Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top secret ESP project now mainstream: 2014 remote viewing conference

By Steve Hammons

Once, it was a closely-guarded and classified program that included scientists, military personnel, the intelligence community and civilians with certain natural talents and abilities. It came to be known as Project STAR GATE.

Today, millions of Americans and people around the world are familiar with Project STAR GATE's concept of “remote viewing,” an approach to information-gathering, discovery and understanding using human consciousness.

And more people will learn about remote viewing at the annual conference held by the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA) Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29 at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel, Spa and Casino in Henderson, Nevada.

The IRVA Conference 2014 will feature many speakers familiar with the scientific, defense and human potential aspects of remote viewing.

Like intuition, gut instincts, hunches and possibly some dreams and visions, remote viewing attempts to use the alleged “sixth sense” and extrasensory perception (ESP). Remote viewing taps into interesting and sometimes amazing areas of human consciousness that we are learning more about.

Reputable remote viewing training programs have now trained thousands of people to use their consciousness in advanced ways, and maybe also ancient ways. And millions of other people around the world have heard about, read about or have some understanding of the concepts involved in remote viewing.

The 2009 movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats” also introduced many people to the concepts of remote viewing and other leading-edge research. The film poked fun at some of the innovative and forward-leaning military efforts and research projects, but it also contained many grains of truth that informed audiences in meaningful ways. “Goats” stars George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges helped tell a very important story. 


The keynote speaker at this year’s IRVA conference is Eben Alexander, MD, the neurosurgeon who chronicled his fascinating near-death experience (NDE) in the best-selling non-fiction book “Proof of Heaven – A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife.” His book about the far realms of human consciousness and another reality has resonated with millions of readers.

Alexander’s keynote address is titled “Profound Mystery of Consciousness: The Hard Problem and the Quantum Enigma.”

The master of ceremonies is Bill Ray, who has 47 years of service to the US Army under his belt, many of those years in the intelligence field. Ray was part of Project STAR GATE from 1984 to 1987 and received remote viewing training with the program.

George Noory, US Navy veteran and host of the top late-night radio show in the US, Coast to Coast AM, will moderate a panel discussion on “Fate vs. Free Will.” 

Other speakers include former Project STAR GATE remote viewer Paul Smith, PhD, author of the book "Reading the Enemy’s Mind" and a retired Army major; researcher and writer Angela Thompson Smith, PhD; Glenn Wheaton, former Army non-commissioned officer and co-founder of the Hawaii Remote Viewing Guild; and Russell Targ, PhD, one of the early Project STAR GATE scientists.

Several other fascinating speakers will examine the many angles of discoveries and questions related to remote viewing and the potential of human consciousness. These experts include Pam Coronado, Christopher Barbour, John Kortum, John G. Kruth, Nancy Du Tertre, Graham Nicolls, Debra Lynne Katz, MSW, Lori Williams, Alexis Poquiz and Marty Rosenblatt.

And, of course, the annual PK Party will be held to demonstrate the alleged use of psychokinesis (PK) to bend spoons using consciousness – “Kids of all ages welcome!”


Phenomena like remote viewing used to be called “anomalous cognition,” anomalous meaning inconsistent with what is usual, normal and expected, and cognition meaning conscious mental activities involved in thinking, understanding, learning and remembering.

Now, we might tend to regard intuition, gut instincts, ESP and remote viewing as natural, normal parts of human consciousness. Drawing a parallel to “complementary medicine” and “integrative medicine,” remote viewing and similar phenomena might be thought of as “complementary cognition” and “integrative perception.”

We know now that there are practical applications for this human capacity, not only in the defense and intelligence areas, but also in public health and safety, health care, education, creative activities and a wide range of human endeavors.

And, many believe that we are rediscovering and becoming familiar with a human trait that is actually ancient and basic. Our long-ago ancestors needed robust “situation awareness” to survive. In fact, all creatures do. Could sixth-sense awareness be a survival mechanism just like many other characteristics we possess?

Cultures like Native Americans found value in various kinds of consciousness such as dreams, visions and signs. Can these, too, be forms of a sixth sense?

The five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste are only part of the story. Thinking with our logical minds and biological brains only takes us so far. When we listen to our hearts, we are probably more on target.

And when we combine our experiences through physical, sensory, mental, emotional, spiritual and sixth-sense awareness, maybe we will make significant progress, reach a tipping point and make a breakthrough in human consciousness.

The IRVA Conference 2014 is sure to be a step in the right direction.

For more information, visit the IRVA Conference 2014 website and the main IRVA website.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Profound implications of ‘Phoenix lights’ UFO case explored in film event

By Steve Hammons

Are we ready for the next steps of knowledge and understanding about leading-edge and forward-leaning scientific, psychological and spiritual discovery connected with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and other unusual topics?

The annual screening of the award-winning documentary film “The Phoenix Lights” in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 16, along with comments by special guests present, provided opportunities for the audience to consider the possibilities involved with the 1997 case and the many apparent connections to it.

People around the world are familiar with the March 13, 1997 sighting of very large object or craft gliding slowly over the metro Phoenix area that evening. But not everyone realizes that there may have been multiple objects in Phoenix’s skies that night, and that glowing amber orbs have been seen in the Phoenix region in years before and since.

Unconventional flying objects and other unusual situations have also been reported (and often seen and experienced but not reported) throughout Arizona, including Sedona, the Navajo Nation, Hopi lands and the Four Corners area.

These kinds of phenomena may go back years, decades or centuries. Some of them may be a very natural part of life in the American Southwest and elsewhere on Earth.

It seems that we are now getting more educated about many of these discoveries. Yet, there are still mysterious unknowns about what is going on.


Lynne Kitei, M.D., writer-producer-director of “The Phoenix Lights” film (based on her book), hosted the recent gathering at a Scottsdale movie theater, shared insights with the those present and introduced several guest speakers who made brief comments and responded to questions from the audience. The co-producer of the film, Steve Lantz of Steve Lantz Productions, also participated in the event.

Kitei noted that two years before the 1997 incident, she observed large, glowing amber orbs near the Estrella Mountains on the south side of Phoenix. Other people in the Phoenix and Arizona region have also reported seeing orbs of various sizes and types.

The audience learned that the Spanish word “estrella” means “star” and that local Indians have long-believed that the “star people” come and go in the area of the Estrella Mountains.

When the main Phoenix lights incident occurred in 1997, Kitei also saw the huge object or craft, along with thousands of others in the Phoenix metro area. She and many others came forward and reported what they had witnessed that evening.

Even the governor of the state at the time eventually revealed that he, too, had seen a huge boomerang-shaped craft gliding silently and slowly at a very low altitude over Phoenix.

The lights and/or a boomerang-shaped object were reportedly witnessed earlier that evening northwest of Phoenix in Henderson, Nevada, (metro Las Vegas), then in Kingman in the northwest corner of Arizona, and in Prescott, Arizona, before appearing over the northwest corner of metro Phoenix heading southeast.

Since Kitei had been involved in health-education media production projects and had a background in the performing arts as well as health care, she subsequently made significant public efforts to explore, communicate and educate about what occurred that night.

Her book “The Phoenix Lights: A Skeptic's Discovery That We Are Not Alone” and the documentary film were part of the results of those efforts.

At the film event, Kitei also shared interesting and funny inside stories about her small role as “Florence Arizona” in the quirky1987 Coen Brothers’ movie “Raising Arizona” starring Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter and John Goodman. The movie was filmed at locations throughout the Phoenix region.


Other special guests at the annual film screening included Rebecca Hardcastle, Ph.D., proponent of a concept called “exoconsciousness.” Hardcastle explained that exoconsciousness is the study and development of certain communication skills that include awareness about and telepathy with advanced beings of various kinds.

Jim Dilesttoso, a multi-skilled technical expert who was prominently featured in the film, was also present. He had analyzed photos of the Phoenix lights incident using advanced technical equipment. Dilettoso determined that the lights were not military flares dropped during training of A-10 “Warthog” aircraft at the nearby defense gunnery range south of Luke Air Force Base that night.

Dilettoso noted that he has also conducted other interesting research into unusual phenomena in the Four Corners region.

Two law enforcement officers from the Navajo Nation, Navajo Rangers John Dover and Stan Milford, told the audience about several types of unusual situations they have investigated over the years. These incidents included, but were not limited to UFOs, they said.

Their investigations as peace officers indicate to them that modern physics theories are consistent with ancient Navajo oral history indicating that there may be multiple dimensions, some of which are invisible to us at this time.

An elder and medicine man from the Zuni nation in New Mexico, Clifford Mahooty, explained that the “star people” have been around for a long time, in his view. Mahooty also compared the ability to perceive the star people, other anomalous phenomena and the concept of multiple dimensions with tuning a radio to different stations on the AM and FM frequency bands.

Officers of the Arizona Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), State Director Jim Mann and Assistant State Director Stacey Wright, told the audience about the missions, roles and investigations that MUFON carries out. Chief Investigator for Arizona MUFON Dennis Freyermuth was also introduced.


Some people have speculated that there must have been a purpose for the March 13, 1997, flyover. By all accounts, it was a UFO sighting that had special aspects to it. The case remains unique among decades of worldwide UFO sightings due to the large number of witnesses observing the object(s) for a prolonged period of time over a major well-known city.

Why did it occur in the early- and mid-evening hours on a pleasant evening when many Phoenix-area residents were already outside looking to the skies for a view of the much-publicized Hale-Bopp comet that was expected to provide quite a show?

One possible answer that has been put forward: The flyover was a planned show of a different kind, even more spectacular than seeing the Hale-Bopp comet. It may have been a demonstration, a test or a preparation.

This is consistent with theories and accounts that various kinds of acclimation efforts and activities may have been underway since the 1940s, at least in the U.S., to prepare us for new discoveries that could be surprising.

And why Phoenix and Arizona? There are certain demographic factors that may play a part. These include a population of people who have moved to the area from all over the U.S. and other countries to enjoy the sunny skies and warm weather. There is also a rich mixture of different cultures and a large Native American population with several tribes.

Thousands of visitors and tourists from around the U.S. and around the world visit Arizona each year to view the Grand Canyon and the many other beautiful sights in the state.

Another aspect of the area is the unique geography and biodiversity of the southern Arizona Sonoran Desert and the beautiful mountains in the state.

The geology of the Sedona area, a relatively short drive north of metro Phoenix, includes combinations of quartz, iron oxide and volcanic-related structures that reportedly create unique magnetic energy fields and vortexes. Some people speculate that these energy fields may affect human consciousness and could have other significant effects.

Whatever the reasons, it seems wise to be prepared for further developments in Arizona, public or more discreet, that will continue to allow us to discover and learn, and to develop as more advanced beings ourselves.

The general public, news and entertainment media, public health and safety agencies, defense and intelligence personnel, kids and senior citizens, and all of us probably benefit from increased readiness for continuing interesting unconventional developments.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

UFOs over Arizona: Film event planned for ‘Phoenix lights’ anniversary

By Steve Hammons

(This article was featured 3/16/14 in “Knapp’s News” on the Coast to Coast AM radio show website. "Coast" has the largest late-night radio audience in the US. Award-winning investigative journalist George Knapp of KLAS-TV News in Las Vegas is a popular "C2C" host.)

In the 1977 movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” the character of French researcher Claude Lacombe (based on Jacques Vallee), played by director and actor Francois Truffaut, tries to explain to a U.S. Army Special Forces officer why several civilians were brought to the secret temporary base at Devils Tower, Wyoming.

Lacombe says to the officer, “Major Walsh, it is an event sociologique." That is, it is a “sociological event” and the civilians are somehow part of it, Lacombe tells Walsh.

The same can be said about the situation in the mid-evening hours of March 13, 1997, in the Phoenix, Arizona, region. It also was, and is now, an “event sociologique.” 

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, its origins, development, organizations and institutions.

The appearance of one or multiple very large objects or craft of some kind flying low and slow over the city triggered a sociological event in the Phoenix-area “Valley of the Sun” and throughout the U.S. and the world.

This was because hundreds or thousands of Phoenix-area residents reported witnessing the object(s) and called police, newspapers, local TV and radio stations, and reportedly, the nearby Luke Air Force Base on the west side of metro Phoenix. Local news coverage was quickly picked up by national and international media outlets and “the Phoenix lights” incident joined scores of other significant UFO cases.


Now, 17 years later, the award-winning documentary film “The Phoenix Lights” will be shown at a special presentation Sunday, March 16, 1 pm, at the Harkins Shea 14 theatre in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event will also include speakers and discussions about the UFO phenomena and related research and discoveries.

The 2005 film by writer-director-producer Lynne Kitei, MD, in association with Steve Lantz Productions, is based on Kitei’s bestselling book of the same name.

Were the large objects or craft over Phoenix ours, “theirs,” some combination of the two or something even more surprising? If the objects were those of visitors from elsewhere, which visitors are involved? What were the reasons for the apparent flyovers that would clearly and dramatically be seen by so many Arizonans? Was the flyover meant to provide acclimation and orientation for the public?

These kinds of questions are sure to be considered and discussed at the upcoming showing of “The Phoenix Lights” film.

The questions of readiness and preparedness also seem relevant for public health and safety personnel as well as civilian and military pilots and air traffic controllers. 

Many safety-related topics were addressed in the 1992 firefighter training book "Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control" by Charles Bahme and William Kramer. Although most of the book addresses conventional firefighter and public safety challenges, the authors also include a fascinating chapter titled “Disaster Control and UFOs."

The authors provide background and insight about the UFO phenomena and focus on safety issues in the section "Adverse Potential of UFOs." According to Bahme and Kramer, the two main dangers associated with UFO encounters include powerful, unusual energy fields and psychological effects.

They say that potential hazards include exposure to radiation as well as other energy fields, rays and beams. Physical injuries have been reported. In some cases, these energy fields are involved in the disruption of communications, vehicle and aircraft functioning, and power grid operations.

Psychological and emotional impacts can include disorientation, anxiety, confusion and a hypnotic or paralyzing state, according to the authors. Some researchers indicate that unusual feelings, perceptions, impressions or perceived communications can be associated with these kinds of situations.

In addition, we might consider that human neurological functioning could be affected. This could be intentional by use of some technology or inadvertently due to our proximity to quantum or anomalous natural energies associated with UFOs and certain other unusual phenomena.


There have been other significant UFO incidents before and since that evening of March 13, 1997, in the Phoenix area. Yet, the Phoenix lights case still stands out because of the large number of witnesses in a major city who reported clearly seeing a low-flying large object over an extended period of time.

In the Phoenix incident and beyond, the coordination of the UFO situation, along with other remarkable discoveries, probably involves extensive activities of many kinds. Among these activities, key goals probably include improving preparedness and readiness of the general public, news media, and public health and safety officials.

There has been reasonable speculation over the years that certain elements of the U.S. government and/or organizations related to the federal government may have been tasked with handling aspects of various unconventional phenomena, including UFOs.

In “Close Encounters,” the character of Major Walsh and other U.S. Army personnel are portrayed as being Army Special Forces (Green Berets) from the 5th Special Forces Group, as noted by the unit patches worn in the movie.

As many military history buffs know, Army Special Forces traces its roots back to the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

And, in a publicity photo from the set of the movie, Steven Spielberg (a Phoenix resident himself during his teenage years) is seen talking with Francois Truffaut while Spielberg is wearing a Vietnam War-era camouflage Army shirt with Army Special Forces shoulder patches clearly visible.

To some observers, these subtle factors raise questions about the involvement of Army Special Forces in unconventional activities associated with UFOs, assuming Spielberg had inside information. 

In fact, the mysterious red-suited 12-person team in “Close Encounters” has even been linked to reports of a real-life exchange program.

And like the successful outcome of the special operation in “Close Encounters,” maybe the Phoenix lights incident and our continuing examination of it will also lead to similar important and helpful developments, and to a positive “event sociologique” for the human race.

Arizonans attending the special showing of “The Phoenix Lights” film will be doing their part by learning more and sharing viewpoints about one of the most amazing UFO cases in recent years, and helping us prepare for what comes next.

About the event: The annual screening of the award-winning documentary film “The Phoenix Lights” is on Sunday, March 16, at 1 pm, at the Scottsdale Harkins Shea 14 Cinema, 7354 E. Shea Blvd. Tickets are available at the normal prices. Included in the event are special guests, Q&A sessions and book-signing. For more information, visit The Phoenix Lights website. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Public orientation, education on UFOs enters new phase?

By Steve Hammons

In subtle ways, information available to the general public about UFOs and other emerging scientific developments may be morphing.

Some of what used to be absolutely top secret might now be considered appropriate for public education and preparedness. Other information will undoubtedly remain classified and restricted, probably for a number of reasons.

In the late 1940s (July 1947 to be exact), media coverage and public awareness on the UFO topic suddenly expanded with international news reports about the Roswell crash. Just days later, journalists and the public were told that the crashed and recovered “saucer” was actually just a weather balloon that had been misidentified by the Army Air Force base intelligence officers and commanding officer at Roswell Army Air Field.

Some researchers claim that shortly after and as decades rolled on, certain governmental and related efforts were put into motion. These activities reportedly may have included obtaining more information about the UFO situation, acquiring advanced technology, identifying scientific implications and assessing possible threats.

In addition, a security blanket over the UFO subject was allegedly established. Compartmentalization and information restrictions as well as need-to-know guidelines were implemented.

Activities to attempt to handle and coordinate the UFO situation may have included downplaying the subject in the news media. UFO researchers reportedly were monitored. Various approaches may have been used to manage public information on UFOs and related matters, including influencing movies, TV, books and other media platforms.


In 2014, there seem to be indications that some of these goals and methods may have changed somewhat. Did everyone get the memo? 

It’s challenging to turn a big ship around. In this case, the “big ship” could be the decades of certain governmental policies, media coverage, along with public information and understanding, or lack of it.

By its nature, the UFO situation is reported to be quite sensitive and complex. There is probably more to the story than just intelligent beings from another planet visiting us. Some scientists and other researchers appear to believe that the UFO phenomena are related to a much bigger picture about the physics of the Universe.

Our world, our Universe and our very consciousness are reportedly part of new discoveries and insights. 

There seems to be an ongoing process of learning more, comparing notes, investigating and being open to valid new information and perspectives.

Steady, gradual and appropriate public education on UFOs and related matters might have been going on at some level for many decades. At the same time, governmental or other groups and organizations may have had varied viewpoints and used different methods in trying to learn more and handle this situation.

Separating the information that is suitable for the general public from that which is classified or inappropriate for the public will undoubtedly be a continuing task. There will probably also be differences of opinion about what the public has a need to know, and what the public can handle and understand.

Are individual journalists, the news media and the entertainment media doing their part to assist in these efforts? 

Many mainstream news organizations, national and local, seem to occasionally try to cover these topics in reasonable ways. Some individual journalists have covered UFOs well, whether it’s a breaking news story of a credible UFO sighting or more in-depth investigation and analysis.

The marked increase in TV entertainment programming on UFOs and other scientific issues appears to reflect strong public interest. Many media producers' creative experiments are bringing important information on these subjects to audiences in effective ways.

Worthwhile news and entertainment media efforts seem  to have very important parts to play, along with other educational activities of various kinds.


Information and understanding about these leading-edge topics will most likely continue to expand in coming days, weeks, months and years. 

For people who are curious about the UFO phenomena and other edge-science topics, maybe we should be careful what we ask for. Some of these issues may have been kept secret for good reasons. 

It might not be easy or comfortable to deal with some of the facts involved.

At the same time, there may be potential for some very uplifting and hopeful developments to occur that are in some ways associated with UFOs and different kinds of forward-leaning scientific research.

If we were to attend a high-level briefing by people “in the know,” they might start out with, “I’ve got good news and bad news.” And, they might tell us the situation is actually somewhat mind-boggling in its scope and complexity. 

There may be a challenging learning curve that we are all facing.

Are we up to this task? Can individuals and societies handle new, amazing and complicated information, then adjust to it in appropriate ways? These are probably very legitimate questions … and the answers could be uncertain. 

This may be part of the reason why these kinds of scientific topics are so delicate, and why appropriate, gradual public orientation is so important.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Unusual phenomena, UFOs part of Arizona life

By Steve Hammons

From Arizona’s Sonoran Desert in the south, to the pine-covered mountains in the central part of the state, and the Navajo and Hopi lands in northeastern Arizona, unusual incidents seem to occur with some regularity.

When the 23rd annual International UFO Congress conference begins near Phoenix in mid-February, locals and visitors alike will certainly have plenty to see, do, experience and think about.

Past incidents, current and ongoing research, and possible future developments seem to provide a rich combination of interesting phenomena to explore and discuss.

The “Phoenix lights” case made headlines around the world when hundreds or maybe thousands of Phoenix-area residents (including the Arizona governor) reported seeing a huge V-shaped or boomerang-shaped object slowly cruise over the metro region at low altitude on the evening of March 13, 1997.

Up in Arizona’s mountains on Nov. 5, 1975, a resident of the small town of Snowflake, Travis Walton, was reportedly involuntarily taken aboard an unusual craft as he and his small work crew were leaving a nearby national forest. He showed up a few days later, apparently disoriented and, naturally, somewhat shocked.

And the town of Sedona and surrounding areas in the high desert have long been associated with unusual uplifting energy, strange phenomena and UFO sightings. 

Some of the unusual aspects of the Sedona area are theorized to be associated with the high content of iron oxide in the ground and beautiful red rock outcroppings in combination with substantial deposits of quartz, creating special energies of some kind.


Many people are aware that Arizona is home to several Native American tribes and nations. The Navajo and Hopi lands are up near the “Four Corners.” Apache lands are on the eastern side of the Grand Canyon State. Even the metropolitan Phoenix area is home to several surrounding Native American tribes. And far southern Arizona near Tucson and the border with Mexico also includes Indian tribal lands.

UFO incidents along with other interesting phenomena have been reported on Native American lands in Arizona, including reports by tribal public safety officers and peace officers.

Arizona is also home to four major military installations: Luke Air Force Base on the west side of Phoenix, Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, the Fort Huachuca Army post in Sierra Vista south of Tucson and near Tombstone, and the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma on the border with California at the Colorado River. 

Back in the 1800s, Fort Huachuca was a post of African-American “Buffalo Soldiers” cavalry units. They and other Army units fought the Apaches in the region in some of the final major military actions against Native Americans in the Southwest.

When the 1997 Phoenix lights incident occurred, Luke AFB was involved in important ways. Residents, news media and local officials reportedly contacted the base for information about the strange, huge object.

Later that evening, military flares were dropped at the Air Force practice range south of Luke, reportedly part of activities of a visiting Air National Guard unit. Reports that fighter jets from Luke were scrambled in response to the Phoenix lights object were never confirmed by Luke officials.

The Phoenix lights object had entered Phoenix air space at the northwest corner of the metropolitan area, heading on a diagonal southeasterly course and cruising slowly over the city. When it exited Phoenix, the object was reportedly heading in the direction of Tucson.


Speakers and attendees at the International UFO Congress next month will be in good company in Arizona.

People from around the country and around the world (and maybe from other worlds) visit the state to experience its many wonders such as the Grand Canyon, the central Arizona mountains, the Sedona area and the rugged Sonoran Desert with its unique animal and plant life, including the famous saguaro cactus which grows only in the Sonoran Desert.

College students also come to Arizona from all over to attend one of the three major state universities (Arizona State University in metro Phoenix, University of Arizona in Tucson and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff) or private higher education institutions.

And several prominent astronomical observatories are located in southern Arizona.

When the snow falls in winter, the state’s mountain ski areas ramp up for an influx of skiers. Meanwhile, even in the winter months, people living in or visiting Arizona’s desert regions can still enjoy warm, sunny weather. That’s why the visitors from the northern areas of the country and Canada (called "snowbirds") arrive in Arizona at the start of every winter and depart in the spring.

Seeing and experiencing the many fascinating aspects of Arizona draws seasonal visitors as well as people who decide to live in the state full-time.

Enjoying and treasuring the natural beauty of Arizona is an experience shared by millions of people. From the special energy of Sedona to fascinating sightings in Arizona’s skies, maybe these interesting phenomena are integral parts of Arizona's natural beauty. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Movie ‘Sedona’ explores metaphysical mysteries, Nature’s beauty, human heart

By Steve Hammons

Mysterious discoveries in quantum physics and one of Earth’s most beautiful, mystical spots merge with human consciousness and the human heart in the independent drama-comedy film “Sedona.”

This fun and visually-beautiful movie successfully captures and shares the wonderful “Red Rock Country” of central Arizona with viewers. Adventure, danger and important personal discovery await the main characters as they encounter Sedona, intentionally or by accident.

Or, are there hidden cosmic forces at work that have drawn them to Sedona for reasons they do not yet understand?  

The interconnectedness of our lives in time, space and place emerges in this film … the same kind of puzzling connections that physicists call “string theory” and “non-locality.” The “coincidences” that the movie’s characters experience also reflect the idea of “synchronicity” … that many coincidences are nothing of the sort but, rather, have meaning and purpose, and perhaps are part of a larger plan.  

Featuring a talented cast of seasoned film and TV actors, during 2012 “Sedona” was introduced to movie-lovers at film festivals throughout the country. In 2013, “Sedona” continues to be discovered and enjoyed by audiences through DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand via most cable and satellite providers.


Writer-director-producer Tommy Stovall of Pasidg Productions (based in Sedona) brought the film’s cast and crew together in Sedona where they experienced the fantastic red rock formations and mountains, and possibly the interesting awareness and understanding that many people report. Stovall says local Sedona residents also helped in the production in many ways.

The main cast – Frances Fisher, Seth Peterson, Barry Corbin, Christopher Atkins, Matthew J. Williamson, Kylee Cochran, Tatanaka Means, Rachel Reenstra, Robert Shields, Lin Shayne, Beth Grant, Trevor Stovall and Rand Schwenke – as well as the supporting cast, thoroughly humanize the story.

In two separate story lines, Frances Fisher (Tammy) is a stressed-out advertising professional who takes a wrong turn (or the correct turn) to Sedona on her way to an important business meeting in Phoenix.

Meanwhile, Seth Peterson (Scott), also a preoccupied and tightly-wound attorney, his partner Matthew J. Williamson (Eddie) and their two young sons, Trevor Stovall (Denny) and Rand Schwenke (Jeremy), are on a planned vacation to Red Rock Country from San Diego.

Under seemingly random circumstances, they meet the other characters, Sedona locals: Barry Corbin (car mechanic Les), Kylee Cochran (auto repair shop employee Alana), Beth Grant (psychic pedicurist Deb), Christopher Atkins (coffee shop owner Pierce), Lin Shayne (apparently psychologically-challenged Claire) and Tatanka Means (local search-and-rescue member, Native American Chuck).

As the interactions between the characters develop and unfold, they are also interacting with the Sedona region – the community, the magnificent natural surroundings and the unseen elements that fascinate residents, visitors and people worldwide.

In fact, Stovall says, “We wanted Sedona itself to be a major character.”


Located at a “sweet spot” (elevation 4,500 feet) between the floor of the Arizona Sonoran Desert and pine-covered mountains, the Sedona area is regarded as having a near-perfect climate. Over past decades, dozens of movies of many genres have been filmed there.

Throughout the movie “Sedona,” Native American music and drumming provide additional emotional background and context, and help bring viewers into a significant aspect of the Sedona region – the Native American presence there reportedly dating back to 11500 B.C.

Stovall says, “We recorded some of them in a studio, but most of them out in Nature, including in some caves and some ancient Sinagua dwellings.” The Sinagua are believed to have lived in the area from 650 A.D. to about 1400 A.D.

Stovall adds, “The overall goal with the score was to sort of have the red rocks ‘speaking’ to the audience.” So, quite literally, the red rocks of Sedona are communicating to us.

At crucial times in the story, when tensions are high, danger is present, or characters’ emotions are in confusion and transition, Stovall uses fantastic aerial shots of the Sedona area to create an eagle-eye-view or God’s-eye-view of the larger scheme of things … of the magnificent larger beauty that the characters, and all of us, may not always be able to perceive in our day-to-day lives.

These scenes, too, like the music, seem to provide context to the challenges and changes that the humans far down below are experiencing.

The characters encounter and sometimes reluctantly embrace a kind of awareness in Sedona that is different from their previous viewpoints about life. Odd coincidences (or synchronicity), alternate ways of perceiving “reality” and mysterious energies in Nature seem to influence and guide the characters along a path of greater understanding and awareness.

They discover, or rediscover, what is important in life – family, love of and compassion for our fellow human beings, appreciation of the beauty of Nature and our connectedness with it, and perhaps a larger force at work on Planet Earth and in the Universe.

We don’t need to physically visit Sedona to learn these lessons. Scientists and researchers have clearly demonstrated that humans have the natural ability to perceive using a “sixth sense.” Call it hunches, instincts, intuition extrasensory perception (ESP) or even "remote viewing" (used in US defense and intelligence efforts). As understanding about this real part of human consciousness spreads, our lives on Earth and beyond will undoubtedly be enhanced – possibly in wonderful ways we can barely imagine.

The movie “Sedona” helps us on this journey. It takes audiences to a special place: a gorgeous place in central Arizona, a place within ourselves and a place that the human race is heading to, whether we fully realize it or not.

You can visit the "Sedona" movie website, learn more about the film and view the trailer at: http://www.sedonamovie.com/.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Rendlesham Forest UFO incident linked to Sedona, Arizona

By Steve Hammons

New and possibly significant information has emerged about the 1980 Rendlesham Forest UFO incident that involved U.S. Air Force personnel.

Sedona, Arizona, has been named as a location that may have been identified in a mysterious alleged psychic transmission to one of the Air Force security police officers who claimed to have had a very close encounter with a strange craft in Rendlesham Forest.

Sedona has long been known as not only a magnificently beautiful place drawing visitors from all over the world and serving as a location for many movies since the 1920s, but also the site of various kinds of unusual, and some say uplifting, phenomena.

Located in the central mountain area of Arizona at an elevation of 4,500 feet, Sedona is on the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert region, located between the cities of Phoenix and Flagstaff.

A human presence in the Sedona region reportedly has been documented to between 11500 B.C. and 9000 B.C. More recent native inhabitants, the Sinagua, may have appeared in the region in approximately 650 A.D. and departed in about 1400 A.D., possibly leaving for other locations occupied by the Hopi and Zuni peoples in other parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

But how is Sedona connected to the Rendlesham Forest case?


Many TV viewers, researchers and interested people have recently learned more about the December 1980 incident at a U.S. air base in the UK. The U.S. Air Force facilities there at the time, located at the Royal Air Force Bentwaters base in Suffolk, England, bordered Rendlesham Forest.

Base personnel including several U.S. Air Force security police officers and the deputy base commander reported witnessing and experiencing a puzzling and shocking UFO encounter in Rendlesham Forest after indications that an aircraft may have crashed and base personnel responded to the scene.

Former UK Ministry of Defense representative Nick Pope investigated this case years later and reportedly found it to be highly credible.

More recently, two of the former Air Force security policemen, retired Sgt. John Burroughs and Sgt. Jim Penniston, have gone public with their experiences, as has former deputy base commander Col. Charles Halt. Their accounts have been featured in many TV shows and other media platforms, serving to educate and inform the public about this interesting incident.

In even more recent months, one of the security policemen, Penniston, has stated that during one phase of the encounters, he was able to actually walk up and touch the craft, perhaps not the wisest course of action, yet a brave one by a very curious military police officer. Or, perhaps he was drawn to it for some reason.

However, he kept one element of the encounter private for years: When he touched the object, his mind was filled with overwhelming light and the visualization of a long series of zeros and ones, which he later learned seemed to be a binary code, such as that used in modern-day digital technology.

After these zeros and ones kept entering his mind following the confusing encounter and after subsequent interrogation by U.S. government investigators, he found that writing the zeros and ones out in a notebook was helpful in clearing his mind of this puzzling series of numbers.

Years later, those zeros and ones in Penniston’s notebook have been the subject of attempted interpretation. Among other reported apparent partial sentences and messages contained in the binary code, there were seven sets of geographic latitude and longitude coordinates, including one set that turned out to be a location in the vicinity of Sedona.

The city of Sedona is at 34°51′36″N, 111°47′21″W, though the precise coordinates in the binary code may not be exactly within the city limits.

In addition to the Sedona area, the other coordinates reportedly are linked to an ancient city in Central America; a location in South America; Giza, Egypt; a Greek island; a location in China; and the site of a reported ancient and sunken island off the west coast of Ireland known as Hy-Brasil which appeared on mariners’ maps in the 1400s, 1500s and 1600s. 

(Update: This last location reportedly is the subject of some discussion, with one interpretation identifying the location as the town of Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, near where the Rendlesham Forest incident occurred, not Hy-Brasil. The reported discrepancy is apparently based on different interpretations of Penniston's handwritten zeros and ones.)


Sedona is known around the world as a place of immense beauty and the region is often referred to as “Red Rock Country.” Towering rugged red rock formations create a scene that is both awe-inspiring and strangely comforting for many people, residents and visitors alike.

The red rock formations and equally red earth there are due to high iron content. It has been reported that this high iron content, combined with deposits of quartz in the region, may contribute to some type of electro-magnetic or other physics-related phenomena that is not fully understood.

The several so-called energy “vortexes” or fountains in the area are alleged to contribute to feelings of well-being and insight for some people. Visitors often seek out these vortex locations for thoughtful meditation and out of curiosity – just to see if there is any truth to claims about these sites.

Sedona is an upscale community full of high-end homes and resorts. Numerous art galleries featuring western art also draw many visitors there. Annual cultural events such as the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks festival, and the Sedona Bluegrass Festival are just some of the other activities that provide great reasons to visit the area.

Oak Creek meanders through the Oak Creek Canyon north of town and through the heart of Sedona. Visitors often find Slide Rock State Park on the creek a fun place for kids to wade, swim and slide down the cascading waterway.

Surrounding Sedona is the Coconino National Forest and north of the city is the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area. The National Park Service has created and maintains a wonderful system of trails throughout the area suitable for hikers of all kinds. Arizona state parks are also nearby.

Ancient Native American ruins can be found in the region, and some say the spirits of the ancients still smile on Sedona, reportedly regarded as a special place by regional native peoples, past and present.

UFOs and other odd encounters have been reported by residents and visitors to Sedona over the years. There have even been stories of mysterious U.S. military activity in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area and strange incidents there.

Now that Sedona has surfaced as part of the Rendlesham Forest incident, one of the most significant UFO encounters in recent history, it might be helpful to consider all the elements that combine in Sedona – geologic, geographic, demographic, cultural, historical and metaphysical.

Can we expect something interesting to happen in Sedona in the future, or is the identification of that location connected to our ancient past? Or both?