SCIENCE/SPIRITUALITY

We Are Not Alone

Last Sunday a NASA Phoenix probe landed on Mars. The purpose of this mission is to validate the existence of water on the red planet. Water is the common element that all life on Earth shares. Scientists hope that the presence of water on Mars leads to the first signs of extraterrestrial life in the form of microbes. Microbes are the tiniest and simplest forms of life on Earth. They have the ability to live in places on our planet that are inhospitable to humans, but similar to environments on Mars like the polar icecaps.

The significance of such a discovery could mean that human beings are not unique in the universe. One of the first challenges we would face are questions concerning our origin. This could prove to be a major test for some of the world’s religions. Most human creation stories center around life on Earth, not taking into consideration the billions of other planets that reside in the Universe.

Phoenix’s findings could suggest that there are other physical vessels besides the human body that souls use to experience the physical universe. For those that believe all physical things are manifestation of spirit, this will not be a large leap. For others, this concept proves difficult because it may redefine who they thought they were. It can be tough having to share name space on the marquee when you’ve been a solo act for so long.

This is not the first time that the world’s religions have faced such difficulty. Today, religions and their followers are still having difficulty accepting evolution as a valid theory. In 1514 Nicholaus Copernicus postulated the Heliocentric Theory. He suggested that the Earth revolved around the Sun. In 1610 Galileo Galilei validated this theory by observing the phases of Venus through a telescope. Galileo found he was at odds with religious authorities who believed the theory contradicted several passages in scripture.

At that time the majority of people believed in Geocentrism. This theory states that the Earth was the center of the Universe, and all things in the heavens revolved around it. It was based on the literal interpretation of biblical passages.

One such passage, Psalm 104:5 states, “The Lord set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.” Galileo was put on trial for heresy and found guilty for insisting that the Earth revolved around the Sun. He was ordered to recant his work and put on house arrest for life.

It would take two centuries before humans accepted that Earth was not the center of the Universe.

History shows us it may take many years, or even centuries before the majority of us would be willing to accept such an idea regarding life on other planets. History also shows that although Earth may not be the center of the Universe, it is still a very unique place.

I have no doubt that humans will discover their uniqueness as spiritual vessels among the other trillions of transcendental transports that could possibly exist in the universe. We as human beings may need to discover that we are common in the Universe, before we can truly find out how special we are.

Roderick Watkins is a Certified Hypnotherapist and doctoral student in Metaphysics. His mission is to aid you in finding resolutions for conflicted parts of your being using spiritual resources to guide you on the path towards a unified self.


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May 31st, 2008 at 2:17 am chica22 says:

Wow.

May 31st, 2008 at 2:47 am kamalp says:

thats kinda out there, main

May 31st, 2008 at 3:55 am Binta Rohan says:

Galileo was put on trial for heresey? I never knew that. I was watching The Tudors a few weeks back and Thomas Moore was beheaded for his beliefs. I wonder if anyone these days is willing to be martyered or tried for such fundamental beliefs. I wouldn’t unfortunately. I’m not strong enough.

May 31st, 2008 at 5:55 am Freshest says:

Your headline SCIENCE/SPIRITUALITY caught my eye ’cause u dont see that 2gether a lot, but they are really 1 and the same. This is a very great blog.

May 31st, 2008 at 6:46 am Finish says:

What a beautiful thought. Thank you.

May 31st, 2008 at 8:40 am heatmizer says:

Deep

May 31st, 2008 at 10:38 am culturepop says:

Never thought of this. But it is true, what if we officially confirm other life forms? I wonder if the zealots will round up all the scientists like in the old days. it could happen

May 31st, 2008 at 12:34 pm thelma says:

History always repeats itself this could be in our lifetime and that’s a trip

May 31st, 2008 at 1:49 pm Coretta Scott Queen says:

this is really quite beautiful:
“I have no doubt that humans will discover their uniqueness as spiritual vessels among the other trillions of transcendental transports that could possibly exist in the universe. We as human beings may need to discover that we are common in the Universe, before we can truly find out how special we are”

May 31st, 2008 at 2:09 pm Elsa Harkins says:

Good words. Thank you.

May 31st, 2008 at 4:31 pm PRECIOUS says:

i think it is our natural inclination to think we are the center of everything - universe, family, what have you - we would be happier to realize that that is not the case for anything or anybody - everyone and everything is the part of something greater.

May 31st, 2008 at 5:07 pm 1GOODMAN says:

This was worth the read.

May 31st, 2008 at 6:58 pm missme says:

Preach Precious. Another great blog, Roderick.

May 31st, 2008 at 8:40 pm Jay Jarvis says:

This is very informative. I agree with Binta Rohan on the rare combination of topics to create something profound.

May 31st, 2008 at 9:14 pm Speak EZ says:

Claps

June 1st, 2008 at 12:32 am hisherness says:

it seems to me (disclaimer: i’ve never had a god) that to assume humankind is the alpha and omega of this “creator’s” work is to assume a remarkably feeble creator.

June 1st, 2008 at 2:01 am CeaseNYC says:

What Precious and HisHerNess said…

June 1st, 2008 at 8:19 am Chatty Cathy says:

I believe in life on other planets easy - I think most people deep down know this too.

June 1st, 2008 at 10:44 am Xoloxlan says:

there r many things the current population of earth need to grasp in order 4 us 2 survive n thats real

June 1st, 2008 at 11:54 am Tawnie says:

Everyone is the center of their own universe at some point. Usually as children and as elderly. When we are in jepardy we are the center of our universe also. It seems to be a natural pattern that can’t be completely wrong because it is ingraded in us by God. I don’t believe it is selfish to thing this way at certain times as so the feeling extends to life on other planets naturally. It may not be right but it is natural.

June 1st, 2008 at 12:01 pm Maya Rainwright says:

Thanks for the links to the various names - smart

June 1st, 2008 at 5:55 pm Friendlee says:

Keep spreading the truth Roderick.

June 1st, 2008 at 8:35 pm young clean bastard says:

i ain’t mad

June 1st, 2008 at 11:16 pm Rene Perez says:

I just read all your entries back to back and got a lot from them. Just as Friendlee and others say, continue the good work you are doing. It is meaningful.

June 2nd, 2008 at 12:05 pm superjonsey1 says:

Very informative.

June 2nd, 2008 at 12:32 pm MissReina says:

Internet inspiration never hurt nobody

June 2nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm pmatters says:

Sorry I’m lost in space on this one.

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