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ETs And UFOs,
Matters Of Faith and Religion
Many excerpts on this page and subsequent
section of LCM were taken from my book;
The Final Empire
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Because of my visit at Green Bank, and also
because of what the 3M tech I met in St. Paul had told me about a strange place somewhere
in the desert of Nevada or California, my interests in ETs and UFOs continued to increase
well into the mid seventies.
One day, when I happened to be looking
through some of the UFO literature I had gathered, I was first introduced to the silliest
notion I had ever encountered. Could God actually have been an astronaut from an
advanced civilization? I also noticed another weird notion presented in
some of the same literature. The notion was -- could UFOs actually be angels or
vehicles that carry angels?
These notions did indeed seem silly
first. But when I got past the laughing stage, I began to take a good hard look at the
logic and arguments. You know what? They began to make sense. I agreed with the reasoning
that said that if evolutionary advanced beings from another world had visited the Earth a
few thousand years ago, they probably would have seemed "godlike" to an
unsophisticated early Homo sapiens.
To my surprise some of the people that were
proposing these radical ideas were learned people in scientific circles. Some even sported
Ph.Ds and Masters degrees in different fields such as physics and science.
Some of these people had much more to lose
than gain by making these bold new concepts public. Yes, some of the people were also
considered crackpots and lunatics, but that did not deter me. I thought about my history
lessons that showed how some who had previously dared to consider the radical and had made
great discoveries as a result. Many of them were also often thought to be weird.
There were those who first considered such
things as the world being round instead of flat, the possibility of traveling to the moon,
or even the possibility of man being able to fly in heavier-than-air vehicles. I also
thought about the first person who dared to claim that the Earth was not the center of our
solar system, but the sun was instead. These people often not only put their reputations
on the line, but in some cases they lost their lives. The ones who suffered the most
seemed to be the ones labeled as heretics by the "church."
These admittedly strange new ideas were
only considered as possibilities by me initially. But eventually I began to look for
evidence to prove these notions were true. Consequently, my search broadened and ventured
into other closets of the strange.
Psychokinesis, mental telepathy, and other
aspects of ESP began to capture my interest. These subjects seemed to naturally fit with
the new ideas and notions which were beginning to change my old ways of thinking. I was
undergoing a complete paradigm shift in my thinking and concepts concerning the origin,
purpose, and nature of human-kind. This also precipitated my old concepts about God and
In most, if not all, of the UFO magazines,
I found ads for books and literature dealing with various things I now call the
"occult." Back in the seventies such material was often expressed in more benign
and scientifically acceptable terms of the 'paranormal.' It was this type of literature
that first introduced me to another potent notion; that within every human being lay
powerful latent psychic powers that were just waiting to be unleashed. It was also claimed
that any human could develop these inherent powers simply by increasing mental awareness
There were also concepts put forth about a
certain extraterrestrial group that was known as the 'Space Brothers.' It was claimed that
this benevolent and caring group was sending messages to certain types of human
individuals by mental telepathy. Their 'channeled messages' consistently warned about
supposedly upcoming cataclysmic changes that were going to come upon the Earth. But the
channelers would quickly offer the hope that the 'Space Brothers' were soon going to come
en masse in their flying saucers to take ready humans from off the Earth while 'She' (the
earth) went through a cleansing cycle. Even I considered most of this 'far out'
pun intended -- but in the back of my mind I wondered.
During this time of enlightenment in my
thinking I went to see a movie entitled Chariots of the Gods, which was based upon the
book by the same title by Eric Von Däniken. It reminded me of some of the previous literature I had read
which postulated how Jesus Christ had probably been an astronaut from another world. It
was beginning to "click" for me -- so it seemed. In effect, I was
developing a new religion.
In the early seventies
I had requested and began to receive monthly newsletters from NICAP (the National
Investigative Committee on Ariel Phenomenon). I had discovered this organization's name by
seeing it repeatedly in some of the more 'respectable' UFO literature. During the mid
seventies I ventured to write NICAP to inform them of my sincere interest in UFOs.
My letter to them contained a somewhat
glorified résumé of my past training, expertise, and background with the 3M Company and
Montgomery Wards. To my amazement, a few weeks later I received a package from
had been sent from their Maryland headquarters. The letter said they had appointed me as
an official investigator -- with West Virginia as my assigned territory! As was the case
with all of NICAP's field investigators, I was to serve on a volunteer basis.
I received official investigation forms and
guidelines in the package I received from NICAP. There was also an official NICAP
identification card having a space to affix my photograph. By the time I finished
it -- complete with lamination -- even Scully and Moulder would have been impressed!
In weeks and months that followed I
investigated several sightings in West Virginia and duly filed reports. I was also able to
speak officially to a numerous individuals about the top of UFOs. I was surprised to find
a significant percentage of the people that I encountered in everyday life that admitted
to having seen at least one UFO. Usually, these people would open up and talk only after I
showed them my NICAP I.D. card -- and only after they were convinced that I was not
going to laugh at their accounts.
After acting as an official representative
for NICAP for a couple of years, I began to become increasingly disillusioned. Even though
I filed several reports with NICAP I never received any type of feed-back. After a while,
I began to wonder if there was really anybody at their headquarters.
But that was not the only reason I was
becoming disillusioned. It seemed that no matter how close I looked, and no matter how
much I searched, meaningful satisfaction and real purpose was just around the next
corner -- but always just out of reach.
I longed for something obtainable, and
something that would provide what I needed. I needed to know who I was. I wanted to know
my purpose for existence. I wanted to know what destinies awaited me. I wanted to
understand the order and operation of the cosmos.
To make a long story
short, I finally found everything for which I was looking, and much much more!
Keep reading to see what I discovered.
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January 08, 2008.