TROUT LAKE — Seeing a spaceship can be part of a spiritual journey toward enlightenment, according to reports from a group of area travelers, who took a trip to a UFO ranch near the base of Mount Adams last weekend.
James Gilliland claims to have enlightened contact with extraterrestrial intelligence and benevolent beings at his ranch near Trout Lake, which purportedly is an internationally known UFO and paranormal hot spot.
Gilliland, a speaker, author and self-proclaimed contactee, hosted the group of nearly 30 travelers organized by Yelm’s Triad Theater at his ECETI ranch.
After signing up for the outer space adventure, I didn’t know what to expect — or if I believe in extraterrestrial contact at all.
If we did spot a spacecraft, could I report it and still maintain a shred of journalistic credibility? And if we encountered nothing, would I even have a story to tell?
Upon learning the real-life story of the woman responsible for the trip, the Triad’s owner, who now refers to herself as Lady Jayne, I knew things would be interesting, UFO or not.
Lady Jayne is better known as Calamity Jayne, a title she earned by playing her guitar at her knees while alternating between tears and hysterical laughter, after eating magic mushrooms during a 1974 performance in Del Mar, Calif. The local newspaper dubbed the incident a “calamity” featuring “Jane Doe,” after her band left her on stage alone amid the drug-induced freak out.
The punk rocker wearing a cowboy hat went on to reign as the queen of the Las Vegas local music scene more than two decades ago. Jayne opened sin city’s first rock club, drawing in big names including Iggy Pop, Bob Weir, Nirvana, Toots & the Maytals, Sublime, Buddy Guy, Eddie Money and Creedence Clearwater Revival, to name a few.
After changing sin city’s music scene, Jayne expanded to other entertainment, holding the first-ever Las Vegas UFO seminar in 1988.
But, Calamity Jayne soon found her outlaw persona was becoming a reality.
She landed an 18-month prison sentence for her interactions with a George Jung-like character who flew massive amounts of cocaine into the country from Mexico.
Upon her release, Jayne took on a few new business ventures, eventually holding a screening of the controversial 2004 film, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” Three students of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment produced the film, which featured an appearance by JZ Knight.
After the screening, Jayne set her sights on Yelm. She later returned to the entertainment industry when she opened the Triad Theater last year.
Now, the 64-year-old is creating a new reality for Yelm by bringing the community together through the arts. The passengers on the UFO trip took part in Jayne’s most recent endeavor, the theater’s first bus tour.
Upon boarding the bus headed for the ECETI ranch, Jayne first introduced me to her “political activist,” Preston Collins, a volunteer at the Triad and a former Ramtha student.
The retired electrical engineer said he has been interested in extraterrestrials since Roswell.
Collins has investigated the work of political activist Stephen Bassett, of the Paradigm Research Group, and Dr. Steven Greer, a medical doctor and ufologist, working to uncover the government’s alleged knowledge of UFOs, extraterrestrial intelligence and classified energy propulsion systems through The Disclosure Project.
Collins cited the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, which included a group of 40 researchers, political leaders, government employees and other individuals’ testimony on extraterrestrial contact before six former members of the U.S. Congress earlier this year.
“Why are we hushing things up? This is the key,” Collins said. “If we don’t take charge of the political process, the extraterrestrials might have to take over.”
Extraterrestrials, the 72-year-old said, are concerned humans will disrupt galactic progress or destroy the planet. Oil and gas companies, Collins said, have a vested interest in getting the government to cover up extraterrestrial activity — resulting in a conspiracy.
“They don’t want us to have all the knowledge because that keeps us in their little prison,” the North Carolina native said. “Man’s search on this earth is a search for truth.”
As the bus wound through the Cascade Mountains along the Columbia River Gorge, I met Natalina Banfi, a Venezuelan native who has made her home in Yelm after seeking truth through Ramtha’s teachings. Before attending the school two years ago, the 50-year-old said she did not believe in extraterrestrials and orbs, or unexpected, usually circular, artifacts that occur in flash photography.
“Your eyes see what you believe,” she said. “So if you don’t believe it, they’re not going to show.”
The scene changed as we neared the ECETI ranch from forest land full of Douglas firs to a dry, desert area with sage and grasshoppers. As we drove onto the property, the bus driver, David Hare, noted signs prohibiting federal agencies from entering.
“It’s real sovereign nation stuff,” he said.
After setting up camp at the ranch, which features views of Mount Adams and a herd of domicile yaks that have significance in Tibetan culture, the group listened in as Guilliland broadcasted his live Internet radio talk show.
Gilliland left a career in commercial real estate after a near death experience more than three decades ago to begin a spiritual journey that included the study of different religions.
Gilliland said he established the ECETI ranch to further his dedication to service in the “awakening and enlightenment” of humanity.
The area has a long history of activity dating back to Native Americans lore. The property includes a vortex, which Gilliland purports to be the center of the most powerful energy.
Even as the activity continues, he said, opposition forces censor information related to contact with extraterrestrials and higher beings from other dimensions from being released to the public.
At the ranch, Gilliland aims to heighten visitors’ consciousness, teach self-empowerment, and promote love — all ideas that resonate with Ramtha students.
Next, the group listened to a lecture by Jon Kelly, an expert voice analyst, photographer and videographer who uses disclosure technologies to reveal UFO secrets. The Vancouver, British Columbia native shared clips, including some shot during previous visits to the ECETI ranch, which he said, attracts high caliber observers from all over the world.
“Powerful things happen here,” Kelly said, noting we may soon see for ourselves.
Pamela Roberts, another Yelm resident and Ramtha student, shared her orb and paranormal photography with me.
While contemplating the many things she has seen in the sky, Roberts said extraterrestrials and other beings have responded to her thoughts by showing various light patterns to her.
“It’s something that transcends one’s simple human experience,” she said. “I know they can hear us.”
Extraterrestrials and orb beings reveal things to an individual, she said, depending on the human’s level of consciousness. As a trained observer, Roberts said she will photograph these phenomena better than a skeptic such as myself. Much like how in nature, a trained eye can identify wildlife more easily in the landscape, she explained.
At dusk, Gilliland returned to prepare us for an evening of sky watching through a meditative entry process.
“The real experience happens on an inner level,” Gilliland told us as we circled our chairs to clear our collective energy. “It’s through the heart you connect with these higher beings.”
Gilliland began channeling beings from higher dimensions, rocking a table back and forth inside the circle.
“Be really aware of how you feel in your body,” he instructed. “Beings will come into the room and bless whoever wants to experience it. The most important thing here is to focus on love and bliss.”
First, Gilliland said, an 8th dimension being entered, followed by an Andromedan from the 7th dimension.
Several people in the group reported feeling calm, light, peaceful or cool energy as the beings entered.
Anna Buerger, a sound technician for the Triad, said she felt her neck stiffen as energy passed through her body.
Antonia Wood, of Rainier, said she felt a positive energy hit her in the face. She said the contact was much like some of her experiences at the Ramtha school and she felt personally changed because of it.
“I’m different than I was when I first came here,” Wood said.
I, however, remained skeptical and distracted by two kittens roaming at our feet.
Following the meditation, we went outside to view the night sky illuminated by a nearly full moon on the 44th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first landing.
As we lay on our backs looking up at the stars, observers discussed why people don’t understand spirituality’s connection with extraterrestrial contact.
Gilliland said he and others at the ranch often see spaceships drop material that lights up. He speculatively quipped that aliens could simply be flushing their toilets and humans are getting excited about it.
A few of my fellow trippers brought laser lights to try lure aliens to engage with us. Gilliland said flashing lasers often results in responses from spacecraft, though he did warn against pointing lights at regular aircraft.
Most of the group stayed outside, observing and speculating about various actions in the sky until nearly 2 a.m.
Sophie Sykes, a teacher at the Phoenix Rising School in Rainier, said she saw three UFOs and felt intense energy moving around her inside the vortex.
“It’s an awakening experience to see a UFO,” Sykes said, noting she has seen dozens on previous trips to the ranch. “It’s not a question of whether UFOs are here, it’s who they are and why they’re here.”
Sykes said the experience expanded her horizons and broadened her perspective, resulting in personal growth.
The aforementioned orb photographer, Pamela Roberts, reported few paranormal shots at ECETI, but she said an old back injury suddenly felt much better.
“That is a spiritual experience,” she said.
Another Yelm resident, Carolyn Giamarco, reported one UFO sighting. She said she saw a light double in size then collapse and suddenly disappear.
I saw three UFOs, according to my fellow spectators, though I would have called the quick zips of light across the sky falling stars.
Still, it remains possible that I did witness extraterrestrial activity. And as my travel mates might attest, my skepticism and lack of perceptiveness could indeed have prevented me from fully understanding the experience.
As strange as these concepts may seem — in both Ramtha and ECETI — upon investigation, I found many no different than beliefs held by the hardcore Yoga crowd, those with liberal social views, or, in some cases, Christians, with particular similarities to Scientology.
A lot of these ideas come from Eastern philosophy, Taoism, Buddhism, even paganism and psychedelic thought.
With varying reports of extraterrestrial action coming from each individual on the trip, it seems the concept, taught by both Ramtha and my high school English teacher — of reality being what one perceives it to be — is truly in play here.
And while some of my new friends’ decidedly intense ideas may seem a little out there, we are, after all, talking about space.