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Your Paracast Newsletter — March 17, 2019

Gene Steinberg

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March 17, 2019

Discover Amazing Paranormal Events with Adele Casales Rocha on The Paracast

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This Week's Episode: Gene and Randall present author/investigator Adele Casales Rocha, author of the 2018 book "Portal, A Lifetime of Paranormal Experiences." This book shares stories from witnesses from all walks of life which include the little-explored area of the Philippines. In particular, the first half of the book delves into uncanny and terrifying experiences previously uncovered in other books about Asian countries, focusing on one family’s struggles with a haunted home and the tragedies that followed. Ms. Rocha’s background includes a stint as a MUFON field investigator in Pennsylvania, another hotbed of paranormal encounters.

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on March 17: In which Gene and Randall are rejoined by Paracast guest Adele Casales Rocha, an author and investigator on paranormal topics, who presents some amazing UFO-related episodes from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, including one case involving a possible insectoid creature, electromagnetic effects, and missing time. She will also talk about her experiences as a MUFON field investigator, and even the “Ringing Rocks” park in Upper Black Eddy, PA.

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Those “Hidden” Paranormal Encounters
By Gene Steinberg

There are certainly plenty of paranormal events to chew over, and, after all these years, they remain unsolved. Every single year, there are more cases, and The Paracast continues to present guests with new and different slants on such phenomena. Some range from what is taken for the conventional to the very unconventional.

But when author and investigator Adele Casales Rocha appeared on both The Paracast and After The Paracast, it became clear once again that there are probably huge numbers of cases that have never been reported anywhere.

As I listened to her paint amazing word pictures of some of the events she has investigated, I thought of a sequence during the early scenes of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film from 1977, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

So the scene occurs at an airport control tower, where the controllers are listening to a pilot describe a possible UFO. When asked if he wanted to report the sighting, he said no.

The film was, of course, sci-fi, but this scene rang true, because there are very likely loads of sightings of strange objects, strange creatures, possible ghosts and more that are never reported. Or they are quietly spoken of only to family members and perhaps close friends.

It’s a sure thing that some people crave the notoriety that comes with talking about encounters with the unknown. A very few get their 15 minutes of fame, but most go back to their normal lives little the worse for wear, except for having a truly amazing story to retell at the dinner table.

Others are clearly traumatized, especially those who claim that they may have been abducted by aliens. It’s not uncommon for some of these experiencers to seek help from mental health professionals to deal with their painful encounters. It becomes more strange when it’s difficult for the subject to remember what happened without some outside help, although I have my understandable concerns about hypnotic regression. That’s true even in the hands of a seasoned professional.

Indeed, when one seeks out help from someone known to do abduction research, such sessions may already be tainted regardless of the therapist’s training. After all, the subject may already expect something of that sort to be involved, and thus possibly confabulate such an experience.

During her presentations, Ms. Rocha describes events where the witnesses do not want their names disclosed. Some are truly frightening, such as an episode in Bucks County, PA in which someone was confronted by a possible insectoid being after the garage of his home mysteriously stopped working. The eyewitness suddenly found himself in his car, seemingly none the worse for wear.

But where his experience occurred at night, it was daytime. He had lost time, and one is quick to wonder what happened during those hours. The implications are clear, though someone who is reluctant to reveal their identity may also be reluctant to submit to more intense fact-finding sessions. In such cases, hypnotic regression will only be sought as a last resort.

Even then, as I wrote above, there is reason to doubt the effectiveness of such sessions other than to help someone deal with the after-effects of a frightening experience.

What became clear to me as I heard Ms. Rocha recount some of the experiences she has explored in both Pennsylvania and the Philippines is that paranormal encounters may be far more prevalent than you’d expect.

But most of these incidents never find their way into books, magazine articles, lectures, or on web sites. It takes asking the right questions to unearth such experiences. It’s one of the key reasons that I remain concerned about how MUFON manages its UFO research.

So a MUFON investigator will usually treat a sighting is treated as a separate external event, something strange is seen that doesn’t appear to be conventional. While the eyewitnesses may have indeed been frightened as the result of such an encounter, there is seldom any probing as to whether the subject or family members had other paranormal experiences that seemingly have little or no connection with UFOs.

As MUFON’s executive director, Jan Harzan, has explained several times during his appearances on The Paracast, if a subject volunteers such information, it will be added to the report. But one’s family history is rarely sought. There may be all sorts of experiences to be studied that remain untold except, perhaps, to a small circle of people. Or the witness may just keep it all to themselves because the consequences of such encounters are just too frightening to consider.

Now I can understand this reluctance. That pilot in “Close Encounters” is being portrayed accurately. They might not want to risk their reputations or even their jobs by becoming identified with UFO mania, although some do reveal their sightings. That’s no doubt true for many people in professions where their reliability and, frankly, sanity is paramount.

So if a psychiatrist or any other mental health professional claimed to have seen a UFO, how would their employers, peers and patients react? While it does appear that reporting a UFO or other paranormal encounter isn’t so unusual nowadays what with reality shows, that doesn’t mean that people feel they are free to talk about such things.

And, no, this is not about the possible influence by such unsavory characters as those who are identified as Men In Black. It doesn’t take any outside influences to ensure silence, just the expectation that such matters should not be spoken about.

Besides, fewer people pay attention to what government official say anymore. Most aren’t believed, and if someone claiming such affiliation just happened to appear at one’s home or office, they may not even be taken seriously. Well, unless such people were brandishing a badge or other identification that indicated they were connected with an intelligence or law enforcement agency.

As researchers work to discover the cause behind such events, you have to wonder just how many people never report their sightings. All that potential evidence remains bottle up. To encourage people to report their experiences, Ms. Rocha and other investigators promise confidentiality.

I hope it helps. There may even be evidence out there that will provide some long-sought answers to such phenomena, but the details are never revealed, even without the alleged interference of outsiders wearing black suits.

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