“Come closer and see
See into the trees
Find the girl
If you can
Come closer and see
See into the dark
Just follow your eyes
Just follow your eyes I hear her voice
Calling my name
The sound is deep
In the dark
I hear her voice
And start to run
Into the trees
Into the trees Into the trees
Suddenly I stop
But I know it’s too late
I’m lost in a forest
The girl was never there
It’s always the same
I’m running towards nothing
Again and again and again and again”
(THE CURE, A FOREST)
is a classic song from Brit Cult Band THE CURE and leaves us with many possibilities for interpretation. However there is a central theme – the theme of getting lost and chasing a ghost that just vanishes. Both the forest and the girl could also be meant metaphorical. Is the girl really a girl? Or is it Cthulhu’s call we can’t resist?
With the era of reason we lost the Otherworld. Today, we are seeking for more and more extreme excitements, maybe in the desperate hope to get “reconnected”.
Nevertheless the Otherworld has always been there. We are changed.
There is a certain call many people receive sometimes. Of course we look for the source of the call but maybe we will never find something. Or we will never find the truth particularly if we look for it, if we try to get the “explanation”. We might get lost in the Forest Dark.
We’re chasing a phantom. The phantom is for real but cannot be seen directly. Sometimes a voice can be heard, sometimes a message is sent, but when getting close we discover that “the girl was never there”.
Everyone hunting the unexplained knows that feeling. Nevertheless we never stop. An unseen force is calling us again and again and keeping a hidden influence on our lives.
Why can’t we see more clearly? It’s maybe you can’t see the forest for the trees, meaning we’re never able to see the whole picture. It’s our nearsightedness. IT or even THEY are always very close, guiding our sight but cannot be seen directly.
There is an element of obsession in the classic song A FOREST. The “girl” has demonic qualities. The call doesn’t leave us much choice. Once the call of the Otherworld has reached us there’s no escape.
We might be forced to paint again and again the same picture. We are obliged to explore. We can’t rest for long on our journey. We need to see. We want to find the “girl” whatever it is.
Getting lost might not be the end but a new beginning. In the midst of the dark forest we begin to understand the cosmic game we are part of. And we will see the forest.
Close Encounters Of The Fourth Kind are not a new phenomenon. A lot of people know that the epidemic reports of alien abductions which happened for instance in the 80ties bear many similarities with the abductions through fairies in medieval tales. Typical elements like the loss of time and disorientation about the spatial dimensions were already there a long time ago.
However I learned that this phenomenon has a much deeper dimension. The bible tells us in St.Paul’s Vision: ” I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. ” (2 Corinthians 12)
There is something very interesting about Paul’s vision: he repeats the line: “whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know”. Paul is obviously uncertain. So uncertain, he repeats the line twice. This hits one of the core problems of all abduction scenarios: it’s unclear on what level the abductions actually happen. Abduction reports are full of very physical detail. There are torture scenarios, medical experimentation and other things which happen to the body. Nevertheless these experiences might have symbolic quality and we might not have the capacity to truly understand the quality of these otherwordly encounters.
However we need to keep in mind that whatever it is, it can take us wherever we are, because one thing is for sure: we might not know about if “in the body or out of the body” but solid matter like walls are no problem for these forced separations from the ordinary world.
Travel between our world and the otherworld might be a much more common thing as we know. Modern physics told us that matter is a certain form of energy. Maybe our material world is a less solid as we expect. Our everyday world is part of a larger otherworld.
To be taken into the other realm might not be always a spectacular neither a conscious event. We travel back and forth and try to translate the inexpressible or forbidden things we hear. A lot of music, books, movies and other creative activity is about this. This is also what the Forest Dark movie is about. Of course, I am not allowed to tell you about everything what I heard during the journey. Indeed I beg your patience because it it wise to be very careful.