One night in February 2014, Odom was meditating when he said he had an out-of-body experience.
“I entered a space that was completely dark and had no awareness of my physical boundaries/orientation,” he wrote. “I felt very peaceful there until a blue light began to approach me. As the blue light got closer, I realized that it was another being.”
When Odom awoke, he had tears in his eyes, according to his manifesto.
At first, the alleged alien encounter seemed like a blessing for Odom. “The remainder of the semester became exceedingly easy for me,” he wrote. “It felt like I had tapped into some kind of power. I was exerting no mental effort even though the classes had been extremely difficult before.”
But Odom’s close encounter would prove to be the beginning of his nightmare.
Odom accepted an offer from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, to work on a PhD in human genetics, but he quickly dropped out because the work was too easy, thanks to his alien awakening, he wrote.
A day after I decided to leave, my life became a living hell,” Odom wrote. He couldn’t sleep. After a few days, aliens posing as classmates tried to provoke him to become “the next school shooter,” he wrote, so he left Texas and returned to his home town of Coeur d’Alene.
Michael E. Miller is a foreign affairs reporter for The Washington Post. He writes for the Morning Mix news blog. Tweet him: @MikeMillerDC
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I am still wrestling with the meaning of the life of Leon Bloy when i read about this shooter. People burn to find truth and love, but some find a nightmare of suffering. Their paths end (?) in quagmires of pain and uncertainty--including the pain and uncertainty they cause to others. Bloy was a mystic, as dedicated to God as any other; but also a miserable human being who spread misery to those around him. Maybe i am unwise to ignore the advice of the wise that i find a teacher and go the way she or he advises.
But there are several other ways to look at failed mystics and one of them is this, Spiritual experiences are gifts, and like the rain that falls on the just and unjust; the gift of insight may be given to the mad as well as to the saintly. I have had such experiences; chances are you have also though we may not have recognized them or acknowledged them. Mr. Odom's meditative experience may yet be of value to him, as ours may be to us.
Another way of looking at insanity is to argue that we are all delusional for we seem ill-designed to grasp reality. (Either that or we have strayed so far from out "original nature" that we have rendered ourselves incapable of experiencing the realness of reality). After the "ecstasy" there is still the "laundry." Some of us see wealth and power, while others see sexually predatory space aliens. Can i really say the one group is more deluded.
Here perhaps we have a man, kyle Odom, who, on his journey toward alienation, caught briefly the total absense of alienation that is to found in connectedness. If the universe is supporting you, genetics is easy; so are space aliens. (and maybe Earth Girs?)