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« on: December 16, 2002, 15:48:52 »

Despite the way in which some individuals have interpreted Little's book, I want to clarify that I took his theory as basically being that he belives that while they are many arechetypal manifestations, there are indeed intelligent life forms that appear from different areas/realms/levels, which he deems the "EM spectrum".  For example, an angel would come from the far right of the energy spectrum (gamma ray style!) while a weak, evil being would come from the lower astral (is radio waves which are the lowest end?).  Also, a weak, evil being would appear as something that would evoke fear and loathing, or respect...anything necessary to influence and scare it's human victim...ie. a troll or fairy back in the day, or a highly advanced ET wit superior technology and telepathic means.  I would add that it appears to humans who are OBE but are not aware of that fact and therefore think they are actually awake and in the physical....

Anyway, that's just a taste of the direction you can go with this theory that basically melds science, metphysical science, psychology and spirituality.

Here is some more info from the web regarding this book (the cool thing is that about a year ago I couldn't find hardly any info on the web about this book and now there is a fairly large chunk of data out on the web):


JOURNAL OF POSSIBLE PARADIGMS
Issue 3, Summer '95

Grand Illusions
by Dr. Gregory L. Little
reviewed by S. Miles Lewis

Dr. Little has done it again! Subtitled “The Spectral Reality Underlying Sexual UFO Abductions, Crashed Saucers, Afterlife Experiences, Sacred Ancient Sites, and Other Enigmas,” this book covers a lot of ground.
With this book Little has completed a sort of trilogy detailing the mechanisms of manifestation behind UFOs, angels, demons, and other apparitions. Far from debunking these encounters as simply hallucinations of the mind’s eye, Little proposes that the witnesses often interact with physically real entities whose origin lies in Carl Jung’s conception of the archetypes within humanity's collective unconscious. This is the kind of hypothesis which typically infuriates American UFOlogists because it undermines their hope and expectation for an extraterrestrial origin. But Little goes a long way to show he is not a psychological debunker by detailing his thorough investigations of specific Fortean cases. From apparent falls of worms from the sky to the “mysterious” disappearance of the Mississippi’s Iron Mountain tugboat. He points out the shortcomings of purported government documents like the Majestic-12 papers and their researchers.

In Little’s first book, The Archetype Experience, he brilliantly and succinctly illustrated how Jung (in Dr. Little's paradigm at least) conceived of archetypes as physical entities of psychic energy which have interacted with humanity for centuries. He also showed how the bulk of UFO reports, the 95% haystack, are intimately linked to Jung’s concept of synchronicity which arose from his ideas about archetypes.

In People of the Web, Dr. Little extended his hypothesis into the realms of Native American studies. He examined stone circles, Indian mounds, and the ancient rituals that are linked to these sites. He presented a rich tapestry of Amerindian experience exemplified by the annual Massaum ceremony. It was during this 56 day ceremony that the Indians called down and communed with their gods.

With Grand Illusions, his third and most recent UFO book, Dr. Little has rounded out his theory, which could be called the “GeoPhysical Manifestation of Jungian Archetypes.” In his first book he briefly mentioned the geophysical theories put forth by Dr. Michael Persinger and he has continued to reference Persinger's ongoing psychotronics research. Yet Dr. Little has strangely avoided any mention of British research into the Earth Lights Hypothesis.

Little presents a sober hypothesis integrating earth energies, brain chemistry, fairy lore, Jungian psychology, and journalist John Keel's ideas of UFOs as ultraterrestrial shape shifting entities of energy.

He details several American flap areas including the notorious Gulf Breeze hot zone. He astutely suggest that it is the perfect stage for a sociological experiment in civilian reaction to UFOs. A telling proposition considering that areas history of psychotronics/navy communications research. Particularly in light of Vallee's revelation of similarly proposed experiments suggested by the now infamous Battelle University memo he cites in his last book Forbidden Science.

Again Little provides much food for thought in his analysis of the near death experience as it relates to UFOs and the NDE Osiris cults of Egypt. He links the use of the pyramid to out-of-body-experiences induced by the cults' priests as a rite of passage to the Great Pyramid's alignments with Orion.

My only "gripes" about this book are these:

-Firstly, Little holds to John Keel’s humorous explanation of the Roswell debris as the remains of a Japanese Fugo balloon. While I admit to having no clue as to the “true” nature of the wreckage I feel safe in keeping the fugo explanation far down on the list of probabilities.

-Little is a big fan of Keel’s and references much of Keel's works. Yet when it comes to explaining possible links between unmarked helicopters and the modern UFO myth he writes it off as pure coincidence. It was Keel who proposed that certain phantom aircraft were direct manifestations of the UFO phenomena within his book UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse. And Dennis Stillings has utilized a Jungian perspective in his fantastic articles detailing the powerful symbolism of the helicopter in connection to UFO events.

-Lastly, Greg Little dismisses cattle mutilations as simple misidentification of predator attacks and satanic rituals. While I am convinced by some of his arguments (specifically the documentary/experiment where a surveillance camera caught natural predators "creating" a carcass identical to the typical cattle mute within a 24 hour period) I must wonder why an immanent scientist like Jacques Vallee would spend his valuable time on such misidentifications. And what about pre-modern era accounts of mutilations in connection with paranormal manifestations? Are we dealing with living folklore here as well? Thomas Bearden and Dennis Stillings both wrote fantastic articles about the inherent symbolism of these mutilations and the fear generated within our collective consciousness by these terrors. [see The Anomalist #2 ] I still think the possibility remains that some agency could be perpetrating at least some of these horrific mutilations in order to scare ranchers off their land and out of business, perhaps as part of an AgricCorporate Conspiracy or as an attempt by the government to "discredit the ufo phenomena, instilling doubt as to the beneficence of the aliens."

Despite these remarks I highly recommend Dr. Little’s latest book. He is a fine researcher who will open many people’s minds to the incredible possibilities that are evident within these strange phenomena.

The book is replete with fancifully shocking artwork by John Michael McCarthy as well as photographs and diagrams that help capture the subject matter detailed within Dr. Little's well written text.

Greg Little can be contacted through the fabulous magazine:

ALTERNATE PERCEPTIONS
PO Box 9972
Memphis, TN 38190
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2002, 17:17:15 »

Just in case anyone is wondering why I am posting so much lately, I have a break between quarters now at the univeristy and so I have some free time.  I am at work right now and somedays I just get to play around on the net for hours...

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2002, 15:22:35 »

I read this book, "Grand Illusions" by Greg Little about a year and a half ago.  I already knew about the "unseen" dimensions and of course (for those of you who know me and what I am about) I already had spiritual beliefs, but I found this book to be simply amazing in that he approaches the whole topic of the astral (which he never calls "the astral") from the persepective of a UFOlogist...which he was for decades, if I remember correctly.

Anyway, he breaks down the whole phenomenon of alien abductions, etc. by introducing what he calls the Electromagnetic Energy Spectrum theory.  In other words, visions and intrusions into "our reality" are actually beings or archetypal visions from higher or lower dimensions...anyway, I am doing a shabby job of recapping his work...but it's a fascinating book.  

One thing I know for sure, everything considered paranormal and metaphysical in this life can and will be (if not in this life the next) explained "scientifically", for lack of a better word, because it's all part of a bigger, objective reality that is as real as anything our physical senses can detect in this life.

Here is some info about this book.  I have typed the above statement very quickly and I am not sure I have made sense, so I will let this summary of this book speak for itself:
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Paranormal Texts
 by Dr. Gregory L. Little
   
   CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT
 271 pages, 6 X 9 trade softcover, color cover
 Line Illustrations by John Michael McCarthy
 Foreword and Afterword by Brent Raynes
 Extensive Index, highly illustrated
 Retail Price: $19.95; Published 1994
 ISBN: 0-940829-10-X
   
In Grand Illusions Dr. Greg Little continues to solve and piece together the most profound enigmas into a comprehensive and understandable theory. Grand Illusions is Dr. Little's third book on bizarre phenomena following his earlier The Archetype Experience (1984) and People of the Web (1990). Profusely illustrated, Grand Illusions takes its readers on an adventure through reports of crashed saucers and alien intervention, conspiracies in government and ufology, solving mysterious disappearances of ships and strange appearances of glowing objects and apparitions, through ancient and modern sexual abductions, and into the world of science. Sacred Native American sites and ceremonies, the Cult of Osiris, near death experiences, Satanic rituals and the core of Masonic belief are all explored. Following the writings of Dr. Carl Jung and author John Keel, Little shows how abductions, apparitions, and UFO phenomena are phenomena stemming from the electromagnetic energy spectrum. Grand Illusions is not all pleasant reading, and the implications of the electromagnetic spectrum manifestations are profoundly sobering.

In Grand Illusions:

The Disappearance of the Enigmatic Riverboat Iron Mountain Is Solved

Images of the Dead Emerge From Mirrors

Haunted Houses Come Alive Scientifically

The Scientific Search for the Soul Is Revealed

Native American Visions of the Little People Are Detailed

Ancient Incubus and Succubus Reports Are Explained

Sexual UFO Abductions Are Explained

Cattle Mutilations Are Explained

Rituals That Interact With The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Satanic Rituals Revealed

Brain Chemistry and the Electromagnetic Spectrum Made Understandable

Near Death Experiences Explained

The Real Use of the Great Pyramid

Shamanic Powers Explained

The Reality of Heaven and Hell

The Core of Masonic Beliefs

 
Reviews —

"His intriguing beliefs for me have melded science and spirituality into a rational and understandable theory. If he is right, it is the greatest discovery in the history of the world." —Mike Masterson, Editor, Northwest Arkansas Times, November 17, 1996

"...a new big step at confirming the incredible. 'The answers to UFOs lie not in the visitations of beings like us. Something far deeper and profound is going on.' ...presents systematic but provocative ideas about UFOs that include expansion of Carl Jung's ideas. ...Little surveys abductions through the ages, the biochemistry of the brain, the zealous search for God by some, and tales of little people. A rational, convincing and scary clincher."— The Book Reader, Summer 1994

"Fortean writer and psychologist Dr. Gregory Little continues his quest begun with People of the Web: a quest in search of crashed saucers, glowing apparitions, sexual abductions, government conspiracies, and more strange goings on. ...looks at various phenomena as stemming from the electromagnetic energy spectrum... Heaven and Hell, haunted houses, near death experiences..." — Adventures Unlimited, Fall 1995

"the culmination of a trilogy of works by one of America's most freethinking ufologists. ...Words are not minced and punches not pulled. ...You should add this instant classic to your bookshelf." — Strange Magazine, 1995

"...clears out some of the dross that holds back and devalues our work...he sets an example of what more of us should be doing." — Kevin McClure, Promises & Disappointments, 1995

"If it's insight into the human condition you're after, you want this book." —Bob Girard, Arcturus Book Service, 1994

"...a thought-provoking book ... devoid of tedious jargon... Highly recommended." — Leading Edge Reviews, 1994

Termed one of the six best UFO books ever published. — John Keel, Fate Magazine, 1998
 
To order by fax (901) 785-7592 by mail send to:
 
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  P.O. Box 9972
 Memphis, TN 38190
 

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Grand Illusions
by
Gregory Little
 
Hailed as an "instant classic" by reviewers, Dr. Greg Little's newest book on enigmas solves many long-term mysteries. Follows the writings of Carl Jung and John Keel, showing how an intelligent, energy-based phenomenon occasionally intrudes into physical reality from the electromagnetic energy spectrum. "An adventure through false reports of crashed saucers, conspiracies, solving mysterious disappearances of ships, strange appearances of unknown objects, through reports of sexual UFO abductions and into science." With 90 pictures/illustrations, published in 1994.  

Book Review

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Grand Illusions: The Spectral Reality Underlying Sexual UFO Abductions, Crashed Saucers, Afterlife Experiences, Sacred Ancient Sites, and Other Enigmas
by Gregory L. Little

White Buffalo Books, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, 1994, 271 pp., paperback, $19.95.

Grand Illusions is the culmination of a trilogy of works by one of America's most freethinking ufologists. More blunt but no less provocative than his previous books, this is Gregory Little's finest work to date. Grand Illusions , following People of the Web (1990) and The Archetype Experience (1984), fine-tunes Little's thesis that was ignited by Carl Jung and John Keel--namely that archetypes are intelligent energy forms within the electromagnetic spectrum which can physicalize and account for virtually every anomalous event in ufology.

Little has theorized that there is indeed a mystery, or grand illusion, behind UFOs and related phenomena. He also suggests that many ufologists also harbor their own illusions concerning these phenomena. Words are not minced and punches are not pulled. Little calls for the death of the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) and, acting like the criminal justice psychologist that he is, points a finger at the rampant hoaxing and paranoia within the ufological fold.

This is strong stuff. For many involved in ufology, the aspect that first got them interested was the tales of real alien beings piloting the saucers (e.g., The Humanoids, Flying Saucer Occupants). A similar sense of interest (and pleasure) is attained, ironically, from reading Little's analysis, and rejection of, these same aliens. Ultimately, we all want to get at "the truth." The proffering of the alien-UFO motif in the media has made alternatives to the ETH all the more rare, especially for American ufology. Thus, the release of any non-extraterrestrial UFO book has become a major event. And a book that can explain the concomitant baggage that has glommed onto ufology is that much more of a treasure.

Little mentions the oft-repeated notion that the evidence for crashed saucers (notably the Roswell case) would prevail in a court of law, and states unequivocally that the case would not win. In this, his thrust is valid; however, what I feel he means to say is that the evidence for crashed saucers is not the "experimental" (scientific) proof required for its veracity. Legal proof is of a different nature, and the case for crashed saucers could probably be "proven" in court. Under the microscope of experimental proof, which requires more tangible evidence, no crashed saucer story holds up.

But even experimental proof is problematic. The scientific method, while powerfully effective, is composed of two elements that are fallible (i.e., both sense data and pure reason can be deceptive). In other words, our perceptions, liable to being erroneous, cannot lead us to conclusions with absolute certitude. This seems to aim at the heart of fortean philosophy, in that the best that can be said in reaching a conclusion is that it is the most accurate possible approximation.

What seems striking in its absence, noting that Little's background is in counseling psychology, is that no mention is made of the benefit to be gained through knowing the mechanism of abduction. If the process is known (do people "tune-in" the grays with the magnetite in their brains?), then the trigger of the experience can be reversed or halted, abductions can be stopped, and the true healing of the abduction syndrome can begin.

Still somewhat mystifying is the process by which the archetype and the percipient attune themselves to each other to "create" a UFO experience or abduction encounter. Specifically, how do these psychoid energy forms adapt their physical shape and behavior to the culture and expectations of the percipient? How, and from where, does this energy gain the knowledge to accomplish this feat?

These are minor quibbles. What is important is that Little has plunged ahead, forging his thought from what he has encountered, rather than ramming the data into preconceived beliefs.

You should add this instant classic to your UFO bookshelf.¥


Originally published in Strange Magazine 15, Spring 1995.

 


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