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Third Australian National UFO Conference Review

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2003 Brisbane Australia

Reviewer: Sheryl Gottschall

The National UFO conference for 2003 was hosted by UFO Research Queensland in Brisbane and held at the Italo-Australian Centre.

Saturday began with opening remarks and an official welcome by UFORQ’s Chairperson Tino Pezzimenti. Following this was Tino’s reading of an announcement by Mr Keith Basterfield from AURA in Adelaide. Keith was to be a conference speaker but was unable to attend the National Conference due to ill health. His planned presentation was entitled ‘Disclosure – An Australian Perspective’ and this was an exploration of the history of ‘disclosure’ in countries to date, a close look at the recent US project, a review of Australian disclosure and a proposed strategy for an Australian disclosure project. Keith’s announcement was in relation to the launch of ‘Disclosure Australia’. For more information about the project go to http://disclosure. freewebpage.org.

Lee Heather

The first speaker of the day was Lee Heather and his presentation was entitled ‘Remote Viewing ETs’. Lee is a registered nurse and was initially trained in remote viewing at the Farsight Institute in Atlanta in 1996, one year after it was declassified. He was the first person from Europe to train in the method and later also learnt other forms of remote viewing from some ex-military teachers. Lee began his presentation with an in depth description of the mechanics of remote viewing, which is a psychic spying technique. Many people confuse the technique with astral projection but it is more akin to bilocation. This is where one’s mind is so immersed at the target that visual impressions are received where the remote viewer is sitting rather than the viewer actually becoming out-of-body.

Lee began with a brief description of the mechanics of remote viewing followed by information gleaned by this technique relevant to UFO research. Some of the information he covered related to the Voyager satellite to Mars. Remotely viewed information showed that something lifted off from Mars, came towards the satellite, shone a beam onto the satellite to scan for life, found there was none and shut the satellite down. Another incident was the malfunctioning Phobos satellite. Remotely viewed information revealed that an object was next to the satellite and this was supported by a photograph taken by a Russian cosmonaut showing an object next to the satellite.

Lee went on to speak about crop circles and the video clips taken showing small spheres sometimes captured on video flying over them. Military remote viewers had previously revealed these spheres to be natural, semi-soft and not man-made. Other remotely viewed information declares that people are living under the surface of Mars in pressurised containers. These people know we have the ability to detect them but we are still a long way off from making contact with them. Finally, the CIA are aware that objects are lying all over the desert in the US and that UFOs are using these as guiding beacons.

Lee constantly stressed throughout his presentation that remotely viewed information should be taken lightly until such time as feedback or corroborating evidence confirms the information. Sometimes this may take up to ten years.

The next speaker (identity withheld) was ‘Paul’. Paul is a promising Disclosure witness and told an interesting story about an experience while in the Navy with HMAS Voyager. In 1962 Paul’s ship was travelling towards Bass Strait to pick up one of its officers. At the time of his watch he was in the conning tower receiving messages about course settings and directions. About half an hour after he began his watch he received an order to increase speed and change direction, then to increase speed up to three quarters and again change course. This speed was held for 20 minutes. He was then given another order to increase speed to full and make a further compass change. After 10 minutes of full speed at 40 knots he received another order to resume original speed and direction. Later, radar personnel advised they had picked up a metallic object travelling underwater which was quite large and the ship had given chase. It eventually disappeared off radar at over 100 knots. After half an hour the crew were given orders not to discuss the matter with the press and to keep quiet about it. Unfortunately the ships log and records went down with the ship in 1965 and the captain is now deceased.

Rex Gilroy

Following Paul was well-known author and researcher Rex Gilroy, whose presentation was entitled ‘Australian Mysteries of Time and Space’. Rex began with traditional aboriginal Dreamtime stories of worlds in the sky that had mountains, great forests and watercourses that were inhabited by heroes who came down from the sky to teach man about their beliefs and culture. One story from the Cape York area speaks of a great mountain descending from the sky, landing, and some aboriginal people boarding it. It then lifted off and disappeared and these people were never seen again. Far back in the Dreamtime was a story of a great red egg descending from the ‘sky world’ and crash-landing on Earth. Out of this emerged white-skinned ‘culture heroes’ and their children. The adults could not accustom themselves to the atmosphere but the children adapted to the new environment and carved and painted the likeness of their parents on cave walls to perpetuate their memory.

Rex told of a case from 1932 where an aboriginal woman was out hunting for bush tucker outside Charters Towers when several men in metallic clothes emerged from the scrub, grabbed her and dragged her into a large gleaming silver craft. She was tied to a table where strange experiments were performed on her. She observed the craft flying into the sky through a large oval screen that she could see overhead. The craft returned and she was allowed to escape.

Another abduction case Rex reported was that of a friend who was riding his motorbike when he saw a bright silvery saucer hovering over the road above the trees. He stopped and then found himself floating up into a craft where he was telepathically told ‘all was well’. A section of the wall slid open and three beings appeared, all in grey body suits. He was then led into another room where he was poked and prodded and then blacked out. He awoke and was taken to an area where there were domed and pyramid-shaped habitats, oddly shaped furniture and fruit and vegetables in plastic-like containers, which he was encouraged to eat. He was told that he had been taken to another world located in another time period and on a higher vibration from where he had come. Eventually he was returned to his motorbike where he awoke 30 minutes before the time he had been taken, yet he believed it could have been months, if not years, that he was gone. This story demonstrates that super-civilisations may have conquered time travel. Rex has hundreds of recorded cases of people who have unexpectedly stepped ‘through the window of time’. This will be the title of his next book so keep a look-out for it.

Rex also spoke of the many UFO sightings in the area of the Burragorang Valley near the Blue Mountains, and the phenomena of planes and helicopters becoming invisible as they fly over the area while their engine sound can still be heard. He has also received reports of armed Australian and American forces being seen in the area as well as strange lights being seen over the area dating back to the 1950s, and he showed sketches of the different craft reported over the area.

Our next speaker was Reverend Bill Gill who spoke about ‘UFOs over Papua New Guinea.’ This series of sightings began in 1953 and climaxed in 1959 when Bill, as he asked to be called, was witness to a large silently hovering UFO over the Boianai mission where he was stationed. Bill told us he knew nothing about flying saucers, which UFOs were called in those days, except those he had heard rumours of. Bill told his now famous story of seeing a large, close, silently hovering craft near the mission from which emerged four beings to stand on top. One of the locals standing on the beach with Bill at the time thought to wave at the craft and to everyone’s astonishment the beings waved back. Although some beckoned the craft to land it never did, but it was seen hovering nearby over three consecutive nights. At one stage it hung in the sky for so long that eventually Bill decided to go inside to eat dinner. Flabbergasted, one of the audience participants asked why he did and his reply was ‘well you have to eat sometime.’

Bill was very candid about his sightings saying that it didn’t occur to him to think about what he saw. He also stated that what he witnessed had no impact on his personal views, values or beliefs at the time or to the present day.

Doug Moffett

Doug Moffett was our next enthusiastic speaker whose presentation was entitled ‘UFOs The Last Taboo.’ Doug spoke of the uniform sincerity of the witnesses he had interviewed to-date and the small amount of misidentified sightings received compared to those that remained unidentified due to the public’s growing ability to know what they are witnessing. In an attempt to explain away the remaining UFO reports, sceptics often offer a blanket statement pointing at the public’s lack of credibility as witnesses merely because they are members of the general public. Sceptics continue to get away with undermining the credibility of the public as witnesses and this problem causes further watering down of the validity of such reports, hampering the potential effect of these reports on society. Doug identified the prison that witnesses can become trapped in due to ridicule and the too few places for people to tell their story. The long-term impact of such a process will leave its impact on the psyche of witnesses unless the situation is improved. This is further exacerbated by the public’s passive interest in the UFO subject leaving the current climate still fairly cold and non-receptive to such reports.

Doug went on to speak about some of the cases he had investigated and how witnesses had to cope with other people’s response to their experience. His presentation highlighted to me once again how far our society still had to go to make a change towards a truer reality.

Martin Gottschall

The last speaker for day one was Dr Martin Gottschall who spoke on ‘The Paranormal Effects of UFO Lights’. Martin began by stating that researchers can learn quite a bit about ETs through studying contactee stories and the consistent anomalies which these individuals report. One of these is the type of light reported to emit from both internal and external sources of extraterrestrial craft. Martin listed the ‘high strangeness’ of ET lights being 1) The internal illumination of UFOs and how the light surrounds the craft, 2) How UFOs can become transparent, 3) How UFOs can levitate objects with lights.

Martin also gave excerpts of contactee accounts where high strangeness of lights was recalled. One example was an account from George Adamski’s experience wherein he stated, ‘within the craft there was not a single dark corner…the light seemed to permeate every cavity…some kind of glassy transparent metal walls’. Another was from Truman Bethrum where he looked around and ‘was amazed at the brightness…the light was diffused…and I could see no source…the passage had been as bright as the room yet this light could not have come from outside yet as the sun had not risen’. Another account was from Sam Gargett (pseudonym) who was a woodcutter from Queensland. ‘Suddenly I realised that everything in the caravan was clearly visible…it was as if the light was coming from all directions…there were no shadows…the light was the same in all the trees, this light I saw drifted through the trees… I am used to all the shadows that you see around the bush, on this night however, everything was illuminated, there were no shadows whatsoever, that’s when I thought something was wrong’.

Martin further explored what light really is, how it might operate and the possible physics of UFO lights. At the end of his presentation it became apparent that although highly ridiculed 50 years ago, contactees could not have forseen such physics at work and which we are only on the verge of understanding now. They had to be in the environment to observe these light features and this proves the truthfulness of their experiences.

Bryan Dickeson

The first speaker for the second day of the conference was Bryan Dickeson whose presentation was entitled ‘UFO Crashes and Retrievals in Australia’. Bryan’s personal Australian list of possible crashes totals approximately ten cases dating back to 1920 at Groote Island where a very bright object was seen by a group of aboriginal people. It was seen to vanish over the horizon followed by a loud noise and a large flash of light. It was reported that the people who investigated the incident didn’t return. Another report was of Australian troops in Vietnam who were on night patrol when they encountered a UFO. A shoot-out took place and the object appeared to explode. Metallic samples were recovered and one of these samples was passed on to an ex-Vietnam veteran who subsequently tossed it in the trash when he moved overseas.

Another intriguing case Bryan related occurred in 1958 when a craft was recovered near Lithgow, west of Sydney. It appeared the object had crashed but was dug up intact. It appeared to be very ancient and the age of 5000 to 8000 years was quoted.

Bryan has found there are no obvious patterns or concentrations of crash cases in Australia. He went on to state that information in crash cases is deficient as often there is very little detail available. Other difficulties are that these cases 1) usually consist of second-hand accounts, 2) the information from the witness is often loaded with subjective detail that may not be relative to the case, 3) the cases can’t be verified, and 4) often cases included disinformation aimed at discrediting them. Another problem is that cases can be reported on the Internet and receive huge coverage within minutes, again making verification extremely difficult. Obviously the most famous case of a UFO crash is the Roswell incident of 1947. Every time this case raises its presence in UFO circles the same information is related giving further veracity to its reality and moving it from UFO ‘folklore’ status to a highly credible incident.

Bryan suggests that UFO crashes and technology should have their own genre, much like abduction experiences years ago, and researchers should be receptive and open to material while maintaining investigative standards and protocols. Bryan further stated that UFO investigators still largely see their role as convincing people of the reality of UFOs, but he suggests that real acknowledgement came 50 years ago when scientists began looking for signs of life in the universe on a large scale and started seeing it everywhere. He suggests it’s time we moved on, changed our attitude and began exploiting the information we have gathered over the last 50 years.

Following Bryan was Gary Opit whose presentation was entitled ‘A Biologist’s Guide to Extraterrestrials: An Overview Based on Contact Accounts’. Gary explained that as an environmental scientist how he understands the way life works is through observing and identifying patterns. The consistency of patterns such as behaviour, colour, size etc are all used to identify one species from another. Gary has noticed that these same patterns exist in UFO reports as well. Just as biologists are dependent on past reports so too are UFO researchers, and for the last hundred years there have been reports of landed vehicles displaying amazing technology as well as different types of occupants. The occupants of these craft are somewhat similar, usually bipeds 1–2 metres tall and generally fitting into the types of life forms found on Earth. The majority appear to be primate-like mammals but occasionally there are reptile reports, like very advanced dinosaurs and very rare accounts of amphibians or avians (bird/bat-like species such as the mothman). The occupants of these craft are highly efficient in their body and form as well as technologically, and past records of UFO accounts reveal the same patterns of landing, sampling and taking of humans.

Gary cited the well-known book A Field Guide To Extraterrestrials by Patrick Hughye and has classified different types of ETs based on this book in an attempt to prevent confusion in identifying them. He has been able to classify thirty different species so far, some being the elegant humanoid, frogman, red giant, hairy dwarfs and the pygmy humans. While speaking of the reports in this book Gary pointed out the value of the early reports it contained as they were not influenced by images from modern movies. An interesting point he made was that if an ET came to earth and visited one family in their home this ET would be able to tell what the rest of the Earth population was like generally. Conversely we can do the same with reports of ETs. Food for thought!

Sheryl Gottschall

The next speaker was myself, and my presentation was ‘Looking For Markers of Alien Contact.’ This explored the possible physical, psychological and paranormal markers that may exist within individuals who report close encounters in an attempt to answer the question of why some people report close encounters while others do not.

The predominant observation by researchers is that people who report close encounters often report an increase in their psychic abilities or a higher than usual connection to non-ordinary realities and this is supported by the Roper Report results. These individuals also report a long history of paranormal events preceding their experiences such as OBEs, poltergeist activity, appearance of ghostly apparitions, bizarre dreams and visions, objects in their possession changing physical properties, electrical sensitivity, precognition, the ability to move through solid matter and telepathic communication, just to name a few.

I next explored the ‘encounter-prone personality’, a term coined by Dr Ken Ring, and how this personality could have a sensitivity to alternate realities, meaning they are more responsive to paranormal/other-worldly realities than others. There may also be psychological conditions such as fantasy-proneness, dissociation etc, that cause people to report close encounters, but upon further exploration studies have revealed that experiencers’ narratives do not contain elements suggesting any recognised psychiatric syndrome, although this may change in the future.

Another aspect to explore are the anomalous health issues that many experiencers share. One that I have found of most interest is the prevalence of thyroid conditions in experiencers and how this might have an impact on the high level of creativity clearly demonstrated after close encounters. Experiencers seem to be highly creative types and prone to all forms of creativity such as writing (including alleged alien script), in arts such as painting, sculpting, etc, composing or playing music, and indeed even speaking alleged alien languages. To understand this I explored the throat chakra, which governs creativity, and how it might be affected by an alien close encounter. I am left with the conclusion that it is becoming clear that people who report close encounters also report accompanying markers that point us towards emerging directions for further research.

The second half of the day was devoted to a close encounter experiencer panel, which for many was the highlight of the conference. It is extremely difficult to get individuals to speak publicly about their experiences and for the audience to spend the afternoon listening to five brave souls tell of their experiences first hand was a real bonus. This was too lengthy and in-depth an event to report, except to say the accounts were broad ranging which left the audience and panellists with many different opinions as to whether these experiences were of benefit or a hindrance to humanity.


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