Edgar Mitchell, the American astronaut who flew to the moon
and back, was also a great explorer of inner space. Dr. Mitchell
was also interested in the UFO
phenomenon, which since 2017 has finally been acknowledged after decades of
cover-up in mainstream publications like the New York Times.
Mitchell’s research, which culminated in the publication of Beyond UFOs, is explicit about combining
ufology and parapsychology under the unifying banner of consciousness studies. Bringing
them together is natural enough for one simple reason; the literature of UFOs
and alien encounter is shot through with paranormal reports: telepathy,
levitation, dematerialization, supernormal healing, and so on. Unexplained aerial phenomena are a part
of, and connect with, religious history.
Mitchell’s model opens to an expanded research program. The editors of Beyond UFOs (Hernandez, Klimo, Schild) have tapped into a huge,
sprawling, and often hidden resource of information that the government and
scientific culture have been shy about confronting. It does seem that the cover
up of the incredibly complex UFO phenomenon is ending.
Beyond UFOs is the
first volume in a series dealing with the expanded anomaly database. It should
be mentioned that early researchers were aware of the paranormal dimension of
ufology. I would single out
Kenneth Ring and Raymond Fowler as having studied cases of people who had
near-death experiences and close encounters
with alien intelligence. Some
near-death experiences open people up to having contact with angels, aliens,
and related agents of transcendence. One widespread claim is that the purpose
behind the apparent alien visitations is to boost, guide, and accelerate human
Human technologies have resulted in the pollution and over-heating
of the planet, and set into motion forces that threaten life and civilization
everywhere. A radical change of
human values, attitudes and lifestyles seem increasingly necessary if we hope
to avert unprecedented catastrophe.
Rey Hernandez has invited me to assist in sorting out the
papers that will be used in subsequent volumes of this series. The volumes will be about presenting the extraordinary data of
contemporary experiencers and the ongoing effort to explain them.
There is a common sense world that we all inhabit and need
to honor and respect. But people everywhere
are having experiences that shatter our assumptions about that commonsense
world. Although in one sense we
all inhabit the same world, it’s also true to say we don’t because we all
experience the world differently. Sometimes
the difference is so extreme as to suggest either that some people are crazy or
that most of us are blithely unaware of what is happening. I think it was William Blake who said that where some people
just see the sunrise, he, Blake, was seeing the sons of God leaping for joy!
But here’s the big point. As our minds change so does our world. The world that we experience is both
filtered and underlined by our beliefs, memories, and feelings at any given
moment. Learning something new, acquiring a new concept, realizing a
new possibility can alter our lives and our relationship to other people. I’m
saying all this in light of the eighty-five or so papers I’ve been reading and
trying to sort out for the new
volumes intended for publication.
I want then to mention several points that for me represent
new ways of looking at the world. e
remarkable accounts of high strangeness.
More people are having anomalous experiences than we might
suspect, everyday folks as well people expert in academic and scientific
People are having many and various experiences, as if once
the psychic door opens, traffic with the extraordinary increases exponentially.
Perhaps one of the most striking ideas is that people can consciously
and deliberately induce these extraordinary experiences. I keep finding
accounts of people who call upon the highly strange beings—and they come! I discussed this idea in my book on
miracles (Smile of the Universe). The big idea to probe more carefully is
that we humans can, if we choose to, strike up meaningful dialogue with beings
and forms of intelligence that common sense and science think is impossible. Our
lives have experimental potentials that we can scarcely begin to imagine.
Source: The Anomalist