Tuesday, November 08, 2005

John Fowles, "A Maggot", Graham Hancock's "Supernatural" and alien contact





I agreed with Jacques Vallee when I read the following in his 1988 book "Dimensions":
Many descriptions of UFO phenomena force us to deal simultaneously with ... the physical (or technical) and the spiritual (or divine) ....
It has been captured in the most complete and most artistic form in John Fowles's extraordinary masterpiece, A Maggot, published in 1986.
My only correction is that "A Maggot" first appeared in 1985. A first edition has a special place in my library and my literary sensibilities.
In the paperback edition of "Dimensions" an interview with Vallee has him, in my view at least, stating the obvious:
... one of the greatest living writers in the English language publish(ed) a masterpiece dealing entirely with the problem of alien contact ...
What does "Ann the Word" and "A Maggot" have to do with each other? Rather than spoil the journey for those who want to discover both, and by way of haunting invitation, I'll simply pose the Chinese "koan" from Cao Xueqin's "The Dream of theRed Chamber" (per David Hawkes translation) I used by way of introducing my book "Hair of the Alien":
Entering "The Land of Illusion":
Truth becomes fiction when the fiction's true;
Real becomes not-real when the unreal's real.
And from "A Maggot" (page 359):
Q. Why stop you?
A. The maggot.
Q. What maggot?
A. That floated in the inner cavern, like a great swollen maggot, white as snow upon the air.
Q. What is this?
A. Yes, like a maggot, tho' not. Its great eye shone down upon us, my blood did curdle in my veins; and I must perforce call out in my fear, ignorant that I was.
John Fowles has now left us on his own spiritual odyssey, perhaps to his "maggot" - a gateway to some greater place of knowing. The Sydney Morning Herald, sourcing the Guardian, November 9, 2005, indicated "the novelist who brought sexiness and popular appeal to the serious literary novel, has died from heart failure (at 79) near his home in Lyme Regis, southwest England."
Take a look at Eileen Warburton's biography of Fowles if you are interested in some matters pertinent to the creation of "A Maggot".
Surprisingly researcher Graham Hancock takes a similar journey in his new book "Supernatural - Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind", published in the UK in October 2005. While examining the nexus of spirits (via shamanism), fairies (in part via "The Secret Commonwealth" and Vallee's "Passport to Magonia") and aliens (via alien abductions) Hancock presents some fascinating material and perspectives for those who have not yet looked into these interesting areas. While suggesting that these experiences may represent mankind receiving "contact" via altered states of consciousness with "real" entities beyond the physical, he does not really confront the physical dimensions of the mysteries he confronts.
While asking many of the same issues and questions (invoked by shamanism, fairy lore and alien abductions) in my own new book "HAIR of the ALIEN" (published in the US in July 2005) I squarely confront the issue of the physical dimensions of these issues, most potently expressed, I suggest, in the physical evidence I present with the alien DNA paradigm.

6 Comments:

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7:36 AM  
Blogger Weight Watcher said...

Your subconscious mind is a powerful force. It can be an un-defeatable ally or a dangerous foe! It is a powerful force of nature that can be harnessed and made to work for us or it can be a wild beast that runs riot with our lives.
How powerful is 'powerful'?

Take the first Atomic Bomb - it could lay waste to an entire city in seconds. Or the gravitational pull of the Sun which stops our tiny planet from hurtling into space. Imagine the power of a black hole - that region of spacetime from which nothing can escape not even light travelling at 186 thousand miles a second. The Universe is full of powerful forces. Yet, all these wondrous things pale into insignificance when compared to the power of the subconscious mind.

The subconscious part of your mind is that part which regulates your heartbeat, lungs, digestive system and everything else in your body. It directs the inner workings of your body and such things as (what biologists call) 'machines' - tiny living cells that are composed of motors, drive-shafts and propellers - seriously!!! There is mounting evidence that the cells in our bodies have memory and that our very DNA is coded with memories of our ancestors. As well as having full control of all these functions and more your subconscious also retains all the thoughts, experiences and emotions you have ever felt. It regulates the most complicated mechanism in the unknown Universe - your body - and it can calculate the trajectory of multiple moving objects while supplying you with the words necessary to debate an issue while controlling a complex task of activities such as driving a car!
These tasks alone show how powerful the subconscious mind is. But it is much more powerful than that!

The truth is: No-one knows the limits of the subconscious mind's power!

Tell yourself that you will wake up at 6 a.m. and chances are you will awake. Go to a crowed party and through a mass of voices you will hear someone at the other side of the room mention your name! Set a problem aside and miraculously, out of nowhere, the answer comes while you are involved in another task. It recreates situations in your life that correspond to your beliefs. Time and time again you find yourself in the same situations, with similar partners, in almost identical jobs. Like a wheel your subconscious mind creates situations that bring your life back to the same spot.
Likewise it can totally transform your life - even overnight! It can bring you new situations, life experiences, luxuries and even people.

However, it is like a na�ve child or a better analogy is that of a computer. It believes everything that you tell it. Your conscious mind is the gatekeeper. Anything you think with complete faith is immediately past to the subconscious mind - which it then takes as literal fact. There will be no arguments because it has no discriminating capabilities.
Although your subconscious mind is more powerful than you can possibly imagine it is a mere servant. It is at your disposal. YOU are in charge. It acts just like a computer and like every computer it needs software to run. So if you do not program it then someone else will! You are constantly being bombarded with software programs for the mind every minute of everyday. Buy this product and you will look slim, drive this car and you will seem sexy, drink this potion and you will feel more vibrant about life. You are told what to buy and when to buy it, when you are too young to do a thing and when you are too old. You are told what is possible and what is not. Snap out of it!
Take back your control over mind and body. You were born with the most powerful computer system known to man - a bio-computer that regulates a sophisticated, highly flexible, changeable, self repairing vehicle. You are amazing, a true miracle. If you bought a new top of the range diesel Mercedes would you let Joe or Sue down the road fill it up with petrol?
Begin to think for yourself. Who told you that you could not achieve your dreams? Do you believe it? Who told you that you were too fat, too skinny, too stupid, too smart, too young or too old?

Does it matter?

No! Because you are and always have been in total control. Change your thinking and you will change your subconscious beliefs. Change your subconscious beliefs and you will change your life. personal-development.info

12:49 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

A Maggot had nothing whatsoever to do with UFO's.It was about the birth of a religious movement and the hypocrisy of an age.The craft that appears in the story was simply an metaphor for a spiritual experience and not an e.t. conspiracy.

4:32 AM  
Blogger Erick said...

I think Graham Hancock is a pioneer on his field, he is analyzing lots of ancient texts and ancient hieroglyphs and he is really getting to some interesting concepts. but i doubt his wife make him use generic viagra every time he arrives from a trip to Egypt.

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