Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Were We Alone Part II by Philip Coppens

In the 12th century, likely during the reign of king Stephen of England (1135-1154), during one summer’s harvest, two children, what turned out to be brother and sister, appeared in the village of Woolpit, in East Anglia (England). They walked out of an earthwork near the village, had green skin color, wore unusual clothing and spoke a language no-one could comprehend. After days of refusing all types of food, the only food they would eat was green beans. The boy soon died, while the girl began to loose her green skin color over time, while she also began to diversify her food. When she was proficient enough in English, she explained that she came from another world – a land where the sun never shone and the light was like twilight.

The incident was reported by two contemporary writers, Ralph of Coggeshall (died ca. 1226) and William of Newburgh (ca. 1136–1198). William’s account was written in 1189, while Ralph’s account, written in the 1220s, incorporated information from Richard de Calne of Wykes, who reportedly gave the children refuge in his manor, which was six miles north of Woolpit. He was also responsible for the education of the sister, who eventually married a man from King’s Lynn, about forty miles from Woolpit, where Ralph said she was living shortly before he wrote down the account. Based on his research into Richard de Calne’s family history, British astronomer Duncan Lunan has concluded that the girl was named Agnes and that she married a royal official named Richard Barre.

In 1621, Robert Burton in The Anatomy of Melancholy suggested that the green children may have fallen “from Heaven” – that, in short they might be extraterrestrials. Others confronted with the story of the Green Children agree that there is clearly some type of mystery going on, but argue that rather than an extraterrestrial component, their abduction was instead to the fairy realm. They refer to Gerald of Wales, who told a similar story, of a boy who encountered two pigmies who led him through an underground passage into a beautiful land with fields and rivers, but which was not lit by the full light of the sun. However, cataloguers of folk stories have said that the story of the Woolpit children is the only example of its type – it is, in short, unique.

There are dozens of people who have tried to explain this story away, opting for a purely symbolic interpretation… for we all know that such a story cannot be true, right? But it is precisely because it happened that it was reported in the chronicles, because the contemporary historians considered it to be so extraordinary!

According to Carl Sagan, there was once a book titled The True History of Mankind Over the Last 100,000 Years in the famed library of Alexandria. The document was burned in a series of deliberate acts of arson meant to eradicate the “pagan” knowledge contained in those buildings in the 3rd century AD. Just before he died, in 212 BC, Emperor Chi Huang Ti ordered that all the books and literature relating to ancient China be destroyed. The first European settler on Easter Island was a French priest, Eugene Eyraud, who arrived in the middle of the 19th century and made it his mission to burn as many of the native rongo rongo tablets as he could. When the Spanish Conquistadors had conquered the Aztecs in the 16th century, they burnt all the books. Is it any wonder that “science” can’t find any evidence for ancient aliens, or lost knowledge? And when there is documented evidence, from as recently as the 12th century, we still explain it away, just like we cannot accept the story of Oannes as literally true, because most of us have been told such things are not to be believed as true.

That the evidence for the Ancient Alien Question has to be found in the most gigantic monuments – which were simply too big and solid to be destroyed – and ancient legends is precisely because there has been a consistent trend throughout Mankind’s most recent history, on all continents, to eradicate large, if not the majority, of our history, of “what came before”. Some even mock that though we no longer believe the world originated in 4004 BC, what science and archaeology has done, is put the origins of civilization at that moment in time, and argue that anything before, cannot be validated by science, and hence by default is believed to be not true. However, truth simply is, whether you believe it, or not.

Is there any object or written document that proves that ancient aliens visited planet Earth? No. But ancient buildings do reveal that they were built with massive stones which could not have been moved without some form of advanced technology, or knowledge. These are not necessarily more gigantic cranes than are currently in use in modern building projects, but more likely a form of knowledge and understanding of the laws of the universe that allowed our ancestors to move these blocks. As a body of literature, the ancient myths and legends clearly state that Gods were once present on Earth and gave the gift of civilization and various other knowledge to Mankind. This is evidence.

Legends like that of Oannes, recorded by the Babylonean priest Berossus, clearly speak of a non-human, physical intelligence that came out of the sea and educated Mankind in the ways of civilization. But there are other legends which make it clear that the Gods were not necessarily physical here, and may not even be physical as such; they could best be described as a non-human, otherworldly intelligence that we can contact through a number of means, many of which that today would be classified under the label of paranormal or parapsychological, or – a term I prefer – metaphysical. Alas, the metaphysical realm has also been fenced off and deemed to be currently off-limits for scientific exploration.

British astronomer Duncan Lunan has pondered the question of contact and communication with other intelligences for many decades. It is his conviction that based on the number of stars and planets in the universe, an extra-terrestrial civilization should have contacted us at least once, and – statistically speaking – a maximum of four times. This means that out of all the evidence that suggests we have been contacted, statistically speaking, based upon what science currently knows, or rather, thinks, about life in the universe, contact is a very rare thing. It means that out of the 230 questions posed by von Däniken, out of all the evidence scattered in hundreds of other books, only one to four questions should eventually remain standing, and answered in the positive. In Man and the Stars, Duncan Lunan put foreword 22 items of best evidence, which includes the story of Oannes, the ancient maps, the Chinese Roswell, the pyramids, Baalbek, the Watchers, Viracocha, Ezekiel and many more. Some are clear evidence of contact with a non-human intelligence, while others are clear evidence of technology and knowledge possessed by our ancestors that exceeds our traditional historical understanding of these cultures.

The manner in which science has tried to look towards these enigmas, is not the correct, or at least not only, approach. When we look at reality the way it is, rather than the reduced framework in which science prefers to operate, it becomes clear that there is only one answer.

Were We Alone? No.

There are hundreds if not thousands of examples that clearly show that throughout Mankind’s history. Specifically, the gift of civilization was said to have been granted to us by the Gods, but there is other evidence that clearly shows that we have never been alone. Modern UFO research is but the latest incarnation of a long tradition that argues for the presence of and contact with a non-human intelligence. Alas, in the materialistic mindset that has and continues to dominate our era, the notion has always been that this should be a physical, extra-terrestrial presence here on Earth. This is not necessarily uniquely so and the accounts of hundreds if not thousands of shamans in the Amazonian jungle make it apparent that they can access a realm where they can interface with this non-human intelligence, and that these “gods” give them highly technological information, the most famous of which is the chemical process how to make ayahuasca, the potion that enables communication with the gods.

When molecular biologist Dr. Pia Malnoe was taken into the Amazon by Swiss anthropologist Jeremy Narby, she concluded that “the way shamans get their knowledge is not very different from the way scientists get their knowledge. It has the same origin, but shamans and scientists use different methods.”

Science does not look, but if there is so much evidence, why has someone else not found a positive answer to the Ancient Alien Question? In my opinion, most Ancient Alien Theories have failed in finding proof because their scope was too limited and the answer they were after, erroneous. Though in a number of rare instances the Gods were likely here in physical form, they definitely did not come to planet Earth to exploit its minerals and created or enslaved Homo Sapiens for that purpose. But when we really look at our history, it is clear that civilization was indeed guided by gods, that this is a non-human, extraterrestrial intelligence, but which we have and can contact in non-physical form, as our ancestors said, and did. Though today we would consider this to be the bailiwick of religion, it is not; it is about directly experiencing another reality and contacting this intelligence.

What is evidence? What is proof? There are hundreds of passages in the sacred literature of all ancient civilizations that speak of contact with non-human intelligences. In the case of Oannes, even the likes of Carl Sagan felt that the evidence was “in” – that this could only be explained as contact with a physical extraterrestrial entity. For some, this will not be enough. One can put the burden of evidence ever further. But what that mainly shows, is that someone is unwilling to believe, or needs to disprove, the evidence and the obvious conclusion it brings with it. In the case of the Ancient Alien Question, there is evidence from all civilizations, across time and space, that there were interactions with non-human intelligences. And therefore, the Ancient Alien Question can only be answered one way: yes, indeed, we were not alone.

But the big revelation should be this: life is a cosmic imperative. We are the aliens. Chandra Wickramasinghe in Cosmic Dragons sums up that “Life is a truly cosmic phenomenon, the sum total of an evolutionary experience gained and accumulated in a multitude of different places, quite widely separated, and extending in time throughout the entire history of the Universe.” Wickramasinghe is convinced that there is a slow but definitive move within the scientific community to accept the extra-terrestrial origins of life, describing it as “a major paradigm shift comparable in importance to the Copernican revolution of the sixteenth century.” When that happens, the next challenge science will have to address, is the Ancient Alien Question, a question it so far has consistently shied away from.

Dr. Edgar Mitchell is not only an astronaut, he also walked on the Moon. Apollo 14 took off on January 31, 1971, when I was six days old. In his book The Way of the Explorer, the subtitle “An Apollo’s Journey through the Material and Mystical Worlds” already makes it clear that this old astronaut went to the moon, and when he came back, he knew that life was far more mystical than the confines of ordinary reality. Mitchell is seldom quoted by the traditional proponents of the Ancient Alien Question, as the answer Mitchell proposes is far more metaphysical than most would like to see.

In 1972, Mitchell left NASA so he could study human consciousness, and created the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Soon afterwards, he would become involved in the series of tests that were proving that Uri Geller was psychic. Geller was tested by numerous laboratories, all of which concluded the man was psychic. But even today, few believe, even though they have seen. In the spring of 1973, Geller appeared on the Jack Paar show. Unannounced, Geller was handed several large steel nails, in the hope that Geller would be exposed as a fraud, unable to bend them. On camera, Paar asked Geller to bend the nails and after passing his hands over Paar’s, which held the nails, told Paar to open his hands and look. Paar’s face turned ashen, revealing bent nails, captured on camera.

Everyone is free to believe Geller is a fraud. But that does not change the truth. Mitchell makes it clear that what he has learned, is that it is all a question of belief, including, as some people doubt today, whether we ever went to the moon. In Contact, the person who has experienced contact with the extraterrestrials returns to Earth, but without any physical evidence of her voyage. At the ensuing governmental enquiry, a panel member asks: “Doctor Arroway, you come to us with no evidence, no record, no artifacts. Only a story that to put it mildly strains credibility. Over half a trillion dollars was spent, dozens of lives were lost. Are you really going to sit there and tell us we should just take this all... on faith?” At first, she admits that if she were sitting there, she should respond with the same degree of incredulity and skepticism. Asked “Then why don’t you simply withdraw your testimony, and concede that this ‘journey to the center of the galaxy,’ in fact, never took place!”, she replies: “Because I can’t. I... had an experience... I can’t prove it, I can’t even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... A vision... of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how... rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, that we are not, that none of us are alone! I wish... I... could share that... I wish, that everyone, if only for one... moment, could feel... that awe, and humility, and hope. But... That continues to be my wish.”

What it is all about, is about consensus reality: that what we all agree to believe. It is a basic human right that any individual has the freedom to believe what he or she wants. And so it is my hope – my wish – that in these pages, I have laid out the nature and complexity of the Ancient Alien Question, so that you have the necessary building blocks that will allow you to decide whether you believe or not. I have shown you the process as to why I believe the answer is yes. But what I know, is that despite still not being addressed by science, it is clear that the Ancient Alien Question today has to be asked again, for there are millions of people out there, who ask the question and want an answer. There is sufficient evidence to strongly suggest that there was a helping hand on our human adventure – in evidence in the archaeological, anthropological and historical record across the world – that suggests that we did not travel alone… someone was guiding us.

We Were Not Alone. 

Missed Part I?  Click Here to Read

Philip Coppens is an internationally renowned investigative journalist, author, and regular contributor to magazines such as Atlantis Rising and NEXUS Magazine. He is labeled a skeptic by the believers, and a believer by the skeptics—a unique position which makes him a well-recognized voice of reason. He is the author of six books, including The New Pyramid Age, and is one of the leading contributors to The History Channel’s popular series, Ancient Aliens. He lives in Edinburgh and Los Angeles, California.

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