The subject of extraterrestrials has come up quite often for me over the past few weeks. And today the subject of fairies was introduced twice, catching my attention. The words (ET or fairy) carry connotations that immediately set the fairy and the extraterrestrial into the realm of fantasy or delusion for me. I don’t let that close down my mind any more, but it’s curious to me that those defaults do still exist.
The power of belief. Sometime long ago I seem to have absorbed some definitions (beliefs) about extraterrestrials and fairies. Having accepted the definitions (beliefs), I filed them away to be referred to when needed. They became a conclusion, so that I didn’t constantly have to wonder, “what do I think of these things?” I could just refer to my reference file. The beliefs haven’t consciously been reexamined with any attention lately. So there they sit, just below consciousness.
I have many beliefs like this, as do most of us: old absorptions and trainings implanted or absorbed over the years. Largely unexamined. Never fully re-imagined.
When I look at these sorts of “fantasy” beings from the perspective of expanded awareness, I find myself in what I sometimes call the between-time. From there, these beings are real, and my beliefs become obvious as not-real. Here’s what I find when I look at this from an in-between time.
Consider that our physical awareness perspective is a relatively narrow band of frequency access. When that frequency access is expanded, either through manipulating our own awareness or through various structural energy configuration possibilities (the energy structures that organize the “reality” of our reality), it becomes possible to experience or see or hear or sense other realities. They occupy the same space, so to speak, that we occupy, they’re only on a different bandwidth. From the perspective of our physical world experience of time being linear, in our cultural ‘past’ more people retained awareness of a broader frequency, which allowed more overlap of some of these other bandwidth realities. Fairies, ogres, unicorns … now these are fairy tales, but in the past they were simply names given to be able to talk about the beings that people encountered.
Personally, if I refer to fairies as “the tall, light, gentle, highly intelligent other-than-our-physical-world beings often encountered in quiet places,” the mental beliefs stay still, allowing me to explore without the encumbrance of beliefs.This is one perspective that I perceive, an analogy that may work to make this comprehensible without being precisely true in its details or totality.
If I set aside the word “extraterrestrial” or “alien” and find a description of my own for these beings and what I know about them through my own experience, they lose the fairy-tale/delusion assumptions. They become a piece of reality that I tend to describe differently from the description available as a cultural norm. And even if I haven’t closely encountered them in ways that others describe, I consider them real, interesting, and weirdly grouped under one cultural heading. I have opened my mind. I’ve short-circuited a belief long enough to gather information from my own experience and own inner knowing. If nothing else, this allows for a willingness to maintain an open file on the subject rather than slamming the door shut without thought.
What if we don’t always easily perceive extraterrestrials due to our own and probably sometimes their own frequency bandwidths? Not to mention the perceptually limiting nature of our beliefs? If I believe ETs are not real, then its possible that I’m walking right past them, or not seeing their lights in the sky, or not hearing their communications. Our minds filter out nearly everything in our environment – background noise, what the chair feels like against my arm, what the rug smells like, et cetera. Filtering and ignoring input that doesn’t make sense or isn’t immediately useful is a generally unconscious mechanism, certainly necessary to avoid overload or insanity. If we encounter something that simply does not fit anywhere in our mind’s construct of reality, it seems likely that the information will most often simply be passed over. Ignored. Not always, but probably often. Our beliefs will often filter out what the mind has no comfortable place for.
The point of this ponder is the power and potential limitation of unexamined beliefs. Its been said that we spend our childhood learning many things, and our adulthood unlearning them. What do we know and what do we believe? How often do you think that you know something, but upon examination find that you only believe it? How many times do we even pause long enough to ponder and wonder about this distinction?
Research has shown that people trust their instincts, and that their instincts most often prove out to have been mistaken. Our unexamined beliefs can be powerful, but that doesn’t mean that they lead us well.
We may believe that this is good and that is evil. We may believe strongly that this is right action and that is disaster. We believe that we’re right and the other is wrong. We believe that the chair we touch is solid and that dreams are not real. We believe that our lifestyle is more responsible than another’s, or less interesting. We believe that we cannot create a cat or a cloud or a mountain. We believe that we’re wiser or more valuable than another, or dumber and more worthless. We believe it’s more valuable to know than to not know. We believe that dogs are real and fairies are not.
But what do we truly know? What do we know through our own inner knowing and through our own personal experiences?
And what if even our knowing can change?
Becoming more aware, paying attention in a new way, begins to open doors in the mind. Opening doors in the mind has the potential to lead to understanding ourselves in a new way, thereby changing our experience. One gateway to opening awareness can come from paying attention to those nearly unconscious default beliefs. Re-imagining perspective. Pondering things that we thought we knew, and being willing to sit in the wobbly space of not-knowing, content to observe without conclusion.