Book of Mysteries: Strangeness in the Hudson Valley

 

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The Hudson valley is no “stranger” to High Strangeness. Witness Whitley Strieber’s experiences with “Super Natural” beings, the Pine Bush Phenomenon, and UFO sightings all up and down the Hudson Valley, most notable those reports by Linda Zimmerman and J Allen Hynek. (Remember: I am not saying the UFOs are real, I am saying the experiences of the observers are real or to put it another way, they are real to the observer and worth studying.)

Putnam County, less than an hour up the river from Manhattan, has certainly seen its share of strangeness, if the reports are to be believed. And just east of the Hudson River in the middle of Putnam county is where I had a couple of very strange experiences that have made me wonder about consciousness, the trickster, and what may be beyond our known world.

 

The Invisible Stalker

This experience happened in the mid to late 1980s. At the time I was studying with a Native American elder, OhShinnah. As part of her teaching, she had us do exercises to harmonize with the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water. I was working on water so every time I visited near Cold Spring, NY I would go down to this wonder-filled place just below the dam of a manmade lake.

This was a truly magical spot and I always felt the encircling love of nature while there.

One of the most beautiful spots was by a stream, and there I practiced the water ceremony OhShinnah taught us. It was there I first saw (experienced) tiny sparkles in the air—what I thought might be air spirits, but later learned are identified as water spirits.

On this particular day, the sparkles danced in and out of my field of vision and somehow I started to experience the entire area as “separated,” but separated from what I am not sure. I experienced this bubble of sparkles surrounding the stream and the woods for maybe 50 feet in all direction. I sat transfixed.

Whether I started to move first or the sound of something moving through the undergrowth caught my attention and I stood, I do not remember. But I looked all around me and it was as if, off in one direction only, the background was muted out. It was fuzzy and without distinction. That, anyway, is what I experienced.

Then a wave of apprehension hit me. I had never been anxious in this place before. Indeed, it was a place where stresses always fell away from me. Deciding it was “just my imagination,” I ignored it and relaxed. It hit me harder and now I was afraid. I ducked behind a tree and stood stone still. Not a sound, all was quiet again. Come to think of it, not even a bird was singing.

Peeking out, I searched the woods for deer—they often came close when I was there, but I saw nothing. The sparkle was gone, except in the one area up a muted hill. But, as I moved again, the sound of something disturbing the brush returned.

I froze and all was quiet. I moved and it moved.

For a very long time, I stood stock still, the fear mounting. Something was playing cat and mouse with me.

Finally I grabbed my things intending to hurry out of there. The sound of movement returned and now I was choking down panic as I hurried back to the dam. A time or two, I looked back over my shoulder, but saw nothing.

It stopped following me as I neared the dam. I hurried past the dam and up the dirt road—really more a trail with two ruts—and back to the cabins. There, in a more public spot, I sat for a while, waiting for whom or whatever was stalking me to come out as there was no other trail to follow but that one. Nobody and nothing ever came.

It was years later that I heard about Bigfoot and the experiences of others, experiences like mine—as if something was throwing fear at them. The hypothesis put forth by Bigfoot researchers is that Bigfoot uses infrasound to scare away unwanted visits. Infrasound does that, creates that experience of fear.

Was it Bigfoot, or a family of them passing through the woods? I don’t know. All I know is that I experienced something that was both real and unreal to me—something I would come to experience a couple more times in my life. And that lead me on a quest to discover what it is that lies beneath experiences like these. The something, I believe, is the most basic field of all—a field of consciousness out of which we ourselves create experience. And maybe have created the image of Bigfoot to explain those experiences. If that is true, then Bigfoot is becoming very real indeed.

 

 

Photo Credit: Gnashes30 under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. The sign is along the Pikes Peak Highway.

 

NOTE: No blog post next week–away with friends having fun!

Book of Mysteries: High Strangeness

 

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The Higgs Boson Field

 

So the last couple of weeks I have been thinking more about “high strangeness” and what that all means. How does it tie together? At this moment, I think it all has to do with consciousness, maybe that is the baseline that physicists skirt around when they seek the ultimate—the undefined something that explains it all. The unity.

What is High Strangeness?

The term was coined by Dr. J. Allen Hynek in an address to the United Nations on November 27, 1978. He was speaking about the world-wide phenomenon of Flying Saucers—UFOs.

Included in High Strangeness are such events as alien abductions, cryptogeographic beings such as Bigfoot, Nessie, and all the other “monsters” throughout history. Also included is the Men in Black phenomenon  and UFOs. Lately, it has grown to include the more extreme ends of the paranormal spectrum in general.

Tied in with all these are “synchronicities,” those meaningful coincidences (Carl Jung’s definition) that give us pause and jerk us from our “mindless” routines into a more mindful state. This change of consciousness is, I think, the key to understanding the phenomenon.

Is it real?

Basically, yes, the experience is real. People are experiencing communications with “otherworldly beings,” aliens, and crypto-creatures. (Yes, there are hoaxers, but not everyone is a hoaxer.)

Are the aliens and crypto-creatures flesh and blood? I am not so sure. I think that they are of our own creation—that we have the ability to create these experiences for ourselves. But I don’t buy that they are hallucinations—I think they have more substance than that.

I think there is a field out of which we create these experiences. Call the field astral, etheric, or whatever term you like better, I think that the basis of that field is the one thing that, in my opinion, existed before the big bang—consciousness.

The Higgs Boson or God-particle

Dr. Peter Higgs, after whom the particle was named, describes it like this, “…these particles are just packages of energy of some kind of field. And the feature [that] distinguishes this kind of theory…is the existence of what we, theoretical physicists, call the vacuum, which means nowadays something different than what it used to mean. It’s just the lowest energy state that you could possibly have in which there are no particles around but there maybe something around. And that something around can be a background field of some sort, which pervades the universe.”   (Italics mine)

So here is my thought: the field that pervades the universe is consciousness, pure and simple. (Well, maybe pure, but not so simple.)

What do all humans (and other living things) have in common? Consciousness. So what if our personal consciousness interacts with this background field and out pops these “god-particles” called Higgs Boson that create our individual reality? Then we interact with whatever high strangeness our consciousness initiates.

Indeed, this High Strangness pops in and out of the Higgs field of consciousness when the individual becomes aware of it.

Is this how it works?

So, what if one individual has a strange experience, as people have had for millennia. Let’s say the experience is akin to the Fairy Folk lore—being lured or abducted into some other-worldly place. But Fairy lore is not part of this person’s experience, so s/he comes to a different belief about it—alien contact. (Like fairy lore, alien contact can be enlightening or scary.) This person, from his/her conscious perception creates a new “reality.” This person talks about it, maybe even writes a book. Other people pick it up, now focusing their personal consciousness on it. They start having the same experience and it spreads even more. (Think how the internet is speeding this process.)

What has happened is the field of of general consciousness (Is this the Higgs field?) shaped by all those who have gone before has created (an attribute of the Higgs field) an experience with matter. But because we are not all participating in the awareness it is only semi-formed. Not quite solid yet. Our perceiver, unaware of the fairy folk belief, shapes it into flying saucers and aliens. That is what s/he sees. The belief spreads, reinforcing the field and creating more experiences. As the same belief or perception is propagated, the semi-formed matter becomes more and more formed, more and more solid, more and more able to remain in the “real” world. So more and more people experience this phenomenon, as has happened with Bigfoot, flying saucers, and all the other “paranormal” phenomena.

Until one day comes when enough people see and experience it and it stays in our reality, no longer able to shrink back to the “other dimension” of the consciousness (Higgs) field.

This would explain why High Strangeness is only witnessed by some—those able to focus their consciousness, and not by others who do not share the same belief. It would also explain why some people see these things blink in and out of “reality,” and why the observer affects the physicist’s experiments.

 

Image attribution: Gonis from es under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Book of Mysteries: What is it to be human(e)?

 

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Many years ago I was fascinated by a story of gorillas disabling poacher snares intended for other wildlife. Then a few days ago I saw an article on monkey’s early “domestication” of the wolf. We certainly inherited more from our primate cousins than we realize.

Compassionate gorillas?  

A team from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center filmed a silverback gorilla pointing out a snare to two younger male blackbacks who went over to investigate, spotted the snare, and dismantled it efficiently and effectively. They went on to dismantle a second snare farther along.

This was not the first time these blackbacks had disabled a snare. Their actions were deliberate, and they did not need to think before snapping the stick that held the snare in place.

Why would mountain gorillas do such a thing? Presumably they are aware of the trap and could have avoided it.   The traps themselves are not strong enough to hold a full grown or juvenile gorilla. However, there are known instances where baby gorillas have been ensnared, causing injury and death.

What is the definition of intelligence? Thinking ahead and preventing problems? Maybe even a capacity for compassion?

 

Monkeys domesticating wolves?

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In the grassland of Africa, monkeys have been documented in what might be termed a pre-domesticate relationship with wolves.

Each day, about noon, the wolves begin foraging for mice amongst herds of gelanda, a type of baboon. Presumably the gelanda make it easier to catch the mice since the rate of success for the wolves goes from 25% when they hunt alone to 67% when they hunt around the gelanda.

While wolves would normally consider baby monkeys dinner, they very rarely attack them. Indeed only one instance was ever noted and the other monkeys—numbering in the hundreds—drove the wolf away and would not let it return.

But what would the monkeys get from this arrangement? Grasslands are very dangerous places for monkeys. There are no trees to climb to seek protection. It is theorized the wolves might be providing protection from other predators, thus expanding the monkey’s foraging habitat.

 

Monkeys enter the Stone Age

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And then, just yesterday, New Scientist carried this article. Yes, macaque monkeys using stone “tools” to crack open marine life for food. Not only using tool, but looking for a different tool–one that might do the job better. (There is a YouTube for that.)

The article goes on to report chimpanzees have been using tools for 4000 years. So maybe not so new after all.

 

 

For more on the gorillas: Yirka, Bob. (2012, July 23). Gorillas filmed performing amazing feat of intellectual ability. PhysOrg. Retrieved 6/13/16 from http://phys.org/news/2012-07-gorillas-amazing-feat-intellectual-ability.html

For more on monkeys and wolves: Journal of Mammalogy, http://jmammal.oxfordjournals.org/content/96/1/129

For more on monkeys using toolsJournal of Human Evolution, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.05.002

 

The Boskop Geniuses

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In 1913, two farmers dug up skull fragments near Boskop, a small town in South Africa. When pieced together, it was discovered the cranial size was at least 25% bigger than Homo Sapiens today. Since that time, more skulls have been found in the region.

Current calculations estimate cranial sizes ranging from 1650 to 1900 ccs. (Our cranial size averages 1350 cc.) Not only was the skull bigger, the extra capacity was in the region of the pre-frontal cortex, linked to our higher cognitive functions.

Two neuroscientists, Lynch and Granger (2008 ), extrapolated the IQ from the brain size. This early human had a possible IQ of 150.

But wait a minute:

Anthropologists and archeologists claim this skull is simply a variation of a normal human—one with a larger skull, but not a “significantly” larger skull. This view is championed by John Hawks who states he has not read Lynch and Granger’s book but was not “surprised to see what appears to be complete lunacy in the book description.” He then cites a review of the literature done 50 years ago before claiming the idea came to Lynch and Granger from a science fiction published in 1958. Personally THAT seems far-fetched!

So let us wait another minute:

DNA studies have been done on several “elongated skulls’ most notably the Paracas Skulls.

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Long thought to be the result of artificial cranial deformation, new research suggest otherwise. Artificial deformation will change the shape of the skull, not increase the cranial capacity. Here we see a 25% increase in size–as in the Boskop skulls. In addition, fetuses have been discovered with elongated skulls, suggesting this is not an intentional deformation.

It would seem that there are, indeed, lost human species.

 

 

 

Here are some links for more information on Boskop Skulls:

http://discovermagazine.com/2009/the-brain-2/28-what-happened-to-hominids-who-were-smarter-than-us

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boskop_Man

http://www.thethinkingblog.com/2008/04/extinct-human-species-smarter-than-us.html

 

Lynch and Granger’s book on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Big-Brain-Origins-Future-Intelligence/dp/1403979790

 

 

 

 

 

The Irish Round Towers

 

 

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Glendalough Round Tower   Attribution: Hopmans at nl.wikipedia

 

According to Professor Phillip Callahan these enigmatic towers were built as antennae and they function much like the antennae of insects, picking up electromagnetic frequencies.

If that is the case, then the strange placement of the “doors” well above ground would have a purpose—to tune the tower to a specific frequency. In addition, many are filled with rubble, perhaps to further refine the tuning.

There is anecdotal evidence that electromagnetic frequencies can affect human behavior (Try walking by the Cliff of Tears at Gungywamp.   They may enhance meditation (Have you ever been in a place where you felt absolute peace and even transcendence?). There are studies supporting the idea that electromagnetic fields can have healing affects.

Were these towers intended to re-tune the electromagnetic energy of the sun, of lightening, and of other natural phenomenon to enhance spiritual development? Or perhaps to heal? Or maybe even as communication devices?

A star map:

Consider this: The position of the Round Towers, which seems random, actually maps the stars in the northern hemisphere on the winter solstice, perhaps the most peaceful time of the year. The night sky is one of three sources of detectable energy. (The sun and lightening are the other two.) The careful placement of the towers against the night sky indicates they were built for more than just protection from invading Vikings as is the accepted theory.

Another interesting fact:

Carbon dating at some of the Round Towers puts them at the 9th to 12th century AD. If they are electromagnetic structures, then the knowledge would have had to have been kept throughout the centuries. Certainly we know that the knowledge of dousing, an ancient technique to find earth energies and currents, has been carried through the generations and is still used today.

Worldwide antennae:

What about the pyramids, stone circles, standing stones, and other stone structures? Electromagnetic anomalies have been found at them. Perhaps they, too, refine electromagnetic energy so that we may access and use it. The phenomenon seems to be worldwide.

Professor Phillip Callahan’s fascinating work with natural energy and how ancient man was able to use it is a bit complex for someone who has no familiarity with radio electronics. However, one can get a sense of it by reading this article on the web.

It is an interesting read as the article also covers levitation in the Great Pyramid and suggests an Egyptian connection between the knowledge of the Irish monks and the ancient Egyptians.

For information on ancient knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum, see Glenn Kreisberg’s article on the Graham Hancock website.