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How to defend yourself against alien abduction

How to defend yourself against alien abduction, by Anne Druffel, is by far the best book on the subject that I have ever read. It offers the beginner would-be non-abductee a variety of techniques to use against alien abductors, together with many artistic diagrams and fascinating case studies.

Struggles and intuition

The first technique described is mental struggle. The opening paragraph tells us how mental struggle can be used in the presence of ‘unwelcome bedroom visitors’; the technique requires ‘a strong-willed person who is convinced that his or her rights are being assailed’. Reading this, parents of small children will realise that they are about to receive some useful advice. Victims are advised to concentrate on moving a finger or toe (presumably theirs, although the instructions are not entirely clear); once the finger or toe has been moved, the unwelcome bedroom intruders should retreat.

Resistance technique number two is physical struggle. This is not a very interesting technique. The chapter summary usefully reminds us, ‘the intent should never be to kill or seriously injure the intruders, but to inform them that their presence is violating the witness’s right to privacy’. Resistance technique number three is righteous anger. If aliens are about to abduct you, use phrases such as ‘go away’ or ‘leave me alone’. The book does not tell us if stronger language may inadvertently lead to intergalactic diplomatic incidents of grave consequence.

Techniques four and five, protective rage and support from family members, are not without points of interest, including the case studies of Morgana and Toni. However, far more powerful are the techniques described in the subsequent chapters: intuition and metaphysical methods. In the section on intuition, we learn that our intuitive foreknowledge of an alien abduction attempt may itself deter such an attempt. Metaphysical methods does not, surprisingly, involve discoursing to the aliens on the thinking of St Thomas Aquinas and his like, but involves merely conjuring up the vision of some protective bright white light forming a shield around the victim. ‘Internal sound’ can also have a similar protective effect.


Technique number eight is the ‘appeal to spiritual personages’, and one of the case studies shows that St Michael the Archangel (left) can have a useful role to play in warding off alien abductors. The last, and most convenient, technique described involves the use of repellents. Here we learn of the various objects and substances that may deter unwelcome extra-planetary kidnappers. Specific substances recommended are:

  • Herbs, flower essences, and oils (the author advises us to ‘experiment with these carefully, as the strengths needed for individual experiences have not been determined’, although precisely how experiments are to be organised is unclear).
  • Salt, iron bars, crucifixes, and crosses (of course, ‘experiment with bar magnets to attain the polarity that works best for you’).

In summary, this is an essential book – especially so for actuaries, since our rare knowledge and skills obviously make us prime targets for alien abductors. Since reading it, and practising some of the myriad techniques therein described, I have not – to my knowledge – been abducted by aliens (although I have suffered some suspicious losses of consciousness, of inexplicably long duration, during Staple Inn meetings).

Try it and see.