“Are we alone in the universe?” is the first fundamental question of conscious beings. The second question of an awakening consciousness is, “Has there been contact?” The third is, “To what effect?” This book provides answers to these questions that one can easily confirm in history, science, and human experience.
ABs, or Advanced Beings, refers to all categories of non-human, conscious entities involved in human affairs. They range from flesh-and-blood beings, “the gods who walked with men of old,” to the nonphysical and invisible entities who spoke to Moses, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, and thousands of others. To ethereal voices like Seth, the Pleiadians, and others who channel messages through individuals. To the voices of prophecy. To spirit guides and higher selves, and levels of consciousness tapped by Steiner, Cayce, Tesla, Einstein and others.
Use of the term, “advanced being,” does not imply that they are more advanced than humans in all respects. They have simply been experienced as having powers or technologies not available to humans. These powers may be like those of an angel who can appear and disappear instantaneously, or may involve the use of sophisticated technologies by flesh-and-blood ETs, whose spacecraft exceed current human scientific understanding. The primary focus and approach of this book is to demystify the so-called other-worldly or divine communications or beings. All such phenomena fit in our natural universe.
A MAY 2007 AMAZON.COM REVIEW: I cannot recommend this book too strongly for anyone serious about understanding both our human past and the implications of it for our current evolution of consciousness and improvement of society. I do a lot of reading in several related disciplines and this has been the single most helpful book I have read in many years. It has connected the dots in some key areas where I had yet had “blanks.”
My extensive formal and personal study in Christian theology/Biblical studies, psychology, cosmology, the “paranormal,” and such have led me to find that virtually every element of the author’s historical reconstruction rings true. That is not to deny that some aspects of it are necessarily a bit speculative, as Von Ward would acknowledge. But the critical outline of the story is significantly in tune with the clear implications coming out of the fields mentioned, and others, particularly archaeology.
Especially helpful and on-the-money is Von Ward’s explanation of how and why theology and science, via the institutions that drive them, both avoid the kind of observations he brings out. This is massively important for our society and the world. He has new conclusions I’ve not encountered before, but they are based on solid work by many scholars in various fields. Now, these scholars are often not in the mainstream for the very reason that the mainstream tends to avoid looking at the larger picture.
So, if you are tied to only conventional, “accepted” authorities, this book may not be convincing. Still, I’d hope you would give it a hearing, and perhaps follow up on some of the many great footnotes and bibliography, which are extensive. All readers: do take the time to look up the footnotes, even if you read them all at once as I tend to often, to avoid constant flipping back and forth–there are many gems there.
This book is so valuable, I wish there were a way to get it to be standard reading, at least in the many relevant courses in a college curriculum. It is important as a stimulator of further questioning and research, as well as in its conclusions. Besides academia, it is a must-read for all serious seekers of an understanding of where we come from and where we are going–and OUR OWN POWER to affect that. Reviewed by Howard Pepper, President of Nurture Press.
Some of the hypotheses covered in this book are:
* During the Homo sapiens’ natural path of development on earth, more advanced beings (ABs) entered the picture. The intervention of their colonies and cataclysmic physical events have dramatically shaped human history.
* Modern history is largely the story of human survivors from the last major cataclysm that greatly altered the surface of our planet. A significant element of the story is a period of AB technical assistance to the survivors.
* A symbiotic relationship developed between humans and the AB colonies that has influenced human development to the present time.
* As the ABs deserted their Earth colonies, humans experienced separation anxiety and developed supernatural religions that retarded the intellectual and psychological maturation of the species.
* Two major impacts of the human-AB experience have been the development of what may be called primary materialism (focused on technical domination of nature) and exclusive supernaturalism (the separation of humans from the creative powers of the universe).
* This dual diversion from the natural perspective of viewing human life as an integral part of a conscious, self-learning universe caused the atrophying of human awareness of and conscious use of their inner senses.
* The fractured human consciousness must be restored to its wholeness, with a synthesis of all ways of knowing, if humanity is to achieve its natural potential.
Paul Von Ward, a thought-provoking and powerful speaker, engages his audience in a profound expansion of consciousness. He can be contacted for lectures, seminars, and workshops on a variety of related themes and topics. For more information, e-mail the author: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GODS, GENES, AND CONSCIOUSNESS:
Nonhuman Intervention in Human History.
Paul Von Ward
Overview by the Author
My research for this book started with a 2,000 year-old question. Why have the four Abrahamic religions-claiming to worship one alleged divine being first known as Yahweh-experienced such internecine violence throughout their common history? Seeking explanations for interreligious conflict, I discovered a deeper issue: the unverifiable assumptions of supernatural religion itself.
When Osama bin Laden, Ariel Sharon, Pope John Paul II, or George W. Bush uses mental, psychological, or physical coercion against others, he obtains religious support by persuading people that his policies reflect their god’s will. These men claim the being they worship is The True God, while the others’ gods are false. They are not alone; all who worship “the divine one” assume it is unique.
Why do the personalities of “Yahweh”, “Father”, “God”, and “Allah” reflect various cultures instead of various cultures reflecting one god?
The religions represented by these men have taught their followers they have exclusive access to the supreme power. Convinced that their beliefs derive from a unique divine revelation, the faithful in each religion willingly violate the natural rights of others, including their right to life. They conduct crusades and jihads against nonbelievers, inquisitions and witch-hunts against other followers, defamations of opponents, and terror campaigns that maim or kill innumerable innocents.
With so many different versions of an alleged single god, how did human consciousness evolve to the point where unprovable beliefs have such an impact on our lives in the knowable realm? This question leads to prior ones. How did the first concept of divine beings arise? Where did the notion of a supernatural (unknowable) realm begin? Who picked Yahweh from among the gods to be “the supreme divine being” in charge of that supernatural realm?
Gods, Genes, and Consciousness hypothesizes that the answers lie in a misinterpretation of actual human interactions with nonhuman beings. It further postulates that all modern supernatural religions came from comparable, but varying retrospective revisions of that history–where humans came to believe their own projections accurately represented a reality beyond human knowing.
The exercise of “theocratic” power…
Why Is This a Problem? A leader (whether in the White House or in a cave) who justifies policy on religious grounds succeeds if he can arouse enough people’s emotions. To do so, he engages in psychological manipulation by his use of religious code words. This exercise of “theocratic” power can occur only when followers accept the assertion that his policies reflect the will of the “divine reality” they worship.
People usually do not realize that such leaders take advantage of the energetic association of contrived words with natural human emotions to mobilize their followers and to serve their own agendas. These self-defined spokesmen for a god call their own actions a sacred duty and those of others satanic. They call their followers holy while opponents are called evil. They wreak terror calling it peace-keeping and label the other’s war terrorism.
Believers are susceptible to such manipulation because the very nature of a supernatural religion involves unprovable assumptions. Its adherents have come to accept that a realm lacking in factual reality is more real than their collective experience. Thus, blind faith in their own visions leads to real acts of violence and murder-whether launched from Washington, Rome, Jerusalem, or Mecca.
In the popular movie A Beautiful Mind we saw an otherwise intelligent, creative, and loving man endanger himself and others based on his own “divine reality”. How did humanity slip into something like that schizophrenic state where an “imaginary reality” exerts such power over our emotions, thoughts, and actions? How in the evolution of consciousness did humans come to give precedence to unverifiable beliefs over knowledge? How did humans come to worship nonhuman entities as divine and follow their self-defined spokesmen?
I believe the answers can be found in the history of ancient human interactions with “advanced beings” and in its re-writing to serve the interests of a few. A psychological look at the historical record gives a plausible explanation for the current split in human consciousness between natural and supernatural thinking.
What Are Advanced Beings?
I use the term “advanced beings” or AB’s to refer to all entities perceived by humans to be superior to themselves. It encompasses the ancient gods, their angels and devils, and also modern ET’s. It includes gods who walked with Biblical heroes or took them into the heavens, and the invisible “voices” who spoke to Moses, Mohamed, Joseph Smith, and others. The term also refers to ethereal beings like those known as Seth and Pleiadians, and other messengers channeled by humans. It applies to spirit guides, ascended masters, and fields of consciousness tapped by people like Tesla, Steiner, Cayce, and Einstein.
All these AB’s (past and present) can fit into a natural model of a conscious universe. Yet, some have been labeled, by one religion or another, as divine beings who require human worship. Since the attribution of supernatural or divine godship cannot be tested, it requires blind faith, acceding one’s power to a priest, minister, rabbi, imam, or guru’s interpretation of the reputed god’s message. These intermediaries gain a psychological advantage over believers.
Humans can no longer recall the beings from the heavens (skies) described in the Bible, the Hindu Vedas, Greek myths, and traditional legends. Most academics now interpret them as fanciful figments of primitive human consciousness. Scientists with materialist and Earth-bound paradigms assert such beings could not exist in the past or present. The religious hold the dubious assumption that while other people’s gods must be imaginary, the unseen god they worship is real. The evidence in this book leads to the opposite conclusions: AB’s described in early history likely represent an external reality and the gods now worshiped derive primarily from within the human mind.
The book Gods, Genes, and Consciousness reviews the historical and current evidence for tangible AB interventions in human history. Its chronological perspective and generic rational analysis demystify early myths, so-called sacred writings, and modern “paranormal” communications. It allows comparison of ancient descriptions of AB encounters in legends and religious texts with modern reports of interactions between humans and nonhumans or other dimensions.
What Is the Evidence?
The book summarizes how religion, metaphysics, and traditional stories treat AB’s. It compares these perspectives with scientific studies of nonhuman consciousness and other dimensions. Juxtaposing studies of the fossil record, DNA family trees, archaeological anomalies, the history of science and technology, cultural institutions, and the development of alphabets and world languages reveals considerable congruence with the AB-intervention hypothesis.
A new look at prehistory suggests early Genus Homo followed a natural evolutionary path with no inclination to worship unseen gods. Widespread evidence points to AB’s with advanced technologies intervening decisively in human development in Africa, and Sumeria and Egypt (the Cradle of Western Civilization). An interdisciplinary analysis shows the AB-intervention hypothesis offers a plausible explanation for the presently documented, punctuated fossil and phylogenetic records of Homo sapiens physical development.
A re-analysis of extant texts indicates a symbiotic interaction between early humans and AB colonists on Earth could have resulted in emotional dependence conducive to cults (2,000 to 4,000 years ago). Dominance by AB’s could have led to the inferiority complex found in concepts like the “fall of humankind”. Twentieth-century reactions of traditional peoples to European colonization, sometimes known as “cargo cults”, provide an apt analogy for this complex.
If, as the record suggests, the ruling AB’s pulled away from humans, those left behind could have experienced separation anxiety that led to ongoing worship of the now absent AB’s. They prayed to them for continued protection. Seeking to re-link with their former gods, the cults appear to have developed re-ligious rituals to induce the AB’s to return or to gather the faithful in the “heavens”.
As a hoped-for “second coming” passed, memories of AB-gods appear to have evolved into speculative ideas about “supernatural” beings (less than 2,000 years ago). Prophets and writers reinterpreted biblical texts about real AB’s to suggest they were ethereal beings. Original texts were treated as metaphorical.
Hebrew, Roman, and Arabic priests assumed the task of interpreting the newly imagined supernatural realm. They created symbols and liturgy to perpetuate the faith among believers and to gain new converts. History turned into myth.
In the final stage of the Roman Empire, priests joined with political leaders to develop a theocratic government. Subsequently, supernatural religions have sought to impose their beliefs on natural, secular institutions of government.
The Current Situation
Christianity (Catholic and Protestant), Islam, and Judaism has each come to see itself as the exclusive interpreter of the role of AB’s in human development. These offspring of the original Israelite tradition all agree with the Nicean Council’s supernatural re-designation of the AB Yahweh (portrayed as one god among several in the Dead Sea Scrolls). Each now claims the exclusive channel of communication with that “supreme god”. The result is perpetual conflict.
Conflicts born in the Middle East now involve six continents. They roil social institutions, economies, and governments. Who defines life for abortions, fetal research, suicide or death penalties? Who decides the when and how of human sexuality? Can the state impose a religious limitation on civil marriages? Do humans have dominion over or responsibility for the living Earth? Should a priesthood or common sense set a society’s cultural norms? Do schools provide education or indoctrination? Should governance come from those who claim authority from above or be derived from the free will of citizens? Must humans feel guilty and dependent on religions that preach a fallen or sinful nature? Does any group have the right to impose their theocratic ideas on others?
None of these issues will ever be peacefully and democratically resolved as long as the position of one or more of the parties involved claims his rules come from a supernatural realm to which only people who believe like he has access. If one refuses to reveal all evidence of his AB, why should another believe it?
In my view, reintegration of our fragmented species consciousness, and the resulting elimination of religious fratricide, will require an “all evidence-on-the table” re-examination of assumptions relating to nonhuman interventions in human history. The mounting evidence strongly indicates all religions should subject themselves to public examination of their unquestioned assertions regarding their own origins. An unwillingness to do so should expose their lack of credibility as a legitimate participant in making political and social policies.
The book concludes that surmounting religious conflicts will require more than attempts at religious tolerance and efforts to integrate science and spirituality. As in individual therapy, species healing depends on a reality check, a review of the basis for any assumptions that contribute to debilitating illusions. Many wishing to dissociate themselves from their religion’s negative history blame its reactionary fanatics. They probably have not thought about how their own unexamined practices may enable the fanatics’ blind faith. One’s belief in his non-self-evident god lends credence to others’ claims of access to another supernatural, divine god. Anyone asserting his religion derives from a historical “divine” event cannot logically deny the fanatic’s right to make a similar claim.
I believe humans must try to objectively re-examine the historical record of AB’s and revise religious beliefs as they revise beliefs based on new scientific evidence about the physical universe. Until they do so, the untenable model of supernaturalism will perpetuate a global consciousness inhospitable to dialogue and consensus. While war or terrorism results from arguments about whose “divineness” is real, genuine peace and natural human progress will elude us.
Humans need rituals and practices that help navigate the cycles of nature and its challenges, to celebrate an individual’s passages, to serve the community, and to maintain the deepest values of human life. Such will be the functions of transformed religious institutions in bringing humanity back to its natural roots.
© 2006, Paul Von Ward