It could be argued that dreams and reports about UFOs are an exclusively modern phenomenon and are a symbolic reflection of the worries and concerns of modern people living in an uncertain world. Yet many cultures tell of dreams and have ritual traditions that some people claim represents a history of contact with aliens.
For example, in the aboriginal culture the shamans speak of meeting with the sky gods Baiame, Biral, Goin and Bundjil during dreaming that are strikingly similar to today’s contactee and abduction reports. (Note: see also what Sathya Sai Baba said about UFO Experiences)
In some instances, the dreamer is abducted by ‘spirits’, ritualistically ‘killed’, and then experiences a magical journey. This is generally described as an aerial ascent to a strange realm where the person is met the ‘sky god.’ After his ordeal he is restored to life in a transformed state and now becoming a fully initiated the tribal shaman.
Many tribal traditions describe similar dreams, myths and experiences about abduction by powerful beings. Sometimes these ‘abductions’ detail medical experimentation similar to the ones that aliens are supposed to undertaken on today’s abductees. Tribal traditions and rituals involve the symbolic removal of body parts, disembowelment, implanting of artefacts and ascents to the skies to visit strange lands. (see also how UFOs are connected with Energy Vortexes)
Seventy percent of abductees begin their adventure in a dream like state. The abduction may occur in the person’s bedroom or when he or she is driving at night. Could it be that these abductions are the result of lucid dreams? I have explained in the appropriate section about how lucid dreams are a state of consciousness that lies somewhere between sleep and waking. The person is asleep but at the same time the mind is consciously active. Lucid dreams appear to the person to be a completely ‘real’ experience with a full sense of space and time and with all five senses appearing to function as normal. This profound altered state of consciousness can easily be mistaken for a ‘real’ experience and may occur in everyday situations when the person is close to a sleep state. Memories of these states can be remembered or recovered under hypnosis.
According to the research of the psychologist Keith Ring and others abductees as a group have suffered a higher than average incidences of child abuse. Children suffering abuse tend to develop a psychological defence mechanism that Freud called “dissociation”. What this means is that they divide their awareness so that they can escape from the appalling physical realities. As many abduction reports often involve sexual experiments by the aliens it has been argued that this is in fact childhood memory breaking through into normal consciousness. The space visitors’ experiments are in fact a disguised fantasy about what happened to the person during childhood. These hidden memories can be mistaken for real events.
Signs and Symbols:
The psychologist Carl Jung presented an interesting perspective on the UFO phenomenon in his book Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies (1958) According to Jung the human psyche is struggling to reconcile the opposite aspects of itself and find inner harmony. The battle of psychological opposites includes the conflict between the extrovert (outgoing) side of ourselves and the introvert (inward looking) side of ourselves There are also conflicts between the integrated conscious and unconscious Self (or God-image); the persona (or social mask) versus the shadow (unconscious natural self) and thinking and feeling (rational functions) versus sensation and intuition (irrational forces). These opposites are brought together by healing symbols from the collective unconscious that Jung called the archetypes. One of the oldest and most powerful archetypal symbols is the mandala. This comes from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘magic circle’ and is a symbol for the fully integrated and whole self. Jung argued that the circular nature of UFOs/flying saucers is a symbolic representation of man’s desire to find the wholeness of self that this mandala represents. (Crop circles may be a similar symbol of people’s hope for wholeness) What our culture calls abductions may be distorted views of the search for the true Self and to discover fullness of the human psyche.
If you dream about Aliens and UFOs it may not necessarily mean that you are about to be abducted or whisked off to another planet. These dreams are most likely to be about your own journey of self-discovery and your desire to understand more about the unfamiliar part of your psyche. (See also Nostradamus and UFOS)
If your dream is frightening it may show that you consider this unknown part of yourself to be hostile. If this is the case then you need to find out why you consider this part of yourself to be an enemy. The appearance of an ‘alien’ in a dream may represent part of yourself that you consider to be ‘alien’ to your normal nature. You may be having feelings that are ‘unlike you’ or not in keeping with your normal ways of behaving. It could be that you have repressed some of your feelings and emotions and that now these things press upon you during sleep. Is there a problem that you do not want to face or an issue that requires you attention? Perhaps you feel alienated socially or at the workplace? You may feel sometimes that your views are so different to everyone else that you may as well come from another planet!
If the alien speaks wisdom to you them maybe this is your own higher self connecting with you. Perhaps this innate wisdom also gives you an overview of a situation and maybe even an insight into the future and how to deal with it. The higher functions of the intuition will often appear in a symbolic form such as a wise man or woman, a sage, alchemist, guru, witch or wizard. The alien comes from the skies so can represent the search for the divine. Perhaps this dream holds clues to discovering your true nature and the way to divine awareness. Listen to the messages that the alien brings. Good or bad the dream may give you some unusual and helpful insights from the unconscious.
“I don’t laugh at people any more when they say they’ve seen UFOs. It was the darnedest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colours and it was about the size of the moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was.”
Jimmy Carter (Former US President)
References and Works Cited:
- This article is a copyrighted extract from my book Psychic Dreaming by Craig Hamilton-Parker ( ISBN 1-4027-0474-7 Sterling Publishers 2004 )
- Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies – Carl G. Jung Harcourt, Brace, 1959
- UFOs and the National Security State 1 (UFOs and the National Security State #1) by Richard Dolan Published April 30th 2000 by Keyhole Publishing Co. (Rochester) (first published 2000)
- Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen Published May 17th 2011 by Little, Brown & Company (Boston) (first published 2011)
- UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record by Leslie Kean Published August 10th 2010 by Crown Archetype(first published January 1st 2010)
- High Strangeness: Hyperdimensions and the Process of Alien Abduction by Laura Knight-Jadczyk, Arkadiusz Jadczyk (Afterword), Harrison Koehli (Foreword by), Richard Dolan (Preface by)
- Centre for UFO Studies
- British UFO Research Association
- Ufology News
- “The Black Vault Encyclopaedia Project”.
- “Close Encounters with Extra-terrestrials”.
An Unidentified Flying Object – an object seen in the sky for which no explanation can be found. Often claimed to be a space ship carrying extraterrestrials.
Most Recent UFO Sightings
- Harbour Mille incident – UFOs were spotted over Harbour Mille, Newfoundland.
- Booysens Sighting – People from Booysens, Pretoria, South Africa saw a triangle of bright lights in the night sky
- Jerusalem Dome of the Rock – Light seen above the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem
- Tierpoort Sighting – Orange lights seen over Tierpoort near Pretoria.