Review of Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy by Ingo Swann

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Put On Your Helmet

Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy by Ingo Swann is another one of those books that have been lurking around my reading list for a long time. Back when I originally became interested in the book it was out of print and only available in PDF format. Reading entire books on the computer is not my favorite thing, I’d much rather have a real paper book or audiobook, so I never got very far with it. I’m grateful that companies like Crossroad Press are putting rare and obscure books like this one back out in audiobook and e-book formats. Audible is one of my favorite things and this audiobook was very well done. It almost felt like Ingo was sitting on the couch telling me the story himself.

Penetration is not an easy book to wrap your head around. Right off the bat, things get pretty crazy. So put on your helmet if you have an inflexible worldview. Ingo Swann was one of the early pioneers of remote viewing working alongside Russell Targ and Harold E. Puthoff at Standford Research Institute. He was involved with Project Stargate which is a huge topic in its own right, I want to stay focused here though, here is what the CIA is willing to tell you about it. To make a long story short, Ingo was rubbing a lot of elbows with the intelligence community which was the catalyst for this book. And I also want you to remember that we see some of these same people today wrapped up with To The Stars Academy which is another huge topic. And like always, the DIA seems to be lurking under the surface, pulling the levers.

Ingo had gotten quite bored with the endless minutiae of non-stop testing and slow-moving bureaucracy. He wanted to try remote viewing Jupiter to break up the monotony and it took some convincing to get the scientists on board. As we know now, this experiment was quite successful. This work eventually led to Ingo being introduced to a very interesting individual calling himself Mr. Axelrod who tasks him with remote viewing the moon after a whole bunch of cloak and dagger intrigue. And this is precisely where the books starts to pry at the corners of your skull.

The Craft

Ingo fulfills Mr. Axelrod’s request and is stunned to find people and structures on the moon in his remote viewing sessions. Of course, shadowy characters like Mr. Axelrod aren’t in the business of answering questions but Ingo is able to pry small bits of information loose. It’s a mindboggling possibility to consider. Aliens or people living on the moon. Unfortunately, his claims in this book aren’t something that we can prove or investigate very easily. Ingo always struck me as an honest individual who was trying to better humanity so I don’t think he would be a willful disinformer. Curiously, this also isn’t first time we’ve heard this sort of information from a remote viewer. I would direct the reader to track down a copy of Intentions: The Intergalactic Bathroom Enlightenment Guide by Prudence Calabrese for another mind-blowing look at the moon. It’s out of print so could be hard to find. Remember to keep your head screwed on though because books like this are impossible to verify.

I may be able to provide some proof for a small portion of  Ingo’s story though. At some point, Mr. Axelrod takes Ingo to a remote outdoor location to witness a strange craft appear,out of thin air, over a small lake. Things get a little out of hand but he is able to pick up that it’s some sort of drone that operates on a schedule. His description of the craft matches exactly with something crazy I saw while driving home from work one day. So, to me, at least a small portion of this story is verified by my own personal experiences. Your mileage may vary.

My Experience

I was working late one night and driving home over the bridge about a block from work like I always do. I’m thinking sometime between 2000 and 2008, somewhere in that area, I have no idea on the exact date. It’s important to note that I’ve seen many unexplainable things in this general area as many others have. About 25 – 50 yards from the bridge was a triangular black craft floating just above the river, maybe the size of a couple of station wagons, and it was surrounded by mist which I thought was odd. I run straight for these kind of things so I turned the car around quickly, shut off the engine, and got out of the car. About this time a truck came from the opposite direction and stopped in front of my headlights. Whoever this person was, they took one look at the craft and floored it, wish I could have asked them what their perception was. I didn’t see the craft materialize like Ingo but all the other earmarks were there.

There was no noise at all. Dead silent. Some of those ruby red laser beams that Ingo describes shot off the end of the craft at strange angles. Almost like lightning in that they were jagged. To this day I haven’t seen anything like it.  The craft then lifted off silently and started heading North slowly towards the highway. I jumped back in the car and followed it. The craft was flying just above the treeline. Once it reached the highway it shot forward in an instant. Not sure of the distance it traveled, but it was right in front of me, and then almost out of sight in an instant. A red glowing trail hung in the air for a second outlining its path.

I have seen military jets scrambled to investigate a light that came down from very high altitudes near this same intersection. I have also seen quite a few black unmarked cars travel up this road from time to time. Which is strange because the road eventually dead ends and the gravel portion is quite poor during the wet months. Central Michigan for reference. If Ingo’s account is to be believed I dodged a huge bullet because these things may be dangerous. What does it all mean? Your guess is as good as mine. I don’t have many answers. Just a lifetime of weird experiences like this. The surreality of the experience was amplified the minute I got home and put my hand on the door handle. The phone simultaneously goes off and my Dad is on the phone telling me a ufo/light that was captured by surveillance camera over a parking lot in Georgia (I think) and that it was on CNN. It was at this point the mind-boggling complexity of these experiences came to light. Weirdest timing ever.

Food for Thought

If you think about it, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about craft appearing as if by magic in the atmosphere. I would like to remind you of Jacques Vallee’s recent outing on The Grimerica Show episode 241 with Red Pill Junkie detailed here at Daily Grail:

I waited for Dr. Vallee to finish talking about how he and his colleagues are willing to share their samples to whomever wants to conduct their own experiments, and I excitedly jumped in to ask him: “are you saying these results suggest we’re dealing with an agency not only capable of manipulating the space-time continuum –the way you and other researchers have documented in plenty of cases– but ALSO capable of transforming energy into matter, and vice versa?

I almost jumped out of my chair when he replied with a resounding “Oh yes!”

So here we are in a strange way back to the DIA and To The Stars Academy. Jacques Vallee is one of the great minds in ufology who has opened many other minds to the high strangeness surrounding what we call ufos with his watershed book Passport to Magonia. Jacques has worked previously with Robert Bigelow and his DIA liaison John Alexander. It’s possible that some of the material Jacques is studying came out of that hanger at Bigelow Aerospace we heard about in the New York Times article Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program.

Under Mr. Bigelow’s direction, the company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials that Mr. Elizondo and program contractors said had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena. Researchers also studied people who said they had experienced physical effects from encounters with the objects and examined them for any physiological changes. In addition, researchers spoke to military service members who had reported sightings of strange aircraft.

Final Thoughts

After the tales of his experiences with the shadowy Mr. Axelrod, the books totally shifts gears. We go from exciting adventure to a slow plodding look at sources for more information on the moon along with some detailed information on telepathy. Ingo is very thorough in this portion of the book making it a little harder to follow along but the information is worth your time. Ingo was a truly unique individual who changed the world we live in and even if you toss the first portion of the book right out the window you’ll still find something useful here. If you want to support this website you can buy Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy by Ingo Swann from Amazon using this link. You can also get this book directly from Crossroad Press who are great folks. Thank you, David, for the bibliography!

As another quick note. The hot dog cart mentioned on the runway reminds me of the blue rose from Twin Peaks and the cross-dressing agents in the bushes in Project Beta which puts an interesting spin on David Duchovny’s character in Twin Peaks The Return.

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