Are Triangular-Shaped UFOs America’s Secret Super-Weapon?

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There was a curious story about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). They developed an unmanned glider called the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) that should be able to fly at 13,000 miles per hour. Below is a story about it:
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Such an aircraft could strike anywhere on earth within an hour. It would be a super weapon! This hypersonic technology is supposedly in its infancy.  So why is this aircraft getting publicity? You’d think such technology would be kept secret. I have a theory.
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In the 1950s and 60s, there were sightings of saucer shaped UFOs.  Today, nobody really sees flying saucers.  They do spot cigar shaped and triangular-shaped UFOs.  The flying “black triangles” are intriguing.  They have been spotted often enough to make a trend.  Assuming a number of these sightings are legitimate, what is flying in our skies?
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I’d suggest these are not extraterrestrials, but home grown craft, not unlike the triangular hypersonic technology vehicle.  This would also suggest this technology already exists.  America may have in place craft that can fly undetectable by radar, hover and then speed away at 20 times the speed of sound.  These could be a defense against nuclear ballistic missiles giving any nation possessing such technology nuclear superiority.
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Such technology is best kept secret.  In the 1940s the world realized America had the atomic bomb after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Soon afterwards the Soviet Union created their atomic bombs.  Super-weapons are best kept secret until they are needed.  If the world realized UFO-like space defense super-weapons were feasible, it would only be a matter of time before China or anyone else developed their own.
Artist’s rendering of the HTV-2

Artist’s rendering of the HTV-2

So why advertise such potential capabilities as seen in the news stories concerning the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2?  I assume America no longer supports the space shuttle program because the shuttle has already been replaced with something else (unknown).
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These news stories about military technology are likely disinformation.  But for whose consumption?  China has been hacking into the computer systems of corporations and governments around the globe.  Perhaps this hacking has led to their discovery about America’s UFO arsenal?  Stories about the HTV-2 crashing may be a diversion.  All these recent sightings of UFOs over China may not be coincidence.
“Pakistan gave China access to the previously unknown U.S. “stealth” helicopter.”
America’s “UFO” technology is already being stolen and copied!

Black helicopters and “UFO technology” helped kill Osama bin Laden

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In the mythology of Ufology exists the concept of “black helicopters”. These black helicopters were reported to transport the fabled men in black. The men in black mysteriously appeared after UFO sightings or encounters, questioned those who had seen the UFOs and seemingly tried to cover up alien activity. MIB were reported to be weird characters, not quite…normal. The theory was if they were not actual aliens, they were a secret government agency working for the aliens. Black helicopters were reported to move silently, which would seem to be impossible for a nosy helicopter. This stealth quality gave the black helicopter its otherworldliness.

When the stories of the raid on Osama bin Laden emerged there were mysterious elements. How did the mission’s helicopters get through miles of Pakistan airspace without detection? The mission was kept secret from Pakistan, yet the U.S. was able to fly two helicopters near a military instillation unseen. The helicopters made no sound until they were right above bin Laden’s fortresses. It appears “black helicopters” are not only mythology, but were used in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Stealth Helicopters Used In Bin Laden Raid

If the U.S. has true stealth helicopters, what other secret, strange technology do we have? I am guessing some UFO sightings are a glimpse of UFO style technology developed by the military. I would not be surprised if we had Unidentified Flying Objects hovering unseen about Bin Laden’s compound as the mission took place…America’s UFOs.

The Pakistan air force was about to send fighter jets to intercept the helicopters. What would have happened to these jets if they tried to attack the departing helicopters? I bet any interference by Pakistan would have been dealt with by other stealth craft as they hovered far overhead. We would not send a mission without protection from above.

If America has amazing UFO type technology, it is a secret to be used only when the need is dire. If America’s back is ever up against the wall, I think then this new technology, which can maneuver at amazing speeds or hover suspended, will be revealed. UFOs are our secret weapons, and the black helicopters are but one aspect of this weapon.

President Obama even made a Roswell reference at the 2011 Annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Roswell is supposedly the location where a UFO crashed and the government retrieved valuable alien technology. The story goes we reverse engineered this technology and use it today. I feel we don’t need technology from aliens; we humans are clever enough to develop our own. Which might have been the subtle reference in Obama’s joke about Donald Trump.

The correspondents’ dinner was on Saturday April 30, 2011. The president had already made the decision to attack Osama Bin Laden, which was to take place the following day on Sunday May 1. Yet at the dinner Obama was cool, showing no clue he just approved a supremely important and dangerous mission.

Obama made a joke about Trump. Obama said, “Donald Trump is here tonight. And I know that he’s taken some flak lately. But no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than ‘The Donald’. And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. Like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?”

I wonder if the “What really happened in Roswell?” joke line was a subtle reference to something real.  Even as Obama was speaking, our own version of nearly invisible crafts, stealth black helicopters, prepared to move. If Donald Trump became president one day, Trump might discover what really happened at Roswell. We possess strange technologies and wondrous aircraft. But they don’t need to be reversed engineered from a crashed alien spacecraft. We humans can create our own.


In this video we can hear Obama’s Roswell reference.

Are UFOs Hiding In Plain Sight?

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UFO hidden by the sun?

In my previous post I proposed UFOs have nothing to do with spaceships piloted by organic aliens, but are probes manipulated by artificial intelligence.  Probes using robotics and A.I. would essentially be immortal, and traveling the vastness of space would not be an issue.  Humanity has begun this in a limited way with the Voyager Interstellar Mission.

We can view UFOs as something quasi-magical.  We imagine faster-then-light warp drives, phasing through dimensions, becoming invisible using cloaking technology and other elements from science fiction.  If UFOs are magic-like things, we’ll never find one.  However, if the laws of nature restrict UFOs, we may yet discover the location of these probes possibily watching our planet.

Cigar Shaped UFO

Cigar Shaped UFO

If UFOs are probes without living occupants and instead are motivated by powerful programs or even true machine sentience, then they will follow a routine.  They have a purpose, and will follow this purpose as programmed.  Which means they should be predictable.  Let us think like a programmer, and how we’d instruct an interstellar craft to behave on finding a living world.

I suggest we’d start with an interstellar ship, a mother ship, the vessel that would travel for centuries to distant stars.  What has been described as a mother ship UFO has been sighted.  It has been described as a giant cigar shaped UFO.  It is purported to be huge.  I assume such a massive vessel would not do the exploring but instead employ probes to explore any new planet encountered.  There are also many sightings of smaller UFOs that seem to merge together or break apart and move on their own.
 
If there is a cigar-shaped mother ship UFO, where is it hiding?  I’d suggest it is hiding (almost) in plain sight.  I’d guess it would act like our own spy satellites hovering above us in high orbit around the earth, perhaps halfway between the earth and moon. 

But wouldn’t someone spot it with all our telescopes watching the skies?  We have terrestrial telescopes scanning the sky for asteroids, not to mention the world’s governments trying to keep track of the other’s spy satellites.   Could a large object hide in the sky?

A cigar/tube shaped UFO seems to change shape based on the angle from which we view it.  When a tube shaped flying object is viewed from the side, it appears long and large, and may even appear like a flying saucer from that view.  If viewed from a distance at an angle, it may seem like a flying wedge.  But if viewed from the tip, only a dot would be visible, a flying ball.  I illustrate this below with an actual cigar.

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If a tube shaped UFO were in high orbit watching us, by facing earth with its tip pointed at us, only a circular spot a fraction of the total size would be visible from earth.  At a sufficient distance from earth this dot would be nearly invisible without the need for any “invisibility technology”.   Only the lucky telescope would spot this dot in the black of space if it drifted across a star or nebula at that instant.  Even then we’d probably think nothing of it.

From this Cigar Ship the smaller probes would visit earth.   There are stories these anomalies have been picked up by military and civilian radar, but are elusive.  These smaller probes would likely use the Cigar Ship as their base, and would be going back and forth from this base ship.

Assuming the probes are programmed for secrecy, where would this Mother Ship position itself?  Behind the moon perhaps?  I’d suggest a better place to hide with a good view of earth.   I’d place the Mother Ship hovering where the bright glare of the sun’s corona would offer camouflage.  The mother vessel could be pointing at Earth in a geostationary orbit where it would seem to always be at the same point in the sky…with the sun behind and beside it.

Nobody looks into the sun; we avert our eyes.  Assuming smaller probes are going back and forth to this base, what better avenue to disguise their approach and departure then by traveling hidden by the sun’s powerful light.

Again assuming these ships are probes, then they will follow their program.  Programs won’t change unless something triggers a change.  If there is a mother ship hovering in space and it is using the sun as camouflage, then it will remain there unless there is reason otherwise.

If we want to hunt for hidden UFOs, we now have a resource from NASA, their sky-map archive.  Let us hunt for anomalies using the sky-map archive, link below.  The truth may be out there…hiding in plain sight!

Spectacular sky-mapping archive open to the public

NASA has released a trove of data from its sky-mapping mission, allowing scientists and anyone with access to the Internet to peruse millions of galaxies, stars, asteroids and other hard-to-see objects.

WISE Delivers Millions of Galaxies, Stars, and Asteroids

WISE Image Data Service – How to Find Color Images

What Are Extraterrestrial Aliens?

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There was a story about a memo reputed to concern the famed Roswell UFO crash.  As described in the memo: “An investigator for the Air Forces stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture.”
Secret FBI File Exposes Roswell UFO — Or Not?

aliensWhat to make about this story of the recovery of crashed UFOs at Roswell?  I have my doubts.  I don’t reject the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life.  I just can’t buy into 3 feet tall humanoids in metallic cloth uniforms in flying saucers.

What would actual alien explorers look like?  We humans are already exploring our solar system with robots.  We have many probes hurtling through the void of space gathering information.  We have moving probes traveling the surface of Mars.  Sending human beings into distant space to accomplish the same would cost an untenable fortune in resources. 

One day we’ll send probes to visit other stars.  With the known barrier of the speed of light, it could take hundreds or even thousands of years for a probe to reach distant stars and send back information.  But what is the hurry since future generations will await the signals.  Robots and artificial intelligence don’t require air, food or water, just energy.  If we eventually send probes to the stars, then perhaps an alien civilization is doing the same.  Even at close to the speed of light, aliens won’t send organic life to do the job. 

I imagine technology will someday develop genuine artificial intelligence.  Thinking machines would be like living beings without the need for life support.  Indeed, artificial intelligence may one day replace organic life.  If an alien craft ever crashed on earth, we would find no pilot in the craft.  The UFO itself would be the alien.  We may have such crafts watching us now, alien intellects vast and superior…watching invisibly from deep, dark space.  Not 3-foot tall gray aliens in tin foil suits.

Does this mean sightings of organic aliens are only phantoms of our imagination?  They may not be imagination, but actual phantoms.  Encounters with alien “life” may be something entirely different then extraterrestrial.

Is there a UFO in the Rider-Waite tarot deck?

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UFO in the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck?

UFO in the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck?

Does the Rider-Waite tarot deck contain references to UFOs?  The deck was the creation of Arthur Edward Waite and artist Pamela Colman Smith.  Waite was a mystic and occultist, and as such he dealt with the many concept of spirit: angels, demons and elementals.  But UFO aliens?  Not likely as the deck was published in 1909.  

Yet there are some intriguing parallels between the spirits of occultism and the concept of UFOs and aliens visiting earth.  If we examine the Rider-Waite card Temperance, we notice there is a light in the background rising above some hills at the end of a path.  The card’s light in the distance looks like a UFO, a glowing flying saucer.  The image struck me as being similar to the iconic image from the movie poster of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

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In Waite’s book, the Pictorial Key to the Tarot, he describes the Temperance card, and mentions the light in the background:

“A winged angel, with the sign of the sun upon his forehead and on his breast the square and triangle of the septenary. I speak of him in the masculine sense, but the figure is neither male nor female. It is held to be pouring the essences of life from chalice to chalice. It has one foot upon the earth and one upon waters, thus illustrating the nature of the essences. A direct path goes up to certain heights on the verge of the horizon, and above there is a great light, through which a crown is seen vaguely.”

He is describing the angel as a solar being (the sun upon his forehead)…a Star Man.  It has the power of flight (wings) yet touches the earth with its feet.  It is a visitor to earth.  The light in the distance is described as a crown seen vaguely seen in a great light.  A crown or disk seen in a light?  Could this be the vessel used by the “angel” visiting earth?  The angel looks oddly like the Nordic Alien with a strange geometric image on its breast.

I am not suggesting Waite was actually referring to literal alien star men, visitors from space.  Yet, the concept seems part of our collective unconscious.  The image of the light in the distance, down an empty road, with strange visitors awaiting us, does connect the tarot card to the movie poster.  UFO aliens are archetypes.  Angels appear like alien visitors.  Or do aliens appear like angels?

Contacting aliens or entities

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I am considering an experiment this summer: attemping contact with extraterrestrial aliens.  This sounds like an impossible task.  How could any human possibly arrange contact with UFOs and their occupants?  From all reports it appears extraterrestrials (if they exist) contact us; we don’t contact them.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason for sightings or alien abductions. 

The alien contact phenomena are a reality; this has touched thousands.  The real question is what exactly is going on?  What is the nature of these phenomena?  Is this contact an objective reality with physical extraterrestrial visitors, or is it a subjective psychological event?  Or perhaps something in between?

Here are a couple of examples of prominent alien abductions:

Russian Governor Tells Tale of Alien Abduction, President asked to Investigate

Japan’s new First Lady Miyuki Hatoyama: ‘I went to Venus in a UFO’
 
If we wished to initiate contact with actual interstellar visitors, then it would seem a pretty hopeless task.  What to do outside of flashing a laser penlight into the sky using Morse Code spelling out “visit me”.

Alien abduction in popular culture

Alien abduction in popular culture

However, I suspect aliens are something else.  These may not be physical aliens, or always only illusions of the mind.  There is the possibility of non-physical, non-human entities that occasionally appear to us in forms that match our expectations, and communicate with us, telling us what we want to hear.  History is full of these encounters, which reflected their times.

Folklore suggests contact with aliens/entities was done on their terms and depended on being at the right place at the right time.  However, there does seem to be a common thread with this contact.  It seems the contactees have, to some extent, an innate second sight.  This extra-sensory perception may be unrecognized and undeveloped, but on rare occasions an individual may enter an altered state of consciousness and make contact with the Invisible World.

If so, this would be the approach to make contact.  Since we all have some degree of extra-sensory perception, it might be possible to attempt contact.  The method to encourage contact would be the method used throughout history and cultures…ritual.  The exact ritual does not seem to matter, but it appears the process of ritual somehow attracts the attention of these invisible entities. 

Summoning aliens/entities

Summoning aliens/entities

According to folklore, contact with the invisible world can be perilous.  Defensive measure should be included when attempting such rituals.  A common defense against invisible entities was something simple, cold iron.  It was said to repel the fairies.  Ceremonial magicians had their magic circles and magic weapons including their sword.  How could iron or steel fend off something non-physical?  Was it the belief in the weapon?  According to some views there is a subtle form of invisible matter/energy called aether.  This aether seems able to subtly interact with electromagnetism, which is responsible for any physical manifestations.  Running water or iron seems to short-circuit the connection of aether with physicality, or so is the theory.

I don’t know if attempting contact with aliens/entities will produce results.  Yet, I think it would be worth a try.  When it comes to such things, the only way to know is through personal experience.

FLYING ROD, UFO OR A BUG?

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FLYING ROD UFO?

If I happen to have my camera with me and I see an interesting sky, I will take pictures of dramatic clouds, stormy weather, or a nice sunset.  Going through my photos, I noticed a pair of such photos with something odd, a streak.  If it were one photo I might not have noticed, but the pair of photos caught my attention.

The pictures reminded me of a paranormal fad a number of years ago.  Back then there were pictures of what appeared to be rods flying through the sky.  This led to speculation about the nature of these photos’ “flying rods”.   I recall some of the speculation…flying rods as a strange unknown form of life that flew so fast they were invisible to the naked eye, or extra-dimensional entities, or something possibly related to UFOs. 

Eventually it was discovered these flying rods were simply flying insects that appeared as streaks when photographed.  Since then flying rods became discredited.  But today there are still stories and photos of cigar shaped UFOs flying around.  The cigar UFO is a classic shape for an unidentified flying object.

The simplest explanation is the best explanation, so these photos should be the streak of a bug.  Yet, these two pictures were taken a few seconds apart.  It could not have been moving very fast.  A UFO?  If only I were so lucky.

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Neil Steinberg disrespects UFOs

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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg slammed those who have an open mind about the reality of UFOs.  In his column’s “opening shot” he wrote about those who deny global warming as being plain stupid.  I agree.  He ridicules those who see a snowstorm as proof that global warming is a fantasy.  I’ve heard the same thing from global warming deniers.  “Look at all that snow” the deniers say, ”Where is global warming?”  Obviously the deniers don’t understand or ignore that the ice caps are melting, the true evidence of global warming.  His article:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/2038672,CST-NWS-stein10.article

However, as an analogy, Mr. Steinberg compares those who ponder the reality of UFOs as having the same mentality as the global warming deniers.  He dismissively pooh-poohs UFOs with this quote:

 “But those other people. Jeez! The basics of physical reality elude them, and they form world views based on their patchwork misunderstandings.  Every flash in the sky is a friendly UFO blinking out “Howdy” and the arguments against it being so — the vast tracts of space to be crossed, the enormous spans of time required — mean nothing to them. “

Well now!  I don’t think Mr. Steinberg understands anything about the topic of UFOs.  While there is inconclusive proof of UFOs, they remain a possibility.  Outside of the mentally ill does ANYBODY look at EVERY flash in the sky as a UFO?  That is setting up a straw man.  The concept of extraterrestrials may or may not be reality, but the possibility exists.  Outside of visitors from other worlds, there is also the possibility UFOs could represent spiritual entities, beings that have coexisted with mankind since we‘ve evolved.  Mr. Steinberg’s dismissive view of Ufology is not much different then the attitude of the global warming deniers he criticizes…an opinion based on ignorance of the topic.

A better analogy would’ve been to compare the global warming deniers to those who believe in the literal reality of Noah’s Ark   Perhaps half the American population accept this story as literal truth.  If so, how did the kangaroo get to Noah’s Ark?  It had to swim across an ocean.  Then once on the continent it had to survive a trek across a landscape filled with hungry dinosaurs, since fundamentalists believe the dinosaurs lived before the flood.  And why bother to return to Australia?  Why not just settle down around Mount Ararat? 

I like this conspiracy theory.  Perhaps the true reason behind global warming denial is the intention to warm up the planet so the snow and ice on Mount Ararat will melt, revealing the location of the ark!  The lack of logic fits, I suppose.

Accepting that the paranormal might have a basis in reality is not a sign of ignorance.  There is a difference between denying science, and understanding that science does not have all the answers yet.

Update:  Mr. Steinberg had an excellent article about  religious tolerance.  I agree with him 100% .  Maybe he is not so terrible, regardless of his sour view of UFOs.     Tolerance a virtue in my worldview

Santa Claus’ UFO Alien Connection

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Santa Claus UFO Connection

What is the connection between Santa Claus and UFOs’ aliens?  Certainly Santa is a holiday fabrication, and most people would consider UFOs to be equally fictional.  Yet I see a connection!

First, are UFOs and aliens a reality?  With so many sightings and encounters it suggests something is “out there”.   For anyone curious about sightings, check out the National UFO Reporting Center.  http://www.nuforc.org/   Most sightings have a natural explanation.  Yet enough reports hint at something else going on up in the skies…something unnatural.

The behavior of UFOs and what occurs in cases of alien abduction seems almost supernatural.   Yet almost everyday real people are having these encounters. 

Here is an example:  http://occultview.com/2009/05/25/an-alien-abduction-story-extraterrestrials-spirit-abduction-or-sleep-paralysis/

Are these beings extraterrestrial visitors, extra-dimensional beings or something else?  These aliens are so mysterious and elusive I think the only way to accurately describe them is by calling them entities.  “Entity” can cover a lot of concepts, which is useful when we don’t know what we are dealing with.

What does any of this have to do with Santa Claus? 

The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt

Encounters with entities has taken place throughout human history and prehistory.  Religion likely started as shaman contacting entities through attaining altered states of consciousness, often with the help of shrooms.  This contact may have been in the imagination, but may have also included genuine contact too.

Nordic shamanism and the pagan god named named Odin, Woden and Woten are connected with Santa.  Odin inspired the concept of Father Christmas, who in turn inspired the concept of Santa Claus. 

And what is up with Santa’s elves?  Elves are pagan spirits mentioned in Germanic folklore like the Elder Edda.  Odin had a mythic Wild Hunt where he was accompanied by his fairies.  Santa, as a watered down version of Odin, has his retinue of toy-making elves.   There is not much concerning Christianity involved with Santa. 

Aliens are entities who may have been responsible for the fairy folklore in the past, because of encounters like we still have today.   The Santa Claus character, a  jolly old elf, is an entity used for children’s stories.  Essentially, they are both symbolic representations of the same thing under a different guise.

An Alien Abduction Story: Extraterrestrials, Spirit Abduction or Sleep Paralysis?

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For anyone who wonders about paranormal experiences, all they have to do is ask around.  Many people have their own personal experiences.  Within our circle of family, friends and acquaintances, we’d be surprised by the first-hand stories we hear.  I am not a fan of unverified second-hand stories.  But when people tell me their own actual experiences, it gets my attention.

I heard such a story this past weekend.

A young lady told me the following experience she had three years ago.  She lived in a second floor apartment with her husband.  Early one night while she was lying in bed with her husband sleeping next to her, she had not yet gone to sleep, when she noticed something outside the bedroom window.  A large disk of light, nearly filling the window, rose up like a giant version of the moon.  It became stationary, and she heard a buzzing sound. She became completely paralyzed.  Her paralysis was so complete she could not wiggle a finger.  She tried to awaken her sleeping husband but she was utterly unable to move.  She was terrified.  She felt an intense pressure, describing it as if something was inside her head trying to remove a part of her skull.  This lasted for a couple of minutes when the disk of light moved away from the window and her paralysis ceased.  She was frightened and could not sleep all night.

She then recounted an event that happened the previous day before her nighttime encounter.  On occasion her job required her to drive to the bank.  Usually it took half an hour.  That prior day, after taking care of the banking business, while driving back to the office, she noticed something very strange.  The clock in her car was over two hours past the time she left the office.  Nearly two hours were missing.  She hadn’t gone anywhere else, and had no idea where the time went.  When she returned to the office late she didn’t give it much thought afterwards.

ufoAfter her scary paralysis experience, she investigated what happened to her.  Only after reading about other people’s similar experiences did she make the connection between her own missing time and the events that transpired the night afterwards.  She was convinced aliens visited her.   Missing time, paralysis, the disk of light, the feeling of having something implanted or removed are all common elements of the phenomena.

What should we think of her experience?  Sleep paralysis combined with a waking hallucination would be a natural explanation.  Sleep paralysis is said to replicate some of the alien abduction sensations.  During REM sleep (rapid eye movement), the body is in paralysis.  Otherwise the body would fling around during REM sleep repeating the behavior in the dream.  When someone awakes from REM sleep, the body might continue this paralysis for a short time while conscious, which would be very disconcerting.   Vivid hallucinations often accompany waking from REM sleep.

However, she said she hadn’t gone to sleep yet and was wide-awake.  Plus we have the baffling missing time.  IF it was not sleep paralysis, was it a paranormal event?  Actual aliens?  We don’t know.  I can see why extraterrestrial intervention seems like the logical explanation for these phenomena.  We assume aliens would have almost magical abilities with their technology.   Perhaps a bit too magical.

Extraterrestrials seem to be invisible at will.  They can enter houses with closed windows and touch an individual while their spouse sleeps undisturbed in the same bed.  Can aliens move in and out of time and space? Sounds more like the behavior of spirits to me.  Some say that alien abductions are really out-of-body spirit/faeire abductions.   A clue is the buzzing sound and paralysis, which are the beginning stages of astral travel.   Out-of-body episodes would explain the missing time as well.   Was the disk of light a portal to where astral entities dwell?

She was lucky to have this experience.  She had a chance, however frightening, to experience something otherworldly.  If it was only (still rare) sleep paralysis, such an experience could be a learning experience in the origins of a lot of mythology.  If it was a real encounter with aliens or spirits, better yet.  THAT would really be a learning experience!