Just thinking about this wonderful book of Frost and little gray men.
I think all of the “X-Files” comparison stuff is off.
Human beings are hardwired for 35+ alternate states of consciousness. The objective Mysteries we encounter, forever intelligible, get interpreted through our cultural consensual reality. Culture shapes what we can perceive, can interpret, can think about, can communicate. I am pretty sure that both Lynch and Frost are aware of this.
Anthropologist Vincent Crapanzano explains that human beings are capable of more than 35 different states of consciousness (or levels of awareness). These include road trance (arriving at a destination but not recalling how one drove to get there), daydreaming, dreams, nightmares, ecstasy, hallucinations, visions, sky journeys, and many others. Erika Bourguignon’s analysis of 488 societies in the Human Area Relationship Files (at Yale University) concluded that 90% routinely experienced ASCs. In general, anthropologists recognize that ASCs are a panhuman experience.
Our cultural consensus reality helps us interpret and grapple with what we experience when experiencing ALTERNATE REALITY (such as Cooper’s shamanic journeys). Independent scholarly research showed that the same year two hundred or so sightings of the Blessed Virgin were experienced in Eastern Europe almost the same amount of U.F.O. signtings and abductions were experienced by people living in the United States—you will see what your culturally informed mind ALLOWS you to see and your mind provides the soundtrack.
What lies beyond the seeming Owl? What lies beyond the seeming extra-terrestrial? That which cannot be named. Given their predilections in their stories and art, I cannot imagine that Mark Frost and David Lynch are ignorant of these findings.
Some interesting reading from scholarly sources on ASC experiences and how we grapple with them—
John J. Pilch, 1993. Visions in revelation and alternate consciousness: A perspective from cultural anthropology. Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture 28, 231-244.
Pilch, J J 1996. Altered States of consciousness: A "Kitbashed" Model. BTB 26~ 133-
Pilch, J J 1997. BTB Readers guide: Psychological and psychoanalytical approaches to
interpreting the Bible in social-scientific context. BTB 27, 112-116.
Malina, B J & Pilch, J J 2000. Social science commentary on Revelation. Minneapolis:
Rossi, E L 1986. Altered states of consciousness in everyday life: The ultradian rhythms,
in Wolman, B B, and Ullman, M (eds), in Handbook of states of consciousness,
97 -132. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.
Werntz, D Bickford, R Bloom, F & Singh-Khulsa, S 1982. Alternating cerebralhenlispheric
activity and lateralization of autnomic nervous Function. Neurobiology 4,
Goodman, F D 1990. Where the spirits ride the wind: Trancejourneys and other ecstatic
experiences. BloomingtonlIndianapolis: Indiana University Press.
Clottes, J & Lewis-Williams, D 1998. The shamans of prehistory: Trance and magic in
the painted caves. New York: Harry N Abran1s, Inc.
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