On November 5th, USA TODAY had an article entitled, ‘A discovery out of this world; Earth-like planets.’ It went on to say that the space observatory, the Kepler telescope has shown that about 8.8 billion stars in our galaxy have planets nearly the size of earth with a surface temperature that could support life. And probably tens of billions earth like planets in our Milky Way galaxy. This bit of news should send up flares in all our religious premises that have spoken of ‘our Father’s house has many rooms.’ How else to say to the mental landscape at the beginning centuries’ count that there are other worlds besides this? As it was, this concept could only be grasped by the selected few.
Even now when tempers rage as to whether we are evolving or were hatched fully grown and believers to boot, there is no common ground where intelligence can gather itself and say, we are open to new knowledge. It is a sad commentary on the work of those who have toiled hard and long to bring us to the place where we can say yes, the divine spark is harbored in all of life. God in a rock. No doubt it will take some cataclysmic event to bring people to their knees and say it is time for all of us to seek knowledge from where it comes. No need to sell our souls for a pittance.
There are some who come to earth different than the average person. These mavericks are placed by destiny here and there to add a richness to the evolution of mankind. They march to their own drummer and speak with words when questioned that have meaning to those who search themselves for affirmation. Often they are thought to be behind everyone else, though when questioned possess an intelligence beyond what institutions could teach. These are the ‘angel unawares’ that the Good Book speaks of that nobody reads but most display.
Those who speak of life elsewhere generally only envision life like ours. Perhaps we can entertain thoughts of life in terms of other than linear measurement? Perhaps we can think of life with illusions not manifest? In terms of perhaps dreams dreamed and thoughts having their own reality? Jane Roberts, in her series of Seth books in the 70’s spoke of ‘unknown realities’ where concepts of immortality can only be given meaning in terms of worlds unknown to us. The knowledge of metaphysics adds a rich layer to physical life and we must revisit our ancient heritage which speaks to us of cosmic values.
It is time for Joseph Campbell’s heroes’ journey for each and everyone. It starts with one small step inward in search of our common divinity.
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