The subject of Anomalous Phenomena or Forteana has always been one of my favorite topics of discussion. Its something I have been researching and
studying for over ten years. I have started a number of threads here on ATS dealing with some of my research.
One of the things that has disturbed me in my years of research, is how often people who experience Anomalous Phenomena break down mentally. Some of
the better examples of this are people who have been heavily involved in actual psychic phenomena like the various government funded programs
involving the military and intelligence community.
Another area of concern dealing with mental breakdown comes from those who experience close encounters with non human entities. This can be anything
from so called alien abductions, visions of the Virgin Mary, or hauntings.
Two very good books dealing with anomalous phenomena: Daimonic Reality: A Field Guide to the Otherworld
by Patrick Harpur and The Trickster
and the Paranormal
by Geroge P. Hansen both somewhat address the human psyche and how it reacts to anomalous phenomena. Similar patterns emerge
where the human psyche tries to fit anomalies into boxes. The human psyche does not like to deal with what it cannot name, define, or understand.
Therefore when the human psyche encounters anomalous phenomena it often will generate a mythology to make sense of it.
The thing with truly anomalous or Fortean phenomena is that it doesn't like names or definitions. The human mind doesn't really seem to know how to
deal with this and hence the breakdowns.
The more I have looked into this, the more I realize just how fragile the human psyche is. For many people sanity is very fragile. We see the effects
of how trauma can leave people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This can disrupt people's lives and even leave one disabled.
Anomalous phenomena can be far more traumatic than what one might define as mundane trauma. In fact it can be so traumatic and disturbing that it
seems to not only affect an individual's psyche, but can collectively affect the human psyche.
Psychogenic disease or illness is defined as
a set of symptoms or complaints whose origin likely lies within the complex interactions of the
frontal lobes of the brain and the system in which the complaint manifests
Normally there arn't any brain tissue abnormalities or any associations with infections, toxins, etc. This means there is something happening that
cannot be physically detected or studied. This in itself is anomalous.
Exposure to anomalous phenomena seems to result in a psychogenic disorder, especially chronic exposure. High level strangeness or what one might call
an extreme "Oz factor" tends to have even more bizarre results. This seems to be able to produce MPI or mass psychogenic illness.
Mass psychogenic illness is often defined as mass hysteria. This phenomena by itself is fairly anomalous. When most people think of hysteria, they
think of an individual mental disorder. MPI on the other hand operates in a manner we do not understand. A person affected with MPI can act as a
vector and transmit MPI. The method of this transmission is not understood, but it can move through a human population just like an epidemic. There
arn't any physical indicators and it can be transmitted without physical contact.
The behaviors resulting from it can be quite bizarre. In the 1960s a form of mass psychogenic illness broke out in Tanzania, resulting in thousands of
people having attacks of uncontrollable crying and laughing.
During the middle ages, especially during the Black Plague, there were outbreaks of what is known as dancing mania. One of the most famous cases
occurred in 1518 in Germany where numerous people uncontrollably writhed and twisted almost as if dancing. They would continue to writhe and twist to
the point of exhaustion and even death. The Catholic Church at the time thought the manias were demonic in origin. They tried with no success at
exorcising the "dancers".
Similar behaviors can be seen among mediums who are possessed/channeled Loa from Vodou and among Pentecostals claiming to be possessed by the Holy
Spirit of Christianity. The behavior among the mediums of Vodou is individual while behavior in Pentecostal revivals is more indicitive of a mass
The 1906 Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, which heralded the birth of the Pentecostal movement, exhibited many of the indicators of forms of MPI.
These include jerking, dancing, laughing, crying, passing out and glossolalia.
The method of transmission in these types of events is anomalous and there arn't any physical indicators such as brain abnormalities. This has lead
me to conclude that something more is going on.
The anomalous transmission seems to indicate to me that it may have what one may call a spiritual or psychic nature. It also seems to indicate to me
that the human psyche has some kind if collective nature. Its almost as if the human psyche is being assaulted by an "outside" force.
What I would personally like to know, is if the Pineal gland plays a role in all of this? People affected collectively seem to operate in altered
state of consciousness. If the pineal gland does play a role, what happens to people whose pineal gland calcified? Even more disturbing is the aspect
of fluoride in public water that seems to lead to the pineal gland's calcification. I would assume that people whose pineal gland had calcified could
have complications in regards to altered states of consciousness. It may even mean those people may experience less anomalous phenomena and
psychogenic disorders. In essence it may be blinding the mind's eye or "third eye" of these people.
Regardless of the questions dealing with the pineal gland or fluoride, anomalous phenomena must be approached with caution. It can be overwhelming to
our fragile psyche and the paradigm shift that can result can literally drive one insane.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of
ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction,
have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our
frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark
H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu