Hello ATS, a few months ago I stumbled across a thread an 'excessive fear of grays' by Draevin. This member had a similar 'condition' to myself,
and he found as did I, that he was not alone with this particular form of phobia. I had until this point thought that I was just weird, which is true,
but that in particular that my fear was a unique and personal experience.
It was great for me to find some people with a similar feeling of distaste for these creatures, real or not as they may be, and after searching on the
site I found another thread about the exact same problem. So first off I would like to thank both Mr Green and Draevin for alleviating my isolation
So I got to thinking last night, for me it was another one of those difficult insomniac evenings, with racing thoughts bombarding me with waking every
second. Making it virtually impossible to drift off to a nice relaxing sleep. As it was a clear night, having been a beautiful day, I decided to peer
out my window, and of course my 1000 mile a minute mind (I have yet to benefit from, and I am certainly not bragging about), got on to the topic of
In particular how unlikely I believe our complete isolation here on Earth to be. This led my pondering on to the creatures that terrified me as a
child, and can still send the shiver down my spine as a fully grown man. Were they real? I certainly have had no experience with them that I can
remember, nor do I know anyone who has.
So why do I fear them? Why do they repulse me so? How can I be afraid of something no one can be sure exists? Is it saturation of these images in the
media I viewed as a child and young adult?
Or is there a more primitive explanation? One that is grounded in reality, and relates to an experience that almost every member of the human race is
united by. This is what I wish to discuss.
The question of whether or not the widely available image of the Gray alien in popular culture, is the source of my fear, is the first question to
address. I believe that this is too simple an answer and a lazy explanation for this phenomenon. Something a parent might tell their child to quell
their fears, or the explanation for a particularly nasty nightmare. As we know nightmares and dreams in general can have absolutely no relation to the
recent experiences of the person who dreamt them, and it is entirely possible to create new and unique creatures and landscapes within the mind of
My reason for this belief is based on the fact that the description of the Gray alien and the phobic response it can produce, predates the
contemporary media culture that I have grown up with.There are descriptions of such creatures and the mischief that comes with them, long before UFO
sightings became the norm, and folks began to wonder who might be operating them. Sure they used to go by the name of goblins, ghouls, and demons but
it is my belief these are descriptions of the same entity. The abduction phenomena also has a considerable legacy, but one uniting factor between the
majority of cases, is the Gray alien type. Certainly pop culture could be responsible for some, but not all of the phobic responses produced. I can
remember my fear of Grays before any memory of watching a film or television program about them.
This brings me on to the next question, is there a more primitive explanation? I believe the answer to this question is yes, and here is why.
There is a theory that all abduction experiences relate to a primitive traumatic memory of childbirth. This may seem far fetched at first, but bare
with me for a moment I am going somewhere with it.
This theory states that the feeling of paralysis that occurs in the beginning of abduction experiences relates to the journey of the baby out of the
womb and along the birth canal. At this point the baby cannot move and is completely reliant on the mother to push. This constricted journey through a
ridged tube like structure, is surely similar to the victim being sucked up into the spaceship? This of course following the initial feeling of
despair after being ripped from your lovely warm bed. In addition to this most people find sleeping in the foetal position the most comfortable.
Following the constricted journey into the 'spacecraft' the victim is given a quick medical procedure which many find distressing.
Similar to the examination by the midwife and obstetrician following a successful birth, with vaccination shots etc. The surrounding environment is
cold and sterile with many bright lights shining of the victim adding to the confusion and making it difficult to focus, similar in both the delivery
room, and descriptions of the inside of a spaceship from abduction cases. The victims then often claim to see the saucer like craft at a distance
before the feeling of safety and warmth fully return. This is represented by the placenta, which yes you guessed it, is saucer shaped in nature, and
follows the baby out of the womb moments later.
So where does the Gray alien type fit into all this? You might be asking, and rightly so.
I believe that this theory is entirely plausible and if true, could give some insight into the primeval origin of the Gray alien type. The Gray alien
could be the representation of the foetus. The foetus is similar in body shape and size to the Gray alien.
The enlarged eyes and head, in contrast with the small almost withered body. So how does this become part of a primitive birth memory, after all there
aren't many mirrors down there.
Well this is where my own thoughts on the matter come into play. I believe that the foetus represents the archetype of human competition, and is
therefore synonymous with fear. To encounter another foetus in the womb means that from the earliest possible stage, from before you are even born.
You are in direct competition for resources, affection, and ultimately life. The instance of twins or multiple births, automatically increases the
possibility of complications, which are dangerous for both mother, and child, and therefore something to fear.
There is also the quite common occurrence of Vanishing Twin Syndrome (VTS), which is more widely diagnosed in today's society given the advancements
in ultrasound technology. This is when the pregnancy begins with twins, however in this instance one twin spontaneously aborts usually within the
first trimester, and the foetal tissue is absorbed by both the mother, and also it's twin.
Some studies suggest that in the US 21-30% of multiple births have an occurrence of VTS. It is also believed that VTS will occur in 50% of assisted
ovulation pregnancies. Couple this with research that suggests that 1 in 8 of us started out with a twin and you have some very interesting
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