JOSHUA TREE — A predominant theme at the Contact in the Desert UFO Conference Friday through Sunday was the role of “citizen science” in getting out the message that we are not alone in the universe.
Attendees shared their sighting and contact experiences and enjoyed lectures, workshops, films, panels and parties with 40 of today’s top names in UFO investigation, all at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center.
David Wilcock, author and researcher into ancient civilizations and consciousness studies, said he has had contact with extraterrestrials and ascended beings since childhood.
“Reality is a facade that is crumbing,” Wilcock declared. “What is behind that facade is something that threatens the power structure. You are here at a historic event and the foundation stone is being laid. Get ready for the cosmic reveal.”
Steven Greer, founder of The Disclosure Project in 1993 to inform the public of the government’s UFO knowledge, teaches others how to make contact with extraterrestrials.
“The problem is a spiritual crisis, and the solution will be spiritual as well,” Greer said to cheers. “Contact will not be made looking down the barrel of a laser-guided missile system.”
Historian Richard Dolan was one of 40 researchers who testified at Greer’s Citizen Hearing on Disclosure at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in May 2001 before former members of Congress.
“This is the beginning of the struggle,” Dolan told the attendees at his workshop, “UFOs: Reclaiming Our Freedom from a Lifetime of Secrecy.” “Disclosure coming from the government would be forced and full of spin and lies. Their house of cards will fall with citizen disclosure, and there is a potential for the radicalization of society, a global federalism that encourages collaboration.”
Former university teacher Dr. Michael Salla’s lecture on exopolitics focused on the implications of ET disclosure on political systems. His wide-ranging lecture explored contacts in South America with beings Anitac and Antarel, which he described as “very upbeat.”
“Many extraterrestrials value peace and friendship with humanity,” Salla stated. “Anyone can engage in citizen-based diplomacy by being willing to raise their consciousness to unity consciousness. But be prepared for great change, as Earth’s ascended beings will take leadership roles.”
Jason Martell travels to mysterious sites around the world, seeking the ancient culture and UFO connection. His interest was sparked when he saw a photo of “the face” on Mars as a college student.
“I was skeptical, wondering why NASA would hide evidence of extraterrestrial life,” Martell quipped during his lecture. “But I’ve learned that there’s a political backup, not that there’s necessarily a cover-up, and we’re not getting the all the details. However, we’re sending new landers and orbiters to Mars and this is an interesting step in a scientific view to answering, ‘Are we alone?’”
Giorgio Tsoukalos, researcher and host of the History Channel television program “Ancient Aliens,” has done much to bring attention to the work of many of the conference speakers. He delighted his audience with the news that eight more episodes of the popular series will be aired starting in September-October, and eight episodes of a sixth season will begin to air in 2014.
Tsoukalos said he doesn’t have final say on what topics are chosen for the series. For instance, he said he would never have chosen putting Bigfoot on a space ship, but the producer claimed there was interest in the Sasquatch-ET connection.
“Other people on the episode are living this stuff,” Tsoukalos said with a smile. “We should teach acceptance, not just tolerance.”
Plans are under way for another UFO conference at the Retreat Center next year.