In ufology, a close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object. This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J Allen Hynek, and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. He introduced the first three kinds of encounters; more sub-types of close encounters were later added by others, but these additional categories are not universally accepted by UFO researchers, mainly because they depart from the scientific rigor that Hynek aimed to bring to ufology
Close Encounters of the First kind (CE-1)
- Visual sightings of an unidentified flying object seemingly less than 500 feet away that show an appreciable angular extension and considerable detail.
Close Encounters of the Second kind (CE-2)
- A UFO event in which a physical effect is alleged. This can be interference in the functioning of a vehicle or electronic device; animals reacting; a physiological effect such as paralysis or heat and discomfort in the witness; or some physical trace like impressions in the ground, scorched or otherwise affected vegetation, or a chemical trace.
Close Encounters of the Third kind (CE-3)
- UFO encounters in which an animated creature is present. These include humanoids, robots, and humans who seem to be occupants or pilots of a UFO
Close Encounters of the Fourth kind (CE-4)
- A UFO event in which a human is abducted by a UFO or its occupants.This type was not included in Hynek’s original close encounters scale.
- Hynek’s erstwhile associate Jacques Vallee argued in the Journal of Scientific Exploration that a CE4 should be described as “cases when witnesses experienced a transformation of their sense of reality”, so as to also include non-abduction cases where absurd, hallucinatory or dreamlike events are associated with UFO encounters.
Close encounters Of the Fifth Kind (CE-5)
CE-5 is a term describing a fifth category of close encounters with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI), characterized by mutual, bilateral communication rather than unilateral contact.
The CE-5 Initiative has as its central focus bilateral ETI-human communication based on mutual respect and universal principles of exchange and contact. CE types 1-4 are essentially passive, reactive and ETI initiated.
A CE-5 is distinguished from these by conscious, voluntary and proactive human-initiated or cooperative contacts with ETI. Evidence exists indicating that CE-5s have successfully occurred in the past, and the inevitable maturing of the human/ETI relationship requires greater research and outreach efforts into this possibility. While ultimate control of such contact and exchange will (and probably should) remain with the technologically more advanced intelligent life forms (i.e., ETI), this does not lessen the importance of conscientious, voluntary human initiatives, contact and follow-up to conventional CE-s types 1-4 .
The origins of the CE-5 protocols
The CE-5 Initiative first came into being when it was formed by a man under the name of Dr Steven Greer who at the age of 17 fell very ill and subsequently went into what he defined as a Near Death Experience. Following that traumatising but revealing experience, Dr Greer discovered a passion for exploring higher states of consciousness and by so doing, became a prominent meditation practitioner and teacher.
Succeeding his Near Death Experience, Dr Greer went on to describe an extraordinary metaphysical experience that would change his life and the life of countless others. Whilst meditating on a clear October night, Steve explains he’s very real and tangible encounter with Extra-Terrestrial biological entities following a deep meditation he had just conducted.
Being alone at the peak of a mountain, he recalls voluntarily being taken aboard an extra-terrestrial craft and explains how the CE-5 protocols were co-created with these entities who went on to explain that the practice of Human Initiated Contact would one day become very significant and that he as an emergency physician, would have the challenging but exciting role of teaching it to others.
After having practiced these particular contact protocols with these beings and successfully vectoring ET crafts to his location, Dr Greer went on to form CSETI, The Centre for the Study of Extra- Terrestrial Intelligence and subsequently formed and trained hundreds if not thousands of individuals to engage in proactive, positive and diplomatic contact with star visitors.
Since its formation over 20 years ago, the contact protocols Greer established and reinforced are to this day widely used by thousands of people and hundreds of contact teams around the world all confirming the very real and deep experience of peaceful and positive connection with Extra-Terrestrial visitors.
The types of interactions experienced and recorded by various contact teams around the world have so far been very limited but none of the less remarkable considering the sensitivity and secrecy that has governed this subject over the years.
Greer’s sensational effort to develop the possibility of peaceful and diplomatic contact with star visitors is of upmost importance for the future of our inter-planetary relations with these beings who have so far, not shown nor exhibited any sense of malevolent intentions and actions towards contact teams world-wide.