Saturday, January 31, 2009

UFO Mysteries: Unusual Cases & Metalogic

Although Europe has over 100,000 UFO sightings, due to the lack of a common language, there is often a hindrance to researchers in getting accurately translated information. The following case happened on 1 November 1954 in Italy and over the years it has taken quite awhile to get an accurate portrayal of what happened. This case happened in Cennina, a small town near Bilicine in the province of Arezzo and is the most-or one of the most bizarre cases to come out of the huge UFO wave of sightings that hit all of Europe throughout 1954.

On this day, Mrs. Rosa Lotti, who was forty years of age at the time was going to a cemetery with some flowers placed in a pot. She was a devoutly religious woman and what was about to happen to her shocked her to the core of her being. As Rosa walked past an open, grassy space she saw a vertical spindle-shaped object (an artists rendering of Rosa Lotti's encounter and the craft is in the above image). In the lower half of the object there was an opening, through which she could see two seats. The object or craft also had a window or door on its side. From behind the craft two small, humanoid type beings appeared. They were about three and a half to four feet tall, wearing greyish tight-fitting coveralls that appeared to also have a cloak or cape attached to them. The beings also wore reddish leather helmets that were similar to skullcaps. The little beings also had what appeared to be a "convexity" in the center of their foreheads. They appeared to be very happy and spoke in an incomprehensible language with a lilting quality to their speech.

All of a sudden the two entities surrounded Rosa and snatched her pot of flowers. The distraught woman tried to get her flowers back, but the beings ignored her and returned to their machine or craft. Rosa Lotti ran away screaming when one of them pointed something at her in what seemed to be an aggressive manner to her. By the time the woman reached the police her memory of the events was already fading, almost like a dream fades upon waking. In fact, during the time the sighting occurred she had been in a strange, detached mental state for most of it. This detachment or dreamlike quality of consciousness is a common factor in many UFO sightings, especially ones where contact with the occupants takes place. Many villagers converged on the site, finding only a crater where the odd, spindle shaped object had been. Other witnesses near the area at the time claimed to see it leave the area leaving blue and red trails in the sky. The local farmer had hurried there when his sons told him they had seen the woman being accosted by the little men. With so many people in the area before investigators could arrive there was little chance, especially with regard to the technology of the time to collect valuable forensic evidence. I had wanted to do this post and others like it here and there like the ongoing reincarnation series to show how bizarre some UFO sightings are to categorize. I do not think these events were just in Rosa Lotti's imagination, as there were multiple witnesses to at least some of the events. Also 1954 was a year of very 'high strangeness' all over Europe with regard to UFO sightings and encounters. If these beings were aliens from another solar system they seemed to have a very humanoid-almost elven type appearance and mannerisms-I wonder would life on planets hundreds or thousands of light years away evolve creatures such as these? If these beings were humans from the future traveling back in time, their 'mission' that day sure seems odd to me. They ended up terrorizing a devoutly religious village woman all for a pot of flowers. With this case-although as with many of these cases of high strangeness-we will probably never know for sure, but I lean towards the ultra-terrestrial hypothesis with this one. This would be where creatures that can inhabit and visit our world, yet live in a 'frequency' or other dimension from ours drop by every now and then. Perhaps the oddness of their behavior only seems odd or weird to us because we are not understanding the context of where or when they come from. Maybe these inpenetrable actions they take seem that way to us because our brains filter out parts of these encounters-or misinterpret them entirely. This is a quote from Jacques Vallee's 1988 book, Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact: During the 1970s, the report of paranormal events in connection with close encounters with UFOs seems to have become the rule rather than the exception, and most investigators have found it very difficult to deal with this aspect of the cases because it does not match their expectations of what an extraterrestrial visit would be. Such paranormal events might take the form of minor unexplained coincidences in which a man might have had a dream prior to the sighting (or answered a knock on the door only to find no one there, as happened to a policeman who later the same evening reported being paralyzed by two occupants of an unknown craft). Sometimes the event was more significant. A number of witnesses, for example, reported perceiving distinct messages inside their heads, a fact they interpreted as an indication of telepathic ability on the part of the UFO occupants. Still other categories of psychic events are the distortion of time and space reported by witnesses and the apparent violations of physical laws represented by the sudden appearance and disappearance of physical craft. And as we saw in the previous chapters, close observers often report something akin to a trip into a parallel time stream. These observations constitute collectively what I call the "psychic component" of the UFO phenomenon.

It is a lot to think about-parallel dimensions, alternate frequencies, parallel timelines and the whole host of other 'explanations' of this strange phenomenon. I have often thought that maybe the universe is big enough-infinitely so-where all of the various theories about UFOs and other paranormal events could be 'true' in some sense. I hope that anyone stopping by enjoys this bit of high weirdness. Thanks again so much for all of your wonderful, thoughtful and observant comments! I hope to start the new short 'series' that I really enjoyed looking into on Thursday. Peace and be well to anyone stopping by! Other sources of information for this article were Jacques Vallee's 1970 book, Passport to Magonia, Fortean Times magazines May 2006 edition page 26 and also http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case703.htm

18 comments:

Middle Ditch said...

Isn't it weird that there were so many sightings in the fifties and in the seventies and hardly any now?

Mike and Julie said...

That was an interesting story about Rosa. I have family living in Italy and wonder if they might have stories to tell. I'm alway fasinated by UFO's and the stories of abduction. There is a whole big universe out there and I know we are not alone. Nice post Devin....Julie

Devin said...

Middle Ditch so great to see you here! By the way I loved the new episode-one thing that is interesting is that though recent years have seen a decline is sightings-in very recent times they are coming back with a vengeance-especially in s america-the inexplicata ufo blog on my page has a lot of information on this amazing new wave of sightings-best to you as always-i hope you and the whole crew at MD are doing superbly!

Devin said...

Julie thanks again so much for stopping by! It certainly would be worth asking them if they have any stories-this subject has always fascinated me also and i hope to have many posts about it here and there-best to you as always!ps i agree with your thoughts that we are not alone-either in the universe-and perhaps in many other realms of experience.

wise woman said...

Most interesting Devin

Got a dream-like sense from that - you know the strangeness that happens in our dreams but we never think to question at the time. When I think of it, from what I've read, UFOs do seem to have that 'dream-other world' quality to them. I was reminded of stories from Rupert the Bear that I loved as a kid - here's a pic

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JyJ-pkNkqyE/SKnj7AJkplI/AAAAAAAABZk/TiQAkj9ONfo/s200/Rupert.jpg

That was funny we both used the 'weird' word in our posts. LOL word veri was ruffest & I was trying to be gentle!

Devin said...

wise so happy youcould stop by! i hope you are having a wonderful day! thanks for link-word veri was funny also-agree about dreams-sometimes i wonder if the 'dream world' intersects with our 'real world' all the best to you!

Nina said...

hmmm. perhaps they were needing some plant dna. they seem to want our dna (actually i fully believe our dna has already been mixed with other beings).

when i've seen UFO's, i feel weird inside. it's almost like time freezes. of course i'm also experiencing a huge rush of emotions. but there's some energy experienced i can't explain. maybe it's simply awe. ? the one time my spouse and i saw a round-shaped craft (the first and only time seeing such a shape), it slowed down and stopped right as we were both focused on it. it hovered for a bit, as though it--they--KNEW we were watching. it was the only experience i've had where i felt some sort of a mutual communication and yet, the presense of this craft was an ominous one. i was relieved when it suddenly blipped out of sight. i actually went inside and blessed myself and prayed for awhile, focused on being protected and NEVER wanting to have that experience again.

when i read your posts on UFO's i think how i've gotta put these experiences into one post. i've put a few of them on my blog over the last few years when we've had a siting. but it would be good to put them all together.

be well devin.

Devin said...

Nina-I love it when you post your experiences here! i think that would be a good idea to post all together at your site! sorry it took me so long to publish this comment -i was tired last night and did not get online-again thanks so much for stopping by and commenting about your experiences and thoughts-best to you as always!!

Autumnforest said...

I've heard of this case before. It's intriguing. I like your take on it. I think it rings true more than anything else. The physics of far travel in space just don't support beings from another galaxy, but hey a dimension travelor or a time traveler is much more likely. Just because we haven't figured out how to cross over these lines ourselves, doesn't mean they can't be crossed. We couldn't go 100 miles an hour when we rode on horses, but that didn't mean it wasn't possible. We just didn't have the vehicle yet. I also like your take that perhaps where they come from, "niceties" that us humans observe don't make sense to them. Something like visiting a foreign country and finding out they don't like to shake hands. You could upset someone without intending to, you simply were observing your culture.

Devin said...

Autumn-so great to see you here-two books you might be interested in besides the books by Jacques Vallee I have mentioned are Marc Davenports Visitors From Time:The Secret of the UFOs published in 1994 and Michael Hesemann's UFOs The Secret History-Vallee is my favorite researcher into these matters-but I also really enjoyed these two other books and thankfully never traded them in-I could really kick myself for trading Vallees Dimensions in-at least I can get his books from the library-best to you as always!-ps I meant to mention these two books and Vallees to everyone who has commented on the UFO posts:-)

Devin said...

-I can never seem to get all of my thoughts in one comment! I also meant to say at the Aiwazzsaying blog on my page-both of Vallees books and a huge variety of other books are linked for free downloads-I think it was a very nice thing for the person who runs the blog to do that for their readers! I think I have downloaded 25-30 free ebooks from that site! anyone who has ever commented on my blog will find something they like to download there-I am sure of it!

Prince NaKi said...

helo dev, ok i will send you messages as soon as im in saudi arabia already..wish me luck .

Devin said...

I do wish you all the luck in the world! yesterday i was thinking that i would not like to have to do what you will be doing -is there a Filipino community that has a site there that you can check out before you arrive? if you do not like the arrangement can you leave immediately? best as always to you!

VINZ said...

hi devin, how are you..i like your post...

Devin said...

ViNz-I am so glad you enjoyed this post- I hope you are doing great-I am doing fine a little bit tired but that is nothing unusual-best to you as always and thanks so much for stopping by!

X. Dell said...

Lotti's story is consistent with either hypnagogia or hypnopompia, altered states in which one can dream while conscious and awake. While others might have witnessed a true anomaly, Lotti could have based her dream on the same anomalous siting reported by everyone else--just as we all base our dreams on a conscious reality of some sort.

X. Dell said...

And just like any other dream, the memory of hypnagogic imagery fades fast.

Devin said...

Xdell-thanks as always for stopping by-really appreciate it-odd you mentioned hypnagogic states-i was thinking of doing a personal/paranormal post b4 starting my new series about a dream that had hynagogic type images in it-but the dream and the 'twilight consciousness' type of awakening i had was so disturbing-i am somewhat relucatant to post here-maybe i will think on this another 24 to 48 hours before trying to see what people think-there may have been nothing to it-but i found this horribly unsettling-especially with the geopolitical situation right now-best to you as always Xdell and thanks so much again for stopping by!