Nov 07, 2018 I Nick Redfern

UFOs, Aliens and Strange Dreams

Strange and traumatic dreams that occur after someone has encountered the UFO phenomenon up close and personal are nothing new. The September 1961 alien abduction affair of Betty and Barney Hill is a perfect example. Many, however, might not be aware of the sheer scale of such weird and stressful situations. So, with that latter point in mind, I thought I would share with you a few examples from my old files. They are a few of what amount to many.  Today, the phenomenon of so-called Shadow People is very well known. Their name is most apt: these shadow-like entities are dark, human-like in appearance, and dangerous. Theories for who, or what, they may be range from aliens to demons, and shapeshifters to time-travelers. Whatever their point of origin – or maybe even multiple origins – an early encounter with one of these wretched things was encountered in Boston, Massachusetts by a young woman named Sally Salisbury, in early 1961.

In the early hours of a winter’s morning, Salisbury was woken from a deep sleep by the terrifying sight of one of the Shadow People looming over her and oozing negativity and hatred, senses that Salisbury immediately picked up on. Paralysis set in – also immediately – and which lasted for around two minutes, after which the entity vanished. Interestingly, and very likely directly connected, on the following night Salisbury had a graphic dream – if that is all it was – of being taken on-board a UFO and subjected to traumatic and intrusive procedures of a medical and gynecological nature.

There is also the May 1962 report of Leonard Murray, of Beckenham, Kent, England. In the early hours of the morning in question he was awakened from a dead sleep by a “spaceman” wearing a “fishbowl”-style “space helmet” and a light blue outfit. The other-world character warned Murray that a Third World War was on the horizon and that he and his family should prepare to try and survive the looming Apocalypse. Cold War-era anxieties? Or a real encounter with an extraterrestrial concerned about our future as a species? More than half a century later, the chances are we will never find out the truth of this odd encounter.

British Royal Air Force Provost and Security Services files – now officially in the public domain – tell a strange story of the Morris family that was driving near the Staffordshire, England village of Barton-Under-Needwood, at some time after 11:00 p.m. on October 4, 1972. They claimed to have seen a small, metallic-looking UFO that was hovering in the road in front of them at a height of about three or four feet. They were forced to bring their car to a quick halt, and stared, amazed, as the object silently floated before them – at least, for around twenty seconds, after which the UFO shot into the sky. Notably, all of the family had strange dreams the night following the incident – George Morris having dreamed of being taken aboard a UFO and his wife, Sheila, having a nightmare of seeing a creepy, small, humanoid creature standing by the car. Deeply repressed memories of an alien abduction? Very possibly.

After attending a gig in Austin, Texas in April 1982, Sally, Jen, and Mary drove back to their home-city of Waco – also situated in the Lone Star State. On the way back, however, something strange happened around 2:00 a.m.: the three teenage friends had a period of what in UFO/alien abduction research circles is known as “missing time.” Austin to Waco is not a particularly long journey; however, all three girls were shocked to find there was a period of around three hours that could not be accounted for when they got home. They soon began having nightmarish dreams of being taken on-board a UFO by dwarfish creatures that had faces "like frogs.” All three stated they were subjected to intrusive medical procedures and all were told they would forget the experience – which, as it transpires, they clearly did not.

Now, we have to take a trip back to the very early hours of Christmas Day 1985. Only hours after briefly seeing a cigar-shaped UFO hovering near Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England, Sandra Green – who was driving home after a late night Christmas Eve party, in the English city of Bath – had a bizarre dream in which three Men in Black warned her to keep her nose out of UFOs. That the dream was so graphic led Sandra to believe that the MIB had the ability to literally get inside her dreams, manipulate those very same dreams, and issue a bone-chilling warning – one she has not forgotten.

Although skeptics might be inclined to suggest that a dream is just a dream and nothing else, just maybe that's not always the case.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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