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Alien Encounters and the Paranormal: The Scottish Experience Paperback – March 18, 2015
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I have been personally involved with UFO and close encounter phenomena since childhood, often experiencing surreal events that Dr J Allen Hynek in his address to the UN would later describe as 'high strangeness'.
Coming from Scotland though, this idea of paranormal visitation or 'Second sight' is nothing new and has been associated with folk and folklore in Scotland for millennia.
Admittedly it has not always been an objective journey through these incredible scenarios and I went through a couple of paradigm revisions over a period of several decades of research before I arrived at an understanding that for me adequately explained the events in my life.
A writer of a series of free ebooks which chart my personal journey of understanding of the status quo on Earth, I feel that with 'Alien Encounters and the Paranormal - The Scottish Experience.', I can now give myself some closure on the extra-ordinary events that I have witnessed.
I hope too that the reader can take note of how I have used our rich archive of folklore to augment my understanding of the facts that we are not alone.
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Questions are asked in this book, for example, why Scotland; why Edinburgh in particular? Sightings of UFOs abound in all areas of the world, but this area of Scotland seems to have a particular attraction for aliens, ghosts, and faeries. The author speculates on these questions, and others, for example, should we look at aliens (because of their perceived characteristics) as benign visitors or entities to be kept at a distance until we have studied them further, as much as that is possible? Some ufologists believe we should embrace them as good and friendly. But should we? Probably not, suggests Hennessey, not with the dearth of evidence to indicate unfriendly abductions having taken place over a considerable period of time.
As the book is filled with supporting photographs, it is hard to be skeptical about the author's opinions and reasoning, particularly when he points out the absence of avionic coloured lighting, for example, accompanying an image, which skeptics may insist are merely the landing lights of approaching aircraft. He has studied his subject extensively, and knows the difference.
Belief in God is also a topic that is included in this book, and appropriately so. For how can one expound on the supraphysical world of UFOs, which does not require any faith in a supreme being but merely the evidence of one’s eyes, and omit the greatest X-file of them all, the supernatural world that exists, a heaven promised to us by Jesus Christ? This promise requires an abundance of faith in which to believe (John 3:12). Jesus understood that the human mind, a limited intellect, doesn't have the capacity to comprehend "what things God hath prepared for those who love him," (1 Corinthians 2:09) yet praises those who believe without seeking the humanly impossible - hard evidence.
Andrew Hennessey has indeed produced a well documented book, with the addition of a very extensive glossary. One is left in no doubt as to the meaning of UFO phraseology, and the other specialist language used in the book.
I would certainly recommend this book. A fine teaching tool.
THE PARANORMAL: The
Scottish Experience [Kindle Edition]
ANDREW HENNESSEY (Author), S. R. Charles Ph.D. (Editor), Brian Allan (Foreword)
Why five stars? Eight are not available. Who should read this book and give it to their
Anyone interested in theorists and thinkers from Stephen Hawking thru Thomas Aquinas to
One definition from Hennessey's glossary is worth the price of the book; for example “supra
physical world ”, according to Hennessey is the attenuated world of physical objects ( not
parts of objects like atoms) that cannot be seen with the naked eye, but can be seen through
flash photography or by some other medium.
Here by “world” Hennessey means “universe” and by “physical” he means
Hennessy is an interdimensional tour guide. Benefits of our understanding Hennessey's
highly reasoned thinking including, but in no way limited to understanding the supraphysical
world are beyond fulfillment of all our desire.
Read Andrew Hennessey’s: The Scottish Experience. Take his
tour. Use this Amazon forum to ask him what questions you will.
Canadian-born Dr S. Robin Charles edited the book. I understand that she and Hennessey are married to each other, although the book doesn't actually mention that. The text contains grammatical mistakes, misspellings and unclear passages, so it’s only fair to say that the editing wasn’t perfect. And many of Hennessey’s assertions are very conjectural (e.g. his claim, on p. 212, that UFOs can travel faster than light – how could anyone know that?!). On the plus side, he shows himself to be well-read in Scottish history and folklore. But his book falls short of being anything like a comprehensive and in-depth study of the paranormal in Scotland. For example, there’s no mention of the alleged UFO sightings that put the Bonnybridge area on the map in the 1990s, or of the uncanny experiences that people reportedly had on, or near, Ben Macdui in the Cairngorm Mountains in past years.
The book is oddly structured. It has two main parts, the first of which contains five short chapters and runs to only 113 pages. Part 2, which takes up about half of the book, consists of ‘glossaries’ relating to ‘people’, ‘places’ and ‘terms’. The material in Part 1 is presented in a question-and-answer format. I don’t know whether the questions were formulated by his wife (the editor) or by Hennessey himself.
According to Hennessey (pp. 163-164), Edinburgh and the Lothian counties (West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian) make up an area that's becoming recognized, internationally, as a hot spot for UFO activity. However, caution is warranted. If a researcher ferrets out and publicizes reports of local UFO or paranormal activity, it might appear that the area in question is a hot spot. But without comparative statistical data, how can one know whether that’s actually the case?
Hennessey states that many strange phenomena have been experienced in the vicinity of the small Midlothian town of Gorebridge. (As the crow flies, it’s about 10 miles south-east of the centre of Edinburgh.) He refers to a Gorebridge resident called John (or ‘Jackie’) Gillies, who has reportedly been filming strange aerial phenomena there since around 1999 (p. 47). Hennessey himself claims to have witnessed manifestations there. For instance, one night in June 2012, he and two unnamed witnesses saw an orange light slowly descend and then hover over a hilltop close to the town (p. 42). It moved against the direction of a strong breeze coming from the south-west, and there was no flickering. Furthermore, the light was approximately the size of a double-decker bus. All told, then, it didn’t appear to be a Chinese lantern. It suddenly vanished.
The book contains various photographic images of supposed UFOs and other manifestations, but to my mind they’re generally very unclear. For example, on p. 44, there’s one that purportedly depicts an alien ‘Grey’ entity seen near Gorebridge. That interpretation seems fanciful, because the image is very amorphous.