Sunday, July 1, 2012

UFOs, Aliens and the Question of Contact

The Baptism of Christ
by Aert de Gelder (1710)
UFOs, Aliens and the Question of Contact by Bernhard Guenther

The UFO phenomena is quite an elusive topic. Despite many years of documented encounters, there is still no confirmation from any "official" authorities, be it mainstream science or government, that there may be something "otherworldly" going on. On the contrary, there is often ridicule and avoidance whenever this subject comes up. Yet most of the general public believes that extraterrestrial UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) exist and that the government is hiding information from us. Many people had UFO sightings themselves. However, most people also don't give it much attention or thought, believing that it doesn't really affect us anyway and that we'll deal with it once official "contact" has been made.

But what if the UFO phenomena is not what we thought it is, but has influenced humanity and the world at large for thousands of years? What would be the implications?

Our views on life and existence, science and religion, spirituality and evolution, consciousness and psychology as well as reality as we know it would take on a whole new understanding when looking deeper into the UFO phenomena and the possibility of a higher alien intelligence affecting our world. Perhaps we're not the "main show" here on earth and maybe not even on "top of the food chain"? Let's not forget, not too long ago we believed that the earth is flat. What else will we discover?

In general it is impossible to get into any discussion about this topic with people who dismiss something right away without having sincerely looked into the evidence and research. There is no point in discussing beliefs and set view points. Discussion is only constructive when it is not limited by personal preference, beliefs, or a conditioned world view. Open-minded objectivity is essential when seeking truth.

With that in mind, everyone who starts to study the UFO phenomena will eventually find out that there is valid information and there is disinformation. Truth and lies are all mixed together, especially in a fringe topic outside the realm of "official culture". It's a big swamp but the sincere seeker, who approaches this subject with a critical but open mind and effort to dig a bit, can see that, without any doubt, something "otherworldly" IS going on....and has been going on for a while.

The question is, how to separate truth from lies? How can we find out what is really going on in this elusive field?

There is one important issue that needs to be considered when dealing with such fringe topics: Our own level of cultural conditioning".Many people project a certain typical image on the extraterrestrial phenomena based on Hollywood movies and Sci-Fi literature which mostly tends to "humanize" intelligent alien beings in some way and keeps it on a very physical level with aliens supposedly coming from another planet and acting out human qualities. What we see in the mainstream does affect how we view this topic, even if only unconsciously. The conditioning through "official culture" which has "fictionalized" this topic is deep and far-reaching. It cannot be underestimated.

We need to understand this vast conditioning as well as the immense public ridicule of this topic, where most sightings are being explained away by weather anomalies, the planet Venus, or weather balloons. However, many people do believe in UFO's. But what do we actually really know about the intention of these "visitors"?

There is a huge difference between belief and knowledge.
What do we really know and what do we just believe or assume?
We should never underestimate the trap of wishful thinking and/or denial.

Looking at it all with what the Buddhists call "Beginners Mind" helps in the process of finding out truth. No preconceived ideas or assumptions, but simply looking at it as it is, cross-reverencing the data/research out there, using logic and intuition alike, separating disinfo from reliable information, slowly putting together the pieces of this puzzle. It is obviously a topic where no one has all the pieces and there is still much to discover. But at one point, when you have a certain amount of pieces of a puzzle, you can start to see an image arising. Let's look at some of these pieces and how the image could look like.

UFO's and the National Security State

When it comes to well documented UFO cases, especially involving Government and Military documents , there is one book to point out and that is Richard Dolan's "UFO's and the National Security State - The Chronology of a Cover-up". Dolan has an academic background with the much-needed critical but open mind when researching such matters. He holds an MA in History from the University of Rochester and a BA in History from Alfred University. Prior to his interest in anomalous phenomena, Dolan studied US Cold War strategy, Soviet history, and international diplomacy.

"UFOs and the National Security State" is the first volume of a three-part historical narrative of the national security dimensions of the UFO phenomenon from 1941 to the present. Included are the records of more than fifty military bases relating to violations of sensitive airspace by unknown objects, demonstrating that the US military has taken the topic of UFOs seriously indeed.
 Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell called Dolan's book "monumental," while Dr. Hal Puthoff, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, declared it to be "a must-read for serious students in the field."

Some believe that UFO's are just developed Nazi technology or secret military projects but have nothing "ET" like to them, others explain UFO's with Jungian psychology as a projection of our collective. For anyone who doubts that the UFO phenomena is real needs to read this book. It is well documented and clearly shows that government and military are very aware of the UFO issue and also that they do not have a handle on it.
"There is more than enough documentation to establish military interest in UFO's. Attempted interceptions and military close encounters are a constant feature[...]The president/government doesn't really know much at all and is not really in charge to begin with. The [privatized] military industrial complex and private transnational corporations seem to be involved with alien technology, UFO-crash retrievals, back-engineering and possible study of alien bodies, closed off from any government or official overview." - Richard Dolan, (from his Keynote presentation at the UFO Conference, Laughlin, Nevada 2008)
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