There is perhaps no question of greater importance than that of whether the human species is alone in the universe. I now consider this to effectively be a rhetorical question. In the past decade or two we have come to see that our galaxy is populated with endless numbers of planets. Given that there are 100 billion stars in our galaxy and about 100 billion galaxies (and counting), it is as good as impossible that we are alone.
Then there is the controversial issue of UFOs and alien encounters with individuals and governments. The discussion on this issue is another one of those domains which is effectively forbidden in mainstream science – unless you assume the null hypothesis, that there is nothing to see here. To suggest otherwise is to invite ridicule or academic censure.
I believe a more rational approach is the one taken by former astronaut Edgar Mitchel, founder of IONS. In the video interview below, he discusses the UFO issue, and what it means for the future of humanity. I found the video on Conscious Life News, who also kindly published my Ted, Knowledge and Power oped.
My conviction is that there is something very real and very important happening here. My perspective is informed by my witnessing two very different kinds of UFOs on the same night, one hour apart about twenty years ago. One was a great ball of etheric light, which glided silently across the night sky. The the other was either a formation of red, glowing circular objects flying in a “V” formation, or a single triangular craft (it was hard to be certain). I detail the event in my book Extraordinary Mind. For those who haven’t read the tale, I include it below.
In 1996 I was living in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, a small coastal town. One day I was walking along the street downtown, and I saw a sign which read: “Psychic readings, $10”. I had never had a psychic reading up till that time, and curiosity got the better of me. So I went inside and met a woman named Leslie who gave me a “reading.” The reading itself was nothing particularly special. But what followed certainly was.
To cut a long story short, I ended up going to one of Leslie’s talk/meditation evenings a few weeks later. At the end of the talk she told everyone present that she had had lots of dreams about UFOs the previous night.
“Whenever I have these dreams there are lots of UFO sightings around,” she said. “So if you go out tonight you may see something. I feel that about two in the morning would be the right time.”
Now, being the gullible fool that I am, I decided to take up the offer. I went to bed at about 11 p.m., but set my alarm for 1.45.
When the alarm rang, I managed to drag myself out of bed. I stumbled around my house for 15 minutes, and then headed outside at 2.00 a.m. sharp.
My eyes almost popped out of my head when I swung the door open and looked up at the sky. For flying right in front of me in the clear night sky was something I had never seen before. I can only describe it as a large ball of luminous white light, about a third the size of a full moon. The thing was probably a few hundred metres in the air, and was floating eastwards at about 90 degrees above the horizon. There was absolutely no sound, and it seemed to be gliding on air. I can only describe it as eerily unearthly. I ran out onto the road, and watched it disappear over the neighbours’ houses. In total it was in view about 30 seconds.
The ball of light was heading east, out over the ocean, and since I was in an excitable state, I ran down to the beach, which was only a few hundred metres from where I lived. I walked up and down the beach for an hour, but the ball of light was nowhere to be seen.
Finally I gave up, and decided to head back to bed. I walked back down the short street to my home, and trudged up the driveway. Then, as I was about to duck under the doorway (I’m rather tall) I looked up one last time. Once again my eyes nearly jumped out of my head. I saw something equally as amazing as the ball of light. For, moving directly over my head there was a group of about twenty red, circular lights, flying in a double-V formation, one “V” inside the other. Again there was no sound, just eerie silence. The objects flew in a southerly direction, parallel the coast. They appeared to be a few hundred metres in the air, and within half a minute disappeared behind some trees at the end of the road.
Here’s Edgar Mitchell on the subject. He’s worth listening to.