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TAKEN BY TAKEN
By Whitley Strieber
Friday, December 20th, 2002
Taken was one of the most popular programs ever aired on the Science Fiction
channel. It depicted an attempt at alien contact that failed due to a
wrong-headed and violent human response. In the end, the beautiful young
girl who was part human and part alien had to return to the alien world
because we were just not capable of handling a relationship with her.
This was primarily due to the activities of a violent, vicious and power
hungry government group, who sought control over the situation and, most
especially, the little girl. They were depicted as people to whom the lives
of other human beings meant little, who were willing to murder in pursuit of
their sick agenda.
The abductees in the story all had implants, which sent out signals that
were designed to locate them. When the aliens left, the implants dropped
Prior to broadcasting the program, the SciFi channel did promotional
documentaries about the Roswell Incident and the abduction phenomenon. Both
documentaries took their subjects seriously.
Overall, Taken was a boost for the UFO community. It was especially
interesting that major advertisers did not hesitate to support either the
documentaries or the program itself. I can recall, however, when we did the
Confirmation special on NBC, major advertisers had no problem with it,
either. Taken was the highest rated show the SciFi channel ever put on the
air. It received an average rating of 1.9. Confirmation was the second
highest program in its time period, with a far higher rating of 8.5. But
this is, in part, due to the difference in audience access between one of
the big three networks and the much smaller SciFi channel. Still, both
programs were hugely popular and successful, because the public has a very
high level of interest in the UFO phenomenon.
But was Taken¹s premise an accurate reflection of the situation that
actually exists? Is there a vicious government conspiracy to suppress UFO
evidence and gain control of alien technology and knowledge? Are we, in
fact, failing to make the grade as a species worthy of contact?
The program did not answer any of these three questions correctly, but the
answers were certainly available from the community of close encounter
witnesses and in other places. Actually, the situation is extremely complex,
but evidence supporting the Taken scenario is just not there.
The first deficiency with the program was that it essentially repeated
Steven Spielberg¹s continuing premise that wonderful aliens are here but
being resisted by a government obsessed with power and control. The problem
with this is that whatever is hereand it is by no means decided that an
alien presence is definitely involvedhas a dark side, and without
addressing that, you cannot really make a meaningful statement about the
situation. Secondly, the government¹s position is much more complicated than
Spielberg would have us believe. Third, the abductee community is not as it
was portrayed, nor is the close encounter experience nearly as simple as it
was made to seem.
In addition, the idea that the visitors do not have emotions is simply
false. They have extraordinary emotions, and I say that as a person who has
been involved in the emotional life of the beings called greys.¹ They are
not androids, or creatures with vast intelligence and no feelings. On the
contrary, they are rich, immeasurably complex personalities. In my
relationship with them, there has been anger, joy, love, terrorevery
extreme of emotion you can name, including jealousy and desire and longing,
and all of it writ large. The truth is, when they are seen by witnesses as
cold or robotic, it is because they are afraid. Sometimes, they are afraid
of the witness. Sometimes, they are afraid of their own desires, which can
overwhelm them and endanger them, in the same sense that uncontrollable
desires can lead, among us, to all sorts of violent and criminal activity.
I do not know exactly why there are aspects of the close encounter
experience that are so awful, and so unlike what, for example, I have
experienced. Once I got over my fear, my life with the visitors was
tremendous fun. I got to do things and see things that I do not think
anybody else has ever gotten to do and see, at least, nobody who has been
willing to write about it. I had a fabulous adventure in inner work and
outer discovery. In fact, it¹s still going on. And there is no evidence
whatsoever that the visitors are about to leave. On the contrary, they are
both so compassionate and so greedy that I doubt that they will ever leave.
In fact, they are as much a part of our world as we are.
I have wondered, however, if some of them might not be insane, or defective
in some other way. Mr. Spielberg was right when he postulated that they were
trying to make people that mix their being with ours. To some extent, it¹s
about DNA, indeedbut only in the sense that a sign is about paint. The
mixing that is being attempted goes deeper, much deeper. There are elements
of being that we have not yet namedthat we vaguely refer to using the old
Egyptian concept of the soulthat are very much a part of nature, and that
are governed by natural laws just like anything else. There is no
supernatural. There are only elements of the conscious world that we can
detect and elements that we can¹t.
The visitors not only understand the science of the soul, their technologies
penetrate into levels of being that are hidden to us. Some of the things
that they can do are completely incredible and appalling. Souls are vastly
informed. The nature of consciousness is holographic. The brain is not a
repository of intelligence but a filter of intelligence. This world is not
an accident. It was constructed intentionally by conscious creatures who
devised it as a place in which eternal being, infinitely informed, could
experience the one thing that it does not have: the new. We filter out
knowledge and awareness so that we can taste the full energy of our
discoveries and our mistakes.
The real reason that we fear the visitors is that they are not like us in
this respect. They cannot make discoveries or mistakes. They have reached
the limits of knowledge. What they want from us is innovation: they are here
to taste the excitement of the new. This is why some of the astronauts who
went to the moon saw strange things. They were on a cosmic stage, engaged in
one of the purest and most sought- after experiences in the whole history of
consciousness: touching a new world, truly, for the first time. (And please
don¹t write me with crap about us never going to the moon. I know a number
of the lunar astronauts personally, and I can assure you, they went. I also
know, from the visitors, that they went, because I have seen and tasted what
the visitors saw and tasted in those days.)
But how do you reconcile all of this sublime material with things like
cattle mutilation, the sadistic destruction of housecats, and grotesque
murders? I will tell you this: I have also been with beings who literally
radiate evil. I have been face to face with such beings, and seen in their
faces a lurid greed for me that was absolutely terrifying. It is possible to
become addicted to emotional extremes, and I think that this has something
to do with what makes some of the visitors go so wrong. Also, they very much
desire to overcome certain barriers to their walking among us, and this has
led some of them to do quite horrible things.
I have met and had in my life people who were created out of a mixing of
species, so I don¹t think that Mr. Spielberg was wrong about that, either.
Such people do exist. But my experience of them was not anything like Taken.
I have not met any angels, I can assure you. What I have encountered were
complicated, almost deranged, chain-smoking, frantic beings who were
obviously suffering. One of these beings spent years with us, living on the
periphery of our lives. He was the most terrible person I have ever
encountered. The idea that he was near us, was obsessed with us, was able to
move around the country when we did, was able to participate in our thoughts
and was avidly interested in our most private experienceswhich he invaded
at willall of this was disturbing.
As needful and intense as he was, he was also protective of us. Back when we
had our old cabin in upstate New York, Anne and I once went skinny-dipping
in our pool behind our house. It was absolutely private. Nobody could see us
and nobody was around. But he was there, in the woods just behind the pool,
and he was absolutely appalled at what we were doing. He raced back and
forth in the leaves breaking branches, slapping trees, grabbing limbs and
shaking them, until finally we went inside. Later, I went walking in the
woods. He appeared at a distance, hands on hips, glaring at me.
Later, when we moved to a condominium in Texas, he came too. But a
condominium in a city was not the same as a house in the country, and he was
soon the source of tenant complaints. They saw what they thought was a boy
looking into windows and climbing on balconies. Finally, he left, huffing
away down the middle of the street, never to be seen again.
He was an awful mess. He pried into our personal lives. He oppressed us. But
it was all out of a zeal for a companionship that he could never quite
The reason that he could not achieve this level of total contact felt
emotional, but its actual origins lie deep in the mysteries of physics, and
lead me to the issue of what the government is actually doing and why, and
why there cannot at this time be direct, open contact with the visitors, and
why any sort of final, absolute government disclosure is unlikely.
The government and the visitors both have the same problem: there is a
barrier in physics to direct contact that will remain in place until the
human mind makes room in its fundamental reality for their existence. At the
highest levels, the intelligence officers who work on the problem of the
visitors believe that official disclosure would lead to general acceptance,
most notably among the most highly potentiated human mindsthe scientists
and intellectuals who now believe that the whole thing is utter bunk.
What is this mysterious issue in physics that controls contact? It is
succinctly stated by J.A. Wheeler in his participatory universe hypothesis:
³All things physical are information-theoretic in origin and this is a
participatory universeObserver participancy gives rise to information; and
information gives rise to physics.² Conversely, this means that, if there is
information which a constructing observer does not participate in, its
physics will not be available to that observer.
This concept originated in the work of John von Neumann, who was profoundly
involved in the original decision to keep the whole matter of the apparent
alien presence a secret. For an interesting discussion of both Wheeler and
von Neumann¹s ideas, click here
(http://www.geocities.com/saint7peter/DeepDiscussionwithHiley.html). I have
also written a novella about von Neumann¹s ideas entitled ³The Open Doors²
that appears in the retrospective of my shorter fiction, Evenings With
Demons. Unfortunately, the book is rare, but the story will be reprinted in
a new anthology of alien-related writings this year that will be made
available over this website.
The fact that we do not include the visitors in our version of the universe
is why we have missing time when we are in contact situations. Nothing is
done to us. In fact, the visitors are fighting missing time. They are
fighting our minds for space in our reality. This is what the theatre in the
sky is all about, it is the primary reason for the attempts at contact and
interaction. They are fighting what is for them a very real war, and the
elements that are here are a tough military force: they are fighting to get
the human mind to include them in the basic information out of which it
assembles its reality.
Ifor whenthis happens, there will be fundamental and absolute change. The
visitors won¹t invade. They will simply be here, all around us.
There are two ways that this could happen: one would be, presumably, if the
government disclosed the fact that they were real and the leaders of our
scientific and intellectual communities agreed. This might conceivably bring
a weight of acceptance that would fundamentally alter the fabric of
perception to include the visitors. But nobody is certain that it would
actually change anything, and nobody wants to find out, for the simple
reason that the door, once opened, can never again be closed. Without
understanding what that would mean, the government will never make this sort
of disclosure. And given the horror of some of the things that have been
observed, obviously it cannot take the risk.
The other would be if the efforts of the visitors make it happen. Every
close encounter, every UFO sighting, every program like Confirmation or
Takenall of these things play into the visitors¹ hands. It is possible, as
I have stated in these columns before, that the balance could be tipped in
2003. The simple reason for this is that the closest Mars opposition in
years will occur in August, and Mars oppositions enable the visitors to
bring much more equipment, as it were, to bear on the situation. Using this
oppostion, could they create such an extensive theater in the sky that
official disclosure will become irrelevant? Possibly. The greater question
is, do they want to, and only time can tell us that.
But is the fusion of perceptual systems that I am talking about really to be
desired? It has happened on other planets, and in the cases I know about,
been interestingly successful. But if there have been failures, I¹m fairly
sure they would have been concealed from me, especially if they resulted in
particularly dreadful situations, as would probably be the case.
In the process of interacting with the visitors, I have been able to taste
the sense of annihilation that comes from allowing oneself to be subsumed
into their perceptual universe. It evokes a fear much worse than death,
because the part of one that is eternal senses it as a threat. The
shattering of reality is a much greater threat to the mind than death. The
mind knows that it survives death. It has no way of knowing what will happen
to it if the reality upon which it counts for its contact with meaning
should suddenly be undercut.
But there are layers and layers to all this, and this gets me to another
failing of Taken: it is not based on insider information, but rather on
suppositions gained from talking to people who are not in possession of such
information, or reading books that do not contain it. I do not define
insider¹ here as a member of one of the secret government communities who
know for certain that the visitors are real, but rather as a person who has
had direct and viable contactin short, an abductee who has overcome the
crippling effects of missing time enough to include at least some of his
encounters in his ordinary reality.
When he does this, he finds that he has another, separate self who possesses
extensive knowledge of his hidden life. It¹s why witnesses often report
knowing their captors. It¹s why, during my second hypnosis session, I
unexpectedly flashed back to a childhood encounter with the same being I met
on the night of December 26, 1985.
These millions are the insiders I mean, because they are the foundation of
contact. It is their lives that will change first that have already
changed, in some casesand they who will appear from the social backstreets
and hinterlands to lead the new movement of mankind toward a life reconciled
with the visitors, and at last extending the reach of human being beyond the
confines of this one planet and into the cosmos where it belongs.
In this, also, Mr. Spielberg was wrong: we are not going to be abandoned by
the visitors because we¹re not ready. We¹re ready as soon as we can
correctly understand what¹s going on. Our history, our violence, our greed,
our beauty, our achievements and failures: none of these will cause us to
pass or fail the test.
So I was very disturbed by the depth of negativity in Taken. Beautiful
aliens were driven off by the greed of an evil government. But it just is
not so. A very complicated, multi- layered event is unfolding here. If I
managed to do anything right in my previous work, it was to say that the
visitors are what the force of evolution looks like when it is applied to a
conscious mind. Growth and change are not necessarily pretty. If you were a
dinosaur, the objects that hit the earth and shattered their world would
have seemed demonic in origin. But to one of us, looking back and
contemplating that if the dinosaurs had not been killed, we never would have
been born, those same asteroids seem guided by the hand of a benevolent God.
So it is now.
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