Journal of Alternative Realities.
Volume 9,  Issue 1,  2001

Contents :

Disclosure   Inevitable - But When?
PK and Consciousness
Awakening to Contact
The War Between Mind-sets 
My Bizarre Experiences
Precognition & Clairvoyance
My Encounter Experiences
Why Did You Take My Son?
Western Australian Sightings
Technology Update
The Stargate Conspiracy
The Mystery Of The Crystal Skulls

Inevitable - But When?
By Michael Jordan

It appears that ever increasing numbers of people are coming to believe that we humans have, for a very long period of time, been the subject of scrutiny and interaction by non-human entities.  These days it’s becoming commonplace, particularly in so-called New Age literature, to read about radical shifts of consciousness, fostered by the realisation that everything in the universe is intrinsically connected and that nothing exists that is separate from anything else.  Some writers and some scientists even claim that we are inexorably being ushered through the portals of a new paradigm of understanding.  It is, they say, as if a new wave of consciousness is alerting and filling the conceptual atmosphere of this planet, resulting in more and more people awakening from their slumber and atrophy, to notice that our understanding of reality is vastly incomplete and frequently inaccurate.  It appears that our attention is being drawn to the deeper current of perception that we are capable of, if only we can break the shackles of historical perspectives, poisonous ideologies and cultural programming.

If we accept that there is a deliberate cover-up at the highest levels, of the alien presence amongst us, then such an expansion in consciousness has all sorts of implications for us.  Of course it’s inevitable that we continually advance in our thinking.  That’s what growth is all about.  The sure but irregular steps in our evolutionary development have resulted from spurts in the acquisition of knowledge and the growth of technology.  However, irrefutable proof of the alien presence on our planet would surely provide a much more dynamic catalyst for a massive shift in consciousness, and change to our consensus reality, than our species has ever experienced in our known past.

History has repeatedly taught us that radical changes induced in any society, inevitably result in disastrous consequences for its people.  There would be profound implications for every facet of our social, economic, political, religious and cultural existence.  Imagine an entire species existing in a prolonged state of cognitive dissonance.  Indeed, these assurances provide strong justification for those who supposedly are responsible for the prolonged withholding of information about the presence of non-humans amongst us.  Assuming that they originate outside our planet, they will be accessing energy sources that are as yet unknown to us.  Just imagine the economic implications for the greedy monopolies that control our current energy sources with their toxic discharges.  To touch briefly on another aspect, if, as is highly likely, the social and cultural advancement of our visitors is far more developed than our current level, could we curb our natural aggression and rapidly adjust to a much more sociable, sharing and caring lifestyle?

Taking all of these factors into consideration, is there justification for censorship and denial of our inviolable rights as humans to be continuously informed of the latest developments, irrespective of the outcomes of such information?  Obviously those withholding the facts, faced with the dilemma posed by disclosure, believe that there is.  To be absolutely fair; it is possible that an exquisitely programmed timetable of gradual revelation has been in operation for some years.  If so, then humanity’s degree of receptivity would need to be monitored continuously so that final disclosure could be waiting in the wings.  On the other hand such a decision may not be in human hands at all.  Our visitors may be the ones doing the monitoring.  So when the time suits them, they will reveal their presence.

In recent times, ufologists have become increasingly cynical about assurances by prominent researchers in the field that they were about to reveal so-called smoking gun evidence that was going to be strong enough to blow away the proponents of suppression.  At best these ‘revelations’, no matter how conclusive to supporters, and despite coming from highly pedigreed sources, have promoted marginal discussion and have done nothing to interest an apathetic public or a press corps hypnotised by the trivia of daily life.  The interesting outcomes of monitoring thousands of hours of NASA film, input on the subject from astronauts, and the admissions of top ranking, direct witness military officers such as Colonel Corso in The Day After Roswell, have amounted to very little.  What will it take to convince the general public of the continued interaction and presence of non-human beings on this planet?

Dr Steven Greer, director of CSETI, the Centre for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, believes that the difficulty of coming to grips with the presence of visitors will be compounded by the realisation that such information has been kept secret from us by government and military leaders for over half a century.  CSETI has elaborate plans to begin disclosure proceedings some time this year, building on years of preparation and research.  The process will involve the testimony of a number of prominent individuals who having witnessed the official cover-up, and are prepared to come forward to give sworn evidence.  The witness list will include not just government officials but members of the military, astronauts, and aerospace contractors.  A catalogue of events and outcomes will be described in such detail as to present a “definite and irrefutable case” for the reality of the extraterrestrial presence.

CSETI defines its disclosure project as “a prolonged, sustained and coordinated multimedia global release of definitive evidence and the testimony of top secret witnesses about extraterrestrial intelligence, secret and compartmented government programmes and advanced technologies related to energy and propulsion systems.”  According to Michael Brownlee in an article entitled “On the Threshold of a New Paradigm,” Greer has been providing a series of top-level briefings about the visitors’ presence to generals, admirals, senior congressional leaders and staff of the executive branch, at the Pentagon.  He is said to have included at such briefings such people as associates of former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali, CIA Director James Woolsey, and former British Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Hill-Norton.

Brownlee explores another possible avenue of disclosure through mounting public hearings to present the alien presence via a mock trial involving expert testimony and cross-examination before a panel of judges, or actual congressional hearings held at the request of former congressmen.  Potential participants in such a process would include Peter Gersten, a former New York criminal defense trial attorney and founder of CAUS (Citizens Against UFO Secrecy); Stephen Bassett, a UFO lobbyist in Washington; and Daniel Sheehan, a controversial, public-interest attorney who has been involved in highly publicised litigation aimed at exposing government misdeeds.  Also included in this prestigious group of activists is science journalist, futurist at Stanford Research Institute, and environmental lawyer, Alfred Lambremont Webre.

In the present climate, the sworn testimony of prominent and respected people may be the most successful avenue to complete disclosure.  They would have to be important enough for the world press not to want to take the risk of ignoring their evidence.  This would be the first step in gaining the attention of an uncritical public, used to following blindly the media’s judgement of what is worthwhile news and what they should believe.

It has become increasingly evident that a continuous catalogue of sightings, no matter how qualified or numerous the witnesses, is never going to convince everybody.  At one time it was thought that only physical evidence from alien contact sites would interest scientists and that this was the only way to proceed.  However, in an essay titled, “Just What Evidence Will People Believe?” author, broadcaster and researcher, John Spencer, invites us to consider a situation in which a witness to an encounter actually sees a spaceship and meets with aliens.  He comes away with hours of video tape of the encounter; visually and audio-recorded conversation between the witness, the investigator and the aliens; and information from the aliens which can be verified from archive records in museums all over the world.  Spencer adds, “we might have still photographs of the aliens and the spaceship, and video footage of the aliens doing something unambiguously non-human.  We might have magnetometer readings showing massive increases in magnetic field disturbances at the time when the flying saucer appears, positive returns on portable radar, film of thermometer fluctuations and  just for good measure  a few working parts from the alien spaceship’s drive mechanism, offered to us as a gift.  What then?”

What then indeed!  This sounds like the sort of scenario, for which UFO researchers have been praying for decades; the mother of all smoking guns!  But what is actually likely to happen when the investigator offers this priceless evidence to the world?  Spencer spells it out clearly, “Firstly he will come up against the political in-fighting which goes on endlessly amongst all researchers, whether in the conventional sciences or the para-sciences; his methods will be questioned and his integrity and honesty brought into doubt.  Secondly, once the material is presented to a wider public, he can expect to spend literally the rest of his life defending himself against allegations of fraud.  These will come from both the scientific community  whose institutions have a massive interest in not accepting challenges to science  and from the media” (Spencer, 1993, p.89).  What does this reaction tell us?  Simply that we can be pretty sure, following years of bitter experience, that recorded data does not constitute acceptable evidence for a large percentage of people.

The major point that Spencer is making in his article is that science employs, to use an analogy, a particular filter, the scale of which it determines; which allows evidence acceptable to science to filter through (truths), preventing ‘mistakes and frauds’ from emerging.  The problem is that science has determined that there is no appropriate filter size for UFOs.  It is totally closed: there are no truths.  The difficulty with this blinkered approach is that it does not recognise that there are many aspects of our world, which at one time were completely incomprehensible within the terms of this self-imposed filter, but which today are within our range of understanding.

Let us all hope that what appears to be the seemingly increased accommodation for acceptance of dramatic changes in our world view  discussed at the beginning of this article  will create a climate in which the process of disclosure can begin in the clear knowledge that the time is now right.

Brownlee, Michael.  On the Threshold of a New Paradigm.  Available at:
Carey, Ken.  (1991)  The Third Millennium.  San Francisco: Harper.
CSETI.  Available at:  http://www.cseti .org/
Spencer, John.  (1993)  Just what evidence will people believe?  In Timothy Good (Ed.), Alien Update (pp.87-94).  London: Random House.

PK and Consciousness
By Simon Harvey-Wilson

In July 2000, the Australasian Society for Psychical Research held an audience participation, mind-over-matter, metal-bending exercise conducted by Helge Trneny.  Those attending were asked to bring with them a piece of cutlery  such as a dessert spoon or fork  that they didn’t mind getting bent.  Everyone was asked to participate whether or not they thought that they had any ‘spoon bending’ ability.  The procedure was straightforward.  Helge suggested that each person hold his or her piece of cutlery loosely in one hand with thumb and forefinger, preferably in the middle.  He then conducted a ten minute visualisation exercise.  We were each asked to visualise a golden ball that was pouring energy progressively through our head, neck, shoulder, arm, wrist, hand and then into the piece of cutlery we were holding.  This energy was ‘instructed’ to affect the spoon or fork in such a way that it became pliable enough either to bend of its own accord or so that the person holding it could effortlessly bend it into a distorted shape.  We ended by shouting “Bend, bend, bend” in unison.

In his introduction Helge had claimed that it was largely the conscious mind’s belief that such metal-bending was impossible that prevented people from being able to do it.  To counteract this, immediately after the visualisation exercise, Helge led a discussion about paranormal matters for about fifteen minutes during which we were asked to test our cutlery regularly to see if it had bent or become pliable.  The idea was that, while our conscious attention was distracted, the paranormal energy would have more chance of working.  However, this energy might only operate for less than a minute, so, as soon as anyone felt his or her cutlery bending or becoming soft, they should twist it into a nice sculptural shape before it set hard again.  By the end of the evening about ten percent of the audience had produced bent cutlery.  Some of them were astonished that this had happened because up till then, while they might have believed that such a thing was possible, they had no idea that they themselves could do it.

While that evening’s results are interesting and provocative, one could not claim that they constitute conclusive scientific proof that about ten percent of the population has some metal-bending ability.  A sceptic might accuse some people of cheating or inadvertently bending their cutlery while flexing it to see if it had become pliable (although one reason the audience was encouraged to bring a piece of cutlery larger and stronger that a teaspoon was to reduce this possibility).  On the other hand, I have so far attended four such exercises in which about the same percentage of the audience’s cutlery bent.  For this and other reasons it could be claimed that there exists sufficient evidence to justify further research into psychokinesis (PK).  The nature of that research would be up to whoever conducted it, but one way of eliminating claims of cheating would be to use short pieces of metal that were too thick to be bent manually.  However, if the psychokinetic energy involved in such exercises is only just powerful enough to bend metal the thickness of normal cutlery, such an experiment might not work.

Psi, ESP and PK.   Rosemary Guiley (1991, p.469) explains that parapsychologists normally use the word ‘psi’ as the generic term for both extrasensory perception (ESP) and psychokinesis (PK).  She defines PK as the “apparent influence of mind over matter through invisible means, such as the movement of objects, bending of metal, and the outcome of events…. PK occurs spontaneously and deliberately, indicating that it is both an unconscious and conscious process” (p.479).  I prefer to use the term PK to cover a larger variety of paranormal phenomena than Guiley does, for example, paranormal healing, levitation, teleportation, control of the weather (Mishlove, 2000), and inedia (the capacity to survive without eating or drinking).  Many examples of PK have also been reported during poltergeist activity, otherwise known as Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis (RSPK).  An excellent review of the early history of research into PK can be found in Brian Inglis’ 1985 book The Paranormal: An Encyclopedia of Psychic Phenomena.

A more recent book is China’s Super Psychics (1997) by Paul Dong and Thomas Raffill which gives numerous examples of the extraordinary PK talents of a selection of Chinese psychics who have what they term ‘Exceptional Human Functions’ (EHF).  One of them, a man called Zhang Baosheng, has such powerful psi abilities that the Chinese government has granted him the status of national treasure, which entitles him to a salary, bodyguard and chauffer driven car (p.7).  Zhang works for China’s Defence Ministry and occasionally gives demonstrations for foreign dignitaries.  He is reported to be able to teleport objects, “On one occasion, before a large number of witnesses, Zhang caused a hundred-pound [45kg] sack of sugar to move through the walls of a storehouse, ending up in front of them” (p.14).  The Chinese police apparently no longer bother giving Zhang driving tickets because he simply makes them disappear.  Dong & Raffill claim that as a result of extensive testing of their vast population, the Chinese government has discovered numerous young people with EHF.  Many of these are under “special protection” (p.12), so the full extent of their abilities is not known, but some of the tests that are used to select them include seeing whether they can teleport tablets out of sealed bottles or cause flower buds to open by staring at them.  Dong & Raffill’s book is not particularly well written, and largely contains anecdotal reports rather than scientific research, but some of these reports are also to be found in Dr Elmar Gruber’s book Psychic Wars: Parapsychology in Espionage and Beyond (1999), which introduces the idea of psi abilities being used for military purposes.

National Security considerations may explain why much of the published research into psi seems so insipid.  I suspect that government research into both paranormal and UFO phenomena is largely classified, possibly because these two fields are so closely connected.  Aliens frequently use telepathy; they heal people; they often levitate themselves and/or abductees; they seem to be able to make themselves and others invisible; they appear to go through walls which may be a form of PK or teleportation; some UFOs may travel using teleportation; and something that resembles poltergeist activity frequently occurs in abductees’ homes.  This list suggests that aliens have powerful PK abilities which may result from their having developed what we could call a ‘technology of the paranormal’.  If this is true, there is little doubt that the Pentagon would secretly want to do the same.

Most people have heard of telepathy or spoon bending, even if they are not sure whether science has proved their existence or not, so keeping these topics completely secret is not possible.  However, all the relevant authorities would need to do is suppress the publication of their research into psi, while perhaps simultaneously issuing small amounts of disinformation to maintain public confusion about the subject.  The resulting information vacuum enables any genuine sceptics to criticise psi research with impunity because so little evidence is available to contradict them.

However, it is a logical error to assume that a lack of conclusive, published evidence about a subject proves that none exists.  An overview of the paranormal research that has not been done, which, for very little funding, effort and time, could have been done years ago, suggests that something suspicious is going on in this field that extends well beyond normal human bias and ignorance.  A maxim from intelligence work states that while a single unusual occurrence might be normal, and twice might be coincidental, three times is downright suspicious.  In light of this, we could ask how many opportunities to do serious, public research into the paranormal have fallen by the wayside in the last fifty years?  In my opinion, the number is way beyond three!  The question is, why is such research classified and what might they have discovered that they don’t want us to know?

Researching PK seems to be a twofold problem.  We need further convincing experiments to test the variety of ways PK may occur and secondly, a testable conceptual framework is required to explains how it works.  On the other hand, a suitable theory to explain PK might produce better ideas about how to research the subject.  A limited amount of investigation into various types of psi has been conducted in Europe, Russia and the United States over the last two centuries although acceptance of the results by the scientific community has been dogged by controversy.  Today matters have improved somewhat and there are several universities and private organisations researching parapsychology.  This article cannot canvass all the theories and experiments used in this research, but will mention a selection and also discuss the apparent link between psi and consciousness.

PEAR.   The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory was established in 1979 at Princeton University by Robert Jahn, a professor of Aerospace Sciences and Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.  Under the guidance of Jahn and laboratory manager Brenda Dunne, the PEAR lab has carried out a considerable amount of research into PK.  They have for years been accumulating statistics on what happens when test subjects are asked to stare at a computer screen showing the results of a random-number generator (RNG) performing the equivalent of tossing a coin many times per minute.  Chance dictates that a genuine RNG will produce an almost equal number of heads or tails from a large sample of tosses.  The greater the sample size the more there should be exactly fifty percent heads and fifty percent tails, thus producing a straight line across PEAR’s computer screen.  Subjects are therefore asked to concentrate on biasing the RNG by willing the line go up or down.  In other words, they are trying to use PK to force the RNG to produce more heads than tails or vice versa.  PEAR’s cumulative results reveal that this can be done to a slight extent (Radin, 1997, p.138).  How does this work?  How can someone who has no idea how a computer or RNG works affect its functioning in such a specific manner?  If this research continues successfully, dare we hope that the computer technician of the future might be able to fix a crashed computer simply by staring at it!

University of Nevada.   Dr Dean Radin is the director of the Consciousness Research Laboratory at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and has done a considerable amount of research into parapsychology, some of it for the US government.  His book The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena (1997), is arguably the most important book available on this subject at present.  As the titles of both his lab and book suggest, Radin is aware that research into consciousness is essential for a deeper understanding of psi.  Radin’s work on PK also involves RNGs.  He adopts the idea  common among paranormal researcher  that there exists a form of interconnectedness, or field of consciousness, between people and objects (p.157) and assumes that this nonlocal effect is somehow capable of transcending time and space.  (For a discussion of nonlocality, consciousness and the paranormal, I recommend Michael Talbot’s excellent 1991 book The Holographic Universe.)  Physicists report that the sub-atomic or quantum level of reality also displays nonlocal effects, and that sub-atomic particles are most accurately described in terms of energy and probabilities rather than as solid objects.  This leads Radin to claim that consciousness can extend beyond the body to affect the “probabilities of events” (p.160), and that a group of focussed minds can do this more powerfully than an individual.  This means that PK will affect a sufficiently sensitive physical system such as an RNG by introducing ‘order’ or information into that system and the stronger the effect, the more order it will introduce.  Order is displayed as a significant increase of either the zeros or ones produced by an RNG.  In other words, the RNG becomes less and less random the more powerful the field of consciousness affecting it.  This sounds like the PEAR experiments described earlier, however Radin’s research goes a step further.  Rather than have a group of people trying to bend a line on a computer screen by staring at it, Radin claims that any large group of people who are, for example, deeply engrossed in watching a popular event on the television, will cause an RNG temporarily to cease being random, even if those viewers do not know about the experiment.  To test this theory, Radin set up several RNGs in various labs during events such as the Annual Academy Awards presentations, the announcement of the O.J. Simpson trail verdict, the US Superbowl football game, and the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games.  His results showed that in each case the RNGs became significantly less random during these televised events, even though they were not always located where the events occurred.

Radin’s results are interesting but one could perhaps query their relevance.  But, in a world increasingly reliant on computers and other sensitive devices to manage things such as the stock market, our bank accounts, hospital medical equipment, plane navigation and air traffic control, as well as satellite and nuclear missile launches, the fact that one or more people can apparently affect the working of such devices is clearly cause for concern.  Radin is quoted as saying that direct mind-matter interaction (DMMI)  another term for PK  might cause about one-tenth of one percent of all unexplained machine failures (Wood, 1997, p.62).

Downward Causation.   In an attempt to provide a conceptual model for PK, Radin introduces the notion of ‘downward causation’ using the example of someone driving a car along a street (1997, p.260).  To explain why the car is moving, we might speak of the combustion of petrol in the car’s cylinders; the mechanical turning of the drive shaft; the driver’s leg muscles moving the accelerator; or the driver’s decision to go to the shops by that particular route.  “Where does the ultimate cause lie?  There is none.  It is distributed everywhere at every level of the explanatory hierarchy, all at once.  One view sees causation flowing ‘up’ from the exploding droplets of gasoline and another sees causation flowing ‘down’ from the driver’s volition” (p.260).  Radin therefore suggests that psi effects may be the result of a form of downward causation and that parapsychology somehow straddles “the edge separating the mind-oriented disciplines such as clinical and transpersonal psychology and matter-oriented disciplines such as neuroscience and cognitive science.  Parapsychology explicitly studies the interactions between consciousness and the physical world.  It assumes that downward causation exists in some form, and it assumes that scientific methods can be used to study this middle realm in a rigorous way” (p.263).

The Society for Psychical Research, (SPR), is a private organisation based in London that has had an interest in psychical research since it was founded in 1882 by a group of Cambridge scholars.  The society has continuously published the Journal for Psychical Research since 1884.  Their Internet site is recommended because, among other things, it contains a worldwide directory of universities and individuals involved in paranormal research.  The American Society for Psychical Research, which was founded in 1885, also has a comprehensive website (see the references at the end of this article for both addresses).

The Koestler Parapsychology Unit.   The Koestler Chair of Parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh, currently held by Bob Morris, was founded as a result of a bequest by the writer Arthur Koestler.  In “An Overview of Psychical Research in Britain,” in the SPR’s quarterly Paranormal Review, Matthew Smith points out that since “Professor Morris took up his post in 1985, thirteen students have gained their doctorates in parapsychology-related subjects under his supervision, of whom seven currently hold academic posts in the UK (the other six graduates hold posts in other countries).”  Smith claims that six other British universities are doing research into parapsychology including the ‘Mind-Matter Unification Project’ at the University of Cambridge, led by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Prof Brian Josephson.  However, he points out that most of this research is funded by short-term grants and often centres around a single researcher, meaning that if that person moves the research moves too, or ceases.

PK and Healing.   If PK is the effect of the mind on matter, then it could be claimed that paranormal healing is a type of PK.  There are various types of healing and several books have been written on the subject (Krippner & Villoldo, 1986).   A common method is the laying on of hands, while some people appear to be able to heal at a distance by, for example, praying with the patient over the telephone (O’Neil, 1988).  Shamanic healing has occurred throughout history in almost every part of the planet.  Shamans claim that their paranormal healing powers are provided or augmented by helping spirits from some sort of otherworld, and many shamans learn the art by first healing themselves during what is termed shamanic initiation illness (Eliade, 1951/1989; Kalweit, 1992).

Paranormal healing raises several questions.  Using your own consciousness to direct energy to bend a spoon that you are holding is one thing, but how does energy (if that is what it is) from one person’s mind enter someone else’s body and heal an infection, a wound, or a cancer?  Does the healing power possess a form of diagnostic intelligence that knows what is needed in an organic or bio-chemical sense, even if the healer has no medical knowledge?  Even so, knowing a patient’s medical requirements is still not the same as being able to provide them by paranormal means.

Gruber (1999, p.162) quotes a Russian experiment into PK-healing in which groups of mice were exposed to “lethal doses of gamma rays.”  In one of the examples, “healers treated the animals about twenty minutes before they were exposed to the lethal dose.”  All the mice in the four untreated control groups died, while in the groups that had received prior healing, the death rates were “ninety per cent, fifty per cent, forty per cent and twenty-two per cent respectively.”  It seems extraordinary that an animal can be healed before it has been injured, but what makes this case even harder to explain is that the most successful of the healers (the one with the twenty-two per cent death rate) had been doing remote healing, from a town thirteen hundred kilometres away!

The possible community health benefits and financial savings are alone sufficient incentive to justify comprehensive research into PK-healing, but we should also be aware of the potential ramifications if such research was successful.  What, for example, might the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries have to say about the future possibility of doctors, or the public at large, being able to heal without drugs and all the other paraphernalia of modern medicine?

Inedia is closely related to paranormal healing because both appear to involve some form of physical change within the body.  The Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann stopped eating and drinking in 1927 and survived for the next thirty-five years.  Michael Talbot (1991) reports that, “although she lost nearly nine pounds [4 kg] in blood during the weekly opening of her stigmata, her weight returned to normal within a day or two later” (p.153).  How is this possible?  She was obviously not materialising food within her own stomach because investigations at the time revealed that she did not go to the toilet (p.153).  So was she using a form of PK to generate, within her own body, the energy required to stay alive?  I suspect that various agribusinesses might not be too amused if people start learning how to survive without eating, although many in the Third World might welcome such a gift.

Theories.   Any theory to explain PK will need to include all aspects of the phenomenon, although different types of PK might work in different ways.  Obvious questions about PK are: What is its connection to consciousness; what is the energy involved, and how does it operate at a distance from the body?  Is that energy a new fundamental force not yet discovered by physicists, or an unknown variation of the existing ones?  Physicists currently believe that there exist only four fundamental forces: the strong and the weak nuclear forces, gravity and electromagnetism.

In his book Superminds: An Investigation into the Paranormal (1976), which documents his research into metal-bending, John Taylor  who was then Professor of Mathematics at King’s College, London  suggests that, “the human operator emits the electromagnetic intentionality field which interacts with … a piece of metal” (p.138).  He admits that an “alternative candidate for the intentionality field is a so-called psi field, which is involved in some way with physical objects; it is not in physical space but in some other space or spaces” (p.139).  However, he claims that if this psi-field is “entirely non-physical, it would never be able to interact with the physical world and cause the bending of metal” (p.139).  This is a common scientific objection to PK theories.  But, researchers who dismiss the possibility that there exists a form of ‘non-physical energy’ that can interact with physical matter are being unscientific if they simply make such an assertion without doing any research to prove it.

What energy operates during other forms of PK?  For example, does the paranormal capacity to levitate an object or oneself involve a form of anti-gravity, or an entirely unknown type of energy?  Whichever it is, the military might be extremely interested in this ability, especially in the light of reports that many aliens appear to levitate both themselves and abductees during close encounters.  In his book Into the Crystal: The Miracles of Peter Sugleris (1993), paranormal researcher Dr Berthold Schwarz publishes several photos of Peter levitating both himself and other objects, although the pictures were not taken under controlled conditions.  What might the world be like in future if some people learn to levitate themselves at will?

Other questions about PK abilities are: Why are some people good at it while others are not?  Is it possible to learn how to do it without meditating for many years, and why is it that being abducted by aliens appears to develop or enhance a person’s psi abilities?  Assuming that science will one day be able to explain PK, will we be able to create machines or robots that can use it, and could we perhaps use genetic engineering to enhance it in future generations of humans?  Some scientists are already discussing the possibility of creating conscious computers (Wright, 1996; Taubes, 1998).

Consciousness.   One of the most prevalent theories about paranormal powers such as PK is that they are related to altered states of consciousness.  This largely results from the observation that many mystics, yogis and saints develop paranormal abilities after years of meditation (Yogananda, 1946/1983), although there are also people who seem to be born with PK abilities, or who develop them spontaneously after receiving a bang to the head or an electric shock (Perry, 1993).  The problem with hoping that an understanding of consciousness will help explain PK is that science knows almost as little about the nature of consciousness as it does about psi.  Nevertheless, research into consciousness is now considered by many to be one of science’s most important subjects and does not have such a controversial history as parapsychology.  Unfortunately, despite today’s relative abundance of books on consciousness, the neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists involved cannot even agree on what consciousness is, let alone how to research it (Searle, 1998).  Philosophical debate over what is called the ‘mind-body problem’ is centuries old and raises some interesting questions.  For example, if humans are consciousness, does that mean that some or all animals are as well?  If the mind and body are separate phenomena, then how do they interact with each other, and what, if anything, is consciousness made of?

The conventional scientific position is that consciousness is simply an illusory by-product of the brain.  Numerous researchers adopt this opinion with dogmatic insistence.  At the other end of the spectrum are those who take into account PK, near-death experiences (NDEs), out-of-body experiences (OBEs), remote viewing (RV), and similar experiences that suggest that consciousness, or some aspect of it, can function beyond the body.  However, I believe that we need to be careful in assuming that the debate is simply about whether consciousness can transcend the body or not, although that is what it looks like at first glance.  The truth may be considerably more complicated.  One suggestion, based largely on Eastern philosophy, is that consciousness is the fundamental underlying substance of reality and that the brain is a device that enables us to experience it in an individualistic sense while we are resident in our bodies.  If this is the case, then why are we not all more psychic, and what is actually happening during NDEs and OBEs?  Are people taking their individual portion of consciousness with them during such experiences, or are they using some form of universal consciousness?  Would an information technology specialist be the best person to research how it is that a person’s individual consciousness can sometimes appear to connect up to an Internet-like, nonlocal form of universal consciousness?

The evidence of PK suggests that there is something about the fundamental nature of reality that facilitates a transfer of energy and/or information between the human mind and matter.  This suggests that we may have a lot more to learn about the relationship between consciousness, information, energy, and matter.  For example, Guiley (p.468) points out that, according to conventional physics, the PK ability to materialise or dematerialise an object the size of a twenty cent coin would require the energy of a small nuclear explosion.  So how could anyone do it?  Perhaps science has made the mistake of assuming that knowing one way of doing something automatically excludes any other way.  There may be a simpler, non-nuclear way that matter can be created or dematerialised that does not involve energy in the way physicists currently believe it should.  In other words, perhaps something other than what we call ‘energy’ can produce matter.  If research reveals this to be the case, it would revolutionise our understanding of the nature of reality, and possibly upset a lot of scientists.

Information and Consciousness.   What unknown connections might exist between consciousness, information, energy, and matter?  I earlier mentioned Radin’s idea that the PK ability to affect an RNG can be seen as introducing order or information into the workings of the RNG.  Radin writes that, “Other theorists familiar with the RNG studies agree that what seems to be happening in mind-matter interaction phenomena is better described in terms of exchanges of information rather than by the application of conventional forces” (1997, p.279).  Similarly, Guiley (1991, p.478) writes that, “If one assumes the existence of extrasensory perception (ESP), then PK is a necessary consequence.  In physics, if information is obtained from a system (as with ESP) then the system is disturbed (resulting in PK).”

In a provocative article entitled “The Puzzle of Conscious Experience” in Scientific American, the philosopher David Chalmers writes that “consciousness might be explained by a new kind of theory…. For example, it will probably involve new fundamental laws, and the concept of information may play a central role.  These faint glimmerings suggest that a theory of consciousness may have startling consequences for our view of the universe and of ourselves” (1995, p.62).  Chalmers does not discuss paranormal phenomena in his article, but he does propose that “conscious experience be considered a fundamental feature, irreducible to anything more basic” (p.65).  This sounds like “Transcendental Monism” which Radin (p.255) defines as the theory that, “the mind is primary, and in some sense causes matter.  The ultimate stuff of the universe is consciousness.  The physical world is to the greater mind as a dream is to the individual mind.  Consciousness is not the end product of material evolution; rather consciousness was here first.”  This theory clearly has an Eastern religious flavour to it which, not surprisingly, alienates some researchers but should not exclude it from serious consideration.  After all, it might turn out to be correct.

In what might seem like an echo of these ideas, the well-known author and physicist Paul Davies writes that, “Normally we think of the world as composed of simple, clod-like, material particles, and information as a derived phenomenon attached to special, organised states of matter.  But maybe it is the other way around: perhaps the Universe is really a frolic of primal information, and material objects a complex secondary manifestation” (1999, p.3).  Davies points out that it was the American physicist John Archibald Wheeler who first came up with this idea when he coined the phrase “it from bit,” in which ‘it’ refers to solid matter, while ‘bit’ refers to the basic unit of information in a modern computer.  However, Davies cautions against an unquestioning acceptance of such ideas.  “History provides [several] examples where a concept from technology has been projected onto nature and used to construct a cosmology” (p.3).  Newton gave us the clockwork universe, steam power provided the idea of measuring events in terms of energy, and computers have introduced the even more abstract notion of “nature itself being a computational process.”  Davies adds that while all these metaphors, “capture some legitimate aspect of physical reality.  None provides a complete description” (p.3).  Davies does, however, conclude with the optimistic suggestion that, “If information is indeed poised to replace matter as the primary ‘stuff’ of the world, then an even bigger prize may lie in store.  One of the oldest problems of existence is the duality between mind and matter.  In modern parlance, brains (matter) create thoughts (mental information).  Nobody knows how.  But if matter turns out to be a form of organised information, then consciousness may not be so mysterious after all” (Davies, 1999, p.3).

In his comments about the possible link between consciousness, information, energy and matter, Paul Davies does not mention research into psi.  However, four years earlier, Prof Robert Jahn gave a similar analysis with reference to PEAR’s research into PK.  Jahn pointed out that science’s focus has progressed from an interest in physical mass, to the notion of energy, and that now “a third physical currency, information, has taken centre stage, and clearly will dominate science and its applications over the foreseeable future” (1995, p.400).  He also notes that, while the conversion of mass into energy forms the backbone of nuclear physics, “A similar transmutability of energy into information, and vice versa, although somewhat more subtle, may well drive 21st Century science and many of its applications” (p.400).  Given that PK research demonstrates that an operator is able to insert information “into an otherwise random string of binary digits … it now falls to science to represent how consciousness, beyond acquiring and utilising physical information, can generate it as well” (p.400).

A possible example of PK inserting information into an otherwise random process might be a clairvoyant who reads the future by shuffling and then laying out a set of cards.  Shuffling is generally assumed to put cards into a random order, but might it be possible that, when shuffled by a competent clairvoyant, information about the future is somehow inserted into that random order?

As if to demonstrate the accuracy of Jahn’s prediction about the future relevance of information to science, the cover story of the 17 February 2001 edition of New Scientist claims that research by Anton Zeilinger at the University of Vienna, may eventually demonstrate that “the essence of quantum mechanics” is information (Von Baeyer, 2001, p.26).  While the article does not mention PK, it does tell us that Zeilinger’s “research group has demonstrated the futuristic phenomena of quantum teleportation and quantum encryption” (p.26).

In his book, The Fifth Miracle (1999), Paul Davies discusses the connection between consciousness, information, matter and the origins of life in the universe.  He suggests the possible existence of a Law of Complexity.  “Whereas the laws of physics merely shuffle information around, a complexity law might actually create information, or at least wrest it from the environment and etch it onto a material structure…. My proposal means accepting that information is a genuine physical quantity that can be traded by ‘informational forces’ in the same way that matter can be moved around by physical forces” (p.242).  This leads him to propose a “vision of a self-organising and self-complexifing universe, governed by ingenious laws that encourage matter to evolve towards life and consciousness.  A universe in which the emergence of thinking beings is a fundamental and integral part of the overall scheme of things.  A universe in which we are not alone” (p.256).  These are fairly radical comments and, while they do not verify or explain the existence of psi abilities, they do illustrate how some leading physicists are in all seriousness proposing ideas that, in the not too distant future, may lead to an acceptance and understanding of a causal link between consciousness and matter, and perhaps even the existence of aliens as well!

Love and Resonance.   Resonance occurs when the frequency of a force or vibration that is applied to something, matches that object’s natural frequency and therefore greatly increases in power.  There are numerous examples of resonance in nature and science.  For example, many musical instruments are designed so that they will resonate with the musical notes that they produce and thus amplify that sound.  Resonance can at times produce dramatic physical effects.  Some opera singers can shatter glass, and soldiers break step when walking over bridges in case the frequency of their marching matches the resonant frequency of the bridge, thus causing it to collapse.

It is often claimed that consciousness, too, can operate at different frequencies.  Terms such as vibrations and wavelengths are used to describe various altered states of consciousness.  In speculating on the dynamics of PK, Jahn introduces the concept of resonance.  “The most common subjective report of our most successful human/machine experimental operators is some sense of ‘resonance’ with the devices  some sacrifice of personal identity in the interaction  a ‘merging’ or bonding with the apparatus.  As one operator put it: ‘I simply fall in love with the machine’” (1995, p.402).

Jahn’s comment about sacrifice of personal identity is interesting because one of the fundamental instructions to those hoping to achieve spiritual enlightenment is that they must learn to transcend or eradicate their egos.  While we are told that paranormal powers are a distraction on the arduous pathway towards self-realisation, there is no doubt that, as mentioned earlier, advanced meditators are the ones who most frequently develop paranormal abilities.  In shamanism, too, the shaman must learn to achieve ecstasy  literally meaning to stand outside oneself  to enter the appropriate state of consciousness to gain paranormal abilities such as healing.  It seems, therefore, that to use PK to bend a piece of metal, move an object, or heal someone at a distance, you have to achieve a transpersonal state of consciousness in which you can actually ‘feel’ or ‘touch’ that object or person with your mind: so that your being resonates or merges with theirs in a truly physical sense.

Conclusion.   It seems clear that, despite the work of researchers like Radin and Jahn, the scientific community has no clear understanding of how PK abilities work.  In my opinion, Jahn’s suggestion that “like quantum systems, consciousness appears to have both a ‘particle’ and a ‘wave’ aspect” (in McCrone, 1994, p.37), may be the most fruitful pathway to follow.  The wave aspect allows quantum “systems occasionally to penetrate physical barriers…. So, by analogy, the mind might be able to reach beyond the brain and have a faint resonant influence on the surrounding world” (p.37).

But these ideas have been around for at least a decade.  Why has more concrete research into such matters not been published?  As Radin puts it, “Psi-based manipulation of the fundamental properties of space, time, matter, and energy would lead to unimaginable revisions of reality.  This is not a wild speculation, but a virtual certainty” (1997, p.290).  I believe Radin knows what he is talking about, and I would add that perhaps the most significant difference between the human race and the extraterrestrial beings that appear to be visiting Earth at present, is that they have comprehensively researched paranormal phenomena and we have not.  If this is true, it puts us at a tremendous disadvantage until we catch up with them.

If classified research into psi abilities is taking place, one might therefore query the motives of those maintaining the secrecy and ask how much longer they intend keeping us in the dark?  However, if classified research is not taking place, then it is high time we woke up and allocated appropriate funding to do the research ourselves.  

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Awakening to Contact
By Mary Rodwell

Since 1997 the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN) has offered its resources to over five hundred individuals and their families.  The resource honours all realities but specializes in ‘contact’ experiences, by which I mean experiences that involve contact with non-human beings.  Some individuals are consciously aware of having contact experiences, but others discover it through a personal crisis or unusual event.  The event acts as a trigger or catalyst which catapults these people into an awareness of this phenomenon.  The process generally opens up what could be called their psychic intuitive centers, and they may become conscious of not only the non-physical realm but their interaction within it.  I know many people, even those with professional training in the psychological field, who sincerely believe that the reason individuals contact ACERN is because they are avid believers in UFOs and indulge in ET-related fantasies until they convince themselves that they have had contact.  However, my research suggests something quite different.  In fact, the majority of people who resource ACERN would definitely prefer to believe that their memories were all fantasies.  Some sincerely hope that I will tell them that their experience is a psychological aberration, and that there exists a magic pill that will cure it.

But, of those who do try medication, many find that it dulls their senses but does not stop their experiences.  The fact is that a majority of abductees did not originally have an active belief in UFOs or ET contact, although they may have been more open-minded about the subject than most people.  Nevertheless, even for them, the prospect of believing that they personally have had some form of contact is just too bizarre.  For most of them, coming to terms with such a paradigm shift can take months or years and can be a time of great confusion and fear.  Imagine the shock to the psyche when, while exploring another issue, some unsolicited material emerges that suggests that they have had some form of contact experience and that, furthermore, it was directly related to another traumatic experience.

This was exactly what happened to a young man who came to see me a couple of years ago.  It is no exaggeration to say that on that day his reality  his personal paradigm  was changed forever.  That case, which is documented here, also illustrates some of the complexity of this work; how the therapist needs to be well informed, because of the unique idiosyncrasies of contact/abduction experiences.  This case also illustrates graphically to those who are sceptical or uninformed, that such experiences are not created by psychotic, deluded, or fantasy-prone individuals looking for a more interesting life.  Although there will always be such people, most are normal individuals who are faced with paranormal experiences.

I found it particularly interesting working as a therapist in this case as I had no inkling at the time what was going to be revealed.  I felt like a cosmic Agatha Christie desperately searching for clues in an extraordinary whodunit.  David, who is now in his early twenties, came to see me to get some answers.  He had had a bad accident falling off his motorbike in his early teens and had suffered a severe head injury and concussion.  Some aspects of the accident puzzled him.  He had little memory of events preceding the accident, or of those immediately afterwards.  He was curious about what had really happened.  All he could remember was that he had arrived home feeling very dazed and unwell, after being missing for five hours.  He had a battered motorbike that had a smashed carburettor.  He remembered that, after he got home, he had a headache and was very sleepy.  His parents took him to hospital immediately, where he was assessed and packed in ice.  He had a high temperature, enlarged spleen, and concussion.  The mystery was not only his lack of memory of the incident, but a scar which had appeared on his abdomen after the accident, although he had not had any surgery.  He had never understood this.  I was honest and said that I did know how successful I would be in recouping his memories after a head injury.  For ease of reading, I have only included the highlights of this long session which took over three hours.  The regression begins: I first relax David using some visual imagery, and a process called focused relaxation:

Mary.  What day is it? (referring to the day of the accident).
David.  Sunday.
Mary.  What time did you wake up?
David.  Nine am.
Mary.  What was the first thing that happened?
David.  Breakfast; bacon and eggs.
Mary.  What happened next?
David.  Dad mowed the lawn.
Mary.  What did you do?
David.  Played tennis.
Mary.  What happened next?
David.  I ate a hamburger, played pool, then worked on my motor bike (which he said that he did for a couple of hours, then he decided to take it for a ride).

Comment:  At this point I was very surprised and pleased that already we had specific details about the time before the accident, that David had not previously remembered consciously.  This was a promising start.  We continued.  Carefully I took David slowly through his next movements to see how detailed his memory could be.

David.  I said to mum I was going for a ride and would be back in five minutes.
Mary.  What direction did you go?
David.  Out the back gate, to the left, walking to the reserve, to take the bike there and back.
Mary.  Walk me through what you are seeing as you go along?
David.  The house next door, as I walk through the lane.  It is getting renovated.  Mr X is on the verandah.
Mary.  What’s the weather like?
David.  Sunny (David continues to give a quite detailed account of pushing the motorbike across the road, over pipes, the old rail track, a sheep paddock, the school, etc).
Mary.  Where do you go after that?
David.  I go home.
Mary.  You go home?
David.  (silence).

Comment:  This was a crucial time.  Was this all I was going to uncover of his memory prior to the accident, or could I get more information?  There was no way of telling, so I decided to try again from the beginning.  I slowly walk David through the same scene, with the hope of getting even more detail.

Mary.  What’s the first image you see as you leave the house?
David.  A pot plant, plants and the pool table.
Mary.  Next?
David.  Renovations.

Comment:  I get more details this time as I slowly walk David along the road to the reserve he was heading for.  He comments on the bits of pipeline on the road, the store yard, gravel road, etc.  We keep going with more minor details.

Mary.  What do you see next?
David.  A yellow jeep!
Mary.  Good.  Then what?
David.  Ugh!  A knife, a knife!
Mary.  What you are seeing is a knife?
David.  Nothing around it, just a knife.
Mary.  What is the knife like?
David.  Wooden handle, a big steak knife.
Mary.  Is it being held by anyone?
David.  No, just floating.
Mary.  What are the surroundings like?
David.  Just black.
Mary.  Just black.  What are the surroundings like if you turn on a light? (This technique can work if for some reason the client is fearful and does not want to see something).
David.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
Mary.  Did you turn up the light?  Can you see anything?
David.  Just eyes to the top left.
Mary.  What do they look like?
David.  Can’t tell, just outline.  Still black.
Mary.  Are they big or small eyes?
David.  All black, innocent.
Mary.  What’s the face like?
David.  It’s side on.
Mary.  Turn it around.  What’s the face like?
David.  White, no mouth, pointy chin.
Mary.  What’s the hair like?
David.  No hair.
Mary.  What’s the shape of the head like?
David.  Round, pointy chin, black eyes.
Mary.  Is the face close to the knife or separate?
David.  Separate.

Comment:  I continue to ask David for more details.  He struggles, except to say that most of the surroundings are black.  Then I ask if he can see himself and if he is part of this?  He says yes.

Mary.  Where do you think you are?
David.  Lying down.
Mary.  Does it feel hard or soft?
David.  I don’t know.  Comfortable.
Mary.  How do you feel?
David.  Peaceful.

Comment:  As this material was not what I was expecting, I tried to determine if David had moved forward to the time to when he was in hospital.  I asked if he was indoors or outside?  He confirmed he was indoors.  I asked if he could see a window?  He said it was all black.  Then he said he saw two figures and a pair of eyes.  I asked what he was wearing?  He said his motorbike overalls.  As I asked what happened next, he said his eyes were being examined.  Then he saw a bright light and was aware that ‘they’ were taking his clothing off.  They drew a line, marking him from his nose and lips to middle stomach, with the knife still floating.  He saw an arm and the knife coming down; then he felt he was being watched.  Later they seem to be pricking his feet.  He feels a sensation as if his toenails are being cut.  David then says he starts to feel drained of energy and very drowsy.  He feels his hair being stroked.  He continues by saying they brush his body, lifting his knees.  He has a paralyzed feeling.  He feels hands on his neck; he thinks they are feeling his pulse.  He feels hands over his face, huge hands, as big as his head.  I ask what he sees next, and he says it’s like they are “taking his face off” and putting it on the wall.  A long tube is put into his stomach.  It comes from the ceiling all the way into his stomach.  Something goes through the tube and it hurts.  This scenario continues with David being moved towards a white coloured door.  He says he cannot move as he is strapped to the chair and as he looks, he sees “joker’s shoes and hat”.  The oddity of seeing an unusual figure in this scenario often points to a screen memory.  Experiencers who have contact often see clowns which, when probed further, turn out to be an ET being, so I ask what his comment about the “joker’s hat” means?

David.  Like the three-way hat that jokers wear.  It goes three ways on their head with balls on each end.
Mary.  Are you seeing that on your own head?
David.  No, someone else’s, in the white light, near the door.  Now it looks like what I saw the first time.
Mary.  Can you describe it again?
David.  Round head, pointy chin, black eyes.
Mary.  Where are you?
David.  Still in the chair, white light all around, there are three in the room where I am.

Comment:  I move David to the next significant event.  He says that the light shines in his face, coming closer.  Something mechanical goes over his face, clamps his jaw, and holds his eyes open.  It feels like it’s scanning him, he says.  “I can’t close my eyes, it hurts.”  The machine goes back into the wall, the chair moves into another room and he starts to feel scared.

Mary.  What are you scared of?
David.  The blackness, the darkness.
Mary.  What happens next?
David.  A tree, earth, my left arm is above my head, right one by my side.  My legs are all twisted.  The bike is two metres to my right.  It’s really wrecked, the handlebars are bent and smashed.  My helmet’s still on, the visor’s smashed.  I wake up, take my helmet off, see the bike, pull it up, start pushing.  Bit of a creek, across the road, open the gate.  Mum is standing at the pot-plant watering.  She drops the hose and screams, “He’s fallen off!”
Mary.  So that’s when your mum takes you to hospital?
David.  She’s nagging, shocked.  I go into the lounge room, lie down and fall asleep.  Then I’m walking to the hospital, ugg [sheep-skin] boots on.  I am lying on a white bench, there are nurses.  The nurse is stroking my hair.  It feels like it’s repeating.  I move to another room.  My temperature’s high, my head’s sore, the nurse is arguing with the doctor.
Mary.  Do you know what it is about?
David.  It’s about me.  The nurse is saying I should be flown to [another] hospital but the doctor wants to keep me there.  They have put ice round my head, taken my clothes off.  I’ve got a drip in.  I feel better.  Time has passed.

Comment:  Initially I felt that much of what I had heard could have been David mixing aspects of his hospital experience, although it sounded as if he had had two hospital experiences.  But some of the details were puzzling; the joker’s shoes, for example.  I was still trying to ascertain how the accident happened, because that was what we had originally wanted to investigate.  I had been given an account of a strange medical-like experience with unusual beings, and what seemed to be the recovery from unconsciousness after the accident.  Also a graphic and detailed account of David going home after the accident and then being taken to hospital, with clear details of his medical treatment, as well as conflict between the medical staff about his treatment.  But the question remained, how did the accident happen in the first place?  I began from the beginning, and asked David to tell me once again what happened from the time of leaving home.  Extra details emerge.  A car nearly hits David as he crosses the road.  He now vividly recalls not only the model of car, but also the colour.  “I wasn’t really looking as I crossed the road,” he says.  He describes how he climbed on his motorbike and rode it past familiar landmarks, including seeing the yellow Suzuki again, and how he stopped the bike at a place he does not normally stop at.

David.  Something stops me.  I don’t usually stop here.
Mary.  So what’s stopping you?
David.  I’m looking at the scenery.  I see the school.
Mary.  Anything else?
David.  I see a sphere above the trees, to my right above the school.  It’s got this glass bottom, round, silver bit that runs around it, and on top it looks the colour of the sky.
Mary.  What happens next?
David.  It starts to move as if it sees me.  It stops, I see the jeep, no-one around, nothing, no wind, no smell.  I just see those eyes.

Comment:  I now had two indications that something very unusual had occurred; the sphere that David saw and also the quietness.  The strange, eerie lack of noise, known as the Oz factor, is a phenomenon that occurs with some sightings and contact experiences.

Mary.  Where is the sphere?
David.  Forward, right at two o’clock.
Mary.  How big is it?
David.  Seems big, real close.
Mary.  Can you see it clearly?
David.  Just see the glass bottom, coloured glass, clear glass colour.
Mary.  Are you looking at it, does it come closer?
David.  Everything’s still.
Mary.  Are you stopped now?
David.  Yeah!
Mary.  Do you remember stopping the bike?
David.  Yeah, I had my finger on the kill switch.
Mary.  What’s the sphere doing?
David.  Hovering.
Mary.  How close is it to you?
David.  Above the gravel road.
Mary.  So you are sitting on the bike.  What happens next?
David.  I get lifted.
Mary.  How does this happen?
David.  Dunno, floating.
Mary.  So is the bike smashed as you get lifted? (I am still trying to find out how the bike accident happened).
David.  No, I just move off my bike.  The bike falls over.  I am off my bike somehow.
Mary.  Go back to your bike.  How do you get off your bike?
David.  I lift my left leg first.  I am standing at the right of my bike, my right hand is still on my handlebar.  I let it drop.  I let it go.
Mary.  So you drop your bike?
David.  Just dropped.  I’m a few metres away from the middle of the road (heavy breathing).  I’m looking around me, it’s as if what is above me is not really there, as if I don’t see it.  Then I am drawn to something on the road.  A little black box, a mini-remote or something.  I push it, something above me opens up.  I feel lifted, I look up and I look at glass.  It’s the space.  I go inside.  The remote disappears.  It’s huge, like there are no walls, like I’m just sitting in the sky.
Mary.  Look what you are standing on?
David.  Just like glass, but springy.  I lie down.
Mary.  Can you see the corners of the room?
David.  It’s round.  I go into blackness again.  I see that funny face again.
Mary.  Did you have the accident before you went into the sphere?
David.  No, I dropped the bike.  I walked into the middle …
Mary.  What is happening in the sphere?
David.  Lining me up.  Fit the clamp, taking something from my stomach, a hard ball, like a stone or something.
Mary.  Why is it there?  What does it do?
David.  Dunno, they were getting something from me.

Comment:  Again I am trying to ascertain whether the accident happened before or after the incident with the UFO.

Mary.  Did this accident happen before or after you were in the sphere?
David.  Don’t know.
Mary.  Ask the part of you that knows.
David.  Yes.
Mary.  Go to the time after the sphere.  Where is the bike?
David.  Just behind me.
Mary.  Is it damaged?
David.  The handle-bars and the grip [are].
Mary.  How did they get damaged?
David.  When I dropped the bike.
Mary.  Why did you drop the bike?
David.  I just forgot I had the bike.  I got drawn to something and got off.  I step off the bike, hold the right handle bar, let it drop to the left, while I am walking away.
Mary.  The bike gets damaged as you drop it?
David.  I leave the [handle-bar] grip on clutch.  The grip gets torn, like, knocked.  The handle-bars aren’t bent, only a little, and I have stopped the bike.  It gets more damaged when I have fallen off it.

Comment:  So at last I have the information we want.  The bike was only minimally damaged through the UFO encounter, and the major accident happened later.

Mary.  Can you see how it gets damaged?
David.  Coming back home, I hit the pipe, the bike hits the ground hard.  I fly a couple of metres forward, and I am lying in the dirt with my left hand above me, my right by my side, and the bike’s behind me.  And the petrol’s leaking.
Mary.  Is this after you have been in the sphere? (I am checking this information).
David.  Yes.
Mary.  Ask the part of you that knows if there is anything else you need to know?
David.  I was taken, tested, then I had the accident.  Someone put some big metal thing on the pipe.  I hit the metal, then hit the ground head first.
Mary.  Anything else?
David.  Why do I see the knife when I stop the motor bike?
Mary.  Ask why?
David.  Cutting through something, not physical.  Cutting time.
Mary.  Can you explain?
David.  Something got cut and stopped everything.
Mary.  Do you understand?
David.  Yes.

Comment:  By the end of this session both David and I were tired.  David was understandably shocked by what he had remembered during the session, and did not know what to think.  I knew he needed time to assimilate what had transpired and so, after debriefing, I suggested he contact me in a few days when he felt he needed to.  David, amazingly, soon came to terms with the fact that he had had an extraordinary experience on board a UFO, which may or may not have been partly to blame for his motorbike accident.  He may have still been a bit dazed after the UFO encounter, so when he was riding his bike did not see the obstacle that caused his accident.  Or the accident may have happened anyway.  We will never know.

Questioning David a few weeks later, I discovered some interesting facts from him.  He had unusual dreams at times, smelt strange odours, and often felt “watched and observed.”  He felt ‘different’ and had also felt unseen presences.  He had seen black helicopters and had regular nose bleeds.  He was unusually psychic and telepathic.  This strongly suggests that David has been interacting with ET beings for some time.  David regularly has contact experiences and is often consciously aware of them, and now accepts that as part of his life.

Some of my clients are unaware of ACERN and my specialist work with alien abductees, and have only come to see me because I also work as a professional counsellor, healer and metaphysician.  Nevertheless, during their therapy, occasionally some of them spontaneously recall a contact experience.  For example, they may be catapulted into an ET/space craft scenario which shocks them as well as me.  This has happened on more than one occasion, and leads me to believe that many more people are being contacted than most abduction research suggests.  ET contact is not always the classic bright lights, fear of the dark, bodily marks and paralysis scenario.  Contact seems to occur in a variety of ways and perhaps experiences such as David’s are far more common than was previously believed.  It is also important to note that such experiences are not just occurring to science fiction fanatics, but appear to happen regardless of an individual’s previous personal beliefs.  

Recommended reading
Mack, John E.  (1994)  Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens.  London: Simon & Schuster.
Mack, John E.  (2000)  Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters.  London: Thorsons.
Randles, Jenny.  (1988)  Abducted: Over Two Hundred Documented UFO Kidnappings Investigated.  London: Robert Hale Limited.
Hynek, Allen.  (1972)  The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry.  London: Corgi Books.
Hopkins, Budd.  (1981)  Missing Time: A Documented Study of UFO Abductions.  New York: Richard Marek.

Mary Rodwell is principal of the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN), and can be contacted on: phone/fax  (08) 9454 3702, or by e-mail at:


The War Between Mind-sets
Probing the Root of the Problem
By Morley Legg

You Can’t Tell The People by Georgina Bruni is the latest book about the alleged UFO landing at the United States air-base at Bentwaters, in Britain in 1980.  Since that time, the suspicion has arisen that military technology has the capability to create holograms of such events.  But no such technology existed to account for the hundreds of thousands of UFO reports that continued to be made after the mid-1940s.  Why, in spite of all the reports and books claiming evidence of UFOs, and the confessions of military personnel, is there still no official admission that it is a reality worth researching?

There are intriguing answers.  Claims have been made that vested interests strive to keep the matter secret because disclosures could upset the global economic control of transnational corporations, and oil monopolies fear that the energy powering UFOs could be free.  Dominant groups behind the world media and governments have long known that if a mystery is ignored or treated with ridicule, public curiosity wanes and only a small percentage will keep looking.  Some ufologists suspect that there is too much power, wealth and prestige invested in science and technology to risk a sudden paradigm shift, and that people are not ready to take the full truth, or don’t want to know the full truth  the disclosure of decades of political and scientific deceit for one thing and also the insecurity concerning possible intrusions from multiple dimensions.  Disclosures could cause panic, and collapses in religious, social and economic stability.  None of us wants that.  Is the charade of denial held in place by the impulse of the majority of people to align themselves with the side with the strongest, safest, controlling opinion that disbelieves in UFOs?

The trouble is that, in spite of our suspicions, proof is hard to come by.  We don’t really know what is going on.  To escape from the disadvantage we are caught in, we need to explore an attitude we take for granted.  Many people interested in UFOs and the paranormal regard sceptics as the enemy.  Many feel the only way to deal with them is to shun them or fight them, sometimes with fire and brimstone.  Why?  Because that is how the narrowest sceptics treat ‘believers’ in their publications. ‘Sceptic’, however, can be a sloppy, inaccurate term.  To turn with wrath on a group of largely unknowns is a bit like bombing a whole city to get at its deviants.

Also, it is unrealistic to assume that the other side is quite different; an opposition to be defeated.  Think of the world’s ongoing trouble-spots.  Each side of the conflict claims the higher moral ground, accusing the other of cheating, of unreason, of the first atrocities, of evading the truth.  In our case; of evading reality.  To make progress in learning more about the reality or unreality of UFOs and the paranormal, we first need to categorise the different sorts of sceptics:

A)The hard-core sceptic, the debunker.  Those with a fundamentalist mind-set who feel the need to join an organisation in order to get at what they see as the meek, the unbalanced, who sabotaged their sense, reason and proof.
B)Sceptics with a more laid-back fundamentalist attitude, who still feel the need for constraint against any deviation from mainstream opinion.
C)Those comfortable with their sound education, yet who fear a rocking boat.  They have fairly open minds but may be quite ignorant of any research that takes the claims of UFOs and the paranormal seriously.
D)Those who fear change and the unknown because they sense implications.  Those vulnerable to ‘class war’ ridicule.  They sense that intellectual bullies will turn on individuals from less-informed minorities.
E)Those who have honestly checked out some claims of anomalous phenomena, been satisfied with conventional explanations, and are disinclined to check further.  And also those friendly and open-enough folk who couldn’t care less about discoveries or changes in what is assumed to be true.

The above covers different attitudes that with mood changes could shift from day to day.  In fact, it is only fair that we should transfer the attitudes, A to E, to the different sorts of people who believe in or remain curious about UFOs and the paranormal.  Those in category A  covering hard-core believers in UFOs and the paranormal  like their sceptical counterparts, suffer most if proved wrong.  There are similarities in opposing attitudes to be considered here.

In an article in The Weekend Australian (1999, December 4), Professor Allan Snyder, who is the director of the Australian National University’s Centre for the Mind, says that, “We are all by nature prejudiced.  We can only see this world through our mind-sets.  They are made up from assumptions that are derived from past experiences and they are necessary for quick decision making.  Without a mind-set we couldn’t operate very well in a familiar situation.”  But as this comes with the cost of prejudice, the best way out of this narrowness, and to gain a better grasp of the world, is to take on more mind-sets.  He suggests that we adopt them as a means of maintaining balance, that learning to juggle them makes us more open minded and creative.  This does suggest that we explore the role of sceptics ourselves without any sense of betrayal.  Of course, in a sense we do this with most cases.  Caution and re-checking are always necessary.  The bottom line is to be respectful of differing opinions, and someone has to initiate such an approach.

The sceptics are caught in the mind-set that we, who believe there is reality to be found in the study of UFOs, are the biased ones because we take reports and claims seriously enough to arrive at, and believe in, an erroneous Big Picture.  We, too, see sceptics as polar opposites, clinging to an outmoded Big Picture.  But it could be to both groups’ advantage to explore the other’s opinions in a symbiotic fashion.

Dr Ann Kerwin who is Philosopher-in-Residence at the University of Arizona, may help us do this.  She sees ignorance as a vast and fertile domain which should be approached productively: “With humility, with honesty and wonder, with questioning, humour, relentless scrutiny, with imagination and creativity” (The Weekend Australian, 1994, July 30).  She warns of the dangers that lie in the intellectual censorship of taboos and in the self-censorship of denial.  Consider the insights offered by her list of different forms of ignorance:
1)The known unknown.  That is, all the things we know we do not know.
2)The unknown unknowns.  That is, all the things we do not know we do not know.
3)Error, or all the things we think we know, but don’t.
4)Tacit knowing.  All the things we do not know we know.
5)All taboos or forbidden knowledge.
6)All denial.  The things too painful to know which we energetically suppress.

It can often take courage to admit that we, our friends and enemies, are always awash in this sea of ignorance, and that a little admission of this, a bit of humility at times, goes a long way to accessing new insights, as well as improving human relations.

We see the ignorance or negativity that surrounds the sceptics.  Apparently they see the ignorance or whatever that surrounds us.  Why is it so unthinkable to help each other out?  Probably because it has become instinctive  or is it only habitual?  to stockpile resentment and ridicule against one another, as has always happened in war.  On either side there is the underlying fear of crumbling egos and the snickering at losers and weaknesses.  Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it doesn’t.

In my article, “New Light on Our Origins” (Legg, 2000, p.29), there was mention of Neil Freer’s seventeen page open letter in which he praised Zecharia Sitchin’s idea of humanity being a genetically altered species.  The article mentioned the vested interests opposed to such claims.  I sent Freer’s letter to a friend.  This was his reply:

Dear Morley,
Here are some comments and thoughts on that article which solves all cosmic mysteries, dissolves every intellectual and moral tension known to the human race, provides a clear view into eternity and an all-embracing unity of everything.
Such paragraphs are the very definition of bulls**t: empty depth.  In making claims about everything that says nothing, Freer offers no substantial ideas with which to engage; merely an overwritten jumble of overgeneralised speculations.
The underlying intention of this mess seems to be to provide a Theory of Everything, which is one of the most hubristic and disputed tendencies in contemporary science.  As for the suggestion that there is a cosmic conspiracy to conceal the true information about our past and destiny, even the X Files could do better than that.  It is the same sort of claim made by a few black writers in the US; namely that all the original ideas and developments of Western civilization were stolen from the ancient black peoples in Africa.  There is no evidence to prove or disprove either of them; a common occurrence with things that didn’t happen.  At best we see the mysteries of existence through a glass darkly.  Freer is captivated by a reflection of the products of his own kaleidoscopic imagination.

I admit I enjoyed the forthright opinion and underlying humour from someone in his early twenties.  And I was pleased I had a record of such a view to contend with.  The friendship remains firm because, in spite of the sharp difference, the respect for each other remains.  It would have been quite different if he had written the above to someone else who had shown it to me, while A had been evasive, polite and feigned interest about the subject to me.  Respect could have died.  In any case I had my fun when I replied.

To savour the difficulties of coping with sharp differences of opinion, imagine yourself taking a side in a ‘believer versus sceptic’ debate with the embarrassment of realising that you are rejecting evidence before you examine it properly because it threatens your preferred view.  It could expose your bias, your years of holding convictions that now seem false.  Can you afford to back down in front of the ‘enemy group’ who senses your unease, your dilemma?  If you finally admit you were amiss in this new unwelcome reality, it could cost you your self-respect, your reputation.  And what would your friends think?

It is difficult, but not impossible, to inch our way through such mental war zones and survive.  Swapping mind-sets could be an answer.  The humour lessens the threat of feeling possessed by a foreign attitude.  We need to realise that, if you have only one mind-set, it must be over-used and you are apt to be fundamentalist.  If this is all you’ve got, you are not only willing to stake your life on it, but also inclined to inflict it on others.  According to Snyder, we usually have several mind-sets: one for home; one for work; one for socialising, etc, and they have become to some extent automatic.  We have devised one for driving a car as we talk, think, or dream of other things.  Exploring different mind-sets ensures a better balance and grasp of the world.

Recently I found an interestingly dated one.  I chanced upon The Universal Home Doctor (828 pages) which the publishers, Odhams Press, claimed “incorporates the latest possible information on medical discoveries and developments.”  Undated, but estimated to have been published in 1931, it must have been approved by Britain’s medical experts of the day.  In the section entitled, “The Unmarried Mother and her Child” it states that, “In many cases the mother is epileptic, feeble minded, morally degenerate, or otherwise abnormal.”  This is certainly a prejudicial mind-set by today’s standards, illustrating that we all fall under the biases of our time, culture and egotistical preferences.  The closer the biases, the harder they are to see.

However, Peter Sturrock, President of the Society for Scientific Exploration, in the United States, seems to have made a start in narrowing the rift between the two principle opposing mind-sets.  With support from Laurance S. Rockefeller he was able to provide a professional forum to debate “topics ignored or studied inadequately within mainstream science.”  In his book, The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence (1999), he mentions the difficulties he encountered in assembling an international panel of scientists “to grill UFO investigators” and examine the substantial evidence claimed to support certain UFO cases.

Several scientists who accepted the invitation were distinctly uneasy when they learned that their work would involve a preoccupation with UFOs.  “One or two would clearly have preferred boarding the next plane out of JFK to spending another night at Pocantico.”  However, Sturrock stipulated that, “scientists are human beings, and no human being is free from prejudice ... a scientist must strive to separate his evaluation of evidence from whatever prejudice he may have.... This is not always easy.”  Although tensions and disagreements arose, Sturrock was adamant that it was useless to accept only those scientists who believed in the existence of UFOs, and that not much would be accomplished by presentations to a panel composed of scientists with the same opinion.  “Most of them professed themselves to be decidedly sceptical agnostics ... with little expectation of being convinced of anything new.”

The panel investigated over a dozen cases from different parts of the world.  There was general praise for the government-supported French space agency GEPAN/SEPRA for their investigation of UFO reports and for the sophistication of their classification system, much of it available to the public.  They certainly didn’t agree on all the cases.  It was made apparent that there are times when normal phenomena, when seen under unusual conditions, can be misinterpreted.  There are such things as ball lightning, sprites, atmospheric ducting, etc.

One of the most striking United States cases examined was the Mansfield, Ohio, case of October 18, 1973, where four crew members of an army reserve helicopter gave vivid accounts of an encounter with an unknown cylindrical object.  The flight control system malfunctioned, the cockpit was bathed in a green glow, and when the pilot tried to descend rapidly to avoid being struck, he found they had actually ascended.  While the ‘collective’ (altitude control) was pressed down they climbed at a rate of a thousand feet [about three hundred metres] per minute.  There were also ground witnesses.

Eight of the investigators came from four different countries and Sturrock was both surprised and relieved to find that, “the team of seventeen, spread over two continents, with a wide spectrum in skills, knowledge, culture, and temperament, could all eventually agree on one document concerning such an ill-defined topic as the UFO problem.”

But what were the main difficulties?  We all say we want the truth, but too often it’s a biased version of the truth that we feel comfortable with.  The real truth, if we are not prepared for it, can be traumatic.  Adapting to it takes time, and that is the way of life.  Sturrock’s panel succeeded after a period of heightened tension, perhaps through the realisation that it was the enemy inside oneself that had to be dealt with, not just the faults in the enemy outside.  Once that became possible, they could adapt to the evidence that unsettling anomalous phenomena do exist in nature.  Although taking on a new mind-set when the world is watching may not be an easy thing to do, it does look like a promising way to cope with the challenge of new realities.  In view of the budding realisations that global warming and climate change are largely caused by our consumerism, our survival could depend on it.

Bruni, Georgina.  (2001)  You Can’t Tell the People.  London: Sidgwick & Jackson.
Legg, Morley.  (2000)  New light on our origins.  Journal of Alternative Realities, 8 (1), 29-31.
Snyder, Allan.  (2000, November 1)  Blinded by your expertise.  Health Sciences Conference.
Sturrock, Peter A.  (1999)  The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence.  New York: Warner Books.
The Universal Home Doctor.  London: Illustrated Odhams Press Ltd.

My Bizarre Experiences
By Natalia Ashton

Ever since I was a child I have felt a passion for the stars, the universe and nature.  I felt different from the rest of my family, friends and colleagues.  I am now in my thirties and for my whole life I have experienced a broad range of paranormal activities around me, such as dreams and premonitions that become reality, sometimes ten years later.  I frequently have telepathic connections with relatives and friends and can sense who is calling me on the phone.  I have the ability to predict fashions and to sense natural catastrophes.  I have seen non-human beings in front of me, as well as a couple of UFOs, and have had the unpleasant experience of having to fight off a diabolic being.

I grew up in a Catholic country.  For twenty-seven years I lived in Madrid, the capital of Spain.  I went to a Catholic school where the nuns made us pray nearly every day.  They talked about the devil as well, of course!  They could even see the devil in a plate of soup and when a girl was laughing in class, they wanted to send her to hell, as if being happy was a sin.  For some reason I have never felt particularly Catholic or Spanish.  I have always felt that I come from another, harmonious planet and that I am on Earth to do something important.  My respect for people from other countries and my interest in other cultures and ideologies has given me an open mind of which I am very proud.  If everybody showed more respect for others, this world would be a much better place.

From a very young age I had strange feelings that somebody invisible was watching me.  For years I was scared to death of the dark.  I had terrible nightmares about the devil and I could not see a Dracula movie without being seriously faint-hearted for days.  Despite praying to various saints and angels, the terror that I felt until I was quite old affected my entire life.  I was shy, quiet and very thoughtful.  These characteristics were probably due to frequent nightmares in which I could see myself with other people in an elevator which smashed through the ground.  We then entered a dark cave where hundreds of grasshopper-like insects bigger than me were moving from one place to another busily doing things that I can’t remember.  Unfortunately, this nightmare repeated itself very often, leaving me exhausted and confused.  While I lived in Spain, on many occasions, day or night when I was lying on my bed or sofa, an invisible energy would paralysed my entire body.  It would bite the right side of my neck, and speak with a strong, roaring, masculine voice in an incomprehensible language.

Fortunately, I did not have any more of these experiences after moving to Australia until the beginning of 2001 in my Perth unit.  One night, whatever it was, started tearing at my neck  on the left side this time  for what seemed to be an eternity.  It was seriously telling me something that I could not decipher and once again I felt totally frightened.  Until the age of nine or ten I put chairs and cushions around my bed and against the door to try to stop the visits of bizarre beings that I could feel but not see.  My terror was overwhelming.  My parents and brother grew tired of my crying night after night.  They could not understand my behaviour.  My lovely and patient mother used to say to me, “All the house is locked.  Why are you so scared?  Mummy and daddy are here with you.  Don’t cry.  Nothing is going to happen.”  But it wasn’t true.  Annoying beings, voices, and invisible energies pursued me for years and not even my closest friends or family could help.

No one could understand me as I grew up.  My life was a nightmare.  I could not find anyone having the same strange experiences as I was, so I could not talk freely about them.  My parents never stopped arguing.  My brother was always criticising me, and the girls’ Catholic school I went to was too narrow-mind for my universal concepts about life.  For a bit of peace on sublime summer nights I used to spend hours watching the stars and communicating mentally with somebody or something up there, with a lot of respect and love.  I used to play the guitar, write songs and read adventure books.  While my girlfriends were playing with dolls and kitchen things, I was observing their behaviour and years later, when my boyfriends were talking about cars, nightclubs and girls, I was trying to reach another level, talking about aliens, humankind, mind power and the future.

At the age of twelve, in an art class at school, I remember the teacher asking us to draw a free subject.  I was not inspired and took some time to start drawing a pyramid that ended up looking like a being from another world.  My teacher was amazed and asked: “Why don’t you draw something normal like the rest of the girls?  A house and trees for example.”

A few months ago, I meet the abductee Tracey Taylor and saw her stunning drawings.  Surprisingly for me, I could see a similarity between them and the ones I did in the 1970s.  Normally, I would come home and, rather than do my homework, I would spend the evenings writing symbols, seeing new fashion trends in my mind, looking at maps of other countries, reading Egyptian history and inventing numerology that at that point of time I did not know existed.  Being a teenager was quite powerful for me as sometimes I could puncture car tyres just using my mind.  At other times I could turn my house lights on and off.  In 1987 I met someone who would bring a lot of mystery into my life.  He was the only person I could talk to about aliens and strange things because he believed in them as well.  With him I experienced a wide range of strange occurrences such as telepathic conversations, the rapid curing of injuries and a feeling of transformation.

One night we were talking about mind power, life and how unhappy and ridiculous human beings are sometimes.  My strange friend told me that I should talk more with my brother, as we never got along.  He said I should smile a lot as I was always serious and that I shouldn’t talk about certain things that I do not remember now.  Minutes later we were in a pub with my brother and our friends.  Little by little I started feeling amazingly powerful and happy.  I felt that my friend was teaching me something.  I couldn’t stop smiling, but I could not talk.  I saw animal faces in people’s faces, and my brother and a lot of our friends saw me that night with cat’s eyes.  I thought my fingers were growing although I couldn’t see it, and my throat and eyes were undergoing a sort of transformation.  I felt I was somebody or something else.  I went to the ladies’ room and while I was looking at the light above the mirror, it suddenly exploded making the other girls scream with fear.  Several weeks later I had the same powerful feeling three or four more times: once was at the office.  My hands, my fingers, my throat and eyes were transforming into something that I could feel but not see.  On three other occasions in different restaurants I heard the roar of an animal just behind me so strongly that I jumped with fear.

Until I met this person I was afraid of the dark.  But after being with him I started seeing my life differently and my compassion for people, my strengths and fears were transformed.  He used to talk about robots, the future, love and respect.  At that time I could guess accurately who was calling on the phone.  The day a girl called Susan asked to speak to my brother I knew at once that she would be the one for him.  I was right, and they are now happily married with three kids.  I used to meet people and be able to tell if they were going be my friends for a short or long time.  Also, months before new fashions arrived, I would know what they would be.  Unfortunately, I could also predict disasters.  I used to feel quite sad and silent two or three days before catastrophes such as plane crashes, volcanic eruptions or earthquakes.  My friends and family thought that I was extremely sensitive and used to say that I was weird.  This and the divorce of my parents caused me additional sadness and isolation, but on the other hand it made me feel strong, independent, and brave.  Some of my friends really loved me although they didn’t understand me, while my uncles and cousins were too absorbed by their religion to see further than the ends of their noses.

At the end of the 1980s, a young man started working in my office.  I had been promoted and we both ended up in the same department.  The day I met him I could just tell from his face that he had had similar experiences to mine.  Weeks later, he told me that a ghostly lady with a dark cape would sometimes come to see him at night.  He felt very cold when this happened.  He could never see her face but her breath seemed icy.  To talk to someone else about such issues was so comforting for me!  It was time to have a friend who had bizarre experiences as well!

In 1989 I left that office to start a new career in media, which was what I really wanted to do.  A range of unusual activities entered my life again.  I did a ‘Film, Video and Photography’ course while I was working on a magazine.  I had spent months without seeing my strange friend who believed in aliens and talked about robots.  One day I couldn’t stop thinking about him and I felt that it was probably because he was trying to contact me.  At about 1am, while I was alone watching television, I heard the walls creaking so strongly that I though it was an earthquake.  Suddenly a dense grey cloud appeared in a corner of the living room.  I was shocked but not scared.  I knew at that moment that something was happening to him.  After some minutes another cloud appeared in the same corner, but this time it was white.

The next day his secretary told me he had had a car accident and was in a coma.  I rushed to the hospital to see him.  His body was twice the normal size and his skin was yellow.  He had broken ribs and had lost his spleen.  The fire brigade had cut his body out of the car.  That it is how bad he was.  While he was being transferred to another room I saw his eyes looking at me.  I mentioned this, very excited, with the belief that he was getting better, but no one believed me.  My comment upset his family because they thought it was impossible for him to move his eyes while he was in a coma.  Two weeks later he was in a wheelchair rehabilitating.  For some reason I always felt that we had met thousands of years ago in Atlantis.

In 1991, I got a job in a film company whose office was in a partly residential block of flats.  On days when the office was full of my colleagues and TV producers, nothing strange would happen, but when I was alone, the computer did funny things.  I remember seeing files with future dates such as 1992, 1993 and 1998.  Also, I used to hear voices through the dictaphone when no one else was in the office.  Sometimes I heard a baby crying, the voices of a couple, other voices or even music.  I asked my colleagues if this was happening to them as well, but no one had heard anything.

On some nights my fiancé and I could hear the movement of objects or glasses around the glass table in my house.  I was used to hearing, seeing and feeling bizarre things, but my poor fiancé was having a bad time.  One night while we were having a walk, I continued with my amazing stories and told him that I would turn the street lights on and off.  By touching my finger against the metal poles I switched more than seven lights on and off.  I had never seen him so scared in spite of his good sense of humour.

On another night, while I was lying in bed reading a book alone, I suddenly felt that someone was watching me and a voice made me freeze.  It was hard to concentrate because a neighbour on the ground floor was making a lot of noise calling her cat.  I could not see anything but I sensed someone on my left.  A spooky feminine voice said my name very slowly causing me nearly to have a heart attack.  On some nights I had very bizarre dreams.  I did not mind having dreams where I could see myself in other places, but it was frightening when they happened in my room!  Once, while my fiancé was beside me, I saw a dark masculine figure, that I felt was malevolent, sitting on a throne at the end of the bed.

I can’t recall if it was the next morning or another morning, but I was in bed, face down and awake when I heard steps coming from the corridor.  I though my fiancé, who had left a couple of minutes earlier, had forgotten something.  I smiled trying to make him think that I was sleepy.  Rather than him, I received another unpleasant visitor.  As on many past occasions, I felt dazed as an energy paralysed and took control of my body.  I could only see and try to move my fingers.  The feeling of heaviness and discomfort was even worse than the loss of control over my movements.  Whatever it was, it pervaded my entire body, making me feel disgusted.  And when it left, I felt exhausted and confused.  Mentally I used to say: “Leave me alone.  I am stronger than you.  You will never do anything wrong to me, and God please help me.”  The panic, fear and terror of being trapped by an invisible non-human being is a sensation that only people who have had this sort of experience can understand.

At that time I was considering an overseas trip to learn English.  I was inclined to go to the USA but I believe that destiny brought me to Australia.  Some weeks before leaving Spain, while resting on the sofa, as I normally felt tired, I received another unpleasant visit.  It was about 2 or 3pm and I was alone.  The same things happened again: paralysis, wind in my right ear, panic, and this time a strong voice said to me, “Goodbye Paloma, you are so strong.”  Then I heard the wind going away.  My middle name is Paloma, but I never liked it, so I use Natalia.

In 1992 the moment arrived.  I spent three days visiting a girlfriend in London on my way to Sydney.  We were walking along when an Indian palm-reader attracted my attention.  My girlfriend translated as my English was pretty basic back then.  He told me that I was always thinking of going to the United States (something that only I knew); that I always had problems sleeping (of course!  But I didn’t explain to him why); that somebody would ask me to marry him, but it would not be the right moment (my Australian husband asked me to marry him only five months after this and we got married one year later); and that I would have twins (I did not, but my brother did).  Well, not too bad!

My first accommodation in Sydney was a big house in Manly for about three months, sharing a room with a Swiss girl.  Two or three nights after arriving I had an astral projection.  I was awake thinking of my long trip, when suddenly I looked to my right and I saw two little white balls of light coming very fast and speaking in a language I could not recognise.  Surprisingly, they were outside the house, but I could see them through the wall of our bedroom.  One ball was in front of the other as they came through the window without breaking it.  One of the lights hovered close to my chest speaking very fast and funny while the other entered my body exploding in a huge, beautiful and peaceful white light as my body commenced to fly.  I could see the other girl sleeping in her bed.  My body went through the roof and I saw the street lights and houses in the darkness.  I felt the wind and a strong masculine voice talked to me.  I felt very scared and thought I was dead and flying to another world.  I have never remembered what the voice said to me, but I recall saying to him that I was scared and wanted to return to do a lot of more things.  I think I felt sorry for my mother and fiancé and wanted to see them again.  My body came down slowly until I saw myself in bed again.  Years later, I read in a book that after an astral projection your life changes forever.

That month a UFO conference was to be held in Sydney and I phoned them about attending.  Somebody returned my call and the landlady answered and looked at me as if I was totally crazy.  Fortunately, in spite of finding many narrow-mind people in this world, I have always believed in my own inner truth.  At the end of my English course in Manly, I travelled with another student to Queensland.

I first met my future Australian husband, Shane, on Fraser Island, and I saw my future with him in his eyes, flashing like photographic images, one after another at a very fast speed.  Years later, I came across the theosophical concept of the Akashic Records in which the events of one’s entire life are recorded.  Shane gave me his telephone number and address in Brisbane and invited me to spend Christmas with his family.  I told him I would call him after travelling further north with the students.  One day later, we arrived at majestic Airlie Beach and spend four unforgettable days cruising around the Whitsunday Islands.  While in the boat at night, watching the stars and thinking about my future, a strong masculine voice again told me, “You have to come back with Shane.”  I can honestly say that at that stage I had forgotten his name and I felt nothing for him.  I can clearly remember that powerful voice and my asking everybody if they had been talking to me, because I could not figure out where it was coming from.  I had promised Shane that I would call him after the cruise, so I did.  His mother answered the phone and an intense, flying feeling accompanied me for the rest of the day.  It felt so different that I described it to the students travelling with me.

Days later I caught a bus to Brisbane.  Shane was working, so his family came to pick me up although we did not know each other.  They welcomed me, and when Shane arrived home he gave me a hug that made me feel quite embarrassed.  Everything was happening too fast.  They told me to stay in Shane’s room on the second floor, while he would sleep in another room.  On the second night, the most frightening encounter of my life happened.  I was lying there awake thinking that lately my life had been like a beautiful dream.  There I was on holiday on the other side of the world from Spain, being barefoot for weeks, wearing no make-up, enjoying clear water and blue skies, discovering a new country.  I was relaxed and happy when a loud noise came from somewhere.  I looked at the curtains and my first thought was that it was coming from the pool-filter.  But suddenly I was petrified to see the shadows of the curtains transforming into a tall, dark, human figure with long, thin fingers coming towards me.  I was paralysed.  Whoever or whatever it was, put his disgusting, long fingers around my ankles and pulled me toward him.  I grabbed both sides of the bed as hard as I could.  The palpitations of my heart were so strong that I felt pain in my chest.  Mentally I called to God for help.  I tried to scream for Shane or his mother but I could not say a word.  The face of that thing was dark so I couldn’t see it, but I will never forget his bald head, the pointed ears and the long, thin fingers.  After fighting with him and kicking my legs to escape, the being disappeared.  When I could move again I jumped up and desperately turned the light and radio on and tried to calm my painful palpitations.  When morning arrived, Shane came into the room to wake me and asked why the light was on.  I explained what happened and he told me that his mother had had a strange experience with some blue balls of light.

Two weeks later I returned to Sydney with Shane to live with his grandmother.  I called a Spanish girlfriend who I had met at the school, so I could introduce Shane to her.  Without thinking I said to her: “I feel I am going to marry this guy.”  My comment surprised both of us.  I had only met him two weeks earlier and at that stage he was just a friend.  Destiny, it seemed, would do the rest.  I then returned to Spain with no thought of coming back to Australia, but fifteen months later I found myself getting married to Shane in Brisbane, as I had predicted.  I do not understand why, but on the day of our wedding we looked at each other with hatred.  Our wedding rings burnt our fingers, so we took them off.  Three beings who appeared in our bedroom at night were whispering as if they were making some plans about us.  Strange things frequently happened after the wedding.  Shane had nose-bleeds for more than a year.  Something like a little piece of metal was inside both our noses, which was very annoying.  A malignant presence that we could both feel came to the house.  We moved to another house because Shane wanted to live closer to his parents, but things became worse.  Shane’s nose bled even more often, and I started having such strong heart palpitations that I could not go up the steps in the house, but a cardiologist said there was nothing wrong with me.  I started waking up every morning at 3.20am feeling scared.  In the house, new plants and flowers died within days.  Strong winds blew the garden chairs and table away.  Shane’s father had serious problems.  One of his cousins was hit by a car and died and they could not find who did it.  We decided that the house must be cursed, so we moved to one fifty metres away around the corner.  Things went better there although we both started to experience episodes of missing time.

In April 1995 I saw an orange flame in the sky.  At first I thought that it was a helicopter but it made no noise even though it did not seem to be flying very high.  I could also see an illuminated human figure which I assumed was the pilot.  It disappeared in about three seconds.  Minutes later I saw an orange light like a star flickering from one place to another.  In newspapers around Australia many people reported the same sightings.  Weeks later I twice had one of the most horrible experiences of my life while driving my car at night in the same area of the southbound freeway outside Brisbane.  I was returning to work after having delivered some pizzas, when I suddenly lost all sense of time and direction.  I did not know in which city I was, what time it was, or what I was doing.  Worst of all, I didn’t even know who I was.  It had never happened to me before, and I can’t explain how terrible it felt.

After this experience I could really feel sorry for people who had lost their memories for some reason.  I wonder how many of them are due to UFO close encounters.  In 1997 Shane decided to go to Perth, Western Australia, and, as I was tired of moving, I decided to stay in this beautiful city.  In April 1998 I dreamt of the death of my father, who died a year later.  Some aliens did an operation on me and told me I would be a writer in the future.  On another occasion, at 5 or 6am, I woke to find a bizarre, transparent figure with huge, yellow eyes looking at me.  This being turned and moved to the bedroom door and transformed into an old person.  I woke Shane who was scared and opened the curtains, and the being disappeared.  In Perth, destiny transformed my life into a journey of self-discovery which I have yet to finish.  I met someone very special who would change my life.  I did not know him and did not feel anything for him, but the day I met him I had a vision in which I could see the end of my marriage and that something would happen between this man and me in four or five years time.  I believe my husband had the same vision because he looked sad and worried as he said to me,  “Something is going to happen and I don’t like it.”  I had that vision at the end of 1997.  Months later, I saw a rainbow coming from this other man’s head going up to the roof of the building where we both worked.  The same evening our paths crossed while walking in the city mall.  When I looked at him I saw a beautiful pink or purple colour coming out of his body and forming a huge spiral that came to me.  The spiral exploded inside my chest, filling my heart and mind with unconditional love.  When I stopped to talk to him I could not possibly explain this to him.  My whole body was trembling and I was too worried about keeping my voice calm.  For no apparent reason I could not sleep at night.  I found myself watching the city lights night after night from my balcony while seeing his face in my mind.  Casually I worked with him.  I knew what clothes he was wearing, what his thoughts were and what decoration or equipment he was using in his work.  Sometimes I felt as if balls of peaceful and loving energy were coming to me from him.  I felt absolutely inspired, healthy and happy, and I knew that I would write my desired book.  I became myself again, a very spiritual, independent, strong woman.

Part of my vision of the future has happened.  I got separated months ago.  I still don’t know if the rest will happen.  I believe in my premonitions because so far they have all been correct.  So, destiny may tell in a few years time.  Many people think we are in control of our lives.  This has never been the case with me.  From childhood I have been pushed by something that I believe knows exactly what tasks I must accomplish in this life.  That is the reason why people are confused, because they want something and life keeps turning them in another direction.  We shouldn’t be so worried.  Good spirits are protecting us and we are here just to learn better lessons for the future.  Hopefully in a couple of years I will be writing my second book and will be able to tell you if my vision was correct.


Precognition & Clairvoyance
By Judy Bryning

Precognition and clairvoyance are overlapping phenomena and daunting topics to examine, but I’ll try  because my interest is the reason that I first became involved in psychical research.  At first I naïvely hoped to find answers.  I didn’t of course, but like the writer Robert Louis Stevenson, I consider the journey to be as important as the arrival, so I can consider this to be a brief stopping point on that journey.  The following true story of my uncle’s D-Day dream will show that in these matters we not only see through a glass darkly, but that we see only through a pinhole in the camera of our senses.  Towards the end of World War II my uncle was a radio officer who landed at Ver-sur-mer on 6 June 1944 with a special naval party.  Shortly after landing, they found a small deserted beach hut.  The sounds of war were far enough away so he was able to get some sleep.  He had a dream in which he was walking along a railway platform alongside very rusty, old-looking railway lines.  He noticed a group of Germans there also, talking among themselves.  Years later he said to me, “I must tell you that the morning after my dream, when I told my mate Morton, he was very worried and said, ‘For goodness sake don’t tell our lads!’”  After this operation, they ended up in Holland; Terneuzen in fact.  My uncle happened to be at an old railway station which had been out of use during the war.  There was the platform and the rusty railway lines and the German soldiers who had been making use of the station building as their headquarters of sorts.  The group of Germans on the platform were talking, as he had heard them in the dream  but only then did he realise that they were a group of prisoners.  For most people like my uncle and me, precognition operates in a sporadic and uncontrollable manner as will be discussed later.  However, some gifted people have much more consistency and control in their perceptions of future events.

Clairvoyance is, according to the Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience, “The perception of current objects, events, or people that may not be discerned through the normal senses.  [This] may manifest in internal or external visions…. Clairvoyance overlaps with other phenomena, such as … telepathy, precognition, retrocognition, psychometry, and remote viewing” (p.111).  All of these function in a mode distinctly different from our consciousness of everyday reality.  The classic distinction between the two was made by psychologist Lawrence LeShan in his book The Medium, the Mystic and the Physicist (1974), in which he terms the everyday world ‘sensory reality’ as distinct from what he calls ‘clairvoyant reality’.

A few specialised areas of clairvoyance are prediction, exorcising dead spirits, spiritual counselling, nutrition and medical diagnosis, and remote viewing.  The most famous examples of prediction are Nostradamus and Mother Shipton, who prophesied numerous, major twentieth century historical events.  Individual mediums rely on vehicles ranging from crystal balls to Tarot cards or just the palm of the hand.  Spiritual counselling by a clairvoyant could frequently be called emotional counselling, given the problems in society and personal relationships which often drive a person to consult a soothsayer.

Exorcising dead spirits is often done by a medium, also called a channel.  They regard a ‘dead spirit’ as one who has not ‘passed over’ within three days of death, and who can sometimes be detected in the aura of a living relative.  An intense involvement with day to day circumstances before death can supposedly cause this.  In the opinion of many mediums, after three days the dead spirit loses the impetus to ‘go towards the light’ and fears it instead.  In this case, the medium redirects the spirit towards the light.  As part of its traditional duties, the Christian church follows a similar procedure with unidentified spirits or poltergeists.

Whether the actual identity or complete personality of the deceased individual is present or coming through from another dimension during a séance is questionable.  In terms of spiritual evolution, what is probably most desirable after death is a progression towards dissolution of that identity.  The images which occur to a clairvoyant often seem to resemble stills from the movie of life, or faded photos of childhood.  Certain of them appear to be selected to accompany a particular message and may present just one snapshot in the life of that departed relation.

In Western thought, the identity, personality or individuality of a living person is generally believed to form a coherent or integrated whole that makes that person recognisable and identifiably different from the next person.  However, this is questioned in Buddhist thought which tends to see the human personality as composed of numerous, sometimes conflicting components.  This raises the question of what exactly it is that a medium or clairvoyant is sensing or communicating with during a typical séance.  Is it the same, complete personality that that person possessed while they were alive  only now in a disembodied state  or could it merely be one component or aspect of that dead person’s consciousness?  When an identity has left the physical body, psychics refer to it as an entity, which is derived from the Latin word ‘ens’ meaning a being or an entity, as opposed to an attribute or quality.  So it seems that, in Western philosophical terms, an entity has a very definite existence, whereas in the psychics’ jargon the term entity merely refers to a disembodied spirit.

Nutritional advice is sometimes a part of the channelled information received by a clairvoyant.  When it comes from an entity in Zeta Reticulii, one wonders if such relatively trivial information could not have come from a naturopath closer at hand.  From our perspective here on planet Earth one would have thought that a more relevant communication from an outer galaxy would concern their form of life and purpose in communicating with us.  However, to adopt a different perspective, instead of ‘think global and act local’ we may need to ‘think non-local and act global’!

Causality and Time.   A major problem with the concept of precognition has to do with causality, which refers to the relationship of cause to effect, especially in physical events.  The fact that a clairvoyant can accurately describe a future occurrence before the cause of that event has happened could be seen to suggest that some or all events are predetermined.  If this is the case, do we have free will or are the decisions that we make in our daily life actually prearranged by some unknown force or intelligence?  Western science seems to imply that all events have identifiable causes, although in recent years quantum physicists have accepted a more fluid understanding of causality.  For example, the mathematician Henri Poincaré writes that, “Modern man has used cause-and-effect as ancient man used the gods; to give order to the Universe.  This is not because it was the truest system, but because it was the most convenient.” (in LeShan, 1975, p.85)  LeShan puts it very well from the point of view of the mystic when he states that, “Time … is a ‘seamless garment’ on which man customarily makes arbitrary seams and separation lines” (p.47).

An example of such thinking is shown, appropriately enough, in the Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought entry on causality: “Although it seems inconceivable that a cause should follow its effect, it seems possible that the two should be simultaneous.”  An example of this is not given, but it could be the apparent, instantaneous communication or awareness between sub-atomic particles which modern physicists refer to as entanglement or nonlocality (Talbot, 1991; Stein, 1996, p.27).

However, it may be inappropriate to assume that we have no free will just because clairvoyants sometimes accurately predict future events.  The paranormal literature contains numerous examples of people who unsuccessfully did everything in their power to alter their predicted future, while for others the predicted events did not occur.  What this might demonstrate is that there are unseen, possibly transpersonal forces that operate in human affairs in addition to normal cause and effect.  Not only Western philosophy, but classical Buddhist theory devotes much attention to the concept of causality as part of its recognition of psychic powers such as psychokinesis, retrocognition (knowledge of the past), and clairvoyance.

The evidence of precognition and clairvoyance might also suggest that Western science’s traditional understanding of time  and therefore causality  is incomplete.  Indeed, physicist Paul Davies asserts that the secret of mind will only be solved when we understand the secret of time (1983, p.127).  Science regards time as the equivalent of an extra dimension in addition to the three physical dimensions of length, breadth and height.  For example, relativity physicists use the term ‘space-time’ to demonstrate that they regard time and space as a single entity, rather than as two separate phenomena.

An interesting example of seeing the future by using a specific dimension occurs when we look at satellite photographs of the Earth on television weather reports.  From ground level it is not possible to know what weather may be approaching from over the horizon.  But, from the height of a geostationary weather satellite  whose altitude puts it a long way into the height dimension  it is possible, for example, to track an approaching tropical storm and predict with a high degree of accuracy when and where it will hit the coast.  Such predictions are never guaranteed, but are often highly accurate, yet no one today accuses the weather person of being clairvoyant, although several hundred years ago they might have.  Could it be that there is something about the dimension of time which, while currently unknown to modern physicists, enables the consciousness of a clairvoyant  like a soaring weather satellite  somehow to see a few approaching events accurately while others are too fickle to predict reliably?

The use of height is also a feature of the theories of T.C. Lethbridge (1974), the Cambridge archaeologist, who investigated the use of the pendulum for dating artefacts.  He developed complicated diagrams attempting to show why events may be appreciated  before they have taken place  using dreams or out-of-body experiences (OBEs) in ‘static time’ on what he terms the second mental level, as opposed to ‘moving time’ on the Earth level.  His ‘Spiral of Rates’ diagram supposedly explains why people in dreams or during OBEs can look down on their body from above and to one side.

Interpretation.   A constant problem with precognition and clairvoyance is how to interpret the information that is received, because it frequently depends on the frame of reference of the medium or person involved.  Although I am not a clairvoyant, I can give an example of how a misinterpretation can occur.  On one occasion the word ‘arafura’ imploded unmistakably in my head, and I kept wondering what it referred to.  The only association I could think of was the Arafura Sea which is north of Darwin.  Two hours later, I visited a friend who is a writer and heard that she had been short-listed for the Arafura Literary Prize, and that friends had been phoning all day to congratulate her.  Subsequently she was awarded a commendation in this competition.  The wide range of possible interpretations may be the reason that more cautious clairvoyants seem to generalise their pronouncements.

Clairvoyant dreams may contain a simultaneous mixture of direct and symbolic information.  I once had a very clear dream about a three-car accident involving a close friend.  A sudden crashing noise outside my house, shortly after I got up, triggered my recall of the dream.  After describing the dream in detail to someone else in the house, I returned to my bedroom to see that friend’s car dangling from the crane of a tow truck on the other side of the road, right opposite my bedroom window.  As in the dream, this accident had involved three cars.  Months later, I realised that the dream also had a symbolic interpretation as the person in the crash had a quarrelsome personality and tended to created chaos wherever he went, resulting also in the crash of our friendship.  Disasters or events of personal significance seem to form a large part of precognitive dreams, which suggests that emotional intensity may somehow amplify clairvoyant abilities.

On the other hand, an infuriating aspect of clairvoyance is its relevance or rather its irrelevance.  The information is very often so trivial as to be of no particular interest.  If we could we would all dream of winning lottery numbers and horses!  This viewpoint is typically human-centred.  In the example of my uncle’s D-Day dream, one realises that relevance may not be the issue.  The outcome of World War II in Europe was of paramount interest to millions of people, but the seemingly withheld information in his tiny glimpse of the future appears to have a deliberate ambiguity in its presentation; that is, if one adopts the view that some message is being presented deliberately.  But what if precognitive fragments are not specifically intended for human beings on this material plane?  Could such instances be similar to the case of a child overhearing adults discussing something which he or she only makes sense of later in a wider context?

It is interesting to compare this situation with that of control engineering which is one aspect of information or communication theory.  According to the Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought (Beer, 1988), this deals with the problem of transmitting messages and is worth quoting at length: “The fact that a message may have a meaning is irrelevant to the engineering problem, which is concerned with the ability to encode, transmit, and decode an actual message selected from a set of possible messages with which the communication system claims to deal.  Success in this depends on the quantity of information that has to be processed in a unit of time, measured against channel capacity, i.e. the capacity of the available channels to handle it.”

Coincidently, the word channel is also now being used to describe a psychic medium.  In my uncle’s case, the actual message selected out of all available information on WW II was extremely precise and relevant to him, and even if it were condensed into the unit of time taken in the dream, these two factors of quantity and time would then be dependent on the capacity of the channel.  As we do not know exactly the duration of the dream, or the limits of my uncle’s capacity to receive the message, it is uncertain how much information would necessarily have had to be omitted, thereby resulting in the disjointed nature of such episodes.  The whole nature of clairvoyant communications seems to indicate that it is not the concern of the system that humans should be able to comprehend and make use of them.  Perhaps it is merely by chance that human consciousness can pick up such small snippets of information.  Twentieth century communication engineers may have stumbled on a pre-existing principle which also applies to telepathy and clairvoyance.

Another obvious question is; who or what selects clairvoyant messages from the totality of general information available?  Perhaps we select them ourselves  consciously or unconsciously  based on their emotional relevance.  The process may be similar to that of going to a library and taking out a book on some subject of personal interest.  The extent to which we profit from reading the book varies because of other distractions, the ability to focus on the content, and the duration of loan.  A recall of the book before the due date may abruptly terminate our reading, much as a sudden awakening terminates a dream.

Paranormal abilities.   Are such abilities innate, or can they be acquired and improved by practice?  Both appear to be the case, as with any talent.  Specific training may augment innate ability as in the case of the remote viewers that have been employed by US military intelligence.  Various types of vision are described in the book China’s Super Psychics (1997) by Paul Dong and Thomas Raffill.  They claim that Buddhist tradition refers to the five eyes of mastery beyond normal vision.  These are: (1) the ‘flesh eye’, (2) the ‘heavenly eye’ (which we know as the Third Eye), (3) the ‘wisdom eye’, (4) the ‘Dharma eye’ and (5) the ‘Buddha eye’.  The flesh eye is superior to normal vision.  Apparently one can be trained to use it to see anything, “no matter how far, how small, or how dark” (p.160).  Further practice leads to attainment of the heavenly or Third Eye.  This is said to enable remote viewing, but the authors make the point that, “unlike the distance vision of the flesh eye, it uses the mind instead of the eye to see things” (p.160).  The difference between these two is said to be quantitative not qualitative.  It is interesting to find instances of these skills which are more recognisably an extension of normal vision.  In the West, the following two examples would be commonly explained as intuition.

In Dean Radin’s book, The Conscious Universe (1997), we read of how the pressures of war can sharpen the concentration of a fighter pilot in his daily experiences.  Radin tells us that in 1991, researchers Hartman and Secrist published their study of what was termed ‘Situational Awareness’, in an aerospace medical journal.  This they claimed was on occasions a form of psi perception rather than hypersensitive or exceptional vision.  The combat pilot, L. Forrester, described situational awareness as a “sixth sense that a man acquires when he has peered often enough out of a [jet fighter cockpit] into a hostile sky  hunches that come to him, sudden and compelling, enabling him to read signs that others don’t even see.  Such a man can extract more from a faint tangle of condensation trails, or a distant flitting dot, than he has any reason or right to do” (p.195).

A second example is that of my Indian-born great-aunt’s experience of seeing a tiger with her flesh eye before her conscious mind actually saw it.  Her ability grew over the long period of her lifetime in which hunting and shooting were regular activities in India.  While on a river steamer in the delta south-east of Calcutta, they were passing through thick jungle which my great-aunt was scanning through binoculars.  She records that there was a single tree on a point at the bend of a river and what appeared to be a bundle of thatch at the foot of it, something a boatman had discarded in passing.  She states in her autobiography that she was immediately seized with the desire to play a trick on the lazy party of people with her who were enjoying deck chairs and books.  “I could almost see the rush they would make to the side and the reaction it would occasion, for it was always thrilling to see a ‘Royal Bengal’ in its native jungles.… I simply could not resist the impulse and cried out with simulated excitement, ‘A tiger!  Look - there, under that tree!’  At the same time I raised my glasses to get a clearer view.  By then we were nearing the spot and the brown of my supposed thatch revealed definite stripes!  I found to my surprise that I was actually looking on a tiger taking a siesta under a tree by the river…. Before we were abreast of the tree, and turning the point, the tiger rose lazily, stretched like a cat and undulated over the open space towards cover.… The handsome creature even turned before it disappeared and took a long look at us” (Savi, 1947, p.135).

In both these examples, a form of unconscious clairvoyance appears to have been operating.  The first shows awareness and anticipation before an object was registered optically.  The second example shows optical registration before conscious recognition of the object perceived.  The first example contains the higher degree of urgency, while the second involves less speed in the conscious assimilation of optically-received information, although both percipients were motivated by a hunter’s instinct.  This might give an insight into the awesome survival powers possessed and exploited by Palaeolithic hunters, which are nowadays relatively dormant in most people.  On the other hand, although not a hunter, the famous medium Eileen Garrett claims, “I have an inner feeling of participating, in a very unified way, with what I observe  by which I mean that I have no sense of any subjective-objective dualism, no sense of I and any other, but a close association with, an immersion in, the phenomena” (LeShan, 1974, p.81).

Using the Chinese classification mentioned earlier, we could say that the flesh eye  cultivated with practice  was being used in these two previous examples.  However, the two authors of China’s Super Psychics consider that psychic powers, “should not be divided into the inborn and the trained, but rather into the many different kinds of abilities” (Dong & Raffill, 1997, p.14).

Unlike the Chinese, Western societies have traditionally ignored this dimension of awareness both by not recognising children’s psychic abilities, and by relentlessly repressing such talents.  So, much is lost.  As well as losing out on the collective benefit of the development of such abilities, individual personalities may also be stunted by this attitude.  The horrific picture of peer group pressure in American high schools which has emerged from recent shooting incidents show the results of intolerance and victimisation of anyone who is different in any way.  The unhealthy social climate which has produced this situation is the inevitable result of orthodox Western education systems’ rejection of unusual or anomalous talents such as clairvoyance and precognition.

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My Encounter Experiences
By Geoff Evans

I would like to share with you some of my extraterrestrial (ET) experiences.  Some include paranormal or spiritual components, which I believe are a natural part of life and of this phenomenon.  Although some experiences are wonderful and interesting, some can be upsetting and can take a while to get over.  I feel it is important to acknowledge that aspect of these encounters.  Even though I have been regressed on a few occasions, it was always from a therapeutic point of view; firstly to overcome my fear of these encounters, and then to have a better understanding of my role in some procedures.  I know from personal experience that gaining such memories is like opening Pandora’s box.  There is no going back, and one’s perception of life and the universe may never be the same again.  But it’s an interesting journey and one I wouldn’t change.

My first conscious memory is of an encounter that occurred when I was thirteen.  It was night-time and I was lying in bed paralysed, unable to move my body except for my eyes.  Standing at the foot of my bed I could sense and just make out the outline of two beings.  They seemed around five foot [one and a half metres] tall and I could feel them staring at me.  I thought they were ghosts or spirits, as that was the only context I could put them into at that time.  After that encounter I felt sad.  It wasn’t until a few months later that the fear of sleeping and of seeing something while lying in bed, started.  The best way to describe the anxiety is that it is like a cycle that would all of a sudden start up and then gradually diminish.  It didn’t matter if there was a sense of something strange happening or not.

When I was twenty-two, I started having very intense dreams and nightmares of alien Greys and of somewhat unfamiliar beings.  The images were vivid and the emotions were powerful.  They were unlike anything I had ever experienced before.  Occasionally Greys would appear in a translucent or spirit form while I was fully awake, and other unusual experiences escalated.  At the age of thirty-one I started getting flashbacks while fully awake.  Memories would also come to me while relaxing and meditating.  Having flashbacks and experiencing the strong emotions from an upsetting or wonderful encounter really emphasised the reality of these experiences.

When I started having memories of extraterrestrial encounters, I thought that I was losing my sanity.  I was open to the possibility that people may have UFO and extraterrestrial encounters, but the last thing I wanted to accept was that it may have been happening to me.  I constantly debated with myself the validity of these memories until some encounters interacted with the physical, which helped me reluctantly to accept their reality.

For example, on one occasion I found myself lying on an examination table unable to move my body except for my eyes.  There was a Grey on either side of me, and I was nearing a state of panic.  The Grey near my left arm was moving its hand as if to draw my attention.  In its hand was a small, soft toy that I instantly recognised.  It was a small joey (baby kangaroo) that I used to sleep with when I was very young, until one morning I awoke to find it missing from my bed.  I remember being upset about losing it and had convinced my whole family to look all over the house for it.  I even looked in the garden, but I never saw it again until that experience.  It was the first indication that these encounters had occurred from a very young age, and it made me wonder about some other childhood memories which seemed unusual and occasionally keep coming back into my thoughts.

On another occasion, I awoke one night when I felt my stomach being poked.  It was dark, but I could just make out or sense two Greys standing beside my bed.  I just thought one of the Greys was feeling a bit mischievous.  In the morning I asked my dad if anything strange had happened that night and he replied that, while lying on his side in bed, he had sensed a woman standing behind him who had poked him in the back.

A couple of encounters have affected or left small marks on my physical body, but the most interesting one, from my point of view, was a healing experience.  I had hurt my lower back while at work and had even taken time off.  Although it improved slightly, it was a constant problem until one night I found myself lying on my side on a table in what I call an examination room.  Two Greys were behind me and I could feel them doing something to my lower back.  I felt relaxed and out of curiosity I moved one hand to my lower back only to feel a hand push it away.  When I awoke my back felt perfect and I have never experienced the same constant problem again.

During another encounter that helped me to accept the reality of these experiences, I was sitting on an examination table and feeling quite relaxed while a Grey was standing directly opposite me holding a greyish coloured instrument in its hand.  The best way to describe the instrument is that it was like a needle on the end of a thin rectangular box.  I extended my arm slightly so my right palm was facing upwards and the Grey proceeded to insert the needle into my palm.  The next morning a small red dot was visible on my palm where the needle was placed.

Occasionally beings would appear around me in a translucent or spirit form.  Sometimes my awareness would change during these encounters leading me to suspect that they can invoke a slightly altered state of consciousness in people so that communication can take place on a conscious level.  Sometimes I am aware of presences before they appear or communicate, almost as if they were on some other level and had wanted to make themselves known.  The first time it occurred was when two Greys appeared beside me and started communicating to me.  It was so unexpected and unsettling that I quickly prepared to leave the house if I saw them again, because at that time I thought that that was a prelude to being taken.  These days I find that aspect quite interesting, especially because of the different types of beings that occasionally make themselves known to me.

Over two years ago I was visited by two spirit beings and the best way to describe them is that they appeared as balls of white light.  Then memories of ET encounters started coming to me one after the other.  In one memory I was escorted by two Greys along a curved corridor that sloped upwards.  We entered a room at the end and I sat down in a strangely contoured chair.  While seated, I felt my awareness expand and an image came to me.  It was of a meteor entering the Earth’s atmosphere and impacting the coast of Africa, near the Canary Islands.  I had no indication as to the validity of this image or whether it predicted a future event; I’m just relating what I experienced.  After those memories, one of the beings said that soon I would remember more.  I almost forgot those words until a few months later when I started getting flashbacks.

While experiencing some difficult flashbacks, a pleasant childhood encounter came to me.  I’m sharing it because it illustrates how the Greys seemed to use their eyes to invoke emotions in me.  During the memory I felt very young and I was standing in the examination room looking up at three Greys.  One had bent forward to look at me, and I was staring at his face.  While looking into his big black eyes, I sensed that this being loved and cared for me and it felt good being with them.  It felt as if they were bemused and happy to see me.  While looking directly into his eyes, I found myself seeing from his perspective; seeing myself through his eyes.  It wasn’t the first time that this had happened during an encounter.  I was then lifted onto a table so that I was lying on my back.  One of the Greys looked into my eyes and then I felt him scan down my body.  It felt as if he was determining my health just by looking.  When he reached my knees, I sensed a problem.  I was quickly and roughly turned over and then I sensed him looking at the heels of my feet.  While standing on the table, this being was holding both my hands in his and I was again looking at his face and into his eyes.  I had the sense that he cared for me and that I was ‘coming along or developing well.’  I was then carried into the adjacent waiting-room, where both my parents were seated and was handed over to my mum.  My parents were probably just concerned for me, but their worried looks contrasted with how I was feeling.

Although I have referred to the Grey’s gender, I had not deduced this from any physical indication.  It was only from what I sensed from him during the encounter.  All communication from these beings was through feelings and thoughts.  Occasionally it feels as though my awareness or intuition is altered or heightened during some encounters and I get a sense of what is happening or what is going to happen next, although this may just be because I am now familiar with their procedures.

I feel I need to acknowledge certain aspects of my experiences, without going into too much detail.  During some encounters I have been paired up with a female human and I have a couple of memories of meeting her from a young age.  During one childhood memory I was told by a Grey that it didn’t matter if we played or not, just so long as we spent some time together.  It’s understandable and may have been their intention, that a strong bond would form between us over a period of time and during some personal experiences.  But it was an unusual and difficult aspect to acknowledge.  In some encounters, sperm has been collected from me, and on other occasions a very small baby or foetus has been removed from a female human.  Some memories seem to indicate that this may occur on a regular basis.  Seeing the babies and young children really does make that aspect less difficult because it suggests that it is important.

The baby hybrids seem very aware and conscious.  It’s an unusual experience to look into their eyes and have that sense about them.  While holding one baby, I felt an instant bond and I also felt loving emotions for him.  He seemed happy that I felt that way about him and he started moving and wriggling in my arms like any normal happy baby, which in turn made me feel happy.  There was a contrast to how this baby reacted when I was holding him and when the Grey held him.  It was almost as if it was beneficial to have that type of emotional contact.  The two times I remember holding a baby, I was always conscious of a Grey standing directly opposite watching me closely; maybe just to ensure that no harm came to the child.  On one occasion, I was looking at a very thin baby lying in a grey cot.  He had red blotches on his body and a small red growth on his head.  While looking into his big blue eyes I felt he was aware that he was sick and was going to die, which touched me and was a contrast to other instances.

Although the term ‘hybrid’ is used to describe the human-looking beings seen during some experiences, I do not feel that they are a cross between humans and the Greys.  I view them as possibly genetically altered humans, and use the term only as an acknowledgment of the Grey’s involvement.  The hybrids I have seen don’t seem all that physically different from us, except that they look petite, have a very pale complexion, and white or light coloured hair.  But their most striking feature is their eyes, which are light blue and slightly larger than ours.

There have been numerous occasions, while looking into a Grey’s or other being’s eyes, when I felt that information was being transferred or a conversation was taking place on another level.  But I have no conscious memory of the subject.  It’s like only picking up fragments, or being aware of a conversation but not its content.  I guess the relevant question is what purpose such events serve if we don’t remember them any more clearly than that.

Afeature of some contactees’ experiences is that afterwards they sense a deep knowing, or have been informed about future possibilities, although I am in two minds about the purpose of this.  It could be just to gauge our reactions, but, during my encounter, I sensed that the information did relate to the future.  Maybe it’s a contingency plan that may become relevant if something develops.  Either way, I see the future only in possibilities and try to view these experiences without any preconceived beliefs.

While standing in a large room with other males and females, we were all paired up with a human-looking being or hybrid of the opposite sex.  I recognised the female being standing by my side from a previous encounter, during which we had been intimate.  Then we were informed that this being was our mate and we would be living together in the future, but it was not going to be on Earth.  Needless to say, I didn’t want to go, and I doubt that I was the only one who had such reservations.

In another memory, I was sitting in a room watching other people walk in through the entrance and take a seat.  The room was like a lecture theatre that one would expect to find in a university or college.  Standing at a small, pine podium was a large Grey and a normal, smaller Grey.  I say ‘large Grey’ because they stand well over six feet [1.8 metres] tall and look similar to a normal Grey except for the eyes, which have vertical pupils and an unusual coloured iris.  I’m not sure which colour his eyes were  a yellowish orange or green  because I may be getting him mixed up with the other ones I’ve seen.  Maybe the colour of their eyes vary like ours do.  The large Grey was communicating to us but I have no recollection of the content except that it related to the future.

It would be difficult to know fully how these experiences had affected or influenced my life and beliefs.  I know some experiences have created difficulties, but I also acknowledge that some may have influenced my life in positive ways, including my interest in spirituality which had begun before I was aware that I was having ET experiences.  I believe that on a deeper level I had agreed to participate in these encounters and sometimes it has felt very natural being with these beings.

Occasionally it feels like a deeper knowing takes over, and the other people I have seen during some experiences seem to feel the same way.  Some procedures and situations can invoke a wide range of emotions for those involved, but I feel it’s our perception of these beings and the situation that can also determine how well we cope with them.  Overall, I view these experiences in a positive way, and the beings I have encountered during them as benevolent.


Why Did You Take My Son?
By Mary Rodwell

Ann Andrews and her family visited Perth, Western Australia, in November 2000.  Not just to see a beautiful part of Australia, but to meet me and the members of the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN), with whom she had connected so deeply but who live nineteen thousand kilometres from her native England.  How this happened is a fascinating story in itself, but this article concentrates on Ann’s experience of what ufologists sometimes call the missing pregnancy syndrome.

Ann’s third pregnancy was confirmed by normal medical procedures.  Later, Ann awoke from an abduction/contact experience to find that she was no longer pregnant.  The consequences of this experience were emotionally and psychologically devastating for her, and certainly coloured her feelings about ETs and their involvement with humanity.  But, what she later discovered through regression was a far cry from what she had initially believed.  I was in small part the facilitator for her amazing discovery, but this is primarily Ann’s story.

I read Ann’s book, Abducted: The True Tale of Alien Abduction in Rural England (1998), soon after it was published.  Set in the English countryside, it tells the classic tale of human-ET contact that is encapsulated in many other extraterrestrial encounter narratives.  Ann and her family were faced with a series of terrifying and bewildering events, which escalated once they had their second son, Jason.  To those who meet her, Ann is a gentle, unassuming, balanced and practical lady with her feet planted firmly on the ground.  She is certainly not someone given to fantasies.  This is also true of Paul, her practical, no-nonsense husband.  They did all the normal things that a caring but bewildered family does when faced with experiences beyond their understanding.  They sought help from professionals in the hope that they might be able to explain the unexplainable.  For example, why her son Jason, from a very early age, was terrified at night and disturbed by unusual, frightening dreams.  This was in addition to the strange paranormal phenomena and poltergeist activity they experienced, as well as continual harassment from what seemed to be covert government forces.  However, they found no one who could really help them.

In her book, which was co-authored by a professional writer called Jean Ritchie, Ann’s main focus is Jason, her second son.  The eldest son, Daniel, has also had contact experiences, but in a less confronting way.  Ann relates how she was given a very poor prognosis at the end of her second pregnancy.  The doctors warned her that the baby was not expected to live.  However, mysteriously, Jason was born alive and healthy.  From the beginning there were many strange occurrences around him.  Ann’s book highlights some of the more unusual ones, and particularly mentions the trauma and fear that were part of his everyday life from early childhood.

Jason’s caring and loving family struggled to understand his many fears.  When, finally, desperation led his parents to take him to see a psychiatrist, Jason was relieved that the doctor was prepared to listen to him, but soon became disappointed when it became clear that she was unable to accept the strange world that was his reality.  But, fortunately for Jason, she found no evidence of mental illness.  To allay his insomnia and fear at night, she prescribed medication, but to Jason this was less than satisfactory.  He was frustrated that his experiences were still being negated, and his behaviour became increasingly aggressive and disruptive.  Ann and Paul were at a loss to know what to do next.

A television program on hypnosis was what led the Andrews family to understand what Jason had been trying to tell them all along.  The program showed a man being hypnotised and then revealing that he had experienced extraterrestrial contact.  When Jason saw this, he erupted with anger and said that no one would listen as that was what he, too, had being trying to reveal.  Daniel also said that he had known this all along.  More than any other, this episode was instrumental in giving Ann and her husband Paul the clues as to the possible reality of such experiences.  Ann admits that before this episode alien contact was such a bizarre concept that they had understandably assumed that Jason’s experiences were the product of his imagination.  Now, finally, both knew they must explore this subject further.  It was with anxiety but determination that their search led them to the well-known and supportive UFO researcher, Tony Dodd.  A policeman, who has had several UFO sightings, as disclosed in his book, Alien Investigator, Dodd also claims to have had ET contact himself.  He provided invaluable support for Ann and her family during the many months it took them to integrate the confronting and bizarre fact that their son was not only speaking the truth about his ET contact, but that contact was a very real experience for many people all over the world.

Ann learnt that this contact was not just with Jason, but included Daniel, Paul and herself.  Many confusing jigsaw pieces of the family’s experiences were finally beginning to make sense.  More challenges opened up for her when she learnt of the possibility that this contact extended beyond her immediate family to her own father and siblings.  The deeper she delved, the more challenges emerged.  But, such was the courage of this family that they decided to tell their story as a way of helping others with similar experiences.  Ann suffered greatly because she felt she had let Jason down by dismissing his experiences because they were so beyond anything she had previously understood.  This guilt still haunts her.  The book was her way of informing people that this experience has a reality and also a way of demonstrating to Jason her sorrow for not believing him, and that she now totally supported him.

I am a former nurse and midwife who now practises as a professional counsellor, healer and metaphysician.  I have progressively developed a more holistic, spiritual perspective in my counselling work.  I realised that many people have intuitive and paranormal experiences, some of which have an extremely profound emotional and spiritual effect on them.  They often need to share and understand them, but, if the experience is too unusual, they often fear that they might be considered odd or mentally ill, so are wary of exploring these experiences in a traditional therapeutic setting.  I have slowly developed my own intuitive skills, so I was prepared to work within a more multi-dimensional reality, honouring whatever experience or reality was relevant to my clients.  This open framework meant that I found that I was attracting clients who told me that they had had encounters with extraterrestrials.

It was through this work, and my association with the Australasian Society for Psychical Research, that I met former social worker Elizabeth Robinson who was then coming to terms with her own multi-dimensional reality.  We felt strongly that support during this process of paradigm shift was for some quite vital for their emotional and psychological health.  Elizabeth was completing her book, called Secrets, Truth and Destiny (1998), which explains how her experiences with aliens ultimately transformed her into a talented healer.  Together we decided to form a professional resource called ACERN, the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network.  ACERN specialises in offering emotional support and information to those who experience alien contact.  We decided to make every effort to initiate debate about the reality of contact experiences in a more public forum by using lectures, newspapers, radio and television  whichever means best highlighted alien contact experiences in the public arena.  Our main goal was to inform those who had had these contact experiences that there was help and support available.

While avidly researching any material that would give me more insight into the subject, I obtained a copy of Ann’s book Abducted.  This was very useful for me at that time, as I had been contacted by a nineteen-year-old girl who described similar experiences to Jason’s.  Like him, she was taken to a psychiatrist in her early teens and when she told him she was seeing aliens, he told her that there was no such thing.  Unfortunately for her, that is where her story and Jason’s differ, because she was diagnosed as psychotic and medicated.  Being perceived as mentally ill by the medical profession, as well as by her family and friends, brought fear, debilitating medication and isolation into her life.  Five years later, at nineteen, after she had gradually come to question her diagnosis and had found out from her own research that there were others who claimed ET contact, she contacted me.  The similarities between this young woman’s story and Jason’s gave me the impetus to contact Ann Andrews.  I wanted to know if I could use her book as a reference because I was also writing a book to be used as a resource for experiencers.  Ann’s response was immediate and encouraging, and she said that anything that would help others was fine by her.  I found Ann to be a wonderfully warm and caring individual.  Already she was giving much of her time to offer support to the many people who had contacted her after reading her book.  I was not the only one from Australia who had done this.  Ann and I started corresponding, and found that we were able to share many things including our understanding of the implications of this experience.  Ann’s own paranormal experiences had frightened her.  Despite having very intuitive sons who had become more comfortable with their clairvoyant and psi abilities, Ann had remained wary.  She was far more intuitive than she wanted to acknowledge.  As the months went by she found it helpful to share some of her ongoing experiences with me and I appreciated and valued her trust.

Gradually she told me that one of her most difficult issues was the awareness that she had another son on a ship with the extraterrestrials.  Ann had only briefly discussed this in her book because she found the whole issue very distressing.  To add to her pain was the fact that Jason was aware of her other son, who was his brother.  Jason even knew the name she had secretly given him, which was Nathan.  Jason was quite angry  because he couldn’t understand why Ann had difficulty acknowledging Nathan, who he said loved her and wanted to meet her.  Ann therefore struggled with the conflicting feelings of deep pain and anger.  She had always felt the aliens had used her by taking her baby without her consent.  How could she meet the son whom they had taken in that way, when she felt so much anger and hurt?  She just couldn’t bring herself to do it.

Over the months Ann had confided in me, so I understood that this was a huge issue for her.  I knew that she needed someone to work with her who had the therapeutic skills and experience in this area to explore it in more depth.  She needed a clearer picture, not only because she had experienced painful flashbacks of the time when Nathan was taken, but because she wanted to discover more details than she could consciously recall about the whole episode.  She had no one she could turn to who would do this where she was, because regression work in this specialist area is only done in a limited way in the UK.  This, I believe, is due to concerns about the validity of the information the process produces.

I knew I might be able to help, as a portion of my work involves using focused relaxation to assist individuals explore deeper levels of their awareness.  I have had much success using this technique to access memories and a deeper understanding of particular experiences.  When done successfully this can lead to greater awareness, integration and healing.  I knew that if we met physically, then I might be able to help Ann in this way too.  We had built up such a rapport and trust over two and a half years, that I knew she would allow me to help her if the opportunity arose, and finally it did.

In November 2000, Ann decided that she would bring her family for a six week holiday to Western Australia, to meet the abduction support group and friends she had already connected with, including me of course.  I arranged for them to stay with a very aware lady who was a good friend of mine, so they could be themselves without concerns.  During the stay Ann was happy to tell her story to the support group and the Australasian Society for Psychical Research.  Despite her nervousness and limited public speaking experience, Ann spoke clearly and articulately about her family’s paranormal and ET-related experiences.  I was also finally able to spend some time with her, not only to help her overcome her fear of the paranormal, by using techniques to manage her clairvoyant abilities, but finally to explore the truth about her third son, Nathan.  That was one of the most moving and powerful sessions I have ever done.

I had known intuitively that part of the reason Ann had come to Australia was for her finally to resolve the issue about her son, Nathan.  The hurt and anger she felt made it hard to forgive what she regarded as the forcible removal of her child.  Ann was terrified about exploring this deeply painful issue, and so to revisit it would be difficult.  But, I had Ann’s trust, and she knew that this might be the only opportunity for her to explore it with me.  Bravely, and with a certain resignation and trepidation, she allowed me to begin.

To relax her further before the regression started, we talked briefly about her conscious memories and flashbacks.  The only positive thing she could remember was one of the aliens, a tall, gentle being she later recognised as ‘the soldier man’, stroking her forehead after taking her baby and saying that they would look after him.  This was my only clue that there was more that she needed to know about this harrowing experience.  It was so sensitive an issue that even broaching it brought Ann near tears.

Knowing the pain Ann would feel revisiting the snatches of memory she had slowly acquired over the years, I asked for all the assistance I could from those loving spirit helpers that I believe assist me in my work.  This was like a surgeon doing the most delicate of surgery.  I hoped that Ann was finally ready to understand the circumstances behind her child being taken by ETs.  She had told me that she had been nearly three months pregnant.  She had been told by her doctor that if she went ahead with the pregnancy she could jeopardise her life as well as the baby’s, so she was in the process of trying to decide if she could go ahead with the pregnancy.  She already had two children and a loving husband.  What would happen to them if she died?

One morning, the decision appeared to have been made for her.  Ann woke to find herself surrounded by blood and no longer pregnant, but, strangely, there was no sign of the foetus.  This was a mystery that neither Ann nor her doctor could explain.  Slowly, her dreams and frightening flashbacks gave her clues as to what had really happened, although this information seemed far worse than the original mystery.  What she came to suspect was too bizarre to tell any doctor  extraterrestrials had stolen her baby from her, and that he was still alive!

I did not know what this session with Ann was going to uncover, an horrendous picture of extraterrestrial abuse, or something quite different.  The last thing I wanted was for Ann to end up in a worse emotional state than before.  I hoped that she would gain some healing, understanding and peace.  Slowly and painfully I began to lead Ann on her journey of discovery, hoping that whatever we found would finally help her to understand why the extraterrestrials had taken her child.

Ann was clearly struggling with her memory of the fateful night when her whole world was ripped apart producing the deep emptiness that filled her soul with hurt and anger.  With choking sobs Ann recalled the night they came.  From the moment they took her to the ship and had her waiting for the procedure she was plainly struggling to revisit her experience.  She needed much gentle support and encouragement to continue.  The procedure was so painful that I got her to view it while detached from her body so that she could see what happened without experiencing all the pain.  Ann saw her baby taken from her and then being placed in another room, so she knew that her child was alive.

As a facilitator it was very hard to remain detached because Ann’s description of her experience was so heart-wenching that any mother would relate to her pain.  Her deep feelings about this experience completely negated any idea that this was a confabulation or construct of the client’s imagination, as is often suggested with regression work.  The experience and its emotional impact was almost too difficult for her to verbalise, and her whole body was shaking.  Concerned for her, I tried to help her continue by distancing her from the emotional content as much as I could.  I knew that if I was to keep her on track, we might finally learn why this had happened.  To bring her back to fully conscious awareness at this point would just reinforce everything that she had originally believed  that aliens were cruel and heartless, and had no concern for human rights or feelings.

At this point I suggested that Ann call on her inner wisdom to ask why the aliens took the baby.  She spoke firmly and clearly.  She recalled being taken to a special room.  The soldier being was there radiating love and concern.  She said that he had explained to her that this was the only way to save both her and the baby.  If she had gone ahead with the pregnancy, then she would have died as well as the child.  (Ann had already been told this by her doctor.)  But, the decision was hers, she said.  She had agonised over it, but knew she couldn’t risk a pregnancy that would leave her husband, Paul, alone to cope with raising two small boys.  Heartbroken, she made her decision.  But she made them promise they would take the best care of him and that they must love him, really love him and to tell her son that she loved him and that she had had no choice.  Only when the soldier man had promised this did she agree, as the only way to save Nathan’s and her own life.  She knew that although he would never be able to live with them as a family, he would at least be alive.

It was hard to keep the tears from my own face as I heard this.  Ann’s face, too, was covered in tears.  I knew that there was one last thing I needed to do as I said to her, “Now would you like to see your son?”  Ann nodded through her tears, and as she did that her face lit up with the most amazing smile as she said, “I see him, I see him.  He is standing with the soldier man, holding out a red rose to me.”  As she embraced him, she said, “He is telling me he knows all about us, as Jason often talks to him.”  Tears framed Ann’s face.

Ann has described this incredible experience in an article that she has written about her time in Western Australia, which is a sequel to her book Abducted.  I just listened in awe and relief with more than a few tears in my own eyes.  Ann finally looked as if she could have some peace.  Wet with tears, I brought her into a more conscious awareness.  We hugged as she cried some more.  I felt very emotional, as anyone who had witnessed such an amazing experience would be.  Thanks to my invisible helpers, Ann had been shown what she needed to heal and move on.  We talked for a while until she was calmer and, when I felt she was ready, I left her alone to become more composed because Paul and Jason were outside and I knew she would need a little more time to integrate what she had learnt.

Ann continued to have more amazing experiences whilst in Western Australia and the family left with vows to return, particularly the boys who loved the lifestyle and friendliness of the people.  They said they had found an acceptance here that they would really miss.  We too, have learnt so much about courage and honesty from them.  My thanks to Ann for having the bravery to share such an intimate part of her story with us.  My journey with her and her family continues and we are now good friends as well.  What we discovered that day was part of the amazing enigma of our intimate relationship with our extraterrestrial visitors although, at this stage, we may only be scratching the surface of our link with these galactic neighbours.

Andrews, Ann & Ritchie, Jean.  (1998)  Abducted: The True Tale of Alien Abduction in Rural England.  London: Headline
Dodd, Tony.  (1999)  Alien Investigator: The Case Files of Britain’s Leading UFO Detective.  London: Headline.
Jacobs, David M. (Ed.)  (2000)  UFOs & Abductions: Challenging the Borders of Knowledge.  Kansas: University Press of Kansas.
Mack, John.  (1995)  Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens.  London: Simon & Schuster.
Robinson, Elizabeth.  (1998)  Secrets, Truth and Destiny.  Perth, Western Australia: Key Publishing.


Western Australian Sightings
Compiled by Brian Richards

The last twelve months or so have been some of the quietest on record for UFO sightings in Western Australia.  By this I mean reported sightings.  It’s possible much has been seen, but for a number of reasons some witnesses may be indifferent or reluctant to report their sightings.  This could be due to overexposure these last few years as a result of the numerous books and videos on the subject of UFOs.  Or it could be a perceived lack of interest by the media (television and newspapers) in reporting UFO sightings  at least in the Western world  thus generating a ‘so what’ attitude in the witnesses when considering passing on their sightings.  On the other hand, this may merely be a lean time.  There may be a genuine dearth of foreign objects flying around in our skies, perhaps supporting the supposition that UFOs come in waves or flaps every so many years.

Recently, there have been reports of OBOLs (orange balls of light)  once quite frequently seen over WA  from Indonesia and Thailand.  Argentina is in the throes of a UFO flap, with a variety of airborne hardware, including giant, silent flying triangles reminiscent of the Belgian triangles of 1989 and 1990.  Interest in alien abduction cases seems to be on the wane, as opposed to sleep paralyses where some researchers of the phenomenon  bona fide or not  claim to have the answers for its control and termination.


Saturday, 24 February 2001.  Stuart near Albany, WA, reported a red glow in the western sky which moved about and changed from dim to bright and dim again.  He claims to have seen this effect over several days, but his description did little to clarify the phenomenon.

Sunday, 4 February 2001, 2pm.  Gary and Camille of Doubleview, WA, watched amazed as six bright, star-like objects at forty-five degrees moved in and out of formation travelling south to north.  The witnesses were looking eastwards as the objects moved slowly at first, but often moved rapidly when changing formation.  They formed a circle, semi-circle and triangle moving up and down and from side to side.  Gary phoned RAAF Pearce who claimed no planes were flying in the area at that time.

Wednesday, 31 January 2001, 9.15pm.  Steve of Kelmscott, WA, reported four bright green flashes, two minutes apart, just above the horizon to the north-east of his position in the Belmont/Midland area.  I spoke to the Midland police who had not received any other reports of these lights.

Monday, 15 January 2001, 9.35pm.  Scarborough, WA.  Lee watched a star-like object travel south to north.  Two similar objects appeared and caught up with the first, forming a perfect triangle.  Ten minutes passed and a fourth light appeared, flashing on and off before disappearing to the north.

Sunday, 24 December 2000, 11.30pm.  Midland, WA.  John reported a star-like object to the east, dropping down in three stages before jumping back to its original position.  He watched it over a two hour period and said it moved from side to side as well as flashing various colours.  (This could have been the bright star Capella.  Stars often appear to jump around if stared at long enough against a black background with no definite reference point: BR)

Saturday, 25 November 2000, 11.20pm.  South Lakes, WA.  Sam reported an orange light travelling south to north.  It suddenly deviated from the horizontal, climbing higher to remain stationary for ten minutes before fading out.

Monday, 23 October 2000, 7.50pm.  Pemberton, WA.  Monique watched a bright, orange/red fireball with a tail move quickly from the south-west to north-east.  A whoooshing sound was heard.

Tuesday, 3 October 2000, 10.20pm.  Spearwood, WA.  For twenty minutes Dave noticed small streaks or flashes of light going east-west.  He was looking south.  Ten minutes after the last flash, an oval object appeared from the east, lit up by two very bright lights at each end.  It appeared for about two seconds before flying off at great speed to the west.  No sound was heard.

Tuesday, 3 October 2000, 8.55pm.  Bateman, WA.  The witness, Eddy, was in Bateman driving west-north-west when he noticed five very bright red spheres in a V-formation vertically aligned with the apex pointing to the ground.  The top light of the right-hand side of the V crossed over to the left, and the whole formation dropped towards the ground and simply disappeared.

Tuesday, 12 September 2000, 9.55pm.  Innaloo, WA.  Annette D. watched two silent, orange lights move from west to east and fly out of sight.  They were unlike aircraft lights and made no sound.

Edgewater, WA.  The following case has lost much of its importance as the dates of the event/s cannot be pinpointed.  It occurred six months ago and there are no other witnesses.  Aaron was looking north-west when he noticed a bright light approaching that stopped and hovered as if watching him.  Two helicopters and a light plane appeared and chased the light which headed west, rose rapidly and faded out or disappeared.  It was surrounded by a blue aura.  The following night Aaron woke up at 1am for a drink.  Through the kitchen window he saw what appeared to be a black ‘man’ standing in the garden.  No clothes were seen.  Aaron felt a ringing sensation in his head and was overcome with fear.  He fled to his mother’s room for sanctuary.  Following this experience, he compulsively draws elaborate geometric patterns; talks in a strange tongue; has flying dreams and sleep paralysis; and has a raised psychic awareness.

Monday, 4 September 2000, 7.30pm.  Beechboro, WA.  A man looking north reported a pulsating red and green light which alternately grew bright and dim at thirty degrees.  It eventually dimmed out.

Sunday, 30 July 2000, 4.15-4.30am.  Kalamunda, WA.  The witness, Lorrissa, was looking north-east when a light, flashing many different colours, approached from the north-north-east at tree-top height.  A second object, very much darker, approached the first light and dropped towards the ground.  A third light approached the first and looped-the-loop before disappearing from view.  The aerobatic display lasted about fifteen minutes before the lights faded out.

Saturday, 1 July 2000.  Three separate reports came in from Balga, Morley and Cunderdin, WA, describing anything from twelve to eighty meteor-like objects with tails travelling south to north, some viewed through broken cloud.  One witness described a dozen or so lights followed by another group three or four minutes later, followed by a third group.  There were reports of a Russian satellite or rocket breaking up at that time, but this has not been verified due to time discrepancies.

Monday, 19 June 2000, 5.45pm.  What  appeared to be a brilliant, white fireball was reported by a witness in Beechboro, WA, as he headed south.  The object was travelling in a north-north-west direction.

Sunday, 4 June 2000, 8.15pm.  Morley, WA.  A man, Rob, reported two orange balls of light (OBOLs) going east-west, ten minutes apart.  They were a burning coal colour.  No sound was heard.

Friday, 2 June 2000, 6.15pm.  Two Rocks, WA.  A  bright, orange ball with a V-shaped tail dropped down towards the ocean.  A flash was seen as the object disappeared and a bright orange column of smoke remained for some time afterwards.

Thursday, 25 May 2000, 8.30pm.  Perth, WA.  The witness was heading south on the Kwinana Freeway.  Near the Charles Street exit, looking east through the passenger window he noticed a dull white, oval object flying low and close to some high-rise office blocks.  It  appeared to be about one metre long, twenty-five metres off the ground, and two hundred metres from the witness.  The oval object was travelling very fast, heading south, when it simply vanished.

Sunday, 21 May 2000, 7.30-8pm.  Balcatta, WA.  A man watched five small star-like lights move from the south-east.  One light seemed to triple in size, break away from the main group, and move towards the witness.  It stopped, grew small again, and returned to the main group.  All the lights then faded out.

Saturday, 20 May 2000, 1am.  Warwick, WA.  Daniel, the witness, watched two lights to the south, one red, one blue.  Both were pulsating and moving up and down at forty-five degrees.  He watched this display for twenty minutes until the lights faded out.

Sunday, 6 May 2000, 8pm.  Safety Bay, near Rockingham, WA.  Colin S. was looking north when a bright, coal-red object came into view and hovered in one spot, pulsating bright and dim.  At one stage a piece of burning substance fell towards the ground from the object which then seemed to move towards the witness before fading out.  Colin had seen a daylight UFO in 1960 over Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK.

Thursday, 27 April 2000, 10.10pm.  Near The Vines Resort, WA.  Karen reported an iridescent, blue light come out of the clouds and streak south towards Perth at great speed.  It was silent with no tail.

Friday, 21 April 2000, 7.40pm.  Ferris S. was travelling north from Secret Harbour to Rockingham, WA.  Two orange lights appeared travelling south-north, one above the other.  Over Perth the lights slowed almost to a stop and changed course, heading north-west.  The witness watched through binoculars and with the naked eye for twenty minutes.  The lights looked like incandescent, orange vapour lights.

Friday, 21 April 2000, 10.30pm.  North Fremantle, WA.  Keith was fishing near the old grain silos (now demolished) in North Fremantle.  He noticed two very bright, light-orange lights hovering over what he estimated to be the Causeway in Perth.  After thirty seconds the lights just vanished or turned off.  The witness insists these were not aircraft lights.

Wednesday, 12 April 2000, 8.55pm.  Osborne Park, WA.  Grant watched three white lights, very high up, travelling west to east.  They seemed to merge into one, veered east and then north, before being lost to view.

Thursday, 23 March 2000, 7.55pm.  Cannington, WA.  The witness, Brian, was in Jubilee Street when he saw a huge, orange sphere to the north-east.  He was initially attracted to a pulsating glow lighting up the area.  The slowly moving sphere, larger than four full-moons, was the colour of burning coal and looked on fire.  After a minute, the glow went out.  Brian could see the dark outline of an object which zig-zagged down towards the ground leaving a smoke trail two hundred metres long.

Technology Update
By Simon Harvey-Wilson

Pentagon Sees the Light.   An article in The West Australian (2001, March 3) claimed that after ten years of research costing seventy-nine million dollars, the Pentagon has announced that it has developed “an electromagnetic beam to drive off threatening crowds or advancing adversaries without using deadly force.  The beam produces a sensation like touching a hot light-globe when it shines on a person’s skin.”  This effect ceases as soon as the beam is switched off.  “The Pentagon claimed that the low-energy millimetre wave beam, which travels at the speed of light, did not cause injury other than minor skin tenderness because it barely penetrated the skin.”

The article does not give the exact wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation used in this beam, but the phrase “millimetre wave” suggests that it is actually a microwave beam.  The wavelengths of the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum range from thirty centimetres down to a few millimetres, while the adjacent infrared portion lies between wavelengths of about one millimetre and those of the red end of the visible part of the spectrum.  This new beam should be of interest to ufologists because UFOs have often been reported to shine beams of light at people  some of which look like laser beams  with a variety of results ranging from discomfort to paralysis and occasionally injury.  An article entitled “Phasers and UFO Light Beams” in a previous edition of the Journal of Alternative Realities (Harvey-Wilson, 1998, p.15) discusses such light beams and the suggestion that they may at times use microwave radiation.  It also quotes research by veteran ufologist Dr Jacques Vallee who, in his book Confrontations (1990), reports that several people have died after being zapped by UFO light beams in South America.  Might it be possible, therefore, that the Pentagon has used its research into UFOs to develop this ‘non-lethal’ weapon?  If this is the case, could they also have developed a lethal version of their electromagnetic beam?

Harvey-Wilson, S.  (1998)  Phasers & UFO light beams.  Journal of Alternative Realities, 6 (1), 15-22.  See also under ‘Our Journals’ at:
Pentagon beam targets troublemakers.  (2001, March 3)  The West Australian, p.3.
Vallee, Jacques  (1990)  Confrontations: A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact. New York: Ballantine Books.

Seeing by Other Means.   An article in New Scientist (Sample, 2000, p.23) reports that Mistral Security of Bethesda, Maryland, USA, has developed a “spray that makes unopened envelopes transparent  so the letters inside are as easy to read as postcards.”  The spray, “called ‘See-Through’ was developed to let police forces inspect potentially dangerous packages, like a letter bomb.”  The spray leaves a smell for about fifteen minutes after it has been used, but after that, “there’s no smudging of ink on the envelope or on the letter.”  The spray will not work with packages that have a “plastic barrier like those found on padded envelopes.”  Although the article does not mention it, using the spray to try to read, for example, a two page, A4-size letter that has been folded into three and put into a normal business-sized envelope, would probably be very difficult, if not impossible.
Apart from illustrating the extraordinary ingenuity of some scientists, this spray appears to facilitate information gathering in a manner that is slightly similar to what some psychics can do.  For example, one way of testing a person’s paranormal abilities is to give them an envelope with a photograph, symbol, or written message in it to see if they can clairvoyantly detect or ‘read’ the contents.  Similarly, at one stage the remote viewers employed by the Pentagon in recent years were not actually given the geographical coordinates of their target locations.  Instead, that information was kept in an envelope by the person controlling that particular remote viewing session.  Amazingly enough, this did not seem to handicap the remote viewers, who were still capable of finding the relevant target location (Schnabel, 1997; Marrs, 2000).

Another paranormal variation to the See-Through spray is documented by parapsychologist Dr Elmar Gruber in his book, Psychic Wars: Parapsychology in Espionage and Beyond (1999), where he describes research into the extraordinary psychic abilities of a group of Chinese children who were apparently able to ‘read’ using various parts of their anatomy, such as their ears (p.114).  For example, two young girls called Xiong Jie and Li Hong-wu, “astounded the investigators” by being able to read European writing, sketches, and Chinese characters, written on pieces of paper which “were folded so that the drawing could not be seen and then placed in their armpits or in the hollow of their knees” (p.116).

As if paranormal reading with your armpit isn’t weird enough, another article in New Scientist (Seydel, 2001, p.24) tells us that two researchers at the University of Wisconsin, “have developed a device they call a ‘tongue display unit’ [TDU]  a grid of 144 gold-plated electrodes covering an area a little larger than a postage stamp.”  Although still in its infancy, this research is designed to give blind people a rudimentary visual capacity.  Information from a video camera is fed to the TDU in your mouth to tell you which way to go.  For example, the left row of electrodes tingles if you need to turn left, while to go straight ahead the middle row of electrodes pulses from back to front.  The system uses the tongue because it has a lot of sensitive nerve fibres; saliva is a good conductor; and “a large part of the brain’s cortex is devoted to the sensory perception of the tongue.”  The sensation is said to feel somewhat like touching a nine-volt battery with your tongue, and it takes “about fifty hours of practice to become familiar with the unit.”  So far only prototype models have been tested, but “within five years, the researchers expect to condense the system into an inconspicuous unit that fits into the user’s mouth, with a wireless link from a spectacle-mounted video or infrared camera.”

Gruber, E.R.  (1999)  Psychic Wars: Parapsychology in Espionage and Beyond.  London: Blandford Books.
Marrs, Jim.  (2000)  PSI Spies.  Alien Zoo Inc.
Sample, I.  (2000, December 16)  Letter of the law.  New Scientist, 168 (2269), 23.
Schnabel, Jim.  (1997)  Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America’s Psychic Spies.  New York: Dell Publishing.
Seydel, Caroline.  (2001, March 17)  Suck it and see.  New Scientist, 169 (2282), 24.

Holographic Memory Cubes.   In The Day After Roswell (1997), Lt Col Philip Corso claims that the United States government covertly obtained various forms of advanced technology from a UFO that crashed in Roswell in 1947.   Many of these items were then secretly reverse engineered by trusted United States defence contractors in such a way that it appeared to the public that human scientists had invented them.  For example, Corso makes the astounding assertion that the basic design of integrated circuit computer chips  the essential component at the heart of one of the most ubiquitous pieces of technology in the Western world  came originally from the Roswell UFO debris.  It is highly ironic to claim that millions of people all over the world are unknowingly using alien-derived technology every time they sit down at a computer terminal or withdraw money from an automatic teller, but even if it is true, that may still not be the complete story.  It has also been claimed that some of the Roswell UFO debris was too complex for scientists to reverse engineer back then or, even if they could, they were unable to release ‘invented’ copies to the public because either the military wanted to keep them secret for strategic purposes, or because they would be unable to explain to the public how they were invented.  In other words, the provenance of such inventions would not be sufficiently convincing, especially to other non-military scientists who might take an interest in the matter. If these claims are true, it means that there may still be examples of alien technology that have not yet been released, because it is still to early to fool the public into believing that they have just been ‘invented’.  However, given that such pseudo-inventions might occasionally appear for some time to come, ufologists could perhaps be justified in asking themselves whether any fancy new piece of computer technology that appears on the market was really invented by human scientists or not?

One such invention is described in a recent New Scientist article entitled “One Holographic Lump or Two?” (Fox, 2001, p.23), which explains how “little glass cubes the size of sugar lumps may one day replace the vast arrays of disc drives we need to store enormous databases.”  The article goes on to explain how “Pavel Cheben of the National Research Council in Ottawa and Maria Calvo of Complutense University in Madrid suspended photosensitive chemicals in porous silica glass to form a one-centimetre-cube which can store a hundred times more data that a DVD [digital video disc].”  Data is stored in the cube as holographic interference patterns, many of which can be superimposed onto the same photosensitive material by altering the angle of the laser beams that create them.  This means that, “The readout beam moves through matching angles to read out different pages.”  The memory cubes are not ready for production yet, but the article reports that the researchers have “successfully stored and retrieved data” using them.  In theory, the storage capacity of each one-centimetre-cube is reported to be seven hundred and fifty gigabytes and “because data pages are read all in one go, rather than as a sequential stream of bits, they can be read a hundred times faster than from a DVD.”

The vast storage capacity of these holographic glass cubes is reminiscent of claims made about the memory capacity of the supposedly alien-inspired ‘transcapacitor’ device described in a press release produced by the American Computer Company in December 1997.  The transcapacitor was said to have been copied from UFO debris and was soon to be released onto the market.  However, as far as I am aware, no such device has yet appeared.  Could the design of these holographic glass cubes have come from the debris of a crashed UFO?  We will probably never know, and in fairness to the two researchers mentioned in the New Scientist article, it should be acknowledged that there is, at present, no evidence that they did not invent the memory cubes themselves.

Computer research of this nature raises some very interesting questions.  As the New Scientist article indicates, information technology scientists are constantly seeking means of storing, retrieving, and transmitting information more efficiently.  For example, at present one of the most irritating aspects of the Internet is the time taken to access information.  A common way to improve the efficiency of computer components is to miniaturise them still further, although this tactic might seem to have practical limits because many such devices are already so small that they have entered the grey area between classical and atomic physics.  But this may not be the case.  In fact, researchers are at present busily designing quantum computers whose capabilities they hope will far outstrip today’s supercomputers, and there is even talk of creating a quantum Internet (Mullins, 2000, p.26).
Research into paranormal abilities such as clairvoyance, remote viewing, telepathy, and psychometry (obtaining information by holding objects), implies that there already exists what could be called a consciousness version of the Internet.  This is certainly not a new idea.  Many people have suggested that the universe is actually a giant mind and some believe that humans are that mind’s way of getting to know itself.  But how does it all work?  Telepathy and remote viewing seem to facilitate the instant transmission of information over any distance, while clairvoyance and psychometry imply that all information from the past, present or future is available to those with these gifts.  For example, some people believe that the Akashic Records contain “the master records of everything that has ever occurred since the beginning of the universe” (Guiley, 1991, p.4).

Looking at these abilities from an information technology perspective, we could ask how this paranormal information is stored and transmitted, and what the capacity of the ‘system’ is?  Is the universe a giant quantum computer?  As if those questions were not baffling enough, we could then ask who or what designed and maintains the system  or did it just evolve?  Does the system ever crash or need upgrading?  Is the system divided into software and hardware, and how does it manage to provide information about the future?  (There is sure to be someone in the Pentagon who would dearly love to know the answer to that particular question  if he or she doesn’t already know.)  Obviously these questions are limited by our current understanding of information technology and may therefore be utterly naïve and inappropriate.  But, if we assume that ongoing research  with or without alien assistance  will keep discovering better information processing techniques at the speed it has over the last few decades, an interesting question is, will the day ever come when someone in a computer or consciousness research laboratory somewhere suddenly reinvents, or accidentally discovers, the paranormal information processing system that already appears to exist?  It may be worth considering the implications of such a discovery, because there is every possibility that it will occur at some stage in the future  if it hasn’t already happened.

American Computer Company transcapacitor press release at:
Corso, Philip J.  (1997)  The Day After Roswell.  New York: Pocket Books.
Fox, Barry.  (2001, March 31)  One holographic lump or two?  New Scientist, 169 (2284), 23.
Guiley, Rosemary E.  (1991)  Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience.  London: Grange Books.
Mullins, Justin.  (2000, May 20)  Entangled web.  New Scientist, 166 (2239), 26-29.

The Magic of Plasma.   An article in an earlier edition of the Journal of Alternative Realities (Harvey-Wilson, 1999, p.21) notes that UFOs appear to be able to travel at supersonic speeds without making a sonic boom.  It then asks why modern passenger aircraft designers have not copied this technology to produce silent versions of the Concord to fly us to our holiday destinations more efficiently.  One answer to this question could be that, while classified military research might have solved this problem, the technical solution may not yet be publicly available.  However, this may soon change.

An article in New Scientist by Justin Mullins (2000, p.26), entitled “Plasma Magic,” describes research being done in Russia, England and the United States into the beneficial effects of surrounding aircraft, returning spacecraft, and rockets with a field of plasma.  Plasma is often defined as the fourth state of matter, in addition to solids, liquids and gases.  Plasma is an ionised gas, generally produced at high temperatures such as in the Sun, which contains approximately equal numbers of positive and negative ions.  This means that plasma is almost electrically neutral and is highly conductive.

It is well known that some UFOs are surrounded with plasma when they fly, which is why they shine so brightly, even during the day.  For example, in his book, Unconventional Flying Objects, the NASA scientist Paul Hill (1995, p.82) refers to “the ionized atmosphere surrounding” UFOs while discussing the various forms of radiation that they emit.  Apart from Paul Hill, many technically-minded ufologists  while happy to believe that UFOs are surrounded with plasma   have nevertheless been baffled by questions such as why so many UFOs come in such unaerodynamic shapes, and how they manage to fly and change direction so efficiently.

Mullins’ ‘Plasma Magic’ article, while making no mention of UFOs, might help answer some of these questions.  Mullins tells us that research into plasma was originally started in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, but has now been made public and is continuing to be followed up using models in British and American laboratories and wind tunnels, although he suspects that some of the work is still classified.  What has been discovered so far is that it is possible to fire a microwave beam ahead of a supersonic or hypersonic craft that rips “apart the gas ahead of the model so that it is flying through a plasma  a boiling mix of positive ions and electrons  rather than ordinary gas.”  These experiments have found that this can “dramatically reduce the drag” experienced by the craft.  “With less drag, supersonic airliners might become economically viable, while hypersonic missiles and aircraft flying at more than five times the speed of sound could travel further on a single tank of fuel.”  However, there may also be “more clandestine applications.”  Because of the “way plasmas interact with radio waves around aircraft,” military aerospace researchers are wondering whether they may be able to “provide the ultimate invisibility shield for stealth aircraft.”  Other researchers have apparently found that “plasmas can dissipate shock waves from supersonic aircraft, stifling troublesome sonic booms.”

As if that wasn’t sufficient explanation as to why some UFOs appear to be surrounded with plasma, Mullins tells us that plasma also seems to be able to “influence airflow at subsonic speeds,” which means that on future aircraft, “tiny plasma generators could replace control surfaces such as ailerons and flaps.”  Most of this research is still in its early stages, although Mullins reports that the United States Air Force is upgrading some of its wind tunnel testing facilities which may then be used for further experiments of this nature.

Given that many UFOs seen by witnesses on the ground are travelling at subsonic speeds, this research might help explain why they can sometimes disappear from sight and off radar screens, as well as changing direction so efficiently without the use of flaps or any other visible airflow control devices.  It might also explain why supersonic, saucer-shaped UFOs seem to be able to fly with so little drag, and why  whatever their shape  UFOs do not make sonic booms.

An interesting question about this research into the aerodynamic benefits of plasmas, is whether the scientists involved have received any input from classified research into UFOs done by the Russian or American government, or is this a case of one part of the scientific community discovering something that another more secretive part already knows?  If it is the latter, then it might seem to be a waste of valuable research funding and expertise, but, there again, perhaps this is the only way that secret, black project research into UFO technology can eventually be made public without actually mentioning UFOs.  

Harvey-Wilson, S.  (1999)  Flying saucers and sonic booms.  Journal of Alternative Realities, 7 (1), 21-23.
Hill, Paul R.  (1995)  Unconventional Flying Objects: A Scientific Analysis.  Charlottesville, Virginia: Hampton Roads Publishing Co.
Mullins, Justin.  (2000, October 28)  Plasma magic.  New Scientist, 168 (2262), 26-29.


The Stargate Conspiracy
Revealing the truth behind extraterrestrial contact,
military intelligence and the mysteries of ancient Egypt
By Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince.  (1999)  London: Little, Brown and Company.
Book review by Darryl J. Fernandez

The Stargate Conspiracy attempts to ride the crest of the unprecedented success of cutting-edge works on alternative Egyptology by authors such as Robert Temple, Andrew Collins, Colin Wilson, Adrian Gilbert, Alan Alford, Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval.  However, this book merely reiterates numerous questionable concepts related to these and many other unexplained topics.  The book exploits some of the contentions delivered by the writers mentioned, who have all made serious investigations of the mystery surrounding the Sphinx, the Egyptian pyramids, mystical occultism and the extraterrestrial-Earth-Mars-Sirius-ancient civilization connection.  The authors of The Stargate Conspiracy, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, have also woven together some of these anomalous findings with suggestions of a clandestine operation by a sinister secret society.  Add to this the intervention of spy organizations like the CIA and you end up with something that reads rather like an X Files film script.

If the argument for this so-called secret control over the masses and the carefully orchestrated introduction of new religious fundamentalism into society, is to be proven beyond reasonable doubt, then this book fails to build a convincing case.  The authors bring on a seemingly endless array of characters to pad out their work, ranging from the occultist Aleister Crowley  a ‘prime mover’ within the conspiracy  to ‘the sleeping prophet’, Edgar Cayce, and the Nazi Party.  Even the famous Israeli psychic, Uri Geller, receives a mention.  In their introductory statement, the authors suggest that this “story is so challenging that we can only ask for a willing suspension of disbelief, and for our readers to follow our detective work step by step, abandoning preconceptions and personal biases along the way” (p.xvi).

This reviewer tried to maintain an open mind whilst reading The Stargate Conspiracy but found that the content creates images of tabloid and Hollywood sensationalism.  The whole scene begins to deteriorate into anti-climax as the book replicates so many ideas already found in numerous well-researched texts.

I had expected this book to provide a series of revelations regarding suppressed government/ancient astronaut technology, but found that it only hinted briefly at this possibility.  Without distorting the authors’ findings to a conspiracy level, it is a fact that the term ‘star gate’ originated from an Earthly source.  Picknett & Prince (p. 359) admit that, “It is interesting that Dale E. Graff, … who was not only director of the US Army’s remote viewing STAR GATE project, also chose its highly evocative name.”  They go on to suggest that the producers of the movie and television series, having used the name ‘Star gate’, perhaps knew that the Egyptian word sba means both star and gate or door (p. 109).  Whilst this might be interesting speculation, the evidence is that the name refers to a programme in which the US government used remote viewing (RV) in military operations, and that the ‘Star Gate project’ involved the application of a paranormal technique to induce out-of-body experiences (OBEs) to travel to different locations across time and space and then for the subjects to report back on their findings.

According to Moorhouse (cited on p.154) the findings of RV by military intelligence are classified for reasons of national security.  However, it is open knowledge that they have attempted to use RV in a variety of situations, such as seeking hidden chambers around and under the Great Pyramid.  The use of this technique by the US and Russians for the purpose of psychic spying, would be considered old news to anyone who knows about military research into psychic and telepathic communication since the 1960s.  It would be more fitting to interpret the term ‘stargate’ as a sort of mind portal instead of the physical, dimensional doorway through which the characters traversed in the television series of that name.

To entice us perhaps with ‘moon dust’ logic, Picknett & Prince (p.113) ask their readers, “Are they [the military] looking for a real working stargate, as in the movie, maybe following instructions given by remote viewers?  Or, more disturbingly, have they already found it?”  Sadly, unlike the solid stone blocks from which the pyramids are constructed  which can be carbon dated and measured  this statement is not backed up with anything more substantial than pure conjecture.  I would infer that it is more of a New Age trend to consider the likelihood of finding something buried within an undiscovered chamber of the Great Pyramid or Sphinx.  To make this point, a well-known New Age author and spiritual traveler who, similarly, makes unsubstantiated claims about a discovery by an ‘independent team’ writes, “Their findings are incredible.  A myriad of connected chambers has been detected, including two vertical tunnels under the Sphinx.  The chambers are located at multiple levels and the deepest supposedly contains a large metallic disc” (Olsen, p.24).  If a large disc has been located either by sonar or imaging, I am not aware that any other author has mentioned it to date.

These investigations in Egypt can only be described as a constant and obtrusive invasion of foreigners, stemming back to the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans, when blood was also shed in the process.  Lack of care during the excavation of ancient Egyptian sites, and ignoring protocol when removing artifacts destined for private collections in other countries, has left the present Egyptian government little choice but to restrict further diggings and archaeological investigations around the Pyramids.  As a result of this new policy, many private and government-funded expeditions had few options but to resort to other less direct forms of investigation such as remote viewing, satellite/digital imagery of the area, and the use of seismographic return echoes, etc.  It was within this context that the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and the CIA became involved with projects on the Giza plateau.

Initially, the SRI was part of Stanford University in California.  Then, with funding cuts and the privatization of its services, the SRI began to make contracts with government organizations like the CIA, before cutting itself off entirely from the university.  In The Secret Chamber, author Robert Bauval explains why the SRI, the military, and various US scientific agencies became involved in investigating ancient Egyptian civilizations in the first place.  Bauval states that, “at about the same time that the Remote Viewing programme was being implemented, the SRI’s Radio Physics Division used ground-penetrating radar equipment at Giza in the hope of finding hidden chambers under the bedrock” (1999, p.181).  To preserve the ancient structures and to comply with the demands of the Egyptian government, these were better archaeological investigative techniques than simply digging around.

There is no doubt that much is at stake, with powerbrokers on both sides of the archaeological establishment vying to be the first to present any major discovery at Giza to the rest of the world.  Certainly, if the size of the funding is anything to go by, it would be in the interest of any project leader to maintain sponsorship interest with a periodic find or two.  Some of these expedition trust funds come with preconceived objectives, and any independent group working for them would find it difficult not to comply with their supporters’ objectives to some extent.

For example, the David Koch Pyramids Radiocarbon Project, funded by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, which has a fundamental belief that the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx were built around 10,500 BC, informed the world that their team had discovered that radio carbon dating had produced results more in line with the traditional archaeological time frame of 2,589 and 2,504 BC, give or take four hundred years.  This conflicts with the agenda of the Foundation which is desperate to confirm Cayce’s predictions about the discovery of the ancient Hall of Records.  “Beneath the sands in front of the Sphinx, a small, pyramid-like Hall of Records is buried there…. He saw an underground passageway coming from the paw of the Sphinx that would lead archaeologists to the tremendous find” (Thurston, 1996, p.44).

Since the early 19th Century, Egyptologists like Charles Piazzi Smyth and others have interpreted the architectural wonder, geometry and mysteries of the pyramids.  These interpretations have continued to unfold in modern times to present us with a completely different story.  Recently, geologists examining the water marks and erosion around the Sphinx have determined that it is much older than was thought.  Previously discovered artifacts at the base of the Great Pyramid were found to have originated from an earlier culture, prior to the establishment of Egyptian culture (Baigent, 1998, p.162).

It seems logical to assume that the pyramids are lavish burial tombs for royalty, given the ancient Egyptian belief in the afterlife, which depended upon the preservation of the corpse.  But not a single body has been found left in the pyramids.  Despite tomb robbers and early tampering, in some cases the sarcophagi were sealed and empty.  It has therefore, become clearer to investigators that the pyramids were designed to be something other than mere funeral props.

Most modern Egyptologists are comfortable seeing the Great Pyramid as representing the embrace of science, astronomy and astrology by the early Egyptian priests and their kings.  Using carbon dating of monuments and the Egyptian civil calendar, which provides a detailed chronology of kings and pharaohs, Egyptologists state that, “when the Great Pyramid was built is not open for questioning” (Koch, 1999).  Many writers like Picknett & Prince seem to overlook this, and rely instead on the new interpretations presented by authors like Robert Bauval.

An advanced civilization like ours may find it incredible that our ancestors used simple technology to build monuments like the pyramids that appear so geometrically complex and otherworldly, but perhaps we do not possess the sense of oneness with the stars and universe that the ancient Egyptians did so long ago.  For example, even the discovery of something ancient that appears to function as a crystal lens is perceived by New Age authors like Robert Temple (2001) as possible evidence of extraterrestrial influence.  Established archaeologists, however, refuse to entertain the outlandish possibility of extraterrestrial intervention in our origins, popularized by Erich von Daniken’s 1970s book Chariots of the Gods? which seems to discredit human inventions and discoveries.  That is also why mainstream modern Egyptologists are opposed to the alternative Egyptology theories of writers such as Peter Tompkins, Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Robert Temple and also authors like Picknett & Prince.  These writers, some of whom were dubbed by Robert Bauval as the Magic Twelve, see a definite extraterrestrial connection in Egyptian astronomy.

According to The Stargate Conspiracy, much of the recent trend to interpret the alignment of either the pyramids themselves, or the internal galleries of the Great Pyramid with the star systems Orion and Sirius, indicates a secret knowledge gained primarily from extraterrestrial sources by the ancient Egyptians.  This has led to the almost cult following of authors Hancock and Bauval.  Picknett & Prince assert that, “By now Bauval and Hancock have succeeded in establishing themselves as the major powerbrokers in all matters concerning unorthodox explorations at Giza, as well as reinforcing their position as the leaders of the alternative Egypt field” (p.99).  It is no secret that Bauval and Hancock hold anti-establishment views, and much of the writings on new Egyptology that they and others have presented over this decade, leave room for further debate about the enigmatic messages left to us from this cradle of civilization.

Although it is beyond the scope of this review to discuss every interpretation quoted by Picknett & Prince, we can at least examine a few:

1)   The Ancient Egyptian gods were extraterrestrials and are due to return soon.  This is based on the ancient Egyptian religion headed by the Ennead, the Nine, who represented life and wisdom and are interpreted by Pelley, Bauval, Hancock and Temple as extraterrestrials originating from the star system Sirius.  Pelley (in Picknett & Prince, p.373) states that, “the human race is the product of the interbreeding between ape-men and advanced extraterrestrial beings that migrated to Earth from the Sirius star system.”
Enter Richard Hoagland, who continues to advocate a link between the Giza Pyramids and the Martian ‘Cydonia Complex’, and who brought to fame the Mars enigmas of the ‘face’, ‘pyramids’ and ‘citadel’, from images taken back in 1970 by NASA’s Mars space satellite.  This is despite new images taken twenty years on by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter, which reveal the so-called ‘face on Mars’ to be a natural geological feature.
In 1976, Robert Temple published The Sirius Mystery which presented the new orthodoxy concerning possible Egyptian connections with Sirius, based upon the Dogon people in the West African country of Mali, whose knowledge of that star system still mystifies many critics (in Picknett & Prince, p.26).  Temple’s theories are worthy of further investigation by anthropologists, historians and astronomers.

2)   Telepathic communications with extraterrestrial entities.  Picknett & Prince refer to the channelled telepathic communications from the Council of Nine by a group over fifty years ago coordinated by Dr Andrija Puharich, who was also manager and mentor to Uri Geller.  There is speculation about the interpretation of this material and whether it does originate from the ancient Egyptian Ennead gods.  Some of this material was woven into the occult practices of Aleister Crowley, leading Picknett & Prince to propose that he may have originally opened the stargate.

3)   The Conspirators.  One would imagine that if anyone had uncovered some incredible attempt at social and mind control over Earth’s population, it would need to be halted with forceful action, and that the release of a book like The Stargate Conspiracy would serve to end such activities.  Instead, the authors try to establish neutral ground, stating that, “This book is not an attempt to rally masses or create some kind of political backlash against the conspiracy” (p. xvi).  They imply that these ancient gods may be returning and may also become victims of the conspirators.  What will happen to us once the gods discover such a scheme?  Picknett & Prince warn that, “Exploitation of the Ennead is not to be recommended, particularly as Set, the god of destruction who killed Osiris, is one of them” (p.336).

It would not be difficult for some powerful government agency to have sabotaged the attempt by Picknett & Prince or others to expose their plot.  Yet, the celebrations to bring in the millennium at the Giza Plateau in Egypt came and went with little sign of conspiracy or alien takeover.  If there are any monsters lurking under the masks of these conspirators, we may have to wait for a few more years for them to appear.  Perhaps we may also need to continue examining the sands of time blowing across the enigmatic structures at Giza to discover their hidden secrets.  

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The Mystery Of The Crystal Skulls
By Chris Morton & Ceri Louise Thomas.  (1998)  London: Thorsons.
Book review by Morley Legg

It was while visiting ancient ruins in Guatemala that the authors, who are documentary film makers, became captivated by the stories of the vast Mayan and pre-Mayan civilisations.  Their curiosity draws them along a rising learning curve and the reader is carried along with them.  There is a legend that thirteen crystal skulls, the size of human skulls, with moveable jaws, still exist and contain important information about the origins, purpose and destiny of mankind.  We learn that the ancient Mayans had a perception of skulls, death and time quite different from our own.  In Lubaantum they hear that a crystal skull was found locally by Frederick Mitchell-Hedges in 1924.  They find that the explorer’s step-daughter, Anna, is still alive and has the crystal in Canada.  Chris and Ceri have long telephone conversations with eighty-eight-year-old Anna.  She eventually invites them to Ontario to see the skull for themselves.

As they follow clues through different countries, unexpected claims and denials sometimes shatter their expectations.  Controversies encountered among archaeologists make it difficult for them to decide how, when, where and why the skulls were made.  They gain our respect, however, in the way they are willing to listen and evaluate conflicting evidence and opinions.  Each takes turns in writing episodes in the book and it is delightful to sense the shift in male/female perceptions.  We become eager participants in their personal journey of discovery.

They meet some of the world’s leading scientists and archaeologists, along with UFO investigators and mystics with an interest in borderland sciences.  They track down crystal skulls in several countries and make arrangements for their examination in prestigious institutions like the Smithsonian and the British Museum.  Some skulls were classed as fakes, like those made of glass and those beautifully made but with recent tool marks, but a few had the experts guessing.  Tests on the Mitchell-Hedges skull by scientists at the Hewlett-Packard laboratories in Santa Clara, California, found that, “the skull was not only made from a single piece of natural quartz, but from ‘piezo-electric’ silicon dioxide, precisely the type of naturally occurring quartz that is so widely used in modern electronics.”  The electron microscope revealed no tool marks.  One scientist remarked, “This skull should not even exist.”  One of the annoying surprises stems from the initial, open interest by conservative officials from the British Museum in examining and commenting on many skulls, including their own in the museum, but then when the Mitchell-Hedges skull arrived from Canada, at considerable freight cost and risk, they examined it but refused to disclose their findings or make any comment.

A multitude of people seem to have gathered detailed knowledge of the skulls.  Apart from scientists, there are psychics, ufologists, shamans, and perhaps a few charlatans.  There are also owners, businessmen, Indians from Mexico, USA and Canada, and of course indigenous people from Guatemala, many claiming Mayan, Aztec, or Olmec ancestry.  All pool their knowledge of the crystal skulls.  The skulls do affect people in peculiar ways.  Carole Wilson, praised by police for her psychic detection of missing persons, channelled some interesting material in the presence of the Mitchell-Hedges skull and the authors.

Holographics and quantum physics are introduced in an attempt to resolve at least some of the difficulties that the existence of these skulls and accompanying beliefs must present to Western science.  “Physicists have recently discovered what they call ‘superstrings’, an all-pervading web-like structure believed to connect all things in the universe to each other at some imperceptible level.”  Recent experiments by French scientists, combined with the study of earthquakes, has given rise to the theory that the Earth’s core is not molten but is “in fact a very large and very solid crystal some 744 miles (1,200 km) across” (New Scientist, 1995, December 9).  This leads to speculations from many sources that the Earth is like a planetary radio receiver that influences life on its surface.  Professor David Deutsch of Oxford University is quoted as saying that, “Quantum mechanics is basically a theory of many parallel universes ... reality does not consist of just a single universe.”  The Maya, of course, also believed in parallel worlds or universes.

We begin to appreciate the difficulties of shaping a rough piece of quartz crystal into an accurate portrayal of a skull.  The authors stress that even with the use of modern diamond tools the delicate shape of the hinged lower jaw would too easily shatter.  One skull is said to be an exact reproduction of the human skull, except for the teeth which, though rendered to an incredible degree of accuracy, were “not of any human variety.”

In details of the Mayan Calendar and the Popol Vuh (the Mayan equivalent of the Old Testament) the book uncovers new material on ancient people, and subsequently, our origins.  Some of this material may be unfamiliar to some readers, yet the closing chapters move into topics that have increasingly occupied the attention of those interested in alternative archaeology over the last decade.
To explain the existence of these skulls, some authorities suggested that they must have been hand-made over several generations, taking as long as three hundred years, and some thought it was less far-fetched to think extraterrestrials were involved.  After all, ever since Roswell ufologists have been searching for hard evidence to prove the reality of UFOs and aliens.  We are led to ponder that perhaps the crystal skulls are the alien artefacts we’ve been searching for and that they have been with us from the beginning.

In their presentation of this wealth of material, Chris Morton and Ceri Louise-Thomas succeed in widening our perception of our place on Earth so that it merges with that of indigenous people and environmentalists.  “I found myself deep in thought about the native Americans’ completely different view of the world and the implications for our own world view.  What if it turned out that we in the West had got it all completely wrong ... and the indigenous people of the world ... had been right all along?”

The integrity of the authors becomes apparent to the Indians they encounter.  While in New Mexico, the local Indians nominate them to receive an invitation to attend a “sacred gathering of indigenous elders and wisdom keepers in Guatemala” in order to discuss the knowledge of the crystal skulls, the ancient calendar and prophecies.  Thus Ceri and Chris return to Guatemala to witness the costumed gathering.  Their coverage is moving indeed.  Translations of some of the Indian leaders’ statements runs to several pages, much of which is required reading for all.  The authors conclude, “This knowledge challenged everything we knew about the history of our civilisation, and offered a startlingly different perspective on our human origins and our destiny.”

However much we are challenged to doubt, question and re-read, by the end of their odyssey we are ready to heed their warning: “Whether we believe the skulls to be ancient or modern, whether we believe, like the native Americans, that the skulls were brought to Earth by extraterrestrials to help humanity at a time of great need, and whether or not we believe, like the Maya, that the last great cycle of time will end on precisely the 21st December 2012, the fact is, if we carry on the way we are going, the world, or at least humanity as we know it, will very soon come to an end.”  

The authors’ documentary The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls has been shown on BBC TV, and was shown on Compass by the Australian Broadcasting Commission on 24 October, 1999.  It surely deserves repeating.