An attempted explanation for magic, and orbs, for skeptics (to rip apart); or, at risk of sounding like a loony …

I believe strongly in ghosts and magic, and Other Things and if I allow myself to feel The Fear, even bumps in the night can shake me.

A good friend of mine used to ask me why it was that I wanted there to be more than this amazing world already has. Surely the magic of a flower opening or the planets spinning is amazing enough. I never had an answer for this but now I know.

Bees pollinate the world and fruit springs from flowers, this is magic. It is energy on the spiritual plane. The delicate thread of life, amazing as spider silk is strong and fragile at the same time, and this too is magic (hang with me here, I’ll explain). It’s because of all these incredible things, and because there is so much we didn’t know until recently, I see no reason not to believe in the paranormal and magical. I think I believe it even more.

Here’s the thing: as above, so below.

My interpretation of this may not be ‘correct’ in the view of some occultists or theosophists, but to me, the world exists on two different planes (actually more, but this is complicated enough). One ‘Astral’ and one ‘Mundane’.

With physical, solid objects, bodies, an emphasis on touch and feel, the mundane world (mundane means earthly, not boring here) makes sense to us. When you touch a washing machine it feels solid, always, and that never changes. You can switch it on, and open and close its porthole. There’s no weirdness, no chance that it might be something else tomorrow; it’s a washing machine.

On the astral plane we (and everything that lives) exist there too, whether we believe it or not. We’re manifested differently; maybe as light, or a different kind of energy, or who knows? (I don’t).

Events take place in a different format, so while you fall out with your sister and slap her face, your astral self sends some angry energy, or fires a thunderbolt at her. I suspect that on the astral plane, you may be limited only by your imagination.

Whatever happens on the astral plane has to make sense on the mundane plane. You can’t just make a wish for the house to be tidy, and lo! It is! There would be no rational, earthly explanation for broomsticks and dishcloths auto-cleaning the kitchen. There are more straightforward ways to achieve it.

The magic and science of orbs

What brought all this up in my mind today – and reaffirmed for me the above theory – was a scientific explanation for photographic orbs. These are spheres of light which are sometimes snapped by digital cameras in low light situations.  The trouble is, they’re usually seen as no significance by anyone not interested in the paranormal. Only the interested parade the phenomenon.

Because you can’t see with the naked eye what causes them, spiritualists and other New Age types put it down to proof of the existence of angels, spirits, ghosts, some kind of special energy … any or all of the above.

Wikipedia explains that because the flash on a compact digital camera is right at the front – a very short distance from the lens – it lights particles in the air (dust, rain) which reflect the light back almost directly to the lens. This causes the photograph to see an orb.

But as above, so below. Because of the nature of the relationship between the astral and mundane planes, both explanations can exist side by side. They are not mutually exclusive.

Weird, innit? (Or is it a get-out clause?)



‘War in Heaven’ by Kyle Griffiths

I’ve just read the most earthshattering book. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – experienced proponents of the book’s ideology might say that those people weren’t ready for it, but I couldn’t possibly judge. I know what the book says about it.

War in Heaven by Kyle Griffith is concerned with explaining the spiritual make up of the world, particularly with regards to the astral plane, the composition and functioning of the soul, and the use of psychic powers. It does so in a very rational voice, with a scientific lean (physics is used to describe the molecular construct of the soul – unverifiable physics for me) in the context of a limited amount of history and is partly autobiographical.

All this is only to ensure that the reader has enough information to be able to understand an even wider picture: an everlasting battle between good and evil, with the prize being our very own individual souls.

Its descriptions of an astral Illuminati-style conspiracy for eternal power and immortal ‘life’* make a deeper sense of many earthbound conspiracies, by turning everything on its head. The reader gets to see it through a different lens from the mainstream one. For some, it will make Earth seem like a bloodbath in waiting.

For me, the wider picture is very useful, filling in a lot of gaps or answering questions indirectly. I have often wondered why it is that conspiracies seem full of antagonists who want absolute power for power’s sake, when surely they know that everyone dies in the end (so what’s the point?). War in Heaven indirectly offers an answer to that question. In a sense it describes small-p politics where every player is out for himself on a very large, brutal scale.

Although it’s grim in places if you imagine the possibilities for too long – mind control, cannibalistic soul eating, and irreversible damage to the Earth’s environment just for starters – the book ends on a positive note.

‘Immortality’ can be achieved through reincarnation.

You can download Kyle Griffith’s book, War in Heaven from here for free.

*’life’ as a soul, not just life as a physical human being.

Galactic Federation of Light; or, Overrun by Aliens!

For those who don’t know me that well, I won’t bore or terrify you by explaining in detail my ‘religion’. Suffice it to say, I don’t do the organised type anyway.

However, I’m compelled to look into certain aspects of spirituality – namely ‘walk-ins’ – in the name of research, and compare the descriptions and explanations with those of demonic (or other) possession. See, because the latter has a long history and the former is ‘New Age’ * I expect there to be huge similarities. (I’m researching my new novel idea).

The main difference, is that walk-ins are likely to be enlightened or advanced spirits (souls?) on a mission from the Galactic Federation of Light. Demons are … well, sometimes guardians of particular dimensions, thoughtforms created by powerful mind(s), and general all round bad boys (and girls).

You know, I can cope with the ideas of spirits, souls, even groups of souls, like monads. I can understand gods and goddesses, angels, spirits of water and animals and the like. I get those things. I can even cope with Source. Use of colours, vibrations, coloured light, and visualisation. I get that too. Demons, thoughtforms, elementals and fairy-type beings, these too fit in with what I already understand on a spiritual level.

The Galactic Federation of Light does not. I can’t get my head around it and that bugs me. I can’t understand why such militaristic language is being used by followers and channellers within this spiritual paradigm. Lord of the Seventh Ray (St Germain) is just an example. Galactic Command, [Ascended] Masters, Angelic Kingdom, and Time Lords.

The only obvious answer is that the people who are propogating and evangelising this ‘information’ truly believe they are channelling it from aliens. The Aliens are using that language. Aliens who never explicitly say what their plans are (we’re left to ponder over the nuances of ‘Ascension’ and ‘Disclosure’), beyond ‘mass landings’ but who insist benevolently that they are for the greater good of humanity.

Just imagine for a moment that this is true.

From a pragmatic point of view, how can mass landings possibly be good for humanity? Last time I looked, we were just about as crowded as we could handle. I guess the proponents will say that they exist on different dimensional planes to our physical bodies, so there isn’t a space issue. But what do they want? Why are they coming? Is this remotely real or not?

I don’t mean to offend anyone, but can you see why this makes me feel a bit creeped out?

I’ve seen all this before, in books. Anne McCaffrey’s Federated Sentient Planets series, the Tower and the Hive series – in fact through the entire Talent series there are bits here and there. At least McCaffrey’s incoming aliens don’t pretend that they are benevolent. She also has different types of aliens that get along with each other (as in Federated). Just like this lot.

Was Anne McCaffrey a proponent of the New Age and the Galactic Federation of Light? A prophet, or Oracle? Or was she a mere science-fiction writer doing what they do best (and doing it really well): predicting the future?

The information received by the channellers may not be valid. How does anyone confirm that a specific alien has contacted them telepathically? Part of the problem with channelling is that there are two, even three ports of trust. First that channelling is possible at all, second that the channeller is trustworthy and third that the entity delivering the information is trustworthy.

While I believe that channelling is possible and I have a high tolerance for a lot of psychic events, I expect trickery can be played too. Since I don’t know the channellers or the entities personally, I can’t say I trust them, and obviously I’m not keen on the messages.

So, Galactic Federation of Light (or GFL as it is known in the community), I still can’t get with the programme and be completely comfortable with your possible existence. I question your motives and if you don’t exist at all, that’s fine with me, I’ll stick to my dryads and nymphs.

At this rate, the book will end up with a full on demonic-troll possession.

*as described by the ever knowledgable Wikipedia