Out of this world: UFO Conference enjoys record attendance
EUREKA SPRINGS -- More than 750 people attended the 27th annual Ozark Mountain UFO Conference this past weekend in Eureka Springs. The event, held at the Inn of the Ozarks Conference Center, was sold out and packed in the main room, and a second, overflow room showed the presentations on a screen. This event has been reported as the largest UFO conference in the country.
Nine speakers regaled attendees with accounts and information from a diverse range of subjects, including government disclosure of UFO activity, recent archeological finds and their extraterrestrial implications and UFO abductees/contactees.
Popular author and hypnotherapist Dolores Cannon, who took over the conference last year after a gap following the death of long-time conference organizer Lucius Farish, opened the conference by presenting the Lucius Farish Trust award of $1,000 and an engraved crystal to world-renowned ufologist Richard Dolan via Skype.
Cannon added two film debuts, "Hidden Hand" and "Zipper" this year and said she hopes to expand film offerings in the future. She said she wants to keep the conference in Eureka Springs and keep it true to Farish's emphasis on UFO research.
Highlights of the conference included contactee Sherry Wilde, who said she had hundreds of abduction experiences since childhood, speaking intimately of them, and said she finally came to understand "why me?"
"They said, 'You're a volunteer/participant,'" she said, one of millions who came to Earth after the 1945 atomic bomb drop.
"We figured out the only way we could help was incarnate by the millions to come help. Earth humans fell into fear and got stuck on the planet and started a game called karma. Karma is a lie."
She said there are three important things to know: that "we are all one with our Creator;" that "we are multidimensional beings existing on more than one level at a time;" and that we should "monitor [our] thoughts; keep [our] thoughts positive."
Hollywood film producer and new MUFON board director Anthony Cataldo spoke about "701: the Movie," which he is making about UFO/ET contacts. Out of the thousands of cases that have been reported, 701 of them cannot be debunked, he said. He spoke and showed film clips of 200 children in Zimbabwe, a Socorro, N.M., police officer and others around the world who have had "close encounters of the third kind," including an account of an ET with a broken leg who crash-landed in Varginha, Brazil, and was treated in a hospital. He said the doctor who treated the broken leg was astonished at the rapid healing once the bone was set. The creature communicated with him telepathically and told him, "You have the abilities we have; you just don't know it because you are cut off from your spiritual nature."
Cataldo said the movie will be a full-length feature film and will be released next Spring.
A favorite speaker who has been a presenter since the first conference was journalist and decades-long UFO researcher Linda Moulton Howe, speaking on "10,000 B.C. Gobekli Tepe and Ancient Stone Circles: ET Terraforming?" Howe gave accounts of stone circles found around the world going back thousands of years, and showed photographs of carvings of humanoid figures with possibly six fingers on each hand. She questioned the purpose of such sites beyond serving as accurate astronomical calendars.
"Stonehenge resonates at 10 Hertz," Howe said. "It is the alpha wave pattern of the human brain. Why was it constructed to resonate at 10 Hertz in addition to being a calendar ...?"
Howe said that in 1983 when she visited Kirtland Air Force base, she was given a presidential briefing paper that said that ETs "manipulated DNA of already evolving primates to create Homo sapiens" and that all the questions had been answered and "the project was now closed."
She concluded her presentation with a speculation about why ETs are abducting people.
"They are taking DNA to use as 'bandaids' for themselves in the future," she said. "Are they taking DNA because this is the last time DNA was functional?"
Famous Coast-to-Coast radio show host George Noory provided the comedic component of the conference. Escorted in by Star Wars Imperial stormtroopers, he regaled the crowd with jokes, but mostly answered audience questions. He also referenced the recent incident of the Nevada rancher who won a standoff against the Bureau of Land Management and urged attendees to "take our country back and take our planet back."
Other speakers included planetary scientist Antonio Paris, on the impracticability of spacecraft to reach the Earth or for humans to travel very far or for very long in space, and Nick Pope and Haktan Akdogan, who covered UFO documents disclosure by governments.
Sunday the conference was concluded with Travis Walton of "Fire in the Sky" fame and Cannon, who mostly took questions from the audience.