A New Look at Alien Encounters in the Upper Midwest

Credit: Siriusdisclosure.com Lights photographed over Brussels, Belgium, 1990
Credit: Siriusdisclosure.com
Lights photographed over Brussels, Belgium, 1990

First of a four-part series

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL midsummer night. Only the chirp of a few crickets breaks the silence. A slight breeze rustles the treetops. Away from city lights you can see the Milky Way as if it were painted on the black dome of the sky. If you are within the city, you might only be able to see a few stars, but they are bright. And as you gaze upward, perhaps you notice something strange — one of those lights is moving.

You observe it for a few moments. It’s not an airplane, not a meteor, not a satellite — it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It grows brighter, moving, descending, resolving into a dot and finally into an ever-growing ball of light. Then, suddenly, the world becomes eerie and surreal — no crickets, no breeze, only a muffled silence. You find yourself held in place, first in fascination, then in fear as the object settles to earth frighteningly close to you.

For some readers, a scenario like this may be all too familiar. If so, then you may be a close encounter experiencer or, in more common terms, an alien abductee. The phenomenon of UFO abduction is nearly universal. It affects nearly one in every 100 people worldwide — from all walks of life, cultures and locations. It seems to occur unpredictably and without warning. In future articles we will discuss more of this question, but for now, we will simply say that those affected seem to be arbitrarily selected, with little to indicate why.

In nearly twenty years as a UFO investigator and over fifteen years as a hypnotherapist, I have met many hundreds of experiencers. My files and those of other researchers bulge with descriptions of UFO sightings — many at close range. In many cases, a UFO may hover uncomfortably close, seemingly there for one particular person. Some only remember seeing the lights; for others, memories and emotions run much deeper.

Typical of many experiencers is a person I will refer to as “Nancy” (Note: Nancy is actually a composite of several experiencers with similar descriptions and stories). In one recent encounter, Nancy awoke late at night to see a brilliant white light shining through her bedroom window. Curious at first, her emotions quickly turned to fear as she found herself unable to move. Fear turned to panic as she saw several small beings appear suddenly, entering through the closed window on the beam of light. She could only watch helplessly as the aliens took their place around her bed. Then she found herself floating above the mattress as they guided her out through the closed window and into the light.

At that point, Nancy’s awareness usually blanks out and her recall of the experience ends. Yet, in some cases, she has additional conscious memories. At least once, she remembers entry into the interior of the UFO, with fleeting memories of interactions with alien beings. She recalls lying immobilized on a metal examining table in a room filled with brilliant light. Several aliens stood around the table, performing some type of medical procedure on her. They felt like scientists, with her as some type of experimental laboratory animal. The memories are often dreamlike, glimmering at the edge of the conscious mind. Then, her next memory is of the morning sun shining through the bedroom window

How many experiencers are there, actually? As mentioned above, about one person in a hundred appears to have had at least some degree of encounter and the phenomenon may be even more common. A few researchers even estimate that nearly everyone has had at least some interaction with the UFO and/or close encounter phenomenon. Yet, from these 1 percent numbers, we find that in a city of three million people, roughly 3,000 are probably experiencers. In a world of six billion people, it means there are approximately 60 million experiencers. Clearly, the phenomenon is massive. Whatever they are up to, the task must be vital.

For experiencers such as Nancy, being the object of alien attention seems inescapable. There is no hiding from the visitors. Wherever she goes, the phenomenon can find her. It leaves a legacy of fear, dread of the next random visit in the night. Any light in the sky overhead might just turn out to be “Them.” Strange events and encounters throughout life leave her with a legacy of mystery, puzzlement, lost time, peace of mind, and in some cases, even physical health challenges. Many experiencers feel helpless, caught between worlds with no one to even listen to their story. Yet, each needs to know this — you are not alone.

In next month’s article, we discuss the impact of alien encounters on the experiencer him/herself — the deep sense of both wonder and fear that accompanies the appearance of alien beings. In future articles, we will examine other aspects of the phenomenon. Why are the visitors here? What do they seem to be doing? What relationship might the governments of the world, and our society overall, have with the phenomenon?

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Craig R. Lang
Craig R. Lang is a certified hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. He is the owner of Explore with Hypnosis, and conducts hypnotherapy at his office in Coon Rapids, MN. In addition to hypnotherapy, he is the Minnesota state director for the Mutual UFO Network, which researches UFO sightings, anomaly reports and close encounters worldwide. He has published articles in the MUFON UFO Journal, the CUFOS International UFO Reporter, The Edge, and many other publications. He is 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. Visit www.exploreWithHypnosisMN.com or www.theCosmicBridge.com.


  1. I had a very close UFO sighting in a remote area of an Ohio state park in 1974. It flew over us very slowly at less than 200′. Close enough to see a silhouette piloting the craft and instrumentation lights through the port holes. My friend left me there to pick up his girl friend. It was August about 8:30 pm still daylight. i remember gathering wood to start a fire. My next memory is sitting on a log beside the fire completely dark and several people there for the camping party. It was about midnight at that time.
    I was not upset or anxious I just joined in the party. After 40 years I would like to find out about that missing time. Two years after this I was in the USAF , NORAD , Minot ND. I had several lost time incidents while fishing and while driving during the three years I spent at Minot AFB. This intrigues me today because of becoming aware of the true extraterrestrial presence on earth and the fact that I was in a first response nuclear air squadron , northern tier . The Fifth Fighter Interceptor Squadron with a security clearance for working around nuclear weapons , on aircraft and in silos,occasionally going into launch control facilities.
    I would like to have regressive hypnotherapy to uncover what happened during those lost hours I experienced.


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