a reply to: duaneology
I was not raised in any organized religion. I have had an intuitive attraction to towards spirituality for as long as I remember. Kamra and
Reincarnation have always made sense to me at a gut level. I've felt the benefits of personal spirituality and I'm satisfied on an intellectual level
that karma and reincarnation make sense as very real possibilities. Personal experience two years ago helped to re-affirm those beliefs, though I can
not attest to them as absolute fact.
My current personal beliefs on spirituality and the meaning of life is that reincarnation is real and that the purpose of reincarnation is the
evolution of the soul. What does that mean? As far as I can tell from my current perspective, living my life, on this planet at this point of time, is
that spiritual evolution is learning to Love. Love yourself, love others. Other people and other things. If there is an ultimate level to be reached,
it would be to eventually love all beings and all things equally and unconditionally. Is that the final stage? Or is there something even greater we
can't even imagine until we learn universal love? I don't know.
So, I have deeply developed views on spirituality, but I am decidedly not a fan of organized religion. If a religion actually benefits someone's
spirituality, then it may be useful for them and others who attain that benefit. If, on the other hand, one's religious beliefs guide them toward hate
and fear, instead of love and mutual trust, then it's detrimental to their spiritual growth and has very little value, spiritually or otherwise.
UFOs? ETH? My personal experience started at age 8, though it wasn't until my twenties before I broke the shackles of societal mores on the subject
and accepted the reality of my experiences and their potential implications. So, religion played no role in my beliefs about UFOs, but my personal
experiences and general open-mindedness clearly predisposed me towards my current beliefs.
I still use belief, because while UFOs have intruded upon my subjective reality and are just as real to me as any other true life experience, there is
still much I don't know, the ETH has not been scientifically proven, and there are other, just as extraordinary, alternative explanations as well.
I know there are craft in our skies that defy human technological limits, because I've seen them. I know there are beings that are decidedly non-human
in appearance associated with some of those craft and that they are carrying out what can be termed "abductions", because I've experienced that. Are
they humanoid androids built by human black projects that also have produced these fantastical craft? Are they us from the future? Are they from
another dimension or an alternate reality? I don't know. The ETH makes most sense to me, but it is still just theory, even though life experience has
produced some subjective fact that informs my views.
My impression is that dogmatic followers of religion are usually very resistant to the possibility of the ETH explanation for UFOs. (From my
perspective, devoted Atheism is just another dogmatic religion, even if it considers it self a non- or anti- religion, so the association of atheism
with ETH skepticism or hostility fits right into the same mold as dogmatic followers of religion).
However, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a correlation between those who have rejected dogma and orthodoxy in the religion they were raised in
and an openness towards the possibility of UFOs being controlled by non-human intelligences. Once you learn to question one form of orthodoxy, it's
easier to question all forms of orthodoxy and even question societal imposed mores and taboos regarding what is or isn't "correct thought".
edit on 19-11-2014 by Totemic because: (no reason given)