“Pura Vida” from Costa Rica! Meaning, a good life, pure and simple. What a magnificent country and people. I find myself very much at home in the heart of this happy country listening to the howling monkeys, the singing parrots, macaws and motmots. Everything is green and colorful, warm and magical! The Costa Ricans are generous people preserved and protected in their “Love for Life” and by the very nature of their biodiversity and their cultural inheritance. The feeling is one of universal freedom where the spirit of the land invites anyone or anything to come live in harmony with it.
Twenty-one years ago, an American woman originally from Wyoming, began living the Pura Vida lifestyle and brought to Costa Rica her passion for healing, yoga teaching, massage, Qigong master skills, nutritional & spiritual coaching. Casa Helena was born and quickly became one of the first original yoga and spa retreats in the Guanacaste region. Her life stories are precious, fascinating and heart breaking as well. When her elder son disappears at the age of 33 from San Jose, the search is never really over because there is no body. However, she is told by several different psychics that her son is still alive and that he has been taken by aliens.
Thirty minutes into our early morning podcast when Helena tenderly begins to share her story about her son, something very extraordinary happens in our recording. The moment Helena opens her heart, we hear a whole symphony of insects, cicadas I believe, start to sing. They are so loud and intrusive that it feels to me like they are trying to tell us something. About Michael? About where he is?! It is a story that Helena has not shared with many people. But after what she describes as me “magically appearing” in her life, and she in mine, I offer her a book to read called Beyond The Light Barrier. It is an autobiographical love story between Elizabeth Klarer who lives in South Africa and Akon, an astrophysicist who lives on Meton, a planet of Proxima Centuri.
As Helena holds the book and begins to read, her whole energy field lights up with excitement and our conversations turn to a greater purpose as she begins to reveal her own incredible, intergalactic experiences. Not far from where Helena lives is a heart-shaped lake called Cote or Lake Coter. She explains about the sacredness of this lake along with mysterious encounters with other worldly phenomenon that she and others have experienced there. She tells me that years ago, when she would drive past the entrance to the lake, where the old sign reads, “Alien Zone,” her steering wheel would turn in that direction magnetically pulling her up the steep winding dirt road. It reminded me of a similar story that Shirley MacLaine told in her 1983 book Out On a Limb which was made into a super great movie a few years later. Lake Cote is also the place where the most famous undisputed photograph of a ufo/uso (submerged) was taken in 1971. Please see the article below.
Helena insists that we try and go up to this lake before I leave the Guanacaste region and that we will need a rugged vehicle. It has been raining hard and she does not want to use her car! Arrangements are made and we pick a beautiful clear day to see Lake Cote, heart shaped, quiet and calm. There are building lots for sale now. There is also an old lodge in disrepair where large dusty framed photographs of the ufo/uso are still hanging on the wall. It was a good adventure for me and I felt wonderful being there.
The whole place felt very familiar to me. I was ready now to move on and explore. I wanted to get to the beaches, the volcanoes, hanging bridges, and the town of La Fortuna. I would leave the exact itinerary open to the spiritual heart and wisdom of the land. “Thank you Helena!” May the Light of your love and service here continue to shine in all directions. Stay the course and see you in the stars. Pura Vida!
From Beyond the Light Barrier:
“I looked into the mysterious sky, remote and never still, and wondered about Nature’s plan for men of Earth. Will they ever grasp and understand her plan of evolution set for them? Will they realize one day that the whole universe in which they have their being is life, composed of energy and matter, and that they are merely a part of its condensed energy? Humankind is not unique. He is merely a creature of the cosmos who is still too immature to comprehend the profound truth of his origin - his galactic origin. Perhaps a race memory, nourished and retained within his subconscious through centuries of Earth time, may burst forth in the splendor of truth when he treads the road to the stars and returns into the fold of the universe in which he has his being.” by Elizabeth Klarer.
Article from the Costa Rica Star News:
“On September 4, 1971, the Costa Rican National Geographic Institute was taking aerial photos from 10,000 ft above Lake Cote, the small body of water that would later become the larger Lake Arenal, as part of preliminary studies for the future hydroelectric project. The study was funded by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute to determine water sources in the area for their planned hydroelectric project. Photographer Sergio Loaiza, along with Costa Ricans Juan Bravo and Francisco Reyes, traveled on a twin- engine Canadian F680 with a special 100 lb map-making camera donated by the German government rigged onto the floor of the plane snapping a photo about every 13 seconds.
It was during this aerial inspection that what is considered to be the best photograph of a UFO in the world was taken. When the photographs were developed, one of the frames (with the time of 8:25 a.m.) showed what seemed to be a metallic disc about 160 ft in diameter, which had just left, or was on the point of entering, the lake. It was giving off light, and had made a sudden maneuver at the instant the photo was taken. The object showed up on neither the previous frame of film nor the one afterwards. Checks on the negative eliminated tricks of the light as an explanation. What the geographers had seen was an extraordinary but little-known phenomenon – a USO. Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, have been reported for centuries. What few people realize is that USOs – Unidentified Submergible Objects – have been reported for almost as long. Sometimes, as in the mysterious incident at Lake Cote, a UFO can be seen transforming itself into a USO, or vice versa. Photographer Loaiza said that after the photographs were developed, and the object appearing in that one frame was discussed, he and his colleagues were forbidden from divulging any information about what the scientists on the ICE-Lake Arenal project considered to be a UFO. In 1979, Ricardo Vilchez, one of the project team members, sent the photograph to an organization in the United States called Ground Saucer Watch (GSW) which analyzes these types of cases. GSW determined that the image was true and unadulterated, reported CR Hoy. After that, the photograph became public in the Costa Rican media. ‘It’s one of the most compelling scientific confirmations that UFOs are real,’ recounts Oscar Sierra, a UFO researcher based in Costa Rica. Sierra said the photograph was analyzed in France and the United States by different organizations that studied the case, and all confirmed the object’s existence.”