Special Interviews
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fear and the Visitors: New Information

All Hallows is a very special season. It is much more that simply dressing up in costumes and watching scary movies. This week, Whitley Strieber honors both the close encounter experience and the moment when the veil between the worlds grows thin by revealing some new material about his early close encounter experiences that have made him think deeply about the whole meaning of the experience and exactly what is happening. There is a dark side to it, no question, and he makes some chilling revelations about how it impacted his own life. But this is a very deep thing that is happening. To embrace it as 'good' or 'evil' is not the right path to take. There is another road to understanding, and one of the great objectives of Whitley Strieber and Unknowncountry is to explore this road, as new and mysterious as it is.

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This was a beautiful and profound reflection, Whitley, and I thank you for sharing it. In our head-centred civilization where understanding is equated with certainty, we forget that there is remarkably little of which we can be absolutely sure; most of what we think we know we surmise, we infer, but we do not really know. Even in the realm of science, knowledge is always shifting and adjusting as we come up with new bits of information, and just as we tack together all kinds of memories, stories and beliefs to create a false sense of a permanent, stable 'I', we create stories out of different threads to maintain the illusion of certain knowledge.

But mythology, and religions (when you look beyond their outer forms) tell us that the great truths are hidden in our unknowing, in the individual's surrender to the reality of his/her fundamental ignorance. I suggest that that surrender goes far beyond uncertainty and not being sure (though these are where the surrender begins) all the way to the realisation that we do not know, and that we will never be able to know through our intellect. The knowing of the soul comes as a gift, through what i call grace, and to receive it, we must become what the Taoists call the 'uncarved block', emptied of all preconceptions, or what Jesus imaged as a little child, the soul that is fully receptive and open. And what can free us so completely of preconceptions and certainties? Why, often the very things that we avoid: total fear; tragedy; hitting bottom; encounter with the totally alien.... Knowing can come in moments of transcendent bliss and joy, but it seems that most often (and this is what we find over and again in myth, including the myths of the religions), it is not until we have stood at the edge of the abyss of unknowing, or fallen into it, and are deeply humbled by our own ignorance, that we are ready and able to take let that joyous knowing, when it comes, transform us.

I think that this is one of the most important lessons that we can ever learn, the lesson of uncertainty, of not-knowing. Thank you for speaking on it. I hope you will do so again some time. God Bless.

No matter how much I studied Eastern religions and Christianity, I could never "be sure" of what the truth is. I thought it was my failing, that I was not ready or was not bright enough to get it. Perhaps Whitley is right; not being sure is the way it should be for we humans on this plain. Thanks again for your insights and for sharing your exceptional life.

Trying to keep an open, unsure viewpoint on things, I think, helps to preserve the experience, without personal beliefs or expectations arising to shield or block the essence of what is fundamental in our lives.

Thank you Whitley, for being a voice in a place where there are few who can present articulate responses to some of the greatest mysteries in life.

i guess another way of saying be unsure may be , do not judge. thank you,gail.