Craig Raymond Lang, 61, an author, certified hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists and owner of Explore with Hypnosis, embarked on his next adventure on Feb. 19, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a sudden illness.

His hypnotherapy practice was located in Coon Rapids, Minn. In addition to hypnotherapy, he served as assistant Minnesota director for the Mutual UFO Network, which researches UFO sightings, anomaly reports and close encounters worldwide. He had published articles in the MUFON UFO Journal, the CUFOS International UFO Reporter, The Edge, and many other publications. He was the author of two books on UFOs — The Cosmic Bridge: Close Encounters and Human Destiny, and The Other Side of the Sky: The Cosmic Bridge Companion, exploring the enigma of UFOs, science and the paranormal. What is our relationship with our visitors from out there? How might that relationship be evolving over time?

Craig was born to Jeanne (Herrling) Lang and Raymond Lang Jr. on April 27, 1956, in Madison, Wis. He was an explorer, inventor, researcher, experiencer and healer. As a software engineer in medical technology, he helped save lives and make life more livable. As a hypnotherapist, he helped many to resolve fear and trauma, and to find better mind-body health. To his many friends in Minneapolis and around the world, his friendship, sense of humor, and passion for life, people, learning, and inquiry touched and enhanced their lives, and made them smile.

Craig had a lifelong passion for space, physics, computers, psychology, and spirituality. Inspired as a boy by the Apollo program, he wondered what and who was over the next hill, beyond the sky, out among the stars. An unforgettable home experiment was building a UFO detector and alarm under his bed, which the family cat soon set off in the middle of the night!

In Madison, Craig attended West High School and the University of Wisconsin, majoring in computer and electrical engineering. He loved working in the UW physics lab, and was a member of Kappa Eta Kappa fraternity.

After graduation, Craig moved to Minneapolis, where he continued seeking out new challenges: mountaineering; earning a master’s degree in Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas; becoming a certified hypnotherapist and a creative writer; taking up ballroom dance; studying advanced math and quantum physics. For years Craig worked as a volunteer field investigator with the Mutual UFO Network, where he was highly regarded. Craig was also a Reiki practitioner, shaman, and avid traveler. His favorite places were the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, Devil’s Tower (which he climbed often), and New Mexico.

Craig’s spiritual interests led him to explore many paths toward personal growth and enlightenment. He was an active participant in the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community and the Theosophical Society in Minneapolis, as well as Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley. Craig loved to laugh, dance, meditate, hike, climb, write, read, eat (but not cook), learn, and teach. He was one in a million, and is deeply missed by everyone who knew him. Craig is survived by his siblings, Chris, Tim, and Mary; uncle, Albert; aunt, Judy; ex-wife, Gwyn; niece, Nicole; nephew, Justin; many cousins; girlfriend, Mitzi; and his “girls,” Stormy and Libby. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private memorial service took place in Madison on Saturday, March 17, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Craig’s memory to MUFON.org, Theosophical.org, Feed My Starving Children, or Bread For The World.

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