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Phenomenologist Charles Fort (1874-1932) spent 27 years of his life humorously shredding orthodox science by collating thousands of accounts of unexplained phenomena which orthodox science couldn’t—and still can’t—explain away. Fort sought interconnectedness between his phantasmagoria, (“our whole ‘existence’ is an attempt by the relative to be the absolute, or by the local to be the universal”) and philosophized about it in four groundbreaking works: The Book of the Damned (1919), New Lands (1923), Lo! (1931) and Wild Talents (1932). “We are not realists. We are not idealists. We are intermediatists—that nothing is real, but that nothing is unreal: that all phenomena are approximations one way or the other between realness and unrealness… our whole quasi-existence is an intermediate stage… like purgatory, I think.”
Fort first identified the fireball, the teleportation effect, and the UFO. He examined falls of blood, birds, “unctuous” and “phosphorescent” substances, flesh and coins from the world’s skies. He presented the luminous bodies encircling Mars and Venus; gave poltergeists the benefit of the doubt, and wrote that his ‘damned’ data would be proven as well as Moses or Darwin ever “proved anything.”
The world has only gotten more phenomenal since Fort’s time, and the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists (L.O.W.F.I.) ensures that his spirit lives on: neither cranks nor skeptics, Forteans are characterized by their objectivity, sense of wonder, good humor and lust for supernormal adventure. Based in Los Angeles, the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists’ focus is on the long, strange life of the American southwest, gathering to discuss its enigmas, peculiarities and unexplainable events. Operating as a “wire service of the weird” online, L.O.W.F.I. Boasts bloggers state by state from Oregon to Texas.
L.O.W.F.I. is a research-based, journal-publishing band of urbane explorers with interests in all shades of the paranormal, UFOs and unexplained aerial phenomena, cryptozoology and unknown animals, synchronicity and coincidence, religious cults, mass hysteria, giants and the ‘little people,’ inter/extra-dimensional visitors, oddball philosophies, evidence of pre-Columbian visitations to the southwest and other archaeological ‘anomalies,’ lost continents and vanished civilizations, spontaneous human combustion, sky falls, scientific hoaxes, earth energy/ley lines, conspiracies and enigmas, kooks and prophets, the people, places and events which make our corner of the world weird.
L.O.W.F.I. seeks to provide a clearinghouse for reports of such phenomena which will be archived and made available to the public, via a website http://www.forteanswest.com. In Los Angeles, we hold informal meetings, go on field trips and host visiting lecturers in an attempt to open lines of communication and create a sense of camaraderie amongst modern-day phenomenologists. You may already be a member!
L.O.W.F.I. founder Skylaire Alfvegren has spent a lifetime researching the weird, wacky and unexplainable history of her hometown of Los Angeles. Join her as she explains Fort’s importance and the objectives of L.O.W.F.I., while detailing some of her favorite local cases of unexplainable phenomena, for the Los Angeles Visionary Association (LAVA), Sunday, May 30, from noon onwards, at Clifton’s Cafeteria (upstairs).
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Posted on May 14, 2010 at 11:51 PM
Case Number: 23253
Log Number: US-05132010-0001
Submitted Date: 2010-05-13 00:32 GMT
Event Date: 2010-04-29 11:50 GMT
City: Downtown LA
Vallee Index: FB1
I was on my lunch break lying down on my back on warm place on the wall near the building where I work. I was actually trying to get some sleep but it wasn’t happening. I was wide awake and staring up at the sky. This wall is on the northeast side of a pair of buildings in downtown LA. It moved quite smoothly and quietly above the building. It was a round object that was dark grey almost black. It looked like a loose balllon but it was moving forward like a plane. It actually looked like a bowling ball. At one point the side of the object appeared to depress or indent like there was pressure being put on it. As it passed by a smaill light appeared on the tail which got brighter as it passed. When this light was the most bright the object disappeared extremely rapidly. It was just gone. I still don’t believe it but I’m sure I saw what I saw.
thanks to UFO Cleainghouse!
Because the UFO community is predisposed to a strictly mechanistic “nuts and bolts” interpretation of the UFO phenomena, they have ignored these learned men’s revelations. They forget that the ability to travel through the cosmos must require an interdimensional component. The alien interstellar craft do not travel like our “pop can” Apollos that use outdated combustion technologies. They must morph the very fabric of “reality” and they must somehow bend space-time itself. And the UFO often creates states of “non-ordinary reality” for those who get too near them. Percieving this other-dimensional reality may require altering our very abilities to perceive.
THE “OZ” FACTOR
Randles posits that such “outworlders” are contacting humans using consciousness itself, rather than with simply sophisticated technology. But it is not all “paraphysical.” In rare cases, Randles believes, the subjective impression of the experiencer is so strong that it manipulates “objective” reality. That is, a person who is caught in the midst of this “Oz Factor” may actually be able to photograph a craft. Viewing something that is so far removed from their frame of reference, they feel as though they’ve entered a world of fantasy. But they have not- seeing the alien involves mental and physical interplay. Communication with the alien by mind, or telepathy, is even mentioned. It is at once physical and paraphysical. Other researchers such as John Keel and Dr. Jacques Vallee hint at this strange interplay in many other cases.
PSYCHOLOGIST AND PSYCHONAUT DR. TIMOTHY LEARY
The late Timonthy Leary is of course the controversial to-this-day futurist, writer and scientist. He was also a well-known researcher and vocal enthusiast of LSD and psychedelics during the 1960s. A psychologist, a Berkeley grad and a Harvard Professor- it is less known that Leary was also an enthusiast about space travel and contact with the alien.
In the 1980s, Leary began a program of study he called “SMILE.” This was the acronym for “Space Migration,” “Intelligence Increase” and “Life Extension.” He believed that we will ultimately return to the stars from whence we came. This could only be accomplished by mastery of instellar travel via the interdimensional path; the expansion of intelligence and consciousness that would be needed to communicate with the alien; and by implementing life extension technologies so that we be able to live to manipulate time. He developed this concept in 1980 and expanded on it in his 1993 book, “The Game of Life”.
The documentary “Timothy Leary’s Dead” clarified Leary’s stance on ET. Leary felt that intelligent life exists throughout infinite space. But he felt that it was less “literal” and “nuts and bolts” than Ufologists believed, and that it was more of a mental, spiritual and interdimensional phenomena. He did not believe that spacecraft were the only thing that ET used to travel space. He said that it was unlikely that “ET packaged alien beings in spaceships and sent them hundreds of light-years through space so that they could land in farm pastures and rape little old ladies in Iowa.” He believed that mind, matter and space were far more complex than that simplistic model. Leary, though, was a bit contradicted on this though. When he passed, his own ashes were shot into space in a rocket.
I once saw Timothy Leary at a lecture in Boston. But it was in the late 1980s -by extreme chance- that I happened to actually personally meet Dr. Leary. While casually strolling down the beach on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, I noticed a white-haired, wild-looking wiseman. As I approached nearer, it became very clear that the face was familiar. The man was gazing over and through the Mexican ocean with intense contemplation. As I passed by, I was compelled to ask: “Dr. Leary?” The reply: “Yes, that’s me.” And it was. But I tested him, having seen him before: “I once saw you a few years ago doing stand-up comedy at a club when I lived in Boston.” He said: “Oh, no kidding. I remember that club on Commonwealth Ave, The Paradise.” In fact, Leary had a small “Evening with Timothy Leary” tour of clubs during that time period. His “act” was a semi-lecture offering his take on history and on current events. He was incredibly entertaining and irreverent with his razor-sharp wit and cerebral humor. Satisfied that it was indeed him, we began small chit chat about the big universe:
I told Leary about my interest in other worlds, as we both stood there before the endless expanse of blue sky and sea. Leary told me that he knew that there was other intelligent life in places “that we do not know about because we are to dumb to see them.” I asked him if he meant that we do not yet have the telescopes to view them. He replied no, that is not what he meant. He meant that “we do not open up our minds to those whose minds are far more vast and open than our own.” He explained that the instellar dynamic requires the interdimensional dynamic. To deal with the bending of space-time, we must “bend” our minds. He echoed Arthur C. Clark that their technology to us would be indistinguishable from magic. We are not yet prepared to enter the world where the physical and the paraphysical intermingle. Until we change our very minds, we cannot go to a such a malleable place where space, time and and the very structure of matter are manipulated. It is not a physical limitation, he added. It was a limitation of consciousness. ET works beyond our framework of reference.
Realizing we were on vacation and that we shouldn’t be talking so many deep things, I said goodbye and walked on down the beach, my head hurting from the chance meeting.
PSYCHIATRIST DR. JOHN MACK
The late Dr. John Mack was a Pulitzer-prize winner and a Professor and Psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School. Mack advocated for the reality of aliens and UFOs. His controversial approach to the phenomena led him to be subjected to an official, fourteen-month long peer inquiry of his techniques and beliefs. It was the first time in Harvard history that a tenured professor was investigated in such a manner. Mack was ultimately found to be in good standing in the academic community.
Mack was also a researcher of the history of “visionary” human experiences, and he was interested in the transformational aspects of alien encounters. In the Winter of 1969-70, Mack was studying under the tutelage of British psychiatrist Dr. R.D. Laing. It is believed that this is when Mack began his personal quest for spiritual understanding by using LSD. An associate of LSD therapy researcher Stan Grof (see below) Mack is believed he may have been inspired to take the journey by Dr. Grof as well.
In the late 1980s, when living in Boston, I joined the New England Skeptics association. Though a “believer” in ET, I enjoyed the input of “critical thinkers” and a dialog with those who were not “believers.” We met every couple of months as a small group loosely affiliated with the national CSICOP organization. On one occassion, I decided to invite Dr. Mack to one of our meetings. They occured in Cambridge where Mack lived and worked, and we would offer him a complimentary meal at a highly-rated Asian restaurant off Mass Ave, where the group often met. He graciously accepted our invitation. He was willing to “go in with the lions” in discussing the ET reality. He also showed that he believed what he said, and that what he says on the UFO subject he appreciates that many cannot yet accept.
But what stuck me most about Dr. Mack was his insistence that the way that we think about reality does not apply when that reality is not ours. He said to me that visiting aliens are so alien to us in their dimensional and mental capabilities that they can even curl the very fabric of space and time. We cannot deal with them unless we place ourselves in a state of altered reality. He said that we must expand our minds -not just our technology- to reach the stars.
ECOLOGIST TERENCE MCKENNA
PSYCHOANALYST DR. JOHN LILLY
Dr. John Lilly is a pioneering researcher in psychoanalysis, inter-species communication and in the use of isolation tanks, LSD and other psychedelics and meditative techniques to study the dynamics of mind and enhanced consciousness. Lilly is perhaps most well known for his research attempts in man-dolphin communication.
Little known is that Lilly’s interest in “interspecies communication” and altered states extended not only to terrestrial non-humans like dolphins- but to the extraterrestrial alien as well. Many years ago, Lilly developed a model/metaphor describing an extraterrestrial higher intelligence which may influence life events. He called this ECCO or Earth Coincidence Control Office. The alien’s inherent ability to warp space/time to traverse the cosmos may mean that they can also alter our own “reality” and the way that we percieve it. If they can warp the “fabric of reality” to get here, they must be able to warp our “fabric of reality” when they arrive here.
CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCHER DR. STAN GROF
Stanislav Grof is a renowned transpersonal MD and psychiatrist who pioneered the use of psychedelic psychotherapy in the 1960s to resolve issues of identity, birth, personality, and death. When LSD fell out of government funding favor, he spearheaded the development of alternative routes to altered conscious, including a breathwork technique known today as “Holotropic Breathwork.” Grof dialogued with John Mack at Harvard about the UFO :
“Conventional approaches to this area are characterized by thinking in terms of a simplistic dichotomy: real material events involving extraterrestrial spacecraft and alien visitors from another part of the physical universe versus hallucinations of the psychotic person.” Grof continues that the discoveries though of modern theoretical and experimental physics have, “dramatically changed the understanding of the physical universe and the relationship between consciousness and matter.” Grof said that the research done to establish the physical reality of UFOs is greatly important, but that it is not sufficient for understanding these phenomena. He speaks of our “limitations to things alien” that are imposed by our outmoded model of reality.
In researching non-ordinary states of consciousness to contact the alien, Grof stated: “the UFO flies in through the hole of my psyche that was opened up by transformational experience.”
JACK PARSONS, ALEISTER & THE ALIEN
Crowley’s Alien in 1918
A Grey in 2000
Aleister Crowley was a famed English occultist and ceremonial magician. A 2002 poll lists Crowley in the “Top 100″ of most influential Britons of all time. He was associated with many noted philosophers, writers and artists during his life. Like Arthur C. Clark, Crowley believed “magic” to be indistinguishable from advanced technology.
Crowley was also associated with scientists of the day, including the gifted rocket propulsion scientist Jack Parsons from Cal Tech. Parsons was a genius engineer who was co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Aerojet. Werner Von Braun acknowledged Crowley’s friend Parsons as the “true father of space flight.” Crowley shared an interest with Parsons in consuming peyote, mescaline and hashish to “contemplate the cosmos” in a larger way than just rockets.
In 1944, Parsons headed the California Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) which was Crowley’s “mystical lodge.” The organization was dedicated to shattering the confines of three-dimensional space. Concerned with Parson’s recklessness when dealing with “higher energies,” Crowley eventually thought Parson’s to be a “mad scientist” who dangerously tested extremes and who lacked the “balance” and “art” of a mystic.
As far back as 1918, Crowley had initiated a quest to contact and capture the image of the alien. While in New York, over a period of three months, he repeatedly invoked an other-world entity that he called, “Lam.” Pictured above, the creature bears a startling resemblance to aliens that we picture today. Both share a large hairless head, enlongated eyes, mouth slit, vestigial nose, no discernable ears and smallish bodies. Crowley -like his science ward Parsons- believed that by “working” a combination of ritual, intent and mind alterants they could create a “portal” by which extra-cosmic influences could enter the known world. Crowley died in 1947, the year that the “portal” of the modern UFO phenomena opened- and the year that many believe ET fell to Earth.
INNER SPACE TO OUTER SPACE
If we open ourselves to the unique insights provided of these non-UFOlogists, we begin to understand the true nature of the UFO. Valuable information on the alien is imparted to us by those who walk life as psychiatrists and psychonauts, ecologists and experimental scientists. It will require a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach to get to ET. It will mean that we must conquer both Inner and Outer Space.
(note: this excellent article is attributed to Anthony Bragalia.)