When I was a child, my parents told me about a strange occurrence in Western Texas when they were going together during the oil field days of the 1920s. I never tired of hearing it. They told me about a strange floating light that hid in a cave during the day and came out to wander around, at approximately 10:00 P.M. every night. This light seemed to have a will of its own and was capable of making independent decisions. By the time I reached adulthood I concluded that what we call "life" must be some element of sunlight bonded with some chemical elements. When I mustered out of the Marine Corps in 1954, an experience I had in a Mexico City cemetery further reinforced my conviction that light is an essential ingredient in the life force - if not the life force itself.
While I was a student in a Mexican college, during 1948-1951, I often visited a large and frightening graveyard, called El Panteón de Dolores (The Graveyard of Grief). Many of Mexico's most famous politicians, actors, etc., are buried there. When I was a young man, a family had to lease a grave in this cemetery for seven years. They could not purchase a lot. If, at the end of the seven years, the family did not renew the lease, the skeleton of the dead person was dug up and strewn unceremoniously on top of the ground. Skulls, bones, etc., parts of coffins, hair, and pieces of clothing lay everywhere.
There was also an underground rivulet flowing through a cave there, containing piles of skulls and bones. The contaminated water in that rivulet was as black as tar. Grinning Skulls stared out of the black water of the rivulet, their sightless eye sockets peering at one through the eery gloom of the cave.
Some families kept on paying the rent in perpetuity. As soon as a family member died, they exhumed the prior one and put the second body in his place, even using the same coffin over and over, leaving the bones of the preceding occupant on top of the coffin which was used until it rotted away. As the years passed, the hole became filled up entirely with old bones
This condition may still exist at Panteón de Dolores, as well as in most other Mexican cemeteries. Mexico City has run out of cemetery space. At the time of this writing, the Mexican government is planning to allow deceased people to occupy graves for only a few years. Then, the skeletons and coffins will be dug up and ground to powder.
When I mustered out of the Marine Corps in March, 1954, I went back to Mexico City for a few months. While there, I decided to write an illustrated article about El Panteón de Dolores. I went to the cemetery and hired a little 10 or 12 year old orphan boy to pose for a special picture I had planned. He lived in the cave containing all those piles of skulls. It was heart-rending to see his little pallet and pillow beside those skulls. He said that he was forced to do it to eat regularly since Mexicans in the Distrito Federal leave lots of foods on their loved ones’ graves after funerals and on such holidays as El Día de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).
I picked up a skull and set it beside a cross. Then, I had him kneel beside the cross and skull, as if he were praying. I took two pictures of this scene. After sorting through the pictures I intended to send to the now defunct American magazine, True - Strange Tales, published by Weider Publications, I noticed that the spirit-head of the skull I photographed the second time was floating over the skull. It was a sallow face, that of a Mexican man about 50 years of age. He had unkempt hair and a Hitlerian-style moustache. It was a perfect picture and likeness, as clear as a photograph, though somewhat transparent. The editor of True-Strange Tales thought I had faked that spirit head, but that wasn't so. I took that photo with a Rolleiflex. I could not have made a double exposure.
During my teaching career, It became a tradition for me to show that picture to my students and read the article to them. They grew wild with excitement. Their parents also expressed an interest. Some students would beg me to let them take the picture home to show to their parents. I refused. One day, one of my students stole the picture when I wasn't looking. Somewhere along the way, I lost the negative of that particular picture. The loss of that picture was a tragedy for me. I still have the first picture I took, but it gives no indication of what took place in the second exposure. I wish now that I had distributed copies of the second picture to my students. Had I done that, I could have sent you a picture guaranteed to make your hair stand on end and to make the skeptics believe that they, not me, are the ones who're crazy and "unscientific"!
I think I may have the only explainable reason why the presumed “spirit head” of the owner of that skull appeared in one picture and not in the others. All creation and all beings, physical, ethereal, or whatever, beat in a rythmical light pattern, just like fireflies. Had I kept a record of the shutter speed and lens aperture I used to take those two pictures, I think I would have made a wonderful discovery of scientific importance and validity.
About two years ago, a French scientist and his wife, who live in Mexico City, discussed on a Spanish language TV talk show their experiments in materializing spirits. They had been trying to find a way to communicate with the spirit of their dead daughter who had recently died in a terrible auto accident. They said that they had devised a way to charge a specific area with extremely high frequency voltage. Whenever a spirit entered that "trap," it immediately became visible. They swore that they had been able to materialize their daughter.
If my conclusion is true as to why that spirit head appeared on one photo, and not on the other, it should be possible to prove the reality of spirits through delayed action photography. There are a number of investigators who claim to have produced these results.
The fact that what we call "spirits" or "ghosts" can be seen mainly at night and in dark places, surely indicates that a spirit is composed of a fusion of certain elements of light and other natural elements. Of course, this does not explain why some spirits appear as solid as they were in physical life. The Mexicans tell me that if one touches a visible, solid-appearing spirit, he can become eletrocuted! They also tell me that being in proximity to gold makes them appear. Is this the reason why gold was an essential part of the Ark of the Covenant?
Before I found out about the ghostly presence of the Mexican priest Toribio Romo, whom I have mentioned in previous postings and wrote about in www.viewzone.com, I had planned to go to Mexico City and interview that French couple personally. However, I later decided that it would be better for me to go to Jalisco and investigate this Toribio Romo phenomenon in more depth.
St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: "Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact angels have no religion as we know it...their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on earth."
The birth of hate and strife on earth was born when mankind started his guesswork about God or Gods, creating the "religions" which are the major, direct and indirect cause of most wars. Since the ever-expanding, limitless universe can never be understood by Man's puny, almost non-existent brain, the thousands of different opinions about the Ineffable separated all humans into different tribes, language groups and religions, dispersing them throughout the world. The biblical account of The Tower of Babylon at Sumer and the Hindu accounts of the mythical mountain of Sumeru, explain the reasons for mankind's fragmentation clearly.
The next time anyone wants the real explanation for all the trouble on earth, he should ask himself why the different religions are clawing at each other's throats. Only when we link ourselves again with the world of spirits and angels, which have no religious affiliations, admitting that we know nothing yet as we should know about God, Allah, etc., will we again enjoy some peace in this strife-torn this world. If we won't do this, we should hold on to our seats! The wild roller coaster rides that we had before - and are having now - are nothing compared to the ones awaiting us in the future. Our scientists have enough valid information on hand to prove that the spirit world exists. Why don't they just admit it so that all of us can defang the Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other isms that are tearing us all apart?
Gene D. Matlock