By Michael Lindemann
[Part Two of two: March 16, 1998]
[This is the concluding part of a two part CNI News exclusive. Thanks to hypnotherapist Deborah Lindemann for conducting and transcribing the interview with Katharina Wilson quoted below, and for assistance with the Steve Neill interview quoted in part one of this report. Thanks also to Leslie at PEER for her assistance.]
Newsman Phillip H. Krapf worked for 25 years as a copy editor for the Los Angeles Times metro division, sharing in a Pulitzer Prize the Times won for its coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Krapf took early retirement in 1993 and was enjoying an eminently ordinary life in Ventura, California until the evening of June 10, 1997. That night, he says, he got abducted by aliens.
Krapf tells his remarkable story in a new book from Hay House called "The Contact Has Begun." In the book, Krapf says he was teleported right out of his bedroom by a blue beam and taken aboard a huge mothership that orbits in the vicinity of the moon.
The ship is piloted by beings he calls Verdants. They originate on a planet in another galaxy. Their spacecraft are so advanced that they can travel anywhere in the universe. They are by no means the only extraterrestrials out there -- there are thousands of other intelligent races, they told Krapf -- but the Verdants are currently the most numerous.
Krapf says he remained conscious throughout three full days on board the Verdant ship, except for normal periods of sleep. In this respect, he says, he was treated very differently from scores of other humans he saw the very moment he arrived. These people were laid out on row upon row of tables in a huge gymnasium-sized room, all unconscious and attended to by one or more Verdants. Krapf says he was told that the Verdants had been engaged for many years in the process that humans call abduction. These people on the tables -- ordinary abductees -- were being inspected medically. None of them were ever harmed. Most of them would remember nothing. Moreover, Krapf was told, the time for this kind of abduction is at an end. Very soon, it will stop completely.
Abduction was never about procreation or the making of hybrids, the Verdants told Krapf. It was simply about studying the human species in every possible way. Now the Verdants know everything there is to know about humans -- vastly more than humans know -- so there's no more need for study.
Instead, it is now time to prepare the human race for admission into the Intergalactic Federation of Sovereign Planets. Krapf was abducted, wide awake, because the Verdants wanted to give him a detailed briefing and a modest assignment in the overall program of preparation. His book, "The Contact Has Begun," is the fulfillment of his assignment, he says.
According to Krapf, the Verdants don't have huge black eyes like the better-known "Grays" usually associated with abduction. Also unlike the Grays, the Verdants talk out loud (Grays are said to employ telepathy); they eat and enjoy food in human fashion (Grays are usually said to lack a human-type digestive system); and they engage in sex for pleasure and bear children like humans (Grays seem indifferent to pleasure and may have lost the ability to procreate).
In an interview with CNI News on March 3, Krapf insisted that his story is completely true to the best of his understanding. No one, he says, could be more surprised than himself. He professes no prior knowledge of, nor interest in, the abduction phenomenon. He says he had been indifferent to UFO stories his whole life and had happily bought the party line at the Los Angeles Times that people who see UFOs are either deluded or lying. Moreover, he had always been a religious agnostic, tending toward atheism. Suddenly, in June 1997, all that changed.
With no exposure to abduction claims other than what little he had seen on late night TV, Phillip Krapf neither knows nor cares how his story compares with tales told by other experiencers. He claims to have been so impressed by the qualities of the Verdants -- including patience, kindness, vast knowledge and spiritual wisdom, as well as superlative technical abilities -- that it never occurred to him to doubt the literal truth of everything he experienced and was told.
Of all the things Krapf learned during his three day adventure, nothing could compare with the revelation that the human soul is eternal and God exists. Krapf the agnostic says that these assurances, given him by the Verdants, left him utterly dumbfounded. But he says he now believes them completely.
To any person familiar with other renderings of the abduction/contact experience, one of the most peculiar features of Phillip Krapf's account is its absolute physicality. Everything about the Verdants, their ship and their mission seems material and three-dimensional. So physical is their universe of experience that even heaven is described as a physical location. They have been there, the Verdants tell Krapf. Why, you can plot it on a chart.
Temple University historian David Jacobs, in his recent book "The Threat," paints a picture of contact with aliens that is horrifyingly bleak compared with Krapf's cheerful tale. But Jacobs' aliens are also described as physical creatures. They are apparently bonafide extraterrestrials from other planets in our galaxy, he says. His reports from over 100 abduction subjects include a wide assortment of strange details, but these can be attributed, he says, either to very advanced technology (indistinguishable from magic, in Arthur C. Clarke's terms) or to manipulation of the abductee's mind.
Jacobs' aliens do practice telepathy, though. And they do walk through walls. They are considerably stranger, by human standards, than Krapf's Verdants.
Jacques Vallee is the most influential UFO researcher to insist that the idea of merely physical ETs from other planets is patently absurd. He has suggested instead that UFOs and their occupants might be interdimensional entities. He also observed that UFOs seem to function in the role of a "control system," having a profound but always inscrutable and subliminal influence upon the development of human consciousness and culture throughout history.
Despite this theoretical control function, however, Vallee regards claims of aliens in UFOs repeatedly abducting thousands or millions of people as simply hilarious. Needless to say, Vallee has been criticized for this heresy by leading abduction researchers, especially Budd Hopkins -- so much so, in fact, that Vallee finally withdrew from ufology altogether, after darkly warning that UFO research seems doomed to perpetual irrelevance by its inherent silliness and lack of intellectual rigor.
Vallee did not, however, deny that abductions take place. He recognizes that they really do, although perhaps less often than popularly believed. It is the mechanism of abduction that other researchers have gotten wrong, Vallee says. Real abduction is probably perpetrated by humans, not aliens. As described in Vallee's recent novel "Fastwalker" (Frog Ltd, 1996), abduction may be part of some terrible and desperate political agenda, employing a grotesque caricature of real UFO contact to instill a useful brand of fear in average, dull-witted humans.
Meanwhile, Vallee says, the real aliens are far stranger than we can possibly imagine -- not ETs at all, but interdimensional chimeras -- unknowable, out of reach, and essentially indifferent to petty human dramas on planet earth.
UFO investigator Bob Pratt feels quite comfortable with Vallee's thesis, and Vallee rewarded Pratt's good judgment by writing a glowing foreword to Pratt's 1996 book, "UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil" (Horus House Press). "This is field research as it should be done," Vallee said, "and we can only deplore the fact that [Pratt's] work has not been repeated in other parts of the world."
But if Pratt's UFOs are interdimensional, as he says in the end, they certainly have a startling way of intruding into the physical plane on earth. For Pratt's book, as its title implies, is a positively numbing litany of horrors, meticulously researched by himself and a host of Brazilian colleagues over a period of some fifteen years. Pratt's subjects are mostly poor rural Brazilians -- fishermen, farmers, subsistance laborers. These are people who watch little or no TV; many cannot read. These people tell stories of intruders who rain down terror from the sky.
Pratt tells of people being paralyzed and lifted off the ground by beams of light; of having their health instantly destroyed by a chance encounter in the woods or along a rural road; of being stalked, repeatedly assaulted and sometimes killed by UFOs. There are dozens of cases, many with multiple witnesses. None have a happy ending, and none make any discernible sense. Why are these people brutally attacked, and by whom? There is no answer. But the terror and the broken bodies say there is truth in the accounts.
Dr. Stephen Greer, founding director of CSETI, has theorized like Vallee that abduction cases, if they really occur, are perpetrated by humans intent on giving aliens a bad name. At the same time, Greer speaks of genuine extraterrestrials -- people from other planets -- who are coming here to make contact with right-minded humans. It's part of a grand process of global transformation, Greer says. Extraterrestrials stand ready to assist human society in rising to a higher spiritual level conducive to wider and more open contact with other intelligent races.
In that belief, Greer is hardly alone. Phillip Krapf agrees completely. So, in effect, does Nancy Malacaria, who told CNI News in a recent interview that some 170 different extraterrestrial races are currently active on earth, variously involved in what she calls "The Project," all aimed at assisting humanity through the present time of turmoil and transformation.
Nancy's extraterrestrials seem mostly physical, too. But, she says, "my understanding is that they use dimensional technologies to travel with and to conceal themselves... We've been told that other dimensions have other values of time, and that's why they use them for travel. They also use [dimensional technologies] so that they can work here and not disturb us, unless they want us to see them."
Whether abduction is perceived as horrifying or not is a matter of human consciousness, Nancy insists. The beings who abduct humans -- she agrees that they answer to the description of the so-called Grays -- do not intend any harm.
"They're desperately trying to be understood," she says. "The grays that you're referring to are working with genetics, and they are creating races. Their methods are not as advanced as some of the other aliens that visit us. But they do work with the Project. Some of the Project beings are working with them to help them improve communications and improve their methods."
Raymond Fowler has chronicled the lifelong abduction history of Betty Andreasson-Luca and her family for nearly twenty years. When he first wrote about her case in "The Andreasson Affair," Fowler described a classic alien abduction scenario in terms that have since been repeated countless times by other researchers. But in the intervening years, Fowler's own views have evolved enormously, along with Betty's.
In the fifth and final volume of his Andreasson study, "The Andreasson Legacy" (Marlowe, 1997), Fowler emphasizes repeatedly that abduction is a "paraphysical phenomenon." Its UFO component is physical in that it leaves ground traces, shows up on film, disrupts electrical systems. Its contact component is physical in the sense that abductees are (sometimes) physically missing during an abduction event, and often come back with body scars such as scoop marks related to physical procedures. Fowler surmises that some abductees probably have physical alien implants.
But abduction is simultaneously paranormal or metaphysical in the sense that it can occur as an out of body experience and often includes psychical elements such as telepathy, teleportation and time distortion. It is very definitely concerned with human reproduction and the creation of hybrid creatures; but it is just as definitely concerned with the human soul and the ultimately spiritual nature of humanity and reality. It is the furthest thing from absurd or disorderly. It is undeniably and definitely purposeful.
And there is teaching involved, Fowler insists. Abductees are given urgent messages about the perilous state of our world and the changes ahead for humanity.
David Jacobs has heard all this from his abduction subjects, too. He agrees that they are given powerful images and messages about the environmental crisis on earth, or the peril of nuclear war, or terrible changes to come. But Jacobs thinks the aliens don't really care about any of that. They are not interested in preserving the earth for humanity's sake. They're intent on taking over.
Katharina Wilson, another lifelong abductee who has written eloquently of her own experiences in "The Alien Jigsaw" (Puzzle Publishing, 1993), has heard it all too, first-hand.
In a recent interview with hypnotherapist Deborah Lindemann, Katharina Wilson said that she, like Jacobs, thinks the aliens can induce powerful images in the human mind for purposes of deception or manipulation.
"My experiences and visions I'm shown with aliens, even the ones that appear very human-like, seem to involve a level of manipulation," she says. "The aliens are interested in how we react to the information in the vision, or they use the vision for distraction or screen memory purposes."
Wilson has had her share of alien sexual procedures and similar horrors. She doesn't trust their motives at all.
But Wilson also makes an important distinction between alien abductors and other entities that she calls "super-conscious beings." These beings have shown her powerful images too, but the experience seemed different.
"I remembered everything consciously the next morning. It was so unbelievably intense," she told Deborah Lindemann. "What they were showing me was that thoughts are things, and that what you think and believe, you will create. They took me through my neighborhood and showed me, using visual imagery."
These particular beings seemed angelic, Wilson says. "I saw them come down out of the sky on this golden rope, four of them, the most beautiful feminine little angels. They were just super intelligences. A piece of the golden rope touched me, and [it] was like I was sitting in the lap of God, just the most unbelievable positive experience... But they wanted to get on with what they had come to teach me and show me."
Though Wilson uses the term "angel," she's not sure if that's appropriate. "I'm cautious about how I categorize these experiences, because I have a responsibility as a reporter of this phenomenon. If these SCBs (super conscious beings) really are just another form of aliens, I don't want to mislead people," she says.
Asked to further describe how the experience of SCBs differs from her other encounters, Wilson said, "They don't experiment on me or treat me like a lab animal. I don't get the feeling they are manipulating me. I realize they show me visions of the future and I know the aliens do this too. But I just sense a caring and a deep love and concern that is totally different than my experiences with the aliens. I realize that the aliens can look into your eyes and make you feel a whole array of wonderful things. But these SCB's don't look into my eyes or force their will on me like the other beings do."
On one occasion, Wilson says, "I was shown an important vision about a missile that the U.S. had launched into space. The launching of this missile would change the course of human history. I knew the implications."
Another visit by an SCB occurred the night her beloved 18-year-old cat died. "My animals are very important to me. Over the past year, I had had to give him a lot of care and nurturing. The SCBs visited and said: 'It takes a lot of preparation to enter the white light.' To me they were talking about [my cat] crossing over."
Given the incredible diversity of reported human experiences with alleged visitors, is it possible to say who or what we are dealing with? Perhaps the closest we can get to the truth is an idea that confounds and infuriates literalists everywhere: the nature of the visitors is in the eye of the beholder. They are real, but their perceived character is dependent upon the quality of individual perception.
Dr. John Mack, Harvard psychiatrist, is one researcher who has arrived at this conclusion. Perhaps for this reason, he is regarded with suspicion by those who insist upon a hard-edged, literal interpretation of the visitor experience.
Mack responded to an inquiry from CNI News by sending a summary of his viewpoint, distilled from the scores of abduction cases he has personally investigated. Excerpts from that statement follow.
Mack begins by agreeing with David Jacobs that "the human/alien sexual and reproductive process, which the abductees with whom I work report in excruciating detail, appears to result in the creation of a hybrid race that will some day come 'down' to earth. For experiencers, this hybrid 'project' is altogether real and does not appear to me to be the product of delusion or other mental aberration."
That said, however, Mack points out problems with the "literalist, entirely material, interpretation" of alien encounter. "Most obvious is the absence of solid evidence of actual pregnancy, genetic changes or the physical existence of the hybrids themselves. But that is only the beginning," he writes. "Some abductees perceive this process as occurring in another realm or dimension with different space/time qualities and possessing what they often describe as a higher vibrational frequency. Sometimes they themselves notice that they are in a different state of consciousness, as if between sleeping and waking, and that the images and events around them seem 'fuzzy.' One experiencer, quite sophisticated in matters of energy and consciousness, interpreted an important sexual/ impregnation encounter in metaphoric, consciousness-evolving, even spiritual terms.
"The apparent problems for the hybrids of survival on earth, which abductees consistently perceive, may in themselves reflect the ontological 'otherness' of this whole 'project.' At the very least, the manifestation of such beings on the earth plane would require elements of a physics and biology that are now unknown to us. One may argue that it is a matter of research, of collecting more or better evidence to document the physical reality of all this, and that the main obstacle is that the aliens are so deceptive, subtle or furtive. But it may not be simply a matter of physical evidence.
"The fundamental difficulty may be more one of philosophy, consciousness and method. The matter may be more mysterious than we appreciate, requiring different ways of knowing or thinking about it.
"For instance, the hybrid project might be thought of as a reflection not so much of biological procreation or colonization [as] of an evolution of consciousness. But in order to consider this, we would need to put aside or overcome the radical split between mind or spirit and matter, or between the visible and invisible worlds, that have dominated both Judeo-Christian tradition and Western science. If we could allow the possibility of an interpenetration of consciousness and matter, or even that physical images or the physical world itself could be a manifestation of consciousness or spirit, then the apparent and sometimes real physicality of the alien-human sexual and reproductive process could be seen as the expression in concrete, physical form of what may be a cosmic energy or intelligence, responding to a problem -- in this case, the evident threat to earth's life forms that is the result of human blindness and destructiveness.
"This is not to say that the aliens or hybrids are not entirely real. Rather, I would argue that the process might be occurring largely in another realm, one with a different vibrational frequency, a kind of in-between domain -- not pure formless spirit or dense matter -- which, under certain circumstances, can penetrate our world, and be perceived with such vividness as to bring intense experiential conviction and even subtle physical manifestations for abductees... To some degree, then, the nature or quality of the hybrid project may reside in the eyes or co-creative consciousness of the beholders.
"If we think of the phenomenon this way, and not simply in terms of whether it is good or bad for the human species, we may see it as less threatening. We might then learn from it about our evolving relationship to the earth, to the unseen intelligence or intelligences of our cosmos, and, ultimately, about our own evolving psychological and spiritual existence and identity."
CNI News recognizes that, for some experiencers and researchers, the subtleties of Mack's view are beside the point, because it's already clear that the earth is being invaded by alien forces who can bring an end to human life. Yet, others insist that the visitors bring benevolent warnings, offers of spiritual counsel, even invitations to membership in a cosmic Federation. Meanwhile, for some, the visitor experience is as physical as driving in a car; while for others, the experience resides in a realm of dreams and shadows, speaking less to the body than to the soul, less to time than to eternity.
Can "an answer" be distilled from all these diverse and passionate impressions? Not yet, says John Mack. "At the very least, we should admit that we do not ultimately know what [alien encounter] means or whence it comes, and that we are only beginning to penetrate its depths," he writes -- and here at CNI News, we concur.
With heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed to our present understanding, we encourage our readers to continue the quest.
[Dr. David Jacobs can be emailed at DJACOBS@VM.Temple.edu. Katharina Wilson's web site is http://www.alienjigsaw.com. Phillip Krapf's email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Nancy Malacaria's web site is http://members.aol.com/earthsistr/2.index.html. Dr. John Mack can be reached by emailing LeslPEER@aol.com. Dr. Mack's next book on further research into the alien abduction phenomenon will be published by Crown Publishing in Spring 1999.]
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