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‘Alien Jesus’: The Pre-Modern History of Outer Space

A 16th-century monk saw a universe full of Christs.

A few weeks ago on The Toast, Mallory Ortberg wrote a piece called  “Another Lifeless, Empty Planet Found.” Beginning as a faux news report about scientists announcing their discovery of earth-like planets, it ends up sounding like Werner Herzog writing for The Onion:

“In some ways,” Travers said, trying to light a cigarette with stained and trembling fingers, “it’s more of a punch in the gut than ever, finding a sun so much like our own, and a planet that exists well within the conditions to produce life but doesn’t. Like it’s a blind and gleeful mockery of our own existence. Like looking at your own empty grave and seeing your name erased from the headstone.”

She lit a new cigarette from the dying embers of the old one.

“There might be ice, though,” she added hopefully.

Aside from being a clever satire of the “it’s a wonderful universe” school of science writing, it also raises a good question about what we expect from nature. Does everything we learn about the universe have to make us feel good about ourselves?

In many ways, the history of science is the history of humans getting progressively more freaked out by their own cosmic insignificance. Most cultures’ origin stories tend to be about a plucky band of survivors overcoming the odds and becoming the chosen people — or, at least, the people who really matter. Understandings of humanity’s place in nature tended to follow the same pattern: whether we’re being made out of corn by the gods of the Popul Vuh so we can “keep the days” or being given command over all the other animals by Yahweh, we like to see ourselves as being kind of a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

Giordano Bruno, a renegade sixteenth-century monk from the Kingdom of Naples, stands out as a true eccentric in this regard. Even today, his ideas sound slightly crazy: just last spring, in fact, I befuddled a lunch table of distinguished scholars at the Huntington Library by inadvisedly bringing up Bruno’s “alien Jesus” theory.

Let me explain.

In his 1584 book On the Infinite Universe and Worlds, Bruno theorized that

there is a single general space, a single vast immensity which we may freely call Void; in it are innumerable globes like this one on which we live and grow. This space we declare to be infinite… In it are an infinity of worlds of the same kind as our own.

This was controversial, but it wasn’t grounds for being declared a heretic. However, Bruno crossed a line when he followed his argument to its logical conclusion: if there are an infinity of worlds, and if some worlds have sentient beings created by God, then wouldn’t these planets also need to be saved by the personification of God? By, well, alien Jesuses? (Bruno, its important to remember, wasn’t an atheist—just a highly unconventional Christian).

Bruno expressed the idea in strong terms: “The Supreme Ruler cannot have a seat so narrow, so miserable a throne, so trivial, so scanty a court, so small and feeble a simulacrum” as our earth alone, he scoffed. Instead, Bruno argued that God must be “glorified not in one, but in countless suns; not in a single earth, a single world, but in a thousand thousand, indeed in an infinity of worlds.”

Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake in 1600 in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori, where his famous memorial statue now stands.

Now that – essentially the theory of an infinite number of intelligent beings worshipping an infinity of extraterrestrial Gods that are the various incarnation of the one Supreme Being – is the sort of thing that got you burnt at the stake in the sixteenth century. Especially if you were a touchy, sarcastic Neapolitan. And so it came to pass.

In fact, though, what Bruno was proposing was actually the feel-good variant of our modern vision of the cosmos. Its fun to believe in aliens, especially if we believe that they are essentially like us. Our own history as a species becomes part of a greater story that gives meaning to our existence. As Ortberg’s piece highlighted, it’s a lot less fun to believe that we’re matter which randomly became sentient amidst an endless void interspersed by icy rocks and balls of shrieking gas.

Artist Jed McGowan recently commemorated the Voyager probe’s journey out of our solar system with a beautiful series of illustrations that evoke this fundamentally lonely vision of space:

Jed McGowan
Jed McGowan

After awhile, you can’t help but empathize with Voyager and admire its WALL-E-esque pluck in the face of adversity, doing its thing out there in the empty wastes:

Jed McGowan
Jed McGowan

Strapped onto Voyager is a letter, a message that its conceivable to imagine being the last surviving artifact of the entire human species (if we accidentally blow up the solar system, say). The author of that letter was effectively serving as the spokesman for every human who has ever lived. If extraterrestrial life ever finds and decodes the message as intended, they may well assume that he was one of the greatest beings of Planet Earth, a paragon of our species and of all that we stand for.

His name was Jimmy Carter.

“This is a present from a small distant world” to an “awesome universe,” Carter wrote in 1977, ever the courteous Southerner. Star Wars had hit theaters a couple months before, and you can detect its influence in the President’s choice of words: “We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations,” he enthused. Carter also assumed the mantle of cosmic DJ, inviting any beings who found Voyager to give its golden LP a spin.

Jimmy Carter’s 1977 message to extraterrestrials. (NASA)

But what happens if there are no other civilizations, no alien Jesuses, no man-bats on the moon (as an 1830s hoaxer claimed), not even any squiggling strands of RNA or single-celled organisms floating in the primordial seas of some other pale blue dot? Does empty space have a history? Or does history only begin when sentient beings push back against the void?

Perhaps we can imagine Voyager as an emissary not only of the human species, but of history itself. By being a human artifact made in a particular place and time—the summer when Luke Skywalker hit theaters, Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night” was a hit, and Carl Sagan and Anne Druyan were falling in love—Voyager is a mobile bubble of history.

If the Elon Musks of the world succeed, others will be joining it soon. History’s sphere will expand outside the Earth, and maybe someday outside the Solar System. Anywhere humans or human objects go, we leave traces that will become part of an ever-expanding past.

For now, though, the only material artifacts of human history out there in the void beyond Pluto are a hopeful letter from a Georgia peanut farmer and a mixtape from the 70s.

Keep on trucking, Voyager.

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The Story of the Woman Who Claimed She Visited Mars & Spoke to Aliens in 1894

A study published by PubMed concludes:

“The results suggest that certain mediums can anomalously receive accurate information about deceased individuals. The study design effectively eliminates conventional mechanisms as well as telepathy as explanations for the information reception, but the results cannot distinguish among alternative paranormal hypotheses, such as survival of consciousness (the continued existence, separate from the body, of an individual’s consciousness or personality after physical death) and super-psi (or super-ESP; retrieval of information via a psychic channel or quantum field).”

You can read the full study here.

That’s right, over decades, and even over thousands of years, intellectuals have been interested in those who claim, or are seen by others, to have “supernormal” type of abilities which cannot really be explained by our current knowledge of science.

That being said, just because we can’t explain it, doesn’t mean it’s not real, and studies like the ones above have shown, multiple times, that there are people on the planet who can do some extraordinary things that completely defy belief, logic and reason.

This is often why we see such a harsh response to it, because it contradicts and conflicts with most people’s idea of what can and can’t be achieved.

It’s something that’s been claimed to be done for thousands of years. Be it through Oracles of the past, Yogi’s with superhuman abilities that are described in ancient Eastern texts, or modern-day mediums, it seems something is going on here, which is evident by the amount of research put into it and how many “intellectuals” and “scholars” continue to study it and vouch for its validity.

There is usually, however, a response that this type of thing is a result of complete delusion.

You can find links to a few more studies on the subject here.

The Woman Who Visited Mars

Helene Smith was a 19th century French medium. She is noted for popularizing the concept of automatic writing, that is, writing down information while in a trance like state, doing so in a type of unconscious manner.

In the 50’s and 60’s, all the way up to the present day, the field of ufology is filled with supposed off-world contactee’s, who usually receive their information in similar ways. These people were quite popular and received a lot of serious attention many decades ago, and some of what they said sharply correlates with what’s been happening today.

In 1954, an ordinary citizen by the name of George King was also one of many who was/had been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligence, this one was from Mars as well, and supposedly part of an alliance of  several intelligences from other planets.

Now, if you think this is impossible given what we know about those planets, well, it turns out we don’t know as much as we thought we did. For example, Mars is not the dry arid planet we once thought it to be. NASA scientists recently held a press conference revealing some astonishing facts about extraterrestrial life on Mars.

He also made some comments about how these extraterrestrial alliances were concerned about our nuclear weapons. Decades later, we have documents and confirmed testimony from high ranking intelligence people, and actual events that have occurred at military bases.

To see an interview with him and read more about his story, follow this link.

If you want to learn about UFO/Extraterrestrial encounters over Nuclear Missile Facilities, click HERE.

As far as Helene, her contacts name was ‘Leopold,’ and she become popular when a Professor of Psychology at the University of Geneva, Theodor Flournoy, published a book titled “Des Indes a la planete Mars.” The book documented her experiences.

Multiple linguists were also brought in to translate the words that were channeled through her, and they seemed to be a mix of multiple languages, and not the easiest to understand.

She used to write out supposed Martian speech onto paper and then translate it into French when she was in her trance like state.

It featured her paintings of Martian landscapes and documented her “experiences” on Mars, of humanoid type beings and certain social ways of greeting each other, their homes, etc…

Now, if you read the articles linked above about Mars, and what modern day, ‘credible,’ people have said about what’s going on up there, it’s interesting to think about to say the least.

Below is one of several drawings Helen made regarding her visions.

Personally, I like to look into topics with skepticism. The more research I’ve done about Mars, contactee’s and channellers, it’s not uncommon to find multiple consistencies that come through in the form of channeling and automatic writing.

I’ll lave you this quote to give you something to think about:

“Now, how do I feel about secrecy in Government? …Secrecy in government is a evil which is sometimes necessary, but I think it’s a good thing that this cover up on Mars is ending and, hopefully at some point we can have a frank conversation not about what happened on Mars 250 million years ago but what is happening right now.” – John Brandenburg, deputy manager of the Clementine Mission to the Moon. Spoken at the Secret Space Program conference. You can watch the full lecture here.

These are the characters of the letters and communications that she was translating into French.

Reference: Collective-Evolution.com

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NASA scientist says, ‘Somebody else is on the moon’

Arjun Walia Collective Evolution

We live in a strange world, and as Neil Armstrong once said, there are “great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of the truth’s protective layers.” (source) (source)

Fast forward to today, and a number of people have become aware of the fact that not all of what goes on behind the scenes is made public. This is precisely why the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was created; it’s a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government.

There are still many obstacles in the way of full transparency, one of which is the use of ‘national security’ to keep information classified and hidden from public viewing. This has become more evident with the revelations of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, but the problem goes deeper still. Did you know that the U.S government classifies roughly five hundred million pages of documents every single year? This is a completely separate topic in itself and if you’re interested in learning more about this, you can check out our article about the ‘Black Budget.’

NASA Scientists & What They Say About The Moon

Multiple NASA personnel have made some pretty shocking claims about the Moon. George Leonard, a NASA scientist and photo analyst who obtained various official NASA photographs of the Moon, many of which he published in his book titled Somebody Else Is On The Moon, is just one of these personnel.

Although the photos are small in size and their resolution is not up to today’s standards, they show details of original prints which were huge. While Leonard published the identifying code numbers of the photos in his works to back up their source, we still can’t say for sure that they were real, and their poor resolution only makes matters worse. Far more compelling than these photos are his statements about what was found on the Moon, along with his verified NASA credentials. Leonard was not the only one with a credible background trying to tell the world the truth regarding the Moon and the photos that were taken from the Apollo missions.

“Ladies and gentlemen, my government, NASA, which many of us in the United States say stands for Never A Straight Answer, proceeded to erase 40 rolls of film of the Apollo Program — the flight to the Moon, the flight around the Moon, the landings on the Moon, the walking guys here and there. They erased, for Christ’s sake, 40 rolls of film of those events. Now we’re talking about several thousand individual frames that were taken that the so-called authorities determined that you did not have a right to see. Oh, they were ‘disruptive,’ ‘socially unacceptable,’ ‘politically unacceptable.’ I’ve become furious. I’m a retired Command Sergeant Major. I was never famous for having a lot of patience.” (source)

The quote above is from Bob Dean, who was speaking at a conference in Europe. Bob is a retired US Army Command Sargent Major, and he also served at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) of NATO as an intelligence analyst.

When it comes to the UFO phenomenon, we now have public disclosure of thousands of documents along with hundreds of credible witness testimonies. But that is a separate topic, which you can learn more about here.

It’s also important to note here that the Russian government recently called for an international investigation into the U.S. moon landings regarding the disappearance of film footage from the original moon landing in 1969. They are also referring to the (approximately) 400 kilograms of lunar rock that was obtained during multiple missions between 1969 and 1972. (source)

Leonard argued that NASA knew about extraterrestrial activity on the Moon and attempted to hide that information. He’s not the only one to make such an assertion.

“Read the books, read the lore, start to understand what has really been going on, because there is no doubt that we are being visited. . . . The universe that we live in is much more wondrous, exciting, complex and far reaching than we were ever able to know up to this point in time. . . . [Mankind has long wondered if we’re] alone in the universe. [But] only in our period do we really have evidence. No, we’re not alone.” – Dr. Edgar Mitchell, ScD., NASA astronaut (6th man to walk on the moon)

Here is a clip of NASA astronaut Dr. Brian O’Leary saying the same thing.

Leonard is not the only NASA scientist to say some strange things about the Moon. Recently, a plasma scientist by the name of Dr. John Brandenburg said the same thing. He was the Deputy Manager of the Clementine Mission to the Moon, which was part of a joint space project between the Ballistic Missile Defence Organization (BMDO) and NASA. The mission discovered water at the Moon’s poles in 1994. (Source: page 16 of 18)(source)(source)

According to Brandenburg in an interview from this documentary:

It was (the Clementine Mission) a photo reconnaissance mission basically to check out if someone was building bases on the moon that we didn’t know about. Were they expanding them?

He then went on to state that:

Of all the pictures I’ve seen from the moon that show possible structures, the most impressive is a picture of a miles wide recto-linear structure. This looked unmistakably artificial, and it shouldn’t be there. As somebody in the space defence community, I look on any such structure on the moon with great concern because it isn’t ours, there’s no way we could have built such a thing. It means someone else is up there.

If you were to tell the average person that you think another civilization, advanced enough to have mastered space travel, had been to the Moon before we got there and is possibly still going there, you would, without a doubt, receive some very peculiar looks in return. On the other hand, if that other person were to decide to hear you out, you would probably get their attention pretty quickly. For some, this type of information can be overwhelming, even terrifying, and that’s okay. Many people are not ready to open their minds up to these possibilities, but the truth of the matter is, it’s something we are going to have to confront eventually. We are clearly heading towards the inevitable reality of extraterrestrial contact — that is, if we smarten up and start taking care of our planet to the best of our ability. Perhaps we can make it long enough to realize this future, or maybe it’s coming sooner than we think.

That being said, there is a good deal of evidence to suggest that extraterrestrial contact is already happening, and if you’re interested in learning more about that you can visit the exopolitics section of our website, located HERE.

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How Small We Really Are- The Astonishing Truth About The Size Of Our Universe

by Luke Miller

Check out this video it shows just a few stars from a few galaxies which really puts into perspective the size of our earth. Let’s not forget that there are roughly 100 billion galaxies that we know of, all containing around 100 billion stars.

Now, once you watch this video scroll down the page because there are some absolutely mind blowing statistics about the universe that may give you some trouble sleeping tonight.

Now are you ready to have your mind blown?

The universe is thought to be approximately 13.8 billion years old, with the radius of the observable universe being around 46.6 billion light years and the diameter is thought to be a staggering 93 billion light years.

The speed of lights is 670,616,629 mph, which means if we moved at the speed of light for a year we would travel around 6 trillion miles, or to get a little closer to the exact figure 5,878,497,952,654.49

Just to put things into perspective- if we travelled around the earth at the speed of light for just 1 hour we would lap the earth nearly 27,000 times.

Now, if we travelled at this speed it would take us- 546,700,309,596,867,570,000,000 (five hundred forty-six sextillion, seven hundred quintillion, three hundred nine quadrillion, five hundred ninety-six trillion, eight hundred sixty-seven billion, five hundred seventy million) years to travel across the observable universe and it may go even further, possibly infinitely.

That’s a pretty big number!

Now picture this in your mind- You are at the biggest beach you have ever been to, one of those beaches where the sand runs as far as the eye can see, then add to this picture every other beach in the world, and then further to that every desert and every other grain of sand on this planet….. Our planet in the grand scheme of things represents less than 1 grain of that sand or at least it does according to a study from the University of Hawaii.

I know it is impossible to actually measure this information with any real accuracy, but there is a study from the University of Hawaii who estimated that we have multiple stars for every grain of sand. This study should not be taken to literally as in reality we have no real way to know this for certain. But you can read more about it here

Now just to spin your wheels a little bit more, you will also find more molecules in 10 drops of water than you will find stars in the universe or grains of sand on the earth, so things go even deeper inward than they do outwards and while the universal world is gigantic, so is the microscopic world if you look at it in the right way.

So I’m sorry to break it to you, but we really are quite insignificant-

So make sure you remember this next time you spill a glass of milk, your children are misbehaving or you don’t get that job you were really hoping for. We are merely a tiny particle floating around in a space that our minds cannot even comprehend. It is just a ride, a ride that we are a very small part of! So try to enjoy it while it lasts.

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My name is Luke Miller & I am the owner & creator of Potential For Change I believe that spirituality is the foundations for good health & I like to blend psychology & spirituality to help you find more purpose & happiness in your life. My other interests include health, not just on a physical level but also on a collective level & have a keen interest in education & truth seeking. You can find my Facebook page HERE , YouTube HERE & Twitter HERE Click here to read more articles by Luke Miler 

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