In the Fall of 2013, I introduced the term "Contact Modalities" when I published an article in the Dr. Edgar Mitchell FREE Foundation website, Experiencer.Org, titled "The Quantum Hologram Theory of Consciousness and the Contact Modalities." I wrote this paper shortly after I had an OBE where I was shown the relationship between Consciousness and the Contact Modalities. (Please note that FREE Foundation website no longer exists and is replaced by the CCRI website, AGreaterReality.Com) I continued to use this term in two peer-reviewed academic articles published in the Journal of Conscientiology and in the Journal of Scientific Exploration and in my co-edited book, published in May of 2018, titled "Beyond UFOs: The Science of Consciousness and Contact with Non-Human Intelligence". I continue to use this term in my new book, “A Greater Reality”. The term the “Contact Modalities” is now used by many researchers instead of the term the "paranormal" because many major academic researchers, including the many Ph.D. academics and medical doctors within CCRI, have long suspected that all of what we call the “paranormal” is actually ONE phenomenon. The CCRI researchers view Consciousness, the nature of our Greater Reality, as fundamental and not our perceived physical 3D spatial reality which includes the 3D dimension of width, length, and height-- a spatial reality viewed from our five senses of taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing, in addition to the concept of “Time” as developed by Albert Einstein in his Theory of Relativity. The common statement for this hypothesis is that “Consciousness is Primary”. This hypothesis will be articulated and defined throughout my 4 volume book series, A Greater Reality.
The term “Contact Modalities” is defined as “all of the diverse ways that humans are ‘piercing the veil’ of our 3D reality and are having perceived contact with Higher Forms of Intelligence”. Examples of the Contact Modalities are as follows: Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), Out of Body Experiences (OBEs), UFOs/UAPs contact experiences, contact experiences with perceived dead humans, commonly called Ghosts or Spirits, contact experiences via Hallucinogenic Journeys (via entheogenic drugs such as DMT or Psilocybin), contact experiences via Remote Viewing or other forms of Clairvoyance, contact experiences via Channeling or Mediumship, contact via the many forms of Post Death Communications, contact experiences via Lucid Dreams, contact via perceived Poltergeists experiences or spiritual attachments, contact with what my good friend Dr. Joseph Burkes has coined HICE, or Human Initiated Contact Experiences where you initiate contact with UFO Intelligence, contact via the many forms of Kundalini Awakenings, contact experiences via the many PSI phenomenon and many other types of paranormal contact experiences.
In my opinion, the Near-Death Experience phenomenon is the most important Contact Modality for many reasons. First of all, it provides the best information as to the complex nature of our multidimensional reality. The NDE usually begins with an individual that has died, or almost to the point of death. The first experience for many NDE Experiencers, but not all, is that their consciousness leaves their physical body. Many see their dead body underneath them while their consciousness is floating on top of their body. From this position, many then travel via a perceived tunnel or an intermediary transportation portal. They then enter a location with immense bright light and are embraced with much LOVE and the light eventually recedes. Many then see other perceived human-looking beings or even deceased family members who greet them. All communication is telepathic, mind to mind. The Near-Death Experience provides examples of how the human soul, human consciousness, interacts with other higher forms of conscious intelligence such as perceived family members and a grand intelligence that almost everyone perceives to be GOD. There are also thousands of documented cases where these individuals are shown their past life via a panoramic view. This is called a “Life Review”. It is important to note that in this Life Review the individual reviews major experiences of their life-- the good, the bad, and the ugly. You are the judge of your experiences and not this perceived GOD. These experiences serve as teaching lessons, not lessons to decide if you go to hell or heaven. This experience is relived simultaneously in your consciousness and in the consciousness of the person you affected. In many cases, individuals are not only shown visions of the past but are also shown visions of their future. In the final section of this chapter, I will argue that a Life Review demonstrates that the Mind of God is an information storage device, similar to a hard drive, that stores an infinite amount of information not only about our individuated units of consciousness, our souls, but all reality, past, present, and future. Dr. Edgar Mitchell calls this information storage device the “Quantum Hologram”. Others call it the ”Akashic Records”. Finally, many NDE experiencers talk about “merging with the light” or “merging with GOD”. In other words, they become part of GOD. The NDE literature reveals that when our human physical bodies die, our human consciousness return to our source, to our creator, to a perceived Grand Intelligence, the Mind of GOD. During this transition,
many NDE experiencers state that they have infinite knowledge and infinite wisdom. All the secrets of knowledge are revealed-- there are no unanswered questions. Upon return to their physical body, they state that even though they know they received this universal knowledge, the information has been wiped away, like the deletion of a hard drive. While in this transition, many NDE Experiencers state that they have infinite knowledge and infinite wisdom. All the secrets of knowledge are revealed to them. There are no unanswered questions. The NDE Experiencer is also taught spiritual lessons, the most important lesson is that we, as humans, need to learn how to love each other-- loving others is the most important lesson to be achieved in our human life. All communications with the Mind of GOD is telepathic. All thoughts and communication are instantaneous. If you think of a particular location, you are there at that location. The majority of NDE experiencers are then told “you must return, you have remaining lessons”. Almost all of these individuals do not want to return to their physical bodies-- they consider that “Heaven”, the place they went to during their NDE, was their home and not their life on planet Earth. One last important feature of an NDE is that these experiences are obviously outside spacetime. It is important to note that all of the Contact Modalities involve a manipulation of spacetime under the rubric of consciousness. This is one of the many commonalities of the Contact Modalities. The NDE literature is littered with hundreds of academic books and thousands of peer-reviewed academic publications. There are also thousands of books written by NDE Experiencers. Thus, if you want to learn more about NDEs, there is much to read. I highly recommend the website of one of our co-editors, Dr. Jeffrey Long, a medical doctor (Oncologist), who has been researching NDEs for more than 25 years. His website contains numerous articles and numerous personal NDE accounts from his surveys on NDEs. His website is: https://nderf.org/ The NDE research field, after many years of trying to receive academic recognition, is now increasingly considered by many academics to be a legitimate academic research arena. In 1975, Dr. Raymond Moody published his book “Life After Life”. With this book, Dr. Moody introduced to humanity the term “Near Death Experience”. Even though many of the early pioneers of NDE academic research are more than 70 years of age, most in their 80s, such as Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Kenneth Ring, Dr. Bruce Greyson, Dr. Pim Von Lommel, Dr. Edward Kelley, Dr. Peter Fenwick, and others, most of these individuals have retired and are no longer engaged in active NDE research. Fortunately, there are many younger researchers, such as Dr. Sam Parnia and Dr. Jeffrey Long, but both are still in their mid-60s year of age. Thus, there is a great need for a new NDE researches to enter this field.
During their Near-Death Experience, many, but not the majority of NDE Experiencers, are given lessons on the topic of reincarnation. They are shown their past lives, how our consciousness merges with this infinite intelligence and that everything is connected because we are all part, or sub-units, of the Mind of GOD. What the NDE experience has shown us is that all of humanity is a part of GOD-- The Universal Intelligence that encompasses all of our reality, our Greater Reality. We remain part of GOD before we are born after we are born and remain individuated units of consciousness. When our physical body dies, our human consciousness returns and merges with the Mind of GOD. We remain individuated units of consciousness, as eternal spiritual beings and always remain integrated with GOD even during our perceived physical reality during our physical lives. Thus, we always remain One with GOD. Most NDE Experiencers, and also most of the ancient mystical traditions, share the phrase “We are all ONE”. This view of reality is called Idealism. This section, titled “Near-Death Experiences & Survival of Human Consciousness”, begins with an article by Ph.D. Philosopher, Dr. Sharon Hewitt Rawlett, who is a youngster compared to others in this field. Her article is titled “Beyond Death: The Best Evidence for the Survival of Human Consciousness”. Sharon’s article won one of the runner-up prizes from the Robert Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies essay contest on the survival of human consciousness. Her article is divided into two parts. The first part of her essay presents “evidence from the perspective of observers who are still on this side of death but who have experienced something that appears to point to the continued consciousness of someone whose body is no longer alive.” Dr. Hewitt Rawlett discusses the Contact Modalities such as apparitions of the dead, lucid dreams of the departed, mediumship, and poltergeists. The second half of her article discusses evidence from the perspective of “observers who have themselves experienced dying and remember maintaining consciousness afterward.” The second half of her article explores Near Death Experiences, memories of Past Lives, and memories of in-between lives, memories before one reincarnates or is born into our physical reality. Her article is a wealth of knowledge and in my opinion, is the best article I have read on the survival of human consciousness. Our next article was written by one of the pioneers of NDE research, Dr. Bruce Greyson. His article is titled “Cosmological Implications of Near-Death Experiences”, an article that provides a wonderful and important overview of the mind-brain problem resulting from the NDE academic research. 1 Dr. Greyson argues against the materialist
position that consciousness begins and ends with the Brain. Instead, he argues for the Post-Materialist thesis that Consciousness is Primary, which is an Idealist worldview. For many years, Dr. Greyson was a professor of Psychiatry at the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), an organization to support and promote research on NDEs and for 27 years he was the Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the only scholarly journal dedicated to near-death research. Dr. Greyson is the co-author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century (Kelly, et.al, 2007) and the co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigations. (Greyson, 2009) His latest book is titled After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond. (Greyson, 2021) The next article is an interviews that I did with one of the leading NDE researchers in the world-- Dr. Jeffrey Long. For the first interview, I traveled to Houma, LA to interview my friend, and co-editor of our book, Dr. Jeffrey Long, an MD Oncologist. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Long has undertaken an extensive statistical research study of both NDE and OBE Contact Experiencers. From this interview, I wrote this article titled “Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Long by Rey Hernandez”. Dr. Long has written two important books on the NDE phenomenon-- God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience (Long, 2016) and his first book, Evidence of the Afterlife: Evidence from Near Death Experiences (Long, 2011). In my opinion, Jeffrey’s website, nderf.org, is the best resource for researching NDEs. His site contains thousands of NDE testimonies and numerous articles on NDEs. You can spend years reading all of the information on NDEs from this website. The next article in the section is co-written by Dr. Raul Valverde and Chet Swanson and is titled “Data Mining Analysis for Validation of Quantum Matrix Type Ontology for Contact Experiences via Near Death Experiences”. This article proposes cluster data mining for pattern recognition and classification of perceived objects in Near- Death Experience (NDE) stories for the validation of Quantum Matrix Type Ontology. This methodology includes data from NDE experiences and experiences from all of the Contact Modalities. Their model is based on the Quantum Hologram Theory of Physics and Consciousness. Dr. Valverde has a Doctorate in Information Systems from the University of Southern Queensland, a Ph.D. in Psychology in Transpersonal Psychology from UNEM and SEP Mexico, an MEng in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, an MSc in Finance from the University West of England, and a BSc in Management Mathematics from the State University of New York. Raul is a senior lecturer of technology management at Concordia University and a research professor in
psychology and information technology at the University of Quebec. He has published academic articles on the topics of Consciousness, Transpersonal Psychology, Spiritual Science, and Information Technology. Chet Swanson has a Master in Behavior Analysis from Northern Illinois University and a BS from Shimer College in Natural Sciences. He is an Experiencer and independent researcher. He has experienced NDEs, OBEs, Shamanic Hallucinogenic contact, Remote Viewing contact, CAP-UFOs, and other types of contact experiences. He has published on the topics of Consciousness, NDEs, Hologram Theory of Consciousness, Alternate States of Consciousness, and Non-Human Intelligence. The last article for this section was my interview with the “Father of NDE Research”, Dr. Raymond Moody, which took place at his home in Alabama. Raymond has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and was a Professor of Philosophy for many years. He later became an MD Psychiatrist. As was previously discussed, Dr. Moody was the first to bring the term NDE to the forefront of humanity with the 1975 publication of his book Life After Life. (Moody, 1975) It was when Raymond was completing his residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine that he first met Dr. Bruce Greyson who was a professor at the medical school. Dr. Greyson began to discuss Raymond’s 1975 book and these initial conversations lead Dr. Greyson on his NDE research path. In this interview, Dr. Moody reveals information that he has never previously discussed in many of his prior interviews. Specifically, he discusses topics such as CAPs-UFOs, Astral Travelling, OBEs, sightings of the deceased, and many other Contact Modalities. He also agrees with my position that all the Contact Modalities need to be researched as one integrated phenomenon under the rubric of Consciousness. He also holds the hypothesis that Consciousness is Primary and he informed me that he understood this as a young boy. The title of the last article is “Interview with Dr. Raymond Moody by Rey Hernandez”.
The phenomenon of Out of Body Experiences, Remote Viewing, and the term Clairvoyance are very similar phenomenon but yet there are subtle differences. What all of them have in common is that your individual consciousness leaves your 3D physical reality, which is comprised of your visual perception of height, width, and depth, and your 5 cognitive senses. We then leave this 3D reality, and enter a 4 D physical reality, where your consciousness leaves your physical body, but you are still interacting with the physical 3D reality. For example, in an OBE, you might see your body underneath you but you are still viewing and sensing your 3D physical reality. Your consciousness might then travel to other rooms in your house. It might leave your house and go roam your neighborhood or even other cities, countries or other physical realities. The point is that you are seeing and perceiving your 3D reality underneath. Astral Travels, however, is when your consciousness leaves your 3D and 4D Astral Realms and move to higher realms in our multidimensional reality. Charts #2 and #3 will discuss these details later in the chapter.
The term Out of Body Experiences (OBEs) was made popular by Robert Monroe, who started the Robert Monroe Institute in the early 1970s in the state of Virginia in the United States. Mr. Monroe’s 1971 book titled Journeys Out of the Body is credited with popularizing the term "out-of-body experience". (Monroe, 1971) One of the best websites about OBEs can be found at the Monroe Institute’s website: monroeinstitute.org
This section begins with an article by Julia Sellers titled “A Literature Review of Out of Body Experiences and a Case Study”. Julia has published extensively on the OBE phenomena. In this article, Ms. Sellers reviews much of the academic literature that has been written about the OBE phenomenon. Julia is an OBE Experiencer and has extensively researched a close family member who has had extensive OBEs and Astral Travel experiences. I consider Julia one of the world’s best researchers on the OBE phenomenon.
The Astral Travel phenomenon has not been researched as extensively as the OBE phenomenon. I find the phenomenon of Astral Travel as one of the most important Contact Modalities, yet we know so little about this complex phenomenon. You can think of Astral Traveling as your Consciousness traveling to higher dimensions-- higher dimensions than the 4D reality where OBEs take place. Charts #2 and #3 will discuss these details later in the chapter. Someone experiencing Astral Travel can explore an extensive hierarchy of dimensions or spiritual realms that are filled with an almost infinite number of higher forms of intelligence. Many of the Astral Travel experiencers interact with these intelligences and all interaction take place telepathically, mind to mind communication.
Our second article is authored by Marilyn Hughes who has had more than 40 years of Astral Travel experiences. I consider her the world’s greatest experiencer and researcher on the Astral Travel phenomenon. Her article, titled “OBEs, Astral Travel and Remote Viewing: An Introduction”, presents a brief summary and overview of each of these overlapping phenomenon-- how they are similar and how they are different. Marilyn states that Astral Travelling “often mirrors that which is going on within the human world, and it is the realm, ironically, where psychic information is stored and future events will form from the thoughts, actions, deeds, desires and intentions originating within the human world.” Marilyn has a website with contain hundreds of articles on OBEs, Remote Viewing, and Astral Traveling: outofbodytravel.org
Our last article in this section is written by one of the founders of remote viewing, Stephen A. Schwartz, who is also one of world’s leading authorities on the primacy of consciousness. His co-edited book, titled “Is Consciousness Primary?” is a must read for one to begin to understand what is meant by the term “Consciousness is Fundamental”. (Schwartz, et al., 2020) This 562-page book contains chapters from many of the authors in our book, A Greater Reality.
Stephen A. Schwartz’s article is titled “Through Time and Space: The Evidence for Remote Viewing”. Stephen is one of those few brilliant minds one encounter in your lifetime. This article is an exhaustive academic article that discusses the history of remote viewing which developed in 1972 at the Stanford Research Institute and how he developed in 1969 a similar procedure that he termed “Distant Viewing Protocol” based on his personal research on nonlocal perception, which Steven defines as “the ability of an individual to acquire information that should not be accessible because of shielding by space, time, or both”. I consider Stephen’s article the best overview academic article on Remote Viewing. Stephen A. Schwartz also has a website with hundreds of his articles on the topic of consciousness, nonlocality, and remote viewing: https://www.schwartzreport.net/schwartz-report-archives/
This section starts off with a bang-- an article from the world’s leading academic researcher on the survival of the human consciousness, Dr. Gary Schwartz. Gary’s article is titled “How do scientists (and ideally, the rest of us) change our minds? The example of survival of consciousness research”. This academic paper presents a summary of his more than 30 years of academic research on the survival of consciousness via his work on mediumship with deceased humans. Dr. Gary Schwartz, a former professor at Harvard and Yale Universities and now a senior professor at the University of Arizona where he is the director at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness & Health. Dr. Schwartz has published more than 450 scientific papers, including six in the prestigious journal Science. He co-edited eleven academic books and authored twelve others. The latter include The Sacred Promise, The G.O.D. Experiments, The Afterlife Experiments, The Truth About Mediumship, The Living Energy Universe, and Greater Reality Living (co-authored with Dr. Pitstick).
Gary’s Website can be found here
Our next article was written by a person that I consider the world’s leading expert on the topic of ghosts, poltergeist activities, a phenomenon known as parasitic attachments and all aspects of the paranormal. Paul Eno, while not an academic, has probably more knowledge of these complex phenomena than any other person I know. Paul first started his interest in this arena while in seminary school to be a Catholic priest, a senior priest, who was the exorcist for the region, brought him to his first exorcist that totally destroyed his world view and perked his interest in the paranormal, including the afterlife. This experience was comparable to the 1972 movie “The Exorcist”. This initial experience stimulated more than 50 years of field research in this arena. Paul’s article is titled “Ghosts, Poltergeist, Parasites, Parallel Worlds and GOD”.
Dr. Eric Ouellet is Professor of Defense Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, and at the Canadian Forces College (Canada's Joint Staff and War College). He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from York University (Toronto, Canada), and is the liaison officer for Canada with the Parapsychological Association. Eric is interested in the social dimension of psi effects, and how the PSI concept and the UFO phenomenon could be used in sociological research. Eric’s article is titled “The Marian Apparitions at El-Zeitoun, Egypt, 1968-1971: Miracles and UAPs from a perspective combining parapsychology and sociology”. There are hundreds of documented cases of Marian apparitions throughout the world and many have taken these experiences as signs of angelic communications.
Our next article is authored by the late Apollo 14 Astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell. After returning from the moon in 1971, Edgar founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He has authored Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science, Understanding the Nature and Power of Consciousness (Mitchell, 1974) and The Way of the Explorer (Mitchell, 1996) as well as dozens of articles in both professional and popular periodicals. He devoted the last 40 years of his life to studying science and the physics associated with human consciousness and the Contact Modalities including the topics of UAPs/UFOs, Near Death Experiences, the Afterlife, and paranormal phenomena in his search for a common ground between science and spirituality. I quoted Edgar to begin this chapter, and in this quote, Edgar writes about the need for humanity to become more spiritual and loving and the need for humans to protect our planet. If these items are not initiated and completed, Edgar argues that humanity will head towards a path of self-extermination. This short 2-page article is titled “The Intersection of Science, Religion & Spirituality”.
The final chapter in this section is written by Reverend Michael Carter. Rev. Carter is dear personal friend. He is an ordained Inter-faith minister and has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Union Seminary in New York City. A long-time UFO contact experiencer, he lectures extensively on the topic of Religion/Spirituality and the paranormal Contact Modalities. He has written numerous books on the topic of spirituality and his latest book, Initiation: The Spiritual Transformation of the Experiencer, A Guide for Contact Experiencers was published in August of 2021. (Carter, 2021) Michael’s article is titled “The Spiritual Transformation of the UAP Contact Experiencer: An Analysis of the FREE Research Data”.
This next section discusses entheogenic research, also more commonly called hallucinogenic research, which is research on individuals that have hallucinogenic experiences which include the drug DMT, the active chemical of the Amazonian brew called Ayahuasca, and individuals that have taken Psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly called “magic mushrooms”. Yet another hallucinogenic drug, once common in the 1950s and 1960s but now illegal, is LSD. These researchers, and many like them, have received permission for their respective federal governments to study the possible medicinal use of DMT, Psilocybin and LSD. What researchers all over the world have discovered is that humans who ingest DMT, Psilocybin or LSD have experiences very similar to Astral Travel or NDE type of experiences. At many of the major research universities and medical schools all over the world, academics have finally received permission to research these and other natural entheogens to determine if these drugs can be used for a medical purpose, especially psychological and psychiatric health needs.
To begin this section, we have included an article by a long-time professor at one of the major schools of medicine in the world. Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Center on Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. He is author of over 400 academic journal articles and book chapters and he is also a consultant to the US National Institute of Health. Since 1999, Dr. Griffiths has conducted a series of survey studies characterizing various psychedelic experiences including those associated with acute and enduring adverse effects, mystical-type effects, entity and God-encounter experiences, and alleged positive changes in mental health, including decreases in depression and anxiety, decreases in substance abuse, and reductions in death anxiety. Dr. Griffiths article is titled “Survey of subjective God encounter experiences: Comparisons among naturally occurring experiences and those occasioned by the classic psychedelics psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca, or DMT”.
Our second article on Entheogenic Research and Contact is also written by an academic. Dr. Christopher Timmerman received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and is now a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, at the Imperial College London, Division of Brain Sciences, at the Centre for Psychedelic Research, where he led the first neuroimaging research on the effects of the potent psychedelic DMT on the human brain and consciousness, as well as its potential clinical applications. Dr. Timmerman’s article is titled “DMT Models the Near-Death Experience” which describes the similarities of the DMT and NDE Experiences which both involve contact with very similar types of Higher Forms of Intelligence involving very similar types of interdimensional types of experiences similar to the NDE.
This section contains 12 articles on the topic of UAPs/UFOs. The first article is titled “Chapter One: The FREE UFO Experiencer Research Study” from my co-edited book titled “Beyond UFOs: The Science of Consciousness and Contact with Non-Human Intelligence”. (Hernandez, Klimo & Schild, 2018) This chapter is approximately 100 pages in length and contains a formal academic analysis of the world’s first and only comprehensive, academic, worldwide, statistical research study on UFO Contact Experiencers conducted by the academics and researchers of the Dr. Edgar Mitchell FREE Foundation. In order to take our 3 surveys, the respondent needed to have seen a UFO and also needed to have had some type of contact with a Non-Human Intelligence. Over 4,350 Experiencers from over 125 countries participated in our 3 surveys. Chapter One is an analysis of our two quantitative data surveys. The co-writers of this article were myself, Dr. Jon Klimo and Dr. Rudy Schild. Dr. Edgar had pass away by the time we began to write our book. The data findings from our research study completely contradicts much of what has been circulating in the field of Ufology. Why? Because no one ever attempted to undertake a comprehensive statistical worldwide research study on UFO Contact Experiencers-- in essence the required research was never undertaken before our massive 5-year academic research study.
There are numerous research findings that will be detailed in Chapter One.
Our second article is an article that Brad Steiger submitted for publication for my first book, Beyond UFOs. Brad, who is now deceased, published more than 175 books during a 60-year publishing career on the topics of the paranormal and the Contact Modalities. He was the world’s best-known researcher of what is commonly called the “Paranormal”. Mr. Steiger’s article is titled “The FREE Experiencer Study is a Paradigm Shifting Moment and Opens the Potential Avenues for Future Research”.
Our next article was written by Dr. Charles Emmons. Dr. Emmons has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois, Chicago and was a Professor of Sociology at Gettysburg College for 46 years. His research is mainly in the area of the sociology/anthropology of science, religion and the paranormal. He has written numerous books on the topic of consciousness, the paranormal and Ufology. His article is titled “Methodologies for the Mysterious: UFOs and Consciousness”.
The following article was written by my dear friend, and fellow co-editor of both Beyond UFOs and A Greater Reality, Dr. Jon Klimo. Dr. Klimo received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Brown University and for the last 45 years he was a professor in the clinical program of The American Schools of Professional Psychology, Argosy University and Rutgers University. He has chaired approximately 250 academic doctoral dissertations over his career and of these, approximately 75 have completely or primarily involved topics of parapsychology, the paranormal, consciousness studies, spiritual/transpersonal studies, "new paradigm" science, including the area of Ufology. John has written numerous books and peer reviewed academic articles. Dr. Klimo’s article is titled “Interdimensional Realities & the Contact Modalities”. His article argues that the UFO related contact phenomenon is a consciousness-based phenomenon.
Dr. Joseph Burkes is also a dear friend and he is also a major UFO Contact Experiencer. Dr. Burkes is a retired board-certified internal medicine physician, a life-long volunteer peace and social justice activist, and a formal researcher with both the Consciousness & Contact Research Institute (CCRI) and previously with the Dr. Edgar Mitchell FREE Foundation, FREE. Joseph’s thesis in his article, which I also happen to share, is that the UFO contact phenomenon is a consciousness-based phenomenon and that what we experience via our 5 senses during our UFO contact experiences are actually “Holographic Projections” from UFO related Non-Human Intelligence. I came to this same conclusion back in August of 2012 when I “called down” my first large UAP. Almost 5 years ago I shared my hypothesis to Dr. Burkes that UFOs and UFO intelligence are actually holographic projections and that these experiences are consciousness-based. To my surprise, Joseph agreed with most of my views. I then asked him to write an article presenting this thesis for my upcoming book. His article is a must read for anyone interested in the topic of UFO contact. Joseph’s article is titled “Report from the Contact Underground: Human Initiated Contact, the Consciousness Connection and the Virtual Experience”.
Our next author is an anonymous author because this individual is from mainland China. I believe that this author will be a very important figure for transmitting the connection between Consciousness and the Contact Modalities for future generations in Asia. This author will articulate that the topic of UFOs and even consciousness and spirituality are discredited by China’s ruling elites, mainly due to political reasons. This article provides an overview of these topics in mainland China, topics that are rarely discussed both inside and outside of China. We are informed that Chinese Ufologists have limited access to information, tend to remain low profile and have limited access to promote conferences on consciousness, spirituality, the Contact Modalities, and UFOs due to the position of the Chinese government that gatherings on these topics are considered an “unauthorized” gathering. All public events must be pre-approved from the local police and they are not approving any social events relating to Ufology, Consciousness, the paranormal, or spirituality. This important chapter is titled “Chinese Contact Experiencers Awaken to the Paranormal Contact Modalities”.
Our next article in the field of Ufology is written by a long-time Ufologist, Brent Raynes. Brent has written three books: Visitors from Hidden Realms (2004), On the Edge of Reality (2009), and most recently John A. Keel: The Man, The Myths, and the Ongoing Mysteries (2019). Brent began researching UFOs in 1969 at the age of 14. Like many, Brent started off as a materialist “Nuts & Bolts” Ufologist but after meeting John A. Keel, Brent was introduced to the paranormal aspects of Ufology which he has focused on for the last 40 years. Since 1985, Brent has been editing Alternate Perceptions magazine (apmagazine.info) with noted author and psychologist Dr. Gregory Little. Brent’s article is based on his new book on the research of Ufologist John A. Keel and is titled “John Keel and his Theory of UAPs & the Paranormal”.
Our next article in the Ufology section was written by Dr. Massimo Teodorani, an Astrophysicist, who received his Ph.D. in Stellar Physics at the University of Bologna, Italy. As a researcher at the Astronomical Observatories of Bologna and Naples, and later at the INAF Radiotelescope of Medicina he has been involved in research on many types of explosive stellar phenomena. Among his varied research interests there is an active involvement in the study of anomalous aerial phenomena. Dr Teodorani has published several informative articles on quantum physics, atomic, and nuclear physics, astronomy, astrophysics, bio-astronomy, physics of anomalous atmospheric phenomena, human consciousness, and aerospace subjects. In addition to many technical papers in all of the above-mentioned subjects, he is the author of 24 bestselling books, which have been translated into multiple languages.
Dr. Teodorani’s article argues that “this is a speculative discussion about what is possibly hidden behind the so-called “UFO phenomenon” based on some aspects of quantum mechanics. I hypothesize that quantum vacuum, spacetime and consciousness coexist in the act of creation of reality, as we know it, and that UFO phenomena are the manifestation of an intelligence that is inherent to the Universe itself, maybe as the result of a supernal information technology born in some other planet or dimension. I expect that this intelligence is able to manipulate non-locally the quantum vacuum in order to create new matter and energy and to build up a databank of all that has happened in the history of all the intelligent beings in the Universe.” Dr. Teodorani’s article is titled “Out of the Blind Eye: In Search for a New Science”.
Mary Rodwell was one of the 4 Co-Founders of the Dr. Edgar Mitchell FREE Foundation and served on its Research Committee. Mary was also a dear friend and my primary therapist while I was undergoing profound paranormal contact experiences. She literally was a “Godsend” and settled many of my early anxieties even though she freaked me out many times, LOL. Mary’s article is titled “Awakening to a Greater Reality: Is there a Unification Theory of the 'Paranormal' Contact Modalities?” She is currently a member of the CCRI, Consciousness and Contact Research Committee. Mary was trained in the UK as a former Registered Nurse (RN) a State Certified Midwife, health educator, Counselor (a licensed therapist in the UK) and Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has published numerous articles from her research of more than 3,000 cases of individuals that have had contact with Non-Human Intelligence through her role as founder and principal of the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN). She is the author of two books: Awakening, How Extraterrestrial Contact can transform your life and The New Human: Awakening to Our Cosmic Heritage. She is featured in numerous documentaries: My Mum Talks to Aliens, Paranormal Files, Animal X, Australian Skies 2, ET Contact, They Are Here, Orenda, Force of Consciousness. Mary has participated in various university debate forums at Oxford University (UK) and Australian National University (Australia). She is a Producer of Award winning documentaries including: Expressions of ET Contact a Visual Blueprint?; Expressions of ET Contact a communication and healing Blueprint?; and others. Mary has lectured both nationally and internationally. Her website is: https://www.acern.com.au/
Dr. Michael Grosso, one of the co-editors of our new book, and a dear friend and mentor, got his Ph.D. in philosophy and also studied classical Greek at Columbia University. He has taught philosophy and humanities at New Jersey City University, City University of New York, and elsewhere. Dr. Grosso’s article is titled “The New Story: UFOs, Psychical Research, and Religion”. His main focus has been on philosophy of mind, with an emphasis on paranormal, creative, and mystical states of consciousness. Michael has authored numerous books, the latest being Smile of the Universe: Miracles in an Age of Disbelief. (Grosso, 2020) Of the numerous books that Michael has written, my favorite is Experiencing the Next World Now. (Grosso, 2004)
Michael was for many years affiliated with the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia where he has contributed chapters for their books titled Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century and Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality. Michael is no longer affiliated with any academic institutions. He is an independent scholar, researcher, and artist, into the interface between paint ng and the paranormal. Michael is one of five co-editors of the book “A Greater Reality”.
Yet another good friend is Dr. John Alexander. John’s article is titled “Phenomena Without Borders: Consciousness, UFOs, the Paranormal and the Contact Modalities”. Dr. Alexander was a former U.S. Army colonel and served in key positions in US military intelligence and conducted research on non-lethal weapons. Dr. Alexander developed a deep interest in Near Death Experiences and then completed his Ph.D. dissertation under the supervision of one of the pioneers of NDEs, Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. He went on to become the president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and helped to create the Children’s Hospice International. John had engaged in research on all aspects relating to Consciousness, the paranormal, and the psychic phenomena. He and his wife have travelled the world and have spent weeks at a time with many local shamans learning about the consciousness and paranormal aspects of their work. Dr. Alexander has held leadership positions with the International Remote Viewers Association and the Society for Scientific Exploration. He has also worked part-time for the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), a private research organization dedicated to exploring the UFO, Consciousness, and Paranormal topic. His books include the following: UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities (Alexander, 2011) and Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen – But Did. (Alexander, 2017)
The last article in the UFO section is an interview I conducted with George Knapp, an American television investigative journalist, news anchor, and talk radio host. He has been a longtime news anchor at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a host on Coast To Coast AM, a syndicated radio show, George has millions of listeners worldwide. He is known for his work investigating UFO reports and also the paranormal which are a frequent topic of the Coast-to-Coast radio show. George has been recognized with Edward R. Murrow Awards, Peabody Awards, and dozens of Pacific Southwest Regional Emmy Awards. George was the co-author, with Dr. Colm Kellerher, of Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah. (Kellerher and Knapp 2005).