The Mysterious San Luis Valley, Where UFOs Fill the Sky
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"Flying Saucers Killed My Horse!"
For decades the residents of the San Luis Valley (SLV), located west of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado and New Mexico, have seen in the sky strange lights, zigzagging orbs, triangular-shaped aircraft and saucer-like objects, all of which commonly called UFOs. These clichés from the best of Close Encounters of the Third Kind have been seen with regularity all the way back to 1928 when the first sighting in the area was documented. Many unusual animal deaths (UADs) have been recorded in the valley as well. People in the area have also reported seeing aliens and heard inexplicable rumbling or humming sounds. Bigfoot has been spotted too, and even the Devil himself has made an appearance or two!
The purpose of this article is not to document these anomalous phenomena or bizarre incidents, because many books, movie and TV documentaries have done so. Instead, the author would try to explain their origin, so we can perhaps learn more about our world and ourselves in the process.
(The incidents regarding the Devil will receive no comment from the author. As for Bigfoot sightings, ape-like creatures have been seen all over the US and Canada. Until one of them is captured, there's not much more one can write about the subject.)
Getting back to those unusual animal deaths, The SLV seems to be the “home,” so to speak, of UADs in the United States. Numerous domestic animals, particularly cattle and horses, have been found cut-up and dead at many different locations and with no apparent cause, such as predation by wild animals, lightning or any other act of nature. These butchered beasts also seem to have a similar pattern of mutilation – carved out rectums and eyes, as well as missing patches of hair and meat and de-fleshed bones. Criminals or pranksters are the most likely cause of the mutilations but nobody has ever been caught in the act. (Are there bad guys out there with a hankering for a free rib eye steak?) Unfortunately, the owners of this stock have lost thousands of dollars. Many locals think aliens have perpetrated these dastardly deeds, perhaps using lasers or other precision instruments in the process of dissection. A SLV rancher made the aforementioned quote after his horse Snippy was found mutilated in October 1967.
Christopher O’Brien, author of The Mysterious Valley, has studied various weird occurrences in the SLV for many years and may know as much about them as anybody in the world. Regarding the animal mutilations, he wrote, “They are the greatest unsolved crime spree in the twentieth century.”
People in the valley have also reported close encounters with archetypical aliens, or the so-called Greys, though no photographs of such beings have been offered for public perusal, and nobody has grabbed an alien carcass for scientists to study. To date, nobody in the world has found the body of ET, unless one believes the assertions regarding the Roswell Incident in 1947.
Many of the UFOs sighted in the SLV have probably been military or civilian aircraft, perhaps even experimental ones that resemble flying saucers or whatever. Others are probably optical illusions caused by temperature inversions or reflections of one sort or another. But many locals think there’s a secret Area-51-like base beneath the ground near the Four Corners area, and the aircraft of which could explain many UFO sightings. At any rate, Kirtland Air Force Base is located near Albuquerque, not far from the SLV. (Also keep in mind that the first nuclear bomb was detonated at Alamogordo in 1945.)
It’s also a known fact that the planet Venus is mistaken for a UFO more than any other celestial object. During World War Two, many anti-aircraft gunners tried to “shoot it down.” And Navajo sorcerers could have caused the animal mutilations – but more likely copycat pranksters have been having their fun. People love to fool others.
But on a much more psychological and experiential level, O’Brien wrote, “I feel that the individual, and his or her perception of an unusual experience, may be as important as the actually experiences themselves. Taken as a whole, these millions of perceptions melt into a cauldron of mythos. They may retain their original character but become part of the greater mythic whole. Data alone may not be able to solve these mysteries.”
UFO and UAD researcher, David Perkins, has a thought-provoking theory. He says that virtually everything that happens to humans can be viewed through the new science of “evolutionary psychology.” He suggests that UFOs and UADs and paranormal phenomena are being created by humans to prepare the species for the colonization of space, a definite eventuality given the population explosion and possible cataclysmic natural disasters for which we may be given some warning, such as an asteroid-strike or the explosion of a nearby star.
Expressing a profound mouthful indeed, Perkins states: “UFO mythology, something that’s pulling us into the future, is somehow geared into an evolutionary perspective of what we rationally and intuitively feel we need to do and to mobilize ourselves to get it done. If you look at the whole theme of science fiction, this hugely powerful mythology has many of the elements of classical religion. It has that much power. Just as the bleeding wounds of human stigmata are spontaneous manifestations of faith (miracles) for traditional Christianity, the animal mutilations could be the stigmata of a space-age religion. Both phenomena give their respective belief systems the transformative power needed to perpetuate themselves.”
On a related note, psychologist Julian Jaynes has written about the human mind’s apparent bicameral aspect. In his book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, published in 1976, Jaynes wrote that as recently as 3,000 years ago one side of the human brain did the talking while the other side listened and carried out orders. Also, the side doing the talking could have produced hallucinations in order to get what it wanted, explaining perhaps some God-to-human interactions in ancient texts such as the Bible.
Keeping in mind scientists tell us that the human brain is the most complicated thing in the universe, isn’t it possible that Jaynes’ hypothetical state of human consciousness has worked and continues to work on some level? We know that each hemisphere of the brain works somewhat differently – language skills in the left and perception in the right - so how differently is the billion dollar question. Is one side creating “visions,” while the other reacts and tries to rationalize in ways that may not seem terribly rational? Hence: Flying saucers killed my horse!
Since it hasn’t been proven that space aliens have ever set foot on the earth, or flown over it for that matter, perhaps one should pay attention to a more scientific explanation for UFOs, alien close encounters, animal mutilations and perhaps even Bigfoot sightings as well. After all, our very existence may depend on it.
At any rate, whether you’re in the San Luis Vally or elsewhere, keep looking up, for you never know what you might find . . . an alien presence or another aspect of yourself, either of which could lead to an enlightening encounter indeed!
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