Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Attempted manipulation of UFO manifestations

A little break from the political madness for some high strangeness...

Above: Jacques Vallee with Anton LaVey and Aime Michel.

From an interview with Jacques Vallee by Jerome Clark (FATE magazine, 1978):

Vallee: I think that's exactly what we have to do with UFOs. We have to do something that will cause them to react. And I don't mean building landing strips in the desert and waiting out there to welcome the space brothers.

Clark: But what do you mean?

Vallee: I hesitate to be too specific. I'm speaking, as I'm sure you understand, of the attempted manipulation of UFO manifestations.

I know a little something about that subject. And I'm about to go out on a very long, creaky limb by telling this little story. In the past few decades, the bizarre intersection of Ufology and the paranormal has come out of the closet, thanks to pioneers like Vallee, John Keel, and a rapidly growing group of researchers (see references at the end of this article).

But on with my particular piece of this puzzle.

In early September of 1990, I spent a few days at Ocean City, Maryland, a resort town on the Atlantic. I went to the beach with a few friends, and we passed the time making sand sculptures. Since I was reading a lot about UFOs at the time (it was the 90s, after all, the peak of interest in aliens and abduction), I sculpted the head of a prototypical "gray" alien in the sand, with his arm raised above his head as if waving hello.

A couple of weeks later, I returned to Ocean City for the weekend. One evening, I had a very vivid dream about a television panel discussing UFOs. One expert was a Phil Klass styled skeptic/debunker, another was a Jacques Vallee-type, the third was a Stanton Friedman-esque nuts-and-bolts ETH proponent, and the final panel member was a raving paranoid "the lizards in their underground bases are eating our children!" conspiratologist. The panelists bantered back and forth until the paranoid guy started ranting: "They're cooperating with the government! They're stealing our children and the government knows it! The Men in Black are demons!" The other panelists chuckled and rolled their eyes.

I awoke from the dream, disturbed. I seldom had dreams related to UFOs, and this one was particularly realistic. I found that my thoughts kept returning to the dream throughout the day.

That evening, at approximately 7:30pm, I decided to take a walk on the beach with my girlfriend. It was a very clear, starry night, and we were the only two on the beach. My girlfriend walked along the surf, while I lingered farther back from the water. I looked down in the sand and saw what looked like a humanoid face sculpted in the sand, though part of it had been obliterated by footprints.

I remembered the alien head I had sculputed in the sand weeks before, miles from the spot on which I was standing. Just another synchronicity, I thought to myself.

I looked up into the starry night, thinking about my dream and the face in the sand. I said, mentally, If you're out there, now is the perfect time to show yourself. I guess part of me secretly wished something would appear, but I certainly did not expect anything to happen.

I walked closer to the water and joined my girlfriend.

A few minutes later, she pointed to the sky. "What are those?" she asked.

Two orange-red blobs of light were bobbing up and down next to each other far above us. When I looked at them, they shot off across the sky (over the ocean), flying erratically -- almost playfully, changing direction frequently. At one point, they merged, flying as one unit, then split apart again. We watched them, stunned, until they vanished on the horizon amidst the light pollution from Ocean City's boardwalk.

"Oh, my God," I said, over and over, as we followed them. I couldn't say anything else but "Oh, my God." I was simultaneously awed and frightened. When the lights disappeared, we both returned to the car, elated but also unnerved by what we had experienced.

I can only think of a couple of theories to explain what happened.

One is that I was part of a lucky train of coincidences, a chain of synchronicity -- sculpting a face of an alien in the sand, dreaming about the UFO panel, stumbling upon a similar face in the sand weeks later, asking for an appearance, and getting much more than I could have imagined.

The other possibility is much more intriguing, but raises all sorts of troubling questions. It suggests that UFOs are a multidimensional phenomena (bending time and space), that they interact with human consciousness on an intimate level, and that they can potentially be summoned. Far more frightening is the possibility that whatever it is, it observed, drew upon, or manipulated my consciousness, my dreams, and my perceptions leading up to the sighting.

If it wasn't for my girlfriend sighting the objects first, I would concede the possibility that it was an hallucination. She knew nothing of my silent request to show me something, and pointed out the objects before I saw them.

One of the foremost researchers into the fringes of Ufology is my friend who goes by the name of Blue Resonant Human, or Brother Blue. Although he dropped out of sight in the late 90s, his prodigious postings to USENET made him a Net celebrity, and his unconventional (and funny) writings made him the object of scorn of hardnosed skeptic and harebrained new ager alike. One of his missives is archived here. I will pull out some pertinent bits, but I strongly recommend reading the entire article.

Here he quotes Jacques Vallee:

There are certainly occult groups that claim they can invoke or evoke beings that do some of the things that UFO entities do. I've looked. I've contacted a number of those groups...

Robert Anton Wilson describes meeting Vallee in his excellent Cosmic Trigger:

"Where do you think they come from?" I asked.

Doctor Vallee gave the Gallic form of the classic scientific Not-Speculating-Beyond-The-Data head-shake. "I can theorize, and theorize, endlessly," he said, "but is it not better to just study the data more deeply and look for clues?"

"You must have some personal hunch," I insisted.

He gave in gracefully. "They relate to space-time in ways for which we have, at present, no concepts," he said. "They cannot explain to us because we are not ready to understand."

I asked Grady McMurty if Aleister Crowley had ever said anything to him implying the extraterrestrial theory which Kenneth Grant, Outer Head of another Ordo Templi Orientis, implies in his accounts of Crowley's contacts with Higher Intelligences.

"Some of the things Aleister said to me," Grady replied carefully, "could be interpreted as hints pointing that way." He went on to quote Crowley's aphorisms about various of the standard entities contacted by Magick. The Abramelin spirits, for instance, need to be watched carefully. "They bite," Aleister explained in his best deadpan am-I-kidding-or-not? style. The Enochian "angels," on the other hand, don't always have to be summoned. "When you're ready, they come for you," Aleister said flatly.

Crowley also figures in one of the seminal (ahem) incidents in this murky, bizarre field. The most discussed episode is Crowley's alleged contact with an entity known as LAM (illustration below) as part of his "Amalantrah Working" -- an occult process designed to facilitate "the establishment of contact with non-human intelligences."

Instead of rehashing this story here, I will point the reader to this article. Googling Crowely and LAM will yield many variations of what is essentially the same account.

The concept of UFOs as egregores is also worthy of exploration. The following defintion is excerpted from Gaetan Delaforgem's article in Gnosis:

An egregore is a kind of group mind which is created when people consciously come together for a common purpose. Whenever people gather together to do something and egregore is formed, but unless an attempt is made to maintain it deliberately it will dissipate rather quickly. However if the people wish to maintain it and know the techniques of how to do so, the egregore will continue to grow in strength and can last for centuries.

An egregore has the characteristic of having an effectiveness greater than the mere sum of its individual members. It continuously interacts with its members, influencing them and being influenced by them. The interaction works positively by stimulating and assisting its members but only as long as they behave and act in line with its original aim. It will stimulate both individually and collectively all those faculties in the group which will permit the realization of the objectives of its original program. If this process is continued a long time the egregore will take on a kind of life of its own, and can become so strong that even if all its members should die, it would continue to exist on the inner dimensions and can be contacted even centuries later by a group of people prepared to live the lives of the original founders, particularly if they are willing to provide the initial input of energy to get it going again.

I offer this information as food for thought, not because I can assert that it is truth, or even partially true. But I cannot deny my own experience, which has convinced me that, at least in part, the UFO phenomenon interacts with humans on a psychic (i.e. non-physical) level -- the level of dreams, synchronicity, and consciousness.

Some references for those interested in pursuing this line of thought are listed below. Caveat emptor.

Jacques Vallee

Strange Encounters: An Interview with Jacques Vallee (from Green Egg)

Brother Blue (aka Blue Resonant Human)

John Dee, George Adamski, and the Magickal Space Brethren

Aleister Crowley and LAM

Aleister Crowley and the LAM Statement
A Statement of the Typhonian O.T.O
Ritual Magic, Mind Control and the UFO Phenomenon (Adam Gorightly)
Brother Aleister Crowley (Brother Blue)

Jack Parsons and the Babalon Working

John Whiteside Parsons: Anti-Christ Superstar (several excellent articles on this site)
The Book of Babalon

Paranormal/Occult/UFO Nexus

The Trickster and the Paranormal
Wikipedia on paranormal and occult hypotheses about UFOs
A Critique of the Paranormal UFO Theories of Vallee and Keel
The Philip Experiment

Selected blogs and sites (in no particular order):

Rigorous Intuition (Jeff Wells)
The John E. Mack Institute
Pop Occulture
Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country

And this only scratches the surface...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent piece! And thank you for all the links and references in the article as well, very helpful. (liked it so much I mentioned it in my blog.)

I've been intrigued by synchronicity, the relationship between us and UFOs, etc. for years. I've had similar experiences as well.

(I followed your link over on Alfred's group ... glad to have found it.)

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been using my spare minutes laboring over a reply to one of your most recent RI posts, and now you supply me with a useful term.

This egregore concept is very provocative but I wonder if it is screwed down a bit too tight. In Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps toward a Deep Ecology of Mind, Christopher Bache describes using techniques from a variety of traditions to create and strengthen a group-mind effect among his graduate students of religion.

I wonder, however, whether there are more diffuse forms of the egregore effect that are more like Sheldrake's morphic fields.

I suspect that group-mind effects are constantly operative in our lives on many levels--with or without intent. We can consciously strengthen these effects and we can accidently stumble on to techniques that strengthen them. That the whole mind is greater than the sum of its parts means that, when the strengthening is accidental, it appears as divine guidance, manifesting in dreams and intuition. Isolated religious groups sometimes drive themselves off of cliffs, following an egregore only marginally brighter than they are.

If the power of this greater whole extends to the manipulation of physical matter then we might pin many things on egregores. However, it might be the case that our least conscious motivations might create the most powerful forces. Unconscious intent is, nevertheless, intent and in the lives of individuals it is the most distuptive.

Humankind is generally denying the reality of a tiny, fragile planet. Might things like crop circles be the collective unconscious trying to get the sheep to look up? And if this were the case it seems reasonable to assume that a large percentage of the population would be very resistant to placing the earth in this broader context. Something tells me that the triumphal return of Jesus to reign over a thousand years of peace is a little provincial for a theater of billions of galaxies. Cognitive dissonance would make the little-blue-speck cosmology a source of profound discomfort to those with traditional religious leanings, either Judeo-Christian or Islamic.
And that discomfort would be represented in the collective mind in some sinister form.

If many alien visitation experiences are experiences with collective consciousness, as Terrence McKenna suggested, then might we not expect there to be cultural differences to the experiences. There seems some reason the suspect that some group-mind effects may be physical proximity dependent.


2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for this - which I have just been directed to from a recommendation made by Jeff Wells on his superb Rigorous Intuition site.

This is excellent first hand testimony that corroborates my hunch that these are first and foremost psychic phenomena - but non the less real for it.

1:32 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Hey Prof,

Great f*king article!

I just posted on Crowley last week...then had to post something (lite) to compensate to keep my sanity.
Anyway, your article goes right into what I was researching, and I will be quoting you on it.

I've never seen a UFO, but have seen something really really strange, a subject that still kind of haunts me.
Didn't Jeff Wells just post this same genre?

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wacky stuff

12:26 AM  
Blogger Mort said...

Hey Prof , when you saw the lights did you here any sound ? what you have discribed is very similar to something I saw in the early 90s in southern australia.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Professor Pan said...


No sound at all. The lights seemed to be very high in the sky.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Bilderberger Combo said...

"They relate to space-time in ways for which we have, at present, no concepts," he said

- Perhaps your experience, in relation to 'it's' experience, was like an accordion. For you, it was drawn out over a period of time. For 'it', the experience happened once. In other words, for you, the bellows were extended, and for 'it', the bellows were closed.

Maybe a less turgid way of saying this is that the incursion into out world played out according to our perception of time, but only happened once in 'it's' time - which you read as separate but synchronicitous events.

Anyway - great story, and thank you. I always enjoy your contributions at RI.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Matthew James said...

Hi Professor Pan

I would be interesting to read more about your own experiences of alien visitations. I've recently added one 'six fingered hand print' onto my own blog.

My own visitations which stretch back 35 years have been very similar.

Maybe we could contribute to each others blog and advertise on each?

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Zap said...

I've tried responding to this a couple of times over the last couple of weeks, and deleted it - I haven't really talked about these experiences much, largely because I have no idea how to even begin to integrate them into my worldview, and because they make me sound nuts.

But ... I've had two strange experiences that may relate to this post.

Briefly - First, I saw a UFO (with 3 witnesses) immediately after feeling a weird urge to ... ummm .. well I thought of it as stretching I guess, combined with being grateful, but the form this took (sounds totally insane but hey) was essentially rotating my pelvis and thrusting it upward toward the moon. Kinda like I was humping in the moons direction, but not aroused or anything like that.

(I now know that this could be seen as very "kundaliniesque" but at the time it just seemed like a good stretch to combine with mindful breathing and gratitude, and it made my lowest spine crackle and pop.)

Anyway. For whats it worth, I did that, rejoined my friends, and then we all saw a UFO fly over us minutes later, and were all very confused by what we had seen and heard.

Many months later, I was with 3 different friends in the woods at night. I found myself split off from them temporarily, and again, intuitively, was doing that moon-acknowledgment stretching thing.

Rejoining the friends, we wound up sitting on the foundation of a long-demolished bridge, which was supposedly haunted, looking out into a river valley.

I was very much expecting to see a UFO again, looking up and out at the stars and sort of beaming a thought out there "go on, show yourself." And I really thought they would.

(This was the first time since seeing the UFO that I had done the moon-pelvis thing, and first time I'd had such an expectation - it wasn't something I got up to frequently or something.)

Well, I didn't see any UFO.

Instead, a weird sound started up.

I can't describe it, it was not like anything I'd heard before. We all heard it, but disagreed on its source - to me, it seemed to be coming at us from multiple sources out in the valley ad echoing off the bridge abutment we sat on - my GF thought it was coming from within the stones themselves, our friend thought it was from the woods around us.

After a few seconds of this, we all decided, as one and without talking about it, that we should get out of there, and grabbed our stuff and climbed up to the path.

As soon as we started through the woods, a piercing, insane sounding scream started up from the trees to our immediate left - the most eerie, horrifying vocalization I have ever heard. I felt the hair on the back of my neck rise up in a bunch.

We fled the woods as fast we could.

I listened to tons of owl, bobcat, and other animal sounds online afterward, trying to identify it, but the only sound that came even close was maybe a cougar - but supposedly they don't live around that area (western Wisc, St Croix river valley) ... I don't know.

I have no beliefs about kundalini, the moon, or UFOs to tie the experiences into. In both cases, the 3 people I was with were reluctant or even resistant to talking about what had happened later, to my surprise, so I havent been able to really dig into what the heck happened from group consensus ...

In both cases, I was left feeling I had experienced something exceedingly strange.

Although the first event seemed like a straight UFO sighting and the latter some kind of paranormal event, they were both linked in my mind and both felt like something weirder than "mere UFOS and ghosts." Although I told myself it was just a weird military drone, the way we reacted (my friend J had tears fill her eyes as soon as she saw it, for example) really felt like we'd seen something more .. transdimensional, maybe? - something far more weird than a nuts and bolts space ship anyway.

As you may remember, I’ve been having a lot of synchronicity in the last few years, and have to wonder if and how these anomalous events tie in with all that.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

regarding previous poster's kundalini & UFOs:

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: What are Vallée and Michel doing sitting next to a guy like LeVay? Who would have imagined... Vallée in conclave with a satanist... What kind of scientist does that? Quite disappointing really.

8:07 AM  

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