THE JOHN MICHELL
John Michell was a
best-selling author and world authority on the mysteries of existence.
March 2001 and August 2002, John wrote a series of articles on a
esoteric subjects for Jonathan's website and the Daily Mirror newspaper
in the UK.
It was a
thrill to have John writing for us about unexplained phenomena. I have
admirer of his work since I was a teenager. I hope you enjoy his
March 22, 2001
How did the world
How did the world
The correct answer is...it is a total mystery. That is also the proper
the other big questions about our existence - the ones that children
adults hate to answer. Questions like: "How did life begin?" or " Where
human intelligence come from?" or "How did language develop?" Everyone
ideas about these things, but no one really knows. If they did know
not be all those different theories. We have all, for example, heard of
"Big Bang'. According to this explanation, everything in the cosmos
from a tiny package of incredibly dense matter that exploded. One day,
it exploded and our world began.
Adults are quite
accept this idea but it does not satisfy children. The next thing they
quite rightly, is: How did that suspicious package get there in the
place? Scientists don't find it so easy to answer that one. And they
are divided over the Big Bang. Some declare that there was no such
that the universe has always existed. They say it goes on forever and
neither beginning nor end. Others disagree. Against this idea, they
say, is the
fact that all material things have limits. Recently, I pointed this out
discussing the size of the universe with a six-year-old boy. The next
saw him he said he had been thinking about it, and he had reached a
"The universe," he said "does have its limits, but as you get near to
run away!" Now how do
you answer that?
Most writers have
"thing" or main theme that runs throughout all their work. My "thing"
35 years - in books, articles, and lectures -
has been the mystery of existence. Within this unexplained
an infinity of mysteries. Wherever you look -- in archaeology and
history or in the modern records of parapsychology and strange
phenomena - you
find evidence to contradict every
and "certainty" of official science. The real world is quite different
way our teachers describe it, and it is a great deal more interesting.
It's a fact
The earth is
round the Sun at an astonishing 18.6 miles a second.
The Sun itself is
It takes thousands of years to circle round a distant part of the Milky
that we call the Galactic Centre.
There are more
stars in the
sky than grains of sand on all of our beaches.
The ancients saw
the Moon as
a protector which is TRUE. Its gravity attracts passing Earth-bound
March 29, 2001
Gods or space
Last week I
unsolved mystery of how civilisation began. In the fifth century BC, a
interesting answer to this was given by the Greek philosopher Plato. He
just a storyteller but a learned initiate with access to ancient
records, so there is some authority in his account. He said that the
skills of civilisation were first made known by the gods. They
earth and governed it. Under their rule we lived in a state of perfect
and contentment. Then, one day, they left, but before going they
certain people to maintain state rituals and standards. For a time all
well. But humans are not good at keeping up standards. Things were
slip and eventually the great civilisation crumbled and dissolved.
It is tempting for
people to see this as a record of extra-terrestrial intervention
years ago. The theory is that human intelligence and culture are not,
body, earth-born, but come from elsewhere. It is an old belief, and it
by many UFOlogists today. Yet though I have several times seen UFOs -
lights and objects in the sky - I do not really believe in
In my view, there is no apparent evidence or likelihood of life
space, and if there are intelligent beings in the far blue yonder, the
distances are too great for contact. But I do believe in the gods. We
we have banished them but, as astrologers perceive, they are still
our lives. Also active are the spiritual forces in nature. Plato was
saying that the gods imparted to us the secrets of civilisation, but
the real gods, and one day we can expect them back.
The term 'flying
was coined by the US
in 1947 after pilot Kenneth Arnold sighted several shining bat-winged
over the Cascade Mountains in Washington
state. He described their motion as like "saucers skipping over water."
crop circles are the work of extra-terrestrials. In Sweden
similar claims are made for the phenomenon of ice circles, perfect
shapes up to 200 metres in diameter, which revolve slowly in rivers and
The first major
case of 'alien abduction' involved Betty and Barney Hill who took an
unexplained seven hours to complete a short drive on a lonely road in
Hampshire. Troubled by marks which appeared on their bodies they
hypnosis to reconstruct events, telling of being dragged from their car
little beings and subjected to intimate medical examination.
A 1991 survey
two out of every hundred Americans believed
they had been abducted at some time in their lives.
One UFO sighting
remained unexplained for more than a century. Thousands of residents of
reported a huge
mystery 'airship' above
their town in November 1896. The craft's speed and lights were in
anything known at the time.
April 5, 2001
No alien visitors
Some people get
I say I do not believe in extra-terrestrials or intelligent life in
point out that the universe contains billions of stars and planets.
these must surely be like our Earth, able to support life. And what
UFO sightings, such as the many reported over the years in the West
they are not part of our world they must come from outside it.
The problem is
our solar system the distances are far too great to allow space travel.
vast distances are measured in light years. Light travels at 186,000
second. It takes 1.5 seconds to reach us from the Moon, eight minutes
from the Sun, and four years to reach us from
nearest star. So that star is four light years away. Beyond that the
become so enormous that, even if we could travel at the speed of light,
would take millions of years to explore other galaxies. But no physical
can approach the speed of light. We can travel the universe in thought
spirit, but never in hard reality. And if there are extra-terrestrial
the same goes for them.
Even so, we are
alone. Like many people I know, I have several times seen UFOs
flying objects. That is as far as it went I never met 'aliens'. But
1966, while writing my first book, The Flying Saucer Vision, I
several 'contactees'. Like all the others I had read about, they had
changed from their meetings with other-worldly beings. Some had become
psychics, others were mentally disturbed. Their experiences were
genuine. But who are these beings and where are they from?
Jung wrote a book on UFOs. He concluded that they are signs of coming
According to the records of astrology, he said, these changes take
one sign of the zodiac is giving way to another. Such periods are
by 'signs and wonders' strange things seen in the sky.
I agree with Jung.
phenomenon has certainly changed our outlook on the world. But I still
believe space aliens are behind it. The creatures reported by UFO
were quite familiar to our ancestors. They knew them as 'elves, imps,
or mischievous spirits'. We may no longer believe in these things, but
really got rid of them, and now we call them extra-terrestrials.
The first close
George Adamski, a
seller at Mount Palomar
credited as being the first modern-era contactee with aliens. On
1952, Adamski and some colleagues went skywatching in the Mojave Desert. Adamski claimed
that he had contact with a tall Venusian
who wanted to warn of the potential dangers the nuclear age posed to
Adamski achieved fame but his colleagues later retracted their stories.
April 12, 2001
oaths and curses
May God strike me
dead if I tell a lie! That is a terrible oath to swear, and there are
cases where it has proved fatal. English history records one, in 1053,
Saxon noble, Earl Godwin, the father of King Harold, dining with King
the Confessor, assured him of his loyalty. "If there is any thought of
treachery within me," he said, "May the next mouthful I take choke me."
took a bite of meat, choked on it and fell dead. A similar incident
in the town centre of Devizes, Wiltshire. It was marked by a large
at the spot. Three market women agreed to put up two pence each for a
sack of flour. One of them, Ruth Pierce, swore that she had already
share, and uttered the fatal oath. She was immediately struck dead, and
coins which she had been hiding fell from
There are enough
this kind to make anyone careful. Guilty or not, I would never utter
oath, nor would I dare commit sacrilege or rob an ancient grave. As you
see below, many of the archaeologists who discovered Tutankhamen's tomb
an ancient curse and paid the ultimate price. That was asking for
know that people have experimented, daring God to strike them dead, and
has happened - or not immediately. But I have so often found that you
you deserve or ask for, that I would rather not tempt fate.
The Curse of the
Carter and Lord Carnarvon broke into king Tutenkhamen's tomb in late
Earlier Carnarvon was sent this warning, received in 'automatic
writing' by the
famous mystic Cheiro: "Carnarvon not to enter tomb. Disobey at peril.
ignored would suffer sickness; not recover; death would claim him in Egypt."
Carnarvon went ahead, saying he would "challenge the psychic powers of
ages". Inside the tomb a tablet of hieroglyphics warned: "Death will
his wings whoever disturbs the peace of the pharaoh." The following
Carnarvon died of illness attributed to a mosquito bite. Within six
years 22 of
his co-excavators died prematurely in mysterious or tragic
1930, only one of the original tomb raiders was left alive the
April 19, 2001
visitors come to Britain,
the thing they most want to see along with the Bloody
birthplace - is Stonehenge.
Why Stonehenge? I
wonder. It is only a scattering of old
rocks in a field on Salisbury Plain. You have to pay to get near it,
then you cannot enter the stones. It was also recently revealed that
restoration work to give the site a facelift has taken place since the
the last century. It sounds a poor deal, but the place is crowded with
who still find Stonehenge
has its own natural attraction. There is
something about it that draws people there. It has always been like
Founded about 4,000 years ago, around the beginning of the Age of
Aries, it was
the national temple, the Westminster Abbey of its time. Great men were
around it and, according to bardic tradition, a priestly choir
perpetual chant within its stone rings. There were constant rituals,
the sun, moon and seasons of nature. This is indicated by the
features of Stonehenge,
particularly by its
orientation to the midsummer sunrise. At that highpoint of the year,
came from all directions, set up camp around the Stones, settled their
and other forms of business and held midsummer festival.
is a monument of the Bronze Age, an age of priestly rulers, when the
of crafts and culture was higher than ever before - or since. It was a
ritual magic, and the magical atmosphere of Stonehenge
has ever since been attractive to artists, poets and romantics. From
angle you study it you come to see that behind it was a great mind and
ideal. Encoded in its dimensions are an ancient secrets which, when
will change our whole perspective on history. That is why no
can resist going to Stonehenge.
The first Stonehenge,
started around 2,800BC, was a ditch and bank enclosure, probably partly
Its stone rings
linked to phases of the sun and moon - effectively an early computer to
when to sow or reap.
No-one knows how
stones, some up to 50 tons, were brought from 20 miles away. At least
or 50 oxen, would have been needed to drag rocks over land. Later
Welsh stone, transported 240 miles.
has long been associated with druids. But the celtic priesthood did not
until shortly before the Christian era. The druid temple theory is now
discounted. Modern druids are allowed on site for the summer solstice
April 26, 2001
Soon, with summer
about to come, it will be time for crop circles. These mysterious
formed by swirled-down areas in wheatfields and other crops, have been
delighting and infuriating their followers for over twenty years. And
there are no clear answers to the primary questions, Who or what is
these patterns? and why? and how? In 1991 there was a sensation when
elderly jokers claimed that they had been making the circles. They had
them, they said, to tease the UFO enthusiasts. There was no proof of
the press and media lost interest in the subject, and most people
circles to fade away. But still the circles kept on coming, each year
beautiful and elaborate, Finally, in the summer of 2000, the most
designs ever seen appeared overnight in fields around Avebury, the
temple of Wiltshire.
The most popular
explanation for the phenomenon is that there are several unknown teams
hoaxers -- or anonymous artists -- who somehow create these
illicitly, in a very short time and without ever being caught. Certain
and groups of circle-fakers are known to be active, but their results
as good as the real thing, and they too are puzzled by what is going
on. I have
studied this subject for years, and once edited a magazine on it, but I
have no firm theory to offer. One thing I am fairly sure about is that
some of the crop-designs were not done directly in the fields by
is evidence to be found of 'action at a distance'. Is there someone
computer, making patterns on the screen and then somehow printing them
farmers fields? Or is the answer something even more fantastic?
This year will be
Due to the foot and mouth outbreak, fields and footpaths are closed to
Crop-circle making will be a crime, and this will deter hoaxers. So
The first circles
appear in May, and they keep on coming up to September and the end of
harvest. I look forward keenly to the coming season.
The first crop
circles in Britain
seen in 1980. There may have been earlier ones but they were not
during the 1970s in Australia.
They were called 'saucer nests' and were thought to be UFO landing
Up to 200 crop
are reported in England
each year. Most are concentrated in the Marlborough
district of Wiltshire.
August is the best
see crop circles. For information on the latest developments, visit the
Pewsey, Wiltshire where enthusiasts gather.
May 3, 2001
Do monsters exist?
Every child loves
and I am fascinated by them too. What are these creatures, and how do
into our modern view of the world? I am talking about the giant apes or
men that appear in the mountain lands of Asia and North America. And in seas and
lakes everywhere - most famously in Loch
Ness - people have often seen 'monsters'. I have no doubt that these
exist. The best evidence are the trails of huge footprints in snow,
both in the Himalayas
and in American
'bigfoot' , country. No ordinary creature could have made them. In a
programme some Yeti-hunters in Nepal
found a hair from an animal 'unknown to science'.
But the sad fact
is that no
one has ever caught one of these creatures - not even on film. There
of photographs of Loch Ness, showing something that might be 'Nessie'.
every case it could be something else, or a fake.
In 1967 Roger
recorded briefly with his movie camera a large, dark, man-like creature
Californian woodlands. Was it the fabulous Bigfoot? Or just a hoaxer in
monkey suit? The image is not clear, so we are left guessing.
Based on wide
study of the
evidence, my conclusion is that these monsters are not entirely of this
They can be real enough, but not in the flesh-and-blood sense. In other
they are phantoms. They belong to a world that lies between physical
and the world of imagination. That was made plain by St Columba in the
century. His encounter with Loch Ness's 'monster' is the first on
recognized it as a creature of enchantment and drove it away by his
In recent years,
of bigfoot-type creatures have greatly increased throughout the United States.
Often they occur in association with UFOs and other weird phenomena. So
behind this outbreak of phantom monsters? One way of seeing it is this.
modern world we have forgotten something that everyone once knew. We
forgotten the spiritual powers in nature, even though they influence
luck - or lack of it. This causes stress and confusion, and nature
reacts by a
display of monsters and other things that science can not explain. We
reminded of lost knowledge and a way to happiness.
Loch Ness Monster
began with many sightings in 1933. Commander Gould RN, an expert on sea
serpents, investigated, and identified Nessie as a gigantic form of
newt. Other experts theorised about a trapped sea-serpent or a
reptile. The traditional view is that the Monster is a phantom creature
appearances have local significance.
Many lakes around
where there are stories and sightings of monsters are too small to
trail was recorded by Eric Shipton's 1951 Everest expedition. At 18,000
they found footprints, stretching over a mile, of a creature walking
like a man
and about eight feet tall.
In 1969 in
State, a trail of over a thousand 18-inch footprints were found,
that the upright creature that made them was more than ten feet tall.
May 10, 2001
The decline of
Some people do not
hearing about fairies. They think it is soppy and a waste of time.
not so inhibited, and most of the fairy sightings reported today come
them. But the fact is that fairies are rarely seen nowadays, unlike 100
ago when they still lingered in the remote countryside. The mystical Isle of Man, famous for its
fairy glens, was one of their
last strongholds. First-hand accounts from people who had seen them
collected by W.Y. Evans-Wentz for his delightful book of 1911, The
in Celtic Countries. Often they were seen as dancing lights which, when
looked closer, took on the forms of little people. As they grew rarer,
Manx folk blamed their decline on the rise of modern education and the
increasing pace of life.
The decline of
fairies has gone
on for a long time. In the Middle Ages contact with fairies and spirits
regular part of country life. It is said that women complained of being
molested by them. For that, and other reasons, the Church began a
stamp out these disreputable beings. Preachers and exorcists were sent
the country, to houses, farms and every nook frequented by fairies.
performed rites and scattered holy water to expel the 'demons'. The
said a satirical poet of the time, was that women were now safe from
seducers. But they had better watch out for the young priests and
had replaced them!
For those who want
evidence of fairies there are plenty of interesting relics. They are
about the country, mostly in obscure museums and manor houses. There is
well-worn little shoe, less than 3 inches long, made of mouse skin with
stitches. It was found by a labourer in an Irish bog. Also from Ireland,
within a fairy ring, is a little coat, a noble garment, fully lined,
cloth-covered buttons and a high velvet collar. But it is only six
and less than two inches across the shoulders. Its owner must have
hard times, for the coat is frayed and greasy from long use.
that fairies have made to our culture is in music. Many traditional
dance tunes were copied by local musicians from music they heard played
fairies. That same music is believed by some still to be played, but
life is no longer attuned to it.
Sir Arthur Conan
creator of Sherlock Holmes, was a believer in fairies. In 1920 he
photographs, taken by two young girls, of fairies playing in a Yorkshire glen. Many years later
the girls confessed that
they had faked the 'Cottingley fairies'. But they always insisted that
faked only what they had really seen.
One of the last
places cleared of fairies was Shetland. The man who expelled them was
Ingram, a powerful preacher, who died in 1879 aged 103. He did not
succeed, for several groups of 'trows', the Shetland fairies, have been
A follower of
Chinese philosopher Confucius asked him if fairies exist. He replied
that it is
best to conduct your life as if they do exist.
May 17, 2001
Dabbling in The
other religious people are suspicious of astrology and esoteric studies
generally. They say that they lead to dangerous ground, to obsession
spirits and demons and, in the worse cases, to madness and hell. To
I agree with them. Plenty of innocents have been led by occult
situations they could not handle, and have come to grief. But I do not
that churches are the only source of guidance in the realm of spirit
imagination. It is no secret that the best and only reliable way of
investigating our existence is by following Truth and forgetting
You do not need a priest to tell you that.
There are people
politics and big business who have come to power by ruthlessness, as if
had made a pact with the Devil. Perhaps they have. Satan is always
ready for a
deal and will give you whatever you want in this world. But the price
terrible that no sane person would consider it. You do not follow
the power it gives you over other people, but for the knowledge it
yourself and the world around you. There is no harm in that, quite the
opposite. The ancient philosopher Plato said that if you acquire that
you benefit both yourself and your neighbourhood.
In the ancient
were 'Mystery' schools, where suitable candidates were initiated into
secrets of life and death. The most famous of these schools were
located in Britain
Their professors before Christian
times were druid monks. Julius Caesar wrote about them, saying that
not only astronomy and classical subjects but also about the progress
soul from one life to the next. Instruction was through rhymes and
students had to learn by heart. The full course lasted for about 20
climax was the initiation process, involving the experience of death
rebirth. Those who completed it lost all fear of death. In gaining
also gained happiness and spread it around them.
Are there such
today? Not, so far as I know, in the western world. We have lost our
traditions and the security they once gave. But true knowledge is
is called 'occult' knowledge because for long periods it is hidden and
underground. But at certain times, recognised by astrologers, it
renewing culture and spirit. That seems to be happening now.
(1875-1947) shocked the world with his uninhibited magical practices.
included raising demons, blood sacrifices and ritual sex. He called
Great Beast 666, and the press called him 'the wickedest man in the
was a fine poet and writer. But his excesses caught up with him, and he
poor, lonely and drug-addicted, in a Hastings
The most famous
magician was Dr John Dee (1527-1608). He was the greatest scholar and
of his time, but he wanted to go beyond science and discover the
Stone, the key to all knowledge. Not being psychic himself, he
with spirits through scryers or mediums. Queen Elizabeth made him her
astrologer, and state policy was largely determined by his advice.
May 24, 2001
Mysteries of The
The best thing
possibly happen to you, the mystics say - far better than winning the
is to discover the Holy Grail. This is a big claim, so let us look into
What is the Grail
should one seek it? Christian legend identifies it with the chalice
Joseph of Arimathaea brought to Glastonbury
after the Crucifixion. But in earlier, Celtic, tradition the Grail was
central symbol of a mystic ritual, the purpose of which was to hold
individual, and the country as a whole under a mythological
was the Golden Age that we glimpse in moments of nostalgia. At such
Holy Grail is revealed and everyone is happy. At other times it is
idealistic people search for it. That great French scholar Rene Guenon,
the Holy Grail as "partly the original human perception and partly the
ancient tradition of wisdom". Here is what I think he meant. Natural
perception is that of a child or innocent, full of wonder at the world.
ancient tradition is a spiritually-based science. At its core is a
of universal knowledge. This tradition is quietly passed down through
generations, and sometimes it becomes widely known. At those times the
But these are also
great danger. Spiritual power is morally neutral, and unscrupulous
hi-jack it. It happened during the Nazi period, when SS leaders
power-seeking rituals within the sanctuary of their Grail
That is properly called Black Magic, which is well known for bringing
upon those who practise it. I feel sure that Guenon was right, and that
Holy Grail is achieved by a combination of two things. One of them,
can be gained by well-directed studies. The other, called love or
understanding, is the state of existence you must determine to gain. So
revelation of the Grail means acquiring happiness - which is more than
likely to get from the Lottery.
described a magic cauldron or Grail vessel. From it came wisdom,
or whatever you chose to eat and drink. It was used in rituals to
The Grail chalice
that St Joseph
brought to Glastonbury
vanished in 1539 when the Abbey was destroyed. It is said to be buried
somewhere nearby. When it is found, a mystery will be revealed,
light to the whole nation.
The High History
Holy Grail was compiled around 1200 from records found at Glastonbury
where King Arthur (a descendant of St Joseph) was
buried along with Queen Guinevere. The
surrounding country was called the 'Moors Adventurous', because the
Arthur's Grail Quest were located there.
May 31, 2001
Animals and us
Biology is not a
hard-and-fast science because our knowledge of animals relies so much
chance observations and how they are interpreted. At the centre of it
the mystery of how we are related to animals and to what extent we can
communicate with them. Some scientists take it for granted that animals
like machines, programmed to behave in certain ways in their own
with no capacity for affection, grief or other 'human' emotions.
Yet there are many
well-witnessed accounts; from ancient times up to today, proving that
often rescue or defend other creatures, not always of their own kind.
know examples are the dolphins and turtles that help drowning people to
And another, the one that I find most fascinating, is where human
abandoned in the wilderness, are found and brought up by wolves, bears,
or other creatures. One of my favourite books is Gazelle-Boy by
Armen, about a boy, lost as an infant in the Sahara
desert, who was adopted by a family of gazelles. He learnt to run and
them, and to live on grass and leaves. Armen gradually made friends
boy and protected him from the scientists who wanted to capture and
He gives other examples of children fostered by animals, including an
who spent ten years living with ostriches. As a lost toddler he had
nest with hatching eggs. The mother accepted him as one of her chicks,
adapted happily to their ways and diet.
The expert on
communication is Dr Rupert Sheldrake. His studies are confined to
animals or 'pets', and one of his discoveries is in a book called Dogs
Know when their Owners are Coming Home. They know it, apparently, from
moment the owner decides to come home. That is when they begin their
running to the window and so on. Most dog-owners are aware of this
Sheldrake with his scientific methods has nailed it down as a fact. So
is an animal in your household, and you feel mental affinity with it,
not weird but perfectly normal and scientifically recognised
Mowgli, the wolf-boy, in The Jungle Book was based on true accounts he
heard of in India.
The most complete
scientific record of children reared by wolves was made by Indian
the Rev J. Singh and his wife. Singh was present when villagers killed
she-wolf and took the cubs from her den. Among them were two little
aged about eight the other only 18months. The younger one soon died,
eight-year-old was adopted by the Singhs and lived for another nine
tried to educate her, but she never lost her wolf nature and learnt to
only a few words. That has been the case with most children taken away
June 7, 2001
life is surrounded by mysteries is the phenomenon of coincidences. Carl
called them 'synchronicities' but I prefer the older and simpler word.
knows the 'talk of the devil!' effect, when a person you have just been
speaking or thinking about calls or turns up. And there is another one
which I have several times experienced, where you mistake someone in
for an old friend and then a few minutes later that old friend comes
This happened to a
know, when she was a child. Her father had taken her out to a cafe, and
they were sitting there a man walked in. The father recognized him as
be had known in the Army. That was many years ago and he had not seen
since. But as he rose to greet him he realised it was not that man. So
down disappointed. But then another man came in. And this time it
his old friend from the Army.
seem trivial and meaningless, but sometimes things happen in such a
that it looks like fate or as if there is an underlying script to
Happy couples often tell of the amazing stroke of luck that brought
together. It was meant to happen, they say.
My own view is
coincidences keep occurring, it is a good sign. It means that you are
with life and going in the right direction. A sure way of bringing them
to keep a 'coincidence diary', noting all the odd things that have
during the day. I did that once, but the trouble was that my life
intense and full of meaning that I could not stand it any more. So that
end of the diary. But if ever you feel that life is boring, try noting
your minor coincidences. You will be amazed how quickly they increase,
adventures they land you in.
In 1911 three men
hanged in London
for a murder they committed on Greenberry Hill. Their names were Green,
was foreshadowed in a novel written 14 years earlier. It was about a
ship, the Titan, colliding with an iceberg in the Atlantic
during her maiden voyage. In 1939 at the same spot where the Titanic
a ship's navigator had a premonition of disaster. He stopped the ship
time, as a giant iceberg loomed up. striking its side but with no
damage. The name of the ship was Titanian.
Just before the
landings in Normandy
on D-day, June 6, 1944, the compiler of the Daily Telegraph crossword
questioned by Military Intelligence. His recent crosswords had included
and names such as Omaha, Utah.
Mulberry, Neptune and Overlord.
Unknown to him, he had used the chief code-names of the D-day operation.
June 14, 2001
coincidences. And so is this week's, beginning with the question that
all like to have answered. Do useful coincidences just happen at
random, or can
we do anything to encourage them?
Here is an example
I mean by useful coincidences. If you are a writer or engaged in any
research. you have probably had dealings with 'library angels'. That is
name that Carl Jung gave to those 'unseen helpers' who bring timely
information. All experienced writers know about these 'angels'. and I
collected many almost incredible stories from those I know and others
Typically they are
book turning up 'out of the blue' - the one book which you happen to
of these stories was told me by Colin Wilson. While writing his book,
Occult, he went to his shelves to look up something. Suddenly a book
on to the floor. It was the very one he wanted and it fell open at the
There are certain
conditions in which this sort of thing is most likely to happen. It is
your mind is intensely concentrated when there is something you
want to find out. That sounds like an answer to prayer. And in some
people have prayed for the information they received. But my experience
the angels, or whatever you call them, have their own ways of rewarding
seekers. and it is best to leave it to them.
This opens the way
subjects, such as how to find lost objects. There is something magical
the way familiar things come and go around you. Many of us know cases
something goes missing from its usual place, and a few days later,
there it is
back again. This, it seems to me, reflects the ebb and flow of one' s
if you want to recover lost objects there are harmless, traditional way
doing so - Every religion has a god or saint responsible for such
things - for
Catholics it is St Anthony ... and prayers to them are often found to
the other hand, you can just do your best and trust to luck. And if you
good luck is quite likely to be attracted to you.
Alexander Solzhenitsin, tells of a book that came in response to
with him in a Soviet prison was a famous physicist. To solve a problem,
needed a certain book of mathematical tables. Every week three books
issued to each inmate from the prison library. The physicist prayed for
book of tables, and he duly received it. Knowing this to be a miracle,
learnt by heart the data he needed. He had just done so when an
round and confiscated the book.