In short I think the physical universe is full of life. In fact I think that what it's for. And I am sure there are intelligent beings on zillions of planets in this physical universe, but I see no evidence in any ancient monuments here on earth that requires me to propose anything other than a lost human civilisation to explain the construction of these monuments. Whenever I've been interviewed by "Ancient Aliens" I've tried to say that loud and clear and gone to great pains to emphasise that this is my view; but since I've never seen an episode of "Ancient Aliens" I don't know whether or not my own very clear and oft stated position -- it's a lost human civilisation -- made it through the cutting room.
Likewise with modern "UFO" and "alien" contacts while I accept that there IS a mystery and there are very real phenomena to explain, I think we jump too quickly to the conclusion that it is "nuts and bolts" physical aliens from other planets that are behind these phenomena. The answer could be much more mysterious from that -- those who are familiar with my book "Supernatural" will know what I am talking about here. At the very least any theory of these contacts and visitations must be able to explain why they are accessible through profound alterations in consciousness as well as on the physical plane. Rick Straassman's research with DMT and human volunteers is particularly relevant here since about half of his volunteers underwent experiences very similar to those reported by people who believe they've been abducted by aliens. One possibility is that "abductees" are people who spontaneously produce more endogenous DMT than others (the pineal gland is almost certainly involved) and enter into a deeply altered state of consciousness in which these experiences occur. This is NOT to say that the experiences are unreal or fantasies or "mere hallucinations". My guess is they are very real indeed but that we need to expand our definition of reality. Perhaps in altered states of consciousness aspects or dimensions of reality that are not normally accessible to our senses do briefly become accessible to us. While not claiming to have the answer to the mystery I think it's more likely we are dealing with inter-dimensional visitors here than with inter-stellar visitors. Shamans in the Amazon working with Ayahuasca, for example, often have visions of vehicles very like the flying saucers reported by Western abductees but shamans construe these as vehicles for entering and leaving the spirit world rather than travelling across interstellar space. When a shaman speaks of the spirit world he/she is not very far away from the idea of a parallel dimension or parallel universe. And yes, perhaps these psychic vehicles do have some form of physical reality that can from time to time show up on a radar screen.
With all that being said, I also believe in freedom of speech and part of the function of this website is to allow the exploration of many different perspectives on the mystery of our past. It's in that spirit that I welcome Xaviant Haze as our featured author for March 2014.
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