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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517705680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517705681
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,599,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“John Mack’s research on the challenging phenomenon of alien abduction represents a stunning breakthrough in our understanding of ourselves and our place in the larger cosmos. He skillfully guides us to reconsider our attachment to the bankrupt materialist worldview and open our minds to the possibilities of a universe of awesome diversity.”
Ralph Metzner, PH.D, psychologist and author of Green Psychology

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In 'Passport to the Cosmos', Pulitzer-Prize winner Dr. John Mack powerfully demonstrates how the alien abduction phenomenon call for a revolutionary new way of examining the nature of reality and our place in the cosmos

In his first book 'Abduction' Mack challenged the stereotypes of alien abduction cases. Now in 'Passport to the Cosmos' he shares the dramatic stories of people who have been abducted and looks at how their experiences have transformed them. Those interviewed range from doctors to waitresses, Native American shamans to African witch doctors. They vividly describe their powerful meetings with aliens, the sexual experiments, the alien-human hybrids and the feeling of contact with another world.

Mack brings a psychological analysis to these encounters that broadens our definition of 'what is real' and allows us to explore a phenomenon that has deep and lasting implications for humanity. Likening alien encounters with other altered states of consciousness – spiritual wakening, vision quests, drug experiences – Mack questions how we explain the unexplainable and looks at the differences between the material world and the spirit world and the indigenous cultures that see no distinction between them.

The result is a thrilling read for both those fascinated with alien abduction and those forging to create a new awareness about spiritual experience.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Passport to the Cosmos explores a spiritual terrain that I would not have expected to find in a book that on the surface appears to be about something "alien." What is discovered is a profound reconnection with the sacred, provoked by something as yet unknown.
Dr. John Mack compares the reactions of people in the West who have faced these experiences to a trio of experiencers from indigenous cultures - Native American, Brazillian, and African. The reactions and interpretations are compared and contrasted, and the value of some indigenous perspectives is considered.
In view of his years of clinical work with over 200 people reporting these experiences, Dr. Mack feels that the West suffers deeply when faced with something drastically unknown. But he suggests that if the terror of these experiences is fully faced, even embraced, an expansion of consciousness may take place.
"When these phenomena show up in our world in a way that we cannot deny, this powerfully shatters our worldview, and when you shatter a worldview, then new possibilities for human identity and experience emerge. One of the elements that occur when that worldview is shattered is then the earth and everything in the earth and every human relation becomes sacred. And that kind of consciousness, that return of the sacred, of the reverent sense of connection that emerges from this experience transforms our whole relationship to one another and to the planet itself. And it seems to me that's a good thing."
How the terror of being provoked by these experiences can transform into something truly grand is the journey of the book, told in the words of Dr. Mack and several particularly articulate experiencers (from the over 200 interviewed), so I leave that journey for the reader to discover. It is a journey worth taking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Iona Main Stewart TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Initially, the author's academic and seemingly critical approach to the subject of alien abduction irritated me. It appeared to me that the most important factor for him was the presentation of material evidence of the existence of these aliens and the veracity of the "experiencers'" accounts in the sense that it could be proven that these abductions had actually taken place on the physical plane in some way or another, which of course is hardly possible. It was as though what mattered most was what his peers thought. The author was new to me, since I hadn't read his previous book "Abduction".

Later in the book Mack convinced me of his belief in the various accounts of the abductees he'd worked with, owing to the depth of their experiences, perhaps particularly their emotional response to them, even though these may not actually have occurred or be occurring on the physical plane - which in fact is of no significance (my comment).

As opposed to Dolores Cannon, for instance, who presents us with the experiences of individual abductees and the like, one at a time, by interviewing them under deep regression, Mack gifts us with an overview of the various aspects of abductee experiences, collating and comparing the individual experiences.

This is the first book I've read in which the author availed himself/herself of an academic, professional and ontological approach to the subject, and I ended by deeply appreciating his modus operandi.

We're offered the information that these experiences, though often physically invasive, occasionally to the point of torture, and thus terrifying, have as a potential end result great spiritual development, in fact total transformation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bavaview on 12 Jan. 2012
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I give it 5 partly because of such refreshing erudition and fine writing in this genre. But watch out for what's coming through hypnotic regression. I haven't reeeeealy finished it 'cause I don't know if I want to go there.
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John Mack was ahead of his time, he took the alien abduction subject by the horns and delivered us a thought provoking look into life "out there", and has done it magnificently here. John Mack did another book, which i have also reviewed, he seemed to have gone further than alot of others in this field because he got past the fear of it all and showed us the real purpose of alien abduction, although i am an experiencer myself, i refuse to hold the word Abduction because its a negative phrase that does more harm than good. Since i opened my eyes ans seen the whole thing in all of its glory, i am now of the opinion that we all come from the same source, Despite different "costumes". And we are all participants one way or another...bravo
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