Experiencer Disclosure Initiative

This project is a response to the general public’s growing calls for truth and transparency concerning the military and intelligence community’s acknowledgement of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). We believe experiencer narratives contain within them an important dataset that must be seriously considered as humanity struggles to come to terms with the profound implications of what UAP sightings and contact encounters mean for the future of our world.

Updated July 11, 2021

Mission Statement

The Experiencer Disclosure Initiative is a collective of experiencer[1] ambassadors and allies who understand the critical role we have to play in educating people about the advanced trans-dimensional beings who’ve been interacting with a select number of individuals since at least the 1960s.[2] In response to heightened mainstream interest in the phenomenon, ExDI seeks to build strategic partnerships within the growing pool of academicians, scientists, researchers, journalists, entrepreneurs, engineers, politicians, media personalities and filmmakers who are attempting to earnestly facilitate the disclosure of accurate information to the general public.

It is our intention to collaborate with reputable organizations and investigators who are being intellectually rigorous in their pursuit of the truth. We know an important dataset lies within our experiences and we are confident that once this information is integrated with what is being discovered about the nuts-and-bolts aspects of the phenomenon, a much clearer picture of who has been visiting us and what their motivations seem to be, will emerge.

Furthermore, if humankind is indeed on the precipice of knowing definitively that we are not alone in the universe, we believe that all people, worldwide, are entitled to the full truth about the phenomenon, and that no national government has been (or should be) granted authority to singularly control the narrative or revelation of that truth. We therefore advocate for the responsible release of any and all information related to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, including scientific breakthroughs and advanced technologies that might assist human beings in reaching a state of health, equilibrium, and unity amongst ourselves and within the natural world.

A Message from the Directors

The question of whether or not Homo sapiens stand alone as the most advanced life-form in the universe has captivated the collective imagination of humankind for as long as we've been sophisticated enough to contemplate our own existence. That being so, one might be surprised to learn there exists a diverse group of people within the global population who can, without hesitation, knowledgeably answer that existential question.

Most of us identify as “experiencers”[1] and we look just like you, or your family, friends and neighbors. If you were asked to pinpoint a distinguishing characteristic you might use to pick us out of a lineup, your attempts to do so would be unsuccessful. The only thing not quite “normal” about us, is that we’ve had direct, physical and seemingly physics-defying, trans-dimensional interactions with a variety of advanced beings. Most often, these events involved a humanoid species commonly known in pop-culture as “the Greys”. Our stories about them have been well-documented and explored in numerous books, but perhaps most eruditely in Dr. John Mack’s Abduction (1994) and Passport to the Cosmos (1999).

For the majority of experiencers, physical "contact" ended sometime in the early 2000s.[2] This has given us the better part of two decades to integrate the high-strangeness and meaning of our encounters. For people who are new to the subject, or for those who reflexively assume we are not accurately reporting events as they actually occurred, it might be helpful to know that generally speaking, experiencers are well-aware of the seeming “impossibility” of what we describe. In fact, it is precisely our ability to recognize that many elements of our stories don’t reconcile with the West’s dominant worldview, that our innate sanity is demonstrated to be, on the whole, intact.

Unfortunately, despite this self-awareness, many of us have been pathologized, stigmatized and/or ridiculed while being forthcoming and truthful in sharing the details of our narratives. This has left us painfully familiar with the various counter-explanations people most often project onto us. We are either…

  • hallucinating
  • dreaming
  • experiencing sleep paralysis
  • suffering from some personal trauma or unidentified psychopathology
  • lost souls looking for meaning in our lives
  • seeking our “fifteen minutes” of fame
  • wanting to be perceived as special
  • lying, or
  • in it for the money

In short, if there’s an alternate theory for our contact experiences, rest assured, we’ve heard it. Indeed, we’ve heard them all, over and over again. Nonetheless, many experiencers are sympathetic to the doubts which understandably arise in people when they hear our stories. We are, because we can empathize; we get it. Very few of us started out as card-carrying ET enthusiasts. As is generally the case with children raised in Western societies, our beliefs were shaped by a Newtonian-Cartesian worldview that stubbornly refuses to accommodate any reality which doesn’t fit neatly into an “if you can’t see, smell, touch, hear or taste it, it doesn’t exist” materialist construct.

Yet, our contact encounters were so terrifying, intrusive, confrontational, powerful, exciting and full of wonder that, ultimately, it was impossible to deny them. We’ve had to accept that what happened to us… happened. Newtonian physics be damned.

“What should society actually do with experiencer reports?”

So, what then does all this mean or imply? What should society actually do with experiencer reports and the provocative information they contain? In the absence of an answer to that question, most experiencers have, for the last 20+ years, simply gotten on with our lives — transformed in the many ways we have been — while the experiential “pots” of our contact encounters have continued to simmer on the back-burners of our psyches. In fact, most of us have been resigned to the likelihood we would never have much of an opportunity to meaningfully act upon the profundity of what we learned, other than to simply practice being open, loving, and compassionate people in our daily lives.

That said, we seem to be on the precipice of an unanticipated shift in this dynamic as Climate Change — something the Beings dramatically and explicitly warned many experiencers about — has in the last decade escalated at such an alarming rate it now requires immediate intervention. A set of predictions that seemed abstract and utterly improbable in the 1980s and '90s has materialized into a very real emergency which now threatens to radically alter the balance of Earth’s ecosystems and the way of life human beings have taken for granted throughout the entire Holocene.

We have suddenly reached an exigency in our evolutionary journey that, in some ways, makes the surreptitious presence of otherworldly beings on Earth one of the least important aspects of the contact phenomenon. Rather, we seem to be discovering that human beings are actually the most critical players in this "paradigmatic passion play", as we teeter on the edge of either a collective breakthrough in consciousness or a mass extinction event of our own making.

“It’s essential that credible witnesses have a seat at the table.”

Bearing this in mind, as reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) have finally penetrated the surface of mainstream media waters and are being publicly acknowledged by various intelligence agencies and members of Congress, we believe it is essential that credible witnesses from within the experiencer community have a seat at the proverbial “council table” and that our statements be given serious review by scientists, journalists, researchers, politicians, and the intelligence community alike.

“Experiencers possess valuable first-hand knowledge.”

For all the wondering and theorizing about the physics-defying aerial vehicles that have been captured on video by military personnel and members of the general public, it is experiencers who possess valuable first-hand knowledge about some of the UAP operators and their reasons for being here. Without our contributions to the larger cultural dialog, the defense agencies will continue to singularly focus on their primary concern that UAP’s are first and foremost, a global security threat. To promote a more balanced inquiry into the phenomenon, ExDI is currently advocating for the timely creation of a legitimate, international, multi-disciplinary council to explore any and all exo-political concerns related to the matter of Disclosure.

A failure to take this moment seriously and give it the thoughtful consideration it deserves will leave humanity at risk of reacting very poorly and against our best interests during this profoundly remarkable moment in the history of our civilization.

For further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at exdi@johnemackinstitute.org

[1] The term “experiencers” was popularized at a conference convened at MIT in 1992 by Drs. John Mack and David Pritchard on the subject of alien encounters. It is meant to be non-presumptive about what the experiences may be. It typically denotes those who believe they have learned something of value from their experiences.
[2] Around the year 2000, changes in the nature of the experiences were noted: “It isn’t that the hybrid program isn’t continuing,” Dr. John Mack told an interviewer in early-2000, “although I don’t hear about it as much anymore.” (Simon, Vivienne. "Passport to the Cosmos: An interview with John Mack, MD". EarthStar, April/May 2000).
Author Whitley Strieber, who kept close tabs on the alien encounter community since going public with his own experiences, said in mid-2001, “There are lots of people who believe they've encountered aliens. What's really interesting, two years ago all these close encounters abruptly ended and we're not getting any more reports.” (Kale, Wendy. "The Last Vampire Writer Talks About UFOs". Colorado Daily, Aug 13, 2001).
“Where have all the UFOs gone?” asked a newspaper that covered an area of the New York countryside known for UFOs. “Check out the list of sightings on the menu of the Cup and (Flying) Saucer diner. The list stops in 1999.” (Israel, Steve. “Pine Bush outgrows UFOs”. Times Herald-Record, December 9, 2005).

We intend to...

  • launch a dedicated website for ExDI
  • develop a system to convey our reactions and commentary to any and all media spots, official press releases and journalistic/investigative reports
  • curate a group of vetted experiencers who are available to speak with the media
  • create a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ)
  • prepare a set of explanations for some of the most provocative concepts intrinsic to the phenomenon
  • engage with respected mainstream media personalities, scientists, academics, and interested/invested members of government, the intelligence community, NASA, SETI, etc.

To reach the directors of the Experiencer Disclosure Initiative please write to exdi@johnemackinstitute.org

[1] The term “experiencers” was popularized at a conference convened at MIT in 1992 by Drs. John Mack and David Pritchard on the subject of alien encounters. It is meant to be non-presumptive about what the experiences may be. It typically denotes those who believe they have learned something of value from their experiences.
[2] The 1960s are popularly thought of as the start of the contact phenomenon because of the reporting of the Betty and Barney Hill case of 1961. Lesser-known accounts from the 1940s (during the first wave of UFO sightings) and 1950s suggest the contact phenomenon may have begun earlier.