From FATE Magazine, November 1993

Techniques for Resisting Alien Abduction

by Ann Druffel







(photo courtesy of CBS)

These seven methods may help prevent abductions

In Knocknagoshel, County Kerry, the parish priest, Fr. Kelly, deciding his church needed a chandelier, appointed a parishioners' committee, asking them to determine how to obtain one. They talked it over, and appointed a member, Houlihan, to report back, who told Kelly that the committee had decided against it. "Why so?" asked Fr. Kelly. "What-ever made you decide that?" "We don't want a chandelier for three reasons. Half of us can't spell it, no one in the village can play it, and what our church really needs is more light," said Houlihan.

Parallels to abductions

UFO abduction research also has three problems: half of us can't agree how to define it, none of us know why it's happening, and we need a lot more light on the subject. A troublesome negative attitude is affecting both main research factions. Some researchers feel that UFO entity interaction is slowly evolving the human race. Though often a source of pain and terror to humans, they regard UFO entities as benign. Other researchers believe we are caught up in inescapable negative interactions with alien intelligence(s). Both diametrically opposed factions, however, seem to believe that humans have no control over abductions, and that resistance is inadvisable or impossible.




with co-author D. Scott Rogo
and has been
investigating UFO reports
since 1957. She has researched over 1,500 UFO cases, including
alleged landings,
UFO photos, close encounters
physical effects on witnesses and terrains, and abduction cases. She is an avid hiker, amateur astronomer and certified hypnotist. Ann is a research consultant with the Mobius Society in Los Angeles. 




Combating abduction techniques

Certain mental techniques may prevent abducting alien approaches and break off ongoing abductions. UFO abduction researchers should regard the data as anecdotal only, at present. Despite claims that abductees are missing fetuses, and that aliens are carrying on an active hybridization/breeding program with humans, no documented proof exists, although professional re-searchers (scientists and clinicians) are looking hard. Abduction scenarios, in which witnesses are taken from familiar surroundings by alien creatures and subjected to strange examinations, are being reported by hundreds of reliable, rational witnesses in various countries. An unexplained phenomenon is occurring.

These encounters take place in altered states of reality, rather than normal consciousness. The subjective encounters seem real to witnesses, and residual physical effects hint at objective reality,

In 1988, after two decades of documenting reports and counseling terrorized witnesses, I realized that usual methods of analysis led nowhere. Abduction reports began to proliferate in 1975, and are now so numerous that sources investigating UFOs cannot adequately handle them. It was illogical to think that piling up case reports while traumatized witnesses knocked at the door would solve the problem. A class of witnesses reported successfully breaking off contact with unwelcome entities. They were as rational and stable as the best good abduction cases and some more so.

Resistance cases presented a new way to study abduction reports. Resistance techniques apply mainly to cases involving "bedroom visitors" or grays—large-headed, big-eyed, light-skinned creatures ranging in height from 3-1/2 to 5 feet (presently the most commonly reported in the U.S.) Seven techniques have been identified. Most are ordinary abilities of the human mind and body.

Mental struggle. It works best before abduction is fully under way. The witness is paralyzed and entities are perceived, but the unnatural calm hasn't yet set in. It involves sustained will power while attempting to move a small part of the body, usually a finger or a toe.

When the witness makes that slight movement, the paralysis breaks, and the entities vanish. Mental struggle is often instinctive, but it can be learned. It works as well for terrorized witnesses as for those who are naturally more fearless.

This technique was used by Emily Cronin who, in 1957, perceived a bright light and three entities while she and Jan Whitley were asleep inside their car in a mountainous area while driving home from a vacation.

Both women awoke paralyzed, seeing a bright light nearby. Instinctively using mental struggle, Emily was able, after some minutes, to break the episode for both of them. The bright light disappeared, and they sped down the road in terror. Later, they accepted that they had encountered another form of (unknown) intelligence that was curious about human beings. Emily's experience set her up for more encounters.

In the middle of the night, she was harassed by large-headed entities appearing in her bedroom, insisting that she come with them—why and where were never explained. She always felt awake during these episodes; since she did not wish to go with them, she used mental struggle. As soon as she could move a finger or toe, the paralysis broke and the creatures vanished. Emily has a strong sense of herself as a person with inviolable rights.

Righteous anger. It is often used instinctively, but can be learned. It works best before paralysis sets in; the anger expressed against the entities can be either mental or verbal. Relatively fearless witnesses who have a firm sense of their own rights are more likely to use it successfully.

In 1987, in Pensacola, Fla., a woman awoke to see a typical gray climbing down a column of light in her bedroom. She leaped out of bed, turned on a lamp, stared at the being and yelled, "Get outa here!" Immediately, the entity ascended through the ceiling.

In citizen safety classes, law enforcement officers teach citizens to yell audible protests, instead of screaming, when faced by criminals. Loud, assertive demands like, "Go away, leave me alone, you haven’t any right!" throw the criminal off guard and alert nearby witnesses, and the criminal flees.

These techniques inform abducting entities that this individual is not going to be an easy target, and also break through the altered state needed to keep witnesses compliant.




Figure A. Morgana Van Klausen's watercolor rendition, painted by researcher/artist Georgeanne Cifarelli,
of entities who repeatedly harassed Morgana in her California home.

(Graphic used with permission of Georgeanne Cifarelli.)






Protective rage can be used after an abduction to prevent future visits, and also during an experience, provided the "calm" has not yet set in. It involves strong mental and verbal rejection of the entities, especially their intrusive behavior. It works best when witnesses who experience ongoing abductions realize that their children are being harassed. Protective rage, like righteous anger, must be carefully focused.

David Jacobs' A Secret Life and other recent books state repeatedly that anger and rage do not work against abducting entities and, according to the cases cited, they don't. There is a logical answer.

Uncontrolled anger or rage are rooted in fear and despair, emotions incompatible with self-confidence and positive thinking. Righteous anger and protective rage are focused and positive. When used by assertive, relatively fearless individuals, who feel strongly that their rights are being violated, they seem to work against intrusive creatures.

Some repeatedly harassed creative individuals sling rejecting phrases against the entities after intrusive visits. The visual image of; witnesses hurling verbal rejection against entities who are not there at the time may seem ridiculous, but the technique has proved successful in several cases, apparently preventing further episodes. Morgana Van Klausen, who lives in San Gabriel Valley, California, used it with other resistance techniques to stop repeated visits from entities with large black eyes and rough textured white skin (Figure A).

It isn't known if this technique works by providing a psychic shield over the home, or whether the entities are able to sense rejection from a distance. We have to know more about the nature of abducting entities to explain it. If they are intradimensional, as suspected by researchers such as Jacques Vallee, Gordon Creighton and others, physical space-time around the witnesses may be strengthened in some way, so that the creatures are unable to penetrate from their dimension into the witnesses' environment.

Are aliens intradimensional?

Other dimensions' existence have been demonstrated mathematically, but we lack empirical evidence. Until science proves that they and intradimensional inhabitants exist, we cannot prove why righteous anger and other resistance techniques work.

Physical Struggle. Another commonly reported technique is physical struggle. It takes a strong, assertive personality, like Patsy, who was investigated by veteran UFO researcher Don Worley. Patsy reportedly was harassed by typical grays (Figure B) and was getting fed up. One night, three entities materialized in her bedroom while Patsy was awake. She jumped up and clutched the neck of the middle entity. Surprisingly, its neck snapped and its head fell on its back. Patsy felt sorry she'd hurt it, but she told the entities, "You're going to leave me alone!" The other two dragged the body of their companion backward and vanished.


Figure B. Patsy reportedly used physical struggle to fend off harassing entities.
Note witness' careful details.


Appeal to spiritual personages. It works whether the witnesses are fully awake or if they are already paralyzed and in an altered state. The majority of FATE readers believe in some theological doctrine—-Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.—so the technique is presented here as a pragmatic resistance method rather than as a religious teaching. Witnesses don’t have to be fearless or have strong confidence to use this technique successfully.

What they do need is strong faith in a spiritual realm in which spiritual, protecting personages reside. A variety of spiritual personages have been appealed to, including Christ, Mohammed, guardian angels and spiritual guides.

During the '70s and '80s, Melissa MacLeod, a Southern California resident, repeatedly experienced terrifying episodes during which invisible forms of considerable weight—estimated at 50 to 80 pounds—would jostle her bed or poke her until she awakened, paralyzed.

She used mental struggle the first few times, and succeeded in moving a portion of her body, upon which the paralysis and presences would vanish. Melissa has no memories of actual UFO abduction, but she has a prior history of two time lapses or amnesic periods in the 1950s, directly associated with UFO-type phenomena. Generally, the paralytic episodes involved invisible presences, but early one morning in the mid-1980s, she awoke paralyzed and saw a black, hooded figure standing near the side of her bed. In stark terror she instinctively called out mentally to God for help and the creature vanished.

As the episodes continued, she appealed directly to the Archangel Michael, for whom she had developed a particular understanding and appreciation. He is regarded in Christian literature as a special protector against dark spirits. Dark spirits remind most people of demons or devils, but Melissa does not feel that the intrusive entities fell into either class.

She reasoned that St. Michael could be equally as effective against the unknown entities who were harassing her, and found that mental appeals to him broke her paralysis in a few seconds. She has found a reliable way of breaking the episodes and no longer fears them, even though they still occur once in a while.

Melissa's confidence in Michael's protection seems to be the basic equivalent of Emily's, Patsy's, and Morgana's confidence in themselves as people with rights (i.e., self-esteem) even though their techniques are not associated with orthodox religion.

If UFO encounter witnesses feel that they have inviolable rights and/or the ability to protect themselves, they are protected. Likewise, if witnesses like Melissa feel that they can receive protection from outside sources, they are protected. It is the confidence that one is protected, or that a particular technique will work, that seems to bring about success.

White light. One relaxes, visualizing white light streaming in through the top of the head—the crown chakra—filling the entire body and extending outward like a protective shield. The source of the light can be God or more vague Cosmic Powers. All seem equally effective.


Figure C. Lori Briggs reportedly used a resistance technique while lying upon a table in a UFO.


White light is used in meditation and hypnosis by metaphysically-inclined clinicians because it supposedly protects from unwholesome forces, which can gain entry into a person's psyche while in altered states. Since UFO abductions occur in altered states, and many witnesses and researchers consider alien abductors as unwholesome forces, the efficacy of white light as a resistance technique is logical.

Internal sound can be useful in advanced stages of abduction. This technique allowed Lori Briggs to break off contact while she was still aboard the UFO (Figure C) in the company of typical abductors (Figure D).

Lori has used it instinctively since childhood, but it is connected with some yogic doctrines and can be learned. Internal sound, according to Lori, is like a low-pitched musical note heard in the head and shoulders. She purposely amplifies it to relax, or in times of stress. When Lori used it aboard the craft in the presence of the abducting entities (See Figure C) they seemed very surprised and immediately returned her to her own bedroom. Lori now lives in Tujunga, Calif., where the entities still try to contact her; a high-pitched whine signals their coming. She has learned to detect the beginning of this sound and uses her own sound against it. Paralysis does not set in, and she is left unbothered.

Lori regards the creatures who abducted her in 1975 as a different order of creation who are curious about us; she wishes them no harm. When the entities urged her to go with them she felt intuitively it would be for breeding purposes and didn't feel that she wanted to go with them. In spite of their repeated efforts to recontact her, she doesn't feel it is time to do so. "Someday, perhaps," she says, but on her own terms. She has a strong sense that she is master of her own destiny.


Figure D. Lori's use of internal sound broke unwanted contact with small statured entities, depicted here.


 Supportive family links aid resistance to intrusive entities. There is often a natural reluctance to confide in family and friends because of possible ridicule. For witnesses who want to learn to resist, it is helpful to seek help from family members.

A correspondent from Florida, whom I'll call Jean, had numerous experiences in the middle of the night with a frightening figure that harassed her as a child. The entity, in her words, was "almost like an electronic force" trying to pull her out of her body.

She confided in her grandmother, and learned that the older woman had had the same problem and had defended herself with prayer. The grandmother even had a name for the creature—medved, or "creature that comes in the night."

At her grandmother's suggestion, Jean armed herself with pictures of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic concept of Christ, and during subsequent encounters informed the creature that the Sacred Heart was protecting her. Controlling her terror, she asked the entity questions: "Who are you?" "What do you want?"

She never received an answer. Instead, the creature would come closer, right up to her face, and the witness would leap from bed and run out of the room to safety. The protection Jean felt she had from spiritual forces and the support of her grandmother did not stop the thing from coming, but she feels that they kept her from harm.

Early detection is best

The earlier a witness detects the entities' approach, the better resistance works. Some techniques can break off abduction scenarios that are underway. Resistance in the early stages of approach apparently works much faster, adding strength to the hypothesis that these unidentified creatures are from an interdimensional source instead of being fully physical and extraterrestrial.

If the entities are entering our space-time from another dimension, our physical environment might be disturbed in a way that could be intuitively sensed. Intuition spans the bridge between our physical universe and other realities. Even if abductions eventually prove to be a bizarre psychological phenomenon, as suspected by some researchers, resistance techniques should still be effective. Witnesses who are convinced they can prevent abduction would be able to do so, even if the phenomenon springs unconsciously from within.

Resistance is controversial , and some heated exchanges are taking place in the UFO literature. Some researchers feel that witnesses are merely permitted to feel that their resistance is successful. Others suggest that encouraging witnesses to try resistance is actually unethical, because it might tend to make some witnesses feel guilty for not resisting.

Some witnesses, for reasons of their own, do not wish to end contact, and this article is not intended to convince them that they should. Successful resistance seems limited to witnesses who feel strongly that their rights are being violated, and they don't wish further contact. Witnesses who feel, for any reason, that they ought not resist have a perfect right not to try. However, the contrary is true as well; if witnesses wish to resist, they have a right to do so.

I am assuming that humans have integrity, and the right to protect themselves from uninvited interference. If it could be proven that UFO entities are helping us evolve, then it would probably be inadvisable to fend them off.

If it could be proven that abducting entities are ET's, it would probably be difficult to resist them. Neither of these hypotheses are proven. There is nothing in the great works of philosophy or religion, and no data is available from science that teaches us that other orders of creation are responsible for helping us evolve.

Inalienable rights

Humans are far from perfect, but many great civilizations recognize that each individual has inalienable rights. Most human beings are capable of compassion and other positive qualities.

Abducting entities generally treat human beings as having no rights, and display little emotion or compassion. Possibly human beings are more evolved than these creatures in many ways. Perhaps they are neither inferior nor superior but simply different.

Outdoor abductions are only a small fraction of the whole. Indoor abductions are different. The creature is perceived before the craft is seen, and the witness generally sees only the inside of the craft; the craft or rooms might even be mental constructs, projected into the witnesses' minds.

The vast variety of detail from different witnesses suggests this. Also, abducting entities have been reported to materialize from thin air, or from balls of light or to shape-shift in varying ways.

Ancient problem In modem guise?

This shape-shifting reminds one of various types of entities that have been abducting and tampering with human sexuality for millennia, such as sylphs, incubi, jinns, and faery folk. Such creatures are considered, in folklore and in modem accounts, to be from dimensions outside our physical space-time, strengthening the intradimensional hypothesis.

Perhaps these interfering types constitute orders of creation that have been with us since the beginning. Many researchers suspect that UFO abducting entities are simply an old human problem dressed in modern space clothing. Since most witnesses are in altered states of consciousness during abduction scenarios, they might perceive the event in another dimension.

This could explain many things —why a witness' spouse or partner sleeps peacefully during an abduction and why, when awakened, they do not see the entities, who vanish instantly. It could also explain the hushed, abnormal atmosphere in which many abductions take place, that abductions often occur in the midst of urban surroundings without being witnessed by neighbors, and why many abducted witnesses feel that they are out-of-body.

It seems impossible to make sense of the extraordinarily complex data. We have no reliable way of knowing which elaborate details are real or which seem to be real in the witnesses' minds. This applies particularly to details retrieved under hypnotic regression. It is logical to see if abductees who wish to resist are successful in doing so.

Further study Is needed

Resistance does not imply that we should try to get rid of abducting entities forever. The abduction phenomenon is an interesting, proper subject for research. If humans can establish control through resistance, this might be the first step toward determining the true nature of these visitors and eventually establishing honest communication. If unknown types of entities want something from us, they should explain what they need, ask us for our cooperation and provide verification that they are telling the truth. That could be a long process.

More study needs to be done. I am assembling a 200-case catalogue to allow statistical analysis and other scientific studies, including psychological profiles that could identify personality traits common to witnesses who successfully resist traumatic contact. These pioneers might be the first to break through the mind-altering procedures and deceptive practices used by these entities, leading to clarification of their actual nature and motives.

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