A field guide for effective communication with
is intended to serve as a general briefing to enhance cultural
competence while providing insight into the complexities of
extra-terrestrial (ET) first contact. Within the context of this field
guide, cultural competence is defined as: the ability to function effectively in the context of cultural
differences. A more specific orientation or training must be provided to
individuals, such as diplomatic personnel and social service providers,
who will be having repeated or prolonged contact.
contactees should use this guide to ensure the following
of Cultural Competence* are being addressed:
Awareness, acceptance and valuing of cultural differences.
Awareness of one’s own culture and values.
Understanding the range of dynamics that result from the
interaction between entities of different cultures.
Developing cultural knowledge of the particular entity
encountered or accessing cultural brokers who may have that knowledge.
Ability to adapt individual understanding and communication
strategies to fit the cultural context of the individual entity,
species, or home world.
from Cross, T., Bazron, B., Dennis, K., and Isaacs, M. (1989). Towards A Culturally
Competent System of Care Volume I. Washington,
D.C.: Georgetown University Child Development Center, CASSP Technical Assistance Center.
Encounter Classifications - The Hynek Scale
A close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an
unidentified flying object. The terminology and
classification behind the close encounter was originally developed by
astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek. This scale was first
suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. Hynek
developed his scale in the years following his work with the U.S. Air
Force and "Project Blue Book." In developing this system, Hynek's
conscious intent was to bring a scientific rigor to the study of ufology.
In this scale, the
close encounter event is further defined as being one of three distinct
A sighting of one or more
unidentified flying objects:
- Flying saucers
- Odd lights
- Aerial objects that are not attributable to known
An observation of a UFO, and
associated physical effects from the UFO, including:
- Heat or radiation
- Damage to terrain
- Crop circles
- Human paralysis (Catalepsy)
- Frightened animals
- Interference with engines or TV or radio reception.
- Lost time: a gap in one's memory associated with a
An observation of what Hynek
termes "animate beings" observed in association with a UFO
sighting. Hynek deliberately chose the somewhat vague term
"animate beings" to describe beings associated with
UFOs without making any unfounded assumptions regarding the
beings' origins or nature. Hynek did not necessarily regard
these beings as "extraterrestrials" or "alien" as the close
encounter may be one of "ultraterrestrial" origin.
Additionally, Hynek further expressed discomfort with such
reports, but felt a scientific obligation to include them,
at the very least because they represented a sizable
minority of claimed UFO encounters.
Communication Styles -
communicate a great deal through non-verbal gestures. Careful
observation is necessary to avoid mis-interpretation of non-verbal behavior.
may look down to show respect or deference to elders, or ignoring an
individual to show disagreement or displeasure.
gentle handshake is often seen as a sign of respect, not weakness.
Getting messages across through telling a
story (traditional teachings and personal stories) is very common
and sometimes in contrast with the
“get to the point” frame of mind in earthling society. Patience,
acceptance and thoughtfulness are critical in establishing and
maintaining effective communication.
Myths & Facts
ETs are inherently spiritual and live in
harmony with universe.
The idea of all ET having a mystical
spirituality is a broad generalization. This romantic stereotype can be
just as damaging as other more negative stereotypes and impairs one’s
ability to communicate to ETs as “real people”.
ETs have distinguishing physical
characteristics and you can identify them by how they look.
Due to galactic diversity, as well as
thousands of years of inter-world and inter-species interaction, there
is no single distinguishing “look” for ETs. Again, this is stereotypical
and could lead to unintended consequences in communication.
Self-Awareness & Etiquette
making contact, examine your own belief system about ETs, related to
social issues such as species phobia, mammalian-centrism, terran-centrism and
psychedelic drug use, as well as galactic issues such as
potential break-down of consensual
reality and the resulting trauma associated with it. You are being observed at all times, so avoid making
assumptions and be conscious that you are laying the groundwork for
others to follow.
tone of voice, volume, and speed of speech patterns to that of specific entities
to fit their manner of communication style. Preferred body language,
posture, and concept of personal space depend on species norms and the
nature of the personal relationship. Observe others and allow them to
create the space and initiate or ask for any physical contact.
establish communication, you may experience expressions of mistrust,
frustration, or disappointment from other situations that are outside of
your control. Learn not to take it personally. If ETs tease you,
understand that this can indicate rapport-building and may be a form of
guidance or an indirect way of correcting inappropriate behavior. You
will be more easily accepted and forgiven for mistakes if you can learn
to laugh at yourself and listen to lessons being brought to you through
and trust do not come easily in a limited amount of time; however, don’t
be surprised if ETs speak to you about highly charged issues (e.g.,
sexual customs and reproductive modalities) as you may be perceived as an objective expert. Issues around gender roles
can vary significantly in various ET communities. For bi-gender species,
males and females
typically have very distinct social rules for behavior in every day
interactions and in ceremonies.
behaviors for humans to be aware of as they relate to gender issues are:
eye contact, style of dress, physical touch, personal space, decision
making and the influence of male and/or female elders. Careful
observation and seeking guidance from an entity elder on appropriate
gender-specific behavior can help contactees to follow specific customs
and demonstrate cultural respect.
species bring up unique cultural challenges.
Extra Dimensional Hypothesis (or
interdimensional hypothesis) is an idea advanced by Ufologists such as
Jacques Vallée, suggesting that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and
related phenomena involve visitations from other realities or
dimensions, as opposed to distant star systems within our galaxy. These
separate realities coexist (relatively) independent of our "indigenous"
reality, yet are extra-dimensionally or psychedelically interlaced with
our local reality.
The following Abduction scenario has been adapted from Gnostic materials
discovered within the Nag Hammadi Library. The resemblance to
entheogenic or psychedelic experiences as well as contemporary reports
of close encounters is undeniable: An induced state of mortal panic,
intense feelings of imminent danger or possible abduction ("take away
souls by theft"). These details present a striking match to contemporary
Emergency EDH/Psychedelic Abduction
are seized and you undergo mortal fear, perceived entities may turn on
you, thinking they can capture you. And in particular, three entities
will seize you… those who pose as toll collectors. Not only do they
demand toll, but they take away souls by theft.
Now, when you come under their power, one of them, who is the overseer
will say to you: "Who are you, and where are you from?" You are then to
say to him: "I am a child of humanity and I am from the Source."
He will then say to you: "What sort of child are you, and to what Source
do you belong?" You are to say to him: "I am from the pre-existent
Source, and I am the offspring of the Source."
Then he will say to you: "Why were you sent out from the Source?" Then
you are to say to him: "I came from the Pre-existent One so that I might
behold those of my kind and those who are alien."
And he will say to you: "What are these alien beings?" You are to say to
him: "They are not entirely alien, for they are from the Fallen Sophia,
the female divinity (Mother Earth) who produced them when she brought
the human race down from the Source, the realm of the Pre-Existent One.
So they are not entirely alien, but they are our kin. They are indeed so
because she who is their matrix, Sophia, is from the Source. At the same
time they are alien because Sophia did not combine with her like in the
Source (her divine male counterpart), when she produced them."
When he also says to you: "Where will you go now?" You are to say to
him: "To the place when I came, the Source, there shall I return."
And if you respond in this manner, you will escape their attacks.
(NHC V, 3. 33 - 34: 1- 25. Translation from NHLE 1990,
pp. 265-6 and Kurt Rudolf, Gnosis, p. 174-5.)