UFO Conjectures

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Swedenborg, Adamski, and the UFO experience


Emanuel Swedenborg had visions that showed him beings on Saturn, Mars, Venus, and other planets of the solar system.

The descriptions of those beings [The Earths in the Universe] were appropriated by George Adamski for his various lectures and books, including “Flying Saucers Have Landed”(co-authored with Desmond Leslie) and “Inside the Space Ships.”

The planets, as NASA probes show, did not, could not, and cannot support life of the kind Swedenborg and Adamski described.

So what is one to make of the “insights” – especially since Swedenborg was not considered a charlatan as Adamski is?

Swedenborg’s visions have always been considered to be part of his epiphany; that is, he experienced Cosmic Consciousness [Richard Maurice Bucke, 1901].

But Adamski seems to have taken his “sightings” from Swedenborg’s accounts and others.

Yet what about other accounts of extraterrestrial life, such as that of Betty Andreasson-Luca or Billy Meier?

Are those accounts edifying in any way? Do they correspond to “sightings” and “visions” that may be precursors to a transcendental epiphany?

Alien abductions (the Andreasson scenario) or visitations (the Meier hoax) are missing the elements found in accounts by Socrates, Ezekiel, Constantine, and Malcolm X (to name only a few).

Alleged real visitations are not self-aggrandizing, or terrifying, as is the case with almost all UFO/occupant sightings and alien abductions.

Persons who have an actual UFO event do not capitalize (or try to) on their experience.

And those who have a real epiphany, such as that of Saint Thomas Aquinas, do not go forward with their mundane activities; they change, psychologically and fundamentally.

Having visions of other-worldly beings is either a harbinger of a transcendental awakening, a psychotic-induced episode, or a contrivance meant to fraudulently convince others of a special occurrence from which the perpetrator can derive money, notoriety, or some other self-serving accoutrement.

Swedenborg had visions, albeit visions that did not and does not coincide with reality as we know it.

Adamski had sightings (not visions) that were induced to commit fraud. Meier’s sightings follow the Adamski model. And Betty Andreasson? Where is the fundamental change in her life-style?

So what about all those who say they’ve seen a UFO (or a flying saucer)? Or say they’ve been abducted by occupants of them?

Are they Swedenborgian? Or Adamskian? Or somewhere in-between?

You make the call.