Now in its third year amidst the desert background in the Joshua Tree area, Contact in the Desert is moving the the end of May. Patrons are getting their wish as the previous August dates, even with the Perseid meteor showers, was challenging to heat-sensitive folks. It’s a beautiful venue, though.
Joshua Tree Retreat Center is the oldest and largest retreat center in the Western United States; a unique architectural landmark on a sacred site. Their mission is to support the education and nourishment of the infinite human potential. The atmosphere is certainly conducive, especially with the new dates for the 2015 Contact in the Desert event.
New Date: May 29 – 31
This year will bring many of the same speakers and vendors as the previous years. The event grew tremendously from 2012 to 2013 and this year is anticipated to be even larger. The schedule has not been released as of yet, but it is anticipated within by the end of January. If you are going to stay onsite, it would be a good idea to get your accommodates soon as they will fill up quickly.
There are some hotels in the area, but none within a reasonable walking distance from the event site at 59700 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. Weekend conference passes have included meals at the onsite cafeteria. The staff and volunteers are helpful and ut in a lot of hard work to make this event a success. Keep an eye on the Contact in the Desert website for updated information to appear soon.
There are several gathering places onsite as well, for meet and greets and general conversation. The Rose Cottage will also host after-hours gatherings for patrons and special guests attending the conference as well. Our UfologyPRSS curator will be attending, too.
There have been contests for free tickets in the past, so hopefully this year will be no different. We’ll keep you updated as things progress. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter. Look forward to seeing you there.
We’ve come a long way since the Roswell crash and years later the star charts from Betty and Barney Hill. The UFO experience has transformed through several iterations and manifestations that have produced books and even events of both short and long-term survival. Still, the obsession of ufologists to get to the truth spans a variety of topical areas including abductions, contact, physical sightings, government coverup and more. There are still deeper questions to ask about why ‘they’ are here and the notion that there could be aliens among us.
Many themes have been presented by movies and television, from benevolent to malevolent aliens and agendas, including not so nice governmental involvement. These same themes circulate amongst the ufologists and ufo enthusiasts, also with mixed views of the reality of extraterrestrial visitors and their intentions. Consequently the general view is one of keeping a distance, perhaps even a fearful notion even when curiosity of contact is in play. The stories of government and/or military malevolence and coverup only adds to the already confusing nature of the extraterrestrial conundrum.
Rarely are themes developed that allow us, as humans, to peer into the lives of others. Diversity training was and is a critical factor in the workplace, dealing with other countries and cultures, especially in the expansion of American companies moving into international engagement, manufacturing overseas and a workforce embedded in an entirely different culture. At first the attempt at expansion met with miserable failure because there was no consideration for other cultures; company leadership simply thought they could become the dominant culture with little effort. On the other hand, immigrants who entered the US were faced with having to learn the ways of their new culture, often completely foreign to their experience.
Now you are probably wondering why I digressed to foreign relations. It just seems natural to perceive the possibility of extraterrestrial races adapting to our world and, in effect, facing the same issues of learning about a new culture. We may not fully entertain the notion of such a possibility, but it often makes for good programming in the entertainment industry. One such series, known initially as Roswell High, was introduced around the turn of the century. The theme of the show wasn’t particularly popular, but it illustrated a different side of the the alien agenda.
A brief story description from Wikipedia…
Max Evans, his sister Isabel and their friend Michael Guerin appear to be human, but are in reality the survivors of the 1947 UFO crash known as the Roswell UFO incident. They are from the planet Antar. Upon emerging from stasis pods, they appeared to be 7-year-old orphaned humans. Max and Isabel are adopted by a loving pair of attorneys, the Evanses. Michael, who was not so lucky, entered the foster care system, bouncing from household to household with lots of families rejecting him.
The aliens have special powers, including the ability to:
“dreamwalk” (observe, participate in, and manipulate others’ dreams).
sense each other’s emotions from afar.
create psychic connections that allow the alien to see into another’s mind.
perceive colorful halos or auras around humans that indicate emotional state.
Max, Isabel and Michael have successfully kept their true nature a secret for a decade. The series begins with the accidental shooting of Liz Ortecho, a human friend of Max’s. He cannot bear to see her die and risks bringing attention to himself when he uses his powers to save her life. Liz is soon let in on the secret, as are her friends Maria DeLuca and Alex Manes. The six teens quickly bond and learn to trust one another, and Max and Liz fall deeply in love, and Michael and Maria fall in love. Together the group fends off the suspicions of law enforcement, alien hunters, while seeking clues about the aliens’ origins.
From some of the stories floating through the ufology thoughtmosphere, there seem to be some eerily similar references. What is also important to note is the trepidation of those who may indeed be unaware of their origins and find themselves experiencing many of the types of abilities and or sensitivities mentioned. People have been tortured throughout history, emotionally and physically, for exhibiting abilities out of the ordinary. We don’t always know where these abilities come from, but they are definitely present in our world.
For those who tends to look deeper or perceive beyond the norm, shows like Roswell offer some consideration from both sides. Obviously people tend to freak out when faced with otherworldly notions. On the flip side the conundrum of those who are absent of terrestrial ties, as orphans and/or adoptees, remains nearly an emotional abyss with little or no access to qualified help. In that case, what would ‘qualified help’ be relative to the nature of the questions?
What about ET Human Hybrids? Are they humans in drag? I was fortunate to have a few moments with Grant Cameron before and after a recent presentation at the Phoenix MUFON group. Jim Mann and Stacey Wright have grown this group considerably and always provide great presenters, attracting folks from across the state in response.
I had been anticipating a brief conversation and the opportunity to share my second volume of Zendor the Barbarian in hopes of stimulating further conversation. Both were realized and then some. I hadn’t been to a MUFON meeting in over a year evidently and had been missed. I was able to enter and spend a bit of time with Cameron while others waited. I really appreciated the freedom Stacey offered. I was able to have some real quality time and in-depth conversation quickly.
Grant’s blog outlines his presentation that involved the notion that UFO experiences and experiencers have been happening in phases, with one leading toward the next in a gradual introduction or potential induction into a larger society. Of course there are some concerns for any dominant culture’s attempt to influence a society, let alone an entire planet. However, their superiority could have taken the form of planetary conquering long ago if that is what they were truly after in my humble opinion. Still, we have an enigma on our hands. What do they really want? What are these so-called ‘flaps’ of activity leading toward?
The focus of the conversation I was taking perhaps would take Cameron’s work to a new level. I was asking questions about the next level of Ufology inquiry – where are the hybrids? If these abductions/contacts involved harvesting eggs and semen, then where are the kids? If there has been interactions with the human population for thousands of years, how can we be sure there are not thousands if not millions of hybrids here already, either aware or unaware of who and what they are to date?
Our after dinner conversation brought up Dr. Jacobs work and the reports of a group of hybrids (not integrated into society already) being kept somewhere in the US. They weren’t captives, but being introduced to planetary protocols and systems gradually. For instance, there was no concept of furniture or its arrangement in an apartment-type setting. Be that as it may, my interest was more practical (I thought) in the notion of humans with lineages who were already perceptually human, meaning they were probably adopted and raised by families unaware of their advanced nature, yet quite aware of their advanced athletic and academic performance levels.
Cameron’s presentation included the obvious influence of higher-than-human intelligence on the production of music and with specific musicians who had professed their belief in extraterrestrials and UFOs for the entire careers, not always finding public favor I might add. Nonetheless, their music was affected and so were their audiences – millions and possibly billions affected by the airplay over years and years of popularity. For the moment, let’s get back to the question of hybrids and what Dr. Jacobs has to say…
I’m familiar with Dr. Jacobs as well, but I haven’t had the opportunity for a face-to-face yet. Cameron refers to him as well and John Mack. It is my opinion that, although his work (like John Mack’s) is revolutionary, it still leaves certain questions unasked and unexplored. He remains unclear about the ‘process’ as he refers to it. It is my opinion that there is a more subtle and profoundly integrated process of universal order in play. I’ve had reports in working with folks using the Multi-Plane Awareness technique that include seeing their ‘natural’ bodies on other dimensions as various forms we currently call extraterrestrial. I’ve also found that in particular ‘soul gazing’ events (long and lingering looks into the eyes where participants ‘gaze’ into each other) various facial morphs occur, some of them into other races.
So this gives rise to the question of their specie of origin even though they are human in this physical dimension. I’m not sure that there is genetic manipulation occurring. My own experience includes an ‘abduction’ (which I would have consented to so I don’t see it as an abduction per se) in which I awoke with electrodes lining my sphincter and later was told they were part of the process of raising my vibration so that it was easier to communicate. The science fits using the perineum as a direct connect to the spine and central nervous system. Could we indeed be the condensation of consciousness that manifests in human forms due to planetary protocols? Is our evolutionary path inclusive of remembering this process of condensation of consciousness (the gradual lowering of frequency into form)?
Perspectives vary across the gamut of topics associated with Ufology. The Winter Solstice of 2012 both closed and opened a new cycle of time. I published Zendor the Contrarian on that date as well, symbolic of the cycle in the closing of a major period of my life and the new beginning of life beyond earthly constraint. As I paused to reflect this last year, Ufology seemed to have taken over nearly every aspect of my life at last.
As a young boy of 8 I was profoundly affected by early experiences with what I later found was probably a space ship. I had recurring ‘dreams’ of watching myself get out of bed, climbing out my bedroom window, walking across our neighbors back yard to a fence surrounding a pasture. I’d climb the fence and walk out in to the center of the pasture, only to rise up into an orange cigar-shaped cloud. I’d watch with awe until my body would enter the cloud, then I’d all of a sudden be back in bed in the morning. Sometimes I’d wake up with nose bleeds.
I’d wake up feeling like I had been learning something that was really neat, but I wasn’t sure exactly what. Talking to my parents about it simply wasn’t part of my experience then. I had already developed an ongoing conversation with an intelligence beyond mine, but it felt more like a wise friend. It wasn’t always there, but when I had deep questions it seemed to be available immediately. Now, as a youth with this being my ‘normal’ experience I thought everyone had this companion. Little did I know that I was a bit different. It wasn’t something that came up in conversation, so it was years before I even questioned what it was.
Nearly fifty years later now, I’ve had a chance to review a number of patterns in my life, distill information and come up with a what seems to be sense made common. The last few years on social media platforms and interacting with folks who are less intimidated by cyberspace than face-to-face conversations. Traditionally, conversations about other worlds tended to yield little engagement, let alone bringing up the possibility of ongoing interaction with what were apparently extraterrestrial intelligences, from a different realm at least. They were certainly non-physical and far more advanced than human, at least at the levels I’d found.
Things really changed around the time of the Harmonic Convergence, an event first introduced by Jose Arguelles that was associated with the Mayan Calendar and an event in the cosmos that aligned certain celestial bodies and created a kind of doorway to consciousness beyond planetary. Astrologically it was consistent with the segue between the Piscean and Aquarian ages. The specific time was August 16-17, 1987. My family and I were camping at Dairy Springs Campground next to Mormon Lake. I’d been led there by the companion I mentioned earlier after cruising Sedona looking for a spot. We pulled in just at dark and a space opened up for us while we were driving through it. It was full otherwise.
During that night I opened my eyes upon hearing my companion’s voice. I looked up into the sky to see a formation of points of light that if you were to put a skin over it, there was a buddha-looking figure revealed. As soon as I made that observation I heard many voices as one ask if they could channel energy through my body and into the planet and in return they would answer and questions I had. Well, I didn’t have to think twice. The rest of the night and until dawn I was engaged in the most profound conversation one could imagine and then some. The gist of which, applied to what I can speak about, was the need for awareness of healing the wounds between people and planet.
The story was that in this time during this transition from the old time to the new time, as explained by the voice, humanity was being invited to recognize their heritage and specifically their connection to the cosmos, their celestial neighbors so to speak. There was, in a sense, a family meeting taking place that they hoped would be a beneficial conversation over time. There was concern that people would get lost in the phenomena and not listen with their hearts. You see, there is a difference between listening with head and heart. One is distracted easily with inquiry and phenomena of the outer world and is not capable of hearing the conversations in the more subtle regions of consciousness, which are most important.
So twenty five years later we reach the apex of the transition, the Winter Solstice of 2012. Many things were anticipated or presumed would happen, including the ludicrous notion that the world was going to end. In fact, though, the rising of consciousness due to the cosmological and extraterrestrial influence reached critical mass, but nothing in the outer world reflected it yet. It wasn’t supposed to, according to that conversation some years prior. The next 25 years yield the implementation of the awareness garnered from the waxing of consciousness, on the ground it means that people would begin to demonstrate an understanding of harmony among people and planet.
Harmony among people and planet? What does that really mean? Essentially, folks are engaging another level of consciousness, something very subtle yet obviously familiar with a sense of natural order. People, places and things begin to work together in support of human and planetary needs. The transition from industrial and technological advances to environmental and social concerns was barely noticeable at first, starting even before the Harmonic Convergence, but the focus on environmental and humanitarian needs has risen to the point of organizations entirely devoted to providing aid and/or education to afflicted areas of both populations and planetary circumstances.
So here we are beginning the second cycle in the New Time. This last year has brought several new developments to the field of Ufology specifically. The most important from a public perspective was the Citizen Hearings, headed up by the Paradigm Research Group, was a mock congressional inquiry into the need for Disclosure of the reality of UFOs and extraterrestrial engagement by the US government specifically. Credible witnesses came forth for testimony, revealing that a coverup was no longer possible and that information needed to be shared. On another note, the efforts of the Disclosure Movement produced an organizational effort to establish contact groups around the world – ET Let’s Talk was born in October of 2012 and now has thousands of participants around the world.
The path before us is still sketchy at best, with organizational upheavals currently occurring with the Mutual UFO Network, a volunteer organization established in 1969. MUFON’s mission is the scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of Humanity. Research and study tend to keep us distant from the experience as many have found. The methods of communication span crop circles on the ground to telepathy in groups, but the real work is in synthesizing the information and applying it in our world with ‘their’ help. It’s been widely noted that the folks in the know are aware there is no threat from above. The folks attempting to be heard know that there is help from above and ways to apply it down here to restore order – man-made, natural and synthetic.
As one might surmise, there are new ways of doing business in this New Time. Social charity is one of the most obvious and yet subtle influences arising from this shift in consciousness. One of the groups emerging as a leader is Globcal, an international cooperative whose introductory effort is to build a school for an indigenous village in the Amazon that will also serve as an eco-tourism training center. Their efforts are focusing on maintaining the ecosystem in an area of rainforest the size of Finland.
ETs have long tried to get us to recognize the connection between our Mother and our lives; celestial bodies and their inhabitants are symbiotic, but the corporatocracy has effectively garnered the attention of would be consumers instead and disrupted the awareness for a time and season. So many years ago the affects of sending energy through my body and into the planet has caused an often painful awareness of how we are treating each other and our world. We allow our fears to overtake us and become cursory participants in our lives. If there is one thing I’ve learned from my decades of contact, it is to be unafraid of them.
August, 2002 Crop Circle… The binary disc decoded: “Beware of the bearer’s of gifts and the broken promises. Much pain but still time. Believe there is good out there. We oppose the deceivers. The conduit is closing.”
“In lak’ech,” as the Mayans say, “I am another you.” The message is finally getting through. Still… painfully slow.
Upon researching Alex Tsakaris and Skeptiko, the professionalism of his material and writing is too good to attempt to repackage here. So, in lieu of a rewrite, we’ll proceed with content from Skeptiko’s website and hope Alex doesn’t mind.
The name Skeptiko comes from the ancient Greek philosophy of Skeptikos, and refers to the teachings and the traits of a school of philosophers of whom it was said “asserted nothing but only opined”.
Our Agenda Follow the data… wherever it leads. Explore the possibility that the dominant scientific paradigm (i.e. Materialism) might be at a tipping point. Engage the top thinkers in pointed discussions about the questions that matter most. Treat all guests with respect.
Host Bio: Alex Tsakiris
Alex, host of Skeptiko, is a successful entrepreneur turned science podcaster. In 2007 he founded Skeptiko which has become the #1 podcast covering the science of human consciousness. Alex has appeared on syndicated radio talk shows both in the US and the UK and is well-know within the parapsychology and near-death experience research communities.
Examples of Engagement (from Skeptiko’s Community files)
In a recent podcast episode of Skeptiko, Dr David Jacobs is quoted as saying:
“This is not consciousness-raising; this is like consciousness denying. This is consciousness-lowering in a sense. So I don’t have any stake in this. It would be wonderful if it is. I think that John Mack was just dead wrong in his analysis of this. In fact, he tried and tried and tried to ram the abduction phenomenon into his preconceived ideas about consciousness and never could. Most people don’t realize that he gave up. He said, “That’s it. I don’t want to do it anymore,” because it could never conform to his ideas. Two years before he died he stopped doing abduction research altogether, closed up his peer group at Harvard, and told Budd Hopkins that maybe he’d been a little too gullible in this situation of abductions. He could never fit it into what he wanted it to be.”
– – – Reply from Will Bueche of JEMI: – – –
Jacobs has made these statements about Dr. John Mack before, notably in a documentary film by David Cherniak, and he remains wrong.
Jacobs’ narrow view of the phenomenon is a holdover from early research which failed to accept that the alien encounter phenomenon involves different levels of reality and is deeply affecting in both positive and negative ways to those who experience it. This difference between Mack and Jacobs is of course widely known, and need not be debated here; Mack wrote expansively of what he learned from experiencers in Passport to the Cosmos, his second book on the subject.
But in particular to your inquiry, Jacobs’ repeated claim that Dr. Mack gave up his interest in alien encounters is simply false. Jacobs made that same claim earlier in the Cherniak documentary.
In fact, Dr. Mack had wrapped up the research branch of his organization (PEER – the Program for Extraordinary Experience Research) a few years before his death, and this was reported in a press release from PEER to MUFON (I wrote that press release myself), but he continued to speak and write on the subject as well as to consult with the experiencers who saw him long-term until his death in 2004.
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