Tragedy Turned Triumph – Perseverance in the Perturbations

Uncommon Experience Sets the Stage

Why are people so out of touch with common sense, ethics, morals? I seem to be a fly in the ointment kind of guy, stirring up questions on the fly. I have no real allegiance to anything other than progress toward cohesion and harmony among people and planet. Where do we get guidance to make sure we’re doing the right things right? It’s like a free-for-all for some, getting caught up in the nonsense.

We relate to the world through our experiences and sharing them, the tragedy to triumph processes, often gives others encouragement to stay the course. My hopes are to increase the joy of journey, lead with vision and share great stories that inspire others to find their prudent path toward harmony among people and planet. Occasionally, it’s even effective.

A wonderful group of people gathered around the concept of conversations with others, peering into the depths of what keeps us afraid, angry, ignorant and immobile in times of fear and stress. The television show that evolved included interviews with nearly 200 people and revealed very similar patterns in overcoming their fears, moving toward achieving their dreams both personally and professionally. The closing included practical advice for everyday living.

Since becoming aware of the extreme empathy I had at times as a kid, the process always seemed to resolve in the ability to withdraw the emotional feelers; to observe and sense what was happening. That sense went from cursory to deeply psychological over time. A common thread for seekers today is an experience of tragedy turned triumph, which gets them looking deeper into the meaning of their lives.

Emotional feelers are those etheric tendrils, if you will, that extend from our perceptual center sampling our environment constantly. What or where is our perceptual center? Indigenous philosophy says it’s in the gut, where all vibration in our surroundings is accessible. Others say it’s the heart and others think it is the head or brain. Regardless of what or where, we get the impressions and, without filters, become nearly incapacitated with the sensations. That’s a scary thing for an adult to go through, let alone a kid who can’t articulate what is happening.

Man, I can totally relate to the rejection and ridicule scenarios when sharing deeply personal accounts of experiences. I certainly have had my share and can empathize with others for sure. It seems we all spend a time or season engaged in the mayhem, unable to extricate our mind from obsessing on the fear of uncontrolled sensations. It makes us do crazy things. I learned to present things with a bit of humor, even when the topic is a very sensitive subject. I’ll share a short video that illustrates the point.

Clinical Perturbations and Performance Enhancers

As a teen I spent some time in psych ward, probably a good thing my parents felt was necessary. Trying to explain experiences with any kind of sense to those with no frame of reference was nearly impossible. I resigned to doing some time and figuring out what I needed to do to be free again. My parents at least knew I was safe, though the shrink didn’t seem to have and experiential depth from a spiritual perspective.

First thing I learned was I wasn’t the only one wanting to be heard. Others were having similar bouts with the unseen and trying to understand them. Sometimes one has to be ‘in’ to be ‘sane.’ What took me the longest was learning to tell the doc what he wanted to hear. My story got me labeled. It didn’t matter what I felt my truth was at the time. It might be that way for others in family and friends situations, too. Has your tragedy turned to triumph? I hope so.

That short stay was back in the Thorazine days where people become lumps in the corner from the side-effects of prescribed meds to keep people docile. It didn’t for me fortunately, an anomaly to the staff, playing a lot of ping-pong instead. Yet upon my return to society I felt extreme anxiety to the point where my body would tremble uncontrollably. It was embarrassing to say the least. It took me a few years, but I got to where the anxiety went away and I was able to stand up in front of people and feel more at ease.

Challenges of Family and Relationships

Over the next decade I tested my mettle as a husband, employee, father and priesthood holder, only to find those paths didn’t work, either. In spite of my commitments, others didn’t see things the same way and lost integrity. They say the three greatest fears are death, divorce and public speaking. I experienced all through and survived spinning it into a live metaphor for transformation presentation a few years after our divorce and corporate expulsion.

I wanted to offer something back to the community that was poignant, practical and purposeful. The idea popped into my head driving through Phoenix one day, clear as a bell, and pushed me back in front of people to continue my personal growth. The message was good, too, yet the whole experience was more about learning how to let go and flow in front of a group, using a few prompts to keep me going in the right direction.

Louis Russo (RIP) was a great influence on a number of folks in Phoenix. His Mystic Moments events, which began in his home and expanded into an old church renovated for an artist community, always had something of value to offer in learning experiences. He was a gifted medium and psychic who also ran a comedy troupe, the Oxymorons. They delivered esoteric information via comedy skits that were well-crafted interactions of comedic proportions.

Ufological Perturbations in Paradigms

Ufological? Is there a logic involved? In my own path, humor has been a constant companion, if only in my own head. Sometimes I have unexpected help (Apollo’s off camera voice) and I enjoy the flow. Many shut down when a sensitive subject is being addressed and side-comments ensue. The video below is an intro to a panel discussion that included Len Kasten, Cynthia Crawford, John Sackett and another (off camera). It was a great panel with about 100 people at Vision Quest in Scottsdale, AZ. Len, Cynthia (RIP) and John (RIP) are/were good friends.

You can tell I enjoyed it and them. We had/have great relationships. John must’ve known he was on his way out and gifted me a green sport coat that I’d expressed I liked. I was humbled by it for sure. I’ve given people things, too, warmed by the reception and value they offered. I know Cynthia was the same way, offering solace to others. Sometimes she’d call me for help, too.

I’m not bashful in talking about sensitive subjects and loosening up the audience. I’m a professional facilitator by trade (one of my hats) and my work entails getting people, places and things aligned to work together in exceptional capacity. The environment is the construction industry and projects include building, road, bridge, national park and waterways that are in the multi-million dollar range, the largest being nearly half a billion. People need to be a little loose when issues are in process of resolution, able to make light of miscommunication and move on.

The Flip Side

Here’s an example of bad behavior, though. The off-camera participant later caused a scene during an out of state event over dinner and then with the promoters. I was sharing Cynthia Crawford’s vendor space and this person decided to come chat for a while, I thought to get to know me better and I her. It seemed like a normal conversation. Dinner time came and mutual friends invited us, but she needed a ride to the restaurant. I offered and we went.

After ordering dinner a conversation ensued about indigenous wisdom and she made a statement about white people not respecting it. I voiced my opinion that everyone I knew did and that I thought she was incorrect. That response turned ugly; immediate emotional outbursts of being a victim and me not liking her, etc. In public, throwing a temper tantrum, wanting to leave immediately and expecting me to take her, then stomping off to another table by herself to call for a ride. It felt like a set up.

Her actions were absolutely shocking, making me wonder if there was other issues afoot, perhaps the result of her relationship with some Chief that developed a cult of followers. The folks that were with me were just as perplexed and admitted I had done nothing to provoke the tantrum. When it came down to the truth and sharing, they didn’t want to offend their friend by calling them out in the moment. Nor would they speak with the promoters once I discovered the problem. People accept this kind of behavior. Why?

I suspected the disturbance wouldn’t end there and it took months to confirm it. I found out she made some slanderous remarks to one of event promoters that got me pulled from their lineup for the next event. They didn’t bother to inform me, either. We had already agreed that I would be a presenter. It wasn’t until I received their flyer months later, that I found out. I called them and found out none of what she told them was true, though without doing any fact checking they didn’t want someone like me involved. People… From what I hear, this happens too often. I’m just relating a personal experience of it. Things need to change. What is acceptable?

I got over it, but still… completely false statements and underhanded behavior that is indicative of the Ufology field, unfortunately. The promoters didn’t know any better either, naive of the ill-intended interaction. As we mature we gain discernment and wisdom. It still happens, though, and people aren’t discerning enough to be able to tell the difference. That is another form of rejection, by supposed peers, that can be even more depressing when folks are trying to show up with honesty and integrity and get punished. Why bother to keep showing up? Folks don’t seem to be interested.

What does it take to be honest and have integrity and to develop community standards that support working together toward common goals? Isn’t that a far better intention?

Not too long ago someone announced that 29 people were killed by androids in Japan and people ate it up, with absolutely no proof. The news spread like wildfire, only to serve the journalist who ‘broke’ the story. Even Snopes got involved to expose it as a hoax. Then there is the secret space program and the race for breaking information that, in reality, has been around for decades among the basement tapes of Ufology.

Now we’ve got an argument over who released what and who said what in the supposed ‘greatest story in the history of Ufology’ that just seems to be another rendition of pointing fingers, obfuscating the truth and distracting the public from the real questions that need to be asked. Chest beating and word slinging, even at each other, seem far superior than actually having an intelligent conversation. We seem to love the drama. Who really cares?

It’s really surprising how folks who had nothing to do with Ufology a decade ago are now proclaiming to have all the information and the ‘big news’ is about to come out. Do they think the public is that naive? Do they not recognize those who’ve gone before them and dedicated their lives to the work? Do they not realize how transparent the battle for publicity is? Most of what the current flag wavers are presenting is not new news, period.

Overcoming the Odds

Many people, even those within Ufology, are depressed because of the current state of affairs and behaviors I mentioned above. Some are threatened by free-thinking and acting individuals who’ve been through the gamut, overcome fears and learned about the need for fearlessness in living, whether it be contact experiences or daily reality. The main theme of current conferences is a combination of sensationalism and tall stories with absolutely no proof that seem to captivate audiences. When are we going to start calling them on their shenanigans and demand better?

Time truly is on our side and this is all part of a process toward advancing a planetary civilization on many levels. We all grow at various speeds and timing. I’m encouraged by what I see happening recently, like the burden of proof statement Michio Kaku made at the recent World UFO Congress in Barcelona, Spain, being a breath of fresh air for the community. Then there is Alienstock and the thousands of folks that showed up, to do what?

Two things are striking – Timing of Climate Change march; the synchrony. Coincidence? Woodstock began a generation of change. That event was fringe, too. Granted it had a few more people present, but this appears to be a few thousand, at least, and it was purposeful in drawing attention.

A third unconsidered… where do ALL lines meet to organize a march and/or movement? What common agenda is necessary to bridge worlds and sustain us simultaneously? What is its scope and where are the people, places and things to organize it? Do we even have trusted leaders in the field yet, and who are they?

There is an upwising in the field, it seems, and people are talking about more important topics with some actual science and math involved, a universal language we’ve forgotten to use. It reminds me of the Eternal Lightness of Being and the potential joy that awaits simply by letting go of expectations and frustrations and looking for congruence. Yes, we can learn to laugh at our previous ways of being.

It’s time we exercised some discernment, though, and question everyone and everything to the best of our ability. Some have more ability due to their backgrounds and experience. We need to call people out for inappropriate or obfuscating behavior, imho. It doesn’t have to be nasty or pejorative at all. Asking specific questions can reveal a lot about the character of another, especially when they either avoid the answer or get provoked and react harshly to the question.

It seems that cohesion in the field would emerge after a while. Do you see any signs? With the access to information, we’re no longer gullible or ignorant of what is or is not capable of human use of technology. Advances in science and technology are readily accessible on the Web, along with the theoretical or applied science aspects of technology. The integration of consciousness, perhaps the glue we’ve been looking for, stimulates an evolution in our thinking. There really aren’t that many closely held secrets, in the government or otherwise if you know how to look and ask questions.

Encouragement for the Frayless

Perhaps that will help other experiencers with more important information come forth and be heard, another aspect of tragedy turned triumph. We really need to stop the nonsense with all the secret space programs and video footage hoopla, they’ve been around for years now. There’s much more at stake here and we need to pay attention to our people and planet. Others are paying attention AND they are letting us know. Why?

What do experiencers have to say regarding a unity of purpose that gives cause to be marginalized and obfuscated by the rest of Ufology?

I had a recent discussion with Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, one of the most up-to-date thought-leaders of our time. He’s had numerous interviews with Russell Targ, John Alexander, Jacques Vallee, Vernon Neppe and a host of others with a variety of perspectives on consciousness and its potential affects on paranormal phenomena, occasionally inclusive of Ufology. Jeff’s views on the events are similar, they seem more like profit-making circuses than intentionally looking into the phenomena. You might enjoy our conversation.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Beyond the reference to an old Chicago tune, the notion of learning how to work together better was the intention of UFOlogyPRSS in its compilation and launch in 2013 at the International UFO Congress in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Although it has received accolades from many for its appearance and span of information, the idea of activists, bloggers, experiencers and the like actually participating has been largely ignored even with direct invitations. It seems folks are more interested in just posting on FB in groups and rarely engaging their audience in conversational threads. What is the reservation?

Of course UFOlogyPRSS isn’t the only resource or attempt at getting people to become involved. There are other websites where clusters of folks have come together to share information, philosophy and potential answers to the challenge of interaction with intelligence beyond human. Social Media has made it possible for people to share information across a variety of groups and pages, yet the tone of the conversations are still somewhat adversarial when it comes to doing the right things, like opening up discussions that matter for our survival.

Sid Goldberg made a comment in a conversational thread recently that I feel applies to us. He said, “In time, all things will become obvious.” Can we begin to acknowledge the obvious more openly instead of allowing the proliferation of disinformation and public distraction? Is the old adage of ‘follow the money’ appropriate still (seems to promote division) or do we need a new one like ‘follow the resonance’ to be our new credo? We’ve got to have the discernment to do so and it takes all of us to agree to move in that direction, whether icons are carrying it out or not.

Is there a particular call to action now? Perhaps it is simply to observe from a distance and let the truth bubble up in front of you. Collaboration is imminent, yet happens through those willing to do so. For now connecting with us on FB, liking page and joining the group and Twitter is a good step, perhaps even joining our newsletter or follow UfologyPress RSS feed. We’ll be able to keep you informed of hopefully relevant stuff. We won’t spam you.

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