Saturday, December 17, 2011

UFOs, Faith & Religion

In my distant past, I was actively involved in UFO research - a member of MUFON for awhile, and generally fascinated with the topic.  Over the years, my interests evolved and I became involved in the Toltec community, wrote my own books and websites on the subject... and now I find myself being pulled back into the UFO community by a good friend who asked me to peruse a particular article which had to do with an ever-increasing trend in the field which attempts to explain away the entire UFO phenomenon by saying it is the fulfilling of a Biblical prophecy regarding "the end times."


Go figure!  And here I thought the fundies were too busy bombing abortion clinics and persecuting gays to get involved in the "simple" subject of UFOs.  Learn something new every day, I guess.  After reading several of these articles which proclaim as if it is a fact that "UFOs are demons sent by Satan" or "My guardian angel drives a UFO"... I began to realize that the metaphysical & spiritual studies I've been engaged in for the past - oh - 56 years (yes, that IS my entire life) are not nearly as fruitloop whackadoodle as some might want to believe, and might actually be able to shed some light on these absurd belief systems which permeate the minds of so many.

So I wrote an article. Or two.  Maybe three at this point.  Who's counting?

WARNING:  If you are a fundamentalist Christian or other hard core "true believer", read no further.  My entire commentary here is designed to shed rational and reasonable doubt on your "faith".  So, with that said, proceed at your own risk.
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Posted to UFO Digest, December 15, 2011

The problem with arguments based solely on Biblical texts (or any other quasi-religious text) is that the argument itself is almost invariably rooted within an existing belief system that has nothing to do with the subject at hand. From a Biblical standpoint, for example, UFOs are usually categorized as being of the demonic or the angelic realm, and the reader is essentially being asked to choose sides. If you're not FOR the angels, then you MUST be for the demons, and vice versa. This sets up a dualistic model which assumes the reader automatically agrees with the paradigm in which the article is written. In other words, the reader isn't being encouraged to THINK, but only asked to BELIEVE. And there is no "right" answer at that point - rather like... "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"

On my own website, I often get religious believers wanting to debate me on one subject or another. And what always seems to happen is that when common sense or logic is invoked, suddenly I am accused of attacking the person or trying to "steal their faith". I always have to laugh at that, because religion is the greatest theft of common sense, logic, and personal power that has ever existed. When someone makes the decision to look at the world solely through the eyes of their religion, they have abdicated their own power and turned it over to "the church", and in doing so, the church has become the very devil it preaches against. "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." Just accept on our word that everything is under control (and put that hundred dollar bill in the collection plate so we can keep telling you what to think, what to believe, how to live, who to hate.  Any questions?  Don't ask.  Questions are of the devil.)

Question everything. Question reality. Question authority. But most of all, stop at least once a day and question your own beliefs. Do you believe God exists? If so, WHY do you believe it? Is it something you read in a book? Is it something someone told you? Really ask yourself: WHY do you believe something? Do you believe UFOs come from outer space? Inner space? What do you believe...? Why do you believe it...? This kind of questioning may seem on the surface to be annoying but it is the ONLY way we may be able to confront the fact that MOST of what we believe has nothing to do with reality itself. Man once believed the earth was flat and resided at the center of the universe, remember?

My own work focuses on the relationship between the mortal self and what might be called "the immortal Other" - the aspect of our being that is commonly called the higher self, the totality of oneself, or a variety of other names. And in the grand scheme of things, I have come to wonder if "they" (UFOs, aliens, faieries, and other mythical beings) are actually US - the part of ourselves that we project beyond this world so that we can explore other possibilities which would otherwise be unattainable to us due to the limitations of mortality itself.  So if "they" are "us", where does that leave "us" and "them"?

What I've learned with regard to the UFO dilemma and most other mysteries, is that we need to look at them for what they ARE, examine them as truly awe-insping mysteries, rather than trying to assign easy conclusions and meaning to these incidents, because all too often, the incident itself might NOT be willing to fall in line with our human conclusions and meanings, at which point we run the high risk of finding ourselves at odds with the thing itself, and setting up an adversarial position, wherein we say UFOs are "evil" because they didn't agree to agree with our conclusions.

Finally, because the UFO mystery remains a mystery and a controversy, attempting to shove it into a Biblical context is not only pointless, but ultimately self-limiting. If we already BELIEVE UFOs are "of god" or "of the devil", then we cannot see it in any other light than what our pre-existing belief dictates. The moment we do that, we have abandoned all hope of Knowledge and entered into a pact with blind faith and superstitious belief. Might as well believe the Easter Bunny is at the helm and Santa Claus is driving the saucer-shaped sleigh at that point.

The destruction of faith is the beginning of evolution.

Thanks for listening,
Della Van Hise
http://www.quantumshaman.com/
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Perhaps not surprisingly, I received a good supply of hate mail from angry xtians - which is rather amusing in itself.  Angry Christians.  Shouldn't that be a contradiction in terms?  But, of course, it is the norm and not the exception, but I digress...

What follows is a dialog that ensued between myself and the angry mob (designated herein as "AM").  AM's comments in plain text, mine in bold, designated as "QS" (Quantum Shaman). 

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AM:  Very interesting article. Although I am one of those people  who believes a minority of UFOs do have a spiritual dimension to them. And some close encounters do exhibit almost spiritual characteristics, appearing and disappearing at will, doing speeds that defy the laws of physics, not to mention those who have had the misfortune to come into contact with those supposedly piloting these craft, who have reported the smell of sulphur and an intent to harm.

QS:  The smell of sulphur.  Interesting that this is automatically associated with Biblical references to hell.  The reality of it is actually very scientific.  Sulphur can be used as a fuel or for other purposes.  It is nothing more than a chemical compound with many beneficial uses.  The fact that christianity has CREATED an association (a program) between the smell of sulphur and evil... has nothing to do with sulphur itself.  I personally associate the smell of oranges with an idyllic childhood, but that doesn't mean anyone else must AUTOMATICALLY share the same associations. Sulphur, alas, is just sulphur.  And FYI, sulphur is also odorless.  Look it up.  I did.

As for crafts doing inexplicable maneuvers, there's also nothing strange or even "spiritual" about that.  If the occupants have mastered the quantum universe, they will be using a form of physics that humans on Earth simply cannot (yet) wrap their minds around.  You see it as spiritual.  I see it as advanced science.  As Arthur C. Clarke once said:  "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."



AM:  A person who believes in the Bible does not necessarily think that every unexplainable phenomenon must be of spiritual origin. But we think rationally. What sort of power source would be required to send a ship hundreds of light years across the galaxy? Assuming light speed is attainable, how long would such a journey take?

QS:  You may be limiting yourself by thinking in terms of a Newtonian-based physics, when in all probability, craft from other worlds will be using some manner of "quantum" propulsion - thereby bending space and time to suit their needs.  "Time" becomes irrelevant, and space that was perceived as a vast distance from a Newtonian perspective is virtually non-existent when one possesses the knowledge/technology to "warp" space.

AM:  Why would an alien civilization send a probe or a craft billions of light years to even the nearest planet, only to hover around and then disappear again just as quickly? Why no contact? And why are the only ones who claim to have been contacted by aliens the people who are already involved in the occult? And why do these beings, when contact is supposedly made, always bring a "new age" message?

QS:  Has it occurred to you that you might be asking the wrong question?  When you ask "why", you are automatically attempting to put humanform "logic" onto what might very well be an altogether alien civilization.  For all we really know, contact HAS occurred.  Maybe it hasn't happened to you or to me, but who's to say it hasn't happened to someone else?  When you say that the only ones who claim to have been contacted are those already involved in the occult... well... no offense, but that's absurd. And, for that matter, by strict definition, ANY religion is "the occult" - including Christianity.  Think about it.  It is based on the fanciful notion that a virgin was impregnated by a ghost and gave birth to a demi-god.  If that isn't straight out of Greek mythology, what is?

My point is simply that your own belief systems are not AUTOMATICALLY "right" and all else automatically "wrong".  If you're going to be even remotely objective, Christianity, Wicca, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, and all the other "isms" are largely cultural belief systems, and each and every one of them is rooted in "the occult" - because by definition, "the occult" is that which cannot be explained by rational, logical terms.  Man created religion to comfort himself - not the other way around.  God doesn't need us to worship him.  But many humans seem to need God, and so religion allows for a collective belief system wherein all those with that need can get together and say they all "feel" or "believe" the same thing.   Ultimately, it's nothing more than a collaborative comfort zone.


AM:  There is deception in the world. The theory of evolution, the new age movement, the occult and ufology are all linked.

QS:  Evolution is not a theory.  While some may argue that there is no proof that man evolved from apes, the actuality of evolution itself has been proven time and again.  Species adapt and change in accordance with their environment.  If they didn't, we'd ALL be extinct.  That's hardly new age or occult.  I think you are just looking for "evil" or trying to find a comfort zone for your own beliefs.  That's okay.  But when you overlook scientific reality in favor of YOUR occult religious beliefs (christianity), then you are no less guilty than those you are accusing of doing that very thing.   So to say evolution, new age and the occult and ufology are all linked... that's just your belief system giving you feedback which you have programmed it to give to you.  Think about it.

AM:   The "aliens" always bring a new age message, never a Christian one.



QS:  Has it ever occurred to you to ask yourself why that might be?  Maybe - just maybe - all of Christianity is a fairy tale that is localized here on Earth.  I've always said that if I went to Zeta Reticuli IX and found a civilization that worshipped a man named Jesus, I MIGHT consider giving christianity another look.  But all evidence is actually AGAINST finding the same mythology on another world, so it stands to reason the "aliens" aren't bringing Christian messages.  They also aren't bringing Buddhist or Hindu or Taoist messages as far as I know.  So... I wouldn't take it personally if I were you.  Maybe the aliens just think for themselves and the "messages" they are delivering are HUMAN messages that can be accepted or rejected by humans - not based on the human's pre-existing religious beliefs, but based on an intrinsic connection to spirit (which does not belong exclusively to any religion, but to all living things).

AM:  Why do I believe God exists? Bible prophecy proves it. Look at Israel. God said in the Bible He would bring His people back to the land. And they are back.

QS:  Bible prophecy also talks about a lot of things that never happened.  The bible also suggests that we should kill all homosexuals and forbid women from having a voice.  So, that being the case, I tend to take the bible (and all other religious texts) with a large grain of salt. 

AM:  I think it's good to ask questions, don't get me wrong. But I think the Bible has the answers you are looking for.

QS: Having read the bible many times as a child and a young adult, I'd have to say that the Bible may have YOUR answers.  It does not have mine.  That's okay - you are free to believe whatever brings you comfort.  I've never been one for ignoring the question because I'm afraid of the answer.  My mother once told me, "Don't go looking for God unless you're willing to accept that you might not find him."  In other words - some people are comfortable just BELIEVING what they have read or what their pastor tells them, or what they read in books.  I'm not one of those people. I've searched for "God", and it always leads me right back to the mirror.  God is in all of us. What we DO with that is what determines what we find looking back at us in our own reflection - aliens, demons, angels, gods... or simply the human potential.

Thou Art God:  Create Yourself Accordingly
(Or at the very least, think for yourself and stop believing every little thing you hear...)