|Sketch done from memory. Click on image for a HI-rez view|
What follows is an excerpt from a book in progress. Above is a drawing to try to show what was seen in a quick flash during meditation. There is also an audio track to accompany the text at the bottom of this post.
I will very occasionally meditate, and sometimes I will listen to a guided meditation on my iPod. I like a series of audio tracks from Robert Monroe, the author of Journeys out of the Body (1971), a first person account of out of body travel. He started a research facility, The Monroe Institute, with the mission of exploring human consciousness.
He also pioneered a meditation technique using recorded audio called hemispheric synchronization. The process requires headphones, with a slightly different tone for each ear. To the listener, this sounds like nothing more than a calm humming. Monroe felt that this system synchronizes the two hemispheres of one's brain, and is said to help beginners more quickly achieve the meditative state. These same sounds have the potential to evoke an altered state of consciousness.
There I was, alone in my living room, sitting on my little home-made meditation stool. My eyes were closed as I listened to Robert Monroe’s voice describe some simple focusing techniques with the humming hemi-sync audio in the background. This would have been the fall of 2014.
I was feeling calm and enjoying his narration, and at some point he said, "Here is a simple way to remember any part of your life experience. … Close your physical eyes and touch the fingers of your right hand gently to the center of your forehead. When you do this you will recall and remember immediately that which you consciously desire to remember…” (audio track below)
Everything was so peaceful that I didn't think much about what he was saying, so there were no expectations when I touched my forehead. At the instant my fingertips made contact, I saw myself lying on the ground surrounded by five or six spindly aliens. This image was only in my mind's eye for a single second, but it was unmistakably vivid. I knew what I was seeing, it was a single snap-shot from the night of March 10th 2013. (see illustration above)
I wasn't at all surprised to see this, it seemed like I was offered a gentle clue from some higher part of myself. The beings in the vision seemed to be dressed in something tight fitting and white, and were taller than what would be the typical gray aliens. I was motionless in my sleeping bag at their feet. This scene in the Utah desert was presented without any fear or anxiety—as if to reassure me.
Curiously, these Robert Monroe audio files were sent to me from friend. He has a dramatic account of seeing both an owl and UFO while out in the desert at night.
The momentary vision was clear, it was me on the ground surrounded by aliens. I recognize how seductive it would be to surrender to that image, to see it as a literal truth. Maybe it’s exactly what happened, or maybe it’s one more in a long chain of symbolic clues.
Text added July 24th
Honestly, I have no idea how much to trust this image. Real? Not real? All kinds of pressure (all my own, all self imposed) to dismiss the imagery and at the same time to say it really happened—really, truly and literally happened. I simply don't know.___________________________________________