Carl Sagan was an extraordinary man. He was an astronomer, cosmologist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator. Smithsonian magazine said this about him… “We live in Carl Sagan’s universe–awesomely vast, deeply humbling. It’s a universe that, as Sagan reminded us again and again, isn’t about us. We’re a granular element. Our presence may even be ephemeral—a flash of luminescence in a great dark ocean. Or perhaps we are here to stay, somehow finding a way to transcend our worst instincts and ancient hatreds, and eventually become a galactic species. We could even find others out there, the inhabitants of distant, highly advanced civilizations—the Old Ones, as Sagan might put it.”
There are many videos of Dr. Sagan explaining spatial dimensions beyond the three that we humans are trapped inside using the “Flatlanders” as examples. In one of them, he attempts to show us a fourth dimensional shape, while reminding us that it’s beyond our 3 dimensional minds. That’s 3 dimensional space, but there’s also the illusion of Time warping our Reality. It’s been said that Time is Nature’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once….. the three dimensions of Time…. Past, Present and Future. Humans perceive Reality through the flow of time, but this is an illusion.
In his astounding book, “The Power of Now”, Eckhart Tolle reminds us that we live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This compulsion exists because the Past gives us an identity and the Future holds the promise of salvation and fulfillment. But both are illusions. Contrary to what we may believe, time is not precious. What is precious is the point that is out of time… the NOW. The eternal present is the space within which our entire lives unfold. There was never a time, and never will be a time, when our lives were not Now.
In their attempts to explain what Sagan, Tolle and many others do so clearly and elequently, humans of the past created deities to explain the unexplainable, and often to grant themselves entitlement and power through their “knowledge” and intimate connection to the deities they created. There were literally thousands of them and some, or their remnants, still exist today. Most, if not all of them, were extraterrestrial in nature. Many of the deity creators believed the world was flat, the Earth was the centre of the Universe with the Sun revolving around it, disease was caused by demons and witches that could be released by trepanation and blood letting, etc. Those who questioned or challenged these beliefs, and the entitlement of their interpreters, were often tortured and killed as heretics.
There are few worshippers of Jupiter, Neptune, Apollo, Zeus or Anu in the world today. It’s estimated that just over 50% of the world’s population consider themselves adherents of Abrahamic religions…. Judaism, Islam and Christianity. All are from the same source and all believe they are linked by lineage to Abraham. However, this commonality is lost in the myriad of divisive details that have accumulated.
For example, there are thousands of Christian denominations alone, separated by the dogma and doctrines of their founders, but often not understood by it’s members. Although we no longer live in the Dark Ages, contrived and encouraged divisiveness continues to be used to pit one society/culture, and it’s belief system, against another. Amazingly, as evolved as we believe we are, it still works like magic. Horrific events occurring around the world today are stark evidence of the dark brew that occurs when religion, politics, money and mass belief/delusion are mixed in the pot and set on boil.
Although there’s much that is unexplainable in our Universe, we need not rely on ancient myths and deities in place of knowledge and understanding, particularly when they result in continued threats, bloodshed and barbarism.
Eckhart Tolle offers us some enlightened clarity with these words….. “The word God has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. People who have never even glimpsed the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind the word, use it with great conviction, as if they knew what they are talking about. Or, they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions and egoic delusions, such as ““My or our God is the only true God, and your god is false”’. The word God has become a closed concept. The moment the word is uttered, a mental image is created, no longer, perhaps, of an old man with a white beard, but still a mental representation of someone or something outside you, and, yes, almost inevitably a male someone or something. Neither God nor Being nor any other word can define or explain the ineffable reality behind the word, so the only important question is whether the word is a help or a hindrance in enabling us to experience That toward which it points.”