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I'm currently reading Jerome Clark's Extraordinary Encounters book featuring collected incidents of individuals having contact wih otherworldly beings. The religious contacts, such as those with the BVM, are certainly analogous to UFO/Alien contacts. Often there is an initial sighting of the saucer, the light in the sky, angel or what have you and then these are followed by special messages sent to the chosen contactee i.e. Conchita.Okay, a bit of my thoughts on the matter - and I really do see this as in a similar vein as UFOs. Key to this whole thing is that these were young girls on the verge of puberty. Plus they were steeped in a mythos - and by that I mean images - that would interpret what was seen.
Was this a real event? I believe so. Almost atavistic in quality that had everything to do with the human milieu in which it occurred. The beliefs that surrounded the children determined much, though the condition they were in was real enough. From start to finish this is a study in human nature.
So, too, people find themselves in a certain condition in the western world but without a mythos by which to interpret. Free association begins and spins. Random pictures and stories go to supply the mythos - the images. I would wager dollars to donuts, however, that no ufo person would allow a 'religious' image to overlay the experience. That said, the experience is no less real, albeit simply interpreted through a veil as much as the incidents at Garabandal - or even Mudjugorje.
Incidentally, the prime visionary here - Conchita - I would be interested in having her take a lie-detector test (even though I don't trust them to be accurate). I have a suspicion she might pass (proving nothing in this case) - the odds are 50/50 imo.
Fact is such events can be created - honestly and innocently. I don't mean faked - I mean created. Our problem is we do not truly understand the human being - nor the powers that lay latent in the human. Evidence of these capacities surface occasionally but they are interpreted according to their time.
I am done.