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The Mandela Effect & The Berenst(ae)in Bears Conspiracy

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First things first: before beginning this article you may want to take this quiz to test your knowledge and memory introduce the concept of the Mandela Effect. Don’t be surprised if you come away feeling a little shaken up!

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What if I told you that there are actually multiple different timelines and alternate realities all happening at the same time as this one, the one where your conscious awareness currently resides? What if I told you I could prove it, with the help of the Berenstain Bears?

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Yes, those lovable little forest creatures from the memories of so many of our childhoods are still teaching us things today, but only if we’re able to see it — stick with me here. I have just discovered that the Berenstain Bears are part of a huge conspiracy theory that claims someone or something has actually gone back in time and altered history.

First of all, I need to ask you, does something look weird about the way I have spelled the Berenstain Bears? If it appears wrong to you, then you are not alone, because there are literally thousands of people, including myself, who fully remember and believe it is spelled like this: Berenstein Bears.

You may think, as many people do, well maybe they changed it, so what? But the fact of the matter is, it has never been changed, at least not according to history and in this current reality we are living in. The bears are named after the authors of the series — Stan and Jan Berenstain — who apparently have spelled their name like this all along.

So where does this leave the thousands of people who swear that they remember with perfect clarity the Berenstain bears being spelled with an ‘e’ instead of an ‘a’? Well, when I first read this I thought it was a bit strange, as I am one of those people who is 100% certain of the alternative spelling of the name, but I just figured it must have been changed, or somehow, as unlikely as it seems, I was simply wrong. This was until I learned about the Mandela Effect.

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The Mandela Effect

This term comes from an instance where a woman named Fiona Broome specifically remembered details of Nelson Mandela passing away in prison in the 1980s and then finding out he was in fact still alive. Upon asking her peers and many others, she found that there was a large number of people who distinctly remember the death of Nelson Mandela, long before his eventual death in 2013.

These people swear that he had passed away and remember specific details about his funeral and even a speech given by his spouse. This initial realization is what started the Mandela phenomenon, as since the term was coined, many other different memories of past events have popped up.

This topic has gained a lot of attention on Reddit over the past few years, with many people weighing in on their various memories of how things were and even going so far as to provide proof of these anomalies wherever possible.

Examples of The Mandela Effect

The following are just a few of many examples of the Mandela Effect and are listed with the commonly remembered version of history first, then the correct  (at least in this time… and space) answer second:

  • Berenstein Bears / Berenstain Bears – Popular children’s book series and television show.
  • “Mirror, mirror on the wall…” / “Magic mirror on the wall…” – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • “My Mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates.” / “My Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.” – Forrest Gump
  • Sex In The City / Sex And The City – HBO television Show
  • There are 51 United States / There are actually only 50 States
  • The location of New Zealand and Sri Lanka being located on different places on the map
  • Fruit Loops / Froot Loops – Children’s cereal

Possible Explanations For The Mandela Effect

There are a few different explanations that attempt to prove this theory that literally involves the memories of thousands of people. Some say it is a theory of parallel universes, which could explain why so many people have vivid memories of the same thing but others do not. Another possible explanation is that somewhere, someone has been able to go back in time and alter the past, with some believing that perhaps there were bigger, more important reasons for going back in time, and the little anomalies that we see today are a byproduct of something bigger that was happening. Others have posited that someone, somewhere travelled back in time in order to change things ever so slightly, but enough to inadvertently change the death of Mandela and the spelling of the Berenstain Bears, which created a ripple effect causing a percentage of the population to remember these events differently.

In an interview with Vice, expert in false memories Dr. Henry L. Roediger offered his opinion on the subject, saying that people likely just remember the Berenstein Bears with the “ein” instead of “ain” because that is a much more common spelling, similar to Einstein, Frankenstein, and Goldstein. He says children could have easily mixed this up. My question to that is, how many children actually know how most last names are spelled? I remember reading these books as I was just learning to read.

Are They Really Alternate Timelines Or Just False Memories?

Well, that is up to you to decide. It depends on what’s more plausible to you. When I first started learning about this theory, I must say I was quite blown away by the examples that I was hearing, specifically the Berenst(a)ein Bears reference and the classic line from Star Wars, “Luke, I am your Father.” But in all honesty, what sounds more likely to you? That time travel has occurred, that the Earth is in fact split into two separate dimensions, or that a large group of the population just remembers some facts about certain pop culture things from the past differently?

I leave it up to you to decide!

Do you have examples of anything from the past that you remember differently from how it is portrayed now? Please share in the comments section below!

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UFO Crash Recoveries: A Classified Corporate Gold Rush

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    UFOs are being disclosed within the mainstream, have governments around the world "captured" any of this type of technology? Are there people who stand to profit off of it instead of using it to benefit humanity?

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    What are the implications of the idea that we are being visited and have been visited for a very long time?

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Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), now known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAPs) within the mainstream, is arguably one of the most popular subjects on the minds of people all over the globe. “Mainstream” coverage of the phenomenon lending a large amount of legitimacy to the topic over the past few years via outlets like the New York Times and CNN, for example is now commonplace. U.S. intelligence agencies are also expected to release even more information about what they know about the phenomenon within the next couple of months, but based on my experience, humanity may never get close to the entire sphere of what governments and black budget programs have uncovered about the phenomenon over the past several decades that they’ve been studying it.

I do not believe this topic is for governments to disclose, but rather the citizenry to investigate for themselves. If we continue to rely on governments as well as mainstream media for truth, we most likely will always be deceived in some way shape or form. Perhaps I’m wrong.

It is quite concerning that a controversial topic like UFOs, which were for years considered to be a “conspiracy theory” despite the fact that there was more evidence for the phenomenon than much of what we accept as fact today, have to be presented in a legitimate way via mainstream media outlets for the masses to accept and become aware of their reality. It’s concerning because it goes to show how much mainstream media, which has always had close ties to large corporations, governments and intelligence agencies, influences the perception of the masses. This allows, as I would call it today, this machine of psychological warfare to manipulate human consciousness in ways that best serve their interests. We’ve seen it before with a variety of topics, like geopolitical issues for example, and I am quite concerned that we will see the same thing with regards to the UFO phenomenon. I am concerned about governments and mainstream media shaping the masses perception about the phenomenon,  but so far it’s been nice to see the topic receive the legitimacy it deserves.

The UFO subject leaves no aspect of humanity untouched and opens up conversations that go into physics, biology, economics, history, technology, metaphysics, parapsychology and more. To be honest, the fact that there are objects in our atmosphere performing maneuvers that no known man made piece of machinery is capable of that may be controlled or manned by beings from other worlds is not even the tip of the iceberg.  That’s how vast, complex and fascinating this subject is. There are many questions and discussions to be had around it.

We (Collective Evolution) have been writing about this topic for more than a decade, if you’re interested in going through our article archive, you can do so here

Crash Recoveries: One topic within the subject matter is the phenomenon of supposed crash retrievals.  Apollo 13 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell once told the world that “Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered.” He is seen making these statements in this documentary. Eric W. Davis, a renowned astrophysicist who worked with the Pentagon UFO program stated that he gave a classified briefing to a Defense Department Agency, as recently as March 2020 about retrievals from “off-world vehicles not made on this Earth.” Christopher Mellon, a former Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Intelligence from 1997 to 2002 has confirmed that he was  present during this testimony. He himself has been quite outspoken about the phenomenon over the past few years.  Dr. David Clarke, an investigative journalist, reader and lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University who was also the curator for The National Archives UFO Project from 2008–2013, came across some interesting documents suggesting that the UK was desperate to capture UFO technology. Paul Hellyer, former Canadian defence minister claimed that the protocol when military jets were scrambled to intercept a UFO was to “shoot first and ask questions after.”

The most viewed document from the FBI archives touches upon the idea that the US Government was responsible for three UFO crashes in 1950. Each craft had three bodies inside. You can read more about that specific story here.

Then you have supposed cases like the famous Roswell incident, but there are many multiple dozens of stories like Roswell I’ve come across over the years in my research.

UFO Crash Recoveries: A Classified Corporate Gold Rush: “UFO Crash Recoveries: A Classified Corporate Gold Rush” will be one of multiple themes that renowned UFO researcher/historian Richard Dolan will be covering at an upcoming UFO conference.

I have talked about the acquisition of exotic technology by the military and the black budget world. This time I’m going to go deeper into not just the testing and the attempts to replicate this type of technology but the likely corporate players involved and revolutionary nature of the sciences and technologies involved. What has been developed over the years is a bizarre system of what I often call legal illegality and one of massive profit for certain organizations. – Dolan (source)

If you’re interested about the crash recovery topic, this is probably something you won’t want to miss. It’s called the “UFO Secrecy in a Changing World Conference”, and it takes place on May 20th. You can learn more about it here.

Final Thoughts: Russell Brand recently conducted an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. One point Snowden made was that we have to be careful, because not everything that is labelled a “conspiracy theory” is actually a conspiracy theory. This has been proven to be true for not only mass surveillance, but for several other topics like false flag terrorism and perhaps most recently, UFOs. The point is, our world, and more particularly the mainstream fails to have conversations about “controversial” topics that don’t fit within the frame. That being said, it’s not easy to come to grips with the idea that our world is nothing like what’s been presented to us, but that’s something humanity must go through if we want to move forward as a collective.

We have to be very careful when it comes to things that are deemed to be a conspiracy theory, and remember that the very phrase “conspiracy theorist” was used in 1967 in a classified CIA dispatch providing instructions on how to manipulate and manage public opinion. This appears to be the manner in which the phrase made its way into the public. They coined the phrase and established it to single out and ridicule dissenters of officially established opinions. Keep in mind that a decades long campaign of “ridicule and secrecy” has been applied to the UFO issue (Ex-CIA Director Roscoe Hillenkoetter).

This is something important to think about, especially in the era of COVID.

To those who believe the phenomenon represents nothing but false deception and some sort of grand plan by the elite, I ask you, why would they ridicule a phenomenon for so long and place it into the conspiracy theory bucket if they wanted to convince people of the reality of UFOs? During the period of ridicule and secrecy a number of researchers showed that it was quite obvious something was going on. Eventually, too many people became aware of it to the point where governments have no choice but to address it because it’s so obvious. That’s where we seem to be now.

Again, the phenomenon is deep and has the potential shift human consciousness and change the way we view ourselves, the cosmos, the nature of reality and why we live the way we do on our planet. We still have a ways to go. For example, if UFO technology has the potential to change our world for the better in multiple ways, will it be used for that? Or will it be used by a small group of people to benefit financially and in other ways? It’s not technology or new discoveries that will change our world, it’s the consciousness that lies behind them, and more. Ultimately, it’s the way we treat others.

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Society of Catholic Scientists Will Hold A Conference On Non-Human Intelligence

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    The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) is holding an event focused on exploring extraterrestrial life and artificial intelligence. The conference is focused on the science behind these possible realities.

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    Is it becoming more and more commonplace for us to have to get used to the idea that extraterrestrials might in fact be real? How might people react to this if a more 'mainstream' disclosure took place?

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I go back to this statement a lot because I’m passionate about it: the UFO phenomenon, and its relationship with the reality of extraterrestrials, is a consciousness shifting moment for humanity that has the power to change how we live our lives. It may not be immediately obvious why that’s the case, but when you consider the change to our worldview in and amongst the technologies that come with this phenomenon, nothing would be the same.

What Happened: For the reasons above you can imagine that many are sensing how near the public discussion of the reality of ETs really is. The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS), an organization that believes science and faith can work well together, is going to be holding a conference in Washington D.C. on the subject of non-human intelligence.

The conference is titled “Extraterrestrials, AI, and Minds Beyond the Human” and will take place from June 4-6, 2021.

The conference will feature discussion from experts on the topics of extraterrestrial life as well as artificial intelligences. The possibility of extraterrestrial life will be presented from the fields of study including – astrophysics, astrochemistry, evolutionary biology, and Catholic theology. It was unclear to me whether current evidence from credible witnesses will be presented or whether this is strictly based on a scientific hypothesis. This distinction is key as the likelihood of ET life, as limited by the study of scientific models, does not necessarily provide all the the available evidence that dramatically changes the reality based on what we currently know.

“There’ll be 13 talks. Half of the talks are going to be about extraterrestrial life, and there’s going to be talks by some big experts on that subject,” Dr. Stephen Barr, president of the Society of Catholic Scientists

The speakers will include Jonathan Lunine, director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science; Karin Öberg, professor of Astronomy and director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University; Simon Conway Morris, chair of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge; and Christopher Baglow, director of the Science and Religion Initiative of the McGrath Institute for Church Life of the University of Notre Dame.

“There’s a lot of excitement because in recent years astronomers have discovered large numbers of planets orbiting other nearby stars. They could learn a lot about these planets – how far they are from the star, how big the planet is, even things about the chemistry of the planet in some cases.” Dr. Stephen Barr

Why It Matters: It appears that various institutions, even one’s where the reality of ETs might not easily fit into their existing theology, are starting to take the ET discussion seriously enough to begin engaging with their communities about it. This is likely because mainstream discussion around the topic has become significant, and the evidence we’re learning about continues to mount. If you’re not lending serious inquiry to this subject yet, it might be a good time to start exploring. It’s no longer culturally considered ‘a conspiracy theory.’

The Takeaway: As we’ve reported on for many years, the reality of this phenomenon inches closer to mainstream public acceptance. While this doesn’t mean we will know every detail, it means we will have a much greater idea of what’s been happening in this field for many decades now. This does also mean that if we are told the totality of what is known, we’ll understand not only that non human life is almost 100% real, but that governments and intelligence agencies have known for many decades. For some, dealing with the shock of not only the existence of ET life but also that governments knowingly kept it secret may feel like a lot. To others, this will be a welcome sense of relief. Curiosity and playfulness can take us a long way in collectively gaining clarity in our world, but we have to be careful not to become too rigid in any narrative we choose to play with.

I’ve laid out a lot more thoughts related to this in my complete interview from Dr. Steven Greer’s latest film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind. You can watch that entire raw interview here.

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‘Be Careful Because Some Things That Are Termed A Conspiracy Are True’ – Edward Snowden

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    Russell Brand recently conducted an interview with Edward Snowden. One point Snowden made was that we have to be careful, because not everything that is labelled a "conspiracy theory" is actually a conspiracy theory.

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    How much is our perception of major global issues and events influenced, controlled and manipulated?

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(Join us on Telegram here) Russell Brand recently conducted an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and released the first part of it. In the interview, Snowden mentions something that’s been true for a number of decades, and that’s the fact that some things, and in my opinion many things, that are termed a conspiracy theory are in fact true. We have to be careful and really utilize our critical thinking skills. You can watch the full interview below.

The very phrase “conspiracy theorist” was used in 1967 in a classified CIA dispatch providing instructions on how to manipulate and manage public opinion. This appears to be the manner in which the phrase made its way into the public. They coined the phrase and established it to single out dissenters of officially established opinions. The document was put out as a result of the JFK assassination when many concerns were being raised, concerns that, regardless of how much consideration was warranted based on certain evidence at the time, was ridiculed.

Ridiculing something, regardless of how much evidence it holds, has been commonplace, especially today. This is a “psychological warfare” tool, and it’s quite rampant. A declassified document from the CIA archives in the form of a letter from a CIA task force addressed to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time details the close relationship that existed between the CIA and mainstream media and academia. Imagine what it’s like today. The document states that the CIA task force “now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation,” and that “this has helped us turn some ‘intelligence failure’ stories into ‘intelligence success’ stories, and has contributed to the accuracy of countless others.” Furthermore, it explains how the agency has “persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected national security interests or jeopardized sources and methods.”

National security today, in my opinion, has become an umbrella term to justify measures taken, as well as the secrecy around them, implemented under the guise of good will to keep information secret and to ridicule anything that threatens certain government, corporate, and/or political agendas. This is why people like Julian Assange, I believe, are muzzled and put in prison. They are modern day heroes. Today, information is a threat, especially information exposing unethical and immoral actions taken by governments.

One of the best examples of previous conspiracies that turned out to be true may be mass surveillance, as leaked by Snowden and others before him. The most recent example would be the existence of UFOs, another great example would be false flag terrorism. There are many, and this type of psychological warfare and the desire to manipulate the consciousness of human beings, which may also be considered a “conspiracy theory”, is again, ongoing.

The Takeaway: The good news is that people are “waking up” to this type of consciousness manipulation I mention above. Just like 9/11, the COVID pandemic has truly served as a catalyst for more people to question the human experience and why we live the way we do. When it comes to the pandemic specifically, people are extremely polarized in their views, and government measures that roll out and will roll out in the future restricting people’s rights and freedoms they previously enjoyed are heavily opposed by a large portion of the population. This begs the question, why do we give these entities so much power to restrict certain rights and freedoms that we enjoy, especially when things are not as black and white as mainstream media and government makes them out to be. Shouldn’t freedom of choice always remain, while government makes recommendations instead of mandates?

As far as views that oppose what we are getting from the mainstream, the pandemic is a great example of labelling and ridiculing something as a “conspiracy theory” when many people are seeing that it’s not. Doctors and renowned scientists in the field have even been subjected to this type of treatment. At the end of the day, this type of treatment simply forces more and more people to ask, what’s really going on here? Why are experts in the field being silenced for presenting opinions, data and science that opposes what the masses are being told?

Mainstream media and governments are failing to have appropriate conversations around “controversial” issues. People who disagree with each other these days seem to be experiencing the same thing, as many of us have become extremely polarized in our viewpoints. It’s ok to believe something, and stand on one side, but what’s even more important than being “right” or “wrong” is to understand why someone feels the way they do, and why someone believes what they believe. Human beings are intelligent, we are all capable of thinking and examining information and just because somebody disagrees with you does not mean they are stupid. We really need to respect and understand each other, especially in this day and age.

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