Manifestation: TheForestDark Tableau Video Installment No2

Lights, apparitions and other strange phenomena. The otherworld has many faces. It is said that the darker forces seem often to manifest itself in something akin to fire and electricity. This is a force the magicians believe they can use.

Electricity is a common medium. Perhaps there is more than meets the eye. It could be a medium for many things.

Fire is the symbol of transformation. It is important to survive. It can destroy. If it appears in the sky it heralds the coming of supernatural beings. The chariot of fire in the Old Testament is both threatening and awesome.

Fire and electricity play an important part in The Forest Dark. There is fire in the air. Unsettling paintings and reports as those from the time between the Dark Ages and Modern times remind us of the presence of another world.

Fire and something akin to electromagnetic forces appear often before the window to another reality get opened.

Sometimes it is a certain place at a certain time when such windows open. And sometimes there are people looking for these moments and these places.  Some people sense danger when the air is electrified, some not. In my story, I make use of some old legends, that there is a dark force inhabiting places which came to earth a long time ago. In some ways, it is the force which is like Fire and Electricity, but it expresses itself also in images.

The images we see in moments when we are close to the otherworld are often something more like a riddle. It is not like in the folklore stories. In visionary encounters, we see things which could have many meanings. Sometimes they are like symbols changing the course of people’s lives, sometimes they are like the dangerous lights seen in some forests.

It is maybe not what it seems but this force which is like fire and electricity can inhabit an evil spirit as John Milton said:

“Hope elevates, and joy
Bright’ns his Crest, as when a wandring Fire
Compact of unctuous vapour, which the Night
Condenses, and the cold invirons round,
Kindl’d through agitation to a Flame,
Which oft, they say, some evil Spirit attends”

(Paradise Lost)

TheForestDark Tableau Video Installment No.1: Light Of The Otherworld

This is where my story begins: Witch Mountains, a region where „Mountain lights“ have been seen for a long time; strange lights, which have been photographed and videotaped many times in many variations. Nevertheless, they kept their secret. Technical instruments often fail.

Previously, the long tradition of mysterious light beams in descriptions of mythological and religious experiences was mentioned. Light Orbs and strange apparitions are often seen in the haunted forests around the world.

Sometimes these light anomalies are even dangerous. They are the windows to another reality:

A lot of people come and go to see the lights. Many leave in frustration. Some people had an experience they never want to talk about.

Some others see an oportunity to start a business, attracting tourists or selling stuff. Rumors are that a secret cult meets at certain times in the forest. There is a disturbing number of people who vanished in the forest, in this endless sea of trees which messes with the mind.

Strange accidents happen a lot or people losing their memory. It is said that time is running differently. Ufologists are gathering regularly for a conference in an old hotel.

Secrets are kept in the families for generations which have something to do with the lights. Locals avoid the forest for good reasons most of the time because they say it is a „forest dark“.

Some say the lights are not a light at all, instead it is something dark hiding inside the light, but there are people who said they are in connection with the lights.

Inspired by the legends there is a summoning deep in the forest with a fatal outcome.

Is it truth or fiction? The Forest Dark Feature Film Project will become a revealing blend of myth, fiction and reality.

Mind Scanner: Beams Of Light And Telepathic Control

It’s very common that we encounter deep in the forest psychic forces which easily comb through our brain. They already know about our deepest fears and read any memory. What is happening in many stories reflects a lot of real accounts of close encounters both in UFO-sightings as in supernatural encounters. In the darkest places, there is not only telepathic reading of the mind, the strange entities are creating lively scenarios taken from the individual’s memories and driving the victim into madness.

Mind control and “cockpit” intrusion is a theme running through many books and films by Stephen King. The most elaborate description could be found in “Dreamcatcher” (Duddits). The individual human mind becomes the battleground and there is even a strategy to create a safe place where to store secrets in order to protect them from the alien entity.

King develops an interesting concept where we can see our mind as a non-material universe along the normal world. It’s like a building with storerooms with images of the past.

The “rooms” with the memories are always an interesting playground for evil entities. Another very good example is “IT”. Pennywise, the monster, has obviously the same abilities as an experienced psycho-analyst. He finds the weak spots. These dark entities skip through our memories like the files on a hard disk. When the psychotherapist needs years to bring back hidden or suppressed memories they act like a data reader. In a quick scan, they find what’s useful for them.

They have the ability to let these memories overwhelm the victim and they put you on a ride to the darkest corners of your life. They provoke reactions when the memories, for example, lead to a discussion and a fight inside a group of friends. The alien entities create also some sort of “fake news” or “fake memories” they mix with the real memory. They want to activate strong emotions like shame, guilt, and anger. In the end, there is violence and panic.

It can happen in a way that present reality mixes with images from the past. Places, situations, and people enter the reality like ghosts. A new virtual reality is created.

An excellent example is Adam Nevill’s recent successful forest horror novel and film “The Ritual” where the past overwhelms the group of friends in the middle of the forest. Somebody seems to know exactly about their backstories.

The concept appears also in prominent ghost house movies and books. Here is the house or the ghosts inhabiting the house are the mind scanners and creators of tormenting visions of the past.

In “The Shining”, the hotel knows everything about Jack Torrance and what he did to his son and his family. In the “Awakening”, written by Stephen Volk, the hero becomes overwhelmed by her past in a tragic way.

Is this just as convenient concept for any writer? Of course, it is a way which makes it easier to reveal backstories and there is also in my project an element where the forest triggers memories.

This comes not surprisingly since horror is always a road back into our childhood. Horror works best if the creator puts us back into the state of a child. Therefore we see in some stories these journeys back into the childhood but not necessarily. Also, traumatic experiences of adults are often the motive which comes up.

However, this is not something which came with fiction, fiction borrowed from reality. Alien entities that can read our minds are a very common experience.


It is a universal and archetypical experience with a long tradition. We see also similar images and stories which run straight through religious accounts, visionary experience, and modern Ufo-lore. A typical description is the grey aliens with their black impenetrable eyes looking directly into the human soul.

A very prominent motive is the light beam scanning the mind. The light beam originally often appears in a religious context and can be seen in many paintings in churches and illustration. Light beams are a central element in close encounters but interestingly also in visionary experience as out of body experiences. Light Beams scanning an observer are an element in records about dangerous lights in the forest.

Jacques Vallee found an example (in “Dimensions”) in Robert Monroe’s book “Out Of The Body”: “I suddenly felt bathed in and transfixed by a very powerful beam that seemed to come from the North, above 30 degrees above the horizon. I was completely powerless, with no will on my own, I felt as if I were in the presence of a very strong force, in personal contact with it. It had intelligence of a form beyond my comprehension, and it came directly (down the beam) into my head, and seemed to be searching every memory in my mind. I was truly frightened because I was powerless to do anything about this intrusion”.

Here we have all the key elements of this kind of paranormal experience of getting “scanned” by an unknown entity, which also happens in Ufo encounters a lot. There is often the mention of a cold intelligence, not benevolent but also not hostile in a common way. There is something very “technical” about this. Its as if the scanner is sort of a machine hiding behind different masks. Another good example is the Whitley Strieber experience in his book “Communion”, one of the most frightening books I ever read.

We see it also in the near-death experience. The traveler is often scrutinized and a “vivisection” of his character does happen.

Perhaps sometimes cultural knowledge and interpretation of anomalous experiences mix. The “reading of the past” of a person, of the sin or the guilt, is part of the Christian Beyond. When we are dying we will have to face last judgment. Thus, it is questionable what was there in the first place.

As Carol Zaleskis says in “Otherworld Journeys” the experience is often influenced by education. A Christian education with its rich world of images certainly had an influence on the interpretation of visionary experience, particularly in medieval times.

But one thing is for sure. The possibility that some “things” or entities have the abilities to look straight into our mind, data reading our innermost fears, is one of the terrifying aspects when the other world enters our world. Our very concept of survival lasts on the assumption that we can protect our thoughts and our memories. What if we can’t? What if there is right now some supernatural hacker sitting somewhere in a dimension close to our dimension and reading our thoughts like a remote controller? And even more, what if we are not any longer in control of our thoughts and our memories?

In the forest, there are places where a demonic twisting of the thoughts we already have can happen. In Algernon Blackwood’s masterpiece “The Willows” it’s not the physical assault which puts the forlorn heroes in deadly dangers. It is the intrusion into their minds because they stopped in the wrong place, where the veil between the dimensions is thinner. And sometimes there is somebody – the elder gods – sitting on the other side, waiting and listening, looking to find a victim.

There are more disturbing possibilities: What if “knowing somebody’s soul” is meaning more then scanning the mind? Could it mean there is someone out there even knowing about the souls’ past lives experiences and individual character? Sometimes we feel we meet the hidden screenwriter or director of our lives at certain points who doesn’t need a big scan of the mind since he already knows.

The Origin Of Evil

Stories about the other world often explore the origin of evil. My work is no exception. The question about the origin of evil lies at the bottom both of philosophical work as work of art. In philosophy and theology, the question is often discussed as “theodicy”, which also implies the question why is there evil in the world?

Season Three Of Twin Peaks, already mentioned in the latest post “Ontological Shock“, is not only an example of a visionary experience but also a breathtaking meditation about the origin of evil by David Lynch in episode 8 of the outstanding series.

 

Episode 8 led to many discussions and became a milestone in modern TV, its central sequence of a nuclear blast turning into a surreal trip compared to Kubrick’s Odyssey 2001.

Along the convincing creative work of David Lynch there are a couple of remarkable things: on one side there is a near-literal visualization of gnostic ideas and also neo-platonic philosophy where things getting transformed from the world of ideas into the material world. The gnostic dualism has never been so obvious as in episode 8. On the other side, it evokes a feeling of a cosmic evil without explaining too much. On some level, there is no explanation necessary.

I wouldn’t even say this is an explanation of evil or the creation of evil (the appearance of Bob – the later killer-demon triggered that interpretation).

There could not be an explanation where there is no real explanation. There might be belief-systems or philosophical systems but episode 8 let us feel a darkness which can’t be understood in an intellectual way. There is no explanation. The atomic blast might not have created evil but perhaps it was something like a door-opener. If we imagine a universe full of life, full of conscience there are always elemental cosmic powers waiting in their otherworldly realm for an invitation.

Todd VanDerWerff is right when he writes in his article on Vox.com, “you can try to evoke evil in the audience”. What we can do in a movie or a series is that kind of meditation which let people remember something which they do know but what has been forgotten.





Furthermore, words fail to explain what evil is. What David Lynch does brilliantly in his work, is to make the invisible a visible and palpable thing through an atmosphere, through stories told in pictures and the interplay of actors who can express something which works like a virus and can possess you completely.


We get it that the ancient gnostic idea is true that the material world itself carries the energy of evil, that is is always around us and looking for expressing itself in horrible manifestations. You can show how it is always at work and be shaping our lives if we don’t care.

It always finds a way into our world, and there are endless forms or masks or ways of deception. It needs chaos to prevail and tempts us in ways we don’t imagine.

In the Forest Dark Movie Project, I will present my own vision about the origin of evil. I believe there is something we all know about this, but the definition is also a thing of individual belief and experience in life. A problem I see at the core of this question is that words fail to describe precisely what it is. As we have seen in “The Demonic Principle” even Goethe struggled with appropriate definitions.

Maybe there is even a relationship between creativity and the origin of evil. Longtime creative work is often also an attempt to express what is unspeakable, and it can be a gift or a curse to deal with certain things – it can mean for the artist to undergo his own dark journeys or he risks to become the sorcerer’s apprentice and gets abused in the cosmic battle between light and dark. Even more, the artist might be chosen a long time before by higher forces without knowing himself and given the task to communicate and to give us insight into the real order of the world.