Herein we continue, from part 1, considering Whitley Strieber who has been the poster child for UFO and alien related subjects of decades just as much as the grey/gray alien has been the poster child for the same. We will consider statements about Strieber made by his acquaintance the self-professed possessed professor Jeffrey Kripal’s book Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal (a book which I reviewed here).
In p. 315 Jeffrey Kripal notes something which Strieber shared with him in person:
“his vision of a Gray [alien/visitor] rushing through the forest behind his New York cabin. As he described the being zipping in and out of the trees, avoiding each tree trunk as if it too were physical, with ‘blinding speed.’”
Kripal chimes in so as to make a point relevant to his book’s context which is:
“I could not help but think of all those drawings of the Flash [the comic book superhero] I had seen as a kid doing, well, exactly that. In this same superhero spirit, I might also mention the recurring metatheme of the alter ego, the secret identity that we all possess…”
And he continues directly with:
“…that we all secretly are: ‘Not psychiatry, not religion, not biology could penetrate that depth,’ Strieber writes. ‘None of them had any real idea of what lives within. They only knew what little it had chosen to reveal of itself. Were human beings what we seemed to be? Or did we have another purpose in another world?’…Strieber at least came to realize that his ‘conscious life was nothing more than a disguise for another reality, another secret life,’ that ‘we very well may be something different from what we believe ourselves to be’…Strieber's books are meant as catalysts, as triggers of awakening from this state of amnesia in which most all of us exist at the moment…They are meant, that is, to awaken us into our own secret lives.”
Beyond anything else, this is a correct assessment of that which Whitley Strieber refers to as “The Secret School” (which is for “Preparation for Contact”). In other words, Strieber has, as noted in the part 1, gone from identifying the alien/visitors as demons to urging humanity to attend their secret school and prepare to make open contact with them.
Jeffrey Kripal continues thusly:
“So too with the Communion letters. A certain Dr. Colette Dowell, for example, had experienced a disappearing pregnancy with no obvious miscarriage at fifteen, and she had experienced UFO dreams since about the same time. During a camping trip in 1988, ‘a vibrating energy permeated my vehicle and continued through my body with the focus being my third eye or pituitary region.’ This resulted in ‘an even greater sense of clairvoyance.’ Since she was a teenager (the age of the Mutation, as we have seen). ‘I felt there were two Colettes, one from this planet and one up in the stars…’”
The reference to “the age of the Mutation” is Kripal’s correlation between what he reads in comic books (and various forms of sci-fi) and that which occultists claim. In fact, the point of his book is that occultists are the ones, by in large, writing comics and sci-fi (although he is very much in favor of it all). Thus, it is true that occultists consider puberty to be not only a physical change but also a time when a person’s occult abilities begin to emerge and must be nurtured—this is whey so very many occult stories of all sorts are geared towards teens, such as the current vampire craze.
To illustrate this, Kripal goes on to note:
“It is very difficult at such moments not to recall Otto Binder, who thought, of course, that the entire human species is a primate-alien hybrid. Or Frederic Myers, who wrote of our double ‘terrene’ and ‘extraterrene’ nature. Or Jacques Valle, who wrote extensively about the paranormal effects of UFO encounters. Or Philip K. Dick, who knew himself as a homoplasmate. Or...well, you get the point by now.
It would take us well beyond out context to unpack Philip K. Dick but note that in his Tractates: Cryptica Scriptura he wrote:
“The Immortal One was known to the Greeks as Dionysos; to the Jews as Elijah; to the Christians as Jesus. He moves on when each human host dies, and thus is never killed or caught…This is the Immortal One whom we worship without knowing his name…I term the Immortal One a plasmate, because it is a form of energy…The plasmate can crossbond with a human, creating what I call a homoplasmate.”
In the next segment we will consider just what Strieber and the visitors have to do with ancient goddesses.
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