Monday, June 6, 2016

Is There Life Out There?


Is there life out there?

 

That seems like a pretty good question to me.  The answer, I suppose, might depend on exactly what you mean by ‘out there.”

The extra-solar planets we are now discovering by the hundreds.

Unrecognized intelligences right here amongst us, sharing the earth.

Or, maybe, there is another realm, close by, unknown and unreachable to most.  A place we can only find in that strange in-between place that lives between what we see and what we feel, a place that is not quite real and not quite imaginary, where creativity and magic exist.  Call it a crossroads to mystical places almost always found entirely by chance.

 

Planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy or way out there somewhere else in the known universe?  Almost certainly would be my answer.  There are more planets than stars in the Milky Way galaxy.  Some portion (perhaps a significant portion) of those must be life sustaining.  Can we find these others, recognize them for what they are, and maybe even speak with them someday?  All much harder questions to answer.  What, exactly, is intelligence, for example?  Is tool making a required element of intelligence?  Verbal communication?  Radio telescopes? Thermonuclear bombs?  Our scientists can’t agree on these questions. So how about these others that might exist?  How would they communicate?  Would they be inclined to communicate with the human species?  No one knows the answer to that.

 

Maybe “life out there” includes Earth itself.  Are we faced with intelligences right here on the same planet that we discount, don’t understand, are unable to speak with?  Are dolphins unintelligent simply because they have no hands, no tools, no TV shows to watch?  How about cephalopods, the eight legged beasts that thrive in our oceans, are they intelligent?  They use tools, speak to each other in the language of color.  Elephants mourn their dead, talk with each other using low frequency vibrations.  Most important, there are three and only three creatures on earth that look into a mirror and recognize themselves, the Great Apes, Elephants and Humans.  Again, our scientists cannot agree on what does or does not constitute intelligence. 

 

There is place Sir Thomas Moore called the “Liminal Narrows.”  These are the places in the world “that are neither here nor there, neither up nor down, neither real nor imaginary.  In these liminal narrows, a kind of life takes place that is out of the ordinary, creative, and once in a while, genuinely magical.”  Can it be these places sit side-by-side with everyday reality, very close but hard to find?  Can they be populated with creatures, unknown and unknowable entities, persons such as ourselves?  Again, I say almost certainly.  I know because I encountered such an intelligent creature very briefly in an altered state of consciousness, a place anyone can reach if they know the way.  He (I am sure it was a he) was warm, beautiful and, for a brief instant in time, my friend.  I tell the tale in chapter 12 of my book, Secret Warriors, Psychic Spies.

Intelligence exists all around us.  We will find it “out there” if we only look and if we realize they are not required to be us either in looks or thought patterns or communication methods. If we open our minds to the possibility of an infinite variety of intelligent life form then, and only then, will we find what we seek. 

We are not alone.

 

Secret Warriors, Psychic Spies – Amazon.com