James Gilliland

James Gilliland, a Southern California native, is an author, teacher, ufologist, spiritual counselor, energetic healer, and the founder of the Enlightened Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ECETI) organization. He studied 6 years of Yoga, and has received The Teaching of the Inner Christ certificate and the Rigdzin Norbu ("Jewel of Pure Awareness") certificate.

Early years

Gilliland was raised in a small desert town spending most of his time in nature. While in high school, he was captain of the water polo team and the swim team.


Gilliland went on to study the construction industry, grocery industry, and real estate industry and was on the board of directors for the chamber of commerce. He owned a California-based commercial real estate company called Pro Realty Management, which developed and managed shopping centers and other multi-million dollar projects.

One day, while body surfing, a couple of waves forced Gilliland into the water, dislocating his shoulder and collapsing his diaphragm. After fighting the waves and making it to the top in order to get air, he noticed that he was incapable of breathing. It was at this point that he says his near-death experience occurred.

It blew me wide open. It shifted me up into what I call the inter-dimensional mind.
—James Gilliland,

After the incident, James said he gave up his material world in order to pursue a spiritual journey. He moved to Santa Cruz, California, where he lived for six years, opening a meditation center during his time there. In 1986, he moved to Mount Adams, Trout Lake, Washington, opening up his Sattva Sanctuary, a 70 acre mountain retreat dedicated for spiritual healing. He has also been operating the Self Mastery Earth Institute (SMEI) at his sanctuary.

Gilliland says his sanctuary is at an opening to a dimensional portal where extraterrestrial ships travel to and from Earth. His first close encounter occurred after eight years of living on his sanctuary; while meditating in his home, he says that he heard a voice in his head originating from a UFO, and after leaving his meditation his sister ran inside informing him that a UFO was hovering over his house. Since then, Gilliland says that he has experienced close encounters with Pleiadeans, Andromedans, extraterrestrials from the Orion constellation, and thousands of UFOs around his sanctuary. In one of his close encounters, Gilliland says that he was allowed to go on board one of the UFOs. During another one of his close encounters, Gilliland says he was hit by "three balls of energy" in the chest, after which appeared Melia, an "extremely loving, benevolent and yet down to business" extraterrestrial from the Orion constellation.

… I was hit with three balls of light within a stream of energy, after which a woman appeared to me with a strange headdress used for communication and other higher consciousness and energy works. The ship came in as a golden light from the north. It dropped down low and hovered …
—James Gilliland,

Gilliland also says that he has been in communication with St. Germain, Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel, Jesus, Buddha, Mother Mary, Ramtha, and Cazekiel, his main contact whom Gilliland says is also known as Ezekiel.

He currently has his own radio show called "As You Wish".

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