Book Reviews:  Alien Experiences

New Abduction Cases Generate Still More Questions
by Warren P Aston
Copyright 2008

Paired with cases culled from Lamb’s massive regression base, Alien Experiences makes a perfect book for both the experienced
researcher looking for answers and for anyone new to the subject wanting a clear overview of an enigma that refuses to go away. That
includes skeptics who would have us believe that alien abductions are a cultural construct with no physical reality at all. Interestingly, Lalich in
particular seems open to a variety of explanations for her own experiences but is equally adamant that something is happening. The
consistency of the various elements in her stories with those reported by other experiencers is striking.

Running almost unnoticed throughout the accounts is a thread suggesting some kind of covert military involvement in many of the cases,
although this too is subject to seemingly endless possibilities. Are abductions simply staged events by military operatives to manipulate and
to instill fear or are they real “alien” events that are monitored by the military and perhaps assisted by them? Are the military/human figures
simply an alien creation to assert control over the subject? Or, are human elements involved in joint genetic experimentation over
generations? Is this pure science or is the intention the creation of hybrid or biological entities? Are some extraterrestrials covertly monitoring
other alien group’s activities? Or, all of the above?

More research is needed. In particular we need to integrate “abduction” data from other countries and cultures, something the late John Mack
was beginning to do. This needs to expand to include earlier time periods. Dr Richard Leir’s search for indisputable ET technology in
implants holds great promise. In my opinion, the answers we all seek to this aspect of Ufology will eventually prove to be not simple but
complex; they may prove to be quite unexpected. Alien Experiences does not provide those answers. Indeed, it generates more questions
and puzzles. It is, however, a valuable step along the way as we move further toward a greater awareness of the beautiful complexity all
around us and the answers to earth’s greatest mystery.
particular seems open to a variety of explanations for her own experiences but is equally adamant that something is happening. The
consistency of the various elements in her stories with those reported by other experiencers is striking.

Running almost unnoticed throughout the accounts is a thread suggesting some kind of covert military involvement in many of the cases,
although this too is subject to seemingly endless possibilities. Are abductions simply staged events by military operatives to manipulate and
to instill fear or are they real “alien” events that are monitored by the military and perhaps assisted by them? Are the military/human figures
simply an alien creation to assert control over the subject? Or, are human elements involved in joint genetic experimentation over
generations? Is this pure science or is the intention the creation of hybrid or biological entities? Are some extraterrestrials covertly monitoring
other alien group’s activities? Or, all of the above?

More research is needed. In particular we need to integrate “abduction” data from other countries and cultures, something the late John Mack
was beginning to do. This needs to expand to include earlier time periods. Dr Richard Leir’s search for indisputable ET technology in
implants holds great promise. In my opinion, the answers we all seek to this aspect of Ufology will eventually prove to be not simple but
complex; they may prove to be quite unexpected. Alien Experiences does not provide those answers. Indeed, it generates more questions
and puzzles. It is, however, a valuable step along the way as we move further toward a greater awareness of the beautiful complexity all
around us and the answers to earth’s greatest mystery.
A Review of Alien Experiences
by Elaine Douglass        


  Alien Experiences is a significant contribution to the literature on close encounters.  Written with commitment and clarity and drawing on the great deal of experience
both authors bring to the table, this book will benefit all who are struggling to understand how first contact is playing out in the lives of individual human beings.  
Californians Barbara Lamb and Nadine Lalich have come together to co-author this book, and it is a fruitful collaboration. Marked by mutual tolerance of their diverging
points of view—Barbara Lamb sees close encounters as spiritually transforming; Nadine Lalich wishes the beings would go away—the book comes together around
one positive theme:  helping people who have the phenomena in their lives and must learn to cope with it. The authors’ desire to help abductees shines through every
page.  Alien Experiences covers a lot of territory.  Overview sections summarize lots of data along with 25 case histories, the all-important close look at unfolding
personal dramas of alien contact.  While this book should be first pick for readers just getting into a study of the abduction phenomena, it will be no less valuable for
experienced readers. Experienced readers will find something new in Alien Experiences.  I did.   Helpful portions of the book explain the dynamics of hypnotic
regression in alien abduction cases, and one chapter is designed to help individuals analyze whether they may have been involved in such experiences and have
reason to look into it by seeing a regression specialist.

The Authors

Barbara Lamb

Regression therapist and experiencer Barbara Lamb has devoted 17 years of her professional life to working with abductees. She is a leading therapist in the field with
a huge body of case work amassed since 1991—1800 regressions of some 560 individuals. Finally, with Alien Experiences, Barbara begins to share with us what she
has been doing all these years.  Trained in past life regression therapy in the 1980s by the Assn. for Past Life Research & Therapy (APRT), Barbara holds a
mastersdegree and is a licensed  family therapist.  She has trained and taught other regression therapists and she is President and a leading light in the Academy of
Clinical Close Encounter Therapists (ACCET).  Barbara is also an editorial board member of The Journal of Abduction-Encounter Research. Here at JAR, she is our
very own Barbara Lamb!  Barbara has lectured widely in the US and Europe and appeared on many media programs concerning close encounters and crop circles,
Barbara’s other area of expertise. She is co-author of Crop Circles Revealed, 2001, available on Amazon.  In Alien Experiences, Barbara acknowledges an “eternal”  
debt to John Mack, the late Harvard professor and UFO abduction researcher.  Dr. Mack, Barbara writes, “encouraged me in my work and validated my findings of
spiritual transformation” among abductees.  He “substantiated and enlarged my perspective of a multi-dimensional,  paranormal cosmos, and of other-dimensional
beings.  We were collaborating on bringing forth the reality of reptilian interactions with humans when he suddenly met his death” a few years ago.  

Nadine Lalich

Nadine Lalich is a Renaissance woman and a voice in her own right.   Entrepreneur, administrator, writer, natural health advocate, student of mental development,
artist, designer, it is Lalich’s vivid and mysterious painting which adorns the cover of Alien Experiences.  Inside the book are found several more of Nadine’s drawings
in B&W. They illustrate her close encounter story told under the name “Marie”—and Marie’s story, based on journal entries since 1991 and transcripts of regressions
with Barbara Lamb, is well worth the read.  

Nadine is a keen observer of the aliens. She has an eye for detail, she made tremendous efforts to remember her experiences, and she is not impressed with what
she sees.  “They try to make you believe it’s the right thing and they [the abductions] are ok. There’s nothing ok about it.”  Nadine doesn’t like the way the aliens look,
she doesn’t like they way they smell, and she doesn’t like having her body meddled with. “It’s a real bad situation to do that to me,” she says.  
Like most abductees, Nadine has been told things the aliens plan to do.  In one startling example, she recounts the aliens informed her they plan to deposit  enormous
burrowing machines near large cities, machines which will dig themselves into the earth. The machines, Nadine was told, will emit fields of energy to pacify the people
living in the large cities.
After 19 years of being closeted with her abduction experiences, Nadine writes of her relief at finally getting the story out in the open.  “I was fed up with the isolation, so I
took charge by speaking out.”  Now, she tells us, she is no longer tormented. This is an important lesson for all abductees.

One bone to pick

Along with Nadine’s story, Alien Experiences presents 24 other cases from Barbara’s files. The cases are in short form, but highly interesting. I have a bone to pick with
how one of these cases is presented.  Under hypnosis, Ken unwinds a long story about getting in his van one day, picking up other California abductees, driving to
Ohio to a large field where hundreds of cars are parked. All the people are loaded on to a disc also parked in the field and transported for an extended period to an off-
planet location.  On reading this, I called Barbara excitedly. “Did this really happen?” I asked, since the book makes it sound as though it did.  No, it did not really
happen.  Hypnosis, we recall, is supposed to help abductees remember real events. Instead it appears the aliens placed an elaborate, full-length movie in this
abductee’s mind which he then spun out to resemble a memory.  This is the first time I have heard of this exact manifestation.  Instead of allowing a mis-impression to
accumulate in the reader’s mind, Barbara should have carefully characterized Ken’s account and commented on it.  

That is the only bone I have to pick in this otherwise excellent book.  Alien Experiences is highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                          —Elaine Douglass        
Over the last four decades Ufology has been increasingly immersed in the “abduction”
phenomenon with the stereotypical large-headed “Grey” alien firmly at the forefront. Veteran
abduction researcher psychotherapist Barbara Lamb and Nadine Lalich have teamed up to
publish a series of new cases that promise to push the boundaries of abduction research still
further.

In fact, the book’s centerpiece is the series of consciously-remembered events by Lalich
herself, a level-headed, perceptive woman whose reluctant encounters with the unknown run
the gamut of day-time experiences to more typical abductions at night and precognitive dreams.
Lalich is relatively new to the UFO field and it shows. Crisp word pictures and her transparent
openness to what is happening to her seem refreshingly uncontaminated by conventions and
standard terminology.
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