- Written by Bill Konkolesky
- Category: Ask the panel
It is difficult to discuss the phenomena of contact and abduction because the entities often appear to pull experiencers into an alternate state of consciousness that is challenging enough to experience, let alone try to describe (and often defend) to others. We have to open our aperture to what’s possible to begin to even start to sort things out.
An oversimplification of this alternate consciousness is a mixture of surreal sensations and heightened sense of connection to the universe. How is this state achieved and why does it occur?
For starters, I believe that the natural form of at least some of the visiting beings isn’t physical as we know it. Although they can appear physical if they choose, my speculation is that their native existence is a form of pure consciousness.
While not known how old visiting civilizations are, one can likely liberally speculate on their technological advancements. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to guess that, if there’s a way to plug consciousness in and out of body, that a society that has mastered long-distance space-travel may be able to also perform other technologic wonders such as this. Not only can they do this to themselves, but to experiencers as well.
For them, when operating in a material form, the bodies they use are more like puppets. They operate within corporeal forms in the short-term if they need to physically interact with individuals or the solid environment. Afterwards, they put these bodies back into storage until needed again.
The value to this for them is that they don’t need to fly a craft here with a full crew to visit or take experiencers for those missions of purely intellectual interaction, additionally having to worry about the logistics of doing so in a stealthy manner. They come in a form of consciousness and pull experiencers into the energetic realm with them.
- Written by Gwen Farrell
- Category: Encounters
This article is an excerpt from the book
“Forbidden Questions: A Therapist Talks About Human-ET Contact”
by Gwen Farrell, CHt, RT, 2017, Trafford Publishing.
Q: How can I communicate with ETs?
This question is arising more and more frequently from scientists, researchers and investigators who are convinced of the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial beings and who want to take the next step of communicating with them. Interestingly, even some experiencers who have had contact for years are asking how they can initiate contract, rather than having to wait for ETs to come knocking on their bedroom doors at night. And yet, despite the growing interest in the subject, this may still be the most controversial of all the forbidden questions.
Why communicate with ETs?
Regardless of the many positive human-ET contact experiences that we hear about, negative contact events are also still being reported, and the human-ET contact phenomenon remains a risky business with no guaranteed safe harbor in sight. So, why would any intelligent, level-headed human being want to risk initiating contact with beings who seem capable of inflicting so much pain and unhappiness? If you asks scientists, investigators and explorers in any field why they step outside their warm, safe laboratories and libraries and venture out into the vast, mysterious unknown, they will tell you they do it to challenge themselves, to satisfy their curiosity and to expand the scope of human knowledge. Likewise, if you ask Ufologists and contact researchers why they want to meet and talk to ETs, you’ll get similar answers. Boundless curiosity and a quest for knowledge are hallmarks of humanity, regardless of the field of endeavor.
Skeptics and non-believers can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would want to waste their time trying to communicate with beings who they believe (a) don’t exist, (b) who, if they do exist, don’t possess the technology to communicate with us, and (c) who, if they do exist and do possess the technology to communicate with us, will almost certainly be interested solely in conquering or destroying us. The great scientists of our day have come out and said as much. In their view, the smart money is on keeping our mouths shut and maintaining a low profile so as not to attract the attention of the more powerful, perhaps hostile, residents of the Universe. And they’re not the only members of the human race who aren’t eager to reach out and touch ET. Many experiencers who have suffered through negative, traumatic contact with alien beings can’t comprehend why anyone would willingly open themselves up to such experiences.
- Written by Manuel Lamiroy
- Category: Announcements
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- Written by Web Master
- Category: Encounters
I am Pauli Liikala, author of the book “Viidennen Asteen Yhteyksiä” (Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind)
During 2016, I interviewed 41 Finns who had experiences with UFOs and/or humanoids. I sent each one of them a questionnaire about their encounters with UFOs and humanoids. Some of them answered via Facebook or email and some of them I interviewed in person. I arranged the answers I had received using J. Allen Hynek's scale of UFO classification. Hynek separated the encounters into two main categories, which are distant encounters and close encounters. Hynek divided the close encounters into three different subcategories which are now referred as encounters of the first, the second, and the third kind. Later, encounters of the fourth and fifth kind were included.
In my book there are forty-one stories, of which nine are of encounters of the second or third kind, twenty-one of the fourth kind, and eleven are of the fifth kind. Thirteen of those stories are told using the person's real name and twenty-eight are told through an alias. Of the people involved, twenty-nine are female and twelve are male.
I have picked the story of one of these experiences for this article, which is the story of Tanja Puhakka.
The story of Tanja Puhakka.
As a child I had frequently terrible “dreams” of being kidnapped and taken somewhere where I lay down on an operating table under a bright light and was forced to undergo the most horrible and painful experiments and operations. I tried to fight back and demanded these “doctors” to stop, but it never worked. I was completely powerless and paralyzed, and I couldn't move or anything. These beings were always humans, robed in doctor clothing. That is why I wondered and kept asking why are you doing this to me? Doctors were supposed to help people after all.
- Written by Manuel Lamiroy
- Category: In-depth
The field of ufology has completed a historical phase where UFOs have finally been accepted by all of the aeronautical agencies of the world as a real and unexplainable phenomenon. When we say UFO, it refers to something - an object - that flies, and that is unidentified. In no case, at least up to this point, can we assume it’s an extraterrestrial craft.
The "extraterrestrial craft", as a concept, arises from certain testimonies, with few reliable records, which claim a "technological appearance." This is why this type of UFO could be called a technoform UFO. It is this UFO that captures the interest of researchers, scholars and adepts in ufology. This technoform UFO transports us to a fantastic kingdom, to a subject unfortunately lampooned by authors and story tellers alike. The technoform UFO brings us to encounters with aliens, meaning, as the true meaning of the word indicates, a being-other, an 'alius', simply, an "Other."
Once we establish that UFOs are in fact spaceships with extraterrestrial origins, we can then begin to speculate. One question we can ask is, "since when did these visitations occur?" It is a question that points to history. Another question we can ask is, "where do they come from?"
All in all, the issue that most deeply concerns us is, "what does this otherness want?" For us humans, everything happens for a reason. This premise forces us to assume that this otherness has an intelligent plan. Assuming they’re self-conscious beings, we need to ask ourselves why they’re being elusive, "what is the purpose?" So far, any questions with regards to alien intention falls under the field of exopolitics, with its prefix of ‘exo-’ that indicates that it is external; from outside. Exopolitics is the art or science of government as concerned with creating or influencing policy toward extraterrestrial phenomena and extraterrestrial beings.
It happens that these exopolitics —not understood here as a social movement due to governmental disclosure— has lost sight of the fact that if there is an intention, say, observing our culture, then there is an "inter-political" implication. This is confirmed by the fact that such an implication has manifested itself in countless events related to interactions between human being and this otherness. In the form of “gods, civilizing heroes or Kulturbringern, angels and demons”, the otherness has come into contact with Humans centuries and millennia ago. It is not exopolitics but politics which brings together different forms of self-consciousness in the universe. So, let us call it Cosmopolitics.
- Written by Manuel Lamiroy
- Category: Ask the panel
Introduction (Manuel Lamiroy)
One concept that is closely related to the alien abduction phenomenon is 'missing time.' By now, most people are familiar with the stories of individuals going for a walk or driving their car, who then see a bright light or a UFO, and suddenly two hours have gone by, and they have no recollection of what happened in that time. Usually, if they want to find out what has happened, they’ll need to resort to hypnotic regression.
Most abductees that I know have experienced missing time episodes. Missing time is however not limited to the abductees themselves, but often also happens to the people who are with the abductees at the time of an encounter. Often, they are not abducted themselves, but they are 'switched off.' It seems like they’re 'frozen in time' for the entire duration of the abduction. Oddly enough, as the story by Bill Konkolesky below illustrates, it really seems like nothing happens during that time, and that time just 'stood still' for them. It’s like somebody pressed a 'Pause' button on their experience of time, while time just continued normally for the rest of the world.
The amount of time that is not accounted for can vary greatly from case to case. In the majority of the cases the missing time period lasts between one and a half to three hours. But there are cases where only some minutes seem to have passed by. And in Passport to the Cosmos John Mack mentioned a case of student who had a whole week in Italy that was not accounted for, and that she had no recollection whatsoever of.
- Written by Nevenka Likar
- Category: Ask the panel
Apart from those who live in the generally agreed-upon consensus reality, most other people who have reached a slightly higher-level consciousness accept the existence of two worlds, beside the everyday one also the existence of mostly hidden, alien territories which they got a glimpse of through some extraordinary experience that shook up their previous beliefs. Now these subtle, ununderstood occurrences follow them like a shadow that they try to invite into their lives if seen as positive, or push away if the contrary is the case, preferring to be immerged into the so-called objective reality and the usual well-known lover-level, mostly emotional responses to it.
Luckily, we now have the increasingly spreading quantum concept of all possibility and nothing-is-strange-anymore premise. Whether what is going on is possible or not is no more a heavy question pursuing us in our solitude into which we retreat for not being able to share it with the others. Whether it is anxiety-provoking or uplifting, whether we feel privileged or victimized, it is always something huge and undeniable, a presence on the frontiers of the obvious, on the outskirts of the normal, but seemingly not concerning many people that we share our daily light with.
Being aware of how much there is out there that I don't understand makes me feel somewhat melancholy. There is so much of it that I cannot have the upper hand over, in contrast to our civilization's must number one, which is to control, keep everything in sight, explainable, answerable, solvable.
I am glad that in recent years we have come across so much information, theoretical and experiential, of what else reality might be. It is multilayer, flexible, moving, and changing. We are part of its fabric without totally realizing it, with our normal awareness only observing it from the outside, with little conscious access to its deeper, more interconnected layers where we would see the oneness of it all, and will be seen as what we really are, its consistent parts and co-creators.
- Written by Rebecca Hardcastle Wright
- Category: In-depth
By Rebecca Hardcastle Wright, PhD
During the so-called winter of 2005 in Scottsdale, Arizona, I taught one of the first ufology college courses in the nation. Naively, I assumed that my class would be filled with students curious about the history of UFOs, as the announced curriculum was a general history of ufology, beginning in 1887. Yet, by the end of the first class, I realized that instead of the historically curious, my class was filled with ET Experiencers, eager to discuss how UFOs and ET contact changed their view of reality.
Teaching ufology to students who were eager to integrate anomalous experiences into their view of reality, provided a further impetus to define and clarify Exoconsciousness, a concept birthed out of my own extensive ET Experiences.
The experiential reality of Exoconsciousness posits that all humans have the innate ability to connect and communicate with Extraterrestrials. This ability is sourced in the Extraterrestrial origins, shared multidimensions and abilities of human consciousness. In other words, we humans have a natural ability to form a world-view that integrates Extraterrestrial experiences. And in doing so, we become mature, integrated Exoconscious Humans.
This article examines and expands the concept of an Exoconscious Human Reality via 1) Philosophy and Quantum Science, 2) A contrast and comparison of Exoconscious Reality with Virtual Reality (VR) Technology, Military Mind Control Programs and 3) Mature, Multidimensional Extraterrestrial Experiencers as the Source of Exoconsciousness, and ultimately, ufology.
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