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Truth or Lies? What’s in your belief system?

A GROWING AWARENESS

Truth, lies and belief systems are at work.

I think by now we can agree on some basic construction details, the ufo question notwithstanding. Do we seek truth or accepts lies? How do we know the difference? Are we limited by our belief systems? Ala… truth lies, belief systems.

If we want to understand the matrix we have to start small. By small I mean from an atomic truth lies & belief systemslevel. We’ve got some building blocks that comprise each atom, with the exception of one and I’ll get into that later.

So we’ve got protons, neutrons and electrons, right? Those are the basic particles, even if they’re just waving as they go by our insensitive eyes. Let us not forget, though, that 99% of each atom is space. We don’t know what is in it, but it’s widely considered that in that space is some kind of consciousness, or a least energy we cannot measure.

It’s also widely accepted that we have a certain almost imperceivable and yet dramatic effect on our experience through our thoughts and feelings. Experiencers report intense shifts in their awareness during events, like their belief systems are suspended for a short time as some inexplicable sensation permeates their being. They cannot describe it completely, yet the most common attempt includes a sense of intense love, even fearlessness.

ON THE OTHER SIDE

I’ve listened to so many conspiracy stories and theories over the years (30 or so). On some level, the probability of at least some of them seems conceivable. There certainly is enough attention on them and far more blogs, groups and websites that promote such things. We’re under threat of something at every turn.

On the level of intention and materialization, the attention given to these things (aberrant as they may be) might well contribute to the manifestation and proliferation of them. I’m sure that is what we all want right? NOT! We need to become more aware and manage our thoughts.

truth, lies & belief systemsIn the last decade or so the town cryers have subsided to a large degree. Instead they are turning to the claims of those who are deemed whistleblowers for most all their information. Those with the most outlandish stories have the loudest voice and apparent credibility based on the amount of attention they get. Of course, they certainly engage the curious and gullible in their stories.

There seems to be a faction of some galactic network that likes to engage local governments and military intelligence to further some agenda no one is really clear on yet. You can take your pick of several scenarios that apparently control people through fear and nanotechnology. Are those off-planet or on-planet scenarios? Meanwhile, appearances of craft are reported from around the world and no direct contact seems to be occurring. If it did, we’d know about it, right?

TRUTH OR LIES – LITMUS TEST

How do we tell the truth? I suppose how you read that question is where it might start. There are at least two ways to read it. One way is truth telling has a certain vulnerability that comes along with it, an inner looking place that becomes transparent in conversation. The other also has a different kind of vulnerability in seeing things as they are, not how we want them to be.

retrocausality - truth, lies & belief systems

Back to the future… or is it retrocausality? Some investigators of quantum physics (theorists) look at the possibility of time travel, producing our future ahead of time and then acquiescing to it. For an advanced consciousness that uses much more of its cranial capacity and understanding of universal laws… perhaps involving synchronicity. Currently, to consider such things only serves to distract us from understanding the present moment, imho.

There are resonant fields in the tests of truth, questions that reveal answers that create a sense of vibrational harmony within the human consciousness that is exploring any phenomena to seek understanding of it. These fields create sensations, sublime and subtle, that one can experience and are evident in the vast majority of ‘contact’ events involving an intelligence beyond human.

POPULAR REASONS WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE 

(Brent Cunningham – 

Before we take a look at what I think are the three essential tests for evaluating any truth-claims, let’s briefly look at some popular, but less than stellar reasons often used by people to test whether or not something is true—the claim and then a response:

1. Instinct — “It seems true to me.”
To this statement we must simply ask . . .
. . . Why?  What is guiding one’s instinctual ability to judge between competing truth-claims?
2. Feelings — “I like the feeling I get.” or “It feels right.”
. . . Can feelings be mistaken?
3. Wish fulfillment — “The God that I (want to) believe in would never send someone to hell.”
. . . Maybe not, but the God one wants to believe in may not be the God who actually exists.  We can never determine objective truth simply by what we want to be true.
4. Custom — “This is the way I / my family / my culture has always been.”
. . . Can they be mistaken?  What if one came from a Nazi background?
5. Popularity contest — “Well, ‘everyone’ believes it.”
. . . Again, can ‘everyone’ be wrong?  Counting noses is never a good means of determining truth.
6. Pragmatism — “It works for me, therefore it must be true.”
. . . However, almost anything can ‘work’ for a time.  Truth works overall.  For instance, a belief may ‘work’ at ridding oneself of guilt by denying it rather than absolving it.
7. Significance — “It gives my life meaning.”
. . . Is the meaning simply the result of wish-fulfillment or is it connected with reality?

Obviously, all of the above reasons for believing something to be true seem deficient and not the best tests to determine whether or not a truth-claim is really true (although, #s 6 & 7 do seem to be better candidates that #s 1-5).  Nevertheless, I think there are three criterion for testing truth-claims which, when used together, offer us the best chances of determining true beliefs.  Here they are.

1.  Internal Coherence — This is a test for rational consistency.  This asks if a belief makes sense?  We need to determine whether beliefs are rationally consistent within themselves and in relation to others beliefs of one’s larger worldview.  Some beliefs are known to be self-referentially inconsistent, or self-defeating.  An example might be the belief that all “knowledge” is scientific knowledge.  This is obviously self-defeating because the belief itself is not a scientific statement.  Therefore, the belief dies by its own standard for knowledge.

Another way a belief can fail this test is when two beliefs are in contradiction with each other, meaning that at least one of the beliefs must be false.  So, we must ask if the beliefs hold together?  For example, if a person is a Naturalist (believing that human life is accidental, random, and without ultimate purpose), he cannot then introduce the belief that we have an objective moral obligation to treat another person justly or with kindness.

Now, while the internal coherence test is essential for determining if something is true, it is not sufficient.  That is, consistency alone does not determine truth.  Consider this example: If Hillary Clinton is President, Bill Clinton is the First Man.  Hillary Clinton is President.  Therefore Bill Clinton is the First Man.  This argument is completely coherent and consistent.  However, it’s not true.  So, we need to add other criterion to the internal coherence test.

2.  External Correspondence — This test asks if a belief fits the facts of reality.   Does it correspond to the real world?  Proposed truth-claims must have explanatory power, or the ability to give account for our experience of the world (whether it be history, science, psychology, human nature, etc.).  For instance, a worldview can be tested by its ability to explain cosmological questions like the origin of the universe; anthropological questions like the existence of minds and free will; moral questions like the existence of evil and our experience with guilt.

Further, the explanatory power of truth-claims should (a) be comprehensive in scope—able to explain more or better than alternative theories; (b) have predictive power—suggesting new evidence and problems; (c) have precision—accounting for more details; (d) be illuminating—integrating otherwise unrelated data; (e) avoid ad hoc hypotheses—functioning only to explain away counter-evidence; (f) be simple—not needlessly multiplying the basic concepts, assumptions, and principles of an explanation.

3.  Functional Adequacy — This tests the livability of a truth-claim as a belief.  Is it a viable belief “on the street”?  Does it work in real life?  Some views sound good on paper, but are proven false in the laboratory of life.  Consider an eastern guru who asserts that the physical world is an illusion, yet he still looks both ways before crossing the street.  A person cannot live out such an illusory belief of the world for very long (or he’ll be hit by a bus before long!).  Even more than that, a belief system must integrate one’s life.  It must incorporate and meet the deepest human needs.

SUMMARY
In evaluating the truth or falsity of  propositions/truth-claims/beliefs, we must be sure to always look for three things: internal coherence (the logical), external correspondence (the factual), and functional adequacy (the livable).  For a belief to be true it must be meaningful, it must line up with the real world, and it must not only help us survive in daily life, but allow us to flourish.  Consequently, these are also the three areas in which our thinking can and does go wrong: logic, facts, and values.

THE DISCREPANCY

I said I’d get back to it. Every atom, with the exception of hydrogen, has all three components. We know that. What most of us don’t know is that not only does hydrogen fuel our sun, it also is the bonding agent in our DNA. The cosmic connection is more than mere circumstance, yet we don’t understand it yet.

It’s like the protons being hurdled into each other to create a particle that has no mass itself, yet gives mass to others. (Higgs-boson) The more consistent reality is that the explosion would create a rip or hole in the dimensional fabric (M Theory) instead. The ‘repair’ of that hole or rip might then appear as something disappearing, much the same as which scientists believe the Higgs-boson acted. But I digress…

Back to our genetic makeup, specifically our double helix strands of DNA. It is true that we have two hydrogen bonds between A/T base pairs and three between G/C base pairs. Consider the same intelligence behind the creation of solar systems and biological inhabitants of them. There would have to be a connection that bridges the two, right? Is this a possible connection?

 

New Hope for Contactees

FREE-WPNew Hope for Contactees

There is a groundswell of activity on an entirely different level than traditional ufological research, something that has been ever-present yet kept out of the limelight for various reasons. Those reasons vary from possible incredulity to outright denial of the possibility, but let’s face it folks, we’re not alone and the communication circuits have been open for a long time.

Scott Mandelker’s book From Elsewhere: Being ET in America brought out many such ‘contactees’ and their experiences. Their ability to communicate experiences and share the ‘message’ from others was often poorly articulated and, quite frankly, sounded like new-agey gobbledigook most of the time. So, how could anyone really take them seriously, huh? Today, nearly 30 years later the scene is much different.

The growing numbers of ‘contactee’ experience now includes professional people across nearly every industry imaginable, including the realms of astro- and quantum physics. Well respected academicians and researches are discovering that there is much more to the story than meets the proverbial eye (third or otherwise) and the notion of an expanded consciousness capable of perceiving into other realms is tantamount to the new discoveries.

If you’ve had experiences and would like to participate in the research and sharing amongst fellow contactees, please explore the survey hosted on the FREE Website.

Here’s more…

Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters

We at FREE, the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, are undertaking the first ever comprehensive ACADEMIC research project on the ET Contact Phenomena–   The FREE Experiencer Research Project.   Our study will focus on individuals who have had any type of “Contact” with ETs, who we are defining as a “Non-Human Intelligent Being”, but the primary focus will be on UFO related ET contact.

FREE was established with the insistence and guidance of Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the 6th man on the moon, and Dr. Rudy Schild, Emeritus Professor of Astro-Physics at Harvard University.  Both are founding members of FREE’s Board of Advisors.

No one has ever attempted this type of study on Experiencers before– it will be the first comprehensive ACADEMIC study on the ET contact phenomena involving a series of two surveys and a formal interview.  Phase 1 is our initial survey that is already embedded in our website.  A more extensive survey, our Phase 2 survey, will be provided to those individuals that choose to participate in our formal interviews.  The formal interview will be the Phase 3 component of our study.

The FREE Experiencer Research Project is being supervised by 2 retired Professors of Psychology–   Dr. Jon Klimo, the world’s leading expert on the so called “Paranormal” phenomena, and Dr. Leo Sprinkle, the pioneer in the research field of “ET Contact” who published his first article on this subject in 1962.  By the way, both Dr. Klimo and Dr. Sprinkle are “Experiencers”.

Dr. Klimo is the Chair of our research project.  Dr. Klimo has chaired over 250 Ph.D. dissertations, 75 of them on the topic of the “paranormal”.  Dr. Klimo has also taught “Research Methodology” for over 40 years.

Other members of our research project are: Mary Rodwell, Whitley Strieber, Barbara Lamb, Ralph Steiner, Kathleen Marden, Denise Stoner, Giorgio Piacenza, Dr. Joe Lewels, Dr. Michael Melton, Chase Kloetzke, and several other members. This is the cream of the crop when it comes “ET Contact Researchers”.  Most of these individuals have worked with “Experiences” for over 25 years.

The ET Contact Phenomena comes in “all flavors and colors”– some Experiencers perceive their experiences as extremely positive while some as extremely negative, and so many in between.  FREE does not take any position regarding what might be the “ET Agenda”.  We might have our own personal individual hypothesis and beliefs, but as an organization we stand neutral on the ET Agenda issue.  The ET Contact Phenomena is extremely complex and we agree with Einstein when he said: Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

ANONYMITY: As a participant for our 2 surveys and formal interview, you have a choice to Rey and Dr. Mitchell,remain “ANONYMOUS”. There will be no way for us to find out who you are and where you live if you wish not to identify yourself.

Please inform all “Experiencer”, individuals that have had any type of “Contact” with an ET (a “Non-Human Intelligent Being”), about our FREE Experiencer Research Project and encourage them to take our initial survey that is located in our website.

UFOlogyPRSS Curator, Zen Benefiel, will be hosting Co-Founder Rey Hernandez during the 2015 IUFOC so look for us at the event and absolutely feel FREE to engage. Reach out to either one of us if you would like to schedule some time while at the event.

Should you have any question about our research project please send us an email to:  FREE@EXPERIENCER.CO

UFO Abductee, Contactee or something else?

Alien.317UFO Abductee, Contactee or something else?

There are many conversations and investigations about UFOs. If you look around the field the vast majority of the attention is on physical phenomena, usually sightings and their investigations. Most of the books are written about rehashes of events. There have been those claiming new discoveries about UFOs or recounting hypnotherapy sessions from supposed abductees and contactees. None of it really has a solid feel to it, just like the interdimensional visitors.

There are some other stories beginning to surface, though, that push the limits of credibility because they are about a much richer engagement. Over the past decades there have been hints of a broader field of interaction. There are claims of humans who find themselves part of a greater experience they find difficult, if not impossible, to explain or understand. Still, the consistency of these claims and similarities of stories tend to indicate that something is indeed surfacing, a gathering of souls with consciousness and intelligence that behavioral scientists and psychologists find fascinating.

Before we explore this any further, we ask that you suspend your belief system for a moment and try to fathom a reality few consider, let alone experience. There have been some authors and researchers who have explored the deeper implications of contactees and experiencers. Some have reported on accounts revealed from hypnosis, like Barbara Lamb, Delores Cannon and Yvonne Smith. Others have taken a more straight forward interview style like Dr. Scott Mandelker, Dr. Steven Greer and Kerry Cassidy / Bill Ryan in previous years. They each have their particular focus and style, but none really look at the depths.

Imagine you are a young person who, for whatever reason, has been adopted early and may or may not be aware of the fact. There is something that stirs within you that just feels different; a sense of being aware of a much greater reality but you are unable to articulate those feelings as a youth. Your dreams are full of other worldly experiences and occasionally there are things that happen around you that, if you called attention to them, would only cause others to discount your observation or deny it even happened.

As you get a little older, you find yourself having ‘dreams’ of seeing yourself leaving your house through a window, a wall or even out the door and rising up into the air into a brightly lit cloud. In the late 50s and early 60s the orange cigar-shaped clouds were the most common. You enter that cloud and next thing you know you are waking up in bed feeling invigorated and you cannot wait to go back. You have no memory of being inside the cloud, but you know it was fun and completely safe from harm. You want to share the experience, but something tells you it wouldn’t be wise. After all, it is just a sensation other than the memory of watching yourself in the process of getting to the cloud.

After a few years the experiences seem to dwindle and stop, but the memory haunts you because there is ‘something’ that happened. You may even notice that your way of thinking is much different than the others your age, being more focused on curious notions about life or why people do what they do. You get along with just about everyone, but there is something that keeps you feeling separate and unable to really connect with others for some reason. It isn’t a bit deal, but you feel like you are missing something as you continue to look for deeper connections in life and relationships.

When you reach the age of accountability in your late teens you begin to question life even more, possibly wondering what your purpose or mission in life may be and your curiosity continues to grow in strength until you almost become obsessive about it. You might even break down and hit your knees, since you’ve been taught that prayer is a way to seek answers beyond human. You want to know what truth is and the desire is so strong you feel like its worth giving up your life in order to find it. After all, that is what most religions teach.

So one day or night you have one of the most profound experiences of your life. There has been a voice that you’ve conversed with your entire life so far and didn’t realize it. This voice all of a sudden makes you aware of its presence, calling you by name and asking if you are willing to die for what you belief in. In a frantic grasp for a solid belief, you realize that a bigger-than-life belief is the only thing that will fit this call… cosmic consciousness or something similar is all you can think of and, in so doing, answer in the affirmative.

Before you know it you are surrounded by White Light, but then quickly move on to a sphere of pin points of light that you recognize as points of consciousness. You don’t know why you recognize them as such, but it just resonates with your very soul. Then you find out these are others just like you and somehow you are to work together to achieve a transformation of your world over time, but in your lifetime. The next thing you know you are back in your body taking a gulp of air you didn’t know you needed and everything becomes real in that instant.

Many years later you begin having interactions with other beings not of this world, seemingly, because they do not look human. There is a certain resonance with them, though, and they feel like what you were seeking so many years ago, a deeper sense of family. You still don’t know how to explain it and you know you’d be insane for sharing these experiences with others because you’ve witnessed how ‘different’ people have been treated by your nuclear family and friends. You are conflicted with your sense of familiarity with these ‘others’ and the notion that you might be mentally unstable, chemically imbalanced or just plain nuts.

You have been able to hold a job and work in the daily travails of earning a living or even raising a family, so the the question of sanity gradually dissipates. Still, there is no one to talk with about what is going on inside with some bleed-over outside of you at times. So you start asking questions internally and find that your life begins to change as a result. Others like you begin to show up, asking similar questions and sharing stories quietly so that the ‘public ear’ doesn’t pick up on your obviously questionable notions.

The notions of possibility begin to emerge; that you may indeed be part of something bigger and/or may have your roots in another civilization from across the universe. It seems outlandish and unpopular, yet there is a sense within you that it is indeed possible. You know that if you talk about it that others will distance themselves from you with no remorse. There is something important about it, though, and try as you might there is no one to talk to about it. You know that humans can be barbaric and downright inhumane to their own kind, so you keep your mouth shut and just hope that someday a story emerges that opens the door to sharing your real feelings and thoughts.

Now that you’ve read the above and hopefully allowed your own beliefs and/or suspicions to be set aside for the moment, just give it a little thought. For the sake of this article and the reflection from the field of experiencers, let’s assume this is a reality for some, possibly many. Let’s ask a few intelligent questions about the potential reality:

  • If this happened to you, what would you do?
  • If this happened to a friend or loved one and you found out, how would you respond?
  • If you met someone that had a credible background, performed well professionally and claimed the potential of being connected to an off-planet civilization – what would you think?

Maybe this will begin some conversation. Feel free to reach out offline, too.