Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/1/18
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In DIMENSIONS, the first volume of a trilogy, Dr. Jacques Vallee reexamines the historical record that led to the modern UFO phenomenon and to the belief in alien contact. He then tackles the enigma of abduction reports, which come from various times and various countries, as well as the psychic and spiritual components of the contact experience. In the last portion of the book, he notes the factors that inhibit research into the phenomenon--the triple coverup and political motivations--and concludes that the extraterrestrial theory is simply not strange enough to explain the facts.
This is my favorite of his works for a reason. That reason is the comparison of "miraculous" events such as Fatima, Lourdes and the Mormon angel to the physics of UFO encounters. That one chapter, The Spiritual Component: The Morphology of Miracles, is worth the price of the book. He gives more details than you are likely to have encountered on these evens and then compares the physical events to UFO encounters. If you are a truth seeker these events will suggest areas for further research.
One thing I found interesting is that while the apparitions seemed to know something about the future and give dire warnings, aside from their antics with light and ability to paralyze (and hypnotize?) they do not seem capable of effecting any changes in this world. They instruct their chosen to do simple things they seem incapable of doing themselves, such as dig for a spring of water as in the case of Fatima or seek golden tablets as in the case of the Mormon angel. And they don't seem to care much for the feelings of the people they choose, nor do they have the ability to protect them. How powerful is that?? Having a mentally challenged girl "wash herself in mud" from a spring she just dug and "eat dirt and grass" while people laugh seems to be the work of a cruel sociopath rather than a being of light and love. While he doesn't mention her, Joan of Arc is good example of a similar lack of concern for the messenger. Whoever these apparitions are, while they often encourage people to embrace a particular dogma, they seem to lack the love, kindness and compassion that is supposed to be the mainstay of the organized religions they promote.
He starts from the fact that many aspects of UFO encounters are basically absurd - statements are made by the "aliens" that are either nonsensical or oddly mundane (and how do they speak to us?)or the whole thing is just bizarre in some way, or physically implausible. And yet, something did happen: there are visible after-effects, both physical on the ground and biological and mental, even spiritual, for those involved. From this springs his fundamental insight: he rejects the common concept that "if" they exist, they are interstellar travelers, and posits that instead, they are manifestations of some other reality or dimension, or the multiverse.
That enables him to bring together all the historic appearance of strange creatures, inexplicable sights in the heavens, and so forth, as manifestations of the same - what? Energy, entities, forces....But whatever the source, the key and insightful statement he makes is that "the shapes of the objects, the appearances of their occupants, and their reported statements vary as a function of the cultural environment into which they are projected." (The last part is italicized for emphasis).
Thus in 1897 in the Midwest, the visitors are bearded characters from an "airship" that "corresponded to the popular concept of a flying machine: it had wheels, turbines, powerful lights." As described, it could not possibly fly...but what matters is that in the imaginations of that time, it was appropriate. He gives much discussion of all the legends of "little people" and notes many fascinating resonances with our UFO occurrences - time dilation, for instance.
In other words, I find this the best and most convincing insight into the nature of these events, but also a disturbing one, since the ability to manifest in such sly and clever ways must raise the question - "why?" Vallée sees us as being prodded or manipulated in a slow, long-term way towards some kind of change in our basic nature - but what that is, is unclear. I suppose we will find out, or our descendants will.