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Aliens, UFOs… do you believe in them? Have you ever seen or experienced something that could be called extraterrestrial? Have you seen something strange in the sky that you just couldn’t explain?

A number of years ago while standing on my balcony after sunset, I saw a glowing orb in the distance on the horizon. It seemed quite far away, but it was considerably larger than the brightest of stars that had appeared in the sky.

It was moving fairly slowly at first, and my partner (at the time) and I watched it for a long while trying to figure out what it was. Maybe it was a UFO?!! No way according to my partner; he didn’t believe in nonsense like aliens or UFOs and insisted there had to be some logical, earthly explanation for it.  Was it a plane? Maybe, but it didn’t have any blinking lights like planes do, and it had a very distinct orb shape – that was very clear to us. After watching it intently we both agreed that while it was possible, it just didn’t look like a plane. Was it a meteor? No, it was moving too slowly along the horizon so we ruled that out, and there was no tail like you would see on a comet or shooting star. It definitely wasn’t the moon; while it was bigger and brighter than a star it was much smaller than the moon and the moon was already in the sky anyway. It was moving in such a way we were certain it wasn’t any kind of planet or other celestial body, and although it seemed far away it still seemed like it was within (or very close to) the atmosphere and not in distant space. Maybe it was a satellite – yes that must be it; that was the only reasonable explanation we could make sense of this strange, glowing orb moving along the horizon. We had never seen a satellite in the sky before and didn’t know what one looked like in orbit, but it seemed quite plausible… in fact it was the only plausible conclusion we could make of it.

Up until this point it was moving in a slow and steady dead-straight trajectory. But all of a sudden this orb began to zig-zag across the sky – and fast. Extremely fast. It covered a massive distance at incredible speed, going this direction, then that direction, then back agan, without slowing down and speeding up at all as it changed direction. It darted all across the sky just as a fly would in the summer heat. Both our jaws dropped as we watched this amazing display right in front of our eyes – we had seen nothing like it before. Then all of a sudden it took off at incredible speed and disappeared out of sight, and just like that it was gone.

“OMG wow! See, that must have been a UFO!!! No satellite or airplane can move like that, how else can you explain that huh??!” But although my partner couldn’t explain what he had just witnessed, he wouldn’t go as far as to say he now believed in UFOs… at the same time he wasn’t so steadfast in his opinion of their non-existence either. He admitted that had I merely told him about it and he hadn’t seen what he saw with his own eyes he wouldn’t have believed me. In fact, he was rather freaked out and wanted to go inside and didn’t want to talk about it any more. He didn’t really want to talk about it to anyone else either.

Strangely the next day there were no reports of it on the news or in the paper or anything. We couldn’t have possibly been the only ones to see it, but it was an remarkable sight to witness that’s for sure.

Was his reaction to this ‘unidentified flying object’ born from the discomfort that arises when a fundamental belief you have held is shaken to the point you realize your entire world-view could be wrong? Or was it born out of fear of beings different from us… aliens? Or both?

I tend to be open to ‘strange’ things anyway, but to me the premise that humans are the only intelligent beings that exist in the universe is just not logical. I mean, consider the shear vastness of the universe… actually it is SO big you can’t… and that’s my point. The fact that out of all the billions – trillions of galaxies out there, that our tiny earth is the only planet that supports life just doesn’t make logical sense to me. On the math alone it is far more plausible that there is other life out there than there isn’t.

And if there is other intelligent life out there (which I think there is), I’m not frightened by it. To have a first-hand experience with an E.T. would be an AMAZING experience that I would eagerly welcome! But I can understand why people have fear though, with the terrifying way E.T.s are portrayed in Hollywood and other media. But me, I tend to hope they would be more advanced than… us.

But what of you? Have you ever seen or experienced something that could be called extraterrestrial? Have you seen something strange in the sky that you just couldn’t explain? What do you believe?

Even if you haven’t and this topic interests you, Monday July 2nd is World UFO day. On the Sunday before a worldwide on-line meetup is being held where people around the globe will come together to share personal experiences and any information we have in relation to our Galactic Family… stay tuned here for more details of this fascinating event:

http://www.meetup.com/Esoteric-Wisdom-Manchester/events/67160622/

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This is a very simple video that speaks volumes to me. The simple imagery of life stirs up SO many unanswered questions within myself.

We can only can find the answers for ourselves… but this book is thought provoking; both in the questions it poses and the answers it presents to some of those questions.

It is up to us to verify the answers for ourselves… but it all begins with reflection. Life is something worth pondering upon!

(An awesome book, a winner of the Best Books 2009 Awards according to the Book Review site USA Book News. You can purchase it on Amazon, however it is soon to be available as an ebook for free download!)

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Faith from a Gnostics’ point of view has nothing to do with merely believing, but knowing through experience.

“Genuine faith is living knowledge, exact cognition, direct experience. For many centuries faith and belief have been confused, and now it takes great effort and exertion to make people understand that faith is true knowledge and not futile beliefs.”

Samael Aun Weor

Not long before I left for the USA, I was talking with my Gnostic teacher (and mentor) while at a mutual friend’s engagement celebration.

He spoke about this very thing; the importance of practice and verifying the teachings through direct experience, as opposed to holding onto arbitrary beliefs and concepts. I was moving to a far away place with no Gnostic Center close by, and he told me that it would be my direct experience of Gnosis that would get me through when times got tough and my faith would be challenged.

It reminded me of what Jesus was referring to in his parable about building your house (your spiritual work) on rock (experience) and not sand (belief) in Matthew 7:24-27;

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came,  and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.


My teacher also spoke about the importance of continuing to investigate. All too often he had seen students gain some direct experience of the teachings, and then stop pushing to investigate further. The incipient experience they gained only served to re-enforce their beliefs, tricking them into complacency thinking they already ‘knew’ (when in fact they actually had verified very little); their work built upon a weak foundation.

He said even if experiences are very clear and profound when they occur, with time they become distant memories, they lose their impact and begin to fade. It’s the way the mind and memory works. The more distant the experience, the more it loses strength and the mind can even begin to doubt it. He had seen countless students walk away from the work because of a lack of continued investigation, despite the initial esoteric pearls they had received.

He was very solemn when he reflected upon them. He spoke of one of Samael’s books where he had written that such people suffer for the rest of their lives from an intense uneasiness as their essence continues to long for the light while their egos mutiny against it.

He said that having had the experiences he himself had gained through Gnosis and knowing what he did up to that point, he could hardly imagine how horrible it would be to bury all that experience deep down inside so as to convince yourself that it wasn’t real, leaving yourself to battle your conscience every day for the rest of your life. As he spoke, his face was full of compassion and sadness.

At the time part of me wondered if he was referring to past students alone; I had the feeling he somehow had some knowledge of what the future held, and wondered if some of that compassion may have been for me.

Now when I reflect back, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did have some insight into what lay ahead.  But if so, rather than for me, I think I now realize who his compassion was for.

“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” ~ Jesus.

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Wow. She said it far better than I could. What an amazing young girl.

 

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lakeA teacher of mine likened the psyche to a great lake, with the consciousness being the water, and the subconscious (‘egos’) being the mud and silt at the bottom of the lake. Normally it’s as though the settlement at the bottom is all stirred up, causing the water to become dark and murky. This is how our consciousness is when we begin the inner work, we are clouded by the egos.

But then, we learn some practices. We learn how to concentrate, how to meditate, we do some mantras, and we learn how to astral project. As we do these practices, we begin to balance our energy centers, and the mud and silt begins to settle at the bottom of the lake. Slowly the water becomes clearer, and as it does we are able to see reality – we begin to get esoteric experiences; some astral experiences, perhaps some spiritual teachings, and some moments of inner peace. But the mud is still there, it’s just resting at the bottom, ready to be stirred up again by some curve-ball of life. At any moment life will throw us some mishap which draws up frsutration, negativity or fear, perhaps anger and so on.

In order to permanently clear the water, we need to extract the mud out of it. And we do this by using the events of life that allow us to see the mud that is within us. We don’t want actively do things to stir up the mud, like drinking or taking drugs or actively pursuing situations that will feed our egos – if we do that, the water just gets all muddy and we get lost in the darkness. Instead, we do our practices and clear the water as best we can, then just be alert and vigilant and life will bring us exactly what we need to extract the mud. A situation will present itself, and if we are clear we will see the particle of mud – the ego – that it brings up from the bottom of our psyche. When we see it, observe it and comprehend it, we can apply the elimination technique, and that particle of mud is extracted out of the water. Then life presents another situation, and we do the same. And like this, little by little, particle by particle, ego by ego, we extract the mud and permanently clear the water of the consciousness.

This is why it’s not enough to go and live like a hermit or a monk, off somewhere far away from society in a temple or deep in a forest. Sure, we may do lots of practices and get lots of wonderful experiences, but we still have all that murky darkness within, it’s just settled at the bottom of the lake of our psyche. If we isolate ourselves from society, we deprive ourselves of the wonderful opportunities life presents to see and extract the particles of mud. Then as soon as something really bad happens, even if we have been meditating for 20 years, all that mud gets stirred up and the water gets murky again.

If we want to permanently change, meditation, mantras and astral practices alone will not get us there…they will only help us to see. It is in seeing the egos, and then eliminating them with the help of the Divine (otherwise known as the ‘death’ of the egos), that we will clear the waters of the consciousness, permanently.

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