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UFOs and synchronicity

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William B Stoecker: Beginning at least as far back as John Keel and Jacques Vallee, thoughtful researchers have realized that a simple "nuts and bolts" alien spacecraft interpretation of the ufo phenomenon is, at best, an oversimplification. There is evidence that some ufos may be paranormal in nature, or that the ufos themselves may be bizarre life forms, living in our atmosphere and beyond. There are high strangeness cases where normal background sounds are blocked out and the witnesses seem to have been at least partly transported out of our normal space and into some kind of alternate reality. There is a great deal of evidence that the entities are highly deceptive, telling absurd lies about their planet of origin, for example. And there is a strong element of theater running through accounts of sightings, as if the entities are putting on a drama for us to watch. For example, Barney and Betty Hill reported that the ufo, seen at night, had large windows and a brightly lighted interior, within which strange beings were visible. Now, you don't drive your car at night with the headlights off and the inside dome light on; you would be unable to see out, and would have a wreck. Clearly, the entities had their inside lights on in order to be seen by the Hills. The ufos are a challenge to our ideas about the basic nature of reality itself, a challenge to the atheist/materialist mindset which is subtly and not so subtly foisted upon us by the same global elites who have lied to us about virtually everything from Pearl Harbor to 9/11...and who have lied to us about ufos. And then there is the matter of synchronicity.

Long ago an Austrian biologist, Paul Kammerer, noticed an odd clustering of similar objects, people, and events, a phenomenon he called "seriality." For example, he would station himself along a busy sidewalk and see clusters of unusually tall, short, heavy, or thin people or people similarly dressed or carrying similar objects, all with no causal connection. Now we have all experienced this; for example, one night on a highway I saw seven cars with one headlight missing on each in the span of only a few minutes. Debunkers will point out, correctly enough, that we tend to remember such clusterings (on the rare occasions when we even notice them) and fail to remember all the times when nothing unusual happened. But, as with ufos, most such experiences are not reported, or remembered, or even noticed.

The pioneering psychologist Jung and the noted physicist Wolfgang Pauli (who first postulated the existence of the neutrino) developed Kammerer's idea further, and called this clustering "synchronicity," which Jung defined as "the simultaneous occurrence of two meaningful but not causally connected events." Arthur Koestler, in "The Roots of Coincidence," argues that synchronicity is evidence for the interconnectedness of everything, that every object, person, or event in the universe is a "holon," having an independent existence (rather like a brick in a wall) but also being a part of a much greater whole.

Jung himself experienced synchronicity when he was treating a young woman who had a dream of a golden scarab beetle (sacred to the ancient Egyptians). As she recounted her dream, Jung saw a beetle called a rose-chafer, related to the scarab, fly in his window, an event so unusual that he never witnessed anything like it before or after that day. The French author Emile Deschamps told of being given, when he was a child, some plum pudding. The man who gave him the pudding was a Monsieur deFontgibu. Ten years later, in 1815, Deschamps tried to order some plum pudding in a restaurant, only to be told that the last of it had already been ordered by another customer...Monsieur de Fontgibu. In 1832, at a dinner, Deschamps was offered some plum pudding, and, at that exact moment, Monsieur deFontgibu entered the room.

History is replete with examples of synchronicity. One of America's founding fathers was John Adams, our second president. Our third president and primary author of America's Declaration of Independence (delegates began signing it on July fourth, 1776) was Thomas Jefferson. Both men died on July fourth, 1826, exactly fifty years later. The first major battle of America's Civil War was First Bull Run, or Manassas, largely fought on the farm of one Wilmer McClain on July 18, 1861. McClain then moved to Apomattox Court House, and there, in his house, on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant.

Yet another example of synchronicity is the fact that identical twins, separated at birth, often live strikingly similar lives, dressing alike, taking up identical professions, and marrying similar spouses. This goes far, far beyond coincidence or genetics, and may indicate that our ideas of free will are incorrect.

The Roswell ufo crash is an example of synchronicity on steroids. That same summer of 1947 saw the bizarre case at Maury Island in Washington state, and Kenneth Arnold's sighting of nine (a magic number) ufos, also in Washington. The Roswell crash probably happened on July Fourth (it can only be pinned down with certainty to a window of two or three days), and this date, aside from being America's Independence Day, seems to have a deeper significance. Seven plus four is eleven, and the ratio of the height to any base side of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is seven to eleven. The average sunspot cycle is just over eleven years. Even the year, 1947, seems significant; it is the year when President Truman signed the National Defense Act, turning America into a permanently militarized state. Richard Hoagland has written at some length of the importance of the latitude 19.47..., which is associated, he believes, with hyperdimensional geometry. The Roswell/Corona crash site was less than a degree from the thirty third parallel (three times eleven), as is the Trinity nuclear site of the first atomic explosion, and Dallas, where JFK was murdered, and Charleston, South Carolina, former headquarters of Scottish Rite Freemasonry for North America. Thirty three is an important number to the Masons; the human spine has thirty three vertebrae; and the president at the time of Roswell was Harry Truman, a thirty third degree Mason...and America's thirty third president.

Before ufo abductions became commonly known, there were the contactees, mostly in the nineteen fifties, who claimed to have met aliens and even ridden in ufos to other planets. The first of these was the Polish born George Adamski. He claimed to have met with Venusians who resembled a slightly shorter and longer haired version of the Aryans reported by some abductees. No such people could live on Venus, where surface temperatures are hot enough to melt lead. Adamski published blurry photographs of alleged craft with a kind of dome on top, portholes, and three hemispherical devices underneath. He pioneered the idea of cylindrical mother ships disgorging the smaller, saucer shaped scout craft. But Adamski, a Theosophist with an interest in mysticism, admitted creating the "Sacred Order of Tibet" during Prohibition as a cover for his making and bootlegging of wine...he was clearly very imaginative and a bit shady. A number of reputable authors and researchers believe that Adamski was more than just an independent hoaxer; he seems to have had shadowy CIA connections and may have been an agent of disinformation, used to discredit the idea of ufos.

But what are we to make of Timothy Good's report of two Yorkshire police who saw a ufo closely resembling Adamski's photographs, and a similar report by one Steven Darbishire? Adamski was almost certainly a hoaxer, but was part of his story true? Or are all of these three witnesses liars? Or is the ufo phenomenon partly real and partly subjective, affected (like everything else we perceive) by our own preconceived notions?

But the Adamski saga becomes stranger still. In June, 1980, two police from the department at Todmorden in the UK found the body of a fifty seven year old Polish immigrant on a pile of coal near the railway station. The man's shirt, billfold, and money were missing, and he had burns on his neck, which appeared to have been covered with some kind of ointment. There had been a great many ufo sightings in the area, and the man's wife reported that he had vanished five days earlier, after leaving their house to buy potatoes at a store only 200 yards away. The coroner found that he had been dead for less than a day when found, and the cause of death was a heart attack presumably triggered by his experience. His wife suspected that he might have been kidnapped, tortured, and robbed...but he had no known enemies, and the crime rate at that time in English towns like Todmorden was very, very low. And he was clean shaven when found...why would robbers and torturers allow him to shave? And his burns appear to have been treated (assuming that the strange substance was an ointment). Why? By whom? And there is one more thing. The Polish immigrant had a name that is very rare in the US and UK: Zigmund Adamski.

But even that's not all. One of the officers who found the body was Alan Godfrey, a man who had had strange and seemingly paranormal experiences for years. Later that year, on 11/28/80 he was called to investigate some cattle escaped from a pasture in West Yorkshire just outside of Todmorden. Interestingly enough cattle, the most usual victims of animal mutiliations, figure in a number of ufo cases, like that reported by Ashland, Nebraska policeman Herb Schirmer on 12/3/67. Godfrey saw a domed ufo ahead of him on the road; later, on the wet pavement, a dry circle was found there by other policemen. At the time of his experience a driver only three miles away reported a brilliant white light in the sky, and a policeman from nearby Halifax saw a blue-white glow moving toward Todmorden. Godfrey experienced missing time, and later, under hynosis, seemed to remember an abduction involving a very human-appearing man with a big beard (fully human appearing entities are more common in the UK) wearing "Biblical" clothing and accompanied by small, seemingly robotic humanoids bearing some resemblance to the grays most commonly reported in the US, and a large, black dog (black dog apparitions, also common in the UK, are often interpreted as manifestations of Satan). The bearded man, called "Yosef," communicated with Godfrey telepathically.

So Adamski was probably a fraud or an agent of disinformation, but others have reported ufos resembling his photographs, and a fellow Pole with a similar name died mysteriously during a period of ufo activity, and the officer involved had an abuduction. It goes on and on, with connection after connection. We have not even begun to decipher the ufo mystery...or the mystery of our own existence.

William B Stoecker

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