It is a very basic kind of spiritual experience, which has also been consistently reported throughout history by saints, mystics, and various types of ecstatics. The similarities between UFO abduction and NDEs have been explored by a number of writers and researchers, the most famous and credentialed of which is undoubtedly Dr. Ken Ring. Then he did a follow-up project in which he studied UFO experiencers primarily "abductees" , and specifically compared this phenomenon to that of near-death. His full report can be found in The Omega Project ; he found strong similarities between the two types of experience, and hypothesized that they may actually be two variants of a more basic underlying phenomenon.
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The Andreasson case involves the abduction of Betty Andreasson and her family, which included her children and her father. Her experiences alone, involves multiple abductions over the years. Her seven children, mother, and father were in the living room. At about p. Then, a pulsating reddish-orange light shined in the kitchen window. Betty calmed the frightened children while her father rushed to look out the kitchen window.
He saw a group of strange-looking small creatures approaching with a hopping motion. Five small humanoid creatures entered the house, passing right through the wooden door. One creature went over to her father. The leader of the other four established telepathic communication with Betty. The leader was about five feet tall. The others were about four feet tall. All had large pear-shaped heads, wide catlike wraparound eyes, and diminutive ears and noses. Their mouths were immobile slits that reminded Betty of scar lines.
Each wore a coverall blue uniform adorned with a Sam Browne-type belt. An insignia of a bird was affixed to their sleeves. Their hands had three digits. Later, on the craft, they were gloved. They wore boot-like attire on their feet. They floated rather than walked. Then Betty was taken outside and brought on board a small craft resting on the side of a hill that sloped into the back yard.
The machine was about twenty feet in diameter. It looked like two saucers, one inverted upon the other, with a small superstructure on top. The small craft accelerated and apparently merged with a larger parent craft, in which Betty was subjected to the effects of strange equipment and a physical examination.
Then she was taken to an alien place and given a bizarre object lesson that caused her to undergo a painful yet ecstatic religious-like experience. Later that night, a p. At home, she found her family still in a state of suspended animation. One being had stayed behind to watch over them during her absence. Then the beings put the family -- still under some type of mind control - to bed, and the aliens left. Several times, the aliens had told Betty that certain things had been locked in her mind.
She was instructed to forget them and her UFO experience until the appointed time. She consciously remembered only a fraction of the strange encounter; the power failure, the colored light flashing through the window, and the aliens entering the house.
Betty, a devout Christian, interpreted the creatures as religious or angelic in nature. The subject of UFOs was largely unknown to her. Her education had been limited to ten years of schooling, her basic interests included family, church, and community-related activities. Not until much later did she think of her experience as a possible UFO encounter. Allen Hynek, who was soliciting personal UFO experience information from the public.
The investigating team consisted of a solar physicist, an electronics engineer, an aerospace engineer, a telecommunications specialist, and a UFO investigator. They employed the services of a professional hypnotist and a medical doctor trained in psychiatry. During a twelve-month investigation, they conducted an extensive character-reference check, two lie-detector tests, a psychiatric interview, and fourteen lengthy hypnotic regression sessions. Under hypnosis, Betty and her daughter relived a consistent, detailed UFO experience with genuine physiological reactions.
Their three-volume, page report led to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable and sane individuals who sincerely believed the experience had really occurred.