My readers know that, although this blog discusses a lot of seemingly weird subjects, I don’t write about things just because they are strange, inexplicable, out of the ordinary. I try to maintain a clear focus on consciousness, and its possible survival of bodily death.
That is one of the reasons why I studiously stayed away from the UFO subject (the other one being that I know next to nothing about the subject). I recall having mentioned UFOs in passing, just to say that I instinctively like the theory – which has been gaining some traction in recent years – that sees them primarily as consciousness phenomena. This theory proposes that we are not encountering crafts (and beings…) from distant galaxies – we are opening up to other dimensions of reality which are normally hidden from our consciousness. That would mean placing UFO encounters on a continuum that includes as diverse things as telepathy, precognition, NDEs, after death communication, and the like. I have not given all this much thought, and I would certainly not be prepared to articulate the details of such theory or defend it in a debate. I just have a strong feeling that there may be something to it.
Then, just a couple of days ago, I received a communication from a James, a British reader of my blog, who pointed me in the direction of a truly extraordinary phenomenon which has been (and is) happening just a couple of hundred miles South from my hometown of Glasgow. Rather than trying to summarise what goes on there, I find it much better to direct my readers to the same article James pointed out to me, which is available here.
Now, quite apart from their quintessential weirdness, I found the Longdendale Lights challenging in a number of ways. First of all, let’s make this clear, there is no satisfying explanation in terms of known causes. Many have made a show of shallowness invoking the so-called “earthquake lights”, which are light phenomena – the existence of which is questionable in itself – for which a possible mechanism has been (speculatively) proposed based on piezoelectric effects in the earth crust. The Longedndale Lights are not earthquake lights (whether these actually exist or not): they are phenomenologically totally different. Ball lightning has also been proposed, but here again the Longdendale Lights look different, behave differently and, especially, are not associated with thunderstorms. James writes “I am quite prepared to believe that the lights are natural, possibly geological phenomena – however, there is a lack of appetite to consider the implications of this explanation. It would mean that there are natural/geological phenomena occurring in the UK of which science is completely unaware.” I entirely subscribe to his view.
However, the real challenge for me is that I cannot possibly see how these light phenomena (similar, in many ways to the well-known and well-researched Hessdalen Lights in Norway) can fit with the “continuum of consciousness” theory. In fact, these lights also bear some resemblance (although on a different scale) with the light phenomena consistently reported in physical mediumship séances. In that case, however, we can invoke an “opening up” of consciousness to afterlife dimensions and the interaction between sitters, the medium and spirit communicators. But why should this happen spontaneously, and only in a particular geographic place? And, why should at least some of these “natural” lights show what appears to be an intelligent, intentional behaviour?
We are again exposed to fleeting, inconsistent, unpredictable phenomena, which are nevertheless reported too often to be simply dismissed as “impossible therefore not occurring”. Happenings which are too weird, inexplicable even for an admittedly “far out” theory as the continuum of consciousness. I often wonder if there really is a limit to what we should be able to understand, to make sense of in this earthly life.