Premonition or a foreboding feeling is a common experience. There are many reports from witnesses when it comes to strange occurrences in the woods or mysterious missing cases. People tell that they had a certain premonition about something bad which could happen. Some have even a sudden feeling of panic. According to many experiences we hear over time premonition save sometimes somebody’s life. Most prominent are the testimonies of people which avoided a certain journey or avoided to to a certain thing. They avoided to board the Titanic or didn’t get on an airplane which later crashed. Sometimes they miss a train purposely and later the train has an accident. Mountain climbers avoid a climb on a certain day because they have a bad feeling. It’s hard to tell if these accounts are really true or if they were only coincidences. The “Final Destination” franchise used that phenomenon as a central motive.

However, what is for sure that these kind of feelings or premonitions exist in a way. Sometimes you wake up the morning and there is that anxiety and that certain feeling something has happened or is about to happen. It may just be a feeling but sometimes there is a truth in it when we look back at that day or that certain morning later. We knew something was going on. It could be life changing events as a war starting or more personal things like some news about a relative arriving later the day.

Prophetic dreams

Premonition happens on many levels. There are also prophetic dreams and the well known phenomenon of precognition. These experiences are not so much about a feeling. They are more distinct. It is about events of the future. These events are presented either in a symbolic way or as images which tell what will happen. Premonition can be about something which will happen very soon, even in next moment. But it could be happen in a distant future too.

This is of course an even more well known thing. Premonition leads to prophecies. The people who had that premonition or which had “seen” something are called prophets. Religious scripture established that model in our culture. It is obvious that this phenomenon dates much further back in times. Premonitions are visionary experiences. Shamans saw what will happen in the future during their otherworldly journeys.

A very typical thing are prophetic dreams. Very often people think what they dream will happen in some way in the future. These future events are often seen in a distorted or metaphorical way.

It is notable that so-called alien abduction accounts or near death experiences are also full about visions about events in the future. They are modern counterparts of the shaman’s journey.

Apocalyptic Content

Very often there is an apocalyptic content portrayed in these premonitions. There is a long tradition from religious scripture too. The archetype of apocalypse is established in the book of revelation. There is often a lot of material in modern “accounts” which seems somehow similar or borrowed from the book of revelation.

Modern prophets as the visionaries from the alpine region, from the Bavarian Forest or south-east Europe predicted World War I and World War II. There are many visions about an apocalyptic Third World War including nuclear doomsday scenarios. They often mention certain signs occurring as harbingers of the apocalypse. Nature is changed as for example the forest should be damaged or society is falling apart. Some of these reports or their originators are questionable. Often there is no documentation when something was said in the first place. Or the premonitions are vague like a lot of the famous Nostradamus predictions. They could be interpreted in many ways.

Emanuel Swedenborg

But there are well documented cases too like the Swedenborg visions. Emanuel Swedenborg was a philosopher, mystic, theologian and scientist. He lived from 8 February 1688 til 29 March 1772. The well known fire anecdote is not exactly a premonition. It was something he saw before the inner eye whereas a fire broke out in Stockholm on 19 July 1759 far away from where he stayed. Swedenborg was about 400 km from Stockholm in Gothenburg. During dinner he suddenly became agitated and told friends there is a fire in Stockholm. During that time there was of course no TV or telephone. News travelled slow. It is one of the best documented cases. Swedenborg was also ahead of his time in many ways.

Swiss psychologist Jung had a premonition in 1914 shortly before the beginning of World War I when he dreamed about rivers of blood in Europe. In more modern times psychics reported visions about climate change and disasters.

Stories about strange events in dark forests are full of premonitions. And the forest seems to be a place which is more common for people to have strange foreboding feelings, visions about the future and premonitions. A famous prophet in the Bavarian Forest, the “Muehlhiasl” received his apocalyptic visions at a certain place in the forest, the “Rabenstein”.

Shamans are walking and disappearing in the woods for the days to get visions about the futures. It is hard to tell what the truth here is. Do some people have a certain gift, a talent or a certain sense which allows them to see into other dimensions or into the future? It seems that nearly everybody has an experience with ominous foreboding feelings or some sort of premonition. Perhaps this is a very healthy instinct. It is more alive deep in the woods or deep in the wilderness. It might be a survival instinct.

However what does that mean in the end of the day? If we can feel or foresee potential events in the future our common model of reality must be wrong in some way. Is it all about superstition? Not necessarily. If we look into models of a reality which consists of many dimensions time is not what we think. Think of the Fifth dimension in Interstellar. “Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chance out between two worlds, fire walk with me!” (David Lynch, Twin Peaks).

Peter Engelmann, March 31.03.2022

How Does The Otherworld Look Like?

Frankly, I believe there is no serious right answer to this. It is also true, that men tried to imagine the otherworld since the early ancient beginnings. Religious literature and art are full of descriptions of the otherworld. Artists used their imagination and talent to give us an incredible amount of ideas about what the otherworld might look like. The unknown authors of creation myths formed our ideas about mythical forlorn landscapes. People who had a near-death experience gave us numerous accounts of otherworld journeys.

In Christianity often heaven is a synonym of the otherworld. It is often depicted as a brightly illuminated paradise. However, this is only one of the endless ideas about the otherworld. Our idea of the otherworld is strongly influenced by Celtic culture. The Celtic Otherworld is a plane of another reality, a strange country or a higher dimension surrounding our ordinary world. It is more or less a kind of a mirror world hidden at a secret place. That otherworld has many names, for example Annwn (Welsh), Albios, Bitu and Dubnos in Gaul, or Tír na nÓg in Ireland. It is a place for myth and fantastic stories. The epic stories about King Arthur resemble that idea about the otherworld. For example the enchanted island of Avalon.

There are much darker ideas about the otherworld too. It can be Hades, the land of the dead, an in-between zone between the living and the dead, a bleak Netherland or simply hell. The otherworld, of course, is a constant theme in film and television.

We will find countless variations about ideas of what the otherworld looks like. Commonly the otherworld resembles somehow our own world. Reality might be different in the otherworld. There might be different rules in the otherworld. Wonders are possible in the otherworld. Time runs sometimes backward in the otherworld. Things are not what they seem in the otherworld. Nevertheless, the otherworld is familiar. It is a fairy tale landscape or a dangerous zone (the terra incognita where dragons live) but it is still a terrain we can somehow understand.

Which ideas are correct?

This is a critical question but there might no answer to this too. It is critical in human history, since the “right idea” about the higher realms is often connected with power. It is part of religious war to impress others with powerful images. However if we reflect about the otherworld there is no right or wrong. It is indeed important to ask much deeper and sometimes troubling questions. Is the otherworld a spatial thing? Where is the otherworld? Is the otherworld comparable to our reality? Is the otherworld really separated from our world? Maybe our world, our everyday reality is simply a part of the otherworld.

Dualism might be wrong

The Matrix Franchise is culturally very influential on how we think when it comes to “this world” vs “other world”. The “blue pill, “red pill” dichotomy is widely accepted. It means, that you have one choice between two sets of reality. Ordinary reality is “fake”. Behind there is a deeper reality which is the one and only right reality. What has been a memorable movie scene and cultish idea once is in the end an oversimplification. It is a reductionist dualism evading the fact that reality is much more complex. The otherworld is a complex thing that is perhaps impossible to understand in itself. We see the flipside in the abuse of the blue pill red pill idea by conspiracy theorists. The problem is as old as history. False prophets promise to enlighten audiences pretending to know the real world behind our “fake” world. However, there is no proof that there is any other world that is more real than our world and furthermore, nobody knows exactly what that world looks like.

There are signs of higher dimensions, higher realities, other worlds intermingling with our own. The otherworld is the very fabric of reality. In some moments it might be possible to take a glimpse into that fabric. Imagination is key. The otherworld is not strictly inside or outside too. We may have already stored images of the otherworld inside of us. In some moments we are able to remember these images. Therefore, there is no right or wrong here. The otherworld is not some distant country. It is right here and there in this very moment.

Virtual reality

The raising era of virtual realty can trigger a new and broader worldview. Even there are many new possibilities for deception we become more acquainted to a more complex idea of reality. There is one thing about virtual reality and that is that it is kind of reality creation. There is a creator making up these images but mixing them with real stuff.

Perhaps there is a similarity here: We might also create images on our own if we enter an unknown realm because otherwise we could not cope with that higher realm. The true nature of that otherworld is so different or so incomprehensible it would blow our mind in the blink of a second.

This is perhaps what visionary experience is about. We have countless accounts of visionary experiences as near-death-experiences, shaman journeys, drug-induced-experiences, experiences in meditation and extreme situation, supernatural encounters, dreams, alien-abduction-records. Even as we see that there is a cultural influence (the images resemble sometimes the culture in which a witness lives) there is no uniform “look” of the otherworld. It might be a product of individual imagination, a real outer realm or higher dimension which cannot be encompassed by the human mind.

The Projectionist

Finally there might be the projections from an outer source. The rich imaginary, the experiences which can’t be identified by some personal memory, the high strangeness suggest some sort of “projectionist”. Somebody who is creating otherworldly images. In 2001 the hotel or the 18th century suite is created by an alien entity which doesn’t reveal itself. In the story of Richard Clarke we don’t learn where Bowman actually has been.

Perhaps some otherworldly imaginaries (as experienced in near death experience or visionary encounters) are kind of a message. There is no proof here but if we learn to read the images of the otherworld from any source we know we might get a better idea about the otherworld itself in the end.

Peter Engelmann, February 13, 2022

Is Space Not What It Seems?

Space is everything. It is more as the cosmos or the universe. Space surrounds us everywhere. Space is both inside and outside. There are small spaces and there are huge spaces. Sometimes space is open. Then there are closed space. We don’t think so much about space normally. It’s like the fish in the water. Space is what’s inside the fish’s habitat, the sea or an aquarium. Does the fish have an idea about the world outside the aquarium?

Perhaps there is a world outside the known space. If we think about it, it becomes soon something beyond our imagination. Indeed it is hard to imagine, what’s outside the known universe. A knotty question. Even if our scientists belief that our universe is not endless we can barely imagine space as not endless.

What is space? This is a question leading to many fundamental problems. Is space empty or not? How can forces interact between distant places if space is an empty thing. Contemporary science tells us that space can be bend or deformed. Space itself can be altered by Black Holes or other supermassive objects.

The idea or the very concept of space is becoming a complex matter. Ancient and medieval philosophers and scientists already thought about space as something which is not empty. An old concept is the idea of ether. Ether is a bit like the “force” in Star Wars. Is is something which surrounds us but it is not the same thing like air. It is the same word but means something completely different as the chemical substance “ether”. There are different theories about ether, which is simplified something like a fifth element.


The modern equivalent of ether is for some people “spacetime”. Spacetime is a concept in modern cosmology which is even a bit like a placeholder but is hard to define or describe in simple terms. It is like the water in the aquarium. Our aquarium. Albert Einstein laid the very foundations of our modern understanding of space and spacetime. The important thing is that we don’t speak about theoretical ideas. There is proof. Scientists delivered proof that massive objects like planets can influence the direction of light. Black Holes were originally a theoretical concept. Today we know that Black Holes do exist. There are other “paranormal wonders” out there like gravitational lenses or anomalies. Contemporary theories about the universe require the mysterious dark matter. Everyday scientists search for traces of Black Matter. Sometimes they find spooky things instead.

Living In A Cosmic Funhouse?

If space is some sort like “stuff” even we can’t see that stuff is it possible we see only a glimpse of the real world? Anybody who is working with today 3D programs like Blender or Cinema 4D knows that operating in a 3D space requires some sort of training. We often miscalculate where an object actually is in 3D. We need values (of an x-axis, a y-axis and a z-axis to get the coordinates of an object. In the normal everyday world we trust our senses. However if we get lost in a city perhaps we made a misconception of the “space” or the topography even in the real world. Remember the rearview scene in Jurassic Park? “Objects are closer than they appear”. We look always at things from a certain point of view not from a universal all encompassing perspective.

That’s important. We can take this further. Maybe our view or sense of reality is even more limited because we not only miscalculate proportions of whereabouts of objects in space but have not much understanding of that “stuff” what space really is, too. Our sense of reality is more like the limited view of an actor inside a (computer) game. If we are the creator of the computer game we have an all encompassing perspective of the actor’s world. We can surprise the actor anytime with wonders, traps or shocking abnormalities and monstrosities.

Space Time As The Matrix

Therefore there might be two things to consider here: First there is our limited ability to really grasp the space around us in his wholeness. We can’t see the forest for the trees. Secondly, we don’t very much about what space actually itself is. And we don’t know who created space or if somebody has the ability to manipulate space as he wishes. We are in a Forest Dark. Like the fish in the aquarium or the actor in the computer game our perspective is limited. We wish to look beyond. We know there must be that real world somewhere. Moviegoers await the return of the legendary “Matrix” franchise. A matrix would indeed another promising idea for what space really is. Ancient myth and modern movies sometimes present us a hint about the deeper truth behind ordinary reality.

Dreadful Apparitions: Mysterious Flying Objects In The Woods And In The Skies

Mysterious objects which appear in the sky or in the woods are considered usually UFOS. And most people believe that UFOS are spaceships. The typical pattern is the legendary “Flying Saucer”. However, countless reports about sightings tell us about abstract objects. They are often very rural shapes of spheres, tubes, cylinders or cubes. They are not like any design of a spaceship we know. What are they?

Objects like cylinders, orbs, or simple shapes appear more like the raw version of the phenomena.

These things are seen both in the sky and in the woods. Most of the time there is a discussion about whether a sighting is real or not. Sometimes people look for natural explanations like swamp gas, distant car lights, or a mirage. There are psychological explanations too. There is often a cultural or religious context. Some researchers say that today’s Ufo is the apparitions of the holy virgin of former times.

The orbs, cylinders, or triangle-shaped objects appear more like a raw version. Is it possible that some people see a more original version of celestial phenomena and other witnesses are quick to interpret them in a certain way?

The celestial phenomena above Nuremberg 1561

One of the most prominent sightings of mysterious flying “raw objects” was the 1561 celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg. This was a mass sighting of celestial phenomena above Nuremberg. Many interpreters saw this event as a UFO sighting or even an “aerial battle of extraterrestrials”. Psychologists as C.G. Jung interpreted this mass sighting in a symbolic way.

A broadsheet – the very early form of today’s newspapers – illustrated with a woodcut engraving and text by Hans Glaser describes the event in detail.

Many men and women of Nuremberg saw around the dawn of 14 April 1561 an aerial battle “out of the sun” followed by a large triangular object and spheres falling to earth in clouds of smoke. “The broadsheet claims that witnesses observed hundreds of spheres, cylinders, and other odd-shaped objects that moved erratically overhead. The woodcut illustration depicts objects of various shapes, including crosses, small spheres, two large crescents, a black spear, and tubular objects from which several small spheres emerged and darted around the sky at dawn” (Wikipedia).

The original text translated by Ilse von Jacobi speaks of a “dreadful apparition”. There were mentions of “two blood-red semi-circular arcs” or “a round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color”, a “torus”, “globes” and “Blood-red crosses”.

The Nuremberg sighting is not the only one describing a battle or more or less abstract objects. Mass Sightings of celestial phenomena occurred in 1566 above Basel, too. The scene sounds similar: “Numerous red and black balls in the sky fought before the rising sun”.

Leaflets in the 15th and 16th centuries describing “sky spectacles” were a common thing. It is impossible to figure out what exactly real. The point is the unique imaginery. The events are very unlike religious wonders. There are no angels or other figures. The celestial phenomena are mostly geometric shapes which behaved erractically.

The interesting thing is that the same phenomenon happens on a smaller scale many times in different circumstances. People have seen the oddest things in the woods. Orbs are very common. But there have cylinders and other more abstract things too. A good example is the stories of the hunters in the Sierra Camp in David Paulides’ Missing 411 – The Hunters. During one night a group of hunters witnessed not only incredible strange noises but also some sort of flying cylinder.

Usually, if it comes to paranormal sightings we expect at least something “meaningful” from flying saucers, Bigfoot to White Ladies. Abstract shapes like spheres or triangles appear somehow meaningless.

The Rendlesham Forest incident in the UK is a good example. There was a flying saucer but also lights and other strange objects, which don’t make much sense.

Are these strange shapes some sort of sign? This would make some sense. In ancient and medieval times they were signs of God of course. There is no clear indication here but what if these objects appear wherever there is some sort of change of reality like the shift of one dimension to another? If we look at the very building blocks of our world we find more and more abstracts forms for example in the microcosmos or in certain shapes in nature.

On the other side these sightings tells us that the shapes are intelligible. They behave like machines or like living beings. Are they some sort of communication? Something sent to us from a higher dimension? And is it possible to decipher these signs? A good idea might be to see them as images which contain information.

Are they projections of the collective consciousness as C.G. Jung said? In a higher dimensional universe there are a lot of options. An interesting thought – introduced also by Jung – is that they seem somehow connected to moments and times of crisis.

The times of Hans Glaser’s celestial phenomena above Nuremberg were definitely a time of crisis. It was the end of the Middle Ages. Extreme social changes raised fears. A climate change, the “little ice age” led to poverty and even more fear. War was on the horizon. The plague eradicated whole populations. It was a real dark time with superstition and witch hunts on the rise. If there is any connection here these dreadful apparitions were a warning.

Perhaps this is what they are. This is why they appear in abstract forms. Because they give us something to think about. Aren’t the abstract apparitions much more unsettling as any Bigfoot or White Lady? The trick is that they appear meaningless at first sight but they leave an impression. Jacques Valle assumed they are reality changers and they might also manipulate us in a subtle way. The question remains if they are warnings are we still able to read these signs?