by Brad Steiger
Brad Steiger is the
author/coauthor of 154 books with over 17 million copies
in print. His first published articles on the
unexplained appeared in 1956, and he has now written
more than 2,000 articles with paranormal themes. From
1970-'73, his weekly newspaper column, The Strange World
of Brad Steiger, was carried domestically in over 80
newspapers and overseas from Bombay to Tokyo.
He was born in Fort Dodge,
Iowa, on February 19,1936. He is married to Sherry
Hansen Steiger, a licensed and ordained minister,
herself the author or coauthor of over 22 books. He has
two sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren.
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March 26, 2008
In 1967, I put together a questionnaire
that was originally designed as an attempt to establish a pattern
profile of paranormally talented individuals, contemporary mystics,
and spiritually inspired men and women. Admittedly, in the
beginning, I primarily used the questions as a guideline for
conducting interviews on a one-to-one basis.
These were pretty much
basic questions, such as,
"At what age did you begin to develop mediumship?"
"How often do you experience telepathy or
"Do you believe that you have a spirit guide?"
About 1969, interviewees surprised me by departing from the sequence
of the questions to begin to speak spontaneously about their having
dreams or memories of having come to Earth from some other planet.
Some saw themselves as arriving on some kind of expeditionary unit
in prehistoric times. Others perceived themselves as survivors
seeking refuge from a devastating interplanetary war. Still others
beheld themselves as beings of light, moving through space, reaching
Earth and acquiring physical form.
By 1972, the Steiger Questionnaire of UFO, Paranormal, and Mystical
Experiences had grown to include far more questions than those on my
first elementary note pad, and even greater numbers of individuals
began to report their extraterrestrial or multidimensional memories
or dream scenarios. In 1987, I combined elements in my questionnaire
with the research of Sherry Hansen, who, in 1970, had developed a
similar list of questions.
Soon after we began as research partners, we married, and while we
have now authored and co-authored many books on many subjects, we
continue to receive a steady flow of emails regarding the alien
dreams and memories of hundreds of men and women. We also continue
to keep the statistics of the questionnaire updated.
As of 2008, over 40,000 individuals from all over the planet have
returned the Steiger Questionnaire of UFO, Paranormal, and Mystical
Of that number:
59% have had dreams or memories in which they were viewing a city
or a planet made of crystal
69% have vivid dreams or memories in which they are in a spacecraft
and viewing Earth from a perspective far away from the planet
54% perceive themselves in dream or memory scenarios as being an
actual member of a UFO crew
43% state that they have dreams or memories in which they observe
themselves coming to Earth as Being of Light
44% have dreams in which they are drawn aboard a UFO to receive
instructions and counsel
85% believe that they have lived a prior
existence on another planet or in another dimension
53% experienced dreams or memories in which they see Earth as it
might have appeared in prehistoric times
For purposes of research and discussion, we have termed the vast
majority of our respondents and interviewees as belonging to four
general groups that we have termed:
the "Energy Essences"
The Refugee Alien scenario surfaced from men and women who claimed
memories of having come to Earth after they had fled their native
planet because of great civil wars or cataclysmic natural disasters.
In some cases, they seemed to recall having come to this planet on a
kind of reconnaissance mission and crash-landed here. In any case,
the aliens ended up trapped on Earth, unable to return to their home
planet. They described themselves as humanlike in appearance.
The Utopians seemed to form the largest category among our
interviewees. They appeared to be deliberate planetary colonizers
who erected their space domes wherever they traveled in memory of
the lifestyle on their world of origin. They were themselves
dome-headed, suggestive of a highly evolved brain capacity, and were
similar in all recognizable aspects to Homo sapiens.
them "Utopians" because their descriptions of their social and
political structures seemed so idealistically perfect.
The Energy Essences were the strangest of all. These interviewees
spoke of existences as disembodied entities of pure energy, yet with
awareness. In a sense, they were mind/spirit essences, which were
able to exist on even inhospitable, barren planets - or in space
In our opinion, these entities were not at all to be confused with
angelic intelligences. In many cases, these essences drifted rather
purposelessly through space. In other instances, they approached
specific planets with the intention of inhabiting already existing
As I suggested, we gained the most information about the Utopians.
We heard of a planet with a reddish sky and with two moons. The
cities and the individual homes were described as having been of
crystal or some material, which was crystalline in effect. The
buildings appeared translucent for the most part, but we also heard
descriptions of the sun reflecting off spires and turrets. We were
often told that the cities were sheltered under protective domes.
The subjects who recalled lives as Utopians expressed a great
nostalgia for the culture of that lost planet. The cities seemed to
be run according to the ideals of a perfect democracy. Citizens
enjoyed total freedom without the harsh by-products of
civilization - crime, hunger, and poverty.
Family units as we know them did not seem to exist. Communal living,
of a sort, seemed to prevail, although each person had his
individual space and privacy.
Numerous interviewees testified that the Utopians ate very
sparingly, most often of a concentrated food that was made into a
soup-like mixture. The culture was completely vegetarian with no
flesh foods of any kind being consumed.
Most of the Utopians remembered themselves as slender, quite short,
with big-domed heads. Although they had little body hair and no
beards or moustaches, they did mention longish golden hair and
eyelashes. Their skin was most often said to be of golden-brown
complexion, and their eyes were of a similar color.
Music seemed to be an intrinsic element in their culture, and we
were told that it was primarily a free form, no repetitive sound
that often became a part of their thoughts.
In contrast to the tranquil, gentle lives of the Utopians, the
Refugees' memories and dreams were filled with accounts of violent
civil wars, burning cities, global holocausts. Many reported that
they had fled the planet before it exploded.
The accounts of a beleaguered, dying planet began to sound so
reminiscent of tales of the legendary
Atlantis that we speculated
whether or not that memory which seemed so indelibly etched in
humankind's collective unconscious might not have actually occurred
on another planet light years away in space.
Although the Refugees were generally less able to provide us with
the kind of detailed information about their culture, which the
Utopians had given us, we found a number of these subjects concerned
with the recall of antigravity devices, cancer cures,
formulas, and other advantages of their advanced technology.
Most of their memories, however, were cluttered with survival
thoughts and plans of escape from their doomed world. We did
eventually manage to interview a number of subjects who seemed to
have shared lives in the priest craft of a temple on this planet,
but they, too, remembered more of the destruction of the building
than their daily rituals.
Most typical of the Refugee regressions were graphic descriptions of
immense portions of their planet being ripped apart by explosions
and of large numbers of the population being annihilated. We also
heard from several subjects describing fiery crash landings on Earth
or on other planets, as their war-damaged spacecraft failed to
negotiate proper landings.
By 1979, we began to hear from increasingly large numbers of
questionnaire respondents who claim to recall coming to Earth for
the express purpose of assuming incarnations on the planet as part
of an extended mission of raising the level of humankind's
consciousness. We named them, The Helpers.
Typical of such reports is the one sent to us by A.M., a
schoolteacher from Colorado:
In this dream, I am in a place of great (but not blinding) light.
Other "beings" are there. It seems that we are in a rather large,
round object which hovers a short distance above Earth. I am being
shown a chute like passageway leading downward, and I am given to
understand that I am to go through this chute.
My feelings about descending are not those of joy, but more like
necessity or duty. This all seems to be part of the Plan. My last
awareness is of passing downward ... toward the Earth.
There is no feeling of threat or danger, merely some sadness at
separation from the other beings. The dream ends. The images remain.
A woman secretary in the California school district informed us that
she "remembered" volunteering to come to Earth. Her role was to be
that of one of a group of counselors who would assist Earth to
evolve spiritually. On her planet of origin, she was a scientist who
worked with channeling light as a source of energy.
According to her alien memories, her first life experience on Earth
occurred in the Yucatan, where she was regarded as an oracle and
where, for a time, she experimented with hypnotic drugs, which had
been carefully devised to enable the native people to establish
closer telepathic contact with her.
Jay of Ontario, has his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, and a
belief that this is his first incarnation on Earth:
I volunteered to embark upon a specific mission, now nearing the
completion of its first phase. It is my understanding that it is my
mission to discover and to develop the skills needed to help my
fellow human beings, whether they are homo sapiens or homo astrolis.
I also understand that I now have two parts of a three-part puzzle.
The first part involves the fundamental importance of the ways we
perceive reality. These perceptions, the operation of which we are
largely unaware, can serve to help or to hinder our progress,
depending on whether or not they reveal or mask our true pathways.
The second aspect relates to the ways in which we apply our
perceptions, as a build-up of others or as a put-down of them or
ourselves. Considerable skill is needed here, since put-downs are
often subtle and overtly unintentional.
I can only guess, at this point, the basis of the third part. I have
been told to work on these two for a while, to get their details,
and that the third will come. With the third, the golden chain will
be complete and the window will open.
Another interviewee from Ontario, a thirty-two-year-old man, stated
that he can recall each of his five previous lifetimes on this
planet, and in each prior existence he has served as a contact point
for UFO intelligences:
On my native planet, I was a dream interpreter. I was sent to Earth
to help prepare Earthlings for the coming UFO contact on a global
I lived in a city of light, of crystal buildings, where everything
was peace and harmony. I used dreams to interpret any forthcoming
health problems and to help people better understand themselves. We
had conquered pain and suffering by our mental abilities - and these
are gifts that we will one day be able to give to Earthlings.
Interestingly, we have heard from a number of members of Native
American tribes who seem to fit into this fourth category of aliens
on assignments of raising Earth awareness.
A Cherokee physicist, who now lives in Alabama, not only had recall
of a past life in the Pleiades, but he was also able to fit his
alien memories together with tribal legends that his people had come
from another world:
We lived in domed cities with translucent walls. We could fly,
communicate with animals, and transport ourselves instantly to other
parts of our world.
I remember our city as a golden color - a place of great beauty and
I came with others from my planet to help Earth through its birth
pains into an intergalactic community and oneness. We were members
of the priest craft in ancient Egypt; we were alchemists in the
middle Ages; we are scientists and clergy in the modern world.
A woman named Monica remembers being a scientist from another world
who participated in creating the first crude [Homo sapiens] of this
Apparently, in this scientific work she did, she was cruel and
uncaring to these creatures.
But something happened. One day she realized these beings had
feelings. One of the creatures had taken her hand one day and
caressed it. Monica realized then that just because one may have the
knowledge to create a life form, doesn't give one the right to abuse
a life form.
A Massachusetts social worker told us her memories of having lived
on a planet where the inhabitants were basically humanlike in
appearance, spoke a language known as Sumer, and sent emissaries to
Earth to design the pyramids as transmitters of an energy system
known as Usan.
She went on to inform us of her recollection of having been sent to
Earth by a "Council of Twelve."
According to her memories:
We were responsible for the miracles recorded in the book of Exodus.
We parted the Red Sea. Our craft created the columns of fire and of
smoke, which led the Israelites. We rained manna from the skies to
feed the wandering tribes, and we even located water for them,
cracking apart the ground to cause it to well up.
A forty-three-year-old industrial consultant from Arkansas vividly
recalled memories of a life as a "starcraft engineer" who was on
board a vehicle that was forced to crash-land on Earth during an
expedition to gather raw materials for industrial processing.
All our systems were failing, and the pilots could barely keep the
craft under control. We had lost most of our drive system, and we
were preparing to die in the impact of the crash.... My readouts
were going mad, and when I glanced out the porthole, I could see the
surface of Earth approaching.
After the crash landing in what is now northern Europe - we discovered
that the pilots had managed to touch down with only minor damage.
But, tragically, although the engineering crew worked for months to
attempt a repair, we could not get us space borne again. We couldn't
even get our emergency signals to muster up enough strength to have
a chance to rescue.
I died in what is now Germany, and I lived several lifetimes on
Earth prior to my present existence. I feel trapped here. I still
want to get back to my home planet.
The whole matter of sensible men and women who claim alien memories
and persistent dreams of extraterrestrial origin invites extensive
Are these people, because of their higher intelligence
and greater sensitivity, rejecting an association with Earth because
of all the inadequacies and shortcomings, which they witness all
Does the mechanism of believing oneself to be of alien heritage
enable one to deal more objectively with the multitude of problems,
which assail the conscientious, and caring at each dawn of a new
Dr. Leo Sprinkle, formerly director of
counseling services at the
University of Wyoming and an internationally acclaimed authority on
the UFO mystery, has said that he has also found men and women who
claim significant experiences, memories, and dreams about prior
existences on other planets.
"Although we cannot prove that it is true," Dr. Sprinkle admitted,
"I am convinced that it is possible that some people have lived
before as aliens. One other possibility is that these memories have
been implanted in order to program us to prepare for life off this
Professor Sprinkle had heard of the red sky and the two moons from
several patients. He had also listened to accounts of crystal cities
and translucent buildings.
Academically cautious, Dr. Sprinkle was confident enough of his
research to state:
"These recollections are vivid and powerful, and
I believe that these people are being sincere when they say these
were their past lives. I have one woman who feels very angry. She
feels she has been trapped here on Earth, and she just wants to get
off the planet and return home."
Dr. Sprinkle went on to say that most of the people whom he had
regressed considered themselves to be part of a larger system, part
of a larger order.
Dr. Sprinkle is of the opinion that we should consider the enigma of
alien memories from various standpoints:
If we don't like the hypothesis that we have been seeded from
extraterrestrial beings, we can still accept the hypothesis that
somebody - our own subconscious, God, higher beings, somebody
encouraging us to think in terms of space travel. We may be
undergoing a process of mental programming by intelligent beings to
provide us with guidelines so that in the future our children or our
grandchildren will be able to go to other worlds.
Linda, a nurse who has recently left formal medicine so that she
might become a spiritual healer, related the following experiences:
My earliest recollection was at the age of five. I was at our
country house. It's something I have never forgotten. For some
reason I was very upset. I remember standing on the very top of my
slide, looking up at the night sky.... I was just about hysterical
as I looked up toward space. Through my tears I remember screaming:
"Come back, please! Don't leave me here with these barbarians. Why
am I being punished so? This is not my home. These are not my
I had an awareness that my people were leaving me behind. My world
was the planet Orion.
Linda is fortunate in that her husband is very understanding of her
He now knows and sincerely believes that I am an alien. I've told
him about my past lives on this world and my lives on other worlds.
I have met a few ... like myself, but only one remains in contact.
The others are finding it very difficult to cope with their memories
of our true Home.
Linda has written a poem, which expresses many of her feelings of
being an alien living on Earth:
I remember as if it were yesterday.
Three ships approaching
Earth - one burning as it entered the atmosphere, our people dying.
Were they the lucky ones?
A voyage into time to save our planet.
That was why we came here.
few of us are left, but we are so close, so very close to
accomplishing our task...
...My heart cries for these people and for this Earth, for there is
so much agony they have yet to go through.
...This world knows so much beauty, but man has chosen to destroy it
... Earthman will not conquer space.
But in time the Gods will
descend to walk with man.
April 23, 2008
Within the outer world of sense
Thought-power doth lose existence of its own;
The Spirit-worlds are finding
Once more their human offspring
Which must its seed discover
In spirit; but its fruit
In Self must ripen
In an earlier article for UFO DIGEST, I shared accounts of men and
women who claimed to be experiencing alien dreams and memories. The
response to that article has been remarkable.
I am gratified to
report emails from across the Canadian Provinces and the United
States, as well as from across the big waters from France, the UK,
Australia, Spain, and Poland.
"Thank God, you spoke up. I thought I was all alone down here, " was
one very common response."
"Thank you for helping me to understand my true mission on Earth,"
was another remark often heard.
"Reading the article was like reading an account of my own
experiences," wrote another . "I am so happy so many of us are
coming together as a Family."
For many readers, such as Angie, a writer from Los Angeles, the
article provided memories that had long lain dormant in their
According to Angie:
"One summer night when I was a child, I woke up
without reason to see a shining, silver humanoid being standing at
the foot of my bed. I remember the sensation of undistilled terror.
But the feeling changed into awe and wonder as I watched the being
"The second event that I recalled was when I was older and driving
alone on a dark country road. Suddenly I saw directly behind me and
just above me a brilliant white light with a bluish center. I did
not hear a voice, but I was unmistakably getting a message from the
light or from something. I knew somehow that [the message] was from
myself - or from something connected with myself - in the future or in
the past... I came away from that experience knowing with a deep
certainty that 'I am.'
"It was years later that I found out what the 'I am' phrase means in
theology, in regard to Moses' experience with the burning bush. It's
hard to put into words, but from that time on, I knew that 'I was,'
that I exist, that I will do so for all time, and that there has
never been a time that I have not existed."
Christa had her life saved two times by three entities who guided
her to safety as a child struggling for survival in Germany during
World War II.
Once she was trapped in the cellar of her uncle's home, the survivor
of a direct bomb hit. The entities, who at that time appeared as
three bright lights, contacted Christa's grandparents in a mutual
dream and caused them to insist that digging be resumed.
Later, the entities manifested in human form and motioned her off a
bridge just before Allied bombs obliterated it.
Christa saw her first UFO when she was sixteen and living in Great
Falls, Montana. The experience began her longing for the stars.
"I knew as I saw this UFO that I did not belong here on Terra
[Earth]," she wrote. "Longingly, I wanted to go to my true home
beyond our solar system. That night I was told in my dream that the
time was not yet, and that I must grow and have patience."
In February of 1961, Christa "lost" five days of her life:
remember a bright light, a control console and revolving crystals
... I had knowledge of a planet that was my true ancestral home."
She awakened fifteen miles from Great Falls. Five days had
passed - although it seemed as if only five minutes had elapsed.
Christa soon discovered, however, that not only had she lost five
days, she had also lost her job.
And running through her thoughts
was this bit of poetry:
Lo and, behold I enter your mind,
and into your hands I deliver to you
the body of a child!
Born I know not where
Conceived among the stars up there.
Delivered to be raised by Terrans
And to learn their ways
Before returning back home
To my ancestral race.
Jack, a former U.S. Coast Guard electronics technician, from Morro
Bay, California, has experienced "visions of an infinitely expanding
universe" since his early childhood.
He also expressed his
occasional feelings of sadness in living among largely insensitive
men and women who express too much of the Earth, and too little of
"It is difficult for me to find people who are willing to drop their
daily schedules and thoughts and work and social conglomerations to
just experience the magic of life and spirit with a fellow human,
"Jack said. "Alas, this tends to dampen my enthusiasm at times, and
I pick up too much of the oppression which surrounds me.
"Occasionally, though, there is the fresh breeze of the exceptional
individual who blows in from the depths of humanity. At those times
Sherry and I are convinced that if even the archest of skeptics
would read the mail from well-adjusted, well-educated, highly
contributive men and women who freely claim such transcendental
experiences, they would have to concede that "something is going
on," that the individual mystical experience is far more widely
spread than certain materialistic pundits would have us believe.
We have determined that integral to the individuals whom we have
named "Starseed" is an activating visionary experience which occurs
at about the age of five, introducing the child to an intelligence
who thereby becomes a guiding entity and who maintains at least a
sporadic contact with the individual throughout his or her life.
Virginia, who once served as a technician with the Air Force,
remembers that her activating experience occurred on a Christmas Eve
when she was about four. The incident was highlighted by an
out-of-body experience when Virginia got up and "walked" to see the
Christmas tree lights, then saw her still-sleeping body lying in
"I knew that if I woke up then, it would still be Christmas Eve and
I would still be four years old," she said. "Then I knew that
somehow, that even If I didn't wake up until years later, like
Sleeping Beauty, nothing would change. It's really funny, but that
incident formed my entire approach and attitude toward life. I know
that, somewhere, I'm still four years old, and it will always be
Luana, a former schoolteacher from Nevada, wrote that after her
encounter with an alien or a multidimensional being as a college
student, all of her senses became extended. In the area of sight,
her color perception extends in both directions, principally on the
In hearing, the extension is such that any loud noise of prolonged
duration - over thirty seconds - sets up a vibration which first
causes pain in the mastoid area, then causes uncontrolled shaking
which lasts for several minutes. The nerves of her entire body
"jangle" and only subside when the noise ceases. It takes a good
hour to return to normal. Sirens are a constant menace.
As a retired schoolteacher, Luana recalled that one of her worst
experiences with noise occurred in the school parking lot when all
the drivers began honking their car horns to celebrate a sports
It took fifteen minutes to get away from the noise. and a half an
hour before she could get control and get out of the car. It took a
stiff drink to dull her nerves to a semblance of normality.
Bright light is also a hazard for Luana. Once, standing in the sun,
perceiving flashes off band instruments, caused a temporary
blindness. Her students led her back to class. It took about half an
hour for her sight to return.
Emotions seem to create problems for those who experience "alien
dreams and memories," because they are so empathic. In order to
function effectively as counselors, they must learn to create shells
As Luana remembered it:
"At one time in my mid-twenties, it was necessary for me to escape
from my friends whose problems and joys I absorbed to such an extent
that I was physically drained ... It was also at that time that I
learned to seal my emotions off and no longer absorb so much. There
have still been recent times when I have been physically drained by
the problems or excitement of others, but the renewal is rapid."
In his response to alien dreams and memories, Cliff, a hospital
intern, expressed a hypersensitivity to light, touch, emotion, and
hearing, but he has found some compensation in a response that other
respondents have also noted:
"When I kiss or make love, I hear music
coming from the other person and/or myself."
Sensitivity to vibrations considered "musical" by those in the
physical plane is also a common factor in the individuals who have
responded to our Steiger Questionnaire (see
Cliff said that he was also visited by such entities as a
"girl-woman who radiates shining white light and speaks in a soft,
Consistent with our earlier research, those who wrote regarding
their alien dreams and memories were at least 87 percent "night
people," who prefer to do their most important mental or creative
work after sundown.
In our broader sampling of individuals with such awarenesses and
memories, we find that about 94 percent of them vividly recalled
their activating experience with an entity or light manifestation at
about the age of five, while the other six percent are consciously
aware that "something important" happened to them at that time.
Nearly all those who claim such memories remember always yearning
for a place that they consider their "true home," somewhere not on
Stephanie of Youngstown, Ohio, first wrote down her concept of
"Cosmic People" in 1980.
Stephanie commented to us that,
"as with probably everyone else that
you have heard from, I, too, was shocked to discover that thousands
of people have been contacted by Light Beings; I was also completely
amazed that so many people have been given the same types of ideas
and messages from their sky families. It truly is wonderful and
Stephanie told us of her encounter with two
Sky Beings at age five,
which altered her life from that moment onward. As her quest
continued, she, too, had become interested in documenting the
awakening of the "Cosmic People."
As in the case of our own research, Stephanie commented:
not originate in any single or special group of human beings; they
seem to come from every race, color, creed, nationality, philosophy,
psychology, and political belief on the face of the Earth. However,
they hold certain ideas and ideals in common within their hearts."
Those visited by alien dreams and memories are not without their
frustrations in dealing with this Earth, as Frederike of Pasadena,
California, confessed to us:
"Let me say that your books, meditations, and so forth, are helping
me to rid myself of much anger at the people who are messing about
with the Earth ... Sometimes, much to my shame (I don't like
admitting this to you!) I think,
'Why should we help these idiots?
These people who kill and tear and hurt things without so much as a
thought of regret are barely out of the caves. Just let them go'"
"This is not a very enlightened thought on my part, is it? I know,
and deeply, too, that we have an obligation to help everyone - and
most especially those people who are living in the dark and who are
ignorant when they destroy Earth' s gifts and resources and all the
other things they mess up."
Regardless of whether or not they might be blessed with such an
insightful and restorative personal vision, many of those people who
seem to be experiencing alien dreams and memories seem well aware
that they can always rejuvenate their energies through meditation.
Dale of Waltham, Massachusetts, uses a crystal to go deep within her
psyche and to return with such expressions of the experience as the
Seas of brilliant colors, flowing and swelling,
moving, like graceful wings.
Energy surrounds my whole being.
My mind grows even stronger,
and I am filled with the light of a thousand suns.
I feel totally alive, rejuvenated, and renewed.
I am the Light, eternally guiding others to my Creator,
Growing brighter and brighter,
Bursting and rising into the far reaches of the Universe.
To the place of beginnings…