Not since the summer of 1989 have I seen such a massive upwelling of dire prophecy in the world. At, we are getting emails every day from people who are having dreams or visions of terrible events in the immediate future.

The Arlington Institute, a respected futurist think tank, has just published a document noting that it is receiving many such prophecies, also.

Most of these dreams and visions involve earthquakes, nuclear terrorism or huge storms. (Hopefully, not all of the above.)

A number of channelers are predicting that a large scale event involving aliens will take place this month.

So, what’s it all about? First, let me repeat clearly that I said in a recent journal that this time of political change and financial chaos would be an ideal moment for terrorists to strike, if they are able to do so. But that’s a big “if,” and I am by no means predicting this or anything else. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen.

I’ve seen other major moments of prediction, most notably the one that took place in 1989. It had some substance, as the visitors, with whom I was in pretty close contact at the time, were experimenting with open contact. They engaged in a spectacular display over Belgium, and I certainly had hope that they would take the next step and make their reality known to all in a way that government could not deny.

Instead, they pulled back and I ended up with the implant I now carry in my left ear, still waiting in the wings to do what I am here to do, which is to make the process of open contact as smooth, and as useful to mankind, as I can. For all I know, I’ll wait forever–or it could be that I’ll be going to work doing this tomorrow. I have no idea.

However, I do have an idea why there is so much disquiet right now. It is because the mind of man is changing, and we know it, and we see the internal demolition that is taking place in terms of external catastrophe.

The middle Roman Empire, while it was still thriving and things like Christianity were still far below the radar of the average citizen, was full of prophecies of doom. In fact, the apostles were originally expecting the end of the world in a matter of years, which is what they went out to preach. St. John wrote the Book of Revelation in a prophetic trance. Not long after, Rome itself burned to the ground and it was thought that the end had come.

But that’s not what happened. The burning of Rome did not bring the empire to an end, and the Book of Revelation was not about a physical catastrophe, at least not then. It is, rather, a prophecy of a fundamental change of mind that would explode into the Roman world in another two hundred years.

But secretly, below the radar, every mind that was won over to Christianity in those days was fundamentally changed and made new, and the collective was feeling this, and fearing it.

By the year 400, shortly after the emperor Constantine had declared himself Christian, massive change was taking place. This change is reflected in things like the collapse in the price of marble and the abandonment of quarries. What had happened was that nobody needed new marble. They were cannibalizing the old pagan temples to build new churches.

The western mind changed just as profoundly as its economy, as new ideals of compassion and forgiveness, and the value of the individual, replaced archaic notions of violent expansionism and personal reprisal. But this change, at the time, was not easy. In fact, it was a large factor among the complex group of strains that led to the eventual collapse of the Roman Empire and the descent of the west into the Dark Ages.

We are at a very profound juncture right now, and everyone can sense the change. It is deeply systemic, and out of it will come something new. In many ways, it is more disturbing even than the transformation of the Roman Empire from a pagan to a Christian state, because, in our case, it is transformation from a known economic system to one that is unknown.

Ideas of value are changing in fundamental ways, and, just now, we are too frightened to face what is actually happening to us. You will recall, just a few months ago, that commodity and energy prices were skyrocketing. Just in July I was writing about this.

But now the prices of agricultural commodities have plummeted, along with energy prices. Stock prices have followed, and money is, in general, moving out of the capitalist system and into the shelter of government backed financial instruments of all kinds.

So, what’s happening? In part, the collapsing world economies mean reduced demand, which is what is causing price deterioration across the board. However, just a few months ago, the world’s production system was so stressed by demand that it appeared on the verge of breaking down. Now, it’s in the opposite mode. There is so little demand that the system appears on the verge of breaking down.

This is happening for a single, overarching reason, one which you will not find in any commentary anywhere: we have reached the limits of growth. From now on, every time economic expansion gets underway, there will be immediate shortages and price inflation, and this will continue until demand once again subsides.

We know this, and are reacting with a sense of doom that is entirely appropriate to the situation. It feels as if the sky is falling, and this is largely because it is. But not forever, and that’s what we forget.

Behind the scenes, another massive technological revolution is building, that will, in the long run, change the consumption footprint of the average individual once again. We will become more efficient. You can see it in the push toward “green” this and “green” that all around us. Right now, electric cars and hybrids make little economic difference, except to their owners. But their appearance heralds the coming end of increasing demand for energy products. At first it will be hardly noticeable, but the future of energy demand is down, not up.

It’s less clear what will happen to agricultural yields. As the planet continues to warm, drought is going to become endemic, and the great economic crises of the future will largely involve water, and the lack thereof. Powerful nations are going to be humbled by water shortages, I feel sure.

As far as things like the minerals we use to make consumer goods are concerned, we will either vastly expand recycling and production efficiency or experience shortages. There is no other answer.

Understand, my glass is half full. While we are certain to face damaging disruptions in the future, I do not see us going extinct or coming even close to it. But we do now feel tremendous pressure, which, I think, is the explanation for the explosion of fear that is now abroad.

Will aliens land? That’s always a maybe, but since we understand them so little–even what they are–obviously, no prediction can be made because there is nothing to extrapolate from. Certainly, UFO activity is at a very high level right now, but that has happened before and, in the past, has not led to contact, which I would define as an event that ends speculation and denial. What form it might take I don’t know, but judging from the failed attempt in the early fifties and the way events unfolded over Belgium, my guess would be that it would come in the form of incontrovertible sightings.

These would be followed by their disappearance from the skies, during which the visitors would evaluate the effectiveness of their performance. At that time, I would be able to offer some means of communication that might be effective, and might help us manage our side of the equation in such a way that additional, and fruitful, contact would evolve.

But I warn you, they are PROFOUNDLY different from us, and it is going to be a lot easier to understand the song of a whale than the words of a visitor, even if those words are spoken in our own languages. And look where we are with whale song: we can teach them to play ball, but we have not the slightest idea what they are saying to each other.

In fact, though, we are as ready for contact now as we will ever be. It is going to take an incontrovertible sighting to convince our appropriate social and cultural institutions to address the presence of the visitors in a meaningful way. So, if they want to take a next step before our societies become too disorganized for us to be able to construct an institutional response, now is quite close to a last chance.

Perhaps, inside ourselves, we have all caught the scent of great change. Certainly, we are on the edge of the cliff right now. In fact, no matter what we do, we are going off that cliff.

In the past, every species that has faced such a danger has fallen into the abyss and gone extinct. But we’re a bit different. We have this new adaptation between our ears, the human brain. It might yet enable us to sprout wings and fly, instead of going over the edge.

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