"Let us keep in mind the UFO phenomenon
may represent an even greater reality.
It is our choice to treat it as a threat or an
opportunity for human knowledge.”
- Jacques Vallee' in his UN address,1
It appears we are currently revamping the
global myth about the humans being the master race of the
universe. Speculation would have it that a growing paranoia
regarding our present economic calamity and an increasingly
urban environmental claustrophobia has contributed to this
realization. Psychologically speaking it seems that everything
we put on our alien friends is everything we think we are not .
There are three levels to the inferiority complex that we can
see in the movies of 2009.
In District 9 – the ETs are physically larger, stronger and,
as always in ET movies, technologically more sophisticated.
In the 4th Kind, the alien mental abilities as far superior to our
own staging psychic invasions that leaves the victims
either helpless or a nervous wreck. And in Av we are
meet creatures who are intimately connected to their
own natural world, making us humans look like savages
in regards to our own spiritual ignorance.
This can be seen as an unconscious representation
of what we are striving to become; stronger, smarter
and more connected. These new myths fulfill a part of
ourselves that we have not actualized. We attached to
“the other” what we wish to express in ourselves.
Instead of seeing these attributes as potential we have
yet to become - on the surface of things we create
scenarios to fear imaginary adversaries.
Whitely Strieber, one of the most articulate commentators
on the subject says in a recent post about his friends
the little Grays: “I hope that, if the grays show up,
we will be able to at least bear their presence.
Because the other side of the coin is that they are
true masters, in the deepest sense of that word.”
Another concern that this addresses is an old academic
augment from the 18th century about the question gender:
“Is biology destiny?”3 In other words, are we inferior,
due to the way we are physically constructed? Further more
does our animal nature keep us limited to an eternal
existence of war and territorial control? This could be
the reason we project our small minded humanness onto
potential visitors. Independence Day (1983), The Day the
Earth Stood Still (1951 & 2008), and The War of the World
(1953 & 2005) might all just be another way of saying:
“Aggression - its an Earth thing, you wouldn’t understand.”
Fortunately our cultural history shows we have an ability
rise above our primeval nature. In all parts of the world
people have sensed, like the Na’vi, that the were part
of a larger destiny; that we are not limited to our
animal biology. Erkhart Tolle, among many others,
address this issue by saying “realize that your
essential identity as formless…as consciousness
itself, rather than what consciousness identified
A Question of Sentience
To bring home this point Dan Burisch, who says
he has worked with a captured alien at Area 51 declares:
“I have never met an alien, but I have worked with EBEs,
an extra biological entities.” Meaning that the awareness
of a sentient consciousness rather than our various biology
levels the playing field in inter-species relationships.
In this sense we might want to upgrade our connection
to the other with the principle that: “Sentience trumps
biology and connects one to another.”
Wikipedia states that sentience in science fiction, "an alien, android,
robot, hologram or computer" is one
who is treated as a fully human character, with similar
rights, qualities, and capabilities as any other character.
Foremost sentience typically displays desire, will,
consciousness, ethics, personality, insight, and many
other compassionate human qualities. 5
My definition of sentience is that: “I am meeting another
whose soul essence transcends their physical
embodiment. I see we are each different aspects
of the same totality of consciousness.” Realizing our
oneness is the key to opening up ourselves to another
level of consciousness and perception.
Sentience, or intelligent awareness is the trait we
look for in the other that goes beyond race, religion
and species. It is a new mythos for ourselves and who
we shall meet “out there”. Consciousness is the universal
language of exchange; and sentience is its currency.
Soul power; the presence that comes through the eyes
is the key component of universal intelligence. This
acknowledgment gives us leverage for Contact.
If you can look someone in the eyes and see
your own intelligence reflecting back, then you
have found sentience. Try it on a dolphin or
whale as opposed to a dog or a cat.
According to Eliade, in the archaic worldview,
the power of a thing resides in its origin. If
“consciousness is the ground of being’ as Quantum
physicist Amit Goswami says, then this realization
gives us a cosmic passport for connecting to
others in re-cognition of the self.
Strieber having already been prepared for contact says: “It also
hypothesized that the visitors could not enter our reality in numbers
as long as most people did not include them as an actual, physical
possibility, and that government admission of their existence would probably
be a trip-wire that would open a door to them that could never be closed.6
If this is true, then the whole vast theater of UFO sightings,
close encounters, crop formations--all of it--could be seen as a
sort of military action by the visitors that is designed to
circumvent government denial, and create such general
belief that they can open the door, as it were, from their side.7
As we become seafarer like our outer planetary visitors, the
gold of contact is the embrace a universal essence called
consciousnesses. This kind of expansion in connection to
“the other’ opens unexplored doorways of potentials for all
2 Whitely Strieber’s Journal, Unknown Country, My Greatest Fear Wednesday December 30th, 2009, www.unknowncountry.com/journal
3 ] Andrew Barnes professor at the State University of Arizona, itune podcast, Women and Otherness.
[iv] Eckhart Tolle, The New Earth, p57