Published: 3:45 PM 4/28/2014
The start of Supernatural Week - many of us believe we've been abducted by visitors from outer space.
Today saw this year's launch of Supernatural Week on ITV This Morning. Are we alone? Well, I'm one of those peeps who thinks we can't be the only or the most advanced life force in the universe. I believe I've seen a ghost too - how about you?
Apparently, 1 in 3 of us believes we've 'seen a UFO', while 1 in 25 of us believe we have been abducted by aliens at some point. Can so many people be wrong?
Joining Phil and Holly today in the studio to discuss the subject were Joanne Summerscales, the founder of the Anomalous Mind Management Abductee Contactee Helpline (AMMACH), and Samantha Macdonald, who believes she's been abducted by aliens dozens of times.
Joanne, who is a self-styled agony aunt for abductees, explained that the AMMACH project is dedicated to helping people who say they have been affected by alien experiences. She believes that alien and abduction incidents need to be brought into the mainstream media to try and encourage a positive and sincere attitude towards those who say they have had such an experience.
People who contact her are usually worried that they appear to be crazy and will not be taken seriously. Sometimes it's just they who have been affected, sometimes it's their whole family, and it could be for a long period of time. These people absolutely believe that something is going on that has affected and impacted their lives. She stressed that it takes a lot of courage for people to call her - or to call anyone, to talk about it.
She talked of people being 'contactees' who are aware of the situation that has occurred, or they are 'abductees' who may not remember events till late on as their memory comes back.
Joanne explained her role, and made the point that as human beings, the most important thing for us is to to be heard, for us to have a voice. She is there to listen first and foremost.
Samantha, who says she has been abducted many times by aliens, says her first experience was when she was in her forties. Despite Phil's gentle prompting, her story was vague. Very vague, with no detail. He wanted to know where they took her and how. She talked of having 'memory swipes' and couldn't remember much but did remember waking up with marks all over her body like needle marks and bruises. She also talked of having thoughts in her head that were not her own.
Holly wondered if Samantha knew what the aliens wanted. She said the aliens told her they wanted her energy and her 'soul essence', and that they left her feeling exhausted.
When she ordered a box of 'organite' - which is supposed to turn negative energy into positive energy and at this point she says she started to be 'watched' and 'followed' by helicopters overhead and then also by police cars.
Joanne said that helicopters feature a lot in peoples' stories.