Thanks for the enlightening comments, Ted. I found this particularly useful, in understanding Tom's approach to MBT:
They regard all discussions as a search for understanding, and believe their function is to eliminate inconsistencies, no matter who is guilty of them.
This aligns with a video I recently watched, describing his attitude towards ETs and other paranormal phenomena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY7A5n6-Rog
and (slightly longer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhDUjaqy8bY
His main points were 1) Just because a phenomena is physical does not mean it had a physical source (i.e., the LCS could be responsible). 2) He has encountered beings who claim to be aliens, but how can he be sure they are true ETs vs. the LCS providing that experience to him. 3) What is the point of trying to figure out if there are ETs? It is an exercise in ego gratification and not in entropy reduction. (Although he does acknowledge that the greater decision space with interactions with ETs could be helpful in continually growing our own consciousness.
This can be applied to Dolores' work also. She had verrry strange things happen in her hypnosis/past life regression sessions. (Supposedly, Nostradamus spoke to Dolores through her hypnotized subject when she was a student of his, insisting that he was not a mirage, or a ghost, but it was HIM, he was living NOW in HIS lifetime.) She had her hypnotized subjects (they are completely unconscious) regress to a past lifetime, and they were aliens, and had come to earth to help it grow its consciousness. She regressed subjects who seemed to have alien abduction experiences but who could not remember what happened (cases of skipping a few hours). She regresses them throughout the entire experience of what they went through, and indeed it was an "alien abduction," although she describes them as completely benign, helpful and mind-bending experiences.
It could be that all of the above is true. It could also be that the LCS is providing her with information that jolts us into believing the universe is not what it seems. It seems difficult to tell, not only reading it as a 3rd person, but having no way of verifying it either way.
I suppose we chalk this up to the unknowable, ego-gratification story.
Finally, I've got to say, that the notion of the New Earth was jolting to me. (Growing up as a fundamentalist Christian, I suppose the idea spoke to me.) It made me switch my diet (Mostly raw fruits/veggies, and vegetarian), it made me want to be conscious at every moment of every day. So perhaps the LCS got exactly what it wanted.