Day Two: The 23rd Annual UFO Congress Convention and Film Festival #IUFOC

Open Minds Magazine is an excellent publication with interesting articles and high level sourcing. They are the “industry leaders” so to speak. They’ve taken a topic that has been marginalized and created a professional and informative conference for enthusiasts, researchers, and experiencers worldwide. I’m here in Fountain Hills, Arizona nestled beneath the beautiful mountains that surround the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation. The second day of this conference made for lively discussion. 

Today I connected with many who were present for the Saviours’ Day 2011 plenary session. You may not realize that it was the largest gathering to deal with the UFO phenomenon ever in the U.S. (An interesting anecdote on that later.)

You may remember Don Schmitt as one of the presenters at that 2011 gathering. He was one of the experts who met with Minister Louis Farrakhan. He is one of the foremost researchers on the suspicious circumstances surrounding the area known as Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico.
As an investigative journalist and five-time best-selling author, you’d be hard pressed to find someone with more information regarding that situation than Mr. Schmitt. He discussed cryogenically preserved remains, the testimonies of those who claimed to have seen “child-size beings” and how certain areas of military bases have been classified as “off limits”—even to the actual base commanders! The crowd listened to details of what he described as “self-healing metal” which returns to its original shape even after being altered or involved in a crash.

I then listened to Yvonne Smith, an internationally known certified hypnotherapist, who for decades has interacted with those who say they have experienced abduction and other close encounters with extraterrestrials. Each morning, during the IUFOC, there are “Experiencer Session” discussion groups where people can share their encounters without being mocked or ridiculed.

Yvonne Smith, Certified Hypnotherapist
I found most noteworthy her statement that many abductees describe being “downloaded with information.” This is important. She also advised those in attendance to keep a journal of their dreams, as well as to make sketches of whatever is seen or experienced in their “dream state.”

When asked about the implants often described by those recounting their abductee experiences, Ms. Smith said there still is no consensus as to what they are and their purpose. She seemed to indicate to me that they are tracking devices, similar to how scientists tag animals to monitor their movement. They emit radio waves, and are highly magnetic, she said.

Later, a woman got my attention in the vending area who was a part of the Urantia spiritual movement. I had heard of it, but had no real familiarity with their beliefs or concepts. In our brief conversation, she gave me an overview of their concept of God, the Universe, and individual spirituality. She used the term “celestial benefactors” to describe those who delivered spiritual truths to people in the earthly realm. Those words stood out to me. Her language and that term is a part of her belief system, but the presence of higher-level beings that bring truth to others is already a part of my belief system. The presence of Gods. The presence of Angels. The presence of Scientists. There are higher states of existence.

I don't believe in mocking religions, the belief systems of others, or their spiritual experiences. I especially like when belief systems come into alignment for cooperation, and to establish a new and better world. She spoke and I carefully listened. Then, she offered me a copy of the thick Urantia book containing their doctrinal truths.

The exchange made me thankful for Min. Farrakhan’s way of showing how unity can be established on the basis of shared basic principles. Much information here at the IUFOC verifies what members of the Nation of Islam have already been given decades prior, by Master Fard Muhammad, through the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and now continually revealed through Min. Farrakhan.
Yesterday, I wrote about how I was looking forward to the panel featuring Stephen Bassett, Robert Powell, Col. John Alexander and Timothy Good.

Prior to the panel, I spoke with Col. Alexander who said the following directly to me : “I know they say this is the largest UFO Conference in the U.S., but Farrakhan had one with 17,000 present in 2011, the interest is there!”

To give you some perspective on my view of the importance of Col. Alexander's statement, consider this: The largest crowd during any session at this year’s IUFOC may reach 2,000. In the 2011 plenary session at Saviours’ Day, there were over 5,000 present. It was also shown live via webcast across the globe.

Min. Farrakhan is a leader who is guided in ways many are unaware of. His actions are misunderstood  by many, but even they will benefit greatly. He is honored and considered important by a great number of people who listen to his words and act upon what he says. Don’t take him or his presence among us for granted.

The panel lived up to my expectations. I will not go into it in this brief summary because what was discussed requires its own treatment. 

I will say this, Stephen Bassett, who leads the Paradigm Research Group and spearheaded the 2013 Citizen Hearing on Disclosure is one to watch and listen to. I have published some of his writings on my blog. I agree with his explanation as to why there has been a UFO cover-up for decades.  “It is the skill of disinformation that the U.S. government has perfected,” said Mr. Bassett. 

In a brief conversation following the panel, he asked me to thank Min. Farrakhan and said he would keep me and us up to date with the latest activism aimed at forcing government disclosure.

(L-R) Panelists Stephen Bassett, author Timothy Good, MUFON's Robert Powell Col. John Alexander
Earth: An Alien Enterprise
MUFON’s Robert Powell said the discussion as to whether those who guide and fly the UFOs are friends or foes is really not important, because with the technology that is displayed by these aerial craft, “If they are not peaceful, we can forget it.” In other words, their technology would be so far advanced, it would be like using laser guided missiles to fight people riding horses. The more advanced force will easily obliterate the “primitive” civilization.

Oh, and by the way, I did interview Timothy Good, the author of “Above Top Secret” and over a dozen books on the UFO phenomenon and extraterrestrial encounters. We also discussed his new book titled "Earth: An Alien Enterprise."

I think the highlight tomorrow might be Ben Hansen's demos of Bushnell's latest in thermal imaging & night vision tech available for the civilian population.

If you have any questions you want me to answer, or to present to the speakers or panelists, leave your questions or comments below.
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