The last time I ‘died’ was in Jerusalem in 1276. Pope Gregory X’s Crusade against Islam had collapsed and the city’s Christians would soon be abandoned to their fate.
My final hours were filled with fear. I was besieged in a beautiful vaulted church along with 100 knights. Smoky candlelight glinted off their armour. Some knights were praying, others resting.
As dawn broke, they readied themselves for the final conflict with an implacable foe. Even the most devout were terrified. All knew that only a handful would survive the coming day.
I watched their preparations for battle. The sharpening of swords and lances. The reinforcing of shields and armour.
But most of all, I prepared for my own death. As a monk in a city of Muslims, my chances of surviving the coming assault were slim. Soon after the knights left the church, I retreated to a small side-chapel to pray. I was desperate for forgiveness.
I had travelled from a monastery in Kent to the Holy Land so that I could kill Muslims.
Reincarnation studies are becoming increasingly common in the West. One notable researcher, Dr. Ian Stevenson (who passed away last year) devoted 40 years in studying possible reincarnation cases with children.
Although most scientists say it’s crap, Christians, Muslims and Jews say it’s bunk, (although the ancient Hebrew Qabbala supports it), reincarnation is serious business to alot of people. Say like, two billion?
No one knew what to make of The Book of the Damned, which appeared in bookshops across America in January, 1920. At Brentano’s Bookstore on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the cardboard cartons containing it had arrived from the publishers Boni & Liveright during the Christmas rush. They were quickly pushed into the storeroom with other new titles, to make room for the illustrated children’s picture books and popular romance novels that were displayed as ideal gifts…
Nothing else identified the contents as fantasy, religion, science, or philosophy. The attention-grabbing title presented an arresting mystery, and the modest paper wrapper made it all the more beguiling: simple block letters and swirling grey and pink shapes suggesting planets, surging lava, and a solar eclipse. Customers stopped, picked up the book and turned it over in their hands. With sidelong glances, they cracked the cover to peer inside. They wondered if the author was promising immorality or criminality, hedonism or atheism – in 1920, it was possible to find any of those subjects between the covers of a new book.
Charles Fort was the author of said book of course. He studied esoterica in an era that wasn’t too different than ours with his written recordings of UFOs, falling frogs, cults and manna from heaven.
Individuals who practice his form of study are ‘Forteans’. Current practitioners are Mac Tonnies, Henrick Palmgren, Jacques Vallee, Paul Kimbel, Michael Tsarion, Kent Brentkowski and others too numerous to count.
You can count yours truly among the above rogues gallery too.
The article written by, “Seth Shostak” on the April 24, 2008, entitled, “Phoenix Lights”, appears like a ploy often times used by “debunkers” to scoff at the truth of the “Massive UFO Flyover of Arizona, March 13, 1997” otherwise known by most as, The Phoenix Lights.
Shostak states that “only two events occurred that night”; one at 8:30 PM of high altitude planes, and another 10 PM, the flare drop.
He accredits the 8:30 PM high altitude planes to an amateur astronomer who looked at the formation with his scope. My guess is that he’s never met this amateur astronomer, but I have; he was a 19-year-old young man by the name of “Mitch Stanley.” He had a 10” Dobsonian telescope and at 8:30 PM or so on March 13, he said to his mother, that he observed high-altitude, fixed-winged aircraft flying in formation, wing tip to wing tip, and it “was no big deal”.
I don’t think anyone who seriously studies the UFO phenomenon should be surprised ‘debunkers’ crawling out from the woodwork decrying the 1997 Phoenix Lights incident as a fraud because of the recent admitted ‘hoax’ of the most recent Phoenix Lights occurrance.
I used to be a firm believer in the old ‘nuts and bolts’ version of UFOs (extraterrestrial space craft), but since I’ve studied literature that leans more toward the ‘metaphysical’ aspect of it, I’ve become an agnostic. Certain investigators have even tried to tie UFOs with Bigfoot sightings!
I’ll admit I’m not open minded enough to link hairy bipeds with flying phenomena, but Shostak’s knee jerk reaction is classic mainstream dogma. You’ll never find ETIs by radio signals alone.