John Keel, one of the world’s leading UFO researchers, wrote, “The statistical data which I have extricated indicate the flying saucers are not stable machines requiring fuel, maintenance, or logistical support.”1)John Keel, UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse, Illumet Press, 1973, p 182 If they are not machines, what would he consider them? He states, “Over and over again, witnesses have told me in hushed tones, ‘you know I don’t think that thing I saw was mechanical at all. I got a distinct impression that it was alive.”2)John Keel, UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse, Illumet Press, 1973, p. 143 Keel’s credentials offer his voice some authority on the topic of UFOs.

John Keel commenced a full-time investigation of UFOs and paranormal phenomena. Over a four-year period, Keel interviewed thousands of people in over twenty U.S. states. More than 2,000 books were reviewed in the course of this investigation, in addition to thousands of magazines, newsletters, and newspapers. Keel also subscribed to several newspaper-clipping services, which often generated up to 150 clippings for a single day during the 1966 and 1967 UFO “wave”.3)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Keel#The_Mothman_Prophecies

Considering his credentials and extensive research and interviews, when he claims, “Over and over again, witnesses have told me”  we can assume that he has been told that hundreds or thousands of times.

Another highly credentialed UFOlogist confirms a similar conclusion after spending years researching UFOs.

Dr. Edward U. Condon, who wrote the final government report on UFOs in 1969, summed up his findings in a speech he delivered before the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. He stated that most UFO sightings have been in the nature of ‘apparitions.’ He said:

“These difficulties led us to conclude that it is quite unproductive of results of scientific value to study UFOs in the traditional manner.

“Perhaps we need a National Magic Agency (NAMA) to make a large and extensive study of all these matters, including the future scientific study of UFOs.”4)R. Alan Street, The Invaders: A Biblical Study of UFOs, 1975, p. 20-21

Truly, belief in UFO’s has become a religious phenomena, with cults that theologically revolve around the idea of visitors from other planets. “We as a human race have not been able to solve our own problems, people have been looking outside the human race for help. Some people turn to God. Some people who don’t believe in God are going to turn to something else.”5)Gayle White, Extraterrestrial Encounters, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, April 5, 1997, p. F04 Bill Hendrick concurs. “Many flying saucer buffs are believers precisely because aliens may offer hope, much like a deity… Americans are desperately searching for hope in an increasingly cynical age.”6)Bill Hendrick, UFO’s and the other Worldly: Do You Believe?, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, June 25, 1997,p.B01

This “substitute religion” has been widely connected to the occult practices of the religion now known by it’s broad definition as the New Age movement.

Often the message concern the purpose of the alien’s visit to interbreed with humanity in order to produce a new hybrid race. Abductees are told that they themselves, or humanity as a whole, are somehow creations of the aliens. The message can be eschatological in character, forecasting a coming catastrophic or the dawning of a New Age.7)James R. Lewis, The Gods have Landed: New Religions from other Worlds, State University of New York Press, 1995, p. 70

UFO experiences also repeatedly cause the conversion of individual into New Age mystical religious philosophies. “It has been noticed by the majority of researchers that the person [abducted by aliens] undergoes a type of religious transformation. They have also suggested that instigating a belief change in the abductees could be the reason for the whole enterprise.”8)Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Master Books, 2005, p. 239

What is meant when expressing UFO’s have a connection to occult practices is that people who practice occultism seem to be more apt to sightings and encounters with aliens or UFO’s. These occult practices include astral travel, astrology, automatic writing, charming or enchantments, clairvoyance, crystal ball gazing, Eastern meditations/religions, gurus, mantras, yoga, horoscopes, hypnosis,  kabala, levitation, magic, mediums, mental telepathy, metaphysics (study of the spirit world), mind control, mysticism, necromancy, numerology, Ouija boards, pagan religious rites, psychic healing, pyramidology, séances, sorcery, tarot cards, trances, and the zodiac. That is not an exhaustive list but is suitable to acknowledge the broad use of the term “occultism.” It has even been reported that extraterrestrials have been contacted through telepathy by the practice of yoga.9)see Heath Henning, “Yoga: the Danger of Spiritual Deception,” May 31, 2016; http://truthwatchers.com/yoga-dangers-spiritual-deception/

Many of the leading Ufologists from around the world have consistently and independently documented the fact that victims of abductions and witnesses of sightings are typically engaged with these sorts of activities in their personal lives.

Jacques Vallee a well known French UFO investigator has written,

‘A few investigators–notably Ray Palmer, John Keel, and Salvatore Freixedo–have suggested both in public and in private conversations with me that there may be a link between UFO events and “occult” phenomena.

At first view, the very suggestion of such a link is disturbing to a scientist. However… the phenomena reported by [UFO] witnesses involve poltergeist effects, levitation, psychic control, healing, and out-of -body experiences… familiar [theme]… [of] occult literature… found in the teaching of the Rosicrucian Order… which have inspired not only the witchcraft revival, but also… ‘psychic’ writers and… ‘scientific parapsychologists.’10)Jacques Vallee, Messengers of Deception (Berkely, 1979), p.. 205-205; as cite by Dave Hunt, The Cult Explosion, Harvest House Publishers,  1978, p. 19

Another author has suggested, “A working knowledge of occult science…is indispensable to UFO investigation.”11)Trevor James, FSR Vol. 8, No. 1, p. 10 Furthermore, “Studies of flying saucer cults repeatedly show that they are part of a larger occult social world.”12)Stupple & McNeece, 1979 MUFON UFO Symposium Proceedings, p. 49

Jacques Vallee exposed,

The symbolic display seen by the abductees is identical to the type of initiation ritual or astral voyage that is imbedded in the [occult] traditions of every culture…the structure of abduction stories is identical to that of occult initiation rituals…the UFO beings of today belong to the same class of manifestation as the [occult] entities that were described in centuries past.13)Dr. Jacques Vallee citing the extensive research of Bertrand Meheust [Science-Fiction et Soucoupes Volantes (Paris, 1978); Soucoupes Volantes et Folklore (Paris, 1985)], in Confrontations: A Scientists search for Alien Contact (Ballantine Books, 1990), p. 146, 159-161

Gary Bates notes,

Some [abductees] also claim to be able to regularly astral travel after their experience…. Abductees also report developing physic powers, such as ESP of a form of precognition. How ever, an even more common effect is that the abductees start to witness a range of seeming paranormal experiences including poltergeists.14)Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Master Books, 2005, p. 240

Virginia Essene, a New Age channeler, channels a spirit identified as “The Christ,” who tells us only occultists will be able to find alien life in outer space. Therefore, we are encouraged to teach our astronauts in occult techniques.

You might ask your scientists who send astronauts and instruments looking for other life to expand their own consciousness and stop wasting so mush money looking for things in the third dimensional world. Most life one the other planets operates in the etheric levels of the fourth dimension and beyond…. So, your three dimensional eyes and instruments are blind…. So do not be surprised that you do not find life as you know it on the planets in your own solar system….

The very fact that you are spiritually blind means that your adventures in space will leave you more perplexed than satisfied….

However, unless you are wise enough to select a captain and crew with several clairvoyants among them, do not expect to ‘see’ other life.15)The Christ, channeled by Virginia Essene, New Teachings for an Awakening Humanity, S.E.E. Publishing Co., 1986, p. 70-71

“Cosmonauts” a term coined to Russian astronauts, have a high percentage of UFO sightings, and virtually all of them acknowledge the existence of UFO’s. For this reason Jacques Vallee visited the Former Soviet Union to interview some of these cosmonauts that have reported such sightings. As a result of such an extensive topic in the area, he wrote a book entitled UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union. In his book he documented the fact that the cosmonauts were typically trained by parapsychologists and also eastern meditation 16)Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union, Ballatine Books, 1992, p.109. He even records a revealing interview with a cosmonaut named Eugene.  When commenting on this mans personal library which contained hundreds of books on the topic of paranormal phenomena, he says “We never expected to find such a high level of interest in the paranormal in the Soviet Union.” Eugene’s response was, “We’re ahead of you in the studies of the paranormal because of the Western churches killed all your witches in the name of their dogma… You only have yourselves to blame in you have fewer gifted psychics. You’ve eliminated their gene from the gene pool.”17)Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union, Ballatine Books, 1992, p. 118

Not only is the occult manifestation considered genetically inherited, but there is evidence that UFO abductees also share a genetic link. Gary Bates relates, “[Bud Hopkins] also noted patterns of repeated abductions of the same individuals, and generational abductions; that is, occurrences among several members within a family group including successive generations.”18)Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Master Books, 2005, p. 245

Whitley Streber, a horror fiction writer, experienced an abduction. He unwittingly describes his occult connection through his knowledge of pagan religions and belief in reincarnation, when he describes one of his abductors. He writes,

Paint her eyes entirely black, remove her hair, and there is my image as it hangs before me now in my mind’s eye, the ancient and terrible one [Ishtar], the bringer of wisdom, the ruthless questioner.

Do my memories come from my own life, or from other lives lived long ago, in the shadowy temples where the gray goddess reigned?19)Whitely Strieber, Communion: A True Story, Avon Books, 1987, p. 123

His mention of Ishtar is significant. Ishtar, who is repeatedly spoken of by occultist Aleister Crowley,  was the Babylonian goddess of fertility, sexuality, war, death, and the guardian of prostitutes. She is called the Great Whore, and in many circles of cults, specifically Crowley’s circle, she is identified as the women who rides the beast in Revelations chapter 17. Crowley considers himself the beast being rode. When comparing Ishtar to other pagan deities, she stand as Isis in the Egyptian mythology. Crowley during his first marriage to Rose Kelly, in 1903, spent the first night of their honeymoon in the king’s chamber of the great pyramid of Giza. In 1904, Rose began to experience trance like states that she claimed to have been caused by the god Horus, Isis son, who was possessing her in order to contact her husband Aleister. When following the instructions that he received through Rose’s trances, he entered into a “mystical communication” with Horus, the Egyptian sun god. Eventually opening dimensional gateways through his form of magick, he was introduced to a entity he called “Lam,” who appears similar to the common description of a “grey alien” in the picture Crowley drew of him. It is curious where Mr. Whitley Streber got his information of Ishtar. It is very possible he had studied deep into Crowley’s occultism, especially since he was a horror fiction writer.

Whitley Strieber does admit, “I spent fifteen years involved with the Gurdjieff Foundation[.]”20)Whitely Strieber, Communion, Avon Books, 1987, p. 279 This Foundation is based on the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff a Christian mystic occultist. Gurdjieff “was often referred to by his followers as a magician, and the powerful effect of his hypnotic presence is reminiscent of Aleister Crowley in his prime. Although Gurdjieff despised Crowley, both men were undeniably occult Masters in a similar mold.”21)Alex Owen, The Place of Enchantment, University of Chicago Press, 2004, p. 235 Crowley has been reported to visit Gurdjieff’s institute at least once in his life time.

Strieber also recollects in his book Communion, one of the days he was abducted from his cabin, present in his cabin was his “two close friends Jacques Sandulescu and Annie Gotttlieb.”22)Whitely Strieber, Communion: A True Story, Avon Books, 1987, p. 34 Annie Gottlieb is the author of Do You Believe in Magic? The Second Coming of the Sixties Generation. In this book she clearly presents her occult position as largely influenced with New Age thought. She states, “It was real religious or mystical experience we were after… Transfiguration. Re-ligio (reconnection to the cosmos). Life everlasting. There is an apocryphal story that during his lost twelve years, Jesus went as far east as India to escape the limits of his own tradition. And so did we.”23)Annie Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic? The Second Coming of the Sixties Generation, Fireside Books, 1987, p. 196 Could her strong occult influence have been one of the reasons for Whitley’s strange visitors on the night of October 4, 1985? Many who have studies the occult connection to UFOs would emphatically say yes.

It is quite simple to see the relationship between UFO’s and the Occult. Many Christian apologists, independent secular researchers, and New Age Ufologist, have understood the similarities. Ron Rhodes mentioned:

It is highly revealing that these so-called ‘extraterrestrials’ engage in modes of contact with human beings that are essentially the same as those of other types of entities in the world of the occult: departed spirits, fallen angels, fairies, Ascended Masters, and various interdimensional beings. Dr. Hugh Ross, Christian astronomer, confirms from his research that people who have had contact with UFOs suffer the same kinds of physical, mental, emotional , and spiritual symptoms as those who have been demon-possessed. And the greater the degree of occult involvement in one’s background, the higher the chance of a UFO encounter of some kind.24)Ron Rhodes, Alien Obsession, Harvest House, 1998, p. 166

John Keel indicates, “The endless messages from the space people would now fill a library, and while the communicators claim to represent some other world, the contents of those messages are identical to the messages long received by mediums and mystics.”25)John Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, Illuminet Press, 1973, p. 183 Bryant Reeves stated, “From our analysis, the teachings of the space beings appear to support many of the principles taught in oriental philosophy by seers of the far East[.]”26)Bryant Reeves, Flying Saucer Pilgrimage, Amherst Press, 1957

John Ankerberg and John Weldon ask an interesting question. “In light of the message given by the UFO entities, how credible is it to think that literally thousands of genuine extraterrestrials would fly millions or billions of light years simply to teach New Age philosophy, deny Christianity, and support the occult? Why would they do this with the preponderance of such activity already occurring on this planet?”27)John Ankerberg and John Weldon, The Facts on UFOs and Other Supernatural Phenomena, Harvest House Publishers, 1992 .p13

The message of these extraterrestrials seems to intentionally draw people deeper into various forms of occultism. This fact among Ufology is so fundamentally established to the study of UFOs, that the classification of a “close encounter of the fifth kind” is defined as to “involve contactees of those persons who claim to be in personal contact with UFO entities, usually by metaphysical or occult means.”28)The UFO Conspiracy, DVD by New Liberty Videos As the victims are deeper involved and intrigued with these occult practices, their alien visitations become more frequent. “Systematic manipulation of witnesses and contactees; convert use of various sects and cults; and control of the channels through which alleged ‘space messages’ can make an impact on the public”29)James R. Lewis, The Gods have Landed: New Religions from other Worlds, State University of New York Press, 1995, p. 37

Why would aliens, if they were physical biological beings more advanced in their sciences and technology, have any concern with occultism, spiritualism, or converting “various sects and cults” here on Earth? This seems to indicate that these extraterrestrials must be spiritual in their very nature. “One theory which can no longer be taken very seriously is that UFOs are interstellar spaceships.”30) Arthur C. Clarke, New York Times Book Review, 07/27/75

This is confirmed, “over and over again,” as John Keel’s interviews have determined.

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Heath Henning
Heath's Testimony Heath heads the Set Free addictions ministry on Friday nights at Mukwonago Baptist Church and is involved in evangelism on the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus, offering his expertise in apologetics at the weekly Set Free Bible Study every Tuesday evening. He currently lives in East Troy, Wisconsin with his wife and nine children.