UPDATE 12/18/12: Internet hucksters have been using this journal entry to claim that I think that there will be a UFO landing on December 21. This is absolutely not my intent. Sure, it could happen, but I'm not predicting anything here. I am simply speculating and, no, I have absolutely no idea whether or not it will ever happen, let alone on any specific date.
Itseems to me that there is an exceptional amount of UFO activity being reported. This has been true for most of the year, but it appears to be building now. That said, there are always a lot of reasons other than actual sightings of unidentified flying objects that lead to these reports. First, there's a synergy: one report leads to two more reports, and so on. So there are cycles that have nothing to do with actual increases in sightings. Second, there are social influences--a UFO movie gains a lot of popular interest, for example. Presently, people are searching the skies because of December 21, 2012 apprehension.
Still, I have been thinking a lot lately about what open contact might mean. First, it will be the most complex of all events, and the most historically important. It will change everything, and for the most part in ways that are presently unknown, and cannot be known. This is because, if it happens, it will be instigated not by us, but by our visitors. Therefore, they will be in control of what unfolds, at least in the initial phase.
It is crucial for us to remember that we don't know what they are. Are they from another planet? Are they something even stranger than that? We absolutely must keep such questions open, especially if they do not chose to explain themselves to us, or if they cannot.
From our standpoint, we must have two initial objectives: the first is to absorb the shock as gracefully as we can; the second is to address it with as much useful insight as we can muster.
Unfortunately, we are not likely to absorb it at all gracefully. Unless our visitors manage it very carefully, a chaos of mind and spirit is going to overtake us very quickly. This is because, with just a few exceptions, our best minds have never addressed this question with any depth. Our scientific, religious, philosophical, governmental and military communities do not have any significantly thoughtful ways of approaching such an eventuality.
If anybody has anything to offer, it is likely to come in the form of governmental caution and military posturing, neither of which are likely to be useful, even in the very short term. Science and the media have already discredited themselves so completely that they are not going to be coming up with social functional responses for some time, at least, not with responses that are worth trusting.
This is on our side. On the other side, things are going to be quite different. You can be sure that years of insightful observation and careful planning will have preceded open contact. There will also be an aim, or, more likely, an array of objectives that have led to a change in policy from one of standing off and observing to one of entering our social milieu directly.
In other words, we are going to be at a loss, but our visitors are going to know precisely what they are doing. And whatever that is, it will be what happens. Our response is going to have to be reactive. We will not have any useful way of being active participants, at least not until we have gained enough accurate understanding to enable us to develop aims and expectations of our own.
Initially, most people are going to be curious. If the visitors simply show themselves and don't take an active role in managing our response to their presence, then our media will attempt this. It will seek authorities to interview. But there are very few who are likely to have a considered response, and those who do are unlikely to be consulted. Certainly, Stephen Hawking will be asked for commentary. Thus far, he has voiced the same sort of awkward and probably uninformed cautions that appear to have led the US military, early on, to shake its spears at them, a response that has delayed contact for generations. His reaction is unlikely to be either accurate or useful.
Religious leaders will be engaged. The previous pope commented that aliens should be addressed by Christians with the same ethical standards with which they address each other. In the end, though, no matter how you look at it, the most profound challenges that will develop out of contact will be to our religious institutions. How that will unfold, I do not know, but I do have some hints, after spending the years that I have done in contact. I noted that there was a strong spiritual component to my experience. It left me certain that physical life is only one part of the spectrum of existence, but also that the various human visions of what non-physical being is like are little more than guesswork.
I learned to engage the visitors in ways that were useful to me. Specifically, I used the techniques I learned in the spiritual work I had done previously in my relationship with them, and this appeared to be helpful. Mediation facilitated and deepened communication. Their response to me consisted in teaching me by generating friction that forced me to see myself in my truth, and giving me information in ways that never closed the question.
In short, they were excellent teachers, and it seems likely to me that this will be what is on offer to us in the context of open contact. If so, then I can be a useful intermediary, in the sense that I can explain how they interacted with me, and perhaps enable some of us to gain what I gained, which was a student-teacher relationship that was focused on my intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth.
In my books and other writings, I have already explained enough of what I learned. What will be on offer will be at once general to our species and also specific to each of our cultures, and to each of us as individuals. They will essentially be offering us access to a school that is founded in deeper truths and more accurate facts than any that we have among ourselves. So, in that sense, there will be promise.
There will also be fear. They represent a fearsome presence. First, they are hardly benign, and there is enough evidence of conflict among them to suggest that an element of danger does exist, that we will have to deal with as best we can. When I would go out into the woods at night seeking contact, I never knew what might happen to me. I had two choices: trust the dark or cower in my house. At different times, I did both. In the end, though, I did more trusting than cowering, and I gained from it.
It's going to be extremely difficult, but I did find methods that worked, insofar as advancing my own contact and my understanding were concerned. Two things were never done to me: I was never seriously injured; and I was never left with a closed door. Each time I learned something new, it brought with it a new and more potent question. Even the most basic level of my contact was wrapped in potent question. I was treated violently and terrified. On the other hand, at the time I was acting like a wild animal. When I calmed down and began seeking them out, the response was a generosity of engagement that has utterly change my life and enriched me beyond measure.
It is my great hope that, if general contact takes place, it will unfold along similar lines, and hopefully with less initial terror and confusion. Had I not been so frightened, there is no doubt in my mind that I could have gone a lot farther. At the same time, the fear that I felt was part of the energy that advanced me, in the sense that overcoming it taught me much about myself and about the world in which we live.
I've always hoped that this would happen during my lifetime. I have been expertly prepared to help others with contact, and have been doing this as best I can for over thirty years, for anybody who was willing to open their minds to what I have to offer. If things were more focused and definite, I could do much more.
Should the barrier of denial that causes so many of us to remain passive to the reality of the visitors ever be removed, I'm as ready as I can ever be, and I know that others are, too. Not many, not yet, but if the challenge presents itself, those numbers will grow quickly, I have no doubt.