Billy Meier: The Controversial Contactee
In 1942, five-year-old Eduard Albert Meier — later known as “Billy” Meier — wandered far from the bucolic farms and sweeping countryside of the Swiss town of Bülach, and deep into the woods. Here he came upon an elderly-looking gentleman named Sfath, who was standing in the dense forest wearing garb that resembled a deep-sea diving suit without the helmet.
Despite the man’s odd appearance, the little boy did not fear him, and the two struck up a conversation — telepathically. This was to be the first of what Meier claimed to have been lifelong interactions with beings from other planets.
Now an icon in the UFO community, Meier has gained a loyal following of those who readily accept his claim that he is the seventh world prophet, in the footsteps of Enoch, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jesus, and Mohammed, heralding the coming of World Wars, intergalactic discoveries, environmental disasters, and more.
Vehemently condemned by skeptics, yet worshipped by those who’ve taken to heart his many encounters of the fifth kind, and thousands of published documents, Meier has garnered the attention of a global audience.
Billy Meier: A Peculiar Young Man
Meier was born to an ordinary family with loving parents who raised him and his siblings in a quaint village previously unknown for anything extraordinary. As a small boy, like other children, he would play in the nearby woods, where his otherworldly relationship with Sfath would strengthen and last for eleven years. According to Meier, the two would hold conversations either outside, or with numerous other individuals on Sfath’s spacecraft.
Sfath became Meier’s first teacher and the one who would lead him to countless interactions with other alien beings. Meier claims to have traveled the world over on Sfath’s spacecraft, meeting various earthly leaders with whom Sfath was acquainted, including the venerable Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
While Meier has explained that he was able to speak to extraterrestrials via telepathy, Sfath nevertheless gave the boy a small translation device that could be clipped onto his clothing as another option.
In an attempt to make sense of the turn his life had taken, the young Meier confided in his parish priest, explaining his experiences with Sfath and telepathic communication. Amazingly, the priest had similar experiences with telepathy and was able to listen and support Meier, reassuring him that he should not be afraid.
Meier was said to have mentally aged at such a rate that he had the maturity of a 35-year-old man when he was only seven. His journeys with Sfath took him through not only space but the expanse of time in which he saw himself in previous lifetimes and beheld the future of the world.
Meier asserts that he became aware he was put on the Earth to assist mankind in its development of consciousness, and he began writing down what he was learning, creating works on meditation and moral codes of conduct, detailing the principles by which humans should live their lives. At the age of 14, he published an open letter forewarning of wars and numerous disasters that would befall the planet if wiser measures were not taken.
As a result of his travels and perceivably odd preoccupations, Meier distanced himself from other children, and soon became a target for bullies. Eventually, tensions escalated to a fever pitch, and when a woman slapped him with a wet towel, Meier returned the blow — an offense that landed him in a youth prison at age 14.
Upon his release, he joined the French Foreign Legion and soon after learned that doing so was a misstep. Realizing his error in judgment, Meier claims he escaped and set out on foot on a long journey across mountains and deserts, through numerous countries. Eventually finding himself in the Middle East, Meier said he took up the unusual vocation of pursuing serial killers and mass murderers to bring them to justice. And despite his moniker “The Phantom,” he became the subject of 21 failed assassination attempts.
Despite his wanderings, Meier continued to have contact with various extraterrestrials, who communicated messages to him about the future of the human race, and how religious extremism is bound to damage the world. Based on the inside information he was given, Meier became a prolific writer, documenting more than 24,000 transmissions that have now been published, primarily in German.
Billy Meier’s Credibility
Among the thousands of transmissions that Meier documented from his conversations with extraterrestrials, and his experiences with time and space travel, are myriad prophecies — some that have arguably come to fruition, some that are said to have not yet come to pass, and others that have been proven to be completely erroneous.
Some of Meier’s claims involved not-yet-discovered facts about the solar system, including a description of Amalthea, the closest moon to Jupiter, which he claimed was 200km in length. While unfortunately incorrect, a 1979 article in the New York Times also came to the same wrong conclusion about Amalthea. Meier also asserted that another Jupiter moon, known as Io, had once been covered with water, which was also later proven to be incorrect.
Billy Meier’s credibility fell further upon the discovery that thousands of photos he’d taken in the 1970s proved to be fabrications. These photos featured purported spacecraft, referred to as “Beamships,” flying over the countryside. Over the years, the validity of these pictures has been dismissed for myriad reasons, including that the spacecraft was perfectly focused and centered within the frame. Upon close inspection, numerous photos were also found to contain household items, passing for pieces of the ships, such as eye-screws that suspended the models in the air, or even cups, bowls, and paper plates that made up the bodies of the crafts.
Despite the predictions, photographs, and false claims, Meier somehow retained many followers due to several larger, accurate claims. He foretold of the two wars the United States would carry out in Iraq, as well as the dire effects of climate change and overpopulation. He is believed to have warned of the AIDS epidemic that swept over the world, SARS, and the rapid outbreak of terrorism in the 21st century.
Billy Meier’s grave predictions continue to hit closer to home as humankind inches closer to the disaster at the hands of global warming, nuclear warfare, unchecked ecological damage, and overpopulation that taxes resources the world over. Among his darker predictions, Meier has warned of World War III, which would result from the United States’ interference with the interests of other countries. This interference, he insists, will eliminate three-quarters of the world’s population, devastating all major cities in North America.
Billy Meier remains one of the enigmas of the UFO world community. While his claims strain credulity, his message continues to hit home and spark interest among those who believe in extraterrestrials as well as the possibility of imminent global destruction by way of humankind’s negligence, greed, and detachment from the natural world. Whether or not Billy Meier’s unusual life story and strange prophecies are deemed far-fetched — or believable — he has steadfastly clung to his mission, which is undeniably positive: to direct humanity to a path of peace, love, and truth.
Do Thousands of Alien Contact Accounts Share Same Message?
Though UFO sightings have been traced to the days of prehistoric man — with ancient drawings of spacecraft, mysterious symbols, and humanoid creatures depicted on cave walls all over the world — the overwhelming number of encounters are only now starting to receive the attention they deserve. UFO abduction stories and alien contact have poured into the mainstream for decades, even while those who claim to have had these experiences find themselves as targets of social mockery.
UFO Abduction Experiences
Detractors who disbelieve abduction experiences often fail to take into consideration the character of the individuals who claim to have been abducted. A vivid stereotype stands in the way of fair treatment for experiencers: a delusional hillbilly at a rural bar rambling about far-fetched stories, or a drug-addled person ranting to no one in particular in the middle of a populated city center. But these abductee tropes are unfair and antiquated.
Giving actual credence to contact claims are the accounts of respected professionals who’ve come forward with their own stories, including military personnel, media personalities, and political figures. There are many people from all walks of life who have reported abductions and contact, such that a new generation of dedicated researchers has emerged, interested in learning more about these vivid and often terrifying experiences. Meanwhile, a number of psychologists have attempted to understand the lingering trauma and emotional scars of these abductees who work to cope with the ensuing trauma and disruption in their daily lives.
Harvard psychiatrist John Mack observed that the fear of social rejection and invalidation can often be more traumatic to an abductee than the actual experience of abduction. He said, “Every other culture in history except this one, in the history of the human race, has believed there were other entities, other intelligences in the universe… why are we so goofy about this? Why do we treat people like they’re crazy, humiliate them, if they’re experiencing some other intelligence?”
Similarly, physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman noted, “I check all my audiences [on the lecture circuit] and find that, while in agreement with polls, 10% have had a sighting but only 5-10% of these witnesses have been willing to report what they saw. Biggest reason? Fear of ridicule.”
L. Harvard Psychiatrist John Mack R. Physicist Stanton Friedman
Photographer Kim Carlsberg was a few days into working on the set of the hit television show “Dallas” when she went home and saw her first UFO, which she dubbed the “Moon Over Malibu.”
A few weeks later, Carlsberg went to bed and woke up in a spacecraft, which would be the first of a series of abduction events that continued for seven years. During abductions, she says she was the subject of experimentation and claims to have been impregnated to create hybrids of aliens and humans. She says she has learned profound spiritual lessons, having been shown the oneness of the universe and all of its species. And she reports a resounding mission among the extraterrestrials “[T]hat it is time to save Mother Earth from her inhabitants.”
Carlsberg’s first book, “Beyond My Wildest Dreams,” discusses her personal UFO abduction story, while her second book, “The Art of Close Encounters,” serves as a forum for 150 people to tell their UFO abduction stories.