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Dr Joanna Kujawa
Now, this may seem as a strange detour from my usual topics, so if you are not comfortable with it please return next month when the topic of goddesses is going to be covered again.
There are several reasons, personal and non-personal, why I have chosen to cover this topic. One is that for about two years I have wanted to write a sequel to my blog ‘Archetypes of Angels, Beings of Light and Photons’ https://www.joannakujawa.com/archetypes-of-angels-beings-of-light-photons-and-the-fallen-ones/. That blog was my reflections after the reading The Physics of Angels, co-written by a famous renegade Catholic theologian (Matthew Fox) and scientist (Rupert Sheldrake). In the blog I shared my own encounters with angels – two in total. One was when, at the age of 19, I experienced a great fear and a portal of light appeared in my room, communicating telepathically with me. The other was many years later when I returned from Jerusalem and two beings of light (tall and elongated) showed up in my room and communicated with me via images. Wild as it sounds, these were profound experiences in my life. Both of them.
The reason I wanted to write a sequel to that blog is that on pages 169 and 171 of their book Fox and Sheldrake take up, very bravely if extremely reluctantly, the possibility of modern UFO phenomena being potentially angelic appearances. Fascinated as I was with this topic, I did not dare write about it for fear of ridicule and also because as far as I know I have never had a UFO experience.
My courage returned when Diana Walsh Pasulka (now Diana Walsh) wrote her groundbreaking book – American Cosmic. I take my hat off to Professor Pasulka for her courage in writing a book on the topic of UFOs. Her book is not only solidly researched (as you would expect from a professor) but also a great read! That is something extremely rare in academic literature! No wonder the book became a bestseller, and with good reason. In it, Professor Pasulka gives lots of credit to Jacques Vallee, who is well known in the UFO community but known only by name to me. To make a long story short, Professor Pasulka looks at the similarity between UFOs and angelic or supernatural appearances (amongst many other things for which you will need to read the book). In one famous instance, balls of light appeared in one man’s living room after his wife prayed for their dog to be healed. The wife thought they were angels (the dog was healed) and he joined a UFO community. The question is, of course, whether the appearances of balls of light should be interpreted as angelic or as UFOs. But, as Professor Pasulka suggests, there are no ‘shoulds’ in such interpretations, as they could be seen as religious or technological, depending on the beliefs/conditioning/eye of the viewer. After reading her book with great enthusiasm, I decided that if she could write a book about it, I can at least write a blog about it.
The final reason I am writing this blog is because, well, we are living in very strange times, where the line between what is real and what is not is very blurred. Strange times require a great opening of the mind and great courage. So here we are!
But let’s go back to Fox and Sheldrake for a moment and their shy and uneasy discussion on angels and UFOs. Their approach is mostly theological as they discuss Hildegard of Bingen’s (a famous 12th century mystic) writings on angels and how they appear to humans. In them Hildegard insists that in no way do humans see angels in their true form. Angels apparently show themselves to us in forms that we can handle. And in many different forms, for that matter. This reminded me how different from each other my two angelic appearances were – not only in shape but in the way they communicated their message to me.
Once Fox discusses Hildegard the mystic, Sheldrake shyly asks if there is a possible parallel ‘with the UFO literature’ and suggests that ‘it is possible that some of these [UFO phenomena] are angelic manifestations of one kind or another’. Fox (the theologian) responds that yes, it is possible that angels ‘have taken to the skyways in spaceships’ to get our attention. He continues on to describe his encounter with one otherwise reasonable man who told him that the military had contacted extraterrestrials a long time ago and ‘they were housing them in the mountains in Utah or something’. In the end, both the theologian and the scientist agree that the ‘secularisation of the cosmos’ has resulted in the mechanisation of angels as well. In the Middle Ages, people did not have technology so they imagined angels …well… as angels, while we with our technology can see them as extraterrestrials. Just as Hildegard of Bingen said in the 12th century, angels reach out to us in any way they believe that will work for us.
Personally, I am a great proponent of epistemology, which is a branch of philosophy dedicated to how we perceive things. The world may have many (even infinite) forms and the ‘ground of reality’ may be known only to the extent that our perceptual abilities allow: how we use our mind and senses and whether we believe (as I and many spiritual traditions do) that there is a higher, more subtle, mind than that of our practical reasoning abilities, which we have learned to cherish so in modernity. In this vein of thought, it makes perfect sense that we would perceive angels/interdimensional messengers in a manner in which we are capable at the moment. In the Middle Ages we saw them one way, while in our technologically obsessed area we perceive them as ‘aliens’. Like aliens, angels are both good and bad, both perform miracles (including healings) and there are ways of summoning them: angels can be called by prayers and for the ‘good aliens’ just check out a recent production by Dr Steven Greer, Close Encounters of the 5th Kind. (By the way, he also uses spiritual methods to call upon them, such as meditation, pujas and mantras).
So here, we are. I am not a big fan of technology, even if I use it, and am much more inclined to theological and medieval interpretations of angels. But as a child of my own era, I am inclined to believe that angels are some sorts of interdimensional beings or even, quite possibly, parts of ourselves speaking to us.
Professor Pasulka in the American Cosmic asks a similar question but takes it further: are our perceptions of UFOs/extraterrestrials/angels/interdimensional beings influenced by the media, as often people’s experiences are very similar to images they have already seen in the media or even in science-fiction films?
I will confess now to my own (very uncertain) experience of an UFO. It was still dark as I was leaving for work when, to my left, I saw a white figure (as if in an astronauts’ space suit, for goodness sake!). Yes, I did think I had lost my mind or had been watching too much sci-fi (although in the films I watched nobody had a suit on)! Embarrassed by what I saw (did I really see that?!) I walked away. But…why did I walk away?
I walked away because I heard a very gentle voice (yes, like in ‘Star Wars’!) telling me to walk away and not to look back.
Now, that got my attention, and I immediately thought, ‘This is strange, why shouldn’t I look back, right?’
But then the same gentle and very seductive, almost hypnotic, voice said, ‘It is probably a neighbour standing in a white dressing gown.’
‘Okay,’ I responded in an usually submissive way, and I did not look back!
The strangeness of my own reaction and the seductive voice that I heard are still with me. And the questions: Why would a neighbour be standing in front of her house in the dark in a white nightgown that looks like an astronaut’s spacesuit? Why I wouldn’t look back? Was it real at all? Isn’t it strange that I saw it after watching some sci-fi movies and not earlier in my life?
And this brings me to the invisible parrots. Five years ago, my mum and her sister visited us in Australia. We had a beautiful garden which colourful parrots (rosellas and rainbow lorikeets) would often visit. When my mum and aunt arrived I showed them the parrots perching in a tree in front of us but neither my mum nor aunt could see them! I could not believe my eyes: there, in front of us, were the most colourful parrots in Victoria and my mum and aunt couldn’t see them! How was it possible? Then it occurred to me that perhaps they could not see them because they had never seen them before and they did not know what to look for? So, gently, I guided them. I asked, ‘Can you see that branch?’ (right in front of their faces) and they both said, ‘Yes, of course.’ Then I said, ‘Can you see the red and yellow and blue there?’ and only after straining their eyes could they actually see it. From that time on, they had no problem spotting the parrots but the first time they needed to be shown how they look to actually see them.
I am not making any claims here and I have no idea what happened in that predawn moment on my way to work. It was probably nothing. However, more and more, I believe that there is more to our reality than we know. In fact, our reality expands as our field of perception expands. We know that this is true with spiritual experiences: new realities open and with them new perceptual possibilities. And I think, on a purely intuitive basis, that the strange times we are living now are making the ‘doors of our perception’ open up just a little more. I, for once, find this liberating, if not challenging.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and if you had similar experiences, I am inviting you to share them in your comments.
Dr Joanna Kujawa