By Rich Henrich

Droves of truth seekers packed Friendship Hall at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center this past weekend for the 2nd Annual Contact in the Desert conference on the exploration into extraterrestrial life, ancient aliens, human origins, crop circles, UFO sightings, contact experiences and the need to know and disclose. Attendance for the event doubled from last year and saw about 1,800 people from across the country and around the globe gathering to hear the latest information from thought leaders on the subject. Author and researcher, Jim Marrs gazed out to a standing room audience of hundreds. “Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, told me that we have technology from the Aliens,” his voice, straight-forward and Texan. Marrs, an award-winning journalist has worked for several Texas newspapers as an investigative journalist. The New York Times best-selling author and retired University of Texas, Arlington lecturer is thoughtful, thorough and confident in his words.

An attendee asks him about his thoughts on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. “Hijacking is a thing of the past. Jets are run by computers, since around 2000. A flight from Edwards AFB flew to Australia and back with no one on it. If you override the computer, you take over the plane. We know the FAA says we can land a plane safely despite a hijack.” He slips into a question about 9/11. “Four airliners, four separate transponders- and they went off at the same time. How is it possible? It’s not!” he claims before returning to the original subject of the missing Malayasian flight. “Diego Garcia is our most secret base,” says the former JFK assassination lecturer. “What happened to the people? I don’t know. First responders in the Ukraine said the bodies they came across were already decomposing. There are political purposes just like the President knowing about Pearl Harbor and not telling his admiral to prepare.” The logic isn’t as easy to follow as the questions being raised. The crowd is silent, listening intently to any insight that might answer an alternative inquiry into curious world events. “The question is what kind of people would do things like this? Are they even us?” He guides the truth seekers back to a clue and alludes to extraterrestrial influences over our geo-political activities.

Erich Von Daniken, author of “Chariots of the Gods” (and 38 other books), has sold over 63 million copies worldwide with translations in 32 languages. Von Daniken won instant fame in the U.S. as a result of his TV special “In Search of Ancient Astronauts.” His lecture “Unsolved Mysteries of the Past,” was also standing room only. His approach to investigating the curious is archeological, digging into the past of the ancient mysteries. In fact, he focused heavily on the Book of Ezekiel in the Bible to point out the story of Enoch as in Genesis 5:24: “And Enoch walked with God, and he was no longer, for God had taken him.” Von Daniken states, “He learned the language of the E.T.’s and gave 300 scientific books to his son, Methuselah and told him to keep them carefully for the generation after the Great Flood.” The author continued to point to Ezekiel chapter 40 as a reference to study and discussed how a secret speech he gave at NASA lead to a German engineer using the descriptions in the chapter to recreate what appeared to be a “space craft.” He concludes his lecture with an encouraging word, “At just two-percent of the speed of light, we’ll be able to colonize the Milky Way in 10 million years! We must create the first ship and send billions of DNA into space to evolve on the 5 billion other planets like Earth.”


Actress and author Celeste Yarnall, PhD., famous for her role on Star Trek’s “Apple” episode drew a solid audience for her lecture on the “Ancient Alien Goddess.” Her goal is to stand up for the feminine face of God. “We must stand in ‘oneness’ all sexes,” she says. When asked what she learned about making love in space that we could bring back to Earth, she offers up “it’s far better to make love than to make war! And gravity definitely helps!”