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UFOs and Consciousness, Part 1, October 2011

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  • UFOs & Consciousness – Part One - Video / Audio: Presented by SMiles Lewis for INACS’ monthly Consciousness Connections meetings. Co-Sponsored by the Anomaly Archives lending library. Presented / Recorded 10/25/11 at the Austin Center for Spiritual Living.

Resources, Information, Links Below . . .

Thanks to Floyd Anderson for Video and Bob Price for Audio

UFOs & Consciousness: Part One
The Fantastic Facts About UFOs, Altered States of Consciousness,
and Mind-at-Large

UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 1 of 10)

Topics to be Covered…
  • About myself…
  • Approaches to the Phenomenon
  • Physical and Psychical
  • Historic Presence Alongside Humanity
  • Dismissing as purely psychological
  • Perception –Drugs, DMT, and shamanism
  • Mind-at-Large & Carl Jung’s collective unconscious
  • Parapsychology & ASCs
  • Dreaming Together, Near Death / Out of Body Experiences
  • CryptoTerrestrials or a Gaian Mind
  • Human Agencies -Govt, Corp, Aboriginal & Esoteric

 

About Myself …

  • Grandmother / WRKL and Budd Hopkins
  • Lifetime of minor psychic experiences
  • Distant Empathy / Telepathy
  • Typical Synchronicities
  • Lucid & Precognitive Dream/Visions
  • Joined Austin Mufon in 1989 / 1990
  • Retrieved local UFO news footage
  • Worked A/V for local conferences
  • Local director from @1999–2001
  • Austin Abductee Support Group
  • Attended first meeting in Aug. 1992
  • Asked to lead group from 1994–1998
  • Group disbanded by founder in ’98
  • Published E.L.F. Infested Spaces Journal
  • Published in print and online 1994 -2001
  • NUFOC –National UFO Conference
  • Organized Hosting of 38th NUFOC
National UFO Conference
September 2001
Poster by Mack White
 

UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 2 of 10)

  • Editor & Writer for Austin Para Times
  • Left after 5th issue
  • Founded the Anomaly Archives
  • 501c3 non-profit community group
  • Streaming Anomaly Radio Network
  • Began in late 2000 and still going…
  • Host of various terrestrial & online radio shows…
  • KOOP Evening News 2002-2003
  • ParaTimesRadio 2002-2003
  • Blue Rose Report & PreCognitive Dissonance
  • PsiOp-Radio with Co-Host Mack White
  • Austin News and Views with Host Thom White
  • Vallee on the Dangers of UFOs
  • Phenomena’s deceptive quality and manipulation of Belief Systems
  • Woody Derenberger told John Keel that, “if the truth were known, women the world over would panic, throw their babies out the window, and commit suicide.” (link)
  • Fate magazine interview by Jerry Clark in 1978 (link)
  • Suicide deaths of Morris Jessup, Jim McDonald (link), and “mysterious” death of Jerold RobertRonJohnson (PDF link) (link)
  • “Ron” Johnson died at Austin SSE Conference, was friends with Jacques Vallee, and worked for mutual friend Hal Puthoff of Remote Viewing and Zero Point Energy research fame.
  • UFOs as Teaching Mechanism
  • Forbidden Science: Journals 1957-1969 (link)
  • 2008 Interview upon reprint of Messengers of Deception (link)
  • UFOs as Teaching Mechanism
  • Brad Steiger’s “Reality Game theory” (link)
  • Forteans and Anomalists
“We shall pick up an existence by its frogs” – Lo!
 – First UFOlogist - Charles Fort (1874-1932) (link)
  • Anomalistics and Zetetics
  • Anomalistics coined by anthropologist Roger Wescott in 1973
  • Marcello Truzzi (1935-2003), Center for Scientific Anomalies Research (link)
  • Postmodernism
“It involves the belief that many, if not all, apparent realities are only social constructs, as they are subject to change inherent to time and place … it holds realities to be plural and relative, and dependent on who the interested parties are and what their interests consist of. It upholds the belief that there is no absolute truth and the way in which different people perceive the world is subjective.”
– Wikipedia.org (link)
Other Informational Approaches:
  • Systems Theory, Holistic, CyberBiological
  • Symbolic, Folkloric, Mythic
  • Parapsychological, Anthropological, and more…
  • Have They Always Been With Us?
  • From Crowley’s Lam to Strieber’s Communion (link)
  • Angels and Aliens: UFO’s and the Mythic Imagination by Keith Thompson (link)
  • Farah Yurdozu (link) – Eye idols, from Metropolitan Museum of Art

UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 3 of 10)

  • Dangers of Close Encounters
  • The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident by John F. Schuessler (link)
  • Radiation sickness-like health effects
  • Department of the Army Inspector General’s office investigation assisted by John Alexander (link)

CORRECTION: In the lecture I said Denton instead of Dayton

  • FEMA Firefighters Guide
  • Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control: Chapter 13: Enemy Attack and UFO Potential (link) 1994
  • Cites Jacques Vallee’s book Invisible College (link)

  • Ray Stanford – PSI & AUM
  • PSI -Project Starlight International
    • Most Instrumented Civilian Scientific Effort to Date
  • AUM -Association for the Understanding of Man
    • Channeled material
  • Artist, Psychic, Author, Researcher…
    o Fatima Prophecy: Discover the Message and Meaning of Fatima
    o Socorro “Saucer‟ in a Pentagon Pantry

  • Approaches to Investigation

Physical Forensics or Anomalous Experiences

  • Ted Phillips

- Protégé of J. Allen Hynek (Founder of the Center for UFO Studies)

- Founded the Center for Physical Trace Research

  • Rhea White (1931-2007)

- Exceptional Human Experiences- Parapsychology Foundation

  • Jerome Clark

- Experience Anomalies

  • Jerome Clark: Experience Anomalies
  • SSE – Society for Scientific Exploration (Peer reviewed JSE Journal) recognized Jerome Clark in 2008 with their awarding him the 27th annual Dinsdale Award (link)
  • Quoting religious-studies scholar Jeffrey Kripal on the UFO UpDatese eList (link)

“I am saying that you cannot read genuine paranormal events as simply subjective occurrences, as ‘anecdotes’ … but neither can you read them as stable, predictable, replicable, measurable things ‘out there,’ unrelated to subjective states of consciousness. They are both subjective and objective. Or, if you prefer, they are neither.”

Clark goes on to say: “If we don’t develop new ways of thinking about this particular category of extraordinary human experience, we’ll be spinning our wheels forever.”

  • Believing our informants without believing their explanations
UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 4 of 10)
  • Fantasy and Hallucination?

• Confabulation & False Memory Syndrome “ … the process where a memory is remembered falsely. … people genuinely believe their false memory, despite evidence contradicting its truthfulness.” (link)

• Fantasy Prone Personality Disorder of psychologists Sheryl Wilson and Theodore Barber
“Fantasy prone personality (FPP) is a disposition or personality trait in which a person experiences an extensive and deep involvement in fantasy. An individual with this trait (termed a fantasizer) may have difficulty differentiating between fantasy and reality and may experience hallucinations and out-of-body experiences, as well as self-suggested psychosomatic symptoms.” (link)

Highly Hypnotizable, History of Childhood Abuse, Hysterical / False Pregnancies
Psychological Inquiry, 1996, Vol. 7 Issue 2

• Liminality “ … is a psychological, neurological, or metaphysical subjective state, conscious or unconscious, of being on the “threshold” of or between two different existential planes, as defined in neurological psychology (a “liminal state”) and in the anthropological theories of ritual by such writers as Arnold van Gennepand Victor Turner.As developed by van Gennep(and later Turner), the term is used to “refer to in-between situations and conditions that are characterized by the dislocation of established structures, the reversal of hierarchies, and uncertainty regarding the continuity of tradition and future outcomes.” (link)

• Birth Trauma Hypothesis of Alvin Lawson (1929 -2010) (link)

• Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and neurologist Norman Geschwind (1926–1984) (link)

  • Cognitive Dissonance

UFOlogical origins … When Prophecy Fails (link)
“Cognitive dissonance is a discomfort caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions. Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming, and denying. The phrase was coined by Leon Festinger in his 1956 book When Prophecy Fails, which chronicled the followers of a UFO cult as reality clashed with their fervent beliefs. It is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.”  – Wikipedia.org (link)

  • Folieà deux / Mass Hysteria

“Folieà deux, from the French for “a madness shared by two” (or shared psychosis) is a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief are transmitted from one individual to another. The same syndrome shared by more than two people may be called folieà trois, folieà quatre, folieen famille or even folieà plusieurs (“madness of many”). Recent psychiatric classifications refer to the syndrome as shared psychotic disorder (DSM-IV) (297.3) and induced delusional disorder (F.24) in the ICD-10, although the research literature largely uses the original name. The disorder was first conceptualized in 19th century French psychiatry.

Related phenomena: Reports have stated that a similar phenomenon to folieà deux had been induced by the military incapacitating agent BZ in the late 60s, and most recently again by anthropologists in the South American rain forest consuming the hallucinogen ayahuasca (Metzner, 1999).” – Wikipedia.org (link)

  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Neurotheology, and Paranormal Experience

“Cognitive neuroscience researcher Michael Persinger asserts that stimulating the temporal lobe electromagnetically can cause TLE and trigger hallucinations of apparent paranormal phenomena such as ghosts and UFOs. Neurotheologians speculate that individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy, having a natural tendency to experience states of consciousness such as euphoria or samādhi, have functioned in human history as religious figures or shamans.”    –Wikipedia.org (link)

  • Space-Time Transients and Unusual Events by Michael Persinger (link)
  • Earth Lights Researcher Paul Devereux
UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 5 of 10)

  • Doorway Amnesia

“Doorway Amnesia was discovered by Dr Eddie Bullard in his analysis of hundreds of abductions. I can confirm that it is a significant feature of British cases I have dealt with. Indeed it is easily the most consistent feature of them -present in over 95% of the cases I have dealt with. Similar levels of prevalence seem present elsewhere. It is critical for many reasons.

Firstly it gives a test of the imagination hypothesis -something I tested for the MIT symposium. Here it was found that people asked to fantasize an abduction described this moment of capture nearly as often as real abductees do not describe it. They conjured up imaginative scenes of being led up a ramp into a spaceship, possibly coerced by … or at the point of a ray gun. Such things happen in reality very rarely indeed.”

 - Jenny Randles – UFO UpDateseList (link)

  • Jacques Vallee’s Hilltop UFO Theory of Strangeness Reports

Tables from Jacques Vallee’s 1976 book Invisible College

  • Terence McKenna, DMT, and The Elves of Hyperspace

“I think this alien intelligence is something so bizarre that it actually masquerades as an extraterrestrial so as not to alarm us by the true implications.” (link)

-The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History (link)

UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 6 of 10)
  • Psychedelic Shamanism

Terence McKenna’s Psilocybin / DMT Hypotheses within his book True Hallucinations (link) 1994

  • McKenna on Vallee’s “Cultural Thermostat Hypothesis” and paranoia over human conspiracy
  • DMT – Spirit Molecule?

Rick Strassman: “Led to this substance through his earlier study of the pineal gland as a potential biological locus for spiritual experiences, he administered several hundred doses of DMT to approximately 60 volunteers between 1990 and 1995. He wrote about this research in the popular book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, now in its 15th printing. With three distinguished collaborators, he co-authored Inner Paths to Outer Space, which looks more carefully at the common “other worlds” experience that volunteers frequently reported during his research.” -RickStrassman.com

  • Aldous Huxley: Mind-at-Large

“Psychedelic drugs are thought to disable filters which block or suppress signals related to mundane functions from reaching the conscious mind. In this book, Huxley explores the idea that the human mind filters reality, partly because handling the details of all of the impressions and images coming in would be unbearable, partly because it has been taught to do so. He believes that psychotropic drugs can partly remove this filter, which leaves the drug user exposed to Mind at Large.”

The Doors of Perception: “Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful. According to such a theory, each one of us is potentially Mind at Large.” –Wikipedia.org (link)

  • Carl Jung: Synchronicity, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
“My thesis then, is as follows: in addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we believe to be the only empirical psyche (even if we tack on the personal unconscious as an appendix), there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents.”
- Carl Jung
“Is the mechanism of UFO apparitions, then, an invariant in all cultures ? Are we faced here with something more than a projection of Jung’s archetypal images, a psychic technology whose applications know few if any limitations in space and in time? I see no better hypothesis -at this point of our knowledge of UFO phenomena.”
- Jacques Vallee
  • Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious
  •  Jung, C., Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Vol. 9, Part 1. 2nd ed., Princeton University Press, 1968. 451 p. (p. 3-41). (link)
  • Aliens and Archetypes – Terence McKenna interviewed by Jeffrey Mishlove on the Thinking Allowed video series (link)

  • Carl Jung: Synchronicity, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

Jung in Mysterium Coniunctionisis at great pains to say that the realm of the psychic and the realm of the physical meet in a strange kind of never-never land that we have yet to create the intellectual tools to explore. This is where the mystery of synchronicity is going to come to rest, the mystery of all kinds of paranormal activity on the part of human beings, and the mystery of the flying saucer.” (link)
- Terence McKenna in interview with Jeffrey Mishlove

  • The Imaginal and Mythic Mind

“In dealing with things of the imaginal realm, we are not talking about the stuff of fantasy or even of imagination, as these terms are generally understood today. Specifically, we are not concerned here with fictive matters or with what is “made up” through creative invention… The imaginal realm is not only ontologically real; it is also a world that has form, dimension, and, most important for us, persons…. The imaginal realm is a self-existent world… it is accessible through altered states of consciousness… it is populated by ontologically real personified beings; and… it interacts with the everyday material world, albeit often in ways that defy rational understanding.”

- Kenneth Ring in “Toward an Imaginal Interpretation of ‘UFO Abductions’”
Revision, Vol. 11, No. 4

  • Henri Corbin and the Imaginal (link)
  • OTHERWORLD REALITY: Exploring the Ontological Status of Imaginal Consciousness conference (link)
  • Kudos For Kenneth Ring by Harold A. Cahn, Ph.D. – MUFON UFO JOURNAL Number 255 / July 1989
 UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Cip 7 of 10)

  • Carl Jung: Synchronicity, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

Gregory L. Little –“Materialized Archetypal Splinters”
“Synchronicity is a special condition of awareness that results from energization of the mandala archetype.”

  • “Human dilemma” of our tech outpacing our ability to control it
  • Jung: Archetypes independent, autonomous entities with will of their own
  • Trickster archetype within the Mothmanflap
  • John Keel’s 8th-Tower and human automatons tuned into evil field
  • Synchronistic phenomena include the UFO haystack and parapsychologicalmanifestations and are the root energeticsof all paranormal phenomena

  • UFOs Po Rabbits and Wilson’s SynchroNet

Robert Anton Wilson (1932 –2007)

• Po Logic “invented” by psychologist Edward de Bono
• UFOs Po National Debt, Mother Po History, Death Po Ecology, Pornography Po Bell’s Theorem, Evolution Po Werewolves, and UFOs Po Rabbits
• UFO occupants seen stealing rabbits from a hutch in Italy during the 1950s
• UFOnaut as looking like a giant rabbit
• Abductee presented by Budd Hopkins who recounted seeing hundreds of paralyzed rabbits
• Mrs. Trent’s encountering a UFO while out feeding her rabbit
• Tales of jackrabbits dancing in the road prior to the sighting of a giant white UFO
• Southern England encounter where a witness saw the regionally known “Bunnyman” immediately following her sightings of a UFO. Bunnymansaid, “Please pray for me”
• Middlesex witness had seen a white, egg-shaped UFO while tending to her rabbits back in the mid-eighties

  • The Trickster Archetype

“The pookah takes many forms, but is most famous when he appears as a giant, six-foot white rabbit -which is the form most Americans know from the play and film, Harvey. Whatever form the pookah takes, he retains the special ability of his species, which is like that of Thoth in Egyptian legend, Coyote in Native American myth or Hanuman the Divine Monkey in Hindu lore -he can move us from one universe, or Belief System, into another, and he likes to play games with our ideas about ‘reality.’”

- Robert Anton Wilson in Cosmic Trigger Vol 2

UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 8 of 10)
  • Lucid Dreaming, False Awakenings, OBEs, NDEs, and UFOs

“All of these experiences have something in common. In all of them the “real” world has been replaced by some kind of imaginary replica. Celia Green, of the Institute of Psychophysical Research at Oxford, refers to all such states as “metachoricexperiences.””

Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist from the University of Alberta, Canada, relates these experiences to UFO abduction stories and near-death experiences (NDEs). The UFO abductions are the most bizarre but are similar in that they too involve the replacement of the perceived world by a hallucinatory replica.

There is an important difference between lucid dreams and these other states. In the lucid dream one has insight into the state (in fact that defines it). In false awakening, one does not (again by definition). In typical OBEs, people think they have really left their bodies. In UFO “abductions” they believe the little green men are “really there”; and in NDEs, they are convinced they are rushing down a real tunnel toward a real light and into the next world. It is only in the lucid dream that one realizes it is a dream.”

Lucid Dreaming: Awake in Your Sleep? Susan Blackmore
Published in Skeptical Inquirer 1991, 15, 362-370

  • Susan Blackmoore
  • Celia Green
  • Jayne Gackenbach

  • Oneironaut Alan Worsley

“I am not given to superstition or believing in “unnecessary entities” but perhaps the term “dream” is a little too bland to do justice to the ultra-realism of these experiences. For instance, if one “dreams,” as I have, in rich tactile and auditory imagery of being examined in the dark by robots or operated upon by small beings whose good will and competence may be in doubt, or abused in various ways by life-forms not known to terrestrial biology, it can be very difficult to keep still…

  • Psychic Solution

“[T]he phenomenon comes in an environment of manifestations that include heightened awareness of synchronicities, paranormal sounds and lights and occasionally absurd coincidences similar to those described in the poltergeist literature.“
– Jacques Vallee, 2008 interview

  • Parapsychological Theories

Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference held at MIT, Cambridge, MA

Possible Telepathic Spread of UFO Abduction Stories by Brian C. Thompson M.D.

  • Worked with hypnosis on 60 abductees
“Are hypnosis sessions enhancing a telepathic transfer of abduction scenarios from UFO investigators to abductees? …
A concern is that, leading questions and verbal inferences aside, a non-abducteemight have an abduction experience induced via hypnotic / telepathic rapport with a well-informed hypnotist. Not only does this possibility complicate UFO investigations, but it makes it all too easy to unwittingly plant unhealthy seeds in fertile imaginations.” …
“Maimonides staff also observed that exotic forms of communication appearing in a dream seemed to signal that the dream itself was of a telepathic nature. In this sense, the prevalence of telepathic communication between aliens and humans during abduction experiences hints at telepathic origins.”

  • Jenny Randles on Hypnosis

“The evidence of psychology –at least as I read it –is at best split and I find biased against hypnosis being used as a way to uncover even say a 75% truth level.

So –if we accept that 25% of all abduction testimony is fantasy then which bits do we use to construct our ongoing theories and worldviews? Especially as these feed back into the collective unconscious and inevitably create false data in the next generation of abductees?

Even if some true memory is emerging –and I suspect it is, by the way –the constant over use of hypnosis is simply diluting the level of truth in the cases that emerge by adding in more and more fantasy. By now I suspect the data emerging is so contaminated that it is dangerous to make any real assumptions from it.”

- Jenny Randles on UFO UpDates eList (link)

End Part One
UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 9 of 10)
Question & Answer Session
UFOs and Consciousness – Part One (Clip 10 of 10)
Question & Answer Session

For more information please contact:

Stephen MILES Lewis
Scientific Anomaly Institute / Anomaly Archives
Founder, President and Director

SMiles@AnomalyArchives.org

www.AnomalyArchives.org  /  www.SMilesLewis.com

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