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Is An Alien Message Embedded In Our Genetic Code? : Discovery News

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The ‘Disclosure Lite’ Program

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Back in the 1950s, the Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung said many were reluctant to disclose their paranormal experiences because they feared repercussions. In 2013, not much has changed. Here’s an interesting development that just came in—MC

We wanted to draw your attention to a new, exclusive and important article just posted at The Outpost Forum. Follow the link below:

http://www.theoutpostforum.com/tof/showthread.php?1132-Pandora-s-Box-The-Disclosure-Lite-Program&p=18894&viewfull=1#post18894

The ‘Disclosure Lite’ Program:

According to our contacts, ‘Disclosure Lite’ (our term) is a new and officially sanctioned program that was initiated in 2012. Its genesis came about as a compromise between the various elements of the Government, Intelligence, Aerospace and Business communities who have been fighting over Disclosure for decades. As we all know, there have been sides taken in this battle with ultimately the anti-Disclosure group(s) managing to somewhat keep a lid on the various attempts at official release.

This compromise is then the result of several meetings concerning the subject matter in which our sources played a part and testified numerous times before the group. Interestingly, their own contact within the group is someone who is well known within private industry. (Name not provided.)

The ‘Disclosure Lite’ Program is designed to take selected individuals and have them talk about their personal experiences and exposure to the ET presence. They will not venture opinion as to what others may know or what the Government may be doing, but will instead keep their testimony very personal. The individuals making these statements will have their testimony pre-approved, with the timing and method of dissemination preordained by the group. By keeping it personal it is thought they will not be looked upon as whistle blowers. The specific individuals being selected are chosen because of their lack of previous involvement with the subject matter of UFOs and Extraterrestrials.

Feel free to copy and distribute, all we ask is that you include a link to the original article.

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UFO awareness grows in defense, intel communities

Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947, announcing...

Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947, announcing the “capture” of a “flying saucer.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Steve Hammons

This article originally appeared at Transcendent TV & Media on November 18, 2012.

For the past several decades, there reportedly have been robust secrecy and security within the U.S. and international defense and intelligence communities about UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation to Earth. Military pilots and others who had close encounters or were curious about these topics were often told they did not have a “need to know” about what might be going on.

Now, however, that situation may have changed. Today, our duty might be to learn more and become appropriately informed about extraterrestrial visitation and other leading-edge research topics.

In the past, national and global security may have depended on total secrecy. Or at least that was a viewpoint for many years. If you didn’t have a need to know, you were probably expected to deliberately remain uninformed for national security reasons as well as for your own personal career.

Yet, in November 2012, it’s possible that national and global security could be enhanced by greater awareness and understanding about UFOs and related subjects. People in the military and intelligence communities certainly bring important and valuable skills and perspectives to these challenges.

What is the current situation report or “sitrep” about UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation?

TRYING TO HANDLE THE SITUATION

This past summer, a respected 35-year veteran of the CIA went public with his claims of seeing materials at CIA headquarters that demonstrated to him that the 1947 Roswell incident really was the crash of an extraterrestrial spacecraft.

This CIA officer’s statements follow several years of increasing public discussions and forums involving retired military personnel who have reported multiple close encounters involving apparent intelligent spacecraft or other objects interfacing with military aircraft, personnel and facilities.

But these kinds of reports are not new. Several high-ranking military officials publicly stated decades ago that UFOs are real. During World War II, glowing orbs flying near U.S. military aircraft were dubbed “foo fighters” and reportedly were photographed and investigated. The Army’s alleged Interplanetary Phenomena Unit (IPU) was reportedly formed to research the situation further.

Another group, often said to be called Majestic-12, was allegedly formed at the highest levels of the U.S. government following the Roswell incident. This group of scientists and defense leaders coordinated investigations and secrecy on the UFO topic, according to many researchers. When military personnel or others had close encounters of some kind, reports were sent through certain chains of command to Majestic-12, researchers allege.

Witnesses were sometimes told to keep quiet and that the incidents they encountered “never happened.”
Even the Air Force’s Project Blue Book, formed in 1952 and based in southwestern Ohio at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, was actually somewhat of a cover for other levels of activities regarding UFOs, according to some investigators. Reports sent to and investigated by Project Blue Book personnel may have been forwarded on to Majestic-12 for further analysis.

Certain military and intelligence personnel may have been screened and recruited to be part of the efforts to handle the extraterrestrial visitation situation. People involved in special operations, search and rescue/recovery, covert/clandestine activities as well as scientific experts may have been brought into the compartmented loop of UFO and extraterrestrial activities, and given an alleged MAJIC security clearance level.

AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING

While previously there may have been a perceived duty of military and intelligence personnel to ignore and not know about UFOs, today our duty may lie in gaining greater awareness about this important area. This is probably true for the general public as well.

But beyond simple awareness that something very interesting is apparently going on, the task of understanding what it all might mean seems to be a greater challenge. How do the puzzle pieces fit together to give us some reasonably comprehensive picture of the current situation? What do we have a need to know, or not know?

It has been widely speculated that U.S. aircraft and spacecraft development may have been enhanced by what has been learned in the study of UFOs that may have been obtained and examined. Naturally, the details of secret aircraft development are not appropriate for public disclosure. However, the broader overview of this possible scenario might be worthwhile for us to be aware of.

Are there dangers or risks to average people that are somehow related to the UFO phenomena or other outside-the-box discoveries? That seems to be an area where we would have a need to know.

Likewise, can our lives be improved – maybe very significantly – by greater understanding about these kinds of developments? Certain advanced technologies and knowledge could help human understanding about a number of crucial issues facing humanity and Planet Earth.

Thanks to valuable research by people associated with and within the defense and intelligence communities, we seem to be more ready to move forward to the next stages of disclosure and education about UFOs and other advanced knowledge.

Our duty to not know may have morphed into a duty to know … and understand.


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ETs, UFOs and the Psychology of Belief

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Uncanny things are thought to happen at night in desolate places via Wikipedia

© Michael Clark. All rights reserved.

ETs and UFOs

The acronym ET (extraterrestrial) points to the idea that living organisms might exist somewhere beyond our Earth. And the acronym UFO (unidentified flying object) means that something unidentified appears in the sky.

Sometimes UFOs are eventually identified as a weather balloon, parachute or jet plane, so a mystery becomes an ordinary event.¹ But other times we never understand what’s up there. When we can’t understand, it’s tempting to see a UFO as an alien spacecraft piloted by creatures from the far reaches of the universe.

The distinction between UFOs and ETs isn’t ironclad. Again, the U in UFO stands for unidentified, and it’s possible that some UFOs could be ETs. During World War II, for instance, airborne glowing balls were observed and photographed by Allied pilots. These phenomena came to be called Foo Fighters (the rock band came later…), and suggest that some UFOs might be intelligent life forms. The life forms might not be as we normally understand them. They’d be more like those energy creatures we see in Star Trek and other science fiction stories. And they’d probably be able to survive any kind of atmospheric conditions.

ETs and UFOs in Popular Culture

Among all the uncertainty, hoaxers and confused thinking we find today, it remains true that ETs and UFOs are a part of popular culture.

Different web sites arguably reflect various human myths, dreams and expectations about aliens and their alleged spacecraft. Given the limits of our human consciousness, it’s not surprising that most of the talk about ET/UFOs is colored by personal bias and cultural filters.

Religious fundamentalists, who usually see the world in black and white, often say that aliens are manifestations of the devil. At the other end of the spectrum, some ET/UFO enthusiasts claim that aliens are here to save the planet.

In addition, some individuals believe that they, themselves, are alien emissaries, born of a human but really, so they say, from another planet or cosmic dimension.

While it’s good to be open-minded, the topic of ETs and UFOs requires careful, critical analysis. The following list outlines some of the main questions that any serious researcher should ask:

  • Are ETs/UFOs the stuff of myth and fantasy?
  • Can they be explained by normal, everyday phenomena?
  • Do ETs have physical, energy or spirit bodies?
  • Could ETs/UFOs travel through space and time?
  • How intelligent are they?
  • How much more of the universe can they see?
  • Is every ET kind and helpful?
  • Could some be harmful to other ETs and to human beings?
  • Could this harm be psychological, and not just physical?

It seems probable that ETs do exist in some shape or form. Both the Catholic Church and the CIA endorse inquiry into the possibility of alien life. And Library and Archives Canada has an online resource called Canada’s UFOs: The Search for the Unknown.

There’s a lot of material on the internet about ETs and UFOs. Here’s a sampling of what can be found today. Some of these web sites might seem sort of far out and questionable, while others appear quite sober and raise some good questions.

ETs, UFOs and Spiritual Discernment

UFOs and common sense - see image notes, below.

Arlan K. Andrews summarizes a good number of reports suggesting that psi abilities (ESP, clairvoyance) increase after a person believes they’ve had a first ET/UFO contact.2

Although inadequately explored in the ET/UFO literature, from the perspective of interfaith mysticism it’s conceivable that unfriendly ETs or, perhaps, demonic spirits posing as ETs impart paranormal abilities on psychologically vulnerable individuals, leading them to develop a kind of inferiority/superiority complex (as spelled out by the American psychologist, Alfred Adler).

It would be easy for a vulnerable individual to overlook painful personal issues if meddling ETs or demons were (apparently) feeding them other people’s thoughts, along with false prophecies and delusional ideas about being special and better than everyone else.³

Indeed, some people seem convinced that they’ve been sent to Earth as sacred rulers over the unenlightened masses. And they’re willing to ignore or patch up false prophecies with ad hoc explanations to prevent their (most likely) delusional bubble from bursting, which would probably bring painful personal issues to the fore.

While the powers that be tend to see false prophecy in terms of a delusion or mental illness, there’s nothing wrong with this approach when it’s right. A problem arises, however, when that kind of explanation might be wrong or, at least, incomplete.

Along these lines, contemporary and ancient religious traditions suggest the, perhaps, related approach of discernment. Admittedly, discernment is a tricky concept with a meaning that really depends on who’s using it. But I believe it still has some value.

The anthropologist I. M. Lewis notes in Ecstatic Religion (1971) that saints, sages and shamans from all walks of life agree that the psyche is not an island. This may have a positive aspect. Figures like St. Anthony, for example, reportedly have guided individuals toward lost articles and missing children.

However, personal openness to being guided has a downside. A good number of spiritualists and theologians believe that the mind can be obsessed or even possessed by spiritual hackers, traditionally regarded as demons, tramp souls and ancestral spirits.

For convenience, the possibility of evil ETs and demons will be grouped under the single heading of Negative Spiritual Influences (NSI). While some believers in NSI might be paranoid reactionaries, it’s improbable that all of them are paranoid and deluded.

Different spiritual traditions suggest that NSI can produce hallucinations and manipulate individuals. Existing in a more comprehensive space-time than human beings, NSI might see future possibilities, influence a person’s choices, and compel them to accept false explanations as to why certain events occur.4

Most of us have probably met someone with an underlying inferiority complex or unresolved psychological trauma who parades around telling others they’re an achieved saint. This kind of thing seems quite common in both organized religions and cults, where not a few borderline – or perhaps insane – individuals hide out under the safe, well-defined and socially legitimate structures of their particular religion or cult.

To avoid this kind of scenario, interior influences allegedly of ET origin must be painstakingly discerned. Discernment in the religious sense means the use of reason, experience and divine gifts to separate true and false interior perceptions. As Henri Martin P.S.S. puts it:

The charism of discernment is “a kind of supernatural instinct by which those who have it perceive intuitively the origin, either divine or not, of thoughts and inclinations submitted to them.” (J. de Guibert, Lecons, p. 306). It is to be distinguished from revelation of the secrets of hearts, properly so called, made directly by God. In such revelations, which is extremely rare, objective certitude is absolute. In the case of discernment the chances of error lie in the subjective interpretation and use of the supernatural light received. Lacking an infused charism, ordinarily “God will assist by special interior light a gift of discernment acquired by experience and prudence in the application of the traditional rules of discernment.” (ibidem).5

On the need for spiritual seekers to be sincere, humble and rational in the discernment process, the scholar of mysticism, Evelyn Underhill, says:

Ecstasies, no less than visions and voices, must, they declare, be subjected to unsparing criticism before they are recognized as divine: whilst some are undoubtably “of God,” others are no less clearly “of the devil.”6

The Next Step

When approached with an appropriate degree of care, the notion of ETs and UFOs can be thought-provoking and good material for sci-fi tales. The possibility of ETs and UFOs point to a broader canvas and, for all we know, the next stage of humanity’s journey through the cosmos.

As with any new and uncharted territory, however, it’s usually unwise to act on blind impulse. Those who believe they inwardly perceive and, perhaps, possess special abilities from ETs would probably do best to err on the side of caution.

Unconventional interior perceptions and alleged psi abilities should be soberly evaluated in the spirit of humility and, in whenever possible, within the context of informed and qualified peers. Predictions should be checked with actual outcomes. Either something happens or it doesn’t. And no amount of ex post facto fudging can change the fact that an ET prophecy didn’t come true. And interior perceptions should be checked within a larger group of qualified peers so that mistakes are identified and corrected. A genuine conversation among real human beings could result in coming to terms with personal issues or, perhaps, revealing faulty information that contributed to a false interpretation of an interior perception.

To rigorously examine a given truth claim is hardly a groundbreaking idea. It’s prominent in religion with the discernment process and in science with the peer review. And there’s no reason why sincere ET and UFO research should be any less responsible.

Image Notes

Image copyright © Michael W. Clark. All rights reserved.

See photo in middle of this article

These lights appear about ½ – ¾ inch below the moon in the original photo posted in the middle of this article (detailed here with enhanced contrast). This is not a UFO but at first I thought it might be. After taking several pictures of the same scene it was clear that the three lights moved in some kind of mathematical relation to the camera angle. I concluded that these lights were a quirk of the camera and am compelled to ask how many other UFO images could be explained this way.

Notes

¹ See, for example, Steve Hammons’ article, Extraterrestrials curious about American football?

2 “Psychic Aspects of UFOs” in Ronald Story, ed. The Encyclopedia of UFOs. Doubleday & Co. Garden City, New York: 1980, pp. 286-289.

³ On the belief in reading other people’s thoughts, see Have some people just lost it?

4 (a) George P. Hanson discusses this area in The Trickster and the Paranormal (New York: Xlibris, 2001, pp. 210-248).

(b) The belief in demonic influence is found in almost all religions, myths and folk traditions. See, for instance, Sir J. G. Frazier’s The Golden Bough. Some have attempted to integrate the spiritual view with perspectives from contemporary psychiatry and psychology.

(c) Spiritual seekers sometimes believe that a divine voice foretells the future or outlines the best course of action. Others say God appears to them personally. However, in some cases it’s unclear whether these voices and visions are from God or perhaps a NSI that phrases things and applies specific emotional tones (e.g. firm and domineering or perhaps gentle and loving) to prey on psychologically vulnerable individuals. Similarly, destructive cult leaders manipulate disciples through prolonged psychological, sexual and/or cultic abuse. Victims compensate by believing they’re special or ‘chosen’ vehicles of the divine when, more likely, they’re being duped and exploited by the charismatic leader (and possibly a NSI). Moreover, a cult leader or alleged spirit guide may give victims new names and even induce extraordinary numinous experiences to reinforce a delusional sense of superiority and holiness. Chrystine Oksana points out that victims of prolonged abuse often denounce their families and form ties with a new family, creating new names for themselves to fit with their new self-image. This may be a necessary stage in the overall healing process but the question remains: How many victims abreact their pain and heal from the initial abuse? In addition, Catholics and Muslims accept new names when entering a monastic community. So the issue of taking on a new name is potentially complicated and jumping to the conclusion that it indicates pathology seems unwarranted.

5 Jacques Guillet, Gustave Bardy et. al. (trans.) Sister Innocentia Richards, Ph.D., Discernment of Spirits. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1970, p. 104. Learn more about discernment » http://earthpages.wordpress.com/?s=discernment

6 Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism, New York: New American Library, 1955, p. 361. Likewise, William James in The Varieties of Religious Experience, suggests that some lower forms of mysticism may have “proceeded from the demon” (London: Penguin, 1985, p. 423). See also, An Outline of Rudolf Otto’s The Idea of the Holy, Chapter XVI – The ‘Cruder’ Phases.

Further Reading

Ashpole, Edward. The UFO Phenomena. London: Headline, 1995.

Bletzer, June G. The Donning International Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary. Norfolk, Virginia: The Donning Co., 1986.

Dennet, Preston E. One in Forty: The UFO Epidemic. Commack New York: Nova Science Publishers, 1997.

Frazier, Kendrick et al. (eds.). The UFO Invasion. Amherst New York: Prometheus Books, 1997.

Godwin, Malcolm. Angels: An Endangered Species. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990.

Hanson, George P. The Trickster and the Paranormal. New York: Xlibris, 2001.

Hough, Peter A. and Jenny Randles. The Complete Book of UFOs : An Investigation into Alien Contacts and Encounters. London : Piatkus, 1994.

Howe, Linda Moulton. Glimpses of Other Realities, Volume II: High Strangeness. New Orleans, Louisiana: Paper Chase Press, 1998.

Lewis, James R. (ed.). The Gods Have Landed: New Religions From Other Worlds. Albany: State University of New York, 1995.

Matheson, Terry. Alien Abductions. New York: Prometheus Books, 1998.

Story, Ronald D. (ed.). The Encyclopedia of UFO’s. Garden City, New York: Dolphin Books, 1980.

Thompson, Keith. Angels and Aliens: UFO’s and the Mythic Imagination. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1991.

Vallee, Jacques. Forbidden Science. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1992.

Wright, Susan. UFO Headquarters. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Zukerman, Ben and Michael H. Hart. (eds.). Extraterrestrials: Where are They? (second edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.


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Disclosure on anomalous topics not so mysterious after all

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The letter with a drawing of flying saucers or flying disks submitted by pilot en:Kenneth Arnold to Army Air Force intelligence on July 12, 1947 via Wikipedia

By Steve Hammons
January 3, 2011

This article also appears on Transcendent TV and Media and American Chronicle

UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation, multiple dimensions, the afterlife, extrasensory perception (ESP) – these are just a few of many forward-leaning and edge-science topics that seem to be generating increased public interest.

The natural curiosity about certain unconventional areas seems to be very understandable and appropriate.

Leading-edge research into anomalous subjects can sometimes seem a bit “far out.” However, in many cases it may not be much of a leap from more conventional areas of common knowledge and routine study.

The continually evolving mass media appear to be handling emerging understanding about anomalous phenomena in a wide variety of ways. In some cases, the media presentations on certain topics may seem to be “dumbed down.” In other instances, the intelligence of the general public is respected.

An element that could sometimes be overlooked is the significance of grassroots factors involved in the increasing awareness and perception about interesting unconventional phenomena.

MORE UNDERSTANDING

The concept of “disclosure” in regard to certain unconventional topics can imply many kinds of developments.

For example, many people think that government officials should announce something of significant interest about UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation.

At the same time, disclosure can involve gradual education and acclimation through various media platforms that inform people in different kinds of ways. Movies, TV shows, books, articles and other works of fiction and non-fiction can be important parts of disclosure.

Consumers and audiences of many kinds of media seem to be increasingly aware of emerging possibilities and probabilities about some edge-science topics.

A good example might be the open-minded way that theories and research about ESP are sometimes presented and accepted.

Since many people have had experiences with significant gut instincts and intuition proving to be valid in their own personal lives, the concepts surrounding expanded human consciousness may seem quite reasonable and logical in some ways.

Although the research and activities of the U.S. government efforts known as Project STAR GATE might stretch the limits of usual beliefs about human abilities of perception and awareness, even these interesting multi-decade defense and intelligence programs may not seem all that strange after all.

LEAP OF FAITH

An additional area of interest is how the many types of unconventional phenomena seem to be related.

What about connections between ESP and the afterlife? Do certain UFOs zip in and out of hidden dimensions? To some researchers, there are multiple combinations of anomalous topics that seem to have connections.

Are there any common denominators? Where do some of these phenomena overlap? When do we consider something “scientific,” “natural” or “spiritual” in discussing these kinds of subjects?

These questions do appear to indicate that what we might consider unusual areas of research could actually just be very natural. ESP, multiple dimensions and other intelligent life are, somewhat obviously, part of Nature.

To the degree we consider edge-science subjects as an integral part of the natural world and universe, we will probably be more able to accept and understand various situations.

Of course, just because something is part of Nature does not mean it is always pleasant or wonderful. Life and death, creation and destruction, survival of the fittest – these kinds of dynamics in Nature are serious factors indeed.

Yet, the vision of transcendence beyond some of the difficult aspects of life and “reality” is something that humans have reached out for throughout history. Transcending our normal state of affairs on planet Earth is a goal that seems to be increasingly achievable.

More disclosure – various kinds of disclosure – will most likely move us forward to greater understanding of ourselves, Nature and a transcendent intelligence. 


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Review – UFOs 1973: Aliens, Abductions and Extraordinary Sightings (DVD)

Title: UFOs 1973: Aliens, Abductions and Extraordinary Sightings
Genre: Documentary, UFOs, Aliens, Supernatural
Production Company: Reality Entertainment

I’ve never seen a UFO or space alien. Although I’ve had nighttime dreams that have opened me to the possibility that they could exist.

As any good natural scientist will tell you, Earth is said to be 4.5 billion years old. Between 4.5 and 3.5 billion years ago, the first signs of life appear. After that, a staggering variety of specialization and extinction occurs.

Humanity as we know it hits the scene about 200,000 years ago. This is a mere drop in the bucket, considering the entire evolutionary timeline.¹ And it compels one to wonder if humanity is only part of an even greater evolutionary dynamic that hasn’t yet reached its full potential.

Quite possibly we’re just a small link in a much larger chain, a vast evolutionary arc that would produce unimaginably enhanced man-machine hybrids or perhaps an entirely new species.

Are we already witnessing the raw beginnings of this strange, unforeseeable future?

Today, in 2010, some cultural theorists say our technologies are extensions of the person. The automobile isn’t just about transportation, and the internet isn’t just about communicating. Instead, mankind itself is changing, inside and out. And this is no metaphor. Studies indicate that our brains change in response to our use of technology. Moreover, it’s no secret that the widespread use of man-made microchip implants is just around the corner.

So what does this have to do with UFOs 1973? Well, maybe nothing, maybe everything.

I say this because one ET report portrayed in the documentary caught my eye. The case involved a strange humanoid figure standing on a highway with seamless silver skin and no head orifices.

The stuff of idle fantasy or the shape of things to come?

We can’t really know for sure. But according to the producer, Jay Michael, 1973 was flap year for UFO reports. For UFO buffs a “flap” means there’s been an unprecedented number of sightings—that is, lots of real, imagined or faked UFO activity went on record.

The film begins by recounting some of the major news events of 1973, to include Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War, the Concorde’s first flight, and the birth of two important developments in space: Pioneer II and Skylab.

1973 is described as a tumultuous year, which is linked to the sharp increase in UFO reports. There are two main, competing explanations here, which we might call the worldly and the spacey theories. The worldly theory is that people fantasize more about UFOs during high-stress societal periods as a kind of coping mechanism. The spacey theory suggests that ETs visit humanity during high-stress time periods to give subtle assistance.

In addition, the film says UFOs became firmly entrenched in pop culture during the 70s, but also notes the ancient astronaut theory, where ancient religious and mythological representations are often taken as proof of visiting ETs. Remember Chariots of the Gods?

Also mentioned is a 1973 Gallup Poll where 11% of the US population claim to have actually seen a UFO, while 51% report believing in UFOs.

This spike in UFO activity – be it authentic, imagined, faked but certainly commercialized – in 1973 wasn’t just an American event. The film highlights cases from diverse locations like New Zealand, UK, Brazil, Australia, Japan, and Spain.

The latter part of the DVD departs from 1973 to sum up some of the salient UFO events from World War II to the present.

Again, the scope is international. We’re reminded of the mysterious Foo Fighters, Roswell, various reports from the 1950s to 70s, the Rendlesham Forest incident of the 80s, Brazil in the 90s, and even more sightings which have taken place in the new millennium.

Visually, the film makes effective use of live footage, recreations, original photos and CGI.

Bonus material includes Jay Michael revealing his own UFO experiences, which he says both “scared” and “enthralled” him. These words call to mind the celebrated scholar of religion, Rudolf Otto, who said that numinous experience, especially when it’s Holy, is both fearful and compelling.

Granted, encountering a manifestation of God and witnessing a UFO is probably not quite the same thing. But the immediate and long-term human responses might be similar in both scenarios.

Other bonus material includes quite a long conversation contained in the so-called Halt Tape. The Halt Tape is said to be the original dictaphone recording that Lt. Colonel Halt (USAF) made while investigating the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident with his patrol officer.

Jay Michael also says he purposely lets the viewer decide whether the extant body of UFO reports point to the existence of alien visitors or perhaps something else. The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung once said, for instance, that UFOs are mostly projections of a supposed mandala archetype of the Self.

Jung didn’t rule out the possibility of actual ET visitors. But he did feel that the majority of UFO reports issued during the 1950s involved a psychological projection of the “collective unconscious”—Jung’s concept for that part of the psyche which we apparently share.

It may be tempting to go with Jung on this point, but it would also be a bit rash (or maybe fearful) to reject the idea of ETs and UFOs altogether.

Whether ETs /UFOs are kindly galactic guides, breeders, colonizers, cold terminators, or perhaps just good old fashioned folklore, they’re likely here to stay. And UFOs 1973 certainly helps us to decide where we stand when trying to unravel this many-sided enigma.

–MC

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