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Benevolent ET – Malevolent ET… Is it just our perception?

If there are some less beneficial ETI (as has also been reported by contactees and/or experiencers) it stands to reason that there may be an agreement among different ETI civilizations that are able to operate on Earth; a balance of power, so to speak.

According to specific communications received and confirmed by several ‘antennas’ inside the Rahma contacts (including R. Gonzalez) since the 1970’s, unfortunately, some ETs would conquer or destroy us and there is in place a protection mechanism under the intention of allowing humans opportunities to continue evolving.

But if one is in the military it is understandable not to want to rely solely upon the protection of others but, rather, to participate in one’s own protection. If segments of the human family have developed gravity (and inertial) shielding and a stage previous to transdimensional technologies, including energy-transmitting, scalar, longitudinal pulses (that may have affected the flight of some ETI craft causing them to crash), it is conceivable that the technology can be enhanced and perfected.

Dr. Greer stated that ETI prefer not to materialize their craft completely in our physical system because – by doing so- they become vulnerable. There may, in fact, be some ETI craft not impervious to what we can do and 72+ years of continuous secret research into their technologies has probably yielded viable results as per what technologies humans can fabricate to counteract at least some ETI craft. Unfortunately, this path of self-defense is being overdone. It may well be that the public is being honed to fear the ETI by declarations like Mr. Delonge’s.

The path of weaponizing against ETI craft should be second to the emphasis of establishing peaceful contacts with their makers and inspiring humanity to desire a more connected and wiser way of living in harmony with each other and with nature. Moreover, the emphasis on weaponizing would likely attract countermeasures and more negativity from the few ETI entities we are probably being protected from.

Even if Mr. DeLonge had been briefed about some genuine negative events with UFOs, he is overdoing that aspect. I understand that even if the majority of events appear to be benevolent and some are not, there is a genuine need to prepare to defend ourselves. However, we need to be able to handle this proportionately – without fear-mongering – because we need to collectively prepare to grow up as a species, understand more advanced or fundamental connecting principles, and to establish peaceful contact with the experiencer reported majority of benevolent extraterrestrial intelligences (some or all of whom may be interdimensional, from the future, another frequency domain, parallel universe, etc).

With the significant ex-Government employee influences they exert on the media, TDL and TTSA should also mention the importance of attempting peaceful contacts with the ETs that do not seem to be a threat (and which have been manifesting on Earth quite likely for eons of linear time). Since they have already spoken and written about the importance of psi phenomena and consciousness, they should attempt telepathy and other such means to establish (along with selected researchers and contactees) a constructive rapport with some of the UAP intelligences. At the very least to find out who is who among them and who may already be our long-time allies.

What I find rather perplexing is the generalization of ETI as one basic group, even with the different races. There is no inclination, it seems, to look at the various levels of their evolution. Even something as simple are referencing the Kardashev scale and placing them somewhere in it.

I would seem that a Type I would have a vastly different relationship with humans than a Type III, for example. It would still seem, though, that any race that has developed the ability to travel through the stars would be respectful of other planets and races still in their lower evolutionary states. The notion, imho, would be to assist them somehow in any way they would be paying attention.

Any race observing the current condition of our planetary chaos and lack of attention to each other as well as our sustainability would probably keep their distance. Attempts to ‘conquer’ with advanced technology would be indefensible, it would seem, and yet none has ever occurred… ever. Yet, we still want to conquer each other.

I believe that if we focus too much on the “threat” ETs may pose we may attract it. However, threat assessments cannot be ignored either under a neutral exopolitical assessment, a love and light assessment or a national (and worldwide) security assessment. However, I think that we should focus more on getting to know our “visitors” through peaceful means; a mutual respect based on the spiritual and consciousness factors we share with them. Interestingly, in the article “Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity?

A Scenario Analysis” by Baum, Haqq-Misra, and Domagal-Goldman, it is speculated that even ET culture varieties guided by universalist, pro-diversity and ecological values might find us to be a peril to the cosmos and wipe us out to preserve more forms of life. From the perspective of not knowing who the “visitors” are it is a rational consideration. In fact, many other of their considerations are reasonable. Another consideration is that just because most have been friendly towards us we would have to trust that they will not have a change of heart or dissident opinions that are against us.

Since they are not perfect, a peaceful, advanced civilization may inadvertently contaminate us with a virus or a mistake on their part their presence may increase human disarray and discouragement about our alleged superiority in the scheme of things. But if we knew for sure that they have been active on land, and the skies, and under the oceans for eons on Earth, even taking humans in various ways without being catastrophic to life (as far as we know), we would have to learn to live with them.

For instance, we would need to know how to distinguish the signatures of ET craft from ever more advanced (perhaps anti-gravity) human craft and allow the former to go about their business. Is the ape side of our nature capable of adapting by being embraced by our universalist side?

We already ARE living with them, Giorgio. That’s the distinction many are still not willing to admit, let alone understand. From a number of accounts from off-planet trips given to certain ones, the information is consistent in that other civilizations, like ours, have destroyed themselves. NO civilization has been destroyed or manipulated directly by ETI. In fact, the overwhelmingly consistent message is that we need help, not hindrance, in our evolutionary path to sustainability. We’re threatening that on our own currently.

Whether by atomic blast (some civilization have succumbed) or by natural disasters due negligence of natural order, we’re still on the brink of both potentially. We’ve not listened to early warnings about not understanding the atom and we’ve certainly caused extinctions of species beyond comparison in the last century, if not half-century due to our behavior toward our environment.

How can we possibly be so ignorant of our own activity?

We are threatening ourselves perhaps more than how ETI may be doing so but why? Perhaps the current expression of our human nature and potential make it impossible not to be like this. Perhaps our human nature has not awakened to its universalist potential beyond physical life because the need to attend to physical needs in a classic way is too great. And, perhaps, no amount of facts and good reasons can do much to change this. What we need to change may be incredibly profound.

Worldwide, individuals (as members of the human species) tend to be stubbornly parochial or simplistic and two-valued in their worldviews. By two-valued, I mean dichotomous. And most are willing to defend those views by setting aside facts and reason. Or simply to reassert a personal sense of identity against someone else who stated something different. It is a thickheadedness. Perhaps a stubbornness stemming from our evolutionary path.

In fact, fight or flight regions in our brains automatically lit up when we see a member of another race approaching. Our first response is “potential threat.” And emotional attachments prevail over facts and reason unless it is the way of our identity tribe to think otherwise. We are tribal. We all seek to fulfill the same basic needs but divide ourselves into affinity or similarity groups. It is identity politics. The “us vs. them” inclination is atavistic, maybe ever since we roamed in primate troupes, hunting parties and defended our paleolithic in-group and wives.

Besides personal and character differences, many of us abide by the majority rule and can be rather easily swayed by group pressure to be cooperative, kind and respectful of differences or idiotic a-holes. Denial of reality is a continuous characteristic everywhere unless our identity group reassures us that it’s cool to prefer facts. But even if we were to prefer facts, we tend to fall into personal privileges. And abuse of power and corruption is rampant and makes life miserable and indignified all over the world.

Legal and illegal mafias all over while we tend to seek immediate gratification. As inveterate cavemen, we tend not to plan far into the future. Moreover, in spite of widespread historical information and technologies that have changed how we live, technologies that have reduced poverty levels, mortality levels, and increased literacy, we tend to repeat our ancestors’ political mistakes because after two or three generations historical memory is typically lost. Books and documentaries do not replace actual living circumstances.

Thus (as Francis Fukuyama noted), many young students in recent demographic cohorts feel that the leadership for the European Union in Brussels is tantamount to fascism! In spite of their poor attention spans, and about one hundred twenty bits per second of processing capacity people are inundated with data and are too lazy and unable to sort genuine information from fake.

This is why we elect narcissistic bullies that engage brain pleasure centers of hope. And the post-WWII, healthy liberal, shared dream of creating a more inclusive, civic, pluralistic, fair world; to spread (and improve) Democracy falters not only under the sway of large corporations controlling public needs and politics but also under nativist, autocratic bravado with easy promises (and a socially-sanctioned scandalous denial of facts) catering to frustrated and fearful voting population segments tired of losing center stage. And a long ETC…

Perhaps we need engaging narratives that tell a new story. Or, perhaps, we can become a wiser species by conscious efforts that awaken us to our deeper nature or do we need artificial enhancement? Maybe we need to be forced to react by disasters? https://www.fastcompany.com/…/why-its-so-hard-to-pay…

“What Planet Are You From?”

…is the title a cute comedy film about a lovesick alien that has a change of heart about wanting to take over the Earth. It is also the question that many “Earthlings” might ask if they were to meet a live ET. 
According to the highly speculative popular UFO literature, many assertions have been made claiming the source of origin of UFOs to be from one star system or another. Top answers to the question include Zeta Reticulae, Arcturus and the Pleiades.

TRIBAL WARFARE ON PLANET EARTH

In the 20th century alone, over 100 million humans were killed in wars and revolutions. Ufologist Stanton Friedman has observed that “tribal warfare” is a major human endeavor. Therefore, it’s extremely unlikely that any information we receive from the so-called ETs about their planet of origin will be accurate. I imagine that self-preservation is a strategy with universal appeal. If the beings associated with UFOs ever told us where they come from, it seems likely that in a few hundred years we might want to export what Stanton called “our brand of ‘friendship’ to the stars.”

SNR, Signal to Noise Ratio

I remember the term that prominent UFO researcher Grant Cameron has applied to the messages that experiencers receive from alleged ET sources. The signal-to-noise ratio is often abbreviated according to Wikipedia as SNR or S/N). In scientific applications it compares the amount of useful signal to background noise. SNR can also be used to compare the ratio of desired information to irrelevant data in say an online discussion. The “noise” here might be off topic comments that prevent relevant data from being exchanged.

When UFO researchers are given supposedly accurate information from unacknowledged sources of so-called insiders, opportunities to verify the data are often non-existent. Thus by dutifully repeating such unverifiable accounts, a journalist or UFO researcher runs the risk of disseminating disinformation meant to confuse or deceive the public.

When it comes to encounters with representatives of what might be called “higher intelligence agencies,” the so-called aliens can be reasonably expected to be doing something very similar. What experiencers are told is probably a mixture of some true information along with disinformation. In addition, it is likely that human experiencers might not have the capacity to accurately transmit knowledge that is beyond their level of comprehension. Experiencers’ narratives might therefore reflect human limitations and not always a deliberate attempt to systematically deceive.

THOSE ATTEMPTING PEACEFUL INTERACTIONS ARE ON THE FRINGE

As a part time promoter of a diverse network of contactees that I call the “Contact Underground,” I count myself among the flying saucer faithful. It is my assessment that the UFO phenomenon is likely, at least in part, extraterrestrial in nature. Attempts to peacefully interact with UFO intelligence in my judgment is a socially responsible course of action.

This endeavor understandably is considered to be fringe by the larger society. Alas contactees have also been disparaged by important elements of the UFO research community. In my opinion the UFO research “mainstream” has placed too much attention in the past on collecting sighting reports. Although perhaps not impossible, it would be a radical step for most UFO investigators to develop protocols that would enable them to directly interact with the alleged ETs as we in the contact network claim that we are doing.

“SPEAK TO ET”

It is now over 70 years since the Roswell Incident and I am compelled to ask how much more can we learn by categorizing the shape, color, position in the sky and other physical parameters of UFOs? Like it or not, if we are going to advance our knowledge of the phenomenon then we may have to do as researcher Grant Cameron has suggested in his many public lectures and that is, “Speak to ET.”

This is what I imagine the contact activists are attempting to do. Although the signal to noise ratio may not always be the best, directly interacting with UFO intelligence and staging Human Initiated Contact Experiences (HICE) is a path that increasing numbers of UFO experiencers are pursuing.

Emergence And The Quest For Extraterrestrial Understanding

Is the underlying phenomena that drive UFOlogy an emergent phenomenon? Is it created from singular parts with an illusion of a whole? Is it only real when looked at from a certain perspective? Is something in our common human experience now exerting new experiences and phenomena?

Is the source of all those fantastical UFO sightings off world vehicular constructions of a type unknown. Or is it more ephemeral, more ethereal, and all too human of a thing? Must consciousness be considered? What does that even mean?

We are in dark territory surrounded by black water on this one.

To describe an emergent phenomenon, we must assume that emergent phenomena exist objectively, which in the case of UFOlogy is a foregone conclusion. Mathematics and the logic that flows from it are key. When we say that a phenomenon is emergent, what we really mean (without knowing it) is that a phenomenon is emergent within some perceptual modality or experience. Without perception, a map or scope of some set of information is simply another set of information. Nothing ’emerges’, there is only data compression. No labeling scheme requires that we resort to extra-mathematical ’emergent’ properties just because such properties seem to accomplish labeling so efficiently in hindsight.

When we run a query on a database and return a row of data, we would not consider the sum of that data to be a macrostate which has emerged from microstates. To ’emerge’ we would need to invoke some kind of phenomenal sensory quality, such as a visual graph. Even then, it would only seem emergent if the graph appeared automatically like a chemical precipitate from the data. In reality what allows us to see an image based on data in a computer is not any software or math, it is not a computation at all, but rather a physical transduction from semiconductor to optical physics to neurochemistry to phenomenology. We can see, for instance, how a bunch of ball bearings would have the emergent phenomena similar to a lubricant, but no matter what scale monochrome pixels are viewed at, no color would emerge. The brain as a whole is on a different scale than neurons or ion channels, but no scale is any more logically likely to precipitate a feeling or flavor than any other.

For this reason, Emergence should not be considered an objective feature to be described by mathematics or logic, but rather it is an aesthetic feature which is grounded in awareness. Emergence is not coupled to some disembodied parameter called ‘scope’, instead, it is the direct presentation of the scoping qualities of consciousness which gives the impression of emergence. It may be more of a ‘divergence’ than an Emergence, as our senses may serve to filter out experiential phenomena subtractively as much as they construct sensations from physical microstates. Macrostates are no less real than microstates, and both are emergent ‘scopes’ within consciousness.

We Are Forever Disjointed. The map is not the territory.

Count Alfred Korzybski used this Structural Differential (image) to drive home his point that the map of a territory is not the territory. His book: Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics drove the point home with a vengeance. At an early age, his book introduced me to the semantic confusion that results when abstractions are confused with their associated physical objects.

Mathematical models of phenomena never replicate all of the features of the physical manifestation of the phenomena. Models select a subset of the observables of the phenomena and approximate their quantitative relationships. Endless arguments could be avoided except for confusion about the reality of these abstractions.

Phenomena itself is directly unreachable because whatever the phenomenon is, we can only access it by what it does. This includes observations, sounds, and even mathematical models. But the conglomerate of these expressions, both physical and symbolic, results in something we can circle and point to, that we can name and refer to, and then call upon to remember and think about.

All evidence is an expression. All expression is potential evidence.

To be less abstract:

We see something because it does what it needs to be seen. It emits or reflects photons.

We hear something because it does what it needs to be heard. It shakes and generates sound waves.

We feel something because it does what it needs to be felt. It carries weight.

And similarly,

We model something because it behaves in ways that can be mathematically modeled. It carries logical consistency.
Phenomena are the expressions of evidence with mathematical expressions being no exception.

The best we can do is rank expressions by their abstractness and their distances from their source. Math is more abstract than direct observation. But there is always a distance. Hence, they are equated, if for the only reason that they never meet. From molecules to atoms to quarks to strings, every time we overcome this distance, we have discovered something else. What’s more, different realities exist at every scale.

Discovering new worlds in pursuit of the core of our own is a feat, but then what does that make our reality? What does that make the conglomerate of all phenomena? An expression. It’s all one giant expression, and there is no is, there is only does.

Instead of using the term explaining phenomena, let’s exchange that with the term modeling phenomena. Because mathematics in itself doesn’t explain anything. It is language.

Mathematics is the most fundamental variety of truth. It comes before scientific truth (discovered empirically), before social truth (the facts about how we behave to each other and what myths we choose to believe), and way ahead of political truth (as in “The great leader is always correct.”). And here’s a shocking was to think about this. The statement “1 + 2 = 3” is true whether or not there is a God, and also true whether or not there are humans to think about it.

This is important to note. Mathematics is a language. But there are some fundamental differences between it and other non-mathematical languages. The most important one is the near lack of any ambiguity. Language often has words, phrases, etc. that can have many meanings in many different languages and those meanings are contextual.

The question is: How much of a message do I need to understand the message’s contents with no ambiguity?

In normal human languages, this could be a very long message to extract an exact meaning (longer than the message itself) and by increasing the complexity through increasing the length of the message (over-describe something) it can build in even more ambiguity (it is often not even possible to check to see if you got a meaning right). This concept can be illustrated with the current wave of dank-deconstructionist-ironic memes going around.

Mathematics is also a very compact language.

Because of the lack of ambiguity and compactness, mathematics is amazing to model all kinds of phenomena.

Even better, when dealing with the physical world, a model can be made where the error of collecting the data to create the model is observed and passed along to the model. This is very important in any science. A scientific fact is one where the observation (data) is assumed to have an error instead of just assuming something is right or wrong (which is what humans naturally do; seeing is believing). In other words: The burden of truth lies on the data collected and can be statistically measured. However, if someone tells someone else a statement, the burden of truth often lies with a person choosing to believe indirect observations “at face value”.

I humbly think that if the world had a better grasp on this, we could avoid many conflicts. Beliefs are fluid, they aren’t absolute in truthfulness. They can fall on a degree of truth, but humans often don’t see it that way. Belief is often not open to rational criticism nor is it updated to incorporate new observations. But scientific facts and mathematical models are known to improve as new observations are made, and that is the whole point. Finding a better model.

We will eventually find a reasonably accurate yet eternally incomplete model of what we call “UFO’s”. We will someday have the clarity of unambiguity in UFOlogy. It will take time. Frankly, I do not believe humans have even remotely come close to understanding what they seek. Let alone know how to ask the right questions to create a valid line of inquiry. We are just the dominant primate life on this planet. We dream of adequateness and worthiness of the delusions we tell ourselves. The Universe has no obligation to make sense to you.

Whether they come from inner space or outer space may not ultimately matter. The source of this phenomena will undoubtedly be more bizarre and unsettling than we can currently imagine. As the fleeting spark of humanity slowly evolves, the search and quest for truth may be our ultimate reward.

PEACE

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DoD Admits to UFO Program – New York Times

DoD Admits UFO Program

And a wonderful Monday morning to you all. It looks like we had some interesting news hit the airwaves this last weekend (re: DoD Secret Program revealed) scooped by and on both New York Times and Politico on Saturday. Of course, Anonymous picked it up and put together a straightforward piece about it.

Apparently it was time for a real discussion to take place with notable sources. The New York Times released an article on Saturday, December 16, 2017,

Whether this is part of an effort at disclosure or a cover-story from investigative reporting, the fact is many have known of the covert involvement for decades. What remains to be known is the exact nature of the ‘visitors’ and whether they are truly a threat or not.

Here’s a short excerpt that effectively announces the secret program isn’t so secret anymore:

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.

Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.

For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.

The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.

Full Article

And straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak…

Is the DoD UFO Program really necessary? The Honorable Paul Hellyer, a retired Canadian Defense Minister and one who would know about such things, disclosed some time ago that they [Military Industrial Complex] know the ‘visitors’ are no threat to the population of Earth at all. So why do we continue to build arsenals to combat them?

It is assumed that the economy based on military spending wanted to keep this information under wraps so that their black budget ‘space’ defense items would not be questioned. After all, whether we realize it or not, the majority of our economic system is funded in some way through military spending whether directly or indirectly. Peace is not profitable, yet.

There are many who are helping to reveal the truth about UFOs, their inhabitants and the interactions with humans that seem to be more about raising our consciousness and in turn our behavior toward each other and our planet than any perceived or real threat. The only threat is to the nature and purpose of the economic system-driven Military Industrial Complex. Once exposed, the possibility of adverse effects on the global economy is more of a threat than any alien agenda.

As a population, intelligent and understanding of the predicament, we are compelled to be collaborative in our change management and the shift toward a different ‘new world order’ than had been planned by the MIC leadership. It seems anti-climatic, though, since at least a portion of the population has been aware programs like this have been going on since the Roswell incident. We’ve benefited greatly from the technology that has been reverse engineered.

On the other hand, perhaps the technology that has been used for military applications might be re-purposed for life-friendly activities instead. Peace is not only profitable to us all, it is perhaps the most natural order we could possibly ascend toward. It does take a shift in our current consciousness for it to happen, though.

How this shift will happen and what might we expect are more important questions. One group that is headed by Steve Bassett, Paradigm Research Group, has been lobbying in Washington for disclosure for quite some time. If you are interested in following Steve’s work, follow the link and sign up for their newsletter.

Contact in the Desert 2015

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Contact in the Desert is growing into a premier Ufology event drawing thousands from around the world. When I first arrived on site in 2013 and ran ​into Paul Andrews, I was surprised. Then I decided to rekindle an association that started back in 1998. Paul had invited me to come work for him in LA, just off Venice Beach.

I had spectacular results in running The Prophets Conference in Phoenix the previous October. Jim-ZencompThe only bummer was Cody and Robyn Johnson split town without paying me or Jim Dilettoso (right), who had recommended me to them. We did get something later, but then I had to pay the local waste management and generator folks. It was a sad situation and no one suspected the Axiom Group of such behaviors.

Paul and I didn’t work out at the time back then, but it was good to see he had teamed up with Victoria to produce Contact in the Desert. It was a spectacular showing although at the worst time of year for most folks, especially the elderly. It took two years to move it to May and even this last weekend was a bit too much for many. I ran into a elderly woman using a walker who was obviously determined to be there, but had a heck of time in the heat. Perhaps moving it to a different meteor shower period – Lyrids Meteor Shower – might do, April 22-23 with a full moon on April 22.

Speaking of Victoria, Paul’s event partner, she even got into the act of sharing her experiences and understanding on one of the panels in the amphitheater. It was really great to see one of the event coordinators reveal their story. I’m sure the DVD is available through the Contact in the Desert website. All the presentations will be available soon. Ask around and get your favorites. I think you can get the whole package for around $100.

Zen&JohnAnthonyWest-compI love getting into the thick of things, consistent with my given name, Bruce (means ‘dweller of the thicket), and volunteered as an A/V runner delivering the master copies of DVDs to the duplication station just outside the Sanctuary, the main speaker location. I ran into many folks I’ve known for years and met some new folks as well, like John Anthony West.

Of course there were some challenges with the event. When you have a first-some, first-served entrance into the main events it can be a challenge to get in and/or have a decent seat. There were viewing areas outdoors as well that were packed, too. With folks like Erich Von Daniken, Giorgio Tsoukalos, Jimmy Church and George Noory present there is always a crowd around them. Even at 80 (Erich had a birthday over the weekend) he still stands and delivers with a rapid-fire onset of details and facts from years of experience.

Speaking of experience, Grant Cameron and I had a wonderful, albeit short, chat on Sunday andZen&Grant-comp he requested a copy of Zendor the Contrarian, so I’m waiting with baited breath for the review.  Grant is one of the most observant and reflective of the cadre of Ufologists. He’s a bit like Richard Dolan, who thought I must be tagged upon our initial meeting in Phoenix some years ago. The difference is Grant spends much less time on conspiracy as he looks for the threads of commonality in experiencers and evidence of a larger perspective of Communion amongst humanity and our visitors, entering a new state of consciousness.

The Experiencer Gatherings, hosted by Alan Steinfeld and Barbara Jean Lindsey on Friday and Barbara on Sunday were especially dear to my heart. Many folks come to find corroboration and validation in their experiences, even solace in the fact that they are not alone and their concerns are heard. Each has their own interpretation and understanding depending on their level of consciousness and observation capacity. What seemed to be stressed the most through the sharings was to not be afraid and embrace the energy instead of trying to fight it.

Danny&Zen-compNow that doesn’t mean complete surrender to that which you might feel dangerous. It was mentioned that although one may not be prepared, the process of evolution – coming to terms with the cosmic consciousness condensed into form – is tantamount to rising above the fear, guilt and shame game that inhibits the sense of Oneness that more advanced experiencers acknowledge. The sense of open-heartedness in the meetings was obvious in how folks treated one another, too.

The attendance for the event has grown by leaps and bounds, with parking strewn across the 17-acre grounds. I’m not sure of the exact attendance, but it seemed around a couple thousand. We had around five thousand come through at the Prophets Conference in 1997. Event attendance in general is down from years past, but it’s beginning to climb again. The contrast of being in the open-air instead of hotel or resort environments is refreshing, kinda of a Burning Man rendition of Ufology.

Walking around the grounds at night revealed many small groupings of folks enjoy each others DannySheehan-FREE-compcompany, perhaps for the first time. An observer could easily recognize the exuberance and childlike spontaneity of experiencers all across the event grounds. There were some real serious types that often find it difficult to be happy, but the majority of folks by far enjoyed the weekend of Contact in the Desert.

In view but not a big topic of discussion was the presence of FREE via posters Rey Hernandez left with me from the International UFO Congress in February. I’m already looking forward to next year. Thanks to Paul and Victoria and all the staff and volunteers who made this event a memorable one for thousands. In only its third year it is promising to be one of the largest gatherings in the world now. If you considered going this year, but didn’t, I’d make sure to get your ticket early next year.

Volunteers-FREEWe also invite you to find and visit the Rose Cottage in the evenings for some conversation and comaraderie. You’ll meet some of the most interesting folks in a much more intimate environment. Our small group of diverse and unique travelers will welcome you with style and grace. Look forward to seeing you there!

This year’s gathering included Ron James and Steven Bassett. Ron and I had met several years ago when he owned Dream Theater in the Village of Oak Creek, just outside Sedona. An old friend, Swami Beyondananda, was doing a show there. Ron runs a magnificent network called iVolveTV that features material you just have to explore. He also produced the Citizens Hearing DVDs.

Btw, we’re looking for more authors for UfologyPRSS. If you’d like to contribute, please sent us an email with your contact information and reason for wanting to be a contributor, plus a writing sample or link to something of yours online.