Many ATS members out there are most likely familiar with this topic if they have had any interest in the subject of Ufology and alien abduction.
Communion was a book written by Whitley Streiber, a well renowned author of fiction, back in 1987. A susequent movie was made in 1989. The book
highlighted Mr. Streiber's personal account of alien abduction, regressive hypnotherapy and the impacts that it had on him.
Strieber’s accounts are profound. Author of “The Wolfen” also, there is no doubt that this man is a fine fictional author. In 1985 Strieber
read Jenny Randles’ book “Science and the UFOs”, and reacted in horror to its contents regarding alien abductions. He realised that many of his
nightmares and partial memories might hide a hidden truth, and contacted researcher Budd Hopkins. Budd conducted hypnosis on Strieber and, sure
enough, the memories of a terrifying ordeal at the hands of the Greys emerged. The next couple of years saw Strieber piecing together the abduction
jigsaw from his emerging memories of these events, and then publication of the account of his experiences.
Being a well-known author, his book was publicised widely and sold well. Its success reflected his brilliance at portraying his quest to come to
grips with what had happened to him. Filled with self-doubt, but also passionate advocacy of his claims, he opened the eyes of the reader to the
terrifying implications of the abduction experience. Few other authors have been able to relate this human angle so vividly.
This book had a profound impact on me as a reader. Communion was one of the very first books to actually detail alien abduction, and one of the first
to introduce the grays into the mainstream. The actual dialogue from the account, while under hypnosis, was absolutely riveting (and terrifying).
Unfortunately, his success as an author of fine fiction served to be his Achilles heel when attempting to gain credibility among mainstream media.
One point that I would like to make is that many UFO researchers have noted the artistic abilities exhibited by people who claim encounters with
aliens. Often they are seen to experience a drastic change in their lives after their encounter, becoming more talented on many levels, more acutely
aware of environmental concerns regarding the Earth, even discovering psychic and other paranormal abilities. Their UFO experiences seem to catalyse
a certain New Age awareness and spiritual evolution. Does this connection lead us to the inference that many artistic people are, in fact, abductees
with hidden memories of a lifetime of ‘communion’?
Developing this line of reasoning, one could see how the Strieber experience is a real one. Like the chicken and the egg, the pattern of alien
encounters through his life, repressed into the deep sub-conscious for many years, created in him the ability to write so well. His horror stories
may have reflected the bubbling up of these screen memories into his consciousness. The werewolves as his artistic depictions, but screening the
personal reality of the Greys.
My question, did you find his account in the book credible and if so is there obvious proof in his writing? Is psychic ability or ESP the direct
result of alien abduction? Do you believe that there is substance to his claim as an abductee? Is regressive hypnotherapy reliable? Or was this book
simply the work of a masterful writer of fiction and nothing more?
Cover from the actual book - still disturbing to this day! ...lol
[edit on 6-3-2006 by BlackOps719]