Playing Those Mind Games: John Lennon And UFOs

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“On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o’clock I saw a UFO”
—from the liner notes to the John Lennon album “Walls and Bridges”

If all the weirdness involving his “rumored to be replaced” bandmate Paul McCartney wasn’t enough, there was also a less-known bizarre Beatles story regarding John Lennon…involving four alien “bug-men,” a mysterious golden egg, and even 1970s paranormal heartthrob Uri Geller!

Here is Geller’s account of Lennon’s alleged confession regarding extraterrestrial contact:

“John started talking about UFOs. He said he believed life existed on other planets, that it had visited us, that maybe it was observing us right now. He took me to a quieter, darker table, lit a cigarette and pointed its glowing tip at my face. ‘You believe in this stuff, right?’ he asked me. ‘Well, you ain’t f—-in’ gonna believe this. About six months ago, I was asleep in my bed, with Yoko, at home, in the Dakota Building. And suddenly, I wasn’t asleep. Because there was this blazing light round the door. It was shining through the cracks and the keyhole, like someone was out there with searchlights, or the apartment was on fire. That was what I thought — intruders, or fire. I leapt out of bed, and Yoko wasn’t awake at all, she was lying there like a stone, and I pulled open the door. There were these four people out there.’ Fans? I asked him. ‘Well they didn’t want my f—-in’ autograph. They were, like, little. Bug-like. Big bug eyes and little bug mouths and they were scuttling at me like roaches.’ He broke off and stared at me.”

I find it significant that there were FOUR “bug-like” creatures…”Beetles,” perhaps?

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It’s the four bug-men in Lennon’s story that make me wonder if these sorts of “visitations” are influenced, in some way, by the experiencer’s own subconscious. Why four of the buggies? Was this a projection by Lennon, in reference to the Beatles? If these alien visitors really exist, do they reach into minds and “pull out” this data and use it to “mask” their activities or “communicate” with their target in a more meaningful way?

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Or: was Lennon manifesting this all himself, whether on the psychic or material plane?

Then there is the issue of the golden egg allegedly given to Geller by Lennon—who allegedly received it from the aliens!

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I had a hard time believing Geller’s story, though there are several pictures of the “egg” (and then there is the “coincidence” of the Eggman himself John Lennon receiving a cosmic egg). Further research led me to this Examiner article, which attempts to debunk the entire Lennon/Geller/UFO story and points out that the “golden egg” was something called a “Super Egg” that could have easily been purchased at a magician’s supply shop:

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The author of the article also interviewed Lennon girlfriend May Pang, with whom he was living with at the time of the UFO/alien claims. Pang claims that Geller was a charlatan who claimed to be able to contact Lennon’s estranged wife Yoko On a via “mind control,” and that the story of the “four beetles” was most surely made up:

“That was the night he did the key trick; he bent the key and John was fascinated. John grabbed Peter Boyle and had Uri repeat the trick. Peter handed him a key and he bent it, but there was one problem. Uri couldn’t unbend the key, and Peter had to break into his own apartment since that was his only house key. What’s interesting is that Uri sensed that I was on to him. He knew I was suspicious of him and he refused to do the trick for me. He also did a ‘psychic drawing’ trick for John. But he wouldn’t deal with me.”

However.

One thing Pang’s account does not fully disprove is Lennon’s claimed experience of UFOs, both in terms of sightings or alien contact. These claims were made by Lennon is a number of different contexts, including album liner notes, interviews, and even doodles.

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Doodle of a UFO by John Lennon

And no less than May Pang apparently corroborated in a different interview that the two of them witnessed some type of unidentified flying object in 1974:

“As I walked out onto the terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us. It was shaped like a flattened cone and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we’d see heading for a landing at Newark Airport. When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft—these were also flashing on and off. There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind. It was, I estimate, about the size of a Lear jet and it was so close that if we had something to throw at it, we probably would have hit it quite easily…We often had helicopters flying above us but this was as silent as the night and about seventeen storeys above street level.”

Even more interestingly, Lennon’s first reported encounter with a UFO happened in 1974—happened the same year Philip K. Dick had his otherworldly, possibly extraterrestrial “VALIS” experiences. If these were indeed “aliens” that had contacted Lennon and Dick, they were apparently really busy in the mid-1970s, as such reports of contact—including the receipt of “channeled information”—were common among a number of writers, thinkers, “gurus,” and so on who would have an impact on the pop-culture in the years to come.

Some conspiracy theorists work the “UFO connection” into ideas regarding “why” Lennon was assassinated by Mark David Chapman—was it the government trying to shut him up about the sightings? I don’t know about that, but I would offer the following to think about. I read Chapman’s biography a long time ago, and it was obvious to me that he was a “sensitive”— empathic, very psychically open, etc. It was also obvious, based on the description of Chapman’s mental state in the years and months leading up to the killing, that he was inadvertently “channeling” some serious shit.

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Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman in “Chapter 27”

Perhaps Chapman, like Lennon, was “contacted” by some sort of entity—only Chapman’s entity was a very dark one, and he was more “possessed” than merely contacted. Lennon’s UFO sightings sharply increased in the days leading up to his death, and he felt “stalked” by them; maybe he was? Maybe there is some sort of “war” going on in a world beyond ours, between good and evil, and maybe peacenik Lennon was “targeted” to die.

But there is one more thing regarding Chapman—and Geller—I’d like to explore before ending this post. That’s the theory that Chapman was involved in some sort of “MKUltra”-type situation, and was a “programmed” assassin.

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from the comic “Dead Silence In The Brain” by Mack White

You don’t need the UFO thing to “explain” why Lennon might have been “targeted” for assassination by one shadowy cabal or another. He was a highly-influential iconoclast preaching change and peace—and there’s a clear pattern of these types of people getting shot.

What if the emotionally-unstable Chapman was manipulated into thinking he was receiving “instructions” directly through his head, for the ultimate purpose of killing Lennon? Further: what if some of what is reported as alien abductions and so on are just post-hypnotic suggestions carried out by other people for reasons yet-unknown?

This brings us back to Geller—who was the protege of parapsychological researcher Andrija Puharich. Puharich did EXTENSIVE work for the U.S. government and military, blurring the lines between “rational” and “psychic” research a la The Men Who Stare At Goats.

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In the early 1970s, Geller claimed to be an ambassador for extraterrestrials to prepare humans for the conquest of their planet (!). How did Geller first make this proclamation?

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Puharich and Geller

He “revealed” it via hypnosis with Andrija Puharich.

By 1974, Puharich had written a book about Geller (who now he equated to the Messiah) in which not only does he reiterate the stuff from the hypnosis sessions, but now claims to be contacted by aliens himself!

This is not Joe Schmoe with a xeroxed pamphlet on flying saucers. This is a guy who received super-super high-level military clearance. Who is now, in 1974—like Lennon, Dick, et al—claiming to be in contact with alien entities.

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To further cement a Philip K. Dick connection, consider that Puharich in the 1970s also claimed to have been investigating the effects of an alleged Russian low frequency radiation beam—one that allegedly was being used to control people’s minds. Dick, in some of his more lucid moments, theorized that he didn’t think actual alien entities were contacting him, but that it all might be the effect of these same Russian radiation beams—essentially, that his mind was being fucked-with by Persons Unknown for Reasons Unknown.

Did the same thing happen to John Lennon?

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Lennon and Geller

In short, was Lennon’s mind “influenced”…if not outright with hypnosis/etc. then at least deeply inspired by Geller, who the same year had a book come out about him calling him the “alien messiah”…a book written by a guy who used hypnosis on Geller to “reveal” this information…a book written by a Puharich, who had patents for devices that could literally plant “voices” in one’s head?

And was the “golden egg” some sort of “posthypnotic suggestion” trigger…not an otherworldly object given by alien beetles but an ordinary magician’s gimmick utilized in manipulating Lennon into believing in the existence of UFOS and extraterrestrials? And if Lennon did become an enthusiastic convert to the new “alien” religion, would his endorsement—as well as the endorsement of other “contactees” such as Philip K. Dick—help it spread that much faster?

I guess we’ll never truly know.