2they or someone they know has had an experience involving a UFO. And on May 9,2001, a group calling themselves the “Disclosure Project” stood before the National PressClub in Washington, DC while more than twenty of their 400 military, intelligence,government, corporate and scientific witnesses gave first hand testimony of encounterswith UFOs, extraterrestrial beings, and alien technologies, each promising to testify under oath before Congress that what they’ve seen is the truth. It is, as Edward J. Ruppelt, oncein charge of UFO investigation for the Air Force, said as far back as 1956, “something isseen, but one doesn’t know what.”
Assuming that at least some of these reports come from honest well-meaning people, we must conclude there is some truth to them. The question is, what is the natureof that truth? Are they really seeing spaceships and being abducted by aliens, or are theygenuinely experiencing a common, sometimes collective, hallucination? The great psychologist, Carl Jung, who studied UFO reports with great fervor and interests, oncewrote to a friend, “I’m puzzled to death about these phenomena, because I haven’t beenable yet to make out with sufficient certainty whether the whole thing is a rumour withconcomitant singular and mass hallucination, or a downright fact.”
Although he never satisfactorily solved his puzzle, his writing suggests he saw flying saucers as a modernmyth offering hope for a world distressed by the threat of atomic war and populationexplosion—problems threatening us even more today! “Congestion creates fear,” he said,“which looks for help from extra-terrestrial sources since it cannot be found on earth.”
Hence, as in days of old, we look to the heavens for “signs and wonders” that might saveus. Just this Summer I heard a reputable theologian, to my surprise, say that those hereferred to as the “star people” are not happy with how things have been going here onEarth, and they’re planning to intervene before the year is out. Although I have greatdoubts about this, especially as November fast approaches, it expresses a hope that amore intelligent and benevolent being will swoop in to rescue us from our own madness.Despite his psychoanalysis of the phenomenon, however, Jung never did discountthe reality of UFOs. “The material that has become known to me during the past tenyears,” he wrote in 1958, “lends support to both hypotheses.”
In other words, peoplemay actually encounter UFOs when they are most psychologically in need of them. Jungcalled such an event a “synchronicity,” referring to an acausal, meaningful coincidence.This is partly why he chose to use the word “vision” rather than “hallucination,”explaining, “the latter bears the stamp of a pathological concept, whereas a vision is a phenomenon that is by no means peculiar to pathological states.”
In other words, seeinga UFO doesn’t mean you’re crazy!
The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects
(1956), see Jung, Carl,
, trans.R.F.C. Hull, MJF Book, New York, NY, 1978, p. 6.
Jung, ibid., p. vii.
Ibid. p. 17.
Ibid. p. 7.
Ibid. p. 8.