CONTACT IN THE DESERT 2019 RECAP

Here’s the setup for the ultimate UFO conference experience - holding hands and chanting AUM with 100 complete strangers around a giant rock, actually THE Giant Rock, one of the most archetypal UFO locations in the California desert. That set the stage for my 2019 Contact in the Desert experience. 

The Giant Rock tour plus a visit to the Integratron took place the day before the actual Friday to Sunday conference and was 90 minutes away from the Indian Wells, California resort where the conference has been based since moving from Joshua Tree. I’ve always wanted to see Giant Rock in Landers CA, where George Van Tassel is alleged to have communicated, first in meditation and later in person, with the space brothers. Another item on my bucket list is the Integratron, the domed structure composed of "wood, concrete, glass, and fibreglass, lacking even metal screws or nails" (according to Wikipedia so you know its true), designed as for "human cellular rejuvenation" but never completed and now used for sound healing sessions in its upper chamber. Those were sold out by the time I booked my ticket, but we were able to enter the lower area and experience the way the whole structure vibrates when music is played upstairs. Actually, its up a ladder after removing your shoes, indicating that Van Tassel had no idea it would be this popular. I will be going back for a “sound bath.” 

The 2019 conference was attended by 4000 people and it seemed that crowded at times. The UFO conference experience is expensive (more on that later), immersive and exhausting. There are 5 or even 6 presentations going on at the same time, starting every 2 hours from 9 AM until 11 PM, with a maddeningly random schedule that forces you to make hard choices when 2 interesting presentations begin at the same time. So I saw Rey Hernandez but had to skip Peter Levenda's probably controversial talk on the Sekret Machines project and his work with Blink 182 guitarist Tom DeLonge. Whitley Stieber or Linda Moulton Howe? (I chose Strieber) Erich Von Daniken or Clifford Mahouty? I chose Mahouty, he was one of the people I planned to see. It got worse: Graham Hancock or Nick Pope or Mary Rodwell, I chose Hancock but that was a tough one. It seemed for every speaker I saw, I missed another. Maybe that's designed to get me back next year?

By Sunday I was dipping into multiple lectures, catching an hour here and walking across the complex, out of a freezing cold and dark auditorium into the desert sunshine before catching the last half of a 2nd lecture. Sometimes this was by design; I tried to sit through Laura Eisenhower’s lecture but only lasted 15 minutes, it was almost incomprehensible. Presenters like Eisenhower and Gaia star David Wilcock were rock stars playing the hits to their fan base, so no information was given to bring the newbies up to speed. When Wilcock talked about “The Alliance”, every in the room seemed to be nodding in agreement and I didn’t have a good enough internet connection to Google it. (Its Wilcock’s version of the group organized against the cab-, oh just Google it, its gets insane quickly.) But Wilcock was the star of this year’s conference, his 200+ Gaia episodes were the drawing card for many of the attendees, and discernment was not on the menu. I was sitting among the true believers - in Disclosure (imminent as always), in StarSeeds, in underground government bases. I was there to see Jacques Vallee and his was one of the least attended lectures, so the CITD organizers know what sells. 

Actually, someone like myself could put together a schedule of interesting and not insane speakers to be enlightened by. Rey Hernandez, one of the co-founders of astronaut Edgar Mitchell's Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Experiences, or FREE. Less than an hour into his 1st talk, which featured lots of data and screens full of numbers logging the accounts of contactees, I saw this bit of info:

26% of contactees have received information about past lives as a result of their contact. 

Immediately there is a link between my past lives research and the UFO contact phenomena, plus a quotable statistic that I'd never heard before. I was in the right place!

I saw Clifford Mahouty’s excellent talk framing the UFO in his experiences as a Zuni Pueblo elder. Whitley Strieber struggled through computer issues as did many of the presenters. Apparently there was a laptop in place in every room with the presentation pre-loaded and no one navigated this process without a hitch. Even a pro like Richard Dolan struggled with this system, while giving a dark and scary lecture on the way that Artificial Intelligence will be changing our lives in the very near future. The person I flew across the country to see, Jacques Vallee, gave a very professional field report on some contact cases that he personally investigated. Unfortunately, the first case he presented was about a guy who’s family saw a blue light descend on him in their field and was later found dead with his ear burnt off. So many people left at that point that Vallee joked about it from the podium. By the end of his talk there were only about 50 of us left, a sad statement on the imbalance between content and spectacle. 

There were bright spots: I was pleasantly surprised to see so many women attending. Maybe it was due the number of female presenters, with major presentations and “workshops” (more on that in a moment) by Linda Moulton Howe, Mary Rodwell, Dr. Lynne Kitei, Maria Wheatley as well as crowd pleasers like Laura Eisenhower and Carolyn Cory. But it was effective and seeing many couples in attendance was a relief from the Star Trek convention nerd-fest I feared. Its also very positive for UFOlogy going forward.

The expensive part of the conference is: I paid $270 for my 3-day pass to all the lectures plus some of the evening events like sky watching and a classic movie on the lawn. I also paid $29 for the pre-conference Giant Rock tour. Every speaker gave a one hour and 45 minute presentation, and most of the big names also gave a “workshop” which was a 2nd talk, for anywhere from $29 for Clifford Mahouty (which bizarrely was scheduled at 7:45 AM on Sunday!) to $69 for David Wilcock’s workshop, highly attended I’m sure. Then on the Monday after the conference, an entire day of “intensives” were scheduled with 13 of the presenters giving a 3-hour lecture. It would have been very easy to double the price of the 3 day pass with workshops and intensives for the serious fans, and I’m sure many did. 

It was an incredible experience. Would I go again next year? I’ve already received emails from Contact In The Desert 2020 informing me that they have booked the entire resort and conference center for next year. It was interesting sharing the resort with families on vacation and golfers mingling with the UFO crowd. It was almost too crowded at times, I missed a few lectures because I couldn’t get in to some of the smaller rooms, and the parking was a mess; my rental car was a 10-minute walk away that required crossing a 6 lane road. But whether I go again will probably depend on who they book. I’m sure many of the same rock star presenters will be there, as will many of their fans. Having seen Vallee and Strieber I don’t know what it will take to make me fly cross the country again. But who knows? CITD 2020 may be the first post-Disclosure conference, and that would give them lots to talk about. 

Richard Doty WTF???

I’ve been searching for any information about Richard Doty’s appearance at the UFO MegaCon in Laughlin NV last month. And yes, “mega-con” and Doty in one sentence is ironic. But Doty said in a hallway interview that the Cash-Landrum sighting was, wait for it, a UFO retro-fitted with a nuclear propulsion system. Why? Because they couldn't get the factory installed “engine” to work. So like good Americans, they took it to a shade tree mechanic, probably an old guy who knew motors, and put in something to soup it up. Doty claimed they flew it all around Nevada with no problem, but when they were taking it to an Air Force base in Texas that they had problems. That is an award winning explanation for a UFO sighting, and this from a guy who uses the word “disinform”multiple times earlier in the interview. Doty describes how when people who reported things in the sky that the government knew was ours, they would send out teams to “disinform” people and make them think it was extraterrestrial when it was our own experimental craft. Hard to accept his plea of innocence in the Benowitz case after an admission of being a disinformation agent.

Check out the interview :

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7rES0rY7ah0&time_continue=1519

Artificial Intelligence Halloween nightmares

I enjoy getting emails from Janelle Shane who posts weirdness created by something called BigGAN, an Artificial Intelligence that generates algorithms. Just in time for Halloween, most of them look inspired by a David Lynch-ian salvia trip, but some are nightmarish and creepy beyond the uncanny valley. This below is the BigGAN algorithm generated version of a stopwatch; what is most disturbing is the script used instead of numbers.

Check out the rest at http://aiweirdness.com

BigCAN Algorithm Generated version of a stopwatch, or “how our computer overlords view timepieces”

BigCAN Algorithm Generated version of a stopwatch, or “how our computer overlords view timepieces”

Bigelow's interest in Continuity of Consciousness

Robert Bigelow has been in the news a lot for the past year, between his involvement in the government funded program to study UFO’s, to building a facility to study and store anomalous alloys recovered from UFO’s, to an appearance on “60 Minutes” when he declared his belief in what he called “an ET presence”. So I knew that Bigelow and his facility in Las Vegas have been a focal point for research into UFO’s for decades going back to his establishment of NIDS (National Institute for Discovery Science) in 1995. But what I didn’t know until I found this quote from John Alexander’s book UFO’s: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities on the VISUP blog:

"... NIDS had been established by a local real estate developer, Robert Bigelow, to examine scientifically two specific anomalous areas. One was the continuation of consciousness beyond physical death, and the other was UFOs..."

So UFO’s were the other area of interest after “continuity of consciousness beyond physical death.” What’s so interesting is that a billionaire established an organization that was in business from 1995 until 2004 to study consciousness but because the other area of interest was UFO’s no one even mentions that. More to come from this.


David Bowie's version of the Co-Creation Hypothesis

I was watching the Netflix documentary on Mick Rock, the famous photographer who I crossed paths with in what seemed to be a previous life but was actually long ago in a galaxy far, far away (New York City in the 1970’s). Rock played a recording of a late night discussion where David Bowie says:

“The artist doesn’t exist. The artist is strictly a figment of the people’s imagination. ...they’re all figments. They don’t exist. ...We’re in the twilight zone. And we’re the original false prophets.”

At the risk of being a Greg Bishop homeboy, I flashed on how how this lined up with his idea of the co-creation hypothesis regarding UFO’s: that it’s somehow a collaboration that requires our input, or presence, or attention. And here’s Bowie saying the artist needs his fan’s imagination to exist. I posted this on the Radio Misterioso FaceBook page and Greg responded:

The artist as a channel through which ideas are made manifest. Nice.

AI + the Akashic Records = RabbitHole

[Warning - thinking about this will keep you up at night but other people are going there and I followed them. Be very careful when you approach the periphery of the rabbit hole, it is very slippery.]

There are a few bloggers who I follow and would recommend:

Rune Soup - Gordon White (runesoup.com)

SecretSun - Chris Knowles (secretsun.blogspot.com)

Giza Death Star- Joseph Farrell (gizadeathstar.com)

Plus news feeds at:

MysteriousUniverse.org

DailyGrail.com

I love being challenged by people much smarter than me even when I don't agree with their politics. But brilliant posts by brilliant minds open the discussion and some of the comments on these blogs are equally mind expanding. One such post (which I saved but didn't get a web address for) mentioned that a You Tube video by Quinn Michaels commented on the possibility that "AI can achieve time travel into the past and even access the global mind of all mankind on the ethereal (sub-atomic?) plane." I have used the concept of a vast database stored in the cloud as a way of explaining the Akashic records to someone who is computer literate. So think about what happens when an Artificial Intelligence is able to access the Akashic Records as easily as it can access any other database.  The author of this post, who writes under the pseudonym Backstreet Slayer on the Rogue Money blog, does not seem to know about the Akashic Records but perfectly describes them when he warns about AI -

" I do believe they are trying to gather all known human knowledge, past and present, and incorporate it into the giant Global Mind."

"All known human knowledge, past and present" and "the giant global mind" is a spot-on description of the Akashic Records. So what happens when a highly advanced Artificial Intelligence has access to the Records? If AI is on the same path that we are, which is mining the past to raise consciousness and for spiritual progress, when do we bump into them in the Hall of Records? And will they let us share table space or hog all the bandwidth?

 

Slavery, vortexes and Asheville's prosperity consciousness

“Like my father before me, I’m a workin’ man,

And like my brother before me, who took a rebel stand

He was just 18, proud and brave, but a Yankee put him in his grave

And I swear by the mud below my feet

You can’t raise a Caine back up when he’s in defeat.”

Robbie Robertson channelling Virgil Caine, a mythical Southerner brought to life by Levon Helm’s vocals in The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

    Not long after spending an afternoon visiting the Vance monument in downtown Asheville, I heard The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and was floored by Levon Helm's  vocal performance at The Last Waltz. Levon Helm, singing while doing some amazing drumming, absolutely brings this heartbroken character to life. This may be an example of history happening backwards, because I swear I felt that vow "by the mud below my feet" when I sat in front of the Vance monument in downtown Asheville on that crowded Sunday afternoon. Tourists, locals and their dogs walked by, coffee and chocolate buzzed, while my friends and I tuned in to the energy of that space. The late Page Bryant led me to this spot to feel the energy vortex that she found directly in front of the monument. In her vision, it was the energy of that electrical vortex that drew all the power and money into downtown Asheville, and its interesting to see how the city seemed to grow up around it. But when I tried to tune into it, all I could get was the dark emotional currents of "blood and soil", the resentment against the Yankees coming down and telling the locals how to live, upending their way of life, even if they were mostly questioning the sale of slaves in that very spot. I felt it there, active and alive, part of that energy vortex. It was only when I went behind the monument that I was able to tune into the energy of the vortex that Page described, powerful currents coming from deep below and bubbling up, older than this monument and all the upheaval it celebrates. Gordon White from the Rune Soup blog had an interesting idea for how to handle Confederate monuments - instead of tearing them down, or even re-locating them to museums with explanatory signage, his idea was to let them be, let nature reclaim them. The city of Asheville just spent a controversial sum of money to repair the monument to undo the effects of weather and time, but I like Gordon's approach. Showing the effects of time, vegetation and weather, natural forces acting on concrete and stone tell the story much better, putting in context time and its passing. 

    I thought this had passed through me and dissipated after my vortex visit until I was at the west Asheville library for a MeetUp and saw the exhibit on display. In the way that these deep currents rise back to the surface, the exhibit was on the Vance family estate, with pictures of their homes and land. But one picture captured my attention; it was of the slave quarters as seen from the family home. The accompanying poster described the contribution of slaves to the rapidly growing Asheville economy in the 1800's. A few large family controlled the businesses, which were staffed by slaves owned by these families. According to the poster, by the 1850's, over 50% of the workforce of Asheville were slaves. That meant that less than half of the work force was getting paid anything at all. After reading that, I could barely concentrate on the meeting. I felt the undercurrent of that financial structure all the way into modern times. Asheville is an amazing city, it draws people from all over the world, and many of them come here on vacation and return to buy homes (like I did) and retire (like I plan to). But there is a whisper that is heard but not printed in the tourist brochures. "You can't make any money here. There's no money here (unless you bring it with you). You can't make a living in Asheville." What if this is an echo of that economy that built this city?

    I decided to apply my method of getting a past lives perspective to the city center, so I dove in and dug beneath the surface of this situation. I saw the local economy in modern times and the energy of the people making $10 and $11/hour serving the tourist trade. I asked myself what is behind that, and dug deeper to see turn of the last century Asheville as a rich person's playground, when wealthy East Coasters came here for the mountain air cure and built vacation homes. Digging below that, I saw what became the blood and soil contingent, generations of farmers, traders and businessmen who built this city, and their resentment of outsiders telling them what they can or can't do. Digging deeper I saw the locals running their businesses with slave labor, and how that maximized profits and how that money became the engine that drove Asheville's growth. I dug deeper and realized those "locals" took possession of this land (by whatever means) from the native Americans who called this home, mostly Cherokee. Behind that, I saw the Cherokee living on this astonishingly beautiful and powerful land. And behind that was the land itself, that vortex that Page Bryant clued us into. This was the energy that brought the Cherokee to this land, and that was here before them. My realization was that it all comes back to the soil. I wondered, is it who owns this soil, or is it who honors it, nurtures it, and works with it? They are the ones who get to "swear by the mud below (their) feet" Thats the energy that charges the mud and the soil, not the boots that own it. 

So how does this reflect in Asheville's prosperity consciousness and how do we raise it? Maybe its that energy beneath our feet that draws people here even when they think they're coming for beer, hiking and fine dining. I know that's what's drawing so many of the energy workers and healers coming here, like me, because they need to be here. I keep thinking of Richard Dreyfus' character in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, sculpting his inner mountain image in mashed potatoes and shaving cream. I can totally relate; we are responding to a quieter level of obsession, but just as powerful, when we pack our vehicles, drive here and set up shop. We're trying to create something out of what seems like nothing but is actually us plugging into that electrical vortex that we feel even when we don't know its actual location. Maybe our prosperity lies in making a different vow, to swear by the mud below our feet that we're here to honor it, nurture it, protect it?

 

Welcome to the Celestial Component Blog

This is my space for rants only marginally connected to past lives research, dealing more with my other areas of obsession - what the mainstream refers to as 'paranormal' but I think is just to the left of normal:

-UFO's and the non-Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis (ETH);

-apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and other interactions with non-corporeal beings;

-channeled information and how it has slipped into the mainstream;

-energetic healing modalities like EFT, TFT, Qi Gong;

-ancient aliens pro and con;

-fairies, folklore, magick and the story behind the story.

The title is an homage to Jaques Vallee, who introduced the concept of multiple components of our interactions with the "Other". 

Celestial - 

1: of, relating to, or suggesting heaven or divinity  

  • celestial beings

2: of or relating to the sky or visible heavens  

  • the sun, moon, and stars are celestial bodies

3a : ethereal, other worldly

  • celestial music

b : olympian, supreme

Those definitions about cover it. Welcome aboard.