Monday, October 24, 2016

HOW THEOLOGY MAY RELATE TO THE DISCOVERY OF AN INTELLIGENT EXTRATERRESTRIAL PRESENCE?: AN EVOLVING, PERSONAL VIEW.

Can exopoliticians orient major institutions if intelligent extraterrestrial life is discovered and announced in a way that cannot be rationally denied by the intellectual leaders of those major institutions? What do we know about those institutions outside conspiracy theory conferences and literature often used to extrapolate in an exopolitical sense? 

Our exopolitical thinking requires not only fine-tuning our understanding about extraterrestrials but also fine-tuning our understanding about major institutions such as the Catholic Church and the Vatican. If either a major (capital "D") Disclosure or a minor "d" (gradual) disclosure takes place, our conversation must be informed by more than our preferred suppositions. 

The Catholic Church as well as the Vatican is not a monolithic single-headed organism (just like "the U.S." and “Washington” aren’t) but they are often assumed to be so. After my experience as an advisor to an official institution, I’ve noticed that large, traditional state institutions are naturally and extremely easily found suspect of covering up the UFO phenomenon and the extraterrestrial presence. But the situation is, quite likely, more complex.

There's a tendency to over generalize on all sides of the human political equation between and among political groups. Outsiders that feel that they are living to promote a non-orthodox cause (like some pro-disclosure activists, left-wing revolutionaries) also almost always speak of “the U.S.” as though it were a monolithic empire where most leaders confabulate to manipulate the rest of the world. But the trees are mistaken for the forest. In other words, as a tendency of the dichotomous mind, judgmental exaggerations about formal institutions of power are way easy to make when one is on the outside. As inheritors of a hunter-gatherer mindset, we tend to distinguish ourselves tribal-like from others in an exaggerated way.

I really suspect that elements within the Catholic Church are privy to information about the UFO and ET presence but, could it be like what the immensely dedicated disclosure and contactee Dr. Steven Greer tells in his lectures that, not even CIA directors are privy to the best information regarding UFO’s if they have no “need to know?”

Now let’s get a bit more philosophical and theosophical. Theoretically speaking, “the Church” is most essentially composed by all baptized individuals but the Vatican curia leads/orients them allegedly guided by the Holy Spirit as per its doctrine. However, if we consider that “the Vatican” or key members within also orient UFO research, its secrecy, considerations and possible disclosure, I suppose that only a few high-ranking members would actually deal with these matters. They might be associated to the intelligence ranks within the Church.


This (parallel or included?) "special" social entity might be represented by those whose opinions would be relevant in case a massive, undeniable sighting were to occur. We may perhaps be referring to some of the most powerful decision-makers such as the Pope, or perhaps only to a few cardinals and bishops, or Jesuit priest researchers but I suppose that, whoever really knows in a transnational sense in association with those in the known in Europe and the U.S. would need to have a “need to know” clearance. Following a patterns from elsewhere, they might even be told that what they are participating in doesn’t officially exist.


So, perhaps asking who in “the Vatican” makes decisions above the official curia is like asking who rules the U.S. as per decisions being (perhaps extra constitutionally) made about the extraterrestrial presence.

Ted Peters, a Professor of systematic theology at the Graduate Theological Union found in a landmark survey that the leaders of several well-known religious institutions (especially conventional and moderate ones) felt at ease with the possibility of discovering an intelligent extraterrestrial presence and I don’t think that most of the intellectual and theological leaders within the Vatican curia and the Roman Catholic Church in general would be any different. Retrieve his explanation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vy9y3-jW7I

When I asked brother Guy Consolmagno (astronomer from the Vatican Observatory, curator of the Vatican’s meteorite collection and author of “Would you Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” if he was aware of the possibility the Church is preparing for discovering ET life, ET contact happening right now or even disclosure he said that – judging from a few direct interactions with the highest Pontiff – he surmised that the Pope (back then Benedict VI) most likely wasn’t particularly interested in the ET subject. That was a bit of a cold shower, especially coming from one of the men that affirmed that, if an intelligent, rational extraterrestrial requested baptism, he would baptize him. His book “Would you Baptize an Extraterrestrial” is kindly and emphasizes (in Aristotelian and Thomas Aquinas fashion) the importance of rational capacity.

Pope Francis I also seems to share the idea that he would baptize an ET given the conditions Guy Consolmagno refers to. But we must realize that this has already been thought by theologians in the Catholic Church before and - however important - doesn't qualify as an astounding "new concept." The important detail is that they do not find an essential contradiction between discovering intelligent extraterrestrials and the faith or doctrine and this is a favorable position in terms of the possibility of disclosure.  The fact that it has often been said that “religions would crumble” if the truth be known may not be as clear-cut as is often simplistically assumed.

Please go to this link:
http://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-francis-talks-about-aliens-says-he-would-welcome-martians-to-receive-baptism-119630/

It is well-known that the main astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, also accepts the possibility of extraterrestrial life (albeit he doesn’t seem to believe it is going to be discovered soon) and that he holds a conservative theological position about Christ’s only incarnation on Earth as a one-time event valid for the whole universe.  Each time he has said anything about this there’s been much speculation and has been interpreted as if the Church were secretly preparing for disclosure or (now that Funes said he doubted ET life would be discovered soon) that – until a gradual educational campaign took place - there were reasons for still keeping it under wraps.

While it is reasonable to posit that some within the curia should know more and deal with the ET subject, it seems that many or most of the public figure leaders are kept "out of the loop" besides, quite simply (as most politicians and academics elsewhere) not being personally inclined to find out or to know more. Moreover, if those "in the know" would have psychologically denied, suppress or repress actual knowledge of ET life on Earth and thus preferred not to have known, and if they are currently making important exopolitical decisions representing a citizenry (and perhaps us all), they may not be the right persons to do it...and they may naturally extend that distaste for challenging truth by ridiculing/de-legitimizing the situation, generating doubt, confusing information and keeping us from clearly knowing about it. It would be a a psychological projection onto us, perhaps acting like “social super egos” to keep us from knowing. Just like they were not ready to know about it when they were “briefed” they project onto us assuming that we would not be able to handle it).

I think that the need to control the truth is not just a psychological projection but also largely linked to a traditional way of thinking and being in the world, a win-lose, dichotomous, two-value way of processing information, feeling and judging; one closely associated with survival instincts adequate for a physical world limited to classical laws. The ET truth challenges that increasingly outmoded, crude, physical survival-based way of thinking which is also present in a theology that emphasizes God as a thoroughly independent and distant-transcendental, perhaps authoritarian, be saved or condemned, strict, law-giving Father figure.

That said, there also are good indications that "special" statements by influential Church representatives have at least been allowed by “those in the know” to continue for some time; the most notable being those repeated statements by Monsignor Corrado Balducci who was allowed to continue speaking theologically about the hypothetical position occupied by (at least some) extraterrestrial beings in the order of creation.

Having had some priest friends from different orders I think that, generally-speaking, they –especially encumbered priests – have enough respect from their superiors and personal freedom to be able speak their own opinion regarding ET life if need be...especially if that doesn’t contradict Church teachings. And for the most part, speaking about intelligent extraterrestrial beings has become a respectable (even if still interspersed, partly avoided and somewhat controversial) tradition.

Theology About Extraterrestrials

For instance, upon researching a little bit, I found that considering extraterrestrials is not something new. Influential Catholic theologian and priest Karl Rahner uses the term “Star Inhabitants” admitting the possibility of other salvation stories and multiple incarnations of the Word.

Influential Catholic theologian and priest Hans Kung also wrote that the possibility of other intelligent life in the Universe had to be granted.

XV Century Franciscan theologian, defender of Duns Scottus’ theology Guillaume de Vaurouillon proposed that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice had a universal value, in case other rational, intelligent beings exist in the cosmos.
The Dominican friar and renowned theologian Thomas O’Meara considers in his works titled  "Vast Universe" and "Christian Theology and Extraterrestrial Life" that Thomas Aquinas left the door open for the possibility of a Holy Person of the Trinity to extend salvation to other intelligent beings in the Cosmos and that we shouldn’t limit what the divine can or cannot do, including the possibility of a further divine incarnation. You can read O’Meara’s "Christian Theology and Extraterrestrial Life" at http://cdn.theologicalstudies.net/60/60.1/60.1.1.pdf

Back in the Middle Ages, Dominican friar Tommaso Campanella said that extraterrestrial civilizations would not have suffered from “original sin” but perhaps of another type of sin proper to them. Tommaso Campanella, along with another Dominican friar, Giordano Bruno were some of the proponents of the "plurality of worlds." For some of his views, Bruno was burned at the stake but the Church has recognized that as a mistake.

The Jesuit Father Domenico Grasso theologian at the Pontificial University of Rome said “Why would all the perfection that God granted so vastly to the universe be hidden without declaring His glory? Who writes a book that is never going to be read?” He also mentioned famous German theologian and Dominican priest Joseph Pohle who in 1904 wrote “Celestial Worlds and Their Inhabitants.” 


Father Pohle wrote “It seems that the purpose of the universe is for its celestial bodies to be inhabited by beings that reflect God’s Glory in the beauty of their bodies and worlds just as man does it in a limited way in his world.” Commenting on that position Domenico Grasso adds “But these are not angels since angels are pure spiritual beings and can only perceive matter indirectly, just as we can only perceive the world of spirit indirectly.” As a comment I’ll add that, here a distinction is being made between “pure spirits” or incorporeal angels and other types of material beings. And, technically-speaking, since humans can also be considered as material “angels” in the sense of messengers doing good and acting in the name of God, technically-speaking this could be extended to at least some possible extraterrestrial varieties according to their orientations and actions.

XIX Century erudite priest Januarius de Concilio in his book “Harmony Between Science and Revelation” also wrote in favor of extraterrestrial beings as creatures “with intelligent substances united to some type of body.”

Father Theodore Zubek in his article "Theological Questions on Space Creatures" published in 1961 The American Ecclesiastical Review said that the extraterrestrial beings not mentioned in the Holy Scriptures are also not forbidden by them. This recognizes that many things that can be discovered are not necessarily mentioned in the Bible nor precluded by it. Zubek posited that extraterrestrial beings not descending from Adam and his sin would not inherit original sin.

The Dean of the "School of Sacred Theology" of Catholic UniversityFather Francis J. Connell wrote the essay titled "Flying Saucers and Theology" and said “It is good for Catholics to know that the principles of their faith are entirely compatible with the most incredible possibilities about life in other planets.”

Sor Ilia Delio, a Franciscan nun, theologian and scientist accepts the likely extraterrestrial presence in the cosmos and tries to reconcile this and science with faith by creating a new cosmology which she calls “EXOCHRISTOLOGY.” Please read "Christ and Extraterrestrial Life" http://www.michaelsheiser.com/UFOReligions/Christ%20and%20ET%20Life.pdf and see "The Christian Life in Evolution" (video en inglés): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDRvaqUjJkI

Attorney Daniel Sheehan who was General Counsel for the Jesuit Order in the U.S. between 1975-1977 recently predicted that the Vatican would disclose knowledge of an extraterrestrial presence after Pope Francis “Laudato Si” encyclical focused on protecting the Earth ‘s life forms and ecology and condemning excessive, abusive capitalism. His prediction was misstated as saying that he knew the Pope would disclose the ET presence in June, 2015. It was confounded with Mr. Sheehan also speaking about the Jesuit’s general scientific and theological “call” to prepare for the probably discovery of life outside Earth (one of the reasons for which the 2009 astrobiology conference was organized by the Pontificial Academy of Science and the Vatican Observatory). Mr. Sheehan is quite actively participating with New Paradigm Institute in which theological ecumenical conversations preparing for the eventual confirmation of intelligent extraterrestrial presence are taking place.


“The Octave of Worldviews and the Philosophical, Theoretical and Public Policy Implications of Extraterrestrial Contact by Daniel Sheehan”:  https://es.scribd.com/document/313807825/Daniel-Sheehan-Implications-of-Extraterrestrial-Contact-New-Paradigm-Institute
The following is an interesting conference by Mr. Sheehan about his involvement with the UFO subject and the preceding issues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4O55wKY-xg

Whether the Church (does anyone represent “The Church” as a whole?) is – under some circumstances - speaking about human-type aliens, I don’t know but I doubt it. Perhaps contactee and mystic George Adamski did indeed meet with Pope John XXII as he claimed and perhaps that Pope indeed met with human-looking extraterrestrials as his personal secretary Loris Francesco Capovilla is reported to have reminisced, but I don’t have the actual source of that information.

Perhaps some theologians would be able to uphold their faith while considering that the “angels” allegedly encountered by Abraham were flesh and blood and human-looking beings and not “pure spirits.”  I don’t know but I truly hope so as many human-looking ETs (albeit not necessarily all of them) would (according to various contactees) make good friends of the Earth-human family. It would also be easier to initiate contacts with them. Furthermore, I hope that the likelihood of an actual extraterrestrial presence already on Earth is officially (rather than covertly) dealt with besides dealing with the extraterrestrial issues only being backed up by formal astrobiological discoveries.

In Catholic theology and in the theology of other monotheistic religions human creation is considered to be a unique event and in the Catholic tradition, a creation deserving “salvation” by God’s only begotten Son. But what is the deep meaning of "salvation? How far can our interpretations go? Can other beings – similar and not similar to the human form – be legally considered “human?”

If intelligent extraterrestrial life is discovered either through the exploits of astrobiology, contacteeism, SETI, official disclosure, grassroots contact and “citizen diplomacy” efforts or if "they" (the ETs) make themselves known, theology and doctrine will have to accommodate that reality. In doing so, a more common integrative ground will possibly have to be found sharing essential ideas from various religious doctrines and spiritual, scientific, esoteric and philosophical ideologies. A common basis will have to be found to coordinate apparently incommensurable ideas.

Some Personal Evolving Evaluations

I do NOT think that "Jesus was an extraterrestrial" or that "extraterrestrials are going to replace God" or easily accept similarly superficially said blanket statements about the theological implications of discovering extraterrestrial life and - in particular - intelligent, rational, technological extraterrestrial life (however advanced they might be with respect to us). Instead, I think that we need to think more carefully about all these matters. We need to learn to think integratively, with greater nuance, finding a shared essence, shared metaphysical principles, common patterns, connecting (not reducing or subsuming the major tenets of spiritual traditions) under an integrative methodology.

What I agree along with some other theologians is that articles of faith will not be thrown into the bin. Instead, they would expand and mature in order to include the discovery of rationally intelligent extraterrestrial life and of other forms of life in general (a “second Genesis” even if not related to self-conscious, rational and technically proficient life?).
Even if it were true that extraterrestrials intervened our genetics in our past, that wouldn't mean that they would replace God or that God doesn't exist or that Creation didn't happen because, as contingent beings, the former would act "in time" and the latter (GOD) "outside of time" or rather, "sub specie aeternitatis" "under the category of eternity." Thus, metaphysically-speaking, God (a lofty, non-dual, understanding of this term as Source of all being and existence) would have “created” and, still, continuously creates unchanged, “dreaming the cosmos” (Panentheistically and as per our mental understanding within time).

God would have also created extraterrestrials who may have the capacity to choose to forget their deepest connections with Source, thus to err or to "sin" with various degrees of depth (making spiritual mistakes) thus thinking or acting in ways that may strengthen or dilute their closeness to God.

They would certainly not be perfect and some would be closer to God's ways than others but - logically speaking - all would truly be our brothers as other intelligent beings dependent on the same Absolute (our common Source) for their contingent existence. However, what would also have to be considered is (from a Catholic perspective) if "original sin" (beyond a literal interpretation) would only apply to Earth humans, to all other types of "humans" (beings capable of rational choice) in the Cosmos and furthermore, if the Logos only manifested in all the vastness of the Cosmos as Jesus Christ on Earth. Or perhaps, a Thomas O’Meara suggests we shouldn't limit what the Logos can or cannot do, as the Logos can manifest/incarnate through any other limited rational being/also-spiritual-master-and-prophet (in human or perhaps even non-human form) as need be for the spiritual salvation of other specific planetary civilizations. Thus, in a way, the same reconnecting, salvific Intelligence manifesting through different relative, contingent rational vessels could be considered as applicable to extraterrestrial civilizations according to context as need be.  

By reading the theological positions of several theologians as the ones previously listed, I think that (in case either “the Vatican,” another institution, world events or someone else of world recognition and stature reveals the extraterrestrial presence) the concept of humanity’s uniqueness, original sin, and the role of Jesus Christ’s "salvation" will have to evolve, include more, go to the utmost mystical depths of their dogmas and complexify, transcending monotheist Christian traditions and other monotheist traditions in order to allow a conversation integrative space for all benevolent spiritual earthly traditions, also considering the existence of extraterrestrials once it is also recognized that they are neither simply good or evil “pure spirits” nor that all of them are alike.


Regarding who is to be considered as “HUMAN,” the issue goes beyond biology and I think that several theologians (including Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno and Dominican theologian Thomas O’Meara, both inspired by Thomas Aquinas) would agree that it is alright to extend this category to extraterrestrials not only if they are rational but if – as children of the same Source - we and God can befriend, admire, respect and… LOVE them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

THE NEED TO UNDERSTAND DENIAL

THE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DENIAL as per DISCLOSURE of the likelihood or actuality of an intelligent extraterrestrial presence is crucial to work not only with public and clandestine government knowledge about ETs but with scientists. 70 years + since the beginning of the "modern era of UFOs" have come and gone. It is still not openly discussed in scientific symposiums or in the political arena. What is taking place? In politics and daily life irrational attitudes, social pressures and fears dominate the human mind overcoming the rational. We need to acknowledge this in order to improve and do more of "what is right." It is painfully obvious that evidence of an "extraterrestrial visitation" actually taking place is not properly assessed by most scientists. They don't look at it carefully with the tools of their trade and, if they become cognizant of a unique, non- conventional event; one which can't escape their cognitive filters, it is often referred to as being "impossible," or is explained away with a silly alternative hypothesis. Some may simply non-scientifically repeat the mantra "there is no rational explanation for it." Sometimes they may even say "there cannot possibly be a rational explanation for it" (because it doesn't fit with their accepted theories). Thus, what happened can be conveniently dismissed and forgotten. The big mistake is to assume that only that which fits with conventional scientific theories can "make sense" or have rational explanations. But if following the spirit of scientific endeavors, they should know better. This means that it is an attitude problem. A denial of things otherworldly. Even some UFO and contact experiencers repeat these phrases referring to what happened to them, as if they followed the "reasonable and logical" scientists' examples. But for most scientists it is more than a mistaken way of speaking and thinking based on a fleeting and flexible attitude. It is an interiorized membership requirement; a group-implied requirement; required doctrinal and dogmatic thinking helping them maintain their self-identities, livelihood and social standing among peers. Privately considering we are already "being visited" (perhaps after a major, shocking, eye-opening experience) is one thing. Denying it as much as possible to maintain cognitive coherence with the premises of a social group we have identified with is another. We need to be more understanding with the facts of social pressure and cognitive dissonance to try to move beyond the current 70 year old + impasse. All of us are subject to social pressures, the same psychological integrity needs and IRRATIONAL biases associated with maintaining that integrity or coherence. This creates much unnecessary conflict in the world and needs to be acknowledged. In terms of the really anomalous aspects of the UFO situation which seem to be intelligently guided and (due to a variety of serious evidence discussed elsewhere) in terms of the rational likelihood that we are in fact being 'visited' by non terrestrial (perhaps multi dimensionally-transdimensionally and spacetime controlling) intelligences, we need to create safe, face-saving, credible, environments for individuals associated with major modern institutions who want to "come out of the closet" and freely explore non-conventional possibilities. As per conventional research environments, re-considering situations about life in the cosmos moves very slowly; perhaps as it should be inasmuch as the type of data most scientists are willing to admit as interesting and valid within their social environments. For instance, a recent issue of an Astrobiology Journal shows that some scientists are re-considering 1976 Viking data, in fact re-considering findings and suggesting that there MIGHT be extant microbial life on Mars after all. In conventional quarters, just thinking about this possibility can also be considered a step forward and adds to the general realization that LIFE may be more probable and perhaps even ubiquitous in the cosmos. The worlds of scientists and experiencers is inching closer together but how may this process be accelerated? "The Case for Extant Life on Mars and Its Possible Detection by the Viking Labeled Release Experiment" Gilbert V. Levin, Patricia Ann Straat Astrobiology. Oct 2016: 798-810 http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/ast.2015.1464?src=recsy

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dr. Carl Sagan's Calculations for Extraterrestrial Visitation More Relevant Today

There was a time (1962) when well-respected Professor Carl Sagan dare consider more openly the possiblity that we had been visited by extraterrestrial expeditions.  He thought there might be physical traces of such visits that perhaps took place sometime in the past. His proposals could be considered thought-provoking but "safe" for maintaining conventional culture as he might have already been "in" on secret information about UFOs as his colleague physicist, astronomer and astronaut Brian O'Leary suggested.

Later on, Dr. Sagan seemed (at least in public) to become more skeptical about what could be called "current visitation" themes basically dismissing UFOs (and perhaps, along with this, witness-contactee and other reports) sometimes saying that there was "no shred of evidence."  

Regardless, with an equation he presented in 1962 at the American Rocket Society (N = R FP NE FL FI FC L ) he hypothesized that perhaps at
least 1 million of the 100 billion stars (then estimated) in our Milky Way galaxy
would have planets with developed civilizations capable of
travelling between the stars.

"Let's say that each of these civilizations sends out one
interstellar expedition per year," he said.

"That means that every star, such as our sun, would be visited
at least once every million years. In some systems where these
beings found life, they would make more frequent visits.
There's a strong probability, then, that they have visited
earth every few thousand years."

"It is not out of the question that artifacts of these visits
still exist or even that some kind of base is maintained,
possibly automatically, within the solar system, to provide
continuity for successive expeditions."

As of today (2016) we have discovered that there are many more stars in the Milky Way Galaxy and that also most stars have planets. Moreover, it has been recently discovered that even the closest star (Proxima Centauri) quite possibly has an Earth-like planet situated in its "Goldi locks" region where water can remain in liquid form.

Thus, the probability calculated by Professor Sagan for intelligent extraterrestrial visits - if calculated today under his  "equation" presented in 1962- would even be far greater. Even if he were to continue dismissing UFO, whistleblower, experiencer-contactee, and documentary evidence, he would logically be inclined to emphasize more strongly the search for evidence of such visits.

To read an interview done to scientist-astronaut and Dr. Sagan's university colleague Dr. Brian O'Leary go to: http://projectcamelot.org/lang/en/brian_o_leary_interview_transcript_en.html  Among several interesting viewpoints, there you'll find a few of Dr. Leary's insinuations that Dr. Sagan knew more about UFOs and current extraterrestrial visitations that what is often considered.

The debatable Brookings Institution assessment that - according to human experience - civilization would be in peril if a more advanced intelligent extraterrestrial presence appeared before us (or - as an extension of the argument - were officially admitted) plays into the continuity of the secrecy...as a formal excuse for maintaining a pre-existing attitude (also connected with a general discomfort with 'things otherworldly' specially in current "rational" modern society).

Even if civilization collapse were one of the plausible (but debatable) "academic" reasons for the cover-up and/or "truth embargo" (acknowledging decades of expensive, unsupervised, inconstituional research activities and besides exclusive corporate and military advantages provided by advanced technology not corresponding to our conventional present in our timeline) and, even if we can't release weaponizable advanced technology to a politically atomized world of irrational, contending extremists, not knowing about the science and metaphysics of connectivity harmonizing consciousness, quantum physics and relativity while shedding greater fundamental information about the human species deepest cosmic roots and potentials could be much worse in the long run.  This is because our understanding about reality processed under competing ideological-doctrinal camps doesn't correspond to the complex interconnected reality we are facing not only in our current political-economic-ecological world complexified by technology but in relation to the multi dimensional and extraterrestial presence becoming more evident.

 Instead of stubbornly reinforcing exclusivistic, ideological-doctrinal, cultural interpretation camps under increasingly self-destructive "win-lose," "either-or" and "Real Politik" logics falling into the trap of reactionary anti-intellectual backwardness, a greater percentage of us need to come to realization that "business as usual" is non-adaptive and that reconciliation is necessary for freedom and the continuity of civilization; thus change our attitudes, come to recognize multiple partial truths as truths which can be harmonized and integrated under deeper epistemic and metaphysical universal patterns based on Non-Duality.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

UNACKNOWLEDGED: AN EXPOSÉ and the Future

I believe that UNACKNOWLEDGED: AN EXPOSÉ (a promising documentary chuckful of mind-opening information promoted by Dr. Steven Greer) can be an important, necessary step forward to change minds and validate the likely reality that we are indeed being "visited" and interacting with non-human entities possessing advanced technology. Through serious testimony and information as in the documentary we may perhaps collectively come to a "tipping point" in which acknowledging the possibility of extraterrestrial multidimensional visitation may not be such a taboo subject among conventional political and cultural leaders as it is today. However, we must also see such issues under the need for much greater human adaptation to a non-linear complexity and as the need for a practical, yet more connective way of thinking necessary to overcome our excessive insistence on the primitive, isolation, group-think and selfish drives, including selective fractional thinking, encompassing our polarized politics as usual. And we would need to do this (something tantamount to initiating a new historical path) not just to deal with what our socio-political-ecological world has become but also to adapt and constructively participate with a larger reality not limited to what could be termed our business-as-usual "3D," linear thinking.

For open contact with older, non-earth civilizations and worldwide use of their technologies to safely take place, we must first empathically coalesce on how we relate with each other, creating new and more stable national and international political structures and processes for us to be able to flourish as a unified species within greater complexity. In my view, all this should be done before zero point energy - which can be weaponized - is allowed to reach everyone. We need to be able to live according to larger connective patterns in relation to social, economic and ecological complexity within our planet before being able to handle the complexity of our local reality in relation to a vaster cosmic community. It seems something too idealistic but I think that we have the potential and inherent flexibility to actually learn to cooperate this much and actually do it. But we need to learn who we are and what are the depeer connective patterns that may underscore and simplify the complexities.

We must also improve current democratic, political and economic systems in order to replace unending "economic GDP growth" as the unquestionable recipe for prosperity and we need to promote more educated political bases capable of wiser political choices, The People, of conservative and liberal bents understanding of each other's roles and more protective of "the commons" instead of allowing more of the same short-term politics of mutual cancellation, personal interest in which ignorance, prejudice and divisive thinking patterns are emotionally and irrationally manipulated.

However, because we need to collectively KNOW WHO WE ARE in much more detail in order to modify and improve our cultural fundamentals, coming together by connecting multiple core truths in order to achieve greater human and multi species freedom and justice, I still support DISCLOSURE and, with it, a major universal educational program on the truth of what is happening and known regarding human origins, and the overall multi-reality, multi dimensional - "transdimensional" structuring of the Cosmos whose origins still rest in a Non-Dual, Absolute Sacred Source, Ground of Being or Intelligent, Conscious Presence/God/Truth.

And, in order to foster seeing ourselves as a unified species, we also need to find out who we are in relation to a complex, interrelated, multi-level (and today mostly covert) extraterrestrial presence that - like us - also depends on this Non-Dual, Absolute Sacred Source, Ground of Being or Intelligent, Conscious Presence/God/Truth. While, on the one hand Disclosure could be destabilizing (especially in a political environment in which politicians are unable or unwilling to deal with crucially, important, long-term issues), it also becomes absolutely necessary to re-think and expand what we know or think we know in order to change course and be able to create a reconciling integrative society.

Through recognizing that our interpretive worlds are inssufficient, we must "wake up" to set aside our excessively invalikdating mutual denials and obssesive criticisms of each other's partial truths and each other's real or imagined mistakes, intentions and differences, including the historical xenophobic lack of trust and fear of each other. And do this we must to support the good each one of us is trying to achieve in this world with a healing attitude under transdiciplinary and integratively discriminating principles to "connect the dots" coming to appreciate how many (but not all) multiple truths and differences are interrelated aspects of a greater, intelligently organized Whole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_-VPmD7kUk

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Exopolitical and Integralist Comments on Steve McIntosh's "Why Centrism Fails and How We can Better Achieve Political Cooperation""

My Comments on Steve McIntosh's "Why Centrism Fails and How We can Better Achieve Political Cooperation" whose link is found at http://www.culturalevolution.org/political-campaigns/why-centrism-fails-and-how-we-can-better-achieve-political-cooperation/#comment-26607

Steve McIntosh offers a clear and excellent understanding of the current political and ideological quandaries from an evolutionary, integrative perspective and, in my view, his proposals for creatively reconciling polarized ideological camps make sense. I also think that the integrative approach is the coming solution to the excess of polarization endangering society and governing, that is, unless dominant holon-like social factions escaping checks and balances, unless unacknowledged shadows lingering between social developmental levels constituting various types of hidden, unchecked power groups behind the scenes prove so formidable as to subvert the normal cultural evolutionary process.

We must allow faith-based, traditionalist findings to be recognized by modern and post modern ideologues and vice versa. In fact, there already exist values in common but the heroic defense of each other's valid truths or positions blinds in a cognitively disconnecting manner.

Upon overcoming the unnoticed hubris within incipient integrality, unable to see how it has also blocked away important truths from previous stages, I must say that the "Values Integration" path deftly proposed by Steve McIntosh (primarily based upon Ken Wilber's Integral Theory) is not a form of mediocre centrism sometimes understood as a lackluster Middle Ground often indistinctly catering to power and corruption or even to democratic principles as required. Rather, it is more like Aristotle's dynamic and virtuous Golden Mean which can constitute a synergistic, dynamic integration of the best society-building values from different ideological factions accompanied by the negation of the mutual negation of each other's positive values along with their negative ones as practiced today in a dogmatic fashion by polarized ideological social factions.

In fact, for quite some time, I had also been thinking along the same lines but find McIntosh's exposition quite clear and to the point. Seriously recognizing the positive contributions of all cultural ideological factions and associated developmental levels (even previous and beyond the named traditionalist, modernist and postmodernist stages) will also be a "test of integrality." I say this because there still linger important issues that are not well-considered within the integral movement which tends to be too closely aligned with acceptable issues found in cultural evolutionary stages close to the post postmodern. Thus, denials and or suppression or the submersion as subject of what could have been recognized as object a long time ago in important pre-modern traditionalist religious and pre-traditionalist religious stages have also been incorporated in the incipient integral stages of development. But this needs to change in order to provide a truly inclusive integral stage. Divine intervention and the otherworldly are both genuine and necessary issues for a comprehensive Meta Theory that reunites subjectivity and objectivity in the collective and individual across body, mind and spirit.

Besides income inequality, another shadow that lingers on from pre-integral stages is the formation of a kind of de facto oligarchy also hijacking and distorting the normal modern political process to a significant degree, a situation in which many of the largest corporations, the financial sector and some of most powerful families have gained an excessive ascendancy over The People as a multivariate analysis conducted by political scientists Gilens and Page demonstrated.

Besides this, there's the denial and the potential effects of recognizing what truly seems to be the existence of an assorted multi-realm-utilizing, non-human, intelligent presence associated to the truly mysterious aspects of the UFO phenomenon, something which has been either purposefully denied or suppressed due to modern social taboo and/or denied/misunderstood/vilified by some pre-modern, religious fundamentalists. Accepting of the ET presence and/or disclosing this semi-covert presence interacting with thousands (or perhaps millions) worldwide will - naturally - be interpreted according to the various pre-integral developmental perspectives in both positive and negative terms. Furthermore, secret, highly compartmentalized and officially non-existent research on this issue may be related to power groups partially or almost completely outside the purview of normal politics and constitutional checks and balances conforming what Historian Richard Dolan proposes as a "break-away civilization."

Finally, the potential for major enhancements in understanding about the nature of reality in connection to non-human, intelligence is applicable to religions, history, the social sciences, philosophy, law and the hard sciences is significant and not only possibly disruptive but also likely (and perhaps necessary) to stimulate a faster transition into a truly Integral or integrative, "post postmodern" phase.

An integrative recognition of the non-human intelligent presence associated with UFOs is necessary, but also a recognition in the Integrative, post postmodern community leading the way towards cultural reconciliation and a brighter future. This is crucial to assist the healthy intersubjective processing and integration of such a reality among all ideological sectors.

But the Integrative approach also has to evolve, recognizing the importance of the many faces of the otherworldly that was rejected in various ways across the so- called mythic-religious and modern stages of cultural development. This will allow the Integral Movement to wake up from its own unrecognized "myths" and shadows about the past (and hiding crucial aspects of the past), still too closely interpreted under modern and postmodern consciousness, premises, beliefs and methods.

http://www.culturalevolution.org/political-campaigns/why-centrism-fails-and-how-we-can-better-achieve-political-cooperation/#comment-26607

Giorgio Piacenza

Sunday, September 11, 2016

POLITICAL TRENDS, AUTHORITARIANISM & PSYCHOLOGY

For the ET presence (for which there is abundant evidence) to be accepted without dangerous destructive reactions; for "humanity" to "grow up" and own its responsibilities toward the planet without dependence toward a cosmic community, it would also behoove disclosure activists, researchers and experiencers (already informing society) to understand the role of social and political trends in terms of of human psychology; in other words, to EXPAND their AREAS of INTEREST, beyond simply acknowledging that there are secretive controls groups and interests knowledgeable of the ET presence for their own gain or (for altruistic reasons) in order to protect us.

But perhaps the trend toward revealing a varied ET-multi-reality presence could suffer a non-adaptive reverse if authoritarianism openly takes control of the open and conventional political process. But WHY is authoritarianism increasing in so many countries in the world today? Is it due to an increasing malaise and frustration with current modern systems becoming increasingly dysfunctional even if they are the best of what we've got and - on the whole - they've been instrumental in improving human life over the last centuries in many ways?

Why is healthy conservatism becoming dangerously intolerant? In fact, what are the psychological reasons for which AUTHORITARIANISM has also been steadily increasing in the U.S. and in other countries, perhaps offering a return to order...or to a better past? While a healthy, moderate conservatism is necessary, a diversity-intolerant conservatism turned hyper modern fascism would be a big problem for the healthy, independent appreciation and balanced relationship with the various extraterrestrial presences that have been semi-covertly showing up in moderate measures and of which we have become increasingly aware over the years. A rise in authoritarianism and fascism in order to regain a measure of order in society would contradict the long evolving trend toward freedom and democracy and INCLUSION that has developed with modernity and post-modernity.

So, besides non-democratic, corporate influence skewing a capitalist political economic system into what Professor David Cay Johnston calls a "corporate socialism" endangering democracy and, besides other alleged control groups representing us before the ET situation with an excessive militaristic mindset because - as hypotheses go - we can't handle the truth of a multi dimensional/multi-reality ET presence, what else if happening? What can social science tell us?

Well, we don't just experience an evolutionary trend in values, methods, attitudes, technology, social systems as is often declared by Integral Theory enthusiasts. We also already have other regularities; natural psychological tendencies; our personal psychological types leaning toward a more liberal or a more conservative approach to thinking, feeling, reacting and politics and we really need to understand this. And individuals polarized and excessively fragmented by virtue of ideologies and doctrines exploiting these tendencies need to recognize what is of value in each other's falsely irreconcilable main truths in order to understand each other as different instruments in concert. Thus, I recommend to look into the work of cognitive and moral psychologists and, in particular, a video explanation by moral cognitive psychologist JONATHAN HAIDT, recorded in a lecture given at the American Psychological Association. The link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAE-gxKs6gM

Instead of jumping in to denigrate each other's political responses thus further increasing social polarization and the dangers of social chaos and a gradual involution and loss of many measures of human emancipation gained during the modern era, let's learn more about our own evolutionary and psychological tendencies in relation to human our MORAL PSYCHOLOGY, our own preferred attraction to some ideologies and value systems, general themes which we naturally feel inclined to accept and incorporate among the alternatives offered in the particular society we have been born into. And, from this, let's attempt to find the healthy versions of such tendencies, liberal or conservative. In the end of his lecture Haidt offers some advice on ways that improve reconciliation for society to become less fragmented.

We need to know why we think and feel as we do; to appreciate our own psychological type while appreciating the type(s) that complete our moral-political approach. Knowing about moral psychology can assist us in not jumping toward mutually dismissive judgement of each other using a barrage of mostly unconscious and automatic cognitive filters and biases. We need to know not just why healthy conservatives and liberals capable of listening and learning from each other are necessary but also that in times of great uncertainty some may develop a tendency to turn to the latest variants of fascism for solutions and a return to order. Their need for security and order is instinctively met by the clear-cut offers of a successful, strong leader, deftly seeking attention and often promising simple, straightforward solutions that resonate with frustration and passion.

But if intolerance of diversity is implicitly or explicitly condoned, a more primitive exacerbation of exclusivity and "right vs wrong" can ensue making society extremely frozen into the structures approved by the leader(s), also making contacts with what could be deficiently called "non-Earth civilizations" increasingly difficult. Moreover, individuals in a controlled society having to line up with a strict way of thinking may end up attracting through their own lack of trust, ideology and fear negative and control-based extraterrestrial civilizations while human xenophobia is strengthen. On the other hand, a healthy conservative attitude would serve more "open-minded" liberals not to be excessively open to everything and anyone that comes from space our way makes sense and is also needed to be more critical and responsible. We need each other. Healthy liberal and healthy conservatives need each other.

These issues should be important to UFO researchers, contactee-experiencer researchers, exopolitical intellectuals and for disclosure activists because, without understanding of social and psychological processes, how else can they constructively add valuable memes into the "acceptable" political mix of ideas especially when culture is polarized under culture wars and competing camps without understanding why we are as we are? If we are more conversant with the political and social controversies of our time, specially in relation to human psychology and to the constructive value of both conservative and liberal voices we'll be able to dialogue more in the 'mainstream' that conforms the largest segments in need of knowledge and assurance.

Society must be prepared for more disclosure but perhaps polarization should also be lessened first so as to open up minds releasing their self-defensive attitudes allowing them to open up to vaster possibilities challenging certain cultural certainties and narratives; an opening lessening the shock of the more unyielding conservatives without turning many liberals into wide-eyed believers. So there's a need for balance, for spirituality and critical thinking at once and a need for considering the whole range of options and information about these subjects. There's also a serious need for acknowledging each other's truths and for finding ways to connect them as part of a wider understanding, one that is inclusive of what we have but which also is beyond modernity, post modernity, conventional science and religion, even while gradual disclosure of the ET presence continues on its own and on a personal level as more information and forms of evidence keep coming out.

The current course of social and political organization based on certain modern premises has been extraordinary in the history of humanity, alleviating pain and suffering, educating more people, liberating them from autocratic dictatorships, providing freedom of expression, greater social mobility, longer lives, a decrease in poverty, the eradication of slavery, international agreements and so on, but it seems that there's a new and more complex confluence of situations challenging the continuity and stability of those victories of the "human adventure;" organizations and values seem to be becoming less effective. I think that this is because modernity still relied on premises of separation which do not serve to build a new political system in a more politically interconnected world. And both conventional science and Western religion while correct in many ways also emphasize analysis and difference of separate things.

Even God is thought to be separate due to His unreachable sovereignty which is correct but also part of a more comprehensive truth. And, in order to be based on classical logic and observation of exterior objects so as to become independent of the over reach of religious interpretation, modern science was also based on paradigms excessively structured by the concept of separation. But now we are reaching a limit and are overcoming this impediment; restricting separation to the domains where it belongs while discovering that there is a more fundamental connectivity that harmonizes subjectivity and objectivity. We need to know that the cosmos and life and us participating in it are more vitally structured by connectivity than by separation and we need to seriously respect that fact in order to responsibly (and not just out of personal need and taste) build a more plausible political system. So it behoove us to understand the principle of complementarity and integrative thinking allowing us to link what used to be irreconcilable.

Thus, culture(s) and the organization of society now require a more connective approach, yes, one that recognizes the value of classical science to discover the patterns of stable physical structures which themselves can be modified and manipulated by a deeper, information and consciousness-based reality. We need to extend modern science and the values derived from philosophy, tradition and religion under a connective understanding that recognizes all truths that have come before.

For us to collectively accept a complex extraterrestrial presence with sovereignty we really need to grow up into a more inclusive and connective understanding aligned with the fundamental role of consciousness; an understanding inclusive of physical matter but also beyond it. We need to evolve individually and collectively in UNDERSTANDING to stop fighting each other and stop being so destructive to animals and plants eating away our natural resources without knowing how to moderate our continued competitive production, consumption and limitless growth. But for this we also need a connective and TRANSDISCIPLINARY, INTEGRATIVE approach (inclusive of a transdisciplinary, integrative FELT sentiment and sense about reality). We sorely need a serious and sustained educational campaign that incorporates the "multi dimensional" in order to explain how we are indeed non-classically interconnected.

Hopefully, moral and cognitive psychology also provides some of the keys that we should know about to decrease a social-ideological polarization which, by turning us more segmented and intolerant of each other, in the search of competing solutions to our current situation escaping linear thinking is endangering the continuation of long-term, emancipatory, freedom-based gains and the future of a more humane and enhanced form of democracy itself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAE-gxKs6gM
Giorgio Piacenza

Thursday, September 1, 2016

CONTACTS OF PEACE, Human Development and Democracy


Gradual, direct, peaceful contacts with benevolent extraterrestrials based on God's cosmic principle of Love including Unity, Reason and Integral Principles is highly convenient, reasonable and aligned with America's original and highest purposes. Through Truth and Education (what genuine statesmen should be really pursuing) this alignment (which should be implemented as a matter of policy) opens a society in trouble to re-generate itself via our deepest, inherent human possibilities and does so in order to adequately engage in a serious life-enhancing, educational process and the evolution of cultures and civilizations beyond modernity, post modernity and the current disarray towards a non-extraterrestrial-dependent, but co-creative future with cosmic civilizations and a major, constructive cultural shift that recognizes the positive and universal truths in all earth-based planetary cultures, involving the further positive development of freedom and the democratic approach.


This is not only possible but superior to the paradigm of other forms of relationship perhaps with needier civilizations in exchange of technology whilst maintaining in secrecy (for altruistic, patriotic and for non-altruistic reasons) the same old mentalities and status quo based on the illusion of separation, a sense of scarcity, xenophobia, demanding mutual control, dynamic-but-mutually- canceling competition, mutual exploitation and a continuous lack of trust within and without sentient beings, manifesting life-diminishing atomizing contradictions in ever more complex ways, relying without end on external solutions of 'control' rather than on the creative discovery of universal, multi-reality, sentient connectivity. 


It would really behoove genuine democrats that want the best for their country and for humanity and also whoever remains in this world as a non-cynical lover of Truth and Freedom to see what's at stake here: The continuity of local societies flourishing together and, therefore, of a greater planetary society flourishing all in greater peace, harmony and self-determination or more elaborate forms of technocratic control based on mutually competing elites, perhaps themselves under the conscious and unconscious control of service-to-self extraterrestrial and spiritual forces. Will the benefits brought forth by the great axial religions and then modernity over the long haul find themselves at their wits end mired in a pre-integral separation mindset or shall we rise to the challenge in our ever more interconnected world?


The choice to move beyond our paradigmatic, self-identity, mutually exclusive, local, cultural comfort zones and to grow up towards affinity with the 'pattern that connects' and its fundamental principles ultimately springing from God-Truth-LOVE-Universal Peace and Essence of Mind, the "Original Nature," Non-Duality, Great Mystery, Presence, Sat Nam, Allah, that "Source" ultimately unifying most religious doctrines... is in each one of us sustaining us. Knowing that it is possible and that we can make it is the good news now. Recognizing (and doing what it takes) to improve direct, conscious, conversant, mutually-respectful contacts with humble and straightforward, humanly-unique, extraterrestrial-extradimensional beings like Antarel, Godar and Oxalc...humble and respectful (and not perfect) in spite of their technology, knowledge and development should be important for freedom and democracy lovers right now and in the long run. And it begins with a deep contact with ourselves in that place of wholeness, LIFE, without fear, beyond words can truly describe, the inspiration of master Jesus the Christ trusting his dear Father...the inspiration of all masters humble to God's Light, Power and Wisdom.


I'm not saying that all ETs are this or that. The situation is vast and complex. The reasons why they don't show up more openly in a sustained fashion, the exopolitical relationships among them and their reasons for collapsing spacetime and briefly interacting with us in a detectable manner is vast and complex. But we should try to relate with all of them based in the peace and good will stemming from Ultimate Principle so as not to be caught up into manipulations among ourselves, or deficient "us toward them" or "them toward us" separation-based perspectives. We must learn to generate mutually beneficial exopolitical relationships, simultaneously  respected by all kinds of extraterrestrial civilizations including assisting them without being manipulated. Questions regarding contact with other members of a vast array of civilizations quite likely manifesting among us according to contactees, whistleblowers, experiencer information research and surveys are also to be carefully considered so as not to fall into a continuation of an "us vs them," mutually entrapping mindset.  

Emphasizing contact with more conversant and gentle extraterrestrials that have behaved in protective and objectively verifiable ways is important, more convenient and necessary in spite of a popular entertaining emphasis on negative abduction accounts, aggressive reptilian overlords and the like. Gradually (but not too slowly) increasing and verifying human-extraterrestrial 'contacts of peace' would be part of the discoveries and the healing we collectively need so as to enhance our inner and shared narratives, our awareness and interpretive paradigms, our already unnecessarily disconnected concepts, our logic and feelings of belonging and leading to a new politics and economics and to a healthier relationship among us, with non-earth human beings, other planetary intelligent beings, including multi-reality-capable beings and the correspondence between Inner-Outer truths and nature. 

These "contacts of peace" must be harmonizing and liberating. They must empower individual members to follow their inner guidance and be able to voluntarily coordinate with others in a more coherent way. It is not a "follow the leader" or a "follow the contactee" cult. Neither a deifying of extraterrestrials who will try to assist without doing the work for us or solving our key problems. They must be rational and reasonable, verifiable, mutually respectful, simple, straightforward, kindly-intended and sensible.There must be methods for facilitating the possibility of contact through which more individuals can participate and experience it for themselves. Intuition and the possibility of democratic coherence develops. And we must learn from each other when each person's best understanding is shared sincerely for the benefit of all, assisting in healing and overlooking non-fundamental mistakes as much as possible. 

The efforts of pioneer Paola Harris to give credit and to objectively validate the reality of benevolent ET presences like the "Apunians" (in fact another form of "people" and humanity) should be sincerely emulated, not just for the advancement of "science," but for altruistic reasons in order to increase the presence and sharing of Love which truly humanizes us toward our full human potential. 

http://paolaharris.com/english/home-page/witness-at-mt-shasta-interview-with-tom-hamblin

                                               Master Jesus Christ Voice of God

Padmasambhava, a master that also inspired me to write this
                                              Ricardo & Paola
Antarel, the Tessaract, Minius, Co-Creation
                          Simple, well-intentioned people and the right 
                                heart-coherent effort is what it takes