Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jacques Vallee, consciousness and UAP


After writing my last blog post about the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science and their early interest in the topic of consciousness, I reread a number of books by Jacques Vallee. I was looking to see what Vallee had to say on the relationship between UAP and consciousness. The following are quotes from several of his written works, which help understand his thoughts in this area.


In "Anatomy of a Phenomenon: The Detailed and unbiased report on UFOs" (1965, Ace Books. New York,) there is a section (page 121) titled "The Need for a New System of Analysis." Here, Vallee writes:

"Since the concepts that would allow us to grasp the phenomenon in its entirety may not have been formed yet, or may lie beyond the potentiality of the consciousness which is characteristic of the present state of the human brain, we have a tendency to start from plausible solutions and work backward. But this is no longer science."

Later, (pp229-230) in another section titled "Michel's hypotheses and the feasibility of contact" Vallee sets out four of French researcher Aime Michel's ideas on contact. One hypothesis is that:

"(4) The contact may be openly realized on a "spiritual" level which is not perceptible to us; it is made on "their" mental level and remains invisible to us in our present state of consciousness."

I wondered if there were any further hints from these early days of 1965? In "Forbidden Science: Volume One" (2014, Documatica Research, San Francisco) I found a diary entry dated 11 February 1965 on page 127 where there is a bold statement "There must be other levels of consciousness and other lives than ours."

Do we have an indication of why Vallee was thinking along these lines? There is another diary entry dated 19 September 1965 on page 153 which helps us:

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"A book I just finished reading seriously at Don's urging raises the possibility of other physical dimensions interacting with consciousness. Under the title A Woman Clothed with the Sun, this work by John Delaney is a summary of alleged apparitions of the blessed Virgin Mary. The reports are extraordinary, very troubling. One is tempted to image that there is indeed some sort of power that follows, and  intervenes into, human affairs. I want to study these observations in more detail and to compare them with the events recounted by Charles Fort..."

The book describes several visitations of the Virgin Mary, and her messages of inspiration and hope.


In "Passport to Magonia: from folklore to flying saucers" (1969, Henry Regnery Co, Chicago) on page 149, speaking of the 1897 "airship" wave of reports which took place across the USA, Vallee notes:

"Perhaps the airship, like the fairy tales, the flying saucers, was a lie, so well engineered that its image in human consciousness could sink very deep indeed and then be forgotten - as UFO landings are forgotten, as the appearance of supernatural beings in the Middle Ages are forgotten. But then, are they really forgotten?"


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By 1972, Vallee was investigating the subject of automatic writing, and particularly one case in which an entity calling itself '7171' claimed to be connected with UFOs. Vallee, on page 85 of "Forbidden Science:Volume One" writes: "I regard the above dialogue as an instance of communication with a level of consciousness possibly (but not necessarily) nonhuman."


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In a diary entry dated 7 May 1976 (p334 of "Forbidden Science: Volume Two"  2017, Documatica Research LLC, San Francisco) ponders;

""The theory I am forming is that (1) there exists another reality level with which humans can relate symbolically, and (2) entities endowed with consciousness operate in that plane. This is the core knowledge, the basic fact. The consciousness in question may or may not be related to us."


In 1977 Vallee published his book "UFOs: The Psychic Solution" (Panther Books, St Albans - the US version was titled "The Invisible College.") There are numerous mentions of consciousness in this work, and he ponders the origin of the "other" source of consciousness.

"It has become important to pose the UFO 'problem' in a new fashion because our cultural beliefs regarding the existence of forms of consciousness elsewhere in the universe are undergoing major shifts." (p8.)

Noting the "absurd" nature of some close encounters and their effects on human observers:

"I will try and show that what takes place through close encounters with UFOs, is control of human beliefs, control of the relationship between our consciousness and physical reality, that this control has been in  force throughout history, and that it is of secondary importance that it should now assume the form of sightings of space visitors." (p10.)

He suggests that the interactions which occur today as apparent close encounters with "aliens" have been noted throughout recorded history.

"I believe that a powerful force has influenced the human race in the past and is again influencing it now. Does this force originate entirely within human consciousness, or does it represent alien intervention?" (p.20.)

That these interactions with "aliens" up to the 1970's, have occurred previously, but attributed at that time, to other sources:

"I am tempted to accept as a working hypothesis that in other times remote contact occurred between human consciousness and another consciousness described as demonic, angelic or simply alien." (p141.)

Returning once again to the notion that some close encounters appear "absurd":

"...we have a pattern of manifestations, opening the gates to a spiritual level, pointing a way to a different consciousness, and providing irrational, absurd events in their wake." (p147.)

Vallee recognizes that the phenomenon has a technological appearance, seemingly advanced physics:

" We are faced with a technology that transcends the physical and is capable of manipulating our reality, generating a variety of altered states of consciousness and of emotional perceptions. The purpose of that technology may be to change our concepts of the universe." (p160.)

Returning once again to the theme of the origin of this "other": consciousness:

Talking about the possibility that the UFO phenomenon might originate on earth, Vallee writes: "Perhaps this form of consciousness shares the planet with us..." (p197.)

He then goes on tho formulate an hypothesis along the lines:

"I propose the hypothesis that there is a control system for human consciousness. I have not determined whether it is natural or spontaneous; whether it is explainable in terms of genetics, of social psychology, or of ordinary phenomena, or if it is artificial in nature, and under the power of some superhuman will." (pp199-200.)


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1990 saw the publication of "Confrontations:A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact" (Ballantine Books, New York.) On page 144, Vallee was a little bit more certain of the origin of the "other" consciousness.

"As an alternative to the extraterrestrial hypothesis, I propose to regard the UFO phenomenon as a physical manifestation of a form of consciousness that is alien to humans but able to coexist with us on the earth."

He returns to the link to the earth, on page 99:

"My own private conjecture, which deviates considerably from the accepted dogma among UFO believers, is that we are dealing with a yet unrecognized level of consciousness, independent of man but closely linked to the earth."


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The next year saw the publication of "Revelations:Alien Contact and Human Deception" (Ballantine Books, New York.) Here we find:

"...there is indeed a genuine UFO phenomenon..In my view it represents an opportunity to practice some good science and to become aware of levels of consciousness we have not previously recognized." (p20.)

"In many close encounters and abduction reports, witnesses are exposed to contact with a form of consciousness that modern science simply does not yet fully understand." (p208.)

"In the first two volumes of the Alien contact trilogy (Dimensions and Confrontations) I have shown that unidentified flying objects do exist. They are astounding physical anomalies that have the capability to affect the perception of time and space and the consciousness of those who come close to them." (pp226-227.)

"The simple truth is this: if there is a form of life and consciousness that operates on properties of space-time we have not yet discovered, then it does not have to to be extraterrestrial. It could come from any place and any time, even from our own environment." (p255.)


Perhaps the whole of the above may be best summed up, in Vallee's own words from page 437 of "Forbidden Science:Volume One."

"The UFO phenomenon exists. It has been with us throughout history. It is physical in nature and it remains unexplained in terms of current engineering science. It represents a level of consciousness that we have not yet recognized, and which is able to manipulate dimensions beyond time and space as we understand them. It affects our own consciousness in ways that we do not grasp fully, and it generally behaves as a control system. Because it can manipulate our consciousness, in unknown ways, the phenomenon also provided effects that we can only interpret as paranormal in nature..."

There are short YouTube videos where Vallee explores the above.

Update:22 August2019

Thanks to blog reader Paul Craddick (see comments section) for his interesting lead. Paul points out that Tom Delonge mentioned the concept of a "control system" in an interview with Joe Rogan.

"I think that there's been a lot of events that are on purpose, some have been for show, some have been for even, there's a variety, variety, reasons, but I think a lot of it is a control system, that's really pushing humanity in  a very specific direction."


  1. Thanks for this. I must confess that I find the notion of a 'control system' rather unclear — the most I can get out of it is the allegation of some 'agenda' for influence via extraordinary experiences (influence on behalf of exactly what, and why, inscrutable).

    Be that as it may, you may know that Delonge has parroted this idea:

    "I think that there’s been a lot of events that are on purpose some have been for show some have been for even there’s a variety variety reasons but I think a lot of it is a control system that’s really pushing humanity in a very specific direction"

    1. Hi Paul, thank you for the above comment. I have updated my blog with Tom Delonge's quote (crediting yourself as my source.)

  2. Cheers Keith.

    Do you know — has Vallee had anything to say about TTSA? One assumes he must be well aware of it, having (as I understand it) been long associated with Harold Puthoff et al. Would certainly be interesting to know as well what Peter Sturrock makes of it all (moving within similar circles it seems).

    1. Hi Paul,
      I don't think that I have heard Vallee mention TTSA in any interviews. Yes, it would be interesting to know what both Vallee and Sturrock think of it all.

  3. Great work, Keith. I'm actually a bit new to UFOlogy, having been stirred by the Nimitz encounter to then explore this topic more seriously. It did not take long before one considers much of the mystery we are all dying to grip is very likely to be beyond our normal understanding. UFOs would not be alone in the pool of things that confound us greatly. Dark Matter. The true nature of light. I'm personally stunned by mankind's extreme improvement of technological intelligence. I'm very warm to the idea that "something else" has influenced our evolution and though that's perhaps never going to be proven, I feel that the nature of that influence (if so) was psychic and not within man himself. It's 2001: A Space Odyssey, basically.

  4. Thank you so much for your work. I'm not sure how to even express how helpful having all of this info in one place, thoughtfully presented and combined with your sharp insight truly is.

    Seeing topics such as communication with unknown entities and experiences that are the product of effects on consciousness combined with the word "control" being thrown around immediately brings to mind John C Lilly and his ECCO.


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