CONTACT NETWORK HISTORY PROJECT
We’re not chasing UFOs. They’re chasing us! Joseph Burkes MD 2014 Part 3 of 3.
Three UFO sightings occurred among individuals closely associated with a Los Angeles CSETI contact team during the first few weeks of research operations in 1992. They all took place separate from fieldwork, but under very similar conditions. Each of the witnesses was driving home alone in their personal vehicles.
THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE SIGHTINGS MIGHT REPRESENT A FORM OF INSTRUCTION.
As the months rolled by following the start of my contact work in 1992, I started to muse over the details of these three highly similar personal UFO sightings. I looked for possible hidden meanings within those details to figure out whether they might contain some kind of message relating to the on-going fieldwork.
Like a detective in a mystery novel, I kept mulling over the details of the sightings. If those particulars were clues, then I was going to use them to start solving the mystery. My hypothesis was that perhaps these consecutive sightings in the LA team were not random events but instead were the product of conscious decisions made by intelligent and technologically sophisticated non-human beings that I refer to now as UFO intelligence.
If this were true, they might represent a form of communication between members of our team and an extraterrestrial intelligence we had endeavored to investigate. Like many indigenous people of the Americans who I imagine embrace the philosophy of everything being connected, at the risk of appearing excessively speculative I opened my mind to the possibility that the specifics of each encounter contained a message, albeit not an explicit one.
Back in 1992 I firmly believed that the source of the message was extraterrestrial in nature. I wondered whether factors like the choice of individuals selected for the sighting, or perhaps even more minute details, like what the observers had been doing prior to the sightings might contain specific lessons for our team.
DON’T PRESUME YOU CAN THINK LIKE AN ET
Michael Lindemann, a prominent investigator of non-human intelligence, has cautioned ufologists to never presume that you can think like an alien. I interpret his position as implying that we should never try to impose what passes as common sense or conventional wisdom on beings that may have evolved on different star systems. If extraterrestrial civilizations exist and are responsible for UFOs, then they would undoubtedly have entirely different cultures, different value systems, and different social organizations as compared to Earth. With such infinite possibilities, perhaps a technologically advanced civilization for their own purposes unknown to us might choose to communicate via outlandishly subtle means.
During five plus years of my volunteering as a Working Group Coordinator for CSETI, I shared with fellow contact team members what I perceived were patterns of interactions that possibly contained subtle messages for us from an a presumed ET intelligence. It was, and still is my judgment, that individual sightings are valuable data acquired by contact groups for understanding UFOs.
MERE COINCIDENCE VERSUS STAGED EVENTS
So what can be learned from this cluster of sightings? First of all, the fact that they occurred within a few weeks of our LA Working Group's christening has significance. It should be remembered that approximately 10% of the US population claims to have had a sighting of a UFO. In terms of an individual’s lifetime of experiences however, a sighting is an exceedingly rare event for most people.
The fact that these three individuals who knew each other all had a sighting within a brief period of just under a month, on face value should diminish the odds that they were mere coincidences. Also we should not forget that these witnesses were all closely associated with our contact team that had just initiated efforts to interact with the intelligence presumably responsible for this type of sighting.
Even less likely to occur by chance is the fact that the circumstances of the sightings were highly congruent. The observers were all traveling home in their vehicles. Even the direction was the same; we were all traveling south when the encounters took place.
What can we say about the observers? By virtue of our training as sky watchers, maturity and/or professional standing, (two out of the three are medical doctors) it is reasonable to consider us as credible witnesses. In the case of Dotha, the non-physician witness, she had much experience observing the skies during her travels on the open sea while competing in yacht races. If the sightings are not just random events, but rather indicate a form of indirect communication by the intelligence responsible for them, what additional associations might we make?
UFO SIGHTINGS OCCURRED AFTER ACTIVITIES RELATED TO CONTACT WORK
My sighting happened as I was speeding home on the 405 Freeway. I had just left a meeting where I conducted a heated debate defending CSETI's program of human initiated interactions with what we presumed was an extraterrestrial intelligence. One can speculate that my sighting was a message of support, not only for me personally, but also for the larger contact program that I had just so passionately described.
I should mention that this sighting gave me a big personal boost and helped sustain my enthusiasm for our project during the difficult months that followed. Considering the enormous organizational and personal challenges that face any new contact group, I will gladly testify that every team leader needs all the support that she/he can get.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATION UNDERSCORED.
Concerning Dotha's close encounter with a twenty-five foot in diameter luminescent globe, she had just left a meditation workshop. I should point out for those unfamiliar with contact protocols, contactee groups employ on-site thought projection methods. This often involves a guided meditation technique. In preparation for thought projection, individuals in the team are expected to reach what has been called “an expanded state of consciousness” through meditation.
In Dotha’s report to our LA team she asserted that that there was an association between her meditation and her subsequent very impressive sighting. If a non-human intelligence responsible for the flying saucer phenomenon were attempting to send my team a message concerning the importance of advanced meditation techniques, what better way to do so than to stage a close encounter just after a prolonged meditation session by an experienced practitioner.
Thus two of the three sightings described in this extended report took place immediately after the witnesses were involved in activities integral to the CE-5 Initiative. As a Working Group Coordinator for Los Angeles, I was responsible for promoting the contact program in the Southern California area. My sighting took place after fulfilling my commitment by engaging in a debate with several skeptical UFO researchers.
Dotha's encounter I might add was the closest encounter of the three, with a structured craft hovering over her home and then flying down her driveway past her as she stared in amazement. It also involved a telepathic communication,
“You were looking for us. Well here we are!”
Her experience underscored for the entire working group the importance of a disciplined approach to meditation that includes regular personal practice.
It is my assessment that chance alone should not be evoked to explain away these synchronous characteristics. Sightings and other on-going experiences that members of contact groups are having, are consistent with their being the results of conscious decisions made by UFO intelligence.
STAGED ASPECTS OF ENCOUNTERS REFLECT CONSCIOUS DECISIONS BY UFO INTELLIGENCE
One should not overlook the staged quality of these interactions that appear to maximize the didactic effects. In promoting this notion of a consciousness link between contact teams and so-called “aliens,” I am well aware of how controversial this is. Not only do I confront the mindset of a larger society, enmeshed in psychological denial about the high probability of an ET presence, but I also face an argumentative and divided UFO subculture that appears to be at constant war with itself.
Of course skeptics would point out that much of what I have stated here is the result of a highly speculative analysis. Debunkers might assert that these sighting reports, like all UFO experiences, are merely the result of imagination, misidentification, or even worse, deliberate deception.
Detractors within the saucer subculture would likely chime in to dismiss these accounts as the product of wild-eyed idealists, of contactees drunk on wishful thinking. Nevertheless this pattern of personal sightings that occur in association with initiating research activity is an on going phenomenon within contact networks needs to be studies and analyzed.
These types of strange experiences should not be dismissed because they just may hold the key to understanding the contact drama unfolding all around us. It is a process that someday in the distant future just might usher in a new era of human extraterrestrial relations.
WHY WAS DR MARIA CHOSEN TO HAVE A UFO SIGHTING?
A most intriguing aspect of this series was the question why was Maria apparently singled out for a sighting. Although her interest in UFOs soared after seeing the metallic disc in broad daylight, prior to the event her contact with the UFO phenomenon was indirect. It was her husband, Dr. Daniel who was the activist in the family. He had played a vital role in the search for suitable research sites when my contact team was just getting started in August of 1992.
During the autumn months of 1992 our team frequently convened at Maria and Daniel's house for our business meetings. Meditation is not an easy chore for all researchers, and Daniel was having considerable difficulty meditating. He and I both felt very restless, as many of are, when we first attempt to still the mind. Daniel was not able to follow the recommendation of meditating daily.
Maria on the other hand was far more open to meditation practice. It was not until several months later, in December of 1992 that she was to undergo formal training, and as a result she was officially not part of the Working Group when we first held meetings at her home in the fall of 1992.
During the months of September and October I was quite perplexed as to why she had a sighting? Dotha and I were active and official members of the team, why was Maria, a non-member, selected for such a spectacular daylight sighting of a metallic disk?
ACCESSING UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS WITH A MEDITATION EQUIVALENT.
A possible explanation occurred to me one night as we conducted our business meeting at Maria and Daniel's home. We had gathered in the living room and my beeper went off. I had to call the hospital. Maria was in the family room practicing her harp. An accomplished amateur, she often gave recitals. I excused myself and asked Daniel where I could pick up an extension away from the meeting. Daniel suggested that I make the call in the family room.
"No," I replied, "I don't want to disturb Maria."
Daniel reassured me by saying,
"Don't worry. She practices at least an hour a day. When she's playing her music she's in a total trance."
It was then that it hit me! That was the clue that I had been looking for. Maria although not yet part of the Working Group, was still able to access consciousness in its most unbounded form while she was practicing the harp. In that relaxed state of being “carried away” by the divine music that she was playing, a trance like state of deep meditation was achieved.
Her meditation equivalent probably was her music. It seemed to me this was possibly part of the message that I was supposed to learn from her sighting. If my hunch was correct, I was impressed by its subtlety.
End of part 3 and conclusion of this portion of the Contact Network History Project.