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					UFO Spiritualities
                                                     UFO
   50% of North Americans
    believe in UFOs                              Spiritualities
   Two main belief systems
    in broader UFO
    movement:
         •UFOS as alien technology – secret
         reconnaissance, biological/medical
         experiments, government conspiracy

         •UFOs as space craft and/or psychic
         manifestation of alien spirit guides,
         visiting earth with spiritual agenda



    • Most of those who believe in UFOs hold first
    belief system; both belief systems contribute to
    UFO spiritualities
          Historical Influences


   Seeing strange objects in the sky is a
    universal phenomenon
   Carl Jung suggests UFOs = spiritual/ religious
    archetype - perfection
   Objects in sky always interpreted within
    language & metaphors of the age – gods,
    demons, angels, space ships
   Today technology dominates our world: is that
    why we interpret UFOs as technological
    space craft?
              19th Century Sightings




                         Cigar-shaped UFO over race-track, 1910

   In 19th Century, precursors to both UFOs as technology camp, and aliens as
    spirit guides camp.
   Nov. 1896- May 1997, Alabama to Michigan to California – “airships” sighted
   Cigar-shaped, propellers and/or wings, brightly lit, with people glimpsed inside
   Often landed to make repairs, asking witnesses for wrenches and water.
   Powered by “condensed electricity”
   Estimated speed = 150 miles per hour; could fly against direction of wind, stop
    and start at will.
   These sightings set pattern for 20th century sightings
    19th Century Extraterrestrial spirit
                  guide
   Helene Smith
   Traveled in trance to Mars
   Points in common between
    Smith’s experience and other
    19th & early 20th c. contactee
    experiences:
       Took place in our solar system
        (Mars, Venus, Moon, etc.)
       Took place via psychic means
        (trance, astral travel, seances)
       Communication with
        extraterrestrials via telepathy
       Message of Extraterrestrials is
        metaphysical
   These contacts set pattern for
    later 20th century contacts.
         Kenneth Arnold Sighting
   June 24, 1947.
   Air rescue pilot, deputy
    sheriff, sees nine “metallic
    looking objects” while
    searching for downed plane
    over Mt. Rainier,
    Washington
   Estimated their speed at
    (impossible for 1947) 1700
    miles per hour
   Reports sighting; reporters
    waiting to question him. He
    says they flew like “saucers          Kenneth Arnold with
    skipping over water” –         US President Dwight D. Eisenhower
    invention of term “flying
    saucer”
            Kenneth Arnold Sighting
   Arnold sighting important
    for three reasons:
         First, respected witness –
         story considered reliable
         Second, Invention of term
         “flying saucer” – gave
         believers and skeptics a
         label to put on UFOs – also,
         term implies “artificial”:
         saucers, after all, don’t skip
         without help
         Third, encouraged other
         witnesses to report sightings
         – 850 sightings reported in
         1947.
             Roswell, New Mexico
   Most famous UFO sighting:
    July 2-3, 1947
   Bright glowing disk spotted in
    sky on evening of July 2nd.
   July 3rd, rancher William “Mac”
    Brazil finds “metallic” wreckage
    scattered across his fields near
    town of Corona, New Mexico
   Reports finding to nearest
    military base: 509th Bomb
    Group Intelligence Office at
    Roswell Field. They send
    investigator, Major Jesse
    Marcel, who collects
    wreckage.
                                       Major Jesse Marcel with Roswell wreckage
               Roswell, New Mexico
   Wreckage includes metallic foil
    that cannot be dented or burned;
    small beams with “hieroglyphic
    writing”
   Commander of Roswell base,
    Colonel William Blanchard, issues
    press release stating Air Force
    had recovered wreckage of
    crashed flying disk.
   Commander of 8th Air force,
    General Roger Ramey, issues a
    retraction: it wasn’t flying saucer, it
    was a weather balloon.
   Weather balloon story revised by
    US Government in 1994: not just
    any balloon, a top secret weather
    balloon! (with nuclear blast
    detector)

                                              Colonel William Blanchard with memo
                                              and wreckage
   Reconstructed July 8, 1947 Gen. Ramey Roswell Message
   Copyright © 2001 by David Rudiak, All Rights Reserved
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                                       ARMY CABLE BELL CBL
    17:13 CST
    A) URGENT
    B) HQAAF
    C) WASHINGTON
    D) 8 JUL 1947
    E) VANDENBERG
    F) FROM: HQ 8TH AAF
    G) SUB: ROSWELL
   0) FWAAF ACKNOWLEDGES THAT A "DISK" IS NEXT NEW FIND WEST OF

   1) THE CORDON. AT LOCATION WAS A WRECK NEAR OPERATION AT THE
           IN ADDITION   "POD"
   2) "RANCH" AND THE VICTIMS OF THE WRECK YOU FORWARDED TO THE

   3) ??TEAM AT FORT WORTH, TEX.

   4) AVIATORS IN THE "DISC" THEY WILL SHIP FOR A1-8TH ARMYAMHC

   5) BY B29-ST OR C47. WRIGHT AF ASSESS AIRFOIL AT ROSWELL. ASSURE
                                                               ASSIST FLY-OUT
   6) THAT CIC/TEAM SAID THIS MISSTATE MEANING OF STORY AND THINK

   7) LATE TODAY NEXT SENT OUT PR OF WEATHER BALLOONS WOULD FARE
   8) BETTER IF THEY ADD LAND DEMORAWIN CREWS.
                                          stage
             Barney Barnett Sighting
   July 3, 1947
   Barney Barnet was government
    geologist doing survey work.
   Spotted crashed UFO about 120
    miles from Roswell: 4 alien bodies
    inside
   Aliens 3.5 – 4 ft tall, slim, hairless,
    big heads, 4 fingers – classic
    “grey” aliens
   Group of people claiming to be
    anthropologists arrive, take              Crashed UFO with Alien body – origin unknown
    charge of site, tell Barnet to keep
    quiet.
   He tells only one person, best
    friend Vern Maltais.
   Maltais later makes story public
                 MJ 12 Document
   Reputedly a top secret government
    document prepared for President-elect
    Dwight D. Eisenhower, informing him
    about “Operation Majestic-12” – a
    secret operation designed to study
    extraterrestrial contact.
   Reports on recovery of crashed Roswell
    UFO
   Delivered anonymously to documentary
    film producer Jaime Shandera in
    December 1984.
   Controversy regarding document mainly
    focuses on recipient rather than
    document
   Roswell crash, Barnett sighting, MJ-12    Jaime Shandera
    documents all now linked to “prove”
    UFOs exist, aliens are here,
    government conspiracy of silence.        MJ-12 Document
UFO Spiritualities

  Historical Influences, II
         Contactee
        Phenomenon

 Contactees  are those who claim to have
 met, and spoken with, extraterrestrial
 visitors to earth

    three most famous are: George
 The
 Adamski, Daniel Fry, and Billy Meier
             George Adamski



Saw   and photographed UFOs in
1947
Contact with extraterrestrials in
1952
Blond-haired ET from Venus
Concerned about nuclear testing
Flying Saucers have Landed
(1953)
Inside the Space Ships (1955)
             Daniel
              Fry
 Contacted by UFO July
  4, 1950 at White Sands,
  New Mexico
 A-lan, extraterrestrial
  on mothership
 Concerned about
  Nuclear testing
 White Sands Incident
                             Billy
                             Meier
Famous   for photos as well as contactee
experiences: Billy Meier photo featured in
Muldar’s “I want to Believe” poster in The X-
Files
Telepathic contact with extraterrestrials in
1975
Semjase – pilot of UFO, Pleiadian, “nordic”
(blonde, beautiful)
Ptaah – father of Semjase, captain of
mothership
Pleiadians are our genetic ancestors, here
to watch over us – responsible for birth of
Adam, Jesus
                  Other 1950’s
                   Contactees
 Truman Bethurum – meets Aura Rhanes
  from planet Clarion, here to help stop our
  moral & physical self destruction
 Orfeo Angelucci – meets “space brother”
  here to document human spiritual
  evolution. Experiences missing time, past
  life memories
 Howard Menger – first contact as a child,
  reincarnated being from Jupiter, here to
     Contactee Pattern

  Travel via UFOs (not psychic, astral
  travel)
 All extraterrestrials from planets without
  war, poverty, prejudice
 All here with message of cosmic love
 All concerned about nuclear self-
  destruction
 Clear precursors to channeling/contactee
  “camp” within UFO movement
 1960’s Phenomenon
 Most famous abductees
  Betty and Barney Hill
 September 19, 1961 – 2.5
  hours missing time
 Stress-related symptoms
  – nightmares, ulcers
      Betty and Barney Hill
 December     1963, go to (skeptical)
  hypnotist, recall abduction
  experience
    Telepathic compulsion
    Medical exams
    Grey aliens (Zeta Reticulus)
 Details of abduction not released until
  1966
         Betty and Barney Hill



   Well-respected, interracial couple
   Did not announce experience publicly –
    published by researcher John Fuller in The
    Interrupted Journey (1966)
   Opened door for other abductees to come
    forward – narratives all very similar
   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms –
    never known to be associated with imagined
    stress – something genuinely stressful
    happened to abductees
Betty Hill Interview


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  Ancient Astronaut Theory
Erich von Daniken
Religions of the world tell stories of
alien/human contact
Gods, angels, demons, etc. really just
extraterrestrial beings
Evidence of these visitations to be found
in archeological & sacred text sources
Paleo-SETI research
         Erich von Daniken
   Born 1935 in Switzerland
   Chariots of the Gods?
    (1968)
   Chariots of the Gods?
    (Film-1973)
   The Return of the Gods
    (1997)
   Controversial figure –
    criminal record for
    embezzling, accusations of
    misrepresentation of
    sources
         Erich von Daniken
   Argues Extraterrestrials came to earth following
    battle elsewhere
   They genetically engineered humans using own
    DNA
   Set humans up in protected biosphere
   Power struggle on mothership results in rebels
    being exiled to earth, where they interbreed with
    humans – disrupt genetic experiment
   Captain of ship sends flood using meteor, wipes
    out tainted humans, saves “pure” humans by
    telling them how to build ship
   Alien ship remains in orbit, watching us
           Erich von Daniken
 Does not intend theory to be
  “religious” – intends it as science
 Attempt to dismantle
  “superstitions” of religion.
 However, he has been hugely
  influential on UFO spirituality
  movement:
       Prehistoric contact with
        extraterrestrials
       Genetic link to extraterrestrials
       Ongoing interest of aliens in our
        evolution

				
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