“Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think that we are not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.” (Arthur C. Clarke)
“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native American. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”
(Stephen Hawking)

By way of my own disclosure, questions about the reality of extraterrestrial life have been with me since childhood. After all the kids were in bed, my parents would settle into their usual routine of retiring early and then listening to late night radio, usually with programs that had to do with “flying saucers”, paranormal phenomena, and so on. As this became known, it was also made clear that this interest was a private matter and not a subject for polite company. As I grew older, the old lady next door, whose garden I admired, would invite me over for a cup of herbal tea and a look at photos in her books by George Adamski; recounting his encounters with cigar shaped alien craft, flying discs and visitors from other worlds. I didn’t share these conversations with my parents since they would not have approved of discussions of this nature with a neighbor.

Many decades later, these memories were revived along with a visit by Dr. Steven Greer to the University of Colorado in Boulder. At the time he was beginning his Disclosure Project to promote open discussion of extraterrestrial contact with congress, the military, the Clinton White House and various intelligence agencies.( www.disclosureproject.org).

Steven Greer is a medical doctor who also founded The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI), a non-profit research and diplomatic based initiative to contact and explore relations with extraterrestrial civilizations. In May, 2001 Dr. Greer presided over the groundbreaking National Press Club Disclosure Event in Washington D.C., during which more than 20 military, government, astronaut, astronomer, intelligence and corporate witnesses presented testimony as to the reality of extraterrestrial visitors. This first attempt to petition congress and gather evidence from reliable sources, launched an ongoing agenda. In 2005 Dr. Michael Salla, author of Galactic Diplomacy, frustrated by a lack of government transparency on this topic, founded his Exopolitics Institute , a research organization to explore the political implications of an extraterrestrial presence. Many others followed suit, including whistleblower testimonies on ProjectCamelot.org and the wildly popular Ancient Aliens documentary series. Just recently while sitting in my relatively rural dentist’s waiting room, one of the frequent contributors to this series walked in as a new patient in order to make an appointment. To my surprise, and his, he was immediately recognized by everyone there, all fans of this ongoing show.

Now, in 2013, Dr. Greer testified at the Citizens Hearing on Disclosure (CHD) organized by political activist Stephen Bassett. This five day event, also held in Washington D.C., featured 30 hours of testimony by 40 witnesses representing ten countries, and continued to promote open discussions of ET visitors, as well as testimonies regarding government and military involvement with interventions involving both human and animal life here on Earth. The mission statement issued for this hearing was: “If the congress won’t do its job, the people will”. ( www.citizenhearing.org).

In addition to Dr. Greer, witnesses included researchers, politicians and former members of congress. Among the numbers of credible witnesses, one of the most notable was that of Canada’s former Minister of Defense, and G-8 cabinet member, the Hon. Paul Hellyer. He began with this statement: “UFOs are as real as the airplanes flying overhead”. He continued on to testify of his direct knowledge of at least four alien races that have been visiting Earth for thousands of years; each with very different agendas. In his book Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Survival Plan for the Human Species, he advocates full disclosure of this information to the public domain. Here I would also note that crash retrieval specialist, retired Army Sergeant Clifford Stone, has testified that our military has identified at least 52 species of the so called Gray Aliens. From a purely statistical perspective, none of this is all that far fetched. While I am often skeptical of so called statistical evidence, given that you can use these formulas to prove that 100% of cancer patients drink water ,in this case the so called Drake Equation might shed some light. This mathematical formula was proposed by radio astronomer Frank Drake in 1961 as he began a systematic search for intelligent signals coming from the cosmos. According to his calculations there are probably between 1000 and 1000,000,000 civilizations within our Milky Way galaxy, and as we now know there are billions of other galaxies as well as other universes to consider.(The Drake Equation, PBS Nova: Origins, 3/7/2010 )

Paul Hellyer also advocates a new and broader reality within which we are awake and aware of the fact that we are living in a cosmos teaming with life of many and various forms. While the fact that there exist civilizations far more advanced than we are could be quite humbling, this could also be a necessary step in our survival. We need their knowledge for clean energy which is being suppressed by vested interests seeking to control our destiny. A paradigm shift is urgently needed in order to be able to live in harmony with our celestial neighbors, as well as seeking peace on Earth. In a word, Hellyer says, we need to become spiritual beings and practice the one tenet common to our world’s major religions: The Golden Rule.

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