Saturday, March 17, 2012

AAT: Deeper… Weirder… (pt 2)

In part one of our Ancient Astronaut Theory series: AAT: Are the World’s Religions Cargo Cults? ...we “broke ground” on AAT by highlighting the basic premise of the theory that humanity was “seeded” in its cultural infancy by highly advanced extra-terrestrial beings. This seeding was achieved physically by actual contact and interaction by said beings… beings that were taken for “Gods” by our ancestors. We looked at evidence from around the world in support of this theory, as well as possible responses our ancestors may have had to such contact.

We examined more recent examples of an isolated culture that had made “first contact,” with a (supposedly) more highly advanced, interloping culture. The ritualized reaction of Polynesian natives toward the industrialized western world provides insight as to how we might react to extra-terrestrial contact. In considering the Polynesian response, we have the luxury of examining an instance of clashing cultures… both of terrestrial origin. It has not been until the modern era that such a vast disparity in technologies has allowed for such a perspective.

But what if such a great disparity between earthling cultures and technologies did exist in our distant past? What if an even greater technological discrepancy exists today, not between us and some isolated indigenous tribe, but between us and a highly advanced, globally intact yet undetectable earthling culture? A culture so advanced, that it demonstrates Arthur C. Clark’s third law that states: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Such is the concept of ultra-terrestrial theory (UTT).

The idea of a pan-global, millennia old, technologically advanced civilization that has for reasons of their own remained hidden from most, if not all of humanity, seems unlikely at first glance. But in comparison to AAT considered in part one, UTT would answer or “fit” all of the same criteria concerning humanity’s amazing feats of antiquity and mythological similarity, as well as solve the insurmountable challenges of  physical inter-stellar space travel. UFOs of earthly, ultra-terrestrial origin would not have to contend with the unfathomable distances between star systems.

In light of UTT, mythological and religious accounts of contact with “The Gods” are still within the realm of logic, albeit slightly weirder. Consider the biblical Nephilim, referenced in part one…

The Nephilim (plural) are (1) the offspring of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men." or (2) “giants” who inhabit Canaan. Etymology: "Nephilim" (נְפִילִים) probably derives from the Hebrew root npl (נָפַל), "to fall" which also includes: "to cause to fall" and "to kill, to ruin."

The “sons of God” who fathered the hybrid Nephilim, are referred to as “fallen ones” throughout ancient biblical literature. In difference to the connotation that the fallen ones are analogous to “fallen angels” (AKA; Lucifer, et al), a more literal interpretation can be considered. Use of the term the fallen ones, or simply “the fallen” by our ancestors may have actually been referencing a fallen empire or civilization, similar to how we refer to the fall of the Roman Empire today. Additionally, the Book of Enoch connects the Nephilim directly to the egrḗgoroi, translated as “the watchers.”

In the Book of Enoch, the egrḗgoroi are originally assigned to watch over humanity, but become covetous of earth women. They eventually proceed to not only procreate, but illicitly instruct humans, teaching them in arts and technologies such as weaponry, sorcery, and other techniques, thereby greatly accelerating humanity’s technological development. In light of this, the watchers can be viewed as part of a “mother culture” of terrestrial origin… representatives or perhaps remnants a pan-global, technologically advanced civilization.

This concept raises similarities to other ancient mythologies such as tales of the lost continent of Atlantis and/or Lemuria. In an earlier post, we examined the Lemurian mythos as it pertained to their secret base, hidden deep inside Mount Shasta, located in northern California. The notion of a technologically advanced, remnant group of “watchers,” living within snow-clad mountains is repeated around the globe. Madam Blavatsky’s 19th century Theosophical Society had their Masters of the Ancient Wisdom, a highly evolved body of teachers (Mahatmas). Blavatsky’s Mahatmas were not considered disembodied beings, but highly evolved earthlings involved in overseeing the spiritual growth of individual humans and the development of civilizations.

Other spiritualist luminaries of the era who incorporated the concept of “ascended masters” in their mythic systems include: Aleister Crowley (Thelema), Alice A. Bailey (New Group of World Servers), Geraldine Innocente (The Bridge to Freedom), Elizabeth Clare Prophet (Church Universal and Triumphant), Benjamin Creme (Share International) and last but not least: Guy Ballard. In 1930, Ballard was hiking on Mount Shasta when he encountered a being that identified himself as the ascended master, Saint Germain, resulting in the creation of the “I AM” Activity. All of the spiritualists listed above share the “adepts residing within high-mountain sanctuaries” motif.

The ascended masters mythology “blurs” the boundary between technology and magic… between science and spiritualism. But, given Clark’s third law, mentioned above, perhaps the distance between the two are not that great… perhaps there is no boundary.

A highly advanced “mother culture” civilization, having “fallen” from it’s height of power, covertly watching and assisting a more primitive population… technologically answers the questions concerning the rapid development of prehistoric cultures, raised in ancient astronaut theory. A spiritually advanced counsel of ascended “Mahatmas” or masters, guiding early humanity, may answer the same questions… from a different perspective. Perhaps a pan-global, millennia old, technologically advanced civilization as opposed to an ancient world-wide order of illuminated mystic masters… are, in reality, one and the same entity. The perceived differences only reflect the different world views and sophistication of understanding of those who came in contact with said entity. After all… reality is in the eye of the beholder.

In our next installment, we will examine more closely one of our favorite mythologies of extra-terrestrial contact and communication… microbial interstellar migration and intelligence seeding. Until then… keep your eye on the sky and… don’t believe everything you think!

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