If the basis of human consciousness is the enfolding of images onto imagination that is organised by thought and language, are there similarities in what we classify as two entirely different events?
A Societal Confluence
The Near Death Experience is directed inwardly and the resulting examination as a constant is based one's choices in relation to thought as a reactive behaviorism.
The Alien Abduction is positioned outwardly, and the consistent examination of the experiencer’s body, rather than the former. One could characterize both as ritual initiations where the individual is isolated from the larger community of consensus and shown other forms of sentience manifested as humanoid who perform a set pattern repeated again and again.
One easily looks at oneself as the embodiment of both the tangible body as well as the intangible thought of the mind and yet these two aspects of ourselves represent a symbiosis or, another way to represent the two aspects of ourselves as organisms is to say we bridge two worlds.
One is the exterior environment and the other is the interior environment or ecology in nature.
Yet both are dependent on one another in our specific orientation. One does not exist in our terms without the other.
The alien abduction scenario has all the chief characteristics of physicality and the other is characterized by it’s non material nature, and yet both represent a transpersonal experience that relates to images embedded in the mind by way of stored memories provided by social scripting that are patterns of various stereotypes arising by the sharing and transference of set images that lead to conceptual modelling. One could say the dualism perceived in the individual being represented by the intangible versus the physical is mirrored by the same in the individual versus the society he or she is
within, and the confluence results in hybridised experiential anomalies that reflect this divide while being two sides of the same coin.
One could say in theological terms ( borrowing from Christian texts) one is a greater resurrection and the other, the lesser resurrection. One is characterized by the return of the physical body to earth as in Alien Abductions and the living from the dead and the other is separation from the living to the realm of the dead in Near Death Experiences