- Sometime in the late 1960s or early '70s, Tim Beckley
asked me to present my favorite theory of UFOs for one of his publications.
I told my friend Tim that it was impossible for me to select one above
many others, so I submitted 17 possible solutions to the UFO enigma:
- 1. They come from an extraterrestrial civilization: While
it seems likely that the visitors have had Earth under surveillance for
centuries, they most often choose to conduct their activities in secret,
perhaps even misleading humankind and deliberately misleading us for some
undetermined reason, such as one of the following:
- * They are a benign species that follow a policy of noninterference
in our planet's evolutionary development.
- * They are largely indifferent to us as a species and
dispassionately observe and study our planet's evolutionary struggles.
- * They are in the final stages of conducting important
tests that will determine whether they will destroy us, exploit us ruthlessly,
or totally enslave us. It is this category of visitors who conduct human
abductions and who have made secret deals with certain levels of Earth's
governments - agreements that they may break with extreme prejudice.
- 2. Military Secret Hypothesis: The entire concept of
alien spaceships, "invaders from Outer Space," was created by
military intelligence to mask highly classified research being conducted
at such bases as Area 51.
- * Or -- The "aliens" are actually our own military
scientists conducting secret maneuvers with highly classified aerial vehicles
based on captured Nazi technology brought to the United States immediately
after World War II in Project Paperclip.
- * Or -- The crews of UFOs are terrestrial astronauts
conducting secret military maneuvers with classified aerial vehicles based
on alien technology reversed engineered from alien technology recovered
in extraterrestrial vehicle crash sites, such as that near Roswell, NM
- 3. The UFOs are products of a terrestrial secret society:
Centuries ago, a secret society of alchemists developed an advanced technology,
which they kept hidden in underground or undersea cities. This ancient
society has been subtly guiding Earth's "elite" throughout history,
and when it deemed the proper times, it provided certain "outsiders"
with scientific breakthroughs. This mighty secret society only awaits the
appropriate moment to conquer the outside world and enslave it.
- 4. They come from the Hollow Earth: Ancient secret societies,
traditions, and folklore speak of an underground empire inside our planet.
This underground world is the home of the Master Race, both feared and
sought after by occult societies throughout world history. This shadow
race has been responsible for the appearance of mysterious aerial vehicles
and many of miseries that have plagued humankind.
- 5. A program of deceit and lies: A secret agency within
the established government, allied with its counterparts in foreign nations,
has created the UFO myth for its own nefarious purpose in bringing about
a New World Order. Abductions, impregnations, and mysterious disappearances
are all the sinister handiwork of those working for a One World Government
- a goal which may have been assisted since ancient times by extraterrestrial
- 6. Unknown terrestrial life-forms: Great numbers of UFO
sightings may be explained by the existence of previously unknown, unidentified
life-forms largely indigenous to the higher reaches of Earth,s atmosphere.
The "sky-critters," the "sky fish," may be plasmic,
electrical, nearly pure energy forms that have the ability to assume a
variety of forms.
- 7. Astronauts from Atlantis: The UFOnauts are the descendents
of an ancient civilization on Earth that developed space travel and set
about colonizing other worlds at the time when their own terrestrial empire
was being destroyed by cataclysmic forces wrought by their own superscience.
From time to time, the contemporary Atlanteans return to visit their home
- 8. Time Travelers from the Future: Our descendents from
the future return to study the true destiny of humankind by using the past
- our present - as a kind of living museum. They cannot openly declare
themselves for fear of up-setting the linear flow of history and thus altering
the future - their present.
- 9. Other Dimensional Visitors: The Visitors come not
from a faraway world in our solar system or any other, but from an adjacent
space-time continuum, co-existing here on Earth, but on another vibrational/dimensional
frequency or level.
- 10. Psychic Phenomena: The UFO phenomenon is the result
of some as yet unknown physical energy that can be activated by the psyche,
the unconscious level of the human mind. This physical law or energy would
not itself be intelligent, but it would be able to absorb, reflect, or
imitate human intelligence.
- 11. Projections of human beliefs: The UFO enigma is a
phenomenon of the collective human psyche that charges to reflect the prevailing
belief structures of the time. The UFO constitutes a paraphysical phenomenon
that is related both to the psychological state of the observer and the
zeitgeist which enmeshes the observer.
- 12. Psychic need: Certain of humankind's basic psychic
needs tap into psychokinetic and other paranormal energies and create images
of wee people, holy figures, and other worldly beings. The familiar forms
that these manifestations assume have been intrinsic elements in the human
psyche since very ancient times, but they appear modern in that human experiences
perceive them in the context of ideas that the conscious mind has acquired
- 13. Archetypes: UFOs and their occupants are quasi-real
images created by the human collective unconscious. Jungian archetypes
surface as the result of thought-field energies that are accessible to
humans through dreams, meditations, and other states of altered consciousness.
These archetypes may, in certain instances, be directed by highly evolved
entities who seek to influence and guide human affairs.
- 14. The Magic Theater: Such paranormal machinations that
we associate with UFO phenomena are the result of the "magical"
manipulations of time and space that are performed by the entities we have
dubbed "elves, fairies, devas," and so forth. These entities
are paraphysical beings that have coexisted with us as a companion species
and appear to participate somehow with us in an evolutionary design.
- 15. The Supernatural: The UFO intelligences are the same
entities who are described in the scriptures of so many world religions
as angels - both the messengers of God and the fallen armies of Lucifer.
The entire UFO mystery may be the continuation of the struggle between
the two warring factions of angels for the souls of humankind.
- 16. We are property: The UFO intelligences maintain an
interest in our planet because they are literally the lords of the Earth,
the creators of the human species.
- 17. The Reality Game: The UFO intelligences are playing
a teaching game with humankind in which our concept of reality is being
gradually changed. In the teasing fashion of a Zen riddle or a Sufi joke,
we are being provoked and guided into a higher consciousness.