Although I am obviously fascinated by the subject, I am not a UFO Enthusiast. However, I am quite sure that something extraordinary happened outside of Roswell in 1947.
The human experience of UFOs is as old as recorded history and it persists. If you study the history of art, you will find a whole lot of flying objects in the skies from the Hand of God, to angels to, well, they sure look like what we think of as flying saucers. But then, the mindset and archetypes of Robert Campin or Carlo Crivelli, for example, are radically different from say, Mark Rothko.
If these phenomena are extraterrestrial, and the Pentagon claims empirical proof that they choose to share publicly, the result would require whatever humans happen to be paying attention, to shift their fundamental world view. Also, it could be an entertainingly novel way to control the population. Just sayin’.
In Ezra Klein’s astute NYT Op-ed on the topic last month, he referred to the former NASA chief historian, Steven Dick who
“…has argued that indirect contact with aliens — a radio signal, for instance — would be more like past scientific revolutions than past civilizational collisions. The correct analogy, he suggests, would be the realization that we share our world with bacteria, or that the Earth orbits the sun, or that life is shaped by natural selection. These upheavals in our understanding of the universe we inhabit changed the course of human science and culture, and perhaps this would, too.”
But upheavals in our understanding of the world do not happen overnight. Not by a long shot. Copernicus published his heliocentric model in 1543. By 1632, Galileo had proved it. It took the Catholic Church until 1835 to fully and formally accept that the earth was not the center of the universe. Ideas take time to unfold within a culture.
On the other hand, the mindset of an individual has been known to change overnight. One example would be a born again Christian. One day a sinner, the next day saved.
The brain, you can pummel with drugs and vibration, extract and dissect, define and otherwise mess around with. The mind, though, or consciousness is something that you can point to, experience, and certainly discuss, but you can't say this is it and I've put it in a box.
Flying saucers or no flying saucers, extraterrestrials or no extraterrestrials, we, the terrestrials, need to shift our fundamental world view anyway. This is what some people refer to as the paradigm shift.
During the pandemic, I was stunned but not surprised at how many people were clamoring to get back to “normal”.
I was stunned because we are living in a world where what is considered normal is not working on so many levels. In all sorts of ways and daily, people are losing their minds left and right. This does not indicate a norm or reality that is working very well. The results of so much of our normal behavior and actions are literally disastrous.
I was not surprised at the call to return to normal because of the alarm over the almighty economic engine. Also because disruption of routine and change, in general, is disorienting and scary. Our isolation was not helpful but instructive.
The disruption of the pandemic has given us an opportunity to literally retool the results we are creating. It would be a shame if we were to just fall back into a pattern of thoughts and behavior that has been creating destructive results not only for ourselves but for our planet and remaining fellow species.
This issue of mindset and paradigm change is an integral part of the coaching practice. As a trained individual who works on personal growth for myself, and especially as a coach for others, I have to coach myself daily on my own thoughts and behavior and question the results I experience.
If we are unhappy with the results in our world and/or in our personal lives, we absolutely have to change our thoughts in order to create different results.
All great athletes understand this. Timothy Gallwey called this the "inner game" and is credited with the revolutionary approach he outlined in his books starting with The Inner Game of Tennis in the early 1970s.
But this idea of changing one’s inner game, one’s mindset, and even more deeply our personal paradigms goes way back to Thomas Troward, James Allen, Wallace Wattles, Napoleon Hill, and Earl Nightingale, to name the old school biggies.
Although it's a bit more complicated than this, their basic agreed upon premise is that in order to change your life, your results, or your reality, you must change your thoughts.
And since we’re not disembodied minds roaming around, I’ll take it one step farther, especially in our current, severely overstimulating environment. There is an awful lot to navigate logistically, technically, socially and emotionally in the world as we know it right now. It's exhausting.
We absolutely have to take care of our physical bodies which house our minds and our spirits, and learn to regulate our nervous systems, the networks of our brains. We need aligned connection and support, accountability, courage, and discipline.
“We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Teilhard de Chardin
Averse in any way to the idea of spirituality? How about this for a working definition?
“Spirituality is the pursuit of a mental and emotional state in which you feel at ease and at home with yourself, your place in the world and your relation to others. It is a state in which you feel in touch with your most authentic or core self and you feel connected to yourself and other people. There is an ease and a fullness to it.” --Weston at Root Lock Radio
Personally, I think that taking very good care of ourselves on every possible level while taking charge of our thoughts and reality is the only way we’re going to navigate this wild, wild passage of collective and individual experience. If you can only do one thing, remind yourself on a regular, daily basis of who is in charge of your perception.
The military is not in charge of unidentified phenomena or your truth or your reality. You are. Your thoughts create your reality.
How is your reality working for you? What kind of results are you experiencing? Don’t like ‘em? You can change ‘em.
But be prepared. Change, not to mention changing a personal paradigm, will make you extremely uncomfortable. It’s worth it though. Whether you want to change the world or just your own reality, what’s a little discomfort in the grand scheme of things?
If Unidentified Flying Objects are part of your reality, well, then, so they are.
The truth is not out there.
The truth is within.
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