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Carl Jung and Terrence McKenna on the UFO phenomenon

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Carl Jung, the eminent psychologist thought that the UFO phenomenon was the result of symbolic manifestation of the human unconscious, somehow projected into reality. However, he was never quite comfortable with the more physical element of sightings. There does seem to be a similarity in older folk beliefs about fairy abductions and UFO abductions, albeit colored by the modern worldview. This theory has links with some of the other ones, namely folklore and it is interesting to note that some alleged UFO abductions have taken place while the subject was under full view of other witnesses. This suggests that the experiences are personal, and stem from the psychological make up of the individual. (from: http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/ufo's/theories.html)



From Carl Jung's essay on UFO's: "As we know from ancient Egyptian history, they are manifestations of psychic changes which always appear at the end of one Platonic month and at the beginning of another. Apparently they are changes in the constellation of psychic dominants, of the archetypes, or 'gods' as they used to be called, which bring about, or accompany, long-lasting transformations of the collective psyche. The transformation started in the historical era and left its traces first in the passing of the aeon of Taurus into that of Aries, and then of Aries into Pisces, whose beginning coincides with the rise of Christianity. We are now nearing that great change which may be expected when the spring point enters Aquarius."

In probing the Other we shall always come back with images of ourselves. In probing ourselves we shall return with images of the Other. In the phenomenon of being itself no less than in the phenomenon of the UFO encounters we are merely privileged observers of a relationship between what is naively called the world and the transpersonal portion of the human psyche. How this relationship came to be, and what its limitations are, we cannot know until we gain access to the transpersonal and a-temporal part of the psyche. Of what this consists we do not know and no hypothesis can be ruled out. My hunch is that if we could really comprehend death then we could understand the UFO.  But that neither can be understood unless they are looked at in light of the question, what is humanness? (Terence McKenna's  True Hallucinations)


The following are excerpts from Terence McKenna's  True Hallucinations

"I believe that the transpersonal component of the human psyche is not distinct from matter and that therefore it can literally do anything. It is not subject to the will of any individual. It has a will and an understanding that is orders of magnitude more sophisticated than any one of the individuals who compose it as cells compose a body. It has a plan, glimpsed by individuals only as vision or religious hierophany. Nevertheless, the plan is unfolding.  There will be many more UFO sightings, many more close contacts. Our belief systems are undergoing  accelerated evolution via increased input from the other.

Somewhere ahead of us there is a critical barrier where we will at last have enough data to obtain an integrating insight into the riddle of humanity's relation to the UFO. I believe that as this happens the childhood of our species will pass away and when this is done we will be free to use the staggering understanding that humankind and the UFO are one.

It is the genius of human technology to master and to serve the energies of life and death and time and space.  The UFO holds out the possibility of mind become object, a ship that can cross the universe in the time it takes to think about it.  Because that is what the universe is--a thought.  And when thought becomes mobile and objectified, then humanity--novices in the mastery of thought--will begin to set out.

Of course we may discover that we are not to set out; the future may reveal instead that there is something out there calling us home. Then it will be our technology and the call of the Other that will move toward meeting.  The saucer is an excellent metaphor for this. When Jung suggested that the saucer was the human soul, he was more correct than he may have supposed. It is not so far away. That is the other thing.  The last shift of epochs gave us relativity theory and quantum mechanics.  Another epochal shift looms, but whether or not it is the final epoch is hard to say.  Our roles as parts of the process introduces an uncertainty in our observations that bedevils prediction. (True Hallucinations, Terence McKenna: pages 199-203)


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