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A Dark Derailment


The demonic can work ceaselessly to drive the human spirit off and away from spiritual paths, trying to isolate and disconnect us from a vision of God and into some desolate vision of ourselves.

It being able to perceive our train of thought – here is an example of  an attempted derailment.


It is a bright sunny day, the sky is blue, and my thought goes from the green green, grass of earth upwards to the next chain of positive associations into the clouds and sunshine that lead me to naturally thank God for the day he has made.

Indeed let us rejoice and be glad in it because of all the billions of people on planet earth, very few have the privilege of such unimpeded, temporal visions of peace in such variable and turbulent; political, military and economic, drought-ridden and pestilent climates.


Before I can start out along that journey of thankfulness about something as basic as green grass in a rainy, but sunny,  temperate climate from within a reasonably stable western democracy – another thought – call it intuition – maybe just call it something like a dark spanner in the works manifests.


A thought … one thought … it could come from reasonable science guy me … but  … is grass really green ???


When white light hits an object, the object absorbs some colors and reflects others. When we look at an object, the color we see is the color the object reflects. The sky absorbs all the colors except blue, which it reflects. This is why the sky appears blue on a sunny day.

i.e. 520 – 570 nanometres is the wavelengths socially agreed to be green.

Most leaves are various shades of green. This is due to the chlorophylls. The name chlorophyll comes from the Greek words chloros (green) and phyllon (leaf). There are six types of chlorophylls in plants. The two main chlorophylls are chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b.

Chlorophyll a absorbs purple and orange light the most. Chlorophyll b absorbs mostly blue and yellow. But, as you can see in figure 1, they also absorb light with other wavelengths with less intensity. In any case neither one absorbs green, so the leaf looks green because that light is reflected to our eyes instead of being absorbed by the leaf. If there are no other pigments present, that is.

Green grass therefore is absorbing red and blue light but reflecting green light which means that it isn’t actually green but actually looks green to the human eye’s perception of what light is being reflected.  Etc etc etc


By the time I realised that my ‘Mr Science Guy’ ego had been spiked and driven into action with an appeal to my perennially failed scientific reason, and that I had been driven into a black hole of mathematical inability to utilise Fourier transformations on light wave analysis etc  I was suddenly given the grace to realise that my initial thought train heading for heavenly destinations of joy and peace and thanksgiving had been derailed in some dark salt mine somewhere … and my initial thoughts of peace and happiness had been negated and short circuited by unsupplied cold reason.


For me it was providential that I could even notice the switch, and I figure that many many people are being similarly dragged down and many will end up very unhappy despite their best efforts.


That’s why at the end of the day – I believe in the power of prayer.

We may not be able to see heaven from here, but at the very least if we can behave and proceed  – like in some Adlerian ‘fictional finalism’ [cf. Alfred Adler] AS IF it were there [rather than AS IF it were not] perhaps our days or at least some of them would have better outcomes than the ‘dark salt mines of self-doubt’.

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8 thoughts on “A Dark Derailment

  1. Andrew: I grew up in Gorebridge in the Forties. Now live in the USA near Seattle. I worked with the Roads department as a highway engineer and when designing proposed bypass of Pathhead (Thankfully never built) I came across a house on the outskirts of the village which had a “UFO Investigater” sign in the window. I had to speak to the gentleman in regards to the proposed bypass but had an interesting conversation with him about UFOs. I write children’s and teenager books as a hobby. In 2013 I had “Alien Ladder”, a scifi for teenagers published through Westbow Press in which I based a character on the “UFO investigator” I set the story in the area I grew up in though I altered the geography somewhat (Placing Berwick Law which.I called Jake’s Law on the outskirts of Dalkeith. 🙂
    Anyway a book reviewer(Kate Smylie) mentioned that I grew up in Gorebridge and talked about its history of UFO sighting which I was not aware off. I just recently (i.e. tonight) decided to google in and came up with your name.
    My book did not exactly get on the New York Times Best Seller list but I enjoyed writing it and I know it is available in Midlothian Public Libraries. I set it during the 1984 Coal Miners strike and has setting you will know and you might find it a light read 🙂


    Peter Waugh

    Posted by Peter Waugh | May 22, 2017, 6:50 am
    • hi Peter,

      Its good to hear from you.
      I heard about this guy from a local too … he no longer stays in those cottages … and was complaining about low flying ufos shining lights into his house at night !! Do you have a name for him and can you give me an idea of the years he was active at Gorebridge e.g. the 60’s and 70’s ?? or was it earlier ?
      Thanks for your book reference.
      I thought too you might appreciate this article !!


      Andrew Hennessey

      Posted by ScottishAndrew | May 22, 2017, 4:10 pm
      • Hi Andrew: In my research file I have a copy of an feature article in The Advertiser dated May 6 199- The last numeral was not copied well, might be 1992. Report was by Catriona Watt and picture (Photo) was by David Howard.
        The article title was CALLING OCCUPANTS OF INTERPLANETARY CRAFT. It took up a full page and had a photo of him.
        Mr John Sparks (69) at the time lived in a house was on Crichton Road. He had been an investigator with “The Flying Saucer Review” in the 50’s. He also had met with George Adamski in the UK in 1958 ,who wrote one of the first books on UFO’s. You may be able to get a copy of the article from The Advertiser. It has a lot of info. If not I could try to send it to you electronically. When I talked to Mr Sparks he told me of several events that were in the article.I met him sometime in late 60’s and early 70’s. He told me the Government were keeping tabs on him.
        Thanks for the Gorebridge Story piece . I did not know the village was so famous. Thanks

        Hope this helps

        Peter Waugh

        Posted by Peter Waugh | May 22, 2017, 11:19 pm
  2. hi Peter, if you could send me an electronic copy of the article on John Sparks that would be great as i am presenting on high strangeness in gorebridge at the scottish ufo and paranormal conference on july 8 in falkirk and having a better understanding of the history would be very helpful. scottishandrew@btinternet.com

    I really appreciate the timely nature of your contact as i am preparing the opening remarks of my talk now and you being from the area and a researcher of this phenomena is ‘providential’ !!

    I had an article in the Advertiser about Gorebridge UFO’s three years ago .. and I can’t find that online today … I appreciate that there has to be historic archives probably in Dalkeith, but it would save me a great deal of trouble if you could email me the Sparks article.

    It has been wonderful making contact with a native of Gorebridge and I look forward to hearing any stories you have that can bring the strange activities there to light.


    Posted by ScottishAndrew | May 23, 2017, 6:19 pm
  3. Andrew: I will send you copy on my wife’s I-Pad. It should work but if not I have a photo copy which I can mail to you.


    Posted by Peter Waugh | May 26, 2017, 12:52 am
    • hi Peter, thanks again for the scan of the John Sparks article – very much appreciated – Andrew

      Posted by ScottishAndrew | June 28, 2017, 12:44 pm
      • Hi Andrew: I was happy to do that and hope you are making good progress with your presentation.We hope to be over there in September/October so we might meet for a tea and bacon roll at the Continental Cafe 🙂 I had a knee replacement in late February and hope to be back in reasonable shape by then.


        Posted by Peter Waugh | June 29, 2017, 11:04 pm
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