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Solving the Communion Enigma: What Is To Come [Format Kindle]

Whitley Strieber

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 “There's enough compelling material to make even the rigid skeptic ask questions.”
Jeff Ayers, Associated Press

“No matter your beliefs, Strieber's writing has impact…Everyone interested in UFOs, other dimensions, or the mysteries of life will want to read Strieber's new work.”
Library Journal

“Interesting and challenging…Don’t miss it.”
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut

“In these pages we have the privilege to watch a great author return to his most famous text and draw out from it more meaning and more secrets…I am not certain that I have ever encountered a mystical writer this fearless, this psychologically astute, and this darn clear. Be careful what you read in these pages, then. Both the risks and the rewards are very real…”
—from the foreword by Jeffrey J. Kripal, chair of Religious Studies, Rice University

“Amazing! I devoured this wonderful, important, thought-provoking book at a sitting. Whitley Strieber has done an incredible job here, weaving science with deeply-felt personal experience to tell a captivating, fast-moving story that significantly advances our understanding of one of the greatest mysteries of our time.”
Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods
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Now in paperback, the bestselling author of Communion revisits his groundbreaking work on alien abduction to explore the ultimate meaning behind today’s increasing reports of UFO sightings, close encounters, alien implants, crop circles, animal mutilations – and what it means for our near-future.

In 1987 writer Whitley Strieber exposed the world to the truth about alien abduction in his landmark memoir, Communion. For the first time in years, Strieber revisits his encounter with alien intelligences-but now dramatically widens his search to explore how "the visitors" connect with today's persistent and globe-spanning reports of anomalous phenomena, such as crop circles, cattle mutilations, UFO sightings, alien abductions, near-death experiences, close encounters, and unexplained bodily implants.

In his magisterial style, Strieber contextualizes these bizarre and unsettling reports with his own childhood memories of strange schools, sinister experiments, and family secrets. In exploring today's most convincing cases of unexplained phenomena, Strieber reasons that they are not unrelated events. Nor are they the result of mass delusion. In some of his most persuasive writing, Strieber argues that the wave of mysterious episodes marks a transition that humanity is undergoing right now. Against all conscious understanding, we are experiencing a broadened awareness of dimensions of reality that exist beyond our current perceptions.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you've read Communion... 6 janvier 2012
Par Bean - Publié sur
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"What would the world be like without mysteries? It is a claustrophobic and desperate idea." This statement closes out the first section of the book and presents a core contrast between humans and the visitors, the intelligence that may or may not be an alien one. Our universe if full of mysteries, but the visitors' one is not. They've figured everything out...except us.

I've been a reader of Whitley's books since I was very young, and I've always been interested in the story Communion presented. I can still remember the alien face peering out at me from paperbacks lining the checkout lane at Osco. Many people have forgotten how big that book actually was. Somehow that subjective, tightly constructed non-fiction narrative of possible alien contact broke the barrier of mass awareness, but didn't create a wave of hysteria. Many people took it at face value, and then simply forgot about.

My recommendation is if you read Communion, you have to read this book.

There was not a lot of context in Communion. It was simply there and then gone, with some minimalist speculation in the last section. Now Whitley's had 25 years to pull things into focus and the things he's seen and researched in the intervening time are at the highest levels of intrigue.

From possible government experiments on children headed up by ex-Nazis in the late 1940's all the way to interactions with spirits of the dead during visitor encounters, you're going to get quite a lot of material to work with here. For a book of 200 plus pages it's quite dense.

When I was reading Transformation this week, the follow up to Communion, a friend of mine arrived and I showed him the book. He remarked, "Oh yeah this guy, you know he's a CIA shill." I found myself strangely defensive because my instincts have always said otherwise about Whitley. What would the CIA have to gain by using someone to publish the most coherent account of an alien abduction you can find in a library?

I feel like if there's any group pulling the strings on Mr. Strieber, it's the intelligence known as the visitors. Many people believe an alien presence would simply land somewhere and introduce themselves if they wanted to contact us. It's startling to think the actual contact is occurring on a personal level, in secret, but when you really contemplate that idea it makes the most sense. This is where Whitley comes in the picture for me. Contact was made in secret and then presented in public, for those who were ready to accept it. Communion was on the shelf and there for you to either pick it up or not. Luckily for the reader, we could be made aware of the presence without having to suffer the dire consequences of the real experience.
29 internautes sur 30 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 25 years of holding the question 1 février 2012
Par Snorkledorf - Publié sur
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This book shows us a man, having apparently experienced both trauma and truly unexplainable events, trying his best to make sense of his life. We see a nearly heroic effort to forge a positive, or at least forward-looking, interpretation of events that seem almost hopelessly overwhelming.

Throughout the Communion series of books, Strieber's core thinking has been consistent:

* Something very strange has happened to me, and it seems to be ongoing.
* I did my due diligence in checking whether it's all simply a psychological problem, the most likely option. The tests say I'm totally stable, if more than a bit stressed out.
* If that's the case, then what really is going on? It certainly seems important in any number of ways.
* I'm a writer, so I'll write about it.
* It seems to be far more complex than "Aliens in space ships." Way too many pieces just don't match up with that 1940's-era judgment.
* Okay, then let's avoid drawing any conclusions that would force us to dismiss big chunks of the evidence. However comfortable it'd be to have premature "certainty," we should try to keep the questions open.
* In the meantime, I'll do my best to find what personal meaning I can from the experience, and share this with my readers.

In some ways "Solving..." is more of the same, and this is not a bad thing. It gives new views of events we've read about in previous books while expanding upon them from the perspective of a quarter-century of experience.

Yet it also reveals new experiences, along with childhood memories that the author has only recently been able to assemble into a clear narrative. The core of the book is his unique way of looking at the way the world seems to have more than a single layer -- the cumulative result of his efforts to find clear meaning out of the strangeness he's been exposed to over the decades.

Strieber also makes use of his position as host of his radio program "Dreamland" to investigate other phenomena that may be related to his experiences, and ties them together as best as anyone could be expected to, being the slippery subjects that they are.

Throughout the book is a thread of long-resigned disappointment and sadness concerning the ease at which so many people seem willing to not only dismiss, but belittle and show raw unkindness toward those who dare to discuss these topics -- topics that have emerged as a new taboo in our society. Strieber has had this prejudice thrown in his face for the 25 years that he's been "out," and the reader both feels compassion for his treatment, and understanding for all those others who hesitate to make their own emergences from this particular closet. His frustration at seeing this reflexive attitude stifle investigation of what may be a situation that affects us all, is palpable.

If there's a part of his thinking that doesn't sit well with me, it would be his tendency to take everything very very seriously. And yet knowing the degree of trauma in his experiences, it's difficult to begrudge him this attitude. Although some of what he went through could be considered fascinating, or intriguing, or even sublime, his own lingering PTSD speaks a strong warning that caution is advised. The book is clear that while, "Yay, space brothers!" is a hopelessly reckless attitude, neither is pessimism an appropriate response.

As with the other books I've read from the author, the writing is engaging and vividly imaged. He's trying to explain what's basically unexplainable, which perhaps forces a balance between clarity of thought and depth of feeling. It's a good read.

Whether you have the mental flexibility to allow that this might be happening (physically or spiritually), or on the other hand you have the level-headedness to be confident that it's all simply psychological phenomena -- either way this book has value. It's a record of a man relatively isolated from his own home culture doing his best to come to terms with what he has perceived as his own experiences.

If you can take the true-believer glint out of your eyes, or the condescending sneer off of your lips, you can find here a record of somebody facing an overwhelmingly personal challenge, that we can all find useful in our own times of trial.
25 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 As usual, Promises More Than He Can Deliver 28 février 2012
Par W. Christie - Publié sur
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I've read all of Whitley Strieber's "encounter" books because he provides a depth of psychological material, revealing his own thought processes, fears and biases (unlike many books of this genre which simply reveal bizarre "facts" while bypassing the impacts on the so-called victim). However, unlike the title suggests, Whitley really offers no solution to the Communion Enigma. Instead, he seems to jump from one aspect of the UFO field to another, finally suggesting that it may be a paranormal event. However, so much of what precedes that conclusion seems to nullify it, e.g., radar confirmation of UFO activity and especially human mutilations (in other words, MURDER of human beings by unknown entities). One reviewer stated that this book suggests that we invoke and create these experiences ourselves. While I am very open to this idea, I truly doubt that the human beings who were found murdered and mutilated went out hunting or for a walk with this intent! What I got from the book is that this remains a great mystery to Whitley after all these years. The book summarizes many of his experiences that have previously been shared, but offers a few new ones, like the spooky NYC shop window where the little blue meanies were chasing and subduing a terrified human being. Whitley and his wife Ann run away (didn't he even consider calling in a police report if this was literally happening? Where is his sense of human decency?).

Perhaps as a tangent, I've been a listener to Whitley's UNKNOWN COUNTRY internet program called DREAMLAND. What saddens me is that Whitley continually makes promises he cannot deliver. Almost every weekly show is promoted by Whitley as the MOST IMPORTANT show ever done on DREAMLAND. Then I listen and wonder what all the hype was about. Whitley's close association with William Henry, a New Age author and tour guide to the wonders of Egypt, also saddens me. William Henry is one of those New Age type authors who seems to pull new books out of his butt every few months, seemingly making things up as he goes, making false connections and leaving his avid fans with the sense that William is a great sage, holder of great secrets that he shares in a piece meal manner. Why Whitley supports this man is beyond me, but it greatly detracts from Whitley's own credibility.

I have all of Whitley's journal entries from the UNKNOWN COUNTRY website going back many years. What I see (or project?) is a man who really does not know what has happened to him, but who tries (like a child) to understand experiences and events that may be beyond anyone's current ability to understand. At one time Whitley certainly believed the "encounter" event involved physical aliens. At another time, he considered them demonic, only to follow-up later with the feeling that they were angelic, and perhaps our creators. This continual changing of position adds credibility to his story, since it depicts a deeply troubled man whose mind cannot rest until it can solve this enigma. I must report after reading this book that he has yet to do so.

I do recommend the book to readers who have a long term interest in Whitley - might as well add this book to the pile of books he's written. I personally did not receive any revelations from reading this book. On countless occasions he has already told us that the "visitors" seem to be connected with the dead. OK, fine. (Shrug) So where do we go from there? Is this the Trickster, as Jacques Vallee said way back in 1977? There is nothing in this book that hasn't been theorized about over 35 years ago. Nonetheless, for collectors of Whitley's books ( has many of his recent fictional hardcovers for sale at around $2.95 right Whitley himself admitted, his books just are not selling well) you might as well add this strange new book to your collection.

Before closing, I'd like to make one rather petty and perhaps rude comment. After all the incredible experiences that Whitley has been through, which he believes has opened up his consciousness to new levels, Whitley remains a dedicated member of the Roman Catholic Church, one of the most regressive forces in the world today. This church is meddling in secular politics and trying to impose 13th century values on a 21st century world. Yet Whitley seemingly "kisses the Pope's ring". My only reason for bringing this up is that I cannot possibly understand how a man who supposedly went through all these transcendent life changing mind expanding experiences (Whitley referred to this as the form evolution takes for the conscious mind) can still support such an antiquated repressive thought system as the Roman Catholic Church.

Perhaps Whitley should have titled this book "Whitley Strieber - An Engima".
31 internautes sur 36 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Aliens No More 1 février 2012
Par Michael - Publié sur
This book is very uneven. It gets off to an interesting start, suggesting (through a combination of personal experience and research) that childhood trauma is an important factor in what is known as the abduction phenomenon. After those initial chapters, however, the book unravels and continually digresses. It seemed like it was either written too quickly or that Whitley spent way too much time on it, I can't tell which. I was intrigued by a lot of Whitley's stories because they are so incredibly strange, but I couldn't identify any organizing principle. Sometimes I couldn't even understand what a sentence, paragraph, or chapter was about. One chapter, for example, was called "The Single Most Important UFO Case." The chapter tells about a number of UFO cases. I couldn't tell which one Whitley thought was "the most important" and why. A lot of aspects of this book lack that kind of fundamental clarity.

The ending returns to a denial iterated at the beginning of the book, which is that Whitley has never advocated a belief in aliens per se. I can appreciate that his thinking about this subject has evolved over the years, but to say that he NEVER advanced the idea of alien contact (as it's generally understood by most people) is really astounding. How can he say that he never advocated such an idea--that the people who have followed him over the last 20 odd years (truly odd years) are totally mistaken if they ever took his books to be about alien contact? As a devout reader of Whitley's UFO-related books (oops, there I go), I actually feel betrayed.

The true purpose of this book therefore becomes clear: Whitley was so traumatized by the controversies surrounding Communion and the related titles that he wants to "set the record straight" and distance himself as much as possible from the topic of aliens and UFOs, at least in an overly literal way. Whitley will never be able to do that, of course. In the public mind, he will always be linked to the topic of UFOS and aliens. And so his attempt to correct such a "misunderstanding" will inevitably lead to more frustration--both for him and for his devout followers. I wish that he could find some way of understanding this phenomenon and talking about it that isn't so alien-phobic. If even the legendary Whitley Strieber doesn't want to be associated with the topic anymore, what chance is there of people taking it seriously?

By the way, if you want to know what Whitley thinks the aliens REALLY are, you'll have to read the book. It has something to do with death and non-material entities, but I can't really summarize it.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Still chasing phantoms 24 mai 2012
Par Stephen J. Triesch - Publié sur
The title to my review might suggest that I am hostile to the idea of alien contact, no matter how that term is understood. That is not the case - I believe the UFO phenomenon represents contact with a non-human intelligence. I do, however, believe that it is futile to try to understood very much about the phenomenon, and even potentially dangerous - psychologically, physically, and even spiritually - to look to the aliens for guidance or wisdom, to view them as offering mankind some specific message.

Whitley Strieber disagrees, and this book is yet another effort by him to make sense of alien contact, to try to extract some meaning or message from experiences that are disturbing, dreamlike, irrational, and often contradictory.

Strieber comes across as a man who has been "softened up" as a result of his contact. His thinking is - in my view - riddled with contradictions and meanderings and dead-end speculations. On the central issue of whether UFOs represent alien contact - i.e., contact with physical beings from another planet or galaxy, travelling in mechanical spaceships - he goes back and forth, constantly. At the outset, he denies it, claiming - dubiously - to have never advanced that position. He reiterates that position several times in the book. Meanwhile, he repeatedly returns to that notion, like a drunk returning to his bottle, talking as if the aliens represent a "civilization" and a "technology" that we can learn from in quite everyday terms.

Strieber is quick to tell us what the contact means for humanity, then he pulls back, shifts his position, and says we know nothing. Then he again tells us what it all means, or what it might mean. And on and on.

Another reviewer pointed out that in one chapter Strieber promises to identify the most momentous UFO event of all time, then never makes it clear which event it was - several are desribed, but none are clearly "the" event. At other times, he promises to reveal a portentious message for humanity, or a great lesson he has learned, but the nature of the message is never quite made clear, or is immediately mitigated by ambiguiities and doubts and qualifications.

Strieber has spent many years in a world where dream and reality intermingle to such an extent that it is - to me - suffocating and nightmarish. The only lesson that is clear to me is that such contact is not to be sought after. But Strieber slogs on, chasing - and chased by - phantoms of uncertain reality and origin. His efforts to make sense of it all are - to me - a failure, and an inevitable one. Any insights he claims have come from the aliens could have come otherwise, through everyday life, through science, or even through conventional religion, lived conscientiously.

In the end, Strieber offers rather pedestrian and familiar warnings about global warming, ecological catastrophe, and social breakdown. We don't need the aliens to tell us about those things.
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