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Close Encounters …. …of a spiritual kind. Religious Dimensions. Mystery Explain earthly mysteries: Bermuda Triangle Dogon of West Africa The Bible Atlantis/Lemuria Give us new mysteries: Flight patterns Crop circles How and why are they here?. Transcendence.

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Close Encounters

…of a spiritual kind

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Religious Dimensions

  • Mystery

    • Explain earthly mysteries:

      • Bermuda Triangle

      • Dogon of West Africa

      • The Bible

      • Atlantis/Lemuria

    • Give us new mysteries:

      • Flight patterns

      • Crop circles

      • How and why are they here?

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  • UFOs transcend our perceptions and experiences

  • Free of laws of physics, time-space

  • Evoke awe, humility, faith

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Extraterrestrials have abilities, and powers, that transcend nature

Contactees/abductees sometimes develop similar powers

Six Extraterrestrial “types”:

Supernatural Beings

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The Greys nature

  • Four feet tall, hairless, sexless, big eyes

  • Zeta Reticululs

  • Barney Barnett, Betty & Barney Hill

  • Linked to technolgy, alien abduction, medical experimentation, hybridization, government conspiracy

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The Blues nature

  • Similar in appearance to Greys, but with blue tint to skin

  • Arrived shortly after Greys, 1947

  • Warned US government of evil intentions of Greys, were rejected

  • Went to Arizona, allied with Hopi Indians

  • Robert Morningsky & Sky Warriors - “The Terra Papers”

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Pleiadians nature

  • Highly spiritually evolved, benevolent, fourth dimensional beings

  • Physical appearance either none (only speak through channels), or “nordic” – blond, beautiful

  • Barbara Marciniak, Billy Meier

  • Earth reaching point of spiritual transformation – Pleiadians will help

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  • Extraterrestrial entities channeled by Barbara Marciniak

  • Similar message of personal responsibility, we are god, etc.

  • Added element = extraterrestrial origins of humans – created by aliens to fulfill spiritual destiny.

  • We have forgotten our destiny, however, and been led astray by poorly evolved aliens who fear our potential.

  • Bad aliens are in league with American government – a theme we will see more of in next section of our course.

  • Pleiadians are here to guide us back to spiritual path

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Other Alien species nature

  • Lyrians – channeled by Lyssa Royale

  • Sirians – water-based, spiritual, concerned with humans, dolphins, whales

  • Orion Empire – Council of Light, Evil Orions

  • Reptoids/Reptilians – reptilian, possible masters of “Greys”, ancestors of humans, intent on conquest & stopping human spiritual evolution

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Perfection nature

  • UFO shape symbolic of perfection

  • Extraterrestrial societies vastly superior: free from poverty, violence, prejudice, etc.

  • Technology vastly superior: UFOs, etc.

  • Pursuit of perfection = religious goal

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Salvation nature

Mission of Extraterrestrials often understood as one of salvation – from nuclear, environmental disaster, or from spiritual lapse

Salvation needs supernatural (alien) aid

Salvation comes from outside, not inside

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Transformation nature


Like mystical experiences, close encounters (esp. of 3-5th kinds) transform effected individual

Person must reevaluate whole worldview, belief systems, religious faith, personal history

Become set apart, ostracized due to new faith – often “witness” to new truth

  • Who are we, why are we here? Traditional religious answers now found inadequate by some

  • Traditional Scientific answers also found inadequate

  • Extraterrestrials add new dimension to quest – combines “science” i.e. alien DNA, etc. with religion

  • Places human evolution in cosmic framework

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Mystical Experiences nature

  • Six basic elements of close encounter of 3rd or 4th kind:

    • Solitary

    • Isolated location

    • Wise superior beings take initiative in contact

    • Light is dominant symbol

    • Sexual element

    • Absence of natural sounds

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Mystical Experiences nature

  • Reason one: von Daniken’s thesis – when mystics thought they were talking to supernatural beings, they were really talking to aliens

  • Reason two: Extraterrestrials are wise spiritual beings, like gods, so human spiritual response to them is similar

  • Reason three: human mind capable of producing certain mental stimuli, variously interpreted as contact with gods, or aliens

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Abduction experiences nature

  • John E. Mack

  • Harvard psychologist, Cambridge psychiatrist

  • Pulitzer Prize winner

  • Reluctant believer in alien abductions

  • Claims alien abductions have religious implications

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Religious transformation of consciousness nature

  • 8 ways abduction experiences trigger spiritual transformation:

  • Pushing Through – overcoming victim emphasis

  • Aliens as Intermediaries – coming to see aliens as halfway between human mortality & divine consciousness

  • Homecoming – sense of joy at relatedness to extraterrestrials – genetic link

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Religious transformation of consciousness nature

  • Past Life Experiences – under hypnotic regression, abduction experiences traced back to infancy, plus memories of earlier lives

  • Altered view of human identity – humanness centered in

  • consciousness, not biology

  • Transpersonal experiences – identification with other

  • species – aliens, animals (dolphins, whales)

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Religious transformation of consciousness nature

  • Double Alien/Human Identity – sense of double identity: fully human, but also alien – self as other, abduction a positive experience despite temporary fear

  • Collapse of Space/Time Dichotomies – past, present, future collapse; near/far dichotomies collapse – monistic sense of time/space emerges

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Responses to religious dimensions of UFO phenomeon nature

  • Many UFO enthusiasts simply reject religious dimensions in favour of pure science/technology emphasis

  • Others explore spiritual dimensions, and become convinced that extraterrestrials have spiritual agenda

  • In latter case, religious texts become source texts for showing ongoing interest of extraterrestrials in our spiritual evolution

  • For small minority, spiritual dimensions of UFO experiences become central focus of organized religious convictions – UFO groups, next week!