posted on Jun, 12 2006 @ 11:09 AM
When you look at what might laughingly be called the "intellectual history" of western thought (or the history of ideas, to put it another way), it
is possible to discern a trend which for me is kind of heart warming: as time goes on, we get less and less anthropocentric.
First, God created Man in his own image, and we are the crowning glory of creation. At this point, the heavens revolve and the Earth stands still.
The sun and all the planets revolve around the earth.
Then, after a GIGANTIC struggle, the heliocentric model emerges, though we are still the centre of the universe.
Then... it seems as if we're out on the edge of a galaxy and there are many, many other galaxies and stars. However, when it comes to life, WE ARE
IT. There is NOTHING else because there is no PROOF of anything else. For some bizarre reason, it is regarded as logical to assume that, although
one of our main assumptions is that the laws of nature obtain evenly throughout the universe, we are the only life within it. This contradiction goes
Then we have an inkling that we are not, to coin a phrase, alone. There are still many (of whom some may very well be paid debunkers) who claim that
interstellar travel is impossible "because Einstein said so". The breathtaking arrogance behind this assumption, in view of the fact that Western
science-as-we-know-it has been going on for rather less than two centuries, goes unnoticed.
Gradually the assumptions underlying this kind of logic are eroded and the idea that we are not alone in the universe becomes widespread. It would
now be entirely ok to "believe" in aliens but for the fact that a very powerful cabal has decided that such beliefs are undesirable in the general
population, and those who espouse it are routinely ridiculed. The phrase "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof" is bandied about as if
it's actually sensible, rather than being sententious nonsense. The behaviour of the various visitors doesn't help.
A study - here I'm thinking of the utterly superb "UFOs and the National Security State vol1" by Richard M Dolen - of the way the US government has
dealt with the phenomenon leads to the inevitable conclusion that they are hip-deep in something and pumping enormous effort into a combination of
ridicule, disinformation and cover-up. How mucha and what is being covered up is open to dispute, but to me the conclusion that something is being
covered up is unavoidable.
Therefore, the question of "belief" is not to do, necessarily, with the UFO phenomenon.
BUT FOR ONE THING...
One of the aspects of contact with aliens that strains the credulity of those people brainwashed by what we're smug enough to call a "scientific
education" is the psychic element involved in these encounters. The world is definitely a stranger and more wonderful place than skeptics would have
us believe... and the ACT of believing something has, I'm pretty certain, an effect on the world around us. It can be pretty minimal, or, if enough
people believe something fervently enough, changes in the external environment can be wrought. Naturally this fact is something that powerful elite
groups want to keep hidden from the hapless majority.
So nikelbee, coming back to your dream... it's about belief, rather than UFOs. From what you tell me, I suspect it may have to do with your
religious upbringing... as you reject the trappings of conventional religion, you may still need a mast to which to nail your colours or a star to
steer by. (Ohhhh... as I'm writing this, it's looking so trite... take it or leave it, it's just the ramblings of a senile fool...) Belief is
important, faith is important, but the choice of WHAT to believe in is what marks us as spiritual as well as fleshly beings.
In a Taoist tradition, we have eight bodies or levels of existence. The first is the physical body. The second is the chi body. The third is the
emotional, the fourth the intellectual, the fifth, the psychic, the sixth is the body of manifestation. Acting on the sixth level allows coincidences
and synchronicities to occur and encourages them to happen along lines that we decree (consciously or unconsciously). This is why I say that beliefs
are important. And it is something that you yourself intuitively grasp, I'm pretty certain. One way of framing this is to say, what is it I want to
Hope this drivel helps ;D