REAL UFO Experiences: Strange Dreams or Real Encounters?

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.

UFOFor 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)

UFO ExperiencesUnderstanding your UFO Experiences

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)

Useful Resources


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.

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  • Jneyam M. Mar 22, 2013, 6:12 pm

    I don’t know when our government will allow these people with UFO experiences to announce the alien disclosure, its been taking a long time. These researchers are ready to speak and the mass is ready to hear; I am ready.

    There is no way we are alone in this huge universe and no way the earth is not been visited by others. Evolution has been happening through hybridization, is them and us filling up the empty new planets that are constantly creating in the universe. On Earth alone we have many forms, many mix. Something is giving.

  • Maria Moon Mar 22, 2013, 1:09 am

    Well abduction often occurs outside the third dimension and people, for example, whose pineal glands maybe calcified by fluoride, and so the third eye being shut down, would of course dismiss this as ‘rubbish’.

    Perhaps one day you will also have experiences that may open you up to the fact that there is much out there that many cannot see. The very spiritual ancient peoples from all over the world knew, and know, that when we dream we are not just laying in our beds, our spirits are travelling to many many places that the left side of the brain refuses to believe is actually there.

  • Jneyam Mar 20, 2013, 12:32 am

    Abductions are very real and happening every day. The world is changing through hybridization, we, as humans through the help of the Master Scientists, are populating our world and others. Its evolution in thoughts, way of living, adaptation to the new atmosphere, to new races, new way of thinking, etc. There are many hybrids living among us, they are changing the old ways, more spiritual and more open to the cosmic change that is happening as we speak. Sai love, Jneyam M.

  • ann osmond Mar 19, 2013, 4:15 pm

    I agree: this is rubbish. I do not believe anyone has ever been abducted by aliens

    • Karen Mar 30, 2017, 1:47 pm

      But how can anyone say they *know* no one had ever been abducted?
      Sure there are probably people who dreamt it all or even just told a tall tale-yet thousands of sensible human beings have seen UFOs, had out of body experiences and yes- memories of being visited by strange beings, of being taken aboard space ships and more.
      We may not understand it all, some might sound quite unbelievable- but it’s in my opinion, equally wrong to dismiss all such reports as rubbish!

  • Maria Moon Mar 18, 2013, 7:39 pm

    I have a long history of being involved with ETs and UFO experiences – either through sleep or meditation.

    I felt almost…anaesthetised. I was lying on my stomach, naked, and I could feel a presence behind me. It told me that it was ‘just a vampire’ and it promised to be gentle. I felt a small, sharp sensation in the back of my calf. The vampire seemed true to its word and I felt warmth flood through the whole of my body. ’Soooooo….good….This feels…sooooo good…’ Then suddenly I was on my back. I saw nobody….nothing…Except for a bright, clinical, blinding, white light.

    I felt something sharp begin to penetrate into the crown of my head. “It’s just a vampire” I told myself. Wait a minute….This was NOT a bite. THIS WAS A SEARING HOT, THICK SHRINGE. The pain was like nothing I had ever endured before. Unimaginable,indescribable agony. I screamed loud enough to wake the entire Solar System but only the shattering sound of silence prevailed. A second sharp implement stabbed, deeply into the right side of my head. Something was being EXTRACTED from me. That was the word that I felt at that exact moment – ‘Extraction’. But what? What were they taking from me? DNA? DMT? What? THESE ARE GREYS….NOT VAMPIRES’.

    Somehow I found the strength to raise my hands and I made a ‘Cross’ sign with my fingers. I knew it wasn’t a ‘Christian’ Cross. It was an Egyptian Cross. Suddenly I was ‘thrown back into my bedroom’. I was wide-awake trying to catch my breath; my hands, instinctively flew to my head, rubbing my ‘wounds’. I looked at my clock. It was Friday 2:20am, 21st October, 2011.

    This was NOT a dream. This was ABDUCTION. It was a real UFO Experience.

    The first chilling experience I had of a Grey (the first I actually remember) happened about 6 years ago when I was meditating in my living room. It was a sunny, Saturday afternoon and I felt very calm and relaxed. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened next. From out of nowhere a Grey appeared before me. It was ‘hovering’ about 12 inches away from me and I couldn’t open my eyes to expel the image. In fact I couldn’t move at all. It got closer to me and there was something terrifying and repulsive, about the energy in its vile, intense, black eyes. I had an urge to vomit but even that was denied me. I felt completely paralysed. I watched, helpless, as it rammed into the front of my heart chakra and out through the back. Only then could I move. I collapsed coughing, unable to breathe, and crying hysterically. When I finally found my voice, some, perhaps, false courage emerged from me as I gasped, “That all you got?”

    For days afterwards I felt weak and had breathing problems. I still, to this day, don’t know why I was attacked. Perhaps I got too close to ‘somewhere I shouldn’t have been’ and this Grey was a ‘gate keeper’. Who knows? A few weeks later I was in ‘dream’ state. I was asleep, yet NOT asleep, I was awake yet NOT awake. I was lying, on my back, on my bed…and again, the paralysis. I could only move my eyes. There were 13 Greys all standing round my bed, observing me…I didn’t count them; I simply KNEW how many there were. I felt drugged, woozy and I saw something in the corner of my bedroom, also watching me…He was someone who I knew and I was attracted to him but couldn’t remember his name…He was an Egyptian Pharaoh, donned in dark, greenish gold. He had an air of Gold about him. I thought of him as a ‘Midas’, for some reason. As I ‘awoke’ fully, the Greys and the Pharaoh evaporated before my eyes.

    The next night I ‘dreamed’ of the Pharaoh again. He was very close, to me, this time and telepathically told me ‘Soon you will have everything you ever desired’. Again he faded before my eyes. The night after that, again, in the same ‘state’, I found myself looking outside my bedroom window. A very intricately designed, black spaceship was hovering at eye level. It was so close that I could see its symbols carved into the strange metal. Then that too vanished and I ‘awoke’ still stood at my window.

    My first thought was not “Oh my God there’s a spaceship”. It was “Oh my God they are REVEALING themselves”. To this day I only have to close my eyes for a few moments and I see Greys…
    Watching. On 12/12/2012 I had a similar ‘dream’ but instead of having something extracted into my head I had something INJECTED into it.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 19, 2013, 1:03 pm

      This is certainly an interesting story but I see nothing here to qualify it as a real UFO Experience or alien abduction. Sometimes lucid dreams and sleep paralysis can cause similar waking dreams. (I note that you felt ‘anaesthetised’ – this often accompanies sleep paralysis (See my article here) or narcolepsy. Also see what I have to say about Sleep Apoplexy. This UFO experience needs a third party verification – somebody that saw it happen otherwise how can we accept that is it more than a very vivid waking dream? Sorry – that’s my view but maybe others think differently. Please post your comments.

  • Maria Mar 7, 2013, 2:44 am

    Hello and congratulations about the new UFO and Dreams post.

    I believe in UFOs and their Beings, I have seen many flying over the sky, black, orange, white, dark beige, cigar shape, bells shape, round flat shape, triangular shape and also dreamed about visitation of Pleiades, Zetas, maybe Sirians. Sometimes I wake up with marks on my body, just after the dreams, sometimes I wake up with the knowledge that I was visited and that I must do something.

    When waking up from dreams of alien visitations my body is full of static electricity that would last for at least 20 seconds. I am never afraid of what just happened but I would like to know what or whom I am dealing with, what is exactly they are doing with me or through me.

    I love to dream about ETS, sometimes all I have to do it call upon them and a strange and beautiful music, known in the dreams only, gets me ready to meet with them. They are beautiful thin beings, short but strong, benevolent most of the time. So far I dreamed of Zetas, Pleiadians and maybe Verdands, I am not sure about the Sirians, I only had this one dream where at the end this being came out of my third eye and disappeared in the air while I was just waking up.

    Sai Love, Maria

  • Maria Mar 7, 2013, 1:53 am

    “Suddenly the ship became a bright glowing object, and it appeared to roll like a ball turning over about three or four times and then sailing into the sky. In a moment it was gone, as though they had turned out the lights. I turned to Barney, and I was exuberant. I said that it was the most marvelous, most unbelievable experience of my whole life.” -Betty Hill

    The Interrupted Journey
    by John G. Fuller

    Sai lolve, Maria

  • Chris Jones Mar 6, 2013, 9:56 pm

    I don’t believe in UFO’s, and I don’t believe they will ever come into our earthly plain. I don’t know if they exist in the spirit world, because I’m not there yet, you can only ask a spirit person that question…But they will never visit this earthly plain.

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