The search for extraterrestrial life –
Can astrophysics see beyond its own limitations?
Despite many today convinced that Earth could not possibly be the only planet to harbour life in the vastness of space, science is nowhere closer to finding evidence for intelligent extraterrestrial life, let alone anyone visiting our planet, as claimed since the 1950s by many who say they were contacted by human-looking beings in highly advanced space craft.
As a result, speculations about the nature of extraterrestrial life range from “extremely tiny super-intelligent explorers” to fanciful Avatar-inspired ‘blue avians’. No surprise, then, that the apparent absence of solid evidence helps to perpetuate the prevailing notion in mainstream society that life on Earth is a space oddity until invaded otherwise. Indeed, without tangible proof for those who have not had access to the alleged 1947 Roswell wreckage even eminent scientific minds seem vulnerable to speculation. For instance, Professor Stephen Hawking saw fit to warn NASA not to attempt contact with extraterrestrials, prematurely assuming the authority to conclude that all manifestations of life must necessarily be ridden with the same destructive tendency towards competition and greed that is holding the international community back from cooperating to solve our urgent global problems and allowing humanity to the next step in manifesting our expanding consciousness.
Although Professor Hawking was undeniably among the sharpest minds in his field, could there be evidence in areas outside physics and cosmology? Could it be that extraterrestrial life is visiting in plain sight, but that the evidence may only be gleaned across a wider spectrum of disciplines? Have we been looking for alien life, perhaps not in the wrong places, but simply not in enough places?
“At the moment, we don’t know what more than 90% of the universe is made of,” said Mauro Raggi, researcher at the Sapienza University of Rome, in September 2018. And as early as the 1880s Lord Kelvin theorized that “many of our stars, perhaps a great majority of them, may be dark bodies”. Astrophysical calculations about the mass of the Universe have since necessitated and spawned one hypothesis after another to explain the fact that modern-day science cannot account for all but about four per cent of its estimated total mass, with dark matter and dark energy the most widely accepted among these.
As is increasingly becoming clear, scientific rigour through a strictly reductionist approach does not guarantee that we will find tangible evidence, especially regarding a phenomenon – extraterrestrial life – that has proven so elusive to even modern science. As quantum physics pioneer Werner Heisenberg said: “We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.”1 It is not that the reductionist approach is false, but rather that it is increasingly proving to be incomplete and therefore inadequate to the task.
So, in order to attempt a better understanding of the whereabouts of intelligent extraterrestrial life, we would do well to expand our research with additional methods of questioning. As scientists themselves admit they don’t know where most of the universe may be found, we should remember that several discoveries which point towards more subtle planes of matter have so far been ignored, not only by mainstream science, but also by those who are looking for evidence of extraterrestrial visitors.
To summarize: Based on his experiments British biologist Rupert Sheldrake says that dense physical forms may be seen as the precipitation of the ‘blueprints’ that exist on subtler levels, according to his theory of “morphogenetic fields” – a sort of memory bank from which Nature retrieves its various solid physical forms. Before Sheldrake, the Austrian doctor Wilhelm Reich experimented with what he called ‘orgone radiation’, first theorized by German biologist Kammerer as a primordial life force “which is neither heat, electricity, magnetism, kinetic energy (…) nor a combination of any or all of them, but an energy which specifically belongs only to those processes that we call ‘life’. That does not mean that this energy is restricted to those natural bodies which we call ‘living beings’…”2 Like many trailblazers, Reich was persecuted, his books were burnt in 1956 and he was sent to prison in 1957 where he died that year. Interestingly, in the 1940s the Soviet inventor and researcher Semyon Kirlian had already developed a technology to photograph the energy fields surrounding living entities, which was later further developed to record human auras, now known as Kirlian photography.
Here we may again quote Werner Heisenberg: “[T]he atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.”3 Curiously, on the same theme the founder of modern-day esotericism, H.P. Blavatsky, wrote in her seminal work The Secret Doctrine (1888): “It is on the doctrine of the illusive nature of matter, and the infinite divisibility of the atom, that the whole science of Occultism is built.”4 (Note: ‘Occultism’ –from ‘occult’ = ‘hidden’– is used here to mean the science of the energies behind the evolutionary process.)
The notion of planes of subtle matter above the solid, liquid and gaseous that our current science recognizes, has always been a key concept in humanity’s ancient Wisdom teachings, which have been gradually reintroduced to the modern world since 1875 in various stages. According to these teachings, these so-called etheric physical planes of matter consist of sub-atomic particles that vibrate at various frequencies, analogous to H2O molecules vibrating at different frequencies in ice, water and vapour. The experiments mentioned here, in conjunction with science’s self-declared nescience, should give us sufficient reason to take the possibility of subtle planes of ‘etheric matter’ seriously.
As if to show the connection between those experiments and the Wisdom teachings, in 2015 scientific findings were reported which “suggest that dark matter is another kind of sub-atomic particle, possibly forming a parallel universe of ‘supersymmetry’ filled with supersymmetrical matter that behaves like an invisible mirror-image of ordinary matter.” And in December 2018 Dr Jamie Farnes from the Oxford e-Research Centre, Department of Engineering Science proposed a new model of the Universe, that seems to point in the same direction: “…dark energy and dark matter can be unified into a single substance, with both effects [negative masses and matter creation] being simply explainable as positive mass matter surfing on a sea of negative masses.”
These findings seem to reflect what US ‘contactee’ Howard Menger claims he was told by his contacts from space: “Nothing we see with our physical eyes is Truth, but simply a reality in the dimension of a reflection, or an effect, secondary in nature related to a Cause from a primary Source.”5
It should also be noted here that astrobiologists are finding more and more evidence that life, long thought the result of a chemical accident on an insignificant planet in the backwaters of the Milky Way, is actually rather abundant. For instance, commenting on the recent discovery of traces of micro-organisms dating back to Earth’s infancy, Dr Abigail Allwood, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, provided a scientific underpinning for the notion that ‘life’ is not quite as unique as previously thought: “Earth’s surface 3.7 billion years ago was a tumultuous place, bombarded by asteroids and still in its formative stages. If life could find a foothold here, and leave such an imprint that vestiges exist even though only a minuscule sliver of metamorphic rock is all that remains from that time, then life is not a fussy, reluctant and unlikely thing. Give life half an opportunity and it’ll run with it. (…) Suddenly, Mars may look even more promising than before as a potential abode for past life.”
Around the same time the Swiss scientific magazine Life reported that, given adequate time and habitat, life will more likely than not evolve into complex forms wherever it occurs, which supports the notion of the predictability of evolutionary outcomes (aka evolutionary convergence). Simply put, this means that the evolution of life, regardless where it occurs, is disposed to result in similar forms. This in turn would lend a scientific underpinning for the claims of people who say they were contacted by human-looking space visitors.
When the first measurements of the surface temperature on Venus came in in 1958, the most famous and most derided of these, George Adamski, was quickly ridiculed for his assertion that his contacts hailed from that and other planets in our solar system. He was not alone, though, in maintaining his claims: Brazilian physicist-contactee Dino Kraspedon (pseudonym for Aladíno Felíx), Canadian researcher-contactee Wilbert Smith, Italian journalist-contactee Bruno Ghibaudi, and US contactees Howard Menger and Buck Nelson all said, more or less publicly, that the spacecraft and their occupants originated from within the solar system, mainly from Mars, Venus, Saturn and a few other planets.
Since the character assassination on the first contactees of the 1950s hardly anyone has placed the origins of the visitors from space within our own solar system. However, British esotericist Benjamin Creme always maintained: “All the planets of our system are inhabited…” but, he added, “if you were to go to Mars or Venus you would see nobody because they are in physical bodies of etheric matter.”6 This underscores what contactee Howard Menger was told in the 1950s: “[I]f an Earth man in physical body could go there he probably would not see some of the life forms which vibrate more rapidly than his own – no more than he can see the spiritual life forms in and around his own planet. Unless his physical body were processed and conditioned, he could not see the beings on another planet.”7
Now could the acknowledgement of the abundance of life, and the expanded view of life that presents itself in the corroborations provided here, help to open our minds to the possibility that ‘life’ does not depend on solid physical forms of expression only and that perhaps it doesn’t always – or perhaps rarely – precipitate onto the dense physical plane as it has on our planet? Or else, that life and civilizations on other planets may have evolved beyond the particular rate of vibration that falls within our range of vision? This might also explain the sudden appearance or disappearance of craft as their ability to drop into or out of our range of vision by temporarily lowering the rate of vibration of the sub-atomic particles of their craft or their bodies.
Howard Menger describes how he witnessed a saucer drop into our range of vision: “The ship took the form of a pulsating, fluorescent light, changing in colors from white to green to red. […] When it was within a foot of the ground and about a hundred feet from the car, it hovered, and I recognized the familiar bell shape. The pulsating colors stopped, it gave off an eery, bluish light, and then portholes appeared.”8
Reversing the same notion, George Adamski was told, in fact, that the space visitors “can increase the frequency of the activated area of a ship to the point of producing invisibility. Except for our own precaution, your planes could fly blindly into our ship without seeing it. If we permitted you to come as close as that, when you hit, you would find our craft as solid as though functioning in a lower frequency.”9
If the craft of the visitors from space are in etheric physical matter that would preclude the possibility that anyone is abducted for gene harvesting, hybrid breeding, implanting devices, and other atrocities that are often ascribed to extraterrestrial visitors. In fact, Benjamin Creme says: “Nobody is ever taken up in a spaceship in a physical body. It is impossible. These spaceships are not solid physical. To be taken up into a spaceship you have to be taken out of the dense physical body and you go in the etheric [body] into the spaceship, which are in themselves etheric. It is still physical, but etheric physical.”10
Interestingly, a possible description of the process of being taken out of the (dense physical) body also comes from Howard Menger, who describes how a bluish beam was aimed at him when he was allowed to board a ship: “…as it struck my head I felt a tingling sensation, warm, and rather pleasant. I stood in my tracks as he slowly played the beam downward over my body until it had reached my feet.”11 His hosts later explained: “We projected the beam on you to condition and process your body quickly so you could enter the craft. What actually happened was that the beam changed your body frequency to equal that of the craft.”12
The accounts of various contactees also present tacit evidence of their having been taken out of the physical body as they testified to a heightened state of awareness once they were on a ship.
American contactee Orfeo Angelucci seems to give some impression of what it must feel like once one is in this ‘unearthly’ state: “The interior was made of an ethereal mother-of-pearl stuff, irridescent [sic] with exquisite colors that gave off light… There was a reclining chair directly across from the entrance. It was made of the same translucent, shimmering substance – a stuff so evanescent that it didn’t appear to be material reality as we know it… As I sat down I marveled at the texture of the material. Seated therein, I felt suspended in air, for the substance of that chair molded itself to fit every surface or movement of my body. As I leaned back and relaxed, that feeling of peace and well-being intensified.”13
The similarities of Angelucci’s descriptions with those of other contactees are striking. For instance, Italian contactee Giorgio Dibitonto writes about his experience in 1980: “The central room was illuminated with light that seemed to come from all directions, as no single light source was to be seen. … An unaccustomed empathy prevailed; we were all flooded with this same unearthly light, and with an energy that was more spiritual than physical.”14 Likewise, Howard Menger noted: “[T]he walls became brighter, as if illumined somehow from inside themselves…”15
George Adamski described the interior of a disk as follows: “Within the craft there was not a single dark corner. I could not make out where the light was coming from. It seemed to permeate every cavity and corner with a soft pleasing glow. There is no way of describing that light exactly. It was not white, nor was it blue, nor was it exactly any other color that I could name.”16 And scientist Michael Wolf’s description of the interior of a saucer is also strongly reminiscent of Adamski, Angelucci and Dibitonto’s accounts: “We were standing in what seemed to me as a very familiar room, brilliantly lit, but not as much as to hurt the eyes. The light seemed not to emanate from any single source, but was everywhere.”17
Since the relentless disinformation campaign that was initiated in the mid-1950s to defuse and ridicule the information about the need for international cooperation coming from the original contactees in the midst of the Cold War, many dismiss the information that contactees claim they were given. The unwavering, but undeserved faith in a strictly reductionist approach to scientific research has caused many to treat the postulates of the Wisdom teachings with equal disdain.
But when we broaden our inquiry into the nature of extraterrestrial life by including additional methods of questioning, as we take into account science’s self-declared limitations, avantgarde scientific experiments that look beyond those limitations, the latest scientific insights, previously esoteric notions about the nature of matter, and eyewitness accounts from people the world over, a plausible window opens onto a world as yet unseen, but one that can well be explained and argued, even within the limits of our current understanding.
So, when next we read scientific assertions that there is no life on the other planets in our solar system, perhaps we should add “…on the dense physical planes of matter”.
1) Werner Heisenberg (1958), Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science, p.25
2) Wilhelm Reich (1960), Selected Writings, p.195
3) Heisenberg, as quoted in Richard Healy (2017), The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy, p.2
4) H.P. Blavatsky (1888), The Secret Doctrine, Vol.I, p.520
5) Howard Menger (1959), From Outer Space to You, p.173
6) Benjamin Creme (2001), The Great Approach – New Light and Life for Humanity, p.129
7) Menger, op cit, p.162
8) Ibid., p.74
9) George Adamski (1955), Inside the Space Ships, p.156
10) Creme (2010), The Gathering of the Forces of Light – UFOs and their Spiritual Mission, p.49
11) Menger, op cit, p.83
12) Ibid, p.84
13) Orfeo Angelucci (1955), The Secret of the Saucers, pp.20-21
14) Giorgio Dibitonto (1990), Angels in Starships, p.67
15) Menger, op cit, p.83
16) Adamski, op cit, p.50
17) Michael Wolf (1996), The Catchers of Heaven, p.199