ERICH VON DANIKEN
Erich von Daniken gave the opening talk for the conference. As the author of the book Chariots of the Gods published way back in 1968, he first popularized the ancient astronauts theory. According to Wikipedia, the ancient astronauts theory posits that intelligent extraterrestrial beings visited Earth and made contact with humans in antiquity and prehistory, which influenced the development of human cultures, technologies, and religions. Of Swiss origin, von Daniken is quite a captivating story-teller and a dedicated archeologist.
In his plenary talk, von Daniken recounted stories from couple of ancient texts. One of the texts was the Third Book of Enoch (3 Enoch), a Hebrew text thought to be written during the 5th and 6th century BC, which gave Enoch’s account of his interactions with divine beings who took him up to heaven in a fiery chariot. Von Daniken re-interpreted the story as Enoch’s interactions with extraterrestrial beings, rather than with deity. I should note that the three books of Enoch are generally not accepted by the Christian faith as biblical canon, and are not in the Bible.
Von Daniken gives a summary of Enoch’s experience as described in 3 Enoch: Enoch speaks in first person in this book. He is 12 years old, there is a noise in the sky, and lights come down. Two “archangels” in glittering clothes descend from the sky. These are beings who have never been seen on planet Earth, as Enoch says he “never saw such figures,” and they “did not smell like us.” They “baptized” him in the water, “anointed” him, and gave him “clothes of a high priest.” They took him to paradise, where he entered a big round room that had the “crown of almighty god” and ate fruits he’d never seen before. Enoch describes “big houses,” “the high place on which we stood,” the “wish to fall downward to Earth,” being turned upside down and seeing “Earth up, stars down,” and “cities on the firmament.”
Here is von Daniken’s interpretation: Extraterrestrial beings came down from one of the many large extraterrestrial spaceships (motherships) that were in Earth’s orbit at the time. These extraterrestrial beings were able to speak to Enoch in his own language because as archeologists studying a new culture, they had been studying Earth’s humans for a while. Before taking Enoch onto their ship, they sterilized him by washing him, putting cream on him, and giving him new clothes. When Enoch describes “paradise” and “the high place on which we stood,” he was actually on a starship, which turns on its axis to create artificial gravity (which was why Enoch sometimes saw “Earth up, stars down”).
Enoch is subsequently taken up to the the spaceship multiple times to learn the extraterrestrial language. He gives names of his teachers, 36 of them, who dictate to him 300 books full of scientific and other advanced information. Enoch calls these unfamiliar beings not “gods,” but “guardians of the sky” or “watchmen of the sky.” From time to time, Enoch comes down to Earth and teaches the other humans what he learned. Enoch still has wives and children on Earth. Eventually, Enoch is given the choice to permanently leave Earth with the guardians of the sky, which he accepts. He becomes an angel, according to 3 Enoch.
Then von Daniken tells a story from the Lamech Scroll, which is one of the “Dead Sea Scrolls” found initially by Bedouin shepherds in 1946 in the caves near the Dead Sea. As von Daniken describes from the Lamech Scroll, Lamech is a rich shepherd and after having traveled for a long time, comes back to his home tent to find that his wife Batinosh has given birth to a baby. He realizes this baby could not have been his child, as he even looks very strange and different. Lamech goes to his father Methuselah for council, who goes to his father Enoch for council. Enoch says that the guardian of the sky has inseminated Lamech’s wife, and Lamech should accept the boy because a Great Flood will come to wipe out mankind but this boy and his sons will be saved. This baby boy was Noah, and Noah was the great-grandson of Enoch.
When were these extraterrestrial beings on Earth interacting with Enoch? Von Daniken estimates that they were here approximate 14,000 years ago, based on information in Herodotus’s books (He says Herodotus was in Egypt for 10 years around 430 BC). Von Daniken says that after the Great Flood, the extraterrestrials descended to Earth again and made contact.
Supposedly, the 300 books dictated to Enoch by the guardians of the sky were left on Earth before Enoch left. Von Daniken believes that they are still hidden here, waiting to be found.
In a second talk, von Daniken told us the fascinating story of the exploration of the “air shafts” within the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza (also called Cheops Pyramid). These “air shafts” are very narrow shafts, only about 20 x 20 cm in cross-section, that extend from the chambers in the pyramid. In 1993, a robot named Webwawat was sent in to explore the shafts in the Great Pyramid, and in the each of shafts extending from the Queen’s Chamber, came to a door with copper handles (after 208 ft into the southern shaft, after 27 ft into the northern shaft). So these “air shafts” certainly couldn’t have been used as air ventilation shafts for the pyramid– they’re blocked to open air. In 2002, another robot, Pyramid Rover, designed by the National Geographic, drilled a hole through the 6 cm-thick door of the southern shaft and sent a camera through it, and saw a second door. In 2011, through the Djedi project, a joint international-Egyptian mission, a robot carrying a “micro snake” camera that can see around corners gave a clear view into a hidden chamber beyond the doors. On the floor of this chamber, there were images of hieroglyphs written in red paint. Curiouser and curiouser!
Von Daniken also talked about a tomb of broken bones found in the Serapeum of Saqqara near Memphis, Egypt (A serapeum is a temple dedicated to the god Serapis, who combined the aspects of Osiris and Apis in a humanized form). The serapeum was believed to hold the mummified corpses of Apis bulls (Apis was a bull-deity worshipped in the Memphis region). However, what was found in these very large, heavy granite tombs were small, fragmented bones that had been splintered in the ancient times. Tombs were also found in Abusir, Egypt that contained what looked like mummified bulls from the outside, but were filled with bones of several different animals. Von Daniken made the point that in ancient Egypt, animals– from crocodiles to birds to insects– were always mummified in whole, because it was believed that the whole body is necessary for afterlife. He proposed the intriguing theory that these broken bones were those of hybrid animals from failed genetic experiments of ancient Egypt (extraterrestrial technology). The Egyptians did not want reincarnation of these mixed animals.
Byron Belitsos is a decades-long scholar of the book Urantia. I’m so thankful to him for introducing Urantia to me. It’s actually hard to believe that I’ve never heard about this book till now. Major musicians like Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, and Jerry Garcia have read and studied it, it’s been endorsed by Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson, it’s been spotted dog-eared and well-read on Bill Clinton’s desk, and Gene Roddenberry supposedly got a lot of his Star Trek material from it.
Summarized from the Urantia Foundation website: The Urantia Book is a book first published in 1955, which claims to have been presented by celestial beings as a revelation to our planet, Urantia (Urantia is the celestial name for Earth). It instructs us on the genesis, history, and destiny of humanity and on our relationship with God, and offers a clear and concise integration of science, philosophy, and religion.
It has four parts:
- The Central and Superuniverse (cosmology, nature of divinity and universes)
- The Local Universe (our sector of the Milky Way Galaxy composed of about 4 million inhabitable planets)
- The History of Urantia (Earth’s history)
- The Life and Teachings of Jesus
It really seems to be an all-encompassing book of cosmological knowledge, connecting dots over a huge scope. At the same time, (having looked through it briefly) it has so many details– all the characters, personalities, and events of history– written in very exacting language. I found it extraordinarily compelling.
Where did it come from? There is some mystery to that. Although Dr. William Sadler, a psychiatrist, was foremost in compiling the book, the contents seem to have been received by a group of about six people through direct materialization of handwritten text, direct auditory words, and automatic writing. Afterwards, question-and-answer sessions with a larger group of as many as 400 people produced materialization of the revised text. This communication process took place over 20 years in Chicago and was completed in the early 1940s.
In the lecture that I attended, Belitsos focused mostly on Part IV of the book, History of Urantia– the topic in which I was particularly interested. Here is Earth’s history in a nutshell according to Urantia: Earth has experienced difficulties which are unusual in typical planets because of calamities arising from an angelic rebellion at a time critical in Earth’s early development. I’m pulling together a brief summary of the history of Earth from both Belitsos’ lecture I attended and another of his presentations that I found on Youtube (highly recommended to watch, please see below):
To set the premise of Urantia, there is a unified, hierarchical organization of beings in the universe, and astronomical entities like solar systems and planets don’t form by chance but are deliberately created and cultivated by celestial beings.
According to Urantia, a typical planet goes through the following timeline of evolution (from above Youtube video):
- 500 billion years ago: Nebula is set in motion.
- 100 billion years ago: Solar system is formed.
- 1 billion years ago: Life is implanted from outside the planet.
- 1 million years ago: Primitive humans evolve.
- 500,000 years ago: Planetary headquarters established.
- 50,000 years ago: Biological uplift by “Adam and Eve”
- Advanced stage: Civilization evolves steadily to “Light and Life Era.”
Basically, after each planet is formed, life is implanted onto the planet. From this early life, primitive humans naturally evolve over time. Then a being is sent to the planet to establish planetary headquarters, from which planetary cultivation will continue. Next, “Adam and Eve” prototypes incarnate on the planet. They carry improved genetics which will give a “biological uplift” to the developing humans on the planet through intermarriage between their children and the primitive humans. Eventually, the necessary genetics will be fully incorporated and distributed throughout the planet, and all the different developing primitive races should be blended to give a biologically enhanced, genetically homogeneous population. Finally, the planetary human civilization is allowed to evolve steadily toward the Era of Light and Life.
What happened with Earth is that very early in the history of our planet, there was a rebellion against God by the angel Lucifer, and our planetary prince Caligastia, who was supposed to establish the planetary headquarters near the shore of Persian Gulf, joined the Lucifer Rebellion with most of his staff and angels. Lucifer believed that there was no God or God’s will, and all planets should have free will. Because of Caligatia’s joining of the rebellion, step 5 (establishment of planetary headquarters) got defaulted for Earth, and Earth eventually became quarantined. The situation caused a lot of trouble for Adam and Eve who arrived on Earth, understandably, and they ended up having to abandon the first Garden of Eden (on the Cyprus Peninsula) and establish a second Garden of Eden on the bank of Tigris-Euphrates Rivers. Ultimately, Adam and Eve’s mission for the genetic improvement and integration got disrupted, and step 6 (biological uplift) was also defaulted for Earth. As a result, we currently still have somewhat incomplete, not-fully-updated genetics as well as racial differences here on Earth. Instead of our civilization evolving toward the “Light and Life Era,” we basically suffered a collapse in the development of civilization. Thus we are now being given extraordinary intervention which is unusual to most planets on the normal evolutionary path.
The overall story makes sense to me, and helps place the different versions of Earth’s history that I have read from many different sources.
There is so much more to the book than the tiny portion on Earth’s history that I have described here. The book is freely available online, as no one group has the copyright to it. Study guides for it are freely available as well. Just be aware– it’s a 2000-page tome.
Belitsos also talked about Robert Sarmast’s expeditions in 2004 and 2006 to the Mediterranean Sea to look for the sunken Garden of Eden (called “Atlantis” by many). Sarmast (formerly an architect by profession) and his crew found unusual, nonnatural structures on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cyrpus, which matched quite well with the descriptions of the Garden of Eden in Urantia.
Modern History/Current Events
I found that UFO investigators take a particularly rigorous approach to their research, collecting and organizing tremendous volumes of information from multiple sources, putting in incredible legwork to ferret out deliberately-suppressed information, thoroughly checking facts, and doing meticulous analysis. I appreciate that the standards of quality are higher when one is putting forth information on topics which are regarded with skepticism from the get-go.
I actually attended only the last 15 minutes or so of Nick Pope’s lecture, during the question-and-answer session. However, Mr. Pope so impressed me during those 15 minutes, and because he is such a foremost figure in UFO research, that I wanted to include his work here. I have never observed a more sincere listener. I saw that his authentic listening enabled him to address even difficult questions with complete integrity and in full appreciation of the asker– in a very well-spoken manner.
From his website: “Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British Government’s UFO project at the Ministry of Defence. Initially sceptical, his research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon and access to classified government files on the subject soon convinced him that the phenomenon raised important defence and national security issues, especially when the witnesses were military pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar. Pope’s final posting in the MoD was to the Directorate of Defence Security. He resigned in 2006, and in 2009 MoD announced that UFO sightings would no longer be investigated.”
Mr. Pope was speaking during the lecture about the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident (sometimes called “Britain’s Roswell”), which took place in Suffolk, England in 1980. In 1994, he had undertaken a review of the Rendlesham Forest incident while working on the Minstry of Defence’s UFO project. He has recently published a book, Encounter in Rendlesham Forest, with John Burroughs and Jim Penniston, the two United States Air Force witnesses who got closest to the UFO that landed in the Rendlesham Forest. Apparently, because this forest was adjacent to two of the most strategically important bases in NATO (the British Air Forces bases RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge, being used by the U.S. Air Force at the time), this incident became one of the most documented UFO incidents in history. Because of the authors’ government backgrounds, this book is the only UFO book ever to have required a security clearance from both the American and British governments.
The author Penniston actually touched the UFO. Pope says that both of his coauthors, Penniston and Burroughs, still suffer medical issues (which have yet to be addressed by the British government) due to the close proximity to the landed UFO.
According to the Institute of Noetic Sciences profile of Richard Dolan:
“Richard Dolan is one of the leading names in UFO research today. He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in History, and received a Certificate in Political Theory at Oxford University. In 2000, he published what has become a classic in the field, UFOs and the National Security State. This 500 page history lays out in meticulous detail not only the major UFO cases of the early Cold War era, but the attitudes and policies toward UFOs by the military and intelligence community, as well as the fascinating development of the citizen movements to end UFO secrecy.”
I was immediately curious about Dolan as a person. Clearly, Dolan had been an accomplished student expected to head for a promising academic career once out of school, when he decided to focus his research on UFOs. He hints at what he must have gone through when he made the decision to pursue this line of research– he mentioned that his colleagues thought he was going off the deep end, and some still do. I wondered how he navigated the whole social-professional scene. When he ran into an old colleague he hadn’t seen in a while, what did he tell his colleague he was doing? I applaud his courage. His research on UFOs certainly shows academic rigor.
I was riveted by Dolan’s second talk, during which he discussed the reverberating consequences of UFO secrecy on our society. I believe that this information is a part of his new book UFOs for the 21st Century Mind.
This is how I understood Dolan’s points: Basically the government(s) decided that our society is not able handle the truth about UFOs. Once the first big lies to cover up the UFO matter were told, it necessitated an ever-tighter control over that original narrative– a totalitarianism. Because the existence of, and our interactions with, intelligent extraterrestrial beings, are huge matters that have implications in almost every facet of our humanhood, the UFO secrecy necessitated an ever-tight control over:
- Personal lives
He suggested that basically, we were turning into an increasingly fascist society.
The goals of what he calls our “human handlers” are to:
- Formalize breakaway financial structure
- Create trans-national legal structures
- Enforce trans-national intellectual property rights (TPPA)
- Impose total surveillance and intimidation
- Turn web into TV (programmed content)
These goals would allow total control over global intellectual life.
Dolan pointed out that the current situation is a very unstable one, full of injustice and lacking sustainability. It will inevitably fall.
He said that they (the human handlers) are players, but we’re players, too, in this game. And the way to win this game is not by direct attack, but by creating a new culture among ourselves.
This topic so deserves serious dialogue, especially at this time.
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