Why you should care
Because there’s a small but growing subculture in alternative health where you’d least expect it.
In the 20 years that Maree Batchelor worked as a family doctor, she never gave much thought to alternative medicine. To be more precise, her rigorous academic training made her suspicious of anything that even hinted of woo-woo. But then an underage driver plowed into her 4-year-old son, William, outside her home city of Melbourne, Australia, in June 2008. William died 11 days later, and everything in Batchelor’s life began to change.
Now on a mission to connect the worlds of metaphysics and medical science, the 52-year-old finds herself in the curious position of advocating for a new way to think about our health that her pre-accident self would have deemed crazy. In short: The human race is undergoing an evolutionary leap in consciousness to prepare us to take our rightful place in a community of extraterrestrial civilizations. If you want to feel your best, you’d better figure out what part in this cosmic drama you’ve been put on planet Earth to play.
“We’re multidimensional, galactic beings in human costume,” Batchelor says over Skype from her light-filled office, where photos of William and her three other children oversee her work. “My whole reason for existence now is to wake people up to the fact that our natural state is one of peace, love and joy and harmony — of well-being and self-healing.”
With her hair swept into a twist, and sensible rectangular glasses, Batchelor betrays no outer clue to her inner shift. But the depth of her conviction is apparent in the blunt way she broaches topics that would kill most watercooler conversations — she sometimes speaks with the exasperation of a military officer surrounded by civilians unaware that there’s an epic battle taking place between the forces of dark and light.
Though she’s still registered as a physician, Batchelor now practices energy work on people who have heard her speak on YouTube or at conferences and seek her help in dissolving emotional or mental blocks. Sessions — she estimates she’s done 3,000, both in person and via Skype — begin with counseling, then progress to a form of guided visualization in which Batchelor serves as a conduit for “higher-dimensional frequencies” that can help people experience greater clarity and overcome self-sabotaging beliefs.
If I met myself 10 years ago, I would have said that I was insane.
Dr. Maree Batchelor
Batchelor traces her journey from by-the-book GP to the farthest medical fringe to what she describes as a series of encounters with higher-dimensional beings who activated her dormant healing abilities.
“I woke up to the fact that mainstream medicine does not have all the answers — they fall very short,” she says. “I’m not here trying to convert the sleeping unawakened because they cannot reach or feel it. But you’d be surprised at how many people are starting to look at alternatives.”
It’s safe to assume that any doctor who mentions spiritual awakenings and extraterrestrials is courting ridicule. Health care professionals might even consider such an idiosyncratic approach as potentially harmful if it deters people from seeking evidence-based psychological support. Nevertheless, Batchelor’s transformation is significant because it opens a window into a little-known subculture in alternative health that is growing rapidly in her native Australia, Europe and North America, but which remains invisible outside dedicated online platforms.
There is no central orthodoxy to which practitioners subscribe. But in broad terms, they share Batchelor’s belief that we are spiritual beings undergoing a human experience. By cultivating a stronger connection with our “higher self,” we switch on more strands of our DNA, which in turn can awaken latent psychic abilities and reverse the course of disease. Progressing along this “ascension” path, it’s possible to detect subtle messages from spirit guides, angelic forces and beings from other dimensions. The key to resolving our problems, physical and emotional, is to enlist the help of these nonhuman intelligences so we can learn to live in alignment with our true nature.
“We’re always going outside of ourselves for the quick fix,” Batchelor explains. “But the energy of who we are has a great power to heal.”
Mary Rodwell is a British former midwife who counsels people who believe they have had reality-shattering encounters with aliens. She is also a co-founder of the Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Encounters, or FREE, named after the late Apollo astronaut whose epiphany in space convinced him that the universe is teeming with advanced life.
Rodwell says Batchelor is one of a small group of people with backgrounds in medicine, physics, neuroscience and psychology who have been so transformed by their glimpses into non-ordinary reality that they don’t care what their colleagues think if they go public — an act she calls “coming out of the space closet.”
“When someone who’s an M.D. — who’s got her professional life at stake — stands up and says, ‘This is my reality now,’ it’s huge,” says Rodwell, who wrote about Batchelor in her book, The New Human. “What is so brilliant about Maree Batchelor is that she now sees the limits of her scientific education because of her own experience.”
Like many of the hundreds of “experiencers” that Rodwell has interviewed, Batchelor had zero interest in the paranormal prior to her encounters; her picture-postcard life revolved around her medical practice, her marriage and her children. The first clue that something extraordinary was happening occurred shortly after the accident, when Batchelor describes being visited by an otherworldly bright light. At first, she thought it had to be the effects of a migraine, only to discover that the light had appeared at the precise moment that surgeons were fighting to save William with open-chest cardiac massage.
Later, when she returned to the scene of the accident, the light reappeared. Batchelor recalls feeling an ineffable sense of peace and receiving a message: “It’s all OK; it’s all going according to plan.” The guidance continued in the form of “downloads” — knowledge that dropped into her mind like high-speed data. In search of answers, she visited an ashram in Melbourne, which led her to a temple in India in 2014. There she received an infusion of “cosmic consciousness” that showed her that human existence is one aspect of a much larger hierarchy spanning multiple dimensions and worlds.
The metamorphosis came at a cost: Her marriage ended, and Batchelor struggled to build a new professional identity, surrounded by people who suspected she’d fallen prey to a grief-fueled delusion. Susan Clancy, a Harvard psychologist, concluded in a two-year study published in 2007 that experiencers were rarely lying, but that their accounts were best understood in terms of fantasy-proneness, memory distortion, culturally available scripts, sleep hallucination and scientific illiteracy — aided by therapists who used hypnosis to unearth supposed repressed memories of trips aboard alien craft.
Professor Chris French, who heads the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, takes a similar position: “There are one or two cases that appear to be deliberate hoaxes. But my personal opinion is that most of the people who claim that they have had alien contact are victims of false memory.”
Batchelor is unfazed. “I always say if I met myself 10 years ago, I would have said that I was insane,” she says. “I totally get the inability of people to understand this.”
Meanwhile, the “multidimensional physician” focuses on reaching more people, certain that the intelligences guiding her have something to teach each one of us — if we can still our minds long enough to listen.
“I’m constantly contacted by people who say, ‘I didn’t know any of this; I woke up a year ago, and everything you say makes sense to me,’” Batchelor says. “We are going through a shift in human consciousness. This is going to become a much more accepted way of being.”
5 Questions for Maree Batchelor
- What’s a book that changed your life? The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.
- What do you worry about? The enslavement of humanity by a negative agenda reflected in war, poverty and the financial system. This agenda is actively attempting to block our abilities to perceive our higher-dimensional self.
- What’s the one thing you can’t live without? My children.
- Who’s your hero? Bhagawan Nityananda, the Great Being buried in the temple I visited in India who generates a field of energy I could feel there and beyond.
- What’s one item on your bucket list? Enlightenment.