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Heavenly views: Sedona, Arizona, joins ‘Dark Sky’ towns

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Sedona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Steve Hammons  (originally posted 8/15/14 at Joint Recon Study Group)

(This article was featured 8/17/14 in “Knapp’s News” on the Coast to Coast AM radio show website. “Coast” has the largest late-night radio audience in the US. Award-winning investigative journalist George Knapp of KLAS-TV News in Las Vegas is a popular “C2C” host.)

Sedona, Arizona, just got more beautiful, if that is possible. Sedona is home to the world-famous “red-rock country” of magnificent stone formations and welcoming red earth located in the high-desert of central Arizona.

On Monday, Aug. 4, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) notified the city of Sedona and Keep Sedona Beautiful that Sedona had earned the rare designation as an International Dark Sky Community. There are only six communities in the U.S. who have achieved this designation.

Now, residents and visitors can enjoy the fantastic red-rock beauty during the day and appreciate to a greater degree the nighttime views of the stars and planets, and behold other sights as well.

According to an Aug. 6 news report in the Phoenix-based Arizona Republic newspaper, IDA representative John Barentine said the criteria for earning the Dark Sky Community status are challenging but do-able for many communities.

“We keep the bar set pretty high. That’s the reason there aren’t thousands of them,” Barentine was quoted as saying.

But communities can start looking at the issue of nighttime light pollution and start making changes, he told the Republic. “We think that the solutions are simple, and that first people just have know that there’s a problem to address,” Barentine said. He added that improving the view of the night skies can be achieved by communities of many sizes.

Sedona Arizona

Sedona Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING

The Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in Flagstaff, Arizona, noted in an Aug. 7 article that the eight communities worldwide who have achieved the IDA’s Dark Sky Community rating are Flagstaff, Borrego Springs, Calif.; Homer Glenn, Ill.; Beverly Shores, Ind.; Dripping Springs, Texas; Isle of Coll in Scotland; and Isle of Sark in the Channel Islands, UK, and now, Sedona.

The IDA website points out that, “Once a source of wonder – and one half of the entire planet’s natural environment – the star-filled nights of just a few years ago are vanishing in a yellow haze.”

“Human-produced light pollution not only mars our view of the stars; poor lighting threatens astronomy, disrupts ecosystems, affects human circadian rhythms, and wastes energy to the tune of $2.2 billion per year in the US alone,” the IDA claims.

The Daily Sun article also noted that Flagstaff will be the site of the Dark Skies and Emerging Technology Conference Aug. 18-20. The event “will bring together Southwest dark-sky advocates, municipal and business officials, the outdoor lighting industry and public land managers,” the Daily Sun reported.

“The goals include identifying new lighting technology and evaluating its cost and safety, along with developing a framework for collective dark skies protection across the Southwest,” the article explained.

Night lighting in communities, towns and cities can be used wisely or unwisely, according to the IDA. Their website points out that, “We promote one simple idea: light what you need, when you need it. We know some light at night is necessary for safety and recreation.”

“We work with manufacturers, planners, legislators, and citizens to provide energy-efficient options that direct the light where you want it to go, not uselessly up into the sky.”

“IDA is the recognized authority on light pollution,” according to their website. “Founded in 1988, IDA is the first organization to call attention to the hazards of light pollution, and in 24 years of operation our accomplishments have been tremendous.”

“Our approach of public awareness and extensive partnerships is improving nighttime lighting on six continents. IDA acts on numerous issues to create a platform as expansive as the sky itself.”

Sedona’s recent accomplishment in being designated an International Dark Sky Community may have benefits beyond those noted by Sedona community leaders, the IDA and those working to reduce light pollution in the US and worldwide.

Cairns in Sedona, Arizona, USA, where New Ager...

Cairns in Sedona, Arizona, USA, where some say they mark vortices (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MYSTERIOUS CONNECTIONS

The moon, stars, planets, meteors, comets and amazing views of our Milky Way galaxy may not be the only fascinating things in Sedona’s night skies. The area has long been known for interesting and unusual energy phenomena emanating from the red earth and red rock as well as unidentified lights and objects in the region’s skies.

And there could be a connection.

Research has indicated that the Sedona area rests on unique geological formations that include high levels of iron oxide in the region’s sandstone and limestone, combined with volcanic basalt embedded with high quantities of quartz. This combination is believed to affect Earth’s natural magnetic energy in the Sedona region. Quartz crystals themselves emit magnetic forces as well.

Additionally, ancient volcanic activity in the Sedona region has created tunnel-like “plugs,” now filled with a different mineral composition, which “tend to produce intense, somewhat ‘circular’ magnetic anomalies,” according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

In Sedona, “Geologic structures often produce small magnetic fields that ‘distort’ the main magnetic field of the Earth,” according to the USGS.

These geological and magnetic conditions are believed by some people to be the source of the so-called energy “vortexes” in Sedona. Visitors from around the US and around the world come to Sedona to explore and experience these alleged unusual forces which are believed by some to affect human consciousness.

The vortexes may be the outflow and inflow of Earth’s natural magnetic energy, changed by the iron oxide and quartz in the region, then emerging through the volcanic plugs and returning to the ground nearby. That’s the view of some researchers like electrical engineer Benjamin Lonetree. He has examined Sedona’s geology and its apparent effect on human consciousness.

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A picture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona near sunset. The chapel appears to rise out of the rock formations characteristic of the area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Could the factors affecting Sedona’s magnetic fields also have traits similar to a natural transistor, transmitter or receiver? Lonetree speculates that this is possible.

If that is the case, other unusual or anomalous sightings in Sedona’s skies could be connected in some way.

One thing seems certain – Sedona residents and visitors looking up into the night sky will have an excellent view of whatever is above, from the glorious cosmos to interesting anomalous lights and objects that we are learning more about.

What better place for such a connection than planet Earth’s newest International Dark Sky Community?

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.


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Largest UFO conference in US wraps up in Phoenix

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By Steve Hammons

Originally posted at Joint Recon Study Group 2/19/14

It’s not just about unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and the beings reportedly aboard some of them. It’s bigger, wider, deeper.

That is one of the insights gained by many of the people who attended the five-day 23rd annual International UFO Congress conference near Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, Arizona, Feb. 12-16.

From national security considerations to spiritual perspectives, from the far reaches of the Universe to our struggling planet Earth here and now, speakers and attendees explored dozens of key aspects of, and possible connections to the UFO phenomena.

Hundreds of people from around the country and other countries attended the fascinating presentations by speakers, panel discussions, evening gatherings and other activities. Visitors also enjoyed perfect weather – sunny days with highs in the mid-80s and mostly clear nights for sky watching (night-vision equipment was also available).

Approximately 1,000 people attended each day with a total of about 2,500 probably attending, according to local news reports. Many other people around the U.S. and around the world learned about the conference on the International UFO Congress website.

The conference organizers, Open Minds Production of Tempe, Arizona, recruited speakers who covered a variety of topics ranging from mainstream scientific views to very forward-leaning perspectives about what could be going on.

MORE THAN FLYING OBJECTS

The many unknowns and mysteries associated with the UFO situation create wonderful opportunities for professional, paraprofessional and amateur researchers to try to learn more and gain more understanding. This appeared to be happening at the International UFO Congress in significant ways. The sharing of experiences, information and perspectives provided plenty of food for thought.

While some talks at the conference embraced some very mind-expanding concepts, other speakers tackled the nuts and bolts of the recent history of UFOs in somewhat more conventional historical terms.

Conference attendees were told that, yes, a very special craft of some kind crashed near Roswell in July 1947 and was promptly flown to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in southwestern Ohio for examination by top engineers, scientists and defense officials.

In the 1950s and ‘60s sightings of a variety of types of UFOs continued to be seen in the U.S. and internationally. As a result, semi-open public investigation programs such as Project BLUE BOOK were put in place. Behind the scenes other research and response activities also reportedly were implemented.

The situation has continued to develop to the present day. How has it developed? That seems to be the complex question at hand.

The UFO phenomena provided an overarching fabric of the International UFO Congress, yet that topic also served as a way to approach possible other new discoveries that could be related in certain ways.

Several speakers examined unusual, anomalous phenomena that do not always appear to be directly connected to the many kinds of UFOs that have been reported. Yet, there are indications of various types of connections, according to some views.

For example, physicists and others speculate that there could be hidden dimensions in our Universe. And there might be points of connection and interaction between our “normal” world and other worlds. Portals, doors, wormholes, star gates and pathways may exist.

If so, where are they? What do they do and how do they work? Where do they go? Who uses them, and why?

Some conference speakers noted that our planet and human societies are in trouble. There are a significant number of serious challenges and problems of many kinds facing the human race and this planet we are living on. Of course, the human race itself is a huge part of the problem, certain presenters noted.

One view is that there may be intelligent beings – of several kinds – who might be able to assist us. According to some of the speakers, this help may be available and has been in the pipeline and in the form of discreet and mysterious interventions currently underway.

TOWARD A BREAKTHROUGH

Can new discoveries and insights help us? And are there serious dangers that we should also be aware of and prepared for? What roles do the media play? If kind and friendly beings are nearby and can provide help, why is so much suffering and destruction continuing on Earth?

These are some of the questions considered by speakers and attendees at the conference.

However, if we look around our world in new ways, look to Nature and Mother Earth, look to the skies and into ourselves, there are solid clues and indications worth paying attention to, according to several of the speakers.

These clues may involve a variety of phenomena from discoveries in physics to crop circles, from the theorized dimension of Heaven to healing miracles here on Earth. And from odd coincidences to meaningful signs and messages in our daily lives. There are also other existing and emerging phenomena that are fascinating and maybe hopeful, the conference audience was told.

Some speakers counseled attendees to keep their eyes open for these realities. They may show themselves through Nature, through our relationships and through the human heart.

Fundamental to the discussion at the conference was the issue of how our human consciousness can try to accurately understand what might be going on in these areas. How can we determine what is true and what might be the best paths to follow to make more progress?

More questions … a few answers … and then more mysteries.

But by asking these questions and looking honestly into the many puzzle pieces involved in the UFO phenomena, those at the International UFO Congress, and all of us, might someday make further discoveries and a significant breakthrough.

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.


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Review – Reality UFO Series Volume 1: The Evidence is Here (DVD)

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Dr. Roger Leir passsed away on March 14, so I thought it would be a good time to reblog this DVD review, posted back in 2009—MC

Reality UFO Series Volume 1: The Evidence is Here explores the possibility of alien life, expanded reality and directed human evolution.

The DVD features several speakers at the 2003 International Scientific & Metaphysical Symposium and an interview with a US reporter on the controversial Billy Meier case.

Part 1 looks at Dr. Roger K. Leir and his original theories about alien implants, genetic manipulation and accelerated human development. A down-to-earth medical man, Dr. Leir presents evidence from his alleged alien implant extraction procedure along with several decades of statistics on the changing rates of child development. But as a scientist he admits that he doesn’t have all the answers—only theories leading to more questions.

Part 2 introduces Travis Walton. Walton tells of his encounter with an alien spacecraft while working as a logger in 1975. Saying he was forcibly taken aboard the spacecraft, he carefully describes what he saw, right down to the unusual instrumentation panels and strange, morphing star charts. Travis wraps up his account by saying that he was rudely ejected from the craft, left lying face-down beside the highway and, utterly exhausted, having to struggls to the nearest town.

Part 3 features an interview with Michael Horn who gives an engaging account of the Billy Meier case. Horn summarizes Meier’s life and ideas and discusses the nature of knowledge and religious belief. Those interested in Meier, his prophecies, dire warnings and advocacy of a global “course correction” toward a peaceful New World Order will probably like this segment.

Part 4 includes Kathleen Anderson’s presentation on UFOs, the ancient Sumerians, theories about multidimensional reality and the relativity of space and time. Anderson’s relentless questioning, considerable research skills and cutting edge illustrations should compel even the most hardened skeptics, scholars and pragmatists to stop and rethink their beliefs about life and the world around us.

In short, The Evidence is Here is all about recent ET and UFO theories as seen through the split lens of science and spirit. Believers wanting to understand what goes on behind the scenes of the ET/UFO scene should love this DVD.

—MC


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Alien Abductions: Reality or Dreams?

Copyright © Anita Welsh 2013. All rights reserved.

If one had asked me 20 years ago if “we are alone”, my answer would have been definitely “yes.” Today, I am not sure. My research into the phenomena known as alien abductions began 13 years ago, in my home on a farm in Rockwood, between Guelph and Acton Ontario. At that time, my husband, myself and daughter (with her young son of 2 years old) all worked for the Ontario Government. Our ritual was to get up each morning before 6 a.m. and leave for work in downtown Toronto, dropping the infant off at the babysitters. This particular morning, we all slept in until 10 a.m.

Our first instinct on waking so late, as if we all had hangovers,’ was of a power cut causing the alarms to not go off. But what most caught our attention was a two-year-old telling us that he had met “God” during the night. His description of “God,” and of being taken up through his bedroom window in a blue light to a space ship, certainly woke us quickly. Of course, our natural instinct was to put it down to a dream. I remember asking my daughter what on Earth he’d been watching on television. Remarkably, the two-year-old turned to me and said “they said you would not believe me Nanna.” Not wishing to call the child a liar, I instinctively said “of course I believe you.” His next words sent a chill down my spine. “They told me to tell you to find the book that grandpa Lennie gave you in England, and read the last two lines on page..” (I cannot remember the page number now). I had to think what book he was talking about; then I remembered that on my last visit a few months earlier to England, my father had given me a book to read on the plane back to Canada. Because it dealt with a form of spiritualism, which I could not understand, I didn’t bother to read it. On my return, it had been thrown in the junk drawer. My daughter and I turned the house upside-down searching for this book. On turning to the page indicated by my grandson, I read out loud the two lines he told me to read “there are more things in heaven and earth than what any of us understand”..

What is so extraordinary about this, is that my two-year-old grandson, who could not possibly read, or have known about this book, was able to tell me about two unusual lines contained in it.. This started me wondering about what he was telling us, and if it could have some truth to it. He also told us, quite in detail, about the ‘children on the space ship’ who were children but not really children–in fact adults; also, about animals in cages that had been taken from other planets, which were nothing like animals on earth. He then told us about a lady and another little boy who looked after him while he was on board this ship. His description of “God” was as one would want to think of him, yet he described the children as having large heads and big eyes. It was not until later that I discovered, through researching aliens, that there have been various descriptions as to what aliens look like. In one description, they were depicted as tall, with golden hair and beautiful. Could these aliens have been the ones that my grandson had met?

The years went by, and we would tease my grandson..”if the aliens come again, wake us up this time and take us with you”…but my grandson always remarked that they had said they would come back for him when he was older – which was very chilling to hear, so we stopped asking.

One morning, I woke feeling groggy and told my husband that I wasn’t going to work that day (my daughter had moved out with her son to a distant town). For some reason, I went back into a deep sleep, only to wake up very suddenly during the morning. I got out of bed, went into the living room, and turned on the television. It was a show called “Bob McLean and Friends.” He was interviewing a lady called Betty Stewart, who claimed to have been abducted on quite a few occasions. As I listened to her, I knew immediately, how I do not know, that this was the woman whom my grandson had said looked after him on the spaceship. Without hesitation, I contacted the television station and was immediately given the producer, who happened to be Bob McLean’s wife. She arranged for me to speak with Betty. During the conversation with Mrs. McLean, however, I discovered that this show, which normally went out live, was a recording which had been put on at the last minute, due to technical problems.

Betty Stewart phoned me back. We discussed my grandson, and I was amazed how she described him in detail, and knew immediately what I was talking about. She also told me about the other little boy with him. While on the phone, I heard my front door open, and to my utter surprise, my daughter and grandson were standing there. They were just as shocked to see me, as I normally would have been at work. For some reason, my daughter had decided to make a surprise visit. Betty asked me to ask my grandson if he had been fed on the spaceship. I thought it a strange request, but found the reply even stranger. My grandson said they had given him a milk-like substance to drink; but it wasn’t milk. Betty confirmed this. She then asked me to ask if the aliens had eaten with him. My grandson became annoyed, “no grandma they do not eat like us, they absorbed the food through their skin…” Betty also confirmed this. The conversation lasted quite some time, and questions were thrown back and forward. Betty then told me that her abductions had been profiled on the CBC television show “Man Alive” and that she would send the video tape to me. She then asked me to show it to my grandson and ask him if he recognized anyone on the show. When watching the tape, my grandson on seeing Betty cried out, “that is the lady on the space ship.. but her hair is funny.” I phoned Betty and told her this. She laughed, “I was wearing a wig on the show. When I was abducted with your grandson, it was night and I obviously was not wearing a wig, so he saw me as I really look.”

Betty had asked me to return the tape, but somehow, I never got around to it. Then another strange thing happened. It was Christmas, and as such, we who did not have small children worked to give those with kids a chance to spend more time with them. Because of my position with the Government, I received phone calls after they’d been screened by reception. A man on the phone told me that he was a friend of Betty’s, and that she had died. He also said that it was Betty’s wish for me to carry on her work. I had to tell him that, because of my position with the government, I could not possibly do this; it could jeopardize my work. We discussed the funeral plans and he hung up. I went up to the receptionist, as we were the only ones in, and told her about the call which she had just transferred to my office. She then told me that she had not put through any calls to me..

On arriving home, I immediately phoned Betty’s home to speak to her. A woman answered the phone, and I explained about the man who, calling that morning, had told me of Betty’s death. The woman was very abrupt. There was no way I could have known–Betty had only just died, and there were no men there. In fact, they were still trying to get hold of her son to notify him. I hung up the phone, not sure what to make of the whole thing. I never heard from Betty’s family or about attending the funeral, so decided to try and forget.

As the years passed, strange things would happen that were hard to explain. However, in 1997, my home was destroyed by fire. All my tapes except one, the “Man Alive” tape with Betty on it, were lost to the flames. I can remember laughing when the insurance adjuster, going through the rescued items, handed it to me. Again not thinking, it was thrown into a box. Recently my grandson, now nearly 17, came to live with me. He found the tape, and asked if he could look at it. Suddenly he yelled, “Nan come here!” and rushing into the room, was pointing at one of the people investigating Betty. It was Terrence Dickenson, the Canadian Astronomer. What made this so remarkable, is that when my grandson was 10 years old, he had an urge to contact Mr. Dickenson after reading his books on space and astronomy. He and Mr. Dickenson hit it off, and it was arranged for my grandson to go to McMaster University in Hamilton to attend meetings with some of the students and persons interested in astro-physics. Unfortunately, a few months after going to McMaster, my daughter and her new husband took my grandson to live in British Columbia, and the contact between him and Mr. Dickenson ceased. Mr. Dickenson, however, had phoned me about my grandson, and remarked how at his age of 10 he knew so much about space, and that most of the people who read and understood his books were university students.

So another part of the puzzle was unfolding. I decided that it was time for me to take up Betty’s work. I had retired from the government, and had free time. So I started researching into alien abductions. Among other things, I wanted to contact Mr. McLean who had originally interviewed Betty, over 10 years prior. I was able to track him down, and spoke once again with his wife. She remembered the show, and told me that she had received another call from a Guelph couple, who like me, had been drawn to watch the show because their son, like my grandson, had told the same story. They didn’t want any publicity, but it seemed that after the “abduction” their child began to have terrible nose bleeds. A medical operation revealed that something, metal like, had been inserted in the nose. It was removed, and although examined, no-one could say just what substance it was. My grandson has also had terrible nose bleeds since this incident, which raises the question, “did he receive some kind of implant, the same as this other child?”

Betty, in one of our conversations, had told me that the children had been implanted with some kind of “tracking device.” Still not sure, we wondered if the whole thing was an imagination problem which should be ignored. Now, we still are not sure…

There have been so many coincidences that I have not written about all of them, or of my research into alien abductions. I am now working on a seminar about these phenomena, and look forward to talking with people about it over the next few months. Anyone wanting to book me for an after-dinner/corporate event, or just for an unusual talk/seminar, can contact me at: afwelsh@yahoo.com


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Human consciousness, intelligence may suddenly shift

Image Courtesy NASA/JSC via Flickr

By Steve Hammonsoriginally published at Joint Recon Study Group

Many researchers have hypothesized and attempted to prove that human consciousness is undergoing significant change.

This alleged change is not just increased intellectual knowledge or even social networking via the internet and other mass media.

Rather, people from diverse fields including, but not limited to, various sciences, education, defense and intelligence communities, psychology and spirituality have conducted research about the fundamental nature of individual and group changes in human consciousness.

That is, our individual awareness is purported to be increasingly linked with a larger energy or field in terms of quantum physics theories, spiritual concepts and Nature in ways we may not fully understand at this time.

Over the last few decades, research into extra-sensory perception (ESP), “anomalous cognition” (unusual or unconventional awareness or abilities), “remote viewing” (ESP methods developed in Project STARGATE by the U.S. military and intelligence communities) and similar areas have indicated that new ways of understanding human consciousness were emerging.

Sorting out the truth and the questionable claims and beliefs can be challenging.

Learning about theories of changing consciousness and changing realities around us can cause anxiety for some people, be interesting for others and a little of both for many folks.

With the difficulties facing us in terms of war and armed conflict, social problems, natural disasters, threats to our natural resources (including global climate change) and other developments, any help we can get in improving human intelligence, knowledge and consciousness would seem to be very helpful.

SCIENCE AND SPIRIT

Accompanying continued progress in understanding the potential and apparent direction of human consciousness, some researchers point out that a “unified field” or “zero-point field” probably exists around us and within us.

In addition to this hypothesized energy field underlying what we see and experience around us, there may be various dimensions that we may not always see. Some researchers propose that boundaries or membranes, sometimes referred to as “branes,” separate these dimensions.

For people who wonder about ideas like an afterlife, Heaven and angels, theories about other dimensions actually existing along with our normal reality might make sense. Individuals who say they have had a “near-death experience” or NDE report crossing a boundary, a tunnel of beautiful light, to a different reality.

Some spiritual researchers have hypothesized that there could be several layers or kinds of dimensions in the afterlife.

How do these ideas fit with emerging discoveries and theories in modern physics and other sciences? There seem to be some common elements between the scientific and spiritual views.

Spiritual philosophies and faiths often note that intellectual or brain-oriented thinking can only get us so far in understanding a larger intelligence or force around us.

Transcending our thinking minds, then using our hearts and what is often called a soul take us to new levels of perception, according to certain belief systems.

These same kinds of methods are used in ESP and remote viewing. Using internal resources that are not simply thinking with our brains, people can tap into perceptions we often call intuition, instincts, gut feelings, hunches, dreams and visions to gain new insights and information.

This is one area where science and spirituality seem to be merging. And it seems to be where new phenomena and insights are emerging.

GRADUAL AND SUDDEN DEVELOPMENTS

Will the human race continue to develop in awareness, intelligence and compassion at a steady pace so that we will gradually solve some of our problems and succeed as a species on our planet?

Or, might more sudden events trigger increased urgency or progress toward positive and constructive developments? It could be that both a steady trend in our understanding of new discoveries and certain significant events and breakthroughs will happen together.

Our trajectory of increased knowledge and understanding seems to be increasing steadily. And, the possibility of sudden jolts of events could also be on the horizon.

A reason for concern, of course, is that these jolts could be of a problematic nature.

Things like a significant increase in human warfare, including the use of nuclear weapons, are real and current concerns that we see in the news quite frequently.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity and powerful storms are also occurring in devastating ways, causing loss of life and human suffering.

Global climate change with melting polar ice, rising sea levels, impacts on agriculture, fresh water supplies and other outcomes could also be very damaging.

Some people even talk about legends and theories of a global “pole shift” of the Earth’s crust, causing devastating damage to human civilization. A magnetic pole shift is reportedly already occurring, according to some reports.

Concerns about meteors, activity of the sun and possible events in or from space can make us wonder about possible threat scenarios.

Theories of a “Planet X” that may be heading for our solar system also can be interesting and alarming.

For those with very open minds, or maybe inside intelligence information, visitation to Earth of intelligent beings from other planets and/or other dimensions cannot be ruled out. In fact, the nature of possible visitation of this kind could include developing friendships and alliances with extraterrestrial visitors as well as preparing for conventional or unconventional and asymmetric defense and conflict.

The unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that are sometimes spotted in the skies around the world, and even closer encounters that some people report, make us wonder if something along these lines could actually be going on.

Very credible people within the scientific, military and intelligence fields seem to be gradually and carefully letting us know that it is wise to be prepared for more information about this kind of situation.

From the down-to-Earth views to the far-out scenarios of both positive and problematic trends and events, we can see an interesting range of possibilities. What will the future bring?

Native Indians of the Americas, for example, have many legends about the larger cycles of life on this planet and about different ways of looking at and interpreting the nature of Nature around us and within us.

From ancient Native American sources, we might look at prophesies about the year 2012, when some significant development might occur. But what?

As we go about living our everyday lives, many of us wonder about what could happen in the coming days. What disasters or miracles might occur? Are there wars and battles on the horizon or a new era of peace?

Will the human race develop into a more wonderful species or will we destroy ourselves in foolish warfare and destructive treatment of our planet?

Human consciousness is a key element of all of these possible scenarios.

Maybe now is the time to continue and improve our understanding about discoveries in human perception. Because time may be running out for us. Or, time as we know it may itself change in unusual ways.

We can all look into our consciousness. We might discover surprising new insights that can help us individually and globally prepare for the trends and sudden shifts that we face in the days ahead.

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.


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Area 51 confirmation prepares public for more UFO disclosure

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Warning and safety staff at Groom Lake Road (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Steve Hammonsoriginally published August 20, 2013 at Joint Recon Study Group

National and international media, mainstream and otherwise, had fun with the recent news that the CIA had officially admitted the existence of Area 51 in southern Nevada.

Headlines and news reports noted that although an element of the U.S. government confirmed that the Groom Lake base is real, there was no confirmation that extraterrestrial or other strange visitors, their spacecraft or “back-engineered,” unusually-advanced U.S.-built spacecraft were associated with the Area 51 facilities.

Despite the humorous treatment of this development in the media, the fact remains that significant indications point to decades-long research into UFOs and unusual visitors by the U.S. government and other credible researchers around the world. Some of the information about this vast body of research is public and some apparently remains secret.

If we knew more details, we might actually need this humor because the truth might be concerning, worrisome or downright scary. At the same time, there may be encouraging and uplifting new understanding that has emerged from official and unofficial research into this situation.

OPEN SECRETS

Did the Area 51 facilities once include research projects on alien spacecraft? If so, those activities are probably long-gone by now, moved to other locations following media reports years ago about such projects in the Groom Lake region.

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Groom Lake and Papoose Lake, both in the Nevada Test and Training Range. Groom Lake is also in Area 51. Note that some of the lines you see beside Groom lake are among the longest runways on Earth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is logical that government defense and intelligence organizations would look into highly-unusual spacecraft that have been reported by many reliable witnesses, tracked on radar and sometimes left physical evidence on the ground. And once such investigations began, where would they lead?

How much do inside investigators know and understand? What remains unknown and mysterious?

There may also be reasonable concern that the general public might not be ready to hear all aspects of the situation. And, some factors in play may involve operational security (OPSEC) related to national and global defense. As a result, information about the UFO topic probably needs to be handled in intelligent ways by insiders, the circles of the defense and intelligence communities, the media and the public.

The confirmation that the Groom Lake aircraft development and test facilities at Area 51 are real comes as no surprise. It has been an open secret for many years. The same might be said about the UFO and visitor situation. In both cases, some information has been released, some remains in a semi-public gray area and some is closely-held and classified.

SITUATION AWARENESS

Secret activities associated with Area 51 such as development of advanced aircraft, and alleged secret activities there involving more unusual situations, might help us expand our awareness and understanding about what is happening, and what might be happening.

The end of "Black Mailbox Road" (an ...

The end of “Black Mailbox Road” (an Area 51 access road also known as “Groom Lake Road”), as seen from State Route 375 in the Tikaboo Valley of southern Nevada. The former black mailbox is long gone and was replaced by a white one belonging to Steve Medlin, who runs a farm down the road. The Groom Lake facility is 20 miles from this point, beyond the mountain range seen to the left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As our situation awareness evolves about UFOs, visitors and other leading-edge scientific developments, more interesting information could emerge.

Topics like teleportation, wormholes or star gates, other dimensions, other intelligent beings, purported cosmic fields of energy and light, and the nature of human consciousness are just some of the fascinating areas being looked at by serious and credible researchers.

For people who believe in the equally interesting possibility or probability of angels, Heaven and a higher intelligent being, integrating those ideas with UFOs and other edge-science developments might be challenging in some ways. How do all these puzzle pieces fit together? Is there some larger intelligence at work?

Today’s news is about the confirmation that Area 51 exists. What will next week’s news tell us about what else exists?

And what might we discover by ourselves that does not require being told it is so by the mainstream media and government officials?

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.


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Unconventional discoveries and theories help us prepare for an uncertain future

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Steve Hammons – Originally posted on January 06, 2008. See more Steve Hammons articles at Joint Recon Study Group

There are many interesting theories and claims out there today about all kinds of unusual situations. Many of them are discussed in books, articles, on TV, in movies and in online Web sites.

Although many of these ideas seem far-fetched, it might be helpful to keep an open mind and be prepared for various possibilities.

In some cases, aspects of stories about interesting situations may intersect and overlap. Common threads can be found.

Some scenarios are more familiar than others and some may appear to be a bit more reasonable or possible than others. Some may be partially true or have some element of truth in them.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation, historical and current
  • Extrasensory perception (ESP), “remote viewing” or “anomalous cognition” and other discoveries about human consciousness
  • Forgotten ancient histories of human civilization and lost human cultures
  • Past and future global disasters such as floods, massive shifts of Earth´s crust, meteor and other activity affecting Earth and/or our solar system
  • Advanced scientific understanding and technology acquired and/or developed that is not known to the public at this time such as advanced spacecraft, teleportation, time travel and alternative energy sources

In scratching the surface of some of this research and discussion, we can look a bit deeper at general overviews about these and related topics.

UFOs, ET VISITATION

There appear to be many significant indicators that something is going on in this area. The basic information is quite public – that people have seen unusual flying objects, these objects appear to be under intelligent control and have been involved in many situations interacting with humans on the ground.

Are they intelligent life forms from other planets, other dimensions and/or other times? Are they friendly, hostile or neutral observers? Have they established some level of communication and cooperation with Earth humans? And, if so, what is the nature of this communication and cooperation?

Some researchers claim that there are answers available to these and other questions, and that unknowns also remain. However, it may be a complex situation and the general public might need to be educated about it slowly and safely.

ESP AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

Discussions about these topics have been fairly open in many ways. When it was revealed that the U.S. military and intelligence communities were using “remote viewing” for intelligence purposes, some people laughed. But, much research and verification had gone into these activities and they were apparently very valid.

There is now significant evidence that ESP, remote viewing and what is called “anomalous cognition” are real and natural abilities of humans. They are similar to prayer, hunches, instincts and gut feelings. We can get information and understanding from within our own consciousness that is accurate and useful. Animals may also have this natural “sixth sense.”

Explanations for the validity of these phenomena can be looked at from the angles of quantum physics, nature, psychology and spiritual understanding. Maybe we can move through time and space in ways we didn´t realize. Taken as a whole, the research seems to indicate a new way to look at human potential.

LOST HUMAN CIVILIZATIONS

Atlantis, ancient Egypt and many other stories of alternative human history can be found and explored. Do our current history books portray all of human history on Earth accurately? Or, are there missing pieces? Is there a history long before what we currently consider the origins of civilization and advancing technology?

Many people have presented interesting ideas based on reasonable research regarding possibilities of mysteries and secrets about the ancient human history that we do not yet fully understand.

Where did we come from? Did we simply evolve randomly? Were there relatively advanced civilizations in the ancient past that were wiped out by catastrophes? It could be that we humans are not who we think we are and our knowledge of human history on Earth is incomplete.

GLOBAL CATASTROPHES

We know of the history of the “great flood” from Noah´s time. Other cultures have records that indicate a major flood in the same time frame. There are stories of devastating ancient earthquakes and volcano eruptions. And, we accept the theory that a meteor hit wiped out the dinosaurs.

And then there are the theories of massive and sudden shifts of the Earth´s outer crust in a kind of mega-earthquake. Views on this idea include hypotheses that this has happened periodically throughout Earth history. Some have called it a crustal “pole shift” where the outer crust slips or shifts relatively suddenly. The former ice-covered poles are moved to warmer latitudes. Temperate areas are suddenly frozen over as they are shifted to the pole positions.

What might cause this? Some researchers speculate that it is a natural occurrence every so many thousands of years because the Earth gradually tilts on its axis more and more over the decades and centuries. Others say that a “Planet X,” a hidden “dark star” or “brown dwarf” star, is in an unusual orbit that intersects our solar system every 3,500 years or so. When it comes close, it creates significant gravitational and other disastrous influences on our solar system and Earth.

Some recent speculation includes the claim that it is known by some scientists and Earth governmental officials that this object is heading toward Earth in the time frame of 2012 and may create global devastation and disaster. As a result, underground shelters or “arks” are being created around the world to save a small percentage of the human race who can rebuild civilization after the catastrophe.

ADVANCES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY

As the old saying goes, U.S. advanced military-related technology is always many decades ahead of where the general public thinks it is. This may be an understatement. What if, in our current perspectives, technology and science is actually centuries ahead of where we think it is?

What if teleportation is currently being used? Recent stories of “jump gate” technologies and “jump rooms” refer to methods to “beam me up, Scotty.” These are often referred to as “star gates” or “worm holes.” They might exist naturally in certain places and it might be possible to create technology to accomplish this.

A recent research paper funded by the U.S. Air Force found that teleportation is scientifically viable, based on just our own human understanding of physics, not considering that we might get advanced knowledge and technology from other sources ahead of us in these areas.

Time travel has been a common theme in thought, literature, film and TV. Like the ideas of star gates and teleportation, time travel may be possible. Perhaps it is going on now. Physicists say time and space are not exactly what we usually think they are.

And, are the international space station, space shuttles and known satellites really our most advanced space technologies? Of course, there must be space resources that are classified and unknown to us. How advanced are they? Rumors of a secret U.S. and/or international space fleet are certainly interesting. Is there any truth to them?

And, importantly, are there advanced energy technologies that are available now, yet not widely deployed to benefit all people?

QUEST CONTINUES

As the human race keeps moving forward, we continue to try to tackle these kinds of questions along with the current challenges of war and peace, hunger, disease, poverty, injustice, suffering, deterioration of our natural resources, climate change and other evolving and emerging threats.

At the heart of many of our efforts are the roots of human thought and belief. We use various approaches and in various combinations. Science or religion. Logic or faith. We often face these kinds of dual ways of looking at things during discussions of current events and personal perception. Sometimes it seems that these split viewpoints, dualities or polarities can prevent us from seeing the whole picture.

Let´s go back to the example of ESP and anomalous cognition. These phenomena, as noted, are the basis of what the U.S. military and intelligence communities referred to as remote viewing during the research and operational implementation of special ESP activities in the 1970s, ´80s, ´90s and probably up to the present.

This interesting research was conducted using scientific methods. Yet, there was certainly a spiritual element that could not be ignored. If there is a deep source within us that allows us to obtain information and understanding, is that source not part of some larger intelligence? Do our U.S. intelligence activities sometimes merge with a greater divine intelligence?

Let´s take another example that is an issue of hot debate among certain people in our society: evolution versus creationism. On one side is the idea that all living creatures evolved in ways determined by environmental pressures, random chance and perhaps other factors. The other side says living things have developed through a plan or design by a higher intelligence.

People who might be able to see another angle to this debate might wonder if it is possible that a higher intelligence created evolution.

Yet another thing to think about is somewhat related to both of the previous examples cited: random chance versus events and coincidences with meaning or “synchronicity.” Synchronicity is the idea that some apparent coincidences actually have meaning and connections. What the connections are and what they mean can be unclear. But the idea of synchronicity includes the belief that all events are not random.

Are events and situations that seem to involve synchronicity planned events? Or, are they just connected through some kind of time-space elements we don´t always fully understand?

These same kinds of perspectives can be used when we examine and explore the many theories, accounts and rumors about unconventional discoveries, knowledge and situations.

Looking at these interesting ideas with open minds, strong hearts, feet on the ground and with the knowledge that being prepared and vigilant are always good ideas, we may be better able to face the future and survive and thrive in it.

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.

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