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Are We Ready for Open Contact?

The modern era of Ufology is rich with stories of alien contact with humans. These contacts have been scattered throughout the world and made with people who have passed on messages from aliens. Some of the reports from these “contactees” have contained descriptions of aliens who were so human looking that it would be difficult to distinguish them from normal human beings. Should it be of no surprise then, to offer the notion that while people have been asking the question why don’t they land, that ET has been here all along right under our nose. Could it be that ET has been walking down the street, rubbing shoulders with us in the workplace, at social gatherings, sitting next to us on the bus, or even attending UFO meetings and/or conferences without our knowledge?

Who are they, where did they come from, why are they here are questions to which we still have no clear-cut answers to. Sighting reports continue, people report their close encounters, the governments and military are silent, the media doesn’t quite know what to say. ET is listening to us, looking at us, observing us. ET is here whether people acknowledge it or not. ET is not going away. The question remains – are we ready for open contact?
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What is Contact?

Perhaps it would be pertinent to qualify here what I mean by contact. UFO literature is rife with reports of contact with an array of alien beings. It appears the general public is having many different types of contact experiences including friendly contact, contact against their will (alien abductions), dream contact, channeled contact, and sightings. However the type of contact to which I refer is an open cultural exchange where humanity and aliens meet on equal terms presenting an equal opportunity for growth.

So far, contact with humanity appears to have been an alien initiative. In general, humans at large have not sought contact with aliens of other worlds. If we are to believe what we read, aliens are here, but it seems that humanity is having a problem showing up for its part of the contact process. Over the decades humans have done their best to bury their head in the sand hoping that the UFO phenomenon would go away. Scientists, military and governments have consistently denied the possibility of the existence of extra-terrestrial life, yet millions of people all over the world continue to see UFOs on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the world of ET has seeped into our western culture, slipped into our computer games, cartoons, commercial products, music and movies. A new generation has grown up around the ET phenomenon yet mankind as a race seems to be as oblivious to this permeation as he ever was, preferring to remain in deep denial about the UFO phenomenon.
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History of Human Contact

When we consider our own history and how first contact was made by different cultures we can see that humans don’t have a very good reputation for making the most of cultural exchanges. Historically, many nations weren’t ready for that contact and more times than not cultures were lost, or at least hijacked, because of that lack of readiness. One such example is that of the incursion of European civilisation into the Americas. The native American peoples inability to comprehend and adequately respond to the complexity and danger of the white man culminated in the rapid decimation of their population and devastating loss of their culture. Another example of cultural decimation due to contact was with the Spanish conquistadors and the Aztecs. Within a short time of Spanish feet setting down on South American soil, less than 1000 Spaniards overcame 300,000 Aztecs through the Aztec’s inability to be prepared for such an exchange. The once glorious Aztec culture soon disappeared.

Sometimes the cultural contacts began as covetous behaviour with one culture realizing what a bounty they had come across, eventually ending in outright plunder. At other times nations wanted to make contact to impose their beliefs onto another which, as we know with the Christian missionaries, often ended in disaster. However, regardless of the ramifications, contact still occurred.
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What Do We Want From Alien Contact

When we think of alien contact we most often think of what the aliens want, but perhaps it would be wiser to start asking what we want from a contact experience. Whatever guidelines we set for ourselves will have a direct impact on future contact and how we progress from there.

We need to state clearly in our intentions of contact what values we want upheld and what standards we want met by both parties. We must decide who we want contact with, if they can be trusted, and a certain amount of proof of good intentions needs to be shown.

If we as a civilisation carry an attitude of “what can we get out of alien contact” then we are setting ourselves up for disaster. That is the same mentality that many of our earlier explorers carried with them. An example of this already happening could very well be the alien abduction experiences, wherein aliens may possibly appear to be approaching contact with what they can “get” out of it. We need to change our previous approach to one of mutuality and in doing so prepare to bring our best, not our worst, to that exchange. If we decide on bringing and expecting the best to that contact wouldn’t that be more conducive to a positive experience? Of course at this stage of our development we are still trying to discover what our best is.

For the kind of contact we would like with an alien species which is much more than physical proximity, extending some quality of depth from ourselves to another will not only be necessary but conducive to a first contact experience. We need to feel and look beyond the surface of the encounter to sense whatever underlying energies or qualities may be there and how or whether to engage with them. We need to sense the underlying connections we may or may not share. This too can only be done at a deeper level and again may rely on us developing more of ourselves than we already understand.

After first contact, as we progress, we begin to develop a relationship. But human relationships, as we know from experience, contain anticipations, projections, hopes, expectations, fears along with other qualities. Can we bring these components to a human/alien relationship? Are these ingredients for success?
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Looking Into The Mystery

How well we understand the UFO phenomenon will depend largely on our willingness to embrace our new discoveries, both personally and collectively. If we continue to deny aspects of the alien phenomenon because we aren’t “ready” to see them, then we will never understand it.

To date, hard core researchers have based their findings on the physical data alone and tended to deny the “other-worldly” aspects of the phenomenon. It is true that investigators need to collect some static background material but if that is all we collect then our understanding will remain just as static as the material. And isn’t that what until now has happened? By trying to play it safe and remain “scientific” in our approach, researchers have inadvertently anchored our understanding of the phenomenon so that we continue to go round and round in circles.

We can no longer continue to only collect the “hard” data in relation to UFOs, that is, being willing to only recognize and deal with the “nuts and bolts” side of UFO research. It is necessary for us to also look at its mysteriousness. In general, up until now, we haven’t been willing to do this.

In the book UFOs and the Psychic Factor, Ida Kannenberg states “we need many people to unravel the UFO mystery, the hard fact man, the behaviourist and the psychic explorer because each contact experience is enormously complex, representing many levels of meaning, various conditions of reality and accomplishing a whole multitude of ends, all of this lying under the surface of the event itself. It is like a ball of string that someone has been collecting for years with many strands all lying in a crisscross, back and forth, in and out fashion, forming a geometric design of meaning and purpose.” To the previous list I would also include the philosopher, historian, healer, spiritual seeker and so on.
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Preparing for Contact

In asking ourselves if we are ready for open contact perhaps we should be asking if we make “contact” with our own species, do we do it well and can we expect to do any better with an alien race? Another question to ponder is are we in contact with ourselves or are there parts of us that we are still yet to acknowledge?

The open contact of which I speak will demand the best in humanity to step forward, leaving behind egos, closed-mindedness and encrusted world-views, but is this possible at the moment? One only has to be a student of life to find the answer to that question. It becomes glaringly obvious that the step for mankind from where we are in our development to being ready for open contact is like a yawning cavern, almost unbridgeable. Yet the seeds for readiness are already planted within humanity’s consciousness otherwise we wouldn’t be discussing the matter. All they need is a bit of water and sunlight and they will begin to shoot and bear fruit. As we prepare to become a space faring society, it is inevitable that we make contact with other cultures but we must do the work and be prepared for that contact. Although collectively mankind may not be ready for open contact there are those among us who want this and are willing to work towards it.
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What Disclosure Asks Of Us

Although Dr Steven Greer has set the Disclosure Project in motion, it should be understood that the Disclosure Project is only the beginning. The truth about ETs will impact the lives of many, including those within the UFO community, in ways that we as yet do not fully comprehend. The flow-on effects, if not correctly integrated as they reveal themselves, will leave many in the general population struggling in the depths of full-blown ontological shock. Many UFO researchers, at one time or other, have already found themselves dealing with this process at varying degrees with members of the general public. We already understand how an upset in people’s world view can leave them grappling with a fractured reality which can take years to heal. Consequently, it becomes even more important that those who think they are prepared for full disclosure and open contact make sure of it so as to create a stabilizing influence in society.

There will be many areas of our life that contact will affect, calling into question much that we presume about our place in the universe, our global status and our very identity. While many are already on the path of reassessing these questions, they are but a handful. Inevitably, when open contact happens we will have to face the discomfort of changing our consensual reality over and over again until a new collective world-view emerges. This may be fast or slow but if UFO disclosure is to be successful, this is a process that must happen.

So far, the human tendency has been to childishly refuse to grow up and take responsibility for who we are, what we become and what we want to accomplish with our own destiny. Disclosure is asking humanity to reverse this inclination and finally mature. We are entering another phase of existence complete with greater problems and greater challenges, but we will have to face these if we are to enter the larger cosmic community and fulfill our birthright to evolve into cosmic citizens.

Although the process of dealing with open contact seems much out of our own hands, there are a few things that we can do. Following is a selection of some of the ways that individuals may prepare themselves for contact and hopefully the domino effect will flow on to others.

1. Recognize the shortcomings of our own mind. No matter how far out some things may appear we must remember that we have not yet fully developed all the conceptual tools necessary to understand everything we will ever know. This often makes some discoveries appear to be untrue, unreal or even impossible. Very often we see defects in what others say but in truth the defect could exist in our own lack of understanding.

2. Develop a willingness to embrace our new discoveries. We need to make room in our consciousness for new concepts and discoveries to take hold. How well we understand new developments depends on the flexibility of our minds and our willingness to embrace the changes that those discoveries will bring.

3. Be on the lookout for beliefs that are past their use by dates. Gather realistic notions about the true nature of things and replace inappropriate and outdated notions drummed into society by cultural conditioning when necessary. Reality, as actually experienced, is far from what scientists may want us to believe. Their proposition is often just an abstraction of a fuller experience and usually does not equate with what we feel and sense.

4. Be in open contact with ourselves. Search for parts of us yet to be discovered and work towards developing ourselves so we are more complete. Contact will demand our best and require us to dig down deeply within ourselves to find it.

This is just a small selection from a much greater and ever expanding list.

The transition for our society from one of non-extraterrestrial awareness to full throttle interaction with our cosmic neighbourhood could be likened to a pole-shift in consciousness. If it happens extremely quickly, it may be too fast for full integration to occur having catastrophic ramifications. If it happens slowly and steadily it could integrate harmoniously into our newly acquired world-view. How we deal with either possibility will be of our own choosing. Until such time there is a lot of work to be done in preparation.

References:
The New Being Project http://www.wclynx.com/bus/newbeing/index.htm
UFOs And The Psychic Factor by Ida M. Kannenberg 1992 Wild Flower Press, Oregon

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