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Schafer's alleged experiences cannot be explained so simply, as she claims to be able to contact aliens during bedtime channeling sessions and reports many varied encounters without a sensation of physical restraint.
Another possibility is that Schafer is lying, though those who meet her or watch her presentations tend to doubt it. Her mixture of confidence, relative normalcy, detailed recollection and occasional apprehension make her seem credible.
Most likely, Schafer is describing experiences that are true to her -- which is not the same as saying they are true.
Out of her contact sessions come ideas that are in touch with the current New Age zeitgeist. The messages, and her fans, provide Schafer reassurance that, no, she is not alone. Yes, she is special. And full of purpose, and once again able to help others.
And if she makes a profit from being a prophet, well, she'll take that, too.
Sometimes, when Schafer lays awake at night, she imagines different colors of light.
She lays in her bed, imagines the colors, and waits.
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