In December of 2007, I had a brief sighting of a UFO outside our bedroom window. It was at low altitude and moving with stately ease into rushing storm clouds. The object was brightly lit, at low altitude, and disappeared into the clouds before I could get a picture. This sighting was accompanied by the most complicated close encounter experience I've ever had, which seemed to be in some way a response to my novel 2012, which was about parallel universes.
At 12:35 in the morning of May 10, 2012, I had another such sighting, out of the same window. The sighting only lasted a few seconds, but it was preceded by an experience so strange that I almost can't describe it, and followed by the most powerful meditation I've had, and I have been meditating regularly since 1970.
I have described the experience in detail in the Whitley's Rooms section of this website. What I'd like to talk about now is the importance of meditation. Back when I was having frequent close encounters, the emphasis was very definitely on meditation. The more I meditated, the more insight I obtained, and the more I saw of the visitors.
This time, I hadn't been meditating for some weeks, and the event was in a sense a call to return to the practice. At least, that's how I perceived it. After it happened, I began a meditation, which started, as I always do, with a simple practice of placing my attention on the sensation of my physical body. Only this time, when I did it, I felt as if my body was only a kind of symbol, and that I was actually present to a much larger reality. It was as if my physical body was also a sort of infinity of being. It was a glorious, powerful and memorable experience.
I think that the sighting was meant for me, and that the purpose of it was to get me to return to my meditation practice. I say this because, when I saw the object, I was just turning over in bed to go to sleep. My eyes were open and I glimpsed it outside of the window. Had it not been in that narrow strip of sky at that moment, I would never have seen it. It's impossible for me to believe that the sighting was an accident. It wasn't.
It also wasn't the only sighting in this region last night. An object was seen over the Warner Brothers' studio in Burbank. It hovered for about ten minutes, emitting flashes of light. In another case, close encounter Witness Suzanne Chancellor reports that she saw something over San Francisco at about the same time.
So there was activity in the area, besides what I saw. Many of my close encounter experiences have been hard. But this one was the exact opposite. It was a lovely experience. I sensed great and knowledgeable compassion. A sense of acceptance. And then the meditation, so deep and so deeply satisfying.
I created a verbal description of the event and posted it in the Whitley's Room section of this website. It was an altogether extraordinary experience, one that I will not soon forget, and probably not ever.
The moral of the story: to reach the high country of the soul, meditate.