Do Thousands of Alien Abduction Accounts Add Up?
Though UFO sightings have been traced back to the days of prehistoric man — ancient rock art of space craft, mysterious symbols, and non-human/non-animal creatures can be found on cave walls all over the world — the overwhelming number of encounters have only recently been given the attention they deserve. UFO abduction stories and alien contact have poured into the mainstream for decades, even though those who claim the experiences often find themselves the brunt of social mockery.
More people seem compelled to add to the growing body of evidence, and more reports are documented all the time. Thus far, millions have reported experiences, and the perspective has changed. We now face ethical questions of whether it is right to invalidate disparate reports with countless common elements, especially when they are traumatic.
UFO Abduction Experiences
If detractors assert that UFO abduction experiences are fabricated, then such assertions must take into consideration the character of the individuals who claim they were abducted. A vivid stereotype stands in the way of fair treatment for experiencers: We’re reminded of a rural farmer with little education. At a local bar, he rambles on about far-fetched stories over a few pints of beer. In essence, detractors are carrying out their own version of killing the messenger.
The typical abductee stereotype is unfair and outdated. Giving further credence to abduction claims are respected professionals who have come forward with their own stories, including myriad military personnel, media personalities, and political figures. There are so many people from all walks of life reporting abductions that a new generation of dedicated researchers has emerged, interested in learning more about these vivid and often terrifying experiences. Attempting to validate the lingering suffering and emotional scars of abductees are clinical psychologists who are working to cope with the ensuing trauma and disruption to abductees’ daily lives.
Noted Harvard psychiatrist John Mack observed that fear of social rejection and invalidation can often be more traumatic to the 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
Kim Carlsberg, a noted commercial photographer, 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 claims to have been the subject of experimentation and 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 “that it is time to save mother earth from her inhabitants.”
Carlsberg’s first book, “Beyond My Wildest Dreams,” discusses her personal UFO abduction story; her second book, “The Art of Close Encounters,” serves as a forum for 150 people to tell their UFO abduction stories.
While skeptics argue that celebrity personalities benefit by stepping into the limelight, regardless of their reason for doing so, this is certainly not the case for those in politics or the military, where the pressure to be credible and sane is often vital to careers. To shield themselves from the expected derision and defamation, many military service personnel prefer to give their first-hand testimonies anonymously — though they are usually identified as being military professionals, presumably because this lends credence to their accounts.
Political candidates, on the other hand, are rarely given a leg to stand on if they discuss abduction experiences. They are almost guaranteed to be subjected to harsh criticism that includes attacks on their character, judgment, mental stability, and even their fitness to hold office. Most recently, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Republican candidate for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, admitted to the press that she had been abducted by aliens. Almost predictably, responses were quick, harsh, and used as political fodder against her.
Jerry Ianelli of the Miami News Times added fuel to the fire when he wrote, “Of course, Rodriguez Aguilera’s alien-abduction story is extremely bonkers, and she still stands by it, which, by New Times’ estimation, either precludes her from being endorsed by anyone or should make her eligible for president of Earth because, if the story is true, she could be the One True Leader who unites humans against a future alien invasion.”
UFO Contact and Warnings
A U.S. military sergeant, whose name is protected behind the moniker Sergeant CJ, was traveling from Georgia to Kentucky with his family when he woke up one night in a motel bathroom, writing an uninterrupted string of squares and lines that ran for 27 rows. Startled, the line he was in the midst of writing trailed off, and he ended it with “…WTF.” From that point on, Sergeant CJ had vivid dreams of aliens telepathically communicating warnings to him.
When Sergeant CJ recounts his story, he’s clear that the extraterrestrials who contacted him were were not threatening, but rather trying to help preserve both humans and planet Earth — and they wanted him to convey a message. He explains that they are concerned about humans sabotaging their own planet. One such concern regards the practice of sending satellites into space. Sergeant CJ conveyed that outside minds now need to come in and help solve the problems we create ourselves, providing us with advanced technologies, among other solutions.
The aliens issued a warning, Sergeant CJ, claimed. They explained that there are other alien species with bad intentions toward humans. Although the species that contacted him are doing what they can to help us, they expressed that they are nearly outnumbered. Humans, he said, were “Going to need to assist, and get to where we need to be sooner, in order to stand a chance. We have technology (though, Sergeant CJ did not specify what kind) that we need to develop, but it is kept from the public behind closed doors. That (technology) needs to be exposed, and all bright minds need to be involved in future advancement of what we have, and what we need to increase our technical side. We need to be able to improve at a faster rate.”
For decades, similar warnings have accompanied abductions, including in the case of Steve and Dawn Hess who claimed to be captured by aliens while camping in the Mojave Desert. While under hypnosis, Dawn was asked why extraterrestrials wanted experiment on humans. She responded by relaying a communication similar to Sergeant CJ’s; a supreme galactic leader wants to bring together five galaxies to live in harmony — but humans are on the verge of destroying Earth, and so alien species have to intervene for the sake of the universe.
At a time when there is so much devastation on our planet — genocides, famines, global warming, warfare, mass violence — could it be that alien species are indeed intervening to preserve the galaxy? Could humans not only be destroying themselves, but also disrupting the fate of the universe with recklessness and greed? It seems this theme of warnings persistently arises out of many abduction cases.
Abductions are being reported at an astoundingly high number. A 1992 Roper Poll reported that 4 million Americans believed to have been abducted by aliens. As in the case of Arizona logger Travis Walton, one of the most famous abductees who’s told the story of his abduction over and over again, only to be met with public ridicule, those who undergo UFO abduction experiences have far more to lose than to win.
If people are being contacted and abducted, returning with dire warnings to the rest of humankind, are the rest of us foolish to ignore them? Do we have to wait to see it to believe it, or will it be too late by then? Concern over the fate of our planet and its inhabitants is the message, but due to the stigma created around the abductee phenomenon, the topic is usually deflected to questioning the mental stability of the abductee. While the media and detractors are busy defaming traumatized abductees following often-harrowing experiences, the most important part of their ordeal seems to continually elude the public — the message they have returned to deliver.
An Evolution of Ancient Astronaut Theory's Proof and Proponents
Religion molds many people’s worldview and beliefs about our origin as a species. From a young age, and even as we grow older, we tend to hold on to aspects of those stories – many of which involve magic or divine phenomena. But as technology has progressed over those years, things that once seemed magical, now make perfect sense and fall within the widening realm of possibility. And as our modern worldview has become shaped by this techno-centric, materialist scope, the ancient astronaut theory has found an increasingly larger audience.
If you’re not familiar with Gaia’s content, maybe you’ve seen the program Ancient Aliens on History Channel, or possibly read Erich von Däniken’s classic book Chariots of the Gods? These series are founded on the ancient astronaut hypothesis; the assertion that if you reinterpret biblical accounts of supernatural gods with magic powers instead, as members of an advanced extraterrestrial race with advanced technology, their depictions make a lot more sense.
Arthur C. Clarke famously made this contention later when he said, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” And though it’s unclear whether Clarke ascribed to the belief, it’s likely he would have at least entertained it.