Janet Colli, Ph.D.
Thomas Beck, Ph.D.
206.329.9235 (Seattle)
360.678.7737 (Whidbey Island)

The Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Ste. 341
Seattle, Washington 98103, also
Coupeville (Whidbey Island)


In 1958, Carl Gustav Jung considered that “UFOs are something psychic that is equipped with certain physical properties.” “The only thing we can say with tolerable certainty about UFOs is that they possess a surface which can be seen by the eye and at the same time throws back a radar echo.” He stated that “the notion of a materialized psychism opens a bottomless void beneath our feet.” Jung proposed that “all reality” could be “grounded on an as-yet-unknown substrate possessing material and at the same time psychic qualities.” What he had in mind, he makes clear, was already envisaged by quantum physics. “In view of the trend of modern theoretical physics, this assumption should arouse fewer resistances than before.”



Based on the testimony of 200 subjects who claimed to have been abducted by aliens, this analysis by a distinguished scholar stands as one of the most definitive and well-researched studies on the subject. It persuasively examines the broader implications of these experiences and their larger place in human consciousness. Dr. Mack's  groundbreaking study includes remarkable testimonies collected by the author, forewords by leading experts, and photographs. It serves as a fitting tribute to a pioneer authority in this controversial field, and pays homage to a man who dedicated his career to investigating the phenomenon and its role in the science of human experience.



Joy Gilbert lived in India and Switzerland and later, Eugene, Oregon. She studied Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and Tibetan Buddhism with Tibetan Lamas. But nothing prepared her for the ego-shattering experience of a close encounter on the night of January 31st, 1993 — and her awakening. At the moment she was told, “It's time to remember,” Joy transcended the phenomenal worlds of the senses. Her awareness fused into theirs and merged into Unity consciousness — home.

“It's Time to Remember: A Riveting Story of One Woman's Awakening” is an account of Joy's lifelong relationship with inter-dimensional beings.





“What has been demonstrated, in contexts as different as medieval Europe, seventeenth-century Siberia and modern America is a constantly repeated pattern involving sightings and encounters, abductions by otherworldly beings...."

“It is a great mystery that people from many different cultures in many different epochs all report encountering supernaturals who are unwilling to be confined to supernatural realms and who — even while they initiate our shamans and bestow the ‘second sight’ and healing power upon them — seem to want to take something of our materiality and incorporate it into their own non-physical lineage. As the first manifestations of these ancient supernatural forces in the technological age, UFO abductions and encounters with aliens have been subjected to an unrelenting campaign of ridicule and abuse by scientists who are strongly wedded to the materialist paradigm.”

—Graham Hancock



“These worlds are usually invisible to us and our instruments, and are not accessible using our normal state of consciousness. However, just as likely as the theory that these worlds exist ‘only in our minds’ is that they are, in reality, ‘outside us’ and freestanding. If we simply change our brain's receiving abilities, we can comprehend and interact with them.”

—Rick Strassman, M.D.


Sacred Encounters is the culmination of 13 years of research bringing together the psychology of close encounters, spiritual experience, and ultimately — enlightenment.

Sacred Encounters reveals startling evidence that the enlightened gurus enshrined in Sufi, Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist traditions communicate with otherworldly beings, and explores the potential that a current surge of “subtle realm” encounters by Westerners is preparing the modern world for our next evolutionary leap.

Dr. Janet Elizabeth Colli presents case studies such as “Hayley,” whose close encounters unveil the hidden dimension surrounding us — the realm of angels and aliens. Trace Hayley’s development as she overcomes posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to become a gifted interspecies communicator.

Discover the pivotal role so-called aliens are playing in the transformation of human consciousness — from those who are living it, firsthand.

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Reviews of Sacred Encounters

Expansion of Consciousness
“Colli's focus on consciousness opens up the subject of ‘alien encounters’ to a broader interpretation and a wider audience. I found myself drawn in by her clinical approach, which deftly describes her clients' anomalous experiences, the impact on their lives, their subsequent personal growth and expansion of consciousness. She challenged me to stretch beyond consensual beliefs and wonder, ‘What if this were true. What would it mean about the nature of reality?’ We usually interpret anomalous phenomena through the lens of our belief systems and preconceptions, but what if the universe is more complex than we've ever dared to imagine?”
—Linda Jean Shepherd, Ph.D.
Author of Lifting the Veil: The Feminine Face of Science

“A transfixing exploration of the human side of alien encounters. Entering into the storied lives of two life-long ‘experiencers’ of alien contact, journeying from Dharamsala to the mists of Seattle, Dr. Colli discovers the most important lesson for humankind comes not from the beyond but from within the heart; that compassion is the foundation for understanding even the most ‘alien’ of experiences.”
—Will Bueché
Archivist, The John E. Mack Institute

Prepare to Open Your Mind About Close Encounters
“Meticulously researched, deeply philosophical, playfully organized, and yet daringly out on the edge, Dr. Janet Colli of the Emerald City of Seattle, weaves a tight web of discernment, discovery, and speculation around the outré experiences of her clients – courageous souls who delve deeply into their shocking memories about encounters with beings from beyond our known reality. Coming as I do from the near-death side of spiritual awakenings, I'm delighted to recommend this emotionally gripping yet lighthearted account of the evidence behind the other paradigm-shattering story of the 21st century – that we are not alone in the universe.”
—Beverly Brodsky
Coordinator, San Diego IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies)

“Sacred Encounters is a remarkable and well-written study of alien encounters. Dr. Janet Colli, a major and well-published researcher, presents a gripping account of her investigations into alien phenomena. This book is a vivid reminder that what we don't know about the universe far exceeds what we do know. Sacred Encounters is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in alien encounters or spiritual exploration.”
—Jeffrey Long, M.D.
Founder of Near-Death Experience Research Foundation

Takes Contact Studies to a New Level
“I've been a fan of the work of Dr. John Mack for many years and felt he was at the leading edge of contact research — but Janet Colli's Sacred Encounters picks up where Mack left off and takes it to a whole new level. I honestly think this is one of those books that's so far ahead of it's time, its value won't be recognized for another 30 - 50 years. Kudos to the readers who are here with Dr. Colli in the first wave!”
—Husnu Price

Are We Humans Evolving?
“As a practicing psychiatrist, I follow the 'transpersonal' viewpoint to broaden my understanding of the people I treat. Information on alien abductions (John Mack), near death experiences (Kenneth Ring), past lives (Ian Stevenson and many others), angels, subtle energies, and so much else has been helpful. Now, Dr. Janet Colli's eye opening description of her own intellectual journey, the transformations of Hayley and Joy, and her wonderful interpretations of current research (PTSD, memory, childhood) have been unusually provocative, in a good sense. Is a species evolution or transformation taking place on our planet?”
—Dr. Ross F. Grumet
Psychiatrist, Atlanta, Georgia

“Your book is worth another re-read and a special spot in my spiritual book collection, and I thank you for all the hard work you must have put into it. Your book has renewed my interest in the subtle realm and the beings that live there. May humanity be looking upwards when that house from Kansas starts to come down!”
—Rick Hale
Seattle, Washington

Time to Wake Up
“It is indeed ‘time to wake up’. Dr. Colli has written a compelling and compassionate account of the soul's journey toward full human connection with the divine essence of love. Whether inner or outer state experiences, her accounts from the lives of her subjects, as well as her overview of other accounts from the literature and great spiritual traditions, invite a closer look at our largely unconscious biases; and a much deeper understanding of the varieties of intelligence in the universe.”
—Pat Speidel
MPH Counselor, Washington

About the Author

Janet Elizabeth Colli, Ph.D. is among the most skilled psychotherapists in the Pacific Northwest counseling those who are awakening to their relationship with the subtle realm. With expertise in both Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, she bridges psychology with the extraordinary, and the mystical. Janet was among the world-class consultants chosen for a Japanese Fuji Television prime-time special on Close Encounters. Her newest book, The Dark Face of Heaven: True Stories of Transcendence Through Trauma is a compelling account of spiritual awakenings, psychic openings, and non-ordinary states—revealed during trauma therapy. Janet lives on Whidbey Island and swims with wild dolphins in Hawaii.

Reviews of Sacred Encounters

A Review by Dr. R. LEO SPRINKLE
Excerpted from MUFON UFO Journal, (July 2005), No. 447, p. 14.

Dr. Colli gives her readers not only a scholarly presentation, but also a lively account of her interactions with two unusual women, Hayley and Joy. Dr. Colli assisted Hayley in dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, and recounts Joy's process of spiritual awakening. Like many UFO experiencers, both Hayley and Joy experienced much anxiety and many doubts about their encounters. For many experiencers, the emotional trauma can cause one to vacillate between suppression and awareness, acceptance and acknowledgment. Fear of insanity, or loss of personal identity, can lead to denial or addictive behaviors to ease the uncertainty.

Dr. Colli describes with clarity and compassion, her interactions with Hayley and with Joy. Both women were able to apprehend and release their fears, and also move into higher realms of understanding, emotional acceptance, and spiritual awareness. In addition to these detailed investigations, Dr. Colli provides references to many authors and studies, not only of other UFO investigations, but also of psychological studies of memory and stress. She refers to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), as well as the meditative practices of Asian spiritual masters.

The author is able to use her training in Philosophy as a shield to defend against the caustic complaints of critics; she is able to use her training in Psychology as a sword to find the truth of close encounters. Eventually, Dr. Colli, as well as Hayley, lay down the sword and shield as Joy surrenders to Unity Consciousness: in essence, the ending of duality/polarity as Joy experiences oneness with all.

Dr. Colli assists her readers not only to explore higher consciousness, but she also responds well to the perennial question about the motives of aliens: good or evil? She states, “Ultimately, the answer lies in fostering our own expansion of consciousness.”

Whether the reader is concerned about Earth and humanity, or concerned about extraterrestrial encounters, the reading of Sacred Encounters can be an opportunity for enlightenment. Dr. Colli provides this opportunity with her scholarship, her expertise, and her inner light of spiritual development.


Beyond the usual UFO literature...
A Review by G. Davidson, Webmaster, “Cosmic Harmony”

I have read a lot of ET/UFO related books and I would have to put this close to the top. Sacred Encounters deals extensively with the transformation of consciousness in the lives of two contactees. The story of Joy Gilbert tells of her spiritual beginnings with an East Indian spiritual teacher, a Rishi. From there, she moves on to a Tibetan Lama who leads her along the pathway to enlightenment. For me, her story was the crown jewel of the book because it tied together many elements I also have an interest in — meditation, Tibetan wisdom, and enlightenment. Her journey culminates as her true family, a race of higher beings, administers the final awakening ... telling her “it's time to remember.” The veil of forgetfulness slips away, her ego is shattered, and she slips into full Unity Consciousness.

The author further explores the star visitor phenomena in terms of the Vedic literature of the East and gives many first-hand accounts of realization experiences. Finally, the book examines the social forces that are hindering our expansion of awareness and how our awakening might proceed.

I highly recommend Sacred Encounters to anyone who wants to go beyond the usual sightings and abduction literature and tie the topic into metaphysical realms of thought.

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“. . .a belief in non-physical beings is the most common feature of religions;

it may indeed be universal. In fact, the idea of non-physical beings has been taken

for the very definition of religion itself.”

—Steven Mithven (The Prehistory of the Mind)

Sacred Encounters Spiritual Awakenings during Close Encounters by Janet Elizabeth Colli


Janet Colli, Ph.D.
Thomas Beck, Ph.D.
206.329.9235 (Seattle)
360.678.7737 (Whidbey Island)

The Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Ste. 341
Seattle, Washington 98103, also
Coupeville (Whidbey Island)

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