“A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature.
— Albert Einstein
What do two Emergency Room Physicians, a Professor of Ocean Sciences, a Commercial Airline Pilot, a Nuclear Physicist, a Priest, a Registered Nurse from Perth, and a mixed group of 24 other people from various professions, sitting out in the cold Colorado Mountain air at midnight all have in common?
It is the establishment of human initiated contact and communication with extraterrestrial intelligence – and the development of universal peace. Real. Universal. Peace!
The problem with universal peace is it isn’t that universal. It seems this term gets thrown around like an old cliché so much these days. After all, don’t we all want “universal peace”? However, have you really stopped to think about that phrase? After all, how peaceful are you with your spouse, your children, your siblings, your parents, your workmates, your boss, your neighbour, your opposing sporting team?
It’s difficult to be peaceful when each of us seems to have our own agenda. If someone’s opinion or belief differs from our own, we suddenly feel threatened by them. Emotions are provoked, feelings arise, and sooner or later we start to think thoughts that aren’t always pleasant. Worse than that, those thoughts can sometimes lead us to act in a way which is harmful. We may not be at war but is this being truly peaceful? I don’t think it is.
Take this one step further. How are we to establish relationships or communications with intelligent life and civilisations not of this planet within the context of “Universal Peace” when we can’t effectively establish objective and non biased open and bilateral relationships with each other?
Our extraterrestrial friends were once asked when they would present themselves openly for all humans to see, meet and interact with. Their response? “… You must first seek to be ambassadors to yourselves [humanity]. How can you accept us, our differences, if you cannot accept each others? Honour all life forms. Cherish those who are different – for difference is what enhances life. Seek not proof of life but honour the reality of existence. See with your heart, listen with your soul, feel with your knowing”.
It would appear that Extra Terrestrial Intelligence is exactly that – intelligence not of this planet! Our world seems filled with a constant barrage of negatives. From the media to our very own view of our own community we blame “The Muslims”, “The Terrorists”, our parents, our children, our schools, our workplace, our community leaders and our elected politicians for all of the mayhem we perceive our lives to be in.
In reality though, are we really taking responsibility for our lives, for our selves, for the choices that we have made over the course of our life that has got us to this place, the place where we are right here and right now – all of us? Where we are right now is nobody else’s ‘fault’. It is our own choices that led us to be on the path we are currently on. Our own choices brought us our fortunes, or misfortunes. Change your perception and you change your reality.
We humans all seem to happily march to the beat of somebody else’s drum, and willingly form lines of drones marching into fear and uncertainty because we chose to follow that path rather than take responsibility for clearing our own way, educating ourselves and becoming informed – taking responsibility for our own lives and our own choices, and the direction in which we head, individually and collectively.
Educating ourselves on our alternatives before ‘marching into [the proverbial] battle’ lest we do more damage to ourselves in the process, should be a matter of human course. Unfortunately, most of us like to be spoon fed information as we use the excuse that we ‘don’t have time’ or aren’t experts in a particular field. We believe all that is thrown our way by the media, or political spin doctors, and then we complain when things don’t go the way we think they should, or necessarily want them to.
Ernest Hemingway once wrote in one of his novels “They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason”.
I believe the meaning in Hemingway’s text can be applied to many situations. In order to ‘fight’ a battle – any battle be it a ‘war against terrorism’, or the battle to raise our children in a healthy world free from negative influences, it’s worth reminding ourselves of how we approach that battle and who will be the causalities left at the end of it.
Is this the same approach we would take to visitors from worlds not of our own? Do we believe all that we read or are shown about our ‘Alien’ visitors through the media?
Someone was once asked “Why don’t the Extra Terrestrials simply land on the White House lawn?” The answer was “Because they’d get shot out of the sky before they could land”. In fact, Disclosure Project testimonies have identified that this has already happened around other sites. Our fears tell us to be suspicious, to be threatened by that with which we are unfamiliar. As one Australian UFO group official once stated to me “we don’t believe that they’re [Extraterrestrials] currently a threat, but they could become one”.
Could that be true? Do we really believe there are monsters up there, waiting for just the right time in human evolution to ‘jump out’ from under the bed and grab us? Just as the proverbial bogy man did when we were kids? (Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m still here – he never did end up ‘getting’ me, despite my endless fear filled nights spent quivering under the quilt). And you would think that this should have happened sometime before we armed ourselves with nuclear weapons, should it not?
I thought about that sentence “we don’t believe that they’re currently a threat, but they could become one” and suspiciously how I’d heard it uttered once before somewhere? Wasn’t this the same sentence that George W Bush had quoted as a reason to invade Iraq? Was this UFO researcher’s attitude and approach to our extraterrestrial neighbours the same as that which has led to the death of thousands of people, not just in Iraq, but all over the planet? How many Men, Women, Children, all faiths, all creeds, all nationalities – have become causalities of someone else’s war? War’s based on fear and suspicion? What has this ever achieved in the long term?
Now, I’m not saying that our governments aren’t trying to ‘protect’ their citizens, and in most cases, however uniformed we may feel those decisions may be, they may be made with all the best intentions. However, I thought about what Mahatma Ghandi had once said. “It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business”.
Imagine if our country’s leaders could adopt this philosophy? Rather than make their decisions from a place of fear and suspicion, perhaps they could make those same decisions from a place of faith, hope and a belief in a better future – for all.
I was fortunate to meet a most amazing person not so many years ago. He was a slightly built, old, wise man – an aboriginal elder in a remote community. He could barely walk but his memory was sharp, his intellect sharper.
He related the story of a time, at the turn of the last century when over 150 of his people were allegedly chained together and marched to a place away from their community because they had killed and eaten a bullock that had strayed upon their path. There, the people, who included some of the elder’s family members, were allegedly massacred by the constabulary of the time. He relayed the story in great detail – very matter of factly – and even told me at the end of it “I can take you there, and show you where it happened if you like?”
There was no emotion in his voice, he was proud to relay this aspect of his history, objectively, to this white woman who sat opposite him. The thing that was profound about this amazing man was his finishing words. “Young people, [of his aboriginal people] they get angry and say ‘what are white people doing coming onto this land [his local community]?’ and I say to them ‘shut up! White fella, Black fella, we are all one people under God’” His index finger pointed skyward as he leaned toward me.
Those words still ring in my ears. Here I was living the meaning of reconciliation with this most beautiful and profound human – being. This man lived the philosophy Ghandi wrote of. If only our world leaders could take one ounce of this objectivity and add it to all of the decisions they make concerning not only the citizens of their own country, but the citizens of this planet. What positive changes would collectively befall all of humanity? What could our future hold in store?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says “We identify ourselves as somebody – I belong to this religion, this culture, this tradition, but we forget the basic identity that we are human beings. When that stands first and foremost, all other identities follow behind that. Then, I think that we can achieve what we are really looking for.”
The truth is that we are all a part of the one body, the one wholeness that is human kind. We live on the same planet; together we have same goals, the same purpose, the same search for meaning and truth in this life we have chosen. First and foremost, we are all members of the same human race. To remember that, is to ‘win’ the race.
Perhaps then, we could apply the same philosophy to our visitors. CSETI has the motto “One Universe, One people”. If we can learn to accept each other, live harmoniously despite our differences, and work together towards a future of peace, then perhaps we can one day also learn to embrace our Universal neighbours, and work with them towards the same goals.
Imagine the wonderful new opportunities that would befall us humans. The possibilities are immense, from the introduction of new technologies which could see pollution and disease completely and globally eradicated, to the reigning in of a new age of peaceful interstellar relations and cultural exchanges for the benefit of all the peoples of earth and beyond. Now that’s Universal peace.
As human beings moving into the new age of Aquarius we all need to remind ourselves of what is really important in our lives as we journey through this new century into the new millennium. Let us take responsibility, each of us, for our own actions, for our own fortune or misfortune, for the way in which we not only perceive ourselves as human beings, but the way in which we perceive our fellow human beings. Only when we have accepted and embraced our differences, can we move into the new and exciting opportunities that could befall us through contact with extraterrestrial civilisations and cultures. A reluctance to do so, will effectively deny our place within the interstellar community.