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“This was on the news?” Joe was incredulous.
“They hijacked the news!” Luke explained. “The picture of the news reader stayed the same but instead of him reading the news all anyone could hear was this crackly message from Vrillon of the Ashtar Galactic Command!”
Joe pulled a face. “That sounds made up.”
“Well some people say it was made up but they never found the hijacker and they couldn’t find any actual evidence that it was a hoax. Plus, it fits with what they say in the Unacknowledged film.” Luke paused to give Joe time to take it all in before continuing. “And another bit of the message says there are more beings around the Earth than your scientists admit; and it says there are lots of false profits telling us lies.”
“Well we know that.”
“We can’t trust anyone,” said Joe, repeating what Luke had told him many times before. “We have to find out for ourselves what’s true.”
“Yeah. So then I found this other book online that was written by a man who talked to aliens by meditatin’ with big groups of people and the aliens talked back to them and there’s a conversation between two of the aliens that he wrote down. It’s an old alien tellin’ a young alien all about planet Earth and he says it’s the only planet where mankind don’t seem to care about the rule ‘thou shalt not kill’.”
“So that proves it then!” said Joe excitedly, “they agree with us and they’ll definitely help us!”
“Definitely!” agreed Luke.
On Saturday afternoon the Society met at Gingham country park. Curly and Squirt came too – they loved the country park. In a quiet grove, away from the main path, Isabel showed them how to meditate.
“Find yourself a comfortable spot,” she said, making her voice as soothing as she could. “Sit or lay down, and close your eyes.”
They all closed their eyes.
“Focus on your breathing.”
They all breathed deeply and slowly.
“Stop it!” Luke whispered firmly, “get off!”
Squirt relinquished Luke’s hair as ordered and joined his mother at a patch of dandelions.
“Concentrate on each breath. Notice how each inhalation moves your chest and your shoulders. And notice how your body moves with each exhalation.”
“Blackcap.” Joe opened his eyes to look for the bird.
“Listen. That’s a …”
“Shh,” Isabel commanded gently without opening her eyes. “Bring your focus back to your breath. Put the birds in the background. Put everything else in the background. Concentrate on each breath.”
After about three minutes, Isabel’s soft voice instructed them all to open their eyes. “Well done,” she told them, “that’s meditation.”
“That was easy,” said Luke, “how long d’you think before we can talk to aliens?”
“Well, it’s going to take a while before you’re ready for that. You have to practise every day and gradually do it for longer and longer until you can be completely absorbed by the meditation. Not easily distracted.”
That wasn’t what Luke wanted to hear. “For how long – a few weeks?”
“It can’t be rushed. It’ll take as long as it takes. The idea is to separate yourself from your thoughts – to observe them without judgement; to know that you’re not your mind so that you’re not limited by it. When you know that you won’t be confined by who you thought you were. You’ll be a free ocean of awareness that can do anything.”
Luke grumbled. “That sounds like it’ll take ages.”
Joe closed his eyes again and listened to the birds. “I don’t mind,” he said.
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