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Proof Positive That We Are A Strange Nation -
Seducers from Inner Space
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America's Strange and Supernatural History

Find out what the "Powers That Be" Don't want you to know regarding the truly hidden - occult - history of the United States.

No one would likely dispute the fact that times are stranger in America than ever before, and indications are that things are getting weirder with each passing day. But a look at our hidden – SECRET – history alerts us to the startling fact that our country has been steeped in “high strangeness” since its founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and, provocatively, even before.

It is nevertheless apparent that our proud nation owes a great “debt of ingratitude” to the mysterious, the macabre, the downright bizarre and the unseen realm of the occult. Did the ancient Lemurians, a Pacific Ocean race similar to the fabled Atlanteans to the east, erect the mysterious walls found in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay area? Writer Olav Phillips explores the enigma first hand.

Sean Casteel provides an overview of historical incidents of cannibalism, stories that go back as far as “The Starving Time” of the Jamestown colony in 1609, and Wm. Michael Mott offers up some of the UFO and creature sightings he has collected from the state of Mississippi.

Publisher/writer Timothy Green Beckley and his friend Circe returned to Sleepy Hollow, New York – of “Headless Horseman” fame – and discovered that paranormal activity is still rampant there, while author Tim Swartz would like suitable explanations for all the supernatural mysteries of his native Indiana.

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CIA Says Half of all UFO sightings Were Spy Planes

The CIA announced recently on Twitter that they are responsible for at least half of the UFO sightings reported in the 1950's and 60's from the secret flights of their U-2 spy plane.

'#1 most read on our #Bestof2014 list: Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? It was us,' the government agency tweeted yesterday.

Over the last few days, the CIA has been tweeting out links to its top ten most-read 'Best of 2014' documents.

The U-2, of course, is the CIA's spy plane, and it made several high-altitude reconnaissance missions (and test flights) in the 1950s and 1960s. The document tracks the plane's creation and iterations -- and how it was often mistaken for a UFO because it flew higher than anyone believed was possible.

From the "U-2s, UFOs, and Operation Blue Book" section of the lengthy report:

"High-altitude testing of the U-2 soon led to an unexpected side effect -- a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). In the mid-1950s, most commercial airliners flew at altitudes between 10,000 and 20,000 feet ... Consequently, once U-2s started flying at altitudes above 60,000 feet, air-traffic controllers began receiving increasing numbers of UFO reports."

Reports were mostly made "in the early evening hours from pilots of airlines flying from east to west." After the sun dropped below the horizon, the U-2s would look like "fiery objects."

The report also reveals that ground-based observers of what they thought were UFOs wrote letters to the Air Force. "This, in turn, led to the Air Force's Operation BLUE BOOK," which "collected all reports of UFO sightings" and "... attempted to explain such sightings by linking them to natural phenomena."

UPI reports that the CIA soon realized that UFO sightings lined up with the place and time the U-2 planes were flying but that they purposefully chose not to let people know that what they were seeing were not aliens but spies.

Now U-2 planes are flown by the United States Air Force and 104 have been built in total.

In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down a plane at 70,500 feet that was trying to enter the Soviet Union by going into Pakistan's air space then  Norway's air space.

'High-altitude testing of the U-2…led to an unexpected side effect — a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects,'  Venture Beat reports the CIA said in 1998.

Of course this will do nothing to end the UFO debate. Debunkers will say this proves once and for all that UFOs are truly bunk, while the other side will say that the CIA tweet can only explain a small percentage of UFO sightings, such as landings and other close encounters.

Stay tuned for more.

Source: USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/30/cia-spies-ufo-sightings/21058321/

- AMERICA'S STRANGE AND SUPERNATURAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT -

Proof Positive That We Are A Strange Nation
By Sean Casteel

Words like “strange” and “supernatural” are admittedly relative terms whose true meaning exists in the mind of the beholder. What one person calls strange and supernatural, another might call commonplace or, conversely, too unreal to even contemplate taking seriously.

But when reading “America’s Strange and Supernatural History,” a recent offering from Tim Beckley’s always-cutting-edge publishing house, Inner Light/Global Communications, it is not so easy to make convenient distinctions between what is real and what is laughably dismissible. The book consists primarily of historically documented facts as reported at the time, facts which, although not deliberately concealed, have nonetheless been omitted from the average history classes one takes while growing up in this country.

For example, do any of you recall being taught that there were instances of cannibalism in Jamestown, the oldest permanent English colony in the Americas?

Historians have long acknowledged the truth of what is eerily called the “Starving Time,” the harsh winter of 1609, and the horrors the colonists were subject to in their struggle to survive.  In May 2013, a team of archeologists announced that they had excavated a trash pit at the Jamestown colony site in Virginia and discovered physical evidence that erased any lingering doubt: the skull and skeleton of a 14-year-old girl were unearthed that bore cut marks indicating that her flesh and brain had been removed, clearly to feed the starving people, according to a forensic anthropologist employed by the Smithsonian Institution.

The colonists found themselves in such dire straits due to extreme drought in the region coupled with the fact that their relations with the neighboring Native-Americans had deteriorated to the point that the local natives were unwilling to help them. A supply ship the colonists had been counting on was lost at sea and most of the settlers did not have even rudimentary farming skills.

George Percy, the president of Jamestown during the “Starving Time,” wrote a letter in 1625 in which he described how, after they had eaten horses, dogs, rats and other vermin, they were forced to dig up the corpses of their own dead and use them for food. The colonists were rescued in May of 1610 when settlers who had been marooned in Bermuda arrived to find 60 skeletally thin survivors.

“America’s Strange and Supernatural History” also includes the tale of prospector Alferd Packer, who confessed to eating some of his fellow gold-seekers after the group became snowbound in the Rocky Mountains in 1874. Packer had been born “Alfred,” the familiar spelling, but after receiving a tattoo that misspelled his name as “Alferd,” he decided it was easier to change his name than the tattoo. He was initially sentenced to death for his crimes, but his sentence was commuted to 40 years and he was later freed. He died in 1907 at age 65 of “senility, trouble and worry.”

The bulk of the first section of “America’s Strange and Supernatural History” is written by Tim R. Swartz, a veteran journalist in the field of UFO and paranormal research. He covers a great deal of territory, such as the discovery by archeologists of the skeletal remains of apparent giants throughout the United States.

For example, in 1833, at an army outpost on Lompock Ranchero in California, soldiers digging a foundation for a powder magazine found a stone coffin containing the skeleton of a man who in life would have stood over 12 feet tall. The local Native-American medicine man said the bones were that of an “Allegewi,” a race of giants who had occupied the land before the Indians. The Allegewi were fierce creatures who would raid the Indian villages to carry off women and children to eat until the various local tribes finally united and wiped the Allegewi out in a bloody war. Having explained the skeleton’s origins, the medicine man then demanded that the giant’s bones, which were believed to still contain the spirit of great strength and cunning, be turned over to the village. The bones were eventually reburied in a secret location and have yet to be rediscovered today.

Swartz also recounts numerous stories of “sky falls,” some dating from the 1800s, in which everything from flakes of venison and mutton to mysterious rocks to living alligators have descended from above with no explanation. According to another chapter written by Swartz, there have been several instances where people have become mysteriously sickened by apparently poisonous fumes that defy chemical analysis and seem at times to be related to UFO appearances in the same general areas. One such incident happened in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1986, causing the evacuation of 10,000 workers and students. One public health official said at the time that the source of the fumes may never be identified.

"The Mad Gasser of Mattoon” also rates a chapter in this book on uniquely American weirdness. The “Gasser,” one learns, was not an escaped Nazi or a crazed ape-man, as some early reports had suggested, but was instead a vengeful grocer’s son named Farley Llewellyn, who was angry that his community of Mattoon, Illinois, seemed to think less highly of him than he felt was warranted. Farley had majored in chemistry at the University of Illinois and had built a full-scale chemistry laboratory on his family’s property. Only days prior to the first “Mad Gasser” attack, one neighbor recalls hearing the sound of an explosion coming from Farley’s lab.

Beginning in September, 1944, the local “Mattoon Daily Journal-Gazette” reported on the recurrent attacks of an “Anesthetic Prowler” who would subdue his victims by spraying them with an unknown form of gas. One woman said she had been asleep at home when she awakened to a “sweet, sickening odor.” The odor grew stronger and she realized that her legs and lower body were paralyzed. She became frightened and screamed to her sister for help. Her sister came into the bedroom and also noticed the odor. The woman told her sister of the strange sensation she was feeling and said she was unable to move from her bed. A neighbor later confirmed seeing someone lurking outside the woman’s bedroom window in the early hours of the morning.

The gas attacks persisted for some time, motivated by some inner need to torment the townspeople, though Scott Maruna, who has written a book on the Gasser, believes that Farley’s ultimate aim was probably to blow up the entire town of Mattoon. The police could never conclusively prove that Farley was the culprit, but, after the last gasser attack, his family had him committed to a state mental institution, where he lived for the remainder of his life. After his book was published, Maruna received correspondence from people claiming that similar “gasser” sprees had taken place in their cities as well, from Virginia in the early 1930s to Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Ohio in subsequent years.

Swartz concludes the chapter by noting that, after the Mattoon incidents had run their course, the phenomenon was given little to no media coverage. Since the Mattoon spree had never been completely understood or explained, it was sometimes blamed on “hysteria,” which at the time was quite a shameful term, and the entire Mattoon community had been subjected to ridicule in the national news media. Other communities that later suffered similar attacks were understandably hesitant to publicize them.

In a chapter called “An Unnatural History of Indiana,” Swartz chronicles some of the stories of “high strangeness” in the Hoosier State, to include lake monsters, Bigfoot sightings, anomalous big cats, UFOs and more. A creature called a “Loup-garou” was said to haunt the early French settlers of Vincennes, Indiana, taking various frightening forms as it shape-shifted its way through their nightmares. It was said that a person might become a Loup-garou by breaking Lent seven years in a row. He would thus become condemned to roam each night through the fields and forests as an enraged animal. During the day, he would return to his human form, though he was continually morose and sickly and fearful to speak of his predicament lest some worse fate befall him.

The first half of “America’s Strange and Supernatural History” is rounded out by chapters from Timothy Green Beckley, Wm. Michael Mott and Olav Phillips.

Beckley, along with Circe, his longtime female friend, returned to Sleepy Hollow, New York, home of the famous “Headless Horseman” legends. Beckley writes in his usual lighthearted, humorous way of doing the “tourist” thing with Circe, enjoying the local food and libations. But his attitude shifts to one of measured sobriety as he recalls that this same part of New York was the scene of frequent sightings of huge, triangle-shaped UFOs, seen by thousands, in the early to mid-1980s. Beckley and Circe crossed the state line into Connecticut, where giant jack ‘o’ lanterns are said to have harassed locals shopping at a farmers’ market.

The pair purchased a copy of Washington Irving’s book on the Sleepy Hollow legend at a local souvenir stand and Beckley quotes it thusly: “A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land and to pervade the very atmosphere. The place still continues under the sway of some witching power that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are subject to strange sights and hear voices and music in the air.”

Contributor Olav Phillips discusses whether the ancient Lemurians, a Pacific Ocean race similar to the fabled Atlanteans to the east, erected the mysterious walls found in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay area. The walls stretch for some 50 miles, all the way to San Jose, and are six feet high.

“To say that is a massive engineering project,” Phillips writes, “is somewhat of a misnomer,” adding that the walls would have taken a huge labor force decades to construct and involved the use of considerable resources – and all for some unknown purpose, something beyond simple celestial alignment or ritual structures. Phillips’ theories on what the East Bay walls are really all about makes for a story of American strangeness you won’t likely find anywhere else.

One may not often think of Mississippi as rife with the paranormal, but researcher and writer Wm. Michael Mott is here to tell you different. Over the years, he has collected many interesting anecdotes from the area, including stories passed down to him from his parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents.

“While many of these accounts,” Mott writes, “seem at first glance to be more or less ‘standard’ types of UFO and strange creature accounts, they actually vary in very distinctive ways which place them more in line with historical accounts of phenomena of a supernatural nature. Some are strangely reminiscent of Marian apparitions, angelic visitations and demonic manifestations from the Middle Ages up through the present day.”

We all know America is strange and has always had its share of the supernatural to mystify and enthrall, but reading “America’s Strange and Supernatural History” will amplify that perception to an ear-shattering degree, perhaps even to what is called in audio circles “the threshold of pain.” But that’s not all the book has to offer. A later article will deal with the second half of the book, called “Prophecies of the Presidents,” which cranks the weirdness up to the level of our Chief Executives, whose documented struggles with paranormal and occult mysteries will raise the eyebrows of even the most jaded of political cynics. Look for it on this website soon.

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Source: Spectral Vision
http://spectralvision.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/americas-strange-and-supernatural-
history-proof-positive-that-we-are-a-strange-nation/

- NOBEL PRIZE FOR BIZARRE ENCOUNTER DEPARTMENT -

Strange Tales of Glowing Raccoons
By Brent Raynes

Dr. Kary Mullis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993, for his discovery and development of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), which is a means for amplifying specific DNA sequences. It is reported that in the year following his Nobel Prize, that Dr. Mullis revealed that in his twenties he had taken “plenty of LSD,” which he felt actually helped him to develop the PCR/DNA process.

Dr. Mullis also believes that he may have had an alien abduction. Back in 1975, he purchased land and a cabin in a secluded location of Mendocino County, California, near the Navarro River, for the purpose of tree farming. He proved good at growing the trees, but then he found that he didn’t have the heart to cut them down afterwards. Still he enjoyed visiting the cabin on weekends, while living in Berkeley during the rest of the week.

One night in 1985, Dr. Mullis arrived alone one Friday night around midnight. He turned the lights on and placed a bag of groceries on the floor. Then he picked up a flashlight and headed for the outhouse, which was about 50 feet west down hill. As he got near to the outhouse he noticed a glowing white light. He felt no fear, even though he describes seeing what looked like a raccoon [not to be confused with the genetically engineered raccoon Rocket of the motion picture Guardians of the Galaxy] that next spoke to him saying, “Good evening, doctor.” He thinks he replied with something like “Hello,” but then his next memory is he’s walking along a road uphill from his cabin and even though in the summer it gets damp at night in the woods, his clothes are dry and even clean. He returns to the cabin and finds the lights on [he normally turns them off to conserve energy], although they’re a little dim. He has solar panels with batteries placed under the cabin. The grocery bag is still on the floor, and freshly squeezed orange juice, that had been cold before his departure, was now warm.

Dr. Mullis is confused. He walks outside, goes down to the outhouse, but finds no trace of the flashlight or any sign of any raccoon. He decides to return to the cabin and feeling sleepy. He then decides to lie down and take a brief nap. When he awakens he feels his memory is a bit sharper, though his memories still remain uncertain as to what exactly happened during his walk the night before to the outhouse.

He decides to walk up to a pond in the woods that is spring fed. The woods are about 200 yards from the cabin. The pipe going into the pond periodically gets clogged and so he wants to clean it out so that it will keep flowing properly. On his way, he crosses through a meadow, but when he reaches the end of it and is about to enter the woods, panic comes over him and he turns right around and walks back out into the light of the meadow. Then he gazes back towards the woods and realizes that something happened to him there the night before, something that disturbed him. But he still couldn’t remember what it was. A place that had always seemed enjoyable to him now was causing him fear. He waited to come back until about six months later, accompanied by two of his children. For some reason, he felt safer with someone else there. At that point, he went ahead and unclogged the pipe.

About a year or two later, Dr. Mullis one weekend night returned to the cabin by himself. Grabbing an AR-15, with a flashlight attached, he ventured outside. “This is my property and I’m coming in,” he yelled. “Anything moves - I’ll shoot it. If it doesn’t move I may shoot it anyway. I’m pissed off.” He fired off a clip and then reloaded another. Afterwards he felt better and had overcome his fear of being in the woods.

Shortly afterwards he was at a bookstore in La Jolla and came upon a newly released “Communion” by Whitley Strieber. He felt drawn to the alien pictured on the cover of the book. [How many times have we all heard this type of thing before?] He was reading it when the phone rang. It was his daughter Louise in Portland, telling her father that she was reading the same book! She confessed that she too had been drawn to it’s cover, and furthermore, that she and her fiancé had been at the cabin late one night and how she had missing time after she had walked down to the outhouse, with three hours unaccounted for, during which time her fiancé had been frantically searching for her and calling out her name. When her memory continued she was walking on the same road above the cabin that her father was when he came out of his fugue. Then he shared with his daughter the experience he too had had, something he had not previously shared with another living human soul.

Dr. Mullis summed up his thoughts on this matter: “I wouldn’t try to publish a serious paper about these things, because I can’t do any experiments. I can’t make glowing raccoons appear. I can’t buy them from a scientific supply house to study. I can’t cause myself to be lost again for several hours. But I don’t deny what happened. It’s what science calls anecdotal, because it only happened in a way that you can’t reproduce. But it happened.”

References:
1. http://www.dailygrail.com/Mind-Mysteries/2009/1/Kary-Mullis-DNA-LSD-and-Alien-Abductions
2. http://ufomig.yolasite.com/nobel-prize-winner-abducted.php

Source: AP Magazine
http://apmagazine.info/index.php/component/content/article?id=615

- VISITORS IN THE NIGHT DEPARTMENT -

Seducers from Inner Space

Randall, what’s wrong?!” Edward blurted, fumbling for a lightswitch on the nightstand. Turning on the lamp, he saw me across the room sitting bolt upright, staring at something.

My conscious recollection of this episode begins with a woman’s face, a disembodied face, hovering in the darkness at the foot of my bed. She had brownish-blonde hair, wide prominent facial features, a mole or dimple on the right side of her chin, and a smile spread almost the entire width of her face. I was sitting up in bed transfixed by the image of her, not knowing if I was asleep or awake, when I heard a voice loudly shout “Hey”, and heard Edward call my name. Instantly, as the lamp came on, the face disappeared in the flood of light.

So began my initiation into an ancient mystery. This first in a series of unsettling experiences occurred in Austin, Texas, where fellow screenwriter Edward Kovach and I had flown for a business meeting with another filmmaker. Our second night in the city, at about 3 a.m. on May 3, 1991, that voice in our motel room pierced the quiet with a shout of “Hey”, awakening both of us.

As we tried to make sense of what happened Edward expressed an opinion that the high-pitched voice was female. Though I have a deep voice and had no memory of having spoken, I felt it could have been me reacting to seeing the face. On a hunch, Edward suggested there might be a connection to his lunch companion later that day, a woman he had never met, an archaeology professor at the University of Texas. Edward had encountered her research partner in Belize the previous year while visiting Mayan ruins.

If the face I had seen that morning matched or resembled Barbara, the archaeologist, Edward asked me to signal him over lunch by saying to her, “haven’t we met somewhere before?”.

When I caught up with Edward and Barbara at a Mexican restaurant they were deeply immersed in conversation about her unusual experiences exploring Mayan caves in Central America. I approached their table just as she was describing eerie blue lights the size of basketballs that she had seen floating inside a cave once used as a burial and ceremonial center. She believed these lights possessed intelligence and could have been spirit faces.

As soon as I sat down her uncanny resemblance to my own nocturnal visitor became apparent. It took a few minutes of absorbing this shock before I could address her with “Haven’t we met somewhere before?”. Edward stiffened in his chair. Barbara spread a wide, familiar smile. “Not that I’m aware”, she replied.

Afterwards, Edward and I speculated whether it was conceivable that Barbara had been remote viewing us that morning. Or perhaps the image had been part of a lucid dream, even a precognitive dream, its meaning enhanced by the coincidence of her resemblance to the image.

The Visitations Intensify

Edward flew back to Los Angeles and I returned to my home in suburban Washington, D.C. Ten days later, once again around 3 a.m., I awakened to see another unfamiliar woman’s face hovering at the end of my bed, right at the level that someone about five-feet-seven-inches in height would be if they were standing over me.

This face appeared angular, with alabaster skin, burgundy-colored hair, and bright green eyes. Her features were out of focus, indistinct as the previous image had been, which suddenly made sense to me since I am nearsighted. The observation that I was viewing the image as I would normally with uncorrected vision registered in me simultaneous with the shock of realizing that I was wide awake.

Keeping my attention riveted on the face, I slowly snaked a hand over and into the bedside table drawer where I kept a pair of glasses. Unfolding the spectacles, I slipped them on and instantly the face’s features came into focus, enabling me to see for the first time how her thin lips were curled into a slight smile.

A surge of adrenaline-fueled thoughts zapped me. Can this be a hallucination? Is this for real? Reflexively I reached over and turned on a lamp. Just as in the previous incident, this light made the face immediately vanish. I jumped out of bed like a man possessed and searched every square foot of my apartment. There was no one there, nor any evidence of anyone having gained entry.

The next day I phoned Edward and his wife, Lisa, and described this latest encounter. They wondered whether Barbara or one of her friends had been out mentally scanning again. I speculated these were projections from my own unconscious, either revealing future acquaintances, or continuing a lucid dreaming cycle which, while I had never experienced anything remotely similar before, might be symptomatic of dramatic forces of change in my psyche. Somehow, none of these explanations felt entirely adequate. My internal skeptic kept working overtime in its usual dismissive fashion, never suspecting that the strangest experience was yet to come.

At the bewitching hour of 3 a.m. on May 25, I felt myself jerked awake by the awareness of heat and intense pressure pinning me to the bed. I was on my back and, except for my eyes, no part of my body would respond to any attempt at movement. No matter how hard I tried to squeeze my fingers into a fist or curl my toes, I felt securely and inexplicably paralyzed. My next sensation was of a presence, invisible to me in the darkness, moving up and down atop the nakedness of my groin.

Thoughts began colliding rapidly in my mind, a carnage fired by competing emotions--curiosity, fear, anger, disbelief--all merging into a confused swirl. Why can’t I move? What is this presence engulfing me? It has a feminine feel to it, gripping me deep within a woman’s sex. This is coercion! This is rape! Suddenly one thought alone possessed me with a grim certainty. If I climax, if I allow myself to release inside this presence, whatever it is, some part of me, perhaps my soul, will be lost.

With ferocious effort I attempted to struggle free, concentrating on moving my arms and legs. The more I struggled the tighter the pressure and paralysis seemed to restrain me. Finally a voice at the core of my being spoke up internally, a quiet whisper, advising me to relax my body and resist mentally. I willed myself the refusal to submit to this presence, this entity, this experience, and I began relaxing my body, first my feet and hands, then each leg and arm, feeling the numbness retreat. In a flash I was free and able to move.

My entire body and the sheet beneath me was soaked in perspiration. I sat up and turned on the lamp. As I expected there was nothing out of the ordinary to be seen. Yet the room felt abnormally hot, absolutely stifling, and this awareness prompted my discovery of the most provocative evidence of all. Above my bed was a thermostat set at a customary 70 degrees, but the gauge indicated that the temperature in the room had shot up to 98 degrees! I dashed into the other two rooms of my apartment and checked the thermostats--each still set at 70 degrees, which also corresponded to the temperature in those rooms. Somehow the temperature in my bedroom alone had skyrocketed 28 degrees above the thermostat setting.

Even though it was after midnight Los Angeles time, I phoned Edward and Lisa and described what I had just seen and felt. I tried to calm myself by speculating out loud to them. Could this temperature anomaly in my bedroom, perhaps caused by a faulty thermostat, have stimulated or intensified the sleep paralysis and vivid imagery of my lucid dream state? Were these three apparitional experiences, so closely bunched together in time, and unlike anything I had ever encountered in my life, simply a confluence of bizarre coincidences?

Edward and Lisa countered that the anomaly of the heat differential could have been a byproduct of something extraordinary-- a spontaneous generation of heat from my own body, or even evidence of a visitation by aliens. They voiced an opinion that the impact had catapulted me into a rationalist’s denial. At that moment, I felt too stunned to offer any rebuttal.

A Search For Answers

During the ensuing months my readings introduced experiences similar to my own, categorized as Incubus and Succubus visitations. Incubi and Succubi are the Latin words for alleged demons which, throughout history and across many cultures, have been reported as engaging in sexual relations with men and women in their sleep. These critters reached the peak of European public exposure in 1484, when the Catholic Pope Innocent VIII issued an edict chastising followers of the faith of both sexes for having been tempted into “intercourse with evil angels, incubi and succubi”. With this declaration the Pope launched an Inquisition of torture and executions to purge Europe of witches--those “wicked women perverted by Satan”-- who supposedly sent the incubi and succubi on their salacious missions.

Other accounts come from Islamic theologians who described these occupants of the “realm of the unseen” as jinns, which in Middle Eastern mythology are a species of demon. As described in the Koran, jinns can shapeshift in order to kidnap humans and fornicate with them. During the 19th century, leaders of the Spiritualist movement in Britain coined the term “elementals” as a label for denizens of the supernatural or imaginal realms, a form of spiritual parasite that was said to prey upon human beings.

To my rational mind the jinns, the elementals, the incubi and the succubi, even Celtic descriptions of faeries and their rituals and behaviors, sounded suspiciously like the alien abduction reports of our present day. This linkage initially came to my attention in Jacques Vallee’s wonderful book, Passport To Magonia, first published three decades ago.

Many researchers have reached a similar conclusion. Are “demons” and “space aliens” one and the same?” ask British researchers Peter Hough, a journalist, and Moyshe Kalman, a psychotherapist, who in 1997 authored The Truth About Alien Abductions. “Comparisons with folklore indicate that they are. Further, the literature clearly illustrates how the root phenomenon adapts to social and individual experiences. This is often referred to as ‘cultural tracking’.”

Faeries and the Inccubi, just as our modern alien abductors, are said to possess the power to paralyze a person with a mere touch or even a glance. All of them, faeries, incubi, and aliens are described as seeking sexual relations with humans to improve their own, or our own, species.

Visionary images do seem to conform to our cultural expectations. Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believed that at the deepest levels of our psyche, where we each tap into the collective unconscious of humanity, we are awash in a sea of symbolic images--archetypes--common to our evolutionary experiences as a species. Our individual egos project onto these symbols our repressed, shadow parts of self.

In an extraordinary treatment of apparitions, Daimonic Reality: Understanding Otherworld Encounters, Patrick Harpur in 1995 drew numerous striking correlations between the folklore reports of incubi, succubi, and faeries, and the gray aliens supposedly involved in abducting humans. Taken together, he gives all apparitional figures the Greek name of daimons. “The truth behind apparitions is, I fear, less like a problem to be solved than an initiation into a mystery,” he writes. Apparitions such as inccubi and succubi could be “images of the soul projected by the soul itself”, and in a concession to Jungian psychological theories, he speculates that “it is a psychological law--a law of the soul--that whatever is repressed returns in a different form”.

More evidence for the common origin of all these apparitional phenomena springs from a finding that the ancient remedies for warding off Incubus/Succubus attacks, recommended by the Catholic Church, have also proven effective when utilized by abductees wanting to stop nocturnal alien visitations and abductions. Longtime UFO researcher Ann Druffel revealed this connection in her 1998 book, How To Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction. She listed nine techniques people have used to successfully “ward off alien entities and even break off abductions in progress”. These include a recited appeal to spiritual personages such as Jesus, summoning a righteous anger, and wearing objects made of iron.

It seems the techniques that work most effectively are those the person most believes will work. “Our own faeries and jinns are merely an old human problem, shape-shifted and wearing space garb to fool us”, Druffel concluded.

Bizarre Sleep Disorders

British psychologist Stan Gooch wrote a book, Creatures From Inner Space, in which he described his own sexual encounters with succubi, experiences that he conceded were “actually more satisfying than that with a real woman, because in the paranormal encounter archetypal elements are both involved and invoked”, Gooch decided after much consideration that succubi and other entities are created and projected by the human mind.

A similar account and conclusion comes from Dr. Ronald Siegel, associate research professor at the UCLA School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. In his 1992 book, Fire In The Brain, Siegel recounted waking at 4:20 a.m. when he heard footsteps and heavy breathing followed by a weight on his chest. He was paralyzed. The more he struggled the less he could move. He felt a cold hand grasp his arm. “Then part of the mattress next to me caved in. Someone climbed onto the bed! The presence shifted its weight and straddled my body...There was a texture of sexual intoxication and terror in the room.”

After this horrific “Old Hag” experience, as Siegel called it, he was able to classify it as sleep paralysis combined with hypnopompic hallucinations. (Hypnogogic is the borderline state when falling alseep; hypnopompic is the transition state when waking up.) Siegel noted how his encounter resembled, in a striking variety of details, author Whitley Strieber’s alien abduction report in his 1987 book, Communion.

According to prevailing physical theories, we normally experience a disconnect between body and brain while we are asleep. This disconnect is a safety mechanism to prevent us from physically acting out our dreams. When this safety mechanism malfunctions, bizarre effects can happen.

Take the case of Mrs. Jeane Dammen of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Since the age of seven she had been a sleepwalker, and as an adult began driving automobiles while in a dreamstate, sometimes driving up to 50 miles at a time. She would awaken at department stores and friend’s homes with no memory of having traveled there. She never had an auto accident during several decades of sleep driving.

Sleep researchers contend that more than half of all humans have a hypnogogic or hypnopompic sleep hallucination, or experience sleep paralysis, at least once in their life. ”Ordinary, perfectly sane and rational people have these hallucinatory experiences”, says Robert A. Baker, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, and an expert on the phenomenon.

Numerous clinical studies of sleep paralysis have found up to 75 percent of persons surveyed were on their backs when the experience occurred. I found this statistic of particular interest to my own case since I was also on my back during each of my three encounters, though I normally always sleep on my side.

One of the more intriguing cases I found of a sleep disorder that could have been mistaken for succubi visitations or even alien abductions involved a retired engineer in Connecticut. He inexplicably began experiencing, at age 64, both nocturnal and daylight encounters with an extraordinary range of images, especially female human faces and gray-faced entities that resembled classic descriptions of alien abductors. (To respect confidentiality between this man and his psychologist, I will refer to him as Rob Greeley.)

Over several years, into the early 1990s, Greeley kept a meticulous daily log of these visitations, a copy of which I have acquired. Here are a few representative descriptions taken at random from 1988 and 1989 entries. At 4 a.m. on May 2, he woke up “looking at a glowing alabaster sculpture of a cherubic-like child’s head” that soon morphed into “a gray faced image” of an alien being. He goes on to describe instances of feeling “a vibratory paralysis coming over me”, of seeing “smiling women’s faces”, and of “being shaken awake” and feeling “a tremendous blast of heat” and hearing “gibberish being spoken”.

“I am not alarmed or frightened by any of this”, Greeley told his psychologist, “because I know I am normal and feel well in every way”. Determined to document his experiences within a framework of objective reality, Greeley set up a video camera that he turned on during these manifestations of vivid imagery. Nothing out of the ordinary ever appeared on this videotape. The phenomena seemed to be generated and projected solely from his unconscious mind.

We might otherwise dismiss Greeley’s experiences as merely odd examples of anomalistic psychology, his brain playing perceptual tricks, a neurological malfunctioning, if it weren’t for some other provocative evidence of unexpected effects in his outward life.

For one thing, Greeley’s experiences began to infect, much like a contagion, other people close to him. His 34-year-old son, Scott, and Scott’s girlfriend, both saw similar images and entities on some of the nights they stayed at Greeley’s house. These visitations periodically continued even when Scott and his intimate partner were away in other cities. (In the diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association, this type of contagion is explained away as a “shared psychotic disorder”.)

Equally puzzling, Greeley and the people around him began to notice strange marks and wounds appearing on his body in the aftermath of the more intense visitations. For the first time in his life he had spontaneous nose bleeds while reading a book or eating a meal. He would awaken to find one eye severely bloodshot, or a finger swollen as if smashed by a sledgehammer, yet he retained no memory of having been injured.

Try as I might, my intuition does not facilitate me fully embracing a traditional psychiatric perspective explaining away all of these phenomena, though I do feel these images and experiences are primarily projections of the unconscious human mind. As evidenced by research into stigmata, our beliefs and unconscious desires can even produce wounds and other physical effects. But the triggers for these events, a partial reason why some of us are more susceptible, may exist independent of our brains.

An Electromagnetic Theory

An idea deserving continued investigation holds that electromagnetic fields, both natural and human-made, interact with some human brains to produce hallucinations, even dramatically staged event scenarios such as alien abductions. The pioneer researcher in this realm, Dr. Michael Persinger of Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada, has been stimulating the temporal lobes of test subjects for more than two decades using pulsed electromagnetic fields, releasing an exotic range of archetypal imagery from human consciousness. (Temporal lobes are found in the brain areas above and around the ears.)

Persinger’s experimental subjects have reported visual phenomena from floating human faces and ghostlike apparitions and angels, to experiences resembling aspects of alien abduction reports. For a 1996 television program, Jay Ingram, a host of the Canadian Discovery Channel, had Persinger bathe his temporal lobes in a pulsed electromagnetic field, resulting in what Ingram described as “faces floating in front of me...all female, on a dark background”. He experienced moments of “rapidly changing dream-like images, but the faces impressed me the most”.

Even more far-reaching electromagnetic theories have been advanced by British authors Paul Devereux and Albert Budden. Devereux’s 1989 book, Earth Lights Revelation, made a compelling case that some UFOs are a product of a mixture of electrical, geological and gaseous processes and conditions, and any nearby human consciousness can be impacted. Budden’s 1998 book, Electric UFOs, expanded that theory to link paranormal experiences, hauntings, and alien abductions as hallucinatory side effects of electromagnetic sensitivity.

Beyond the impressive imagery, however, Persinger’s experiments apparently have failed to reproduce the range of reported external effects that seem dependent on the nature, intensity, and projective power of a person’s conscious or unconscious fears or belief system. After sifting through the theories and apparitional evidence, and returning like a devoted ego to the memory of my own succubi experiences, I remain baffled by one nagging, anomalous detail.

How did the temperature in my room inexplicably shoot up 28 degrees above the thermostat setting during my last of the three encounters? Beyond this personal mystery, larger issues loom. Can human consciousness alter our consensus material reality? Are electromagnetic facilitations of paranormal experience, in the wild, so to speak, meaningful coincidences? Can more elaborate theories, interdimensional portals, for example, help to explain the broad range of paranormal phenomena?

Randy Fitzgerald's new book The Hundred Year Lie is being released in June.

Source: Phenomena
http://phenomena.cinescape.com/0/editorial.asp?aff_id=0&this_cat=Altered+States
&action=page&obj_id=4811&type_id=7&cat_id=118&sub_id=0

- TRUTH BEHIND THE LEGEND DEPARTMENT -

Dog-Headed Men
By Tara MacIsaac

Stories of dog-headed men pervade lore from ancient Greece through to medieval Europe and Africa. Many accounts center around India. What’s behind these accounts? Were they dehumanizing descriptions of foreign peoples? Were they distorted descriptions of real animals? Is there another explanation?

After invading India in the 4th century B.C., Alexander the Great purportedly wrote to his teacher, Aristotle, describing dog-headed men, along with other outlandish creatures dwelling in the East. The letter is included in a manuscript dating from about 1000 A.D., part of the Cotton Vitellius A. xv manuscript, which also includes the famed epic poem, “Beowulf.”

Ctesias the Cnidian wrote about the dog-headed men, also known as cynocephali, in the 4th century B.C. David Gordon White explained in his book “Myths of the Dog-Man,” that, “Although Ctesias believed he was reporting ethnological or geographical fact in his ‘Indika,’ there can be no doubt that a number of his accounts were in fact inspired by Indian myths.”

White wrote: “For some 1,500 years following Ctesias, conquerers, missionaries, and adventurers looked for, and indeed said they found, cynocephali in India.”

Gregory C. McIntosh, a leading expert on medieval maps (which often include depictions of cynocephali), said during a presentation at a 2013 conference at the Turkish Embassy in London that cannibals were often depicted as dog-headed men. Ancient Persians had a tradition of leaving their dead exposed, to be eaten by dogs and other scavengers, which gave the dogs a cultic importance in their culture. Herodotus, a Greek historian of the 5th century B.C., wrote of this Persian tradition. He also wrote of cynocephali living in Libya.

“For some 1,500 years following Ctesias, conquerers, missionaries, and adventurers looked for, and indeed said they found, cynocephali in India.” — David Gordon White

The cynocephali became part of Christian lore after the famed St. Augustine wrote about them, along with other monsters, in the 5th century A.D. He saw them as the the inheritors of Cain’s curse and the descendants of Noah’s disobedient offspring. White wrote: “Thanks to Augustine, the cynocephali were seen to be a part of the economy of salvation, albeit a fallen or exiled part; and so it was that they became widely allegorized and moralized as a quarrelsome, morally dumb, or even demonic race that was nevertheless redeemable.”

Augustine’s view is similar to that of the Betsimaraka tribe in Madagascar. One theory is that accounts of cynocephali in Africa may actually refer to a large species of lemur, the indri lemur.

In his book “On the Track of Unknown Animals,” Bernard Heuvelmans wrote of the indri lemur: “It is the largest of the lemurs known today and is extraordinarily like a little man with a dog’s head. Three feet high and with no tail but an inconspicuous stump, the indris is astonishingly like a man in outline. Like the other lemurs, or half-monkeys, it has a fine and pointed muzzle, which makes its head more like a fox’s or a dog’s.

“When you have seen one it is easy to understand why the Betsimaraka tribe [of Madagascar] both fear and worship the beast they significantly call babakato, or ‘child-grandfather.’ They believe it is a descendant of the men who used to hide in the forest to avoid working for the tribe. All lemurs are fady, or taboo, to many of the tribes, for they are thought to have once been men.”

Like Augustine, the tribe equated the human-like animals with morally depraved humans.

Source: Epoch Times
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1171492-dog-headed-men-of-lore-did-they-exist/

- THOSE TEETH, THOSE EYES DEPARTMENT -

The Haunted Doll of Hokkaido
By Brent Swancer

I don’t care what anyone says, dolls are creepy. Those dead eyes that seem to stare right through you, the features that fall right into the uncanny valley to prick at some part of the mind that tells us something isn’t quite right, the intangible sense of foreboding that seems to exude from them. They sit and stare, as if biding their time for some unknown agenda. Dolls just have some sinister quality to them that I can’t quite put my finger on. Regular dolls are bad enough, but when coupled with spooky curses and hauntings, they take on a whole other level of eeriness. There are many allegedly cursed or haunted dolls throughout the world, but perhaps one of the weirdest is a bizarre little abomination of a doll in Japan that is purportedly the home of a girl’s restless spirit and sports hair that keeps growing.

The story of the so-called Okiku doll starts in 1918, when a 17 year old boy by the name of Eikichi Suzuki purchased a doll for his 2 year old sister, Okiku, as a souvenir while visiting Saporro, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido for a marine exhibition. The doll itself was around 40cm (16 inches) tall and clad in a traditional Japanese kimono. Its eyes are black beads set within the life-like porcelain white face, and the black hair is in a traditional style cut shoulder length. Eikichi immediately knew his sister would love it and bought it right away. The overjoyed little girl was smitten with the doll, and played with it every day, even going so far as to name it after herself, Okiku. The two were reportedly inseparable and went everywhere together until tragedy struck the following year and Okiku fell gravely ill. The girl soon died from complications of severe influenza and fever, and the mourning family placed her beloved doll in a family altar in memory of their daughter.

Not long after the heartbroken family placed the doll in the altar, they noticed something odd. The jet black hair of the doll, which had originally been cropped to about shoulder length and with neat ends in the traditional style, started getting longer day by day and the ends of the hair became random and haphazard in length in contrast to the straight cut it had had previously. Before long, the hair had grown all the way down to brush against the doll’s knees, which caused the rather alarmed family to conclude that Okiku’s spirit had somehow inhabited the doll. Even when the doll’s hair was trimmed, it soon grew back inexplicably and always stopped at around knee length.

In 1938, the Suzuki family moved to Sakhalin but was wary of taking the mysterious doll with them. Since they believed that their daughter’s spirit resided within the doll, they were unwilling to discard it and so they instead brought it to Mannenji temple, in the town of Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, Japan. The family explained the doll’s unusual qualities to the priest of the temple, yet he accepted it anyway and soon was able to see for himself that indeed the doll’s hair continued to grow. Trimming the hair became a regular chore at the temple, and soon pictures of the doll with hair of various lengths were adorning the shrine where it was kept.

To this day, the doll remains at Mannenji temple, housed within a modest wooden box, and its hair purportedly continues to grow no matter how often it is trimmed. The haunted Okiku doll has become rather famous throughout Japan, with its story being adapted into novels, films, and traditional Kabuki plays, which have mostly expanded and dramatized the story to include more ghostly, spooky elements such as the doll giggling, sobbing, wailing, or walking about.

It is unclear what is going on with the growing hair of the Okiku doll. No one has really been able to explain how it has kept growing continuously for the better part of a century. Is this a truly supernatural phenomenon or some sort of hoax? Samples of the Okiku’s doll have been taken and analyzed in the past and it was determined that the hair was indeed human, but this does not necessarily point to a supernatural origin. What is going on with this doll? Is this some sort of trick or are there paranormal forces we don’t understand compelling its hair to perpetually grow?

For now, anyone who wishes to take a look at the Okiku doll up close can readily see it on display at Mannenji temple. It continues to stand in its box as it always has, wearing its kimono, growing its hair, and staring out at visitors with its beady black eyes, perhaps even watching them right back.

If you are really into super creepy dolls, there is also the story of the doll that grew old. The story is told by expert on the paranormal Jim Eaton in his book, Ghosts Caught On Film 2.

“The family bought the doll in good condition,” said Mr Eaton. "The doll was loved by the young girl but as with most toys and children's possession, the doll was later largely forgotten as the daughter out grew it."

Eventually the children moved out of home and the parents rather than throw the toys and memories away decided to store them in the attic.

Although the doll had been well played with it was still in rather good condition when it was placed in a box and forgotten about.

About eleven years later the family were having a clean out of the attic when they stumbled across a rather odd looking doll. The doll was wrinkled, aged, like that of a very aged person. The arms were stiff and mummified, wrinkles running along their length. It was when they recognised the clothing and other items in the box that their blood ran cold.

It was their daughters doll, once baby faced, it had now aged.

Incredibly it had aged in much the same way a human does, the wrinkles were all in the right areas but it was the eyes that were most haunting, once those of a dolls they now looked human – looking in them they could almost detect a presence, a wisdom... a spirit?

They family got rid of the doll and the new owners soon parted ways with it to a new owner. It is not known where the doll is today or even what it looks like.

Source: Mysterious Universe
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/12/the-haunted-doll-of-hokkaido/
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