Recently I have been thinking about social engineering and how it is used to discredit UFO and close encounter witnesses. I have been a major victim of this, of course, as the most visible advocate on behalf of the value of what the close encounter witnesses are reporting.
Some of it is natural. You can find on message boards all over the internet nasty stories about how I am a liar, how I am rude, out just for the money, on and on. For the most part, these posts come from two groups of people: jealous UFO investigators and people who have strong convictions, yea or nay, about the visitors. Since I have managed to take the dialog about close encounter beyond the whole nuts-and-bolts approach of the average UFO investigator, and since I keep the whole matter in question, both of these groups really do not like me. So their hostility is natural. But by spreading so many seeds of doubt, it has seriously compromised my ability to get my message across, which is very unfortunate. A great number of people out there have come to think ill of me because of this ceaseless undertone of false and twisted stories. This means that one of the most extensive and deeply felt contact narratives that has ever been created is going far too much to waste.
Some of the attacks are not ‘natural’ social engineering. Some are very intentionally contrived. I am one of the victims of this, but hardly the only one. In 1998, for example, Parade Magazine published a false story about me to the effect that I had discovered that I had temporal lobe epilepsy and made a contribution to the epilepsy foundation. This story was published just before the release of my book Confirmation. At that time, Parade was still a major factor in the public forum.
I believe that the story was a lie, not a mistake. The reason for this is that, when I called Parade and talked to an editor, he told me that they had gotten it from a friend of mine in the Air Force. Confirmation is quite critical of the USAF’s role in the UFO controversy. Parade ran a retraction, but by then it was too late. The book had a disastrous sale.
I think that article was placed by professional social engineers who continue to play a huge role in the UFO community. Who they work for I cannot be sure, but my best guess is that they are somehow connected to the Air Force, which desperately does not want us to know two things: first, that they engaged in a shooting war with the visitors between 1947 and at least the late 1950s, when people like Dr. Milton Torres were still being ordered to shoot at UFOs; second, that the result of this foolish policy, which was promoted by General Curtis Lemay and implemented by President Harry Truman, has led to the present tragic situation that we are in.
We are not being treated with respect by our visitors, and I think that this is largely because of the fact that we shot first, and it was the Air Force that did the shooting, and, as an institution, it desperately wants to conceal what it has done, which is arguably the most foolish and damaging single act in the history of the human species.
It took me years of challenging, often terrifying work with our visitors to change their attitude toward me and, as I so hope, toward the whole community of close encounter witnesses. It’s not perfect. We are still often treated like lab animals. But not always, and now if you turn toward them and face the experience, you will sometimes get out of it what I have gotten: they will become your teachers.
That’s not saying that I want to sugar-coat the difficulty and danger of the experience. Far from it. But I can say, from personal experience, that there is also a path to wisdom on offer, and it is wonderful and joyous and fabulously enlightening.
On this site, as long as we can afford to keep it going, I am trying to open doors of various kinds to that path. Our meditation group is one such door. In the subscriber area, there is a treasury of knowledge and information from people who see things more clearly than do believers in the conventional model of reality. (A fine example is this weekend’s Dreamland with Trish and Rob MacGregor. Anne Strieber has a terrific discussion with them about contact on Dreamland, and for subscribers I ask them to share with us their knowledge of government secrets.)
Like all of us who have ended up facing the challenges of contact, they have gone down a long and treacherous path, the MacGregors. They will hardly be heard by the general world. A few may buy their book. Some will read it. But one day, if the reality of the visitors ever focuses, people like them will finally replace the social engineers, the liars and the paranoids in the public discourse about this subject, and the world will be the richer for it.
I have often wanted to quit. Time after time, when I would go on radio or television and be laughed at and lied about, I really wanted to just ditch this whole subject and go on down the road. But then would come one of those extraordinary nights, and a new discovery, and the surpassing joy that came with it. So I would go on. I would also turn to the great pool of wisdom of which the human species is depository. The writings of Meister Eckhart and Patanjali, the joyous words of the Master of the Key, but most of all, my beloved friend of my soul, the foundation of what wisdom I may possess, and what good I may manage to do in this life, which is the bible.
This week, I am beginning a series of bible readings in our subscriber area. I’m starting with Psalm 31, which has been one of the great wellsprings of the strength I have tried my best to bring to my work, and to my public life. Over the next weeks and months, I will add other readings. From my fifth through my tenth years, my mother read the bible to us each evening for about fifteen or twenty minutes. It took five years, but we went all the way from "In the beginning" to "surely I come quickly." It is why the bible runs so deep in my blood, and why I want to share my feelings about it by sharing the passages that have so much meaning to me, and which have given me the strength to continue on this hard and wonderful path that is my life.
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