“Come in, come in,” says Dan Berg. “Close the door.”
So I do.
He’s on about something. Just back from a trip to Mount Shasta for a UFO something-or-other. He cues up a video he took —a short sixteen minutes of footage from hours and hours. “Right there!” He points out a tiny light blip on the screen that disappears and looks (to me anyway) like a blurry, unspectacular nothing. It’s probably just Jupiter or ice crystals or swamp gas, I think to myself. No way. Those old excuses don’t fool Dan anymore. Venus, he explains, was the brightest light in the sky that night and it isn’t even visible on video. This was brighter than anything else in the night sky. The little flash that meant nothing to me meant everything to him. It was confirmation: aliens exist.
He could see the wall of skepticism going up in me. The pressed lips. Crossed arms. Hippo eyes. Resting Can-I-Go-Now Face. “I know you don’t believe any of this,” he said, and simply insisted I reserve judgment until after watching the Netflix documentary Unacknowledged.
So I did.
ENTER: RABBIT HOLE
The thing about rabbit holes is whether you go down them or not, they can change your life. I’ve personally avoided many such conspiratorial quandaries and paranormal pitfalls my entire life. For example, I have doubts about the accepted narrative of JFK’s assassination, and I’m dubious about the 1969 U.S. moon landing. (There I said it!) But one must cap their public insanity somewhere, right? (… Right?) Until I met Dan, my Public Crazy Bar was set firmly at “911 was an inside job.” Sure, maybe there’s extra-terrestrial life somewhere in the universe, but they don’t visit earth. I had never gone down ghost or Sasquatch rabbit holes—and no aliens.
But aliens are a particularly slippery rabbit hole for me. I (and I assume most people) consider our universe so vast it is virtually impossible to conceive Earth being the only life-harbouring hunk of rock in existence. From there, it’s not a huge stretch to imagine intellectually superior beings exist, and know about us before we know about them.
So, I watched Unacknowledged. Twice. The first time I watched with a mix of belief and disbelief. The film is believable, which is what makes it so unbelievable. Had I been wrong about the world this whole time? The second time, I followed along Wikipedia’ing the cases and characters mentioned. I browsed the FBI’s open electronic database for declassified documents mentioned in the film. (All but one of the major claims checked out.) I’ll admit I was surprised and a little convinced. And so, down the rabbit hole I went.
For Dan, it all started years ago. He went through a divorce and needed a change of scenery, so he moved from Kamloops to Revelstoke. He went through a stage, he says, when he just had to know—is this it?
“I just wanted to see if there was more,” he said.
After watching Unacknowledged, Dan’s curiosity morphed into full-blown obsession. He read every spare moment about extra-terrestrial life. How they visit Earth and their technology. How humans tacitly accept a global myth we are alone. Unlike JFK and 911, ghosts, Sasquatch and other conspiracy theories, the alien conspiracy has major consequences for mankind. If aliens do visit Earth and do have this technology, what on Earth are we doing?
That’s when Berg heard about CE-5.
WHAT THE H3-L IS CE-5?
From Unacknowledged, Berg learned about famed ufologist Stephen Greer and his Centre for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI), which offers instructions on how to carry out a CE-5.
A CE-5 is a term for close encounters with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI). Unlike other forms of encounters, a CE-5 involves mutual, human-initiated communication with ETI. How, you ask? Through guided meditation and consciousness, basically saying: We are loving, peaceful, curious humans who want to know if intelligent life is out there.
The website also allowed Dan to “make contact with” a fellow like-minded man in Salmon Arm. The two decided to meet mid-way for a CE-5 at the marina in Sicamous.
“That night, we had spectacular and incredible contact
… I saw my first UFO; I saw my fiftieth UFO.”
The evening of March 3 was foggy. The two could barely even see the nearby mountains. It certainly wasn’t optimal for UFO-spotting. But the two were there, so figured what the hell. (March 3 is also International CE-5 Day.) They did their guided mediation as outlined on the CSETI website, focused on nearby geographic features, and when nothing happened, they called it a night.
The next morning, March 4, Grace Edwards awoke in her Sunnybrae home and immediately noted something strange. On the frozen lake in front of her were circles, the likes of which she’d never seen before. She snapped a pic. The formations were so unusual she called the Salmon Arm Observer, which noted in its story that no visible snowmobile tracks could be seen coming from the circles. (As of writing this, Grace says the mystery remains.)
In another universe, these two random occurrences would have wound up in the realm of quirky small-town news and totally forgotten. Except for one little line at the bottom of the story, that would change Dan’s life forever. If any one has any information, please email the Observer.
MEANWHILE, IN REVELSTOKE
Dan didn’t see the paper until later that week. A coworker showed him, and connecting the dots, insisted he at least inform the Observer where he had been that night and what he was doing.
“I emailed and said: ‘I’m not claiming to be responsible for these ice circles, but I do want to tell you what I did Saturday night,” he said. Another story was printed in the paper: B.C. man attempts to contact aliens in the Shuswap. “That’s when this whole thing exploded.”
The paper circulated throughout a couple dozen Black Press newspapers from Abbotsford to Grand Forks and Kelowna. “People started reaching out to me from all over the world. Literally,” he said. The story made it into the American magazine Mysterious Universe.
Still, while Dan was hooked, he wasn’t 100 per cent convinced.
“I hadn’t seen anything with my own eyes. I hadn’t seen a UFO or anything related, but I was obsessed.”
That’s when he received a friendly Facebook message fro, host of the website ET Let’s Talk. Makreas oversees a collective of more than 17,000 groups and individuals from over 100 countries who meet as CE-5 teams once every month to make coordinated, interactive contact with ET civilizations. In his message, Makreas recruited Berg to come join an extraterrestrial retreat in Mount Shasta, California.
“This was my opportunity hopefully to see a UFO for the first time.”
Along with about 30 others, Berg trekked out to the California countryside in the shadow of Mt. Shasta’s namesake volcano. They had to get away from the city lights — away from civilization, so to speak.
“That night, we had spectacular and incredible contact,” said Dan, without a doubt in his mind. “I saw my first UFO; I saw my fiftieth UFO that week.”
The sky was “super-active all night,” and it changed him. Most importantly, it inspired him to try a CE-5 in Revelstoke.
“I was told: ‘You don’t need to go anywhere. You can do this in your backyard.”
When he got home, with friends, family and coworkers asking him about his experience, he decided to invite them to a CE-5 here. And so, one Saturday in late-June, Berg and two coworkers ventured to the top of Sale Mountain. Mike Cameron was in the group. New to Revelstoke, Mike was less into meeting aliens and more into just meeting with some buds outside of work.
“Worst case scenario, I figure we would shoot some stars,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dan worried himself sick with performance anxiety — what would his coworkers think if they didn’t spot anything? “If nothing happens, I’m toast,” he said.
The three held a meditation—a directed focus on their geographic surroundings and a message of light and love upwards—and within five minutes, they both say, it started. Mike was the first to see a flash. As instructed, he alerted the others, but was so surprised by the strange sighting, he couldn’t spit it out.
“I couldn’t even get the word out. It was just so real,” he said. “It looked like someone had a flashlight on the other end and would move around and dance. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
“And it happened over and over and over again,” said Dan. “It wasn’t even dark out yet. Only a couple of stars were out and we were seeing these bright flashes. And that was so exciting to go, essentially, into my backyard and see undeniable, initiated contact by these other beings.”
Mike left feeling fully confirmed in his answer to an age-old human question whether we are the only living, breathing consciousness in the universe. And it was a definitive no.
“You wonder if you sound like a nut job. You try to rule it out … but I’m fully convinced,” he said. “There are a lot of questions that could probably be answered.”
Dan says it’s tough to balance an obsession like this with day-to-day life:
“It’s hard, you know, because for some people it means nothing. For others, it means everything. It’s everything for me to know the true history of Man … People can ridicule me all they want but they should come see for themselves.”
“It’s hard … for some people it means nothing. For others, it means everything.”
He’s more concerned about science and potential new technology, than people thinking he’s nuts. “If governments intentionally withhold knowledge of our physical world and alien technology that could change the planet, or a race of beings who have mastered interstellar travel and possess the ability to eliminate mass from their ships and beat gravity, “I want to know this. I want to know everything—who wouldn’t?”
“Sadly, some people don’t care. They live in this paradigm. They go to work. They pay their taxes, and that’s the end of it. I refuse to sit back knowing that these technologies exist, knowing that people are trying to hide it and deceive and lie about it, and keep the truth from us. I’m a truth seeker. I just want the truth.”
REVED GOES ON A CE-5
One Saturday in September, Dan, Mike and I ventured up Sale Mountain.
Dan and I trekked down one side of the summit with camera equipment and camping chairs, traipsing through an alpine meadow alive with blood-thirsty mosquitoes. Aside from the bugs and residual forest fire haze, it was a beautifully clear night. We set the camera up on a bed of mountain heather. The sun set. Dusk set in. Mosquitoes filled the air with the hum of a thousand tiny chainsaws. The three of us joined hands, hearts and minds, and sent a meditative message up to the skies for anyone to hear: Here we are. Three humans with a sincere desire to know if there is life out there. We come in peace and love…
But, as I stood there mosquitoes landing on my eyelids, buzzing into my nostrils, and our hand-holding preventing me from stopping their incessant attack, all I could honestly think was: I’m going to kill Dan. We waited. And waited. Our message of love evidently unrequited.
“Maybe we should try it again,” I said finally. “I think I fucked up the last one.” We did it again, but for whatever reason, by the end of the night, the only flying aliens I had to report were millions of bloodsucking mosquitoes.
ONE WEEK LATER
That night was clearly disappointing for Dan. “We had no sightings that night. None whatsoever. Not a peep,” he said.
The following week, however, Berg took another small group of half-a-dozen up Sale, and they “nailed it,” he said. “Everybody saw it.” Among those in the group this time was Murray Elliott. This small “solid”group did the guided meditation as usual. After about 45 minutes, he said: “We saw some satellite-type objects doing things you wouldn’t expect.”
Then they saw a huge flash.
“It was definitely bigger than a star—closer to the size of the moon.”
What it actually was, he can’t be sure. But everyone agreed it warranted investigation. He and his girlfriend are hooked on the CE-5 thing, but Murray tempers Dan’s enthusiasm.
“There’s some ambiguity to the things we saw,” he said. “When I tell my friends, I’m not exactly telling them I saw aliens. More that we saw something that could be classed as a UFO, an unidentified flying object. Skepticism aside, we definitely saw some items in the sky that were confusing to say the least.”
Elliott adds that it would be awesome to grow CE-5 missions into a more well-known activity. At this same time, he resists going down the rabbit hole of ufology. “I’m not into the conspiracy theory as much. It can get quite far-fetched quickly.”
CHANGING HUMANKIND, ONE SMALL TOWN AT A TIME
Dan now has a core group who come out to do CE-5’s regularly. For him, it’s all about creating a human movement, and one day, full disclosure of information about extra-terrestrials.
He hopes it starts a dialogue and people check it out for themselves. “It’s so important for people to know this isn’t about attention. Unfortunately I’m getting it. But I don’t want it. I just want people to see the changes that come with it.” The changes he means are changes in our human behaviour.
As the theory goes, ETI have evolved as hyper-emotionally intelligent beings able to communicate non-verbally through consciousness. The experience of connecting in that way using CE-5’s has left Dan in a state of profound awe and gratitude. It also changes our place in the universe and, possibly, our purpose on earth.
“It’s beautiful,” he said. “I feel completely different … I don’t want to sound strange,” he said, sounding strange, “you just fill your heart with love.”
Reved Asked: Do You Believe in Aliens?
Eva Acri — They definitely exist. I betcha they visit earth disguised as humans.
Trevor & Jodi Wallach — I believe in them and some day they’ll be seen. I think it’s probable that we’re not the only beings. (We used to watch the X-Files.)
Miika Park — Yes, I don’t think they look like they do in the movies, but the universe is pretty big.
Mike Kary — I really don’t care. There’s nothing I can do about it.
Hazy Stocker & Drake Bobroske — We have no idea because the universe is so big and unpredictable. It’s just way too big to know.
Maggie Spizzirri — I’ve just always assumed that aliens were there. There’s gotta be something out there, otherwise it’s boring.
Mark Karlstrom — I think it’s a mathematical certainty that there are aliens.
But if they’ve contacted earth, they’re machines instead of organic beings. I think it would be tough to travel that much.
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