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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.




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