UFO Amoebas

UFO researcher Trevor James Constable, in a quest to understand better the elusive UFO phenomenon, began using infra-red film in an otherwise ordinary camera.  Constable discovered that

"Infrared film, exposed between dawn and sunrise in high, dry locales will frequently objectify invisible objects of various kinds living in and passing through the atmosphere." [p.51]
His results were extraordinary.  Not only were conventional discs and spacecraft-like forms captured on film, but amazing ameoboid entities.  Commenting on these, and describing his own astonishment and surprise, Trevor Constable, in his provocative and profound autobiographical book, "The Cosmic Pulse of Life", refers to
"...the unwelcome nature of these photographs....These living creatures, these bioforms, were neither what we wanted nor what we expected.  We wanted spacecraft.  At that time we stood in ignorance of any biological element in UFOs....In the intervening years I have observed with interest and fascination the disquieting, disturbing effect (the photos and film) have on all persons whose approach to UFOs is mechanistic.  This experience has taught me that purported scientific "objectivity" is a fiction..." [pp83-4]
Constable had many unpleasant experiences with people - scientists and others - who were deeply threatened by his photographic evidence.  So widespread and dramatic were these reactions that he assumed, following William Reich, an actual neurotic aversion on the part of the "establishment" towards the life-force.

This may indeed well be the case, but there is an additional overlapping factor.  As the historian of science Thomas Kuhn pointed out in his classic work, The Nature of Scientific Revolutions, Science as such is more concerned with confirming already established theories, or paradigms, than with facing new evidence.  Such evidence - anomalies - is swept under the carpet, and the new theories or paradigm explaining it rejected, until a new generation of scientists come along who are willing to accept the new position.  The result is a "scientific revolution", and the establishment of a new paradigm.  Thus, to give some classic examples, the heliocentric (sun-centred) cosmology of Copernicus was only accepted over the old Ptolemaic geocentric (earth-centred) model of the universe after much resistence, although the celebrated trial of Galileo, who supported the Copernican theory, by the Church, was more a matter of personal politics.  Another, more recent, example: the "new physics" of Plank, Einstein, Bohr, de Brolgie, Shroedinger, and others, became a new paradigm that replaced, with rather greater ease, the old Newtonian physics.

An example could also be given of a "paradigm that failed".  In the late sixties and early seventies it really seemed as if the data of parapsychology, so painstakingly accumulated by J. B. Rhine and his successors, would soon be assimilated into mainstream scientific thinking.  For Psi- phenomena are no more strange - and often a great deal less so! - than some of the wierd and wonderful implications of Quantum physics.  But such was not to be, and parapsychology soon reverted back to the reviled status of "psuedoscience".

The trouble with paraspychology is that, though harmless enough in itself, it would have very quickly lead ton other far more threatening things, like occult and psychic phenomena and realities.  Thus it was unacceptable for all reasons.  And Constable's bio-UFO evidence would seem to be equally threatening, and thus it was rejected in an equally irrational way.

So, it is not that science is irrational.  Science is rational; within the compass of the paradigm of the day.  But once it moves beyond those limits, it becomes an irrational dogma, Scientism.

But let us ret'urn to Constables UFOs, and the contrast between the bioforms and the spacecraft.

The so-called "spacecraft" are just as "etheric" as the bioforms; as they "are built of matter of the etheric plane..." [p.203], and powered by the life- force, what William Reich calls "orgone energy".  Their builders are, Constable tells us, a race of intelligent and benign beings, the "etherians", whose world is the same as our world, except it is of a higher vibratory level [pp201-3].  The craft become visible and tangible when they materialise into our own world [p.203].

Now, the subject of UFO-beings is a very important one, and I wouldlike to go into this in greater detail at some point.  But for now I would say that I do not accept the idea of etheric human-type people in actual vehicles.  The situation is much more complex than that.  For what we are dealing with here are parallel orders of evolution - "ultraterrestrials" to use John Keel's useful term - which are closer to the "devic" or nature-spirit than the human evolution.  Yet inasmuch as any contact with these kingdoms takes place through the subconscious of the person concerned, they would tend to be modified and anthropomorp,hised by that subconscious, just as in a dream one's thoughts and complexes appear as actual people.

What we have therefore are at least two primary types of phenomena; two "kingdoms" of etheric beings; one more intelligent ("a level of intelligence...far above...that of contemporary humanity" [p.289-90]), the other less (of a low order of consciousness, on about the same plane as fish" [p.290]).

And as Constable points out:

"In the mode of their manifestation to mankind, spacecraft [i.e. the more intelligent kingdom] and biological UFOs [the less intelligent kingdom] have been mutually confused...down to this day...No comprehensive theory can ever be formulated concerning UFOs that does not include biological UFOs..." [p.86; also c.f. p.100]
It is the less intelligent and more obviously organic kingdom that is of interest to us here.
"The existence of these organisms seems to be essentially plasmatic, i.e. having their form expressed in heat substance.  They travel in pulsatory fashion, swelling and shrinking cyclically as they move through the air..." [p.84]
"Being plasmatic, they are capable of returning radar echoes, and often do...Motion pictures we made verify that these plasmatic organisms are capable of velocities and changes in shape and size that render worthless any attempt to handle them with the mechanistic mode of mentation" [p.85]
"Pulsation of these biological aeroforms - the natural and ineviitable concomitant of life is pulsation - provided further...confusion (for those) with mechanical notions.  The pulsation was interpreted wherever seen...as due to the "power source" or "power system" of the UFO. The concept that such pulsation was equivalent to man's own heartbeat (was never considered)..." [p.100]
"...Prompted by observed pulsations of UFOs sighted at high altitudes by its pilots, the USAF once broached the idea of "space animals" in a public release dated 27 April 1949, stating that the objects appeared to act more like animals than anything else.
The airmen who observed these aeroforms...expressed the feeling that they were living organisms..." [p.34]
Describing Trevor Constable's photographs in his book Uninvited Visitors, the investigator of paranormal phenomena Ivan T. Sanderson said:
"Be they Unidentified Aerial Objects or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, they don't look like machines at all. They look to a biologist horribly like unicelluar lifeforms, complete in some cases with nuclei, nucleoli, vacuoles and all the rest.  Some are even amoebic in form...." [p.128]
Amoebic.  Indeed, it is clear even from the still photographs that these organisms are very like amoebas in shape (fig. coming).

Referring to a segment of six frames of movie fillm (part of a larger sequence shot in 1958), Trevor Constable says that

"The objects are seen to come and go, change their shape, number and position all in this brief period.  Ships from other planets?  The scene is more like the action perceivable through a microscope!" [p.101]"
Yet they are also entities of pure life-force, lacking physical bodies, and of huge size.  Trevor Constable suggests a new science "of macrobiology, or even macrobacteria" [p.129]; the prefix "macro-" indicating the huge size of these organisms.

It seems here that we have an actual description of Blavatsky's "Polarian" Root Race - large size, amoeboid form, and etheric nature - from a writer who, although cogniscent with Rudolph Steiner's work, only mentions Blavatsky's name and "Theosophy" once in passing [p.242], and although sympathetically, without familiarity.

The implication seems to be that these bioforms are "living fossils" of the original Polarian era, just as bacteria and blue-greem algae alive together have herdly changed in thtree billion years.  It is apparent therefore that the "Polarians" are not specifically human ancestors, a human "root race".  Rather, they are life ancestors, a life "root race".

We can assume that the life forces, before focusing and incarnating in physical form, first existed at a purely etheric or pranic level.  At this level they evolved into actual organisms: the "polarians" (Blavatsky) or "critters" (Constable).  Being purely etheric, they were not dependent on the narrow range of physical conditions that fragile physical protoplasm is.  We can assume that, as Blavatsky puts it, "they could not be affected by any elements - flood or fire".  They may have originally ranged widely through the universe, and presumably still do.

On Earth though, the appearance of macromolocules and simple organic life actualised a new possibility in this corner of the universe: the evolution of physical life.  So there was a movement of these etheric formations down into the physical processes of life.

Many esoteric philosophies talk of souls progressively incarnating.  Edgar Cayce speaks of souls travelling through the universe before coming to Earth, desiring physical pleasures in the already existing animals, and so incarnating in them.  Other people, influenced by the materialistic Von Danniken "ancient astronaut" mythos, claimed that people came from other planets originally, and were marooned or trapped here; or that they came from higher worlds of light and descended into these gross bodies.

All these accounts can be taken as symbolic, as racial or psychic memories; perhaps multifaceted in nature, "complexes", in that each memory is a synthesis of a whole cluster of superficially similiar even if quite distinct events.  The descent of the Higher Self or Divine Soul into the cycle of material existence; the movement of "polarians" or "critters" into the first physical life; the incarnation of the emotion-principle (the emotional or astral body) and later the intellectual principle into higher invertebrate and vertebrate life; perhaps an actual science-fiction extraterrestrial genetic experiement, a la Von Danniken and his sucessors; and the "past-life" history of the particular person who comes up with those particular ideas (why could not the soul first incarnate in one world or plane, and then another?); all these possibilities, although distinct, can still be linked together, and even confused clairvoyantly or in the person's subconscious, where they become a complex or archetype, or a cluster of such, of "the incarnation of the consciousness in these physical bodies".
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