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Archetype of the UFO – DVD review


Archetype of the UFO - Reality Films

Reality Films

Title: Archetype of the UFO
Genre: UFO, Paranormal, Metaphysics
Production Company: Reality Films

The depth psychologist Carl Jung once said that UFOs could be real but a good percentage of eyewitness accounts are likely projections from the collective unconscious.

Jung made this comment in the 1950s, a decade that saw a surge of UFO interest. Most UFOs at that time were portrayed as disc-shaped flying saucers. So Jung believed that the majority of UFO reports were projections of the mandala (a Sanskrit word for “circle”). In its own religious context, the mandala carries spiritual and cosmological meaning, but for Jung it is a basic psychological archetype.

Archetype of the UFO clearly borrows from Jung’s theories. For Jung, an archetypal image (like a flying saucer) points to physiological, cultural and spiritual aspects of the self. And as an archetype of wholeness, Jung describes the self as the center and circumference of a circle.

The self is not only the centre, but also the whole circumference which embraces both conscious and unconscious; it is the centre of this totality, just as the ego is the centre of consciousness (CW 12, par. 44).

Archetype of the UFO, however, doesn’t just summarize Jung’s ideas. It extends them to include current UFO theory and evidence.

This intelligent documentary explores diverse metaphysical issues often passed over by lesser lights within the realm of ET, UFO and paranormal research.

Emphasizing possible misinterpretations of so-called physical sightings, Archetype of the UFO concedes that in many cases there may be no difference between inner and outer ET/UFO encounters. So this DVD isn’t just about little green men and flying saucers. Our very beliefs about truth and reality are also questioned.

Most of the DVD features Nick Pope, a respected figure in UFO lore who’s appeared on CNN and other major networks. Pope and interviewer Philip Gardiner probe deep, compelling us to think about ETs, UFOs, mysticism, YouTube videos, disinformation, acclimatization, social power and the role of interpretation.

Some say we must make a course correction to save our planet in the 21st century. If so, Archetype of the UFO should be standard-issue for seekers on the brink of making unusual discoveries about the self, society and the beyond.


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12 thoughts on “Archetype of the UFO – DVD review

  1. Sounds interesting! I’ll see if I can find a copy of it.

    I love this aspect of UFOs and the paranormal in general. Jung is great, but there is also Jacques Vallee, John Keel, Charles Fort, and Terrence McKenna. I could further include Patrick Harpur, Keith Thompson, and George P. Hansen.

    It’s all good stuff. 🙂

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  2. Looking forward to checking that one out. Cheers for the heads up. This deserves a reblog for sure. Great write up!


  3. Reblogged this on Shamagaia and commented:
    Check out this excellent review. Good docos on UFO’s are hard to come by. This is one of the much better ones by the sounds of it.


  4. If I remember right, Terence McKenna advocated drugs, which I don’t think is good for the brain. And Hansen, well, I reviewed his book here.


  5. p.s. I just ordered a book by Patrick Harpur from the library. Thanks. I saw on another website that he critiques Jung. I’d like to see what he says.


    • It’s been a long while since I last looked at Patrick Harpur’s writings. I forget what he says about Jung. I’ll try to remember to check it out when I get home later.


      • I think yours is an important story, a perspective often overlooked. At the same time, I’ve heard that with teens, especially, there is a critical time when the brain is developing very quickly, and any kind of strong, psychoactive drug could affect “normal” growth. I put the word “normal” in quotes because we’re both smart enuf to know that the meaning of “normal” is debatable.

        I wonder about coffee. I still drink a lot of it. Have there been studies of the effects of coffee on teenage brains? 🙂


      • Yeah, developing brains is a whole other issue. Kids should avoid lots of things, from illegal drugs to alcohol and cigarettes.

        Heck, I think kids should avoid refined sugar, a substance I was addicted to for the first 3 decades of my life. Now, refined sugar, that is a highly addictive drug that will seriously mess you up with dire health consequences.

        Some people think kids should also avoid too much technology early on because of their developing brains. But I’m not sure what kind of research has been done on that.

        As for coffee, that has to be a good drug, in my personal experience. I didn’t drink much of it as a kid, although I did love my pop. Sugar plus caffeine, the dynamic duo. Goes straight to the brain.

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  6. Well, it’s pretty political as to what substance or activity makes the headlines, and which ones get research funding. When TV was new, it was the new devil. Then the internet. Then..?

    Scientific research, itself, is usually open to interpretation, competing theories, etc. Not too many people realize this. Judging from some inane ads that ran a while back, I think some drug companies really don’t want people to realize this. But I’m not entirely cynical on that topic. Another complicated issue.

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