What happens when a person experiences the unexplained up close and personal? The answer is simple; it is based on the type of person, and type of experience. The particular experience I am writing about here is a close encounter of the first kind; sighting of a UFO "craft." These types of encounters seem to generate the most profound lifelong changes. Before I get into that, I believe UFOs have a profound effect on the debunkers also. The idea of UFOs being alien craft has spawned lifelong debunkers with a fervor reserved only for the most fanatical of people. Ethics, honest science, and even common sense are often thrown out the window to achieve their goal; a negative result on all UFO alien craft cases.
On You Tube I've experienced debunkers following me around even when I change my site. Whenever I put up a UFO clip there they are ranting on every comment supporters may make. One time I had had it with a group of them on about a UFO clip. I allowed them to rant on and on after each comment about how fake it was and then I produced close-ups of the UFO and placed it on You Tube which made them look like idiots. They stopped bothering me only to be replaced by others. This is not just debunking. It is a life's calling for these people. The interesting question that comes to mind as a student of UFO psychology is why they these people spend so much time and effort on what they claim is such a "ridiculous subject?" I believe just the subject matter made a profound change in these peoples life; one of fear.
Those of us who have had this profound experience on seeing close range a UFO craft and knowing it couldn't be explained as anything else are left in a quandary. What to do with this most profound information. You know if you go public those who really could do something about it will never believe you. Or, even worse, you are naive enough to believe the public and authorities will take you seriously. Profound UFO experiences will usually drive the experiencer to take some type of action. There are exceptions to this behavior. A person may be so frightened by the meaning of the sighting, or of the ridicule that may follow, they close the experience off deep down inside, sometimes forever.
But many times a UFO encounter will not be ignored. I don't know how many times I have read about people who finally after decades shared in the public domain astounding UFO close encounters. For those who won't see what is right in front of them, the feeling of the absolute perpetuates a different behavior i.e. one of emotional survival.
A woman I met, a retired sociologist, told me about an experience she had had with her husband. They were driving along when this round white object flew right alongside and then directly in front of their vehicle. They were alone on the road but it stay in front of them for some time. She was shouting at her husband the whole time trying to make him acknowledge what was happening. She had made a point of describing the type of personality her husband had. "He was a no nonsense type of person who wouldn't spend a second on any subject like UFOs," she went on, explaining how she finally got him to admit what was happening in front of his own eyes. But he wouldn't discuss it. What was even stranger, her husband wouldn't admit anything happened after they got home. This was not a UFO encounter to this man. It was a direct challenge to his world view - a view that kept him very safe.
A profound experience with a UFO may have unexpected consequences. Some people may be so profoundly changed they start to believe anything is possible. Many people need to put a spiritual meaning to something as potentially scary as a close encounter. The very wonder of the experience lends itself to the spiritual. Many of us in the UFO community tend to make fun of them but many times they did have close UFO encounters and were changed by it. Maybe we should try to understand a little more how these UFO experiences affect people instead of judging them.
One of the great UFO conferences where you see the whole spectrum of the UFO community is "The International UFO Congress." It's the longest and largest conference in the world. This year will be it's 20th anniversary. Unfortunately this year will also be the last time it will be held for seven days and in the city of Laughlin, Nevada. Next year it will be only an extended weekend in Phoenix. When I first went there I went with a very critical eye, but then I realized some of these people were profoundly changed by UFO experiences. I came to realize that they handled these experiences in their own way by building a kind of spiritual avenue of trust in the future. There is no doubt some took advantage of these people and their over zealousness was used as an excuse by science not to look into this subject. But if we are very honest I think we would all agree science would still not have looked into UFOs even if there were no "way out" people among us.
No matter which side of the spectrum we are on, we all share this common profound experience. An experience that needs validation just because of what it may mean to us and even to all of humanity.
UFO Media Matters
Below is the most famous witnesses whose encounters have changed them for life. However, these encounters were not of the first kind… these encounters were of the third kind.
Boots on The ground Roswell: DVD " Tom Cary Roswell" full dvd. Pennsylvania MUFON Conference.