Sane People see UFOs, too! ~ Tom Rapsas

Via Tom Rapsas
on Jan 29, 2011
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There are UFOs in my neighborhood. Should I be concerned?

I’ve always been fascinated by UFOs. It may have started as a young boy, when visiting my Aunt Honey’s shore house a few miles from where I now live. She used to tell me about the “ghost lights” that appeared in the sky some nights. One night I saw it for myself, a light dancing against a dark sky, but my memory is vague as I was only six or seven at the time.

So when a new book on UFOs by journalist Leslie Kean came out, I devoured it. Titled UFOs. Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials go on the Record, it points out that 95% of UFO reports are routinely dismissed. Kean decides to take a closer look at the 5% that can’t be overlooked, the ones that aren’t weather balloons or atmospheric conditions, and are witnessed, as her title suggests, by people of impeccable character.

One of the more interesting facts that comes to light are the great number of sightings that take place around military bases and nuclear power plants. I can relate to that, because my aunt’s house was on the Barnegat Bay, where the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant sits. It appears UFOs haven’t stopped visiting either, as a Google search revealed a plethora of sightings in the area. Take this one from a UFO reporting site:

At 4 AM on June 20, 2009, I was traveling east on Michigan Avenue and could clearly observe a large extremely bright ball of light hovering above Barnegat Bay, a quarter mile west of the Barnegat Inlet. I would estimate the ball to be 80 to 100 feet wide. The object was projecting a direct reflection onto the water, and was hovering 300 to 400 feet above the water. It was the brightest light I have ever observed, At 5 AM, the object instantly vanished.

More people have seen UFOs than you might imagine, as the book also states that 90% of sightings go unreported. I recently heard of one myself, at a party where the subject of UFOs came up and a woman who overheard the conversation jumped in. 40 years earlier, a few miles from where I live, she and her husband witnessed a UFO landing in their backyard. They went outside to investigate only to have the brightly lit craft take off and disappear in little more than the blink of an eye. Not only did they not tell the police, they did not tell their children, who heard the story for the first time that night.

The fact is there are an amazing amount of UFOs spotted every day, they often just don’t make the mainstream press. But I can almost guarantee you, if you type in “the largest town/city near you + UFO” into a Google search, you’ll come up with sightings. Take Boulder, for instance, where several You Tube videos come up in the search. One is from a very believable electrician with a sighting over Wonderland Lake, who retells his experience here.

It all begs the question what are they and where might the come from? While some truly believe they are beings from another planet, in the book Angels and Aliens, author Keith Thompson compares UFOs to visionary experiences like angelic visions, shamanic journeys and folkloric encounters with fairies. He posits the theory that UFO encounters may come from somewhere deep within our psyche, the result of a society that has veered to close to a scientific worldview, removing the myths and mysteries from our lives.

But who knows, the answer may lie somewhere in the middle. As an anonymous reviewer at writes: Sometimes a UFO, with beams of light, hard cold metal, sounds, visible and physical effects on people, animals, and environment, is just that: a real, actual craft. However, it may be that the responses of witnesses, culture, society and the actions of the UFO and its occupants play out mythic scenarios. The two different settings do not cancel each other out.


About Tom Rapsas

Tom Rapsas is a blogger on inspirational and spirituality issues for Patheos, Elephant Journal and his own site The Inner Way. A long-time spiritual seeker and student of philosophy and religion, his influences include Thomas Moore, John Templeton, Napolean Hill, Ralph Trine and Ralph Waldo Emerson. A resident of the Jersey Shore, Tom lives with his wife, daughter and nine cats. He’s the author of Life Tweets Inspirational & Spiritual Insights That Can Change Your Life, which is now available for Kindle and as a trade paperback. His next book, the spiritual fable Thaddeus Squirrel, will be published in 2014. You can reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @TomRapsasTweets


6 Responses to “Sane People see UFOs, too! ~ Tom Rapsas”

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  2. SriDTMc says:

    Some of the craft, it is said, are owned and operated by Earth people, having reverse engineered tons of technology over the years. Is that where our tax dollars go? Black budget projects? I'm really not interested in conspiracy theory. Conspiracy facts, on the other hand…

    Anyway, Hooray for our space family! One day the story will be told.

  3. TamingAuthor says:

    What a brilliant lead line! A classic.

    Had me laughing so hard I forgot for a few minutes that I might be abducted at any moment and forced to experience rude experiments conducted on my weak flesh. Great writing.

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  5. Cherie Rose says:

    I have to say that I too live only miles from the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant and have also seen an unexplainable sighting that occured July of 2011. I do know that since then I have watched numerous UFO Hunter type documentaries and what I saw was on every single one of them. The flickering reddish orange sphere to the west of Barnegat Bay, which 4 of us watched from my backyard for almost an hour, then noticed to the east, over the bay were 3 white spheres that were very bright and formed a triangle. There was a fourth sphere that sped over to the triangle and in an instant shot off and was gone instantly with no trail of where it went. Then one by one we just about watched them just vanish. Unlike an aircraft that would fade off into the distance. I personally don't think we are THAT special that we are the only intelligent beings in the universe. So I'm just going to keep watching the sky and maybe next time I can pry myself away from the strange sight to get a video camera. The only reason I am even commenting is I saw something today on TV about the correlation of sightings and nuclear plants because of the no fly zone. I have never heard that before so I googled it and this article popped up!