) is a comprehensive journalistic exploration of zero point field research from a biological, healing and psychokinetic perspective. As the cover claims, the book “is a highly readable scientific detective story which reveals how the Field is responsible for many of the most profound human mysteries, from alternative medicine and spiritual healing to extra-sensory perception and the collective unconscious”.
Nick Cook’s book The Hunt for Zero Point (2002) will be of interest to ufologists. Cook is an aerospace consultant for Jane’s Defence Weekly and, as his subtitle says, the book is about “One man’s journey to discover the biggest secret since the invention of the atom bomb”. Cook claims that highly classified German research into subjects such as anti-gravity was secretly passed on to the Americans at the end of WWII and has remained secret ever since. Cook’s investigative journalism is thorough although, while reading the book, I kept wondering why he had been permitted to publish this information, or whether some of it was disinformation. At first I could not understand why the title referred to zero point if Cook was writing about anti-gravity research. Later he explains that “Since the zero-point energy field is composed of billions of tiny fluctuations of energy that pop in and out of existence every split second … anything that can mesh with these fluctuations … can tap into them and extract energy from the field” (p.336). This means that by ‘perturbing’ the zero point field appropriately one may tap into something that can counteract gravity, distort spacetime, create an explosion, or just produce ‘free’ energy. One interesting question is whether paranormal events are the result of consciousness perturbing this field. The possibilities of zero point research seem extraordinary and even frightening, and may revolutionise modern science, which might explain why aspects of the subject still seem to be classified.
Richard. (1991) Parapsychology: The Controversial Science.
Cook, Nick. (2002) The Hunt for Zero Point.
Laszlo, Ervin. (1996) The Whispering Pond.
McTaggart, Lynne. (2001) The Field.
Radin, Dean. (1997) The Conscious Universe.
Talbot, Michael. (1991) The Holographic Universe.
Western Australian Sightings
Compiled by Brian Richards
recent loss of the European Space Agency’s Mars explorer, Beagle 2, one must
be forgiven for thinking that someone ‘out there’ wishes to be left alone. Of course such a suggestion is the stuff of conspiracy
theory and should never be taken too seriously unless irrefutable proof dictates
otherwise. But one can’t help recalling the mysterious
losses of the Russian Phobos 1 and Phobos 2 in 1988. Phobos 1 was lost en route to Mars but Phobos 2 had already undertaken some experiments and
was about to land a package of instruments on the moon Phobos, when, according to retired Russian test pilot,
Marina Popovich, a mysterious object, casting a shadow on Mars, approached Phobos 2. All transmissions
from the satellite ceased, never to be heard of again. In
fact, Popovich has openly displayed the satellite’s
final images and sure enough a long cylindrical shape is clearly shown. NASA’s Mars Observer was launched on
in WA are certainly less than a few years ago, but worldwide there seems
to be as much activity as ever. Flying triangles are
Monday, 3 March, and
A man we shall call ‘Barry’ called to relate an incident which happened in 1967. He is now 44 and was eight at the time, living with his family between Mukinbudin and Bullfinch, WA. It was a warm night and the family were sitting out by a wheat field. There was a full harvest moon which appeared huge. Suddenly the ‘moon’ dropped down to ground level about 50 metres away. It seemed to change into the shape of a large sea container. A door at the visible end dropped down and formed a ramp. At first the family were extremely frightened and huddled in a group, but only very briefly. Their fear changed to almost willing acceptance. A brilliant white light emerged from this rectangular box and a humanoid figure appeared coming down the ramp towards them. Barry’s last conscious memory was going up the ramp with his family (mother, father and brother) and the stranger. He next remembers finding himself back with his family in the wheat field. They got up and went into their farmstead. The incident has never been discussed to this day. I suggested to Barry that hypnotic regression might unlock some hidden events from that time, but he is not keen to delve deeper. Barry does recall the real moon was in the sky that night but not in the same place as the impostor.
Inedia: Surviving Without Food or Drink
By Simon Harvey-Wilson
A brief article in The Australian newspaper (Mon, 1 Dec 2003) describes how a team of doctors at Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad, in the Indian state of Gujarat, spent ten days monitoring a 76 year-old hermit called Prahlad Jani, who normally lives in a cave and claims not to have eaten or drunk anything for 68 years since, at the age of eight, he received a blessing from the goddess Ambaji. More details about Prahlad Jani are available at the BBC News (world edition) website at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3236118.stm According to the hospital’s deputy superintendent, Dr Dinesh Desai, while Jani was under observation, he consumed nothing and “neither did he pass urine or stool”. Surviving without eating or drinking is called inedia, and has been attributed to numerous yogis and Christian mystics throughout history, such as the stigmatic Theresa Neumann (1894-1962), who is mentioned in Yogananada’s Autobiography of a Yogi (1974, p.418) and Patricia Treece’s book The Sanctified Body (1993, p.180). The question is how does inedia work? How does paranormal or spiritual power provide energy to all the body’s organs and muscles, and where does it come from? Will all humans one day learn to live without food, as some aliens appear to?
Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives.
By Michael Newton. (1994)
Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives.
By Michael Newton. (2000)
Book reviews by Arthur Pope.
beginning of time, humankind has asked the big question: Is there life after
death? For millennia the answers were strictly controlled
by the various major religions. Any deviation from
their dogmas could result in excommunication as a heretic or even burning
at the stake as a witch. It was only with the arrival
of the so-called Age of Enlightenment that investigations became possible,
although it was not until the middle of the nineteenth century that serious
research began with the founding of the Theosophical Society. Well-known public figures such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
creator of Sherlock Holmes, were involved in these investigations with mediums
or channellers as they are called today. This research continued into the twentieth century with
the founding of the Society for Psychical Research and the Marylebone Spiritualist
During the second half of the twentieth century there was a change of emphasis to research into near-death experiences (NDEs), alien and abduction phenomena and out-of-body experiences (OBEs). All these came together and were compared in Professor Kenneth Ring’s remarkable book, The Omega Project (1992), named after Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s concept of the Omega Point in his book The Phenomenon of Man (1965). With the dawn of the twenty-first century, things seem to have changed again, and the ‘other side’ seems keener to open up and give us more information. Channellers such as John Edward now have prime-time television programmes, and his books Crossing Over (2002) and After Life (2003) are now best-sellers, as is Life on the Other Side (2000) by another channeller called Sylvia Browne, who also does personal counselling.
The problem with channelling is that, by its nature, believers will always believe, and sceptics will always throw up questions like: Is this all imagination, or mind-reading from the sub-conscious? Professor John Frodsham, in a recent talk to the Australasian Society for Psychical Research, also raised the question: Can we be sure the spirits contacted are who they say they are? This matter was summed up rather well by the twentieth century mystic, Gurdjieff, who described channelling as ‘fishing in muddy waters’.
A new book recently published seems to change all this and provide another perspective on research. Dr Michael Newton, the author of Journey of Souls (1994) is a hypnotherapist in private practice who has developed his own technique of hypnosis to reach his subjects’ hidden memories of the hereafter. After ten years of research using this technique, and with several thousands of taped sessions to draw on, Dr Newton paints a remarkable picture of our situation in the other world and how it relates to this one.
to me is the extraordinarily open-ended picture which emerges of creation
and life in all its forms. This is done almost entirely
with case studies and a linking commentary of real insight.
Essentially the case studies illustrate, in different chapters of Journey of Souls, death and departure, orientation on arrival in the spirit world, levels of souls, preparation for a new incarnation, and rebirth. Most of the time life on the other side is concerned with examining one’s own immediate past life in all its aspects, and deciding on a new life which will give the possibilities of correcting the deficiencies shown in the assessment of one’s immediate past life. Although we choose a particular new life, this does not imply an absence of free will in that life because there are choices to be made when we have already committed ourselves to the new life.
In Newton’s second book, Destiny of Souls (2000), he goes into more detail of certain aspects of the other world such as dealing with the grief of those left behind, the true nature of ghosts and demons, soul group systems, how judgement really works, study and recreation on the other side, and training for special roles in the spirit world. Not all souls reincarnate and not all souls reincarnate on this planet but, in some cases, on others.
These books will open your mind to the extraordinary scope of this universe and the many others there may be. Yet, although the ideas are truly mind-blowing in what they reveal, in some ways they seem strangely familiar — and have had a ready acceptance by some dedicated Christians, Muslims and Buddhists to whom I have lent these books. Also, older people facing death have found great comfort in these books when they have been unable to accept traditional religious teachings about the Afterlife. So, although the sceptics will always find reasons to dismiss such claims, I think these books of Dr Newton’s mark a real breakthrough in the study of alternative realities.
Browne, Sylvia. (2000) Life on the
Other Side: A Psychic’s Tour of the Afterlife.
Dowding, Hugh. (1943) Many Mansions.
Edwards, John. (2002) Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories. Princess Books.
Edwards, John. (2003) After Life: Answers From the Other Side. Hay House.
Mack, John.E. (1995) Abduction: Human
Encounters With Aliens.
Ring, Kenneth. (1992) The Omega Project.
Teilhard de Chardin,
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