Thursday, October 23, 2014

SEAL’s body-mind fitness program creates strong, healthy, advanced human beings


By Steve Hammons

The success of the New York Times best-selling book “8 Weeks to SEALFIT” may be a sign of something changing in our society, in our minds and consciousness, in our bodies, and possibly at deeper spiritual levels.

The full title is “8 Weeks to SEALFIT: A Navy SEAL’s Guide to Unconventional Training for Physical and Mental Toughness” and was written by retired SEAL Commander Mark Divine. The book seems to be attracting a lot of interest.

It looks at robust and eclectic physical and mental training methods, and how they are being implemented in the innovative SEALFIT education and training programs based in the San Diego area. The concepts are applicable to average people as well as those who are more advanced in their physical fitness, Divine says.

The media seem to be paying attention. The book and the SEALFIT programs have been featured in many news and feature articles, TV shows and other media platforms.

Through the book, online instruction and support, YouTube videos as well as various on-site programs, the concepts of SEALFIT can be accessed by anyone, anytime, anyplace. 

It’s not just about physical fitness. There are many elements to the SEALFIT approach that include:
- Physical conditioning using common and unique methods
- Intelligent nutrition
- Cultivating mental toughness, what Divine calls “the unbeatable mind”
- “Kokoro” or “warrior spirit”
- Ancient Yoga-related approaches to perception and awareness
- Martial arts concepts
- Modern insight about human consciousness

Divine says he also focuses on concepts fundamental to the SEALs: Discipline, drive, determination, self-mastery, honor, integrity, courage and leadership.

EXPERIENCEING THE SEAL WAY

According to the SEALFIT website, “Our Mission at SEALFIT is to develop mental toughness and promote spiritual growth in our clients – changing their lives and the lives of those they touch in the process.”

The SEALFIT concept was originally proposed to prepare candidates for the tremendously challenging Navy Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) screening programs. When Divine realized that many civilians also wanted to experience this kind of training, he moved forward to create a program that can be geared toward people with beginning and intermediate physical fitness as well as those already in good shape or top-notch physical condition.

At the SEALFIT indoor-outdoor facility near the beach in Encinitas in north San Diego County, those who have signed-up for the in-person training academies stay at a converted vacation condo. There are also inns and restaurants nearby.
  
At the San Diego-area training facility and through online methods, SEALFIT coaches guide participants through the SEALFIT ideas and practices. There is a strong focus on robust physical conditioning that is linked to the person’s inner self and personal growth.

There is also a mindset that Divine puts forth that is reflected in the description of SEALFIT values:
- Loyalty – to our family and our team
- Service – to others before self
- Honor and integrity – in public as well as in private
- Leadership and followership – we must be good at both to be effective at anything
- Responsibility – we take it for both our actions and those of our teammates
- Discipline – the only easy day was yesterday
- Innovation – adapt, improvise and overcome

SEALFIT staff members are made up of active and retired SEALs and highly-trained civilians, according to SEALFIT.com.

Certified SEALFIT mentors are individuals who have gone through a screening and training program to represent SEALFIT to the public. According to the SEALFIT website, “The SEALFIT Mentor team is our forward-deployed force responsible for activating and promoting SEALFIT in the field. Each Mentor is trained and certified by SEALFIT to offer and coach select SEALFIT integrated training events.” 

“In the process, thousands of graduates of SEALFIT events and others inspired by the ethos and training have adopted what we call the ‘SEALFIT lifestyle.’ These individuals carry the fire and knowledge into their families, teams and communities, making everyone better and stronger as a result,” according to SEALFIT.com.

PROJECT STAR GATE

There appear to be certain ways that the SEALFIT ideas match a concept put forth in a 2001 graduate-level research paper by another SEAL officer. He was attending the Marine Corps War College and chose a very interesting subject for his research paper: the advanced and surprising discoveries from a previously top secret US government project.

The SEAL officer’s paper was titled “Unconventional Human Intelligence Support: Transcendent and Asymmetric Warfare Implications of Remote Viewing.” He was referring to research projects and US defense and intelligence operational activities that dealt with the capabilities of human consciousness.

These classified programs explored and utilized human intuition, instincts, gut feelings, hunches and what many people previously called extrasensory perception (ESP). Scientists also termed these kinds of things “anomalous cognition,” meaning unusual types of learning, perception and awareness. The government research programs developed a protocol for using these abilities for intelligence-gathering purposes and called it "remote viewing."

Divine also integrates intuition and related mental approaches of ancient martial arts and Yoga in his SEALFIT ideas.

A 2009 US Army study looked at why some troops seem to be better able to spot or sense improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in combat areas. The study found that two types of troops seemed to be better able to detect the presence of IEDs: Those people raised in rural areas where they hunted game and were attuned to Nature and the outdoors, and those raised in tough urban environments where they had to be aware of the dangers of violent attacks and crime.

The perceptual abilities of these kinds of people seemed to help cultivate improved “situation awareness” about dangers in the environment, according to news reports about the Army study.

The concept of remote viewing that was developed as part of the classified research program in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s (generally now known as Project STAR GATE) was based on findings strongly indicating that elements of intuition could be optimized and leveraged to access much greater amounts of reliable information and intelligence.

And, it was determined through extensive scientific testing and operational field activities that remote viewing, or using consciousness to gather information, was very valid in many defense, intelligence and everyday situations experienced by average people in all walks of life (including health, wellness and safety).

The meditation and breathing, martial arts, and mental-ability training that are part of the SEALFIT programs may overlap with that 2001 research paper by the other SEAL author as well as the discoveries and activities of Project STAR GATE.

Readers of “8 Weeks to SEALFIT” and those able to participate in the SEALFIT programs may also find some overlap: Being in the here-and-now, as Divine recommends, and using ancient and state-of-the-art mental and physical training methods may uncover new ways of thinking, feeling and perceiving.

................................ 

For more information, visit SEALFIT.com and SEALFIT Media on YouTube.

For more information on transcendent warfare, remote viewing and Project STAR GATE, read the research paper by the retired SEAL officer.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Researcher claims ‘Sasquatch’ are advanced human-type beings with UFO connections


By Steve Hammons

(This article was featured 9/28/14 in “Knapp’s News” on the Coast to Coast AM radio show website. "Coast" has the largest late-night radio audience in the US. Award-winning investigative journalist George Knapp of KLAS-TV News in Las Vegas is a popular "C2C" host.)

Activities on Earth related to extraterrestrial and/or multidimensional intelligent beings are real, and they include a surprising connection – an active and ongoing relationship with the human-type beings commonly known as “Sasquatch,” according to Jack “Kewaunee” Lapseririts, MS.

Lapseririts was the guest speaker at the Phoenix, Arizona, chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Saturday, Sept., 20, at the Arizona Historical Society Museum’s Steele Auditorium in Tempe near Arizona State University.

Lapseritis is a social scientist, holistic health consultant and researcher in anthropology. He describes himself as an outdoorsman with a strong interest in Nature and natural resources conservation. Lapseritis has lived and traveled around the world exploring different environments and conducting various types of anthropological research.

In his presentation to the Phoenix MUFON audience, Lapseritis said that for several decades, a main focus of his research and interest has been on the Sasquatch, which he claims is a real race of beings living in various regions of the world and in many areas of the US, including Arizona. Like humans, there are different types of Sasquatch, he said.

Lasperitis has written two books on this subject, “The Psychic Sasquatch and Their UFO Connection” and “The Sasquatch People and Their Interdimensional Connection.”

The foreword to “The Psychic Sasquatch” is written by Dick Robinson, cinematographer and originator of the concept of the TV series “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.” The TV series, which aired on NBC in 1977-78, was based on a 1972 novel and 1974 movie about a woodsman during the frontier era in the western US.

Lapseritis told the Phoenix MUFON audience that, not surprisingly, one of his favorite movies is “Harry and the Hendersons.” That heart-warming 1987 family film starred John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon and Don Ameche. In the movie, a Seattle family has a very close, and eventually loving, encounter with a Sasquatch. Steven Spielberg was an executive producer.

CARING AND CONCERNED CULTURE

Lapseritis explained that there is also another type of being similar to the Sasquatch, which he referred to as the “Ancient Ones.” He says one way they differ from Sasquatch is the lack of facial hair. The Ancient Ones’ faces appear quite human, Lapseritis stated. In contrast, the Sasquatch face is covered with hair, he said.

The Sasquatch and Ancient Ones are very human, Lapseritis stated. They are not primitive beasts, but are evolved beings with knowledge and abilities that in many ways are more advanced than our own, he claimed. He likened their culture to that of Native Americans. They were on Earth before modern humans, Lasperitis said.

Sasquatch can communicate using a verbal language and also have the ability to communicate telepathically, according to Lapseritis. (The ability to perceive information and communication using consciousness is consistent with other modern scientific research about extrasensory perception and telepathy.)

Lapseritis said Sasquatch are generally not hostile, but are secretive and learned long ago that humans are dangerous. As a result, they tend to avoid or be very cautious around humans.

However, Sasquatch are loving and caring, and if approached appropriately, will be very friendly with humans, he said. On certain subjects, they are very serious. They can also be tricksters and have fun, Lapseritis stated.

But, like humans, there are individual Sasquatch who may behave in ways that are problematic, according to Lapseritis. Their culture, including a “council of elders,” has ways of implementing severe consequences on individuals of their kind who commit serious offenses, he said.

The Sasquatch and Ancient Ones treasure the Earth and Nature. They are very concerned about ongoing damage to Earth’s ecosystem including our planet’s lands, rivers, lakes, oceans and atmosphere from pollution and abuse by our species of humans, Lapseritis claimed.

In fact, he warned that what the Sasquatch call a “sacred purification” is coming. Lapseririts said this is the same prediction or expectation of what the Hopi Native Americans of Arizona call the “great purification.” This may include various types of global geologic upheavals such as widespread severe earthquakes, huge tsunamis and other very significant Earth changes, he said.

Lapseririts says that the Sasquatch are now reaching out to our human species because of the need to halt the pollution and abuse of the planet and to heal the damage that has been done. 

They are also warning us of the impending danger of traumatic Earth changes as well as the risk of the outbreak of global and nuclear war among human governments and groups, he said.

Parallel with these dangers, there is an ongoing and available path of transcendence and ascension for those humans who choose it, according to Lapseririts. The Sasquatch want us to take this path, he said, which includes valuing the beauty and gift of this Earth, seeking advanced human development and consciousness, and achieving a stronger connection with Nature and the Higher Intelligence.

Part of this expanded understanding is related to the surprising factor that the Sasquatch and Ancient Ones also have ongoing cooperative interactions and relationships with other species of advanced beings who are extraterrestrial and interdimensional, and are active on Earth, according to Lapseritis.

HUMAN LEARNING AND SURVIVAL

Through his decades of research, his personal evolution and his dedication to learning more about Nature, Lapseritis says that the Sasquatch have reached out to him personally, and to many other people. 

He stated he has had multiple face-to-face encounters with Sasquatch that are ongoing. The Sasquatch are asking Lapseritis to communicate with his fellow humans about the dangers and opportunities that face us, he said.

As a result, he is speaking at various conferences and venues, informing audiences about his two books (and a pending third one), and trying to inform and educate people about the intriguing realities that he has learned about.

Lapseritis seems to realize it is a stretch to convince even open-minded people about some of the elements that he has written and spoken about. Yet, he claims "the truth is the truth," and his job is to put the information out there for those who can hear it and intelligently consider it.

He also says that some of the additional anomalous phenomena that have been well-documented by other researchers are real and part of the holistic situation. These include multidimensional portals and star gates as well as several kinds of intelligent extraterrestrial cultures visiting Earth.

These “star people” are involved in discreet activities on Earth and have been for a very, very long time, Lapseritis said.

The background of the origins and development of our species of human is also more interesting than many of us know, he said. There has been intervention in the evolution of the human race by advanced beings, he claimed. In fact, Lapseritis stated that advanced beings are still very involved in helping our species survive our self-destructive behavior and our damage to this beautiful planet Earth.

There are many unconventional and mysterious moving parts involved in the current development of the human race, he explained. Many elements are secretive, some are just not widely known or understood, and others are quite obvious.

It’s up to us to become more informed about these unconventional developments and to make appropriate decisions to move forward, survive and develop into more advanced beings ourselves, Lapseritis indicated.

For more information, visit Lapseritis’ website The Sasquatch People.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top secret ESP project now mainstream: 2014 remote viewing conference


By Steve Hammons

Once, it was a closely-guarded and classified program that included scientists, military personnel, the intelligence community and civilians with certain natural talents and abilities. It came to be known as Project STAR GATE.

Today, millions of Americans and people around the world are familiar with Project STAR GATE's concept of “remote viewing,” an approach to information-gathering, discovery and understanding using human consciousness.

And more people will learn about remote viewing at the annual conference held by the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA) Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29 at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel, Spa and Casino in Henderson, Nevada.

The IRVA Conference 2014 will feature many speakers familiar with the scientific, defense and human potential aspects of remote viewing.

Like intuition, gut instincts, hunches and possibly some dreams and visions, remote viewing attempts to use the alleged “sixth sense” and extrasensory perception (ESP). Remote viewing taps into interesting and sometimes amazing areas of human consciousness that we are learning more about.

Reputable remote viewing training programs have now trained thousands of people to use their consciousness in advanced ways, and maybe also ancient ways. And millions of other people around the world have heard about, read about or have some understanding of the concepts involved in remote viewing.

The 2009 movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats” also introduced many people to the concepts of remote viewing and other leading-edge research. The film poked fun at some of the innovative and forward-leaning military efforts and research projects, but it also contained many grains of truth that informed audiences in meaningful ways. “Goats” stars George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges helped tell a very important story. 

SCIENCE MEETS TRANSCENDENCE

The keynote speaker at this year’s IRVA conference is Eben Alexander, MD, the neurosurgeon who chronicled his fascinating near-death experience (NDE) in the best-selling non-fiction book “Proof of Heaven – A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife.” His book about the far realms of human consciousness and another reality has resonated with millions of readers.

Alexander’s keynote address is titled “Profound Mystery of Consciousness: The Hard Problem and the Quantum Enigma.”

The master of ceremonies is Bill Ray, who has 47 years of service to the US Army under his belt, many of those years in the intelligence field. Ray was part of Project STAR GATE from 1984 to 1987 and received remote viewing training with the program.

George Noory, US Navy veteran and host of the top late-night radio show in the US, Coast to Coast AM, will moderate a panel discussion on “Fate vs. Free Will.” 

Other speakers include former Project STAR GATE remote viewer Paul Smith, PhD, author of the book "Reading the Enemy’s Mind" and a retired Army major; researcher and writer Angela Thompson Smith, PhD; Glenn Wheaton, former Army non-commissioned officer and co-founder of the Hawaii Remote Viewing Guild; and Russell Targ, PhD, one of the early Project STAR GATE scientists.

Several other fascinating speakers will examine the many angles of discoveries and questions related to remote viewing and the potential of human consciousness. These experts include Pam Coronado, Christopher Barbour, John Kortum, John G. Kruth, Nancy Du Tertre, Graham Nicolls, Debra Lynne Katz, MSW, Lori Williams, Alexis Poquiz and Marty Rosenblatt.

And, of course, the annual PK Party will be held to demonstrate the alleged use of psychokinesis (PK) to bend spoons using consciousness – “Kids of all ages welcome!”

COMPLEMENTARY AND INTEGRATIVE

Phenomena like remote viewing used to be called “anomalous cognition,” anomalous meaning inconsistent with what is usual, normal and expected, and cognition meaning conscious mental activities involved in thinking, understanding, learning and remembering.

Now, we might tend to regard intuition, gut instincts, ESP and remote viewing as natural, normal parts of human consciousness. Drawing a parallel to “complementary medicine” and “integrative medicine,” remote viewing and similar phenomena might be thought of as “complementary cognition” and “integrative perception.”

We know now that there are practical applications for this human capacity, not only in the defense and intelligence areas, but also in public health and safety, health care, education, creative activities and a wide range of human endeavors.

And, many believe that we are rediscovering and becoming familiar with a human trait that is actually ancient and basic. Our long-ago ancestors needed robust “situation awareness” to survive. In fact, all creatures do. Could sixth-sense awareness be a survival mechanism just like many other characteristics we possess?

Cultures like Native Americans found value in various kinds of consciousness such as dreams, visions and signs. Can these, too, be forms of a sixth sense?

The five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste are only part of the story. Thinking with our logical minds and biological brains only takes us so far. When we listen to our hearts, we are probably more on target.

And when we combine our experiences through physical, sensory, mental, emotional, spiritual and sixth-sense awareness, maybe we will make significant progress, reach a tipping point and make a breakthrough in human consciousness.

The IRVA Conference 2014 is sure to be a step in the right direction.

For more information, visit the IRVA Conference 2014 website and the main IRVA website.
            

Friday, March 21, 2014

Profound implications of ‘Phoenix lights’ UFO case explored in film event


By Steve Hammons

Are we ready for the next steps of knowledge and understanding about leading-edge and forward-leaning scientific, psychological and spiritual discovery connected with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and other unusual topics?

The annual screening of the award-winning documentary film “The Phoenix Lights” in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 16, along with comments by special guests present, provided opportunities for the audience to consider the possibilities involved with the 1997 case and the many apparent connections to it.

People around the world are familiar with the March 13, 1997 sighting of very large object or craft gliding slowly over the metro Phoenix area that evening. But not everyone realizes that there may have been multiple objects in Phoenix’s skies that night, and that glowing amber orbs have been seen in the Phoenix region in years before and since.

Unconventional flying objects and other unusual situations have also been reported (and often seen and experienced but not reported) throughout Arizona, including Sedona, the Navajo Nation, Hopi lands and the Four Corners area.

These kinds of phenomena may go back years, decades or centuries. Some of them may be a very natural part of life in the American Southwest and elsewhere on Earth.

It seems that we are now getting more educated about many of these discoveries. Yet, there are still mysterious unknowns about what is going on.

PHYSICIAN STEPS UP TO THE PLATE

Lynne Kitei, M.D., writer-producer-director of “The Phoenix Lights” film (based on her book), hosted the recent gathering at a Scottsdale movie theater, shared insights with the those present and introduced several guest speakers who made brief comments and responded to questions from the audience. The co-producer of the film, Steve Lantz of Steve Lantz Productions, also participated in the event.

Kitei noted that two years before the 1997 incident, she observed large, glowing amber orbs near the Estrella Mountains on the south side of Phoenix. Other people in the Phoenix and Arizona region have also reported seeing orbs of various sizes and types.

The audience learned that the Spanish word “estrella” means “star” and that local Indians have long-believed that the “star people” come and go in the area of the Estrella Mountains.

When the main Phoenix lights incident occurred in 1997, Kitei also saw the huge object or craft, along with thousands of others in the Phoenix metro area. She and many others came forward and reported what they had witnessed that evening.

Even the governor of the state at the time eventually revealed that he, too, had seen a huge boomerang-shaped craft gliding silently and slowly at a very low altitude over Phoenix.

The lights and/or a boomerang-shaped object were reportedly witnessed earlier that evening northwest of Phoenix in Henderson, Nevada, (metro Las Vegas), then in Kingman in the northwest corner of Arizona, and in Prescott, Arizona, before appearing over the northwest corner of metro Phoenix heading southeast.

Since Kitei had been involved in health-education media production projects and had a background in the performing arts as well as health care, she subsequently made significant public efforts to explore, communicate and educate about what occurred that night.

Her book “The Phoenix Lights: A Skeptic's Discovery That We Are Not Alone” and the documentary film were part of the results of those efforts.

At the film event, Kitei also shared interesting and funny inside stories about her small role as “Florence Arizona” in the quirky1987 Coen Brothers’ movie “Raising Arizona” starring Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter and John Goodman. The movie was filmed at locations throughout the Phoenix region.

GUESTS PROVIDE INSIGHT

Other special guests at the annual film screening included Rebecca Hardcastle, Ph.D., proponent of a concept called “exoconsciousness.” Hardcastle explained that exoconsciousness is the study and development of certain communication skills that include awareness about and telepathy with advanced beings of various kinds.

Jim Dilesttoso, a multi-skilled technical expert who was prominently featured in the film, was also present. He had analyzed photos of the Phoenix lights incident using advanced technical equipment. Dilettoso determined that the lights were not military flares dropped during training of A-10 “Warthog” aircraft at the nearby defense gunnery range south of Luke Air Force Base that night.

Dilettoso noted that he has also conducted other interesting research into unusual phenomena in the Four Corners region.

Two law enforcement officers from the Navajo Nation, Navajo Rangers John Dover and Stan Milford, told the audience about several types of unusual situations they have investigated over the years. These incidents included, but were not limited to UFOs, they said.

Their investigations as peace officers indicate to them that modern physics theories are consistent with ancient Navajo oral history indicating that there may be multiple dimensions, some of which are invisible to us at this time.

An elder and medicine man from the Zuni nation in New Mexico, Clifford Mahooty, explained that the “star people” have been around for a long time, in his view. Mahooty also compared the ability to perceive the star people, other anomalous phenomena and the concept of multiple dimensions with tuning a radio to different stations on the AM and FM frequency bands.

Officers of the Arizona Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), State Director Jim Mann and Assistant State Director Stacey Wright, told the audience about the missions, roles and investigations that MUFON carries out. Chief Investigator for Arizona MUFON Dennis Freyermuth was also introduced.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Some people have speculated that there must have been a purpose for the March 13, 1997, flyover. By all accounts, it was a UFO sighting that had special aspects to it. The case remains unique among decades of worldwide UFO sightings due to the large number of witnesses observing the object(s) for a prolonged period of time over a major well-known city.

Why did it occur in the early- and mid-evening hours on a pleasant evening when many Phoenix-area residents were already outside looking to the skies for a view of the much-publicized Hale-Bopp comet that was expected to provide quite a show?

One possible answer that has been put forward: The flyover was a planned show of a different kind, even more spectacular than seeing the Hale-Bopp comet. It may have been a demonstration, a test or a preparation.

This is consistent with theories and accounts that various kinds of acclimation efforts and activities may have been underway since the 1940s, at least in the U.S., to prepare us for new discoveries that could be surprising.

And why Phoenix and Arizona? There are certain demographic factors that may play a part. These include a population of people who have moved to the area from all over the U.S. and other countries to enjoy the sunny skies and warm weather. There is also a rich mixture of different cultures and a large Native American population with several tribes.

Thousands of visitors and tourists from around the U.S. and around the world visit Arizona each year to view the Grand Canyon and the many other beautiful sights in the state.

Another aspect of the area is the unique geography and biodiversity of the southern Arizona Sonoran Desert and the beautiful mountains in the state.

The geology of the Sedona area, a relatively short drive north of metro Phoenix, includes combinations of quartz, iron oxide and volcanic-related structures that reportedly create unique magnetic energy fields and vortexes. Some people speculate that these energy fields may affect human consciousness and could have other significant effects.

Whatever the reasons, it seems wise to be prepared for further developments in Arizona, public or more discreet, that will continue to allow us to discover and learn, and to develop as more advanced beings ourselves.

The general public, news and entertainment media, public health and safety agencies, defense and intelligence personnel, kids and senior citizens, and all of us probably benefit from increased readiness for continuing interesting unconventional developments.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

UFOs over Arizona: Film event planned for ‘Phoenix lights’ anniversary


By Steve Hammons

(This article was featured 3/16/14 in “Knapp’s News” on the Coast to Coast AM radio show website. "Coast" has the largest late-night radio audience in the US. Award-winning investigative journalist George Knapp of KLAS-TV News in Las Vegas is a popular "C2C" host.)

In the 1977 movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” the character of French researcher Claude Lacombe (based on Jacques Vallee), played by director and actor Francois Truffaut, tries to explain to a U.S. Army Special Forces officer why several civilians were brought to the secret temporary base at Devils Tower, Wyoming.

Lacombe says to the officer, “Major Walsh, it is an event sociologique." That is, it is a “sociological event” and the civilians are somehow part of it, Lacombe tells Walsh.

The same can be said about the situation in the mid-evening hours of March 13, 1997, in the Phoenix, Arizona, region. It also was, and is now, an “event sociologique.” 

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, its origins, development, organizations and institutions.

The appearance of one or multiple very large objects or craft of some kind flying low and slow over the city triggered a sociological event in the Phoenix-area “Valley of the Sun” and throughout the U.S. and the world.

This was because hundreds or thousands of Phoenix-area residents reported witnessing the object(s) and called police, newspapers, local TV and radio stations, and reportedly, the nearby Luke Air Force Base on the west side of metro Phoenix. Local news coverage was quickly picked up by national and international media outlets and “the Phoenix lights” incident joined scores of other significant UFO cases.

READY OR NOT

Now, 17 years later, the award-winning documentary film “The Phoenix Lights” will be shown at a special presentation Sunday, March 16, 1 pm, at the Harkins Shea 14 theatre in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event will also include speakers and discussions about the UFO phenomena and related research and discoveries.

The 2005 film by writer-director-producer Lynne Kitei, MD, in association with Steve Lantz Productions, is based on Kitei’s bestselling book of the same name.

Were the large objects or craft over Phoenix ours, “theirs,” some combination of the two or something even more surprising? If the objects were those of visitors from elsewhere, which visitors are involved? What were the reasons for the apparent flyovers that would clearly and dramatically be seen by so many Arizonans? Was the flyover meant to provide acclimation and orientation for the public?

These kinds of questions are sure to be considered and discussed at the upcoming showing of “The Phoenix Lights” film.

The questions of readiness and preparedness also seem relevant for public health and safety personnel as well as civilian and military pilots and air traffic controllers. 

Many safety-related topics were addressed in the 1992 firefighter training book "Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control" by Charles Bahme and William Kramer. Although most of the book addresses conventional firefighter and public safety challenges, the authors also include a fascinating chapter titled “Disaster Control and UFOs."

The authors provide background and insight about the UFO phenomena and focus on safety issues in the section "Adverse Potential of UFOs." According to Bahme and Kramer, the two main dangers associated with UFO encounters include powerful, unusual energy fields and psychological effects.

They say that potential hazards include exposure to radiation as well as other energy fields, rays and beams. Physical injuries have been reported. In some cases, these energy fields are involved in the disruption of communications, vehicle and aircraft functioning, and power grid operations.

Psychological and emotional impacts can include disorientation, anxiety, confusion and a hypnotic or paralyzing state, according to the authors. Some researchers indicate that unusual feelings, perceptions, impressions or perceived communications can be associated with these kinds of situations.

In addition, we might consider that human neurological functioning could be affected. This could be intentional by use of some technology or inadvertently due to our proximity to quantum or anomalous natural energies associated with UFOs and certain other unusual phenomena.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS

There have been other significant UFO incidents before and since that evening of March 13, 1997, in the Phoenix area. Yet, the Phoenix lights case still stands out because of the large number of witnesses in a major city who reported clearly seeing a low-flying large object over an extended period of time.

In the Phoenix incident and beyond, the coordination of the UFO situation, along with other remarkable discoveries, probably involves extensive activities of many kinds. Among these activities, key goals probably include improving preparedness and readiness of the general public, news media, and public health and safety officials.

There has been reasonable speculation over the years that certain elements of the U.S. government and/or organizations related to the federal government may have been tasked with handling aspects of various unconventional phenomena, including UFOs.

In “Close Encounters,” the character of Major Walsh and other U.S. Army personnel are portrayed as being Army Special Forces (Green Berets) from the 5th Special Forces Group, as noted by the unit patches worn in the movie.

As many military history buffs know, Army Special Forces traces its roots back to the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

And, in a publicity photo from the set of the movie, Steven Spielberg (a Phoenix resident himself during his teenage years) is seen talking with Francois Truffaut while Spielberg is wearing a Vietnam War-era camouflage Army shirt with Army Special Forces shoulder patches clearly visible.

To some observers, these subtle factors raise questions about the involvement of Army Special Forces in unconventional activities associated with UFOs, assuming Spielberg had inside information. 

In fact, the mysterious red-suited 12-person team in “Close Encounters” has even been linked to reports of a real-life exchange program.

And like the successful outcome of the special operation in “Close Encounters,” maybe the Phoenix lights incident and our continuing examination of it will also lead to similar important and helpful developments, and to a positive “event sociologique” for the human race.

Arizonans attending the special showing of “The Phoenix Lights” film will be doing their part by learning more and sharing viewpoints about one of the most amazing UFO cases in recent years, and helping us prepare for what comes next.

About the event: The annual screening of the award-winning documentary film “The Phoenix Lights” is on Sunday, March 16, at 1 pm, at the Scottsdale Harkins Shea 14 Cinema, 7354 E. Shea Blvd. Tickets are available at the normal prices. Included in the event are special guests, Q&A sessions and book-signing. For more information, visit The Phoenix Lights website. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Public orientation, education on UFOs enters new phase?


By Steve Hammons

In subtle ways, information available to the general public about UFOs and other emerging scientific developments may be morphing.

Some of what used to be absolutely top secret might now be considered appropriate for public education and preparedness. Other information will undoubtedly remain classified and restricted, probably for a number of reasons.

In the late 1940s (July 1947 to be exact), media coverage and public awareness on the UFO topic suddenly expanded with international news reports about the Roswell crash. Just days later, journalists and the public were told that the crashed and recovered “saucer” was actually just a weather balloon that had been misidentified by the Army Air Force base intelligence officers and commanding officer at Roswell Army Air Field.

Some researchers claim that shortly after and as decades rolled on, certain governmental and related efforts were put into motion. These activities reportedly may have included obtaining more information about the UFO situation, acquiring advanced technology, identifying scientific implications and assessing possible threats.

In addition, a security blanket over the UFO subject was allegedly established. Compartmentalization and information restrictions as well as need-to-know guidelines were implemented.

Activities to attempt to handle and coordinate the UFO situation may have included downplaying the subject in the news media. UFO researchers reportedly were monitored. Various approaches may have been used to manage public information on UFOs and related matters, including influencing movies, TV, books and other media platforms.

SCIENCE, SOCIETY, MEDIA

In 2014, there seem to be indications that some of these goals and methods may have changed somewhat. Did everyone get the memo? 

It’s challenging to turn a big ship around. In this case, the “big ship” could be the decades of certain governmental policies, media coverage, along with public information and understanding, or lack of it.

By its nature, the UFO situation is reported to be quite sensitive and complex. There is probably more to the story than just intelligent beings from another planet visiting us. Some scientists and other researchers appear to believe that the UFO phenomena are related to a much bigger picture about the physics of the Universe.

Our world, our Universe and our very consciousness are reportedly part of new discoveries and insights. 

There seems to be an ongoing process of learning more, comparing notes, investigating and being open to valid new information and perspectives.

Steady, gradual and appropriate public education on UFOs and related matters might have been going on at some level for many decades. At the same time, governmental or other groups and organizations may have had varied viewpoints and used different methods in trying to learn more and handle this situation.

Separating the information that is suitable for the general public from that which is classified or inappropriate for the public will undoubtedly be a continuing task. There will probably also be differences of opinion about what the public has a need to know, and what the public can handle and understand.

Are individual journalists, the news media and the entertainment media doing their part to assist in these efforts? 

Many mainstream news organizations, national and local, seem to occasionally try to cover these topics in reasonable ways. Some individual journalists have covered UFOs well, whether it’s a breaking news story of a credible UFO sighting or more in-depth investigation and analysis.

The marked increase in TV entertainment programming on UFOs and other scientific issues appears to reflect strong public interest. Many media producers' creative experiments are bringing important information on these subjects to audiences in effective ways.

Worthwhile news and entertainment media efforts seem  to have very important parts to play, along with other educational activities of various kinds.

ORIENTATION DELICATE, IMPORTANT

Information and understanding about these leading-edge topics will most likely continue to expand in coming days, weeks, months and years. 

For people who are curious about the UFO phenomena and other edge-science topics, maybe we should be careful what we ask for. Some of these issues may have been kept secret for good reasons. 

It might not be easy or comfortable to deal with some of the facts involved.

At the same time, there may be potential for some very uplifting and hopeful developments to occur that are in some ways associated with UFOs and different kinds of forward-leaning scientific research.

If we were to attend a high-level briefing by people “in the know,” they might start out with, “I’ve got good news and bad news.” And, they might tell us the situation is actually somewhat mind-boggling in its scope and complexity. 

There may be a challenging learning curve that we are all facing.

Are we up to this task? Can individuals and societies handle new, amazing and complicated information, then adjust to it in appropriate ways? These are probably very legitimate questions … and the answers could be uncertain. 

This may be part of the reason why these kinds of scientific topics are so delicate, and why appropriate, gradual public orientation is so important.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Unusual phenomena, UFOs part of Arizona life


By Steve Hammons

From Arizona’s Sonoran Desert in the south, to the pine-covered mountains in the central part of the state, and the Navajo and Hopi lands in northeastern Arizona, unusual incidents seem to occur with some regularity.

When the 23rd annual International UFO Congress conference begins near Phoenix in mid-February, locals and visitors alike will certainly have plenty to see, do, experience and think about.

Past incidents, current and ongoing research, and possible future developments seem to provide a rich combination of interesting phenomena to explore and discuss.

The “Phoenix lights” case made headlines around the world when hundreds or maybe thousands of Phoenix-area residents (including the Arizona governor) reported seeing a huge V-shaped or boomerang-shaped object slowly cruise over the metro region at low altitude on the evening of March 13, 1997.

Up in Arizona’s mountains on Nov. 5, 1975, a resident of the small town of Snowflake, Travis Walton, was reportedly involuntarily taken aboard an unusual craft as he and his small work crew were leaving a nearby national forest. He showed up a few days later, apparently disoriented and, naturally, somewhat shocked.

And the town of Sedona and surrounding areas in the high desert have long been associated with unusual uplifting energy, strange phenomena and UFO sightings. 

Some of the unusual aspects of the Sedona area are theorized to be associated with the high content of iron oxide in the ground and beautiful red rock outcroppings in combination with substantial deposits of quartz, creating special energies of some kind.

NATIVE AMERICAN AND MILITARY PRESENCE

Many people are aware that Arizona is home to several Native American tribes and nations. The Navajo and Hopi lands are up near the “Four Corners.” Apache lands are on the eastern side of the Grand Canyon State. Even the metropolitan Phoenix area is home to several surrounding Native American tribes. And far southern Arizona near Tucson and the border with Mexico also includes Indian tribal lands.

UFO incidents along with other interesting phenomena have been reported on Native American lands in Arizona, including reports by tribal public safety officers and peace officers.

Arizona is also home to four major military installations: Luke Air Force Base on the west side of Phoenix, Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, the Fort Huachuca Army post in Sierra Vista south of Tucson and near Tombstone, and the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma on the border with California at the Colorado River. 

Back in the 1800s, Fort Huachuca was a post of African-American “Buffalo Soldiers” cavalry units. They and other Army units fought the Apaches in the region in some of the final major military actions against Native Americans in the Southwest.

When the 1997 Phoenix lights incident occurred, Luke AFB was involved in important ways. Residents, news media and local officials reportedly contacted the base for information about the strange, huge object.

Later that evening, military flares were dropped at the Air Force practice range south of Luke, reportedly part of activities of a visiting Air National Guard unit. Reports that fighter jets from Luke were scrambled in response to the Phoenix lights object were never confirmed by Luke officials.

The Phoenix lights object had entered Phoenix air space at the northwest corner of the metropolitan area, heading on a diagonal southeasterly course and cruising slowly over the city. When it exited Phoenix, the object was reportedly heading in the direction of Tucson.

VISITORS WELCOME

Speakers and attendees at the International UFO Congress next month will be in good company in Arizona.

People from around the country and around the world (and maybe from other worlds) visit the state to experience its many wonders such as the Grand Canyon, the central Arizona mountains, the Sedona area and the rugged Sonoran Desert with its unique animal and plant life, including the famous saguaro cactus which grows only in the Sonoran Desert.

College students also come to Arizona from all over to attend one of the three major state universities (Arizona State University in metro Phoenix, University of Arizona in Tucson and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff) or private higher education institutions.

And several prominent astronomical observatories are located in southern Arizona.

When the snow falls in winter, the state’s mountain ski areas ramp up for an influx of skiers. Meanwhile, even in the winter months, people living in or visiting Arizona’s desert regions can still enjoy warm, sunny weather. That’s why the visitors from the northern areas of the country and Canada (called "snowbirds") arrive in Arizona at the start of every winter and depart in the spring.

Seeing and experiencing the many fascinating aspects of Arizona draws seasonal visitors as well as people who decide to live in the state full-time.

Enjoying and treasuring the natural beauty of Arizona is an experience shared by millions of people. From the special energy of Sedona to fascinating sightings in Arizona’s skies, maybe these interesting phenomena are integral parts of Arizona's natural beauty.