While the big three major world religions get all of the publicity, there are plenty of other spiritual collectives between them and atheism. One group that attracts a lot of paranormal fans are the UFO religions whose members subscribe to the existence of extraterrestrials traveling to Earth in unidentified flying objects, often to take part in the evolution of humanity. Two such groups coincidentally popped up in the news recently, proving that they’re not as obscure as some might think (or hope).
A hearing was held in Boston this week in the case of Olga Paule Perrier-Bilbo, a French national who wants to become an American citizen … except for the part about taking an oath of citizenship that ends with the words “So help me God.” Perrier-Bilbo’s objection comes from her membership in the Raëlian movement, which is a UFO religion founded in 1974 by French car racing journalist Claude Vorilhon, who changed his name to Raël after being contacted by an ET in a spacecraft who claimed to have selected him to deliver a new origin message to humanity and start a religion based on it.
In his first book, Le Livre qui dit la vérité (“The Book Which Tells the Truth“), Vorilhon says the alien’s species sent scientists called Elohim (“those who came from the sky”) who created all life on Earth through DNA manipulation. The alien, also an Elohim, took Vorilhon or Raël to their planet where he allegedly met Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, who told him to be more like the aliens, who were peace-loving and had no money, sickness or wars. Raël’s followers support human genetic engineering, genetically-modified foods and other futuristic technology……
Are you tired of all of these alleged time travelers tripping to the future and bringing back boring tales of robot overlords, blurry pictures of apocalyptic destruction, conflicting stories of what’s going to happen … and no lottery numbers? Well, Timothy Alan heard your cries and has released the secrets of time travel that have been right under your nose the whole time … if your nose was over a Maya calendar.
“Hi there, my name is Timothy Alan and I am a multi-dimensional archaeologist.”
A what? Alan’s explanatory video identifies him as a multi-dimensional archaeologist – that’s one who collects 3D digital data from artifacts and use it to create detailed computer simulations that can be shared, analyzed, picked apart and more without damaging (or looting) the original. He claims he’s spent five years studying the Maya Tzolkin calendar – that’s the 260-day Tzolk’in (“Division of days”) calendar. The Maya had many calendars (the infamous “world ends in 2012” calendar was the Long Count), with the Tzolkin being the oldest. Why is this multi-dimensional archaeologist interested in it?….
On lists of scariest movies and scariest novels ever, “The Exorcist” is one of the few that appears at or near the top of both. The film’s director, William Friedkin, has just released a documentary in which he filmed an actual exorcism that he has previously admitted was “terrifying.” However, he’s now revealed something that seems to terrify him even more … science can’t explain what he saw.
“There are many things, like radioactivity, that we knew nothing about for the longest time. And now it has a name and it’s a field of study. And maybe some day they’ll find some medical or other term for possession. I don’t know.”
In the meantime, Friedkin remains shook up by both the real exorcism that he witnessed and by the response he received from the doctors and psychiatrists who watched the video in his new documentary, “The Devil and Father Amorth.” Father Armorth is the late Italian priest and experienced exorcist Gabriele Amorth, who allowed Friedkin to witness his exorcism of a 46-year-old Italian woman in 2016. While Friedkin admitted that being just two feet away from the act terrified him, that terror eventually turned to empathy for the woman. It also convinced him that, if he were to make the movie today, it would be quite different…..
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood and you think it might be because you were using a Ouija board or playing Charlie Charlie, who you gonna call? Over 70,000 people or their concerned relatives and friends reportedly called Father Gabriele Amorth, the chief exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, founder and president for life of the International Association of Exorcists, lover of The Exorcist movie and hater of the Harry Potter books and yoga. If you’re in line to see him, put down the Ouija board and call someone else … Father Amorth has passed away at the age of 91.
From their mouths, anything can come out – pieces of iron as long as a finger, but also rose petals.
Father Amorth loved The Exorcist (the original 1973 film) and claimed it gave an accurate, though exaggerated, depiction of what happens during an exorcism – the practice of removing demons, evil spirits or other entities from persons who believe they’re possessed or show signs of possession. While primarily associated with the Roman Catholic Church, exorcisms are also performed in Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism and Islam. During his time as the world’s leading exorcist, he saw the numbers of exorcisms and exorcists grow dramatically (there’s over 200 in the U.S. – one for each diocese).
For example, I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed by the devil. If you think about what types like Stalin, Hitler did … certainly they were possessed by the devil.
According to secret Vatican documents, Pope Pius XII tried a “long distance” exorcism on Hitler, which obviously didn’t work. Father Amorth says the exorcist has to be in front of the possessed, who must be willing and give consent to the exorcism…..
Of all the various elements which make up what is popularly known as the UFO phenomenon, there can be few so strange as the so-called “Phantom Helicopters” and “Black Helicopters.” They take their names from the fact that they are completely black in color and lack any and all identifying markings. They have turned up in alien abduction cases, in cattle mutilation events, and in late-night UFO encounters. Since the 1960s, numerous people throughout the world have reported seeing helicopters in areas which have been subjected to intense UFO activity. This has led a number of investigators to speculate that the helicopters are attached to covert military/intelligence agencies engaged in secret UFO monitoring programs. Maybe that is the case. It has to be said, however, that some cases of unidentified helicopters are not just strange. They are beyond strange. We are talking about silent helicopters and shape-shifting helicopters. Yes, really.
In the 1970s, the FBI was heavily embroiled in the cattle mutilation controversy (you can find some of the FBI’s documentation on the subject at this link at the FBI’s website, The Vault). One document reveals that in August 1975, Floyd K. Haskell, who was the Senator for the State of Colorado at the time, contacted the FBI and stated of the cattle-mute issue:
“For several months my office has been receiving reports of cattle mutilations throughout Colorado and other western states. At least 130 cases in Colorado alone have been reported to local officials and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI); the CBI has verified that the incidents have occurred for the last two years in nine states. The ranchers and rural residents of Colorado are concerned and frightened by these incidents. The bizarre mutilations are frightening in themselves: in virtually all the cases, the left ear, rectum and sex organ of each animal has been cut away and the blood drained from the carcass, but with no traces of blood left on the ground and no footprints.”
The U.S. presidential election is over and many are questioning the accuracy of polls, pundits and other predictors of elections results who called this one wrong. Should voters have looked to psychics instead for their prognostications of the pending presidency?
When asked to name a psychic, most people are hard-pressed to come up with a name other than Paul the Octopus, who predicted the winner of the 2010 World Cup, or Eli, the orangutan at a Utah Zoo who predicted seven straight Super Bowl winners. When pushed to name a human psychic, Nostradamus has been a popular choice for 500 years. However, newcomer Baba Vanga is being called the Nostradamus of the Balkans for her predictions last year of the rise of ISIS. Experts say both made predictions on the 2016 presidential election. Which one called it right and which one’s predictions should we be concerned about?
The great shameless, audacious bawler. He will be elected governor of the army: The boldness of his contention. The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.
Does that sound like the president-elect and future commander-in-chief of the army? Another prophesy appears to predict the media’s treatment of Trump.
The lost thing is discovered. By other rumors he shall be dishonored.
Those sound like Notradamus may have been a fan of the president-elect, but another prediction isn’t so flattering, especially if you think his use of the word “trumpet” refers to Trump:
The false trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws.
When most self-proclaimed ‘UFOlogists’ speak of UFOs, a certain word is rarely far from their lips: “Disclosure.” That elusive announcement from officialdom that we are not alone in the universe and that alien intelligences may already be interacting with us. The commonly held belief within the UFO community is that, following such an announcement, when the dust has finally settled, a new age of cosmic enlightenment will surely begin.
Here at Mysterious Universe, Micah Hanks recently discussed The Pitfalls of the UFO Disclosure Movement. Micah posed the question: “Is banking on the notion that ‘disclosure’ will eventually happen really the most productive way to go about further studies into the UFO question?” His answer was no: “A bit of self-reliance and forward thinking may be the best tools we have for use in a better assessment of the phenomenon.”
I share this perspective. A grassroots, bottom-up approach to understanding UFOs is more appealing to me than the notion that UFO ‘truth’ will eventually reach us from a top-down level, handed to us by officialdom on a saucer-shaped platter. Even if the latter scenario comes to pass – an official announcement of some sort – would we accept without question the information presented to us in light of the national security state’s long history of obfuscation and disinformation on this subject (and on most subjects)? I certainly would not. It begs the question: can any official statement on UFO reality from the US government (or any major government) ever be trusted? The sensible answer should be resounding, “NO.” And, yet, large sections of the UFO community still hope dearly that the truth they seek will come from the mouths of the establishment figures they so deeply distrust. It’s a schizophrenic paradigm…..
Many people claim to have had “visions” of God, had God visit them and even had God personally tell them they were going to win the Super Bowl or the U.S. presidency. Unfortunately, that religious experience never seems to occur when the person is attached to an EEG scan so their brain activity could be monitored … until now. Doctors in Israel were conducting electro encephalogram (EEG) tests on a man when he reported having a religious experience. What they saw on the screen didn’t look like a Supreme Being or a Super Bowl trophy.
In their report in the journal Epilepsy and Behaviour, Dr. Shahar Arzy and Dr. Roey Schurr of Hadassah Hebrew University discuss testing a 46-year-old man for right temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), a condition he’d had for 40 years. Prior to the test, the man ceased taking his anticonvulsant drugs. While connected to the EEG, this is what happened:
While lying in bed, the patient abruptly “froze” and stared at the ceiling for several minutes, stating later that he felt that God was approaching him. He then started chanting prayers quietly, looked for his Kippa and put it on his head, chanting the prayers more excessively. Then, abruptly, he yelled “And you are Adonai (name of the Hebrew God) the Lord!”, stating later that god had revealed to him, ordering him to bring redemption to the people of Israel. The patient then stood up, detached the EEG electrodes from his skin, and went around the department trying to convince people to follow him, stating that “God has sent me to you.”
Before the man – who the doctors said was Jewish but not very religious – went spiritual, the researchers managed to get some interesting readings which showed increased activity in the left prefrontal cortex before the “experience.” They diagnosed this as a “grandiose religious delusion of revelation and missionary zeal in the context of post-ictal psychosis (PIP)” – a form of psychosis that can occur after epileptic seizures……
What happens after we die, and what becomes of us after we push through the mysterious boundary between life and death? This is a question which has enthralled, puzzled, and captured the imagination of mankind since time unremembered. There are no easy answers, and it sometimes seems that there are as many ideas of what happens when we pass on as there are religions and philosophies of those who do; ranging being whisked off to some kind of heaven where loved ones await us, to the idea that we are reborn into new bodies, to the sobering thought that we merely blink out of existence into the chasm of oblivion. In the end no one really knows, and for the most part the realm of death remains an impenetrable, vast sea of mysteries.
One of the only clues we have as to what might lie beyond our mortal coil is the phenomenon of near death experiences, commonly referred to as NDEs, wherein someone who has died or is at the edge of the precipitous ledge between life and death is somehow resuscitated and comes crashing back to the world of the living, often with a bizarre story to tell of their glimpse through a cracked window into the afterlife. Yet even with NDEs there are a plethora of different, very often conflicting accounts of what happens when we die. For some, they are ejected from their bodies to float above their corpse. Some frighteningly remember nothing, only a yawning black void as if they were in a deep, dreamless sleep. Others see a pleasant tunnel of light leading off to some mystical realm or even Heaven itself, and many report actually visiting these realms and being met by long gone loved ones and relatives. And then there are tales from those who were met not by a tunnel of light or love, but rather a peak into a terrifying place of suffering that can only really be described as Hell itself.
Near death experiences have long been reported by people throughout history, but it was not until the 1970s that it was ever really seriously studied or brought to the public consciousness. Indeed, it was in the 1975 smash hit book, Life After Life, that author Raymond Moody first coined the term “near death experience” to describe the mystical, transcendental, very often bizarre experiences that those brushing with death claimed they experienced. From there the phenomenon captured the attention of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other scientific researchers, who studied these experiences in clinical settings. Although a great many NDEs described out of body experiences or bright visions of something that might be called Heaven, these studies began to uncover a disturbing subset of the phenomenon that seemed to indicate that some of these experiences were far from pleasant, and pointed at people actually visiting Hell itself, or a realm akin to our understanding of it.
One of the great frontiers of human experience and the unknown is that of what happens to us when we inevitably die. It is perhaps the final frontier we face, and certainly the most mysterious. What happens to us when we pass on? Do we simply blink out of existence? Are we reborn into new bodies? Does our soul transfer to another plane of existence? Do we even have a “soul” as we like to think of it at all? These are some of the many questions concerning the afterlife which mankind has pondered since time unremembered. The realm of death is a complete cipher to us, a place into which we can only make a one way journey and which lies in an obscured, unexplored territory more inaccessible than the highest mountain or deepest undersea abyss, indeed more remote than the furthest edges of the solar system and even the edge of the universe as we know it. What becomes of us after death remains a complete mystery to us which we have long been frustratingly unable to explore to any appreciable degree without making that one way journey for ourselves.
Yet, with the advent of science and technology, and our increasing abilities to explore the outer fringes of our understanding, there has arisen a new question: can we scientifically prove and verify what happens to us after death? Can we use our advanced knowledge and technology to settle the age old debate of scientists, philosophers, and lay men alike once and for all? In this era of discovery, where we are ever relentlessly unlocking the secrets to our planet and the universe, pushing out into the boundaries past all that was known before, there have indeed been attempts to scientifically study what lies beyond our demise. These are the efforts of those who would penetrate that last frontier and come back with the answers we seek……