A woman took me aside in the hall after one of these meeting at a UFO conference. She was cautious as she spoke. She told of being outside in her yard alone; she went up to a tree to pick some pecans. After collecting a handful from the branches she started walking back to the house. Then she turned around for a moment to face the tree, at that point she felt an entirely distorted sense of reality. That sensation didn’t last long, and the next thing she remembers was sitting at her kitchen table and realizing that some hours had passed. There was no memory of how she got there or what had happened during the missing time.
I thought for a moment and asked, “Why did you turn around when you were heading back towards the house?”
She said, “I wanted to thank the tree for giving me the pecans.”
That one small detail, wanting to formally thank the tree, changed the entire tone of her story. There is something so beautiful about that simple act of being grateful, and acknowledging it, and it adds such depth to this woman’s experience. The lesson I learned is to ask these kinds of questions, to try to push beyond just the dry nut’s and bolts pragmatic inquiry.
One question I ask of UFO witnesses is what were you thinking or saying just before you saw the UFO. I ask the same thing to people who see owls, or who’ve had a profound synchronicity. What was being articulated, either in your mind or verbally, at the moment the event occurred, or leading up to that moment.
One thing that I’ll hear from witnesses is that they wanted to see a UFO, and it appears either as they say it or just a short time after. I don’t understand the mechanism of how it happens, but I sure see the connection. Other times the connection is less overt, and sometimes its downright mystical.
Another thing I’ll ask is what was going on in your life leading up to the sighting, and then I’ll follow that with what has changed since the sighting. I’ve heard a few witnesses say that before the sighting their life had been going poorly, they had been feeling stuck and confused. Now, it would be perfect if they said that after their UFO sighting that they had become unstuck and saw things clearly, but I haven’t heard that reply yet. What I have heard is that the sighting forced them to look much deeper at their own concepts of reality itself. They’ll go on to start mediating, and begin reading spiritual books. It is very common that they'll quit their job and begin an entirely new life with a new dedication to these more mystical ideals.
More about that odd feeling of altered reality HERE.
This story was meant to be part of the owl book project, but I haven't found a place where it fits.