Dr. Joseph Burkes - RAHMA



The early history of the 20th century's most important contact network described by Joseph Burkes MD 2014


In 1993 the American Public Health Association (APHA) held its annual meeting in San Francisco. I was particularly eager to go to the Bay Area because I had learned that a network of contactees known as Mission Rahma had an active working group there. Back in the 1990s I was volunteering for a network of UFO investigators called CSETI (Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Rahma is an international organization of contact workers that was established in Lima, Peru in 1974. Rahma’s initial activities involved the ET contacts of a young man by the name of Sixto Paz Wells. When I first spoke to Rahma activists in 1993 I was told that their group had facilitated over 25,000 individual human encounters with non-human intelligence of a presumed extraterrestrial nature.

Prior to traveling to the APHA meeting in San Francisco, I read several magazine articles outlining the exploits of this Spanish language based group. Although the stories focused on Sixto Paz Wells’ leadership role, I was soon to learn that Rahma’s continuing success relied on the efforts of scores of talented Latin American contactees from many countries. Most of them were recruited into the Rahma contact network as young people in their 20s and early 30s.Their leaders, were not only well versed in advanced meditation techniques, but also possessed impressive psychic abilities.

In one popular UFO magazine, Sixto Paz Wells was described as being able to “call down” the UFOs. The expression “calling down UFOs” made the process sound like some kind of circus trick and did not get to the heart of the matter. The consciousness link between Rahma activists and intelligence responsible for the UFO phenomenon is the key to their ongoing success in attracting to their contact sites what appear to be bonafide flying saucers. The mental/telepathic aspects of their work can not be underestimated.

Despite the popular UFO press’ inability to grasp the nature of the contactee phenomenon, in the case of Rahma, journalists had been able to document close range interactions between humans employing advanced consciousness techniques and UFOs. During the mid 1970s many published accounts in the Spanish language media served to promote Mission Rahma’s campaign across Latin America. Through emigration of activists to Europe and North America, their project spread around the world. Given this international dimension to their work going on for now over four decades, I strongly suspect that the 1993 figure of 25,000 encounters would be a gross underestimate of their track record. A more accurate current figure would be in the hundreds of thousands individual human encounters with extraterrestrial intelligence.

Throughout my youth I had an interest in Latin American affairs. I grew up in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in Manhattan and learned Spanish in high school. Later in no small part due to the influence of my political left wing mother, I did international solidarity work with the peace and social justice movements during the 1960s and 1970s. When I was 19 years old I spent 2 months in Mexico and Guatemala. During that year the Mexican student movement was on the defensive and was still reeling from the massacre in Mexico City that occurred during the 1968 Olympics. In one bloody encounter, hundreds of anti-government demonstrators were gunned down by the Mexican military at Tlalteloco, in Plaza of the Three Cultures. Given my participation in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War student movements back at home, I was very sympathetic to the leftwing causes of Latin American youth. I believed that they were struggling for social justice just as our North American student movements were.

My background in Latin American activism and the UFO phenomenon made me eager to meet a Peruvian leader of Rahma while visiting in San Francisco. For over twenty years I referred to him with the pseudonym "Dr. Ricardo." In February 2014 he told me I could use his real name. Dr Fernando Limaco. He is a retired dental surgeon and he agreed to stop by the CSETI booth that I rented at the APHA meeting. Given the audacity of setting up a UFO table at a large health professional meeting, I anticipated that he might decline the offer. I was pleasantly surprised when Ricardo agreed to join me.

I shall never forget meeting him for the first time. Short, robust, with copper colored skin, he was the very image of the indigenous people of the Andes. His dark eyes were set deep into his face. When he spoke his eyes shinned with a passionate intensity. I had no doubt that the individual standing before me possessed enormous physical strength and personal determination. We spent the afternoon at the booth chatting in Spanish and English. My new friend witnessed me “working the crowd,” drawing health professionals over to see UFO videos and passing out literature. I also met with several other members of Rahma who impressed me with their idealism and dedication to the cause of peaceful contacts with extraterrestrial intelligence.

I gave Ricardo and his friends a photocopy of an article about Mission Rahma that was published in a past issue of the “UFO Library Magazine.” The journal ceased publishing in the early 1990s. I did not have the original magazine in which it had been appeared. The account that follows is based on that article. It displayed no author or publication date on title page. My new Rahma friends told me after reading the article that the author was Yolanda Marcino, a one time United States Rahma President. In addition they affirmed that the narrative accurately corresponded to other written accounts about Sixto Paz Wells and correctly reflected the early history of his organization. Dr Limaco was with Sixto Paz Wells during an arduous journey deep into the Andes jungle to meet with the ETs in a remote district called Paititi.

The following is based on that UFO Library article. My aim is to inform readers about a little known but important piece of contact movement history. Few articles and even fewer books have been published in English describing the important activities of Mission Rahma. In my opinion their decades of contact work has had a significant impact on Latin American awareness of what a growing number of people believe is an extraterrestrial presence on Earth.

In 1974 Sixto Paz Wells was a first year university student in Lima. His father Carlos Paz Garcia had a long-standing interest in the paranormal and metaphysics and was a participant at meetings where the possibility of telepathic communication with extraterrestrials was discussed. Sixto was an avid practitioner of Yoga. He attended a conference with his father where telepathic exercises designed to contact ETs were described. After the meeting he meditated, attempting to serve as a kind of human “antenna.” Sixto hoped to receive a telepathic message from extraterrestrials. His efforts were soon rewarded. Using the technique of automatic writing, on January 22, 1974 with his mother and sister in attendance, he started to write. At first it was just scribbling, but finally contact was made. The message identified its source as coming from an extraterrestrial that called himself “Oxalc.” This being claimed to be residing in an ET base on “Morlen”, a moon of Jupiter known to us as Ganymeade. While carrying out his automatic writing, Sixto described seeing in his mind’s eye a middle-aged man who was sitting at a white desk and was holding his hands on his temples.

Sixto could hardly believe what had transpired. Had he really made contact by just asking for it? However he was full of doubts. Without telling Sixto, his mother and sister called some friends and set up a meeting at their home for the following night. Confused and dubious about his capacity to establish contact, Sixto again carried out his relaxation exercises and opened himself up for any possible communication with extraterrestrials. Before an audience of mostly young people, Sixto’s automatic writing soon spelled out another message from Oxalc. The alleged ET now proposed a test to prove that the automatic writing was more than just a product of Sixto’s imagination. Oxalc suggested that he be posed a series of questions from the audience. At first Sixto’s friends asked them verbally, with Sixto giving the answers via automatic writing. Latter the questions were posed to Oxalc via telepathy. To everyone’s amazement each question was answered correctly!

One skeptic mentally asked Oxalc via Sixto to name the author and title of the book that she was reading. In addition she requested that Oxalt reveal the page she was currently on. The alleged extraterrestrial, communicating through Sixto, not only replied correctly, but also accurately explained to the assembled group what was her opinion concerning the merits of the book.

In order to prove that the source of communication was indeed extraterrestrial, it was suggested that Oxalc should give them a time and place where a physical encounter could take place. The immediate reply set the time as 9PM February 7, 1974. The location would be out in the desert some 60 km south of Lima. It was a place known as Chilca. On the appointed night, while waiting in the cool quiet darkness, Sixto and his friends were treated to an encounter that frightened them. A silvery light appeared over a nearby hill that at first was thought to be the moon. By 9PM it became apparent that this was a disc shaped UFO. The object flew towards them and then a shaft of light shot out from the craft illuminating the ground where the witnesses stood.

The UFO appeared to be shaped like a hamburger with a metallic skin. It silently hovered 80 feet overhead. On the upper section of the craft the young people could see six windows. Sixto’s friends were hardly prepared for this momentous occasion. In fact they completely panicked. Sixto, communicating by automatic writing, was told that they would have to learn to control their emotions before further contact could be achieved. The UFO hovered over them for 15 minutes and then started to spin. It suddenly flew away to the west towards the Pacific Ocean and was gone.

Thus began the initial encounters of what would soon become an international network of contactees. Although the initial interactions took place in Peru, the movement spread throughout Latin America, and via emigration of Rahma activists, to far flung corners of the world. Learning of these details I was immediately struck by the many similarities between CSETI and Rahma. They both took an overwhelming positive view of human-ET interactions. It was and still is their collective hope that peaceful contact will issue in a new era of enlightened human development. For both groups the principal mode of communication between humans and the alleged ETs was consciousness or mind. Both groups use meditation or relaxation techniques to enhance the consciousness link during attempts at making contact. There were many philosophical, cultural and organizational differences between the two groups, but their shared features in my opinion reveal the handiwork of an advanced non-human intelligence that is determined to positively interact with humanity.

Following that poorly prepared first encounter in the Peruvian desert, Sixto and his supporters intensively practiced meditation in order to overcome their fears. They approached the contact work in a serious, almost reverent style. The next psychographic (automatic writing) communication contained an important warning. Sixto was told that he should not try to convince others outside of his small team, of the reality of their experience. This prohibition was applied especially to family members. Apparently Sixto chose to ignore the warning and insisted that his father Paz Garcia, should be allowed to participate in the upcoming planned encounter. In consultation with the alleged ETs, it was agreed that only Sixto’s father, along with the original group would be permitted to have contact during the next outing.

On February 14, 1974 at 6:45 PM, Sixto and his young supporters eagerly awaited contact on a mountaintop in the Chico region near Lima. His father had told them that he would meet up with the group later. Soon a large 150-meter craft approached in the sky, but instead of just their father being present, several vehicles appeared moving down a mountain road near their site. Sixto and his brother rushed to investigate.

To their dismay and in violation of the agreed plan, Sixto and Carlos discovered that their father had invited some of his friends to join them in the desert. These individuals were now actively conducting their own contact efforts in a party like atmosphere. Some individuals were clearly intoxicated and had brought with them several cases of beer. Others were attempting to make contact by holding hands and using a trance medium approach. Soon two small UFOs descended upon the group of partiers. Once again panic ensued. This time the terrified merrymakers knocked over tables and chairs while charging into their tents and cars to hide. For Sixto it was a humiliating disaster. The huge craft that they had first sighted in the distance slowly flew over the group at a height of less than 50 meters. After this incident, Paz Garcia’s friends were described as being in a state of shock.

The fiasco however was highly instructive for these young Peruvian contact workers. Instead of blaming Sixto’s father, they looked into themselves. Sixto’s group attempted to understand how perhaps their own faults had contributed to the chaos at Chilca. They had attempted to impose on the ETs their human priorities, their need to convince others, despite being cautioned against such a course by their extraterrestrial contact. Sixto’s team continued their spiritual work and chose to consider the ETs as friends and called them elder brothers or guides.

In preparation for more contact, Sixto’s team was instructed to modify their diet with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, eliminating all meat. The team was to be limited to no more than seven individuals, the original group. On a cloudless night during the first week of July 1974 they went out into the Chilca desert. Their destination was a place called La Mina, (the mine) some twenty minutes walking distance from their jumping off point. While slowly trudging along in deep windswept sand, Sixto in the darkness somehow became separated from his companions. After walking for what seemed like only a few minutes, he suddenly found himself at La Mina without knowing how he could have arrived so quickly.

Sixto saw a strange luminescence in the distance. Thinking that it might be his friends’ lantern, he walked towards it. As he approached the eerie light he noted that it was on the ground and took the form of a half moon. As he closed in, suddenly the figure of a man with his arm raised came out of the light. Frightened and confused Sixto tried to run, but a strange paralysis overtook him.

Telepathically he received the simple command, “Come!” Managing to control his fear, he stepped into the light. Sixto immediately experienced vertigo and nausea. His forehead and neck were gripped with a strong pressure and heat flowed through his entire body that suddenly felt much lighter. Engulfed in brilliant light he was still able to see before him the very extraterrestrial that he had envisioned the previous January. Oxalc was tall, about 6 feet 2 inches in height, with oriental features. He had whitish-blond thin hair, which flowed down to his broad shoulders. The ET explained to him that they had entered an inter-dimensional portal where their atomic structure was converted to light energy and thereby could be transported rapidly over enormous distances.

Sixto emerged from the portal and found that he was no longer in the Peruvian desert. Instead he could see mountains in the distance that cradled a city composed of transparent domes and igloo like structures. They were on Morlen, the ET name for Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter.

Oxalc oriented his visitor to the situation. Sixto was told that this base had been established as a mining colony thousands of years ago. Their civilization hailed from the star systems known to us as Betelgeuse and Rigel of the constellation Orion. The atmosphere had been modified to allow them to move around without space suits. A type of solar energy was supplied as well to allow trees and vegetables to grow in the many valleys that were colonized. A council of respected elders working for “The Great Confederation of Stars” ruled Morlen.

Their goal was to give generous assistance to all worlds in evolution. In this idyllic setting Sixto was told that individual colonists could experience personal growth without prejudice or vice. This ET civilization was not only technologically advanced, but according to Oxalc had achieved an advanced state of spiritual development.

Sixto was given a description of life on Morlen. The colonists all worked about 4 hours per day. Supply houses took the place of stores. People simply took what they wanted. There was no mention of money. Sixto was told that their food was composed of plant extracts that had little taste but met all bodily needs. Reportedly there were close to a million people living there dispersed into a few cities.

At the end of his tour Sixto was taken to a place where he was able to view images from his past drawn from his own memory. He witnessed a very special event that occurred in 1966. While walking to school he saw a circular shadow on the ground, presumably made by an ET craft. A wave of heat and a strange sound had frightened him; instead of fleeing he had suddenly become paralyzed.

Sixto also recalled being shown images that were supposed to reflect his future in which he played a leadership role in a worldwide contact movement. He saw himself appearing on television, giving newspaper interviews and experiencing the emotional turmoil that comes from being a leader. In that future he would face heavy responsibilities, and experience great fellowship as well as betrayal.

In parting Oxalc reassured Sixto that he would only retain those memories that would support him in his future mission. With tears in his eyes Sixto envisioned a bright and positive future for humanity. Feeling exhausted and peaceful at the same time, Sixto reentered the inter-dimensional portal and found himself back in the Peruvian desert at La Mina. He reported not knowing how long he had been on Morlen, and it seemed much longer than the fifteen minutes that had elapsed on Earth.

His friends questioned him about the strange light that they had seen; they wanted to know where he had been. Sixto told them that they too would have a similar experience in 2 weeks and that they must prepare themselves by meditating, eating a vegetarian diet and by doing certain prescribed “concentration” exercises.

Two weeks later Sixto and his team returned to the designated contact site at La Mina. A banana shaped UFO was seen and seven youths entered the inter-dimensional portal. They felt a kind of weightlessness and found themselves in an enormous auditorium. They were led to believe that this was the meeting place of an interstellar council known as “the Twenty four Elders.” The ceiling was a colossal cupola covered with symbols that included the Star of David and an image of a trident. On both sides of the hall were ideograms that appeared similar to Chinese writing. Seated in the council chairs were an assortment of beings, many of who appeared to be non-human.

The Elders stood one by one and communicated to Sixto’s group telepathically on philosophical themes, including the ETs’ concept of God; what death is; and their unfolding plan to create a “new humanity” on Earth. Sixto and his followers were instructed to carry out a mission under the title of “Rahma”, meaning Sun on Earth. They were to be teachers, who if sufficiently dedicated, would help prepare humanity for a spiritual transformation. The ongoing communication with the extraterrestrials was to continue as it had started via automatic writing. With this description the UFO Library Magazine’s article ended.

The initial Peruvian group expanded its numbers in order to meet the enormous challenge of the mission. Latin American and European press coverage served to attract new activists who created an international network of contactees. During the initial years Sixto Paz Wells was the most prominent participant. As the years passed, Rahma was rife with internal battles, but despite these challenges the contact work has continued.

New Age media coverage continued to focus on Sixto. However according Rahma activists who quietly were organizing at the grassroots level, his importance diminished. For a number of years he apparently ceased being a “good antennae” in terms of receiving accurate messages. Other leaders, who operated outside of the media glare, continued to attract what appeared to be ET craft to the joy and wonderment of new followers. As a North American representative of what I like to call “the contact movement," I have been privileged to do fieldwork with Rahma. I have kept them informed of our continued efforts to build a peaceful cooperative relationship with the intelligence responsible for the UFO phenomenon.