The following description is part of a long featured article which can be found here. The article will provide context behind the creation of this system and why we are not using the Hynek/Valee Classification System any longer.
This system has 2 groupings that work with each other. The top group identifies our proximity level while establishing a level of supporting evidence. The bottom group identifies root word categories designed to remove archetypical labels so that all communities can agree on one category, and leaving each faction to their own interpretation on the belief of what the event may be or how it was caused.
Let’s start with the top grouping:
First off, we have stopped using the word Encounter. The word implies a negative event. In our studies over the last 3 years, we have collected enough data that shows that majority of the events reported are considered positive, so instead, we are using the word Experiencer to provide an unbiased and neutral expression of every event.
Building off of Hynek’s Close Encounter (Our Close Experience) model, we have added additional proximities to reflect other distances.
- Extreme Close Experience (ECE)
- Close Experience (CE)
- Remote Experience (RE)
- Mental Experience (ME)
Moving along, you will have to select a sub-class of either (A) Uninvited or (B) Invited. In our research, we have noticed that there has been a variance between unexpected events and intentional invited events. Both of which must be investigated differently.
Once the class has been established based on proximity and the experiencer’s intent, we then apply a level rating based on the strongest or best piece of evidence that can reinforce the witness testimony.
Level 1 – Method in which event was sensed.
Level 2 – Trace Evidence
Level 3 – Material Evidence
Level 4 – Corroboration
Level 5 – Contact
Within these levels of evidence, there are subtypes designed to define specifically the type of evidence collected. Also, it is important to note that with this scale, the CE-5 adaptation from Dr. Steven M. Greer can still be used properly. We are of the opinion that human-initiated contact with back and forth communication is the highest level of evidence we currently can receive with minimal argument.
I will note at this time, that Greer got flack for altering the Hynek/Vallée scale at the beginning. Look at him now.
Moving on to the bottom grouping:
This group is the most important. This is the group we use to properly classify an event after it has been investigated. Over the years, many people have been raised separately and differently with beliefs and ideas around the phenomena. These groups are designed to organize the phenomena into 5 main categories that can be equally accepted by anyone who investigates either the UFO, Paranormal, or Psychogenic phenomena. It even applies to crypto and paracryptozoology.
1. Sensory Display – It has been determined by our research that both the UFO and Paranormal phenomena can be observed by triggering any of the five human senses, including the sixth psychic sense. Regardless of the archetype, you believe it to be, we all can agree that the event has triggered at least one of our senses before its display.
The Sensory Display category is divided into 2 types. Aerial Activity and Paranormal Activity. The event either took place in the sky or somewhere else. This is important for investigating Orbs, as they belong in both categories depending on the individual’s belief. Regardless, all parties will have to agree that the sensory display was Aerial Activity.
Going further down the line on Aerial Activity, we have 2 sub-types. Machine and Light. In the ufology world, this translates to UFOs and UAPs.
It is very important that we do not label anything until it is properly investigated, and even then, we must be careful not to misidentify any event.
The same can be done with the Paranormal Activity Type.
2. Visitation – with the variance between negative and positive perceptions we must take into consideration that some of these events occur mentally, and need to be investigated differently than those receiving physical visitation. Also, like encounter, we chose to use the word Visitation over Abduction to remove the stigma that all visitations are intended to be harmful to the experiencer.
The sub-type for this category is a choice between Uninvited and Invited. This is important to note when working with someone familiar with meditation or astral projection techniques.
3. Beings Observed – this category houses three subtypes: Cryptids, Paracryptids, and Entities. We have created the paracrpytid type to separate the archetypical monster from possible biological creatures yet to be discovered. Currently, we do not have subtypes for these entities, however, we do plan to add them in the future once we have investigated more events in this category.
4. Psychogenic – is a category to group events that occur within the mind. Events are so real to the experiencer, with corroborating pieces of evidence that can be verified. This category is essential for our experiencers who may have developed or are developing psychic abilities. Even though we can’t see into the mind, at least with this category, we can now group the ones with strong evidence and actually include parapsychology in our research. The types measured in this category are either external or internal effects, meaning their psychic phenomena were done either telepathically or telekinetically.
Subtypes will be added in the future after we gather more data.
5. Residual evidence – This category groups any event that leaves traces behind. This includes implants, markings, crop circles, and even animal mutilation in some cases.
Again, we don’t know who or what is causing the phenomena, which is why we are measuring the events and the evidence. In the future, we plan to re-classify the sub-types.