Alien Dreamtime: My Fight with Whitley Strieber
A few days ago I picked up Who Cares?!, a book by Ramesh S. Balsekar, an Indian sage known for his blunt, cutting, almost nasty approach to the quest for enlightenment. Ramesh's perspective is that the individual self is an illusion and "doing" is an illusion - we find ourselves in a reality-movie where God is playing all the parts. The actions of our individual "body-mind organism" are determined by the Source, the universal consciousness that creates and occasionally dissolves our egos in order to continue lila, the divine play. For Ramesh, enlightenment is the extinction of personality, the annihilation of the illusion of self and doer-ship.
When I first read Ramesh, I was shocked by a philosophy that left no place for individual choice, meaning, or agency. We in the West are obsessed with free will - with individuality - but Ramesh negates this entirely. Over time, I stopped being depressed by this, and began to find his Vedantic view oddly liberating. While free will on an individual egoic level is not possible (because all of our thoughts and actions are based on past conditioning), there is absolute freedom on the level of the singular consciousness - the "one without a second" - that exists within and beyond all relative manifestation. When we identify with the unlimited Source, rather than our individual story or ego-game, we participate in that absolute and unconditional freedom.
This is a long-winded preamble to a post on my fight, during a taped radio interview that will be aired this weekend, with the bestselling author of alien abduction memoirs and science fiction novels, and Dreamtime radio host, Whitley Strieber. Both Strieber and I were surprised by the virulence of this verbal battle - he said that I had assaulted him in his very being, and that we were no longer friends - but actually it was quite predictable based on my analysis of his work and the alien abduction phenomenon in 2012. (Strieber writes on his view of our argument here.)
The fight began as I explained my hypothesis about 2012, noting aspects of our current world that are unsustainable and will have to change drastically if we are going thrive, or even survive, as a species. I found that Strieber kept harping on the negative aspects of the situation, proclaiming that the Internet was about to be overtaken by corporate interests, and so on. He also stated that there was going to be a huge “die-off” of the human species in the immediate future. He reiterated that this was “definitely going to happen,” and that he “believed” it.
I argued that nobody knows what is going to happen in the future, that at the moment the earth is managing to support the human population, and if we utilized our resources better, incorporating new techniques and alternative energy technologies, we might not have to experience a massive, traumatic die off at all. Strieber continued to assert that this “die-off” was a fact – that he had done “the math,” and there was no way around it. As far as I know, Strieber is not trained as an evolutionary biologist, and even if he was, experts are continually proven wrong. Personally, I have experienced a series of miracles in my life, beginning with the improbable fact of my birth into this body with 100 trillion cells and as many synaptic connections as there are stars in the universe, so I stick by the perspective that anything is possible. This seems the most accurate position one can hold.
According to the thesis I developed in 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, we are now learning that consciousness and intention have actual effects on physical reality. Therefore, if we focus our intention on negative outcomes, we may help to bring those outcomes into manifestation. Strieber has no basis to proclaim that a massive die off is imminent, since none of us are given to know the future ahead of us, and conditions change constantly. He is acting as a “prophet of doom” when he proclaims this, not a realist. He is projecting the negative, shadow aspects of his own psyche into the collective consciousness of his audience, on a daily basis. Instead of fear-mongering, he could be utilizing his public platform to spread information on plans that would ameliorate the effects of climate change and peak oil, restore wilderness areas to offset the species extinction crisis, and so on. (This web magazine, Reality Sandwich, seeks to spread the word on visionary and pragmatic projects that can help us get through this critical juncture, such as the “Transition Town” model from the UK. Worldchanging.com is another excellent site for this type of information.)
The discussion then turned in a different direction. I noted that, from my reading of Strieber’s work, I suspected that Strieber was influenced by the force that the visionary philosopher Rudolf Steiner called “Ahriman,” the evil spirit who pulls humanity down into minerality, materiality, sterile technology, and extinction. As I also noted in 2012, I told Strieber that I thought he had been manipulated by alien entities that do not have the best interests of the human species at heart. Communion is ultimately the story of Strieber’s seduction by those entities he calls the “visitors” often known as the Grays. He notes that he was going to call the book “body terror,” but changed the name to “Communion” when one of them told him to do this, speaking through his wife, while she slept. He also describes how the visitors were able to make him drink a bitter substance, by feeding it to him at different junctures over time. As anyone knows who has studied fairytales and fables, to drink the potion of the other world is to become entranced and overwhelmed by the beings that inhabit it.
On a subliminal or subconscious level, Strieber appears to have made a Faustian pact with these Mephistophelean entities, and unfortunately he is helping disseminate their negative and destructive frequency into human culture and consciousness, at this point in time. The worldwide phenomenon of the alien abduction narrative suggests the possibility that these entities have a plan – that they are actively preparing a deviated future scenario for their human victims. They appear to be fixated on human reproduction and genetic material. Some researchers have suggested that the visitors are a cloned species that has reached a limit of “replicative fading,” and require human genetic material to restore their depleted stock. They are highly cunning and manipulative, and it may be that we have to develop a far more sophisticated model of “contact” between our realm and that of other beings who may not be only extra-terrestrial, but other-dimensional.
All of this, of course, is only happening on the relative plane of of our current “reality-movie,” as Ramesh would point out. God – the universal consciousness that manifests the cosmos – has scripted all the parts, and is enjoying the show. Hopefully, as fractal expressions of this singular Source, we will all have good seats for the unfolding spectacle.
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