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  • Jahnets
    I wouldn t call this an article although it is well written. Unless I missed something the way he keeps refering to anyone who has positive experiences as The
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 2004
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      I wouldn't call this an article although it is well written. Unless I missed
      something the way he keeps refering to anyone who has positive experiences
      as "The Positives" as if it's a curse is a definite turn off... He seems to
      state his views of all Posivives based on his apparent one sided research.
      He's already made up his mind... It says the Pro and Con, yet all I just
      read was the con of being positive... I will now try and get through the
      whole thing...It's insulting...

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      From: dexxxaa [mailto:dexxxaa@...]
      Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 4:46 PM
      To: ufodiscussion@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [ufodiscussion] The Pro and Con of Contactee Aductions

      The Nature of Alien Intentions

      Excerpts from THE THREAT: The Secret Agenda
      What the Aliens Really Want... And How They Plan to Get It
      by David M. Jacobs, Ph.D.

      Chapter 11

      Despite the numerous examples of aggressive and humiliating hybrid
      behavior, the existence of "benign" independent hybrid activity and
      the "peaceful" and even polite demeanor of the gray aliens have led
      some abductees and researchers to conclude that the abduction
      phenomenon is a positive force. This growing group has launched a
      crusade to convince the public that the entire alien agenda is
      benevolent, helpful, and spiritually uplifting. "I see the ET
      visitors - the so-termed 'alien humanoids' - as friendly and with
      positive motivations and beneficial effects." So writes Dr. John
      Hunter Gray (formerly John Salter), professor of Indian Studies at
      the University of North Dakota, committed social activist, winner of
      the Martin Luther King award for civil rights work, and an abductee.

      Hunter Gray consciously remembered being abducted with his son in
      1988. From the fragments he recalled of the event, he knew that
      kindly extraterrestrials were visiting Earth and that he was
      personally enhanced by their abduction of him. His view is typical of
      those of researchers and abductee who believe that aliens are
      benevolent beings who have come to Earth to help humans on both a
      personal and a societal level. Since the early 1980s the Positives
      have espoused the belief that humanity is fortunate to have been
      chosen for this beneficence.

      Influential Proponents

      In addition to John Hunter Gray, there are several other Positive
      proponents who have shaped a segment of public opinion about the
      meaning of abductions and the aliens' ultimate intentions. One of the
      first to champion the idea that aliens are on Earth for our benefit
      was University of Wyoming professor of Guidance and Counseling Leo
      Sprinkle. An early pioneer in abduction research, beginning hypnosis
      in the mid-1960s, Sprinkle concluded that the simple explanation that
      beings come to Earth for their own purposes was insufficient.

      Eventually Sprinkle developed the rationale that "there are two
      themes to the ET [extraterrestrial] purpose; 1, ETs are here to
      rejuvenate planet earth and 2, ETs are here to assist humankind in
      another stage of evolution." The ETs' method of showing mankind that
      they are here to help us, he explained, is "through a metamorphosis
      of human consciousness."2 The metamorphosis takes place, in part,
      through the lessons that wise aliens teach humans about cosmic
      matters. The aliens often communicate these lesson through
      channeling. In the course of his research, Sprinkle came to realize
      that he himself is an abductee.

      In 1980, Sprinkle held the first of his annual conferences in
      Laramie, Wyoming, which has become a central meeting place for
      followers of the Positive point of view. At the conferences, Sprinkle
      often takes questions from concerned individuals about abductions or
      sightings and "channels" the meaning of the person's event, directly
      asking the aliens questions and relating the answers. This total
      acceptance of the spirituality of the abduction phenomenon has made
      him popular with many abductees and researchers influenced by New Age

      Another proponent of Positive themes is Richard Boylan, a former
      private practice psychologist in Sacramento, California, and also an
      abductee. Like Hunter Gray and Sprinkle, Boylan interprets his
      abduction experiences as profoundly benevolent and beneficial for
      him. His aliens are environmentally minded creatures who want to
      raise people's consciousness about Earth's problems and humanity's
      place in the cosmos. According to Boylan, the "mission" of the
      aliens "is to communicate to humans the concerns the ETs
      shareDconcerns about our violence toward each other and our
      government's violence toward them; about the ecological destruction
      and degradation we are visiting upon our earth; about our failure to
      properly care for and educate each child; about our possession of,
      and intended use of, nuclear weapons as a way to resolve disputes;
      and about our becoming more conscious of our heritage and our destiny
      (which both involve the ETs).

      Boylan believes that the aliens will reveal themselves eventually,
      and at that time a "conditioned" humanity will not be afraid.When the
      great event comes, we will welcome the friendly aliens with open arms
      as we join with them in universal fellowship.

      We look forward as some of the implications of ET-human relationships
      develop when we finally get to CEIV [Close Encounters of the Fourth
      KindDthat is, abductions], the open, official, mutually welcomed,
      meeting of our earth's representatives with the representatives of
      these other star civilizations, and then we finally have a truly
      multi-racial world, racial in its true sense of races from other
      planets since we are only one human race with different colors and
      bone structures and so forth.... If we get rid of our nuclear weapons
      and our gun-slinging attitude towards solving problems by outdrawing
      the other guy, then we will be ready for admission into the
      intergalactic UN, if you will. We can look forward to cultural
      exchanges or representatives from earth and other civilizations
      because they have other things to learn from us just as we have other
      things to learn from them and this may involve the actual exchange of
      people going to other planets to observe their society and their
      representatives here walking among us.

      To Boylan, the aliens are even more acceptable because they believe
      in a form of Supreme Being and therefore confirm Judeo Christian
      monotheism: "The ETs, too, realize that there's a Supreme Being or a
      supreme source of everything. They're not kidded that they are the
      top of the pile either. They acknowledge a supreme source out
      thereDthe fountainhead of all life."

      A significant influence on the Positives' belief system has been
      Massachusetts researcher Joseph Nyman, who began hypnotic regressions
      of abductees in the late 1980s and added "past lives" to the
      Positives' vision.When he regressed them to early childhood to
      recover the first abduction memories, he found he could take some of
      his subjects back to when they were infants, then back to the womb,
      and then to a "past life." A few of them "remembered" that they had
      lived their past lives as aliens. Nyman hypothesized that abductees
      were taken from the time they were babies because they already had
      existed as aliens in past lives.

      Not only does Nyman find that many abductees think they were aliens
      in a past life, but he also suggests that some abductees possess an
      alien's "consciousness," which imbues their present human form. For
      Nyman, the evidence is "overwhelming" that the aliens impose these
      dual feelingsDhuman and alienDon the abductees. "It implies the
      taking up of residence in the human form at birth (or before) of a
      fully developed intelligence which for a while is aware of both its
      human and non-human nature and of the pre-arranged monitoring to be
      conducted throughout life." Abductees and aliens have "melded"
      together in some way and in a sense abductees and aliens are the
      same. Abductees live their present lives with a "dual reference,"
      human and alien. This allows the abductee to feel a positive
      connectiveness to the aliens with a resultant loss of "fear, anxiety,
      and self-doubt."'

      Perhaps the most significant spokesperson for the Positive viewpoint
      is John Mack of Harvard University. As Mack examined the established
      structure of abductions, he concluded that the aliens' goal was more
      than administering clinical procedures. Although Mack says the
      abduction phenomenon is "mixed" and not entirely positive, he
      believes abductions bring an opportunity for spiritual transformation
      and heightened consciousness.

      Mack has been influenced by psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, who
      postulated that the human mind could connect with the "collective
      unconscious," the universe, and all things animate and inanimate,
      present and past. Similarly, Mack believes that the abduction
      phenomenon has the potential, like Eastern metaphysical philosophies,
      to "depict the universe and all its realities as a vast play of
      consciousness with physical manifestations." The effect of abductions
      can be "personal growth," which results in "an intense concern for
      the planet's survival and a powerful ecological consciousness."8

      In addition, Mack thinks that Western society has cut itself off
      from "awareness of any higher form of intelligence" in the universe.
      In his view, the aliens have predicted the destruction of Earth by
      the encroachment of "technodestructive and fear-driven
      acquisitiveness," and he suggests that the aliens may be using the
      hybridization program and visualizations of our self-destruction to
      bring about the healing of Earth and "the further evolution of

      Within this framework, Mack began hypnotic regression of abductees in
      1990, hoping to "push past" their trauma and unveil the essential
      goodness of the alien higher consciousness. And like Nyman, he found
      that a number of abductees whom he hypnotized had lived past lives,
      sometimes as aliens. Mack concluded that even though most other
      abduction researchers have not found the pastlife-as-alien account,
      Nyman's "dual reference" was a "fundamental dimension of the
      consciousness expansion or opening that is an intrinsic aspect of the
      abduction phenomenon itself.''

      As a credentialed Harvard faculty member with entree into main stream
      intellectual life, Mack became an intellectually courageous and
      powerful advocate for the abduction phenomenon. Where he deviates
      from the mainstream is in his belief that the phenomenon transcends
      conventional ideas about the nature of reality. For Mack,
      understanding reality requires consciousness expansion that goes
      beyond traditional science. And such consciousness expansion can only
      be good for humanity.

      A growing number of abductees who are not abduction researchers have
      also found their experiences spiritually uplifting and transforming.
      At an abduction conference held at the Massachusetts Institute of
      Technology, abductee "Susan" explained that the "communication" she
      receives from "the alien 'guardians' of our planet offers insight and
      wisdom to a world in need of it. It contains a message of love and
      support to a planet in need of healing." She also found personal
      benefit in the experience: "Since my experience, I rejoice in being
      who I am, with no expectations of how I should be, and complete
      acceptance of who I am. The changes in me are staggering. My life
      works as if by magic.... Although at one time I thought 'Why me?' now
      I say 'Thank you for choosing me.'''

      Abductee Leah Haley, who related her experiences in her book Lost Was
      the Key, believes that members of the American militaryD somehow in
      conjunction with the aliensDabducted her on many occasions and held
      her in a barrackslike building. Yet despite these clearly negative
      experiences, her view of the aliens is positive. In her children's
      book, Ceto's New Friends, Haley tells the story of the gray alien
      Ceto who comes to Earth and meets little Annie and Seth. The three
      play together, and Ceto invites them on board his UFO. They are happy
      to go, float up into the object, play various "games," and then are
      floated back. On the final page, the two happy but weary children
      look longingly toward the UFO, and the story concludes with Haley
      writing that "the Spaceship flew away, but Ceto will come back soon
      to visit his new friends on Earth." Although most abductees have not
      gone as far as this in "humanizing" and sentimentalizing the aliens,
      Haley's viewpoint is a logical extension of the desireDperhaps the
      need for the aliens to be friendly and helpful.

      Taken as a group, the Positives' message is that humans have
      conducted their affairs in a way that will lead to the degradation of
      the planet and the end of the human species. Humans have caused
      poverty, ignorance, and overpopulation, and they risk environmental
      catastrophe and atomic annihilation. The concerned aliens
      are "educating" abductees to warn us of what is to come if we do not
      change our behavior.

      The Positives argue that aliens are more fully evolved spiritually
      than humans, and that they have a heightened awareness of the
      mysteries of the universe. The aliens recognize the specialness of
      human life and are also aware of how humankind has erred. They
      respect the sanctity of human life even more than we do. They care
      about us and love us. The aliens are the teachers and we are the
      students. They are the parents and we are the children. They must
      teach us how to behave. Because they are a benevolent species, they
      have come to help us find solutions to our problems.

      Moreover, the Positives believe that alien guidance is not meant only
      for society in general. The aliens can help the individual abductee
      to raise himself spiritually by giving him knowledge of higher realms
      of existence and the connectedness of all things. They can also aid
      individual abductees physically by curing various problems that they
      may have. John Hunter Gray was a recipient of alien largess. His body
      hair increased, his face and neck narrowed, many wrinkles and
      blemishes disappeared from his face, and his circulation and blood-
      clotting improved. He has not been ill since the abduction, and after
      forty years of smoking, he gave it up with no signs of nicotine
      withdrawal. He also has had expanded psychic abilities. Hunter Gray
      is convinced that the aliens treat all people with the same kindness
      and respect that he received.

      A key aspect of the Positive strategy to mold public opinion is to
      change the vocabulary used to describe aliens and abductions. They
      have denied the legitimacy of the word abductee in favor of the more
      positively charged experienced. An abductee is a person kidnaped
      against his will. An experiences is specially chosen for a very
      important task. An abductee has unwanted and traumatic medical
      procedures administered to him. An experiences is a willing
      participant in a grand and wonderful plan. An abductee endures
      reproductive and sexual procedures that are sometimes tantamount to
      rape. An experiences helps the aliens create new people for the
      betterment of aliens and humans alike. Abductees are laboratory
      animals, but experiencers are united with the aliens to build a
      better world. To reinforce the phenomenon's harmlessness, the
      Positives use only neutral or friendly terms to describe abduction
      events: visitors come here for encounters with the experiencers; the
      visitors are ETs, not aliens. Using these terms humanizes the aliens
      and makes them seem friendly and benign. The abduction phenomenon as
      a whole is "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind."

      Moreover, some Positives aggressively try to discredit researchers
      who are not in their camp. John Hunter Gray has called abduction
      researchers who adopt a skeptical or even a neutral stance "gloom and
      doomers," and he treats them scornfully. He accuses the "gloom and
      doom" researchers of being either "downright paranoid, motivated by
      commercial considerations, or ideologically endeavoring to resurrect
      a new version of the Red Scare.'' Similarly, Positive Richard Boylan
      has suggested that mainstream abduction researchers are working
      together with a "self-serving government elite" and CIA operatives to
      prevent the "real truth" about alien intentions from coming out.
      The "gloom and doomers" have made the aliens' plans all the more
      difficult to carry out, because they play on people's fears.

      Both Boylan and Mack de-emphasize the effects of the standard
      abduction procedures. Boylan believes that gynecological and
      urological procedures take place only with a very small number of
      abductees and he rarely focuses on them. And although Mack has found
      nearly the full range of alien physical, mental, and reproductive
      procedures, he only mentions them in passing while emphasizing what
      he finds to be the spiritually uplifting elements. Joe Nyman believes
      that investigators who find that abductees were victimized have been
      influenced by the popular media, which have publicized abductees who
      have been victimized. For Nyman, these investigators have "prejudged"
      the phenomenon and their abduction work is "superficial,"
      and ''incomplete.''

      The benevolent "spin" that the Positives (both abductees and
      researchers) put on the abduction phenomenon is puzzling, given the
      way most people describe their abductions: being unwillingly taken;
      being subjected to painful physical procedures (sometimes leaving
      permanent scars); enduring humiliating and abusive sexual episodes,
      including unwanted sexual intercourse; living with the fear and
      anxiety of wondering when they will be abducted again.

      The Positives acknowledge that some abduction procedures might be
      painful or traumatic, but they liken the experiences to going to a
      dentist, where one endures short-term pain for long-term health. They
      look past fear because the frightened or traumatized abductees fail
      to understand the aliens' hidden benevolent motivations. Once
      the "experiencers" grasp the big picture, they will understand that
      temporary fear and pain are an insignificant price to pay for the
      enormous rewards they will reap in the future.

      Echoes of the Contactees

      The Positives, although more sophisticated and complex, echo
      the "contacted" thought of the 1950s. The contactees were a group of
      people who spun tales of having continuing contact with
      benevolent "space brothers" who had come to Earth to prevent humans
      from blowing up the planet with atomic bombs and upsetting other
      planets in the process. Contactees were careful to suggest that the
      aliens believed in a Judeo-Christian god, and some even claimed that
      Jesus was also a religious figure for them. The contactees followed
      alien-directed missions to spread the word to stop atomic wars, live
      together in fellowship, and stamp out communism. Contactee Howard
      Menger summed it up: "They are friendly people and are by far more
      advanced spiritually and physically than the people of this planet.
      At the present time they are observing us. They wish to help us to
      help ourselves to attain a higher understanding of life and its
      meaning.... They are only here to help you and worship the same
      Infinite Creator that we do.''

      At first potentially reasonable, before long the contactee stories
      become increasingly fanciful. The space brothers gave them short
      rides in flying saucersDone went from Los Angeles to Kansas City.
      Howard Menger went to the moon. Eventually, the contactees were
      flying to Mars, Venus, and the outer planets. Led by "Professor"
      George Adamski, Daniel Fry, Orfeo Angelucci, Howard Menger, Truman
      Bethurum, Buck Nelson, and others, the contactees proved to be a
      terrible embarrassment to legitimate UFO researchers of the period,
      who had to spend great amounts of time and money combatting them and
      explain to a confused public that they were charlatans who did not
      represent legitimate UFO witnesses.

      Of the many influences on contactee thought, perhaps the most
      significant was the 1951 movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. The
      movie portrays humans as warlike and the peaceful alien, Klaatu, as
      possessing an advanced technology that can end disease for humans.
      Klaatu has a proto-ecological message: If Earth continues on its
      aggressive, warlike path, its atomic technology will endanger the
      community of planets; therefore, the Earthlings must renounce war or
      the alien will use his robot, Gort, to blow up Earth and end the
      threat to the planetary confederation's peace.

      Although the contactees lost popularity in the 1960s, their legacy is
      still with us. Devoted followers of the teachings of George Adamski
      and other contactees still exist in the United States. The modern
      Swiss contactee Billy Meier has published volumes of philosophical
      ruminations supposedly derived from aliens who come from the Pleiades
      constellation. Meier has attracted a large worldwide following and
      supplies photos, films, and tapes of UFOs, all of dubious origin, in
      support of his contentions. Dr. Steven Greer has formed an
      organization that will take a member to a secluded place and signal
      aliens to come to Earth for private sightings. Greer's claims suggest
      a special relationship with the extraterrestrials so that they will
      do his bidding.

      The Positive Leo Sprinkle uses the word "contactee" to describe his
      and other people's experiences. He feels that meditation can cause a
      UFO sighting, either in the present life or in one or more past
      lives. He claims direct communication with aliens and can get them to
      answer his questions virtually on demand.

      Using the New Age to Cope

      It is extremely difficult for unaware abductees who have not
      undergone competent hypnosis, or who have had none at all, to come to
      terms emotionally with their abductions. As a result, they develop
      coping mechanisms to deal with the continual psychological and
      physical assault from their experiences. To mitigate their
      victimization, they transform their lifetime of fear and anxiety into
      a more psychologically bearable scenario.

      These abductees seek reassurance and find organizations and people
      who share their belief that the aliens are benevolent. Often they
      become involved with New Age groups that focus on the existence of
      alternative realities. The abductees learn there is more to life than
      one can know on a conscious, objective level. When they come in
      contact with the channeling of aliens or spirit-aliens,
      they "discover" an explanation for their experiences. In channeling,
      the entity answers all questions, no matter how grand, esoteric, or
      trivial. And the channeled messages directly address the rationale
      behind the abduction experiences: The abductees have been chosen to
      undertake a mission to help humanity, Earth, the aliens, and the
      universe. Abductees are not victimsDthey are important players in a
      majestic alien plan for the betterment of humanity. Enduring a little
      fear and pain is a small price to pay for taking part in such an
      important task.

      To circumvent the problems of being taken against their will, living
      in fear, and being unable to say "no," the New Age abductees believe
      they have given the aliens "permission" to abduct them, either in a
      past life or when they were small children. They entered into a
      verbal contract and, therefore, it is proper, and even legal, for the
      aliens to abduct them. For New Age Positives, the aliens are
      humanity's friends. Godlike, they have come from the heavens to help
      us find our way. Not only do they have superior technology, but their
      moral sense, desire for peace, spirituality, and ability to love are
      all far more advanced than ours. Being a part of their cosmic vision
      is a privilege and an honor.

      Often the New Age Positives band together into almost cult-like
      groups to defend themselves from their detractors - researchers and
      abductees who have come to different conclusions about the abduction
      phenomenon. The Positives reinforce one another's feelings and
      insulate themselves from the terror of their lives; they become angry
      when "less enlightened" abduction researchers question their

      For years critics of the UFO phenomenon spuriously claimed that UFO
      witnesses were forming a "new religion" based on gods from space.
      This was never true of UFO witnesses who came forward to report their
      sightings and then went on with their lives. However, abductees and
      researchers who have accepted New Age teachings share a quasi-
      religious sentiment in their interpretation of alien intentions. They
      ascribe benevolent powers to the aliens and have an almost religious
      fervor in protecting the aliens from wrong-thinking individuals who
      would treat them more as scientific objects than as miraculous
      messengers. The Positives simultaneously anthropomorphize and deify
      the aliens. While the benevolent alien-gods were all powerful, they
      have a moral structure not unlike our own. They can destroy us but
      choose to work for our betterment. In return, they will eventually
      receive our gratitude and will know that they preserved Earth and the
      precious life on it, which is intrinsically rewarding to them.

      The belief system of the New Age Positives is exceptionally strong
      because they know the alien-gods exist. After all, they have actually
      contacted the individual "experiences," which adds "proof" to their
      religious belief and drives the "experiences" to missionary zeal.
      Each abduction confirms the reality of the phenomenon and strengthens
      the New Age beliefs. For New Age Positives, the aliengods are not
      just a matter of faithDthey are a matter of stark fact.

      Of course, some New Age abductees have sought assistance from a
      competent hypnotist, one who is well-versed in the abduction
      phenomenon. As a result, they remember events that do not seem so
      positive. Often, the contradiction between belief system and reality
      is overwhelming, and the abductee breaks off hypnosis, retreating
      into his protective New Age cocoon.

      Rejecting the Importance of Competent Hypnosis

      A primary reason for the Positive attitude is that most of these
      at'ductees have not undergone competent hypnosis to help them
      understand what has happened to them. They have only conscious
      recollections, which are often tainted with screen memories, false
      memories, fragmented memories, the remnants of imaging and
      envisioning procedures, and wishful thinking.

      In abduction research, memories derived hypnotically under the
      guidance of a competent hypnotist are more reliable than conscious
      memories. This is clearly demonstrated by analyzing the
      abduction "frame"Dthe first few seconds and the last few seconds of
      the abductionDwhich usually takes place in the person's normal
      environment. Unaware abductees (those who have not undergone expert
      hypnosis) often extrapolate from memory fragments of these periods.
      For example, an unaware abductee might remember that an alien came
      close to him or her in bed to "greet" him, when under hypnosis this
      is revealed to be a staring procedure to subdue the abductee. An
      unaware abductee will say that he watched aliens in his room, told
      them that he did not want to be abducted that night, and watched the
      obliging aliens depart. But under hypnosis, the unaware abductee
      reveals that the scenario he consciously remembered consists of only
      the first few seconds of the abduction, when the aliens first appear,
      and the last few seconds of the abduction, when they leave two hours
      later. It does not include the actual abduction. The aliens in both
      cases had originally and falsely appeared to be more reasonable
      and "human," exhibiting concern for the abductee and honoring his

      Experience with unaware abductees clearly leads to the conclusion
      that the most serious barrier to competent abduction research is
      incompetent hypnosis. This problem is compounded by lack of agreed
      upon standards for conducting hypnosis on abductees, and by the
      continuing debate over the meaning of UFO abductions. Without
      standardized methodology, a hypnotist can use any induction or
      questioning techniqueDno matter how experimental, untried, or
      dubiousDto explore abduction accounts. Questionable technique coupled
      with the hypnotist's lack of knowledge of the abduction phenomenon
      results in false memories, inserted memories, confabulation,
      dissociative states, and error.

      A second barrier to competent abduction research is the mindset of
      the hypnotist. Many hypnotists and therapists who work with abductees
      adhere to New Age philosophies and actively search for confirmational
      material. During hypnosis, the hypnotist emphasizes material that
      reinforces his own world view. If both the subject and the hypnotist
      are involved with New Age beliefs, the material that results from the
      hypnotic sessions must be viewed skeptically, because their mindset
      can seriously compromise their ability to discern the facts.

      Competent abduction hypnosis is difficult. Each question must be
      intrinsic to the abductee's narrative and should grow organically
      from it, without introducing extraneous material. The investigator
      should critically evaluate each answer in light of the established
      knowledge of the abduction phenomenon, the abductee's suggestibility
      and ability to filter out erroneous memories, the internal integrity
      of the account, and that ineffable but supremely important element
      common sense.

      When unskilled hypnotists regress an abductee, they fail to situate
      him in the event's minute-by-minute chronology. Without links to a
      temporal sequence, the abductee can interpret the events without the
      facts necessary to guide his thoughts, which leads to confabulation
      and other memory problems. The inadequate hypnotist and the abductee
      engage in a mutual confirmational fantasy: the abductee reports the
      fantasy; the hypnotist assumes that the abductee's narrative is
      objective reality. And then by asking questions about the details of
      the pseudo-event, the hypnotist validates its reality.

      Research over the years has shown that the aliens are rational.
      Virtually everything that happens during abductions is, given
      adequate information, comprehensible and logical. A systematic,
      rigorous, and skeptical approach to this phenomenon has successfully
      uncovered its secrets; there is no reason to abandon competent
      analysis in favor of religious or philosophical belief systems.

      Furthermore, mainstream abduction researchers have been unable to
      uncover anything paranormal, spiritual, religious, or metaphysical
      about the phenomenon.There is no evidence to support NewAge
      hypnotherapists' contention that once the abductee "pushes past the
      trauma" of his abduction, he will encounter "spirit guides"
      or "guardian angels" who will steer him safely through abduction
      events, protect him in ordinary life, and guide him toward
      enlightenment. Usually "pushing past the trauma" comes at the expense
      of rooting the abductee in the reality of what is happening. Thus,
      the naive hypnotherapist has unwittingly pushed the abductees into
      unrecognized dissociative states.

      Spiritual Assumptions and Validational Questioning

      John Mack is a good example of a hypnotist who has relied more on New
      Age thinking than on an objective approach to hypnosis. Mack's
      personal study of consciousness transformation and spiritual
      enlightenment informs and shapes his assumptions and questions during
      hypnotic regressions. From the beginning of his interest in
      abductions, he thought the accepted interpretations of the abduction
      phenomenon that the beings had their own agenda of physiological
      exploitation of humansDwere inadequate. He also suspected that
      mainstream abduction researchers were finding the accepted abduction
      structure because they "pull out of the experiencers what they want
      to see."

      Ignoring the well-documented research about repression, recovered
      memory, confabulation, false memories, and mistakes that abductees
      commonly make about visualization procedures, Mack began to delve
      into the phenomenon from an unconventional perspective. For his
      hypnotic sessions, he used a combination of traditional hypnosis and
      modified Grof "breath" work (holotropic breathing), in which the
      subject regulates the intake and exhaust of oxygen and carbon
      dioxide. In full fledged holotropic breathing, people can feel they
      are experiencing their birth, some can hallucinate quite strongly,
      and many have powerful emotional reactions. The effect of even
      modified breath work on hypnosis and on memory formation and
      retrieval is unknown, but information derived with it must be treated
      with caution.

      In spite of his New Age viewpoint and methodology, Mack found much of
      the same material that other researchers have uncovered: "These
      individuals reported being taken against their wills by alien beings,
      sometimes through the walls of their houses, and subjected to
      elaborate intrusive procedures which appeared to have a reproductive
      purpose." But Mack also began to hear more "spiritual" and
      transformational accounts from abductees who either related
      conversations with aliens or just "knew." Rather than proceeding with
      extreme skepticism, he assumed the abductee's veracity and
      incorporated the information into an idiosyncratic abduction

      Mack is sensitive to charges of "leading" the subject within the
      hypnotic session. He sincerely says he does "not lead clients in any
      particular direction so that if information that is relevant to the
      spiritual or consciousness expanding aspects of the abduction
      phenomenon emerges during our sessions, it will do so freely and
      spontaneously and not as a result of specific inquiries of mine." Yet
      he also sincerely believes that the construction of an abduction
      scenario depends on the "intermingling or flowing together of the
      consciousness of the two (or more) people in the room." They "co-
      creatively" build an experience that they share for the benefit of

      While Mack does not "lead the witness" in the classic meaning of the
      phrase, he embraces the "positive" therapeutic technique that leads
      to mutual confirmational fantasies and easily steers the abductee
      into dissociative channeled pathways. This technique may be
      temporarily useful, but it represents the antithesis of the goal of
      scientific researchDto uncover the facts.

      Apparently unconcerned with the problems of dissociation and
      channeling, John Mack accepts "recollections" at face value. For
      example, one of Mack's subjects, Ed, "remembered" a female being who
      told the young man that he possessed special gifts and powers and
      recommended an environmental course of action for him.

      "Listen to the earth, Ed," [the being said]. "You can hear the earth.
      You can hear the anguish of the spirits. You can hear the wailing
      cries of the imbalances. It will save you. It will save you....
      Things are going to happen," she said, but he must "listen to the
      spirits," even if he is taunted and not feel overwhelmed. "She gave
      me a flash . . . she opened up that channel and turned up the volume.
      Some of [the spirits] are crying; some of them are mirthful. She just
      ran me through the whole thing in a couple of seconds, 'All this you
      can see, hear, and feel. Other people may think you are crazy."' The
      earth itself, the being told him, is enraged at our stupidity,
      and "the earth's skin is going to swat some bugs off" that do not
      know how to "work in symbiotic harmony" with it.

      Instead of treating this "dialogue" with extreme skepticism, Mack
      asks the validational question that confirms the fantasy and calls
      for more information: "I asked Ed how this swatting off was going to
      happen." By posing this question, he unknowingly joins with the
      subject in a mutual confirmational fantasy that assumes the
      authenticity of the information and adds import to it.

      There are many examples of validational questioning in Mack's
      published research, which make the information upon which he bases
      his theories exceptionally suspect. But despite his methodology,
      Mack's Positive stance is appealing to many people, and his
      methodology is typical of the researchers who have found abductions
      to be positive. The Positive outlook, however, does not only emanate
      from methodological inadequacies. There are procedures that aliens
      perform within the abduction phenomenon that also generate Positive
      feelingsDbut in unexpected ways.

      Alien Affirmation of the Positive Viewpoint

      Some abductees think that aliens are benevolent as a direct result of
      abduction procedures. The aliens can be civil, caring, and even
      kindly. They can ensure that the abductees will not feel pain during
      invasive procedures. They can sometimes cure ailments. They can be
      appreciative. They do reaffirm that the abductee is a "special"
      person. For women, the Mindscan procedure, with its elicitation of
      romantic and sexual feelings, can encourage them to feel love and
      affection for the aliens. When these women think of aliens, they do
      so with a vague yearning, a sense of emotional emptiness, as if
      recalling a haunting memory of a long-lost lover.

      Abductees have spent their lives entangled in the abduction
      phenomenon, and the aliens sometimes use this fact for their own
      purposes. They often tell abductees that they are part of the
      alien "family," and they frequently tell children that the aliens are
      their "parents." Abductees often feel a sense of loss when their
      hybrid offspring are taken away, reinforcing the idea that they have
      an emotional interest elsewhere, not on Earth. For these abductees,
      the aliens must be benevolent. The two species are working together
      to create a better world. The Positive interpretation is a natural
      outcome of these close links and active collaboration.

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