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May 31, 2008

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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