Shunyamurti is the founder and research director of the Sat Yoga Institute, headquartered in Costa Rica, and author of The Transformational Imperative: Planetary Redemption through Self-Realization. His multifaceted way of perceiving and comprehending the alien presence dissolves the usual polarity between believers and debunkers by reframing it via both inner and outer multidimensionality.
Excerpts follow. Most of what I removed was intellectual buttressing. The final paragraph however, remains intact, despite some phrases which I, for one, am not familiar with. All in all, the intersubjective spiritual tent that Shunyamurti constructs for the ufo phenomenon is wonderfully inclusive and stimulates us to think in new ways. As he says, we must “transform our frames of reference into flames of reverence.”
The Seven Stakes of the Alien
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1. the alien as object of science
2. as object of psychoanalysis
3. as object of religion
4. as object of sociology, politics, and aesthetics
5. as object of philosophy
6. as non-object of intersubjectivity
7. as avatar of the Supreme Real
The first stake concerns the alien as an object of science. This is the nuts-and-bolts level of ufology. The problem in studying the alien on this level is the issue of secrecy. Governments have classified most of the information potentially available. Moreover, there has been a disinformation campaign as well. But credible researchers have established at least a baseline of commonly accepted information. A newcomer to the field would do well to read the works of such mainline ufologists as Donald Keyhoe, Linda Moulton Howe, Stanton Friedman, and Richard Dolan. One will come away with a sense of the overwhelming amount of evidence that exists to support the fact of the presence of alien spacecraft in our skies and under our oceans, and perhaps in underground bases, as well as on bases on the moon and on Mars. There is very persuasive photographic evidence from Nasa cameras and Soviet space probes as well to support the empirical reality of the UFO phenomenon. But the actual relationships that human governments maintain with extra-planetary powers remains a mystery. Many theories abound, but unless one has a very high secrecy clearance from the U.S. Government, there is little hope of advancing beyond speculation—unless one has friends among the aliens, of course.
And this is where the field becomes very muddy, indeed. Because many people do claim to have friends among the aliens. Some have been contactees—people like George Adamski, Orfeo Angelucci, or more recently, George King, Sister Thedra, and Rael—and some have been abductees, like Whitley Strieber and the many thousands of clients of hypnotists like Budd Hopkins, David Jacobs, and psychiatrists like the late John Mack.
This is where we must trifurcate our approach further, to see the alien simultaneously in three further discordant frames of reference: as a psychoanalytic object, a sociological object, and a religious object.
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Simultaneously, we must examine the alien from the sociological perspective, since it is yielding new social networks and forms of organization, new religious movements that are growing by leaps and bounds, that have their own logic and consequences for our rapidly morphing social reality. The sociological dimension includes both the political and the aesthetic, since these are determined as part of the social matrix. The alien arouses potent emotional forces, both of a primitive sort that supports nationalistic reactivity and aggressivity and also the sort that brings out the best in ourselves, in terms of compassionate longing for friendships that span the universe and overcome all barriers of otherness. The alien is already present in our arts—not only in films and literature, but most visibly in architecture—and is opening portals to new kinds of collective consciousness, harkening back to our own ancient tribal beginnings, based on identification with the stranger on a strange planet.
The alien also forces us to reopen the philosophical questions that materialist science had hoped had been answered once and for all. The alien intrusion creates an imperative to question not only our physics, but also our ontology, our epistemology, our ethics, and our true place in the cosmic food chain. This is but the latest chapter in the ongoing series of revolutionary shifts of paradigm that have humbled the human ego, from the Copernican Revolution, to the evolutionary revolution, to the psychoanalytic revolution, and now the ETI revolution. It also raises the stakes of our scientific theories, that must answer to the implications of superluminal velocities, wormholes in space, and time travel, to name a few, and forces us to question our planetary politics and how they can be made to mesh with interplanetary organizations, cosmic law, trade, and perhaps, alas, warfare. New conceptions of value and exchange will certainly have to supersede our current systems of economic, class, and power structuring.
But regardless of the ultimate ontological status we grant the alien (not to mention what the aliens will grant to us), they are here as our interlocutors, and we must be up to the challenge of greeting them from at least an intersubjective perspective. No doubt they will be catalysts to the development of latent powers that may emerge from within our own consciousness. The potential for our transformation under the influence of the alien presence is boundless and unknowable. Our self-image, our sense of being a separate (homo-not-so-sapient-after-all) species, our relationship to Earth, our entire post-humanistic imaginary, is on the point of dissolution, once the more advanced alien intelligence is recognized by the human Other as its far greater Other. A journey into new knowledge that will make all of us psychonauts, if not cosmonauts, is being prepared for us, and has already begun. In relationship with the alien, we are becoming aliens ourselves, to ourselves as well as to them. Our fundamental frame of reference as human egocentric entities has already begun to dissolve in the mirror of mutual (mis-)recognition.
Last but not least, we ought not deny the spiritual (as distinguished from the religious) significance of the alien. This refers to the transcendent/immanent dimension of the Supreme Real. The recognition of the ultimate source of intelligence, love, and Being will stand out in the uncanny strangeness of our new situation, if we are willing to encounter this miraculous intervention in its own terms. From aloneness in the universe, we must learn to accept our all-one-ness. . . It is through the recognition of our oneness in the Absolute that we will be able to catalyze the intersubjective potentials of our future relationship. The necessity of seeing the divine in such unusual forms—and even more important, of our divinity being seen and appreciated by this unexpected new Other—will accelerate our evolution as beings of love more than any other possible catalyst. Since neither fight nor flight is possible as a viable or intelligent response to the alien visitors—though no doubt it has been attempted, and may be in the future by those too stupid to know better—we must live up to our own potential for love and wisdom. We must also re-organize our own hierarchies to ensure that the wisest and most loving are in the decision-making positions. The realization of Advaita, the nonduality of all that is, has become the official passport to the future. No less coherent apperception will pass through the capillaries of this cosmic, chaotic, osmotic ontologic wormhole through which we are freefalling into a future utterly inconceivable to a limited intelligence.
The stakes are indeed high in our dealings with the alien, and even delusion may prove to be in the service of evolutionary growth and transformation. . . Perhaps it is better for us to fall into imaginary collusions with hysterics than to close our minds and hearts to dimensions of reality that our current concepts cannot encompass. But better still would be to hone our symbolic, intuitional, and sublime feeling capacities to encounter the akashic information stream that flows through our noosphere, if we would only enter our visionary vimanas and return to the cosmic kumbha mela that calls us to reunion with the deep interstellar void, and to dip into that trans-egoic ganges of intergalactic savoir faire, in a blessed bhaktic baptism into the eternal trans-phenomenal life of Absolute Being. Now comes the moment of our unimaginable ascension.