posted on Sep, 5 2008 @ 05:07 PM
content from an external source;
Response from a friend of Dr. John Mack's
Presented anonymously by request
John and I used to have chats in his kitchen about where we thought this phenomenon was "at", and what we thought were the next steps the larger
cultural conversation needed to take. He and I both agreed that before further discussion about the reality of "contact" could be addressed in the
mainstream, the first point that needed to be addressed in public forums is WHY we westerners have such a hard time even engaging as a possibility the
idea that "contact" has already happened.
I had a phone conversation today with one of the people who helped put together the Peter Jennings special, a man similar in age, education, and
upbringing as myself. But despite our similarities, we were the perfect embodiment of the polarities that exist in our culture about this subject
matter. And yet, the two of us represent people, equally "of sound mind and body", who have the capacity to engage in private a much more
sophisticated dialogue than what a mainstream two hour program is willing to discuss in public (for all of it's myriad of reasons).
For me, and for many others in communities that address issues of Evolving Consciousness (not just "ufo/alien" folks), the need to create platforms
or media (whatever you want to call it, whatever it looks like) that DOESN'T represent ungrounded, new agey mumbo jumbo - or it's current polarized
counterpart that is the mainstream media - but that DOES represent the cutting edge of mainstream consciousness and the issues it is dealing with, is
a pressing one.
We are not just a few hundred people, we who are interested in the physics of a new reality, we who are aware of the fact that we are NOT alone in
this universe (even though we may not as yet be able to explain any where close to fully, what has been the exact nature of our contact experiences -
though, rest assured, sleep paralysis it ain't).
There are millions of us who are interested in really moving this larger conversation forward.
That there exists SUCH a gap between the mainstream and those who are interested in actively participating in conversations that push forward the
evolution of our western consciousness is telling.
And what it suggests, is that the mainstream is afraid, just as those of us who had these "alien encounter" experiences were afraid. It was
terrifying to have our realities and beliefs shattered over and over again. And yet, most of us survived our paradigm deconstruction (even if it was
in a "sink or swim" kind of fashion) and have managed to recreate meaningful new realities for ourselves in the wake of our experiences.
That the mainstream is unconsciously facing what would certainly represent the collapse of all it has held dear (including beliefs about God,
religion, humans being at the "top of the food chain", and reality being a definable structure as interpreted only by our five senses and empirical
science), has everything to do with why the Peter Jennings documentary had to be AS watered down as it was.
Interesting questions to ask here are:
Why CAN'T we have a balls to the wall, full blown documentary "on air" that articulates the phenomenon and it's accompanying confusion, just as it
has been authentically presenting itself?
Why CAN'T we have the skeptics present their arguments, and have them FULLY responded to by equally qualified professionals, scientists, & academics
who possess both the letters after their names, and the experience to satisfyingly rebutt and make clearly obvious that the skeptics arguments are
weak at best, and in truth, fall FAR short of being able to describe what's actually happening in this phenomenon?
If we COULD manage to pull off those kinds of investigations, MAYBE we could begin the careful but courageous dance of beginning to stick our faces
into the heart of this phenomenon (instead of into the sand) to begin to honestly explore what seems to be the collapse of reality as we currently
One of the problems, I think, so far, has been that we in the consciousness related communities have been waiting for the mainstream to bring itself
into the larger conversation. We have been expecting the mainstream media to WANT to investigate the contact phenomenon in spite of its fear of
ridicule for being truthful in it's reporting.
Problem is though, no one of sound mind who wants to stay safe and accepted within the cultural framework of what's believable wants to be played the
So time and time and time again, we who have had these experiences are called out to report what has happened to us. And time and time again, we are
dismissed, explained away, pathologized or marginalized. We are sacrificed because nobody has the courage to say "hey, maybe the emperor really
ISN'T wearing any clothes".
We have a long way to go, we humans. As one of the experiencers featured on the program said, we really are just babies. That may be one of the most
important things we need to remember as we consider why we, as a culture, have thus far lacked the courage to engage these possibilities... we're
And not so unlike infants, we think the Universe extends only as far as the four walls we can see around us.
Or perhaps, even more tragically, we believe that we don't matter. That we're alone in a vast void of space and time.
But we're wrong.
And eventually, hopefully, before it's "too late", we'll figure that out. We'll make adjustments in our cultural belief system to accommodate a
new reality, before our old one comes crashing down around us.