The Type A abduction
by itself might be attributable to a vivid dream if it were not for the fact that so many people appear to have had the
same basic experience. The explanation quickly expands to include the Jungian concept of the collective unconscious, the source of archetypal imagery
appearing in different people's dreams. Consistent with this idea is a more active description of reality that comes primarily from shamanic
traditions practiced for thousands of years in many places around the world. For a shaman, reality consists of the physical world we know, as well as
a spirit domain accessible via altered states of consciousness. Surprisingly, the imagery of the abduction experience is not unique in that it appears
in this spirit world as well.
Several books have been written describing this more comprehensive understanding of reality. Of particular interest is Graham Hancock’s book,
Supernatural, David Pinchbeck’s book, Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism, and Rick Strassman’s
book, '___': The Spirit Molecule. These authors describe drug-induced altered states where powerful archetypal imagery exists in a world far removed
from normal reality. Strange beings are encountered with the ability to behave independently of the experiencer. The experiences are said to be as
real as any in the physical world, and range from fearful violence to the mystical.
Strassman describes medical research into the effects of dimethyltryptamine ('___'), a fast-acting, endogenous psychedelic molecule. The subjective
experiences of his research volunteers are related in detail in his book. Strassman emphasizes the importance of “set and setting” on the
subjective effects of the drug. Nearly all volunteers commented on powerful vibrations or pulses of energy accompanying the onset of the drug,
followed by a loss of body awareness and time perception. One type of experience was floating or flying through exotic spaces, a feeling of oneness
with the universe and of love, joy, and acceptance. Another volunteer found himself on an operating room table with tubes attached to his body, but
there were positive feelings toward humans in the room. Another found himself accompanied by a vaguely humanoid being who was interested in him and
his fear. Another was surrounded by insectoid beings who consumed his feelings of love and surrender. Strassman commented on the strong similarity
between '___' session reports and the scenarios reported by alien abductees.
'___' is also a component of potions used by indigenous peoples in some parts of the world to induce altered states of consciousness. Hancock and
Pinchbeck describe their own personal journeys into the spirit world after drinking such potions. According to Hancock, an experienced shaman is
master of all he encounters in the spirit world. He will have his own “spirit animals” who act as his guide and protector, and assist him in
achieving his desired objectives. It appears that proper assistance in the spirit world can improve the quality of the experience.
With a sufficiently high dose of the potion, the typical user is propelled rapidly into a world of stunning visual effects followed by interactions
with various strange beings. Hancock describes some as reptilian in appearance, while some are half human and half animal. Beings were encountered who
dismembered the body and put it back together again with some alterations. Or, the body was impaled by sharp objects. Pinchbeck describes entities as
“porcupine-quilled, tusked, multi-tongued, amoebic, but even those words are only approximations of entities”. Of particular interest to us, a few
of the beings encountered by both Hancock and some of Strassman’s volunteers closely resemble the aliens described by abductees. Hancock’s
interactions with these beings suggested the possibility of imminent abduction into a metal spaceship much like a flying saucer. He describes one
entity as an insect-like humanoid with a heart shaped face and slits for a nose and a mouth. The entity is accompanied by several smaller, less
intelligent beings. Besides the similarity to the alien abducters, the seeming hierarchical social structure is typical of that observed during the
The '___' experience and the Type A abduction experience seem to have a number of elements in common. Perhaps the Type A abduction is a direct result
of excess '___' release. '___' is an endogenous chemical and, according to Strassman, is part of the chemistry of the pineal gland situated just below
the brain. It is conceivable that, under certain conditions, '___' production is accelerated and it is released into the brain environment. The result
could be an abduction experience in the spirit world involving some of the beings described by Hancock and others. John Mack, a psychiatrist who
studied the abduction phenomenon, learned that many abductions from people's homes take place in the early morning hours. Strassman notes that this is
when the pineal gland is most active. Perhaps early morning '___' production facilitates alien encounters in predisposed individuals.
The Type B abduction (physical evidence, nicks, cuts, bruises)
The concept of experiencing a separate spirit world by the appropriate adjustment of brain chemistry seems sufficient to explain the Type A abduction
experience. So far, we have assumed that the physical or its proxy intrudes into the spirit world, and that the elements of the spirit world return no
further into the physical world than the impact on the viewer’s memory. Is it possible to extend this concept to also account for the additional
effects that define the Type B abduction experience? In particular, could the physical aftereffects of the medical procedures be caused by the events
experienced in the spirit world? Also, could it be possible to experience events in the spirit world jointly with another person?
According to Pinchbeck and Hancock, the spirit world is a place where new things can be learned. Further, it appears to be a reality where different
people can simultaneously experience the same thing. For example, Pinchbeck entered this space with the assistance of a shaman and two elders, and
felt the company of the others. Two of his acquaintances shared a vision of being observed by a small owl. Three others watched dolphins swimming.
Therefore, if the abduction experience also occurs in the spirit world, two people abducted together should be able to independently describe the same
Pinchbeck believes that activity in the spirit world can directly impact the physical world. He gives the example of a shaman emerging from a long
trance holding a new seed or plant needed for healing others. This suggests that consciousness operating in the spirit world can cause changes in the
physical world. In his words, “The energy of conscious or unconscious beliefs and the willpower of human beings may create actual physical
manifestations that take on a level of independence from any individual consciousness”. Therefore, we should allow for the possibility that the
abductees’ implants and nicks on the skin are side effects of the activities in the spirit world. That is, they may emerge into the physical world
prior to the return to a normal state of consciousness.
Also we cannot rule out the fact that some physical evidence is just the result of a rough sleep during one of these experiences.
Thank you for your time and please consider this information if you ever have this kind of experience.
edit on 1/11/11 by King Loki because: (no reason given)