As we continue to put the finishing touches on extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story, we’ve received many messages from interested parties telling us how important Stan’s story is and why we need to get the film distributed to the general public. And in almost every case, they believe it’s imperative to do so because they, too, have been affected by similar experiences.
Over the years, I’ve been amazed at how individuals open up once they know they can without being ridiculed. As a society, we still stigmatize those who believe in ghosts, UFOs and other paranormal phenomena, but in reality, you’d be surprised just how many people WANT to talk about these things; they’re just waiting for someone else to open that door and embrace a dialogue.
This is how it usually works: I’m conversing with a group of people, and inevitably someone asks me what I do for a living (because, unfortunately, in this country, that often defines who you are as a person). So I tell them I’m a writer and they ask what I’ve written. I tell them about my book, Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg, and that I’m also working on a documentary about alien abductions. And because I offer this information without hesitation and make people feel comfortable about it, the floodgates open. Individuals who would usually never talk about stuff like this in public say things to me like, “I think my house is haunted,” or “ I saw a UFO when I was in New Mexico two years ago,” or “Something very strange happened to me when I was a kid that I kind of blocked out of my mind but always found very curious.”
What follows is an intelligent, compelling conversation, during which we all share our experiences and listen to each other with respect and open minds.
What have I learned from these experiences? Many credible individuals (more than you would ever imagine), from all walks of life and all over the world, have had strange, unexplainable experiences, and they are dying to talk about them! And all it takes is someone willing to create a “safe” environment in which to do so to make it happen.
So the next time you’re at a dinner party, a bar or at home with family and friends, don’t be afraid to open that door. You’ll be surprised how many people walk through it.