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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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Strange Apocalyptic Sounds WORLDWIDE – Video

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The HAARP HF Ionosonde Antenna (Wikipedia)

I do volunteer work at allexperts.com. A recent question pointed me in the direction of this YouTube video.

Parts of the video seem like a hoax to me. The sound quality of the strange sound seems way better than the thin audio of the background sounds (I listened thru a big stereo). And in once instance, it seems the same unidentifiable sound continues from one video to another.

This suggests someone mixing the strange sound into the original audio track, which is probably what happened for most of the “evidence” here. But the TV segments seem more convincing. So who knows?

Some conspiracy theorists believe this video is evidence of HAARP in action. Others see it as invisible UFO activity.

Did something really happen, in several locations? Watch and decide for yourself!


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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.

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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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Year of UFOs, 1952, may play role in Disney movie ‘Tomorrowland’

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By Steve HammonsOriginally posted Friday, March 22, 2013 at Joint Recon Study Group

The Disney movie currently under development, “Tomorrowland,” has been surrounded by a few mysteries.

“Tomorrowland” was originally titled “1952” and the story was rumored to be related to an old storage box found at the Disney studios. The box was labeled “1952” and contained photos, books and other items related to Walt Disney’s activities.

There was speculation that the movie could be about long-standing claims by Disney insiders that high-ranking U.S. officials approached Walt Disney in the ‘50s to make a film about the realities of UFOs, intelligent visitors from elsewhere and related aspects of the situation.
Coincidentally, another old cardboard storage box was recently in the news in connection with UFOs, the Roswell incident and extraterrestrial visitation.

Chase Brandon, a 35-year veteran of the CIA and the agency’s liaison to Hollywood and the publishing world, went public with a claim that he found a storage box at CIA headquarters. Brandon stated that the contents of the box convinced him the Roswell case really did involve a crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft.

“Tomorrowland” writer Damon Lindelof, director Brad Bird and star George Clooney have not revealed details of the story publicly. Of course, some elements of the movie could still be evolving. More recent reports indicate that “Tomorrowland” may not be about UFOs and intelligent visitors at all.

YEAR OF UFO ACTIVITIES

However, the year 1952 does resonate when it comes to the UFO phenomena. Three major developments in 1952 reach into the heart of the UFO mystery: The formation of the Air Force’s Project Blue Book, the Washington, D.C., UFO sightings and the alleged secret briefing of incoming President Dwight Eisenhower on UFOs.

After the 1947 reports of a crashed UFO near Roswell and years of UFO sightings and reports in the U.S., the Air Force started Project Blue Book in 1952, based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in southwestern Ohio. This project was the public face of U.S. government activities on UFOs.

Shortly after Project Blue Book began, in July 1952 a major UFO incident occurred over Washington. Multiple UFOs were sighted by reliable witnesses on the ground and tracked by radar. Military jets were scrambled. A Project Blue Book team member was in Washington at the time.

Years later, alleged briefing documents for Eisenhower on UFOs surfaced in the public domain and were posted online. The documents were reportedly prepared by a high-level secret group and dated Nov. 18, 1952. Some researchers believe the documents are authentic or at least accurately reflect the situation at that time.

So it does seem that 1952 was an eventful year for activities by the U.S. government focused on learning more about UFOs. Are these developments related to the “Tomorrowland” movie?

Interestingly, Clooney was raised in the Cincinnati region, just a couple of hours drive south of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Dayton where Project Blue Book was based.

And, the crashed spacecraft materials from Roswell, and possibly visitor bodies, were reportedly transported directly to Wright-Patt in the summer of 1947 immediately after retrieval in the New Mexico desert. The Air Force’s foreign technology intelligence center was located at Wright-Patt and had been active during World War II evaluating the aircraft technologies of foreign militaries.

Clooney’s hometown Cincinnati is currently the headquarters for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, a major UFO research organization.

EMERGING INTELLIGENCE

Project Blue Book was also explored in the TV series “Project U.F.O.” that aired on NBC for two seasons in 1978 and 1979. Jack Webb of “Dragnet” created the series based on Project Blue Book. He reportedly used real government documents to get ideas for the show.

And also airing on NBC, this time in 1996 and 1997, the TV series “Dark Skies” touched on Project Blue Book too. Creators Bryce Zabel and Brent Friedman started out the series with a young congressional aide going to Project Blue Book for his boss, a California congressman, to help determine if ongoing funding was valid. From there, the congressional aide is pulled into the secret group trying to coordinate the UFO situation.

Maybe the Disney studios are continuing the activity that certain high-ranking officials allegedly approached Walt Disney about in the ‘50s. Disney had been very active in the war effort during WWII and had a cooperative relationship with the Defense Department and government officials.

According to the late Ward Kimball, one of the original lead animators for Disney, Walt was approached about making a film about UFOs for the American public to explain that some UFOs were real spacecraft from elsewhere.

Including such a film in the ‘50s “Disneyland” TV show was reportedly considered for part of the “Tomorrowland” episodes about space travel and the future. Work was begun on the UFO film, but then discontinued, Kimball claimed.

Is “Tomorrowland” about the important UFO developments in 1952 that Walt Disney was involved in? Maybe. Maybe not. But audiences certainly seem to be ready to learn more about this unfolding and emerging story. Will “Tomorrowland” move the ball forward?


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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.

Chris Iversen
Co-Owner
TheOutPostForum.com


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Mysterious phenomena are all around us, and within us

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By Steve Hammons

Millions of people around the world are interested in “unconventional phenomena.” These subjects include UFOs, crop circles, extra-sensory perception (ESP) and “remote viewing,” near-death experiences (NDE) and life-after-death concepts and similar kinds of topics.

In some cases, modern science is starting to understand many of these phenomena. Emerging understanding of physics explains the possible operation of some of these things. They may just reflect how the universe works, how Nature works.

Even our military and intelligence communities have investigated these subjects. The Army, CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) have been involved in ESP and remote viewing for decades.

Communication with other species and understanding the intelligence of other species is also an area of interest. The Navy has been conducting a wide range of research and operations with dolphins and other marine mammals, as part of the Marine Mammal Program, based in San Diego. This effort, too, has been ongoing for decades.

Humans are a curious bunch. We puzzle over our place in Nature and the universe. We strive to understand our Earth and the creatures and life upon it.

The human mind and human psychology, of course, are subjects of great interest. In many ways, understanding in this area is key to unlocking many other mysteries. What is the human brain and mind capable of? And what of the human heart and the human capacity for love and compassion? How are we different from and similar to the dolphins and other species? Why have humans developed the way we have? Human consciousness, the human mind and the human heart are also mysterious phenomena in their own ways.

Is there a “collective consciousness” or a “zero-point” phenomena that we can tap into by going within ourselves? Meditation, yoga, consciousness research, even the use of psychoactive plants, cacti and mushrooms have been explored by researchers and the general public. What happens when people meditate and get into a so-called “altered consciousness?” How does prayer work? What do Native American Indians experience when they use the peyote cactus in spiritual ceremonies? (Their use this cactus for spiritual purposes is legal for members of the Native American Church under federal law.) Does this make them feel closer to the “Great Spirit?” What is the attraction of marijuana (cannabis) for so many people?

Another area of interest is ancient human history. There has been great fascination with the story of Atlantis and other possible “lost civilizations.” Anthropologists have uncovered the remnants of great cities in the Americas. The pyramids of Egypt also seem to continue to hold secrets. Was there a “pole shift” thousands of years ago when the Earth’s crust moved, and temperate areas of the Earth became frozen while the ice on the previous poles melted, creating Noah’s flood?

We wonder about the stars in the night sky and if there are intelligent beings out there. The many, many reports from credible witnesses about UFOs and “visitors” are fascinating to people around the world. Have people really been abducted? The Air Force, NASA, the military and our intelligence agencies have looked into this. What have they found? Some say we are getting ready for further understanding of this phenomena. A new term, “exopolitics,” has been adopted, referring to diplomatic and cultural relations between humans and beings from other worlds.

People ask how these kinds of mysteries and unknowns fit into our ideas of God, “The Force,” the “Great Spirit” or whatever name we use for a higher being. Is there a Heaven? Have our loved ones who’ve passed on gone there? If so, what is it like? Do they look down on us, help keep us safe and whisper in our ears while we sleep? Will they greet us when we, too, pass on to Heaven? And, could Heaven and Earth ever be joined in a more harmonious way?

Many questions. Good questions. And the interest people have in finding answers seems universal. In every human culture and society, past and present, it seems there is a common interest in pursuing answers about our world and about ourselves.

Maybe these are the kinds of things that can bring the world together. Maybe interest in unconventional subjects and mysteries can help the human race get to the next level in our development. And many people wonder what is truly possible for the human race. Can we make a breakthrough that will truly represent a miracle for our species? That is something to think about all right, something to meditate on, something to pray about maybe.

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