Apparently, it is dream week here on my blog, since Silicon Valley entrepreneur turned UFO enthusiast Deep Prasad posted a long Twitter thread this past weekend outlining what he claims to be his own UFO experience. Regular readers will remember Prasad because he planned to use Silicon Valley resources to hunt UFOs, and because he criticized me on Twitter for doubting claims about “alien” metamaterials. His recent Twitter thread was collected and published by the aptly named Hot Air, and I think you’ll quickly see that the supposed encounter is almost certainly not what Prasad thinks it is. Here is the most relevant part. The story occurs three months after Prasad began obsessive UFO studies and shortly after the suicide of an acquaintance that he said left him “traumatized.”
Near the beginning of this year (February 1st), I had the most absurd, world-changing experience of my life. It happened in broad daylight at 9:40 in the morning in my home. More specific details will be for another time when I have a better safety net and can expand more. But to put it simply: I was paralyzed against my will, could not move, and saw 3 entities that had no-chill [sic—“no chins,” presumably]. Could I be crazy? Sure. Do I think I am? Obviously not. Could this have been a hallucination? I can’t prove it wasn’t or I wouldn’t be so worried about sharing this.
He went on to say that he recognized one English word in the hieroglyphics (!), and it was “DNA” (!!). Nice of aliens to use English initialisms. He claimed that he was transported magically to a room full of golden angels with big eyes like Grey aliens, and he was filled with a “euphoric” feeling of bliss and universal love that he says cured his depression and converted him from atheism to a believer in the divine. He fell back to sleep and then woke up at home.
I urge you to read the whole account for yourself.
At first glance, Prasad seems to be describing a waking dream that occurred during sleep paralysis. There is nothing in his account to contradict this conclusion, and indeed his references to sleep and the haziness and emotion characteristic of dreams only serve to confirm the conclusion.
I understand how powerful these experiences can be. I’ve repeated often enough the story of my own waking dream and (partial) sleep paralysis where a demonic alien-like creature attacked me, and I bonked its nose-hole, causing it to disappear into a puff of smoke. Alien-demons don’t scare me, even in dreams. I don’t believe in them. But long, long ago I had one of the most intense dreams of my life. I was in my early teens, I think, and it had all of that universal love and an apparition of Greek-style deity (I was always more Classically inclined and was never partial to big-eyed sparkly golden space angels). But it also took place in the middle of the island from the then-current video game Myst, so I was pretty sure I hadn’t been transported to Olympus unless the gods have very strange decorating taste.
It’s disappointing to see that Prasad’s trust in science stops at his own subjective personal experience, but also revealing to see that his adamant ufology is really the fire of the converted, not terribly different from the cult leaders and religious fanatics who claim visitations from heaven.
I was scared that I couldn’t move
12/6/2019 08:50:55 am
"...caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.."
12/6/2019 10:22:12 am
I've had similar experiences, usually brought on by five or six Chardonnays and a large order of jalapeño poppers just before bedtime
12/6/2019 11:44:33 am
The Siberian tribesmen know all about inebriated religion
12/6/2019 12:23:07 pm
Persistence of anti-alienists to deny the obvious must be applauded.
12/6/2019 01:07:27 pm
Oh no, Peter's denial of Jesus again
12/6/2019 02:47:56 pm
The guy whose website it's posted on says he was awake when it started so we can throw sleep paralysis out for a start if we believe that's true. Not every weird experience is sleep paralysis.
12/6/2019 04:12:26 pm
"I would go with "some sort of seizure" which is meaningless."
12/6/2019 07:20:57 pm
Listen up, Enquirer:
12/7/2019 01:19:48 am
I've grown so used to that sort of response.
12/7/2019 01:27:42 am
12/7/2019 08:59:37 am
"The guy whose website it's posted on says he was awake when it started so we can throw sleep paralysis out for a start if we believe that's true"
12/7/2019 02:03:20 pm
Awww, did "if we believe that's true" go over your head?
12/8/2019 05:38:02 am
12/6/2019 04:14:54 pm
An episode of The X Files had MUlder get taken during the day, in a dream like trance, and he was shown a similar jibberish of languages. He and Scully then found a UFO with several languages written on the hull, of which that season ended in a cliffhanger that was resolved sloppily by implying next season that the government made it go away. The languages though were from various religious texts, as they kept pictures. Later on those pictures were destroyed, because they dropped that plot thread.
Not the Comte de Saint Germain
12/6/2019 11:14:26 pm
I've never experienced anything during sleep paralysis except the paralysis itself, but I've dreamed about Myst Island more than once.
12/8/2019 02:14:18 pm
Wow! It was awhile ago, but Myst was a pretty cool game with a adventurous plot.
William Moisson Sr.
12/8/2019 03:24:42 pm
12/11/2019 06:56:40 am
I've had plenty of sleep paralysis experiences; I've seen football-sized spiders running across the floor, a vista of an alien planet through my bedroom window, georgeously-dressed figures parading around my bed, all hissing and buzzing, just for examples.
12/11/2019 11:09:07 pm
Oh that's cool. I also had the "football sized spiders" one very memorable night. It happened many years ago.
12/12/2019 02:23:53 am
I am also mentally ill so I can relate.
12/12/2019 09:51:48 am
Mine was when I was in the military during Desert Firex, we were north of 29 Palms, outside Camp Wilson, Just plenty of sand. I was in a sleeping bad and thought I was just waking from dream but still asleep. I couldn't move, but felt stings of scorpions manifesting from the bottom of my sleeping back working their way up to my face. Yes, I did think they would sting my balls too:)
12/12/2019 10:15:09 am
Why do you suppose you assume people are thinking about your balls? Does that make for awkward conversations? "Now let me stop you right there because I know you're wondering about my balls and I'd like to properly address that."
12/12/2019 08:08:31 pm
Hi, "ME TOO!".
12/12/2019 10:58:57 pm
I had one of my most memorable "sleep paralysis" episodes in the military, too! I'll add it here as well, because: Hooah!, and also because it sort of reminds me of the "Greek-style" episode that J shares in the main post.
12/13/2019 12:18:39 am
Twice Removed from Yesterday
12/13/2019 05:42:28 am
Thanks ISKANANDER, I enjoy reading what you have to say! I can relate to much of it,. I guess our subconscious tries to :make sense" of all the crap we go through. Retain what to remember, what to forget, fragmented dreams trying to understand any meaning if any at all from them.
2/13/2020 03:19:04 pm
I am on the verge of showing everyone hard evidence -
3/30/2020 11:28:57 pm
I'd had a similar experience 14 years ago, I was 16 and I will never forget it. It was real, not a dream, nor a sleeping paralysis (I know both to recognise the difference between them). It was scary as hell. The night after that experience, I happened to listen a local radio station, a programme where people were calling to talk about their life. At some point a man called sharing his experience of what he saw the night it happened to me - he said he saw UFO in a place app. 700m from my parent's house. That scared the shit out of me. I didn't see any signs or hieroglyphs, but I knew there were three entities in the room and they were doing something on my totally paralysed body. Imagine 10 tunes of iron on your body - that's how it was. There was no time - that was really clear - I was in a weird timeless space and couldn't tell how long it was - 20 minutes or fes seconds.
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