I Saw A UFO In Iquitos. When I Was On Ayahuasca. No, Really

by Captain Bill

Christian Bendayan's painting, Huarmi Boa

A guest post by Caleb Whitaker

I’d like to say a few words about UFO’s and ayahuasca, because both subjects have come up over here at the Captain’s Blog recently, and because I’m one of the only people I know to have experienced them both directly, at the same time.

I’m going to skip the hucksterism here and just tell you what I saw. You can read a lot of crazy nonsense about this stuff on the internet, out on the frontier where the wingnuts and moonbats dwell, but seeing with your own eyes is something different—it’s personal.

One night about four years ago, I went out to a secluded house in the jungle outside Iquitos to do an ayahuasca ceremony. Everyone in our group had a great night, with many strong visions and powerful insights. Afterwards, when the shaman and the rest of the group went off to bed, I stayed up talking with a couple of friends on the second floor balcony of the house. One of them was my friend Slocum, who still lives in Iquitos. The night was brilliantly clear, still, and quiet except for the low hum of the jungle.

Oddly enough, the three of us were talking about UFO’s when we saw it. It was one of those moments of delicious synchronicity that makes you stop and wonder how things are all connected. My friend Jay was talking about some video footage of a UFO that was making the rounds on the internet, and Slocum replied, “you mean like that thing over there?”

Just a few degrees above the canopy were two bright lights, tilted at a slight angle from the horizon. They were fairly close, and much brighter than stars. They had appeared from nowhere. And for several minutes they hovered there, motionless and silent. The three of us dialed in on it and made sure we were all seeing the same thing. My mind was lucid, and though I must confess that I was still tripping, I was in that transcendental afterglow of ayahuasca headspace, where normal reality seems not distorted but more precise, sharpened as though seen through a magnifying glass.

We got a good, long look at this thing, and the more we looked at it, the stranger it got. It became clear that whatever it was, it was not man-made. For one thing, it revealed itself to be an enormous three-dimensional object when more lights appeared, and then it actually changed its shape. I was never able to make out the exact contours of the object, but it seemed to morph into different shapes as the lights changed in position relative to one another.  And then there was the fact that this huge thing was floating in the air right over the jungle, but making not a sound. Jay had a laser pointer with him, and we debated whether we should tag it with the laser to get its attention, but we decided that was not a good idea. Finally, after hovering in place for fifteen minutes or so, it moved off and we lost sight of it.

The great irony of this experience is that, when I tell people this story, I have to include the part about ayahuasca.  I almost wish I didn’t, because that’s enough to negate the truth of it in the eyes of a lot of people. Yes, ayahuasca induces hallucinations in the mind, and indeed many people have described lengthy and detailed psychic interactions with extraterrestrial intelligences during ayahuasca sessions. But this event happened after the ceremony was done, and all three of us had the full use of our senses when we saw it.

I’m not a religious man, but I’ve been a student of religion for years. I wanted to believe in God, but never had proof or faith enough until I drank ayahuasca. Now, at least, I grasp that God is not only greater than we know, He is greater than we can know. And I’m cool with that. Similarly, I’ve wondered about aliens for a long time, and like the X-Files’ Agent Mulder, I Wanted To Believe. When I finally saw a UFO with my own eyes, I knew that the universe was up to more tricks than anyone would ever suspect. After that night, UFO’s weren’t hypothetical for me anymore.

These revelations were game-changers for me on a philosophical level, but I’m not out to convince anyone else, and I could care less if people believe me or not. That UFO was the only thing I have ever seen in my entire life that I cannot begin to explain, and it filled me with a sense of awe and wonder, as though I was offered a brief glimpse of some unimaginably larger and weirder reality that we are all blissfully ignorant of here in our little corner of Creation.

Let me conclude by offering a what-if scenario. What if a UFO appeared over an airport in a major American city in broad daylight, say O’Hare airport in Chicago, and was seen by many credible witnesses, including pilots and other career aviation industry professionals? The mainstream media would have to have a sober, serious conversation about UFOs then, surely. That would make front page headlines around the world, right? (sound of crickets chirping.) Nope, not so much. Because that actually happened, just a few years ago—but the story quickly sank out of sight, because the media largely ignored it. As the poet said, humankind cannot bear very much reality.

So, do aliens exist or not? I don’t know, I’ve never seen one. All I know is that one night I saw something that Does Not Compute. If they do exist, well, you can extrapolate from that single fact to reach any number of bizarre, implausible, paradigm-changing conclusions. Just how deep does that rabbit hole go, anyway? Who knows. The Truth Is Out There, but I doubt you’ll find it on the internet.

I Saw A UFO In Iquitos. When I Was On Ayahuasca. No, Really.

A guest post by Caleb Whitaker

Hi Bill Grimes here. I publish this digital log, the Captain’s Blog. You all know me but in case you don’t know Caleb, he’s one of my best friends. Several of us gringos in Iquitos hack around writing this and that, but we all wait impatiently for Caleb’s observations about Life In Iquitos on his blog Jungle Love. Click that link. Be like me, bookmark Jungle Love in your favorites, and bookmark my words, Caleb Whitaker will be famous some day so follow along with the rest of us to see what happens…

Caleb Whitaker Entertained At Dawn on the Amazon;

The views expressed by this author are not necessarily the views of Bill Grimes, Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises or the Captain’s Blog.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Aaron May 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

This guy admits he was “tripping” on drugs yet still thinks we will believe his story.
I think Iquitos has become a catalyst for loonies.

2 Captain Bill May 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Hi Aaron, Thanks for taking the time to read this story and comment. I know your time is precious and I don’t want to waste it. I would like to think it was worth your time because the story was well told, or that just to look at Christian’s incredible art work could make it worth while. I completely agree with you. Iquitos does have it’s fair share of loonies, but I don’t think Caleb qualifies as a loony. He’s more of a colorful character…:-)

3 Andy Metcalfe May 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Aaron, I guess you missed the part where Caleb said that it was witnessed by three people at the same time. Rarely do people share the same hallucinations, although it is possible, but not when it’s a long time after the ceremony has finished. Post Ayahuasca ceremony tripping is not the same as hallucinating. It’s more of an afterglow that you feel, with sometimes very slight visual distortions, but never full-blown hallucinations.

4 Bill Sykes May 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I believe you. It has the ring of truth. People that used to think the world was round and not flat were called “loonies”

5 Claire N May 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks for sharing your story Caleb, and for your postings Bill.
It takes a lot of courage to share an experience like this, especially when you realize the judgement you will receive around it. I myself have had many experiences of the “cosmic type” both during and without the influence of mother’s medicine. I think that if mankind wasn’t so attached to fear around the unknown, we would be having many more “connections” and the media certainly doesn’t help. Everytime I see a new “fear alien” movie out, I am saddened as I realize how far back it sets us in acceptance around other cosmic lifeforms. As a race, mankind is very arrogant and fearful. I think it is important for people to publicly share their experiences as it makes it safe for others to do so. It is all around holding space for growth and healing right now.
Many blessings and continue your good work of open and loving sharing.

6 Claire N May 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

Awesome blog by the way Bill. Ever participated in ceremony anywhere else but Peru?
Take care

7 Gringa Linda May 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

NO, REALLY… I know this Southern gentleman as well – and yes, he’s got the gift of gab – but, fabricator??? NO, REALLY.
Most of us from the South have a inate and homegrown talent for telling a a tale – and in my case the story gets better with each rehash – however, what’s to gain?
Confessing such a sighting invites doubt, certainly, but, why even tell about the incident?
What I decifer from the rambling is baldface boldness for taking the risk to share… NO REALLY!

8 Gart van Gennip May 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

While hovering over the rainforest of northern Peru:

“Look Bleep; this seems like an excellent planet to harvest!”
“Yes, Blurp, you’re right! Too bad our planet Blomprom is so far away. By the time our equipment gets here, this will all be gone…”

9 Brad Lomax March 15, 2012 at 6:26 am

Id just like to say, I was in what seems to be the exact same place as you in feb of this year. We did the ayuascha ceromony with a shaman called Ramone. It was an amazing ceromony and I’m not going to go into details but I can deffinitley confirm there are otherworldy beings out there.

The building the cereemony took place in was a 2 storey hut made of wood with an outside toilet/shower building (we actually lived upstairs for about a week). I distinctly remember having to go to the toilet at one point when the effects of the Ayuascha seemed to be peaking, and I saw/felt otherworldy beings outside of the room.

I just thought I’d share this with you, and its amazing to know that other people had similar experiances in the same place I had!

10 Ådne May 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Ayahuasca and other psychedelics where once used to communicate with Gods.Today when people take psychedelics,they will discover that these Gods are really very much still here.

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