The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Monday, September 08, 2008

Paradise Lost: John Milton’s UFO Abduction

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The great poet John Milton “believed he shared a muse with Moses and King David and that she visited him nightly in his dreams”[New Yorker, Jonathan Rosen, Return to Paradise, June 2, 2008, Page 74].

This throwaway line by Mr. Rosen in The New Yorker, when examined more fully in scholarly texts…

Paradise Lost: The Argument

Heather Blakey: http://www.dailywriting.net/Milton.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Lost

…indicates that Milton received his imagery and ideas from a source that took him away, nightly, when he was blind and writing Paradise Lost.

That he called this “abductor” the “Heav’nly Muse, Urania” [Ibid. Dartmouth] goes to the fact that he could not see who or what was instructing him – he was blind and somewhat infirm at the time.

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Milton conjectured that he was being spoken to by a “holy spirit” in the guise of a poetic muse. What else could he surmise? Alien abductors was a concept totally foreign to anyone in the 17th Century, although such contacts were not unknown by mystics and adepts since time immemorial, as Milton partially referenced with his Moses and King David comment.

But a comparison of the Paradise Lost text/poetry shows similarities to images and episodes enumerated by abductees:

Betty “Andreasson” Luca [1967]:

There appeared figures of a different type: a number of entities who were human-looking except for their size, being about seven feet tall; they were dressed in long white robes, had pale-colored skin, and hair that was blond to white. In a word, they looked exactly like the Christian image of angels, except that they had no wings. Betty called these beings "the Elders," after the Christian term used especially in the Book of Revelation, denoting the angelic beings surrounding the throne of God.

But there was also present a light-being; this was a type of entity Betty had encountered before in her experiences - it had no visible human features, but appeared as a bodily form made of white light.

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Paradise Lost [1667]:

The Heads and Leaders thither hast where stood
Thir great Commander; Godlike shapes and forms
Excelling human, Princely Dignities

Thir dread commander: he above the rest
In shape and gesture proudly eminent [ 590 ]
Stood like a Towr; his form had yet not lost

Carl Higdon [1974]:

Higdon: Given “pills” as food, taken up to the heavens (from which he saw the Earth below), taken (after he “landed”) to a high tower where he saw a brilliant, rotating light, scrutinized by a wall from which sprang a glassy shield

Paradise Lost]:

Wretched man! what food
Will he convey up thither to sustain [ 75 ]
Himself and his rash Armie, where thin Aire
Above the Clouds will pine his entrails gross,
And famish him of Breath, if not of Bread?

Look downward on that Globe whose hither side
With light from hence, though but reflected, shines;
That place is Earth the seat of Man, that light
His day, which else as th' other Hemisphere

Travis Walton [1975]:

Travis then left this "exam room" via a hallway, which led to a round, spherical room with only a high-backed chair placed in the room's center. Though he was afraid there might be someone seated in the chair, Travis says he walked towards it. As he did, lights began to appear in the room. The chair was empty, so Travis says he sat in it. When he did, the room was filled with lights, similar to stars projected on a round planetarium ceiling.

Paradise Lost:

Of dawning light turnd thither-ward in haste [ 500 ]
His travell'd steps; farr distant he descries
Ascending by degrees magnificent
Up to the wall of Heaven a Structure high,
At top whereof, but farr more rich appeer'd
The work as of a Kingly Palace Gate

Dreaming by night under the open Skie,
And waking cri'd, This is the Gate of Heav'n
Each Stair mysteriously was meant

The imagery from Paradise Lost is poetic; the imagery from the co-called abductees (experiencers) is rather more mundane. But the context is obviously similar.

Milton’s vibrant imagery of Satan, especially as the Serpent, allows for a comparison to the lizard or reptile accounts in UFO episodes and abduction scenarios.

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However, our point here is to porpose that Milton may have been abducted, and got his epic poem from his abductor(s), his “muse” as it were.

The muse – Milton’s muse – seems to be responsible for lots of poetry and literature, even religious texts (The Hebrew Bible, The New Testament, the Koran, Joseph Smith’s Book of Mormon, Urantia, et cetera).

The source isn’t divine, perhaps, but extraterrestrial. And the message conveyed is truth or fiction, fiction to offset real truth. It might even be sheer nonsense, by maniacal entities with fun or dire maliciousness as the point.

Either way, though, we think John Milton was “abducted” from which we derived one of the greatest artistic/literary works of humankind.

And that isn’t a bad thing, is it?