Is it really possible that within the realms of "spiritual sciences"--the arcane mystic arts of magic and ritual practiced over the centuries--there may be incredible ways to access other worlds? An even stranger notion involves the possibility that those realms may be inhabited by beings as strange as their ethereal surroundings... and capable of providing unique insights to those brave enough to meet them on their own terms.
Over the years, a variety of commentary has surfaced on the subject that there may be, in fact, a variety of ways to communicate with intelligences from other worlds. Of particular note is Dr. Rick Strassman's books DMT: The Spirit Molecule and it's follow-up of sorts, Inner Paths to Outer Space, which he co-authored with three other researchers of the strange word of entheogenic substances and altered states of consciousness.
While the majority of the work undertaken by Strassman and his colleagues deals with unique, unexplainable phenomena that pertains to the use of hallucinogenic substances, there are others in the past who have claimed to utilize spiritual sciences as a means of getting to other realities... and the inhabitants of those realities.
One classic example deals with the infamous Black Magician Aleister Crowley, and a unique magical ritual he had been involved in prior to the 1920s, while living in New York. Known as The Amalantrah Working, it was during this prolonged session that Crowley first claimed to have been in contact with a being he called "Lam." This information is relatively well known in esoteric circles today, due primarily to the fact that Lam's depiction, based on a pencil rendering by Crowley himself, bears a strong resemblance to modern alien "greys". As my colleague and fellow Mysterious Universe writer Nick Redfern speculates in his book Final Events, one theory as to the origin of perceived extraterrestrials and UFOs among us has at least some to do with Crowley's abilities to open what he believed were, essentially, dimensional rents in the fabric of reality.
Later on, Crowley's disciple Jack Parsons (a key innovator in the field of rocket science during the 1940s) became enthralled in performing similar rituals (though Crowley didn't condone the activities necessarily... more on that in a bit). Aided by science fiction writer and eventual Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the two were known to have dabbled in a number of rituals, aimed at creating what Parsons called "a moonchild," borrowing the term from a fiction novel Crowley had written several years earlier. This "moonchild" would, in essence, be a little antichrist Parsons had intended to produce with his enigmatic partner at the time: a stunning red head he believed to be the archetypal embodiment of the "Scarlet Woman." In my book Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule, I noted that Crowley, however, revealed his feelings about all this in a correspondence written at the time to his associate Karl Germer:
"Apparently Parsons and Hubbard or somebody is producing a moonchild. I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these louts."
Even still, Parsons, with the aid of Hubbard, undertook this ritual nonetheless, aimed at producing thier supposed moonchild after Parsons engaged in a sexualized ritual with his Scarlet Woman. This is where the alleged UFO connection comes into play: if the two Crowleyites managed to produce any rifts in space-time similar to that of Crowley's Amalantrah Working, what if they hadn't been spiritually adept enough to close the portal in question? Thus, Parsons and Hubbard's weird "Babylon Working", taking place in 1946, directly preceded the arrival of flying saucers by a little more than a year. Could it indeed be possible that UFOs, despite their apparent physicality, are indeed somehow connected with spirituality and the occult?
Whatever the case, nothing could squelch the wild speculation that has ensued since the early connections began to be drawn between the two. Thus, the weird story of Lam, Crowley, and Parsons remains a "classic" among stories of interdimensional contact. If there is any truth to the entire matter, then perhaps the "spiritual paths to space" really are the most effective methods of establishing contact with extraterrestrials... although they may not be the safest in conventional terms. Then again, is there anything really safe or conventional about the idea of alien contact in the first place?